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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Matt's wine of the week. 4/11/18

April 11th, 2018 12:06pm - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Domaine Lafond
Tavel Rose 2017
Regular Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $14.99

It is feeling more and more like rosé season with each passing seventy degree day we are enjoying this week and I just had to pick up a bottle of this Domaine Lafond Tavel Rosé 2017 this time around. Tavel wines are all rosé and only from this little growing AOC across the Rhone river from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. There is a great roundness to the body of this particular rosé that is bright with strawberry, melon and easy spices. These fruity aromas are mellowed out by great structure and complexity on the palate with a reserved amount of acidity that makes the wine heavy enough for some light BBQ on one of these cooler evenings. Domnaine Lafond is a family owned vineyard that has been passed down from father to son, they are organically certified and absolutely hit the mark with this beautiful rosé! -Cheers

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Adrian's wine of the week. 4/11/18

April 11th, 2018 12:04pm - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

La Basia -
Valtènesi 2015
Sale Price:  $11.99
Reg Price:  $15.99 

Just in time for the near 80 degree days we're going to see this week is this pretty and light bodied red from the western slopes of Lake Garda in Italy!  La Basia was founded by Elena Parona, who along with growing grapes also produced olive oil, honey, flour and other artisanal products.  Elena's son Giacomo has taken over the family farm and continues the tradition of passion for handcrafted wines made from indigenous local varietals.  Groppello makes up the majority of Valtènesi and is blended with Barbera, Marzemino, and Sangiovese.  The resulting wine is a refreshing and juicy wine with loads of red cherry and slightly earthy and mushroomy aromas.  The lighter body and low tannins make this a perfect wine for weeknight pasta with tomato sauces and lighter vegetable dishes.  Cheers!

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

April 4th, 2018 11:00am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Helioterra -
Starthistle Cuvée 2015
Regular Price: $18.99
Sale Price:  $14.99

Yesterday's sunny 70 degrees had me reaching for a delicious and refreshing Oregon white.  You'd expect a Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or even a white Pinot Noir, but instead I grabbed the unusual Riesling and rarely seen Huxelrebe blend from Oregon that I've been wanting to re-taste!  This little gem is made by Ann Ebenreiter Hubatch, a former Wisconsin resident who studied geology.  But when environmental policy didn't agree with her desire for tangible results, her love for the land led her to winemaking.  More than a decade ago she made a few vintages of this interesting blend at another winery and finally brought it back after being begged over the years by many fans.  This gorgeous aromatic white is a perfect wine to drink on the patio with its balanced, honeyed, racy and off-dry style.  You'll taste a mouthful of apple and and honeysuckle with a touch of spice to keep things interesting.  Cheers!

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

April 4th, 2018 10:59am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Boneshaker
Zinfandel 2015
Regular Price: $20.99
Sale Price: $12.99

We brought this brand in for Halloween two years ago with the initial thought that it may be something we could move through a couple cases during the spooky time of year. Well, to our pleasant surprise, this brand is taking off and for no other reason then it is just darn good juice in the glass! A full bodied and spicy Zinfandel that really lends an elegant side as well, with ripe fruit and soft tannin that give the wine a real easy mouthfeel. This Lodi Red Zinfandel is fantastic with anything from the grill and I have a notion that I will be smoking some ribs in my near future and this wine will certainly be my paring. The wine itself comes from a great pedigree being a secondary label to the Hahn Family lineup of wines. There are many great values and awards to go along with the staple wines we have come to know and love and Boneshaker Zinfandel 2015 does not fall short here either, receiving 90 points and a Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast 2017. -Cheers

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Matt's Wine of the Week 3/28/18

March 28th, 2018 9:42am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Zaccagnini - Pinot Grigio 2016
Sale Price: $13.99
Regular Price: $16.99

I believe there are wines out there for every mood. Serious wine, happy wine and even angry wine when it just might strike you (no pun intended). I also think that along with these moody, vinous delights that there's a lot to think about in some glasses of wine, well, this Zaccagnini Pinot Grigio is just not one of them. This happy little Pinit Grigio is a "no brainer" in it's price and such an easy sipper you might want two bottles if you are hanging with a friend. The Zaccagnini family has been at it since 1978 and the family business has grown to 30% of the Italian wine production in the world. Long story short, they are real pros and it shows in this supple and elegant expression of Pinot Grigio. Medium bodied with grass and apple tones are coupled with good acidity. Just have fun with this one! -Cheers

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Adrian's Wine of the Week 3/28/18

March 28th, 2018 9:39am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Red Heads Studio – Yard Dog Red 2016
Sale Price:  $13.99
Reg price:  $16.99

It’s March in Colorado, which means 70 degrees on one day and snow on the next.  For the latter, I have a delicious, velvety red for you this week.  Red Heads Studio was born when a few ‘flying winemakers’ banded together to make wines they liked and wanted to drink.  Bored with working as junior winemakers at big wineries in Australia, they wanted to try their hands at making some of the great styles they had been making at different estates in Europe.  They bought an old café called ‘Red Heads’ and so began the space for making  wine.  For the Yard Dog Red form McLaren Vale, they were recreating a Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a little added underdog varietal Petit Verdot.  The resulting wine is a blast to drink with luscious red fruit in an easy to drink style.  Red and dark fruits mingle together with a little oak spice, floral notes, and dusty minerality to balance it all out.  The full bodied style with round, ripe tannins is just a blast to drink on these snowy spring days.  Cheers!

