12 Days of Cheese: Whole Foods Market to feature an artisan cheese each day from Dec. 8 to 19

12 Days of Cheese: Whole Foods Market to feature an artisan cheese each day from Dec. 8 to 19

 

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is celebrating the 12 Days of Cheese by highlighting an artisan cheese each day from Dec. 8 to 19, offering customers an excellent opportunity to try some of the highest quality cheeses available at a significant discount. Each of the selected cheeses will be 50 percent off for one day during the 12-day period.

These distinctive cheeses were chosen by Whole Foods Market’s global cheese buyer with help from the company’s Certified Cheese Professionals. This highly trained group has been certified by the American Cheese Society for their expertise in cheese storage and handling, nutrition, distribution, raw materials, the ripening process, the making process, and on categories and types of cheeses.

“We have selected a flavorful and diverse set of cheeses for every holiday celebration,” said Whole Foods Market’s Global Executive Coordinator of Specialty and Product Innovation & Development, Cathy Strange. “We’re thrilled to offer these exciting cheeses at a great value, so customers can enjoy these special items while stretching their dollar.”

Whole Foods Market’s Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie, paired each cheese with a wine from the Sommelier Selects list available in stores throughout the holiday season. This specially curated group of wines were chosen to pair exceptionally well with seasonal flavors. They offer exciting, foolproof choices for shoppers and most are less than $20 per bottle.

The featured wines and cheeses include:

Cheese Wine
Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog The Federalist Barrel-Aged Zinfandel

Mendocino Co, CA

Epoisse selected by Herve Mons DeMorgenzon DMZ Chardonnay

Western Cape, South Africa

Bonne Bouche Vermont Creamery Holy Snail Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Loire Valley, FR

Cheddar Montgomery’s from Neal’s Yard Dairy Criterion Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra, Australia

Eraptured Blue from Rogue Creamery, organic Undaunted Columbia Valley Malbec

Columbia, Washington

Gabietou selected by Herve Mons Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Burgundy, FR

Grand Cru Reserve, organic Empire Estate Finger Lakes Dry Riesling

New York, NY

Rapin Le Marechal Monterustico Piemonte Bianco

Piedmonte, Italy

Cellars at Jasper Hill Hartwell De Chanceny Brut Rosé Cremant de Loire

Loire Valley, FR

Ubriaco del Piave Domaine de Petroni Corsican Red

Corsica, FR

Pleasant Ridge Reserve Uplands Cheese J. Lassalle Champagne Brut Premier Cru

Champagne, France

Truffle Gouda Klare Melk from Dutch Cheesemasters Banshee Sonoma Pinot Noir

Sonoma County, CA

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market announces 20% off on the new “Sommelier Selects” wines

Whole Foods Market announces 20% off on the new “Sommelier Selects” wines

 

All Sommelier Selects seasonal wines 20 percent off July 21 through 23

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Between July 21 and 23, Whole Foods Market is featuring wines from the new “Sommelier Selects” program  at 20 percent off the regular retail price.

This seasonal wine list was chosen by Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie, and every wine offers a great value for the quality, with sale prices ranging from around $8 to $20 for a 750 mL bottle. There’s also a special 1.5mL magnum bottle of rosé on sale for just over $20. The “Sommelier Selects” list pairs exceptionally well with classic flavors of the season and highlights leading wine trends like chillable reds and high-quality canned wines.

Devon’s “Sommelier Selects” list includes:

Top Picks for Summer

  • Le Pillon Gascogne
  • Bieler Family Daisy Pinot Grigio Blend
  • El Terrano Albariño
  • West Side Wine Co. Chardonnay
  • Charles & Charles Rosé
  • Monterustico Piemonte Rosso
  • OTWC (Oregon Trails Wine Company) Pinot Noir
  • Bodini Cielo Rojo Red Blend
  • Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vacanze Italiane Prosecco

Chillable Reds

  • Lieubeau Cabernet Franc
  • Santa Julia Tintillo
  • Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile
  • Tendu California Red Wine
  • Planeta Frappato
  • Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Combe Aux Jacques

These bottles are featured at all Whole Foods Market stores throughout the summer and a new seasonal “Sommelier Selects” list will be available during the winter holidays.

