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We are continuing our search for bargains among wines and liquors that suit your needs for the coming summer months. This Saturday we are showcasing some new arrivals that fit nicely into that category. It is our job to introduce you to the myriad possibilities to satisfy personal enjoyment as well as your entertainment needs. We do this a few bottles at a time so that the focus is not lost. As each week goes by your knowledge of beverage products increases and, chances are, you are enjoying the party.
Grandial Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine, Brut, France
Regular price 8.99, Today only 6.99
This is a wonderfully light sparkling wine produced from 100% Ugni Blanc that is surprisingly clean, refreshing and totally dry. It is medium bodied, displaying ripe fruit and smooth textures. It has lightly creamy flavors that end with a crisp finish. This is a great price for this fruity, elegant sparkling wine with fine bubbles and fresh palate.
2008 Benvolio Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy
Regular price 13.50, Today only 9.99
The Friuli–Venezia Giulia area of Italy is in the northeast next to Slovenia. This wine comes from the Grave section of the Friuli where well drained soils produce the quintessential Pinot Grigio. The wine is fresh and delicate, with clean pear and apple flavors set in a crisp balanced acidic structure. Look for subtle hints of rosewater and lychee in the long flavorful finish.
2007 Zaza Garnacha Rosé, Campo de Borja, Spain
Regular price 10.99, Today only 9.99
Campo de Borja is part of the region of Aragon, the home of Henry VIII of England’s first wife, Catherine, and her mother, Spain’s famous Queen Isabella. Campo de Borja once belonged to the Borja family, one of Spain’s most famous noble clans. You’ll recognize the name when you read the Italianized version – Borgia. This is a medium bodied, dry rosé with aromas of strawberry and a palate of ripe berry fruit. Also discernable are melons, watermelon and rose petals.
2004 Bolla Nero d’Avola, Sicily
Magnum Regular price 14.95, Today only 9.99
Nero d’Avola is the major red grape grown in Sicily and in the southern part of Italy, as well. Up front the wine shows cherry and raspberry fruit, some peppery spice and black licorice. With time in the bottle, the wine has fleshed out a little from its original release and is now drinking rather smoothly.
2006 Martin Codax Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain
Regular price 12.99, Today only 9.99
This fine Tempranillo shows aromas of ripe fruit and a floral bouquet that is integrated with nuances of cedar and toasty oak. The palate is elegant and complex; the wine is vibrant and expressive with medium body and hints of vanilla from the oak aging. Flavors of cherries, currants, coconut and fresh raspberries capture the palate leading to a long, lingering finish. Wine Enthusiast gave it a score of 87: “Good and meaty stuff, with bold aromas that feature leather, berry and char. Seems saturated and ripe, and gets better the more air it sees. Flavorwise, we’re talking about plum, blackberry and a little vanilla. Complete on the finish, with all angles covered. Not complicated or complex; good value.”
Krohn White Port, “Lagrima”, Portugal
Regular price 15.00, Today only 12.99
White Port is made from, guess what?, white grapes, whereas tawny and ruby Port can be made from roughly 80 different grape varieties, most of them red. This one has been aged for 8 years. Look for flavors of burnt caramel, plums, raisins, hazelnuts and baking spices. Since the wine has had extended barrel aging and is fortified, it is no problem to keep it in the fridge for a month after opening it. Serve it chilled, on the rocks with a slice of lemon or add a splash of club soda.
Starbucks Coffee Liqueur
Liter Regular price 25.00, Today only 14.99
Partnered in production with Jim Beam, Starbucks liqueur is very rich and thick, with a rich dark coffee aroma, and functions better when it is mixed. It does go well with coffee and with lattes and is perfect for vodka, milk or cream mixing. It is made from Latin American arabica coffee beans and actually tastes a lot like coffee ice cream. It is neither subtle nor complex, but it is supremely smooth at 20 percent alcohol (40 proof).