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Featured Wines

Welcome to Featured Wines

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!

 

Our Thanksgiving Picks 2017

 

John’s Picks

Wines from the Willamette Valley are always crowd pleasers.
Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris match the traditional foods served on this glorious feast.
Benton Lane is an excellent example of great quality  The wine is farmed organically,
bringing out the best in these Estate grapes.
Pinot Gris is rich with tropical fruit, mango , honeysuckle ,fig and citrus flavor profiles.
Pinot Noir is loaded with flavors of black currents, cranberry, cocoa with hints of rose petals.
Steve and Carol Girard have an excellent reputation going back to their days in Napa.
 
For those that would like bigger bolder flavors in your red , Zinfandel is the wine for you.
Bold brambly berry fruits with hints of baking spices yet rich and eloquent. Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel is that and more. Michael Dashe learned from one of the greats, Paul Draper from Ridge Vineyards.

 

Susan’s Picks

Cowan Cellars “Jack’s Rose, 2016  North Coast, CA    $22.99 >$17.99
 
Jim Cowan makes wines because he and his wife Diane love to cook.   Their philosophy is to make wines with a personality, lower to moderate alcohol, no new oak, and sustain freshness.  The Jack’s Rose is 100% Merlot, grown in rocky soil with a volcanic topsoil.  It has an exuberence of wild cherry and pepper with, as Jim says, a fresh, minerally tonic water finish.  Great for the appetizer course, substantial and vibrant enough for the entire dinner.
 
 
Forlorn Hope “San Hercurmer Delle Frecce” Barbera 2014, Shake Ridge and Rorick Vineyards, Sierra Foothills, CA   $34.99
 
My favorite quote from the winemaker and owner, Matthew Rorick-  “All Forlorn Hope wines are produced from wine grapes.  That’s it. We believe very strongly that the site and farming produce all that we should find in a bottle of wine, and we don’t want to confuse or muddy the story that each wine can relate by adding water or yeast or acid or enzymes that had nothing at all to do with what the vines put into each of our clusters.”  So, this barbera is fresh, bright, a rush of tart cherry, with silky structure and a long finish.  A crowd pleaser,  a masterful canvas from which to show off your holiday menu!
 
Domaine les Hautes Cances Cairanne, Cuvee Vielles Vignes 2012 , Cotes du Rhone Villages   $24.99 
 
For those who prefer a fuller bodied red, this charming wine has darker fruit flavors, with a velvety, mouth filling richness.  From the southern Rhone, on 43 acres farmed since the 1890’s by the same family.   

Wine of the Week: 14 November 2017

Jean-Michel Gerin 2012 La Champine Syrah – Full Retail – $19.99 :: Club Card Price – $11.99*

Jean-Michel Gerin has been operating a winery in the heart of Cote-Rotie since the early 1980’s. It is there where he makes full bodied reds from the great grape of the northern Rhone, Syrah. His La Champine Syrah comes from the appellation Collines Rhodaniennes which is located outside of the proper northern Rhone appellations, but still leans more northern than southern Rhone. The wine itself is aged in a mix of French and American oak (50% new) as well as stainless steel before being blended and then bottled for further aging at the winery. Typical to northern Rhone Syrah, we’re talking about aromas of black pepper, cedar, and blue fruits (I might even venture as far as to say a blue berry).

*While supplies last.


Wine of the Week: 3 November 2017

Hexamer 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Trocken – Full Retail – $22.99 :: Mixed Case Discount – $19.54

This may surprise you, but it turns out they make Sauvignon Blanc in Germany. Hexamer is located in Germany’s Nahe wine region along the river by the same name. The river helps moderate the local climate, creating almost Mediterranean-like conditions in some south facing vineyards.

 

Hexamer’s Sauvignon Blanc is an example of how a wine region can surprise you. As a Sauvignon Blanc, it’s more tropically fruited than your average Sancerre, but it isn’t as grapefruity as what you expect from New Zealand. And thankfully, it doesn’t taste like a pile of grass and bell pepper.

The Sauvignon Blanc to try this week if you’re a lover of the grape or German wine.


Wine of the Week: 26 September 2017

Tenuta delle Terre Nere 2015 Etna Rosso – Full Retail – $19.99 :: Mixed Case Discount – $16.99

On the island of Sicily one can find Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna. And for some ridiculous reason, a number of winemakers have chosen to plant vines in remarkably close proximity to it, it being AN ACTIVE VOLCANO. Though I’m too much of a wuss to plant vineyards next to a volcano, I’m thrilled that there are braver folks than I because the resulting wine is pretty fantastic. 

It might go without saying, but vineyards planted on the slopes of a volcano are planted in volcanic soil. Over time, disintegrating lava flows lay a foundation rich in minerals that prove beneficial for agriculture, especially wine grapes. Terre Nere’s Etna Rosso is made with the local grape Nerello Mascalese (about 95% of the blend) and Nerello Cappuccio. 

Aside from grapes that are difficult to pronounce without a semester of Italian, what does this spell for the flavor? It offers the freshness and red fruit flavors of red Burgundy, the tannin and acid structures of some of Piedmont’s famous wines. And after a little decanting, all sorts of thought provoking flavors and aromas. Now if only I had the patience to age these, I imagine some wonderful things would happen.


Wine of the Week: 21 September 2017

Domaine Glinavos 2015 Paleokerisio 500ml – Full Retail – $16.99 :: Mixed Case Discount – $14.44

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.