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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.
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Gold Selection Plan 1

Gold Selection Plan 1 - 29.95

2 Bottles of Red Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Camille Cayran 2020 Cairanne Grande Reserve

Grape Varietal: 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah
Origin: Cairanne, Southern Rhone Valley, France

DECANTER 96 POINTS

"Soft, ripe black forest compote nose; nice concentration of fruit on the palate. Good weight. Really well balanced in terms of fruit, acidity and tannin; supple and silky. Lots of juicy, succulent blackberry fruit flavours. Superb length. Some nice complexity coming through too. Dangerously drinkable! Impressive."

What a great way to start the New Year! This is truly a bountiful time for wines from the Southern Rhone. With a string of outstanding vintages and fantastic pricing, times have never been better to enjoy these delicious wines. This 2020 Rhone blend from the village of Cairanne crafted by Cave de Cairanne is a perfect case in point. The quality of the perfectly-ripened fruit and the depth of flavor really stood out when we tasted this at the store.

Decanter gave this 96 Points noting its concentration as well as balance and calling it, "Dangerously drinkable! and Impressive." We wholeheartedly agree. This has a juicy and generous fruit-forward style with supple, approachable tannins and very little wood influence.

Cairanne lies to the east of Orange, facing the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux, just a short distance from the banks of the Rhône River. The vines are planted on stony clay-limestone hillsides, on slopes well exposed to the sun. The climate here is Mediterranean with hot, dry summers bringing excellent ripening to the Grenache and Syrah grapes used in this blend. Add a touch of Mourvedre to round out this GSM blend and you have palate-coating pleasure.

This crowd-pleasing wine is a remarkable value and complete no brainer that should not be missed. Enjoy!

Portia 2020 Roble

Grape Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Origin: Ribera Del Duero, Spain

PLATINUM MEDAL - DECANTER 2022 WORLD WINE AWARDS

DECANTER 97 POINTS

"Beckoning nose of dark fruits, spice and judicious oak. The palate has a silky texture and a firm, dryish finish. This is a stellar young wine with outstanding concentration (for the price) and massive tannins tucked neatly into juicy fruit that will appeal to big red wine lovers. Superb value."

If wines from Spain are not on your radar in 2023, you need to fix your radar! We have seen more wines from Spain that are both world class and affordable...and this Tempranillo from Bodega Portia is a perfect example of both points! It earned a 97 Point score from Decanter Magazine and costs around sixteen bucks. 97 Points; around $16. And it definitely tastes like a 97-pointer while costing much less than most other wines scoring in the elevated 95+ range.

The nose is simply beautiful. Notes of dark red and black berries intermingle with hints of brambly, hillside brush as floral touches, particularly violets, meander throughout. The scents discovered are reiterated on the palate. The fruit is definitely the star of the show upon tasting with black raspberry, dried plum and Kriek lambic (cherries!) in the foreground as firm tannins and forward acidity keep this wine balanced. This structure is like the yin to the fruit’s yang-- when in harmony together, the wine sings and Portia has quite the voice! The finish brings in a touch of minerality and earth as the fruit flavors flourish one more time. Both a serious bargain and a serious wine. Wow!! Food wine? Yes! Pair and win with grilled meats (from osso bucco to ham, burgers to fatty fish like tuna and cod), mushrooms, grilled potatoes, medium-aged cheeses and berry-based desserts.

Bodega Portia, located in the heart of Ribero del Duero is a display of modern design, winemaking function and artistic detail. The brand offers very small production wines, intense, energetic & balanced. Wine has been produced in the Ribera del Duero region for thousands of years, but viticulture as we know it probably arrived in the area with Benedictine monks from Cluny in the Burgundy region of France in the twelfth century. Ribera del Duero wine making goes back over 2,000 years as evidenced by the 66-meter mosaic of Bacchus, the god of wine that was unearthed relatively recently at Baños de Valdearados. We love finding wines made with modern viticulture techniques that reflect well the traditions, history and terroir from whence they came. This wine is the real deal!

Wine Tip

A Second wine from Navarra in Spain this month. Although it is a coincidence, it illustrates how affordable Spanish wines are.

