Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

FALL FAVORITES

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

Angry Orchard Cider "Understood in Motion" #03

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

Château d'Épiré Savennières AOC 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

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

Mocali Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2015

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

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Sep
14
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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

Artuke Rioja DOCa 2017

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

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Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

Free Cider Tasting - Second Sunday Cider Hang

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

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Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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

Occhipinti "SP68" Rosso Terre Siciliane IGT 2017 -  BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGT / Varietal(s): FRAPPATO+NERO D'AVOLA --- Arianna Occhipinti has been a trailblazer in Sicilian natural winemaking. 21 years old when she released her first vintage in 2004, she has since gained a cult following in the biodynamic movement. Arianna started at age 16 in her uncle Giusto Occhipinti's cellar – he being the proprietor of Vittoria's most famous winery, COS – and loved it. After studying oenology in Milan, she returned to Sicily to "unlearn" the technical ways she had been taught to "construct" a wine, instead growing grapes and making wine from the ground up. She tends 25 hectares of vineyards near Vittoria, in southeastern Sicily, and has built her reputation on frappato, an often overlooked grape. Her vineyards are certified organic and practicing biodynamic and feature only native Sicilian varietals. Her SP68 wines are named for the main road nearby, which also happens to be the most ancient wine route in existence. This red is a blend of 70% frappato and 30% nero d'Avola, fermented using indigenous yeasts, and aged in small concrete tanks with no oak influence. Bright and aromatic, this displays vibrant raspberry tones, with exuberant peppercorn and wet rose petal notes. Delicious to sip with grilled leg of lamb or roasted eggplant.

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Sep
7
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

ORGANIC AND NATURAL CLASSICS FROM FRANCE AND ITALY

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

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

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

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

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Aug
31
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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Aug
24
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug
17
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

CHILL OUT WITH HOT FRENCH AND GERMAN VALUES!

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

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

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Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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

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Aug
10
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Jo Landron "Amphibolite" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOP Sur Lie 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: MUSCADET SÈVRE ET MAINE AOC / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- Over the past several years, there appears to be a growing consensus that Muscadet is one of the best and most consistent values in white wine. Made from the grape Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet is the classic companion to briny oysters and shellfish. Jo Landron worked with his father for 12 years before continuing on his own. Landron drastically re-shaped this estate, making it one of the most respected in the appellation while simultaneously helping to put Muscadet on the map. Now acclaimed as one of the top producers in Muscadet, Landron has been completely organic since 1999 and is now certified biodynamic, using no chemicals of any kind in the vines, harvesting by hand, and fermenting with native yeast. The "Amphibolite" cuvée derives its name from the greenish, metamorphic bedrock that makes up the soils in which the grapes are grown. Produced from vines aged between 25-40 years old, it is vinified with only a short time on its lees to retain as much freshness and minerality as possible, and sees only the barest minimum of sulfur. Bottling occurs early, in February, again to preserve the essence of the wine, without filtration. Muscadet as a simple, neutral, quaffing white? Au contraire! A pure, low-alcohol offering, this bursts with crunchy minerals, zesty citrus, lime leaf, and crab apple notes. Exuberant acidity keeps it light and lively, while a generous dash of salinity on that iconic mineral finish just screams out for shellfish!

Domaine Vetriccie Rosé Corse AOP 2017
Country: FRANCE / Region: CORSICA / Appellation: CORSE AOP / Varietal(s): NIELLUCCIU+SCIACCARELLU+GRENACHE --- A breathtaking Mediterranean island (off the West coast of Italy, just North of Sardinia), Corsica has a winemaking tradition that's over 2,500 years old, but only recently gaining popularity here in the US. The appellation Vin de Corse is situated towards the eastern side of the island, between mountains and the sea, where the terroir is defined by clay sediments left over from the evaporation of the ancient Miocene sea, lending these wines a distinctive minerality and character. Located near the town of Aghione, on the Costa Serena, the Vetriccie estate was acquired by the Barcelo family in 1966, encompassing over 120 hectares. (Vetriccie is a Corsican wicker that grows near the vineyards and stands as a symbol of their wild nature.) The little-known grape, niellucciu, has long been planted in Corsica, and along with another regional varietal, sciaccarellu, lends this gorgeous rosé an aromatic profile and personality all its own. Accented by a touch of grenache in the blend, this wine is super dry and oh-so-refreshing, packed with lovely citrus and mineral notes. Think blood orange and white cherries dancing across a cool, stony frame, accented with a splash of acidity and sea spray! Enjoy this as the perfect aperitif, to accompany a salad of shaved fennel, blood orange, and almonds with grilled shrimp, or with simple bruschetta and fresh mozzarella.

Chåteau Coujan "Cuvée Terrasses" Herault IGP 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: HERAULT IGP / Varietal(s): SYRAH+MOURVÈDRE+MERLOT+GRENACHE --- The Guy family settled in the Domaine de Coujan in 1868. Located near St. Chinian, François Guy planted grapes on a bed of fossilized coral and sandy limestone. Today, his daughter Florence is in charge of the estate. The domaine covers an area of 54 hectares, with vines situated on hillsides, and began the conversion to organic viticulture in 2008. Now certified organic, the estate is an oasis of biodiversity. A sumptuous blend of syrah, with bits of mourvèdre, merlot, and grenache adding complexity to the blend, this is surprisingly light on its feet, just perfect for steamy summer nights. Juicy red fruit melds with notes of crushed herbs, hints of licorice, and a savory, umami character with a finish of dusty tannins. Pure and fresh,  this is great with a light chill! Take advantage of the influx of summer produce and consider this a BLT's BFF!

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Aug
4
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

WHAT TO PAIR WITH THOSE SUMMER DOLDRUMS? WILD AND WOOLLY WEST COAST WINES!
Feeling like your palate is in a summer rut? Here are three wines to help it bust out! West Coast takes on French grape varietals, each one of these unique quaffs from Washington and California boasts a lot of personality in each sip. Full of flavor and character, these are still light and lively enough to cut through all this oppressive humidity!

