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Fermented Grape Juice Juggernauts and From Pinot Blanc to CDP!


03/23/17

Join us for This Week's In-Store Tastings!

Fermented Grape Juice Juggernauts!
Thursday, March 23, 6-8 p.m.
 
 
Domaine Chignard Juliénas Beauvernay 2014: $23.00, $20.70
Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc 2015: $23.00, $20.70
Domaine D'Aupilhac Lou Maset 2014 $17, $15.30

This Thursday evening, we're featuring wines from Beaujolais, Martinborough and the Languedoc.  Each region is emerging from the shadow of its more famous neighbor (Burgundy, Marlborough, and the Rhône valley), and each offers spectacular wine and exceptional value.


 
From Pinot Blanc to Châteauneuf-du-Pape!
Saturday, March 25, 4-6 p.m.
 
 
Emile Beyer Pinot Blanc Tradition 2015 : $17.00, $15.30
Pecchenino Sirì d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore 2013: $26.00, $23.40
Domaine de Châteaumar Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014: $40, $36.00

This Saturday, we'll be hopping from Northern France to Northern Italy to experience Pinot Blanc and Dolcetto at their most refined, then crisscrossing back to the Rhône to catch up with an icon.
 

Thursday's Tasting: Fermented Grape Juice Juggernauts!
Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc 2015$23.00 $20.70

This weighty Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough on New Zealand's North Island is a cuvée of four lots.  While most of the juice ferments in stainless steel, some is barrel-fermented before reaching the final blend, another lot goes through full malolactic fermentation, and a fourth ages on its skins! You know we love skin contact at Nolita, and this unusual and elegant rendition of a NZ SB beckons with peach, apple, spice and puckering citrus.
Domaine Chignard Juliénas Beauvernay 2014: $23.00 $20.70

Known for its work in Fleurie, Domaine Chignard has recently begun producing in the oldest Beaujolais cru, Juliénas, on a parcel on a small hill that lends its name to the wine.  Produced from sixty-year-old vines on granite soil – common in the region but unusual in this appellation – Beauvernay is rich and earthy, boasting cinnamon, strawberry, and a mineral edge.
Domaine D'Aupilhac Lou Maset 2014 $17.00 $15.30

A blend of Grenache and Carignan with a touch of Syrah, Cinsault and Alicante Bouchet, Sylvain Fadat's organic and biodynamic Languedoc red offers herbs, blackcurrant, and pomegranate on the nose.

Saturday's Tasting: From Pinot Blanc to Châteauneuf-du-Pape!
Emile Beyer Pinot Blanc Tradition 2015$17.00 $15.30

Resplendent with apricot and pear as well as a delicate herbal touch on the nose, Beyer's Pinot Blanc offers enough texture and weight to assert itself alongside rich wintery stews. This elevated Pinot Blanc perfectly embodies its region's terroir and winemaking aesthetic.
Pecchenino Sirì d'Jermu Dogliani Superiore 2013$26.00 $23.40

A single vineyard Dolcetto from Dogliani, the Piedmont region's most classic site for the grape, Sirì d'Jermu offers spice and stone fruit on the nose, with a smooth, structured palate and a lengthy finish.  A food wine par excellence, this Dogliani begs to be matched with bold cuisine. 
Domaine du Chateaumar Chateauneuf du Pape 2014$40.00 $36.00

Châteaumar's Châteauneuf-du-Pape is produced from vines farmed on red clay and the region's famous galets by a father and son team who eschew pesticides and herbicides. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, Châteaumar shows raisin, plum and blackberry encrusted with garrigue and dusted with white pepper.



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Aperitivo Slalom with Haus Alpenz!


03/23/17

Join us for This Week's In-Store Tasting!

Aperitivo Slalom with Haus Alpenz!
Saturday, March 18, 4-6 p.m.

Bonal Gentiane-Quina
Cocchi Americano

Dolin Vermouth: Dry & Rouge
Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette
St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram


Enjoy 5% off each Haus Alpenz selection!
 
