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January Wines of the Month

This month, as the holiday bills start rolling in, I thought it would be great to show off some of the best value wines of the last year. Check out these fantastic deals.

Happy New Year!

2012 Trimbach Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France
Regularly $14.99, Sale Price $12.74
Pinot Blanc typically plays second fiddle to the four major grapes of Alsace. Trimbach’s Pinot Blanc is a juicy, well-balanced wine with fruit flavors of apple and fresh lemon acidity. This is a wine that pairs well with any number of semi soft or firm salty cheeses.

2013 Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley, France
Regularly $11.99, Sale Price $10.19
A personal favorite, filled with lemon and lime citrus flavors. This wine expresses fruit flavors of white peach and other orchard fruit then finishes crisp and mineral. Try this wine with a number of your resolution meals, such herbed chicken breast and steamed vegetables.

2013 Evolucio Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary
Regularly $11.99, Sale Price $10.19
This Furmint has aromas of overripe pear and apple, with a spicy nuance emerging with air. Evolucio is dry and floral in the mouth, showing a supple texture but also a slight austerity to its flavors of apple, mint and wet stone. A great wine to sautéed vegetable with herb roasted chicken.

2010 Kientzler Gewurztraminer, Alsace, France
Regularly $24.99, Sale Price $21.24
A discreet nose offers lime, white flowers and mint, with a hint of rose petal emerging with aeration. Slightly sweet, concentrated and nicely textured. This wines phenolic character makes it taste a bit more dry than it actually is. Try this wine with spicy Asian food or even a classic Alsace muenster cheese.

2013 Weingut Berger Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria
Regularly $16.99, Sale Price $14.44
This is the ideal combination, large bottle and great wine inside. Berger Gruner Veltliner is full of lemon pepper flavors with hint of fresh yellow peach. Its crisp mineral finish would pair well charcuterie, light white fish dishes or just a fun, refreshing glass while you’re cooking.

2012 Maray Pinot Noir Reserva, Limaris, Chile
Regularly $19.99, Sale Price $16.99
Fresh and elegant, this cool climate Pinot Noir comes from deep limestone-clay soils. In the mouth it is rich and round, full of cherry and raspberry flavors, with a hint of vanilla. Full bodied with soft spiciness and balanced acidity, completed by great structure and soft tannins. This is the perfect wine for roasted or poached salmon.

2011 Vega Duoro Red, Duoro, Portugal
Regularly $9.99, Sale Price $8.49
A Wine Enthusiast best buy Wine of the Year this wine delivers far beyond its price. Rich, smooth and full of intense black and red briar fruit flavors with a kiss of oak. The flavors of blackberry with good tannin structure make this a wonderful wine with burgers, weekday meals and even chicken.

2011 Domaine de l’Ameillaud Cotes du Rhone, Rhone Valley, France
Regularly $13.99, Sale Price $11.89
Intensely perfumed bouquet evokes blackberry, smoked meat, violet and dark chocolate. Deeply pitched dark fruit and licorice flavors are firmed by a note of bitter chocolate. A perfect partner to a roasted Lamb dinner or slow braised meats.

2009 Chateau Tour Negrier, Bordeaux, France
Regularly $14.99, Sale Price $12.74
Delicious flavors of red currant, fresh black raspberry and cherry this is a great value for those of tightening the budget belt as holiday bills start rolling in. Whether weeknight meals, or game day pizza, this is a versatile wine that is ideal for a number of your wine drinking needs.

2010 Midnight Estate Merlot, Paso Robles, California
Regularly $17.99, Sale Price $15.29
Dark berries and cherry on the pungent nose. Chewy, penetrating blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and a hint of black pepper. A touch of smokiness comes up on the finish, which is firmed by dusty, fine-grained tannins.

NV Domaine Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace, Alsace, France
Regularly $19.99, Sale Price $16.99
There may be no better value in bubbles than Cremant d’Alsace. Lucien Albrecht Cremant is fresh and full of crisp flavors of pear honey crisp apple finishing off with toasty flavors reminiscent of champagne. As always, I love bubbles with popcorn but also with fresh white fish.

NV Taylor Fladgate Ruby Port, Duoro Valley, Portugal
Regularly $16.99, Sale Price $14.44
Ruby port is rich, beautiful and a delightfully belly warming to battle the winter freeze. Taylor Fine ruby is rich with concentrated flavors of cherry and red raspberry with accents of cocoa and sweet fruit. Ports are wines to have just one glass or share a bottle over a hunk of bleu cheese.