Nov
10
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

ALL-AMERICAN WINES FOR THE THANKSGIVING TABLE

With only two weekends remaining before Thanksgiving, we're thinking turkey and tasty seasonal grain and vegetable dishes, and picking some delicious wines to give you a head start on your holiday meal planning. Not just for Turkey Day however - these wines are equally well suited to any Autumn dinner occasion!

Angry Orchard Cider "Understood in Motion" #03

Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Although Angry Orchard is best known for the sweet, easy-drinking ciders seen across the country, their cider makers have experimented with apple varieties and processes from around the world for over 20 years. In 2015, Angry Orchard opened a research and development center (and tasting room) just down the road from us, in Walden, NY. There, the focus is on experimentation and collaboration in the creation of unique small-batch ciders that utilize traditions from all over the world. This is one such collaboration cider, a story of two orchards separated by an ocean. Renowned UK cider maker Tom Oliver is based in Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire. Oliver and Angry Orchard head cider maker, Ryan Burk, each naturally fermented a cider with wild yeast, with bittersweet Dabinette as the principal apple. At Oliver's, the cider was fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged on lees, whereas Burk fermented his cider in used Calvados barrels, also aging it on the lees. After a year, Tom and his cider made their way from Herefordshire to Walden, where the two base ciders were blended together and the cidermakers began their collaborative tasting and experimentation. "Understood in Motion" is comprised of ciders from multiple harvests, all matured in oak, for as many as four years. The result is truly unique; hazy orange amber in color, with very low carbonation (practically still). Dry on the palate, it displays the earthy, funky farmhouse character that is a trademark of English cider, particularly Oliver's cider. However, its sharp, balanced acidity is a hallmark of American small-batch cider making, and highlights notes of bittersweet apple, orange, grapefruit, pomace, and leather. A lengthy, firmly-tannic finish completes this Old World/New World meeting of the minds! Great with grilled cheese with bacon and tomatoes, or that cheesy potato gratin on your holiday table!

Onward Wines Malvasia Bianca Suisun Valley Capp-Inn Ranch 2015 - SKIN FERMENTED

Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SUISUN VALLEY / Varietal(s): MALVASIA BIANCA --- Winemaker Faith Armstrong Foster seeks to highlight California's unique grape growing history with both her Farmstrong label (which features blends of small lots of grapes from individual vineyards) and her Onward label (which focuses on single vineyards with distinctive characteristics). Faith works with farmers who are true stewards of the land, and this cuvée is a beautiful expression of the Capp Inn Ranch vineyard. Planted in 1995 by the Capp family, the vineyard was previously a prune, peach, and apricot orchard, but had fallen into ruin. Its clay loam soils drain well, with moderate daytime temperatures and cooling evening breezes that are well-suited to white grapes such as verdelho and malvasia bianca, featured here. 100% malvasia bianca, this wine was skin fermented with native yeast, but remains fresh and fragrant, without those oxidative, Sherry-like notes that can accompany some "orange" wines. After time in neutral oak barrel, with the lees stirred every two weeks, the wine was bottled with a touch of those fine soft lees to enhance the velvety texture. Opulently aromatic, this explodes with the fragrance of rain-drenched magnolia blossoms, fresh melon rind, Valencia orange peel, and quince marmalade. A plush, silky texture on the palate invites sip after sip, evoking a tropical getaway in a glass! Luxuriate in a glass of this with any sort of roasted poultry (hint hint), a cozy vegetable pot pie, or a simple plate of hard cheeses and toasted baguette.

Pax Mahle Wines Carignan Mendocino County Testa Vineyard 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MENDOCINO COUNTY / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN --- Pax and Pam Mahle moved to California wine country in 1997. After a few years of tasting and sourcing wine from throughout California for Dean & Deluca, Pax decided to start his own brand, and Pax Wine Cellars was launched in 2000. Soon acclaimed as one of California's premier syrah producers, the entire lineup of wines comes from cool climate vineyards in Sonoma County and Mendocino. Expanding that winning approach to the carignan grape, this new beauty comes from a historic vineyard in Calpella, CA, originally planted in 1912 and sustainably farmed. 100% carignan, this undergoes complete whole cluster carbonic maceration with native yeasts in neutral French oak puncheons. Loaded with savory varietal character, it positively bursts with sweet red cherry, blood orange, and rose petal tones before yielding to rustic deep black fruit and spices. Vibrant and expressive, this has a rich, meaty texture that makes a lively companion to hearty stews and casseroles.

Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NAPA VALLEY / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Britt Nichols has a well-deserved reputation for making stellar Napa Valley cabs, and it's easy to see why: she learned from the best. Beginning with a short stint at Chappellet before moving to Jordan Winery and Keller Estate, she eventually ended up working under Nicholas Morlet at Peter Michael. The enologist at Peter Michael for years, she was just about to go national with her own label when she found out she was pregnant. She partnered with Sussex Wine Merchants instead to bring this wine to market, with the added bonus (for us!) of making it an exceptional value! A blend of six different Napa cuvées, mostly from Oakville Bend and Rutherford, this is a potent new classic. Powerful dark blue and black fruit mingle with a touch of new oak in an elegant, complex package. Blackberries, mocha, and espresso wander across a velvety palate before structured tannins kick in for a finish that keeps on going and going. A showstopper that delivers a silken-gloved knockout punch, enjoy with rib eye with shiitake mushroom chimichurri, or an herb-rubbed lamb roast.

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Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

"PUT A BIRD ON IT!"

Bird-themed wines for Turkey Day! And if eating a Thanksgiving bird isn't in your plans, you can look at one on your wine label! Here are some tasty perfect-for-food wines, a delicious way to celebrate the season. 

Pheasant's Tears Kakhuri Mtsvivani Kakheti 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED + VEGAN

Country: GEORGIA / Region: KAKHETI / Appellation: KAKHETI / Varietal(s): KAKHURI MTSVIVANI --- Pheasant’s Tears was founded in 2007 by John Wurdeman, an American painter who moved to the Georgian town of Sighnaghi to follow his twin passions of wine and art, and Georgian winemaker and farmer Gela Patalishvili. The name Pheasant's Tears comes from a Georgian folktale in which the hero claims that only a truly exceptional wine could make a pheasant cry tears of joy. A ninth generation winemaker, Gela has an extensive knowledge of the entire growing region of Kakheti, one of Georgia's main wine districts. Together, John and Gela seek to make natural wines while preserving Georgian winemaking traditions. Made from the native Kakhuri Mtsvivani ("green") grape, this wine is delightfully aromatic, with good freshness and exotic notes of dried stone fruits, candied rose petals, and a nutty, spicy, lightly-tannic finish (thanks to skin contact). Don't be scared off by the sediment (it's bottled unfiltered and unfined) – this makes a fabulous match with garlic-roasted chicken with herbs, or chestnut-roasted fig stuffing.

Tornesi "il Canto del Cuculo" Sangiovese 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE --- The Tornesi family has deep roots in the ancient Brunello town of Montalcino, having owned land in the area since the 1700s. In homage to Tuscan tradition, they farm organically, allowing the wines of Mauritzio Tornesi to fully express the character of the iconic countryside where they are grown – an embodiment of the "contadino" (peasant) spirit. Starting with grapes from a superb vineyard site in the town of Montalcino, the steep terrain and 30-40 year old vines yield juicy, generous wines. Apart from their classic Brunello di Montalcino, Mauritzio and his two daughters also produce a Rosso di Montalcino. If Rosso di Montalcino is a "baby Brunello" then "Il Canto del Cuculo" (song of the cuckoo) is a "baby Rosso". Made from the youngest vines blended from all three vineyard sites, and vinified in stainless steel, grapes that don't end up in Brunello or Rosso find a delicious home here. Bursting with lively red berries and hints of earth and spice, the result is a fresh, rustic, yet delicate expression of sangiovese. Try this with oven-roasted caramelized Brussels sprouts and wild mushroom risotto with Parmesan. 

Yannick Pelletier "L'Oiselet" Vin de France 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Couuntry: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT+GRENACHE+SYRAH --- Yannick Pelletier farms organically, mostly manually, de-stemming and hand-sorting fruit. A great proponent of natural winemaking, Yannick is a perfectionist in the vineyard. His parcels of 15-70 year old vines are scattered around the village of Saint-Nazaire de Ladarez near Béziers, on a mix of schist, limestone, and pebble soils. After a career in marketing, Yannick was trained in winemaking by local legend Didier Barral, beginning his own winemaking career in 2004. In the cellar, like in the vineyards, his goal is to keep inputs to the bare minimum. He also adopted a gravity-flow approach and light filtration techniques. "L'Oiselet" (baby bird) is a blend of equal parts cinsault, grenache, and carignan. The cinsault is de-stemmed and macerated for 15 days, while the other two varieties macerate from three weeks to a month, before aging for 18 months in cement vats. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts and no sulfur is added whatsoever. This offers up generous flavors of rich dark cherry compôte and warm spices, all on a medium-bodied frame. Elegant, integrated tannins on the finish make this a lovely choice for farro with shallots, mushroom and dark miso-tahini sauce.

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Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

"EARLY BIRD" SELECTIONS FOR THE THANKSGIVING TABLE

With only three weekends remaining before Thanksgiving, we're already thinking turkey and yummy seasonal grain and vegetable dishes, and picking some delicious wines to give you a head start on your holiday meal planning. But if you're not quite ready for that – not to worry – these wines are equally well suited to any Autumn dinner occasion!

Kite & String "Geneva Russet" Cider 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK - INTERLAKEN / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Kite & String was started by a team of young farmers passionate about organic permaculture and its potential in the Finger Lakes region. Melissa Madden and Garret Miller hold down operations on the farm, which produces a variety of leafy greens, herbs, asparagus, as well as peaches and apples from their young orchard, plowed by their two draft horses, Polly and Leo. Garret's brother Jimmy Miller is the head cidermaker, operating everything from pressing to fermentation to bottling in the cidery right below the tasting room. The team at Kite & String are some of the hardest working people in the cider business because they are farmers first! This bone-dry Traditional Method cider offers a delightful contrast to the higher acid ciders more commonly offered. Thoughtfully blended (from both Russets and bittersweets) to highlight the low-acid, complex character of the Russet apple, this begins with honeyed floral notes, buttered popcorn, and hint of campfire on the nose. A palate of dried apple rings, raw honey, fresh cut grass, crème fraîche, and smoked Gouda finishes with long, soft tannins, for an altogether cozy quaff. Great with spicy crabcakes or even a big bowl of buttered popcorn!

