Jun
24
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

ELEGANT SUMMER SIPPERS FROM ITALY, CALIFORNIA, AND THE CANARY ISLANDS!

Valdinera Roero Arneis DOCG 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: ROERO ARNEIS DOCG / Varietal(s): ARNEIS --- Italy's Piedmont produces some outstanding wines, with reds receiving the most acclaim. This one, however, comes from the native arneis grape, an unusual white that's perfect for warming weather! Valdinera has been in the Careglio family for four generations, and is now run by Guiseppe Careglio, along with his daughter Pamela. The estate's 50 acres of rocky hills in the Roero region (just north of Barolo and Langhe) are all farmed organically. Here we get the true essence of the arneis grape, no oak involved. A nose of crystallized honeycomb leads to peaches and apricots on a textured, medium-bodied palate with a structured, luxuriously lengthy finish. Enjoy with grilled pork chops with arugula, grilled peach, and feta salad.

Los Bermejos Listán Negro Maceración Carbónica Lanzarote DO 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: CANARY ISLANDS / Appellation: LANZAROTE / Varietal(s): LISTAN NEGRO ---  Los Bermejos is owned and run by winemaker Ignacio Valdera, on the island of Lanzarote, the most challenging of the Canary Islands on which to produce wine. A mere 125 km from the African coastline, conditions here are extreme, earning the island the reputation of “vineyard of the impossible”. The terrain of Lanzarote resembles a lunar landscape more than a traditional vineyard, as little to no vegetation can survive in the porous, black volcanic soil that only receives a few inches of rain per year. Adding to the challenging conditions are the fierce winds from the Atlantic Ocean and Sahara desert, resulting in the innovative winegrowing technique of planting each vine in a small hole, or hoyos, protected from the elements by stone walls. The hoyos also allow the vines to better access the organic matter beneath the top layer of solidified lava. As might be expected, yields are very low and all the vineyard work is done by hand (using pack camels), and organically (the winery is in the process of certification). Ignacio occasionally supplements each crop with purchased fruit from growers who share his vision of sustainable viticulture. Listán Negro (also known as Listan Prieto or Palomino Negro), is closely related to pais, or mission grape, grown in parts of South America and California. Listán negro barely remains on the European mainland (it was wiped out by the phylloxera epidemic) but thrives on the Canary Islands, where it covers almost 12,000 acres of land. This lovely new red is produced via carbonic maceration, a process most closely associated with Beaujolais. In this process, grapes are fermented whole-cluster in a carbon dioxide-rich environment, which yields wines that are juicy, fresh, and low in tannin. This is bright and vivacious, with exuberant dark fruit flavors, crushed herbs, green bell pepper, and spicy earthiness – a treat for lovers of cabernet franc! Perfect with a light chill, this will light up any backyard BBQ! Try it with grilled mushroom, pepper, and sirloin tip skewers.

Piedrasassi Syrah Santa Barbara County 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Sashi Moorman (of Stolpman and Sandhi renown) and his wife, Melissa, have been making Northern Rhone-style syrah for a decade, selling it only in California – until now. The vineyard sites for Piedrasassi stretch from Ballard Canyon in the east to the Santa Rita Hills and Arroyo Grande in the west. In addition to focusing on cool climate locations, Piedrasassi also harvests a bit earlier than other area wineries to keep alcohol and acidity balanced. In the winery, Moorman uses some whole cluster inclusion, as well as indigenous yeast fermentation, remaining as natural as possible without compromising the integrity of the wine. A minimal amount of sulfur is added at bottling. In its unique, stocky bottle, this syrah is floral, silky, and lively on the palate. It offers up pure, gorgeous dark fruit; layers of blackberry, crushed herbs, black olive, pepper, and notes of leather on a mid-weight frame. Grippy tannin and juicy acidity make this an elegant arrival that'll have you coming back sip after sip! Enjoy with cedar plank grilled beef brisket with chocolate ancho rub.

Jun
23
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

NEW ORGANIC VALUES FROM LESSER-KNOWN GRAPES!
 
Vagnoni Molina Marche Passerina IGP 2016 – CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Country: ITALY / Region: MARCHE / Appellation: MARCHE PASSERINA IGP / Varietal(s): PASSERINA --- Passerina is a grape from the Marche area of Italy's eastern coast that has remained relatively obscure – a pity considering how delicious it can be! Here's a perfect example, from a small farm winery near the town of Offida just across the border from Abruzzo. Certified organic and vegan, Vagnoni Molina grows traditional grape varietals of Marche on 29 acres situated on clay soils between the Adriatic Sea and the Appenine Mountains. Vinified in all stainless steel, this refreshing white bursts with aromas of white flowers and spring pea shoots, offering up a textured palate of lemon and minerals with accents of honeyed florals and beeswax. An easy summer sipper, try this with quinoa salad with edamame, shrimp, and avocado in lemon-mint dressing.

Cellar Carlania "El Petit Carlania" Trepat Conca de Barberà DO 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERA DO / Varietal(s): TREPAT --- Trepat is an indigenous grape of the Conca de Barberà region of Catalunya, often used to make rosé Cava. At Carlania, a small family-run winery an hour’s drive from Barcelona, husband-wife winegrowers Jordi Miro and Sonia Goma-Camps focus on putting trepat center stage, allowing it to reflect an unmistakable sense of terroir. Their five plots, scattered in and around the village of Barbera de la Conca at an altitude of about 1,300 feet, are all certified organic. "El Petit Carlania" is a light-bodied, fresh and lively red, with ripe red plum aromas and notes of blue flowers and herbs. It dances across the palate with bright cherry and savory herb flavors, great minerality, lightly chewy tannins, and a touch of earthy funk on the finish. On the label, the words “trepat fosc” mean “dark trepat” in the Catalan language, to indicate that this is indeed a red, not rosé. A delightful new warm-weather arrival, this would be fantastic with warm farro salad with balsamic-glazed shiitake mushrooms, goat cheese, and poached egg, or just about anything off the grill!

Jun
17
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 105

CELEBRATING CIDER WEEK HUDSON VALLEY!

Hudson Valley Cider Week, which goes through Sunday, 6/18, is a local and regional event founded by Glynwood, celebrating the American craft cider renaissance! Come taste some of the gems in our fantastic selection of craft ciders.

Wayside Cider Dry Town Deliciously Still Dry Cider
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Founded in 2014 in Delhi, NY, Wayside Cider is the collaboration of Irene Hussey and Alex Wilson. Contrary to the current cider making trend of looking to Europe for inspiration, Alex and Irene focus on making distinctly American ciders that draw on the history and topography of their home in Delaware County. They pick and graft wild and abandoned apple trees with the aim of preserving the past while embracing modern production methods, handling every stage of the cider making process themselves. Wild apples produce far less juice than their cultivated counterparts, but more than make up for it in uniqueness and complexity of flavor. Made from a wild apple blend that includes some fantastic little crab apples, Dry Town is a non-carbonated, truly dry cider. Honest, aromatic, and earthy, it provides elements of tart apple and wet stone on a rounded body with a deliciously crisp finish. Subtle tannins and a little zing courtesy of the crab apples make this refreshing and quaffable. Great as an aperitif with cheeses, especially oozy, stinky ones!

Aaron Burr Cidery Homestead Cider Terminal Moraines & Outwash Plains - 500ml
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Aaron Burr Cidery has become the sought-after icon of local traditional cider making. This small homestead farm dates back to the early 1800s and is located in Wurtsboro, NY, in neighboring Sullivan County. Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian are dedicated to authentically recreating "true cider", once the most popular drink in America (for their personal, intimate, and unrestrained thoughts on this developing artisanal cider industry, please see thecidery.blogspot.com). Honing in on the idea of terroir, this “locational” cider is made of unsprayed, uncultivated apples and crabapples from Long Island’s North and South Shores. It has a rich, creamy texture, possibly a result of being bottled unfiltered and hence continued contact with the lees (spent yeast cells). With significant depth of flavor and layers of fruit and funk, pair this with Spaghetti alla Carbonara when in Rome, or porcini mushroom risotto if northern Italian cuisine is more your thing.

Eve’s Cidery “Beckhorn Hollow” Traditional Method Dry Sparking Cider 2014
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Just about 25 miles south of Ithaca is the small town of Van Etten, New York, the home of Eve’s Cidery. James Cummins, a sixth-generation orchardist and Autumn Stoscheck, a farming-enthusiast-turned-cidermaker started Eve’s in 2001 using the apples on James’s u-pick orchard. With the addition of Ezra Sherman, another something-turned-cidermaker, the three focus intensely on cultivation and expression of cider apples. Their “Beckhorn Hollow” is no exception, driven by almost-25 percent native Northern Spy, plus a handful of other varietals like Spitzenburg, Golden Russet, Idared and Wickson. This cider opens with an electric attack of tart citrus juice and zest, leading into floral notes and just a hint of hazelnut. Beautiful integration of tannin and sparkle makes you wish they bottled in a magnum for more endless enjoyment. This is your new summer aperitif, or put this in the taco night rotation.

Treasury Cider Lightly Sparkling Dry 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Josh Morganthau moved back to his family’s one-hundred year old farm in 2006, precisely when it needed an infusion of ideas and energy. He was familiar with cider, producing it every year for family consumption, but has spent the past several years planting heirloom and cider varietals for more refined, precise expressions of Hudson Valley terroir-driven ciders. This “Dry Lightly Sparkling” bottle is cider’s answer to Prosecco – bright fruit, soft bubbles, and a zesty finish. Driven by Jonamac, Golden Delicious, and Empire apples with Goldrush, Liberty and a handful of other varieties playing supporting roles, this bottle delivers crisp green apple skin and honey aromas. If pairing this with mozzarella-stuffed cherry pepper antipasti is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

Metal House Cider Sparkling Cider 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Hailing from the town of Esopus in Ulster County is the cidermaking duo behind Metal House. Matt and Kimberly have a laser-like focus when it comes to completing on their core mission of providing terroir-driven, rich, Champagne-like ciders. They utilize apples coming from chemical-free orchards and produce the cider in a style similar to the sparkling wines of Champagne, with extended lees aging, secondary fermentation in the bottle and then disgorgement before release. These details in the cider-making process make for an elegant, textural sparkler with a deep apple core. Reach for Metal House when you want a refined drinking experience, and pair with seared halibut with cauliflower cream and chive oil.

Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider “The Last Blacksmith” - 500ml
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- This bottle from Elizabeth Ryan at Hudson Valley Farmhouse is an “homage to the stewards of lost arts and forgotten traditions” – a blend of various barrel-aged ciders with bitter and tannic cider apples. Fermented until dry, and then aged in Hillrock Estate Distillery rye and bourbon barrels for up to four months, these ciders take on complex aromas of tobacco and vanilla and subtle whisky characteristics. With just a bit of tannin on the finish, this is a bottle-conditioned cider for both cider and whisky lovers. Pair with pulled pork, barbeque roasted chicken and root vegetables.

