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




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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.

November 2014 Dirty Dozen

Saturday, November 8, 2014 7:23 PM

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And just like that, it’s November. It’s getting chilly out. It’s getting darker earlier and earlier. No need to fear, we’ve arrived at that time of year where people gather indoors and enjoy one another’s company. The Holidays are around the corner, beginning with the day of thanks. During times like these, it’s a good idea to have a stockpile of versatile wines ready to go, just in case. Case? Yes, case. 12 bottles, all different, for one low price!

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2013 Picpoul de Pinet, le Chevalier de Novato $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

If you’ve never tried this delightful Languedoc white, boy, are you in for a treat! The name of the grape translated from the French means “stings the lip,” referencing the grape’s natural zippy acidity. On the label an illustration of an oyster hints at the perfect pairing for this wine, though any fresh bivalve will do. A charming aperitif to tickle the appetite!

2011 Moscato Giallo, Castel Sallegg $21.98 net price, $19.78 reorder

The intense, intoxicating aroma of this dry Moscato Giallo has notes of green apple, mango, orange blossom and tuberose. Grown along glacial valleys in the Italian Alps, Alto Adige is positioned just below Austria. Castel Sallegg has deep cellars where they ferment and age their wines 3 stories below ground. Try with Pad Thai or Singapore Noodles.

2010 Catarratto, Tola $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

Catarratto is one of Sicily’s oldest native grapes. The Tola estate has vineyards that lie between Palermo and Trapani where the famous Scirocco sends in warm winds and light sea breezes. Simple, light with an abundance of green-tinged citrus notes and flavors, this Sicilian white would match well with flaky white-fleshed fish or grilled Octopus.

2013 Rose, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne $11.49, $9.19 reorder

When it comes to pairing wines with the array of plates one typically finds on the Thanksgiving Day table, Rose is among the most versatile. Its crisp profile, coupled with just the right amount of fruit works with just about anything. Its low price makes it a good one to stock up on. The Petite Cassagne Rose has been a favorite for a few consecutive vintages.

2011 Pinot Gris Im Berg, Domaine Ehrhart $19.99, $15.99 reorder

Speaking of Thanksgiving, here’s another autumnal wine. Straight away you can sense the earthy, mushroomy aromas behind the fresh orchard fruit and almond notes. On the palate the wine is sturdy with a bit of viscosity, apple-y fruit and earthiness meet head to head and take you to a long finish. If a ham shows up at the table, this is your wine.

2012 Gavi, Ernesto Picollo $10.99, $8.79 reorder

What’s the wine of choice along the Italian Riviera? That’s a rhetorical question in this context. Gavi is in Piemonte, the grape is Cortese, and the profile is dry, medium bodied with ample fruit, and crisp. There is a detectable mineral presence, both aromatically and on the palate. This will pair well with shellfish, rotisserie chicken, or of course, turkey.

2011 Chianti, Fattoria Petriolo $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder

A textbook Chianti jam-packed with tangy Sangiovese fruit; a cheerful combination of red cherry and dusty red dirt. The inherent low tannin and high acid nature of Sangiovese makes it ideal for any tomato-based dish or long-simmered meat. Grandma’s short-rib stew or Nonna’s Sunday gravy over spaghetti is all you need to take away autumn’s chill.

2013 Pinot Noir, Underwood $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

A perennial favorite, Oregon’s Underwood Pinot Noir is nearly unmatched for its quality/price ratio. How do they do it? Drawing from vineyard sites all across Oregon then blending to construct a light/medium-weighted cherry explosion, they seem to get better with each vintage! Elevate your leftover turkey sandwich with a glass the day after.

2007 Primitivo, Feudo di San Nicola $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

Primitivo is an Old World (Italian) relative of Zinfandel. It’s robust and earthy, with plummy notes tangling with fresh cracked black pepper. A little time spent in bottle have softened the tannins of this wine, so it’s good to go right now! When pairing, think marbled steak, Pimenton-spiced brisket, or rack of lamb –Va Bene!

2012 Mountainside Shiraz, The Winery of Good Hope $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Frenchman and TWH pal Edouard Labeye makes the wines for English ex-pat Alex Dale at his Winery of Good Hope. The concept is to keep costs down so the wines are great values to consumers; so no new barrel, no fancy packaging. Take this Shiraz out for a spin. Spicy red fruit, layers of brambly berries, and cracked black pepper; try it with ostrich.