Gramercy Cellars Picpoul Walla Walla Valley Los Oidos Vineyard 2017
Country: USA / Region: WASHINGTON STATE / Appellation: WALLA WALLA VALLEY / Varietal(s): PICPOUL --- Gramercy Cellars was founded in 2005 by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington and his wife, Pam. Prior to starting a winery, Harrington managed wine programs for restaurants owned by Joyce Goldstein, Emeril Lagasse, Stephen Hanson, and Wolfgang Puck. Brandon Moss joined the Gramercy Cellars team in 2009 and now makes wines alongside Harrington, having formerly worked at King Estate, Indevin, and Waters. Gramercy started making picpoul in 2013 as the grape was a favorite of Pam Harrington. This vintage was sourced from the sustainably farmed Los Oídos Vineyard, located in the Blue Mountains of Walla Walla. Planted predominantly in the Languedoc region of France, the picpoul grape is valued for its crisp acidity and lemony, floral aromatics. Combining the zip of a sauvignon blanc with a touch of gruner veltliner-like spice and chardonnay-esque texture, this is a great way to bust out of your summer wine doldrums! There's a lot going on here: from the high intensity nose that bursts with white flowers and lemon custard to the spicy Anjou pears and lemon verbena on the palate. But wait, there's more! A creamy (but not buttery) mouthfeel and gravelly mineral notes add irresistible elegance, all cut by the electric acidity that keeps this balanced and fresh. A deliriously long finish offers a subtle hint of hazelnut along with that lovely minerality, almost reminiscent of a white Burgundy. This screams for seafood: think cod with aioli or grilled oysters!

Matthiasson Rosé California 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE+SAUVIGNON BLANC+COUNOISE --- Matthiasson Vineyards is the result of two dedicated farmers-turned-winemakers. Steve Matthiasson co-authored the manual on California sustainable agriculture practices in 1999, and worked as a vineyard consultant before focusing his efforts on his own winemaking. Jill Klein Matthiasson studied botany, ancient farming methods, and traditional techniques for soil health, and has pioneered farmer-to-farmer networking for sustainability. Their intense commitment to soil health in their vineyards translates into focused, elegant wines of character and quality. The 2016 rosé is a blend of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, sauvignon blanc, and counoise from four sustainably farmed vineyards spanning Dunnigan Hills, Napa Valley, and Mendocino. Light orange-pink in color, it has aromas of red berries and blood orange with hints of acacia blossoms, herbs, dried roses, and anise. Red currant, cherry, and peach flavors finish firm and spicy on the palate with a touch of tangerine and lingering, clean minerality. Its depth and clarity make it the perfect complement for the summer influx of fresh veggies (salads, frittatas, peas, green garlic, summer squash). Enjoy this with anything fresh and green, or just kick back with a glass on the porch! Zucchini has met its match!
 
Turley Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard Lodi 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: LODI / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- Turley Wine Cellar has developed a reputation for some of the greatest zinfandels and petite sirahs from California. All of Turley's vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and only natural yeasts are used to spark fermentation. The wines now have a cult following, and we're delighted to be able to continue to share this unique cinsault with you. Planted in 1886 in Lodi, this cinsault vineyard is the oldest of its kind in the country! A more restrained and fresh offering than many, this features lovely aromatics, refreshing tartness, and a delicate structure, perfect for this steamy weather. This chillable red can be drunk all alone or with any sort of grilled meat.

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Aug
3
4:00 PM16:00

Free Spirits Tasting - Friday

SIZZLING SUMMER SPIRITS FROM HARVEST SPIRITS
Four miles east of the Hudson River, in the valley between the Catskill and Berkshire mountains, lies third-generation apple farm, Golden Harvest Farms. Established in 1954, the farm grows over 20 varieties of apples on 200 acres. New York's first farm distillery, Harvest Spirits was established in 2007 to put surplus apples to use; they take on a second life as vodka, Applejack, and specialty brandies. Apples are pressed year round on an antique rack-and-cloth press, fermented into hard cider in stainless steel tanks, and then distilled in a single 100 gallon pot still. Perfect for fulfilling your sipping or cocktail desires, no matter the season!
 
Harvest Spirits Core Vodka
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Core Vodka is made by distilling hard cider three times with a singular filtration. A single bottle comes from over 60 lbs of fresh apples! Naturally gluten free, this has no charcoal filtration and no additives. It features a bright floral nose, dry mid-palate, and a long clean finish, with the barest hint of apple essence. This is excellent as a sipping vodka; great in cocktails too.

Harvest Spirits Cornelius Applejack
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- This smooth, warming Applejack is made from hard cider that is twice distilled in small batches. Aged for three years in 50 gallon bourbon casks, it is then finished in 15 gallon quarter casks for additional barrel color and flavor. More akin to a bourbon whiskey than a brandy in character, this makes a great gluten-free alternative to rye or bourbon. The faintest rumor of sweetness adds softness to the finish.

Harvest Spirits "John Henry" Single Malt Whiskey
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- John Henry Single Malt Whiskey is named in honor of the man who has helped farm the lands at Golden Harvest for over four decades. Crafted in very small batches, John Henry is double distilled from two-row malted barley, then rested in new oak and aged in Cornelius Applejack barrels for three years. 100% barley, this contains no sugar, caramel coloring, or liquid smoke. A pleasing balance of malt and smoke, this will find fans among connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike.

Harvest Spirits Rare Pear Brandy
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- 100% Bartlett pears, crushed whole and fermented on the skins, this Rare Pear brandy is minimally distilled twice to retain the gorgeous fresh pear aromas. Aged two years in charred American oak barrels with a single filtration, this is surprisingly dry, with a long toasted oak finish. Its classic style evokes a traditional European brandy. Enjoy neat or on the rocks to get the full aromatic experience!

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Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

A selection of bottles from some of Europe's trailblazing young winemakers.

