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2016 Tilia Malbec

From the winemaker – “Aromas of black cherries and plums are accompanied by notes of violets and vanilla. On the palate the wine is rich and full-bodied with flavors of juicy blackberries, cranberries, and black currants abound, followed by notes of vanilla and sweet spice.”

Pair this Malbec with a meat dish that mirrors its tangy berry flavors like cranberry pot roast or roast duck with sour cherry sauce.


This wine was given a 87 point rating by Wine Spectator.


2014 Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

Cantina-Zaccagnini-Montepulciano-dAbruzzo-DOCThis Montepulciano d’Abruzzo From Montepulciano  d’Abruzzo grapes. Fermentation with the skins by temperature control in stainless steel tanks. Aging in oak barrels for 6 months. Another 3 months refining in bottle.

From the winemaker – “Intense ruby red colour with violet nuances; intense, characteristic bouquet of the primary grape aromas; fruity component, full-bodied and robust, well-balanced with tannin and oak features.”

Enjoy with beef, duck or veal dishes or a bleu cheese.


This wine has not been rated.


2013 Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz

jacobs-creek-reserve-shirazFrom the winemaker – “The nose shows lifted ripe blackberry, chocolate and clove aromas, enhanced by cedar and vanilla notes from the influence of oak. A rich, full-bodied palate showcases the classic varietal plum and forest berry flavors complimented by light vanilla and regional chocolate notes. The supple ripe tannins are typical of the Barossa Shiraz, culminating in a long, satisfying finish.”

This is a versatile companion to hard cheeses or hearty meat dishes such as braised lamb shanks or eye-fillet of beef.


This wine was given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.


2015 Alamos Chardonnay

alamos-chardonnayAlamos crafts quality wines from Argentina, offering the best of the country’s high altitude vineyards at an incredible value. Alamos grapes are grown at the foothills of the Andes Mountains at elevations of 3,000 to 6,000 feet, where intense sunlight,cool evening temperatures and mineral-rich irrigation from mountain snowmelt translate to bright aromatics and rich flavors.

From the winemaker – “The 2015 Alamos Chardonnay offers layered aromas and flavors of crisp green apple, peach and citrus blossom. On the full and round palate, flavors of pear and pineapple emerge, balanced by subtle notes of vanilla, butterscotch and sweet brown spice. A lingering finish is accented by clean acidity and citrus zest.”

This wine is best served with white meats, scallops, Hard cheeses, fish, chicken, BBQ.


This wine was given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.


2011 Folie à Deux Chardonnay

Folie-a-Deux-ChardonnayThe fruit for this Chardonnay is selected from the best vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Once harvested, the juice is fermented almost entirely in French oak barrels to add complexity and develop the rich fruit flavors. The wine is aged in these barrels for six months to preserve the wine’s vibrant fruit character.

From the winemaker – “The Folie à Deux 2012 Chardonnay is rich and seductive. Its complex aromas of warm shortbread, cinnamon, pear and melon overtones touch the nose, while flavors of fuji apple, tangerine, and pineapple citrus rest on the palate. Lingering hints of vanilla are present in the finish. This wine is full-bodied with depths of fruit from the partial malolactic fermentation, creating creamy texture and vibrant acidity.”

For a great food pairing, serve this wine with poached salmon or pan seared scallops.


This wine was previously given a 87 point rating by Wine Spectator.


2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $17.99 a bottle, $97.15 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $172.71 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#19314

2011 Antinori Chianti Classico Peppoli

Antinori-Chianti-Classico-PeppoliIntroduced in 1988 with the 1985 vintage, Pèppoli Chianti Classico DOCG is the archetypal modern Chianti Classico. In a departure from traditional Chiantis, Pèppoli combines the complexity and structure of a well-aged riserva with the fruity fragrance of a young wine. This style is made possible by a unique microclimate where east-northeast facing vineyards are planted in a small heat-retaining valley on mineral-rich rocky soils that are perfect for growing very fruity, lively Sangiovese. The wine further benefits from the use of better Sangiovese clones, severe grape bunch selection, delayed and cluster harvest when necessary.

From the Wine Maker – “Ruby red in color, the 2011 Pèppoli shows notes of cherries well-integrated with the chocolate and vanilla aromas of the oak aging. The palate shows much Sangiovese varietal character. The tannins are soft and silky, and the flavors are long and well sustained.”

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


This wine was given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.


2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $27.99 a bottle, on sale for $19.99 a bottle 01/02/2015 to 13/31/2016. SKU#10917

2009 Castle Rock Chardonnay Russian River Valley

The Castle Rock Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown in the Russian River Valley, one of California’s most prestigious growing appellations. Here, the fog cooled climate and well-drained soils provide ideal growing conditions for grapes which produce some of the finest wines in the world.

From the Wine Maker – “This elegant Chardonnay is a concentrated wine, with pleasant depth and integration. Its flavors of pear, vanilla, citrus and spice slowly unfold on the palate, and its finish is harmonious.”

