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Crisp White, Chilled Reds


06/17/17

Crisp White, Chilled Red
Red Up and Down
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This Week's In-Store Tastings

Crisp White, Chilled Red
Thursday, June 15th, 6-8 p.m.

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Finger Lakes Chard No Oak 2013 $27, $24.30
Gaspard Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40
Alexander Koppitsch Zweigelt Authentisch 2015: $19, $17.10

A duo of crisp whites from near and far will enliven your summer afternoons, while our chilled, fresh Austrian red behaves just like your favorite rosé (if you close your eyes)!
 
Red Up and Down
Saturday, June 17th, 4-6 p.m.

El Esteco Malbec Reserve Don David 2015: $18, $16.20
Nittnaus Blaufränkisch Kalk und Schiefer 2014: $21, $18.90
Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Clos Rond 2012: $27, $24.30

 
Don't be afraid of our all-red Saturday lineup!  We've got light-bodied Burgundy, Blaufränkisch – "the Pinot Noir of the East" – and high-altitude Argentinean Malbec. Pair each with burgers and barbecue, and promise not to limit yourself to white and pink wines this summer!

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Crisp White and Chilled Red
Bloomer Creek Vineyard Finger Lakes Chardonnay 2013: $27, $24.30

Kim Engle and his wife, Debra Bermingham, own and manage Bloomer Creek Vineyard, one of the first natural wine estates in New York.  The estate is practicing organic, and no insecticides nor herbicides make their way into the vineyards, which are planted atop lime-rich silt. Hand-harvested and fermented on native yeast, this elegant, balanced Chardonnay finishes dry, though lees contact imparts a full, creamy mouthfeel.  A wine of astonishing longevity, it is soon to reach its perfect drinking window.
Gaspard Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40

Guyot-trained old vines produce the fruit for Gaspard's Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, which, despite a clean and modern touch, ferments on native yeasts and shows just the right dash of acidity.
Alexander Koppitsch Zweigelt Authentisch 2015: $19, $17.10

Alexander and Maria Koppitsch are third generation winemakers whose vines flank the limestone shores of Lake Neusiedl, Central Europe's largest lake.  Though his father and grandfather sold their wines and grapes in bulk, they imparted to Alexander a natural and noninterventionist farming philosophy that he quickly updated to biodynamic principles.  His Zweigelt is hand-harvested and partially destemmed, then ferments and ages on its yeast in large neutral oak barrels.  Bottled with minimal fining, filtration, and sulfur, it marries subtlety and straightforwardness with its interplay between fruit, earth, and animal notes.
Red Up and Down
El Esteco Malbec Reserve Don David 2015: $18, $16.20

This rich, concentrated Malbec from the the Calchaquí Valley, some of Argentina's most remote and high-altitude terroir, offers the complex, densely-layered notes of plum, mocha and tobacco that earmark a classic Malbec, while the region's extreme temperature variations allow for full phenolic ripeness, imparting plenty of acid and suave tannins that provide balance.
Nittnaus Blaufränkisch Kalk und Schiefer 2014: $21, $18.90

Blaufränkisch, a grape native to Lower Styria (or northeastern Slovenia, if you prefer contemporary geography) reaches one of its finest expressions at the base of the Leitha Mountains in Austria. Grown on limestone and slate soil, Nittnaus's bottling shows blueberry and raspberry fruit, pepper, and a salty, spicy edge.
Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Clos Rond 2012: $27, $24.30

Clos Rond comes from a single vineyard of the same name owned and farmed exclusively by Domaine Faiveley. Light and tense, this Pinot offers raspberry and a touch of earth.  A great value for a monopole, Clos Rond is an outstanding effort from a difficult vintage.



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Light Body, Long Finish & Ruby Red Summer Sippers


06/07/17

This Week's In-Store Tastings

Light Body, Long Finish
Thursday, June 8th, 6-8 p.m.

Aphros Vinho Verde Loureiro 2015: $18, $16.20
Domaine Rolet Arbois Poulsard Vieilles Vignes 2014: $21, $18.90
Raúl Pérez Bierzo Mencía Ultreia Saint Jacques 2015: $25, $22.50
 
 
Ruby Red Summer Sippers
Saturday, June 10th, 4-6 p.m.


