Calen’s Picks

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    Vincent Girardin Cuveé Saint Vincent

    Burgundy, France ($21)

    "A soft and supple Pinot Noir from Burgundy France. Red berries with hints of tobacco, earth, and spices. A great wine to pair with light food as it compliments without overpowering. Think fish, chicken, salads, and even pizza." (750ML)

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  • image of Les Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac

    Les Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac

    Bordeaux, France ($45)

    "Absolutely delicious. Juicy, mouthwatering, smooth, and intense. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot. Chocolate and coffee aromas develop as this wine breathes and opens up, backed by a strong core of dark berry fruit. This wine rivals others twice its price from its region." (750ML)

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    Iwai Tradition

    Nagano Prefecture, Japan ($47.99)

    "From Japans highest distillery Mars Shinshu this whiskey is aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon, Sherry, and wine barrels. Aromas of leather, cloves, orange peel, and pepper with a touch of smoke. A great value amongst Japans ever increasingly priced whiskies." (750ML)

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    Talisker Storm

    Isle of Skye ($49.99)

    Scotch Whiskey

    "This whiskey coats the mouth with traditional Talisker richness. Creamy and Malty with a bit more smoke and spice than the 10 year old. Perfect for warming up next to a fire or just daydreaming of winter days in the heat of the summer nights." (750ML)

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    Educated Guess Merlot

    Napa, California ($20.99)

    Merlot

    "A big and bold Merlot that stands out to the majority in its price range. It drinks much like a Cabernet as dark fruit flavor dominates the palate along with some nice oak and spice notes." (750ML)

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    Mollydooker The Maitre D

    McLaren Vale, Austrailia ($26.99)

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    "This Cab is rich and heavy standing up to those twice its price. Ripe and juicy black berries and cherry with hints of espresso. A very small amount of this makes it here so try it before it runs out." (750ML)

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    Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill

    D.O. Alicante ($14.99)

    "100% Monastrell grapes harvested by hand from very old vines, some of which were planted back in the 1930’s. Very juicy fruit forward wine with rich, silky texture. Dark berries, black cherry, and leathery aromas fill the glass with just a touch of licorice. Another highly rated wine from Spain that tastes like something 3x its price." (750ML)

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  • image of Jean Royer Le Petit Roy

    Jean Royer Le Petit Roy

    Napa, California ($18.99)

    Grenache Based Blend

    "Assembled from small plots just outside of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, this wine drinks like the real deal. It may be because Jean-Marie includes some juice that really does come from the famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape region. Black raspberry and roasted herb flavors make this an excellent pairing with game meats like duck or lamb. This wine is drinking beautifully now and it will continue to deliver into the 2020’s if stored properly." (750ML)

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    Hearth and Plow Wine Cellars

    Santa Barbara ($18.99)

    Pinot Noir

    "Looking for an excellent holiday wine? Look no further. This wine smells like Thanksgiving and Christmas to me. It has beautiful baking spice aromas like cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg along with bold red fruits like raspberry and cherry. I can see this pairing with just about anything that you would crave in the fall or winter." (750ML)

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