Wine Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition

wine sale spring 2017

Our spring wine sale will begin on Wednesday, March 29 and end the evening of April 11. We'll take 20% off most domestic and imported wines when you buy 12 bottles or more, mix or match, standard 750ml size. Some already reduced or net-priced wines are not included. We stock over 3,000 of the world's finest wines, hand selected by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Supplies are limited to stock on hand and all wines are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Wine stewards are on duty 10-6 every day.

Saturday, March 25 from 1-4 P.M. at Draeger's in San Mateo
Saturday, April 8 from 1-4 P.M. at Draeger's in Blackhawk

Join us for a grand tasting of approximately 60 Italian wines. The $75 ticket includes tastes of all the wines and passed hors d'oeuvres. A 20% discount will be applied to any of the wines purchased that day or any pre-sell wines picked up later. A list of the wines will be available approximately a week before the tasting event.

We offer a 10% discount on any purchase of 12 or more 750ml bottles of regularly priced wine, mix or match, every day of the year.
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lost republic bourbon Small distilleries (sometimes called microdistilleries) have been operating in Europe for a long time, producing spirits such as single malt scotch, eau de vie, grappa, flavored vodka and liqueur. They often use small "pot" stills to produce a custom spirit in batches far smaller than those produced by continuous distilling methods used by larger companies. On the other hand, a master distiller can more easily make "heads and tails" cuts, important in controlling the quality of the finished spirit, by using a large volume still-an investment beyond the means of most small producers. Smaller companies often contract with large distillers to produce a raw spirit to their specifications before aging it in their preferred manner. Matt Weese, master distiller at Lost Republic distillery in Healdsburg, prefers less barrel influence (wood flavors) and more grain influence in his Bourbon, and sources his raw whiskies from Midwest and California producers before blending and finishing them in an aging program of his own design. His Healdsburg-finished Bourbon has become a very popular whiskey at Draeger's.

Regular $34.99   SPECIAL: $31.99

The term Cremant, in modern E.U. parlance, refers to a French sparkling wine made outside the Champagne Langlois-Chateau Brut Rosé is 100% positive influence on vineyard quality. ("tuffeau") in the area is famous for its east of Angers. The soft limestone along the Loire River about 30 miles producer based in Saumur, a village of Jacques Bollinger) is a well-known district. Langlois-Chateau (a subsidiary Cabernet Franc from vineyards several miles south of town, made in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle in the traditional way and is bottle aged at least 18 months before disgorging. It is bright, crisp, dry, and thoroughly refreshing.

Regular: $26.99   SPECIAL: $22.99

Dennis Hill (former executive winemaker of popular Blackstone wines) and a partner formed Cannonball wines in 2006, making an every night-priced Cabernet Sauvignon that America loves. Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé followed. Angels and Cowboys is a classic "eye of the partridge" lightly colored style Rosé, made from purpose-grown grapes (not "bleed juice" from other winemaking endeavors) that have been harvested while still high in acid, and pressed and separated from the skins early on so that little color remains. It is aged on the lees a little over two months to give it more depth and mouthfeel, and comes off as vibrant, fresh, dry, and delicate. The building blocks are Grenache, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah from the Carneros, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley appellations.

Regular: $16.99   SPECIAL: $14.99
domaine carneros DOMAINE CARNEROS, 2013 PINOT NOIR

The Taittinger family of Champagne founded its American branch in the Carneros district of southern Napa Valley in 1987, hiring esteemed winemaker Eileen Crane to oversee development of the winery and vineyards. While the chateau's focus has always been primarily sparkling wine, a Pinot Noir was added to the mix in 1992. 4 certified organic vineyards, all within 4 miles of the chateau, supply the quality fruit necessary to make memorable Pinot Noir. T.J. Evans makes the wine, which sleeps for a minimum 10 months in French oak barrels before bottling. The elegantly balanced blend suggests aromas and flavors including black raspberry, cherry, plum, earth, cola, and sandalwood.

Regular: $39.99   SPECIAL: $32.99


The spiritual home of Barbera is Piedmont in northwestern Italy, where the grape occupies nearly half of all the vineyard land. It likes the same conditions as Nebbiolo, the grape of Barolo and Barbaresco, but ripens a little earlier and does not necessarily need long ageing. Ruvei, which is blended with not more than 15% Nebbiolo to enhance its elegance and soften its natural acidity, is made by the Cantine Marchesi di Barolo winery in thermo-controlled vats, and then aged about six months in large Slovenian oak casks. Like most Barberas it goes spectacularly well with food, lending aroma and flavor notes of red and black berries and spice to a meal.

Regular: $16.99   SPECIAL: $12.99

Draeger's stocks Sauvignon Blanc wines from all over the world, reflecting the grape's popularity with our customers. In our departments one can find Sauvignon Blanc from several areas in Europ, and also from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, and-of course-the U.S.A. Elizabeth Pressler and Spencer Graham of Rutherford-based Elizabeth Spencer Wines make this certified organic wine using fruit mostly sourced from Norm Gibson's Mendocino County vineyard near Ukiah, augmented with fruit from McFadden vineyard in the Potter Valley. It's a light to medium style, showing off ripe fruit and a fine backbone of crisp acidity. Think stone fruits, green apple, and citrus. It's bright and juicy and yummy!

