Jan
19
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

TAKE A "WINE"-DING TRIP UP THE WEST COAST!
It's a blustery weekend here in New York, so we're heading west for a tasty tour up and down the other coast, via three red wines ('cause we still want to stay nice and cozy!) From a classic Oregon pinot, to Washington State cabernet sauvignon, and finishing with a zinfandel-based blend from Paso Robles, California, this is a great chance to experience the incredible variety of wines the West Coast gives us!

Salem Wine Co. Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2015 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Counntry: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: EOLA-AMITY HILLS / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Salem Wine Company is a project by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman, who were behind the highly sought-after Evening Land, Sandhi, and Domaine de la Côte. With those credentials, expectations for this wine were high, and we're pleased to report that it certainly doesn't disappoint. Near Salem, Oregon, about an hour's drive southeast of Portland, lies the seahorse-shaped  Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Contained entirely within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, it was established in 2006. The name Eola comes from Aeolus, the Greek god of winds, and those winds define this AVA's character, as cool sea breezes are funneled over the hills, rapidly cooling the vineyards but also increasing evaporation. Foliage is thinner and vines are challenged to produce their fruit, gaining complexity as they respond to unique climactic changes. Most of the fruit for this cuvée comes from the renowned, biodynamically farmed Seven Springs Vineyard. Aged for 15 months in neutral oak barrels, the purity of fruit really shines though. Delicate and elegant, it opens with a lovely bouquet of red and black cherries, black raspberries, wild mushrooms, and hints of Earl Grey tea. The vibrant palate brings forth more flavors of strawberry, cherry, pomegranate, cola, tobacco leaf and baking spice. A showstopping addition to any meal, pair with fennel garlic pork roast.

Ross Andrew Winery "The Huntsman" Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2016
Country: USA / Region: WASHINGTON STATE / Appellation: COLUMBIA VALLEY / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- A fairly small winery by volume, Ross Andrew Winery is the project of Alexandra and Ross Andrew Mickel (who cut his winemaking teeth at Betz Family Winery). This cabernet is named "The Huntsman", as Ross loves to hunt, and also because he hunts down Columbia Valley's top vineyards for his grapes. Grapes for this cabernet were sourced from some of eastern Washington’s finest vineyards, including Alder Ridge, Ciel du Cheval, and Klipsun, lending the wine balance, power, and structure. This is a great daily drinker with a classic cabernet profile. Generous aromas of blackberry, cassis, and green herbs evolve into clean, lush black raspberry flavors with notes of vanilla and licorice on the palate. Lively acidity and light grainy tannins all contribute to a wine you'll want to reach for again and again. Try this with mushroom-quinoa burgers with caramelized onions and cheddar.

Field Recordings "Fiction Red" Paso Robles 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: PASO ROBLES / Varietal(s): ZINFANDEL+SYRAH+MOURVÈDRE+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 expressive 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 BBQ or chipotle black bean and sweet potato fajitas with avocado.

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Jan
18
4:00 PM16:00

Free Weekly Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de la Bregeonnette Gros-Plant du Pays Nantais AOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: GROS PLANT DU PAYS NANTAIS AOC / Varietal(s): FOLLE BLANCHE --- Domaine de la Bregeonette was a pioneer of organic agriculture in the Loire Valley, and the wines continue to be defined by clear precision and finesse. We've already enjoyed their delightful Muscadet, and now we've got another winner, this time produced from an obscure grape called folle blanche, sometimes known as gros plant. Folle blanche is a robust, high-acid grape that yields an amazingly refreshing white wine in the Loire: crisp, zesty and so bright you might need to break out the sunglasses! With notes of citrus, lime zest, limestone, white flowers, and a splash of beachy salinity on the finish, this wine is just what you need to banish those winter blues! Fire up some fish tacos and Netflix and prepare to break out of the cold weather doldrums without leaving your living room!

Manos Andinas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Cachapoal Valley DO 2015
Country: CHILE / Region: CACHAPOAL VALLEY / Appellation: CACHAPOAL VALLEY DO / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Winemaker Vicente Johnson traveled the length and breadth of Chile in his quest to find growers in his preferred microclimates that would achieve the results he wants on his wines. These small growers were all practicing sustainable viticulture for generations, but were not connected to the international market until Vicente helped them technically and economically to properly vinify their grapes and deliver their product to a wider audience. The small lots produced by each grower are vinified separately to preserve the maximum expression and character. Vicente and his partners are committed to supporting local farmers and their communities, training them and paying fair prices for their grapes. As almost all of their work in the vineyards is done by hand, the name Manos Andinas, or “Hands of the Andes” honors their hard work and commitment. Located just over 50 miles south of Santiago, the Cachapoal Valley is heavily influenced by the Andes Mountains: winter rains combined with warm and dry summers provide ideal conditions for cabernet. 100% cabernet sauvignon, grapes for this cuvée are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks with gentle pump overs before aging in selected French oak for over 6 months. Medium-bodied, fleshy blackberry and currant flavors are generous without verging on jammy, while green vegetal notes add intrigue and a cool, savory character. A great new addition to your stable of hearty winter values, cab drinkers looking for an everyday sipper will be happy campers here, while merlot lovers will also want to jump on board! Delicious with meatloaf or vegetarian shepherd's pie.

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Jan
12
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

SPECTACULAR SELECTIONS FROM NEW YORK STATE!
We love to taste amazing wines from all over the world, but let's not overlook the outstanding wines right under our noses: the unique, delicious offerings from New York State! From classics bottled by Hudson Valley wine scene pioneers to rare, one-of-a-kind releases you won't find anywhere else, this is a true "taste of New York" not to be missed!

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Gewürztraminer Pétillant Naturel
FInger Lakes 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): GEWURZTRAMINER --- A true trailblazer in natural winemaking in New York 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, farming 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 fermentation is done with ambient or wild yeast. The "Tanzen Dame" label (which roughly translates as "Dance, Lady?" in German), was created as an homage to the great wines of Germany, Austria, and Alsace. And this pét nat might just make you want to dance! Short for pétillant naturel, the wine is bottled before the fermentation is finished, allowing the bubbles to appear due to the trapped carbon dioxide. 100% gewürztraminer, this eye catching cloudy orange gem is complex and structured, courtesy of extended skin contact during fermentation. Dry and expressive, its fragrant tangerine and lychee fruit mingle with notes of grapefruit peel, and exotic flowers and spices. Guaranteed to wake your palate up from winter hibernation, try this with lamb tagine with saffron, almonds, and candied orange peel. Also exceptional with a cheese plate - or just by itself for a truly singular wine drinking experience you'll find nowhere else in the world! Released for the first time ever, insanely limited production (around 10 cases total!) make this an opportunity not to be missed!

Eminence Road Farm Winery Pinot Gris Cayuga Lake 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: CAYUGA LAKE / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- Eminence Road Farm Winery was born out of the combined dreams of the husband and wife team Andrew Scott and Jennifer Clark. One of our very favorite New York producers, Eminence Road marches to the beat of its own drummer. Based in a converted cow barn in the mountain valley of Long Eddy, NY, on the western edge of the Catskills (a hundred miles southeast of Ithaca), Eminence Road is still in a way a Finger Lakes winery, as they have been working with the same Finger Lakes grape growers for years, and all of their wines are made from sustainably-managed Finger Lakes vinifera grapes. With a deep love of the Loire Valley and the growers and makers of organic, biodynamic, and minimal-input wines, all Eminence Road wine is produced from single vineyard lots, fermented by naturally occurring yeasts, and bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered with the only addition being a minimal amount of sulfur for stability. This pinot gris is sourced from grapes grown on the west side of Cayuga Lake, where loam over limestone soils pervade. The pink-skinned pinot gris grape gives a rosy-orange color to this wine after the juice macerates on the skins for 3 days in stainless steel vats. A seductive sunset-tinged hue in the glass, this bursts with tropical aromas of papaya, orange zest, and slate, and a richly textured, saline finish. Medium-full in body and slightly tannic, this is an exciting choice for food pairings. Think rosemary quince glazed chicken or black rice salad with roasted butternut squash.

Wild Arc Cabernet Franc Hudson River Region Bruynswick Vineyard 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Todd Cavallo and Crystal Cornish left Brooklyn in the summer of 2016 to try their hand at building sustainable food systems in the Hudson Valley. The couple had limited experience in agriculture, mostly confined to growing tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and hops on city fire escapes, fending off the depredations of spiteful neighborhood squirrels. The fertile Hudson Valley has been a center of New York State's food production for hundreds of years, with a wine making history to match. Having grown up in NYS, Todd and Crystal wanted to show that the granitic soils and Atlantic/Catskills-influenced microclimates of the Hudson Valley can produce world class wines. Beginning with ten acres, this small, biodynamic, permaculture-focused farm is making outstanding wines from locally sourced grapes while waiting for their own vineyards to come of age (likely around 2020.) 100% cabernet franc from Bruynswick Vineyard in Gardiner, NY, a touch of whole cluster fermentation (30%) yields a nice touch of spice to a core of bright black cherry and raspberry fruit, accented with hints of tarragon and dusty granite. A lovely example of New York cab franc, open this with portobella mushroom burgers.