Gold Selection Plan 2

Gold Selection Plan 2 - 29.95

1 Bottle of Red Wine and 1 bottle of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Camille Cayran 2020 Cairanne Grande Reserve

Grape Varietal: 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah
Origin: Cairanne, Southern Rhone Valley, France

DECANTER 96 POINTS

"Soft, ripe black forest compote nose; nice concentration of fruit on the palate. Good weight. Really well balanced in terms of fruit, acidity and tannin; supple and silky. Lots of juicy, succulent blackberry fruit flavours. Superb length. Some nice complexity coming through too. Dangerously drinkable! Impressive."

What a great way to start the New Year! This is truly a bountiful time for wines from the Southern Rhone. With a string of outstanding vintages and fantastic pricing, times have never been better to enjoy these delicious wines. This 2020 Rhone blend from the village of Cairanne crafted by Cave de Cairanne is a perfect case in point. The quality of the perfectly-ripened fruit and the depth of flavor really stood out when we tasted this at the store.

Decanter gave this 96 Points noting its concentration as well as balance and calling it, "Dangerously drinkable! and Impressive." We wholeheartedly agree. This has a juicy and generous fruit-forward style with supple, approachable tannins and very little wood influence.

Cairanne lies to the east of Orange, facing the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux, just a short distance from the banks of the Rhône River. The vines are planted on stony clay-limestone hillsides, on slopes well exposed to the sun. The climate here is Mediterranean with hot, dry summers bringing excellent ripening to the Grenache and Syrah grapes used in this blend. Add a touch of Mourvedre to round out this GSM blend and you have palate-coating pleasure.

This crowd-pleasing wine is a remarkable value and complete no brainer that should not be missed. Enjoy!

La solitude 2021 Cotes du Rhone

Grape Varietal: 60% Clairette , 30% Viognier and 10% Grenache Blanc
Origin: Southern Cotes du Rhone, France

This wine is a blend of three varietals. The Clairette brings the freshness and zest of citrus, the Viognier the aromatic depth and roundness, and the Grenache the notes of white flowers.

The grapes are harvested early in the morning and completely destemmed. The fermentation in stainless-steel vats preserves the full aromatic freshness. The wine has a nose of citrus and apricots, a round and generous mouthfeel, and a fresh and flavourful finish.

Wine Tip

Domaine La Solitude is one of the flagship wineries in the Southern Rhône region of Chateauneuf du Pape. We carry some of their reds as well.

Platinum Selection 1

Platinum Selection 1 - 49.95

Saint Chinian 2018 Engoulevent Pelletier

Grape Varietal: 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Carignan
Origin: Saint-Chinian, Languedoc, France

Organic/Natural

I recently discovered the wines from Yannick Pelletier and immediately fell in love. They are the work of an enthusiastic producer, a former wine merchant who came to the vineyard after a stint with Didier Barral, whose is inspired by its respectful approach to life. Installed on a few steep schist hillsides in the Saint-Nazaire-de-Ladarez sector, on the borders of Saint-Chinian and Faugères, Yannick Pelletier is a rigorous winemaker, meticulous, who has built a very careful range of cheerful wines. and digestible, close to the fruit and the terroir.

Most of the work in the vineyards is done by hand and the winemaking is handled naturally. No sulfites or very little are added during the vinification.

It results in a gorgeous purity of fruit, that ultimate drinkability that you can only find in non-sulfites added wines. This is a serious wine from an extremely talented winemaker. The schist landscape shines in that bottle.

Bibich 2017 R6 Riserva

Grape Varietal: 34% Babic and 33% Plavina, 33% Lasin
Origin: Skradin, Dalmatia, Croatia

Alen Bibich has long been one of our favorite wine producers in Croatia. Located in the Skradin part of Northern Dalmatia, his lithe, minerally reds have a freshness uncommon to the reds from the more famous growing areas to the south.

The R6 is a roughly equal blend of native red varieties Babich, Plavina, and Lasin aged 12 months in new American oak. All are part of the large Zinfandel family of grapes native to the region.

Around 13% alcohol, the wine is lifted and high toned despite the time spent in barrel. Starting with a gentle nose of cherry kirsch and tobacco, the wines is elegant but also savage, reminiscent of red wines of the Veneto or even old school Chianti.

Exceptionally food friendly this will pair with anything from goat cheese to smoked meats.

