The January 2018 Dirty Dozen - Over 30% Savings!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:45 PM

The January 2018 Dirty Dozen - Over 30% Savings!

The January 2018

Dirty Dozen

Happy New Year!

Yes, it’s January, and it’s time to reset the calendar, tally up last year’s resolutions, and set some resolutions for 2018.  Trying more new wines is usually a mindful goal every year, as that is the only true way of knowing for sure whether or not you like a particular wine.  Let us make that task a little easier for you.  The Dirty Dozen club comes out once per month with 12 bottles, all different, all chosen for their versatility, packed in one box for one super-low price.  Get your January 2018 Dirty Dozen today!
Dirty Dozen Chillables Bottle Line Up

The Chillables

2016 Orvieto Vignarco, Palazzone $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

In 1969, the Dubini family purchased their estate in Orvieto, but it was not until the late 1980’s when they began to sell their wine commercially. A classically styled Orvieto with the majority of grapes being Grechetto and Procanico; expect subtle notes of peach and almond blossoms. Try with roasted winter squash dishes or a sauced pan-roasted chicken.



2016 Terre Siciliane Bianco, Colosi $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder    

Over the past few decades, Sicilian wines have seen a rapid increase in quality as well as interest from wine drinkers looking to expand their repertoire. The Colosi Bianco is a triumvirate of native Sicilian varietals: Inzolia, Cattaratto and Grillo. Crisp, completely unoaked and zippy, this white is a nice way to start off a meal or match up with shellfish risotto.




2016 Falanghina, Cantine Le Grotte $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder        

Though Falanghina is most often associated with Campania, there is a bit that is grown on the backside of the boot in Puglia. Cantine Le Grotte’s vineyards are in Apricena, just a few kilometers inland from the Adriatic Sea. Straw yellow in color, it has distinct notes of navel orange and cut flowers. Pair with pork scaloppini or any rice based casseroles.



2014 Montagny Les Guignottes, Dom. Les Guignottes $12.95 sale price, $12.30 reorder                      

White Burgundy here, folks.  White Burgundy which is on sale, no less!  Montagny is an appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise, which is just south of Burgundy’s vaunted Côte d’Or.  Only white wines are allowed to adorn the AOC on their bottles, and the grape is Chardonnay, of course.  This is an expressive, fruit driven white; pair it with scampi.




2016 Côtes de Provence Rosé, Domaine des Aspras $16.99, $13.59 reorder 

Over in Provence, specifically in the village of Correns, comes this direct-import Rosé. Correns was the very first village in France to earn official organic designation for all its farms and vineyards.  This is grown-up Rosé – it’s bright, precise, has complexity, and finishes crisp and lipsmacking dry.  A great wine to sip with your octopus a la plancha appetizer.




2016 Sauvignon Blanc Perigord IGP, Puy-Servain $8.79, $7.03 reorder                  

Last April, while visiting Daniel Hecquet just outside of Bordeaux, he introduced us to a new line that he and some fellow growers have been working on launching:  the Puy 170 Perigord IGP.  The bottom line is solid wines for a song.  This SB is expressive and well-balanced.  It’s easy to drink and easy to purchase… great for parties, light salads, or goat cheese.

Dirty Dozen Reds Bottle Line Up

The Reds



2014 Merlot, Cousiño-Macul $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Cousiño-Macul is a historic winery in Chile’s Maipo Valley. It was founded in 1856 and is still operated by the original founding family. This is an honest to goodness Merlot with its soft tannins and ripe berry flavors. Easy going and versatile, it’s enjoyable by the glass or will carry over to the dinner table to accompany your favorite comfort food.

2013 Rouge, Le Cirque $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Côtes Catalanes, in southern France near the border of Spain, is an exemplary geographical region for viticulture. Hot summer days are tempered by winds coming off the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea. This un-oaked, bold red is a yummy blend of Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Dusty tannins give way to dark berry fruit. This one calls for lamb.



2014 Borgaio, Meleto $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Castello di Meleto is a grand estate in the heart of Tuscany. The castle dates back to the 11th Century. Today they not only produce wine, but also olive oil and raise heirloom pigs. Their Borgaio red is mostly Sangiovese and fermented in tank. A small portion is aged in neutral barrel to flesh out the wine. Red sauced pasta dishes are the way to go here.



