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Living in Minnesota almost my whole life has helped cultivate a fantasy of mine where I can leave here in September to trek to somewhere like Argentina or Australia and stay there until March or April. Imagine only seeing snow high up on the Andes. From a distance. I did miss a winter in 1983 when my family relocated to Fresno, California. Turns out in California’s Central Valley, the fog rolls in two weeks before Christmas and doesn’t leave until the end of February. They have a lot of seasonal depression issues, so it wasn’t that great. It’s back to the 651.

It’s harvest time here and that means many fun things to enjoy locally but this week we celebrate the coming of Spring to the Southern Hemisphere. Someday, for just one year, I would love it to be all spring and summer but until then I’ll just sample some wines from vines that thrive under the Southern Cross.

-Bill the Wine Guy



Tila Malbec Mendoza
Tilia Malbec
“Aromas of black cherries and plums are accompanied by notes of violets and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is rich and full-bodied with flavors of juicy blackberries, cranberries, and black currants abound, followed by notes of vanilla and sweet spice.” – Winemaker’s notes
Regular Price $11.99
Rewards Price $8.96 750ml
Prices good thru October 11th, 2018



Catena Malbec Mendoza
Catena Malbec “Aromas of blackberry and walnut with hints of flowers. This gives way to a medium body that is focused and bright with dried fruit and just a hint of mushroom in the aftertaste. Drink now.” – James Suckling 92 points
Regular Price $22.99
Rewards Price $17.96 750ml
Prices good thru October 11th, 2018



Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa
“Dark ruby in color, with purple-black hues, this wine offers aromas of red and dark berry fruit alongside subtle notes of dark chocolate and controlled oak spice. The soft, deep red and black fruit notes are seen together on the nose also show in abundance on the palate, where they are accompanied by a fresh acid line and a super fine tannin frame. These ensure some real balance to the wine and a drinkability and moorishness so often found in Barossa Shiraz.” – Winemaker’s Notes
Regular Price $21.99
Rewards Price $17.96 750ml
Prices good thru October 11th, 2018


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