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source:  Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market introduces 11 wines curated for the season for its new “Sommelier Selects” program

Whole Foods Market introduces 11 wines curated for the season for its new “Sommelier Selects” program

 

Company’s in-house expert curates 11 wines for “Sommelier Selects” program, all less than $18

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Jun-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 31, 2017), Whole Foods Market is launching a new “Sommelier Selects” program in stores, featuring wines curated for the season by the retailer’s Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie. Beginning with bottles for summer, Devon picked each wine to pair exceptionally well with the flavors of the season and offer exciting, foolproof choices for shoppers.

These choices are all less than $18 for a 750 mL bottle, with the exception of a special 1.5 L Magnum of rosé. The “Sommelier Selects” list also highlights leading wine trends like large-format bottles, high-quality canned sangria and chillable reds.

Whole Foods Market is the only national retailer with a Master Sommelier, and Broglie is one of only 236 people in the world to hold the title. Devon’s “Sommelier Selects” include:

Le Pillon Gascogne – “So good, we bought it all! It’s like biting into a freshly picked green apple.”

Bieler Family Daisy Pinot Grigio Blend – “This is THE white wine lover’s wine. Intense, peachy, racy. Perfect outside with ceviche or fish tacos.”

El Terrano Albariño – “You can’t find this anywhere else. Zippy, fresh. Yes to paella, grilled shrimp or tapas.”

West Side Wine Co. Chardonnay – “Pairs with beach blankets! Pineapple and vanilla, touch of spritz. Sip it cold, right out of the can.”

Charles & Charles Rosé – “Ten glasses of wine in each magnum — party on! Spicy, floral, fresh berries. I like it with Mediterranean food… or fried chicken.” To celebrate National Rosé Day on June 10, this wine will be on sale for $5 off that day.

Monterustico Piemonte Rosso – “Amazing quality from one of the best producers out there. Intense structure. More, please.”

OTWC (Oregon Trails Wine Company) Pinot Noir – “Grilling salmon? This is your go-to. Rosemary, plum and just a hint of cherry cola.”

Bodini Cielo Rojo Red Blend – “We had to buy it all! Rich and fruity. Incredible with carne asada or grilled sausage.”

Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon – “You can put this up against way more expensive wines any day. A classic Paso Robles cab — dense, ripe, toasty. Yes with flank steak.”

Vacanze Italiane Prosecco – “A Sparkler for Fourth of July! Peach and apricot notes are off the charts. Perfect summertime refresher.”

Begonia Sangria – “Going on a boat this summer? You need this. Fruity, easy drinking and fun. Everything you want from sangria.”

These bottles will be featured at all Whole Foods Market stores throughout the summer, and a new “Sommelier Selects” list will be available during the winter holidays.

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market marks National Drink Wine Day with 20% off on all Criterion wines

Whole Foods Market marks National Drink Wine Day with 20% off on all Criterion wines

 

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Drink Wine Day is Feb. 18, and Whole Foods Market is celebrating by taking 20 percent off the price of all Criterion wines.

Criterion wines are created to be classic, benchmark examples of wine styles from important wine regions around the world, and are ideal for new wine enthusiasts and experts alike. For sommeliers-in-training, these wines come in handy when teaching the nose/palate characteristics to look for to identify these varieties.

Whole Foods Market’s wine experts Doug Bell, and Devon Broglie use their years of industry experience and acquired expertise to work closely with extremely talented winemakers across the globe, tasting countless wines from a multitude of classic wine areas to create Criterion wines that embody and highlight the distinctive characteristics of each wine from a particular region.

