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Jacob’s Creek 2014 Classic Shiraz, Australia
A perennial “Best Buy” wine that never fails to deliver top quality results - at a great price! A smooth, medium body is preceded by the bouquet of wonderful berry and cedar aromas. A nice, subtle, spicy Shiraz flavor on the palate with enough soft tannins to withstand and enhance your mealtime pleasure with any cut of beef or lamb off the grill. How can JC keep doing it at that price?

Smoking Loon 2013 ‘Blue Loon’ Moscato, California
What is most striking about this Moscato is the fruit purity. The lush, apricot, rose petal nose carries into the flavor and fleshy texture throughout its juicy demeanor finishing impeccably clean and fresh. Although I jokingly call this sort of wine “breakfast wine,” it makes a fine contribution to brunch in lieu of fruit juice.

Konzelmann Estate 2013 Pinot Blanc, Niagara, Canada
Aromas of bananas and pear mingle with floral notes and the perfect amount of vanilla. Tropical citrus flavors with just a touch of ginger leave a rich, elegant mouth-feel. Smoked planked salmon seems like a perfect match.

Barefoot Cellars NV Shiraz, California
A dark berry bouquet with a hint of lavender aroma, marries nicely with the blackberry jam and a touch of mocha that cover the palate with a toasty vanilla finish. It will match elegantly with red sauce pastas, red meat, pizza or sharp cheese.

Barefoot Refresh NV Perfectly Pink, California
A sweet blush wine that dances a spritzy Moscato flavor across the palate. Probably best if chilled before pouring with light cold desserts.

$8.01 to $10.00

Cedar Creek Winery 2014 “La Belle Vie” Prairie-du-Sac, Wisconsin
Semi DryVidal Blanc. Exceptionally blanc in color, but bold in luscious blossomy fruit, finishes long and clean on the palate. Serve with fresh fruit salads or with mild cheeses.

Wyndham Estate 2013 Shiraz, Australia
Vibrant purple hues precede the plum, black pepper and mocha aromas of this wine. The palate is covered with dark cherry, plums, touches of spice and subtle vanilla flavors complimenting the fruit. Well balanced, this wine is perfect for red meat. A filet mignon would be first choice.

Wollersheim Winery 2014 Prairie Fume, Wisconsin
Scents of mineral and citrus give a very clean first impression. As the nose suggests, this off-dry wine is bursting with citrus and tropical fruit highlights with just a hint of mineral on the finish. Serve with soft cheeses, shellfish or seafood linguini.

Lakewood Vineyards 2013 Long Stem White, Finger Lakes, New York
Clean fresh pineapple and mango subtleties in the nose become citrus and minerals on the palate. There is also a nice green lime surprise in the finish of this Cayuga/Vidal blend. As such, it compliments Asian seafood preparations.

Easley Riesling cropWebEasley 2014 Riesling, Indiana
Pear and apple dominate the nose while it becomes big and juicy on the palate with lush guava-like flavor and mouth feel. It finishes very clean and drier than expected. Seared tuna on a warm summer evening was made for this wine.

Allure Bubbly Pink Moscato, California
Splashing into the glass, a frothy mousse and persistent bubbles come to life. A strawberry/melon scent carries onto the palate with mouth filling creamy effervescence. The long cleansing finish is both dry and supple which makes it remarkably well suited to Sunday brunch.

St. Julian 2014 Reserve Riesling, Michigan
Very pale, water white color belies the big nose of melon, apples and roses which leads to mouth filling citrus flavors and herbal subtleties on the very long, lemony finish. Bring on the beer battered perch or cod!

Ferrante Blueberry Blanc (Grape/Blueberry), Lake Erie, Ohio
The beautiful transparent ruby red hue offers plenty to capture the eye. This blend nicely combines bright blueberry red fruit essence with a mélange of grapey scents and maraschino-like flavors from native American grapes. It finishes clean and fresh; in no way cloying. With fresh fruit, it can’t be beat.