Jun
16
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

COOKING OUTDOORS? DRINK THESE.
 
Guigas Vinho Verde DOC Minho 2016

Country: PORTUGAL / Region: MINHO / Appellation: VINHO VERDE DOC / Varietal(s): LOUREIRO+TRAJADURA+ARINTO --- Hailing from the Minho region of northwest Portugal, Vinho Verde is the Portuguese answer to beating the summer heat. Bright, light, and slightly effervescent, this bottle from Guigas makes a perfect wine for your weekend picnic outings. And at only 9.5% alcohol by volume, this is a wine that remains refreshing and drinkable all day long. It’s a great partner to marinated octopus or a tangy citrus salad.

Château Coulonge Malbec “Hommage” Bordeaux Supérieur AOC 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: Bordeaux / Appellation: BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR AOC / Varietal(s): MALBEC --- After a transfer of farmland from a countess to her tenant farmers, Château Coulonge has been run by the same family since 1804. Vigneron Nicolas Roux focuses his attention on viticulture of traditional Bordeaux varieties. In the case of cuvée “Hommage,” Roux reintroduces drinkers to the region’s oft-forgotten native variety – malbec! While it flourishes in the vineyards of Mendoza in Argentina and other regions throughout South America, it is in the Aquitaine region where malbec was born and raised. Basking in the warm summer sun of southwest France, these malbec bunches achieve perfect ripeness, giving us plenty of luscious plum fruit and silky tannins in the glass. We should take a cue from the Argentines and pair this bottle with a grill full of meats, mushrooms, sausages and summer squashes.

Jun
10
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

TASTE WITH IMPORTER LUIS MOYA!

Señorío de Sobral Albariño Rias Baixas 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIAS BAIXAS DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Proprietor Alberto Lago’s family has been committed to making wines from the albariño grape for over a century. The winery itself is located in the subzone of Condado do Tea, along the shores of the Miño river, in a 15th century castle which once belonged to the Horsemen of Malta. This area has a unique microclimate with soils of clay and river stones which both help retain moisture and warmth, influencing an expression of albariño that is like summer breeze in a glass. Pleasant citrus and mineral notes give way to smooth, balanced texture and a long finish. Just a slight chill on this wine really complements the delicate aromatics. I’ve never seen an oyster beg to be eaten, but I’m sure it wouldn’t mind being slurped down with this bottle.

Cellar Rendé Masdéu El Follet Syrah Rosé 2016 – ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: PENEDÈS / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERÀ DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- The Rendé family has some serious winemaking credentials with history in southern Penedès traceable to 1604. And it’s still a family affair. Brothers Rendé Masdéu, Josep Maria and Joan decided to modernize the winery in 1991 with major infrastructure improvements and renewed focus on wines of quality. “El Follet,” made of 100% organically grown syrah has an enticing ruby color and is packed with ripe and juicy strawberry and cherry aromas backed with floral and tropical undertones – less “summer breeze” and more “summer lovin’”. This is gulpable on the porch or in the park, and ready for Spanish-style garlic shrimp (gambas al ajillo) and fried potatoes with smoked paprika aioli (patatas bravas). 

Señorío de Villarrica Rioja DOCa Crianza 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCa / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- The mid-1800s marks the genesis of Señorío de Villarrica, when the great-grandfathers of the current proprietors planted their first vines in San Asensio. Maternal grandfather Pablo was one of the first farmers to purchase a tractor in Rioja, while paternal grandfather built a winery and worked to produce the traditional wineskins with bottles. Father Florentino built another winery, expanding production and focusing on quality. It was Florentino who first began bottling wines with “crianza” (two year) and “reserva” (three year) age designations. Presently, brothers Pablo, Rodolfo, Ismael and José Miguel run the winery and vineyards. Villarrica is lucky to have inherited many old vineyards, where all the grapes are handpicked. The grape must destined to become their crianza is first fermented in stainless steel then transferred to mixed French and American oak barrels where it will spend 14 months aging, the wood imparting textual and aromatic nuances. The wine spends at least another six months in bottle and released only when the brothers think it is ready. Once out of the bottle, powerful wild berry aromas flow freely with caramel notes from the oak aging. Silky tannins make this a pleasure to drink now with grilled lamb or barbeque pork buns.

Señorío de Villarrica Rioja DOCa Reserva 2011
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCa / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- Villarrica’s Reserva bottling uses grapes from two vineyards with vines planted in 1970 and 1950. The fruit from these mature vines gets fermented in stainless steel, then transferred to French and American oak barrels where it spends the next 24 months developing complexity and textural maturity. Released after another 12 months in bottle, this Reserva delivers subtle fruit and umami-rich flavors that are ready to be partnered with a plate of awesome mature cheeses: Manchego Curado, Mahón Curado, and smoked Idiazabal to name a few!

Jun
9
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

NEW DAILY DEALS!

Ocone Taburno Falanghina del Sannio DOC "Diana" 2015 – CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: CAMPANIA / Appellation: TABURNO DOC / Varietal(s): FALANGHINA --- The Ocone family has been producing quality wines in the province of Benevento in Campania for over 100 years. As members of the Italian Association for Organic Farming (AIAB), Ocone continuously innovates in the vineyards and cellar and brings us fresh, organically grown expressions of traditional regional grape varieties. This bottling of falanghina borrows the name “Diana” from Roman mythology and would make a great companion for a summer evening of stargazing (Diana was the goddess of the Moon, of course!). This wine has an appealing roundness in the mouth, with aromas of tropical fruits and mineral streak to keep it fresh. If you happen to fire up the grill before breaking out that telescope, you’re in luck! Diana was also the goddess of the hunt, so throw on some rosemary-lemon chicken and branzino, and let the fire and the starry night do the rest.

La Crotta di Vegneron “Chambave” Vallée d’Aoste DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: VALLÉE D’AOSTE / Appellation: VALLÉE D’AOSTE DOC / Varietal(s): PETIT ROUGE+GAMAY+PINOT  NOIR --- The La Crotta di Vegneron Cooperative was established in 1980 and has grown to include 70 partners harvesting ancient varieties indigenous to the Aosta Valley. This semi-autonomous region of Italy sits on the slopes of the Western Alps and is culturally influenced by both France to the west and Switzerland to the north (Italian and French are even the official languages of the region). And the wine-making reflects a commitment to preserving this unique crossroads of culture and the tradition of “campagnards” or the country-side. The “Chambave” bottling is a blend of 70 percent petit rouge and 30 percent gamay, pinot noir and other indigenous varieties. An enchanting red ruby hue, fine tannins, and bursts of violet and blackberry aromas make this bottle an easy choice for your weekday red – delicious with gnocchi in sage brown butter or grab some prosciutto and fontina for an immersive Italian Alps experience.

Jun
3
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

CLASSIC FRENCH SELECTIONS!

Domaine Pascal Bonhomme Viré-Clessé AOP Vieilles Vignes 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: VIRÉ-CLESSÉ AOP / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Situated in the north of the Mâconnais between Tournus and Mâcon, Viré-Clessé is one of Burgundy's newest appellations. The chardonnay of Viré-Clessé is distinctly different from the appellations further to the south such as Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint-Véran, in part due to a greater percentage of limestone in the soil. An old school winemaker in the classic Burgundian style, Pascal Bonhomme has some of the best-situated sites in Viré-Clessé on his 2.5 hectare estate. Entirely hand harvested, 1/5 of the cuvée is vinified in older barrels, adding to the overall effect of complexity and subtlety. The average ages of the vines for this delightful cuvée is 60-65 years. The results are stunning: an aromatic, sophisticated nose of clean apple and spice evolves into luscious baked apple flavors on the palate, offset by subtle touches of oak. A winner with cod poached in coconut milk with leek and fennel.

La Bastide Blanche Bandol AOC Rosé 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE  / Appellation: BANDOL AOC / Varietal(s): MOURVÈDRE+CINSAULT+GRENACHE --- We look forward to drinking rosés each year, but inevitably some of the best come from the Bandol appellation. The wines possess a power and depth of flavor, while holding it all together elegantly. La Bastide Blanche is a great example of the quality found in this region. This wonderful wine is the work of Michel & Louis Bronzo, who purchased this property in the early 1970's. Bandol is unique in France in that it is the only area the mourvèdre grape must be dominant. The region is ideal for this sometimes difficult-to-mature grape. The warm summer days and stony soils are the perfect marriage for the heat-loving grape, allowing it to fully mature before harvest. This cuvée is elegant, yet capable of hanging with almost any summer indulgence. There are lovely strawberry notes entwined with a strong sense of minerals. Peppery notes add complexity, making this juicy wine hard to put down.

Ferrer Ribière Carignan "Empreinte du Temps" VdP des Côtes Catalanes 2013 -CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE PAYS DES CÔTES
CATALANES / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN --- In 1993, Denis (an experienced fruit grower) and Bruno (a wine loving civil servant) joined forces to establish Domaine Ferrer Ribière. The son of a vintner, Denis took over his family's vineyards intent on farming them more organically, and now Domaine Ferrer Ribière is one of two wineries in the Roussillon to be certified biodynamic. Although the domaine has existed for seven centuries, it was farmed conventionally until Denis and Bruno, dissatisfied with the quality of the wines, began working organically, eventually transitioning to biodynamic production. Set on 30 hectares west of Perpignan, with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, this domaine is further distinguished by the age of its vines. This carignan comes from 130 year old vines! This cuvée is titled 'Empreinte du Temps', which translated means 'fingerprint of time'. 100% carignan wines in the Roussillon are unusual, making this an even more unique gem! Of intense depth in color, it has an excellent rich nose of dark fruit, herbs and wild berries. Lots of plum, blueberry, and black currants on the palate are lent a rustic edge. Balanced acidity and chalky, not-aggressive tannins keep this wine fresh and incredibly drinkable, just fabulous with rustic fare like braised or grilled meats, charcuterie, or cheeses.

Jun
2
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

ELEGANT AUSTRIAN GRÜNER AND REFRESHING ROSÉ FROM THE LANGUEDOC!

