CUSTOMER APPRECIATION OKTOBER-FEST BEER EXTRAVAGANZA THIS SATURDAY!

Hello All!

I am excited to offer all of you beer lovers, cigar lovers and meat lovers an excellent opportunity to learn about beer, cigars, meat and try some as well!  Join me at this FREE CUSTOMER APPRECIATION EVENT!  See you there!

We will be offering Oktober-Fest Beers!

We will also be offering meats from Prasek’s (they will be here!)

We will also be offering free cigars with a cigar expert to talk to you!

Goodie Bags will be had and a great deal of delightful fun!

RSVP to RSVP_WOODLANDS@SPECSONLINE.COM

What: Oktoberfest Beer Extravagnza!

Where: Spec’s Oak Ridge North

When: 1pm starts the festivities with a Beer class taught by our in house beer expert, Joey Williams.  Tastings will last till 8pm!  He will sample you on several local Oktoberfest beers from local producers Southern Star, Karbach, and Shiner Brewing

Who: Southern Star, Karbach, Shiner, Prasek’s, and more!

COME ONE COME ALL!

Thank You,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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TWO CUSTOMER APPRECIATION EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have the pleasure of offering two FREE customer appreciation events next week.  See you there!

EVENT #1

What: Catena Wine Tasting featuring Jorge Liloy and Andrea Nunez

When: Wednesday, September 19th from 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Spec’s Oak Ridge North

RSVP: RSVP_Woodlands@specsonline.com

Wines:

  1. Catena Alta Chardonnay
  2. Catena Alta Malbec
  3. Catena Argentino Malbec
  4. Catena La Consutla Malbec
  5. Catena Agrelo Cabernet
  6. Catena Nicassia
  7. Catena NCZ

EVENT #2

WHAT: Neil Ellis South African Tasting

When: Thursday, September 20th for 6:30-8pm

Where: Spec’s Flagship Store at 2410 Smith Street

RSVP: RSVP_Houston@specsonline.com

Neil Ellis has long been considered an innovator whose vision changed the course of the South African wine industry. He has journeyed from pioneering négociant beginnings in the early 1980’s, seeking out parcels of interesting vines to make exceptional wines under his own name, to a well-established family enterprise with a local and international reputation for exceptional elegance and quality.

Today the journey of Neil Ellis Wines is not only about Neil Ellis. After 40 years of making wine, the next stage of the journey has begun with Neil’s son, Warren Ellis.  At a young age, Warren was helping his father in the winery. Like many around the wine world who grow up surrounded by vineyards and winemaking, Warren developed the passion to be a winemaker. He holds both a BSc and MSc Agric in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch. He has travelled the European wine world learning viticulture and cellar practices. Since 2006, Warren has been part of the Neil Ellis wine team as winemaker with viticultural responsibilities.

Wines:

2017 Neil Ellis Groenekloef Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay

2017 Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc

2017 Neil Ellis Sincerely Chardonnay

2014 The Left Bank Red Blend

Thank You,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

 

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THE TWELVE UNDER TWELVE FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

Vina Cumbrero Crianza 2010

Rioja, Spain

Cash Price $10.99

Female winemaker Maria Martinez has produced a gem from the Rioja Alta with this 100% Tempranillo.  The wine is delightfully crisp with fleshy flavors of tart cherry and red currant are filled by its medium body.  Notes of vanilla and cinnamon are prevalent on the finish with smidgeons of rose petal. Pair with a grilled pork ribs and seared vegetables.

Marramiero ‘Dama’ Cerasuolo Rose 2017

Abruzzo, Italy

Cash Price $11.79

Dama is a sneaky good Dry Rose. ‘Cerasuolo’ translates to cherry red as this wine is darker hued than many other Roses.  Flavors of ripe cherry and raspberry pop into the palate with medium acidity.  The finish offers violets and rose petals.  Pair with a lightly seared Ahi Tuna steak.

Pierre Archambault Vouvray 2017

Loire Valley, France

Cash Price $11.99

Chenin Blanc in Vouvray is vinified slightly sweet (Demi-Sec), but with good acidity to give balance.  Unpretentiously un-oaked, this wine offers stone fruits with loads of lychee and apricot. The finish is light and refreshing with hints of almond, citrus and white flowers. Pair this with Kung Pao chicken.

