May
24
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

LIGHT, BRIGHT, LOW INTERVENTION WINES FOR GRILLING AND CHILLING!

Poderi Cellario "È Bianco" NV - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): ARNEIS+ MOSCATO --- Fausto and Cinzia Cellario are 3rd generation winemakers in the village of Carru on the western outskirts of the Langhe. They only work with indigenous Piedmontese grape varietals, and passionately adhere to local winemaking traditions both in the vineyard and cellar. The Cellario vineyards cover approximately 30 hectares between 5 different vineyard sites throughout the southern Langhe. Vineyard work is certified organic and all fermentations take place with native yeasts. Sulfur is only added in very small quantities at bottling if necessary. A blend of the arneis and moscato grapes, this is clean and zesty, bursting at the seams with notes of white flower, white peach, pineapple, and touches of gooseberries. Versatile and oh-so-refreshing - and all this in a crowd-pleasing LITER bottle? We say bring it on! Winner, winner with a chicken dinner - or most anything else!

Domaine Ozil "Barry" Vin de France 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+GRENACHE BLANC --- Brothers Jean Daniel & Thomas Ozil are fourth generation winemakers in Ardéche (in the Rhône). They began producing natural wines in 2013. Prior to that, they used to sell their organically farmed grapes to the local coop, but now use all of their grapes to make their own wines. They also grow peaches, vegetables, and lavender, adding to the biodiversity on the estate. Domaine Ozil is certified organic by Bureau Veritas, and the brothers vinify their wines without any added sulfur. ‘Barry’ is comprised of 80% grenache noir, 10% syrah and 10% grenache blanc and is loaded with crunchy, juicy red fruit flavors with a touch of sauvage. Delightfully chuggable with a slight chill - perfect for the kickoff to grilling season!

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May
25
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

GERMANY: MORE THAN JUST FANTASTIC RIESLING!
Join Importer Stephen Bitterolf from Vom Boden for some amazing German wines!

Germany has long held a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the world's finest riesling, but you'd be doing your taste buds a great disservice to ignore the other great wines the country has to offer! Today, Stephen Bitterolf from Vom Boden will be pouring a rainbow of tasty German wines, including, yes, a delicious riesling, but also a rosé, a refreshing rot (red) blend, and an elegant pinot noir.

We'll be tasting three extraordinary wines from Weingut Beurer, a family estate that has shot to meteoric acclaim in the natural wine world, thanks to Jochen Beurer, a former BMX-champion, bad-boy-turned-biodynamic-farmer. Jochen crafts wines of almost aggressive purity: laser-focused, crystalline, and stony.

The Beurer family has been farming the sandy soils of Kernen-Stetten (in the Württemberg region just east of Stuttgart) for generations. Jochen's father, Siegfried, was the head of the local cooperative, but in 1997 the family made the decision to quit the coop and form an independent winery. Farming organically since 2003, they became certified biodynamic in 2008. Beginning with just three hectares, they now have 13 ha, from which grapes are crushed by foot and spontaneously fermented with native yeast in stainless steel.

A tasty trio of Beurer's wines are a hard act to follow, but another new arrival is more than up to the task: pinot noir from Enderle and Moll. This estate is basically just two guys, a tiny cellar, a few hectares of old vines and a crazy cult-like following! Sven Enderle and Florian Moll craft complex, amazingly detailed, earthy pinot noirs that will shatter any conceptions you had about German reds. Farming is organic/biodynamic, no additives, no filters, minimal sulfur. This is a "Can't Miss!" tasting event!

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Mar
9
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

THIS SECOND SATURDAY, THINK SPRING WITH LIGHT AND LIVELY WHITE, ROSÉ, AND ORANGE WINES!
March has certainly come roaring in like a lion, but we're looking forward to a bit of a thaw this weekend, and taking a break from big, heavy red wines, with some lighter, flavor-packed selections. All organically or biodynamically grown, these are lighter on the earth too, and span the gamut of flavors from light and delicate to wild and funky. There's sure to be something for every taste, so turn your palate loose on Spring Break!

Weingut Beurer Riesling Trocken Württemberg 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: GERMANY / Region: WÜRTTEMBERG / Appellation: WÜRTTEMBERG / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- The Beurer family has been farming the sandy soils of Kernen-Stetten (in the Württemberg region just east of Stuttgart) for generations. Winemaker Jochen Beurer’s father, Siegfried, was the head of the local cooperative, but in 1997 the family made the decision to quit the coop and form an independent winery.  Farming organically since 2003, they became certified biodynamic in 2008. Beginning with just three hectares, they now have 13 ha, from which grapes are crushed by foot and spontaneously fermented with native yeast in stainless steel. This dry, vivacious riesling is made from grapes from two neighboring villages, and displays a delicate nose of stone fruit, raspberries, wildflowers, and white currants. In the mouth it bursts with vibrant acidity and notes of lemon and pineapple, with a lingering, juicy finish. A refreshing, elegant match with sashimi, Thai noodle dishes, or fish ’n chips.

