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A little Portugese anyone? Great value here!  From left to right – $15.95, $21.95, $23.95

2013 Vinha do Rosario – from the ladies at Casa Ermalinda in the Setubal Peninsual,  is this blend of Castelao, Touriga Nacional, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Don’t let the inexpensive price fool you! Great structure and balance! $15.95

2011 Lagarada Douro – Made from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), this inky black wine is full of blackberries, spice and herbal notes.  Great with a ribeye! – $21.95

2013 Feuerheerd’s Anchor Wine – Also from the Douro, this wine features four of the “big five” port grapes.  It’s no wonder they’re making a table wine, they’re a great port producer also!  Fruity elegance, this is a wine that truly shines! $23.95

 

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From the Manager’s Desk…
Happy Canada Day!  I dare say summer has indeed arrived! I personally love the hot weather,and with temperatures soaring into the mid-30’s, folks flock to outdoor pools, splash parks and our Alberta lakes to cool off and enjoy all the summer has to offer! And speaking of offer…cool off with our selection of beers and ciders and chilled wine from the cooler! With blonde ales, wheat and fruit beers, you’re sure to find something cool and refreshing to wet your palate with! We recently changed up our whites in the cooler and several of our rosés are currently chilling as well!  If you’ve chosen a rosé to purchase, and you want one chilled, just ask one of the staff and we will see if we have it in the back cooler.  Whatever you’re looking for, please ask myself, Doug or one of the staff and we would be happy to point out some excellent selections for whatever suits your occasion!  I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to some lazy days of sunshine (and the rain never hurts either!) Thank you to everyone who has come out to support our major events, formal sit-down tastings and bar pours! Cheers!
~Marcia J. Hamm~
New on the Shelf
. 2013 Feueheerd’s Anchor (Portugal)– with great nautical packaging, this Douro blend of port grapes (minus Tinto Cao) delivers both in quality and in value. Portugal is NOT just about Port anymore! $23.95
. 2013 Ermalinda Rosario (Portugal)– another gem from Portugal! This blend of Castelao, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional is another winner from the all women winery of Casa Ermalinda! A real beauty at an absolutely unbelievable price! $15.95
. 2013 Pasion de Bobal (Spain)– a sweet little pink made from the Bobal grape. Fresh strawberries and mild acidity. $17.95
. 2012 Abel’s Tempest Pinot Noir (Tasmania)– Tasmania is the next up and coming wine region, and this Pinot Noir is fantastic from this cool climate! Strong acidity backed by red fruits and light tannins. Delicious! $36.95
. 2012 Porfia Cabernet Franc (Chile)– Cab Franc lovers, give this beauty a try. I’ll admit I was dubious, but it’s classic Big Daddy with hints of herbaceousness mixed in with the black fruits. $27.95
. 2013 Lake Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon (USA)– from the owner’s of Quail’s Gate, is this Sonoma Cab sourced from Alexander Valley fruit. Made in the heart of Napa, with all proceeds coming back to Canada! How awesome is that!?! $29.95
. 2008 San Leonardo IGT (Italy)– the Tuscan IGT’s are mastering the art of the blend, and this exclusive to Hicks Fine Wines combines Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Merlot with rich flavours of bell pepper, wild berries and vanilla. Available in Magnums ($169.95) or 750ml ($84.95)
. 2008 Pianirossi Maremma Reserva IGT (Italy)– a St. Albert exclusive, this unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano and Petit Verdot is a mouthful of blackberries, spices and balsamic notes, with a classy label to boot. $55.95
. 2008 Chateau Dasvin Bel-Air Cru Bourgeois (France)– a great little Bordeaux blend value! $30.95
. 2014 Quail’s Gate Rosé (Canada)– from one of Canada’s most beloved wineries, this fresh wine with watermelon, strawberry, and pink grapefruit notes hits the spot on a hot day! $20.95
A Word from the Owner…
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support during our months of tastings, bar pours and events that happened here in the store!  I have found them informative, as I hope you have, not only from Marcia, but from the various reps who hosted and I look forward to them starting up again in the fall. We appreciate your patronage and your word-of-mouth advertising! With all of these hot days, we have many options to keep you cool this summer! Stop in and see us for all your wine/beer/sangria needs! Now that school is out, many of you will be taking your kids on a special summer vacation, or maybe just a stay-cation?  Whatever it is you’re doing, please be safe and enjoy the moments! Thanks again, and Happy Canada Day! Cheers!
~Doug Hicks~
For the Collector
Some absolutely fabulous products here for cellaring!
 Collector July 22010 Chateau Lynch Bages – Pauillac
(France)
From the stellar vintage of 2010, this fabulous 5th growth Bordeaux sits among some of the most famous Bordeaux wines (due to its location and the fact that it’s been heralded as good as a 2nd growth); and the wine’s distinctive flavours among Paulliacs greatest. It combines structure, finesse and elegance, offering generous aromas in its youth and developing deeper complexities with age. The blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.  According to the owner, Jean-Michel Cazas, “2010 Lynch-Bages has all the hallmarks of a very great vintage. It may appear premature to describe it in detail, but its deep colour, complexity, intense fruit, freshness, and tannic density already indicate enormous potential.” Only 2 bottles in store. You may want to leap at the chance to get one or it will be gone! Drink now (decant first though) to 2035.
$379.95
 