2013 Malbec, Alberto Furque $14.99, $11.99 reorder

Malbec has taken Argentina by storm. Once upon a time, it was used as a blending grape in Bordeaux (where it still plays a minor role), but there is something about the terroir in Argentina that works for this variety. Here, Carolina Furque uses steel and concrete tank to make this plummy, med/full bodied number. A marinated skirt steak works very well here.

2011 Cotes-du-Rhone la Boissiere, Domaine Boudinaud $13.49, $10.79 reorder

What better way to round out this month’s DD than with a tasty Cotes-du-Rhone. Pound for pound, the red wines from this region continue to represent some of the wine world’s best deals. The 2011 la Boissiere is medium bodied, complex, and balanced. It’s a great all-purpose red, and would suit pizzas, calzones, pasta dishes, and burgers just fine.

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December 2009 Dirty Dozen

Friday, December 11, 2009 5:55 PM

Deck the halls with bottles of wine, fa-la-la-la-la … – Wait! Stop singing: Just in time for the holidays, we present the December 2009 Dirty Dozen! 12 different bottles representing different regions and wine styles all packed into one box for an amazing low price. Okay, back to the singing!

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2007 Pinot Grigio, Riff – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

We’ll start you off with a super value from Italia. Riff is German for reef and it pays homage to the ancient sea that existed where the vineyards now lie. Made by famous winemaker Alois Lageder, this is classy, crisp Italian Pinot Grigio.

2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Envy – $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder

One would never think that you could hear ‘from the outskirts of Calistoga’ and ‘super bargain’ in the same sentence, but there you go. There is a first for everything. Not your typical Sauv Blanc, the Envy offers up notes of tropical fruit, honeysuckle, and crisp green apple. Rich and creamy, this would be perfect with a Greek salad with lots of Feta.

2007 Pinot Gris, Balletto Vineyards – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

Versatility is what this wine is all about. Round in the mouth, it has nuances of mangoes, apples, and cinnamon spice. Talk about super value, this is one that The Wine House staff has gone to after a hectic day. Perfect with that holiday bird.

2008 Rose de Fayel, Domaine des Cantarelles – $10.79, $8.63 reorder

Whether you’re pairing it with the Christmas ham or the fruitcake from Aunt Ida, Rose is one of the most versatile food wines on the planet … even during the cold months. This particular little gem is a blend of 65% whole-berry crushed Cabernet Franc, 30% Syrah and 5% Grenache. Its delicious candied cherry/raspberry flavors, delightful minerality, and refreshing acidity are sure to score points with everyone (and every food) at the table.

2008 Gruner Veltliner Liter, Setzer – $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

We just love these liter bottles of Gruner Veltliner from Austria. They would be a great value in 750ml format, but it seems Austrian winemakers have a generous side, and here they’re letting it show. Dry and subtle, this wine shows an herbal profile marked by its distinct peppery character. Great with lighter fare, we’re thinking swordfish with this one.

2008 Domaine de Pouy – $8.99, $7.19 reorder

One of our all-time favorite value white wines here at TWH boasts two rarely acknowledged yet extremely crowd-pleasing white varietals, Ugni Blanc and Colombard. The two are probably best known for their roles in the production of Cognac & Armagnac, but are also used to make simple wines with fresh floral character and tart citrus acidity. Winemaker Yves Grassa at Domaine de Pouy has had over 20 years of experience working with these varietals in the Cotes de Gascogne. For some reason the phrase “practice makes perfect” comes to mind.

2006 3 Cepas, Alberto Furque – $15.99, $12.79 reorder

The Uco Valley – They call it the sweet spot of Mendoza because of its very cool nights, very warm days, and nearly 300 days of sunshine each year which produces wines with outstanding ripe fruit flavors but also firm acidity & structure. The “3 cepas” which comprise this Dirty Dozen member are Malbec, Tempranillo, and Syrah … all vinified separately and aged in French and American oak. A big red wine that calls for a big juicy steak.

