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January 2017
Chateau Galochet: Born in 1974, this cooperative has raised itself over the years to the #1 producer of Appellation d’Origine Protégée wines in France, and the leader of Cotes de Bordeaux. The French government, not too long ago, officially announced that the long standing AoC (Appellation d’origine Controlee) system for wine is being replaced by a new quality ladder with the top step being an AoP, or Appellation d’Origine Protégée. Thierry Bergeon has managed Chateau Galochet with his wife and brother since 1996. The estate is located 30km from Bordeaux. Enthusiastic about being winegrowers and delighted to live in the country, this inseparable trio has also started breeding dairy cows and selling raw milk in the bottle, which is quite rare.
About: The vineyards are located north of Bordeaux, across the appelations of Bordeaux, Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux, and Cotes de Bourg. The terroir is clay and limestone and the plantings are of the Bordeaux varietals, but majority Merlot. The wine is fermented in 100% stainless steel vats. Its strength resides in combining traditional know how with modern techniques. To get the most out of this Bordeaux, decanting for a minimum of one hour is recommended.
Varietal: 100% Merlot
Alcohol: 14%
Tasting Notes: This wine has an attractive deep garnet-red hue and fruity nose with hits of red currant berries. It starts out firm and fruity on the palate, with soft, very round tannin (which will be more pronounced without decanting). The finish is smooth and long.
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Elegant and silky with flavors of cherries and strawberries. A great Merlot from Bordeaux!! Great served with a Pot Roast or lamb of any kind. Cheers!

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January 2017
Christopher Michael Wines: The wine business is a somewhat unlikely landing point for brothers Eric Christopher and Ryan Michael Harms. The Harms brothers were born and raised in the Midwest where drilling or dairy farming might have been more likely ventures. But for reasons that can only be deemed as fate, they landed on the West Coast in the wine business-Ryan in Oregon and Eric in California. After more long-distance brainstorming than either can remember, small inklings for how they might one day work together gave way to one big idea for what is now an expression of their collective experiences under one label—Christopher Michael Wines. Ryan is a winemaker by trade and Eric is a financial analyst in the wine business, so each has their own unique skill sets to contribute to the venture which began in 2009. Not afraid of vineyards in the far reaches of any growing region, the Harms brothers are focusing their efforts on finding expressive fruit that produces vibrant and fresh wines. Without worrying about geographic boundaries, Ryan & Eric look to work with growers that farm sustainably and seek out the best expressions of their grapes. Be it Oregon Pinot (a past wine club selection) or Washington Cabernet, what matters most to the brothers behind Christopher Michael Wines is finding fruit that will make a delicious wine regardless of varietal or origin.
About: The 2014 vintage in Washington started out warm, bud break was early, and vineyards went through flowering under ideal conditions. Warm, dry conditions persisted throughout the season and resulted in the warmest summer on record. This unusually warm weather continued into the harvest window as they began to pick under optimal conditions. This was a rare year as both quality and quantity of fruit was exceptionally high. The resulting wines are showy with ripe fruit flavors and great concentration. The vineyard sources for the 2014 Christopher Michael Red Blend were 83% Wahluke Slope and 17% Columbia Valley.
Varietals: 54% Syrah, 20% Barbera, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petite Verdot, 4% Malbec, 3% Grenache
Alcohol: 13.9%
Tasting Notes: A bright and expressive nose leads into dark fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry with hints of baking spice with nutmeg and cinnamon.
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: A juicy fruit forward red loaded with purple fruit flavors of blueberry and pomegranates. Big Red Wine here, with a powerful finish; great served with a juicy hamburger or any red meat.


Our Pricing:
Regular Price -> $169.99
Case Price (12 Bottles Per Case) $149.99
Country: U.S.A
Region: Walla Walla Valley
blend: Syrah
Alcohol:13.4%
About This Wine:
(94-96) Points. The 2014 Syrah En Cerise was a touch more streamlined and reticent on this occasion, yet still offers beautiful black cherry and cassis fruits, underbrush and a hint of espresso roast in a full-bodied, silky, elegant style. Like all of Christophe’s wines, it will benefit from short-term cellaring.


Our Pricing :
Regular Price -> $119.99
Case Price (12 Bottles Per Case)->$99.99
Country: France
Region : Cognac
Alcohol: 17%
About Wine:
It’s sweet, strong ‘Vin de Liqueur’ of the Charentais (Cognac) region of western France. It is made by adding 25 Years Old Cognac eau-de-vie to Grand Cru Chardonnay.
You can catch a lot of Flavors of this Wine,we are talking here about touch of Hazelnut,Caramel,Nougat and layers of complexity.words cannot do justice to describe this wine.