Weingut Weszeli Langenlois Grüner Veltliner Kamptal 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: NIEDERÖSTERREICH / Appellation: KAMPTAL / Varietal(s): GRÜNER VELTLINER --- Located around the town of Langenlois in Austria's famed Kamptal, the vineyards of Weingut Weszeli comprise 30 hectares of some of the finest grüner veltliner and riesling the region has to offer. Since 1679, the Summerer family has cultivated grapes and produced wine in the area. Today, Davis Weszeli and Rupert Summerer have taken that family knowledge and tradition and applied it to their own wine philosophy: "Principle Terrafactum", which places the vineyard and its incredible biodiversity at the center of their work. Believing that the true character of the wine is formed in the vineyard, they encourage the interaction of flora and fauna during the grape growing process, and this respect for nature continues through a gentle vinification that leaves intact the purity of grape and terroir. This grüner is a delight for the senses: intense aromatics of green apple, wildflowers, and white pepper lead to a palate of high-toned fruit (green apple, underripe green melon, white/yellow peach), racy acidity, and undertones of tarragon, green olive, and flint on a textured, lingering finish. A refreshing, elegant pick for hot weather – serve this moderately chilled (too cold will mute the aromatics!) with a salad of arugula, grilled peaches, chicken, and corn, and spicy cashew dressing.

Cochon Volant "Prestige" Rosé Corbières AOP 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE/ Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CORBIÈRES AOP / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+MOURVÈDRE --- Etienne Besancenot left Paris to become a vigneron at an early age, finding his calling in Boutenac, in the Corbières region of the Languedoc in the south of France. Now the director of Château Caraguiles (an estate that's been farmed organically for over 40 years). Made predominantly from grenache (90%), with a splash of mourvèdre (10%), "Prestige" is a succulent rosé with the added bonus of being organic! Bright pink with mauve glints at the edges, it offers up a delicate nose of bright red berries and cherries lightly accented with floral tones. Pure, soft, and crisp on the palate, juicy redcurrant and peach flavors are followed by elegant minerality. Fresh and balanced, this makes a perfect picnic companion! Great with grilled shrimp pizza!

May
27
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC WINES FOR THE OFFICIAL START OF SUMMER!

Hatzidakis Winery Santorini Assyrtiko Hatzidakis Winery Assyrtiko Santorini PDO 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: GREECE / Region: CYCLADES ISLANDS / Appellation: SANTORINI PDO / Varietal(s): ASSYRTIKO --- Santorini is famous for its sunsets but it also produces some great wines! The island is only 11 miles long and 7 miles wide, but contains 13 wineries, with the indigenous white grape, assyrtiko, dominating production. Instead of using trellises like many wineries, the grape growers of Santorini place their vines in a kouloura ("circle" or "basket"). This aids in protecting the grapes from the hot sun and strong winds. These baskets must be hand harvested, and many of the vines are over 150 years old on ungrafted rootstock (fortunately phylloxera never came to the island). These factors, combined with Santorini's volcanic, sandy soils, contribute defined acidity and great character to the wines. Thanks in part to the hot, breezy conditions, diseases are easier to manage, allowing producers to farm organically. Hatzidakis Winery has been doing this since 1996, and now produces 11 cuvées, seven of which are assyrtiko. This new white is clean and brisk, with bright acidity, floral and orange aromas and a smooth texture in the mouth. Palate-cleansing acidity, herbal touches, and a long, savory finish make this a winner with anything from the sea.

Broc Cellars "Love Rosé" North Coast 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NORTH COAST / Varietal(s): VALDIGUIÉ+ZINFANDEL+SOUZÃO --- Founded by Chris Brockway, Broc Cellars is built on a philosophy of sourcing sustainable and organic fruit on the way to creating exceptional wines. Brockway takes a hands-off approach, allowing nature to be in charge. Broc's "Love" red and white have many fans already – now here's the delicious "Love" rosé made from a blend of three grape varietals from California's North Coast vineyards – all grown organically. The color comes from the Portuguese varietal sauzão, while zinfandel contributes spice notes, and valdiguié lends mouthwatering acidity. After destemming, the fruit was pressed into stainless steel, with all three varietals fermenting together. The result is fantastically refreshing – explosive aromatics yield to juicy watermelon, cherry, and berry notes for easy drinking. This wine, like all Broc Cellars wines, is made naturally, meaning only native yeast is used to spark fermentation, and nothing is added except a minimal dose of sulfur prior to bottling. Try this with grilled shrimp with Israeli cous cous and tomato cucumber salad.   

Ronsel do Sil "Vel'uveyra" Mencía Ribeira Sacra DO 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIBEIRA SACRA DO / Varietal(s): MENCÍA --- Nestled in her small, historic winery high above the River Sil in the Ribeira Sacra region of Galicia, winemaker Maria José Yravedra relishes the challenge of discovering the lost vines now growing wild in the surrounding hills. These steeply terraced vineyards were brought lovingly back from years of neglect, with some vines even still planted in old Roman terraces. Maria focuses on local varietals like mencía, merenzao (trousseau), godello, treixadura, and dona branca, while only using organic and biodynamic methods from vineyard to cellar. 100% mencía, this cuvée comes from 10-60 year old vines on granite soils, which are hand harvested, fermented with native yeast, and then aged in concrete vats for 8 months. This medium-bodied red has lovely pure flavors of pomegranate and cherry with rocky mineral accents. A nose of hibiscus tea combines earthiness with candied red cherry, and a precise finish lingers with notes of savory crushed herbs. This makes a fantastic companion to potato tortilla with bacon, shallots, and truffle oil.

Paxton MV Shiraz McLaren Vale 2014 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: AUSTRALIA / Region: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Appellation: MCLAREN VALE / Varietal(s): SHIRAZ--- Since 1979, Paxton has been a family-owned wine company in Australia's renowned McLaren Vale. With a reputation based on producing wine grapes of extraordinary quality for over 30 years, founder/owner David Paxton has become one of Australia’s most highly regarded viticulturalists. Recognized worldwide as one of Australia’s leading wine regions, McLaren Vale is famous for the production of wines, particularly red wines, of exceptional quality. Minimal intervention in the winery guarantees the true expression of the fruit from vine to bottle. Paxton vineyards are diversely situated across a varying array of sites and soils, and are strictly managed without exception from planting to harvest. Michael Paxton continues the Paxton vineyards' commitment to biodynamic agriculture – a way of farming that avoids using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and focuses instead on creating living, healthy soils by many processes including the use of natural compost. Fresh and dynamic, this full-bodied wine offers lush currant and juicy blackberry flavors front and center with touches of chocolate, licorice, and a whisper of vanillin oak throughout. This is a great companion to open next time you're having mushroom burgers or a big, juicy steak hot off the grill.

May
26
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

HUDSON VALLEY ROSÉ AND NEW SICILIAN WHITE!
 
Whitecliff Vineyards Dry Rosé Hudson River Region 2016

Country: USA/ Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION / Varietal(s): VIDAL+CAYUGA+DECHAUNAC --- Located practically in our own backyard, Whitecliff Vineyard in Gardiner, NY has been producing a highly respected and diverse portfolio of fine wines. Founded in 1979 by husband-and-wife team Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore with the intention to push the envelope for New York State winemaking and grape growing practices, Whitecliff Vineyard continues to experiment with a focus on quality and refinement. Their Awosting white and NYS gamay have been popular staples here for a while. Here is their easy-drinking rosé made from estate-grown fruit, a perfectly refreshing accompaniment to anything you might throw on the grill this summer. Dry and flavorful, with soft, lush fruit greeting you with each sip, why not find a porch or patio somewhere and loll about enjoying a chilled glass?

Monte Bernardi Grillo "Fuori Strada-Off Road" Terre Siciliane IGT 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC - LITER
Country: ITALY/ Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGT / Varietal(s): GRILLO --- Just in time for camping, hiking, and BBQ season, this delicious Sicilian white in a convenient liter box has arrived! The wine is the work of American Michael Schmelzer, who planted vineyards in 2005. From the outset, he worked the vineyards biodynamically, following the principles of Rudolf Steiner. Schmelzer was concerned about building the vineyards “from the ground up”. Strong vines and healthy soil could only produce better quality fruit. The name means “off road” and the grapes for this wine come from small organically farmed vineyards in Sicily. Grillo is a Sicilian grape thought to be used in Julius Caesar's favorite wines. Not quite as well known nowadays, it makes a refreshing choice for summer sipping, with aromas of zesty citrus, cantaloupe, and wildflowers. Crisp and bright on the palate, it offers up delicious notes of citrus, yellow apple, and pear, with an earthy, mineral texture and fresh acidity. An eco-friendly go-to for BBQs, picnics, or even backpacking, enjoy this with pasta with grilled chicken and spring peas.

May
20
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

NEW ARRIVALS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY IN SPAIN!

Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina DO 2016
Country: SPAIN/ Region: BASQUE COUNTRY / Appellation: GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA DO / Varietal(s): HONDARRIBI ZURI+HONDARRIBI BELTZA ---  Bright, hot days are well suited to Txakolina, the refreshing Basque white poured from a distance to accentuate its fizzy nature. Ameztoi Txakolina is one of the highest regarded producers of Getariako Txakolina, owning 20 hectares of vines in prime locations. Ignacio Ameztoi represents the seventh generation to carry on the tradition of making Txakolina in the province of Getaria. The view from the Ameztoi vineyards encompasses the town of St. Sebastian, where the Atlantic Ocean plays a key role in influencing the winemaking of the region. Made from the indigenous grape varieties of Hondarribi Zuri and its red cousin Hondarribi Beltza, this wine is fermented in stainless steel and bottled with residual carbonic acid that lends it its characteristic spritz. Bright and briny, this displays refreshing lime and citrus flavors, with accents of sea spray on a light, crisp palate. This is the kind of wine you can drink all day and well into the evening. A lovely companion to shellfish, this will also work beautifully with grilled or roasted sole finished with a squeeze of lemon and a few capers. If late springtime were able to be bottled, it might taste a bit like this!

MicroBio Wines "Correcaminos" Rosé Castilla y León 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+VERDEJO --- Winegrower Ismael Gozalo has deep roots in Nieva, a village in the province of Segovia located in the Rueda DO. While this region is now the heart of industrial verdejo production, Gozalo has chosen to go in the opposite direction, making natural, biodynamic wines instead. The predominantly sandy soils of the area make it possible to still find old pre-phylloxera and ungrafted vines, and Gozalo's natural approach makes the most of the intense character of these rare vines and the terroir and climate they thrive in. Fresh and luscious, the Correcaminos ("Road Runner") rosé comes from tempranillo planted on slate soils in 1949, with a touch of old vine verdejo, fermented in stainless steel and bottled unfined and unfiltered with no added sulfur. Bright, juicy flavors of sour cherry, tangy plum, and red berries with hints of spice all add up to a refreshing new rosé you'll want to try again and again. Great with a BLAST (bacon, lettuce, avocado, salmon, tomato) sandwich!