Albert Boxler Edelzwicker Réserve Alsace AOC 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT BLANC+RIESLING+MUSCAT --- Domaine Albert Boxler in the Alsatian village of Niedermorschwihr is the embodiment of the small, family-run estate that's been passed down through the generations. Jean Boxler, many generations removed from his ancestor of the same name that first came from Switzerland in 1673, currently runs operations at this humble domaine, where not much has changed throughout the centuries (it hasn't needed to!). Intensely serious about his winemaking, Jean produces some of the best-regarded white wines in Alsace. World War II brought Jean’s grandfather Albert back to Niedermorschwihr from Montana, returning to the family domaine after the war to harvest the 1946 vintage. He became the first generation to bottle the production himself under a family label. (The label on the wine today was in fact drawn by Albert's cousin in 1946.) Albert’s son Jean-Marc continued the tradition for several decades until passing the baton to his son Jean in 1996. The family’s vineyards grow near the ancient village of Niedermorschwihr, dominated by the dramatic granite hillside Grand Cru, Sommerberg. Sommerberg is renowned for yielding racy, intensely structured, very long-lived wines. After harvest, the wines are vinified and aged in old foudres in a small cellar underneath the family home until bottling. Edelzwicker is a term that simply refers to a blend of grapes from within the AOC, in this case pinot blanc, riesling, and muscat. This is a dazzling display of classic Alsatian flavors, exploding with fresh aromas of white flowers, lemon-lime blossoms, and lychee. Medium-bodied, with mouthwatering acidity, this finishes with a flourish of floral and mineral tones. A wonderful special occasion white, open this with Gruyère quiche or roasted ham.

Christian Venier "Les Hauts de Madon" Cheverny AOC 2017- ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION  

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHEVERNY 

AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR+GAMAY --- Christian Venier is located in eastern Touraine, in Cheverny at the corner of Sologne south of Bois. A former sheep shearer by trade, he rediscovered his family's winemaking roots, honing his natural winemaking skills under his cousin Thierry and Jean-Marie Puzelat of Clos du Tue Boeuf. After years of assisting with harvests, he produced his first vintage in the mid-90s while simultaneously enrolling in the viticultural school of Amboise. Beginning with two hectares he inherited from his parents, today he has six hectares of organically farmed vines. A staunch non-interventionist in the cellar, his aim is the creation of wines with minerality and structure, with no additions or subtractions. 80% pinot noir, 20% gamay, "Les Hauts de Medon" is hand-harvested from Christian's higher-elevation vineyard (of the same name), and fermented whole-cluster using natural yeast in a cement and resin tank. The grapes undergo carbonic maceration, and are bottled unfiltered with no sulfur added. The combination is precise, elegant and refreshing – light in body, its bright, crunchy red fruit flavors mingle with shades of herbs, black cherry and plum. Great with seared albacore or poulet en cocotte (chicken roasted with bacon and potatoes).

Bloomer Creek Vineyard "White Horse" Finger Lakes 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC+MERLOT --- A true trailblazer in natural winemaking in New Your State, specifically the Finger Lakes region, Bloomer Creek proves that producing delectable wines while working organically is not an impossible feat, even in New York's challenging climate. (The first natural winemakers of Burgundy and the Loire Valley in France also heard similar protestations.) Kim Engle and Debra Bermingham have been crafting beautiful examples of natural wine without the use of insecticides or herbicides, famring organically for over 30 years. Fungal disease is controlled by the use of sulfur for powdery mildew and copper for downy mildew. Seaweed/fish and compost formulations are sprayed to aid in disease resistance and vine health. Harvest is done by hand and winemaking methods are what they consider traditional. Fermentation is done with ambient or wild yeast. 70% cabernet franc, 30% merlot, White Horse is a tongue-in-cheek homage to Cheval Blanc, the legendary Bordeaux estate renowned for cab franc/merlot blends. But White Horse has almost as much in common with Loire reds as with Bordeaux. Either way, the results are certainly scrumptious! The cool climate of the Finger Lakes allows lower alcohol levels and a degree of freshness and elegance to really shine. Dark fruited notes of plum, raspberry, and strawberry are accented by hints of forest floor, sandalwood, and baking spices, all of it supported by bright acidity and fine, broad tannins. An elegant, Old World-style offering, this is a wonderful dinner companion, with dishes like mushroom quiche or an old-fashioned pot roast.

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Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

RUSTIC RED WINES FROM VILLAGE WINE IMPORTS

Join us today as we welcome Chris Campbell from Village Wine Imports. Chris will be pouring a selection of red wines from Spain, Portugal, and Italy, just perfect for those brisk nights when your palate starts to crave some new, warming flavors.

Comunica La Comedia Montsant DO 2016

Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: MONTSANT DO / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH --- Long overshadowed by Priorat, its close neighbor to the east, the region of Montsant has its own unique character, highlighted by bright red clay, chalk, and granite soils. Celler Comunica is a small winery in Montsant started by Patri Morillo and Pep Aguilar in 2010. They first bonded as students on the commuter train between Barcelona and Catalonia, and ended up as roommates. After they finished their studies, Patri and Pep formed their own enology consultancy which evolved into the creation of their own label. "La Comedia" is their entry-level wine, a wonderful introduction to the wines of Montsant. A 50/50 blend of grenache and syrah from vines ranging in age from 25-35 years, the wine is black and earthy on the nose, with notes of crushed herbs, orange peel, and pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, it offers light and lively acidity, and moderately grippy tannins on the finish; just perfect with roasted fall veggies.

Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas "Insurgente" Dão DOC 2015

Country: PORTUGAL / Region: DÃO / Appellation: DÃO DOC / Varietal(s): TOURIGA NACIONAL+ALFROCHEIRO --- Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas, which translates as “full moon in old vines,” is the collaboration of three experienced Portuguese wine professionals: João Silva e Sousa, Francisco Baptista, and Manual Dias. After many years of buying grapes to make their wine, they bought their own small (25-acre) vineyard in 2009. Made from a blend of the native grapes touriga nacional and alfrocheiro, "Insurgente" reflects the hot, dry, granitic soils of the Dão, where the vines must fight for every bit of water. The resulting wine is elegant and complex, with an intense nose of dark fruit and pine woods. A rustic character in the mouth yields more ripe fruit flavors before a lingering, lightly balsamic finish wraps things up. Lovely with Mediterranean foods, pasta, or mild soft cheeses.

Romanelli Montefalco Rosso DOC 2012 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Couuntry: 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, including Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG, and olive oils in the Montefalco 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 delicious cuvée 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!

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Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Special Sunday Cider Tasting - Direct from Gijón, Spain!

Join us this Sunday in welcoming Begoña Medio from Gijón, Spain as she shares with us the history and culture of Asturian and Spanish cider or sidra! She’ll be pouring Sidra Trabanco for you to taste and explaining the traditions of cider in her homeland. In addition, she’ll be bringing Asturian food for us to sample alongside the sidra. Back in April, Tim and others from New York had the fortune to travel in northern Spain guided by Begoña. Now it’s your chance to tour the region of Asturias through its drink and food. This is an event not to be missed, so make plans to stop by to sip a cider, have a bite of food and explore Asturian cider making traditions! Free.

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Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

BOBBING FOR APPLES (CIDER!), SPOOKY ORANGE WINE, AND CLASSIC FALL RED!

Fall is in full swing by now and we've got wines to match! First we're honoring New York's apple growing tradition by opening a fantastic local cider from our neighbors at Fishkill Farms. Then just in time for Halloween - a spooky, orange wine from the Republic of Georgia! "Haunted" by sediment (the ghosts of three months of skin contact!), this is delicious with heartier fall fare – if you dare! For fans of a more accessible style, fear not! We've got a beautiful organic Chinon too. That cabernet franc is just perfect for pairing with cozy warming food and fall foliage.

Treasury Cider "Burr Knot" 2016

Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK - HUDSON RIVER REGION/ Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- The origins of Treasury Cider are steeped in early 20th Century US history: the farm's founder, Henry Morgenthau Jr., served as Secretary of the Treasury under FDR after a career in farming and conservation. Fishkill Farms, the home of Treasury Cider, is located just down the road from us in East Fishkill, on 270 acres, planted to over 80 varieties of apples, as well as other fruits and vegetables. Parts of the orchard are old-growth remnants of the original plantings by Henry, whose legacy is being carried on by his grandson, Josh Morgenthau. With a commitment to organic farming practices and Eco-certified integrated pest management, Josh and his team grow their American-heirloom, European bittersweet, and dessert apples with utmost care and attention. This yields some delicious results, like this award-winning bone-dry bottle-conditioned cider. Powerful and expressive, this blend of Hyslop Crab, Granny Smith, Jonamac, Golden Delicious, and Pink Lady apples is reminiscent of an old-fashioned tart strawberry-rhubarb pie! Firm, well-integrated tannins support a lengthy, herbaceous finish with touches of nutty minerality, making this a delightful choice with tomato-bacon grilled cheese sandwiches!

Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Kakheti 2012 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED

Country: GEORGIA / Region: KAKHETI / Appellation: KAKHETI / Varietal(s): RKATSITELI --- Pheasant’s Tears was founded in 2007 by John Wurdeman, an American painter who moved to the Georgian town of Sighnaghi to follow his twin passions of wine and art, and Georgian winemaker and farmer Gela Patalishvili. The name Pheasant's Tears comes from a Georgian folktale in which the hero claims that only a truly exceptional wine could make a pheasant cry tears of joy. A ninth generation winemaker, Gela has an extensive knowledge of the entire growing region of Kakheti, one of Georgia's main wine districts. Together, John and Gela seek to make natural wines while preserving Georgian winemaking traditions. Some writers claim that the rkatsiteli grape was the first vine planted by Noah after the flood, while others cite evidence of rkatsiteli seeds found in clay vessels dating back to 3000 BC. Legends aside, this is undoubtedly a very old grape varietal, made here in the traditional Georgian style. It has been vinified on the skins in clay amphorae called "quevri" for six months, resulting in a unique, oxidative style. Amber in color, it displays aromas of raw honey, walnuts, dried apricots, apple skin, peaches and nectarines. The dried fruit and nut element is well-balanced on the palate by rkatsiteli's characteristic lively acidity, and a tannic finish, thanks to the extended skin contact. Don't be scared off by the sediment (it's bottled unfiltered and unfined) – this makes a fabulous match with garlic-roasted chicken with herbs.

Béatrice et Pascal Lambert "Les Terrasses" Chinon AOC 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION  

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHINON AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Vignerons since 1987, the Lambert family converted their property to practicing organic in the early 2000's and became certified organic by Ecocert in 2005. However, Béatrice and Pascal decided this was not enough, and began transitioning to biodynamic production. Emulating many of their neighbors in the Loire, they adhered to the dogma of Nicolas Joly, using plant foliage between rows, and adding no sulfur to their wines. 100% cabernet franc, "Les Terrasses" comes from vines planted on the gravelly calcareous clay atop the region's famed tuffeau (chalky limestone). A wild, musky nose of berries and crushed herbs evolves into dense ripe red and black fruits on the palate, elegantly accented by hints of spring flowers and supple tannins. This delightful cab franc embodies what great Chinon can be, seeing no oak, and no added sulfite during winemaking, only 10-20 mg/l added at bottling. Displaying bright, clean fruit and classic Loire minerality, this is perfect with a plate of sausage, mushrooms, and potatoes, or pair with pork chops or quinoa-stuffed peppers.

