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April 2021 Wine Club Red

April 3, 2021 Published by |

2018 GUY BRETON “MARYLOU” BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES Guy Breton is known by his friends as Petit Max—though he is anything but petit. He took over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986. Following the example of traditionalist Jules Chauvet, Guy and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, soon hoisted the flag of Chauvet’s back-to-nature movement. Kermit dubbed this clan the Gang of Four, and the name has stuck ever since. The Gang called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification. The end result allows Morgon, one of the ten Beaujolais crus... View Article

April 2021 Wine Club White

April 3, 2021 Published by |

2018 MEYER-FONNÉ EDELZWICKER Félix Meyer is a rising star in Alsace and has an evident instinct for his craft. He is the third generation in his family to be making wine in the domaine his grandfather founded in the late nineteenth century. Since taking over the family domaine in 1992, Félix has already left his own mark, modernizing equipment in the winery, developing export sales, and now expanding the family’s holdings in many of Alsace’s great vineyard sites, including several grand crus. It’s all about the details at Meyer-Fonné, with an emphasis on tradition and respect for terroir. The winery... View Article

December 2020 Wine Club White

December 4, 2020 Published by |

2018 SOKOL BLOSSER COLUMBIA VALLEY EVOLUTION RIESLING Sokol Blosser was founded in 1971 by husband and wife Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley. Today the winery is still a family-owned and run operation. The second-generation of the family who run the business now describe their wine-making philosophy, “We create wines of world-class quality that are produced sustainably, mindful of the environment, that express the distinctive flavors of our hillside vineyards. Sokol Blosser wines reflect who we are—our values and our sense of place.” The winemakers’ notes on this wine say, “With the touch... View Article

October 2020 Wine Club White

October 27, 2020 Published by |

2018 DAOU PASO ROBLES SAUVIGNON BLANC Georges and Daniel Daou, the two owners of Daou Vineyards, are brothers and best friends. In the early 1980s they founded a networking technology company, Daou Systems, which they sold successfully in 1998. Daniel had been making wine in his garage in San Diego for several years and reading every book he could find on wine making. He decided that after selling Daou Systems, he could now start his own winery. Daniel and Georges acquired the original Hoffman Mountain Ranch, completely restored the original redwood winery, and began producing award-winning wines. Daniel describes his... View Article

August 2020 Wine Club Red

August 5, 2020 Published by |

2016 PEÑALOLEN CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAIPO VALLEY Peñalolen winery was founded by vineyard owner Ricardo Peña and his wife Isabel. They are focused on producing unique Chilean wines, full of personality and verve. The wines are made by winemaker Jean-Pascal Lacaze, well respected for his deft hand in producing memorable wines. All grapes are grown and hand harvested with meticulous care to guarantee the integrity of the fruit, and picked early in the morning when the weather is coolest. Peñalolen truly is a family-owned, boutique winery committed to making wines of distinction. This 2016 vintage is a blend of 75% Cabernet... View Article

August 2020 Wine Club White

August 5, 2020 Published by |

2018 ANIELLO “BLEND DE SUELOS” BLANCO DE PINOT NOIR Bodega Aniello is a small winery looking to explore the value of the ancient winemaking tradition of Patagonia, while being faithful to the Italian roots of its members. The member-owners of the winery were attracted by the quality and personality of the wines in the southernmost wine region of Argentina and decided to buy the first estate, called 006, located in the district of Mainque, Upper Rio Negro Valley. Geographically dynamic, Argentina’s cool-climate Patagonia region is a combination of jagged mountains, plateaus, snow, rivers, plains and sea. The eastern bank of... View Article

April 2019 Wine Club White

April 1, 2019 Published by |

THE 2018 DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD LAS HUERTAS CHARDONNAY Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired Viña Los Vascos in 1988, animated by a pioneering spirit and with the vision to reveal the potential of this exceptional land through patience, passion and an unrelenting quest for excellence. Las Huertas Chardonnay is a fresh and delicate wine, with a harmonious and fruity bouquet. The vineyard’s own Chardonnay grapes are complemented by a selection of grapes from Casablanca Valley located further north between Santiago and Valparaiso. Flavorful, fresh and pleasant, this wine has an appealing character with good lingering fruit. The grapes were... View Article

Rowley Saison du Sarlacc

October 29, 2017 Published by |

Like the dreaded sarlacc that inhabits the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, Saison du Sarlacc is a hopped up beast of a saison. Saison du Sarlacc starts out as a spelt-based saison, but is whirlpool and dry-hopped with an abundant charge of Citra, Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin hops. This hop monster is co-fermented with Thierez yeast and Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for a bit of funk and a crisp, dry finish. It is the most hopped saison they make. For batch 2, they bumped up the ABV a bit to make it a tad bit meaner. We hope you enjoy being... View Article

October, 2017 Wine Club Red

September 30, 2017 Published by |

2014 MAQUIS GRAN RESERVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON The Maquis Estate is located in the heart of the Colchagua Valley where the Tinguiririca River meets the Chimbarongo creek. The location of the vineyards on an island between flowing waters on highly concentrated clay deposited over the gravel brought by the rivers, allows for good drainage. The rivers also help moderate the air temperatures in the vineyards. As a result of this, the fruit from the vineyard has extremely concentrated flavors, losing its “green” flavors early in the season. In this region, 2014 had a dry, frosty spring, followed by a warm summer... View Article