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Vini Vidi Vici Sav Blanc $10.00
A quintessential summertime sav blanc. Bright citrus and nectarine aromas with a touch of minerality. Light flavors with a lovely balance of crispness and ripe fruit. Nice flavor and balance for a wide range of poultry and fish dishes and a killer value. With as easy drinking as it is, it needs to be - better get 2!
Chilensis Reserva Sav Blanc $10.00
Nice easy drinking style from Chile. Bright green apple and stone aromas with flavors of white peach, grapefruit, lime zest and just a hint of green pepper. Has a nice round mouthfeel with a clean finish. Much mellower than most N.Z. versions.
Cautivo Torrontes $10.50
This is a young wine with a pale lemon green color,semi sweet to start off. Smells of flowers and herbs,and a touch of apricot and minerality to finish up.We love this obscure wine to drink on the patio, or just to make our moods better. Ahh....
A CA Gewurztraminer crafted in the style of those from the Alps. Great crisp minerality, rose petal and lychee notes, with bright acidity to hold it together. All organic from the rugged and cooler Potter Valley in Mendocino. Try with grilled chicken or pork chops to see what a great food wine this is!
Chateau Haut Rian $11.00
Classic White Bordeaux with lovely, bright, tangerine grapefruit notes. Pretty Sav Blanc acidity with Semillon body. Gorgeous with seafood, especially cooked in butter sauce. How are this affordable when their red brethren are so pricey?
Cycles Gladiator Chardonnay $12.00
The aromatics really jump out of the glass. Papaya, peaches, and pineapple on the nose with just a hint of toasted oak. Nectarines and other stone fruit on the forepalate. Ripe, round flavors of peach juice and pineapple. Soft acidity and a lush texture wrap around the tongue towards the back of the palate. Pairs with rich, creamy flavors such as scallops in an orange beurre blanc. Also chicken alfredo, seafood fettuccine, or any pasta smothered in a cream sauce.
Overstone Sav Blanc $12.00
Casamaro Verdejo $13.00
Tangy and bright with a nose of apricot, fresh cut grass and citrus. The palate shows vibrant soft lemon, orange and herbs. If you like N.Z. Sav Blanc, try this fun little wine with big flavors. Made for seafood and a great bargain as well.
Gran Passione Falanghina $13.00
From the south of Italy comes one of the worlds oldest varietals (800 BC). Bright pear, pineapple and lemon peel flavors that finish clean. Shows a solid mineral backbone and round body while being smooth but lively as well. Made for light meats and seafood.
The SOFOS (wise old man) white is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Moschofilero. Greek wine has an ancient history going back thousands of years with Moschofilero being a local grape native to Corinth. The # 1 selling organic winery in Greece for good reason. Crisp body, beautiful floral nose. Unique and tasty!
Le Grand Noir Chardonnay $13.00
A lovely blend from the south west of France. The Viognier brings a bright flower and apricot to the nose, a bit of French and American oak to bring some depth. Very well balanced, crisp and just a very good white at a great price. No its not Burgundy, no its not California, its a lovely blend of both styles.
Colome Torrontes $13.00
A remarkable grape, unique to Argentina resulting from a cross of Muscat and the Mission grape. Glorious, rich aromatic nose leads into a solid bodied wine with perfect crisp brightness. Sometimes flabby, this one from mile-high vineyards shows great balance and character. Try with spicy Mexican fare or oily fish for a unique and wonderful pairing.
Domaine de Nizas $13.00
A lovely rich blend with nice body as well. Bouquet is intense (Viognier) with aromas of citrus, rosemary honey, white peach and fennel. On the palate it's well-balanced, clean and crisp. The Rousanne sees a touch of oak but its very subtle. A great wine with chicken, white meats or fish, grilled but also great with an herby cream sauce.
This wine isn't just fun to say, it's incredibly delicious too! Full bodied, with flavors of grapefruit, melon, and citrus. This wine has mouth watering acidity, and a minerality that is reminiscent of the Mediterranean that the vines grew along. This is sure to become your new favorite white!
Mustiguillo Mestizaje $14.00
This wine is one for the books. This almost lost indigenous variety, is not only organically grown, but the love shines through with hints of apricot, citrus , and white flower The acidity on this medium bodied white wine attacks with a fruity, floral taste that makes this wine a true one of a kind.
