Category Archives: Wine of the Wek

Wine of the Week – Petite Siréne 2015

Fruity and round, this Bordeaux, Petite Siréne 2015, is 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was added to Cape Classics’ portfolio via a partnership with Third Growth Bordeaux estate, Chateau Giscours in Margaux. It became the second Bordeaux winery go join Cape Classics last year and combines the aroma of berries with tannins. Selected from the best parcels in Bordeaux, the grapes – 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon – are fruity, savory and complex with “gentle” tannins. The wine won a Gold in the 2016 International Wine Competition in Los Angeles. Go to


Wine of the Week – Vivanco Viura Tempranillo Blanco Maturana Blanca ’15

White wines are what we’ve been brought up to think of in the warm summer months and this one is an ideal option. Fruity and floral, it’s from Rioja. The grapes were 50% Viura, the main white varietal in this region, 35% Tempranillo Blanco and 15% Maturano Blanco, the oldest varietal in Rioja.

The bottle, with its distinctive shape, was inspired by an 18th century one now in the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine. The museum  is well worth a visit in and of itself, along with the winery itself which has received numerous honors for this wine – among them, 91 points this year from Tim Atkins, 89 points in ’15 from Wine Spectator, and two Silver and one Gold Bacchus awards in 2012, ’14 and ’15 in the Bacchus International Wine Contest.

Sip it relaxing in the hammock, on a porch or at a backyard gathering. It’s designed for enjoyment and we expect you will find it worthy of a place on summer wine by the glass lists.

Wine(s) of the Week – Tavel Frieuré de Montézargues ’14 & Willm Pinot Blanc 2014

It’s official – Summer has arrived! It’s warmer and hotter days make us yearn for rosés and whites when we think about sipping wine. The 2014 Tavel Frieuré de Montézargues and Willm Pinot Blanc fit the bill to a tee. Both are delicious fruity, floral and fresh. The rosé comes from Frieuré de Montézargues, owned by the Richard Family, proprietors of Chateau La Nerthe (Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Domaine de la Renjarde, (Clos de Rhone Villages Massif d’ Uchaux). It’s in the Rhone Valley in an abbey dating to the 12th century. Full bodied and fresh, it is also elegant with notes of red berries  and ripe peaches and is 13.5 percent ABV. It’s imported by Pasternak Wine.

The Willm Pinot Blanc is from the Alsace in a vineyard even older  (1896). It combines Grand Cru Kirchberg de Bart and Clos Gaensbroennel. Fresh, fruity and floral, this wine imported by Monsieur Touton Selection Ltd., is estate bottled is a Réserve and works with many foods from sushi or savory tarts to seafood and mixed salads. It is 12 percent ABV. These two fresh and floral wines makes us think about finding a hammock to swing in and enjoy the warmer season!

La Carte Macon-Lugny Chardonnay 2012

This lovely Southern Burgundy wine comes from “La Carte”, a single vineyard producer in Lugny where the 198 acre plateau consists of chalky soil and west-facing slopes with late exposure to sunshine each day.

The vines are an average of 40 years old or more. Grapes are hand harvested or mechanically harvested and pressed in a pneumatic press, with fermentation completed at 100 percent. The wine matures in stainess steel vats with its lees before being bottled.

We loved the almost gold yellow and its citrus scent with touches of fruits and honey. It’s an elegant wine with good minerality, medium body and fruits and almond flavors. The grape is 100 percent Chardonnay and the wine is 13 percent ABV. It’s perfect to celebrating the end of Summer and impending Fall!