1st bottle red:  Rafael Tirado 2015 ‘Vistalago’ Mezcla Tinta, Maule Valley

For the wine snob:

This organic blend of Merlot (59%), Cabernet Franc (36%), and Syrah (5%) originates from the Maule Valley of Chile.  Fermentation takes place in concrete with native yeasts. Aging occurs over the course of 12 months in French oak barrels.  This wine is unfiltered and unfined. Elevation of 1,800 feet with Granite and volcanic soils.

For the rest of us:

Delicious notes of strawberry and red apple.  You will also get hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel.  There are many layers to this wine which provides incredible texture and a lasting finish.  This wine is best served with beef roast and fried plantains.


1st bottle white:  Nortico 2017 Alvarinho, Vinho Regional Minho

For the wine snob:

This 100% Alvarinho originates from the Vinho Verde region of Portugal.  More specifically, it comes from the subregion of Monção and Melgaço which is located in the extreme north and nestled on the border of Spain.  Fermentation occurs in temperature controlled stainless steel. Bottling occurs after four months in stainless steel. No CO2 is added to this wine.

 

For the rest of us:

Holy Moly! What a fun wine.  You will get a burst of guava with sweetness on the front and a mineral finish on the back.  This wine is young, fresh, and juicy. This wine is best served with seafood. Try it with fish tacos and friends!

Enjoy!


2nd bottle red:  2017 Camino de Navaherreros Garnacha

For the wine snob:

This wine originates from Madrid, Spain.  The winemaker, Marc Isart Pinos prides himself on using old vines and applying exceptional care to the viticultural work.  Fermentation takes place with some whole clusters used and long maceration on the skins. This is known as fermenting “in foudre.”     

 

For the rest of us:

Bang for buck this is an excellent wine.  In fact, we would put this up any Garnacha out there!  This is a racy wine with serious zip. There is a tangy rhubarb pie.  Tons of fruit and a serious wine considering it’s amazing price point.  This wine is best served with good old pork chops and homemade applesauce with friends.


2nd bottle white:  Villa Creek 2017 Grenache Blanc, Paso Robles

For the wine snob:

This organic 100% Grenache Blanc originates from Paso Robles, California.  Fermentation takes place in concrete with partial malolactic fermentation (40%).  Cris and JoAnn Cherry originally moved to Paso Robles in 1996 to open a restaurant.  By 2001, they purchased their first grapes to make wine for their restaurant. Many years later of blood, sweat, and tears, Cris and JoAnn closed their restaurant in 2017 to focus solely in their wine.  

 

For the rest of us:

Villa Creek is exceptional wine.  Just google them and you will read about the love fest the critics have with them.  There is good reason, they are one of the top producers of quality wine in the region.  While more known for their amazing red wines, their white wine is nothing to dismiss. You will get a burst of kiwi flavor with a pineapple finish.  This wine is best served with fish or a cream based pasta. Oh, and with friends!


1st bottle reserve red:  Owen Roe 2016 ‘Rosa Mystica’ Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley

For the wine snob:

This 100% Cabernet Franc originates from Yakima Valley, Washington.  More specifically, the fruit is sourced from Red Willow, Outlook, DuBral, and Union Gap vineyards.  The wine label has a particular historical significance. It is a picture of the ancient Drumlane Abbey in County Cavan, Ireland. The was the refuge of many Irish for nearly one thousand years.  One such Irishman was Owen Roe O’neill, a famous Gaelic Irish soldier and leader of armies. He died in 1649 at the hand of the forces of Oliver Cromwell, an Englishman, effectively ending the Irish Confederate Wars.  This wine is aged 16 months in French oak barrels.

For the rest of us:

Everything Owen Roe makes is quality wine.  We’ve carried many of their selections over the years and continue to offer them because they never disappoint.  You will get fruit on the nose and earth on the finish. Notes of tobacco, and blackberries persist. Cabernet Franc is the lighter funkier cousin to Cabernet Sauvignon.  If you haven’t already opened this up for a try, you are missing out! Best served with red meat prepared on the grill with good friends.


1st bottle reserve white:  Pra Monte Grande Soave 2017

For the wine snob:

This blend of Garganega (80%) and Trebbiano (20%) originates from Veneto, Italy.  You may also know Garganega by its other name, Grecanico Dorato, a varietal made popular in Sicily.  This is one of Italy’s most planted varietals with more than 11,000 ha (27,000 acres) of Garganega vines.      

 

For the rest of us:

Unique is a great way to start describing this wine.  It is not your typical white that you will most likely be enjoying this Spring.  But that is what makes it special. You will get lots of floral notes (peach blossom and apricots) with nice sweetness and low acidity.  This is SPRING BREAK wine. Crack this baby open on the first truly warm day of spring. Enjoy and enjoy with friends!


2nd bottle reserve red:  Owen Roe 2017 ‘Ex Umbris’ Syrah, Yakima Valley

For the wine snob:

This 100% Syrah originates from Columbia Valley, Washington.  More specifically, it comes from DuBrul, Outlook, Red Willow, and Union Gap Vineyards.  Aging takes place over the course of eight months in French oak barrels. The history of this wine dates back to 2002 when it was intended to be a “one time bottling.”  A wildfire broke out nearby with smoke and ash contributing to the character of that year’s Syrah. Owen Roe keeps it going in memory of that historic first production of Syrah.    

 

For the rest of us:

Super fruit bomb with excellent depth caused by the French oak.  You can taste the wood on this wine. You will get plums, blackberry, and fresh raspberry with a smooth oaked finish.  This wine is drinking really nice now or can be kept for five more years. This wine is best served with your first spring grilling session and with friends.