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Seven of Dave Sokolin's Go-To Reds for Summer BBQs

Seven of Dave Sokolin's Go-To Reds for Summer BBQs

Summer has just begun, and if you’re searching for amazing wines to take your backyard barbeque to the next level, Dave Sokolin is sharing his go-to reds for summer barbeques.

"When I barbecue, I look for something bold that can handle big fire and sauces from being on the grill. I also look for wines with style and subtleties that can shine through. Here are my seven picks that I will be barbecuing with this summer, with prices starting at only $14.99." - Dave Sokolin


"My Trick is Picking Barbera from Legendary Barolo Producers Like This and Telling Friends That It's Barolo! It's a Shocker!" - Dave Sokolin
2018 Oddero Barbera d'Alba – this 92 point super value from Piedmont is one to pick up today! It’s one of the best deals in our inventory, and at only $14.99 bottle, it will not last long.


"Spain's Most Famous and Over-Performing Producer - Compares to Many $100+ Bottles. So Juicy!" - Dave Sokolin
2016 Marques de Murrieta Reserva – from the Castillo Ygay family, one of the most recognized producers in Spain, comes this amazing 94 pointer that's priced at only $24.95. This is your chance to taste incredible pedigree at a low price!


"A St. Emilion That Could Easily be Mistaken for a $250+ Bottle from an A+ Vintage Like 2010." - Dave Sokolin
2010 Faugeres – you can still afford to drink great Bordeaux! This wine is a great example of the value that still exists in Bordeaux, and we love sharing these gems with you. From a top vintage, 2010 Faugeres ($58.95 / btl) delivers the goods! “…This property continues to overachieve in virtually every vintage.” – Robert Parker


"Mega Brunello Built for the BBQ, but It's 97 Points and Only $59.99." - Dave Sokolin
2015 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino – Brunello is one of the best deals on the market when it comes to fine wine, and 2015 was a phenomenal vintage for Brunello di Montalcino! At only $59.99 for a 97 pointer, this wine offers so much bang for the buck. It's hard to find this level of price-to-points ratio in any other region.


"The Best Chateauneuf Vintage in History Makes for the Perfect BBQ Wine - Even if You Chill It Out for Summer, It Still Punches Through the BBQ." - Dave Sokolin
2016 Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance – if you’re a Chateauneuf lover, don’t miss this 96 pointer from a top vintage! “The 2016s are on another level…This is truly an extraordinary vintage." – Jeb Dunnuck. A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, this wine will leave you smiling! $59.99 / btl.


"2nd Wine of Ducru Beaucaillou in an A+ Vintage Seems Underpriced for This." - Dave Sokolin
2010 La Croix De Beaucaillou – from the famous Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, their second wine, 2010 La Croix De Beaucaillou, offers the chance to experience the amazing pedigree of this premier Bordeaux chateau at a fraction of the price. This 94 point wine is also from the 2010 vintage, an A+ vintage.


"Imagine if California Cult Wine was Designed in Bordeaux and Cost 1/10th of the Price, and You've Got Capture." - Dave Sokolin
2016 Capture Revelation Cabernet Sauvignon – this limited production, 98 point Napa beauty is a gorgeous Cab that drinks now, but will age for two more decades! It’s also a steal at 35% off the release price ($89 /btl) and a fraction of the price of some of the other California big names. Don’t pass up this rare buying opportunity!

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(Submitted Jun 24, 2021)

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VALUE ALERT: A Gorgeous, 95 Point Super Tuscan - Only $24.99!

2018 Petrolo Il Torrione IGTWe’re excited to bring you this 95 point Super Tuscan – 2018 Petrolo Il Torrione, a blend of a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Petrolo is a top Tuscan wine estate located close to the Chianti Classico region and is best known for its Galatrona.

Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media had this to say about Petrolo’s 2018s: “These 2018s may very well be the finest wines I have ever tasted from Luca Sanjust at Petrolo. From top to bottom, the range is so impressive.”
 
