Wine Newsletter - Fall 2018 Edition

Draeger's Market Fall Wine Special Fall 2018 Newsletter Draeger's Fall Wine Sale, November 1 through November 6 - 20% Off! - 6 days only!

Our fall wine sale begins Thursday November 1 and ends Tuesday November 6. 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. Sorry, we cannot hold wine for future purchase. Wine stewards are on duty 10-6 every day.


GRAND BURGUNDY TASTING
November 10, SAN MATEO

Join us upstairs in Restaurant Viognier in our San Mateo store for our Grand Burgundy tasting from 1:00-4:00 on Saturday, November 10. 40-plus memorable wines will be available for tasting for a single entry price; the complete list will be available one week prior to the event. Cheese and charcuterie platters and hors d'oeuvres will be available courtesy of Draeger's San Mateo Delicatessen. Tickets are $50 and will be sold at the door or you may purchase them in advance in the Wine Department at the San Mateo store only.

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GRAND CHAMPAGNE TASTING
December 8, SAN MATEO

Join us upstairs in Restaurant Viognier in our San Mateo store for our Grand Champagne tasting from 1:00-4:00 on Saturday, December 8. 30 to 40 sparkling wines from France's Champagne region will be available for tasting for a single entry price; the complete list will be available one week prior to the event. Cheese and charcuterie platters and hors d'oeuvres will be available courtesy of Draeger's San Mateo Delicatessen. Tickets are $50 and will be sold at the door or you may purchase them in advance in the Wine Department at the San Mateo store only.

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HOLIDAY WINE TASTING
December 8, BLACKHAWK

This is a great opportunity to help you choose just the right wine for your Holiday celebration! Join us between 1:00 and 4:00 in the Blackhawk Store Cooking School to taste a variety of specially selected wines for the Holidays. We'll pour 30 wines including Sparkling Wines, Reds, Whites and Dessert Wines. A complete list of the wines being tasted will be available 1-2 weeks prior to the event. Tickets are $30 per person and will be sold at the door or in advance at the Blackhawk Wine Department.

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SPARKLING WINE SPECIALS FOR THE 2018 HOLIDAY SEASON

Here are some excellent, well-structured wines from France, Italy and the USA that are refreshing and very food friendly. NV means the wine is a non-vintage blend; Brut means the wine is dry. Champagne refers to that region in France. Spumante is a style of Italian sparkling wine that is a bit more effervescent than most Proseccos.

Delamotte, NV Brut Champagne Regular: $54.99 Special: $49.99
Billecart-Salmon, NV Brut Champagne Regular: $56.99 Special: $49.99
J, California Cuvee Regular: $26.99 Special: $21.99
Louis Pommery, California Brut Regular: $19.99 Special: $17.99
Monthuys, NV Brut Reserve Champagne Regular: $32.99 Special: $26.99
Syltbar, Sparkling Rosé Spumante Regular: $23.99 Special: $19.99
Roederer Estate, NV Brut Regular: $24.99 Special: $19.99
8 YEARS IN THE DESERT RED WINE AND THE BURNING CHAIR BOURBON 8 YEARS IN THE DESERT RED WINE AND THE BURNING CHAIR BOURBON

Dave Phinney's name might not be familiar to you but this is his twentieth year in the wine business as owner of Orin Swift Cellars (the name a combination of his father's middle name and his mother's maiden name). Orin Swift produces wines such as Papillon and Abstract, and became famous for a Zinfandel-based blend called The Prisoner, a brand that Phinney sold in 2010. Eight years after that sale Orin Swift is again introducing a limited edition Zin blend, one that hues to the style that made those earlier wines famous. It includes Petite Sirah and Syrah and delivers brawny, massive blackberry, dark plum, chocolate and forest floor flavors set off by minerality and a tannic frame. Phinney has also founded Savage and Cooke Distillery on Mare Island, producing Bourbon, American Whiskey and Tequila. The Burning Chair is a 4-year old spirit sourced from Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, blended then aged in used Napa Cabernet barrels.