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Oct
26
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Sfuso Pinot Grigio Friuli DOC 2017

Country: ITALY / Region: FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA / Appellation: FRIULI DOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIGIO --- Looking for a versatile go-to for almost any occasion? Look no further! "Sfuso" refers to the unbottled wine that village residents purchase directly from local wineries. Lovely ripe Bosc pear and Granny Smith apple aromatics coupled with refreshing acidity and light body make this an easy choice for everyday drinking. The 1 liter reclaimed glass bottle makes it even more appealing! Pair this fantastic value with everything from seafood to pasta to fried chicken to Tuesday nights. 

Montesissa Emilio Syrah "Rio Fratta" Vino Rosso 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: ITALY / Region: EMILIA-ROMAGNA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Montesissa Emilio is located in Case Biasini, in the hills of Val Chero in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. Grapes have been cultivated in the area since the time of the ancient Romans. For three generations, the Montesissa family has made wines by, in their words, “lovingly respecting nature and biological cycles”. The winery covers a surface area of about 10 hectares, three of which are vineyards, organically and biodynamically farmed. The rest is arable land and woods, which enables the crop rotation essential to protect biodiversity. Winemaker Elisabetta Montesissa focuses on producing expressive, unconventional wines full of character. Hand harvested grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts, and bottled unfiltered. This light, savory syrah is fresh and spicy, with vegetal peppery aromas and light, smooth tannins on the finish. Lovely with butternut squash ravioli.

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Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de Saint-Just "Coulée de St-Cyr" Saumur AOC 2011 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SAUMUR AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- This exciting arrival comes from Arnaud Lambert, who with his late father, Yves, enjoys a well-deserved reputation for producing stunning wines. Domaine de Saint-Just was established in 1996, and shortly before Yves's passing, the father-son team made the decision to farm organically (this cuvée is certified organic), with the goal of eventually becoming biodynamic producers. Saumur, a celebrated enclave within the Middle Loire, is famed for the elegance and intensity of both its chenin blanc and cabernet franc, and this chenin certainly doesn't disappoint! A rich, complex nose of pretty dried flowers, dusty minerals, and almond notes gives way to a softly textured palate of ripe apple and pear, lit from within by a core of brilliant acidity. The finish lingers luxuriously, piling minerals upon minerals, along with delicate citrus-tinged apple and spice. An elegant offering from this acclaimed producer - and a fabulous value to boot! Try this with pan-roasted pork chops with apples and onions.

Alvar de Dios Arribes DO "Camino de los Arrieros" 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: ARRIBES DO / Varietal(s): RUFETE+JUAN GARCÍA+TRINCADEIRA PRETA+BASTARDO+OTHERS --- Camino de Los Arrieros (The Arrieros Way) is the name of a route that traces the border between northern Spain and Portugal. The Arribes del Duero, the ruggedly beautiful borderland that abuts the Duero River where it separates Spain from Portugal, is home to the DO Arribes, a little-known appellation on the extreme western edge of Spain. Here, winemaker Alvar de Dios is exploring the grapes and terroir of this little-known region in new and exciting ways. The 2016 vintage of Camino de los Arrieros is his first village wine from Villadepera, where working with local organic growers, a delightful blend of native grapes all come together. A melange of rufete, Juan García, trincadeira preta, bastardo and some other unnamed varieties mixed in the vineyards all planted on sandy red slate soils, Camino is harvested by hand, crushed by foot, and fermented whole cluster by indigenous yeasts in large French oak vats. Organically farmed and made with minimal intervention in the cellar, this bright, high-toned red is perfect for changing fall foliage! Evoking savory Galician reds, it bursts with vibrant red and dark berry fruit, hints of black pepper, and distinct minerality. Its rustic character makes a great match with sautéed chicken with onions, peppers, and potatoes.

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 --- 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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Oct
19
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Valli Unité "Bianchino" Vino Bianco NV - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: VINO BIANCO / Varietal(s): CORTESE --- This crisp, refreshing white comes from a small cooperative founded by four families who decided to fight industrialization by combining their properties, with the shared goal of keeping natural methods first and foremost in their winemaking. Made from the cortese grape, this offers up lots of crunchy, chalky citrus notes, with lightning-bright acidity and a savory, nutty finish. Naturally made, it pairs effortlessly with cheese plates and assorted hors d'oeuvres.

C&D Deneufbourg Syrah Côtes Catalanes IGP 2015

Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES IGP / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Corinne and Damien Deneufbourg produce their elegant, structured wines in the Côtes Catalanes in Roussillon. Hyphenated as Languedoc-Roussillon, Roussillon is in fact a distinct cultural area with a proud Catalan identity, and Côtes Catalanes is located about 20 miles north of the Spanish border in the Pyrénées-Orientales. This is a wine region to watch, producing lots of interesting and delicious bottles!  On the fuller side of medium-bodied, this 100% syrah is dark and deep, loaded with black fruit and crushed woody herbs. Bright acidity, chewy tannins, and an overall earthiness make this a natural choice for roasts, stews, or sausages.

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Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

SPOTLIGHT ON SINGLE VARIETAL WINES AND CIDER!

Blends need not apply: today is all about wine and cider made from a single grape or apple variety. Angry Orchard highlights the Newtown Pippin apple, a true New York classic perfect for toasting the fall foliage. The wines that follow all showcase French grape varietals, both by way of California and the Rhône Valley. Come enjoy the unique personalities of these "swingin' singles"!

Angry Orchard Newtown Pippin Cider 2017

Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): NEWTOWN PIPPIN --- Although Angry Orchard is best known for the sweet, easy-drinking ciders seen across the country, their cider makers have experimented with apple varieties and processes from around the world for over 20 years. In 2015, Angry Orchard opened a research and development center (and tasting room) just down the road from us, in Walden, NY. There, the focus is on experimentation and collaboration in the creation of unique small-batch ciders that utilize traditions from all over the world. The Newtown Pippin apple originated as a chance seedling on the banks of Newtown Creek, now the dividing line between Brooklyn and Queens. Incredibly popular in America's early days, it became a commercially important cider apple across the country, from the eastern seaboard to the Wild West. Angry Orchard head cider maker Ryan Burk ferments New York-grown Newtown Pippins with wild yeast, resulting in subtle, crisp green apple aromatics that evolve with air, and a palate that remains bright, earthy, and dry with a hint of barnyard funk. Bottled unfiltered, enjoy this with herb-rubbed pork chops or a classic Hudson Valley cheese platter.

Stolpman Vineyards Roussanne Ballard Canyon 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: BALLARD CANYON / Varietal(s): ROUSSANNE --- Stolpman Vineyards is considered the founding vineyard of the Ballard Canyon AVA (American Viticultural Area, akin to the French AOC system), which was granted official status 3 years ago. Over a dozen wineries have joined the AVA and all have decided to focus on syrah, based on Stolpman's results in varietal experimentation. Stolpman's 18 acres of roussanne make up over 5% of the planted roussanne in California. The notoriously late-ripening grape is well suited to Ballard Canyon, where low humidity and brisk afternoon winds off the Pacific combine to prevent the fungal issues that afflict the grape in Europe. In the intense late season California sun the roussanne tans to its beautiful namesake "rousse" (rust) color, with the leaves removed by hand from around each cluster before each cluster is rotated to ensure even ripening. Due to a five-year drought, the grapes were harvested at a slightly lower sugar than usual, resulting in a lighter, more delicate wine than past vintages. After undergoing malolactic fermentation, the wine was bottled after only 9 months in oak, to capture the fresh, bright nuances present. Winemaker Kyle Knapp also made the decision to vigorously stir the lees in the tank just before bottling. This gives the roussanne a cloudy appearance in bottle – but never fear: it also lends the wine a delightful creamy texture and added depth and dimension. Orange blossom, tangerine, honey, and a streak of lemon sashay their way through the palate. A framework of delicate toasty oak supports the fruit from underneath, while that creamy, zesty texture keeps on going and going. Add in some lovely notes of jasmine, guava, green apple, pear, apricot, and marzipan and this vivacious, silky gem is ready for your next dinner party! Great with vegetable gratin or baked swordfish.

Pax Carignan Mendocino County Testa Vineyard 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MENDOCINO COUNTY / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN --- Pax and Pam Mahle moved to California wine country in 1997. After a few years of tasting and sourcing wine from throughout California for Dean & Deluca, Pax decided to start his own brand, and Pax Wine Cellars was launched in 2000. Soon acclaimed as one of California's premier syrah producers, the entire lineup of wines comes from cool climate vineyards in Sonoma County and Mendocino. Expanding that winning approach to the carignan grape, this new beauty comes from a historic vineyard in Calpella, CA, originally planted in 1912 and sustainably farmed. 100% carignan, this undergoes complete whole cluster carbonic maceration with native yeasts in neutral French oak puncheons. Loaded with savory varietal character, it positively bursts with sweet red cherry, blood orange, and rose petal tones before yielding to rustic deep black fruit and spices. Vibrant and expressive, this has a rich, meaty texture that makes a lively companion to hearty stews and casseroles.

Clos des Grillons Grenache "Calcaires" Vin de France 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE --- Originally a professor of geography and history, Nicolas Renaud worked nights and weekends for his friend Eric Pfifferling, the winemaker behind L'Anglore in Tavel. Nicolas moved on to further training at Domaine de Vieille Julienne in Châteauneuf du Pape before renting vines in 2005 to begin "Clos des Grillons". His vast knowledge of the rocks and soils of the region, as well as the location of several forgotten older vineyards, have allowed Nicolas to piece together an impressive string of parcels in the Gard department of the Southern Rhône Valley. He works the vineyards with organic methods, using no chemicals, and maintaining the soil by hand. This philosophy follows through into the cellar as well, where fermentations are sparked by wild yeast and the barest amount of sulfur is used. 100% grenache noir, this cuvée comes from old vines grown on gravelly calcareous limestone. It underwent carbonic maceration for 10 days and finished fermentation off the skins. After six months in barrique, the wine was bottled with a minuscule dosage of sulfur. This cuvée comes from three parcels of grenache grown on pure sandstone -- a fantastic natural aquifer for areas that have low rainfall. The wine is brimming with bright, ripe cherry and peppery spice with gorgeous tension on the palate rare in wines from warm Mediterranean climates. This is a stunning example of grenache with pure finesse. Delicious on its own or drink with black olive and caramelized onion pissaladière.

