G.B. Russo & Son

2770 29th St SE  Grand Rapids, MI 49512

July 3, 2013

 Outstanding, Versatile Red Priced Under $10

Finding red wines with depth and complexity for under $10 is similar to the quest for the Holy Grail.  Sometimes you can find these high-quality/low-priced reds in the most unlikely of places.  Macedonian wines have not been popular in the world since the time of Alexander the Great, so I don’t usually get people asking for them.  After tasting a terrific Macedonian wine at VinExpo a couple of years ago, I began to look for a source for them.  Last year we were able to obtain a few cases of the 2010 Tikves Vranec ($9.99 – 90 points Wine Advocate) from Macedonia and quickly sold out.  After seeing the high score, people would pick up only one bottle because they were un-sure about Macedonian wine.  After tasting it, they would come back for a case.  The French oenologist Philippe Cambie makes this wine.  He is also the winemaker for our extremely popular, 94 point rated Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige from the Languedoc region of France.  When I saw Mr. Cambie at a wine trade show for importer Eric Solomon back in March, he told me to be sure to try his Macedonian wines because they were terrific.  He was right, but he did not know I had already tasted them.  I tasted an advanced sample of the 2011 vintage of the Tikves Vranec, and it was even better than the 90 point rated 2010.  I ordered a pallet of it, and it just arrived yesterday.  Now since I expect most of you have never tasted the Vranec grape variety, it tastes something like a high quality Zinfandel/Petite Sirah/Syrah blend would.  It has smooth and subtly spicy flavors you would expect in a good Zinfandel, concentrated blackberry and black-current fruit you would get from Petite Sirah, and depth of color, richness and complexity from a good Rhone style Syrah.  You can serve this wine with a wide variety of foods like beef, pasta, pork etc…  We will be sampling this wine for our customers today, Friday, and Saturday, so if you have never tasted Vranec before, now is your chance.  If you would like to reserve a case of Tikves Vranec for the special price of $110, please contact me at


A Taste of the Piedmont @ 50% Off

The wines from the rolling hills of the Piedmont region of Northwest Italy (near the town of Alba) are unique and special.  The 3 main red grape varieties of area – Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Dolcetto – only grow well in the Piedmont and nowhere else.  The climatic conditions and soil composition are just right for that trio of grapes.  Barbera makes rich, complex, and flavorful wines with a plum-like fruit character, hints of licorice, spices, and a firm acid structure.  It is a great wine to serve with Pasta Bolognese or grilled lamb.  Franco Serra makes a terrific Barbera d’Alba which usually sells for $20 per bottle.  The Franco Serra will be changing importers soon, so the remaining inventory at the old importer is being discounted and closed-out.  We purchased the remaining inventory of the 2010 Franco Serra Barbera d’Alba and can now offer it to you for $9.99.  If you would like to reserve a case of this wine, please contact me at

Regular $19.99

Sale $9.99

Classic Alexander Valley Cabernet Under $20

For a number of years Simi Winery of Alexander Valley purchased the fruit used for their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the Diamond Dust Vineyard and sold it for about $40 per bottle.  The truck drivers for Simi did not like driving to that vineyard to pick up the fruit after harvest because it was located at the top of a steep, remote hill with just a two track dirt road.  It was a bit of a dangerous ride for a big rig, so Simi did not renew the purchasing contract.  The owner of the Diamond Dust Vineyard solved the logistics problem and found another winery to make his wine for him, and in the same style as Simi’s classic Reserve Cabernet.  This wine is now called Trig Point Diamond Dust Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and sells for $19.99 each.  If you have never had Cabernet from Alexander Valley, it is a style that is very polished smooth, has lots of black-current and blackberry fruit character and hints of dark chocolate on the long finish.  The 2010 vintage of Trig Point is now in stock, and it reminds me of how Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet tasted back in the 90’s, and it is much more reasonably priced.  If you would like to reserve some of this wine, please contact me at


Close-Out Wine Specials

These wines will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  No Reservations

Central Coast, California

Regular Price $15.99

Close Out Sale $5.99

A fuller-bodied, smooth dry white with a pear, apple, and melon fruit character.

A blend of Chardonnay grapes grown in the Santa Maria Valley and Paso Robles region of California.


Gancia Asti Spumante

Regular $13.49

Close-Out Sale $7.99

A fruity, light and sweet Spumante made with the

Moscato grape in the Asti region of Italy.


2009 Carl Reh Riesling

Regular $8.99

Sale $4.99

A fruity, medium-dry white wine from the Rhein River Valley of Germany.