Jan
13
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

M&S Ogier d'Ampuis Viognier de Rosine Collines Rhodaniennes IGP 2012
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COLLINES RHODANIENNES IGP / Varietal(s): VIOGNIER --- Over the last ten years, Stéphane Ogier has earned a name for himself as one of the most respected winemakers in the Northern Rhône. His passion for the vineyards and winemaking combined with his youthful energy have resulted in the estate's rise to cult status, with both his syrah and viognier standing among the best offerings of the region. The La Rosine vineyard is situated between Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu. This barrel-fermented viognier is a beautiful, elegantly restrained rendition of this iconic grape variety. High-toned, with delicate floral elements, it boasts wonderful complexity and length on the palate. Dramatic aromas of apricot, citrus, and pineapple are heightened by racy acidity and notes of white peach and honeysuckle on the palate. Opulent in texture, while still being refreshing, it's absurdly delicious, enjoy on its own, or with creamy baked leeks with garlic, thyme and Gruyère.

Domaine Ledogar "Roug'é Clair" Vin de France 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+CARIGNAN+MOURVÈDRE --- Brothers Xavier and Mathieu Ledogar come from a wine growing family, as both their great grandfathers were wine growers to Ferrals Les Corbières. Nature lover Xavier began working the vineyards at 12 years old, and dropped out of agriculture school at 18 to devote himself full time to the domaine. He took over the 22 hectares of the domaine on his own in 1997, building a cellar (previously wine had been sent to the local cooperative), and originally calling the estate Domaine Grand Lauze, before eventually switching to the family name. Brother Mathieu joined him in 2000, and now he and Xavier work together, farming organically (and biodynamically since 2004). Xavier and Mathieu follow moon cycles, use organic fertilizers and plant infusions on the vines. They use a horse to plow the vines and also have some donkeys that assist in weeding. "Roug'é Clair" is now in the third vintage of what started as an experiment during their conversion to organic and biodynamic practices. A mouthwatering blend of grenache, carignan and mourvèdre, the grapes from each different terroir are vinified separately and blended when Xavier thinks they are ready. As bright and lively as its label, it explodes with lovely red cherry and berry fruit, with a decidedly juicy, tangy mouthfeel! Clean and exuberant, it adds intrigue with earthy herbal notes and more generous berries on a lip-smacking finish. Although dangerously quaffable, this is far from simple. Try it with grilled cheese with bacon and tomato... or just about anything!

Clos Fantine Cuvée Tradition Faugères AOC 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: FAUGÈRES AOC / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+GRENACHE+SYRAH --- A deep, dark and beguiling wine from Faugères, in the Languedoc. Located just outside of the village of Lenthéric, the 28-hectare Clos Fantine estate is run by three siblings: Carole, Corinne and Olivier Andrieu. They built their winery in 2000, three years after their father (a winemaker with a talent and passion for natural wines) passed away, and have been making natural wines in his honor ever since. All their wines are made from organically grown grapes without any added SO2 and spend 18-20 months in concrete vat, depending on the vintage. A blend of carignan, grenache and syrah, this is a funky, earthy expression of blackberries and red currants, with touches of crushed herbs, smoke, and minerals. Complex and rustic, this makes a great match with grilled meats, or hearty, earthy stews.

Peppucci Umbria IGT "l'Altro Io" 2009
Country: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: UMBRIA IGT / Varietal(s): SAGRANTINO+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- The Peppucci family happened upon an abandoned Benedictine Monastery in the town of Todi in the early 1980s while looking for a place to settle and raise their children. The vineyards and monastery are on a ridge 400 meters above the town, and the Peppucci family has lovingly restored them over the course of years. The sagrantino grape is a powerhouse – among the most tannic of grape varieties known (picture nebbiolo on steroids!) thanks to its thick skins and low yields. All those tannins make the wine impossibly aggressive and essentially impenetrable without a good bit of age! 85% sagrantino, "Altro Io" is Peppucci's take on a more accessible version, assisted by 15% cabernet sauvignon, as well as extensive aging in wood and in bottle. Nine years old, this still retains serious power, but is inviting to drink now. A dark, brooding wine, this opens with aromas of the deep, dark woods. Black fruits, wood smoke, dried cherries, and a touch of roasted poblano pepper round out the nose before transitioning to a dense, layered palate. Chewy black currant, prune, incense, baking spices and black licorice are deep and lingering in the mouth. Closed out by firm, but no-longer aggressive tannins, and a dose of refreshing acidity, this is a great choice with roast leg of lamb, wild game dishes, or pasta with black truffles. Satisfyingly lush and dense like an old oak tree, if ever there was a wine meant for snowstorms and the dark days of January, this might be it!

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Jan
12
4:00 PM16:00

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Domaine Daniel Dugois Savagnin Arbois AOC "Auréoline" 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: ARBOIS AOC / Varietal(s): SAVAGNIN --- Daniel Dugois founded this eponymous estate in 1973 in his native village of Les Arsures, beginning with just two hectares of vines. After selling his fruit locally for nine years, in 1982 Daniel produced his first vintage, which proved an instant winner – literally – as his chardonnay won the gold medal at the Jura Wine Contest. In 2003, Daniel's son, Philippe, returned home and joined his parents in the vineyard, producing his first vintage in the same year, and now heads up the winemaking at the family estate. Located in the ‘golden triangle’ of Jura, at the heart of Arbois, Salins-les-Bains and Poligny, the vineyards of Dugois boast soils of clay, gravel and marl. Committed to eco-friendly practices, the family farms by "lutte raisonnée" ("the reasoned struggle") in the vineyards, and has been awarded the HVE “High Environmental Value” certification by the Ministry of Agriculture for their efforts in maintaining biodiversity. All fruit is hand-harvested, and in the cellar, clusters are de-stemmed and lightly crushed before undergoing spontaneous fermentation. This unique white is made from the savagnin grape, a relatively obscure varietal long associated with the Jura, where it is used in the region's famed Vin Jaune. Kind of like chardonnay's wild and woolly cousin (although unrelated), savagnin produces deliciously zesty, thirst-quenching wine that's full of character. A medium-bodied palate of yellow pear, apple, and quince turns savory and a touch nutty on a finish accented by notes of minerals and crushed herbs. Break out the scallops with brown butter and Meyer lemon or a wheatberry and gouda gratin!

Montaribaldi Langhe Rosso DOC "Trestelle" 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: LANGHE ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): NEBBIOLO+DOLCETTO+BARBERA --- In 1968 Pino Taliano founded Taliano Guiseppe, acquiring a diverse collection of vineyards in order to best highlight the different soils and climate conditions of Piedmont. His son, Luciano, took over in 1994, changing the name of the family business to Montaribaldi, which refers to the ancient Roman road that connected the winery to several different vineyards throughout the region. This homage to the rich viticultural history of the area also nods to the forward-looking philosophy of the domaine, which declares "place over process" as its motto. Called "Trestelle" ("three stars") for the three grapes blended into this red, this delicious value is proof of the effectiveness of Montaribaldi's approach. The three "stars" in this cuvée are nebbiolo, dolcetto, and barbera, each lending essential character to the finished wine: dark, rustic aromatics from the dolcetto, bright red cherry fruit from the barbera, and then dominante dusty tannins and food-loving acidity from the nebbiolo. A fantastic value that works with a multitude of  dishes, this would be fabulous with wild mushroom ragù.

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Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

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Dominique Lucas "C de Marin" Vin des Allogroges IGP 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: VIN DES ALLOBROGES IGP/ Varietal(s): CHASSELAS --- Dominique Lucas comes from a family of Burgundian winemakers (he is the 5th generation) who own a small estate outside of Pommard. After completing oenology school, he decided not to return to the family estate because he did not want to work within the strict oversight of the AOC, settling instead in the Haut Savoie in 2008. His vineyards lie just outside the small village of Ballaisons, on slopes overlooking Lake Geneva (known as Lac Léman on the French side of the border). In spite of a family history of Burgundian winemaking traditions, he vinifies his grapes in an array of different amphorae, barrels and concrete eggs. Fermentations occur naturally and the only addition to the wines is a tiny bit of sulfur at bottling. The results are stunning: pure and character-filled, these wines can hold their own with any of the best of the region. Chasselas is a fairly esoteric grape, grown mostly in eastern France, Switzerland and Germany, and mostly drunk casually, après-ski. Here, however, it comes into its own, bright and refreshing! The chasselas for the "C de Marin" cuvée comes from 40-50 year old vines planted in granitic soils, which lend it a definite mineral core. Loads of granite, citrus, and honeysuckle on the nose yield to a palate of honeyed tropical fruit, lemon zest, and a smooth, stony finish. Try it with fish cakes with a side of slaw with honey-lemon vinaigrette!

Vigneto Saetti Rosso Viola IGP 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: EMILIA-ROMAGNA / Appellation: ROSSO VIOLA IGP / Varietal(s): SALAMINO DI SANTA CROCE --- It's Lambrusco, but fear not! This is a far cry from the dark days of Riunite! Luciano Saetti is one of a newer generation of Lambrusco growers approaching this much-maligned wine in a more modern (actually, old-fashioned!) way. His family planted their vines in 1964, and for years sold their grapes to a local co-op. But Luciano was inspired by the potential of their old vines of salamino (a thick-skinned, tight-bunched, darker, more acidic strain of the lambrusco grape.) He converted to organic (certified) farming and started bottling estate wines. Sulfur has not been used at any point in the process since the 2007 vintage, and grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed in the field in small 100-liter steel containers for maximum freshness. Rare for Lambrusco, the secondary fermentation takes place in bottle, initiated by the addition of fresh grape must in the spring following the vintage, and is fermented to bone-dryness. This defies the sad stereotype of Lambrusco, with a dry, complex, earthy character, flavors of dark fruits, and a floral, savory finish. Add in its characteristic spritziness, and the result is an incredible pizza wine! (It's also great with cold cuts like salami, antipasti, or Parmesan cheese dishes.) Serve lightly chilled.

Puramun Malbec Reserva Valle de Uco 2013
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: MENDOZA / Appellation: VALLE DE UCO / Varietal(s): MALBEC --- Argentina has made its wine-producing name on malbec, offering easy drinking versions at affordable prices. However, the country can also vinify more robust styles as well. Puramun means "harvest" in the indigenous language of the region and it is the first solo project of acclaimed winemaker José “Pepe” Galante. He worked for many years at Catena Zapata establishing malbec but also pushing the heights to which Argentine winemaking could reach. Here he works a small site in the Valle de Uco sub-zone, considered by many as the top spot for growing malbec. Galante cuts no corners here: this is all hand harvested and then hand sorted twice to eliminate anything unwanted in the fermentation tank. The wine is aged in oak, a combination of new and used. The final product is big and robust, ideal for cold evenings, hearty bean stews or a meaty pasta dish.