Karl Haidle Riesling Kabinett "Pfeffer" Württemberg 2016 - Organically Grown + Low Intervention
Country: GERMANY/ Region: WÜRTTEMBERG / Appellation: REMSTAL / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- From the importers/specialists at Schatzi Wines: "Founded in 1949 by retired, world-class gymnast Karl Haidle and now onto its third generation, Weingut Haidle has long been a pioneer and leader in fine-wine production in Württemburg. Today, the young and energetic Moritz Haidle is in charge of the estate.  He is a dedicated organic farmer, and a passionate devotee of hip-hop culture. A talented graffiti artist, Moritz is no doubt a radical figure in the Swabian wine scene, uprooting the traditional image of the staid German winzer. His vibrant character and commitment to terroir translates in the pure, focused wines that are emerging from this deep, natural cellar. Specializing in Riesling, Lemberger, and Spätburgunder, Moritz gives the unique slopes of Stetten a chance to speak with nuance and clarity." The "Pfeffer", named not for the German word for "pepper", but for David Pfeffer, a local musician and comedian in the 18th century, is a classic riesling, with gorgeous balance between stone fruit and mineral characters. Lovely structure with fresh, rounded acidity makes this a slam dunk with some Swabian-inspired fare: spätzle and Vienna sausage!

Weingut Knauss "La Boutanche" Rosé Württemberg 2017 - Organically Grown + Low Intervention
Country: GERMANY/ Region: WÜRTTEMBERG / Appellation: WÜRTTEMBERG / Varietal(s): TROLLINGER --- Andi Knauss -- the thirty-something at the helm of Weingut Knauss in the Wurttemberg region of Southwest Germany -- always knew winemaking was in the cards. Historically the winery had been a hobby for the family, but Andi got serious, enrolling in wine school followed by training with an organic producer in Austria. Andi's winemaking approach bucks the modernist tradition, choosing only to use native yeasts for fermentation and using only a discrete amount of sulfur (often eschewing its use entirely). The "La Boutanche" Rosé is a collaborative effort with the importer Selection Massale to source tasty and affordable organic, minimalist wines from sought after producers. Knauss's bottle comes from a direct press of young-vine trollinger fermented in stainless steel tanks. This results in a pale, salmon-pink wine with well balanced red cherry and alpine herb flavors. Lovely expression of rosé that will make you rethink that next purchase of Provençal pink. Sip this wet weather away and have with with your second plate of Swabian spätzle and Vienna sausage (see Haidle above ⬆⬆).

Domaine Ledogar "Roug'é Clair" Vin de France 2017 - Certified Organic + Low Intervention
Country: FRANCE/ Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE/CARIGNAN --- Brothers Xavier and Mathieu Ledogar come from a wine growing family, as both their great grandfathers were wine growers to Ferrals Les Corbières. Nature lover Xavier began working the vineyards at 12 years old, and dropped out of agriculture school at 18 to devote himself full time to the domaine. He took over the 22 hectares of the domaine on his own in 1997, building a cellar (previously wine had been sent to the local cooperative), and originally calling the estate Domaine Grand Lauze, before eventually switching to the family name. Brother Mathieu joined him in 2000, and now he and Xavier work together, farming organically (and biodynamically since 2004). Xavier and Mathieu follow moon cycles, use organic fertilizers and plant infusions on the vines. They use a horse to plow the vines and also have some donkeys that assist in weeding. "Roug'é Clair" is now in the third vintage of what started as an experiment during their conversion to organic and biodynamic practices. A blend of grenache and carignan, the grapes from each different terroir are vinified separately and blended when Xavier thinks they are ready. As bright and lively as its label, it explodes with lovely red cherry and berry fruit, with a decidedly juicy mouthfeel! Clean and exuberant, it adds intrigue with earthy herbal notes and more generous berries on a lip-smacking finish. Although dangerously quaffable, this is far from simple. Pour with something simple and delicious: grilled cheese with heirloom tomato.

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Jul
27
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Ferdinand Albariño California 2016 (375ml Can)
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA/ Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Up-and-comer winemaker Evan Fraiser is making the wine he wants to drink: versatile, invigorating, and delicious. He makes his wines in the cellar at Kongsgaard Wines, where he is the General Manager and Assistant Winemaker, having worked there since 2008. Ferdinand’s albariño comes from Marcus Bokisch’s Vista Luna Vineyard in Lodi, a 15-minute drive from Tegan Passalacqua’s Kirschenmann Vineyard. Vista Luna is known for its cobbled, rocky soil and the cooling breezes which blow from the Delta to the Sierras. The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed. The wine fermented spontaneously with native yeasts and no temperature manipulation. Malolactic is arrested with SO2 to preserve freshness. From Evan himself, "I want to make the wines that I want to drink. And beyond that, wines that I could afford to order at a restaurant." This albariño is restaurant worthy but ready for any setting. Floral with tangerine and lime zest aromas, the palate reveals a slight nuttiness and bakeshop quality from the lees aging in neutral oak barrels. Take a couple of cans with you to the campsite or on your next outing or cookout. Pour with grilled corn, mushroom and roasted poblano tacos.

Vignoble Dinocheau Pineau d'Aunis Rosé Touraine AOC 2017 - Sustainably Grown
Country: FRANCE/ Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: TOURAINE AOC/ Varietal(s): PINEAU D'AUNIS --- The 13 hectares of small family estate Domaine Dinocheau are planted on tuffeau, a blend of chalk and sand that appears white. Now run by siblings Fabian and Laurence, the family has made a name for themselves by cultivating several abandoned grape varietals, including pineau d'aunis, among the most ancient of grapes in the Loire Valley. Formerly known as chenin noir, the plantings were replaced over time by cabernet franc, and are now quite rare – a pity considering the interesting, elegant wines this grape makes. A truly unique rosé, this seduces with aromas of peach skin, strawberries, and cantaloupe, with light accents of flowers and pepper. On the palate it is even more surprising, fresh and lively with savory touches of ripe tomato on a cool, stony finish. A refreshing value that works brilliantly as an aperitif or with a California ham sandwich (ham, avocado, grilled onions, and monterey jack cheese with whole grain mustard on sourdough). *Salivates*

