july pick 24

OK, so we’re particularly proud of ourselves with this month’s Pick 24 selection. As promised, not only have we chosen our top 24 highly rated wines and priced them under $24, we’ve gone one step further and made sure to include a solid 12 under $12!

Mercedes Eguren Cab Sauv 2009This is July, the month we gather outdoors enmasse for our neighborhood parties, group camping excursions, boating and fishing expeditions and, of course, our numerous outdoor concert pilgrimages. During this month with plenty to do and plenty of people to do it with, we’re featuring wines with plenty of accolades, that will leave plenty of dough in your pocket. After all, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your palate to please your wallet.  So this month discover the Spanish Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and the South Australian D’Arenberg The Stump Jump GSM, as well as the juicy Argentinian Ruta 22 Malbec 2010.

As long as we’re traveling around the world, let us ask: when you think of South Africa, do you think of great wine? Perhaps not, but we think that is about to change when you try two of our wines from the Stellenbosch wine region near Cape Town, South Africa. South African winemaking has become a hybrid of old and new world methods that has energized the international market. The two wines we’ve chosen are from Stellenbosch, a region that has a Mediterranean-type climate with a warm and dry growing season that produce high-quality wines. The 2008 Jardin Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example, with its New World fruit-forward nature and its complex elegance indicative of a classic wine.

Because they are light, low in alcohol and altogether delicious, we’ve also chosen several Rieslings from around the world for July’s selection. Dr. Loosen Riesling Dr. L 2010 from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany is an ideal welcome wine for every gathering, and a great go-to glass for just about every course in a meal. The Milbrandt Vineyards Riesling Traditions 2010 from Columbia Valley in Washington State nearly dances on the tongue as you drink it and is as happy-go-lucky as the video indicates. On the other side of the world, the Villa Maria Winery from Marlborough, New Zealand always offers incredible value and the 2008 Private Bin Riesling 2008 is no exception. What makes this Riesling standout from its contemporaries is its elevated level of acidity making it extra tangy and fresh but still retaining good depth. Consequently, this is, as most Rieslings are, the perfect food partner!

Still not sure which to buy? Well, join us for our Pick 24 Release Party Wednesday, July 11th, when we’ll crack open all 24 wines and give you the opportunity to ‘Try Before You Buy’ and we guarantee you’ll find just the right wine, to enjoy all month long at just the right price.


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