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New Arrivals, Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc, Lambrusco


07/19/17

Fantastic New Arrivals!

Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40
Jean-François Mérieau Les Hexagonales Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $17, $15.30
Bodegas Albamar O Esteiro Tinto 2015: $37, $33.30
Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses 2013 375ML: $16, $14.40


A 10% in-store discount will be applied to our featured new arrivals.

Bodegas Albamar O Esteiro Tinto 2015: $37, $33.30

Xurxo Alba, known best for his Albariño, presents a fresh, saline blend of Caíño, Espadeiro, and Mencía from his windswept, organic, pergola-trained, coastal vineyards. Though light-bodied, the wine holds its own with earthy, savory, yet perfumed aromatics that are highly expressive of Galician terroir.
Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40

Produced in Marlborough by renowned New Zealand winemaker Allan Scott, Sandy Cove is rich and rounded, with notes of lime, papaya, and freshly-mowed grass.
Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses 2013 375ML: $16, $14.40

The funk of youth has dissipated from this vintage Chinon, leaving layers of black plum, red currant, tobacco leaf, graphite, and white pepper, with a structured yet soft mouthfeel.
 
Jean-François Mérieau Les Hexagonales Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $17, $15.30

Produced in Touraine, Les Hexagonales shows basil, lime, and chalky minerality.  It's a great alternative to Sancerre for half the price!


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, July 20th6-8 p.m.

Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Premium Vecchia Modena 2015:  $18, $16.20
Joseph Burrier Château de Beauregard Macon-Fuissé 2014: $19, $17.10
Domaine Denis Race Chablis 2014: $20, $18
 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Joseph Burrier Château de Beauregard Macon-Fuissé 2014: $19, $17.10

Burrier's Macon-Fuissé offers balanced aromatics of apple, lemon, butter, and oak, with a medium-rich body and a rounded, elegant finish.
Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Premium Vecchia Modena 2015: $18, $16.20

This Lambrusco, a classic example of the style, opens with refreshing bubbles and plenty of ripe strawberry and raspberry flavors. A slight touch of residual sugar gives a dry yet fruity finish.
Domaine Denis Race Chablis 2014: $20, $18

Denis Race's classically-styled Chablis shows white flower, apple, and citrus on the nose and palate, with a taut, refreshing finish.



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Fantastic New Arrivals & Bubbles, Crisp Whites, Chilled Reds


07/12/17

Fantastic New Arrivals!

Scarpetta Colli Orientali del Friuli Brut Rosé: $19, $17.10
Joseph Burrier Château de Beauregard Macon-Fuissé 2014: $19, $17.10
Domaine Arlaud Bourgogne Rouge Roncevie 2015: $33, $29.70
Château Laulerie Bergerac Merlot Rouge 2015: $13, $11.70


A 10% in-store discount will be applied to our featured new arrivals.

Scarpetta Colli Orientali del Friuli Brut Rosé: $19, $17.10

Crisp and dry on the palate, Scarpetta – a Prosecco-style sparkler with a touch of old-vine Pinot Nero – exudes delicate flavors of juicy strawberries and fresh herbs.  Enjoy it with lox, cream cheese and capers on a salted bagel.
Joseph Burrier Château de Beauregard Macon-Fuissé 2014: $19, $17.10

When mom's in town and needs an oaky Chardonnay, Macon-Fuissé will save the day, allowing you to put on airs without breaking the bank. Apple and lemon sit atop a medium-rich body with a kiss of oak on the finish.
Domaine Arlaud Bourgogne Rouge Roncevie 2015: $33, $29.70

Cyprien Arlaud cultivates the Roncevie vineyard's 50-year-old vines biodynamically, and his sister Bertille plows the vineyard – half of which falls within Gevrey-Chambertin – with a two-horse team. Aromas of blueberries, raspberries, and irises lead, with a dash of baking spice on the finish.  Serve with a light chill to enhance the spice.
Château Laulerie Bergerac Merlot Rouge 2015: $13, $11.70

Château Laulerie's Merlot, a product of the warm, generous '15 vintage that benefitted entry-level wines throughout France, represents a great value and a great weeknight alternative to Bordeaux with its red fruit, spice, toast, and rounded, accessible structure.  Enjoy it with grilled pork tenderloin.


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, July 13th6-8 p.m.

Lambert de Seyssel Royal Brut 2011:  $26, $23.40
Punta Crena Pigato Ca Da Rena 2014: $32, $28.80
Domaine Giacometti 'Sempre Cuntentu' Sciaccarellu 2014: $28, $25.20

 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Lambert de Seyssel Royal Brut 2011: $26, $23.40

This elegant sparkler shows butterscotch popcorn, baked pear, roast nuts, and white mushrooms. Queen Victoria is said to have enjoyed the region's sparkling wines during spa stays in neighboring towns. Doesn't hurt to drink like royalty.
Punta Crena Pigato Ca Da Rena 2014: $32, $28.80

Ca Da Rena is lively and active, with a fascinating tension between its fruit driven nose and the marine salinity behind it. 
Domaine Giacometti 'Sempre Cuntentu' Sciaccarellu 2014: $28, $25.20

Christian Giacometti's Sciaccarellu – a native Corsican grape – is fresh and spicy, with red and black raspberry, currant, and pomegranate notes balanced by pepper, clove, and lively acidity. Serve this unique, lovely, and thoroughly food-friendly red chilled with braised lamb shanks.



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Far-Out France


07/05/17

This Week's In-Store Tasting

Far-Out France
Thursday, July 6th, 6-8 p.m.

