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 Dirty Dozen - September 2017

Friday, January 5, 2018 5:24 PM



THE DIRTY DOZEN - SEPTEMBER 2017

All the signs are there – the kids are back in school, there is pigskin action on TV, and heirloom tomatoes are out in force. That can only mean that it’s September!  Have no fear, Indian summer’s here!  Let us make your wine shopping easy.  The September Dirty Dozen has it all – 6 reds, 6 chill-ables, and this here tip sheet for one crazy, low price. How can you top a deal like that? Get your September Dirty Dozen today!

2015 Les Tours, Domaine La Hitaire $10.79, $8.63 reorder                

One of our favorite whites, Les Tours from La Hitaire is a blend of Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Gros Manseng.  While these grape varieties are more commonly associated with spirits, they also make for a nice, crisp white.  Hints of light yellow fruit, citrus blossoms, and a kiss of honey are all present on the palate - give it a pour next time you have ceviche.   


2016 Ventoux Rosé, Domaine Fondrèche $16.59, $13.27 reorder              

Winemaker Sébastien Vincenti has changed it up a bit with his Ventoux Rosé – the usual super pale salmon hue has given way to an electric magenta color.  This 2016 Rosé shows hints of red berries and watermelon rind; it’s great on its own, or you can pair it with a myriad of possibilities.  For the ultimate refreshment, pour it with a Salade Niçoise. 


2015 Saint Bris, Domaine Verret $15.99, $12.79 reorder

An overwhelming majority of white Burgundy is made from the Chardonnay grape.  You also may have heard of Aligoté, Burgundy’s “other” white grape.  Believe it or not, there exists one small corner of Burgundy (just southwest of Chablis) that permits Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris to be made into wine:  Saint Bris.  Crisp and citrusy; check it out.

2015 Pinot Gris, Pike Road $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder            

This cheerful Pinot Gris comes from the Campbell family whose pioneering Oregon winery, Elk Cove, was established in 1974. Under the Pike Road label, they use estate grown fruit and some from their neighbors to make this 100% Willamette Valley white. Soft peach flavors and aromas marry with citrus and honey. Try with grilled salmon.


2016 Vinho Verde, Adega de Monção $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder                   

Nothing is as refreshing as a well-chilled glass of Vinho Verde on a hot summer’s eve. With its low alcohol content (only 11.5%)and slight spritz, this white exudes delicate floral and stone fruit flavors. A combination of Alvarinho and Trajadura grapes, allow for fruitiness and a dry finish. Serve with crab cakes, fish ceviche or grilled chicken thighs.


2016 Žilavka, Brkić $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

When we say we scour the world over for the finest values in wine for the DD, we’re not kidding. This lovely, minerally white comes from Bosnia-Herzegovina. The indigenous varietal, Žilavka, is ideally suited for the Mediterranean climate of southern Herzegovina. Yellow plum and pear flavors with a hint of anise; try it with lighter, late summer fare.
2013 Tempranillo, Calipaso $22.98 net price, $20.68 reorder

This robust red uses Tempranillo from two vineyards, one of which is located in the San Miguel District - the northern most region of the Paso Robles AVA. Giving a nod to its Spanish cousin, Rioja, with its berry and pomegranate fruit flavors and spicy undertones - go bold here with food pairings, like BBQ ribs, Carne Asada or Korean Bulgogi.

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, TerraNoble $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile’s Maule Valley is the perfect example of a humble, honest, and most importantly, delicious table wine. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, all you taste is the pure, clean expression of the fruit. The tannins are soft and silky, making it the perfect choice for midweek take-outs and casual gatherings.

2015 Red Blend 6962 $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Argentina is the largest wine producer in South America. Here Malbec, originally from France, has found a new home. This Red Blend is half Malbec, 20% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat, with the balance Petit Verdot. Grippy and full, this wine gives off a full-flavored experience. Gather up the gauchos for grilled steak with Chimichurri sauce.

2015 Touraine Les Demoiselles, Domaine des Corbillières $16.59, $13.27 reorder

Fabel Barbou purchased Domaine des Corbillières in 1923.  Now run by his great-grandson, Dominique and his wife, Véronique, they produce some of our favorite red, white, and rosé wines.  For the Les Demoiselles red they blend Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Côt (Malbec).  The result is a delight.  It’s a great red for an herb crusted pork roast.

2014 Château Ferran Saint Pierre Rouge $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Here’s further proof that great value exists in wines from Bordeaux.  Château Ferran Saint Pierre lies in the Entre-deux-Mers appellation, which is a large swath of land between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers.  Made from 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a lay-up to serve with sizzling steaks fresh off the grill.

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

This month’s DD comes with a two-fer from winemaker Sébastien Vincenti.  This one has a cool story.  Sébastien has included fruit that was once vinified on its own under his fancy Nadal label.  Starting in 2013, he discontinued this practice and now includes that prestigious fruit in his entry-level red giving it more substance.

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!

