Friday Feature 11/29/13: The New 6 for $60 Something Sampler

Hello and Happy Friday!

Whew – what a long night! This opening at midnight thing on Black Friday is really tiring. Apparently, we didn’t do a good job of promoting as we just had our first customer at noon today. Oh well, maybe we should just go with a noon opening on Black Friday! (If you thought this was serious – please re-read in your sarcastic voice).

We are open our normal hours this weekend, till 8 pm tonight and 11 – 7 pm on Saturday.


It is officially the start of Holiday shopping today, and we want to remind all of you wishing to send a loved one or a client a gift that there are only 3 full shipping weeks till Christmas. Don’t wait till the last minute as there are always delays and issues that could make the arrival of your gift late.

We absolutely love to help with client gifts, so if your company is looking to thank its clients, there is no better way that with a bottle of wine, spirits, or craft beer!

We would appreciate any referrals you could give us!


It is the last Friday of the month, which means it is time for a new edition of the Six for $60-Something sampler!

Each month we taste lots of “everyday” priced wines, many terrible, but some fantastic – drinking far beyond their price point. We choose six of those top selections, with the season in mind and offer them as our monthly Six for $60-Somethingsampler.

It is an easy way to stock your monthly wine rack, but also a good way to learn and expand your horizons. We encourage you to print out the wine descriptions, or look at our website on your phone, and read a little bit about what you are drinking at the time.

Should you choose, all of these wines are available individually. For those who aren’t so adventurous, and would like to skip one of the selections, we are happy to oblige.

This month’s sampler is an excellent collection of values, keeping your holiday needs in mind. Their is a great value sparkler, some reds to enjoy with those holiday roasts, and even something to expand your wine knowledge of the Republic of Macedonia.

These are in stock today, and you can pick them up at your convenience.

Have a great weekend!

