The Wine Country's

September 2019 Newsletter

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September Wine of the Month--$14.99 per bottle

2017 BEAUDRY-DUTOUR "AMARANTHE" CHINON, LOIRE VALLEY  $14.99

Chinon, located in the historic Touraine region of France's Loire Valley, is the birthplace of Cabernet Franc, where it is often earthy, dry and herbaceous. This wine embodies all of that with a juicy, forward character that is irresistible!  We were captivated by this crunchy and fresh Loire Valley Cabernet Franc early one August morning and quickly nabbed 20 cases to ensure we could feature it for our September Wine of the Month. Wines this generous and infinitely gulpable tend to fly so we took a stand early!...READ MORE

 

 

WHO KNEW?  WELL, WE DID!

by Randy Kemner

Last month I received a warm and complimentary note thanking our staff for hosting a private wine tasting for his non-profit group.  The theme of the tasting was "Taste Around the World," and as you can easily surmise, his group got to experience wines from France, Italy, Spain, California, South Africa and South America....READ MORE

 

   

TE AWANGA ESTATE'S ROB McDONALD APPEARS AT THE WINE COUNTRY FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6

by Jessica Martinez

On Friday, September 6th we will be exploring the region of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand and a range of wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and an Award winning Syrah!  We would love for you to join us in hanging out with winemaker Rod McDonald of Te Awanga Estates for a great night of wine tasting.....READ MORE

 

  

MUSCADET:  IT'S NOT MUSCAT!  

 By Samantha Dugan

First thing everyone must know about Muscadet, it’s NOT Muscat!  So, don’t go curling up your lips and saying, “I don’t like sweet wine.”  Doesn’t apply here, no relation whatsoever.  In fact, the wines from Muscadet are for those who like their white wines bone dry, unoaked and with bracing acidity.  Muscadet is located at the far western end of France’s Loire Valley.  The grape grown in Muscadet is Melon de Bourgogne, a variety that seems to thrive in cool climates and wet or marine areas, which makes it a perfect partner for, you guessed it, seafood!...READ MORE 

 

  

INCREDIBLE THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN MEXICO'S VALLE DE GUADALUPE

by Chris Costales

In the past few decades, a remarkable wine and culinary region has gone from sleepy valley to a major destination.  Away from the hustle of Tijuana and inland from the sandy beaches of Rosarito and Puerto Nuevo lies a wine region producing some amazing wines that are waiting to be discovered.  Recently, it was my pleasure to vist the Valle de Guadalupe, the hidden secret in Baja California that produces the vast majority of Mexican wine.  Now with more than 150 wineries and growing with visitors from all across the world....READ MORE

 

  

BUDGET FRIENDLY RED BORDEAUX

 By Samantha Dugan

It wasn’t too many years after opening the doors here at The Wine Country that we realized that getting involved in the high-end, first growth Bordeaux market, on a larger scale, was going to be a wickedly expensive and it wasn’t looking like it was a game our Long Beach and Signal Hill customers were willing or wanting to play. Exceptionally expensive wines, a small single family owned store just starting out as the Bordeaux market began to skyrocket to unheard off heights and a market that would not bear it and we quietly stepped back and let other retailers duke it out for the customers willing to play the, “My Bordeaux is bigger than yours” game...READ MORE

 

  

ORANGE WINES:  ARE THEY AUTHENTIC, OR JUST A FAD? 

By Chris Costales

Using some of the oldest techniques in winemaking, orange wines are certainly interesting, but the debate rages on: are they good wines? We are about to find out.  We have a fun wine tasting event in September that you’re not going to want to miss.  We've scheduled our first-ever “Orange” Wines Tasting on Thursday September 26th from 4:30 to 6:45 for $15.  These wines are quickly becoming a hot trend within the natural wine movement, but the processes used in their production are some of the oldest techniques known to winemakers....READ MORE 

 

  

ABSOLUTELY DAZZLED BY A NIGHT OF WHITE BURGUNDY

 by Samantha Dugan

One early August evening The Wine Country staff, and about 35 of our incredibly savvy French wine fanatics sat nearly speechless, stunned and utterly captivated by flight after flight of devastatingly beautiful Chardonnay from east central France, Burgundy’s Cote d’Or.   Oh, what a night indeed...READ MORE

 

 

STANDOUTS OF OUR SPANISH RED WINE TASTING 

By Kevin Lepisto

Spanish wines are still some of the best “bang for the buck” wines in the store. Recently I hosted a Saturday tasting featuring a wide selection of new Spanish wines that surprised many with their quality, value and varied styles...READ MORE 

 

    

LUXURY RELEASES REVIEWED BY ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE

Whether they are for lavish gift giving or bragging rights, the pulse quickens when we are about to open one of California's most elite wines...READ MORE

 

  

CRAFT BEER NEWS:  THE BEAUTY OF VERSATILITY

by Nic Bradley

Too much of a good thing can easily become a bad thing.  If you’re consistently doing the same thing over and over, it’s easy to get burnt out on it.  The same thing goes for beer.  The hazy IPA has been king for the past few years.  We all know that, and have witnessed the craze continue to prosper.  But lately, I have had more and more customers tell me that they are starting to grow tired of this style and are becoming what I’ve coined as “hazed out”. The same thing can happen for any style...READ MORE

 

 

ARE PREMIUM SPIRITS WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY?

by Randy Kemner

The value of a fine spirit is a very complicated subject. Expectations, history, supply-and-demand and desire all play into the price of a bottle, yet every individual has to determine what owning it means to him and her.  The short answer to the question Are premium spirits worth the extra money? is...it depends...READ MORE

 

  

CHOCOHOLIC REPORT:  OUR TOP 10 SELLERS

By Dale Kemner

It's kinda fun to observe our checkout counter from time to time to see how many customers are drawn to our chocolate rack, a permanent fixture built right between our cash registers!  Quite a few of our customers succumb to the temptation, and judging by our sales, are taking home some pretty alluring chocolate products...READ MORE

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