Whitecliff Vineyard Merlot Malbec New York 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NEW YORK STATE / Varietal(s): MERLOT+MALBEC --- Michael and Yancey Migliore have been working in the Hudson Valley for decades, founding Whitecliff Vineyard in 1979. They have experimented with numerous grapes, blends, locations and techniques to craft the best possible wines. Blending merlot and malbec is popular in the Southern Hemisphere (particularly in South America and Australia), and it turns out to be pretty darn delicious in New York too! 60% merlot lends black cherry and berry notes, while the 40% malbec contributes brambly, spicy depth and intrigue. Add to that some gentle oak tones of cedar, baking spice, and chocolate, and the result is clean and bright, while still maintaining complexity and a cozy versatility. A great companion for sesame-dressed roasted vegetables with nutty quinoa or an herb-basted pork loin.

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Jan
11
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Poderi Arcangelo Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG / Varietal(s): VERNACCIA --- Vernaccia di San Gimignano received DOC status in 1966, even before that recognition was granted to the "big names" of Barolo, Barbaresco or Brunello. Though the area is small (only about 1,700 acres), the diversity of soil in San Gimignano is great, owing to both volcanic activity and erosion, and imparts a characteristic complexity to the wines produced here. While the town of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its medieval towers, the vernaccia grape remains relatively obscure. There are many strains of vernaccia grown throughout Italy, but Vernaccia di San Gimignano is distinct among them (the name vernaccia comes from the Latin, vernaculus, meaning local, native, or distinctive.) Poderi Arcangelo was founded by Giuseppe Mora who started producing wine in 1956 in a small vineyard near the "Casa dell'Arcangelo" in the lower part of the property. Giuseppe's son, Bruno, planted their highest quality vineyards between 1995 and 2006, and the estate is now run by Bruno's daughter, Sandra. The winery has been certified organic since 2000, its hilly location 240 meters above sea level helping prevent fungal diseases and mildew. Pale straw in color with greenish highlights, this compelling white displays intense aromas of white stone fruit, white flower, herbs, and minerals. The juicy palate yields flavors of ripe apple, pear, and melon supported by a mineral core and a streak of bright, zesty acidity. A lingering finish of honeyed almond notes (typical of the vernaccia grape) add elegance and complexity. A lovely choice with white clam pizza!

Fattoria San Francesco Cirò Rosso DOC 2013
Country: ITALY / Region: CALABRIA / Appellation: CIRO DOC / Varietal(s): GAGLIOPPO --- In Italy there aren't just a handful of grapes used for the production of wine, but hundreds of grapes. In addition, there are other extinct or yet unapproved grapes numbering in the thousands. As you might imagine, it's easy for a grape to be overlooked and under appreciated, gaglioppo is a good example. A red grape mostly planted in Calabria, it is thought to have Greek origins but that has yet to be proven. The grape makes wines that are rich in fruit with soft tannins and friendly flavors. Generous aromas of cherries and red raspberries yield to blackberry and plum on the palate, with hints of vanilla, orange rind, thyme, and licorice. Medium-high acidity and gentle tannins make this a versatile, food friendly bottle, ideal with pizza or red sauced pasta, but also meatloaf or roast chicken.

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Jan
5
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Bengoetxe Getariako Txakolina DO 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: SPAIN / Region: BASQUE COUNTRY / Appellation: GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA DO / Varietal(s): HONDARRIBI ZURI+GROS MANSENG --- Bengoetxe, meaning “to come home” in Basque, is an authentic piece of Basque winemaking history. Perched high on a clay slope, Iñaki and Rosa Maria Etxeberria make wines in an ancient farmhouse that's been handed down through the family for generations. After both phylloxera and civil war devastated the area, the vineyards were ripped out, and it wasn't until 2001 that the Etxeberrias replanted their land with the native hondarribi zuri and gros manseng grapes. Organic from the beginning, certification came in 2007, the first producer in the Basque Country to do so. One of the few estates in the DO not located right next to the coast or directly near the town of Getaria, it took Iñaki years to persuade the Consejo Regulador to grant them DO status, which they got in 2008 by using historical evidence of pre-phylloxera plantings to prove that vineyards had also been planted inland. Bengoetxe's terruño (terroir) highlights a different character of Txakoli. Their village, Olaberria, is a little warmer, especially in the summer, and the soils more clay-dominated than their coastal neighbors'. 95% hondarribi zuri and 5% gros manseng, from a single certified organic vineyard located in the highlands of the province of Gipuzkoa, this is fermented with wild yeast in small steel vats, and raised on the lees for up to one year. It is bottled unfiltered and unfined, with minimal sulfur used, and all CO2 is natural. (As a result it might be a tad less spritzy than many other Txakolis, but contains so much natural vivacity that the spritz won't be missed!) It shows lush lemony fruit, hints of grains, a touch of petrol, and a light whiff of chamomile. Uniquely savory and complex, this pairs with sheep's cheeses, fresh seafood and poultry, or Serrano ham.

Broc Cellars "Love Red" North Coast 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NORTH COAST / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+VALDIGUIÉ+SYRAH+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- If you read these emails with some regularity, you know the wines of Broc Cellars, one of the faces of new-wave California winemakers. For those new to the winery, Broc was founded by Chris Brockway and built on a philosophy of sourcing sustainable and organic fruit on the way to creating exceptional wines. He takes a hands-off approach, allowing nature to be in charge. This is the fifth bottling of Love Red, and grapes were primarily sourced from 50-70 year old vines in Solano County's Green Valley. Green Valley is small strip of land, about three miles long and a mile wide, tucked between the south eastern corner of Napa Valley and southwestern edge of Suisun Valley. It’s unique in that it still contains many of its old-vine carignan and valdiguié vineyards on clay-loam soils. This is predominantly a field blend with a small percentage of syrah blended in from neighboring Wirth Ranch and Parenti Ranch (both vineyards also contribute valdiguié to the blend.) This wine, like all Broc Cellars wines, uses native yeast for fermentation. Bright and joyful, this juicy, light-bodied red will have you falling, well, in love! Graceful on the palate, it offers up plenty of clean red berries, hints of spicy anise, and vibrant acidity. Try this with herbed roast chicken with garlic mashed potatoes.

Ferrer-Ribière Mourvèdre "Empreinte du Temps" Côtes Catalanes IGP 2015
- ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES IGP / Varietal(s): MOURVÈDRE --- In 1993, Denis (an experienced fruit grower) and Bruno (a wine loving civil servant) joined forces to establish Domaine Ferrer-Ribière. The son of a vintner, Denis took over his family's vineyards intent on farming them more organically, and now Domaine Ferrer-Ribière is one of two wineries in the Roussillon to be certified biodynamic. Although the domaine has existed for seven centuries, it was farmed conventionally until Denis and Bruno, dissatisfied with the quality of the wines, began working organically, eventually transitioning to biodynamic production. Set on 30 hectares west of Perpignan, with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, this domaine is further distinguished by the age of its vines. This cuvée is titled 'Empreinte du Temps', which translated means 'fingerprint of time'. 100% mourvèdre, this wine is dark and spicy. Intensely colored, it offers up notes of dark purple and black fruit, baking spice, tobacco, and sandalwood on a firm finish. Think coffee-braised brisket with caramelized onions or mushroom barbacoa tacos. 

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Jan
4
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Weingut Josef Leitz Riesling QbA Feinherb Rheingau 2017
Country: GERMANY / Region: RHEINGAU / Appellation: RHEINGAU / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- The Rheingau is a small region, stretching only 20 miles from east to west, mostly between the cities of Mainz and Rüdesheim. Even though the region is further north than the middle Mosel, its south-facing slopes get hotter than the narrow Mosel Valley which therefore provides important diurnal temperature variation. Once the home of some of the world’s most sought after wines, the Rheingau fell to mediocrity in the years following WWII. Johannes Leitz took over his family's vineyard in 1985 and, in the decades since, has made it his life’s work to reclaim the intrinsic quality of his native terroir. Now hailed as one of the finest producers in Germany, Johannes has grown his holdings from 2.6 hectares to over 40, most of which are Grand Cru sites on the slopes of the Rüdesheimer Berg. Focused on farming as sustainably as possible and working by hand, the backbreaking labor on the ultra-steep slopes allow these ancient vineyards to reach their maximum potential. Dangerously drinkable, and an insanely great value to boot, this fresh, approachable riesling has a faint touch of sweetness, deftly balanced by crisp citrus acidity, juicy aromatics, and a clean, lip-smacking finish. An awesome pairing with spicy foods (curry, anyone?), we're betting this'll soon be your new go-to for any occasion!

Penedo Gordo Tinto Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: ALENTEJO / Appellation: VINHO REGIONAL ALENTEJANO / Varietal(s): ARAGONEZ AKA TEMPRANILLO+TRINCADEIRA+ALICANTE BOUSCHET+TOURIGA NACIONAL --- Penedo Gordo is the second label of producer A. M. Esteves Monteiro, (better known for their Quinta das Arcas label.) This small family owned and operated winery grows all their grapes on four estates in the Vinho Verde and Alentejo regions. Located in Alentejo (the drier of the two regions), Penedo Gordo was the name of the property during ancient times according to historic documents of the estate. Penedo Gordo literally means “Fat Rock”, but the actual translation is probably closer to “big round granite rocks” that are found in the region. Ironically however, the vineyards consist of clay and schist with no granite! Regardless of the name, this is a tasty everyday value that once again reinforces Portugal's reputation as a source of "under the radar" bargains. Farming is done sustainably, and harvest takes place at night to retain the acidity and freshness of the grapes, which are fermented in stainless steel. Made of aragonez (or tempranillo), trincadeira (one of the 30 varietals used for Port), alicante bouschet, and touriga nacional, this ruby red sipper opens with aromatic notes of red fruits on a medium-bodied frame. A lively palate of red berries, dried fruit, and hints of chocolate and spice embellish the soft finish, making for a versatile crowd pleaser. Great with pizza, pasta, or baked chicken with mushrooms.

