The October 2017 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 4:30 PM

The October 2017

Dirty Dozen

It's October -

And that means that all over the northern hemisphere, in wine country, it's harvest time.  The cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours have winemakers at the ready to work their magic as the fruit which will someday become 2017 wine comes in from the vines.  While we wait for that magic, how 'bout a smattering of 12 bottles of harvests past, packed in one box, for one crazy, low price?  Swing on by and get your October Dirty Dozen today!

October Dirty Dozen Chillables Bottles

The Chillables

2016 Blanco, Armas de Guerra $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder                

Vinos Guerra is the oldest winery in Spain’s Bierzo region and owns some of its oldest vines. This citrus-laden white is made from local varietals Doña Blanca and Godello which were planted between 1955 and 2008. This wine is focused, chalky and dry, with plenty of fruit. It’s ideal with seafood, be it raw or cooked. Try with a poke bowl or sushi.



2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Old Coach Road $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder                    

This tropical, guava-tinged Sauvignon Blanc comes from Nelson, a wine region at the north end of New Zealand’s South Island. Here, the Tasman Bay provides a moderate climate. Only about 25 wineries exist in this small area just to the west of better known Marlborough. Two vineyards make up the fruit for this wine. Serve with quiche Lorraine.



2015 Chardonnay, Sharecropper’s  $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder                   

Sharecropper’s is a sensational value from the innovative Washington State winery, Owen Roe. Their 2015 Chardonnay is sourced from the DuBrul and Outlook Vineyards. This is fancy fruit and it tastes it! Not a shy Chardonnay, but one with lots of rich, creamy notes and lush, toasty oak flavors. Perfect for wild-caught salmon or veal Saltimbocca.



2016 Touraine Blanc, Domaine des Corbillières $16.59, $13.27 reorder             

We’ve been carrying the wines from Dominique and Véronique Barbou’s Domaine des Corbillières for two decades!  Well, if the quality’s there and the price is right, then, why not?  This Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc has the perfect balance of lively white fruit, citrus blossoms, and stony mineral.  Try it with a caramelized onion tart with goat cheese and thyme.



2015 Côtes de Gascogne Hors Saison, Domaine La Hitaire $14.49, $11.59 reorder

Down in Gascogne, just south of Bordeaux, comes this blend of Sauvignon Blanc (70%) and Sémillon (30%).  The property is owned by Armin and Rémy Grassa, sons of Domaine de Pouy’s Yves Grassa.  It’s all stainless steel tank fermented, so it’s fresh.  The Sémillon tames the Sauvignon Blanc with a round middle and gives it a waxy note.  Think seafood here.



2016 Bordeaux Clairet, Château Armurey $9.99, $7.99 reorder

Is it a red or a rosé?  We’ll let you decide.  Either way, it is chillable!  This Bordeaux Clairet is a throwback to the style of wine shipped from Bordeaux to England in the Middle Ages.  This easy going, unpretentious juice pairs with just about anything.  So keep your bottle well-chilled and pour it with burgers, mac n cheese, pizza, pasta, or a French Dip sando.

October Dirty Dozen Reds Bottles

The Reds



2015 Malbec-Syrah, Tilia $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

Tilia wines are made by Leopoldo Kuschnaroff, winemaker and general manager of Mendoza’s Bodegas Esmeralda. This Argentinian red is a tasty blend of Malbec, which gives off an herbal fruitiness, and Syrah, which adds a dark berry and smoky component. An all-occasion red that can adapt to most cuisines, match it up with stuffed peppers or meatloaf.



2015 Cannonau di Sardegna, Sanguineti $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

This Italian island red hails from Sardinia where the Cannonau grape makes its home. The grape itself is closely related to Grenache and shares a similar taste profile. Antonio Sanguineti, though Tuscan by birth, has a way with Cannonau. Medium-bodied with strawberry fruit and notes of underbrush, this would be delicious with lamb shanks or Osso Bucco.



2013 Merlot, Praxis $13.95 net sale price, $13.25 reorder

Bill Arbios has been making wine in northern California for over four decades. The man knows his stuff! This pretty little Merlot comes from a single vineyard located behind Jimtown Store in the heart of the Alexander Valley. Aged in American oak for two years, it is a balanced, round tannin red and is a solid option for the Thanksgiving table.



2014 Fronton, Château Coutinel $8.99, $7.19 reorder

Just north of the city of Toulouse lies the appellation of Fronton.  The principal grape grown there is Negrette, and all Frontonais wines must consist of at least 50% of it.  It makes for a light-bodied wine, much like Gamay (of which 20% is blended here), so it is a good pairing partner for those dishes that benefit from a light red – like roast chicken!



2013 Côtes-du-Rhône La Boissière, Domaine Boudinaud $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Thierry Boudinaud is one of our favorite Côtes-du-Rhône producers.  He and his wife Véronique have several labels of wines in and around the Rhône, though their La Boissière is one of their best values.  The blend is Grenache (55%), Syrah (30%), Mourvèdre (10%), and Cinsault (5%), and all together, it’s a great all-purpose red.  Try it with Bragioli.



2014 Chiroubles, Château Raousset $17.99, $14.39 reorder

There’s something about Autumn that just beckons the lover of Gamay-based wines.  Maybe it’s that forest floor aroma which reminds the taster of leaves changing colors and falling.  Maybe it’s that core of bright cherry fruit harmonizing with said forest floor.  This Chiroubles is light in body and versatile with food – give it a spin with Veal Milanese.



The August 2017 Dirty Dozen Wine Club

Friday, August 4, 2017 12:15 PM





The month of August is about as summer as summer gets! 31 days, no national holidays, okay, maybe a solar eclipse this year, and sure, there is always the Perseid meteor shower, but celestial shows are always better viewed away from cities – perhaps while camping? Why not? Well, however you spend your August, we’ve got your wine needs in this here box. 12 bottles, all different, all chosen for their versatility, for one low price. The August Dirty Dozen!



2015 Muscadet, Domaine Des 3 Versants $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Located in the village of La Févrie, on the banks of the Sevre River, this 4th generation family owned estate makes textbook Muscadet. Handpicked grapes are vinified in tank and left on the lees (sur lie) through the winter before bottling. Super crisp with a tonic attack, try it with raw oysters (the perfect pairing) or with a main course salad.



2016 Bianco, Isola Del Satiro $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

This is an appealing blend of Catarrato, a native Sicilian grape, and Grecanico, aka Garganega, the grape most commonly used for making Soave. Produced by Alcesti whose vineyards stretch over 30 hectares south of Marsala on Sicily’s west coast. Youthful, with vigorous notes of yellow fruit, pair with Arancini, grilled swordfish or stuffed squid.



2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Clifford Bay $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

In the heat of summer, a vibrant, grassy, sassy Sauvignon Blanc will often hit the spot. This Sauvignon Blanc is made with grapes grown in New Zealand’s Marlborough region, and they claim to have approximately 2400 hours of sunshine per year. The sunny, dry climate ensures full ripening of the grapes. Anything with goat cheese pairs beautifully here.



2016 Rosé Les Cimels, Château d’Or et de Gueules $14.59, $11.67 reorder

Fresh off the boat, and the first of our sextet of 2016 French Rosés to be included in The Dirty Dozen, the Les Cimels Rosé is a lively, dry offering. Made in the Provenç:al style, blending 40% Mourvèdre and 40% Cinsault (with equal parts Syrah and Grenache), one sip can whisk you away to the pebbly shores of France’s Mediterranean coast. Serve it with a bowl o’mussels.



2015 Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc, Château Ferran $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Another 4 grape blend here, (40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle, 10% Sauvignon Gris) this white Bordeaux is all about great value! All tank fermented, one swirl and sniff results in clean, fresh aromas of acacia and citrus blossoms. The palate opens up to flavors of apricots and peaches and it finishes crisp and complex. Petrale Sole will work well with this wine.



2015 Bourgogne Aligoté, Domaine Verret $14.49, $11.59 reorder

Brand new among our roster of French imports, Domaine Verret is located in the Yonne department of Burgundy. Southwest of Chablis and southeast of the city of Auxerre, it’s a hidden corner of Burgundy. This Aligot´ makes for a perfect apèritif white. Notes of straw and leesy white fruit greet you aromatically and the palate is round with a fruity core. Crabcakes anybody?



2012 BioNoir, Tinhof $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder

Organically grown Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, and St. Laurent are blended together to create a soft-tannin red that exudes aromas of red cherry and violet notes. Erwin Tinhof owns thirty five acres of vineyards in the northern part of Austria’s Burgenland region. Serve at a cool cellar temperature, so chill it if you need to – serve with pork & veggie brochettes.



2015 Rosso Conero, Marchetti $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Maurizio Marchetti is masterful with the Montepulciano grape. His entry-level Rosso Conero, the Castro di San Silvestro, over delivers for price, vintage to vintage. Aged in old Slavonian oak barrels for 14 months, this wine combines power with finesse. Brambly blackberry flavors are front and center. A smart choice for humble cuts of beef.



2015 Red Blend, Jordanov $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder 

Winemaking in the landlocked Macedonian Republic can be traced back centuries. The Jordanov family makes wine from both indigenous and international varieties at their winery in Tikves. The Red Blend is a third each Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Vranec, a black-skinned grape native to the Balkans. Enjoy with cevapcici or sausages.



2014 Côtes de Provence Les Trois Frères, Domaine des Aspras $17.59, $14.07 reorder

“I like my red wines earthy and fuller bodied.” Say that to any of us, and we’ll put a bottle of the 2014 Les Trois Frères in your hands. 90% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; the farming is all organic here, and the wine dark and brooding with that dominant earthy aroma. It’s the perfect wine for those grilled steaks and truffled mashed potatoes.



2013 Agrippa, Grange des Rouquette $17.59, $14.07 reorder

The southern Rhône Valley’s dominant red grape has to be Grenache, though there is a healthy dose of Syrah growing there which is used in blends. So a 100% Syrah from the southern Rhône is a bit of an anomaly, though Thierry Boudinaud happily makes his Agrippa when the conditions are perfect. Pour it with a smoked brisket.



2015 Chianti Montalbano, Pierazzuoli $13.49, $10.79 reorder

And rounding out this month’s DD is our pal, Enrico Pierazzuoli’s 2015 Chianti Montalbano. When he was here back in February, Enrico regaled us with tales of the challenges of the 2014 vintage, though he was happy with the end result. His take on the 2015? “We could have just stayed at the beach.” Conditions were THAT good. A perfect spaghetti red.

The July 2017 Dirty Dozen

Friday, July 7, 2017 11:41 AM

Happy July, everybody! Believe it or not, 2017 is half over, but the better half is coming on! Summertime is always a great time of year for parties, picnics, barbecues, beach time, holidays, and vacations. For this July, we’ve chosen a case of 12 bottles, all different, all versatile, and all in harmony with summer. So this month, make it easy on yourself and your budget. Stop on by TWH and pick up your Dirty Dozen today!


Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines


2015 Minervois Blanc, Château Paraza $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

The Danglas family purchased the famous Château de Paraza ten years ago. In that short time, they have brought the property and wine back to its former glory. A blend of 60% Roussanne and 40% Grenache Blanc, this snappy white is full of delicate floral aromas and finishes with flavors of white peach; a great choice for fish tacos, ceviche, or Pizza Bianco.


2014 Pecorino, I Fauri $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

Pecorino is found grown along Italy’s eastern coastal regions. Dry and minerally, this white has floral and citrus notes with a flinty aroma that borders on minty-ness. After tasting this with staff, the decision was made to double our order. We anticipate many reorders, plus we wanted to make sure there was enough stock for us too! Try with Fritto Misto!


