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Encostas do Lima Granite - Ponte de Lima, Portugal– Normally $14.99 - 100% Loureiro

 

This special project from the Adega Ponte de Lima highlights the diverse soils of the Vinho Verde region. Made from 100% Loureiro grapes, both the Granite and Schist varieties boast a crisp acidity and expressive minerality. Granite Soil comes from the North Bank of the Lima Vineyard in Northern Portugal. The Granite version of this vinho verde focused on the earth - or the rock. It’s a delightful patio sipper and a good choice for those relaxing days on the deck. Lima Vinho Verde Granite displays intense floral aromas with great freshness and more accentuated minerality. Pairs well with sushi, fish, seafood, cheeses and salads.

 

Elton Bay Sauvignon Blanc - South Africa - Western Cape – Normally $15.99 - 100% Sauvignon Blanc

 

Strung between serene beaches, sculpted coves and wild, rugged mountains, the coastline of South Africa stretches for thousands of miles from east to the west. Drawn to its wild beauty, many a leisure adventurers discover the pristine serenity of unnamed, secluded bays to claim as their own. The wild beauty of this heavenly bay region is where this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc was lovingly reared. Every sip bears subtle, tropical fruit and delicate pear drop aromatics with subtle green notes and a hint of minerality on a refreshing, crisp finish. It’s crisp and refreshing, and you’re going to want to serve it chilled with your best grilled salmon dish.

 

Cortenova, Sangiovese - Cortenova Italy – Puglia – Normally $13.99 -100% Sangiovese

 

Cartenova produces several lines and they have also expanded their production to include wines from Apulia, Calavria, Sicily to offer their clients a complete range of wines. Part of the production is from their own lands which mainly lie on the alluvial rich soil at the confines of the Veneto and Friuli, other is furnished by growers who have worked with the family for years and is basically an extension of their own vineyards. The family has earned the reputation of being reliable and quality-orientated.

 

Sangiovese has been grown in central Italy for generations, though recent grapevine research suggests the variety is not as ancient as once thought. Sangiovese is generally prized for its acid structure, firm tannins, savory characters and aromas of dark cherries. Intense, ruby red color. Strawberry, cherry fruit aromas. Fruity flavors, great body, supple tannins and a long finish. Food friendly style of wine. Excellent with rich pasta dishes and grilled red meat.

 

Pioniero Red Blend - Setúbal Peninsula,Portugal – Normally $13.99 - 60% Castelao, 30% Aragones and 10% Syrah

 

The story of this wines begun more than a century ago, with the pioneering dream of Venancio da Costa Lima: to bring good wines to every corner of Portugal. Pioneiro wine brand was created to pay homage to his vision. What's Unique? Pioneiro (meaning "pioneer" in Portuguese) wine vintage style label pays tribute to the founder's dream in a relaxed, casual way, typical of this wine producer mood.

 

Classic vinification with prolonged maceration for phenolic extraction and malolactic fermentation, then aged 5 months in French oak barrels. Wine was slightly filtered before bottling. Intense garnet color, complex nose with touches of ripe fruit, jam and spices, full-bodied flavor and a very balanced finish.Soft and fruity, this is an immediately drinkable wine. With its red-berry flavors and gentle tannins, it has a friendly, open feel. Pair with pasta, cheese, red meat and game.

 

R E D S

 

Cortenova, Sangiovese - Cortenova Italy – Puglia – Normally $13.99 -100% Sangiovese. Cartenova produces several lines and they have also expanded their production to include wines from Apulia, Calavria, Sicily to offer their clients a complete range of wines. Part of the production is from their own lands which mainly lie on the alluvial rich soil at the confines of the Veneto and Friuli, other is furnished by growers who have worked with the family for years and is basically an extension of their own vineyards. The family has earned the reputation of being reliable and quality-orientated.

 

Sangiovese has been grown in central Italy for generations, though recent grapevine research suggests the variety is not as ancient as once thought. Sangiovese is generally prized for its acid structure, firm tannins, savory characters and aromas of dark cherries and strawberries. Fruity flavors, great body, supple tannins and a long finish. Food friendly style of wine. Excellent with rich pasta dishes and grilled red meat.

 

Pioniero Red Blend - Setúbal Peninsula,Portugal – Normally $13.99 - 60% Castelao, 30% Aragones and 10% Syrah. The story of this wines begun more than a century ago, with the pioneering dream of Venancio da Costa Lima: to bring good wines to every corner of Portugal. Pioneiro wine brand was created to pay homage to his vision. What's Unique? Pioneiro (meaning "pioneer" in Portuguese) wine vintage style label pays tribute to the founder's dream in a relaxed, casual way, typical of this wine producer mood.

 

Classic vinification with prolonged maceration for phenolic extraction and malolactic fermentation, then aged 5 months in French oak barrels. Wine was slightly filtered before bottling. Intense garnet color, complex nose with touches of ripe fruit, jam and spices, full-bodied flavor and a very balanced finish.Soft and fruity, this is an immediately drinkable wine. With its red-berry flavors and gentle tannins, it has a friendly, open feel. Pair with pasta, cheese, red meat and game.

