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The Wine Country's July 2018 Newsletter

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July Wine of the Month

2015 Chateau Romfort Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux
It has always been a goal of mine to feature an American wine for our July Wine of the Month. I get in our American wine buyer’s ear and start them on the hunt early but this seems to happen nearly every time, we stumble upon a delightful, super-value import that simply cannot pass on. We sampled this gulp-inducing Bordeaux back in May...Read More

$12.99 per bottle    $155.88 per case

 

 

Is Oak a Dirty Word?

by Randy Kemner

There is good oak and clumsy oak. Good wine and clumsy wine. Some wines benefit by being raised in oak barrels which provides development and silky textures. Fewer benefit by oaky flavors. A lot of the winemaker's art depends on deft use of oak flavoring. After all, we don't eat wood. Why should we drink it?...Read More

 

 

Natural and Biodynamic Wine

by Chris Costales

I would have to say from my short time here at the store so far that the number one question I get comes from interest in "Natural" or biodynamic wine.  I feel that many people come to this subject for different areas however.  A good majority come because of perceived health benefits from these wines or to avoid adverse reactions they feel they have after drinking "bulk" large quantity wine...Read More 

 

 

The Latest (Affordable) Bordeaux Arrivals

by Samantha Dugan

Bordeaux is without question one of, if not the most esteemed, revered and famous wine growing region in the world.  The red wines, often blends of varying amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec attract feverish obsession across the globe, everyone from the newly monied to the long time impassioned upping the prices on the most prestigious wines to downright unattainable for us mere humans...Read More

 

 

New Zealand and Australian Barbecue Wines

by Jessica Martinez

Barbecue season is upon us, time to bust out the charcoal and lighter fluid and get to cooking!!  I bet you thought I was going to open up with a cheesy line like “Let's throw some shrimp on the barbie” because these wines are all from Australia and New Zealand?  It might not have been the first line but it was definitely the 2nd...Read More

 

 

Other People Make Rose?!  (Not Just the French!)

by Samantha Dugan

Hey, did you know they make rosé in places other than the south of France? Crazy news, right?! Just yanking your chain of course. While Provence has been and will likely be for a long time to come, the pinnacle, and inspiration for dry Rose, there are a plethora or places producing Roses of equal complexity, diversity and gulp-ability...Read More

 

 

The Terroir-Driven Wines of Southern Italy

by Kevin Lepisto

We all think of Southern Italy as being hot, with the warm Mediterranean climate being the driving factor in the styles of wines being produced there, but many of the most exciting wines coming out of Southern Italy are influenced more by the soil composition, vineyard location and dramatic temperature shifts from day to night rather than the hot sunny climate...Read More

 

 

Craft Beer News!  Saisons and Farmhouse Ales

by Nick Larson

Summer is finally here! Although seasons don’t really exist where we live here in Southern California, there are some drinks that are better than others in this warm weather.  I tried to keep that in mind when deciding our July BeerVenture, and in doing so landed on a category I have not yet hosted a tasting for: Saison and Farmhouse Ales...Read More

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