2015 Jongieux, Carrel $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Jongieux is a named cru within the Savoie appellation. In this Alpine region you will find whites made from the Jacquère grape that are grown at high altitude. Low in alcohol, this Jongieux is fresh and zippy with flavors of ripe pear and citrus. Serve chilled as an aperitif or tote along on your next trip to the coast to have with some raw oysters.


2013 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Domaine Boudinaud $7.95 sale price, $7.55 reorder

TWH pals Thierry and Véronique Boudinaud have several irons in the fire in and around the southern Rhône Valley. This CdR Blanc is made from 60% Grenache Blanc and 40% Roussanne, and it shows fleshy yellow fruit with a crisp finish. It’s an easy wine to just pop and pour. Put a nice chill on this and serve it up with a seared Ahi tuna BLT. 


2014 Bush Vine Chenin Blanc, The Winery of Good Hope $13.49, $10.79 reorder

This is 100% Chenin Blanc is from old bush vines planted in decomposed granite in the Helderberg area of Stellenbosch, facing the ocean. Those ocean breezes keep the fruit relatively cool and fresh, lending balancing acidity to the tangy, voluptuous, green apple-like fruit. So grab an ice bucket, head outdoors, and enjoy it over a long balmy evening! 


2016 À Lisa VDP du Var, Domaine des Aspras $12.99, $10.39 reorder

The more we taste the wines from Domaine des Aspras, the more we love what is going on there. In brief, the family fled Germany in the 1930’s, and settled in Congo, only to flee once again, this time to Provence in the 1960’s. They quickly learned how to make wine, and with modern ingenuity, the next generation produces some of the best values in our bins. 


2016 Rouge, Guilhelm Moulin de Gassac $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

A four grape blend from vines that range in age from 25-50 years old, this red is hearty and brimming with fruit. All tank fermented and devoid of any oak treatment, this is a humble wine made by the folks behind the legendary Languedoc winery, Mas de Gaussac. Take inspiration from any cuisine found along the Mediterranean Sea when pairing up this red. 


2015 Pinot Noir, Wonderwall $17.98 net price, $16.18 reorder

And just like that, our best-selling California Pinot Noir ends up in the DD. It’s a tremendous value from winemaker Andrew Jones who claims to have stood in every vineyard on the Central Coast. The grapes come from two vineyards with close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Strawberry and cherry flavors persist. Try it with lamb, pork, or turkey burgers. 


2014 Zinfandel, Foxglove $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder 

Brothers Bob and Jim Varner make this affordable and delicious Zinfandel from fruit grown in Paso Robles. Juicy and vibrant with brambly fruit notes, though not a wimpy wine, it is a tad less bombastic than most Paso Zins. If outside temperatures spike, don’t be afraid to give this red a slight chill to keep flavors popping. It’s magnificent with bbq ribs.


2015 Dolcetto d’Alba, Aurelio Settimo $15.99, $12.79 reorder

Barolo winemaker Tiziana Settimo worked with her father, Aurelio, for 20 years before taking over a decade ago. While Nebbiolo plantings dominate her family’s holdings, she continues to tend to her 1 hectare of Dolcetto. It’s juicy and grapey with bright acidity and easy tannins. Pour this with ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms smothered in red sauce. 


2015 Ventoux Rouge, Tour de l’Isle $13.49, $10.79 reorder

No doubt, many of you have enjoyed wines from this negociant-like producer in the southern Rhône Valley. Robert Rocchi works with a handful of growers in the region and bottles each wine with his own Tour de l’Isle label. Rocchi is not afraid to make wines that taste good. Case in point this lovely Ventoux rouge. This has backyard bbq written all over it. 


2014 Château Bellevue la Randée $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

Speaking of backyard bbq, this red Bordeaux wine comes from the stable of Jean-Luc Thunevin, one of the original Bordeaux garagiste winemakers, whose top wine can sell for over $200! But this is the DD, and this month, we include Jean-Luc’s entry-level red, which is also perfect for the outdoor grill. Spare ribs, steaks, and chops can be enjoyed here.

The June 2017 Dirty Dozen

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:53 AM

It’s June and that means summer is almost here! The kids are our of school, Fathers’ Day is almost here, and the summer solstice is right around the corner. For these exciting times, it’s always a great idea to have some solid, versatile wine at the ready, ’cause one never knows just what may arise. The June Dirty Dozen features 12 bottles, all chosen for their versatility and quality, packed in one box, ready for you to enjoy. Cheers!


Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines


2016 Rosé, Balancing Act $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Only 400 cases were made of this charming Washington State Cabernet Franc Rosé. The pale apricot color hints at the delicate melon and strawberry fruit. At only 12% alcohol, this Rosé has a light and easy palate feel. Perfect on a hot summer evening while dining alfresco. Food pairing options here are vast, though a big garden salad would be nice!


2014 Erbaluce di Caluso, Giacometto $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

Erbaluce is an Italian white grape variety that has high levels of natural acidity and is grown mainly in northern Piedmont. The estate of Bruno Giacometto is located in the commune of Caluso, about 30 kilometers northeast of Turin. Super refreshing and full of vigor, this wine is ideally suited for raw seafood, especially oysters on the half shell.


2014 Devon Riesling, Richard Böking $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

This dry/off-dry Riesling is a blend of fruit grown from the winery’s top 5 steep-slope vineyards that don’t end up in their single-vineyard bottlings. The grapes are picked early to retain freshness and minerality. Classic juicy notes of green apple and minty herbs finish tart and tangy. Serve with Korean fried chicken, Thai curries or a pan-fried pork chop.


2015 Gavi di Gavi Rovereto, Ernesto Picollo $15.49, $12.39 reorder

Made from 100% Cortese, Gianlorenzo Picollo ferments and raises this Gavi di Gavi in all stainless steel tank. This gives the wine its freshness and clean expression. Quality-wise, you’ll be hard pressed to find a white wine close to this price. Gavi di Gavi is the wine of choice on the Italian Riviera, so feel free to pop it with your mussels or shrimp scampi.


2015 Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Tour de l’Isle $14.99, $11.99 reorder

Whaddya get when you blend fairly equal parts Rousanne, Marsanne, Clairette, and Grenache Blanc? To Robert Rocchi, proprietor of Tour de l’Isle, you get a delectable, balanced white wine that’s long on character and short on price. With summer on the immediate horizon, this is a great go-to white for those warm evenings. Serve it with seared scallops.


NV Vouvray Brut, Domaine d’Orfeuilles $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder

Speaking of outstanding values – the Vouvray Brut from Domaine d’Orfeuilles has to be our favorite budget sparkler with its Granny Smith Apple-like fruit and dusty minerality. Anya swears that it is the only sparkling wine that she can drink and not wish that it was Champagne. Sparkling wine pairs particularly great with salty foods like fried chicken.


2016 Barbera d’Asti, Il Falchetto $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

This is some Barbera d’Asti! Here you will find red cherry fruit buoyed by Barbera’s telltale acid freshness and soft tannins. It’s essentially a single-vineyard bottling from the commune of Agliano Terme called Pian Scorrone. The bottles have a unique dimple under the back label, but don’t fret, this wine is perfect for a bowl of olives, a fresh baguette, and a salumi platter.


2015 Blaufränker, Pfneiszl 1L $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

Sisters Birgit and Katrin make this dynamite Blaufrankisch from their family’s estate in Austria. Just across the border in Hungary, they also make wine from their ancestral vineyards. This versatile red is fruity and dry with notes of cherry and rose petal. It comes in a screwcap liter-sized bottle, so there is more to enjoy! Serve at cellar temp to retain vibrancy.


2013 Dão Reserva, Porta dos Templarios $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

This is a sturdy, fruit-driven Portugese red made from a blend of three grapes, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz and Jaen. The overall quality of wines being imported from Portugal has improved dramatically over the past decade. If you are looking to find quality and bang for your buck, its time to explore this wine region. Match it up with chorizo or merguez.


2013 Syrah/Grenache, Grange des Rouquette $10.99, $8.79 reorder

No fuss, no muss – TWH pal Thierry Boudinaud blends tank-fermented Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvèdre for his Grange des Rouquette red. Its round purple fruit flavors and aromas are easy to like and its price point makes it easy to stock up on. No need to overthink any pairing ideas – it’s great on its own, or will suit burgers, pizza, or pasta perfectly.


2015 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Le Farnete $14.59, $11.67 reorder

Speaking of pasta-pairing wines, this spaghetti red made by another TWH pal, Enrico Pierazzuoli, is just the kind of wine you get if you stop somewhere in the Tuscan countryside and order a bicchiere di vino rosso. Made from 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Barco Reale gets a touch of new barrel treatment which gives it its complex character.


2014 Château Couronneau Bordeaux Supérieur $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder

Winemaker Christophe Piat is fully on the biodynamic train these days with a handful of vintages under his belt. Say what you want, but we’ve noticed a big difference in the expression of his wines of late – as in, they’re explosive! The purity of fruit combined with the sense of place makes this an ideal bottle to open with a juicy, sizzling porterhouse.

The May 2017 Dirty Dozen

Saturday, May 6, 2017 11:04 AM

And they’re off! The Kentucky Derby may be around the corner, but the month of May is chock-full of festive spring days, such as a day for all you Moms out there, as well as that unofficial start of summer known as Memorial Day Weekend! With all of the good that May brings us, it’s good to have a stash of quality, versatile wine at the ready. Picnics, barbecues, brunch with Mom, or a long weekend at the cabin? The DD has you covered!


Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines


2014 Chardonnay, Ramsay $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

Kent Rasmussen’s winery began over thirty years ago out of his garage. Today, Kent has a modern facility in southern Napa. Ramsay is a companion label that focuses on combining quality with affordability. This well-balanced Chardonnay is full, without question, but stays fresh and lively on the palate. Serve it up with some buttermilk fried chicken sandos.


2015 Vermentino, Federici $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

The Ligurian coastline is known as the Italian Riviera. Not far from the Tuscan border, in an area famous for Carrara marble quarries, is where you will find Cantine Federici. Vermentino is the dominant white grape variety, producing mineral-driven, floral, crisp wines. A tiny bit of Albarola is blended in too. Try with basil pesto pasta or use other herbs.


2015 Arinto, Dom Diogo $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Quinta da Raza is a family estate established in 1769 in the Vinho Verde region of Portugal. Their soil is unique for the region because it is granitic with bits of clay and schiste – ideal conditions for producing crisp, vibrant whites. Arinto is known for its citrus expression: so think lemon and grapefruit. Thirst quenching and delicious, serve it with asparagus.


2014 Château Couronneau Blanc $11.95 sale price, $11.35 reorder

A recent article featured in The Wine Advocate sings the praises of the 2014 vintage for white Bordeaux. Neal Martin goes on the record by stating, “Much is sold for bargain prices compared to other French wine regions.” Biodynamically farmed Couronneau is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris. Serve it with spring salads with goat cheese. 


2015 Viognier, Grange des Rouquette $10.99, $8.79 reorder

It says Viognier, though 15% Marsanne is blended in, giving this user-friendly white added complexity and richness. It’s all tank fermented, allowing the clean, fruity/blossomy aromas to pop. On the palate, it’s light to medium bodied and has a crisp finish. You can serve this as an aperitif or as a versatile house white, as it pairs well with poultry or seafood. 


2015 Rosé Les Cimels, Château d’Or et de Gueules $9.95 sale price, $9.45 reorder

For many of us, Rosé is appropriate to drink all year long; for others, it is a seasonal beverage. Well, if it is indeed a seasonal wine, the season has begun! Sure, there’s a particular satisfaction one gets sipping on a glass of Rosé on a warm afternoon or evening. This Rosé has just the right amount of fruity goodness to get you pouring that second glass. 


2012 Zio Paolo, Vino Lauria $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

This 100% Nero d’Avola was fermented in stainless steel tanks before bottling. The grapes were grown organically around Alcamo in western Sicily half way between Trapani and Palermo. Here the soil is rich in clay and limestone and the climate arid. Try this simple, friendly red with eggplant and tomato-based dishes like Moussaka or Parmigiana. 


