Friday, March 2, 2018

March 2018 Every Day Wine Club

Everyday Wine Club - March 2018
You are already a member. Order what you’d like from our hand-picked selections and we will get it for you. No recurring monthly credit card charges, and no blah vino!
All wines $16 and under this month, all prices include 8% SC Tax.
This month’s selections, three whites and three reds.
Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc Reserve (2016) $15
Golden hued and full bodied, with melon and spicy baked apple aromas. Layered,with mineral notes enhanced by honeycomb and caramel flavors from lees contact. This wine is a great example of the harmonious balance which can be achieved between fruit and delicate oak/vanilla flavors, as they combine to form complex, soft flavors with sufficient body to enhance even spicy and full flavored meals.” Rated 91 Points-Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Blanck, Alsace Pinot Blanc (2016) $14
Intense straw yellow. The nose begins with scents of lemon but with time in the glass the aromas of flowers, peach and apricot pits, and grapefruit skin dominate. Medium-dry, this beautiful wine is young and juicy with a palate that’s fresh and well balanced. A lively, approachable Pinot Blanc that’s enjoyable from the first sip to the last. Excellent along with your favorite seafood, light-flavored meats, light-medium sauces and mild-flavored cheeses. This is on the Town Hall wine list.
Hobo Wine Co., Folk Machine White Light (2017) $15
The 2017 White Light is 30% Tocai Friulano from Mendocino, 40% Riesling from Arroyo Seco, and 11% Verdelho from Suisun Valley, 11% Sauvignon Blanc from Potter Valley, and 8% Muscat from Suisun Valley. Everything was picked at the beginning of the season with brix numbers ranging from 19˚ to 21˚. The final wine is 12.0% alcohol. Each variety was fermented individually in stainless steel tanks without commercial yeast and kept at a cool fermentation temperature. When the fermentation was complete, we filtered the wine and left it in stainless steel until it was bottled in January of 2018.
White Light was inspired by a trip to the vortexes of Sedona, Arizona, but maybe a little Velvet Underground or Wilco too. I’m not that much into New Age thinking, but tell me something will feel good and I’m a believer. Certainly ready and fun to drink now, but may gain some complexity with time. KL
Bodini Malbec (2016) $13
Juicy and delicious red with dark berries and chocolate. Medium body and lovely density and richness. Screw cap. Wonderful value. (James Suckling gives it 90 points)
Carlos Serres, Rioja Crianza (2013) $14
The average vine age for this wine is 10-20 years as this is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha. The 2013 ‘Crianza’ by Carlos Serres opens with a bright bouquet of red cherry, red raspberry, thyme and hints of wild blackberry. The texture is lovely as is the red fruit flavors and suggestions of pipe tobacco. The long finish impresses. Best 2017-2022. 94 points from V&M.
Marietta Cellars, Old Vine Red Lot 66 $16
Old Vine Red is a proprietary red wine made to replicate the field blends of many of the old vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Predominantly comprised of Zinfandel, Old Vine Red combines pure fruit, a supple mouth feel and a rich, solid structure. A groundbreaking combination of varietals and multiple vintages first produced in 1982, this wine has blazed the path for red blends for decades. With a historic underground following, it is one of the longest lasting and best known red blends produced today. Mariettas flagship NV Old Vine Red Lot Number 67 is a combination of wine from the 2016, 2015, and 2014 vintages. 60% aged in neutral barrels and 40% aged in stainless steel. Dry, fruit-forward, rich, supple.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Here are the selections for the Everyday Wine Club in January 2018

This month all the wines are RED !! All prices include 8% Tax.

****** Spain - Herencia Altes Garnacha 2015    $11  ********  

This is the wine with which the other wines from Spain on the list will be compared and distinguished. Frankly, you won't find many other Garnachas or Grenache from France that  are as enjoyable as this wine.  Solid case purchase of this wine gets 10% off.

