Each Month a Surprise
Discovery Wine Packs
Introducing Discovery Wine Packs a fun selection of six different wine styles.
We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Discovery Wine Packs. Each month you will find a different selection of six wines carefully selected for you to try and enjoy. The wines will be ready and packaged together for you at the store making it easy for you to just run in and pick up our monthly selection for yourself or even as a great gift idea.
Each month you will also find a list of the wines included in the pack along with food pairing ideas for each wine in the collection.
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JACOB’S CREEK, MOSCATO, AUSTRALIA
Jacob’s Creek traces its roots back to 1847, when Johann Gramp planted his first vineyard on the banks of Jacob’s Creek. That was the start of over 160 years of winemaking tradition.
Moscato is the Italian word for Muscat, and the name refers to both the wine style and the range of Muscat flavored grapes used to make highly aromatic wines such as Moscato. There are several Muscat grapes that are used in the production of this wine, but Jacob’s Creek uses two principal varieties. The first is Muscat of Alexandria and the second is Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains.
This wine is perfect for almost anytime time of day, but definitely the perfect Brunch wine. With aromas that burst out of the glass to sweet mouthwatering flavors, this wine is a crowd pleaser, sure to put a smile on your face.
Pair this juicy wine with this great flavorful salad: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/roquefort-pear-salad/detail.aspx
VALDO PROSECCO SUPERIORE, ITALY
This winery traces its roots back to 1926 in the picturesque town of Valdobbiadene, in the Veneto region. The Valdobbiadene region routinely produces some of Italy’s best Prosecco, and this is one of them
In the glass this is a bright straw yellow color with fine bubbles. The aromas are filled with peach, pear and pineapple and the palate is well-balanced and structured. There are notes of tangerine, white peach, vanilla bean and ripe pineapple to match the mouthwatering acidity.
This is a perfect wine with appetizers, seafood and your favorite delicately flavored dish.
Try this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/annies-fruit-salsa-and-cinnamon-chips/detail.aspx
CHAPOUTIER BILA HAUT, ROUSSILLON, FRANCE
The House of Chapoutier is a winemaker and producer of the finest Rhône Valley appellations. From the Côte-Rôtie, through l'Hermitage, down to the Côtes du Rhône. And now he brings us wines from the Roussillon region of the south of France.
Three varieties of grapes grow on the land covered by Domaine de BILA-HAUT. Syrah, with its savage aromas of scrub and spice. Grenache, so full of surprises. And Carignan, for mineral wines with crispy tannic notes.
This is the kind of wine you will want to buy by the case, as its price doesn’t reflect the complexity of the wine in the bottle.
Complex as this wine is, it will pair nicely with a number of dishes, especially during BBQ season, which should be arriving soon.
Try this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bbq-meatballs-2/detail.aspx
SANTA BARBARA CHARDONNAY, USA
The Cat Canyon vineyard provides the backbone for the Santa Barbara Collection Chardonnay. Cat Canyon is located in the Los Alamos sub region of Santa Barbara County, where temperatures are cooler than Santa Ynez, which lies to the south.
The vineyard’s cool climate, combined with sustainable farming practices, allows them to produce consistently vibrant, outstanding Chardonnays driven by bright fruit characteristics. This Chardonnay was aged in a combination of new oak, neutral oak, and stainless steel containers.
This refreshing style Chardonnay showcases citrus and lemon zest aromas, followed by a polished mouthful of stone fruit and a lively acidity. This Chardonnay is ideal for poultry, seafood or simply dining al fresco.
Try this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bbq-turkey/detail.aspx
SEREGO ALIGHIERI, BELLO OVILE, IGT, ITALY
The estate of Serego Alighieri belongs to the direct descendants of the great poet Dante and form Valpolicella’s oldest and most traditional estates. The property was bought as far back as 1353 and has stayed in the family for over twenty generations.
This wine is made from a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Cileigiolo grapes grown on the estate. This blend provides us with a wine that is intense, complex and elegant full of ruby red cherry, raspberry and licorice flavors.
Try this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sage-Pork-Chops/Detail.aspx?src=mer221
GAZELA, ROSE, PORTUGAL
Gazela is produced at the Azevedo Manor Estate and is part of the Sogrape company of wines.
They specialize in producing affordable and approachable wines that are perfect for a hot summer’s day.
The rose is a blend of indigenous Portuguese grape varieties, such as Tinta Barroca and Touriga Franca, which results in a wine that is lively, refreshing and floral. The palate is filled with juicy strawberry fruits as well as ripe plums and notes of tangerines.
