- Wild Horse ChardonnayCentral Coast, California
Aromas of apple, pear, pineapple & vanilla with green apple, peach & lemon flavors. Great with chicken & pasta with cream sauce.
- Sonoma-Cutrer ChardonnayRussian River Valley, California
Nice balance of fruit, acidity & oak. Crisp & buttery. Fairly light with a medium finish. One of our favorites!
- Kim Crawford Sauvignon BlancMarlborough, New Zealand
Tropical fruits & cut grass on the nose, the palate bursting with passion fruit, citrus & ripe stone fruit flavors. An exuberant & expressive wine that is best enjoyed with seafood or even on its own.
- Principato Pinot GrigioTrentino, Italy
Pale straw in color, this wine offers impressive, rich ripe fruit aromas that hint of pear & white flowers. This light Pinot Grigio finishes with crisp green apple & citrus fruit flavors. A well balanced wine with unusually lively acidity that is easy drinking, elegant & very enjoyable with food or alone.
- Ziobaffa Pinot GrigioItaly
Ziobaffa organic Pinot Grigio has fresh rich aromas of apples & pears with hints of citrus that fade into a floral bouquet. On the palate it is bright & fresh with wonderful fruit flavors. It pairs well with seafood, poultry & pastas in cream sauce. Sip a glass of Ziobaffa & you’ll taste summertime on the Italian coast.
- Ruffino OrvietoUmbria, Italy
Poetically referred to as “the sun of Italy in a bottle”, this wine’s smooth, refreshing flavors, balance beautifully with its structure & acidity. Fruity & floral bouquet reminiscent of green apples & meadow flowers. The finish is long & fragrant with hints of almond. Its freshness & complexity of aromas are reminiscent of crisp, cool mornings in Italy!
- La Terre White ZinfandelCalifornia
Abundant fresh strawberry & melon flavors are highlighted by a vibrant, sweet citrus finish.
- Anterra MoscatoItaly
This Italian Moscato has scents of gardenia & peaches with flavors of apricots & passion fruit. Fresh, clean & fruity, it is ideal to serve with desserts, fresh or dried fruits & Italian cakes. Moscato is great for people who love a slightly sweet wine, & it may also be served with rich, creamy cheeses after dinner.
- Kung Fu Girl RieslingWashington
90 points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Mouth-watering, food-friendly Riesling offering racy notes of citrus blossom, lime leaf & white peach that intermingle with minerals filling the palate. Balanced acidity with a touch of sweetness that will leave your palate satisfied & refreshed.
- Rose PescadorSpain
This slightly effervescent rose from Spain is an elegant dry rose made from 60% Trepat, 20% Merlot & 20% Garnacha grapes. It has a pale pink colored body & the nose is intensely aromatic & expressive, marked by notes of ripe red fruits. The palate is refreshing, light, with a smooth texture & a lingering finish that makes it an ideal accompaniment for seafood & all kinds of fish dishes.
- Riondo Prosecco Spago NeroItaly
Sparkling white wine that is fresh, crisp & clean, with ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, touches of grapefruit & minerality. Effusively fruity & light bodied bringing terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence & a clean delicate finish.
- Moet & Chandon Imperial BrutFrance
Very pale straw color with small, active bubbles & subtle hints of flowers, vanilla, grapefruit & bread. A light & delicate champagne. Perfect for every celebration!
- Rodney Strong Cabernet SauvignonSonoma County, California
The bouquet on this Cabernet Sauvignon is rich with dark fruits, cinnamon, clove & toasty oak. The wine is juicy on the palate, rich with dark cherry & plum flavors prominent, accented by crushed violets & black pepper. The palate has medium tannins, lingering spicy oak flavors & a lush finish.
- Faust Cabernet SauvignonNapa Valley, California
A benchmark example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine opens with aromas of red & black cherries, ripe raspberry, hints of violets & a lovely perfume. A complex finish with dark fruit lingers in the mouth.
- Silver Oak Cabernet SauvignonNapa Valley, California
Rich & creamy yet maintains a lively character & texture on the palate with flavors of ripe berries, toasted oak, chocolate & vanilla, all balanced by mineral-filled tannins that add just the right amount of grip on the spice-laced finish. Magnificent!