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Dec
29
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

FOR THOSE SPECIAL YEAR-END NIGHTS!
We may have gotten through the bulk of the holiday party season, but that's no reason to stop drinking good wine!  We have another Francophile line-up of bubbles, white, and red. From Champagne to Burgundy, and Bordeaux (oh, and a little something from a natural producer in the Rhône Valley), we've got some great bottles for you.

Champagne André Clouet Silver Champagne AOC Brut Nature NV
Country: FRANCE / Region: CHAMPAGNE / Appellation: CHAMPAGNE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR ---  Founded by one of Napoleon's generals, and still owned by the same family, Champagne André Clouet has a reputation as a pinot noir specialist even within Bouzy, an appellation renowned for its pinot. From all Grand Cru vineyards, the wines are cellared under the family's 17th century village house, built by an ancestor who was printer to the royal court of Louis XV (a history reflected in the elegant label design). 100% Grand Cru pinot noir grown at a single site and fermented in neutral oak barrels, this Blanc de Noirs is the real deal! Pure and focused, it is made with no dosage, resulting in great structure and focus. Adhering to the metaphysical Rule of Three, André Clouet has taken to heart the tenet of Laurent-Perrier, whose famed Cuvée Grand Siècle was always a magical blend of three vintages. This cuvée accordingly contains 25% each 2015 and 2016 vintages, with 50% aged in solera, lending it the slightest touch of nutty funk. Lean, mineral, and mouthwatering, this offers up bright aromas of brioche, green apple, and hints of grapefruit. Notes of lemon and mineral join intensely focused acidity on the palate, all culminating in a long finish loaded with depth and nuance. Precise and concentrated, this is bone dry and elegant – perfect for special occasions (or for making any day a special occasion!) No beginner's aperitif, this is serious Champagne that shines when paired with shellfish, charcuterie, hard cheeses, even sushi!

Clos des Grillons "Les Grillons" Vin de France 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE BLANC+CLAIRETTE --- 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.

Sylvain Pataille Marsannay AOC 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: MARSANNAY AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Sylvain Pataille has perhaps done more to draw attention to the commune of Marsannay than any vigneron has in the past. Located in the northern reaches of the Burgundy region, the wines from the region are typically delicate and light in texture. Pataille has unlocked the puzzle, consistently able to coax more texture and richness from his fruit than others. Perhaps it's the age of the vines, the youngest being 40 years. The wine is organically grown, but using many biodynamic techniques. There is 30% whole cluster which brings a fruitful charm to the wine as well as a measure of complexity and structure. The bright red fruit notes and textural elements make this ideal with poultry and cheesy grain dishes.

Château La Pointe Pomerol AOC 2012
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX /Appellation: POMEROL AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC --- The fourth largest estate in the Pomerol region of Bordeaux, Château La Pointe has been known throughout its 150+ year history for producing wines of substance and consistent quality. After an intensive soil study, the Château placed a much heavier emphasis on growing merlot, uprooting the entirety of their cabernet sauvignon vines and limiting the yields of the remaining cabernet franc. A new barrel room was implemented in 2009, where they do plot-by-plot vinification in stainless steel tanks, and aging in small barriques (usually somewhere between 33% and 50% new French oak in a given year). Their style is concentrated yet ready-to-drink and an incredible value for those looking to begin their dive into one of the world's best growing regions for merlot!

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Dec
28
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

ALL OVER ITALY 

Borgoluce Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG/ Varietal(s): GLERA --- Farming in the Prosecco zone is often synonymous with farming the glera grape, the most important variety in the region. At Borgoluce though, the farming extends beyond grapes to orchards, pasture-land and a dairy. 53 acres are devoted to grape production with all of that being sustainable at minimum. The property has been family owned for over one thousand years. The vines grow on soils rich in calcium carbonate which provides drainage and deep rootstocks which promotes natural acidity in the fruit, ideal for sparkling wines. The wine is stainless steel fermented but aged for four months on the lees adding another level of complexity. The wine is dry without being austere, making this perfect for celebratory toasts or delicate shellfish dishes.

Bellus Wines Falanghina "Caldera" Beneventano Falanghina IGT 2017 -  ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: CAMPANIA / Appellation: BENEVENTANO FALANGHINA IGT / Varietal(s): FALANGHINA --- Bellus was founded by sommelier Jordan Salcito. The company is not only focused on making outstanding wines, but additionally in doing so with a social and environmental mindset. As you'd expect, the fruit is produced without the addition of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Working closely with winemakers, Salcito set out to create a line of wines that would offer vibrant choices in terms of style and packaging. This pure falanghina offers refreshing acidity with a rich texture and flavors ripe apple and delicate orange blossom. Drink this with savory seafood stews or a hearty cannellini and tomato stew.

Monte Dall'Ora Valpolicella Classico DOC Saseti 2017 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO DOC / Varietal(s): CORVINA+CORVINONE+RONDINELLA+MOLINARA+OSELETA --- Both growing up in winemaking families, Carlo Venturini and his wife Alessandra Zantedeschi decided to strike out on their own and so purchased a vineyard in 1995. Spending much of the initial efforts in the vineyard, refurbishing the vines and converting to organic farming. In 2006 they converted to biodynamic farming, intensifying their efforts in the vineyard. The fruit is harvested from vines with an average age of 50 years, all on terraced vineyards using the classic "pergola" trellising system which aids in the protection of the grapes from excessive sun. The grapes are hand-harvested into small baskets and then crushed and allowed to begin fermentation in with indigenous yeasts. The wine is a lovely, complex and structured in part due to the two week maceration. Drink this with a winter-y, vegetarian pasta of kale and mushrooms and plenty of heady garlic.

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Dec
22
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SPECIAL SEASONAL SIPS!
Still looking for those wines to pair with holiday dinners? Whether Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, or a Festivus airing-of-grievances, we've got plenty of delicious choices to taste today, sure to suit any gustatory occasion!

Domaine Eric Hérault Chinon AOC "l'Hérault'in" 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHINON AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Domaine Hérault comprises 24 hectares of vines planted on the plain and hillsides next to the Château de Panzoult. Cabernet franc has been grown here since 1964, and chenin blanc was planted in 2015. Visitors are welcome at the old castle farm, but if you can't make the trip, you can still treat your taste buds to the experience! This glorious white Chinon showcases the best of Loire Valley chenin blanc, offering up enticing hints of honeysuckle and a rich mouthfeel of fleshy pear, apple, quince, and stonefruit, all tied together with dazzling acidity and electric minerality on the bone dry finish. Layers upon layers of flavor and texture abound here, making for a truly elegant quaff. A quiet stunner, this is sure to delight with dishes such as roast turkey, goose (if you're feeling somewhat Dickensian!), or Brie or Gruyère cheeses. 

Quivira Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley Fig Tree Vineyard 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SONOMA COUNTY - DRY CREEK VALLEY / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Located in Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma County, Quivira was founded in 1981 by Henry and Holly Wendt. Named for a legendary kingdom, believed to have prospered centuries ago in Sonoma, the estate is planted to nearly 73 acres of wine grapes. Vineyards stretch from the western banks of Dry Creek up onto adjacent hillsides, with Fig Tree Vineyard being especially suited to sauvignon blanc. The site is located at the confluence of two waterways, Wine Creek and Dry Creek. The alluvial, rocky soils of the streambeds contribute a beautiful mineral freshness to the wines, made from both traditional sauvignon blanc as well as the rare Musqué clone (known for adding complexity and aromatic lift). That aromatic intensity is a hallmark of this vintage, bursting with succulent floral notes on the nose that yield to green grass, tropical fruits (melon, guava, passion fruit, and pineapple), and racy acidity on the palate. Additional layers of crushed herbs, lemongrass, and ginger contribute a surprising depth and complexity, finishing round and smooth thanks to the blend of tank and neutral barrel aged lots. This enchanting single vineyard sauvignon blanc is a beautiful match with crab and artichoke salad or warm goat cheese fritters.

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Rioja DOCa Reserva 2009
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCa Reserva / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+GARNACHA --- Founded in 1890 by five families, Viña Ardanza draws upon generations of experience in traditional winemaking (their own cooperage, manual racking, long ageing periods), and combine it with modern technology to yield the best possible quality wines. This Reserva is an exemplary offering from the region: 80% tempranillo from 30 year old vineyards La Cuesta and Montecillo in the villages of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, with 20% garnacha from old vines in Tudelillo, in Rioja Baja.The grapes are separately fermented, using natural yeasts, then matured separately in American oak barrels before blending. Brilliant cherry red in color, this has an intense nose of spicy black pepper, raspberry, candied cherries, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, and hints of leather and smoky minerals. Juicy red fruit on the palate is elegantly offset by seductive notes of mocha, coconut, and tobacco, complemented by balanced acidity and silky tannins on a refined finish. Powerful yet graceful, this is sure to elevate any holiday table! A delightful companion to garlicky mushroom tapas on crusty bread or herb-crusted pork loin.

