December 2017 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:28 PM

December 2017 Dirty Dozen



Eleven months down,



One to go - Welcome to December!  There's not a whole lot of 2017 left, and now that we're in the middle of the Holidays, there are many reasons to celebrate.  To aid in this year's festivities, we've packed 12 bottles of wine, all different, all chosen for their value and versatility, and put them in a box with this handy write-up for one outrageously low price - pick up your December Dirty Dozen today!

The Chillables

2015 Saint Chinian, Petit Paradis $13.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Saint Chinian, a sub-region of the Languedoc between Minervois and Faugères, is planted mainly to red varieties. This exception to the rule is a perky, peach scented blend of Marsanne, Vermentino and Grenache Blanc. Terrific freshness with a smooth palate feel, this can work magic with rotisserie chicken, cold noodle salads or soups with winter greens.



2016 Picpoul de Pinet, Le Chevalier de Novato $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder     

Another alluring white from the Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet is both the name of the variety and the appellation. Grown along the estuaries of the Mediterranean, Picpoul has acidity like that of a Muscadet combined with the roundness of a white Rhône. An elegant start to a celebratory meal when paired with oysters on the half shell or smoked trout rillettes.



2015 Chardonnay, Dreyer Sonoma $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder        

For over twenty years, Dreyer Sonoma has been making top quality, super-affordable wines. Their Chardonnay comes from Carneros, a region that benefits from San Pablo Bay’s cooling breezes. A Chardonnay far more balanced and nuanced than most comparably priced ones, it’s a crowd-pleasing choice for cocktail parties and other festive gatherings.



2017 Unoaked Chardonnay, Good Hope $14.99, $11.99 reorder                  

Nope, you’re not seeing things; this is a 2017 Chardonnay, harvested this past spring.  The fruit comes from two vineyards, one ocean facing and the other in an inland valley.  The varietals are blended giving us the best of both worlds, zippy acidity and ripe yellow fruit.  Now that it’s crab season, feel free to pop one of these and get crackin’.



2016 Montravel Terrement, Château Puy-Servain $13.49, $10.79 reorder                      

Another wine, fresh off our latest container, is Daniel Hecquet’s Montravel Terrement Blanc.  Daniel pays homage to the Marquis de Ségur using a derivative of the word terroir to spotlight the vineyard the illustrious Marquis once owned.  It’s a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, and a great wine to serve with a vegetable tart with goat cheese.



2016 Touraine Rosé, Domaine des Corbillières  $16.79, $13.43 reorder 

The Domaine des Corbillières Rosé has been among our favorite Rosés for as long as we’ve been selling them.  In 2016, they crushed it!  This fine offering is impeccably balanced with hints of strawberry and melon-like fruit aromas along with stony minerals propped up by fresh, crisp acidity.  This is about as good as Rosé gets.  Try it with seared ahi tuna.

The Reds

2014 Nero di Troia, Cantine Le Grotte $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

Nero di Troia is the third most planted grape in Puglia after Negroamaro and Primitivo. Think of Puglia geographically as the heel up to the mid-calf of Italy’s boot. Nero di Troia is a purple skinned grape that when ripe, expresses rich fruit and mild tannins. Lots of forest berry juiciness here. Match-ups include slow roasted pork, brisket or mushroom lasagna.



2015 Bobal, Aula $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

Bobal is the native grape of Spain’s Utiel-Requena region just west of the city of Valencia. The climate here is a cross between Mediterranean and continental. Hot, dry days give way to cool nights, providing ideal conditions for growing wine grapes, especially Bobal. Raspberry, cherry and a hint of balsam notes prevail. Serve with pizza, pilaf or pasta.



2015 Vranec, Jordanov $12.98 net sale price, $11.68 reorder

Jordanov is located just fifty miles south of Skopje, Macedonia’s capital and largest city. In this region, Vranec reigns supreme. A black-skinned grape, Vranec produces a full-bodied red with flavors of sour cherry and cassis. If you tend to enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, you’re in for a treat! This can easily stand up to a rib roast with Yorkshire pudding.



2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Inacayal $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

One of Argentina’s best-known enologists, Adriano Senetier founded Inacayal in 1997 in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, identifying the vineyard as mineral-rich alluvial soil.  He sold the winery in 2010, but stayed on as the grower.  The 2015 Cabernet is full in body, with spicy aromas and dark, earthy notes.  Sure to be a hit with a juicy steak!