That says a lot! Their Galatrona is often described as the Petrus or Le Pin of Tuscany, giving Masseto a run for its money at a fraction of the price.
 
But to have Petrolo’s other wines also get some love is wonderful… especially when it’s their little Super Tuscan ‘Il Torrione.’
 
Not only is the 2018 vintage Robert Parker Wine Advocate’s Highest Scoring Example of This Wine, it is James Suckling’s Greatest Example and lead off wine for his GREAT VALUE SUPER TUSCAN WINES UNDER $30!

This 95 point, organically grown Super Tuscan makes a great house wine this summer or for years to come! It’s drinking well now – 2030.

Priced at only $24.99, it delivers beyond its price and will sell out quickly. Order your case today before it’s gone!

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(Submitted Jun 8, 2021)

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Give the Gift of Wine for Father’s Day!

Give the Gift of Wine for Father’s Day!Father’s Day is right around the corner (Sunday, June 20th), and we know how hard it can be to select the perfect gift for Dad! This year, forget the usual tools, neckties and sweaters and give Dad something he’s sure to love… the world’s greatest wines!

Here at Sokolin, we make it easy to find the wines that Dad is sure to love, because we only sell the best, and we truly have something for everyone. Not sure where to start? Head over to our Best Sellers page where you’ll find expert selections that are sure to please even the most discerning Dad.

If you’re looking to make this Father’s Day absolutely perfect, make sure you check out our huge selection of 100-point wines! We can handle whatever your Dad's personal wine preference may be ranging from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Calfornia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne and more than we can list. And if you find yourself in need of a little help, our expert team of personal wine consultants is standing by to help select the perfect gift for Dad.

Visit our Shop Wine section to view our vast inventory of premier wine or call 800.946.3947 to speak with a personal wine consultant today. You can also email [email protected] for assistance.

Check Out Some of these Top Categories to Help Jump Start your Search for the Perfect Father's Day Gift!

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(Submitted Jun 7, 2021)

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Five Standout Values Under $30

Here are five standout values you’ve been waiting for, all priced under $30! While we are known for our inventory of world-class and highly sought-after wines, we are equally passionate about discovering inexpensive gems that still taste like the world’s greatest wines. We’re highlighting five values from around the world that combine great taste and affordability. These wines all make great additions to your wine rotation.

2018 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico: Chianti is one of the most popular Italian wines - it's delicious, pairs well with many foods and is priced low. This $17.99 wine is an example of the tremendous value that exists from the Chianti region of central Tuscany. With 93 points, don’t miss this one! Serve with grilled meats, pastas with red sauce or wild game.

2016 Owl Ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: This 93+ point Napa Valley Cabernet comes from an outstanding vintage and is only $19.99! This wine is a carefully sourced blend from three coveted, ultra-premium Napa vineyards – two in Oakville and one in Calistoga. This is a fabulous example of how well wines in Napa can be made at this price level.

2019 Gerard Fiou Sancerre Terroir Tilex: Made from 64-year-old vines, this delightful wine comes from Gerard Fiou, a small family domaine located in the Loire Valley in north-central France. “The 2019 bottling is young and lovely, jumping from the glass in a mix of gooseberry, tangerine, flinty minerality, cut grass and citrus blossoms in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and intensely flavored, with an excellent core, fine mineral signature, zesty acids and a long, complex and very nicely balanced finish. Fine juice.” – John Gilman. Drink this Sancerre now – 2027. Only $22.99 / bottle.

2017 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills: Brewer-Clifton is one of California's top producers, and this 95 point Chardonnay does not disappoint! Founded in 1995 by Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton, Greg Brewer was named the Winemaker of the Year in 2020 by Wine Enthusiast. Described as “positively stellar” by Vinous Media, we couldn’t agree more! Add in this $26.99 bottle to your wine rotation before it’s sold out.