2013 Vinsobres, Tour de l’Isle $17.59, $14.07 reorder

One of several Côtes-du-Rhône villages which has the character enough to be given its own village status (not to be taken lightly), Vinsobres wines are usually half Grenache, rounded out with Syrah and Mourvèdre.  That’s what we have here – it’s a great, versatile red. You can drink it on its own, or you can pair it with the usual suspects – how about meatballs?



2014 Château Pitray, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

There has been a lot of activity around Castillon throughout the last decade as investors (many of which are Right-Bank châteaux owners) are snapping up any Castillon properties which come on the market.  Why?  Though further east, it still shares many similarities with St. Emilion, which is next door.  This red is medium/full bodied and is great for steak.



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

Just north of Toulouse in southern France, north of the Pyrenees one finds the appellation of Fronton.  The principal grape there is Negrette.  What is it?  It’s a light-bodied, spicy, fruity grape which yields lighter styled wines similar to Cru Beaujolais.  Here it is on its own, bright cherry fruit, spicy forest floor, no harsh tannins, and a silky finish; Ahhh.

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 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 March 2017 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:07 PM

Yay! It’s March. There’s something special about this month. Maybe it’s because the days are getting longer. Maybe it’s because the weather is warming up. Maybe it’s because baseball season is less than a month away. Whatever the reason, we’ve made your wine purchasing decisions really easy. The March Dirty Dozen contains plenty of interesting, versatile wines, sourced from all over the map. Get your March DD 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 Orvieto Classico Vignarco, Palazzone $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

In 1969, the Dubini family purchased their property in the Umbrian hills, planting grapes soon after. By 1982 they had made their first Orvieto. The Vignarco is made up of 80% Garganega and is entirely vinified in stainless steel. Golden-hued, fresh with a lovely floral scent, it’s perfect for light meals and appetizers; try it with crab cakes atop dressed greens.


2015 Moscato Secco, Uvaggio $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Don’t let the “Moscato” scare you … this is “Secco” so it’s dry, dry, dry. Yes it has lovely exotic aromatics, but it has so much more going for it. A dead-ringer for a Ribolla Giallo from Alto Adige, this perfumed and alluring white is extremely versatile as a stand-alone sipper or a meal enhancer. Match-ups include pasta alla Vongole, vegetable gratins or frittata.


2011 Mottobello, Brigatti $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

This wine hails from Colline Novaresi, which is situated in Piedmont’s northeast corner. Here the grape Erbaluce (or locally known as Greco Novarese) is the exclusive white varietal. It’s known for producing higher acid wines, though the 2011 Mottobello has tempered acidity, crisp fruit flavors and a light overall palate feel. It’s great with oysters.


2015 Lugana, Ca’Lojera $15.99, $12.79 reorder

Franco and Ambra Tiraboschi’s Ca’Lojera is located in Sirmione, on the southern shore of Lake Garda. Caution: If you search images for a picture of Sirmione, you may feel the need to visit. The grape they use for their Lugana is Turbiana, the local name for Trebbiano di Garda. It has a bright yellow fruit and floral bouquet and finishes crisp and clean. 


2015 Sauvignon & Sémillon Hors Saison, Domaine La Hitaire $14.49, $11.59 reorder

Modeled after the white blends from nearby Bordeaux, this Côtes de Gascogne is 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon. It’s all tank-fermented, so it’s fresh and vibrant with aromas of pears, kiwi, and apricots. The palate is crisp and expansive, and the finish balanced and lipsmacking. This is the kind of wine to serve with breaded filet of sole 


2014 Ventoux Blanc, Domaine de Fondrèche $16.99, $13.59 reorder

White wines from the southern Rhône Valley may be among the most overlooked wines from France, but quality to price-wise, they are some of the most value driven wines out there! This 4 grape blend (Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Rolle) is teeming with complexity. Think pears and nectarines – this is great on its own, or you can pair it with pork chops. 


2014 Toro, Yaso $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

100% Tinta de Toro, aka Tempranillo, the Toro region of Spain produces robust, hearty reds – this one from Yaso is no exception. Just 40 miles east of the Portugese border, viticulture here dates back to pre-Roman times. Deep purple with lush fruity flavors, it’s a stick-to-your-ribs kinda red. Some take-out from your favorite BBQ place is a wise option here. 


2013 Red Wine Blend, MF Wines $15.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Matthew Fritz wines frequently appear at TWH because they offer tremendous value. They are aces at sourcing high quality fruit at below market prices, then passing along the savings. This particular Red Wine Blend is a delicious combo of 85% Merlot and 15% Petite Sirah, all from Napa Valley. It’s super with a French Dip, Osso Buco or a calzone. 


