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Wine of the Week: Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009 April 6, 2011

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Centennial is a proud participant of a unique social movement known as “Fair Trade.” The intent of this socially and environmentally responsible movement is to benefit producers and workers in developing countries by promoting sales of a wide variety of products that directly impact the economic well-being of small and underdeveloped communities. Through Fair Trade, “Step by Step” directly improves the quality of life for the strong, honest and proud vineyard workers, their families, and their communities. The Fair Trade Certified™ program directly supports a better life for farming families in the developing world through fair prices, community development and environmental stewardship. What better way is there to participate in a humanitarian and environmentally responsible effort than by enjoying a glass of wine that is Fair Trade Certified?

Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc is Fair Trade Certified™ from grapes sourced from 15-year-old vines planted in clay loam soils.  The grapes were hand harvested at peek ripeness then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Minimal aging on the lees softened and rounded out the wine unveiling a mix of fresh grapefruit and lime aromas with tropical fruit on the palate, brilliant acidity and a delightfully, lingering finish.  The combination of vineyard location and age, trellis system, and Fair Trade Certified™ make this wine one of the best examples Chile has to offer.”  Excerpt organicwinetradecompany.com

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Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009
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Wine of the Week: Castello di Monsanto March 21, 2011

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Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top producers of traditional Chianti Classico Riserva. Located midway between Florence & Siena, the estate lies on the westernmost edge of the Chianti Classico zone, one of the best areas for Chianti. The estate itself is a landmark, with its distinctive hilltop castle.  The name “Monsanto” itself was taken from the name of the village where the cellars are located.  Fabrizio Bianchi – a successful Milanese manufacturer – purchased the Monsanto estate in 1961.  Captivated by Tuscany’s beauty and convinced of the property’s winemaking potential, Bianchi undertook a complete restoration of the vineyards, winery and villa.”  Excerpt from mhusa.com

“Being ahead of the times has always been a prerogative of Castello di Monsanto, from the very first challenge, the creation of a Chianti Classico cru, to the elimination of white grapes from the Chianti Classico mixture dating back to 1968. In 1986, the new barrique cellar was started.  A 250-metre (820 feet) tunnel was excavated.  It linked the new winery with the original cellars dating back to 1740.  Then, In 2001 Laura and Fabrizio Bianchi decided to cooperate with an oenologist.  Andrea Giovannini is the name of the winemaker who, besides having an extensive experience in this field, also shares with Fabrizio and Laura the same philosophy both for what concerns the vineyard and the wine.”  Excerpt from castellodimonsanto.it

Click Here For a Video Tour of Castello di Monsanto

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Monsanto Monrosso Chianti, 750ml “The Chianti Monrosso is the youngest wine in all the production. Very fruity, fresh with medium body is produced in the vineyards that the Bianchi Family has in the area of Chianti Colli Senesi, After a 12 day maceration of the grape skins, the wine ismatured in Slavonian oak barrels for about 6 months.” Excerpt from castellodimonsanto.it Sale Price $13.99.  Save $1.00

Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva, 750ml. “Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva is a 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino blend aged for 24 months in oak plus 6 months in bottle creating a medium ruby color. It has a sweet scent with ripe, warm cherries and notes of dry earth and tobacco, and an elegant palate full of bright cherry and berry fruit, dry, ripe tannins and great acidity making it a perfect wine for food!” Excerpt from mhusa.comSale Price $19.99.  Save $5.00

Wine of the Week: Villa Rogole Brut Prosecco, Non-vintage March 17, 2011

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Sparkling wines can be considered fundamentally the same as Champagne except for one very important difference.  They are not grown or produced in the Champagne region of France.  Sparkling wines can be sourced from all over the world and tend to offer excellent values for everyday consumption.  This Italian Prosecco is one such example.  Prosecco is made from an ancient white grape called “Prosecco” and is produced in the Veneto region of Italy.

This dry and aromatic Prosecco offers refreshing citrus notes of fresh squeezed lemons with seemingly endless amounts of crisp green apples and an undertone of lusciously concentrated ripe pears.  The finish demonstrates additional flavors of lime zest with a hint of dried yellow apple and supportive notes of jasmine and honeysuckle.  Once you compare this to other sparkling wines at twice the price, you’ll quickly discover the value in this delicious bubbly!