2013 Pinot Noir, Praxis $13.95 sale price, $13.25 reorder

Bill Arbios is a veteran winemaker with over forty years of winemaking under his belt. His 2013 Praxis Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown just west of the town of Sonoma, not far from Carneros, yet still within the Sonoma Coast AVA. It is medium-bodied with earthy flavors of cherry and soft plum, accented by spice notes. Pair with lamb riblets or chops. 


2014 Estate Red, Christopher Michael $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder 

The Harm brothers are the masterminds behind Oregon’s Underwood wines. They teamed up again to tackle Washington State grapes. This red blend is predominantly Syrah, with additions of Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Grenache. Juicy, soft tannins combine with plum and red currant fruit – perfect with flank, flap or skirt steak.


2015 Fronton On l’Appelle Negrette, Vignobles Arbeau $12.59, $10.07 reorder

The last couple of DD’s featured a couple of wines sourced from the Fronton region near the French city of Toulouse. This semi-remote viticultural area is the home of the Negrette grape. This is 100% Negrette. The aromas are bright and fruity, with hints of herbs and forest floor. The palate is light in body, making this a fine red option for rotisserie chicken. 


2012 Château Les Gabriaux, Médoc $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

Who says Bordeaux wines are expensive? Certainly, the 60 or so most famous wines from the region can command a king’s ransom, but what about the other 7,000? Of course, one must be on their toes, keeping an eye out for quality among the less expensive wines. That’s how we found the Les Gabriaux. It’s inexpensive and delicious. Serve up some Prime Rib here. 


2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ca’ Lojera $15.99, $12.79 reorder

You may know Ambra and Franco Tiraboschi’s Ca’ Lojera by their terrific Lugana white wines made from the Turbiana grape, but here’s a sample of their 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown near Lake Garda in Italy. It’s expressive and layered, kind of a throwback to those California Cabs of yore with their brambly berry fruit and hints of mint.

The Febuary 2017 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:40 AM

Okay, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year, so six more weeks of winter are in store for us; if you believe those kind of things. With the winter weather still present, hearty meals abound in our kitchens … and most likely, your kitchen too! For February this year, we’ve chosen another Dirty Dozen which provides versatility, though this month’s sampler is big on wines that will suit those hearty, comfort foods.


Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines


2015 Pinot Grigio, Riff $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

This is the 9th vintage of Riff that TWH has carried. At Riff, the famed winemaker Alois Lageder pulls together quality growers from the slopes of the Dolomites to produce a top-notch Pinot Grigio for a song. It is crisp and snappy, with bright citrusy flavors. Try this perky Pinot Grigio with a lemony kale Caesar salad or Sole Meunier.


2015 Verdejo Rueda, Viña Oropéndola $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Northwest of the Spanish capitol of Madrid lies the Rueda appellation. Here the white grape, Verdejo, reins queen. Verdejo is known for making dry yet aromatic wine. This one comes from vines that range in age from 40-120 years old. Where else other than Spain can you get old-vine goodness for such a price? Serve with Pollo con Arroz or veggie pasta.


NV Manzanilla Sherry 375ml, Barbiana $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

In our continuing effort to bring exciting new wine experiences to the Dirty Dozen, this month we’ve included Sherry for the first time. Manzanilla is a Fino sherry that is produced and aged within the town of Sanlúcar de Barremeda. It is bone-dry, salty with notes of almond and citrus, and has firm acidity. Try with fried or grilled seafood and cured meats.


2015 Pinot Auxerrois Val St. Gregoire, Domaine Saint-Rémy $18.99, $15.19 reorder

Pinot Auxerrois is a different variety than Pinot Blanc, though in Alsace, it may be bottled and still legally be labeled Pinot Blanc. Confusing? Sure. Important? Maybe to some. What’s it like? Well, it’s dry, it shows aromas of apricots and white peaches, and has a fleshy medium body. It’s a great wine to pop if you feel you may be in a white wine rut. 


2015 Ugni Blanc Blend Les Tours, Domaine la Hitaire $10.99, $8.79 reorder

Essentially a typical Gascogne blend of Ugni Blanc (65%), Colombard (30%), and Gros Manseng (5%), the Les Tours has enjoyed a loyal following at TWH for over a decade! What’s not to like? It’s fresh. It’s crisp. It delivers a kiss of honey somewhere on the mid-palate, which disappears as the finish dries out. Extremely versatile, serve with a smile. 


2015 Entre-Deux-Mers, Château Ferran $10.99, $8.79 reorder

We continue to hear more and more about wines from Bordeaux’s somewhat overlooked “between two rivers” appellation. Their quality has improved greatly in past decades, and their price tags make many of them screaming bargains. The Château Ferran is a typical white Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. Seafood works great. 


2014 Petit Siós, Costers del Sió $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

The appellation Costers del Sió is Catalonia’s most inland region. This region is harsh. It’s semi-arid with extreme temperature variation. And yet it can produce charming wines like this blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon, offering up fresh berry flavors wrapped in smooth, firm tannins. Pair with slow cooked one-pot wonders. 


2013 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Tiberio $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Tiberio is run by brother and sister, Antonio and Cristiana. In 2008 they took over the estate from their father and by 2013 were named “one of Italy’s Rising Stars” by Decanter magazine. Their old-vine Montepulciano grapes are vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks, creating a pure expression of the grape. Bold and spicy, serve with roast meats. 


2015 Pinot Noir, Underwood $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder 

Underwood Pinot Noir is a staple at TWH because even at this price point they consistently deliver quality. The key is they leave the fruit alone and allow it to shine through. Expect bright flavors of red cherry, subtle notes of dried herbs and soft structured tannins. Nothing complicated here, just darn good wine. Match up with grilled Panini or sloppy joes.


2014 Côtes de Provence Les Trois Frères, Domaine des Aspras $17.59, $14.07 reorder

From the all-organic village of Correns in Provence, this blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, full-bodied, concentrated, and earthy. Perfectly suited for the month of February, Les Trois Frères is definitely the kind of wine to break out with hearty fare, such as beef stew, cassoulet, leg of lamb, or a juicy T-bone steak. 


2012 Bordeaux Supérieur, Château Castenet $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

Good, honest Bordeaux here; and it comes from Entre-Deux-Mers too! As noted above, we’ve noticed the quality of some of the region’s smaller producers’ wines to be on the upswing in quality, and this fine quaffer stuck out in a tasting of other inexpensive Bordeaux wines which didn’t exactly make the cut. Drink it on its own, or with grass fed beef sliders. 


2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinum Africa $17.99, $14.39 reorder

English ex-pat, Alex Dale grows his Cabernet Sauvignon in Stellenbosch, where the variety enjoys its role as the appellation’s most important grape. He has witnessed some big money move in recently, buying up Cabernet vines, and making “Icon” (read “Ego”) wines, but he keeps his Cab in the “great value” level. Pop this with some dry Memphis ribs.

The January 2017 Dirty Dozen

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 11:08 AM

Happy New Year! Here we are again, it’s January, and the slate has been wiped clean. 2017 has arrived, and here in northern California, Mother Nature has been making up for lost time by drenching us with rainfalls which have exceeded our average. We looked at the forecast, and it says that the next week will be a wet one. So while we stay dry indoors, why not have one of our January Dirty Dozens within arms’ reach? It just makes sense; 12 different wines, all chosen for their versatility: The January 2017 Dirty Dozen!


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2013 Blanquette de Limoux, Saint Nicolas $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

This delightful and affordable sparkling wine will keep you celebrating well into the New Year! Blanquette de Limoux is a high elevation region along the Pyrenean foothills. The wine is produced from the Mauzac grape, which ripens late and retains good acidity. Honeyed and full of orchard fruit flavors, try this bubbly with all types of snacks and finger foods.


2016 Gewurztraminer, Banyan $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

One can easily make the argument that this Gewurztraminer from Monterey County is one of California’s best wine values. The fruit comes from old vines grown at Ventana Vineyards. Winemaker Kenny Likitprakong intentionally made it off-dry to pair with Southeast Asian cuisine. Give this Gewurz a go with curry, be it red, green or yellow. Delicious!


2015 Verdicchio, Fattoria Laila $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Fattoria Laila’s vines are grown in the rolling hills of the Marche overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Verdicchio translates to “little green one,” hence the flavors can lean toward the herbaceous. Along with fresh, cut grass aromas, this Verdicchio displays crisp acidity on the palate. A great meal starter with shrimp scampi, fried calamari or marinated cracked crab.


2015 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Tour de l’Isle $14.99, $11.99 reorder

Sourced from vines growing in and around the village of Vinsobres, this four grape blend (Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette) delivers refreshing orchard fruit aromas with a medium-full body, finishing with zippity fresh acidity. It’s a great all-occasion quaffer, yet would be perfect if paired alongside a platter of seafood tapas. 


2015 Gavi, Ernesto Picollo $10.99, $8.79 reorder

One of our most popular bargain whites, the Ernesto Picollo Gavi has been a great pleasure to carry for nearly a decade. If one has a look at our staff members’ invoices over the years, it is not beyond the stretch of imagination that the Gavi is one of the top white wines that we take home to share and to drink ourselves! A simple pesto pasta pairs well here. 


2014 Montravel Blanc, Château Calabre $10.99, $8.79 reorder

Speaking of TWH employees’ favorite white wines, enter another contestant, this one from just beyond Bordeaux’s eastern outskirts. Daniel Hecquet blends 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon, and 10% Muscadelle to make this easy-going, food friendly, crisp white wine. It works well as an aperitif as well! Otherwise, you can pop it with a tuna salad. 


2015 Malbec Reserva, Apaltagua $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Apaltagua harvests their Malbec grapes by hand between April and May. Their vineyard lies between the Curico and Maule Valleys. Maule Valley is one of the first regions to be planted with grapevines by the Spanish. Expect rich notes of cherry and cassis accented by a kiss of vanilla. Well-rounded on the palate, try with beef stew or other one-pot delicacies. 


2013 Garnacha, Botijo Rojo $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

The name Botijo Rojo refers to the traditional clay water vessels used by grape pickers during harvest. This is yet another great example of a Spanish wine that delivers both high quality and affordability. 100% Garnacha, flavors of deep red cherries are augmented by dusty notes of underbrush. Silky and supple, try with pollo con arroz or paella. 


2014 Aljubarrota Reserva, $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder 

A blend of three varietals – Aragonez (aka Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional and Trincadera – this is a hearty, jammy Portugese red. Both Touriga Nacional and Trincadera are used in the production of Port, so you know the flavors are going to be intense. This high-impact wine is perfect for burgers as well as high-end cuts of meat for a special meal.


2014 Chianti Montalbano, Tenuta Pierazzuoli $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Longtime TWH pal, Enrico Pierazzuoli (who will be visiting us in February!) crafts Tuscan wines from two different sites: one in Carmignano, just west of Firenze, and the other in nearby Chianti Montalbano. Enrico makes his Chianti from 100% Sangiovese, and as written on the label, it takes one vine to make one bottle of wine. Drink this with a nice pappardelle. 


2013 Syrah, Domaine Saint Antoine $11.49, $9.19 reorder

Moving down to the south of France, in Saint Gilles to be exact, is Marlène and Jean-Louis Emmanuel’s Domaine de Saint Antoine. We’ve been working with the Emmanuels for 20 years, and it’s easy to see why: Value. Jean-Louis de-stems his fruit and raises the wines in tank for that pure fruit expression. Try this Syrah with some smoked pork ribs, yum! 


2013 Agrippa, Grange des Rouquette $17.59, $14.07 reorder

And lastly, speaking of Syrah, check out this southern Rhône Syrah named after the famous Roman architect who allegedly designed the famous Pont du Garde near the Rhône River Valley. Thierry Boudinaud doesn’t make this wine in every vintage; it takes a special one for him to do so. It’s full bodied, so think big with your pairing ideas … like a rib-eye!