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Oct
12
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

NEW ARRIVALS FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Voix de la Vigne Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2017

Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- As the label implies, Voix de la Vigne wines are meant to invoke an Old World spirit. The project of California wine distributor Robert Morrison, Voix de la Vigne ("Voice of the Vines") is housed in a state of the art winemaking facility in Dundee, Oregon. Made from grapes sourced from vineyard sites of both volcanic and sedimentary soils. The vineyards and cellar are under the guiding hand of French-born winemaker, Bruno Corneaux. The focus of Voix de la Vigne is elegance and purity of grape expression, with no new oak used in vinification. 100% pinot gris, aromas of deep lemon and lime flavor open the show. A palate of generous white peach and ripe pear flavors delicately dance around a soft finish accented with hints of honeysuckle. A tempting treat for autumn, try this with any sort of seafood.

Floating Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hills 2015

Country: USA / Region: WASHINGTON STATE / Appellation: RATTLESNAKE HILLS / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Floating Rock is named for the rocks that floated into Washington State from Western Montana, when an enormous ice dam broke at the end of the last Ice Age. Known as the Missoula Flood, that event brought the unique soils that make eastern Washington the iconic wine-growing region it is today, along with a number of granite "erratics" that dot the vineyards valley-wide. The Rattlesnake Hills AVA was established in 2008 and is located approximately four miles southeast of Yakima, WA. This easy-going cabernet sauvignon was aged in American oak barrels for 18 months, resulting in smooth dark blackberry and cherry flavors. Hints of cedar, balanced tannins, and a touch of oak on the finish make this juicy wine versatile enough for mushroom-farro burgers with caramelized onions.

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Oct
6
3:00 PM15:00

Free Whiskey & Wine Tasting - Saturday - Wines Discounted 10%

TUTHILLTOWN WHISKEY TASTING PLUS CLASSIC WINES TO WELCOME AUTUMN!

Today we're welcoming Don Warburton from Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, NY, to pour their flagship Hudson Baby Bourbon and Manhattan Rye. The first post-Prohibition whiskey distillery in New York State, Tuthilltown converted a historic gristmill to a microdistillery and made its first batch of apple vodka using castoffs from a local orchard in 2005. Today, they remain locally-rooted; the award-winning Hudson Whiskey line uses grain harvested by farmers less than ten miles away.

Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey

Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Made from 100% New York-grown corn, this bourbon is aged in small new, charred American oak (ranging in size from 3-gallons to 14-gallons) for less than four years, hence the "baby" moniker. This barrel aging lends the spirit a light sweetness and deep amber color. Bright flavors of roasted sweet corn, marzipan, sweet ginger spice and vanilla on a warm, light palate make this a perennial crowd pleaser!

Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey

Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- 100% rye grain, this is sure to please spice lovers with its rich flavor and aroma. Perfumed cereal grain notes with touches of cinnamon, oak, and allspice open the show. That peppery beginning yields to a honey-cinnamon depth, while a buttery finish lingers after each sip. Great neat, or in a cocktail such as a Manhattan, of course!

Venica & Venica Sauvignon Collio DOC Ronco del Cerò 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC

Country: ITALY / Region: FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA / Appellation: COLLIO DOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Venica & Venica has been producing wine in the Collio, tucked in the alpine foothills of Friuli since 1930. Steeped in the vinegrowing and winemaking traditions of their grandfather Daniele, third-generation brother winemakers Gianni and Giorgio Venica are committed to biodiversity and environmental stewardship in everything they do. Vineyard practices are certified biodynamic, so all work is based on balancing of energies of the earth, plants, and the cosmos. Practically speaking, this means applying preparations of various natural teas made from fermented plants, manure, and other earth-friendly matter. The wines speak directly of the Venica family's dedication to the land -- the incredible precision, complexity, and length of this sauvignon blanc bottling will make you reconsider every Sancerre you ever drank. After harvest, the grapes are crushed and left to macerate on the skins for about 20 hours, which provides more aromatic complexity. Once pressed, 10% of the grape must ferments in large oak botti and is aged on the lees for 6 months, while the remaining juice is fermented in stainless steel. The wine is finally bottled corresponding with full moons between the end of March and May. Peppery and peachy, this sauvignon blanc is texturally splendid with rounded, persistent acidity. Absolute winner with a chicken dinner (fried, baked, or Hainanese!), or pair with oven-roasted whole fish (branzino/sea bream/porgy) over a bed of sweet onions, parsley, mint, and tomato.

Cantina del Glicine Barbaresco DOCG Vignesparse 2013

Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: BARBARESCO DOCG / Varietal(s): NEBBIOLO --- In the 1980s, Cantina del Glicine established its home in an old 16th century winery, with original brick, vaulted ceilings, and stone floors. Named for the wisteria that liberally decorates the courtyard and garden, the winery is of historical significance, but is equally renowned for its elegant, classic wines. Glicine's "Vignesparse" is comprised of nebbiolo from two crus in the commune of Nieve, with vines ranging between 40 and 60 years old. This well-structured, yet approachable Barbaresco is the perfect introduction to this iconic region. Lovely, lifted rose petal tones and earthy tar notes balance out bright, juicy cherry. Brilliant with steak, braised short ribs, or egg noodles with butter and wild mushrooms!

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Oct
5
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de Majas Rosé "L'Amourouse" Côtes Catalanes PGI 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES PGI / Varietal(s): SYRAH+MERLOT --- Alain Carrère founded Domaine de Majas with his wife Agnès in 1992. Situated between Corbières and the Pyrenees mountains, the estate today represents 30 hectares, all in the commune of Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes. A meeting with Tom Lubbe of Domaine Matassa provided the catalyst for Alain's conversion to organic, and Domaine de Majas has now been an organic estate for over 15 years. As well as working organically in the vineyards, Tom and Alain also eliminated all commercial yeasts, additives, and excess sulfur in the cellar, to further highlight the different terroirs the estate offers. Predominantly syrah with a touch of merlot, this lovely rosé was fermented in cement and aged in bottle, without fining. Bright acidity and notes of cherries and strawberries with a squeeze of ruby red grapefruit make this a refreshing aperitif or partner with lemon-garlic potatoes and Provençal chickpea braise.  

Clos Fantine Cuvée Tradition Faugères AOC 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION 

Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: FAUGÈRES AOC / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVÈDRE+CINSAULT --- 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 biodynamically 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, mourvèdre and cinsault, 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 or roasted meats, or those hearty, earthy fall stews.

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Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de Chevalier Clos des Lunes "Lune d'Argent" Bordeaux AOC 2016 Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: BORDEAUX AOC / Varietal(s): SEMILLON+SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Clos des Lunes made its official launch with the 2012 vintage. Founded by Olivier Bernard, the owner of Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac Léognan and Château Guiraud in Sauternes, the property previously made sweet, undistinguished wines under the Château Haut Caplane name. Now however, Olivier and his son, Hugo, have turned things around for Clos des Lunes, with some lovely results. The 45 hectare vineyard is planted to 70% semillon and 30% sauvignon blanc, with vines averaging around 30 years old. All work in the vineyards is organic, and the estate is in the process of transitioning to completely sustainable farming practices. The estate is located in the Sauternes appellation, but because the wine does not have the level of sweetness required to be sold as Sauternes, this dry white Bordeaux wine is labeled Grand Vin Blanc Sec. 70% semillon, 30% sauvignon blanc, "Lune d'Argent" is aged in a combination of 25% new French oak barrels while the remaining 75% is aged on its lees in stainless steel tanks for between 6-7 months. Light straw in color, this displays a generous, grassy nose and an elegant palate full of nervy acidity. Lemony, saline notes make this a mouthwatering choice with poached cod with potatoes and leeks.

Domaine Ruet Brouilly AOC 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: BROUILLY AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Now in its sixth generation, Domaine Ruet has perched on the distinctive terrain of Voujon in Cercié-en-Beaujolais at the foot of Mont Brouilly since 1926. It boasts the famed pink granite soils (or "gohr", as it is known in the region) that spread over south-facing slopes and lend the wines of the area a characteristic earthy, mineral quality. A stunning example of the "serious" wines that can come from Beaujolais, this gorgeous gamay is vinified in stainless steel, letting nothing come between the expression of grape and terroir. Structured and concentrated, it boasts ripe, bright cherries and fresh plums supported by a subtly earthy tannic grip. An elegant match with classic roasted chicken or marinated tofu with swiss chard and sautéed peppers.

Château Massereau Bordeaux Supérieur AOC "Cuvée K" 2007 - ORGANICALLY GROWN+LOW INTERVENTION 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 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 steak or mushroom risotto.ORG

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Sep
28
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Peza do Rei Mencía Ribeira Sacra DO 2015

Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIBEIRA SACRA DO / Varietal(s): MENCÍA --- Ribeira Sacra, "sacred river", in Galicia has the kind of landscape that transports (medieval villages and churches, deep valleys, steep terraced vineyards). The César Enriquez family is among the founding growers of what became D.O. Ribeira Sacra. Peza do Rei is a medieval walled vineyard and woodlands estate that once served as a private hunting retreat for the Kings of León. The red wines of the region are just as compelling: unpretentious, fresh, and tied to the place. Made from the native mencía grape, this is a delicious, versatile addition to your cooler weather wine lineup! Red berry fruit, moderate oak aging, and savory herbal accents on a medium-bodied frame make for joyous sipping with early Autumn stews.

Vigneti Reale Negroamaro Salento IGP "Norie" 2016

Country: ITALY / Region: PUGLIA / Appellation: SALENTO IGP / Varietal(s): NEGROAMARO --- Vigneti Reale is an estate winery of 250 hectares in the heart of Salento, located in the "heel" of the Italian peninsula "boot". An area famed for its rich, fruit-driven, full-bodied wines, since ancient times the orange calcareous soils, breezy Mediterranean climate, and flat, generous landscape has appealed to winemakers. In the Lecce dialect of Puglia, "norie" are the mills used to press olive oil, and also the name of the vineyard from which this negroamaro comes. This new arrival is perfect for cozying up with as the nights get chillier. Aged in glass and neutral cement, a touch of the grape's spice still comes through on a soft, velvety palate full of generous dark fruit like candied cherries, prunes, and woody notes of tobacco and juniper. Enjoy this with tuna steaks, antipasta, or shepherd's pie.

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Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Kerpen Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2014

Country: GERMANY / Region: MOSEL / Appellation: MOSEL / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- By Mosel standards, Kerpen is a rather large winery. However this actually means minuscule production from 8 hectares of vines, culminating in 5,000 to 6,000 cases of wine per year. Given that they make around 15 different wines per year, this is quite an ambitious undertaking for the 250 year old winery. The brilliance of Kerpen is the striking balance between acidity and fruit, as well as the expression of the drastically sloping slate vineyards which define the Mosel region. The pure blue slate Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard produces a wine with clear lemon and peach aromas with a distinct mineral backbone. The lively, long-lasting acidity makes this an incredibly refreshing wine with spicy stir-frys, pad thai, and Hainanese chicken rice. 

