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 presents 10 summer wines that pair perfectly with every summer soirée

‘Top 10 Summer Wines’ priced under $20 a bottle, picked by experts

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The intense heat and bold flavors of summer call for just the right wine pairing, but there is no reason to sweat about it. The wine experts at Whole Foods Market have selected 10 summer wines at great values that pair perfectly with every summer soirée – from pool parties and picnics to big barbecues.

“Summer is all about taking it easy, so we wanted to remove the guesswork for our customers by curating these exciting, wallet-friendly wines to complement all the flavors of the season,” said Doug Bell, global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “These interesting and refreshing summer wines, all priced under $20, are crowd pleasers without being generic. Our wine specialists in every store can help select the perfect bottle for any summer get-together, or just for sipping in your own backyard. ”

Here’s Whole Foods Market’s guide to summer wine and party pairings:

Pool Party
Toast the summer season with bubbles! Gruet Blanc de Noirs will turn an impromptu backyard gathering into a festive party. Serve this New Mexico sparkling wine with Hervé Mons St. Nuage cheese, potato chips or other salty finger foods, and then make sure to have a second bottle on ice. Another favorite poolside sipper is California’s JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay, a rich, creamy white wine with a generous finish. Serve with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, chicken sausage or fruit with a honey drizzle.

Picnics
Picnics call for make-ahead salads, sandwiches, small bites and chilled, thirst-quenching white wines. Domitia Picpoul de Pinet from France offers lively citrus notes, perfect for sipping or pairing with bean dip and cold fried chicken. Spirito d’Italia Pinot Grigio, similarly crisp, dry and refreshing from Italy, pairs perfectly with Parmigiano-Reggiano, prosciutto and cantaloupe.

Beach Barbecue
Throwing some salmon burgers or shrimp on the grill? Grab Nortico Alvarinho from Portugal, which offers subtle effervescence and citrus notes, or the food-loving Innovación Malbec-Syrah Rosé with dried strawberry and cinnamon notes. For big gatherings, the one-liter Innovación Rosé from Mendoza, Argentina, is a smart, wallet-friendly choice for entertaining.

Burger Bar
Nothing beats a summer burger with all the fixings. For a wine that stands up to the bold flavors of grilled meat and tasty toppings, grab Cloudveil Pinot Noir from Oregon, a medium-bodied red with red berry and dusty notes (also great with herb-grilled veggies). Or try the fruit-forward Vega Montán Mencía from Northwest Spain, which pairs well with tangy barbecue sauce. Feel free to slightly chill these reds. Or make wine cubes from the Mencía for sangria!

Backyard Grilling
It may be summer, but sizzling steaks on the grill call for a full-bodied red like Bonny Doon’s A Proper Claret, with violet, cherry, plum and tobacco notes. Impress your friends with Old World styling from this New World wine from California, which also pairs nicely with Borough Market Stilton cheese. Or serve up the lush King Rabbit Malbec from France, with flavors of plum, blueberry and cocoa. Let this one breathe before serving. Spanish-style grilled portobello mushrooms and peppers is a great meat-free dish to enjoy with this Malbec.

Visit wholefoodsmarket.com/wine for more information about the summer wines, tasting notes, suggested pairings and recipes.

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Whole Foods Market presents 10 summer wines that pair perfectly with every summer soirée

Whole Foods Market presents 10 summer wines that pair perfectly with every summer soirée

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 shoppers help fund the planting of 140,000 trees by Halloween through Trinity Oaks’ One Bottle One Tree® Program

Goal to fund the planting a quarter of a million trees by Halloween through Trinity Oaks’ One Bottle One Tree® Program

AUSTIN, TX, 2014-9-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) shoppers purchasing select bottles of Trinity Oaks wines have supported the planting of 140,000 trees through the One Bottle One Tree program, and the company hopes to support the planting of 110,000 more trees by this Halloween.

The program works with the nonprofit Trees for the Future to plant one beneficial tree for every bottle of Trinity Oaks wine sold. Trees are planted to help restore tree cover in areas that are most in need of reforestation — primarily in tropical locations that have the most beneficial impact on the environment — by using agroforestry techniques tailored to the needs of the community.

Whole Foods Market shoppers support this effort every time they purchase a bottle of Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio. “Supporting the One Bottle One Tree program is a win-win-win for our shoppers, the environment and these rural communities in the developing world,” said Doug Bell, global beverage buyer for Whole Foods Market. “Not only are we making it easy to support environmental stewardship and our global communities – two of Whole Foods Market’s core values – but we are also featuring these two delicious wines that shoppers know and love at a great price.”

Both of these California wines can be found in Whole Foods Market stores that sell wine for $7.99. The Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir has a smooth, silky texture and mild tannins and is a perfect partner to salmon or roasted chicken. The Trinity Oaks Pinot Grigio is a fresh white that makes a crisp aperitif and pairs nicely with a green salad and pear vinaigrette.

Whole Foods Market will be featuring Trinity Oaks wines and the One Bottle One Tree program in September and October 2014 in its Whole Deal value guide.

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Whole Foods Market shoppers help fund the planting of 140,000 trees by Halloween through Trinity Oaks’ One Bottle One Tree® Program

Whole Foods Market shoppers help fund the planting of 140,000 trees by Halloween through Trinity Oaks’ One Bottle One Tree® Program

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