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holiday wine selections 2015

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Fujioka’s has always had a reputation for selecting the best wines at the best prices. Welcome to our 2015 Holiday Wine Selections newsletter ! The Fujioka’s team has spent months reviewing and selecting wines to fulfill your gift-giving, food-pairing, and wine-loving needs. Hundreds of wines from around the world have been tasted and evaluated. As a result, the staff at Fujioka’s is very proud to offer up this exciting collection of wines. Together with our outstanding selection of whisky, spirits, sake, and craft beer, let our expert staff find you the right bottle for a gift, party, meal or simply just to enjoy. Join our Holiday Selection Tasting & Annual Champagne Tasting (find detatils on Page 6). Come see what the holidays have in store for you at Fujioka’s. Happy Holidays !

Cheers from Jason and the Gang at Fujioka’s


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Holiday Selections 2015 Tasting @ Fujioka’s Wine TIMES Sunday, 11/15/15 5:30 to 8:00pm $55 per person

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the best wines at the best prices. We have a collection of well-known and artisan brand wines from around the world

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that are selected based on quality for the price.

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Venge Juliana Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley ‘13 $15.99

Here’s a bright, tart, wonderfully drinkable young Sauvignon Blanc with some real complexity. It’s savory in citrus, gooseberry, green apple and vanilla flavors, with just a touch of creamy oak. 398 cases produced.

White • CA

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Small Batch Bourbon $28.99

Sophisticated and complex. A distinctly different bourbon created with precise craftsmanship. Made from our signature “high rye” recipe and the marriage of select barrels carefully chosen by our Master Distiller. 1792 Bourbon has an expressive and elegant flavor profile. Unmistakeable.

Whiskey • US

Summers Andriana’s Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon ’13 $19.99

The Summers Andriana’s Cuvee is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes procured from several select vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Counties, including the Summers’ own vineyards. A medium-bodied wine with a deep ruby plum color and notes of black currant, cedar and spice. This wine speaks to our standards of winemaking excellence and we hope that you’ll cherish it with your family as we do with ours.

Red • CA

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Hahn SLH Chardonnay ‘13 $20.99

This chardonnay is rich and layered, with silky notes of peach, nectarine, ripe pear and vanilla. Aromas of lime zest, green apple and quinine are complicated by a subtle gingery nuance. Silky and lithe on the palate, with tangy acidity sharpening the flavors of fresh orchard and citrus fruits. Shows very good energy and lift on the finish, with the lime note echoing. — Josh Raynolds

White • CA American wine has

Freemark Abbey Merlot Napa Valley ‘12 $28.99

A cross-Napa Valley blend, the 2012 Merlot is their largest cuvée (15,500 cases), and is composed of 85.2% Merlot blended with other Bordeaux varietals. Only 21% new oak is used, so the fruit component dominates. A dense plum/purple color is followed by notes of chocolate, berries, tobacco leaf, forest floor and mocha. This lush, fruit-driven, hedonistic, sensual Merlot can be drunk over the next 7-8 years.

Red • CA

been produced for over 300 years. Today, wine production is undertaken in all fifty states, with California producing 89 percent of all US wine. The United States is the fourthlargest wine producing country in the world after France, Italy, and Spain.

90

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92 points robert parker

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Morgan Winery “Metallico” Un-Oaked Chardonnay Monterey, CA ‘13 $19.99

Metallico is Chardonnay in the purest form, without an overlay of oak or malolactic fermentation to mask any of its fruit expression. Aromatics, intense fruit character and bright acidity are the goals here. A wonderful accompaniment to shellfish and lighter fresh fish fare.

White • CA

Snowden Winery “The Ranch” Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA ‘12 $47.99

A delicious, approachable, richly perfumed, terroirdriven Cabernet Sauvignon, produced entirely from grapes grown on our property on the eastern slope of the Napa Valley between Rutherford and St. Helena. Pure, rich and taut, with a tasty core of blackberry, plum and wild berry, accented by hints of savory herb, cedar and crushed rock. Offers complexity, structure and style. Drink now through 2028.