Meinklang Frizzante Rosé Burgenland NV - 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.

Domaine Lafage "Miraflors" Rosé Côtes Catalanes IGP 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES IGP / Varietal(s): MOURVÈDRE+ GRENACHE GRIS --- The Roussillon region is just a stone's throw from Spain. Jean-Marc Lafage, in fact, makes wines in both countries. His French wines seem to evoke the modern, polished flavors of Spain while focusing on the indigenous grapes cultivated throughout history. This lovely rosé is a blend of mainstays mourvèdre and grenache gris. This salmon-hued wine is reminiscent of the nearby ocean, with salty, stony notes and delicate fruit flavors. Enjoy this with all manner of shellfish or couscous tossed with quickly cooked vegetables.

Cradle of Wine "Gogi's Wine" Kakheti 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: GEORGIA / Region: KAKHETI / Appellation: KAKHETI / Varietal(s): RKATSITELI+ MTSVANE+CHINURI --- Looking for something off the beaten path? Try this traditional eastern Georgian amber wine, from grapes grown on a 7.5 hectare plot sloping towards the Alazani River in Kakheti (Georgia’s best-known wine region.) 75% rkatsiteli, 20% mtsvane, and 5% chinuri, these indigenous Georgian varietals are all organically farmed, with the barest minimum of sulfur added if necessary at bottling. The juice was left on the skins and lees for a period of six months while in the traditional qvevri (clay amphorae) vessels, resulting in a deep amber hued wine, due to the extended skin contact. A truly intriguing bouquet of overripe peach, dried apricot, mango, persimmon, chamomile, and diesel smoke introduces an even more unique palate of dried stone fruits, with a grippy, tannic mouthfeel, hints of crushed herbs and turmeric, and a finish that goes on for days, softened by the faintest touch of residual sugar. The exotic notes in this wine pair with equally exotic fare - think apricot pilaf, Peking duck, curried cauliflower, or chicken tagine!

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Mar
8
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Château Ferran Saint-Pierre Entre-Deux-Mers AOC 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: ENTRE-DEUX-MERS AOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC+SEMILLON+ SAUVIGNON GRIS+MUSCADELLE --- Château Ferran is located on the Haut Benauge plateau in the Entre Deux Mers and Bordeaux Supérieur appellations. A historic estate dating back to the 12th century, the château was originally known as Tucaou, which refers to the medieval buildings and forests that surround the vineyards. The domaine was purchased by the Ferran family in 1976 and has since become a leader in organic and biodynamic practices throughout the region. The family has been in the wine business for five generations, and owner and winemaker Julien Ferran’s father is one of the most respected and well-known biodynamic winemaking consultants in France. The vineyards lie in a relatively high elevation for the region, gently sloping towards the Saint Pierre de Bat stream that borders the estate and neighboring village. This elevation results in cooler summer temperatures, lending increased acidity and freshness to the wines. 40% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillion, 10% sauvignon gris, 10% muscadelle, this delightful new cuvée is spontaneously fermented in stainless steel with wild yeasts. Fermentation is temperature-controlled, and the wine is then aged on the lees for six months. (Fining is sometimes carried out with clay-based methods although this process is very rare.) Sauvignon gris adds color, aromatics, and a rich and round mouthfeel, resulting in an sophisticated sipper, full of zesty citrus flavors with lightly nutty overtones, and a stony, elegant finish. Fantastic with spinach and goat cheese stuffed roasted chicken breasts.

Domaine du Bel Air Bourgueil AOC 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: BOURGUEIL AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Since 1979, Pierre Gauthier has farmed 18 hectares in the village of Benais—the heart of the Bourgueil AOC. Considered a master of cabernet franc, with the help of his wife, Catherine, and their son, Rodolphe, who joined the domaine in 2005, they do all of the vineyard work by hand and have been certified organic since 2000. As immaculate in their cellar work as they are amidst their 40 year old cabernet franc vines, they hand harvest and de-stem 100% of their grapes and employ native yeasts for long fermentations of up to 3 weeks. A touch lighter in body than some cab francs, the aromas really shine here, as a profusion of ripe raspberry, anise, rosemary, and slate come bursting out of the bouquet. The clay soils of Benais peek through as texture on the palate, while refreshing acidity keeps everything light and lively. A classic bistro-style quaff, this is perfect with steak frites or a mushroom burger.

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Mar
2
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Tucked in the northwestern corner of Italy, Piedmont is surrounded on three sides by the Alps. This dramatic region doesn't lend itself to the tomato-heavy stereotype most often associated with Italian food and drink, but instead is home to beef, garlic, truffles, and of course the biggest, age-worthy red wines - Barolo and Barbaresco. And although those nebbiolo-based wines are justifiably famous, today we're focusing on some lesser-known, but no-less-worthy grapes and wines from the region.