Emerson Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014: $23, $20.70
Fratelli Alessandria Verduno Pelaverga: $25, $22.50
Le Piane Colline Novaresi La Maggiorina 2014: $22, $19.80

 

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Light Body, Long Finish
Aphros Vinho Verde Loureiro 2015: $18, $16.20

Old-vine fruit, skin contact during pressing, and extended batonnage impart seriousness and structure to this medium-bodied 100% Loureiro from Aphros, one of the only biodynamic Vinho Verde producers. Refreshing notes of wet pebbles, lime, and white peach match with everything from sashimi to baked cod.
Domaine Rolet Arbois Poulsard Vieilles Vignes 2014: $21, $18.90

Domaine Rolet's old-vine Poulsard grapes are grown on red marl, the Jura's most celebrated soil. Though light in color and body, this Pinot Noir alternative offers a complex interplay between red raspberry and earthy, animal notes. 
Raúl Pérez Bierzo Mencía Ultreia Saint Jacques 2015: $25, $22.50

Ultreia, a blend of Mencía grapes from several small parcels in Raúl Pérez's native Bierzo, is named for an exhortation meaning "onwards" that pilgrims chanted as they walked the Camino de Santiago, whose route passes Pérez's vineyards. The product of whole-cluster-fermented fruit from 100-year-old vines, the cuvée offers a chalky, sweet-and-sour nose of rose petal, blood orange, and blueberry, finishing with focus and lively tang.
Ruby Red Summer Sippers
Emerson Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014: $23, $20.70

This Pinot Noir from a classic vintage in the southern Willamette Valley shows spice, red flowers, and cherries on the nose, with a powerful yet finessed mouthfeel that offers cherry, menthol, and prune and leads to a mouthwatering finish.
Fratelli Alesandria Verduno Pelaverga 2015: $25, $22.50

Heirloom grape Pelaverga is grown only in Verduno, where Barolo heavyweights Fratelli Alessandria make this tiny-production bottling. Light, quaffable, and chillable, it shows roses, cherries, and currants, along with cedar, lightly textured tannins, spice, and a little earth.
Le Piane Colline Novaresi La Maggiorina 2014: $22, $19.80

This unique field blend from northern Piemonte combines Nebbiolo and Croatina, with Vespolina and nine other grapes, including white varieties, rounding out the blend. Spicy, with red and dark cherry, raspberry, and great smooth tannins, it's another Piemontese gem.



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Italian Tricolor & Across Alsace


06/04/17

This Week's In-Store Tastings

Italian Tricolor
Thursday, June 1st, 6-8 p.m.

Cantine Losito Fiano 2016: $19, $17.10
Al Di Là Del Fiume Fricandò Amphora White 2015: $27, $24.30
San Jacopo Poggio ai Grilli Chianti Riserva 2013: $26, $23.40

Fiano, Fricandò, Chianti! Fun to say and effortless to quaff.  Though each is natural and organic, there's nothing unusual or inaccessible about any of the three, although none is quite like anything you've tasted before.  Please join us for Italian wine in three shades; white, orange, and red!
 
Across Alsace
Saturday, June 3rd, 4-6 p.m.


Domaine Mittnacht Frères Pinot Noir 2015: $24, $21.60
Domaine Joseph Cattin Gewurztraminer 2015: $19, $17.10
Albert Mann Riesling Cuvée Albert 2015: $28, $25.20

 
From its Grand Cru whites to its unheralded reds, Alsace plays host to a wealth of terroir, history, and winemaking expertise. These are some of the most terroir-expressive, food-friendly wines in the world, and we're looking forward to showing off some of our favorites!

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Italian Tricolor
Cantine Losito Fiano 2016: $19, $17.10

Pugliese producer Cantine Losito's Fiano shows a complex nose of fennel, mint, apple, almond and honey that evolves in the glass.  Lees aging imparts a touch of texture that balances its fruity palate and lively finish.  Enjoy this elegant yet friendly white with fresh seafood.
Al Di Là Del Fiume Fricandò Amphora White 2015: $27, $24.30

Al Di Là Del Fiume's 100% Albana begins with whole-cluster fruit that is fermented and aged slowly in terracotta amphora, then bottle-aged for three months.  Unfined, unfiltered, and only minimally sulfured, this biodynamic wine is richly textured with flavors of citrus, yellow apple, and persimmon.  2015 was a great vintage that yielded perfectly ripe fruit for this one-of-a-kind Emilia Romagna.
San Jacopo Poggio ai Grilli Chianti Riserva 2013: $26, $23.40

Tenuta San Jacopo's ruby-red Chianti comes from hilly, organically certified vineyards between Florence and Arezzo.  Aromas of cherry, tobacco, and Balsamic give way to natural acidity and velvety tannins, with subtle toasty notes from its two years in barrel.  The blend is 10% Montepulciano, an unusual addition that imparts some fruity and earthy complexity.
Across Alsace
Domaine Mittnacht Frères Pinot Noir 2015: $24, $21.60

Domaine Mittnacht in Hunawihr is one of Alsace's newer estates.  Owned by Alsatian native Christophe Mittnacht and his wife Yuka, a Japanese chef, the Domaine trades in classic, single varietal Alsatian expressions as well as iconoclastic and unusual blends.  This fresh, clean Pinot Noir shows ripe notes of red cherry and spice on the nose, as well as vibrant acid and minerality.
Domaine Joseph Cattin Gewurztraminer 2015: $19, $17.10

Rich citrus, rose petals and baking spice anchor this Gewurztraminer, which retains intensity without getting too unctuous.  A judicious dash of sweetness on the finish balances its aromatics and allows for food-friendliness. 
Albert Mann Riesling Cuvée Albert 2015: $28, $25.20

Brothers Maurice and Jacky Barthelme produce this blend, named after the founder of their estate, from hand-harvested grapes sourced from the Rosenberg and Altenbourg vineyards. Light and clear though textured, complex, and slightly off-dry, it shows apple, peach, lime, orange, and pear underlined by mouthwatering acidity. 



