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December 13, 2017
What's better for Christmas than a gift that keeps on giving... especially if you get to share!  Why not sign up the wine lover in your life for our Wine of the Month Club.  Come by anytime and you can have the first month's selection ready to give them on Christmas morning along with a gift certificate for the number of months you wish to give. 
The Wine  Guy
Wine of the Month Club
Be the first to sample the Wine Guy's latest finds

The Wine Guy scours the world looking for the highest quality, best wine values available. Every month he will be choosing two wines that have been highly rated by Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Vinous, James Suckling  or Wine Advocate, and sampled and approved by the Wine Guy and his tasting panel.

The Wine Guy will have two bottles of interesting wines for you
Each month two wines will be chosen that represent excellent quality and exceptional value. Club members have two choices and may change their selection at any time:

The Wine Guy Selections
Will generally be one white and one red wine each month with occasional forays into interesting rose or sparkling wines that you may not have tried before.  

The Wine Guy Red Wine Selections
Is designed for the white wine impaired. Try this test: when I am having grilled rare tuna with wasabi sauce, I always order?

a.) A nice Dry Riesling   b.) A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc  c.)  Pinot Noir
If you answered "c.)  Pinot Noir" this is the club selection for you

Your monthly cost will average about  $35
Your monthly cost will average about $35 before sales tax.  We securely keep your credit card on file and submit the charges each month when the wine is ready for pick up.

Your wine will be ready to pick up on the 15th of every month
On or about the 15th of the month you will receive an email letting you know that this month’s selection is ready for you.  We will have your wine boxed up and ready along with the magazine reviews, the Wine Guy's tasting notes, recipe ideas and a free sampling from our gourmet food selection (chocolate is very popular).  Your wine will be here with your name on it whenever you can get by during the month to pick it up.  Unfortunately, we are unable to offer shipping since our state legislature has seen fit to make shipping wine a crime.  We will, however, make it as easy as possible.  In a hurry - call us from your cell phone and we'll bring your package out to the parking lot (seriously).

No obligations!
There is no required membership period.  Give a gift of however many months you wish or just leave it open-ended and cancel whenever you wish.  If you are not completely satisfied, you may cancel your membership at any time.  Should you have been unable to pick up your monthly order when you cancel, we will return the wine to stock and credit your charge card.

It's easy to join!
Just fill out this form and use reply to sender, give us a call or just stop in the store.  We will get a certificate ready along with their first month's selection and have it ready for you to pick up.   No need for your card number now, we will get your credit card information when you pick up the wine.   

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The Recipe Exchange
Years ago, we published our recipe for Coq au Vin Blanc, always preferring to use white wine rather than staining the chicken purple with red wine. Here is yet another take on this classic French recipe that we borrowed from the New York Times that is surprisingly quick and easy to make.
Quick Coq au Vin Blanc
Serves 4
Adapted from the NYT Magazine
2 slices of thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2” pieces
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/3 cup flour for sprinkling on chicken
1/2 of a large onion, coarse chopped in medium sized chunks (not too small)
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced or quartered
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup dry white wine
1 to 1-1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley (for garnish)
Salt & pepper to taste
Cooked egg noodles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown bacon in large oven-proof roasting type pan over medium-high heat until nice and crispy. Remove bacon. Season chicken with salt & pepper and lightly flour, then add to pan and cook until nicely browned on each side (about 4 minutes a side).

Remove chicken and add onions and mushrooms. Season with some salt and cook until onions are golden, about 10 minutes. Add wine and tomato paste and boil until reduces by half. Then add the broth and bring to a boil. Return chicken to the pan, top with bacon and bake for about 15 minutes.

Serve over noodles and garnish with parsley. We served this with a nice red  Côtes du Rhône.

Wine Guy Reviews
This is a very affordable, easy drinking California Pinot Noir....
Lincourt Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2014 Santa Rita Hills, California $25
We Bought a Bunch $16.99
What the Wine Critics Thought: Wine Enthusiast 93 Points
Hibiscus, rose, juniper, clove, marjoram and graphite aromas all show on the nose of this Foley family wine, which is light yet powerful in finesse and depth. Plummy fruits meet with incense, pine needle and herbal, forest-floor intrigue on the palate. —M.K.

What We Thought: Aromas of black cherry and black pepper lead to a ripe, medium-bodied black cherry palate, a touch of vanilla and baking spice, all supported by some very soft tannins that ensure a smooth finish. 

This is a great price on the flagship Cabernet from Jackson Family Estates....

Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Alexander Valley, California $50
We Bought a Bunch $32.99

The Wine Critics Thought: Vinous 94 Points
Dark cherry, plum, mocha, licorice, spice and gravel are all pushed forward. This is an unusually forward wine although there is plenty of the typical savory/graphite notes that are so typical of this site. Drink 2017-2025. —A.G.

What We Thought: Ripe and robust, this very approachable Alexander Valley Cabernet displays gobs of blackberry and plum fruit along with a little oaky vanilla all supported by some lightly dusty tannins that make this a short-term cellar candidate. 


New Arrivals
This is the winery whose wines have never been reviewed by Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate since he is a founding partner with his brother-in-law Michael Etzel....  Wine Spectator likes the wines well enough!
Beaux Frères Pinot Noir 2014 Willamette Valley, Oregon $59
What the Wine Critics Thought: Wine Spectator 91 Points

Bright and tangy, with raspberry and cherry flavors that gain momentum as they push against fine tannins into a long and expressive finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. 2,453 cases made. –HS

Pick Of The Week
Elegant Oregon
Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator 93 Points

This beautiful Oregon Pinot Noir is about as big a bargain as you will ever find out of Willamette.... Pinot lovers, do not miss this one!

Four Graces Pinot Noir 2015 Willamette Valley, Oregon $27
We Bought A Bunch $21.99
What The Critics Thought: Wine Spectator 93 Points
Expressive and supple, with a complex core of lively tannins and acidity, plus accents of black cherry, cinnamon and spice that linger toward a minerally finish. Drink now through 2024. —T.F.

What We Thought: This elegant Oregon Pinot Noir has a bright, medium-bodied palate that displays both red and black cherry fruit along with a subtle spicy character that will make a great pairing for anything from roast chicken to grilled salmon. 
To order just use "reply to sender" to return this form or just give me a call. And, be sure to let us know at which store you would prefer to pick it up.

As always, the Wine Guy Guarantee applies.  If you buy a case of wine and don't like it, just return the other bottles for an exchange or refund. 

The case discount is 10%. Case discounts do not apply to items with .99 sale price endings. However, sale wines do combine with other wines to make non sale wines eligible for case discounts.

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Issue 928 Vol. 18 No.
December 13, 2017
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