 

Saturday's Tasting: Aperitivo Slalom with Haus Alpenz!
Bonal Gentiane-Quina vs. Cocchi Americano: $20

Bonal Gentiane-Quina, one of the world's great apéritifs, has been produced since 1865 by fortifying grape juice with brandy and infusing quinine, gentian, and herbs from the Grande Chartreuse mountain range.  Cocchi Americano, Italy's rejoinder in the aperitivo category, was first bottled in 1891.  With its Moscato d'Asti base infused with quinine and other herbs, citrus and botanicals, Cocchi Americano was originally designed to stave off malaria, but found new life as an aperitivo and then a classic cocktail ingredient, where it may be substituted in any recipe calling for the no-longer-available Kina Lillet.
Dolin Vermouth: Dry & Rouge $10.50

Italian vermouth may enjoy the name-brand recognition, but Dolin, produced in Chambéry, is the only French vermouth with its own AOC. Drier and lighter than most vermouth on the market, Dolin rouge and dry belong in subtle, delicate cocktails alongside liquors like grappa and eau de vie.
Rothman's Crème de Violette & St Elizabeth's Allspice Dram: $23.75 & $25.65

Rothman's Crème de Violette, the first on the market in a decade, is produced in Austria from wild violets found in the Alps.  Famous for imparting a subtle floral aroma and a beautiful hue to Champagne-based cocktails, Crème de Violette is also used in a variety of cakes and chocolates. St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram, also produced in Austria according to a recipe from the West Indies, is a rum infused with the allspice berry, whose flavor encapsulates clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper.  This versatile liqueur can be used in mulled wine and most traditional punch recipes.



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Imports from Germany and Upstate!


03/23/17

Join us for This Week's In-Store Tasting!
Thursday, March 16th, 6-8 p.m.

Imports from Germany (and Upstate)!
 
10% discount applied at checkout
 
Peter Lauer Riesling Barrel X 2015$19.00 $17.00
Bellwether Rosé 2016$21.00 $19.00
Shelter Spatburgunder 2013: $30.00 $27.00

Vom Boden's celebrated portfolio highlights small-production, low-intervention producers from Germany, as well as a handful from France and the United States. Join us as we raise a glass to Rhenish riesling, discover the depth and complexity of Germany's unheralded reds, and pine for the summer with a rosé from the near north!

Thursday's Tasting: Imports from Germany (and Upstate)!
Peter Lauer Riesling Barrel X 2015: $19.00 $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 Rosé 2016$21.00 $19.00

Replete with grapefruit, cherry and citrus, Bellwether's rosé of Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with a midsummer's day, but you can enjoy it with seafood or baked fish while you wait for the weather to pick up!
Shelter Spatburgunder 2013: $30.00 $27.00

Forget the thin, indifferent Pinots that give Baden a bad name!  Shelter's vineyards north of the Alsatian border on the Rhine's southwest-facing slopes receive just the right amount of sunlight to ripen the grapes without cooking them, while the estate's Burgundian-style vinification produces a meaty, earthy Pinot Noir with enough depth and body to stand up to serious cuisine.



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Meet Xabi Sanz from Viña Zorzal


03/23/17

Join Us For A Very Special In-Store Tasting!
Monday, March 13, 6-7:30 p.m.

MEET XABI SANZ FROM 
VIÑA ZORZAL

 
Viña Zorzal Garnacha Navarra 2015
 Viña Zorzal Graciano 2014

15% discount on a case
10% discount on single bottles

 

We’re thrilled to be hosting Xabi Sanz from Viña Zorzal this Monday evening. Xabi is a passionate Spaniard that loves to share his knowledge and experience, as well as his wine! Come join us this Monday and discover what all the “bird buzz” is about!
 
Zorzal, meaning “wood thrush,” is the brainchild of Antonio Sanz. Sanz had been in the wine industry for his entire life and founded his own bodega in 1989 in Navarra. He came across centenary Garnacha vineyards that, despite having been neglected, still showed great potential. He began the laborious task of refurbishing the vines without the use of herbicides or pesticides, working the soils and treating them with organic compost throughout winter and summer and drastically reducing yields. Later, in 2009, Viña Zorzal was created to showcase the indigenous varieties of Navarra, especially Garnacha, Graciano, Tempranillo and Mazuelo. All Viña Zorzal wines are made from organically grown grapes, fermented by native yeasts, and are estate bottled.
Monday Evening Tasting: Viña Zorzal 
Xabi Sanz, crushing grapes during harvest in Navarra, Spain.
Viña Zorzal Garnacha Navarra 2015: $12 $10.80

A first-rate quaffer and screaming value, this is a perfect mid-week bottle. Smooth and easy to drink, it shows plenty of plum and blackberry fruit, with notes of hibiscus tea and brambles over light, well-integrated tannins.
Viña Zorzal Graciano 2014: $13 $11.70

If Graciano wasn't so difficult to remember, it would overtake Malbec in popularity. Dark blackberry flavors pair well with the wine’s lively acidity and violet undertones.



