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April 2012 Dirty Dozen

Days get longer, the nights grow short, our Easter baskets are getting filled up, and what’s this? Baseball season? Yep, it’s April and it’s time for opening the windows and doors, getting some fresh air, and maybe a picnic or four. However you like to spend your time this spring, consider this: Twelve bottles, one low price.

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2010 Orvieto, Cardèto
Big on our list of springtime wines are dry, crisp, easy quaffers that deliver in the quality department, yet keep the big bills in your wallet. This Orvieto is just the ticket! Lean and crisp with a citrusy freshness, this blend of Trebbiano and Grechetto is a great refresher should a warm spring afternoon come your way. Pairs great with a bowl o’mussels.

2010 Chardonnay, Viano Vineyards
Is it us, or do you ever see Cali Chardonnay in the sub $10 category anymore? At least quality, sub $10 Cali Chardonnay? Sales reps visit us and pour and pour, but we keep saying no until the right one comes along. Well, here it is! From Contra Costa county, no less; halfway between the Napa and Livermore Valleys comes the Viano. Pair with a crab salad.

2010 Vino Valpredo Bianca Mia, Fritz Winery
Rather than choose between Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, why not blend them? At least that’s what our friends at Sonoma’s Fritz Winery thought. You know what? This is some quality juice. Aromas of stone fruits and citrus blossoms give way to a zesty citrus palate. Anya says grill up some shrimp and serve it with mango salsa … and this, of course.

NV Prosecco Superiore, Giavi
Talk to any of us about our new D.O.C.G. Prosecco Superiore, the Giavi, and prepare yourself for an enthusiastic reply! Seriously, this Prosecco has it all: tiny bubbles, a pale, frosty appearance, depth, and crispness. Crostini with caviar?

2010 Blanc de Domaine de la Petite Cassagne
Her name is Diane de Puymorin. We adore her wines … all of them. Diane purchased the Petite Cassagne estate back in 1998, renamed it Château d’Or et des Gueules, yet still pays homage to the old guard with a Rouge, Rosé, and this Blanc. Diane blends 40% Rolle (Vermentino) with Grenache Blanc and the result is a bright, citrus infused aromatic showpiece.

2009 Fernão Pires, Quinta do Alqueve
Dare we try to get wine geeky on you, but here’s Portugal’s Fernão Pires blended with a smidge of Arinto. Geeky? Maybe. But the stone fruity aromas and crisp mouthfeel will make wine geeks out of us all! Great with sardines.

2009 Garnacha Two Rows, Odisea
As we switch to the reds, let’s point out that our friends at Odisea have another hit on their hands. Mostly Grenache with small parts Syrah and Tempranillo, the Two Rows is a plump palate pleaser. Ripe cherries and raspberries mingle with vanilla spice and herbs resulting in ethereal harmony. If it’s burgers on the grill; sorry, these Two Rows are taken.

2010 Tempranillo, Enanzo
Yummy Tempranillo from Spain’s Navarra region! The philosophy at Enanzo is simple. To quote them, “this Tempranillo is made by applying the only true winemaking criterion: intimate, permanent, progressive harmony between man and his environment.” It works here, the herb infused fruit is braced by dusty tannins and spirited acidity. Great with pizza.

2009 Château de Bouchet La Rentiere
What a vintage 2009 was for the wines of Bordeaux! The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker likened the vintage to the legendary 1982 noting one exception: in 1982 there weren’t many small, inexpensive producers taking advantage of the perfect weather to make great affordable Bordeaux. That’s different now. Pair this beauty with your prime rib.

2008 Les Cimels, Château d’Or et des Gueules
If there’s a better $15 red wine here at TWH, I haven’t seen it. The aforementioned Diane de Puymorin blends some old vine Carignan with Grenache and Syrah, and the result is an herbal masterpiece. Forest floor, Kalamata olives, and black tea dominate the aromas, and the palate is more savory than fruity. The perfect wine for pasta with an herbal sauce.

