La Dauphine Chloe Pinot Noir – Fresh, Fruity, and Woodsy

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

What the heart wants is what the heart wants – and sometimes we don’t want big, hearty red wines. Light, fresh, and fruity never gets old, especially as a break from overpowering and heavier styles.

La Dauphine Chloe Pinot Noir2013 La Dauphine Chloe Pinot Noir – Languedoc ($12.99) is a great choice in Pinot under $15. The high elevation vineyards and cool nights of Limoux in Languedoc are ideal for growing for Pinot Noir, making this characteristically French Pinot a reality for an amazingly low price. Aged in a mix of old French oak and stainless steel, the wine maintains old-world character with charming freshness. This Pinot displays beautiful red fruit flavors framed by an earthy underbelly – all in all a perfect choice for a glass of wine on its own, or worthy of pairing with a light winter dinner.

Drink this wine because:

– French Pinot Noir of this quality is usually much more expensive.
– Light and fruity wines are delicious and refreshing any time of year.
– You can enjoy this wine to its fullest with or without food.

Drink up and enjoy your daily glass!

Cheers, Bauer Wines bauerwines.com

Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay – Crisp, Juicy, and Full

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

When it’s cold out, all we want to do is stay inside and wrap ourselves in a metaphorical blanket of hearty red wines. Still though, fresh and zippy whites have their place this time of year – much like looking at photos of tropical beaches, they also can transport you to a warm, happy place in your mind.

Chamisal Vineyards Stainless ChardonnayAllow your mind to ponder 2013 Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay – Central Coast ($12.99) – “stainless” as in the stainless steel tanks used to create an unoaked expression of California’s favored white varietal. This Chard is sturdy and full-weighted with delicate and playful flavors of flowers, juicy peach and papaya, and citrus. All of these things are built on a backbone of mouthwatering acidity, making it a year-round white option that defies what Mother Nature is doing outdoors.

Drink this wine because:
– This fun and zippy white will make you think of warmer weather.
– It showcases Chardonnay’s full weight and pure fruit without any oak.
– The balance of fruity flavors and acidity is perfect and unbelievably tasty.

Drink up and enjoy your daily glass!

Cheers,
Bauer Wines
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Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur – Smooth, Silky, and Rich

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

Confessions of a young wine professional: I once was terrified of Bordeaux. It seemed expensive, old-fashioned, complicated, and too advanced for my unseasoned palate. I’m willing to bet that a lot of people feel this way.

Everything changed when I went to a Bordeaux seminar and actually tried some. I quickly saw the error of my ways, as I tried wine after wine that greatly appealed to me, most retailing for under $20. So don’t be afraid. Let’s get started.

2010 Chateau Recougne Bordeaux SuperieurA perfect entry point to the wines of Bordeaux is through Chateau Recougne’s Bordeaux Superieur. First of all, Bordeaux Superier is a classification for wines made with fruit from anywhere in Bordeaux, usually from old or special vines. This means a lower price for the consumer while the quality is maximized. Secondly, Chateau Recougne has been producing wine for over 400 years – and Robert Parker at one time called Recougne “the finest Bordeaux Superieur”. So in summary, entry-level Bordeaux made with choice grapes by a recognized producer. It’s a winning combination.

2010 Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur – Bordeaux, France ($12.99) is 78% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is full-bodied yet oh-so-smooth, showing rich and ripe flavors of black plum, black currant, and spicy oak with a finish of black fruit and mocha. It’s an approachable style of Bordeaux that drinks easy enough even to enjoy without food.

Drink this wine because:
– Freshness, ripe fruit, and tannin are all in balance.
– It shows the very best of Bordeaux under $15.
– You’ll see why Bordeaux isn’t so scary after all.

Drink up and enjoy your daily glass!

Cheers,
Bauer Wines
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La Maialina Gertrude Rosso Toscana – Bright Fruit and Italian Leather

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

Here’s a foolproof winter survival plan: make a huge batch of a rich pasta sauce (the kind with lots of Italian sausage, garlic, and onions) and freeze it in serving portions. Stock up on Gertrude, our wine du jour. Enjoy quick weeknight pasta dinners all winter long with a deliciously juicy and leathery Tuscan red.

