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December Holiday News
By: Joel ~ 12/1/2017

WoW holiday 2017 features

Whether you are searching for a great gift, or simply desire a distinctive bottle of wine for holiday feasting, WoW has something for you! 

Don’t miss out on our gala Champagne tasting December 8th, 4-7pm - $50 tasting fee to experience over $1500 worth of fine champagnes; sign up now & limited to the first 25 people to sign up.

SPEAKING OF FINE FIZZ…

Great Champagnes for Holiday enjoyment or anytime

These are some of the best discoveries or old standards tasted during this past year for your enjoyment!  There are many more, too. Give the ultimate liquid gift...

  • Charles Heidsieck MV Brut; Reg. 84.00/WoW 47.00holiday17Picture1.png
  • 2010 Jose Dhondt Vieilles Vignes Blanc des Blancs Grand Cru 74.50
  • Pierre Peters NV Brut Grand Cru Blanc des Blanc Preference 65.75
  • 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millennaires Reg. $295/Wow 249.75
  • J. Lassalle NV Brut Preference $43.85
  • 2006 Pierre Paillard  Bouzy Grand Cru $74.75
  • Roederer NV Brut Premier Reg. 68.50/WoW 59.50
  • 2006  Dom Perignon 198.50
  • Pierre Paillard NV Bouzy Terres Brut Rosé 57.75
  • De Sousa Brut Tradition 51.25
  • Delamotte Brut NV Blanc des Blancs Reg. 60/WoW 47.50

Our Best Buy in Champagne: Alain Bailly

Brut Reserve NV 26.75; Rosé Brut Reserve 26.75

A Family of winegrowers for over six generations, the Bailly family run a model property, farming organically and making wines with longer aging than usual for each type. Reserve Brut is composed mainly of the richer-flavored Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir (80%), the rest chardonnay.  Surprisingly for wines with this much flavor at a very affordable price, the wine is partially barrel fermented and aged over 4 years on the lees to give it a delicate toasty nose, crisp flavors with a hint of ginger and almond, along with a stylish, fresh finish. 

WE haven’t seen good champagne offered at this kind of price for a very long time, so if YOU like delicious bubbles, here’s your holiday TREAT, priced low enough to drink regularly, too! And the Rosé is flat out beautiful! 

 

Holiday Special Values for Daily enjoyment!

2016 Windy Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon [and ] Syrahholiday17Picture6.png

Walla Walla: $13.50 ea.

We ‘discovered’ Chuck & Molly Weaver’s wines earlier this year when they came in from Walla Walla to introduce themselves. We have been great fans ever since!  Their wines are full of character, delicious flavors, rich, full and without artifice, just like them. We truly want to support small family-owned wineries, especially when they can provide superior wines at very affordable prices. So should you!  (That’s Molly pouring in the photo)

 

holiday17Picture7.png2016 Cantina Morellino ‘Capoccia’ Cigliegiolo IGT Maremma  $11.75

Cigliegiolo, ‘little cherry’ is a grape which should be more famous, as it is a parent of Sangiovese, and often blended with the latter to produce Tuscan Classics like Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile.  Leave it to the fine Morellino Coop winery/vineyard (photo) & Winemaker Sergio Bucci to produce a pure varietal wine that delightly expresses the grape’s lovely dark cherry scent, fresh sweet cherry flavors and fine, gently forward, delicious flavors. A great wine with holiday ham, or post Xmas party pizza. A very unique wine rarely seen.

 

 

2015 Robert Hall Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles  Reg. 19.00/WoW 9.75

From one of the most awarded &  distinctive wineries in Paso Robles comes this absolutely delightful, fresh, but mouthfilling Sauvignon Blanc. Because of the vintage change coming up soon, we got this wine for a song - a multiple award winner in various competions as well! Ripe pear melon, spearmint, wintergreen and citrus bouquet.  Med body, lively fruit, good acidity and weight, slightly flinty finish adds panache. A fine complement to fresh grilled or fried seafood, fish, or with a (traditional) southern Italian Christmas dinner of clam pasta!

