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Take a tip from a pro: “Location, Location, Location” is the secret to finding the best bottle of wine for your budget. Throughout my 30+ years in the wine distribution industry, I have found labels that tie wines as closely as possible to their grape source to be the best indicator of quality vs. price. This closely parallels the concepts of farm-to-table sourcing of foods as a measure of quality. Working within your budget, check off at least 2 of these 3 items from the bottle label:
1) Region/Appellation (Ex: Napa Valley, Sonoma County or Texas High Plains),
2) Sub-appellation (Ex: Stags Leap, Alexander Valley or Terry County),
3) Estate or Chateau bottled and/or named vineyard.
You will often see unfamiliar wineries on wine lists. Fear not! These small production boutique wineries represent some of the best examples of their varietals. Having tasted wine from countries, regions, appellations, sub-appellations, estates and vineyards across the globe, I follow these very same guidelines myself when selecting a bottle.
And while you’re searching for that Goldilocks bottle to match your entree selection, think about beginning your dining event with a bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne. Bubbles pair with everything!
I believe that there’s a taste of time, place and passion in every bottle. Welcome to this timeless journey!
Dale Blankenship<
Founder, ProWineGuide.com and Umami.Life

Restaurant Wine Rituals

The ritual of tasting wine from a bottle that you’ve ordered in a restaurant can be intimidating, so here’s a quick guide. Not just for show, it also helps you determine if a bottle is acceptable or tainted. Wines with traditional cork closures may occasionally exhibit the chemical compound TCA. These days, cork-tainted wines account for 4% or less of the wines to hit the market. A winemaker may opt to use a Stelvin closure (screw cap) instead of cork. The type of closure does not reflect upon the quality of the wine, only the preference of the winemaker.

Step by step, here’s the cheat sheet on the ritual:


1. Presentation of the Bottle

2. Removal and Inspection of the Cork

3. Pour, Swirl, Sniff and Sip

4. Serving the Table

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  • Champagne/Sparkling

    Codorníu Clasico Brut Cava

    Spain, Penedés Champagne/Sparkling / NV

    Pale gold color with a fine mousse. Fresh pear, biscuit and citrus aromas with creamy apricot flavor and a soft toasty finish. Medium-bodied with a refreshing touch of citrus.

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    $7

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    $29

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    DaLuca Prosecco

    Italy, Veneto Champagne/Sparkling / NV

    The nose offers up bold orchard fruits, crisp pears, and lemon curd. Together, these create a rich, creamy off-dry style that is extremely appealing.

    $8

    Glass

    $33

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    Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut

    France, Champagne, Epernay Champagne/Sparkling / NV

    Floral and fruity variations. The elegance and finesse of an unwavering style.

    $--

    Glass

    $95

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    Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut NV

    France, Champagne Champagne/Sparkling / NV

    Golden yellow appearance with tiny bubbles. Tightly knit with robust acidity and a streak of minerality, this offers subtle notes of white peach, plum and pear with hints of vanilla. The finish evokes a note of toasty brioche.

    $--

    Glass

    $120

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  • Crisp Dry White & Rosé

    Il Donato Pinot Grigio

    Italy, Alto Adige Rosé/Dry White / Vintage

    Aromas of ripe green apple, stone fruit and lemon zest. Bright on the palate with refreshing notes of tangerine and a touch of candied ginger. An easy-drinking and light-bodied.

    $8

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    $33

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    Vionta Albariño

    Spain, Rias Baixas Rosé/Dry White / Vintage

    Aromas of tropical fruit with green apple, kiwi and melon. Crisp on the palate, giving way to ripe stone fruits. Lees maturation gives creamy body and structure with great personality and long finish.

    $8

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    $33

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    Fillaboa Albariño

    Spain, Rias Baixas Rosé/Dry White / Vintage

    Albariño offers a unique, complex flavor profile and versatility with food. Aromas of pineapple, stone and citrus fruits and hints of apple and mango. On the palate, the entry is smooth with a vibrant acidity.

    $--

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    $44

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    Bodega Colomé Torrontés

    Argentina, Salta Rosé/Dry White / Vintage

    Torrontés is Argentina’s white varietal with a unique aromatic expression, freshness and excellent acidity. Delicate, elegant and sophisticated with floral notes of roses combined with citrus aromas and a spicy touch.

    $8

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    $33

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    Filus Torrontés

    Argentina, Salta, Cafayate Rosé/Dry White / Vintage

    Delicate white flowers notes and light aromas of white peach, mint and spices. In the mouth, it is fresh and vibrant with spiced and floral aftertaste.

