It’s a tough job, and we’re happy to do it. We’ve tasted almost every wine in the place so you don’t have to. Each month we come up with a new half dozen for you to try that help you expand your palette and get a little more bang for your buck. Want to try something new, but don’t know where to start? Our Staff 6 Pack is your new secret to success.
December Staff Pick 2022
(Valued at $147)
Rascallion Pandiculation $16
This Shiraz Grenache blend has a beautiful bouquet of sweet ripe blackberries, infused with a hint of rich plums, combined with delicate white pepper and subtle cinnamon spicy aromas, creates a wine with a complex and intriguing nose.
Criss Cross Petit Sirah $16
They winery criss crosses different vineyards to find the very best fruit for this lush Petite Sirah. The wine shows excellent density and richness, with the black fruit staying bold and upfront on the palate. It rounds itself nicely in the finish, staying grapey to the end.
Chateau Bichon Cassignole Graves $25
This wine is dense, with dusty tannins and rich black fruits. It has plenty of concentrated black-plum flavors alongside juicy acidity. Cherry / red fruits and blackberry on the nose (with a tiny bit of earth). Same on the palate with notes vanilla.
Santa’s Little Helper $16
This wine is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, 30% Merlot from Sonoma and 30% Zinfandel. It’s jammy, soft, and smooth. This rich California Red blend shows voluptuous fruit and is smoother than Santa’s exit.
La Bastide Blanche Bandol $34
Organic. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsualt, Syrah, Carignan. Gives up classic leather, garrigue, underbrush and sweet black raspberry notes on the nose. Medium-bodied, supple, sexy and with fine tannin, it’s a forward, ready to go beauty to drink over the coming 5-7 years.
Ca'Maggiore Barolo $40
Made from Nebbiolo from the Piedmont region of Italy. This full-bodied wine with a classic “tar and rose” aroma, with additional flavors of truffles, chocolate, dried fruit, eucalyptus, and leather. Perfect with game, lamb, and hearty pasta dishes.
November Staff Pick 2022
Menicucci Vini Ginesia Pecorino $18
Full bodied, well-structured with a rich persistence and toasty oak finish. This 100% organic Pecorino wine is deliciously fresh and floral, with hints of white flowers and fruits, with a mouth-watering and flavorful finish. Seafood, mushrooms & white meat are the perfect food pairing for this refreshing white wine.
Trouillet Lebeau Bourgogne
The nose opens generously with sweet notes of candied and citrus fruits. The maturity and ripeness of the fruit combine with an aromatic freshness and a real delicacy in the mouth. The wine is structured, but still lively on the finish.
Three by Wade Rose $21
Three by Wade Rose has a light and vibrant pink. Melon rind and bright raspberry fruit dominate the aromatics, leading into a crushable and fresh Rose that carries energy for days. Perfect as an aperitif, or with shellfish, spicy food, and fruity desserts.
Frederic Esmonin Pinot Noir $15
This classic Pinot Noir displays a dark ruby red color with bright red fruit notes of fresh cherry and strawberries. It is bright and smooth in the mouth with nice freshness and layers of flavor delivering excellent length on the palate. Very approachable and food friendly.
Carlos Serres Reserva $19
90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano aged 24 months in oak barrels and an additional 12 months in the bottle before its release. It is a complex and elegant wine with aromas and flavors of mature black fruit and mineral notes, a perfect match with grilled meats, stews and stronger cheeses.
Chateau La Tour de Beraud Heritage $22
Dark inky color with a ruby hue. Aromas of raspberries, cherry compote with an underlying floral scent. Flavors of raspberry cordial, juicy red cherries, spicy, earthy, bark. A hint of licorice and a tangy finish with lively acidity. Perfect with beef, lamb, and game.
October Staff Pick 2022
Tessajara Chardonnay $14
Aromas of yellow apples, citrus with hints of melon and notes of vanilla, caramel & butterscotch. There’s balanced bright fruit in a medium-bodied wine with a lingering, toasty oak finish.
Altosur Bonarda $15
A deep red wine from Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina. Smooth and silky with aromas of black cherries and vanilla. It pairs well with pork, veal or game. Let it open up and you will love the medium tannins and bold flavors.
Domaine St. Luc Grignan-les-Adhémar $15
Rich and intense, the savory and well-integrated palate with notes of licorice and spice is supported by wonderful freshness. A Syrah/Grenache blend, you can pair this earthy Southern Rhone red with beef, lamb, or game.
Hillinger Pinot Gris $15
Earthy notes of honey, balanced by fruit and a touch of citrus make this wine a versatile match with pork or mushroom dishes. It’s full-bodied with an allspice long finish. This is a crisp, dry wine that makes an elegant start to your meal.
