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Broc Cellars | Love Red Wine


Luscious and craveable, Broc Cellars Love Red wine delights our customers from vintage to vintage with this alluring red blend.

Specializing in “site specific” wines from biodynamically  grown grapes and minimal intervention, Chris Brockway is a winemaker from whom we buy every drop of wine we can.

Broc Love Red is a wine you can easily enjoy by itself, or at the table with flank steak and roasted potatoes, butternut soup, fried chicken, pork tacos, BLTs, burgers… it is quite versatile (and delicious!)

In the summer, you can even give it just a hint of a chill to enjoy during the warm weather.

Next time you need a new wine to try or a wine gift for under $20, snag a bottle of Broc Cellars Love Red. You won’t be disappointed!

Broc Cellars | Love Red Blend | 2016 | $17.99 / 750ml



From broccellars.com:


  • VARIETAL: 54% Carignan, 31% Syrah, 15% Valdiguié
  • VINEYARD: Wirth Ranch, Parenti and Frei Vineyard
  • LOCATION: Solano County, Green Valley
  • ALCOHOL: 13%
  • TOTAL PRODUCTION: 3600 cases

VITICULTURAL AREA: The grapes come from 50 to 70 year-old vines in Solano County’s Green Valley. This area is tucked between Napa and Suisun Valley. Syrah comes from Parenti and Wirth Ranch. Valdiguie comes from Parenti, Wirth and Frei Vineyard. Carignan comes from Frei and Parenti Vineyard. The grapes of each vineyard grow in clay loam soils and come from dry-farmed and head-
pruned vines. Our wines are made naturally, meaning no use of inoculated yeasts or bacteria. We use only native yeast to spark fermentation. We do not add any powdered tannins or enzymes.



WINEMAKER’S NOTES: The fifth bottling of Love Red’s grapes were harvested in the second week of September to preserve the grape’s natural acidity. The Carignan and Syrah were 100% destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The Valdiguié went under carbonic fermentation in stainles steel. Aged for 8 months in neutral French Oak barrels and blended before bottling.



Tessellae Carignan | Vieilles Vignes | Côtes Catalanes – Back In Stock!

A $16.99 stunner!

We are delighted to announce the return of Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines) to our wonderful French red wine section.

This gorgeous French red wine has a solid following at our store, so much that we have to pre-order it multiple times a year.

Next time you need a great, versatile bottle of red wine for under $20, snag a bottle of Tessellae.

Tessellae Carignan | Vieilles Vignes | Côtes Catalanes | 14.5% ABV | $16.99

Tessallae Carignan Vieilles Vignes –

  • Varital | 100% Carignan
  • Age of Vines | 70  Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines)
  • Location | Roussillon, France
  • Appellation | Côtes Catalanes IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée)
  • Size | 160 hectares
  • Farming | Practicing organic
  • Soil | Schist
  • Altitude | 275 meters
  • Fermentation | Hand harvested, destemmed, cold pre-fermentation maceration, fermented in concrete
  • Aging | 12 months in concrete tanks (80%) and demi-muid (20%)
  • Flavor | Black raspberry and black cherry fruit, licorice and dried spices to go with a super sexy, heady, seamless style on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass.
  • Food Parings | Vermont Creamery Cremont, Fresh Chevre, Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad, Tumeric/Curry Pilaf, Moroccan Couscous, Coconut Pepper Chili Soup, Spicy Shrimp Thai, Balsamic Glazed Chicken.

From europeancellars.com

Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few kilometers from the Mediterranean while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This range of sites allow them to make both refreshing whites as well as concentrated reds and, this being the Roussillon, some fortified wines as well. Benefiting from a warm, dry climate, the estate is farmed organically.

They grow primarily Grenache (Blanc, Gris & Noir), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay with a significant proportion of the vines well over 50 years old. The soil, as you near the coast is weathered, alluvial gravel while in the higher elevation sites it is predominantly schist. They harvest by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated with stainlesss steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a
small amount of French oak demi-muids.

Carignan has had a rather tumultuous history in the south of France. Once seen as a necessary grape to spur the recovery of the region after the plague of phylloxera in the late 19th century, primarily for its ability to produce high yields, it has been largely replaced with “nobler” varieties such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. This is unfortunate, for as challenging as the variety is to love when the vines are young, they are superb with half a century under their belt. Jean-Marc Lafage luckily resisted the call to uproot and replace this variety, and he possesses Carignan vines well over 70 years old on schist with which he makes the Tessellae Carignan.


Fall for Ferrari-Carano Wines

~ Fall for Ferrari-Carano Wines ~

Ferrari-Carano has been delighting wine lovers with their exquisite wines for decades.

From well-structured reds to luscious whites, Ferrari-Carano has something for everyone.

If you are looking to treat yourself or give a stunning gift, dive into the delicious world of Ferrari-Carano!


