Rae’s Place WotW Jan. 27th 2020

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Lagar del Rey


Rueda, Spain

100% Verdejo


A perfect change of pace wine for Pinot Grigio lovers!



Sustainably Farmed

90pts James Suckling!

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Wine of the week.

Our wine of the week for Jan 27th, 2020 is Lagar del Rey Verdejo 2018 from Rueda, Spain. There’s a ton to love about this wine. First off; it’s a 90-point wine for $7.99, how can you not want to give it a try? We also happen to think it’s quite delicious. Plenty of herbal notes with white flowers all balanced by a nice pop of tropical notes thanks to extended time on lees and just the slightest time on neutral French oak. The result is a wine that’s super approachable, with plenty of complexity for anyone looking for a casual sipper that doesn’t taste like expensive water. Please give this a try while it’s 70+ degrees here in Southern California and let us know what you think. You may find an inspiring new wine for the Spring.

Notes from the region:

Rueda, Spain-

From Wine-Searcher:

Rueda is a Spanish wine region located on the Duero river around 150 kilometers (c. 90 miles) northwest of the Spanish capital, Madrid, on roughly the same latitude as Ribera del Duero region. It is known for its dry, aromatic white wines made predominantly from the Verdejo grape variety, with small quantities of Viura and Sauvignon Blanc. These fresh, aromatic whites are an ideal complement to the heavy Tempranillo-based reds of neighboring Toro.

On the high plateau of Castilla y Leon, the landscape is wild and the earth low in nutrients. Plants are forced to work hard to survive, so only cereal grains and grape vines grow here with any vigor. The local soils, rich in lime and iron, are also a vital factor. These are very stony yet provide good drainage and are easy to farm. The Duero wine region is marked on its northern edge by the Duero River, which then continues to Toro, and Portugal beyond. Almost all of Rueda’s vineyards are somehow connected to the Duero, located along its banks or those of its various tributaries. The finest Rueda vineyards are those closest to the Duero, where the soils have a higher limestone content.

Verdejo is the aromatic grape variety behind the crisp white wines of Rueda in central Spain. It is by far the most planted variety in this part of the country, and is produced both varietally and as the major component of a blend with either Viura or Sauvignon Blanc. Full-bodied Verdejo wines are held in high regard, displaying herbaceous, nutty characters with balanced acidity and some cellaring potential.

Wherever the variety’s origins, Rueda is its undisputed home now; the variety is extremely successful there and is grown almost nowhere else in Europe. Verdejo now covers the vast majority of Rueda’s vineyard land and is one of Spain’s most widely planted white wine varieties. The dry, continental climate, diurnal temperature variations and poor-quality soils here help the grape to reach its best expression: aside from a few experimental plantings in Australia and California, the variety is not really found in volume anywhere else on earth.

Notes from Lagar del Rey:

Bodegas Valdehermoso (Lagar del Rey) is headed by David Aguado García, an agronomist engineer based in the town of Nava del Rey (Rueda appellation) and is a true ambassador of his homeland (Castilla y Leon).

David´s family have been winegrowers since 1920 and they used to sell their quality grapes to the most important and well-known wineries from the Rueda region. In 2011 they decided to build their own winery and today have one of the top wines in the region. They own fifty hectares of vineyards in just one plot surrounding the winery, so their harvest also takes place in the best conditions.

The market recognition of the quality of their white wines is the result of the complex preparation and careful selection of their homegrown grapes.

Rae’s Place Tasting Notes:

Lagar del Rey Verdejo 2018 Rueda, Spain


Sustainably Farmed

If you’re into Piot Grigio and looking for something a little different, this is the wine for you. This Verdejo from Spain has stone minerality, melon notes, tropical fruitiness and great acidity to balance everything. This is easy drinking wine that works beautifully as an everyday sipper or an aperitif wine at gatherings.

Pair with light salads, chilled seafood or great conversation.


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Rae’s Place WotW Jan. 20th 2020

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Frankland Estate Shiraz 2015 Frankland River, Australia

Certified Organic

Sustainably Farmed

Normally $19.99

This Week $17.99

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Wine of the week.

Our wine of the week for Jan 20th, 2020 is Frankland Estate Shiraz 2015 from Frankland River in South West Australia. We love this wine for its beautiful expression of fruit and its restrained style. This is cool climate Shiraz with old world feel and new world ripeness. The nose is intoxicating with red and blue fruit swirling around, you can’t help but close your eyes and enjoy. When you taste the wine, everything is pure and focused, great fruit, wonderful tannin and acidity… just great structure. We are fortunate to have this wine and honored to be able to offer it at such a great price. This is a perfect wine to drink as is or with any wintery dish you can come up with.