C.G. Paris Fleurie AOC Champagne 2015 - Organically Grown + Low Intervention
Country: FRANCE/ Region: BEAUJOLAIS-BURGUNDY/ Appellation: FLEURIE AOC/ Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Gilles Paris was born and raised in a family of five brothers in Beaujolais. All the brothers are involved in winemaking, and Gilles is no exception. He came into the profession through his now ex-wife, Christine, whose family had vines in the Chiroubles Cru, which he used for his first vintage in 2005. He slowly came around to the low-interventionist approach to winemaking, which has a rich history in the Beaujolais region. This Fleurie is from 25- to 60-years-old vines planted in soils rich with decomposed granite. Most of the wine is aged in old oak barrels while the rest is aged in stainless steel. No sulfur is added at any point in the winemaking process. Big black cherry fruit is laced with dried violets, and the palate, uninhibited by any additions of SO2, reveals a lively acidity balanced by a touch of grippy tannin. Drink on a summer evening with thyme-scented potato and mushroom tart.

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Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

ALL ABOARD THE SPAIN TRAIN?!
Today we have an all-Spanish selection -- from the volcanic island of Lanzarote to the hard-to-pronounce Getariako Txakolina in the Basque Country to the timeless reds of Rioja.

Los Bermejos Malvasía Volcánica Seco Lanzarote DO 2017
Country: SPAIN / Region: CANARY ISLANDS/ Appellation: LANZAROTE DO / Varietal(s): MALVASÍA VOLCÁNICA --- The Island of Lanzarote in the Canaries, just 125 km east of the western cape of Africa, is absolutely unique in terms of terroir and viticulture. A continuous 30-year volcanic eruption in the early 18th century blanketed the island in volcanic ash and lava. To grow grapes, farmers dig holes called hoyo, sometimes four feet deep, to reach organic matter that could nourish the vines. Stone walls are built around the hoyo to prevent damage to grape vines from easterly winds whipping off the Sahara and some farmers use camels to ride around the rocky vineyard terrain to collect grapes for harvest. Ignacio Valdera is one of those farmers and the owner and operator of Los Bermejos. His fruit, grown in the harsh conditions described above, is often supplemented by fruit purchased from other growers. The Malvasía Volcánica was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks to retain fresh fruit flavors. It's brimming with all kinds of citrus fruit - Meyer lemon, tangerine, a touch of grapefruit zest. The palate boasts lovely minerality and the feeling of sea spray, naturally calling for something from the sea to match. From clean and simple oysters on the half-shell to more hearty moules frites or brandade (salt cod spread), this wine will flourish with them all!

Ameztoi "Rubentis" Rosé Getariako Txakolina DO 2017
Country: SPAIN/ Region: BASQUE COUNTRY/ Appellation: GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA DO / Varietal(s): HONDARRIBI BELTZA+HONDARRIBI ZURI --- Ignacio Ameztoi is the seventh-generation winemaker at Ameztoi, located in the beautiful coastal town of Getaria on the Bay of Biscay. Over the rolling sea-side hills, Ameztoi has over 50 acres of vines in the ground, some of which are pergola trained -- a technique used to promote good airflow in humid regions. The "Rubentis" is the racy, high-toned blend of the native white grape Hondarribi Zuri and its red counterpart, Hondarribi Beltza. The grapes are co-fermented for about three weeks in stainless steel tanks before being bottled and chilled to 32° F to preserve some of the residual carbonic acid. This production method gives txakolina its charmingly light effervescence and electric acidity. A beautiful pearlescent pink in the glass, Rubentis brings forth the ideas of cherry and just-ripe strawberry without being overtly fruity. Incredible wine that can only be traced back to this unique region in Spain. Go full Basque: pour alongside grilled shrimp, tuna conserva and perfectly crusty bread.
 
R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Cubillo Rioja DOCa Crianza 2009
Country: SPAIN/ Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCa / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+ GARNACHA+GRACIANO+MAZUELO --- One of the most storied wineries in Spain, R. Lopez de Heredia was birthed out of crisis. When the little fruit louse known as phylloxera began ravaging the vineyards of France in the late 1800s, French winemakers began looking to Rioja for quality grapes to turn into wine. Legend has it that Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landet, the founder of the winery and young oenology student at the time, carefully observed the decision-making of the French artisans. Don Rafael formally established his winery in 1877 in the town of Haro in the Rioja Alta subregion. The house style is defined by commitment to tradition. Blending four key grape varieties – tempranillo, garnacha, graciano and mazuelo – gives the wine a balance and complexity that some single-variety Riojas have trouble achieving. More impressive is their 84-acre underground cellar, where wines are aged until they are ready for release. While most wines in Rioja labeled "crianza" are released immediately after the minimum two-year aging period needed to gain this age designation, Heredia chooses to release their crianza after nine years of aging, with a minimum of three years in small American oak barrels. These wines are a truly singular expression of old-school Rioja winemaking with a precise vision. In the glass, Vina Cubillo opens up with a melange of stewed red and black berries and distinct earthy tones of sweet tobacco and mushroom-inflected umami. The extended aging in American oak barrels (all sourced from the Appalachian Mountains), gives the wine a slight herbaceous dill quality. We can't imagine a better wine to share with friends over grilled rack of lamb with roasted peppers and Manchego!

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Jul
20
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

SUMMER STEALS IN ALL SIZES
This Friday, we've got some great wines for mid-summer weekends at the park, beach, or those secret Hudson Valley watering holes.
 
Podere La Berta Bombino Bianco Romagna Pagadebit DOC 2016
Country: ITALY / Region: EMILIA-ROMAGNA/ Appellation: ROMAGNA PAGADEBIT DOC / Varietal(s): BOMBINO BIANCO --- With over 50+ years of winemaking experience in Tuscany, the Poggiali family purchased La Berta in 2009. The vineyards and winery are situated in the town of Brisighella in their native region of Ravenna. Like their work in Tuscany, all vineyard management follows biodynamic principles, ensuring delicious, energetic fruit from healthy vines. This bombino bianco, aka pagadebit in the local Emilia-Romania dialect, is know for its light citrus, fresh herb and mineral flavors. The name "pagadebit" comes from the fact that the grape is a reliable grower even in bad vintages, so therefore grape growers could use it to "pay their debts". This is a great wine for the everyday table. Pour alongside a beautiful grilled branzino with lemon and parsley.

