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January 2019 Wine Club Red

January 28, 2019 5:59 pm Published by Comments Off on January 2019 Wine Club Red

2015 GUIGAL CÔTES DU RHÔNE ROUGE The Guigal family owns some of the most hallowed vineyards in the Rhône Valley and makes some of the most sought-after wines in the world. Yet, you are undoubtedly more likely to spend time with them speaking about their Côtes du Rhône Rouge. Given that this particular wine can be the introduction to the entire Rhône Valley for a novice, it is not enough for the Guigals to make a good Côtes du Rhône. They are relentlessly driven to produce distinctive, outstanding wines that drive interest in exploring the entirety of the Rhône. The... View Article


January 2019 Wine Club White

January 28, 2019 5:57 pm Published by Comments Off on January 2019 Wine Club White

THE 2016 JOSEPH DROUHIN MÂCON-VILLAGES BLANC Maison Joseph Drouhin was started by the Drouhin family 130 years ago. The fourth generation of the family is currently at the helm. From its inception Maison Joseph Drouhin has been dedicated to showcasing the diversity of the terroirs of Burgundy in all their authenticity and subtle variations. The wines are made bio-dynamically, with all procedures respecting the soil, the vine, and the environment. The Mâcon-Villages is an appellation for dry white wines made from the Chardonnay grape in the Mâconnais area of southern Burgundy. The soil here consists of clay and chalk from... View Article


December 2018 Wine Club Red #2

December 16, 2018 3:34 pm Published by Comments Off on December 2018 Wine Club Red #2

For December in a departure from most months, we bring you two luscious red wines. Second, is THE 2013 SCHUG SONOMA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON. From California’s Sonoma Valley, this Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and generous, and solidly built in the classic Bordeaux style that Walter Schug pioneered in California while wine master of Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa Valley, 1973 to 1983. A ripe mouthful of currant and cherry flavors are framed by fine tannins and a hint of spicy oak. The bouquet is classic, bursting with berries, cassis and spice. The Cabernet is blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and... View Article


December 2018 Wine Club Red #1

December 16, 2018 3:31 pm Published by Comments Off on December 2018 Wine Club Red #1

For December in a departure from most months, we bring you two luscious red wines. First, is THE 2016 MOLLYDOOKER THE SCOOTER MERLOT. Located in scenic McLaren Vale, bordered by the Adelaide Hills, the vineyards of Mollydooker are situated on Seaview Ridge, a site rich in ancient soils and blessed with a Mediterranean climate. Here, Mollydooker has three separate vineyards planted to Shiraz, Cabernet, and Merlot, all grown sustainably. The Scooter is the only Merlot made, sourced from a single vineyard, and named after Sparky Marquis, co-founder and former winemaker, who raced a big tire scooter in his younger days.... View Article


November 2018 Wine Club Red

October 31, 2018 1:13 pm Published by Comments Off on November 2018 Wine Club Red

THE 2008 FAUSTINO V RESERVA This dry, red wine is made from mostly Tempranillo with a hint of Mazuelo. It is aged for 18 months in American oak before being bottled. This wine is deep red cherry and maroon in appearance. The intense nose suggests dried herbs and leather. The wine is full-bodied and smooth on the palate. The finish brings notes of vanilla spice and black plum. The balance and elegant structure adds to the complexity of the wine. Aging quite gracefully, this wine is an excellent choice for a variety of meat dishes such as roast lamb, ham,... View Article


November 2018 Wine Club White

October 31, 2018 1:10 pm Published by Comments Off on November 2018 Wine Club White

THE 2016 FAUSTINO VII WHITE This wine is made from 100% Viura (also called Macabeo). Viura is one of the main grapes used in white Rioja and Cava. The Faustino VII White is a light, dry white wine. It is bright and pale gold yellow in appearance. The nose is redolent of white fruit, such as pear and apples. Floral notes and herbaceous hints are joined with a balanced acidity on the palate producing a freshness in taste. The finish consists of lingering fruit with a medium intensity. This versatile white wine pairs well with vegetables, fish and seafood, sausages,... View Article


October 2018 Wine Club Red

October 31, 2018 1:04 pm Published by Comments Off on October 2018 Wine Club Red

THE 2016 DOMAINES DE BARON ROTHSCHILD LEGENDE BORDEAUX 2016 was remarkable vintage in the Bordeaux region, both in quantity and quality. A very wet start for the first six months of the year was followed by a very dry period in summer months, which culminated in localized thundershowers and a beautiful Indian summer, allowing the grapes to reach optimal ripeness. The red wines are rich, smooth and fruity, deep-colored and mature in tannins. Legende 2016 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Deep crimson in color, the nose is filled with aromatic red fruit as raspberry and... View Article


October 2018 Wine Club White

October 31, 2018 1:01 pm Published by Comments Off on October 2018 Wine Club White