2014 Dominio de ValdelaCasa Toro, Spain

Reg. 17.00/WoW 14.75holiday17Picture8.png

Toro wines were so prestigious that King Alfonso IX of León conceded privileges for its production in the 12th Century. Columbus took Toro wine with him on the expedition to discover America in 1492, because it could survive large journeys, due to its structure and body. Today’s wines from this harsh climate derive from pure Tempranillo, often grown as low-standing bush vines and produce deep-colored rich plummy, full flavored wines. This is one of the best we have tasted, especially at the price, notable for its balanced richness. Dark ruby color, with dark cherry-jam & plum nose. Strong ripe fruit flavors, with a delicious hint of bittersweet cocoa (8 mo in oak), and made from mature  bush vines.  Classy, fresh, and strong-flavored. Olé indeed!

Three superb Washington Holiday Winners 

2015 Long Shadows Feather Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $71.50

Randy Dunn’s Cab ALWAYS tops our list of best WA Cabernets yearly.  His low-key approach honed over many decades on Howell Mountain in Napa, combined with old vine fruit from Dionsyus Vineyard and other to vineyards, provides a distinctively dense wine with great texture, fruit intensity and full body than provides both current drinking pleasure and age-worthiness.  Very Limited

2015 Avennia Boushey Vineyard Arnaut Syrah, Yakima Valley 52.50

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, (94-97) points barrel score - "A true blockbuster in the vintage is the 2015 Syrah Boushey Vineyard Arnaut. Coming from Dick Boushey’s vineyard in the Yakima Valley, it was completely destemmed (they put 15% of the stems back) and aged in primarily neutral barrels. It boasts an inky purple color to go with spectacular notes of black olives, scorched earth, peppery meats and black currants. With medium to full-bodied richness, gorgeous concentration and a big finish, it tastes like the essence of Syrah from Washington State. I love it!" - Jeb Dunnuck== We certainly cannot disagree with Mr Dunnuck on this one—’nuff said!

2015 Avennia Gravura Bordeaux Blend, Columbia Valley 34.50

Chris Peterson’s homage to the great wines of Bordeaux’s Graves/Pessac-Leognan District, Gravura showcases more Merlot in the blend relative to the still dominant Cabernet Sauvignon, and thus more ‘warmth’ and rounder texture than its stablemates.  The extra-mature fruit from 2015 gives this newest version even more plushness and focus than previous ones, and definitely represents one of THE best buys in WA red wine. Don’t Miss.  Arrives Mid-December.

 

...and don’t forget the terrific 2015 Chauteauneuf du Papesholiday17Picture2.png

After our big 2015 Chat-du-Pape tasting on the 29th, We can safely say there are a wealth of truly excellent rich, powerful yet balanced wines that will reward your holiday table and beyond for many years.. Every one of those featured below has high point scores (if you care), but more  importantly to us, they have textural ‘complexity’ along with the exotic, savory, spicy aromas and rich flavors that distinguish the wines of this great appellation.. Additionally, we received another great Gigondas, just northeast of Chateauneuf, which is incredible value as well as delicious. We recommend the following:

2015 Bertrand Stehelin Gigondas 36.75

2015 Domaine Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape 63.75

2015 Ch. Fortia Cuvée de Baron Chateauneuf du Pape 43.50/21.50-375ml

2015 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 73.50

2015 Roger Sabon Chateaueuf du Pape Reserve 52.50

BIG BOTTLES ARE BEST!

