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Valentine’s Day is upon us and I will be drinking wine with my Valentine. Enjoying wine is a love we share. The world of wine offers so much to take pleasure in. Take the first two wines listed below for example. These are made from the same types of grapes, by the same winemaker, the sites the fruit is a little different, although not terribly far apart, offer a completely different flavor and textural profile. I love these wines! The Cote Roussillon is from a cold, rocky, and windy hilltop site and has a spicy and herbal edge. The Fitou is from a warm site with views of the Mediterranean Sea. It is rich and loving, soft, and delicious. They both work great when paired with hearty stews or short ribs of beef. Comfort me.

The next two wines are just plain fun. The fruity Lambrusco is a great party option with a wide array of apps. The Villa Jolanda couldn’t be more direct if it came from Hallmark. It says it all in more than a few languages. Pick one up and give it to your valentine. There, you did well. Enjoy the day with wine.

Cheers!

-Bill the Wine Guy

 


 

Jeff Carrel DSM Sous la Montagne Cote Roussillon
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This wine comes from mountaintop vineyards grown among the wild herbs and “garrigue” near the town of Assignan. The bulk of the blend is very old vine Carignan grown in a bush format with no trellising. It also has a healthy dose of Syrah and Grenache and is rounded out with a dollop of Lledoner Pelut. It is purplish-black and bursting with blackberry fennel aromas with a touch of menthol. Wild herbs and black fruit dominate the palate and the finish is silky and smooth as the wine is fermented and finished in stainless steel. Lamb, stew, Cassoulet, beef short ribs and strong cheeses are on the menu here. Check out this video for an aerial tour of Jeff’s Sous la Montagne vineyards.
Regular Price $24.99
Rewards Price $17.96 750ml
Prices good thru March 14th, 2019

 


 

Jeff Carrel Fitou
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From the inland, the schistous portion of the appellation, the 2016 Fitou is almost sweet and jammy in its fruity intensity, yet it retains a dry, savory, crushed-stone element that gives it tremendous grip and drinkability. It’s full-bodied but not heavy, instead offering satisfying richness without excessive weight.
Regular Price $21.99
Rewards Price $17.96 750ml
Prices good thru March 14th, 2019

 


 

Piazza Grande Lambrusco
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A beautiful wine that is fun to drink. Made from Sobrara grapes which is naturally a lower yielding vine, creating a fruity, sparkling light red with umami to spare. This wine is great with a selection of charcuterie or a plate of roasted veggies.
Regular Price $14.99
Rewards Price $11.96 375ml
Prices good thru March 17th, 2019

 


 

Villa Jolanda I Love You Sparkling Wine
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” A tad lighter and less effervescent than Champagne, Villa Jolanda’s Spumante charms everyone who raises a glass with its delicate fizz and gossamer puffs of pink grapefruit and white peach. The perfect way to say, “I Love You!” to that special someone on Valentine’s Day. ” – Winemaker’s Notes
Regular Price $15.99
Rewards Price $11.96 375ml
Prices good thru March 17th, 2019

 

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