California

California produces about 90% of all wine made in America and contains some 1200 producers from boutique to massive global players. Although wine was introduced to California in the 18th Century by Spanish missionaries, the modern industry only dates back to the sixties. The region was put on the wine map when several Californian wines beat their French counterparts in the now-famous Judgment in Paris in 1976.One of the major contributions it has made to the wine industry is a focus on a grapes physiological ripeness. Rather than pick when the sugars and acids are in balance, most growers like to pick with the seeds are brown and ripe. At this time there is no ""greenness"" remaining in the grape and the tannins are much softer. This makes a style of wine that is easier to drink in its youth and does not require significant bottle aging. The downside is that the sugars are so high at this point that the wines produced from such grapes are much higher in alcohol than they used to be.

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  • belle-glos-balade-pinot-noir

    Belle Glos Balade Pinot Noir 2020

    The name “Balade” (French for wandering) is fitting for a wine which will be derived from a different, single vineyard location with each vintage. The 2020 version of this wine has been sourced from the Santa Rita Hills AVA.

    $59.95
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    Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Affordable California Cabernet is often produced with exceptionally high residual sugar to hide imperfections. Carmenet does not go down this road. Rich, dark red in colour, Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon id dry, and presents a complex bouquet of berries with hints of chocolate. The palate rounds out with spice and vanilla and ends with a smooth lingering finish.

    $24.95
  • Coastal-Vines-Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Coastal Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    The Coastal Vines Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark, plum-colored wine. Aromas of berries and toast open up to flavors of ripe, red raspberries, plums, and vanilla on the palate, culminating in a smooth, fruity finish.

    $17.95
  • Coastal-Vines-Chardonnay

    Coastal Vines Chardonnay 2019

    This Chardonnay is pale lemon with aromas of smoked oak and citrus. These flavors carry onto the palate in a burst of apples, oak, and a hint of orange blossom. The finish is toasty.

    $17.95
  • Coastal-Vines-Pinot-Noir

    Coastal Vines Pinot Noir 2016

    Pale ruby colour. On the nose there is classic California Pinot character with blackberry, cherry, cola and leather. The soft vanilla tones from the oak blend perfectly with the intense fruit core and soft tannins, providing complexity and balance and leading to a lingering finish.

    $17.95
  • James-Mitchell-Cabernet-Sauvignon

    James Mitchell Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    Full-bodied and fruit forward, this robust and flavourful wine is all about honest to goodness ripe blackberry and dark cherry, warm spice, smoky mocha and vanilla from oak aging. The tannins are well-integrated and the finish is nice and long.

    $21.55
  • SPW_Estate_Cabernet_2017_LabelSpottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    The 2017 growing season was one of extremes. The year began with a welcome wet winter after a five-year drought, only to be followed by hail in June and a very hot summer. Catastrophic wildfires broke out in early October, the day after picking had finished for the Estate fruit.

    $315.00
  • SPW_Lyndenhurst_Cab_vin2017_LabelSpottswoode-Lyndenhurst-Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Part of Spottswoode’s storied history inspired the name Lyndenhurst, a tribute to the fragrant linden trees that still bloom in the gardens today. Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon is a dynamic and inviting wine made from grapes grown in the Estate Vineyard blended with those from other acclaimed family-owned vineyards. Aged for 20 months in mostly French with some Hungarian oak ( 57% new).

    $135.00
  • Thread-Count-Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Thread Count Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    The majority of fruit comes from the floor of the Napa Valley to achieve the richness and elegance, and for structure and complexity, fruit from the rugged mountain slopes is added. The Napa Valley is best known for the combination of long, warm growing seasons with well-drained volcanic soils that create the optimal ripening conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. By blending these various lots, the wine is rich and well-balanced, a true expression of the Napa Valley. Deep purple with scarlet highlights this wine is bold, layered, and complex. The Thread Count Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is rich with flavours of blackberry, cedar wood, and espresso.

    $49.95
  • Tuli Chardonnay 2019

    Tuli Chardonnay 2019

    Joe Wagner’s Tuli begins with top tier Chardonnay vineyards growing throughout Sonoma County’s cool Pacific Coast. The diversity of micro climates in Sonoma’s vast coast allows for an amazing opportunity from the start.

    $24.95

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