 

Tiza Tempranillo - La Mancha, Spain – Normally $13.99 - 100% Tempranillo. Tiza means ‘chalk’ - an ode to the soil. The one-foot-deep topsoil is composed of sand and red clay, blended with chunks of pure chalk. Another layer of chalk mixed with sand lies under the soil. The best Cencibel (Tempranillo) vineyards are selected for Tiza. Most are bush vines at 700 meters above sea level with an average age of 30+ years. This 100% Tempranillo is fermented like a Rhone style red, with whole berry skin contact. Juicy, clean & fresh, with aromas and flavors of ripe black fruit, blueberries, black cherries and hints of dark chocolate. Full bodied with a solid texture, velvety tannins and a slightly sweet, creamy finish. Tiza Tempranillo is a perfect example of bang for the buck! This Tempranillo pairs well with charcuterie (like Jamón Serrano), Manchego cheese and paella – just think ‘Tapas and Tempranillo’!

 

Tenuta Novare Amarone - Trentino, Veneto, Italy – Reg. $36.99 - 80% Corvina Veronese and 20% Rondinella. This Amarone is bottled as Novare's single estate vineyard which is located in the heart of Valpolicella Classica. Comprised of 80% Corvina Veronese and 20% Rondinella, grapes were air dried after harvest in the second week of September until being pressed in mid-January once the withered and rich character of Amarone was realized. After a long and cold maceration and fermentation, the wine was then aged for two years in Slavonian oak before bottling.

 

Deep color showing violet at the edge, the nose is driven by aromas of cherry, spice, and dried fruits. These characteristics reverberate on the palate with concentrated flavors supported by a lush, glycerol mouthfeel and fine tannins. The length is enlivened by fine acidity and complex minerality of this fine estate vineyard. Andrea Lonardi’s Amarone is a more modern interpretation of this bighearted style, and his decision to use a little less oak and let the fruit’s natural power take center stage.

 

Pairs well with Steak, barbeques, pastas with Bolognese or other hearty meat sauces.

 

W H I T E S

 

Encostas do Lima Granite - Ponte de Lima, Portugal– Normally $14.99 - 100% Loureiro

 

This special project from the Adega Ponte de Lima highlights the diverse soils of the Vinho Verde region. Made from 100% Loureiro grapes, both the Granite and Schist varieties boast a crisp acidity and expressive minerality. Granite Soil comes from the North Bank of the Lima Vineyard in Northern Portugal. The Granite version of this vinho verde focused on the earth - or the rock. It’s a delightful patio sipper and a good choice for those relaxing days on the deck. Lima Vinho Verde Granite displays intense floral aromas with great freshness and more accentuated minerality. Pairs well with sushi, fish, seafood, cheeses and salads.

 

Elton Bay Sauvignon Blanc - South Africa - Western Cape – Normally $15.99 - 100% Sauvignon Blanc

 

Strung between serene beaches, sculpted coves and wild, rugged mountains, the coastline of South Africa stretches for thousands of miles from east to the west. Drawn to its wild beauty, many a leisure adventurers discover the pristine serenity of unnamed, secluded bays to claim as their own. The wild beauty of this heavenly bay region is where this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc was lovingly reared. Every sip bears subtle, tropical fruit and delicate pear drop aromatics with subtle green notes and a hint of minerality on a refreshing, crisp finish. It’s crisp and refreshing, and you’re going to want to serve it chilled with your best grilled salmon dish.

 

Château Ducasse BORDEAUX BLANC – Bordeaux, France - Reg. $20.99 - 60% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle.

 

Hervé Dubourdieu’s easy charm and modest disposition are complemented by his focus and ferocious perfectionism. A perennial crowd pleaser, his Bordeaux blanc is a dry white produced from vineyards within the Sauternes appellation. The blend features primarily Sémillon, providing a round peachiness and faint honeyed notes; Sauvignon Blanc, which contributes lively citrus and a bright core of acidity; and a splash of Muscadelle for aromatic pizzazz. It feels weightless on the palate, and the crisp finish features a refreshing note of iode (the equivalent to ocean brine). Just like the man himself, this is classy stuff.

 

Éric Chevalier CHARDONNAY – Loire, France – Reg. $20.99 - 100% Chardonnay. Éric Chevalier is a rising star in the Nantais of the Loire Valley. For ten years, he sourced fruit for a large négociant in the Touraine. In 2005, he returned to his hometown of Saint-Philbert de Grandlieu and ended up taking over the family domaine, Domaine de l’Aujardière. Éric sustainably farms 25 hectares of vines, producing wines of great character and finesse. He found his future in his family’s past. Chardonnay from the metamorphic rock of the Nantais region is hardly comparable to the same grape from Burgundy, and rightly so. On first reflection, you might call it simple. It’s so airy it could easily be overpowered. But, paired with something equally delicate and saline—oysters or grilled mackerel spritzed simply with citrus come to mind—it provides something altogether worthy in its own right: thirst-quenching satisfaction, the ideal companion to warmer-weather fare.

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