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Spottswoode — Caymus — Faust — Lyndenhurst — Double Diamond — A Napa Tasting Parade

2014 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Who doesn't love a fantastic line-up of Napa Valley's most prized wines? If you are familiar with these wines or curious to try them, then don't miss our Saturday Wine Tasting.

Please join us Saturday December 8th 1:00-5:00PM when we will be joined by host Mr. Alex Meier-Tomkins, Fine Wine Manager of Slocum and Sons as he pours an exceptional lineup of wines from Napa Valley.

The Spottswoode Estate has been producing quality wines since it was established in 1882. From this Estate, Alex will be pouring two wines, the first of which will be the highly prized 2014 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($179.99). Extremely sought after and extremely finite, this wine exudes both power and elegance with every sip. Given a 96+ rating from Robert Parker the 2014 Vintage of this fabulous wine is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Whether looking for yourself or perhaps a gift for someone else, this wine will drink spectacularly over the next 20 years. Also from Spottswoode Estate, we have the 2014 Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($89.99), a terrific wine that packs flavors of black current, dark berry and hint of licorice all surrounded by the solid core that Cabernet provides.

2016 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Next up we have the 2016 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) a wine that needs no introduction. The Caymus Cabernet is a welcome sight whether you are a wine collector or simply a lover of full-bodied California Cabernets. This wine is tailor made for a big styled steak such as a simply seasoned well marbled Rib-Eye grilled to perfection.

2016 Double Diamond Napa Cabernet 2016 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Moving over to Schrader Cellars, we have their 2016 Double Diamond Napa Cabernet ($74.99). The Double Diamond Cabernet greets you with a rich flavor complimented by nuances of dark fruit and herbal notes. Beautifully balanced, this wine is ready to pour and enjoy.

Finally we have the 2016 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($55.99) rife with flavors of dark fruit combined with hints of chocolate that create the most enticing aroma that leaves you craving another glass. Faust has been producing quality wines since their first vintage in 2002 and has not stopped since.

Saturday Wine Tasting: So please make time to join is this Saturday December 8th 1:00-5:00PM as our host Mr. Alex Meier-Tomkins, Fine Wine Manager of Slocum and Sons pours these fantastic wines from Napa Valley.

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order these and any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Ring in the Holiday Stroll with the Bohigas Cava & 2015 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir

 Bohigas Cava

The December shopping season starts in New Canaan with the 14th Annual New Canaan Chamber Holiday Stroll (follow the link to see the stroll hours/activities), as well as a month of exciting Wine Tastings here at Francos Wine Merchants. Regardless of whether you shop with us at our Elm Street location or shop with us online, you have access to the wines we will be highlighting this month.

The Holiday Stroll kicks off Friday evening, November 30th; we'll have a Wine Tasting from 6:00-8:00PM when we will be joined by Ms. Inés Oro, Sales Manager for Terra Nostra Vinos, as she pours the Bohigas Cava ($14.99). Hailing from Catalonia Spain, this Brut Reserva Cava is made from a classic blend of Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada planted in limestone and clay soils native to the region. This Cava has a crisp and elegant style perfect for entertaining. The refreshing zesty and dry flavor of this wine enables you to use it for a wide spectrum of pairings from simple shrimp appetizer to other seafood dishes such as paella or seafood risotto which makes it superb for most any holiday gathering. If you are looking for a wallet friendly alternative to the usual sparkling wines and prosecco for this holiday season, the Bohigas Cava is the sparkling wine you want to consider.

2015 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir

Please remember that on Friday night, Elm Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the Tree Lighting event, but the street will be open for traffic on Saturday.

On Saturday December 1st the Holiday Stroll continues and for our Saturday Wine Tasting we will continue to pour the Bohigas Cava ($14.99) for those of you who missed it on Friday night. Plus, we will also be pouring the 2015 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir ($36.99). This Pinot Noir from the Dundee Hills area of the Willamette Valley is the Oregon property of the Joseph Drouhin Winery in Burgundy. Complex and expressive on the nose, the aromas of flower petals and candied cherry and plum greet you as you pour this wine. In the mouth, flavors of dark fruit, cherry and rhubarb and well integrated tannins are balanced out by a graceful yet firm structure. If you are planning any holiday entertaining that may include a Crown Roast, Beef Wellington or Prime Rib, this is the wine you want in the glass.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Last Minute Thanksgiving Selections from Francos

 Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee 2015 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape

Thanksgiving is upon us and if you are still in need of selecting your holiday wine, or perhaps in need of stocking up on a few last minute items, Francos Wine Merchants is here to help.

If you like to start things off in a celebratory way, why not consider the Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée ($59.99). The flavors of pear, brioche and notes of fresh walnut make for a perfect pairing with your Thanksgiving appetizers.

Last week we told you of the terrific wines of the Bergstrom Family. These wines which include the 2015 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir ($41.99), the 2015 Bergström Silice Pinot Noir ($69.99) and the 2015 Bergström Sigrid Chardonnay ($89.99) will all pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving dinner.

If you prefer the bolder flavor of a Rhone Valley wine, then the 2016 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape ($79.99) is for you. Given a solid 97 rating from Robert Parker, Beaucastel is known for planting all 13 varietals allowed by AOC Law and farms their property using sustainable farming techniques. In fact, Chateau Beaucastel was one of the first estates in Chateauneuf du Pape to begin to farm their vineyards organically.

2003 Croft Vintage Port

Nothing ends the night in a more traditional fashion than a Vintage Port, and Francos has the 2003 Croft Vintage Port ($72.99). Garnering a 90 point rating from both Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer, this port with its exotic nose and flavors of cherry, peat and dark chocolate will be the perfect ending to your Thanksgiving dinner. You can read about this port as well as our entire list by visiting the Port link here or on our Home Page.

Holiday Hours: Our hours for Thanksgiving are as follows:

Wednesday November 21st 8:00-AM-8:00PM
Thursday (Thanksgiving) - CLOSED
Friday November 23rd 9:00AM-7:00PM
Saturday November 24th 8:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday November 25th Noon-5:00PM

Best wishes for the Thanksgiving holiday!

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Taste the Wines of the Bergström Estate

2015 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir

The wines of the Bergström Family will pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving meal. Whether you enjoy the delicate firm structure of a Pinot Noir or a very expressive full-styled Chardonnay, the Bergströms have you covered. Not only do we have three of their exceptional wines in stock, but we will be pouring them at our Weekly Wine Tasting. So please make time to join us on Saturday, November 17th 2018 1:00-5:00PM as we welcome Mr. Drew Viner, Northeast Sales Manager of Brescome Barton, to pour these exceptional wines.

The Bergström story begins with John Bergström who grew up in a small agricultural and logging village in northern Sweden. As a teenager he set out for Oregon in search of the American dream which brought him through medical school where he became a successful surgeon. After meeting his wife Karen and raising five children in his new homeland, John decided to return to his agricultural roots and pursue his dreams of owning a vineyard and eventually founded Bergström Wines. Today the vineyards consist of five biodynamic estate vineyards that span across the Willamette Valley's best appellations, crafting wines that are very much in the Burgundian style.

Let us begin our visit with the 2015 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir ($41.99). This pinot noir is an artistic blending from their five estate farmed properties which highlights the fresh fruit character, sweet spices and warm earthiness that the Willamette Valley is best known for. Dark and vibrant, this cherry colored wine has explosive aromas of dark cherries, black currant and blueberries. The silky mouthfeel and mouthwatering finish will have you dreaming of how it will pair with the melody of flavors at the Thanksgiving table.

2015 Bergström Silice Pinot Noir 2015 Bergström Sigrid Chardonnay

Staying with the Pinot Noir grape, we move over to the 2015 Bergström Silice Pinot Noir ($69.99). This wine has a deep and vibrant ruby red color, a youthful violet hue, and a bouquet of candied fruit, warm spices and savory herbs which rise up from the glass. The Bergström Silice has flavors of just-ripe berries that are bursting with juicy acidity, yet not over-ripe or jammy. The firm structure is enhanced by the complex nuances of smoke, spice and exotic wood. This is a fresh and vibrant pinot noir with a solid core of sweet fruit flavors. Dig out your Aunt's famous oyster stuffing recipe because this is the wine that will stand up to it.

Finally we move over to their landmark white wine, the 2015 Bergström Sigrid Chardonnay ($89.99). Known throughout the world, this estate grown, biodynamic wine is the finest expression of Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. The striking golden color with slight green hue of the 2015 vintage is probably the most mineral and floral Chardonnay they have crafted to date. The bouquet of citrus blossoms, fruit, flint and smoke makes for a lively bouquet that magically does not overpower itself. The flavor profile of this wine is noticeably citrus in the front of the mouth, yet texturally complex in the back of the mouth. The flavors of lemon, lime and grapefruit combine magically and all come together in a silky, crème fraiche finish. The brightness, firmness and elegance of this wine will stun you with its complexity and brings you back to Chardonnay's Burgundian roots.

Saturday Tasting: So please join us on Saturday November 17th 1:00-5:00PM as we pour wines of the Bergström Estate. As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Jolly Bolly — Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée

 Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee

Whether you are one who drinks Champagne only at the holidays, or one who drinks it year round, the next few weeks are the weeks where the two will meet. So for the casual Champagne drinker and the serious Champagne drinker we have in stock one that will please you both — the Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée ($59.99).

First a little history: Champagne Bollinger was founded in 1829 by Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who had left his country to learn about the Champagne wine trade. Eventually, the Champagne house was taken over by his sons Joseph and Georges and under the guidance of the two brothers it started to gain great renown and they extended their vineyards considerably. The vineyard was passed down through the family surviving wars, phylloxera blight, and untimely deaths. Then in 2008, for the first time in its history, the Champagne House was placed in the care of Jérôme Philipon, a chairman who was not a family member. Under Jérôme's tutelage the House has continued to preserve its traditional expertise while incorporating the best of new technologies.

Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée ($59.99) has a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Meunier. The dosage is a moderate 8 to 9 grams per liter which produces an elegant and dry champagne. You are first captured by the bright golden color and the very fine bubbles for which the Champagne is known. On the nose, you are treated to a beautiful aromatic complexity with aromas of ripe fruit and a touch of spice. Also of note are the hints of baked apple and peach. The real joy comes with your first taste which exudes a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity. The flavors of pear, brioche and notes of fresh walnut are carried by the Champagne's lively effervescence. The flavors make you think past just using the wine for celebratory purposes and instead make you dream of meals where shrimp, prawn, poultry or lobster take the helm.

Saturday Tasting: So please join us on Saturday November 10th 1:00-5:00PM as we pour the Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée ($59.99). As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order this wine or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Que Syrah, Syrah — 2016 Chateau Campuget 1753 Syrah

2016 Chateau Campuget 1753

The Rhone Valley is where we tend to turn to in the fall season, as we seek out wines to go with our heartier menus. While many of the wines with which we are familiar tend to be the Cote du Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape, there are plenty of smaller bottlings from the Rhone Valley that have a lot to offer and Francos Wine Merchants is pouring one this weekend.

Please Join us on Saturday November 3rd 1:00-5:00PM as we pour the 2016 Chateau Campuget 1753 ($20.99).

This 100% Syrah from the Rhone Valley takes its name from the earliest date mentioned in documents found at Chateau Campuget. This appellation of the Rhone Valley, known as the Costieres de Nimes, is the southernmost appellation in the Rhone. It is a fantastic place to grow grapes with 2,700 hours of sunshine a year which is reflected off the rocky/gravelly terrain and onto the vines allowing them to ripen fully.