The December 2016 Dirty Dozen

Saturday, December 3, 2016 11:26 AM

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The December 2016 Dirty Dozen



We’re still scratching our heads here. How exactly did it get to be December already? Time flies, this we know. 2016 is on its way out, and 2017 is right around the corner. There’s plenty to do to get there, so hold on tight! There are holiday parties, corporate and private, and the holidays themselves. We’re making the wine part easy. 12 bottles, all chosen for versatility, in one box for one low price. The December Dirty Dozen.

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2015 Picpoul de Pinet, Chevalier de Novato $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Picpoul refers to both the appellation and the grape. The word itself translates to “lip-stinger” which suggests the zippy acidity of the wine. The appellation covers 3000 acres around the Ètang de Thau, a series of lagoons along the Mediterranean. Expect tonic-like freshness with fragrant, floral flavors. Serve well-chilled with any manner of shellfish.



2013 Verdejo, Atino $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

The aromatic grape, Verdejo, though planted throughout Spain is most at home in Rueda. Rueda is a region northwest of Madrid smack dab in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula. The climate is continental with hot, dry summers and cold, harsh winters. Crisp and citrusy with hints of flowers and clover on the palate, serve with crab cakes or Risotto Milanese.



2015 Moscato di Pavia, Centorri $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

Three generations of women are credited for making this charming, playful Moscato – it tastes just like popping a fresh grape into your mouth. The vines are on average 20 years of age, lending complexity and depth. Low in alcohol and with a slight frizzante, try as an aperitif or as the closer to a meal. Or snuggle up on the couch with a glass and some cookies.



2013 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Domaine Boudinaud $7.95 sale price, $7.55 reorder

We’re just not drinking enough white wine from the Rhône Valley. One can seldom go wrong with a white Côtes-du-Rhône: great blends and very fair prices. This CdR Blanc is made from 60% Grenache Blanc and 40% Roussanne, and it shows fresh, fleshy white and yellow fruit and has a crisp finish. Pair this with some seared scallops wrapped in bacon. 


2014 Bush Vine Chenin Blanc, The Winery of Good Hope $9.95 sale price, $9.45 reorder

This is 100% Chenin Blanc is from old bush vines planted in decomposed granite facing the ocean. Those ocean breezes keep the fruit relatively cool and fresh, lending balancing acidity to the tangy, voluptuous, green apple-like fruit. It’s great wine to have by itself or one can try a variety of pairing ideas, including vegetable tempura or Fettuccine Alfredo. 


2014 Mâcon Villages Les Tilles, Domaine Sainte Barbe $19.99, $15.99 reorder

White Burgundy. Among the critics, it is consensus that 2014 was a great vintage for Burgundy’s white wines. Domaine Sainte Barbe does not use any fancy new oak for their wines, preferring to showcase terroir and fresh fruit over the aromas new barrels impart. It’s got plenty of class and complexity, and would be great with that Dungeness crab! 


2015 Le Loup Dans La Bergerie, Orliac $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

80% Grenache with the remainder Syrah, this juicy little number is the perfect “everyday” red wine. Why perfect? Well, the fruit is bright and lively, the tannins are soft, the acidity is balanced with the fruit, and no intrusive oak to speak of. Drink on its own or with food; it can do it all. Ideally suited for pizza in all its forms, calzone, or a messy meatball sub. 


2013 Merlot, Jordanov $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

A value like this would have to come from an under-represented, unknown wine region like land-locked Macedonia. How else could you make a Merlot from mature vines, age it in French oak for 14 months and offer it for well under $20? Notes of plum and blueberries mingle with herb for a classic presentation. Tasty with lamb ragoût or a prime rib roast. 


2015 Cilegiolo Maremma, Morellino $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Winemaker Sergio Bucci is a strong believer that obscure Tuscan “field blend” varietals can stand on their own if properly understood and vinified. A case in point is this Cilegiolo – a red varietal typically blended into Chianti. Rarely do you see it bottled solo. Super charged red cherry flavors with aromas of sage and violets dominate. Va bene!



2013 Ventoux Rouge, Domaine Fondrèche $16.99, $13.59 reorder

Winemaker Sébastien Vincenti has done something unusual recently. He has eliminated one of his fancy labels (Nadal), and is now using those grapes in his entry level rouge. The result is an upper class Rhône blend, 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre. It’s as versatile as it is classy. Serve it with pork wrapped, pork sausage-stuffed pork loin. 


2015 Malbec, Alberto Furque $14.99, $11.99 reorder

Sourced from vineyards some 3000 feet in elevation, Alberto’s daughter Carolina has some mountain fruit to make her Malbec with. The grapes are fermented in steel tank and raised in concrete prior to bottling. This allows the fruit and terroir to shine. Deep and lush, the structure is bold, yet the nuances are delicate. It’s a good one for a juicy steak. 


2013 Syrah/Grenache, Grange des Rouquette $10.99, $8.79 reorder

French country wine – 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvèdre, all tank fermented for optimal freshness here. This is the kind of wine served throughout the southern French countryside in cafés and bistros. It’s easy to quaff, with or without food, and easy on the budget. It’s a given to say this is great with a baguette, bowl of olives, and salumi.

The November 2016 Dirty Dozen

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 4:38 PM



The November 2016 Dirty Dozen

Leaves on the ground, logs on the fire, and now we're moving our clocks back an hour. It's November! Autumn is such a cozy season, with its brisk weather and longer nights moving our lives indoors. Then there's Thanksgiving coming up - and with that in thought, we present the November Dirty Dozen. 12 wines, all chosen for their versatility, with a special consideration for the big day. Pick up your November Dirty Dozen today.

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2015 Vintner's Blend, Liana Estates $15.95 sale price, $15.15 reorder

Liana Estates is the second winery from the Peju Family and is located in Carneros. Released at $24 a bottle, we were able to include the Vintner's Blend in this month's DD thanks to some friends and family pricing. Mostly Chenin Blanc and all tank-fermented, it is zippy, racy and chock-full of citrus flavors. Pair with pre-dinner snacks and appetizers.



2014 Chardonnay, Dreyer Sonoma $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

This Chardonnay over delivers for the price. The fruit hails from Carneros, is whole cluster pressed then fermented in new and neutral barrel. All the classic flavors are there: citrus, pineapple, pear. Rich but not too oaky, this can work for many occasions. Bring it to your next house party or, if staying in, pair with rotisserie chicken and an herby green salad.



2014 Silvaner alte Reben, Dr. Heyden $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

This dry Silvaner, the third most widely planted grape in Germany, comes from vines over 30 years of age! Beautiful, herbaceous aromas meet with crisp, vibrant peach fruit. Compatible with most veggies (even asparagus!), a first course vegetable terrine or cream soup would be a perfect match here and a fine start to an elegant meal.



2015 Rosé Les Cimels, Château d'Or et de Gueules $13.99, $11.19 reorder

Tipping her cap to the style of pink wines made in Provence, Diane Puymorin uses mostly Mourvèdre and Cinsault for her Les Cimels Rosé. Les Cimels means "bouquet of fruit," and maybe it's the 80 year old Mourvèdre vines that lend this wine its distinct bouquet. It's versatile enough to pair with all sorts of cuisine, especially those which appear on Turkey Day. 


2014 Unoaked Chardonnay, The Winery of Good Hope $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Down in Stellenbosch, South Africa, English expat Alex Dale makes a bright, crisp Chardonnay free from any oak influence. Fermented in steel tank from free-run juice only, the aromas are pure, deep, and classy. There's a distinct mineral drive to go along with the crisp, citrus-like fruit profile. It will suit poultry dishes very well ... hint, hint! 


2014 Bordeaux Blanc, Château Couronneau $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

Winemaker Christophe Piat has been on a qualitative roll since first going all organic over a decade ago, and now he has embraced biodynamism. For his blanc, he blends equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, and the result is a refined white Bordeaux with a great balance of fruit and liveliness. A spinach salad with goat cheese pairs well here. 


2009 Puerto Salinas, Sierra Salinas $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

What a tremendous value! This big, bold Spanish blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in new and 2-year old French oak. Spicy, dense, black-fruited, no wonder it received a whopping score of 92 points from Robert Parker. Time in the bottle has settled down the tannins. Serve with roasted or braised meats and spicy sausages. 


2013 Zinfandel, Il Cuore $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Too often value-priced Zinfandels are marred by off-putting, oaky flavors. Not this one from Il Cuore. Instead the zesty, berry fruit is left alone to charm and delight the palate. Fruity and easy-going, much of the fruit was sourced from Mendocino County. This Zin can wear many hats ... bring to a friendsgiving potluck or order in with your favorite pie. 


2010 Merlot, Giacato $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder 

The whimsical label is in juxtaposition to the firm, grippy Merlot fruit found inside the bottle. Renowned winemaker, Fabrizio Moltard, who began his career at Gaja, is responsible for this plummy red. Careful when you get to the bottom of the bottle, it throws a little sediment, but that only helps to explain the wine's complexity. Try with lamb chops!



2012 Carmignano, Le Farnete $19.59, $15.67 reorder

According to legend, the Cabernet Sauvignon which grows alongside the native Sangiovese in Carmignano, was a wedding gift from the French to Italy when Catherine di Medici married into French Royalty. For the wine, its presence adds backbone and structure. It's a fancy wine, maybe one for special occasions, like a standing rib-eye roast. 


2013 Côtes-du-Rhône La Boissière, Domaine Boudinaud $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Côtes-du-Rhône always delivers. It has to be one of the most reliable viticultural regions for high quality, reasonably priced wines in the world. Our friend Thierry Boudinaud has several irons in the fire in and around the Rhône, but his La Boissière is such a great all-purpose red, we will stop there. It will solve all of your pizza and pasta wine needs. 


2012 Château Les Gabriaux, Médoc $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

Just like we did last month, we're including a red Bordeaux which we discovered on our annual En Primeur tasting trip. Again, to suss out quality samples in the sub $10 category is a difficult task, but occasionally we get lucky. Back in February, Neal Martin wrote, " Check out 2012 Les Gabriaux – a delightful Médoc. That's not advice. That's an order."

The October 2016 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, October 6, 2016 8:25 PM


Another summer gone, another autumn is here. October is always an interesting month, with its changing leaves, longer nights, cooler breezes, and more occasions for hearty dishes. This month’s Dirty Dozen was carefully chosen to suit the needs of October, featuring versatile wines from seven different countries! There’s no need to overthink your wine selections for the month; pick up an October DD today!

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2015 Vinho Verde, Adega Monção $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

Portugal’s Vinho Verde occupies the northwest corner of the country. This exceedingly interesting example comes from vineyards around the town of Monção, hence the name of the winery, near the border of Spain. With a hint of petillance, this citrusy, minerally wine has thirst-quenching freshness. Delicious alone, it’s also superb with shellfish, raw or cooked.

2014 Gruner Veltliner “Q”, Unger $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Petra Unger took the winery over from her parents in 1999. With vineyards planted on either side of the Danube in the Kremstal region of Austria, Petra makes several cuvees of Gruner Veltliner. The “Q” is the most affordable and is all tank fermented for optimal freshness. Yellow fruit flavors with aromas of white pepper; pair it with sushi or spring rolls.

2014 Sauvignon Blanc, MF Wines $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Mighty Fine Wines indeed! Industry insiders Matt and Fritz use their connections to source high end fruit for a fraction of the price, passing the savings on to their customers. 100% Napa Valley fruit for under $15? Yep, it’s a deal, and delicious too! Crunchy melon and juicy pear fruit matches up with zesty acidity on the finish. Try with a quiche or BLTA.