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

They’ve been allowed to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in Carmignano since Medici times.  TWH pal Enrico Pierazzuoli blends it (20%) with Sangiovese to make both his Carmignano and Barco Reale.  Think of it as a “baby Super-Tuscan,” with fresh red fruit up front and a medium bodied finish. This works great as a spaghetti red or with a Pizza Margherita.



2016 Château De Cranne, Bordeaux $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

Be the first ones on your block to taste a bona fide 2016 red Bordeaux!  The vintage will be a famous one for years to come, and this wine is a terrific sneak-peek as to why.  Elegant, yet ripe fruit intermingles with zippy, fresh acidity, all in balance with no harsh tannins.  It’s not Margaux, but hey, it’s a 2016 that’s ready to drink with those lamburgers. 

The December 2017 Dirty Dozen - $109  

The November 2017 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:00 PM

Feel that chill in the air?



Yep.  There's no denying it; November is here - And seeing that the sky is going dark early these days, it's time for our festivities to move indoors!  No problem here, it's a great time of year for hearty dishes accompanied by sturdy red wines.  If it's white wine that tickles your fancy, it's a good time for those too, as crab season and Thanksgiving are just around the corner.  Either way, we've got you covered - The Dirty Dozen is a great way to get both for a great price.  Pick up your November Dirty Dozen today!
November Dirty Dozen Chillable Wines

The Chillables

NV Giavi Prosessco Superiore DOCG $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder                

November and December are certainly the months during which we do the most celebrating and entertaining.  So for those occasions which benefit from sparkling wine, we thought to include our award-winning Prosecco to this month’s mix.  The Giavi Prosecco is expressive and alive in the glass with great balance and a dry finish.  Great, all-purpose fizz!



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

A closer look at the back label tells us that this is 85% Viognier and 15% Marsanne.  The Marsanne gives the wine some body and adds aromatic complexity.  All in all, this VDP d’Oc is big on charm and low in price.  It makes for a great aperitif, though should you save it for the Thanksgiving Day table, you will find it very handy for its versatility. 



2016 Les Cimels Rosé, Château d’Or et de Gueules  $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder Speaking of versatility, Rosé wines top the charts when it comes down to the breadth of cuisine which they pair well with!  TWH pal, Diane de Puymorin crafts her Rosé more in the style of Bandol and/or Provençal Rosé, using Cinsault and Mourvèdre as the primary fruit.  It’s clean, crisp, and dry on the palate with hints of fruity aromas.



2015 Gruner Veltliner “Q”, Petra Unger $12.98 net price, $11.68 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 her most affordable and is all tank-fermented for optimal freshness. Yellow fruit flavors with aromas of white pepper; pair with crostini or bruschetta.



2015 Chardonnay, Benoit Badoz $17.98 net price, $16.18 reorder            

The Jura is a relatively small wine region sandwiched between Burgundy to the west and Switzerland to the east. Here Benoit Badoz, who is a 10th generation vigneron, makes traditional wines. The Chardonnay is delineated and cut. It goes through malolactic fermentation in tank and sees no time in oak. It’s snappy, so give it a try with oysters and mussels.



2015 Valréas, Clos Bellane  $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder                      

The Rhône Valley’s Clos Bellane is a small domaine situated at a high 1300 ft. elevation. The property is farmed organically and the soil is mostly limestone. This sensational white is predominantly Marsanne with Viognier and Roussanne blended in. A distinctively crisp white Rhône wine, pair it with grain-centric main dish salads.






 

November Dirty Dozen Red Wines

The Reds

2011 Tinto, Terraços do Tejo $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

Portugal offers terrific value for everyday, honest reds. This one is no exception and blends Aragonès (aka Tempranillo), Syrah and Castelão into a spicy, softly fruity wine. The tannins are well integrated, creating a complete taste sensation on the palate. A versatile wine, this can go with hearty fare like beef stew or can satisfy alone while curled up on the sofa.



2016 Rouge, Petit Canet $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Delightfully fruity, this Carignane, Syrah and Grenache blend is the perfect antidote for any lack of sunshine. Bursting with berry fruit, this tank-fermented red is easy to get, easy to enjoy. The fruit comes from certified organic grapes from vines ranging in age from 25-45 years old. Working late; too busy to cook? Order pizza in, pop the cork and call it a night!