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Jan
5
4:00 PM16:00

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Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Grignolino d'Asti DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: GRIGNOLINO D'ASTI / Varietal(s): GRIGNOLINO --- Founded in 1870, the estate of Francesco Rinaldi e Figli boasts a long and celebrated history in the Piedmont. Located in the town of Barolo itself, many of the same techniques and traditions are still used 130 years later to produce iconic wines of the region. Today the domaine is helmed by Luciano Rinaldi, now nearly 90 years old, as he has done since 1941. He's now assisted by his nieces, Paola and Piera Rinaldi, and together they continue the family tradition. The estate is most famous for its Barolo bottlings from two of the region's greatest vineyards, Brunate and Cannubi, renowned for their subtlety and longevity. But the commitment to quality and tradition run throughout all their wines, which display startling depth, complexity, and structure. This young, tangy grignolino is sure to wake your taste buds from hibernation! Bright red fruit, rose petals, and a hint of cinnamon candy on the nose transition flawlessly to a delicate, fresh palate of more red berries, clean acidity, and lightly grippy tannins on the finish. A great new go-to for any number of gustatory occasions, try this with spaghetti with tomatoes, herbs, black olives and feta, or shrimp risotto.

Quinta dos Roques Dão DOC 2014
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: DÃO / Appellation: DÃO DOC / Varietal(s): TOURIGA NACIONAL+JAEN+ALFROCHEIRO+TINTO RORIZ --- This balanced Portuguese red is perfect for winter sipping. Quinta dos Roques and its co-owned winery, Quinta das Maias, have been in the vanguard of the revolution that has put the Dão region (and Portuguese wines in general) on the map in terms of quality and value. Located at Abrunhosa do Mato (between Nelas and Mangualade), Quinta dos Roques’s 100 acres of winery and vineyards spread out in 12 plots over the 1400-foot elevation of the granitic hills at this center of the Dão wine region. About 75% of the vineyards are devoted to (mostly native Portuguese) red grape varietals, dominated by touriga nacional (40%), followed by roriz (tempranillo), alfrocheiro, jaen (mencía), tinto cão and tinta pinheira. Winemaker Luis Lourenco gave up his career as a math teacher to devote his life to wine instead, with happy results for us! This sumptuously hearty red is full-flavored and fruitful with generous plummy blackberry and black cherry flavors. Gentle tannins on the finish lend complexity, and food friendly acidity keeps this from being flabby, making it a great match with hearty, earthy winter dishes like stewed black beans.

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Dec
30
3:00 PM15:00

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LAST TASTING OF 2017 - TIME FOR CHAMPAGNE!

José Dhondt Champagne AOC Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
Country: FRANCE / Region: CHAMPAGNE / Appellation: CHAMPAGNE AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- José Dhondt produced his first cuvée in 1974, although he had many years of experience as a grower before that. The Dhondt family’s 6 hectares are split over several parcels, equally divided between the Côte des Blancs and the Sézannes regions. The vines average 25 years of age, and Dhondt avoids chemicals as much as possible, practicing what the French call “culture raisonnée.” He keeps yields low with a severe debudding and sorts grapes mercilessly before they go into the press. Pressing is done in a traditional vertical wood press, and vinification is in small temperature controlled stainless steel vats with individual lots kept separate. Pure chardonnay from the Grand Cru village of Oger, this blanc de blancs perfectly embodies the joys of single estate Champagne! Understated and suave in style, it's delicate and precise, with bright lemon, pear, and white peach aromas buttressed by chalky minerals. Lithe on the palate, grapefruit and white stone fruits mingle with a creamy texture before finishing gracefully. A great choice for toasting, as well as serving with oysters, triple cream cheese, or fried chicken!

Christophe Mignon Brut Nature Champagne AOC NV - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: CHAMPAGNE / Appellation: CHAMPAGNE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT MEUNIER --- Christophe Mignon's specialty is pinot meunier, and this fabulous sparkler may be among the most distinctive wines made in Champagne today. A superb producer in the village of Festigny, Christophe Mignon comes from a long line of farmers in the hamlet of Le-Mesnil-le-Huttier, 13 miles west of Epernay. His 6.3 hectares of vines were planted by his great-grandparents, and the estate is dedicated to biodynamic viticulture, with all fruit harvested by hand, and bottled by lunar cycle. 100% pinot meunier, this blanc de noirs is sourced from parcels planted in 1976. A stunner, it displays expressive aromas of red fruits and delicate flowers. This especially weighty expression of pinot meunier is resonant and rich in the mouth, creamy in texture with balanced acidity and razor-precise minerality. More red fruit, dried pear, smoke, and hazelnut notes unfurl in the glass, adding to the overall mystery and nuance of this delightful wine before its long, impressively complex finish wraps things up with bright acidity and palate-cleansing grip. Delightful with goat cheese and mushroom tart.

Rémi Jeanniard Morey-Saint-Denis AOC Vieilles Vignes 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: MOREY-SAINT-DENIS AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- From the microscopic commune of Morey-Saint-Denis (only 3 square miles and a population of 667), we find Domaine Rémi Jeanniard. In 2003, when his father retired from a career of winemaking, Rémi inherited six hectares of vineyards spread among three different communes in the heart of Burgundy's Côte de Nuits, with Morey-Saint-Denis being the home of the cellars. For Rémi, the winemaking starts in the vineyards, where he employs sustainable farming techniques, hand harvests, and refrains from using chemical fertilizers. After harvest, the grapes get a cold soak to extract color and flavor before beginning indigenous yeast fermentation. After fermentation is complete, the wine spends a year in 20% new oak barrels where it rests for 12 months before being bottled unfiltered. An effusive perfume of wild cherry, ripe strawberry reveals a lovely depth of gamey and earthy tones. Still young and tense with a nervy streak of acid to accent its rounded texture, let this bottle and some hearty stew (we recommend pot-au-feu or cassoulet) help guide you to the light at the end of the winter tunnel.

Rubinelli Vajol Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Classico Superiore 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO DOC / Varietal(s): CORVINA+CORVINONE+RONDINELLA+MOLINARA+OSELETA --- For those looking to venture into new territory for full-bodied reds with robust fruit and spice character, look no further than this Valpolicella Ripasso from Rubinelli Vajol. To achieve those rich, spiced dried fruit notes, the wine goes through a second fermentation while in contact with the pressed grapes and lees from Amarone (a dry red wine made from dried grapes). This process, known as ripasso, imparts a distinct dried fig and raisin qualities, as well as notes of dark chocolate and baking spices, to the wine. While the winemaking process is important to note, Rubinelli Vajol's vineyard holdings also sit in a terroir -- rich in limestone -- ideal for controlling the vigor of the vines. The vineyards are farmed organically, fertilized with green manure and planted with various cover crops to increase biodiversity. The luscious texture and indulgent fruit character of the wine will make great company with roasted lamb, braised beef, or barbecue pork shoulder.

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Dec
29
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Sommariva Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG Brut NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: PROSECCO DI CONEGLIANO-VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE DOCG / Varietal(s): GLERA AKA PROSECCO --- The Sommariva family has worked the vines on the high plains of the Veneto for several generations, selling off most of their crop as was the practice at the time, until Caterino Sommariva and his wife Urbana began purchasing hillside vineyards in the 1970s, deciding to plant it exclusively to prosecco (now known by its historical name, glera.) Thus they were ideally situated when Prosecco and the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene began to gain recognition in the late ‘80s for the light, clean sparkling wine that's so popular today. Now joined by their daughter, Cinzia, the Sommarivas take their work seriously, producing wines that bely Prosecco's light and easy reputation. They adhere to eco-friendly practices in the vineyards, harvesting by hand, and vinifiying in stainless steel. The result is a beautifully complex Prosecco, bursting with flavors of tart Granny Smith apple, Meyer lemon, and lychee. Rich and dry on the palate, the faintest whiff of toastiness evokes a Champagne-like character. Just fantastic for toasting or pairing with stuffed mushrooms or ricotta, mozzarella, and basil flatbread!
 
Les Capriades "Piège à Filles" Pét-Nat Rosé 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GAMAY+CÔT+CABERNET FRANC+PINEAU D'AUNIS ---  Located in the Touraine, Pascal Potaire and Moses Gadouche are among the top producers of pét-nats in the Loire, possibly in all of France. Their setup resembles that of a Champagne house (albeit a very small one!), buying most of their grapes (which they harvest themselves from a small bunch of organic growers near Faverolles) and keeping a laser-like focus on the winemaking. Pét-nats made using the méthode ancestrale are simultaneously incredibly simple and incredibly difficult to do well. Because the wines are made without sulfur, the grapes have to be as perfect as possible to avoid flaws in the wine. The juice begins to ferment in tank, and the wines are bottled mid-fermentation to complete their fermentation under a crown cap, trapping carbonic gas and giving them their soft, frothy bubbles. Everything is disgorged and this bottling is sealed in a slightly bizarre (but resealable!) plastic closure of German invention. Their wines get a longer-than-usual time on their lees, which increases finesse and character. This rosé pét-nat is mostly gamay, with small amounts of côt, cabernet franc and pineau d'aunis. Incredibly aromatic, it bursts with cherry blossom and fruit character, along with light hints of ripe kiwi. It leans toward the dry side, but still maintains the slightest touch of sweet fruit on a clean finish. A wonderful aperitif, this would also be fantastic with goat cheese toast.

Tuck Beckstoffer Wines The Seventy Five Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon California 2015
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- 1975 was a defining year for many: Bill Gates founded Microsoft, Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, the first episode of Saturday Night Live debuted... Among its many iconic developments, 1975 also marks the year the Beckstoffer family put down roots in Napa, as pioneers of the burgeoning grape growing industry. Tuck Beckstoffer grew up among the vines, and after studying with winemaking legends both at home and abroad, Tuck determined to start making wines of his own, releasing a cabernet sauvignon in 1997 to critical acclaim and demand. The Seventy Five Wine Company was founded to create wines that express the essence of California wine country, without breaking the bank. This cab manages to do all that quite nicely: ruby red in the glass, with seductive aromas of strawberry preserve, and black mission figs overlaid by a touch of thyme. Deep flavors of Bing cherry and black raspberry linger in the mouth for a long, satisfying finish. A perfect winter red, open this with burgers topped with bacon, melty Gouda, arugula, caramelized onions, and a roasted balsamic cherry & poblano chutney.

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Dec
23
3:00 PM15:00

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Ridgeview Bloomsbury Brut 2014
Country: ENGLAND / Region: SUSSEX / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY+PINOT NOIR+PINOT MEUNIER --- Sparkling wine from... England?!?! Founded over 25 years ago, Ridgeview was one of the pioneers of the still emerging English sparkling wine industry. Having realized a consistency in soil composition and climate with that of Champagne, Mike and Chris Roberts planted classic sparkling wine grapes. Over time, the winery has won numerous awards and has even beaten many Champagnes at competitions. This wine's focus is chardonnay, making it lighter and more delicate with citrus zest and apple aromas. Green apple and greengage plum dance across the palate along with white peach, lemon, and white blossom. There is a hint of red fruit from the two pinots in the blend as well. This is a perfect choice to begin a celebration or to have with oysters or other shellfish.

Tyler Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2015
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- .Justin Willett started Tyler in 2005, while he was still assistant winemaker for pinot noir and chardonnay specialist at Arcadian. Tyler is located in Lompoc, California, just west of the Santa Rita Hills, where Justin produces only chardonnay and pinot noir. (Some of you might be familiar with Justin's partnership with sommelier and restauranteur Eric Railsback under the Loire Valley-inspired Lieu Dit label. We've featured their excellent melon and sauvignon blanc!) This Santa Barbara chardonnay sees less than 10% new oak, allowing the precision and elegance of the 2015 vintage to shine through. Gorgeous aromas of lemon curd, green apple, lavender and crushed flint meld into flavors of orchard fruit, savory spices, and a core of vibrant acidity in the mouth. A delicious, stony finish with lingering minerality makes this a great match for silky brandade on buttered toast.

