Spring Wine Sale ~ 20% Off!
NEWSLETTER ~ SPRING 2016 EDITION
Spring Wine Sale ~ 20% Off!
DRAEGER’S SPRING WINE SALE, APRIL 6 THROUGH 19
Our spring wine sale will begin on Wednesday, April 6 and end the
evening of April 19. We’ll take 20% off most domestic and imported wines
when you buy 12 bottles or more, mix or match, standard 750ml size.
Some already reduced or net-priced wines are not included. We stock
over 3,000 of the world’s finest wines, hand selected by our friendly and
knowledgeable staff. Supplies are limited to stock on hand and all wines
are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Wine stewards are on duty
10-6 every day.
ST. GEORGE SPIRITS GIN AND VODKA
Jörg Rupf grew up in Germany’s Black Forest and became that country’s
youngest judge. A visit to UC Berkeley in the late 1970s led to his founding of
St. George Spirits in Alameda to produce eau de vies—clear fruit brandies,
and related liqueurs. Lance Winters, a former nuclear engineer, joined him
in 1996 (a homemade bottle of whiskey served as his resume!) and the company expanded production to
eventually include whiskies, absinthe, rum, gin, vodka, and fruit and coffee liqueurs. Winters became Master
Distiller when Rupf retired in 2010 and Dave Smith was elevated to Head Distiller. St. George Spirits has
become a company world famous for quality.
St. George gins are 90-proof and made in three styles: Dry Rye, a very juniper-forward, malty, earthy spirit;
Botanivore, elegantly herbaceous with bright citrus and subtle floral notes; and Terroir, a “forest in the glass”
gin with hints of Douglas fir, bay laurel, and sage to accompany the juniper and other botanicals. St. George
vodkas are 80-proof and the successors to Hangar 1, a brand St. George pioneered that is now owned by
a different company. Winters and Smith create All Purpose Vodka (distilled from both Bartlett pears and
grain), Green Chile Vodka (think jalapenos, serranos, habaneros, red and yellow bell peppers, lime peel, and
fresh cilantro!), and Citrus Vodka (Valencia oranges, Seville oranges, and bergamot). All three are unique
contributions to America’s distilling revolution and have become favorites of many of Draeger’s discerning
customers. We are proud to be a St. George retailer!
REMINDER: We offer a 10% discount
on any purchase of 12 or more 750ml
Selection varies by store.
bottles of regularly priced wine, mix or
Prices in this newsletter are valid Wednesday, March 16 through Tuesday, May 31.
match, every day of the year.
PICPOUL DE PINET, 2014 CUVÉE PRESTIGE
Not well known in this country but increasingly popular at Draeger’s, Picpoul is an ancient grape grown in
France’s Rhône and Languedoc regions and Spain’s Catalonia. Picpoul de Pinet is a specific area within
the Languedoc known for Picpoul production (it is one of the main grapes in Noilly Prat’s vermouth).
The wine is green-gold in color, quite dry, and distinctly lemony in flavor accented by a slight “saltiness.”
This one is vinified in epoxy-lined concrete tanks and has no hint of oak. It’s imported by our friend Jim
Powers (also known as Le Chevalier de Novato!). Try this crisp and zippy mouthful with oysters or other
shellfish from Draeger’s seafood counter.
HARTFORD COURT, 2013 RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY PINOT NOIR
Don and Jennifer Hartford’s first wine was made in 1994. Since then the Russian River area winery
has continued making critically acclaimed single vineyard and vineyard blends of Chardonnay, Pinot
Noir, and Zinfandel that have the full package—ripe, quality fruit, and elegant structure reflecting
careful winemaking. This medium full-bodied Pinot Noir blend includes Estate and purchased
grapes from a variety of Russian River Valley small vineyard sites, focusing in particular on Green
Valley, Laguna Ridge, and Sebastopol Hills. It is aged about 11 months in French oak barrels (30%
new), and offers aromas and flavors suggesting blue, red, and black fruits, as well as hints of nutmeg
and allspice—and silky tannins. Regular: $35.99
LEMELSON, 2014 TIKKA’S RUN WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are both names for the same basic grape. Most producers in the U.S.A. and
Alsace in eastern France use the “Gris” spelling, while the “Grigio” spelling is most common in Italy.
