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Lioco Pinot Noir 2019; Mendocino County, CA ($27.99) – A very impressive effort for an “the entry level” wine. Dry farming, sustainability and a light touch with the use of oak are priorities for winemaker Matt Licklider. Pretty aromas of violets, cherries, tea and bay leaf with flavors of dark plum and raspberry and an elegantly balanced finish.  A solid warm weather red to pair with salmon, pulled pork and mushroom dishes. 

End of the Vine “Slip Stream Red” 2017; North Coast, CA ($21.99, discounted 25% by the case!) – Another delicious “mystery wine” from our pal Lee at End of the Vine. A robust blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Sirah, sourced from some of the finest vineyards sites in California whose locations cannot be revealed. Aromas of currants, black fruits and spice with rich structure, fine tannins and judicious use of oak leading to a full bodied yet round and silky finish. Serve with your favorite grilled foods at the backyard barbeque or firm aged cheeses. 

Isola Augusta Pinot Nero 2019; Friuli, Italy ($17.99, discounted 25% by the case!) – Here is one of Jenn’s best friends in a bottle. This is a versatile red you can confidently serve at any casual dinner party or fully vaxxed gathering. Notes of wild red berries, warm spices, raspberry, and savory herbs, this is a light red you may serve slightly chilled with simple grilled meats, risotto or charcuterie. 

Chateau Vignol Rosé 2020; Bordeaux, France ($15.99) – A lively rosé of Merlot, Cabernet and Cabernet Franc. Pale pink in color with aromas of fresh sliced berries and a hint of rose.  On the palate it is quite dry with a tad more structure, concentrated red fruit and honeydew melon. Just the teeniest bit of spritz and crisp acidity on the finish make it a nice pairing with shellfish, goat cheese or chicken salad. 

Domaine de La Chapelle Mâcon Solutré Pouilly 2020; Mâcon Villages, Burgundy, France ($27.99) – If you think the name is a mouthful, wait until you taste the wine! All the fruit is hand harvested, with super concentrated nose of tree fruit-like apple, pear and a touch of flint. Plenty of tangy acid and a touch of oak on the finish, which goes on and on and on…This would rival any fine Pouilly Fuisse to say the least. Delicious with river fish, roasted birds or bacon wrapped scallops. 

Veяus Vienyards Furmint 2019; Štajerska, Slovenia ($19.99) – Talk about a wine being off the beaten path… This is a fairly new winery established in 2007, and represents a new wave of really interesting wines flowing in from Eastern Europe. Uniquely gentle floral bouquet with hints of quince, pear, green apple, peach or lemon/lime. The wine has a full-bodied flavor with a pleasant freshness and ages very well, much like a fine Riesling or Grüner Veltliner. Verus is Latin for ‘true’. Like Grüner, it plays well with hard to pair foods like tomatoes, asparagus and artichokes, and also complements mild fish in light cream sauces. 

Jones von Drehle Viognier 2019; Yadkin Valley, NC ($21.99) – We are always asked “what is your favorite North Carolina winery?” and we always answer “Jones von Drehle”. Not only is the winery a beautiful property, it is operated by two of the nicest people in the business – Diana and Chuck Jones. This is one of the best domestic Viogniers we've tried here at the shop, and they manage one of the largest plantings of Viognier in the state. The signature floral aromas of white flower and mineral are matched with tart green apple skin, peach and apricot. This is a delicate, well balanced wine with soft acidity and a full yet crisp finish. Try it with boiled NC shrimp, crabcakes or cool summer salads. If you are in their area, call ahead for a tour and tasting – you won’t be disappointed.


More Wines For Summer Sipping!

Sparkling & Rosé Wine

Klosterneuburg Grüner Veltiner Sekt; Thermenregion, Austria ($18.99) - This is the oldest wine estate in Austria, located on the grounds of the Klosterneuburg Cathedral just outside of Vienna. Still owned by the Augustine Order, the winery is Europe’s first certified carbon neutral wine producer. Situated on south-eastern facing slopes, the wines develop intense, vibrant fruit and crisp acidity. Think green apple and pear with wispy bubbles -- classic Grüner, just bubbly!

Joseph Cattin Cremant Brut NV; Alsace, France ($15.99) - The Cattin family has been producing wine for 300 years and is one of our best deals in Sparkling wine from any region.  All estate Pinot Blanc & Auxerrois grapes fermented in the traditional Champagne method and aged for 15 months on the lees. Aromas of white flowers and green apple lead to flavors of fresh apple, plum and citrus. The finish is lively and dry with very fine bubbles. A classy sparkler that makes any day a celebration!

Lovo Prosecco Rosé Brut DOC 2019; Veneto, Italy ($19.99) - Bright, light & pink! A bubbly blend of 86% Glera and 14% Pinot Noir with sunset rosé color and beautiful notes of fresh cut flowers and red raspberries. Perfect with oysters, smoked salmon, and mild cheeses.

