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A New Arrival Rosé in Town – From Dolce & Gabbana

2021 Donnafugata Dolce & Gabbana Rosa Rosato

Rosé season is here, and we have a new, high-end arrival just in time for warm, sunny weather - 2021 Donnafugata Dolce & Gabbana Rosa Rosato! Their first vintage (2019) debuted two summers ago, and we're excited to offer you the newest vintage of 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 and is perfect to serve with shellfish, wraps, sandwiches, vegetarian dishes and delicate meats.

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 quantities 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, 2021 Donnafugata Dolce & Gabbana Rosa Rosato will transport you to the Italian coast with just one sip!

(Submitted May 16, 2022)

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Three Excellent Rated Value Chardonnays – All Under $21!

Three Excellent Rated Value Chardonnays – All Under $21!

It’s Chardonnay season! Spring and summer call for a delicious bottle of Chardonnay. There are so many of them out there that we do a lot of research on finding the best ones and have a great time doing it. These three California Chardonnays are all from terrific producers and are all under $21 / bottle. Don’t miss these satisfying and appealing wines that offer so much bang for the buck! They come highly recommended.

2019 Fess Parker Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

Fess Parker produces an award winning collection of wines and has a long history in Santa Barabara County. Their 2019 Chardonnay is a mega deal when it comes to California Chardonnay at only $14.99! We are so impressed by this wine. With a 92 point score, quantities are quickly dwindling on this screaming deal, so act quickly before it sells out.

2019 Beringer Chardonnay Napa

Beringer is a California icon, and this $19.99, inviting Chardonnay delivers beyond its price point. We can’t believe how low the price is on this delicious 92 pointer! Take your spring and summer meals to the next level with this wine and scoop up a case today! You’ll be happy that you did.

2019 Diatom Chardonnay Bar-M

This 93 point Chardonnay comes from Greg Brewer, an excellent winemaker in California, who first became well-known for his top-notch Brewer-Clifton label. Greg Brewer’s wines are always off the charts! This "good value" (JD) wine is priced at only $20.99 and is a great one to add into your wine rotation!

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(Submitted May 9, 2022)

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A Gorgeous, 94 Point Beaujolais – Only $26.99

2020 Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie

Calling all Beaujolais lovers! Spring is a great time to enjoy Beaujolais, and we have a delicious, new Beaujolais that just checked into stock that over-delivers for the price – 2020 Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie Poncie. This 94 pointer comes from a masterful, 5th generation grower who maintains strict traditions of his ancestors and of the region and uses techniques that award the Domaine France’s highest environmental certification HVE3. And as one hopes, the process promotes the perfect product. At only $26.99, this wine is one to pick up today! It’s drinking well now – 2035.

“Jean-Étienne Chermette has one again produced a superb range of wines at this southern Beaujolais reference point… To my palate, some of the cuvées reviewed here number among the finest values that can be found in French wine, and I warmly recommend any readers who haven't yet acquainted themselves with this estate to try a few bottles.” – Robert Parker Wine Advocate

“Another notable success is the 2020 Fleurie Poncié, a medium to full-bodied, elegant and lively wine evocative of cherries, red berries and rose petals. Structurally refined and charming, it concludes with an expansive, perfumed finish. As is often the case, this is my favorite wine from chez Chermette this year.” - Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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(Submitted May 2, 2022)

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Add These New Arrival Rosés to Your Wine Line-Up!

Glasses of Rosé Wine

Warm weather isn’t the only thing arriving lately – we’ve got a terrific inventory of new Rosés that just checked into stock that you don’t want to miss! Rosé continues to be an in-demand category in the world of wine – it’s delicious, food-friendly and very affordable.

Below, we’re sharing a select handful of stylish pink wines that we love and that our customers love. These five wines are all from Provence, the Rosé capital of the world. Chances are, if you’ve been drinking Rosé, you’ve likely had one from Provence. The Rosés from this region are crisp and light and not too fruity or big. Not only are these selections delicious and drinking well now, they are all affordably priced and under $27!

2021 Clos Beylesse Rosé Cotes de Provence - $26.99

This gorgeous, royal blue glass bottle may just be the most recognized Rosé bottle on the market! It’s a crown jewel, and we’re always a fan of the consistently amazing quality coming from Clos Beylesse. If this is a favorite of yours, scoop up your case quickly as it’s always one of the first Rosés to sell out!

2021 Chateau Sainte Roseline Cru Classe Lampe de Meduse - $17.99

This Rosé is another summer classic at only $17.99. We first started selling this wine with the 2016 vintage, and we immediately knew that we had to add it to our lineup. It’s been a customer favorite for the last few summers. The bottle shape is unique and provokes thoughts of a genie’s lamp or a vase waiting to be filled with a beautiful bouquet. If you think the bottle is beautiful, just wait until you taste the Rosé! Our team is blown away by the quality coming from Chateau Sainte Roseline, a prestigious, one thousand year old terroir and one of the richest historical sites in Provence. This Rosé is one of the few in Provence to have achieved the elite ‘Cru Classe’ status, a mark of supreme quality. It’s priced at only $17.99, but don’t fear underpaying for a great Rosé.