Regular: $54.99 Special: $49.99

VYA VERMOUTH BY QUADY VYA VERMOUTH BY QUADY

Vermouth (a fortified, botanically infused wine made in a dry, medium or sweet style) is growing in popularity by the week, seemingly. More than ever savvy consumers are enjoying it not only in cocktails but as a quality sip on its own, as many Europeans have done for a couple of centuries. Quady Winery in Madera (California) is at the forefront of the vermouth quality revolution, taking the Vermouth Trophy in last year's International Wine Challenge in London. Using the muscat grapes for which Quady is famous, as well as other varieties, winemaker Darin Peterson creates memorable vermouth incorporating the classic mix of floral, herbal and slight bittering notes that excellent vermouth is noted for. Vya Extra-Dry or Sweet, 375ml (half-bottle size).

Regular: $13.99 Special: $10.99

STORRS WINERY AND VINEYARDS, 2017 SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS CHARDONNAY STORRS WINERY AND VINEYARDS, 2017 SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS CHARDONNAY

Stephen Storrs and Pamela Bianchini-Storrs began their winery in 1988. From the beginning they focused on Santa Cruz Mountains fruit. Their wines' popularity at Draeger's has continued unabated for many years. This wine's three-vineyard blend contains fruit from their estate Hidden Springs Vineyard in Pleasant Valley; it is barrel fermented along with grapes from Christie Vineyard in the Corralitos district and Rodeo Ridge Vineyard in the Soquel Hills district, all to the east of the city of Santa Cruz. The barrels used are only 30% new to limit the creation of vanilla and spice flavors. Likewise malolactic fermentation (which gives white wines a buttery flavor) is limited. It's a Chardonnay of lovely balance but firm structure, with a long finish.

Regular: $24.99 Special: $21.99

GHOST BLOCK, 2015 PELISSA VINEYARD ZINFANDE GHOST BLOCK, 2015 PELISSA VINEYARD ZINFANDEL

Napa Valley's Oakville district is worldrenowned for Cabernet Sauvignon, but here and there in the area memorable-quality Zinfandel grapes still exist. Ghost Block makes wine from its own vineyards (the family has been growing since 1903) and Pelissa Vineyard sits directly behind the family’s Napa Wine Company on Oak Cross Road, opposite the Oakville Grocery. Within that 60-acre vineyard are 9 acres of old Zinfandel vines. One of the few estate-grown and bottled Zinfandels made in Oakville, Ghost Block's is a Zin-lover's delight: it offers a smooth, lush, velvety texture wrapped in elegant tannins, and blackberry-ish flavors accented with cedar and vanilla notes.

Regular: $35.99 Special: $29.99

HENRI BOURGEOIS, 2017 LES BARONNES SANCERRE HENRI BOURGEOIS, 2017 LES BARONNES SANCERRE

White wines labeled Sancerre are always Sauvignon Blanc (as are PouillyFumés, from just across the Loire River) and prized by millions for their crisp, lightly floral and mineral-ly rendition of the grape. The house of Henri Bourgeois makes a large family of wines (whites, rosés and reds) including in New Zealand (Clos Henri). Their dozen or so Sancerres includes Les Baronnes, a refreshing mouthful of stone fruit and citrus flavors wrapped in the forward acidity for which Sancerre is famous. These wines complement so many foods the list is endless but fish and shellfish, and certainly goat cheese, should be near the top of the list.