Platinum Selection 2

Platinum Selection 2 - 49.95

1 Bottle of Red Wine and 1 Bottle of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

Saint Chinian 2018 Engoulevent Pelletier

Grape Varietal: 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Carignan
Origin: Saint-Chinian, Languedoc, France

Organic/Natural

I recently discovered the wines from Yannick Pelletier and immediately fell in love. They are the work of an enthusiastic producer, a former wine merchant who came to the vineyard after a stint with Didier Barral, whose is inspired by its respectful approach to life. Installed on a few steep schist hillsides in the Saint-Nazaire-de-Ladarez sector, on the borders of Saint-Chinian and Faugères, Yannick Pelletier is a rigorous winemaker, meticulous, who has built a very careful range of cheerful wines. and digestible, close to the fruit and the terroir.

Most of the work in the vineyards is done by hand and the winemaking is handled naturally. No sulfites or very little are added during the vinification.

It results in a gorgeous purity of fruit, that ultimate drinkability that you can only find in non-sulfites added wines. This is a serious wine from an extremely talented winemaker. The schist landscape shines in that bottle.

Denizot 2021 Sancerre

Grape Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Sancerre, Loire, France

Returning to the family estate in 2005, Thibauld Denizot made his mark for several years alongside his father before taking over the reins in 2016.

Eighteen hectares in Sancerre, mainly on the limestone lands of Amigny, Chavignol and Verdigny and, since 2020, two and a half hectares in Pouilly-Fumé.

All the skill of the winemaker consists in taming the solar character of these warm vintages. The 2020 vintage perfectly illustrates the care that Thibauld and his wife Jennifer bring to each of their Sauvignon and Pinot Noir: precise wines, established with finesse in stainless steel and concrete vats and demi-muids, gradually freeing themselves from a technical framework too irreproachable.

This is their entry level cuvee that is a perfect example of a well-controlled maturity under warm weather. Classic in style, great freshness and tension carried by a mouth-watering exotic fruit.

All White Selection

All White Selection - No more than $49.95

2 Bottles of White Wine (tax & shipping not included)

La Solitude 2021 Cotes du Rhone

Grape Varietal: Clairette 60%, Viognier 30% and Grenache Blanc 10%
Origin: Southern Cotes du Rhone, France

This wine is a blend of three varietals. The Clairette brings the freshness and zest of citrus, the Viognier the aromatic depth and roundness, and the Grenache the notes of white flowers.

The grapes are harvested early in the morning and completely destemmed. The fermentation in stainless-steel vats preserves the full aromatic freshness. The wine has a nose of citrus and apricots, a round and generous mouthfeel, and a fresh and flavourful finish.

Wine Tip

Domaine La Solitude is one of the flagship wineries in the southern Rhône region of Chateauneuf du Pape. We carry some of their reds as well.

Denizot 2021 Sancerre

Grape Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Sancerre, Loire, France

Returning to the family estate in 2005, Thibauld Denizot made his mark for several years alongside his father before taking over the reins in 2016.

Eighteen hectares in Sancerre, mainly on the limestone lands of Amigny, Chavignol and Verdigny and, since 2020, two and a half hectares in Pouilly-Fumé.

All the skill of the winemaker consists in taming the solar character of these warm vintages. The 2020 vintage perfectly illustrates the care that Thibauld and his wife Jennifer bring to each of their Sauvignon and Pinot Noir: precise wines, established with finesse in stainless steel and concrete vats and demi-muids, gradually freeing themselves from a technical framework too irreproachable.

This is their entry level cuvee that is a perfect example of a well-controlled maturity under warm weather. Classic in style, great freshness and tension carried by a mouth-watering exotic fruit.

Champagne Selection

Champagne Selection - No more than $49.95

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

Gaston Chiquet Tradition 1er Cru

Grape Varietal: 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir
Origin: Cramant, Champagne

Antoine and Nicolas Chiquet ensure the continuity of the best harvester's cellar in the village. Gaston Chiquet cultivates 23 ha in Grand Noir territory (Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers), with 30% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, the balance Chardonnay. The estate practices small vinifications by locality to focus its blends on the notion of terroir. He is keen to preserve pinot meunier in his round and fruity bruts without vintage and produces rare chardonnays on Grands crus usually renowned for their black grapes. It emanates a strength and a rare authenticity of taste.

As its name implies, a classic blended Champagne: 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir, incorporating base wines from more than one harvest.

Representative of the terroir from which it is produced: supple and fine with good length, a great champagne for any occasions.