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September 15 -21, 2013

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At Sandals La Toc Golf Resort and Spa Resort

Join us for a week of haute cuisine and artisan wines at Sandals La Toc.  Enjoy food & wine dinners selected by our sommelier, cooking demonstrations, delicious cuisine, a complimentary opening reception and more, amid the backdrop of  St. Lucia.  Hotel Rates Below are Per Person/Double Occupancy:

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Find out more on our website indie resorts.com For this event, you will receive:

  • Opening Night Reception hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and open bar followed by a private dinner with wine
  • 3 Special food and wine pairing dinners at La Toc French cuisine, Armando’s Italian cuisine and Neptune’s Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Private Cooking Demonstrations, mixology classes and a group photo (5×7) per room
  • After dinner parties at the Cricketer’s British pub
  • Suprise events

In addition, all rates are inclusive of:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • All hotel gratuities and taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • Luxurious accommodations
  • Multiple a la carte’ dining options
  • Complimentary welcome beverage
  • Anytime snacks
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Complimentary access to fitness center
  • Unlimited premium brand alcohol & house wine
  • Complimentary access to steam and sauna rooms.  (Treatments are an additional cost)
  • Land and water sports
  • Unlimited green fee’s at resort golf course
  • Unlimited Scuba diving included for certified divers
  • Play at any of the other two Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia (free shuttle bus)

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In the past, the Sierra Foothills was known for Zinfandel wines but today you are more likely to find elegant grapes whose ancestral homes include France’s Rhone Valley or Bordeaux region.  Our discount wine of the week features two such varietals, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.  Often used for blending, these wines are far better on their own.  Both wines are offered by Crystal Basin Cellars and are discounted 33% off retail price.  Discounted prices can be purchased here.

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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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Malibu has long been noted for it’s surfer community and beach houses.  You can now add fine wines to that image!  Colcanyon Estate Wines located in Latigo Canyon, Malibu was just awarded the DOUBLE GOLD medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. There was only one of 13 such awards made from over 3500 entries.  If there was ever a definition of “fine wine” then this is it !!  Check out our Featured Wine of the Week

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This is the first time Ketcham Estates has offered their wine outside of their mailing list allocations, and we are proud to offer it for a limited, one-time only sale.

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$38 each – $32.50 for 6 or more – 2 free passes to Pinot Days 2010 ($100 value) when you purchase a case. Order here

Michael Browne, (Wine Spectator has anointed him, ‘The Prince of Pinot’) from the famed Kosta Browne winery is the winemaker for this wine. Perfect for food pairings during the holidays, this wine will also make a special gift.

Special Discounts – Receive 15% off for a 6-pack purchase. Receive 15% off and 2 free passes to the Grand Festival of Pinot Days 2010 ($100 value) when you purchase a case. You may choose the location:

  • Los Angeles – January 2010
  • San Francisco – June 2010
  • Chicago – November 2010

Our tasting Notes:

Our tasting notes include sight, aromatics and palate. For more information, see our Tasting Techniques

  • Sight: This wine is clear, dark ruby red in color with a slight strawberry color rim variation. Big, slow teardrops with no color.
  • Aromatics: Light red fruits such as strawberry and raspberry.
  • Palate: Smooth and medium round texture. Fresh red fruit flavors of strawberry, raspberry with a bit or cedar and Dutch cocoa.

Food and wine

We suggest you pair the 2007 Pinot Noir with Coq au Vin.

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Discounted 20% and free shipping for one week only.

Boger milagro2004 Milagro Reserve – a Spanish Tempranillo Blend

$19.99 each – only 10 cases remain. Order here

The 2004 Milagro is a Spanish style blend of 60% Tempranillo, 36% Graciano and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Earthy aromas of cedar, anise, vanilla, blueberry, tobacco, oak are highlighted by hints of black pepper and caramel. Crisp on the palate all around, nice finish and integrated, soft tannis. A great wine to cellar for 10+ years..

Our tasting Notes:
Very dark and extracted color. Raspberry and some cedar on the nose. Crisp acidity, coupled with firm, well-integrated tannins and generous fruit. Tastes great now – dig in.

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Discounted 30% and free shipping for one week only.

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

Accolades

  • 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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