May
20
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

NEW ARRIVALS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY IN SPAIN!

Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina DO 2016
Country: SPAIN/ Region: BASQUE COUNTRY / Appellation: GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA DO / Varietal(s): HONDARRIBI ZURI+HONDARRIBI BELTZA ---  Bright, hot days are well suited to Txakolina, the refreshing Basque white poured from a distance to accentuate its fizzy nature. Ameztoi Txakolina is one of the highest regarded producers of Getariako Txakolina, owning 20 hectares of vines in prime locations. Ignacio Ameztoi represents the seventh generation to carry on the tradition of making Txakolina in the province of Getaria. The view from the Ameztoi vineyards encompasses the town of St. Sebastian, where the Atlantic Ocean plays a key role in influencing the winemaking of the region. Made from the indigenous grape varieties of Hondarribi Zuri and its red cousin Hondarribi Beltza, this wine is fermented in stainless steel and bottled with residual carbonic acid that lends it its characteristic spritz. Bright and briny, this 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. If late springtime were able to be bottled, it might taste a bit like this!

MicroBio Wines "Correcaminos" Rosé Castilla y León 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+VERDEJO --- Winegrower Ismael Gozalo has deep roots in Nieva, a village in the province of Segovia located in the Rueda DO. While this region is now the heart of industrial verdejo production, Gozalo has chosen to go in the opposite direction, making natural, biodynamic wines instead. The predominantly sandy soils of the area make it possible to still find old pre-phylloxera and ungrafted vines, and Gozalo's natural approach makes the most of the intense character of these rare vines and the terroir and climate they thrive in. Fresh and luscious, the Correcaminos ("Road Runner") rosé comes from tempranillo planted on slate soils in 1949, with a touch of old vine verdejo, fermented in stainless steel and bottled unfined and unfiltered with no added sulfur. Bright, juicy flavors of sour cherry, tangy plum, and red berries with hints of spice all add up to a refreshing new rosé you'll want to try again and again. Great with a BLAST (bacon, lettuce, avocado, salmon, tomato) sandwich!

Bigardo "Vino Tinto Experimental" Castilla y León 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): TINTA DE TORO AKA TEMPRANILLO --- Bigardo is the first release from Kiko Calvo, a young up-and-coming winemaker from Toro (Zamora.) He gained diverse experience making wine all over the world before eventually returning to farm his family's old Tinta de Toro (a local, loose-bunched strain of tempranillo) vines, focusing on realizing the grapes' full character rather than adhering to local winemaking conventions. "Bigardo" is an expression in Toro used to refer to a young rebel, a person who doesn't care what others think, and who does things their own way. The label reflects this: a picture of Calvo's hand making the sign of the horns, a two-fold gesture (both signifying rebelliousness while also referring to the horns of the animal that give the town its name). The grapes for this wine are harvested over the course of 45 days, with several individual fermentations to highlight the character of specific vineyard parcels, which range from 20-100 years old. This experimental method of enhancing and layering the personalities of the grapes has paid off in spades: the wine is a supple, complex melange of rich flavors and textures. Scents of cherries, red currants, and sweet smoke yield to a palate redolent with red fruit and sweet tannin. Over time, the wine opens up even further to reveal layers of creamy black and purple fruit – think black currants, mulberry, and earthy plum, all gloriously accented by hints of licorice, rosebud, violets, cocoa, and a hint of cool pine boughs. A winner with bison and portobello mushroom burgers with spinach, grilled onions, and sun-dried tomatoes.

May
19
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

REFRESHING WARM WEATHER WINES: ISRAELI WHITE AND AUSTRIAN ROSÉ!
 
Golan Heights Winery "Mount Hermon" White Galilee 2014

Country: ISRAEL / Region: GALILEE / Appellation: GALILEE / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY+SAUVIGNON BLANC+ SEMILLON --- The Golan Heights in Israel enjoys similar conditions for winemaking as other more widely known regions, such as Bordeaux or Tuscany. The Galilee region is the most northern, and most prized, appellation in Israel, and the highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights, the coldest region in the country. The vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 1,300 to 3,900 feet above sea level and receive snowfall in the winter. Taking advantage of the cool high altitude climate, variable topography, and volcanic balsaltic soil, Golan Heights Winery has been considered Israel's leading winery in technological innovation as well as quality since its founding in 1983 in the town of Katzrin. The Mount Hermon White is a medium-bodied blend of classic aromatic varietals that's vibrant and lively – perfect for warm weather! Mouthwatering notes of green apple, lime, tangerine, and guava are enhanced by aromas of fresh flowers and crushed grass. Delicious with crispy fish and chips, grilled chicken breasts, or even assorted sushi.

Zum Martin Sepp Zweigelt Rosé Weinland 2016
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: WEINLAND / Appellation: WEINLAND / Varietal(s): ZWEIGELT --- This zweigelt rosé hails from one of Vienna’s most esteemed wineries, operated for generations by the Martin family. Current winemaker Michael Martin took over the helm in the 80s, switching the focus from quantity to quality, with “Innovation, stubbornness, and a little bit of madness” as his motto. Martin is also the official winemaker for Life Ball, Europe’s largest charity event dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. This is the perfect refreshment for al fresco dining; light- bodied, dry, with aromas of lemon zest, strawberries, and crushed seashells. Delicate touches of sour cherry and bright red strawberry on the palate mingle with more lemon and mineral tones for a clean, precise finish that makes this a fresh and versatile choice to pair with anything from grilled arctic char to hotdogs. A favorite for picnics and barbecues!

May
13
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SUSTAINABLY/ORGANICALLY GROWN ALL-AMERICAN!

Division Winemaking Co. Division-Villages Sauvignon Blanc "La Frontière" Willamette Valley 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA/ Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Within the Willamette Valley, the Eola-Amity Hills are well known as one of the most coveted places for growing cool climate pinot noir. They're not as well known for producing great sauvignon blanc... yet! Division Winemaking Co. is a Portland, Oregon based winery founded in 2010 by Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, and inspired by the wines of Loire, Beaujolais, Burgundy, and the Northern Rhône. This urban winery works with well-farmed terroir-driven vineyards, many of which are organic or biodynamic to source the grapes that allow them to make approachable, balanced wines with minimal manipulation. Oregon winemaking legend Myron Redford founded Amity Vineyards in the mid-70s as part of a group of young pioneering entrepreneurs that were responsible for building the Oregon wine industry. While most members focused on pinot noir and pinot gris, Myron spent time experimenting with other varietals such as gamay noir, riesling, and sauvignon blanc. After selling the original Amity Vineyards, he and his partner Vikki Wetle planted a 7.5 acre certified organic vineyard at their home property which is the source for the sauvignon blanc for this cuvée. Named "La Frontière", it seeks to forge a new frontier in Oregon winemaking. Fermented "sur lie" using native yeast in neutral white Burgundy barrels and stainless steel, this is a delicious demonstration of New World sauvignon blanc at its most refreshing. Vibrant grapefruit, yellow mango, and flint aromatics provide a compelling introduction to a full, bright palate of citrus that avoids the dreaded "cat pee" and overripe tropical fruit notes that tarnish some sauvignon blancs. Secondary notes of wildflower honey contribute to a supple finish. This would make a lovely companion to grilled chicken with mango relish, or fish tacos.

