Jamie's wine of the week 6/20/18

June 20th, 2018 9:29am - Posted By: Jamie Glawe

Casamaro Rueda
Was: $14.99
Is: $11.99

Sometimes wines experience a hiatus of sorts. Whether it’s a new label design that the winery is waiting on or the release of the next vintage that we’re waiting on, delays along the production line can cause empty spaces on retail shelves and brand loyalists wondering where their favorite wine has gone. I’m happy to say that the wait is over for this well-known staple from Spain. Casamaro Rueda is back! This crisp white made predominantly of Verdejo is bursting with apricot, meyer lemon, white peach, and heaps of minerality. The winery sits on deep, sandy soils and utilizes organic farming practices in the vineyards. Pour yourself a full glass of this beautiful Summer sipper with salads, fish, or appetizers!

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Adrian's wine of the week 6/13/18

June 13th, 2018 9:35am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Chateau Cantelaudette
Rosé Cuvée Prestige 2017
Sale Price:  $10.99
Reg Price:  $13.99

Wow, it got hot quickly this year!  To cool off a little this weekend, I picked up a delicious, refreshing rosé to review.  While most of you are familiar with the white and red wines of Bordeaux, rosés are a little more difficult to find from there.  The Cuvée Prestige from Chateau Cantelaudette is an invigorating blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc that emits berries and and pomegranate mixed with peppery notes and minerality.  The mouthwatering acidity and spice on the palate is incredibly refreshing and there is even a touch of tannic structure on the palate, making it a fantastic and versatile pairing for your summer patio meals.  Grab a bottle and check out how it compares to your favorite rosé from Provence.  You might have just found a new favorite!  Cheers!

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Jamie's wine of the week 6/6/2018

June 6th, 2018 9:44am - Posted By: Jamie Glawe

Pratsch
Rosé 2017

Regular Price: $13.99
Sale Price: $11.99

With 90 degree days on the horizon, it’s about time I shared one of my favorite affordable rosés with you. Forget Provence. My rosé exploration has been focused on Austria for the last few Summers. What I’ve found is there is no better value in this category than Pratsch Rosé. The Pratch family takes the utmost care in their small estate comprised of 13 single vineyards. The vines and wine made from their fruit have been organically certified for over ten years now. And it shows through the wine’s focused expression of the alluvial soils found in the glacier formed hills of the South Austrian estate. Aromas of wild sun ripened strawberries and peach, with hints of apple flow from the glass. A slight effervescence brings texture to the palate complimented by citrus and fresh minerality. Dare I say, this is the best rosé of the 2017 vintage I’ve had yet!                       Cheers!

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Jamie's wine of the week 5/30/18

May 30th, 2018 9:54am - Posted By: Jamie Glawe

Domaine Félines Jourdan
Picpoul de Pinet 2016
Regular Price: $12.99
Sale Price: $10.99

I know here in Colorado, surrounded by all these mountains, we don’t have access to the freshest seafood. I also know that doesn’t stop me from eating as much fish as I can get my hands on. Well, step aside Sauvignon Blanc! And move over Albariño! Picpoul de Pinet should be your go-to white wine for all fish fare this Summer. Zingy acidity is complemented by citrus and green fruit flavors with surprising weight on the palate. The sea breeze minerality of this particular Picpoul makes it even more versatile by neutralizing salt and iodine flavors in shellfish and crustaceans. If fish isn’t the food for you, this wine has the ability to cut through soft cheeses and will pair lovely with light summer salads.

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Adrian's wine of the week 5/30/18

May 30th, 2018 9:48am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Chateau Jouclary - Cabardes 'Cuvée Tradition' Cabardès 2016
Sale Price:  $11.99
Reg Price:  $14.99

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day and are ready for a fantastic summer!  I tasted a really great French red this past week to see what one of the newest additions to the French Appellations has to offer.  Cabardès is located just outside the medieval city of Carcassonne at the southern slopes of the Montagne Noir.  This area features a unique climatic situation with both cooler Atlantic and warmer Mediterranean influences.  Even the grapes allowed by appellation regulations mandate 40 percent Atlantic and 40 percent Mediterranean varieties.  This beautifully aromatic red blended from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Grenache features red and black fruits with a dusty minerality and underlying spice.  Its medium body and fresh acidity make this a versatile, easy drinking red wine, perfect for almost every meal, especially burgers off the grill.  Cheers!

