Domaine Pichot Vouvray 2015


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Domaine Pichot Vouvray 2015
Spain

Tasting Notes: A dazzling expression of vouvray. There is balance of acidity and vibrant, slightly sweet fruit combined with a creamy texture like you would experience with a golden chardonnay. A must-have with lobster or crab legs.

La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja Reserva 2009


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La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja 2009
Spain

Tasting Notes: Rich, powerful and full bodied. Loaded with inviting black truffle and blueberry. Well balanced. Drinking great right now but will continue to develop for a few years.

Bodegas Ondarre Reserva 2010


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Bodegas Ondarre 2010
Spain

Tasting Notes: An abundance of nice tart cherry and spice are prevalent on the nose. The palate is greeted by a pleasant plum and balanced oak taste. There are notes of vanilla and earth around mid-palate. The finish is long and tannic with subtle spice.

Castell de Sant Pau Cava


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Castell de Sant Pau Cava
Spain

Tasting Notes: This charming, elegant sparkling wine is your best bet to enter the world of cava and become hooked. The floral bouquet rides slowly into a delicate palate, ending with a clean, dry finish. Made from all-white grapes, so blanc de blanc sparkling lovers should try their take at this wonderfully priced cava.

Insito Reserva Extra Brut


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Insito Extra Brut
Spain

Tasting Notes: Powerful and razor sharp, the heavy limejuice is complemented by candied lemon notes that are prominent. Slight spice and white pepper notes supplement the vibrant savory citrus acidity.

Villa Conchi Brut


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Villa Conchi Brut
Spain

Tasting Notes: This is a bright, fresh and tree-fruit-driven cava has a soft toasty almond finish to balance the refreshing nose and palate. The prominent notes of lemon zest and apple skin drive and define this fruit forward wine.

Giro Ribot Masia Parera Reserva Brut


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Giro Ribot Masia Parera Brut
Spain

Tasting Notes: A truly superb and elegant style from the Ribot Family in Penedes. 50% macabeo, 30% xarel-lo, and 20% Chardonnay produced by methode traditionelle. The wine is aged 12-to-15 months in bottle and not disgorged until ordered. There is a constant flow of tiny bubbles, delightful to the eye. There are hints of wildflower and truffle with a slight toastiness on the bouquet. It has a rich, creamy texture with nuances of baked apple and pear. The finish is long, crisp and slightly toasty/yeasty. You might think this is much more expensive than it is!

Jaume Serra Cristolino Rose Brut


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Jaume Serra Rose Brut
Spain

Tasting Notes: Produced by the Champagne method from 60% pinot noir and 40% trepat in the world’s largest sparkling wine region. A bright ruby color leads to a bouquet of violets and not-quite-ripe berries. Bold, rich flavors of cherry and strawberry coat the palate and linger in the lip-smacking, very-dry finish. This wine is surprisingly full bodied and will complement grilled salmon, prawns, paella, or even BBQ-sauced dishes. Try it with fresh fruits, or with brunch. It is also an amazing value!

Anares Terra Nova Verdejo 2015


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Anares Verdejo 2015
Spain

Tasting Notes: The aromas on this wine are of soft pear and lime. A nice hint of tart grapefruit midway through plays nicely with a slight spicy tone. Short but mildly acidic finish lends well to many light summer fish dishes.

Bodegas Naia Rueda Las Brisas White


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Bodegas Naia Rueda White
Spain

Tasting Notes: 50% verdejo, 30% viura and 20% sauvignon blanc. Versatile every-day white; balanced acidity with a easy mineral finish. Perfect for apps, tapas, grilled veggies and shellfish.