Eminence Road Farm Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé Finger Lakes 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: FINGER LAKES /
Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- This lively rosé from our friends at Eminence Road is a style of wine that's all the rage right now: pétillant naturel, or naturally sparkling, abbreviated to pét-nat. Pét-nat is made by taking unfinished (still-fermenting) wine, bottling and capping it, and allowing it to complete fermentation in the bottle (producing that light bubbly texture). While Champagne-style bubblies start with “finished” wine, to which a precise amount of sugar and yeast is added, pét-nats are quite raw and unpolished, still living and unpredictable, with about half the pressure of Champagne. The refreshing, spontaneous result is the perfect spring sipper! Made from Finger Lakes cabernet franc, this vibrant but complex rosé possesses the bone-dry, subtly wild/earthy character we expect from Eminence Road's natural winemaking practices. Wild strawberries and brambly raspberry flavors, light green herbal notes, and a touch of minerality on the finish make this perfect for adding a celebratory air to light spring brunches, dinners, and garden parties.

Broc Cellars Mission Lodi Somers Vineyard 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
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 listan 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.

Birichino Central Coast Pinot Noir "St. Georges" 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CENTRAL COAST / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Birichino Winery was founded in 2008 by Alex Krause and John Locke. Fruit sources are focused on older plantings, often from non-grafted vines that are more expressive of the natural character of the grapes. The pair has been making wine for several decades not just in California but also other countries including Italy and France. This elegant pinot noir hails from the St. Georges vineyard on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz mountains, named for father and son, George Besson Sr. and Jr., whose families have tended the vines since the 1920s. Light ruby in color, it features enticing aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, red cherry, red flowers, tarragon, and sage. The granite and sandy soils of the vineyard lend a distinctive texture and vibrant freshness, with delicate undertones of roasted meat/game on the finish. A sophisticated partner to mushroom and lentil pot pie with Gouda biscuit topping.

May
12
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

ORGANICALLY GROWN RHÔNE VALLEY WINES!
UC Davis graduate Michele d’Aprix is a rapidly rising star in the wine world. After completing her studies in California, she made her way to Bordeaux where she took advantage of the opportunity to be mentored by renowned winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt, before branching out to start her own project in St. Emilion, named Pentimento. Now she has expanded even further, crafting three wines from Costières de Nîmes, the southernmost of the Rhône winegrowing regions. Accorded AOC status in 1986, Costières de Nîmes boasts exceptional gravely soils and a Mediterranean climate that lend the wines juicy ripeness and earthy character, but remains just under the radar enough to yield some great values – like these! "Caz" translates to "crazy in a good way", and these wines are crazy good: honest, juicy, young, and pure.
 
Maz Caz Costières de Nîmes AOC Blanc 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE BLANC+ROUSSANNE --- 60% grenache blanc and 40% roussanne, all from hand harvested organically grown grapes, this delicious white is gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tank to preserve its vibrant fruit character. Fresh, juicy peaches and pears meld with touches of honeysuckle and beeswax, with mouthwatering acidity and elegant minerality that make this a versatile partner to all kinds of cuisines! Take the suggestion on the label and pair with oysters, or enjoy with roast chicken and a side of watermelon and feta salad.
 
Maz Caz Costières de Nîmes AOC Rouge 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES AOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH+GRENACHE+MOURVEDRE --- 75% syrah, 20% grenache, 5% mourvedre, this fresh red is frighteningly easy to drink! Fermented in stainless steel with natural yeast, this sees no oak, and bursts with succulent dark, juicy fruit. Seductive aromas of violets, blackberries, raspberries, currants, and a whiff of smoke yield to a palate that is smooth and silky, with layers upon layers of character and bright, mouthwatering acidity. A serious wine that doesn't take itself too seriously (as the label indicates!), grilled pork chops are an easy match, but this works with just about anything – think lamb sliders, charcuterie, hard cheeses, or a straight-up burger!

May
6
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Dyckerhoff "Petit Gris" Pinot Gris Rosé Reuilly AOC 2016
Country: FRANCE/ Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: REUILLY AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- Reuilly is located at the eastern end of the Loire, not far from Quincy. Not to be confused with Rully in Burgundy, Reuilly is often overshadowed by the regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé – happily for us, as it produces wines of fantastic quality that happen to be excellent values as well! Reuilly shares the same terroir with its northern neighbors of Sancerre and Chablis, producing precise, mineral-driven wines that are fabulously refreshing. Since 2004, Christian Dyckerhoff and his Alsatian wife, Bénédicte, have been making wine on 12 acres of lieu-dit plots in Les Conges, Les Enaudes and La Raie, where vines range in age from 3-20 years. Reuilly has the unique distinction of producing rosés from pinot gris, although its reds are from pinot noir. This rosé gets its pale salmon color from extended skin contact, which not only lends it a rosy hue, but also imbues a complex texture reminiscent of a lighter-style red. Perfumed aromatics yield to juicy black currant and exotic tropical lychee fruit on the palate, supported by a core of racy acidity and finishing with elegant dusty minerals. Crisp and lip-smacking, this is a perfect choice for elevating an al fresco meal. Try it with poached salmon salad.

Nicolas Haeni "Malmont" Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC Blanc Séguret 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGE AOC / Varietal(s): ROUSSANNE --- Malmont was begun in 2002 while Nicolas Haeni was working at Domaine de Cabasse in the village of Seguret in the Rhône. The Haeni family owned some land in the Malmont section of Seguret – a very remote location at high elevation on very steep clay and limestone soils. In 2005, they started intense terracing work, and by 2006 planting had begun (with hydraulics needed to get vines into the rocky terroir), resulting in four hectares of vines that Nicolas works organically by hand. The 2013 vintage was the first, and the wines from this small parcel are those of great vibrancy and finesse, true expressions of the challenging terroir from which they come. This medium-full bodied white, the 2015 vintage, is made from 100% roussanne, fermented with indigenous yeast, and is a stunning example of the minerality, structure, and crispness of Malmont. Waxy, honeyed notes and wildflower aromas meld luxuriously with juicy white stonefruit and delicate citrus. Opulent in texture, it remains lean and focused on the palate, finishing with characteristic intense minerals. A lovely match with spring vegetable gratin.

Jean Louis Moissenet Bonnard "Cuvée de l'Oncle Paul" Bourgogne AOC 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BOURGOGNE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Looking for an affordable introduction to wines of the great Côtes de Beaune village of Pommard? Look no further than this Bourgogne Rouge from Jean-Louis Moissenet-Bonnard! This Burgundy is a blend from three plots (Taupe-Maison-Dieu, En la Taupe and Croquamot), all planted with 30-45 year old pinot noir vines. The domaine has been in the family for eight generations, and Jean-Louis took over winemaking in 1988, with the idea of putting into practice the philosophies he learned from his parents, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Jean-Louis farms using the ‘lutte raisonnée’ method, avoiding herbicides and pesticides, plowing in order to help the vines dig deep to extract the richness of the soil, and maintaining biodiversity and mycorrhization through grass/groundcover around the rows. Grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and completely destemmed. Fermentation utilizes indigenous yeast, and the wine is then aged over 12 months in older oak barrels. This cuvée is named in honor of Jean-Louis' great-uncle Paul, who gave his portion of the domaine inheritance to Jean-Louis' great-grandmother in order to keep the family vineyard undivided. The essence of Pommard: this is generously rich, masculine in character, with earthy tannins and notes of violets, forest floor, and pine melding with dark black summer fruits of raspberries, cherries, and currants. A soft, savory mouthfeel combines intensity and depth with rustic elegance. Jean-Louis bottles his wines unfiltered and they are delicious to drink now but will also age beautifully. Open this with herb-crusted roast pork with sweet potatoes.

