Wine Club at the Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey®
The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey® is excited to offer our Wine Club. We hope The Rack House Wine Club will allow us to build stronger relationships with our guests as well as provide them with discounts on great wine from around the world.
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Wine Club Quarterly Wines
- Quarterly bottles of wine
- Options: Reds, Whites or Josh’s Picks
- We will have suggested wines for each category but you may substitute a bottle for one of equal or less value
- Pick up at the Rack House only
Spring – March
Summer – June
Fall – September
Winter – December
We will reward our Wine Club members for the purchases they make at The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey®. We will track your purchases for you. Once you reach $250 we’ll give you a free $25 gift card for the Rack House.
Tracked purchases are for the Club Member plus up to one guest. Not applicable on purchases for more than a total of two guests, payments for the banquet room events, or the quarterly wine club membership fee.
- 15% discount on bottles listed on the menu. Dine in or carry out.
- All purchases tracked to receive a $25 gift card for every $250 spent.
- $15 towards food, drinks, etc. during your birthday month.
- Opportunities to sample and purchase new wines from around the world.
- Exclusive Wine Club events such as tastings, pairings, and dinners
- Pre-sale and discounts available to all Rack House special events.
- Free dessert for every new member referred.
- Refer four new members in a year and receive one quarter of your membership free!
Josh’s December 2019 Selection
At the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, the Oppidum (ancient hill-town) Romain d’Ensérune dominates the terroir of the Ensédune wines. It is characterized by one of the warmest and driest climates of France located at the west of Béziers. Proud of a thousand-year-old tradition, the Ensérune winegrowers were keen to develop their vineyards by familiarizing grape varieties from various horizons. Created by teamwork, the Ensédune range is the product of generations of collaboration by winegrowers and presents unusual grape varieties for monovarietal wines.
Marselan is a recent crossing between two famous red grape varieties, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. The highly regarded crossing is now found in niche pockets across the globe from China to Uruguay with its roots firmly in the Languedoc and Provence regions of southern France. Marselan is a moderately vigorous, late-maturing variety. Wines made from Marselan are medium-bodied with fine tannins, good color, and characteristics of cherry and cassis.
Marselan was bred in 1961 by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) at their Domaine de Vassal station in Marseillan, after which the grape is named. The objective in this breeding program was to create high-yielding varieties with large berries. Despite its natural resistance to mildew and botrytis, Marselan’s small berry size meant that it was shelved at this time, and revisited in the 1990s as producers began to look to quality over quantity. Marselan was added to the French national register of grapes in 1990.
After vatting, the grapes are “bled” to 15% to concentrate the must. Extraction is carried out by several pumping over and rack-and-return operations during the first third of the fermentation process. At the end of this process, the tank is left to macerate for 3 to 4 weeks in order to obtain the desired richness and complexity on the palate. Matured on fine lees for 2 months.
This Marselan taste of fruity, lively, balsamic, small berry fruit reminiscent of blackcurrant, blueberry, and strawberry, with a lovely, mellow concentration. Enjoy this wine with game and red meat.
The Tapiz Alta Collection was born to celebrate the addition of Jean Claude Berrouet (ex-Petrus wine maker presided over 44 vintages at this revered Bordeaux winery) as Consultant Winemaker in 2013. The alta (high-altitude) fruit comes from Tapiz’s sustainably-farmed estate vineyards in Uco Valley, Mendoza. Chief Winemaker Fabian Valenzuela and Jean Claude work together to create a beautiful tapiz (tapestry). The vineyards are estate vineyards of the San Pablo Vineyard in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. San Pablo is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Mendoza (4,600 feet above sea level). This extreme altitude provides for warm days which impart concentration to the grapes, and cold nights which give natural acidity. The state-of-the-art winery is located in the vineyard and is sustainably farmed. Harvest is done by hand with the sorting coming way of a double manual selection. This wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks for approximately 15 days at 80ºF. It is then aged for 9 months in French (85%) and American (15%) oak barrels (first and second use).
This is a full-bodied yet elegant wine that has the acidity and complexity to drink on their own or complement food. The jammy black-fruit aromas follow through on the palate. The aroma is complimented by Christmas spice and clove scents. This Malbec finishes with blackberry, chocolate, and fig flavors on a rich, oaky finish.
The approach to Chardonnay making is described by the folks at Stillman Street in the belief “in making Chardonnay that is fresh and full of vibrant, vineyard-inspired fruit—unpretentious, bistro-style wine that brings pleasure and offers great value. Capturing the bright orchard fruit flavors that make Chardonnays from the Sonoma County so enticing. Our Stillman Street Chardonnay is a perfect complement to modern cuisine, and a perfect get together wine.
The Stillman Street Chardonnay is crafted from highly acclaimed vineyards in Sonoma such as the Stuhlmuller Vineyard that is planted on well drained sandy loam soils with the Gauer Clone that is known for it’s pear and spicy notes, the DeLorimier vineyard also in Alexander Valley, the Harvest Moon Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast, and the Gehring Vineyard high on a mountain.