Poderi Cellario "È Bianco" NV - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): ARNEIS+ MOSCATO --- Fausto and Cinzia Cellario are 3rd generation winemakers in the village of Carru on the western outskirts of the Langhe. They only work with indigenous Piedmontese grape varietals, and passionately adhere to local winemaking traditions both in the vineyard and cellar. The Cellario vineyards cover approximately 30 hectares between 5 different vineyard sites throughout the southern Langhe. Vineyard work is certified organic and all fermentations take place with native yeasts. Sulfur is only added in very small quantities at bottling if necessary. A blend of the arneis and moscato grapes, this is clean and zesty, bursting at the seams with notes of white flower, white peach, pineapple, and touches of gooseberries. Versatile and oh-so-refreshing - and all this in a crowd-pleasing LITER bottle? We say bring it on! Winner, winner with a chicken dinner - or most anything else!

Ferraris Agricola Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG 2017
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: RUCHÈ DI CASTAGNOLE MONFERRATO DOCG / Varietal(s): RUCHÈ --- The story of the Luca Ferraris winery is almost literally the stuff of legend: during the 19th century, Luca's great-grandfather, Luigi Ferraris, emigrated to America to seek his fortune during the Gold Rush. Striking gold, he sent the money back to his wife, Luca's great-grandmother, Bruno Teresa, who bought the house in Via al Castello which housed the original winery in 1921. Two years later, Luca’s grandfather Martino purchased “Il Casot”, which at that time was nothing but a simple rural hut in the middle of 40,000 square meters of land. Martino planted vines and bought barrels in order to be able to make wine with his own grapes in his own cellar. In 2009 a new winery was built to modernize production and accommodate increasing demand, particularly for Ferraris' ruchè wines. The ruchè grape is still relatively rare, but possesses the potential for making truly elegant wines. Sourced from a diverse selection of low-yielding vineyards, 'Clasic' represents a traditional Piedmontese style of winemaking, highlighting ruchè's aromatic, complex nature. Fermented in stainless steel, it is then aged 6-9 months in large oak barrels, before being bottled unfiltered. Ruby colored, it unfurls layer upon layer of perfumed rose petals, cherry jam, and spicy pink peppercorn. Vibrant acidity provides lift to the palate, while the gentlest kiss of oak softens the finish. Lovely with medium aged cheeses, roast chicken or pork chops, or truffle mac n cheese.

San Fereolo "Valdiba" Dogliani DOCG 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: DOGLIANI DOCG / Varietal(s): DOLCETTO --- After a career working in fashion and industrial design in Milan, Nicoletta Bocca acquired San Fereolo in 1992, and has since mastered the terroir of her Valdibà subzone while completing the conversion to certified biodynamic winemaking. The Dogliani DOCG is located just south of Barolo in the Langhe, and is home to some of the greatest dolcetto vineyards in Piemonte. The oldest dolcetto vines were planted in 1936, while the youngest date back to 1978. 'Valdibà' is vinified completely in steel tank, following a 10-day maceration. It is bottled after roughly 12 months, then spends several more months in bottle before release. The dolcettos of Dogliani upend the common perception of dolcetto as soft and easy, possessing structure and finesse to spare. Leading off with aromas of violets and blackberries, 'Valdibà' offers up brambly dark berries, black cherry, and licorice and almond notes on the palate, balanced out by integrated, yet firm tannins. Delicious with pot roast, or pasta with porcini mushrooms.

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Mar
1
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

TASTE WITH CHRIS CAMPBELL OF VILLAGE WINE IMPORTS!
Join us today as we welcome Chris Campbell from Village Wine Imports. Chris will be pouring a selection of wines from Spain and Italy, just the thing to perk up your palate in the final weeks of winter (and start the countdown to Spring!).

Bodegas Gorosti "Flysch" Getariako Txakolina DO 2017
Country: SPAIN / Region: BASQUE COUNTRY / Appellation: GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA DO / Varietal(s): HONDARRIBI ZURI --- Wake up your palate from hibernation with Txakolina, the refreshing Basque white poured from a distance to accentuate its lightly fizzy nature. This cuvée gets its name from a geologic term for the unique rock formations of the Basque coast, formed under the sea 60 million years ago. These dramatic layers of rock are now part of the Basque Coast Geopark, which extends 13 km along the coast. Inaugurated in 2010, it's part of a European network of geologically interesting locations. Winemaker Juan Mª Etxabe is a fourth generation Txakolí producer, and planted vines of the native hondarribi zuri grape in the Geopark in 2008, releasing his first vintage in 2011. The winery, named Gorosti, is located on the coastline in Elorriaga, between the small cities Itziar-Deba and Zumaia (or the larger cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian). Bright and briny, the Flysch cuvée displays refreshing lime and citrus flavors, with accents of sea spray on a light, crisp palate. This is the kind of wine you can drink all day and well into the evening. A lovely companion to shellfish, this will also work beautifully with grilled or roasted sole finished with a squeeze of lemon and a few capers.