2014 Ribera del Duero, Sembro $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder 

Another Spanish Tempranillo, this one comes from further inland in Ribera del Duero. Ribera del Duero sits on a high plateau at about 2800 feet above sea level, where summers are hot and winters are harsh. The Sembro has vibrant red cherry fruit, easy tannins and a medium-bodied texture. Try pairing it with Merguez lamb sausages, chorizo or fajitas.


2014 Fronton, Château Coutinel $8.99, $7.19 reorder

The seldom heard of grape Negrette thrives in the Fronton region, which is near the city of Toulouse, France. Think of it as a cross between Gamay Noir and Malbec. Its aromas are of cherries and forest floor and it’s medium bodied. The dark plummy notes take over mid-palate, and the finish is rich and complex with a hint of amaro. It’s great with spare ribs. 


2012 Bergerac, Château Calabre $7.95 sale price, $7.55 reorder

About 100km north of Fronton, as the crow flies, is the appellation of Bergerac, of Cyrano fame. Its proximity to Bordeaux shows in the grapes grown for the local red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. This easy-drinker shows bright red and purple fruit with an herbaceous quality. It’s a great wine to pop with burgers of any sort. 


2012 Château Les Clauzots, Graves Rouge $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Speaking of Bordeaux, this month’s DD has one of those too! Château Les Clauzots is located in the region’s southern tip, near the city of Langon. It’s 50/50 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and does it deliver for its modest price! Dark berries and cassis dominate the aromas and the palate is rich, balanced, and refined. Here’s your steak night wine.

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.


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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 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!

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!

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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!

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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.

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!

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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

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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.

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!

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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 March 2016 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 9:56 PM




The Dirty Dozen

 

 

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



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2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Maimai $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

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

2014 Pinot Grigio, Cantina Riff $11.98 net price, $10.78

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

2015 Rosado, Olivares $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

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

2013 Hors Saison, Domaine La Hitaire $13.99, $11.19 reorder

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





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

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





2013 Riesling Vieilles Vines, Domaine St. Rémy $19.99, $15.99 reorder

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





2014 “Remedy Red”, Upside Wines $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

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





2013 Secret Agent Red, Alias $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

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





2013 Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Fattoria Del Cerro $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

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

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ca’ Lojera $15.99, $12.74 reorder

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





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

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





2012 Côtes-du-Rhône Mataró, Vignobles Boudinaud $17.99, $14.39 reorder

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

The February 2016 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:21 PM



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  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!

 

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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.

The January 2016 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, January 7, 2016 10:22 PM




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Happy New Year! It’s 2016, and let’s hit the ground running! January is always a month of optimism, as we plot out our respective game plans for the year. One thing we are always excited about each January is the prospect of discovering new wine. That’s what The Dirty Dozen is all about! Twelve great bottles of wine, each one different, all versatile, and all for one inflation-proof price. The January 2016 Dirty Dozen!

 

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2014 Rosé Les Cimels, Château d’Or et de Gueules $13.99, $11.19 reorder

Winter weather got you missing the warm sunny days sipping Rosé? Fret no more. Grab a friend or two, pull up to a heater or fireplace and pop the cork on a 2014 Les CimelsRosé. It’s made in the Provençal style: 30% Cinsault, 30% Mourvèdre, and 40% Grenache – Clean and crisp with just the right hint of red fruit and citrus. A salumi plate works.

2014 Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Tour de l’Isle $14.59, $11.67 reorder

Just like their red counterparts, the white wines from the southern Rhône offer some of the finest values in the wine world. This 4 grape blend (Clairette, Grenache Blance, Marsanne, and Roussanne) has expressive aromas and a fine, round mouth feel. The feisty finish marks it as a great partner for some pan seared scallops with beurre blanc sauce.

2014 Beaujolais Blanc Cuvée Marquise de Robien, Château de Raousset $15.99, $12.79 reorder

White wine from Beaujolais is a rare bird. Only 1% of production is of white wine, Chardonnay and Aligoté being the only two white varieties allowed to grow there. This blanc is 100% Chardonnay; no popcorn, no butter, just pure white nectarine-like fruit with a racy finish. Pour this with a shrimp scampi or save it for whenever crab season starts.

2012 Grüner Veltliner, Weingut Hebenstreit $19.98 net price, $17.98 reorder

It wasn’t long ago when Veltliner was all the rage and hip somms around town were slinging it to pair with dishes ranging from halibut crudo to a breaded pheasant nugget. Maybe it’s lost its place among the trendy, but Grüner Veltliner continues to please palates with its unmistakable white pepper aromas, sleek palate, and mineral force.