Bottles include:

  • Malbec Reserva from Mendoza, Argentina – Rich, bold, and velvety with blackberry and licorice notes.
  • Friuli Grave Pinot Grigio from Italy – Peach and apple with crisp acidity.
  • Carménère from Valle de Colchagua, Chile – Blackberry and cassis fruit with spicy herbal notes.
  • Chianti Classico from Tuscany, Italy – Complex and balanced with tart cherry and graphite minerality.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, Australia – Dense and smooth with red cherry, chocolate and mint.
  • Rioja Reserva from Rioja, Spain – Traditional with dried cherry fruit and vanilla oak complexity.
  • Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand – Elegant and silky with fresh crisp berry fruit and a textured finish.
  • Sauvignon Blanc from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California – Classic tropical and snappy grapefruit with crisp acidity and an herbal finish.
  • Chablis from Northern France – Green apple and lemon fruit with limestone minerality and a steely finish.
  • Barolo from Piedmont, Italy – Robust with dried cherries, rose petals and tobacco.

This year’s monthly offers, which will be announced a week before each date, build on Whole Foods Market’s past food holiday celebrations, including 25-cent coffee on National Coffee Day, discounted bakery pies and pizzas for National Pi Day and 25-cent cookies on National Cookie Day. In 2017, shoppers can expect a mix of old favorites and new celebrations.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market’s Top Ten Holiday Wines launch in stores

Retailer’s experts curate exciting options to pair with seasonal dishes, all priced below $17 per bottle

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-10-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s Top Ten Holiday Wines launch in stores today to take the guesswork out of gatherings and gifts this holiday season. Every bottle is priced between $9.99 and $16.99, and was selected by the retailer’s global team of experts to pair perfectly with seasonal flavors.

These distinctive, interesting and wallet-friendly wines were chosen to please a crowd, and most of them are hard to find anywhere else. The Apremont from Domaine Bernard et Cristophe Richel is a particularly rare and exciting variety that is hard to find in the U.S., yet offers broad appeal and over-delivers for the $14.99 price point.

“The Whole Foods Market wine team is on a mission to help customers find sensational wines that fit your budget and your interests. We tasted hundreds of options to curate these Top Ten Wines, bringing our shoppers foolproof bottles to make holiday entertaining easier,” said Doug Bell, global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “As always, our holiday wines have options for everyone, from those looking for classic varietals like the Cave de Lugny Chardonnay to folks seeking adventurous choices like the Bula Montsant, a rich and balanced red.”

This collection of 10 wines and one bubbly were hand-picked by Whole Foods Market’s 11 regional wine buyers and two global buyers, Doug Bell and Devon Broglie, who is one of only 230 Master Sommeliers in the world. Visit wfm.com/wine for more information on these holiday wines from Whole Foods Market:

Domaine Bernard et Cristophe Richel, Apremont
Try a sip off the beaten path with this citrusy French White. Aromas of white flowers. Minerality and grapefruit notes.
Pairs with Mons Meule de Savoie cheese, seafood, oysters, fondue, charcuterie, ham, Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip.

Casas del Bosque, Sauvignon Blanc
Wafts of pear and jalapeño pepper. Fresh green melon flavors, grapefruit acidity. A nice plush heft in the body moves to a bright, clean finish.
Pairs with Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche cheese, oysters, clams, pear and arugula salad, turkey and dressing, Hearty Turkey Noodle Soup.

Cave de Lugny, Chardonnay
Aromas of peach and apricot with a touch of citrus. Clean, crisp, nicely balanced with a just-sweet roundness. A food-loving wine!
Pairs with Mons Camembert cheese, seafood, chicken dishes, turkey, mushroom crepes, shrimp and grits, scalloped potatoes, Baked Camembert with Fresh Herbs.

The Stash, Pinot Noir
Ripe cherry and plum aromas. Stone fruit flavors then white pepper, blackberry, even hints of sassafras and cola. Mouthfilling yumminess.
Pairs with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar aged at Cellars at Jasper Hill, coq au vin, pork tenderloin, mushroom risotto, baby back ribs, squab, quail, turkey, Maple-Sage Cornish Hens with Roast Apples.

