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Extremely Limited Cru Beaujolais | Red, White & Orange Wine Tasting


08/16/17



Extremely Limited Yann Bertrand 2016 Offer!

Yann Bertrand Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2016: $35
Yann Bertrand Juliénas Pur Ju 2016: $36
Yann Bertrand Fleurie Cuvée du Chaos Suprême 2016 MAGNUM: $100
 
Growing up in Fleurie, winemaking wasn't on the horizon for Yann Bertrand, whose father maintained a modest vineyard but wanted him to become a banker.  After spending a few years traveling and getting to know himself, Yann inevitably returned to Beaujolais and fell in with a group of mentors including Jacques Néauport, one of France's first advocates for sulfur-free winemaking, and Jean Foillard, whose social circle of Morgon producers, the "Gang of Four," birthed the natural wine movement. Yann's working methods remain roughly the same as those of his spiritual forefathers; careful selection of fruit, semi-carbonic maceration, and a long, slow, cool-temperature fermentation.  After enjoying immediate acclaim, his burgeoning reputation has been tested by a series of difficult vintages, culminating in the 2016 growing season, which saw him lose the bulk of his fruit to hailstorms.  Despite the trying circumstances, the wines are fresh, bright, and well-concentrated, and we are proud to offer a very limited quantity of three of Yann's wines on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yann Bertrand Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2016: $35

ONLY ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER

Yann Bertrand's négociant wine from 50-year-old vines in Les Charmes, a plot of clay and sand that overlooks Morgon.  As of 2016, Bertrand strictly requires that all of his growers plow and farm without chemical pesticides or fertilizers.  Bright acidity, good concentration, and moderate alcohol.
Yann Bertrand Juliénas Pur Ju 2016: $36

ONLY ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER

The most northerly of Beaujolais' 10 crus, Juliénas produces rich, spicy wine.  Bertrand has a close relationship with his grower, who works 60-year-old vines on a plot of white clay, schist, and sandstone known as En Rizière.
Yann Bertrand Fleurie Cuvée du Chaos Suprême 2016 MAGNUM: $100

EXTREMELY LIMITED. ONLY ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER

After losing roughly 85% of the fruit from his Fleurie parcel to hail, Bertrand took his remaining grapes, blended them, and bottled the results in magnums as a 2016-only release.  Cuvée du Chaos Suprême is a broad overview of Bertrand's terroir informed by his exacting approach to vinification.


Exciting New Arrivals

Patrick Piuze Terroir de Chablis 2016:  $30, $27
Hatton Daniels Blaufränkisch 2016: $30, $27
Sikelè Terre Siciliane Grecanico Dorato 2015: $17, $15.30

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

Patrick Piuze Terroir de Chablis 2016: $30, $27

Canadian Chablis wizard Patrick Piuze continues to dazzle us with the excellence of his wines. Terroir de Chablis is a "double Chablis" from vineyards around the region's eponymous village. Aged on its lees in neutral oak, it shows a pretty, floral nose, with yellow and green apple in the mouth and the lean minerality Chablis-lovers crave.
Sikelè Terre Siciliane Grecanico Dorato 2015: $17, $15.30

After working as a winemaker at larger Sicilian estates for 25 years, Angelo Paternò purchased his own property in southeastern Sicily in 2000.  Today, his two daughters run the show, and Angelo helps out in the cellar.  Produced with minimal intervention from organically-farmed grapes, this skin-contact orange wine is delightfully clean and refined, with notes of apricot, sourdough, and sherbet.
Hatton Daniels Blaufränkisch 2016: $30, $27

This plush, purple Blaufränkisch, a spicy, tannic grape revered in Central Europe but rarely planted in California, shows blackberry and fig on the nose, dark fruit on the palate, and salt and stone on the finish.


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, August 17th, 6-8 p.m.

Fontechiara Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2012:  $23, $20.70
Al Di Là Del Fiume Fricando Amphora White 2015: $27, $24.30
Cantine Losito Fiano 2016: $19, $17.10

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

Al Di Là Del Fiume Fricando 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 wine.
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.
Fontechiara Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2012: $23, $20.70

Fontechiara's 2012 is a bright, perfumy expression of Nebbiolo, with rose petals, tar, and beautiful dark fruit.  The estate bottles without sulfur, yet the wine is clean and structured.



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New, Limited Bourgogne & All Sparkling Tasting


08/09/17



Exciting New Arrivals This Week!

Domaine Parent Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2015: $155
Domaine Parent Pommard Les Epenots 2015: $128
Domaine Parent Bourgogne Rouge 2015: $32

Domaine Parent was formally established in Pommard in 1803, but the family has produced wine in Burgundy since the 17th century, and sisters Anne and Catherine are its twelfth generation.  Anne, who has headed vineyard management and winemaking since 1998, farms the vineyards organically and observes low-intervention, biodynamic practices in the cellar.  Elegance, balance, and muscular depth are Parent's hallmarks, and each of the two top-tier bottles offered will benefit from a decade of aging.

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

Domaine Parent Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2015: $155

TWO BOTTLE LIMIT PER CUSTOMER

Intense, brilliant, and built for the long haul, Les Renardes offers a dense, woodsy nose of black fruit and mushroom, with lingering, chalky tannins.