- La Crema Pinot NoirMonterey, California
Complex nose, with both savory and sweet tones, ripe plum & forest floor aromas are highlighted by notes of violet & cocoa powder, with pomegranate and blackberry taking the lead on the palate.
- The Crusher Pinot NoirClarksburg, California
The Crusher Pinot Noir has a fruit-forward nose, with nuanced notes of cranberry, cherry & warm spices. Full bodied & bright acidity from aging 12 months in French oak barrels, giving it a palate of plum, tart cherry & savory herbs.
- North Valley Pinot NoirSoter Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon
This wine opens with a beautifully aromatic nose of violet, cherry blossom, fennel, sweet cherry & clean earth. A pretty, floral density to the palate lends a subtle, elegant structure, creating a linear & focused whole. Pure velvet!
- Blackbird Vineyards AriseNapa Valley, California
61% Merlot, 20% Cab Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon
Incredible elegance & complexity, beautiful aromas of tobacco & black currant, with hints of raspberry, chocolate & mint on the palate. This Bordeaux-inspired wine is a truly superb experience!
- Peirano Estate “Six Clones” MerlotLodi, California
Hand harvested grapes & estate bottled, this is produced from 6 different clones of Merlot grown on the estate, including two rare French clones. The aromatics have a rich blackberry & strawberry core with a wet earth & gravel back note. The mouth feel is focused & fresh with vibrant echoes of black cherry, cocoa & hints of toasted oak. Moderate tannins & good acidity leave a pleasing, lasting finish. Each juicy sip leaves the palate wet & wanting more.
- Castello D’Albola Chianti ClassicoItaly
Ruby red tending to garnet color. Aromas are fine, with delicate hints of violets. Taste is balanced, dry and well-structured with a velvety mouth feel.
- Peppoli Chianti ClassicoItaly
90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot/Syrah
Ruby red in color with highlights of purple. This wine shows intensely fruity notes of cherries & red currants on the nose. Very delicate & quite well integrated, the smoky sensations created by the oak aging. The palate is savory with a tasty vein of acidity together with silky & polished tannins.
- Layer Cake PrimitivoPuglia, Italy
Primitivo aka Zinfandel comes right at you with huge inky black fruit, spice & white pepper, layered & rich in the mouth with jammy black cherries, truffles, espresso & dense, creamy texture. The soft textures & sweet ripe fruit make it one of the few red wines that works amazingly well with spicy foods.
- Starbene Chianti D.O.C.G.Italy
This wine has a lively ruby red color, turning towards garnet with age. It has an intense summer bouquet of red fruits & a hint of violets. The palate is harmonious, dry & has balanced tannins on the finish. A wonderful wine to drink by itself or pair with your favorite Italian meal.
- Stella Montepulciano D’AbruzzoItaly
A food friendly, easy drinking red wine that is the third most popular Italian varietal. Deep ruby-red in color, it has an enticing bouquet filled with the vibrant aromas of red berries & black cherries. Very ripe, jammy blackberry fruit flavors linger on the palate with hints of tobacco & licorice lingering on the smooth, mellow finish. Pairs wonderfully with meat or pasta.
- Zaccagnini Montepulciano D’AbruzzoItaly
Intense ruby red color with violet nuances; intense characteristic bouquet of the primary grape aromas; fruity component, full-bodied & robust, well-balanced with tannin & oak features.
- Banfi L‘Ardi Dolcetto d’AcquiItaly
A fruity & approachable red wine. Ruby red in color, with a rich bouquet of fresh fruits with notes of cherries & blackberries. Flavorful with a typical dry finish, goes perfect with all foods Italian from appetizers to main dishes!
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- Locations-Italy-Red BlendItaly
90 Points from Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate, this non-vintage red blend from Dave Phinney takes grapes from different regions & vintages to make a brilliant Italian red blend. A blend of Negroamaro & Nero d’Avola from the southern region of Puglia combined with Barbera from Piemonte in the north & a small percentage of Sangiovese from Tuscany. The palate is immediately hit with super lush flavors of ripe berries & spice, supported with a dense core that has just the right amount of acidity. The tannins are already velvety & soft which provide a lingering finish with hints of minerality & some herbal notes.
