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A GIFT FOR YOURSELF, A SPECIAL SOMEONE, OR BOTH....

Each month, these selections are sure to bring a smile to both the aficionado and novice.

Why? Because nobody is more qualified than the Wise Buyers at Hi-Time Wine Cellars who have been scouring the globe to seek out wine treasures for more than 50 years.

No long-term commitment: Simply choose the program and let us know when you want to stop and we'll take care of the rest. We'll send an announcement to the gift recipient along with background information and tantalizing tasting notes on each wine.


September Taster's Advantage

August Gold 1 Wine Club SelectionGold Selection Plan 1 $24.95 Wine Club Sign Up

 2 Bottles of red wine (tax & shipping not included)

Rock Garden 2015 Syrah, California

September's always a tricky month for wine (well, not really, but theoretically!); with the kids back in school and the start of football, our minds tend to wander to Fall and cooler weather, heartier meals and bigger, redder wines. September, however, can offer some impishly hot, pernicious weather to hamper that Fall feeling and throw chaos into your cellar choices! It actually can be one of the best months to vacation as the summer sun still stands tall and the beaches aren't as crowded, the barbecue isn't ready for winter and neither, perhaps, are you, dear reader! So our goal was to find a lively red wine that wouldn't be a tannic monster, one loaded with fruit yet with some body to pair up with the last weekend get-togethers of summer. Sometimes, like the recent sun-and-moon show in August, the heavens align and it all just works. Our private store label, Rock Garden, arrived in time and with the right stuff to fit our Wine of the Month slot.

This is a great warm-weather red yet will transition well to cooling climes. The nose is loaded with bright red fruits, lots of raspberry and cherry, with a touch of sandalwood and dark spice. The sweet red fruits carry over to the palate with the same red berries above, adding a touch of white pepper and black tea that ride over a wave of easy tannins. Last round of grilled burgers? This is the wine. It has enough stuffing for lighter grilled fare but isn't heavy and too tannic-- warm weather red? You bet!

There is 15% Mourvedre in this Syrah with fruit coming from these vineyards: Hinrichs (Ballard Canyon), Stockdale (Paso Robles) and Santa Barbara Highlands. The wine was aged in once-used and neutral French barrels for 22 months. Pick up a few bottles (or cases!) and relax under the September sun with this soft, delicious, balanced wine. Item #252570

Marchetti 2015 "Castro di San Silvestro" Rosso Conero, Italy

This delicious, everyday Italian red wine from Marchetti. Based primarily on the Montepulciano grape, this is a rich, deeply colored wine with abundant fruit flavors and spice. Their San Silvestro bottling from the appellation of Rosso Conero offers one of the best values from Italy. This full-bodied red over-delivers and is certain to please family and friends.

Famiglia Marchetti has been making wine in the Marche (Mar-Kay) region for over a century and produces some of the top Montepulcianos made anywhere. The Marche region is located on the eastern edge of Central Italy, bordering the Adriatic Sea. The Rosso Conero DOC is situated just south of Ancona with vineyards on and around Mount Conero which benefit from the ocean's cooling effect. The late ripening Montepulciano grape thrives in this climate and grows in mineral heavy soils of chalky limestone and clay. The resulting wine displays great purity of fruit while retaining admirable balance.

Dark ruby with purple highlights. The nose is rich and inviting, filled with blue florals and scents of red and dark fruit, plums, brown spices, and hillside brush. On the palate, this wine is dry and round textured with red and black cherries, ripe blackberries, cocoa and spice. Culminates in a satisfying, lengthy finish. A Perfect Barbecue or Picnic Wine. 90% Montepulciano, 10% Sangiovese Item #305080

 


 

Gold Selection Plan 2 $24.95 Wine Club Sign UpJuly Gold 2 Wine Club Selection

1 Bottles of red wine and 1 bottle of white wine (tax & shipping not included)

Rock Garden 2015 Syrah, California

September's always a tricky month for wine (well, not really, but theoretically!); with the kids back in school and the start of football, our minds tend to wander to Fall and cooler weather, heartier meals and bigger, redder wines. September, however, can offer some impishly hot, pernicious weather to hamper that Fall feeling and throw chaos into your cellar choices! It actually can be one of the best months to vacation as the summer sun still stands tall and the beaches aren't as crowded, the barbecue isn't ready for winter and neither, perhaps, are you, dear reader! So our goal was to find a lively red wine that wouldn't be a tannic monster, one loaded with fruit yet with some body to pair up with the last weekend get-togethers of summer. Sometimes, like the recent sun-and-moon show in August, the heavens align and it all just works. Our private store label, Rock Garden, arrived in time and with the right stuff to fit our Wine of the Month slot.

