Quick Sips for the Holiday Weekend


Happy Easter and Passover! Here are just a few wine suggestions that would pair perfectly with what many of you will be eating over the next days.

Recanati "Yasmin Red" ($13.95) is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend from Israel that was on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014 list and happens to be kosher for Passover. 
 
I've shared my excitement about cru Beaujolais with you before, and we have a firm but pretty one from the village of Fleurie that highlights dry floral, dry strawberry and nice minerality. The Domaine de Roche-Gullion "Clos de la Tour" is currently $3 off (Westgate store only) for $14.95 and would be perfect with ham.
 
Many of you are fans of the grape called Albarino form the Riax Biaxas region of Spain, along the Atlantic coast. Just over the Mina River, in Portugal, they call this same grape Alvarinho. We just got in a stunningly fresh and charming one that is full of juiciness but balanced and bright as well. I think this is a wine that's pretty impossible not to like and predict it will be a big hit as we enter warmer months. It would also be fantastic with ham and retails for only $13.95. Bonus points for one of the best wine labels in existence, too!
 
Many of you have been asking for Caymus Cabernet over the past few months which has unfortunately been unavailable during that time. The 2012 was highly rated and sold through at an incredible rate. There is a much less known producer, McGah Family Vineyards that has an estate grown Cab from Rutherford that I think Caymus lovers will be more than happy with. "Scarlett" ($64.99) is a little more classically built, less residual sugar, than Caymus, but for my money, is more compelling and complex. It's also extremely highly rated at 95 points Wine Advocate and extremely limited. We have a little in stock currently and should be getting my last shot at this vintage with a delivery we're expecting tomorrow.  This would be one to pair with lamb and, again, bonus points for one of my very favorite labels out there!

If you are in the DFW region, you can grab a spot in our Cooking School for the Scarlett Vertical Wine Dinner on April 17th or 18th at the Plano store, where winemaker Mike Smith will be on hand to walk you through a tasting of the 2006 through 2012 vintages with small plates.
 
If you're looking for a lower priced lamb option, you can't do better than an exclusive Grenache/Carignan blend we just received from the Ventoux region of the Rhone Valley. The Grenache reveals itself as fun, and fruity and the Carignan is there to give it backbone and a touch of firm "wildness." Overall, the Vignerons de Caractere "Collection du Rhone" Ventoux is a very impressive, full bodied wine that is hard to understand how it can be made available for under 10 bucks and is currently $1 off for $8.95.
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