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Riesling Without Borders


05/27/17

This Week's In-Store Tasting

Riesling Without Borders!
Thursday, May 25th, 6-8 p.m.

Bellwether Wine Cellars Sheldrake Point Vineyard Riesling 2014: $20, $18
Peter Lauer Barrel X Riesling 2016: $19, $17.10
Vollenweider Riesling Kabinett Wolfer Goldgrube 2015: $30, $27

 
This Thursday, Nolita Wine Merchants is holding a Riesling tasting to promote the upcoming Riesling Without Borders event and raise awareness for a great charity.  We'll be pouring two Rieslings from the Mosel, as well as one of our favorites from the Finger Lakes!  

Yannick Benjamin, Wheeling Forward co-founder, para-athlete, and respected sommelier, has supplemented his beloved annual tasting, Wine on Wheels, with a new series, Riesling Without Borders, which aims to promote the grape as well as the charity.  On June 14th, Riesling Without Borders is hosting its second annual tasting and dinner, and all proceeds benefit wheelchair-dependent people.
 
A 10% in-store discount applies to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Vollenweider Riesling Kabinett Wolfer Goldgrube 2015: $30, $27

As a young man, Swiss native Daniel Vollenweider found himself so captivated by Mosel Riesling that he moved to Germany and purchased a riverside plot of ungrafted 80-year-old vines on gray slate soil, where he produces dense, muscular expressions of the grape. His Kabinett startles with its deep texture, lingering finish and perfect balance.
Peter Lauer Barrel X Riesling 2016: $19, $17.10

Lauer's exquisite off-dry offering showcases the estate's "platonic ideal" of a Saar riesling, where slate, apple, and ginger on the nose give way to a textured mouthfeel and a focused finish. Showcase the noble varietal's versatility by matching Barrel X with grilled pork chops and stewed pears.
Bellwether Wine Cellars Sheldrake Point Vineyard Riesling 2014: $20, $18

Bellwether's Sheldrake Point, a single-vineyard Finger Lakes Riesling fermented on native yeast, shows beeswax and flowers on the nose, apple and nectarine on the palate, and just the right dash of acid on the finish to offset its delicately off-dry mouthfeel.



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Montemercurio and Drink Pink


05/27/17

This Week's In-Store Tastings

Montemercurio with winemaker Marco Anselmi
Thursday, May 18th, 6-8 p.m.

Montemercurio Tedicciolo 2013: $18, $16.20
Montemercurio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009: $30, $27

Marco Anselmi works seven hectares of land in Montepulciano, producing natural wines from estate-grown, hand-harvested fruit.  Cantina Montemercurio opened a mere decade ago, but Marco learned the trade from his grandfather, Damo, who made Vin Santo on the property for as long as anyone can remember. Montemercurio has quickly cemented its reputation through local acclaim and brisk international sales, and we're looking forward to tasting and chatting with the winemaker himself!
 
 
Drink Pink Tasting and Book Signing with author Victoria James
Saturday, May 20th, 4-6 p.m.


Yves Leccia Patrimonio Rosé 2016: $30, $27
Château Coussin Rosé Cuvée Sainte-Victoire 2016: $22, $19.80
Matthiasson Rosé 2016: $29, $26.10
Domaine d'Aupilhac Lou Maset Rosé Languedoc 2015: $15, $13.50
 
Celebrated sommelier Victoria James presents Drink Pink, an informative yet lighthearted survey of the world of rosé. James' book addresses the style's earliest origins, then summarizes its fall from grace and subsequent return to popularity and critical acclaim.  She also explores rosé region-by-region, focusing on some of the most celebrated and important producers and peppering in some of her personal favorites. Drink Pink also presents a wide variety of food pairings, recipes, and rosé cocktails. Victoria's book will be available for purchase this Saturday and she will be signing copies in person. We will also be pouring four rosés that demonstrate the style's variety and versatility.

