Category Archives: WineShopper

WineShopper Anniversary Week – Crazy about Bubbles!

Today’s feature on WineShopper is a personal favorite – bubbles. Truly, when is NOT a good time to open up a  bottle of bubbly. And securing a case at a deal like this cannot be beat. The way I see it, it’s such a good deal you could BATHE in it. Speaking of BATHING in it, who can tell me how many bottles of wine it would take to fill up a standard bathtub? A question to noodle on.

The deal today is Zardetto Brut Private Cuvee. And it is a winner. slightly off-dry, but super crisp and refreshing, this is the kind of wine you’d want for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert. Drink it at a casual picnic or formal wedding, a bridal shower brunch or 50 year anniversary. It’s just a great, all-around, celebrate anything bubbly! A 12-pack for $99? Yes, please. I’ll take 2.

For today’s chance to wine $100 gift card to WineShopper or, we want you to tell us – what is your favorite reason (or has been your favorite reason) to pop open a bottle of bubbly! Just share with us on the blog, through Facebook or Twitter, and you’ll be entered to win that gift card.

Cheers, Sante, Cin-Cin and all the rest!

WineShopper Anniversary Crazy Tuesday

For Tuesday during WineShopper anniversary week, we’re going a bit crazy! Every 2 hours, starting at 7am PST, we’ll introduce a new wine, at least 50% off, that will be available for ONLY 2 hours (unless it sells out first). Follow us on Twitter as we’ll be tweeting hints as to what the wine is before we launch it. Best way to stay in touch with what wine comes out when? Twitter, and checking back on our site, at 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Some great deals to be had, so make sure you take advantage.

Not only that, but send in a guess for each wine as you listen to clues we post on Twitter, and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate for WineShopper/! So follow along, guess the wines, and we’ll keep you posted as they are launched!

Keep coming back to WineShopper to pounce on more great deals, before they’re gone for good!

  • 9:00 am PT: Single-vineyard Syrah for over 60% off! An incredible Carneros wine for just $13.99.
  • 11:00 am PT: One of our best-selling Spanish wines EVER – 92 points, 65% off.
  • 1:00 pm PT: 2 magnums of one of California’s most famous Zinfandels for only $20!
  • 3:00 pm PT: Estate Cabernet, 91 points, 56% off and under $20!

What’s your favorite Cabernet pairing?

StalicpicIn honor of WineShopper anniversary week, we’re sponsoring a $100 gift card giveaway everyday (that can be used on WineShopper OR for those who participate in our daily question/contest. Today, since our deal is a case of awesome Cabernet (for only $99 mind you), we’re asking for your favorite food pairing with Cabernet Sauvignon. And though it is classic, we’re hoping you’ll give us something beyond just “steak.” However, just tell us what it is, and whether it’s cake or caribou, your answer will enter you to win a $100 gift card. We’ll be counting answers we get through Facebook, Twitter, and here on the blog. Share a recipe, and we’ll post it to our Pinterest board! Read more about our contest rules here.

WineShopper Tasting Notes

A few of the staff got together to taste some of this week’s WineShopper wines. Here’s what they had to say:

Geyser Peak 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Kristin: A little restrained at first but opens up nicely with some lush berry flavors, nicely integrated tannins and oak – how can you beat this Cab for the price!? Serve at your next dinner party and watch them ooh and ahh.

Matt: A solid fruity cabernet with plum and cherry flavors that will have your friends guessing the cost of the bottle is double of what you actually paid. I’d recommend having this with pork or a hearty stew.

Kristine: The smokiness and berry flavors definitely stand out. Not overly bold for a Cab, making it easy to pair with a variety of meals and pleasing to a variety of palates. The price makes it taste even better, a great selection to stock up on for a party.

Heggies 2007 Chardonnay

Kristin: Very nice nose with abundant fragrant citrus and some floral, crisp and steely on the palate like a fine Burgundy, just the right amount of fruit to balance some nice acid – I would definitely pick up a bottle of this wine to serve with a French influenced meal.

Matt: A refreshing Chardonnay with lemon and citrus flavors that would be a great addition to a BBQ or a Sunday picnic in the park. My friends and I tried the bottle on the weekend and they all loved it.

Kristine: Mmmmm…what a delightful fruity smell. Crisp and medium bodied with a notable amount of acid.

Bodegas Palacio 2005 Reserva Especial

Kristin: Wow, is this a Rioja? Very appealing peppery, almost jammy nose and ripe fruit flavors, with the classic acidic backbone you expect in a great Rioja – my favorite of the bunch for its great balance of fruit, oak and acid.

Kristine: Beautifully dark, pleasantly peppery, and enjoyably acidic. Loved it. Also my favorite of the three. I would serve this with pork chops during a romantic dinner for two.

One of the other staff snuck off with the bottle before Matt could enjoy it.


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Staff Pick: WineShopper – Schug 2008 Sonoma Chardonnay

Wine: Schug 2008 Sonoma Chardonnay
4 stars

Review: I must confess, I don’t normally drink Chardonnay, mainly because I prefer the lighter-bodied style of a crisp, cool and refreshing Reisling. But ever since I had a lovely glass of a Budini Chardonnay, I now have a varietal with which to expand my white wine palate.

This wine is incredibly easy to drink. I’ve learned my lesson and didn’t overchill the bottle. It was in the fridge for 20 minutes just so it was slightly cooler than room temperature when I first poured it in my glass. The reviewer at Wine Enthusiast wasn’t kidding. The nose literally smelled like aromatic creme brulee. It transported me to those wonderful times when you’re enjoying a great creme brulee or creme caramel with friends after dinner in a nice restaurant.

The wine itself was a pleasure because although it is medium-bodied (not the lighter-bodied style I’m used to), neither was it a heavy wine that I’ve had before and generally do not prefer. It is somewhere in the happy middle and toward the style I enjoy. The first fruit I would think of when describing this is a cool, juicy ripe peach. Truly delicious! I am looking forward to the time when I pop this open to share with friends. Cheers!

Schug 2008 Sonoma Chardonnay

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