Regular: $26.99 Special: $21.99

FOXEN VINEYARDS AND WINERY, 2015 SANTA MARIA VALLEY PINOT NOIR FOXEN VINEYARDS AND WINERY, 2015 SANTA MARIA VALLEY PINOT NOIR

Foxen winery dates from 1985 when Dick Doré and Bill Wathen began their now famous winemaking partnership. The grapes for this bottling came from Bien Nacido and Riverbench vineyards, both very cool locations where Foxen leases specific sites and also purchases fruit by the row. Bill Walthen’s winemaking style is minimalist, eschewing fining and filtration before bottling, and the barrels used for aging are between 1 and 6 years old, limiting the wood extract flavor in the finished wine. Aromas and flavors suggest violets, cherries, raspberries and herbs de provence. Foxen wines are regularly critically acclaimed and this is no exception. 92 points Wine Advocate.

Regular: $37.99 Special: $29.99

HANDLEY CELLARS, 2017 ESTATE GEWÃœRZTRAMINER HANDLEY CELLARS, 2017 ESTATE GEWÃœRZTRAMINER

Eastern France's Alsace and northern Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige are renowned habitats for Gewürztraminer, that famously aromatic grape often redolent of rose petals, lychees and cardamon. California's Anderson Valley in Mendocino County serves up some memorable Gew¨rztraminer too, including this one from Handley Cellars. Some 5 acres of the Handley organic estate vineyards are planted to this variety, which does very well in the cool environs along the Navarro River in the southwestern part of the county. Founder (1982) Milla Handley has retired now, and daughters Megan and Lulu are directing the winery. Winemaker Randy Schock has made wine in the valley since 1998 and joined the Handley team in 2004. Try his dry Gew¨rztraminer with a Draeger's pork bratwurst!

Regular: $21.99 Special: $17.99

MAXIMIN GRUNHAUS, 2016 RIESLING MONOPOL MAXIMIN GRUNHAUS, 2016 RIESLING MONOPOL

Don't let the label verbiage scare you off! The word 'monopol' here simply means that the Maximin Grunhaus winery holds ownership to all of the vineyards that it harvests, rather than sharing ownership with others (a common arrangement in many European winegrowing regions). This Riesling is harvested from younger vines from two of the winery's three contiguous vineyards which are situated on steep, slate-soil hillsides above the Ruwer River in Germany just a mile and a half from where it flows into the Mosel. It's a delicious, bright, crisp, minerally mouthful with hints of apple, and just the slightest hint of sweetness to balance the bracing acidity.

Regular: $22.99 Special: $19.99

HEARST RANCH, 2015 PASO ROBLES PETITE SIRAH HEARST RANCH, 2015 PASO ROBLES PETITE SIRAH

Petit Sirah (occasionally spelled Syrah) is a French cross also known there as Durif, and there are fewer than 10,000 acres planted in the world. Whatever the spelling, its characteristics are not in question. It's deeply colored, tannic, full bodied, just begging for richer sorts of foods to partner with. Hearst Ranch Winery is located on River Road on the east side of Paso Robles, where winemaker Soren Christensen crafted this 2015 vintage using 80% neutral barrels (the remainder split between new French and American). His Petite is loaded with red and black fruit flavors and includes hints of vanilla, violets, and chocolate. Think barbecue, burgers, and red or black Mole dishes. 90 points Wine Advocate.

Regular: $29.99 Special: $24.99

BRUNO ROCCA, 2015 BARBERA D'ASTI BRUNO ROCCA, 2015 BARBERA D'ASTI

One of the most respected wineries in Piedmont in northwest Italy makes "big dog" reds from the Nebbiolo grape-Barolo and Barbaresco-but it also makes memorable wine from the Barbera grape. It’s what the locals tend to drink at village restaurants, because it is famously food friendly and usually doesn't need much bottle age to be wonderful at the table. Barbera is brightly acidic, a very good thing with a meal, and relatively low in chewy tannins. Expect fruit flavors such as blueberry, plum, cherry and blackberry, maybe with hints of almonds or hazelnuts. Bruno Rocca's Barbera comes from the village of Vaglio Serra and is treated to 12 months in French oak for extra structure.

