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    a Napa legend

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Opus One is one of the most sought after wines coming out of Napa.  Formed in 1979 as a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild (of Château Mouton Rothschild), this project got a lot of attention from the very beginning.  Its founders spared no expense to make the best Cabernet Sauvingon-based blend from Napa Valley that they possibly could.  From that time until today, Opus One has gotten high praise from critics, collectors, and consumers in general.
    2012 looks to be a strong vintage for this wine.  Check out these reviews.
    From James Suckling:
    "Glorious purity of fruit here with blackcurrants, blueberries, dark chocolate, fresh herbs and forest floor. Hints of mint. Full body, seamless tannins and wonderful balance. Tight and compacted tannins with beautiful fruit and great length. Hazelnut and chocolate. Goes on for minutes. One of the best Opus in years. Compacted and beautiful. Hard not to drink now but better in 2018."
    97 points
    Here's what Antonio Galloni had to say:
    "Rich, powerful and seductive, the 2012 Opus One blossoms in the glass with superb textural richness and volume. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, cedar, new leather and tobacco all meld together as the 2012 shows off its personality. Fine, silky tannins support the huge, creamy finish. The 2012 has just been bottled, but it is superb. I expect the 2012 will offer a long and broad drinking window of pure pleasure."
    96 points
    Here's the wine.
    2012 Opus One
    Napa Valley, CA
    97 JS, 96 AG
    Dion's Price: $225 net
    This wine is in stock at both Waltham locations.  Let me know if you'd like to pick some up at one of our other stores. 781-894-1907
    Thanks for reading!
    Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE 
    Wine Sales, Education 

    Phantom is back!

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Bogle Phantom is wildly popular.  Despite its fairly large production, this wine sells out fairly quickly every year, forcing fans who did not stock up to wait months for the release of the next vintage.  That is true on a national level, as well as for us as a retailer.  I'm not saying it will be gone tomorrow.  We buy this in large quantity.  But it will disappear, and when that happens, there will be none to be had for quite a while.
    This blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, and Mourvedre is a bold, lush, extremely flavorful style, with its jammy fruit character accented by spice notes and smoky, toasty oak.  All of its concentration and up-front appeal are probably the main elements that make it such a crowdpleaser.
    Many of you already know this wine, but for those that don't, I think it's consistently a great value in the big, bold red blend category.  The wine's success in the market kind of speaks for itself.
    Here's the wine.
    2012 Bogle Phantom, California
    Regular Price: $20.99
    Dion's Sale Price: $16.99
    Email Special Price: $15.99 net
    Mention this promotion to get the special price.
    Please email for case+ quantities, and let me know which location you prefer for pickup. Or buy online
    Wine is in stock at all locations.
    Thanks for reading!
    Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE

    Natick Wine Class: Pinot Noir Around the World

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Pinot Noir.  This extremely popular wine grape is often cited as one of those that most clearly express their place of origin.  With very noticeable differences between vineyard sites along the same hillside in Burgundy, you can bet Pinot Noir from different parts of the globe shows a very wide variety of styles.
    In this class, we're going to taste 9 wines from different regions so that you can smell and taste those distinctions firsthand.  We'll discuss why the wines taste the way they do, including region, climate, harvest decisions, and winemaking.  You'll leave with a much better understanding of the major Pinot Noir producing areas of the world, how the wines from each area typically taste and why, as well as how to describe the different styles.
    Here are the details.
    Sunday, October 25th
    Dion's, 4 South Ave., Natick

    The class will be taught by me, Doug Schulman, Certified Wine Educator.  Tickets (which are not refundable) are $30 per person and must be purchased at least one week before the class.  You can buy them in person at our Natick location or by calling us at 



    Attendees must be at least 21 years old.


    Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE* 

    (*Certified Wine Educator)


    93 point red blend. cheap.

    Last updated 3 years ago

    I know, that word "cheap" can have a negative connotation.  I can hear the retailer mantra "it's not cheap; it's inexpensive" already.  I'm not saying this wine tastes cheap.  I tasted it this morning and it certainly does not.  For the quality you're getting here, though, the price is downright cheap.  I said it and I stand by it.  The regular price is far higher, but we get deals and we pass them along.  We've already got a sharp sale price, but another dollar off won't hurt, will it?
    Here's James Suckling's review:
    "Lots of dark berry, licorice, mint and terra cotta aromas.  Full body with fine tannins and a balsamic and dried berry character in the aftertaste.  Real balance and drinkability to this.  Drink or hold."
    93 points
    Here's the wine.
    2012 Primus The Blend
    Colchagua Valley, Chile
    93 JS
    Regular Price: $24.99
    Dion's Sale Price: $14.99
    Email Special Price: $13.99
    Be sure to mention the email to get that price.
    Wine is in stock at all locations.  Please email for case quantities and let me know which is your desired pickup location.
    Thanks for reading!
    Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE

    Sour Beer Tasting

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The souring of beer has been around for centuries and for many of those years it has only been a very small section of the craft beer scene. In the recent years sour beers have become some of the most sought after and coveted brews in the world.
    These beers sometimes take years to ferment and are often brewed in small batches due to the length of time it takes to perfect them. The style was originally an accident caused by the lack of sanitation which allowed wild yeasts and bacteria to infect the beer during the brewing process. Now a days the hardy yeast Brettanomyces and the bacteria Lactobacillus are use to craft complex masterpieces.
    We wanted to share these interesting creations with you this week in honor of Sour Beer Day, which is Sunday the 13th. So please stop by this Thursday to taste offerings from breweries like Cascade, Rodenbach, The Bruery and more.
    Thursday, September 10th
    850 Lexington Street, Waltham 

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