Failla Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, CA ‘13 $30.99

From famed winemaker Ehren Jordan (formerly of Turley Wine Cellars) comes a Pinot Noir that embraces both true varietal character and the distinct terroir of the rugged Sonoma Coast. It is vinified in the same manner as Failla’s vineyarddesignated Pinots. “Simply put, Failla is a reference point winery for the Sonoma Coast. This is as good as it gets. — Antonio Galloni, July 2013.

Red • CA

Red • CA

92

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90

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La Jota Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, California ‘11 $66.99

Graphite, pencil shavings, violets, melted road tar, spices, blue/purplish fruit and lavender flesh out in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from La Jota. Aromatically striking and totally vivid in the glass, the 2011 stands out for its crystalline purity, finesse and vibrant finish. All the elements are in the right place. The tannins are firm yet also silky. This is a flat-out stunning wine from Chris Carpenter and La Jota.

Stolpman Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez ‘13 $15.99

The Limestone chalkiness strikes in the mid-palate, following notes of Meyer Lemon, melon, and crisp pear.

Whte• CA

True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles ‘12 $18.99

Benefiting from the largest swing betweeen high daytime and low nighttime temperatures of any region in California, the climate allows winegrapes to fully develop solid varietal characteristics and highly concentrated color and flavor. True Myth is loaded with blackberry jam, cherry, black currant, exotic spices and cola, with notes of carmelized oak.

Red • CA

Red • CA

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Aaron Petite Sirah Paso Robles ‘12 $39.99

Deep and dark aromatics of blue and black fruits, peppercorn, bay leaf, anise, and tapenade. The palate is big, yet maintains some elegance, with blackberry, blueberry, smoked beef, loads of spice, with firm and gravelly tannins.

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O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Howell Mountain ‘12 $74.99

Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, new leather, tobacco, cloves and mocha meld together in the 2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich, ample and textured, the 2012 is full of intensity.

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Orin Swift Papillon ’12 1.5L (Large Format BottLe) $114.99

A vibrant crimson is present in the glass with a claret fringe on the rim. Luring aromas of currants, mulled blackberries, French vanilla, and exotic spices serve as an intriguing precursor to tasting. The opening is dense and powerful with extracted blue and red fruit flavors which leads to beguiling cassis, plum, and a hint of mocha later. The tannins are already so soft and suave which lends to early appeal and cellaring if one so chooses.

Red • CA

95

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DuMol Maranet Chardonnay ‘12 $27.99

Russian River Valley Sonoma California. 13.9%. Inviting and fragrant with notes of buttered pecan, apple tart, lemon curd and honeysuckle. Tart and elegant with slightly chewy but fine tannins.

White • CA

My Essential Red ‘10 $14.99

Elegant, delicate and with a strong sense of place. This “essential” California red Cabernet Sauvignon embracing Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot in supporting roles. The result is a delicious, smooth, and wonderfully balanced red that is sure to please California wine lovers and Francophiles alike.

Red • CA

Calista “The Coastal Range” Pinot Noir California ‘12 $18.99

This is plush and tasty, with lots of fresh, ripe fruit flavors verging on sweet, but it also has great acidity and appetizing tannins to rein in all that flavor and achieve balance. The flavors resemble raspberry, ripe red cherry and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s medium to full bodied, dry and finishes with a nice tartness.

Red • CA

90

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Spellbound Petite Sirah California ‘13 $12.99

The real star, and a sleeper selection for sure, is the outstanding 2013 Petite Sirah. This wine has an inky, ruby/purple color, notes of cassis, blueberry, blackberry fruit, incense and camphor.

Red • CA

Taken Red Napa Valley, California ‘13 $27.99

Strikes a balance between dark fruit, licorice, dark plum and enticing mocha-laced oak flavors. Clean and pure throughout, ending with tannins that provide good grip. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2024.

Red • CA

RouteStock Cabernet Sauvignon ’12 $15.99

RouteStock creates wines from classic grape varieties grown along well-known routes in the world’s most respected wine regions. Tried, trusted and true to their routes, these wines are handcrafted by our winemakers to be approachable and a reliable favorite. RouteStock 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has complex aromas of black plum, blackberry and roasted coffee, entwined with delicately roasted spices. The palate is rich and layered with ripe black fruit flavors and seamlessly integrated toastedoak notes. — Wayne Donaldson, Winemaker.