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Villa Rogole Brut Prosecco, Non-vintage
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Wine of the Week: Los Cowboys Torrontes 2009 March 7, 2011

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Centennial is a proud participant of a unique social movement known as “Fair Trade.” The intent of this socially and environmentally responsible movement is to benefit producers and workers in developing countries by promoting sales of a wide variety of products that directly impact the economic well-being of small and underdeveloped communities. Through Fair Trade, Los Cowboys directly improves the quality of life for the strong, honest and proud vineyard workers, their families, and their communities. The Fair Trade Certified™ program directly supports a better life for farming families in the developing world through fair prices, community development and environmental stewardship. What better way is there to participate in a humanitarian and environmentally responsible effort than by enjoying a glass of wine that is Fair Trade Certified?

Los Cowboys Torrontés is Fair Trade Certified™ and is produced from three small farming communities of Lavalle, San Martin, and Medrano in the Mendoza region of Argentina. The Torrontés grape itself is still under debate weather it is truly indigenous to Argentina, or if it is a direct clone of the Albariño grape brought by the Spanish colonists and missionaries. Specifically, this wine offers deliciously refreshing flavors of fresh apricot, quince and starfruit with an aromatic blend reminiscent of a honey and jasmine incense.  Absolutely enjoyable!

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Wine of the Week: Turnbull “Weitz Vineyards” Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 March 1, 2011

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If Zinfandel is traditionally considered the “workhorse” grape varietal of the California wine industry, then Cabernet Sauvignon (pronounced as Cab-air-nay So-vin-yawn) can be considered the “racehorse” grape varietal of the California wine industry.  Cabernet Sauvignon is consistently the world’s most popular red grape varietal and tends to offers explosive power and showmanship; however it can also sometimes be a little “edgy” in its youth. Cabernet Sauvignon classically found its place in Bordeaux, especially within the regions of Medoc and Graves, where it produces such world renowned wines as Chateau Margaux and Chateau Latour.  Generally, Cabernet Sauvignon can have a flavor profile of black currants, cassis, black cherry, black olives and plum.

For those who have heard of such rare “cult wines” as Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle and Joseph Phelps “Backus Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon…..well, this will surely be an exquisite revelation for you.  The following excerpt is from an article written by Paul Franson.  “The gem of Turnbull’s holdings, however, are the 60 acres called the Weitz Vineyard. It lies on extremely rugged and sloping soil on the plateau above the Silverado Trail that contains Phelps’ Backus Vineyard, Vine Cliff, Dalla Valle and Screaming Eagle. That’s right: Above them.   From this site you look down on some of the most famous land in all of Napa Valley, hence the world. The vines here have to struggle to grow among boulders and stones, plus the shallow soil remaining as the rest long ago washed down the hill.”  Excerpt from Ilovenapa.com.

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Turnbull “Weitz” Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
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Wine of the Week: Twin Flags Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 February 24, 2011

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One of the little known facts about Sauvignon Blanc is that it is considered to be the “mother” grape varietal of Cabernet Sauvignon. The cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc produced one of the world’s most popular grape varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon. The flavor profile of Sauvignon Blanc greatly varies depending on the environment in which it is grown. Grown in New Zealand it can have very distinctive notes of grapefruit, citrus and gooseberries. In Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume it can take on notes of lemon zest, green apples and melon with a mineral-like component.  The one thing to remember is that Sauvignon Blanc (wherever grown) is almost always a safe bet as a refreshing wine.

Surprisingly, Twin Flags Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is nearly the antithesis of stereotypical Kiwi Sauvignon.  This wine offers up a ripe pineapple and tangerine entry, followed by a mid-palate of white peach and lime. The finish is true to the varietal with mouthwatering acidity propped up by an intriguing white pepper component. Graciously absent from this well crafted endeavor are the overly pungent gooseberry and under ripe grapefruit notes that prevail in so many wines in this category today. This is versatile enough to stand alone as an aperitif or alongside an array of foods.

