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- Manor Hill/Awesome Comic Atomic Smash ($13.99/4pk)
- Port Citt Derecho Common ($11.99/6pk)
- Jailbreak Feed the Monkey ($9.99/6pk)
- Hardywood Virginia IPA ($12.99/6pk)
- Deschutes Abyss Stour ($16.99/750ml)
- Crazy Mountain Horseshoes and Hand Grenades ($10.99/6pk)
- 2016 Lexicon Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand / Marlborough) $11.99 – A new value-priced Kiwi Sauv Blanc is usually cause for a yawn. I mean, it's a great region, but there's not a heck of a lot of difference between the wines at the twelve dollar level. Thus, it was a delight and a surprise to try the Lexicon. It's was more ripe than most from Marlborough. Light on the grassy notes, they come off more like sweet pea. It's almost tropical, with notes of guava, passion fruit, and gooseberries.
- 2016 Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc East Side Vineyards (California / Sonoma County / Dry Creek Valley) $15.99 – There is no mistaking the California ripeness in this wine, even coming from the relative cool of Sonoma. Unoaked, it is vivid, with lemon-lime flavors and whiffs of peach blossom and lemon verbena adding aromatic intensity. Fleshy and juicy on the finish.
- 2013 Point Ormond Roussanne (Australia / Victoria / Upper Goulburn) $14.99 – When we tasted this blind, we thought it was a $30 bottle. The wine is fermented in oak, more for texture than flavor, and fermented using wild yeasts. It exhibits pretty notes of pear, honey blossom, white flowers and lemon curd on a bright but lush frame and plenty of complexity. It's crazy good for the money.
- 2016 Arianna Occhipinti Sicilia SP68 Nero d'Avola e Frappato (Italy / Sicily) $29.99 – Occhipinti is a rock star and her wines get better every year. The perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, licorice and minerals reminded me of Frappato. Bright, lively and juicy, conveying lovely balance to the ripe red and dark berry flavors complicated by herbs and underbrush. Finishes bright and long, with a zippy stony overlay.
- 2016 Benito Santos Godello Monterrei (Spain / Galicia / Monterrei) $15.99 – Pale gold. Pungent lemon pith and quinine scents are accompanied by deeper pear and melon qualities. Silky and penetrating on the palate, offering Meyer lemon and pear nectar flavors braced by a core of juicy acidity. A floral note arrives on the finish, which lingers with strong, mineral-driven tenacity.
- 2011 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses (France / Loire Valley / Touraine / Chinon) $24.99 – Dark ruby. Cherry and licorice on the nose and palate with complications of smoke, green olive, and tobacco. It is lighter than the 2008 we had which sold out so quickly, but the tannins are finer. Becomes brighter with air, finishing with brilliant clarity and lingering notes of raspberry and sweet herbs.
- 2016 Stolpman Rosé (California / Central Coast / Ballard Canyon) $19.99 – This is not an afterthough wine; Stolpman devotes a separate block in the vineyard to his pink wine and uses two different techniques to get the most from it. Pure fresh strawberry and watermelon give way to a touch of stone and earth. Sweet tart candy with an alluring freshness. In the mouth, a touch of saline and flint add a savory edge to the soft, voluptuous texture.
- 2016 Domaine de Ménard Côtes de Gascogne (France / Southwest France / Gascony) $9.99 – Colombard is a local grape used in most Côtes de Gascogne whites. It brings rich aromas of pineapple, mango and other citrus fruits. Colombard is not known or having high levels of acidity which is why it is blended with Ugni Blanc. The combination is bright and refreshing, perfect for the heat of summer.
- nv Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant (France / Languedoc Roussillon) $26.99 – The rose’s beautifully woven texture rests on a backbone of ripe fruit and mineral-driven flavors. Aromas of freshly picked strawberries, white peaches, and hints of tarragon and rosemary spring from the glass. Its full-bodied texture is rich in fruit aromas yet compellingly dry, leaving crisp mineral hints on the finish. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petite Manseng.
- 2016 Moulin de Gassac Pinot Noir (France / Languedoc Roussillon) $12.99 – Winemaker's are finally listening to customer demands for well priced Pinot Noir that doesn't taste as though it has been blended with Syrah! The classic Pinot nose of bright candied cherries and hints of roasted fruit and mocha lead into a fresh mouthwatering wine with soft tannins and a persistent finish.
- Dry Fly Gin (Washington State) $36.99
- Lustau Vermut (Spain) $25.99
- Natalie's Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Honey Tangerine, Lime Juice
- Taralli Puglian Crackers, Fennel and Peperoncino $3.99