Red • CA

90

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90

points wine spectator

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Soter Vineyards Planet Oregon Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon ‘14 $16.99

Tony Soter (Soter Vineyards) has long been committed to sustainable farming. Planet Oregon is his chance to make wines for a broader audience and make a bigger positive impact on the planet. Grapes are sourced only from Certified Sustainable vineyards and bottle in a Certified Sustainable winery. It’s a pretty wine with juicy raspberry and cherry aromas and a hint of dried herbs. This is a bargain Oregon pinot noir made by superstar winemaker Tony Soter.

Figgins Red ‘11 $69.99

Sourced entirely from the estate vineyard, this is two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Merlot, with just a splash of Petit Verdot. Fat, juicy, toasty and deliciously flavorful, it opens quickly into a plush midpalate, with pomegranate and raspberry fruit dominant. Streaks of caramel and nougat thread through the generous finish. Enjoy right now.

Bib & Tucker Bourbon $53.99

The six-year-aged bourbon has a nose of antiques, new saddle leather, chamomilesoaked butterscotch drops and warm cinnamonkissed cedar.

Whiskey • US

Red • WA

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94

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96

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Koval Single Malt Whiskies Bourbon $47.99 Four Grain $47.99 Rye $47.99

First distillery in Chicago since prohibition. Produce organic whiskies and embrace the grain-tobottle mentality. All Koval whiskies are single barrel expressions. All of their spirits are numbered and can be traced back to their barrel.

Corsair Whiskies Quinoa $61.99 Triple Smoke $57.99 Ryemageddon $57.99

This craft distillery has won 41 medals at International spirits competitions. Their Triple Smoke won Artisan Whiskey of the Year for Whisky Advocate in 2013 and also won Gold Medal in the San Francisco Spirits Competition in 2010.

My Father Hawaii Le Bijou 1922 Toro Fino Cigar $11.99

Box pressed 6x48 comes in a box of 12. Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro Filler: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Only 300 boxes made. Hawaii Exclusive.

Whiskey • US

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Gerard Bertrand “Thomas Jefferson Cuvee” Cremant ‘12 Limoux, France $13.99

The bubbles are tiny and very elegant. Its aromas are very fruity with a hint of biscuits, hazelnuts and flowers. This sparkling wine is elegantly balanced, complex and well-structured with a long and crisp mineral finish.

Sparkling • FR

Taittinger Brut La Francaise Reims, Champagne n/v $39.99

A mouthwatering version, with a fine, lacy mousse and delicate flavors of poached apple, blackberry, beeswax and lemon confit underscored by a streak of smoky minerality that echoes on the finish. Drink now through 2019.

Sparkling • FR

French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France’s regions dating their winemaking history to Roman times. Italy is home to some of the oldest wineproducing regions in the world. Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in Italy before the Romans started their own vineyards in the 2nd century B.C.

91

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Pierre Gimonnet Cuvee Cuis 1Er Cru Brut n/v $36.99

This Champagne from Pierre Gimonnet is delicate, subtle, and complex, and is among the great Grower Champagnes selected by Terry Thiese and Michael Skurnik. The winery is in the premier cru village of Cuis where Didier Gimonnet’s family has been growing grapes since 1750. Firm and well-knit, this lacy version offers a subtle mix of Dijon pear, smoke, fleur de sel, fresh ginger and slivered almond notes.

Sparking • FR

92 points tanzer

93 points

Pol Roger Brut Rose ‘04 $76.99

Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated. “Pol Roger is the ‘gentlemen’s’ Champagne,” as Jean-Paul Kauffman wrote in ‘Voyage en Champagne”. It is not surprising, therefore, that Winston Churchill, and even the British royal family should have made it their favorite over the years. Pol Roger Champagne has a soul, created by the union of a family’s spirit and the character of a vineyard.” Pol Roger only produces the Brut Rosé in vintage years. The 04 Vintage Brut is a delicate rosé, soft pink in color and driven by red fruit, elegance and fine minerality.