Domaine Saint-Nabor Gris di Nabor Rosé 2020; Rhône Valley, France ($14.99) - There’s something so fun and peachy about this wine, both the color and the nuances in the nose. The Castor family has owned this estate for six generations in the Rhone Valley and produces classic dry, crisp French rose made from Grenache, Cinsault and Tempranillo (hence, why it is not called Cotes du Rhone). Its nose is bright with peach, orange peel and soft red fruit. The palate is tropical notes with an appealing softness. A little Gris di Nabor to drink with your neighbor! 

Chateau Clamens Rosé 2020; Fronton, France ($17.99, discounted 25% off by the case) - Rumor has it that the Knights Templar brought this unknown grape from Cyprus to Gaillac, France. It’s thick skinned and super dark in color, but it makes this delightfully pale and savory rose from the lesser known appellation Fronton in Southwest France. Fresh berry aromas lead to a palate which is complex yet balanced- driven by flavors of black currant and blackberry, finishing with soft violet notes and a hint of licorice. It’s slightly savory and will pique you interest if you’re a fan of Cabernet Franc Rosé.

Domaine de Fontsainte 'Gris de Gris' 2020; Corbières, Languedoc, France ($21.99) - The Fontsainte vineyards surround the hamlet of Boutenac in the area known as “The Golden Crescent” - the sunniest in the appellation of Corbières. A unique blend of "grey," red, and white grapes, the nose reminds us of a warm day in May with strawberries, peach, and rhubarb. The palate leaves you in Summertime with lingering hints of watermelon and candied fruit. Delicious with chilled shrimp.

Berthier l’Instant Rosé 2020; Sancerre, Loire Valley, France ($16.99) - A dancing delightful array of the reddest fruits- think cherry, strawberry, raspberry and then imagine a big fat kiss of succulent acid, this stuff is really good. It’s Pinot Noir based and has enough body to stand up to even red meat says our friend, Clement Berthier and the head honcho responsible for making this seriously good swill!

El Jefe Rosé 2020 1 Liter; Castilla y Leon, Spain ($15.99) - This might be the new shop favorite -- a liter bottle to boot and it might just be the boss of you! Does it get any better? Juicy and fun with watermelon candy, pink grapefruit, and creamy strawberry. It would be delicious with pork but of course it can stand alone as a summer sipper. Enjoy this poolside, at the campsite, or in your beach house.


Summer White Wines

La Grange de Piaugier Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2020; Rhône Valley, France ($17.99, discounted 25% by the case) - Made from sustainably grown, hand-harvested traditional white grapes of the region: Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier. This is a weightier version with white flower aromas, ripe apple and tropical fruits and somewhat rich on the palate but still plenty of acid. A happy pairing with roasted game birds, full flavored white fishes, and light cream sauces.

Schlossmühlenhof Riesling Trocken 2020 1 Liter; Reinhessen, Germany
($21.99) - If aliens landed in this NC summer and said take me to your leader, well, we’d save the world by handing them this liter….hahaha. This liter of dry Riesling is certainly spry and almost ethereal with notes of lime zest and fuji apple on the nose. Light in body with a bit of lift and spritz with a clean, refreshing finish. Richer foods or appetizers of young, soft cheeses and fruits, Black Forest ham or cured meats. It’s an awesome picnic-wine in a handy 1-liter package or perfect for getting the aliens drunk and stealing their hovercraft.

Goldschmidt Vineyards "Herald" Chardonnay 2018; Russian River Valley, CA ($19.99, discounted 25% off by the case) - Grown on fine-grained, shallow marine quartz sandstone in low yielding vineyards, this is a beautifully perfumed Chardonnay with fresh nectarine, melon and lemon zest aromas. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged for 6 months in French barrique (15% new), lending layers of apricot, peach and pear fruit, minerality, vanilla and soft round oak tones in a rich balanced finish. A very impressive wine for French & American Chardonnay lovers, like a wine Détente without the lengthy negotiations.

Terre Brûlée Chenin Blanc 2019; Swartland, South Africa ($15.99, discounted 25% off by the case) - This wine gets its name from the French translation of "Swartland.” And just like the name, the wine itself is a wonderfully French-style expression of South African terrior. Crafted by Loire Valley winemakers Tania and Vincent Carême, showing Intense floral aromas accompanied with tropical mango and fresh-baked pie with a rich round palate. Delicious with lobster salad, grilled scallops, or spicy crabby patties.

Tegernseerhof “Bergdistel” Grüner Veltliner Smaragd 2019; Wachau, Austria ($32.99) - A cuvée of Martin Mittelbach’s Smaragd cru vineyards rising from the banks of the Danube River. Richly textured ripe tree fruit flavors with pear, peach and apple notes, layered with varietal peppery spice and a crisp full finish. A textbook style Wachau Grüner for less than half the price of comparable wines from this renowned wine growing region.