2007 Crimson, Steven Vincent – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

Unbelievable how they do it, but the folks at Steven Vincent have crafted an inspired new world Syrah/Cabernet blend that is priced in a range where one doesn’t normally see wine of this quality. Deep dark purply fruit combines with spice, and that makes this one of the ones you want to pop with beef, lamb, duck, or pasta.

2006 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Domaine des Amouriers – $12.99, $10.39 reorder

Essentially, what we have here is de-classified, young vine Vacqueyras for an amazing price. A great country wine, this hip little blend offers a medium bodied profile with just enough zip and tannin to fully engage your palate.

2005 GSM, Vignobles Boudinaud – $9.95 sale price, $9.46 reorder

Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre are harvested separately for optimal ripeness, fermented in steel tank for purity, and bottled unfiltered for flavor intensity. Yet another bang for your buck juice, this is a great Tuesday night pizza and pasta wine.

2007 Merlot, Domaine Saint Antoine – $10.99, $8.79 reorder

Don’t listen to Sideways … Merlot can be good. Really good. This VdP from Jean-Louis Emmanuel and his lovely wife Marlene is the perfect example, showing both fresh red and dark brambly fruit and just enough terroir to prove to you (and Hollywood) that it means business. Perfect with the trendy sliders at your company holiday party or with a pizza and a movie (preferably Merlot-friendly) on a cold night in.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Mas Carlot – $14.99, $11.99 reorder

How better to finish the DD than with a hearty Cab/Syrah? A mere whiff of this wine will transport you to the harvest … basketfulls of brambly berries. It has the signature southern France garrigue thrown in for good measure, and all in all, has wonderful structure to stand up to all you can pair it with. We suggest marinated flank steak.

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Okay, it may not look like November out there, but take our word for it, all things November are coming. Weather, longer nights, and the biggest Thursday of the year. Yes, we’re talking about Thanksgiving! Always a tough Melange of dishes to pair with wine, the flavors are diverse and plentiful. This month, our theme is to pick the most versatile wines to suit this meal oriented holiday. Gobble gobble!

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2008 Marsanne/Roussanne Tradition, Mas Carlot – $11.99, $9.59 reorder

Two of the workhorse white grapes from the southern Rhone Valley, Marsanne and Roussanne make for a delicious partnership. Perfect for those seeking crispness with a side of mineral, blossoms, and tropical fruit. The first of many which will suit any celebration well, but especially many of the dishes one would see on the table on turkey day.

2008 Rose, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne – $10.29, $8.23 reorder

Nope. I’m not going to say her name. Not this time. Let’s just say that the quality of wines from this producer by far exceed their price tag. Take this Rose for instance. Light fruit with an herbal nose, it has the perfect weight to break out for your salivating guests while that bird rests. This wine suits a great deal of traditional Thanksgiving fare.

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

Though we firmly believe that one should always have some fizz handy because you just never know; now begins the season where it is somewhat mandatory to have some ready to go. Made from Chenin Blanc, this Loire Valley bubbly is dry and shows crunchy mineral. It is the perfect wine to propose the toast that begins, “We are thankful for …”

2004 Benjamin Blanc, Vieux Chateau Gaubert – $8.95 sale price, $8.51 reorder

Crazy, crazy, crazy bargain here. White Bordeaux with a little bottle age here for a song. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, we propose it as yet another bottle to shine along side your turkey with the fixin’s.

2008 Touraine Blanc, Domaine des Corbillieres – $14.39, $11.51 reorder

Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc has a large following of folks that love the grape’s rich, crisp profile and the region’s expression of terroir. A bright mineral character braces the vibrant fruit and makes for the perfect aperitif.

2007 Greco di Tufo, Torricino of Stefano di Marzo – $13.95 sale price, $13.26 reorder

The secret’s out. Greco di Tufo is an Italian white that is known for its zesty, crisp acidity. This is a textbook example of the variety at a sale price that can’t be beat! A bowl of steamin’ mussels will do this right!

2006 Corbieres, Domaine Sainte Eugenie – $11.49, $9.19 reorder

The Thanksgiving table is one of the hardest tables to pair with wine. Different strokes for different folks, right? Well here is another bottle chosen for its versatility. Light to medium bodied, made mostly from old vine Carignan, it is the perfect turkey-friendly red wine. The lighter profile makes it ideal with pizza and pasta too.

