The March 2016 Dirty Dozen



The Dirty Dozen

March is one of our favorite months for several reasons! As the days continue to get longer, we know spring will officially be here soon. In sports, we’ve got March Madness and baseball’s spring training. St. Patrick’s Day is looming, and we’ve got a great pairing idea for that! Ring in Daylight Saving Time, and there is much to rejoice about. Our ever-popular Dirty Dozen sampler is all we need to March onwards!


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2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Maimai $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
This vibrant Sauvignon Blanc comes from New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay. Less than 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean, this unique growing area allows for mild, constant heat during ripening. The resulting wine has juicy flavors of citrus and a strong, pungent note of cut grass. Tank fermented, it’s ideal for spinach salad, chèvre tart, or a late night omelette.

2014 Pinot Grigio, Cantina Riff $11.98 net price, $10.78
Riff’s Pinot Grigio is no stranger to the DD, as it continues to deliver a high level of quality for the money. It takes a visionary producer like Alois Lageder to make such a wine. Most of the fruit is grown on dolomite, a limestone made of fossil deposits, giving it body and texture. Serve with asparagus risotto, pasta primavera, or steamed clams.

2015 Rosado, Olivares $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
TWH doesn’t carry much pink wine from Spain, but this one is so exceptional, we couldn’t pass it up! 70/30 Grenache and Monastrell (Mourvèdre), this Rosado is a dead-ringer for more expensive Bandol Rosé, with its deep red fruit notes and lovely backbone. The full flavors will match well with Caribbean cuisine, Spanish tapas, or Gulf Coast specialties.

2013 Hors Saison, Domaine La Hitaire $13.99, $11.19 reorder
From southwestern France’s Côtes de Gascogne, Armin and Rémy Grassa continue to turn out this delectable homage to white Bordeaux for a fraction of the price. 85% Sauvignon Blanc is blended with Sémillon and fermented in steel tank for freshness. It’s a great non-pretentious, crisp glass of white wine, just in time for Hors Saison … or “Outdoor Season!”


2014 Montravel Terrement, Cháteau Puy-Servain $13.49, $10.79 reorder
Just east of the Bordeaux appellation along the Dordogne river, is Montravel. Winemaker Daniel Hecquet blends equal parts Sauvignon Blanc with Sauvignon Gris, which gives the wine a plump middle and a crisp finish. Another white Bordeaux homage, it’s a serious wine. Pair it with a bowl of mussels, a California Roll, or couscous stuffed Dover sole.


2013 Riesling Vieilles Vines, Domaine St. Rémy $19.99, $15.99 reorder
St. Patrick’s Day is the one day that many wait for in order to eat corned beef and cabbage. We like that dish way too much to relegate it to a once per year meal. Though since Paddy’s Day is this month, why not skip the bloating feeling beer gives you and refine your pairing Alsatian sytle? Riesling pairs perfectly with cabbage, cured meat, and potatoes.


2014 “Remedy Red”, Upside Wines $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
Tired of big, heavy red wines? Need a cure for palate fatigue? Try Remedy Red. Half Grenache with the balance split between Syrah and Counoise, this classic Rhône blend offers soft, juicy fruit with little tannins and succulent acidity. Explore the lighter side of California reds with this charmer. Pair with regional meat sandwiches, falafel or fajitas.


2013 Secret Agent Red, Alias $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
There’s no big secret here – just honest, straightforward, tasty juice. Mostly Zinfandel, there is also Cabernet for structure, Merlot for depth and a small dollop of Syrah for the fun of it! No heavy tannins to assault the palate, this red is eager to please. Adaptable to a wide array of foods, Secret Agent Red is a fine choice for large group gatherings.


2013 Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Fattoria Del Cerro $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
In this instance, Montepulciano refers not to the grape but to the region. Rosso di Montepulciano is made using a minimum of 70% Sangiovese, known locally as Prugnolo Gentile. Expect deep red cherry fruit flavors, hints of plums, and a touch of cedar on the finish. Savory and well-balanced, pair it with braised short ribs over polenta or a roast porchetta.

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ca’ Lojera $15.99, $12.74 reorder
Italy’s Lake Garda region is certainly not the first locale one thinks of when they think of Cabernet Sauvignon. Ca’ Lojera’s Ambra and Franco Tiraboschi’s grow Turbiana for their Lugana, but their Cabernet is a big-time sleeper! It shows dark fruits, smoky incense, herbs, and earth with a medium body; great with Bistecca alla Fiorentina.


2013 Merlot, Domaine Saint Antoine $11.49, $9.19 reorder
Good, honest, country French Merlot here. No fancy oak, no massive extraction, just a nice plump, easy to like house red that will pair well with most anything you throw at it. Rhône-like stones are strewn throughout the vineyard holding the warmth that coaxes the fruit to ripeness. This month’s all-purpose red goes with pizza, pasta, salumi, and sunshine.


2012 Côtes-du-Rhône Mataró, Vignobles Boudinaud $17.99, $14.39 reorder
It is not terribly common to find Mourvèdre included in many Côtes-du-Rhônes. That makes a Côtes-du-Rhône that is 100% Mourvèdre a rare bird indeed! Thierry Boudinaud’s Mataró is just that. The region suits this late-ripening variety very well, and this wine has plenty of backbone and expression. It’s a wine for hearty fare; try it with lamb chops.

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