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On occasion, we feature either individual wines or a particular winery or event. Read on for current “Wines of the Week” and other Featured Wines!
Wine of the Week: 21 September 2017
Domaine Glinavos 2015 Paleokerisio 500ml – Full Retail – $17.99 :: Mixed Case Discount – $15.29
I’ll be upfront about this, Paleokerisio is not a wine for everyone. In fact, it might be more suited to your average Basque cider or sour beer drinker.
It’s made in western Greece’s Ioannina out of the white grape Debina and a little bit of the red grape Vlahiko. The wine is made with the pressed juice seeing contact with the grape skins, not unlike the way a red wine is made; hence its almost amber color.
The wine naturally retains carbonation from the fermentation process and it has an almost paradoxically fruity quality in comparison to the dryness of the finish.
Wine for the adventurous palate.
Wine of the Week: 7 September 2017
Domaine la Capelle 2014 Minervois Rouge – Full Retail – $11.99 :: Mixed Case Discount – $10.19
You’ve had the old GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blend, now it’s time to try the opposite. La Capelle makes their MSG blend (60% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, 20% Grenache) in the southern French appellation of Minervois.
Pure, honest red fruit for days in this wine. Medium bodied and the perfect red if you’ve been drinking red blends from around the world or Cotes-du-Rhone wines. The grapes for this wine reach optimal ripeness easily in the warm vineyards of Languedoc-Roussillon where they are then hand harvested.
After fermentation 40% of the wine is aged in French oak, all of which is 2 – 4 years old, while the rest is aged in stainless steel. A good, all around, everyday red wine.
Wine of the Week: 17 August 2017
Laura Hartwig 2013 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – $14.99 – $12.74 @ Mixed Case Discount
Bordeaux, California, and Chile? When considering parts of the world known for Cabernet Sauvignon production, Chile is often, unfortunately so, overlooked. Their style often combines the structure of Bordeaux, but with the early drinking accessibility of Cali Cabs.
Laura Hartwig’s single vineyard Cabernet comes from Chile’s Colchagua Valley which is known for its old vine vineyards and production of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere.
After aging in French and American oak, followed by a period of time in bottle, Laura Hartwig’s Single Vineyard Cab is not one to be missed for Cabernet enthusiasts.
Wine of the Week: 27 July 2017
Bertani 2012 Vintage Edition Soave – $29.99 – $14.99 @ Club Card Price*
Soave always strikes me as an undervalued beverage in this wide world of wine. I get why though. It’s a white wine made from a grape that isn’t exactly a household name: Garganega. Plus, decades ago it was overproduced and fell far below the quality levels it should have achieved.
Much like producers such as Pra, Inama, and Gini, Bertani makes a complex and age-worthy Soave that is not to be missed. Their atypical harvest technique is said to be an old method of Soave production, and it has proven beneficial for them to look to the past to inform their winemaking.
The grapes in this wine are made using two harvests, one in September and one harvest a month later in October. Once the juice is blended, the higher acid grapes from September combined with the more concentrated grapes from October create a beautiful balance of richness and concentration.
Wine of the Week: 5 July 2017
Tintonegro 2014 Limestone Block Malbec – $19.99 – $14.99 @ Club Card Price*
“With tannins that cling to the palate like the claws of a kitten, this mainly Malbec plus Cabernet Franc is radiant in its fresh red fruit. A bright celebration of strawberries and herbs.”