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A Rich & Velvety Full‑Bodied Red: Montgó Tempranillo

posted on June 22nd, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Tempranillo, depending on where it is cultivated, goes by many names - Tinta del Pais and Cencibel in Spain, Aragonez or Tinta Roriz in Portugal – and has gained fame as a black grape widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. This mouth-watering beauty exudes intense rich aromas of sweet strawberries, mature plums and raisins with hints of tobacco, dark chocolate and minerals. The rich and juicy flavors of fresh ripe berry fruits combined with gentle notes of tasted oak and a refreshing acidity are softened by the velvety tannins on the finish. Ole! The grapes were handpicked at the optimum stage of ripeness. This was followed by gentle de-stemming and crushing along with an element of saignée – literally the bleeding of the grapes that winemakers use to increase intensity in their red wines. Initial temperature controlled fermentation and maceration was followed by the wine being aged in French oak barrels for 6 months. Suggested Retail $14.99 Sale… Read More

Father’s Day Wine Special: 2 for $12 Celler Barcelona Red Blend

posted on June 15th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

The initial mouth feel is full of rich, sweet blackberries and black raspberries. Robust yet smooth and ripe on the mid-palate, flavors of dark chocolate and fresh berries coat your mouth with a sublime, lengthy finish. The blend is Tempranillo and Grenache. Pair this Spanish beauty with grilled meats, cheeses and pizza. Celler Barcelona was created by long tenured California Winemaker, Russell Smith, in partnership with World Renowned wineries in Spain. His career in wine making began in 1983 settling in Napa Valley where he honed his craft while working with well-known wineries including Joseph Phelps vineyards, Flora Springs and then Becker Vineyards in Texas. He was always captivated by the picturesque vineyards in Spain, so twenty years later he finally returned and decided to pursue his lifelong dream of winemaking along Spain's northeastern coastline where the Mediterranean sun and breezes produce the world's best grapes. Ole! Promo valid from June 14 All… Read More

Your Father’s Day Scotch Gifting Guide

posted on June 13th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Scotch  simply cannot be purchased blindly. In fact, Scotch Whisky (no "e") is a love-hate relationship for many, if you are whisky averse, run the other direction. If you are a whisky fan, then this is your lucky day. But how does one properly pick a great bottle? That isn't exactly an easy question to answer...but in short, it can be selected by region, kind of like wine. Depending on the region where it's distilled it'll have a varying profile. Let's start with some Scotch basics: Scotch Whisky is a collection of grain based beverages distilled in Scotland. Most are produced from malted barley, although corn is used in some, which post distillation is aged in oak casks for a desired length of time. The Single Malt Whisky, the ultimate connoisseurs dram, is 100% malted barley, from a single distillery. Age statements range from 8 years to the elusive and incredibly rare 50 yr, which can exceed the price of an automobile. Scotch Whiskies are primarily produced in 4… Read More

Club 90 and 10 Under $10 Wine Blow Out Sale!

posted on June 1st, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

For one week only, our current Winter/Spring Club 90 and 10 Under $10 wines are making room for our sizzling Summer collection. Take 25% off your initial bottle purchase (regular retails are listed below) and take an additional 10% off when you buy 6 or more bottles! 10 Under $10 Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 8.99 Kunza Chardonnay Limited Edition 7.99 Obscured Red Blend 6.99 Mariposa Viceroy Red Blend 9.99 Maggio Pinot Noir 8.99 Cuvee Hortense Bordeaux Blanc 8.99 Montgo Garnacha 7.99 Vina Altamar Ribera Tempranillo 7.99 Cuvee Hortense Bordeaux Rouge 8.99 Truffle Hunter Barbera d’Asti 7.99 Whitman Express Conductor Red 8.99 Matane Negroamaro 7.99 Club 90 E Mendoza Tremenda Monastrell 13.99 92 points Wine Advocate 2014 Pago Valdoneje Mencia Roble 16.99 90 points Vinous 2014 Tilia Malbec 9.99 90 points Wine Advocate 2014 Il Canapone Toscana Red 16.99 90 Beverage tasting Institute 2013 Shannon Wrangler Red 14.99 90 Wine Enthusiast 2013 Lava Cap Chardonnay Reserve… Read More

Wordly Chardonnays for Summer

posted on May 26th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Chardonnay is one of the most diverse and planted white wine grapes in the world (can you guess the #1 most planted white varietal? Answer given below). It is coveted for its rich profile, be it Sonoma or Napa based, to the lean, scintillating Chablis of France and the light-and-zesty Blanc de Blancs Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world. For much of its history, a connection was assumed between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir or Pinot Blanc. In addition to being found in the same region of France for centuries, botanists noted that the leaves of each plant share near-identical shape and structure. Viticulturalists proposed a descendency from Muscat of Alexandria, an "ancient vine" and still one of the oldest genetically unmodified vines still in existence. Just when we think we have the completed link to its lineage, its origins are further obscured by those who claim that the grape's ancestry can be traced to the Middle East, where it was introduced to Europe by the… Read More

