Great Tasting Party Wines from the Southern Hemisphere

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Great Tasting Party Wines from the Southern Hemisphere

The affordability and quality of wines from the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Chile & Uruguay) is unmatched in the world.

I have said it before, and I am sure I will say it a million more times, but the affordability and quality of wines from the Southern Hemisphere is truly unmatched by most of the world. They do produce different varietals than what the California wine drinker is used to but they are always crowd pleasers!  


I call all of these wines my house wines because they are the wines that I suggest for people every time they are having a big event and they aren’t sure what everyone likes to drink.  These wines pair well with any party food or hors d'oeuvres you may be serving. . Christmas roast; pair it with a wonderful Malbec or even a Shiraz from down under. 


Excelsior Chardonnay is one of our best selling wines from South Africa not only because of the price but it appeals to every palate and is great for all white wine drinkers.  It is such an easygoing white wine that everyone seems to love.  


The fact that all of these wines are overall crowd pleasers is always a plus, and the price points make them easy to buy by the case for whatever size party you may be having.


2017 Excelsior Chardonnay, South Africa

The De Wet family has been making wine in South Africa since 1697. A remarkably approachable wine, this Chardonnay has delicious smooth lemon-lime fruit with a hint of tropical fruit cocktail and a nice clean finish. There is enough acid to refresh the mouth nicely and the overall impression is of a medium bodied, clean, well balanced Chardonnay - everything is nice and pure. Paired it recently with a simple roasted chicken - delicious! And a  great bargain.A delicious fruit medley of peaches, lemons, orange blossom and zest on the nose and palate. The palate is creamy and delectable, with a clean finish from the bright acidity. Try with salmon or seafood mousse, British fish pie, chicken.

$9.99 per bottle


2017 Indaba Mosaic, South Africa

This is a how-do-they-do-this-for-$9 wine. And this vintage is even better and more satisfying than the last – smoother and richer in every way. Bright, juicy and well balanced, this Bordeaux-style blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot is just plain gulp able. Bright berry fruit, a hint of spice and a smooth finish make this a go-to every day wine. The South African wine story of extreme value continues.

$8.99 per bottle


2016 Garzon Tannat Reserve, Uruguay

Tannat is famous as the "healthiest" wine in the world, with 3 times more immune-boosting antioxidants than any other varietal and it is the national grape of Uruguay. The Garzon winery does it in a very smooth, strong and easy drinking style. Famous for strong natural tannins, Tannat can be overbearingly tannic, but not this wine - it has big smooth dark fruit, firm but smooth tannins and nice natural balancing acidity. It finishes strong and leaves you wanting more. Big, bold and delicious, this is a classic wine to pair with beef or lamb.

$15.99 per bottle


2016 Marisco The Ned Pinot Gris, Marlborough New Zealand

Named after a mountain that overlooks the property, this is one of the most interesting and boldest Pinot Gris I've ever had. Made in a fully fruited style, it owes its power and full flavors to the fact that a portion of the wine spends time on the skins during and after fermentation. There are nice aromas and flavors of golden apples, white flowers, ginger and nectarine. It has nice round and bold fruit with nice acidity and pleasing round finish. The mouth feel is very rich for a Pinot Gris. Unique and worth a try if you like a balanced, bold and fruity white wine.

$13.99 per bottle


2017 The Llama Malbec, Mendoza Argentina

The vines for this wine are over 100 years old. The nose on this wine gives off red and dark cherries with hints of violet. The wine is aged for 6 months in French oak barrels and you are left with a wine full of body and a round structure with burst of berry and a finish of toasted oak.

$12.99 per bottle


2017 Painted Wolf Chenin Blanc, "The Den", South Africa

The Den wines are made to be shared with friends and family. They are everyday drinking wines that are named after what is the heart of the African wild dog community; the den. This 100% Chenin Blanc has bright aroma and flavor of tropical fru it. It is filled with honeydew, guava, pineapple, joined with savory minerality and a bright acidity. And an added bonus you are helping the wild dogs of South Africa with each bottle purchased.

$11.99 per bottle


2016 Morse Code Shiraz, Australia

The winery is owned by three generations of the Longbottom family of Padthaway in South eastern Australia.This is a fruit driven wine, with minimal oak contact to emphasize those characteristics. There are floral aromas of lavender, anise and mint along with plum and cherry fruits. Smooth and soft tannins make this wine enjoyable on its own or with food. Loads of plum and cherry fruit in this wine, an easy drinker with smooth and soft tannins with plum and cherry fruits and notes of lavender, anise and mint. Pair with turkey, lamb or beef burgers,

$9.99 per bottle



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