Squadra, Rosso
Wild herb and red berry aromas. Juicy ripe blackberry flavors, a touch of pepper and rustic minerality. The Sicilians know how to make a Red!
Pairs with Parmigiano Reggiano aged 24 months, pasta dishes with meat sauce, pork roast, beef rib roast, Roasted Leg of Lamb with Pomegranate Wine Sauce.

Michel Chapoutier, Marius Red Blend
A big, bold Red. Spicy black fruit aromas. A touch of earthiness. Hints of coffee and pepper balanced with a vanilla note. Full-bodied.
Pairs with Black Creek Vintage Cheddar aged 2 Years, hearty meats with sauce, chili, burgers, brisket sandwiches, wild mushroom lasagna, Homestyle Meatloaf.

Joel Gott, Grenache
Blackberry, strawberry, vanilla aromas. Blueberry and slight butterscotch flavors. Peppery acidity. Elegance for days.
Pairs with Petit Agour sheep’s milk cheese, lamb, venison, roasted veggies, Roasted Duck with Fig and Port Sauce.

Santa Julia Reserva, Mountain Blend
Aromas of red plum, violet and spice. Dark red fruit flavors, stewed berries and cobbler. Velvety mouthfeel. Full-bodied.
Pairs with Appleby’s Double Gloucester cheese, roast beef, brisket, Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine-Shallot Pan Sauce.

Sea Pines, Old Vine Petite Sirah
Deep plum and blueberry aromas. Warm spice notes. Generous roundness, silky tannins. Dark fruit flavors in the long finish. A rich, ripe California Red.
Pairs with Borough Market Stilton cheese, grilled meats, rich mushroom dishes, rosemary-roasted vegetables, coffee-rubbed meats, Garlic Roasted Beef Brisket.

Bula, Montsant
Attractive floral aromas. Layers of raspberry, rocky minerality and a subtle cherry sweetness. Richness in the finish, balanced by robust tannins.
Pairs with Mitica Mahón cheese, red meats, richer pasta dishes, pizza, paella, gumbo, Roasted Pimentón-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Romesco Sauce.

Madame Liberté, Brut
A bright golden bubbly, redolent with aromas of green apple, pear and a touch of toast. Baked apple flavors. Zippy acidity. Crisp and refreshing.
Pairs with Isigny Ste. Mère Bonhomme Brie, salmon, shellfish, brunch, cheese plates, Smoked Salmon Hash and Eggs.

Doug Bell
Global Beverage Buyer
Doug has acquired a rarefied view of the world of buying and selling wine from living in California wine country, traveling to every major wine region of the world, attending wine expositions, blending wines with winemakers, designing wine labels, sitting on wine panels, speaking at wine and beverage conferences, doing media interviews and connecting with our customers via social media and in stores.

Devon Broglie
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Devon Broglie, MS
Master Sommelier and Associate Global Beverage Buyer
Devon became a Master Sommelier in 2011.

Whole Foods Market launches Criterion Collection wines to satisfy consumers’ thirst for wine knowledge

Criterion Collection offers benchmark examples of popular global varietals at great values

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — As American wine consumption continues to eclipse that in other countries, and as Millennials adopt wine faster than any other generation*, Whole Foods Market launches Criterion Collection wines to satisfy consumers’ thirst for wine knowledge. The series offers textbook examples of sought-after wine styles from around the globe, providing novices and pros alike a trusted reference point to develop palate and preference.

Throughout 2015, the retailer will introduce a total of eight wines, all priced affordably and selected by Whole Foods Market’s experts, including a Master Sommelier. Taking the guesswork out of a sometimes dizzying selection, these benchmark wines provide inexperienced wine shoppers with a point of reference for each style. Seasoned wine drinkers, particularly the growing number of people studying for wine certification exams and conducting blind tastings, can use this collection to train the nose and palate to identify these varieties.