Ca’Momi Rosso Red Blend 2014

Napa Valley, California

Cash Price $8.99

This rosso is truly built for spicy, slathered brisket with Zinfandel being a primary varietal of this blend.  Flavors of dark jammy blueberry and blackberry zing through a medley of spices and soft tannins.  The finish offers a nice dollop of alcohol.

Castillo Perelada Sparkling Cava N/V

Cava, Spain

Cash Price $9.99

The region of Cava is producing some of the best value sparklers in the world. This diamond shows clean citrus notes and plenty of apple and pear.  The mid palate shows touches of bread pudding and confection.  The finish is refreshing with touches of almond and white flowers.  Pair this with gruyere or brie filled pate.

Francois Labet ‘Ile de Beaute’ Pinot Noir 2016

Corsica, France

Cash Price $9.99

Labet Pinot Noir absolutely over achieves for the price point.  Flavors of red cherries and wild red berries flow through a silky mid palate.  Touches of cream and vanilla play through the finish with just a touch of toasted oak and spice. Yum! Pair this summer stunner with friends at the lake. Stash it in the cooler!

Neil Ellis ‘Sincerely’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Coastal Region, South Africa

Cash Price $11.99

This sustainably farmed, unoaked 100% Sauvignon Blanc has a zesty approachability from the first sup. Flavors of citrus, grapefruit and melon sing through focused and precise acidity. Hints of wet rock minerality and herbs flow lightly over tinges of cactus and grassiness. Pair with a shrimp and avocado salad.

Chateau Lavagnac Red Blend 2015

Bordeaux Superieur, France

Cash Price $10.99

This Merlot based wine offers another delightfully delicious wine from a stellar vintage in Bordeaux. Flavors of plum and violets lead into a fuller bodied structure.  The mid palate shows jammy red fruits and the finish gives vanilla and clove.  Pair this with BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.

Felipe Rutini ‘Trumpeter’ Malbec 2017

Mendoza, Argentina

Cash Price $9.99

This dense and inky wine offers flavors of blackberry and currant with a medium body. The mid palate shows sweet spices and tinges of dark chocolate.  The finish gives supple and smooth notes of vanillin and cinnamon with a touch of graham crackers.  Pair with sweet and spicy chicken wings.

Muirwood Chardonnay 2016

Arroyo Seco, California

Cash Price $11.39

This is an ode to the rich, creamy Chardonnay lovers of the world. Notes of pineapple and melon flow easily into hints of butterscotch and hazelnuts.  The finish offers notes of vanilla bean and cedar.  Pair this with a creamy chicken alfredo pasta sans the spice.

Astrid Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

California

Cash Price $8.99

Astrid is a silky Cabernet that has become an instant hit!  Soft, supple with red fruits and plush tannins.  It has a round, smooth finish with hints of cedar and vanilla.  Pair this with your cart and take it up to register to enjoy tonight!

Pierre Rougon Red Blend 2013

Ventoux, France

Cash Price $5.99

This wine is built for days that end with ‘Y’.  It is an everyday, pairs with anything or nothing kind of wine that offers flavors of red cherries and currant with touches of cocoa and spice.  Predominantly Grenache based with a bit of body building Syrah. Show this wine blind to impress your friends!

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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BURGUNDY ‘IN FOCUS’ MASTERCLASS: FOCUS ON MACONNAIS

   

Hello all,

I still have seats available for this event.  Don’t miss out on this ‘LIGHT BULB’ experience with Chardonnay!  RSVP to Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com  See you there!

The best, and most expensive, Chardonnay in the world comes from the prestigious Burgundy region in France.  As you all know if you read this blog, I became a Bourgogne Wine Ambassador earlier this year.  I am excited to give you a ‘light bulb’ experience with Chardonnay.  In this class we will focus on VALUE Chardonnay’s in the Southern region of Burgundy called the Macon.  Many of you have drunk of Pouilly-Fuisse, yes?  If so, you have supped of a wine in the Maconnais.  So please join me as I guide you through this amazingly diverse region with a Focus on Chardonnay.  Did you know that the Maconnais has a town called Chardonnay?!?!?