Patrick Corbineau "Touraine Cumelle" Vin de France 2011 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Tucked away in a quarry overlooking the Loire in the village of Candes St. Martin, Patrick Corbineau makes obsessively natural wines meant for his neighbors to enjoy. However, word has gotten out and wine lovers from Paris to New York are seeking out these delicious hidden gems! Patrick's vineyards are scattered amidst the fields of grain that surround the village, and he continues to resist attempts by the grain growers to buy him out. Several years ago he quit his job as a welder on the spot and became a vigneron when his grandfather threatened to rip out the family vineyard if Patrick didn't take it. Now he rarely leaves the six hectares of vineyards he is so attached to (one in Chinon and five in Touraine), working them lovingly with his horse-drawn equipment, and using no herbicides or pesticides. His father initially frowned upon his natural approach and the amount of time he spent in the cellar (thinking that Patrick was drinking!), insisting that the domaine modernize. But Patrick preferred to work like the old timers, and no one now can argue with the wine that results from his meticulous techniques. He destems by hand, with slow maceration, and gentle pressing before the wine is put unfiltered into old black mold-covered casks awaiting just the right moment for bottling. 100% cabernet franc, Cumelles is rustic, spicy, and a tad feral, with rich dark fruit, brambly crushed herbs, and flinty minerality! Great with roasted leg of lamb!

il Colle Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE --- Among the "small jewels in Montalcino's original growing area", Il Colle was once a part of Conti Costanti's Colle al Matrichese, a property that sits at a high altitude of 400-450 meters. The elevation yields delicate wines, and the fruit from these vineyards is blended with grapes from a more southerly vineyard (Castelnuovo dell'Abate at 220 meters), that the family had purchased in 1998. The origins of Il Colle date to 1972, when Alberto Carli planted vines with Giulio Gambelli, a practitioner of traditional winemaking techinques. Employing natural yeasts, no temperature control, long maceration on skins, and no filtering, Alberto aged his Brunellos in Slavonian botti. Alberto and Giulio stayed true to these methods, as did Caterina who took over the rustic estate upon Alberto's death in 2001, and the winery has changed little in the past 40 years. Brunello is the crown jewel of Montalcino wines, and this is an impressive example. 100% sangiovese, this offers up enticing red berry, crushed roses, wild mint, forest floor, and new leather aromas. Effortlessly melding structure and subtlety, the full-bodied palate bursts with layers of morello cherry, succulent raspberry reduction, licorice, and baking spice. A backbone of firm, velvety tannins balance freshness with structure. An elegant texture and lingering finish with hints of savory saline make this an amazing classic to open with osso bucco, rib eye steak with rosemary and garlic, or roast pork loin with creamy polenta and wild mushroom sauce.

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Dec
22
4:00 PM16:00

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Adega de Borba Alentejo DOC Reserva 2015
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: ALENTEJO / Appellation: ALENTEJO DO / Varietal(s): ARINTO+ALVARINHO+VERDELHO --- Located in the Alentejo region of southern Portugal, Adega de Borba is a cooperative winery founded in 1955, a pioneer at the time. The economic incentives in the 50s were stacked against wine and in favor of grain production in this part of Portugal, and it required great perseverance to expand wine production. The co-op now includes 300 members, a commitment to sustainability (even the labels are make of renewable cork!), and state of the art facilities. The sub region of Borba has proven favorable to white grape varietals, producing rich, aromatic wines. A blend of arinto, alvarihno, and verdelho, hand harvested in the morning to preserve freshness, vinified and aged in French and American oak barrels, this new white is intensely perfumed with aromas of tropical fruits and vanilla. Balanced acidity and notes of lemon, honey, and spice on a lengthy finish make this an elegant choice for cold weather seafood dishes. A velvety-textured winter white, serve this with scallops or halibut with fennel cream sauce. 

Folk Tree Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: ARROYO GRANDE / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Inspired by Cru Beaujolais and other village wines, Folk Tree is the creation of importer T. Edwards, seeking to make an American equivalent to the wines Europeans drink with everyday fare. A collaboration with their winemakers and vineyard partners, Folk Tree is meant to be affordable and versatile for sharing with family and friends, whether an impromptu get-together or a special occasion dinner. Produced entirely from hand-harvested grapes in the Arroyo Grande Valley, near San Luis Obispo, this pinot noir was fermented with native yeasts then aged for 7 months in French oak barrels of which 20% are new. The result is a lighter style of California pinot noir, with fresh, bright red cherry and strawberry notes. Although the fruit is bright and the texture delicate, this doesn't lack for depth on the palate, exhibiting plenty of silky sweet cherry flavors, subtle hints of earth, mushrooms, and pepper, and a touch of tannin on the finish. Versatility is the name of the game here, making this perfect to enjoy with chicken mushroom pot pie or smoked salmon, dill and goat cheese quiche.

Jean-Luc Mouillard Trousseau Côtes du Jura AOC 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: CÔTES DU JURA AOC / Varietal(s): TROUSSEAU --- The Jura region has flown under the radar for quite some time, producing a fraction (about 0.2%) of France’s total wine. Best known for vin jaune, golden wine made in an oxidative style (like sherry) under a fine layer of yeast, its other wines are now gaining recognition worldwide. An ancient grape-growing region whose wine was referenced in 80 AD by Pliny the Younger, the Jura is sandwiched between Switzerland and Burgundy, and its vineyard area is the first upland between the Bresse Plain and the Jura Mountains. Winemaker Jean-Luc Mouillard was born in Nevy-sur-Seille at the foot of the Château-Chalon. He grew up on the family's dairy farm, which had a few vineyard parcels on the side from which the family sold fruit to the local co-op. After enology school, he established his own domaine in 1991, renting several parcels and planting others. Today he farms twenty acres of vines, using the sustainable "lutte raisonnée" (literally "reasoned struggle") farming ethic, which avoids the use of chemical intervention unless absolutely necessary. He is assisted by his wife, Annie, and son Mathieu, a recent graduate of studies in enology who now works with his father full time. In 1997, Jean-Luc moved north from Nevy-sur-Seille to the village of Mantry where he bought a sixteenth-century house that originally served as a stage-coach stop, largely for its stone cellar, where he ages wine in barrel. This delicious red comes from the trousseau grape, also known as bastardo in Portugal. Unique and intriguing, trousseau offers the beguiling fluidity of a pinot noir, but with a bucolic nose of cherry, blackberry and pepper, reminiscent of the outdoors. Soft fruit is balanced on the palate by lively freshness and structured tannins on the finish, making this a lovely match for roast chicken with root vegetables.

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Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

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Tunia Sottofondo Tunia Trebbiano Toscana IGT "Sottofondo" Pét-Nat 2016
- NATURAL WINE

Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: TOSCANA IGT / Varietal(s): TREBBIANO --- In 2008, two college friends, Chiara Innocenti and Francesca Di Benedetto, bought 25 hectares of largely abandoned vines with Chiara’s brother, Andrea, and began building Tunia essentially from scratch. These women are unlike many young winegrowers in that they didn't inherit vineyards and have no family experience to draw upon, but instead pooled their resources and took out loans to purchase the parcel once owned by the University of Florence. Their land is located in the Tuscan hills near Arezzo, where the open rolling hills allow for plenty of sunshine and near constant breezes blow through from nearby Lake Trasimeno, creating a healthy climate for organic vines, of which they have 15 hectares. Chiara, originally from Umbria, and Francesa, from Le Marche and Campania, met as students at the University of Pisa. Chiara studied business/economics while Francesca studied biology/oenology. Andrea gave the estate its name: “Tunia” (or “Tinia”) was the name of the most important of the Etruscan gods and also the one related to winemaking. Chaira and Francesca's creative vision and persistence have paid off, resulting in fresh, fascinating wines. This unique bubbly takes two harvests to make: the first is an early harvest of trebbiano to capture the grape's inherent acidity. They ferment spontaneously in stainless steel with no skin contact. The second harvest happens when the grapes are fully mature. Fermentation is the same except with 30 days of skin contact. Months later, in February, the two wines are blended and bottled with the second fermentation happening in the bottle when a small amount of must from pressed dried grapes (“passito” used for Tunia Vin Santo) is added. The spent yeasts remain in the bottle as in the traditional way of making “Prosecco Col Fondo”. No filtration occurs, and no sulfites are added (the spent yeasts act as natural anti-bacterial agents). This bubbly is dry and nutty, with savory white fruit flavors, and a bit of tannic structure thanks to the skin contact. Fabulous with appetizers such as hard cheeses and antipasti, or with simple main courses like pasta and fish dishes.

Pierre Frick Gewurztraminer Pierre Frick Gewürztraminer Grand Cru Steinert Alsace AOC 2009 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE GRAND CRU AOC / Varietal(s): GEWÜRZTRAMINER --- "Wine is not about the mind. It's about music. It's art. It's sensory." - Pierre Frick / Once an aspiring ecologist, Pierre Frick instead found his calling in the vineyards, farming organically since 1970, and biodynamically since 1981. Located in Alsace between Colmar and Guebwiller, Frick farms 12ha of vineyards (1/3 of which are rented), and remains passionately committed to improving and maintaining the health of his vines and land. By choosing to hand harvest with local grape pickers, Frick maintains the social and cultural component of the harvest, while allowing the true expression of the grapes and soil to come through in the cellar. He vinifies with natural yeasts only, and hasn't chaptalized (the addition of sugar to grape juice before or during fermentation to increase alcohol levels) since the 80's. From the hillside Grand Cru Steinert vineyard in Pfaffenheim comes this lovely late-harvest gewürztraminer. Beautifully rich, with aromas of jasmine tea, baking spices, dried fruit, and honey, it's luxuriously full on the palate, redolent with spicy citrus, rose, white pepper, brioche, and almond flavors. The finish goes on for ages; long, soft, and mineral. Great with chicken biryani, crab wontons, or farro pasta with fonduta.

Occhipinti SP68 Occhipinti SP68 Terre Siciliane IGT 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGT / Varietal(s): FRAPPATO+NERO D'AVOLA --- Arianna Occhipinti has been a trailblazer in Sicilian natural winemaking. 21 years old when she released her first vintage in 2004, she has since gained a cult following in the biodynamic movement. Arianna started at age 16 in her uncle Giusto Occhipinti's cellar – he being the proprietor of Vittoria's most famous winery, COS – and loved it. After studying oenology in Milan, she returned to Sicily to "unlearn" the technical ways she had been taught to "construct" a wine, instead growing grapes and making wine from the ground up. She tends 25 hectares of vineyards near Vittoria, in southeastern Sicily, and has built her reputation on frappato, an often overlooked grape. Her vineyards are certified organic and practicing biodynamic and feature only native Sicilian varietals. Her SP68 wines are named for the main road nearby, which also happens to be the most ancient wine route in existence. This red is a blend of frappato and Nero d'Avola, fermented using indigenous yeasts, and aged in small concrete tanks with no oak influence. Bright and aromatic, this displays vibrant raspberry tones, with exuberant peppercorn and rose petal notes. Delicious to sip with grilled leg of lamb or roasted eggplant.

