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Robert Hall Winery Paso Red

2019 | $17.99


Robert Hall wines are a tribute to hard work and pride in craft. Their award-winning wines represent the pillar of the vibrant and premier Paso Robles winemaking region and express the spirit of the valley. Their estate-grown varieties have big, bold characteristics and the wines are crafted with rich, complex flavors. 

A self-made man from working-class St. Paul, Minnesota, Robert Hall never shied away from a challenge, opening and growing a broad range of innovative businesses throughout his life.  Robert Hall Winery, founded in 1999 by the late entrepreneur Robert Hall, showcases the best Paso Robles has to offer. The winery has three estate vineyards in the Geneseo and Estrella Districts, totaling 136 planted acres of fruit. A small-business visionary, Robert had a life-long passion for wine and the winery lifestyle. He viewed all his business success as a well-earned opportunity to venture west in search of the perfect landscape, and the perfect partner to help him realize his true dream.

He found a partner in acclaimed winemaker Don Brady. Brady has been the creative force behind the award-winning wines since the beginning. Through his hands-on approach, Brady has been pivotal in bringing acclaim to Paso Robles wines, and instrumental to elevating the valley’s status as the premier winemaking region. He helped establish the region as a distinct AVA (American Viniculture Area) in 1983 & create the unique style the region is renowned for, and make it a favorite of wine lovers around the globe. Since then, their wines have earned countless awards and global recognition. They continue to inspire.


NOSE: aromas of berry cobbler, and savory herbs, and tobacco.

PALATE: full-bodied with fine grained tannins on the mid-palate and a long finish. 

PAIRING: smoked meats, burgers, Spanish style tapas.

FUN FACTS: Straight-up aromas of rock and dirt meet with wild herbs and tar on the very earthy and savory nose of this bottling. A firm tension frames the sip, where a dark plum flavor is the star, with hints of earth and chalk also arising.

Wine Enthusiast ~ Matt Kettmann



2011 | $30.99


Altanza winery is in the most prestigious region of Rioja, Rioja Alta. The winery cultivates just two grape varieties sauvignon blanc and tempranillo and practices organic farming methods.

Altanza was founded by a group of friends who shared the dream of making classic timeless Riojas, with a modern touch and a lot of authenticity. They built a state of the art winery based on 3 pillars: their own Estate vineyard, Tempranillo grapes and French oak.

Altanza Gran Reserva Rioja 2011

This robust red is 100% tempranillo grape and 2011 is the current vintage release. How is this the current vintage? In Spain, and all wine making countries, there are rules that must be followed. There are controlling organizations that dictate what grapes can be grown, what grapes can be blended, the percentage of grapes used, how long or short a wine needs to be aged and other directives. These organizations are in place to guaranty authenticity, standards, and quality in wine making. These are the levels of aging in Spain and what is required:

Crianza- Think about Crianza as being the first tier of a “Reserve” wine.  Spanish law requires that for a red wine to be labeled as a Crianza, it must be aged for two years, with a minimum of one year in an oak barrel and for another year in the bottle before it’s sold.

Reserva- Aged for at least three years in the cask and bottle, at least one of which must have been in the cask.

Gran Reserva- To be labeled as a Gran Reserva, the law requires that it be aged for a minimum of 5 years, with two of those years being within an oak cask or barrel.


NOSE: Rioja wines will have different aromas depending on their aging  classification. In this case, fruit notes dissipate and secondary notes like earth, leather, tobacco, cocoa, licorice, coffee, and herb are more prominent.

PALATE: Full-bodied and well balanced with flavors of vanilla, berry jam, chocolate, and savory herb notes. Balanced and elegant with structured velvety tannins and a long finish. Drink now through 2028.

PAIRING: Ideal with red meats, roasts, game, stews, and aged cheeses.

FUN FACTS: Decanter Magazine Word Wine Awards ~ 92 Points

Wine Enthusiast Magazine ~ 90 Points



2017 | $29.99


The Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta is one of the historic Piedmontese families who have lived in Monferrato for more than a thousand years and since 1400 in the village of Rocchetta Tanaro. Centuries of dedication and passion in the world of wine with the Marchese Leopoldo who introduces Pinot Noir to the hills, the Marchese Mario who moves to Bolgheri and creates the legendary Sassicaia, the Marchesa Barbara who renovates the marvelous winery in the center of the town. Today the new generation, with Filiberto and Francesca, carries on the family legacy and the prestige of the company.

Sant’Emiliano is a cru of Rocchetta Tanaro, a hill and a vineyard well known for its ideal south-facing exposition. It is 2.5 hectares in size, the vineyard site’s soil is a mix of sand and clay, originally a prehistoric seabed rich in minerals. The vines are an average age of 50 years old. Great care is taken during the harvest to select only the best and perfectly matured fruits.

Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Barbera d’Asti 2017

Unlike many of the other red grapes in the Piedmont region in Northern Italy. The grape accounts for around 55% of the wine produced in this region. A tough, non-fussy grape, Barbera has been known to be flexible in its acclimation to different regions. It is typically a deep ruby color with low tannin and high acidity. Unlike many of the other red grapes in the Piedmont, Barbera has a relatively long hang time on the vine and that imparts a lot of rich, dense flavors to the wine.

Sant ’Emiliano is their interpretation of Barbera in which the use of barriques contributes to adding complexity and structure to the wine that most represents the territory of the Monferrato. Sant ‘Emiliano is a wine of great elegance and balance, produced with an extraordinary attention to quality, both in the vineyard and in the cellar.


NOSE: Scents of dark fruit, flowers, and spice.

PALATE: This wine is complex. It displays notes of violet, plum and dark cherry when young. With ageing in the bottle, it develops notes of tobacco, chocolate, leather, and licorice. This wine is well-balanced with an exceptionally long and elegant finish.

PAIRING: Barbera wine is an excellent choice for pairing with food, thanks to its versatile flavor profile and medium body. The wine pairs well with a variety of dishes, including pasta dishes with red sauce, pizza, grilled meats, chicken, and fish.

FUN FACTS: Aromas of blue flowers, underbrush, ripe plum and exotic spice shape the nose. Despite its bold structure and muscle on the palate, it shows surprising finesse in flavors of fleshy blackberry, brandied cherry, star anise and tobacco framed in velvety tannins. Thanks to the succulent fruit, you barely notice the warmth of alcohol on the close.

Wine Enthusiast ~ 90 Points


2018 | $18.99


The Caldera winery is a historical presence, deeply rooted in the territory. The bottle label is a tribute and the result of a genealogical and heraldic research. In fact, the presence of the Caldera family in the territory of Pisa has already been verified to from around the 12th century.

The winery owes thanks to the far-sighted vision of Prospero Caldera. He decided in the early twentieth century to build it in a strategic position, that is, near the Portacomaro railway station – almost as if he wanted to trace the destiny of a winery with an international vocation. A choice, which today seems difficult to understand but, at the time, changed the fortunes of the family. The station, and consequently the railway, was in fact the only method to transport wine abroad.

Today there is Fabrizia who, together with her husband Roberto Rossi and son Fabio, leads the winery towards a modern and technological evolution for an increasingly attentive and demanding public.

The Caldera winery has always been open to the world and has always made far-sighted and avant-garde decisions. In fact, Fabrizia Caldera’s choices continue in the same direction as the first founder Prospero.

From the Monferrato hills, the winery project began in the last century. This is strongly oriented on bio-sustainable themes, respectful and attentive to the ancestral and anachronistic pact between man and earth. According to the family, the generosity of Mother Nature and her gifts is amply rewarded by carrying out ecological, sustainable and green choices.

