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Bodegas Langa Mitìco Chardonnay
(Calatyud, Spain) -- Reg $14.99 | Mixed Case $11.99 -- 100% organic and biodynamic. Toasted oak balanced with ripe summer apples, tropical fruits & acid. Killer price. Killer wine.

... includes mixed cases!
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07.11.2017  New World Wine | Argentine Varietals - Not Just Malbec

On the spectrum of New World wine country (i.e., Australia, New Zealand, South America, South Africa & the United States), it is not necessarily a time punch card as it is so much a style of wine. Argentina has the classic fruit driven, higher alcohol wines with mild outlining characteristics of New World wine. As the fifth LARGEST producer of wine in the world, what defines Argentinian wine varietal history? Layers of migration and the cultures that brought varietals to Argentina, as well as the investment in South American wines over the last thirty years.

A story of wine is not without cultures immigrating with vines. Truly, no different than that of Grenache vs Garnatxa from France to Spain and then back and forth again as the Moors battled. Yet Argentina is overseas, continents and mountains, and it is a saga in which varietals that lasted tell a story for each New World wine region. Argentina... the immediate thought is Malbec.

That resurrected varietal from the famous six used for Bordeaux red blends made a 1990's debut and killed it. Bordeaux, France, may produce wines with a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère. Malbec is otherwise known in Cahors, France; however it is unctuous, inky, tannic... like a 1800's sailor fresh from the sea but not 'refreshed' yet. (Still amazing in my opinion...) Malbec in Argentina is anything but that- it is plush with ripe plums, macerated cherries, black raspberries then layered with cocoa nibs, herbs, sometimes a hint of crushed green peppercorn. Not a surprise that the masses would devour that?! But that is not the only varietal that Argentina is successful with. These other varietals are perhaps not internationally renowned out of Argentina but definitely worth seeking out.  READ MORE >>

Cheers!  Jaci

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Bodegas Langa Mitìco Chardonnay
(Calatyud, Spain) -- Reg $14.99 | Mixed Case $11.99 -- 100% organic and biodynamic. Toasted oak balanced with ripe summer apples, tropical fruits & acid. Killer price. Killer wine.

... includes mixed cases!

San Cassiano Valpolicella Classico (Veneto, Italy) -- Reg $18.99 | INSIDER $17.99 | Mixed Case $14.39 -- Hedonistic black cherries soaked in brandy, coffee liqueur, and vanilla bean.  Balanced with tannins, spice and structure.

... includes mixed cases!

Château du Grand Caumont Cuvée Tradition Corbières Rosé (Languedoc, France) -- Reg $14.99 | Mixed Case $11.99 -- Summer raspberries, salmon berries with hints of white flowers, distant hillside herbs & refreshing acidity.
... includes mixed cases!

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2011 
(Tuscany, Italy) -- Reg $68.99 | Mixed Case $55.19 -- V94 Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. In 2011, proprietor Paolo Bianchini bottled just one Brunello. That commitment to quality comes through loud and clear. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and licorice all flesh out in an effortless, incredibly inviting wine. The warmth of the vintage and the natural generosity of these vineyards in Castelnuovo is evident, yet the 2011 possesses remarkable balance to match all of that intensity. I don't expect the 2011 to make old bones, but is gorgeous today. Readers should expect a flamboyant, decadently full-throttle wine built on voluptuousness and generous, racy fruit. Bianchini gave the 2011 three full years in cask."   Ratings Key>

... includes mixed cases!

Vinha das Margaridas Vinho Verde
(Minho, Portugal) -- Reg $11.99 | Mixed Case $9.59 -- Refreshing and light! Soft minerality, effervescence, lemon-lime citrus-- TAH-DAH-- Summer wine!

... includes mixed cases!

Alves de Sousa Vale da Raposa Branco (Douro, Portugal) -- Reg $15.99 | Mixed Case $12.79 -- "A rich, dynamic white! Apple skin, peach flesh, dabs of olive oil, with hints of lemon citrus peel. Silky body, balanced with refreshing acidity." -- Jens  ...Who's Jens?

... includes mixed cases!

Yo-Ho Brewing Yona Yona Ale (Otai, Saku city, Nagano, Japan)  --$5.89 12 fl oz -- Yona Yona Ale is the flagship ale,translating to “Night after Night” in Japanese "with a hope that people would enjoy our ale night after night". It has won gold medals at the International Beer Competition for 8 years in a row. " Pale ale is a medium bodied American Pale Ale with generous amount of cascade hops. Citrus flavor from premium cascade hops and well-balanced bitterness and sweetness are its main character."

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