Get ready for Turkey Fest 2014!

Mix it up with tasteful, versatile wines

turkey tjAmerica’s national festival of gratitude. i.e., “Turkey Fest,” is just two weeks away! What’s new? The food? Nope, don’t even try to mess with that. The people? You could wish for different relatives, but they’re still the same ones. What about the wine? Oh yes. Here you can introduce something deliciously different, even exciting. Count on VINTAGES to offer the best of tradition, as well as ways to tastefully mix it up!

Top Ten Wines for TURKEY FEST 2014!
Mix it up with tasteful, versatile wines and SAVE 15%!
THANKSGIVING is right around the corner: What’s new? The food? Nope, don’t even try to mess with that. The people? You could wish for different relatives, but they’re still the same ones. What about the wine? Oh yes. Here you can introduce something deliciously different, even exciting.

Count on VINTAGES to offer the best of tradition, as well as ways to tastefully mix it up!Here’s VINTAGES TOP TEN for TURKEY, now 15% OFF!


ALBERT BOXLER Edelzwicker $28; SPECIAL $23.80

LA TOSA Sorriso di Cielo $25; SPECIAL $21.25

SAN FEREOLO Bianco $25; SPECIAL $21.25

LUIGI Maffini Kratos $25; SPEC. $21.35

and Pietraencatenta $35; SPECIAL $29.75

MARISA CUOMO Ravello & Furore $30; SPEC. $25.50albert boxler trio

and 10/11 Fiorduva $70; SPEC. $59.50

2012 Fiorduva $75; SPEC. $63.75


PIERRE USSEGLIO Chateauneuf du Pape $55; SPEC. $46.75


LA TOSA Gutturnio Vignamorello $30; SPECIAL $25.50

LA TOSA Gutturnio Frizzante 17.99; SPECIAL $15.29

BREZZA Langhe Nebbiolo 19.99; SPECIAL $16.99

SEAN THACKREY Pleiades $38; SPECIAL $32.30

Our picks:

2013 LA TOSA Terrafiaba Gutturnio Frizzante $17.99
A red sparkling? Yes, berry-scented refreshment.

And two beautifully dry options from France:

2009 CHATEAU DE L’EPERONNIERE Crémant de Loire $22

2011 DOMAINE BECHTOLD Crémant d’Alsace “Methode Traditionelle” $25

TRADITION is a beautiful thing, done right. White wines in tall, skinny bottles such as Rieslings, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris from Germany & Alsace are always a great choice. Fantastic with food, lower in alcohol, crowd pleasers.Try these ultimate classics from Alsace:


2011 Pinot Blanc $19.99

2012 Pinot Gris $25


2012 Edelzwicker $28

2012 Pinot Blanc $30

And small-production Mosel German Riesling from PETER LAUER:

2013 PETER LAUER Riesling “Barrel X” $22

2013 PETER LAUER Riesling “Senior” $35

2013 PETER LAUER Riesling “Stirn” $50

Don’t miss these seasonal northern Italian favorites:

2012 LA TOSA Riodeltordo Malvasia blend $14.99

2013 COLTERENZIO Pfefferer Dry Moscato $14.99

2012 LA TOSA Sorriso di Cielo Malvasia $25

2009 SAN FEREOLO Langhe Bianco (Riesling/Gewurz) $25

2012 LECHTHALER Riesling $14.99

And, these great whites from Campania & Sicily:

2013 LUIGI MAFFINI Kratos $25

2013 MARISA CUOMO Ravello $30

2013 TERRE NERE Mt. Etna Bianco $23


Pinot Noir is the supreme tradition, and you simply can’t go wrong with its many expressions: Burgundy, Oregon, California, and more. Cru Beaujolais from Gamay is a worthy new tradition, but nouveau is old (hat).

Red Burgundy:

2012 FRANCOIS RAQUILLET Mercurey VV $35   raquillet mercurey

Black cherry, earth and a peppery character.

2012 PARIZE Givry Champs Nalot $30

Perfume of wild berries, lovely soft fruit

2013 MARCEL LAPIERRE Morgon $30

Juicy, silky gamay that takes you all the way from canape to cranberry fluff

Finally, the ultimate Turkey-Friendly red winner is:

2013 ALESSANDRIA Verduno Pelaverga $22 alessandria pelaverga label

Juicy berry fruit, spices, easy-drinking

American-made, turkey-friendly:

2010 EASTON Amador Zinfandel $19.99

2011 EASTON Cabernet Franc $25

SEAN THACKREY “Pleiades” $38

2012 EVESHAM WOOD Pinot Noir $25

2011 STORYBOOK MOUNTAIN Zinfandel $40
simply awesome old-school zin

Traditional and local!

Don’t forget the pink! Rose is great for Thanksgiving, it’s beautiful on the table and so refreshing! And, its 15% off!

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GIUSEPPE RINALDI Barolo: New & Library Releases

VINTAGES is pleased to offer these wines from the maestro of traditional Barolo, GIUSEPPE RINALDI.

To order: call 978-369-2545 or email


In-stock available now– quantity discounts  of 10% on 6 bottles or 15% on 12+ bottles will apply.

