Early Sale and Newbies in Time for the Season


This week I’m receiving my first delivery of some Holiday Pre-Sale items, and I’m passing the savings on to you. That’s right, it’s time to think about the wonderful wines you’ll be serving at your feasts and parties or gifting to your loved ones. We’ll start with two that are old standbys for feasts and fiestas:

Saint Hilaire Brut (Limoux, France) Regular Price $17.85/ Feature Price $15.17

This is the original sparkling wine of France, invented by the monks at the Abbey of Saint Hilaire. The Regular Price is an excellent value for a wine that many of our customers compare favorably with the great sparklers of Champagne...the Feature Price is astounding. Don’t miss this chance to stock up while we’ve got good supply.

Castle Rock Monterey Pinot Noir (California) Regular Price $16.45/ Feature Price $13.98

Castle Rock, the “virtual winery” that bottles other people’s excess production, offers several Pinot Noirs from different regions. This one, with the rich, soft mouthfeel of ripe Central Coast fruit, is a great accompaniment to the traditional feasts of the holiday season. If you’re a fan of California Pinot and you’ve been following the skyrocketing rise in prices, you know that this is one deal you can’t afford to pass up.

Next we’ve got some new wines from producers you’re already familiar with.


Macul vineyards with encroaching SantiagoMacul vineyards with encroaching SantiagoGrapes have been cultivated in the area of Macul, in the foothills of the Andes, outside the city of Santiago, since 1564, when the king of Spain granted the Hacienda Macul to Juan Jufré, a Spanish "conquistador." Founded in 1856 by Matias Cousiño, Cousiño-Macul is the only winery in Chile of those established in the 19th century that continues in the hands of the original founding family. The company remains 100% under family control, producing limited quantities of fine wines. We’ve carried their excellent Antiguas Reservas Cab for many years, but now I get to introduce you to two of their entry level wines that are amazing buys.

Cousiño-Macul Chardonnay (Maipo Valley, Chile) Regular $12.50/ Feature $10.63

Cousiño Macul was one of the first Chilean vineyards to produce Chardonnay. The vines were originally planted in Macul, Maipo Valley, from cuttings brought from Burgundy, France at the end of the 19th Century. This Chardonnay is cold fermented in stainless steel tanks using different yeast strains (and no malolactic fermentation) to enhance the bright fruit. This is a Chardonnay almost anyone would love...at a price that can’t be beat.

Cousiño-Macul Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley, Chile) Regular Price $12.50/ Feature Price $10.63

The Cab is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and is totally fermented in stainless steel to bring out the vivid fruit. My notes read: “Light and bright and very tasty!”

Gruet Winery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

In 1983, the Gruet family, of France’s Champagne region, was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards in Engle, near the town of Truth or Consequence, 170 miles south of Albuquerque. The land was cheap, so they bought a vineyard where Gruet son Laurent and his sister Nathalie, along with family friend Farid Himeur, established the Gruet Winery...American branch. At 4,300 ft. the vineyards are some of the highest in the United States, so regardless of how hot the days might be, the temperature at night can drop as much as thirty degrees, cooling the fruit and slowing down the maturation process on an otherwise short growing season. Sandy and loamy soil, and a lack of humidity that might contribute to rot, give a consistency of fruit year in and year out without the use of pesticides. We’ve carried the popular Gruet Brut (a Champagne-style blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and the Gruet Blanc de Noirs (mostly Pinot Noir, with a smaller amount of Chard). Now we introduce:

Gruet Sparkling Rosé Regular Price $24.50/ Feature Price $20.83

Though the season is pretty much over for the light and refreshing bistro rosés of summer, I think well-made dry rosé of substance is a great accompaniment to Thanksgiving and other holiday meals. And when you add a festive sparkle like this one, what’s not to celebrate! A grand new introduction to our shop in time for holiday fun. Don’t miss it at this special introductory price.

Finally, those wines in a box I opened for tasting are still tasting really good (well?)...and are selling out as soon as I get them in. I’ve restocked, and you get another chance at trying these excellent wines packaged so you can enjoy them every day at home or put them out for the amazement of your party guests.

Folibox Pinot Grigio (Venezie, Italy) - 3 Liter box (equals 4 bottles), $24.85

Viña Borgia Garnacha (Campo de Borja, Spain) - 3 Liter box (equals 4 bottles), $25.60