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Gold Selection Plan 1

Gold Selection Plan 1 - 24.95

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

Jean-Luc Colombo 2018 Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles

Grape Varietal: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre
Origin: Southern Rhone, France

WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS

"Violet perfume, leather and earth collide on the nose of this rich, intensely fruity blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. A fantastic bargain bottling that delivers consistently year after year, it offers plump, pristine cassis flavor etched by smoky, savory complexities. The finish is marked by a whisper of heat. Best enjoyed young."

This sun-kissed blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre (the famed GSM triumvirate) boasts plenty of perfectly ripened fruit and is a delicious everyday drinker!

Innovation, passion and dedication are what drives Jean-Luc and Anne Colombo, whose contributions to Rhône Valley winemaking is unparalleled. A devotee of the Syrah grape, Jean-Luc and his wife, Anne, opened the "Centre Oenologique des Côtes du Rhône" in 1984 and quickly developed a thriving reputation as a wine consultant throughout France. For their significant life-long contributions to their country, both Jean-Luc and Anne have been awarded the French Legion of Honor, France's highest civilian award.

"Les Abeilles" (The Bees) is named for the bees that inhabit the vineyards in the southern Rhône Valley where this Côtes du Rhône is produced. The bees thrive in these vineyards because no pesticides are used. For this Rhône blend the grapes are grown on 25-year-old vines and harvested manually, then de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks.

We really enjoyed this wine and thought it the ideal choice for September, a month filled with plenty of sunshine but slowly moving toward Fall weather. The nose is filled with fruit and more: notes of cherry lambic, mixed red and blue berries (cranberry, blueberry), a touch of midnight garden florals, citrus zest, honeydew melon and red licorice. The melange of fruit continues upon tasting: beautifully ripe cherries and berries are bolstered by a hint of rose petal, light earth and a glorious mouthfeel. Amazingly ripe fruit with excellent structure thanks to appropriate acidity and silky tannins. Enjoy solo or with a panoply of dishes: lamb, burgers, roasted chicken, charcuterie, cheeses, and much more!

Volpaia 2019 “Prelius”

Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Toscana IGT

Organic

The nose is expressive, displaying aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and a hint of cinnamon rounding out with seductive oak notes. Color is bright with an intense gem-like quality paired with dark violet highlights. It is a full-bodied wine that displays solid structure and complexity; exhibiting dark red fruit and a lingering finish.

Prelius vineyards are located on a hill sorrounding the ancient lake Prelius, only 5 miles from the sea and facing the magnificent Tuscan islands.

Prelius Castelprile is the Maremma Toscana Estate of Federica Mascheroni Stianti of Volpaia. The lable represents the fluid, the essence of the ancient alluvial lake Prelius, now know as Maremma Toscana. The lake has slowly disappeared due to the Ombrone's floodings and today the only fluid remaining is the wine tradition of the region.

Wine Tip

The vineyards that produce Cabernet Sauvignon in Tuscany are usually closer to the Mediterranean Sea than Chianti or Brunello di Montalcino. The soils tend to be a little bit sandier and work well with Bordeaux varietals.

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)

Jean-Luc Colombo 2018 Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles

Grape Varietal: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre
Origin: Southern Rhone, France

WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS

"Violet perfume, leather and earth collide on the nose of this rich, intensely fruity blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. A fantastic bargain bottling that delivers consistently year after year, it offers plump, pristine cassis flavor etched by smoky, savory complexities. The finish is marked by a whisper of heat. Best enjoyed young."

This sun-kissed blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre (the famed GSM triumvirate) boasts plenty of perfectly ripened fruit and is a delicious everyday drinker!

Innovation, passion and dedication are what drives Jean-Luc and Anne Colombo, whose contributions to Rhône Valley winemaking is unparalleled. A devotee of the Syrah grape, Jean-Luc and his wife, Anne, opened the "Centre Oenologique des Côtes du Rhône" in 1984 and quickly developed a thriving reputation as a wine consultant throughout France. For their significant life-long contributions to their country, both Jean-Luc and Anne have been awarded the French Legion of Honor, France's highest civilian award.

"Les Abeilles" (The Bees) is named for the bees that inhabit the vineyards in the southern Rhône Valley where this Côtes du Rhône is produced. The bees thrive in these vineyards because no pesticides are used. For this Rhône blend the grapes are grown on 25-year-old vines and harvested manually, then de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks.