The 2016 growing Season had substantial rains in the winter and about 4 inches in the Spring that was welcomed with the recent years of drought conditions and created good moisture profile in the vineyards which helped to create exceptional quality Chardonnay. Bud break was early so harvest started early. There was still sufficient hang time in Sonoma to create a substantial flavor development with slightly above average yields. The 2016 vintage was crafted by Leo Hansen and Dennis Patton; two highly acclaimed winemakers who chose to age the wine in both stainless steel and older oak barrels for more complexity and bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees, for added texture.
The wine is filled with orchard fruit aromas of pear and apple which are complimented by citrus, honeysuckle, and a hint of oak. On the palate the pear and apple flavors continue alongside layers of grapefruit, vanilla, and a hint of minerality.
The winemaking traditions of the Pavans began in 1919. Today Vini Pavan is a winery of considerable dimensions using state-of-the-art technologies, while honoring time old traditions. The Moscato grape is primarily planted in two different regions of Italy, Piemonte and Vento – each with distinctly different flavor profiles. Piemonte Moscatos offer stone fruit flavors of peach and nectarine, and Veneto Moscatos offer ripe melon and green apple flavors. The Pavan Moscato is produced entirely in Veneto. Moscato wines are almost always sweet, low in alcohol, and typically frizzante or sparkling.
Fragrant and generous, these wines offer the tastes and traditions of the culture of Veneto. These attributes have been passed on through the generations by a family operated winery that has successfully combined dedication with innovation. The Moscato grapes from the Colli Eugane Vineyard, about 650 feet above sea level. The vineyard is home to 24 acres reserved for Moscato vines and produce about 4000 cases to be imported.
Produced in the low foothills of the Pyrenees, where the climates of the Mediterranean and Atlantic meet, this original blend – light and easy-to-drink – makes Cassagnau a Languedoc wine with the accent of the southwest. Jacques Abet, doctor by profession, runs this family-owned estate with enthusiasm and painstaking care on a terroir that is unique. Family-owned since the eighteenth century, the estate owes its longevity to its women. Jacques’ grandmother Berthe, who managed the estate for six decades, took it through two world wars and many viticultural crises. He inherited this family property from his mother, Jacqueline. Today, it’s thanks to his wife Colette that Jacques, who had chosen to pursue a career in medicine, is able to satisfy his passion for winegrowing and for the terroir in which he grew up. You’ll find Jacques in the tiny village of Pauligne near Limoux. For the past few years, thanks to passionate dedication, strict standards and an authentic approach, he has been breathing new life into the estate.
One of the estate’s unique qualities lies in its hugely diverse mix of varieties – proof of the curiosity and open-mindedness Jacques. Besides the Mediterranean varieties, Syrah and Grenache, you’ll also find Atlantic varieties more typical of Bordeaux – Merlot and Cabernet – the Burgundy varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and last but not least, the time-honored local varieties, Mauzac and Chenin Blanc.
The geographical situation of the Languedoc and the Atlantic climate are the defining influences when it comes to explaining the excellence and uniqueness of this terroir. Here, by an almost magical stroke of luck, two climates come together: the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The Mediterranean influences make for generous wines, with the sunshine providing ripeness, while the westerly influence maintains the humidity and freshness that is necessary for the fruit to express itself fully. Rounding out the picture is the diversity of the soils: gravel terraces with large round pebbles predominate on the low slopes of the foothills of Pyrenees.
The carefully picked grapes are transported to the winery and placed in cement vats. The wines are vat-aged, then blended for bottling at the end of the winter following the harvest. Every generation comes together at harvest time for a family grape-picking party The brilliant ruby-red color with deep purple tints promises a wine of great freshness. The nose reveals a subtle blend of blackberry and blackcurrant with a hint of spicy pepper and herbs, which is Syrah’s signature flavor. This wine has a round front palate and creamy extract and a superbly fresh finish. Distinctly easy-to-drink and made to be enjoyed with or without food. This is best drunk young and is a blend consisting of 35% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 30% Merlot.
Campo Viejo has a long history that dates to the Roman Empire. However, it has been only in the last century that their name became synonymous with Rioja wines. From the first vintage – brewed in the former Ortigüela winery in 1959 – to the creation of the famous ‘Rioja Bottle’ in 1961 and the unveiling of their new state-of-the-art sustainable winery in 2001, Campo Viejo has been at the forefront of Rioja winemaking.
A superior source of white grapes to produce Spain’s prized sparkling wine, Cava, the Penedes region is part of Catalunya and sits just south of Barcelona. Medio Penedès is the most productive source of the Cava grapes, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. Penedes also grows Garnacha and Tempranillo for high quality reds and rosès. The name Penedès is not that of a town or village, but of a former administrative district in the coastal hills between Barcelona and Tarragona. The climate here is predictably Mediterranean, with warm summers, mild winters and moderate rainfall concentrated mostly in spring and autumn. Due to the complex topography of the coastal hills, however, there is notable climatic variation from site to site, allowing winemakers to generate a relatively wide range of wine styles.
Campo Viejo has a pleasant, powerful nose of ripe red berries. There is a round mouthfeel, with a lingering aftertaste. Balanced, fruity, and full of flavor. All of this means you can enjoy this cava as an aperitif or with dishes such as risottos, pasta, cheeses, sausages, white meat, and fish. You could also pair this with spicier meals and with dishes in a rich sauce.