Our Pricing:
Regular Price -> $16.99
Case Price ( 12 Bottles Per Case )->$14.99
Country: Italy
Region: Salento IGT
Blend:
Negromaro 85%
Primitivo/ Zin 15%
Body: Full
Alcohol: 14%
About Wine :
Verso is a full-bodied, luscious wine made with a small percent of ‘appassimento’, or raisined, grapes. While this wine is made by the Botter Family whose main vineyards are located in Molise (an obscure area near Abruzzo), this blend comes from vineyards in Salento (located in the heel of Italy).
Rich and dark fruit on the nose with spicy earth. The palate is filled with black berry and plum with dark cherry, nice oak adding weight with light tannins on the finish. Our favorite note about the wine may well be from the importer Small Vineyards: “It is a hedonistic experience that captures the polished side of Negroamaro and Primitivo.


Our Pricing :
Regular Price -> $16.99
Case Price ( 12 bottles per Case) -> $14.99
Appellation: California
Blend:
83% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Cabernet Franc
5% Malbec
4%Petit Verdot
1% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.5%
Winemaking Philosophy:
At TRIM Wine always using only the best fruit in
California. The goal is to make a wine with
concentrated fruit flavors and balance, without
compromising on quality. By producing a wine
with these complex attributes, This Wine can be bottled if it had early accessibility,also it has the
potential to age for years to come.
2013 California Harvest Notes: “Early, even and excellent,” are three words that have been
used to describe the 2013 growing season. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break,
helped with canopy vigor and berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit
set under sunny skies. Winemakers from around the valley agree that the 2013 vintage
shows exceptional promise and potential and exceeds expectations following on the heels of
2012 – another year that has been described as “nearly perfect.”
Vineyard Notes: TRIM is a well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon from outstanding vineyards in
California. Our winemaking team works with some of the best vineyards to produce a lush,
well balanced and fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon.

December 2016 Imported Wine: NV Mascaro Cava Reserva Brut Nature “Pure” Catalonia, Spain

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December 2016
Mascaro: Since 1946, the Mascaro Family has been dedicated to producing premium quality brandy, Cava, and white wine. From the beginning their founder Antonio Mascaro has insisted upon complete control from vineyard to bottle. Since 1997 the Mascaro winery has been run by the 3rd generation of the Mascaro family, at the head of which is Antonio’s granddaughter, winemaker and owner, Montserrat Mascaro. The family owns the “Mas Miguel” estate in Aiguamurcia, Alt Camp, a region that belongs to the southern Catalan province of Tarragona. Formerly owned by the community based in Cistercian monastery of Santes Creus , the estate comprises over 170 hectares, of which 35 are vineyards that belong to the Cava and Penedes D.O.’s of Spain.
About: The grapes for the Cava are selected from the private estate named “Mas Miguel” in the foothills of Tarragona that was the former Cistercian Monastery at Santa Creus. Careful hand picking of fruit is placed into small traditional baskets. Gentle pressing follows to produce individual musts that are fermented under carefully controlled temperatures of 18-20 degrees with a perfect blend of the individual varietals. The second fermentation is made in the bottles with no added sugars and followed by a period of ageing in contact with the yeast on lees in underground caves built in 1992, which are connected to the ancient wine cellars. This gives the wine its backbone and roundness as the wine ages to perfection.
Varietal: 80% Parellada and 20% Macabeo
Alcohol: 12% with Zero Dosage
Tasting Notes: Golden color with green hues and hints of peach and apricot coming through to a lively and rounded nose that is very dry yet creamy and stimulating on the palate.
Food Pairings: Ideal with light seafood, shrimp cocktail, bacon wrapped scallops, fresh oysters or cured salmon. Think salt.
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Great Bubbly! Dry, crisp and has a long lingering finish. Best served with cheese and smoked salmon.

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December 2016
Scotto Family Cellars: The Scotto Family traces its winemaking history back to the 1880’s when their great, great grandfather Salvatore Scotto was an officer in the Italian Navy on the island of Ischia, off the coast of Italy. Salvatore made wine for his family, friends, and neighbors. In 1903 their great grandfather Dominic Scotto and his family immigrated to New York and settled in a Brooklyn brownstone, not too far from the docks where he worked in the shipyards. He taught his sons to make wine, which they sold in 5 gallon crocks from a horse drawn wagon. In 1909 he opened D. Scotto Wines in downtown Brooklyn, offering fine wines from around the world. Their grandfather’s wine career started in 1934 with the repeal of Prohibition when he began selling gallon jugs of his father’s wine from a pushcart. He and his brother Sal also created the Villa Armando brand, and the bestselling wine ‘Rustico.’ Today it is one of the oldest wine brands in the US. The 4th generation began when their father Anthony Jr. started as a teenager making wine and eventually began a winery owner, exporter, and consultant. Today the brothers and sisters of the Scotto Family still produce Villa Armando and other brands that they sell domestically and overseas.
About: This is the first Napa Valley release from Anthony Scotto. The N.A.P.A. portion of the wine’s name represents the 5th generation of Scotto vintners: Brothers and sisters Natalie, Anthony, Paul, and Anne. Michael’s Red is named for the youngest brother, who recently joined the family business. The grapes were harvested by hand and the wine was aged in new and second year oak barrels for 21 months (48% toasted French oak, 40% American oak, and 12% Hungarian oak).
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Barbera, Syrah, and Merlot (unspecified amounts)
Alcohol: 13.9%
Tasting Notes: Michael’s Red is a full bodied wine with intense color, concentrated dark fruit flavors, and moderate oak accents & tannins that develop and become more pronounced after a few minutes in the glass.
Food Pairings: From Pizza and Pasta to a nice juicy steak this deep red will pair well with hearty winter comfort foods from stews and roasts to burgers and deli meats.
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Big and juicy red! Great wine served with BBQ or a big juicy hamburger!