We really enjoyed this wine and thought it the ideal choice for September, a month filled with plenty of sunshine but slowly moving toward Fall weather. The nose is filled with fruit and more: notes of cherry lambic, mixed red and blue berries (cranberry, blueberry), a touch of midnight garden florals, citrus zest, honeydew melon and red licorice. The melange of fruit continues upon tasting: beautifully ripe cherries and berries are bolstered by a hint of rose petal, light earth and a glorious mouthfeel. Amazingly ripe fruit with excellent structure thanks to appropriate acidity and silky tannins. Enjoy solo or with a panoply of dishes: lamb, burgers, roasted chicken, charcuterie, cheeses, and much more!

La Freynelle 2019 Bordeaux Blanc France

Grape Varietal: 60% Sauvignon, 20 % Semillon and 20 % Muscadelle
Origin: Bordeaux in the heart of Entre-Deux-mers

The vineyards of Vignobles Véronique Barthe span 80 hectares in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers around the villages of Targon, Faleyras, Daignac and Espiet.

The parcels are planted on outcrops of limestone clay, the key to a great terroir. They sit on softly rolling, mainly south-facing hillsides in a harmonious landscape of gentle, undulating valleys. Of an average age of 25 years, these vines produce white and red grapes of great quality.

The location of the winery “Entre-Deux-Mers” “Between-Two-Seas” got his name by the fact that this piece of land is surrounded by Garonne and Dordogne, two large rivers.

Wine Tip

Freynelle is a fantastic value, easy drinking, balanced, refreshing, nicely fruited and with a very clean palate. His versatility makes it a good choice any day of the week, this crowd pleaser white wine that deserves a spot in your fridge.

Platinum Selection 1

Platinum Selection 1 - 49.95

Lapostolle 2018 “Apalta”

Grape Varietal: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Carmenere
Origin: Apalta Valley, Chile

JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS

"This is a fresh, attractive red with currant, spice and walnut character. Medium body. Savory and spicy finish. Cabernet sauvignon, carmenere and syrah. Third wine of Clos Apalta. Drink now."

You may recognize the name Lapostolle (formerly known as Casa Lapostolle) as we have enjoyed and featured these Chilean wines for many years. We are especially thrilled that the fruit is sourced from the Apalta vineyard-- we have enjoyed many a wine from Clos Apalta so were not surprised to discover how rich and ripe the fruit is nor how much depth of flavor and overall balance this wine possesses.

The 2018 Apalta red blend is a great little wine to enjoy this month, as we slowly move away from the hot weather of summer to cooling climes of fall. This is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Carmenère and would be an excellent choice for any late summer or early fall barbecues, tail gate parties or informal gatherings. It's a good one! This normally would go for $19.99 but we got a great deal and are passing the savings on to you!

The nose is filled with dark red and blue fruits with plum and redcurrant in the foreground as secondary hints of forest floor, dark spices, balsa wood and a light herbal element lend depth to the olfactory profile. But it's the fruit that steals the show, and in a good way! With excellent structure, forward acidity and smooth tannins, the fruit continues its starring role on the palate as more red plum and redcurrant are joined by notes of cherry cola, blackberry and background musings of incense, garrique and citrus zest. Really an easy-drinking wine, the finish reiterates all the fruits tasted as they flow effortlessly across the palate. So enjoyable!

Apalta is not an enclosed valley. It is lodged between the Tinguiririca River, a tributary of the Rapel River, and cordons of the Coastal Cordillera that ends in a "horse shoe" shape. Both form on the east and west a barrier that delays the arrival of the sun in the morning and attenuates the exposure to the sunlight in the evening. That position permits a good regulation of the sunshine, escaping the excess heat that is well known in hot climates. Thanks to the hills that surround the vineyard, the old vines located in the lowest part of the field receive underground water that provides sufficient natural water supply during almost the whole growing season.

Apalta vineyard was planted with Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah from 1920 to 2006. Some of the oldest blocks planted in 1920, have vines that were brought from France at the end of the 19th century.

Agnes Paquet 2015 Auxey Duresses

Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Origin: Auxey Duresses, Cote de Beaune, France

Floral, bright red fruits from nose to finish distinguish this exceptional under $40 Cote de Beaune Bed Burgundy. The ripe 2015 vintage in Burgundy greatly benefits regions like Auxey-Duresses (which is above Meursault, up against the hill), which can struggle to ripen Pinot Noir perfectly. Medium body, a fine intensity and wonderfully aromatic, this slender but not gaunt beauty is very good now.

The winery owned by Agnes Paquet a talented woman winemaker is pretty small with slightly above 32 acres spread out in Auxey Duresses, Pommard, Chassagne Montrachet and Saint Aubin. They decided to move toward the production of organic wines in 2019.

Wine Tip

You know that burgundy is very expensive, and you might know that 2015 is a great vintage in burgundy (especially for the reds). We loved the wine when we tried it, not a caricature of overly ripen fruit like some of the wines produced in 2015 at that price point. This bottle is drinking very well right now and I am sure you will enjoy it too.