While Terra Alta is not yet a well-known region - tucked away in the south eastern corner of Catalonia it borders Aragon and Valencia- it is one of the largest areas in Catalunya under vine. 
The color is intense and lively with a core of garnet with a bright ruby rim. Stony minerality overlay black fruits and spice on the nose. On the palate, the wine is full bodied with luscious sweet fruit and soft tannins. Fresh berry fruit and toasty notes enrich the structure and natural complexity of the old vines. “A full and round sensation, to be enjoyed with grilled meat of all sorts”

*** Spain - Sierra Cantabria Rioja 2015  $13

Founded in 1957 by Guillermo Eguren, Sierra Cantabria is nestled in the heart of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, a town of great winemaking tradition, situated in a unique location between the River Ebro and the Sierra Cantabria mountain range.
The Sierra Cantabria mountain range (1,200 m. of altitude) and the river Ebro (350 m.), create a special microclimate with Mediterranean and Continental characteristics -providing mild winters and gentle summers- unique for vine cultivation.
This wine is Tempranillo, and it is lighter than the Herencia.  Still, it's first class Rioja showing off.

*** Spain - Codice Tinto 2015  $11 
Ownership under the Eguren family. Vineyards are located on the northeast edge of the D.O. La Mancha. The grapes come from vineyards that are 2,700 ft. in elevation. The climate is continental climate with high daytime temperatures during the growing season moderated by cool nights. 
The wine was aged for six months in 1-3-year-old American oak barrels. Alluring aromas of cherry, berry and vanilla follow through on the palate of this lively red. Firm tannins add backbone. A distinctive wine with a jaunty character, also lighter than the Herencia.

*** Spain - Tarima Monastrell, Bodegas Volver 2016   $11
Founded in 2003, Bodegas Volver is a joint venture between Jorge Ordoñez and Rafael Cañizares, who is the winemaker. 
Tarima is a fresh, fruit forward, young expression of the most authentic clones of Monastrell (mourvedre) in the Alicante region of Spain.  This wine is pure and delicioso!

*** Spain - Bodegas Abanico Hazana Rioja 2015   $14.
Bodegas Abanico is a project developed by Rafael De Haan and Nuria Altes. This wine is 85% Tempranillo and 15 % Graciano, the vines are between 30 & 50 years old.  The wine is made in the classical style of Rioja, aged 10 months in French and American oak.  The wine is medium, with great intensity and is an excellent companion to a roast leg of lamb.

*** Sicily - Colosi Sicilia Rosso 2015   $12
This farm covers ten hectares in Salina (a small island in the Eolian Archipelago), all planted with vines, located at Gramignazzi in the Borough of Malfa. This area is recognized as one of the best in the island both for its exposure and for the physical- chemical nature of the soil which being of volcanic origin is particularly suitable for vine cultivation. The new wine-making cellar, surrounded by the Malvasia vineyards was finished in 2004. It is underground, to respect the strict rules for the preservation of the Eolian archipelago, and to have a constant temperature for the optimum care of the product.
This red wine made of Nero d'Avola and Nerello Mascalese is fresh, dry and full bodied, with soft tannins and a long, savory finish.  Top Notch !

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hello December

Hello Friends

Lucky for us, we're taking December off this year to relax.

Lots of you know we are ISO new operators for the Grotto, and how's that going, Vince&Maura?

Well, we're optimistic, but realistic as well.  It took a looooooooooong time before that auto parts company showed up.  So we can wait.

In the meantime, we plan on doing some tastings this winter.

First one out the gate will be an all-red-wine affair, date TBA.

Hint: we fill our seats broadcasting the events to our email list and usually don't use facebook, so if you want on the list, send your address to and we will put you on.

Best wishes for a joyful, peaceful holiday 2017 to all.  