This Chardonnay is an excellent accompaniment for fish, poultry and lightly sauced entrees. Cream style cheeses such as; cottage or goat cheese, semi-hard cheeses like Fontina, Jarlsberg, Swiss or Gouda.


This wine has not been rated.


2009 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $13.99 a bottle, $75.55 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $134.31 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#26373

2013 Dreaming Tree North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

When Steve Reeder and Dave Matthews first met, they realized they had a few things in common, like a passion for making wine at least as strong as their passion for drinking it.

They set out into wine country, looking for a way to make quality wines accessible to everyone. Along the way, they found inspiration in the down-to-earth characters and unforgettable flavors that give the region its rare kind of charm.

From the Wine Maker – “When you’re working with Dave, you want to make sure whatever you’re doing has soul. The rhythm of our North Coast Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon highlights classic aromas of blackberry, cherry and herbal notes wrapped by toasted vanilla. It’s an easy-drinking wine with a lot of character. —Steve Reeder.”

Vietnamese style grilled ribs and jasmine rice

Serves 4


  • 2 lbs baby back pork ribs
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons garlic chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • Jasmine rice (recipe below)


  1. Pre heat your oven to 300°F.
  2. Add chicken stock, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic and ginger into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  3. Cut ribs into two piece sections and place in one layer in an oven proof baking pan.
  4. Pour sauce over ribs and back in oven for 1 ½ hours or until meat peels from the bone.
  5. Remove ribs from pan and set aside.
  6. Pour sauce into a small pot. Cook over high heat and reduce liquid by half.
  7. Add hoisin sauce, garlic chili paste and Chinese five-spice powder. Season with salt if needed.
  8. Finish ribs on the grill regularly basting with the sauce and turning about every 7 minutes until cooked through and browned.
Serves 4
  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 piece star anise
  • 3 pieces clove
  • 3 pieces cardamom pods
  • 1 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Jasmine Rice Directions

  1. Place all spices in a small sauté pan and toast over low-medium heat until fragrant about 3 – 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and create a sachet to hold spice mixture using cheesecloth tied with cooking string.
  3. Place water in sauce pan, add spice sachet and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt.
  4. Add rice, cover pan and lower to a simmer.
  5. Cook until done about 15 – 18 minutes.


This wine has not been rated.


2013 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $19.99 a bottle, on sale for $14.99 a bottle 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2016. SKU#26899

2014 Erath Pinot Noir

Light in texture, with pretty cherry and orange peel aromas and flavors playing against refreshing acidity, lingering nicely.

From the Wine Maker – “This vintage gives our easy-drinking Pinot a bolder presence: Deep jewel tones and complexity. Black cherry, juicy plum and Campari aromas meld with slight meatiness and warm yeastiness. Cherry, cranberry-raspberry and herbal flavors provide gentle sweetness, caressing the palate to a bright finish.”

Try this with Thai or Chinese pepper sauce, grilled scallops, thin crust pizza margherita, pasta with red sauce, and zesty BBQ.


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


2014 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $18.99 a bottle, $102.55 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $182.31 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#18633

2013 Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore

The two grape varieties (95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot) of the blend were fermented differently: the Merlot was given seven to eight days of skin contact at maximum temperatures of 79°  in order to extract only supple tannins and preserve the fruity character of the grape’s aromas, while the Sangiovese was given a longer, ten to twelve day maceration on its skins at higher temperatures, 86° which included a soft punching down of the cap of skins in order to increase the complexity of the wine’s flavors and aromas. Ageing took place both in stainless steel tanks and in oak for a total aging period of nine months, followed by a short, two months period of bottle aging before commercial release.

From the Wine Maker – “Ruby red with purple highlights, the wine features aromas of red fruit, particularly cherries and black currants, together with hints of vanilla from the aging in oak. The palate is balanced and with polished tannins, and the red fruit returns on the finish and aftertaste.”

Recipe: Crostino di Polenta e Funghi

200g Polenta
800ml Water
40g Dried mushrooms
100g of Fresh pecorino Toscano
8 Slices of rustic bread

Rehydrate the mushrooms in tepid water and chop into small pieces. Boil the water for the polenta and when ready gradually add the polenta flour along with the chopped porcini and keep stirring until ready. Once cooked, spread onto a rectangular baking pan, keeping the thickness at least 1 cm. Place the polenta in the refrigerator to cool and solidify.Cut the pecorino into small cubes. Cut the fully cooled polenta into small disks and place the cheese on top.

Place in the oven for 5 min at 180°  C and serve hot. *Every polenta has different cooking time and water/flour proportion specific to its particular brand. Consult the directions on the packaging to ensure the best result.


This wine was given a 87 point rating by Wine Spectator.


2013 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $14.99 a bottle, on sale for $12.99 a bottle 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2016. SKU#18167

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