Fizz 56 Brachetto, Piedmont, Italy n/v $14.99

Fizz 56 Sparkling Red is a very pretty bright ruby red. A showstopper that is not only alluring, but also irresistibly delicious. It is highly aromatic with the hint of candied rose petals and soft berry notes. Tantalizing flavors of raspberry, strawberry and cherry dance on the tip of your tongue.

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90

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93 points tanzer

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92

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Chartreuse V.E.P Yellow $115.99

This legendary and very limited aged liqueur of the Carthusian Monks is becoming more limited every year. The V.E.P or Viellissement Exceptionnellement Prolonge is aged in oak casks in the traditional cellars at their facility in Voiron. Over 130 herbs, plants, roots, and leaves are incorporated into a base of wine alcohol.

Liqueur • FR

Domaine de Fontsainte Rouge ‘13 $12.99

60% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, 10% Syrah. The first vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte, in the Corbières appellation, were planted by the Romans, and the original domaine was built around a thermal spring, which was later named for the local, twelfth-century patron saint, Saint Siméon; hence Fontsainte—the saint’s fount. Yves Laboucarié’s family has been making wine here since the seventeenth century, and he has taken the torch and is carrying it expertly. This sustainably farmed blend is boldly flavored red, bottled unfiltered, with an outrageous blaze of dark berries, black currants, and is a super value that is sure to delight any lover of French wine.

Domaine Philippe Portier Quincy ‘13 $15.99

Very elegant and refined, this stylish white features a nice straw edge running through the core of white flowers and an inherent minerality. The nose leaps out of the glass, bursting with bright candied citrus and pineapple aromas.

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Chateau Graville Lacoste Blanc ‘14 $16.99 This fabulous white is a true benchmark and a prime example of what excellent Bordeaux Blanc is all about. Graville Lacoste is from 45-year-old vines that are farmed sustainably and is bottled unfiltered after aging in stainless steel. This wine is the result of a lot of care, soul and meticulous attention to detail. Everything in the vineyards is kept in absolutely perfect condition, and the wines showcase the results of this care.

White • FR

Domaine D’aupilhac Lou Maset Rouge ‘13 $12.99

Grenache 40%, Cinsault 40%, Carignan 10%, Syrah 5%, Alicante Boucher 5%. Three generations of Fadats have farmed the large, eighteenhectare lieu-dit known as Aupilhac, in the village of Montpeyroux, across the river Hérault from Daumas Gassac and Grange des Pères. The soils are rich in prehistoric oyster fossils, which lend an incredible length and minerality to the wines. Domaine d’Aupilhac’s “Lou Maset” blend finds a terrific balance of ripe fruit and silky tannins, power and grace. When aged, it achieves a complexity rarely found in wines sold for many times the price, while its wildness and intensity makes it equally appealing young. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also certified organic.

Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Blanc ‘14 $16.99

At the far Southern end of Burgundy’s Beaujolais region is a tiny patch of sandy vineyard land owned by the Dupeuble family. This terroir isn’t well suited for the red Gamay grape that prefers granite soils, but it turns out that Chardonnay from this vineyard is STELLAR! This is a charming un-oaked Chardonnay with a crisp and vibrant character. There isn’t much of this terrific White Burgundy, so grab it while it’s here!

White • FR

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Domaine Catherine le Goeuil Cotes du Rhone $16.99

The hilltop village of Cairanne on the left bank of the southern Rhône between Orange and Vaison-laRomaine is a picture of Provençal fantasy where fields of lavender paint the landscape purple and proud plain trees line the marketplace in the center of town. Cairanne belongs to the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation and is widely regarded as the star among the seventeen villages that have the right to use this designation. This certified organic Rhone blend comes from 50-yearold vines and has a ripe and decadent nose, wild thyme, stones, and loads of Grenache fruit. On the palate, it is chewy, concentrated, with great tannins and palate-staining sensations.

Red • FR

Eric Chevalier Grolleau Rose ‘13 $11.99

This crisp, bright Grolleau (pronounced grow-low) rosé comes from the cool meritime Loire Valley region of the Nantais, and is made by a young rising star named Eric Chevalier. Eric’s family domaine is now in its fourth generation, and is in better hands than ever. This is simply delicious pink wine that is a killer companion with a wide variety of cuisines.