2016 Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone

The 2016 Chateau Campuget 1753 ($20.99) exemplifies the extraordinary qualities of the Syrah grape. This wine has a beautiful dark ink color in the glass along with nuances of blackcurrant, blackberry and hints of cocoa. Once on the palate, the flavors of violet and licorice explode on the tongue. The tannins have an easy elegance to them and they lead into round and velvety notes. All these flavors trail off into a long, refined finish that reminds us of what a quality Rhone Syrah is meant to be. So if you are dying to make that first beef stew of the season, or perhaps you have access to some venison or other game meats, you will find that this classic Rhone wine from Chateau Campuget will make for the perfect pairing.

Saturday Tasting: So please join us on Saturday November 3rd, 1:00-5:00PM as we taste the wonderful 2016 Chateau Campuget 1753 ($20.99). Also on Saturday, we will be pouring another Rhone favorite, the 2016 Kermit Lynch Côtes du Rhône ($13.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these wines or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Celebrate Autumn with The Arsonist & Vajra Dolcetto

2016 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto D'Alba

These cool autumn nights may have you pulling out a Braised Beef Ragu recipe or it may have you standing in the cool night air grilling that final steak of the season. Whichever you choose, Francos Wine Merchants has two terrific wines which we will be pouring at our Weekly Wine Tasting this weekend that will pair perfectly.

Please join us on Saturday October 27th 1:00-5:00PM as we welcome our host Ms. Ana Bermudez of The Winebow Group as she pours two wines from the Winebow portfolio.

First Ana will bring you to Northern Italy where we find the 2016 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto D'Alba ($17.99). This wine is 100% Dolcetto grape farmed from two of their vineyards located in the town of Barolo. This vintage was preceded by a harsh winter but mild spring and a warm summer. The result was an early ripening of the grapes, reduced yields and decreased acidity producing a soft, rich colored Dolcetto. The vibrant purple color is both deep and brilliant in the glass. The nose is a symphony of red fruit and cherry with notes of licorice. Once in the mouth you will find this wine to be lively and complex with silky tannins and a bright freshness. All these characteristics make for a wine that is versatile and food friendly.

2015 The Arsonist

Ana will then bring you back to the United States to California where we find the next wine we will be showing, the 2015 The Arsonist ($19.99). For those of you who prefer a Meritage or Bordeaux style blend will feel right at home with this wine. 2015 The Arsonist is a blend of primarily Petit Verdot (53%) with the balance comprised of Malbec (28%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (19%). Dark ruby red in the glass, the aromas of violets, blackberry and caramel rise up and mingle with the wines nuance of toasty oak and vanilla notes. Opulent and lush in the mouth, the flavors of dried blueberries and juicy plum tantalize the taste buds and then transition seamlessly into a lengthy finish. So get that Pan-Seared Filet Mignon recipe going or find that Peppercorn-crusted New York Strip and pop the cork for a delicious pairing.

Saturday Wine Tasting: So please join us this Saturday October 27th from 1:00-5:00PM as we welcome Ms. Ana Bermudez of The Winebow Group as she pours both the 2016 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto D'Alba ($17.99) and the 2015 The Arsonist ($19.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these wines or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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2016 Louis Jadot Tasting — The Culture of Burgundy

2016 Louis Jadot Meursault 2016 Louis Jadot Chassagne Montrachet 2016 Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet

One sure sign of Autumn is the arrival of the Louis Jadot Burgundy and we have recently received shipment of the most current release, the 2016 Louis Jadot Burgundy. Francos Wine Merchants not only has these wonderful wines in stock but we are also having a comprehensive Wine Tasting of them this Saturday.

Please join us on Saturday October 20th 1:00-5:00PM as Mr. Jordan Ross, Connecticut Wine Manager for Kobrand Corporation, pours ten different 2016 Burgundies from the Maison Louis Jadot Portfolio. Maison Louis Jadot has been in operation since 1859, and has amassed a nearly unparalleled reputation for quality in Burgundy. The 2016 Louis Jadot are uniformly exceptional. These are the pure expressions of terroir that only the best Burgundy in the best years can offer.

2016 Louis Jadot Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 2016 Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Garenne 2016 Louis Jadot Meursault Genevrieres

In White Burgundy, the wines Jordan will be pouring include the 2016 Louis Jadot Meursault ($65.99), the 2016 Louis Jadot Chassagne Montrachet ($66.99), the 2016 Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet ($78.99). Jordan will also pour three Premier Cru white wines, the 2016 Louis Jadot Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle ($94.99), the 2016 Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Garenne ($105.99) and the 2016 Louis Jadot Meursault Genevrières ($107.99).


2016 Jadot Pernand Vergelesses Clos de la Croix de Pierre 2016 Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin

The Red Burgundy being poured will include the 2016 Jadot Pernand Vergelesses Clos de la Croix de Pierre ($40.99), the 2016 Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin ($62.99), and the 2016 Louis Jadot Chambolle Musigny ($72.99). For a Premier Cru red wine, Jordan will be pouring the 2016 Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules ($84.99).

2016 Louis Jadot Chambolle Musigny 2016 Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules

You can see our entire selection by clicking on the 2016 Jadot Burgundy link as well as older vintages by clicking on our Jadot Burgundy link both located on our home page.

Saturday Wine Tasting: So please join us this Saturday October 20th from 1:00-5:00PM as we sample the 2016 Louis Jadot Burgundy with our host Mr. Jordan Ross, Connecticut Wine Manager for Kobrand Corporation.

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these wines or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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2016 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape — A Robert Parker 97

2016 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape

When an outstanding property and a perfect growing season collide, we all benefit. Beaucastel is perhaps the most famous Chateauneuf du Pape dating back to 1549 and this weekend we will be pouring their most famous wine the 2016 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape ($79.99) at our Weekly Wine Tasting Saturday October 13th 1:00-5:00PM.

Beaucastel is foremost a family story, the story of the Perrin family. The story starts in the 16th Century when records show Pierre de Beaucastel buying land in Coudoulet. Jump to 1909 when Pierre Perrin purchased the land from his father in law and the property has stayed in the Perrin family ever since. After Pierre Perrin, Beaucastel was managed by Jacques Perrin until 1978, and after that Jacques' sons Jean Pierre and Francois Perrin have managed the family property.

Beaucastel is known for planting all 13 varietals allowed by AOC Law: Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc and Roussane. The rocky terrain absorbs the sunlight and holds the heat from the sun and transfers the heat to the vines after sunset. Beaucastel farms their property using sustainable farming techniques and, in fact, was one of the first estates in Chateauneuf du Pape to begin to farm their vineyards organically. Given a solid 97, the Robert Parker review reads as follows:

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that unfold across a seamless palate. No doubt it will go through cycles of being open and closed throughout its lifespan, but it would be a mistake to simply order a case, put it into storage and forget about it without trying one first and swooning over the sheer lusciousness and youthful complexity. (JC) (8/2018)

2016 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel

Please join us on Saturday October 13th from 1:00-5:00PM as we pour the 2016 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape ($79.99) along with the 2016 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel ($24.99). This Zinfandel from the Bedrock Wine Co. has plenty of juiciness with a beautiful medium to garnet purple color. The palate is full-bodied with flavors of nuts, earth and spiced cake all flowing into a spicy finish.

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these wines or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Exploring Italy from Asti to Abruzzo

2016 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne

From north to south, Italy has so much to offer the world of wine and this weekend Francos Wine Merchants will have three Italian offerings at our Weekly Wine Tasting.

Please join us on Saturday October 6th from 1:00-5:00PM as we pour three Italian red wines, two from the Abruzzo region and one from up north in the region of Asti. Two regions, three wines and a variety of autumn menus that can be used as a pairing, these wines will not disappoint.

First we will start up north in the small medieval village of Castiglione Falletto in the province of Asti where the Vietti winery is now being operated by the fourth generation of that family, and where we find the 2016 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne ($16.99). Made from 100% Barbera grape, this wine has a stunning ruby/purple color that is accompanied by ripe cherry aromas with hints of spice. A medium bodied red wine with refreshing acidity, this wine is well balanced with slight integration of oak, good complexity and a long, soft finish. While it can be paired with many pasta, chicken or pork dishes, this wine would shine with a traditional Coniglio alla Sarda.

2014 La Valentina Montepulciano D'Abruzzo  "Spelt"

From there we travel down to the region of Abruzzo where we find the two other wines we will be pouring. First we come to the town of Spoltore where we have the 2014 La Valentina Montepulciano D'Abruzzo "Spelt" ($21.99). You are first impressed with an intense purple color and aromas of pomegranate and licorice which are followed by a velvety taste and polished tannins that make this wine so voluptuous and savory. The La Valentina Spelt will definitely help stave off those cold winter nights so our suggestion is to find your favorite meat Bolognese recipe and pop open the cork.

2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

Next up in the region is the 2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo ($10.99). This small estate bottled wine has a bright ruby red color with a bouquet of violet and tobacco. This wine with its attractive nose of red cherry is what you are looking for to warm up an easy mid-week meal. Made from the flagship grape of Abruzzo, the Montepulciano from the Masciarelli Estate is uniquely round, rich and drinkable. Medium in weight with flavors of black currant and a little spice, this wine would pair perfectly with anything from a simple Mushroom Marinara to a more full flavored dish such as Bucatini all'Amatriciana.

Saturday Tasting: Join us this Saturday October 6th 1:00-5:00PM as we pour the 2016 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne ($16.99), the 2014 La Valentina Montepulciano D'Abruzzo "Spelt" ($21.99) and the 2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo ($10.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these wines or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Last Call for 2015 L'Abeille de Fieuzal

2015 L'Abeille de Fieuzal

Summer is winding down and so is our supply of the most popular $30 wine in our inventory. The 2015 L'Abeille de Fieuzal ($29.99) started out as a 75 case stacking and has dwindled down to less than 10 cases. So if you have not had the opportunity to taste this wine this may be your last chance.

Please join us on Saturday September 29th 1:00-5:00PM as we pour the last of the 2015 L'Abeille de Fieuzal ($29.99). In our inventory since last spring with the arrival of our 2015 Bordeaux shipment, unlike many of the other 2015 Bordeaux, this wine is drinking beautifully right now and is a perfect wine to consider for the holidays which will soon be up on us.

The left bank in Bordeaux (which would be the southern bank of the river) is home to several growing regions including the appellation of Pessac-Léognan (in the region of Graves), home to Chateau de Fieuzal. The 2015 L'Abeille de Fieuzal ($29.99) is the second label to their famous Bordeaux and was such a great value that we purchased 75 cases and put it out at this very sharp price. Over the past few years L'Abeille de Fieuzal has developed a strong identity of its own. Like most wines in this region, it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This wine offers aromas of fresh red fruit such as strawberry, raspberry and cherry which carry on through to the palate. Oak is present but subtle and discreet. The weight and length on this wine is gorgeous and combined with its structured richness makes it the perfect wine for your fall menus.

2017 Jean-Paul Brun Cote de Brouilly

Also on Saturday we will be pouring the 2017 Jean-Paul Brun Côte de Brouilly ($21.99). Made from 100% Gamay grape and not only made in a natural fashion with no pesticides or added sulfites, but if the temperature rises you can put both of these wines in the fridge for about 20 minutes as they can be enjoyed with a slight chill on them without muting the true flavor of the Gamay grape. His Cote de Brouilly is light bodied with elegant fruit and earthly minerality.

Saturday Tasting: Join us this Saturday September 29th 1:00-5:00PM as we sample the 2015 L'Abeille de Fieuzal ($29.99) and the 2017 Jean-Paul Brun Côte de Brouilly ($21.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these wines or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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2014 Grgich Hill Chardonnay — Short on vowels, long on flavor

2014 Grgich Hills Chardonnay

Napa Valley is home to some our most loved wines and Grgich Hills Estates is no exception. Francos Wine Merchants just received a shipment of the 2014 Grgich Hills Chardonnay ($44.99) and we will be showcasing this wine at our Weekly Wine Tasting this Saturday, September 22nd 1:00-5:00PM.