Collector July 3 2010 Chateau Haut-Bailly – Pessac-Leognan
(France)
 
Calling this wine a “double triumph”, nobody ever thought the 2010 could come close to 2009, but it certainly did!  This blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc has the great potential to overshadow the great first growth Haut-Brion. Unbelievable! With ripe tannins and black fruit, this wine may not be quite ready, but with time, could be a serious wow factor. 6 bottles in store. With a 97 point rating, Drink now or cellar until 2020-2040.
$314.95
Collector July12011 M. Chapoutier L’Ermite Ermitage- Rhone Valley
(France)
 
I was able to taste this fabulous 100% Syrah recently, and I felt unbelievably special to be part of this Selecciones Parcellaires tasting. I found out that if it says Ermitage on the label, it is from a specific small plot, whereasHermitage is from the whole appellation itself. So, if you see Ermitage, you know it’s got to be a special wine! Situated at the top of Hermitage hill, next to a chapel, is a place called Ermite. The vines are 80 years old, grown on granite soil. Only free run juice is used with a long fermentation to ensure the tannins are rich and smooth. Full of rich black fruits, spices and peppery overtones, this wine will truly be something special in years to come. According to the vintage, this wine has potential to age for 30-60 years. Wow…I could be dead before this wine reaches it’s fullest potential! Ha! Only 3 bottles  in store.
$426.95

 

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June 2015 Volume #1, Edition #6

From the Manager’s Desk… Happy June everybody! Here we are embarking on lazy and dreamy summer days. Although we’ve already experienced that taste of the sun kissing our skin, evenings on the patio, sharing laughs and cocktails with friends; I’d like to think this is only the beginning of a great season ahead! With only two formal tastings left, now is your chance to sign up if you’ve never had a chance to attend one before! We will not resume our formal tastings (or bar pours for that matter) until the fall. See below for dates, times and prices. In the meantime, come check out our selection of beers and ciders for those backyard events and don’t forget there’s lots of white wine in the store perfect for those warm summer days ahead! We’ve even got a large selection of rosés in the cooler just waiting for you to crack open! To our regular customers, if there is a certain wine you would like us to have chilled for you at all times, please let us know and we’ll make sure that option is available to you.  Cheers!

~Marcia J. Hamm~

New on the Shelf 

2014 Miraval Provence “Brangelina” (France)– owned by the Jolie-Pitt family, the Perrin family runs the winery and continues to make great wines with this delicate little beauty of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle grapes. Delicate notes of raspberries, peaches and white flowers. Going fast, so get it while it’s hot! $30.95 .

