Featured Wine

Acuma Red Blend & Goru Monastrell – Ego Bodegas

We’ve got a pair of fantastic wines from Spain’s boutique winery, Ego Bodegas.

Acuma Red Blend 2018 – Ego Bodegas
A hand harvested, six time award winning blend of 70% Monstrell, 20% Syrah, and 10% Petit Verdot, Acuma is well receivd by critics, with James Suckling describing it as,

“Super intense fruit aromas…dark cherry and plum palate…silky and soft.”

James Suckling – 91 Points

Goru Monastrell 2016 – Ego Bodegas
With too many awards to count, this popular blend of 75% Monastrell and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, wows critics with Wine Spectator noting,

“Earth, anise, espresso and mineral flavors that frame a core of currant and cocoa.”

Wine Spectator – 92 Points

Duck Hunter & Allan Scott Sauvignon Blancs

As the hot summer nights continue, we’ve selected another pair of Sauvignon Blanc, both hailing from Marlborough, New Zealand.

Duck Hunter Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Duck Hunter harvests Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in both the Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The winemaker describes a “crisp and clean pallet” and a nose “bursting with stonefruit and melon.”

Rich Cook agrees, awarding Duck Hunter Sauvignon Blanc a 94 pt score, with notes that include:

“…fresh citrus, mild grass, bright stony minerality and a sexy texture that finishes with a zesty pop.”

Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2020
According to the winemaker, a lower crop resulted in a higher concentration of flavor and texture – describing this Sauvignon Blanc as “fresh, zesty, juicy and full.”

Wine Spectator seem to agree, awarding Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc a 92 pt score, with tasting notes that include:

“…generous and juicy mix of passion fruit, key lime and ruby grapefruit flavors.”

EQ Coastal & Manu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

We’ve selected a pair of Sauvignon Blanc to keep you going through these hot summer nights.

First up from Chile, we have EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2019 from Matetic Vineyards. The “EQ” refers to the balance or “equilibrio” in Spanish, the winemaker sees in the soils of the Valle Hermoso vineyard. Matetic’s tasting notes include:

“….fresh and vivid, crisp and concentrated, very fruity with a salty mineral dimension leading to a lingering finish.”

And from New Zealand we have Manu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020. Manu is a collection of New Zealand wines from winemaker Steve Bird. Steve Bird Wines descreibes Manu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as:

“…vibrant and tasty, packed with flavors of lime, stone fruit and fresh herbs.”

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.”