Chateau Massereau Graves Château Massereau Graves AOC 2010 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: GRAVES AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON+MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+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. This cuvée, the top wine from Massereau, comes from grapes planted in the alluvial soils of Graves, on the left bank of the Garonne, south of Bordeaux, and a bit east of Pessac-Léognan. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot, it displays a compelling mélange of dark berries and plums with dried green herbs, hints of violet, tobacco and cedar. Elegant in structure, it offers up firm acidity and refined tannins. An old school classic from a family-run estate, this embodies the best of biodynamic Bordeaux. This pairs beautifully with rack of lamb, steak or pork chops.

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Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

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Eloi Lorenzo "Villa Paz" Ribeiro DO 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIBEIRO DO / Varietal(s): TREIXADURA+ALBARIÑO+GODELLO+TORRONTÉS --- Villa Paz was founded in 1976 by Eloi Lorenzo Pereira, a rural doctor who often did his rounds on horseback throughout the mountains of Spain. Today, it's Eloi's great-grandson, Javier Monsalve, who continues to run the family winery, doing everything from farming to winemaking, as he has since 2007. Located in Arnoia within the Ribeiro D.O., Spain’s oldest growing region, Javier farms 5 hectares as organically as possible while following biodynamic principles. He is also committed to reviving local, sometimes forgotten, grape varietals. Most of Javier's vineyards lie on granite soil particularly favorable to the native treixadura grape. Named Villa Paz (House of Peace), for the house at the center of the winery, Javier's wines all express a distinctive minerality and acidity, allowing the nuances of the region's terroir to shine through. Simultaneously refreshing and beautifully textured, this is aromatic and soft, with notes of ripe yellow fruit and briny sea air. A fantastic aperitif to serve up while putting the finishing touches on holiday dinners, this also transitions well into the meal itself, especially with seafood dishes like shrimp cocktail and paella.  

Donkey & Goat "The Gallivanter" Donkey & Goat "The Gallivanter" California 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR+GRENACHE GRIS+SYRAH --- Jared and Tracy Brandt have been crafting some of the finest natural wines in California since 2003, and are now recognized as pioneers in the California natural wine movement. Much of their knowledge and inspiration was gained by spending the year 2002 in France with famed natural winemaker Eric Texier, where they learned everything they could. The husband and wife winemaking team (who own neither donkey nor goat), are based out of Berkeley, where they utilize wild yeast fermentation, bottling their wines without filtering or fining, and keeping sulfur to an absolute minimum. Their goal is to emphasize the distinctive, soulful qualities of the grapes and vineyards they come from, while producing a wine meant for pairing with food and friends. A blend of predominantly pinot noir, with light touches of grenache gris and syrah, The Gallivanter is fresh and delicious, a clean-drinking natural wine, free of the gaminess and funk that many others display, which makes it even more versatile for the table! Juicy red cherries, bright raspberries, cracked black pepper, and a touch of earth make this a fantastic companion to holiday fare such as pomegranate-glazed wild salmon.

Easton Zinfandel Amador CountyEaston Zinfandel Amador County 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: AMADOR COUNTY / Varietal(s): ZINFANDEL --- Easton is located on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada in Amador County, California. Established in 1986 by Bill Easton and Jane O'Riordan, it's also the home of Terre Rouge Wines, with about 30 different wines produced in small lots of 100-400 cases between the two labels. This zinfandel is made from grapes grown on rolling mountain sites that possess the classic, vermilion-colored decomposed granite soil unique to Amador County. The 2013 vintage is full and rustic in style, with luscious notes of ripe blackberry, black cherry, and floral raspberry. Opulent and juicy in the mouth, its bright acidity and balanced, ripe tannins provide a firm, tangy backbone. It all wraps up with a spicy, warming finish, complete with smoky, meaty accents, and hints of white pepper and anise. Perfect for cozy nights around the fire, open this with smoked brisket or chipotle butternut squash chili.

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Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

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WINES FOR SPECIAL SEASONAL GATHERINGS

Mullineux Chenin Blanc "Kloof Street" Swartland WO 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SOUTH AFRICA / Region: SWARTLAND / Appellation: SWARTLAND WO / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Mullineux is an intensely focused family winery based near the village of Riebeek Kasteel, in the Swartland region of South Africa.  Established in 2007 by Chris and Andrea Mullineux (alongside business partners Analjit Singh and Peter Dart), within a few short years the winery has established itself as one of South Africa's finest, earning seventeen 5 star ratings from Platter's South African Wine Guide by 2016, as well as Winery of the Year in 2014 and 2016. The Kloof Street line of wines focuses on freshness, balance, and drinkability, making this chenin blanc a great go-to for seasonal dinners! Grapes for the 2015 vintage come from three sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of Swartland; one parcel of 34 year old vines planted on stony shale and schist soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, and two other plots of 40+ year old dry land, bush vines grown in decomposed granite on Paardeberg Mountain. 85% of fermentation takes place in tanks with 15% taking place in old French oak barrels. Fermentation is done with indigenous yeasts and lasts up to 6 weeks.  The barrels are then racked and blended with the tank fermented portion and then bottled. Pale straw in color, this wine is bright and aromatic, with an alluring nose of sun-ripened pears and wet granite. Lively notes of citrus, apple, and a hint of fresh-cut grass lead on the palate, followed by a vibrant, food friendly acidity. A soft, round texture and mineral finish makes this a versatile choice for the holiday table. Fantastic with pan-seared scallops with asparagus and pancetta.

Arnot-Roberts Gamay Noir El Dorado 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS - EL DORADO / Varietal(s): GAMAY NOIR --- Arnot-Roberts Wines is a collaboration of school friends, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Since founding their winery in 2001, they have gained a reputation as among the most progressive producers on the California scene. The 2016 gamay noir comes from the Witters and Barsotti vineyards above the town of Placerville in the El Dorado Appellation of the Sierra Foothills. Both vineyards lie on granite soils between 2,500 and 3,200 feet in elevation. A truly gorgeous red, this wine unveils layers and layers of delight! A classic bouquet of tart red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, cracked pepper, and stony earth also contains the faintest nuance of campfire smoke. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, with juicy tanginess and fabulous complexity. Fine length and grip on a well-balanced finish displays silky tannins just begging to be paired with dishes like smoked tea shrimp dumplings with sour plum sauce.

Domaine Ratte Pinot Noir Arbois AOP 2015 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: ARBOIS AOP / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Just outside the town of Arbois in eastern France, Michel-Henri and Francoise Ratte have been growing grapes following organic and biodynamic principles since 1989, when they acquired some vines from Francoise's parents. After purchasing other parcels, they now have about 20 acres across seven vineyards. All their wines are made following biodynamic practices and are certified Demeter. Their son, Quentin, has just completed his studies in viticulture, and now assists them full time in producing wines that are hailed as iconic expressions of the Jura. This pinot noir is from vines ranging in age from 20-80 years old, planted on the blue marl characteristic of the area. Entirely hand harvested, it is fermented using indigenous yeasts and enjoys a long maceration of three weeks without the addition of sulfur. Aged in Burgundy barrels and bottled unfiltered, this is simultaneously delicate and powerful, with exquisite aromas and flavors of generous red fruit, blackberry, elderberry, and blackcurrant. Light and lively acidity is supported by assertive tannins that make this a special treat with salmon risotto with bacon and saffron.

Altesino Brunello di Montacino DOCG 2011
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE --- Brunello is famed as one of Italy's top-quality wines, and for good reason! It comes from the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino, located in the Tuscany wine region about 80 km south of Florence. In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation. Altesino made their first Brunello in 1972, and the grapes here come from vineyards planted between 1981 and 1999. Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes hand-harvested from the Altesino, Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Macina, and Pianezzine vineyards, this wine is a delicious example of the classic elegance Montalcino's wines represent. Ruby red with a garnet rim, this offers up seductive aromas of violets, perfumed wild berries, tobacco, vanilla, and chocolate. Opulent and velvety on the palate, it displays sleek ripe black cherry, licorice, clove, and earth flavors, expertly balanced with firm tannins and palate-cleansing acidity. Its elegance and finesse make this a classic to uncork with warming, celebratory dishes like osso bucco, pot roast, and beef stew.

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Dec
8
4:00 PM16:00

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MOUTHWATERING PICKS FOR THE HOLIDAY TABLE
 
Königschaffhauser Grauer Burgunder Baden Hasenburg 2015

Country: GERMANY / Region: BADEN / Appellation: BADEN / Varietal(s): GRAUER BURGUNDER AKA PINOT GRIS --- Hard to pronounce, but easy to drink, Königschaffhauser produces this grauer burgunder (pinot gris), a grape that is one of Germany's best kept secrets. Amazingly well made, this white comes from a co-op of 300+ growers in Baden, which allows it to be an amazing value as well! From grapes grown in the Hasenburg vineyard on the terraces of the famed Kaiserstuhl area, this medium-bodied white is dry with no oak influence. This flinty, mineral-driven offering gives us exotic aromas of jasmine, chamomile, orange zest, and tropical fruit. Rich citrus essence (think orange meets melon... but without a trace of sweetness!) on the palate, hints of yellow plum and pear meld with high-toned acidity, and a finish of surprising power and length. A wonderful winter white, this is good all by itself, but pairs equally well with drink ham and Gruyère on a baguette or braised chicken thighs in wine sauce with crème fraîche.

Le Maoû "Haut Les Coeurs" Vin de France 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY/ Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE/ Varietal(s): CARIGNAN --- Vincent and Aurelie Garreta started this estate in 2014 with 3.5 hectares. Employed in the environmental field, Vincent's grandmother was a winemaker, and he yearned to get back to his family roots. Now 5.5 hectares, the estate is located in the Luberon region, in the village of Gordes, west of Avignon. It lies on ancient riverbed soil of clay and silt that is favorable to grapes like carignan. 100% carignan, this cuvée comes from 60 year old vines, hand harvested and whole cluster fermented in open top vats, then bottled unfiltered and unfined. "Haut Les Coeurs" (which translates to "take heart" or "lift your spirits") will definitely lift your palate, with a generous nose of dark fruit, herbs and wild berries, and lots of plum, blueberry, and black currant flavors. Balanced acidity and chalky tannins keep this wine fresh and incredibly drinkable, just fabulous with rustic fare like roasted or braised meats, charcuterie, or cheeses.

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Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

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VERSATILE SIPPERS FOR THE SEASON

Thomas Pico Chardonnay Vin de France 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE/ Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Despite the culture that has grown up around it, wine is at its core an agricultural product, subject to the whims of Mother Nature for better or worse. The last few years have been challenging, to say the least, for farmers in many of the world's great winegrowing regions, Chablis among them. The region has always been particularly vulnerable to weather issues due to its northerly location, and 2016 was an extremely difficult vintage, thanks to the triple-whammy of hail, mildew, and drought. Thomas Pico is the owner/winemaker of Chablis house Domaine Pattes Loup, an emerging producer who has spent the last decade developing his family's small estate into one now recognized internationally. Faced with extremely limited yields, Pico sought out fruit elsewhere in France that he could source to make a supplemental wine using chardonnay that still measured up to his stringent organic/biodynamic principles. He found some in the sparkling wine region of Limoux in the Languedoc, from certified organic parcels farmed by friends and acquaintances. Redolent of lemon zest and stone fruits, this cuvée features a bright, shimmering acidity that yields to cool roundness on the palate. The absence of oak allows the vibrant fruit character to really shine here, making this an affordable luxury to pair with roasted chicken with Meyer lemon and shallots.

