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Gold Selection Plan 1

Gold Selection Plan 1 - 24.95

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

Cellier des Princes 2020 Cotes du Rhone

Grape Varietal: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre
Origin: Southern Rhone next to Chateauneuf du Pape

Cellier des Princes is a crowd-pleasing Rhône blend that offers plenty of up-front fruit flavor in a full-bodied frame with oh-so-silky tannins. This is the kind of wine one can serve with confidence knowing everyone will enjoy it.

The 2020 Grande Reserve is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that will work wonders in just about any setting this time of year. The nose is loaded with ripe red berries and cherries, a touch of pepper spice, rose petal and bunches of violets. The palate reiterates the nose with plenty of fruits and spice, adding fine tannins and bright acidity to the mix. Flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and cherry easily rest atop layers of dusty earth and delicate spice.

Cellier des Princes is a co-op encompassing 189 winemakers and 580 hectares of vineyards that has operated in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1925. The group considers themselves protectors of tradition and make commitments to sustainable environmental development and high standards. In fact, they were involved in the creation of the first appelation (AOC) in France: Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

This wine comes from vineyards planted in clay and limestone with round pebbles on the surface. Total destemming, followed by 3-4 weeks of traditional maceration in concrete tanks. The wine is aged for 12 months in concrete tanks with partial oak treatment. The result is an aromatic, lushly textured and vibrant wine.

There’s something about the GSM blend, the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the Rhône wine in general, that’s very user-friendly as well as food-friendly. Enjoy this delicious drinker solo or pair with hearty soups and stews, après ski burgers and brats, hard cheeses and game.

Wine Tip

This is the kind of bottle that you want to open when it is cold outside. Its generosity will warm you up.

Chateau de Macard 2018 Bordeaux Superieur

Grape Varietal: Dominant Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Bordeaux Superieur, France

WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS

"This wine is dominated by fruit from century-old Cabernet Franc vines. Tannins and dark coffee flavors are prominent in this concentrated wine with a mineral edge. The youth of the wine is increased by its dry edge of extraction. Let the wine soften and drink from 2022."

Wine Tip

I picked this wine because it is slightly unusual in the current Bordeaux blending strategy. This is a great example of a Cabernet Franc heavy blend as opposed to the most popular Cabernet Sauvignon heavy on the left bank and Merlot on the right bank.

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)

Cellier des Princes 2020 Cotes du Rhone

Grape Varietal: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre
Origin: Southern Rhone next to Chateauneuf du Pape

Cellier des Princes is a crowd-pleasing Rhône blend that offers plenty of up-front fruit flavor in a full-bodied frame with oh-so-silky tannins. This is the kind of wine one can serve with confidence knowing everyone will enjoy it.

The 2020 Grande Reserve is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that will work wonders in just about any setting this time of year. The nose is loaded with ripe red berries and cherries, a touch of pepper spice, rose petal and bunches of violets. The palate reiterates the nose with plenty of fruits and spice, adding fine tannins and bright acidity to the mix. Flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and cherry easily rest atop layers of dusty earth and delicate spice.

Cellier des Princes is a co-op encompassing 189 winemakers and 580 hectares of vineyards that has operated in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1925. The group considers themselves protectors of tradition and make commitments to sustainable environmental development and high standards. In fact, they were involved in the creation of the first appelation (AOC) in France: Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

This wine comes from vineyards planted in clay and limestone with round pebbles on the surface. Total destemming, followed by 3-4 weeks of traditional maceration in concrete tanks. The wine is aged for 12 months in concrete tanks with partial oak treatment. The result is an aromatic, lushly textured and vibrant wine.

There’s something about the GSM blend, the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the Rhône wine in general, that’s very user-friendly as well as food-friendly. Enjoy this delicious drinker solo or pair with hearty soups and stews, après ski burgers and brats, hard cheeses and game.

Wine Tip

This is the kind of bottle that you want to open when it is cold outside. Its generosity will warm you up.