2015 Zinfandel, A Campo $17.98 net sale price, $16.18 reorder

Winemaker Jim Moore worked two decades at Mondavi in Napa before going out on his own. With over 40 harvests under his belt, Jim continues to produce bright, well-balanced wines. His old vine Lodi Zinfandel is marvelous! Lots of zesty berry fruit, at once generous and lively. This is a no-brainer, full-bodied red pick for the Thanksgiving table.



2015 Gaillac, Château Langlade $9.49, $7.59 reorder

Just north of the Pyrenees, near the city of Toulouse, lie the villages of Fronton and Gaillac.  While the former may be best known for their indigenous grape, Negrette’s inclusion to the local blends, nearby Gaillac has a couple local grapes as well:  Duras and Braucol.  The two are blended with Syrah here and the result is a lightweight, versatile red.

 

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

Taking on the role of the negociant, Tour de l’Isle’s Robert Rocchi works with producers in and around the southern Rhône Valley, advising them on everything from vineyard work to what to include in the final blend.  This Luberon, from Y. Rousset-Rouard, is medium-bodied with fruity aromas.  Treat this like a spaghetti-red and you’ll be in business.



2014 Morgon Tradition, Domaine Pierre Savoye $18.49, $14.79 reorder

And what would a November Dirty Dozen be without a CRU Beaujolais?  The autumnal aromas of cedar, tobacco, and forest floor are in harmony with the season; and it is medium-light in body with fresh acidity, perfect for the array of small dishes one finds on the Turkey Day table.  Please join us in our tradition, by serving Savoye’s Morgon at your table!

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 August 2017 Dirty Dozen Wine Club

Friday, August 4, 2017 12:15 PM





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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



2015 Chianti Montalbano, Pierazzuoli $13.49, $10.79 reorder

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

The 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 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!

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

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




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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



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

 

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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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  The January Dirty Dozen

 

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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The October 2015 Dirty Dozen

Saturday, October 10, 2015 6:02 PM


As the days grow ever shorter, there’s a distinct chill in the air lately, especially in the evenings. It’s time to begin thinking about moving the party indoors as fall is indeed upon us. No need to worry. If you’re looking for something fun and seasonal, check out the October 2015 Dirty Dozen. 12 bottles, all chosen with the season in mind, all different, all versatile, in one box for a super-bargain price. The October Dirty Dozen!

 

 

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2014 Rosé, Upside $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

At A.P. Vin, Andrew Vingiello makes small lot, single-vineyard Pinot Noir in SF’s Mission district. He also makes this cheery, strawberry-laden Rosé of Pinot Noir. Bright and spicy with enough fruit to make it pleasant to sip on its own or accompany a meal. We think it’s a perfect choice for a hillside sunset viewing with toast points and smoked trout.

2014 Bianco Siciliane, Cantine Colosi $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Cantine Colosi was established in 1987 on Salina, a small island in the Eolian Archipelago, producing wine from Sicily’s native varietals. This white is a blend of Inzolia, Catarrato and Grillo, grapes grown in Sciaccia, along the southwest coast of Sicily. It’s zippy, floral and dry. Serve with tempura-batter foods or any deep-fried specialty.

2013 Paso a Paso, Bodega Volver $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Bodegas Volver is a joint venture between legendary Spanish importer, Jorge Ordonez, and renowned oenologist, Rafael Cañizares. Paso a Paso is made from organically grown grapes in the region of La Mancha situated in Spain’s interior. It’s pale yellow in color with flavors of pear and citrus and a lively finish. Try with a quinoa and kale salad.

2013 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Tour de l’Isle $14.99, $11.99 reorder

Not only are white Côtes-du-Rhônes fairly priced, some of them are outstanding; like this one! We directly import Robert Rocchi’s Tour de l’Isle blanc for its seamless expression of four grape varietals. Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Clairet are the grapes, and the wine has plenty of fleshy fruit, mineral undertones, and a crisp finish.

2013 Lugana, Ca’Lojera $17.79, $14.23 reorder

Made from the grape Turbiana (others call it Trebbiano di Lugana), this direct-import is made by and shipped to us by Franco and Ambra Tiraboschi from the idyllic commune of Sirmione. It’s a truly unique wine, at once showing off notes of ripe white fruit with zippy citrus backbone framed in a mineral rich, saline-like package. Fried calamari goes well here.