2009 Côtes du Rhône les Boissières, Vignobles Boudinaud
New to us is Veronique and Thierry Boudinaud’s les Boissières Côtes du Rhône. It’s an exciting story as 100% of what’s imported to the US is imported for us! Think honest, old-school Côtes du Rhône here. It shows plenty of fruit, but without going overboard. Toss in some cracked pepper and herbs Provençal, and you get the drift. This is yet another versatile bottle in what can be called The Versatile Dozen. Great on its own, or paired with cassoulet.

2006 Syrah, Alberto Furque
Ever popular with our staff and customers, the Alberto Furque line crushes it when it comes to quality for price. Grown at altitudes of over 3000 feet, the vineyards of Mendoza’s Bodega Aconquija (we call them Alberto Furque) get just the right amount of warm days and cool nights to produce wines with dazzling structure. This Syrah sings of balance and harmony. If you find yourself dreaming about some thinly sliced Argentine beef with Chimichurri sauce, pour this.

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Domaine Jean-Marie Chaland: Wines from the Mâconnais

Editor’s note: The boss is usually way to busy to send out emails, and quite frankly, still is. Though here’s a rare glimpse into one of his discoveries earlier this year that’s NOW IN STOCK!!!

This estate was the big “eureka!” moment of my trip to France this past January. I had visited Jean-Marie a year before, and was completely taken with his wines, but I like to see a grower more than once before deciding to take on a portfolio. It’s nice to get a confirmation of two vintages in a row, and boy did I!

The family was selling grapes to the co-op until 1967, at which time Jean-Marie’s father, Jean-Noël, began estate bottling, under the Domaine des Chazelles name, a very good estate in its own right. (A side note – I originally visited them with the idea of importing the Chazelles wines. While there, Jean-Noël said, “my son makes wines under his own label; would you like to taste them too?” Well, sure! And as soon as I had the first Mâcon in my mouth I knew these were the wines I wanted.) Jean-Marie created his own separate estate in 1999, and soon, when his father retires, will take over all of his holdings as well. The family has farmed organically since those early days, and Jean-Marie’s estate became certified organic in 2006 – the first grower in Viré-Clessé to obtain that certification.

Jean-Marie farms eight hectares of Chardonnay vines, consisting of more than 20 separate micro-parcels, and produces roughly 3,000 cases a year. There’s a lot to like here: a high proportion of old vines – 3/4 of his estate is over 50 years old, and his prized Thurissey parcel is over 90. He always uses natural yeasts, and there is no chaptalization, nor acidification. His single vineyard bottlings are bottled unfined and unfiltered. One amusing change from father to son: Jean-Marie is not the horseman his father is, so he must plow with a tractor!

2009 Mâcon “Les Tilles”

This is from a parcel of 40-50 year old vines, located on a plateau of clay/limestone soil in the village of Montbellet. It is aged in stainless steel tanks, on its lees, then bottled. This wonderfully expressive, floral, citrusy Mâcon is super fresh, super mineral, and utterly delicious.

2009 Viré Clessé “Vieilles Vignes”

Viré Clessé is an AOC of the Mâconnais region (similar to Pouilly Fuissé or St. Veran), created just over 10 years ago. It’s a relatively small AOC, producing less than half the quantity of Pouilly Fuissé or St. Veran. This Vieilles Vignes cuvée is produced from three parcels of 50+ year old vines, with gravelly soils. Very fleshy, with great minerality, and in 2009 it shows just a touch of honeysuckle. Jean-Marie says he likes this best at 3-5 years of age, but it sure tastes good right now.

2009 Viré-Clessé “Perrière”

This is a new cuvée for Jean-Marie, made from a parcel that used to go into the Vieilles Vignes, but which he decided has the individuality to stand on its own. Again, great minerality (do you notice a trend?) and a long, stony, lees-y finish. Really classy stuff.

2009 Viré-Clessé “l’Epinet”

All hand harvested, from a vineyard planted in the 1940’s. He makes about 15 barrels – 375 cases or so. There’s no new oak on this, or any of his other wines. The barrels average about 5 years old, as he wants all that brilliant old-vine fruit to take center stage, not the vessel it’s aged in. This is already showing some complexity, with peach and lime, and plenty of spice, perhaps even a touch of licorice. A densely mineral wine. Wow.