2009 G. Rinaldi Barolo Brunate/Le Coste $125 (13 bottles)

2008 G.Rinaldi Barolo Brunate/Le Coste Magnum $275 (5 bottles)

2008 G.Rinaldi Barolo Brunate/Le Coste 3 Liter $630 (1 bottle)

2008 G. Rinaldi Barolo Ravera/Cannubi-San Lorenzo $125 (8 bottles)

2007 G.Rinaldi Barolo Ravera/Cannubi-San Lorenzo Magnum $275 (4 bottles)

1996 G. Rinaldi Barolo Brunate/Le Coste Magnum $400 (4 bottles)

The following wines are SPECIAL ORDER ONLY – new and library releases

GIUSEPPE RINALDI Barolo Brunate/Le Coste
Minimum order = solid case of 12 bottles. Price per bottles includes 15% case discount.

2009 Barolo Brunate $127.50 (2 cases)

2008 Barolo Brunate $165.75 (2 cases)

2007 Barolo Brunate $139.74 (3 cases)

2005 Barolo Brunate $135.15 (1 case)

2003 Barolo Brunate $132.60 (3 cases)

2001 Barolo Brunate $168.30 (2 cases)

To order: call 978-369-2545 or email

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Eric Broege gets his “Somm on…”

VINTAGES Wine Director, or Sommelier?
Eric Broege invited to be GUEST SOMMELIER at Craigie!

While you may know VINTAGES’ Eric Broege as your local wine merchant, Eric is also recognized as a highly-regarded wine professional by sommeliers at the top restaurants in Boston. Recently, the restaurant CRAIGIE on MAIN in Cambridge invited Eric to be the Guest Sommelier for the dinner service on Sat. November 1! As Guest Sommelier, Eric will select the wine pairings for the restaurant’s featured eight-course tasting menu. Further, Craigie staff invited Eric to make recommendations featuring the wines that are exclusive to VINTAGES, not just from their own wine list. Clearly, the restaurant has a great deal of confidence in Eric’s wine selections and pairing expertise on a busy Saturday night.

Congratulations to Eric for this recognition of his professional expertise and accomplishment, and congratulate yourself for having the good fortune and impeccable taste to have such an esteemed wine professional curating your wine purchases — at far less than restaurant prices!

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LA TOSA: Singular Purity of Fruit

Tasting LA TOSA: Singular Purity of Fruit
WINE TASTING on SAT. NOV. 1, 1-5pm at both stores

Join us for a taste of LA TOSA: Precise aromas & purity of fruit: EXCLUSIVE!

LA TOSA has been one of our featured wineries for 15 years, an estate that is near and dear to our wine-soaked hearts. Located in Emilia-Romagna, Italy’s bread basket and gastronomic center, La Tosa dwells under the outsized wine shadow of neighboring Tuscany. Why do we love La Tosa? It’s simple — there’s no other winery that reveals the essence of a grape variety in such a pure, focused, primary manner — think of color-field painters that covered large canvases with a single, saturated, gorgeous color that nearly vibrates with intensity and energy. And, we love LA TOSA wines because they are bursting with flavor, yet perfectly balanced.

Stefano Pizzamiglio of LA TOSA continually innovates in pursuit of wine perfection — achieving precise aromas and purity of fruit.

NEW! 2013 LA TOSA Terrafiaba Gutturnio Frizzante $17.99 (Red)

Sparkling blend of Bonarda and Barbera. Lovely nose of strawberry blossom, pure wild berry flavors and freshness. Delightful discovery in red sparkling. Perfect aperitif or with cheese, salumi, or pizza.

2012 LA TOSA Sauvignon $25

Opens with classic sauvignon blanc nose, then turns on the power. Fresh, rich, crisp gorgeous fruit. Racy, thrilling, bracing gooseberries with nice, big fruit. Wow!

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2013 LA TOSA Sorriso di Cielo Malvasia $25

Beautiful, precise aromas of honeysuckle and peach followed by crystalline notes of lychee, quince, clementine. Silky texture, luscious mouthfeel, dry finish. Incredible concentration of fruit, yet perfectly balanced. Absolutely stunning!

2012 LA TOSA Vignamorello Gutturnio $30

“Gutturnio” is a traditional blend of Bonarda and Barbera. Aged six months in seasoned oak barrels. Deep, violet color, super-soft, velvety texture, beautiful, sweet tannins; full-bodied, dark plummy fruit highlighted with spices. Bravo! Perennial “5 Grapes” sommelier winner in Italy.

2011 LA TOSA Lunaselvatica Cabernet Sauvignon $40

A truly classic cabernet: power, elegance and structure. Deeply colored, gorgeous fruit on the nose, soft texture with big, juicy tannins and deep blueberry fruit. Pure power and beauty in this incredible Cabernet Sauvignon. Stupendous!