Caldera Fabrizia Xenio Ruché 2018

This wine is 100% Ruché (ROO-kay) grapes from the Castagnole Monferrato region. The average vine age is 20 years old. It is vinified in a traditional method with controlled maceration, pumping over of the fermenting must and punching down of the cap during fermentation. When it is consumed young it has more fruity and floral notes, with aging it becomes more austere and complex.


NOSE: Aromas of roses and violets mingled with spice notes.

PALATE: Dry, balanced, and velvety with notes of blackberry, raspberry, and ripe plums, and hints of spice.

PAIRING: This wine pairs well with salami, ham, game, blue cheeses, and dark chocolate. Also, it’s a great companion with oriental cuisine and piquant dishes.


2017 | $18.99


The first written records about winemaking in the region date back to 1203 and were found in the Monastery of Veruela. The monks had an essential role in the development of vine growing and winemaking in the region.

Bodegas Borsao origins go back to 1958, the year the Cooperative of Borja was founded. This is where Borsao originated as a brand. Some years later, the co-operatives of Pozuelo and Tabuenca joined Borja, adding their resources and –most importantly- their vineyards. It happened in the year 2001, and the new company was called Bodegas Borsao S.A., established as a limited company. Its 700 members became shareholders and a management team was appointed to shake the foundations of the winery: starting with the grape sourcing scheme and following with a refurbishment of the winemaking facilities. Nowadays there has been more professionalization and now they are 375 winegrowers.

Experience, resources and means combined with the potential of the vineyards of the 3 wine cellars, enabling the development of a new work philosophy that has given Borsao international recognition and prestige.

“We will continue working on our vineyards, using the indigenous clone of Garnacha of Aragón, studying our microclimates and learning about the potential of the different sites.”
-Bodegas Borsao

Bodegas Borsao Cabriola 2017

The wine is a blend of 55% Garnacha, 39% Syrah, and 6% Mazuela. What is Mazuela? Good Question. It is a red grape with fruity flavors of mixed black fruits with notes of pepper, licorice, and spicy accents, and it possesses high tannins and acid. It is used as a blending grape and is known by many names, for instance, Carignan Noir is one example. Borsao Cabriola comes from old vines aged between 20 and 60 years old that grow under the influence of the Moncayo Massif Mountain chain and are traditionally cultivated. The harvest is carried out manually when the grapes reach optimum ripeness. These three grapes are fermented separately in stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures. Afterward, the wine is aged for twelve months in French and American oak barrels.


NOSE: Aromas of vanilla with intense fruity tones.

PALATE: It has a long and pleasant very harmonic aftertaste, structured and round.

PAIRING: Pork, lamb, beef, braised meat dishes, duck, wild game, stews, and grilled meats.

FUN FACTS: "A full-bodied and round-textured red with cherries and blackberries and some walnut and dried-herb undertones. Medium body, lightly chewy tannins and a fruity finish."
-James Suckling ~ 91 Points

Cabriola is a specific jumping maneuver that a horse is trained to perform after years of exacting dressage. The movement requires great technique and precision from the rider and a horse working as a team. Much like the relationship between our winemaker and vineyards, combining masterful techniques.


2020 | $18.99


André Hueston Mack was raised in Trenton, New Jersey, and eventually made his way into the world of finance at Citicorp, but he was not satisfied. “I became really immersed in wine and started studying and kind of worked very hard toward the title of being a sommelier,” said Mack. He said his love of wine was originally ignited by the TV sitcom “Frasier” and the character’s knowledge and appreciation of fine wine.

Mack was named Best Young Sommelier in America by the well-known Chaine des Rotisseurs in 2003. He was the first African-American ever to win the title working in New York. After being named Best Young Sommelier, Mack received the opportunity to work as a sommelier at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned “The French Laundry” in Yountville, California. He then proceeded to accept the position of Head Sommelier at Keller’s equally famed “Per Se” in New York City.

“And you know, just to have the audacity to quit one of the top five jobs in the world as a sommelier to say that I’m going to hop on the other side and start making wine — you know, a lot of people weren’t doing that,” said Mack.

Mack, who does not own a winery or vineyards, acts as a negotiator who purchases grapes and then works with a custom winemaking facility in Oregon. Maison Noir is a two-fold lifestyle project producing both a T-Shirt line and a wine brand. Mack founded the brand in 2007, both ends of Maison Noir incorporate a trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture.  The wines are unique and distinctive garage wines, initially created for some of the New York's best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier and now available nationwide. Mack’s wines — and shrewd use of social media — have drawn the attention of sports teams and major corporations including Cadillac and Microsoft. He’s an author and a self-taught graphic designer who started a streetwear company even before the debut of his wines. Mack owns a wine shop, a ham and charcuterie bar and a bakery — all near his home in Brooklyn.

“I grew up on hip hop, skateboarding, punk rock and being able to put all those things — infuse them together — you know, makes it very enjoyable for me,” said Mack.

Several African Americans have made their way to the top of the wine-making world, including a New Yorker, Mack, who has established perhaps the largest.

Maison Noir In Sheep’s Clothing Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

His wines are produced in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Columbia Valley in Washington State — areas regarded as America’s premier wine-making regions. The fruit for this wine comes from Columbia Valley - 60% from the Red Mountain AVA and 40% from the Wahluke Slope AVA. It is 100% cabernet sauvignon. After fermentation the wine spends 10 months aging in barrel, 25% of which is new French oak. Only 2,500 cases are produced each year.


NOSE: In Sheep's Clothing delivers a ripeness of fruit flavors while preserving the acidity that gives the medium to full-bodied wine a sense of freshness. It possesses layers of cassis, blueberries, and black cherries. 

PALATE: This wine lends to a New World style of fruit with more of an Old World structure with a hint of wood smoke. It fully embraces an integral part of classic Cabernet sauvignon by highlighting a complex blend of dried herbs: anise, thyme, and bay leaf.

PAIRING: The key to Cabernet Sauvignon food pairing is to consider the tannins. Tannins need protein to break down. Cabernet has high tannins and pair best with meats that are not super lean and are protein rich. Examples: beef, game, and lamb. Cheeses: aged cheddar (fun tip, aged cheddar with aged Cab, fresh cheddar with young Cab), gouda, blue cheese and gruyere.

FUN FACTS: The name is a hat tip to Alonzo Harris in the movie Training Day: "to protect the sheep you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf."


  • Passionate Wines Montesco Piefranc Cabernet Franc

  • Bodegas Juan Gil Bluegray Red Blend Priorat

  • Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorées Fleurie

  • Black Star Farms Arcturos Gamay Noir

  • Remo Farina Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore

  • Quarisa Wines ‘Mrs. Q’ Cabernet Sauvignon

Passionate Wines Montesco Piefranc Cabernet Franc

2020 | $21.99


Brazos Wine Imports is owned and operated by Brian Ravitsky and Jon Chaplin. They landed their first container of wine in the United States in 2009. Throughout their careers they have worked in every facet of the wine business ranging from Food & Beverage, Retail, Production, Distribution and Supply. They have completed multiple wine-study certifications and are painstakingly enthusiastic about food and wine. They are humbled to represent a focused portfolio from 30 different growers consisting of 13 different families located in some of the best sub-regions of Argentina and Chile.They focus on artisan, single vineyard, small production, estate grown, environmentally friendly wines. The wines they represent share old world, terroir-centric styles which they believe are unique and rare qualities to find in South America.

