Enjoy Huge Savings on Four Highly Rated Wines!

Today we’re very excited to bring you another Special Offer on four limited-production wines which recently blew us away at our tasting panels, including one of the finest Châteauneuf-du-Papes we’ve encountered in recent memory, two impressive Pinot Noirs – from the Old World and the New – and a vivacious, stunning Chardonnay from Napa.

Domaine du Grand Tinel Cuvée Alexis Establet Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012 (France)

Grand Tinel Cuvee Establet 2012Sourced from 100-year-old Grenache vines, the Alexis Establet is regarded as Domaine du Grand Tinel’s best cuvée of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This delicious French wine features crushed flower, menthol, cherry blossom, and white chocolate notes, can be consumed straight away or allowed to age for 10-12 years, and has a 93-point rating from The Wine Advocate. Learn more by visiting domainegrandtinel.com.

Wine Advocate: 93 points. Panel Review: 93 points.

Retail Price: $60.00, Our Price: $35.95. Save 40%!

Jacques Girardin Santenay Clos Rousseau Premier Cru 2012 (France)

jacques-girardin-santenay-clos-rousseau-premier-cru-2012The Jacques Girardin Santenay Clos Rousseau Premier Cru 2012 is a top choice for those who appreciate a quality Pinot Noir from France’s Burgundy region. This rare, limited-production wine was sourced from a 4.75-acre Burgundian vineyard, and is very difficult to find in the U.S. With a 93-point rating from The International Wine of the Month Club’s panel of experts, this wine is recommended for celebrations, parties, and important events. Visit girardin-santenay.com for more information on Jacques Girardin Santenay’s wines.

Panel Review: 93 points. Very limited production: Almost impossible to find outside France.

Retail Price: $40.00, Our Price: $27.95. Save 30%!

Walt Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2012 (California)

Walt-Blue-Jay-Anderson-Valley-Pinot-Noir-2012With 93 points from Wine Enthusiast and 92 points from Pinot Report, the Walt Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinor Noir 2012 is regarded as a delicious, well-rounded selection that wine enthusiasts around the world will enjoy. Sourced from California vineyards in Anderson Valley, the 2012 Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir contains blueberry, lavender, and mineral tones with a rich, fruity flavor and mouthfeel. Visit waltwines.com to learn more about the Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and its other great wines.

Wine Enthusiast: 93 points. Pinot Report: 92 points. Panel Review: 93 points.

Retail Price: $40.00, Our Price: $29.95. Save 25%!

Poseidon Vineyard Estate Grown Carneros Napa Chardonnay 2013 (California)

Poseidon_Vineyard_Estate_Chardonnay_2013Produced by the expert winemakers at Poseidon Vineyard, the 2014 Estate Grown Carneros Chardonnay features lemon oil, apple blossom, and fresh ginger notes, and finishes with green apple, lime, lemon custard, and buttery oak flavors. With a 92-point rating from Wine & Spirits, this Poseidon Vineyard Chardonnay is a good choice for any time throughout the year. Learn more about Poseidon Vineyard by visiting tricyclewine.com.

Wine & Spirits: 92 points. Panel Review: 92 points.

Retail Price: $28.00, Our Price: $23.75. Save 15%!

To order, visit http://www.winemonthclub.com/sale.

Hurry! Sale ends July 1, 2015!

Don’s March Premier Series Top Pick

Artesana-Tannat-2013It’s always hard to choose just one Top Pick, especially when wines like Emile Beyer’s beautiful 2013 Pinot Blanc and Vigneau-Chevreau’s wonderful 2012 Vouvray are part of the monthly line-up. However, with winter still hanging around, my Top Pick has to be one of this month’s reds. El Pajaro Rojo’s youthful 2013 Bierzo Mencia is a classy, splendid red that makes me believe that the little known Mencia varietal truly deserves a lot more recognition. El Pajaro’s Mencia also makes for a wonderful dinner companion. On the other hand, Artesana’s 2013 Tannat provides a hearty mouthful of wine that is sure to fortify the blood and give courage to even the faintest of souls. And like Mencia, Tannat in the hands of an accomplished property like Artesana deserves to be better known. Maybe it’s the weather, but my Top Pick this month goes to Artesana’s beautiful, bold 2013 Tannat.





Announcing Our “Bold Reds” Wine Sale

red wineTired of winter yet? How about some big, bold, red wines to help shake off the cold?!

We at The International Wine of the Month Club are very excited to announce a sale on 4 powerful, world-class red wines which blew us away at our recent Tasting Panels. We’re making each of these highly-rated red wines available at unbeatable values – up to 45% off retail price, plus extra discounts when you order 6 total bottles or more!

