Super Spanish Red
2008 Paternina "Banda Azul" Crianza
Wine World has just received a 2008
Crianza from Rioja Spain that we think you will find quite nice! It
is from the Bodega Paternina - a leader in the field in the vinification,
aging and bottling of Rioja, Sherry and Ribera del Duero Spanish wines,
and who are internationally renowned for the quality of their
To help demystify the label,
the term "Crianza" refers to the length of aging. For red wines to earn
the Crianza grade, they are aged a minimum of 2 years, with at least 6
months of that time in oak casks, before they can be
"La Rioja" is the region where the
grapes are grown. It is situated in the north-central part of the Iberian
Peninsula, just south of the Basque region, and is named for the Oja
river, which flows through one of its seven valleys before merging with
These valleys, and the mountainous
areas defining them, produce some of the richest Tempranillo, Garnacha and
Mazuela grapes in Spain, and have made the Rioja one of the finest wine
regions in the world!
Many people are surprised to learn
that Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation in the world,
but ranks only 3rd for wine production (behind France and Italy). This is
partially due to the very low yields from very old vines, and the wide
spacing between the plantings.
These criteria, combined with the
dry, infertile soil found in many Spanish wine regions, contribute greatly
to the high quality of the fruit produced here!
The 2008 Paternina "Banda Azul" is
a fine example!
This brilliant ruby-red wine is
made of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha, all grown in La Rioja.
The winemakers took their time, gently pressing and soaking the grapes to
extract the deep color and tannins that help make this wine so expressive
The wine offers rich sensations and
wide tastes. On the nose, you will find vibrant aromas of black cherry and
licorice with a light perfume of exotic spices. The palate is smooth and
warming, with a burst of lively red berry fruit flavors tempered by a soft
vanilla note from its time in new American White Oak.
This is a wonderfully complex wine
that is ready to be enjoyed now, but will continue to develop over 5 to 8
years of proper cellaring.
Paternina "Banda Azul" Crianza
Rioja, 2008 is now on our shelves, priced at just $17.99.
Ask one of our helpful associates
about this wine on your next visit. They will be happy to show it to
Amazing Dry Rosé
Bieler Pere et Fils
Bieler Pere et Fils was founded in 2005 using the
proceeds of the sale of Château Routas. The Château
was located in Côteaux
Varois - a small appellation in the middle of Provence - and focused
on Grenache based red blends and rosé wines.
This is where the Bieler family plied their
trade and through unorthodox winemaking techniques, they developed
one of the more dynamic rosé brands in America at the
Provence had become the gold standard in the
making of dry rosé wines, so building on their successes at the
Château, the new winery would focus solely on the
making of rosé!
The fruit is a blend of 55% Syrah, 25% Grenache,
15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cinsault (this latter considered key
to their success!). It is selected from five hillside vineyards
surrounding the city of Aix en Provence.
Machine harvested in the cool of night, the
fruit is taken directly to the cellar where it is gently pressed
within 2 hours of being picked to maximize its fresh, delicate
aromas and light salmon pink color.
This juice is then fermented with multiple
yeasts, and aging in stainless steel tanks with regularly stirred
fine lees for an extended period to broaden the mid
All of these methods may seem a bit extreme, but
when you taste the wine, it all comes together.
In addition to the usual raspberry, cherry, and
wild strawberry red fruit aromas, you will find a citrusy
(grapefruit) and slightly floral note with the important underlying
savory structure of lavender, grass and herbs de
The wine is vinified to maximize complexity over
power, and we think they have completely succeeded! We would
whole-heartedly recommend the taste of Bieler Pere et Fils Côteaux
d'Aix-en-Provence as a magnificent example of the dry rosé
You can enjoy it today as it is on our shelves
now, and it is priced at just $11.99! Ask one of our
associates to show it to you on your next
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Amazing Wines from Greece!
Due to the downturn in the Greek
economy, Wine World has a limited supply of some very well made Greek
wines. This is a very
serious situation for the Greek winemakers. If they can't afford the
bottling and shipping expenses, their wines can't be brought to market!
Austerity is a grim reality throughout Greece this
Of course, this situation also
means that there are some outstanding values available from cash-strapped
vintners who were able to get their goods shipped. Leonidas Nasiakos is
one such winemaker, and Wine World is pleased to be able to present
his wines to you.