Clos des Mourres "A Table!" Syrah Vaucluse IGP 2017 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VAUCLUSE IGP / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Named after a wild lettuce that winemaker Jean-Philippe Bouchet used to gather with his grandfather, Clos des Mourres is run in accordance with biodynamic principles. Together with his partner Ingrid, the duo farms 15 hectares of  red and white grapes across the Côtes du Rhône and Vaucluse regions.  Low-impact farming utilizing biodynamic fertilizers and organic protections from fungus creates a healthy environment for both the vines and microorganisms in the soils. "A Table!" comes from 2 parcels of syrah located in Vaison la Romaine. From the winemaker: "At table!" is the phrase shouted to our children to spend a moment sitting with family and share the cooked meal. This wine expresses all the simplicity but at the same time all the pleasure of these small meals: this wine has the pretension to be drunk without any pretension...but at the convenience of each and during the hundreds of small daily meals, real little pleasures everyday!" Et voila!  

Palladino Barbera d'Alba DOC Superiore 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: BARBERA D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): BARBERA --- Winemaking in the Palladino family dates back to the mid 1850s in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba. In the heart of the Barolo zone, Palladino also makes a brilliant Barbera d'Alba all sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Serralunga commune, which is known for producing wines of serious structure, due to the area's unique calcareous clay soils. Their Barbera d'Alba Superiore is a fruitful, lower-tannin alternative to the burlier Barolo. Grapes are harvested in small baskets, crushed and then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks before 8 months of aging in old, large-format barrels (botti). The wine is delicious with a little bottle age (this is the 2014!), still showing some fresh red cherry and black berry aromas, with hints of dried herbs and clove. Freshness on the palate is emphasized by persistent acidity - pair this with anything tomato-related: gravy and meatballs, pizza, ratatouille, or aloo gobi!

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Sep
21
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Fiegl Ribolla Gialla Collio DOC 2016 

Country: ITALY/ Region: FRIULI VENEZIA-GIULIA / Appellation: COLLIO DOC / Varietal(s): RIBOLLA GIALLA ---  Fiegl Winery makes its home in Oslavia, a small village of 150 inhabitants located in the foothills of the Collio. Local culture represents a mixture of Italy and Slovenia, with the border located only 200 meters to the east and signage written in both languages. Ribolla gialla, a grape native to the Italian-Slovenian borderlands, finds excellent growing conditions in this micro region: warm daytime temperatures segue into cool nights; well-draining sandy soils are interspersed with marly clay and limestone striations. This terroir expresses itself through the ribolla gialla grape as a bright, dry white wine with delicate tones of white flowers, fresh white peach and wet stones. Perfect aperitif wine - pour a glass with goat cheese salad with grilled summer squash.

Bodegas Lavia Bullas DO 2012 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Country: SPAIN / Region: MURCIA / Appellation: BULLAS DO / Varietal(s): MONASTRELL+SYRAH --- Attention Southern Rhône Red Lovers: Please introduce yourself to Lavia, which hails from the Murcia region of southeast Spain (between Andalusia and Valencia). The Bullas growing zone is located in the inland, mountainous region of Murcia, where it is slightly cooler and nighttime temperatures can dip down to around 60F (from daytime highs of 100F+!). Only olives, almonds and warm-climate vines like monastrell and syrah typically grow well here. This is certainly more Sahara than Mediterranean. In such extreme conditions, one would expect the wine to be big and brash, however French winemaker Sebastien Boudon shows incredible restraint and coaxes incredible complexity and finesse from their grapes by choosing to harvest early and ferment at low temperatures. After fermentation, the monastrell and syrah spend 12 months aging in 500 liter barrels and other large-format wooden vats. The result, now with almost 5 years bottle age, is a red with complex layers of baked red and black berries, leather, and nutmeg. Tannins have smoothed out with time and the lively acidity keeps this big wine from becoming daunting. Great for the Fall table with stuffed mushrooms, beef stew, or roasted venison.

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Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

FALL FAVORITES

Today we're pouring some Fall favorites that range from classic to innovative. Whether elegant chenin blanc from France's Loire Valley, a hearty Rosso di Montalcino, or an Old World-meets-New World cider collaboration, there's sure to be something here to tickle your palate!

Angry Orchard Cider "Understood in Motion" #03

Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Although Angry Orchard is best known for the sweet, easy-drinking ciders seen across the country, their cider makers have experimented with apple varieties and processes from around the world for over 20 years. In 2015, Angry Orchard opened a research and development center (and tasting room) just down the road from us, in Walden, NY. There, the focus is on experimentation and collaboration in the creation of unique small-batch ciders that utilize traditions from all over the world. This is one such collaboration cider, a story of two orchards separated by an ocean. Renowned UK cider maker Tom Oliver is based in Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire. Oliver and Angry Orchard head cider maker, Ryan Burk, each naturally fermented a cider with wild yeast, with bittersweet Dabinette as the principal apple. At Oliver's, the cider was fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged on lees, whereas Burk fermented his cider in used Calvados barrels, also aging it on the lees. After a year, Tom and his cider made their way from Herefordshire to Walden, where the two base ciders were blended together and the cidermakers began their collaborative tasting and experimentation. "Understood in Motion" is comprised of ciders from multiple harvests, all matured in oak, for as many as four years. The result is truly unique; hazy orange amber in color, with very low carbonation (practically still.) Dry on the palate, it displays the earthy, funky farmhouse character that is a trademark of English cider, particularly Oliver's cider. However, its sharp, balanced acidity is a hallmark of American small-batch cider making, and highlights notes of bittersweet apple, orange, grapefruit, pomace, and leather. A lengthy, firmly-tannic finish completes this Old World/ New World meeting of the minds! Great with grilled cheese with bacon and tomatoes!

Château d'Épiré Savennières AOC 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SAVENNIÈRES AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Savennières is located just southwest of Angers, on the north bank of the Loire River, where grapes have been cultivated since Roman times. One of the oldest and most iconic estates in Savennières, Château d’Épiré is rich in both winemaking and architectural history (thanks to its rendition of the Petit Trianon of Versailles). The domaine has been continuously owned by the Bizard family since the 17th century, and is currently run by Luc Bizard. They own 11 hectares, 9 of which are devoted to the cultivation of chenin blanc, which they vinify in the domaine's winery, a former Romanesque chapel dating from the 12th century. The Savennières from Épiré is regarded as Grand Cru, due to the rich soils and ideal microclimate. Southern and south-eastern sun exposure brings ripeness to the grapes, while the proximity to the Loire River keeps the temperatures moderate. The subsoils are comprised of sandstone and schist, and the top soil is a lovely blue slate schist that covers the vineyard floors, lending great character to the resulting wines. This wine is a true classic, both in terms of its pedigree, and also (importantly!) its flavor! Beautifully complex, this offers up elements of wild honey, bright orchard fruit, and hazelnuts on the nose, before an elegant transition to a palate of ripe apricot, lemon curd, and crushed stones, all supported on a core of nervy acidity. Gorgeous with Parmesan and polenta-crusted oysters.

Mocali Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2015

Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE GROSSO --- Dino Ciacci, the founder of the Mocali estate, was one of the 25 vignerons who, in 1967, founded the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. Today Mocali is owned and managed by Tiziano and Alessandra Ciacci, Dino's grandchildren, who live on the estate. Tiziano manages the vineyards and winemaking, as he has since the 1980s. Mocali follows a traditional style of winemaking, and their Brunello has a formidable reputation worldwide as being both approachable and age-worthy. This delicious Rosso is the "little brother" to Mocali's esteemed flagship Brunello; the fruit comes from the same vineyard and the wine is made similarly, with shorter aging to make it more approachable while still young. 100% sangiovese grosso, grown in marl and limestone. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and malolactic fermentation is carried out in wood. The wine is then matured for 12 months in large French-oak barrels called “botti”, followed by additional aging in bottle for 7 months before release. Ruby red in color, this Rosso is elegant and precise, with a concentrated nose of cranberries and cherries, baking spices, and orange peel. Delicate mineral notes dance across a full-bodied palate, with an earthy, lingering finish tying things together beautifully. Throw a rib eye on the grill and enjoy!

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Sep
14
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine du Coing de Saint Fiacre "Cuvée Aurore" Chardonnay Vin du Val de Loire IGP 2016

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DU VAL DE LOIRE IGP / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Véronique Chéreau-Günther left the Chéreau Carré family business and took with her the famed 40 hectare Château Côing de Saint Fiacre estate. Old-time negociants who owned several of the appellation’s most respected châteaux for over 200 years, the Chéreau family were legends in Muscadet. Côing is an ancient rendition of coin, or “corner”, and refers to the corner or angle where the Sèvre and Maine rivers meet and flow into the Loire, where the vineyards lie. Cuvée Aurore is a compelling chardonnay, almost a cross between a Chablis and a Muscadet in its steely, mineral-driven character. Pure and unoaked, a lovely light straw color reveals a wine of surprising complexity. Aromas of daffodil, acacia, and pear yield to a palate of white peach, winter melon, and gooseberry, with a delicate saline, mineral finish. Light on its feet without sacrificing personality, this is a great chardonnay to open for a variety of occasions – and a great value too! Sure to be a winner with anything from the sea, give this a try with linguine with clams and white sauce.

Artuke Rioja DOCa 2017

Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCa / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+VIURA --- The Artuke estate is comprised of 32 family-owned vineyard plots on 22 hectares of land in Rioja Alavesa. In 1991, Miguel Blanco and his wife Conchi decided to followed their passion and bottle their own wine. Eventually, their sons, Arturo and Kike, became involved, taking on much of the winery’s responsibilities. (The bodega's name, “Artuke”, is a combination of the brothers’ names.) This fresh, fruit-forward Rioja comes from vineyards near the village of Baños de Ebro. The family chose to eschew the timing and barrel aging regulations of the Rioja classification system in favor of expressing the purity of their fruit and land on their own terms. Briefly aged before release, this is full of juicy, dark fruit, with a versatile, easy-going style. A great weeknight quaffer, this works brilliantly with pizza, pasta, or simple grilled chicken with mushrooms and olives.

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Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

Free Cider Tasting - Second Sunday Cider Hang

We'll be pouring ciders from our favorite French estate, Domaine Dupont, whose preeminence as a Calvados producer extends to cider as well. We were recently heartbroken to learn of the premature death of Jerôme Dupont, who became director of the estate in 2002 in partnership with his sister Anne-Pamy Dupont. We have enormously fond memories of our visit to the domaine years ago, and of Jêrome and his father Etienne, the director at the time. We've been loving their ciders and Calvados for a long time, and hope you'll come share some with us Sunday.

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Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

Today we're celebrating Second Saturday by pouring some of our favorite (new and classic) wines from Spain, France, and Italy. Whether you're in the mood for something refreshing, complex, elegant, or all-of-the-above, we've got you covered!