Henry Fuchs 2019 Pinot Blanc Auxerrois

Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Blanc Auxerrois
Origin: Alsace, France

Organic

Paul Fuchs has been brilliantly managing the family estate for over a decade. He is recently supported by his sister Julie for the marketing part. He avails a beautiful heritage of old vines in the famous Ribeauvillé vineyard.

Purist and conscientious, he produces precise wines, in a dry style, and the wines keep improving every year.

Ecocert certification (Organic) obtained in 2011 is the result of rigorous soil work, with low intervention in the cellar.

Wine Tip

You probably already know that I studied Enology and Viticulture in Alsace. I worked there for a few years before I moved to the US. One of my very close classmate spent many years working for Domaine Fuchs Henry and we were often talking about the progress of the estate. The value is incredible and there is a real passion and savoir-faire. For those that wonder why there is a fox on the label, “Fuchs” means fox in German, many native Alsatian have a German sounding last name, illustrating the German influence in this French territory.

Platinum Selection 1

Platinum Selection 1 - 49.95

Pedro Para 2019 Pencopolitano

Grape Varietal: 50% Cinsault and 50% Pais
Origin: Itata, Chile

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS

"The red blend 2019 Pencopolitano was produced with 50% Cinsault and 50% País from old vines on granite and basalt soils. It fermented with 60% full clusters and was bottled at 12.5% alcohol after 10 months in oak and concrete vats. This is perfumed and ethereal, going more in the direction of Imaginador, with more finesse and sharper than previous years and with more País, going for a much more serious wine. The palate is vibrant and austere with pristine flavors."

We thoroughly enjoyed tasting the wines from Pedro Parra y Familia. The passion put into these wines is as evident and convincing as the terroir of Itata and the amazing flavors and scents found within (the nose and tongue do not lie!). These are some of the best we've tasted from Chile in some time. If you are unfamiliar with Chilean viticulture these will be a splendid introduction; if you remember when Chilean wines first splashed onto the market decades ago, these bottles will showcase not only how far their acumen has progressed but also how much potential and world class quality can come out of their soil and into our glasses-- these are the real deal!

"Pedro Parra y Familia was born in my head many years ago, but it was only after 15 years as a consultant, traveling and working all around, I felt mature enough to begin. The main idea was always the same: make pure terroir wines from Granite soils. Make wines I like to drink, and be free to select and create from several terroirs. But more important, the idea is to start something that I can share with my family, my wife Camila, and my kids Diego, Felipe and Colomba." - Pedro Parra

"After 18 years of terroir work all around the World, I felt mature enough to create my own wines, from what I consider the most incredible Chilean Terroir, Itata." - Pedro Parra

I had the chance to work and dig in Barolo, Burgundy, Montalcino, Oregon, Sicily, Rioja, and worked with the best people." - Pedro Parra


"Pedro Parra y Familia is based on the South of Chile, mostly Bio-Bio, ITATA and Cauquenes appellations. Why? Very simple; this area is in my experience the only place in Chile where I can produce the wines I like to drink: a mix of fresh-acid fruit, with complex flavors of flowers, soil, underbrush and a great granitic, mineral-driven mouthfeel."

The 2019 Pencopolitano is a blend from Itata and Cauquenes. The local environs are rife with cloudy weather and coastal mountain climates resting over red granitic slopes (the soil dates back to the Paleozoic era, around 240 million years ago).

Apla Red Oenops

Grape Varietal: 50% Xinomavro, 30% Limniona and 20% Mavroudi
Origin: Drama, Greece

Nikos Karatzas, having worked in some of the best wineries in the country, follows his dream which is to explore and highlight the local varieties and intermediate varieties of Greece. His new venture Oenops Wines in Drama presents a number of new labels. The main red wine of the range is the Simply Red a blend from Xinomavro, Limniona and Mavroudi. Xinomavro and Limniona are fermented in large barrels of 500lt. The wine ages with its wine lees for 9 months. This is followed by mixing and bottling. Intense fruity aromas of fresh berries and tomato leaves on the nose. Good balance with freshness, intensity with a lively finish. Match it with grilled meats, cold cuts and cheese. It accompanies harmonious dishes with spicy sauces.