Miljenjo "Mike" Grgich founded his namesake winery in 1977 and became immediately known as "The King of Chardonnay". Jumping to present day Mike, along with his daughter Violet and his nephew Ivo Jeramaz are committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability and farm their estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides and rely on wild yeast fermentation to handcraft food-friendly wines that are balanced and elegant.

Enter their 2014 Grgich Hills Chardonnay ($44.99) as one of their star players. Their Chardonnay vines grow in their American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, near San Pablo Bay. The cool maritime breezes and morning fog allow the grapes to slowly ripen, producing complex flavors and a natural acidity that is impossible to achieve in warmer climates. The 2014 weather was on the dry side which produced small berries packed with concentrated flavors. The wine displays ripe peach, mango and tropical flavors. A note of minerality means this wine can be enjoyed with fresh seafood as well as roasted chicken and grilled pork.

2017 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre

Saturday Tasting: Join us this Saturday September 22nd 1:00-5:00PM as we sample the 2014 Grgich Hills Chardonnay ($44.99). Also on Saturday, we will be pouring the 2017 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre ($22.99) — a delightful Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley.

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order this wine or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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All the Way with Coudoulet — 2016 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone

2016 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone

Nothing welcomes autumn like the wines of the Rhone. Hearty and robust, they are the type of wine you want to serve when you start to uncover your Fall recipes such as stews, goulash and ragouts. The 2016 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone ($28.99) is one of the wines you should consider. We will be pouring this wine at our Weekly Wine Tasting this Saturday, September 15th 1:00-5:00PM.

Beaucastel is foremost a family story, the story of the Perrin family. The story starts in the 16th Century when records show Pierre de Beaucastel buying land in Coudoulet. Jump to 1909 when Pierre Perrin purchased the land from his father in law and the property has stayed in the Perrin family ever since. After Pierre Perrin, Beaucastel was managed by Jacques Perrin until 1978, and after that Jacques' sons Jean Pierre and Francois Perrin have manages the family property.

The Coudoulet vineyard which produces the 2016 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone ($28.99) is immediately adjacent to the Beaucastel which produces their famous Chateauneuf du Pape. Their property extends to a tiny dirt road which acts as a border between the two properties. The same limestone plateau spreads across both properties with its clay, layer of sandstone and great number of rounded rocks known as "galets" making up the terroir. The wine is so incredibly long and rich you will find it difficult to believe it is a Cotes du Rhone. The cepage is Grenache 30%, Mouvedre 30%, Syrah 20% and Cinsault 20% from vines that are over 80 years old. Flavors of blackberries and spice abound in the glass and Robert Parker boasts in his review that it is potentially the best Coudoulet ever produced.

Saturday Tasting: Join us this Saturday September 15th 1:00-5:00PM as we sample the 2016 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone ($28.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order this wine or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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Don't be a Bore, Serve Cahors

2017 Chateau de Combel-la-Serre 'Le Pur Fruit du Causse'

Nowadays when you say "Malbec" most people think of Argentina but it is in France where this grape originated, specifically from the region of Cahors in Southern France. Francos Wine Merchants just received shipment of a classically styled Malbec from this region that we will be pouring this weekend at our Weekly Wine Tasting.

Please join us Saturday, September 8th 1:00-5:00PM as we sample the 2017 Château de Combel-la-Serre 'Le Pur Fruit du Causse' ($13.99) from Cahors. While Malbec has played a supporting role in Bordeaux as a blending grape for years, it is when you move to Southwest France, particularly the Cahors appellation, where this grape has flourished. In both Cahors as well as the Loire, this grape is often referred to as "Cot" by the locals.

As we travel to Cahors we find winemaker Julien Ilbert toiling among his vines that have been in his family for generations. His 2017 Château de Combel-la-Serre 'Le Pur Fruit du Causse' ($13.99) is one of his prized efforts. Often referred to as the "Black Grape," this grape's thin skin is what makes it so susceptible to climate and soil conditions. In the terroir of Cahors regions this grape produces a very dark color and tremendous flavors of blackberry fruit. This wine in particular shows off these berry flavors mostly due to the limestone soil that is widespread throughout the region. Unlike its beefier South American cousins, this Malbec is light in style, yet still big in flavor and would be a perfect pairing for a Flat Iron Steak or even a more full-flavored Rib-Eye.

Saturday Tasting: Join us this Saturday September 8th 1:00-5:00PM as we sample the 2017 Château de Combel-la-Serre 'Le Pur Fruit du Causse' ($13.99). It will be a great opportunity to taste a wine from the region where it originated.

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order this wine or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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You Say Burgundy and So Do We

2016 Jean Manciat Macon-Charnay

Labor Day is here which signifies the unofficial end of Summer but those of us who hate to see it go hope that the seasonal temperatures will last a few more weeks. But with a three-day weekend looming, Francos Wine Merchants has two fabulous wines from Burgundy that are perfect to tote along to any holiday weekend gathering both of which we will be pouring at our Weekly Wine Tasting on Saturday September 1st 1:00-5:00PM.

First up we have the 2016 Jean Manciat Mâcon-Charnay ($16.99) — an excellent example of white Burgundy from the Mâconnais. When Jean Manciat took over his family estate he replanted extensively but kept as many of the old vines as possible. Jean Manciat's vines are grown sustainably on just 9 hectares of land and produce low yields of intensely flavored grapes. Manciat's philosophy of natural farming extends to his cellars, where the wine is made using only the grape's natural yeast to best express terroir. Maturing in stainless steel best preserves the vibrant fruit characteristic of Mâcon-Charnay and helps express the fruity, floral aromas and flinty minerality that characterize the best Chardonnay in the region.

2015 Bouchard Reserve Bourgogne

Remaining in the Burgundy region but focusing on the red wines, we have the 2015 Bouchard Réserve Bourgogne ($18.99). In 1731, Michel Bouchard founded Bouchard Pere & Fils. While they are known for some of the most famous wines in Burgundy, their simple Reserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir shows off its elegance right from the start with the bright ruby color in the glass. There is no denying that the old world nose, classic to true Burgundies, is present here. Nuances of cherry and plum rise up to the nose, and once on the palate, the wine's red fruit core meshes well with the flavor of wood spice and strong limestone minerality which is all balanced out by the wine's excellent acidity.

Saturday Wine Tasting: So please join us this Saturday September 1st, 1:00-5:00PM as we sample both the 2016 Jean Manciat Mâcon-Charnay ($16.99) and the 2015 Bouchard Réserve Bourgogne ($18.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these or any of the wines we taste by clicking on any wine name in this email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

Holiday Hours - Our hours for the Labor Day Weekend are as follows:

Friday 8:00-AM-8:00PM
Saturday 8:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday Noon-5:00PM
Monday (Labor Day) - CLOSED

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2017 La Val Albariño & Taste of the Town Stroll

2017 La Val Albarino

The 8th Annual "Taste of the Town Stroll" is this Thursday, August 23rd and we welcome you to join us. This annual event involves numerous different participating stores and restaurants and benefits the New Canaan Food Pantry. Francos Wine Merchants will be participating by offering a Wine Tasting featuring one of Spain's most celebrated white wines, the 2017 La Val Albariño ($14.99).

Please join us Thursday night, August 23rd from 6:00-8:00PM as we pour this wonderful wine which is perfect for the remaining summer nights left in the season.

Traveling thru Spain's Northwest region you find yourself in the region of Rias Baixas. There, a very young and well respected winemaker named Jose Maria Ureta has made himself very well-known and the wine community is definitely taking notice. The 2017 La Val Albariño ($14.99) is one of the prized wines from this 150 acre vineyard and it should be noted that La Val produces this wine strictly from grapes grown on this estate. Dry on the palate, this wine offers up zesty flavors of lemon and Anjou pear. The steamy August heat often beckons for a wine that is refreshing with a clean and racy style and the Albariño grape definitely delivers. So if you are grilling some halibut, making your favorite lemon/chicken pasta or simply enjoying a cold shrimp salad, this is the wine you should be pouring.

Taste of the Town Stroll is a "food-raiser" for the New Canaan Food Pantry, and the New Canaan Chamber will collect donations during the event. Activities and culinary delights will be available at each of the participating venues throughout downtown, along with prizes and raffles. Details for this event and how to donate to the New Canaan Food Pantry can be found on the New Canaan Chamber website.

Saturday Wine Tasting: For those of you unable to attend the Taste of the Town Stroll, we will also be pouring the 2017 La Val Albariño ($14.99) again at our weekly wine tasting on Saturday August 25th from 1:00-5:00PM.

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order this wine or any of the wines we taste by clicking any wine link in our email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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Got a Minet? 2017 Régis Minet Vieilles Vignes Pouilly Fumé

2017 Regis Minet Pouilly Fume Vieilles Vignes

Importer Kermit Lynch is once again showing us the wonders of the Loire Valley. While he was raised in San Luis Obispo CA, his name has become synonymous with French and Italian wines. For those who are not familiar with his wines, he has concentrated his success on small artisan producers all who work in some sort of natural and/or organic fashion.

2017 Régis Minet Pouilly Fumé Vieilles Vignes ($21.99) is one of the stars in the Kermit Lynch Portfolio. In 1976 Régis Minet continued the tradition of winemaking started by his grandfather Robert at the beginning of the 20th century by founding his domaine and soon partnering with Kermit Lynch. Régis' vineyards sit at 750 feet, surrounded by hills on the far east of the Loire River, and centered proudly on the prized Kimmeridgian soil found in this part of the Loire. Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grape, this gem from the appellation of Pouilly Fumé, is quite distinctive from the neighboring villages, mostly due to this unique clay/limestone soil. This wine has a mouth-watering acidity, depth of flavor and fleshy texture that help make it so unique and a perfect pairing for so many of your seafood dishes. So whether you are serving Grilled Swordfish with a fresh parsley/mint gremolata, Grilled Halibut with a seasonal corn salsa or perhaps you are simply the recipient of a bushel of fresh littleneck clams — this is the wine that will have your guests coming back for more.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, August 18th from 1:00-5:00PM as we taste the 2017 Régis Minet Pouilly Fumé Vieilles Vignes ($21.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these or any of the wines we taste by clicking any wine link in our email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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2017 Costamolino Vermentino Argiolas — Your Summer Sardinian Escape

2017 Costamolino Vermentino Argiolas

Sardinia, with its miles of coastline, sandy beaches and mountainous interior, is also home to many native grapes including Vermentino. This white wine made from the Vermentino grape is a favorite on this island in the Mediterranean sea and Francos Wine Merchants will be pouring the 2017 Costamolino Vermentino Argiolas ($14.99) at our Weekly Wine Tasting this Saturday, August 11th 1:00-5:00PM.

First a little background on the vineyard. Founded in 1938 by Antonio Argiolas the estate now has 600 acres of vines and is run by Franco and Giuseppe Argiolas along with Winemaker Mariano Murru. The grapes are usually harvested in August or September and are vinified in stainless-steel tanks which helps retain its nice acidity. It is the quality and care by the Argiolas family that makes them Sardinia's leading producer which all shows thru in their wines.

