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September 2021 - Conscious Wines

September 2021 - Conscious Wines
This month's wine feature is Conscious Wines™. The Conscious Wine™ review, conducted by the Beverage Testing Institute, is open to all wine varietals, wine regions, and styles that are health-, socially-, or environmentally conscious. In this special wine review session, the experts at the Beverage Testing Institute blind tasted, reviewed, and recognized award-worthy beverage brands that make conscious efforts, including: low-to-no alcohol wines geared towards a healthier lifestyle and/or wine alternatives; socially-conscious brands that make the extra effort to give back to their communities either through financial donations or stewardship, and environmentally-conscious brands that are certified organic, biodynamic and have made proven efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

Conscious Wines Reviews

Galil Mountain 2018 Yiron Red Blend Galilee
93 points
$38
Savory and herbal notes mingle with hints of soft vanilla in this wine that culminates in a long, complex finish.
Awards: 2021 Best Israeli Red
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2017 Estate Syrah
92 points
$34
A quaffable choice for charred meats that need a lift.
Galil Mountain 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$17
Best Buy
A laser focused Cabernet blend that brings harmonious structure to the table.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Yarden 2019  Chardonnay
91 points
$22
A fruit forward Chardonnay that will bring interest to pairings.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2018 Meritage Reserve Red Meritage
91 points
$24
A rush of fruity acidity follows a savory and oaky nose; a lovely wine for food pairings.
Sonoma-Cutrer 2019  Chardonnay
90 points
$23
A toasted yet fresh example of a round Chardonnay.
Frisky Zebras NV Game Ranger Reserve Seductive Shiraz
89 points
$9
Best Buy
A juicy Shiraz that brings plenty of red fruits and herbal interest to the table.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Jm Fonseca Twin Vines 2020  Vinho Verde DOC
89 points
$9
Best Buy
A refreshing sipper for light meals and pleasant conversation.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Galil Mountain 2020  Syrah
89 points
$17
A layered Syrah that unfolds notes of spice and chocolate without losing focus on brooding fruit.
Gratsi NV Old Country White Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$45
A charming, concentrated, elegant Sauvignon Blanc with toasty lees notes and shining bright fresh fruit.
Mind & Body 2019 Rosé California
88 points
$13
Best Buy
A charming, piquant rose sipper.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Naturalis 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$13
Best Buy
A charming, balanced Cab ready for the weekday table.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Cuvée Des Lices 2020  Côtes De Provence
88 points
$15
Best Buy
A lively, mouthwatering rosé for patio season.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Stellar Organics 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Hints of dark berries under layers of savory mole and spice make this an fun choice to pair with meals cooked over an open flame.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Mind & Body 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$13
Best Buy
A crisp, fruit forward, easy drinking Cabernet for weekday dinner.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Gratsi NV Old Country Red Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$45
Enjoyable now, here's a bright Cab blend with rich red fruit, chocolate, and vanilla notes.
HOM 2020  Merlot
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Aromatic intensity drives interest in this lively vanilla- and cherry-studded Merlot
86 points $13 Best Buy
Naturalis 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$13
Best Buy
A bright, zippy Sauvignon Blanc - serve well chilled on a hot summer day.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Frisky Zebras NV Game Ranger Reserve Sensuous Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$9
Vibrant aromas of peppers and herbs steal the show in this sprightly Sauvignon Blanc.
Mind & Body 2019  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$13
A lively and energetic Pinot Grigio.
Living Coral NV Sparkling Rose
85 points
$14
A delicate sparkler with a pillowy froth.
Osmosis 2021 DeLIGHTful Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$15
Fresh acidity lifts the palate to a clean finish in this approachable Sauvignon Blanc.
Frisky Zebras NV Game Ranger Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$29
An herb and smoke laced weeknight Cabernet with heft and lift.
Sea Wave Wines 2019  Pinot Noir
84 points
$4
Best Buy
An approachable, everyday sipper bursting with tart red berries.
84 points $4 Best Buy
HOM 2020  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$13
A straightforward Cabernet offering a firm grip and juicy acidity.
Naturalis 2020  Chardonnay
84 points
$13
A bright Aussie Chardonnay with subtle vanilla and new oak flavors - an elevated everyday white.
Sonoma-Cutrer 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir Sonoma County
84 points
$25
Lifted and ethereal, with whispers of tart berries; perfect for weeknight evenings
Sea Wave Wines 2019  Chardonnay
83 points
$4
Best Buy
A simple white quaffer.
83 points $4 Best Buy
HOM 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$13
Lean and citrus driven; a simple and fresh sauvignon blanc.
HOM 2020 Rosé Spain
83 points
$13
A zesty expression with a hint of flint.
Kusafiri 2020 Organic Red Blend Coastal Region
83 points
$17
A bold and smoky South African Red.
Frisky Zebras NV Game Ranger Reserve Chenin Blanc
83 points
$29
A silky smooth foray with a lasting peachy finish and herbal nuance.
Esprit De Fanette 2020 Rosé IGP Mediterranee
82 points
$9
A refreshing and subtle rose that shows floral freshness.
Sea Wave Wines 2020 Rosé California
81 points
$4
A light bodied rose with tart fruit quality.
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