Platinum Selection 2

Platinum Selection 2 - 49.95

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

Agnes Paquet 2015 Auxey Duresses

Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Origin: Auxey Duresses, Cote de Beaune, France

Floral, bright red fruits from nose to finish distinguish this exceptional under $40 Cote de Beaune Bed Burgundy. The ripe 2015 vintage in Burgundy greatly benefits regions like Auxey-Duresses (which is above Meursault, up against the hill), which can struggle to ripen Pinot Noir perfectly. Medium body, a fine intensity and wonderfully aromatic, this slender but not gaunt beauty is very good now.

The winery owned by Agnes Paquet a talented woman winemaker is pretty small with slightly above 32 acres spread out in Auxey Duresses, Pommard, Chassagne Montrachet and Saint Aubin. They decided to move toward the production of organic wines in 2019.

Wine Tip

You know that burgundy is very expensive, and you might know that 2015 is a great vintage in burgundy (especially for the reds). We loved the wine when we tried it, not a caricature of overly ripen fruit like some of the wines produced in 2015 at that price point. This bottle is drinking very well right now and I am sure you will enjoy it too.

Theopetra Estate 2018 Meteora

Grape Varietal: 50% Malagouzia and 50% Assyrtiko
Origin: Meteora PGI, Greece

The Theopetra Estate 2018 Meteora is a blend of 50% Malagouzia and 50% Assyrtiko grown on the foothills of Meterora Rocks near the prehistoric Cave of Theopetra. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks and the result is an absolutely delicious dry white displaying the crispness, minerality and citrus flavors of Assyrtiko and the tropical aromas and white peach flavors of Malagouzia. In the mouth the acidity is refreshing, the flavors are rich and round and the wine has a long finish. Perfect with fish, seafood and chicken breast.

Wine Tip

PGI Meteora is a recent appellation created in 2006 in the center of Greece.

All White Selection

All White Selection - No more than $45.00

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

Theopetra Estate 2018 Meteora

Grape Varietal: 50% Malagouzia and 50% Assyrtiko
Origin: Meteora PGI, Greece

The Theopetra Estate 2018 Meteora is a blend of 50% Malagouzia and 50% Assyrtiko grown on the foothills of Meterora Rocks near the prehistoric Cave of Theopetra. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks and the result is an absolutely delicious dry white displaying the crispness, minerality and citrus flavors of Assyrtiko and the tropical aromas and white peach flavors of Malagouzia. In the mouth the acidity is refreshing, the flavors are rich and round and the wine has a long finish. Perfect with fish, seafood and chicken breast.

Wine Tip

PGI Meteora is a recent appellation created in 2006 in the center of Greece.

Denis Jeandeau 2017 Vire-Clesse

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Origin: Vire-Clesse

Natural Wine

“Artisan wine grower, my aim is to craft quality wines as naturally as possible while respecting the environment and our terroir.

I cultivate in Bio a 1 hectare domain, completed by the purchase of grapes harvested by my care on 4 hectares. Four generations in the Maconnais have blessed me with passion, knowhow and demanding expectations. My convictions and commitment result in high quality wines, and my Pouilly-Fuisse, Saint Veran and Vire-Clesse can be found in the best restaurants in the World.” Denis Jeandeau

Situated on the steep hills of the village of Vire, the vines grow on layers of clay and et marno-calcaires du Bajocien supérieur soils which have the reputation of delivering some of the best wines in Burgundy. generally associated with the best wines of Burgundy.

Wine Tip

This is a very small producer that you will find in many Michelin stars restaurant all other the world, the price is fair and the vintage is excellent 2017. You will have the chance to discover why some lucky sommeliers buy his wines for their wine lists.

Champagne Selection

Champagne Selection - No more than $45.00

1 Bottle of Champagne (tax & shipping not included)

A. MARGAINE "LE BRUT" 1ER CRU TRADITIONELLE

Grape Varietal: Chardonnay 90% and 10% Pinot Noir
Origin: Villers-Marmery, 1er Cru
Disgorgement Date: 09/2020
Dosage: 8g/l

An elegant Champagne that shows lovely integration, framing flavors of Gala apple, white cherry, chalk and grated ginger with bright, lemony acidity and a finely detailed mousse. Minerally finish” Alison Napjus

This wine has been assembled with 40% of reserve wine from 2017 to 2011. It brings to the average that beautiful maturity and richness. The addition of 20% fermented in barrel add another layer of muscle. The rest of the blend ensure the freshness to counterbalance the rest of the blend.