The 2017 Costamolino Vermentino Argiolas ($14.99) is named for the area on Sardinia (Costamolino) where the Vermentino grape is grown. A very aromatic white grape variety, Vermentino thrives in the Mediterranean climate of Sardinia. This wine first greets you with aromas of pine and mint along with flavors of ripe stone fruit and a touch of citrus. This wine would pair nicely with a variety of summer menus from a Grilled Sea Bass with Lemon/Garlic butter to a simple Shrimp Salad with Key Lime Vinaigrette or even a Scallop Linguini with Meyer Lemon and toasted Pignoli nuts.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, August 11th from 1:00-5:00PM as we taste the 2017 Costamolino Vermentino Argiolas ($14.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these or any of the wines we taste by clicking any wine link in our email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon — Another offering from Loire

2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry

While we have been showcasing white wines from the Loire such as Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, we need to remember that the same region brings us some fabulous red wines as well. Francos Wine Merchants has one such wine that we will be pouring at our Weekly Wine Tasting.

Please join us this Saturday, August 4th 1:00-5:00PM as we sample the 2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry ($19.99).

Bernard Baudry is one of most renown producers in the appellation of Chinon. After completing his studies at the Viticultural School in Beaune, Bernard returned to the Loire Valley and started to consult. By 1975 he had purchased his first two hectares of land and over the years the domaine has grown to twenty five hectares and he has now been joined by his son Matthieu. The Baudrys work vineyards composed of gravel, sand, limestone, silica, and clay. The variations of terroir and vinification methods make their wines unique and distinct. The 2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry ($19.99) is made from 100% Cabernet Franc from vines with an average age of 30-35 years old. Practicing organic farming methods and wild-yeast fermentation, this wine shows a deep red/black color and beautiful aromas of ripe red and black fruits with hints of earth, black pepper and violet. The palate is dense and sapid with supple strawberry and blackberry liqueur and mineral flavors lifted by bright acidity. The fruit is quite ripe but the wine is well balanced at 12.5% alcohol. So whether you are grilling a simple skirt steak, a tasty petit filet or full flavored Ribeye, this wine will not only pair perfectly with your favorite steak, but its firm structure and modest weight also pairs well with summer temperatures by not being too weighty for the warmer weather.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, August 4th from 1:00-5:00PM as we taste the 2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry ($19.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these or any of the wines we taste by clicking any wine link in our email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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Calling all Lobsters — 2017 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre

2017 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre

As the ocean's most beloved crustacean, the lobster, nears its peak season, you need to consider the perfect wine with which to pair. So whether you are making a traditional Maine Lobster Boil, or perhaps fancy it up by preparing Stuffed Lobster or just keeping it simple with a Lobster roll, you want to consider the 2017 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre ($27.99) which we will be pouring at our Weekly Wine Tasting Saturday, July 28th 1:00-5:00PM.

Hippolyte Reverdy's family has been making wine in the quaint village of Verdigny (a commune of Sancerre in the eastern Loire) for generations. Shortly after World War II Hippolyte and his three sons began bottling small quantities under their own label to satisfy the increasing demands from Paris. Hippolyte was joined by his son Michel in 1971 and in 1983 they joined forces with Importer Kermit Lynch. Shortly thereafter Hippolyte Reverdy passed on and Michel had to deal with the untimely death of his two brothers and was left with his mother to bear the responsibility to run the vineyard his own. Today Michel farms fourteen hectares of vineyards on his own and Kermit Lynch says that since Michel has taken the reins Reverdy has since become the benchmark domaine of our day.

2017 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre ($27.99) made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc has an enticing lemon yellow color and a crisp mineral driven flavor with notes of citrus and floral/flinty aromas on the nose. In true Kermit Lynch fashion the vineyards of Hippolyte Reverdy see no pesticides, the yeasts are of indigenous nature and no extra sulfites added. Very pure and fresh, this wine broadens itself once on the palate and you literally taste it from the moment it hits your lips until if trails off the back of your tongue. Oysters, clams or lobster create singular harmony with this fabulous effort.

2017 Regis Minet Pouilly Fume Vieilles Vignes

If you have had your fill of Lobsters (is that possible?) and are moving over to Scallops, Swordfish or Sea Bass, you should consider the 2017 Régis Minet Pouilly Fumé Vieilles Vignes ($21.99). Also from the Loire Valley and a Kermit Lynch Import, it is also 100% Sauvignon Blanc yet has its own distinctive qualities from its neighbor of Sancerre. This wine has a mouth-watering acidity and a depth of flavor that is a perfect pairing for meatier fish. If you are a lover of wines from the Loire, this one will have you racing back for more.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, July 28th from 1:00-5:00PM as we taste both the 2017 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre ($27.99) and the 2017 Régis Minet Pouilly Fumé Vieilles Vignes ($21.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these or any of the wines we taste by clicking any wine link in our email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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Aix Marks the Spot — 2017 Aix Rosé

2017 Aix Rose

As summer nears its peak there is always a wild scramble on the weekend either after a day of golf, relaxing at the beach, or even doing yardwork to invite people over and throw together an easy meal for casual entertaining. When these impromptu events transpire we often need a casual wine with which to pair and Francos Wine Merchants has some choices for you.

Charred Romaine Salad with Grilled Shrimp, Chicken Kabobs with a Chili-Lime Sauce, Grilled Swordfish with Lemon/Pepper Marinade, Steamed Mussels with fresh Mint — what are all these recipes missing? The perfect wine pairing. This is where the 2017 Aix Rosé ($17.99) (Pronounced "X") comes into play. With its beautifully ripe flavors of strawberry and mango, along with a hint of spice and a wonderfully crisp style, this Provence rosé is the perfect match to meld to all the flavors of summer cooking. The 130 years old winery of Maison Saint Aix is one of the largest domains in the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. This vineyard sits on a plateau at an altitude of 420 meters above sea level. These remarkable 75 hectares are what helps produce a consistent wine year after year. The warm 2017 growing season produced pristine growing conditions for the Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault — the grapes used to produce the Aix Rosé.

2016 Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorees Bourgogne Pinot Noir

If perhaps you are thinking about Grilled Balsamic Skirt Steak, Garlic Grilled Flank Steak or some delicious Chili-Rubbed Ribeyes then you may want to consider the 2016 Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorées Bourgogne Pinot Noir ($21.99). This is an incredible Pinot Noir from one of France's best winemakers. Brun makes his wines in a natural fashion, with no chemical pesticides or fertilizers, and with no additives applied in the winery. This delicious red wine is vibrant and fruit-driven, but earthy, subtle, and complex and is perfect in both style and price for casual entertaining.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, July 21st from 1:00-5:00PM as we taste both the 2017 Aix Rosé ($17.99) and the 2016 Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorées Bourgogne Pinot Noir ($21.99).

As always, if you are unable to attend our Wine Tasting, you can order these or any of the wines we taste by clicking any wine link in our email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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Le Contesse Prosecco — Making the Sidewalk Sale Sparkle

 Le Contesse Prosecco

You know it's July in New Canaan when the Annual Sidewalk Sale arrives. While the street will be full of hot deals, Francos Wine Merchants will be pouring some cold wines at our Weekly Wine Tasting.

Please join us Saturday, July 14th from 1:00 - 5:00PM as we welcome as our host Mr. Branden Hylwa, Account Manager for Murphy Distributors as he pours the Le Contesse Prosecco ($14.99). Branden has also graciously offered as a special treat to pour his 2017 La Val Albariño ($14.99) as well.

The bright straw-yellow color of the Le Contesse Prosecco ($14.99) is what first draws you in with this sparkling wine. This northern Italian gem made from 100% Glera grape is rife with aromatic nuances of acacia flowers and wisteria. Tasty, well balanced and low in sulfites, this brut-styled prosecco has a dry aftertaste which makes it an excellent choice for an aperitif as well as a commendable choice for any summer get-togethers, showers and other jubilant celebrations.

2017 La Val Albarino

If any of your summer menus call for a terrific dry white wine, then you have to consider the 2017 La Val Albariño ($14.99). This wine is both Estate Grown and Estate Bottled and delivers aromatic citrus fruit with hints of chalky minerality. Dry on the palate, it offers up zesty lemon and Anjou pear flavors. La Val produces its wines solely from the grapes grown on their 150 acre estate. Jose Maria Ureta is a young and extremely well respected winemaker and one definitely making his mark in Rias Baixas. So, as the summer gets into full swing and our tastes turn to wines that are refreshing with a clean, racy finish, look no further than La Val Albariño.

New Canaan Sidewalk Sale: Also happening on Saturday is is the 53rd Annual New Canaan Sidewalk Sale. For those of you not familiar with this yearly event, it begins on Friday July 13th 10:00 - 4:00PM when stores put out their merchandise on the sidewalks of town at sale prices, but the big focus is on Saturday July 14th, when Elm & Main Streets in downtown New Canaan will be blocked off from vehicular traffic and turned into a one day pedestrian mall. In addition to the stores' terrific sale prices, restaurants set up on the street serving adapted menus and there will be music and activities going on all day. This event takes place rain or shine and is a fun day for all.

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking any wine link in our email, or on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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Wines for your 4th of July

2017 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2017 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre

The 4th of July is the highpoint of Summer and whether you are traveling to the beach or only going as far as your backyard, Francos Wine Merchants has the wine choices perfect for whatever your destination may be.

2017 Aix Rose 2017 Henri Bourgeois Coteaux du Vendomois Rose

If lobsters or shellfish of any sort are on the menu, we have several choices for you including the 2017 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux ($22.99), 100% Chardonnay grape from Burgundy. But if your tastes lean more towards Sauvignon Blanc then may we suggest the 2017 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre ($22.99) from the Loire.

Rosé is still a strong mainstay for the July heat and among the choices are the 2017 Aix Rosé ($17.99) from Provence and the 2017 Henri Bourgeois Coteaux du Vendômois Rosé ($13.99), which are two fabulous choices to consider to help take the edge off the temperatures. You can check out our entire selection of Rosé by clicking on our "Refreshing Summer Rosé" link.

2017 Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais L'Ancien 2017 Jean-Paul Brun Cote de Brouilly

If you are a red wine drinker no matter what the temperature then you need to consider either the 2017 Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais L'Ancien ($16.99) or the 2017 Jean-Paul Brun Côte de Brouilly ($21.99). Both of these wine from Jean Paul Brun are made from 100% Gamay grape and not only are they made in a natural fashion with no pesticides or added sulfites, but if the temperature rises you can put both of these wines in the fridge for about 20 minutes as they can be enjoyed with a slight chill on them without muting the true flavor of the Gamay grape.

Holiday Hours - Our hours for the 4th of July Holiday are as follows:

Monday 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Tuesday 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Wednesday (4th of July) - CLOSED
Thursday - Reopen at 8:00AM

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A Trio of Summer Wines

2016 Bailly Lapierre Saint Bris Sauvignon Blanc

Our first heatwave of the season is scheduled to arrive this weekend so it's a perfect time to escape the heat of the kitchen, fire up the grill, and enjoy the great outdoors. While you will probably put some thought into which type of foods you want to grill, you should put as much thought into the wine you want to pair, and Francos Wine Merchants has a few in mind which we will have open at our Weekly Wine Tasting this Saturday June 30th 1:00 - 5:00PM.

Starting in France's Burgundy region we settle in the small appellation of Saint-Bris where we find the 2016 Bailly Lapierre Saint Bris Sauvignon Blanc ($14.99). Hailing from Northern Burgundy, the small appellation of Saint-Bris is the only appellation where Sauvignon Blanc is allowed to grow in Burgundy. From vines grown in predominantly limestone soil, this wine has an incredible pale gold color. The bouquet offers up nuances of white fruit, which transitions into bright citrus upon aeration. Fresh and delicate in the mouth along with a touch of minerality and lively finish, this wine is going to be a perfect pairing for any white fish with Beurre Blanc sauce or lemon chicken recipe.