2014 Montravel Terrement, Château Puy-Servain $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Some could contend that a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris grown just east of Bordeaux is a bit of a poser, but this wine is not posing as anything! It’s a crisp, complex white with a rich mid-palate and a clean finish. Wines of this pedigree generally come at much higher prices; that’s the beauty of direct importation! Pair it with clams and pasta.





2015 Ventoux Rosé, Domaine Fondrèche $15.99, $12.79 reorder

Consistently our lightest, leanest Rosé, Sébastien Vincenti has done it again with his 2015. It has just enough aromatic character to distinguish itself as a Rosé, yet the palate is bone dry and full of lipsmacking zip. This textbook Provençal-styled juice makes for the perfect aperitif on a warm, autumn evening, and can still complement those Moules Florentine.





2014 Riesling Vieilles Vignes, Domaine St. Rémy $19.99, $15.99 reorder

Our pals in Alsace, Corinne and Philippe Ehrhart, have now added a “perceived sweetness” scale to their back labels, eliminating any confusion about what may be in that tall bottle so many associate with sweet wines. The scale on this one is at 1, meaning the driest. There’s still plenty of appley, pear-like fruit on the palate, but the finish is dry and crisp.





2014 Prieto Picudo “El Aprendiz”, Paramo $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Prieto Picudo is a native Spanish red that nearly became extinct. The vine grows extra low with its branches literally on the ground. This makes pruning and harvesting backbreaking work because you have to do it while kneeling. The Spanish call this rastra. Intense dark fruit with notable acidity makes this red perfect for pot roast or steak with Romesco sauce.





2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Filosur $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

What drew us to this Argentinian Cabernet is its freshness and medium-bodied profile. Not heavy, with just the right amount of fruitiness, this red can function as a house red for large, casual parties or provide pleasure for your Monday-Thursday imbibing needs. Simple yet delicious, try it with ground meat based dishes, such as meatloaf, meatballs, etc.





2013 Corbières, Château la Boutignane $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Corbières is a sub-region of southern France’s Languedoc-Roussillon. This is a typical Corbières, with the inclusion of 50% Carignane, the remainder being a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. The earthy combination of red plum and green leaf tobacco makes this ideal for roasts and chicken stew be it Cacciotore, Chakhokhbili or Country Captain.

2014 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Le Farnete $14.59, $11.67 reorder

Whether you’re grabbing a pizza after work or cooking up some pasta with a tomato-based sauce, the Le Farnete Barco Reale is your go-to red. Enrico Pierazzuoli’s other production facility is located in the hills just west of Firenze. Blending 20% Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese gives this wine a little backbone to go along with the fresh, tangy fruit aromas.





2013 Touraine Les Demoiselles, Domaine des Corbillières $15.99, $12.79 reorder

Take 40% Pinot Noir for its delicate elegance, blend it with 30% Cabernet Franc to give it some Old World herbal aromas, and finish it off with 30% Côt (Malbec) for its power and richness, and you’ve got Corbillières’ Les Demoisellescuvee. It’s a versatile son of a gun, and can pair well with a French Dip, cheeseburger, flank steak, or barbecued brisket. Bring it!





2014 Bordeaux Supérieur, Domaine des Maréchaux $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

When in Bordeaux, scouting for quality in the under $10 per bottle category, one encounters a plethora of wines that, let’s just say to be nice, we don’t want. So when we taste one that has expressive character and balance, we pounce. The 2014 Domaine des Maréchaux is pounce-worthy. It’s firm yet expressive, and would properly suit a grilled ribeye perfectly.

The September 2016 Dirty Dozen

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 8:11 PM

September is here! What? What? What? No need to worry, summer isn’t over just yet. There’s still plenty of time left to get in a last visit to the beach or the last barbecue of the season. Fall is right around the corner, so we better act quickly! Good thing there’s a Dirty Dozen to take care of the wine department for the month: 12 bottles of wine, all different, all versatile, a little cheat sheet with some notes and pairing ideas, and one low price. Yay!

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2014 Santa Barbara County White, Demure $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder
Owner/winemaker Vailia Esh left chilly Toronto on a lark and set out for sunny Paso Robles. Shortly thereafter Desperada Winery was born. Along with the Desperada wines, Vailia tinkers with different varietals, and here she has blended 88% Riesling with 12% Chardonnay for her Demure label. It’s dry and crisp, so pair it with those pork chops.

2014 Rueda Verdejo, Menade $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Three siblings, Marco, Richard, and Alejandra Sanz have been running Menade since 2005. They can trace their winemaking roots back 5 generations. Rather than rest on that laurel, they are true pioneers in the organic movement, having secured the certification for their vineyards. This Verdejo is stony and herbal – a great partner for raw oysters.

2014 Vinho Branco, Rufo do Vale D.Maria $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
From Portugal’s Douro D.O.C. comes this blend of natives Côdega de Larinho and Rabigato. The former brings floral aromas as well as flavors of peaches and melons while the latter brings a little zippy acidity and backbone to the party. As the summer fades away, treat yourself to a glass of this to sip with a Caprese Salad with fresh heirlooms and burrata.

2013 Hors Saison, Domaine la Hitaire $9.95 sale price, $9.45 reorder
It’s a Côtes de Gascogne made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon. Brothers Rémy and Armin Grassa run this property now after taking over from their father, Yves, of Domaine de Pouy fame. The 2013 Hors Saison is an easy going, medium bodied white, perfect for Tuesday nights. It goes great with goat cheese or a turkey sandwich with the works.


2014 Ventoux Blanc, Domaine Fondrèche $16.99, $13.59 reorder
Our man in Ventoux, Sébastien Vincenti blends Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, and a little bit of Rolle for his Ventoux Blanc, and the result is smashing. Like their red counterparts, white Rhône blends have to be some of best values on the market. Citrus, stone fruit, and minerals hover around your glass as you toast your Chicken à la King.


NV Vouvray, Domaine d’Orfeuilles $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder
Sparkling wine made from 100% Chenin Blanc, this Vouvray is long on character. It’s not Champagne, but its small bubbles and dusty mineral expression could potentially fool a few people. The palate is marked by crunchy Granny Smith apple and mineral, and the finish is balanced and creamy. Great for a toast, an aperitif, or a bucket of fried chicken.


2012 Vinho Tinto, Rufo do Vale D.Maria $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
We head back to Portugal’s Douro for Vale D.Maria’s red version of Rufo. This one is made from a blend of Touriga Franca and Portugal’s most famous red grape, Touriga Nacional. It’s a medium-bodied wine offering notes of dark red and black fruit with some spice. It’s great with tapas and small bites, or you can pair it with a pizza margherita.


2014 Negroamaro Salento Arcangelo, Palamà $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Originally planted by Romans in the southern region of Salento, Negroamaro is a robust red with sturdy structure and pleasant black cherry aromas. The tannins are well integrated making this a clean, easy sipper which can be appreciated in its youth. It’s a versatile red, so it’s a ringer with pasta dishes; but we’re thinking bread, olives, and salumi.


2014 Merlot, Domaine de Gournier $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Longtime Dirty Dozen fans may remember Gournier, as their wines were once regulars in our monthly sampler. When we discovered several cases that were up for grabs at a ridiculous price, we snagged them. This Merlot is juicy and balanced with brambly fruit and a medium body. It’s a great picnic red (screwcap), or a fine partner for a cheeseburger.

2013 Mountainside Shiraz, The Winery of Good Hope $13.49, $10.79 reorder
Speaking of great picnic wines, Alex Dale’s Mountainside Shiraz sports a screwcap as well, and what’s inside is pure Shiraz magic. The nose is ripe and expressive with notes of red fruits, smoke, and gamey meat. The palate is restrained and medium bodied, and the finish is exquisitely balanced. This one is best suited for a slow-cooked smoky beef brisket.


2014 Les Trois Frères, Domaine des Aspras $17.59, $14.07 reorder
Say bonjour to our new Provençal producer, Domaine des Aspras. Coming from the first all-organic French grape growing village, Correns, Les Trois Frères is 90% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. This Côtes de Provence is a dark, earthy wine. It’s full bodied, so it’s best to pair this with something hearty … maybe a nice, rich bowl of cassoulet.


2013 Costières de Nîmes Les Cimels, Château d’Or et de Gueules $15.79, $12.63 reorder
“Wines with this much complexity don’t sell for $15,” that’s what Anya said after she tasted the 2013 Les Cimels in our employee tasting room. This has been THE go-to house red for over a decade. Dark purple and black olive-like fruit are the core with aromas of forest floor and black tea. One note of caution: this bottle will be empty before you think it will!

A Taste of Burgundy – August 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:19 PM

TOB-BANNERBasic Facts for those of you who are new to the program: Every two months we select two Burgundies, one red and one white. We include write-ups detailing the background of the grower, the vineyard source, and the wine. Finally we knock a significant percentage off the prices of the wines, making the Sampler price $89.98. If you would like us to add you to the Sampler Club and receive the wines regularly, please notify us in the comments field, and we will charge your card accordingly. If you would like us to ship faster than the standard ground service, please specify this as well.

 
 

 

2013 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrières,Domaine Pernot-Belicard

Despite the challenges presented during the growing season, the bottled 2013 white Burgundies have proven to be of fine quality. Much like 2007, it’s a great vintage for those who enjoy sleek, crisp, snappy wines with balance and freshness. TOB regulars need no introduction to Philippe Pernot, grandson of Puligny legend, Paul Pernot. Marrying into a family of winegrowers with holdings in both Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault, Philippe and his wife farm over 6 hectares of them. In Puligny-Montrachet, you can find Premier Cru Les Perrières along the same slope as neighboring Clavoillon. Continuing in a southwesterly direction, Les Pucelles comes next, followed by Bâtard-Montrachet. That is one special slope! The 2013 Pernot-Belicard Puligny Perrières is a racy, mineral-driven Puligny with fine lemon peel, wet stone, and spicy vanilla aromas. The palate is crisp and complex as the fleshy apple pie fruit stays in balance with the zesty freshness leading to that snappy finish. Drinking window: Now – 2023.

2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Boudriotte,Château de la Maltroye

Jean-Pierre Cornut couldn’t help mentioning his good fortune as his holdings were spared from the hailstorms that hit the northern part of the Côte de Beaune in 2013. And believe it or not, despite the overall reports of diminished yields from the vintage, Jean-Pierre’s reds came in as expected with very little sorting required! “The quality of the 2013’s was a huge surprise as I honestly didn’t expect it,” Cornut added. He also mentioned that he felt that the transparency of the terroir was more significant in 2013 than any recent vintage, including 2010. His Premier Cru La Boudriotte vineyard in Chassagne-Montrachet produced an outstanding wine in 2013. The nose is alive with fresh red berry fruit, earthy minerals, herbs and spice. The brambly fruit and earthy tones are concentrated mid-palate, with the zippy freshness holding the structure all together. There is rich complexity on the finish, suggesting the wine can be enjoyed in its youth, though we recommend you drink it from 2018 through 2029. – Peter Zavialoff

The August 2016 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, August 4, 2016 12:19 AM


 

The August 2016 Dirty Dozen

If you’re a fan of summer fruits and vegetables, this is your month! There’s no peach better than an August peach, and visit to a farmers’ market this month can inspire the laziest of us to dust off the apron and whip up an array of fresh victuals. To help enjoy the fruits of your labor, may we suggest the August Dirty Dozen? 12 different wines, all chosen for their versatility, packed in a handy box with pairing suggestions for one low price. BooYah!

Reorder Special !!! 20%off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines

2012 Chardonnay HIP, Hedges $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

A fantastic value for domestic Chardonnay, this Washington State white is crisp and lively made in an unoaked, Chablis style. All of the fruit comes from the Dionysus vineyard, planted in 1973 on the east side of the Columbia River. Expect snappy apple flavors and a clean finish. Serve with grilled chicken, fried calamari or Baja fish tacos.

