Featured Wines — December 2008 — Wine & Words Holiday Wine Sale

Glass of Sparkly

Less Words; More Wine

This month our Featured Wines are taking the form of a Holiday Wine Sale. We've put together a list of some of our best wines, wines that will make great holiday gifts or stunning accompaniments to a holiday get-together. We're offering a 20% discount on all of these wines...until they're gone.

We've only got a few bottles of some of these beauties, and they're not all available at both stores. So if you see something on the list you really want, give us a call and we'll put it aside for you.

All through the month, we'll be sampling a few of these, as well as some longtime favorites every weekend at both stores. And on Friday December 12 at Wine & Words/The Back Bay Cafe we'll be having our annual holiday celebration/wine tasting/customer appreciation night. I'll open some great wines for you, and Chef Yvonne will be cooking up some unadvertised treats. You'll want to gather a group and make reservations for this one.

Price listed is Regular Price followed by 20% Discount. Limited Supply. Not all wines available at both stores.


Soutiran Champagne Rosé — Regular $80.00/ Feature Price $64.00
All Pinot Noir, all Grand Cru grapes. A truly beautiful sparkler for the holidays. Looks great in a pure crystal glass.

Pierre Moncuit Moncuit-Delos Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV — Regular $60.00/ Feature Price $48.00
A beautiful Champagne made of all Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards. Excellent with food or to begin the evening. Also available in 375 ml bottles for gift baskets.

Cuvée No 1 — Regular $41.00/ Feature Price $32.80
Sparkling Chardonnay from New Zealand in an elegant bottle. One of our favorites for celebrating.

Cuvée Number Eight — Regular $30.00/ Feature Price $24.00
Mostly Pinot Noir gives this New Zealand sparkler a light salmon color and brilliant food-friendly character.

Tobin James Dreamweaver — Regular $16.50/ Feature Price $13.20
A less expensive, but very tasty sparkler from California, made in stainless steel tanks for a dry, clean wine that goes well with meals and parties.

Big Reds

Tezza Brola delle Giare Amarone della Valpolicella 2001 — Regular $60.00/ Feature Price $48.00
Amarone is made in Italy’s Veneto region by fermenting grapes that have air dried for several months. Fermented until all the sugar is gone, this one is dry, rich, complex and high in alcohol. It’s the perfect Christmas Eve sipping wine.

Chateau Boutisse Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2005 — Regular $48.00/ Feature Price $38.40
A bold, mostly Merlot red Bordeaux from one of the best vintages in a long time.

Sterling Vineyards Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 — Regular $43.00/ Feature Price $34.40
Napa Cab with the addition of a little Merlot and Cab Franc. 14 months in French & American oak. Classic!

Martin Petite Sirah 2004 — Regular $33.00/ Feature Price $26.50
There’s nothing “petite” about this inky dark wine from Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley.

Woodward-Graff Chalone Cab A-Frame Vineyard 2002 — Regular $33.00/ Feature Price $26.40
From Monterey County, the sale of this limited production Cab supports scholarships for students in wine & food studies. An elegant wine.

Pinot Noir

Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2006 — Regular $36.85/ Feature Price $29.48
From our opening this has been a favorite Pinot Noir year after year. Rich & elegant, from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

King Estate Oregon Pinot Noir 2006 — Regular $32.00/ Feature Price $25.60
The King family grows grapes biodynamically just south of the Willamette Valley. Fresh & yummy, this wine will appeal to all Pinot Noir lovers.

Château de la Maltroye Bourgogne 2005 — Regular $30.00/ Feature Price $24.00
Delicious Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s fabulous 2005 vintage.

Willowbrook Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006 — Regular $28.25/ Feature Price $22.60
Hand-made, limited production Pinot from the Russian River and Anderson Valleys

Rhone Blends

Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2004 — Regular $36.50/ Feature Price $29.20
Classic blend of Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre. Plummy and rich, this is one tasty bottle of wine.

Domaine La Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2003 — Regular $25.00/ Feature Price $28.00
A little lighter than the Lazaret, this is the one I’d serve with the holiday ham dinner.

Lammershoek Roulette Rouge 2004 — Regular $33.00/ Feature Price $26.40
A Rhone-style blend of Syrah, Carignan & Mourvedre from South Africa. Big and smooth, for sipping by the fireplace or pairing with bold food flavors.

Chateau Musar Hochar Père et Fils 2000 — Regular $26.50/ Feature Price $21.20
Complex red blend from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Aged to perfection.

Rich Whites

Luca Chardonnay 2005 — Regular $35.00/ Feature Price $28.00
From winemaker Laura Catena (named for her son), this rich Chard from Mendoza, Argentina can hold up to butter sauces and other creamy luxuries.

Owl Ridge Sweeney Vineyard Chardonnay 2003 — Regular $33.00/ Feature Price $26.40
If you want oaky, buttery Chardonnay this one’s for you. Like butterscotch in a bottle. Also available in 375 ml bottles for gift baskets.

Domaine des Baumard Savennières 2005 — Regular $32.00/ Feature Price $25.60
Rich, full-fruited Chenin Blanc from the Anjou region of France’s Loire valley. Delicious!

Coffele Alzari Soave Classico 2004 — Regular $25.00/ Feature Price $20.00
One of our favorite white food wines. Brilliantly smooth and complex.

Sweet Dessert

West Bend Lilly B 2006 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc — Regular $35.00/ Feature Price $28.00
A limited release sweet dessert wine from our friends at West Bend. A light finish to any meal.

½ bottles for gift baskets (or a party of two) – 20% off

Gruet Brut (New Mexico) — $28.00

Pierre Moncuit Brut (Champagne) — $22.00

Ch. Lyonnat Lussac-St. Émilion (Bordeaux, France) — $13.80

Elizabeth Spencer Cab (Napa, California) — $18.60

Owl Ridge Chardonnay (Sonoma, California) — $13.20

During December:

  • buy a case of 12 bottles, get 15% off;
  • buy 6, get 10% off

(mixed case or single label ~ not combined with other discounts)

If you need wine for a crowd, may we suggest:

  • Coastal Vines (Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay) $6.99/bottle, $75.50/case
  • Front Porch (Merlot, Chardonnay) $8/bottle, $86.40/case
  • Simonet Blanc des Blancs sparkler $9.98/bottle, $107.79/case
  • Cielo Pinot Grigio $8.85/bottle, - $95.58/case

If you want case lots of anything, give us a week’s notice. Some of our distributors deliver on Wednesday, others on Friday, so if you give us a week we can tell you when your wine will be ready.

Party Hints:

  • A case of wine will give you approximately 48 glasses
  • Caterers often serve only white wine. Saves stains on the carpet and tablecloth.
  • Our wineglass name cards save on glassware. Sometimes people forget what their wineglass charm was. If they forget their name…it’s time to go home!

Tasting Opportunities…All through the month, we'll be sampling a few of these, as well as some longtime favorites every weekend at both stores.