2016 Enrico Serafino Gavi di Gavi

Moving from France and over to Italy, we travel north to Piedmont and the region of Gavi where we find the 2016 Enrico Serafino Gavi di Gavi ($14.99). Made from Cortese grape, this wine comes from the region of Gavi from the town of Gavi (hence "Gavi di Gavi") This wine with its clean, unoaked flavor spends a good amount of time on its lees which helps develop the rich mouth-feel. With its enticing pale straw-yellow color and the floral and citrus aromas, this wine is definitely a refresher on a warm summer evening.

2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry

The Loire has many incredible wine appellations, and while most people's thoughts turn to the white wines of the region they produce a number of red wines as well. One such wine is the 2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry ($19.99). Another fine wine from importer Louis/Dressner, this wine is made from 100% Cabernet Franc grape from vines with an average age of 30-35 years. Like all wines imported from Louis/Dressner this wine is produced in a natural fashion. Domaine Bernard Baudry uses organic farming methods, uses wild-yeast fermentation, and no pesticides are used anywhere in their vineyards. This wine shows a deep red/black color and beautiful aromas of ripe red and black fruits with hints of earth, roast meat, black pepper and violet. The palate is dense and sapid with supple strawberry and blackberry liqueur and mineral flavors lifted by bright acidity. The fruit is quite ripe but the wine is well balanced and the modest 12.5% alcohol makes this wine extremely easy to drink when the mercury is on the rise. To sum it up briefly, Cabernet Franc has all the qualities of heftier red wines — rich fruit, good body, firm tannins — but without being hugely heavy or weighty for these warm summer days.

So please join us Saturday, June 30th 1:00 - 5:00PM as we taste these excellent Summer Wines.

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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An Array of Rosé

2017 Minuty Cotes de Provence Rose 2017 Aix Rose

We have been treated to some Summer heat this week, and there is no better way to counter the heat than with the refreshing taste of Rosé. Francos Wine Merchants has a selection of Rosé wines that we will be pouring at our Weekly Wine Tasting this Saturday June 23rd 1:00-5:00PM.

Our selection of Rosé will start off in Provence where we find the 2017 Minuty Cotes de Provence Rosé ($16.99). This rosé is made with the little known Tibouren grape almost exclusively found in Provence. Pale pink in color with a clean nose of citrus combined with fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate that is most refreshing on a warm summer afternoon. Staying in Provence we also have the 2017 Aix Rosé ($17.99). A classic blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault gives this rosé fruit aromas of strawberry and mango. A perennial warm weather favorite, the Aix Rosé pairs perfectly with seafood or grilled chicken.

2017 Henri Bourgeois Coteaux du Vendomois Rose 2016 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rose

Moving over to the Loire, we find the 2017 Henri Bourgeois Coteaux du Vendômois Rosé ($13.99). The Pineau d'Aunis grape, which is native to the region, produces a very dry rosé with hints of strawberry and citrus. Staying in the Loire but moving to the appellation of Sancerre, we find the 2016 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rosé ($26.99). Produced by Michel Reverdy and imported by Kermit Lynch, this Sancerre Rosé is comprised entirely of Pinot Noir Grape from vines with an average age of 30 years. Its invitingly pink color hints at aromas of soft red fruit and flavors of strawberry with noted minerality. While delicate in color, this wine has a bold flavor and would pair perfectly with grilled red meats as well as grilled white meats.

2017 Wolffer Estate Rose

Leaving France and coming back to the states and out to Long Island, NY we land at Wolffer Estate Vineyard and the 2017 Wolffer Estate Rosé ($17.99). The bright salmon-copper color is what first entices you with this elegant wine. The floral and flinty aromas segue seamlessly to the peach and apricot flavors on the palate. While this wine can be enjoyed on its own, the blend of 50% Merlot and 26% Chardonnay (with the balance made up of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Gewurztraminer) gives it the ability to shine with any number of your summer menus.

So please join us Saturday, June 23rd 1:00-5:00PM for our Rosé Tasting.

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page. You can browse our entire selection of Rosé by clicking on our Refreshing Summer Rosé link.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Seven Wines for Summer Solstice

2016 Vina Godeval Godello 2016 Jean Manciat Macon-Charnay

Summer Solstice is days away, and for the next few months we will need wines for casual dinners on the beach, music festivals at the park and weekend gatherings in the back yard. Francos Wine Merchants has a selection of such wines that we will be pouring at our Weekly Wine Tasting this Saturday June 16th 1:00-5:00PM.

Starting off in Spain, we have the 2016 Viña Godeval Godello ($16.99). This Spanish white wine from 100% Godello grape will be a perfect pairing for so many of your seafood dishes. If you'd rather stick to a more traditional grape such as Chardonnay, may we suggest both the2016 Jean Manciat Mâcon-Charnay ($16.99) and the 2016 Jean-Paul Brun Chardonnay ($16.99), both perfect for any of your chicken dishes. If you are having a menu of chilled salmon with a cucumber dill sauce, you will want to lean towards the 2017 Henri Bourgeois Coteaux du Vendômois Rosé ($13.99) as the wine you want to be serving.

2016 Jean-Paul Brun Chardonnay 2017 Henri Bourgeois Coteaux du Vendomois Rose

Moving over to choices for red wines, we have three that will be perfect whether you are grilling up a nice baby filet, making a simple cold steak salad, or keeping it easy and going with burgers on the grill. All three of these wine choices are from Winemaker Jean-Paul Brun who works in a natural fashion and is well known throughout the region for his exceptional production. First we have the 2017 Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais L'Ancien ($16.99) or the 2017 Jean-Paul Brun Côte de Brouilly ($21.99). Both of these wines are made from 100% Gamay grape; you can chill down either of these wine in the fridge for about 20 minutes to make them more palateable on a hot summer evening. If you are in the mood for a Pinot Noir, then you should turn to the 2016 Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorées Bourgogne Pinot Noir ($21.99).

2017 Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais L'Ancien 2017 Jean-Paul Brun Cote de Brouilly 2016 Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorees Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Father's Day — Don't forget that Father's Day is this Sunday and you can always put a smile on any Dad's face with a gift from either our Single Malt Scotch link or a Bourbon or Rye from our Small Batch American Whiskey link. But if a special wine is on your list, definitely check out our 2015 Bordeaux link or our Elite California Cabernet link.

So please join us Saturday, June 16th 1:00-5:00PM for our Summer Solstice Wine Tasting and to shop thru some selections for Dad.

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Join the Rombauer Rodeo — A Comprehensive Tasting of Rombauer Vineyards

2017 Rombauer  Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay

Since 1980, Rombauer Vineyards has been making its mark on the California wine-making landscape and from that point on it has been one wine making success after another. This weekend at Francos Wine Merchants we will be tasting a line-up of some of Rombauer Vineyards' most notable wines.

Please join us this Saturday, June 9th from 1:00 - 5:00PM as we welcome Ms. Ana Bermudez of The Winebow Group as she pours a selection of wines from famed Rombauer Vineyards.

In 1972 founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved to Napa Valley with two children and five dogs in tow. The family already had an intimate relationship with food and wine stemming from Koerner's great aunt, Irma Rombauer, having authored the famous cookbook The Joy of Cooking and his ancestors originating from the winegrowing region of Rheingau, Germany. By 1980 Rombauer Vineyards was established and 38 years later the winery remains owned and operated by first, second and third generation members of the family.

2016 Rombauer Zinfandel 2015 Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon

The Rombauer Vineyards tasting will start with their newest wine to their portfolio, the 2017 Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc ($24.99). Pale yellow in color with a fresh flavor rife with lemon and tangerine this wine is perfect for many of your summer fish menus such as ceviche or crab cakes. From there Ana will pour the 2017 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay ($36.99) — a terrific full-flavored Chardonnay from California's Carneros region. This wine with its tropical fruit aromas and flavors of apple and peach will be perfect for your herb-rubbed spatchcocked chicken. Moving over to the Rombauer red wines we will start with the 2016 Rombauer Zinfandel ($35.99). This wine will be perfect if you are considering making the delicious "Jucy Lucy" burger that made Minneapolis famous. The bold earthy notes and spice are the perfect pairing for the Jucy Lucy burger or any burger with all the toppings. The last wine in the lineup is for you full-flavored wine lovers — the 2015 Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon ($63.99). So grab the thickest Ribeye steak you can find, cook it to medium rare perfection and pair it up with this muscular star from Napa Valley.

So please join us Saturday, June 9th 1:00-5:00PM as we welcome host Ms. Ana Bermudez of The Winebow Group as she pours this selection of fabulous wines from Rombauer Vineyards.

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Chandon American Summer Brut & Rosé — Welcome the Season

 Chandon Brut Classic  Chandon Sparkling Rose

You know it's Summer when the Chandon "American Summer" Sparklers arrive at Francos Wine Merchants. When it comes to casual summer entertaining there is no better Sparkling wine to pour than the Chandon Brut Classic ($17.99) and the Chandon Sparkling Rosé ($17.99). Please join us this Saturday, June 2nd 1:00-5:00PM as we pour both of these Sparkling Wines at our Weekly Wine Tasting in their Limited Edition Summer packaging.

The Chandon Brut Classic ($17.99) is a refreshing California Sparkling wine delivering flavors of apple and pear with hints of spice and almond all delivered on a very dry finish. The bright brioche/yeast aromas rise up through the bubbles and make it a perfect wine to start off any evening.

Also from Chandon and perfect for summer entertaining is the Chandon Sparkling Rosé ($17.99). The inviting pink color offers up aromas of ripe strawberry and fresh red cherry. On the tongue you can taste the flavors of both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes used to make this wine as well as the instantly refreshing flavors that follow. While a perfect pairing for such meals as grilled salmon, this sparkling wine is also a good pairing for most desserts, especially any kind of fruit cobbler.

Both of these wines from Chandon come in their Limited Edition "American Summer" packaging and make a very festive presentation for any summer gathering from a simple backyard barbeque to wedding showers and any function in between. Both the Chandon Brut Classic and Chandon Sparkling Rosé are a great way to jazz up any gathering without breaking the bank.

Please join us Saturday, June 2nd 1:00-5:00PM as we pour both the Chandon Brut Classic ($17.99) the and the Chandon Sparkling Rosé ($17.99).

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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2016 Alta Mora Bianco — Sicily's Secret

2016 Alta Mora Etna Bianco

Memorial Day Weekend is here which marks the unofficial start of summer. While the temperatures may not quite be up to speed, Francos Wine Merchants is ready with a selection of wines perfect for Summer entertaining and we will be pouring one such wine at our Weekly Wine Tasting this Saturday May 26th 1:00-5:00PM.

Let us introduce to you the 2016 Alta Mora Etna Bianco ($24.99) hailing from Etna, Sicily. Brothers Alberto and Diego Cusumano have taken the native grape variety called Carricante and crafted it into a delicious, crisp, refreshing white wine. Their vineyard is located on the slopes of the famous active volcano on Sicily, Mount Etna, on roughly 8 hectares of vines at an altitude of about 600-800 meters above sea level. The name Alta Mora translates as "tall black" representing the great height of the vineyard and the rich, dark, black volcanic soil which feed the vines that have an average age of fifteen years. This allows the Carriante grape to ripen fully and give us a wine that is tempered and elegant.

Upon being poured in the glass, the 2016 Alta Mora Etna Bianco ($24.99) first greets you with its bright lemon yellow color. The wine immediately offers up subdued aromas that suggest Spanish broom and chamomile flower. Reflecting the nose, the lean, linear palate is also restrained, offering citrus, lemon zest and a hint of beeswax. One might almost mistake this wine for a Sancerre or other Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire as it has many of the same characteristics of that region. It is fresh with great minerality and is a great classic to pair with your favorite seafood dishes.