Inurrieta “Orchidea” Sauvignon Blanc 2019; Navarra, Spain ($14.99) - Spanish Sauvignon Blanc? You betcha. It’s part of the recent trend of international varietals from the historic Navarra region.  Lively, fresh, fruity, and crisp. Lemon/lime citrus notes greet you on the nose followed by overtones of tropical pineapple fruits and even subtle touches of green apple. This porch-pounder is full of surprises, unique personality, and fantastic value. Pair with fleshy grilled fishes and creamy goat cheese salads.

Red Tail Ridge Chardonnay (sans oak) 2019; Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, NY ($16.99) - Who would have thought we could get so excited about an affordably priced Chardonnay from the Finger Lakes? We had the pleasure of meeting the incredibly smart owner, Nancy Irelan. We really like smart women, especially when they make wines with subsistence. 100% fermented in stainless steel on light lees which lend slight roundness and richness on the palate. Beautiful aromas of juicy golden apples, ripe pears, and lemons with a taut mineral through-line leading into zippy acidity. It's delightfully concentrated and perfect for the person who wants no oak in their Chardonnay.


New Red Wines

La Casaccia Grignolino d’ Asti 2019; Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy ($17.99) - It’s BAAACKKKKK! Jenn switched to gin and tequila when our distributor ran out of this wine during the pandemic. This wine is 100% Grignolino, a varietal native to the Piedmont region. This wine shows beautiful aromas of crushed rose petals, raspberry, and a hint of anise and white pepper. On the palette, the wine is high acid, super dirty raspberry fruit with a kiss of tannin. Delicate and light in body, it could be the lightest red or the darkest rose. Chill it and chill OUT!

Domaine de la Prébende Beaujolais 2020; Burgundy, France ($19.99) - “Une prébende” essentially means “a tax,” this estate sits on the property where the monks used to collect the taxes. But let me assure you, there is nothing taxing about this wine. The grapes are harvested manually, and the wine is vinified without SO2 or added sugars while using on native yeast. It checks all the boxes for being made honestly and naturally. Its nose is loaded with strawberries and hay while it’s medium bodied with tensile tannins. This is red wine for warm days, especially with a slight chill. Pizza (ask Anthony at Oakwood Pizza Box), charcuterie and salty snacks!

Cowhorn ‘53’ Syrah 2015; Applegate Valley, Oregon ($21.99) - Seaboard confession…we love domestic Syrah. 53 represents the number of days of frost during the growth cycle. A shining example of what can be done with Syrah; it definitely leans towards the Northern Rhone style. Dark fruits, bacon, violets and a silky texture make this a show stopper. Demeter (biodynamic) certified from Oregon - need we say more?

Ciu Ciu ‘Gotico’ Piceno Riserva 2016; Marche, Italy ($16.99) - CHOO CHOO! Everybody’s on board- with this find from Marche, Italy. It’s a certified organic blend of 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese that spends 12 months in oak. The nose is brimming with dark cherry fruit and vanilla, and for a second it takes on the Amarena cherry fruit quality that is reminiscent of a Manhattan. On the palate, partially due to the 4 years in bottle, it is incredibly silky in texture with concentrated dark fruit. It will also appeal to both new and old world drinkers. Crank down the AC and have a glass by itself or try with grilled meats.

Claude Val Rouge 2018; Languedoc, France ($9.99 discounted 25% by the case) - A smooth easy drinking blend of Grenache, Merlot, Syrah and Carignan from the sunny south of France. Plenty of raspberry, currant and red fruits with soft tannins and a round silky finish. Nice everyday red at a friendly price to enjoy on its own or with comfort foods and simple grilled meals.

Goldschmidt Vineyards "Herald" Merlot 2018; Alexander Valley, CA ($21.99, discounted 25% off by the case) - This isn’t your Merlot from the 90’s, this is a Cab drinker’s Merlot, made by Nick Goldschmidt. There is all of this wonderful dark fruit with woodsy herbs, like purply-black plums, blackberries, and rubbed sage. Juicy but not flabby, with structured tannins. Super smooth but its presence is certainly known. Enjoy the long finish -- try with a well-marbled steak.

Friend & Farmer Tempranillo 2020; La Mancha, Spain ($17.99) - Such an easy-drinking wine, and a stunner, too -- how often do you run across carbonic Tempranillo? Bright and juicy with notes of cranberry, crushed blackberries, cherries, and just a little leather to round it all out. This is a super versatile wine and can be enjoyed with even the most conscientious friend as it's Demeter certified biodynamic, USDA organic, and vegan! Try it with root vegetables, simple pizzas or even (gasp) barbeque ribs. 

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This page was updated last on 07/28/21