2013 Aligoté, Domaine Fichet $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Domaine Fichet broke away from the local co-op to make wine on their own beginning in 1976. Situated in Igé, just north of Mâcon, Fichet planted a bit of Aligoté in 1998. It is textbook Aligoté with its bright acid finish. Traditionally, Aligoté is used for making Kir. So if inclined – add a bit of Cassis – otherwise pair alongside oysters, prawns or fresh goat cheese.

2014 Côtes du Rhône La Source, Mourchon $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

La Source is a classic blend of 6 Rhône varietals: Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette, and Bourboulenc. The vines average 40 years of age. Flavors of underripe apricot and white peach dominate the palate. It works well with sushi, poke, ceviche and fresh spring rolls. A screw cap makes opening easy!

2014 Lugana, Ca’Lojera $15.99, $12.79 reorder

As summer’s bounty bursts to life at local farmers’ markets with dazzling aromas, colors, and flavors, we can’t help but feel the same for Ambra and Franco Tiraboshi’s Lugana and its panoply of expression. Fresh melons, stone fruit, orchard fruit, and a kiss of honey all linger on the palate. A great choice to pair with breaded flounder filets and fresh zucchini.





2013 Grüner Veltliner Liter, Hofer $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Once the darling of hipster somms everywhere, Grüner Veltliner continues to enjoy a loyal following of those of us who love dry, crisp, herbaceous white wines; especially in the summer! Keeping it real, the Austrians bottle some of these in full liter size with beer bottle caps. A fresh green bean salad with green goddess dressing would be great with this.





2014 Rosé, Grange des Rouquette $7.95 sale price, $7.55 reorder

Here’s one for the anti-wine snob folks. Rosé made from 100% Syrah using the saignée method, or the bleeding off of the pink juice during fermentation of red wine. Rosé wines made using this technique tend to be rich, intense, and long lived. It is perfectly acceptable to enjoy this with an ice cube or two as you mow through an order of hot chicken wings.





2014 Garnacha, Santo Cristo $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

This 100% Garnacha, aka Grenache, is a perfect example of why so many believe that the best values for wine in the world come from Spain. The concentration and depth of flavor here is head scratching when considering the price tag. Juicy, deep plum and blackberry flavors are uplifted with spice and dusty tannins. Try it with Santa Maria style tri-tip.





2014 Monte Reale, Garofoli $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Traveling east from Tuscany towards the Adriatic Sea, Sangiovese continues its dominance. In the Marche, Sangiovese is often lighter and fruitier. This makes for a pleasant, versatile drink. Monte Reale is entirely tank-fermented Sangiovese. Expect flavors of cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Pair with capellini tossed with fresh tomatoes and Genovese basil!





2015 Pinot Noir 375ml can, Underwood $5.98 net price, $5.38 reorder

A can of Pinot Noir? Sure, why not, we are not snobs! The innovative packaging is convenient for toting along on hikes, picnics in the park, floating down rivers, or any August activity that takes you outdoors. Inside the can is 100% Oregon Pinot Noir with its medium bodied cherry-laden fruit, soft tannins and notes of cola. Simply perfect with a deli sandwich.

2012 Ventoux Fayard, Domaine Fondrèche $16.99, $13.59 reorder

On a serious note, Domaine Fondrèche has the finest terroir in what was once called the Côte de Ventoux, on the eastern side just beneath snow capped Mont Ventoux. It’s half Grenache, all tank fermented. The other half is barrel aged Syrah and Mourvèdre which gives the wine depth, complexity, and texture. This calls for a dry rubbed beef tenderloin.





2012 Bergerac, Château Calabre $10.99, $8.79 reorder

Of course there’s a statue of Cyrano in Bergerac, but that’s not what the region is famous for. The red wines of Bergerac are composed of the same grapes one finds at the hallowed chateaux of nearby Bordeaux, but the pricing is much more appealing. This rustic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon comes in screwcap; great for a picnic!





2010 Château La Gorre, Médoc $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder

Speaking of Bordeaux, here we have a delicious, affordable Claret from the remarkable 2010 vintage. Full bodied with fine balance, the La Gorre outdrinks its price point considerably. It shows concentrated aromas of cassis, black cherry, and earthy mineral. When you see that perfect steak at the butcher, it’s great to know you have this waiting for it.

The July 2016 Dirty Dozen

Saturday, July 2, 2016 6:47 PM




The Dirty Dozen

 

 

As 2016 continues to buzz away, here we are past the halfway mark. July is a great month for oh-so-many reasons. The fourth falls of a Monday this year, and that’s great for those of us who like three day weekends! Baseball’s mid-summer classic is coming up soon, and the long summer days of July are great occasions to get outdoors and enjoy yourself! It’s always good to have some reserves, so we’ve put together a great July Dirty Dozen to keep you prepared for any vinous emergency. Happy July!

Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines

2014 Screen Porch White, HRW $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Going back in time here with a Napa Valley Chardonnay for $12! Some Pinot Gris was added to the blend to perk up the acidity, making this the ideal, hot weather sipper from the folks at Hendry Winery. We’re told this is a one-off, so enjoy it while its still available. Crisp and crunchy peach flavors abound. Pair with a main course salad out on the veranda.

2014 Sauvignon Delle Venezie, Torre di Luna $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Torre di Luna Sauvignon is a refreshing, simple and delicious white wine from the region of Trentino in Northern Italy. The light – only 12.5% ABV – crisp flavors are especially welcome this time of year as we head into summer’s heat. Chill it down well to accentuate the fresh tropical flavors. Pair with light pasta dishes, pizza bianco, or fresh spring rolls.

2015 Soave San Rocco, Monte Tondo $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Monte Tondo specializes in Soave. Their hilltop estate, not far from Verona, overlooks the valley. The San Rocco is their entry level Soave, but it is by no means inferior to their estate-branded wines. Offering incredible value, this Soave is vibrant and mineral-driven. Tank fermented, try it with bay shrimp stuffed avocados or a Panzanella salad.

2012 Gewurztraminer Rosenberg, Domaine Ehrhart $21.99, $17.59 reorder

Rose petals and lychee nuts are descriptors that follow Gewurztraminer around as the aromas of this variety are definitely marked by these distinct fragrances. This single-vineyard Gewurz is a bit off-dry, as evidenced by the sweetness scale that the Ehrharts use on the back label. Pair this opulent nectar with spicy curry or red beans and rice.





2014 Rosé Les Trois Frères, Domaine Des Aspras $17.59, $14.07 reorder

Every now and then something fancy lands in the DD, and this month, we’ve got a full-fledged Provençal Rosé in the box! Domaine des Aspras is located in the village of Correns, which is an all-organic village. It’s a blend of Cinsault and Grenache, and has aromas of mint, strawberry, peach, and orange blossoms. Pair it with a simple salmon roasted in butter.





2014 Montravel Blanc, Château Calabre $8.95 sale price, $8.50 reorder

Longtime friend of TWH, Daniel Hecquet continues to turn out delicious wines for a song, and his Château Calabre Montravel Blanc is another winner on a long list of winners! Here, the blend is 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon, and 10% Muscadelle just like many whites coming from nearby Bordeaux. Fresh and zippy, pair it with a chicken salad.





2014 Poggio d’Elsa, Bruni $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

This 50/50 blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon hails from the region of Maremma Toscana, a two-hour drive southwest of Florence. Maremma Toscana was only recently promoted to DOC status, though Azienda Bruni has been making wines since the 1970’s. Rustic, spicy with bright tart red fruit, a must for pizza or meaty baked pasta dishes.





2012 Minervois Cuvée Spéciale, Château de Paraza $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Château de Paraza, like many wineries in the Minervois, can trace its history back many centuries. In 2005 the Danglas family purchased the winery with the intent of bringing its reputation back to its former glory. The quality has improved exponentially and has been a favorite here at TWH for the past five vintages. Juicy, robust, supple. Try it with lamb!





2014 Rosso Conero, Marchetti $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Maurizio Marchetti’s Rosso Conero is made with Montepulciano grapes grown along coastal vineyards near the Adriatic Sea south of the seaside town of Ancona. A gentle pressing ensures freshness and supple tannins. A short rest in barrel, maybe 3-4 months before bottling, also aids in making a juicy, delicious red. Serve with chicken cooked under a brick.

2014 Chianti Montalbano, Tenuta Pierazzuoli $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Having visited us earlier in the year, Enrico Pierazzuoli showcased this newly-arrived Chianti Montalbano and our staff happily closed out the day sipping this textbook, 100% Sangiovese with some fresh salumi and provolone. It’s a medium bodied red with fresh acidity making it kind of the utility player of wines … it just goes with everything.





2013 Agrippa, Vignobles Boudinaud $17.49, $13.99 reorder

Thierry Boudinaud doesn’t make his Agrippa every year; the conditions must be just right for this 100% Syrah named in honor of the Roman statesman who oversaw the construction of the famous Pont du Garde. Good thing he’s in southern, Mediterranean France! It’s a concentrated complex Syrah, great for barbecue season, perfect with grilled smoky meats.





2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinum Africa $17.99, $14.39 reorder

This Cab Sauvignon from South Africa is a great wine to wrap up this month’s DD. The fruit comes from two prized vineyards in the foothills of Helderberg Mountain, just south of Stellenbosch. It’s a full-bodied Cabernet with a core of red and black fruit, earthy mineral, a hint of herbs, and good grip. This is best served with rack of lamb or a rib-eye.

A Taste Of Burgundy – June 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016 7:10 PM

TOB-BANNERBasic Facts for those of you who are new to the program: Every two months we select two Burgundies, one red and one white. We include write-ups detailing the background of the grower, the vineyard source, and the wine. Finally we knock a significant percentage off the prices of the wines, making the Sampler price $89.98. If you would like us to add you to the Sampler Club and receive the wines regularly, please notify us in the comments field, and we will charge your card accordingly. If you would like us to ship faster than the standard ground service, please specify this as well.

 
 

 

2014 Mâcon-Verzé, Domaine Leflaive

Domaine Leflaive needs no introduction. Their array of wines are some of white Burgundy’s most prized, highly allocated wines the world over. We can say with certainty that no wine from Leflaive has ever been in our Taste of Burgundy sampler. Legendary for their Grand Cru and Premier Cru holdings in and around Puligny-Montrachet, the domaine purchased nearly 10 hectares in Mâcon-Verzé a little over a decade ago. The late Anne-Claude Leflaive was a pioneer in biodynamic viticulture, and régisseur, Eric Remy continues to implement the techniques in the vineyards. The wines gain in precision and expression of terroir. The 2014 vintage for Burgundy’s white wines was fantastic. The 2014 Leflaive Mâcon-Verzé is rich and complex. Aromas of pears and citrus are framed by a speck of spice and apple pie. The palate is bright and pleasant with hints of minerals and the orchard fruit. There’s plenty going on here, but that’s what you get from anything with the vaunted Leflaive name on it. Drink 2017-2026.

*NOTE: This wine is allocated – meaning that after distribution to club members, a very small quantity will be left over for further purchases. After it sells out, we will be happy to substitute a wine of equal or greater value.

