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Wines of the Week | May 16, 2016

May 18, 2016 2:41:33 PM


Celebrate friendship with three new arrivals from Italy.

Wine has been a part of Italian culture for thousands of years, so it’s not surprising that there are quite a few sayings in Italian about good wine. One of our favorites here at Wing Hop Fung is “Amici e vini sono meglio vecchi” which means “Friends and wine improve with age.” There’s no friend quite like an old friend and there's no wine quite like one that has been carefully aged.

Like good friends, these wines – one from Piedmont, one from Tuscany, and one from Veneto - are enjoyable now, but can last a long, long time. Care for these wines the same way you treat your good friends and you will be amply rewarded when you enjoy them together.

Check out our selection available at our Westfield Santa Anita store:

Monte Santoccio Amarone

Monte Santoccio Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2011
WHF Price: $69.98

Hailing from the Veneto region, this Amarone is a blend of the grapes Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Molinara. Like all Amarone, the grapes were dried for an extra concentrated richness before being pressed, fermented, and aged. This wine is a beautiful, deep ruby color with dark cherry fruit, blackberries, bittersweet chocolate, and a twinge of leather. Drink now or age for another 10-15 years.

G.D. Vaira Albe

G.D. Vaira “Albe” Barolo, 2011
WHF Price: $34.98

This wine is getting rave reviews! We were wowed by how delicious and approachabe this beautiful and reasonably-priced Barolo is drinking now. And it will still be amazing 15-20 years from now.

93 points Wine Enthusiast

*Editors' Choice* Enticing aromas of wild berry, pine forest, aromatic herbs, iris and a hint of leather emerge on this full-bodied red. The bold, chewy palate delivers crunchy red berry, anise white pepper, clove, and sage alongside youthfully assertive tannins and bright acidity. The ripe fruit seamlessly support the hefty alcohol level. (11/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

A mix of eucalyptus, cherry, leafy and tar aromas and flavors are allied to a moderately firm structure in this balanced red. The finish is long and walks the line between fresh cherry, spice and earth notes. Best from 2018 through 2032. (4/2016)

Tenuta di Trinoro

Tenuta di Trinoro Rosso Toscana IGT, 2012
WHF Price: $199.98

Crafted by iconic winemaker Andrea Franchetti, Tenuta di Trinoro is appetizing and complex, crafted like a red Bordeaux. Earning a whopping 98 points from Vinous critic, Antonio Galloni, this vintage of the Trinoro is almost entirely Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Cabernet Franc blended in. The wine is clean, pure and expressive with rich blueberries, blackberries, and toasty oak but with refreshing acidity and tannins that give it the backbone to age.


Come visit our new “W” Wine Bar in our Arcadia store. We will have lots to offer in the future and look forward to keeping you posted. We welcome you now to enjoy specially-curated wine flights. Wines being poured are also available by the glass and bottle. Please ask one of our wine staff for more details.

Different Expressions of Chardonnay - $8

Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis, 2014 (France)
By the glass: $6 | WHF Bottle Price: $16.98

Sean Minor Chardonnay 2014, Sonoma (Calif)
By the glass: $6 | WHF Bottle Price: $17.98

Hartford Court Chardonnay 2014, Russian River (Calif)
BTG: $8 WHF | Bottle Price: $22.98

Interesting Reds - $10

Wild Hog Dry Creek Carignane 2009 (Calif)
BTG: $6 | WHF Bottle Price: $16.98

Mark Herold Flux Red Blend, 2011
(Calif - blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre)
BTG: $9 | WHF Bottle Price: $26.98

Abadia Retuerta Sardon de Duero, 2011
(Spain - blend of Tempranillo and Cab)
BTG: $8 | WHF Bottle Price: $22.98

Explore these wines and indulge in the above flights at The W Bar in Wing Hop Fung at Westfield Santa Anita.

Located on The Promenade at
400 S Balwin Ave #2185 Arcadia, CA 91007

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Wines of the Week | May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016 3:11:00 PM

Yao Ming Cab
Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
WHF Price: $39.98

The much sought-after latest release from Yao Family Wines - The Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – is here! At $39.98 a bottle, this wine is a steal. Stock up now, because supplies will not last.

