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The Wine Hotline: New, Novel & Notable


We’re proud to unleash the brand new THE WINE HOTLINE, your online insider’s guide to the world of wine. This thing includes Best Buys, New Releases, Staff Picks, Sneak Previews, and tons more.  Check it out on Here’s an excerpt featuring some of our favorite new releases:


New, Novel & Notable


2010 Selbach Oster Estate Spatlese 
If only people would drink more riesling! It comes and goes as a fad, but we hold the white in a sweet place in our hearts. Why? Taste this new Spatlese from Selbach Oster and you’ll see. Streamlined acidity balances with broad sugar and fruit in a way that is simply sublime.


2010 Marilyn Merlot2010 Marilyn Merlot
One of the most glamorous releases of the year is here. 2010 Marilyn Merlot is on shelves, at least for now. Every year this wine is snatched up by collectors and supply never lasts. Plus, the 2010 bottle has the most risque label in two and a half decades of Marilyns.


Allendorf Riesling Secco
Made from 100% riesling, this German sparkling is bone dry, but shows wonderfully plush peaches and pears with delicate floral notes. A day at the beach in a bottle, and a perfect BYO pick for Thai restaurants.


2010 Andre Brunel Cotes du Rhone
Don’t miss 2010 from the Rhone. We got a taste of the new Andre Brunel Cotes du Rhone and we are impressed. Brunel is known for his Chateauneuf du Pape, Les Cailloux. The less pricey Cotes du Rhone is like a mini Chateauneuf. With the same briary garrigue character, it’s all about elegance and complexity. What more could you want for ten bucks?


Avissi ProseccoAvissi Prosecco
Looking for fun and easygoing bubbles? Check out this Italian sparkler. It has fresh fruit, delicate floral notes, just a hint of sugar keeping it soft but not sweet. A value sparkler, this Prosecco never gets too serious – and we like it that way.


2011 Evolucio Furmint
Pretty peach fruit with just the right amount of citrus acidity, 2011 Evolucio Furmint has it all. We fell in love with this zippy Hungarian white as soon as it was in our glass. Once we heard that we could sell it for under ten dollars a bottle, well, we were sold.


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