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“Cantina del Pino is now one of the established superstars of Barbaresco. Readers who do not yet know these wines owe it to themselves to check them out.” — A. Galloni, Vinous

Our close ties to CANTINA del PINO and winemaker Renato Vacca have been one of the most rewarding aspects of our 15 years in the wine business. We’ve had the pleasure of presenting Renato’s wines from the start, and cheered his meteoric rise to the top echelon of Barbaresco producers. Renato’s low-key personality belies his “superstar” status — he allows the wines to speak for themselves. Further, the price to value ratio for these wines is the best in the region. Outstanding vineyards, superstar winemaker, high scores, reasonable prices — what are you waiting for?

2012 CANTINA del PINO Dolcetto d’Alba $17.99; Special $15.29

“Red berries, sweet spices and licorice meld together in a juicy,  fruit-driven Dolcetto.” — VinousAWE Barbaresco vineyards 1

2012 CANTINA del PINO Barbera d’Alba $30; special $25.50

“Beautifully dark, plush and resonant. Hints of spice, licorice and smoke add complexity to the dark red/black fruit in this deep, expressive Barbera.” — Vinous

2012 CANTINA del PINO Langhe Nebbiolo $25; Special $21.25

“Raspberry, strawberry, flowers, white pepper and mint emerge from the 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo. The 2012 is high-toned, intensely aromatic and energetic, with lovely underlying minerality and drive.” — Vinous

2010 CANTINA del PINO Barbaresco 94 pts. $45; Special $38.25

“The 2010 Barbaresco is anything but a “base” Barbaresco says Renato Vacca. It is assembled from fruit sourced in Barbaresco   and Neive but grapes are specially selected to make this wine. It opens to a light garnet color and Burgundian aromas of small berries, blue flowers and light spice. There’s a delicate touch of toasted pine nut at the back. Fruit from Nieve contributes more power, heft and color. Fruit from the Barbaresco renders a sense of elegance and finesse. These wines are not clarified or filtered. 94 pts.” –WA

2010 CANTINA del PINO Barbaresco Ovello 96 pts. $60; Special $51 “Showing great persistency and length, the 2010 Barbaresco Ovello is an extremely elegant and refined expression w cantina del pino label ith crushed flowers, forest fruit and strong mineral definition. The Ovello cru at 300m altitude, overlooks the Tanaro River valley where early morning fog banks appear and temperature shifts are very pronounced, thus helping aromatic development of the wine. The results are ethereal and finessed. 96 pts.” — WA

2010 CANTINA del PINO Barbaresco Albesani 95 pts. $60; Special $51

“The 2010 Barbaresco Albesani is rich, deep and powerful. Here the fruit is darker and richer than the Ovello. Spices, tar, leather and licorice are some of the notes that develop in the glass, adding considerable weight. Layers of fruit build to a finish that is at once huge yet weightless. Think Chambertin with the guts of Nebbiolo. Cantina del Pino’s 2010 Albesani is shaping up to be one of the great wines of the vintage. 95 pts.” — Vinous

“Proprietor Renato Vacca continues to show he has the magic touch. I would be thrilled to drink any of these magnificent wines.” — A. Galloni, Vinous

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“Solo Nebbiolo!” Autumn Wine Tasting

Fri. 10/10 4-7p in Belmont; Sat. 10/11, 1-5 both stores
It’s autumn, leaves are turning, it’s crisp and cool, and there’s CC cellar grape basket only one thing we want to drink: NEBBIOLO! Join us on Fri. 10/10 in Belmont and Sat. 10/11 in Concord & Belmont to explore different faces of this singular grape. Like Pinot Noir in Burgundy, Nebbiolo transmits the character of the land and climate, and shows its most complete expression in the Langhe, Piedmont’s growing region. Get to know Nebbiolo!
2013 BREZZA Langhe Nebbiolo Rosato $19.99 EXCLUSIVE!
A refreshing surprise we encountered at Vinitaly! Lovely pale ruby color, fresh berries, a hint of white pepper, dried orange peel. 100% nebbiolo.

2013 BREZZA Langhe Nebbiolo $19.99

Very fresh, superfine tannins, exquisitely elegant style of nebbiolo from under-the-radar whiz Enzo Brezza!

2012 CANTINA del PINO Langhe Nebbiolo $25

“Raspberry, strawberry, flowers, white pepper and mint emerge from the 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo. The 2012 is high-toned, intensely aromatic and energetic, with lovely underlying minerality and drive. Impressive for its length. One of the handful of estates where every single wine is fabulous.” — Vinous

2012 BURLOTTO Langhe Nebbiolo $25

Flavors of Morello cherry, violets with lingering notes of wood spice, rose petal, and hint of orange peel on the finish.

2012 ALBINO ROCCA Nebbiolo d’Alba $30

“Another gorgeous, entry-level offering. Crushed flowers, tobacco, mint and licorice all flesh out in an intensely layered, super expressive Nebbiolo. Compares favorably with a number of Barolos and Barbarescos.” — Vinous

2009 ALESSANDRIA Barolo docg $45; Special $36!

“Dark cherries, mint, wild flowers and incense emerge from Alessandria’s 2009 Barolo. A soft, supple wine, the 2009 is a fabulous choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years…. 90 pts.” — Vinous

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