2014 Chardonnay Le Versant, Vignobles Foncalieu $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

We taste many wines each month as we seek out our Dirty Dozen roster. When a wine like this one comes along that sings like a new world Chardonnay, yet maintains its humble Pays d’Oc price and profile, we jump quickly. It’s ripe and fleshy with oak spice notes and a complex finish. It’s great on its own, and even better with roasted quail and the fixings.

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

Originating from Empordà, which is Catalonia’s northeastern border, 5 grapes are blended to make this wine (Macabeu, Xarel-lo, Garnatxa, Malvasia, and Moscat). The wine is raised in tank to preserve its freshness. It sports a saline-like mineral mouth feel along with hints of snappy green apple and lemon-lime. Serve it with crunchy baked flounder.

2012 Agrippa, Grange des Rouquette $18.99, $15.19 reorder

Named for Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, who some credit for the construction of the Pont du Gard, this 100% Syrah is only made in the best vintages. Thierry Boudinaud channels the northern Rhône with this dark berry juice and its aromas of black pepper and fine leather. This is a perfect match for a nice piece of smoked tri-tip cooked low and slow.

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

The first of two Bordeaux wines in the DD (talk about starting the year off right!), the 2010 La Gorre is teeming with black cherries and purple berry fruit. The palate is seamless, the fruit intertwined and locked in an earthy mineral frame. A 2010 red Bordeaux that you can drink now, it has the nuance and the stuffing to stand up to a rack of lamb.

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

The Côte du Ventoux lies in the east of the southern Rhône River Valley beneath the majestic Mont Ventoux. Winemaker Sébastien Vincenti, once a protégé of André Brunel, blends 20% Mourvèdre with Grenache and Syrah to give his Fayard a bit of a gamey backbone. Rich and ripe, this is best served with hearty fare like oxtail stew.

2012 Pinot Noir, Coopers Creek $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Coopers Creek was founded in Hawkes Bay on New Zealand’s north island in 1980. Since then, owners Andrew and Cynthia Hendry have acquired several vineyards, yet haven’t compromised their quality. This Pinot Noir comes from a single block vineyard 200 feet above sea level. Full of berry fruit and spice this versatile red is a great pizza/pasta wine.

2012 Château Grimard, Bordeaux $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Located just west of Bordeaux’s Fronsac appellation, Château Grimard is regularly one of the region’s best bang-for-your-buck wines. For the 2012, one gets a solid core of dark purple fruit with a cocoa powder belly. The structure is medium-full with lingering tannins. A nice, hearty rib-eye grilled à point will make for a good sidekick to this wine.

2013 Languedoc Les Darons, By Jeff Carrel $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

Grown in clay/limestone vineyards outside Minervois near Carcassonne, the breakdown is 60% Grenache, 25% Carignan, and 15% Syrah. Don’t let its modest price fool you! The old vine Carignan gives this Rhône-styled blend a funky, herbal complexity as well as character. Another versatile red, you can pour this with barbecue chicken, ribs, or pulled pork.

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The December 2015 Dirty Dozen

Friday, December 4, 2015 12:15 AM

With Thanksgiving now in our wake, it’s time to focus on December and what little is left of 2015. The holidays are upon us, and throughout the month, there will be ample opportunity to celebrate with friends, family, and business associates. What better to have in your holster during the holidays than a case of wine, all different, all chosen for their versatility for one low price. The December 2015 Dirty Dozen is here!

 

 

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2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Leaf & Vine $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder
This lush, opulent Sauvignon Blanc has notes of lemon curd and ripe grapefruit. The fruit comes from one source, the Turn in the Road Vineyard, located in the Big Valley AVA of Lake County. At elevations of 1400 ft., grown on clay and loam soils, the Sauvignon Blanc ripens nicely yet retains acidity. Pair with finger foods, light appetizers or hors d’oeuvres.
 

 

2014 Picpoul de Pinet, Chevalier de Novato $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
This terrific value-priced Picpoul de Pinet comes to us by way of a former Napa Valley winemaker turned importer. Clean and vibrant, this “lip stinger” – the meaning of the name Picpoul – white has playful acidity and crisp fruit flavors. Perfect to serve at your next oyster bar party or with classic Mediterranean dishes like croquettes de brandade.
 