Thierry Richoux Irancy AOC 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: IRANCY AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Just southwest of Chablis, the Irancy appellation gained separate AOC status in 1999. This tiny region is still somewhat of a sleeper outside of France (where it now has quite a reputation), making it a great value for the rest of us. Thierry Richoux’s father, Jean-Claude, was actually one of the forerunners when Irancy was still considered generic Burgundy and was one of those responsible for the appellation gaining AOC status. Following in his father's footsteps, Thierry has managed to advance the level of quality even further. His vineyards are maintained at extremely low yields, hand harvested, and are in the process of organic conversion. This delicious red is exquisitely perfumed, with aromas of fresh strawberries, red plum, red currant, and exotic spices, accented by wild flowers, moss, black tea, and forest floor. A medium-bodied palate reveals bright acidity on a juicy core of red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, and strawberry. Elegant and mineral-driven, this sings of the terroir it hails from, with limestone notes merging with layers of dried rose petals and crushed leaves. A winner to consume now (decant for 30 minutes) with cassoulet with duck confit, or cellar some for a delicious treat in a couple years – if you can resist opening it all now, that is!

Tim Smith Wines Shiraz Barossa "Bugalugs" 2016
Country: AUSTRALIA / Region: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Appellation: BAROSSA / Varietal(s): SHIRAZ --- Tim Smith is a Barossa Valley-based winemaker, among Australia’s most awarded boutique producers. Inspired by an encounter with an early 1980s Yarra Yering Dry Red #2, he resolved to make his own wines, learning the craft first as cellar hand, then as winemaker at Yalumba. After earning a degree in wine science, he was awarded the Winemaker Exchange Scholarship (part of the Barossa Valley/Rhône Valley Winemaker Exchange Program). He spent some seminal vintages shadowing some of the most influential winemakers of the North and South Rhône Valleys, then returned to Australia and founded Tim Smith Wines, producing his first vintage in 2002. Bugalugs shiraz is made using traditional techniques, and results from a barrel selection of eight parcels originally intended for Tim's two designated Barossa shiraz releases. From vineyards up to 100 years old, this wine is matured in older French oak for 6-12 months prior to bottling, and is unfined and unfiltered. Full of classic shiraz character, it's still inviting and accessible: voluptuous in body, with spicy, plummy fruit, dark cherries, hints of black pepper, licorice, and vanilla, and soft tannins on the finish. Meatloaf has met its match!

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Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

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SUMPTUOUS FRENCH SELECTIONS
 
Pierre Frick Pinot Gris Alsace AOC 2010 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC

Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- "Wine is not about the mind. It's about music. It's art. It's sensory." - Pierre Frick / Once an aspiring ecologist, Pierre Frick instead found his calling in the vineyards, farming organically since 1970, and biodynamically since 1981. Located in Alsace between Colmar and Guebwiller, Frick farms 12ha of vineyards (1/3 of which are rented), and remains passionately committed to improving and maintaining the health of his vines and land. By choosing to hand harvest with local grape pickers, Frick maintains the social and cultural component of the harvest, while allowing the true expression of the grapes and soil to come through in the cellar. He vinifies with natural yeasts only, and hasn't chaptalized (the addition of sugar to grape juice before or during fermentation to increase alcohol levels) since the 80's. Wines remain on fine lees for 5-9 months, in oak casks up to a century old, without any additional stirring. Expressive aromatics of quince, pear, and honeyed wildflowers carry through to a full-bodied, velvety palate, redolent with rich pear and light brioche flavors. Good acidity and a generous, lingering finish make this a wonderful match with roasts, hard cheeses, even chicken curry, as well as a fabulous aperitif.
 
Domaine Lafond Côtes du Rhône AOP "Roc-Epine" 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY/ Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOP/ Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH --- Looking for a hearty red that just so happens to be certified organic? Just in time for the holidays, this offering from Pascal Lafond satisfies on every level – including value! This 65-hectare, family-run estate is named after a famous French race horse of the 1960s, Rocquépine, a favorite of Pascal's father. Located in the rosé-only appellation of Tavel, it is now helmed by Pascal, with his son Jean-Baptiste assisting in the production of what are widely considered among the best wines of the region. Youthful and exuberant, this offers up bright, crunchy red fruits (berries, currants, and a hint of red plum), with touches of dried herbs, and vibrant acidity that makes it a great match for warming holiday fare. Structured, but not overwhelming tannins on the finish provide a wonderful counterpoint to dishes like roast lamb with garlic sauce and rosemary potatoes.

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Nov
25
3:00 PM15:00

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Terre Rouge Roussanne Sierra Foothills Monarch Mine Vineyard 2011
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS/ Varietal(s): ROUSSANNE --- Terre Rouge is located on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada in Amador County, California. Established in 1986 by Bill Easton and Jane O'Riordan, it's also the home of Easton Wines, with about 30 different wines produced in small lots of 100-400 cases between the two labels. Terre Rouge began bottling roussanne annually in 2001. This fantastic winter white comes from the Monarch Mine Vineyard, planted with a clone of the roussanne grape that originates from a Chave family parcel on a hill at Hermitage. A difficult variety to grow, it ripens unevenly, requiring selective harvesting over a prolonged period of time. Its susceptability to powdery mildew also results in reduced yields, with over 80% of the 2011 harvest discarded. The result of all this labor, however, is exquisite, evoking an Hermitage Blanc, for a European-styled California wine that offers beautiful balance and sophistication. Classic roussanne characteristics abound here: straw golden color, with delicate quince, honey-nut, and beeswax aromas. Opulent on the palate, the result of barrel fermentation and lees aging, it lingers luxuriously on the finish, with elegant minerality and a silky mouthfeel. Bottle-aged before release, go for all-out flavor extravagance and open with lobster mac & cheese!

Bichi "La Santa" Rosa del Perú Baja California 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: MEXICO / Region: BAJA CALIFORNIA - TECATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): ROSA DEL PERÚ (AKA MISSION AKA PAÍS) --- Wine from Mexico? Why yes! In Mexico's rugged Baja California Norte mountains, El Equipo Bichi has put together an exciting collaboration, with delicious results! Noel and Jair Téllez, their mother Ana Montaño, and their team of collaborators produce wonderfully expressive natural wines from non-irrigated, organically farmed vineyards. Mexico's winemaking history dates back to the 1500s, when the Spanish conquistadors first planted vines (predating both Chile and Argentina). About 90% of Mexico’s wine is produced in Valle de Guadalupe, with many of the oldest vineyards centered around Tecate, very close to the US border, where the sandy loam and granite soils are ideal for grapes. Some of the vineyards are planted up to 2,500 ft in elevation, and the Pacific Ocean contributes a delicate salinity and character to the wines. The Téllez family moved to Baja from neighboring Sonora in the early 1970s (hence the name Bichi, which means “naked” in the Sonoran dialect, perfect for describing these natural, expressive wines). Bichi bottled their first vintage in 2014, inspired by a meeting that Jair and his brother Noel had with the patriarch of Chilean natural winemaking, Burgundian ex-pat Louis-Antoine Luyt, now renowned for his work with the país or mission grape. Luyt convinced Noel and Jair to seek out heirloom plantings of mission, as he had done in Chile, and produce "vinos sin maquillaje" (wines without makeup) from them. As such, Bichi adheres to traditional methods and minimal intervention, farming 10 hectares of their own Tecate vineyards biodynamically and collaborating with a growing family of organic farmers working vineyard land in Tecate and around Valle de Guadalupe. Fermentations are carried out by wild yeast in locally made concrete amphorae. The wines are raised in a mix of neutral barrels and steel vats, with a minuscule 10 ppm of sulfur added at bottling to preserve the wine for travel, if needed. As you've probably noticed, the labels are distinctive, to say the least, and represent the Téllez family's quirky sense of humor! The wine inside comes from 100 year old, own-rooted (not grafted) Rosa del Perú, grown at 2,400 ft elevation. La Santa is light and lively, almost rosé colored in the glass. Delicately floral, with red and black fruits, and vibrant, transparent acidity. A touch of Pacific salinity and granite minerality make this a lovely light red to serve chilled as an aperitif with charcuterie and cheeses!

Field Recordings Fiction Red Paso Robles 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: PASO ROBLES / Varietal(s): ZINFANDEL+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE+GRACIANO+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+TOURIGA NACIONAL+CARIGNAN --- 34-year-old Andrew Jones seems to have a keen eye for finding diamond-in-the-rough parcels with untapped potential in California’s Central Coast. He spends his days as a vine nursery employee planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over the region and, in return, is sometimes gifted small allocations of the finest fruit the vines can offer for his efforts. Given his background, there’s no question as to why he produces such soulful and delicious wines. This red is a quirky blend of grapes. Based mostly in zinfandel, it also incorporates grapes traditional to Iberia and southern France. The wine is a full-bodied, fruit forward expression of the Paso Robles region. The fruit is decidedly black in profile, yet the tannins are a bit softer. This is a great partner to dry-rubbed Memphis style pork or chipotle black bean and sweet potato fajitas with avocado.

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Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Le Meurger Bourgogne AOC Blanc 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BOURGOGNE AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- This classic white Burgundy is produced specifically for the US market. In some cases this can lead to wines that seek to follow a certain style. Le Meurger, however, has happily followed the style of the Burgundy region. Two of the three parcels come from a co-op in Chassagne-Montrachet and are fermented and aged only in stainless steel. A third parcel offers a bit more complexity and is thus aged in oak briefly. The wine offers a whiff of oak with a hint of nuttiness giving it a layered style. Plenty of mineral-y fruit rollercoasters on the palate with a refreshing finish. We are thrilled to have this wine at this price. It's sure to impress wine savvy family and friends and made even better with roast chicken or stewed chickpea with leeks and rosemary.

Tenuta La Pergola Monferrato DOC Rosso  2015
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: MONFERRATO DOC / Varietal(s): BARBERA+CROATINA+FREISA+DOLCETTO+BONARDO --- This fresh and lively red has everything one could want in an autumn sipper. From Italy's Piedmont region, this is a delectable blend of both well-known and fairly obscure grape varietals. Bright red (think juicy cherries) and black fruit dance across the palate before finishing dry with a food-friendly savoriness. An earthy, slightly rustic character makes this the ideal companion to all sorts of hearty casseroles and bean stews – perfect for impromptu cold weather gatherings of family and friends!

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Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

TIME TO TALK TURKEY (AND SIDES)!

Tatomer Riesling Vandenberg Santa Barbara County 2015
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY/ Varietal(s): RIESLING --- 39 year-old Graham Tatomer got his start in the wine business at the age of 16, working for Santa Barbara Winery. A paycheck grew into a passion, one particularly influenced by the cooler-climate vineyards of California's Central Coast. After having his mind blown by a glass of Austrian riesling, Graham moved to Austria in 2003 to fully immerse himself in the world of of that iconic grape, working with Weingut Knoll in the celebrated Wachau region. Returning to California, he founded Tatomer in 2008 with two riesling vineyards, with the intent to make California riesling as bone-dry, bracing, and nuanced as those he experienced in Austria. He's been remarkably successful ever since, and this wine is a case in point! A blend of multiple pickings from sites throughout Santa Barbara County, the majority of fruit here comes from "Kick-on Ranch". Kick-on Ranch is located about a mile from the Vandenberg Air Force base, which lends its name to this cuvée. Fresh and lively, this has all the intensity and tension of a plucked string on an electric guitar! A whiff of petrol on the nose yields to a palate of savory stonefruit and white flowers. A textured, honeyed character provides plenty of elegance on the finish. This has great aging potential, but is darn good now with sesame chicken salad with ginger-lime dressing. It's also a great way to get your palate warmed up for a big Thanksgiving feast!