Regular: $28.99 Special: $24.99

DOMAINE DE LA RONCIERE, 2015 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE DOMAINE DE LA RONCIERE, 2015 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE

Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines are blends made in and around the town of the same name in France's southern Rhône Valley. They are full bodied wines (usually red, but many producers including this one make white versions, too) combining ripeness, spice, and tannins in a way that makes them superb matches with red meats and spicier fare. This wine leads with Grenache and is supported by 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. Made and aged in stainless steel tanks from grapes grown in stony, sandy soils, Domaine de la Ronciere's red Châteauneuf-du-Pape suggests floral aromas highlighting the blackberry, clove, licorice, black olive and black pepper notes that would marry a Draeger's ribeye steak handsomely!

Regular: $41.99 Special: $34.99

VINA ROBLES, 2015 PASO ROBLES CABERNET SAUVIGNON VINA ROBLES, 2015 PASO ROBLES CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Vina Robles Swiss-born founders recognized the potential of Paso Robles winegrowing early on. They knew that the Santa Lucia Mountains limit fog and trap heat in the vineyards. They also knew that a notch in the mountain range known as the Templeton Gap lets cool evening breezes flow. A daily temperature swing of 50 degrees is not at all unusual, making it a happy place for wine grapes– including Cabernet Sauvignon. Vina Robles Cabernet is aged 20 months in low- to medium-toast mostly French oak barrels. The resulting wine is powerful but also reserved, in a sort of European way. It's exactly what the founders intended, and it's a serious value.

Regular: $22.99 Special: $19.99

ANCIENT PEAKS, 2014 OYSTER RIDGE PASO ROBLES RED WINE ANCIENT PEAKS, 2014 OYSTER RIDGE PASO ROBLES RED WINE

Ancient Peak's 860 acre Santa Margarita Ranch (since 1774) is on a cattle ranching property of some 14,000 acres that comprises the southernmost sub-AVA of the Paso Robles wine growing region. It has one of the coolest climates and longest growing seasons in the area. Now co-owned by three local families that began planting grapes there in 1999, the ranch includes a very special place to grow wine grapes–Oyster Ridge. It is known as one of the most calcareous and therefore desirable sites in California, because fossilized oysters literally spill out of the soil at 1100' elevation. Oyster Ridge red wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and small amounts of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Malbec. Simply put, it is one of the best made wines in the state-sleek, layered, intense, long-lived, and a superb example of modern Paso Robles-region winegrowing.

Regular: $54.99 Special: $49.99

TESTAROSSA WINERY  2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay and Pinot Noir TESTAROSSA WINERY 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

While lots of wineries (and more than one famous high tech company) were started in someone's garage, we're guessing that few of them were born in a driveway! Rob and Diana Jensen began making wine as a hobby in the mid-1980s; eventually the demand for their wines pushed them to offer a few friends the opportunity to pre-buy a case of wine and help restore a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Few grapes in that vineyard escaped the hungry birds before harvest, but the winemaker at Cinnabar Winery sold the Jensens more than enough grapes to fulfill their wine promise. The wine was made in their driveway in 1993, when Testarossa was officially born. Eventually space became available in the old Novitiate Winery (Jesuits, 1888) in downtown Los Gatos where Testarossa is headquartered. Testarossa maintains long term relationships with a group of some of the finest vineyards in California, from Graham Family in the Russian River Valley to Sanford and Benedict in Santa Barbara County's Sta. Rita Hills. Monterey County's Santa Lucia Highlands is home to ten of these vineyards, all famous names. These highlighted wines are blends of fruit from two or more vineyards, are richly fruited and elegantly balanced, and excellent examples of why Testarossa has been successful. Its wines regularly receive 90+ scores from enthusiast publications. We're proud to sell them; Draeger's was Testarossa's first retail account!

Chardonnay Regular: $30.99 Special: $26.99

Pinot Noir Regular: $40.99 Special: $34.99

Draeger's Wine Tastings

Our San Mateo and Blackhawk wine departments schedule tasting events separately. Click here Wine Tasting Schedules to view the most recent schedule.