Saturday Wine Tasting: So please join us this Saturday, May 26th 1:00-5:00PM as we taste 2016 Alta Mora Etna Bianco ($24.99). Being Memorial Day Weekend you may also want to check out our Summer Rosé selection as well as our collection of Tequila, both perfect for your holiday gatherings.

Holiday Hours - Our hours for the Holiday weekend are as follows:

Saturday 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Sunday Noon - 5:00PM
Monday (Memorial Day) - Closed

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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2015 Bouchard Pinot Noir & 2017 William Fevre Chablis — the Perfect Entrance into Summer

2017 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2015 Bouchard Reserve Bourgogne

Even though Mother Nature seems to be arguing with us, summer is just around the corner. Now that the covers are off the patio furniture and our pots and planters have sprung to life, it's time to get out by the grill and enjoy these wonderful weeks ahead. Francos Wine Merchants has two terrific French Burgundies in inventory that are Perfect to keep on hand for those last minute gatherings on the patio. We will have both of these wines open this Saturday May 19th 1:00-5:00PM at our Weekly Wine Tasting.

Starting off in the appellation of Chablis we have the 2017 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux ($22.99). This entry level Chablis from William Fevre is classically styled, delivering a fresh and supple nose with notes of mineral and green apple. In addition to the very elegant bouquet, this wine shows flinty flavors of wet stone and a beautifully clean finish. Any shellfish — especially one with a briny quality — will pair exceptionally well with this wine as will almost any chicken recipe that has tarragon or lemon thyme as one of the main herbs. The clean and crisp finish of this wine is just what you are looking for as those hot day loom on the horizon.

Staying right in Burgundy, we move over to a fabulous red, the 2015 Bouchard Réserve Bourgogne ($18.99). In 1731, Michel Bouchard founded Bouchard Pere & Fils. While they are known for some of the most famous wines in Burgundy, their simple Reserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir shows off its elegance right from the start with the bright ruby color in the glass. There is no denying that the old world nose, classic to true Burgundies, is present here. Nuances of cherry and plum rise up to the nose, and once on the palate, the wine's red fruit core meshes well with the flavor of wood spice and strong limestone minerality which is all balanced out by the wine's excellent acidity. Salmon on the grill, a well marbled Rib-eye or a simple Flat Iron Steak are what this wine whispers when opened. Once again, as the warmer months arrive, it's time to put away those heavier and weightier wines and go with wines that match the season.

2014 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir

Wine Dinner: Francos Wine Merchants is hosting a Wine Dinner on Monday May 21st at 7:00PM at The Elm Restaurant in New Canaan featuring the wines of Domaine Serene. Ian Senecal, National Sales Director for Domaine Serene, will be our Guest Speaker. The price of the dinner is $75 per person plus tax & gratuity. Call The Elm Resturant at 203-920-4994 for reservations and details.

Saturday Wine Tasting: So please join us this Saturday, May 19th 1:00-5:00PM as we taste both the 2017 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux ($22.99) and the 2015 Bouchard Réserve Bourgogne ($18.99).

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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2015 Chateau Gloria - An Introduction to the Fabulous 2015 Bordeaux Vintage

2015 Chateau Gloria Saint-Julien

The 2015 Bordeaux have arrived! There has been much anticipation for the arrival of this vintage which was a star on both the left and right bank in Bordeaux. These wines arrived here this week at Francos Wine Merchants and we will have one of them open at our Weekly Wine Tasting.

Please join us this Saturday, May 12th 1:00-5:00PM as we celebrate the 2015 Bordeaux Vintage with the 2015 Château Gloria Saint-Julien ($58.99) from the appellation of Saint-Julien. This wine first dazzles you with its deep garnet-purple color as you pour it into your glass. You are next treated to a bouquet of dark cherries with hints of cedar as you swirl the wine and the aroma rises. Once in the mouth you will find it to be well balanced, clean and pure with fine tannins. The flavors of dark plums and blackberries add to its solid core along with a chewy and earthy finish. Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) along with Merlot (27%) with the balance made up of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this is perhaps one of the more approachable Saint Julien wines of this vintage and should drink nicely over the next 20 years.

This is a terrific opportunity to see what the incredible 2015 vintage has to offer and there are some very good opportunities to buy into this vintage. Be sure to see our entire selection by following the 2015 Bordeaux link here or on our Home Page.

2016 Alta Mora Etna Bianco

Also open on Saturday from Sicily is the 2016 Alta Mora Etna Bianco ($24.99). This wine is made from of 100% Carricante, a native Sicilian grape. Offering a subtle flowery nose and a lean, linear palate, this wine is the perfect entrance into summer with its flavors of lemon zest, citrus and hints of beeswax. If you are grilling any type of fish this summer, this is the wine you want to pour.

Saturday Wine Tasting: So please join us this Saturday, May 12th 1:00-5:00PM as we taste these fantastic wines.

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Battle of the Cabs — 2015 L'Abeille de Fieuzal & 2015 Bella Union Napa Valley

2015 L'Abeille de Fieuzal

Cabernet Sauvignon can definitely be divided up into two camps, the subtle refined French Cabernet and the bold, muscular California styled Cabernet. Francos Wine Merchants will have two such wines open at our Weekly Wine Tasting this Saturday, May 5th 1:00-5:00PM and you can see for yourself if you prefer the finesse of Bordeaux or the boldness of Napa.

The wines of the left bank in Bordeaux (which would be the southern bank of the Seine) is home to several growing regions including the appellation of Pessac-Léognan (in the region of Graves) which is home to Chateau de Fieuzal. The 2015 L'Abeille de Fieuzal ($29.99) is the second label to their famous Bordeaux and was such a great value that we purchased 75 cases and put it out at this very sharp price. Over the past few years L'Abeille de Fieuzal has developed a strong identity of its own. Like most wines in this region, it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This wine offers aromas of fresh red fruit such as strawberry, raspberry and cherry which carry on through to the palate. Oak is present but subtle and discreet. The weight and length on this wine is gorgeous and combined with its structured richness makes it the perfect wine for when you fire up the grill for the season.

2015 Bella Union Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Traveling back across the pond and across the country to California's Napa Valley is where you will find our next wine, the 2015 Bella Union Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($69.99). Bella Union is the old Bella Oaks site that once graced the Heitz Portfolio and is now part of the Far Niente family. The blend of 89% Cabernet with the remaining 11% being Malbec, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc helps create the Bordeaux-like style of this wine. Treated to aromas of black cherry and cassis, rich flavors of dark plum and a layered progression of warm, toasty oak, this wine with its supple tannins and bright acidity is the wine you want to consider to inaugurate the grilling season.

Saturday is also when two of harbingers of spring collide; we have the running of the Kentucky Derby as well as the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. If you are having people over or attending a Derby or Cinco de Mayo party, you will want to check out our vast collection of Bourbon for your Mint Juleps. You may also want to consider our Small Batch American Whiskey as well as our selection of Tequila, for those of you planning on mixing up some margaritas or looking for that smooth tequila on which to sip.

Saturday Wine Tasting: So please join us this Saturday, May 5th 1:00-5:00PM as taste both the 2015 L'Abeille de Fieuzal ($29.99) and the 2015 Bella Union Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($69.99).

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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An Afternoon in Germany — The Wines of Rheinhessen & Mosel

2016 Gunderloch Jean Baptiste Riesling Kabinett 2016 Gunderloch Riesling Trocken

The wondrous wines of Germany are often passed over by people because they are locked into a belief that the wines are singular in style. But here is your chance to taste three fabulous wines side by side, each with their own identity and form this weekend at Francos Wine Merchants.

Please join us this Saturday, April 28th from 1:00 - 5:00PM as we welcome Ms. Ana Bermudez of The Winebow Group as she pours a selection of wines from famed German Importer Rudi Wiest from the regions of Rheinhessen and Mosel.

Traveling slightly southwest of Frankfurt brings you to the region of Rheinhessen where in 1890 Carl Gunderloch founded the estate by investing his fortune into the top vineyards of the "Roter Hang" (red slope) area of the Rheinhessen appellation. Five generations later Agnes Gunderlock married winemaker Fritz Hasselbach who has now bequeathed to his son Johannes this thriving estate. The first wine Ana will be pouring is the 2016 Gunderloch Jean Baptiste Riesling Kabinett ($21.99). Here you will find aromas of juicy peach, pear and a touch of lime that first greet you. The wine is well proportioned with flavors of grapefruit and tangerine all leading into a long, mineraly textured finish. From there we experience another one of their wines, the 2016 Gunderloch Riesling Trocken ($21.99). The aromas in this dry Riesling show off citrus, herb and smoked nuts. On the palate vivid smoky mineral notes appear along with flavors of peach. This wine is full of yellow fruit, which have great structure and fine acidity essential for aging.

2016 St Urbans Hof Bockstein Riesling Kabinett Nik Weis

From Rheinhessen we continue southwest where till we end up in the region of Mosel. Here in 1947 Weingut St. Urbans-hof was first established by Nicolaus Weis. The estate is now run by his son Hermann and daughter in law Ida who are now carrying forward his winemaking traditions. From this fabulous property we will be pouring the 2016 St Urbans Hof Bockstein Riesling Kabinett Nik Weis ($22.99). The vines are planted on the very deep south facing slopes where the water slowly drains and the evening breezes cool down the vines come nightfall. The result is an aromatic wine featuring intense minerality along with flavors of green apple, peach and Bosc pear. This all leads into a steely finish that offers notes of white stone and fresh herbs.

Saturday Wine Tasting: So please join us this Saturday, April 28th 1:00 - 5:00PM as we welcome Ms. Ana Bermudez of The Winebow Group as she pours this selection of wines from importer Rudi Wiest.

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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The Indispensable 2014 Chateau de Pez

2014 Chateau de Pez

While the left bank of Bordeaux is home to some of the world's most cellerable wines, it is also home to many approachable wines perfect for current drinking. The 2014 Château de Pez ($48.99) from the appellation of Saint Estephe is one of those wines.

Chateau de Pez is one of the oldest Bordeaux wine making estates in the Saint-Estephe appellation going all the way back to 1452. Like many of the vineyards in the Medoc, Chateau De Pez passed through countless owners until it was most recently purchased in 1995 by Jean-Claude Rouzaud. Blessed with good natural drainage, the estate of Chateau De Pez is planted to a vine density of 6400 vines per hectare with an average age of 25 years.

All this brings us to the 2014 Château de Pez ($48.99). The vineyard of Chateau De Pez is mostly grown to Cabernet Sauvignon, along with some Merlot and a small amount of Petit Verdot. The nose first greets you with aromas of small dark cherries and candied fruit which rise from the glass. The palate welcomes a nice medium-bodied wine with fine tannins upon entry and shows off classic Saint Estephe characteristics with rich fruit and firm core. Supple and flavorful in the mouth with impressive rich fruit, this wine is solid on the tongue while it treats you to a variety of lively flavors before the fine tannins make a reappearance again at the finish. So take a break from domestic reds and reintroduce yourself to the wines of Bordeaux.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Here is your chance to see for yourself what this wine has to offer. Please join us this Saturday April 21st 1:00-5:00PM, to taste the 2014 Château de Pez ($48.99).

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order our tasting wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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Great finds from Italy & California

2016 Abbazia di Novacella Sauvignon Blanc

Looking for unusual wines can bring us to every part of the world, and this weekend Francos Wine Merchants has two gems on our Tasting Schedule; please join us this Saturday April 14th 1:00-5:00PM for our weekly Wine Tasting.

