Wine Specials 8/23-30/16

          WINE From Chris and me, Tony :
           FOUR  Half Bottles :
     1)  2015 Sauvignon Blanc , Sonoma County, from MATANZAS CREEK Winery, California, $11.99. We tried with our local rep Jade and really liked it, and decided to add this size for convenience to you all, as many of you travel constantly and have expressed interest in this size 375ml bottle. Cheers.With 13.8% alcohol by volume, this is bright, fresh, livel, with a splash of cheers, too.
     2) Pinot Grigio 2015 from ITALO CESCON, $9.99 a bottle, from Veneto, Italy, also an award, a bronze metal from DECANTER magazine in 2015, that award means something. Refreshing, bright, tasty and smooth as can be.
     3) Chardonnay dry white 2014 from Piave, Italy, $9.99 a bottle, from ITALO CESCON, with 12% alcohol by volume, this wine really speaks to me, I like the extra flavor and taste and gravitas! 
     4) Merlot 2013 from Piave, Italy dry red Italian, $9.99 a bottle, dusty-dry, a lighter-bodied, flavorful red that is best when chilled 30 minutes and served with any meal, indoors or outdoors,
     NOTE : These ITALO CESCON make for great gifts, whether in a half bottle here at $9.99, with 12% alcohol by volume, or in a 750ml bottle, $14.99 ( the 750 has a Pinot Nero here but not a Merlot )... and the packaging is brilliant for gifts as there is always a small bit of the vine hanging from the neck of each bottle! Come see for yourselves.
          FOUR More 750ml Bottles :
          TWO Pinot Noir 2014 From Chile :
     1) Pinot Noir 2014 ' Birdnest ' Casablanca Valley, Chile, $16.49 a bottle, with 13% alcohol by volume. This is new, tried it within the last six weeks, Pinot Noir that really tastes like Pinot Noir with a bouquet that draws you in and makes you want to sip.
     2) Pinot Noir 2014 from Chile's Maule Valley, the Reserva of PUNTI FERRER, $12.99,  with 13.5% alcohol by vlume, is spicier, fuller, warmer, less finesse, more power, great value, too for everyday drinking. Chill both for 30 minutes : they can always warm up to the proper temperature but they can never chill down to it on their own. Be refreshed, engaged, stimulated when you drink wine. Cheers.


           ONE ' Old-World-Style ' Malbec :
     1) Malbec 2011 from Mendoza, Argentina, " Our hand-picked grapes at vineyards adjacent to the Andes, create the best expression of Argentina. " I know, I was there, I walked in the vineyards with Valentin and his brother Edoardo back in 1995, On Special for $11.99 ( a crazy-low price ) for this mature, flavorful, earthy, rustic, barnyard of an expression of the Malbec grape that is best when served with food. Drink and enjoy it at the meal. It is fully-mature and shows great on the day it is open, within the first three hours, it does fade after several hours after being open : drink up! Enjoy, what value. Great with grilled meats, cheeses, pate, smoked meats. NOTE : I also walked the vineyards with Nora Favelukes if any of you know her? From the Billington Import days.
          NOTE : I just got a LIKE on our Facebook page post where I took pictures of Omar that is ' new ' here as of a week+ now, as he worked on our spirits' shelves and winemaker Michael Hoefken liked it. Michael helps to make Leo HILLINGER Secco dry sparkling Austrian Pinot Noir rose. We sell the magnums at $37.99 a bottle. Cheers Michael, good to hear from you.

     ALSO :

          TWO From Germany -
     1) Blanc De Noir, 2013 Spatburgunder Trocken of On Special for $9.99 a bottle, regularly $14.99, from KOSTER-WOLF Weingut, with 12.5% alcohol, an incredible Pinot Noir dry white where they remove the skins before the yeast eats them and the red color falls into the grape juice as it ferments. This is amazing, what a great summer refresher with body and character, from Germany's Rheinhessen, region, what a treat, really like the mouth-feel, the grip, the saturation on the tongue that bathes it so completely, wonderfully. I am a big fan of this dry white.
     2) 2012 Riesling Spatlese Hatenheimer Wisselbrunnen Trocken Rheingau, from SCHUMANN NAGLER, On Special for $19.99, regularly $24.99. Both Chris and I really liked this, so lively, extroverted, sparky and splashy-elegant-elegance, love it so,... medium-bodied, good rich Riesling fruit in the middle range, long finish, the acidity kicks-in at the end and makes you want another bite of food, another taste of this impressive German late-harvest Riesling. Cheers, with  12% alcohol by volume.
     NOTE : I read on Facebook yesterday a post by @OlivierLotterie of @VineyardBrandsImports that shared the sad news of the passing of a D.C. wine legend, Ruth Bassin. I was so sorry to hear this, I knew her from my experience with her in 1999-2000 when I worked with Ruth, Mark, Joe, Avery, Tom, Steve, Charlie, Betty, Woody, and more : we were a good team. I am happy for those fine shared experiences! Thank you Ruth, will miss you. You are a fine lady and always smiled when with me and treated me well. Cheers! @RuthBassin @HeartsDelightFoundation for more info, the services are here on Macomb Streets, at the corner of Macomb and Mass Avenue at the synagogue there, Hebrew Synagogue I think it is called if you want to go and pay your respects to her. Cheers.
          ONE Fine Rioja Dry Red :
     1) ' Otonal ' Crianza 2009 dry red mostly Tempranillo Spanish Rioja from BODEGAS OLARRA, On Special for $19.99 a bottle, regularly around $25. Our local rep Brian Armstrong had this open for you all here this past Saturday. It sure is a tasty, flavorful, mature, open and complex medium-bodied red to enjoy with a meal. It is showing really well, enjoy indoors or outdoors with a meal, many tapas would be great here, chill it thirty minutes to forty and let it both as well as the food flavors rip together, sing their melodies, strut their stuff, ruffle your tastebuds nicely, too.
          ONE From Italy, A Moscato Sweet :
     1) Sweet PINK Moscato grape wine, a 2012 Moscato rosa from MOCHETTO, della Venezie, with 7% alcohol by volume, this is sweet and tasty, but not too sweet, chill well for a couple of hours, or even put in the freezer for thirty minutes and enjoy ice-cold, On Special here for $9.99 a bottle, what a deal, really nice. Cheers!