2021 Miraval Rosé - $22.99

Miraval Rosé is another winner! It’s been one of the most popular Rosés for the past several summers and is always a highly anticipated arrival. A huge customer favorite, Miraval Rosé is an amazing, sought-after wine from one of the most prestigious estates in Provence. It’s a pure expression of Provencal Rosé that’s priced at just $22.99. This Rosé will disappear quickly, so order yours before it's sold out!

2021 Minuty M Rosé Cotes de Provence - $19.99

If you're searching for a delicious Rosé that combines quality and value, Minuty Rosé Cuvee M is one of our go-to choices! A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Tirbouren, “the blush wine is an instant hit with its intense aromas ranging from tangy berries to tropical fruit notes.” (Minuty). This is a perfect poolside or beach wine and also a great wine to kick off dinner parties at home.

2021 Peyrassol Cuvee des Commandeurs Cotes de Provence Rosé - $21.99

Founded in the 13th century by the Order of the Templars, Peyrassol is known as one of the reference points when it comes to top quality Provencal Rosé. Rosé makes up more of Peyrassol’s total production than red wine or white wine, so it’s the star of the show. This gorgeous, $21.99 Rosé is a terrific addition to your pink wine lineup.

These Rosés are all in stock and ready for you to enjoy this spring and summer. Serve with seafood, shellfish, pasta dishes, lighter salads, grilled chicken, sandwiches or wraps.

(Submitted Apr 27, 2022)

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It’s Rosé Season!

2021 D'Esclans Whispering Angel RoseRosé pairs well with a side of sunshine, and with spring here, and summer quickly approaching, we’d like to share the newest vintage of one of our best-selling Rosés that we love and our customers love – D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé.

The new 2021 vintage has arrived (92 points), and it’s delicious! Produced in Provence, the Rosé capital of the world, Whispering Angel is one of the most famous Rosés of the region and a benchmark Rosé that’s consistently sought-after by wine lovers every year. It’s also been a Sokolin best-seller for years, and it’s easy to understand why - it’s delicious, pairs well with so many foods and is affordably priced at only $20.99. Made from Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle (Vermentino), it’s pale in color, bone dry and very approachable.

Whispering Angel Rosé was created by Sacha Lichine, son of the famous Alexis Lichine, who spent time working at his family’s chateau in Bordeaux. Sacha’s “vision was to create the greatest rosés in the world igniting the “Rosé Renaissance”. (D’Esclans Winery).

Whispering Angel Rosé is a world-class Rosé that’s priced at only $20.99, yet it tastes like it costs twice the price. This stunning bottle also makes a great hostess gift or a terrific Mother’s Day gift idea.

It’s perfect for the beach, a picnic or sipping poolside and perfect to serve with seafood, shellfish, pasta dishes, lighter salads, grilled chicken, sandwiches or wraps. Pick up this pure expression of Provencal Rosé that has a 92 point score and will leave you smiling!

Cheers!

(Submitted Apr 11, 2022)

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The Rockstar of Barbaresco

The Rockstar of BarbarescoLa Ca' Nova is the rockstar of Barbaresco, priced to be so fun, and yet they are so SERIOUS! This estate has been on fire in the wine world - the combination of points, price and pedigree within this estate makes this the next big deal in Piedmont at ridiculously low prices!

"La Ca' Nova is the hottest estate in Barbaresco right now. Readers will not want to miss these magnificent, utterly thrilling wines." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Below, we’re sharing five Barbarescos, rated 93 - 97 points, starting at only $43.99 / bottle, drinking now.
 
***Scoring in line with Gaja, but costing $300 - $400 less / bottle!

We have a very small allocation of these amazing wines, so if La Ca’ Nova happens to be a favorite of yours, or if this estate is new to you, act quickly before these are gone for good!

2016 La Ca' Nova Barbaresco Montefico Vigna Bric Mentina - $64.99 / btl | 95+ points AG

2016 La Ca' Nova Barbaresco Montestefano - $69.99 / btl | 97 points WE

2019 La Ca' Nova Barbaresco - $43.99 / btl | 93 points AG

2019 La Ca' Nova Barbaresco Montestefano - $54.99 / btl | 97 points AG

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(Submitted Apr 4, 2022)

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The #3 German Wine of the Year – Under $50!

2020 Schloss Johannisberg Grunlack Riesling SpatleseIf you're a fan of German wines, you'll want to keep reading as we're sharing the #3 German Wine of the Year – 2020 Schloss Johannisberg Grünlack Riesling Spätlese – 99 points and under $50!

If you're a fan of German wines, you'll want to keep reading as we're sharing the #3 German Wine of the Year – 2020 Schloss Johannisberg Grünlack Riesling Spätlese – 99 points and under $50!