May
5
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Erre de Herrero Rueda DO 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: RUEDA DO / Varietal(s): VERDEJO --- Thought to have originated in Africa, verdejo is the major white grape of the Rueda appellation of northwestern Spain, with commercial production dating back to the Middle Ages. Once almost driven to extinction by lack of interest, thankfully it survived, and today winemakers have a renewed focus on quality and expression of this and other traditional Spanish varietals. Erre de Herrero is 100% verdejo, made by the Herrero family, harvested at night and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. While many producers collect fruit from all over Rueda, Erre is from vineyards 15-60+ years old, planted in four towns in the province of northern Segovia. Verdejo from Segovia is known for a more herbal/forest-influenced character than that of other parts of Rueda, and this new arrival is a refreshing example. Lively and expressive, this bursts with aromas of white flowers, fennel, white peach, and crushed herbs. On the palate it is medium-bodied and dry, with more white fruit flavors. Refreshing acidity and touches of bitter almonds and minerals on the finish make this a great match with any number of foods. Try it with grilled shrimp with garlic sauce, veggie saffron paella, or tortilla Española.

Domaine de la Bastide Côtes du Rhône AOC Rouge 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH+GRENACHE+ CARIGNAN --- Vincent and Stephanie Boyer’s domaine in Visan is surrounded by remnants of winemaking history dating back to feudal times. Vincent's family resides in a fortified farmhouse built by Templar knights in the Middle Ages. An order of Christian crusaders who rose to great prominence and wealth in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Templars established many farms and vineyards. After time as a Benedictine, then Dominican, monastery, the Bastide property continues the winegrowing tradition today. Vincent has followed in his father's winemaking footsteps, and together with Stephanie, also a trained enologist, they carry the domaine forward with innovation and focus. Their goal is to make the farm fully organic in the near future. This red, a blend of syrah, grenache and carignan, is a fabulous (and delicious!) value. A wonderfully balanced blend of succulent raspberries and plums is offset by a dark, earthy streak. Dry and juicy, it offers bright, zippy acidity and gentle tannins, making it a fantastic match with roast chicken, eggplant, or a Gruyère cheeseburger!

Apr
29
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Equipo Navazos Manzanilla En Rama Sherry
Country: SPAIN/ Region: JEREZ / Appellation: SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA DO / Varietal(s): PALOMINO FINO --- Equipo Navazos is not a Bodega, but rather a collective of Spanish sherry lovers led by wine writer Jesús Barquín and Eduardo Ojeda, technical director of Grupo Estévez. In December 2005, this private group found several dozen barrels of exceptional 20 year old Amontillado. Realizing the shame that so many fantastic sherry butts were lying around in bodegas, often in volumes too low to be of commercial interest for bottling separately, but too fine to be part of a large-scale solera blend, they split the bottles titled La Bota de Amontillado among friends and colleagues, and started a sherry revolution! Equipo Navazos sources its wines from different bodegas around the Jerez area, selecting all the barrels for their quality and character. They are especially unique in that their sherries are bottled ‘en rama’. This means that no aggressive filtration or clarification have been used in the bottling process; only a minimal light filtration, without any cooling. The result is a throwback to traditional methods of bottling finos as they come, preserving their natural complexity and depth, rather than the extreme clarification that has dominated the market in recent decades. This wine is a Fino en Rama from Jerez de la Frontera, the main town where sherries are produced (the word "sherry" derives from the historical name of the town). It is made with 100% palomino fino grapes from the vineyards Cartera and Macharnudo Alto, located four kilometers West-Northwest of Jerez de la Frontera. The Fino en Rama Navazos ferments with local yeasts and, after a small fortification so as to increase its alcohol content from 12.5% to 15%, the wine enters the solera system where it has aged under a layer of flor for an average of five years. This is a great chance to get an outstanding en rama Fino at a fraction of the price of the ultra-rare La Bota Fino releases from Equipo Navazos! An impressive nose of flowers, apricots, peaches, and sea salt yields to a round, pure palate that is firm, bright, and saline. Delicious chilled as an aperitif, with a tapas platter of nuts, hard cheeses, and olives, or with chicken with olive tapenade.

Clos Lentiscus Rosé 41°N Brut Nature 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: PENEDÈS DO / Varietal(s): CARIÑENA --- Located in the rugged Garraf Mountains just north of Tarragona, Clos Lentiscus sits between the massive Montserrat mountain and the Mediterranean Sea, in Sant Pere de Ribes. Founded in the 14th century, the farmhouse of Can Ramon has a long history in viticulture, dating back to early commerce with Southern France and the American colonies. Unfortunately, in the 19th century, due to the problems of phylloxera, industrialization, and the Spanish Civil War, the property fell into decline. In 2001, after the death of their father, brothers Manel and Joan Aviñó returned to the family estate to find a land depleted from years of conventional agriculture. Determined to restore the estate to its full potential, they adopted a biodynamic philosophy that is in many ways a return to traditional winemaking methods of generations' past; farming biodynamically, following lunar cycles for planting, pruning, harvesting, and bottling, fermenting using native yeasts, and avoiding additions or enzymes, and dosage. The property possesses shallow soils full of marine fossils, which provide many microelements and minerals that the vines easily absorb and grant a unique mineral character and great aging potential to the wines. Clos Lentiscus Rosé Brut Nature is a single varietal carignan (samsó) rosé sparkling wine. The carignan (an ancient grape of the region) used for this specific sparkling wine was cultivated from vines that were planted in 1939 in Torrent de Ribes, which is inside of the Massif of the Garraf Natural Park. This was fermented using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats, then underwent unprovoked malolactic fermentation in bottle. No sugar was added after disgorgement. Bone dry, this beautifully expresses the ancient seabed it lies on, with a saline, mineral character offset by blueberry and wild strawberry flavors and hints of brioche. A superb aperitif!

Bodegas Albamar Rías Baixas DO Albariño "Alma de Mar" 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN/ Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RÍAS BAIXAS DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Xurxo Alba of Albamar makes albariño al alba del mar (next to the sea), in Cambados, in the O Salnés sub-region of Rías Baixas. His family has been farming and producing albariño for generations but it wasn’t until Xurxo finished his oenological studies that they started bottling and commercializing their own wines in 2006. The family owns approximately 2.5 hectares but source from about a total of 10 spread throughout this region dominated by small estates. Xurxo and his fellow farmers work as naturally as possible in the vineyards, and in the winery, all fermentation is done spontaneously using native yeasts. His Finca O Pereiro vineyard is located just 50m from the ocean near where the Umía River spills into the Atlantic. Planted by his family in 1984, this small plot is composed of sand and clay soils and is the source for Alma de Mar (spirit of the sea). In 2005, Xurxo finished planting a part of this vineyard that had been left unplanted because of its predominant clay soil which can be quite difficult to work in such a rainy region. Despite the poor drainage and his family’s hesitation, Xurxo was convinced it would make wines of superior quality. And while the vines have very low yields, the concentration in the grapes gives the wine much more structure and a richer texture in the mouth. Fermented in stainless steel tanks with native yeast, the albariño is aged on its fine lees for about five months, then filtered lightly before bottling. Pale yellow in color, this offers up sophisticated aromas of vibrant citrus and orchard fruit, all underscored by lovely chalky minerality and a faint hint of bitter crushed herbs. Dry and lively, juicy Meyer lemon and pear flavors dance across the palate with tangy acidity before finishing with a light touch of chamomile and robust minerals that evoke a day at the shore. As the label suggests, this is a sure winner when paired with seafood, particularly simply prepared crustaceans, mollusks, ceviche, or white fish.

