Saturday, October 4, 2008


Well, like it or not were into Fall and beautiful day it is. Wine preference tends to go red or heavier whites along with the drop in temperature and we're gearing up for just that eventuality. Spain has been offering great value in white summer wines and they now give us exceptional fall-winter reds to enjoy at low prices. Three bargains to consider are: 1. 05 Vega Sindoa, 50% Cab and 5o% Tempranillo It shows deep purple colors with deep, riveting cherry, cassis finish with a touch licorice. Finishes dry and long. 2. Venta Mazzaron 05' Tempranillo from a small, relatively unknown region, Zamora, has a grapey richness with fleshy fruit and chocolate flavors. New world in style it finishes smoothly with a less drying finish. Pretty big here. 3. My personal favorite is back, the 06' Altos de la Hoya, Monastrell,from Jumilla. Incredibly complex for the price, it has medium body, nice fruit with an intriguing white pepper finish. All three under $15.00. Come and see the quality and value flowing out of Spain.
Were going to try something different this fall and winter---Delivery. Yes we will deliver to any Salem resident with 2 or more cases ordered.(within two days) Marblehead or Beverly will be 3 cases or a $15.00 charge for one or two cases. In this vein we will also offer a monthly sampler case with wines from around the world that are typical of a region. Twelve reds or a eight red four white mix will be put together for delivery or pick up. Prices per bottle will average $12.99 with some more or less expensive but a final case price of $156 normally will be $130. This month we feature a red case of 2 Bordeaux, Spanish Tempranillo, Greek Agiorgitiko, Carmenere from Chile, Argentine Malbec, Australia Shiraz, Ca. Cab and Ca. Petit Sirah, Sicilian Nero D'Avola, Chianti, and So. France Grenache. To pick up, call ahead with order and Credit card info. When in the neighborhood call on cell phone and we will bring out order as you pull up to curb. No parking necessary.
Have to mention the wine tasting event at The Lyceum last week. Cannot say enough about the quantity and quality of attendees. A full sell out at about 175 very (I don't want to use the word serious) interested and fun people made this an event to remember. The sales people presenting the wines said the same and mentioned it was one of the best they've been involved with. I am not patting myself on the back because the interest was generated by a great group of wine "students" who know how to appreciate wine drinking and enjoyment without the pretense and the great Lyceum venue. Way to go. We will consider another in Spring. Any interest?

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