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Natural Values and Burgundy Beauties for La Paulée


03/23/17

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Everyday Pours, Naturally!
Thursday, March 9, 6-8 p.m.
 
Gaspard Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2015: $16, $14.40
Didier Montchovet Coteaux Bourguinons 2014: $18, $16.20

Château Tire Pé 2013: $18, $16.20

This Thursday evening we're featuring organic and biodynamic wines that are a delight to drink. And the great news is that they're all value wines! 



 
Burgundy Beauties for La Paulée de New York!
Saturday, March 11, 4-6 p.m.
 
Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis 2015: $32, $28.80
Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2014: $35, $31.50

Château Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Tête de Cru 2014: $37, $33.30

This is a busy week for Burgundy lovers in NYC, as La Paulée de New York is in full swing with tastings and wine dinners around the city. Click on the link to find out more about this annual wine event, and to purchase tickets to the many tastings and seminars taking place. We rarely need an excuse to pour Burgundy, so we’re thrilled to be featuring three beautiful white Burgundy wines this Saturday.
 

Thursday's Tasting: Everyday Pours, Naturally!
Gaspard Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2015$16 $14.40

This wine is a blend of organically grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Touraine in the Loire Valley. It’s a refreshing everyday wine that expresses notes of lemon, verbena, flint, and fresh grassSimply delightful with an avocado salad or chicken curry.
Didier Montchovet Coteaux Bourguignons 2014: $18 $16.20

Didier Montchovet works 9.2 hectares of biodynamic vines near the village of Bouze-les-Beaune, in Burgundy. His Gamay grapes, used for this bottling, grow primarily on clay and limestone soil. Fresh picked field berries, black pepper, and vibrant acidity dominate the elegant finish. Serve this Gamay with grilled beef, veal or lamb chops.
Château Tire Pé 2013: $18 $16.20

Blessed with rich clay and limestone soils, this vineyard possesses fantastic southern exposures and overlooks Bordeaux’s Gironde River. Predominantly Merlot, with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine displays ripe red currant and blackberry fruit notes. Pair with pork loin & roasted vegetables.

Saturday's Tasting: Burgundy Beauties for La Paulée de New York!
Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis 2015: $32 $28.80

The Moreau family has been rooted in the heart of Chablis since the early 1800s.
The Chardonnay vines are grown on Kimmeridgian calcareous clay, providing lovely expressions of minerality, as well as richness in texture. This is everything that one could want from a Chablis, bone dry, crisp with apple and citrus notes, bright acidity and zippy minerality. Great with fish, oysters, or even Thai green curry.
Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2014: $35 $31.50

Known as one of the top producers in Chablis, Billaud-Simon's 20 hectares include four of the seven Grand Crus vineyards. They make their AC Chablis exclusively from estate fruit in the Kimmeridgian soils surrounding their 1er and Grand Cru vineyards. Ripe citrus fruit, bright mineral notes and a touch of brioche come together elegantly. Pair this Chablis with escargots or garlic chicken.
Château Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Tête de Cru 2014: $37 $33.30

Château Fuissé's Tête de Cru is a blend of numerous prime vineyard sites throughout the appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé. Floral aromas, ripe fruit and mineral notes persist. The finish lingers with hints of toast and nut butter. Try it with fish with butter sauce or scallops.
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Château Biac


03/23/17

Join us for This Weekend's In-Store Tastings!
Saturday, March 4, 4-6 p.m.

CHATEAU BIAC
 
10% discount applied at checkout
Château Biac Cuvée Félix de Biac Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2013
Château Biac Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2011

We are delighted to invite you to taste our Château Biac wines from Bordeaux. Yasmina Asseily will be with us to present a few special cuvées from her family’s estate. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about Bordeaux winemaking first-hand and taste extraordinary wines!
 