Easley Traminette cropWebEasley 2014 Traminette, American, Indiana
A very fine Gewurz-like nose with rose petal nuances stays prominent while soft white grape juice flavors glide across the palate. The palate is every bit as refreshing with a good dose of apple and citrus. What else but smoked pork chops to bring out the best in this delightfully aromatic quaff?

$10.01 to $13.00

Cedar Creek Winery 2014 Gewurztraminer, Wisconsin
The mildly floral bouquet has hints of citrus and Bosque pear. While soft and lush there is good grip on the finish. This wine works wonders with brats and other flavorful sausages.

Kavic Winery NV Duquesne, Pennsylvania
Spicy, citrus aromas hint at the essence of this wine. Refreshing, crisp acidity and citrus overtones make this a delightful beverage to pair with fowl, hard cheese and light fruits.

Victorianbourg NV Pechette, New York
A delightfully soft, sweet white wine full of natural peach flavours, it makes a perfect aperitif or a refreshing summer’s afternoon beverage. Serve well chilled with light fruits and cheeses.

St. Julian NV “Sweet Nancie” Sparkling Peach, Michigan
Lots of mousse and bubbles accompany the sweet peach aromas, which mingle in harmony with flavors of peach, pineapple and lemon zest. As the label reads: “Like the winemaker (Nancie): sweet, bubbly and full of personality.” Serve cold on a hot summer’s afternoon with light cheeses and fruit.

The Path 2013 Chardonnay, California
An attractive light-bodied white wine with notes of green apple and citrine finished with a charming delicate aftertaste. A nice aperitif wine and will enhance cold summer seafood entrees.

Oak Haven Winery Blueberry Wine, Florida
Living in the blueberry capital of the world (West Michigan), it is hard for me to acknowledge that this Florida Blueberry wine is the best I’ve ever tasted! It perfectly reflects all of the yummy smells and tastes of a blueberry pie fresh from the oven. This is a fruit not well suited for winemaking, yet, this wine has perfect balance and offers a palate impression that is both dry and succulent. It is actually not too sweet to enjoy with savory sweet Asian cuisine.

Thirsty Owl 2014 Snow Owl White Wine, Finger Lakes NY
Smells of citrus and wet stones carries into a semi-sweet fruity palate of yellow plums while finishing dry and refreshing. It is delightful with chicken breast off the grill.

VonShehl SymmetryVon Stiehl Winery 2013 Symmetry, Wisconsin
The distinctive nose tells you this wine is made primarily of the Traminette varietal with aromas of apricot and honey. With just a touch of sweetness, the mouth bursts with tropical flavors. Savor with light meats or spicy foods.

$13.01 to $16.00

James River Cellars 2014 Chardonel, Virginia
This quintessential hybrid has aromas of bananas and violets. Sweet peaches and acidic citrus flavors encompass the palate. Asian cuisine or fish would be good choices.

Blumenhof NV Katy’s Blush, Missouri
An attractive pinkish semi-sweet wine delivering generous fresh fruit of the grape. Flavors nicely balanced with firm acidity for a tasty lingering finish. Suggest chilling for a refreshing summer compliment to grilled chicken or chops.

St. Julian Solera Cream Sherry, Michigan
Big and floral, it starts with notes of Muscat-like peachy fruit nectar and gains a complex smorgasbord of roasted coffee, caramel and nougat. Hints of herb and baked yellow cake finishes with seductively sweet creamy texture on the palate. Don’t hesitate to serve this whenever the moment arises for a sweet snack or a grand dessert.

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2013 Rkatsiteli, Finger Lakes, New York
The ancient Asian variety deliciously expressed in a brisk white wine with delicate nuances of apricots, honey and melon flavors complimenting filet of sole and other cream sauce fish dishes.

Calico Skies Winery 2013 Geisenheim, Iowa
It is aromatically distinguished with subtle notes of apple, citrus and mandarin. The first sip is like biting into a juicy Yellow Delicious apple. Although it stands well on its own, seafood, chicken and risottos would also make interesting pairings.