Domaine Hauvette Les Baux de Provence AOC "Cornaline" 2011 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE /Appellation: LES BAUX DE PROVENCE AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Domaine Hauvette is located not far from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a tourist town known for Roman ruins and as the place where Van Gogh painted “The Starry Night”. Nestled among the foothills of Les Alpilles, the vines are surrounded by a rocky and wild landscape—the clay and limestone soil retains moisture for the arid summer months, the legendary mistral wind blows half the year, and garrigue (wild brushy herbs) is seemingly everywhere. In the 1980s, Dominique Hauvette left her job as a lawyer in the Savoie to seek sunshine and rediscover her passion for raising horses. Moving to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, she began studying enology, and now, over three decades later, she has 17 hectares of vines and has garnered international renown for making outstanding natural wines. Dominique’s conversion to biodynamic viticulture began in 2000, building on her already intuitive organic practices. In the cellar, she maintains a non-interventionist philosophy and is very low-tech, although not afraid of experimentation (she was one of the first winemakers to use concrete fermentation eggs.) Like Didier Barral and Catherine and Pierre Breton, Dominique is a trailblazer in the natural wine movement, each year pushing the quality of her wines higher and higher with uncompromising standards. "Cornaline" is a hearty blend of grenache, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon that might seem built for cellaring (and it will age nicely), but it happens to pretty charming right now! With several years of aging at the domaine already taken care of, this rich, velvety red is sure to impress. Aged in large oak foudres, its glorious elements of ripe dark fruits, sage, baking spices, and earth leap from the glass, woven together in a complex, beguiling tapestry. You could happily age this for a decade or more, but why wait? Open now with beef daube Provençal or garlic-crusted roast rack of lamb.

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Dec
21
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

FANTASTIC FRENCH FINDS

Domaine André et Mireille Tissot Crémant du Jura AOC Dosage Zéro NV - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: CREMANT DU JURA AOC/ Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY+PINOT NOIR+POULSARD+TROUSSEAU --- "When you’re Biodynamic, you have a different life in your vines, in your grapes, and in this way, you can make very easy wine. It leads you." Those are the words Stéphane Tissot lives by, having worked biodynamically since 2004, and with his wife, Bénédicte, striving to express the character of the Jura terroir above all else. The Tissot family has been producing wine in the Jura since 1962, with Stéphane and Bénédicte taking the reins from his parents, André and Mireille, and acquiring a formidable reputation as being among the region's top winemakers. This wine is a full-bodied bubbly that will elevate just about any occasion. Rich deep gold in color sparkling with streams of fine bubbles, opulent aromas of yeast, pear, and lemon zest give way to refined notes of orchard fruit, flowers and almonds on the palate supported by a lively, mineral-driven finish. Open this with vegetable bisque, cheeses, or to make any day a celebration! Perfect for holiday parties!

Yves Cuilleron Viognier Collines Rhodaniennes IGP "Les Vignes d'à Côté" 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COLLINES RHODANIENNES IGP / Varietal(s): VIOGNIER --- The Cuilleron domaine was founded in 1920 and has been home to several generations of winemakers since. Located in the hamlet of Verlieu, part of the town of Chavanay, Yves Cuilleron took over ownership of the domaine in 1987 and has focused on modernization, building a brand new facility and acquiring additional vineyard property, where he practices mostly organic vineyard techniques. Yields are rigorously controlled, and grapes are harvested by hand, as most of the vineyards are heavily terraced, making mechanization impossible. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel using native yeasts, then spends six months on the lees in stainless steel and neutral oak barrels before bottling. This 100% viognier is bright yellow in color, with dense aromas of stone fruits and tangerine on a spicy nose. Juicy and brisk on the palate, it offers up fleshy ripe pear and nectarine flavors and a hint of pithy citrus zest. Mouthwatering acidity offers good lift on the finish, while lingering notes of spice and orchard fruit make this a beautiful choice with mild creamy curries, chicken tagine, sweet roasted root vegetables, or buttery cheeses!

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 roast pork loin.

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Dec
15
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SPECIAL SEASONAL SIPS!
We're opening some special bottles to help you get in the festive spirit (and also help solve those "what to pair with that holiday dinner?!" dilemmas!) Four distinctive French and Italian classics offer up some elegant and unique flavors sure to complement any seasonal celebration!

Domaine Patrick Charlin Altesse Roussette du Bugey Montagnieu AOP 2012 - 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 2012 is delightful to drink 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!

Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes" Rosé Côtes de Provence AOP 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: CÔTES DE PROVENCE AOC / Varietal(s): TIBOUREN --- Described by one taster as “love in a bottle”, this elegant rosé is the embodiment of romance. Owned by the Roux family since 1797, the property of Clos Cibonne saw its winery modernized in 1930 by André Roux, who hoped to showcase his estate’s rosés. André replaced all of the estate’s mourvèdre with the native grape varietal tibouren, which he believed to be the ideal grape for the region. Bridget Roux (André’s granddaughter) took it over in the 1990’s, bringing Clos Cibonne back to its standing as one of the 18 Cru Classés in Côtes de Provence. Nowadays, Clos Cibonne is highly esteemed for producing distinctive rosé wines with earthy notes that capture the essence of Provence. This special bottling is 100% tibouren sourced from 60+ year old vines. It is aged on the lees for one year before bottling, so it comes to market the year after the rosé wines from other estates. This cuvée is vibrant, highlighted by aromas of red berries, stone fruit, and hints of jasmine, orange pith, and crushed herbs. Bold and fresh on the palate, it offers up electrifying flavors of raspberry, peach, and blood orange. Powerful and graceful, a delightfully lingering finish makes this just perfect for pairing with red mullet, tomato bouillabaisse, roast chicken, or dishes with saffron or curry.

Le Petit Domaine de Gimios "Rouge Fruit" Vin de France 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): OLD VINE FIELD BLEND --- One of the most interesting and delicious "natural" wines to come from the south of France, this gem is from Anne-Marie and Pierre Lavaysse from Saint Jean de Minervois in the Herault in the Languedoc (actually from Gimios within the commune borders of Saint Jean de Minervois), under the somewhat self-deprecating domaine name Le Petit Domaine de Gimios. Anne-Marie established the domaine in 1993 and began to restore the abandoned, very old vineyards (dating back to the 1860s!), randomly planted with at least sixteen different grape varietals. She tends her vines using biodynamic practices and the domaine is certified biodynamic by Ecocert. Anne-Marie and Pierre Lavaysse make their wines with zero additives and farm without the sulfur and copper treatments that are used by most organic vineyards. The Gimios wines are sourced from incredibly low-yielding vines, hence they tend to be a bit more expensive than some but with an incredibly delicious payoff. The exposed, rocky vineyard is covered with low bush vines with thick trunks that help them stand up to the wind that pushes down from the mountains behind. Grapes are co-fermented from old vines of carignan, terret, aramon, grenache, alicante, and muscat petit grain, resulting in this amazing soft, round, subtle red, full of layers of nuanced fruit that seem to go on forever. Complex aromas of fruit preserves, white pepper, violets, and baking spice mingle with bright red fruits, citrus, and minerals on the palate. Lip-smacking acidity with notes of berries and stone fruits linger for ages on the finish. These wines have had absolutely no sulphur added (and haven't since 2002!). Delicious and unique, this is sure to delight any lover of natural wines! Enjoy with garlic-crusted roast rack of lamb or farro-mushroom-walnut stuffed acorn squash on your holiday table.

Carlo Giacosa Barbaresco Riserva DOCG "Luca" 2011
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: BARBARESCO RISERVA DOCG / Varietal(s): NEBBIOLO --- The Carlo Giacosa Winery, family-run for four generations, is situated in Barbaresco (famed for producing some of Italy's most renowned wines) with a fantastic view over the village’s medieval tower and the Tanaro Valley. Donato Giacosa, Carlo’s father, founded the winery. As an expert vine grafter, he worked both for his own and surrounding estates, encouraging the development of the area’s immaculately geometrical vineyards and consequently helped shape the very hills of Barbaresco. Carlo, together with his wife Carla, continued in the family tradition, developing the winery through the years, before passing on the reins to his daughter, Maria Grazia. Now Maria Grazia's son, Luca, makes wines alongside his mother, including this eponymous cuvée. The 5 hectares of estate vineyards are all planted with native grape-varieties: nebbiolo, barbera and dolcetto. Eco-friendly methods protect against parasites, manure is used for fertilizer, and the soil is worked alternating mechanical means (cultivator, plow, mulcher, hoe) to avoid compacting the earth and forming pockets of humidity. In the winery, traditional methods are supported by modern technology, allowing for fermentation in steel at a controlled temperature, appropriate maturing in small barrels or large casks, and the reduction of sulphites to around 1/3 of the legal limit. 100% nebbiolo from three vineyards located in the Asili, Cole, and Ovello crus in Barbaresco, "Luca" was aged for 30 months in small French oak barrels, then another 12 months in bottle. Deep garnet in color, it bursts with intense scents of dark berries, rose petal, spicy licorice, cinnamon, and vanilla. Classically-styled and full-bodied on the palate, it offers up complex flavors of dark red and black cherries, dried flowers, earth, tobacco, and coffee, on a well-balanced frame of bright acidity and firm tannins. It has the potential to age well, but is also delicious drunk now with prime rib roast.

