Published on September 5th, 2017

Staff Selections: Change of Season

Our wine team is the best in the city. There, I said it!  Along with the cooler temps and the darkening nights comes our favorite season for wine-drinking: Fall.  Firepits, flannel, falling leaves, chili, football….all of these are pavlovian cues that it’s time to switch up your wine habits. Let these staff selections steer you in the right direction.

DANA’S PICKS-You can find Dana at the Ft.Thomas store most Tuesday’s and Saturday’s.  Her full time design business keeps her busy and in-the-know about what’s happening in Cincinnati.

Hofer Zweigelt. Chilled, its the perfect companion to late summer grilling, specifically savory artisanal pork sausages from Findlay Market.

Belle Glos, Las Alturas Pinot Noir.  Ribs, or rib tips, whether take out from Just Q’in or Walt’s deserve a luscious Pinot Noir-I like ‘Las Alturas’ it is a great alternative to Zinfandel.

Gerard Bertrand ‘Hedo’ Rose.  A blend of organically grown Grenache and Mouvedre from Corbieres, France. A pleasing, food friendly new favorite among our dry rose wines.

Mauperthuis ‘Les Truffieres’ Bourgogne Blanc.  The last days of summer call for a crisp, lean, fruit driven Chardonnay. I like Mauperthuis as a refreshing buy from France.


LOGAN’S PICKS- Between studying physics and working at DEP’s as the assistant wine buyer, somehow Logan still has time to sip on some wine and is very active in Sommelier blind tasting groups in the city.

Casteggio Cruase Rosato $17.99  – This bubbly Rose is lively and fresh. With great, ripe, red berries and exploding minerality, this wine is sure to keep you satisfied on the final hot days of Summer.

Cirelli Organic Trebbiano $14.99  – With a medium body and a light finish, this wine is both simple and elegant. It can please the pickiest of drinkers or impress anyone who doesn’t know what Trebbiano is.

Hedonism Rose $14.99 – This Rose is full of red fruit, including strawberries and rhubarb. Slightly more unctuous on the palate, this will drink well into the colder months. Perfect for parties or date nights. A DEPs exclusive!

Cornelissen Contandino $26.99 – A field blend from Sicily comprised entirely of grapes you’ve never heard of. This is a wine for the nerds. With a light body and tart finish, this is the perfect red for the end of Summer. Make sure you put a chill on it!

JENN’S PICKS–  Wine Manager and inventory specialist, you can find Jenn at the Ft.Thomas store Monday-Friday. She has quite the loyal following, stop in to ask her about her current faves.

Santorini Assyrtiko 2016 $14.99 –
This Greek white wine is so clean, and so refreshing! It has a really nice bright acidity with an underlying stony minerality that comes through on the finish. Absolutely delicious!
Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2015 $9.99 –
Grilling tonight? Then consider this little gem out of Lodi a try as a pairing with your meal. Bursting with berries, blackcurrants, plums and spices, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by this incredibly reasonable Zinfandel.
Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Tautavel 2014 $15.99 –
This French red will go well with cool nights on the porch and and with a variety of foods. An exclusive item to Deps from Gerard Bertrand, this wine contains elegant notes of blackcurrants, blackberries, and soft spices, along with aromas of wild herbs and leather. This is a great full-bodied red with a long finish.
Raventos I Blanc L’Hereu Blanc de Blancs 2014 $16.98 –
I’ve always enjoyed this Spanish sparkler, and I love that the family behind this brand really takes pride and shows enthusiasm in what they are producing. I’ve only met them once, but they have always stood out to me. This sparkler has 91 points, is regularly around $25, and we have it on sale for $16.98. It is definitely worth trying the next time you are looking for some sparkling wine!
SHANNON’S PICKS– DEP’s Wine Buyer and fine wine specialist, Shannon enjoys traveling as a means to selecting the best wines for our shelves.
Arnot-Roberts Trousseau California. $29.99  You can typically find this grape in the Jura, France, but this Cali expression is nothing short of magical. Luscious without being overpowering, it is medium weight and smells like tea.
Caburnio Monteti  Italy.  $16.99 A very complex Super Tuscan at a humble price. Mostly Cab, with some Alicante Bouschet because, why not? This is your new fave if you love tuscan reds.
Le Telquel Gamay, France. $17.99.  Put a chill on this delightful expression of mostly Gamay from natural wine importer Louis/Dressner. Fresh and funky.
Massone Gavi, Italy. $12.99. If you like Italian whites but have never had Gavi, now is the time! Vibrant and alive, it features racy acidity and a mineral driven finish. Wonderful as a cocktail wine with friends.