Collina Serragrilli Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2017
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: DOLCETTO D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): DOLCETTO --- Four generations of the Lequio family have grown and made wine on Collina Serragrilli (Serragrilli Hill), beginning in the late 1800s. The cellar is located right at the top of the hill, surrounded by the estate's vineyards from which all the fruit for the wines comes. 100% dolcetto, this cuvée is fermented in steel for the first 10-12 days, undergoing malolactic fermentation, then awaiting the arrival of warm weather for bottling. Bottle-aged for at least six months, this is fresh and luscious, with intense aromas and flavors of black cherries, red berries, and plum. Delicate spiciness on the palate and a firmly tannic, faintly nutty finish make this a fantastic match with the rich dishes typical of Piedmontese cuisine! Open early and serve with fresh egg pasta in mushroom ragù.

Celler Comunica Montsant DO 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: MONTSANT DO / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+GRENACHE --- 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. Comunica (meaning "the (phone) line is busy") comes from the Fontanals-Baboixos estate vineyards, a showcase of decomposed granitic soils, moderate climate, and old vines. Made from 65% carignan and 35% grenache that range in age from 45-60 years old, the wine spends 22 months in stainless steel on fine lees. Refreshing with bright acidity, this is packed with flavor, with an enticing balance between sweet fruit (think raspberry, blackberry, and cherry), spicy accents of smoke and herbs, and a mineral-laden, saline, savory finish. Fabulous with food, this begs for tangy goat cheeses, spicy romescos, sausages, or flatbread with tomato, olive oil, garlic, and salt.

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Feb
23
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Kewin Descombes "Cuvée Kéké" Beaujolais AOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: BEAUJOLAIS AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Kewin (French for Kevin) produced his first vintage in 2013, at the age of 21. Astonishing amounts of winemaking talent run in the family; Kewin (whose nickname is Kéké) is the son of acclaimed vigneron Georges Descombes, and stepbrother to Damien Coquelet, another winemaking wunderkind. Kewin currently farms about 15 acres of Morgon, given to him by his father, as well as four acres he rents within the Beaujolais appellation. He has adopted many of his father's ways in both vineyard and cellar: farming is certified organic and only native yeasts and minimal sulfur are used in the winemaking. Fermentation is semi-carbonic and aging takes place in barrel. Cuvée Kéké is his entry-level offering, and a fantastic example of classic Beaujolais. 100% gamay, this is bright and sappy, with juicy red berries, cherries, and cranberry sauce dancing across the palate. Whispers of smoke, earth, and crushed flowers offer a lovely lift, while remaining joyously bright and crunchy at its core. Ripe tannin, energetic acidity and impressive length and grip on the finish make this easy to open - and hard to put down! Fabulous with roasted stuffed acorn squash or a simple herb-rubbed roast chicken.

Moric "Haus Marke" Burgenland 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): ROTBURGER+BLAUFRANKISCH+PINOT NOIR --- Winemaker Roland Velich doesn't mince words regarding his pursuit of singular wines: "I believe the world of wine is so fed up with uniform wines, produced with the goal of achieving a maximum of points in a tasting... [Wine is an] ancient cultural artifact, that under the influence of capitalism with all its facets runs the risk of deteriorating to a mere industrial product. Fast money creates fast wines and there it is the fast wine to go with our fast food." Describing himself as "hardcore", Roland comes from a winemaking family, and spent several years working with his brother at the family winery, absorbing the process intellectually, but still not quite finding the inspiration he sought. That inspiration came in the form of Burgundies and Barolos, iconic terroir-driven wines that Roland tasted and which compelled him to examine the potential of wines closer to home. He set out to make an Austrian red that would be the equal of those Grand Cru Burgundies, Barolos, and Northern Rhône masterpieces, using the blaufränkisch, rotburger (zweigelt), and pinot noir grapes that thrive in the challenging Burgenland region. Old vines, meticulous viticulture (Roland chooses not to seek organic or biodynamic certification), militant sorting, and relatively primitive winemaking techniques that echo those used in Burgundy all add up to a well-deserved reputation. Moric wines are indeed in a league of their own, unlike anything else in Austria. Intended as a table-style wine, the Haus Marke is composed predominantly of rotburger (also known as zweigelt – itself a cross between blaufränkisch and St. Laurent), with blaufränkisch and pinot noir making up the balance. The character of this cuvée, however, is very much blaufränkisch, albeit one with a playful bent. Fresh and lively, this explodes with red berries and cassis, accented with notes of crushed herbs and deep, complex forest floor flavors. An everyday wine that could turn every day into a special occasion! Fantastic with egg noodles with mushrooms and shallots, beef goulash with spaetzle, or cassoulet.