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Dec
14
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

CLASSIC ITALIAN WINES FOR THE FEAST OF SEVEN FISHES

Venica & Venica Pinot Grigio Collio DOC Jesera 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: ITALY / Region: FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA / Appellation: COLLIO DOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIGIO --- Venica & Venica is a family-owned estate in the Dolegna district of Collio. Located in the Friuli region of Italy's northeastern corner, the Venica family has owned the estate since 1930, and have a reputation as winemakers nearly as long. Since the 70s, the family has ambitiously upgraded and replanted vineyards, invested in state-of-the-art equipment, and experimented with winemaking techniques. Brothers Gianni (agronomist) and Giorgio (cellarmaster) have been making the Venica wines since 1975, carrying on in the footsteps of their father, and grandfather, the estate's founder. Collio is on the Italian border with Slovenia, and "Jesera" means "little lake" in Slovenian. It refers to the name of the vineyard from which the grapes for this cuvée come. This site is at the bottom of a cool valley, irrigated by the water that flows from the surrounding hills. 100% pinot grigio, this luminous wine displays a subtle copper hue due to skin contact with the grapes during fermentation. A far cry from your local pizza joint's style of pinot grigio, this is instead rich, complex, and subtle in character. Lush aromas of pear, banana, Acacia flower, and hints of fresh apricot yield to a long, crisp palate of candied pear, quince peel, and minerals. Good acidity keeps things fresh throughout the lengthy, luxurious finish. A wonderful choice for special dinners, pair this with seared scallops or pan fried smelt.

Le Vigne di Alice "Osé" Rosé Brut Vino Spumante NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GLERA+MARZEMINO --- This delightful rosy sparkler comes from two women on a mission to make pure, natural, mineral-driven Prosecco. Sisters-in-law Cinzia Canzian and Pier Francesca Bonicelli founded Alice in 2004 with the dream of producing quality Prosecco that's a true reflection of the place, soil, and traditions that surround them. Located in the the northernmost parts of the Conegliano and Valdobiaddene hills with the Dolomites in their backyard, they are a small winery, working in limited batches with great precision. They grow 9 hectares of vineyards sustainably, or "lotta integrata", weeding by hand, with no herbicides or pesticides used, and have also constructed a green winery with a grass roof and solar panels that supply more than half the winery's energy. Cinzia worked for 15 years at her and Francesca’s husbands’ famous winery Bellenda, while Francesca studied at Italy's oldest school of enology in nearby Conegliano. As as result of the women's experience and expertise, Alice, named after Cinzia's grandmother, has in just a few years become a rising star. In 2009, in an effort to weed out inferior wines, Italian law limited the geographical zone and allowable yields for wines labeled Prosecco. In addition, the grape formerly known as prosecco, which must comprise a minimum 85% of wines labeled Prosecco, is now legally known as glera. This rosé gets its pink color from the addition of the distinctive variety marzemino, which also lends aromatics and acidity. A favorite of Mozart, marzemino has been grown in Prosecco for generations. "Osé" translates as daring or risqué in Italian, and Alice is the only producer daring to use it in a sparkling wine. 90% glera, 10% marzemino, this bubbly is a beauty: gorgeous rose petal in color, with bright notes of sour cherry fruit and cherry blossoms. Pure and dry, with good fruit, and an elegant long finish delicately accented by lean minerality, open this with warm smoked salmon or bluefish, or herb-marinated grilled shrimp. A winner for brunch too!

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 lobster tagliatelle with truffle cream sauce.

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Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

PERFECT PROGRESSION... WHAT TO POUR FOR A HOLIDAY MENU FROM APPETIZER TO DESSERT!

Deciding which wines to serve for those multi-course holiday dinner parties can be a stressful part of the season. But we've got you covered with this example of a progressive pairing, starting with a crisp white, leading into a lush red, then a big red, finishing off with a sweet wine. This weight progression will give an idea of what you might serve with each course of a menu such as:

1st course - seared scallops with whole citrus vinaigrette / 2nd course - wild mushroom farro risotto with butternut squash, sage and Parmesan / 3rd course - standing rib roast with soufflé potatoes, and sautéed mushroom-shallot Brussels sprouts / 4th course - individual dark chocolate pudding cake with candied orange and Grand Marnier whipped cream... or just share a Cadbury Fruit and Nut chocolate bar.  

Come talk with us about wines for your menu! It's what we're here for!

Lucien Crochet Sancerre AOC 2016

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SANCERRE AOC/ Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Crisp, complex, elegant: Sancerre is a long-standing classic, and for good reason! Lucien Crochet is among the top sauvignon blanc producers in the world, and this wine is a perfect example of his distinctive style. Grapes come from vineyards in the village of Bue (primarily the "Clos du Chene Marchand") that are planted uniquely to clay-limestone soils, known as “caillottes and griottes" which yield wine of particularly fine quality and exceptional length. Often harvested a bit earlier than other cuvées because of the excellent exposure of the vines to the sun, this maintains an elegant acidity in balance with the ripe fruit from these well-situated vines. The resulting wine is a gem: perfectly poised on a highwire of racy acidity without sacrificing richness. Remarkably intense and concentrated, it remains crisp, clean, and distinctively mineral, with a bright splash of citrus. Zesty and refreshing, with elements of lemon, lime, and minerals evolving into a peachy ripeness, this is a gorgeous choice to open with a goat cheese tart.

Domaine Bernard Baudry "Les Grézeaux" Chinon AOC 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHINON AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- While Domaine Bernard Baudry is a relatively young estate, it's among the rising stars of Chinon! Fresh out of wine school in Beaune in 1982, Bernard Baudry began with two hectares in Cravant-lés-Coteaux, gradually building it to its current 32 hectares. 90% of his estate is planted to cabernet franc, with the other 10% devoted to chenin blanc. Bernard's son, Mathieu, who has assisted his father since 2000, finally took over the reins upon Bernard's retirement, but the two men still work side by side to produce standard-setting wines in Chinon. The estate has been certified organic since 2006 but farmed without chemicals and with homemade compost for far longer than that. The approach in both vineyard and cellar is traditional, using only estate grown fruit, hand harvested, destemmed, moved by gravity, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in a mix of cement and old barrels before aging takes place in vat and used barrique. Wines are bottled with minimal sulfur. Baudry's wines are renowned for precision, concentration, and texture, and are arguably among the finest of the region. The Les Grézeaux cuvée comes from Baudry's oldest vines, 60-70 years old, planted on sandy, gravelly clay soils at the bottom of the hill of Sonnay in the village of Cravant. Fermented in concrete and aged in three to five year old casks for 12 months, this 100% cabernet franc is sure to delight, with luscious aromas of raspberry, red fruit, and spices. Layers of red cherry, black and green pepper, and bay leaf dance around a luxuriously ripe palate that also somehow manages to remain astonishingly fresh and lively. Fine grained tannins wrap up this elegant wine that embodies the best of Chinon!

Robert Sinskey Vineyards "POV" Los Carneros 2013 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: LOS CARNEROS / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Robert Sinskey is an atypical vintner. He is a native Californian and a wine guy who did not attend wine school. Instead, Rob received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Over the past twenty-five years he has grown his 100% organic and biodynamic certified winegrowing operation to over 200 acres of vineyards in the Carneros and Stags Leap districts of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The "POV" bottling is a classic Right-Bank Bordeaux-style blend packed with stewed red berry fruit, chocolate-mocha, bramble, and sweet spice. Open and watch how this bottle evolves over the course of an evening, if it lasts that long.

Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2009

Country: PORTUGAL / Region: OPORTO / Appellation: OPORTO / Varietal(s): N/A --- Since its foundation in 1822, successive generations of the Guimaraens family have upheld Fonseca's reputation as one of the top port houses. Fonseca may indeed be unique in that every Fonseca vintage port in the last 100 years has been made by just four members of the Guimaraens family. The fourth member, David Guimaraens, now continues the tradition having taken over from his father as winemaker in 1992. This remarkable continuity of winemakers remains evident in the quality of the wines. Perhaps the most famous wine from Portugal, Port (named for the city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley) is based primarily the native touriga nacional grape (although over 80 other varieties are approved for use in the blend). Late bottled vintage (LBV) port comes from a single-vintage ruby port and may spend six years in the barrel before bottling. Complex and full-bodied, this offers up intense, sweet flavors of fleshy blackberry jam and plum preserves on the palate and finish. Additional notes of black cherry, black raspberry, and hints of spice and chocolate make this a wonderful choice to pair with that dessert course. Serve slightly chilled at around 55-65°F with berries in cream, Camembert, blue cheese, cheesecake, Black Forest cake, chocolate cookies... you get the idea!

