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October Wine Club Red

September 25, 2022 11:59 am Published by Comments Off on October Wine Club Red

2018 DOMAINE GALLETY CÔTES DU VIVARAIS ROUGE The Côtes du Vivarais (meaning hillside slopes of Vivarais) run down the western flank of the Rhône, just south of Montélimar in the Ardèche. Although these hills mirror those of the Côtes-du-Rhône on the opposite bank of the river, the Côtes du Vivarais was only recently awarded A.O.C. in 1999. This region has a cooler and wetter climate than its neighbor across the river and has a longer ripening season. Domaine Gallety was founded in 1974 by Alain Gallety and his father. Today it is run by Alain and his son David-Alexandre. They... View Article

October Wine Club White

September 25, 2022 11:55 am Published by Comments Off on October Wine Club White

2021 DOMAINE RÉGIS MINET POUILLY FUMÉ Domaine Régis Minet is located in the eastern Loire town of Pouilly-sur-Loire. It is said that the Pouilly-sur-Loire produces the greatest Sauvignon Blancs in the world. Régis’ vineyards sit at 750 feet, surrounded by hills on the far east of the Loire River, and centered proudly on the prized limestone and clay of the Kimmeridgian chain. The scattered flint in these vineyards imbues the wines with a character quite distinctive from the neighboring village of Sancerre. In the words of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant Store Manager, Steve Waters, “You couldn’t ask for a cleaner,... View Article

September Wine Club Red

September 25, 2022 11:49 am Published by Comments Off on September Wine Club Red

SALDO ZINFANDEL This wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Syrah. The wine is dark ruby in color with aromas of black licorice, black pepper, cherry, and baking spice. The palate is mouth-watering and smooth with a hint of chocolate. The finish is long with soft, velvety tannins. Here is what the winemakers say about this wine, “While sampling grapes from fine-quality vineyards to make The Prisoner, we came across many that, although not right for that distinctive Napa Valley blend, were just too good to let go. We created Saldo to feature this outstanding fruit from Dry... View Article

September Wine Club White

September 25, 2022 11:46 am Published by Comments Off on September Wine Club White

2021 SALDO CHENIN BLANC This is a blend of 90% Chenin Blanc, 7% Muscat and 3% Verdelho. The pale yellow wine has a delicate and soft mouthfeel but has enough acidity to refresh the palate. It has aromas of pineapple, white peach and brown spice and tastes of pineapple and honey-crisp apple. Wilfred Wong of awarded this wine 91 points and said, “The 2021 Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Chenin Blanc is an excellent example of this grape variety’s dry, New World version.” Enjoy this wine on your patio or deck as you toast the beginning of fall in Santa... View Article

August 2022 Wine Club Red

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2019 CATENA MALBEC Bodega Catena Zapata was founded in 1902 by an Italian immigrant, Nicola Catena, who was convinced that Argentine Malbec could rival any first-growth Bordeaux. It was not till 1994 that this conviction was realized by his grandson, Nicolás Catena Zapata, who produced a Malbec from high-altitude vineyards. It was Nicolás who discovered that the poor soils in the higher elevations of the Andes were ideal for grape vines, with each valley providing a unique flavor profile and aroma to the same varietal. The vines had naturally low yields, with the fruit ripening slowly over the summer, creating... View Article

August 2022 Wine Club White

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2018 SALENTEIN RESERVE CHARDONNAY Bodegas Salentein is located in the Uco valley in Mendoza at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level. It was established in the late 1990s on an estate of 5,000 acres, that includes a 125-acre nature preserve. The goal of Salentein is to make high-quality wines while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. Their vineyards, located between 3,445 and 5,577 feet above sea level, are farmed sustainably. Drip irrigation, using mountain water run-off from the melting snow caps of the Andes, results in lower pH levels, giving... View Article

July 2022 Wine Club Rosé

July 2, 2022 11:41 am Published by Comments Off on July 2022 Wine Club Rosé

2020 GRGICH HILLS ESTATE ROSÉ Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in that now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, as the finest white wine in the world. The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one... View Article

July 2022 Wine Club White

July 2, 2022 11:38 am Published by Comments Off on July 2022 Wine Club White

2020 RAMÓN BILBAO ALBARIÑO The winery takes its name from Ramón Bilbao Murga born in 1876 in Etxebarri. In 1914, he bought a grain warehouse and planted vineyards and by 1924 opened a bodega in Haro. In 1929, his son Enrique Bilbao took over his father’s business. Today, the bodega is owned by Zamora Company. The company owns 205 hectares of old vineyards and works with wine growers producing grapes on 900 hectares in the area. In 2020, Ramón Bilbao was named among 50 Most Admired Wine Brands in the World by Drinks International magazine. The wines from Ramón Bilbao... View Article