Chateau Fontaine 2013 Dry Riesling, Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan
This Riesling is really aromatic with orange peel, strawberry and mango carrying all the way to the long, dry palate gripping finish. It makes one salivate anticipating another sip. Pair it with fresh white fish, walleye or lake perch.

Lakewood Vineyards 2013 Glaciovinum, Finger Lakes, New York
Orange, banana, ginger and vanilla bean aromas prelude this exotically, fruity mouthful of rich apricot-honey flavors in this Delaware grape iced wine. High in residual sugar this wine is dessert in a glass, although sweet figs or a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream will be well served.

Eagle City Vineyards NV Apple Wine, Iowa
Sweet aromas of cloves, cinnamon and apple capture the senses, and the first sip explodes over the tongue full of spices and ripe apples. Hard cheeses and crusty bread will be a nice accompaniment.

$16.01 to $20.00

Morais Vineyards NV Fortified Cherry Wine, Virginia
A Morello cherry concentrate bouquet exudes from the glass. The first sip is like taking a bite of cherry pie. Serve with strawberry shortcake covered in whip cream or chilled in a chocolate cup.

Calico Skies 2013 Frontenac, Iowa
Rich, red fruit nose enters the palate with red plums, garden herbs, and a slightly bitter, long complex “forest in the spring” finish. It is great to refresh the palate while feasting on deep fried shrimp.

Pedroncelli ZinfandelPedroncelli 2013 Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California
A brooding deep red, the blackberry and blood orange nose offers a big surprise of exotic, somewhat medicinal, amethyst berry on the tip of the tongue with mouth coating layers of strawberry jam and powerful tannins throughout. This is a fine complex wine best suited to flavorful meats such as veal or lamb.

Coda Rossa 2012 Super Tuscan, New Jersey
A rich bouquet of dark berry fruits and a scent of cedar followed by mouth-watering dark raspberry, mocha and a touch of leather leads you to believe this wine is from Italy. Deliciously balanced, this is a wine for red meats, red sauce pastas and heavy cheeses.

Coda Rossa 2012 Meritage, New Jersey
This fine, elegant offering shows excellent balance, red fruit, earth, sweet oak, vanilla and grows with every sip. The finish grows too with subtle mint tones as it glides off. This versatile wine pairs well with everything from pizza to beef steak.

45 North 2013 Select Harvest Riesling, Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan
The Bosque pear and kiwi fruit nose gathers yellow plums at the tip of the tongue and a pleasant herbal nuance at the mid palate. It finishes with citrus and minerals. Though on the sweeter side, it has plenty of bracingly fresh acidity to match well with roast chicken basted with an herbal sauce.

45 North 2014 Unwooded Chardonnay, Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan
Greeted by minerals, lemon meringue pie and sweet cream, the palate is surprisingly generous. The palate and finish is as lush and long as wine which is aged in oak. Enjoy it with mild fish such as flounder or corvina.

Sharpe Hill 2012 Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay, Connecticut
The powerful Malo-Lactic creamy buttery nose glides seamlessly into caramel and Bourbon as it enters the mouth. It possesses a fresh crisp acid zing in the mid palate and finishes with more citrus. This is the wine for scallops bathed in butter sauce.

Wide River Winery 2014 Pursuit of Happiness, Iowa
Absolutely the densest shade of red I’ve seen! No meniscus, just big slow ruby legs and potent red raspberry smells. The Norton grape influence enhances the raspberry’s wild, powered up avalanche of fruit. The Norton flavor is only visible in that it tames that sometimes strong texture in the throat that some raspberry wines have. This one finishes pure, sweet, easy to swallow with dessert or as an after dinner drink.

Truro Vineyards 2014 Diamond White, Massachusetts
This American varietal delivers spicy fruit aromas with a lingering bouquet of apricot. It is sweet enough to keep the fresh acidity balanced on the soft side, yet not too sweet with its citrus flavors. Perfect with spicy oriental cuisine or with soft cheeses.

Truro 2012 Cabernet Franc, Massachusetts
Bright cherry bouquet with light aromas of toast and vanilla. Bing cherries, cassis and a light oak finish delights the taste buds. Beef, pork and roasted vegetables are recommended for this gem.