2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough: New Zealand has some splendid Sauvignon Blancs to offer to the world, and Cloudy Bay is one of the best. Cloudy Bay is one of our go-to Sauvignon Blanc producers year after year, and our customers know and love this wine! The 2020 vintage received a 93 point score and delivers beyond its $27.99 price tag. It’s drinking well now. Pair this beauty with chicken or your favorite seafood dish.

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(Submitted May 21, 2021)

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Five Delicious Rosés to Pour This Season

Five Delicious Rosés to Pour This SeasonIt’s Rosé season, and demand for this delightful pink wine continues to be high! We have an amazing inventory of Rosé, but it never lasts long. Rosés can be enjoyed with a variety of food, making it a perfect choice to pour during summer days. It’s great for the beach, a picnic or sipping poolside. The price is nice, too. You can find really great Rosés in the $20 range, and sometimes for a little less.

We’re excited to feature five standout Rosés from the Provence region in the south of France, the Rosé capital of the world, that capture the true spirit of the region. The Rosés from Provence are crisp and light and not overly fruity or big. These five fan-favorite Rosés are all from the 2020 vintage, which is an outstanding vintage for Provence and one of the decade’s best.

2020 Miraval Rosé (Pitt-Jolie-Perrin): Miraval Rosé has been one of the most popular Rosés for the past several summers! It’s always a highly anticipated arrival and is a huge customer favorite. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased the estate and vineyard in 2011 and teamed up with the famous winemaking Perrin family of Chateau Beaucastel. Together, they created an amazing, sought-after Rosé from one of the most prestigious estates in Provence. 2020 Miraval Rosé is a pure expression of Provencal Rosé that is priced at just $20.99. Grab a case to enjoy this summer!

2020 D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé: This over-achieving Rosé is always a HUGE best-seller at Sokolin. It was created by Sacha Lichine, son of the famous Alexis Lichine, who spent time working at his family’s chateau in Bordeaux. 2020 D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé is pale pink in color, light and fresh. A world-class Rosé that is priced at only $19.99, it tastes like it costs twice the price! And you’ll love the pretty bottle! It makes a great hostess gift, too.

2020 Clos Beylesse Rosé Cotes du Provence: This Rosé, with its indigo colored bottle, has to be one of the most recognized Rosé bottles in the world! You’ll feel like you’re right in the south of France as you sip on this beauty. Our quantities are already quickly dwindling, so if this high quality Rosé is one of your favorites, act quickly!

2020 Minuty Rosé Cuvee M: This Rosé is just what summer needs! A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this pink wine has a refreshing palate that you’ll love from the first sip to the last drop! Chateau Minuty is a family-run wine estate, and their Rosés will transport you right to Provence! The 2020 vintage is expressive and priced at only $18.99, it’s a great value. And the bottle is perfectly Instagrammable! Great to pop and pour on a week night and serve with traditional Provencal dishes.

2020 AIX Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé: This lovely, $17.99 Rosé delivers beyond its price! Elegant and delicious, this pink wine is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Pale salmon pink in color, it’s fruity and fresh. AIX Rosé is an accessible wine that’s perfect to open on a week night or serve at your next intimate gathering.

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(Submitted May 13, 2021)

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A 96 Point, Argentinian Pinot Noir – Lowest Market Price

2018 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir LunitaWhile spring and summer may be the seasons for popping bottles of white wine and Rosé, red wines appropriate for summer deserve attention too! And one of our favorite summer reds to pour is Pinot Noir – it’s light, fruity and aromatic. Burgundy is the winemaking region that’s most famous for its world-class Pinot Noirs, but outstanding Pinot Noirs are being produced all over the globe, including the USA, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina.

We’re excited to feature this amazing, 96 pointer from Argentina – 2018 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Lunita. Located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, Bodega Chacra, established in 2004, is already synonymous with quality, but their “Lunita” is especially sought-after.

This Argentinian label has a very interesting story behind it. The creator of Bodega Chacra, Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, is the grandson of the man who created Sassicaia, the first Super Tuscan and a wine that’s considered to be one of the greatest in the world. Very cool!


