Tim’s Monthly Best Buys!

The New Year is the ideal time to start searching for those wines that provide the most enjoyment but represent true “values”. Here is an assortment of 6 of my most successful wines of the last several months. Anyone that I have sold wine to on the sales floor has been shown most of these wines already. Here is a chance for our customers around the country to see the “hot tips” that are worth trying. I will be featuring six wines every month and our customers can order these in any combination they choose.




2015 Substance CS Cabernet$14.98…397 bottles sold

Usually wines under $20 are not built like this one. It is age worthy, requires some breathing time and is a great wine with steak, ribs or a burger, or some strong cheeses. In other words, all the qualities you expect from a $30-$50 wine.

92 Points Wine Advocate “One of the best values I’ve tasted in a long time, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the team at K Vintners was hand-harvested, natively fermented and aged all in French oak. Smoking good notes of cassis, black currants and hints of plum all emerge from this rich, beautifully textured, layered beauty that has solid tannic grip, a silky, elegant texture and a great finish. It has real elegance and finesse and is a dark fruited, unctuous beauty to drink over the coming 3-4 years.”



2015 Kenwood Sonoma County Chardonnay$9.98…722 bottles sold

Most of 2017 the Kenwood Chardonnay has been my daily Chardonnay. I call it my “Tuesday” night white (FYI my Friday night Chardonnay is 2014 Trinitas Chardonnay…$23.98) Not a serious wine, just over-delivers on the flavors and enjoyment level.

Winemaker notes…”Fruit aromas of melon, lychee, pineapple and lime are nicely balanced by complex notes of toasted vanilla and ginger. Full-bodied with a lush mouthfeel and mineral notes on the finish.”



2010 Lan Gran Reserva Rioja (Spain)…$19.98…124 bottles sold

About once a month I barbeque lamb and serve it with a Lan Rioja Gran Reserva…a perfect food pairing if ever there was! This is one wine that makes you really sorry when you pour that last sip. Rioja has enough cash flow to hold back wines like this for 7-8 years.

Winemakers notes…”Garnet with ruby hues. Aromas of ripe red fruits combined with spicy notes from the aging in oak (vanilla, cinnamon, fennel, liquorice root) and tertiary aromas (leather, cigar box) from its prolonged bottle ageing. Full bodied and round, its mouthfeel is elegant and very well balanced.”



Jean Philippe Brut Sparkling Wine$9.98…175 bottles sold

This sparkler from Limoux in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France looks expensive, tastes really good and it’s 10 bucks. Customers would probably be less suspicious if we charged 15 or 20 dollars.

Winemaker notes…”This pale gold brut releases fine, regular bubbles, together with an intense perfume of Williams pears and honeysuckle. Lively and full-bodied, as it reaches the mouth, it releases a taste of toasted bread with a hint of honey. All together it is remarkably well balanced, smooth and fresh.”



2013 The Pairing Red Blend$24.98…647 bottles sold

Stan Kroenke, the owner of this winery, also owns the L.A. Rams, Screaming Eagle Winery, Jonata and The Hilt. He gives his winemaking team the green light to go around California and buy the best juice they can find for this Red Blend. The result is a stunning wine that is drinking great right now but will just keep getting better for 3-5 more years.

Winemaker notes…” Classic aromas of cedar and cassis. Pure expression of black and red fruit with lovely herbal notes of sincere Cabernet Sauvignon. A plush texture combined with a rigid backbone of tannin structure make this wine a truly memorable drinking experience. Classy and regal. A beauty for the cellar and the table tonight.” Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot



2016 Terlan Pinot Bianco$16.98

The white wines from Terlan are some of the best whites that Italy produces and a sampling of the best white wine values from anywhere in the world. Great food wines they pair with shellfish, any pastas in white sauce, or anti-pastas.

“Clear pale yellow with a slight greenish shimmer. On the nose, this classic Pinot Bianco scores with crisp notes of pear mingling with aromas of raspberry and lime, plus a touch of chamomile and lemon grass to round out the composition”

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