2011 Chenin Blanc, Vinum Africa $17.49, $13.99 reorder

Decanter magazine recommended Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc earlier this year, and we say it’s about time. South African Chenin Blancs have taken off, and this one is a right good deal. It’s bright, apple-y, and the deft touch of new barrel gives it a little spice and texture. It tastes fancy and would be great paired with some yummy barbecue chicken.

2012 Hi-Rollr Red, Yorkville Cellars $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

An uncommon blend of organically grown Zinfandel and Malbec, this vibrant red showcases flavors of boysenberries, plum and warm spices. Aged in neutral barrel and bottled lightly filtered, this is a fabulous value from Mendocino County. Thin-crusted pizza, slow-roasted beef or an eggplant and chickpea tangine are all good options for pairing.

2014 Rouge, Le Chaz $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, and Merlot go into this delightful Languedoc wine. Spearheaded by winemaker Benoît Chazallon, Le Chaz offers value and distinction sourcing grapes from vines aged 12-20+ years. Smooth and supple with long, silky tannins, this red can be matched with a multitude of dishes like butternut squash risotto or chili.

2013 Carmenere Reserva, Apaltagua $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Carmenere is the progenitor of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. What enterprising 19th century Chilean vignerons thought were Merlot cuttings taken from Bordeaux turned out to be Carmenere. This Carmenere comes from the Colchagua Valley in central Chile. It is rich, bold and full of black fruit and tobacco flavors. Try with lamb curry, rack of lamb or lamb.

2012 Côtes-Du-Rhône, André Brunel $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

André Brunel makes some of the Rhône Valley’s most sought-after wines. Applying his knowhow to the working class Côtes-du-Rhône appellation, he crafts some pretty high quality bottlings which are bargains for sure. Sturdy dark red and purple fruit surround themselves with an earthy French mineral, suggesting this will pair well with a grilled steak.

2013 Grenache/Syrah, Mas de Guiot $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Speaking of bargains, we just love the G/S blend from Mas de Guiot! It is fruity, peppery, earthy, and boasts that signature southern French leatheriness. The palate is medium/full in body and the finish is balanced and long lasting. It’s another versatile red, so you can pair it with all the usual suspects like pizza and pasta with tomato based sauces.

2011 Touraine Les Demoiselles, Domaine des Corbillières $15.99, $12.79 reorder

Last call for the 2011 Loire Valley blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Côt (Malbec)! You truly get a sense of all 3 varieties here. The complex, berry-like aromas exemplify the Pinot Noir. The next level of complexity, especially the crunched up leafy character, is from the Cab Franc, all held up by the backbone of the Côt. All systems go here.

 

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The September 2015 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:07 PM


September? Have no fear, summer is not over. Not yet. It will be later this month, but let’s not let that put a damper on our spirits. There’s plenty to look forward to as fall approaches. Pigskin lovers are happy, the leaves will be changing, baseball will be turning into its serious phase, and the nights are getting longer. To accompany these changes, how about 12 wines, all different, for one low price? The September Dirty Dozen!

 

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2014 Ventoux Rosé l’Instant, Domaine de Fondrèche $16.29, $13.03 reorder

In the eastern section of the southern Rhône Valley, Sébastien Vincenti makes some fine wine in the Ventoux appellation. His Rosé l’Instant is another great example of a southern French Rosé made in the Provençal style. It’s sleek and crisp with hints of citrus and dried flowers. It’s a great food wine and will pair best with a seared ahi tuna salad Niçoise.

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

From the Côtes de Gascogne in southwest France comes this snappy little sipper inspired by the white blends from Bordeaux. 85% Sauvignon Blanc and a little Sémillon combine for a bright, fresh, citrus-like aromatic profile. The palate is light and the finish clean. A versatile table white, salads work well, especially those with goat cheese.

2012 Unoaked Chardonnay, The Winery of Good Hope $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Englishman Alex Dale grew up with wine, and in the 1990’s he invested in vineyards near Capetown, South Africa, and founded The Winery of Good Hope. No fancy label, no marketing, it’s all about the wine. 100% unoaked Chardonnay is what you get, no tricks, no makeup. The screwcap enclosure makes it great with picnics and chicken salad sandwiches.

