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2015 Cannery Row Cellars Chardonnay, California

2015 Cannery Row Cellars Chardonnay Wine Review

9/10 Hints of oak and fruit very well balanced.

Tasting Notes
Named for the historic and beautiful section of the California coast that inspired John Steinbeck’s timeless writing, 2015 Cannery Row Cellars Chardonnay Cannery Row is a California classic that melds tradition and beauty with the state’s celebrated spirit of innovation. This refreshing white balances apple, nectarine, and juicy melon flavors with toasty hints of vanilla and oak, resulting in a fresh wine with a surprising complexity.

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2016 La Reference Grenache Rose, France

2016 La Reference Grenache Rosé Wine Review

8/10 Great price, crisp and full of fruit flavor

Tasting Notes
This fresh and pleasant, pale pink rosé was produced by Bordeaux wine magnate Bernard Magrez. With a lighthearted feel, 2016 La Référence Grenache Rosé refreshes with delicate raspberry and red fruit flavors, and a tart note of gooseberry. Pair this summery French selection with crisp vegetable salads, and grilled fish, chicken, or pork.

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Zinzilla A Monstrous California Zinfandel Wine Review

2013 Zinzilla A Monstrous California Zinfandel Wine Review

On The Label

Zinzilla 2013 Review A Monstrous California Zinfandel

By the light of the full moon, Zinzilla erupts from deep within the zinfandel vineyards of California. A monster vine zinfandel producing intense, powerful fruit that devastates other varietals and catapults zinfandel to the forefront of California wines. Full bodied, zinzilla expresses dense layers of raspberries, chocolate, pepper and spice.

Produced and Bottled by McNab Ridge Winery, Ukiah, California.

www.McNabRidge.com

Alc. 15.4% by Vol.

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Fred's Red Mendocino County Red Wine

Fred’s Red Mendocino County Red Wine Review

Fred’s Red Mendocino County Red Wine, bottled by McNab Ridge Winery Ukiah, California.

The Fred’s Red label named after the original McNab dog, Fred, and like Fred is a blend of many things. In this case, a base blend of Syrah and Zinfandel but with a large number of little known Portuguese varietals thrown in. It’s fresh, clean, soft, and an infinitely gulpable and enjoyable wine to have with anything off the grill.

On The Back Label

My name is Fred, a McNab Shepherd- a working dog established in Mendocino County over 100 years abo by my Scottish ancestors. Back then, we herded sheep. Today, the McNabs on this ranch round up grapes. A sheep dog herding grapes, you say? You may think I’m barking up the wrong vine here, but grapes, patrolling the vineyard, trying to remember where I buried that bone. I’m very particular about flavor and choose only select vines under which to bury my best bones. Better flavor, better aging. You’re sure to like Fred’s Red and so will your canine-loving friends. Cheers!

Alc. 14.8% BY VOL.
www.mcnabridge.com
Doggone Good Wine

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2014 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Red Blend Review

2012 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Sonoma County Red Wine Review

2012 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve wine is a Sonoma County red blend. 70% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carignane and 2% Viognier. They produced 1,513 cases of this vintage.

The back label says,

It’s Karma: if you do good things, something good will happen. Our Karma Reserve red blend is a complex wine that is both bold and fruity, brimming with dark fruit flavors and deep toasted oak. We pass along this good Karma to you… now pay it forward!

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Kentucky Liquor Brokers Wine Beer Spirits & Non-Alcoholic Brands

Kentucky Liquor Brokers, is an efficient way to have full time sales representation in the state of Kentucky for suppliers and brand owners. Working on and off premise we offer in state distributor management, brand ambassador, sales force training, brand education, tracking sales, work with distributor sales representatives, placements, new account distribution while maintaining existing accounts, promotions, hand selling and taking existing brands to the next level.

Kentucky Liquor Brokers works with suppliers and brand owners to attain goals, stating how long and how much it will take to get there. We specialize in targeting accounts that fit your brands demographic. Working with the staff in the account and key on and off distributor sales staff to make sure that your brand becomes a focus. Hand sells, incentives, strategic promotions, cocktail menus, drink/wine lists… recognizing opportunities that will increase case sales.

