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December Wines of the Month

For December we are once again hosting one of our favorite importers, Ideal Wines, and salespeople, Steven Chevalier. Steven typically provides us with a delicious array of fine Italian wines but, for this month, we have decided to showcase the wonderful French wines in his great portfolio. With Ideal Wines being our featured importer we're sure to end 2014 with a bang!

Enjoy!

2013 Le Petit Balthazar Blanc - Pay d’Oc, France
Regularly $11.99, Tasting Price $10.19
A crisp, refreshing blend of Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc with the delicate white flower aromatics and yellow peach character of Viognier and the crisp zing of Sauvignon Blanc. This is a great wine to use for poached fish, Asian food or a pre dinner glass of wine.

2013 Guffens Chardonnay - IGP Vaucluse, France
Regularly $14.99, Tasting Price $12.74
This wine is almost too good for the price. Made by Jean Marie Guffens, this Chardonnay has flavors of juicy yellow and green apple that spreads across the palate with a smooth texture and a lively finish. Try this with roast chicken or pan seared salmon.

2013 Colterenzio Muller Thurgau - Alto Adige, Italy
Regularly $15.99, Tasting Price $13.59
In the vein of many of the great whites of the Alto Adige, Colterenzio’s Muller Thurgau is crisp and refreshing with flavor of spicy pear, yellow apple and peach. This wine has a broad mouth feel that does wonders with an array of food styles whether it be traditional spaetzle and pork or curry dishes.

2013 La Raia “Rossi Cairo” Gavi - Piedmont, Italy
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Beautiful aromas and flavors of yellow peach, ripe pear and fresh citrus. This is a clean, vibrant wine that’s aromatic intensity continues on the palate with slightly unripe yellow peach, crisp pear and lots of fresh lemon. This is a wine that loves to be paired with seafood; try it with steamed shellfish.

Nv Francois Chidaine Montlouis Method Traditionelle Brut - Touraine, France
Regularly $21.99, Tasting Price $18.69
A complex bouquet of ripe apple, pear and quince, with honey and beeswax nuances. Distinctly Chenin Blanc in character, offering dried orchard fruit and bitter lemon qualities and a strong mineral undertone. A touch of marzipan adds depth to the dry, stony, precise finish. This is exactly the kind of bubbly I would drink with seared scallops.

2012 Chateau Bel Air Bordeaux Rouge - Bordeaux, France
Regularly $11.99, Tasting Price $10.19
Sweet aromas of berries, and plum. Comes across as much softer than it appeared a year ago from barrel, with only moderate intensity and thrust. Week day meals or holiday dinners with this wine and everybody will be happy.

2013 Domaine Marie Faugeres - Languedoc, France
Regularly $11.99, Tasting Price $10.19
Lively cherry fruit scents. Deep, tongue-coating flavors in a very juicy style. Exuberantly primary and, fine value. Lovely wine of place as well. I would love to see this on my table with some holiday lamb.

2011 Clos Du Mont Olivet Cotes du Rhone Font de Blanche - Rhone Valley, France
Regularly $13.99, Tasting Price $11.89
Intense black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by olive and black pepper; really showing its Syrah component today. Sappy boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up an exotic lavender pastille nuance. A belly warming meal of braised oxtail over polenta would be a great with this wine.

2012 Domaine Parize Givry Vieilles Vignes - Cote Chalonnaise, France
Regularly $23.99, Tasting Price $20.39
Burgundy quality at an affordable price. Located just south of the Cote d’Or there is a lot of value in great Givry. Fresh red fruit such as cherry and cranberry are accentuated by aromas and flavors of wet stone and dried herb with a crisp fresh fruit finish. I particularly love this kind of Pinot Noir with roasted duck.

2012 San Fereolo Dolcetto Valdiba - Piedmont, Italy
Regularly $16.99, Tasting Price $14.44
Validiba is deep purple with ruby- edges, intense with ripe cherry, blueberry, blackberry and violet with a juicy and long finish. Sage and butter pasta, wild mushrooms with game would definitely with this wine would make a lot of guests really happy!

2011 Domaine de Trevallon Alpilles VdP Rouge - Baux de Provence, France
Regularly $54.99, Tasting Price $46.74
Nose combines black raspberry preserves, dark chocolate, black pepper and game. Dense, very concentrated and very primary, but already shows lovely inner-mouth perfume. Dark berry flavor explodes on the tannic finish. This wine's spine of acidity gives it great grip and aging potential. Christmas roast would feel at along side a glass of this wine.

NV Henriques e Henriques Rainwater 3 yr Madiera - Madiera, Portugal
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Whether in a pre-dinner cocktail or after dinner with a cheese plate, we thought this would be an interesting new addition to this month's wine selection. This is a perfect, lightly sweet fortified wine for after dinner use, for cooking or just enjoying on it own.

Bonus:

Montenidoli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Regularly $24.99, Tasting Price $21.99
Montenidoli Extra Virgin olives have been grown at Montenidoli since Etruscans time. Currently the Moraiolo and Correggiolo strains are used to create this olive oil. The  Moraiolo olive provides body, and the Correggiolo olive perfumes the oil. This olive oil is organically grown and is only released annually so the oil  has time to clarify itself naturally without filtering.