Craig & Sheb



6 for $60-Something Sampler
Castell D’Age Cava Reserva Brut Nature- Peñedes, Spain
Listen up! Where else will you be able to purchase an organic Cava with zero dosage at a price like this? The answer is: no place, except Perman Wines.
We have featured Cavas on our sample pack before, but let’s take a moment to regroup and summarize. Cava is a sparkling wine whose production is allowed in the regions of Aragón, Basque Country, Catalonia, Extremadura, La Rioja, Navarra, Valencia. It is always made in the classic method (the Champagne method) with secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle. The minimum time on lees for all Cava is nine months; in the case of a Reserva, like the one we are featuring today, the minimum time is 15 months (although the Castell D’Age spends 30 months on its lees!). The grapes employed are Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada, & Chardonnay.
Knowing the pedigree of this wine, you now must realize that we are nearly giving this away. And availability is great. Our suggestion: stock up on a case or two and use throughout the holiday season as an all-purpose, at-the-ready holiday sparkler.
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE  
2009 Johanneshof Reinisch St. Laurent- Thermenregion, Austria
Yet another delicious oddball red, this time from Austria!
Officially, the grape here is St. Laurent, a dark-skinned variety that has been growing in Austria for quite a long time. St. Laurent is famous for its deep berry color, fine tannins, aroma and silky mouth feel. You can think of St. Laurent as Pinot Noir, plus.
The Thermenregion is located in lower Austria in the Niederösterreich, south of Vienna. It is a warmish region, and, according to our research, one that experiences the full force of a hot, Pannonian summer. We are unsure sure what the full force of a hot, Pannonian summer feels like, but we’ll take it!
In visiting the website for the Reinisch Family winery, you will find a bare bones affair without too much information. The family looks like it is dressed in the leftover costumes from the original “Sound of Music” (not this new-fangled and frankly, very confusing Carrie Underwood version). It goes without saying that this is a pretty traditional farming situation that spend most of their time in the vineyards and not too much time on modern technologies or marketing.
Which is just fine because we are ready for a purple-hued and heady glass of St. Laurent, as we contemplate the implications of a hot, Pannonian summer!
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE – ONLY 180 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2011 Domaine Rabasse Charavin “o de départ” Vin de France- Southern Rhone Valley, France
Loyal purchasers of our samplers will recognize the name Rabasse Charavin. We took a large amount of inventory from this fabulous Southern Rhône producer in September. Much of it is now gone, but we saved enough of this little Vin de France to put on our 6 for $60 something. Even though Vin de France is meant as just basic table wine, Corinne Couturier and her daughter Laure producer an excellent example, one that outshines many Côtes de Rhônes of the area.
The “o de départ” is a spicy little number composed of Grenache & Syrah. It is fermented and aged in cement casks. Corinne describes the wines as ” …nicely structured and suited to go well with barbecue or an everyday meal”. And while the French definition of barbecue may be a bit different from ours, you get the picture.
Upon opening, we discovered that Corinne was being modest in her description; this little table wine is pretty stacked, and, while it seems like a lot of work, we suggest you decant it!
$12.00 BTL. / $144.00 CASE – ONLY 120 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
2011 Tikves R’Kaciteli “Special Selection”- Macedonia, Greece
This is what we would like to dub the “emerging market” section of our December sampler pack. We again are putting our foot into the Greek waters, and liking what we find. This month’s selection is from Macedonia, which located on mainland Greece. The wine growing region of Macedonia enjoys several sub-regions: the Slopes of Meliton, Amynteo, Naoussa & Goumenissa– all four of which could provide a fun night of the “how the heck do we pronounce this area” game!
The grape, R’Kaciteli, is of Georgian origin and makes the famous wine “Pheasant’s Tears” aged in ancient, clay qvervi. At the Tikves winery, the R’Kaciteli comes from a single vineyard called Barovo, located 1800 feet above sea level in the Kosuv Mountains.
The resulting wine is a fresh, ripe offering of tropical and orchard fruit that works well with creamy, pungent cheeses, and fatty fish such as anchovies, tuna and sardines. However, you are not required to have a platter of strong smelling foods just to enjoy it- it is great on it’s own or with less aromatic fare.
$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE 
2008 Misfits Wine Co. ” Brujeria” Red Blend- South Eastern Australia
To quote my old friend Tupac – “I ain’t mad at cha” Australia.  While your sales have decreased drastically from 10 years ago, we still realize there is plenty of good wine to go around from the land down under.
In fact for those that love a fruit driven, viscous red at bargain prices – you still must look to warm-climates within Australia.
Being that it’s winter, and many of us want a rich glass of wine, in particular to go with our braised meats, we thought it about time to find something that fits that category.
Misfits Wine Co. is located in the Clare Valley, and is the side project of several well-known winemakers. Their “Brujeria” bottling is a blend of Tempranillo, Shiraz, Grenache & Cabernet Sauvignon, intended as a full throttle homage to Ribera del Duero and Priorato. It’s juicy and luscious, and chock full of plum and blueberry fruit. Aging is done in used American oak barrels for 13 months. 1500 cases were produced.
This really is a fantastic value in its style.
$10.00 BTL. / $120.00 CASE
2009 Château Chagnon Bordeaux Superior- Bordeaux, France
Although most of us have been priced out of the Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux game, there is still a great amount of high quality wine being produced in the wine zones of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superior. The grapes can be grown anywhere in the Gironde, and Bordeaux Superior requires a slightly higher level of ripeness before harvesting.
Château Chagnon has been around since the 1960s, and has about 30 hectares of vines grown on the hillsides of the Garonne River, about 20 miles west and south of the city of Bordeaux. Classic “right bank” territory.
The blend for the 2009 bottling is 57% Merlot, 36% Cabernet France & 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. We are always pleased to see a large helping of Cabernet Franc in the mix, as it always imparts a capsicum lusciousness, especially in a good vintage such as 2009.
Another unusual aspect of this wine is Château Chagnon’s commitment to ecologically safe vineyard practices: the property is home to several rare and endangered species of dragonflies, butterflies and wild orchids. If you were ever concerned about any of these creatures, you need not worry that their very existences are being threatened with dangerous chemicals at Château Chagnon.
A great pairing with steak frites!
$9.50 BTL. / $114.00 CASE
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