Yannick Pelletier "L'Oiselet" Vin de France 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: 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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Feb
22
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday -Discounted 10%

Clos Montblanc Conca de Barberà DO "Xipella" Blanc 2015
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERÀ DO / Varietal(s): MACABEU+PARELLADA+SAUVIGNON BLANC --- The Clos Montblanc winery is located in Barberà de la Conca, near two historic Catalonian locations, the fortified town of Montblanc and the Monastery of Poblet. Conca de Barberà is located in the northern part of the province of Tarragona, in the areas surrounding the Francoli and Anguera rivers. While the Conca de Barberà was only granted official DO status in 1985, it is the home of the oldest wine cooperative in Spain, established at the Abbey of Santa Maria de Poblet in the 12th century. It was there that the Cistercian monks worked the fields side by side with the fabled Knights of the Templar; many of the techniques used by the monks and knights are still in use today. Geologically, the soils are varied, mostly gray and limestone-based, but also boasting pockets of black slate and quartz (the famed llicorella of its western neighbor, Priorat). This tasty new white is a blend of macabeu, parellada, and sauvignon blanc; a luminous yellow in color, it offers up succulent aromas of pear and apple, with hints of lime zest. Pleasantly fresh on the palate, it is medium bodied, with a rounded texture that makes it a versatile match with food. Fish and chips anyone?

Clos Montblanc Conca de Barberà DO" Xipella" Tinto 2013
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERA DO / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+SYRAH --- That lovely black slate and quartz soil (llicorella) really shines through in this new red! A blend of carignan (also known as samso or cariñena) and syrah, it explodes with concentrated fruit aromas. A mouthcoating palate of potent red and dark fruits walks the line between voluptuous and burly. Warm woody notes and streaks of dark minerality hang on a lengthy finish that displays fine, integrated tannins before finally closing out the show. Open this and cozy up with some BBQ or a hearty stew.

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Feb
16
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Vadio Bairrada DOC 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: BEIRAS / Appellation: BAIRRADA DOC / Varietal(s): BAGA --- The village of Poutena in Portugal's Bairrada region is home to the Vadio Project, a small organic winery run by Luis Patrão, his Brazilian girlfriend Eduarda, and his father Dinis. Located 15 km from the Atlantic Ocean and 100 km south of Porto, viticulture has existed in Bairrada since the Moor withdrawal in the 10th century. The region became a critical supplier to Port producers in the 17th century due to British demand, but later dropped off the wine map as Port fell from popularity, and vignerons sold their juice in bulk or just made wine for their own families. The Vadio Project is striving to change the perception of Bairrada by showing that it can produce world-class wines through the resurrection of the region's traditional grape varieties. Viticulture at Vadio is entirely organic and fermentation occurs with native yeast. 100% baga, this new arrival is light on its feet, with bright red cranberry and cherry fruit accented by earthy, spicy, faintly-herbal notes. Subtly evocative of Loire Valley pinot or gamay blends, this is fantastic with roasted goat, pork belly, or cheddar-stuffed black bean burgers. 

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 and a delightful blend of native grapes all come together. A mélange 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 perking up a dreary late-winter day! 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.

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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Feb
15
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Señorío de Sobral Albariño Rias Baixas 2017
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIAS BAIXAS DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Proprietor Alberto Lago’s family has been committed to making wines from the albariño grape for over a century. The winery itself is located in the subzone of Condado do Tea, along the shores of the Miño river, in a 15th century castle which once belonged to the Horsemen of Malta. This area has a unique microclimate with soils of clay and river stones which help retain both moisture and warmth, influencing an expression of albariño that is like a summer breeze in a glass. Pleasant citrus and mineral notes give way to smooth, balanced texture and a long finish. Just a slight chill on this wine really complements the delicate aromatics. This just screams out for oysters or other cool, briny shellfish! It might be winter outside, but we can still sip a little summer sunshine!

Indret Priorat DOQ La Morera de Montsant 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: PRIORAT DOQ / Varietal(s): GARNACHA+CARINENA+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- This family-owned estate was founded in 1996 by Josep Gomez and his wife Teresa. Located at the highest elevation in Priorat (approximately 900 feet), the dry-farmed grapes here ripen much later than anywhere else, resulting in a mid-October harvest. The entire process is done in sustainable fashion, with organic certification pending. Estate-bottled, from the "Barranc de la Bruixa" vineyard, fermentation takes place in concrete, with 15% of the wine then aged for 5-6 months in oak barrels.This "gentle giant" is a more elegant take on Priorat than many others from the region. Food-friendly, with palate-cleansing freshness, spicy, savory dark fruit, and broad, lingering tannins, this is great with braised rabbit with olives and herbs.