Wine Tip

If you are not used to Greek wines, you probably don’t have any idea about what is in this bottle. To make it simple, Xinomavro tends to be like Nebbiolo, Limniona is dark colored, has dark fruited flavors and a lot of soft tannins, Mavroudi is a very dark colored grape varietal and is heavily fruited with a lot tannins. This very unusual blend is already enjoyable and will surprise you.

Platinum Selection 2

Platinum Selection 2 - 49.95

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

Pedro Para 2019 Pencopolitano

Grape Varietal: 50% Cinsault and 50% Pais
Origin: Itata, Chile

WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS

"The red blend 2019 Pencopolitano was produced with 50% Cinsault and 50% País from old vines on granite and basalt soils. It fermented with 60% full clusters and was bottled at 12.5% alcohol after 10 months in oak and concrete vats. This is perfumed and ethereal, going more in the direction of Imaginador, with more finesse and sharper than previous years and with more País, going for a much more serious wine. The palate is vibrant and austere with pristine flavors."

We thoroughly enjoyed tasting the wines from Pedro Parra y Familia. The passion put into these wines is as evident and convincing as the terroir of Itata and the amazing flavors and scents found within (the nose and tongue do not lie!). These are some of the best we've tasted from Chile in some time. If you are unfamiliar with Chilean viticulture these will be a splendid introduction; if you remember when Chilean wines first splashed onto the market decades ago, these bottles will showcase not only how far their acumen has progressed but also how much potential and world class quality can come out of their soil and into our glasses-- these are the real deal!

"Pedro Parra y Familia was born in my head many years ago, but it was only after 15 years as a consultant, traveling and working all around, I felt mature enough to begin. The main idea was always the same: make pure terroir wines from Granite soils. Make wines I like to drink, and be free to select and create from several terroirs. But more important, the idea is to start something that I can share with my family, my wife Camila, and my kids Diego, Felipe and Colomba." - Pedro Parra

"After 18 years of terroir work all around the World, I felt mature enough to create my own wines, from what I consider the most incredible Chilean Terroir, Itata." - Pedro Parra

I had the chance to work and dig in Barolo, Burgundy, Montalcino, Oregon, Sicily, Rioja, and worked with the best people." - Pedro Parra


"Pedro Parra y Familia is based on the South of Chile, mostly Bio-Bio, ITATA and Cauquenes appellations. Why? Very simple; this area is in my experience the only place in Chile where I can produce the wines I like to drink: a mix of fresh-acid fruit, with complex flavors of flowers, soil, underbrush and a great granitic, mineral-driven mouthfeel."

The 2019 Pencopolitano is a blend from Itata and Cauquenes. The local environs are rife with cloudy weather and coastal mountain climates resting over red granitic slopes (the soil dates back to the Paleozoic era, around 240 million years ago).

Vincent Pinard 2019 Flores Sancerre

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

DECANTER 95 POINTS

"Based in the wine village of Bué, Vincent Pinard is among the best producers of Sancerre. Vincent is now takes a back seat with the 27 hectare domaine run meticulously by his sons Clement and Florent, who are always looking to improve their already excellent wines. Harvesting is by hand with the grapes carefully sorted. Florès is partially fermented in oak with the rest in stainless steel. The Pinard wines have great purity and the 2019 Florès is no exception with lovely ripe fruit aromas, rich mouthfilling texture and a long finish. Potential to improve further in bottle."

Organic

Hi-Time's #7 French White Wine of 2021

Wine Tip

Vincent Pinard is one of the most famous and recognized Sancerre wine producers. The winery is located in the village of Bué with a population of 348 in 2008. So as you can imagine it is deep in the countryside. Everything is produced organically and Vincent is also famous for producing world class Pinot Noir, yes Sancerre is also famous for their reds.