2006 Merlot, Domaine Gournier – $9.99, $7.99 reorder

No fancy label, no cute animal, no ancient family crest, just Merlot; that is all that is on the label; that is all there is in the bottle. Pure tank-fermented Merlot. It’s a juicy primer for the discerning party guest that only drinks reds. It will also come in handy should any red meat show up at your celebration.

2007 Grenache, Domaine Andre Brunel – $9.99, $7.99 reorder

By now you’ve probably heard great things about the southern Rhone and 2007. The wines are winning the praise of critics and connoisseurs alike. The stellar conditions were not confined to the famous appellations, as the nearby locales made wines of profound character as well. This Grenache by Andre Brunel is one great example!

2004 Syrah Hippolyte, Chateau Grande Cassagne – $15.99, $12.79 reorder

Smoky Syrah. There is something special about this grape, especially when from the south of France. Toss in some new barrel and a little bottle age, and you’ve got a beaut here. This one will turn heads when paired with steak frites.

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Healdsburg Ranches – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

No you’re not seeing things. Sonoma County Cabernet at old school pricing! This wine is alive with deep, lush fruit, supple tannins, and a bright, zesty finish. Good on its own or good with a hearty meal, this baby is ready to go now!

2005 Cotes du Rhone les Promesses, Domaine Font du Vent – $13.99, $11.19 reorder

And rounding things out this month, what better than a juicy Cotes du Rhone from the esteemed 2005 vintage? A medium bodied red with excellent weight and nuance, the 2005 les Promesses speaks of a place and pleases the palate for the right price. This will also stand proudly on any holiday table, as it pairs well with a multitude of fine cuisine!

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September 2009 Dirty Dozen

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It’s September! That means back to school, Labor Day weekend, and the last three weeks of summer. September also marks the time for resuming those tasks we wouldn’t dare approach until ‘after summer’. Well, while you’re busily running around, we’ve picked out 12 bottles of wine, chosen for their versatility, and packed them into a case for an amazingly low price! Vive la Dirty Dozen, mmm-kay!

 

 

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2008 Rose, Mas des Bressades – $11.79, $9.43 reorder

Want to take a trip to the south of France without the hassle of an 11 hour flight? Grab a patch of sunlight, close your eyes and take a sip of this! Composed of Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault, winemaker Cyril Mares limits yields to make this truly special Rose. Fresh and aromatically expressive, this wine just oozes class. Drink it as an aperitif, or pair it with a salmon filet.

2007 Viognier, Domaine des Cantarelles – $13.99, $11.19 reorder

Are all Viogniers made the same? Certainly not. From the mineral driven vineyards of Condrieu to simple table wines, there are a plethora of differing takes on this illustrious grape. This one here sees 60% new barrel to add spiciness to the bold aromas.

2006 Riesling Herrenweg, Domaine Ehrhart – $19.59, $15.67 reorder

Tasting Riesling can sometimes be mysterious, as some can be quite sweet. Don’t worry, not this one. Made in the dry style, Philippe Ehrhart is able to evoke the Herrenweg terroir to walk along side opulent fruit and the result is one of the best food pairing wines around. Sure it works with traditional Alsatian cuisine, it sings with honey-baked ham, but it loves spaghetti carbonara.

2007 Soave Classico, Le Albare Vigna dello Stefano – $13.99, $11.19 reorder

Can you say Garganega? Thought you could. That’s what we have here in this fine bottle o’ vino here. From the Veneto region of northeast Italy, this may be the best white wine you’re not drinking. It’s a rich, round little ditty that is great on its own, but it will pair marvelously with shellfish. Grab a couple of glasses and get on board!

2007 Vouvray Sec, Laurent Kraft – $16.99, $13.59 reorder

Here at The Wine House, we get a chance to taste a lot of wine. When this dry Chenin Blanc first landed, we tasted it; and guess what? High fives, high praise, and several bottles allocated to various employees’ personal invoices were the result. White/yellow stone fruit intermingle with a gravelly, mineral profile that sends one’s palate on a trip to paradise. Think halibut steak here.

