2010 Riesling, Clean Slate, Mosel, Germany
$11.99/bottle $9.59/bottle (mix six $)

Riesling is considered to be one of the world’s great white-wine grapes and produces some of the very best white wines. The Riesling grape’s ability to retain its acidity while achieving high sugar levels is what creates wines with considerable aging potential. Riesling wines are delicate but complex and are characterized by a spicy, fruity flavor (that’s sometimes reminiscent of peaches and apricots), a flower-scented bouquet, and a long finish. Riesling is vinified in a variety of styles ranging from dry to very sweet.
The fresh and balanced taste profile of Clean Slate is achieved by carefully selecting grapes from the vineyards throughout the Mosel. The steep blue slate slopes of Lower Mosel give the wine its minerality while the middle Mosel provides a hint of spiciness to complement the characteristic fresh peach flavors of the Upper Mosel.

Tremendous with grilled fish or chicken breasts.

2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Mohua, Marlborough, New Zealand
$14.99/bottle     $11.99/bottle (mix six $)

The aroma of this wine is subtle and almost entirely astringent gooseberry. On the tongue, however, there is lively snap of grapefruit abetted by grassy notes and hints of lime, honeydew and white nectarine. The whole profile is underpinned by a nearly flinty minerality, which contributes substantially to a long, dry and refreshing finish.

2010 Le Fruit Defendu Blanc, Magellan, Cotes du Thongue, France
$11.99/bottle     $9.59/bottle (mix six $)

Domaine Magellan is owned by the Lafon family. Comte Lafon is renowned for their eponymous winery in Burgundy. About fifteen years ago they began looking for a property in Southern France and found their way to the Cote de Thongue just out of the Rhone region. The formative years of the winery were trying, to say the least.
Le Fruit Defendu blanc, or “forbidden fruit” is made from 40% Muscat and 60% Grenache blanc vines. Muscat gives a sleek, racy bouquet of apricots and honey while the Grenache Blanc adds crispness and acidity.

Great with roast chicken or pork.    

2009 Le Fruit Defendu Rouge, Magellan, Cotes du Thongue, France
$11.99/bottle     $9.59/bottle (mix six $)

Le Fruit Defendu rouge, or “forbidden fruit” is made from 100% Cinsault vines. Cinsault has a rich meaty affect that is often used as a counterpoint to the fruity Grenache grape in Rhone blends. On its own, it is exhibits dark fruits and a unique smokiness that says BBQ to me. As opposed to the Grenache cuttings from Châteauneuf du Pape, the Cinsault vines were on the property when the Lafon family purchased it. They are over 40 years old.

Drink with steak or burgers.

2010 Allure de Robles, Rabbit Ridge, Paso Robles, California
$9.99/bottle     $7.99/bottle (mix six $)

The Paso Robles Allure de Robles is produced from grapes grown on three estate vineyards on the west side of Paso Robles. The first is Cristalla Ranch which surrounds the main winery on San Marcos Road. Three different Syrah clones are harvested at this vineyard. Syrah is also sourced at the Live Oak Vineyard which is the highest vineyard in Paso Robles. This Syrah is Tablas Creek clone (from Tablas Creek Winery). The clone originated at Chateau Beaucastel in Châteauneuf du Pape. The third vineyard is located on the way to Lake Nacimiento on Vista Serrano Road. This vineyard is also rich in limestone soil. In addition to Syrah, this vineyard produces Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Petite Sirah.
Lighter, ruby in color. Strawberry and oak nose. Juicy on the palate with rich, peppery, berry fruit this one turns slight sweet and candied on the mid-palate before a somewhat short finish which once again reveals that peppery streak and a heavy dollop of oak. An affordable sipper well suited for a picnic, keeping you company while cooking or accompanying a meal in need of an easy drinking wine.

Drink with roasted meats.

2004 Rioja Reserva, Ondarre, Rioja, Spain
$19.99/bottle     $15.99/bottle (mix six $)

“Black cherry, licorice, smoke, tobacco and tar notes mingle in this firm, lively red. Maturing now, but shows balance and length. Still fresh, this brings you back for another sip. Drink now through 2016.”  Wine Spectator~91 (Top 100 wines of 2010 – #58)

Drink with your winter roasts and stews

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