RSVP TO Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com or www.bit.ly/GWopentable or 832- 934-2675 (CORK)

What: Burgundy Master Class: Focus Maconnais

When: Thursday, September 6th from 6:30-8:00pm

Where: GenuWine Tasting Room

6503 FM 1488 #401 Magnolia, TX, 77354

Wines:

  1. Bret Bros Macon-Villages ‘Terrior du Maconnaise’ 2016
  2. Hertieres Lafon Macon-Chardonnay ‘Clos de la Crochette’ 2016
  3.  Hertieres Lafon Vire-Clesse 2015
  4.  Olivier Merlin St. Veran 2014
  5. Olivier Merlin Pouilly-Fuisse 2014
  6. Bret Bros Pouilly-Fuisse ‘Carementrant’ 2014

Cost: Only $30 per person/$25 for Wine Club Members

See you there!

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

Bourgogne Wine Ambassador

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘THE THIRTEEN’ PICKS OF SEPTEMBER 2018

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

The kids are back in school. Vacations are mostly over. But here comes Labor Day!  I know that we have all had to penny pinch for the last couple of months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still drink some delicious wines!  I’ve compiled a list this month that is more value friendly for you to have on your dinner table.  Enjoy!

Result of the Crush Red Blend 2012

Walla Walla, Washington

Cash Price $39.29

This wine is one of those geeky wines of limited production that I highly recommend scooping up as quickly as possible.  The wine is produced by the sisters of legendary cult winemaker Matt Reynvaan (who is the consulting winemaker for this wine).  He produces some of the more iconic Reds in all of Washington state.  Result of the Crush is their limited release ‘Fun’ wine that they produce at a great price (usually his wines exceed $100).  The wine is a blend of mostly Syrah (Reynvaan’s claim to fame) with a dollop of this and a smidgeon of that.  I immediately fell in love with this wine.  It has a richness of fruit and texture but with a core of minerality and complexity that Syrah can often show.  Flavors of dark cherries and pomegranate burst on the palate with a hedonistic richness.  The mid palate offers a creamy vanilla bean core with touches of plum and briar.  The wine has medium tannins and acids.  The finish continues giving with notes of black pepper, smoked meat and just a kiss of candied maple.  James Score: 93 Points

Chateau Daugay Red Blend 2015

St. Emilion, France

Cash Price $36.59

Daugay is consistently drinking better than its price point.  It turns out that Angelus is a part owner of this old 14 acre estate that is dedicated to producing exemplary Merlot based wines.  This wine is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Beautifully pure red fruit and supple tannins are offered on the palate which is indicative of this dynamite vintage.  Flavors of red currant and raspberry show off the palate with silky, integrated tannins.  The core of this wines offers creaminess with vanilla bean and light herbs.  The wine is polished and quite pleasurable.  James Score: 93 Points

Domaine Jessiaume ‘Clos du Genet’ Pinot Noir 2015

Santenay, France

Cash Price $33.49

My mentor mentioned this Domaine and while I have tried their entry level wines, I had never tasted their next tier wines.  So, of course, I ran to Spec’s and bought a bottle of this delight.  Nestled in the lovely (and well priced) region of Santenay, this Domaine offers excellent value in a wonderfully fruit forward vintage. The wine is aged in 25% new French oak for fifteen months and left un-fined and unfiltered. Flavors of plush red cherries and pomegranate flow into energetic acids and tannins.  The mid palate offers edgy minerality with hints of salinity and crushed rocks.  The finish is pure and ripe with a soft, creamy texture that melds into touches of darker fruit.  James Score: 91 Points

Clarendelle Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Blend 2016

Bordeaux, France

Cash with a $1.00 Key Price $18.94

Clarendelle is the value brand owned by the Clarence Dillon family of Chateau Haut Brion fame.  This Chateau has some of the best pedigree and vines in all of Bordeaux. I am excited to see Bordeaux Blanc beginning to gain traction in this market as it is some of the best Sauvignon Blanc based wines produced in the world.  This is a 47% Sauvignon Blanc/42% Semillon/11% Muscadelle blend that offers a beautifully floral nose of white flowers.  The palate shows tropical notes of white peach, prickly pear and citrus lemon.  The finish is clean and gives minerals of wet rocks and touches of salinity.  James Score: 90 Points