Eulogio Pomares Zarate Albariño Rías Baixas DO 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RÍAS BAIXAS DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- When Galicia’s Rías Baixas region officially attained appellation status in 1988, there were only 30 wineries, and almost all the wine they produced was consumed locally. Since then, the region is home to nearly six times as many producers, driven by the explosion in popularity of the fresh, aromatic albariño. No albariño producer has higher aspirations than the one who set the bar for quality in the 1950s: Bodegas Zarate. In 1953, Ernesto Zarate founded the Albariño Festival in the region’s capital of Cambados. Having won first prize three years in a row, he withdrew from the competition, vowing not to re-enter until another grower matched his accomplishment. Currently, none have. Today, seventh-generation Eulogio Pomares helms this historic bodega, with a passion for quality that rivals or surpasses that of his predecessors. The Zarate estate was founded in 1707 on the lower reaches of the Umia River, where undulating slopes of weathered granite soil and a cool climate make up what is perhaps the Val do Salnés's most respected terroir. This cuvée, the estate's entry-level albariño, is a showstopper in its own right. Sourced from vines averaging 35 years old, it is fermented and aged in stainless steel, where it spends six months on fine lees, with 10-25% undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fresh, balanced, and intensely mineral in character, notes of clean, tropical pineapple mingle with yellow citrus flavors on the nose and palate. Elegant acidity and that textured minerality elevate dishes like garlic shrimp, grilled white fish, or a simple chicken sauté.

Domaine Patrick Charlin Altesse Roussette du Bugey Montagnieu AOP 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: ROUSSETTE DU BUGEY MONTAGNIEU AOP / Varietal(s): ALTESSE AKA ROUSSETTE --- This delectable white is made from the altesse grape, also known as roussette. Nestled in the Savoie region of eastern France (just a bit southwest of the Swiss border), the appellation of Montagnieu is spread over three communes: the villages of Montagnieu, Briord, and Seillonnaz. For the humidity-loving altesse, the village of Montagnieu, where Patrick Charlin's vineyards are located, is the best of the three terroirs. The soil there is water-retentive deep clay and fossil-rich limestone, and the hillside magnificently steep, facing south and southwest overlooking the Rhône. A winemaker of astounding precision and talent, Patrick's roussettes are of a power and depth not usually found in the region, really coming into their own after a few years in the bottle. We've done that work for you already, and this 2014 is ready to enjoy now! And what enjoyment it is: a fragrant bouquet of quince with hints of truffle opens the show, evolving over the course of the evening just to keep things interesting. Opulent at first sip, the palate yields to a silky, densely-mineral texture, with notes of crushed mountain herbs, orchard fruit, and light citrus tones, all lifted by a sunny, energetic acidity that keeps it deftly balanced and refreshing. Powerful from the get-go, these wines finish with Alpine grace, and the more air and time they see, the more captivating they become. Almost Burgundian in style, this is a complex, elegant addition to any dinner: think polenta, tartiflette (a casserole made with sliced potatoes, Reblochon cheese, lardons, onions, and cream), or any of the region's famed cheeses!

Domaine Régis Jouan Sancerre AOC Rosé 2017
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SANCERRE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- The 7,000-acre AOC of Sancerre produces three iconic wines: the sauvignon blanc-based blanc (what we all typically - and deliciously - associate with Sancerre), rouge made from pinot noir, and rosé, also made with pinot noir. Domaine Régis Jouan is a small estate of four hectares that offers exactly the kind of meticulous winemaking we expect from Sancerre. Located in Sury en Vaux, on the left side of the Loire, it boasts classic limestone and clay soils of the region. 25 year old vines are planted on a slope with southwestern exposure. Régis is the fifth generation winemaker, and is now working with his daughter and son-in-law, keeping it a true family tradition. If you're looking for a rosé that packs a bigger punch than your easygoing Provence sippers, then you've just hit the jackpot! Sancerre's claim to fame is bone dry, crisp, minerally wines, and this rosé doesn't disappoint: 100% pinot noir, it gets its lovely color from a short maceration of the skins. Bursts of red fruit (think tart, juicy cherries and raspberries) walk a high wire of sizzling acidity and elegant minerality. Medium-bodied, with a persistent finish of crushed stone and grapefruit pith, this is a delightfully dry dazzler, perfect for elegant luncheons or casual picnics alike. Impressive with a spinach salad topped with grilled chicken, raspberries, goat cheese, and almonds.

Occhipinti "SP68" Rosso Terre Siciliane IGT 2017 -  BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
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 70% frappato and 30% 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 wet rose petal notes. Delicious to sip with grilled leg of lamb or roasted eggplant.

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Sep
7
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

NEW ORGANIC AND LOW INTERVENTION WINES FROM FRANCE AND ITALY!
 
Domaine de Majas Côtes Catalanes IGP Blanc 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES IGP / Varietal(s): MACABEU+ROLLE AKA VERMENTINO+CARIGNAN BLANC --- Alain Carrère founded Domaine de Majas with his wife Agnès in 1992. Situated between Corbières and the Pyrenees mountains, the estate today represents 30 hectares, all in the commune of Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes. A meeting with Tom Lubbe of Domaine Matassa provided the catalyst for Alain's conversion to organic, and Domaine de Majas has now been an organic estate for over 15 years. As well as working organically in the vineyards, Tom and Alain also eliminated all commercial yeasts, additives, and excess sulfur in the cellar, to further highlight the different terroirs the estate offers. A perfect late summer/early autumn white wine, this bursts with succulent aromas and flavors of green pineapple, kiwi, quince, and lemon. Fermented and aged on its lees in concrete, its mineral-driven texture on the palate leads to a subtly nutty finish, making this a delightful match with zucchini fritters.

Cirelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: ABRUZZO / Appellation: MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC / Varietal(s): MONTEPULCIANO --- Trained as an economist, Francesco Cirelli left the profession to pursue a career in winemaking. He purchased his land in 2003 and devoted the property to organic farming, growing olives, garlic, spelt, barley, and figs, as well as tiny vineyards of trebbiano and montepulciano. (We've enjoyed several of Francesco's trebbianos, including his amphora-fermented one this past weekend!) Francesco's secret is lower yields for more concentrated fruit, but also lowering the amount of sulfur to avoid masking the terroir. This montepulciano is a savory, dark-fruited gem, fermented and aged in stainless steel. With an exuberant nose of black raspberry, plum, pomegranate, black cherry, and wet violets, it is medium-bodied and silky in the mouth. This accessible, ready-to-drink style is even more delicious with a slight chill. Soft tannins and moderate alcohol make it a good partner with spicier dishes, such as the classic Abruzzese pasta, spaghetti alla chitarra ("guitar pasta" - long noodles accompanied by a ragù or spicy red pepper sauce!)

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Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

ORGANIC AND NATURAL CLASSICS FROM FRANCE AND ITALY

Domaine Arnaud Lambert Saumur AOC Clos de Midi 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SAUMUR AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Château de Brézé has a long and famed history, first mentioned in texts from 1068, then praised by King René of Anjou in the 15th century and served at all the royal courts. In 1957, when the AOC of Saumur Champigny was established, the owner of Château de Brézé refused to be part of the appellation, saying that his estate's vineyards were the best in the region (at least for chenin, in contrast to the red wines of the area) and deserved an appellation all their own. He was likely right (as you'll discover upon tasting!), but the wines from those amazing vineyards didn't live up to the hype at the time, and he was denied. However, in 2009, the winery was sold to Le Comte de Colbert, who recruited Arnaud Lambert (son of Yves Lambert, whose fine wines we're happily familiar with!) from nearby Domaine de Saint-Just to make the wine. Arnaud changed the vineyards over to organic farming and began producing truly outstanding wines that finally live up to their history. Château de Brézé is situated on the historic hill of Brézé, renowned in Saumur for its tuffeau limestone rock, which contributes greatly to its character. The vineyards are divided into true “clos” or walled off vineyards, that protect the unique topsoil. While "Clos de Midi" is the Château’s entry level bottling, it is also a "clos" that expresses a wine from a cooler, sandy site - with absolutely stunning results! Light bodied, this offers up mind blowing complexity, with bursts of fresh honeycomb, lemon zest, herbal tea, and orange blossom opening the show. Liquid sunshine, it possesses electrifying acidity, with juicy flavors of cooked rhubarb, orange zest, and wet stones. Its regal texture combined with delicate chalky minerals is the perfect cadenza to this exciting new arrival. Think the freshness of young Sancerre, the textured richness of Chablis, but with a distinctive charm all its own! A perfect companion to a whole white fish or fatty cheese.

Cirelli Amphora Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: ITALY / Region: ABRUZZO / Appellation: TREBBIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC / Varietal(s): TREBBIANO --- Trained as an economist, Francesco Cirelli left the profession to pursue a career in winemaking. He purchased his land in 2003 and devoted the property to organic farming, growing olives, garlic, spelt, barley, and figs, as well as the two-hectare vineyard of trebbiano used to produce this wine. It is rare we find a trebbiano d'Abruzzo that excites us, but this wine did. Francesco's secret is lower yields for more concentrated fruit, but also lowering the amount of sulfur to avoid masking the terroir. He makes several cuvées of trebbiano, but this amphora- fermented and -aged one is his pride and joy. Grapes were hand-harvested in baskets then immediately destemmed and crushed. The juice was kept in contact with the skins for 20 days in amphora before racking and malolactic fermentation. This longer skin contact and a year in amphora gives a depth of subtle baked exotic fruit, spices, and honeycomb without any hint of sweetness. Great with seafood risotto!

Damien Coquelet Morgon Côte du Py 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: MORGON AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Damien Coquelet is one of France’s most exciting young guns - bottling his first vintage in 2007 at the age of 20! The step-son of Georges Descombes, Damien has worked alongside him since early childhood, which perhaps helps to explain this prodigy's sudden ascendance! Georges, his son Kevin, and stepson Damien, all bottle wine together under one roof in the cellar of a farmhouse in the tiny, rural hamlet of Vermont, 45 minutes north of Lyon. Unsurprisingly, Damien's work ethic echoes that of Georges: organic viticulture, hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero intervention in the cellar and little if any sulfur at bottling. Now barely 30, Damien is bottling some beautifully old-fashioned Beaujolais from the acclaimed region of Morgon. This elegant cuvée hails from the Côte du Py, perhaps the most important vineyard site between Burgundy’s Côte d‘Or and the Rhône Valley. This crumbling granite and schist hillside lends the wonderfully versatile gamay grape a sophisticated dose of energy and intensity. The 2016 Morgon saw carbonic maceration before aging in large wood foudres, and then additional aging in bottle. A lovely deep bouquet of spice, earth, and sappy berry evolves into a deadly combination of dark cherries, crunchy cranberries, and bright currant flavors on a frame of firm acidity and delicate tannins before yielding to a broad, stony finish. Serve quite cool with chicken, charcuterie and cheeses, or throw a burger or sausage on that grill – your palate will thank you!