In April, Whole Foods Market launched the first Criterion Collection wines with an Italian Pinot Grigio and an Argentinian Malbec, and will introduce a Spanish Rioja, Italian Chianti, Coonawarra (Australian) Cabernet Sauvignon and Chilean Carmenere in June, with additional releases coming in late June and September.

“We’re excited to see shoppers explore their own palates, starting with Criterion’s classic examples of a wine, and then discovering how other styles may differ and why,” said Devon Broglie, Master Sommelier and global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “This collection gives wine drinkers a reference point, allowing them to find the varietals, regions and styles they enjoy most, all guided by knowledgeable experts at Whole Foods Market.”

Working closely with top winemakers and experts across the world, the Whole Foods Market team first defined the distinctive characteristics of each wine from a particular region. The Criterion wines were developed to highlight those qualities and serve as a classic example of each style. The first five wines available are all under $20 a bottle:

Friuli Pinot Grigio DOC – Tempered by the Adriatic Sea, protected by the foothills of the Alps, and nurtured in the gravelly soil that gives the Friuli Grave its name, this Criterion exhibits the remarkably fresh character that defines Pinot Grigio.

Chianti Classico – Chianti is as old as winemaking itself, and Criterion’s Chianti Classico comes from the very roots of its Tuscan birthplace. Reflecting the legendary terrain that surrounds it, this Criterion finesses big ripe flavors and subtle floral bouquets to create a wine of profound beauty.

Rioja DOCa
From Spain’s most renowned wine region we selected its prized Tempranillo grape, then treated it with patience. After 20 months aging in oak, and two years in the bottle, this Criterion rewarded us with a dark fruit body, velvety mouth, and long, elegant aftertaste.

Mendoza Malbec
On the Andean benchlands of Mendoza’s Uco Valley, we found the Criterion for Argentinean Malbec, where high elevation and a long growing season concentrate generous flavors of berry, delicate aromas of warm spice, and a stunning deep purple hue.

Valle De Colchagua Carmenere
The southernmost region of Chile’s Colchagua Valley is famed for its rugged cowboys and full-bodied reds. Our Criterion Carménère captures this Andean spirit with a generous balance of black and red berries, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and a savory touch of dark chocolate.

Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
A marriage of rich terra rossa soil, pure underground water and a long, cool ripening season made Australia’s tiny Coonawarra region the birthplace of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Complex in character with an inky hue, this Criterion explores flavors of currant, eucalyptus and black plum.
* http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/blog-feature/numbers-wine-industry-consumer-trends-impacting-your-business

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Whole Foods Market launches Criterion Collection wines to satisfy consumers’ thirst for wine knowledge

Whole Foods Market launches Criterion Collection wines to satisfy consumers’ thirst for wine knowledge

Limited production wines that will be featured in Wine Club by Whole Foods Market now available to order for January through March delivery

Shipment includes six carefully curated wines from across the globe

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-1-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The latest shipment of six high quality, limited production wines that will be featured in Wine Club by Whole Foods Market is now available to order for January through March delivery. This shipment includes wines from California, Spain, Argentina, South Africa and Italy.

Members receive four shipments of six bottles each a year at the price of $125 per shipment, including shipping costs. Additional shipping charges may apply for shipments to Alaska and Hawaii. Shoppers can also select to receive or gift a one-time shipment and choose their delivery date at wholefoodsmarket.com/wine-club. Ongoing subscribers will receive additional shipments in May, September and November.

The Wine Club by Whole Foods Market makes it easy to try limited production wines or gift subscriptions for one or more months. From old favorites to new, more obscure varieties, each wine is hand-selected by Whole Foods Market’s global wine buyer, Doug Bell, and Master Sommelier and associate global wine buyer, Devon Broglie, in collaboration with wine.com.

Tasting notes for the wines in the winter shipment are below.