 

2014 Volnay 1er Cru Les Aussy, Domaine Michel Bouzereau

Allen Meadows of Burghound states that, “It is rare when almost every wine in a given domaine’s range outperforms for its level … It is even rarer when it happens again the next year but this is again what happened in 2014,” at Domaine Michel Bouzereau. The 2014 vintage got off to a smooth start with a warm, dry spring. Things changed in late June, as a hailstorm hit the Côtes de Beaune for the third year in a row, damaging vines in Volnay and Pommard. Jean-Baptiste Bouzereau said that he and his team “worked as hard as they ever have” to produce such a pure, gorgeous, penetrating Volnay that showcases the silver lining of having warm, dry weather that led up to the light, yet easy harvest. The wine has sturdy structure and reveals wonderful wild cherry and berry aromas. Jean-Baptiste made just 3 barrels of his Volnay in 2014, with one barrel being new. That’s 75 cases for the world. Bouzereau went on to say that, “I like the 2014’s, and I’d gladly make wines like these every year.” This will be best from 2019-2030. – Peter Zavialoff

The June 2016 Dirty Dozen

Friday, June 3, 2016 10:16 PM


The June Dirty Dozen

Happy June, everybody! We’re super excited about the Dirty Dozen we’ve put together this month, as the wines are versatile, suit the season perfectly, and provide huge value as a mixed case. June is always about Dads and grads, but summer is coming, and there will be plenty of occasions to head off for a picnic, barbecue, or day at the beach! Just don’t forget the vino! The June DD has got you covered. Enjoy the season!

Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines

2013 Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Panizzi $16.98 net price, $15.28 reorder

The only white wine to reach DOCG status in Tuscany, Vernaccia di San Gimignano is famed for its floral bouquet and persistent acidity. True to the varietal, this one from Panizzi has a satisfying bitter almond finish. Straw-colored with greenish reflections, this white can start the meal with an antipasto platter then continue on with light pasta or fish.

2013 Bordeaux Blanc, Château Suau $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Château Suau began converting to organic farming in 2008 after its proprietress came to the conclusion that using conventional products on the vines was having a harmful effect on vineyard workers. The soil here is a combination of clay and gravel. A charming citrus-laden white, serve chilled with fresh goat cheese or alongside grilled fish.

2015 Chardonnay, Milou $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Hands down, one of the best values for Chardonnay, especially if you are looking for one that is simply fermented and attains its richness from the fruit and not from oak chips. The vines grow on marl soils with clay and limestone in south France’s Languedoc region. A harmonious marriage of peach and pineapple flavors, pair with poultry or pork dishes.

2013 Macon Les Tilles, Domaine Sainte Barbe $19.99, $15.99 reorder

Whoa! What’s going on here? White Bordeaux, and now white Burgundy? This is the Dirty Dozen, right? Sure, this direct-imported Mâcon is fresh and zesty, with layers of complexity ranging from pears and citrus, to dusty mineral and baking spices. There’s no new oak involved here, so tee this one up with things like crab salad or a lobster roll.





2014 Rose l’Instant, Domaine Fondrèche $12.95 sale price, $12.30 reorder

The perennial winner of the palest Rosé in da house award, we’re big fans of this sleek, crisp offering from the Rhône Valley’s Ventoux region. Sébastien Vincenti is the winemaker, and we have found (after years of experience) that his Rosé drinks very well into its second year! The faintest bit of red fruit suggests pairing it with a sunny day on the beach.





2013 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Domaine Boudinaud $13.99, $11.19 reorder

TWH pals Thierry and Véronique Boudinaud have several vineyard sources to draw from, and this white is ALL Côtes-du-Rhône. It’s 60% Grenache Blanc and 40% Rousanne, so it’s fuller bodied and round on the palate, yet is fresh as a daisy. It’s another one that can be served as a cocktail wine, but bring it to the table and start carving that chicken!





2013 Minervois, Astruc Ste. Eulalie $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

A blend of Syrah, Carignan, and Grenache, this herb scented, dusty fruited red is medium bodied and pure. Languedoc’s Minervois appellation takes its name from the village of Minerve named after the Roman goddess of wisdom. This sun-drenched red will compliment a wide array of cuisines, particularly those found along the Mediterranean.





2012 Lagrein, Cortaccia $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Lagrein is most likely native to Alto Adige, or Sudtirol, in northeast Italy. Despite the high elevations, during growing season days can reach warm temperatures to ripen grapes. At its best, Lagrein is noted for its deep plum and cherry flavors and firm acidic structure. It begs for food and pairs nicely with roasted and grilled red meats or strong cheeses.





2013 Bonarda, Argento $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

In Argentina, Bonarda is only second to Malbec in the number of plantings. It originally hails from France and also grows in the Napa Valley where it is known as Charbono. A late ripener, this rustic varietal produces deeply colored reds with strong tannins. Aromatically spicy with plumy fruit, match it with hearty, comfort foods, pizza or gourmet burgers.

2014 Malbec, Alberto Furque $14.99, $11.99 reorder

Representing one of the best value red wines in the shop, we’ve been big fans of the Furque’s Malbec for over a decade! What’s not to love? All tank-fermented, big bold aromas of purple fruits and olallieberries, the palate is full bodied, yet all in balance with sweet tannins. It’s another barbecue friendly red, we’re thinking cowboy steak with chimichurri.





2014 Luberon, Tour de l’Isle $15.59, $12.47 reorder

The bouquet of fresh purple and black berry fruit is up front and center at first whiff, but Robert Rocchi’s Tour de l’Isle Luberon has plenty of substance to seduce the taster to pour a second glass. It’s mostly Syrah, with some Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault blended in. Its light tannins make it a great all purpose red: Pizzas, pastas, meatballs, etc.





2012 Montravel Terrement, Château Puy-Servain $19.99, $15.99 reorder

Last but certainly not least is Daniel Hecquet’s ringer of a Montravel that we feel can hold its own in a blind Saint Emilion tasting. Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it has bold aromas of brambly fruit, a hint of spice, and a touch of mocha. On the palate it is firm, yet fruity; the red to open up with good company and rack of lamb.

The May 2016 Dirty Dozen

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 6:26 PM




The Dirty Dozen

 

 

The May Dirty Dozen

Now that it’s May, we’ve got so many fun options available to us. With the longer days, the Kentucky Derby, Mothers’ Day, and the unofficial beginning of summer, Memorial Day on the horizon, it may be a good idea to have some wine handy. Well, we just happen to have something that works perfectly! 12 wines, all different, all chosen for their versatility, boxed up for an incredible price: The May Dirty Dozen

Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines

2014 Picpoul de Pinet, J & D Selections $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

TWH customers are smitten with Picpoul de Pinet – Languedoc’s answer to seafood raw bar pairings – and here is why: bright, crisp fruit, electric acidity, and very affordable. It has a fruitier profile than Muscadet, isn’t as oily as white Rhone, and less herbal than Sauvignon Blanc. Fun to say, fun to drink; try with Tiger’s milk ceviche or shucked oysters.

2014 Gruner Veltliner 1L, Wimmer $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Last year’s vintage ranked #9 in Wine Enthusiasts’ Top 100, no surprise that the 2014 is equally charming with its ripe Bartlett pear flavors and clean, juicy finish. Versatile and appealing – not to mention a screw cap in a liter bottle (so perfect for dining outdoors) – Wimmer’s Gruner Veltliner is a super Austrian value. Goes with just about everything!

2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Stephen Vincent $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Lake County Sauvignon Blanc can take many forms. This one from Stephen Vincent leans toward the melon and honey flavors of its spectrum. Using grapes grown near Lake Mendocino and vinified in stainless steel, this is a crowd-pleasing white that can wear many hats. It’s a no-brainer for fish, but also adaptable to chicken and pork dishes.

2015 Rosé les Cimels, Château d’Or et de Gueules $13.99, $11.19 reorder

Brand new, just off the boat are our 2015 Rosé wines! There’s nothing quite like sipping fresh southern French Rosé on a sunny day in May. Customers continue to ask us, “Are you noticing Rosé’s gaining in popularity?” If one sip transports the taster to the sunny south of France, why not pack up a baguette, some salumi, olive tapenade, and a bottle of this?





2012 Chenin Blanc, Vinum Africa $16.99, $13.59 reorder

From Decanter Magazine, “Crafted largely from unirrigated old bush vines, some of this wine was fermented in Burgundian barrels. There’s peach and lemon on the nose, while the palate has an appealing weight, with floral notes and tangy acidity. The oak is well integrated, bringing a subtle creamy hint to the finish.” Sublime with a turkey sando.





2014 Gavi di Gavi Rovereto, Ernesto Picollo $14.99, $11.99 reorder

You may want to pay close attention to this one! Made from 100% Cortese, Picollo’s Gavi di Gavi has won our hearts from first taste. Elegant and refined, this crisp white shows off fresh, zippy white fruit and minerals with prolonged intensity. This is one to pair with Fettuccine Alfredo with bay scallops and shrimp.





2010 Contos da Terra, Quinta do Pôpa $13.48 net price, $12.13 reorder

Once only thought of as producing fortified wines, the Douro region of Portugal is gaining recognition for high quality dry reds too. Using varieties that typically went in to the making of Port, like Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional, these grapes, when handled correctly, can make full-bodied, luscious reds. Try this one with rustic cuts of meat like skirt steak.





2012 CMS, Hedges $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Hedges Family Estate is a pioneer in Washington State’s wine industry. The first production of CMS (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah) was in 1987. To this day, it is considered one of the best values in the state, displaying a regionally driven Columbia Valley style. Well balanced and structured, this blended red is ideal for roasts and braises.





2013 Nero d’Avola, Santa Anastasia $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted red varietal in Sicily. A dark-skinned grape, Nero d’Avola can produce intense, bold reds. This one from Santa Anastasia is made from organic grapes grown on sandy clay vineyards that overlook the picturesque, seaside town of Cefalù in northern Sicily. Hand-harvested and tank aged, serve with Pasta alla Norma.

2011 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Tour de l’Isle $14.59, $11.67 reorder

Robert Rocchi’s Tour de l’Isle label is a familiar one to TWH enthusiasts. Robert has been involved with the wines of the Rhône Valley for decades, first as an apprentice, then as a merchant, and now he fields a team of growers and advises on all the critical aspects of winemaking. The results are striking. This is a great all-purpose red; try it with pappardelle.





2013 Syrah, Domaine Saint Antoine $8.95 sale price $8.50 reorder

Here’s a little terroir comparison: First up, from the sun baked vineyards in France’s Gard region, we have a 100% destemmed Syrah made in the “house wine at the local bistro” style. Hints of smoke, the garrigue, licorice, and dark purple fruit dominate the aromas. The palate is easy and balanced. This would pair nicely with earthy flavored cassoulet.





2013 Vin de France Syrah, Domaine Stéphane Pichat $22.99, $18.39 reorder

And now Syrah from its home region, the northern Rhône. The famous northern appellations of Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage are the most famous, and most expensive Syrahs on the planet. This VDF Syrah comes from just outside Côte-Rôtie, and we fell for this from first whiff. Gorgeous red, black, and purple fruit waft effortlessly. It’s otherworldly.

A Taste of Burgundy – April 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016 7:06 PM

TOB-BANNERBasic Facts for those of you who are new to the program: Every two months we select two Burgundies, one red and one white. We include write-ups detailing the background of the grower, the vineyard source, and the wine. Finally we knock a significant percentage off the prices of the wines, making the Sampler price $89.98. If you would like us to add you to the Sampler Club and receive the wines regularly, please notify us in the comments field, and we will charge your card accordingly. If you would like us to ship faster than the standard ground service, please specify this as well.

 
 

 

2013 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly Domaine Sylvain Langoureau

Having directed this 9 hectare domaine since 1989, Sylvain Langoureau now farms 100% organically. In an atypical vintage such as 2013, this could present some challenges, though Langoureau describes his 2013’s as, “completely classic with great energy and transparency.” He went on to say, “I like the style of the vintage quite a bit as it’s tighter and fresher if less generous than 2012.” This, of course, is great news for those of us who enjoy sleeker styled white Burgundy teeming with freshness. Saint-Aubin spreads out among the hillsides above and west of the Côte de Beaune’s cluster of Grands Crus vineyards. The Premier Cru En Remilly vineyard is adjacent to, and extends around the corner from Grand Cru Chevalier-Montrachet with direct western exposure. In Burgundy, it’s all about location, location, location, and rubbing elbows with such prestigious neighbors, Sylvain’s Saint-Aubin En Remilly is pure class in a modest package. This 2013 shows a degree of ripeness with a solid core of saline-like mineral. Drink now – 2025.