Rose • FR

Eric Chevalier Domaine De L’aujardière Chardonnay ‘12 $11.99

Eric Chevalier’s family has owned Domaine de l’Aujardière for four generations, though he was the first to vinify and bottle the wines at the property. The estate is located in the village of Saint-Philbert de Grandlieu, just southwest of Nantes, in the western part of the Loire Valley. About half of the estate’s production is Muscadet, the rest divided between chardonnay, fie gris (also known as sauvignon gris), grolleau and pinot noir. The chardonnay is grown on soil rich with quartz, making this wine extra flinty and clean, with simple, lean fruit, not amplified by oak aging. Try this with a roast chicken with a lemon and mustard rub over roasted potatoes.

White • FR

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Salvard Unique Sauvignon Blanc ‘14 $14.99

The Delaille family who runs Domaine du Salvard produces stellar wines in the Loire Valley region of Cheverny and their 100% Sauvignon Blanc bottling called “Unique” is truly that. This wine boasts an incredibly bright personality with zippy, zingy flavors of gooseberry, grass, kiwi and grapefruit that leave your palate thoroughly refreshed and invigorated.

White • FR

Old World wine primarily to wine made in Europe but can also include other regions of the Mediterranean basin with long histories of winemaking such as North Africa and the Near East. The phrase is often used in contrast to “New World wine” which refers primarily to wines from New World wine regions such as the United States, Australia, South America and South Africa. The term “Old World wine” does not refer to a homogeneous style with “Old World wine regions” like Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain each making vastly different styles of wine even within their own borders. Rather, the term is used to describe general differences in viticulture and winemaking philosophies between the Old World regions where tradition and the role of terroir lead versus the New World where science and the role of the winemaker are more often emphasized. In recent times, the globalization of wine and advent of flying winemakers have lessened the distinction between the two terms with winemakers in one region being able to produce wines that can display the traits of the other region—i.e. an “Old World style” wine being produced in a New World wine region like California or Chile and vice versa!

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Chateau Puech Haut “Prestige Rouge” ‘13 Coteaux du Languedoc, France $21.99

55% Grenache, 45% Syrah. The 2011 Prestige is a supple and elegant fruit driven wine with notes of raspberries and truffle as well as lavender and garrigue. Beautiful texture and concentration with a long finish.

Red • FR

93

Domaine Faillenc Sainte Marie Corbieres Rouge ‘13 Languedoc, France $17.99

Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault. The Corbières Rouge is made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. The harvest is partially destemmed before going into the fermentation tanks. The different cépages are fermented together, benefiting from the long maceration period to extract the maximum of flavors and allow them to harmonize before being pressed and aged. This is a wine with enormous character often showing a rustic, somewhat “animal” aspect married to a vivacious wild berry symphony of aromas and flavors. This wine is aged entirely in tank without exposure to barrel aging. The severe weather conditions that are present restrict yields (often as little as 25 hectoliters per hectare) and produce a highly concentrated wine that has a proven track record for ageability.

points wine advocate

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Giuseppe Cortese “Rabaja” Barbaresco Piedmont ‘10 $51.99

Bright, with cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors, this is backed by a firm yet integrated underlying structure. Beautifully poised for development, so hands off for now. Juicy and long, delivering a lingering aftertaste of cherry, spice and mineral. Best from 2015 through 2027.

Red • IT

Col del Mondo “Sunnae” Montepulciano D’Abruzzo D.O.C. Italy ‘13 $11.99

100% Montepulciano. Stainless steel fermented with 100% malolactic. Aged in cement tanks. This Sunnae Montepulciano is one of those wines that just screams “drink me!”. Loaded with abundant acidity and fresh fruit flavors, balanced out by smooth tannins, it has an incredibly versatile profile that makes a must-have at any table. This is the perfect “every day” table wine.

White • IT

Petrolo Inarno Rosso IGT, Tuscany ‘12 $11.99

Good deep red. Expressive aromas of candied raspberry, licorice, tobacco and underbrush. Dense and sweet on the palate, with lovely depth to its raspberry and superripe red cherry flavors lifted by bright acidity. Finishes smooth, long and light on its feet.