North Fork Project Rosé North Fork of Long Island 2017 (1L)
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: NORTH FORK OF LONG ISLAND/ Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- North Fork Project Rosé is a collaborative effort between Long Island wine trailblazers Bob and Joyce Pellegrini and New York-based importer and distributor Martin Scott. Their mission is to source local, sustainably produced wine at an affordable price. This 1 liter bottle of North Fork rosé refreshes with zesty lemon and fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas backed by nice tension on the palate. Recommended with burgers, sausages, and a beach chair.

Alloy Wine Works Pinot Noir Central Coast NV (375ml Can)
Country: USA/ Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CENTRAL COAST / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- The mastermind behind Field Recordings (we've featured both their red and white "Fiction" cuvées), 35-year-old Andrew Jones, seems to have a keen eye to finding diamond-in-the-rough parcels with untapped potential in California’s Central Coast. He spends his days planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over the region and, in return, is sometimes gifted small allocations of the finest fruit the vines can offer for his efforts. Given his background, there’s no question as to why he produces such soulful and delicious wines. Alloy Wine Works is the combination of innovation and rustic charm that blend grapes from the most unique and unexpected spots, resulting in a truly Californian wine in a unique package. This pinot noir is packed with ripe cherry and raspberry with underlying tones of vanilla, cracked pepper and cola. Look no further for a juicy, yet sophisticated summer sipper that can accompany you wherever the day leads, whether picnicking, camping, boating, hiking! Keep a few in the cooler for any weekend hang - and don't let the can fool you - there's a half bottle in that compact package!

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Jul
14
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

IT'S BASTILLE DAY!

Domaine Stéphane et Bénédicte Tissot Chardonnay "Patchwork" Arbois AOC 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: ARBOIS AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- "When you’re biodynamic, you have a different life in your vines, in your grapes, and in this way, you can make very easy wine. It leads you." Those are the words Stéphane Tissot lives by, having worked biodynamically since 2004, and with his wife, Bénédicte, 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. Arbois is a commune located within Jura, about 30 miles west of Switzerland. It's an insular area that specializes in unique renditions of chardonnay and savagnin for white wines, as well as pinot noir, trousseau and aromatic ploussard (aka poulsard) for reds. Fuller-bodied and dry, the Patchwork chardonnay comes from a blend of parcels planted on clay or limestone. Stéphane uses the blend to balance the fruit elements before aging in neutral oak and 10% new barrel to retain freshness. (Unlike some of the other white wines from the region, Patchwork is not an oxidized wine.) A chardonnay with personality to spare, this is a serious white, combining a briny tang, lip-smacking acidity, and luscious citrus and tropical fruits with a touch of creamy, buttery texture on the finish! An opulent partner to strong cheeses, or grilled arctic char with creamy cucumber aioli.

Clos Cibonne Tibouren "Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes" Rosé Côtes de Provence AOP 2015 - 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 summer 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, grilled chicken, or dishes with saffron or curry

Clos des Grillons Grenache "Calcaires" Vin de France 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE --- Originally a professor of geography and history, Nicolas Renaud worked nights and weekends for his friend Eric Pfifferling, the winemaker behind L'Anglore in Tavel. Nicolas moved on to further training at Domaine de Vieille Julienne in Châteauneuf du Pape before renting vines in 2005 to begin "Clos des Grillons". His vast knowledge of the rocks and soils of the region, as well as the location of several forgotten older vineyards, have allowed Nicolas to piece together an impressive string of parcels in the Gard department of the Southern Rhône Valley. He works the vineyards with organic methods, using no chemicals, and maintaining the soil by hand. This philosophy follows through into the cellar as well, where fermentations are sparked by wild yeast and the barest amount of sulfur is used. 100% grenache noir, this cuvée comes from old vines grown on gravelly calcareous limestone. It underwent carbonic maceration for 10 days and finished fermentation off the skins. After six months in barrique, the wine was bottled with a minuscule dosage of sulfur. This cuvée comes from three parcels of grenache grown on pure sandstone -- a fantastic natural aquifer for areas that have low rainfall. The wine is brimming with bright, ripe cherry and peppery spice with gorgeous tension on the palate rare in wines from warm Mediterranean climates. This is a stunning example of grenache with pure finesse. Delicious on its own (chilled slightly) or drink with charred fennel salad, fire-roasted summer squash tossed in sea salt and herbes de Provence and black olive and caramelized onion pissaladière.

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Jul
13
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

JUICY VALUES FROM FRANCE AND SPAIN
 
Domaine Eugène Carrel Rosé Jongieux AOC 2017

Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: JONGIEUX AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY+MONDEUSE --- The Savoie region tends to fly under the radar, known more for its excellent skiing or summer relaxation opportunities than for its wines. The wines from this region are rarely found outside of the area, leading one to reason that the locals and tourists are enjoying these wines immensely, keeping them to themselves! The region lies in southeastern France, due east of the grand city of Lyon and south of Geneva, Switzerland. The climate is best described as alpine, with vineyards spread throughout the region, often clinging to hillsides in slightly warmer zones. Most of the production is white, although there are reds and sparkling wines as well. (The dominant grape is called jacquère, a productive grape known for its aromatics and crisp acidity, and one from this same domaine that we've been happy to carry for several years now.) But just in time for rosé season, this blend of 80% gamay and 20% mondeuse (another grape local to the region) bursts with strawberry and raspberry flavors, crisp, dry, and clean on the palate. A refreshing value for almost any occasion, try this with grilled cheese and veggie sandwiches!