Passionate Wines is the brainchild of Matias Michelini. He is the winemaker, agronomist, and Grand Poobah of his winery. He is one of the growers for Brazos Wine Imports. Matias strives to make experimental wines that express terroir. These wines are low production and drawn from multiple inspirations, regions, and styles. The Via Revolucionaria wines are single vineyard, unconventional wines, fermented with native yeast. He produces a skin macerated Torrontes “Brutal,” an unfiltered Semillon “Hulk,” and a carbonic macerated and fermented Bonarda “Pura.” The Montesco wines are small production wines that focus on place and varietals. Matias continues to experiment with other cuvees with the mantra of producing either atypical varietals or classic varietals in non-traditional methods.

Passionate Wines Montesco Piefranc Cabernet Franc 2020

Montesco is the label from Michelini for the wines he makes from grapes grown high up in vineyards in Tunuyan and Tupungato. These are some of the highest altitude vineyards he sources from, incredibly old, and subject to extremely cold weather. The wines are made at his winery, Passionate Wines, in Tupungato, Argentina following his hands-off approach, from native yeasts and with minimal intervention and minimal sulfur levels. The resulting wines are admirable, unique, incredibly elegant, and always high-toned.

This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc grape from a single vineyard planted in alluvial and calcareous soils. It goes through maceration and fermentation in twenty days with native yeast and then spends eight months in a concrete vat. There was only 650 cases produced of this vintage.


NOSE: Aromas include tobacco, raspberry, bell pepper, cassis, and violets.

PALATE: Bold, ripe blackberry fruit, with hints of meatiness and a sprinkling of that signature sandalwood and pepper - this is cabernet franc with the volume turned all the way up.

PAIRING: Beef, lamb, pork, game, poultry, vegetarian, and goat cheese.

WINERY WEBSITE: Passionate Wines

Valle de Tupungato I.G., Valle de Uco G.I., Mendoza, Argentina

Bodegas Juan Gil Bluegray Red Blend Priorat

2021 | $21.99


Bodegas Juan Gil has become a Spanish wine powerhouse under the guidance of the family's fourth generation. Founded in 1916 by Juan Gil Jiménez, this is the Gil Family's first winery, created with the goal of highlighting the quality of the native Monastrell grape. Over 104 years, the winery has been consolidated and improved, applying technological advancements to the traditional knowledge passed down through the years.

The appellation of Jumilla, located about sixty miles inland from the southern Mediterranean coast in Murcia, is known for Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre), with over 80% of vineyards planted with it. Many of their vineyard’s average in age between 40 and 100 years with exceptionally low yields. The continental climate is extreme here: summers are dry and hot with intense sun and winters are long and cold. The vineyards are between 2,000 and 2,800 feet above sea level, planted on sandy and rocky limestone soils that are very poor in nutrients, but have a great capacity to hold what little rain does fall. Monastrell is a thick-skin grape that thrives in the harsh conditions of this climate and terrain, leading to wines with great structure and intense color and aromas.

The unique combination of altitude, soil and climate makes Organic farming quite typical in Jumilla. All the Gil Family's estate Monastrell vineyards are dry-farmed without the use of pesticides or herbicides, the winery is entirely solar powered and “Zero-Waste” (by product is composted, water recycled). Organic Farming Certification of the vineyards starting with 2018 vintage of Silver Label.

Their winemaking roots go back over a century, Gil Family Estates comprises eight wineries spread throughout seven D.O.'s in Spain and are famous around the world for bold flavors, lavish texture, and alluring spice.

Bodegas Juan Gil Bluegray Red Blend Priorat 2021

Born on the high-lying terraces of blue slate and quartz soils known as llicorella [yik-o-ral-ya], among pine and olive trees. A very inhospitable location, everything here must be done by hand and the vines have very low yields due to age. It is composed of 40% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena, 20% Syrah and 10% Merlot. The grapes are hand-picked and fermented separately in small barrels for 10 days at low temperatures and then aged separately in French oak barrels for 6 months and finally blended in the desired proportion.


NOSE: Aromas of blackberries and cherries with delicate notes of nutmeg and star anise. 

PALATE: The wine is very elegant, has well-integrated tannins, dried Mediterranean herbs, such as thyme, and a lingering finish. 

PAIRING: This is a delicious wine with grilled and roasted red meat, game, cured meats, aged cheeses, rice and pasta with flavored sauces, savory winter dishes.

FUN FACTS: “Dark purple. Smoke-accented aromas of cherry, cassis, licorice, and violet are lifted by a peppery quality. Juicy, sappy, and well-concentrated, showing very good density to black currant, bitter cherry, and dark chocolate flavors. Finishes long and spicy, with firm minerality and youthful tannic grip.” Drink: 2023 – 2029.
-Vinous Magazine 92 Points

WINERY WEBSITE: Gil Family Estates

D.O.Q. Priorat, Spain

Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorées Fleurie

2020 | $25.99


Jean-Paul Brun started Terres Dorées in 1979 with a mere four hectares of vines.Brun is in Charnay, a village in Southern Beaujolais just north of Lyon, in a beautiful area known as the "Terres Dorées" or Region of Golden Stones in France. He is the owner and winemaker at this 60+ hectare family estate and has attracted the attention of the French and American press for the wonderfully fruity and delicate wines he produces.

Brun wants to make "old-style" Beaujolais and his vinification differs from the prevailing practices in the region. He believes that the charm of Gamay's fruit is best expressed by the grapes' indigenous yeasts, rather than by adding industrial yeast. Filtration is also minimal so that the wine keeps its original fruit and aromas.

Brun’s wines are not ‘blockbusters’ in the sense of ‘big.’ The emphasis is not on weight, but on fruit: Beaujolais as it once was and as it should be.

“Proprietor Brun is a believer in using only the vineyard’s wild yeast, rather than the synthetic yeasts used by most other producers. His beautiful wines are favorites among purists.”- International Wine Critic Robert Parker

In the mid 2000's, Jean-Paul set out to conquer Beaujolais' crus (Premium wine growing areas.). He currently owns land and produces from most of it, including the most recent addition of single vineyard cuvées. All told, he now produces well over 20 different wines from over 60 hectares of vines and shows no sign of slowing down.

Jean Paul Brun Terres Dorées Fleurie 2020

This wine is 100% Gamay grapes. Jean-Paul farms six hectares in Fleurie, all of it in the celebrated lieu-dit of Grille Midi, a south-facing amphitheater of vines on poor, sandy, decomposed-granite soils over hard granite rock. This site yields wines of great concentration, power, and longevity. There are two Terres Dorées bottlings from this vineyard: a straight Fleurie and a "Grille Midi". The key differences are vine age and the aging of the wines. The Fleurie is from the younger vines, which are around 40 years old, while the Grille Midi vines are 65 years and up. The wines are vinified the same way, as are all Jean-Paul's wines: the hand-harvested bunches are destemmed and fermented with native yeasts and without sulfur in concrete tanks.


NOSE: Expect to smell fresh cut violets, iris and peony flowers wrapped in cherry, raspberry, and plum with subtle background notes of potting soil.

PALATE: On the palate, the wines are light with high acidity and tart flavors of red fruits along with a subtle bitter note on the finish.

PAIRING: The amazing thing about Gamay is that because of the high natural acidity paired with low tannin, the wine pairs shockingly well with a very wide array of foods. It is hard to go wrong with Gamay and food.

FUN FACTS: The raspberry fruit leaps out of this joyful Fleurie, which is elegant, juicy, crisp, and dry. A very bright wet-stone finish that pulls you back for more. Very good aging potential. Drink or hold. -James Suckling 93 Points

Gamay (“Gam-may” aka Gamay Noir) is a light-bodied red wine that is similar in taste to Pinot Noir. In fact, this variety is a cousin of Pinot Noir, and it grows primarily next to Burgundy, France (Pinot motherland) in a region called Beaujolais.