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Montemercurio with winemaker Marco Anselmi
Montemercurio Tedicciolo 2013: $18, $16.20

A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot named after one of the Anselmi family's famous ancestors, 'Tedicciolo' shows notes of dark cherry, leather and earth, encouraging pairings with meat, pasta, and pizza.  Rich yet rustic, this complex and elegant wine is fermented with native yeast, aged in Slovenian oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. 2013 was an exquisite vintage in Tuscany, and 'Tedicciolo' can age for a decade despite its modest price tag.
Montemercurio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009: $30, $27

High altitude Sangiovese vines yield wines of great complexity due to cool evening temperatures.  Montemercurio's Vino Nobile, sourced from some of the estate's oldest vines, spends two years in barrel and one in bottle after a long maceration, resulting in a rich, savory cuvee with notes of baking spice, cherry, balsamic, and loam.  Pair with game meat and earthy Italian fare.
Drink Pink Tasting and Book Signing with author Victoria James
Yves Leccia Patrimonio Rosé 2016: $30, $27

Yves Leccia comes from a long line of winemakers in Corsica and boasts 30 years of personal experience. He tends his vines himself and vinifies his grapes with minimal assistance.  His rosé of Nielluccio (a Corsican grape closely related to Sangiovese) comes from chalk and schist soils, ferments in stainless steel, and offers up notes of strawberry and earth, with texture and creaminess in the mouth and minerality on the finish.
Château Coussin Rosé Cuvée Sainte-Victoire 2016: $22, $19.80

Château Coussin is a benchmark of Provençal rosé. Fresh petals and sea air intertwine with flavors of strawberries and raspberries in this light and delicate cuvée. Enjoy with Niçoise salad or charcuterie.
Matthiasson Rosé 2016: $29, $26.10

A fresh, vibrant Rhône blend, Matthiasson's 2016 rosé offers a bright, clean, and citrusy bouquet, with texture imparted through sur lie aging rather than ramped-up alcohol.
Domaine d'Aupilhac Lou Maset Rosé Languedoc 2015: $15, $13.50

Sylvain Fadat makes his entry-level wine with the same scrupulous care as his high-end bottlings. This dry, cool-weather rosé offers solid tannins under red cherry, pomegranate, and currant fruit, with a twinge of savory herbs and a touch of tannin on the finish.



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A Taste of Bolivia, Tuscany and Dundee Hills


05/27/17

This Week's In-Store Tastings

A Taste of Bolivia
Tuesday, May 9th, 6-8 p.m.

Rujero Singani: $44, $41.80

No longer Bolivia's best-kept secret, Singani, a complex and aromatic spirit distilled in the Andes, has touched down upon our shores.  We'll be tasting with Tealye Long, one of the partners at Rujero, who will present several Singani cocktails that showcase the spirit's versatility.
 
 
Tuscany and Dundee Hills
Thursday, May 11th, 6-8 p.m.

 
Montenidoli Chianti Colli Senesi Garrulo 2014: $22, $19.80
Montenidoli Toscana Il Templare 2010: $25, $22.50
Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013: $51, $45.90

 
Venerable winemaker Elisabetta Fagiuoli has worked her Tuscan property since 1965.  The mineral-rich soils of San Gimignano make it one of the world's best sites for Vernaccia, which she describes as "the red of the white wines."  We'll also explore one of Belle Pente's site-specific wines – a Pinot Noir from Murto Vineyard in Dundee Hills.
 
Mother's Day Sale!
Friday, May 12th–Sunday, May 14th

 
Sparklers, Sparklers, and Pink Sparklers!
 
In honor of Mother's Day, we're offering a 10% discount* on every sparkling wine in the shop when you purchase two or more of the same bottle.  Give both to mom, or save one for yourself!  You deserve it! Either way, it would be our pleasure to gift-wrap your purchase.
 
A discount applies to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
*Sale excludes Champagne.
 
Rujero Singani: $44, $41.80

Singani is a Bolivian spirit distilled from old-vine Muscat of Alexandria grapes grown at high altitude in the Andes.  Rujero's delicate, floral aroma shines in the classic Chufly cocktail – Singani, ginger beer, and lime – though some true believers prefer it on the rocks or totally unadorned.
Montenidoli Chianti Colli Senesi Garrulo 2014: $22, $19.80

A savory wine with a rich nose, soft tannins and a lengthy finish, Montenidoli's Chianti reflects the estate's mineral-rich terroir and follows the traditional formula developed by Barone Ricasoli: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano Gentile, and Malvasia Bianca.  The white grapes in the blend impart a subtlety that can be lost in "modern" Chianti.
Montenidoli Toscana Il Templare 2010: $25, $22.50

Fermented and aged in oak, this blend of Vernaccia, Trebbiano and Malvasia Bianca harkens to the wines enjoyed by the Knights Templar, Montenidoli's Medieval proprietors.  Enjoy this noble wine with shellfish, tuna, and swordfish.
Belle Pente Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013: $51, $45.90

Belle Pente's Pinot Noir shows cedar and red fruit on the nose, as well as cinnamon, allspice, cranberry, and cherry. Murto Vineyard's red clay soil imparts a unique, peppery finish.



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Triple Whammy & Springtime Sippers


05/08/17

This Week's In-Store Tastings

Triple Whammy
Thursday, May 4th, 6-8 p.m.

Champalou Vouvray 2015: $22, $19.80
Domaine de Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé 2016: $23.00, $20.70

Manoella Wine and Soul Douro 2014: $23, $20.70

This Thursday, we present the perfect springtime white, an elegant and unconventional rosé, and a full-bodied red to enjoy after dusk.
 
