Domaine Didier Dagueneau
Below is the history of Domaine Didier Dagueneau prior to Didier's untimely death in 2008. His son Louis Benjamin Dagueneau, who had been working with his father for several years, took over the winery two weeks before the harvest of 2008. Didier's were no small shoes to fill, but Benjamin, now with three harvests under his belt, has more than proven to be up to the task.
Wine 6 Packs
We always offer several pre-made 6 Packs priced at greater-than-wine-club discounts. Continue reading to learn about our current offerings.
Red Wine 6 Pack - $99 (a 14% discount)
Melini La Selvanella Chianti - reg. $30
La Selvanella is Melini's top wine and is considered a benchmark for Chianti. It was the first wine made from a single vineyard in Chianti, and Gambero Rosso has declared La Selvanella a “crowning glory” and “standard-bearer of the zone’s most traditional style”.
Domaine Jean-Michel Stephan
Jean-Michel Stephan is a rising star in the Côte-Rôtie, known for his minimalist winemaking philosophy. A former assistant of Marcel Guigal, Jean-Michel is a quiet vintner who successfully combines tradition and progress. He began organic farming in the mid-1990s and now farms the entire estate organically. He cultivates the soil around the older vines with a pickaxe, hand-sorts the harvest, practices slow and soft vinification, ages his wines with minimal SO2 treatments, and bottles them unfiltered.
Keermont Vineyards is emerging as one of South Africa's top producers. Founded in 2003 when Mark and Monica Wraith purchased two farms in a small valley outside the town of Stellenbosch. They merged the two properties, planted additional vineyards in 2005, and produced their first wines in 2007 - a tiny crop of five barrels.
The estate has just under 70 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier. Winemaker Alex Starey eschews fining and filtration of finished wines, and his philosophy in the vineyards tends towards the natural rather than the scientific. He, together with the Wraiths, aim to create wines that reflect the beautiful place from which they come, as well as the particular conditions of each vintage. They try to use less chemical fertilizers, fewer pesticides, and to irrigate as little as possible in hopes of achieving natural well-balanced vineyards that yield quality wines.
Pago de Carraovejas
Pago de Carraovejas was founded in 1988 and is located in the town of Peñafiel in Ribera del Duero. The name translates loosely to “the place where the sheep walk by.” Founder José María Ruiz took a circuitous route to vineyard owner, working his way through the restaurant trade (cook, waiter, then sommelier) in his hometown of Segovia. In 1982 he founded his own restaurant and it soon became one of the city's top-rated venues. The winery was a logical extension of José María insistence on serving his restaurant clients the very best. The fact that he started a winery primairly to provide wine for his restaurant indicates what a perfectionist Ruiz is. The commercial success of the Pago de Carraovejas wines has been spectacular since the first vintage (1991) was released in 1993. In addition to the 100,000 bottles served annually at the restaurant, the wines have become a must for quality restaurant wine lists in all of Spain. Every vintage is quickly sold out and allocations continue to be hard to come by.