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Kendall FineWine Spirits offers a superb selection of domestic and imported wines, as well as champagnes, port, and dessert wines. Click headings below to learn more about domestic wines, imported wines, and special varieties such as champagne & sparkling wines and port & dessert wines. We also invite you to enjoy some of our featured articles:

Red wine varieties include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. White wine varieties include Chardonnays, Rieslings, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

buy domestic wine onlineWineries and vineyards from Oregon, Washington and California are producing some of the best wines in the world. Ranging from Napa Valley in California to Red Mountain in Washington State, you are sure to find the wine that dazzles your taste buds.

California Wines and Vineyards

California is broken up into five main wine regions containing 87 federally certified American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). They are the North Coast, Central Valley, Sierra Foothills, Central Coast and South Coast.

California's AVAs are: Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, St. Helena, and Stags Leap.

Oregon Wines

Oregon is separated into four distinctive climate regions, which hold multiple microclimates that are perfect for growing wine grapes. Oregon's appellations are Willamette Valley, Umpqua Valley, Rogue Valley and Applegate Valley. Oregon also shares three appellations with Washington State: Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley and the Columbia George. Oregon is home to more than 40 grape varietals with the most popular ones being Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling.

The Willamette Valley's best known grape is Pinot Noir, which is considered to be one of the best in the world.

Washington Wines

Washington is the nation's second largest producer of fine wines with over 240 wineries and 29,000 acres of premium grapes. Washington has five wine regions that are Federally recognized as American Viticulture Areas (AVAs).

Washington AVAs are: Columbia George, Columbia Valley Puget Sound, Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, and Yakima Valley.

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Bordeaux

There is little in the world more alluring than a glass of Bordeaux wine. In Bordeaux, centuries of blending mastery combined with a unique terrain and climate give birth to refinement and equilibrium that is most enticing. Discover the wines of this unparalleled region, and soon you too will be seduced by the wines of Bordeaux.

Bordeaux was naturally predestined to produce the world's finest wines. There are 284,320 acres of AOC vines in Bordeaux. Bordeaux has an ideal climate -- moderated by the Gulf Stream, tempered by the Atlantic, with the tallest sand dunes in Europe, and with the forest of the Landes providing a natural wind barrier protecting the vineyards. The great diversity of microclimates and soils (clay, gravel, chalk, limestone) are ideally suited to Bordeaux's different grape varieties:

Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot

Whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle.

The richness and elegance of Bordeaux wines are the result of subtle blending of these different grape varieties, combined with centuries of experience, the skills of local winemakers, and ongoing research by oenologists (wine scientists) and technicians.

Thanks to its size and diversity, Bordeaux produces fine wines for every taste, every mood, and every budget. From classified Grand Cru (growth) wines to small chateaux and top brand names; from dry white wines to sweet wines, lighter to fuller bodied reds. The choice is yours.

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For over three centuries, Champagne wines have been an integral part of the art of fine living in France and around the world.

Whether you are seduced by the bubbles that dance in your glass or fascinated by the reputation of these legendary wines, we invite you to discover what makes the wines of Champagne so unique.

Everything is different about them: from their origins to the traditions that have made them symbols of lifestyle; from the winemakers responsible for them to the rules that they obey; from the delicacy of the bubbles to the art of blending the wines; from their diversity of styles to the unique geographical attributes of a region of France where the vineyards are cultivated as if they were gardens.

Step further into the world of Champagne by enjoying the wines, as well as discovering where they are made. The more you know about them, the more you will appreciate their uniqueness.

Clad in a dark bottle, Champagne makes its dramatic appearance. Well-chilled, the bottle attracts and creates joyful anticipation. The soft pop of the cork and the murmur of the bubbles catch the ear's attention. The delicate movements of the bubbles combined with the golden, rosy or crystal hue of the wine captivate the eye. But pay attention to every aspect of the wine you are going to taste: stop for a few seconds. Inhale the aromas before taking a sip. Then explore all the nuances on your palate. Champagne is more than just a wine; it is a feast for all the senses.

Aging Champagne

Champagne wines have already reached maturity in the cellars under the careful scrutiny of the producers. Yet Champagnes can be stored for several years in your own home, provided that they are stored in a cool, dark place.

Chilling Champagne

Champagne wines should be enjoyed chilled, but not too cold. A Champagne bottle usually reaches its ideal temperature of 45-50°F (7-10°C) after twenty minutes in a bucket filled with ice and water or after three hours in the refrigerator. Do not chill Champagne in the freezer.

Opening Champagne

Cut the foil and undo the wire cage known as the muselet. Grasp the cork in one hand and turn the bottle with the other, holding it at the bottom. The cork will then easily come off by itself.

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About Port

Port is the world's greatest fortified wine, produced in the valley of the Duoro River, East of Oporto in Northern Portugal.

Port falls into two broad categories: ruby ports, characterized by intense, red fruit and berry flavors; and tawny ports, distinguished by their mellow, nutty, butterscotch and caramel essences.

The most frequently encountered Ruby ports include wines labeled simply "ruby", as well as those referred to as "vintage character" and "late-bottled vintage". Ruby and late-bottled vintage port will both stay fresh for three or four weeks after being opened.

Tawny ports, as the name suggests, range from russet to bronze in color. Rather than being bottled when young, they spend most of their lives in large oak casks, during which time an exchange takes place between the wine and the air through the wood. "Tawny ports of age" are the aristocrats of the tawny category. These wines, labeled "10 year-old", "20 year-old", "30 year-old" and "over 40 year-old", are of the average age indicated on the label, and range in price accordingly. A ten year-old tawny port will be russet in color, with toasty, gentle fruit flavors; a thirty or forty year-old tawny will be amber to bronze, and show intense caramel and butterscotch flavors with nutty, vanilla overtones.

Pairing Port with Food

Although port is typically consumed as a dessert wine, there are some savory foods which go extremely well with it, one of which is cheese. With these few guidelines in mind, choosing the right cheese for your port or the occasion becomes a much easier task.

  • Consider the assertiveness of the cheese and the weight of the port
  • Is the cheese pungent, salty, or sweet?
  • Look at the texture of the cheese - for example, Brie or Camembert with their soft, creamy texture, are not ideal cheeses for ports - they are too mild and sweet.

Port & Cheese Pairing Guide

Port Cheese Type Example of Cheese
White Hard, crumbly cheeses Wensleydale
Cheshire
Caerphilly
Ruby Full flavored goat's milk cheeses Ticklemore
Crottin de Chavignol
10 year-old Tawny Hard sheep's milk cheeses Berkswell
Pyrenean
Vintage Character Full flavored cheeses both hard
& soft
Mature Cheddar
Pont L'Eveque
Late Bottled Vintage Soft, creamy cheeses Brie de Meaux
Waterloo
Vintage Blue Cow's milk cheeses Stilton
Dorset Blue Vinny

 

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Dolce

The name Dolce (pronounced dol'chay) was inspired by the romantic Italian phrase "Dolce Far Niente" (sweet doing nothing), which is only fitting since the vintages of this sweet late harvest wine have been created in the extraordinary cellars of the famous Napa Valley wine estate, Far Niente.

Dolce is the only winery in California to specialize solely in the production of late-harvest wine.





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