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Everything we get from Firestone Walker Brewery sells out pretty quickly. Of course, that’s not saying much since we only get a few cases here and there. That’s why I always tell people to buy it as soon as they see it. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t listen to me. That equals unhappy customers, which I don’t like but there’s not much I can do about it.

The newest release that just walked in the door is the Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA. Black IPA’s are on fire and this is the first one from this brewery. Wookey Jack was rated 100pts by Ratebeer.com and I’m going to put it on sale for $6.99/bottle. SUPPLY IS LIMITED! It could sell out in 5 minutes or 5 days. Either way, I wouldn’t wait to order.

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Sometimes you never know when or why you fall in love with a wine. It doesn’t have to be expensive or limited or cost over $200/bottle. It’s just as easy to be captivated by a wine that cost $10 as it does to be captivated by a wine that costs $200. That being said, we fell in love with a Cabernet that costs $9.99/bottle.

Today’s offer is on the 2011 La Forge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Right off the bat, this isn’t from California, but you’d bet money it was. In actuality it’s French but I would compare it to any $25 Alexander Valley Cabernet. Upfront fruit such as cherry, blackberry and currant, medium bodied, slight cedar and subtle tannins are the best way to describe this wine. This is the kind of wine you can drink all day long. You really have to try it, but don’t expect to find a rating. Admittedly it’s a very small brand coming from a very small distributor. It’s the “Diamond in the Rough” Cabernet that we have to hand sell, but we have a ton of repeat buyers, which is what you want. As I said before, it’s on sale for $9.99/bottle. Buy this wine in (12) bottle increments and ground shipping it free. I can honestly tell you I have not had one person come back and tell me they didn’t like La Forge. It’s great!

Please take a moment to check out Seth and Scott’s video on La Forge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Spanish wines are all the rave nowadays. They are getting big press and are very affordable. Spain has always produced great wine, but only in the last few years has it grown in notoriety. It’s funny because most people think that a lot of the highly rated wines are new to the market, but in all honesty they’ve been around for years and years!

Today’s feature is on the 2011 Torres Sangre de Toro Tinto Catalunya. The Torres family is probably the biggest wine producer in all of Spain. We have featured their wines in the past and they ALL sell well. Sangre de Toro is a great wine that doesn’t get a lot of attention, which is a shame because this wine is very jammy with strawberry, blackberry and cherry notes. The tannins are very subtle and it’s a perfect wine to enjoy with food. It’s perfect with hamburgers, steak, pot roast and pork chops. As for the price, I’m going to put it on sale for $6.99/bottle. If you’ve never had this brand then you should give it a try. If you haven’t had it recently then I suggest you try it again. It’s the best it’s been in a long time and at the price you can’t go wrong.

Free ground shipping when you buy Torres Sangre de Toro in 12 bottle increments .

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I think some of the best Pinot Noir’s are coming out of Oregon. In fact, we have recently featured a few such as Drouhin, Bergstrom and Brooks and these bottles have flown off the shelf. Today’s feature is on the 2010 Adelsheim Vineyard Elizabeths Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley. This wine might look familiar because it was on the cover of the December Wine Spectator. If someone should ask “What’s the perfect example of a Pinot Noir from Oregon?” the Adelsheim would be Top 3. Here’s the write-up from the International Wine Cellar, which rated it 92pts:

“Bright red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, rhubarb and allspice, with musky herb and vanilla nuances building in the glass. Offers an array of red fruit flavors that put on weight and gain spiciness with air. A floral note comes up on the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity and focus. I suspect that this wine will age nicely on its balance. But the way, the 2003 version of this wine is drinking extremely well right now.”

Here’s the thing about wines like this. The winery and distributor get very protective about their wines ESPECIALLY when they receive a big score. When that happens the wine goes on tight allocation. I recently had a Cabernet that got a similar score and the distributor stopped selling it to retailers and now only sells it to restaurants. I have a feeling the same thing might happen with the Adelsheim. FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS I’m going to put it on sale for $39.99/bottle. After that it goes back up to $44.99/bottle. I think the winery sells it for $55/bottle. If you like Pinot Noir’s from Oregon, you should jump all over this wine.

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I can guarantee you that whenever there is a sales spike on a wine there is always an explanation. For example, over the weekend we kept getting orders and calls for the Donnhoff Estate Riesling Nahe. Don’t get me wrong, Donnhoff get’s tons of press, but it’s only on the radar of the “wine geek.” I finally asked a customer about it and he said Donnhoff Estate Riesling Nahe was just mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article. Mystery solved!

Here’s the link to where the Donnhoff was mentioned. If you roll-over the dot it will give you a description of the wine as well as the price. Since we are on the topic of the price, they list a retail price of $22/bottle. I have it on sale for $15.95/bottle. In all honesty, this really is a great wine. In fact the wine maker has been named “German Wine Maker of the Year” multiple times. I just spoke to my salesman and he just said there has been a run on this wine, which is to be expected. It’s worth picking up a few bottles.

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It’s FINALLY here, folks. Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva Mendoza 2010, which the Wine Spectator named #51 in their Top 100 of 2012 is coming in today! Malbec’s are super hot and I’m sure the demand for these bottles are going to be at a premium. I’m going to put it on sale for $12.99/bottle, which is an INCREDIBLE price. Clearly, they are priced to move. Get your bottles now! I wouldn’t wait because if you blink they will be gone! Here’s the review:

”A ripe red, offering ample acidity to support the jammy kirsch, plum sauce and wild berry coulis notes that are framed by medium tannins, with the finish pumping out hints of smoke, spice box and graphite.”

Wine Spectator Rating: 90pts

Wine Spectator Top 100 #51 for 2012

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Right off the bat, I’m going to warn you that you’ll want to jump on this deal quickly because I’m going to offer you a highly rated wine for basically my wholesale cost.

I have a surplus of the 2009 Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico Castelnuovo Berardenga. Why is there a surplus? Because someone brought it in and wasn’t smart enough or good enough to sell what they bought. I find this odd because we sell A LOT of Italian wines here and it was rated 92pts by the Wine Spectator. Truthfully, it should have sold by accident. It only goes to show you that any idiot can buy something, but you have to have some talent to sell it. Here’s the review:

“An expression of darker fruit, this red remains fresh and defined by violet, black cherry and spice notes. Polished, but still marked by dense, edgy tannins, matched by sweet fruit on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2020. 600 cases imported.”

Fontalpino retails for about $22.99/bottle, but I’m going to drop it to $16.99/bottle, which is basically my wholesale cost. Once I sell my remaining cases I’m sure I won’t be carrying it anymore, even though the wine is great. Don’t worry, though. I’m sure we will replace it with something even better. If you bought Monsanto then you should buy Fontalpino!

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