Red• IT

89 points iwc

94

points wine spectator

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Montalbera “La Tradizione” Ruché Piemonte, Italy ‘13 $15.99

La Tradizione, ruby-red in colour with violet reflections when young, and tending towards garnet in the ageing process. Fresh and fleshy with floral hints of rose hip and violet. Harmonious, fullbodied with good structure. Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, a rare indigenous wine, is produced in a limited area of the Monferrato Astigiano, in only seven localities including and centering on Castagnole Monferrato.

Red • IT

Oddero Langhe Nebbiolo Piemonte, Italy ‘12 $23.99

Since 2001, with the help of young and talented winemaker Luca Vaglio, Oddero winery has become one of the leading producers in Barolo. It opens with a classic Nebbiolo fragrance of rose, crushed violets, cinnamon and balsamic notes. The vibrant palate displays intense red cherry with mint, menthol and anisette accents. It’s well balanced and already accessible but will be even better in a few years. Drink 2016–2030.

Pieropan Soave Classico ‘14 $14.99

Brilliant, light straw yellow with greenish reflections. Fresh, delicate bouquet with notes of vine blossoms, cherry blossoms and elderberry. Fresh and flavorful on the palate, very appealing and well balanced, pleasing bitterish finish. Very appealing as aperitif or to match soup, first courses with vegetables such as asparagus, peas, zucchini, egg-based dishes, and both saltwater and sweetwater fish.

White • IT

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Siciliana Nero D’Avola ‘13 $9.99

100% Nero d’Avola Marsala and Alcamo Vineyards. Bright red fruit, showing cherry and raspberry aromas on the nose with pleasant spice coming through on the lush mid-palate. Finishes with hints of chocolate, berry and spice. Perfect with grilled meats, grilled fish with heartier sauces, or Pasta alla Norma. 100% Certified Organic Wine.

Red • IT

Baracchi O’lillo! Rosso ‘13 $16.99

The wine is a blend of equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Sangiovese, all grown in Tuscany, picked ripe, and fermented and matured in stainless steel. The result is a ripe, juicy, wine brimming with dark chocolate, plum and cherry fruit, and dash of fresh herb.

Red • IT

Tenuta La Pergola Monferrato Rosso ‘10 $10.99

Nearly forty years of doing business in France and Italy have given Kermit Lynch a level of expertise that few in the wine industry can boast. Countless hours with growers in some of the most famous vineyards and cellars of Europe have offered more than just a casual look at what it takes to be a great grower, let alone a great winemaker. For this delicious Northern Italian blend, Kermit teamed up with Alessandra Bodda at Tenuta La Pergola and created a red with the body, acidity, and character to complement a wide range of foods and we hope it will become your everyday red wine. Notice the finesse, the perfume, the balance . . . rare in our experience in wines at this price.

Red • IT

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Wine grapes mostly grow

Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Cabernet Sauvignon Navarra, Spain ‘12 $11.99

20-yr-old Cabernet vines are planted on red clay soils at an altitude of 1,500 ft. and are oriented southwest. Focused and structured but in no way hard, this cabernet finishes with appealing spiciness and gentle tannins. A tasty little Cab that is easy on the wallet.

Red • SP

between the 30th and the 50th degree of latitude, in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Grapes will sometimes grow beyond this range and minor amounts of wine are made in some very unexpected places.

Bodegas Ordonez “Avante” Ribera del Duero, Spain ‘12 $17.99

100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) 50+-year-old vines, aged for 22 months French and American oak casks “Brilliant ruby. Blueberry, roasted coffee, blackberry and woodsmoke on the perfumed nose. Densely packed and sappy, with very good intensity to its candied plum, spicecake and mineral flavors. The suave, expansive finish is enlivened by juicy acidity, giving this rich wine a surprisingly light touch. Finishes with smooth, harmonious tannins and resonating spiciness The ultimate compliment to grilled kalbi ribs.

Red • SP

90 points

91

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Bodegas Volver “Triga” Alicante, Spain ‘12 $37.99

85% monastrell (Mourvedre), 15% cabernet sauvignon. Made from the estate’s oldest monastrell vines, planted back to 1925 Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, incense, potpourri and five-spice powder. Densely packed with dark fruit and finishes with smooth tannins. Big, bold and lush, this southern Spanish beauty over delivers in every way.

