FEATURED WINES & WINE REGIONS

Each month we’ll be featuring a different wine growing region, grape or style of wine.  All wines from our featured region or style will be on sale for the whole month and we’ll publish educational info to the website and in our newsletters.

~ Our Top 10 Summer White Wines are On Sale ~

For July, we have put our top 10 refreshing summer white wines on sale. All are under $20 before the sale, so they are perfect for entertaining groups of friends all summer without breaking the bank.

10% Off marked Single Bottles and 15% Off marked Bottles 6+

Look for colored dots on qualifying selections and SAVE!

1) Paul D Gruner-Veltliner $12.99 1L
A full liter for just 13 bucks, this classic Austrian Gruner never fails to please. Flavors or white & green tea, citrus and green apple with a dash of white pepper spice.
2) Hillinger Pinot Gris $12.99 (Reg: $15.99)
Speaking of delicious white wines from Austria, the native Gruner-Veltliner isn’t the only thing they do well. Hillinger’s Pinot Gris/Grigio is one of the best under $15 you will find from anywhere. Aromas and flavors are enormously appealing and perfect for fall – spicy pear, nutmeg, ripe, golden apple, and a little hint of ginger.
3) MF Chardonnay $12.99
Matt Bonanno and Fritz Stuhlmuller joined forces to start Matthew Fritz, with the mission of delivering premium wines from top-notch appellations at outstanding prices. Matt and Fritz build on their decades of combined wine expertise, and their extensive production capabilities to make great wines. Their Chardonnay is bright and fresh with a medium gold color. It’s dominated by tropical fruits, honey dew, melon, sweet white corn and hard lemon candy. The palate is creamy, nicely textured with more tropical notes, hints of hazelnut and ripe citrus with a fresh and lively finish.
4) Walnut Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc $13.99
If you love New Zealand style (i.e. Grapefruity) Sauvignon Blancs, then you’ve got to try Walnut Block. Tastier and cheaper than most of the mass produced wines out there, this family owned winery uses only organically farmed grapes to produce this classic. Loads of tart, tangy and refreshing pink grapefruit citrus is complimented by notes of fresh herbs and salty minerality.
5) Font Mars Picpoul $11.99
If you haven’t heard of Picpoul yet and you love zippy, affordable white wines, then you’ve been missing out. Tasting like a cross between Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, the Picpoul grape from southern France is a real crowd-pleaser and Font Mars’ offering is our current favorite.
6) Radley & Finch Cinsault Rose $9.99
We snuck in a delicious Rose into our “White Wine” sale and we doubt anyone will mind, especially once you tried this absolute steal of a Rose. Crafted from 100% South African Cinsault, it’s bright and refreshing with light notes of strawberry and raspberry. Aromas and flavors all focused on the red spectrum, embracing the natural fruitier notes of Cinsault combined with a fine firmness on the palate and juicy fruit at the center of it all.
7) Marcel Hugg Alsace Riesling $16.99
Now that American wine drinkers have wrapped their collective heads around the fact that all pink wines aren’t sweet, we predict that Riesling is the next misunderstood varietal to undergo a revival in popularity. This dry style Riesling from France’s Alsace region is the perfect wine to go with your seafood buffet if you’re heading to the beach this summer. On the nose, fine mineral fragrance with ginger, caraway seed, underripe pineapple and flowers. These themes continue on the palate as well as notes of of white peach, quince and lemon with a lingering, clean and dry finish.
8) Brotte Cotes du Rhone Blanc $13.99
Looking for something a little richer and bolder than Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc but not something tropical, buttery or oaky? Brotte’s white Cotes du Rhone is the perfect wine. Aromas of exotic fruits, white flowers and citrus fruits lead to a palate with wonderful complexity exhibiting notes of peach and apricot. A blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier, it displays excellent freshness and length.
9) Cabriz Dao Blanc $9.99
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a wine sell out as fast as this one did at a recent tasting. Crafted from 4 Portuguese varietals that few people have ever heard of, all you need to know it that it is absolutely delicious and only 10 bucks a bottle. bright yellow color, with greenish highlights. On the palate it is a wine of great aromatic intensity, where aromas of pears, green apples and citrus fruits predominate. In the mouth, it is very fresh with mineral nuances. It is a very harmonious, elegant and balanced wine.
10) Inurietta “Orchieda” Sauvignon Blanc $11.99
Navarra, Spain isn’t the first place you think of when searching for great Sauvignon Blanc, but Inurrieta produces one of the best you’ll ever come across, especially for the price. Less grapefruity than ones from New Zealand, less austere than Loire Valley ones yet less tropical fruit and grassy notes than California ones, Orchidea hits the sweet spot showing just the right amount of each facet that great Sauvignon Blanc can offer. Tangerine, peach, apple and citrus fruit with vibrant acidity leading to a crisp and clean finish.

TAYLOR'S PRIVATE LABEL IS HERE

Band of Blends 2014 Paso Robles Red Wine Blend, Lot #1

For our 2nd private label we turned to our favorite hunter of exceptional wines at incredible prices, The Treasure Hunter himself, Hunter Vogel. A blend of 43% Grenache, 38% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 9% Petite Sirah, this is a bold and spicy blockbuster you won’t believe. Hunter knew that we have loved the Moon Duck Red that he did a couple years ago with Saxum assistant winemaker Mark Adams, so he went in search of another winner from Paso Robles for the Taylor’s wine lovers and came back with this absolute stunner.
As usual, Hunter can divulge the original source (otherwise the original winery couldn’t get away with charging premium pricing for their label) but he can say that it’s from a “big name,” mailing list only winery who’s stuff normally isn’t available in NC unless you’re one of the lucky few on their list. He also says that the 2013 version of this wine under the main label got 95 points from Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Beautiful deep crimson color, offering up notes of black raspberries, cassis, hints of bacon fat, liquid violets and pepper. Full-bodied and concentrated, yet showing surprising finesse with a silky finish that has a beautiful purity of fruit with fine tannins.

Suggested Price: $50 – $60   Taylor’s Label Price: $34.99

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