2009 Viré-Clessé “Thurissey”

Viré-Clessé “Thurissey” this exceptional little (1/2 hectare) south-facing parcel is on the northern end of the appellation, away from his other parcels. The vines here are up to 95 years old, and he produces only about 200 cases. Again, no new oak; he uses a regimen of barrels between two and five years old. The wine is kept in barrel for a year on its fine lees, then bottled, without fining or filtration.

Thurissey is always a mineral wine, and even in 2009, which is a fruit-driven vintage, this is the wine for rock-heads. It’s less expressive than the l’Epinet right now; more like a coiled spring, just waiting to release its energy, filled with apple, pear, lime, and stone. Jean-Marie says this should age 5-10 years, or if you drink it now, it’s best to decant it.

2008 Crémant de Bourgogne “Perle de Roche”

Yes, there’s a sparkling wine too! Jean-Marie bottles this one under his “Domaine Sainte Barbe” label. Please pardon the confusion. It’s made from a parcel of young vines rich in limestone. It spends between 2-3 years en tirage, with a very low dosage (4 grams/liter) and there’s a small disgorgement every couple of years of about 3,000 bottles. Very fine for a Crémant, with tiny bubbles, a fresh chalky nose and quite a bit of finesse. Only a few cases available.

Sampler Case

I guess the best thing I can say about these wines is that you will look forward to the next sip, the next bottle, the next case! With that in mind, we’ve put together a very special Sampler Case to introduce these superb wines to you. You’ll get 3 bottles of Mâcon, 2 bottles of each of the Viré-Clessés, and 1 bottle of the Crémant. For taking the plunge, you’ll save 25% off the regular prices. We think you’ll be impressed.- David Netzer

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November 2010 Dirty Dozen

Days are getting shorter, soon it will be dark before 6 PM, and by the end of this month, we will be entering the “home stretch” of 2010! Then, there’s this holiday that happens every year on the fourth Thursday of November. Many of you ask for pairing advice for Thanksgiving fare, and though it is difficult, we offer several suggestions below. Versatility is the key. Stop on by and pick up your DD today!

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2009 Cotes de Gascogne, Domaine de Bidalere – $9.48 net, $8.53 reorder
Meanwhile down in Southwestern France, there has been a resurgence of crisp white wines hitting our shores and shelves. This recent release from a property once known as “Domaine de Pellehaut” is bright, crisp, and hits all the right sensors. It sees no malo, so its natural acidity makes it great with a plethora of cuisine. We say try it with calamari.

2009 Rioja Blanco, ‘Vina Tobia’, Bodegas Tobia – $10.98 net, $9.88 reorder
Rioja means value. Most know the red kind. Well, the serious wine connoisseur knows that White Rioja is every bit, if not a better deal! Round on entry, the mouthfeel of this wine is exquisite; an orchard of white fruit, a hint of tropical fruit blossom, all held together by a mineral depth and balancing acidity. Here’s one for those fish tacos.

2009 Chardonnay, Rutherford, MSH Cellars – $9.98 net, $12.98 reorder
One of the things we do, and are very proud to do, is find those “hidden” wines that you won’t read about in those wine periodicals. Because their respective labels aren’t paraded about “Recommended Values” pages, they remain very fair priced, yet offer astounding quality. Here’s one of our latest discoveries! Rutherford fruit. Pair it with crab season!

2009 Domaine de la Petit Cassagne Blanc – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Drink any White Rhone wines lately? Seriously, these wines offer a ton of complexity, pairing possibility, and overall yumminess. This one tips the scales in the quality for price department. A roast chicken with herbes de Provence; oui!

2008 Vouvray, ‘les Coudraies’, Domaine d’Orfeuilles – $17.49, $13.99 reorder
The Thanksgiving Day table is one of the most difficult to pair wine with. You need something that has depth, richness, and lively acidity to pair with all those dishes. This demi-sec Vouvray has got all of that and an extra dimension. The hint of sweetness combines with the vibrant acidity that complements and contrasts the various dishes. Gobble gobble!

2009 ‘Les Tours’, Domaine la Hitaire – $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Back for another go around is one of our favorite crisp whites from Gascogne. Like the Bidalere above, this is comprised of Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Gros Manseng. What’s that? Goodness. In a glass. It is a great cocktail wine. A Chef we know likes to quaff this one while working away in a warm kitchen. Just saying, it’s a good idea.

