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2015 Domaines Schlumberger, Pinot Blanc 'Les Princes Abbés', Alsace

2015 Domaines Schlumberger, Pinot Blanc 'Les Princes Abbés', Alsace
$17.99

Les Princes Abbés is the family’s tribute to the Abbots who were first to sell wine from Guebwiller.  Schlumberger owns more than 300 acres in Guebwiller, and is the largest Grands Crus producer in Alsace.  All of their wines are estate grown on the dry, steep slopes of the area.  In fact, there is a  good portion of Grand Cru vineyards Saering and Spiegel that are included in this value priced Pinot Blanc!  The blend for this wine is 70% Auxerrois and 30% Pinot Blanc for a wine with exceptional fla

2015 Yalumba Oxford Landing Chardonnay, South Australia

2015 Yalumba Oxford Landing Chardonnay, South Australia
$8.99

The Murray River helps to define the banks that create the borders for many of the Oxford Landing vineyards.  In 1958, South Australian entrepreneur and winemaking visionary Wyndham Hill Smith took a spade and sank it into the riverside dirt.  He believed this place of fertile red soil and bountiful sunshine would be ideal for growing premium grape varieties.  This is how Oxford Landing Estates was born.  Today, there are 650 acres under vine with 130 five-acre blocks that are managed using small vineyard techniques

2015 Laroche Mas la Chevalière Chardonnay, Languedoc

2015 Laroche Mas la Chevalière Chardonnay, Languedoc
$13.99

Michel Laroche was a pioneer for the resurgence of quality winemaking in the Languedoc region.  In 1996 he started Mas la Chevalière with the goal of producing wines with a sense of place while remaining true to the grape variety.  The property is divided into two parcels: Peyroli and Roqua Blanca.  Peyroli was planted in the 1980’s on a clay-limestone site and yields top notch Chardonnay.  Roqua Blanca is divided into a number of small plots for the red grapes grown on the property.  Ample sunshine

2016 Scacciadiavoli Grechetto dell’Umbria IGT, Italy

2016 Scacciadiavoli Grechetto dell’Umbria IGT, Italy
$14.99

The wines of Umbria are often overlooked in the world of  Italian wines, but this 100% Grechetto is worthy of your consideration.  Grechetto is an Umbrian variety of Greek origin that produces dry wines with zippy floral character.  The grape has thick skins making it resistant to molds in the vineyards in addition to being a naturally low yielding grape.  In the glass Grechetto is loaded with fresh field flowers, lees, wet stone, and saffron.  There is an herbal citrus component on the nose and palate that is c

2016 Weingut Johann Donabaum Grüner Veltliner, Austria

2016 Weingut Johann Donabaum Grüner Veltliner, Austria
$14.99

Here is an exciting new find from Austria!  Donabaum produces 60,000 bottles per year from their winery in Spitz, the western border of the Wachau.  Johann is a young energetic winemaker who spent time training in 1996 with F.X.

2015 Birichino Malvasia Bianco, Monterey

2015 Birichino Malvasia Bianco, Monterey
$15.99

Birichino was established by Alex Krause and John Locke, two Bonny Doon veterans. Emphasizing old vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, Krause and Locke craft their wines with a light hand. These are lower-alcohol, food-friendly wines that have the clarity and lift to allow terroir to shine through.

2013 Flood ‘Black label’ Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara

2013 Flood ‘Black label’ Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara
$29.99

After selling out of this wine over a year ago, we received a call from the warehouse in Santa Barbara informing us that they found 20 more cases.  Kind of funny.  Interestingly, this wine has only developed into an ultra refined Pinot Noir that is produced by two of the most talented guys in the business; Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman.  This was a project that friend Craig Lewis and I did with them in the 2013 vintage.  Similar in style the the Sandhi wines, this ‘Black Label&r

2016 Bodegas Inteus Rioja Joven ‘Aviadores del Terruno’, Spain

2016 Bodegas Inteus Rioja Joven ‘Aviadores del Terruno’, Spain
$16.99

Luís Palacio’s father was responsible for planting the first certified organic vineyard in Rioja in 1980.  He quickly converted the rest of his family’s holdings after seeing the results in the vineyard.  Today, Luís carefully tends to his vineyards and uses a plot of 150 year old own-rooted Graciano and Tempranillo Peludo vines to provide the genetic material for maintaining and propagating new vines.  This simple Rioja Joven comes from vines planted in Rioja Alavesa and is 100% Tempranillo.&nbs

2015 Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos, Portugal

2015 Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos, Portugal
$15.99

Dona António Ferreira was a major influence in Portugal’s Douro region.  Her nickname was Ferreirinha, which is where the winery found its name.  Casa Ferreirinha produces some of our favorite dry red wines from the area.  We have featured the Esteva red from this property, but there is a profound quality difference with the Papa Figos.  Named after a rare bird, 25% of this wine is sourced from the famed Quinta da Leda estate with the rest sourced from north-facing vineyards at high altitude.  The s

2015 Gauthier Bourgueil Jour de Soif, Loire Valley

2015 Gauthier Bourgueil Jour de Soif, Loire Valley
$15.99

Tasting the Jour de Soif (Thirsty Day) recently was a fantastic surprise!  This remarkable Bourgueil is produced in a style that is approachable, yet has plenty of depth, complexity, and flavor.  The nose has loads of bright black cherries, boysenberries, chocolate, smoke, and turned earth mineral notes.  On the palate the wine is shockingly full and round, with balanced structure and plenty of depth to please even the most selective of wine drinkers.  This estate produces certified organic Cabernet Franc wines from

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