This Week's Magic Monday Deal

This branch of the Usseglio family left Italy during the Great Depression to make wine in the southern Rhone. 80+ years later, P. Usseglio et Fils is one of the hottest producers in Chateauneuf du Pape. They make a variety of cuvees, all worth seeking out.

But not every night is a Chateauneuf du Pape night. Those wines are expensive, and anyway, the complexity might well be lost on your takeout pizza.

Enter Panorama.

Panorama is Ussegio's least-expensive wine, made for immediate drinkabilty. A blend of primarily Grenache and Merlot with a smattering of other grapes, it is fruit-forward and lush, but with good structure, too. Big, rich flavors of black cherry, plum, vanilla, and spice. Nice long finish. It is, simply, down-and-dirty delicious. And at $15, it's an affordable luxury. Go for it.

Sale is online only, through Sunday, May 10, or when product runs out. Pickup is in-store at your convenience. Just click on the 'Specials' Tab, above, to find your savings.

The Almanac

05/31/2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Notes From All Over

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The coming of a New Year is always a good time to sit back and reflect on the months just passed. What was good? What was REALLY good? Typically, this results in a list, and we won't buck that trend. We will, however, ask for your input.

One of best parts of my job is finding incredibly tasty new discoveries to share with you. There were a LOT this year. I could easily list a hundred or so. But after extensive editing, and in no particular order, my Top Ten for 2013:

10. Pedroncelli Cabernet.
How can $12 taste this good?

Indulge
Indulge

Slog through 4 different malls to find the exact combination of color and size that your teenager requested. Bake cookies. Clean the house. Wrap the presents. Replace the lights that worked last year, but don't now. Pick Grandma up from the airport-in a huge traffic jam. Re-clean the house. Run out to buy gifts for 2 people who unexpectedly gave you gifts. Get a hostess gift for the neighborhood gathering. Drop off your Toys for Tots and Food Pantry donations. Deliver all the teacher gifts. Hit the grocery store for your holiday meal.

If Bottles Could Talk...
If Bottles Could Talk...

Seriously, what if the bottles could tell you about their contents? It would be a wild cacophony of languages and dialects. (And since we have so many French and Italians, they'd all be talking at once...!)
But personally, I'd like to hear the Armagnac section. "Psst, you there.....yes, you, ze wine lou-vair, do you want to try something amazing, something incroyable? I am ze best-kept secret in the world of spirits! "