Chateau de Haut Serre Grand Vin Seigneur Malbec 2014

Cahors, France

Cash Price $20.89

Chateau Haut Serre is owned by arguably the best producer in Cahors, Georges Vigouroux.  The wine is 90% Malbec with smidgeons of Merlot and Tannat and aged for twelve months in 30% New French oak.  This powerhouse black wine is thick and meaty from start to finish.  Flavors of black currant and blackberry sink into brooding tannins and acids.  The mid palate shows herbs and spice with touches of dark cherry and tar.  The finish is full of clove, cinnamon and vanilla with tinges of leather and mushrooms.  James Score: 90 Points

Maison Champy Chardonnay 2015

Bourgogne, France

Cash Price $18.99

I was lucky enough to have dinner with the winemaker for Maison Champy, Dimitri Bazas while in Burgundy this past May.  He extolled the virtues of producing natural wine throughout the dinner with focus on sustainability.  Maison Champy Chardonnay is a perfect wine to understand what Bourgogne can offer without spending an arm and a leg.  Champy’s rising recognition is starting to garner attention as they seem to be ahead of the curve with vineyard practices and pricing.  These grapes were grown near Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, so the ensuing wine offers a high quality product that belies the price.  Flavors of green apples and citrus zing through the palate with fleshy, refreshing acids.  Notes of butterscotch and hazelnuts hit the mid palate with tinges of minerality.  The finish gives a bit of tropical feel with mango and lychee. James Score: 89 Points

Brutocao ‘Contento Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Mendocino, California

Cash Price $19.94

Brutocao is a 4th generation family of grape growers that are now producing some splendid wines up in Mendocino AVA.  I enjoy their Cabernet because it is a softer, more refined style of wine.  It offers depth and character without sacrificing fruit or bowling you over with alcohol.  The Contento Vineyard is a beautiful hillside exposure that allows for excellent ripeness in good terroir.  Flavors of blackberry and black raspberry smack into the palate with structured, yet giving tannins and acids.  The mid palate offers dark mocha and jammed blueberry with hints of black pepper and leather.  The finish gives a nice cigar box spice with smidgeons of creamy vanilla and graham crackers.  James Score: 90 Points

Dubost ‘Ballofiere’ Gamay 2016

Morgon, France

Cash Price $19.94

Cru Beaujolais is taking our market by storm!  The Ten Cru’s of Beaujolais are considered the ‘Grand Cru’ of the region and produce the finest Gamay in the land on granite soils.  The wines of Beaujolais are perfect for the dog days of summer in Texas.  Light and food friendly, Dubost Morgon is produced biodynamically with indigenous yeast and fermented in used oak casks without fining or filtration.  Vibrant flavors of red cherries and cranberry burst into the palate with tinges of freshly picked strawberry and boysenberry.  The wine offers medium plus acids with medium tannins. Dubost is all about offering refreshing red fruits with deliciously thirst quenching acidity.  Yum!  James Score: 89 Points

Becker Landgraf Dry Riesling 2017

Rheinhessen, Germany

Cash Price $15.99

I have been on a hunt for deliciously Dry German Riesling and am super excited to announce this wine in our portfolio.  Minimalists at heart, Johannes Landgraf’s family own and operate a winery in the Rheingau.  He married Julia and began running his wife’s estate in the Rheinhessen.  They dry farm and only use organic fertilizer and allow the soil and nature to dictate the flavor of their wines.  This delightfully complex 100% Riesling is grown on limestone in the Gau-Odernheimer.  Racy flavors of white peach and orchard apples bounce into the palate with zesty acidity and hints of petrol.  Notes of white flowers, pear, and a touch of yellow fruit flow through the mid palate.  The finish has a nice minerality with wet rocks and whiffs of salinity encompassed by stone fruits.  Super Yummy!  James Score: 90 Points

La Garenne ‘Mont Caume’ Dry Rose 2017

Vin de Pays, France

Cash Price $14.99

We are in the throws of Dry Rose season and this is a must try by one of the more dynamic producers in the southern France region of Bandol.  It is a blend of Cinsault, Carignan, and Grenache that is delicious and bone dry.  Flavors of wild strawberries and bing cherries flow freely through medium plus acids.  Notes of red roses and cranberry play through the mid palate with just a touch of garrigue.  The finish is cleansing and leaves the palate begging for more.  Garenne is a serious Rose at a phenomenal price!  James Score: 88 Points