Château Biac’s present day “château” was built in 1755, but its history dates back over six hundred years. Tony and Youmna Asseily acquired Château Biac in 2006 and began restoring the vineyards that had been neglected over the years. The hills and property at Biac provide an exceptional environment for the cultivation of the classic Bordeaux varietals.  The high proportion of gravel on the upper part of the slope is ideal for growing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, while the clay-limestone soil further downhill suits Cabernet Franc beautifully. The adjoining silt and sand plots are perfect for Merlot, Sémillon, and Sauvignon Blanc. Château Biac’s oenology team is comprised of veterans of Bordeaux winemaking, including Patrick Leon, formerly technical director of Mouton Rothschild and the creator of Opus One.

Saturday's Tasting: Château Biac 
Château Biac Cuvée Félix de Biac Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2013$24 $22

Félix is an easy drinking wine that should be enjoyed slightly chilled. It has an attractive nose with notes of baked cherry, dried leaves, and baking spice. On the palate, the flavors of ripe red fruit are balanced by well-integrated tannins. The Félix has a wonderful, silky texture.
Château Biac Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2011$53 $48

Truly a beautiful and delicious wine. Notes of rich red plum along with cassis and blackberry are lifted by the serious structure of velvety tannins and fresh acidity. The fruit on this wine is still youthful which makes this a drink now wine, but with its firm structure, it has potential to drink for the next few years.



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A Tribute to Winemakers


03/01/17

 
Join us for This Week's In-Store Tastings!
Thursday, March 2, 6-8 p.m.

A Tribute to Winemakers
 
Montemercurio Tedicciolo 2013$18 $16
Montemercurio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Messaggero 2009$30 27
Le Clocher Petite Arvine 2015: $27 $24

Our two in-store tastings this week are all about the wine producers. Talking to a producer about their wine is as close as you can get to that wine. What’s so unique about the grape variety? How do they decide what kind of wine to make from the variety? How is the geographic signature reflected in the wine? What is their winemaking process? Their passionate stories of wine are rich in detail, will expand your wine world, and deepen your appreciation. Come join us and hear their tales of vine and let them inspire you!

Thursday's Tasting: A Tribute to Winemakers
Montemercurio Tedicciolo 2013$18 $16

A beautiful, deep ruby, and rustic red wine from Tuscany, Tedicciolo has a perfume of dark cherry, leather, and dusty earth. Merlot adds roundness and juiciness to the texture of this predominantly Sangiovese wine. The tannins are soft and the acidity firm. Made with indigenous yeasts, minimal filtration, and without clarification, this is a modern yet traditional wine. 12 months aging in large Slavonian oak imparts subtle flavors, and 8 months aging in the bottle after that harmonizes and settles the flavors. Montemercurio is the original name for the town of Montepulciano, and Tedicciolo is an illustrious ancestor of the family. Terrific food wine for a wide range of dishes, from meat to pasta with simple or rich sauce. Aged cheese would make a divine match.
Montemercurio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Messaggero 2009$30 $27

Intense deep ruby wine with aromas of delicate floral, rich cherry, and savory Balsamic. On the palate, complex layers of black and red fruit, earth, and baking spice unfold. Hand harvested grapes from organic vineyards planted over 1500 ft above sea level where ideal south-westerly exposure is complemented by cooling night time temperatures for optimal ripening. Grapes are fermented in small batches for best flavors, followed by fermentation with indigenous yeasts and minimal filtration and clarification. 24 months aging in Slavonian oak and12 months in the bottle before release. Beautifully aged to enjoy now, with further potential to drink for the next few years. 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo.
Le Clocher Petite Arvine 2015$27 $24

Our Le Clocher comes from Valle d’Aoste, a tiny wine region steeply nestled in the northwestern region of Italy. It’s made from Petite Arvine, a white grape with an Alpine origin, either Swiss or northern Italian, virtually without a footprint anywhere else in the world. Le Clocher is an elegant white wine with a fruity nose of pear and flavors of lemon with a touch of bitterness one might find on apple skin. Top that off with lean minerality, what you have is a crisp, refreshing wine that is perfect as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to your main course. The Charrere family’s grapes are from 60-year old vines, and they are hand harvested and sorted for small production (250 cases). Sustainably farmed.



