Monday, February 2, 2009


[It's been a bit since Alfonse - LD's main wine guy - has chimed in with some of his "Alien" picks for February. Always guaranteed good values - give one of these a try!]

NV Shooting Star Sparkling Syrah $16.99 Cal, USA The perfect cold weather sparkler... it's a red! Serve well chilled and let 'er rip.Refreshing, crisp and appealing. Perfect for book club or after pilates.

2007 Yellow Jersey Sauvignon Blanc $10.99 France Citrus, nectarine and tropical notes pervade in this well built wine. Great acidity helps seal the enological deal, while green packaging helps seal the environmental deal. Perfect with Amish chicken or Halibut Almondine.

2007 Geyser Peak Alexander Valley Chardonnay $8.99 Cal, USA A fantastic Chard for the fan of the Rombauer style with butter and vanilla notes and a nice hint of oak. Not over done or sweet like many chardonnays these days. Built for a nice Ahi Tuna Medium Rare please. Buy it by the case at this special price.

2006 Windmill Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel $7.98 Cal, USA Bright jammy fruit with raspberry and boysenberry notes. Medium acidity and a hint of cinnamon and spice complement this old vine gem. Fruity yet a little sophisticated and concentrated. Perfect with Skyline Cincinnati Chili.

2005 St. Francis RED Sonoma County Blend $9.69 Cal, USA Cab, Merlot, Syrah and a bit of Cabernet Franc combine to form this lithe yet robust charmer from the folks at St. Francis. A big hearty Bordeaux style for less than $10 from a highly reputed Sonoma winery? FUGGEDABOUDIT! Spicy and flexible for any meal or occasion. Capische?

2005 Callabriga DAO $14.97 Portugal Polished and concentrated red and black fruit with a big body and a delicate nose. Austere in the mid-palate (still a youngster) but the finish is what it's all about... long and lingering, simply yummy. Great spice-box and sweet tart notes remain long after the filet mignon is gone. all for now, Alfonse

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