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Category: Staff Picks

Joe’s Pick: Colpetrone Montefalco Sagrantino 2010

  Body: Full Fruit: Red fruit, ie. raisinated cherries Food Pairings: Prosciutto and salumi or shoulder cut pork roasts Organic: no   Colpetrone's Montefalco Sagrantino is a food lover's red in that it's patiently prepared and has complicated depth of flavor. It's produced from a tannic, age-worthy Umbrian variety that is generously dark-fruited on the…

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Seth’s Pick: Senorio de P. Pecina Blanco 2010

Body: Medium Fruit: citrus, minerals, flowers, hay Food Pairings: fish (esp. cod or branzini), pastas with butter or garlic, rice and veggies (esp. mushrooms) Organic: yes (but not certified) Founded in 1992 by the former head of farming at La Rioja Alta, this white Rioja (100% Viura) is gently pressed and fermented with wild yeast…

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Joe’s Pick: Bodegas Cepa 21 Tempranillo ‘Hito” 2016

Body: Medium (+) Fruit: forest fruit, red currants  Food Pairings: beef, lamb Organic: noBodegas Cepas 21 is 100% Tempranillo from Spain's northern plateau, where it's known to produce concentrated reds with round, pure fruit.  Aged just 8 months in French oak, this wine is meant to easily accompany food and just be overall approachable and drinkable.…

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Seth’s Pick: Ferdinand Tempranillo, Napa 2014

Ann Kraemer used to bottle her own Tempranillo from her Shake Ridge Vineyard, and it was one of the most exciting "new" California wines I tasted. At some point Ann decided to stop making her own wines and just focus on her amazing vineyard. Some of the people who get their grapes from her? Favia, Keplinger, Dirty and Rowdy, Tribute…

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Joe’s Pick: La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Reserva 2011

Medium-bodied with rich, ripe red fruit Viña Alberdi has pleasantly savory, complicated aging notes typical of Rioja. It really is the ultimate everyday food wine for it's smooth, easy-drinking body with ample acidity for grilled meat or pasta. It's the Taco Tuesday of reds, inexpensive and a casual no brainer of a wine that has plain-old delicious licorice notes and soft tannins. There's no need…

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Jen’s Pick: Clos des Fous Cauquenina 2013

  I try to approach wines without expectations, so when you find a wine that completely surprises you it's such a delight. This captivating red blend from what is the oldest vineyard land in Chile, is a real head turner. The winemaking team at Clos des Fous (or four crazy guys) have strayed from what…

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Amanda’s Pick: Domaine Pecheur Poulsard Cotes du Jura 2015

  When I think of Thanksgiving pairings, my thoughts immediately go to Burgundy and Italy; food-friendly wines with grip and substantial acid to provide lift. This year I thought, if I wanted to go outside the turkey box, what wine would I choose? I thought of the poor, forlorn rosé-lovers who are mourning the end…

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Joe’s Pick: Lapalu Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux 2014

Jean-Claude Lapalu is a second generation grower turned winemaker who's mostly self-taught. He farms 30 acres of Gamay organically, partially biodynamically. His Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux comes from a one hectare parcel which is hand harvested, is mostly destemmed and undergoes partial carbonic maceration before being aged in neutral barriques for 10 months. On…

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Seth’s Pick: Tread Lightly Merlot Backsberg, South Africa 2014

  Backsberg is the first SA winery to achieve carbon neutral status, and is one of only three in the world that hold that position. In keeping with their commitment to the environment, they have released a new label, Tread Lightly, which is packaged in their new PET (polyethylene terephthalate, full biodegradability, low carbon footprint),…

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Amanda’s Pick: Nitída Semillion Durbanville, South Africa 2015

  Semillon is a grape most widely recognized as either a apricot/honey-like blending grape in Bordeaux Blanc or a rich, waxy textured Australian white. Planted in South African soil, it takes on an entirely different identity. This wine has one striking note that stood out to all of us upon tasting it - jalapeño. Not…

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