GULP/HABLO 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: LA MANCHA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): WHITE-RED BLEND --- The name says it all. This is a kitchen-sink blend of sixteen different grape varietals, both white and red, all either organically or biodynamically grown in the Castilla La Mancha region of Spain. Aromas of berries, flowers, and crushed herbs open the show, then it's all about ripe strawberries, peaches, apricots, and wet stones on the palate. Straddling the line between light red and rosé, this juicy, aromatic LITER just screams to accompany your next picnic, BBQ, or weeknight dinner! Like these long summer evenings, this will be gone in the blink of an eye. Serve slightly chilled.

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Jul
7
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

UNWIND WITH A TASTE OF ITALY!

Vigneto Saetti Rosso Viola IGP 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: EMILIA-ROMAGNA / Appellation: ROSSO VIOLA IGP / Varietal(s): SALAMINO DI SANTA CROCE --- It's Lambrusco, but fear not! This is a far cry from the dark days of Riunite! Luciano Saetti is one of a newer generation of Lambrusco growers approaching this much-maligned wine in a more modern (actually, old-fashioned!) way. His family planted their vines in 1964, and for years sold their grapes to a local co-op. But Luciano was inspired by the potential of their old vines of salamino (a thick-skinned, tight-bunched, darker, more acidic strain of the lambrusco grape.) He converted to organic (certified) farming and started bottling estate wines. Sulfur has not been used at any point in the process since the 2007 vintage, and grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed in the field in small 100-liter steel containers for maximum freshness. Rare for Lambrusco, the secondary fermentation takes place in bottle, initiated by the addition of fresh grape must in the spring following the vintage, and is fermented to bone-dryness. This defies the sad stereotype of Lambrusco, with a dry, complex, earthy character, flavors of dark fruits, and a floral, savory finish. Add in its characteristic spritziness, and the result is an incredible pizza wine! (It's also great with cold cuts like salami, antipasti, or Parmesan dishes). Serve lightly chilled.

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 summer gatherings, pair this with squash blossom fritters.

Mocali Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE GROSSO --- Dino Ciacci, the founder of the Mocali estate, was one of the 25 vignerons who, in 1967, founded the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. Today Mocali is owned and managed by Tiziano and Alessandra Ciacci, Dino's grandchildren, who live on the estate. Tiziano manages the vineyards and winemaking, as he has since the 1980s. Mocali follows a traditional style of winemaking, and their Brunello has a formidable reputation worldwide as being both approachable and age-worthy. This delicious Rosso is the "little brother" to Mocali's esteemed flagship Brunello; the fruit comes from the same vineyard and the wine is made similarly, with shorter aging to make it more approachable while still young. 100% sangiovese grosso, grown in marl and limestone. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel and malolactic fermentation is carried out in wood. The wine is then matured for 12 months in large French-oak barrels called “botti”, followed by additional aging in bottle for 7 months before release. Ruby red in color, this Rosso is elegant and precise, with a concentrated nose of cranberries and cherries, baking spices, and orange peel. Delicate mineral notes dance across a full-bodied palate, with an earthy, lingering finish tying things together beautifully. Throw a rib eye on the grill and enjoy!

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Jul
6
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Chalk Hill "Wits End" Vermentino McLaren Vale 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: AUSTRALIA / Region: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Appellation: MCLAREN VALE / Varietal(s): VERMENTINO --- The vermentino grape is widely planted across the Mediterranean coast of Italy and France, but it's also well suited to the coastal location of Australia's famed McLaren Vale region. Chalk Hill is among McLaren Vale’s premier wineries, owned by the Harvey family whose grape growing heritage goes back six generations in South Australia. There are six family-owned vineyards, first planted in 1897, and these century old vines still bear fruit today. These vineyards are certified organic, and also employ biodynamic methods as well as IPM (integrated pest management). Winemaker Renae Hirsch focuses on purity of expression in her winemaking, allowing the character of both varietal and vineyard to shine. She therefore uses as little intervention in the winery as possible, resulting in a wine full of refreshing personality. Crisp and lively, with zesty apple and citrus notes and crushed herb flavors on the finish, this is a surefire winner with catfish tacos!

Moraitis Estate Aidani Mavro Rosé Cyclades PGI 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: GREECE / Region: CYCLADES / Appellation: CYCLADES PGI / Varietal(s): AIDANI MAVRO --- This organic (and vegan!) electric pink sipper comes from the Cyclades Island of Paros (picture crystal blue waters and that stunning white and blue architecture). Made from the native aidani mavro grape, this offers up Mediterranean spices, tart cherries, strawberries, and crushed herbs on a refreshingly dry, medium-bodied frame that finishes with crunchy acidity. Fantastic with stuffed koosa mahshi (Arabic stuffed squash), or beef or mushroom cheeseburgers hot off the grill.

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Jun
30
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

RED, WHITE, & ROSÉ: AN ALL-AMERICAN LINEUP

Bow & Arrow Sauvignon Blanc Eola-Amity Hills 2016 Le Chenaie Vineyard - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Do you love Loire Valley wines? So do we! And so do Dana and Scott Frank, makers of Bow & Arrow; that's the inspiration for their wines, using exclusively Loire Valley varietals. Many have noted the similarities in climate and latitude between the Willamette Valley and the Loire Valley (as well as Burgundy). 100% sauvignon blanc from Bill Holloran's beloved and certified biodynamic La Chenaie Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills, this bottling has a truly unique character. Far from the lean-and-mean sauvignons that seem ubiquitous in summertime, this wine displays a rounder texture thanks to time spent aging on the lees in partial new oak barrels. From a single clone, this barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc offers up generous notes of pear and candied peaches, with luxurious ripe orchard fruit and undertones of dried herbs. Open this with chicken breasts with grilled peaches, arugula, and basil.

