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For those of you looking for something unique, we are offing both a great deal and limited availability on a Napa Cabernet that recently scored 95 Points!  Check it out here.

For those friends of yours who love Cabernet Sauvignon, why not give them a unique, small production wine from a new cult wine producer – Krutz Family Cellars?  Their 06 vintage was ranked one of the top 100 wines in 2011 by Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2011), and it has already sold out. Get in early, this new producer’s wine will soon be available for wine club members only. Today, we are offering a limited quantity of the 2007 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon at a +15% discount.



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Recent wine reviews have gone so far as comparing Syrah as the bigger, bolder cousin to Pinot Noir.  There are reports of Wine Sommeliers labeling the Syrah section of their wine list as ‘Syrah, what “Big Pinot” wants to be.’  The upside, if you like big Pinots and like to save a few bucks, try rekindling your love of Syrah.  Our Featured Wine of the Week includes a 2-year vertical of cool-climate Syrah’s from the Sierra Foothills. We also have a Syrah/Cab Franc blend from the Sierra Foothills included in this promotion.  Get all 3 bottles for $25.  As an added bonus, get a case of wine for $100 and shipping is included in the sales price for CA, OR and NV.  50% off case shipping fees for all other states.  Go to the website to purchase.

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Discounted 30% and free shipping for one week only.


$22.99 or $19.75 for volume purchases of 6 or more. Order here


  • 88-91 points Wine Spectator “Well-structured, with a dark fruit medley of ripe, zesty red cherry, currant, boysenberry and blackberry. Ends with a smooth, tapered finish and fine-grained tannins.”

Located in eastern Santa Barbara County in the Cuyama Valley, Alta Mesa Vineyard sits perched above Barnwood Vineyards at 3200 feet in elevation. Planted in 2000 to 8 X 5 spacing (1089 vines per acre), this vineyard is home to 9.5 acres of Grenache (Tablas clone A on 1103P & 101-14 rootstock). The soils consist of decomposed granite and clay loam with large rocks of schist, quartzite, basalt, and gneiss. There is a massive swing of daily temperatures that is very beneficial to the growing of these grapes, most often a 40 – 50 difference between day and night. Daytime high temperatures are lowered by the arrival of cooling breezes from the north at approximately 2:00 in the afternoon.

Our tasting Notes:
Ridiculously good wine! Very dark and extracted color in the glass. Red berry fruit nose. Tastes of cherry, vanilla, raspberry – just like trying fruit samples at the farmers market. Incredibly long finish with a little bit of tannins. Give this a few more months and then dig in.

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Don Ernesto Napa Valley Rose
Now $10.50 only on Indie Winemakers.com
Sold Out Everywhere Else

A great rose is light and refreshing, food-friendly and interesting to drink without requiring a lot of thought to appreciate. We want to quaff, not ponder…. Indie Winemakers has a limited allocation of this 100% Pinot Noir Rose wine available this week only. This wine is Kosher and has been produced according to Jewish dietary laws.

Our website contains all technical data, tasting reviews and a suggested recipe to pair with this Rose.

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Tamayo Family 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
35% off plus shipping fees. $19 this week on Indie Winemakers website only.

Double Gold Best of Appellation – Appellation America
Silver ’08 San Francisco Chroncle Wine Competition
88 points April 2008 Connoisseurs Guide

About this wine
Classically crafted, this Cabernet displays a unique personality and complexity coupled with power and refinement of previous vintages. A truly wonderful expression of earth, vine and art of the winemaker combined!

Deep, persistent aromas with dark fruit and subtle French oak aromatics. This wine is all power and finesse on the palate. Full and round with concentrated red fruit essences that linger long through the dry finish. This is a wine that will benefit from cellaring however remains approachable now with airing or decanting.

Food and wine
Pair with Rack Of Lamb Dinner With Herb Crust And No Fuss. See our Recipe Tab for preparation instructions.


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This week, Indie Winemakers is offering a special old vine Zinfandel (planted around 1902) at a third off retail prices. Better yet, these prices include all shipping fees for those who have California shipping addresses.

The Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard in Russian River Valley has been producing award wining wines for 3 decades. You can judge for yourself why wine professionals have listed Fanucchi Vineyards wines Consistently Excellent (wine & Spirits Magazine), Insider Favorite of Californias top 75 Wines (Food & wine Magazine) & highly sought after by those in the know. (Master sommelier Catherine Fallis: Great Wines You Can Buy Online).

This Zinfandel has some punch! This is a concentrated full bodied Zinfandel but is still balanced in the old world tradition. It is loaded with ripe black berry fruit, smooth tannins, black pepper and a complexity that just keeps on going! Well crafted and drinking nicely now, it should hold it’s flavor and continue to round-out over the next 3-5 years.

The 04 Old Vine Zinfandel can be paired with a spicy Goulash. See our Recipe Tab for preparation instructions.

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Ranked 4th in competition with 60 other Rosé Champagnes, Wine & Spirits Magazine tasters loved this bubbly. Their tasting notes: “Amber hints of color, lovely, complex nose of Strawberry, citrus, sherbet and mineral. Delicious palate with lovely fresh fruit, some spice and vanillan.

This Brut Rosé Champagne is comprised of 90% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay. It is made with a blend of around 10% still wine (from Champagne) which comes from the old vine Pinot situated on the terroir of Chigny Les Roses. Indie Winemakers has a small allocation of this discounted wine for sale this week only. Retail $119.98 – Our Price $79.95 a saving of 35%.

Champagne Cattier is a name synonymous with prized, boutique wines for the discriminating Champagne connoisseur, and they are regularly recognized by the international wine community for the consistent excellence of their Champagnes. Some of their most recent accolades include:

  • Rating of Excellent in Parker’s Guide of French Wines
  • Nominated for best Prestige Cuveé (Parker’s Guide)
  • One of the World’s 30 Most Prestigious Champagnes (Italian Champagne: Intramontabile Effervescenza Guide)
  • Five-Star Rating and Best-in-Category Laurels (Cuisine Magazine’s Annual Champagne Tasting)

Maxims restaurant in Paris, considered one of the finest restaurant in all of Europe, searched for the best Champagne house to produce their finest house Champagne and they ultimately chose Cattier.”

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