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Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

Truchard Roussanne Carneros Napa Valley California 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CARNEROS - NAPA VALLEY / Varietal(s): ROUSANNE --- The Truchard family has been making with in the U.S. for over a century, starting with Jean Marie Truchard who emigrated from the Lyon area of France with his brother, Father Anthony Marie, a Catholic priest, in 1887. No one knows for sure why they came over, but it is speculated that it could have been due to the phylloxera epidemic that was starting to ravage Europe. They started growing grapes at their barn-winery outside of Houston, Texas, but unfortunately, their project did not survive Prohibition or the Texas heat. The family tradition would later be rekindled by Jean Marie's grandson, Tony. He attended medical school in Texas and then after enrolled as an officer in the army to repay his school. He was supposed to be stationed in South Korea with his family, however, fate would have it that his pregnant wife would slip and break her knee, and instead he was stationed in Herlong, California. He was inspired by the beautiful vineyards in Napa Valley, and would go on to become a pioneer of the soon-to-be Carneros AVA, growing grapes in a region that was deemed "too cold" to produce stunning wines, all while running his own medical private practice in Reno. After selling their grapes to premier wineries for 15 years, the Truchards began producing their own wines in 1989 to great acclaim. This 2017 roussanne is elegantly textured and aromatic, with a rich, almost creamy mouthfeel and concentrated lemon curd and baked yellow apple and slight marzipan flavors. For the California chardonnay lover and someone looking to expand knowledge of Rhône varietals grown in California (since roussanne is originally from the Rhône valley in France). Pair with your garlic-herb butter roasted chicken or pasta carbonara.

Château Ampélia Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux 2014 - GROWN ORGANICALLY
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: CASTILLON-CÔTES DE BORDEAUX / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC --- In 1996, three years before acquiring the lands of Ampélia, François Despagne inherited the Grand Corbin-Despagne estate from his family, making it the seventh generation of his family at the helm of this Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion property. Since he already had a wonderful successful estate, he sought out a challenge: creating fine wines in Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux, the much less-renowned bordering appellation. He found a particular plot of land that he was drawn to that is the highest point in altitude in all of Bordeaux. This, along with the clay-limestone soil, had him convinced that he would be able to produce stunning, terroir-driven wines. They offer freshness and minerality, and are a wonderful alternative for people who wish to drink their wines young rather than wait several years until they reach a peak age (although this can be aged for up to a decade!). Throughout every stage of the growing season, François Despagne demonstrates a deep respect for the terroir and its identity. Constantly attached to his land, he even chose to begin converting his vineyard in 2010 to certified organic status - a choice that reinforced his commitment to quality and high standards of vine growing. Each lot is vinified separately, but blended before aging in the cellar. François visited the shop last month and we were taken with the wines (including his 2008 Saint-Emilion which is on our shelf!), but more so, we were taken by his palpable love for winemaking. The 2014 Ampelia is a blend of 95% merlot with 5% cabernet franc grown in the same 5 hectare vineyard on clay/limestone soils. The wine possesses a real energetic core of balanced acidity and fine tannin with great freshness characteristic of slightly wetter vintages. The impeccable texture is accented flavors of fresh berries and crunchy plum with just the right amount of earthy forest floor notes. Pair with seared duck breast in a port wine reduction sauce for a decadent pairing.

Aaron Burr Cidery Homestead Elderberry Apple Cider 2017
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Aaron Burr Cidery has become the sought-after icon of local, traditional cider making. This small homestead farm dates back to the early 1800s and is located in Wurtsboro, NY, in neighboring Sullivan County. Aaron Burr's name was on the original deed of the home, and a rebellious energy pulses through everything made by Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian. Dedicated to making "true cider", once the most popular drink in America, their main source of apples are those which they forage themselves. around the Hudson Valley and Lower Catskills. The Elderberry Apple is a co-fermented cider combining unsprayed, uncultivated apples foraged throughout the region with co-fermented elderberry foraged from around their homestead farm.

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Feb
8
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Barco del Corneta Verdejo "Cucù" Tierra de Castilla y León 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: TIERRA DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Varietal(s): VERDEJO --- Barco del Corneta is a small vineyard surrounded by lush forest, sitting 2,600 ft. up in the rolling hills of the Rueda region, prized for its beautiful expressions of verdejo. Lively and expressive, verdejo offers up plenty of character and versatility. This sustainably-grown bottle (the frog on the label represents the respect for nature that goes into both the vineyards and cellar) from soils of silica sand and red stone is medium bodied and dry. Young winemaker Beatriz Herranz reconsidered the style of verdejo, finding it too often to be only young and easy drinking wines. She dedicated herself to get the most out of the grapes respecting them in a traditional and sustainable way, allowing it to ferment with only ambient yeasts for more depth. Fresh, juicy citrus and stone fruit flavors with a softer, rounded acidity make this a refreshing value that works for almost any occasion - from impromptu get-togethers with friends to a dinner party aperitif. Vegan-friendly, this is great with punchy, garlic-laced gambas al ajillo.