2014 Entre-Deux-Mers, Tertre de Launay $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

The Greffier family has been making wine for over 6 generations and exporting Chateau Tertre de Launay to the US for nearly 40 years. We think they’ve got this thing down. A classic Bordelaise blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle goes into this intense, yet classy wine. Apart from shellfish, try it with grilled lemony-chicken.

2014 Xarel-lo, Bohigas $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

Bohigas, a family-run winery an hour north of Barcelona, can trace their history back to the 13th century. Today, father and daughter make a dry white from Xarel-lo, best known for being one of three grapes used for Cava. Zippy flavors of pineapple and white fruit are supported by a solid acid backbone. Try with salty snacks and tapas.

NV Gála Sec, Törley $11.98, $10.78 reorder

At the end of the 18th century, after working at Roederer and Delbeck in Reims, József Törley returned home to Hungary to make sparkling wine. His image is on the neck of every Törley bottle. The Gála Sec is indeed dry and made up of three varietals, Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, and Királyleányka. A Prosecco look-alike; it’s yummy with fried chicken.

2013 Poggio d’Elsa, Bruni $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

A 50/50 blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, this hearty red from the wine region of Maremma, along Tuscany’s coastal flank, offers up ripe flavors of Morello cherries and black plums wrapped up in a smooth tannin finish. Beef brochettes topped with a pungent salsa verde would do nicely here, especially served outside on the terrazza.

2011 Minervois Cuvée Spéciale, Chateau de Paraza $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

After a period of neglect, the Danglas family has brought this historical estate back to its former glory. Along with renovation of the château, emphasis has been on elevating wine quality. The Cuvée Spéciale is a blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and the rest Mourvèdre. Spicy, juicy, round and delicious! Try with flavors inspired by the Middle East.

2013 Santofimia, Niel $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

Black as night in the glass, this Garnacha Tintorera, aka Alicante Bouchet, is a bold, zesty Spanish red wine. The vines are 30 years of age on average and are grown at high altitudes in nutrient-poor soils. Blackberry liqueur and juicy cassis fruit flavors are backed up with formidable acidity. It’s a tooth-stainer! Try with bleu cheese topped grilled steak.

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

We’ve been carrying the wines from Domaine Saint Antoine for well over a decade, one of the main reasons is for the price, they’re quite a deal! This Merlot is not to be taken lightly. It speaks of ripe cassis and cherries, tobacco and lavender. Tee up a rotisserie chicken, baked potatoes with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, and asparagus. Yum.

2012 Syrah/Grenache, Grange des Rouquette $11.99, $9.59 reorder

You may have heard us extoll the virtues of Thierry Boudinaud and the panoply of wines he produces from in and around the southern Rhône. This Syrah/Grenache blend is all business; all tank-fermented, so it’s pure and fresh. What you get are aromas of red and purple berries, a medium-bodied palate and a bright finish. A great all-purpose table red.

2011 Costières de Nîmes Cuvée Trassegum, Château d’Or et de Gueules $22.99, $18.39 reorder

Cuvée Trassegum. In the local Occitan dialect it means “love potion,” and we are smitten. This is serious stuff here. Wine wizard Diane Puymorin blends 20% each Carignan and Mourvèdre (both from 80 year old vines) with Syrah and the result is spectacular. Get the fancy stemware out, grill up a nice grass-fed ribeye and share it with someone special!

 

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The August 2015 Dirty Dozen

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 7:02 PM


Ah, summertime. How kind of the calendar makers to give us back to back 31 day months in the middle of it! What to do in the month of August? Let’s look at France for inspiration; they take the month off! Well okay, most of us have to wake up and do what we have to do, but the DD can help make the dog days of summer more pleasurable. 12 wines, all chosen for their versatility, for one incredibly low price, The August Dirty Dozen!

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2014 Pays du Gard Rosé, Domaine Saint Antoine $11.49, $9.19 reorder

A perennial TWH favorite, the brand new 2014 Saint Antoine Rosé has arrived! The 2014 marked the umpteenth time we’ve carried a new vintage from this tried and true producer from the south of France. It’s one of our more full-bodied Rosé wines that boasts aromas of candied red fruit and chalky minerals. The screwcap makes it great for picnics.