2009 Tempranillo, La Mancha, Casa Gualda – $9.98 net, $8.98 reorder
More value from Spain here. A friendly red for a very friendly price. Think plumy purple fruit on the nose, some tobacco notes; on the palate you have all that combined with sweet tannins and a lively finish. This is a very versatile red wine.

2008 Dao, Colheita Seleccionada, Cabriz – $11.98 net, $10.78 reorder
Speaking of versatility, this medium-weight red from Portugal is a blend of the signature Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Alfrocheiro. It has a strong herbal profile which will enable it to be easily liked at the Turkey Day table.

2006 Tradicional, Quinta do Alqueve – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Mais do Portugal! Versatility is the key to the Dirty Dozen every month, but this month we’re pulling out all the stops. Alqueve’s Tradicional is another blend featuring Touriga and Tinta Roriz, only it sees a little barrel action which gives it a bolder texture and complexity. All in all, this one works with pizza and pasta, and spare ribs, and even turkey & gravy.

2009 Evodia, Old Vines Garnacha, Altovinum – $9.98 net, $8.98 reorder
10 bucks for a wine that comes from a vineyard that has some vines that are over 100 years old??? Yep, that’s what we have here, folks. Spicy black cherries dominate the aromatics; zesty dark fruit on the palate, definitely not sweet, yet it shows ample fruit and spice with zippy acidity. It is suitable for hearty fare; autumn stews or prime rib.

2006 Zinfandel, Fritz Vineyards – $13.98 net, $12.58 reorder
Dry Creek Valley Zin for a very fair price. That being said, this wine shows amazing restraint for what it is. Definitely New World in style, it is a great example of a Zinfandel that is not made to wipe out palates and sobriety. The restraint allows for more complexity and that is ever-present when served along side a pizza with black olives.

2004 Chateau Mont Perat – $14.98 net, $13.48 reorder
Right now, this is the best deal in the house. We spotted this incredible Bordeaux on a closeout list recently, and after writing it off as a typo, we inquired. It wasn’t a typo. We’ve made many a customer happy with this one. It is true Bordeaux … for a song. Pair it with anything you would pair with a Red Bordeaux. Anything. Really. Don’t miss out!

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August 2009 Dirty Dozen

The dog days of summer are upon us. What to do? How about nothing? August is for relaxation. Or travel. Or picnics. Whatever it is you lean towards, taking it easy is the mantra. So we’ve made the wine part easy for you. 12 bottles, all different, all versatile, for a song!

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2007 Muscadet, Domaine de la Quilla $11.99, $9.59 reorder
It’s dry. It’s crisp. Muscadet is the westernmost appellation of the Loire Valley and the wines truly speak of a place. Maybe it’s the nearby Atlantic Ocean that adds a certain je ne sais quoi, but this is the perfect wine for shellfish.

2008 Rose, Domaine de Saint-Antoine $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Nothing is more apropos to pour on a summer afternoon than a glass of cool, crisp Rose. We talk a lot about how wine can transport us to far away lands just by a simple taste. This one is a classic example. Serve it with a salad Nicoise.

2008 Fernao Pires, Quinta do Alqueve $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Like taking a walk in an orchard, this Portuguese white delivers an aromatic array of stone fruit. One seductive whiff will have you hooked. It’s light on the palate and finishes with a blossom like fade. Pop this with your local ling cod.

2007 Pinot Blanc Tradition, Rene Mure $16.59, $13.27 reorder
Have you ever been in a situation where you know you want a nice, cool glass of white wine, but you don’t feel like settling for a glass of one of the usual suspects? Pinot Blanc may very well be your answer. Just the right amount of fruit and mineral make for an easy quaffer. Pairs great with roasted white meats and is perfect with melon and Parma Ham.

2008 Chateau Couronneau Blanc $13.98, $12.58 reorder
Equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris team up to deliver a white Bordeaux that will make you scratch your head wondering how they do it for such a low price. Perfect for summer salads, barbequed chicken, and corn on the cob.

2008 Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Cote Jardin $12.39, $9.91 reorder
You don’t see white Cotes du Rhones as often as their red counterparts, but they are just as serious a bargain! Made from Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Roussanne this super quality-for-price summer sipper could be the hit of the party.