 
Springtime Sippers
Saturday, May 6th, 4-6 p.m.


Le Clos du Gravillas Minervois Blanc L'Inattendu 2015: $32, $28.80
Richard Bocking Riesling 2015: $16, $14.40
Domaine des Hauts Baigneux Les Pentes Touraine Rouge 2016: $22, $19.80
 
Saturday's tasting includes two distinctive whites that complement the warm weather, as well as a red to serve chilled as the days grow longer.

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Thursday May 4th
Champalou Vouvray 2015: $22, $19.80

Thoroughly crisp yet unctuous in texture, Champalou's Chenin boasts a nose of white peach, nectarine, and beeswax, which carries through to the palate.  This vintage's touch of residual sugar provides muscle and weightiness that give way to a puckering finish.
Domaine de Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé 2016: $23, $20.70

The region's first vines were planted in the 7th century, and Domaine de Reuilly has produced wine continuously in the eponymous AOC since the end of the Second World War.  The estate practices sustainable farming and sources oak from its own property for its barrels, although this Pinot Gris sees stainless steel exclusively.  The grape's darker skin allows it to be vinified as rosé, and this unconventional offering exhibits a mineral foundation from the vineyards' Kimmeridgian soil.

Manoella Wine and Soul Douro 2014: $23, $20.70

A field blend of native Portuguese varietals, this fruity, structured red displays spice, blackberry, cigar box, and chocolate.  Enjoy one of our favorite Cabernet alternatives with grilled steaks, and consider putting a few bottles aside for the cooler months.
Saturday May 6th
Le Clos du Gravillas Minervois Blanc L'Inattendu 2015: $32, $28.80

Founded in 1996, Clos du Gravillas sits on a plateau of crushed white limestone.  Certified organic and produced with a low-intervention approach, the estate's flagship white, a blend of Grenache Blanc and Macabeu, shows richness on the nose from 11 months on its lees in Austrian barrels, as well as a defined minerality on the finish.  The antidote to flabby, high-alcohol whites that emanate from the region, "The Unexpected" pairs nicely with saltier fare, from sardines to veal cutlets.
Richard Bocking Riesling 2015: $16, $14.40

Opening with crisp apple and honeyed pecan, Bocking Riesling offers enough acid on the palate to balance its decidedly off-dry nature, allowing for a crisp and focused finish.  Serve it with a salad and witness your friends who say they hate sweet wines clamoring for another bottle.
Domaine des Hauts Baigneux Les Pentes Touraine Rouge 2016: $22, $19.80

Farmed organically on clay soil, Les Pentes is a juicy, fruit-forward blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Grolleau with good acid and an earthy undercurrent.  Serve it chilled and pair it with your picnic.



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Meet Jesse Skiles from Fausse Piste!


04/25/17

Meet the Winemaker!

Fausse Piste
Wednesday, April 26th, 6-8 p.m.

Fausse Piste The Alpine Selection Viognier 2013: $23, $20.70
Fausse Piste Garde Manger Columbia Valley Syrah 2014: $24, $21.60

Fausse Piste Vegetable Lamb Pinot Noir 2014: $34, $30.60


 
Jesse Skiles is a native Pacific Northwesterner, a cook by trade, and a winemaker by coincidence. Jesse's Fausse Piste wines pay homage to Washington and Oregon, where he sources his grapes, as well as the Rhône Valley, his principal inspiration. Though he's worked as a vintner for the past decade, his background in the restaurant business results in a focus on food-friendliness first and foremost.  He'll be here in person on Wednesday the 26th for a special tasting, where he'll pour some of his recent bottlings and chat with us about his winemaking ethos!

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Visiting Vintners: Jesse from Fausse Piste
Fausse Piste The Alpine Selection Viognier 2013: $23, $20.70 

This high-elevation Viognier draws its fruit from sites in both Washington and Oregon and ages in a combination of concrete, stainless steel, oak, and acacia.  Lean and light-bodied for its style, The Alpine Selection offers pear, apricot, and hazelnut on the nose and a clean, zesty finish.
Fausse Piste Garde Manger Columbia Valley Syrah 2014: $24, $21.60

Though it's vinified in Portland, Oregon, Garde Manger draws its fruit from Columbia Valley, Washington.  Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this savory, cool-climate Syrah shows notes of olive, plum, and tobacco.  Look no further than grilled lamb, Syrah's most iconic pairing partner!
Fausse Piste Vegetable Lamb Pinot Noir 2014: $34, $30.60

Fausse Piste's curiously-named Willamette Pinot is particularly fresh and loamy; Jesse sources its fruit from two biodynamically-farmed vineyards: Momtazi, whose fruit is renowned for its earthy notes of tea and dried leaves, and Johan, whose microclimate is significantly cooler than that of the Willamette's more famous sites.  Vibrant yet rustic, Vegetable Lamb calls for roast duck.