• Indigeno Pinot Grigio 2013 (Italy) – Light straw color with a salmon tint, this white has aromas of white flowers, apricots and peach and notes of lavender, honey and pear flavors with a touch of minerality.

• Verse & Chorus Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (California) – Crisp and refreshing, this white from the Carneros region of Napa Valley has aromas of honey and grapefruit, flavors of pear, melon, lemongrass and mango.

• Marques De La Musa Garnacha 2010 (Spain) – This red from the Aragon region has a dense red color and intense aromas of cassis, boysenberry and vanilla and flavors of coffee and spice.

• Dashe Cellars Zinfandel 2013 (California) – This deep purple Sonoma Valley red has aromas of violets and lavender mixed with clove and herbes de Provence and flavors of blackberry, chocolate and coffee.

Criterion Malbec 2012 (Argentina) – Blueberry and blackberry aromas mix with hints of cinnamon and toasted nutmeg. This Mendoza red has generous black fruit flavors, supple tannins and a complex acid and mineral backbone.

Braai Red Blend 2013 (South Africa) – With aromas of dark berries, earth and smoke, this robust red has a vibrant juiciness.

Visit wholefoodsmarket.com/wineclub to learn more or watch a video with Doug and Devon discussing the wines.

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Limited production wines that will be featured in Wine Club by Whole Foods Market now available to order for January through March delivery

Limited production wines that will be featured in Wine Club by Whole Foods Market now available to order for January through March delivery

Whole Foods Market curated top-notch selection of winter wines for the festive holiday season

Grocer celebrates craftsmanship and artistry of Grower Champagnes with a delicious, hand-crafted sparkler

AUSTIN, TX, 2014-11-5— /EPR Retail News/ — Tis’ the season for festive holiday parties, cozy fireside nights and delightfully decadent dinners. Whole Foods Market has curated a top-notch selection of winter wines at a range of prices that will make meals memorable and harried hostesses happy.

This year’s Top 10 Holiday Wines showcases a wide variety of wines from a perfect-for-turkey-and-ham silky Sonoma County pinot noir to a French chardonnay-viognier with a round, fruity softness that pairs well with yams and cranberry.

“We’ve assembled a group of wonderful seasonal whites and reds that offer something for every occasion and pocket book,” said Doug Bell, global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “Whether you are looking for an inexpensive red to gift neighbors and friends or an organically grown Italian to pair with an intimate cocktail party, Whole Foods Market has you covered.”

For the first year ever, the company’s wine experts are casting the spotlight on Grower Champagnes, which means the same people who tend the vineyards and grow the grapes also make the Champagne. Whole Foods Market will be featuring a very special sparkler that displays the craftsmanship of these handmade wines.

“While there’s been customer interest for some time about these Champagnes, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to celebrate the Grower Champagne movement, and introduce our shoppers to this beautiful Champagne, Gaston Chiquet,” said Devon Broglie, M.S., associate global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “The difference between these artisan wines made by dedicated farmers and more widely consumed sparklers is the difference between a slice of American cheese and a farmstead blue from Point Reyes. We can’t wait for shoppers to taste the difference.”

This year’s featured holiday wines include:

Pizzolato Pinot Grigio – Stone fruit aromas give way to an enticing minerality and vibrant acidity in this organically grown Italian white.
Pairings: Oro del Tiempe Piave Vecchio, delicate seafood, shellfish, lemon vinaigrette, citrus fruit salad, and Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy-Spicy Green Onion Dipping Sauce

Globerati Sauvignon Blanc – From the Central Valley of Chile, this bright, fresh white has aromas of lemon and grapefruit with a hint of honeysuckle, and mineral notes are balanced with a green apple acidity.
Pairings: Mitica Campo de Montalban, Manhattan clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, mussels, sliced pears, and Grapefruit and Beet Salad