This is a great warm-weather red yet will transition well to cooling climes. The nose is loaded with bright red fruits, lots of raspberry and cherry, with a touch of sandalwood and dark spice. The sweet red fruits carry over to the palate with the same red berries above, adding a touch of white pepper and black tea that ride over a wave of easy tannins. Last round of grilled burgers? This is the wine. It has enough stuffing for lighter grilled fare but isn't heavy and too tannic-- warm weather red? You bet!

There is 15% Mourvedre in this Syrah with fruit coming from these vineyards: Hinrichs (Ballard Canyon), Stockdale (Paso Robles) and Santa Barbara Highlands. The wine was aged in once-used and neutral French barrels for 22 months. Pick up a few bottles (or cases!) and relax under the September sun with this soft, delicious, balanced wine. Item #252570

Buitenverwachting 2016 Bayten Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "This is refined, with a steely spine that lets gooseberry, verbena and white peach flavors streak through. A hint of shortbread adds range and mouthfeel along the edges. The long finish has lovely cut. Drink now through 2019."

Long referred to as "Bayten" by locals, Buitenverwachting (meaning beyond expectations) is located on the east-facing slopes of the Constantiaberg on the Cape of Good Hope. Ocean breezes make this area one of South Africa's coolest winegrowing areas, allowing for slow ripening, resulting in grapes that achieve full ripeness while retaining fresh acidity. This wine was aged on the lees for three months prior to bottling. Bayten offers a melange of citrus and stone fruits with honeysuckle, jasmine and green notes on the nose. The palate reveals peaches, apricots, lemon rind and lemongrass with a nice balance of richness and refreshing crispness on the finish. Item #382354

 


 

Platinum Selection Plan 1 $49.95 Wine Club Sign UpJuly Platinum 1 Wine Club Selection

2 Bottles of red wine (tax & shipping not included)

Domaine de Beaurenard 2014 Rasteau, France

ANTONIO GALLONI - "Saturated ruby. Cherry, licorice and peppery spices on the nose, complicated by a subtle garrigue nuance. Round and supple on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that firm up on the back half. Dusty tannins build slowly on the finish, which features lingering cherry and white pepper notes." Item #345248

Chalk Hill 2014 Pinot Noir, California

Since its founding, Chalk Hill has been producing artisan wines from their Estate vineyards in the hills of northeastern Sonoma County. For four decades they studied, prodded, and coaxed their complex terroir to ensure that their Estate wines deliver vivid aromatics, commanding flavors, great character, and regional accuracy. While their 300+ acres of vineyards surrounding the winery will always be the cornerstone of their identity, starting with the 2012 vintage, they started producing our first Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comes from extraordinary vineyards throughout Sonoma County, consisting primarily of Foley Family estate Vineyards and fruit from some of the best sites in Carneros, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Sonoma Coast.

This wine is ruby in color and showcases strawberry, ripe cherry, oriental spice and toasty oak on the nose. Flavors of cherry cola, strawberry, and forest floor round out the palate with vanilla undertones and a bright acidity. The finish on this Pinot Noir lingers with a velvety softness and notes of maraschino cherry and oriental spice. Overall, this is a fruit-forward style that can be enjoyed in its youth or aged for another few years. Item #210180

 


 

August Platinum 2 Wine Club SelectionPlatinum Selection Plan 2 $49.95 Wine Club Sign Up

1 Bottle of red wine and 1 bottle of white wine (tax & shipping not included)

Garage Wine Company 2016 Pais, Chile

Garage wine company was born out of an independent spirit, as Derek Mossman, his wife Pilar and friend Dr. Alvaro Pena embarked on their winemaking endeavor back in 2001 in the garage. Derek Mossman had grown tired of making wine for his corporate outfit by formula and wanted to craft something unique and small-scale that represented its place.

Since their inception every bit of the winemaking has been done naturally—organic or sustainable fruit sources that are often dry-farmed and always hand-harvested, while in the winery only using native yeasts and neutral barrels—and even the bottling was from recycled glass. Their efforts spilled over and encouraged other winemakers to follow suit—Garage Wine Company was the founding member of the MOVI (Movement of Independent Vintners), which pioneered a new set of more conscientious winemakers that prize quality over quantity. Something exceedingly rare in Chile.