La Maialina GertrudeLa Maialina is a notable producer of Tuscan wines, and their range under $15 is really impressive. Gertrude has been a longtime bestseller at Bauer’s year after year, so if you haven’t tried it yet, have no fear. For an everyday red that is full of Italian character, it’s a total score.

2011 La Maialina Gertrude Rosso Toscana – Tuscany, Italy ($12.99) is unmistakably Tuscan with aromas of rich red fruits and hints of earthiness and leather. Flavors of sweet cherry are nicely balanced by earth and spice, with a smooth and dry finish. A perfect pairing for quick pasta with tomato sauce.

Drink this wine because:
– There’s an adorable pig on the label (that’s Gertrude, and her story is on the bottle).
– You get a big Super-Tuscan style red for under $15.
– It’s an easy pairing for that amazing pasta sauce you made and froze.

Drink up and enjoy your everyday glass!

Cheers,
Bauer Wines
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Fortant Coast Select Chardonnay – French White Goes American!

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

There’s no more classic white wine for winter than Chardonnay – it’s like ice skating on Frog Pond in the Common. So dutifully, we’ll tell you about one of our new favorites that could be a staple in your rotation during this season of unending coldness.

Fortant de France is a producer in Languedoc, a region in the South of France. They offer different levels of wines but mostly focus on Pays d’Oc, which is a category of non-appellation French wine that can range from “excellent value” to “unthinkably ghastly”. Fortunately, this Chardonnay passes muster in a big way (that’s why your trustworthy Bauer team tastes so many wines – to make sure it falls in the former category).

Fortant Coast Select Chardonnay2012 Fortant Coast Select Chardonnay – Pays d’Oc, France ($11.98, 2-for-$20) reminds us more of California than Burgundy, France’s famous home of this grape. Full and clean with fruitiness reminiscent of nectarines and tropical fruit, and the right amount of oak to give the wine a creamy texture without overdoing it. It finishes clean with lingering fruit flavors, and the whole thing is held together with nice acidity that makes you go back for another sip.

Drink this wine because:
– Pays d’Oc represents many excellent values in French wine.
– The lush creaminess and full texture of this wine stands up to winter chilliness.
– The tropical fruit notes in this wine will remind you of warmer places.

Drink up and enjoy your everyday glass!

Cheers,
Bauer Wines
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Raymond “R Collection” Cabernet Sauvignon – Delicious & Complex Black Fruit

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

Another cold Boston winter is settling in, and our hearts long for big red wines once again. Starting with the basics, we’re thinking a simple and lovable California Cabernet Sauvignon a good place to look.

Raymond R Collection Cabernet SauvignonRaymond Vineyards has been a pioneering producer in Napa Valley since the 70s. The “R Collection”  is a selection of California appellation wines (so not their top-tier Napa Valley stuff), but when you have an iconic producer behind entry-level wines they tend have pretty impressive substance and depth. This Cab is a great example.

2013 Raymond “R Collection” Cabernet Sauvignon – California ($11.99) is built around a core of fresh fruitiness – cherry, black plum, and blackberry – with delicious notes of herbs and spice that balance everything nicely. Paired with a rich, silky texture and soft, long finish, this has quickly become one of our staff favorites for serving a crowd.

Drink this wine because:
– It’s rich, red, and perfect for winter.
– It’s made by a great producer of California Cabernet.
– This friendly style of wine serves a crowd with varied tastes.

Drink up and enjoy your everyday glass!

Cheers,
Bauer Wines
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Bauer at Night: The Boston Wine Festival’s Opening Night

When I first started working here, I knew that this crew is passionate about booze… but let me tell you, I didn’t realize how well they drink it too. Last Friday, for one of my first nights on the town with Howie, John, and Sue, we headed down to the Boston Wine Festival’s Opening Night at the Boston Harbor Hotel. It was a serious preview to one of the longest running and best wine festivals in the country.

