• Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 April 2018

    • Posted: 3/28/2018
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    Ahh, Chardonnay, the great white varietal! Our enchantment with this grape rests in its ability to retain its character, no matter where it is grown. That’s not to say there is only one Chardonnay style, quite the opposite is true. From linear and acidic to oaky and buttery, Chardonnay can vary greatly. Yet amazingly, with every style, from every region, the true purity of this adaptable grape can’t be hidden. Indeed, there is a Chardonnay being produced to amaze every palate.

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  • Wine Department: It’s Time to Think Pink for the Spring

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    By T.J. Askren

    Rosé is produced in just about every growing region of the world. Interestingly, Rosé is the closest style to what ancient winemakers produced! Blended and fermented in three distinct styles, Rosé is not only refreshing but also very versatile. Rosé can be used as an aperitif, quaffing, food pairing, or as a dessert. As one of my favorite styles, I plan on bringing  everyone up to speed on this often scoffed at wine.

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  • Wine Department: Cellar Selections April 2018

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    When discussing French wine, Bordeaux is most often the first region that comes to mind. Positioned between the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, the name Bordeaux comes from the French term “au bord de l’eau” meaning, “along the waters”. Strict AOC Laws protect the regions of Bordeaux and mandate conformity to protect this most noble of production zones. Carefully blended to showcase the styles of each appellation, Bordeaux’s red wines are superbly assembled with the “power five” red varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon,

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  • Wine Department: Expert Picks April 2018

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    Italy is full of outstanding wines and just picking four was quite the task. Staying with our theme for Spring, we sought to pick the purest expression of wines that exemplify the season. From North to South and even the island of Sicily, these wines range from very dry and acidic to big and tannic. The whites will pair very well with lighter fare, and the reds will provide plenty of “oomph” for Sunday dinner,

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  • Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 March 2018

    • Posted: 2/27/2018
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    Pinot Noir is the perfect light drinking red, full of bright fruit and acidity. Although mighty, Burgundy is the king of Pinot Noir, and there are wonderful Pinots from right here in the States.  Below are examples of Pinot Noir that score 90 points or more from Oregon and California.

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  • Wine Department: It’s Beautiful in the Central Garden of France in Springtime!

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    By T.J. Askren

    Through my many travels through different wine country, nowhere has a sheer beauty and massiveness that strikes me more than Loire Valley. I was fortunate enough to visit the playground of Kings and Queens a few years back, and this is when my love for French white wine was cemented. Traveling from one end of the massive growing region to the other, I was struck by the vast difference in terroir that each application showcases.

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  • Wine Department: Cellar Selections March 2018

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    Easter is right around the corner, so it’s time to celebrate with great food and drink. Toasting the spring with fantastic Champagne is always a great idea! You will also be looking for the perfect pairing for your Easter meal. The Syrah grape is very versatile and can go great with lamb and pork. Here are a few bottles that will knock your Easter out of the park!

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  • Wine Department: Expert Picks March 2018

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    Light red wines come from all over the planet! Although the most popular come from the big growing regions in California and Italy. Many other regions produce bright easy drinking reds that go perfectly with warm spring days. Here are a few that you may have overlooked but should be sought after!

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  • Wine Department: Over 90 Under $30 February 2018

    • Posted: 2/1/2018
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  • Wine Department: From the Morlet Family with Love – All You Need is Love (from the Napa Valley)

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    By Kevin Keith

    Luc Morlet gained notoriety as the winemaker for famed California winery Peter Michael, and was of such instant renown that winery owner Sir Peter Michael has allowed Luc the ability to spread his wings and be involved in many other projects – something Sir Peter had not done with previous winemakers. Since 2006 Luc has been primarily concerned with his eponymously-named winery, Morlet Family, as well as continuing as consulting winemaker to Peter Michael,

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