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From Italy with Love


02/23/17

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Thursday, February 23, 6-8 p.m.

From Italy with Love
 
10% discount applied at checkout
 
Guidobono Roero Arneis 2015$19 $17
Odoardi Savuto 2014$18 $16
Manenti Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2015: $28 $25

Italy competes with France as the biggest exporter of wines in the world. It has a plethora of indigenous grape varieties that make distinctly Italian varietal wines -- such as Barolo -- and unforgettable blends -- such as Amarone. But there are hundreds of Italian wines that are just as superb but do not have the reputation or command as high a price tag. This week, we are pouring three Italian wines that we think are outstanding but cost a fraction of the Barolos and the Amarones. Let us guide you on your discovery of the “other” great Italian wines!

Thursday's Tasting: From Italy with Love
Guidobono Roero Arneis 2015$19 $17

This dry white wine hails from the clay-limestone soils of the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. It is aromatic, suggestive of citrus, ripe apple, melon, and blossoms. On the palate, the ripe stone-fruit flavors of apricot and tropical notes of honeydew balance the refreshing acidity. Finishes with a touch of salinity. Made by the Faccenda family who practice sustainable farming and minimal intervention in the cellar. Very food-friendly. Think easy mid-week supper of baked flounder with brown butter sauce.
Odoardi Savuto 2014$18 $16

From the very south of the Calabria region, a place favored by the ancient Romans for winemaking. Savuto is named after the river that forms the boundary between the Cosenza and Catanzaro provinces. The Odoardo family has owned land there above the dramatic coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea on the “toe” of Italy for centuries. The brothers Gregorio and Giovan Battista brought a revival of indigenous grapes to the region’s winemaking and bottled their reinterpretation of those grapes. Aromas of red currants and blackberries, along with savory notes of smoke and olives are beguiling. Made with Gaglioppo. Nerello Cappuccio, Greco Nero, Magliocco Canino, and Sangiovese.
Manenti Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2015$28 $25

This medium-bodied red wine comes from Siciliy’s only DOCG and is made from the indigenous grapes, Nero d’Avola and Frappato. The resulting blend is a delightful wine with distinctive cherry (cerasuolo means cherry-like) notes, along with strawberry and cranberry. On the palate, spiced plum and blackberry are underscored by savory and spice on the finish. Smooth tannins hold the structure of the wine. Pairs beautifully with any hearty meal.



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An Uncommon Trio


02/23/17

Join us for This Week's In-Store Tastings!
Thursday, February 16, 6-8 p.m.

10% discount applied at checkout

An Uncommon Trio
 
Masseria Frattasi Falanghina 2015: $21 $19
Obermoser St. Magdalener Classico 2013: $22 20

Villa Pinciana Tilaria 2012: $24 $22

Are you getting tired of the same ‘ol wine you gravitate to when thinking about pairing with a home cooked meal? Do you want to bring an interesting bottle of wine to your next dinner party? Do you want to add to your knowledge of grape varieties and the wines they make? If you answered ‘yes’ to any one of these questions, then you’ve come to the right place. This week we are featuring an Uncommon Trio, three wines that are made from grapes you may not have yet heard of or made from interesting blending partners. They are sure to pique your curiosity!
 

Thursday's Tasting: An Uncommon Trio
Masseria Frattasi Falanghina 2015$21 $19

Did you know that in the ancient world Campania was renowned for its wines? This southwestern region of Italy facing the Mediterranean, around the “ankle” of the boot, produces some of the best white wines in Italy because of the cool temperatures found in inland mountainous vineyards. The Cesere family has been growing grapes there since the 16th century, and their Bonea 2015 is a small production, biodynamic, single-vineyard white wine made from the Falanghina grape. Unoaked and matured in stainless steel, it’s fresh and crisp with aromas of lime zest and pear. It has rich and textured mouthfeel with flavors of dried stone fruit and mineral on the palate.
Obermoser St. Magdalener Classico 2013$22 $20

