1st bottle red:  Arbalest Red Bordeaux 2015

For the wine snob:

This blend of Merlot (82%), Cabernet Sauvignon (14%), and Petit Verdot (4%) originates from Bordeaux, France.  Winemaker, Benoit Touquette studied under Michel Rolland and graduated from Bordeaux University. Later, he also traveled to America and studied under Andy Erickson in Napa, California.          

 

For the rest of us:

This is a bang for your buck French wine that will blow you away.  This is not your typical fruit bomb you may be used to. This is a sophisticated blend with notes of blueberry and plum.  The finish is smooth and lasts forever! We put this wine up against any of your blends. Best served with friends and family.

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1st bottle white:  Mettler 2016 Lodi Estate Grown Albariño

For the wine snob:

This 100%  Albariño originates from Lodi, California.  More specifically, it is from the Mokelume River Sub-appellation.  This varietal is best known for being Spain’s most popular white wine.  The craze has recently hit the United States and California now produces approximately 250 acres. While this is still a tiny amount compared to world wide production, this varietal is catching on as the “next big thing.”  Fermentation takes place in stainless steel. Case production is limited to 336.

 

For the rest of us:

Tons of stone fruit hits your pallet.  You will get a refreshing burst of citrus and pear.  It’s like biting into a fresh pear. You know the one that is just starting to turn just a bit brown?  Yeah, that one…delicious. You will also get hints of green apple and nectarine if you drink it slow enough.  Careful…this wine will go down quick. Best served with soft cheeses on your patio this summer. Oh, and with friends!


2nd bottle red:  Anciano Gran Reserva 2006

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Tempranillo originates from the Valdepeñas, Spain.  Vines are 30+ years old. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks followed by aging in America, French, and Hungarian oak casks for a period of 24 months.  This wine is further bottled aged for a minimum of 52 months giving it the distinction of Valdepeñas D.O.

 

For the rest of us:

Luscious fruit with a medium-light bodied weight.  Smooth finish with no dryness. You will get complex fruit of licorice and strawberry jam.  Bang for your buck, this wine is your best bet! Best served with rosemary encrusted lamb chops and good friends!      


2nd bottle white:  Epiphany Grenache Blanc 2016

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Grenache Blanc originates from Santa Barbara County, California.  More specifically, it comes from Rodney’s Vineyard (Block 02) of the Fess Parker ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley.  Aged 8 months in 100% neutral French oak. Epiphany winery was originally founded by the son of Fess Parker, Eli. his vision is now shared with the primary winemaker, Blair Fox.  Her innovations have build Epiphany’s reputation of forward thinking wine.

 

For the rest of us:

This wine is for everyone.  More specifically, for you Pinot Grigio lovers out there, this is a must try wine.  It takes citrus driven white wine to a new level. You will get lots of stone fruit on the nose and throughout.  Apples, pears, and definitely bright lemons. Best served on the patio with it is 90+ degrees outside. Enjoy!


1st bottle reserve red:  2014 Stackhouse Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

 

For the wine snob:

This Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Petit Verdot (13%), Merlot (7%) originates from Napa Valley, California.  Aged in 100% French Oak (65% new.) This wine is crafted among a series of wines from the In Vino Felicitas portfolio.  Husband and wife, Anna and Mario Monticelli have crafted a wine with an “approachable style.” This wine was named one of the “Top 3 Greatest Value Wines of 2016” by Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.  Case production is 2,700.

 

For the rest of us:

Bang for your buck wine!  The winemakers refer to this wine as “approachable.”  This is code for “Everyone is going to flippin love this wine.”  This is a people pleaser for sure. Lots of fruit with nice body and a smooth finish.  This is perfect for all occasions. Open up a bottle at your next family gathering! Best served with family and friends over the 4th of July weekend!


1st bottle reserve white:  Lloyd Cellars 2015 Carneros Chardonnay

For the wine snob:

This 100% Chardonnay originates from the Carneros Appellation of Napa, California.  More specifically, it comes from Sangiacomo Vineyards with a small amount from Truchard Vineyard.  Malolactic fermentation and aging for 10 months in American oak.

 

For the rest of us:

Tropical fruit in a bottle followed by a buttery finish.  This is what “great’ Chardonnay tastes like. It is fully bodied with stone fruits that lead with pear, apple, and lemonade.  This wine is perfect for summer. Drink is wine with your next grilled salmon. Best served with friends!


2nd bottle reserve red:  Jax Cabernet Franc 2015

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Cabernet Franc originates from the Jax Family Winery in Calistoga, located in Napa Valley.  This is a small production wine (only three barrels). Grapes were handpicked and underwent immediate cold soak.  The wine was aged in new French oak for a period of 21 months (66% new). Rated 90-93 points by Robert Parker.

 

For the rest of us:

So basically it is pretty simple…Jax wines are high end wine with amazing balance.  This Cabernet Franc is no exception. It is the lighter cousin to Cabernet Sauvignon. You will find this wine to have nice body to it but a noticeably lighter pigmentation compared to Cab Sauv.  You will get nice tart fruit with a touch of green bell pepper. It’s delicious! Best served with only your favorite friends and family.