One cannot talk about Gamay without mentioning Beaujolais, France which produces 75% of the world’s Gamay wine.

WINERY WEBSITE: Terres Dorées | Bowler Wine

Beaujolais, Fleurie A.O.C., France

Black Star Farms Arcturos Gamay Noir

2019 | $19.99



Founded in 1998, Black Star Farms has become a true one-of-a-kind destination nestled among the scenic rolling hills of the Leelanau Peninsula. The internationally acclaimed wines, luxurious Inn, decadent wine-paired culinary events, and unparalleled hospitality have become a unique way for wine lovers to retreat to the heart of Northern Michigan Wine Country.

Today the estate features a hillside vineyard that welcomes you upon arrival, a luxury Inn, unique event venues, an award-winning winery and tasting room, a distillery, a farm-to-table café, an equestrian facility, and hiking trails.

In 2007 Black Star Farms Old Mission opened in what used to be the popular Underwood Farms. It now houses a state-of-the-art wine processing/distilling facility and cozy tasting room surrounded by views of vineyards, orchards, and Grand Traverse Bay. The Wineries at Black Star Farms have achieved state, national, and international awards for their exceptional wines and spirits.

Our region is fast becoming recognized for producing fine wines. The “lake effect” climate enables the growth of classic vinifera grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir. Black Star Farms’ varietal wines are regionally expressive and of high character. Their fruit is sourced from both the proprietor’s vineyards and the local grower partners on Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas. This diversity allows them to obtain consistent quality across vintages. Their wines reflect this quality, from the premium Arcturos label to their sparkling and fruit wines and represent the best efforts of their skilled winemaking team.

Black Star Farms Arcturos Gamay Noir 2019

Black Star Farms is located on the same 45th Parallel that runs through some of the great wine regions of the world. This is the third vintage of Gamay Noir. Gamay is the principal grape in Beaujolais, France. It drinks very much like Pinot Noir, and Pinot Noir is excellent with an extensive array of food. Proper cellaring will reward the patient in ten-plus years.

The grapes for this wine come from Leelanau Summit Vineyard in the Leelanau Peninsula Appellation. It is made with 100% Gamay Noir grapes and only 326 cases were produced of this vintage.


NOSE: This medium/light-bodied wine has aromas of fresh-cut violets.

PALATE: Tart red fruit notes on the palate with subtle earthiness on the finish.

PAIRING: Gamay Noir is a very versatile red wine and a wonderful addition to meals. The recommendations include grilled meats such as pork or lamb, hanger steak with chimichurri, grilled salmon with Dijon glaze, or Cajun shrimp and grits.

Gamay wines match well with lighter meat dishes, cured meats, chicken, pork, and salads (so… basically everything!) They can also pair well with spicy foods and most cheese types. Gamay Noir produces light-bodied red wines with good acidity and low tannin.

#1 RATED Michigan Wineries, Black Star Farms Traverse City

Leelanau Peninsula A.V.A., Michigan

Remo Farina Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore

2020 | $18.99


Tradition, commitment, and time-honored relationships, forged over almost two centuries of artistry, are the pillars of success at Farina Wines. Located in the heart of Valpolicella Classica, the original historic region of Amarone and Ripasso winemaking in the Veneto, Farina is owned by Claudio and Elena Farina, two cousins who represent the third generation of this winemaking family, with the guidance of Sandro, Claudio's father.

The Farina winery is in San Pietro in Cariano the heart of Valpolicella Classica, the historical, original Valpolicella. Valpolicella Classica consists of 5 villages: San Pietro in Cariano, Sant'Ambrogio, Fumane, Negrar and Marano. The wines are made from grapes grown on forty-five hectares of selected vineyards of Valpolicella Classica, ten of which belong to the Farina family and thirty-five that belong to historic, trusted "contributors" who have worked with Farina for years and are dedicated to growing only the best quality grapes.

Farina has two historic "Cru" vineyard sites: Montefante and Montecorna. The Montefante vineyard with its tuffaceous, clayey, and calcareous soil and excellent hilly exposure, is an ideal site for the Corvina grape used to make Farina's Amarone Montefante. The other cru is the Montecorna vineyard, located on Mount Masua, characterized by an extraordinary calcareous soil, ideally suited to produce grapes dedicated to Farina's Valpolicella Ripasso Montecorna.

When "making wine" becomes a distinctive trait of your identity, a piece of DNA that is handed down from generation to generation, a nod to those who paved the way to a company driven by passion and commitment, experience, curiosity, and research is a given. The "Remo Farina" line is dedicated to Elena Farina’s father and has come to represent the company’s flagship wines IGT and DOCG wines. Each wine is a maximum expression of quality, uniqueness, and winemaking philosophy.Farina's Valpolicella and Amarone wines are among the best-priced quality wines from this region.

Remo Farina Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2020

The Farina family plants Corvina, Corvinone, Dindarella, Garganega, Molinara and Rondinella grapes on their 110 acres. This wine is made with 50% Corvina, 15% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara, 10% Oseleta grapes by the winemaking team of Luigi Andreoli and Andrea Zerman. The grapes are hand harvested from the hills of San Pietro in Cariano and Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, pressed and de-stemmed immediately after harvesting. The first fermentation takes place in autumn, after the harvest. The wine is fermented, macerated, and receives two pump-overs per day following the first racking. At the beginning of spring, it is then re- fermented (“ripassato”) on the Amarone grape marc still soaked in wine. This process gives the wine greater structure, personality, aromas, and color. Then, it is aged in 100% Slavonian oak barrels followed by time in the bottle before release.


NOSE: Intense on the nose, with aromas of pepper, leather, cherry and plum jam, licorice, and ginger.

PALATE: It is well structured, vigorous, and harmonious.

PAIRING: Excellent with a variety of aged meats and mature cheeses.

Farina Wines

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore D.O.C., Veneto, Italy

Quarisa Wines ‘Mrs. Q’ Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 | $16.99


John and Josephine Quarisa live by the belief that “Passion is Everything.”

Their passion extends far beyond the boundaries of the wine industry, into their home, their family, their hobbies, heritage and through the simplest things associated with everyday life. Laughter and fun are intrinsically mixed with hard work and good times.

This life-long, energetic partnership started at school when John and Josephine became high-school sweethearts. Over the years they have grown and developed and are still passionately working together, laughing, and loving every step of the way.

On completing his Wine Science degree John has continuously expanded his winemaking experience and has made wines for some of Australia’s largest and most well-known brands.

Casella Wines US phenomenon “Yellow-Tail,” to the multi-award-winning McWilliams Wines Hanwood Chardonnay, John has developed a reputation as a committed, quality winemaker.

John knows what it takes to make a wine that the world will love and how important it is to make a flawless wine that is recognized by not only the critical wine show circuit but the consumer as well. John’s career has included the instrumental development of Nugan Estate’s successful export strategy in his role as Chief Winemaker, forming the unique style of McWilliams Wines botrytis through the late 80s and early 90s and pursuing ultra-premium winemaking excellence and recognition at Casella Wines.

As a winemaker for over 30 years, John’s winemaking has been awarded some of Australia’s greatest accolades including both the Jimmy Watson and Stodart Trophies. An International and Australian Wine Show Judge, John’s experience and passion drove him to develop a range of wines that truly reflected what he loved in great wines; down to earth, full of character, and approachable are attributes that are both characteristic of the winemaking style and the winemaker himself.