October 2014 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 8:46 PM

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All over the northern hemisphere, the annual grape harvest is well under way. That must mean it’s October. Baseball’s post-season is underway and Halloween is right around the corner. What better to have than a case of wine, all different, from six different countries, put together for a 30% discount? The October Dirty Dozen offers all that and more! From crisp whites, a fine Rosé, and Burgundy, try a Dirty Dozen today!Be a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

 

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2012 Tejo White, Portal da Aguia $10.48 net price, $9.43 reorder

Composed of mostly Fernão Pires, a native Portugese variety prized for its aromatic complexity, this lively white is packed with citrus and lemon scents. Devoid of oak, the stone fruit flavors dominate from nectarine to yellow plum. Start out with a glass as you put the finishing touches on dinner, or pair it with lighter fare like main-dish salads or steamed clams.

2012 Torrontes, Ecologica $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Torrontes is no longer an unknown variety and is now recognized as Argentina’s beloved and distinct aromatic white. Pungent on the nose, but fresh and crisp on the palate, the Ecologica is produced from organic fruit grown in the Famatina Valley. Serve with empanadas or other savory-filled pastries like cabbage piroshki or South Indian dosas.

2013 Moscato di Pavia, Centorri $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

The market for Moscato has ignited in the last couple years. Many of these semi-sweet sparklers can be sub-par, but not this one! Produced by one of Italy’s foremost winemakers, this affordable Moscato is like popping a fresh grape into your mouth. Low in alcohol, it’s a perfect aperitif to awaken your palate. Then again, leftover Halloween candy anyone?

2013 Chenin Blanc Bush Wine, The Winery Of Good Hope $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Down in South Africa’s Stellenbosch, Alex Dale’s sturdy old bush vines produce impeccable fruit year in and year out. The ocean exposure is important, keeping things cool at night in order for the Chenin Blanc to produce proper acidity levels. The result is a versatile Chenin Blanc showing lively fruit and a flinty mineral quality. Drink it with crab cakes.

2013 Rosé, Grange des Rouquette $10.79, $8.63 reorder

Made from 100% Syrah, Thierry Boudinaud’s Rosé has a distinct fruity richness. It’s made using the saignée method, that is bleeding off some of the juice from the must of the Syrah. This intensifies the Syrah and gives the winemaker the pale juice to make Rosé. An easy-to-like Rosé, this will pair with everything from a tuna salad to a garden burger.

2013 Les Tours, Domaine La Hitaire $9.99, $7.99 reorder

From Gascogne in southwestern France, Yves Grassa’s two sons, Rémy and Armin, run Domaine La Hitaire. Their Les Tours bottling consists of 65% Ugni Blanc, 30% Colombard, and 5% Gros Manseng, typical white grapes of the region. The result is a delightful crisp white with just a kiss of fruit. The handy screwcap makes it a cinch to take on a picnic.

2011 Monastrell, Atope $11.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Dark and inky with flavors of black cherry and blackberries, the underlying notes of dried brush give this Spanish red a full-flavored appeal. You might not want to go it alone with this and opt instead to pair it with grilled meats, long-simmering stews or earthy grains. But be careful, it’s a real tooth-stainer!

2011 Rosso, Torre Quarto $12.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

This blend of Uva di Troia, Sangiovese and Primitivo comes from the bottom of Italy’s boot. This Puglian red is another rugged, full-flavored red. Compact and dense with well-structured tannins, it would pair magnificently with olive-studded dishes, roasts, or other big flavored dishes like pasta with basil pesto or spicy sausages over polenta.

2009 Vaucluse Rouge, Cuvée Jean-Paul $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

Simple pleasures here, as this is a classic Southern Rhône country wine. Grenache and Syrah are the mainstays, displaying red cherry fruit, subtle spice, and soft tannins. Enjoy it with comfort one-dish baked favorites like lasagna, mac-n-cheese, or Moussaka. Need some more ideas? Ok then, how about Enchiladas, flatbread pizza, or a cheesesteak?

2011 Ventoux Fayard, Domaine de Fondrèche $17.99, $14.39 reorder

The youthful Sébastien Vincenti worked under famed Rhône producer André Brunel for many years. He now farms his 38 hectares organically and bio-dynamically. For his Fayard, he blends 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre. Medium in body, it’s chock-full of berry-like fruit framed by earthy minerals. A great wine to serve with a rack of lamb.

2012 Saumur, Domaine des Hauts de Sanziers $15.99, $12.79 reorder

For lovers of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, the Hauts de Sanziers Saumur is a textbook example of the variety and terroir. It’s bright and lively, has that signature Cab Franc herbal profile balanced with red fruit and fine tannins. A great Old World red for a great price. You might want to pair this with a salumi plate or with a dry-rubbed pork roast.

2011 Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune Clos Marc, Domaine Sylvain Langoureau $19.99, $15.99 reorder

Red Burgundy in The Dirty Dozen! Sylvain Langoureau’s Clos Marc is a rustic, vin du table style Bourgogne that offers up lovely Strawberry and underbrush aromas with a light-medium body propped up by fresh acidity. This is the kind of wine served by the glass at bistros up and down the Côte d’Or. Trot this out with a sausage pizza with Kalamata olives.

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