$20.01 to $25.00

J & D Cellars 2013 Petite Sirah, Pennsylvania
The dark ink like color leads to a bouquet of herbal and pepper overtones, and offers flavors of dark berries, plums, leather and spice. Beautifully balanced with a rich, vibrant mouth feel, this is a wine to match with a grilled portabella or rack of lamb.

L. Mawby NV Tradition Sparkling Brut, Michigan
Ample, frothy mousse dissipates quickly leaving an abundance of long lasting bubbles. Citrus fruit aromas and flavors with a clean, crisp citrus finish make for a great way to greet friends and serve with light hors d’oeuvres.

Lake Anna 2012 Cabernet Franc, Virginia
This big, rich wine has a huge nose of black raspberry, purple plum and black truffle manifesting in a woodsy, black tea, strawberry jam mid palate. With a subtle green herb bitter nuance, the finish is long, fine textured and pairs nicely with chicken cacciatore.

Forest Edge 2013 “Love Spell” Late Harvest Diamond, Kentucky
Loads of native American grape fruit in the nose combines with hints of caramel and marmalade spice on the palate. It finishes with a crisp-sweet mouth feel. It completes a dessert of pear or apple flan.

Chateau Frank 2008 Brut, Finger Lakes, New York
Immediately upon pouring, the mousse quickly expands and contracts leaving a fine stream of tiny, lively bubbles. The nose is creamy, complex and nuanced toast, finishing with citrus and minerals. The perfect introduction to flavorful appetizers.

VonShehl SymmetryVon Steihl 2012 Sylvester, Wisconsin
Remarkable ruby color and nothing but pure red fruit (Marechal Foch) greets the eye and nose. A complex array of truffles, forest floor and rich red plum sustain throughout the mid palate and sustaining finish. Enjoy this one with full flavored aged cheese.

Swedish Hill Vineyard 2014 Vignoles Late Harvest, New York
A naturally sweet dessert wine filled with abundant apricot, honey and pineapple aromas and flavors. This little gem calls out to be paired with cheese cake.

Fenn Valley Parallel 42 Ice Wine, Michigan
This is a classic German style Ice Wine. The honey, resin, toffee and apricot essence literally attack the palate with an avalanche of intense spicy, baked peaches and apples. It finishes with tropical pineapple and mango lingering for quite some time. With a cup of black coffee in one hand and a nutty dessert in the other, sandwich this remarkable Ice Wine in between.

$25.01 to $35.00

Valpanera 2007 Refosco Riserva, Italy
Densely colored with violet and grassy aromas. Flavors of dark peppery spices and plums dance over the tongue, and display a slightly astringent, almond finish. The perfect mate with Beef Bourguignon or Braised Beef Cheek.

Lafond 2012 Chardonnay, Hilltop Ranch Vineyard, Santa Barbara, CA
An exceptional white wine with a soft creamy texture embracing fresh fig, melon and green olive flavors that linger on and on. Should pair well with rich buttery seafood dishes.

Spangler Vineyards 2012 Petite Sirah, Oregon
With a deep red color and dense blackberry and purple plum smells, it gains width and breadth in the mouth finishing with more and more ripe plum fruit and a long, soft finish. Enjoy this Alexander Valley jewel with leg of lamb.

Tabor Hill Winery NV Grand Mark Sparkling, Michigan
Made in true Methode Champenoise style, this sparkler is full of citrus and toasty aromas that flow onto the palate. Enjoy as an aperitif, or serve it with light meats or fish for a bubbly experience.

Apostoles 30 year Sherry, Jerez, Spain
As soon as it hits the palate, an avalanche of honey, raisins, tree bark, toffee, leather, earth, brandy and vanilla cascades over the palate. While sweet, it is mostly big, fat and rich finishing with a refreshing bitter almost dry note. This wine is great with nuts and ripe cheese.
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VonStiehlVon Stiehl 2013 Apple Icing, Wisconsin
It smells like caramel apples right out of the hot caramel pot. Though light in the mid palate, the pleasant spicy apple pie finish stays alive. And, a lower calorie option to actually eating caramel apples!

