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VJB Vineyards & Cellars Red 2+2 Pack - $49.99

Taking Hold Of The Means Of Production

If you want wine that goes with your food, you make your own wine.

That’s probably a statement that Maria Belmonte would agree with. Born in Italy, Maria and her husband Vittorio moved to Kenwood, California in 1976, opening a family cafe. She impressed her critics and her customers, getting attention from In Style Magazine and Wine Spectator. So why would she rely on some stranger to give her wine? Why wouldn’t she turn to her brother-in-law Henry Belmonte, now overseeing the VJB Vineyards, and keep it in the family?

We’re thrilled to be offering this VJB Vineyards & Cellars Red 2+2 Pack. Two bottles of two wines for a total of four delicious reds, all made by a real Italian family (and God knows, Italians know their food and wine). You’ll be getting the 2007 Rosso Family Blend and the 2007 Mendocino Barbera, covering your needs for everything from “with food” to “with friends” and back again.

The Rosso Blend is bright red, and dark, with brooding fruits. We’re not sure what that means, but that’s what they’re calling it, and isn’t that great? Like drinking a glass of Neil Gaiman, this 2007 red will be plummy, jammy, with black cherries and raspberries down to a core of coffee and chocolate spice. It’s a wine that works anywhere, imposing its broody nature with anything you might choose to serve… or nothing else at all!

Of course, the Barbera is a bit more specific. Medium ruby coloring with bright red fruit, pronounced tannins and acidity, it’s perfect for- what else? Italian food! Sausage, red sauce, spicy flavors, this is a red that’s won the Silver in the 2009 Denver International Wine Competition, and it’s ready to drink or to age.

There’s good wine out there, but if you want something to do with food, don’t bother looking at vineyards. Look at restaurants! The VJB  Vineyards & Cellars Red 2+2 Pack was made by people who know how to eat. It’s only fair to assume they know what to drink as well.

2007 Rosso Family Blend:

  • Vineyard: Belmonte Vineyards
  • Appellation: Sonoma Valley
  • Winemaker: Tom Foster
  • Production: 435 cases
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Harvest Date: October 10th, 2007
  • Bottling Date: June 2009
  • Cellaring Potential Through 2016

Great structure and soft fruit tannins. Red Plum, brambly raspberry, and jammy black cherry lead to a darker core of coffee and chocolate spice. This is a wine for all occasions or for no particular occasion

2007 Mendocino Barbera:

  • Vineyard: Redwood Valley Mendocino County
  • Appellation: Redwood Valley
  • Winemaker: Tom Foster
  • Production: 800 Cases
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Harvest Date: October 7th, 2007
  • Bottling Date: June 2009
  • Cellaring Potential Through 2016
  • Awards: Silver, Denver International Wine Competition 2009

The medium ruby color is a welcoming invitation to the flavors contained within each glass. This vintage balances bright red fruit with pronounced tannins and acidity. It is a perfect pairing for pasta with red sauce, or spicy sausage

Rules and restrictions:

  • Wine sold by winery
  • You must be 21 or older to order
  • Whoever receives the package must be 21 or older
  • If you're drunk when the package shows up, you will not be allowed to receive it
  • Wine cannot be delivered to a P.O. Box
  • We highly recommend you use a business address as your shipping address

Thanks to stick-in-the-mud buzzkilling state legislators, wine may only be delivered to the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District Of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

If your state's not on the list, you're out of luck... for now. Keep up with the ever-changing laws over at, and/or sound the alarms with your state assembly person through Meanwhile, all Federal, state and local laws are complied with in providing this wine.

Price: $49.99

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