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Tasting Notes: The brand's creation (2007) came from his son, vintner Joseph Carr, as a gift to honor his father, Josh. Grapes are sourced for this wine from throughout the North Coast AVA, including Sonoma and Lake counties. The wine is elegant, crisp, and well-balanced resulting from the region’s warm, sunny days and cool nights influenced by its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The nose of this wine showcases bright citrus, lemon, and peach. On the palate, flavors of lemon zest, peach, and vanilla with a lingering, pleasant finish. The Reserve is a little richer, more unctuous and forward than the Sonoma County Chardonnay, the Reserve Chardonnay is made with a little more new oak and leaps from the glass with flavors of caramelized fruit and apricot combine with vanilla and custard notes. Enjoy this wine with toasted mixed nuts, seafood risotto, roast chicken with butternut squash, or spicy Italian pasta.

Price: $33.49


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Tasting Notes: Zuccardi Q Chardonnay is a medium-plus-bodied 100% Chard sourced from the Tupungato, Uco Valley in Mendoza. Well-balanced and steely with bright fresh apple, pear, citrus, flinty and mineral flavours on the palate. No malolactic fermentation on this vibrant Chard. Varietal wines, distinct blends from select vineyards, which come from the best parts of Mendoza. Each batch is harvested separately at different times, with the goal of achieving elegance and excellence in the wine. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster tail, prawns in butter sauce, sautéed smoked sea scallops in butter.

Price: $24.99


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Tasting Notes: Mud House Wine Company is a wine producer based in Marlborough, New Zealand. It is most famous for its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wines. Sauvignon Blanc is a white-wine grape from western France, now successfully grown in emerging and established wine regions all over the world. The variety produces lightly colored, aromatic dry white wines with fresh acidity. Synonyms: Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Bianco, Muskat-Silvaner, Muskat-Sylvaner. The front palate is peppered with notes of melon and citrus, while the crisp grapefruit-like acidity lingers and adds texture.

Price: $21.49


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Tasting Notes: Soave is an interesting wine, a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. Its minerality and kicking acidity come from the soils of Soave – a small area in Northern Italy constituted of hillside vineyards. Generous, pleasingly fresh and versatile, it is made from the traditional varieties of Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave grown in family-owned vineyards situated in the Soave Classico region. Soave Classico DOC – The original zone of production, mainly covering vineyards planted on slopes and hillsides. The source of many high quality Soave wines. Soave is commonly paired with seafood as it has a smooth oily richness and a palate that is fruity (white peach, lemon, lime and pear) with a hint of salinity. Both Soave made in stainless steel tanks and Soave aged in wooden barrels will work with shellfish pasta dishes.

Price: $27.49


DeWayne's Picks


Tasting Notes: All of Ken's Pinot Noir vineyards are located in the Northern Willamette Valley. This wine is one he makes blending grapes from those single vineyards in this area, all certified organic. The yields were low, just under three tons per acre. It was another excellent vintage with dry conditions and expressive Pinot Noir fruit. Aged in both stainless steel and neutral French oak. Ken Wright is a winemaking legend in the Willamette Valley. Ken Wright's accomplishments have been recognized over and over throughout the years. Ken Wright Cellars wine has received 111 scores of 90 and above in the Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, and they continue to year after year. In 2014, Ken’s 2012 Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir was ranked the number one wine in the world, per Wine Enthusiast. The best food pairings for Pinot Noir complement the wine’s pretty fruit flavors, bright acidity and elegant style. These qualities make Pinot Noir a perfect partner to lighter red meats like duck and lamb, or white meats like turkey, pork and chicken. Fuller-flavored fish like salmon go well, or using bolder tasting cooking methods on fish as well. Earthy vegetables and herbs like mushrooms and thyme match the wine’s savory flavors, especially when folded into risotto and pasta.

Price: $36.99


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Tasting Notes: The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Carneros region owned by the Rombauer family and select growers. The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentations. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture. Aromas of ripe yellow peach, melon, and chamomile all framed by freshly baked pie crust. The palate is bright with flavors of nectarine, followed by a subtle spice, and lively acidity.

Price: $63.49


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Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2020  Italy

Tasting Notes: This is a wine that must be tried with each new vintage. Every year the expression of these 3 grapes are adjusted to optimize for what would be the best bottling for that year. The Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), and Sangiovese (20%) grapes were fermented separately in small steel tanks to maintain their varietal characteristics intact. The alcoholic fermentation was followed by malolactic fermentation, again in steel tanks. The wine was then aged for 10 months, partly in barrique used for Ornellaia and partly in cement tanks, to obtain the perfect balance between tannic structure and an expression of fresh fruit.

Price: $33.45



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