Idlewild Wines Arneis Fox Hill Vineyard 2016
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MENDOCINO COUNTY / Varietal(s): ARNEIS --- Sam Bilbro comes from a family tradition of winemaking, beginning with his great-grandfather, who made wine in Cloverdale during Prohibition and trucked it up to San Francisco. Sam's father started Marietta Cellars in 1978, where Sam literally grew up among the vines (his brothers Jake and Scot are also in the wine business). After a stint in the restaurant business, he started Idlewild in 2012, with the goal of making wines of energy and precision with the grape varietals of Northern Italy's Piedmont region. A rare find in California, Fox Hill Vineyard is located southeast of Ukiah on the Talmadge Bench in Mendocino, where the arneis grape thrives in gravel and sandstone soils. A beautiful floral and mineral nose displays notes of yellow and white peach, spiced pear, almonds, and a touch of fennel. Clean and lean in the mouth, it bursts with flavors of Rainier cherry, white flowers, and chalky wet stone, with a saline, savory texture. Beautifully balanced, this is unique, refreshing, and totally gulpable! A great start to holiday dinners, this is great with fried oyster cakes, cheeses, and the big bird itself!

Cruse Wine Co. Monkey Jacket Red North Coast 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NORTH COAST / Varietal(s): VALDIGUIÉ+CARIGNAN+TANNAT --- Quaffable, quirky, and uniquely Californian: Michael Cruse's winemaking philosophy in a nutshell. A resident of Petaluma since the age of 10 (his family moved to escape high housing costs), Cruse's blue collar background remains central to the wines he makes, backed up with formidable technical skills. Aspiring to be a scientist, he studied biochem at UC Berkeley, where he got his first taste of wine science at a lecture by Terry Leighton (the microbiologist who owns Kalin Cellars.) He was admitted to the UC Davis master's program in enology and viticulture, but took a job at Sutter Home first, where the physical work of the cellar won out over the academic rat race. He never made it to Davis, instead working as associate winemaker at Starmont, before launching Cruse Wine Co. out of a warehouse across the street from Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma in 2013. In a scene where the focus is often either on high-end cabernet or high-acid European-inspired wines, Cruse's wines remain exuberantly drinkable, accessible, and table-friendly. This is perfectly summed up in his relationship with the valdiguié grape, a cornerstone of Napa's past. Known as "Napa gamay" in the early 20th century, it was the base for less-exacting wines mimicking French Beaujolais. Of the 950 acres in Napa in 1973, only 21 remain, and Cruse's vineyards are among those still standing. Like gamay, valdiguié is generous and fruitful, but fuller-bodied in character. This red blend (named for a short jacket historically worn by sailors) is a glorious dance of that historic valdiguié with touches of tannat and carignan. Energetic aromas of cranberry and violets evolve into a palate of bright citrus and soft tannins. Juicy, fresh, chewy, textured, this wine evokes a truly Californian joie de vivre. A perfect choice for celebrating gatherings of family and friends: generous, sophisticated (but never pretentious) and downright delicious!

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. Another terrific American choice for Thanksgiving.

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Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

La Clarine Farm Sierra Foothills "Jambalaia Blanc" 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: EL DORADO COUNTY-SIERRA FOOTHILLS / Varietal(s): VIOGNIER+MARSANNE+ALBARIÑO+PETIT MANSENG --- Looking at this wine, you'll notice some sediment, a bit of haziness to it, what is it hiding? You'll have to take a sip to find out. Some of what you'll discover is what has not been done to this wine, which happens to be quite a lot. Here's owners Caroline Hoel and Hank Beckmeyer own partial list: "... no yeast, sulfur dioxide, oak chips, enzymes or concentrates in the cellar, and no chemicals, fertilizers or tillage in our vineyard." They let fermentations occur spontaneously in this blend of southern & southwestern French grapes (viognier, marsanne and petit manseng, along with Spanish native albariño). The resulting wine is one you'll want to spend some time with, exploring its various nuances. The nose hits you with intense perfumed, rich exotic fruit, then the palate turns it all around; you get dry, restrained, delicate, savory notes. A unique, satisfying blend of crisp pineapple, thyme, candied ginger, fresh mint, Meyer lemon zest, and orange honey with racy acidity and a luxurious floral finish make this an unforgettable aperitif or dinnertime companion. Why not get a chunk of aged Gouda made from a small farmer-run dairy and a fresh baguette, and sit back for a leisurely communion with this most wondrous libation?

Hervé Villemade Cheverny AOP 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHEVERNY AOP / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR+GAMAY --- Hervé Villemade is an old-school Loire vigneron, hailing from several generations of vignerons that farmed the vineyards around Cellettes. Domaine du Moulin encompasses 22 hectares of vineyards spread out over the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny appellations, where Hervé took over the family winemaking duties from his father in 1995. Hervé began transitioning away from conventional farming in the late 1990s, feeling that the wines weren't as good as they could be. Inspired by the wines of Marcel Lapierre and Clos du Tue-Boeuf, as well as a severe allergy to sulfur that he developed around the same time, he converted to organic farming in 2000 in order to get the high quality grapes needed for low sulfur and sulfur-free vinification. After a few years of organic farming, he noticed a distinct difference in quality, confirming his belief, and has made natural wines ever since. Fermentation is done with native yeast in large wood or stainless steel, avoiding heavy-handed new oak. This delightful blend of pinot noir and gamay is hard to put down! Juicy and light on its feet, the gamay brings lively freshness and red berry fruit, while the pinot contributes silky texture and the faintest hints of licorice and smoke. The combination is precise, elegant and refreshing – light in body, with shades of herbs, black cherry and plum. Great with seared albacore or poulet en cocotte (chicken roasted with bacon and potatoes).

Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rufina DOCG 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+CANAIOLO+COLORINO+MALVASIA NERA --- Selvapiana is a traditional Tuscan estate situated east of Florence in the Chianti Rufina appellation. Nestled in the beautiful Apennine foothills, it comprises 600 acres of vineyards and olive groves, and boasts 181 years and five generations of experience in producing the classic wines of the region. Now managed by the sister/brother team of Silvia and Federico Giuntini A. Masseti, along with consulting enologist Franco Bernabei (who has been with the estate since 1978), the winery's focus remains on producing wines of longevity and expression. Rufina is notable for its unique clay limestone soil, as well as its proximity to the Apennines, which provides longer ripening fruit with freshness and finesse. This Chianti Rufina is made with 95% sangiovese and a 5% blend of canaiolo, colorina, and malvasia nera. All estate fruit is cultivated with organic methods and vinified separately, and fermentation takes place with only indigenous yeasts. The result yields delicate aromas of subtle herbs and spice, and an elegant palate of red cherries, licorice, and plum. Round smooth tannins and hints of smoke, earth, and minerals add interest on the finish. Bright, mouthwatering acidity makes this a winner for the table – try it with sausage and beans, Pecorino cheese, or roast lamb with rosemary and garlic.

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Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

TIME TO START THINKING TURKEY AND SIDES!

Raymond Dupont-Fahn "Les Vireux" Auxey-Duresses AOC 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: AUXEY-DURESSES AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Raymond Dupont-Fahn is a fifth generation winemaker who has worked with his father and grandfather from an early age, absorbing every aspect of the winemaking process and traditions. After earning his degree in oenology at 21, he started managing five hectares of his own vines in 2001. In his brief career he has already produced some wines of stunning quality from the lesser-known appellation Auxey-Duresses (off the beaten path in the Côte d'Or in a small valley just above Meursault). Raymond avoids using pesticides in his vineyards, and usually chooses to harvest on the earlier side to achieve wines with greater acidity and lower alcohol. Most élévage for the wines is 20% in new oak and all his barrels are under 3 years of age. This is a gorgeous example of the results that approach can yield! Pale yellow in hue, with crystalline clarity, this delights the senses with apple, pear, and baking spice aromas. In the mouth, the happy surprises continue, with a luxurious texture revealing juicy fresh pear flavors that generously linger. Accessible, but with elegance to spare, this is a lovely companion to warm shellfish dishes or roasted chicken (or, ahem, turkey.)

Arnot-Roberts Trousseau North Coast 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NORTH COAST/ Varietal(s): TROUSSEAU --- An iconic grape of the Jura (also grown in Portugal, where it is named bastardo), trousseau is little known elsewhere, but was once a part of California's viticultural traditions. Widely planted in the Sierra Foothills pre-Prohibition, it is now experiencing a delicious renaissance. Arnot-Roberts Wines is a collaboration of school friends, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Since founding their winery in 2001, they have gained a reputation as among the most progressive producers on the California scene. Among the first to experiment with California-grown trousseau, this cuvée is mostly comprised of grapes from the Luchsinger Vineyard (named for Bernie Luchsinger, who first planted it in 2001 with the idea of Port in mind), with additional cool climate Sonoma fruit included. A deceptively pale hue belies the complex aromas and flavors within! Its fluidity and dark perfumed floral aromas are reminiscent of pinot noir, but trousseau has a captivating character all its own of a more bucolic, outdoorsy nature. Bright and savory, and possessed of a lightness that contrasts deliciously with its backbone of firm tannin, this is a delicious match with chai-rubbed turkey breast.

Romanelli Montefalco Rosso DOC 2012 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: MONTEFALCO ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+SAGRANTINO+MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Tuscany's next door neighbor, Umbria, finally gets its chance in the spotlight! The two regions share not only a border, but a long history of growing the same grapes. The Romanelli family has produced acclaimed wines and olive oils in the Montefalco DOCG region for generations. The winery prides itself on an eco-friendly approach, using sustainable agricultural practices such as bird boxes to eliminate the need for pesticides, and also avoiding chemical fertilizers. This new arrival is a blend of 60% sangiovese, 15% sagrantino (an intense, dark-skinned grape native to the region often described as "nebbiolo on steroids"!), and equal remaining parts merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Fuller bodied, but still table-friendly, this delights with aromas and flavors of black cherry, vanilla, licorice, leather, and a touch of incense! A long, structured finish is balanced by bright, food-friendly acidity, making this just scream for roast pork tenderloin with sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto, sage, and cream!

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 roast beef or with mushroom risotto.