Bigardo "Vino Tinto Experimental" Castilla y León 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): TINTA DE TORO AKA TEMPRANILLO --- Bigardo is the first release from Kiko Calvo, a young up-and-coming winemaker from Toro (Zamora.) He gained diverse experience making wine all over the world before eventually returning to farm his family's old Tinta de Toro (a local, loose-bunched strain of tempranillo) vines, focusing on realizing the grapes' full character rather than adhering to local winemaking conventions. "Bigardo" is an expression in Toro used to refer to a young rebel, a person who doesn't care what others think, and who does things their own way. The label reflects this: a picture of Calvo's hand making the sign of the horns, a two-fold gesture (both signifying rebelliousness while also referring to the horns of the animal that give the town its name). The grapes for this wine are harvested over the course of 45 days, with several individual fermentations to highlight the character of specific vineyard parcels, which range from 20-100 years old. This experimental method of enhancing and layering the personalities of the grapes has paid off in spades: the wine is a supple, complex melange of rich flavors and textures. Scents of cherries, red currants, and sweet smoke yield to a palate redolent with red fruit and sweet tannin. Over time, the wine opens up even further to reveal layers of creamy black and purple fruit – think black currants, mulberry, and earthy plum, all gloriously accented by hints of licorice, rosebud, violets, cocoa, and a hint of cool pine boughs. A winner with bison and portobello mushroom burgers with spinach, grilled onions, and sun-dried tomatoes.

May
19
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

REFRESHING WARM WEATHER WINES: ISRAELI WHITE AND AUSTRIAN ROSÉ!
 
Golan Heights Winery "Mount Hermon" White Galilee 2014

Country: ISRAEL / Region: GALILEE / Appellation: GALILEE / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY+SAUVIGNON BLANC+ SEMILLON --- The Golan Heights in Israel enjoys similar conditions for winemaking as other more widely known regions, such as Bordeaux or Tuscany. The Galilee region is the most northern, and most prized, appellation in Israel, and the highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights, the coldest region in the country. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 1,300 to 3,900 feet above sea level and receive snowfall in the winter. Taking advantage of the cool high altitude climate, variable topography, and volcanic balsaltic soil, Golan Heights Winery has been considered Israel's leading winery in technological innovation as well as quality since its founding in 1983 in the town of Katzrin. The Mount Hermon White is a medium-bodied blend of classic aromatic varietals that's vibrant and lively – perfect for warm weather! Mouthwatering notes of green apple, lime, tangerine, and guava are enhanced by aromas of fresh flowers and crushed grass. Delicious with crispy fish and chips, grilled chicken breasts, or even assorted sushi.

Zum Martin Sepp Zweigelt Rosé Weinland 2016
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: WEINLAND / Appellation: WEINLAND / Varietal(s): ZWEIGELT --- This zweigelt rosé hails from one of Vienna’s most esteemed wineries, operated for generations by the Martin family. Current winemaker Michael Martin took over the helm in the 80s, switching the focus from quantity to quality, with “Innovation, stubbornness, and a little bit of madness” as his motto. Martin is also the official winemaker for Life Ball, Europe’s largest charity event dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. This is the perfect refreshment for al fresco dining; light- bodied, dry, with aromas of lemon zest, strawberries, and crushed seashells. Delicate touches of sour cherry and bright red strawberry on the palate mingle with more lemon and mineral tones for a clean, precise finish that makes this a fresh and versatile choice to pair with anything from grilled arctic char to hotdogs. A favorite for picnics and barbecues!

May
13
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SUSTAINABLY/ORGANICALLY GROWN ALL-AMERICAN!

Division Winemaking Co. Division-Villages Sauvignon Blanc "La Frontière" Willamette Valley 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA/ Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Within the Willamette Valley, the Eola-Amity Hills are well known as one of the most coveted places for growing cool climate pinot noir. They're not as well known for producing great sauvignon blanc... yet! Division Winemaking Co. is a Portland, Oregon based winery founded in 2010 by Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, and inspired by the wines of Loire, Beaujolais, Burgundy, and the Northern Rhône. This urban winery works with well-farmed terroir-driven vineyards, many of which are organic or biodynamic to source the grapes that allow them to make approachable, balanced wines with minimal manipulation. Oregon winemaking legend Myron Redford founded Amity Vineyards in the mid-70s as part of a group of young pioneering entrepreneurs that were responsible for building the Oregon wine industry. While most members focused on pinot noir and pinot gris, Myron spent time experimenting with other varietals such as gamay noir, riesling, and sauvignon blanc. After selling the original Amity Vineyards, he and his partner Vikki Wetle planted a 7.5 acre certified organic vineyard at their home property which is the source for the sauvignon blanc for this cuvée. Named "La Frontière", it seeks to forge a new frontier in Oregon winemaking. Fermented "sur lie" using native yeast in neutral white Burgundy barrels and stainless steel, this is a delicious demonstration of New World sauvignon blanc at its most refreshing. Vibrant grapefruit, yellow mango, and flint aromatics provide a compelling introduction to a full, bright palate of citrus that avoids the dreaded "cat pee" and overripe tropical fruit notes that tarnish some sauvignon blancs. Secondary notes of wildflower honey contribute to a supple finish. This would make a lovely companion to grilled chicken with mango relish, or fish tacos.

Eminence Road Farm Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé Finger Lakes 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: FINGER LAKES /
Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- This lively rosé from our friends at Eminence Road is a style of wine that's all the rage right now: pétillant naturel, or naturally sparkling, abbreviated to pét-nat. Pét-nat is made by taking unfinished (still-fermenting) wine, bottling and capping it, and allowing it to complete fermentation in the bottle (producing that light bubbly texture). While Champagne-style bubblies start with “finished” wine, to which a precise amount of sugar and yeast is added, pét-nats are quite raw and unpolished, still living and unpredictable, with about half the pressure of Champagne. The refreshing, spontaneous result is the perfect spring sipper! Made from Finger Lakes cabernet franc, this vibrant but complex rosé possesses the bone-dry, subtly wild/earthy character we expect from Eminence Road's natural winemaking practices. Wild strawberries and brambly raspberry flavors, light green herbal notes, and a touch of minerality on the finish make this perfect for adding a celebratory air to light spring brunches, dinners, and garden parties.

Broc Cellars Mission Lodi Somers Vineyard 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: LODI / Varietal(s): MISSION (AKA PAIS) --- If you read these emails with any regularity, you know the wines of Broc Cellars. For those new to the winery, Broc was founded by Chris Brockway and built on a philosophy of sourcing sustainable and organic fruit on the way to creating exceptional wines. He takes a hands-off approach, allowing nature to be in charge. This bottle is a taste of California history! Chris first moved out to California to work with older plantings, and this is his first time making wine from the mission grape (also known as país or listan negro). Mission was the first cultivated varietal in California, planted by Spanish missionaries who used it to make sacramental, table, and fortified wines. The grapes for this bottling came from old vines (of unknown age but at least 60+ years old) dry farmed in sand and gravel soils beside a river in Lodi. This wine is made through carbonic maceration (a technique often used in Beaujolais where whole grapes are fermented prior to crushing), and fermentation is initiated using native yeasts. Dry and earthy, it displays aromas of rose petal, strawberry cordial and spice, with red berry and smoky citrus peel flavors on the palate. Medium-bodied and fresh with good structure and acidity through the finish, this would be a great match for farro salad with roasted mushrooms and Swiss chard, peppercorn-crusted pork loin with bitter greens and mash, or with grilled portobella tacos.

Birichino Central Coast Pinot Noir "St. Georges" 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CENTRAL COAST / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Birichino Winery was founded in 2008 by Alex Krause and John Locke. Fruit sources are focused on older plantings, often from non-grafted vines that are more expressive of the natural character of the grapes. The pair has been making wine for several decades not just in California but also other countries including Italy and France. This elegant pinot noir hails from the St. Georges vineyard on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz mountains, named for father and son, George Besson Sr. and Jr., whose families have tended the vines since the 1920s. Light ruby in color, it features enticing aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, red cherry, red flowers, tarragon, and sage. The granite and sandy soils of the vineyard lend a distinctive texture and vibrant freshness, with delicate undertones of roasted meat/game on the finish. A sophisticated partner to mushroom and lentil pot pie with Gouda biscuit topping.

May
12
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

ORGANICALLY GROWN RHÔNE VALLEY WINES!
UC Davis graduate Michele d’Aprix is a rapidly rising star in the wine world. After completing her studies in California, she made her way to Bordeaux where she took advantage of the opportunity to be mentored by renowned winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt, before branching out to start her own project in St. Emilion, named Pentimento. Now she has expanded even further, crafting three wines from Costières de Nîmes, the southernmost of the Rhône winegrowing regions. Accorded AOC status in 1986, Costières de Nîmes boasts exceptional gravely soils and a Mediterranean climate that lend the wines juicy ripeness and earthy character, but remains just under the radar enough to yield some great values – like these! "Caz" translates to "crazy in a good way", and these wines are crazy good: honest, juicy, young, and pure.
 
Maz Caz Costières de Nîmes AOC Blanc 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE BLANC+ROUSSANNE --- 60% grenache blanc and 40% roussanne, all from hand harvested organically grown grapes, this delicious white is gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tank to preserve its vibrant fruit character. Fresh, juicy peaches and pears meld with touches of honeysuckle and beeswax, with mouthwatering acidity and elegant minerality that make this a versatile partner to all kinds of cuisines! Take the suggestion on the label and pair with oysters, or enjoy with roast chicken and a side of watermelon and feta salad.
 
Maz Caz Costières de Nîmes AOC Rouge 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES AOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH+GRENACHE+MOURVEDRE --- 75% syrah, 20% grenache, 5% mourvedre, this fresh red is frighteningly easy to drink! Fermented in stainless steel with natural yeast, this sees no oak, and bursts with succulent dark, juicy fruit. Seductive aromas of violets, blackberries, raspberries, currants, and a whiff of smoke yield to a palate that is smooth and silky, with layers upon layers of character and bright, mouthwatering acidity. A serious wine that doesn't take itself too seriously (as the label indicates!), grilled pork chops are an easy match, but this works with just about anything – think lamb sliders, charcuterie, hard cheeses, or a straight-up burger!

May
6
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Dyckerhoff "Petit Gris" Pinot Gris Rosé Reuilly AOC 2016
Country: FRANCE/ Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: REUILLY AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- Reuilly is located at the eastern end of the Loire, not far from Quincy. Not to be confused with Rully in Burgundy, Reuilly is often overshadowed by the regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé – happily for us, as it produces wines of fantastic quality that happen to be excellent values as well! Reuilly shares the same terroir with its northern neighbors of Sancerre and Chablis, producing precise, mineral-driven wines that are fabulously refreshing. Since 2004, Christian Dyckerhoff and his Alsatian wife, Bénédicte, have been making wine on 12 acres of lieu-dit plots in Les Conges, Les Enaudes and La Raie, where vines range in age from 3-20 years. Reuilly has the unique distinction of producing rosés from pinot gris, although its reds are from pinot noir. This rosé gets its pale salmon color from extended skin contact, which not only lends it a rosy hue, but also imbues a complex texture reminiscent of a lighter-style red. Perfumed aromatics yield to juicy black currant and exotic tropical lychee fruit on the palate, supported by a core of racy acidity and finishing with elegant dusty minerals. Crisp and lip-smacking, this is a perfect choice for elevating an al fresco meal. Try it with poached salmon salad.

