Domaine André Brunel Grenache 2021

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Domaine André Brunel
Varietal: Grenache
Vintage: 2021
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Southern Rhône
Retail Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes: The Brunel family has been making wine in the Rhone region of France for five generations, and this value offering combines this expertise with the grapes from the Vin de Pays region in the southern Rhone. Old vine grenache is blended with 10% mouvedre. Natural winemaking (concrete tank fermentation) is combined with a new-age eco approach (no chemicals). Fresh and vibrant with very balanced tannins and acidity. A great way to explore red wines beyond ABC (anything but cabernet). Great pairing with shepherd’s pie.
Domaine André Brunel Grenache 2021

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Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2022

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Geyser Peak
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2022
Country of Origin: USA
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Retail Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes: Founded in 1880, this storied winery has been producing great wines for over 140 years. This entry tier offers exceptional value. Winemaker Derek Irwin shows his skills, sourcing from cool and warm climate vineyard sources to achieve great balance between zippy acidity and rich tropical smoothness.100% stainless steel fermentation and a touch of Viognier offer up great aromatics and purity of fruit. Wonderful pairing with Clam Casino appetizer.
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Mary Taylor Merlot 2020

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Mary Taylor
Varietal: Merlot
Vintage: 2020
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Côtes de Gascogne
Retail Price: $11.99

Tasting Notes: A blend of indigenous white varietals: colombard, gros manseng, ugni blanc and a dash of sauvignon blanc. A juicy, floral, citrus-inflected crisp white from Southwestern France.
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Roccalta Red Blend 2022

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Roccalta
Varietal: Red Blend
Vintage: 2022
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Chianti 
Retail Price: $9.99

Tasting Notes: Approachable and easy drinking chianti. Fruity and intense aromas with the typical notes of orange peel and tart cherry that follow through on the palate. Toasted oak barrel and balanced tannins give this wine a balanced structure and finish.
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Famille Bouey Red Bordeaux Blend Cuvee 58 2020

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Famille Bouey
Fanciful Name: Cuvee 58
Varietal: Red Bordeaux Blend
Vintage: 2020
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: AOC Bordeaux
Retail Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes: The Bouey family has been farming the Medoc region for more than 200 years, and the Cuvee 58 pays homage to the founding of Famille Bouey group. Blending sourcing from the best sites in the AOC designation with the best of modern winemaking (minimal sulfites, no chemicals, HVE certification) makes for wines that are very user friendly. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet epitomizes the classic Bordeaux style of blending. Classic earthy musk on the nose leads to hints of anise, currant and blackberry on the nose. Silky as you sip with balanced acidity and a definite potential for aging. A value-driven introduction to the Bordeaux region.
Famille Bouey Red Bordeaux Blend Cuvee 58  2020

Sanvito Sangiovese 2021

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Sanvito
Varietal: Sangiovese
Vintage: 2021
Country of Origin: Puglia IGT
Appellation: Puglia IGT
Retail Price: $9.99

Tasting Notes: This sangiovese is medium bodied, but its fruit-forward nature may deceive you. Intense notes of tart cherries, oranges, strawberries and a hint of spice develop into light tannins. Great value for sangiovese lovers.
Sanvito Sangiovese 2021

Artesania Portugal Alvarinho Alvarinho 2022

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Artesania Portugal Alvarinho
Varietal: Alvarinho
Vintage: 2022
Country of Origin: Portugal
Appellation: Vinho Verde
Retail Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes: Juicy and fresh. This white wine shows notes of peach, apricot and white blossoms that practically jump out of the glass. The long, lingering finish is brought to life by rich citrus flavors like orange and lemon. A creamier mouthfeel than expected, this would pair well with any seafood dish.
Artesania Portugal Alvarinho Alvarinho 2022

Les Filets White Blend Piquepoul & Terret 2022

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Les Filets
Fanciful Name: Piquepoul & Terret
Varietal: White Blend
Vintage: 2022
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Côtes de Thau
Retail Price: $12.99

Tasting Notes: From one of the oldest planted vineyard areas, Cotes de Thau, this wine is a solid choice for piquepoul fans. It’s golden yellow with notes of mango, lemon curd and a minerality that lends it a crisp and refreshing finish.
Les Filets White Blend Piquepoul & Terret 2022

Vinhos Sogrape White Blend Nobilis

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Vinhos Sogrape
Fanciful Name: Nobilis
Varietal: White Blend
Country of Origin: Portugal
Appellation: Vinho Verde
Retail Price: $10.99

Tasting Notes: Pale yellow gold color with aromas of citrus, orange and grapefruit rinds. This is a “better for you” take on vinho verde with a lower 9% alcohol and only 84 calories. The palate is light and almost effervescent with a light lime zest finish.
Vinhos Sogrape White Blend Nobilis

Domaine Guy Mousset Grenache Blanc 2022

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Domaine Guy Mousset
Fanciful Name: Blanc
Varietal: Grenache Blanc
Vintage: 2022
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône
Retail Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes: A blend of grenache blanc and clairette. This is a great value for the glass. The aromas are elegant but intense: honey blossom and other white flowers, apricot and peach. The rich and creamy notes on the palate would pair wonderfully with any spicy dishes.
Domaine Guy Mousset Grenache Blanc 2022

Les Eclaireurs Melon de Bourgogne L’Ô de Mer 2021

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Les Eclaireurs
Fanciful Name: L'Ô de Mer
Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne
Vintage: 2021
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Muscadet
Retail Price: $12.99

Tasting Notes: Highly aromatic nose of lemon, blossoms and tropical fruits. A very clean and crisp style wine made from 100% melon de bourgogne. Refreshing with lively acidity on the palate. Would pick this up for a dinner party for food pairing friendliness or a casual Tuesday night with friends.
Les Eclaireurs Melon de Bourgogne L’Ô de Mer 2021

Bosio Winery Barbera Truffle Hunter – Leda 2021

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Bosio Winery
Fanciful Name: Truffle Hunter - Leda
Varietal: Barbera
Vintage: 2021
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Barbera d'Asti
Retail Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes: This whimsical wine is produced by the Bosio family to honor their prized truffle hunting dog “Leda.” Sourced grapes come from the famed Asti district in Piedmont with an average of 25-year-old vines. Medium-bodied, with zesty acidity. Dark rich color offers up deep plum, black cherry and strawberry notes. Fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 12 months (six in barrel, six in bottle). This food-friendly wine is a great alternative to traditional chianti’s and is perfect with a hardy winter beef stew. A great value.
Bosio Winery Barbera Truffle Hunter – Leda 2021