The Dolomites are a mountain range in the northeastern part of the Italian Alps where the distinction of Italian and Austrian cultures are blurred and the natives are bilingual German and Italian speakers. The Rottensteiner family has been making wine in this unique region for 5 generations, and their Obermoser St. Magdalener Classico is made biodynamically from the relatively unknown Schiava grape with a touch of Legrein, which are indigenous to this area. This is a light-bodied aromatic red wine with fragrance of cherry, raspberry, and blossoms. Layers of flavors unveil on the palate, from ruby grapefruit to cranberry, with a hint of savoriness, smoke, and pungent spice on the finish. Its medium acidity and low tannins make this wine very food-friendly.
Villa Pinciana Tilaria 2012$24 $22

The Maremma region in southern Tuscany became famous in the 1970s for wines made from international varieties blended with native Italian grapes. Today, at Villa Tilaria, grapes mature to full ripeness in the warm, sunny vineyards that face the Tyrrhenian Sea and produce wines of depth and flavor. This deep-ruby colored wine’s beautifully rich aromas of dark cherry and plum are balanced by the soft tannins and a firm acidity. Made with 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 20% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet France, and 10% Pugnitello.



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Like Wine for Chocolate


02/12/17

Join us for This Weekend's In-Store Tastings!
Saturday, February 11, 4-6 p.m.

Spread the Love Like Wine for Chocolate
 
Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Brut Rosé (NV)$80 $72
Conti di Buscareto Rosa (NV)$20 $18
Evesham Wood, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015$23 $21
 
10% discount will be applied at checkout

We are featuring a special Valentine’s Day tasting with two sparkling wines, a Pinot Noir, and Vosges chocolates. Spread the love by bringing your family and friends to taste our specials. Fill up your senses for Valentine‘s Day!
 

Saturday's Tasting: Spread the Love Like Wine for Chocolate 
Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Brut Rosé $80 $72

This is an exquisite pink Champagne from the oldest, continuously family owned and operated house in the Champagne region of France. Current seventh generation brothers manage the family vineyards comprised of many Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites and their own press houses. Utmost care in the grape handling and minimal transit time before pressing guarantee fruit of the highest quality. The alluring pale pink color has a hint of warm gold, and the tiny beaded bubbles rise slowly to give a persistent mousse. The lovely aromas of fresh strawberry and raspberry will entice you to take a sip. On the palate, the zesty citrus flavors and the chalky mineral finish will delight you.
Conti di Buscareto, Rosa (NV)$20 $18

A dry sparkling rosé made from Lacrima Nera, an indigenous Italian red grape variety that means black tears. Lacrima grape berries tend to split when ripe and its juice flows outside the berry clusters, hence the name. Relatively new to winemaking, two tech entrepreneurs bought the ancient wine cellar belonging to the Buscareto family tracing its ancestry in the Marche region of Italy to the 12th century. This pretty pink sparkler with ruby highlights has aromatic floral notes of rose and violet and fresh berry notes of raspberry and cranberry. Its soft mousse gives way to a delectable mouthfeel. Try it as an apéritif, with your main course, or your berry tart for dessert!
Evesham Wood, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015$23 $21

A lovely red from the famed Willamette Valley in Oregon, known to have the best micro-climate in the U.S. for producing fine wines from Burgundian varietals such as Pinot Noir. It has fragrant aromas of fresh red cherry and cranberry with a bit of cinnamon. On the palate, the red fruit balances the cool climate acidity and the soft tannins. This wine from a family-run business devoted to dry farming and the most down to earth winemaking principles, is made with hand-harvested, hand-sorted grapes which are 100% de-stemmed to accentuate the high-quality fruit. Aged for 10 months in old French oak. It would pair beautifully with mushroom risotto or a light pasta dish with chicken.
Save the Dates of Our February Weekly Tastings!

Thursday, February 16th – An Uncommon Trio
Thursday, February 23rd – From Italy with Love



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Something Old, Something New, and Something Orange


02/07/17

Join us for This Week's In-Store Tastings!
Thursday, February 9, 6-8 p.m.