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Rosy Shades and Advanced Italians


04/22/17

This Week's In-Store Tastings

Rosy Shades
Thursday, April 20Rosth, 6-8 p.m.

Cantine Le Grotte Nero di Troia Selva Della Rocca 2014: $18, $16.20

Yohan Lardy Moulin-A-Vent Les Michelons 2014: $30, $27

Pink, red, and purple – this Thursday, we'll sample each hue, beginning with a lofty sparkling rosé from Burgundy that drinks like Champagne.  We'll follow with a Moulin-A-Vent from one of Beaujolais' most promising young producers, then finish with an inky Nero di Troia, a perfumed, velvety wine from one of Puglia's heirloom grapes.
 
 
Advanced Italians
Saturday, April 22nd, 5:15-7 p.m.

 
Marjan Sim?i? Ribolla Selekcija 2012: $31, $27.90
Pace Nebbiolo Rosato 2015: $17, $15.30
Obermoser St. Magdalener Classico 2014: $22, $19.80

 
This Saturday, we'll consider two Italians and an honorary entry from across the border in Brda, Slovenia. Our advanced and unusual lineup includes a rare Nebbiolo rosato as well as a Magdalener showcasing a grape and terroir far-removed from our image of Italy. Our Slovenian Ribolla Gialla shows noticeable skin contact and harkens to the region's style prior to the advent of modern winemaking – it pays to remember the classics.

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Rosy Shades
Cantine Le Grotte Nero di Troia Selva Della Rocca 2014: $18, $16.20

Nero di Troia, Puglia's third-most-famous varietal behind Negroamaro and Primitivo, is thought to have originated in present-day Albania, though its name implies the mythical city of Troy. Cantine Le Grotte is a brand new, state-of-the-art winery in Foggia, Puglia's best site for the grape given its calcareous soils and maritime climate. Selva Della Rocca shows blackberry, violet, and spice on the nose, with toasty density, earthy undertones, and elegant, silky tannins that invite pairings with barbecue.
Yohan Lardy Moulin-A-Vent Les Michelons 2014: $30, $27

Yohan Lardy, a Fleurie native, is among Beaujolais' most promising producers. His muscular Moulin-A-Vent, sourced from hundred-year-old vines on a two-hectare plot considered one of the finest sites in the appellation, shows lush red fruit, cinnamon, and smoke, with a lingering, structured finish.  Despite its light body, its rich flavors allow pairings with lamb and game meats.

Advanced Italians
Marjan Sim?i? Ribolla Selekcija 2012: $31, $27.90

The vineyards of fifth-generation winemaking family Sim?i? span the border between Italy and Brda, Slovenia, Ribolla Gialla's spiritual home. Hand-picked and sorted from 50-year-old vines on mineral rich soil, the estate's grapes see six days of skin contact during fermentation, and the end result boasts a ten-year shelf life. Fragrant notes of dried fruit and brioche predominate, inviting versatile pairings with soup, poultry, or even red meat.
Pace Nebbiolo Rosato: $17, $15.30

An intense rosato with high acid and a touch of tannin, Pace offers strawberry, cherry, flowers, and savory spice. One of our most flavorful and food-friendly rosés, Pace yearns to be paired with lighter pasta dishes or grilled hotdogs and burgers.
Obermoser St. Magdalener Classico 2014: $22, $19.80

Obermoser's Schiava/Lagrein blend emanates from Italy's cool-climate Dolomite mountains. Berry and citrus lead, with a hint of pepper and a low-tannin finish. Enjoy it with subtle Italian fare, or serve it alone with a light chill.



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Going East and Weekend Rosé & Sparkling Sale!


04/20/17




This Week's In-Store Tasting:

Going East – Burgundy, Jura and Savoie
Thursday, April 13th, 6-8 p.m.

Les Chais du Vieux Bourg Crémant du Jura Délire des Lyres 2011: $35, $31.50
Saint Romain Jongieux Cru Jacquère 2014: $17, $15.30

Domaine Comte Senard Bourgogne Rouge Auguste 2014: $29, $26.10

 
This week, we feature elegant and expressive wines from Eastern France – Burgundy, Jura, and Savoie.   These cool-climate bottlings are light-bodied yet lengthy on the finish, and each shows a well-defined mineral edge that will enliven lighter cuisine.  Please stop by and enjoy an uplifting glass of each at the end of your afternoon!
 
Rosé and Sparklers on Sale!
Friday, April 14th–Sunday, April 16th

 
Whether you're celebrating Easter or just enjoying the warm weather, you won't want to miss our big introductory sale on rosé, bubbles, and pink bubbles!  We will offer a 10% discount on any rosé or sparkling wine when you take home two or more of the same bottle!*

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tasting.
*Offer excludes Champagne, Robert Sinskey Rosé, Pibarnon Rosé, and Arnot-Roberts Rosé.