2008 Chardonnay, Foxglove – $11.98, $10.78 reorder

The Varner brothers have been turning heads for a while now with their high scoring Chardonnays from the Santa Cruz mountains. Though proud of all the attention, they are equally as proud with their efforts under the Foxglove label. We’re talking very high quality affordable drinking here. Word is getting out. So, chill a bottle and pop it with your rotisserie chicken while you still can!

2006 Le Clos, Domaine Sainte Eugenie – $9.49, $7.59 reorder

Herve Gantier, the bon vivant behind the wines of Domaine Sainte Eugenie, has done it again. Blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with his old vine Carignan and Grenache, Herve has yet another price-busting winner on his hands. Bold flavors of dark fruit are supported by a spicy, clove-like forest floor element, and that adds up to pure vinous pleasure! Rack of lamb advised.

2005 Les Plans, Domaine Santa Duc – $12.79, $10.23 reorder

In the southern Rhone, there are few producers whose signature style is as well recognized as that of Domaine Santa Duc. Their wines, vintage after vintage, are teeming with vibrant fruit, spice, and mineral. An all-purpose red that will suit your pizza well.

2006 Rouge, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne – $12.59, $10.07 reorder

Speaking of the southern Rhone (Costieres de Nimes to be exact), that’s where star winemaker Diane Puymorin toils in her vineyards, making some of our favorite wines. This red blend is Grenache, Syrah, and old vine Carignan. Perhaps it’s the Carignan that gives this wine its je ne sais quoi, as it has a savory, forest floor character. Great with a New York steak and the fixins!

2005 Tempranillo, Alberto Furque – $13.99, $11.19 reorder

Just in case you’re looking for something from the southern hemisphere, how’s about a juicy Tempranillo from Argentina? Black cherry and raspberry tango together in the bouquet; on the palate, the wine is held up by firm structure. Another all-purpose red.

2007 Syrah, Domaine de Saint-Antoine – $11.29, $8.79 reorder

No grape growing region in France can boast of such consistent success vintage after vintage than the south. Believe it or not, in spite of all the great vintages lately, 2007 overshadows them all. The grapes achieved perfect ripeness at harvest, and the proof is in the pudding. This Syrah is bursting with dark red fruit, smokiness, and structure. Keep the bottle close, it’s known to evaporate!

2006 Chateau Couronneau Volte Face – $15.98, $13.48 reorder

Last but not least, this special cuvee from our favorite petit Bordeaux chateau represents yet another super bargain! The grapes come from a vineyard in Sainte-Foy just inland from St. Emilion. Delicious Bordeaux for under $20? This is a steal, folks!

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October 2009 Dirty Dozen

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My oh my, where does the time fly? First, it was the Y2K thing, and now, here comes 2010! As we hitch on to the home stretch of the decade which will never be known as “the oughts” (technically, it will end on December 31, 2010), we look ahead to indoor season. There will be family gatherings and parties with friends coming up soon. No matter how you entertain, grab a Dirty Dozen as there is something in this box for everyone!

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2008 Rosé, Domaine Gournier – $9.69, $7.75 reorder

Whether you bask in the waning sunshine of Indian summer, or work four burners in a hot kitchen, there is always a time and place for a cool, crisp glass of Rosé. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot are all involved in the blend and the result is pure magic. Complex and spicy, this would be a great wine to serve along side a Thai salad al fresco.

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Thracian Valley, Vini – $6.98 net price, $6.28 reorder

We try to open new doors for y’all, accessing wine regions that one wouldn’t necessarily seek out. Bulgaria is a beautiful country, with picturesque craggy mountains and vistas, ornate monasteries, sandy beaches, and some of the oldest vineyards in the world. We recently tried some of their wines, and wow! They are a whole new level of wine value. You be the judge. Na’zdravy!

2008 Chenin Blanc, Good Hope – $11.69, $9.35 reorder

Get that passport back out, we’re off to South Africa! Wine has been made here since the 17h century. Maybe it’s the ocean facing vines and decomposed granite slopes that contribute to the goodness of what is in this bottle. Plenty of tropical notes on the nose; stuff like pineapple, apricot, and melons which continue through the palate and finish with a mineral crispness.

2008 Hors Saison, Domaine la Hitaire – $11.79, $9.43 reorder

In Bordeaux, it is common for the cru classé dry whites to be composed of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This copycat from Gascogne marries the same two varieties, but for much less. Serve it with baked sole, or sand dabs, or halibut.

