Sip Something Lovely

Valentine’s Day plans typically go one of three ways; a steamy night in, a pleasant night out on the town or a singles-awareness love-bashing sesh with your closest friends. We want to support you, whatever your Valentine’s endeavors may be, with a tailor-made wine for the occasion. Whether you’re proposing, you’ve been married for 20 years, you’re single or you simply don’t care, Bila Haut’s Les Vignes Red applies to all of the above.

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It’s a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, with a medium to full-body. It’s concentrated and balanced, with flavors of blackberry and currant, herbs, pepper and smoked earth.

Bila Haut Les Vignes Red isn’t the only highly rated wine from the Bila Haut. Their portfolio of other wines have consistently received 90+ ratings from major wine publications. They have a white and a rosé for about $13 each. Again we’ve seen some great scores from both Parker’s Advocate and Wine Spectator. All are outstanding Rhone-style wines providing their own version of the classic herbal garrigue flavors, buttressed by great minerality supporting slightly riper fruit than their Rhone relatives. Stop by one of our stores and try a bottle of these great wines to create your own stories, or just retell this one.

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The “Occultum Lapidem” already has a cult following due to five consecutive vintages of 95+ scores from The Wine Advocate. The flavors are bold and dense, using classic Rhone varietals: Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. The higher proportion of Syrah, plus 70-year-old Grenache vines, and the larger percentage of Carignan give the wine incredible complexity, for just $25 per bottle. It compares with Chateauneuf-du-Papes that are three times the price. L’Esquerda is from more granitic soil, thanks to the fault line, and has a higher proportion of Syrah in the blend giving it a Northern Rhone character and garners similar scores.

So tonight, go with an unfailing, stunner of a wine!

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