A little foreground: we are big supporters of the Boston Wine Festival, celebrating it’s 25th year under the direction of our friend Chef Daniel Bruce.  The festival runs from January through March and includes over 50 wine tastings, dinners, and seminars on a variety of varietals (!) and topics. In addition to teaming up with Chef Bruce to choose some of wines that are featured, Howie hosts a few of the dinners as well. And if you like something you taste, you know who’s gonna get it for you – good ol’ Bauer.

An obligatory blurry picture of Howie and John on their ??th sample

An obligatory blurry picture of Howie and John on their ??th sample.

But back to the main event: Opening Night is a little different than the other events. It featured tasting tables that previewed wines to be featured in other sessions, and an amazing buffet spread from Chef Bruce’s kitchen. In addition to a flute of Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut welcoming us in the reception, there were eight tables pouring phenomenal wines and what seemed like twice as many tables of amazing food. Our favorite wines of the night were 2009 Bernardus Estate Marinus Meritage (Carmel Valley), a powerful and finessed Bordeaux-blend; and 2009 Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese, a wildly refreshing Riesling that balanced full sweetness and fruit with a perfectly dry finish. We finished off the night with a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape at the bar… but that’s a whole other story.

It was an incredible event and just a precursor of what’s to come. I highly recommend you check out one or more events happening this year – you can browse offerings and buy tickets at www.bostonwinefestival.net. Check back for more updates on the festival and other fun things we find out about!

Cheers,
Jeff

 

 

Twelfth Day of Christmas: 2010 Antinori Tignanello, $79.99 (Over 25% Off!)

On this, the last day of our Christmas sale, we want to give you something truly special. Tignanello (or “Tig” as we lovingly refer to it at Bauer), the legendary super-Tuscan from Antinori, will be $79.99 for one day only, marked down from $110. It’s our Christmas gift to you.

tignanello-98-09_12Tig is a truly luxurious experience, perfect for a holiday meal or gathering. “An intense ruby red in color, the aromas of the wine are characterized by a powerful varietal expressiveness, with ample notes of red fruit, raspberries, and liquorice. On the palate, the wine, still very young, immediately shows firm tannins with much polish and finesse as well, along with a balancing, tonic acidity and savory mineral notes which add length and persistence to the finish and aftertaste.” (Winemaker’s tasting notes)

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

Thank you for your patronage and friendship throughout the year. Merry Christmas, we’ll see you soon!

Cheers,
Jeff

Eleventh Day of Christmas: Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Sampler, $29.99 (25% Off!)

If nothing has grabbed your attention yet, this should be it! Glenrothes, a fine Speyside Single Malt Scotch producer, makes a very handy sampler containing three different expressions of their scotch in 100mL bottles. We normally sell them for $39.99, but today only we’re taking 25% off to $29.99.

20130607glenrothesHere’s what the gift pack contains:

(1) Glenrothes Select Reserve
(1) Glenrothes 2001
(1) Glenrothes 1998

This is a great way to try their different scotches before marrying yourself to an entire bottle, but trust me… all three are a good catch. With the special price on these, it’s a no-brainer.

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

Stop by to pick up this fun holiday treat (or last-minute gift) today, and be sure to look for our final day tomorrow…

Cheers,
Jeff

Tenth Day of Christmas: Don Julio Blanco Tequila, 20% Off!

Sometimes, family get-togethers need a little “wildcard”. Why not premium tequila? Today, get Don Julio Blanco at $39.99, a big 20% off sale price!

prod_blancoTequila Don Julio Blanco is the base from which all of our other variants are derived. Commonly referred to as “silver” tequila, its crisp agave flavor and hints of citrus make it an essential component to a variety of innovative drinks including margaritas. It can also be enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

I can promise you this: bring some tequila to your family holiday party, and Uncle Frank’s stories will get a lot more interesting. Check tomorrow for Day 11… our last two are going to be a blowout.

Cheers,
Jeff