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Three New Apéritifs

Cardamaro Amaro


From Piemonte, producer Giovanni Bosca uses wine from his estate as the base for this amaro. He then infuses the wine with two very curious ingredients — cardoon, which is a relative of the artichoke, and Blessed Thistle. The resulting spirit is less bitter than many amari, with a smooth, nutty, candied winter spice quality to it.


Cocchi Barolo Chinato



A glass of Cocchi’s Barolo chinato is not a vinous experience you’re likely to soon forget! In addition to quinine bark, rhubarb, gentian and a final addition of somewhat secreted spices, including cardamom seed, are added to this pleasantly bitter tipple, which ranks up there with Fernet Branca as the world’s best digestivo.

Bonal Gentiane-Quina


Bonal Gentiane-Quina, once nicknamed “ouvre l’appetit” (the key to the appetite), is a delicious aperitif wine that has been in production since 1865. It is made by infusing gentian root, herbs from the Grande Chartreuse mountains, and cinchona (quinine), in a Mistelle base, producing a wine that is known for its complexity. It is traditionally enjoyed neat, on ice with a twist, or in many classic mixed drinks.

Wine Hits of the Weekend!!! Feb 19th

Thank you to all that came out Saturday, and helped put these products on the Hits of the Weekend List.  This weeks winners are as follows:

1st Place: Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon ($7.99)

2nd Place: Raymond Collection Field Blend ($10.99)

3rd Place: Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc ($8.99)

4th Place:Line 39 Petite Sirah ($8.99)

5th Place: Frank Family Zinfandel ($24.99)

Yummy!!!  We had such a great line up this week we hope you enjoyed it.  Please let us know what you thought and if you have any suggestions.


New Wine Items Hit Lukas!!!



R Collection field blend: This full bodied blend of Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel is a new Lukas favorite.  The raspberry, cherry and blueberry aee sure to please any palate.


Line 39 Petite Sirah:  If you are a fan of bogle wait until you try this.  This North Coast California wine is grown on the 39th parallel which gives the wine a zesty mix of cherries and tannins with a smooth finish of oak and tobacco.


Budini Chardonnay: This wines motto is “Built upon dreams of individuals not institutions”. A portion of each bottle of this well balance wine is donated to the Dominio del Plata Scholorship foundation helping Argentina winery workers receive a great education.  If you are looking for something new and you like a simply oaked chardonnay with a smith buttery finish, then this is the newest wine for you.


Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc: Do you like a clean well balanced Sauvignon Blanc? Discover Lake County fruit, with full flavors like lemon and orange chris this is sure to be a new favorite.


Castillo de Monseran Garnacha: Are you looking for a new jammy wine that is a steal? Check this new addition out from Spain.  This new Garnacha will blow you mind not only because of the awesome flavors but the great price.


Punkt Genau Sparkling Gruner Veltliner: If you are looking to try something new but you don’t want the same old sparkling, try this. The taste of freshly pelted apples, exotic fruits and a super long finish makes anything a reason to celebrate.


Gustav Lorentz Riesling: Since this is a riesling from Alsasce it will be much dryer than the usual German riesling.  If you would like to try an amazing dry wine with great balance and acidity this is a must have.


Forefront Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine produced by Pine Ridge Vineyards is the newest addition to our extensive Cabernet collection.  With a unique pairing of Cabernet and Syrah, this bottle is full bodied and juicy, showing beautiful blackberry and cassis flavors with hints of toasty oak.imageAstoria Lounge Prosecco:  Whether attending a trendy social gathering, dining our just relaxing this bottle is for you.  The soft bubbles release aromas of bright citrus fruit with a silky texture on thr palate.

If you have any other questions about any of the products mentioned or otherwise please stop by or give us a call.  Our well versed Wine department would love to help you.

Just Arrived – Valentino Barolo “Vigna d’la Raoul” 2001

Extremely Limited Availability – Call or stop by today!
from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate #173 October 2007:
The 2001 Barolo Vigna d’la Roul is the most classic of these 2001 Barolos. It reveals phenomenal balance in its layers of dark cherries, violets, tar, new leather, sweet toasted oak and mentholated, balsamic overtones that develop in the glass. This massively structured, large-scaled Barolo reveals an unusual amount of detail for such a big wine. It will require considerable patience, but will offer much pleasure to those who can wait. Vigna d’la Roul is the oldest of the family’s holdings and was the principal component of many of the estate’s legendary wines, including the 1978 Valentino Riserva. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2026.

Rating: 95 points

Just Released: Two Knockout Cabs


Don’t miss these two highly sought-after Cabs!

Plumpjack Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2008

From the Oakville estate of Plumpjack (the former Villa Mt. Eden Vineyard made famous by Nils Venge, whom I believe is still a consultant), the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, licorice, and graphite. Flawlessly put together, with delicate tannins, full body, but elegance combined with power, this impressively pure, layered, multi-dimensional Cabernet Sauvignon is already drinkable. It need another 5-7 years to gain complexity, but this is a superb 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon to be drunk now or cellared for two decades.

Rated 95 of 100 points by Robert Parker – WA #192

Orin Swift Winery “Mercury Head” Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

A true “Mercury Head” Liberty Dime is all that adorns the front of this bottle, serving as its label. A powerful image that makes you notice this wine – pick one up before it’s gone – last year’s vintage (the 2007) was rated 93 out of 100 points by the Wine Advocate.

Three “Perfect” Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Cabernet Sauvignon


2007 HDV Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard

90 Points Delicate white peach, apricot, and lemon blossom characteristics emerge from this green/light gold-colored Chardonnay. Medium to full-bodied with zesty acidity as well as a subtle touch of oak, this refreshing, crisp white should drink well for 3-4 years. (Wine Advocate #186)

2009 Siduri Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

95 Points Tightly wound, firm and structured, with a rich beam of lively wild berry, raspberry, spice, mineral and subtle smoky, toasty oak notes. Full-bodied and dense, yet elegant, this is an impressive youngster that’s built for aging. Drink now through 2020. 364 cases made. (James Laube – Wine Spectator)

2005 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Bosche Vineyard

95 Points Drier and earthier than many Napa Cabs these days, this wine has subtle sage and sweet licorice that grounds its fruitier flavors of blackberries, cherries ans raspberries. Very beautiful are the tannins, which are rich and pure, suggesting perfect ripeness. CELLAR SELECTION (Wine Enthusiast June 2010)