Our first wine brings you to Northern Italy to Trentino Alto Adige which is in the Italian Alps on the border of Switzerland and Austria. Dotted with medieval castles and Renaissance palaces, this region is also home to many vineyards. Here we find the 2016 Abbazia di Novacella Sauvignon Blanc ($19.99). This white wine is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc where the vines grow in the gravelly soil which is found throughout the region. Fermentation in both stainless steel tanks and oak barrels provides you with the tropical fruit aromas that first greet you. Once on the palate, the wine doles out ripe flavors of honeydew melon and passion fruit. All this come to a clean finish with a slight note of nectarine. So if you have one of your recipes that highlight spring vegetables such as Pasta Primavera, this wine would pair perfectly.

2014 Seventy Five The Sum

Leaving Italy and traveling back to America, we end up in St Helena, California where Tuck Beckstoffer has continued the family tradition of winemaking. Here we present the 2014 Seventy Five The Sum ($21.99). This wine is a Bordeaux blend comprised of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance being made up of Syrah and Petite Syrah. Full-bodied and multilayered, this wine shows off aromas of mixed berries and dark chocolate. On the tongue, flavors of dried blackcurrant and cherry glide seamlessly across the palate while notes of raspberry and roasted coffee bring you into a long, silky finish. So look for that Grass-fed Tomahawk steak in the butcher case and open up a bottle of The Sum and you will not be disappointed.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday April 14th 1:00-5:00PM, to taste the 2016 Abbazia di Novacella Sauvignon Blanc ($19.99) and the 2014 Seventy Five The Sum ($21.99).

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order these wine by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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Newton Day — Come to Play

2016 Newton Skyside Chardonnay

Newton Vineyards has been giving us quality wines since it was founded in 1977. This weekend, Francos Wine Merchants will have two of their wines from Sonoma County open at our Wine Tasting Saturday April 7th 1:00-5:00PM..

Starting off we will have from Sonoma the 2016 Newton Skyside Chardonnay ($19.99) (formerly known as Newton Red Label). The 2016 Newton Skyside Chardonnay ($19.99) greets you with vibrant aromas of peach and honeysuckle as soon as the wine is poured into your glass. The peach aromas follow through with your first sip and once on the tongue flavors of baked apple along with subtle oak notes become prevalent. As the wine finishes up, one cannot help but notice the nice crispness with notes of minerality as it shows off its posh finish. So this is a good choice whether you are roasting some Cornish hens flavored boldly with rosemary, or perhaps flavored more subtly and gently with tarragon or lemon thyme.

2015 Newton Skyside Cabernet Sauvignon

Next up also from Sonoma is the 2015 Newton Skyside Cabernet Sauvignon ($21.99) (also formerly Newton Red Label). The dark aromas of blackberry and cassis are prominent on the nose of this fabulous effort sourced from several vineyards throughout Sonoma. The dark berry aroma continues on to the palate with blueberry and boysenberry notes which are highlighted along with an ample mouthfeel. The supple tannin core and rich finish leaves you dreaming of your next sip. So whether you are pan frying a Ribeye steak in garlic butter, or standing out by the grill on a cold spring night, this is the wine with which you want to enjoy your steak.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday April 7th 1:00-5:00PM, to taste the 2016 Newton Skyside Chardonnay ($19.99) and the 2015 Newton Skyside Cabernet Sauvignon ($21.99).

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order these wine by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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2014 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve leads off a Super Saturday Tasting

2014 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir

We can finally put winter behind us and what better way to welcome spring than with a selection of wines perfect for your Ham, Spring Lamb and early season vegetables. Francos Wine Merchants will be welcoming as our host Mr. Alex Meier-Tomkins, Fine Wine Manager of Slocum & Sons. Alex will be pouring a selection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California, Oregon and Burgundy this Saturday, March 31st from 1:00-5:00PM.

The featured wine of the Tasting will be from Domaine Serene. Founded in 1989 by Grace and Ken Evenstad in the Dundee Hills region of the Willamette Valley, the Evenstad's have always had a deep appreciation for the wines of Burgundy and from early on had faith in Oregon as a growing region. They named the winery after their daughter Serene and their first vineyard on the estate was named after their son Mark Bradford Evenstad. Today Domaine Serene produces a variety of wines from several vineyard estates spanning the Willamette Valley all while practicing sustainable vineyard management and winemaking techniques intended to maximize the quality and ensure complex, balanced and elegant wines. We have just received shipment of the 2014 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir ($74.99) which Alex will be pouring on Saturday. Showing provocative notes of black current and dark cherry, this wine draws you in immediately. On the palate, flavors of blueberry come to light along with velvet tannins, depth and concentration all leading into a long weighted finish. One taste and you will see what this is the flagship wine of Domaine Serene.

Also being poured on Saturday are wines from Flowers Vineyard & Winery including the 2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($46.99) and the 2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($48.99). Traveling over to Burgundy, France we will also be pouring from Joseph Drouhin the 2015 Joseph Drouhin Puligny Montrachet ($59.99) and the 2015 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle Musigny ($75.99).

2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2015 Joseph Drouhin Puligny Montrachet

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, March 31st 1:00-5:00PM to taste these fabulous wines with our host Mr. Alex Meier-Tomkins, Fine Wine Manager of Slocum & Sons.

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order these wine by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

Easter Weekend Holiday Hours

Our hours for the Holiday Weekend are as follows:

March 30th 8:00AM - 8:00PM (Good Friday)
March 31st 8:00AM - 7:00PM
April 1 - Easter Sunday - Closed.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Is Spring a Myth? The 2015 True Myth Cabernet

2015 True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon

Another week, another Nor'easter which, at this rate, is becoming old hat and leaves us wondering if spring will ever arrive. There is however, one positive aspect in that we still have time to enjoy our heartier menus and heartier wines. Francos Wine Merchants will be tasting two sturdy reds and a fantastic white wine at our Weekly Wine Tasting this Saturday March 24th 1:00-5:00PM.

Often overlooked by those focused in on Napa, Paso Robles — located 300 miles south of Napa — also offers some terrific wines and the 2015 True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon ($18.99) is one of them. This rich yet smooth Cabernet Sauvignon from the Niven Family is loaded with elegant aromas of blackberry, blueberry, pepper, and cassis. Once on the tongue flavors of dark red fruit with hints if cedar spice, cocoa and caramelized oak are realized. This Cabernet Sauvignon is not only very approachable, but is also an excellent example of how this grape grows to the unique terrain and climate of the Central Coast. So if the snow has melted enough to get to the grill, you may want to pair this wine with your first grilled steak of the season.

2015 Vina Cobos Felino Malbec

From California, we travel down to South America to Mendoza Argentina, where the 2015 Viña Cobos Felino Malbec ($18.99) is found. Deep red in color, this Malbec displays aromas of black fruit with notes of white pepper and cloves. On the palate, flavors of licorice and chocolate coat your taste buds as the wine's elegance and balance stands firm in your mouth. The bold tannins are at the core of this wine that lead into a long and persistent finish.

2016 Bailly Lapierre Saint Bris Sauvignon Blanc

But if you are stubborn and want an escape — thoughts of sitting on your patio with the warm sun shining on you and the smell of spring flowers in the air — then the 2016 Bailly Lapierre Saint Bris Sauvignon Blanc ($14.99) will transport you there. Hailing from Northern Burgundy, the small appellation of Saint-Bris is the only appellation where Sauvignon Blanc is allowed to grow in Burgundy. From vines grown in predominantly limestone soil, this wine has an incredible pale gold color. The bouquet offers up nuances of white fruit, which transitions into bright citrus upon aeration. Fresh and delicate in the mouth along with a touch of minerality and lively finish, this wine is going to be a perfect pairing for any white fish with Beurre Blanc sauce or lemon chicken recipe.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, March 24th 1:00-5:00pm to taste the 2015 True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon ($18.99), 2015 Viña Cobos Felino Malbec ($18.99), and the 2016 Bailly Lapierre Saint Bris Sauvignon Blanc ($14.99).

As always, if you are unable to join us, you can order this wine by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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2000 Fonseca Port - Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?

2000 Fonseca

After the third Nor'easter this month, it is apparent that winter intends to hold on for a bit. So why not fight fire with fire and extend the port drinking season as well? Francos Wine Merchants still has all our ports on sale including the 2000 Fonseca ($99.99) which we will be pouring at our weekly Wine Tasting this Saturday, March 17th 1:00-5:00pm.

The venerable Port House of Fonseca Guimaraens was established in 1822 and is one of the standard bearers among the world's port houses. While the port house itself needs no introduction, the 2000 Fonseca ($99.99) is a "standout" vintage for them garnering a 96 rating from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

Showing off a magnificent deep purple color, dense structure and intense concentration, the 2000 Fonseca ($99.99) has a reputation that cannot be surpassed. The bold, fortified flavors - blackberry, juniper berries and licorice - are all underpinned by very fine tannins, elegant texture, and just the right amount of acidity. All of these characteristics make this port one destined to be a classic.

2003 Croft Vintage Port

Do you know the Bishop of Norwich? There are many rules on the proper way to serve port, such as always passing the port to the left after pouring a glass for your neighbor to your right. The decanter (vintage port is always decanted because of the sediment) should never stop its clockwise travel around the table until all have been served. If the decanter should ever be stalled it is considered impolite to ask for it. Instead you ask the person monopolizing the decanter "Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?" If they are familiar with port etiquette they will realize their faux pas and pass the decanter along. If not and they are confused by your question you follow up by saying "He's a terribly good chap but he always forgets to pass the port." History is unclear which absentminded Bishop of Norwich is responsible for this particular rule of etiquette.

Saturday Wine Tasting: So, once again, please join us this Saturday, March 17th 1:00-5:00pm to taste the 2000 Fonseca ($99.99). Also being tasted is the 2003 Croft Vintage Port ($72.99). So be sure to stop in, and hopefully you will not be asked if you know the Bishop of Norwich!

As always, if you are unable to join us you can order this wine by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page, or browsing our complete inventory of Port.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Flower Power — Flowers Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Horticultural Madness is in the air with the wines of Flowers Vineyard & Winery. While the tulips and daffodils are battling the snow to bloom, the savings with Flowers has definitely blossomed with two of their wines on sale this month — the 2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($46.99) and the 2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($48.99). We will be pouring both of these wines at our weekly Wine Tasting Saturday March 10th, 1:00-5:00PM.

For those of you unfamiliar with Flowers Vineyard & Winery, you have to go back to 1989 when Walt and Joan Flowers purchased 321 acres on California's Sonoma Coast. Up until then they had been nursery owners in Bucks County Pennsylvania, but decided to put their success in the nursery trade and their knowledge of plants and growing climates to work in the wine industry by founding Flowers Vineyard & Winery.

One of their prized wines is the 2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($46.99) which uses organic and sustainable farming practices. They carefully nurture this particular vineyard which enjoys the Pacific coast's bright sunny days, cool evening breezes and chilly evening fog — all of which ensures proper ripening, lively acidity and freshness of their fruit. The wine itself shows off a light straw hue along with expressive aromas of citrus zest and honeysuckle. On the palate the aromas are heightened by well-balanced minerality and textural salinity very much influenced by the Pacific. So if you are looking for full-flavored Chardonnay then your search begins and ends with the 2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($46.99).

2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

From there we go to the 2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($48.99). Also benefiting from the cool breezes and climate being on the coast of the Pacific, and from organic and sustainable farming, the Flowers Pinot Noir boasts a deep garnet color and aromas of cherry and spice representing the best of what the vineyards of Sonoma Coast have to offer. Flowers Pinot Noir greets you with bright flavors of crushed fruit along with a gentle earthiness that carries through the core of this wine. Extending into a lengthy finish, you can easily visualize this Pinot Noir pairing with many of your spring menus as the weather starts to warm.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, March 10th from 1:00-5:00PM as we sample the 2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($46.99) and the 2016 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($48.99).

