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December 1979 Selection of California Wine
DOMAINE CHANDON PANACHE N.V.
Domaine Chandon is located at the southern end of Napa Valley near Yontville. It is housed in a beautiful ultra-modern facility which was built in 1977, primarily for the production of sparkling wines. Although its main products are sparkling wines of the highest quality, it also produces some other wines, such as Panache, which are by products of its principle production. The company is owned by the prestigious champagne house of Moet & Chandon of France, and its California efforts are tailored around French methods.
Panache is made entirely from the Pinot Noir grape, which is generally made into a dry table wine or is used in sparkling wine blends. When used for the latter, the first and second pressings go into these blends and the third pressing is either sold to other wineries, or is reserved for the production of this delightful dessert wine. Fermentation is stopped before all of the grape sugar has been converted to alcohol. This is done by the addition of brandy which also raises the alcohol level of the finished product.
Panache can be served either chilled or at room temperature. It is fruity, with full varietal flavor, sweet and full bodied. We bring you this selection to accompany your holiday sweet fare. Try it with dessert or with fresh fruit and nuts.
#191 $4.25/fifth $45.90/case
December 1979 Selection of Imported Wine
FREIXENET CORDON NEGRO BRUT N.V.
The sparkling wines of Spain are little known, but are nonetheless, of rather excellent quality. The undulating hills of Catalonia province, in the north east of Spain, are the source of most of the country's sparkling wines. It was Perelada, one of the wines of this district which lost a London High Court case brought by the French champagne industry to prevent it from being sold in England as Spanish Champagne.
The sparkling wines of Freixenet are made in the traditional "methode champenoise", a costly and labor intensive process. Spanish grape varieties go into the blends rather than traditional varieties such as Chardon-nay and Pinot Noir. The end product attests to the skills of the Freixenet cellarmaster.
Freixenet Cordon Negro has a pale golden color and a pleasant champagne yeast nose. It is dry and very refreshing on the palate. A surprise from Spain and a very pleasant one at that. Serve this effervescent treat for your New Year toast.
#192 $5.39/fifth $58.22/case
FOR YOUR 1979 HOLIDAY GIVING CELLARMASTER SELECTION GIFT BOXES
Cellarmaster wine selections are well-thought-out assortments sure to please anyone from the occasional wine drinker to the seasoned connoisseur. Each assortment comes beautifully encased in handsome wood boxes ready for holiday gift-giving. You may choose from a two or three bottle assortment of California wine in tenths. We also feature a variety of full case assortments or you can mix and match the selections yourself.
Each selection is an outstanding value, having passed the approval of our tasting panel and been declared "outstanding" in their category.
Our wide variety of choices range in price to fit any budget and each comes with a personalized gift card enclosed. Come in and see them, phone us, or mail your order, and we'll deliver anywhere in California.
Two fine selections at a reasonable price. Sure to please even the most discriminating tastes. Includes a Cellarmaster selection of Burgundy and Chenin Blanc in fifth size bottles. #101 $ 6.99 (3.00)*
Wine for two, or a tasters delight. You could even serve a wine with each course. Includes five Cellarmaster selections of California Burgundy, Chablis, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, and Grenache Rose in tenth size bottles. #102 $12.95 (3.00)*
Turn a meal into a dining experience. Each selection a classic in its own right. Includes five Cellarmaster selections of premium California varietals: Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Blanc de Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon in tenth size bottles. #103 $18.95 (3.00)*
A well-balanced Cellarmaster selection. Three bottles featuring a California Gamay Beaujolais, Chenin Blanc and Rose of Cabernet in fifth size bottles. #104 $12.95 (3.00)*
Each bottle a superb example of its type. A pleasure to receive a thrill to serve. Includes three Cellarmaster Selections of a California Pinot Noir, Johannisberg Riesling, and a Zinfandel Rose in fifth size bottles. #105 $14.95 (3.00)*
THE SPECIAL SELECTION
Three noble grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay, Johannisberg Riesling, presented in their finest form. These three wines in fifth size are exquisite examples of California Cellarmaster selections currently available. #106 $20.95 (3.00)*
Three of the finest examples of California Cabernet Sauvignon's produced in the last decade. A collectors item of three different Cellarmaster Selections of this nobel varietal in fifth size bottles. A very limited supply. #107 $39.95 (3.00)*
Start someone's cellar. Two each of six excellent selections to begin learning about the pleasures of wine. California Burgundy, Chablis, Gamay Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Grenache Rose, in fifth size. One full case of twelve fifths in a handsome wood box. #108 $44.95 (9.00)*
A superb selection of some of the finest wines we have to offer. Perfect for ageing now and enjoying for years to come. Includes two of each of these special Cellarmaster selections of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Johannisberg Riesling, Petite Sirah, and Muscat of Alexandria. A full case of twelve fifths in a handsome wood box. #109 $79.95 (9.00)*
THE CUSTOM CELLAR
Choose your own favorites or tailor your selection to fit the tastes of the lucky recipient. Don't forget, you can rely on the expert advice of our wine manager to help you make your selections. #110 $ your pleasure (9.00)*