A new #1 sparkling wine from California’s Sonoma County, Bell Wine Cellars Blanc de Noirs is made using the traditional French method. Blending Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunièr grapes grown in cooler regions, the wine is crisp, elegant, and displays a pale blush tint. It is available for a refreshing $38.99.
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Broadside is a “reflection of place” exhibiting a wonderfully transparent expression of a growing area’s unique terroir. Wild Ferment Chardonnay shines with the saline minerality, bright acidity, and vibrant fruit from the delightful Pacific Ocean-influenced terroir of San Luis Obispo County. It presents as aromatic and flavorful with pineapple, minerals, pear, and green plum. Sourced from sustainably farmed, SIP-certified vineyards. It is fermented and matured in neutral oak and stainless steel. We’re featuring this wine at just $14.99.
Bogle Phantom fans, look what’s new! This chardonnay from Clarksburg has rich layers of fruit, while barrel fermentation results in a wine that deceives you with flavors of freshly baked apple pie, complete with flaky crust and vanilla ice cream. This surprising wine is just in time for autumn and is available for a deceptively low $19.99.
Raúl Pérez is one of Spain’s finest winemakers, and is regarded by many as one of the top winemakers in the world. He is intensely driven to create amazing wines. Knowing what his vineyards require to achieve their greatest potential, he succeeds in producing quality expressions of a region’s indigenous grapes. Our example is the 2015 “Saint Jacques” Ultreia from the Mencia grape of Bierzo in northwest Spain. This medium-bodied, dry wine boasts red fruit with evolving characteristics that will astound you with honest simplicity, without understating the inherent complexity. This amazing wine was a special purchase and availability is... View Article
THE 2014 CHÂTEAU SAINT-SULPICE BORDEAUX The 100-acre Château Saint-Sulpice estate is situated in the village of St. Sulpice in northern Entre-Deux-Mers, just south of St. Emilion and 14 miles northeast of the city of Bordeaux. The property is planted mainly with Merlot and is very carefully tended by owner-winemaker Pierre Dubergé and his son Christophe. The Château Saint-Sulpice Bordeaux Rouge is a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. This wine is vinified as if it were a “classified growth”—complete destemming, eight-day fermentation in new temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks and aging in vats for several months before... View Article
THE 2015 CHÂTEAU BONNET WHITE Château Bonnet lies to the North of the Entre-Deux-Mers, on the clay-chalk slopes of the commune of Grézillac, overlooking the Dordogne valley some 6 miles south of St. Emilion. The estate dates back to the 17th century. When André Lurton took over in 1956, the estate comprised 30 hectares of vineyard, which he immediately undertook to renovate and develop. Today, half Bonnet’s production is devoted to a highly popular dry white (AOC Entre-Deux-Mers—a blend of 55% Sauvignon, 30% Sémillon and 15% Muscadelle grape—carefully vinified to preserve the freshness and bouquet of these varietals. This wine... View Article
THE 2015 TORRES 5G GRANACHAS The 2015 is a blend of Granacha (also known as Grenache) from 5 different parcels in the Campo de Borja region of Spain. Campo de Borja is immediately adjacent to the more famous regions of Rioja and Navarra. The Moncayo mountain—in the middle of Campo de Borja—influences the soil and climate of the region and produces several micro-climates. The blend in the 5G is designed to represent the various micro-climates and to pay homage to the five generations of the Torres wine-making family. The 5G Granachas is fragrant and comes across like a joven (meaning... View Article
THE 2016 JEAN LEON 3055 CHARDONNAY As a young man in Spain, Jean Leon had two dreams: to own a luxurious restaurant and to create exceptional wines bearing his name. He stowed away on a ship to New York when he was 19. He worked as a New York cab driver and landed a job as a waiter in a restaurant owned by Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio. Here he met the brightest stars of Hollywood, struck up a friendship with James Dean and established the most luxurious restaurant in Beverly Hills at that time. He then focused on creating... View Article
THE 2013 ANTINORI VILLA TOSCANA ROSSO The 2013 Antinori Villa Toscana Rosso is a Super Tuscan blend. Cabernet, Merlot, and Sangiovese is the composition of the Super Tuscan wines of central Italy. The blend can be made to any number of variations, but the combination typically draws on the power and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon, the sweet, juicy fruit flavors of Merlot and the rustic, sour-cherry tang of Sangiovese. The wines may be produced in a style suited to early consumption, or built into robust cuvees that require many years of bottle maturation to reach their peak. Sangiovese is the... View Article
THE ROBERT ANSELMI SAN VINCENZO BIANCO Robert Anselmi is a rebel, a legend in the Soave district of the Veneto region in northeast Italy. He broke from the traditional vineyard and winemaking practices in the Soave district to focus on quality over quantity. His efforts have created north Italian white wines of unprecedented quality and finesse. The San Vincenzo Bianco, a blend of 80% Garganega, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, consistently gets rated at 90 plus points by critics. The Wine Spectator listed this blend in its top 100 wines in 2016, describing the wine as, “An expressive white, creamy... View Article
Piñon coffee flavor takes center stage with roasty malt to accentuate—and a little sweetness to balance—the whole experience. 6.7% ABV, 45 IBU. Rio Bravo is a growing brewery in Albuquerque with roots in Santa Fe. We are proud to carry some of their recently released lineup. Check out their La Luz lager when you are in the mood for much lighter fare.
As we embrace the monsoon season, our desire for refreshing, light-bodied sours has not waned. Odell packed a lot of flavors into this limited release, running the gamut from citrus to dank, with a little bit of earthy funk as well. 6.0% ABV, 35 IBU.
Our newest gin arrival comes to us from the curious mind of P.J. Rigney. “Through the years, Rigney has taken many journeys from the familiar into terra incognita. In time, those travels brought him to the wild and unspoilt landscape of Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland. “It was here that his curious mind, filled with the great oriental traditions of distilling fruit, herbs and botanicals, got to work. He created the Shed Distillery, with its medieval copper pot stills, and began a quest to fuse the oriental botanicals with the local Irish ones.” The result of this passionate exploration is Gunpowder... View Article
Taking some notes from the hazy, “juice bomb” east coast IPAs that are all the rage right now, and then applying some reason to the recipe in the form of actual bitterness imparted, Santa Fe Brewing has crafted a current, balanced IPA that is sure to appease the geekiest of beer drinkers, and probably convert some who are put off by extremely bitter IPAs. When we talk about flavors and aromas of orange marmalade, sweet grapefruit, guava, and papaya here, note that these are purely hop-derived—no added flavor extract nonsense here.
Who doesn’t love a Belgian witbier? Unfiltered, yet light-bodied, they are often brightened up with a slice of citrus. The folks at Wittekerke have found a way to achieve the acidity without fruit, by putting the beer through barrel-fermentation in oak foeders to impart a clean acidity that is perfect for pairing with any grilled foods!