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Quivira Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (CA) $18

Quivira
This Sauvignon Blanc from Quivira is sourced from a single vineyard that is both organic and biodynamic, making for a wine that is skillfully tended from grape to bottle. This is an expressive Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of power and direct intensity on the nose and the palate, you'll find heavy citrus and herbal notes on both. The palate profile offers plenty of grapefruit and a well-grounded sense of minerality, the acidity is just about perfect - making for a very food-friendly white wine. Give this Sauvignon Blanc a go with fresh seafood, sushi or an herb-crusted poultry dish.
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J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese 2007 (Germany) $49

J.J. Prum
If you are looking for the quintessential German Riesling from the Mosel region, this has got to be it. This is an ultra concentrated wine with the complexity, elegance and manueverability to handle virtually any palate with strength of varietal character and definitive structure.

Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2007 (CA) $30

Beringer
Layers of rich concentrated fruit make this wine interesting from the get go. On the nose, expect citrus and stone fruit along with warming oak tones. The palate profile continues with the citrus theme, but expands the fruit into opulent lines of apricot and lush tropical fruit. Beringer's Private Reserve Chard is a full-bodied, well-rounded wine with plenty to offer the palate and the plate.

Mendel Unus Malbec 2006 (Argentina) $50

Mendel WineryMendel Winery
The Mendel Unus Malbec hails from 78 year old vines, and offers an elegant framework, thanks in part to the 30% blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, for both well-planned structure and concentrated fruit. This is a fresh, sturdy wine with warm layers of complexity and vivid fruit - largely dark cherry, blackberry and jammy plum along with a delicious mix of mocha and vanilla on the velvety finish.

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad NV (Spain) $22

Segura Viudas
If you are looking to shake things up in the "bubbly" department then you might want to consider this brilliant sparkler from Spain. Apart from having a very cool pewter-like embellished bottle, you'll find a good dose of citrus on the nose and buckets of lemon, lime and apple appeal on the effervescent palate. Solid acidity, a savory citrus-filled, medium-length finish and a great price make this Brut a perfect pick wine for any celebration.

Graham's "Six Grapes" Reserve Port (Portugal) $20

W & J Graham's
The Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Port is a young, dynamic blend of six grape varietals that showcases rich, concentrated aromatics and engaging fruit intensity on the palate. A welcome introduction to the world of fortified wines, this particular entry-level port from Graham's brings layers of flavor including dark cherry and chocolate with an undergirding of warm spice and a nutty nuance. Port is the perfect gift, when the weather begins to cool - give it a go with a mix of darker chocolates, nuts, blue cheese and berry-based desserts.
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