September 22, 2007 / Sponsored Content / Red, White, & Bubbly

September Recommendations

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Best Buys

Darling Onyx Sauvignon Blanc, by Darling Cellars

This wine blew me away! Tasting like a mix of fruit-forward New World wine and of terroir-based Old World, this award-winner from Darling in South Africa really does come across with the best of both worlds. Held in their cellars until ready, this is one delicious wine you must not miss! $9.95

Santa Inés Chardonnay, by Santa Inés Vineyard

Another award winner I discovered in Chile! Layers of ripe, complex tropical fruit flavors, just a whiff of toast and vanilla, all in a smooth, rich glass of wine. Chardonnay lovers will simply adore this one and will grin from ear to ear over the price! This just HAD to be a Best Buy! $9.95

Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon, by Santa Carolina

I fell in love with Chile when I went there to judge the Wines of Chile competition. With its beautiful people, the Andes outside your window, great food to be found everywhere, and wines like this selling for such a great price what’s not to love? This is what Cabernet Sauvignon should taste like: rich, deep and filled with flavors of blackberry, cassis, chocolate and mint. $9.95

Caracol Serrano Jumilla Tinto, by Caracol Serrano

How does Spain do it? Here’s another amazing value from Jumilla that simply tastes as good as most wines that cost twice as much! Hereís a mouthful of bright, ripe fruit flavors, notes of stewed berries, dried cherries and field herbsÖ rich and well balanced. $8.95

10.00% Discount Total: $34.92

Discovery wines

Jaume Vinsobres, Altitude 420, by Domaine Jaume

The small, ancient hilltop town of Vinsobres (population 1122) produces red wines of such distinction that they have been awarded their own appellation, distinguishing them from other wines of the Côtes du Rhône. This sterling example from the Jaume family is rich and heady with aromas of stewed red fruits, full and lush on the nose, with a whiff of wild field herbs and cedar. The flavors are equally big and bold, with layers of complex fruit, licorice, graphite, fig paste, mocha and black currants, all balanced and fine, coming together in a long and lingering finish, revealing a bit of smoke. $15.95

Villa Monte Vibiano Bianco Umbria, by Villa Monte Vibiano

Here’s to those who smash the myths! For years, “wine experts” praised Italy’s red wines and ridiculed her whites. This delicious white from Umbria will prove them wrong... and will show your friends what a canny wine shopper you are! This wine has an intriguing nose of tropical fruit, incense, white flowers and caramel. Rich and smooth as velvet on the palate, there are abundant, mouth-filling flavors that become even more complex and deep as you linger over your glass. This is an outstanding example of what the new generation of wine makers is doing in Umbria, and is not to be missed! $15.95

10.00% Discount Total: $28.71

Cellar Selection

Teatown Cellars Merlot, by Teatown Cellars

Here’s one for the impatient! My friend Peter Sloan makes this delicious Merlot, and I wish that more American wines were made this way! Peter has an “Old World” palate, tuned to the subtleties of balanced wines. He is not a fan of those too-big, too-hot “fruit bombs” that some California wine makers push on us. Peter lets the grapes express the soil and the climate of the vineyard, and makes a wine that tastes delicious, and will make your dinner taste even better! Plenty of ripe fruit flavors here with a slight smoky note, a hint of wild herbs and vanilla, clean and crisp on the palate with a smooth and round mouth feel. Rich and complex, this wine can be opened and enjoyed tonight, although I it to continue to improve with another 3 to 5 years of cellaring. Simply keep this bottle in a cool, dark spot (the floor of a rarely-used closet can be turned into a workable cellar) and allow time to work its magic. In a few years you can enjoy a bottle of mature wine that will taste as if you paid much more than you did, and there will be no more on the market. This is all about investing in your pleasure, and arenít you worth every bit? $22.95

Find of the Month

Hudson Whiskey Four Grain Bourbon, by Tuthilltown Spirits

Made with Corn, Rye, Wheat and Malted Barley. Excellent, smooth whiskey. Rich with flavors of toasty oak and creamy vanilla. $37.95

This paid feature is prepared by Red White & Bubbly,
211 Fifth Ave. (between Union and President streets) in Park Slope. Phone (718) 636-9463.
“Fine wines, great spirits, no attitude!”
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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