 

2014 Moscato di Pavia IGT, Centorri $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder
Three generations of women run the estate that produces Centorri Moscato. Quality is the focus here, making a delightfully fruity, yet restrained Moscato. Slightly frizzante with aromas and flavors of ripe peach, rose petal and ginger, this can work as a pre-dinner aperitif or be served after with cheese, fresh winter fruits and new crop walnuts.
 

 

2014 Vin de Pays d’Oc Rosé, Grange des Rouquette $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Made from 100% Syrah and vinified using the “saignée” method, or the bleeding off of the Rosé after a little skin contact, the Grange des Rouquette is the south of France in a bottle! Savory red berry fruit joins forces with a little stony mineral and the palate is clean and crisp. Hand a glass of this Rosé to your favorite chef and you’ll get a smile.
 

 

2013 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Domaine Boudinaud $13.99, $11.19 reorder
One doesn’t immediately think “blanc” when thinking about Côtes-du-Rhône wines, as white wines represent just 25% of the appellation’s output. But just as with the reds, you will find Côtes-du-Rhône blancs deliver huge in the price to quality department! 60% Grenache Blanc/40% Roussanne; it’s fresh and fleshy, and will go great with pork chops.
 

 

2012 Mâcon-Villages Les Tilles, Domaine Sainte Barbe $12.95 sale price, $12.30 reorder
The world’s finest Chardonnay comes from Burgundy, and though much of it comes at a high price, some of it is quite affordable! Take this unoaked Mâcon-Villages from Sainte Barbe. Plenty of lemons, apples, and blossoms in the bouquet, the palate is all in balance, and the finish is firing. A great one to pop with shrimp scampi or if crab season ever happens.
 

 

2014 Treggiaia, Fattoria di Pugliano $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder
Winemaker Fulvio Galgani makes this fun food-friendly red that is meant to display the characteristics of a classic Italian table wine. Almost entirely Sangiovese, with small additions of Canaiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon, this cherry-scented red is bright and lively. A super match for pizza, baked pasta dishes or hearty winter soups like Minestrone.
 

 

2012 Ribera del Duero, Mesoneros de Castilla $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder
Ribera del Duero, in northern Spain, is famous for its Tempranillo, or Tinta del Pais as it is locally known. A charming, purple-robed red produced by legendary winemaker Ismael Arroyo, who was instrumental in creating the Denominación de Origen. Sultry and texturally smooth; pair it with gamey poultry like duck, goose, or heritage turkey.
 

 

2010 Chénas, Cave Saint-Cyr $22.98 net price, $20.68 reorder
A family-run winery established in 1963, Saint-Cyr is certified biodynamic. Chénas is one of 10 Crus of Beaujolais. The Gamay vines here are an average age of 55 years and are grown on granitic soil. The aromas evoke floral notes like violet and iris. The mouth feel is fleshy and the fruit is well integrated. It’s super versatile – try it with curries of all types.
 

 

2014 Malbec, Alberto Furque $14.99, $11.99 reorder
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past 20 years, you know that some of the world’s finest Malbec comes from Argentina. The Furques’ vines are grown at altitudes exceeding 3000 feet, keeping things cool at night, preserving the fruit’s inherent acidity. Big and bold, this red wine is lively on the palate and would be great with grilled kebabs.
 

 

2013 Chianti Montalbano, Pierazzuoli $14.49, $11.59 reorder
Longtime pal of TWH Enrico Pierazzuoli makes some serious juice. His 100% Sangiovese Chianti Montalbano is everything you’re looking for in a medium-bodied red. Expressive fruit, rich minerality, and that Tuscan terroir are enough to transport the taster to the land of olive trees and terra-cotta roofing. A bowl of simple pasta with red sauce is perfect here.
 

 

2012 Montravel Rouge Vieilles Vignes, Château Puy-Servain $19.99, $15.99 reorder
Montravel is located just outside of Bordeaux’s eastern outpost near Saint Foy la Grande. Daniel Hecquet is the proprietor/winemaker at Puy-Servain, and his passion for his land, vines, and wines is unrivaled. His Montravel Rouge is a stunning bargain. 90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc makes for a sturdy St. Emilion-like red; perfect with a filet mignon.

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The November 2013 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, November 12, 2015 8:58 PM

 


Grab your coat and hat, it’s November! The chill in the air and the long nights make it easy to stay indoors and hang out with friends and family. And while doing so, why not have a box of twelve different wines, all chosen for their versatility, for one low price to choose from. Tick-tock goes the clock. Thanksgiving is almost here, and the holidays are right around the corner. The Dirty Dozen is a simple solution for all your vinous needs!