2007 Malbec, Alberto Furque $14.69, $11.75 reorder
Argentine Malbec needs no introduction. This one comes from the Uco Valley, which is just south of the famous Mendoza. Deep, rich, purple fruit aromas waft in harmony with a subtle earthiness that delivers a full-bodied tap on the palate. The finish is intense, yet balanced and will leave you begging the grillmaster, “Are the steaks done yet?”

2006 Beaujolais Villages, Domaine des Nugues $16.59, $13.27 reorder
Every now and then, a customer will ask for a pairing suggestion for something delicate. The answer is usually a white wine of sorts, but then they specifically say that they need a red. Here it is, 100% Gamay, village Beaujolais is the perfect answer to those must have red for something light situations. Inside tip: serve it with an hour’s chill for pure refreshment.

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Domaine des Cantarelles $15.99, $12.79 reorder
One of our favorite little producers from the south of France, the Cantarelles’ wines are a big hit with our staff for their expression of fruit, earth, and garrigue. With a little bottle age, they take on secondary characteristics comparable to atavistic Bordeaux. Save this one for something big like a leg of or a rack of lamb.

2007 Syrah de Fayel $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Have you heard anything about the 2007 vintage in and around the Rhone river valley? Robert Parker called it “The vintage of a lifetime”, and wrote splendid things about the wines. We’ve noticed that even wines made in the vicinity have some special quality this particular vintage. Take this juicy, tank fermented Syrah, you’ll see.

2000 Valreas, Cuvee Maurice, Domaine de la Deydiere $6.95 sale price, $6.60 reorder
This special cuvee was made at the renowned Domaine Gramenon. It’s a fun and fully mature wine for those of you who don’t get a chance to taste older wines very often. It’s held together well by Kalamata olive like fruit and a healthy dose of garrigue. This is one that makes for a great all purpose red that works with pastas and pizza.

2005 Chateau Mont Perat 375 ml $10.98, $9.88 reorder
And to round out the dozen, howzabout a little 2005 red Bordeaux? What? It’s true. The Mont Perat has been an up and coming Chateau whose wines are low on price and high on quality. More and more are catching on to this wonderful juice. It’s good to go now, or it could last, if properly stored, for many years. The red for your sizzlin’ rib eye!

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July 2009 Dirty Dozen

July 2009 Dirty Dozen – Mixed Case Sampler
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Once again we present to you the most amazing deal on a case of wine! The Dirty Dozen is selected with versatility in mind, yet all of the wines represent incredible quality for their respective pricing. This month, we find a common theme as every bottle selected will suit outdoor events perfectly. Whether you’re grillin’ or picnickin’, take along a DD and you’ll be a hit!

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2008 Rose, Mas Carlot – $10.29, reorder $8.23
Summer is in full swing, and what better a way to get things going then with a fine bottle of Rose! This yummy, easy to quaff Rose is made from 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. It has a fruity profile reminiscent of strawberries with a hint of herb garden. This one works great alongside herbal salads, turkey sandwiches, and bright sunshine. Hey, howzabout a picnic?

2008 Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Domaine de la Becassonne, André Brunel – $14.99, reorder $11.99
The initiated need no descriptor for this “soon to be sold out” Rhone white blend. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Clairette are the grapes Rhonemaster Andre Brunel uses to craft this lively number. I think Anya said it best when she described this wine as, “better than a lot of white Chateauneuf-du-Papes out there.” Pull the cork on this one with grilled poultry or fish.

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Teira – $9.98 net price, reorder $8.98
A recent trip through the wine section of my local grocery store (it was a shortcut to the checkout stand) had me looking at some old familiar labels. The labels may have been familiar, but the prices sure weren’t. Take California Sauvignon Blanc. Most of the selections were around $20. That’s crazy. This one’s $10. All tank fermented, it’s mellow, with tropical notes and old world elegance.

2008 Dubini Bianco, Palazzone – $8.98 net price, reorder $8.08
The wine world seems to be waking up to Italian whites these days. The good news is that they’re not that pricey. This one from Umbria is essentially declassified Orvieto. I just happened to be walking by the tasting table one morning when this was being poured. We liked it, so we bought it. It’s bright and fruity, with just enough zip to make a perfect partner for some grilled scampi.