Red • SP

Finca Villacreces “Pruno” Ribera Del Duero Crianza ‘12 $19.99

90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. From a vineyard situated adjacent to one of the famous vineyards utilized to produce Spain’s greatest red wine, Vega Sicilia. Made from relatively old vines, the 2012 Pruno is a sexy, opulent, voluptuously textured effort that spent 12 months in two-year-old French oak barrels. Reminiscent of a baby Vega Sicilia, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as notes of highclass, unsmoked cigar tobacco, creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and spice box. Full-bodied, deep, velvety textured, lush and heady, it is another sensational bargain. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years.

Red • SP

93

Capçanes “Mas Donis Barrica” Monstant, Spain ‘13 $14.99

85% Garnacha, 15% Syrah The property is situated in the village of Capçanes and served for several years as the village cooperative. In the 1990’s, the co-op began making kosher wines for the Jewish population of Barcelona. A custom cuvee made for Eric Solomon, it exhibits notes of rose petals, raspberry jam, crushed rocks, spring flowers and kirsch. Stunningly rich and medium to fullbodied, with wonderful vibrancy, precision and minerality, this beauty could easily pass for a grand cru Burgundy — it’s that complex and interesting.

Red • SP

points antonio galloni / vinous

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Hazaña Rioja Viñas Viejas ‘13 $12.99

85% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano Hazaña (named for the ancient, poetic tales of heroism) is a recently introduced custom cuvée made in partnership between Eric Solomon, Rafael de Haan and Miguel Angel Rodriguez. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of lead pencil shavings, black currants, spice box, cedar and a touch of vanilla. Deep, medium to full-bodied and elegant yet suave, savory and expansive, this beautiful red is a perfect synthesis of the traditional and more progressive style of Rioja. points

92

Red • SP

wine advocate

Conreria D’Scala Dei “Black Slate Escaladei” Priorat, Spain ‘13 $20.99

80% Garnatxa, 20% Cariñena. The Carthusian Monks arrived in the Priorat in the late 12th century one of the first things that they did was plant vines. Their priory, the Cartoixa d’Scala Dei, literally the steps to god, might have referred to the rugged landscape or the terraces required to farm this remote land. Black Slate Escaladei is an energetic, beautifully lifted and elegant Priorat that delivers plenty of jammy black raspberry, licorice, pepper, and underbrush like qualities that flow to a medium to full-bodied, fresh, and focused palate. Turning even more floral and elegant with air, this beautifully balanced and structured 2013 has a core of acidity, layers of fruit, and no shortage of length on the finish.

Casa Castillo “El Molar” Jumilla, Spain ‘13 $16.99

100% Garnacha. El Molar is Jumilla meets Rhone, a luxuriously silky, complex Garnacha that emphasizes the varietals red fruits and Pinot Noir-like texture without any undue alcoholic burn or overripe fruit character. Medium-full bodied with very fine tannins and soft acids, it exudes notes of Kirsch, ripe raspberry and dried Mediterranean herbs. This is a crazy good value to stock up on while you can (there is very little produced, unfortunately) and absolutely sings with grilled summer fair like chorizo, marinated skirt steak or good old cheeseburgers. One of the absolute top producers in Jumilla is Casa Castillo, operated by owner/winemaker Jose Maria Vicente and located high up in the Sierra del Molar mountains.

Red • SP

Red • SP

93

points wine advocate

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Vivanco Viura-Malvasia Tempranillo Blanco Rioja ‘14 $11.99

BlueGray Priorat ‘12 $15.99

60% Viura, 20% Malvasía, 20% Tempranillo blanco. A indigenous, minority white grape that is exclusive to the DOCa Rioja. With this wine, Vivanco Winery pioneered the use of this grape variety, which gives this white wine a unique personality.

45% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Orowines is composed of seven companies located in different D.O.’s in Sapin, each with its own personality. The Orowines group shares a goal of producing high quality wines from indigenous varietals and from old vine vineyards.