2013 Columna Albarino (Spain) – one of the great white grapes from Spain, the pretty bottle mirrors what’s inside! Fresh and lively with great orchard fruit and crisp acidity! Pop an Albarino for your friends on the patio! $27.95 .

2014 50th Parallel Pinot Gris (Canada) – Oh Canada! Located in Lake Country, winemaker Grant Stanley is passionate about his product and one thing we do well here in Canada is Pinot Gris. No exceptions here. This wine is top notch! $27.95 .

2013 Mayu Carmenere Reserva (Chile)- with just a touch of residual sugar, this wine will have your tongue dancing with notes of chocolate covered raspberries! $19.95 .

2011 Goulart “C” (Argentina) – lovely black fruits in this easy drinking Malbec $19.95 .

2011 Costaripa Marzemino (Italy) – made with the super cool Marzemino grape, lots of cherries, strawberries and violets $25.95 .

2014 Costaripa Rosamara (Italy) – an absolute hit on Saturday at the bar pour! Of course it goes without saying that this is great for the patio! $24.95 .

2014 Chateau Le Grand Verdus (France) – you’ll be hard pressed to find a quality Bordeaux at this price…$21.95

Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendar!

June 11, 2015, 7 pm – California Dreamin’ – with a Canadian Twist!

Join Jason Sanwell from Evolution Fine Wines as he brings us three exceptional wines from Napa along with two more from OZ…all with a Canadian connection! Curious? Email or call to book your spot today and find out! Only 5 spots left! $25pp

June 16, 2015, 7 pm – Patio Sippers and Backyard Fine Wines

Join Valerie Albrecht of Enotri Wines and she gives us some quintessential summer wines for enjoying on the patio with friends or after the sun sets…by the fire with friends! Email or call to book your spot today! $25 pp.

June 23, 2015, 6:30-9:30 – Summer Kickoff Party! Check this website for details and to get your tickets here.  This will be the last formal event until the fall!

Friday Night Bar Pours: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Saturday Night Bar Pours: June 6, 13, 20

 

***Keep your eyes on the website for additional events that may not have made it within this newsletter!

A Word from the Owner… After six months of hard work, I’m on a much needed break in the Dominican Republic, so if there’s anything you need, please do not hesitate to call upon my manager Marcia. She’ll take care of you! Upon my return on June 10, you will be greeted by not only one store dog, but TWO! Yes, I will bringing back a rescue Chihuahua from the DR and her name is Bambi, a new sibling for Islay and a great new addition to the store! We are winding down for the summer with our bar pours wrapping up on June 26 (last day of school) and our event in collaboration with Yegtweetup on June 23 our last big “hurrah” until Fall. If you can make it out, we’d love to see you. It will be nice to slow things down a bit and with this great weather we’ve been having, be on the golf course more! Cheers, and see you soon!

~Doug Hicks~

 

For the Collector: Stay tuned for new Collector Items to feature in the July newsletter! We have some fabulous items that are cellar-worthy!

The weather has been fabulous! The patios of restaurants are full which is great to see! Enjoy the sunshine and may there be lots of it! Until next time…Cheers!

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20150407_094234Here at Hicks Fine Wines, every month the staff chooses a favourite wine that they would like to share with others.  It’s a compilation of tasting many wines during the course of a day, week or month and deciding which one the general public might like the best.  It goes without saying that we are going to pick the wine we like the most as an individual, but in some cases, it’s all about the season too!

For those that are unaware, the “hands” in the upper level of the store feature our monthly choices with a brief description of each wine.  It’s become a bit of a contest around here!  Whose “pick of the month” will sell the most bottles? With a selection of both old and new world wines, it’s anyone’s guess as to what will sell the most!  Our owner Doug Hicks has seemingly chosen the most popular wines on quite a regular basis! (And…he let’s us all know it!)  But for April, because we’re getting into some “warmer” weather, the whites (let’s not forget the rose…) are tipping the scales as staff picks.

