Wine Club Sixpack #68

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This set of 2 whites and 4 reds come in our reusable, partitioned, eco-friendly six bottle bag and contains over $70 worth of wine for the special price of $49.99. When you bring the empty bag back in, you receive a club discount on the purchase of six bottles or more of any of our in-stock wines.   Our sixpack club has no rules and no obligations, just a good value collection of specially selected wine.   Here is what is included in our latest collection...

Essay Chenin Blanc,South Africa (suggested retail $11.99)  No, the label doesn't say "blended with a touch of Vinegar", that's the Southern French Varietal Viognier.  "Essay" is a clever play on words: "SA" is a common way of saying "South Africa" in its country of origin.  This wine is dry but fresh and fruity with white peach, citrus, and green apple flavors, and would go great with cream pastas or spicy foods. 

L’Armangia “Robi & Robi” Chardonnay, Piedmonte Italy (suggested retail $24.99) This is a dry white wine that can be thought of as international and indigenous at the same time. The grapes harvested are the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in Piedmont. The wine is generally ready for drinking after 12-18 months, although a longer aging period in the bottle enhances its qualities. It exhibits a pale straw color which increases in intensity with age. Flowery scents, with tropical fruits, banana, honey, vanilla and bread crust hues, with interesting mineral notes. It is full-bodied and intense on the palate and never aggressive. Because of its versatility, it pairs successfully with tasty fish dishes, white meat, grilled meat, flans and vegetables.

Foncalieu “la petite vigne” Merlot, Languedoc France (suggested retail $9.99)   This fresh and fruity, easy drinking wine is made with grapes grown on the hottest and driest soils of the Languedoc, on dry and pebbly lands Pre-fermentation hot maceration to extract fruitiness and color. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled vats, followed by gentle extraction, malolactic fermentation and stainless steel aging. It is ruby-red in color, with a fresh bouquet of cassis, enhanced by hints of cocoa, making it fruity and eminently supple on the palate. This easy drinking red is perfectly suitable as an aperitif, or as an accompaniment to grilled white and red meats or pizza.

McManus Zinfandel, Lodi California (suggested retail $11.99) McManis Zinfandel begins with pleasant aromas of strawberry, raspberry, vanilla and a little spice. The wine tastes of cherry and other red berries plus some really nice pepper, spice and a little molasses. It features smooth and soft tannins. The finish is dry with a good little burst of peppery spice and then lingering notes of vanilla and caramel. The intensity of this wine will hold up to a number of barbecued meats, or poultry in a spicy sauce.

Bodega Teso la Monia “Romanico” Tinto, Toro Spain (suggested retail $16.99)  Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave this wine 89 points: “Minerally, toasty aromas sit on top of crusty black-fruit scents. Typical for Toro and this winery, this is flush on the palate, with black cherry, blackberry and dark plum flavors. A tight, tannic finish is true and honest.“  Try this bold red with cheese, grilled preparations, mushrooms, pork, red meat, or roasted root vegetables.

Qupe Maxtap Cuvee Red Blend, Central Coast California (suggested retail $21.99)   Qupe is a winery that was at the epicenter of the “Rhone Ranger” craze that brought Southern French varietals to the US. The wine is made from a combination of 64 percent syrah, 18 percent grenache and 3 percent mourvèdre, all varietals found in southern France. Interestingly, however, it also contains 15 percent tempranillo, which is native to Spain. The wine was aged for 14 to 15 months in French oak barrels and lightly fined with egg whites to soften the tannins. Try this wine with a rich stew or casserole.