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I hope this dispatch from the frozen tundra finds you well as we all hunker down for the heart of a long winter. Big reds are in mind to go with slow cooked meals and comfort foods forged in cozy, warm kitchens. Cabernet Sauvignons, red blends, Nero d’Avola from warm Sicily and a dark Tinta de Toro from western Spain are on the tasting table this week. It’s not that I’m neglecting white wines, but now is the time to enjoy the power and wonder of deep reds. 

Now for a word or two about tannins. Tannins in wine are plant-derived polyphenols found in grape skins. In lay terms, they are the stuff in red wines that make it feel like someone is scraping the saliva of your tongue. They are present in tea also. They don’t have flavor, but they contribute a unique texture to red wines. They also react with fat as we eat and coat the mouth in a velvety richness. I’m putting together a demonstration I plan to bring to our stores to help explain the concept of tannins, acidity and balance in wine. It should be very informative, and I’ll keep you in the loop when I bring it to a store near you. Meanwhile, enjoy these great reds as you feast and celebrate the great indoors!

Cheers! -Bill “The Wine Guy”

Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 2017

“The base 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliant, and as Cabernet Sauvignon goes, it’s a value that’s hard to beat! Classic black and blue fruits, damp earth, violets, and tobacco notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort that stays pure, impeccably balanced, and vibrant on the palate. It’s the real deal, and if it was from Napa, it would sell for 3-4 times the price.” -93 points Jeb Dunnick

Regular Price $17.99

REWARDS PRICE $12.96 

Prices good thru January 15, 2020

Cusumano Nero d’Avola Sicily, IGT 2017

Deep ruby red, with violet reflections, the 2016 Nero d’Avola has fresh aromas of red and black berries. fruit-forward with firm tannins and plummy spice flavors. Pairs well with meat-based dishes.

-Winemaker’s Notes

Regular Price $14.99

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Prices good thru January 15, 2020

Cermeño Toro 2018

This is a rich, dark red from Western Spain made from the Tinta de Toro grape which is also known as Tempranillo. It is much more intense than Tempranillo based wines from either Rioja or central Spain. The Cermeño shows some black fruit flavors with a hint of fennel and a slight smokiness. Very impressive weight on this one and it pairs well with roasted and grilled meats.

Regular Price $14.99

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Prices good thru January 15, 2020

Marietta Old Vine Red California

“Old Vine Red is a proprietary red wine made to replicate the field blends of many of the old vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Predominantly comprised of Zinfandel, Old Vine Red combines pure fruit, a supple mouthfeel and a rich, solid structure. A groundbreaking combination of varietals and multiple vintages first produced in 1982, this wine has blazed the path for red blends for decades. With a historic underground following, it is one of the longest lasting and best-known red blends produced today.”

-Winemaker’s Notes

Regular Price $13.99

REWARDS PRICE $11.96 

Prices good thru January 15, 2020

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