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Matt's wine of the week. 3/14/18

March 14th, 2018 10:40am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Luccarelli
Negroamaro 2016
Regular Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $12.99

When deciding on my pick for this week I was thinking Italian red and just kept coming back to this Negroamaro from Puglia, Luccarelli. The heel of the boot is the area we are looking at and many say that it is one of Italy’s best kept secrets for value wines from the country. Sunbathed during the hot Italian summers and the earth rich with iron over the top of calcareous rock create a perfect environment for the hearty Negroamaro fruit. Loosely related to Sangiovese and Primitivo (Zinfandel) this wine is rich and mouth filling with dark chocolate notes, fig and pipe tobacco. Heavy looking in the glass but lighter on the palate, making this wine a great sipper or great pairing with a family style pasta dish and some massive meatballs! -Cheers

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Adrian's wine of the week. 3/14/18

March 14th, 2018 10:39am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Biokult -
Grüner Veltliner 2016
Regular Price: $15.99
Sale Price:  $13.99

Spring is arriving very quickly, it seems!  Daylight Savings Time has arrived, I just saw 70 degrees in the weather forecast and I just saw some blooming flowers growing in a garden the other day!  All of these made my mouth water for some zippy Grüner Veltliner from Austria.  The biokult Grüner is made from organically grown grapes, is a Demeter certified biodynamic wine, and is also certified by the Non GMO Project.  It's a great choice for sipping in the sun on the patio but also pairs incredibly well with light appetizers, shellfish, asian dishes and soft cheeses like Brie.  Look for pear, lemon and lime highlights with a dry and mineral finish.  No oak treatment keeps it nice and fresh with a vibrant and pure style that will be great for anyone looking for an alternative to Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc!  Cheers!

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Adrian's wine of the week. 3/7/18

March 7th, 2018 12:36pm - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Estenas –
Bobal 2015
Regular Price: $12.99
Sale Price:  $9.99

Spain’s backwater regions continue to produce fantastic wine values for you adventurous wine drinkers ready to explore diamonds in the rough so to speak. Utiel Requena and especially the grape Bobal are not normally known for wines of balance and nuance due to southern Spain’s quantity over quality mentality.  Vera de Estenas and a handful of other producers are changing the mindset that the high yielding Bobal can only produce simple, acidic bulk wines by using artisanal farming and vinification, and focusing on quality to produce beautiful, characterful wines with nice complexity.  Estenas’ high elevation, old Bobal vines produce a nicely balanced, fresh and versatile wine with a mix of red and dark berries, spice and minerality.  The medium body and fresh acidity make this a perfect companion for roasted chicken and traditional rice dishes with meat.  Cheers!

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Matt's wine of the week. 3/7/18

March 7th, 2018 12:34pm - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski

Fosso Corno – Mayro
Montepulciano D’abruzzo DOC 2015
Regular Price: $14.99
Sale Price: $11.99

With the weather we have been having lately I wanted to offer up a wine this week that would fit nicely enjoying under a blanket with a movie or a good sit down with the family at dinner with something nice off the grill. Fosso Corno – Mayro Montepulciano checks all the boxes and at $11.99 doesn’t break the bank. Great fruit on the forward part of your palate with a fantastic nose to match! Dark berries, leather and super smooth tannin make this well balanced wine a delight in the glass. The word Mayro means dark and black, perfectly reflecting the presence in the glass but the feel of the wine is bright and full of life! This wine pairs so well with the medium plus side of red meat and would even go great with some seasoned chicken, asparagus and potatoes! -Cheers

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Adrian's wine of the week. 2/28/18

February 28th, 2018 10:24am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki

Storm Point –
Red Blend 2016
Sale Price:  $15.99
Reg Price:  $19.99 

Storm Point is a delicious new South African blend we brought in last week.  It is named for the Cape of Storms, the point of Africa where explorers were typically met by great storms as they rounded Africa.  Today winemaker ‘explorers’ come to this area for its old vines and opportunity to make great wines.  One of these winemaker explorers is Mick Craven from Australia, who came to the western Cape to find vineyard site that spoke to him.  The majority of grapes come from the Swartland area, a warmer climate where Syrah, Cinsault, and Carignan thrive.  Mick's idea with this blend was to embody ‘purity, texture, and concentrated elegance’.  The aromas include a delicious blend of mixed berries and floral notes that give way to plum and bright berries on the palate.  This approachable, medium bodied and round wine has medium tannins that lend just enough structure.  Any fan of Rhone wines will love the Storm Point.  You can drink it on its own and it is versatile enough to go with a variety of dishes.  It's time to check out South Africa!  Cheers!

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