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Lalande – $10.79, reorder $8.63
Winemaker Yves Grassa has really made a name for himself with his expression of crisp white wines in what is otherwise thought of to be Armagnac country. He employs skin-contact to extract the purfumey, tropical fruit aromatics, and ferments in steel tank for freshness. His wines are monster quality-for-price deals! This would have been perfect with that grilled calamari I had last week.

2004 Riesling Herrenweg, Domaine Ehrhart – $19.99, reorder $15.99
In Alsace, there is a preponderance of something they call the weinstube. In essence, they are winebars, but they are restaurants also. In fact, they are restaurants where much of the emphasis is on the wines themselves. If you order the traditional Alsatian dish known as choucroute (it’s a mix of marinated cabbage with various sausages and cured meats), you’ll want this Riesling to pair with it.

2006 Cotes du Ventoux O’Sud, Domaine Fondreche – $13.79, reorder $11.03
A protege of Rhonemaster Andre Brunel, young Sebastien Vincenti has made quite a name for himself, turning out great wines vintage after vintage. This 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah is juicy, ripe, and people pleasin’. This is the one to pop with your pizza.

2007 Merlot Tradition, Montpezat – $11.99, reorder $9.59
Perfect for Bastille Day celebrations, this Merlot screams, “Vive le France!” It’s all tank fermented and bottled unfiltered giving it true representation of its origin. It’s great on its own, or even better, with something hearty. Did someone say cassoulet? Mais oui.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Mas Carlot – $14.99, reorder $11.99
Every bottle in this month’s DD was chosen to suit something grilled, but this one in particular takes the cake. It is the perfect blend of rich Cabernet Sauvignon and smoky Syrah and is appreciated by all who swirl it. The profound dark berry profile is its hallmark.

2007 Bordeaux Superieur, Chateau Couronneau – $12.98, reorder $11.68
Brand spankin’ new, right off the boat is the latest installment of our favorite “Little Bordeaux”. You get a lot of quality for a song here with Monsieur Piat’s effort. This wine shows dark red fruit, hints of leather and earth, and medium tannins. Definitely one that will last in your cellar (if you can keep your hands off it) but it drinks well already. Serve it with that London Broil.

2007 Bergerac Rouge, Chateau Calabre – $12.99, reorder $10.39
Okay, so further up the Dordogne Valley, is the village of Bergerac. It’s not Bordeaux. But it’s close. They grow the same grape varieties, yet enjoy a little less of the maritime climate, and a little more of the warm sunshine. Proof’s in the pudding. Ripe fruit, structure, and an herbal profile make beautiful music together and the price is right where you want it. Grilled lamburgers, yum.

2003 Rouge, Chateau Surville – $8.75 sale price, reorder $8.32
And finally, talk about deals!!! This delectable bomb of a wine from the hot and dry vintage of 2003 is in its prime, ready to go. A little bottle age has done well for this ripe, fruity blend. It’s showing plenty of character with hints of Mother Earth. Definitely a wine to break out with anything from pork chops to, even better, baby back ribs with a dry rub!

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June 2009 Dirty Dozen

Wow! June is here already, and are there things to do! We’ve got graduations and the beginning of summer vacation, Father’s Day, and the summer solstice to name a few. Most certainly, there are some June Brides out there saying, “Hey. What about us?” Of course. Whatever the occasion, the June Dirty Dozen has what you need. 12 wines chosen for their versatility, all for one low price. Cheers!

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2008 Domaine de Pouy – $8.99, $7.19 reorder
Grab a couple of clean glasses and get ready for the latest installment of what could very well be the anchor of our everyday sipping white wines. From Gascogne, this 3 grape blend is crisp and zippy and offers tremendous value year in and year out. The screwcap makes it perfect for picnics! Pair it with an ice chest and a warm summer day.

2005 Chardonnay Central Coast, 4 Bears Winery – $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder
Due to some savvy shopping on our part, we were able to procure a stash of this Central Coast Chardonnay and be able to offer it to you for a smidge under $10. Notes of spice and tropical fruit combine with hints of peaches and herbs (I didn’t just say that, did I?) that make this the perfect wine for that barbeque chicken!

