If you're not familiar with the Spirit Shoppe allow me to make an introduction. I first became aware of this fine store and their wonderful assortment of wines, Italian in particular, via an email some three years ago. I have remained an enthusiastic customer of theirs not only because of the great deals they offer, 15% on mixed cases, but also because of their service and attention to detail.
While I have always been attracted to the Spirit Shoppe's Italian selection, they carry a wide range of wines at all price points that are sure to appeal to all palates. From the lovely Santedame Extra Dry Prosecco, with it's fleshy feel and touch of sweetness accentuating the wines floral tones and notes of dried peach fruits ($12.99), to the rarest of the rare, 1999 Screaming Eagle anyone? ($2499.99/$2124.99 in a mixed case), the Spirit Shoppe has the wine for you.
The Spirit Shoppe offers a 15% Case Discounton mixed cases, 12 or more bottles Excludes sale items
A Classic White from ItalyFalanghina is one of Southern Italy's most heralded grapes.
2008 Terredora Dipaolo Falanghina 13%
Redolent of honey, dried pineapple, and dried grasses this offers up a rich mid-palate of pear and citrus pith tones with a wonderfully long and zesty mineral laden finish. An ideal partner for Spaghetti alle Vongole.
A Classic White from California's Edna ValleyKept cool by breezes from the Pacific Ocean, the Edna valley offers an ideal climate for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
2007 Mount Eden Vineyards Wolff Vineyard Chardonnay 13.9%
Nicely balanced and perfumed on the nose with slightly smoky aromatic wood tones set against floral notes and hints of apple butter. Very soft and creamy textured on the palate with nice spicy top notes from the wood over a deep base of dried apple and lemon curd fruits. Finishes with an easy touch.
A Pinot Noir from Carneros that epitomizes valueCarneros has long been considered an ideal source for Pinot Noir. Rarely has it been so well priced.
2007 Annabella Carneros Pinot Noir Special Selection Michael Pozzan Winery 14.5%
While decidedly new world on the nose there is a bit of restraint and that earthiness that keeps this interesting. There’s a nice purity to the fruit even though the oak makes itself known, and a nice herbal flourish on the finish gives this an added level of complexity. This could use a bit more length but at this price it’s pretty much a steal.
I hope one of these wines interests you. If not, be sure to take a look at Spirit Shoppe's site and check out their complete selection, which is full of great deals. Items like the 2007 Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore for example, I just couldn't help but slip another Italian wine in here. It's a lovely wine, medium bodied and polished yet with layered wild berry and plum fruits and well worth the $23.99 sale price Spirit Shoppe is featuring this month. A perfect wine to enjoy as the weather starts to get a bit cooler.
Want an even better deal? While there may only be a few bottles left, the 2005 Chandon de Briailles Corton Les Bressandes is a brilliant bottle of Burgundy and at $49.99 it's got to be one of the deals of the year for the cellar. While it doesn't qualify for the 15% mixed case discount you can easily build a case around it and bring down the price of the remaining bottles in your selection.
The bottom line? The Spirit Shoppe has great prices and one of the most generous discount programs around. You owe it to yourself to check them out.