In Stock:

Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc | Sauvignon Blanc | Sonoma County |2016 | 13.8% ABV | $13.99! (compare at $17.99)

Ferrari-Carano Reserve Chardonnay | Napa Valley – Carneros | 2013 | 14.2% ABV | $39.99

Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay | Sonoma County | 2015 | 14.2% ABV | $19.99! (compare at $29.99)

Ferrari-Carano Tré Terre Chardonnay | Russian River Valley – Sonoma County | 2014 | 14.1% ABV | $19.99

Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon | Alexander Valley – Sonoma County | 2014 | 14.5% ABV | $29.99! (compare at $35.99)

From ferrari-carano.com:

Our Promise – “The bottom line is quality without compromise. This is a commitment we feel is reflected in every bottle of our wine,” Don Carano

Our Vineyards – As Don Carano says, “Great wine begins in the vineyard.” Ferrari-Carano is fortunate to own and cultivate some of the finest vineyard land in all of California.

Vineyard Philosophy – Our vineyard practices are customized to match the particular characteristics of each vineyard, to help the vines produce the best fruit possible, and in turn, the best wine possible

Ferrari-Carano is a Certified California Sustainable Vineyard

Steve and his team have long practiced sustainable farming techniques, such as recycling organic matter for use as mulch in the vineyards, planting cover crops and other plant species to avoid soil erosion and to add desirable nutrients back to the soil as well as attract desirable insects, and integrating animals to naturally enhance biodiversity and nutrient recycling.

Ferrari-Carano’s 2016 Fumé Blanc is a delicious wine with aromas and flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, guava, citrus, lemon grass and a touch of minerality. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from neutral French oak barrels adds body, complexity and depth.



The 2015 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma County has superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. This full-bodied and refreshing Chardonnay boasts aromas of graham cracker, quince, lemons, orange blossoms, lychee, and white peaches perfectly balanced by flavors of Meyer lemon, pear and butter cream with a toasty vanilla finish.


The grapes for the Reserve Chardonnay come primarily from our vineyard in Napa Valley Carneros. This wine has elegant, upfront aromas and flavors of quince, apple, cinnamon, caramel, citrus, butter, pear, vanilla, graham cracker, peach, crème brûlée and hazelnut complemented by a lingering, toasted oak finish. The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros imparts its unique finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling character.


The 2014 Tré Terre Chardonnay from Russian River Valley is a delicious, full-bodied wine with aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, citrus, pear, green apple, peach, apricot, brown sugar, spice and maple. A wine with bright fruit and nice acidity, this Chardonnay has a long, lingering finish.




Our Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Vibrant aromatics of cassis, mocha, dried cherries, mint, cola and smoky leather awaken the senses, while full-bodied flavors of black cherries and plums generously fill the palate. Supple tannins and lingering notes of toasty caramel round out the finish.




La garagista | Loups~Garoux | Vermont Red Wine by Deirde Heekin | 2016

La garagista | Loups~Garoux | 2016 | 12% alc./vol | $33.99/750ml

We are most delighted to announce the arrival of the 2016 La garagista Loups~Garoux.  A stunning Vermont red wine by our friends Deirde Heekin & crew over in Barnard we again are able to loving share with you.

From the bottle:

La garagista: n. one who makes wine in a garage; one who works in a garage; one who uses all parts of a garage.


Vermont Rouge = Red Wine

Loups~Garoux is the French name for mythical wolf creatures that are not cursed, but blessed.  One is born a Loup-Garou and can turn at will. They are elegant, dark wolves to behold and remind us of other mythical creatures like those in the legends of the Black Wolves of the Chateauguay, the wild alpine terrain that defines our homefarm and vineyard landscapes.  Loups~Garoux speak of the woodland and are mercurial in nature.  Hand-harvested and unfiltered, this red wine hails from our alpine vineyard in Vermont on the edge of a lake, grown among wild purple aster and white fleabane.

– Deirdre Heekin & Caleb Barber

Questo vino e vivo! ~ This wine is alive!



Sella & Mosca Italian Wine | Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva DOC & La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna DOC


We are delighted to highlight a couple of Italian wines from the island of Sardinia we’ve enjoyed for years… Sella & Mosca Cannonau and La Cala Vermentino.

In addition to being delicious, the crowd friendly Sella & Mosca Cannonau and Vermentino wines are also very wallet friendly, both clocking in at under $15 a bottle.



The next time you need an easy drinking bottle of wine but want something different, snag a bottle of Sella & Mosca Cannonau and/or La Cala Vermentino and wash your palate to the Mediterranean.

  • Sella & Mosca | Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva DOC | Red | 14% ABV | $13.99/750ml
  • Sella & Mosca | La Cala | Vermentino di Sardegna DOC | White | $13% ABV $10.99/750ml


(Italian images above, and descriptors below, courtesy of sellaemosca.com)


Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva DOC –

Cannonau grapes are the very symbol of Sardinia and grow well on the Sella&Mosca estate, where the vineyards are exposed to the north-easterly winds. It is a proud, generous wine, which matures during ageing in centuries-old oak barrels, developing a complex, elegant nose. The warm, dry palate is nicely balanced with slight hints of plums and oak. It goes well with all red meat dishes and is excellent with game.

