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Fattoria San Francesco

San Francesco is a young winery, yet their vineyards have been producing grapes since the 15th century.

As the toe of Italy’s boot and closer in proximity to Sicily than any other mainland Italian region, Calabria holds much much in common with the island by way of climate, landscape and agriculture. Calabria’s principal red grape, Gaglioppo, is also a close relative of Sicily’s famous Nerello Mascalese.

Cirò, Calabria’s most valuable appellation, covers gently sloped hills on the Ionian Sea coast. Its wines are based on the indigenous red, Gaglioppo, and can be made as single varietal wines or blended with Cabernet or Merlot.

2018 San Francesco Ciro Bianco-Calabria, Italy

100% Greco Bianco

Crisp and refreshing, but still quite complex and creamy on the palate. Lots of tropical fruit, peach, exotic fruit and jasmine. Fantastic with seafood or on its own

Can easily handle Calabria’s spicy food – and in fact go further afield (try it with fish tacos or ceviche). Calabria’s answer to Albariño.


2018 San Francesco Ciro Rosato-Calabria, Italy

100% Gaglioppo

A William’s favourite for it’s lovely deep colour and sleek red berry vinosity. Rich, yet smooth and some mature tannic bite on the finish keeping it from coming across too sweet. A rosé of character! Round and very suitable for risotto and gnocci.



July 23 email

2018 Domaine Houchart Rose-Provence, France


This Cote de Provence rose is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The grapes grow on clay and limestone soils formed from the decomposition of the mother rock from the surrounding mountains. This rose is made by direct pressing, with cold maceration lasting 12-24 hours.  All varieties are fermented separately in tanks for 12 to 24 days at 18 degrees Celsius.


Houchart Rosé has delicate citrus and strawberry aromas that carry onto the palate and develop into flavours of field berries, watermelon and mineral notes. A quintessential provencal rose that is clean and refreshing.  Enjoy as an aperitif with smoked salmon, charcuterie, salads and sun-drenched summer afternoons.


2019 Summerhill Alive Rose- Okanagan, BC, Canada

78.5% Cabernet Franc,15.5% Pinot Noir, 6% Pinot Meunier

The Alive Rose was produced using the saignee method from the juice of predominately Cabernet Franc.  It is a pretty orange-pink colour with notes of raspberry, and lime. The residual sugar and acidity make for a bright and refreshing wine that has a medium finish that pairs perfectly with summer bbq and hot sunny days.



June 25 email

2017 Honoro Vera Irreverent Red Blend

D.O. Jumilla, Spain

Garnacha, Syrah & Monastrell

4 months French & American oak

This distinctive wine is delicate yet expressive, with ripe plum and fig flavors. The plush texture has good density, bright acidity, integrated tannins, a spicy finish and a long aftertaste. Terrific value.


2016 Wirra Wirra “Amator” Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: McLaren Vale

Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Colour: Deep garnet with an earthy, ruby rim.

Bouquet:  Fresh varietal notes of red currant, tobacco leaf and choc mint are complemented and complexed with polished leather, earth, spice and cedar.

Palate: A succulent core of red fruits, blackcurrant and cassis are balanced by cedary oak, refreshing acidity and a supportive line of chalky tannins.

Drink: From release and up to 10 years from vintage.

Food Match:Fennel sausage, cooked in tomato and onion, served on soft polenta



June 18 email

2018 R Wines Rosé-Languedoc, France

(grenache, syrah)

90 pts-David Lawrason

“This is very pale Provencal rose offers more energy than expected. The aromatics are suitably subtle with vague strawberry, herbs and wet stone. It is medium bodied, dry and firm with some power on the palate. The finish is almost peppery; the length is excellent.”


2018 José Maria Fonseca Waterdog Red Blend

(34% castelao 33 % touriga nacional,  33% trincadeira)

90 pts- William Bincoletto

“Great value for this lovely Portuguese red! It’s as smooth and fun as its label. Hard not to love this nicely balanced Waterdog red blend beauty. Enjoy!”



June 4 email

2018 Vidigal Porta 6 Branco-Lisbao, Portugal

 90 pts-Steve Richmond 

Fresh aroma with tropical fruit and citrus, highlighting the passion fruit. With mineral notes, fresh and pleasant round mouth.