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November 2016
Massaya: Twenty years ago none of this existed. The rise of Massaya is remarkable by any standards and even more so in the context of the bleak and derelict site that confronted Sami Ghosn when he returned to Tanaïl in the early 1990s. Squatters occupied the land, the house was dilapidated, and the original vines were neglected and overgrown. But Sami had a vision and a determination to reclaim the property where he had grown up with his brother Ramzi. Returning from the US where he had been working as an architect, he realized he urgently had to reassert his family’s rights and most of all, he wanted to transform this ruin into a centre for high quality wine and Arak production.
Lebanon’s civil war forced the Ghosn family to flee the Beqaa and now the brothers were back. Ambition alone would not transform Tanaïl. Sami and Ramzi, who was in charge of marketing and would in time become the wine maker, recognized that they needed to bring in experienced partners. While the old table grape vines were uprooted and replaced, initially with Cabernet Sauvignon, the Ghosn’s found help in France. Two highly respected wine makers were invited to Tanaïl in 1998 and both were impressed by the progress and the potential. The support of Dominique Hebrard from Bordeaux and the Brunier brothers Frederic and Daniel from Chateauneuf du Pape proved to be crucial. Their knowledge of terroir and the techniques of blending wines brought a new level of expertise to Massaya which quickly became a recognized name among Lebanon’s producers. Over the next 12 years the business grew and its reputation spread from the domestic to the international market. The range of wines was expanded and the tall blue bottles of Arak gained iconic status.

About: The varietals were harvested from 40 year old vines (on average) grown on the hillsides of the Beqaa Valley at 900-1,200 Meters above Sea Level in chalky clay soils. The grapes were hand-picked, conveyed in crates, and sorted on tables outside the vat room. They were fully de-stemmed before undergoing traditional fermentation for 20-30 days in stainless steel vats. Aged in stainless steel vats for one year and lightly filtered prior to bottling. Drink while young to fully enjoy the fruit!
Varietals: 35% Cinsault, 35% Grenache Noir, 15% Syrah, 15% Tempranillo Alcohol: 14.5%
Tasting Notes: Fresh and luscious fruit on the nose leads to big refreshing fruit on the palate with hints of spice and pepper.
Food Pairings: Stews and Roasted meats, Squash with Spicy Sausage, or your Thanksgiving meal!
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Spicy and rich with layers of complexity; long lingering flavor and spice, leather, and a lot of cranberries and mint. Best served with Lamb or anything from the grill!

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November 2016
Lakegirl Wines: The Lakegirl story begins like many, with fond memories of home and vacations in Minnesota (an area not unlike Michigan), full of lakes; an area where, for over a century, summertime and weekend getaways at cabins and campgrounds have been a tradition for many generations. Life at the lake can be energizing, relaxing, funny, and sentimental. It translates to family picnics on the Fourth of July, water skiing until the gas runs out, fishing at dawn and dusk, singing around a campfire fighting off mosquitoes or roasting marshmallows for S’mores; above all else, life at the lake is comfortable. Lakegirl strives to make wines to share in the creation of lasting moments and memories with family and friends. Lakegirl Wines are the creation of California winemaker and owner of Oakville East, Eliot Stern. Eliot is a third generation wine industry veteran and an educator in the Wine Studies Program offered by the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Napa Valley. He teaches his students about the business of wine and offers consulting services in the wine industry in addition to being the “Chief of Everything” at Oakville East; Elliot still finds time to travel and hit a few golf balls (Hence the name of his parent company, Divot Enterprises).
About: Eliot Stern brings many years of experience, great connections with vineyards in California, a strong team of wine makers, and a vision for well produced, fun, and affordable wines to Lakegirl’s Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2015 vintage for California marked the fourth year of drought, but provided great fruit with to be expected lower yields. This is the third vintage of Lakegirl Cabernet and the first year it has been offered in Michigan. We are pleased to present this to you and are certain that this “Lakegirl” will be accompanying you on many a trip “Up North!”
Varietals: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.5% Tannat, 10% Malbec, 7.5% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.9%
Tasting Notes: Elegant medium weight with a solid core of dense blackberry and cherry flavors enhanced with light cedar notes. The finish has a nice soft tannic structure that is clean, fresh, and fruity.
Food Pairings: Aged cheeses, red meats, chocolates, and stories of summer days spent “Up North” by the Lake!
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Ripe and flavorful; loaded with cocoa, chocolate, and coffee notes. Goes great with Pork or a Burger!