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Matt's wine of the week. 5/16/18

May 16th, 2018 11:09am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Coeur Clementine
Rosé 2017
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $13.99

Whenever I get the opportunity to be in other markets I like to check out what's going on in retail there. Well, my uncle got married over the weekend in Tucson so I poked around a bit while we were in between activities. The bottom line from what I discovered was that in Colorado we are SO lucky to have such a selection at our fingertips! Adrian, Jamie and I are very grateful to be able to bring in a wide variety of wines and especially have the huge selection of rosé that we do! This Coeur Clementine Rose 2017 is just one amazing example in a sea of pink! It checks all the boxes of a great rose from Provence. Bone-dry, with wonderful minerality and distinct floral notes only found in wine from this region. The blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Tibouren is a great sipper and pairs best with poultry or perhaps a smoked salmon. My mouth is now watering! -Cheers

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Jamie's wine of the week. 5/16/18

May 16th, 2018 11:04am - Posted By: Jamie Glawe

Esser Vineyards
Pinot Noir 2014
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $12.99

Pinot Noir is one of those varietals that seems to go with everything. You can pair it with a vast array of food, and its light, low tannin profile makes it an easy choice to sip on its own. I get requests for Pinot recommendations under $15 all the time, and it is tricky to find one at that price point that stays true to the varietal. I am a big fan of the Esser Vineyard wines because they have accomplished just this; capturing extraordinary varietal character and an Old World essence. Grown on sustainably farmed vineyards in the Central Coast region of California, this Pinot Noir has a cool climate feel expressing dark cherries, sweet tobacco, and the slightest touch of oak. Warm weather or rain, this is the everyday red that should be swirling in your glass!

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Adrian's wine of the week. 5/9/18

May 9th, 2018 10:36am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Bonterra -
Rosé 2017
Sale Price:  $11.99
Reg Price:  $15.99 

We have a big weekend coming up!  Some of you will be celebrating Graduation or Mother's Day and some of you might also be getting into your flower and vegetable gardens to get ready for the growing season.  A great alternative to the sparkling wine Jamie wrote about is this fun dry rosé from organic wine producer Bonterra that previously has only been available from the winery!  This Grenache-based wine is a delicious, fresh and lively style that is perfect for these beautiful sunny days.  The strawberry, citrus and rose petal aromas are followed on the palate with refreshing watermelon and hints of stone fruits in a fresh and lively style.  Have a great weekend everyone and congratulations to all the Mothers and Graduates out there!  Cheers!

 

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Jamie's wine of the week. 5/9/18

May 9th, 2018 10:35am - Posted By: Jamie Glawe

Chateau Montcontour
Brut Vouvray
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $13.99

  A toast to all the recent graduates and their mothers! This week we celebrate so many students that have battled sleepless nights studying for finals. You made it! And with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I raise a glass to all the mothers out there that provide unwavering support to help their kiddos succeed. What better way to celebrate than with a little bubbly? This brut Vouvray by Chateau Moncontour is composed of 100% Chenin Blanc grown in limestone soil on the North bank of the Loire River in France. Made in the traditional Champagne method and matured in bottle for 14 months, this sparkler is floral with ample weight and acidity, making it perfect for brunch, afternoon picnics, and pre-dinner appetizers.

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Matt's wine of the week. 5.2.18

May 2nd, 2018 4:15pm - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Maz Caz

Blanc 2016

Regular Price: $16.99

Sale: Price: $13.99

 

Adrian and I have a fun, little mix of write-ups this week, the same producer’s red and white blends from the Costiéres de Nimes in France. This region used to be part of the Languedoc but show more of a Rhone influence in their stature and have adopted a style of their own that is bright and forward in the white as well as the red. These blends truly POP out of the glass and don’t hold back with the value to quality ratio, you’re getting great wine at an amazing price! I chose the white this week and this Grenache Blanc and Roussanne blend is prime for the season with light notes of fresh lemon zest, melon and guava. The skin of a green grape seems to hang on the palate even before you are thinking about that next sip. A pretty white wine with a lot to offer for pairings and a cool, resonating feel of the summer we have yet to enjoy! I want to steam some mussels in a beer broth and hang with a few buddies on my patio while we talk about the good-ole-days and watch the sunset with this rad and punchy white blend! -Cheers!

