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  • Small budget - big taste

    Posted on May 20, 2015 by Sigrid

    Happy Thursday! are you looking for great everyday drinking wines that don't break the bank? It is impressive how much great wine is available for little money. Here is a list of 8 of our bestsellers (4 reds and 4 whites): View Small Budget - Big Taste wine list here Hearty Red from Spain for a steal? Beso de Vino Carinena Seleccion 2010 $8.99 ($8.09 mixed or solid case of 12 btl) This is a great example of how a wine bottle label can be misleading. This looked to me like on of the sweet red blends, but it is actually a dark, concentrated beauty! Amazing at this price point!! Blend: 85% Syrah, 15% Garnacha Care for sustainable? Predator Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2013 $13.99 ($12.59 mixed or solid case of 12 btl) Our best selling Zinfandel. 50 plus- year old vines  they use Ladybugs instead of pesticides! Medium-bodied, not one of the heavy, jammy Zinfandels. Lots of red fruit. Like a "mouth-full" of wine? Penfolds Thomas Hyland Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $12.99 ($11.69 mixed or solid case of 12 btl) Looking for a full bodied Cab with mellow tannins? This Australian beauty is right for you then! Supple and sweet, with ripe cherry and cassis flavors, a dusting of tannins and good finishing cling. More into delicate & subtle Reds? Josh Cellars Pinot Noir 2013 $12.99 ($11.69 mixed or solid case of 12 btl) This California Pinot Noir, made in a style reminiscent of Burgundy offers bright ripe cherries and deep earthy flavors with spice, subtle oak and delicate texture. Fantastic value! Like Italian whites that go down easily? Ca' del Sarto Pinot Grigio 2013 $8.99 ($8.09 mixed or solid case of 12 btl) A select group of farmers in Friuli produce this small batch Pinot Grigio from their very best single vineyards. In our opinion , this region makes the richest and creamiest of all Italian white wines. A wonderful balance of fresh crisp fruit and acidity. Ca’ del Sarto wines have been created exclusively for independent restaurants and wine shops looking for an affordable, high quality alternative to the big name brands. What about a super-creamy, delicious Chardonnay that beats La Crema? Peirano Estate Chardonnay Lodi 2012 $12.99 ($11.69 mixed or solid case of 12 btl) Hand selected and hand harvested.This could be the best Chardonnay under $15 I have tasted. Delightfully exotic and intensely fruity, lush and inviting. More into crisp & citrussy Whites? Matua New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2013 only $7.99 No case discount on this wine! Best price in the U.S.! Straight from Marlborough, this is one drop you'll definitely want to share (or keep it to yourself, it's that good!). It is crisp, clean and slightly citrus. Unbelievable deal on this easy sipper... For the lovers of oaky & buttery California Chards Chateau St. Jean North Coast Chardonnay 2012 $9.99 ($8.99 mixed or solid case of 12 btl) The soft palate is rich and supple with juicy fruit flavors of fresh nectarine, apple and pineapple. A lot of Chardonnay for the money. View & Buy this selection here Hope you enjoy our small budget - big taste selection! Sigrid Pieper Owner

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  • This pasta salad will wow your guests...

    Posted on May 20, 2015 by Sigrid

    Every Friday we do a wine tasting in our Brick & Mortar store. We vary the theme - different regions, varietal comparisons, etc. to make it fun. An essential part of the wine tasting is the food I prepare to go with it! And, one of the winners has always been this Italian Pasta Salad, which I would like to share with you (wine recommendation at the bottom): Ingredients (for 8 portions) : 1 pound Farfalle pasta 1 pound Mozzarella cheese 300 g sundried tomatoes 300 g Arugula salad 300 g Prosciutto di Parma (sundried Italian Ham) 100 g Pine nuts for the dressing (the success of the salad is in the secret sauce...): 1 garlic clove 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil 6 tbsp Crema di Balsamico  (this is the reduction NOT the regular Aceto Balsamico!) 4 tsp Basil Pesto 2 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tsp Honey Fresh ground Parmesan cheese Salt and Pepper Cook pasta al dente (!), strain well and let cool. Roast pine nuts without oil at medium heat in a pan until lightly brown. Wash Arugula, dry and cut into small pieces. Cut dried tomatoes and mozzarella into small cubes and the prosciutto into fine slices. Carefully mix all ingredients in a large bowl, add salt and pepper to taste. For the dressing whisk olive oil, vinegar, garlic (pressed), pesto, mustard and honey. Put the dressing on the salad right before serving. Whisk again and add some freshly ground parmesan cheese on top. Serve with a nice Italian wine such as: RED: Ruffino Il Ducale IGT -  a smooth, easy drinking Tuscan Sangiovese Blend WHITE: Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio - the most renowned Pinot Grigio in the U.S. (on killer deal, by the way...) Enjoy! Sigrid Pieper Owner & "Food and Wine Addict"