Bodegas Manzanos Más de Víctor Tempranillo Rioja DOCa 2017
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCA / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- Founded in 1890 by Don Lorenzo Fernández de Manzanos, Bodegas Manzanos pride themselves on over 120 years of experience making wines that are a true reflection of the land from which they come. The "Más de Víctor" line comes from worldwide demand for more wines from Víctor Fernández de Manzanos, hence "More from Victor"! This is a great young, ready-to-drink Rioja, made from 100% tempranillo aged for four months in French and American oak. This bottle offers aromas of dark fruit, licorice, chocolate and spice with a round, juicy palate perfect for the everyday table. Try it with savory black bean chili or chorizo-flecked fried rice.

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Feb
2
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

Tuck Beckstoffer Wines The Seventy Five Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon California 2016
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- 1975 was a defining year for many: Bill Gates founded Microsoft, Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, the first episode of Saturday Night Live debuted... Among its many iconic developments, 1975 also marks the year the Beckstoffer family put down roots in Napa, as pioneers of the burgeoning grape growing industry. Tuck Beckstoffer grew up among the vines, and after studying with winemaking legends both at home and abroad, Tuck determined to start making wines of his own, releasing a cabernet sauvignon in 1997 to critical acclaim and demand. The Seventy Five Wine Company was founded to create wines that express the essence of California wine country, without breaking the bank. This cab manages to do all that quite nicely: ruby red in the glass, with seductive aromas of strawberry preserve, and black mission figs overlaid by a touch of thyme. Deep flavors of Bing cherry and black raspberry linger in the mouth for a long, satisfying finish. A perfect winter red, open this with burgers topped with bacon, melty Gouda, arugula, caramelized onions, and a roasted balsamic cherry & poblano chutney, or cozy up with a classic pot roast or vegetarian shepherd's pie.

Franck Balthazar Selections Côtes-du-Rhône AOC 2017 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE AOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH+GRENACHE --- Franck Balthazar possesses two distinct advantages in making outstanding wines: the patient demeanor essential to pursuit of perfection in producing flawless cuvées, and the opportunity to put that to use working a nearly 100 year old parcel formerly owned by Noël Verset, retired Cornas icon. The Balthazar domaine was founded by Franck’s grandfather, Casmir Balthazar, in 1931, and then run by his father, René, until 2002. Keeping to a strictly traditional philosophy in the vineyard and cellar, in homage to the great Cornas producers who preceded him, Franck is a purist and traditionalist: he works his vineyards with draft horses, and hand ferments each parcel separately including a portion of the stems, in order to better express the character of his lands. His wines are proof his approach works: luxurious, graceful, and expressive, with a distinct sense of place. Deep red in color, this elegant Côtes-du-Rhône from a neighbor's parcel delights with a nose of sweet fleshy black fruit, including prune and cassis, and hints of savory leather. Plush, with restrained tannins, it finishes with voluptuous touches of violet and tobacco. Perfect for elegant winter dinners, this pairs beautifully with herb-rubbed leg of lamb, brisket or potatoes au gratin with sage and Manchego.

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Feb
1
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Andreas Gsellmann Weissburgunder Burgenland 2015 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): WEISSBURGUNDER AKA PINOT BLANC --- Andreas Gsellmann is a seventh generation winemaker, working biodynamically on his family estate that dates back to the 1800s. The Gsellmann winery is located in the famed wine city of Gols in Austria's Burgenland, on terroir surrounding Lake Neusiedl. 100% weissburgunder (pinot blanc), grapes for this cuvée come from the Goldberg vineyard, which consists of red Danube gravel and sandy, iron-rich loam, located on the Pandorfer plateau near Lake Neusiedl. The lake provides a moderating climate that is especially favorable for pinot blanc. The grapes were foot stomped, and allowed to stay on the skins for two hours before being moved to stainless steel tanks where the wine was fermented spontaneously. After fermentation, the wine spends six months on the fine lees in 500 liter barrels. Vibrant and oh-so-refreshing, this bursts with complex apple, pear, and stonefruit flavors, delicate notes of almond blossom, and precise minerality. A crisp, elegant selection at a price that's hard to beat! Great with fish tacos, shrimp pad Thai, or party-ready snacks like fresh pretzels or nachos.

Domaine de l'Ostal Minervois AOC Estibals 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: MINERVOIS AOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH+CARIGNAN+GRENACHE --- In the foothills of the Montagne Noire, halfway between the medieval town of Carcassonne and the old Roman port in Narbonne, lies Domaine L’Ostal Cazes. It encompasses 150 hectares of land (including 60 ha of vines and 25 ha of olive groves.) Boasting one of the finest terroirs in the Languedoc, L'Ostal takes its name from the term "ostal" meaning both "house" and "family group" in the ancient Occitan language. The domaine was purchased in 2002 by Jean-Michel Cazes, the owner of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac. Cuvée Estibals is named for one of the finer parcels in the domaine and is one of our favorite new wines to hit the shelves! Luxurious layers of fleshy dark fruit - plum, brambly black raspberry, and black currant - are joined by a touch of wild herbs and barnyard earth. Silky in texture, this makes a fantastic match with hearty stews, braised short ribs, chili, or smoked black bean dip. A fantastic cold weather companion!