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Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Cantina Muri-Gries Müller-Thurgau Alto Adige DOC 2016
Country: ITALY / Region: ALTO ADIGE / Appellation: ALTO ADIGE DOC / Varietal(s): MÜLLER-THURGAU --- The ancient monastery of Muri-Gries, located just south of the Bremmer Pass in Süd Tyrol, is the source for this beautiful, classic müller-thurgau, a traditional white grape of region. Originally built in the 11th century as a fortress, Muri-Gries became a Benedictine monastery in the 14th century, and remains so today. In 1845, a Benedictine order from neighboring Switzerland took up residence, and applied their winemaking skills to the monastery's wines. Muri-Gries began to produce DOC wines in 1947, and since then has won local fame, a fame that is now growing internationally. Perfect for starting any meal, this white is elegant, brisk, and refreshing. From 30 year old organically grown vines, this sees no oak, remaining pure, bracing, and mineral-driven. Aromas and flavors of lemon peel, grapefruit, green honeydew melon, white flowers, and slate provide a beguiling glimpse into müller-thurgau's sophisticated side. Imagine sitting in the cobblestone courtyard of a tiny cafe in Baden-Baden (as this writer recently did sipping müller-thurgau), people-watching the evening away. Why not save the airfare and enjoy a pizza with shallots, arugula, and goat cheese with a glass of this in your own home!

La Grange Tiphaine "Ad Libitum" Vin de France 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CÔT AKA MALBEC+GAMAY+CABERNET FRANC --- Created at the end of the 19th century by Alfonse Delecheneau, La Grange Tiphaine is now in its fourth generation of winemaking, headed by Damien Delecheneau and his wife, Coralie. Their careful attention to the vines in their 11-hectare vineyard results in beautifully balanced, precise, terroir-focused wines. This organically grown red blend combines côt (malbec), gamay, and cabernet franc to create a medium-bodied wine with juicy dark wild berry flavors. With a nose of bright red fruit, pepper, and dried herbs, and the palate-cleansing tang of balanced acidity and tannin on the finish, this is a perfect wine to enjoy with autumn dinners. Drink this with a variety of roasted fall veggies; also great with Mediterranean cuisine.

Monsecco "Pratogrande" Colline Novaresi DOC Nebbiolo 2013 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: COLLINE NOVARESI DOC / Varietal(s): NEBBIOLO --- In the hills near Gattinara and Ghemme in Italy's Northern Piedmont, Monsecco was an old estate that had a reputation for making great wine in the 1960s (its long-lived Gattinaras from the 1950s-1980s are fanatically sought by collectors), but then sadly became defunct. Luckily for us, the Zanetta family has revived the estate and now crafts among the finest wines in the Colline Novaresi and Gattinara DOCs using the same traditional methods. Nebbiolos from other Piemontese appellations tend to be more light and agile than their counterparts from Barolo and Barbaresco, with an elegant drinkability and even more appealing price! 100% nebbiolo, the "Pratogrande" displays classic aromas of pie cherries, white pepper, and earth. On the palate, it unleashes a torrent of bright sour cherry flavors, refined tannins, and a spicy lingering finish that owes its character to the complex mineral composition of the area's soils. A delightful dinner companion, pair this with beef braised in red wine or a cannellini bean stew, rich with tomatoes and fragrant with herbs.

 

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Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

TASTE SENSATIONAL SPANISH & CHILEAN SIPPERS WITH IMPORTER LUIS MOYA

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 replace 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 is 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.

Bancales dos Mosteiros Mencía Ribeira Sacra DO 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIBEIRA SACRA DO/ Varietal(s): MENCIA --- This family winery is now in its fourth generation, helmed by sisters Marta and Carmen Castro. Marta is the winemaker, while Carmen handles the administration of the estate. The striking label is an homage to the Gothic architecture of the region. Equally dramatic is the landscape – granite hillside vineyards so steep that a fall would almost certainly prove fatal! While not very hospitable to humans, the mencía grape finds these conditions quite favorable, as a taste of this cuvée will prove! Spicy, dark fruit on a medium-bodied frame is supported by dusty tannins and food-friendly acidity. A classic savory finish with light granite minerality adds complexity and makes this a great quaff with potato tortilla with bacon, shallots, and truffle oil!

Valdivieso Cabernet Sauvignon Valle del Maipo DO Single Vineyard 2013
Country: CHILE / Region: MAIPO VALLEY / Appellation: VALLE DEL MAIPO DO / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Viña Valdivieso was founded in 1879 by Alberto Valdivieso and owned since the mid 1900s by the Mitjans family. New Zealand native Brett Jackson has been the chief winemaker since 2001, contributing in part to the winery's success. This single vineyard cabernet comes from the Chada vineyard in the Maipo Valley, one of Chile's best regions for producing exemplary cabernet sauvignon. The warm summers and moderate fall temperatures of the region help the grapes develop optimal ripeness with mature, refined tannins. After harvest and vinification, the wine was aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, of which 35% were new oak. Lovely dense dark red and black berry fruit displays accents of savory green bell pepper and hints of spicy chocolate on the finish. Fantastic with mole poblano!

Indret Priorat DOQ La Morera de Montsant 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: PRIORAT DOQ / Varietal(s): GARNACHA+CARINENA+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- This family-owned estate was founded in 1996 by Josep Gomez and his wife Teresa. Located at the highest elevation in Priorat (approximately 900 feet), the dry-farmed grapes here ripen much later than anywhere else, resulting in a mid-October harvest. The entire process is done in sustainable fashion, with organic certification pending. Estate-bottled, from the "Barranc de la Bruixa" vineyard, fermentation takes place in concrete, with 15% of the wine then aged for 5-6 months in oak barrels.This "gentle giant" is a more elegant take on Priorat than many others from the region.  Food-friendly, with palate-cleansing freshness, spicy, savory dark fruit, and broad, lingering tannins, this is great with braised rabbit with olives and herbs.

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Nov
3
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Fjord Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc North Fork Long Island 2014
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NORTH FORK LONG ISLAND / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Fjord Vineyards is the creation of Matthew Spaccarelli, winemaker at Benmarl Winery across the river in Marlboro. These wines are crafted by Matt in the Benmarl cellars, using both estate-grown fruit and grapes sourced from renowned vineyards in the Finger Lakes and the North Fork of Long Island. A Double Gold winner at the 2015 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, Fjord sauvignon blanc is made from selected grapes from the North Fork of Long Island, notably from the sustainably grown Palmer Vineyards managed by esteemed North Fork grower Steve Mudd. Classic herbaceousness and citrus peel on the nose give way to a bright, clean palate, with zesty acidity, more grapefuit and citrus flavors, and a touch of green herbs on the finish. Perfect with salads and cheeses, try this with kale salad with breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and lemon vinaigrette.
 
Equilibrio 9 Monastrell Jumilla DOP 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: MURCIA / Appellation: JUMILLA DOP / Varietal(s): MONASTRELL --- Bodega Sierra Norte is a young company founded by a family with three generations of wine making experience. Established in 1914 in Camporrobles, Utiel Requena, Valencia, they now farm 322 hectares of vineyards with a focus on their native grape varieties, bobal and monastrell. The estate practices and is certified for organic viticulture, and seeks to use modern technology in service of the traditions of the Jumilla region. 100% monastrell, the Equilibrio 9 spends nine months in oak. The rustic, full-bodied monastrell grape thrives in the challenging arid conditions, where daytime temperatures are so high that hand-harvesting happens at night. Cabernet lovers will find much to enjoy here: concentrated blackberry and red plum fruit with a savory, juicy finish. Dark and deep, this also enjoys elements of spicy wildflowers and wet gravel on a warm, lingering finish. Fantastic with short ribs or wild rice with smoked paprika, Marcona almonds, roasted piquillo peppers, and Manchego.

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Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

ORGANIC FRENCH AND AUSTRIAN CLASSICS

Domaine Meix Foulot Mercurey AOC 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: MERCUREY AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Domaine du Meix Foulot has been run by the de Launay family for several generations. Paul de Launay took charge during the 1960s and was joined by his daughter, Agnes, in 1990s, who is now at the helm. Among the most picturesque of Burgundy's domaines, Meix Foulot is perched high atop a hill overlooking the entirety of Mercurey, and possesses an impressive collection of vineyards, 90% of which are planted to pinot noir, with the remainder dedicated to chardonnay. These vineyards are managed as naturally as possible, without herbicides, and rare application of natural compost fertilizer. 100% chardonnay, the Mercurey Blanc isn't bottled until 12 months after harvest, and results in a delicious, old-school rendering of a Burgundian classic. Richly aromatic, this displays white flower, orchard fruit, spice, and nut elements that blossom lusciously in the mouth, emerging as a complex, delicious portrait of elegance. Refined minerality and a beautifully-balanced texture make this a winner with sea scallops with brown butter, capers, and lemon.

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 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 autumn vegetable gratin.

Moric Hausmarke Rot Burgenland 2015 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: MITTELBURGENLAND / Varietal(s): ZWEIGELT+BLAUFRANKISCH+PINOT NOIR --- The mad genius behind Moric, Roland Velich approaches his craft with a passion bordering on fanaticism. Describing himself as "hardcore", Roland comes from a winemaking family, and spent several years working with his brother at the family winery, absorbing the process intellectually, but still not quite finding the inspiration he sought. That inspiration came in the form of Burgundies and Barolos, iconic terroir-driven wines that Roland tasted and which compelled him to examine the potential of wines closer to home. He set out to make an Austrian red that would be the equal of those Grand Cru Burgundies, Barolos, and Northern Rhône masterpieces, using the blaufränkisch, zweigelt, and pinot noir grapes that thrive in the challenging Burgenland region. Old vines, meticulous biodynamic viticulture (Roland chooses not to seek organic or biodynamic certification), militant sorting, and relatively primitive winemaking techniques that echo those used in Burgundy all add up to a well-deserved reputation. Moric wines are indeed in a league of their own, unlike anything else in Austria. Intended as a table-style wine, the Hausmarke is composed predominantly of zweigelt (itself a cross between blaufränkisch and St. Laurent), with blaufränkisch and pinot noir making up the balance. The character of this cuvée, however, is very much blaufränkisch, albeit one with a playful bent. Fresh and lively, this explodes with red berries and cassis, accented with notes of crushed herbs and deep, complex forest floor flavors. An everyday wine that could turn every day into a special occasion! Fantastic with egg noodles with mushrooms and shallots, beef goulash with spaetzle, or cassoulet.

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Oct
27
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

VERSATILE VALUES!

Baronnie de Coussergues Pays d'Oc IGP Blanc 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: PAYS D'OC IGP / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC+ROLLE+ROUSSANNE+ CHARDONNAY --- Founded in 1495 by a land grant from Charles VIII, this old estate has been producing wine for generations. We found them initially under another label called Castelfort. Located in the heart of the Languedoc near Béziers, the estate is blessed with favorable conditions to grow a large variety of grapes, both white and red. This delightful white blend makes a versatile tablemate. Bright citrus and stone fruits mingle with hints of melon, mineral, and wildflowers for a balanced, expressive quaff that plays well with just about any cuisine. An easy- drinking choice with linguine in white clam sauce or saffron jasmine rice topped with creamy chicken korma... and the price makes it even easier!

Plozza Rosso di Valtellina DOC 2011
Country: ITALY / Region: LOMBARDY / Appellation: ROSSO DI VALTELLINA DOC / Varietal(s): NEBBIOLO --- In the far north of Lombardy, almost to the Swiss border, lies the alpine valley of Valtellina, an area with a wine-producing history over 2,000 years old. From the Plozza Vini Tirano co-op, this classic Rosso di Valtellina is garnet in color, with aromas of dried cherries, rose water, tar, and earth. 100% nebbiolo, its mountain origins lend it a relatively light-medium body, with more cherries and currants on the palate, along with gamey, leather notes and a finish of earthy, dusty tannins. Rustic, dry, and clean, this goes beautifully with BBQ, baked beans, or roasted pork loin. One of our new Daily Deals, this is a great introduction to the region, and a great value to boot.

