The Perfect Summer Red!? Craftowork’s 2015 Pinot Noir. Last PO Sold Through in Hours. 2013 Scored 98 Points. $24.95/Bottle.

It is hard to imagine a red wine that better suits the Summer than the Craftwork Pinot. This is elegance personified in a wine.


98 points / Best of Class – Los Angeles International Wine Awards 2015 (2013 vintage)
95 points / Best North-Central Coast Red – California State Fair 2015 (2013 vintage)

Bottle Price : $24.95

Case Price : $299.40

Winery : Craftwork Wines

Wine Region : California (USA), Central Coast (USA)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Red Meat, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Soft Cheese, White Meat

An elegant and stylish wine, with aromas of strawberries and vivid red fruit flavors balanced with subtle spice and a delicate mineral note. The silky texture leads into a long, layered finish. The Craftwork Pinot Noir is a graceful and balanced offering that is the ultimate food wine. It pairs beautifully with grilled salmon, roast duck, pork tenderloin or soft-ripened cheeses.

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I am aware of just how deliciously wonderful and easy to drink the Craftwork Pinot is. With that said, i still find it amazing just how many cases fly out the door. We bring in 100’s each and every time and yet it still seems to disappear, sometimes in only hours. I am hoping we may have caught up with demand with this latest PO as there were only a few cases sold prior to arrival.

If you are an avid reader of these emails, you may remember we went down to visit the lovely people down at Scheid in early May. We learned a few things about the Salinas Valley on this trip, most importantly, there is a breeze that starts up around noon every day and ensures that the grapes do not get too warm. This, along with the large temperature swings between day and night allow the grapes/wines to keep their freshness and acidity. This breeze, and the big temperature swings, are just a couple of the many reasons the Craftwork wines, and especially, the Pinot based wines continue to find themselves on the top of the heap.

I love Pinot Noir, but i am painfully aware of just how hard it can be to find really good pinot at any sort of approachable price. The reason the Craftwork sells so well, is this is one of the few Pinots we have been able to find that is completely consistent where the price is right. This wine will match well with everything from shrimp off the BBQ, to a cheese plate full of soft cheeses, to grilled chicken. When it is this warm out, i like to throw this wine in the fridge for a half hour prior to serving it. The Craftwork will make an awesome house red for the Summer.


In the Summer, and over the rest of the year as well for that matter, it is hard not to get excited about a great bottle of Rose. I had some guests last night and believe it or not, we were out of Rose. In our house, this does not happen often. Well, there was no way i was not going to offer a refreshing glass of Rose to my guests upon arrival, so i dutifully trotted off to the liquor store. As someone who rarely does this, (go to the liquor store), i forgot just how terrible this experience can be. I went to one of Toronto’s most prestigious liquor centres. I had to fight traffic to get there, then, find a parking spot. After which i trotted in to the store to look at the Rose selection. There was no Rose close to the caliber that i am used to drinking. I then asked a customer service rep for some help finding a great bottle or 2 of rose expecting them to be somewhat engaged and helpful. For example, they may have asked: What are you serving with the wine? How much would you like to spend? Instead, he walked me over to an inferior bottle of Rose and said from a region not known for producing good Rose and said, “this is as good as it gets.” and walked away. This was a stark reminder to me of why WineOnline.ca is the wine business. We are here to improve your wine life. Not only that, we are here to help until we have exhausted all the options. Feel free to call on us for all your wine related needs. This whole experience took 40 minutes and i can up empty handed. Luckily, i had some great bottles of white to take the place of the Rose i wanted to serve.

My apologies for the long diatribe above, but i was truly disappointed. What i was trying to drive at was that we have some amazing Rose in stock and it is featured below. the 2016 Domaine la Suffrene Bandol Rose is, at least from what i saw last night at one of Toronto’s largest liquor centre’s, THE BEST ROSE IN THE MARKET, at least for the time being. Bandol is largely considered to be the best production area in Provence for Rose.

One more crazy good wine to feature today. Gini’s La Frosca single vineyard Soave Classico is the best Soave i have ever tasted. Granted, i was not that experienced with Soave as much of the Soave available from the large producers in our market is somewhat unremarkable. Gini’s La Frosca, however is remarkable and will age with grace. If you love white wine, you will want to stock your cellar full of this.

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Bottle Price : $34.95

Case Price : $419.40

Winery : Domaine La Suffrene

Wine Region : France (France), Provence (France)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, White Meat


92 points / Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast, July 2016
93 points – James Suckling, Nov 2016

Bottle Price : $39.95

Case Price : $479.40

Winery : Gini

Wine Region : Italy (Italy), Veneto (Italy)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Soft Cheese, White Meat

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