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Jan
26
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

VIGNERONS AT THE VANGUARD!
Today we've got all new wines, just in from producers in Austria, Slovenia, and Spain. The thing they all have in common is that they all excel at pushing the boundaries of wine making in their regions - with delicious results for us!

Weingut Werlitsch "Ex Vero Legoth" Styria 2010 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: STYRIA / Appellation: STYRIA / Varietal(s): PINOT BLANC+ WELSCHRIESLING+SAMLING+MUSKATELLER+MÜLLER-THURGAU --- Chablis and Jura lovers, take note! Ewald Tscheppe makes some of the most distinctive and unique white wines in Austria. He took over the family winery in 2005, and biodynamically farms 8 hectares of vines in the southern part of Styria (the southernmost wine region in Austria, bordering Slovenia). Famous for its ‘opok’ (limestone rich clay) soils, the winemaking culture in this mountainous region can be traced all the way back to Roman times, and the area possesses some of the oldest sauvignon blanc plantings outside of France. Ewald's winemaking philosophy is perfectly embodied in his "Ex Vero" series. Meaning "from truth" in Latin, it captures his desire to make honest, authentic wines that speak of the place they are from. "Ex Vero Legoth" is a co-fermented blend of pinot blanc, welschriesling, samling, muskateller, and müller thurgau, fermented with native yeasts and aged in older oak barrels. A combination of that aging in older oak, as well as extended lees contact, and bottle aging lend this a truly unique nutty, saline, mineral-driven texture. Gentle notes of yellow fruit (baked apple, lemon curd) make an appearance but the real focus here is the explosive flavor and amazingly lively palate. Crisp, fresh acidity shimmers throughout, providing a wine that crackles with energy while simultaneously providing depth and intricacy. A compelling new find for fans of complex, aged white Burgundy and Jura whites. "Ex Vero Legoth" comes from a vineyard that Ewald used to rent, but no longer has access to, so this, the 2010 vintage, is the last. Get it while you can!

Vino Zaro Refošk Izola 2016
Country: SLOVENIA / Region: ISTRIAN PENINSULA / Appellation: IZOLA / Varietal(s): REFOŠK --- Matej Zaro hails from the town of Izola (Island) - a tiny, medieval city along the Adriatic coast. This steep, stony area has historically been recognized as a prime region in Slovenia for the native refošk grape. A former professional handball player, Matej took over the family winery and is stepping up his winemaking game with the zeal and perfectionism of a pro athlete. An enthusiastic proponent of Slovenian wines, he's also the founder of the Orange Wine Festival. The Zaro family has lived in Izola since the 14th century and the estate has long been organic. 100% refošk, grapes were hand harvested, destemmed, and fermented spontaneously in stainless steel. Aged for one year, then bottled unfiltered, this is purple in hue and lip-smackingly fresh. Lighter in body than some refošk, it offers up aromas of violets and spices, flavors of brambly berries, and a touch of dried herbs. A tasty match with dishes like fried smelt, vegetable moussaka, or creamy penne with sausage.

Bodega Lanzaga LZ Rioja Tinto 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA ALAVESA / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+GARNACHA+ GRACIANO+VIURA --- Bodega Lanzaga is the creation of Telmo Rodriguez (son of Jaime Rodríguez Salís and Amaia Hernandoarena of the famed Remelluri estate) and his partner Pablo Eguzkiza. Its 19 hectares of organically farmed vines are where Telmo seeks to recreate the vineyards of 150 years ago, where as many as 50 grape varieties would all be planted together. This is a delightful blend of tempranillo, garnacha, graciano, and viura from a mix of different vineyards in the Alavesa sub-region, co-fermented with wild yeasts. Blackberry and currant fruit dance around a silky frame that shows incredible freshness and purity. Bursting with sassy, sultry dark fruit, this will make a great partner to spice-rubbed leg of lamb or split pea "meatballs" with pistachio yogurt.

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Jan
25
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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 medium-bodied, piquant syrah is fresh and spicy, with savory, peppery aromas and slight rustic tannin on the finish. Pair with sauteed portobello mushrooms finished with a balsamic glaze.

Tenute Novelli Montefalco Rosso DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: MONTEFALCO ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+SAGRANTINO+MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Tuscany's next door neighbor, Umbria, finally gets its time in the spotlight! The two regions share not only a border, but a long history of growing the same grapes. Cantina Novelli was founded in 2007 with the goal of melding cutting edge technology with a respect for Umbria’s land and winemaking history to produce wines of distinction that highlight the traditional grape varietals of the region. This new Montefalco Rosso is medium-bodied and ready for just about any dinner occasion. Fragrances of ripe red fruit blend with dark cherries and faint notes of balsam. A smooth, fleshy palate opens up with loads of red berry flavors, all nicely supported by bright acidity, subtly firm tannins, and a lingering, earthy finish. Great with pizza, pasta, or truffle fries!

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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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