- Il Poggione Rosso di MontalcinoItaly
From the southern hills of Montalcino, comes this estate grown Sangiovese, aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Ruby red in color with a pleasantly intense bouquet of wild berry fruits. The palate is velvety & lingering with excellent structure & smooth tannins. An ideal companion for pasta dishes, grilled meats & mature cheeses.
- Colpetrone Montefalco SagrantinoItaly
90 Points in Wine Spectator. A polished Sagrantino (one of Italy’s oldest grapes), intense ruby red in color with an ample nose of red fruit with spices & a subtle hint of vanilla. Well- structured with concentrated tannins in its youth, this wine spends 18 months in large French oak barrels & 12 months in the bottle before it’s released. This is an expressive, fully- loaded wine!
- Villa Pozzi Nero D’AvolaSicily, Italy
Seductively reveals a perfume of blackberry liqueur, white flowers, vanilla & a hint of figs. On the palate, this wine is opulent, full-bodied & viscous, with a great intensity. The perfect accompaniment to all things Italian.
- Recchia La Muraie Valpolicella RipassoItaly
This fruity complex wine from Northeastern Italy won 90 points from Wine Spectator. Elegant & integrated, with supple tannins & quiet acidity framing the layered flavors of crème de cassis, black cherry, black licorice, smoky mineral & tobacco. A spicy thread runs through & lingers on the finish.
- Le Volte Dell’OrnellaiaTuscany, Italy
This approachable Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon is well balanced, harmonious & very drinkable. High quality tannins on the palate are silky & elegant. This refined & delicate red tastes of plum & sweet berry, with lemon undertones. It is medium-light bodied with a fresh finish.
- Mazzoni Piemonte BarberaPiedmont, Italy
Mazzoni Piemonte Barbera begins with pleasant aromas of black cherry & other dark berries, earth, a little oaky spice & a hint of smoke. Smooth with soft tannins, good acidity & great balance, this medium-bodied wine pairs wonderfully with all things Italian. It ends long & dry with red berries, spice & an excellent earthy streak.
- Silverado Vineyards SangioveseNapa Valley, California
98% Sangiovese, 2% Zinfandel
A fantastic blend! Dynamic blackberry with some tea notes on the nose. Bright cherry & vanilla flavors. Great acidity in the mouth, pairs wonderfully with marinara sauce. It channels the best of Chianti’s character in a classic Napa Valley style.
- The Arsonist Red BlendDunnigan Hills, California
52% Petit Verdot, 25% Malbec, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon
This bold red blend is a rich plum color, with aromas of black current & mocha that intermingle with spice & black pepper. Sweet wild berry fruit flavors on the entry, dry as the wine progresses across the palate. An opulent & luscious wine with the essence of dried blueberries & juicy plum that seamlessly transition to a lengthy finish with hints of dark chocolate & truffle tannins. A perfect big wine to pair with a hearty Italian meal!
- Graffito MalbecArgentina
Etheral rose petal incense & spicy perfume with a bass note of smoky earth & espresso. Juicy & medium-bodied, it expands & intensifies in the mouth, gaining density & complexity as it’s savored. The palate balances red currant fruit & hints of black pepper with loads of mouth coating ripe tannins that are common in old vine Malbecs. This Malbec finishes with smooth, lush tannins, ripe acidity & good length.
- Dona Paula Estate Black Edition BlendArgentina
60% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon
Intense black purple in color. On the nose, its aromas of plum, spices & red pepper stand out while delicate notes of mint can also be perceived. In the mouth, it is a very harmonious & balanced wine, with round tannins & a long finish. A beautiful, bold & bright red blend from Argentina that pairs well with a hearty meal. One of our favorites!
- Boneshaker ZinfandelLodi, California
This is as full bodied as they come, with fine-grained tannins on the mid palate & a long finish hemmed by subtle notes of allspice & lightly roasted coffee. This wine is great on its own, but it truly shines alongside hearty pasta dishes & meat. Truly divine!
- Barossa Valley Estate ShirazBarossa Valley, Australia
Red with some purple hints at the rim. The nose is quite savory with some lovely pepper notes all bound together by plums. This Shiraz features toasty oak, fleshy blackberry & mocha on the nose & palate. It’s full bodied, ultra-smooth & mouth-filling.