Notes from the region:

Frankland River, South West Australia-

From Wine-Searcher 2014:

Frankland River is a key Australian wine sub-region the south of Western Australia. It is located just inland from the Southern Ocean coast, 115 miles (185km) east of Margaret River and 185 miles (300km) south-east of Perth.

With almost 5000 acres (2025ha) of vines planted, this is comfortably the most prolific of the five Great Southern sub-regions. Named after the river which bisects it (and the town at its center), Frankland River’s soils and topography consist of significant alluvial features such as flood plains and valleys with mixed clays and gravels

The typical Frankland River vineyard is planted with RieslingChardonnayPinot NoirCabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Riesling is unquestionably the area’s specialty, with its crisp, fresh style standing out from the more diesel–kerosene notes found in the warmer regions further north. Frankland River Riesling has established a name for itself, although it has yet to reach the fame of its counterparts from the Eden and Clare valleys in South Australia. Frankland River’s cool nights and mineral soils are credited for this fresh style – as they are for the region’s peppery Shiraz, which is reminiscent of the northern Rhone Syrah. In general, local winemakers tend to use less vanillin-imparting American oak than their counterparts in the east of Australia, which permits this style to shine through.

Notes from Frankland Estate:

The Frankland River region is recognized as one of Australia’s finest shiraz growing regions. The Mediterranean climate of warm days and cold nights, combined with the unique ironstone soil found in our Isolation Ridge Vineyard produces shiraz of power, refinement and finesse.

 The Estate:

Perhaps one of the most isolated vineyard sites in the world it seemed only fitting that we called our site “Isolation Ridge Vineyard”. This range of single vineyard, organically grown wines reflects the uncompromising passion and devotion we have to making unique wines that reflect a true sense of place.

Rae’s Place Tasting Notes:

Frankland Estate Shiraz 2015 Frankland River, Australia

Shiraz, Malbec, Marsanne, Viognier

Organic, Sustainable

One of the best Shiraz I’ve tasted in a while. Frankland River is a cool climate region in South West Australia and makes some the best restrained shiraz and cabernet in all the land. This shiraz is loaded with spice and black pepper notes with wonderful red and blue fruits, beautiful acidity and great balance. The oak isn’t overbearing but rather adds to the overall structure of the wine.

Pair this with lamb or beef, grilled or roasted. Stick to heartier vegetarian dishes like pastas with red sauce or stuffed portobello mushrooms. You could also just drink this with friends, it has enough balance to be on its own.


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Rae’s Place WotW Jan. 13th 2020

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Paul Jaboulet Cotes du Rhone “Parallel 45” 2016

Grenache, Syrah

Normally $10.99

This Week $9.99

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Wine of the week.

Our wine of the week for Jan 13th, 2020 is Paul Jaboulet Aine’s Parallel 45 Cotes du Rhone. This has been a benchmark wine from the Rhone valley for a long time. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, this wine typifies the restrained French style of reds from this region. We love it because it showcases ripe red fruit with tobacco and earth notes. There’s beautiful structure and plenty of polish in this fantastic Cotes du Rhone with a price that we haven’t seen in quite a while.


Notes from the region:

Cotes du Rhone AOC-

The Cotes du Rhone (CdR) appellation covers a large part of Central/Southern France. Grenache and Syrah are king here (Syrah in the North and Grenache in the South) but there are 20 other red and white varietals that can make their way into one of these wines. For our needs, we’ll focus on Grenache and Syrah. Within the CdR, there are quite a few Crus that many consider to be some of the best places on the planet for these varietals [Hermitage, Cornas, Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Condrieu (The best Viognier on the planet comes from here) and Cote Rotie to name a few.] CdR bottlings tend to come from multiple villages throughout the Rhone Valley and can vary greatly in style and quality. I like the earthy, complexity of Syrah so I tend to find CdRs that are either entirely Syrah (very hard to find) or contain large amounts of the grape. Grenache tends to be a bit higher in alcohol and are thus very expressive, fruity and flavorful.


 Notes from Paul Jaboulet Aine:

Because there are no great wines without great grapes.


In the small town of La Roche-de-Glun in the Drôme, we are pleased to introduce you to Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné , specialist in wines & spirits .

Created in 1834 in Tain-l’Hermitage , the Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné today creates great local wines under the impetus of Caroline Frey.