Taft Street Winery Merlot 2016

Alexander Valley, California

Cash Price $16.99

The Taft Street story began in the 1970’s, when John Tierney & friend Mike Martini began making wine in Mike Tierney’s garage on Taft Street. The reputation of the “garagistes” wines (referring to small lots of cult wines produced by Bordeaux winemakers in garages) spread, and family and friends bonded Taft Street Winery on April Fool’s Day, 1982, in the Russian River Valley town of Forestville. Today Taft Street focuses on making wines from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations, as well as from nearby vineyards in Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley.  This Merlot offers black cherry and plum that sink into easy acidity and tannins.  The mid palate offers fleshy raspberry with hints of cream and mocha.  The finish is smooth and flavorful with notes of vanilla and spice.  James Score: 88 Points

Grignano Chianti 2015

Rufina, Italy

Cash Price $13.99

In the heart of Tuscany’s lush hills the Grignano estate is located to the east of Florence, at the confluence of the rivers Sieve and Arno, where the Rùfina Chianti DOCG is located.  Grignano vineyards were planted with the main objective to produce high quality grapes, with a minimum density of 5,000 plants per hectare. Special attention is paid to the choice of rootstock. The ampelography is characterized by the traditional grape varieties such as Sangiovese.  This classic 80% Sangiovese Chianti is fresh and friendly from the get go.  Flavors of cranberry and raspberry zing off the front palate with medium plus acidity.  It is aged for 12 months in used French oak which gives the wine a soft roundness.  The finish shows touches of sage and herbs with just a smidge of cream and tomato paste.  Great Spaghetti wine!  James Score: 88 Points

Shannon Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Lake County, California

Cash Price $12.99

Clay Shannon was just in town and I was reminded about how delicious and value priced his Cabernet Sauvignon is.  They are located in the steep mountain slopes of Lake County and are dedicated to producing high quality, sustainably farmed wines at a great price.  This high elevation Cabernet is dangerously approachable from the first pop of the cork.  Supple flavors of black cherries and dark berries are encompassed by smooth, easy tannins and well balanced acids. The core offers notes of raspberry, plum and tobacco.  The finish is silky with touches of vanilla, all spice and licks of cedar.  Spectacular wine under $15.  James Score: 89 Points

Thank You,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

 

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BURGUNDY ‘IN FOCUS’ MASTERCLASS: FOCUS ON MACONNAIS

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

The best, and most expensive, Chardonnay in the world comes from the prestigious Burgundy region in France.  As you all know if you read this blog, I became a Bourgogne Wine Ambassador earlier this year.  I am excited to give you a ‘light bulb’ experience with Chardonnay.  In this class we will focus on VALUE Chardonnay’s in the Southern region of Burgundy called the Macon.  Many of you have drunk of Pouilly-Fuisse, yes?  If so, you have supped of a wine in the Maconnais.  So please join me as I guide you through this amazingly diverse region with a Focus on Chardonnay.  Did you know that the Maconnais has a town called Chardonnay?!?!?

RSVP TO Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com or www.bit.ly/GWopentable or 832- 934-2675 (CORK)

What: Burgundy Master Class: Focus Maconnais

When: Thursday, September 6th from 6:30-8:00pm

Where: GenuWine Tasting Room

6503 FM 1488 #401 Magnolia, TX, 77354

Wines:

  1. Brett Bros Macon-Villages ‘Terrior du Maconnaise’ 2016
  2. Hertieres Lafon Macon-Chardonnay ‘Clos de la Crochette’ 2016
  3.  Hertieres Lafon Vire-Clesse 2015
  4.  Olivier Merlin St. Veran 2014
  5. Olivier Merlin Pouilly-Fuisse 2014
  6. Brett Bros Pouilly-Fuisse ‘Carementrant’ 2014

Cost: Only $30 per person/$25 for Wine Club Members

See you there!