All White Selection

All White Selection - No more than $45.00

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

Vincent Pinard 2019 Flores Sancerre

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

DECANTER 95 POINTS

"Based in the wine village of Bué, Vincent Pinard is among the best producers of Sancerre. Vincent is now takes a back seat with the 27 hectare domaine run meticulously by his sons Clement and Florent, who are always looking to improve their already excellent wines. Harvesting is by hand with the grapes carefully sorted. Florès is partially fermented in oak with the rest in stainless steel. The Pinard wines have great purity and the 2019 Florès is no exception with lovely ripe fruit aromas, rich mouthfilling texture and a long finish. Potential to improve further in bottle."

Organic

Hi-Time's #7 French White Wine of 2021

Wine Tip

Vincent Pinard is one of the most famous and recognized Sancerre wine producers. The winery is located in the village of Bué with a population of 348 in 2008. So as you can imagine it is deep in the countryside. Everything is produced organically and Vincent is also famous for producing world class Pinot Noir, yes Sancerre is also famous for their reds.

Clelia Romano 2019 Fiano di Avellino

Grape Varietal: 100% Fiano
Origin: Avellino Province, Campania, Italy

GAMBERO ROSSO ITALIAN WINE GUIDE "3 BICCHIERI"

"The perfume is reminiscent of fresh anise and freshly toasted hazelnut, the fruit os both mature and fragrant, the palate creamy and well brightened by well-defined acid tension that lengthens the flavor toward a finish that's truly long and balsam."

"This young estate, founded in 1994, is the source of one of the finest Fianos made today, if not the best one. The perfectly situated vineyards, at about 500 meters above sea level on highly calcareous clay soil and benefiting from wide day-night temperature differences, would rate grand cru status if such a classification scheme existed in Italy." – Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

"Owner-winemaker Clelia Romano and her daughter, Carmela, produce this textbook example of one of the Campania region’s signature grape varieties, Fiano, from calcareous clay-rich vineyards perched roughly 1,800 feet above sea level. Fermentation and short-term aging (about eight months) in stainless steel highlights the floral and fruit character of the Fiano grape while preserving the wine’s underlying mineral essence. But the decision to age it on the lees for about half the time takes this elegant white to the next level, enriching the flavor profile and adding textural complexity." – Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2021

The windblown slopes of Campania’s mountains host some of the most spectacular vineyards in Italy, planted to varieties that have been cultivated since the time of the ancient Greeks. The estate of Clelia Romano is from vineyards around the Lapio village, northeast of Avellino, considered the “grand cru” growing area for the white variety Fiano. This wine, vinified entirely in stainless steel, is pure class and elegance, with peach and melon aromatics and a vibrant acidity that gives it the potential to evolve over a time into a golden-hued and mineral wine that echoes the qualities of grand cru Chablis.

Vineyard Management: Colli di Lapio is a practicing organic estate. Integrated insect and disease control is followed and only copper and sulfur-based products are used. However, the breezy, arid climate makes mold and insects a rare occurrence. The estate fertilizes with organic manure every two years to ensure a quality harvest. Alfalfa is sown between the rows of vines to provide nitrogen to the soil and then tilled in as green manure. Minimal sulfur is added to the wines as they leave the winery to ensure freshness and quality.

Champagne Selection

Champagne Selection - No more than $45.00

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

Dehours & Fils Terre de Meunier Extra Brut

Grape Varietal: 100% Meunier
Origin: Cerseuil, Vallée de la Marne
Disgorgement Date: January 2019
Dosage: 0g/l

"Pure and Juicy"

Blend of two slopes, one South facing called, « le Patis de Cerseuil », the other one North facing, called « Les vignes dans le bois ». Small proportion of Reserve wine, vinified and aged in barrels. Malolactic fermentation completed.

Aged in the bottle for 18 to 30 months.

Ludovic Dehours created the winery in 1930, Jérome is now in charge of the estate.

Dehours wines are showing that Pinot Meunier has an outstanding potential and probably the best marker of the Marne identity.

A very dry and unique champagne that will pair amazingly with Oysters or as an aperitif.