So, while they last, here are some
incredible prices on some amazing Greek wines from the Peloponesse region
that are on our shelves today from Nasiakos
"Moschofilero" - $14.99: Moschofilero is an aromatic grape
grown throughout Greece, but especially in the Peloponnese where it is
traditionally used to make a dry and bold white wine with lots of spice
This one is nicely floral, with notes of
honeysuckle that seem almost Muscat or Gewürz-like. A slightly viscous
mouthfeel adds weight to apple and pear flavors that linger on the finish,
picking up spice notes along the way.
"Agiorgitiko" - $14.99: This purplish/black grape produces
wines that stand out for their deep red color and remarkable aromatic
complexity. Agiorgitiko's soft tannins, in combination with its balanced
acidity lead to the production of many different styles of wine, ranging
from fresh aromatic reds to extraordinary aged reds.
The version produced by Nasiakos is soft,
dry, rounded and fruity on the palate with aromas of blackberries and
forest fruits. Needless to say, this one pairs magnificently with
2006 "Nemea" - $19.99: This dry
red wine is also made from Agiorgitiko grapes, this time grown in the
northern Peloponesse appellation of Nemea. This region is distinguished by
a bedazzling variety of soils, aspects and altitudes which create an array
of microclimates, allowing a master winemaker the opportunity to
showcase the many facets of this noble Greek grape.
The wine has all the elements that
make Agiorgitiko so appealing: the concentrated, fresh red berry
flavors with their soft, plush feel and the fragrance and flavor profile
of violets and spice! Its lively acidity and bold flavors keep it fresh
from first sip to the last note of its lingering
While we hope that those members of
our community of Greek heritage will find these wines before they are
gone, they are certainly here for all who wish to enjoy and savor the
flavor of Greece. But they probably won't be here for long, so enjoy
them while you can.
Holds Barred Wine
it's come to this...
say visionaries seldom play by the rules... well, here we
Here is another innovative offering from the
visionary winemaker Jason Woodbridge and partner Chris Radomski.
Having created a host of successful brands such as Hundred Acre,
Cherry Pie and Layer Cake wines, they saw the opportunity to develop
a sexy, provocative wine outside the boundaries of traditional wine
styles, themes and packaging.
Made from fruit from top vineyards in Lazio,
Italy, "If You See Kay" is a luscious Cabernet Sauvignon blend that
boldly illustrates the team's winemaking philosophy: "Risk
"If You See Kay" is a culmination of outstanding
winemaking and the image of a strong woman, Kay, who embodies the
principles of living life to the fullest. The graphic image of Kay
as a tattooed woman on a motorcycle perfectly captures the "Wide
open-throttle" approach to winemaking and was an apt representation
of the new brand.
Ultimately, whether one explores the image,
philosophy or the wine itself, "If You See Kay" is about freedom -
being true to one's beliefs and dispensing with conventional
thinking and boundaries. And, if necessary, kick-starting a little
controversy along the way. Enjoy the ride... Kay is!
Here's how the winemakers describe her:
2010 "If You See
Kay" Red Blend - $19.99: Kay pours a devilishly dark, deep
blood red that verges on becoming black. She smells rich. Rich
with a subtle blend of black raspberry, blackberry and mocha. Take
and sip and she hits you with a bold and sensual combination of dry
raspberries, juicy blackberry jam, plums, zesty cocoa nibs, and a
bit of spice and rock 'n roll attitude with moderate tannins and a
So surrender your inhibitions. Take Kay to your
next dinner party and watch her turn heads and become the center of
Kay is available now, so check her
at Wine World!
Single Malt Whisky
At Balcones, they don't just make whisky in
Texas. They make Texas whisky! Texas made, Texas
This is a unique style of malt whisky, born of
hundreds of years of distilling tradition transformed by a deep
sense of place. Balcones uses the finest ingredients and takes
utmost care in their craft.
Each batch is a mingling of barrels that Head
Distiller Chip Tate has personally tasted, ensuring their quality,
to create a truly unique and world-class spirit.
And each bottle carries a handwritten batch
number and individually stamped wax seal as a sign of the care that
went into it.
This is authentic craft whisky. It has not been
chill-filtered, colored or otherwise unnecessarily tampered with to
ensure that its full aroma and flavor are preserved. As a result,
you may notice a slight haze or sediment in the bottle - signs of
the rich oils and esters that have not been removed. This is so that
your whisky can be enjoyed at its best.