Domaine Adeux Pinot Noir $17
The sandy soil of the Loire Valley produces this balanced and fruity wine. It is aged in large oak tanks for 6 months and is unfiltered, with a generous, soft texture and smooth tannins. The mouth feel is fresh and focused, making it a lovely wine to drink now.
Colma 14 $20
Ruby red with notes of super ripe cherry & raspberry. Intense, well-refined, persistent, well-balanced taste. Aged in barrique, the wine is a stand out for the softness and fragrance qualities
SEPTEMBER Staff Pick 2022
Le Mas de Mon Pere Tu M’Interesses $20
Merlot and Malbec blend. The grapes are hand harvested and separately fermented whole cluster in stainless-steel tanks. Fermentation begins spontaneously, utilizing only the naturally occurring indigenous yeasts. In the mouth this red wine is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.
Laberinto Cenizas Mezcla Tinta $24
This hand harvested, single vineyard, is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is full-bodied with black cherries, blackberries, blueberry and cassis fruit that coat the mouth. Hints of eucalyptus and violets lead to a structured yet smooth finish with subtle hints of oak; succulent fruit with good grip.
Clos La Chance Merlot $19
Aged in Premium French Oak the Clos LaChance Estate Merlot is medium bodied with bright fruit notes coupled with earthy undertones. Perfect with pear braised rack of lamb, truffle cheese and chicken parmesan.
Uva Non Grata Gros Manseng $15
Thick-skinned and wild, Gros Manseng is relatively unknown. Zingy, incense-smoked and glorious, this is loud and proud Gros Manseng. This makes for a mega apéritif, otherwise try with stinky cheeses and aromatic middle eastern and eastern cuisines.
Grechetto Colli Martani$15
The wine features a straw yellow colour, the nose has aromas of chamomile and ripe peach that go hand in hand with a wonderful fresh citrus sensation. The mouth features a fresh and intense attack with a marked savoury finish.
Viña Temprana Rosado $10
Made from 100% Old Vine Garnacha. This wine has aromatic notes of fresh strawberry and cherry with well-balanced acidity and a crisp, delightful finish. Serve chilled with light salads, and seafood.
AUGUST Staff Pick 2022
Summer Water Bubbly Rose $21
This refreshing wine displays aromas and flavors of melon, peach, rose, and citrus. A blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes, the mouthfeel is light and dry. The wine may be enjoyed on its own, but it also pairs well with nearly anything.
Domaine Denis Tastet "Trinquet" $13
The wine has a refreshing aroma woven from notes of citrus and tropical fruits, harmoniously complemented by elegant floral and mineral nuances. It has an exquisite, fresh, mild taste with invigorating acidity and fruity citrus notes that accompany a dry aftertaste. Try it with fish, seafood and soft cheeses.
Bonny Doon Picpoul $17
90% Picpoul 10% Grenache Blanc
"Picpoul" translates literally to "lip stinger". It is a high acid, savory, white, rustic grape variety, especially well-suited for seafood.
Scarpetta Frico Rosso $13
Frico Rosso is based on a blend of Sangiovese and small amounts of the indigenous grapes Canialolo, Ciliegiolo, and Colorino. This is the perfect balance of crisp tart cherry and the wonderful herb notes found in great Tuscan red wine. This wine pairs well with grilled meats, hard cheeses and salami.
Domaine de L’herbe Sainte Syrah $13
A powerful ruby red color with cherry-colored hues. The nose is fruity with aromas of black currant, violet and cherry, spicy elements of shrub vegetation herbs and black pepper The palate is fresh and soft with hints of violet, blackcurrant, and spicy notes and slight minerality.
Wrongo Dongo Monastrell $11
From the seemingly exotic climate and unique soil of the Jumilla region comes a wine bursting with rich fruit flavors and luscious aromas of sweet and exotic spices. The deep violet color and long, well balanced tannins add to the enjoyment of the wine. Perfect with grilled steaks and earthy cheeses.
July Staff Pick 2022
Ramato Pinot Grigio $23
This Pinot Grigio is distinctive for its baking spice, dried fruit, tropical fruit and herbal aromas. On the palate, it offers more dried fruit with stone fruit skins and spice. The wines can display good structure and tannin, making tit a match for diverse styles of cuisines and dishes.
Legado Del Moncayo Blanco $16
Juicy and full of fresh fruit, yet not grapey or obvious, it shows delicious notes recalling golden apples, mangoes and pears. Delicate scents of white blossoms are alluring without being excessively perfumed, and there’s plenty of acidity to freshen the aftertaste. The finish is admirably persistent for a wine that offers so much pure fun up front.