Vignarco Orvieto Classico $14.00
The limestone soils of Umbria have produced famous wine since the days of the Etruscans. An organic beauty with fresh, outdoorsy aromas of delicate wildflowers. A brightly acidic white marked by key lime, melon and citrus zest notes that remain lively through the light, spring herb-accented finish.
Nemorino Toscana Bianco $14.50
If there was a “Super Tuscan” white, this would be it. Italy's most popular grape blended with Bordeaux's Semillon. 4 months on its lees in large French oak gives it some creamy body but the vibrant acidity is what makes this wine stand up to pork and chicken in cream sauces, or anything with olive oil!
Hugl Gruner Veltliner $14.50
Hugl Gruner is not the most famous Austrian porn star, but a straight forward Gruner Veltliner from Austria packed in a 1L bottle. Bright lemon lime character, goes with anything, and a good deal.
Le Salse Matelica Verdicchio $15.00
This Verdicchio, or green hue, wine from the Marche is made of grapes grown on vineyards with exposed Jurassic period sea beds, near salt water springs called "le salse". The raised and unique North-South mountain valley blocks off tempering coastal winds to cause extreme diurnal temperature differences resulting in this racy, mineral driven wine. Notes of tangerine and green apple and nuttiness. Great with cheeses and low fat proteins (fancy for chicken).
Kaltern Pinot Grigio $15.00
Friulano Tomasella Grave $15.00
Clean, fresh, enticing aromas and flavors of pear, stonefruit and almonds. with a light petrol nuance. Brisk and fresh but with some nice body. Nicely intense and complex with a lovely long finish. Great with rich foods.
La Val Albarino $15.00
From the cool Basque region of Spain comes this food friendly white. Aromas of fresh herbs and a hint of pine are hiding beneath zesty tangerine and pear notes. On the palate it show minerality and is fresh and rich, with lots of citrus and a long finish.
Eidosele Neboa Albarino $15.50
Sustainably farmed by a small cooperative, this tightly focused wine shows prickly pear, green apples, apricot, light straw, a nice briny tang. A touch of herbs and white pepper on the finish. A bit of lees aging gives some body but no oak is used as the thick skins give enough tannic grip to hold it all together.
Butternut Chardonnay $16.00
Aromas of peach, hazelnut and spiced candied apple. Round, creamy notes of fig, butterscotch and sweet oak.
Three Brooms $16.00
This single vineyard, certified sustainable sav blanc shows lovely white flower, chili pepper, and gooseberry on the nose with some sandy mineralogy. Very nice weight and balance showing passion fruit, ripe apple flavors. Such a pleasant surprise is the roundness, the acid is lively and energetic but not abrasive.
Anthilia DonnaFugato $16.00
Bright apple, melon and some minerality show strong on the nose. Nice fleshy body with juicy vibrant flavors of Honey dew, key lime and peach. Fun slight spiciness on the finish. A full figured Sicilian that will break your heart and make you forget your Californian chard twice over.
Heritance Sauvignon Blanc $17.00
A nice counter to the N.Z. style, this SB shows copious aromas of meyer lemon, apricot, melon and passion fruit. The palate is broad, round and well balanced. The creaminess and tropical flavors make it unmistakably California.
Negro Onorato Favorita $17.00
Light yellow straw in color, and another contender to get you to the "century club." Big round flavors of apple and peach with solid body to stand up to roast chicken or pork. Lovely fragrance of apple blossom.
Castelfeder Doss Chardonnay $17.50
Chardonnay from the Italian high country. Bright, crisp fruit nestled in intense minerality. 5 months on the lees gives it just a bit of creaminess and body.Who needs oak when you have flavor like this! One of our new favorites, rivaling any European Chard even Burgundies.
Leth Gruner Veltliner $18.00
Wine from the hills of Austria. Amazing minerality with a body that is light, crisp, and dry. Lovely flavors of lemon, citrus and green apple. If you don't know this grape or have only had ones with little character, try this one for a game changer, a big favorite of the staff.
Emile Beyer Gewurztraminer $18.00
This is one wine that our sommeliers searched forever for just the right one, we found this little beauty from Alsace, France. Lovely tastes of apricot, honey, melon and a touch of sweetness. The grape may be tough to say but the wine is so easy to drink.