Oregon’s Lemelson Vineyards makes Tikka’s Run from grapes grown in the lower Dundee Hills southwest
of Portland. Named after Eric Lemelson’s first Great Pyrenees dog who used to patrol the perimeter of his
two Pinot Gris vineyards, Tikka’s Run was fermented primarily in stainless steel tanks; some was finished
in neutral barrels to add a bit of richness. The palate is full and creamy in the Alsatian style, with elegant
flavor notes of kiwi, and subtle spice.
2012 LES GARDETTES RHÔNE RED
This is one of several Montfaucon wines we have stocked for some years, and it has become a staff
favorite. The nearly thousand year-old castle across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape was rebuilt
by Rodolphe de Pins in 1995, and his winemaking skill shows in this medium-bodied, bright, lightly
spicy Rhône red. The grapes are from several organically farmed vineyards around Montfaucon
(Mount Falcon) and a couple of neighboring towns. The blend of Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Grenache,
Syrah, and Carignan was fermented in concrete tanks and aged for 18 months before bottling. It
never saw the inside of an oak barrel and retains the gorgeous freshness that goes so well with
Mediterranean-style foods. It’s a steal.
ASTORIA, NV PROSECCO DOCG
The grape named Glera is the building block for one of the world’s most popular sparkling wines, Prosecco.
In the hills north of Treviso (a few miles north of Venice) are two villages, Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, in
a region that is known for quality Prosecco. In recent years that term has been “borrowed” by producers in
nearby areas, so under new Italian rules the D.O.C.G. stamp of authenticity is applied only to bottlings that
can prove they are from the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene district and pass a taste quality test. The Astoria
winery resides on forty acres in Refrontolo a few miles northwest of Conegliano. The Corderie bottling
offers a clean, elegant aroma and fruity flavors, all in a handsome cut glass-style bottle.
ROUND POND ESTATE, 2013 KITH & KIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The MacDonnell family has been growing grapes in Napa’s Rutherford district for more than 30 years. They
made their first barrel of wine in 1992 for family and friends, hence the “Kith and Kin” label. They are now very highly regarded winemakers, retaining some 2% of their grape crop for Round Pond wine production. Kith and Kin is mostly estate fruit, the remainder being sourced from other quality Napa producers. It’s made to be friendly in its youth with smooth tannins balanced against flavor notes including red fruits, leather, sweet oak, violets, and nutmeg. 90 points and Best Buy, Wine and Spirits.
TERMS: Special prices in this newsletter are effective March 16 through May 31 or as supplies last. Should a pricing
12 or more bottles of regularly priced 750ml-size wines, mix or mat
SALDO, 2013 CALIFORNIA ZINFANDEL
Saldo, from the Latin “here and there,” is a rich, full, velvety Zinfandel sourced from 9 different
vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Contra Costa, and Amador counties. Winemaker
Jen Beloz (formerly of Cline and Ravenswood wineries) heads a team at The Prisoner Wine
Company that creates the crowd pleasing wine style made famous by Dave Phinney of Orin Swift,
the original owner of Saldo and several other brands including The Prisoner. Saldo delivers black fruits nuances, smooth
tannins, and a peppery finish that comes from quality grapes aged in French and American oak, only 20% new. 90 points
both Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate.
SECATEURS, 2015 SOUTH AFRICAN ROSÉ
Ari Badenhorst worked his way up through various winemaking jobs in South Africa, eventually
making wine for nine years for much awarded Rustenberg Wines in Stellenbosch. Then he and a
cousin purchased a 150-acre property in the Paardeberg mountain region in Swartland, northeast
of Cape Town. There they manage the mostly old bush vines planted in the 1950s and 60s and
make wine using traditional and often old equipment (“whatever we can afford”) that has caused
wine critics to sit up and take notice. This Badenhorst Secateurs rosé is a blend of Cinsault, Shiraz
(Syrah), and Grenache, fermented in both concrete tanks and large wooden foudres. It’s dry, fruity
and elegant. Regular: $17.99
DAMILANO, 2011 LECINQUEVIGNE BAROLO
Finding a quality Barolo that we can sell for under $50 has become difficult in recent years. The
famous age worthy red wines made from the Nebbiolo grape command upper level prices, so when
we found Damilano’s Lecinquevigne we jumped at the opportunity. The fourth generation of the
family farms five vineyards for this blend in varying locations within Barolo, in northwest Italy’s
Piedmont region. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks, aged 24 months in 2500 gallon
oak casks (80%) and French oak barrels (20%). After 12 months in bottle the rich, fragrant wine is
released for you to enjoy with Draeger’s steaks, braised meat dishes, or aged cheeses.
