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!
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.
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!