Robert Parker awarded the 2010 and the 2012 vintages 90 points, and the 2013 vintage promises to be even better. 2013 exhibited superior growing conditions allowing wines a fine, smooth tannic structure, perfect development of complex flavors, and good acidic brightness. The 2013 Yao Ming Cabernet is about 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, with small lots of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot blended in for extra richness and finesse. Aged in 65% new oak, the wine exudes seductive and fruity aromas of black currants, dark cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, graphite, and baking spice. On the palate, bursts of chocolate-covered cherries with polished, grippy tannins that demonstrate plenty of ageing potential (about 10-15 years), a rich, smooth mouth feel, and a long finish.

Mer Soleil Chard

Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2013
WHF Price: $22.98

Are you a fan of Caymus Cabernet and enjoy California Chardonnay too? You will love the Mer Soleil 2013 Reserve Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Made by winemaker Charlie Wagner (his father, Chuck, makes Caymus!), Mer Soleil in English means “Sea” and “Sun,” two elements that go into this beautiful, golden-colored wine. The Santa Lucia Highlands lay next to the Pacific Ocean creating morning fog to give the grapes bright acidity and refreshing minerality. The sun ripens the grapes so that the wine is rich, opulent and fruity. Mer Soleil exhibits aromas of apple, lemon, peach, vanilla and butterscotch. On the palate, the wine is integrated, round and smooth with notes of tree fruit, tropical fruit, nuts, baking spice all lifted by refreshing citrus and wet stones. Pair with creamy seafood dishes, salads, cheddar cheese, or even a steak!

Earning 90 points from Cellar Tracker, The Mer Soleil 2013 Reserve is drinking perfectly right now! Come and get some. We have one of the best prices in town, hands down.

(And if you prefer unoaked Chardonnay, we also carry the Mer Soleil Silver Santa Lucia Highlands Unoaked 2014 in its distinctive silver ceramic bottle. Pair with salmon, pork, or curries. $18.98/btl.)

And Don't Miss These Two New Arrivals!
Wine Spectator Top Picks!

Abadia Retuerta

Abadia Retuerta Sardon de Duero 2011
WHF Price: $22.98

This remarkably well-priced Spanish red of mostly Tempranillo was awarded high marks by both Robert Parker (92 points) and Wine Spectator (94 points) and was #15 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2015! We’ll let the reviews speak for themselves.

Wine Spectator - "Alluring for its plush texture and impressive for its depth, this red delivers plum, currant, licorice, tar and mineral flavors that are rich and focused. The firm tannins are well-integrated, kept lively by fresh acidity. Smoke and floral notes mingle on the long finish. Drink now through 2031. 30,000 cases made."

The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Seleccion Especial is a blend of Tempranillo with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, bottled after 16 months maturation in oak. 2011 was a good vintage for all varieties and basically for all their different vineyards, which range from 740 (Negralada the lowest) to 820 (Valdebellon, the highest) meters altitude and produced a very balanced blend, with clean aromas, good harmony and integration of the oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with a lush texture, ripe and round, big-sized but balanced as all varieties ripened homogeneously. 460,000 bottles produced. Drink now-2018."

Jean Marc Brocard Chablis

Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis "Domaine Sainte Claire” 2014
WHF Price: $16.98

Now that we’re well into Springtime and the weather is warming up, we turn to refreshing white wines to enjoy on their own and to pair with food. This lovely Chablis earned 91 points from Wine Spectator and was #47 on its Top 100 Wines of 2015! A chalky, fruity aroma gives way to a palate full of lemon, lime, green apple, and quince. Made from the Chardonnay grape, the Domaine Sainte Claire bottling is rich, elegant, and pairs well with seafood. Drinking perfectly now, this delicious wine will last until 2020.

Purchase any of these wines at
The W Bar at both of our locations:

WHF Monterey Park

725 W Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Westfield Santa Anita
400 S Balwin Ave #2185
Arcadia, CA 91007


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