The grapes sourced to produce this organic and biodynamic gem are from extremely old, ungrafted vines planted in 1932 from a tiny 1.5 hectare plot resulting in a wine of depth and power that rivals the finest Pinots in the world.


The price to points ratio is phenomenal for the 2018 Bodegas Chacra Pinot Noir Lunita - only $39.99 for this 96 pointer. This also happens to be the lowest market price.


Pair with lamb or Argentinian beef with chimichurri sauce for an incredible tasting experience.


We have very limited quantity of this wine remaining, so act quickly before it disappears!


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(Submitted Apr 26, 2021)

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Three Delicious Sauvignon Blancs for Springtime

Three Delicious Sauvignon Blancs for SpringtimeThe weather is finally warming up, and we love enjoying a delicious glass of Sauvignon Blanc this time of year! Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wine varietals, and it’s also one of the most affordable white wines that you can find on the market. Typically, Sauvignon Blancs are crisp, have sharp acidity and are refreshing.

This green-skinned wonder-varietal makes an excellent standalone varietal bottle and is one of the most represented white wine grapes in Bordeaux. Outside of France, you can expect to encounter this varietal in Australia, California, Chile, Italy, New Zealand and Washington.

We’re sharing three of our favorites, all from different wine producing regions, and all are excellent.  

2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (New Zealand) – New Zealand has some splendid Sauvignon Blancs to offer to the world, and Cloudy Bay is one of the best. “It might not have been the first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but it was the one that put the style on the map – and its popularity is still as strong as ever, 35 years on.” – Decanter. Cloudy Bay was established in 1985 in Marlborough, and “at the time, it was almost an unimaginable place to set-up a vineyard. But Cloudy Bay’s founder - David Hohnen - was convinced of its potential to produce great wine and invested in the best land of the region.” (Cloudy Bay Winery). This Sauvignon Blanc never fails to be a spring and summer favorite! Cloudy Bay is one of our go-to Sauvignon Blanc producers year after year, and our customers have come to know and love this wine! The 2020 vintage received a 93 point score and delivers beyond its $27.99 price tag. It’s drinking well now. Pair this beauty with chicken or your favorite seafood dish.

2019 St Michael-Eppan Sauvignon Blanc Lahn (Italy) – Founded in 1907, this Italian estate located in South Tyrol is known for producing great quality wines. Hans Terzer is the well-respected winemaker behind this label. This 92 pointer is drinking well now and is priced at only $19.99. It offers so much bang for the buck! With this wine, you can expect “subtle aromas of limes, minerals and licorice  with some ash undertones. Medium to full body with tangy acidity and round, creamy texture.” (JS)

2019 Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc (California) – Founded in 1973, Cakebread Cellars, located in Rutherford, is a family owned winery known for its world-class wines. It was founded by the husband and wife team, Jack and Dolores Cakebread, and the winery is now run by their two sons. The wines from Cakebread Cellars are sought out by restaurants around the country, leaving very few bottles left for the retail space. This $31.99 Sauvignon Blanc is a great expression of the varietal and is drinking fabulous now.

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(Submitted Apr 9, 2021)

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A New Rosé in Town – From Dolce & Gabbana

2020 Donnafugata Rosa di Sicilia Dolce and GabanaRosé season is here, and we have a new, high-end one to introduce you to just in time for warm, sunny weather - 2020 Donnafugata Rosa di Sicilia Dolce and Gabbana! Their first vintage (2019) debuted last summer, and we’re excited to offer you this delicious Rosé. It comes from a partnership between two iconic Italian brands, the Italian luxury fashion designer, Dolce & Gabbana, and the Sicilian winemaker, Donnafugata.

This designer wine is an ode to Sicily, the Mediterranean’s largest island, and is made of a blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nocera, two Sicilian grape varieties. It’s a bright pale pink color with a bouquet of jasmine and strawberry, peach and citrus notes.