Domaine de la Dentelle Bugey Cerdon Rosé:  $23, $20.70
Louis Métaireau Muscadet Grand Mouton Sur Lie 2015: $22, $19.80
Château du Cèdre Marcel Malbec 2015 $13, $11.70

 
Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Bugey, and Cahors aren't appellations as recognizable as some, but the wines they produce – elegant, mineral Muscadet, opulent rosé demi-sec, and light, earthy Malbec – are versatile and classic summer quaffers, and the wines we've selected for our Thursday come from some of the top estates in "far-out" France.

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Far-Out France
Domaine de la Dentelle Bugey Cerdon Rosé: $23, $20.70

Marcel Perinet began his career as a waiter, became one of France’s top sommeliers, and went on to direct a 3-Michelin-starred restaurant for decades before inheriting two and a half hectares in Cerdon du Bugey within the Savoie region.  The catch?  The only wine allowed in the AOC is sweet, sparkling rosé, most of it indifferent and heavily sulfured.  Perinet completely revised the style’s production methods, choosing to farm organically, focus on Poulsard rather than Gamay, and bottle without sulfur.  The result?  A fresh, concentrated demi-sec showing red apple, raspberry, and sweet cherry that makes a gorgeous nightcap, with or without dessert.
Louis Métaireau Muscadet Grand Mouton Sur Lie 2015: $22, $19.80

Louis Métaireau was the first winemaker in Muscadet to introduce lees aging, thereby restoring the appellation’s reputation and becoming its most iconic producer.  His daughter, Marie-Luce, continues his work in the Grand Mouton vineyard, a raised mound between the AOC’s two rivers (La Maine et La Sèvre Nantaise) that spans 23 hectares and represents its best terroir.  Grand Mouton’s grapes are harvested late, providing richness and texture – supplemented by sur lieaging – that balance its light, lifting acidity, aromas of apple and pear, and pleasant minerality.
Château du Cèdre Marcel Malbec 2015: $13, $11.70

Château du Cèdre in Cahors – Malbec's spiritual home before its arrival in Mendoza – has been driving innovation in the region for decades under the direction of brothers Pascal and Jean-Marc, who banned pesticides in the vineyards in 2002 and gained their organic certification in 2012. Marcel, their entry-level bottling, is light, fruity and easygoing, though earthier than New World expressions of the grape.  Try it with burgers, barbecue, or by itself!



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Bandol, Beaujolais, Santa Barbara


07/02/17

This Week's In-Store Tasting

Bandol Rosé, Cru Beaujolais, Santa Barbara Chardonnay
Thursday, June 29nd, 6-8 p.m.

Domaine de la Tour du Bon Bandol Rosé 2016:  $26, $23.40
Pence Ranch Chardonnay 2014: $28, $25.20
Domaine des Billards Beaujolais Saint-Amour 2015: $22, $19.80

 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Domaine de la Tour du Bon Bandol Rosé 2016: $26, $23.40

Domaine de la Tour du Bon, situated in Bandol's northwest corner, represents some of the highest-elevation terroir in Provence.  The estate's gorgeous 2016 is a delicate yet powerful encapsulation of France's most celebrated rosé region, with aromas of strawberries, red flowers, and lilac, a textured, weighty mouthfeel, and enough tannin to complement food and ensure that the result will improve with age.
Pence Ranch Chardonnay 2014: $28, $25.20

Blair Pence's dry-farmed, cool climate Santa Barbara Chardonnay ferments on native yeasts in a combination of new and used oak (mostly the latter), resulting in a refined, Burgundian entry with a nose of citrus and green apple, as well as toast and baking spice demonstrative of its new world origins.  Cool evenings in the vineyard keep the acid high, contributing to the 2014's clearly-delineated structure.
Domaine des Billards Beaujolais Saint-Amour 2015: $22, $19.80

Domaine des Billards has operated since the 18th century, producing wine right in the heart of Saint-Amour, a cru reputed for long-lived wines with aromas of spice and peach, aromatics joined by violets, black cherries, and blueberries in the Domaine's hearty, full-bodied 2015 bottling.



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Italian Acid


07/02/17

This Week's In-Store Tasting

Italian Acid
Thursday, June 22nd, 6-8 p.m.

Manenti Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2015:  $28, $25.20
Pantaleone Pecorino Onirocep 2015: $23, $20.70
Guidobono Roero Arneis 2015: $19, $17.10


This week, our travails take us back to Italy (as usual), where we're showcasing a Cerasuolo (a cherry-hued refreshment somewhere between a red and rosé), a crisp and floral Piedmontese white, and a refined Pecorino for pasta night!

A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
Italian Acid
Manenti Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2015: $28, $25.20

Cerasuolo di Vittoria is Sicily's most celebrated libation, and the only style on the island to hold DOCG status; this cherry-colored blend earned its prestige long before sommeliers informed the American public that rosé is potable. Frappato imbues Manenti's Cerasuolo with fresh, vibrant minerality and delicate perfume, while a touch of Nero d'Avola adds berry and flesh.
Pantaleone Pecorino Onirocep 2015: $23, $20.70

Pecorino (not to be confused with Pecorino Romano, a cheese produced from the milk of sheep known to nibble on the grape) has light pink skins and a tannic quality that Pantaleone – an organic estate in the Marche – explores judiciously in this wine. Onirocep's peculiar and pleasing aromatics include lemon verbena, hay, pear and ripe peach.  Soft, full-bodied texture wraps around a backbone of zinging acid and light, lifting bitterness.
Guidobono Roero Arneis 2015: $19, $17.10

Arneis was saved from near-extinction in the 1970s by dedicated Piedmontese producers who realized its potential and wanted to elevate a native varietal (anything but Chardonnay) as the white alternative to their storied reds. Flowers, melon, apricots, tea, and thyme sit atop lemon zest and fresh acid.  Add it to the short list of wines that complement asparagus, or enjoy it by itself!



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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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