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May Wine Blitz Picks: Everyday Reds

18th St. wine blitz 2013Blitz! Blitz! Blitz! We hope you’ve marked your calendar for our Spring Wine Blitz! From Monday, May 13th through Sunday, May 19th, we’re offering 20% off purchases of 12 or more bottles of wine, with free delivery with San Francisco! This year’s Blitz will happen only at our 18th St. location, but we’re happy to take orders by phone or email if you can’t make it to 18th St. in person.

There are so many events that happen during the summer: Memorial Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, graduations, weddings, family reunions – this is the perfect time to stock up on some vino for all those special occasions!

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll feature wines we’re really excited about for the upcoming Wine Blitz. This week we’re all about everyday drinking reds. These are wines that are sure to find a comfortable home on any weeknight dinner table without breaking the bank.

2011 Weingut Strehn Zweigelt  –  $14.99; Blitz Price  –  $11.99Weingut Strehn Zweigelt

Patrick and Pia Pfneisl are the brother and sister team behind their fourth generation family winery, Weingut Strehn. They are located in Deutschkreutz, Austria and dedicated to cultivating grape varietals native to Austria. Zweigelt, a cross between two native Austrian grapes, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, can produce either heavy, rustic reds or more easy drinking styles like this Zweigelt by Weingut Strehn. Aromas of cherry and currants, are followed by a medium bodied palate, with flavors of tart berries, cinnamon, and wild herbs. Great with game or spicy meat dishes!

Weingut Strehn Blaufränkisch

2011 Weingut Strehn Blaufränkisch  –  $14.99; Blitz Price  –  $11.99

Deutschkreutz, in Mittelburgenland, lies about an hour south of Vienna and borders Hungary. The region is affectionately called “Blaufränkischland” by many of the local wine producers. You’ll even see signs when driving into Mittelburgenland that say, “Willkommen im Blaufränkischland!” The native grape, once a favorite of Charlemagne, does extremely well there and produces the signature wine of the area. The nose has ripe red fruit aromas followed by a mid-weight palate, with flavors of violets, baking spice, and black currants. Try this with roasted spring lamb!

2011 La Grange de Piaugier Côtes du Rhône  –  $12.99; Blitz Price  –  $10.59La Grange de Piaugier Côtes du Rhône

Domaine de Piaugier is located in the picturesque village of Sablet, known for its dramatic landscape. The jagged Dentelles de Montmirail (giant granite cliffs) of the the Rhone sit just behind the vineyards of the Domaine. Jean-Marc Autran, a fourth generation vigneron, runs the estate and cellars first established by his great-grandfather in 1947. The estate’s old vines and varied soils produce an amazing Côtes du Rhône for the value. Rich dark fruit flavors, rustic herbal notes, gripping tannins, and great acidity make this a versatile weeknight red!

Upcoming Tastings at 18 Reasons:

18th Hour Cafe: Thursday, April 25th, 6-10PM: This Week – Rosé Night! We’ll be serving 5 refreshing rosés for your tasting pleasure!

Spring Wine Blitz Preview Tasting: Friday, May 10th, 6-8PM, Drop-In (Mark your calendar for our May Wine Blitz! 18th Street Store Only: 5/13 through 5/19!)

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