2006 Montravel Blanc, Chateau Calablre – $5.95 sale price, $ 5.66 reorder

For this month’s taste-off, here’s a similar blend from the outskirts of Bordeaux. Montravel is due east and further up the Dordogne valley from St. Emilion. The white wines from here benefit from the cool nights and temperate daytime temps. Daniel Hecquet blends a little Muscadelle here for added complexity. It goes with any white fish, but it really shines with fish tacos!

2005 Muscat, Rene Mure – $21.99, $17.59 reorder

It is safe to say that this wine comes from a winemaking family. After all, they are on their 13th generation winemakers here. The Muré wines tend to show a strong mineral component to compliment the Alsatian fruit. This Muscat brings all of the blossomy, tropical fragrances typically associated with this grape. Be simple in your pairing here and stay away from garlic.

2006 Cotes du Rhone Cuvée Sabrine, André Brunel – $14.59, $11.67 reorder

We’ve gone on about André Brunel before, but for good reason. A celebrity in the Rhône (and here at The Wine House), Brunel’s wines offer amazing value. We mean it when we say some of his Côtes du Rhônes have the stuffing to be confused with others’ Châteauneuf du Papes. Deep, dark fruit, herbs de Provençe, and earth make it a cinch to pair with an herb encrusted pork roast.

2007 Rossa ‘Scaia’, Tenuta Sant’Antonio – $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

Essentially, what we have here is declassified Valpolicella. We bought this wine specifically for the Dirty Dozen as it packs a mountain of quality for its modest price. Zingy cherry/berry fruit with a medium bodied, herbal profile. Terrific pizza wine.

2007 Terre d’Ardoise Carignan, Mas Lavail – $12.59, $10.07 reorder

If you receive our emails, you are familiar with this gem. This wine is the choice of many a chef or winemaker, as we found out by looking over the list of customers who bought it. Old vine Carignan is the grape; the complexity is what keeps ’em coming back.

2005 Touraine Rouge, Domaine des Corbillieres – $13.49, $10.79 reorder

You may have heard that 2005 was the greatest vintage for Loire valley reds “that anyone can remember”. We concur. This Cabernet Franc got just what it needed to thrive. Ideal weather created a fine balance of ripe fruit with Loire valley Cabernet’s signature herbal woodsiness. A couple of years of bottle age has this uber-bargain in a perfect place. Lamburgers would be nice.

2005 Syrah ‘Numa’, Chateau Guiot – $20.99, $16.79 reorder

The ‘Special One’ of the Dirty Dozen, only a few hundred cases of this wine were made. This is Guiot’s top of the line Syrah. Severe grape selection is employed, and the wine is vinified in new oak for one year before bottling. The result: Dense, rich, concentrated Syrah full of complexity. It can be popped now, and will stand up strong to a juicy steak!

2004 Grenache/Syrah, Mas Carlot – $10.39, $8.31 reorder

This may as well be known as ‘the little wine that keeps giving and giving’, as it has done nothing but please wine loving palates since it was first released. The perfect all-purpose red, it is great on its own, with pasta, hamburgers, or ratatouille.

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August 2009 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, August 13, 2009 2:16 PM

The dog days of summer are upon us. What to do? How about nothing? August is for relaxation. Or travel. Or picnics. Whatever it is you lean towards, taking it easy is the mantra. So we’ve made the wine part easy for you. 12 bottles, all different, all versatile, for a song!

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2007 Muscadet, Domaine de la Quilla $11.99, $9.59 reorder
It’s dry. It’s crisp. Muscadet is the westernmost appellation of the Loire Valley and the wines truly speak of a place. Maybe it’s the nearby Atlantic Ocean that adds a certain je ne sais quoi, but this is the perfect wine for shellfish.

2008 Rose, Domaine de Saint-Antoine $9.99, $7.99 reorder
Nothing is more apropos to pour on a summer afternoon than a glass of cool, crisp Rose. We talk a lot about how wine can transport us to far away lands just by a simple taste. This one is a classic example. Serve it with a salad Nicoise.

