Featured Wine

Wine and Bubbles for the Holidays!

We have a variety of Sparkling Wines, Champagnes, Proseccos, and Cavas to choose from for your holiday celebrations.

One of the stars of our Sparkling Wine selection is Besserat de Bellefon Brut. A champagne from grapes grown in the Champagne region of  France. The winemaker describes the champagne as opening with “floral aromas” before revealing its fruitiness. Wine Spectator rates Besserat de Bellefon Brut 91 points.

We have the perfect red and white wine recommendations to pair with all your holiday dishes. Preparing turkey or ham? If you prefer red wine, we might suggest a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais; for a white wine, perhaps a Riesling or Pinot Blanc. Stock up on all your wine needs and receive 10% off of 12 bottles of your choice.


Bodegas Volver – Paso A Paso Tempranillo

Paso A Paso Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a black grape, native to Spain, where it is popular for making red wine. The name is taken from the Spanish for “early”, in reference to it ripening weeks before other red grapes in the region.

Paso A Paso Tempranillo comes from Bodegas Volver, a winery in the best terrain Spain’s La Mancha region has to offer. According to the winemaker: “careful vineyard selections, long, slow fermentation and macceration followed by gentle aging for six months in French oak combine to create a wine with the optimum balance of fruit, spices and robust aromas.”

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar rates 2010 Paso A Paso Tempranillo 90 pts, describing it as having “fresh redcurrant and cherry flavors, very good energy with a long, spice-accented finish…A remarkable value.”

Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc

Jack Cakebread founded his first vineyard in 1973, producing 157 cases of Chardonnay. Today Cakebread Cellars owns 982 acres spread over 13 sites throughout the Napa Valley and more recently, a site in Anderson Valley.

Village Beer & Fine Wine is proud to carry Cakebread Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine maker feels that the Napa Valley is “ideal for cultivating Chardonnay.” Cakebread feels the varied terrain of southern Napa allows them to “craft a rich, elegantly structured Chardonnay that drinks beautifully on release, but ages well in bottle.”

The winemaker notes: “Our 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay opens with fresh, creamy aromas of ripe pear, apple and citrus, with light butter, yeast and spicy oak tones adding complexity.  The wine’s rich, focused, green apple, melon and guava flavors are nicely balanced by fresh acidity and a piquant mineral tone.”

Cakebread describes their  2011 Sauvignon Blanc as “wonderfully fresh and aromatic, with bright scents of pink grapefruit, gooseberry, melon and green apple.  On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with rich, vibrant citrus (grapefruit and kiwi), honeydew melon, spice and mineral flavors balanced by excellent acidity and a long, refreshing, mineral/chalky finish reminiscent of a fine White Bordeaux. ”

Cakebread Cellars posts recipes on their You Tube channel regularly that they feel are good pairings for their wines. This month Cakebread features a Pesto Crusted Salmon by Chef Philippe Boulot of the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

2009 Falesco Merlot, Italy

Our featured wine this month is a Merlot from Italy. Brothers Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella of Falesco Winery, say they “have always paid attention to Merlot as we are convinced that few other territories can allow this variety to express its potential.” They feel that their vineyards “in the hills around Orveito”, in southwestern Umbria, are especially suited to the task.

According to the winery “Falesco Merlot, which is aged for six months in small French oak barrels, has a very deep colour. The scents are wide, rich, soft and spicy and the aromas are noble, well balanced and harmonious with an extremely long lingering finish.”

Wine Advocate scores the 2009 Falesco Merlot 92 points. Calling it “one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Falesco. It is a decidedly firm, vibrant Merlot that stands in stark contrast to the super-ripe, obvious Vitiano Rosso. Here the fruit is wonderfully precise and elegant. Jammy blueberries, blackberries, cinnamon, leather and crushed rocks are woven into a beautiful fabric. The French oak is layered very nicely, adding depth and flavor, but never overpowering the wine.”

Andeluna Malbec 2010, Mendoza region, Argentina

Andeluna Cellars is located in the Mendoza region of western Argentina. The winemaker describe their Malbec as an “intense red color with violet tones. With complex aromas of figs and plums. Notes of vanilla, coffee and chocolate given by its aging in French oak barrels.”

Cellar Tracker rates Andeluna’s 2010 Malbec 90 pts. Describing it as “Impressive and powerful, rich fruit and dark chocolate notes. Coffee and mocha on the finish. Full and rich. All in a superb Malbec.”

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar ranks this Malbec 88 pts. Tanzer’s calls it “a very good value. Bright, full red-ruby. Dark berries, licorice, violet and bitter chocolate on the nose. Juicy and graceful, with noteworthy intensity to the blackberry and spice flavors. This smooth, lively, fruit-driven wine finishes with a broad dusting of tannins and nice lift and length.”

Cupcake Wines – Central Coast, California

Consider us your Rockville source for Cupcake Wines, we’ve always got them well stocked. The vineyard describes their wines as “fruit-forward, indulgent and eminently approachable.”

Cupcake Vineyards is located in Soledad, on California’s Central Coast. Although, due to his international experience, Cupcake Winemaker Adam Richardson, adds wines to the lineup from various countries, from Australia to Germany.

Wine Enthusiast described Cupcake’s 2008 Pinot Noir as “silky and rich, with raspberry and cherry puree, cola, sweet vanilla and sandalwood flavors, and a long, spicy finish. Set it beside more expensive bottlings and it stands up well.”

Altovinum’s Evodia – Calatayud region, Spain

Evodia red wine

Altovinum’s Evodia is 100% old vine Garnacha grapes, grown in the village of Atea, in Spain’s Calatayud region. The vineyards around Atea are the highest of any in the area. According to winemaker Eric Solomon, the climate at that elevation and ideal soil give Evodia its unique character.

Wine Enthusiast describes Evodia 2010 as “Floral and fresh smelling, with rosy notes, blueberry and nary any funk, leather or earth. Vibrant and juicy in the mouth, with boysenberry and plum flavors that set up a fruity, clean finish. Brighter, smoother and easier going than the 2009. ”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave Evodia 90 points.  “It offers up a slightly exotic nose of earthy minerality, mocha, black cherry, and black raspberry. Savory, concentrated, and with a forward personality, this great value will deliver pleasure over the next 3-4 years.”