Featured Wine

Jose Maria Da Fonseca – Waterdog Portugal Wines

Our featured wines this month come from Jose Maria Da Fonseca’s premium Waterdog line. The wines are from the southern coast of Portugal, home of the original Portuguese Waterdogs.

Waterdog Portugal White Wine 2020 is a blend of 90% Arinto and 10% Fernão Pires grapes. The winemaker’s tasting notes for Waterdog Portugal White include “peach and pineapple aroma and a touch of spices and wood.”

Waterdog Portugal Red Wine 2020 is a blend of 56% Castelão, 22% Touriga Nacional, and 22% Touriga Francesa grapes, aged for 6 months in French and American Oak. The winemakers describes Waterdog Portugal Red as having a “fruity palate with notes of red berries and a touch of wood”.

Summer Whites from the Loire Valley

We’ve selected a pair of outstanding wines from France’s Loire Valley as our features for May 2021.

Sancerre – Loire Valley, France
This fabulous French wine comes to us from 90+ Cellars carefully curated Reserve Series, lot #126. 90 + Cellars attributes Sancerre’s character to the complex soils west of the Loire River, describing the wine as:

“Crisp and balanced, with classic minerality and a delicate perfume of white flowers, citrus and grapefruit.”

Clos Le Vigneau Vouvray 2018 – Loire Valley, France
An exciting white wine made from entirely Chenin Blanc grapes. Decanter magazine awards this 2018 variety an 89 point score, with tasting notes that include:

“Peach yogurt and orange blossom aromas give this a sunny character.” -Decanter

French Rosés for Spring

We have an exciting collection of French Rosés to help you welcome the spring season in style.


Penya 2020 Rosé comes highly recommended by Hand Picked Selections, describing it as having “fresh aromas of Rainer cherries, garrigue, an hints of red raspberry and melon.”

The winemaker describes Rubus Vin Gris Rosé – “delicate strawberry nose, juicy berries and cherries, a touch of dried herbs and minerality.”

Bailli de Provence Rosé earns an 88 pt score from Wine Spectator, whose tasting notes include “a fruity aroma, showing rich flavors of dried cherry and melon, with hints of cinnamon. Finishes lush, with some blck currant notes.”

The Palm by Whispering Angel has received praise from Wine Enthusiast to Esquire magazine. Anthony Garland on Wine writes “This rosé will have broad appeal for its slippery palate of lemon and fresh flavours and crisp acidity full to the finish”.

Llama & Alain de La Treille Cabernet Francs

We’ve selected a pair of special Cabernet Francs for this month’s featured wines.

Llama 2018 Cabernet Franc – Belasco De Baquedano
While the wines of Belasco De Baquedano have a deep history, Llama 2018 Cabernet Franc is described as a “modern wine”. The winemaker’s tasting notes include:

“Fruity aromas, ripe black fruits, stand out against a background of fine toasty hints from ageing in top-quality oak.”

Alaine De La Treille Cabernet Franc
Alaine De La Treille Cabernet Franc comes from the Loire Valley region of France. The wine is named for the memory of a local farmer, wine drinker and friend of the winemaker, who describes Alaine De La Treille as:

“…Perfumed, showing juicy red & black fruit and spices…soft tannins lend structure and create a delightfully fruity red wine.”

Archery Summit Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley – 2018

After years as a winemaker, Gary Andrus founded his first Archery Summit vineyard in 1993. Andrus settled first in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, known for its pinot noir vineyards. Our featured wine is one of those Pinot Noirs.

Archery Summit Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley – 2018
The winemaker considers this a bottle that “epitomizes the spirit of the valley.” With tasting notes including fennel, mulberry and dried anise on the nose, and bramble and wild huckleberry on the palate.

Wine Spectator awards this 2018 Archery Summit Pinot Noir a score of 93 points, with tasting notes that include “floral blueberry and raspberry flavors that gather accents of orange blossom and spice cinnamon.”

Ayni Malbec Paraje Altamira 2018

Our featured wine for January comes from Argentina’s Uco Valley. Ayni Malbec is made from 100 percent Malbec, fermented both with spontaneous and native yeasts, aged for 12 months in untoasted oak, and bottled unfiltered.

Critics unanimously award Ayni Malbec over 90 points.

  • Decanter – 97 points – “Lovely freshness…great fruit purity…attractive use of oak.”

  • Tim Atkin – 95 points – “an outstanding Malbec from the richly talented Gabriel Bloise.”

  • James Suckling – 93 points – “Love the blackberry, nutmeg, dried-flower, mushroom and graphite aromas.”

  • Vinous – 92 points – “An energect, nuanced Malbec.”
  • Spanish Wines for the Holidays!

    A selection of Spanish wines for the holiday season.

    We’ve chosen a fantastic selection of Spanish wines for the holiday season.

    Vega Escal- Reservaa De La Tierra

    This wine is a delicious blend of Merlot, Garnacha Negra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carinena and Syrah from the Priorat region. The 2017 variety was awarded a 94 point score by Wine & Spirit Magazine, describing it as including “flavors of blue and black fruit rounded out with notes of fresh vanilla bean and toffee.”

    Goru Gold – Ego Bodegas
    Goru Gold is made from Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes, and aged in french and american oak barrels for 12 months. Wine Spectator awarded Goru Gold a 93 point score, describing it as having “bright cherry, berry and currant flavors…with licorice, black tea and mineral notes.”

    Marques Del Atrio Reserva

    This fantastic Spanish wine is amde from Tempranillo and Graciano of the Mendavia region. James Suckling awards Marques Del Atrio Reserva a 93 point score, describing it as having “lots of cool and clean fruit with dark berries, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla.”

    Castano Solanera

    Solanera is made from Monastrell, Carbernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tintorera from the Yecla region. Winebow awards Solanera a 93 point score, with tasting notes that include “blue fruits, cedarwood, speiced cherries, and peppery herbs.”

    Wines for the Holiday Season

    We’ve selected a wide variety of wines for the holiday season, each perfect for celebrating in their own way.

  • Alsace Gentil “Hugel” – This wonderful French wine is made of a wide variety of white grapes for an even wider range of qualities, including Gewerztraminer, Sylvaner, Riesiling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Muscat.
  • Cloudline Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – The winemaker describes this Pinot Noir as “clear, accessible, fruit forward”. Cloudline comes to us from Oregon, but has found an audience across the world, from Brazil to Japan.
  • Beauvignac – Le Moelleux Cotes De Thau – A French wine made from 60% Colombard and 40% Picpoul Pinet.To retain a unique level of sweetness, fermentation is stopped early during the wine making process.
  • George Dubeuf Beajolais Nouveau – A seasonal favorite, Beaujolais Nouveau is a celebration of the first harvest. Light and fruity, this is a perfect wine for any celebration or holiday.
  • Francois Montand Brut – A popular French sparkling blend of Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Chardonnay, described by the winemakers as “creamy and smooth, with lingering aromas of freshly baked bread, golden delicious apples and Meyer lemon.”
  • Francois Montand Brut Rose – The Rose variety of this staple sparkling wine is made from Grenache and Cinsault, described as “itense and fine…crisp and dry, with a clean and pleasant finish of red berries”.
  • Pike Road Pinot Noir – Another special wine from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Pike Road takes grapes from multiple vineyards, for a taste they describe as “notes of black current, baking spices, violets, and sweet oak.”