Red Blend

2015 Opstal ‘Sixpence,’ South Africa

2015 Opstal ‘Sixpence,’ South Africa
$9.99

Sixpence was the nickname given to shepherd Daniel Smiles who looked after the flocks of sheep that roamed the farm in the 1950s and 1960s, when current owner Stanley Louw was a boy. Sixpence’s son, Andries who retired in 2008, still lives on the farm.  The Opstal Estate is situated at the foot of the Slanghoek mountains in the heart of the breathtakingly beautiful Slanghoek Valley on the Breedekloof Wine Route. The valley forms part of the Breede River Valley with Worcester as the closest, large town.

2016 Domaine de Fenouillet, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse

2016 Domaine de Fenouillet, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse
$13.99

This family owned and operated Domaine is located right at the foothills of both Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail.  Since 1902 it has been a grower of fruit, but until 1988 it all went to the local cooperatives.  Since 1988, brothers Patrick and Vincent Soard have committed to producing a full range of estate grown wines.  The winery itself is located in Beaumes de Venise, but they produce a range of different wines from th

2014 Georges Lignier Bourgogne Passetoutgrains, Burgundy

2014 Georges Lignier Bourgogne Passetoutgrains, Burgundy
$24.99

What a treat!  This is a rare opportunity for us to feature a wine from this traditional producer of great Burgundy wines at value price point.  Georges Lignier is the cousin of Hubert, perhaps a more well known  producer.   That said, today the domaine is led by Benoit Stehly, the nephew of Georges Lignier.  These wines are traditionally produced, with a focus on maximum aromatic style and balance.  This Bourgogne Passetoutgrain is a classic blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay.

2016 Adega do Monte Branco ‘Alento’ Portugal

2016 Adega do Monte Branco ‘Alento’ Portugal
$12.99

I was fortunate to meet and sit on a panel with Luís Louro this spring in Vail during the Taste of Vail.  Having visited the Alentejo region of Portugal in summer of 2016, I was fortunate to see firsthand what is developing in this region in terms of wine production.  The area is quite arid and has a greater population of cork trees than it does people.  The wines have greatly improved in recent past and are now on par with some of the finest in Portugal.  Luís comes from a winemaking background and spe

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