In establishing their range of wines, the Quarisas have drawn on their greatest passions in life; their children, their family, heritage, and John, himself, the fun-loving winemaker.

Quarisa Wines ‘Mrs. Q’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The grapes were picked in the cool of the night to retain fresh, elegant fruit flavors. A combination of rotary and "headed down" open fermenters were used over 7 to 9 days in the fermentation process.This portion completed its fermentation in new and old oak barrels. Once dry and blended, the wine remained in new and old French and American oak barrels for a I6 months.

The Coonawarra wine region is a wine region centered in the town of Coonawarra in the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia. It is known for the Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced on its "terra rossa" soil.


NOSE: Aromas of intense cool climate cassis fruit and integrated spicy oak.

PALATE: Complex in cassis and cherry flavors with a long finish.

PAIRING: Serve with red wine glazed lamb and chargrilled capsicum and eggplant. Cheese platter and nuts. This wine has the flavor, structure, and balance to enjoy now or offers added satisfaction from further cellaring.

FUN FACTS: Halliday Wine Championship- 90 Points


Limestone Coast, Australia


  • Juan Gil Silver Label

  • Terre Degli Svevi Re Manfredi Aglianico Del Vulture

  • Klinker Brick Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

  • The Fableist Wine Company Merlot

  • Chateau Peyrabon Cru Bourgeois Superieur

  • Viña Cobos Felino Malbec

Juan Gil Silver Label

2019 | $19.99


Based in Jumilla, Spain with winemaking roots going back over a century, Gil Family Estates comprises eight wineries spread throughout seven D.O.'s in Spain and are famous around the world for bold flavors, lavish texture and alluring spice. Bodegas Juan Gil has become a Spanish wine powerhouse under the guidance of the family's fourth generation. Founded in 1916 by Juan Gil Jiménez, this is the Gil Family's first winery, created with the goal of showcasing the quality of the native Monastrell grape. Over 107 years, the winery has been consolidated and improved, applying technological advancements to the traditional knowledge passed down through the years.

Bodegas Juan Gil has become a Spanish wine powerhouse under the guidance of the family's fourth generation. Founded in 1916 by Juan Gil Jiménez, this is the Gil Family's first winery, created with the goal of showcasing the quality of the native Monastrell grape. Over 107 years, the winery has been consolidated and improved, applying technological advancements to the traditional knowledge passed down through the years.

The appellation of Jumilla, located about 60 miles inland from the southern Mediterranean coast in Murcia, is known for Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre), over 80% of vineyards are planted with it. Most of our vineyards average in age between 40 and 100 years with very low yields (aprox. 2,200 lb/ac). The continental climate is extreme here: summers are dry and hot with intense sun and winter is long and cold. The vineyards are between 2,000 and 2,800 feet above sea level, planted on sandy and rocky limestone soils that are very poor in nutrients, but have a great capacity to hold what little rain does fall. Monastrell is a thick-skin grape that thrives in the harsh conditions of the climate and terrain, leading to wines with great structure and intense color and aromas.

The unique combination of altitude, soil and climate makes Organic farming quite typical in Jumilla. All the Gil Family's estate Monastrell vineyards are dry-farmed without the use of pesticides or herbicides, the winery is entirely solar powered and “Zero-Waste” (by product is composted, water recycled). Organic Farming Certification of the vineyards starting with 2018 vintage of Silver Label.

Juan Gil Silver Label 2019

A name given to Mourvedre (France) grapes grown in Spain, Monastrell is a big wine with complex and deep flavors. Primarily used in blending, Monastrell stands alone well as a delicious red. As a function of Spanish terroir, Monastrell tends to have a deeper plum and licorice note compared to other varieties of Mourvedre.

The second most popular grape grown in Spain after Tempranillo is Monastrell, which is incredibly full-bodied and rustic. Deeply colored and highly tannic, this wine is perfect for those days when you want to drink something big. Consider decanting when enjoying this wine.

Monastrell vineyards aged on average 52 years, planted in chalky, stony, poor soils at 2,300 feet above sea level. The vineyards are dry-farmed and harvested and then an optical sorting machine is used to select the best berries. Maceration and fermentation take place in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to French oak barrels for 12 months aging. 


NOSE: Ripe dark berries and cherries, floral notes, and a touch of smoke.

PALATE: Significant presence of rich blackberries, pepper, fresh herbs, and leather. Lesser ripe versions of the grape tend to have tea leaf accents. The wine is rich with silky tannins on the mid-palate and a long, spicy finish with lingering juicy fruit.

PAIRING: The wine is delicious on its own. It makes a natural partner to grilled meats and is a go-to for charcuterie and cheese. Its richness and complexity also make it fun to pair with Korean, Chinese and Indian fare. Also, this wine is sometimes described as “gamey,” making wild game a perfect pairing.

FUN FACTS: "The 2019 Juan Gil (silver label) was produced with Monastrell grapes from old, non-irrigated vines fermented in stainless steel and matured in French oak barrels for around 12 months. It has 15% alcohol and a pH of 3.67, but somehow the wine does not come through as overripe; they eliminate all the raisins with their new optical sorting machine and that makes very clean wines and has increased the precision. They also reduced the toast of their barrels and that increases the integration of the oak with the fruit. Juicy, soft, and very drinkable."- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate- 93 points 

WINERY WEBSITE: Gil Family Estates

D.O. Jumilla, Spain


2015 | $43.99


Re Manfredi is in Venosa, in northern Basilicata, Italy. Basilicata is in the “instep” of the boot in the south of Italy bordered by Campania to the west and Puglia to the east. This is a region of relatively little wine, but when the right climate manages to combine with perfect soil, the resulting wines can be of a truly outstanding quality. In particular, the nearby Mount Vulture volcano, extinct since antiquity, dominates the plateau rising to a height of 4,300 ft. Its lava mixed with the soil rich in clay, calcium, nitrogen and tuff, creates a ‘volcanic’ terroir that is rare in Europe’s winemaking panorama. The component of volcanic origin gives the wine a particular minerality and flavor.

The Re Manfredi estate was founded in 1998 and has been managed by the Montrone Family since. The 271-acre estate is run with an unswerving focus on quality. It is perfectly situated on the slopes of Monte Vulture, the ancient extinct volcano, which rises tall over the Apennines Mountain range. Here, plentiful sunshine, parched, hilly vineyards at high elevation and volcanic soils found on Monte Vulture all combine to form ideal growing conditions in the Aglianico del Vulture DOC. The estate vineyards are located in an entire plot at the lower elevations of the volcano’s base and a unique single vineyard of 50-acres is located on the steep slopes of the Vulture Volcano. Here 80% of the land is dedicated to the indigenous Aglianico, with smaller amounts of the white Müller Thurgau and Traminer grapes. This benchmark Aglianico producer has earned numerous Tre Biccheri awards, one of Italy’s most respected wine honors.

Re Manfredi Aglianico 2015

The Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture wine is sourced from 128 acres of estate vineyards located on the lower elevations of an extinct volcano. Vines average 30 years and are planted at a dense ration of 3000 vines per acre, and are grown using the guyot and cordon pruning methods.

Grapes are manually harvested upon full ripeness beginning in mid-October. Fermentation takes place in neutral vats over a period of 15-20 days with daily pumping over of the must. Upon completion the young wines are racked and aged for 20-24 months in a combination of used French oak barriques and big oak casks. The barrels range from 1-5 years old. Only 40,000 bottles are produced each year.


NOSE:Aromas of plum, blackberry and violets mingled with leather and smoke.