Louis Latour Duet Chardonnay-Viognier – An easy-drinking, food friendly French blend that showcases a round, fruity softness, this white has slight earthy notes and a hint of smoke that adds nice complexity.
Pairings: Hervé Mons Camembert, crispy roast turkey, yams, cranberry sauce, and Roast Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Gravy

Sea Pines Russian River Chardonnay – Subtle aromas belie big flavors of green apple, lemon and vanilla bean. A pleasant richness hints at the use of just the right amount of oak for a lovely balance.
Pairings: Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, poached turbot, Cornish hens, chowders, lobster bisque, cream sauces and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Coppola Sonoma County Pinot Noir – A classic see-through, fruit forward ruby red with a  tartness of dried cherry and strawberry and subtle floral jasmine notes. This California pinot noir is silky with an elegant mouthfeel.
Pairings: Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, turkey, lamb chops, Peking duck, sour cherry glaze and Sour Cherry Glazed Ham

Bodegas Belgrano Malbec – With aromas of warm spices and stewed blueberry flavors that mingle with woodsy hints of smoke, this textbook Argentine malbec has a roundness that makes for an easy drinking classic.
Pairings: Hennings Cranberry Orange Cheddar, roast duck, pepperoni pizza, spaghetti with sweet and sour meatballs and Spaghetti Squash Marinara with Italian Sausage and Garlic Bread

Leyenda del Castillo Rioja – Mineral, earthy aromas are found in this deep garnet Spanish red. With bright, sunny fruit flavors like ripe cherries, this Rioja has a lingering, well-balanced finish.
Pairings: Mitica Mahon, grilled meats, pork chops, eggplant marinara, charred steaks and Beef Skewers with Romesco Sauce

Bubo Cabernet Sauvignon – Surprisingly fruity, pleasant and approachable with a touch of green pepper aroma, this red has flavors of blackberries and ripe plums that accentuate the juiciness of this easy drinking wine.
Pairings: Ashley Chase Estate Seaside Cheddar, cranberry turkey sandwiches, veggie lasagna, cassoulet, beef enchiladas and Tempeh Bell Pepper Chili

H&G Priorat – Earthy, herbaceous aromas in this brick red wine lead to a refined minerality and complex dark fruit flavors. The terroir of Priorat, Spain proudly shows in the glass.
Pairings: Guilloteau Fromager d’Affinois, barbecue, hearty veggie stews, Brunswick stew, grilled ribeye and Roasted Beef Brisket with Carrots and Tomatoes

Charles and Charles Merlot – There is an attractive baked biscuit aroma in this inky, hearty red. Black and blue fruits come forward and then recede into a rich, elegant, full-bodied finish.
Pairings: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar Aged at the Cellars of Jasper Hill, steak and Guinness pie, twice baked potatoes, buttery pastry crusts and Home-Style Meatloaf

Gaston Chiquet Champagne – This Champagne lover’s Champagne makes a truly special holiday gift. Rose gold in color with persistent foamy bubbles, delicate peach and golden delicious apple notes lead to a lovely lengthy finish.
Pairings: Hervé Mons St. Nuage cheese, oysters, brunch, croissants, caramelized sugar and Raw Oysters with Sweet Pear Mignonette

Twitter Tasting
Wine enthusiasts age 21 and older can taste these wines at Whole Foods Market’s in-store tasting events or can learn and share thoughts on this year’s holiday wines by joining two Twitter Tastings using hashtag #WFMwine. Dates, times and wines featured include:

Thursday, November 13, 7-8 p.m. CT:
• Pizzolato Pinot Grigio
• Sea Pines Russian River Chardonnay
• Bodegas Belgrano Malbec
• Leyenda del Castillo Rioja

Thursday, December 4, 7-8 p.m. CT:
• Globerati Sauvignon Blanc
• Bubo Cabernet Sauvignon
• Charles and Charles Merlot
• H&G Priorat

For more information and images about these wines and the Twitter Tastings, go to wholefoodsmarket.com/wine.