June 2022 Wine Club Red

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2019 MOLLYDOOKER “THE BOXER” SHIRAZ Mollydooker is Australian slang for a left-handed boxer. Mollydooker, the brand, was founded by Sarah and Sparky Marquis, two left-handed winemakers, in 2006. When Robert Parker reviewed their first vintage, he rated “The Boxer” the “Best Value Red in the World.” In 2007 they purchased their estate vineyard in McLaren Vale and instituted their trademarked Vineyard Watering Program to ensure the best quality in the fruit used in their wines. They also guarantee the quality of their wine by rating it on its “Marquis Fruit Weight,” a measure of how far back on your tongue... View Article

June 2022 Wine Club White

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2018 STELLA BELLA CHARDONNAYThe Margaret River region is located on the southernmost tip of the west coast of Australia. Some of the most elegant wines in Australia come from this region. Stella Bella (Beautiful Star in Italian) was established as a brand in 1999 by Stuart Pym and Janice McDonald, the owners of Suckfizzle Vineyards. The brand was established in their words “…to encapsulate the beautiful colors, aromas and flavors we enjoy and talk about in wine.” The grapes that go into their 100% Chardonnay are hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, and wild fermented. The wine is then aged in new... View Article

May 2022 Wine Club Red

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2017 SESTI ROSSO DI MONTALCINO This red wine is imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants. Tom Wolf, marketing manager at Kermit Lynch has this to say about the wine, “…This is the result of Giuseppe and his daughter Elisa’s experience and also their selection of high-quality fruit for all of their bottlings. Their Rosso di Montalcino, for example, consists of Sangiovese that would qualify for their Brunello di Montalcino. Additionally, they’ve farmed it with organic and biodynamic methods and aged it in massive oak botti. In other words, the grapes are treated with the utmost care and respect from vine... View Article

May 2022 Wine Club White

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2020 VINI FANTINI TREBBIANO D’ABRUZZO Abruzzo is a central-Italian region famed for red wines from the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape, and white wines from the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo grape. Vini Fantini is owned by the Farnese group, one of the most successful wine-making operations in Italy. The stated goal of the winery is to produce wines of excellent value and quality for all wine aficionados. This wine is imported by Empson USA, a company founded by Maria and Neil Empson to import Italian wines. They describe themselves as, “…a company of wine lovers who believe wine is not just a part of... View Article

April 2022 Wine Club Red

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2019 DOMAINE FAIVELEY BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Faiveley was founded in 1825 by Pierre Faiveley. Today it is run by the 7th generation of Faiveleys, brother Erwan and sister Eve, who continue the wine-making traditions practiced for centuries but combine them with modern wine-making methods. It is today the largest family-owned domaine in Bourgogne (Burgundy in French). This 100% Pinot Noir wine is sourced from vineyards spread across the terroirs of Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise. It is vinified for 12 to 14 months in the cellars of Domaine Faiveley. Winemaker’s notes describe this wine as, “A... View Article

April 2022 Wine Club White

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2017 SIMONNET-FEBVRE SAINT-BRIS SAUVIGNON BLANC Maison Simonnet-Febvre was established in 1840 and it is a traditional Chablis winery, one of the oldest in Burgundy. Today Simonnet-Febvre produces a wide range of wines to express the different terroirs of their vineyards. The estate was purchased in 2003 by Maison Louis Latour. It is currently led by Paul Espitalié, who runs the estate as a separate enterprise with its own house style. The location of the Saint-Bris vineyards allows the Sauvignon grapes to fully express their range of aromas and the minerality of the soils. They are often planted in colder areas... View Article

March 2022 Wine Club Red

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2016 CASA FERREIRINHA VINHA GRANDE Casa Ferreirinha’s first still wine of excellence was Barca Velha in 1952 and set the standard for still wines from the region. This was followed by Vinha Grande in 1960. The house is heir to over 270 years of history and the name Casa Ferreirinha is inspired by the 19th century figure, Dona Antónia Ferreira — fondly known as “Ferreirinha” — the Portuguese businesswoman known for the cultivation of Port wine and winemaking innovations in Portugal. Casa Ferreirinha wines begin life in the vineyards sculpted against the Douro’s hills and valleys. These vineyards have stony... View Article