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Wine of the Week: Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon February 17, 2011

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“In 1964, Louis P. Martini, son of Napa Pioneer Louis M. Martini, purchased 178 acres of land in the eastern hills of the Napa Valley, which they developed into a vineyard.  The family named this vineyard Ghost Pines as a tribute to the native grey pines which at dusk appear to hover, ghostlike, throughout the coastal valleys.  Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon draws from multiple winegrowing counties to create wines as unique as the Ghost Pine itself.  Ghost Pines is defined by the philosophy that quality should not be constrained by geographic or political boundaries.  Our winemakers have the freedom to source from the finest appellations to achieve Ghost Pines’ signature consistent quality and flavor profile.”  Excerpt from ghostpines.com

Click Here For a Video Interview With Winemaker Michael Eddy

“In the December 2008 edition of The Wine Advocate (issue #180) the world renowned wine critic Robert Parker made  a direct reference to the Ghost Pines Winery with the following quote, “The Ghost Pines offerings merit serious attention from bargain hunting consumers.”  In a separate publication, the winemaker of Ghost Pines, Michael Eddy, further elaborates on the specific style found within the Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon.  “Our Cabernet Sauvignon displays flavors of dark fruit jams, bordering on a syrupy character.  Aromas of sweet nuts, sweet aromatics and black pepper complement the dark fruit aromas and flavors of this curvaceous wine.  The palate is dense and chewy without being overly astringent.

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Wine of the Week: Cave de Lugny Crèmant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé February 14, 2011

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The term “Crémant” is used to describe quality sparkling wines produced in France, outside of the designated region of Champagne. Generally, this term is used in conjunction with the name of the appellation in which the sparkling wine is produced. As an example, a “Crèmant de Bourgogne” is a high quality sparkling wine produced within the Burgundy region of France under the strict guidelines of Methode Champenoise. The term “Crémant” should not be confused with the term “Cramant” (please note the difference in spelling.) The term “Cramant” is a reference to a Grand Cru Vineyard located within the region of Champagne in the Côte des Blancs.

The Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes used in the production of the Cave de Lugny Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé are sourced from the Maconnais region in southern Burgundy and offer an elegant style of sparkling wine. Specifically, this dry Crémant offers refreshing flavors of strawberry, cherry and red raspberry.  Lively and refined with well defined perlage, this balanced sparkler finishes with an echo of fresh red raspberries layered with a creamy texture.  Once you compare this to other sparkling wines at twice the price, you’ll quickly discover the value in this delicious bubbly!

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Wine of the Week: Twin Flags Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008 October 25, 2010

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Everyone has heard of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, but have you heard of a New Zealand Syrah?  Well, here is your chance to try one.  Syrah (pronounced as Sir-rah) is the exact same grape varietal as Shiraz and can trace its heritage back to Rhone Valley France. In the Rhone Valley it is primarily used in the northern regions to produce great wines from such areas as Hermitage and Cote Rotie. Syrah can produce rich full-bodied and opulent styled red wines with explosive characteristics. Generally, Syrah has a flavor profile of dried blackberry, dark raspberry, dark plum, pepper, smoked meat, and black olives.

LIOCO II.jpg Specifically, Twin Flags Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008 is an excellent example of what a New Zealand Syrah can deliver.  No one would ever mistake this beauty for Shiraz from New Zealand’s big brother to the north!  In blind tastings, this is more likely to be pegged as northern Rhone Syrah with the telltale onslaught of violets and black pepper spice. In the mouth, it shows a silky texture with flavors of blackberry, plum, blueberry, anise and vanilla. The finish is persistent and there is a re-emergence of the black pepper and a dusting of cocoa. This could easily handle spicy foods, but would be right at home with hearty cheeses, lamb or duck.

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Wine of the Week: Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009 October 18, 2010

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Centennial is a proud participant of a unique social movement known as “Fair Trade.” The intent of this socially and environmentally responsible movement is to benefit producers and workers in developing countries by promoting sales of a wide variety of products that directly impact the economic well-being of small and underdeveloped communities. Through Fair Trade, “Step by Step” directly improves the quality of life for the strong, honest and proud vineyard workers, their families, and their communities. The Fair Trade Certified™ program directly supports a better life for farming families in the developing world through fair prices, community development and environmental stewardship. What better way is there to participate in a humanitarian and environmentally responsible effort than by enjoying a glass of wine that is Fair Trade Certified?

“Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc is Fair Trade Certified™ from grapes sourced from 15-year-old vines planted in clay loam soils.  The grapes were hand harvested at peek ripeness then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Minimal aging on the lees softened and rounded out the wine unveiling a mix of fresh grapefruit and lime aromas with tropical fruit on the palate, brilliant acidity and a delightfully, lingering finish.  The combination of vineyard location and age, trellis system, and Fair Trade Certified™ make this wine one of the best examples Chile has to offer.”  Excerpt organicwinetradecompany.com

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Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations
Sale Price $9.99.  Retail $10.99. Save $1.00

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