Sistema Vinari "Chateau Paquita" Mallorca 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN/ Region: MALLORCA / Appellation: MALLORCA / Varietal(s): CALLET+MANTONEGRO+MONASTRELL --- Young up-and-coming winemaker Eloi Cedo named this wine Chateau Paquita after his mother. Sistema Vinari is Eloi’s side project apart from his participation in Bodega 4 Kilos Vinícola, a collective of conscientious winemakers dedicated to putting Mallorca on the winemaking map, as well as recovering the island's native grape varietals such as callet, mantonegro, and fogoneu. Eloi himself, a native of Montsant, has worked with Oriol Castells of Alvaro Palacios in Priorat and Luis Antoine Luyt in Chile before settling in Felantix. Located in the Mediterranean, the island of Mallorca has a warm yet fresh climate protected from mistral winds by the mountains in the northwest. The vineyards are located in different areas ranging from 100 to 200 meters of altitude and are planted largely on red clay rich in iron oxide (perfect for the callet grape). Eloi relies on organic and biodynamic methods, working as naturally as possible to maintain the true expression of the unique grapes and terroir of Mallorca. The resulting wine is unsulfured, unfined, unfiltered, and incredibly clean! Begun in 2010 as the result of a bet, Eloi used the first bottles of his Chateau Paquita in a swap for other local products from like-minded people, with 2012 being the first commercial vintage, and an immediate hit. This, the 2015 vintage, is a blend of 65% callet, 20% mantonegro, and 15% monastrell. The first two are fermented and macerated using a small percentage of whole clusters and stems while the monastrell undergoes carbonic, both of which occur in stainless steel. From there, everything is transferred into 500 liter used oak barrels for 6 months and later racked back into stainless steel for another 3 months of natural stabilization. Lastly, the wine was aged for about 5 months in bottle before it was released. At only 12% alcohol, this is unique among most Mediterranean reds! Callet and mantonegro lend the wine spice and structure, while the monastrell (and the carbonic fermentation it undergoes) contributes fruit, freshess, and a compelling drinkability. Bright cherry color in the glass, the nose bursts with succulent black fruit: currants, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate, though, it evolves into a different beast all together, full of concentrated fruit character, fine mineral nuances, and a lengthy finish. Fresh and a little bit freaky, this is a great summer red for natural wine lovers to get to know! Try it with grilled flank steak or chicken with mushrooms.

Apr
28
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

I Carpini Timorasso Colli Tortonesi DOC Rugiada del Mattino 2014 - NATURAL WINE
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: COLLI TORTONESI DOC / Varietal(s): TIMORASSO --- The hills of the Colli Tortonesi are located in the easternmost part of Piedmont, and are home to the little-known and seriously underrated timorasso grape, an indigenous Piemontese varietal that produces some outstanding white wines. Among them is this offering from Paolo Carlo Ghislandi of Cascina I Carpini. Cascina I Carpini is situated in the remote town of Pozzol Groppo, nestled amongst the hills on the border between Piedmont and Lombardy. There, on fossilized clay and limestone soils, Paolo produces both white and red wines using all natural methods, paying careful attention to the soil health and biodiversity of his vineyards, fermenting with native yeast, and refraining from filtering. This delectable white is fermented in stainless steel with skin contact for two days, and released one year after harvest. Delicious now, it can also be left to age in the bottle for several years. Timorasso displays enticing aromas and flavors of Golden Delicious apple, creamy apricot, and chamomile, supported on the palate by superb minerality, refreshing acidity, and a subtle nutty finish. This is a great new white for warming weather – fantastic with risotto with wild ramps and spring peas!

Château Barbebelle Rosé Coteaux d'Aix en Provence AOP "Cuvée Madeleine" 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: COTEAUX D'AIX EN PROVENCE AOP / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+CINSAULT --- Château Barbebelle has been a vineyard since Roman times and has now been in the same family for four generations. Located ten miles northwest of Aix en Provence, high in the clay-limestone soils of the Trévaresse, the 106-acre vineyard is worked using "Integrated Farm Management". This process seeks to respect the natural life of the vineyards as much as possible, through minimum intervention, drip irrigation and other low-impact farming techniques. A classic Provençal rosé, this balances delicate floral notes with bright fruit, fresh acidity and seductive length on the palate. Hints of tropical fruit and fresh lavender make this an irresistible spring sipper! Great in any weather, try this with grilled shrimp marinated in olive oil, lemon and mint, with a side of tabbouleh.

Apr
22
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

GREAT WINES FROM GREECE!

Domaine Spiropoulos Moschofilero PDO Mantinia 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: GREECE/ Region: PELOPONNESE / Appellation: PDO MANTINIA / Varietal(s): MOSCHOFILERO --- Domaine Spiropoulos was established in 1870, and today is a leader in organic wine production, a growing sector in Greek viticulture. The domaine comprises two wineries in the Peloponnese region – one near the ancient oracle of Mantinia and one in Nemea. Mantinia Winery is located 650 meters above sea level in Arcadia, in the 'Polyampelos Mantinia', just a few hundred meters from the walls, market, and theater of the ancient city. In the 1970s, the Spiropoulos family replanted their vineyards with younger vines, as well as creating an experimental vineyard to save local grape varieties that were nearing extinction. This complex, compelling white is made from the moschofilero grape, a native Greek varietal that here is produced exclusively from Spiropoulos's family-owned organic vineyards. Bright and distinctive, moschofilero bursts with aromas of roses, lemon blossom, and bergamot, with chalky minerality and a delicate savory quality on the palate. Refreshing acidity on the finish makes this a great match with lighter spring fare like spring pea salad with radish and goat cheese.

Gentilini Robola PDO Robola 2015
Country: GREECE / Region: CEPHALONIA / Appellation: PDO ROBOLA / Varietal(s): ROBOLA --- The Gentilini Winery was founded in 1978 by the Cosmetatos family. The family originated in Este, a town near Padua, Italy. In 1593, the Venetian Senate commissioned Marino Gentilini to build the extensive forts of Assos in Cephalonia, and he ended up settling on the island permanently. Today, Spiro-Nicholas Cosmetatos, a descendant of the Gentilini family, heads the winemaking operations. Having studied winemaking at the Wine Institute of Stellenbosch, South Africa, upon completion of his studies, he decided to return to Cephalonia and begin producing world-class wines in Greece. This new white is a truly one-of-a-kind find: made entirely from robola, an increasingly rare, ungrafted, noble grape variety (not related to ribolla gialla). Unoaked, and sourced from the high altitude (500 meters) slopes of Mount Ainos ("Black Mountain"), it is a terrific white for spring and summer: fresh, fragrant, and lively! An expressive nose of minerals and sunny orange blossom turns to intense citrus flavors with hints of dried peach and pear and melon rind that dance across the palate. Complex, crisp, and balanced, this displays a vivacious character and persistant finish that beg to be paired with seafood; try it with fried smelts with lemon sauce.

Siatista Winery Xinomavro "Dio Fili" Macedonia 2011
Country: GREECE/ Region: MACEDONIA / Appellation: MACEDONIA / Varietal(s): XINOMAVRO --- The grape behind this refreshing cuvée is xinomavro ("acid and black" in Greek), a rare red grape native to Northwestern Greece. Dio Fili Estate ("Diofili" translates as "two friends") is the collaboration between John Polyzos and legendary winemaker Yannis Boutaris. Boutaris discovered the potential of this region when purchasing grapes for the Boutari Company, and after purchasing fruit from John and his wife Georgia for many years, a business partnership formed. Dio Fili is located in Siatista, a town located in the western Macedonia region just off the Egnantia Odos. This area is unique for its high elevation (900 meters) vineyards, and particularly for its old xynomavro vines that range from 70-115 years in age. Formerly a hub of the fur trade, Siatista is now gaining a well-deserved reputation for fantastic xinomavro. Here, the high elevation, cooler climate, and rocky limestone soils all combine to produce a vibrant, full-bodied red. Intense black and red berry fruit and complex notes of forest floor, earth, and black olives are supported by moderate tannins, vivacious acidity, and delicate mineral notes on a lingering finish. Open this with lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, or wild mushroom risotto.

