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    Italian red value, 90 points

    Last updated 7 months ago

    This is one of those times when we already knew we thought a wine was a great buy, and then a critic agreed.  
    Being the grape that goes into the noble, famous, and often great wines that are Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is not often thought of as making inexpensive value wines.  It usually does not produce such wines since it is fickle in the vineyard and difficult to tame in the winery.  There are a few in the $25-$35 range that I do think are tremendous values, but I know the sweet spot for a lot of people is under $20.  In that price range for Nebbiolo, it's slim pickings, and most are so volume-focused that they lose much of the varietal character that makes Nebbiolo so appealing to fans of Piedmont reds or of Italian reds in general.
    You can probably see this coming.  Here's one that's under $20 and is really nice.  It's true to grape and place and, most importantly, is a real pleasure to drink.  It will definitely be in my regular rotation at home.
    Here's the Wine Specator review:
    "Cherry, tobacco and leather aromas and flavors highlight this juicy red. Raspberry and floral accents add depth, giving this the structure to develop over the short term. Drink now through 2020."
    90 points
    Here's the deal:
    2012 Rocca Giovanni Nebbiolo d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
    90 WS
    Regular Price: $17.99
    Email Special: $14.99 net
    Email Case Special: $13.99net/bottle on 12+
    Please email for the case special and let us know where you'd like to pick up your wine.  For smaller orders, you can reply or come in, but be sure to ask for the email pricing.  
    The wine is in stock at all locations. 
    Thanks for reading!
    -Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE


    10th Annual Grand Tasting, November 1st 4-7pm @River St. Waltham

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Please be our guest...

    Bring your friends and family to Dion's 10th Annual Grand Wine Tasting to enjoy free samplings of over 100 wines from around the globe and light refreshments.

    Grand Wine Tasting events are a fun and interactive way to sample and learn about wines, and to stock up on wines for the holidays or as gifts.

    We will have wines to fit every palate and pocketbook! From fabulous  Old World French and Italian finds, to sumptuous New World  California, Chilean, Argentine, and Australian faves,  to bubbly and Port, we will pour wines from around the globe.

    Admission is free and you must be 21 years or older to enter.

    GRAND TASTING  EVENT DISCOUNTS  25% OFF when you Mix & Match 12 or more wines !

    We hope to see you there, 

    The Dion Family and Staff
    Thanks to our Sponsors!
    Wines provided by the following distributors:
    Classic Wine Imports
    Baystate Wine & Spirits 
    Carolina Wine & Spirits
    Genuine Wine Selections
    Atlantic Importing
    United Liquors
    MS Walker


    great price on a 91-point Rioja

    Last updated 8 months ago

    We've had plenty of Spanish reds to offer, but not many from Rioja in a while. Well, today's the day. This is a great producer with a long track record, and the positive review doesn't hurt. Here it is, from The Wine Advocate:

    "Another sensational value is the 2009 Rioja Vina Real Crianza. Made from 90% Tempranillo blended with other authorized varietals, this effort comes from vineyards in the foothills of Sierra Cantabria. Exceptionally ripe with a dark ruby/purple color, excellent texture, and outstanding concentration, length and equilibrium, this is one of the finest value-priced Riojas in the marketplace. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years."
    91 points

    Here's the deal:

    2009 Viña Real Crianza

    Rioja, Spain
    91 WA

    Regular Price: $15.99

    D&L Sale Price: $11.99 net

    The wine arrives this week at all locations.

    Please email for orders of 6+ bottles, and let us know where you'd like to pick that up. Thanks for reading!


    91 point Rosso at 25% off

    Last updated 8 months ago

    "Rosso from where?" you might be asking.  This one's from the famed appellation of Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy.  Always Sangiovese-based, Rosso di Montepulciano is the affordable 2nd wine from a producer of Vino Nobile.  It's nice for the producers because Rosso di Montepulciano can be released earlier than Vino Nobile, helping them to pay the bills while the top wines age.  It's nice for consumers because of the possibility of getting an affordable, easygoing wine that still shows the flavor profile of these high-quality vineyards.
    This one looks quite appealing based on the review, and the price is certainly right.  The discount is on any quantity, but our supply is limited, so it might be wise to buy multiples or by the case while you can.
    Here's the Wine Spectator review:
    "Black cherry, currant, cedar and wild herb flavors pick up a touch of licorice as this red unfolds on the palate. Bright and firm, with fine harmony and a long finish. Drink now through 2018."
    Here's the deal:
    2012 La Braccesca Sabazio, Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
    91 WS
    Regular Price: $15.99
    Dion's Sale Price: $11.99
    The wine arrives this week in Waltham and Natick. 
    Please email for orders of 6+ bottles, and let us know where you'd like to pick that up.  Also, we're happy to get some to Woburn for you. Thanks for reading!


    value 90 point Bordeaux

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Here's a good one for the Bordeaux fans among you.  Good pricing + nice press + solid Bordeaux from a fantastic vintage that is drinking well now = lots of happy people.

    Here's what Wine Spectator had to say:

    "Polished and focused, with currant and mocha flavors mingling over firm, well-integrated tannins in this sleek, firm red. Anise, mineral and espresso notes add interest. The herb-scented finish is fresh and clean."
    90 points
    -Wine Spectator

    Here's the deal:

    2009 Chateau Haut-Maurac

    Médoc, Bordeaux, France

    Regular Price: $29.99

    D&L Sale Price: $19.99 NET

    Available in our Waltham retail locations only or email  

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