Kentucky Liquor Brokers has been representing Wine, Beer, Spirits & Non-Alcoholic Brands with a focus on sales. Brokers have relationships with distributors and accounts to get sales results. Setting up distribution in the state, brand education, working with key distributor sales teams, targeting key accounts, incentive programs, promotions, day to day inventory, tracking goals and making sure goals are attained.

For information on representation in the state of Kentucky email info@kentukyliquorbrokers.com

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1-877-SPIRITS.COM Beer Wine or Liquor Delivered

1-877-SPIRITS.COM is your premier gift delivery service that can help you select the perfect gifts to impress your recipients. The all-inclusive prices include standard delivery (3-5 business days), gift wrap with personalized gift card, service fees and taxes. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, contact the concierge at 1-877-SPIRITS (774-7487) or email at info@1877SPIRITS.COM. They will locate even those hard to find special requests. (Note: HI & AK deliveries are subject to additional shipping fees. Additional fees may be charged for some State deliveries due to fees set by the State Liquor Commission.)

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Wine- FAR NIENTE CABERNET SAUVIGNON ESTATE 2013

Liquor- Muchote Reposado Tequila

Gourmet Gift Baskets- Send Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne & Two Flutes and Gourmet Chocolate

Business Gifts- Engraved Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey

Anniversary Gifts- Etched Wine Bottles

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Personalized Gifts- Custom Engraved Macallan 10 Yr Old Single Malt

Gift of the Month Clubs- Wine of the Month Club

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Urbano Cellars 2012 Barbera Award Winning Wine Review

This wine was a bit lighter than the bold blackberry and plumb taste that is evident, it is light on tannins and has a nice acidity very well balanced with a nice long finish, and I highly recommend it for any night of the week.

Facts
Alcohol 14.2%
Brix at harvest 24
PH at harvest 3.65
Harvest date 10/11/12
Bottling 4/3/14Appellation: Clements Hills
Vineyard: Lewis Ranch
Vintage: 2012
Composition: 100% Barbera
Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 1 ton open bins where it cold-soaked for about 2-3 days before it began primary fermentation with native or naturally occurring yeast from the vineyard. The must was punched down by hand 2-3 times a day. The wine was aged, with minimal racking, in a mixture of mostly neutral French and American oak barrels for about 18 months.
Awards: Gold Medal Winner 2014 Artisan Awards

This wine would go well with rich cheese dishes to a simple pizza or something from the grill, I once again do recommend the 2014 Barbera from Urbano Cellars.

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Top 100 Craft Wines

Craft Wine Competition Top 100 Wines

Craft Wine Competition International Awards, brings together vintners best wines from all over the world. Independent, craft, artisan, boutique… flagship wines that reflect what wine making is all about. Producers are focused on wine making, unique yet with a common constant commitment to quality. Craft wines have the ability to focus intensely on every aspect throughout the wine making experience. Start with geography, climate, and interaction with the soil to certain characteristic qualities that go into the fermentation process and aging or just the sum of the effects. Craft wines are made with passion and the unique flavors in each varietal present themselves in the finished product. Wines are tasted blind by an expert panel of a dozen sommeliers with years of expertise both in the industry and judging wine. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded on a 100-point system. Craft Wine Competition International Awards results will be posted on the site and brands will use winning medallion on bottles and marketing materials. To see the results from last years competition click here, Cheers!

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Home Bar Basics And Not So Basics

Home Bar Basics Book Review

Home Bar Basics, because making great drinks at home is fun, cheaper than going out, and easier than you might think. Dave Stolte has twenty years of home-bartending experience along with the advice of some of the country’s best professional bartenders to assist in creating the book “Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics),” a pocket-sized Cocktails 101 guide. Dave covers The Basics: twelve drinks that form the core of a home bar menu. If you master these you’ll be ready for the more advanced recipes in The Not-So-Basics. If you are making cocktails in your home, this is a must have book, fine tune your skills and reap the rewards. Buy a copy of Home Bar Basics Now!

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