Montepeloso "A Quo" Toscana IGT 2014 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: TOSCANA IGT / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON+MONTEPULCIANO+SANGIOVESE+MARSELAN+ALICANTE BOUSCHET --- Tucked away in the hills of Suvereto near Bolgheri on the Tuscan Coast (one of the hottest areas in Tuscany) is the 15-acre Montepeloso estate. In such a climate, it's quite easy to produce concentrated wines bursting with body and ripeness, but far less easy to achieve elegance and finesse. Swiss-born winemaker, Fabio Chiarelotto, manages to accomplish both, overhauling the vineyards in 1997 to take full advantage of the terroir's potential, and farming biodynamically. His approach in the cellar is similar; he does relatively short macerations, employs natural yeasts during fermentation, and bottles without filtration. The 2014 "A Quo" is a dark and luscious blend of cabernet sauvignon, montepulciano and sangiovese, along with tiny quantities of marselan and alicante bouschet. An intense, compelling nose of black cherry, plum, and prune hints at what's to come. Powerful, focused flavors of ripe cherry, plum, tobacco, and leather dance around fresh mint and thyme overtones, supported by firm tannins and hints of blood orange peel. Textural richness and a silky finish that goes on for days makes this an elegant choice with that steak!

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Aug
31
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

GREAT CHOICES FOR LABOR DAY BBQS!
 
Markus Altenburger Chardonnay vom Kalk Burgenland 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Neusiedlersee-Hügelland is a sub-region of Burgenland, in Western Austria, and features a low mountain range to the west of Lake Neusiedl known as the Leithaberg. This area is unique for its mix of marine limestone and mica schist soils. Markus Altenburger's family has been in the region for over 500 years, originally farming a mix of animals, agricultural crops, and wine. In the 1990s, Markus’s father moved the entire production to wine and Markus joined the family winery in 2006 and began conversion to organic practices. That lovely chalk-rich soil shines through in this chardonnay, which is focused and precise with green orchard fruit aromas. An invigorating palate of more green apple, pineapple, and quince melds into a dry, mineral-driven finish. As versatile a late-summer wine as you could ask for, pair this with everything from mahi, pineapple and coconut kebabs to chicken salad to shrimp tacos!

Zanchi Amelia DOC "Armané" 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: AMELIA DOC / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+CILIEGIOLO --- In 1970, Licurgo Zanchi purchased an old farmhouse in the Amelia hills of Umbria. The fields surrounding the house had been untended for years, but some ancient vines still survived, along with centuries old olive trees. Licurgo patiently brought them back into production, and eventually his son Leonardo with wife Anna Maria, transformed Licurgo's hobby into a commercial venture. Today, Azienda Agricola Zanchi is a 30 hectare estate, and the third generation of the family is involved in day to day production. The focus remains on indigenous varietals, organically farmed (in the process of certification), hand harvested, and vinified in the local tradition. Mostly sangiovese, "Armané" also contains a touch of the native ciliegiolo grape, both de-stemmed and pressed with maceration on the skins for 8-10 days. Fermentation occurs using native yeast in glass-lined concrete vats, and the wine is then matured for six months in large, old oak barrels before bottling without filtration. This earthy, seductive red bursts with dark cherries, currants, and hints of spice and mineral, just begging to be paired with grilled mushrooms, hard cheeses, or the season's ubiquitous BBQ!

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Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Le Raisin & l'Ange "Nedjma" Vin de France 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC+CHARDONNAY --- After attending winemaking school in Mâcon in the late 1970s, Gilles Azzoni settled in Saint-Maurice d'Ibie, Ardèche in 1983. He converted fully to organic farming in 1997 and to zero sulphur winemaking beginning in 2000. Over the past decade, his wines have achieved a devoted fan base, and now assisted by his son, Antonin, the Azzonis continue as pioneers of natural winemaking in Ardèche. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% chardonnay, this wine is unfiltered, unfined, and of course contains no sulfur added during vinification or bottling. "Nedjma", which means "star" in Arabic (named after a classic Algerian novel written by Kateb Yacine in 1956), is pure and intensely flavorful. Herbaceous, tart, and fresh, it opens up into deeper notes of tropical fruits on a broad, zesty palate. Perfect with seared scallops with passion fruit and shiso chutney.

Delinquente Wine Co. Rosé "Pretty Boy" Riverland 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: AUSTRALIA / Region: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Appellation: RIVERLAND / Varietal(s): NERO D'AVOLA --- The Riverland wine region of South Australia is making a splash on the scene, thanks to the efforts of sustainable growers and winemakers alike, both old guard and new. Growers like Bruce Bassham and Ashley Radcliffe have led the charge with old Italian grape varietals, practicing organic viticulture and dry farming their vineyards whilst producing pristine examples of fiano, vermentino, nero d'avola, montepulciano and the like. One of the most exciting young winemakers to watch is 29 year old winemaker Con-Greg Grigoriou, founder of Delinquente Wine Co. Born and raised on a vineyard in the Riverland, his father was the manager of production at one of the local bulk wineries. Con-Greg's approach is to focus on sustainable Southern Italian grape varieties that need less water and thrive in the Riverland’s warm, dry climate. They are organically grown, single vineyard fruit, complemented with a minimal intervention winemaking approach including natural, open ferments and no additions in the winery besides a touch of SO2. 100% Nero d'Avola, the famous black grape of Sicily, this handsome deep salmon rosé is silky, slurpable, and a touch savory. Fresh, luscious strawberries on the nose yield to dry red berries and a hint of watermelon, while mouthwatering acidity and a subtle creamy texture make this nearly irresistible to put down! Bring this "Pretty Boy" to your next BBQ or dinner party and watch it disappear at alarming speed!
 
Roagna Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: DOLCETTO D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): DOLCETTO --- Luca Roagna is giving a voice to the voiceless, as far as Piemontese grape varieties are concerned, by producing a natural-style dolcetto d’Alba that has earned its spot next to titanic Barolos and Barbarescos. Luca employs native yeast fermentation to give this dolcetto a gamey wild side that melds seamlessly with the grape’s intrinsic black cherry aroma. This wine sees 90-100 days of skin-maceration, and is then aged in large-format, old oak barrels for one year. Bottled without filtration, this wine has chewy tannins and a texture begging to be rounded out with the rich dishes typical of Piemontese cuisine! Open early and serve with fresh egg pasta in mushroom ragù, or if you’re feeling truly indulgent, spend the day preparing stinco, the Piemontese braised and roasted pork shank served over creamy polenta with roasted root vegetables!

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Aug
24
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

L'Effet Papillon Côtes Catalanes IGP Blanc 2017
Country: FRANCE / Region: ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES IGP / Varietal(s): GRENACHE BLANC+MACABEU --- It's back! This perennial favorite comes from the iron-rich clay of Rivesaltes in the Roussillon, in the south of France. Talented winemaker Majorie Gallet has coaxed an elegant white from the challenging conditions of this region, which include wind, heat, low moisture, and poor soil. 90% grenache blanc, 10% macabeu, dry, soft, and stony, with floral aromas of jasmine and orange rind. Fresh melon and apricot on the palate and a crisp, fine finish show off its elegance and versatility. Pair this with any light cuisine and enjoy one of the best values around!
 
Villa Malacari Rosso Conero DOC 2013
Country: ITALY / Region: MARCHE / Appellation: ROSSO CONERO DOC / Varietal(s): MONTEPULCIANO --- Winemaking in the Conero region of Italy (located in the middle of the Marche, just south of the city of Ancona), dates back to the Etruscans in the 10th century BC. The Malacari family has itself been in the region over 500 years, and also boasts one of the longest continually operating wineries in the area. Alessandro Starrabba is at the helm of the winery today, a descendant of the Malacari family on his mother's side. The montepulciano grape is dominant in Conero, thriving in the mineral-heavy chalky limestone and clay soils. Offagna is in the heart of the Rosso Conero appellation with some of its most prized vineyards, and the Malacari family has had vines there since the 1600s. Among the best value montepulciano to be found in Italy, Villa Malacari is aged in large, neutral oak, and displays a beautiful, classic character. Dried red berry fruits, cedar, and spice abound with a texture reminiscent of a well-worn leather chair - sumptuous and inviting. A heavenly pairing with Greek pastitsio or classic lasagna (yes, with bechamel!).

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Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

CELEBRATE OUR 12TH ANNIVERSARY HERE THIS SATURDAY!
WE'RE POPPING SOME CHAMPAGNE AT OUR TASTING 3-6PM!

August 18th was a Friday in 2006 when we first opened our doors; in a blink of an eye, it's now 12 years later! Our heartfelt thanks to all of you for your continued support, and to everybody out there who has moved on but were here with us through the years. What a rich and gratifying experience this has been... we look forward to many more years sharing wine, food and life with you.

Larmandier-Bernier "Longitude" Champagne AOC Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: CHAMPAGNE / Appellation: CHAMPAGNE AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Champagne Larmandier-Bernier is a star among Côte des Blancs producers. The Larmandier and Bernier families have both had a long history in the Champagne region, dating back to the French revolution, but it was not until the marriage of Philippe Larmandier and Elisabeth Bernier in 1971 that Champagne Larmandier-Bernier was established. The small house today is helmed by Pierre and Sophie Larmandier, who own just under fifteen hectares in some of the finest villages on the Côte des Blancs: Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Avize (all Grand Crus), as well as in the fine Premier Cru village of Vertus. Pierre took over the family estate in 1988, and by 1992 he began to move the family’s vineyards over to organic and then to biodynamic viticulture by 1999. In the cellar, that approach continues, with only indigenous yeasts used for fermentation, producing the most natural and terroir-specific wine possible. An important note is that all of the Larmandier-Bernier wines never receive more than five grams per liter of sugar (versus other houses' Brut bottlings that can go up to twelve grams per liter). This puts Larmandier-Bernier's Champagnes in the category of Extra Brut, outstanding for their purity and minerality. 100% chardonnay, this Blanc de Blancs comes from vineyards grown on the Côte des Blancs: Vertus, Oger, Avize, Cramant, which form a line close to the 4th meridian, hence the name, "Longitude." The word also rightfully hints at the length and pure, mineral-driven style of these terroirs, where the chalk lies close to the surface. The base wine makes up approximately 60% of the blend and is fermented in stainless steel tanks, while the remaining 40% is reserve wine aged in a combination of large, old oak foudres and neutral Burgundian barrels. That chalk influence leads to powerful results, with intense focus and depth, an array of citrus flavors with hints of baking spices, and explosive acidity and complexity on a dazzling mineral finish. A true classic, pair this with fried oyster po-boys, fish and chips, or triple crème cheeses!