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Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SUPERB TASTING WITH T. EDWARD WINES
Come hang out with our friend John Paul Schultz from T. Edward Wines as he guides you through a fabulous selection of French and Californian wines just in time for cool autumn nights!

Forlorn Hope Verdelho California "Que Saudade" 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): VERDELHO --- Named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of its Winemakers to Watch a few years ago, Matthew Rorick is standout even among his peers. A man of seemingly tireless energy, Rorick is a supreme experimenter. Rorick worries little about exactly how the wines will turn out, focusing more on the process, and allowing the wines to reveal their individual personalities along the way. This white is perfect for the transitioning weather of still-warm days with cooler nights. It was barrel-fermented, but in neutral barrels, not imparting oaky flavors but developing texture and complexity. The wine almost hovers somewhere between a white and red wine, offering both acidity and weight with some delicate tannin. Pour this with risotto with patty pan squash and edamame or roast chicken with root vegetables.

Le Haut-Planty "One Musk a Night" VDF 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- French organic wine lovers rejoice: Le Haut Planty brings us delicious Muscadet without any added sulfur! In the 1960s, Michel Couillard converted his father's farm into a vineyard, and his sons Alain and Christian spearheaded the conversion to organic viticulture in 2007, becoming certified in 2015. With Alain now at the winemaking helm, the new era of Le Haut-Planty embraces natural winemaking philosophy, while remaining faithful to the traditions of the region. Located in the heart of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, between the temperate Loire river and the fresh influence of the Atlantic ocean, Le Haut-Planty boasts a site on the most coveted hillside of Le Landreau. Grown on unique black gabbro soil, "One Musk a Night" is a humorous play on words that echoes the quirky spirit of the wine within. Funky and oh-so-tasty, this is Muscadet channeling Jura savagnin! Clementine and tangerine fruit mingle with kumquat notes and a briny minerality. A brilliant match with lobster pasta with herbed cream sauce.

Nicolas Réau Anjou Rouge "Enlèvement Demandé" 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: ANJOU AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Nicolas Réau’s love of wine started when he was 8 years old: his grandfather snuck him sips of red wine when his grandmother wasn't looking. Believing one had to come from a vigneron family to pursue a career in winemaking, he trained to become a professional pianist instead, until in 1994 he saw an ad in the school newspaper for a degree in viticulture and began his life's work in wine. In 1998 he took over an estate of 28 ha, but decided in 2001 to keep only the best five ha, eventually replanting an additional two ha. 2002 was Nicolas's first vintage, made with natural yeast and minimal intervention from the start. His personal and professional lives changed dramatically in 2005, when he met Sylvie Augereau, the famous French wine writer and champion of natural wines. She would soon become his wife as well! Through Sylvie, Nicolas became part of the natural wine movement in France, carrying out his first "sans soufre" ('without sulfur') vintage in 2007. Nicolas practices biodynamic viticulture without seeking certification. He believes that in letting the climate and vines guide the work in the vineyard, the essence of the fruit carries through to the finished wine without any additional intervention by the winemaker. His wines are clean, honest, and contain a natural freshness and character that cannot be replicated any other way. This cuvée, called "Enlèvement Demandé" or "Pick up Requested" (the notice that police put on cars to indicate that they are to be towed), comes from the youngest vines on the estate, 20 year old cabernet franc, and is made without sulfur, fining, or filtration. Very balanced and delicate, this has notes of birch bark and mushroom on the nose, and mild tannin, bright acidity, and an elegant spiciness on a core of juicy red berries. A perfect fall red, try this with pork tenderloin with fresh cranberry sauce.

Tensley Syrah "Lite" Santa Barbara County 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- One of the rising stars of California winemaking, Joey Tensley gained his reputation by focusing on single vineyard syrahs and Rhône blends from Santa Barbara County. Taking advantage of the many micro-climates that the Santa Barbara mountain range provides, Joey cultivates his chardonnay and pinot noir in areas that are close to the ocean, while growing his Rhône varietals – syrah, grenache, and viognier – further inland. This "Lite" syrah comes from a coastal vineyard in Santa Barbara that was harvested at a much lower level of ripeness than typical of the Central Coast. The result is a lower alcohol, Vin de Pays style wine that's deliciously versatile. Deep, dark cassis and blackberry fruit is fabulously vibrant; lush, juicy, and finishing with a tangy acidity that keeps your palate wanting more. Perfect with turkey burgers, pulled pork BBQ, or a simple pasta with tomato sauce.

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Oct
20
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

NEW (SUSTAINABLE) FRENCH CLASSICS!
 
Pierre Frick Pinot Gris Alsace AOC 2010 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC

Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- "Wine is not about the mind. It's about music. It's art. It's sensory." - Pierre Frick / Once an aspiring ecologist, Pierre Frick instead found his calling in the vineyards, farming organically since 1970, and biodynamically since 1981. Located in Alsace between Colmar and Guebwiller, Frick farms 12ha of vineyards (1/3 of which are rented), and remains passionately committed to improving and maintaining the health of his vines and land. By choosing to hand harvest with local grape pickers, Frick maintains the social and cultural component of the harvest, while allowing the true expression of the grapes and soil to come through in the cellar. He vinifies with natural yeasts only, and hasn't used chaptalization (the addition of sugar to grape juice before or during fermentation to increase alcohol levels) since the 80's. Wines remain on fine lees for 5-9 months, in oak casks up to a century old, without any additional stirring. Expressive aromatics of quince, pear, and honeyed wildflowers carry through to a full-bodied, velvety palate, redolent with rich pear and light brioche flavors. Good acidity and a generous, lingering finish make this a wonderful match with roasts, hard cheeses, even chicken curry, as well as a fabulous aperitif.

Pierre-Marie Chermette Beaujolais AOC "Origine" Vieilles Vignes 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: BEAUJOLAIS AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- While Beaujolais has the reputation of being simple, juicy, and chuggable, that does a disservice to the wines produced by masters like Pierre-Marie Chermette. Pierre-Marie and Martine Chermette were among the first in Beaujolais to use sustainable agricultural practices, eschewing chemicals in the vineyard in favor of soil health, low yields, and minimal intervention in the cellar. Wild yeast fermentation, minimal sulfur addition, and no filtration whenever possible are the normal procedures, and the wines are aged in traditional, floor-to-ceiling neutral oak casks. This cuvée was created in 1986 at the urging of Jean Brouilly, a master chef in Tarare who needed a very natural, old-school wine for Easter. From four hectares of old gamay (35-85 year old vines) growing in dark granite soils in St. Vérand, this remains faithful to its traditional beginnings, 30 years later. Shiny ruby in color, it displays a beautiful nose of floral and wild red berry notes (think wild strawberry, raspberry, peony, and white pepper!), that open up gently in the mouth with a silky, refined texture. A touch of spice on the finish makes this an elegant companion to pumpkin and bacon risotto or ratatouille.

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Oct
20
to Oct 22

BUY CALIFORNIA THIS WEEKEND AND HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY THE WILDFIRES

BUY CALIFORNIA THIS WEEKEND AND HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY THE WILDFIRES
Like so many of you, we have been frequent visitors to and fans of northern California for years and have friends in the area (coincidentally, on trips this weekend planned well in advance of the fires, Tim will be in Sonoma and Sam in the Bay Area, giving a bit of support to a wounded local economy). And also like you, we've been devastated by what so many have experienced there these last couple of weeks. This weekend, we will donate all net proceeds from the sale of California wines at our shop - Friday, Saturday and Sunday (10/20-10/22) - to North Bay Fire Relief. Come by and pick up some wines from anywhere in California and join so many others in helping those affected by this terrifying destruction.

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Oct
14
3:00 PM15:00

Free Sake Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

SUPER SAKE TASTING WITH WORLD SAKE IMPORTS!
Today we welcome Wing Yee from World Sake Imports to pour a taste of Japan!

Akitabare Shunsetsu "Spring Snow" Nama Chozo Honjozo

Country:JAPAN / Region: AKITA PREFECTURE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): Gin no Sei --- This bottle comes to us from Japan's northern Akita prefecture. It's pasteurized only once after pressing and before bottling (most sakes are pasteurized a second time after bottling), which imparts another layer of earthy depth. The aromas and textural balance of "Spring Snow" show best when chilled. Pair this clean-style honjozo with roasted root vegetables tossed in rosemary-lemon salt.

Miyasaka Brewing Company Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri "Mirror of Truth" Junmai 

Country: JAPAN / Region: NAGANO PREFECTURE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s):  HITOGOKOCHI+MIYAMANISHIKI --- "Mirror of Truth" is the ideal bottle for sake novices and aficionados alike. The rice's subtle sweetness shines through best when heated up to 120F (or "joukan" in official sake parlance). Heating the sake to this temperature ramps up the inherent grainy aromatic qualities, sweetness, and umami. We're drinking this with fall miso hot pots and stir-fried pork with ginger and scallion.

Kamoizumi Komekome "Happy Bride" 

Country: JAPAN / Region: HIROSHIMA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): HIROSHIMA HATTAN --- Happy Bride by Kamoizumi is a rarity in the sake world -- both low in alcohol and off-dry in style, this sake has stylistic echoes of halbtrocken riesling. Because this sake stakes a great balance between its rounded acidity and just a touch of sweetness, we love it with all kinds of food, from mid-week dumpling night to chicken tagine.

Kamoizumi "Summer Snow" Nigori Ginjo

Country: JAPAN / Region: HIROSHIMA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): HIROSHIMA HATTAN+NAKATE SHINSENNBON--- Nigori is a coarsely filtered style sake which allows unfermented rice particles to remain in the bottle. This technique imparts rich and forward flavors and textures, perfect for hearty fall and winter fare. "Summer Snow" is luxurious in texture with a off-dry, creamy finish.

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Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Maz Caz Costières de Nîmes AOC Blanc 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE BLANC+ROUSSANNE --- 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 this! "Caz" translates to "crazy in a good way", and her wines are crazy good: honest, juicy, young, and pure. 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 or a bucket of drunken mussels in white wine, butter, and garlic.

Mas de Libian "Vin de Pétanque" Vin de France 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE+COUNOISE+VACCARÈSE --- Mas de Libian has been a working farm since 1670, and has remained in the Thibon family since its inception; nowawdays helmed by Hélène Thibon! Farmed biodynamically since the 1960s, this entry level red is a fantastic value in natural wine! This grenache-driven stunner also boasts mourvèdre, syrah, and small amounts of counoise and another southern Rhône native, vaccarèse. "Pétanque" is a popular Provençal game of boules, and this wine is meant to be drunk young with friends in casual settings. Fermented exclusively in concrete tank, it's bottled unfiltered, with the barest smidgen of sulfur added at bottling (it sees no other sulfur.) Gorgeous aromatics of red flowers, orange rind, and grenadine perfume the air, leading to juicy, electrifying flavors of blackberry, spice, and hints of lavender and thyme. Mouthwateringly succulent, crunchy, and fresh, this is fantastic slightly chilled with olive bread, saucisson, hard cheeses, and good friends!

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