 

Apr
21
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Lafage Rosé Côtes du Roussillon AOP "Miraflors" 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: ROUSSILLON / Appellation: COTES DU ROUSSILLON AOP / Varietal(s): MOURVEDRE+GRENACHE GRIS --- The Roussillon region is just a stone's throw from Spain. Jean-Marc Lafage, in fact, makes wines in both countries. He is young and energetic, having completely updated the vineyards and cellar of his father while making numerous wines. His French wines seem to evoke the modern, polished flavors of Spain while focusing on the indigenous grapes cultivated throughout history. This lovely rosé is a blend of mainstays mourvèdre and grenache gris. This salmon-hued wine is reminiscent of the nearby ocean, with salty, stony notes and delicate fruit flavors. Enjoy this with all manner of shellfish or couscous tossed with quickly cooked vegetables.

Le Cantine di Indie "Polpo Rosso" Terre Siciliane IGT 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGT / Varietal(s): NERELLO MASCALESE --- The importers at Indie Wineries have sourced another winning cuvée for all of us to enjoy. Working in Sicily, they tapped a family whose vineyards have been traced back to 1730. Massimo Gregorio has taken on the responsibility to update and refurbish this family estate. He works entirely organically and has returned to the indigenous grapes of Sicily, such as this nerello mascalese. Here we have a more delicate expression of the grape, playing on the aromatics rather than the rustic notes. The texture is smooth, not too tannic and ready for the namesake octopus or a traditional pasta. A perfect light red for for fickle spring weather, this is great with a light chill for warm afternoons, or serve cellar temp for those still-cool nights!

Apr
8
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

SECOND SATURDAY TREATS: NEW FRENCH BUBBLY (UNDER $20), WELL-AGED REDS!

Céline et Benoit Blet Les Terres Blanches Ancestral Blanc Brut NV - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Terres Blanches was created in 2004 by Céline and Benoit Blet when they took over the winemaking operation of Bernard Coutel. The winery comprises about 8 hectares in the town of Oiron in Poitou-Charentes in the Loire. This fantastic new bubbly is 100% chenin blanc grown biodynamically on raw quartz and marl soil. Terres Blanches hand harvests and ferments the grapes in cement tanks using native yeast, then bottles to finish fermenting with no sulfur added (méthode traditionelle). Toasty aromas of caramel Granny Smith apple, hints of crème brûlée, and delicate ginger cookie provide a seductive introduction – complex and dynamic, it's a tad gentler than many other wines made in similar style. Refined on the palate, it offers up flavors of ripe golden honeycrisp apple, with a touch of earthiness that conjures up images of freshly-dug root vegetables. A hint of honey on the mid-palate lingers momentarily before closing with a dry, clean finish. Elegantly refined, its complexity is effortless, and dangerously hard to put down! Perfect for making every day a celebration, the price will have you celebrating as well! Great for toasting, pairing with appetizers, or even main dishes like linguine with clams.

Château Massereau Bordeaux Supérieur AOC 2006 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+PETIT VERDOT
--- Château Massereau, situated in Barsac approximately 30km from Bordeaux, was built in the 16th century. The estate was acquired by the Chaigneau family in 2000 and brothers Jean-François and Philippe quickly set about to farming organically. They remain fully committed to natural winemaking; ploughing with horses, pressing using an old wooden press, fermenting with native yeast, and limiting SO2 (sometimes to none at all) at bottling. A delicious blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot, this ferments in concrete vats and spends 18 months in neutral barrique before a 10-year elevage in bottle before release. The result is stunning: full of dark, plummy fruit character elegantly accented by wisps of cedar, tobacco, violet, and smoke. Precise and savory on the palate, lovely dark berry and dried green herbs meld beautifully with a hint of blood orange peel. Classically styled and a great value to boot, this is fabulous with a steak (break out the grill after its winter hibernation!) or with mushroom risotto.

de Trafford Merlot Stellenbosch WO 2007
Country: SOUTH AFRICA/ Region: STELLENBOSCH / Appellation: STELLENBOSCH WO / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- De Trafford Winery is located on the beautiful Mont Fleur farm that sits atop a dramatic valley above Stellenbosch, between the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains. The property was purchased in 1976 by the Trafford family as inaccessible grazing land, and the high pastures were converted to vineyards in 1983 to produce experimental wines (consumed by family and friends). The years of experimentation, work experience in Bordeaux, and help and advice from local winemakers paid off, and this luscious merlot is delicious proof. The finicky harvest conditions with heat waves alternating with short, wet, cold spells seemed to bring out a nutty character in the merlot and elegantly accentuate the natural structure of the wine. Hand harvested and fermented with natural yeast, the wines undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel, spending 19 months in barrel (35% new French oak), before being bottled unfiltered. Deep red in color, this displays rich red cherry, berry and plum fruit accented by tones of earth, nuts and spices. Fine dry tannins, a lingering finish and a characteristic smoky, earthy element make this a luxurious choice with braised meats, stews or slow-cooker chili with smoked pasilla peppers.

Apr
7
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de la Bastide Côtes du Rhône AOC Blanc 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOC / Varietal(s): VIOGNIER+ROUSSANNE+CLAIRETTE+BOURBOLENC --- Vincent and Stephanie Boyer’s domaine in Visan is surrounded by remnants of winemaking history dating back to feudal times. Vincent's family resides in a fortified farmhouse built by Templar knights in the Middle Ages. An order of Christian crusaders who rose to great prominence and wealth in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Templars established many farms and vineyards. After time as a Benedictine, then Dominican, monastery, the Bastide property continues the winegrowing tradition today. Vincent has followed in his father's winemaking footsteps, and together with Stephanie, also a trained enologist, they carry the domaine forward with innovation and focus. Their goal is to make the farm fully organic in the near future. Often playing second fiddle to the region's famed red blends, the white wines from the Rhône are not to be overlooked. As soon as you open the bottle, get ready for aromatics that will send you right to tropical fruit nirvana! This cuvée is refreshing and medium-bodied, with notes of guava, passion fruit, and pineapple. Light citrus notes, touches of honeysuckle, and delicate acidity make this a versatile match with an incredible array of foods – you'll want to reach for this again and again. Just the thing for unsettled spring weather, pair this with lemon-rosemary pork chops.

Villa Ligi Pergola Rosso DOC "Vernaculum" 2013
Country: ITALY / Region: PUGLIA / Appellation: PERGOLA ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): ALEATICO --- The proprietor of Villa Ligi, Francesco Tonelli, is sometimes referred to as the "Indiana Jones of Pergola" for his passion in tracking down nearly extinct local grape varietals in Le Marche. When he discovered some old plantings of vernaccia rosso (also known as aleatico) near the cloister of San Francesco, the once-widespread grape had nearly disappeared from the area. Luckily, Tonelli was a faculty member of the Agricultural Sciences Department at the University of Bologna, and one of the few people in Italy with the resources and ability to rehabilitate the varietal. With a family history of grape-growing dating back nearly a century, Tonelli raised the vines in his own nursery until there were enough to plant a small vineyard, and fought for the creation of the Pergola Rosso DOC, now spanning 45 hectares. Villa Ligi's vineyards are located between the villages of Montalfoglio and Montevecchio. Hard-packed clay soils add depth to this delightfully delicate wine, which evokes at times the light reds of the Loire or Beaujolais. The vines are now between 20-35 years old, yielding some stunning results. Aleatico was traditionally used to make sweet wines, and its history in Le Marche can be traced back to the 13th century. Today dry aleatico wines, such as this cuvée, are aromatic and ethereal – the perfect complement to prosciutto, hard cheeses, and light pasta dishes.