CVNE "Monopole Clásico" Blanco Seco Rioja DOCa 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCA / Varietal(s): VIURA+PALOMINO FINO --- White Rioja? Why yes! CVNE (Compañia Vinícola del Norte de España) is a 119 year old company, now known by its initials. Whereas once Spanish whites were ignored in favor of the full-bodied reds of the region, happily, today the tide is turning. The Monopole "Clásico", back after a 40 year hiatus, is the rebirth of an old favorite. Once a staple across Spain for generations, and one of CVNE's main wines, it fell out of fashion in the 1970s and ceased production in the 1980s. Fresh, fine, and bone dry, this wine had the peculiarity and originality of having some barrel ageing with a percentage of Sherry wine (with written permission from the Rioja appellation.) The Sherry added structure to the Rioja white, while they both integrated harmoniously in barrel and later in bottle. When the decision was made to begin making the Clásico again, none other than Ezequiel Garcia, CVNE winemaker from the 40s until the 70s, was invited back to produce the wine again. Relaunched in celebration of CVNE's centennial (it was registered in 1914), this wine is a tasty throwback. It is predominantly viura, fermented in concrete and stainless steel, and aged in used 300-500 liter vats and botas. The viura is then topped up with Manzanilla sherry purchased from the Hidalgo family of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. A truly unique, complex nose of pear, apple, white currant, chamomile, and sea spray yields to dried fruits, baking spice, and more salinity on the palate. Elegant acidity keeps this far from cloying territory, while those earthy, nutty Sherry notes linger appealingly on the finish. Serve with tortilla española (potato tortilla), salt cod or rosemary-grilled pork chops.

Holloran Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills La Chenaie Vineyard 2013 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: EOLA-AMITY HILLS / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- In the words of Bill Holloran, he doesn't grow grapes, he "grows great wines." Believing strongly that the character and quality of finished wines are directly related to how the grapes are grown, he practices what he preaches, using both organic and biodynamic techniques in his vineyards and cellar. Holloran Vineyard Wines was established in 1999 by Bill and his wife, Eve, when they produced their first vintage out of a converted horse barn on their West Linn, Oregon property. This lovely pinot noir showcases the Le Chenaie Vineyard, located near Salem, Oregon, in the Eola-Amity Hills appellation. It consists of 103 acres of which 18 are planted to vines with a further eight in the process of being planted. Here, Holloran grows pinot noir, riesling and tempranillo on volcanic soils with an elevation between 460-585 feet. Pinot noir from La Chenaie is known for its intense aromatic profile, featuring dusty red cherries and bright high-toned floral notes. On the palate, it is beautifully focused, with elegant red fruit flavors and subtle spicy accents. Mouthwatering acidity mingles with ripe tannins on a finish that displays impeccable balance and length. A wonderful match with roasted beets, grilled chicken, and steamed red potatoes.

Frank Cornelissen "Munjebel" Etna Rosso DOP 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: ETNA ROSSO DOP / Varietal(s): NERELLO MASCALESE --- Frank Cornelissen owns 19 hectares of vines quite high up on Mount Etna. The son of a wine broker from Belgium, Frank has been immersed in wine his entire life. His family is not Sicilian, so choosing to settle in the North Valley of Mount Etna was a deliberate choice, based on the incredible diversity of volcanic soils of the region, and its potential to make wines of outstanding complexity and distinction. Frank was equally attracted by the nerello mascalese grape, Etna's primary varietal. He produced his first wine in 2001 when he started with only 0.4 hectares of vines, and remains obsessive over details in an effort to make wines that truly express terroir. Meticulous in the vineyard, Frank works without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or any other chemicals. He occasionally uses biodynamic treatments, but doesn't follow the usual biodynamic calendars as he feels his vineyards have their own unique schedule! In the winery his work follows the same philosophy of using what nature provides him. There are no industrial yeasts, sulfites, or anything else added to the wines. All of the wines are fermented in small, neutral tanks and no wood is used in the cellar in order for all the wines to express their specific territory to the full extent. Striking a fine balance between fruit expression and dynamic minerality, Frank's nerello mascalese combines the tannic backbone of fine nebbiolo with the lush red fruit and delicate aromas of great pinot noir. "Munjebel" is produced from a selection of his best parcels, as well as vineyards designated specifically for this cuvée. 100% nerello mascalese from 60+ year old vines, a gorgeous tapestry of dark cherries and raspberries mix with dried herb, crushed stone, and fresh cut flowers on the nose. Vivid flavors of fresh red fruit dance alongside more mineral streaks on a palate that remains elegant and focused. Serve alongside classic Sicilian fare like pasta alla norma (pasta tossed with slow-roasted spiced eggplant and ricotta in tomato sauce).

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Aug
17
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

CHILL OUT WITH HOT FRENCH AND GERMAN VALUES!

Giraudon Bourgogne Aligoté AOC 2017
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ AOC / Varietal(s): ALIGOTÉ --- As the name suggests, Chitry-Le-Fort was once a fortified town. Marcel Giraudon draws upon centuries of family winemaking history in Chitry, using traditional methods to produce this enticing cuvée. Giraudon's vineyards are located on hillsides of Kimmeridgian chalky marl (also found in Grand Cru Chablis); yields are kept modest and harvesting is done by hand. Fermentation is done in stainless steel, and the wine goes through malolactic fermentation which adds a lovely textured middle palate to its vibrant fruit and mineral character. Although it often takes a back seat to chardonnay, the aligoté grape has been planted in Burgundy for generations, and is often blended with chardonnay in the sparkling wines of the region. It’s also the grape of choice to mix with cassis to make a classic Kir. This crisp, minerally white wine is great to sip with oysters or by itself as a palate cleanser. Light to medium-bodied with fantastic minerality and hints of creamy green apple flavor, it’s delicate enough to drink on its own and elegant enough to pair with shellfish or whitefish dishes.

Weingut Stefan Meyer "Ein Liter Rhodt" Pfalz 2016 - Organically Grown
Country: GERMANY / Region: PFALZ / Appellation: PFALZ / Varietal(s): PORTUGIESER+DORNFELDER+ST. LAURENT --- This liter of "rot" (red) is a cheeky play-on-words, referencing winemaker Stefan Meyer's hometown of Rhodt unter Rietburg. The Meyer family has lived in Rhodt, a village in the Pfalz region of Germany, since the Middle Ages, although it wasn't until 1950 that Karl Hermann Meyer founded the family winery when he first began bottling his own wine. Today, Stefan Meyer is the third generation to run this 8-hectare estate. The Meyer vineyards are located in Rhodt unter Reitburg, a village situated next to the Palatinate Forest. All work in the vineyard is organic, and all of Stefan's wines are spontaneously fermented for maximum complexity. Made from a blend of equal parts portugieser, Saint Laurent and dornfelder, this wine is full of juicy bright red fruit, soft tannins and a refreshing acidity. These grapes are notoriously difficult to achieve the perfect level of ripeness, so making a wine that's simple yet still clean and harmonious is quite a feat! Enjoy lightly chilled with spaetzle or throw some bratwursts on the grill! This red also plays well with spicy foods.

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Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

FANTASTIC FRENCH SUMMER PAIR... AND GREENHOOK GIN TASTING!
Today we're excited to welcome special guest Olivia Szwabo from Greenhook Ginsmiths, located just down the river in Brooklyn! She will be here showcasing two different styles: American Dry Gin and Old Tom Gin to help us celebrate cocktail season! And if wine is what you prefer, never fear: we also have two new French wines to help you through the heat wave, both from women winemakers: a casually elegant rosé from Bandol and a sophisticated gamay from Fleurie. Looks like summer still has some (delicious) surprises in store!

Featuring Special Guest: Greenhook Ginsmiths!
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- After several years of planning, experimenting and building their distillery in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York, Greenhook Ginsmiths released their flagship offering, American Dry Gin in February 2012 to immediate acclaim. Founded by Steven DeAngelo and his brother Philip, both gin enthusiasts, Greenhook Ginsmiths has quickly emerged as one of the premier American gin makers. Greenhook Ginsmiths distills their gin on a custom-made copper pot still, designed to work in conjunction with a vacuum. This allows them to remove air pressure from the still during distillation, a technique known as vacuum distillation. This has the advantage of allowing the distillation to occur at low temperatures, thus preserving the delicate aromas and volatile oils of the botanicals by preventing them from becoming “cooked” from excessive heat during distillation. This process results in a beautifully fragrant gin with lifted aromas and vibrant flavors. Today, Greenhook Ginsmiths representative Olivia Szwabo will be showcasing two gins: their flagship American Dry Gin and Old Tom Gin.  

Domaine Le Galantin Rosé Bandol AOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: BANDOL AOC / Varietal(s): MOURVEDRE+CINSAULT+GRENACHE --- We look forward to drinking rosés each year, but inevitably some of the best come from the Bandol appellation. The wines possess a power and depth of flavor, while holding it all together elegantly. Bandol is unique in France in that it is the only area the mourvèdre grape must be dominant. The region is ideal for this sometimes difficult to mature grape. The warm summer days and stony soils are the perfect marriage for the heat-loving grape, allowing it to fully mature before harvest. While the area is quite warm, cooling breezes and humidity from the ocean help regulate climate.This domaine is operated by second generation winemaker Celine Pascale. Grown on terraced slopes overlooking the Mediterranean, this delightfully refreshing rosé expresses all the character the body of water offers. Elegant, yet capable of hanging with almost any summer indulgence, there are lovely notes of strawberries, blood orange, and woody herbs entwined with a briny minerality. Spicy herbal notes add complexity, making this juicy wine hard to put down! (It reminded this writer of hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean...) If this isn't "beach in a bottle", we don't know what is! Break out the fish tacos!

Anne-Sophie Dubois "L'Alchimiste" Fleurie AOC 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: FLEURIE AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY ---  "L'Alchimiste" is named after the Paulo Coelho novel, a book about pursuing one's dreams and learning life lessons along the way. Now approaching rock star-like status in Beaujolais, Anne-Sophie Dubois is part of a young generation of winemakers redefining the region's image. Born and raised in Champagne, she spent her early years learning wine in Volnay, Burgundy (not exactly the traditional story of a Beaujolais winemaker!) Beaujolais remains one of the few wine regions in France not economically out of reach for a young vigneron, and after falling in love with the gamay grape, Anne-Sophie now calls Fleurie home. Her domaine is composed of eight hectares in the heart of Fleurie that are planted on granite slopes and organically farmed, with most of her plots of considerable age, the oldest being over 60 years old. She brings a Burgundian approach to her winemaking, keeping things low-key in the cellar by using a wooden press, native yeasts, and gravity feeds to cement vats and huge used barrels for fermentation and aging. 100% destemmed gamay, "L'Alchimiste" comes from vines over forty years old, and is aged for around 15 months in a combination of cement and a range of different sized neutral oak barrels. Anne-Sophie bottles her wines unfined and unfiltered. This cuvée boasts a wild, perfumed bouquet of cherries, dark berries, licorice and a touch of gaminess. Beautifully balanced on the palate, it remains lively, with cherry, blackberry, and currant flavors mingling with delicate acidity, supple tannin, and a touch of weight and texture on the finish. An elegant offering altogether, pair this with grilled pork chops.

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