A fantastic collection of delicious wines for the Winter season. Explore the world of wine with us!
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1. Wonderwall | Pinot Noir 2018 | Edna Valley, California
A “wonderwall” is an invisible barrier between you and your dreams. For winemaker Andrew Jones, this project represents the dream of conquering what other people say is impossible – creating old world style Pinot Noir in Central Coast of California, and beyond that, changing the wine game by using old-school techniques, with an eye on natural wine making. When I say old world, I don’t mean earthy – I am referring to wines that are fresh, vibrant, low alcohol, with finesse, structure and electricity. The 2018 Wonderwall is full of character, vibrant fruit, without the cloying sweetness and high alcohol of other wines from the Central Coast. Each label features a picture of a different famous person who had extraordinary lives, and achieved things that others thought were impossible. Low-sulphur added. Organic, but not certified.
2. Mas Donis | Old Vine 2016 | Paso Robles, California
Organically farmed. Named for the mountains that surround the Priorat, the Monsant region has many of the same qualities of its neighbor- namely high elevation to provide freshness and minerality to the wines and a generous climate resulting in richness and concentration. A blend of old vine Garnatxa and a modest percentage of younger Syrah, Mas Donis comes from a complex mixture of soils ranging from alluvial clay and limestone, to sand, granite and slate.
A return to the Top12 is for the truly ELITE deals. This wine is like Lamar Jackson, totally underrated by the masses, but for those in the know, considered one of the best deals in the store. The Syrah backbone gives this wine serious dark fruit and meaty notes, while the Carmenere provides coffee and red chili aromas. Backed with a little Petit Verdot for structure and Cabernet Franc for silkiness and acidity, this is a seriously great, chewy, and seriously excellent bottle of wine for under $10!
4. Cycles Gladiator | Pinot Noir 2017 | California
We love how the immortalized flying lady symbolizes the pure varietal expression, balance, and elegance, inviting you to celebrate any and every occasion with this great value. True to the style of California Pinot Noir, this wine has plenty of spiced and roasted plum, with red cherry and cranberry aromas. A great Tuesday night bottle, or for feeding the masses for a holiday party.
5. L’Isola dei Profumi by Alcesti Rosso 2017 | Sicily, Italy
Not your typical Cabernet, but darnit, this wine is just as delicious! Red fruit aromas bounce out of the glass and a wonderfully fun freshness on the palate. Raspberry and red cherry aromas take center stage with a refreshing finish. Great wine for pasta dishes, pizza, or roasts.
6. Caves de Pomerols | Picpoul de Pinet 2018 | Languedoc, France
Midway has been recommending this lovely crisp white wine for over a decade, and we don’t get how it is still this cheap! Those that enjoy Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or even Chardonnay should give this wine a shot, and be pleasantly surprised how it blows the competition away! Fresh citrus and herbaceous aromas lead to a criminally refreshing finish. Dry.
7. Mr. Blanc | White Blend 2018 | Paso Robles, California
Intensely aromatic and deeply flavorful, this southern Rhone style blend has a lot to love. Peach, nectarine and white flower aromas are typical for this type of blend, but the intensity of the aromas are uniquely from the Central California sunshine. Made in extremely small amounts by a farmer-winemaker, whose name graces the label.
53% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne, 22% Viognier
8. Lewis & Clark “McNary Vineyard” Syrah 2017 | Horse Heaven Hills, Washington
It’s no secret that Washington state vineyards can produce world class full bodied red wines, and one of the stars there is Syrah. This affordable release from Lewis & Clark wines has everything we love from great expensive bottles, like aromas of blueberry pie, blackberry and violets. It also finishes much like an expensive and polished wine, with soft silky tannins and a long finish.
9. Paxis | Red Blend 2013 | Lisbon, Portugal
This wine is just pure fun. Slightly off-dry, it makes a great party wine because pleases many palates. The fruit is plentiful with dark cherry, blackberry jam, and a small amount of spice. Medium bodied with a soft texture.
Comprised of grapes that usually go into Port dessert wine: Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional & Touriga Franca.
Cataratto is a charming and fun to pronounce white variety only grown on the island of Sicily, and we love how it produces affordable but complex wines with aromas of almond, pear and white flowers. In this blend the Cataratto provides aromatic complexity, while Pinot Grigio give the blend acidity, and refreshing juiciness.
Organic, Vegan, Carbon Neurtral
11. Lucignano | Chianti 2016 | Tuscany, Italy
473 Years ago, the Guicciardini family began making wine, so trust us when we say they make Chianti the RIGHT way. We love how this Sangiovese based red over delivers, and possesses a magical amount of red cherry, cooked red raspberry and a chalky minerality with zingy acid on the finish.
12. Menhir | Verdeca 2018 | Puglia, Italy
We love esoteric wines, but not when they are weird for the sake of being weird. This wine is hard to pronounce, and from a part of the world not know for white wines….but this wine is so good we have to share it! Aromas of apricot, melon and guava, and though that tropical sweetness lures you in, it delivers a refreshing dry finish. Great as an aperitif wine or with seafood.