    $--

    Glass

    $40

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    The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc

    New Zealand, Marlborough, Awatere Valley Rosé/Dry White / Vintage

    Lifted notes of gooseberry and passionfruit, underpinned with citrus notes. The palate is full with pure fruit flavors, yet balanced with a persistent, crisp mineral finish.

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    $9

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    $36

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    Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

    New Zealand, Marlborough Rosé/Dry White / Vintage

    Enticing citrus notes and tropical flavors. Youthful, elegant and fresh with a lingering, zesty finish. Fermented in stainless steel tanks.

    $--

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    $40

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    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

    New Zealand, Marlborough Rosé/Dry White / Vintage

    Notes of citrus and tropical fruits backed by a touch of herbaceous notes for which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is known. Balanced flavor profile with juicy acidity and fruit sweetness. Finish is fresh, zesty and lingering.

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    $--

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    $52

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  • Medium to Full-Body Rich White

    MacMurray Pinot Gris

    CA, Sonoma, Russian River Rich White / Vintage

    Perfumed nose offers aromas of white flowers, Asian pear and baked apple. White peach, ginger and dried fig notes appear on the palate, where a rich mouthfeel softens refreshing acidity. Lingering satin-like finish.

    $--

    Glass

    $40

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    A to Z Pinot Gris

    Oregon Rich White / Vintage

    Aromas of peach, honeysuckle, lime blossom and kiwi, with spicy note of orange zest. Ripe palate of lush fruit flavors with mineral notes and juicy acidity.

    $11

    Glass

    $44

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    Etude Pinot Gris

    CA, Napa, Carneros Rich White / Vintage

    Texturally rich, crisp and lively. Shows citrus blossom and flavors of Mirabelle plum, key lime and apricot that finish fresh and long.

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    $--

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    $55

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    Terrazas Alto Chardonnay

    Argentina Rich White / Vintage

    Fresh and fruity character of white peach, pear and pineapple with citrus hints. Aromas of white roses and brioche with subtle notes of hazelnut and vanilla. Perfect balance between velvety texture and high acidity.

    $--

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    $36

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    Chateau St. Jean Bijou Chardonnay

    California Rich White / Vintage

    Tropical aromas of passion fruit and guava complement notes of bright lemon and fresh pear. Palate flavors of nectarines, citrus and nuances of kiwi. A subtle use of oak adds complexity. Natural acidity lends a refreshing finish.

    $--

    Glass

    $40

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    Casa Madero Chardonnay

    Mexico, Coahuila, Valle de Parras Rich White / Vintage

    Tropical fruit notes of mango, guava and pineapple with minerality. Chamomile flowers and orange blossom accompany. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Finishes with sustained freshness of palate and a good acidity.

    $--

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    $42

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    William Hill Chardonnay

    Ca, North Coast Rich White / Vintage

    Aromas and flavors of ripe tree fruit, underscored by hints of brown spice, citrus and tropical fruit. Mostly from Sonoma and Solano, this well-integrated wine has excellent acidity and a creamy mouthfeel.

    $10

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    $40

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    Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay

    CA, Monterey, Talbott Est Rich White / Vintage

    Rich nose shows tropical notes that continue on the palate. Bright acidity compliments flavors of pineapple and honeydew. Generous mid-palate leads to a long finish of citrus and tropical fruit. Hints of French oak and minerality.

    $12

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    $48

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    Laguna Chardonnay

    CA, Sonoma, Russian River, Laguna Ranch Rich White / Vintage

    Opens with delicate notes of apple, pear, tangerine and quince, framed by hints of Asian spice. Expressive mouthfeel and a layered, lingering finish.

    $--

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    $50

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    Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay RR Ranches

    CA, Sonoma, Russian River Rich White / Vintage

    Bright acidity balanced by a long finish and a light mid-palate creaminess. Crisp and zesty flavors of lemon drop, green apple, white peach and lychee are accented with barrel spice and persistent lime.

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    $--

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    $60

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    Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay

    CA, Napa Valley Rich White / Vintage

    Rich, yet elegant and complex wine. Fresh and lively on the palate, with rich citrus, apple, melon and tropical fruit flavors, it culminates in a long finish featuring pleasing mineral and spice tones.

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    $--

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    $90

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  • Aromatic Sweet & Semi-Sweet

    LangeTwins Moscato

    CA, Clarksburg Sweet White / Vintage

    Lively bouquet of peaches, apricot, orange blossom and honeysuckle. On the palate, flavors mirror the aroma with natural sweetness balanced by a slight sparkle that gives the wine a light body and crisp finish.

    $8

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    $33

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    Franciscan Equilibrium

    California Sweet White / Vintage

    Aromas of apricot and melon blend with tropical guava and floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle. Flavors open with juicy peach and mango, balanced by crisp citrus and passion fruit. Soft and full palate. Blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Muscat Canelli.