2008 Rose, Chateau Guiot – $10.29, $8.23 reorder
Take a look around here and it soon becomes obvious that a ship just came in. Actually, a couple of them. One was full of 2008 Rose. Made mostly of Grenache, this fruity Rose is always one of our most popular. So here’s to summer. Salad Nicoise, a baguette, and a bottle of the Guiot Rose, and you can almost hear Charles Trenet crooning “La Mer”.

2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Montpezat – $11.99, $9.59 reorder
The longer, warmer days of June beg for crisp, white wine. This Sauv Blanc from the Languedoc, is crisp, all tank fermented, and displays notes of citrus blossoms. Perfect as an aperitif or along side your fish tacos.

2008 Chardonnay, Lalande – $12.59, $10.07 reorder
They’re baaack! We’re happy to let you know that Lalande’s latest release Chardonnay is in stock. For a French Chardonnay in the ‘nice price’ range, they have a proven track record of making delicious wine. Think scampi here.

2006 Pinot Gris Tradition, Rene Mure – $19.99, $15.99 reorder
Alsatian Pinot Gris has a distinction all its own. Known as a noble grape of Alsace, it yields wines that have richness, depth, and complexity. This one here displays chalky mineral, a hint of mushroom, and flavors of melons and ripe peaches. The next time you get the urge to pair ‘a pinot’ with smoked salmon, chicken, or duck, make it Pinot Gris!

2007 Syrah ‘Only Girls’, Chateau d’Or et de Gueules – $11.29, $9.03 reorder
Named for the winemaker’s five daughters, the ‘Only Girls’ Syrah (from the outstanding 2007 vintage in southern France) could very well be the BIGGEST bargain in our shop. It’s 100% tank fermented Syrah, long on dark fruit, mineral, and fine tannins; and at the price, a steal. Great on its own, or serve it with a grilled tri-tip.

2008 Cotes du Rhone, Cote Jardin – $12.39, $9.91 reorder
You may have tried the wines from Veronique and Thierry Boudinaud before. They produce a couple of VDP wines under the Grange des Rouquette label. They now have 25 hectares in the Cotes du Rhone appellation. This can only be a good thing. Perhaps you artistic types can fill in the white parts of the label and make it a little more interesting.

2005 Palombieres, Montpezat – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Back by popular demand! This blend of Grenache with Mourvedre has been as popular as ever with those of you who like a bright, fruity attack framed by the briary garrigue. This is one of those no-brainer party wines. Just pop it and watch it disappear before any talk of food. If you can wait, pair this alongside a pizza with olives and feta.

2004 Bergerac Rouge, Chateau Calabre – $7.95 sale price, $7.55 reorder
On the opposite side of the spectrum, this offering from just outside Bordeaux has its own following. Definitely NOT made in the round, jammy style of new world blends, it mingles earth with its herbal profile to keep the fruit in check.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah ‘Alex’, Chateau Guiot – $19.99, $15.99 reorder
Talk about a treat. This blend from the Costieres de Nimes is, in a word, big. It is a special wine that combines deep, dark fruit, a touch of smoke, and an earthy depth that will make it work well with anything hearty you may want to toss on the grill. Fear not if you don’t finish the bottle, as this has been known to last for days after opening.

2005 Carmignano, Enrico Pierazzuoli – $21.99, $17.59 reorder
This Super-Tuscan blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon was a big hit with those of you who tried the 2004 version. In 2005, the fruit was more ripe at harvest, yielding a bigger, more structured wine. Perfect with that juicy bistecca now, or cellar it and be rewarded in 3-10 years.

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May 2009 Dirty Dozen

Welcome to the sweet spot of spring. Ole man winter is dead and gone, and he’s left us with wonderful things like picnics, softball games, and barbeques. Yes, it’s grillin’ season! So when you’re on your way to that potluck bbq, tell ’em you’ve got the wine covered, and stop on by The Wine House for the May 2009 Dirty Dozen!