Wine has been cultivated at Schloss Johannisberg for 1,200 years, exclusively Riesling since 1720, making the 2020 vintage at Schloss Johannisberg formally its 300th vintage.

They consider the Grünlack Spätlese their "great classic" as it's been in their portfolio since 1775 delivering a "taste explosion in your mouth!"

2020 is the 3rd solid vintage in a row, producing "wonderfully clear, precise, finely fruity and spicy Kabinett and Spätlese Rieslings."

And Schloss Johannisberg appears to have delivered again following the 100 point 2019 with a 99 point 2020 Grünlack Spätlese and James Suckling's #3 German Wine of the Year.

It's SOLD OUT at the winery, but we have a nice allocation of this 99 pointer that should provide pleasure over the following 3 decades for just $49.99.

"Very cool and reserved at the front, but this is an enormously deep and complex wine that has staggering mineral intensity. The lime and oolong-tea freshness effortlessly swallows up the unfermented grape sweetness, as if it didn't really exist. Some will criticize, saying that this is too radical, but that's what creates the great excitement! The herbal freshness at the finish is really astounding. Drinkable now, but best from 2023." – James Suckling

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(Submitted Mar 28, 2022)

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Only $22.99 & from the Owner of the Legendary Screaming Eagle

2016 The Paring Red WineIf you’re looking for a wine that over-delivers for the price, we have the bottle for you! Our expert team searches high and low to locate top quality wines at every price level, and 2016 The Paring Red Wine is a gem that shouldn’t be missed.

From the owner of the legendary Screaming Eagle, comes this incredible, 93 point, Bordeaux blend that you'll be excited about! The blend is made up of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc & 10% Petit Verdot. Not only is this wine absolutely delicious, but it’s priced at only $22.99!

The winemaker’s notes are as follows: “Utterly fascinating nose mixing lifted black fruit, savory green herbs and dark notes of grilled bread, espresso and anise. Fills the palate with bright red fruit and black plum. A constant play between sweet and savory. Gentle and dusty tannins lead the way into an incredibly long and precise
finish. Mulberry sweetness and a wonderful tension between tannic structure and bright acidity. Balanced and refined, a study in elegance.” – Matt Dees, Winemaker

This $22.99 wine is from an A+ vintage and "tastes like it costs three times the price." – JD

This wine is a steal at this price, so take advantage of this great buying opportunity! In stock and ready to ship.

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(Submitted Mar 21, 2022)

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The New Vintage of the Best-Selling Waterstone Is Here!

2018 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 two decades ago, and 2001 was the first vintage we sold. Waterstone has been a best-selling wine at Sokolin, year after year.

The 95 point, 2018 vintage of Waterstone is here, and it's the BEST vintage we've tasted since their initial release in 2001! The brilliance and magic of winemaker Laurie Hook (formerly of Beringer and their high scoring luxury offerings) has taken these wines to a whole different stratosphere.

With fruit sourced from the iconic Truchard’s vineyard and also vineyard sites from the hillsides of the Mayacamas range displays the top-notch pedigree. A stunning nose showcases multiple layers of dark fruit, especially black cherries, warm baking spices and even a hint of chocolate. It also has that unmistakable touch of Napa dust. On the palate, it’s fruity and bold with powerful plush tannins, but also flaunts an elegant structure that demonstrates the overall extraordinary quality of this Cabernet. 

At only $34.95 / bottle, this is a phenomenal, under-priced Napa Cab that offers amazing bang for the buck!

Drinks great now and will age for 2 decades. In stock and ready to ship.

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 Mar 16, 2022)

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Collector Alert – 2013 Gaja Sperss Barolo

2013 Gaja Sperss Barolo2013 Barolos are fantastic! This is the vintage we've been waiting for - the best vintage in years. "Readers will find a number of thrilling, utterly captivating wines that speak to the pedigree and class that are signatures of the best Barolo vintages... Overall, the 2013s are Barolos that speak to finesse above all else." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Back in 2017, Antonio Galloni released his much anticipated reviews of the late releases from Barolo, and 2013 Gaja Sperss Barolo was “tee’d up”, being awarded a whopping 97 points! THE ONLY other vintage to score higher was the 1997, which sells for $400+ - if you can find it. In addition to scoring 97 points from Antonio Galloni, 2013 Gaja Sperss Barolo received a 97 point score from Jeb Dunnuck and a 96 point score from The Wine Advocate.

"Gaja is the king of Piedmont, and 2013 is one of Gaja's A+ vintages that's ready to drink now or cellar for decades." - Dave Sokolin

"Gaja's 2013 Sperss is fabulous... The 2013 Barolos are decidely classically-leaning wines done in the much more traditional style..." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

We have a very limited quantity available of 2013 Gaja Sperss Barolo, one of the top wines of the vintage. Priced at $275, this 97 point gem is a perfect addition to your wine cellar. Scoop up this gorgeous wine today!

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(Submitted Mar 14, 2022)

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