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Yvonne’s pick of the Hanna Sauvignon Blanc from the Terlato Wine Group of the Russian River Valley AVA seems to be selling quite well. This crisp, stainless steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc with tropical fruit notes is seemingly what everyone wants to start drinking, if only to remind them of their Spring Break trips to sun-drenched beaches and tempertures far above what we would ever see here at this time of year! Not your typical New Zealand grassiness in this one, but also a slight hint of dairy flavours as this little wine is aged on the lees.  For only $24.95 per bottle, you may just want to get a case…Great for the patio…I insist!

Marcia’s pick of the Whispering Angel rose also seems to be a popular choice.  20150407_094412With a prime location just inside the front door, this stunning little pink is almost leaping out of the box into the consumers hands!  And it’s no wonder…with this wine being sold out for the entire 2013 vintage in all shapes and sizes, I had to be sure to get my hands on as many cases as possible.  Five cases later, and we are ready to put in for the second round!  And according to the write-up, this little beauty is hard to resist.  With its beautiful salmon pink colour and notes remeniscent of a strawberries and cream angel food cake dessert, who wouldn’t want to have one of these in their fridge, not to mention a few more in the basement, cellar or wine fridge? Seriously, this wine is a no brainer for summer and it’s great for the patio and with your summer fare such as chicken salad, poached salmon dishes and creamy pastas! It’s $32.95 on the shelf for an authentic Provence rose- a mix of Grenache, Rolle and Cinsault! Cheers!

 

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April, 2015                      Volume #1, Edition #4
 
From the Manager’s Desk
 
Happy Spring everybody! I hope you’ve had a chance to come into the store and check out the hand-picked selections of wine to accompany your Easter meals!  Whether it’s ham or turkey, we have just the right wine to pair with your meal!
The website is always up to date for all bar pour dates and sit-down tastings, so make sure you check it out!  There might be a portfolio or a sit-down tasting you may be interested in, and you wouldn’t want to miss out, and we have many fabulous tastings coming up. And with these last few warm days, our snow is melting fast and we look forward to breaking out more pink wine!  Cheers!
~Marcia Hamm, Manager
 
New on the Shelf
. 2012 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon (USA) – rich and balanced, from the Hahn winemakers of the Central Coast –$32.95
. 2014 Whispering Angel (France) – it’s back!  This beautiful rosé consisting of Grenache with some Rolle and Cinsault is full of strawberries and cream and should be in everyone’s fridge or cellar this summer, no exceptions. Drinkable is an understatement. – $32.95
. 2013 Brigaldara Valpolicella (Italy)- made with the obligatory regional grapes, along with Sangiovese, it is full of cherries, vanilla and spices – $22.95
. 2012 Schweindhardt Scheurebe Spatlese (Germany)– medium sweet with that fabulous Riesling acidity, this wine is a cheerful accompaniment to any spicy foods meal – $22.95
. 2013 Zagara Moscato D’Asti – Turkish Delight in a glass with frizzante effervescence! – $26.95
. 2009 Anvers “The Warrior” Shiraz – big, bold and full bodied.  This is a serious Shiraz well worth the money spent!- $78.95
. 2011 Anvers Chardonnay (Australia)- rich and buttery, this is a fabulous expression of an oaked Chardonnay – $38.95
. 2010 Falernia Syrah (Chile)- 93 points Decanter magazine, this Syrah offers great value!  Lovely chocolate notes – $21.95
. 2005 200 Monges Reserva (Spain) – as per Rioja regulations, aged for 18 months in oak and an additional 18 months in bottle.  This blend of mostly Tempranillo with some Graciano and Garnacha thrown in is stunning.  Well balanced with silky tannins and great acid structure. Well worth the price! – $77.95
Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendars!
 April 16, 2015, 7 pm- Winetasting 101 – Understanding French Wines –  There has been great response to this tasting and it is SOLD OUT!  If there is anyone interested in another tasting, I will happily put your name on a waiting list and we’ll plan for another. 
 
