As February 14th is fast approaching, what better time to let you know about a few of the wines we are crushing on right now. Whatever your plans, we’re certain you’ll be smitten with this charming selection of reds, whites, and bubbles.
FIVE WINES UNDER $25
2010 Villa Bel Air Graves Rouge Bordeaux France ($19.99) – You know our true passion is California, but every once in a while we have to revisit our first love, Bordeaux. This elegant Graves Rouge is everything you want in a French red. With almost equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and a touch of Cabernet Franc, this wine will steal your heart, not your wallet.
2012 Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($24.99) – We’re wild about this Napa Cabernet and, at this price, who wouldn’t be? A enticing blend of richness and elegance, the wine offers blue and black fruits and complex layers of tea and spice. Woo them with your exceptional good taste and your remarkable knack for discovering great value.
2013 Broc Cellars Love Red Part Deux Alexander Valley ($22.99) – How could we resist a wine called “Love Red” for Valentine’s Day? This flirty blend of Carignan, Valdiguie, and Petite Sirah is light on its feet with a lovely bright acidity. Skip the bouquet and grab a bottle of this floral wine, which is also packed with juicy red fruits.
2011 Skinner Grenache Blanc El Dorado ($22.99) – Grenache Blanc doesn’t get enough love but it just may be the perfect winter white. Skinner’s version has good body and richness balanced with just enough acidity to keep you coming back for more. Embrace the flavors of citrus, peach, and ginger and dare to be different.
NV Casas del Mar Rose Cava Spain ($14.99) – You don’t have to break the bank to cozy up with some bubbles this Valentine’s Day. This great buy is pink, it sparkles, and it has ample fruit notes; what more could you ask for? It’s definitely not a sweet Cava, but it is sprightly and irresistible.
FIVE SPLURGE WORTHY WINES
2011 Barbour Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena ($119.99) – A serious bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the passionate team of viticulturist Jim Barbour and winemaker Celia Welch. Speaking of serious, Taylor was seriously lovesick over this wine from the moment he tasted it. If you’re a fan of lush dark fruits and smoothly textured wines, prepare to pine over this one.
2012 Soliste Pinot Noir Nouveau Monde Sonoma Coast ($84.99) – Another bottle that demands adoration from the first sip, this time it was Jen who fell hard. Inspired by France but made from grapes on the far Sonoma Coast, this refined Pinot Noir will draw you in with its feminine wiles and, more specifically, sultry notes of strawberry, rhubarb, flowers, and white pepper.
2012 A Tribute to Grace Grenache Santa Barbara Highlands ($59.99) – Grace is a trait we should all admire, and it’s one of winemaker Angela Osborne’s favorite attributes. This tribute to her grandmother, which is 100% Grenache from the Santa Barbara Highlands, is a thing of beauty. The wine has many attractive qualities, among them strawberry, tangerine, and vanilla notes and a crisp, clean, red fruit character. Just dreamy!
2007 Domaine Chanson, Beaune Clos des Mouches, 1er Cru Blanc ($99.99) – We have only three bottles of this gorgeous Chardonnay, which we acquired from a private cellar. It’s surprising that it is still on the shelf because the wine is from an excellent vintage in Burgundy and from one of the most highly respected Premier Cru vineyards. Wines from Clos des Mouches have a sexy mineral note to them, which balances out the luscious fruit and honey character.
NV Vilmart Grand Cellier Champagne France ($78.99) – The entire staff here is smitten with this Champagne, which is made up of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir from 2 parcels in Rilly-la-Montagne. Ethereal and swoon-worthy, this wine deserves your full attention and your unwavering devotion. Oh yes, be mine.
All of these wines can be found on our website, or here in the store. Cheers!