Often, BIG is better!  Especially with wine, large bottles allow a wine to age longer and more gracefully, offering a more distinctive, celebratory experience. We have a unique collection of Magnums as well as some larger format wines as well. Magnums (equal to 2 –750ml bottles) are perfect for dinners with four or more guests. This holiday season, celebrate in a big way! Here’s a selection of what we have:  Magnums (1.5 Liter)

2002 Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 210.00

2001 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino  Riserva 310.00

1996  Opus One Napa Valley 652.50

2009   Bedrock Heritage (1888) Syrah, Sonoma Valley 185.00

2007 Domaine Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf du Pape  131.25

2005  V. Girardin Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 149.50

1997 Ojai Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir Sta. Lucia 190.00holiday17Picture3.png

2012 Long Shadows Sequel Syrah, Columbia Valley 125.00

2005  Dom. Drouhin OR Laurene Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

1999 Torbreck the Steading Shiraz, Barossa Valley AU 100.00

1999 Schloss Johannisberg Rosalack Riesling Beerenauslese, Rheingau 700.00

2005 Tori Mor Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills 132.00

2009   William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 108.50

2005 Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse 5eme Cru Classé Pauillac 110.00

2005 Bergstrom Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountain OR 130.00

2005 Bergstrom De Lancellotti Vineyard Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountain OR 110.00

1998 Enrico Scavino Carobric Barolo 189.99

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1999 Hartwell Estate Red Stags Leap District Napa 219.99

2001 Enrico Scavino Carobric Barolo 200.00

1999 Ch. Duhart Milon Rothschild, 4eme Cru Classé Pauillac Bordeaux 155.00

1996 Duval Leroy Champagne des Roys 439.99

2000 Tommasi Amarone di Valpolicella Classico 209.00

2007 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 75.00

1997 Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 275.00

1998 Quinta do Vale  Doña Maria Douro Tinto Portugal 65.00

1999 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Red, Margaret River W. Australia 110.00

1997 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve Red Napa Valley 145.00

Fine Value sparkling wines (not Champagne)

This is the time of year when celebrating with bubbles truly enhances the festive spirit. And while we cannot drink real champagne daily, there are some decidedly tasty,  less expensive alternatives at WoW for your enjoyment, especially if you are entertaining a significant number of folks.

WE strongly recommend (among many others) the following all dry, wines.holiday17Picture9.png

Charles Duret Cremant de Bourgogne (Chardonnay) 15.75

CVNE Cava Brut (Catalunya) 11.50

Jean Laurens Cremant de Limoux (France) 17.50

Gruet Brut, New Mexico $18.25 (375ml-12.25)

Gruet Rose Brut New Mexico 18.85 (375ml-11.75)

Gratien et Meyer Cremant de Loire Rose (cab franc) 17.50

Zardetto Sparkling Brut (Prosecco) 9.95

Antica Fratta Franciacorta Brut (chardonnay, Italy) 20.50

Cava Naveran Brut Rosado (Pinot Noir, Parellada Catalunya 16.50

 

RARE & SPECIAL BOTTLES

Can’t decide what to get for Dear ol’ Dad?  Need a special wine to give as  a Christmas bonus? Celebrating a special anniversary, birthday? Or, just want  to drink a more memorable bottle?  We have a select range of fine older vintages and one-of-a-kind bottles to consider this holiday season.

Here’s just a taste of what is available, each with its unique story to tell:

1996 Krug Vintage Champagne 500

2001 Ch. Latour Grand Cru Pauillac 475

2013 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cab 255

1999 Guigal Côte Rôtie La Turque 775

2000 Ch.Margaux Grand Cru Margaux 1425.99

1990 Ch. Margaux Grand Cru Margaux 1350.99

1995 Ch. Lafite Rothchild Grand Cru Pauillac 1165

1998 Avignonesi Vin Santo (375ml) 242.50

1997 Dal Forno Recioto Valpolicella (375ml) 281

2005 N. Potel Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 299.99

2005 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cab Napa 160

2013 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Cab Napa 239.50

2013 Antinori Tignanello Rosso 113.50

2011 Luciano Sandrone Barolo le Vigne 139.50

1998 Cerbaiona Brunello Montalcino 179.99

2004 Ornellaia Rosso, Bolgheri 269.99

2014 Dominus, Napa Valley 259.50

2005 Murrieta Castillo Ygay Reserva Especial Rioja 86.50

2001 Valdicava Madonna del Piano Riserva Brunello Montalcino 360

2001 BV Clone 4 Cabernet Rutherford 146.25