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2014 Spolverino Toscano Carpineto

spolverino-toscano-carpinetoFrom the Wine Maker – “Spolverino means ‘feather duster’ in Italian, and is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Black Rooster; the emblem of Chianti and Tuscany’s wine country. The wine is a traditional blend of Sangiovese with several other local grapes, predominantly Canaiolo. Intense red cherry fruit on nose and palate, interwoven with notes of tobacco and violet. Medium-full bodied, with a juicy richness and snappy, youthful acidity. “

Best with cured or barbecued pork, or with the savoury flavours of Prosciutto and other cured meats.


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2006 Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza

100% Tempranillo Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with fruity notes. It shows good balance on the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins.

From the Wine Maker – “Fresh and balanced, this red brims with cherry, spice and licorice, with light, firm tannins and vibrant acidity. The texture is generous yet delicate. Not heavy, but vivacious.”

The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.


This wine was given a 90 point rating by Wine Spectator.


2006 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $11.99 a bottle, $64.75 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $115.11 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#20337

2009 Cellar No. 8 Merlot

This Merlot has rich aromas of ripe red berry fruit and bing cherry, along with notes of dried herbs. Flavors of red cherries, cola, cloves and spice dominate the palate, with just a hint of toasty oak thrown in.

From the winemaker – “Deep ruby-blue in color, this Merlot has rich aromas of ripe red berry fruit and bing cherry, along with notes of dried herbs. On the palate, flavors of red cherries, cola, cloves and spice dominate, with just a hint of toasty oak.”

Sausage, Pepper and Onion Skewers with Merlot-Mustard


•8 mild sausages, such as sweet Italian
•3 large yellow, orange, or red bell peppers, sliced into 3/4-inch wedges
•2 small yellow onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
•2-4 tablespoons olive oil
•Salt and pepper to taste
•8 metal or wooden skewers

•2 cups merlot
•8 tablespoons grain or Dijon mustard
•2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
•2 teaspoons salt



1.Pierce sausage casings with a fork and blanch in lightly salted, boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove from water and allow sausages to cool slightly. Slice each diagonally into 3-4 bite-sized pieces.

2.Skewer sausage, peppers, and onions and brush with olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place under broiler for 7-10 minutes, until vegetables appear tender and are slightly charred.

3.Arrange on a platter with merlot-mustard on the side. Skewers can be served alone, or offered as the basis of a serious sandwich.


1.Place merlot in a small, non-reactive pan and reduce it down to about 2 tablespoons. Allow to cool. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, reduced wine, and salt. Set aside


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2009 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $10.99 a bottle, on sale for $9.99 a bottle 01/01/2013 to 12/31/2014. SKU#06657

2010 Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel

Cakebread-Cellars-ZinfandelOur Lake County Zinfandel  comes from a heavenly vineyard planted at a 2,100-foot-plus elevation in the acclaimed  Red Hills appellation of Lake County.  Located  at the foot of Mt. Konocti, an ancient volcano, the site boasts a perfect  southwestern exposure, excellent air circulation, and well-drained, mineral-rich,  red volcanic soils.  Its hot sunny days,  windy afternoons and nights chilled by breezes from nearby Clear Lake ensure  full and even ripening of our three distinguished clones of Zinfandel: Primitivo  and heritage selections from Amador and Mendocino counties.  In 2010, we included 6% Petite Sirah – from a  block of the same vineyard – in the blend.   Petite Sirah is often blended with Zinfandel, as it contributes deep  color, excellent tannin structure and added complexity.

From the Wine Maker – “Our  2010 Zinfandel showcases bright raspberry, black cherry and dark plum aromas  complemented by intriguing dusty earth, black pepper and milk chocolate scents.  On the rich and lively palate, it delivers  pure, deeply concentrated black raspberry, dark cherry and blackberry flavors streaked  with mineral and briary spice tones.  Beautifully  structured with sturdy, but supple tannins, fresh acidity and a long, rich,  chocolate-y finish, this mountain Zinfandel wine is delightful to drink now,  but will surely repay another 3-5 years of cellaring.”

This wine could be enjoyed when eating grilled meats or chicken. Also try with spicy dishes, and medium cheeses.


This wine was given a 89 point rating by Wine Spectator.


2010 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $34.99 a bottle, $188.95 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $335.91 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#26940

2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir

2007 Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot NoirThis bottle is a pure Pinot Noir with soft juicy balanced oak and soft sweet tannins.

From the winemaker – “The 2007 Pinot Noir has sweet, delicate aromas of raspberries and red cherries with hints of cocoa and toast. The sweet and tart flavors of ripe, red cherries and raspberries are accented by hints of vanilla and white pepper spice. An elegant Pinot Noir with delicate round tannins and nicely balanced acidity that lingers into the silky finish.”

A great complement to wild salmon. Also try with roasted duck, grilled lamb, mushrooms, and medium cheeses.


This wine has not been rated.


2007 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $27.99 a bottle, $151.15 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $268.71 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#16998

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