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Champagne and Sparkling Wines

Snow on the ground and stars in your glass!

 

Champagne and Sparkling Wine

It may only be legend, but the exclamation “I’m tasting stars!” uttered by Dom Perignon in 1688 upon his first taste of what we now know as Champagne is as apt as any when it comes to the bubbly beverage. A tradition for the…

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White – California

BV Coastal Estates Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 (California); $11

Grassy, white grapefruit and lemongrass aroma; tart and crisp with clean lemon and grapefruit zest flavor.

 

BV Coastal Estates Chardonnay, 2012 (California); $11

Aromas of apple and a touch of banana anchored by oak; bright and light with toasty pear notes.

 

Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay,

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Bargain Buzz

White

Gambellara I Basalti Soave, 2013; $9.99

Honeydew melon aroma with a touch of rose petal; very flavorful with generous tart pineapple and Granny Smith apple flavor.

 

MJ Janeil Terret/Sauvignon, 2013 (IGP Côtes de Gascogne); $9.99

Lush tropical aromas of pineapple and guava; juicy, bright and bursting with vibrant, ripe fruit flavors and lemon zest finish.

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Argentina Red

Massimo Malbec, 2009 (Mendoza); $15.99
Deep, opaque purple, with a fruity aroma of ripe black berries, coffee bean, dark chocolate and an undercurrent of eucalyptus; very juicy, soft and full with delicious concentrated ripe black fruit flavors.

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California Cabernet

Simply Naked Unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 (California); $8.99
Deep purple/magenta with aromas of clove, black licorice and dark fruit; light and fruity with lots of flavor – ripe Bing cherries, blackberries, cassis and a bit of earth.

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California Red Blend

Bogle Phantom, 2007 (California) (Petite Sirah, Zin, Mourvedre); $16
Deep garnet color and very pruney baking spice aroma with a note of nutmeg; soft but full flavored, well balanced, with big notes of dark chocolate and lush, ripe black fruit.

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California Merlot

181 Merlot, 2008 (Lodi); $12.99
Wild cherry aroma with a hint of earth and smoke; very pleasant on the palate with notes of currants, blackberries, clove, dark chocolate and a touch of anise.

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California Zinfandel

Brazin Old Vine Zin, 2008 (Lodi); $18.99
Deep garnet color and spicy, peppery aroma with a hint of roasted coffee bean and ripe fruit; soft and juicy with a pleasant mouth feel and loads of boysenberry and spice flavor.

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French White

Domaine Delsol Picpoul de Pinet, 2010 (Coteaux du Languedoc); $9.99
Very pale, almost colorless, with bright lemon drop aroma accented by tropicals and minerals; clean, crisp, zippy and lemony on the palate with a touch of orange and mango.

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French Red

La Vieille Ferme Red, 2009 (Ventoux); $8.99
Lively berry aroma with a hint of violets; very bright on the palate with big dark chocolate notes, juicy black cherries and a hint of baking spices.

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Italian Sparkling

Neirano “Pitule” Moscato d’Asti DOCG, 2010; $13.99
A lovely wine with fine bubbles and beautiful floral, fruity aroma with notes of lily, honeysuckle and orange; light as a feather, with delicate sweetness and bright acidity.

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Italian White

Castello Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio, 2010 (Toscana IGT); $17
Pale straw color and pleasant, bright citrus aromas with notes of minerals, florals and slate; vivid, clean flavors with good acidity and citrus on the finish.

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Italian White

Cavit Moscato, 2010 (Provincia di Pavia IGT); $8.99
Lightly fizzy with a sweet orange blossom aroma; lovely soft texture with delicate sweet apple flavor and crisp acidity. A summer delight.

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Italian White

Firriato “Santagostino Baglio Soria” Bianco, 2008 (Sicilia IGT); 23.99
Anise, field flowers and sweet green herbs on the nose; full bodied but refreshing with zippy acidity and bright, reverberating finish.

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Italian Rosé

Marramiero “Dama” Cerasuolo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, 2009; $9.99
Hot pink/magenta color with aroma of berries and Red Delicious apples; smooth and delicious on the palate, full of bright cherry/berry flavors and vibrant acidity.

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Italian Red

Alta Luna Pinot Noir, 2009 (Vignetti delle Dolomiti IGT); $13.99
Medium garnet color, with cherry, brambleberry aroma and a hint of smoke; light bodied and very pleasant, with bright, tart red fruit flavor and a bit of earthiness.

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