Grape variety: 60% Fernao Pires, 30% Arinto and 10% Moscatel

Food pairing: white meat, mushrooms, shellfish, turkey, seafood, vegetables, lamb, fish

Serving temperature:8 – 12°C

WAS: $28.99

NOW: $22.99

SAVINGS: $6 (22%)


2016 Yalumba “The Scribbler”-South Australia

90 pts – Bob Campbell MW 

Yalumba The Scribbler is a youthful embodiment of its beloved older sibling The Signature, sharing the same bloodline, pedigree and winemaking expertise. Showcasing the Barossa, The Scribbler is an elegant, complex and bright wine that is designed to drink now but can also be cellared for medium term enjoyment.

Dense crimson purple in color with a very appealing nose, displaying excellent concentration of dark fruits, spices, licorice and black olives. The palate is silky and elegant, tasting of sweet black currants and blueberries.

Aromatically this wine is all about the Cabernet Sauvignon. It is very defined, expressive and opens with ripe, floral aromatics, red currants, cedar and dark purple plums. The Shiraz shines through in the palate which is quite rich and dense with an inky plummy juiciness. Serious tannins flow long to the finish and are quite earthy. For drinking now and over the next 10 years.

Enjoy with thick cut, charry lamb chops, cooked rare, or serve alongside a platter of roasted vegetables: eggplant, corn, capsicum, zucchini and mushrooms.

WAS $31.99

NOW: $24.99

SAVING: $7 (23%)



May 28 email

2017 Aranwa Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Mendoza, Argentina

 92 pts James Suckling

“Delicate notes of bitter chocolate and mint add complexity to the full, blueberry aroma and pull you into this ripe but well proportioned wine that has a healthy tannin structure and a nice, fresh and dry finish. Drink or hold.”

WAS: $27.99

NOW: $21.99

SAVINGS: $6 (23%)


2017  J. Wilkes Cabernet Sauvignon – Paso Robles, California

92 pts – Steve Richmond

“Ripeness on the nose frames a bowl of blackberry jam, brown sugared plums, and a hint of mocha-espresso. The bright palate displays lifted notes of violets and cassis heightened by a fine acidity; aged 14 months and blended with 5% Lagrein, this would pair wonderfully with smoky meats.”


95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Lagrein


Classic aromas of blackberry, juicy cassis, ripe plum, hints of toasted oak, violets and cocoa.


Integrated flavors of ripe blackberry, dark-roasted coffee and chocolate, integrated with fine tannins and a long fruit-filled finish.


Tri-tip barbecue with BBQ beans and garlic bread or medium-rare lamb chops with Moroccan spice and Turmeric couscous.

WAS $49.99

NOW: $34.99

SAVING: $15 (31%)




2018 Bodegas Frontonio  El Casetero Macabeo – Campo de Borja, Spain

100% old-vine, dry-farmed, hand-harvested Macabeo. Macabeo (also known as Viura) is the varietal of this Spanish white. Aromas of wet stone minerality plus some citrus and a bit of dried apricot. Medium bodied with also medium acidity. The palette is a great mix of wet stone and minerals with apricot and spice tone. The finish has a delicious mineral edge and tone.

WAS: $26.99

NOW: $19.99

SAVINGS: $7 (26%)


2016 VistaFlores Aranwa Reserve Malbec – Mendoza, Argentina

91 pts-JS

“A pure and clean malbec with notes of violets, white orchids and blueberries. Medium body, round and firm tannins and a savory finish. Drink now”

This Malbec has a deep purple garnet colour; Sweet, jammy raspberry and blackberry, vanilla, and graphite aromas. A round entry leads to a dryish medium-bodied palate with sweet vanilla, tart blackberry, and toasty pepper spice flavours.

WAS: $27.99

NOW; $21.99

SAVINGS: $6 (23%)





2016 Batch X Shiraz-McLaren Vale, Australia

This shiraz exemplifies modern winemaking’s pure, ripe flavours. Its aromas of black fruit, vanilla and baking spice give way to plum and blackberry flavours with a touch of wood spice. Pair with roast lamb, steak fajitas or smoked brisket.

WAS: $26.99

NOW: $22.99

SAVINGS: $4.00 (16%)


2018 R Wines Rosé Provence, France

(grenache, syrah)

“This is very pale Provencal rose offers more energy than expected. The aromatics are suitably subtle with vague strawberry, herbs and wet stone. It is medium bodied, dry and firm with some power on the palate. The finish is almost peppery; the length is excellent. Deserves the price.” – David Lawrson- 90 pts 

WAS: 29.99

NOW: $22.99

SAVINGS: $7.00 (23%)


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