PALATE:Plums, soy sauce, figs, and chocolate with blackberries.

PAIRING:Beef, pasta, lamb, and game are all good matches.

FUN FACTS: "Raspy aromas of blackberry and cherry meld with crushed alpine herbs and mentholated tobacco on the nose. There's grip and gusto to the palate, where taut berry flavors are pushed along by bright acidity. Tense tannins ground it all and need some time to settle. Drink from 2022."-Wine Enthusiast 90 Points

"The 2015 Aglianico del Vulture achieves something that is not banal, considering the robust characteristics of this powerhouse appellation; it achieves easy elegance. This is purposely not a particularly profound or complex wine, but it is streamlined, tight and accessible with a refreshingly frank and matter-of-fact personality. The bouquet reveals aromas of candied cherry, smoke and crushed volcanic rock. The tannins are a bit dusty, but they are well integrated. Some 40,000 bottles were produced."-The Wine Advocate 91 Points

Cantina Re Manfredi - Gruppo Italiano Vini

Anglianico del Vulture D.O.C., Italy


2019 | $18.99


Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s.

With roots in Germany, Russia and later the Dakotas, the family settled in Lodi, first producing watermelons. Recognizing that the soil and climate were ideal for growing grapes, they began to plant varieties that included Zinfandel, Tokay, Carignane, and Alicante. For over one hundred years, the family has cultivated the land with the aim of producing top quality fruit. Zinfandel was one of the first grape varieties to be planted in the Lodi appellation, although it had also been established in other parts of California.

Grapes were originally packed in boxes for shipment to the East Coast and Canada for the purpose of home winemaking. In the early days of production, nearly all of the zinfandel grapes were shipped except for grapes that were used for making wine at home. By the mid 1930’s, grapes were sold primarily to cooperatives and larger, private wineries with a small portion of the production shipped east.

Historically, the vineyards were irrigated by flood or ditch irrigation and the inability to regulate the amount of water applied resulted in larger yields of marginal quality. In the late 1980’s, drip irrigation was introduced, providing the ability to control the amount of water applied to each vine. This resulted in the ability to control the vigor of the vine, healthier fruit and ultimately, lower yields. With the introduction of more sophisticated vineyard practices, including shoot thinning, leaf pulling, color thinning and the removal of a second crop, the ability to produce the grapes of exceptional quality was realized.

Klinker Brick Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Nestled in the heart of Lodi’s most prestigious Mokelumne AVA, sit 750 acres of estate vineyards, many of which have been farmed consistently by the Felten family for six generations. The soils are comprised of deep granite sandy loam, giving wines of this region a distinctive minerality. Situated at the edge of the Sacramento Delta, Pacific breezes gust through the Mokelumne AVA, cooling grapes, and creating a Mediterranean climate ideally suited for growing varietals such as zinfandel, syrah and albarino grapes.

Deeply committed to preserving the family’s ancient vineyards, Steve Felten founded Klinker Brick Winery in 2000 and is succeeded by daughter Farrah in ownership. An extension of the family is head winemaker Joseph Smith. Originally from Belize, Joe fell in love with wine after working crush in California in the early nineties. He has had a hand in every vintage of Klinker Brick, masterfully highlighting subtle terroir nuances and taming the robust fruit flavors indicative of the region with acidity and balance.

Lodi is justifiably lauded for its old vine zinfandels, but it is a production powerhouse when it comes to cabernet sauvignon. Lodi and its surrounding area (San Joaquin County) rank third in the state in acres planted to cabernet sauvignon, behind Napa and Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo County. But in total tons crushed, Lodi is number one by a wide margin, surpassing Napa and Paso combined. In other words, Lodi produces more cabernet sauvignon than anywhere else in the U.S. This more volume-driven approach to viticulture makes possible the value-oriented bottling that so many wine drinkers reach for on an everyday basis. 


NOSE:A bright nose of mixed berries contrasted with a touch of rhubarb.

PALATE:Full-bodied and generous, with the varietal’s classic profile of dark fruit, oak influence, subtle herbal and green pepper notes and solid structure. The smooth finish lingers with ample acidity for balance and moderate tannins to round out the wine.

PAIRING: Steak, grilled chicken, braised short ribs, meaty pasta dishes and charcuterie.

Klinker Brick Winery

Paso Robles A.V.A., California

The Fableist Wine Company Merlot

2021 | $22.99


The Fableist is a collaboration between winemakers Curt Schalchlin and Andrew Jones. Curt, owner, and vintner of the heralded winery Sans Liege, is known for his critically acclaimed Rhone varietal wines. Andrew, winemaker of Field Recordings, spends his days planning and planting vineyards and has stood foot in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast. Together, they produce The Fableist, a collaboration that gives special attention to the craft and story behind each wine.

Each bottle has been artfully designed and inspired by one of Aesop’s many fables. Just as each of his timeless vignettes has a moral, they believe that every blend has its own story to tell, its own lessons to teach.

The Fableist Wine Company Merlot 2021

This wine is a blend of 92% Merlot, and 8% Petite Sirah grapes that were grown in the Hinterland, Pomar Junction. They began by hand-selecting 3 exceptional Merlot vineyard sites. Once the fruit reached its optimum level of ripeness and balance, they made the pick call and brought it into the winery. Upon arrival, the team de-stemmed the fruit thoroughly. The grapes were then fermented in stainless steel tanks with native yeast and were given one pump-over daily during fermentation. The grapes were pressed and sent to barrels after 3 weeks on the skins, allowing malolactic fermentation to occur naturally. The barrels chosen to age this Merlot were 5% new American oak and 95% neutral oak.


NOSE: Black tea, northland blueberries and wet concrete.

PALATE: The silky texture slides gracefully across the palate leaving behind hints of sweet plums, warm cedar planks, and freshly ground spices.

PAIRING: Beef, Braised Chicken, Mushrooms, Lamb, Pork, Pasta dishes with tomato-based sauces, Turkey, Veal, and strong cheese like blue cheese.

FUN FACTS: FABLE 395:  The SNAKE, the EAGLE, and THE FARMER: Life’s Road may wind unfairly, and serpents may lie in wait for do-gooders and villains alike, but The Fableist believes good deeds deserve reward and will always offer grateful grapes to worthy wanderers.

The Fableist Wine Company

Paso Robles A.V.A., California

Chateau Peyrabon Cru Bourgeois Superieur

2018 | $19.99


Chateau Peyrabon winery is situated in the appellation of Haut-Médoc, in the Bordeaux region of France. Its current owner, Patrick Bernard, fell under the spell of the charming 50-hectare estate of promising gravel terroir in 1998. Since then, M. Bernard and his team, led by Xavier Michelet, have been passionately dedicated to creating authentic wines that are elegant, silky, and marked by their freshness and fruity character – typical of an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon.

While it claims the same basic landscape as the Médoc—only ever so slightly elevated above river level—the Haut Medoc is home to all the magnificent chateaux of the Left Bank of Bordeaux.

Nestled in its green setting, Château Peyrabon suddenly emerges at the bend of the rows of vines perfectly aligned. For more than 20 years, the Bernard family has put all its passion and energy at the service of this pearl of the Haut-Médoc, magnificently located on a gravel ridge a few kilometers from Pauillac.

In the heart of the Médoc, Château Peyrabon is built in the middle of its vineyards where an alley lined with vineyards leads to this magnificent Renaissance style building.

Chateau Peyrabon Cru Bourgeois Superieur 2018

Like a puzzle that is patiently assembled, piece by piece, each vintage is developed with the passion and know-how that drive the Château Peyrabon team, led by Xavier Michelet and with the advice of the renowned Oenologist, Éric Boissenot.