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Dec
7
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

FRENCH FAVORITES FOR SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS

Patrick Piuze "Val de Mer" Non Dosé NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Patrick Piuze burst onto the US wine scene with his fabulous 2008 vintage wines. A Montreal native, he has since become somewhat of a rock star in Chablis since he arrived about a decade ago, working for Jean-Marc Brocard and Jean-Marie Guffens before starting his own label. Piuze works with purchased fruit, and his relationships with the growers of Chablis have allowed him access to choice parcels in all of the great sites, and he harvests by hand, yet another contributing factor to his spectacular wines. Val de Mer is Patrick Piuze’s second winery, co-owned with Moutard-Diligent. The winemaking is very similar to his own, eponymous line: hand-harvested grapes, spontaneous fermentations, identical élèvage (used barrels for 1er Cru and Grand Cru and tanks on entry-level). His sparkling wines are made from the estate vineyards located around the winery near the village of Tonnerre and aged entirely in stainless steel. There is no dosage added and they rest for a minimum of 15 months before being disgorged. Crafted in Chablis, this wine has the energy and complexity of a fine Blanc de Blancs Champagne. 100% Chardonnay from 25-year-old vines in Tonnerre, this wine is aged on its lees for about nine months, and that biscuity, bready, yeasty quality lends a nice creamy texture to the wine. Great weight and persistence, and a firm, chalky minerality courtesy of Chablis' famed Kimmeridgian limestone (soil that closely resembles that of Champagne, which is only 200 km north!), mingle with bright, abundant apple fruit and an elegant, lingering finish. A special-occasion-worthy sipper at Tuesday-pizza-night prices, this offers almost unparalleled bang for the buck! Delightful as an aperitif, this also screams to be paired with food. Serve alongside cheeses, Serrano ham, and olives or go full-on Julia Child and sip with some gravlax!

Chais Saint-Laurent "Verre en Vignon" Chinon AOC 2017

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHINON AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- This wine is from the famed Chinon area, but made by a “petit négociant”. Chais Saint-Laurent is the second label of Foucher-Lebrun, the petit négociant specializing in the wines of the Loire Valley. Founded in the 1920s, the firm has been family-run the entire time, but has more recently added a partner to help expand their business internationally. This Chinon comes from the villages of Rivière, Beaumont-en-Véron and Savigny-en-Véron. 100% cabernet franc, this ruby red gem balances lively acidity, lovely red berry fruit, and soft tannins. Oak treatment is subtle, with the majority of the wine is aged in used barriques and the balance in tank. Clean and refreshing with good length on the finish, this bursts with flavors of raspberry and delicate green pepper. A perennial value, this works wonderfully with dishes like grilled Arctic char, roast pork, or bison burgers with goat cheese. 

Château Lamothe de Haux Côtes de Bordeaux AOC 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: CÔTES DE BORDEAUX AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+CABERNET FRANC --- Located southwest of Bordeaux in the commune of Haux, Château Lamothe has produced estate-bottled wine since the 16th century. The estate was passed down matrilineally for four generations and has been run by the Néel-Chombart family since 1956. Over the past 60 years they have amassed prime vineyard land which now spans 80 hectares of clay and limestone slopes on the Right Bank. In addition, they have restored the historic château (featured on all Lamothe labels) and renovated the 17th century limestone quarries into underground cellars ideal for ageing. Vigneron Damien Chombart believes that sustainable farming extends beyond stewardship of the land into a way that enhances the life of farmers and communities as well. In that spirit, the Néel-Chombart family works to achieve optimal soil health and also encourages biodiversity in the vineyards by implementing a variety of methods to protect flora, birds, beetles and earthworms. (The presence of  “bee hotels” on the property provides a safe haven for wild bees and other pollinators to nest and seek protection from bad weather.) In conjunction with these efforts, the family has adopted a biological treatment system for wastewater management. This delightful red is a traditional blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc, featuring juicy black fruits (blackberry, currant, and plum), ripe tannins, and a touch of spice and forest floor. Great with creamy mushroom meatloaf or roast beef.

Cidrerie Manoir du Kinkiz Cornouaille AOP NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: BRITTANY / Appellation: CORNOUAILLE AOP / Varietal(s): N/A --- Brittany, in northwestern France, has long been renowned for its cider. The name Brittany (Bretagne) was used by Celts who came from Great Britain and resettled in the area. The dramatic coastline of Brittany's peninsula is lined with jagged granite cliffs, while further inland, the landscape softens to gentle rolling hills and fertile soil. This topography, the cool maritime climate, plus abundant rain, combine to make Brittany an ideal place to cultivate apples, with the earliest traces of cider production dating back to the Romans. However, cider as we know it now didn’t become a staple until the Middle Ages. Hervé Seznec has devoted his life to producing great ciders from an early age. At 19, he replanted his 30 hectares (74 acres) of orchards with nearly 25 varieties of apples, driven by an intense desire to make naturally sparkling, high quality cider from his own orchards. All the work at Manoir du Kinkiz is done with the utmost respect for nature. They use no herbicides in their orchards, and they allow indigenous plants and grass to grow between the trees. From the ladybugs that rid their orchards of insects, to the almost mystical darkness of the cellars where their AOP Cornouaille cider is aged in huge oak casks, Kinkiz is devoted to honoring the hands-on, artisan production methods of their ancestors. Situated on the southern fork of Brittany’s peninsula, Cornouaille is named for the Celtic tribe, Cornovii, which translates to “the peninsula people”. AOP rules include restrictions on the varieties of apples allowed to be used, and strict controls over the method of production. The resulting cider has a deep golden color, and is intensely aromatic. It is rich, mildly bitter-sweet, with a refreshing finish on the palate. Rustic and a touch funky, this pairs nicely with smoky split pea and ham soup, or sharp Vermont cheddar!

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Dec
1
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Eva Fricke Riesling Trocken Rheingau 2017- ORGANICALLY GROWN

Couuntry: GERMANY / Region: RHEINGAU / Appellation: RHEINGAU / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- Eva Fricke wasn’t born into a winemaking family. The daughter of two doctors in Lower Saxony, she was bitten by the winemaking bug after time spent in the vineyards of South Africa. She went on to study viticulture and oenology in Geisenheim, where she graduated in 2001, having worked at several vineyards around the world: in Bordeaux, Piemonte, Australia and the famed Dominio de Pingus estate in Ribera del Duero. Eva worked as winemaker for many years at Leitz, one of the best known Rheingau wineries. She began her own project while still employed there, making her first independent vintage in 2006, from the Krone vineyard in Lorch. She farms organically, currently working 3.2 hectares in Lorch, Lorchhausen and Kiedrich, where the slate, loess, and loamy soils yield distinctive wines of powerful elegance. This dry riesling is simply beautiful: aromatic, fresh, and pure, with lively apple and pear fruit, and touches of lime, peach, white flowers, and crushed stones. Vibrant acidity keeps this wine juicy and light on its feet without becoming too austere. Lovely with lemongrass-seared chicken over warm vermicelli, or try it with shrimp green curry!

Domaine Coudert "Cuvée Christie" Fleurie AOC 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN 

Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: FLEURIE AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Among the most highly regarded producers in Beaujolais, Clos de la Roilette has 9 hectares in Fleurie, with one of the top slopes in all of the ten Beaujolais crus. In the 1920s, when the Fleurie appellation was first created, the former landowner was infuriated with losing the Moulin-à-Vent appellation under which the estate had previously been classified. He created a label using a picture of his racehorse Roilette and used the name Clos de la Roilette (without mentioning Fleurie.) In 1967, Fernand Coudert bought the then long-neglected estate and replanted the vineyards. His son Alain joined him in 1984 and has been the winemaker since. As on the entire estate, the 30-40 year old gamay vines for "Cuvée Christie" are farmed sustainably by lutte raisonnée and the soils worked by hand, only twice a year and very carefully in order to not do damage to the older plants’ roots. The fruit is manually harvested and fermented in whole clusters with native yeasts, kicking off Roilette’s version of traditional Beaujolais semi-carbonic vinification. Because the vines are not located in Coudert's historical Clos de la Roilette lieu-dit, Alain Coudert decided to bottle it as "Domaine Coudert", with a differently-styled label as well. 100% gamay, the fruit for the 2017 vintage was augmented with some purchased Fleurie fruit, as Roilette lost 70% of their fruit due to a combination of frost and hailstorm damage. "Cuvée Christie" is the most delicate and pretty of the Roilette line-up, its moderate tannins and lighter body rendering it ready to enjoy sooner (like right now!). It boasts a 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 and supple tannin. An elegant offering altogether, pair this with roast pork loin.

Kiko Calvo "Bigardo" Toro DO 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION  

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

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Nov
30
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Vinaccio Grillo Vino da Tavola Bianco NV

Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GRILLO --- Vinaccio is a collaboration between Birk O’Halloran and Karl Antle (the pair behind the California brand Iconic Wine), and winemaker Tim Manning, who in 2006 created a brand called Vinochisti. Vinochisti was founded on the concept of sourcing old Italian grape varietals but to treat them with innovative techniques and natural winemaking methods, without following any convention or tradition. (The Vino da Tavola appellation frees him up from having to follow any rules regarding typical winemaking or aging for those areas.) In 2016, Vinaccio was created to offer value-oriented wines following the same philosophy as the wines of Vinochisti. Grillo is a Sicilian grape thought to be used in Julius Caesar's favorite wines. Not quite as well known nowadays, this wine's rich texture, rounded acidity, opulent tropical fruit notes (think passion fruit and guava!) and silky smooth finish make this the perfect seasonal match with roasted fowl and semi-hard cheese plates. 