Nicolas Haeni "Malmont" Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC Blanc Séguret 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGE AOC / Varietal(s): ROUSSANNE --- Malmont was begun in 2002 while Nicolas Haeni was working at Domaine de Cabasse in the village of Seguret in the Rhône. The Haeni family owned some land in the Malmont section of Seguret – a very remote location at high elevation on very steep clay and limestone soils. In 2005, they started intense terracing work, and by 2006 planting had begun (with hydraulics needed to get vines into the rocky terroir), resulting in four hectares of vines that Nicolas works organically by hand. The 2013 vintage was the first, and the wines from this small parcel are those of great vibrancy and finesse, true expressions of the challenging terroir from which they come. This medium-full bodied white, the 2015 vintage, is made from 100% roussanne, fermented with indigenous yeast, and is a stunning example of the minerality, structure, and crispness of Malmont. Waxy, honeyed notes and wildflower aromas meld luxuriously with juicy white stonefruit and delicate citrus. Opulent in texture, it remains lean and focused on the palate, finishing with characteristic intense minerals. A lovely match with spring vegetable gratin.

Jean Louis Moissenet Bonnard "Cuvée de l'Oncle Paul" Bourgogne AOC 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BOURGOGNE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Looking for an affordable introduction to wines of the great Côtes de Beaune village of Pommard? Look no further than this Bourgogne Rouge from Jean-Louis Moissenet-Bonnard! This Burgundy is a blend from three plots (Taupe-Maison-Dieu, En la Taupe and Croquamot), all planted with 30-45 year old pinot noir vines. The domaine has been in the family for eight generations, and Jean-Louis took over winemaking in 1988, with the idea of putting into practice the philosophies he learned from his parents, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Jean-Louis farms using the ‘lutte raisonnée’ method, avoiding herbicides and pesticides, plowing in order to help the vines dig deep to extract the richness of the soil, and maintaining biodiversity and mycorrhization through grass/groundcover around the rows. Grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and completely destemmed. Fermentation utilizes indigenous yeast, and the wine is then aged over 12 months in older oak barrels. This cuvée is named in honor of Jean-Louis' great-uncle Paul, who gave his portion of the domaine inheritance to Jean-Louis' great-grandmother in order to keep the family vineyard undivided. The essence of Pommard: this is generously rich, masculine in character, with earthy tannins and notes of violets, forest floor, and pine melding with dark black summer fruits of raspberries, cherries, and currants. A soft, savory mouthfeel combines intensity and depth with rustic elegance. Jean-Louis bottles his wines unfiltered and they are delicious to drink now but will also age beautifully. Open this with herb-crusted roast pork with sweet potatoes.

May
5
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Erre de Herrero Rueda DO 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: RUEDA DO / Varietal(s): VERDEJO --- Thought to have originated in Africa, verdejo is the major white grape of the Rueda appellation of northwestern Spain, with commercial production dating back to the Middle Ages. Once almost driven to extinction by lack of interest, thankfully it survived, and today winemakers have a renewed focus on quality and expression of this and other traditional Spanish varietals. Erre de Herrero is 100% verdejo, made by the Herrero family, harvested at night and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. While many producers collect fruit from all over Rueda, Erre is from vineyards 15-60+ years old, planted in four towns in the province of northern Segovia. Verdejo from Segovia is known for a more herbal/forest-influenced character than that of other parts of Rueda, and this new arrival is a refreshing example. Lively and expressive, this bursts with aromas of white flowers, fennel, white peach, and crushed herbs. On the palate it is medium-bodied and dry, with more white fruit flavors. Refreshing acidity and touches of bitter almonds and minerals on the finish make this a great match with any number of foods. Try it with grilled shrimp with garlic sauce, veggie saffron paella, or tortilla Española.

Domaine de la Bastide Côtes du Rhône AOC Rouge 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH+GRENACHE+ CARIGNAN --- Vincent and Stephanie Boyer’s domaine in Visan is surrounded by remnants of winemaking history dating back to feudal times. Vincent's family resides in a fortified farmhouse built by Templar knights in the Middle Ages. An order of Christian crusaders who rose to great prominence and wealth in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Templars established many farms and vineyards. After time as a Benedictine, then Dominican, monastery, the Bastide property continues the winegrowing tradition today. Vincent has followed in his father's winemaking footsteps, and together with Stephanie, also a trained enologist, they carry the domaine forward with innovation and focus. Their goal is to make the farm fully organic in the near future. This red, a blend of syrah, grenache and carignan, is a fabulous (and delicious!) value. A wonderfully balanced blend of succulent raspberries and plums is offset by a dark, earthy streak. Dry and juicy, it offers bright, zippy acidity and gentle tannins, making it a fantastic match with roast chicken, eggplant, or a Gruyère cheeseburger!

Apr
29
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Equipo Navazos Manzanilla En Rama Sherry
Country: SPAIN/ Region: JEREZ / Appellation: SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA DO / Varietal(s): PALOMINO FINO --- Equipo Navazos is not a Bodega, but rather a collective of Spanish sherry lovers led by wine writer Jesús Barquín and Eduardo Ojeda, technical director of Grupo Estévez. In December 2005, this private group found several dozen barrels of exceptional 20 year old Amontillado. Realizing the shame that so many fantastic sherry butts were lying around in bodegas, often in volumes too low to be of commercial interest for bottling separately, but too fine to be part of a large-scale solera blend, they split the bottles titled La Bota de Amontillado among friends and colleagues, and started a sherry revolution! Equipo Navazos sources its wines from different bodegas around the Jerez area, selecting all the barrels for their quality and character. They are especially unique in that their sherries are bottled ‘en rama’. This means that no aggressive filtration or clarification have been used in the bottling process; only a minimal light filtration, without any cooling. The result is a throwback to traditional methods of bottling finos as they come, preserving their natural complexity and depth, rather than the extreme clarification that has dominated the market in recent decades. This wine is a Fino en Rama from Jerez de la Frontera, the main town where sherries are produced (the word "sherry" derives from the historical name of the town). It is made with 100% palomino fino grapes from the vineyards Cartera and Macharnudo Alto, located four kilometers West-Northwest of Jerez de la Frontera. The Fino en Rama Navazos ferments with local yeasts and, after a small fortification so as to increase its alcohol content from 12.5% to 15%, the wine enters the solera system where it has aged under a layer of flor for an average of five years. This is a great chance to get an outstanding en rama Fino at a fraction of the price of the ultra-rare La Bota Fino releases from Equipo Navazos! An impressive nose of flowers, apricots, peaches, and sea salt yields to a round, pure palate that is firm, bright, and saline. Delicious chilled as an aperitif, with a tapas platter of nuts, hard cheeses, and olives, or with chicken with olive tapenade.

Clos Lentiscus Rosé 41°N Brut Nature 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: PENEDÈS DO / Varietal(s): CARIÑENA --- Located in the rugged Garraf Mountains just north of Tarragona, Clos Lentiscus sits between the massive Montserrat mountain and the Mediterranean Sea, in Sant Pere de Ribes. Founded in the 14th century, the farmhouse of Can Ramon has a long history in viticulture, dating back to early commerce with Southern France and the American colonies. Unfortunately, in the 19th century, due to the problems of phylloxera, industrialization, and the Spanish Civil War, the property fell into decline. In 2001, after the death of their father, brothers Manel and Joan Aviñó returned to the family estate to find a land depleted from years of conventional agriculture. Determined to restore the estate to its full potential, they adopted a biodynamic philosophy that is in many ways a return to traditional winemaking methods of generations' past; farming biodynamically, following lunar cycles for planting, pruning, harvesting, and bottling, fermenting using native yeasts, and avoiding additions or enzymes, and dosage. The property possesses shallow soils full of marine fossils, which provide many microelements and minerals that the vines easily absorb and grant a unique mineral character and great aging potential to the wines. Clos Lentiscus Rosé Brut Nature is a single varietal carignan (samsó) rosé sparkling wine. The carignan (an ancient grape of the region) used for this specific sparkling wine was cultivated from vines that were planted in 1939 in Torrent de Ribes, which is inside of the Massif of the Garraf Natural Park. This was fermented using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats, then underwent unprovoked malolactic fermentation in bottle. No sugar was added after disgorgement. Bone dry, this beautifully expresses the ancient seabed it lies on, with a saline, mineral character offset by blueberry and wild strawberry flavors and hints of brioche. A superb aperitif!

Bodegas Albamar Rías Baixas DO Albariño "Alma de Mar" 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN/ Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RÍAS BAIXAS DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Xurxo Alba of Albamar makes albariño al alba del mar (next to the sea), in Cambados, in the O Salnés sub-region of Rías Baixas. His family has been farming and producing albariño for generations but it wasn’t until Xurxo finished his oenological studies that they started bottling and commercializing their own wines in 2006. The family owns approximately 2.5 hectares but source from about a total of 10 spread throughout this region dominated by small estates. Xurxo and his fellow farmers work as naturally as possible in the vineyards, and in the winery, all fermentation is done spontaneously using native yeasts. His Finca O Pereiro vineyard is located just 50m from the ocean near where the Umía River spills into the Atlantic. Planted by his family in 1984, this small plot is composed of sand and clay soils and is the source for Alma de Mar (spirit of the sea). In 2005, Xurxo finished planting a part of this vineyard that had been left unplanted because of its predominant clay soil which can be quite difficult to work in such a rainy region. Despite the poor drainage and his family’s hesitation, Xurxo was convinced it would make wines of superior quality. And while the vines have very low yields, the concentration in the grapes gives the wine much more structure and a richer texture in the mouth. Fermented in stainless steel tanks with native yeast, the albariño is aged on its fine lees for about five months, then filtered lightly before bottling. Pale yellow in color, this offers up sophisticated aromas of vibrant citrus and orchard fruit, all underscored by lovely chalky minerality and a faint hint of bitter crushed herbs. Dry and lively, juicy Meyer lemon and pear flavors dance across the palate with tangy acidity before finishing with a light touch of chamomile and robust minerals that evoke a day at the shore. As the label suggests, this is a sure winner when paired with seafood, particularly simply prepared crustaceans, mollusks, ceviche, or white fish.

