2010 Chateau Haut Maginet Blanc
$11.99/bottle $9.59/bottle (mix six $)
The white Bordeaux blend is perhaps one of the most overlooked categories of wine in the world today. Up until the 1960s, vineyards in Bordeaux were dominated by white grape varieties, namely Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. However, changing tastes and fashions, as well as improved winemaking techniques has made red Bordeaux more affordable to the general public, and consigned white Bordeaux to the sidelines. In this case, the blend is 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon and 20% Muscadelle.
Unlike the grassy Sauvignon Blancs of the Loire Valley, this wine is completely dry with bright citric edge.
Drink with first courses, shellfish or creamy cheeses like brie or camembert.

2011 Chardonnay, Casillero del Diablo, Chile
$10.99/bottle $8.79/bottle (mix six $)
Casillero del Diablo offers wine lovers the very special opportunity to participate in the propagation of a century old legend known throughout the world. In the 19th century, the founder of Concha y Toro, Don Melchor, discovered that his vineyard workers were sampling his greatest wines. To discourage this action, Don Melchor spread the rumor that his deepest, darkest cellar was the Casillero del Diablo (Cellar of the Devil), so that no one would dare go in there. It worked, and a legend was born. Today, this mysterious and legendary cellar continues to hold the finest, estate grown wines of Casillero del Diablo.
Great for chicken with creamy white sauces.

Prosecco Spago, Riondo
$12.99/bottle $10.39/bottle (mix six $)
When it comes to finding bubbly wine at bargain prices, Prosecco can’t be beat. Actually, Prosecco is a grape variety from the Veneto region of Italy and there is some of it produced as still wine, but the vast majority of it is bubbly.
What I really like about this Prosecco is the slight mineral quality on the nose. You’ll also find citrus and melon aromas. On the palate it’s only lightly sparkling — “frizzante.” Crisp apple and light citrus flavors with near perfect acidity make this a pleasant sipper. And at only 10.5% abv, it’s one you can sip a little more of before you’ve had too much.
This wine goes well with rich salty foods, like olives, or could be served with fresh fruit. Feel free to open this little bubbly when the Pats win a playoff game. Save the champagne for the big game.

2010 Atteca, Bodegas Ateca, Jumilla, Spain
$17.99/bottle $14.39/bottle (mix six $)
The grapes used for Atteca are the result of a very careful selection process, based on ridiculously low yields: LESS THAN 1 TON PER HECTARE!! They only come from the very oldest plots in the estate, located high on the hillsides, 3,000 ft. above sea-level, around Calatayud. The wine is made from 100% Garnacha from the vineyard’s oldest vines. This is the 4th vintage for the Gil Family, who already bring us two great Monastrell (Mourvèdre) values, Wrongo Dongo and Juan Gil.
“The 2009 Ateca was sourced from mountainside vineyards and aged for 10 months in French oak. It displays aromas of cedar, an earthy minerality, black cherry, and lavender leading to a savory, deep, well-balanced red with succulent fruit and a lengthy, seamless finish. Drink this outstanding value over the next 4-5 years.” ~ 90 points Wine Advocate
Atteca is a wonderful match for roasted meats and red sauces.

2011 Monastrell, Honoro Vera,
$9.99/bottle $7.99/bottle (mix six $)
Honoro Vera Garnacha is made by Gil Family Estates, producer of another of our favorite bottles, Juan Gil. Honoro Vera is made from organically grown Monastrell grapes. The Monastrell grape, also known as Mataro and Mourvèdre in other parts of the world, is responsible for some amazing wines grown in Spain’s Jumilla region. Located in the central-eastern part of the country, Jumilla is the northern part of the Murcia region. Monastrell is known for wines of great richness and structure. If not managed properly, the tannins can become an issue. However, the ultra-talented Juan Gil Bodega has released yet another superstar red wine.
Inky ruby. Dark berry liqueur and mocha on the nose, with complicating notes of licorice and sassafras. Sappy blueberry and blackberry flavors show very good depth and pick up a spicy quality with air. Finishes with good breadth, supple tannins and lingering smokiness. ~ 89 points International Wine Cellar
Great with lamb and game birds.

2009 Chateau le Cacheflo, Tobin James, Paso Robles, California
$12.99/bottle $10.39/bottle (mix six $)
It all started with an extra six tons of grapes that a winery could not accept and process. Tobin (Toby) James, a lowly assistant winemaker at the time, asked the owner of the winery if he could have the grapes and make wine out of them for himself. The owner replied, “sure kid, knock yourself out”. A year and a half later, gold medals began pouring in for Toby’s first Zinfandel, the 1985 “Blue Moon” Zin.
For the past few decades Paso Robles has been a hotbed for up and coming winemakers and Toby James is one of them. Tobin James makes this aptly named wine from Petite Sirah, Sangiovese and Barbera, we think. It is brightly fruited, with an earthy edge to it.
This is perfect for a pizza, pasta or just an evening with friends.

 

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