Domaine de Petit Roubié "Nature de Roubie" Vin de France 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+GRENACHE --- Floriane and Olivier Azan purchased Château Petit Roubié in 1981 and converted it into an organic farm in 1995. By 2012, they were the only certified organic estate in the entire region of Picpoul de Pinet, near Sete, along the Mediterrean coast. Nature de Roubié is a zero-added-sulfur blend of carignan and grenache, uninhibited and simply bursting with fresh cherries and raspberries. A core of underlying spiciness makes this a great companion to charcuterie or pot-au-feu. Great to grab for your next dinner party or impromptu get-together!

Cellar Rendé Masdéu Conca de Barberà Trepat del Jordiet 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC 

Country: SPAIN / Region: PENEDÈS / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERÀ DO / Varietal(s): TREPAT --- The Rendé family has some serious winemaking credentials with history in southern Penedès, traceable to 1604. And it’s still a family affair. Brothers Rendé Masdéu, Josep Maria and Joan decided to modernize the winery in 1991 with major infrastructure improvements and renewed focus on wines of quality. They are also committed to preserving their land through organic farming practices. 100% trepat (a native varietal of the region), from dry farmed estate owned vineyards, this cuvée is wild yeast fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged for 6 months on the lees and amphora (a technique favored by the Romans). The bare minimum of sulfur is added at bottling if necessary. Bright cherry red in color, this offers up subtle notes of red berries and spices on the nose, followed by a fresh, generous palate of currant and pomegranate, wrapped in a layer of bright spiciness. A great match with ham croquetas!

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Nov
24
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

POST-THANKSGIVING PICK-ME-UP: JURA DEEP DIVE

You've finally woken up from that food-induced slumber, somehow still hungry for more turkey but never wanting to eat a roasted bird again. Dealing with these complex emotions call for complex wines. We love the complexity and depth of the little French region called the Jura. The Jura region has flown under the radar for quite some time, producing a fraction (about 0.2%) of France’s total wine. Best known for vin jaune, a golden wine made in an oxidative style (like Sherry) under a fine layer of yeast, its other wines are now gaining recognition worldwide. We'll be highlighting the breadth and depth of Jura grapes, winemaking styles, and vintages! Join us for a Tour du Jura.

Domaine Stéphane et Bénédicte Tissot Chardonnay "Patchwork" Arbois AOC 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: ARBOIS AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- "When you’re biodynamic, you have a different life in your vines, in your grapes, and in this way, you can make very easy wine. It leads you." Those are the words Stéphane Tissot lives by, having worked biodynamically since 2004, and with his wife, Bénédicte, strives to express the character of the Jura terroir above all else. The Tissot family has been producing wine in the Jura since 1962, with Stéphane and Bénédicte taking the reins from his parents, André and Mireille, and acquiring a formidable reputation as being among the region's top winemakers. Arbois is a commune located within Jura, about 30 miles west of Switzerland. It's an insular area that specializes in unique renditions of chardonnay and savagnin for white wines. Medium-bodied and dry, the Patchwork chardonnay comes from a blend of parcels planted on clay or limestone. Stéphane uses the blend to balance the fruit elements before aging in neutral oak and 10% new barrel to retain freshness. (Unlike some of the other white wines from the region, Patchwork is not an oxidized wine.) A chardonnay with personality to spare, this is a serious white, combining a briny tang, lip-smacking acidity, and luscious citrus and tropical fruits with a touch of creamy, buttery texture on the finish! An opulent partner to potato gratin with goat cheese or baked arctic char with creamy cucumber aioli.

Les Dolomies “Terra Links” Savagnin Vin de France 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): SAVAGNIN --- Bresse-style chicken with cream and mushrooms. Guided by the expression of Saint Exupéry, “The earth is not ours; but lent to us by our children,” Céline Gormally's mission with Les Dolomies is to protect and enrich the land while making wines of terroir. Her work in the vineyard is rigorous, and together with her husband Steve, they treat their vines with homemade biodynamic preparations to enhance soil health and vine rigor. To get the purest expression of terroir, the harvested grapes are always fermented with native yeasts and aged on the lees in old Meursault barriques and large demi-muid. Sulfur is used sparingly. This savagnin (not sauvignon blanc!) is an aromatic wonderland for those who love the savory, saline, nutty, and fruitful. Delightful curry spices mingle with ripe orchard fruits. This is simply superb winemaking.

Domaine Stéphane et Bénédicte Tissot "D.D." Arbois AOC 2017 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: ARBOIS AOC /Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR+ TROUSSEAU+POULSARD --- Red wines from the Jura are usually some combination or single-varietal expression of pinot noir, trousseau and aromatic poulsard. The Tissot "D.D.", named after Stéphane's father, Andre "DD" Tissot, is precisely this blend: 40% pinot noir, 40% trousseau, and 20% poulsard, co-fermented and aged in 2000L oak barrels called foudre. 2017 was an exceptionally difficult vintage in the Jura (called worst of the century by some), with early April frosts that reduced yield by 50-60%. Under such conditions, we're just excited to pour what we can and support small, independent wine makers! The "D.D." is full of brambly fruits - wild raspberry and blackberry, with distinct herbaceousness and purple floral tones. What a lovely pairing with an herb-crusted pasture-raised chicken and country-style pâté or terrine!

Domaine Badoz Trousseau Côtes du Jura AOC Vignoble les Roussots 2015

Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: CÔTES DU JURA AOC / Varietal(s): TROUSSEAU --- The history of Domaine Badoz spans 10 generations of winemaking in the Jura town of Poligny. The current proprietor and head winemaker, Benoît Badoz completed his enology degree and continued his training at world-renowned domains in Puligny-Montrachet (Carillon) and Pomerol (Petrus) before taking the reigns in 2003. Their vineyards, "Roussots" and "Grands Roussots", sit on a bed of blue, red, and grey clay, as well as Jurrasic limestone. This balance of clay and lime gives both great concentration and striking precision to the wines. This red comes from the trousseau grape, which seems to offer the beguiling fluidity of a pinot noir, but with a bucolic nose of cherry, blackberry and pepper, reminiscent of the outdoors. The 2015 vintage was very good in Jura, with no devastating frosts and a very sunny summer with just enough precipitation to keep vine function steady until harvest! The soft, warm fruit is balanced on the palate by lively freshness and structured tannins on the finish.

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Nov
23
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

WHAT TO DRINK WITH ALL THOSE LEFTOVERS!

This Friday, it's all about easy drinking glou-glou fun. One of our favorites in this easy-drinking style is Beaujolais Nouveau! And we have two fantastic producers lined up, not to mention a juicy sparkling rosé that would be perfect to wash down a gobbler sandwich.

Michel et Sylvain Tête Beaujolais-Villages AOC Nouveau "La Roche" 2018

Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES .AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Michel Tête with his Juliénas estate, Domaine du Clos du Fief, is a fourth-generation winemaker and holder of vines on many of the prized sites in the Juliénas appellation. While Michel does not claim to produce organic wines, his techniques follow traditional methods from a time before mass application of pesticides and herbicides. One of the reasons for his success is the use of a Burgundian method, with a semi-carbonic maceration. This draws out much flavor and aromatics from the grapes, allowing for a silky texture. Beautiful delicate rose petal notes on the nose mingle with hints of forest floor. But really, this wine is just packed with red berry fruit, perfect for sipping or with a great roast chicken (or all that leftover bird...).

Laurence et Rémi Dufaitre Beaujolais-Villages AOC Nouveau 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- The husband and wife team of Rémi and Laurence Dufaitre is making delectable wines from their vineyard holdings around the Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly crus in the Beaujolais region. Rémi started accumulating these plots in 2006 and finally began making wine in 2010 in a style heavily influenced by organic and low-intervention pioneers such as Jean Foillard. Their Beaujolais Nouveau is fermented in concrete tanks, bottled quickly, and now brimming with an incredible energy. The fruit is bursting like you were eating the fermented berries themselves! You might as well pick up two, since the first is likely to be slurped up at a fast clip.

Meinklang Frizzante Rosé Burgenland 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- The Michlits Family operates one of the world's largest biodynamic farms in the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park. The Meinklang farm is a wide and varied Demeter-certified agricultural operation cultivating a number of different crops as well as raising 300 Angus cattle. The estate represents what used to be common practice everywhere in the Pannonian countryside: a mixed farming operation, managed by extended family. The wine estate is well integrated into the farm and led by Angela and Werner Michlits. Their rosé sparkler is made of pinot noir and their hands-off winemaking process helps to express the grape's most indulgent fruit flavors. Aromas of red cherry confections, fresh raspberry, pomegranate juice and cranberry propel to the forefront. The finish is clean, dry, with well-balanced acidity that makes this incredibly refreshing yet fruitful.

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Nov
17
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

IT'S HERE! THE FINAL WEEKEND BEFORE THANKSGIVING!

We're still not quite sure how Thanksgiving snuck up on us so fast, but since it's next week (!) we're thinking turkey and tasty seasonal grain and vegetable dishes, and picking some delicious wines for your holiday meal planning. Not just for Turkey Day however - these wines are equally well suited to any Autumn dinner occasion!