White • SP

Red • SP

Markus Huber Zweigelt Rose Traisental, Austria ‘14 $15.99

Intense aroma of red berries and fresh green grass, hints of blossom honey, multilayered, fresh as well as round and a little bit creamy, inviting and direct style, an ideal summer wine!

Rose • AU

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Lapostolle Alexandre Merlot Chile ‘12 $17.99

Cuvee Alexandre Merlot is an intense dark purple ruby color with bright red fruit, complex, full of spices and cacao aromas. This Merlot has a broad tannic structure, and is round with good volume and red fruit expression.

Red • CL

Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Argentina ‘13 $9.99 The 2013 Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon has a serious, clean and focused nose with perfectly ripened fruit, berries and cherries plus a hint of spices and a notable absence of green notes, perhaps a hint of mint that add freshness. The palate is polished, revealing some dusty tannins with very good balance.

McClelland’s Single Malt Scotch : Highland $22.99 Speyside $22.99 Lowland $22.99 Islay $22.99

Owned by the Morrison Bowmore Distillers, they have four main expressions for each main region. Each range reflects the character of each whisky distilling region.

Whiskey • SCT

Red • AR

90

points wine spectator

90

points wine advocate

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Ardbeg Corryvreckan 50ml $6.99

Ardbeg Uigeadail 50ml $5.99

These cask strength Ardbeg minis are great for stocking stuffers! First launched in 2003, “Uigeadail” (the loch from which all Ardbeg water flows) is a cask strength, heavily peated Ardbeg is produced from a mix of bourbon casks and older sherry casks. The combination gives this whisky a velvety texture, with a sweet and smokey finish.

These cask strength Ardbeg minis are great for stocking stuffers! Malt Advocate’s Top Whisky of the Year for 2009! This is one of the legendary Islay malts. We loved the Committee release and we weren’t disappointed with this incredible dram. This was released to replace Airigh Nam Beist, choosing a more medicinal style over the creamier style of the beastie.

Whiskey • SCT

Whiskey • SCT

These cask strength Ardbeg minis are great for stocking stuffers! NOTE: This is a 50mL bottle.

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Grape varieties. Wine is usually

made from one or more varieties of the European

species Vitis vinifera, such as Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Merlot. When one of these varieties is used as the predominant grape (usually defined by law as minimums of 75% to 85%), the result is a “varietal” as opposed to a “blended” wine. Blended wines are not considered inferior to varietal wines, rather they are a different style of winemaking; some of the world’s most highly regarded wines, from regions like Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley, are blended from different grape varieties. Wine can also be made from other species of grape or from

hybrids, created by the genetic crossing

of two species. V. labrusca (of which the Concord grape is a cultivar), V. aestivalis, V. ruprestris, V. rotundifolia and V. riparia are native North American grapes usually grown to eat fresh or for grape juice, jam, or jelly, and only occasionally made into wine.

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Hybridization is different from

grafting.

Most of the world’s vineyards are planted with

European V. vinifera vines that have been grafted onto North American species’ rootstock, a common practice due to their resistance to phylloxera, a root louse that eventually kills the vine. In the late 19th century, most of Europe’s vineyards (excluding some of the driest in the south) were devastated by the infestation, leading to widespread vine deaths and eventual replanting. Grafting is done in every wine-producing region in the world except in Argentina, the Canary Islands and Chile—the only places not yet exposed to the insect. In the context of wine production,

terroir is

a concept that encompasses the varieties of grapes

used, elevation and shape of the vineyard, type and chemistry of soil, climate and seasonal conditions, and the local yeast cultures. The range of possible combinations of these factors can result in great differences among wines, influencing the fermentation, finishing, and aging processes as well.

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Varietal is one of those wine words that confuses and intimidates. Don’t let it. The word describes a wine made from a single grape variety, and the varietal tells you a lot about what’s in the bottle.

Contrary to popular belief, age isn’t everything when it comes to choosing a wine. While some bottles improve with age, not all do. In fact, most of the commercially available wines you buy may even worsen if you cellar them for too long.

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When pairing wines with food, you don’t need to drill down to the level of the fine nuances to make an informed choice. All you need are a few simple pairing rules. Come by Fujioka’s Wine TIMES, we’ll fill you in with the details.

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