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!
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.
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.