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  • Something to laugh about...

    Posted on May 20, 2015 by Sigrid

    I found something funny for you in case your day needed a little "cheer-up": http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2648522/Made-actual-blue-nuns-sea-caves-Joker-replaces-supermarket-wine-descriptions-funny-versions-acts-vin-dalism.html

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  • German Maibaum & Malbec

    Posted on May 18, 2015 by Sigrid

    Hello! Maibaum (May Tree) & Malbec is the topic of today's post! We just came back from a wonderful 2.5 week trip to our old home Germany and saw those beautiful trees everywhere. Every woman or girl would feel honored to get one of these put up at her house as a sign of admiration...Gentlemen, your call! See the beautiful May Trees in action As a quick background, the May Tree festival dates back to the 16th century and is celebrated predominantly in Germany and Austria; and in some other regions of Europe too. A “Maibaum” is actually a really tall decorated tree or a tree trunk (without the branches) that is erected on May 1 in the village / town square. This tree is usually painted in blue and white, decorated with ribbons, emblems depicting local crafts and industry and has a small pine tree at the top. And since its very local, each town has its own uniquely decorated tree. Many towns also have a big festival around it that includes a procession, bands, singing, dancing, food, drinks and a lot of merry fun. However the best part of this festival is the celebration / proclamation of Love. Any young guy who likes another girl gets a tree (from the forest / market) and decorates it with colored ribbons and other decorations. After that he attaches a red heart-shaped note with the name of the girl written on it and then puts this “Maibaum” on the top of her roof in the middle of the night. He then leaves it for a month and post that returns to take it down. If the girl likes him then she invites him for a date or a kiss but if she doesn’t like him, then its just bad luck and means nothing for him. And, here is our weekly deal on the double 91pts rated Malbec: ACHAVAL FERRER MALBEC 2012 91 POINTS Wine Spectator - "Fresh and floral, featuring crushed raspberry and racy cherry notes on a minerally frame, with silky tannins marking the lengthy finish." 91 POINTS The Wine Advocate - "The 2012 Malbec (first vintage was 2003) is a blend of three vineyards from Medrano, one from Lujan, one from Gualtallary (the highest altitude) and one from La Consulta in the Uco Valley. There is a short fermentation (7 days) but it resulted in a very dark-colored, ripe wine with aromas of blackberries, a touch of red fruit, and hints of smoke and spices. It is quite intense. The old vines are always different in the nose and the palate and this feels like an old-vine Malbec, medium-bodied palate, supple, mineral, rounder, velvety, grapy and silkier. Tannin and alc. are well-integrated and in the background. Drink now-2018. " Founded in 1998, Achaval-Ferrer is a team of friends who dream about great wines. Achaval-Ferrer is also a collection of old vineyards in beautiful places. They are committed to the production of wines that are expressive of their terroir. They are a small winery because this is the key to top quality. Low yields allow the vineyards to express their personality in the grapes. Reg. $ 27.99 On sale for: ONLY $19.99 PER BOTTLE!!! OR $17.99 ON A CASE OF 12 (YOU CAN MIX & MATCH WINES AS YOU LIKE) CLICK HERE TO ORDER

    This post was posted in Travel around the World, Wine

  • LAST DAY OF CHARDONNAY SPECIAL - TODAY OCT 1, 2012

    Posted on October 1, 2012 by Sigrid

    LAST DAY OF CHARDONNAY SPECIAL - TODAY OCT 1, 2012 MER SOLEIL, CHALK HILL & RIDGE ESTATE CHARDONNAY ON SUPER SALE!!!