For almost two centuries, Paul Jaboulet Aîné has shared the same passion for the Rhône Valley, steeped in history, rich in its terroir, men and exceptional wines . Respect for men and the vine, the know-how of winemaking, the art of blending and aging are the guarantees of the quality of our wines.

We strive to continuously strengthen our processes to strive for excellence on all products for all vintages. We want to ensure an oenological rigor and an optimal management of our vineyards while respecting the environment. This is why the Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified as well as in Reasoned Agriculture .

Our strategy is based on promoting our products and brands in the most prestigious wine segment in the world.

Rae’s Place Tasting Notes:

Paul Jaboulet Cotes du Rhone “Parallel 45” 2016

Grenache, Syrah


Jaboulet’s Parallel 45 is widely recognized as a benchmark Cotes du Rhone. This has been made since the 50’s and blends two of the great noble varietals of the area. The ripe, juicy fruit comes from the Greanache while the Syrah lends structure, spice notes, tobacco and the hallmark black pepper that surrounds wines from the Rhone Valley. If you like red blends and Syrah, this will be a great way to venture into the Rhone Valley.

Pair this wine with roasted meats, stews, BBQ and heartier pasta dishes.



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Rae’s Place WotW Jan. 6th 2020

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Cantina Produttori “Cormons” Chardonnay 2018 Fruili, Italy



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Wine of the week.
Our wine of the week for January 6th is the 2018 Cormòns Chardonnay from Cantina Produttori in Friuli Isonzo, Italy. Cormòns is a commune in Friuli Isonzo located in Northeast Italy and bordering Slovenia. This is an area of the world that gets much cooler than places like Napa and Sonoma and has the added benefit of the Isonzo river running through it. The cool waters of the Isonzo plus the gravel and calcareous soils (chalky soil that is usually found around lakes and rivers with high Ph and low acidity) create great balance and minerality in the wine. We love this wine because it has the elements of a cool climate Chardonnay and the roundness and power of an oak aged Chardonnay that you might find in Northern California. If you’re a big fan of Chardonnay and love trying new wines, you have to grab a bottle of Cormòns.
Notes from the region:
Friuli Isonzo DOC-
The Isonzo DOC area takes its name from the clear waters of the Italian river Isonzo, whose source lies in the Julian Alps. It runs fast through clefts and ravines and finally slows its pace in Gorizia, fertilizing the rich Isonzo plain to the sea of Grado. Along the banks of this river, which was called “Frigidus” (cold) by the Romans, the tradition of wine growing has left traces that are thousands of years old. This piece of land, where also the Judrio, Torre and Versa rivers run, is home to wonderful white wines as well as excellent red wines. The terrain of the Friuli Isonzo DOC area is incredibly diverse: the countryside around Cormòns and Gradisca in the north is mainly made of calcareous soil, rich in mineral compounds and hence ideal for wine growing; another strip of this terrain is characterised by floodplains and soils at the foot of the hills and is home to wonderful white wines and the beautiful town of Cormòns. The gravelly terrain of “Grave dell’Isonzo” is ideal for white and red wines alike. Depending on the specific areas, the average temperature over the last 10 years ranged from 13.1 to 13.6° (17.8° from April to October), with 1167.5 mm rainfall in 136 days and an amount of solar radiation of 97.790 kilocalories per square centimetre, for a total of 1864 hours of sunshine.
 Notes from Cantina Produttori:
More than 120 families of vintners aged 24 to 86 driven by pure passion and knowledge to produce wine that express the authentic character and the local traditions of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
We are Cormòns. Guardians of Harmony.  
We invite you in Friuli Venezia Giulia to discover the Cantina Produttori Cormòns, born at the end of the 60s thanks to the far-sightedness of some local wine growers and their love of centuries-old traditions. The passionate presidents Ezio Dalla Pozza, Aldo Moretti, Adriano Drius and Stefano Gregorat have always asserted that the future of wine production is not bound to transient trends but to the firm enhancement of their own land. Thus, they established the Cantina, which is unique across the world for its first-grade wines and its many initiatives.
Rae’s Place Tasting Notes:
Cantina Produttori “Cormons” Chardonnay 2018 Fruili, Italy
 The 2017 Cormons Chardonnay is intense and full bodied. The minerality in the wine is outstanding and works to balance the stone fruit and honey notes in the mid palate. There is good structure to this wine and the finish lasts for quite a while. If you’re a serious Chardonnay drinker, this would be a great opportunity to try it from a unique part of the world.
Pair with shellfish, grilled seabass and poultry dishes. Will also go well with sweet pea risotto finished with a little meyer lemon.

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