2008 Fernao Pires, Quinta do Alqueve $11.99, $9.59 reorder
Like taking a walk in an orchard, this Portuguese white delivers an aromatic array of stone fruit. One seductive whiff will have you hooked. It’s light on the palate and finishes with a blossom like fade. Pop this with your local ling cod.

2007 Pinot Blanc Tradition, Rene Mure $16.59, $13.27 reorder
Have you ever been in a situation where you know you want a nice, cool glass of white wine, but you don’t feel like settling for a glass of one of the usual suspects? Pinot Blanc may very well be your answer. Just the right amount of fruit and mineral make for an easy quaffer. Pairs great with roasted white meats and is perfect with melon and Parma Ham.

2008 Chateau Couronneau Blanc $13.98, $12.58 reorder
Equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris team up to deliver a white Bordeaux that will make you scratch your head wondering how they do it for such a low price. Perfect for summer salads, barbequed chicken, and corn on the cob.

2008 Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Cote Jardin $12.39, $9.91 reorder
You don’t see white Cotes du Rhones as often as their red counterparts, but they are just as serious a bargain! Made from Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Roussanne this super quality-for-price summer sipper could be the hit of the party.

2007 Malbec, Alberto Furque $14.69, $11.75 reorder
Argentine Malbec needs no introduction. This one comes from the Uco Valley, which is just south of the famous Mendoza. Deep, rich, purple fruit aromas waft in harmony with a subtle earthiness that delivers a full-bodied tap on the palate. The finish is intense, yet balanced and will leave you begging the grillmaster, “Are the steaks done yet?”

2006 Beaujolais Villages, Domaine des Nugues $16.59, $13.27 reorder
Every now and then, a customer will ask for a pairing suggestion for something delicate. The answer is usually a white wine of sorts, but then they specifically say that they need a red. Here it is, 100% Gamay, village Beaujolais is the perfect answer to those must have red for something light situations. Inside tip: serve it with an hour’s chill for pure refreshment.

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Domaine des Cantarelles $15.99, $12.79 reorder
One of our favorite little producers from the south of France, the Cantarelles’ wines are a big hit with our staff for their expression of fruit, earth, and garrigue. With a little bottle age, they take on secondary characteristics comparable to atavistic Bordeaux. Save this one for something big like a leg of or a rack of lamb.

2007 Syrah de Fayel $10.99, $8.79 reorder
Have you heard anything about the 2007 vintage in and around the Rhone river valley? Robert Parker called it “The vintage of a lifetime”, and wrote splendid things about the wines. We’ve noticed that even wines made in the vicinity have some special quality this particular vintage. Take this juicy, tank fermented Syrah, you’ll see.

2000 Valreas, Cuvee Maurice, Domaine de la Deydiere $6.95 sale price, $6.60 reorder
This special cuvee was made at the renowned Domaine Gramenon. It’s a fun and fully mature wine for those of you who don’t get a chance to taste older wines very often. It’s held together well by Kalamata olive like fruit and a healthy dose of garrigue. This is one that makes for a great all purpose red that works with pastas and pizza.

2005 Chateau Mont Perat 375 ml $10.98, $9.88 reorder
And to round out the dozen, howzabout a little 2005 red Bordeaux? What? It’s true. The Mont Perat has been an up and coming Chateau whose wines are low on price and high on quality. More and more are catching on to this wonderful juice. It’s good to go now, or it could last, if properly stored, for many years. The red for your sizzlin’ rib eye!

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July 2009 Dirty Dozen

Thursday, July 9, 2009 5:50 PM

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Once again we present to you the most amazing deal on a case of wine! The Dirty Dozen is selected with versatility in mind, yet all of the wines represent incredible quality for their respective pricing. This month, we find a common theme as every bottle selected will suit outdoor events perfectly. Whether you’re grillin’ or picnickin’, take along a DD and you’ll be a hit!

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2008 Rose, Mas Carlot – $10.29, reorder $8.23

Summer is in full swing, and what better a way to get things going then with a fine bottle of Rose! This yummy, easy to quaff Rose is made from 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. It has a fruity profile reminiscent of strawberries with a hint of herb garden. This one works great alongside herbal salads, turkey sandwiches, and bright sunshine. Hey, howzabout a picnic?