Apr
1
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

BOLD NEW WORLD WINES – NO FOOLIN'!

Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: STA. RITA HILLS / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- John Hilliard and Christine Bruce left their Texas home in 2002, after purchasing the 101-acre Hilliard Bruce ranch in the Sta. Rita Hills. After surviving two life-threatening illnesses, John was seeking new adventures, while Christine looked to expand her business of breeding Arabian horses. Inspired by their love of wine and their background as gardeners, they planted 21 acres to pinot noir and chardonnay, with assistance from some of the industry’s best viticulturalists. The Santa Rita Hills have become an iconic area for these grapes, where the extreme ocean influence and marine soils allow for precise, focused wines with a distinctive, lightly saline quality. Hilliard Bruce is also a Certified Sustainable vineyard through Sustainable in Practice (SIP). Christine prefers a Burgundian style and method for producing her chardonnays: lightly pressing and barrel-fermenting with Montrachet yeast. Clean and classy, this offers up aromas of honeysuckle, lemon blossom, citrus, and hints of mint. On the palate it is medium- to full-bodied, with lemon peel, pineapple, and grapefruit adding crispness to a smooth, luxurious texture accented by touches of slate, flint, and smoke. Elegant indeed, enjoy this with chicken Dijon or grilled shrimp with pineapple salsa.

Nelms Road Merlot Washington State 2014
Country: USA / Region: WASHINGTON STATE / Appellation: WASHINGTON STATE / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+SYRAH --- In 1998, Woodward Canyon Winery began producing wines under a second label, Nelms Road. Nelms Road offers merlot and cabernet sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley and Washington State grapes, with the aim of producing tasty, affordable reds from younger vineyards and surplus lots of Woodward Canyon Winery production. The 2014 Nelms Road merlot (85% merlot, with tiny touches of cabernet sauvignon and syrah), is a delicious example of what that approach can offer. Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard is the main vineyard for this merlot, augmented by some absolutely phenomenal press wine from some of the oldest, most renowned vineyards in Washington State. A warm 2014 yielded beautifully ripe fruit that still maintains a good sense of balance with deep black cherry flavors and hints of baking spice and herbs. Complex aromas of roasted meat, black olive, and tobacco add a subtle savory influence, resolving in a generous finish. Quite enjoyable to drink now, this may also be cellared for several years. But if you can't wait that long, try it with smoked brisket or wild mushroom risotto!

Carmelo Patti Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2006
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: MENDOZA / Appellation: MENDOZA / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Arriving in Argentina on a small boat from Sicily when he was one year old, Carmelo Patti played a seminal role in the rebirth of fine wine production in Mendoza in the eighties and remains one of the most respected enologists in the country. Carmelo runs every aspect of his operation himself, including holding all wine until he determines it ready for release (an average of 4-5 years after harvest at the earliest for reds.) A legend in his hometown, Carmelo remains a bit under the radar in the US, making his wines "cult" favorites, and also terrific values! All wines are made naturally, with no chemical additives and only native yeast.  As he does with his malbec, Carmelo makes his cabernet in a very simple way: he starts with exemplary fruit (in this case from Pedriel in Lujan de Cuyo), before fermenting with native yeast and aging one year in concrete. Finally the wine is racked into high quality used French oak barrels, where it rests for several years until release. More European in style than many other Argentine cabs, this cuvée bursts forth with aromas of tea leaves, paprika, and touches of leather, cured meat, and earth. Far from plush or jammy, an elegant palate of dried dark fruit is supported by a muscular core of tannins, evolving into a classic finish of power and longevity. Enjoy this with slow cooked beef ragù!

Mar
31
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

AFFORDABLE CLASSICS
 
Fantinel Pinot Grigio Friuli DOC Grave "Borgo Tesis" 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: ITALY / Region: FRIULI / Appellation: FRIULI DOC GRAVE / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIGIO --- Grave sits between the Alps and the Adriatic and is renowned for producing excellent white wines, and this pinot grigio is no exception! Fantinel favors a strong sustainable approach to winemaking to ensure balanced wines that reflect the true character and intensity of the region with the least environmental impact. This lovely pinot grigio is bright, with touches of delicate copper color and complex floral aromas on the nose. Fresh and zesty in the mouth, it displays good body, balance, and authenticity, making it an ideal match for prosciutto and melon or broiled flounder with garlic and lemon.

James Cabernet Sauvignon California 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- This value-priced cabernet sauvignon demonstrates just how good California cabernet can be at reasonable prices. Produced by our supplier Indie Wineries, this cuvée is loaded with red and black currant notes. It is fresh and clean without the vanilla associated with extended oak aging. This is an ideal wine for the almost any occasion as it's a crowd pleaser that doesn't break the bank! Sip this by itself or with lentils with braised cabbage and smoked paprika.

Mar
18
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

WELCOME MFW WINE COMPANY!
MFW (Michael Foulk and Wheeler) Wine Co. is the partnership of two people with a combined 30+ years experience in the New York and New Jersey wine worlds. Rather than constantly chasing fads, their motto is "two guys who enjoy real wine and want to work with the people and wines we care about." Today we're welcoming Annika Adelmann to pour a selection of MFW Wine Company's offerings.

Bow & Arrow Melon Johan Vineyard Willamette Valley 2015
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- 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). The melon here is better known in France as melon de Bourgogne, the grape responsible for oyster lovers' favorite drinking buddy: Muscadet Sèvre et Maine. A cool, composed nose of crushed stone, dried white flowers, and lemon zest yields to sweet-tart citrus on the palate, with bright dried lemon and lime accents, and stony minerality on the finish. Oregon melon typically has a bigger mouthfeel than its Loire cousins, but still maintains unmistakable varietal character. A match made in oyster-eating heaven, but also delectable with goat cheese and arugula salad.

Michel Autran Vouvray Ciel Rouge 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE / Appellation: VOUVRAY AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Although his first official vintage wasn’t until 2013, Michel Autran is already making a name for himself as one of the top producers in Vouvray. Far from an overnight success, Michel has quietly been putting in the work behind the scenes for many years now. He started off as a doctor, working in emergency medicine for nearly 20 years, but somewhere along the way the wine bug bit. Deciding to change careers in his 40s, Michel began working with some of the top chenin producers in the world, including François Pinon, Vincent Carême, the Joussets, Frantz Saumon, Ludovic Chanson, and others. In 2011, he was able to purchase just under 1ha of prime vineyards in Noizay to start, and slowly expanded to 3.8ha today. Farming is completely organic, and due to the steepness of some of the plots, a horse is necessary for working the parcels of 50-70 year old vines. Harvest is done by hand, and native yeast is used for fermentation in stainless steel, before the wines are racked by gravity into old oak barrels. A small amount of sulfur is used only when absolutely necessary. The resulting wines simply explode with character: pure, elegant fruit, luxuriously long finish, textural richness balanced by electric acidity, and outstanding minerality. The Ciel Rouge (Red Sky) displays a precise, stony nose of golden delicious, quince, white flowers, cream, and beeswax followed by steely crushed stone, white pineapple, and peach pit with a lingering finish. A truly elegant match with roasted pork loin.