2013 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les SentiersDomaine Stéphane Magnien

Youthful Stéphane Magnien represents the fourth generation at the helm of this domaine which according toBurghound’s Allen Meadows, “comprises only 4.5 ha, but has some lovely appellations.” This Magnien domaine can trace its roots to 1897, though the cellars and family’s house are from 1789! Stéphane began assisting his father, Jean-Paul in 2002, and took over in 2008. He has old-school tendencies, as he is not a big fan of new oak barrels, using them sparingly to deftly add a touch of texture to his terroir driven wines. His 1er Cru Les Sentiers is his most expensive Premier Cru, as it lies just under the hallowed Bonnes MaresGrand Cru in Chambolle-Musigny. Again, the 2013 vintage had its challenges weather-wise, and production was very low. The good news is that the fruit that made it to harvest was of top-notch quality. This 2013 is rich in aromatic profile with lovely layers of fresh, dark berry fruit and the palate is structured harmoniously. It’s a serious wine whose proximity to Bonnes Mares is apparent. Drink 2020-2030. – Peter Zavialoff

 

 

Reg. $126.98

On Sale $89.98

The April 2016 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 9:55 PM


 

The April Dirty Dozen

Alas, April is upon us. Spring is officially here, the days are longer, and it’s time to reintroduce ourselves to the great outdoors! For our April Dirty Dozen, we’ve taken that into consideration, and present a box full of wine to enjoy with the sunshine. So gather up the troops, step outside, pop some corks, and enjoy the pleasant change of season. The April Dirty Dozen is simply an incredible deal!

Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines





2014 Grechetto, Argillae $14.98 Net Price, $13.48 Reorder

If you’ve had Orvieto, then chances are you’ve tasted Grechetto but maybe didn’t know it. Along with Procanico, Grechetto makes up the majority blend of Orvieto. It has become fashionable to bottle this grape on its own, highlighting its beautiful floral character. Aromatic and crisp, this straw-yellow wine is delicious with dumplings, ravioli, or manti.



2014 Rueda, Casamaro $12.98 Net Price, $11.68 Reorder

At Casamaro the soil differs from much of Rueda because the vines grow on sand. Sand provides excellent drainage for the vines, many of which are over 100 years old! It is all free-run juice that is bottled straight from the tank. Lots of lemon and citrus fruit on the palate; it’s a luscious sipper, or it’ll pair well with patatas bravas smothered in garlicky aioli.

2014 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Sunnae, Col del Mondo $10.98 Net Price, $9.88 Reorder

The Sunnae makes its yearly appearance in the DD. Col del Mondo takes the humble Trebbiano and turns it into some-thing quite special by giving the care and attention the varietal needs to perform at its best; low yields, crop thinning and hand harvesting. White blossoms and delicate peach flavors dominate. Enjoy with a Cobb salad or pan fried trout.

2014 Rosé À Lisa, Domaine des Aspras $12.99, $10.39 Reorder

Brand new to us here at TWH, Domaine des Aspras is located in the Provençal village of Correns. The village was the locale of a famous Hollywood couple’s wedding. It also has the distinction of being the first wine village in France to farm organically in its entirety. The À Lisa Rosé is dry with floral aromas. Pair with light fare such as a Salade Niçoise.





2014 Château Couronneau Blanc $15.98 Net Price, $14.38 Reorder

Speaking of organic, Christophe Piat has been farming organically for several years, and has now earned Demeter certified Bio status. Here he blends 50% Sauvignon Blanc with Sauvignon Gris to give this dry white Bordeaux a fleshy middle. It’s a great little springtime bistro white. Fresh and expressive, pair it with a bowl of mussels and chillax.





2011 Vouvray Les Coudraies, Domaine d’Orseilles $20.79, $16.63 Reorder

Vouvray comes in varying degrees of sweetness, and this one is demi sec, which means it’s off-dry, or has a little sweetness to it. Don’t be put off by this, as sweet wines deserve a place at the dinner table. Ever try to pair a bone dry wine with hot and spicy Kung Pao Chicken? It doesn’t work, but this will. It will work with Shrimp Pad Kee Mao also.





2012 Minervois Grande Tradition, Château du Donjon $16.98 Net Price, $15.28 Reorder

Minervois, one of the oldest wine producing regions in the Languedoc, is especially beloved here at TWH. The old-world character shows through the sweet, ripe fruit. Equal parts Syrah and Grenache with a dose of Carignan, lending its telltale funk, this red is firm and structured yet sees no oak. Leg of lamb with spring veggies will match up nicely here!





2010 Garnacha Reserva, Campos de Luz $11.98 Net Price, $10.78 Reorder

Many of the Garnacha vines on this estate range in age from 40-80 years old. The Reserva is primarily Grenache with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon added to give it a structural backbone. Aged in oak for 18 months, the wine takes on a smooth, polished feel. The fruit flavors have mellowed and tamed into a cohesive blend. Serve with sweet-glazed wings or ribs.





2014 Pinot Noir, Underwood $11.98 Net Price, $10.78 Reorder

The folks behind Underwood have mastered the art of blending, using fruit from sites all over the state of Oregon to create an affordable, delicious Pinot Noir. Fresh, juicy cherry flavors mash up with hints of cola. The screw cap enclosure makes it perfect for picnics or for boisterous parties. Serve with meat pies, roast chicken or curry dishes.

2012 Tradicional, Quinta do Alqueve $11.29, $9.03 Reorder

The Tradicional has been one of TWH staff’s go-to inexpensive reds for many vintages; and we still scratch our heads and wonder how they can make a wine this good and charge so little. It’s made from four grapes: Touriga Nacional, Castelão, Tinta Roriz, and Trincadeira. Just pop and pour with any of your favorite red wine friendly dishes or a deep dish pizza.





2013 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Le Farnete $14.59, $11.67 Reorder

The “baby brother” of Enrico Pierazzuoli’s Carmignano DOCG, this Barco Reale can serve as a handy spaghetti red. It’s made from 80% Sangiovese blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, which has been legal to grow in the appellation since Medici times. It has lovely red and purple fruity aromas and a medium bodied bright mouth feel. Yeah. Spaghetti red.





2013 Touraine Rouge, Domaine des Corbillières $15.99, $12.79 Reorder

Loire Valley wine lovers have a soft spot for the herbal, stemmy character of the native Cabernet Franc, and we have a soft spot for the wines from Domaine des Corbillières. Here they blend in a little Pinot Noir and Malbec for aromatic complexity and backbone, and the resulting juice is rustic and medium in body. It’s a solid red partner for roast chicken.

The February 2016 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:21 PM



The Dirty Dozen
  It’s February, and for the first time since 2012, we get 29 days instead of 28! That means one extra day to taste some great wine. February comes with plenty of occasion to do such a thing; you know, Presidents’ Day, Valentines’ Day, and winer break are all very good reasons to open something nice … Oh yeah, then there’s that big pigskin game going on. All great reasons to grab a February Dirty Dozen today!

 

Reorder Special !!! 20% off 6 bottles or more of any one regularly priced Dirty Dozen wine! Or 10%/Net Wines – 5%/ Sale Wines





2014 Rosé, Domaine Saint Antoine $11.49, $9.19 reorder

True-blue Rosé lovers do not need a special season to enjoy the pleasures and versatility it offers us. This one from Saint Antoine is made from 100% Syrah and exhibits a red candied fruit nose. The palate is fruity and lively suggesting that one may enjoy this with a wide array of pairing partners. A warm bowl of chili or a spicy burrito will work well here.

2014 Costières de Nîmes Blanc Les Cimels, Château d’Or et de Gueules $15.99, $12.79 reorder

Comprised of 70% Grenache Blanc and equal parts Roussanne and Rolle (Vermentino), Les Cimels blanc lives up to its name which translates to “bouquet of fruit” in the old Occitan dialect. Orchard fruit, stone fruit, and citrus fruit nuances can all be picked up on the nose, and the palate is dry and crisp. Try it with seared scallops with an herb butter sauce.

2013 Pinot Grigio, Inacayal $13.99, $11.19 reorder

Pinot Grigio from 3000ft high vineyards in Argentina! The elevation keeps things cool at night, which is very important for white grapes to develop their acidity. Made more in the Alsatian style rather than that of Italian Pinot Grigios, the Inacayal has weight, displays a hint of earthy, mushroomy character, and finishes in balance. Fish tacos, anybody?

2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Bodhi Cellars $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

George Yount was the first white settler in the Napa Valley and the first to plant grape vines. The town of Yountville, home to The French Laundry, is named after him. Grapes are still grown here and this Sauvignon Blanc proves how delicious wines from this lesser-known Napa Valley sub-appellation can taste. Grassy, citrusy, and melon-like.





2014 “Free Run”, Upside Wines $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

A clever 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, the emphasis is on the fruit, so imagine flavors of ripe pear and peach with a touch of honeysuckle. Unbaked and vibrant, this soft-spoken wine would be perfect with roast chicken, braised winter greens, or Thai fish cakes.





2014 Chardonnay, Milou $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Milou made its DD debut over a year ago and ever since has been a staple, offering high quality at a value price. Grown on the plateau of Aspères in the Languedoc on soils similar to those found in Chablis, this wine is perfectly balanced between zippy citrus flavors and riper tropical notes like pineapple. Yummy with Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic.





2009 Pinot Nero, Isidoro Polencic $19.98 net price, $17.98 reorder

Italian Pinot Noir?? You betcha! This soft, elegant red has a delicate perfume and lovely fruity, earthy flavors. From Collio, a region that borders Slovenia which was annexed to Italy in 1918; wines from here are known for their pronounced aromatics and purity of fruit. Try it with risotto, prosciutto, or a long-braised goulash.





2014 Pinot Noir Le Versant, Foncalieu $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

This delicate and fruity French Pinot Noir is ideally suited for casual dining and simple fare. Fermented in steel tank, this Pinot Noir shows off the berry essence of the grape without any oak influence. The grapes are grown in Maraussan, a small village in the Languedoc, on chalky soils. Try with empanadas, dosas, steamed pork buns, or pirozhki.





2014 Heus Negre, La Vinyeta $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

This rugged, old-vine Spanish red is composed of Samsó (aka Carignan), Syrah, Garnaxta, and a smidgeon of Merlot. The vines for the Sansó and Garnaxta are over 50 years old! The grapes are hand picked and fermented in tank. Dark, tangy, and bitter cherry flavors dominate with pleasant cracked pepper and herb notes. Serve with Korean short ribs or bbq.

2012 Bergerac, Château Calabre $10.99, $8.79 reorder

Beyond Bordeaux’s eastern border, in the Dordogne, lie the communes of Montravel and Bergerac. TWH pal Daniel Hecquet farms Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon in his Bergerac vineyards and bottles this lovely three grape blend as a charming bistro wine. It has old-school character, so prepare for the herbal expression from the Cabernet Franc.





2012 Côtes-du-Rhône Les Boissières, Domaine Boudinaud $13.49, $10.79 reorder

The Côtes-du-Rhône has to be on a very short list of best red wine values the world over! They keep churning out delicious juice for a moderate price and we keep sippin’! Thierry Boudinaud’s CdR continues to charm us with its fruitiness, yet encourages us to pause and contemplate the complexity and weight. It’s the perfect meatball/pasta/pizza wine.





2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinum Africa $17.99, $14.39 reorder

Going all the way to South Africa for wine #12. UK expat Alex Dale is in charge of a few labels down there, and his Vinum Africa Cabernet Sauvignon is a quality-price leader. Sturdy and fuller bodied, the aromas have layers of earth and leather as well as the spicy Cabernet fruit. This would be great with a marinated skirt steak, frites, and the fixings.

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