Explorers' Seasonal Value Pack: Winter Warmers - A Six-Pack Sleigh Ride


Explorers' Seasonal Value Pack: Winter Warmers - A Six-Pack Sleigh Ride

Great Wines Don't Have to be Expensive!

Yes, we ship In Massachusetts! As I’ve been told by numerous customers, these packs make great gifts!

This is the Winter seasonal value pack from Fiske & Main. Winter, for me, is when the tastes turn to fuller bodied wine with good concentration of flavor. Heartier meals mean you need a wine to stand up and represent! Even when it’s cold outside, between family, friends, good food, and delicious wine, you should feel cozy and satisfied.

Most folks have had Cotes du Rhône Rouge, so first up is a little twist with a white blend from southern France; then we move to Slovenia for, perhaps your first experience with an “orange” wine; then and unoaked Rioja that is full and complex, then and interesting blend from Rosso Piceno an area east of Umbria, Italy; then we head south to South Africa for a spicy red reminiscent of a Cote du Rhône, and finally a showstopper of a Malbec from Cahors France, perhaps the most historically important area when talking about Malbec. As like previous Seasonal Samplers, there’s a little bit of something from all around the globe.

 While some of us have had these grapes or wines from these places before, others have not, and these particular bottles may be new to you. And this is the point of the Exploration Packs, to try something you haven't had before, whether it is from a familiar style, or comforting place or a complete unknown. 

This Exploration pack is discounted at over 15% off regular prices. No further discounts apply.

La Manarine 2020 Côtes du Rhône Blanc

50% Clairette, and 50% Bourboulenc. Melon, tangerine, pear, slightly floral with a mineral vein. This medium-plus-bodied white from the southern Rhone is round yet not too rich with just enough acidity to keep it interesting. Drink year round but especially delightful in the cooler months. Organic.


Slavček 2020 Pinot Grigio (Sivi Pinot)Slovenia

100% Pinot Grigio (Sivi Pinot). Apples, citrus, quince, honeysuckle, and a subtle warm spice. This "orange" wine from Slovenia is a good way to get started in this category. About 24 hours on the skins gives the wine an deeper hue and a red wine like texture. But this is not one of those funky, shock treatment, orange wines. It is beautifully balanced and the extra texture and complexities are sure to make this a new favorite. Organic.


Hermanos Peciña 2019 Rioja Cosecha Tinto

 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, and 2% Garnacha(Grenache). Black cherries, plums, blackberries, black tea, savory herb, and barely a hint of licorice. Stainless steel aged, no oak, makes this a fruit forward Rioja, and very expressive fruit at that. Good freshness and length for their basic red. Still a bit young and needs a short time in the glass or a decanter to open up.

Aurora 2019 Rosso Piceno

A. A. Badenhorst 2019 Secateurs Red Blend

52% Shiraz, 25% Cinsault, 11% Grenache, 11% Touriga Nacional, and 1% Tinta Barocca. Black and red fruits, black raspberries, cherries, with a spicy, peppery note. This medium-plus-bodied red from Swartland South Africa shows off the potential of the wine-making region. This basically drinks like a Cotes du Rhone but with that South African earthy flare. Light on tannins, big on flavor.

Clos La Coutale 2019 Cahors

80% Malbec and 20% Merlot. Plummy, dark fruits, compote, and a rustic earthiness. Malbec, or Côt as the locals call it, is a bit more tannic than what you might find in Argentina and also less fruity. But this more modern take on the dense, open it in 20+ years style of Cahors of yesteryear, is easy to like and enjoy young. The addition of Merlot is part of the softer style. Aged in large oak foudre and 1 and 2 year Bordeaux barrels, this shows a deft use of oak that doesn't steal the show.

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