Domaine Parent Pommard Les Epenots 2015: $128

TWO BOTTLE LIMIT PER CUSTOMER

Les Epenots opens with violets and Morello cherries, showing sublimely-wrought balance in the mouth and a long, velvety finish.

Domaine Parent Bourgogne Rouge 2015: $32

Cherry and cranberry lead, with spicy, rustic undertones.  Approachable now, Parent's Bourgogne Rouge is a gem from a special vintage.



This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, August 10th, 6-8 p.m.

Clotilde Davenne Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé:  $31, $27.10
Moissenet-Bonnard Crémant de Bourgogne: $25, $22.50
Rezzadore Prosecco: $19, $17.10

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

Moissenet-Bonnard Crémant de Bourgogne: $25, $22.50

Toast and brioche, apple, strawberry, and raspberry, fine mousse, and an elegant finish. Clean and high-acid, perfectly balanced between fruit and zing.

Clotilde Davenne Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé: $31, $27.90

Sourced from Chablis and Epineuil, whose mineral deposits impart acidity and minerality reminiscent of Champagne. Seductive, with notes of red apple and raspberry.

Rezzadore Prosecco: $19, $17.10

Very dry yet full-flavored; white flowers, white peach, and honey. Soft and mouth-filling mousse.



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Mid-Summer Wines


07/29/17

Exciting New Arrivals This Week!

Baptiste Cousin Dynamitage 2016: $34
Domaine André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé 2015 375ml: $15, $13.50
Paitin Serra Barbera d'Alba 2014: $21, $18.90


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

Baptiste Cousin Dynamitage 2016: $34

LIMITED

Olivier Cousin is equally famous for producing elegant and refined natural wine that has elevated Anjou's status globally, and for thumbing his nose at the AOC's regulations and governing body, which, he feels, promote "industrial" wine. His son, Baptiste, has taken over production of the family's Gamay vines, and the result, "Dynamitage," is fresh in the mouth, with blue and red fruit, violets and tea. Bottled without sulfur or any additives, it has a little natural funk but shows structure and a clean finish that defy and redefine the natural wine category.

André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé 2015 375ML: $15, $13.50

Viré-Clessé, an appellation comprising two northern villages in the Mâconnais, compares with its neighbor Pouilly-Fuissé in quality, while its lack of name-brand recognition keeps pricing reasonable. Domaine André Bonhomme is amongst the top producers in the AOC, and this weighty offering from old vines shows hazelnut, pineapple, and honey.
Paitin "Serra” Barbera d'Alba 2014: $21, $18.90

The Paitin Estate produces Barbera in the Serraboella vineyard, one of Alba's standout sites, and one usually reserved for Nebbiolo. Dry and medium-bodied, Serra's aromas of ripe red cherry and mineral complement its soft tannins.


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, August 3rd, 6-8 p.m.

Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc 2016:  $25, $22.50
Van Volxem Saar Riesling 2015: $26, $23.40
Jean Louis Chave Côtes du Rhône Mon Coeur 2015: $25, $22.50
 
A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Van Volxem Saar Riesling 2015: $26, $23.40

Pretty, friendly, and easy-to-like, Van Volxem's wonderful acidity brings out the nuance of the fruit and lends freshness and vigor to the palate, while the mineral background throws its aromas of pear, white peach, nectarine, and apple into high relief.
Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $25, $22.50

Lieu Dit's Santa Barbara Sauvignon Blanc embodies white Bordeaux's richness and depth, Sancerre's crisp minerality, and California's aromatic, fruity tones.
Jean Louis Chave Côtes du Rhône Mon Coeur 2015: $25, $22.50

An entry-level wine from a world-class maker, Mon Coeur is a négociant project sourced from organic vineyards, and is more than half from Jean-Louis’ own fruit. Meaty and smoky on the nose, the palate is full of dark plum and blackberry fruit, smooth tannins, and earthy undertones.



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New Arrivals, Chilled Whites, & BBQ Reds


07/26/17

Fantastic New Arrivals!

Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2016: $35, $31.50
Occhipinti SP68 Sicilia Rosso 2016: $30, $27.00
Shobbrook’s Tommy Field Ruff Barossa Valley Syrah 2015: $46, $41.40


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

Shobbrook's Tommy Field Ruff Barossa Valley Syrah 2015: $46, $41.50

Having worked in Italy for several years, Tom Shobbrook moved back to his native Australia in 2007 and – in search of a “New Australian” style – set about producing fresh, structured wines with aging potential. Unfiltered, Tommy Field exudes black olive, smoked meat, and black cherries.
Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2016: $35, $31.50

Operational since the 16th century, Clos du Mont-Olivet is one of Chateauneuf du Pape's most traditional estates. A blend of Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, the estate's 2016 Blanc shows notes of white flowers, green apple, and honeydew.
Occhipinti SP68 Sicilia Rosso 2016: $30, $27

Named for the historic country road that passes Agricola Occhipinti and happens to be one of the world's most ancient wine routes, SP68 is a blend of Nero d'Avola and Frappato from guyot-trained vines on sand, chalk and limestone soils with notes of peppercorn, rose petal, and raspberry.


This Week's In-Store Tasting

Thursday, July 27th, 6-8 p.m.

Terre Bianche Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2015:  $27, $24.30
Domaine André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé 2015 375ml: $15, $13.50
Paitin Serra Barbera d'Alba 2014: $21, $18.90

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



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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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