Farmstrong Field Red California 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+SYRAH --- Winemaker Faith Armstrong Foster seeks to highlight California's unique grape growing history with her Farmstrong label by purchasing small lots of grapes from individual vineyards with distinctive characteristics and using them to create deliciously dynamic blends. A blend of 36% carignan from Hawkeye Ranch in Redwood Valley, 28% carignan from Casa Rojo vineyard in Contra Costa, and 36% syrah from Roger King in Suisun Valley, these batches were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks, then aged in 9% new and 91% neutral French oak. Faith works with farmers who are true stewards of the land, and this field blend is a case in point. The carignan vines of Hawkeye Ranch are heritage clones and 80 years old on average, and the vineyard is CCOF Certified Organic and Fish Friendly. The syrah comes from Roger King (of Ledgewood Vineyard), a well-known grower and advocate for sustainable practices in Suisun Valley, where his dry-farming techniques imbue the syrah with intensity and complexity. Finally, the other batch of carignan comes from Casa Rojo, the oldest vineyard planted in Contra Costa, dating back to the 1800s. Old vines and sustainable farming pay off in spades here, with incredible aromas of spices, floral notes, dark fruit, grilled bread, and freshly ground white pepper. Medium- to full-bodied on the palate, the wine is elegant and structured, with mouthwatering flavors of black plum, cranberry preserves, and warm cherry compote, all balanced by bright acidity and gentle yet firm tannins. Sure to be a new favorite, this is refreshing, reliable, and versatile. Try it with chicken stew with tomatoes, white beans, and thyme.

Bodegas Federico "Roble" Ribera del Duero DO 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEON / Appellation: RIBERA DEL DUERO DO / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- A part of the Castilla y León wine region approximately two hours northwest of Madrid, the Ribera del Duero produces red wines regarded as some of the finest in Spain. This is largely due to the extreme conditions of the area, which range from 100+ degree summer days with long periods without rain to sub-zero winters. 60 degree temperature swings between night and day are a regular occurrence, and all this adversity results in concentrated flavors in the grapes that thrive there, most notably tempranillo. Bodegas Federico was founded in 1986 by Federico Fernández Pérez. The winery is located in the province of Valladolid, in a village with a long winemaking tradition: Pesquera de Duero, "the heart of the Ribera del Duero". If you are familiar with the renowned Pesquera winery, then you should know that owner Alejandro Fernández's brother owns Federico. In fact, while the Pesquera name went to Alejandro, the family's original vineyard holdings all went to Federico. This is evidenced by the quality of the wine: savory dark red cherry flavors burst forth on a rich, mouth-filling palate. Intense hints of blackberries and ripe red cherries are supported by firm tannin structure and a balanced, lingering finish. A hearty, warming choice with braised lamb with peppers and jamón.

Mar
17
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Discounted 10% - Friday

Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG / Varietal(s): VERNACCIA --- Cesani is located on a lovely hillside position in upper Pancole, overlooking San Gimignano, about 20 km from Siena. Founder Vicenzo Cesani moved to Tuscany from his native Marche, and today his daughters Letizia and Maria-Louisa have taken over winemaking duties with great success. Vernaccia di San Gimignano received Denominazione Origine Controllata (DOC) status in 1966, even before that recognition was granted to the "big names" of Barolo, Barbaresco or Brunello. Though the area is small (only about 1,700 acres), the diversity of soil in San Gimignano is great, owing to both volcanic activity and erosion, and imparts a characteristic complexity to the wines produced here. While the town of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its medieval towers, the vernaccia grape remains relatively obscure. There are many strains of vernaccia grown throughout Italy, but Vernaccia di San Gimignano is distinct among them (the name vernaccia comes from the Latin, vernaculus, meaning local, native, or distinctive.) Pale straw in color with greenish highlights, this compelling white displays intense aromas of green apple, pear, herbs, and minerals. The palate yields flavors of melon, pear, and apple supported by a mineral core and a streak of bright, zesty acidity. Medium-bodied, it offers a lingering finish of almond notes typical of the vernaccia grape. A lovely choice with white clam pizza!

Antico Fuoco Veronese IGT Rosso 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: VERONESE IGT / Varietal(s): CORVINA+MERLOT --- This off-dry red from Veneto is bound to be a crowd-pleaser! A blend of corvina (renowned as a key component in Valpolicella) and merlot, the late maturation of the grapes used here results in concentrated luscious flavors of candied cherry, plum pie, and intense berry fruit, accented by aromas of tobacco, walnuts, and tar. Light oak aging lends this delicate notes of chocolate and sweet baking spices, adding depth and body. It all adds up to an easy drinker that avoids being overly vapid, while remaining a great value as well! A perfect companion to hearty Italian fare – try this with sausage, pepper, and potato casserole with cherry tomatoes and basil.

Mar
11
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Terrazze dell'Etna Vino Bianco "Ciuri" 2014
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): NERELLO MASCALESE --- Mt. Etna, despite its volcanic disposition, has a history of terrace viticulture, and the 120-hectare estate of Terrazze dell’Etna is no exception – paying homage to it in their name. The estate was founded in 2008 on a mission to rehabilitate and reinvigorate many of the forgotten terraces of the mountain and to become one of the growing number of excellent producers propelling Sicilian wine to the forefront of the global wine scene. This vino bianco shows us a willingness to break with tradition -- 100% red-skinned nerello mascalese vinified in a white wine style (so no skin maceration). Fragrant with tropical fruit, this wine opens up with sumptuous body on the palate and finishes with a bright and light mineral note. Ceviche would make a stunning partner to this wine, or even Ligurian pesto with linguine.

Terrazze dell'Etna Etna DOC Rosso "Carusu" 2013
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: ETNA DOC / Varietal(s): NERELLO MASCALESE+NERELLO CAPPUCCIO --- Carusu, the straight-laced sibling of Ciuri, likes to stick to societal norms of red grape vinification by actually becoming red wine. This blend spends six months in neutral oak and another 24 months aging in the bottle, finally released when ready to be drunk. Nerello cappuccio lends ripe red and black berries and spice, while mascalese provides ripe tannins and great acid, keeping the wine vibrant. Did somebody say homemade pizza or spaghetti and meatballs?

Broc Cellars Counoise Mendocino County Eagle Point Ranch 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MENDOCINO COUNTY / Varietal(s): COUNOISE --- Chris Brockway makes fantastic natural wines in his Berkeley-based urban winery by utilizing low-intervention winemaking methods and sourcing sustainably and organically-farmed fruit from lesser-known vineyards all over California. In the winemaking process, he uses low-tech equipment and very little to no sulfur until bottling. This wine features organically-farmed counoise, a lesser-known grape appearing in Rhône Valley blends, particularly in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Here in California it gets to shine on its own, with aromas of cranberry, spices, and earth, which give way to pomegranate, bramble, and a touch of pepper on the palate. Structured but medium in body, with bright, refreshing acidity and an incredibly smooth texture, this matches beautifully with burgers, grilled beets, hard cheeses, or even roasted game.

The Fableist Wine Company Merlot "Fable: 395" Paso Robles 2015
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: PASO ROBLES / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- The Fableist is a collaboration between two talented Paso Robles winemakers: Andrew Jones of Field Recordings and Curt Schalchlin of Sans Liege. Curt is known for his high-scoring yet affordable wines, while Andrew spends most of his days planting vineyards and walking just about every vineyard in the Central Coast! (We've showcased some of Field Recordings' delicious wines!) A new vintage for us, this merlot delights with a luxuriously silky texture and aromas of black tea, ripe cherry, wild blueberries, and wet stones. Sweet plum, woodsy cedar, and warm spices glide richly over the palate, supported by firm tannins, making this a cozy, elegant companion to smoky braised pork shoulder and Mexican pumpkin. A perfect late-winter companion to warm up with!