The philosophy followed by Château Peyrabon is based on a simple desire: to give birth to wines that transcribe the complexity of their terroir of origin by revealing the identity of each grape variety used in the blend. This vintage is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. Château Peyrabon is aged for an average of 14 months in French oak barrels, 25% of which are new barrels. Present in varying proportions from one year to the next, cabernet sauvignon and merlot dominate the blend while cabernet franc and petit verdot complete it.


NOSE: Blackcurrant, tealeaf, mocha, and some praline aromas.

PALATE: It is medium to full-bodied with firm, tight-grained tannins. It is mouthwatering, with touches of grilled rosemary, pepper and wood smoke with good balance and freshness on the finish.

PAIRING: Classic choices are roast lamb, venison, duck breast, or beef-based dishes.

FUN FACTS: This estate, touching Pauillac, belongs to the Bernard family, also owners of Domaine de Chevalier. Rich tannins and wood aging have given intense spice to this wine that is bold, rich, and concentrated. The vivid, ripe black fruits will calm down as the wine ages further, giving a balanced, and smooth blend. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 92 Points

Decanter Magazine- 91 Points

James Suckling- 90 Points

Château Peyrabon, Château La Fleur Peyrabon

Haut-Médoc A.O.P., Bordeaux, France

Viña Cobos Felino Malbec

2021 | $19.99


A first trip to Argentina in March 1988 for Paul Hobbs marked the beginning of a South American wine career that continues today with Viña Cobos in Mendoza. He is recognized for pioneering and playing a pivotal role in launching malbec grape to fame and for his contribution to helping elevate Argentina to the world-class wine region stage.

Paul Hobbs combines his childhood roots on the family farm in Western New York with an innovative scientific approach to refining the art of winemaking. He is recognized worldwide for the pursuit of excellence; both in the vineyard and in the winery, producing wines that represent the purest concept of each place.

Today, Paul is the owner/winemaker of seven wineries on 4 continents. Its three national wineries include Paul Hobbs Winery (1991) and Crossbarn Winery (2000) in Sebastopol, California. Hillick & Hobbs Estate (2019) located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State is engaged in the production of Riesling. His four international societies include Viña Cobos, Mendoza (1999); Crocus, Cahors (2011); Yacoubian-Hobbs, Armenia (2014), and Alvaredos-Hobbs, Galicia (2018).

Established in 1998, Viña Cobos is today internationally recognized for its expertise in producing world-class wines, from a careful selection of terroir located in the cooler, highest altitude areas of Mendoza, Argentina. The winery was founded in Luján de Cuyo, a wine producing sub region of Argentina's largest viticultural area Mendoza, at the foot of the Andes Mountains by Hobbs. Argentina is so large and has a variety of climatic differences providing great conditions for grape growing.

Viña Cobos Felino Malbec 2021

Viña Cobos makes wines that are authentic expressions of the terroir from which they come. Hobbs has worked since 1988 in the exploration of the different terroir of Mendoza, looking for the most distinguished regions in Luján de Cuyo and the Valle de Uco, to produce wines that uniquely express their origins.

With the inaugural vintage of Cobos Malbec in 1999, Viña Cobos marked a milestone in viticulture, defying existing standards and firmly positioned Malbec and Argentina on the international wine scene. Since then, these prestigious wines have been recognized around the globe by critics and consumers alike.


NOSE: Aromas of white flowers and black fruits along with notes of white pepper and cloves.

PALATE: Delights the palate with hints of licorice and chocolate while it is broad, smooth and displays firm tannins. It is an elegant, balanced wine with a persistent finish.

PAIRING: A great match for steak, pork, and lamb dishes. As well as fattier fish like salmon and poultry with dark meat. Game meat—like bison, ostrich, and venison—are also a safe bet. In addition to meat pairings, consider foods with richer sauces or more vibrant flavors. Malbecs love semi-hard cheeses that aren't too salty: Asiago, cheddar, Colby, and Gouda are all excellent choices. Malbec can also go up against a soft blue cheese.

FUN FACTS: "Very pure red with blueberries, purple fruit and violets that show on both the nose and the palate. It’s medium-bodied with integrated tannins and a pretty finish. Refined malbec."- James Suckling 92 Points


Lujan de Cuyo D.O.C., Mendoza, Argentina









Cabernet Sauvignon | 2018 | $22.99


Penfolds is an Australian wine producer that was founded in Adelaide in 1844 by Christopher Rawson Penfold, an English physician who emigrated to Australia, and his wife Mary Penfold. It is one of Australia's oldest wineries and is currently part of Treasury Wine Estates. The chief winemaker since 2002 has been Peter Gago.

Penfolds Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a tribute to former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert 1948- 1975, a legend in Penfolds history. Max’s constant pursuit of excellence paved the way for those who followed in his footsteps and allowed the status and heritage of Penfolds to grow. Max’s cabernet sauvignon displays the Penfolds ‘stamp’ inspired by Max Schubert.

Success of Penfold’s has been driven by the generations of visionaries and innovators. Since the beginning in 1844 to today, the merging of science, art, and innovation has driven Penfold’s to become one of Australia’s most famed and respected winemakers.

Penfolds Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Max’s cabernet sauvignon is 100% cabernet grapes from southern Australia. Above-average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines across South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Cool days and cooler nights slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures warming in October. Late flowering and veraison delayed harvest by a few weeks. Weather conditions during ripening were generally dry with conditions favoring fully ripened grapes with well-developed colors and flavors.


NOSE: The hallmarks of classic cabernet sauvignon are present and accounted for. First impressions are reminiscent of a stroll through a garden. Earthy, leafy notes prevail with dried native mint adding a lovely herbal note. Further investigation reveals cocoa powder, red currants and blood orange. Underlying cedar notes and cherry wood add further oak derived intrigue.

PALATE: An abundance of delightful primary fruit characters with blueberries, strawberries and pomegranates competing for attention. French and American oak maturation characters add a pleasing creaminess and weight to the palate with a distinctive hazelnut signature. Firm tannins with length and drive are supported by a seam of refreshing acidity.

PAIRING: Aussie cabs are a good match with simply prepared beef, lamb, and game. All good choices would be braised lamb shank, grilled steaks, and roasted prime rib. For cheeses: gorgonzola, parmesan, aged dry jack and blue cheeses that are not too salty.

FUN FACTS: Cabernet sauvignon holds a long heritage in Australia, in fact Penfold’s own block 42 in the Barossa Valley is thought to be the oldest continuously producing cabernet sauvignon vines in the world.


 Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz

Shiraz | 2019 | $19.99


Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery. Established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts arrived in South Australia on HMS Buffalo in 1836, Bleasdale remains one of Australia's oldest wineries.

Bleasdale's source vineyards are situated on the floodplains of the Bremer River in Langhorne Creek, benefiting from the cooling breezes across Lake Alexandrina, and the cool slopes of the Adelaide Hills.

When Frank Potts established Bleasdale on the Langhorne Creek floodplain in 1850, he built a system of locks and weirs to capture and use floodwaters from the Bremer River to irrigate his vines. Many of Langhorne Creek’s vineyards, including Bleasdale’s Bremerview vineyard, still rely on his original flood irrigation system that comes into operation when the river naturally overflows to the vineyards planted along its banks.

Frank Potts liked building things – a home, a workshop, a winery, water pumps, floodgates, vats, a lever press, and a dynasty. When he added more land to his original holding, the vineyard area expanded and so the winery, and the family, grew.