As always, if you are unable to join us you can order our wines by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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2015 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin

2015 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin

While there may be another dip in temperatures or snow storm left in this winter, it's not too early to start thinking about spring lamb recipes that are around the corner. The villages of Burgundy have many options as do the wines of Joseph Drouhin and we will be tasting one of his most outstanding wines this Saturday, March 3rd 1:00-5:00PM — the 2015 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin ($58.99).

First a little background on the region and of Joseph Drouhin. Burgundy is one of the most complex winemaking regions in the world with a rich history of viticulture dating back to the first century. Seeing opportunity, in 1880, Joseph Drouhin at the youthful age of 22 settled in Beaune and put all his focus into building his reputation. His love of wine became a passion he passed down to each new generation of his family. Assembled parcel by parcel over the years, today properties of Joseph Drouhin comprise 73 hectares of vineyards in Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Chablis. It is one of the most important domaines in Burgundy, with more than two thirds of the vineyards classified as Premier and Grand Crus. The House of Joseph Drouhin is now run by Joseph's four grandchildren who carry on the tradition started by their grandfather.

This brings us to our featured wine for the week, the 2015 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin ($58.99). The village of Gevrey Chambertin almost needs no introduction as some of the most prized Burgundies hail from here. This wine of Joseph Drouhin's greets you with an intense nose of prominent fruit including dark cherry and wild blackberry that immediately rise from the glass with an underlying hint of damp earthiness. On the palate the flavors of mild spice such as nutmeg and woodsy mushroom tantalize the tongue, all brought together by the wine's delicate tannins. So whether you are eyeing that Crown Roast at the butcher or thinking about Roast Lamb season that is about to be upon us, this is the wine you want to accompany your meal.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, March 3rd from 1:00-5:00PM as we again sample the 2015 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin ($58.99). You can see the complete list of the family's wines by clicking on the Joseph Drouhin Wines link here or on our Home Page.

As always, if you are unable to join us you can order this wine by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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2015 Masciarelli Redux

2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

In all the years we have been sending out emails, never before have we sent out an email about the same wine two weeks in a row. But the 2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo ($10.99) has been such a hit, we felt the need to tell you about it once again.

As usual, Presidents' Day coincides with start of school vacation and it is a quiet weekend for business. But during a three day weekend when half the population is out of town we sold 30 cases of the 2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo ($10.99) and we have just received another shipment this week. The wine is good, even the fragrance is unusually noticeable. The wine is mid-weight and versatile. We all come home late on occasion to a quick meal of pizza or some leftovers. Or perhaps you are throwing together a simple meal and you are looking for a casual wine to match. This wine is all that, plus it is estate bottled, delicious and priced right.

For those of you who may have missed last week's email about this wine, the region of Abruzzo is due east of Rome. Made from 100% Montepulciano, this small, estate bottled wine has a bright ruby red color and a bouquet of violets and red cherry that immediately draws you in and is only enhanced once the wine hits your palate.

The 2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo ($10.99) is on sale at $10.99 per bottle, but due to the incredible response to this wine we will reduce the price to $9.99 per bottle if purchased by the Case (12 bottles). This adjustment — to $119.88 for the case — will be made before your order is processed, if not shown at the time you place the order.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, February 24th 1:00 - 5:00PM as we again sample the 2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo ($10.99) ($9.99 by the case).

As always, if you are unable to join us you can order this wine by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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The Return of Masciarelli

2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

February is the ultimate comfort food month, and many of those meals look for a wine that is just as comfortable. Earlier this week we welcomed the return of the an old friend, the 2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo ($10.99) — which is an easy drinking and casual wine perfect for many comfort food recipes.

Traveling west from Rome we come to the region of Abruzzo where recipes with the most simple of ingredients are transformed into delicious meals. This region has also become famous for its wine which includes the 2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo ($10.99). This small estate bottled wine has a bright ruby red color with a bouquet of violet and tobacco. This wine with its attractive nose of red cherry is what you are looking for to warm up an easy mid-week meal. Made from the flagship grape of Abruzzo, the Montepulciano from the Masciarelli Estate is uniquely round, rich and drinkable. Medium in weight with flavors of black currant and a little spice, this wine would pair perfectly with anything from a simple Mushroom Marinara to a more full flavored dish such as Bucatini all'Amatriciana.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, February 17th 1:00 - 5:00PM as we sample the 2015 Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo ($10.99). As always, if you are unable to join us you can order this wine by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

Holiday Hours

Our hours for Presidents' Day Weekend are as follows:

Saturday 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Sunday Noon - 5:00PM
Monday (Presidents' Day) 8:00AM - 7:00PM

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Annual Port Sale — Warm up your Winter

2000 Fonseca 2003 Taylor Fladgate

February is here, the ground hog has seen his shadow and 40 degree days are considered warm. But Francos Wine Merchants has a terrific suggestion on how to shake off the chill on these gray days and cold nights — a glass of Vintage Port.

First a little background on Vintage Port. Vintage Port is one of the world's great iconic wines. Vintage Port represents the very best produce of a single outstanding year. It remains in vat for only about two years and after that it is aged in the bottle. Although Vintage Ports can be enjoyed when young, they will improve for many decades in the cellar and are among the most long-lasting of all wines.

Port wine begins life in much the same way as other wines. Around mid-September, the grapes are picked and harvested by hand from a wide range of traditional grape varieties, most of them native to Portugal's Douro Valley. The best known red varieties include the Touriga Francesa, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Amarela and Tinto Cão but in total there are around thirty types of Port grape. Most of these varieties have relatively small thick-skinned berries which produce the dense concentrated must (grape juice) needed to make Port. During fermentation about half of the natural sugar of the grape juice turns into alcohol by fermentation. At this point the wine maker starts the fortification process which is when a very clean young wine brandy is added. The addition of the spirit raises the strength of the wine to a level where the yeasts responsible for fermentation can no longer survive. The fermentation stops before all the sugar in the juice has been turned into alcohol and some of the natural sweetness of the grape is thus preserved in the finished wine.

2003 Delaforce 2003 Croft Vintage Port

Our inventory represents the best that Portugal has to offer from the major Port Houses including Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca, Croft, Grahams and Delaforce. Of special note in our Annual Port Sale are the 2000 Fonseca ($99.99), the 2003 Taylor Fladgate ($99.99), the 2003 Delaforce ($61.99) and the 2003 Croft Vintage Port ($72.99). For those of you looking for large format bottles, we have the 2000 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port ($184.99). And for those who prefer something for a small romantic evening for two, we have the 2007 Graham's ($51.99) in a half bottle (375ml) size. You can see our entire inventory of Port (both Vintage and Non-vintage) by clicking on the Port link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Super Saturday Superiore — 2015 Cavallotto Barbera d'Alba

2015 Cavallotto Barbera d'Alba Bricco Boschis Cuculo Superiore

Super Bowl Weekend is here and whether you are hosting a large party to cheer on the Eagles and/or Patriots, or just going to enjoy the game at home sporting your team's colors, Francos Wine Merchants is here to help you along.

While there are many options for food on Super Bowl Sunday, if you stray away from the traditional choices you may just enjoy our newest arrival — the 2015 Cavallotto Barbera d'Alba Bricco Boschis Cuculo Superiore ($30.99). Crafted from 100% Barbera, this wine offers fuller body, aromas and flavor than typical Barberas. So much of this can be attributed to the calcareous clay soils and west-southwest exposure of the vineyards. This particular Barbera is released a year later than its counterparts which gives it the weight, purity and balance of a wine twice its size. Garnering a solid 91+ points from Parker, this wine will be perfect if you stray away from the Chili and instead decide to braise some short ribs in tomato and serve it over Rigatoni.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us Saturday February 3rd from 1:00-5:00PM as we welcome as our guest host Mr. Matthew Barcewicz, Connecticut Brand Manager for Skurnik Wines & Spirits as he pours the 2015 Cavallotto Barbera d'Alba Bricco Boschis Cuculo Superiore ($30.99). As always, you can read more about this wine as well as order by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

Super Bowl Sunday is full of options, so if you decide to instead whip up a batch of Manhattans or perhaps an Old Fashioned to start off the party, Francos has a wide selection of Bourbon and Rye which can all be found on our Small Batch American Whiskey link. Should you decide on Nachos or to set up a Taco Bar and serve up some Margaritas, check out our selection of Tequila by using the link here or simply typing "Tequila" in the search field.

Super Bowl Sunday: Just a reminder that Francos Wine Merchants will be open 12:00-5:00PM on Super Bowl Sunday for any of your last minute Super Bowl party needs.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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Warm up your Menus with 2014 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo

2014 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo

While the temperature refuses to budge you can always warm up your evening with a great bottle of wine. Francos Wine Merchants recently received a shipment of the 2014 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo ($25.99) and it would be a perfect match for many of your winter menus.

The history of Vietti Winery traces back to the 19th Century, but it is at the beginning of the 20th century when Vietti started bottling its own wine. Patriarch Mario Vietti in 1919 slowly transformed the family farm into a grape-growing and wine production business. By 1953 Alfredo Currado (Luciana Vietti's husband) cultivated and grew the Vietti Winery to one of the top-level producers in Piemonte and was one of the first wineries to export to the USA market.

Made from 100% Nebbiolo and offering a modest 13.5% alcohol, vinification of the 2014 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo ($25.99) comes from different vineyards from the Langhe/Barolo area. For all intents and purposes the Vietti Perbacco is a declassified Barolo. Aged approximately 2 years in oak and blended in steel tanks prior to bottling, this wine offers up a mid-weight style perfect for food pairing. With generous fruit and spices, this wine shows complexity and elegance without giving up any of its intensity of dark fruit, spice and licorice. This wine would be the perfect choice for hearty stews, roasted red meats and aged cheeses.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday, January 20th 1:00-5:00PM as we sample the 2014 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo ($25.99).

As always, you can read more about this wine as well as order by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

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2016 Jean-Paul Brun Chardonnay

2016 Jean-Paul Brun Chardonnay

In the blink of an eye we are in mid-January and we take a turn away from the rich, full flavored meals of the holidays and instead turn to meals with a few fresh ingredients. We also make a turn with our wines looking for ones that are simple and straightforward in flavor and one such wine is one of our January Cellar Specials.

Francos Wine Merchants is always excited when a wine from winemaker Jean-Paul Brun is in stock, and currently we have his 2016 Jean-Paul Brun Chardonnay ($16.99). Jean-Paul Brun is one of the most revered winemakers in the appellation working only in a natural fashion. This means he uses no pesticides in the vineyards and only hand picks his grapes when ready to harvest. But his natural ways of winemaking don't stop at just the farming; it also carries over into production. He does not use industrial yeasts, but rather uses only indigenous yeasts. He also believes that wine drinks best at a lower degree of alcohol and therefore sees no need to systematically add sugar to obtain certain levels of alcohol. His wines are made to be pleasurable with the flavors of the true fruit shining through.

Bright yellow with flavors of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, this Chardonnay offers flavors that come directly from the clay and limestone soil from which the vines grow. The ripe pear and apple flavors are followed by bright acidity and a clean taste that are obtained from their stainless steel aging. Easy to drink as well as being easy on the wallet, this wine is a perfect pairing for everything from a Roast Chicken with a simple Lemon/Butter/Thyme marinade to easy mid-week meals of Baked Chicken Thighs on a simple mirepoix drizzled with a favor infused olive oil.

Saturday Wine Tasting: Please join us this Saturday January 13th 1:00-5:00PM as we sample the 2016 Jean-Paul Brun Chardonnay ($16.99).

As always, you can read more about this wine as well as order by clicking on the Tasting link here or on our Home Page.

We look forward to seeing you online or in our store soon.


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