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  • 95 points - PENFOLDS ST HENRI VINTAGE SHIRAZ 2007

    Posted on December 15, 2011 by Sigrid

    PENFOLDS ST HENRI VINTAGE SHIRAZ 2007 SINGLE BOTTLES $51.99 (reg. $68.99) CASE PRICE $ 46.79 Save $62.40! Very Limited Availability! Best price on the Internet! ORDER NOW!!! 95 pts James Halliday, 93 points Stephen Tanzer Penfolds St Henri is a highly successful and alternative expression of Shiraz and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on any new oak. It was created in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood. St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1460-litre vats that allow the wine to develop, imparting minimal, if any oak character. Although a small proportion of Cabernet is sometimes used to improve structure, the focal point for St Henri remains Shiraz. Color: Bright, youthful, red. Nose: Pure, real, unadulterated, honest Shiraz... and 100% at that in this 2007 vintage release! Primarily, freshly-pureed mixed-berries - raspberry, mulberry, loganberry, sitting alongside aromas alike those from candied/toffeed apple. Fresh, vibrant, lively. Palate: A complete wine - fruits, tannins, acid, maturation artifacts... all combine to structurally & texturally deliver. Tannins are even throughout, yet serve to tighten palate in middle, with a singular, central focus. Robe markers - crushed shale (and saltbush/ bluebush?) evident... perhaps understandable at over one quarter of blend volume. Poised, yet still lush, generous.

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  • Gift wrapping & Personal Message - free of charge!

    Posted on December 11, 2011 by Sigrid

    Need your wine to be gift wrapped? Would you like to add a personal note for the recipient? No problem, Winepiper will handle it all for you for free. Please send an email to info@winepiper.com with your gift message and if you would like a nice wrap and we will certainly do this for you!

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  • 96 points Pinot Noir - Winepiper Holiday Special

    Posted on December 11, 2011 by Sigrid

    MACPHAIL PINOT NOIR PRATT VINEYARD 2007   SINGLE BOTTLES     $49.99 (reg. $59.99)  CASE PRICE         $ 44.99 Save $60.00!  ORDER NOW!!! Very Limited Availability! "Medium-deep ruby color; complex black cherry, clove and forest floor aromas; rich, ripe black cherry fruit flavors with clove and forest floor notes; sweet oak; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Amazing depth and complex flavors make this a natural for any deep, rich braise." 96 Points!! PinotReport

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  • Chocolate Dessert to die for!

    Posted on June 25, 2011 by Sigrid

    These little pots of Chocolate are a sinful dessert and a perfect finish for a nice dinner with good friends! For 8 servings: 350 ml Table Cream 250 g REALLY good dark bittersweet chocolate (Scharffenberger) 3 eggs 3 tbsp Espresso (cold) 3 tbsp Kahlua liqueur Chop the chocolate into very fine pieces. Warm the cream in a pot until almost broiling. Take off the stove and mix the chocolate in until all resolved. Mix eggs, Espresso and Kahlua and add the chocolate cream. Put into little espresso cups or small pots and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. This dessert pairs wonderfully with a big bold red wine, such as Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz Alexander Valley Sin Zin

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  • Need to bring s.th. for a party? Cheese Bits!

    Posted on June 25, 2011 by Sigrid

    I make these cheese bits for our Friday wine tastings at the store - they are quick and easy to make and everybody LOVES them! Here is the recipe for a party plate full of them (approx 45): 1 pound mixed grated cheese (take on of the 3 cheese mixes in a bag) 1/2  pound unsalted butter 1/2  pound white flour Tabasco sauce 1/2 tsp Chili powder 1 cup Rice Crispies (the neutral tasting ones) Mix the cheese with the butter (warm butter a little to make it soft), then add the spices (Tabasco to taste), flour and crispies. Use your hands to mix it all very well together, then form little balls, put on a non-sticking backing sheet and flatten a little on top. Conventional oven 375F for about 15 min - keep checking as time might vary (I am on high altitude - everything is different here!). they should be golden brown and crisp. Try this with Pinot Gris, Viognier, Albarino or if you like Red - Zinfandel, Shiraz or a Red Blend.

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