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

Bourgogne Wine Ambassador

 

 

 

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THE TWELVE UNDER TWELVE FOR AUGUST 2018

Encore Cabernet 2016

Lodi, California

Cash Price $11.99

Looking for excessively ripe and opulent Cabernet? Try this plush wine that offers plum, stewed fruits and blackberry pie with supple and inviting tannins. The finish is jammy with hints of cobbler and spice.  Pair with brisket slathered in BBQ sauce.

Aquilo Chardonnay 2016

California

Cash Price $8.99

Soft and silky, this California Chardonnay offers tropical notes of pineapple and melon with easy acids and cream.  The finish offers touches of honey and buttered peaches. Pair with your favorite TV show after a long day.

Francois Labet Beaujolais Villages 2016

Beaujolais, France

Cash Price $10.99

Gamay is making a comeback! It is the unheralded grape of Beaujolais.  Light and refined, flavors of bright cherry and cranberry leap into medium acids.  Touches of fleshy raspberry and tinges of spice fill the palate.  Give this wine a slight chill and it’s a perfect red for the dog days of summers.

Chateau Bonnet Blanc 2016

Bordeaux, France

Cash Price $11.39

The wine is a tasty little Sauvignon Blanc based blend with smidgeons of Semillon and Muscadelle.  Crisp citrus lemon, melon and white peach zing into zesty acids with a fresh core. No Oak. Pair with a freshly chilled and chopped fruit salad.

Panarroz Monastrell 2015

Jumilla, Spain

Cash Price $9.99

Panarroz is one of those wines that you wish you had stumbled upon years ago because its dirt cheap and so dang good!  This 80% Mourvedre/10% Syrah/10% Garnacha blend is tailor made for a juicy burger with all the fixins.  Fruit forward flavors of black cherry, plum, black pepper, and tar bounce through hints of blueberry and cassis.

Postales Malbec 2017

Patagonia, Argentina

Cash Price $11.59

This offering from Patagonia has a denser, more complex mouthfeel than many of its Mendoza counterparts. Flavors of plum, blackberry and briar sit on a medium bodied structure.  The finish shows hints of tobacco and spice. Pair with seared medallions and sautéed jalapenos.

Cuvee Des 3 Messes Basses Rose 2017

Ventoux, France

Cash Price $9.99

This deliciously fruity Dry Rose offers excellent value. Flavors of ripe red apples, white cherry and red berries are nuanced through medium acidity.  Pair this with freshly seared cedar plank salmon.

Chateau Des Romains Red blend 2016

Bordeaux, France

Cash Price $9.99

Romains is a Merlot based gem that is deliciously fruit forward from the start.  Flavors of red cherry, wild berry and red currant.  Soft acids and integrated tannins.  Finish offers hints of toasted oak, smoke and just a hint of leather. Pair this with Momma’s Meatloaf!

Liberation de Paris Pinot Noir 2016

Vin de Pays, France

Cash Price $9.99

Some of the best Value wines in the world are coming from South France. The wine is delightfully pure and fresh.  Flavors of black cherry and framboise flow through minimal tannins and easy acids.  The finish offers licks of spice and cola.  A slight chill and ham hoagie on a hot summer day hits the spot.

 

Dr. Pauly ‘Noble House’ Riesling 2016

Mosel, Germany

Cash Price $9.99

Riesling is one of the most versatile grapes on Earth with an ability to offer super dry or cloyingly sweet wines. This off dry (lightly sweet) offering is a veritable fruit bomb of white peach, Granny Smith apples and touches of mango with a beautifully floral finish.  Fall in love with Riesling today!

Branciforti Nero d’Avola 2014

Sicily, Italy

Cash Price $10.59

A quintessential food wine, Nero d’Avola screams for spaghetti….and usually get it! The wine is medium bodied with flavors of blackberry and raspberry with smidgeons of earthy complexity.  The finish is easy, approachable and softly endearing.

Perelada ‘Crestissimo’ Moscato

Aguja, Spain

Cash Price $7.99

Italian Moscato is on fire, but prices are starting to creep higher. This every day, lightly sparkling Spanish Moscato with a semi sweet profile offers flavors of honeysuckle, white flowers and papaya with balancing acidity.  Chill this and serve with a spicy sushi roll.

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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