Sistema Vinari "Chateau Paquita" Mallorca 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN/ Region: MALLORCA / Appellation: MALLORCA / Varietal(s): CALLET+MANTONEGRO+MONASTRELL --- Young up-and-coming winemaker Eloi Cedo named this wine Chateau Paquita after his mother. Sistema Vinari is Eloi’s side project apart from his participation in Bodega 4 Kilos Vinícola, a collective of conscientious winemakers dedicated to putting Mallorca on the winemaking map, as well as recovering the island's native grape varietals such as callet, mantonegro, and fogoneu. Eloi himself, a native of Montsant, has worked with Oriol Castells of Alvaro Palacios in Priorat and Luis Antoine Luyt in Chile before settling in Felantix. Located in the Mediterranean, the island of Mallorca has a warm yet fresh climate protected from mistral winds by the mountains in the northwest. The vineyards are located in different areas ranging from 100 to 200 meters of altitude and are planted largely on red clay rich in iron oxide (perfect for the callet grape). Eloi relies on organic and biodynamic methods, working as naturally as possible to maintain the true expression of the unique grapes and terroir of Mallorca. The resulting wine is unsulfured, unfined, unfiltered, and incredibly clean! Begun in 2010 as the result of a bet, Eloi used the first bottles of his Chateau Paquita in a swap for other local products from like-minded people, with 2012 being the first commercial vintage, and an immediate hit. This, the 2015 vintage, is a blend of 65% callet, 20% mantonegro, and 15% monastrell. The first two are fermented and macerated using a small percentage of whole clusters and stems while the monastrell undergoes carbonic, both of which occur in stainless steel. From there, everything is transferred into 500 liter used oak barrels for 6 months and later racked back into stainless steel for another 3 months of natural stabilization. Lastly, the wine was aged for about 5 months in bottle before it was released. At only 12% alcohol, this is unique among most Mediterranean reds! Callet and mantonegro lend the wine spice and structure, while the monastrell (and the carbonic fermentation it undergoes) contributes fruit, freshess, and a compelling drinkability. Bright cherry color in the glass, the nose bursts with succulent black fruit: currants, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate, though, it evolves into a different beast all together, full of concentrated fruit character, fine mineral nuances, and a lengthy finish. Fresh and a little bit freaky, this is a great summer red for natural wine lovers to get to know! Try it with grilled flank steak or chicken with mushrooms.

Apr
28
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

I Carpini Timorasso Colli Tortonesi DOC Rugiada del Mattino 2014 - NATURAL WINE
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: COLLI TORTONESI DOC / Varietal(s): TIMORASSO --- The hills of the Colli Tortonesi are located in the easternmost part of Piedmont, and are home to the little-known and seriously underrated timorasso grape, an indigenous Piemontese varietal that produces some outstanding white wines. Among them is this offering from Paolo Carlo Ghislandi of Cascina I Carpini. Cascina I Carpini is situated in the remote town of Pozzol Groppo, nestled amongst the hills on the border between Piedmont and Lombardy. There, on fossilized clay and limestone soils, Paolo produces both white and red wines using all natural methods, paying careful attention to the soil health and biodiversity of his vineyards, fermenting with native yeast, and refraining from filtering. This delectable white is fermented in stainless steel with skin contact for two days, and released one year after harvest. Delicious now, it can also be left to age in the bottle for several years. Timorasso displays enticing aromas and flavors of Golden Delicious apple, creamy apricot, and chamomile, supported on the palate by superb minerality, refreshing acidity, and a subtle nutty finish. This is a great new white for warming weather – fantastic with risotto with wild ramps and spring peas!

Château Barbebelle Rosé Coteaux d'Aix en Provence AOP "Cuvée Madeleine" 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: COTEAUX D'AIX EN PROVENCE AOP / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+CINSAULT --- Château Barbebelle has been a vineyard since Roman times and has now been in the same family for four generations. Located ten miles northwest of Aix en Provence, high in the clay-limestone soils of the Trévaresse, the 106-acre vineyard is worked using "Integrated Farm Management". This process seeks to respect the natural life of the vineyards as much as possible, through minimum intervention, drip irrigation and other low-impact farming techniques. A classic Provençal rosé, this balances delicate floral notes with bright fruit, fresh acidity and seductive length on the palate. Hints of tropical fruit and fresh lavender make this an irresistible spring sipper! Great in any weather, try this with grilled shrimp marinated in olive oil, lemon and mint, with a side of tabbouleh.

Apr
22
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

GREAT WINES FROM GREECE!

Domaine Spiropoulos Moschofilero PDO Mantinia 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: GREECE/ Region: PELOPONNESE / Appellation: PDO MANTINIA / Varietal(s): MOSCHOFILERO --- Domaine Spiropoulos was established in 1870, and today is a leader in organic wine production, a growing sector in Greek viticulture. The domaine comprises two wineries in the Peloponnese region – one near the ancient oracle of Mantinia and one in Nemea. Mantinia Winery is located 650 meters above sea level in Arcadia, in the 'Polyampelos Mantinia', just a few hundred meters from the walls, market, and theater of the ancient city. In the 1970s, the Spiropoulos family replanted their vineyards with younger vines, as well as creating an experimental vineyard to save local grape varieties that were nearing extinction. This complex, compelling white is made from the moschofilero grape, a native Greek varietal that here is produced exclusively from Spiropoulos's family-owned organic vineyards. Bright and distinctive, moschofilero bursts with aromas of roses, lemon blossom, and bergamot, with chalky minerality and a delicate savory quality on the palate. Refreshing acidity on the finish makes this a great match with lighter spring fare like spring pea salad with radish and goat cheese.

Gentilini Robola PDO Robola 2015
Country: GREECE / Region: CEPHALONIA / Appellation: PDO ROBOLA / Varietal(s): ROBOLA --- The Gentilini Winery was founded in 1978 by the Cosmetatos family. The family originated in Este, a town near Padua, Italy. In 1593, the Venetian Senate commissioned Marino Gentilini to build the extensive forts of Assos in Cephalonia, and he ended up settling on the island permanently. Today, Spiro-Nicholas Cosmetatos, a descendant of the Gentilini family, heads the winemaking operations. Having studied winemaking at the Wine Institute of Stellenbosch, South Africa, upon completion of his studies, he decided to return to Cephalonia and begin producing world-class wines in Greece. This new white is a truly one-of-a-kind find: made entirely from robola, an increasingly rare, ungrafted, noble grape variety (not related to ribolla gialla). Unoaked, and sourced from the high altitude (500 meters) slopes of Mount Ainos ("Black Mountain"), it is a terrific white for spring and summer: fresh, fragrant, and lively! An expressive nose of minerals and sunny orange blossom turns to intense citrus flavors with hints of dried peach and pear and melon rind that dance across the palate. Complex, crisp, and balanced, this displays a vivacious character and persistant finish that beg to be paired with seafood; try it with fried smelts with lemon sauce.

Siatista Winery Xinomavro "Dio Fili" Macedonia 2011
Country: GREECE/ Region: MACEDONIA / Appellation: MACEDONIA / Varietal(s): XINOMAVRO --- The grape behind this refreshing cuvée is xinomavro ("acid and black" in Greek), a rare red grape native to Northwestern Greece. Dio Fili Estate ("Diofili" translates as "two friends") is the collaboration between John Polyzos and legendary winemaker Yannis Boutaris. Boutaris discovered the potential of this region when purchasing grapes for the Boutari Company, and after purchasing fruit from John and his wife Georgia for many years, a business partnership formed. Dio Fili is located in Siatista, a town located in the western Macedonia region just off the Egnantia Odos. This area is unique for its high elevation (900 meters) vineyards, and particularly for its old xynomavro vines that range from 70-115 years in age. Formerly a hub of the fur trade, Siatista is now gaining a well-deserved reputation for fantastic xinomavro. Here, the high elevation, cooler climate, and rocky limestone soils all combine to produce a vibrant, full-bodied red. Intense black and red berry fruit and complex notes of forest floor, earth, and black olives are supported by moderate tannins, vivacious acidity, and delicate mineral notes on a lingering finish. Open this with lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, or wild mushroom risotto.

 

Apr
21
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Lafage Rosé Côtes du Roussillon AOP "Miraflors" 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: ROUSSILLON / Appellation: COTES DU ROUSSILLON AOP / Varietal(s): MOURVEDRE+GRENACHE GRIS --- The Roussillon region is just a stone's throw from Spain. Jean-Marc Lafage, in fact, makes wines in both countries. He is young and energetic, having completely updated the vineyards and cellar of his father while making numerous wines. His French wines seem to evoke the modern, polished flavors of Spain while focusing on the indigenous grapes cultivated throughout history. This lovely rosé is a blend of mainstays mourvèdre and grenache gris. This salmon-hued wine is reminiscent of the nearby ocean, with salty, stony notes and delicate fruit flavors. Enjoy this with all manner of shellfish or couscous tossed with quickly cooked vegetables.

Le Cantine di Indie "Polpo Rosso" Terre Siciliane IGT 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGT / Varietal(s): NERELLO MASCALESE --- The importers at Indie Wineries have sourced another winning cuvée for all of us to enjoy. Working in Sicily, they tapped a family whose vineyards have been traced back to 1730. Massimo Gregorio has taken on the responsibility to update and refurbish this family estate. He works entirely organically and has returned to the indigenous grapes of Sicily, such as this nerello mascalese. Here we have a more delicate expression of the grape, playing on the aromatics rather than the rustic notes. The texture is smooth, not too tannic and ready for the namesake octopus or a traditional pasta. A perfect light red for for fickle spring weather, this is great with a light chill for warm afternoons, or serve cellar temp for those still-cool nights!

Apr
8
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

SECOND SATURDAY TREATS: NEW FRENCH BUBBLY (UNDER $20), WELL-AGED REDS!

Céline et Benoit Blet Les Terres Blanches Ancestral Blanc Brut NV - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Terres Blanches was created in 2004 by Céline and Benoit Blet when they took over the winemaking operation of Bernard Coutel. The winery comprises about 8 hectares in the town of Oiron in Poitou-Charentes in the Loire. This fantastic new bubbly is 100% chenin blanc grown biodynamically on raw quartz and marl soil. Terres Blanches hand harvests and ferments the grapes in cement tanks using native yeast, then bottles to finish fermenting with no sulfur added (méthode traditionelle). Toasty aromas of caramel Granny Smith apple, hints of crème brûlée, and delicate ginger cookie provide a seductive introduction – complex and dynamic, it's a tad gentler than many other wines made in similar style. Refined on the palate, it offers up flavors of ripe golden honeycrisp apple, with a touch of earthiness that conjures up images of freshly-dug root vegetables. A hint of honey on the mid-palate lingers momentarily before closing with a dry, clean finish. Elegantly refined, its complexity is effortless, and dangerously hard to put down! Perfect for making every day a celebration, the price will have you celebrating as well! Great for toasting, pairing with appetizers, or even main dishes like linguine with clams.

