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    Natick Wine Class: Pinot Noir Around the World

    Last updated 5 days 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 11 days 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 26 days 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 

    91 point red; $9.99

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Depot Deal
    You don't see this kind of score/price combination very often.  I'm not surprised to see it on a wine from Roussillon, which I think is an area responsible for some of the best red wine values from France, and possibly the world, these days.  That combined with an importer I really like who focuses on southern France has me really eager to try this wine.  We're getting the last 9 cases in the state, so I won't be surprised if it's gone quickly.
    Here's the Wine Advocate review:
    "Penya's 2013 Côtes Catalanes is a beauty, and the finest vintage of this cuvee I've tasted. Giving up lots of sweet black raspberry, spring flowers and spice, this medium to full-bodied effort has sweet fruit, a rounded, supple texture and good acidity. It's a knockout bottle of wine to buy by the case as a house red for drinking over the coming couple of years."
    91 points
     Here's the wine.
    2013 Penya Rouge
    Cotes Catalanes, France
    91 WA
    Dion's Price: $9.99
    Or our case discount gets it down to $7.99 each on 12+ bottles.
    Wine arrives today 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

    Wine of the Week:14 year old Chianti

    Last updated 1 month ago

    I love well-aged red wines. In today's world of wanting everything this second, where most wine gets opened within 1-2 days of purchase, wine that will improve with age represents a tiny portion of what you see on the shelves of a store. At least some of those precious bottles do end up in the hands of collectors who will leave them alone for years or decades, but that doesn't help the rest of you who don't cellar wine.

    (A side note is that most basements in New England are great for wine storage, so many of you could be aging your own, but that's not what this email is about.) We sometimes have access to aged high end wines, and some of you have bought those potentially very impressive bottles from us, but I'm always on the lookout for a wine that has some age on it, has developed well, and is reasonably priced. That's a tough combination to find, and it's exactly what I have to offer you today.

    Chianti is one of the great and few remaining values in the world of highly ageworthy red wine. When I tasted this one, I was very, very happy to be able to offer it to our customers, especially for under $30.

    Age has accentuated the notes of autumn leaves and forest floor in this wine, adding a smoky, savory element and transforming some of the still-evident core of fresh cherry and floral notes into those of dried cherries and flowers. There is a great combination of these mature aromas and remnants of the lively freshness that would have defined this wine in its youth. For me, this is at peak now, but it will surely hold for at least 5 more years (stored well), and for those who like fully mature Chianti, it will see further improvement over that time. This is a steal at this price, and I'll be happy to have a few in my own basement.

    Here's the wine.

    2001 Prunatelli Chianti Rufina Riserva , Italy

    Dion's Price: $26.99

    This wine is in stock at River St, Waltham. If you want to pick some up at any of our other locations email

    Thanks for reading!


    Doug Schulman, DWS, CWE Wine Sales, Education
    Dion's Fine Wine * Spirits * Craft Beer


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