Top 10 Wines to Buy in New Hampshire from Wine.com

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I received a request via email to share some picks for the best wines available on Wine.com for shipment to New Hampshire. Wine.com inventory and pricing varies by state because they're individually licensed as a retailer in each state and therefore buy wine for shipment in each state from distributors in that state.

These suggested are pointed at someone who enjoyed bolder, fruit forward wines with density and luscious appeal. I tend to gravitate toward that style myself, so this was a fun experience.

Here's 10 wines I'd recommend, and why:

  1. 2012 Evening Land Seven Springs Pinot Noir
    2012 Oregon Pinot Noir is tremendous, and with a 96WS here and ~30% off the $53.99 price drops down nicely below the $50 release price. Worth a splurge from this very well regarded producer.
  2. 2013 Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
    This has been a very reliable bottling for me over the years. I love Sojourn's style. Hits the spot when I'm looking for the flavor profile of Pinot Noir but don't want to get into heavier varietals. Kind of a poor man's Kosta Browne. Try this, then if you like it get on their mailing list for very favorable terms (free shipping on 6, 10% off on 12).
  3. 2013 Belle Glos Dairyman
    Just delicious. A newer vineyard for them, but I've enjoyed it tremendously. They poured this by the glass at The Capital Grille as part of a great Wagyu burger and glass of wine promo. Definitely big and bold - like all the Belle Glos Pinots.
  4. 2011 Losada Bierzo
    Had this on a flight back from Italy last summer on Lufthansa. I couldn't get enough of it. Surprisingly hard to find here in Massachusetts. Bierzo is definitely an area of interest of mine.
  5. 2013 Meiomi
    We all know this one. $19.99 before ~30% off. No brainer. Always have some of these on hand.
  6. 2011 La Atalaya
    Good price on this one from the Gil Family Estates. A slightly upper quality bottling (as compared to their "Laya" which you'll also see around).
  7. 2014 Honig Sauvignon Blanc
    Can't go wrong with this wine, vintage after vintage. I actually like it more than their upper-end Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc bottling. Crisp, fruity, and satisfying.
  8. 2012 Juan Gil
    Best sub-$15 wine I've ever found. Give it some air, even though you'd think a wine at this price point is a pop and pour kind of thing.
  9. Jeio Prosecco Brut Rose
    Love this stuff. Just bought a 6-pack of it. $1 cheaper in NH than in MA.
  10. 2013 Tarima Monastrell
    $9.99 before discount. Not sure about this particular vintage. Parker has gone nuts for this. Discovered at The Capital Grille as well.
Remember, to maximize this deal:
  • Sign up for a Steward Ship trial (one per email address).
  • To get $30 off $100 you have to hit $100 but try go overshoot as little as possible.
  • You can use DISCOVER30A (expires 9/30/2015) and WINEAMX (expires 10/9/2015) once each per email address.
  • The discount should apply immediately on the order. If it hasn't, something has gone wrong.
  • You don't actually have to pay with a Discover or AmEx to use the codes.
  • Don't forget to cancel Steward Ship once the orders have shipped.
Looking for the best deals in your state? Drop me an email or ping me on Twitter (@RobertDwyer) and I'll have a look. Thanks!

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The Amazing Aperol Spritz

Friday, July 31, 2015

When we were in Italy a few weeks ago we were staying at this hotel that featured a hip assortment of wine-driven cocktails. The host/bartender, Enzo, buzzed around the place and easily convinced guests to try the interesting drinks on the menu.

One drink in particular caught my eye with its gorgeous orange color: The Aperol Spritz.

Whereas a "white wine spritzer" in the United States often involves combining cheap white wine with Sprite or 7-Up, an Aperol Spritz is a combination of Proescco (an Italian sparkling white wine), Aperol (a unique bitter apertif), and soda water. See the recipe below. 3, 2, 1. Easy.

It's relatively simple to capture the [gorgeous] color of Aperol in a photo. But describing its flavor is more difficult. While it looks like it's going to taste like some kind of creamsicle orange soda, it actually most notably imparts crisp grapefruit peel aromatics to the drink. On its own you'll detect a broader range of aromatics like sandalwood, and herb root. It's really intriguing stuff.

When combined with a fruity sparkling white wine like Prosecco and soda water in the right proportions, an Aperol Spritz is brilliantly refreshing summer treat.

Aperol itself is 11% alcohol, which isn't too far off from the 11% Ninety+ Cellars Lot 50 Prosecco I enjoyed it with tonight. Poured over ice with some club soda and you've got a terrific low alcohol refreshing summer sipper.

Shopping List


Aperol - looks like you can find it for around $20/btl at most liquor stores. I paid $28.99 at my nearest liquor store.

Prosecco - any kind should do, within reason. I found the 90+ Cellars for $10.99 at my local grocery store.

Club Soda - in Italy they used water that was carbonated with a device that added bubbles on the fly. Club soda should suffice. I guess you could make it with Sprite if you wanted it sweeter, but try it with Club soda first.