Regular: $19.99   SPECIAL: $14.99

Relatively unknown in the wine world until recent decades, the Paso Robles region on California's central coast has grown from fewer than 20 wineries in 1990 to more than 200 today. Known historically for Zinfandel and Rhône varieties in particular, Paso Robles' 26,000 acres of vineyards now boast a wide variety of red and white grapes including Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon. Tolosa Winery, located in cooler climate San Luis Obisbo, sourced this Cabernet (and a little Merlot) fruit from Paso Robles vineyards east of Highway 101, known as the "East Side." It was aged 18 months in small French oak barrels and drinks extremely

Regular: $19.99   SPECIAL: $16.99


Twins Jim and Bob Varner have had plenty to do with cementing the quality reputation of Santa Cruz Mountains wines over the years, and their Foxglove central coast wines are widely known as terrific values. They are now making wine from Santa Barbara County vineyards as well. The Chardonnay comes from El Camino Vineyard, and in classic Varner style has structure and elegance well beyond its price point. It's made in stainless in a non-malolactic style with a portion aged in new oak on its lees to create richness in the mouth. The Pinot Noir hails from Los Alamos Vineyard, and offers a drink-me-now style with low tannins and hints of tobacco, dried cherries, and mint.

Regular: $25.99   SPECIAL: $21.99

Piero Antinori and his three daughters are the current faces of the famous Antinori wine empire, which dates back twenty six generations over six hundred thirty years. Their Tuscan and Umbrian wines are legendary, but they embrace opportunity where they find it, this time up Soda Canyon Road in Napa on Atlas Peak. Six hundred acres of vineyards supply a variety of grapes, in this case Chardonnay, made in a medium-bodied style that emphasizes a delicate balance between fruit, acid, minerals, and wood. It is an elegant Chardonnay with a pedigree reaching back to the 1300s.

Regular: $25.99   SPECIAL: $19.99
champalou CHAMPALOU, 2015 VOUVRAY

Chenin Blanc's reputation suffered at the hands of bulk wine producers several decades ago, but the grape is a noble one and the most sophisticated expression of it arguably comes from Vouvray, a district in the Loire Valley of central France. Importer Kermit Lynch brings us Vouvray made by widely respected vintners Catherine and Didier Champalou, whose vineyard soils contain the microscopic remnants of undersea organisms of millions of years ago. The wine is completely dry (sec) and brimming with aroma and flavor notes of honey and acacia blossom. Its acidic backbone makes it a natural accompaniment to fish, shellfish, white meats and foods with white sauces.

Regular: $19.99   SPECIAL: $17.99


Franciscan, the famous Rutherford district winery dating from the early 1970s, first made Magnificat in 1985. It was one of the first "Meritage" wines produced. A marriage of the words "merit" and "heritage," Meritage (rhymes with heritage) wines are blends of noble Bordeaux varieties both red and white. Magnificat is produced from more than 200 small lots of wine that are blended in blind tastings by Janet Myers, winemaker. The final blend is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Magnificat is Bordeaux construction layered with Napa style, and decanting it an hour or two before serving will be rewarded.

Regular: $49.99   SPECIAL: $39.99
la mateo LA MATEO, 2014 RIOJA

Rioja wines come from that district in north central Spain, where the vineyards are spread along both banks of the Ebro River. The primary grape is Spain's legendary Tempranillo, and the region is famous, historically, for very long-ageing its produce in wood barrels before sending it to market-a trick they picked up from the French in the mid-1800s. La Mateo Rioja Crianza is fermented in stainless, then aged in mostly new French and (a little) American oak for about 14 months before sleeping 18 months in bottle before release. Think strawberries, blackberries, plums, spice, and creamy vanilla oak notes on a medium-bodied frame. Try with red meats, cheeses, and stews.

Regular: $14.99   SPECIAL: $12.99

A little bit south of Lyon in France's northern Rhône Valley is a winemaking region known as Côte-Rôtie (literally "roasted slope," a reference to the steep sundrenched hillsides). Its (all red) wines are famous for being focused, earthy, often peppery-and very expensive. Sté phane Pichat makes celebrated wines of that sort, but in France grapes that are on the wrong side of a wine district dividing line cannot be labeled as from that district. So this particular Pichat wine is called "Vin de France" because its grapes are either younger vines that he doesn't want to label Côte-Rôtie yet or are grown slightly outside the legal boundary. This is serious and affordable Syrah that practically begs for duck or lamb to partner with.

Regular: $21.99   SPECIAL: $18.99
sembro vina oropendola VIÑA OROPENDOLA, 2015 RUEDA (WHITE)

Our winemaker/importer friend Jim Powers, affectionately known as the Chevalier de Novateau, sourced two Spanish wines that are easy drinking and serious values at the dinner table. Viña Oropendola is made from the white grape Verdejo in the Rueda district of Segovia province from vineyards near the banks of the Duero River perhaps a hundred miles east of the Portuguese border. It offers tropical fruits aromas in a light- to medium-bodied dry wine with a persistent finish. Sembro is a Tempranillobased wine from the Ribera Del Duero district along the river slightly east of Rueda. It is a dry, medium-bodied wine with smooth tannins to balance its light fruitiness. Both of these wines showcase modern Spanish winemaking's ability to deliver quality at an every night price.

Regular: $11.99   SPECIAL: $9.99

Special prices in this newsletter are effective March 15 through May 30 or as supplies last. Should a pricin of 12 or more bottles of regularly priced 750ml-size wines, mix or match.

Prices in this newsletter are valid Wednesday, March 15 through Tuesday, May 30. REMINDER: We offer a 10% discount on any purchase of 12 or more 750ml bottles of regularly priced wine, mix or match, every day of the year.