Thursday's Tasting: Eastern France
Les Chais du Vieux Bourg Crémant du Jura Délire des Lyres: $35, $31.50

An assemblage of Chardonnay, Savagnin and Pinot Noir, this sparkler comes from "The Cellars of the Old Town," a first-generation winery in Jura operated by a husband-and-wife team hailing, respectively, from Bavaria and Paris.  Dough and baking spice complement its aromas of apple and pear, while its full texture belies its mineral underpinning and focused finish.
Saint Romain Jongieux Cru Jacquère 2014: $17, $15.30

Savoie in the French Alps boasts a fantastic climate for grape-growing. This Jacquère, produced from fruit grown on marl and limestone soil, is vinified in stainless steel, then aged on its lees to impart some texture. This Jongieux offers white flowers, peach, and thyme on a crisp, mineral canvas.
Domaine Comte Senard Bourgogne Rouge Auguste 2014: $29, $26.10

Entry-level in name only, this Burgundy is sourced from 40-year-old vines on a one-acre plot and sees 18 months in oak, much like the Domaine's higher-end bottlings. Petal and berry on the nose give way to vanilla on the finish, making this clean and easygoing Pinot a perfect partner for roast chicken.



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Brooks Winery & Carneros in the Spotlight


04/06/17

This Week's In-Store Tastings

Visiting Vintners: Chris Williams from Brooks Winery
Thursday, April 6th, 6-8 p.m.

Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling 2013: $20, $18
Brooks Ara Riesling 2015: $29, $26.10

Brooks Janus Pinot Noir 2013: $40, $36
Brooks Yamhill Vineyard Riesling 2015: pre-sale


 
Jimi Brooks was a charismatic force in Oregon's winemaking community who championed Riesling and tirelessly advocated for biodynamic farming in the Willamette Valley.  After his untimely passing in 2004, his friends and neighbors completed the harvest on his property and produced wines informed by Jimi's ethos and reverent towards his terroir. This so inspired Jimi's sister, Janie, that she decided to continue operating, managing and expanding Brooks in order to preserve Jimi's legacy for his young son, Pascal. Chris Williams, a longtime friend of Jimi's who helped with the '04 vintage, took over as Brooks' full-time winemaker in '05, and has worked in concert with Janie and Pascal in order to preserve the Estate's traditions. Chris is joining us for a special tasting this Thursday. In addition to the estate's flagship Pinot Noir, Chris will be showing three Rieslings, two of which we currently stock. The third, the winery's forthcoming Yamhill Vineyard Riesling, will be offered as a preorder.
 
 
Carneros in the Spotlight
Saturday, April 8th, 4-6 p.m.

 
Matthiasson Linda Vista Chardonnay 2015: $35, $31.50
Matthiasson Rosé 2016: $29, $26.10
Robert Sinskey POV 2012: $40, $36.00

 
This Saturday, we highlight Los Carneros AVA, the first in California to be established on the basis of its terroir rather than geographic boundaries, through the lens of two of its most visionary winemakers; Robert Sinskey and Steve Matthiasson.  Sinskey, a winemaker with no formal oenological training, has worked for decades to restore wine to its place as an accompaniment to a great meal as well as a vehicle for culture, while Matthiasson, a respected consultant for some of California's most prestigious producers, has endeavored to pull away from the "Big California" model with the wines under his own label, following his muse without sacrificing pleasure and purpose for esotericism.  Each producer has been pivotal in California's move towards an agricultural and winemaking style more reverential towards the environment, and we are thrilled to present a selection of the two producers' wines.

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Visiting Vintners: Chris from Brooks
Pascal Brooks at sunrise
Dream Team: Pascal, Janie and Chris
Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling 2015: $20, $18.00 

A medium-bodied, dry, and aromatic wine, Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling offers melon and spice on the nose and an herbal touch on the finish, inviting pairings with Tandoori cuisine.
Brooks Ara Riesling 2015: $29, $26.10

Sourced from Yamhill Vineyards and Brooks Estate, this light-bodied yet powerful elixir will stand up to years of bottle aging. Produced biodynamically and fermented in stainless steel, Ara shows peach and citrus, and its lengthy finish complements richer Asian dishes.
Brooks Janus Pinot Noir 2013: $40, $36

Brooks' flagship Pinot Noir vividly evokes the Willamette Valley's terroir and aura.  French oak adds structure and finish without stifling Janus' characteristic fresh, lively fruit, and its undercurrent of mushroom and loam.  Pair with Pacific Northwestern fare.
Saturday's Tasting: Spotlight on Carneros
Matthiasson Linda Vista Chardonnay 2015: $35, $31.50

Having leased a vineyard directly behind their house, the Matthiassons worked judiciously to ensure the perfect balance in this Chardonnay, harvesting on five separate occasions to combine younger, high-acid grapes with richer fruit picked later in the season. Apples and honey lead on the nose, with the Linda Vista Chardonnay's pleasing mouthfeel delineated by faint minerality.
Matthiasson Rosé 2016: $29, $26.10

A fresh, vibrant Rhône blend, Matthiasson's 2016 Rosé offers a bright, clean, and citrusy bouquet, with texture imparted through sur lie aging rather than ramped-up alcohol, allowing you to enjoy another glass as you ring in the springtime.
Robert Sinskey POV 2012: $40, $36

Iconoclastic Carneros producer Robert Sinskey offers a Meritage blend that nods to a claret's raison d'être – illuminating honest food, rather than collecting dust in a cellar. This cuvée of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon offers raspberry, blackcurrant, savory herbs, and a refreshing dash of acid on the finish.