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Adrian's wine of the week. 5.2.18

May 2nd, 2018 4:12pm - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Maz Caz - Rouge 2015

Sale Price:  $13.99

Reg Price:  $16.99

 

While Matt enjoyed the refreshing white from Maz Caz, I took the fun red blend up to Deckers for a fishing and camping trip!  Winemaker Michele d'Aprix is a UC Davis graduate who went on to hone her craft in Bordeaux, learning under superstar winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt.  While she has her own project in Bordeaux now, she has also recently started this project in Costieres de Nimes, just southwest of the Southern Rhone.  This is an area that still delivers great bang for the buck and the wines are really fun, unpretentious, and delicious!  The blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre is made completely in tank so the youthful berry fruit really jumps out of the glass.  This pure, bright and refreshing blend also shows floral and herbal notes and is fantastic just enjoying a glass with friends and also with burgers or pork off the grill!  Cheers!

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Matt's wine of the week. 4/25/18

April 25th, 2018 10:49am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Longridge “The Emily”
Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Rose 2017
Regular Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $11.99

The Longridge Estate has dedicated their rosé to Emily Hobhouse, who fought courageously to expose the inhumanity of concentration camps that were prevalent in the Anglo-Boer War. This wine is truly a tribute to women fighting the good fight all over the world today. When tasting this wine I was completely unaware of the history here and was very taken aback by the wonderful springy feel this wine brought to my palate. I was also pleasantly surprised by how well this Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend peculiarly stood out in a very acceptable way! Easy red fruit and just the faintest bit of butter and round mouthfeel from the Chardonnay. This wine is refreshing and smooth with a bit of backbone that will hold up to medium weight dishes and grilled veggies. A South African delight for sure!! – Cheers!

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Jamie's wine of the week. 4/25/18

April 25th, 2018 10:44am - Posted By: Jamie Glawe

Jean-PauL Brun
Terres dorées Beaujolais Blanc 2016
Regular Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $16.99

Are you not a fan of Chardonnay due to its typical over-oaked and buttery character made famous by California vintners in the 1990s?Well, you may be pleasantly surprised by this Beaujolais Blanc which is a clean, crisp variation of the varietal that is
fermented 100% in stainless steel tanks. Winemaker, Jean-Paul Brun, is a living legend in Beaujolais, and is Terres Dorées domaine produces some of the finest wines of the
region. Unlike the majority of Beaujolais producers, Jean-Paul makes a Burgundian approach and destems the grapes, creating a more refined and
sophisticated style of wine. Apple, pear, and melon dusted with chalky minerality dance on the palate with balanced weight and acidity. This has long been one of my
favorite unoaked Chardonnays.
Cheers!
Jamie
 

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Adrian's wine of the week. 4/18/18

April 18th, 2018 10:50am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Pierre et Papa -
Rosé 2017
Sale Price:  $10.99
Regular Price:  $13.99

I hope that you all were able to take advantage of the beautiful weekend and spend time outside doing your favorite Colorado activities.  For me, that included grilling chicken and vegetables and drinking a really fun bottle of Pierre et Papa Rosé that just arrived!  While the Renard family has been making wines for generations, this wine pays tribute to Papa who, with his son Pierre at his side, has tended to the vines and created great wines from the high quality grapes from vineyard sites across the diverse region of the Languedoc-Roussillon where you can still find wonderful wines at great values.  Made from 100% Cinsault, Pierre et Papa Rosé is a delicious, refreshing wine bursting with red berry fruit, apple, and melon.  Round and balanced, this wine is just perfect for sitting on the patio with a plate of cheese, a little salad, and some grilled chicken!  Cheers!

 

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Jamie's wine of the week. 4/18/18

April 18th, 2018 10:45am - Posted By: Jamie Glawe

Vignato Gamballara Classico
“El Gian” Garganega 2016
Regular Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $11.99

A tribute to his father, Gian, winemaker Davide Vignato uses the utmost care crafting his Gambellara Classico “El Gain”. Utilizing biodynamic practices, vines with an average age of 25 years are hand harvested and vinified in stainless steel. The Gambellara DOC neighbors the better-known region of Soave in the Veneto of northern Italy. Both areas specialize in white wines made from the indigenous Garganega varietal. Those coming out of Gambellara lend themselves to a more crisp and mineral driven style. Made from exclusively Garganega, El Gain exudes apricot, peach, and hints of baked golden apple with a crisp finish. At the end of the day this floral and fruity wine should be at the center of every dining table.

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