  • VARIETY: Cannonau, Sardinia‘s best-known red variety, as proud and wild as inland Sardinians themselves. The grape is known in France as Grenache and in Spain as Alicante.
  • PRODUCTION AREA: The Cannonau vine thrives both on the warm, sandy soils of the Sardinian coastline and on the harsh, rocky terrain of the island’s mountainous interior. At Sella&Mosca, Cannonau is grown in the southeastern part of the estate, where it is exposed to the Grecale wind.
  • HARVEST PERIOD: The grapes are picked in late autumn when the berries are just starting to dry.
  • WINEMAKING: The crushed and destemmed grapes are given lowtemperature skin contact for at least three days, allowing the extraction of colour compounds and tannins that will enable the wine to age unhurriedly in time-hallowed oak casks. Temperature-controlled fermentation at 25-28°C takes about 12 days.
  • APPEARANCE: The initial ruby red gradually shades into warmer, less intense shades as the wine ages.
  • NOSE: The faintly tousled woodland fragrances of the wine’s first year mature with ageing into a complex, elegant bouquet proffering distinct whiffs of violets that fuse well with the tertiary notes of spiciness contributed by cask conditioning.
  • PALATE: Warm, dried and beautifully poised, with a restrained background note of plums and an aristocratic hint of oak.
  • AGEING: For two years in traditional casks of Slavonian oak stored in temperature-controlled cellars with no direct sources of light. A further period of bottle ageing completes the wine‘s maturation process.
  • FOOD MATCHINGS: Beautifully complements any red meat dish and makes a perfect partner for game.


Vermentino di Sardegna DOC –

Vermentino, which has acclimatised well throughout Sardinia, is grown in the north-eastern corner of the Sella&Mosca estate, on ancient alluvial soil. Its very concentrated nose shows great complexity that focuses on the variety’s aromatic typicity. The palate has firm structure, with taut flickers of marine salinity backed by fruity notes in the soft finish. The “offspring” of the north-westerly wind, it has a natural vocation as an accompaniment to seafood.

  • VARIETY: A Mediterranean variety, probably from Spain, known in the south of France as Malvoisie Gros Grain. Vermentino spread along the coasts of the northern Tyrrhenian Sea and subsequently established itself in Sardinia.
  • PRODUCTION AREA: Alghero, Tenute Sella&Mosca, vineyards in the north-east quadrant on long-established alluvial soil.
  • HARVEST PERIOD: First and second ten days of September.
  • WINEMAKING: The crushed and destemmed grapes undergo brief low-temperature skin contact. The must obtained by light pressing is clarified and then fermented at strictly controlled low temperatures.
  • APPEARANCE: Very pale straw with persistent lemony-green highlights.
  • NOSE: Very intense, steadily unfolding all the complex aromatics characteristic of the variety. Careful analysis of the sensory perceptions reveals evidence of the Mediterranean growing environment and scrupulous fermentation.
  • PALATE: Notes of sea salt vein the structure, enhancing fruit, apparent on entry, that lingers on the soft, leisurely finish.
  • FOOD MATCHINGS: A “child of the Maestrale wind”, La Cala is at its inimitable best in the company of seafood of all kinds on very special occasions.


Sinister Hand | Owen Roe Wine


Sinister Hand | 2015 | $26.99 | 90 Points


Fall is here, sounding the alert in craniums for people to start drinking full-bodied red vino (although, I drink hearty reds all year).

The Sinister Hand from our friends at Owen Roe becomes increasingly popular as the leaves turn – a perfect transitional wine to ease you from summer to autumn.  The soft tannins and bright raspberry notes of Grenache says summer is still kinda here but fleeting, while the richness of Syrah starts to prepare your palate for robust wine, harvest meals, and evenings around the fire.

Help yourself to the bounty of our Owen Roe wine harvest while you can, like many other seasonal consumables, once Sinister Hand is gone, it won’t be back until next year.

– Jason Wine & Beer Mgr.


From www.owenroe.com:

Sinister Hand 2015

This generous fusion of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsaut is easily approachable while displaying undeniable complexity.  The Grenache portion of the blend contributes cranberry and raspberry candied fruit notes, while the Syrah fragment delivers darker fruits and savoury characteristics.  Mourvedre enhances the structure and richness of the body and provides delicate aromas of violets.  Our partially carbonic macerated Cinsaut brings liveliness and tropical fruit flavors to the blend.


Long ago, during the 17th century, the O’Neills and O’Reillys were two revolutionary Irish families. They formed a rowing competition to reserve rights to some highly regarded land.  The two rowing teams agreed that the first to touch the land, after rowing across the lake, would become ruler of the land. O’Neill’s boat was falling behind so a member of the crew grabbed his own sword, cut off his hand and threw it ashore, winning the title to rule the land. This land still remains in the family.


  • 44% Grenache, 27% Syrah, 16% Mourvedre, 13% Cinsaut
  • Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% neutral

Stephen Tanzer | 90 Points

This lively, perfumed Washington State blend of southern French varieties of fers musky scents of candied red berries, wild herbs, violet and cedar. It’s juicy, savory and persistent, with compelling spicy/herbal lift to its dark cherry flavor. Some fruit from cool Columbia Gorge adds verve.   – Stephen Tanzer