THE 2017 DOMÄNE WACHAU GRÜNER VELTLINER FEDERSPIEL TERRASSEN Over 50% of Domäne Wachau’s production is given to the grape varietal Grüner Veltliner, vinified in a variety of styles. This wine is a Federspiel, a registered trademark of the Wachau district that denotes the wine is medium-bodied with a maximum alcohol content of 12.5% that it is dry without any added sugar, which is forbidden by law, and that it is elegantly balanced. The term Federspiel is derived from falconry, a once popular leisure activity among the medieval nobility, and the falcon as a symbol pays homage to this sport. Terrassen... View Article


September 2018 Wine Club Red

October 31, 2018 12:47 pm Published by Comments Off on September 2018 Wine Club Red

THE 2015 CHÂTEAU DES DEUX ROCS LANGUEDOC-CABRIÈRES ROUGE PRÉMICES Jean-Claude Zabalia, one of the Languedoc’s most talented winemakers, spent over 20 years at Saint Martin de la Garrigue before striking out on his own to start Château des Deux Rocs in 2012. Like any new venture undertaken by a seasoned veteran, Jean-Claude did his homework. In his many searches for great terroir in the Languedoc, he came across Cabrières—an area already known for producing outstanding rosé, but what he found was so much more. The vines of Jean-Claude’s new domaine, Château de Deux Rocs, are located in the isolated Vallée... View Article


September 2018 Wine Club White

October 31, 2018 12:41 pm Published by Comments Off on September 2018 Wine Club White

THE 2016 PASCAL JOLIVET ATTITUDE SAUVIGNON BLANC Pascal Jolivet, winemaker and merchant, created the Domaine Pascal Jolivet in 1987. In the 30 years since, he has continued to expand the estate, and currently produces more than a dozen cuvées, many of them award-winning, single-vineyard bottlings from Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Twice in recent years Wine Spectator has ranked Pascal Jolivet’s wines in its top 100 Wines of the Year. Pascal Jolivet practices biodynamic farming and lets nature take its course, meaning vinification is accomplished with little intervention. Jolivet’s vision for the Attitude line was to create a high-quality Loire collection—including Sauvignon... View Article


The Prisoner Wine Company

October 13, 2018 4:14 am Published by Comments Off on The Prisoner Wine Company

2016 SALDO California Zinfandel   85% Zinfandel; 15% blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah Full-bodied wine with bold aromas of black licorice, black pepper, cherry, and baking spice. Rich palate with a hint of chocolate and velvety tannins on the smooth finish



October 13, 2018 4:01 am Published by Comments Off on LA CHABLISIENNE

2017 SAINT-BRIS Saint-Bris Appellation Contrôlée A unique Burgundian production from the banks of the Yonne River, in the heart of the Auxerrois region (not too far from the Chablis AOC), this delicious dry white wine is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Vinified by La Chablisienne cooperative. 100% Sauvignon Blanc Deliciously vibrant, fresh and aromatic white wine, presenting citrus and white fruit aromas and balanced acidity Drink stand-alone or pair with seafood, cheeses, and curry dishes



October 13, 2018 3:57 am Published by Comments Off on CHÂTEAU DE FLAUGERGUES

2014 LANGUEDOC LA MÉJANELLE CUVÉE SOMMELIÈRE Languedoc Appellation Protegée       Southern Rhône style blend: 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache Noir, 10% Mourvèdre Full-bodied red wine black cherry, blackberry and anise notes structured by full tannins and firm acidity. Hints of earth notes and herbs on the finish


Lingua Franca Winery

October 13, 2018 3:50 am Published by Comments Off on Lingua Franca Winery

Lingua Franca was founded in 2015 by Larry Stone, celebrated sommelier, wine consultant and Fulbright Scholar, together with partners David Honig and Dominique Lafon. Located in the Eola-Amity Hills in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, the venture produces vineyard blends of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.   2015 LINGUA FRANCA AVNI CHARDONNAY Willamette Valley, Oregon 100% Chardonnay A vibrant and complex wine on the palate, expressing lasting flavors of citrus, pear, and white flowers, and ending with flint tones   2015 LINGUA FRANCA AVNI PINOT NOIR Willamette Valley, Oregon 100% Pinot Noir Medium-bodied wine expressing complexity borne from floral, smoky, mineral, and... View Article


El Tequila Privado

October 13, 2018 3:24 am Published by Comments Off on El Tequila Privado

El Tequila Privado is produced in Amatitán, Mexico by a local artisan and distilling family. Following a private recipe for many generations, and never veering from centuries-old codes—“Los Códigos”—this small distillery creates one of the world’s most selective tequilas. At Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits, we have three of these amazing tequilas Código 1530 Blanco “Unrested,” fully mature agave, aged over 7 years Rich citrus and mineral flavors Código 1530 Rosa “Rested” one month in uncharred Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels Bright agave flavor with soft floral notes of Cebernet Código 1530 Reposado. Aged six months in charred Napa... View Article