Avondale Sky 2013 “Pinnacle Hill” Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Nova Scotia, Canada
Pure honey, apple torte and maple syrup smells greet the nose while apricot, caramel, raisins, chocolate and crème brulee coat the palate. More muscat raisins and honey bee resins grip the palate with a long lush finish. Wow, this is actually sweet and intense enough to serve with sweet desserts like pecan pie or even crème brulee.

Viva Yo! Bodegas Paso Robles 2010 Tempranillo, California
Mature brick red color, classy blackberry fruit laden nose with terra cotta scents leads to a woodsy mid palate and a long dry finish. Italian sausage, peppers and onions over pasta will do this wine proud.

$35.01 to $50.00

LaFond 2011 Pinot Noir, Clone 828, Santa Barbara County, California
The classic Pinot nose is extraordinary. Complex cherry, earth and butter offer rich mouth feel. It is soft yet persistent, culminating in a huge powerful finish with notes of sour cream and cheese in dense black fruit. Stunning now, with more to come, it pairs with richly flavored foods like boeuf bourguignon.

Luna Rosa 2009 Reserve Aglianico, Mimbres Valley, New Mexico
The beautiful deep brick red color looks like a big Italian red wine. The exotic berry fruit nose starts off a bit like black muscat but transitions to cigar box, leather, compost and hints of grape pomace, finishing long and dry. This is the sort of wine that marries perfectly with braised meats.

Luna Rossa Winery 2008 Nebbiolo Reserve, New Mexico
Deep ruby color with aromas of fresh berries and roses. Fresh ripe cherries, nuances of vanilla that finish with a touch of cedar. Marinara sauce pastas, grilled pork or braised ribs will marry nicely.

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2013 Late Harvest Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York
The nose is filled with luscious pear and caramel, followed by wonderful flavors of honey and noble rot affected fruit. This is dessert in a glass or serve with a pear tart.

Hopkins Vineyard 2013 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Connecticut
Sweet and luscious with a classic honeyed nose and notes of ripe peach and apricot flavors. Serve with stilton cheese and nuts, fresh figs or crepes Suzette.

Apostoles 30 year Sherry, Jerez, Spain
As soon as it hits the palate, an avalanche of honey, raisins, tree bark, toffee, leather, earth, brandy and vanilla cascades over the palate. While sweet, it is mostly big, fat and rich finishing with a refreshing bitter almost dry note. This wine is great with nuts and ripe cheese.

$50.01 to $65.00

Wakefield 2012 St. Andrews Shiraz, Australia
With a surprisingly mature looking deep red robe, it opens up with vinuous scents of raisins, plums, vanilla, forest floor and vanilla. The finish carries these flavors to a long, velvety end making for a delightful pairing with grilled beef or pork on the “barbie.”

Wakefield 2012 St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia
Deep garnet, medium-bodied red wine expressing rich berry-cherry flavors balanced with hints of cedar-currant notes in the mellow aftertaste. Perfect with moderately seasoned lamb dishes.

Konzelmann Estate 2010 Vidal Blanc
Ice Wine, Niagara Penninsula, Canada
The sparkling golden hue precedes the sweet tangerine, zesty lemon and decadent honey aromas from this rich dessert wine. A balanced acidity greets the dense, smooth, palate coating sweetness along with flavors of candied pear, peach and orange zest. A delightful dessert by itself or pair with blue veined cheeses and nuts.

$65.00 +

Hansen Vineyards 2010 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA
Intense, ruby hued, full-bodied red wine with bold cedar-bramble flavor complexity finishing on velvet textured tannins. A good choice for favorite braised beef recipes.

Hansen Vineyards 2011 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA
A dense, red wine with deep purplish tones and rich, cassis-plum flavors structured on soft tannins delivering a luxuriant lingering aftertaste. Match with grilled top loin of beef cuts.

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