And, you don’t have to be a wine club member to take advantage of this Special Offer, so feel free to let all your wine-loving friends know, too!

High ratings, gold medals, super-limited production – and a huge thumbs up from our 30+ person tasting panel – these wines have it all. Check them out at www.winemonthclub.com/sale.

More Winter Warmers: Wines for a Cold Winter’s Night

Winter WineWhat a winter this has been! Here it is March and spring has not yet sprung in my neck of the woods or in many other places around the country either, so rather than turn my sights to springtime wines, I am still looking for complex, robust reds to ward off what appears to be a terminal case of winter. Here are a few beauties that I’ve come across recently that should get us through winter’s last stand:

Alta Vintner’s Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – What a find this wine is. Grown on the heights of Atlas Peak, this reserve Cabernet positively sings from the glass. Balanced, complex and thoroughly palate pleasing, this wine makes me forget about the weather outside. Better still, it tastes great now, with or without aeration.

Benovia Sonoma County Zinfandel 2011 – There’s no wimp in this Zinfandel. With 15.8% alcohol and a boatload of flavor to bolster its body, Benovia’s Zin is sure to ward off what’s left of winter. Give it some aeration and let it get your blood pumping and your mouth watering.

Château St. André Corbin St. Georges-St. Emilion 2012 – Although not as bold as some of the other winter warmers, this young Bordeaux is too delicious to pass up. It offers terrific aromatics, a wealth of long smooth flavors, and ample amounts of silky tannins to chase away the winter blues. This young Bordeaux offers the perfect claret to drink now, though it should provide great drinking pleasure for a decade or more.

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2005 – La Rioja Alta is a traditional bodega that ages its reserve wines and releases them only as they approach maturity. This 2005 Reserva is the bodega’s current release, and what a beauty it is. It’s a traditional, full-bodied Rioja Reserva that offers plenty of savory cherry, plum, chocolate and espresso flavors to make weary humans forget the weather stained cares of life for a while.

Nus del Terrer Tarragona D.O. 2010 – An artful blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Spain’s sunny Mediterranean Coast, the 2010 Nus del Terrer rivals in quality the greatest reserve bottles of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It’s bold, beautiful and jam-packed with flavor. It brings sun and warmth in every glass, and it’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Drink up and enjoy!

Champagne Isn’t Just for Thanksgiving and Holidays

ChampagneMost Americans relegate Champagne and other fine sparkling wines to special occasions, like Thanksgiving dinner, weddings, late-night holiday parties, New Year’s Eve celebrations, and other such events. Frankly, Champagne deserves better.

European wine drinkers discovered the many pleasures of Champagne long ago and consume far more Champagne than Americans. As the original and finest sparkling wine from the ancient province of Champagne, France, this wonderful wine still enjoys a reputation as the “Belle of the Ball” or a wine of conviviality and good cheer. But, this delectable drink also pairs beautifully with many types of foods, and deserves a new reputation as a wine for all seasons and occasions.

To get a taste of what I’m talking about, prepare a meal around a good bottle of Champagne and see why French and Italians consume so much more of this magical wine than Americans. Why not discover the pleasure of Champagne and pour a glass of Champagne on a cold, rainy day as well as a warm, sunny day, or serve it at a mid-week meal as well as at a party? Isn’t every day meant to be celebrated in some fashion? Why limit the pleasure of good bubbly to a few occasions or just one time of year?

Champagne makes glad the heart as it cleanses the palate and enlivens the soul. For these reasons, and more, I enjoy Champagne at Thanksgiving and any other holiday where a good meal is to be had. I especially enjoy it as an aperitif, or as an accompaniment to a fun-filled evening with tasty morsels.

Winston Churchill is reputed to have remarked, “In the time left to us between the disaster and the catastrophe, there is time for a glass of Champagne.” So, what are we waiting for? Make mine Brut Champagne with some amazing foods, like the ideas I’ve listed below!

Some great foods to pair with Champagne

  • Smoked Salmon with Capers, Cucumber, and Cream Cheese
  • Caviar
  • Crab Dip
  • Lobster
  • Salmon with Fennel in a Light Cream Sauce
  • Sautéed Scallops
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Stuffed Mushrooms, Hors d’Oeuvres, Canapés
  • Chicken or Shrimp Satay with a Peanut Sauce
  • Suprême de Volailles aux Champignons (aka Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Cream)
  • Vegetarian Spring Rolls
  • Muenster, Neufchâtel, Port Salut and many other cheese

Learn more about how our wine club works and why wines from The International Wine of the Month Club™ are a great choice for Thanksgiving.