JANUARY 2016 WINE CLUB WINES

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE (1 WHITE & 1 RED WINE) WILL ENJOY:
2014 SEA MONSTER – “OCTOPUSSY” ECLECTIC WHITE BLEND – CENTRAL COAST, CALIFORNIA
Two winemakers Adam Lazarre aka: Merman (Lazarre Wines) and Christian Tietje (Cypher Wines) aka: Sea Bitch – teamed up to create an edgy wine line that would work with carefully selected vineyards that would allow them to make small production, quality wines reminiscent of Chablis and Sancerre, with Central Coast influence...and with a sense of humor to boot. We are excited to introduce you to January 2016 wine selection: Octopussy Eclectic White blend, a wine that will shock and amaze foodies; both winemakers are deeply drawn to the sea and its foods. With that they created this wine, which is a delicious blend of Viognier, Riesling, Grenache Blanc, and Chardonnay, with fruit hailing from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara Coast, and Happy Canyon. Tietje and LaZarre pick early to maintain acidity, and they focus on tank ferments and as little oak influence as possible to keep the wines fresh and mouthwatering, and to retain the identity of the fruit’s source. Open this wine and enjoy the aromas of peach skin, white flowers, Jasmine, gardenias, Meyer lemons and freshly cut apricots. Fresh racy acidity on the first sip with flavors of peaches, apricots, and golden apples and a hint of white pepper. Both winemakers love seafood and highly recommend you enjoy this wine with seafood like abalone, lobster, oysters, grilled up freshly-caught Mahi Mahi, or maybe steaming mussels with lots of butter. $

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVE ONE WHITE WINE AND ONE RED WILL RECEIVE THE ABOVE WINE AND:
2012 DOMAINE GRIS DE BAURIS – “DUO DES ACHAUX" COTES DU RHONE – RHONE VALLEY, FRANCE - ORGANIC
Domaine Gris des Bauries is certified organic winery by ECOCERT (organic certification organization, est. France 1991). The winery was founded in 2007 by two couples: Patrick & Gina Cordet along with Claire-Lise & Charles Wyplosz, who collectively shared a great passion for wine. Based in the village of Taulignan in the southern Rhône valley, this small team does everything themselves (with occasional help e.g. for harvesting), mostly by hand, and while carrying out their other “day” jobs. They favor a low-tech, authentic and natural approach, as they do not wish to “override” what nature gives them each vintage. For the chilly month of January, we chose their “Duo des Achaux” blend which refers to the duo grape varieties of Grenache and Syrah (free run juice only), grown on Domaine Gris des Bauries’ estate vineyards and they do not add any additional sulphites or yeast. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and then aged in neutral oak barrels to smooth and silken the tannins. This wine is a complex mix of flavors that include nuances of baking spices, violet, laurel and strawberry. On the palate, Achaux has notes of red and black berries, fresh figs, licorice and a touch of pepper. A powerful yet suave Rhône red with elegant tannins. This wine is a delicious choice for prime rib, braised beef, or if you want to serve it with a cheese platter, be sure to use a smoked gouda and a plate of Graber olives, pick some up at Anne’s. $

WINE CLUB MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE 2 REDS, RECEIVE DOMAINE GRIS DE BAURIS DUO AND:
2013 CALITERRA – CARMENERE RESERVA – COLCHAGUA VALLEY, CHILE
Caliterra was established in 1996 to realize a dream of producing high quality wines that reflect the potential of the Chilean nature, terroir and fruit. The Colchagua Valley was chosen as the home of Caliterra Estate, in the heart of the valley with untouched natural land and Mediterranean climate, where cool nights and gentle breezes temper the sun’s energy creating perfectly ripe, intense, concentrated and balanced wines. All the fruit for this wine come from their own estate, with chief winemaker Rodrigo Zamorano, making wines using Certified Sustainable practices and using modern winemaking techniques that include aging the wines in both French Oak. This winery seeks the best and (although not advertised) Nick Goldschmidt is their consulting winemaker as well. We think you’ll taste his signature smooth tannins in this wine. This delicious bold red is made with 99% Carmenere and 1% Petit Verdot, fermented in stainless steel vats, then aged for 9 months in neutral French oak. This is a delicious bold red, if you are a fan of Malbecs, you’ll find a place for this wine. With cooked blueberry, smoke, and plum notes, both on the nose and the palate and smooth tannins, it lends itself well to Mexican cuisine, grilled meats, and on its own on a chilly winter night. $

MEMBERS WHO CHOOSE ALL WHITE WINES RECEIVE THE SEA MONSTER OCTOPUSSY WHITE AND:
2013 ST. INNOCENT – “FREEDOM HILL” CHARDONNAY – WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON
I had the pleasure of meeting the owner and winemaker Mark Vlossak in November during a trade lunch. Immediately it was evident that Mark is highly motivated by the food/wine pairing experience. Each of his wines is designed to enhance food and give the drinker an enjoyable experience. Mark has been the owner and winemaker since 1988 and continues to produce small lots of handmade, vineyard-designated wine from some of the best sites in the Willamette Valley. Since their beginning, they have grown from 600 cases that first year to their current production of 8-10,000 cases, yet each wine is still handcrafted in the very same manner. Year after year, St. Innocent Winery has received recognition from throughout the country and around the world for its outstanding wines, and we were delighted with this wine as it was paired with smoked duck and buttery polenta, it was a delicious experience! The Freedom Hill Dijon clone Chardonnay is Meursault-like (Burgundian in style): with a stony minerality and rich textures in the mouth, reminiscent of great a Chablis. The Freedom Hill Chardonnay was fermented entirely in used, French oak barrels and rests on its lees for eleven months. The lack of new oak allows the drinker to enjoy the core of its minerality. This lovely wine has aromas of golden apples, vanilla, some hints of basil and just a light touch of butterscotch. The palate matches the nose with flavors of ripe golden apples a little bit of brioche, very clean and refreshing with crisp acidity and just a hint of mint on the finish. It's old world meets new world but this wine does have the buttery notes to it which makes it a perfect pairing with creamy foods. $

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