Silver lining? Purple Lining?
The longer we are sheltered in, we are seeing better and better offers coming our way from some of California’s super winemakers. I don’t mean ego-driven winemakers hyped by the likes of parker wannabes. I mean real winemakers who know how to prune and drive a tractor. And make fabulous wine!
First up Jeff Runquist. Based in Amador, Jeff is best known for Zinfandel and Barbera, but he has the touch with all wines. Best Barbera from anywhere! He also makes super Grenache from Paso and Viognier. A real sleeper is the Runquist Dolcetto.
The deal: Jeff Runquist Wines is offering FREE SHIPPING on online orders of 6+ bottles, and half price shipping on orders of 1-5 bottles. This offer is valid for ground shipping to the 48 contiguous United States. Simply order online and they will adjust the shipping charges when the order is received. https://www.jeffrunquistwines.com
Scherrer Winery: Fred Scherrer, one of the best winemakers in Sonoma and anywhere for that matter, has put together a special Nepenthe 2020 collection at 50% below retail.
“These wines offer different uses and no need to cellar them in order to realize their potential, yet they will be in prime shape for years to come. Just enjoy these in the weeks and possibly months to come and let some of the younger additions to your cellar creep into their adulthood.
- 2018 Dry Rosé We sat down and tasted a vertical of 2017-2019 Dry rosé and were blown away by how lovely they all are. While different kinds of good, we think the 2018 is perfect for drinking right now and during the next 20-30 months.
- 2012 Russian River Syrah The 2012 Russian River Valley Syrah will have a very long life, being Syrah of course. Yet this has opened up to a beautiful spot just like the Pinot Noir and will satisfy needs for richer red wines.
- 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir The 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has emerged from its cocoon just over the past months. I cannot think of a more gratifying glass to pop and pour before, during and after dinner. It is our main Pinot Noir and prioritized production-wise as if it was our estate wine.
So here it is: Fred’s Nepenthe of 2020. 50% off regular price with free ground shipping* on 12 or more bottles. You can always fill out the case or two or three with our other wines normally available. While those additional wines won’t discount more than the usual rate of 10%, they will ship free with an order of 12 or more bottles.”
My assessment: a rare opportunity to enjoy wines absolutely impossible to get in normal times. Cant make up your mind? Go with 4 of each.
Papapietro Perry Winery began in 1990 and has carved out a stunning reputation for small batch Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. The 777 Clone Pinot Noir is on every collector’s radar. The winery is offering $5 shipping for 1 to 12 bottles AND they are donating $2 per bottle to Redwood Empire Food Bank.
Alexander Valley Vineyards has been a personal favorite for, well, many, many years. The Wetzel family has always been all about quality starting in the vineyard. Highlights here are the estate wines, the Cabernets and the surprisingly terrific Cabernet Franc. For spring sipping, the Sangiovese Rose is hard to beat. Several lovely older Cabernet vintages are offered.
The deal: Order 2+ bottles and ship to your home for $1 per bottle + $1 order processing fee. Plus, there are numerous case special on their top wines: https://shop.avvwine.com
This unusual winery is offering 10% off 4-11 btls, with $10 shipping, and 15% case discounts, with $5 shipping. Continental US, ground only.
Looking for something different, while here’s your chance to see what Acorn Winery is all about.Owners Bill and Betsy Nachbaur have been farming their famous Alegria Vineyard since 1990. Winemaking is handled by Bill Nachbaur & Clay Mauritson.
In their words: “Our production remains small, at about 3,000 cases each year. All our wines are made from grapes we grow ourselves at Alegría. Every wine is a field blend, following the ancient tradition represented in the mixed planting that is our original 129-year old vineyard. Every wine is made by co-fermenting multiple varieties. We like to say that our wines are blended from the day they are picked. This is what sets ACORN wines apart.”
Look for the Super Tuscan, ‘Acorn Hill.”
There you have it.
You can thank me later.