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Friday Night Wine Down
Last Thursday, I tasted the 2011 Hobo Dry Creek Zinfandel produced by Kenny Likitprakong. It might possible be the best zinfandel I've tasted. This week's Friday Night Wine Down will feature the Hobo. Surrounding the wine will be more of our favorites for the steamy weekend. Here's the lineup.

Xavier Monnot Bourgogne Blanc 2011
At some point this afternoon we expect to receive a small parcel of the Xavier Monnot Bourgogne Blanc 2011. This sensational chardonnay is produced with grapes grown on 25 year old vines in the Meursault region of Burgundy. Xavier is producing an exceptional style of chardonnay that showcases notes of honeysuckle, apple and flint. This well textured chardonnay could easily be mistaken for a 1er cru Meursault. It's quite a bargain.
Regular Price: $28 per bottle
Pre-Arrival: $26 per bottle

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Wine Club Member Announcement
The end of the month is near! Be sure to open June's wine club shipments and taste the wines. We'll be sending you a poll next week asking which was your favorite. Once we tally the votes, we'll send an email with the results and the media scores. Judging by what's been re-purchased, I think you're going to be surprised.

Chateau Hyot Mags Have Arrived
Last week's email mentioned the impending arrival of the Chateau Hyot Bordeaux in magnums. They have finally arrived this afternoon. Those who pre-order can pick them up. We'll also have some on display for those looking for summer fun with friends!

I Caught the Bug
The 2013 Fairfield Half Marathon was the first road race I've ever competed in. My final time was 2:29:45. It was just where I thought I would be. The last three miles weren't so bad, but miles nine and ten were a mental challenge. Crossing the finish line was terrific and hooked me into more competitive running. Next week I'll be registering for the Hartford Half Marathon which runs on October 12th. Anybody want to join me?

Paradise Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
Looking at some numbers, I noticed we are powering through the Paradise Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon lately. It's numbers compared to other California cabernets are really quite astonishing. There are numerous reasonse why this is occuring. It's from the outstanding 2007 vintage. It's from Sonoma which has recently been more favorable for its cabernets over Napa. It's ABV is just 13.8%. I can't find another cabernet on my shelf that's less than 14.5%. It's only $36 per bottle. That's a relative bargain from Sonoma. If you're looking for a good, solid, weekend cabernet to add to your cellar, Paradise Ridge is a clear favorite.
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I hope everyone has a happy and safe weekend and 4th of July holiday!
In good taste,

***Please Note. We will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and re-open July 5th.***