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2008 Pinot Grigio, Inacayal – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
Part I of a brace of Argentine wines, here is an all tank fermented Pinot Grigio that’s rich, round and viscous. Grown at elevations of 3000 feet, the grapes get both proper ripeness and zippy acidity. It’s fruity, it’s floral, and even gives off hints of fennel. Really? Yeah, really. This is the kind of wine you want to have handy for those grilled prawns!

2004 Chardonnay, Gournier – $4.95 sale price, $4.70 reorder
Play a game with this one. Pop a bottle at your next gathering and just leave it where people can access it. Watch them taste it, then quiz them as to how much it costs. You’ll be amazed at the range. Perfect with fried chicken.

2006 Gewurztraminer Tradition, Rene Mure – $18.99, $15.19 reorder
Plenty of spicy, rich, rose petal-like fruit with a twist of chalky mineral, Mure’s Gewurz Tradition is a great example of what Alsatian Gewurz is all about. Oh what do they know about making wine? They’re only on their 12th generation winemaker there. The 13th may still be a little young, but no doubt will get the torch. Try it with red beans and rice.

NV Touraine Rose, Domaine d’Orfeuilles – $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
From the Loire Valley, made mostly from Cot, which is what the locals call Malbec, this sparkling Rose is just the bomb when it comes to value! It was featured in a past email write-up due to the fact that no one on the staff spat when they sampled it. Dusty minerals and raspberry are alive and well; this will be the big hit at brunch!

2007 Greco di Tufo, Torricino – $17.99, $14.39 reorder
If you like bone dry, lipsmacking whites that show hints of dried apricots, honey, and toasted almonds, then this wine is for you! Part of our ever-growing Italian section, this is the wine to serve along side a steamy bowl of mussels.

2007 Les Tours, Domaine la Hitaire – $ 9.99, $7.99 reorder
Wow! The hits just keep coming! It must be springtime, as this newly released white from Gascogne suits the warmer weather perfectly. This could be the ultimate picnic wine, as it is dry, reveals vibrant white fruit, and conveniently comes in screwcap. Most of our allocation was snapped up by a wholesale account, but we saved six cases for the DD!

2006 Zweigelt Liter, Ecker – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
From Austria comes the herbaceous Zweigelt. If you haven’t tried this wine before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. It’s got plummy fruit, and in spite of being tank fermented, has a spicy profile. Oh yeah, check out the liter bottle.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Domaine des Cantarelles – $13.99, $11.19 reorder
We just love these Cab/Syrah blends from the south of France. Spicy Cabernet fruit mingles with the smoky Syrah, and off they walk hand in hand like a romantic couple down the lane. The bonus here is that the folks at Cantarelles have a penchant for making earthy, Bordeaux-like wines. So fear not, pop this baby with that juicy, grilled rib-eye.

2004 Merlot, Domain de St. Antoine – $5.95 sale price, $5.65 reorder
Another visit to the “Are they kidding? …They’re practically giving the stuff away” section of the shop. 2004 was yet another rock solid vintage in the south, and this wine is your proof. It’s got fruit, it’s got earth, and a pinch of herbs de Provence. A versatile wine, it can be served with practically any grilled meat, even chicken, or try it with pizza.

2006 3 Cepas, Alberto Furque – $15.99, $12.79 reorder
Part II of our Argentine duo, this blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, and Malbec is short on price, huge on flavor. From the Uco Valley, which is considered to be the sweet spot of the Mendoza, these vines are also planted at 3000 feet in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The blend is big, bold, spicy, and won’t back down. Not even to leg of lamb.

2004 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Sabrine, Domaine Andre Brunel – $9.95 sale price, $9.45 reorder
Here we are with that Brunel character again. And here we are with another crazy sale wine! Again, 2004 was, ho hum, another great vintage in the Southern Rhone. Brunel makes several cuvees, and this one is the most robust, with hints of earth and spice to go with all that fruit. Serve it up next to spaghetti & meatballs and fuhggetaboutit!

2006 Grenache Noir, Gournier – $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Cherries and spice, cherries and spice. So, so friendly, fruity; it doesn’t need a big meal to put a smile on your face. The fruit is in the forefront, the tannins are present, yet stay in the back of the bus. Makes it perfect for parties. Or picnics. Yes indeed, it has a screwcap, so take it on out wherever you’re going and make ’em smile.

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