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Sometimes called the King of Red Wine Grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most widely recognized and sought after red wine. Originating in France’s Bordeaux region, Cabernet Sauvignon is now grown in predominantly warm climates around the globe, from Chile to California to Australia to South Africa. Cabernet Sauvignon wines, or Cabs, are usually aged 5-10 years to reach maturation and often blended with other grapes.

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Choosing the right glass for the right alcoholic beverage is similar to using the right utensil during a formal dinner. Just about any of them will get the job done, but you don’t want to get dirty looks for using the wrong one.

Most of these glasses weren’t designed to achieve a certain look. They were designed with certain heights, widths, curves and stems to help the drinker fully appreciate what’s in the glass – the aroma, the dominant and subtle flavors, the texture, and in some cases, the carbonation.

Here is a simple guide to help you serve wine, beer, liquor and cocktails in the proper glasses.

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The exodus of sparkling wine producers from the embattled Cava DO (Denominacion de Origen) in the Penedes wine zone of Spain continues. According to Spanish wine author and organic viticulture expert Pablo Chamorro, nine growers had left Cava and its somewhat tattered brand image by the end of the 2012. Add Pepe Raventos to the list.
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Organic foods are enjoying a bit of a renaissance worldwide with trends moving towards more natural, healthier products, and wine is no exception. As this wine growing method is becoming more refined, organic wines are exhibiting stronger flavors and distinctive characteristics.

By definition, organic wine is made from grapes that follow the rules of organic farming, meaning they’ve been grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. It deals mainly with the grape growing, although the winemaking process has become increasingly organic as well.

To bear the USDA organic seal, wine also must show who the certifying agency is, and all organic claims must be stated on the label. An organic wine cannot have any added sulfites, but it can have naturally occurring sulfites with a total sulfite level of less than 20 parts per million.

If you prefer a more natural growing process from your wines, try any of these five – all American organic wines, all less than $15.
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A record low harvest made 2012 a rough year for New Zealand winemakers. 2013 is a different story. Very different. Excitement and optimism reign in the New Zealand wine industry as the prospect of an excellent 2013 vintage gives winemakers the opportunities to restock inventory after last year’s nightmare.

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In October of 2012 we had brought in a new item called Xairel Vinho Regional Ribatejo. We brought this in because it was an affordable Portuguese red that we all like. Nothing overly special, but very enjoyable. Little did we know that sales would skyrocket. It flew out of here, which was a great thing, but unfortunately our distributor ran out of stock after our first order. If I had a nickel for every customer that had come in looking for it I would have a CRAP-LOAD of nickels. Well, it’s now back in stock and we could be happier. We are putting the bottle on sale for $5.99/bottle and selling the 6-pack case for $30/case. Clearly, the real savings come when you by it by the case. For $30 you are getting a steal!

All alcohol shipped to NJ is subject to 7% NJ sales tax. We reserve the right to limit quantities while supply lasts. Prices effective for a limited time. Prices in this ad are set by Shoppers Vineyard, Clifton, New Jersey ©2012

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On Monday we ran a special for the 2009 Cantele Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva, which was rated 3 Glasses by Gambero Rosso. This feature has sold a TON of cases. I guess I underestimated how many people were familiar with Gambero Rosso. As far as I’m concerned that’s a great thing.

Today’s deal is for the 2010 Fattoria Carpoli Sada Integolo Toscana Red IGT. This wine was also rated 3 Glasses by Gambero Rosso, but it was also rated 92pts by the Wine Spectator. Does that make it better than the Cantele? No because they are completely different styles of wine. Cantele is from Southern Sicily and Carpoli is a Super Tuscan. Either way, I’d jump all over this deal. I did a very quick look and didn’t see anyone else stocking this wine. Here’s the review:

“A silky red, with black currant, cherry and spice favors melding effortlessly with the texture and firm structure. Intense and elegant at once, displaying a long aftertaste of fruit and spice. Cabernet Sauvignon and Montepulciano. Best from 2014 through 2025. 3,500 cases made.

All alcohol shipped to NJ is subject to 7% NJ sales tax. We reserve the right to limit quantities while supply lasts. Prices effective for a limited time. Prices in this ad are set by Shoppers Vineyard, Clifton, New Jersey ©2012

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