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Happy Holidays!
Time to stock the cellar.  
 
Shipments should arrive between
 Dec. 3rd and 11th.         

  If you need to change the arrival date please
click to email or call us at 707-282-9343 by DEC. 2.
 To visit our web site click here.    

We've got some beautiful Winter wines, described below.  
This is the time for holiday parties and gift-giving, so we highly recommend you add to your shipment. Some s uggestions are:
DOUBLE YOUR SHIPMENT to 2 bottles of each wine to have enough for holiday entertaining and host/hostess gifts.

MORE of our 90 Point Rated 2013 Zinfandel Blended with small amounts of Syrah and Petite Sirah, this is richly flavored but not over-ripe or heavy so it's a great cocktail party sipper ora match for roast beef, salmon or pizza.

If you would like to add bottles or make substitutions, just click to see the available wines on  our web site , then   email David   with changes or additions by Sunday, Dec. 2nd.   If your credit card information has changed recently please contact us with your update .  

Cheers!   -Peter & Betsy Spann, David, Cindy and Shawn 
Dec. 4th is #CABFRANC DAY
Cabernet Franc is the head of the world's most important family of grapes. It has mated with other grape varieties to father many famous offspring including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the two most widely planted wine grapes in the world, and Carmenere, now known as the iconic grape of Chile.

Although it was once the dominant red grape in Bordeaux Cabernet Franc is now used in this region to blend into wines dominated by two of it's children, the more powerfully-flavored Cabernet Sauvignon on Bordeaux's "Left Bank", and the fruitier Merlot on the "Right Bank".  It is a vital blending grape, adding floral aromatics and rich mouth-feel to all wines it's in and also softening the tannins in Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.  

Cardinal Richelieu was a 17th Century French clergyman, nobleman and winegrower. Originally holding his family's title of the Duke of Fronsac (village on Bordeaux's Right Bank), he later established a residence in the wine growing city of Chinon in the Loire Valley.  He is credited with transplanting Cabernet Franc vines from Bordeaux to the Loire Valley, thus the first to spread the fame of this grape variety.  December 4th, the anniversary of his death is now celebrated as #CABFRANC Day so we've chosen to make this the official release date of our new vintage.

If you want to taste French wines made from 100% Cabernet Franc, try one from Chinon or from the neighboring village of Bourguiel. There are also many dry Rose and pink sparkling wines made from Cabernet Franc in the Loire.

We use Cabernet Franc to soften the tannins in our blends for our Cabernet Sauvignon Mayacamas Range and The Classic Four.  We normally bottle about 150 cases of 100% pure Cabernet Franc each year, which quickly sells out.  In 2016 the wine was a little lighter than usual so we blended in 9% Petit Verdot, the darkest of the Bordeaux grapes, to beef it up.

EVENTS:
 
Havre de Grace, MD
Vineyard Wine Bar
142 N. Washington St.
Thurs., Nov. 29th
6:30 - 8:30pm
Tasting w/Peter Spann
Info:  443-502-2551

 Gaithersburg, MD
Finewine.com
20 Grand Corner Ave. A
Sat., Dec. 1st 1-4pm
Tasting w/Peter Spann
Info: 301-987-5933

 Tasting Room at:
8910 Sonoma Hwy.
Kenwood, CA
Wine Club Party Sun. Dec 9, 1 -3 pm
Join us for a tasting of Cabernet Franc and two of its offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere.  We'll also debut some of our new Lake Family wines .

Sonoma Valley
Barrel Tasting
March 15 & 16
 11am-4pm
Taste at 4 Wineries in Kenwood:
Spann Vineyards
Paradise Ridge
Muscardini
Landmark
Plus 4 others  TBA

France:
BORDEAUX WINE CRUISE 2019
April 25 - May 2  
More info is at the bottom of this newsletter.

 The Bordeaux Wine Region
Garonne & Dordogne
DECEMBER 2018  WINE CLUB SELECTIONS 
 1 bottle of each of the wines listed below at 20% off our regular prices.
Upgrades to 12 bottles or more will increase your discount to 25%.    
 
Chardonnay, Gustafsson Estate 2014 Carneros   Reg.: $30.00  6-btl Club: $24.00
From a ¾ acre vineyard in Carneros, these hand-tended vines sit on a former seabed rich in calcium, much the same as the best sites in Burgundy.  These grapes are organically farmed and picked at perfect ripeness, barrel fermented in French oak and aged for nine months before bottling.  Lemony, crisp & delicious! only  7 0 cases produced
 
Zinfandel 2013, Sonoma Valley                                Reg.: $30.00   6-btl Club: $24.00
84% Zinfandel, 8% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah     14.8% alc.      
". . .red cherry and berry flavors with a hint of cola berry sweetness. It is medium weight with good concentration and a lingering finish". Rated 90 points -International Wine Review  
 
Malbec 2012, S onoma Co. LIBRARY RELEASE      Reg.: $45.00  6-btl Club: $36.00
85% Malbec & 15% Merlot
This Rubenesque wine has an enticing black cherry aroma and lush, mouth-filling red and black cherry flavors. Only 115 cases produced

Cabernet Franc, Amador County 2016                    Reg.: $39.00  6-btl Club: $31.20
91% Cabernet Franc & 9% Petit Verdot 
Offered to our Club Members first, this is the new release of one of our most popular wines.  Velvety mouth-feel, richly flavor but not tannic like Cabernet Sauvignon. 
 
The Powerlifter 2014, Sonoma County                  Reg: $37.00  6-btl Club: $29.60
75% Cabernet Sauvignon & 25% Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon lives up to the Powerlifter name; dense black fruit flavors with plenty of muscle. Syrah adds mouth-coating curves in all the right places. Only 99 cases produced
 
LAKE FAMILY Petite Sirah 2016, Clarksburg   Reg: $28.00    6-btl Club: $22.40
82% Petite Sirah & 18% Mourvèdre                    
Clarksburg is in the Sacramento River Delta, just east of Napa Valley.  It's warm days tempered by cool air venting up the river from the San Francisco Bay make this a great area for ripening a wide variety of grapes. The Petite Sirah from 2016 was so over-the-top intensely flavored that we blended in Mourvèdre to bring it in to balance and smooth out the tannins.  This is a true blockbuster!!     Only 134 cases produced

ROLLING ON THE RIVER
BORDEAUX CRUISE: April 25 - May 2, 2019

A special "THANK YOU" to club members Nancy Huegel, Maria Neverman and Judy & Craig Storer for spreading the word to get friends and family members interested in joining us.

Although there will be approximately 155 passengers on board, only those who register through the toursandwine web site below will have the extra perks and events afforded to our group.    
 
    FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK ON:    www.toursandwine.com/spann
or call Marie at Expanding Horizons: 714-975-9943
or email Peter Spann or call him at:  415-215-9540   Some information is also on our web site