Popular Wine Club Partners with Napa Valley Wine Makers to Debut Summer Wine Selections -- Boasting Style and Value

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(The Original Wine of the Month Club® to Unveil New Wine Selections, Dancing Derby, Crusted Pie and HAGT)

The Original Wine of the Month Club President Paul Kalemkiarian Jr. samples more than 400 wines each month.

“I’m proud to have played a role in the planning stages and development of these three very exciting wine selections,” says The Original Wine of the Month Club® President Paul Kalemkiarian Jr.

For more information, please contact Claudia Schou at (562) 983-8139

The Original Wine of the Month Club®, the oldest mail order wine service in the U.S., is pleased to announce the launch of three new and exciting wine selections, HAGT (Have A Good Time) 2011 Syrah, the second selection in the club’s text-speak wine series, and Dancing Derby 2009 Sauvignon Blanc and Crusted Pie 2005 Napa Valley Merlot, two of the first brands in a soon-to-be released series of wine selections whose labels are designed by students at the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Produced in Napa Valley, these new brands boast varietal style and value. All three wine selections will be available at http://www.wineofthemonthclub.com.

Produced in conjunction with X Winery in Napa Valley, HAGT 2011 Syrah delivers all that a quality California Syrah embodies. The grapes were sourced from some of California’s most dynamic Syrah vineyards. After crushing, the finished wine spent 10 months in 60 percent French and 40 percent American oak. The result is seductive, richly balanced, Syrah that is smooth on the mid-palate and finish with fruit everywhere. Price: $18.99 retail/$9.99 membership price

“This dense ruby California Syrah offers enticing aromas of mulberry, cigar box and toasty vanilla,” explained The Original Wine of the Month Club® President Paul Kalemkiarian Jr. “Our customers will enjoy flavors of black fruit, pepper, cedar and coffee. A ‘must’ with pulled pork.”

Dancing Derby 2009 Sauvignon Blanc is crafted by X Winery winemaker, Reed Renaudin. The wine selection is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from several North Coast Vineyards. By combining both cool and warm climate grapes, Renaudin is able to coax incredible complexity out of the total blend, making a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. A fine expression of a California Sauvignon Blanc, this wine opens with a perfume of passion fruit with subtle hints of freshly cut grass and green apple. It will sing with black cod in a red wine reduction. Price: $12.99 retail/$9.99 membership.

Crafted by Napa winemaker Gina Richmond, who earned a degree in enology before gaining hands-on experience at such distinguished wineries as Spring Mountain Winery in St. Helena and Trinity Hill Winery in Hawke’s Bay New Zealand, Crusted Pie 2005 Merlot Napa Valley boasts a deep magenta with a brick-like edge. Smoke and dark berries on the nose signal the plethora of integrated flavors to come. A stunning harmony is established between significant depth, richness and remarkable balance, with penetrating aromas of ripe mulberry, black currant and spicy vanilla oak. Intense flavors of caramel, clove and truffle are buttressed by noticeable tannins and rounded by a lush mouth-feel. Divinely pairs with a rack of lamb crusted with rosemary, garlic and thyme. Price: $23.99 retail/$14.99 membership.

“I’m proud to have played a role in the planning stages and development of these two very exciting wine selections,” says The Original Wine of the Month Club® President Paul Kalemkiarian Jr., who served as flavor profile consultant for both wine selections. “Our customers trust us to select quality wines each month, so it was a natural fit for us to provide feedback and suggestions on wines we know our customers will enjoy. I am confident that wine consumers everywhere will enjoy this Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.”


Serving both novice and educated wine enthusiasts nationally for more than three decades, the Original Wine of the Month Club® is a highly-rated mail order wine service that offers its members hand-picked selections of fine wines from the world’s finest growing regions in such diverse areas as California, Oregon, Washington, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Australia. Each month more than 400 wines are tasted and evaluated for club selection and brought to the members at extraordinarily low prices. Members may shop online from a full selection of wines in the “Wine Shoppe,” as well as gourmet gifts and wine accessories. Our newsletter contains fascinating insights into the featured wines, gourmet recipes and serving tips for wine lovers. The club is FREE and “You never pay for a wine you do not like.” The Original Wine of the Month Club® houses a wide selection of award-winning wines at a 10,000 square-foot retail space/warehouse in Monrovia , California . For more information, please visit http://www.WineoftheMonthClub.com or http://www.WineoftheMonthClub.tv.


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