Just as you might expect from Dolce & Gabbana, the packaging on this bottle is absolutely beautiful. Its label features a geometric pattern with colors of red, pink, white, blue and gold and is said to be inspired by the detail on the iconic Sicilian cart.

This delightful wine is priced at $47.95, and production is very small. We have limited quantity available and don’t expect this beauty to last long.

If you’re interested in experiencing a taste of this delicious Sicilian Rosé, act quickly. Even if travel isn’t on your calendar this summer, this wine will transport you to the Italian coast with just one sip!

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(Submitted Mar 26, 2021)

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This Could Be the Best Bang for the Buck in Napa Valley!

2017 Waterstone Cabernet SauvignonMany of you are already familiar with Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the past decade, Waterstone Winery has built a reputation for its top quality Napa Valley Cabernets. Part of what makes Waterstone so special is that its wines taste like Cali-Cult wines without the Cali-Cult prices, impressing wine aficionados as well as those just discovering the world of wine. We were first introduced to this winery several years ago, and 2001 was the first vintage we sold. Waterstone has been a best-selling wine at Sokolin, year after year.

The 2017 vintage ($34.99 / btl) is now in stock, and it’s delicious! The ‘17 vintage comes from “well-established” hillside vineyards which make the underpinnings of this incredible wine. These vineyards have provided an intense base of luscious dark fruit. It’s noted that the Truchard Vineyard was the primary source for grapes along with vineyard sites extending into the lower hillsides of the Mayacamas mountain range.

This Cabernet, aged in small French oak barrels for 22 months, is densely packed with aromas of super dark fruit, cedar, a little lead pencil and vanilla. At first sip, this wine is fruit forward, powerful and full-bodied, but somehow is able to show off subtle elegance. The fruit and those “Napa dust” tannins are seamlessly integrated to make the wine surprisingly approachable and giving it great drinkability. It’s a magnificent effort by Laurie Hook (formerly of Beringer) on her first start to finish vintage. BRAVO!

2017 Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon is a phenomenal, under-priced Napa Cab that offers amazing bang for the buck! The same remains true in this vintage as in previous vintages of Waterstone - this wine tastes like it costs 3-4x the price!

Perfect to drink now and for 10+ years and great to serve with steak, burgers or lamb.

If you're a fan of Waterstone, act quickly and order your case today. This is your chance to experience maybe the best bang for the buck in Napa!

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(Submitted Feb 8, 2021)

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The Benchmark Italian White Wine

2018 Antinori Cervaro Della Sala“Once in a while a white wine comes out of Italy that beats even the top white Burgundies ... and this is it!” – Dave Sokolin

We’re excited to bring you a 96 point, white wine from the Antinori family, 2018 Antinori Cervaro della Sala. The Antinori family, esteemed and highly regarded, has been making wine since the late 1300s, spanning 26 generations. They have estates in Tuscany and Umbria, as well as other parts of Italy and abroad. Castello della Sala, located in Umbria, is one of the estates owned by the Antinori family, and the name Cervaro comes from the family who owned Castello della Sala during the 14th century. 1985 was the first vintage of Cervaro produced. The concept behind this wine was to make a white wine that had the ability to age over time.

Cervaro della Sala is made of Chardonnay and a splash of Grechetto and sets the benchmark for Italian white wine. It’s one of our favorite white wines, and it’s certainly adored by our customers. At only $59.99 bottle, this 96 point “Batard Montrachet” from Italy compares to and is even more refreshing than $1,000 bottles! This ’18 vintage has a drinking window of 2020 – 2035.

"Marchesi Antinori's estate in Umbria is a revolutionary force for the region. The amazingly successful Cervaro della Sala has arguably done more to raise the image of Italian white wine than any other single bottle..." - eRobertParker.com

"2018 Cervaro della Sala is a classic edition - it's about as classic as I have ever tasted..." - Robert Parker Wine Advocate

"The Batard-Montrachet of Italy..." - James Suckling

This wine is perfect to serve with chicken, turkey, ham or shrimp scampi.

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(Submitted Jan 19, 2021)

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