Bodegas Farina Bianco Di Custoza $16
Fruity and floral, with notes of of plum, hawthorn and pineapple. Delicate, harmonic and vibrant! Ideal as an aperitif and delicious with shellfish dishes. 0% Garganega, 25% Trebbiano, 15% Fernanda, 20% Malvasia, Riesling italico, Chardonnay and Sauvignon
Aupa Pipeno $17
This wine is a blend of 80% Pais and 20% Carignan from Chile. Light in color with bright notes of crushed raspberry, wild strawberry, and rose petals that lead into underlying hints of dried herbs, mint leaves, fennel and thyme. This fruit driven, easy drinking wine can be enjoyed with a slight chill.
Crucillion Tinto $13
A quaffable Garnacha and Tempranillo blend from Spain. This easy-drinking blend is brimming with dark raspberry and dusty currant aromas leading into notes of raspberry, strawberry, and spice. Bright and balanced, this is the perfect accompaniment to date night!
Alisos Tempranillo Touriga Blend $15
A Brazilian blend of Tempranillo and Touriga grapes bring an explosive nose of wild red plum and hints of cinnamon and tobacco. The palate brings soft persistence and harmony, with freshness and balance. Try with steaks, smoked red meats or hearty stews.
June Staff Pick 2022
True Colors Cava $17
Chardonnay, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Perellada. With notes of bright lemon and fresh pastries, this Spanish Cava has a creamy, lingering finish. A sparkly choice for light fare, its fine bubbles and minerality pairs well with lean fish, shellfish and cured meat.
Nortico Alvarinho $15
Creamy citrus oil, lime and yellow apple notes are nicely spiced and detailed with saline mineral and floral underpinnings through the long finish.
Bonny Doon Cigare Orange $16
50% Grenache Gris, 50% Grenache Blanc. Not made from oranges or cigars, this wine obtains its orange color from extended contact with the grape skins. Aromas of fresh apricot, citrus, & bergamot. Bright, fresh palate with peach, apricot, and citrus peel. Textured & vibrant.
Ermengaud Faugeres Rose $18
A beautiful rose petal robe. The nose is elegant and expressive with floral notes first (orange blossom, peaches), then spicy marks (ginger, white pepper). This is an invitation to springtime. On the palate, this rosé wine is delicate.
Domaine L’Herbe Sainte Cabernet Sauvignon $13
A very pleasant, harmonious, and yet characterful wine with the rich variety of aromas of the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. Excellent concentrated and ripe fruit flavors on the nose and palate, with a tasty, lingering finish of cassis, chocolate, and cherries. A wine that is a pleasure to drink and versatile.
Gentle Giant Red Blend $20
5 red varietals that have been meticulously blended and aged to create the 2017 vintage of our mighty Gentle Giant. Black cherry aromas wrapped in warm spices and tobacco leaves feature in our multilayered deep ruby gem. This vintage contains the sophistication of an older wine accompanied by a complex and fine tannin structure which is our "not so secret" secret ingredient to our super age-able wines.
May Staff Pick 2022
Avissi Sparkling Rose $15
Produced in small batches using traditional Italian methods. Bright floral notes, sweet red fruit flavors, and refreshing acidity combine to create the perfect sparkling experience.
Sartarelli Classico Verdicchio $17
White peach, spring florals, hints of almond and sea air all can be found, as well as soft textures offset by stimulating minerality and green citrus. It’s an energetic wine that relies more on its savory, salty poise than fruit, and it stays with you for well over a minute.
La Croix Belle Grillons Rosé $16
Grenache Noir, Syrah & Cabernet SauvignonA rosé with great finesse. Soft floral aromas, with a hint of spice; subtle and elegant on the palate. Bright and easy to drink. Summer in a bottle!
Patricia Green Dollar Bills Only Pinot Noir $23
Great wine with a great price. Silky and elegantly layered, with rose petal, raspberry and orange peel accents that build richness on the long, lingering finish
Chapeau Melon Rouge $15
100% Pinot Noir, Loire fruit, labelled as a Vin de France. Ripe black cherry on the nose, with notes of smoke and earth. Palate is structured, with chewy tannins balanced against bright acidity. Classic bistro red wine.
Lecopunk Rioja $16
A young, fresh, and unambiguous red wine made with 100% organic Tempranillo grapes. A lively wine expressing the pure and naked flavors of the Tempranillo variety; licorice, red and blue forest fruit, and wild herbs.