Wine Picks

September Wine Picks for Under $10

September in Vermont is a time of transition, and radical inconsistency.  Waking up to the season’s first frost and then wearing a t-shirt and shorts by noon is quite normal.  It is for that reason we are featuring two Argentinian wines this month that are perfect for any temperature, taste, or time of day.  

Tilia Torrontes features a beautiful floral nose, with hints of jasmine and magnolia.  It is a medium bodied white with notes of citrus, pear, and a crisp finish.  Enjoy a glass of this with sushi, shellfish, salad, or light pasta dishes. 

Vila Reserva Malbec offers a bold scent of cherries and raspberries, which leads into notes of plum and a mellow finish.  It tastes great served alongside lean red meats, and bold cheeses.  Malbec is also a great wine for those end-of-season barbeques!

Josh Downs, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

August Wine Picks for Under $10

In August we are featuring a Portuguese white perfect for mid-summer and a Portuguese red to help ease the transition to cooler weather!

Blue Vinho Verde is light and crisp with tart green apple and white stone fruit flavors. Blue is a welcome addition to our great Vinho Verde selection, a perfect pairing for salads, fruity dishes or just enjoying some warm weather. Alandra Tinto is a nice summery red. The rich dark fruit is not heavy, and the earthy appeal pairs well with barbequed chicken, pork or veggies. It's also great with pizza!

Alison Miner, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

July Wine Picks for Under $10

Orvieto is a wine region in Italy that is most often associated with a dry style of white wine here in the United States. Orvieto and Orvieto Classico are primarily Trebbiano and Grechetto blends, but may also include Malvasia, Verdello, and Canaiolo bianco.

Two of our favorite Orvieto wines are Ruffino Orvietto Classico and Badia Corti Orvietto. Ruffino has citrus, golden apple, floral and sage aromas with crisp apple, almond and minerals on the palate. Badia Corti is a bit richer in style, while still maintaining a bright, fresh taste. Light and clean, these wines are refreshing summer sippers that pair well with a wide variety of cheeses, cold salads, antipasti, or grilled fish.

Alison Miner, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

June Wine Picks for Under $10

The Great American Wine Company is a new brand from Rosenblum Cellars. The Great American Wine Company Red Blend is juicy and bold. Ripe red cherry, black cherry, black raspberry, vanilla and baking spice aromas continue through the palate. Rich and velvety with soft tannins, this Zinfandel blend is a BBQ friendly crowd pleaser!

The Great American Wine Company Chardonnay is a made in the classic California style. Clean, bright citrus and stone fruit aromas have inviting vanilla notes. Soft white peach and apple pie flavors are balanced by citrusy acidity. This is a full bodied white that holds up to grilled foods.

Try these two this month then stock up for your 4th of July Celebration!

Alison Miner, Beer and Wine Manager
Beer and Wine Department

May Wine Picks for Under $10

Rosé season is finally here!

Domaine Bousquet is a new favorite of ours, made from organic grapes sourced mainly from vineyards in Tupungato, Mendoza. This 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon blend has aromas of red fruits, plums and fresh cherries. Malbec lends pleasant fruitiness to the wine while the Cabernet provides structure.  Fresh and crisp, Domaine Bousquet Rosé is great with a wide variety of spring fare. Try it with a goat cheese and local fiddlehead tartlet!

Züm Pinot Noir Rosé is a German rosé that is light and very dry. Hints of strawberry finish clean and crisp. This unique wine’s bright acidity pairs well with grilled fish and rich soft cheeses.

Alison Miner
Beer and Wine Department

April Wines Under $10

Two wines from California producer Manifesto are featured this month, and both boast a great savings! Manifesto Sauvignon Blanc has bold floral and citrus aromas with notes of spring blossoms, Ruby Red grapefruit, tangerines, and a hint of fresh cut herbs. Intriguing and complex flavors of honeydew melon, key lime, and creamy orange lead to a long, lingering finish filled with tropical fruit.

Manifesto Zinfandel starts with aromas of red currants, wild strawberry, and Asian spice, leading to full bodied flavors of red raspberry with hints of baking spice, candied citrus and forest floor. Try the Sauvignon Blanc with a fresh white fish or a salad with fennel. The Zinfandel pairs nicely with lighter firm cheeses, grilled sausages or tomato based sauces.

Alison Miner
Beer and Wine Department

March Wines Under $10

We are featuring a Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon this month. These two are great value wines that are setting themselves apart from their California and French compadres.

Valdivieso Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile is full bodied with rich, ripe fruit, sweet, soft tannins, and hints of oak that come across as well integrated and smooth. Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon from Spain has more of a savory, herbal profile. Smoky cherry, tobacco, licorice, and mineral aromas lead to a juicy, bright palate. Gentle tannins give a nice grip to the dry finish.

Alison Miner
Beer and Wine Department

February Wines Under $10

We have two new sparkling wines to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day, or celebrate making it more than half way through winter! Enza Rosé Prosecco is made with 95% Galera, the Prosecco grape, with a touch of Merlot. Perfectly balanced acidity and defined structure balances bursts of strawberries with notes of crisp green apple and rose petals.

Mistinguett is dry, crisp, satisfying Cava from the heart of Penedes. Mistinguett is made in the traditional method, creating lots of persistent bubbles with good depth. Smooth and creamy with balanced acidity, a great sparkling to pair with food!

Alison Miner
Beer and Wine Department

January Wine Picks for Under $10

In January we are featuring two great value red Bordeaux. Chateau Grimard is a small, family-run estate that has been producing fine wine at great prices for three generations. Grimard is a classic Bordeaux with lush, fragrant aromas and flavors of plum, red berry, and blackcurrant. We’re thrilled this customer favorite is back in stock!

Chateau Les Ancres Bordeaux is a new wine for us, and it’s a fantastic value. Les Ancres has aromas of black currant and cherries with hints of spice. The palate is soft and juicy with flavors black currant coulis with a creamy nuance. This Bordeaux is full-bodied and fruity driven with a long finish.

Alison Miner
Beer and Wine Department

December Wine Picks for Under $10

Renegade Red Blend is a Cabernet blend from Washington State with loads of smooth red and black fruits, scents of loamy soil and minerality, fine tannins and balanced acidity. Red Diamond is a Washington winery that headed to Spain in search of grapes for their new red blend. Red Diamond “Temperamental” is a Tempranillo blend with aromas of blackberries and hints of dark chocolate. Bold flavors of black fruit with hints of oak lead to a silky smooth finish. Both of these easygoing red blends are versatile with food and tasty on their own. They are ideal wines to pair with appetizers at your upcoming holiday parties!

Alison Miner
Beer and Wine Department

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