Eminence Road Farm Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé Keuka Lake 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: KEUKA LAKE /
Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- One of our favorite New York producers, Eminence Road Farm Winery 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, Eminence Road is still, in a way, a Finger Lakes winery. All of their wines are made from sustainably grown Finger Lakes grapes, in this case from Keuka Lake. All 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 lovely rosé is made from 100% cabernet franc, hand harvested, crushed and destemmed, then fermented with native yeast in old French barrels, and bottled unfiltered and unfined (as all Eminence Road wines are). The wine went through malolactic fermentation, lending it a richer body and texture than many lighter rosés. Almost approaching a light red in body (but still perched in the rosé camp), this displays juicy notes of raspberries and melon, with a luxurious, mouth-filling texture. This fuller-bodied style, along with savory hints of green pepper and herbs on the finish make this a great rosé to pair with heartier fare. Try it with grilled sirloin tip, mushroom, pepper, and onion kebabs.
 
Broc Cellars "Amore Rosso"Broc Cellars Sangiovese "Amore Rosso" Mendocino 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA  / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MENDOCINO / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE --- If you read these emails with some regularity, you know the wines of Broc Cellars. For those new to the winery, Broc was founded by Chris Brockway and built on a philosophy of sourcing sustainable and organic fruit on the way to creating exceptional wines. He takes a hands-off approach, allowing nature to be in charge. As the playful name indicates, Amore Rosso is the Italian sister wine to Broc's popular "Love Red"! 100% sangiovese, the grapes for this lively red come from the Lone Oak Vineyard, a very steep plot of 20 year old vines planted on rocky, iron-rich soil. Destemmed and fermented with native yeasts, the wine was pressed after two weeks and aged in neutral French oak barrels and bottled with a minimal dose of sulfur. Light and bright, this is incredibly expressive, with aromas of cinnamon, clove, and red cherry. Easy drinking, its lively acidity on the palate makes this perfect for pizza (it's right on the label, after all!) or cheese and charcuterie. Serve lightly chilled at your next gathering (or save it for your own summer "staycation") and watch it disappear!

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Jun
29
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Bodega Gorosti Flysch Getariako Txakolina DO 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: BASQUE COUNTRY / Appellation: GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA DO / Varietal(s): HONDARRIBI ZURI --- Bright, hot days are well suited to Txakolina, the refreshing Basque white poured from a distance to accentuate its 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.

Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon AOC Rosé 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHINON AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Jean-Maurice Raffault's rosé is consistently among the best produced in the Loire Valley. 100% cabernet franc planted on alluvial sand and gravel soils on the former Loire river bed, Raffault picks the fruit dedicated for rosé at the beginning of the harvest period to ensure freshness. Raffault uses only pressed juice that is selected and vinified parcel by parcel. It is then fermented at low temperature using native yeast until fully dry. The low temperature also prevents the start of malolactic fermentation while the rosé rests on its lees in tank for 5 months, further maintaining its refreshing nature. Before bottling in late February, the wine is racked to diminish the level of CO2, and is then lightly filtered to ensure clarity. Brilliant, light pomegranate-red in color, this bursts with aromas of red roses and raspberries. Red raspberry and blood orange zest on the palate yield to an elegant stony finish with a hint of savory red pepper skin. A lovely match with chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese and roasted red pepper.

D'Angelo Aglianico "Sacravite" Basilicata IGT 2014
Country: ITALY / Region: BASILICATA / Appellation: BASILICATA IGT / Varietal(s): AGLIANICO --- D'Angelo is a family estate in the heart of the Basilicata appellation in southern Italy. They've produced wine on the slopes of Mount Vulture (a dormant volcano) since the 1930s, beginning to bottle their own just after WW II, with a concentration on the aglianico varietal. Introduced to Italy by the ancient Greeks, aglianico's similarities to nebbiolo in terms of structure, acidity, and aging potential, have earned it the moniker "Barolo of the South." It produces full-bodied wines with firm tannin structure that display earthy, woodsy, dark berry fruit. D'Angelo owns about 40 hectares of vines, as well as some of the oldest, high elevation vineyards on the mineral-rich volcanic slopes. This high elevation contributes to the complex character of the wines, by allowing for large diurnal temperature variations, while maintaining the strong sun exposure typical to southern Italy. Winemaker Rocco D'Angelo strives to continue his grandfather's legacy of biological agriculture and traditional winemaking, using only native yeasts, large neutral oak barrels and minimum intervention. Layers of dark cherry, dried blackberry, Middle Eastern spices, licorice, and leather are supported by refreshing acidity with a satisfying burst of earthiness and savory spice on the finish. Robust, intense and pleasantly firm, pair this aglianico with savory, tangy, and meaty fare. Cheeses like Taleggio and Pecorino, mushroom risotto, lamb chops with sage, meatballs, BBQ; all are great matches with this bold red! Time to fire up that grill!

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Jun
23
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

LET'S SUMMER IN THE LOIRE VALLEY!

Le Rocher des Violettes Chenin Blanc Vin de France 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Xavier Weisskopf founded Le Rocher des Violettes in 2005 after earning his degree in viticulture and oenology in Chablis and Beaune. Working for the demanding Louis Barroul at Château de Saint Cosme (a famed Gigondas producer), he quickly rose to the rank of cellar master, making four vintages during his time there. However, his love for the chenin blanc grape lured him to Montlouis, where he was able to acquire 9 hectares of old vines (mostly planted pre-WWII). He immediately converted all his vineyards to certifed organic farming, so that nothing would stand in the way of the true expression of those old vines. His traditional approach extends into the cellar, where his use of older barrels allows the subtleties of the terroir to shine through, resulting in wines of laser-like clarity and focus. Bright peach, quince, and yellow apple flavors are joined by touches of white flowers, chamomile, and ginger. Medium-bodied, a beautifully-textured mouthfeel features cool minerality while still retaining a core of vibrant acidity throughout. Sure to be a new classic, enjoy this with shrimp and zucchini skewers with lemon-mint dipping sauce.

