Winery of the Month

May Wines of the month: JOSH CELLARS

Joseph Carr, after a decade serving as a world-class sommelier followed by another decade as a wine industry executive, set out on his own in 2005 to form his family-owned wine company. It was, as Joseph Carr said, “a chance to follow a dream.” Influenced by the wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, Joseph Carr began making wines under a label bearing his name with a winemaking philosophy emphasizing balance, sophistication and approachability, but keeping them unassuming and approachable. The other great influence in his life came from his father, Joseph “Josh” Carr. Mr. Carr Sr. was a soldier in the US Army and a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Berlin, New York. In honor of his dad’s service, Josh Cellars raised over $300,000 to help first responders, the troops and their families. Josh Cellars is a partner with the National Volunteer Fire Council, donating $1 per bottle to support volunteer firefighters organization across the country. A respectful nod to a father and a continued passion for the vine. As the saying goes, you can have your wine and drink it, too.

Josh Sauvignon Blanc

suggested retail $15.99 – WOTM SPecial $11.99

Bright aromas of lemon, lime, and pineapple are the core of this wine with layers of white flower nectar, peach, and tropical melon. The palate of the wine is fresh and alive with clean fruit flavors and a perfectly balanced, crisp finish. Seafood appetizers and salad pair perfectly with this crisp, delicious white, followed by chicken and rice or pasta.

josh Chardonnay

suggested retail $15.99 – WOTM Special $15.99

Premium cool-climate wine growing regions throughout the state including Mendocino and Monterey counties create aromas of tropical fruits and citrus married with subtle oak notes. The palate is a harmony of fresh yellow and white stone fruits that linger, finishing with a fresh and clean acidity. Shellfish appetizers set the stage for a pasta pairing that’s perfect for this elegant wine. Or combine both for an amazing shellfish-infused pasta dish.

josh Pinot Noir

suggested retail $18.99 – WOTM Special $15.99

Aromas of cherry, strawberry and toasty oak burst in the glass. Dark cherry and chocolate flavors fill the mouth with a rich intensity that is both plush and subtle. Pair this Pinot with hearty vegetables, poultry, and seafood such as salmon and ahi.

josh merlot

suggested retail $16.99 – WOTM Special $13.99

The bouquet is complex with violets, sweet plums, rosemary, and vanilla bean. On the palate, the wine is velvety and soft in texture, with flavors of juicy plums, blackberries, Bing cherries and a long cocoa powder finish. The fine tannins make a classic pairing with lamb, or Italian foods, particularly those with a tomato base. 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, mostly from Sonoma and Mendocino counties

josh Cabernet Sauvignon

suggested retail $16.99 – WOTM Special $13.99

The bouquet is rich with dark fruits, cinnamon, clove and toasty oak flavors. The wine is juicy on the palate with blackcurrant and blackberry flavors that are prominent, accented by roasted almonds, vanilla and hazelnuts. It finishes long with fine, firm tannins. The complex flavor of this wine complements just about any well-seasoned meat such as beef, pork, or lamb. The grapes hail from Mendocino, Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties.

Josh Legacy Proprietary Red Blend

suggested retail $16.99 – WOTM Special $13.99

Aromatic blue fruits and brown spices delight the nose, yielding fresh plum and blackberry fruit. The wine is juicy with the plum and blackberry flavors, layered with smoky roasted almonds and hazelnuts. Finishes with long, elegant tannins and clean acidity. A rich, red wine crafted in honor of Joseph Sr. Pairs well with his favorite meal: a thick, juicy steak and potatoes. A blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

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