On the nose, you will find ripe, buttered stone
fruit, banana and pears, honey and rose water with delicate citrus
accents. On the entry, you will feel its silky fullness as you
notice mellow notes of sautéed pears and ripe fruit mixed with a
lingering toasty malt character. It finishes long with lingering
toast and burnt sugar notes morphing into rich malt and wood
Among other awards, this unique whisky has won
Double Gold at the prestigious 2012 San Francisco World Wine &
Spirits Competition, and so far this year it took the Chairman's
Trophy while being awarded 96 Points with an "Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation" at the 2013 Ultimate Beverage
We think there may just be something to this
Texas Single Malt that you'd like to experience for yourself. That's
why Wine World has it on our shelves, priced at just $66.99. Give it
a look on your next visit.
Açai Liqueur by Leblon
Presenting the first fruit liqueur made from the
One of the world's top superfruits, Açai
(ah-SIGH-ee) is truly a gift from Mother Nature. It is recognized
for its high levels of antioxidants, amino acids, and calcium and is
packed with healthy omegas and delicious powers. It is one of the
fastest growing exotic fruit flavors in the U.S. and
Since they mature quickly it is rare that you
will see or taste a fresh Açai berry unless you are in the
Rainforest, but they are ubiquitously consumed throughout
Açai is found deep in the Amazon atop 50 foot
palm trees along the banks of the Amazon River. The actual fruit is
a small, round, deep purple berry (looking similar to a blueberry)
with a pit on the inside which makes up about 80% of the fruit.
These berries are picked from the tree and
quickly transported to Master Distiller Gilles Merlet at Maison Leblon in Patos de Minas,
Brazil. He expertly macerates the Açai pulp for one month in
the highest quality Cachaça - a sort of Brazilian rum produced by
Leblon. This one month process allows the maceration to infuse,
savoring the rich and unique flavors of
The final step is to blend the resulting spirit
with touches of native ginger root, Brazilian orange peel, and a
dash of natural cane sugar to create a complex, balanced liqueur at
25% ABV. It has a rich fruity flavor with complex chocolate, spice,
and berry notes.
Cedilla is made using only hand-picked USDA
certified Organic Açai Berries by Sambazon on biodiverse
agro-forestry land in the states of Amapa and Para in the Amazon
region of Brazil.
Drink neat, over ice, with soda, or as an
accent to your favorite cocktail. And look for it on our
tasting table this week! Read more below!
Newest Flavor in Vodka!
Philadelphia Distilling has just released a new
craft vodka that is sure to be a hit in this region! It's
called "The Bay", and it is a new flavored vodka that is inspired by
the taste of Old Bay.
Their timing is impeccable, as this
long-awaited new taste in vodka has been released just in time for
This handcrafted vodka is infused with the
spicy tastes that we all know and love - pepper, celery salt,
allspice and others - and finishes with a soft briny touch that adds
just a kiss of salt to the flavor.
The heat factor is toned way down (unlike
horseradish vodka perhaps), but is just enough to add subtle
flavoring that cannot be ignored.
This vodka is just screaming to be added to
your Bloody Mary, and especially Oyster Shooters, but it would also
add a lot to a Dirty Martini and many other of your favorite
"The Bay" vodka has just hit our shelves, and
is priced right at just $26.99/Liter. We expect this one to be
a hot item, so be sure to look for it on your next
Time in a
Beer Collection now Available for Purchase!
This is an idea that's been in the works for a
couple of years now, and the reward is only just now being made
Some of our beer guys approached us with the
notion of holding certain select beers in a climate controlled
cellar to age.
At first we were a bit apprehensive. Holding a
lot of valuable and high demand beer to age, while so many TV
commercials tell people to check that "born on" date made us wonder
whether this could work out.
But in the end, we know they know their stuff,
and we gave them the trust they have earned. We turned them loose to
pursue this project.
Just as not every wine will benefit from time in
the cellar, it takes a specially crafted beer to have the capacity
to age, evolve and develop complex new aromas and flavors over
time. Well, for many of these beers, their
time is now!
Just this week, the decision was made to let some
of these beers out of the cellar! (In truth, some might have been
ready for Thanksgiving, but the guys set the schedule, and to their
benefit, they stayed with the program!)
Each bottle has been gently dusted, inventoried,
and made ready for release, but since this is a very limited
release, we are not aggressively advertising them - this is one of
those little perks you get as a Wine World News subscriber! Word of
mouth will do the rest!
So, for at least the time being, Wine World has a
very limited number of bottles of gently cellared beers available.
Ask the guys in the beer aisle for what's available
and for the pricing of these very rare gems and get involved in
the wonderful world of vintage beers!
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