Château Massereau Bordeaux Supérieur AOC 2006 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+PETIT VERDOT
--- Château Massereau, situated in Barsac approximately 30km from Bordeaux, was built in the 16th century. The estate was acquired by the Chaigneau family in 2000 and brothers Jean-François and Philippe quickly set about to farming organically. They remain fully committed to natural winemaking; ploughing with horses, pressing using an old wooden press, fermenting with native yeast, and limiting SO2 (sometimes to none at all) at bottling. A delicious blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot, this ferments in concrete vats and spends 18 months in neutral barrique before a 10-year elevage in bottle before release. The result is stunning: full of dark, plummy fruit character elegantly accented by wisps of cedar, tobacco, violet, and smoke. Precise and savory on the palate, lovely dark berry and dried green herbs meld beautifully with a hint of blood orange peel. Classically styled and a great value to boot, this is fabulous with a steak (break out the grill after its winter hibernation!) or with mushroom risotto.

de Trafford Merlot Stellenbosch WO 2007
Country: SOUTH AFRICA/ Region: STELLENBOSCH / Appellation: STELLENBOSCH WO / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- De Trafford Winery is located on the beautiful Mont Fleur farm that sits atop a dramatic valley above Stellenbosch, between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains. The property was purchased in 1976 by the Trafford family as inaccessible grazing land, and the high pastures were converted to vineyards in 1983 to produce experimental wines (consumed by family and friends). The years of experimentation, work experience in Bordeaux, and help and advice from local winemakers paid off, and this luscious merlot is delicious proof. The finicky harvest conditions with heat waves alternating with short, wet, cold spells seemed to bring out a nutty character in the merlot and elegantly accentuate the natural structure of the wine. Hand harvested and fermented with natural yeast, the wines undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel, spending 19 months in barrel (35% new French oak), before being bottled unfiltered. Deep red in color, this displays rich red cherry, berry and plum fruit accented by tones of earth, nuts and spices. Fine dry tannins, a lingering finish and a characteristic smoky, earthy element make this a luxurious choice with braised meats, stews or slow-cooker chili with smoked pasilla peppers.

Apr
7
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de la Bastide Côtes du Rhône AOC Blanc 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOC / Varietal(s): VIOGNIER+ROUSSANNE+CLAIRETTE+BOURBOLENC --- Vincent and Stephanie Boyer’s domaine in Visan is surrounded by remnants of winemaking history dating back to feudal times. Vincent's family resides in a fortified farmhouse built by Templar knights in the Middle Ages. An order of Christian crusaders who rose to great prominence and wealth in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Templars established many farms and vineyards. After time as a Benedictine, then Dominican, monastery, the Bastide property continues the winegrowing tradition today. Vincent has followed in his father's winemaking footsteps, and together with Stephanie, also a trained enologist, they carry the domaine forward with innovation and focus. Their goal is to make the farm fully organic in the near future. Often playing second fiddle to the region's famed red blends, the white wines from the Rhône are not to be overlooked. As soon as you open the bottle, get ready for aromatics that will send you right to tropical fruit nirvana! This cuvée is refreshing and medium-bodied, with notes of guava, passion fruit, and pineapple. Light citrus notes, touches of honeysuckle, and delicate acidity make this a versatile match with an incredible array of foods – you'll want to reach for this again and again. Just the thing for unsettled spring weather, pair this with lemon-rosemary pork chops.

Villa Ligi Pergola Rosso DOC "Vernaculum" 2013
Country: ITALY / Region: PUGLIA / Appellation: PERGOLA ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): ALEATICO --- The proprietor of Villa Ligi, Francesco Tonelli, is sometimes referred to as the "Indiana Jones of Pergola" for his passion in tracking down nearly extinct local grape varietals in Le Marche. When he discovered some old plantings of vernaccia rosso (also known as aleatico) near the cloister of San Francesco, the once-widespread grape had nearly disappeared from the area. Luckily, Tonelli was a faculty member of the Agricultural Sciences Department at the University of Bologna, and one of the few people in Italy with the resources and ability to rehabilitate the varietal. With a family history of grape-growing dating back nearly a century, Tonelli raised the vines in his own nursery until there were enough to plant a small vineyard, and fought for the creation of the Pergola Rosso DOC, now spanning 45 hectares. Villa Ligi's vineyards are located between the villages of Montalfoglio and Montevecchio. Hard-packed clay soils add depth to this delightfully delicate wine, which evokes at times the light reds of the Loire or Beaujolais. The vines are now between 20-35 years old, yielding some stunning results. Aleatico was traditionally used to make sweet wines, and its history in Le Marche can be traced back to the 13th century. Today dry aleatico wines, such as this cuvée, are aromatic and ethereal – the perfect complement to prosciutto, hard cheeses, and light pasta dishes.

Apr
1
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

BOLD NEW WORLD WINES – NO FOOLIN'!

Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: STA. RITA HILLS / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- John Hilliard and Christine Bruce left their Texas home in 2002, after purchasing the 101-acre Hilliard Bruce ranch in the Sta. Rita Hills. After surviving two life-threatening illnesses, John was seeking new adventures, while Christine looked to expand her business of breeding Arabian horses. Inspired by their love of wine and their background as gardeners, they planted 21 acres to pinot noir and chardonnay, with assistance from some of the industry’s best viticulturalists. The Santa Rita Hills have become an iconic area for these grapes, where the extreme ocean influence and marine soils allow for precise, focused wines with a distinctive, lightly saline quality. Hilliard Bruce is also a Certified Sustainable vineyard through Sustainable in Practice (SIP). Christine prefers a Burgundian style and method for producing her chardonnays: lightly pressing and barrel-fermenting with Montrachet yeast. Clean and classy, this offers up aromas of honeysuckle, lemon blossom, citrus, and hints of mint. On the palate it is medium- to full-bodied, with lemon peel, pineapple, and grapefruit adding crispness to a smooth, luxurious texture accented by touches of slate, flint, and smoke. Elegant indeed, enjoy this with chicken Dijon or grilled shrimp with pineapple salsa.

Nelms Road Merlot Washington State 2014
Country: USA / Region: WASHINGTON STATE / Appellation: WASHINGTON STATE / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+SYRAH --- In 1998, Woodward Canyon Winery began producing wines under a second label, Nelms Road. Nelms Road offers merlot and cabernet sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley and Washington State grapes, with the aim of producing tasty, affordable reds from younger vineyards and surplus lots of Woodward Canyon Winery production. The 2014 Nelms Road merlot (85% merlot, with tiny touches of cabernet sauvignon and syrah), is a delicious example of what that approach can offer. Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard is the main vineyard for this merlot, augmented by some absolutely phenomenal press wine from some of the oldest, most renowned vineyards in Washington State. A warm 2014 yielded beautifully ripe fruit that still maintains a good sense of balance with deep black cherry flavors and hints of baking spice and herbs. Complex aromas of roasted meat, black olive, and tobacco add a subtle savory influence, resolving in a generous finish. Quite enjoyable to drink now, this may also be cellared for several years. But if you can't wait that long, try it with smoked brisket or wild mushroom risotto!

Carmelo Patti Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2006
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: MENDOZA / Appellation: MENDOZA / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Arriving in Argentina on a small boat from Sicily when he was one year old, Carmelo Patti played a seminal role in the rebirth of fine wine production in Mendoza in the eighties and remains one of the most respected enologists in the country. Carmelo runs every aspect of his operation himself, including holding all wine until he determines it ready for release (an average of 4-5 years after harvest at the earliest for reds.) A legend in his hometown, Carmelo remains a bit under the radar in the US, making his wines "cult" favorites, and also terrific values! All wines are made naturally, with no chemical additives and only native yeast.  As he does with his malbec, Carmelo makes his cabernet in a very simple way: he starts with exemplary fruit (in this case from Pedriel in Lujan de Cuyo), before fermenting with native yeast and aging one year in concrete. Finally the wine is racked into high quality used French oak barrels, where it rests for several years until release. More European in style than many other Argentine cabs, this cuvée bursts forth with aromas of tea leaves, paprika, and touches of leather, cured meat, and earth. Far from plush or jammy, an elegant palate of dried dark fruit is supported by a muscular core of tannins, evolving into a classic finish of power and longevity. Enjoy this with slow cooked beef ragù!

Mar
31
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

AFFORDABLE CLASSICS
 
Fantinel Pinot Grigio Friuli DOC Grave "Borgo Tesis" 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: ITALY / Region: FRIULI / Appellation: FRIULI DOC GRAVE / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIGIO --- Grave sits between the Alps and the Adriatic and is renowned for producing excellent white wines, and this pinot grigio is no exception! Fantinel favors a strong sustainable approach to winemaking to ensure balanced wines that reflect the true character and intensity of the region with the least environmental impact. This lovely pinot grigio is bright, with touches of delicate copper color and complex floral aromas on the nose. Fresh and zesty in the mouth, it displays good body, balance, and authenticity, making it an ideal match for prosciutto and melon or broiled flounder with garlic and lemon.

James Cabernet Sauvignon California 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- This value-priced cabernet sauvignon demonstrates just how good California cabernet can be at reasonable prices. Produced by our supplier Indie Wineries, this cuvée is loaded with red and black currant notes. It is fresh and clean without the vanilla associated with extended oak aging. This is an ideal wine for the almost any occasion as it's a crowd pleaser that doesn't break the bank! Sip this by itself or with lentils with braised cabbage and smoked paprika.

Mar
18
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

WELCOME MFW WINE COMPANY!
MFW (Michael Foulk and Wheeler) Wine Co. is the partnership of two people with a combined 30+ years experience in the New York and New Jersey wine worlds. Rather than constantly chasing fads, their motto is "two guys who enjoy real wine and want to work with the people and wines we care about." Today we're welcoming Annika Adelmann to pour a selection of MFW Wine Company's offerings.

Bow & Arrow Melon Johan Vineyard Willamette Valley 2015
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- Do you love Loire Valley wines? So do we! And so do Dana and Scott Frank, makers of Bow & Arrow; that's the inspiration for their wines, using exclusively Loire Valley varietals. Many have noted the similarities in climate and latitude between the Willamette Valley and the Loire Valley (as well as Burgundy). The melon here is better known in France as melon de Bourgogne, the grape responsible for oyster lovers' favorite drinking buddy: Muscadet Sèvre et Maine. A cool, composed nose of crushed stone, dried white flowers, and lemon zest yields to sweet-tart citrus on the palate, with bright dried lemon and lime accents, and stony minerality on the finish. Oregon melon typically has a bigger mouthfeel than its Loire cousins, but still maintains unmistakable varietal character. A match made in oyster-eating heaven, but also delectable with goat cheese and arugula salad.