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    $--

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    $48

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  • Fruity, Light-Body Red

    Cline Pinot Noir

    CA, Sonoma Coast Light Red / Vintage

    Deep red velvet color. Notes of cedar, spearmint, lilacs and dark chocolate make this wine elegant and complex.

    $10

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    $40

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    Rodney Strong Pinot Noir

    CA, Sonoma, Russian River Light Red / Vintage

    Flavors of cherry, cranberry and baking spice shine through with balance, acidity and a lingering finish. Soft and silky texture on the palate with hints of toasty oak and vanilla.

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    $--

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    $65

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    Etude Grace Benoist Ranch Pinot Noir

    CA, Napa, Carneros, Estate Light Red / Vintage

    Silky, elegant mouthfeel with juicy, fresh flavors of dark cherry, boysenberry and plum. Notes of baking spice and sandalwood, finishing with a fine tannin profile.

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    $--

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    $70

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  • Supple, Medium-Body Red

    Chateau Souverain Merlot

    California Medium Red / Vintage

    Dark fruit aromas of black cherry, plum and fresh blueberries with hints of brown spice and baking chocolate. Soft acidity and a fruit-driven balance, giving the wine a polished sense of elegance.

    $10

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    $40

    Bottle

    LangeTwins Zinfandel

    CA, Lodi Medium Red / Vintage

    Aromas of ripe fruit and crushed blackberry integrated with toasty notes from barrel aging. On the palate, the toasty notes are well-integrated with the ripe brambly-berry fruit flavors.

    $9

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    $36

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    Vina Zaco Tempranillo

    Spain, Rioja, Bodegas Bilbainas Medium Red / Vintage

    Aromas of black fruit and licorice notes. Floral nuances of violets and jasmine showing hints of vanilla and toast. Flavors are full-bodied and well-structured with rounded tannins.

    $8

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    $33

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    Las Rocas Garnacha

    Spain, Calatayud Medium Red / Vintage

    Vibrant aromas and flavors of dark cherry and blackberry. Well-integrated nuances of oak and round tannins underscore these decadent fruit flavors to create a rich, well structured wine.

    $9

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    $36

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    Farmers of Wine Red Blend

    Italy, Puglia Medium Red / Vintage

    Deep ruby red. Intense and bright aromas in the grapes, with a fruity and flowery bouquet. Mouth filling and well balanced sweetness and acidity. The finish is characterized by sweet fruit. Blend of Negroamaro and Primitivo (Zinfandel).

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    $--

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    $40

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    Northstar Merlot

    WA, Walla Walla Valley Medium Red / Vintage

    Densely layered, lush, and elegant, showcasing notes of bright red fruits, vanilla, cherry cola and earthy, dusty spices leading into a long and satisfying finish. Blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

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    $--

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    $80

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  • Rich, Bold Red

    Terrazas Alto Malbec

    Argentina, Mendoza Bold Red / Vintage

    Aromas of black fruits such as plum and berries in harmony with toasted hints and spicy notes of white pepper. Fruity and fresh profile with a touch of toast due to barrel aging.

    $8

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    $33

    Bottle

    Barossa Valley EST Shiraz

    Australia, Barossa Valley Bold Red / Vintage

    Vibrant flavors of red plum and fresh blackberry with alluring fresh herb accents of sage and rosemary. Warm, toasty finish in which tannins add appealing grip.

    $10

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    $40

    Bottle

    Altocedro Año Cero Cabernet Sauvignon

    Argentina, Mendoza, Uco Valley, La Consulta Bold Red / Vintage

    Fleshy, with grip to the brooding flavors of dried blackberry, dark currant and olive. Savory midpalate, showing notes of baker’s chocolate and Asian spice on the finish.

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    $10

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    $40

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    Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Mendocino Bold Red / Vintage

    Dark ruby in color, with aromas of blackberry and cassis. Flavors of black cherry, spice and oak with round firm tannins lead to a soft, silky lingering finish.

    $11

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    $44

    Bottle

    Uppercut Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Napa Valley Bold Red / Vintage

    Full of intense taste of cherry, blackberry, currants, and tobacco with equally intense aroma of anise and mocha. Rounded out with a hint of mineral and smoke.

    $12

    Glass

    $48

    Bottle

    Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon

    CA, Sonoma Co., Alexander Valley Bold Red / Vintage

    Vibrant aromatics of cassis, mocha, dried cherries, mint, cola and smoky leather. Full-bodied flavors of black cherries and plums fill the palate. Lingering notes of toasty caramel round out the finish.

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    $--

    Glass

    $85

    Bottle
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