Ice - get plenty of nice ice cubes unless you've got an ice making setup you're happy with.

Orange - slices for garnish.

Wine Glasses - or a big rocks glass.
Black Straws - for optimal photogenic high style (I haven't got any yet).

Recipe


Over ice
3 parts Prosecco
2 parts Aperol
1 part soda water

Tips


  1. Don't overdo it with the Aperol. Although it looks great it can get too bitter.
  2. Add plenty of ice.
  3. Make sure the Prosecco is well chilled.
  4. Garnish with orange slices.
  5. Enjoy!

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A Gorgeous Brut Rosé Prosecco

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lunch at Preludio in Cortona, Italy
I'm the last guy you want to consult for advice on sparkling wine.

Unless you're like me and gravitate towards bold, fruit forward new world reds with underlying acidity and luscious appeal. And you're looking to change things up a bit this summer while the temperatures are high.

Last summer while visiting Tuscany we stopped in at Ristorante Preludio in Cortona for lunch. The restaurant was listed in the Gambero Rosso according to information provided by the villa where we were staying (review). But other than us, the place was empty from the beginning of our meal through the end.

Complimentary quail egg amuse-bouche 
The meal was amazing. So much for the theory that you should select crowded restaurants as part of a follow the herd mentality.

The meal started off with a complimentary pour of a delicous sparkling rosé. In my experience I've found that yes - starting off with bubbles is a great way to set the stage for an enjoyable evening. But some dry sparkling wines are too yeasty and hard to enjoy. I find that sparkling rosé is a perfect crowd-pleasing alteration.

I snapped a picture of the bottle, hoping to track some down back home. I've looked around at a few wine shops but haven't seen it. Wouldn't you know, Wine.com carries it? And it's not too expensive - $16.99 here in MA (Wine.com's prices and availability vary by state) before $30 off $100. For less than $12/btl fully loaded this is a spectacular wine.

I ordered a bottle recently and enjoyed it here at home nearly as much as I did at Preludio. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't under the ether of Italy when assessing it initially. It's a fabulous, totally elegant way to start the evening. Crisp and fruity. Delicate but full of flavor. Highly recommended.
Jeio Prosecco Brut Rose
I wish we could have stayed longer and enjoyed our meal in a more relaxing manner, but we were off to Tenuta Sette Ponti and had to hustle. But don't you worry, Cortona, I'll be back. And I may spend a night or three.

To buy this on Wine.com through my affiliate link:
Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut Rose

Without an affiliate link:
http://www.wine.com/v6/Bisol-Jeio-Prosecco-Brut-Rose/wine/107177/Detail.aspxicon

Follow the tips in this post to get $30 of $100 at Wine.com.

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2012 Ridge Lytton Springs for less than $21 fully loaded [MA only?]

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stack this good pricing with $30 off $100 to get a $35+ wine for $21
Wine.com is running 2 concurrent promo codes that provide $30 off $100+ orders:
  • DISCOVER30A (expires 9/30/2015)
  • WINEAMX (expires 10/9/2015)
As you'd guess from the naming convention, these deals are joint promotions with Discover and American Express. But they work a little differently than other offers. Rather than resulting in a statement credit on your credit card, the discount is triggered at the time of ordering.

So if you don't see the discount, don't place the order. In my experience you don't actually need to use an AmEx or Discover for the codes to work. You just need to have precisely $100 or more to trigger the discount.

The key to maximizing the deal is to find wines you enjoy at good prices and avoid shipping costs.

I noticed Wine.com has the 2012 Ridge Lytton Springs on sale for $29.99 in Massachusetts. Inventory varies by state, but here's how I'd work it to get a great deal on this terrific wine. I just opened a bottle and it is outstanding.

Step 1: Go through a portal (optional)

Start your shopping by checking http://www.cashbackmonitor.com/Cashback-Store/Wine.com/ to get some extra cashback on your purchase. You can get around 5% off your order as cashback through a portal this way.

Step 2: Select your wines

The idea is to hit $100 without too much overshoot. For example, add 3 bottles of the 2012 Ridge Lytton Springs for $29.99 and one bottle of $10.01 or more wine. Like this 2012 Clos de los Siete for $13.99. Inventory varies by state. Ping me if you'd like some help finding good deals in your state.

Step 3: Sign up for a Stewardship free trial

Stewardship is Wine.com's equivalent to Amazon Prime. You get free shipping for a year, but you can also get a free trial for a month. If you've ordered from Wine.com in the past, try signing up with a new email address to get a new free trial.

Step 4: Place up to two orders

The nice thing about there being 2 promo codes is that each can be used once per email address. So you can place 2 orders (ideally for just over $100) one with each promo code for each email address.

Step 5: Cancel Stewardship

To make sure you're not billed for a year of Stewardship, cancel your trial after placing your last order. This could be 1 or 3 - but be sure to cancel.

Conclusion


This can be a great deal, if you know how to optimize it. Lytton Springs for less than $21 fully loaded is a tremendous deal.

Question of the Day: What wines have you found that work well with this deal?

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