Cheers to making it through a wild 2020 and into a new year! Our January club comes from Bondar Wines of Australia. Winemaker Andre Bondar and wife Selina Kelly started Bondar Wines in 2012. Their extremely limited (≈200-400 cases each) wines get tons of great press and are highly sought-after on the Australian wine scene. La Bodega is the only place in the US lucky enough to snag these 3 wines, and we're excited to share them with you!
Our January First Dibs bottle is Bondar Rayner Shiraz. It comes from the home vineyard of the Bondar family, Rayner Vineyard, in the McLaren Vale. This area is known for spicy, light, aromatic, and savory styles of Shiraz. We're offering this to club members only for $28.95, shelf price will be $32.25.
If you enjoy your club wines, extra bottles are available to purchase each month for 10% off!
If you would like to utilize our curbside pick-up option for your club at Metro, please call us at 907-569-3800 [ext. 1] to coordinate. We will get your name and pull your items. To use this option, the name on the ID must match the name of the person on the club list.
bondar lito rosé
It's Never Too Cold For Rosé!
Just like Southern France and Northern Spain, Shiraz and Grenache (aliases include: Syrah and Garnacha) reign in the McLaren Vale. Though also a Grenache Rosé, this is a big departure from our Spanish Rosé back in our November club flavor-wise.
This fun Rosé is strawberries and cream, light, fresh, and filled with sunshine. You might pick up on some raspberry and citrus notes as well. There is a cutting acidity through the palate that offsets some of the inherent off-dry fruit characteristics.
This wine is totally drinkable on its own, but to best enjoy its flavors, try this with cured ham, camembert or brie cheese, or green curry.
bondar lito garnacha/ carinyena
A Red To Lighten The Mood
Grenache and Carignan (also called Cariñena) are traditionally blended together in Spain and France, but do well in the Australian climate too. First of all, lets talk about wine serving temperatures. The lighter the red, the lower the serving temperature! This wine is made to be served with a light chill, say around 55 degrees. A chilled red is super commonin Australia.
This has aromas of raspberry, licorice, cherry, and earth on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied and fresh, with notes of raspberry, cedar, and cinnamon.
Try this chilled red with some barbecue ribs or some spicy Chinese takeout, and you might be convinced at how perfect it goes together, even in midwinter!