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September Wines of the Month

For all of you that have been away for the summer, first and foremost, welcome back. For September’s Wines of the Month we are making a move back to featuring one vendor for the entire month. To kick things off we have Vineyard Roads and a selection from their great portfolio of mostly fine European wines that range from great every day wines to that special occasion wine.

Please join us this Friday night as our representative, Liz Stern, is accompanied by fan favorite Angus Smith, as they host this month's tasting. See you Friday!

NV Bohigas Brut Reserva - Penedes, Spain
Regularly $13.99, Special Price $11.89
Fruity on the nose with aromas of apple and pear, and a touch of white flowers. This blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada is fresh and dry on the palate, with creamy persistent bubbles and flavors of white fruits and a slight spice.  Perfect as an aperitif, pair this wine with Marcona almonds, hams and various hard cheeses.

2013 Ca’Stella Ribolla Gialla - Venezia, Italy
Regularly $11.99, Special Price $10.19
This crisp, bright white, made of a grape local to northeastern Italy, has notes of fresh fruits like melon and pear. On the palate there are flavors of lemongrass with a touch of anise. Light-bodied, with a touch of minerality and just enough acidity, this wine is great on its own or pair it with appetizers like soft cheeses, prosciutto or leek tart.

2013 Sacha Lichine ‘La Poule Blanche’ - Languedoc, France
Regularly $11.99, Special Price $10.19
A blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and a touch of Rolle (Vermentino), this crowd pleasing white features an expressive and round bouquet of white flowers, apple and peach. On the palate you get plenty of pear and lemon with a light minerality and a hint of vanilla. Pair this with light pasta dishes or shrimp…and of course chicken! It is named for one after all.

2013 Saracina Unoaked Chardonnay - Mendocino, California
Regularly $19.99, Special Price $16.99
This Chardonnay has a touch of Viognier blended in which can be identified by the touch of orange blossom that accompanies the nose which is bursting with aromas of Asian pear, green apple and pineapple. The palate is of medium weight, but bright and pure. A fresh expression of Chardonnay without the oak, which is great on its own, but can stand up to a variety of foods, including fish and white meats.

2012 Huet Vouvray Sec ‘Clos du Bourg’ - Loire Valley, France
Regularly $34.99, Special Price $29.74
Bursting with quince-like fruit on the nose, this wine combines a rich, generous palate with gorgeous minerality. From one of three plots on this esteemed Vouvray estate, this wine is the perfect accompaniment to richer fall flavors, like roasted squash and chicken, or pork with apples.

2012 Giorgi Sangue di Giuda Costarosa - Lombardy, Italy
Regularly $12.99, Special Price $11.04
This slightly sparkling, slightly sweet red wine is a specialty of the region. Made of Barbera, Croatina, Uva Rara and Pinot Nero grapes, it has notes of raspberry and strawberry on the nose. The palate is fresh with fine acidity balancing out the sweetness and the tannins. This wine is the perfect accompaniment to any dessert with berries, from panna cotta to chocolate cake.

2012 Sacha Lichine ‘Le Coq Rouge’ - Languedoc, France
Regularly $11.99, Special Price $10.19
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache from Southern France has pleasing aromas of dark cherry and spice. On the palate the wine is light to medium bodied, with notes of blackberry and hints of chocolate and spice. Pair this wine with pasta arrabiata, or grilled pork, steak or mushrooms.

2013 Elio Perrone Barbera d’Asti ‘Tasmorcan’ - Piedmont, Italy
Regularly $17.99, Special Price $15.29
Opening with notes of red berries, cherries and violets, this bright wine offers a medium body with soft tannins and excellent acidity. Flavors of raspberry, cherry, a touch of vanilla and spice, this wine is meant for eggplant lasagna, veal Milanese or your favorite gourmet pizza.

2013 Muri Gries Lagrein - Alto Adige, Italy
Regularly $17.99, Special Price $15.29
Featuring herbaceous aromas to accompany the smell of vibrant raspberry, red fruit, cherry and spice, this fuller bodied red offers plenty of fresh acidity and juiciness on the palate. Pair this wine with a spicy sausage and olives appetizer, or have it with a dinner of mushroom risotto or pork roasted with herbs.

2010 Courege-Longue Buzet ‘Family Reserve’ - Bordeaux, France
Regularly $16.99, Special Price $14.44
A Bordeaux style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine opens with notes of dark fruit and plum, with a hint of vanilla. Rich and full bodied on the palate, this wine is velvety smooth on the mid-palate with a touch of bright acidity and red fruit on the finish. Perfect  pairing with roasted meats and hearty meals.

2012 Luccarelli Primitivo - Puglia, Italy
Regularly $11.99, Special Price $10.19
The cousin of Zinfandel, this Primitivo offers cherry, vanilla and a hint of anise on the nose. While many Primitivos fall flat from over-ripening of the fruit, the winemaker for this wine picks the fruit early, leading to a full juicy palate with plenty of acidity acting as a counterpoint to the flavors of lush cherry fruit. This wine pairs well with cheese tortellini with a bright tomato sauce, or anything barbequed!

2011 JL Chave St. Joseph ‘Offerus’ - Rhone, France
Regularly $32.99, Special Price $28.04
Marked by spice and cedar, with a touch of rich dark fruit, this Syrah from a renowned Northern Rhone producer is a seriously great buy. The palate balances earthiness with white pepper and dark rich fruit. Pair this with red meats prepared any way you like, from barbeque to roasted. This is one wine you will want on your table as you celebrate with friends and family this fall.