Spring Wine Picks!

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2015 Rufo Douro White Wine, Portugal – You say Portuguese wine?  I say YES!  This lovely little white blend landed in Iowa only a few weeks ago and I fell in love with it at first sip.  Most of us in the United States are fairly new to the idea of drinking wines from Portugal but I can assure you, they are worthy of a try plus the grape varietals are fun to pronounce!  This blend is made from 50% Arinto, 30% Códega de Larinho and 20% Rabigato, all grape varietals found in the Duro region of Portugal.  This gem is aged in stainless steel, then French oak and finished off back in stainless.  I love it because it is crisp, clean and dry offering flavors of citrus and tropical fruit.  Jump out of the box and give it a whirl! 
2015 Jezabel White Blend, Oregon -Pam Weldon, owner and winemaker of Willful wines in Oregon, is someone we tracked down while on our visit this past fall.  She is known for her impeccable Pinot Noirs but I had to add this little white blend gem to my list!  This wine is a refreshing blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.  It is soft on the palate with a floral nose, tropical fruit and white peach flavors.  Great for a beginning or seasoned wine drinker!  90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Cherry Cove Pinot Gris, Oregon – How can you say SPRING without including an Oregon Pinot Gris. This taste of heaven hails from friends Kim and Randy Coleman in Willamette Valley. During our last visit to Oregon, we also searched them out and they agreed to sell their wines into Iowa. This wine has aromas of lemon, pineapple and Key lime pie and accented by firm notes of vanilla custard and jasmine. Bright flavors of fresh lime, lemon zest and green mango are immediately apparent, with riper fruit flavors of pear and guava lingering in the mid-palate. There is an effortless balance of acidity, minerality and fresh fruit flavors that make this wine easy to return to!  
2014 Tarima Monastrell, Spain – I chose this wine for one of my spring picks not only because it has a gorgeous label, but because I have always really liked Monastrell.  Monastrell is a grape we don’t often see but it is such a versatile grape pairing well with all types of food.  It is lighter in weight like a Grenache or a Pinot Noir if you will.   The nose is mostly blackberries, along with some cherry, lavender, smoke and fresh deodorant soap. The blackberries dominate the palate, which also has a dollop of strawberry jam, black pepper and charcoal. The combination of the pepper, tannins and alcohol give it a bit of a burn.  For this price, you can beat it!
2014 Elizabeth Rose Pinot Noir, Napa – The fruit for this Pinot is primarily sourced from a 450-acre vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley named Block House. All 100% Certified Organic.  Burgundian in style, this unique wine is bursting with flavor. A pretty, elegant, and feminine wine with a beautiful balance of earth and fruit. On the palate, ripe raspberry with spicy undertones. Bright mouth-feel with notes of morel mushroom and forest floor qualities. A mid weight wine with pure expression of the grape. Slight oak on the finish to frame and outline the wine. This is a total bargain for 100% Napa Valley fruit! 
2014 Dante Merlot, Napa – Merlot keeps getting a bad wrap even after that dumb movie Sideways all those years ago.  I do my best to sell Merlot whenever I can mostly to people who are too young to even know what that movie was all about.  The Dante is one of my favorite value wines in the shop.  Made by the Michael Pozzan family, this wine is a deep burgundy color in the glass. Dark, spicy aromas of black plum, ripe blackberries and mission fig greet the nose, supported by subtle nutmeg and clove notes. In the mouth, this Merlot is juicy with Bing cherries and boysenberries, mingling with warm flavors of lightly toasted oak and milk chocolate. The wine is soft and broad, easy-drinking and sure to please a crowd.

SAVE THE DATE! More information to come!


Events in 2017! Save the Dates!


Pozzan Family Winery, Napa, CA

with Special Guest Matthew Pozzan

Tuesday, April 25th from 5-7 at the Wine House

Enjoy an evening with Matt as we taste through the most popular and well sold wines in the Wine House!  From his Dante brand, to his Matthew Joseph and Annabella brands all the way up to the Gold and Sailor’s Grave, he has price points everyone can enjoy!  We have waited two years to get him here and cannot wait for you to meet him!  Light appetizers will be served. 

 Matt in tasting room, bottle shots

Coquerel Family Winery, Napa, CA

with Special Guest Stacey Pytlewski

Friday, May 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Wine House




Growing up in the Bay Area with such proximity to wine country led Stacey to a natural love of the wine industry. After earning a BA in Communications and Media Studies from Colorado State University, she returned to Northern California and has been passionately selling wine for some of the Napa Valley’s finest producers for over 10 years. We are thrilled to have her as a part of the Coquerel Wines team as our Director of Sales where she oversees all Consumer and National sales. While not on the road blazing trails for Coquerel, Stacey is an avid runner and horse enthusiast and can be found running the vineyard trails or riding her horse 

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