The Perfect Memorial Day Merlot – The Human Condition

posted on May 24th, 2017 by Michael Cristillo

The Human Condition Merlot Suggested Retail $25.99 Sale price is $12.99  Save 50%! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Okay, an odd name for an excellent bottle of Merlot. And since this is Memorial Day weekend we’re talking about here, it only makes sense to offer something very special for the occasion. This selection is 100% estate grown Merlot with pedigree and elegance to spare. This sublime Merlot is a wonderful testament to Mendocino county, an oft neglected appellation since Napa and Sonoma lie just south of it. Deeply rich and balanced, this beauty is integrated with blueberries, hints of cocoa, and anise that signal the lovely earth and ripe black cherry notes that follow. The finish just keeps on coming. Ideal with your favorite cut of beef, burgers, our handmade sausage and of course, lamb. The grapes were purchased from the Welch Family Vineyards. Mark and Corey Welch have been farming their 32 acres for nearly 40 years… Read More

Real Compania De Vinos Blanco

posted on May 17th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

This week's wine special - Real Compania De Vinos Blanco Suggested Retail $11.99 Sale price is 2 for $12.00! Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an additional 10% discount! Clean and subtle on the nose with apple notes. The palate is crisp with apple, pear and citrus flavors. Just fleshy enough on the finish, with good length, minerality and acidity. This wine is ideally served slightly chilled with all types of seafood and shellfish as well as salads and light meals. Established in 2007, Real Compania de Vinos is a project from Bodegas Muriel. They focus on single varietal wines from indigenous and international varietals. The winery is owned and managed by the Murua family, whose history dates back to 1926. Julian and his son Javier manage the family business and combine traditional and modern winemaking techniques to coax the best out of their vines. The grapes, from 20-70 year old vines, are planted to clay, red calcareous and stony soils. The macroclimate of… Read More

Bristol Farms Red & White Selection #6

posted on May 16th, 2017 by Sara Trujillo

Bristol Farms Private Label Selection wines were launched several years ago for a couple of very good reasons - One, we wanted to become our own wine negociants, whereby we toss a wide net over various vineyard sources and isolate the highest quality “juice” possible. We then segregate these samples, taste them individually, and make a final blending judgement of what we deem to possess the best mouth feel, character, body and finish. Secondly, we want to offer a fun and unpretentious wine that can be enjoyed on an everyday basis whether it’s a house wine or shared with friends and family for special occasions. We create these wines for both great taste and affordability. Our name is on the label so it’s paramount that you believe these wines, once tasted, over deliver for the price point. This is no easy task since we always aim high, but that’s part of the charm and anxiety of this task – we want every new Selection release to exceed your expectations. Speaking of… Read More

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Really Great Deal!

posted on April 7th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

For one week only, all Domestic and Imported Rose receive a 25% discount off the suggested retail! Spring has sprung, and with the long anticipated change of seasons comes a palette of brilliant colors and scents. And as the weather warms, so does our passion for pinks. Rosé wines long pre-date modern winemaking, and have roots back to the Roman Empire. The penchant for lighter fruitier wines was the norm and only more recently in world history did the deeper darker reds and the extraction that delivers such dark pigment become tradition.   Rosés simply exude fresh, fun and lively, and deliver they do! The color for these gems is derived from hours of skin contact from red grapes, the juice actually runs white but a brief period sitting on pressed skins creates the blush colored tint. In the last decade, Rosé has really met its stride and more aptly, exploded on the scene. It is a trend that has been building for generations, but it seems that more recently many… Read More

Winter Citrus Margarita

posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

When you think of margaritas you might be reminded of summer. But with all the winter citrus fruits at their peak right now, it's a perfect excuse to make a fresh hand squeezed margarita. Feel free to adapt the recipe below and make it your own. The beauty of winter citrus is that they are all unique in flavor and are great to mix and match! Ingredients to make 4 mason jars: 3 limes 1 Cara Cara Pink Navel 1.5 Pink Grapefruits 1 Tangelo 1 Clementine 6 oz Tequila Sparkling water (optional to cut juice) Ice Salt for rim (optional) Instructions: Squeeze the juice from desired citrus into bowl Strain out pulp and seeds In a small pitcher mix citrus juice and tequila Add sparkling water to taste (If salting rim) Rub lime wedge along rim of glass and then dip glass in rimming salt Fill mason jars or margarita glasses with refreshing beverage Garnish with a bright slice of citrus Read More

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