Monday, October 23, 2017

Grassroots Wine Sale to Benefit the California Fire Relief Effort

Grassroots Wine, one of our suppliers, is donating 10% of the proceeds from the sale all Sonoma and Napa wines sold this week to folks like you (us)

Below is the link to the list of wines, it has critics' reviews and pricing.

If you'd like to order anything, just let us know.  Thanks !

You may have to cut and paste this, sorry. 

If you can't get it to work, send me an email at and I will get it to you.

Cheers !

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wines from Chile ON SALE during August. Don't Miss It !

Hello Friends!  

We are having a Summer Sale on Chilean Wines at the Grotto !!  

Chono is a first class producer of wines in Chile, and these five wines below are Awesome !  

And don't let the fact Mr. James* has only put a score on three of these wines keep you from trying the others, as they are equally as fine.  

Order by email to or call Vince @ 843-615-1654
The last day to order is Tuesday, August 29.

Pickup will be Friday, September 1, or other arrangements will gladly be made.

Purchases of 12 of more bottles receive an additional 10% discount.

Solid case purchases receive an additional 15% discount

* Mr. James Suckling is a well known and well respected wine writer, former senior editor of the Wine Spectator.  And yes, we value his opinion.

The Andes loom large over Chono's vineyards. Chile's unique terroir sits between the cool extremes of the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. 
Chono Cabernet Sauvignon - Single Vineyard - Maipo Valley 2013
Regular - $13.00

August special price - $10.00
89 Points James Suckling

Elegant and balanced Cab from the heart of Chile's top red producing region. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is tough to find at this price and to find one as delicious as this is rare indeed. 12 months in French and American Oak. 
Chono Sauvignon Blanc - Single Vineyard - Leyda Valley 2015
Regular - $12.00

August special price  - $9.00
91 Points James Suckling

Aromatic and bright white from the cool Leyda Valley. 100% Sauvignon Blanc that refreshes with each sip. All Stainless steel production ensures freshness and zip. 
Chono Pinot Noir - Single Vineyard - Casablanca Valley 2015
Regular - $14.00

August special price  - $11.00

Wait, this is 100% Pinot Noir with 30% aged in French oak from a single vineyard that looks, smells, and tastes like Pinot? Must be crazy pricey, right? Nope. We continue on the value course here. This wine rocks!
Chono Red Blend Cauquenes Valley 2014
Regular - $13.00

August special price  - $10.00

We find Cauquenes in the most southern part of the Maule Valley. This blend represents this amazing terroir. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Carignan, 10% Garnacha, 10% Petit Verdot, and 10% Tempranillo. 
Chono Carmenére - Single Vineyard - Maipo Valley 2014
Regular - $12.00

August special price  - $9.00
88 Points James Suckling

This vineyard was planted in 1995, so the vines have had 22 years to develop, and it shows in the glass. The tannins are velvety and smooth. 12 months in French and American oak. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Update on our Reopening

Hello and Good Morning

In our last post we mentioned re-opening in June.

The new date is going to be in September.

However, on Saturday, July 15, we will have a pop-up opening where a glass, or a flight, or a bottle can be enjoyed with some interesting things to nibble on.

We hope you can drop in, we'll open that night at 5 pm.

We will confirm this date as well.  Have a Great Summer !


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We're on Vacation ! Reopening Soon

Hello Friend and Wine Fan

Fortunately, we are active senior citizens, and that requires us to take a lot of time off.

We are currently closed for regular business, but still available for private events.

Thank you for your enthusiastic support; it is truly appreciated.

Look for us to reopen the wine bar and cheese/charcuterie operation in June 2017!

In the meantime, watch for our special sales.

The last one was April 12, we had the Teorema Garnacha 2012 on sale for $4.99.

This Spanish red wine has a 90 point rating from Stephen Tanzer, a trusted reviewer who many regard as the top in the business.  Ourselves included, yes

Send us an email and we will add you to our list of subscribers.  We won't give your address to anyone else.

Cheers !  Vincent and Maura