Staff Picks

Di Majo Norante Contado Risevra 2013 $16.99

A dry red wine of Molise with subdued aromas of ripe dark-skinned berry, espresso and tobacco lead the nose while the soft, dense palate offers fleshy black cherry, blackberry extract, coffee and a hint of ground cooking spice.

Alanera Rosso Veronese 2013 $17.99

This wine is reminiscent of a Valpolicella where the Corvina grapes are partially dried.  This brings baked cherry and spice characteristic to the wine.  Merlot and Cabernet are also blended in to give it a richer, bolder flavor with notes of coffee and tobacco leaf.  Enjoy with braised meats.

The Loop Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $12.99

This is the first New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to ever get into one of our bins.  Peachy stone fruits play with ripe passion fruit to create a warm-weather favorite.  A little softer on the finish than most Sauvignon Blancs, this is a no brainer to try, enjoy, and love.  Great with shrimp or sushi.

Ricominciare Malbec Cabernet Franc 2015 $15.99

Less than 1,000 cases of this wine are produced each year, making this a very cool, very affordable wine to try.  The Malbec gives the wine rich, dark fruit notes while the Cab Franc lends earthiness and minerality to the blend.

George Vigouroux Gouleyant Malbec 2014 $13.99

This Malbec from Cahors has been a hit since it was introduced to Wakefield Liquors about two years ago by Abramo.  Dark fruits and smooth tannins make this a great alternative for the California Cabernet lover.  Enjoy with a burger or some ribs on the grill.

Domaine Des Cedres Cote du Rhone 2016 $14.99

Every once in a while we come across a Cotes-du Rhone that just blows all the others out of the water.  This is that one.  Full of herbs and spices with raspberry and cranberry notes, this works well with a traditional dinner with all the fixings or a pork loin in a raspberry sauce.

Les Darons by Jeff Carrel Languedoc Rouge 2015 $14.99

Les Darons is an homage crafted from old vines Grenache and Carignan (averaging 40+ years in age) with a dollop of Syrah, this wine was subsequently labeled “Les Darons,” the affectionate expression for “The Parents” in the Parisian suburbs where the winemaker Jeff Carrel was born.  An accessible wine with loads of character, “Les Darons” is packed with ripe, red and dark fruit aromas, with plenty of spice and a streak of underlying minerality.  Enjoy this classic unoaked red with a wide range of everyday meals.

Pujol Izard Vieilles Vignes Minervois 2013 $15.99

This has been a tasting event hit.  It is made from a selection of grapes form old vines:  30 years for the Syrah, 50 years for the Grenache and Cinsault, and 60 years for the Carignan.  This, combined with the clay and limestone soil, produces a wine with layers of complexity and depth.  Dark red fruits tumble with rocky earthiness.  Great with lamb or steak on the grill.

Cabriz Colheita Selecionada $7.99

Ranked best Portuguese wine by Wine Spectator, this best buy is intense in color with attractive garnet tones.  It is silky elegant and shows good structure.  Pairs nicely with fish, grilled or roasted red and white meats and soft cheeses.

Domaine Bott Freres Edelzwicker 1L $17.99

Edelzwicker is a local term meaning blend (Zwicker) and noble (Edel).  This grouping is a delight with creamy pear and lemon curd notes.  It is fresh, dry and minerally and drinks well with salads, turkey, or on its own as a pre-meal sipper.

Meinklang Pinot Noir 2015 Burgenland, Austria $19.99

Certified organic form their biodynamic farms, this wine is definitely more French in style than Californian.  Light with notes of herbs and cherries.  It is crisp on the finish.  Juicy and racy with nicely framed acidity it pairs well with pork or earthy cheeses.

Broadbent 2015 1L 100% Malbec Mendoza, Argentina $12.99

So many cheap Malbecs nowadays are too sweet and have no balance between the fruit and the finish.  This Malbec is a great example of what a good Argentinian wine can be that is not very expensive.  Dry cherry and plum notes combine with a fresh finish.  Smooth and rich.