Metal House Cider "Ora d'Oro" Extra Brut Hudson River Valley 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK-HUDSON RIVER VALLEY / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GOLDRUSH+EMPIRE+IDARED+WILD APPLES --- Kimberly, a painter, and Matt, a builder, began Metal House on a urge to do good by the land, and have worked to restore abandoned ancient orchards in the Hudson Valley to their former fruit-bearing glory days. Employing bio-intensive farming techniques, which focuses on the use of naturally made fertilizers and pest management techniques (akin to biodynamics), they focus their work around the idea of sano, which they state on their website, "means healthy and sound, as in the food we eat, the environment we surround ourselves in, and the ideas we support. Complete. This is the orchard from which we want to harvest apples… An orchard free from unnecessary herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers allows organisms to work with the trees, improving the flavor and characteristics of the fruit. Beneficial flora have the opportunity to thrive." We're pouring "Ora d'Oro" from the 2016 vintage, made of organic Goldrush from Milton, NY and Empire, Idared, and wild apples from two untreated orchards in Esopus, NY. Made in the Champagne method, the cider spent 12 months on the lees after secondary fermentation, imparting lovely brioche and biscuit aromas to complement the cider's invigorating fruit flavors. The delightfully crisp and dry finish puts this cider on par with the serious sparkling wines of Spain and France.Great with that cheesy potato gratin or corn casserole on your holiday table!

COS Terre Siciliane IGP "Ramí" 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED

Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGP / Varietal(s): INSOLIA+GRECANICO --- Azienda Agricola COS was founded by Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti (the grandfather of Arianna Occhipinti, who went on to make a name for herself as a winemaking prodigy) and Cirino Strano. These three friends were inspired to recreate the work of their ancestors, and the acronym (Cilia-Occhipinti-Strano) not only represents the company’s name, but also the beginning of a remarkable partnership. In 1980, the trio became the youngest winemakers in Italy when they bought Joseph Cilia’s old family winery, located in the historic town of Bastonaca. Today, the remarkable impact they have had on the region of Cerasuolo di Vittoria continues. "Rami" is equal parts inzolia and grecanico fermented on their skins in concrete tanks, yielding a beautiful late afternoon-orange color and aromas of orange blossom, apple cider, and raw almonds. Delicate notes of jasmine and green tea pop up through a chewy texture and cidery tartness, developing fleshy apricot and peach flavors with exposure to air, before hints of honey and chamomile close the show. Perfect for those looking to go off the beaten track for those holiday dinner pairings, this can stand up to roast turkey and all those rich sides!

COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA DOCG / Varietal(s): NERO D'AVOLA+FRAPPATO --- Another fantastic offering from cult winery COS, Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a blend of organically grown nero d'Avola and frappato. Derived from grapes grown on ancient soils with clay and calcareous tufa, this wine ferments with natural yeasts, and both vinifies and ages in cement tanks to retain its unique terroir. Nero gives the backbone to the blend and frappato offers the aromatic floral lift combined with crisp acidity. Layers upon layers of blue and red berries are joined by peppery spices, incense, rose petals, and warm tobacco leaf in a complex, sinuous package. Vibrant and powerful, its fresh acidity, chewy tannins, and savory mineral finish make it a perfect complement to food. Think roast venison, lamb, goat, or mature hard cheeses.

Château Grand Corbin-Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOC 2008

Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- The Despagne family has been making wine in Saint-Emilion for seven generations - over 200 years! Enologist François Despagne took the reins in 1996, and his passion and experience have made his family estate – a Grand Cru since the original classification in 1955 – a longstanding star of the region. Château Grand Corbin-Despagne is a 30-hectare vineyard situated on a mix of clay and sandstone soils close to the border with Pomerol. François has painstakingly analyzed the vineyards and identified 53 individual plots, and he now adapts his viticulture to suit the needs of each parcel. Vines range in age from 40 to 95 years. No herbicides, pesticides, or artificial fertilizers are used, and cultivation is essentially organic. Grapes are hand picked and vinified in 27 separate stainless-steel and cement tanks. The blend is 75% merlot, 24% cabernet franc and 1% cabernet sauvignon, and the wine is aged for 18 months in oak, around 35 to 50% of which is new. François aspires to make wine with freshness, elegance and richness that ages well for between six and 20 years. (Older vintages such as 1943 and 1961 show the vineyards’ considerable quality at achieving this.) This, the 2008 vintage, is in prime drinking form, with polish and elegance to spare. Perfumed plum and deep, dark cherry flavors dance around licorice, wet earth, forest floor, and leather notes. Luxuriously velvety in texture, this finishes with gently integrated tannins, just begging to be paired with dishes such as wild mushroom and barley stuffing!

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Nov
16
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

VERMONT CIDER AND WINE PICKS FOR THANKSGIVING

Eden "Juliette" Still Cider

Country: USA / Region: VERMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Eden Ciders was founded in 2007 by Eleanor and Albert Léger on an abandoned dairy farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. They grow over 35 varieties of apples biodynamically, and also work with other like-minded growers in the area to get additional fruit for their acclaimed ciders. First making a name for themselves with their ice cider, they have since expanded their cider offerings with the Cellar Series. These are one-time, single batch offerings, and their ephemeral nature only adds to their delicious intrigue. "Juliette", #5 in the 2015 Cellar Series, is comprised of rare St. Lawrence apples grown in Québec, crushed, fermented to dryness and aged in used French oak chardonnay barrels for eight months. No bubbles here - just translucent liquid gold, its Shakespearean inspiration romantically outlined on the label. Delicate apple, Meyer lemon, and persimmon mingle easily with crisp acidity and subtle minerality. Perfectly suited for almost any gustatory occasion, pair this with roast chicken, simple pasta dishes, or a seasonal cheese plate.

Domaine Ledogar "La Mariole" Vin de France 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE/ Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+MARSELAN --- Brothers Xavier and Mathieu Ledogar come from a wine growing family, as both their great grandfathers were wine growers in Ferrals Les Corbières. Nature lover Xavier began working the vineyards at 12 years old, and dropped out of agriculture school at 18 to devote himself full time to the domaine. He took over the 22 hectares of the domaine on his own in 1997, building a cellar (previously wine had been sent to the local cooperative), and originally calling the estate Domaine Grand Lauze, before eventually switching to the family name. Brother Mathieu joined him in 2000, and now he and Xavier work together, farming organically (and biodynamically since 2004). Xavier and Mathieu follow moon cycles, use organic fertilizers and plant infusions on the vines. They use a horse to plow the vines and also have some donkeys that assist in weeding. A blend of carignan (some vines are already more than a century old!) and marselan, "La Mariole" ("The Jester") offers up intense concentration of fruit along with ripe tannins. A perfect Fall/Winter red; tons of dark cherry, black currant, earth, and mineral provide depth without too much weight, making this a lovely choice with kale, sausage, and white bean stew – or all those hearty Thanksgiving sides!

Weingut Heitlinger Pinot Meunier Baden 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: GERMANY  / Region: BADEN / Appellation: BADEN / Varietal(s): PINOT MEUNIER --- Situated just across the Rhine from Alsace, Baden is the southernmost of Germany's 13 wine regions, and the warmest. Weingut Heitlinger, regarded as one of the leading wineries in Baden, was founded in 1960 by Albert Heitlinger and has been managed by winemaker Claus Burmeister since 2009. Certified organic since 2010, Heitlinger wines are known for their purity of fruit and focused minerality. Pinot meunier is often neglected as the "middle child" of grapes, overshadowed by its companions chardonnay and pinot noir in the production of Champagne (and elsewhere!), but here it gets a turn in the spotlight. Bearing some similarities to pinot noir, with its seductive cherry and smoke flavors, this is lighter and brighter on the palate with notes of juicy cranberry, citrus, and ground pepper. Versatile and elegant, open this with Beluga lentils with morel mushrooms, red wine reduction and butter-crisped brioche croutons.

Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega "Viña Ulises" Alicante VdT 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: SPAIN  / Region: ALICANTE / Appellation: ALICANTE VDT / Varietal(s): GARNACHA+MONASTRELL --- For nearly four decades, Felipe Gutiérrez de la Vega and his wife Pilar have championed traditional winegrowing in the sun-drenched region of coastal Alicante. In 1982 the couple moved into an old olive mill in the secluded village of Parcent. Currently they farm 10 hectares of vines situated only a few kilometers from the sea, where the Mediterranean brings refreshing breezes and a pleasant humidity to their rugged mountainside. Their daughter, Violeta, is now beginning to take over the reins of the winemaking operation, continuing the family tradition. Inspired by the historical wine styles of their area, Felipe and Pilar produce a diverse range of 14 wines in their 19th century bodega and pay tribute to the novels, writers and composers which inspire their “vinos de autor” cuvées. Viña Ulises is their tribute to James Joyce. A lively red, this blend of 60% garnacha and 40% monastrell comes from 30-50 year old vines grown at 200 meters altitude on iron-rich calcareous soils in the Xaló Valley of the Marina Alta. Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and fermented with native yeasts in steel vats before spending six months on fine lees. The wine is bottled without filtration, and nothing is added in the cellar except for minute amounts of sulfur at bottling when necessary. Lovely fresh red fruit flavors are balanced by sanguine minerality and a backbone of fine-grained tannins. A versatile choice for the table, this works with roast meats and poultry (yep, poultry!), or of course the famous paella dishes of the region!

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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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