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

Hervé Villemade Gamay Vin de France 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE  / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Hervé Villemade is an old-school Loire vigneron, hailing from several generations of vignerons that farmed the vineyards around Cellettes. Domaine du Moulin encompasses 22 hectares of vineyards spread out over the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny appellations, where Hervé took over the family winemaking duties from his father in 1995. Hervé began transitioning away from conventional farming in the late 1990s, feeling that the wines weren't as good as they could be. Inspired by the wines of Marcel Lapierre and Clos du Tue-Boeuf, as well as a severe allergy to sulfur that he developed around the same time, he converted to organic farming in 2000 in order to get the high quality grapes needed for low sulfur and sulfur-free vinification. After a few years of organic farming, he noticed a distinct difference in quality, confirming his belief, and has made natural wines ever since. Fermentation is done with native yeast in large wood or stainless steel, avoiding heavy-handed new oak. This delightful gamay is hard to put down! Juicy and light on its feet, it features lively freshness and red berry fruit with a silky, elegant texture. Precise, elegant and refreshing, this is great lightly chilled with seared albacore or poulet en cocotte (chicken roasted with bacon and potatoes).

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Jun
22
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

CVNE "Monopole" Blanco Rioja DOCa 2017
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCA / Varietal(s): VIURA --- White Rioja? Why yes! CVNE (Compañia Vinícola del Norte de España) is a 119 year old company, now known by its initials. Whereas once Spanish whites were ignored in favor of the full-bodied reds of the region, happily, today the tide is turning. Even better, these new-to-us arrivals offer some excellent values, perfect for hot summer nights where something versatile and refreshing is in order, without breaking the bank. 100% viura (also known as macabeo, a staple of Cava production), this offers up clean floral and white fruit aromas. Fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts, it was bottled early to preserve freshness. Notes of pear and waxy apple meld with a dash of salty citrus and green banana, leading to a lightly lingering finish with a faint hint of bitter herbs. A versatile grab for almost any occasion, try this with simple grilled fish or grilled chicken breast.

Vignoble Dinocheau Pineau d'Aunis Vin de France 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): PINEAU D'AUNIS --- The 13 hectares of small family estate Domaine Dinocheau are planted on tuffeau, a blend of chalk and sand that appears white. Now run by siblings Fabien and Laurence, the family has made a name for themselves by cultivating several abandoned grape varietals, including pineau d'aunis, among the most ancient of grapes in the Loire Valley. Formerly known as chenin noir, it was replaced over time by cabernet franc, and is now quite rare – a pity considering the interesting, elegant wines it makes. A favorite with light red lovers, this is packed with vibrant fruit flavors without being over-extracted. A dusting of fresh cracked black pepper on the finish adds to the savory character. This refreshing value works brilliantly with a California ham sandwich (ham, avocado, grilled onions, and Monterey Jack cheese with whole grain mustard on sourdough). Serve lightly chilled.

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Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY - KINDA?

Weingut Holzapfel Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau "Zehenthof" 2014
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: NIEDERÖSTERREICH / Appellation: WACHAU / Varietal(s): GRÜNER VELTLINER --- Weingut Holzapfel is situated in a former farmstead, established 700 years ago by the Canons of St Pölten, which was updated to the baroque style by Jakob Prandtauer, architect of the famous Benedictine abbey, Stift Melk. At that point in history, most of the vineyards in the Wachau belonged to the Catholic Church and its nearby monasteries; the farmstead was the center for the harvest and fermentation of wine grapes and for the administration of local sales. Today, the estate consists of some fourteen hectares of vines, worked with traditional methods. Grapes of first-class quality flourish on these stony and mineral-laden soils, which contain in places significant elements of limestone and mica schist. The climate conditions specific to this particular part of the Wachau produce extreme variations of temperature between daylight and nighttime, which, together with the various elevations of the vineyards, encourage an acidity which imparts freshness and elegance to the wines. This grüner veltliner is packed with an intensely fruitful, citrus nose, and comes alive on the palate with savory herbaceous flavors and delicate acidity. A seriously delicious wine meant for some serious food. This riper Federspiel category (a label specific to wines with higher minimum must weight), is perfect with roasted pork or poultry, savory pâtés, charcuterie, or the now seasonally appropriate asparagus soup. YUM! For those willing to go full Austrian, pair with backhendl (fried chicken)!

Domaine La Bastide Blanche Rosé Bandol AOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE  / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: BANDOL AOC / Varietal(s): MOURVÈDRE+GRENACHE+CINSAULT+CLAIRETTE --- We look forward to drinking rosé each year, but inevitably some of the best come from the Bandol appellation. The wines possess a power and depth of flavor, while holding it all together elegantly. La Bastide Blanche is a great example of the quality found in this region. This wonderful wine is the work of Michel & Louis Bronzo, who purchased this property in the early 1970's. Bandol is unique in France in that it is the only area the mourvèdre grape must be dominant. The region is ideal for this sometimes difficult-to-mature grape. The warm summer days and stony soils are the perfect marriage for the heat-loving grape, allowing it to fully mature before harvest. This cuvée is elegant, yet capable of hanging with almost any summer indulgence. There are lovely strawberry notes entwined with a strong sense of minerals and delicate peppery notes. This is a winner with any and all summer fare - we're thinking grilled whole trout stuffed with citrus and garden herbs.

John Almansa Cinsault "Zou Maï" Vin de France 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- A true vin de soif (roughly "thirst quencher") from the Languedoc. This is the epitome of a chillable, light, juicy red, perfect for taking the edge off of that mid-afternoon yard work, or when you just need something deliciously simple to open with pizza, salad, or sausage. John Almansa, a Spaniard who has been in Languedoc making wine at Domaine Pibarot for a few years began renting vines from Pibarot in 2015. This is his second vintage of cuvée "Zou Maï"  (translates to 'come on!' like the Brit punkers say - hence the mohawk'd seahorse label?) and he is making his mark among the many amazing organic, biodynamic and low-intervention producers in the region. Fruit from the 30+ year old cinsault vines is destemmed and macerated for 10 days without punchdowns, giving the wine an energetic and sprightly feel without the weighty over-extraction that can plague some wines from hot southern France. It then ages on the lees for three months in fiberglass tank. Zou Maï – unfined, unfiltered, and bottled without additional sulfites, allowing us pure enjoyment of this pure expression of cinsault.

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

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