Michel Autran Vouvray Ciel Rouge 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE / Appellation: VOUVRAY AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Although his first official vintage wasn’t until 2013, Michel Autran is already making a name for himself as one of the top producers in Vouvray. Far from an overnight success, Michel has quietly been putting in the work behind the scenes for many years now. He started off as a doctor, working in emergency medicine for nearly 20 years, but somewhere along the way the wine bug bit. Deciding to change careers in his 40s, Michel began working with some of the top chenin producers in the world, including François Pinon, Vincent Carême, the Joussets, Frantz Saumon, Ludovic Chanson, and others. In 2011, he was able to purchase just under 1ha of prime vineyards in Noizay to start, and slowly expanded to 3.8ha today. Farming is completely organic, and due to the steepness of some of the plots, a horse is necessary for working the parcels of 50-70 year old vines. Harvest is done by hand, and native yeast is used for fermentation in stainless steel, before the wines are racked by gravity into old oak barrels. A small amount of sulfur is used only when absolutely necessary. The resulting wines simply explode with character: pure, elegant fruit, luxuriously long finish, textural richness balanced by electric acidity, and outstanding minerality. The Ciel Rouge (Red Sky) displays a precise, stony nose of golden delicious, quince, white flowers, cream, and beeswax followed by steely crushed stone, white pineapple, and peach pit with a lingering finish. A truly elegant match with roasted pork loin.

Farmstrong Field Red California 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+SYRAH --- Winemaker Faith Armstrong Foster seeks to highlight California's unique grape growing history with her Farmstrong label by purchasing small lots of grapes from individual vineyards with distinctive characteristics and using them to create deliciously dynamic blends. A blend of 36% carignan from Hawkeye Ranch in Redwood Valley, 28% carignan from Casa Rojo vineyard in Contra Costa, and 36% syrah from Roger King in Suisun Valley, these batches were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks, then aged in 9% new and 91% neutral French oak. Faith works with farmers who are true stewards of the land, and this field blend is a case in point. The carignan vines of Hawkeye Ranch are heritage clones and 80 years old on average, and the vineyard is CCOF Certified Organic and Fish Friendly. The syrah comes from Roger King (of Ledgewood Vineyard), a well-known grower and advocate for sustainable practices in Suisun Valley, where his dry-farming techniques imbue the syrah with intensity and complexity. Finally, the other batch of carignan comes from Casa Rojo, the oldest vineyard planted in Contra Costa, dating back to the 1800s. Old vines and sustainable farming pay off in spades here, with incredible aromas of spices, floral notes, dark fruit, grilled bread, and freshly ground white pepper. Medium- to full-bodied on the palate, the wine is elegant and structured, with mouthwatering flavors of black plum, cranberry preserves, and warm cherry compote, all balanced by bright acidity and gentle yet firm tannins. Sure to be a new favorite, this is refreshing, reliable, and versatile. Try it with chicken stew with tomatoes, white beans, and thyme.

Bodegas Federico "Roble" Ribera del Duero DO 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEON / Appellation: RIBERA DEL DUERO DO / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- A part of the Castilla y León wine region approximately two hours northwest of Madrid, the Ribera del Duero produces red wines regarded as some of the finest in Spain. This is largely due to the extreme conditions of the area, which range from 100+ degree summer days with long periods without rain to sub-zero winters. 60 degree temperature swings between night and day are a regular occurrence, and all this adversity results in concentrated flavors in the grapes that thrive there, most notably tempranillo. Bodegas Federico was founded in 1986 by Federico Fernández Pérez. The winery is located in the province of Valladolid, in a village with a long winemaking tradition: Pesquera de Duero, "the heart of the Ribera del Duero". If you are familiar with the renowned Pesquera winery, then you should know that owner Alejandro Fernández's brother owns Federico. In fact, while the Pesquera name went to Alejandro, the family's original vineyard holdings all went to Federico. This is evidenced by the quality of the wine: savory dark red cherry flavors burst forth on a rich, mouth-filling palate. Intense hints of blackberries and ripe red cherries are supported by firm tannin structure and a balanced, lingering finish. A hearty, warming choice with braised lamb with peppers and jamón.

Mar
17
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Discounted 10% - Friday

Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG / Varietal(s): VERNACCIA --- Cesani is located on a lovely hillside position in upper Pancole, overlooking San Gimignano, about 20 km from Siena. Founder Vicenzo Cesani moved to Tuscany from his native Marche, and today his daughters Letizia and Maria-Louisa have taken over winemaking duties with great success. Vernaccia di San Gimignano received Denominazione Origine Controllata (DOC) status in 1966, even before that recognition was granted to the "big names" of Barolo, Barbaresco or Brunello. Though the area is small (only about 1,700 acres), the diversity of soil in San Gimignano is great, owing to both volcanic activity and erosion, and imparts a characteristic complexity to the wines produced here. While the town of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its medieval towers, the vernaccia grape remains relatively obscure. There are many strains of vernaccia grown throughout Italy, but Vernaccia di San Gimignano is distinct among them (the name vernaccia comes from the Latin, vernaculus, meaning local, native, or distinctive.) Pale straw in color with greenish highlights, this compelling white displays intense aromas of green apple, pear, herbs, and minerals. The palate yields flavors of melon, pear, and apple supported by a mineral core and a streak of bright, zesty acidity. Medium-bodied, it offers a lingering finish of almond notes typical of the vernaccia grape. A lovely choice with white clam pizza!

Antico Fuoco Veronese IGT Rosso 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: VERONESE IGT / Varietal(s): CORVINA+MERLOT --- This off-dry red from Veneto is bound to be a crowd-pleaser! A blend of corvina (renowned as a key component in Valpolicella) and merlot, the late maturation of the grapes used here results in concentrated luscious flavors of candied cherry, plum pie, and intense berry fruit, accented by aromas of tobacco, walnuts, and tar. Light oak aging lends this delicate notes of chocolate and sweet baking spices, adding depth and body. It all adds up to an easy drinker that avoids being overly vapid, while remaining a great value as well! A perfect companion to hearty Italian fare – try this with sausage, pepper, and potato casserole with cherry tomatoes and basil.

Mar
11
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Terrazze dell'Etna Vino Bianco "Ciuri" 2014
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): NERELLO MASCALESE --- Mt. Etna, despite its volcanic disposition, has a history of terrace viticulture, and the 120-hectare estate of Terrazze dell’Etna is no exception – paying homage to it in their name. The estate was founded in 2008 on a mission to rehabilitate and reinvigorate many of the forgotten terraces of the mountain and to become one of the growing number of excellent producers propelling Sicilian wine to the forefront of the global wine scene. This vino bianco shows us a willingness to break with tradition -- 100% red-skinned nerello mascalese vinified in a white wine style (so no skin maceration). Fragrant with tropical fruit, this wine opens up with sumptuous body on the palate and finishes with a bright and light mineral note. Ceviche would make a stunning partner to this wine, or even Ligurian pesto with linguine.

Terrazze dell'Etna Etna DOC Rosso "Carusu" 2013
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: ETNA DOC / Varietal(s): NERELLO MASCALESE+NERELLO CAPPUCCIO --- Carusu, the straight-laced sibling of Ciuri, likes to stick to societal norms of red grape vinification by actually becoming red wine. This blend spends six months in neutral oak and another 24 months aging in the bottle, finally released when ready to be drunk. Nerello cappuccio lends ripe red and black berries and spice, while mascalese provides ripe tannins and great acid, keeping the wine vibrant. Did somebody say homemade pizza or spaghetti and meatballs?

Broc Cellars Counoise Mendocino County Eagle Point Ranch 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MENDOCINO COUNTY / Varietal(s): COUNOISE --- Chris Brockway makes fantastic natural wines in his Berkeley-based urban winery by utilizing low-intervention winemaking methods and sourcing sustainably and organically-farmed fruit from lesser-known vineyards all over California. In the winemaking process, he uses low-tech equipment and very little to no sulfur until bottling. This wine features organically-farmed counoise, a lesser-known grape appearing in Rhône Valley blends, particularly in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Here in California it gets to shine on its own, with aromas of cranberry, spices, and earth, which give way to pomegranate, bramble, and a touch of pepper on the palate. Structured but medium in body, with bright, refreshing acidity and an incredibly smooth texture, this matches beautifully with burgers, grilled beets, hard cheeses, or even roasted game.

The Fableist Wine Company Merlot "Fable: 395" Paso Robles 2015
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: PASO ROBLES / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- The Fableist is a collaboration between two talented Paso Robles winemakers: Andrew Jones of Field Recordings and Curt Schalchlin of Sans Liege. Curt is known for his high-scoring yet affordable wines, while Andrew spends most of his days planting vineyards and walking just about every vineyard in the Central Coast! (We've showcased some of Field Recordings' delicious wines!) A new vintage for us, this merlot delights with a luxuriously silky texture and aromas of black tea, ripe cherry, wild blueberries, and wet stones. Sweet plum, woodsy cedar, and warm spices glide richly over the palate, supported by firm tannins, making this a cozy, elegant companion to smoky braised pork shoulder and Mexican pumpkin. A perfect late-winter companion to warm up with!

Mar
10
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Affinitás Furmint Tokaj 2013
Country: HUNGARY / Region: TOKAJ / Appellation: TOKAJ / Varietal(s): FURMINT+HARSLEVELU --- The 17th century monarch Sun King Louis the XIV of France proclaimed Hungarian Tokaj the “King of Wine and the Wine of Kings!” While he was referencing the seductively sweet Tokaj Aszu wine made of botrytis-afflicted furmint grapes, this week we will be sampling a compelling dry-style of Tokaj made of the same furmint variety. The name “furmint” itself is derived from the French “froment,” in reference to the wine’s enticing golden-wheat color. From 30 year old vines we get grapes with bright acidity giving wines a sense of freshness even after years in the bottle. Aromas of ripe peach, white flowers and citrus jump right out of the glass. The addition of some hárslevelű vinified and aged separately in stainless steel adds textural depth to a wine that already has nice complexity on the palate – balancing spice, acid and rich, oily mouth feel. Perfectly juicy roasted pork loin, or even Kashmiri lamb rogan josh – heavy on the spice but not on the heat – would make an unforgettable pairing.

Domaine Vetriccie Corse AOP 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: CORSICA / Appellation: CORSE AOP / Varietal(s): NIELLUCCIU+SCIACCARELLU+SYRAH --- “Vetriccie” is the name for the indigenous Corsican wicker that grows wild near the vineyards of Domaine Vetriccie. This red blend reflects the estate’s appreciation and respect for the native habitat of Corsica. The co-fermentation of two native grapes, niellucciu (aka Sangiovese) and sciaccarellu, with continental syrah, yields a well-balanced Côtes du Rhône-esque blend. Ripe berry, fresh cracked black pepper and wild herb aromas make this ready for your spring and summer cookout (think grilled eggplant with herbes de Provence), but still perfect with hardy winter stews or vegetarian chili.