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

Making its DD debut is a brand new wine for us, Les Cimels Blanc. Made by one of our favorite producers in the Rhône Valley, it’s a blend of Grenache Blanc (70%), Rolle (15%), and Roussanne (15%). It shows hints of pineapples and peaches with lively acidity and a medium body. Pair this with a grilled chicken breast with caramelized onions and gruyère.

2013 Côtes de Gascogne Les Tours, Domaine La Hitaire $9.99, $7.99 reorder

Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Gros Manseng … not exactly household names; blend them together 65-30-5% respectively, and you have one of our favorite easy quaffing, crisp white wines in the shop. All tank fermented, it’s fresh as a daisy with hints of Granny Smith apples and other orchard fruit. It’s great on its own, and even better with a scampi risotto.

2013 Montenovo Godello, Valdesil $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

After near extinction in the 1970’s, Godello is making a strong comeback in Spain. A family-run estate, Valdesil makes this one from their youngest vines grown on black slate. Citrus and under-ripe apple harken Chardonnay-like flavors, but the acid here is much more apparent. Grilled octopus, shrimp or scallops pair beautifully as would a shady nook.

2014 Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi, Raphael $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Verdicchio, an ancient Italian grape variety, thrives in the Marche region whose entire eastern edge borders the Adriatic Sea. Maurizio Marchetti works in collaboration with his grower neighbors to make this affordable, crisp and lively white. Notes of white flowers and saline give way to dried tropical fruit flavors. Match up with pesto or shellfish pastas.

2012 Cabirol Blanc, Dit Celler $14.98, $13.48 reorder

This Catalonian white comes from organic vines aged 35-60 years grown in limestone and clay at over 1500 ft. elevations. A 50/50 blend of Garnacha Blanca and Macabeu, on the nose there are aromas of pears and apricots and on the palate flavors of guava and bitter almonds. Try with zucchini fritters or heirloom tomato bruschetta out on the deck!

2013 Grenache VDP, Brunel $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

Brunel’s Grenache may be simple in its approach – vinified from 40 year old vines, aged and fermented in tank – but the resulting wine is not! Medium-bodied with ripe strawberry fruit lifted by scents of classic Provençal herbs like lavender and sage. Goes with just about anything, however ginger, garlic and soy-marinated chuck steak would work well here!

2013 BlauFranker Liter, Pfneisl $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

This Austrian Blaufränkisch comes from sisters, Birgit and Katrin Pfneisl, who also work with this grape in Hungary where it is known as Kékfrankos. Juicy, succulent and spicy, light in body like Gamay, but with plenty of freshness, this is an ideal summer red. Give it a slight chill, if you want, and pair with turkey burgers or Sheboygan Brats.

2013 Rosso Conero, Marchetti $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Another wine from Marchetti (see Verdicchio above), his Rosso Conero is an elegant expression of the Montepulciano grape. Dark, smoky with deep ripe plum flavors, this red has some real chew on it! Take this wine to enjoy al fresco – it’ll stand up to your boldest bbq/grill food favorites. May we suggest a spice-rubbed T-Bone or smoky pork and beans.

2012 Côtes du Rhône Mataró, Vignobles Boudinaud $17.99, $15.28 reorder

And along comes a Côtes du Rhône made from 100% Mourvèdre, or Mataró as its locally known in Catalonia and along the southern French Mediterranean coast. It’s medium-full bodied with a gamey presence and rounded edges. As we get caught up with plating sizzling steaks and chops from off the grill, Boudinaud’s Mataró should pair perfectly with them.

2012 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Le Farnete $14.59, $11.67 reorder

Toning things down a bit is a versatile little number from Tuscany. Longtime TWH producer Enrico Pierazzuoli blends 80% Sangiovese with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon to give us his Barco Reale. The result is zippy and high-toned with layers of red fruits and herbs. What to pair with it? Easy answers: Pasta with red sauce, pizza, or grilled mild Italian sausages.

2011 Crozes-Hermitage Les Pierrelles, Domaine Belle 375ml $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Whoa! Crozes-Hermitage in the Dirty Dozen?!! Okay, it is in half bottle, which is perfect when looking for just a glass or two to share, and Crozes-Hermitage sure deserves to be shared! Pure Syrah fruit and that rocky Crozes mineral give the wine its name, Les Pierelles, or the little stones. Serve it with that low-and-slow smoked brisket.

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