Experts:

Devon Broglie, MS
Master Sommelier and Associate Global Beverage Buyer
Devon became a Master Sommelier in 2011.

Doug Bell
Global Beverage Buyer
Doug has acquired a rarefied view of the world of buying and selling wine from living in California wine country, traveling to every major wine region of the world, attending wine expositions, blending wines with winemakers, designing wine labels, sitting on wine panels, speaking at wine and beverage conferences, doing media interviews and connecting with our customers via social media and in stores.

Whole Foods Market launches Wine Club by Whole Foods Market on Oct. 1

Company’s wine experts take guess work out of wine shopping and gifting with limited production, hand-selected bottles

AUSTIN, Texas, 2014-9-12— /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, is launching Wine Club by Whole Foods Market on Oct. 1, to bring extraordinary, one-of-a-kind wines from around the world directly to wine lovers’ homes.

Whole Foods Market has partnered with wine.com to offer Wine Club members four shipments of six bottles each a year at the price of $125 per shipment, including shipping costs. Additional shipping charges may apply for shipments to Alaska and Hawaii. The exquisite wines, which epitomize variety and regional nuance, are hand-selected by Whole Foods Market’s wine experts, Doug Bell, global beverage buyer, and Devon Broglie, associate global beverage buyer and Master Sommelier, who have over 50 years of experience between them in the wine industry.

“Whole Foods Market has had a long-standing commitment to offering high-quality wines to customers. We were the first national grocer to open wine bars in our stores and the first to serve wines from kegs in order to preserve freshness and encourage sustainability,” said Bell. “The Wine Club by Whole Foods Market marks another first for the company, and we see it as the next evolution to satisfy and delight our very passionate wine shoppers. And, we look forward to turning on potential new shoppers or enthusiasts who might not live near a Whole Foods Market to some delicious wines.”

Just in time for holidays, shoppers may select between one and four shipments for gift memberships and can choose the date they’d like the first shipment delivered. Ongoing subscribers will receive new shipments in February, May, September and November and will receive their first shipment within a week of signing up. To sign up to be notified when the Wine Club launches on Oct. 1, visit http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/wine-club.

The Wine Club by Whole Foods Market makes it easy and enjoyable to try limited production wines, from old favorites to new, more obscure varieties. Tasting notes for the wines in the first shipment are below.

• Santa Julia Magna 2011 (Argentina) – This elegant, well-balanced red blends cabernet sauvignon, malbec and bonarda and has rich blackberry and plum notes with dark chocolate and exotic spice. This is an excellent, robust blend with great depth.
• H&G Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2012 (California) – This true example of California pinot noir showcases dark cherries, crisp cranberries and vanilla with an attractive crisp acidity.
• Sea Pines Chardonnay 2013, Russian River Valley (California) — Subtle aromas belie big flavors of green apple, lemon and vanilla bean. A pleasant richness hints at the use of just the right amount of oak for a lovely balance.
• Ca’Selva Prosecco (Italy) — Beautifully fresh and flavorful, this bubbly is made from organically grown grapes. Pale straw yellow with greenish highlights and an elegant, long-lingering foam, this wine has aromas of apples and peaches and is refreshingly fruit-forward with a hint of tartness.
• Chateau Boissezon-Guiraud St. Chinian 2012 (France) – Juicy without being over-ripe, this rich, luscious Languedoc red has a fine complexity on the nose with notes of violet, anise and aromatic Mediterranean herbs.
• Chateau Fonfroide Bordeaux Rouge 2012 (France) — Merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec join together to create a nose that is intense and expressive, offering berry and spices scents, with blackcurrant, currant and vanilla notes. On the palate, the wine is well structured, with supple and silky tannins.

Visit wholefoodsmarket.com/wineclub to learn more.

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Whole Foods Market launches Wine Club by Whole Foods Market on Oct. 1

Whole Foods Market launches Wine Club by Whole Foods Market on Oct. 1