Serve this versatile wine as an aperitif, during the main course or simply on its own.
Try this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-spinach-salad-i/detail.aspx
Peter Lehman Layers White, Adelaide Hills, Australia
Here’s a wine that our sommelier team feels is perfect for easy sipping and entertaining, and is sure to become a favourite, especially with warmer days just around the corner. The wine is an enjoyable blend of semillon, muscat, gewürztraminer, and pinot gris, and this bouquet of grapes creates a glass of wine that is filled with aromas and flavours of spring blossoms, ripe peaches, apricots, orange rinds, fresh lemons, ripe apples and hints of spice on the finish.
Pair this wine with seafood dishes, mixed appetizers, grilled chicken or pork, cheese plates, and Asian or Indian inspired dishes.
Enjoy with these Korean Style Pork Lettuce Wraps for a quick and tasty dish http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/korean-style-pork-wraps-with-chili-sauce-recipe/index.html
Tienen Duende, Verdejo, Castilla y Leon, Spain
A wine whose name translates to “has soul” is the perfect way to celebrate spring. This wine originates from the northwestern region of Spain known as Castilla y Leon, which is surrounded by mountains and known for producing delicious white wines. You’ll find this wine to be bright, cheerful and a refreshing sipper. Made from 100% Verdejo, the wine is filled with peach, apricot, orange blossom, honey, lemon, hints of almonds and green apple notes that are sure to delight.
Paired with cheese plates, seafood, salads, grilled vegetable pizza, tapas, and fish dishes, this is definitely, a wine to enjoy with great friends and conversation anytime the mood hits.
Classic Spanish tapas recipe for Garlic Shrimp http://spanishfood.about.com/od/tapas/r/gambasajillo.htm
M. Chapoutier, Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, Cote du Roussillon, France
A white wine designed to go with food, you are sure to be delighted with every sip. Made in the southern French region known as the Cote du Roussillon, this blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeau (also known as Viura) is a delicious sipper to enjoy with great food and company.
In the glass you will discover a wine that has a round mouth-feel and lively flavours of pink grapefruit, fresh lemons, a touch of flint and a soft hint of a salty sea breeze on the finish. This is a perfect wine to serve with grilled white fish, peel-and-eat shrimp, tapenade, summer salads and chautrie plates.
Enjoy with this Kalamata Olive Tapenade while sitting on the patio. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/kalamata-olive-tapenade/
Collazi, Liberta, Chianti, Italy
Under the radar and a sommelier favourite, this wine whose name means “freedom” is a blend of merlot, syrah and sangiovese. A wine that is made to be both elegant and approachable, you’ll find that each sip delivers layers of flavours that include black cherries, currants, plums, balsamic vinegar and hints of fresh herbs.
With a lively acidy that refreshes your palate with each sip and round tannins, this wine is perfect to pair with your favourite meat-based pasta dish, hard cheeses, grilled meats and pizza. This is a wonderful wine to keep on hand any time when a great glass of food-friendly wine is just what the day calls for.
Easy and delicious Penne with Meat Sauce http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/penne_pasta_with_meat_sauce/
Peller Family Estate, Cabernet/Merlot, VQA, Niagara, Canada
A classic blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, this wine will fill your glass with an easy-to-drink and well-structured wine that will easily find a place at your table any day of the week. The wine is filled with ripe black plums, strawberries, black berries and blueberries, with subtle black pepper and spice notes on the finish.
This is an excellent wine to open up with grilled burgers, chili, meatloaf, stews or any evening when a glass of a medium-bodied, people-friendly wine is what the dish calls for.
Enjoy with this classic Meatloaf recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/new-classic-meatloaf-recipe/index.html
Santa Barbara Wine Company, Pinot Noir, California
An elegant and expressive wine, this is a wonderful example of the delicious wines that are created from coastline soils and the cool Pacific Coast breezes that blow across them.
This medium-bodied wine is filled with bright red cherry and strawberry notes along with hints of vanilla and earth notes. Its silky mouth feel and subtle tannins make this a terrific choice any time of the year, but especially on warm summer evenings while dinning on the patio.
Enjoy with grilled salmon, chicken, grilled vegetable pizzas, duck pate and steak salads.
Cedar Plank Salmon with Spicy brown sugar rub. http://www.theblackpeppercorn.com/2012/07/cedar-plank-grilled-salmon-with-spicy-brown-sugar-rub/