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Southern Exposure & Wonderful Wallflowers


03/30/17

This Week's In-Store Tastings

Southern Exposure
Thursday, March 30th, 6-8 p.m.

Pedro Parra y Familia Cinsault Imaginador  2015: $23, $20.70
A Los Viñateros Bravos Cinsault Canto a Lo Divino 2014: $19, $17.10

Antiyal Maipo Valley Carmenere Pura Fe 2015: $21, $18.90

 
After having recently highlighted five wines representative of Chile's new wave – terroir-specific, low-intervention, mineral-edged, and organic – we'll be pouring two of our favorites from Itata Valley, as well as Antiyal from the Maipo Valley, a rich, full-bodied Carmenere that shows off the versatility of biodynamic agriculture and winemaking.
 
 
Wonderful Wallflowers
Saturday, April 1st, 4-6 p.m.

 
Clément et Florian Berthier Pouilly-Fumé 2015: $23, $20.70
Domaine de la Pinte Arbois Pupillin Chardonnay Fonteneille 2014: $25, $22.50
Domaine de la Pinte Arbois Poulsard "De l'Ami Karl" 2015: $26, $23.40

 
This Saturday, we'll present three wines you may have previously passed on, or simply haven't noticed! Don't be shy – these styles have so much going on once you get to know them! First, we'll examine Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre's neighbor across the river that often pairs even more perfectly with your favorite fare! Next, we'll make our way to Jura, where nerds and novices alike are wowed by a region where intense, oxidative white wines preside, supported by cerebral yet approachable reds for lovers of Burgundy and cru Beaujolais.

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Thursday's Tasting: Southern Exposure
Pedro Parra y Familia Cinsault Imaginador 2015: $23, $20.70 

A respected terroir consultant, Pedro Parra takes inspiration from regions like Galicia that produce high-end, terroir-driven wine despite being considered climatically marginal for grape-growing. Parra, who hails from Chile's southern port city, Concepción, applies these ideas to Chile's oldest regions under vine. A field blend sourced from rustic vineyards, Parra's "Imaginador" is comprised of Cinsault as well as small quantities of Carignan, País, and even Muscat and Sémillon. Red fruit gives way to chalky tannins informed by the vineyards' granite soils.
A Los Viñateros Bravos Cinsault Canto a Lo Divino 2014: $19, $17.10

Leonardo Erazo, like Pedro Parra, has traveled the world studying biodynamics and geology in order to apply his knowledge to his native Chile, where he has worked to fine-tune the efforts of local growers, who, by default, have practiced dry-farming and organic growing for centuries. His Cinsault from his Itata Valley project, "To the Brave Winemakers," shows red fruit, earth, and mineral notes – serious enough to match food, light enough to be enjoyed chilled by itself.
Antiyal Maipo Valley Carmenere Pura Fe 2015: $21, $18.90

While the terroir of Itata Valley naturally lends itself to organic practices, Antiyal is an outlier in the Maipo Valley, where the terroir requires irrigation, and the style tends towards rich and full-bodied Cabernet and Carmenere. Though it sees more intervention in the cellar, including new oak, the grapes in Antiyal's Carmenere are farmed organically, and the winery is a small operation kept in the family.  A structured, dark purple offering with green pepper and plum.
Saturday's Tasting: Wonderful Wallflowers
Clément et Florian Berthier Pouilly-Fumé 2015: $23, $20.70

With subtle gooseberry and flint punctuating its densely-wrought texture, Berthier's Pouilly-Fumé rivals Sancerre in quality and outstrips it in value and food affinity.
Domaine de la Pinte Arbois Pupillin Chardonnay Fonteneille 2014: $25, $22.50

Founded by geologist-turned-vigneron Roger Martin, Pinte's vineyards are planted to a distinctive band of blue marl traversing the region, imbuing the wines with natural minerality that balances the region's trademark oxidation. "Fonteneille" hints at the region's celebrated vin jaune style, hitting notes of almond and gentle umami without deviating too abruptly from the varietal's fruit and weight.
Domaine de la Pinte Arbois Poulsard "De l'Ami Karl" 2015: $26, $23.40

After several difficult vintages in the region, Jura's 2015 reds have returned to their taut, wiry heights. This Poulsard offers rose, licorice, spice, and an abundance of bright acidity.



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