TRIONE, 2014 RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC
The Trione family owns and manages Geyserville Ranch, Cloverdale Ranch, Flat Ridge
Ranch and River Road Ranch vineyards (and also owned Geyser Peak winery for more
than fifteen years). River Road Ranch west of Santa Rosa is the source of the grapes
for this wine, which Scot Covington made in stainless steel tanks and finished for four
months in neutral French oak. The limited wood aging contributes to a rich finish that
marries so well with the melon-y and mineral-y notes that make this a very appealing
wine—one which won the 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair’s sweepstakes award for Best
GORDO, 2012 YECLA DISTRICT MONASTREL-CABERNET
Yecla is a wine region southwest of Valencia, not all that far from Spain’s east coast. It’s a warm,
high altitude climate that produces big wines made mostly from Monastrell (also known as
Mourvèdre in France and Mataro in Italy). Gordo (owner Patrick Mata’s affectionate name for
his father) is a wine organically grown in chalky soil at over 2300’, dry farmed, made with 30%
Cabernet Sauvignon, making it nicely aromatic. The grapes are fermented separately and
aged three months in two year-old oak barrels before blending. It’s a great accompaniment to
hearty foods such as stews, chili, enchiladas, pulled pork dishes, and spicy chicken wings.
LA FOLLETTE, 2013 NORTH COAST CHARDONNAY
La Follette wines are intended to over deliver for the price from the get go. Legendary consulting
winemaker Greg La Follette ( BV, Kendall-Jackson, Flowers, Tandem, and others) is famous for both
his skill in creating mouthfeel through the management of yeast strains and his ability to work in a
hands-on way with vineyard owners. The grapes for this North Coast Chardonnay came both from
Mendocino Ridge (tank fermented and aged) and the Sebastopol Hills within the Russian River
Valley (barrel fermented for richer flavor and texture). The two lots were blended and allowed
only partial malolactic fermentation, so the resulting wine is both elegant and energetic, with notes of
lemon, green apple, and toast framed by mouthwatering acidity.
g error occur the posted price in the store will prevail. We offer an everyday 10% case discount for the purchase of
tch. All items in this newsletter are net priced, no further discount.
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Some of the brightest and most refreshing wines on the planet come from an area known as Vinho Verde
in northern Portugal. The district stretches from the Douro River (Port country) all the way north to the
Spanish border. It gets some 60” of rainfall a year. The damp climate retards grape ripening a bit, and
vines are sometime trained around upright poles to keep them off the damp ground. The result is must
(juice) that is lower in sugar and therefore wine that is lower in alcohol, with refreshing acidity. The mix
of grapes used in these wines would not be familiar to most Americans—do Loureido, Trajadura, Borracal
or Espadiero ring a bell? During fermentation carbon dioxide is captured and a bit is added back to the
wine during bottling, giving Vinho Verde (white and rosé) its signature light fizziness. On a warm day there
are few wines that go so well with pre-dinner snacks or as a simple thirst quencher. Broadbent solves the
“they don’t taste like they do in Portugal” complaint by bottling and shipping the wines only when needed
(they are non-vintage) and by using refrigerated containers to maintain quality. Bartholomew Broadbent
has developed this approach in concert with his carefully chosen contract producers in Portugal, having
been mentored in the wine business by his famous father, Master of Wine and renowned author Michael
Broadbent. He worked all over the world for wine and spirits producers before joining his father in
business. We suggest you try his Vinho Verde and Vinho Verde rosé.
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