Vermentino di Sardegna Nuo $18.00
Quite possibly the oldest wine region in the Med, the now overlooked Sardinia has created remarkable wine for over 3 millenia. Long skin contact and a slight oxidation creates this beautiful golden color. Rich oily texture with a solid acid backbone surrounded by a sea breeze note and herbal tones showing basil, rosemary, sage and cedar. Yet underneath all are vibrant citrus and melon. Completely out of the ordinary, yet a style barely changed since the ceasars. Try it!
Mythic Chard Viognier $19.00
A very remarkable blend. The chard brings body and acid while the viognier brings its magical aromatics. A bit of French oak shows through as well. Its Condrieu meeting white Burgundy and somehow it's everything in one bottle, soft floral, buttery oak, zesty acidity, good body. Enjoy this one because I doubt I will ever find another like it!
Zorzon Sauvignon Blanc $19.00
Bright ripe green apple and passion fruit on the nose supported with wet, clean stone and a touch of basil. Light and elegant with clean bright flavors of lemon, mint, and apple. Doesnt abuse you with too much acid, and has a lovely lingering finish.
La Champine $21.00
Condrieu is one of those wines that can break your heart and your wallet forever. Unlike any other white wine, Viognier in the Northern Rhone takes on magical ethereal yet contradictory character. Tastes acidic but it isn't, seems like it should be better with age but it dies quickly, fleshy weighty body but so delicate, and on we go. Viognier from the US tends to have the character of canned pear juice, and even Southern Rhone versions lack much depth. But it turns out surrounding Grillet and Condrieu is the Collines Rhondaniennes where Viognier can now be had at a fraction of the price as its famous neighbors. No its not Condrieu but its close enough to still break your heart while leaving your wallet intact.
This wonderful Western Australia Chardonnay offers a youthfully nose of fresh peaches and cream, cedar, lightly toasted bread and apple tart. The palate is packed with nervy flavor intensity and has crisp acidity with a silky texture, finishing long with lingering honeyed toast notes.
Savary Chablis 2014 $23.00
Chardonnay in possibly its purest form. A touch of neutral oak and bracing acidity shows the ideal balance that great Chablis can offer between the butteriness of Chardonnay and pure intense stony acid. Thanks to a great year its drinking beautifully now.
San Brizio $23.00
This is a 100% Garganega from the vineyard behind Villa Buri. Maturation in 500 lt oak barrels fills out the typical scents of Garganega with delicate tertiary hints of vanilla, acacia honey and a complex ripe fruitiness that make it concentrated, mouth-filling and faintly balsamic. This great Soave from the Alpone Valley is rich and well-structured, with a deep straw yellow hue and golden highlights.
Bramito Chardonnay $24.00
From the famous Antinori family comes this Italian beauty showing fresh, complex flavors and aromas of pineapple, citrus fruits and butterscotch. Full bodied and crisp with just the right amount of oak, this Chardonnay is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party! !
Sainte Rose Roussane $27.00
I've always wanted to see how the big bodied Rhone white varietals would show done in a New World style and finally found one! French oak fermentation and ageing on the lees brings gorgeous body reminiscent of the best oaky CA Chards. Bright peach and honeysuckle flavors wrapped in a foundation of clean acidity and almost oily viscosity. Simply gorgeous.
Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2012 $29.00
After years of too much oak and overripe fruit, its wonderful to see balance returning to CA chards. While there certainly is tropical pineapple, apricot and lots of buttery oak, the body is full and round with just enough acid to hold it together. Has a lovely long finish. This reputable vineyard claims this is the best they have ever made, I think I agree!
Paolo dAmico Falesia $29.00
Wow, soft French oak, round and rich flavors with a lovely floral and mineral character on the nose. From the wild and rugged Umbria region and its rare volcanic soils comes a gorgeous organic wine. Just trust me here, its that good.
This is why we love Spain. Where else could you have the opportunity to drink a smoking good, 10+ year old bottle of white wine and not pay an arm and a leg? Massive oak, cream and pear dominate the nose and palate with a long, fruitful finish.
Dry Riesling is a tricky beast. This sustainably farmed version from Victoria is teasingly aromatic, yet with a solid structure that will indeed stand up to game, especially Turkey and fowl. Aromas of lime, citrus and apple spice play rose petal.
Light gold. Explosively perfumed nose offers an array of citrus and orchard fruits, with exotic nuances of mace, chamomile and honey. Rich and deeply pitched but almost shockingly vibrant, offering spicy pear, nectarine and lemon pith flavors. Suavely blends richness and vivacity, finishing with excellent clarity and length. This should age at a snail's pace.