We know that selecting wine can be a daunting task. When you walk into the store, hundreds of bottles greet you, beckoning you with their alluringly designed labels, their affordable price tags, or words of praise scrawled above them in Paul's unmistakable handwriting. Everywhere you turn, a wine seems to be calling out, "pick me! Pick me!" Maybe you're looking to try something new, or perhaps you know that you love Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley but you are overwhelmed by the many possibilities. Should you stick to Sancerre? Try out Touraine? Pick a Pouilly-Fumé?
Of course, we are always more than happy to aide you in the selection process. But if you want to make things really easy, just grab one of our hand-picked six-packs, carefully chosen and painstakingly tasted by us to ensure your enjoyment. Our current offering includes:
Few wines are better-suited for the Bay Area's Indian summer than fresh, lively, slightly effervescent Txakolina. This bottling from Spain's Basque country combines low alcohol and high acidity to make for the perfect simple sipper either before or during a meal. But make no mistake--just because it's (dangerously) easy to drink, Finca Jakue Txakolina is no standard, everyday quaffing wine. Minerality abounds not only on the nose, while the mouthfeel is atypically rich and unctuous for wines made from the Hondarribi Zuri grape, thanks to occasional stirring of the lees during the aging process. Ripe flavors of summer stone fruit, lychee, and melon punctuate the palate with the unmistakable liveliness for which Txakolina is known and loved.
This stunning Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley drinks like a wine that costs twice its price. Rarely can such complexity be found in such an affordable bottle. At first it seems par for the course: intoxicatingly aromatic, with notes of gooseberry, Meyer lemon, white flowers, and freshly cut grass. Upon the first sip, the attack is crisp and mouthwatering--but then something unusual happens. The mid-palate turns surprisingly soft and creamy, bursting with juicy peach and exotic fruits. The finish lingers on long past the last sip, a fact which should please those who find themselves wishing there were a few more drops left in the bottle.
Considering the weather we've been experiencing lately, it would be sacrilege not to include a delightfully dry rosé. Château la Canorgue, situated in the Côtes du Lubéron appellation at the foot of the Rhône Valley, is just the bottle you didn't know you've been waiting for. Made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, its enticing salmon color beckons you to take in a whiff of its bouquet--which, if blindfolded, one might mistake for a fruit basket at a farmer's market. Cherry, strawberry, watermelon, peach, orange, and fennel aromas mingle with a playful hint of bubble gum. Although it is unapologetically fruity, after popping open this serious rosé you'll be wondering where it's been all your life--or at least all summer.
Sicilian wine seems to be all the rage lately, but we swear we were drinking it before it was cool. Frappato, planted almost exclusively in Sicily, has been getting a lot of attention these days both for its solo work and co-starring role with Nero d'Avola in Cersauolo di Vittoria DOCG. Don't let it's delicate appearance fool you--this light-hued wine is brimming with lively acidity and flavor. A sniff or a sip will call to mind succulent summer strawberries, with a heady floral perfume. A slight chill from about fifteen minutes of refrigeration before serving will bring this wine to the next level.
Sometimes it seems like Vietti couldn't make a bad bottle of wine if they tried. They certainly didn't try with this one. It's easy to fall in love with this impeccably balanced Barbera d'Asti, a medium-bodied red from Piemonte that can pair with a wide variety of cuisine but stands out on its own as well. Aromas of morello cherry, baking spice, licorice, and violets carry through to the palate, with well-integrated oak, soft tannins, and refreshing acidity. As with all of Vietti's bottlings, this one satisfies all of the senses--each label is adorned with the work of a local artist and friend of the family, inspired by the particular vintage. These works of art have been on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art, but the true feat of artistry here seems to be having gotten so much deliciousness into one very affordable bottle.
Although Bucklin's Sonoma Valley 'Bambino' Zinfandel-based field blend comes from only fourteen-year-old vines, this voluptuous wine is mature beyond its years. While ripe and juicy Zinfandel comprises most of the blend, the remaining 21% is rounded out mostly by Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, and Carignane. A cool and wet year is to thank for the fact that this brambly, intensely flavored wine remains relatively light on its feet with relatively low alcohol, clocking in around 13.5%. In the glass, the wine's deep purple color hints at rich, brooding blackberry, blueberry, and huckleberry jam aromas and flavors, accompanied by Old Hill Vineyard's signature nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla spice. This wine is drinking great now, but emerging hints of soft leather show promise of good things to come after another few years of aging.
If you're not already on your way out the door to pick up your six-pack, here are the cold, hard facts:
Six-pack cost: $90
Actual retail value: $112
Available while supplies last!