2008 Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Domaine de la Becassonne, André Brunel – $14.99, reorder $11.99

The initiated need no descriptor for this “soon to be sold out” Rhone white blend. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Clairette are the grapes Rhonemaster Andre Brunel uses to craft this lively number. I think Anya said it best when she described this wine as, “better than a lot of white Chateauneuf-du-Papes out there.” Pull the cork on this one with grilled poultry or fish.

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Teira – $9.98 net price, reorder $8.98

A recent trip through the wine section of my local grocery store (it was a shortcut to the checkout stand) had me looking at some old familiar labels. The labels may have been familiar, but the prices sure weren’t. Take California Sauvignon Blanc. Most of the selections were around $20. That’s crazy. This one’s $10. All tank fermented, it’s mellow, with tropical notes and old world elegance.

2008 Dubini Bianco, Palazzone – $8.98 net price, reorder $8.08

The wine world seems to be waking up to Italian whites these days. The good news is that they’re not that pricey. This one from Umbria is essentially declassified Orvieto. I just happened to be walking by the tasting table one morning when this was being poured. We liked it, so we bought it. It’s bright and fruity, with just enough zip to make a perfect partner for some grilled scampi.

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Lalande – $10.79, reorder $8.63

Winemaker Yves Grassa has really made a name for himself with his expression of crisp white wines in what is otherwise thought of to be Armagnac country. He employs skin-contact to extract the purfumey, tropical fruit aromatics, and ferments in steel tank for freshness. His wines are monster quality-for-price deals! This would have been perfect with that grilled calamari I had last week.

2004 Riesling Herrenweg, Domaine Ehrhart – $19.99, reorder $15.99

In Alsace, there is a preponderance of something they call the weinstube. In essence, they are winebars, but they are restaurants also. In fact, they are restaurants where much of the emphasis is on the wines themselves. If you order the traditional Alsatian dish known as choucroute (it’s a mix of marinated cabbage with various sausages and cured meats), you’ll want this Riesling to pair with it.

2006 Cotes du Ventoux O’Sud, Domaine Fondreche – $13.79, reorder $11.03

A protege of Rhonemaster Andre Brunel, young Sebastien Vincenti has made quite a name for himself, turning out great wines vintage after vintage. This 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah is juicy, ripe, and people pleasin’. This is the one to pop with your pizza.

2007 Merlot Tradition, Montpezat – $11.99, reorder $9.59

Perfect for Bastille Day celebrations, this Merlot screams, “Vive le France!” It’s all tank fermented and bottled unfiltered giving it true representation of its origin. It’s great on its own, or even better, with something hearty. Did someone say cassoulet? Mais oui.

2004 Cabernet/Syrah, Mas Carlot – $14.99, reorder $11.99

Every bottle in this month’s DD was chosen to suit something grilled, but this one in particular takes the cake. It is the perfect blend of rich Cabernet Sauvignon and smoky Syrah and is appreciated by all who swirl it. The profound dark berry profile is its hallmark.

2007 Bordeaux Superieur, Chateau Couronneau – $12.98, reorder $11.68

Brand spankin’ new, right off the boat is the latest installment of our favorite “Little Bordeaux”. You get a lot of quality for a song here with Monsieur Piat’s effort. This wine shows dark red fruit, hints of leather and earth, and medium tannins. Definitely one that will last in your cellar (if you can keep your hands off it) but it drinks well already. Serve it with that London Broil.

2007 Bergerac Rouge, Chateau Calabre – $12.99, reorder $10.39

Okay, so further up the Dordogne Valley, is the village of Bergerac. It’s not Bordeaux. But it’s close. They grow the same grape varieties, yet enjoy a little less of the maritime climate, and a little more of the warm sunshine. Proof’s in the pudding. Ripe fruit, structure, and an herbal profile make beautiful music together and the price is right where you want it. Grilled lamburgers, yum.

2003 Rouge, Chateau Surville – $8.75 sale price, reorder $8.32

And finally, talk about deals!!! This delectable bomb of a wine from the hot and dry vintage of 2003 is in its prime, ready to go. A little bottle age has done well for this ripe, fruity blend. It’s showing plenty of character with hints of Mother Earth. Definitely a wine to break out with anything from pork chops to, even better, baby back ribs with a dry rub!

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