April 30, 2015, 7pm – “A Taste of Italy” – with Hayley McRae of Vendemmia Wines– Vendemmia has a large, comprehensive, Italian portfolio and there is likely a good chance you’ve never tried many of the country’s indegenous grapes! And some of the wine made from said grapes are so tasty, but unknown.  Book your spot for this unique tasting and try some fabulous Italian wines! Only 16 spots available for this tasting, so book your spot TODAY!
 
May 5, 2015, 7 pm – An Evening with Gerard Bertrand – French Winemaker from the Languedoc region (with Pacific Wine and Spirits). Taste 5 exceptional wines from this talented winemaker and hear stories of the land. Only 16 spots available, so call or email to book your spot TODAY!
 
May 7, 2015, 7 pm – “Think Pink”- An all rosé winetasting. It’s pink season and we love all shades of it here at the store.  There are a variety of grapes and methods used to make this delicate wine, and you will want to come and find out what makes them so special. Stacey-Jo Strombecky of Nobilis will give us a comprehensive look at the world of rosé and you will have a chance to try several examples from different countries. Only 16 spots available, so reserve your spot today. Don’t miss out!
Friday Night Bar Pours:
April 3, 10, 17, 24- 3-6 pm
Saturday Night Bar Pours:
April 4, 18, 25 – 2-5 pm
 
A Word from the Owner:
 
I am happy to see another spring roll around, yet another year the Oilers are NOT in the playoffs!  But with the McDavid/Eichel sweepstakes, things look positive for the future! So, like the Oilers, we will turn our attention to “teeing off” in a couple of weeks and enjoying the wonderful weather.  In the meantime, visit the beer cooler for your spring/summer seasonal beers. Don’t forget to come in and pick up your “Value” or “Premium” Case of the Month for April, available April 1.
 ~Doug Hicks, owner~
 
For The Collector
 
2010 Drouhin Vosne-Romanée
 
Just north of Nuit St. Georges in the Cote de Nuit, comes one of the most celebrated villages in all of Burgundy, producing such wines as Romanée-Conti and Richebourg
 
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
“Supreme elegance! Beautiful colour, with intense and bright reflections. The diversity of the aromas is striking: wild cherry, nutmeg, camphor wood, fine leather…Later on, the wine takes on a subtle aroma of truffle, producing the most varied palette. With its perfect balance between tannin and acidity, the wine has a fleshy, sturdy body. Powerful and long aftertaste. A wealth of harmonious sensations characterizes this great Burgundy”. 
 
Great for cellaring!  You can drink now with decanting or hold for 10-30 years
$129.99
2013 Droin Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru
This father and son team of Jean-Paul and Benoit Droin are located in Chablis, Burgundy’s north for steely, minerality driven expressions of Chardonnay. With centuries of winemaking behind them, this wine has great finesse, is always developing with hints of vanilla. A stunning wine that is beautiful now, but suggested to hold for 4-5 years before drinking and can cellar for 10 years and beyond.
$97.95
 
2010 Staglin Family Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
 
From the estate vineyards in the Rutherford Bench comes this unfined and unfiltered Chardonnay.  Don’t let the cloudiness fool you.  This wine is stunning with layers of fruit, minerality and creaminess.  100% barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in 68% new oak, and some malolactic fermentation, there are tropical notes of key lime, banana cream pie and notes of Madagascar vanilla with just a wisp of toasty oak. Absolutely stunning now, but some age will add even more layers of complexity.  Drink now to 2020.
$95.95
 
(Check out the website for pictures of these wines!)
 
Have a fabulous month!  Cheers!
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This past weekend, Edmonton hosted a great Canadian event called Northern Lands.  Canadian winemakers, distillers, craft brewers and chefs added to our population to showcase their products and skills to us “rednecks” of central Alberta!  Along with that, many of the producers came around to the store with the companies that represent them and had us taste their wines in the hopes we might bring them into the store to sell.