From a hobby that yielded only a hundred cases (in small lots) in the beginning, Garage Wine Company has now gone on to garner praise from international critics for its ability to make compelling wines from well-maintained sites in the Maule, Maipo and Itata Valleys. (91-95 Points across the line from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

That is why it is particularly exciting to offer one of their latest wines: The 2016 First Salvo Ferment País.

País holds a special significance for Chile where it's known as the Mission grape or Pipeño, first coming over from Spain in the 1600's for the purposes of making wine for the Catholic Mass. It has now taken on a Beaujolais-like fervor for Chilean wine drinkers. Fresh, fruity and easy that could be best served with a little chill.

Garage Wine Company’s País is no exception; there is no carbonic maceration, but plenty of primary red fruits like raspberry and red cherry with slight leaf and spice notes and tremendous acidity to deliver a clean, fresh and persistent finish. But don’t just take our word for it, as it was also given 91 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "I also tasted the second version of the single ferment País, the 2016 País. There is more freshness here, and it's not only the year. In this second ferment they increased the amount of fruit from Triquilemu. There is a note of pencil lead, unusual acidity for País and very good freshness."

Domaine Marcel Deiss 2015 Alsace Blanc, Frnace

ANTONIO GALLONI - "Saturated ruby. Cherry, licorice and peppery spices on the nose, complicated by a subtle garrigue nuance. Round and supple on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that firm up on the back half. Dusty tannins build slowly on the finish, which features lingering cherry and white pepper notes." Item #344103

 


 

September Wine Club All White SelectionAll White Selection No More Than $45 Wine Club Sign Up

2 Bottles of white wine (tax & shipping not included)

Marchetti 2015 "Castro di San Silvestro" Rosso Conero, ItalyOur Wine of the Month 2 is this delicious, everyday Italian red wine from Marchetti. Based primarily on the Montepulciano grape, this is a rich, deeply colored wine with abundant fruit flavors and spice. Their San Silvestro bottling from the appellation of Rosso Conero offers one of the best values from Italy. This full-bodied red over-delivers and is certain to please family and friends.

Famiglia Marchetti has been making wine in the Marche (Mar-Kay) region for over a century and produces some of the top Montepulcianos made anywhere. The Marche region is located on the eastern edge of Central Italy, bordering the Adriatic Sea. The Rosso Conero DOC is situated just south of Ancona with vineyards on and around Mount Conero which benefit from the ocean's cooling effect. The late ripening Montepulciano grape thrives in this climate and grows in mineral heavy soils of chalky limestone and clay. The resulting wine displays great purity of fruit while retaining admirable balance.

Dark ruby with purple highlights. The nose is rich and inviting, filled with blue florals and scents of red and dark fruit, plums, brown spices, and hillside brush. On the palate, this wine is dry and round textured with red and black cherries, ripe blackberries, cocoa and spice. Culminates in a satisfying, lengthy finish. A Perfect Barbecue or Picnic Wine. 90% Montepulciano, 10% Sangiovese Item #305080

Domaine Marcel Deiss 2015 Alsace Blanc, Frnace

ANTONIO GALLONI - "Saturated ruby. Cherry, licorice and peppery spices on the nose, complicated by a subtle garrigue nuance. Round and supple on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that firm up on the back half. Dusty tannins build slowly on the finish, which features lingering cherry and white pepper notes." Item #344103

 


 

Janisson-Baradon Brut ChampagneChampagne Selection No More Than $44.95 Wine Club Sign Up

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

Janisson-Baradon Brut Selection, Champagne, France

JOHN GILMAN VIEW FROM THE CELLAR 90 POINTS - "[This] bottling is a fifty-fifty blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with thirty percent of the blend comprised of reserve wines. The current release is from the base year of 2012, was aged sur latte for three years and was finished off with a dosage of five grams per liter. The vins clairs are raised in a combination of stainless steel and older Burgundy casks, with everything going through malo for this bottling. The wine offers up a complex bouquet of peach, orange zest, plenty of smokiness, warm biscuits, lovely soil tones and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and nicely balanced, with a good core, slightly larger bubbles and good length and grip on the vibrant finish. Other than slightly coarser mousse, this is exemplary non-vintage Brut, with depth and complexity derived from a nice touch of leesiness. I really like the backend bounce here. 2016 to 2025." Item #325432