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2014 Viognier Pays d’Oc, Grange des Rouquette $11.99, $8.79 reorder

TWH pals Thierry and Véronique Boudinaud produce this Viognier (85%) and Marsanne (15%) blend from the balmy VDP d’Oc. Its aromas are of Granny Smith apples, white peach, and apricot with a hint of white pepper. On the palate, it’s well-balanced and has a lively finish. If you want to go all out, pair this with grilled halibut with asparagus.

2014 Ventoux Blanc, Domaine de Fondrèche $16.59, $13.59 reorder

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a white wine from Domaine de Fondrèche. Not because we haven’t tried (we’ve begged them), but because so little is made, barely any makes it out of the Rhône Valley, let alone France. It’s a fancy tasting blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, and Rolle. Get the good stemware and serve pan-fried trout.

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

Just beyond Bordeaux’s eastern frontier, north of the commune of Ste. Foy la Grande is Montravel. Given its proximity to the vineyards of Bordeaux, the same grapes grow there. This fine, inexpensive copycat of white Bordeaux (Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle) is crisp and balanced. A roasted vegetable torte with goat cheese is perfection here!

2014 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Copain $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Winemaker Wells Guthrie was a “regular” at TWH long before he started Copain and became known for making some of the most lauded Pinot Noir and Syrah in California. Balance over power is the approach here, and this pink made from Pinot Noir reflects that delicate touch. Freshness, red fruit, and citrus abound. Try it with flatbread with olives.

2014 Chardonnay, Apaltagua $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

This tropical fruit-laden Chardonnay is rich in the fruit department, yet finishes clean and crisp. No oak helps to keep this wine lively and bright. The grapes are grown in the San Antonio Valley, west of Chile’s capital, Santiago, and near the Pacific Ocean. Pair with a sandwich, panini, grinder, hoagie, sub, or po’boy.

2014 Pinot Gris, 99 West $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

Pinot Gris is Oregon’s most widely planted white variety. This one hails from Willamette Valley in western Oregon. Spiced pears permeate the clean, subtle fruit notes on the palate. A versatile white that can be enjoyed by itself or with a wide array of cuisines. Try with pork tenderloin accompanied by quince paste or applesauce – yum!

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bliss Family Vineyards $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

A rarity: estate-grown California Cabernet Sauvignon for under $15! Grapes growers in Mendocino County for three generations, the Bliss family makes this spicy Cabernet in a straightforward manner, offering value and character. Black plum and berry flavors lead the way. Can’t go wrong with braised short ribs, lamb shanks or slow-roasted pot roast.

2012 Tempranillo, Ercavio $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

This is a crazy good value red for those who are looking for bolder, juicier flavors. Old vine Tempranillo grown on limestone and clay soils at elevations above 2000ft east of Toledo equate to a saturated purple color in the glass and flavors of black currant with a slight hint of licorice. Divine! This wine will stand up to spicier fare like chili or posole.

2012 Teroldego Rotaliano, Lechthaler $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

Teroldego makes its debut in a DD! A deeply pigmented varietal, Teroldego thrives on the flat plateau above Trento where the vines are trained on pergolas to limit vigor. Fruity and bursting with black cherry flavors, this red is fermented in tank and spends less than a year in barrel. This one would be lovely for the Thanksgiving table.

2012 Syrah, Domaine de St. Antoine $11.49, $9.19 reorder

When driving up to St. Antoine, one immediately gets it; it’s not a winery, it’s a farm. No fancy fountains, Ionic columns, or manicured hedges. Instead, there are green fields, tractors, and grizzled farm workers. But don’t think for a second that Jean-Louis Emmanuel’s focus is not on his wines! This Syrah is fresh and complex and drinks great with that pizza.

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

Alpiarca, some 40 miles north of Lisbon is where you’ll find Paulo Saturnino Cunha and Quinta do Alqueve. For his Tradicional, he blends Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Trincadeira, and Castelao, and the result is one of the best bang-for-your-buck reds out there. Über versatile, you can pair this with all your favorite red wine dishes.

2012 Vinsobres, Tour de l’Isle $17.99, $14.39 reorder

Once part of the more general Côtes du Rhône Villages designation, Vinsobres has been able to label their wines as their own village since 2006; they’re that distinct. Deep aromas of red and purple fruit surround an earthy core in this medium-full bodied red. This will pair great with steaks and chops of all sorts and sizes.

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