In his later years, Frank handed over the daily workings of the vineyards and winery to three of his sons and went back to boat building.

His sons and grandsons operated and built up the winery, and even today the fourth and fifth generation of the Potts family are still involved in the winemaking and running of the winery. Their property, much of which enjoys conservation status, offers a fascinating insight into the history of Australia’s early settlers.

Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz 2019

Bremerview Shiraz is 99% shiraz and 1% grenache. With nutrient rich soils, a moderate climate with refreshing cool breezes, Bleasdale's Bremerview vineyard is a fantastic place to grow shiraz.

The cellars at Bleasdale are a national monument, constructed from red gumwood and limestone, and some of the original winemaking equipment is still occasionally used. Nevertheless, the emphasis here is on using modern technology to produce wines of consistently high quality. Until the 1990s much of the region’s fruit went into multi-regional blends and it was only when a group of long-term family growers – including Bleasdale – started promoting 100% Langhorne Creek wines that the region became recognized in its own right.


NOSE: Lifted spice aromas and dark berry fruit.

PALATE: A true expression of Langhorne Creek Shiraz, this is a medium bodied wine showing intense lifted spice aromas and dark berry fruit. The palate is long and silky with fine tannins, offering juicy plum and blackberry fruits, with notes of clove and pepper.

PAIRING: Enjoy with your favorite BBQ meats.


Bodegas Juan Gil

Red blend | 2019 | $19.99


 The origins of the Juan Gil winery date back to 1916, when Juan Gil Jiménez began producing wine in the center of Jumilla, Spain. Later, the third generation of the Juan Gil family decided to consolidate the business and began to craft wines under the brand name Juan Gil in homage to the founder of the company. Today, the fourth generation of the family runs the winery with renewed passion. Using the latest technologies available on the market, the winery works hard to bring to the public a wide array of wines mostly made from Monastrell. Though this great red grape is indigenous to the southeast of Spain, in the English-speaking world it is better known by its French name, Mourvèdre.

Bodegas Juan Gil Red Blend 2019

Juan Gil red blend is a mix of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 45% monastrell and 10% syrah. It is aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels. It hails from Jumilla, Spain which is in the north.


NOSE: The bouquet is a mix of bright summer berries and wild cherries.

PALATE: This red blend is smooth and plush on the palate with notes of black and red fruit wrapped in chocolate, clove, nutmeg and espresso.

PAIRING: This wine would pair perfectly with hearty and meaty dishes like hamburgers, pizza, short ribs, veal, pork, lamb, sausage or game.

Tenuti San Leonardo Terre di San Leonardo

Red blend | 2016 | $18.99


Tenuti San Leonardo’s history dates back 1500 years, with the return of prisoners from Trentino, who erected a chapel in honor of the patron saint of prisoners, Saint Leonard. Today, the ancient monastery hospice, which once gave shelter to the destitute, is now the cellar where the wines mature in barrels.  Present owners the Guerrieri Gonzaga family have taken advantage of the terroir to create Bordeaux-inspired blended wines, under the guidance of master winemaker Carlo Ferrini and consultant winemaker Giacomo Tachis, considered to be a genuine maestro of Italian winemaking through his creation of some of Tuscany’s most influential wines since the 1970s. This talented pair ensures calculated aging 6 months in large format Slavonian oak, then 24 months in small French oak barrels and expert blending of each varietal, followed by a year of bottle aging. The results are consistently spectacular.

Tenuti San Leonardo Terre di San Leonardo 2016

San Leonardo is a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot and 10% carmenere. It is a product of spontaneous fermentation lasting between 15-18 days followed by maturation in concrete vats and French oak.


NOSE: The aromas are delicate and soft with hints of wild rose, berries, cassis, and mulling spices.

PALATE: Terre offers bright intensity and lots of dark fruit with easy spice, fresh blackberry and subtle mineral tones.

PAIRING: This wine pairs beautifully with beef, lamb, veal, and grilled meats.

Paul O’Brien Oregon Territory Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir | 2017 | $19.99


Oregon Territory was created by two winemakers who share a passion for fine wine, great food and a gracious life. Dyson Paul DeMara and Scott O’Brien Kelley met while working at Robert Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley nearly 20 years ago. Since then they have traveled the world’s wine regions learning the old world traditions and sharing new world techniques. In 2013 the duo came together to start Paul O'Brien Winery, the Umpqua Valley’s first urban winery in the historic Hansen Chevrolet building in downtown Roseburg, Oregon. The duo chose their middle names to brand the winery as it speaks to their friendship and partnership. Oregon Territory captures the rich spirit and powerful nature that makes Oregon so special. 

Oregon Territory was created out of the desire to share the pioneering spirit of Oregon Pinot Noir. A variety the experts said could not possibly ripen in Oregon, yet 50 years later the world now understands Oregon’s importance.

While the Willamette Valley and Pinot Noir are like a fairy tale match made in heaven, most of Oregon is in fact, a glorious source of Pinot noir. Claiming over half of its total area under vine, Pinot noir also thrives in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua and Rogue Valleys where sedimentary and volcanic soils dominate hillside vineyards and cool temperatures create the perfect environment for Pinot noir. Also, Oregon’s Columbia Gorge is becoming increasingly popular for Pinot noir production. What sets Oregon Pinot noir apart from the Pinot of other regions, both New and Old World, is its innate combination of grace with both power and restraint.

Paul O’Brien Oregon Territory Pinot Noir 2017

Oregon Territory is 100% Pinot Noir. It is hand-harvested and the grapes undergo vinification in open top concrete fermenters with 22% whole cluster. Then the wine ages 12 months in oak, with 25% in New French oak barrels.


NOSE: Bright notes of cherry and red currant.

PALATE: Silky and elegant, fine tannins with mouthwatering acidity. Black cherry, crushed raspberries, and light notes of vanilla. Easy to drink and perfect by the glass.

PAIRING: Pair with mushroom risotto, bacon wrapped scallops over parsnip puree.

FUN FACTS:Wine Enthusiast 90 Points 2017 Vintage

James Suckling 91 Points 2016 Vintage

Wine Enthusiast 90 Points 2015 Vintage

Tikves Alexandria Cuvee

RED BLEND | 2019 | $18.99



Tikveš Winery was founded in 1885 in a region with centuries-old winemaking tradition, blessed with perfect natural conditions, warm and passionate people and a lively, authentic culture. We have always had a penchant to go beyond expectations, embrace innovation and conquer new markets. Over the years we acquired more prime land than any other winery in South Eastern Europe. We own the latest technology and employ some of the brightest and most experienced talent in the business, to ensure that the superior quality of our products is maintained at all times.

Our portfolio of fine wines stretches across several categories to fit every occasion, winning numerous highly-acclaimed international awards, year after year. Our mission is to create an opportunity for all wine lovers anywhere in the world, to be able to enrich any social occasion with the inimitable experience of  Tikveš wines and share our passion for life.

Tikves Alexandria Cuvee 2019

The wine is a blend of 70% vranac, 20% merlot and 10% cabernet sauvignon. The average age of the vines is between 15-25 years. It is a dry red wine with intense ruby red color with a full-body and soft tannins.


NOSE: It exhibits complex aromas of red and black fruits –cherries, plums, raspberries, and black currant, with notes of dried tobacco, smoke, black pepper and cinnamon.

PALATE: Alexandria Cuvee displays notes of blackcurrant, black plum, cedar and toast. It is round on the palate and has a long and spicy finish.

PAIRING: This blend will pair well with all Macedonian food, red meat, game, barbeque, and smoked meat.