I’m keeping a running tally of how many wines I’m tasting this year, with a daily total, a monthly total, and eventually a yearly total.  Not specific names of wines, but if it’s a new wine I’ve never tasted before, it gets a “tick” and I will have an answer for those who specifically ask me how many wines I actually taste in a years time.  With that in mind, on Friday, due to all the visits, I tasted 32 wines…all of them Canadian!  The whole idea of this event was to get more recognition for our country’s wines.  Yes, we make Icewine (and some REALLY good ones too), but we also make other wines, notably some excellent Pinot Gris from the Naramata Bench by Kelowna, British Columbia, some Bordeaux style blends from the Golden Mile Bench of Osoyoos, British Columbia, and some stunning, searing acidity Rieslings from the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario.  I have to say, for the most part, impressed with the lineup that came before me last Friday.

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(L-R) Don Triggs, Culmina Family Winery, Marcia J. Hamm, Manager, Hicks Fine Wines, Paul Speck, Henry of Pelham

Later on that day, Doug (the big boss) and I got a chance to sit down with two of the winery owners that had visited us earlier in the day.  It was a privilege to sit with Paul Speck of Henry of Pelham (Ontario), and Don Triggs of Culmina Family Winery (British Columbia). A meeting of east and west, sitting with a group of a few talented, seasoned people in the wine industry. We sat down at a trendy little restaurant called North 53.  Now, it just so happens that we are now supplying the wine to this little late-night hot spot!  Packed full with people being turned away, it was great to sit down, and be part of the fun!  And the food!  I was so wrapped up in the wine and the company that I failed to take pictures until dessert! From the popcorn chicken (ok, don’t even BEGIN to think about KFC at this point…)to the homemade pasta tossed in butter, with a kickin’ mushroom sauce, to the apple tart for dessert, our wines paired beautifully from the Henry of Pelham Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot, and the flank steak and potatoes with Culmina’s Hypothesis Bordeaux style blend. It was like a match made in heaven and we got to be part of the action. I felt privileged to be invited and even moreso to be in the company of these amazing Canadian icons of the wine industry!

If you have a chance to taste or pick up these wines, we carry the following:

Henry of Pelham Sauvignon Blanc- $22.95

Henry of Pelham Chardonnay- $22.95

Henry of Pelham Baco Noir- $22.95

Henry of Pelham Ice Wine- $74.95

Culmina Hypothesis – $61.95 (Chardonnay to come later on this year)

And here are a couple of other photos from the evening!

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Apple Tart extraordinaire!

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A very unique unfiltered saké (that looked pink) with egg white and rose petals on top. It was slightly sweet and quite refreshing!

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Some of our wines from the evening. The estate Cab-Merlot and Baco Noir (which paired nicely with the pasta and mushroom dish) from Henry of Pelham and Culmina’s Hypothesis Bordeaux style blend with went with the flank steak and mashed potatoes.

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Mary Bailey (centre), editor of the Tomato magazine, Edmonton’s classic food and drink magazine, sits in discussion with Don Triggs and Paul Speck

 

 

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20150328_1235182010 Drouhin Vosne-Romanée
 
Just north of Nuit St. Georges in the Cote de Nuit, comes one of the most celebrated villages in all of Burgundy, producing such wines as Romanée-Conti and Richebourg
 
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
“Supreme elegance! Beautiful colour, with intense and bright reflections. The diversity of the aromas is striking: wild cherry, nutmeg, camphor wood, fine leather…Later on, the wine takes on a subtle aroma of truffle, producing the most varied palette. With its perfect balance between tannin and acidity, the wine has a fleshy, sturdy body. Powerful and long aftertaste. A wealth of harmonious sensations characterizes this great Burgundy”. 
 
