Mother’s Day

Nothing says ‘Thanks Mom’ like a great bottle of wine.

Fresh cut Roses make a nice gift, but think how much more she will love you if instead you give her a fresh bottle of rosado.

Or, how about surprising her, just as you did when you were a child, with breakfast in bed? This Mother’s day tradition that will be even more special with a Mimosa made from fresh squeezed O.J. and bright, bubbly Cava. If Mom needs extra special attention you could make that Mimosa out of rosado Cava, thereby doubling your chances of winning her special appreciation.

Maybe you are taking your mother out to a nice restaurant? This year, show that you actually put thought into her special day by showing up to dinner with a really nice
bottle of wine to accompany the meal, or better yet, show up with two bottles, a white and a red, to show that you have good taste as well as good manners.
If you traditionally send a gift on Mother’s Day, this year you should consider sending a mixed case of our value priced ‘house wine’. Mom can stock her pantry with tasty, traditional wines that will remind her of you each time she opens a new bottle.

And, if your mother loves music, we have an array of fine tunes from Spain, Portugal and Latin America. How about some mambo with Tito Puente or salsa with Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa? Or, if Mom would rather hear something soothing, how about some suave flamenco guitar music from Paco de Lucia or Vicente Amigo? Any of these artists are sure to wake up the senses and get the body moving. Turn it up at breakfast and Mom can dance around the house in her pajamas while drinking that Mimosa.

 

Pink:

Verasol Rosado 2006 $10.99 Just arrived today! The Garnacha grape thrives in the high altitude vineyards of D.O. Campo de Borja. Verasol Rosado expresses the vibrant, fruit filled flavors that young Garnacha wines (made from old Garnacha vines) are capable of. Ripe strawberry and raspberry aromas pair well with bright citrus flavors. This refreshing young wine is perfect with an afternoon picnic in the grass.

 

Mont Ferrant Brut Rosado Cava $14.99 One of my favorite sparkling rosados is back after a temporary hiatus. The wine is as dark as cranberry juice, and displays abundant ripe berry aromas and surprisingly dry, crisp fruit character. Mont Ferrant is one of the oldest producers of Cava and they use their time tested expertise to create this untraditional blend of Monastrell and Garnacha.

 

White:

Avinyó Vi D’Agulla 2006 $12.99 I announced this wine a few weeks ago, but it keeps selling out (actually, I keep buying it all up) so you may not have had a chance to try it yet.

I said “ The Avinyó Cava that we carry (the traditional Brut Reserva As well as the new Brut Rosado) is always top notch. This small winery also produces a traditional summer wine called Vi D’Agulla (translates literally as ‘needle wine’). This lightly effervescent white wine made from Petit Grain Muscat is floral and aromatic like a Moscatel, but only gently sweet. The light bubbles lift the scent and give the wine a lively, fresh character. The prickly effervescence is what gives the wine its name. Serve Vi D’Agulla as a welcoming cocktail to your dinner guests and watch the smiles spread with each sip.”

 

Lagar de Cervera Albariño 2006 $19.99 The newest vintage of this, one of our most requested Albariño wines, has just arrived. Bright lemon color and rich tropical fruit aromas and flavors of guava and mango combine brilliantly with flinty minerality. When first released this wine is lightly spritzy, which adds to the fun, I think.

 

Red:

Santa Cruz de Artazu 2004 $36.99 This brilliant D.O. Navarra wine produced from small plots of 70-90 year old Garnacha is ripe, spicy and very finely detailed. Josh Raynolds of Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar rated this wine at 91 points, saying “Deep ruby. Powerful, ripe, spicy scents of cherry, cured meat and cracked pepper. Very intense on the palate, with the cherry flavor framed by solid but not strident tannins. Finishes youthfully taut, with a repeating pepper note and impressive length. Give this some cellar time, or decant it for an hour.”

Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2004 $31.99 As this wine was just released, we are well ahead of the curve, review-wise. The 2003 version was rated by The Wine Spectator as their highest scoring Spanish wine among their ‘Top 100 wines of 2006’. The 2004 is produced, like the 2003, from 90% Tinto Fino and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and aged for 12 months in French oak before bottling. Dark garnet color, oak aroma and initially firm tannins (that soften with age or exposure to oxygen) encounter rich blackberry fruit character. The aromas and flavors are very well integrated and should last for 8-10 years before they start to fade.

 

House Wines

Our ‘house wine’ selections are still available. In case you missed the initial description, I repeat it here.

We have created a special section of youthful, traditionally styled wines (like what you would get in a typical Spanish bar) that retail for $6.99.  Individually these wines are already inexpensive. The standard 10% discount for full case purchases would normally bring the price down to $6.30 per bottle.  With these particular wines we will offer a special discounted price of $5.99 per bottle with 12 bottle purchase.

 

Los Cardos Malbec Rosé 2005 $6.99 The latest addition to our increasingly popular ‘house wine’ section is this Argentine rosado. Made from the local Malbec grape, this gentle pink wine is a perfect back porch cocktail wine. It would also make a fine accompaniment to roast chicken or poached salmon

 

Infinitus Viura/Chardonnay 2005 $6.99 Crisp, young white wine made from a 50/50 blend of tank fermented (no oak) Viura and Chardonnay. Fresh citrus and green apple fruit character. The perfect back porch cocktail.

 

Vall Major Blanco 2004 $6.99 This D.O. Terra Alta white wine is produced from 100% Macabeo grapes. Pale straw color, grapefruit aroma and tart green grape fruit character.  A composed salad of spring lettuces and Spanish ventresca tuna with a sherry vinaigrette would make a nice accompaniment.

Infinitus Tempranillo 2005 $6.99 Fresh, youthful aroma, bright cherry-like fruit character and gentle grape skin tannins in the background. Excellent with rice or pasta dishes.

 

Infinitus Syrah 2005 $6.99 Dark garnet color, spicy herbal aroma and rich, full-bodied black cherry fruit character. Pass the cork screw and fire up the grill!

 

Castillo de Daroca 2005 $6.99 From the same D.O. Calatayud region winemakers who bring you Viña Alarba comes this blend of mostly Garnacha with a bit of Syrah in the mix. Youthful red berry fruit character, with some added color and structure from the Syrah.

Albet i Noya Tempranillo Clàssic 2002 $6.99 Dry, earthy Tempranillo from D.O. Penedès in Catalunya. Toasted oak barrel aroma and tannin with underlying dried cherry fruit character. Made from organic grapes.

Señorio de Balboa 2003 $6.99 This Tempranillo is perfect for a backyard barbecue.  The ripe fruit character is balanced by lightly tannic oak to firm up the structure of the wine and give it enough oomph to stand up to grilled meats and other charred delights.

Reverendo Tinto 2004 $6.99 Mostly Tempranillo with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Typical D.O. Navarra style. Lean and savory with tangy pie cherry fruit character, well integrated tannins and background earthiness.

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