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With roots that trace back to the ancient Romans, Beaujolais is a bit of an enigma, often viewed as a somewhat independent region within a region. Beaujolais is technically part of Burgundy, although its climate more closely resembles the Rhone, and its wine has a unique character that differentiates it from both Burgundy and Rhone.

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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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Fruit wine is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from fruit other than grapes. For historical purposes, mead, cider and perry are also excluded from the fruit wine category. Ingredients include everything from blueberry and raspberry to pineapple and dandelion.

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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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Today I’m offering a great special on the Torres Mas Rabell Catalunya. This wine was exclusively used in the Torres family restaurant, which is located in an old farmhouse on the vineyard grounds. It’s a very youthful, delicate and crisp wine with apple, lemon and herb notes. I would compare it to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc as opposed to a California Sauvignon Blanc, which I consider a little drier.

This wine originally retailed for around $10/bottle. Right off the bat, I’m going to put it on sale for $6.99/bottle. However, I’m going to put the case on sale for $36/case. In case you were wondering how I got the price so low, I bought it directly from the importer and not the distributor. Clearly, we save a lot of money when we cut out the middleman.

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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