Great for cellaring!  You can drink now with decanting or hold for 10-30 years
$129.99
20150328_1236142013 Droin Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru
This father and son team of Jean-Paul and Benoit Droin are located in Chablis, Burgundy’s north for steely, minerality driven expressions of Chardonnay. With centuries of winemaking behind them, this wine has great finesse, is always developing with hints of vanilla.  wine.  A stunning wine that is beautiful now, but suggested to hold for 4-5 years before drinking and can cellar for 10 years and beyond.
$97.95
 
20150328_1235582010 Staglin Family Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
 
From the estate vineyards in the Rutherford Bench comes this unfined and unfiltered Chardonnay.  Don’t let the cloudiness fool you.  This wine is stunning with layers of fruit, minerality and creaminess.  100% barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in 68% new oak, and some malolactic fermentation, there are tropical notes of key lime, banana cream pie and notes of Madagascar vanilla with just a wisp of toasty oak. Absolutely stunning now, but some age will add even more layers of complexity.  Drink now to 2020.
 
$95.95

 

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20150318_180606Here at Hicks Fine Wines, we LOVE rosés! Today (Wednesday) is delivery day, and let me just say….I’ve gone a little crazy on pink and have many different shades coming into the store today!  They’ll be stacked at the front of the store as well as on the shelves!   But not only from Provence, there is rosé from Portugal, Spain, Chile, Canada, Tavel (France), Italy and and still more to pink to come from Italy! Sparkling or still, high end or low end, there will likely to be something within your budget you will love and want to try!

20150318_180728And now to the Whispering Angel of Chateau D’Esclans….ahhh…can I tell you how excited I am to see this baby girl? Sold out in the entire province for vintage 2013, I made sure I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered six cases for the store.  (Which btw, may not even be enough…) And I got the middle sister too, stopping short of getting the other sisters! At $31.95, Whispering Angel, made mostly from Grenache, carries a little Cinsault and Rolle (also known as Vermentino in Italy) to finish off the blend.  Subtle aromas and flavours of strawberries and cream, the battonage totally gives this wine its long lasting flavour. Go for the middle sisters Chateau D’Esclans, Les Clans, or step it up to the big sister, the Garrus for a cool $128 retail. a super premium rosé with barrel ageing.  Check it out here. Definitely worth the wait for these rosés!

Take your time, and choose wisely….but it’s only March…so you have plenty of time to taste many of these expressions of rosé! Stay tuned for more posts!  Cheers!

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Flowers-quote-651x5221Mark your Calendars for May 23, 2015 and celebrate Spring with us!  Sure, Spring will already have been on the calendar for 2 whole months, but we want it to be nice outside!  Come for a stroll at the Shops at Boudreau and stroll inside the store to take part in a FREE tasting of over 60 products, including wine, spirits and beer!  We have many awesome reps pouring some fantastic product which will all be on sale for you to buy!  Please stop in anytime on May 23 from 2-5 pm!  We’d love to see you!  Did I mention that it’s FREE?  Just show up…it’s FREE!  (oh yes, I said that already….)

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20150304_174548From one of the oldest family producers in the region, considered “pioneers” of the regions winemaking, comes a big, punchy Zin, currently featured on the wine menu at Privada. We love this place here at the store, and will support them as much as possible!  They in turn, are letting their patrons know that any of the wines they pour on the menu that have an “H” beside them, are available here at the store.  It’s a win-win, so if you taste this wine at the restaurant, come on down to the store and pick up a bottle to take home! From century-old vines, this delicious Zinfandel has the brightness of black cherry and young blackberries mixed with dark chocolate and laurel. There is a brambly quality that adds depth. The tannins are smooth on the finish, but the bright acidity carries it all the way through. Great for barbeque!  As we change our clocks in a mere four sleeps, our days will get longer, so fire up that grill!

Zins don’t age well, though, so if you put one in your cellar, don’t forget about it!  You may, if you’re lucky, get 5-6 years out of them! Enjoy and Cheers!

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