Something Old, Something New, and Something Orange

10% discount applied at checkout
 
Tenuta San Jacopo, Poggio ai Grilli Chianti Riserva 2011, $23
Cabot Vineyards, Humboldt Syrah 2011, $24
Al Di La Del Fiume, Fricandò Amphora White 2015, $24

This Old English rhyme and the month of February evoke thoughts of Valentine’s Day and the people we love. For this week’s tasting we are showcasing three wines that represent the old (continuity), the new (optimism), and the trendsetting (future). Come to our tasting and try wines that define the archetype of the Old World, the sophistication of the New World, and the stylishness of orange wine. What better way to start planning for Valentine‘s Day!
 

Thursday's Tasting: Something Old, Something New, and Something Orange
Oenologist and agronomist Adriano Zago with his Albana fermenting on the skins.
Tenuta San Jacopo, Poggio ai Grilli Chianti Riserva 2011, $23

Something old…is our Chianti Riserva made from grapes grown in certified organic vineyards in the hills between Florence and Arezzo. Three wine-loving brothers from Milan purchased the 18thcentury estate and brought it back to its former glory. The wine has a beautiful shade of ruby with aromas of cherry, tobacco, and Balsamic. Juicy cherry flavor balances its natural acidity and velvety tannins. Subtle toasty notes top off this classic example of a Chianti Riserva. Aged for 2 years in barrel. Sangiovese 90% and Montepulciano 10%.
Cabot Vineyards, Humboldt Syrah 2011, $24

Something new…is our New World wine pick, a Syrah from the vineyards of northern California’s Humboldt County. This cool climate wine is marked by its deep inky hue, with aromas of dark fruit and the savory. On the palate, cherry and blackcurrant flavors are layered with brackishness redolent of olives. These wines are made with tender loving care that can only be found in a small family operation. Organic principles are applied in grape growing and minimum intervention is used in the cellar. The results are finely handcrafted wines of the highest caliber. 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier.
Al Di La Del Fiume, Fricandò Amphora White 2015, $24

Something orange…is gaining momentum in the wine world. Our featured orange wine is made from an ancient, almost unknown white grape, Albana, native to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Extensive skin contact produces the golden hue. Aged in terracotta amphora for long, slow fermentation and bottle-aged for three months, this biodynamic wine is richly textured with flavors of citrus, yellow apple, and persimmon. Unfined, unfiltered, and only minimally sulfured. 2015 was one of the great vintages that yielded perfectly ripe fruit for this one of a kind wine. Made with 100% Albana.



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Out of the Ordinary and Organic


02/02/17

Thursday, February 2, 6-8 p.m.

Out of the Ordinary and Organic
 
Venus la Universal Montsant Dido 2014: $24, $21.60
Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2015: $23, $20.70

Domaine Mittnacht Cuvée Gyotaku 2014: $24, $21.60

This week’s wines are truly out of the ordinary. Each presents distinguishing features that make them stand out from the crowd. They happen to be organic wines which mean that they come from vineyards that practice organic agriculture, where the use of chemicals is restricted and adhere to sustainable production standards. They are exquisite wines and offer a wide range of food pairing possibilities. Stop by on your way home, sample our selection and start planning your culinary weekend!

Thursday's Tasting: Out of the Ordinary and Organic
Venus la Universal Montsant Dido 2014$24 $21.60

Full-bodied elegant red wine hailing from the Cataluña region of Spain. Marked by concentrated aromas of baked ripe plum and blackberry. Fruit balances the acidity while the tannins are soft and well knitted. Made predominantly from Garnacha with some Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Pair with hearty stew or roast beef.
Tenuta delle Tere Nerre Etna Rosso 2015$23 $20.70

Medium-bodied, easy drinking red wine from the volcanic slopes of Sicily. Delicate notes of fresh raspberry and cherry balance the minerality and subtle tannins. 95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Cappuccio. Lovely flavors will easily pair with light meat or even pizza.
Domaine Mittnacht Cuvée Gyotaku 2014$24 $21.60

Refreshing and aromatic white wine from Alsace, France. Ripe stone fruit, peach and nectarine, citrus and pretty floral notes entice. Layered with mineral and savoriness. A mélange of Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer from a biodynamic producer. Ideal for sushi, poké, and light fish or enjoy as an apéritif.
Save the Dates of Our February Weekly Tastings!

Thursday, February 9th – Something New, Something Old, and Something Orange
Saturday, February 11th – Like Wine for Chocolate
Thursday, February 23rd – From Italy with Love



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