Mar
10
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Affinitás Furmint Tokaj 2013
Country: HUNGARY / Region: TOKAJ / Appellation: TOKAJ / Varietal(s): FURMINT+HARSLEVELU --- The 17th century monarch Sun King Louis the XIV of France proclaimed Hungarian Tokaj the “King of Wine and the Wine of Kings!” While he was referencing the seductively sweet Tokaj Aszu wine made of botrytis-afflicted furmint grapes, this week we will be sampling a compelling dry-style of Tokaj made of the same furmint variety. The name “furmint” itself is derived from the French “froment,” in reference to the wine’s enticing golden-wheat color. From 30 year old vines we get grapes with bright acidity giving wines a sense of freshness even after years in the bottle. Aromas of ripe peach, white flowers and citrus jump right out of the glass. The addition of some hárslevelű vinified and aged separately in stainless steel adds textural depth to a wine that already has nice complexity on the palate – balancing spice, acid and rich, oily mouth feel. Perfectly juicy roasted pork loin, or even Kashmiri lamb rogan josh – heavy on the spice but not on the heat – would make an unforgettable pairing.

Domaine Vetriccie Corse AOP 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: CORSICA / Appellation: CORSE AOP / Varietal(s): NIELLUCCIU+SCIACCARELLU+SYRAH --- “Vetriccie” is the name for the indigenous Corsican wicker that grows wild near the vineyards of Domaine Vetriccie. This red blend reflects the estate’s appreciation and respect for the native habitat of Corsica. The co-fermentation of two native grapes, niellucciu (aka Sangiovese) and sciaccarellu, with continental syrah, yields a well-balanced Côtes du Rhône-esque blend. Ripe berry, fresh cracked black pepper and wild herb aromas make this ready for your spring and summer cookout (think grilled eggplant with herbes de Provence), but still perfect with hardy winter stews or vegetarian chili.

Mar
4
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Livon Friulano Collio DOC 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA / Appellation: COLLIO DOC / Varietal(s): FRIULANO --- Framed by the vision of founder Dorino Livon, the Azienda Agricola Livon estate on the Collio hills has slowly grown in size and prestige in the Italy’s Northeastern province of Friuli. Though the wines are classically styled, Livon experiments with a range of environmentally conscious viticulture practices including the incorporation of indigenous plants in the vineyards. Grown on marl and clay, the friulano grapes evolve into a balanced, bright wine in the cellar. With delicate aromas of almond and honeysuckle, this wine will pair well with roasted whole fish with citrus and herbs (the vineyard itself is less than 20 miles from the sea) or take a page out of a local cookbook and drink with a stuffed bird -- pheasant if you can swing it – and a side of polenta finished with Friulian Montasio cheese.

Domaine Lombard Côtes du Rhône AOC Brézème Grand Chêne 2014 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHONE VALLEY / Appellation: COTES DU RHONE AOC BREZEME / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Although the label humbly says “Côtes du Rhone”, history has a more favorable view of Brézème – once touted as being only second to Hermitage, arguably the most notable Northern Rhône wine producing area. As a region, Brézème did not rebound from the late 19th century phylloxera epidemic like its neighbors to the north, and to this day has only 23 total hectares under vine, farmed by six producers. Domain Lombard brings us some lovely biodynamically farmed syrah. Planted on south-facing slopes, this syrah reaches perfect ripeness for classic Rhône valley red. Twenty percent whole cluster fruit fermented with native yeasts adds layers of textural, tannic depth to the wine. Pepper and black cherry take the lead on the nose, making this the perfect wine to open with rosemary and red wine-braised lamb shanks or penne with black olives and roasted fennel.

Pavi Wines Dolcetto Napa Valley 2008 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NAPA VALLEY / Varietal(s): DOLCETTO --- The dolcetto grape is native to the Piedmont region of northern Italy, where it is a favorite for everyday drinking. Lesser known here in the US, the Pelissa family propagated this old Torino clone at the University of California, Davis in 1981. All 9 total acres of dolcetto planted in Napa are managed by Pavi. Pavi proprietor and winemaker, Rob Lawson, strives to integrate Napa Valley's climate and growing techniques with classic Italian grape varietals. This 100% dolcetto is a tasty, medium-bodied wine from grapes that are whole berry processed, and then barrel aged for 3-4 years in French oak barrels, 10% of which is new oak. Lush in texture, and redolent with bright raspberry and cherry aromas, it offers intense flavors of spiced cherry, balanced acidity and gentle tannins, just lovely for spaghetti Bolognese, stews, or pizza.

Mar
3
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Romain Chamiot Vin de Savoie AOC Aprémont 2015
Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: VIN DE SAVOIE AOC APREMONT / Varietal(s): JACQUERE --- In the stunning Rhône-Alpes sub-region of Savoie, the Chamiot family has been making wine that will finally make you dust off that old fondue kit that you got for your wedding all those years ago (says the 27 year old). Vines on steep slopes on mountainous terrain make hand harvesting a necessity. Combined with the dry climate, the grapes see little threat of moisture, so the use of sulfites is kept to an absolute minimum. The native Savoie grape jacquère brings us a fresh and straightforward wine with a pleasant suppleness from a small amount of residual sugar. All cellar work is done in enamel-lined stainless steel, giving us a pure expression of fruit. Pair with traditional Savoyarde Emmental and Beaufort fondue of potatoes and crusty bread, or if you're in a rush, try it with an American classic -- cheese fries (or even Canadian poutine if you’ve got Trudeau on your mind). If you’re feeling a bit too healthy for this cheesy madness, pour this with Thai seafood stew, this wine will perfectly balance the spice!

Ricominciare Malbec Cabernet France Valle de Uco 2013
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: MENDOZA / Appellation: VALLE DE UCO / Varietal(s): MALBEC+CABERNET FRANC --- Migrating from Italy to Argentina in 1902, Nicolas Catena found the spot in the Uco Valley of Argentina to begin planting vines. His grandson Jorge continues his family’s winemaking tradition through Ricominciare, only using grapes from his 50 year old Finca San Vicente Estate. The vineyard itself sits on deep sandy soils and utilizes the water from the thaw from the Andes mountains nearby. The hand-harvested fruit is fermented with native yeasts in concrete vats, bypassing fining before going through a light filtration. These practices form a wine with rounded freshness on the palate and notes of red and black fruit with a little herbaceousness. In the Argentinean spirit, pop open a bottle when you find yourself preparing a grill full of meats. For our herbivore comrades, break out the crock pot for shiitake-dashi pot au feu.

Feb
25
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Giraudon Bourgogne Aligoté AOC 2015
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 new arrival. 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 a 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.

Mas d'Alezon Faugères AOP "Le Presbytère" 2014 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: FAUGÈRES AOP / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVÈDRE --- Along with Saint-Chinian, Faugères forms the western border of the Coteaux du Languedoc, a region that extends from Nimes to Narbonne. Faugères is renowned for its schist soil (a metamorphic rock that changed from shale or mudstone to schist through a process called recrystallization), which gives a sense of finesse and austerity to the wines of the region. In 1997, Catherine Roque, already a winemaker in the Vallée de L’Orb, acquired Mas D’Alezon and its 7 hectares in the northern corner of Faugères. Among the highest in altitude in the area, Catherine’s vineyards are certified organic and she employs biodynamic principles to enhance the health of the soil and the vines. The average age of her vines is 25 years, including plots of 70 year old grenache and 80 year old mourvèdre. The Presbytère is 80% grenache with the remainder a blend of syrah and mourvèdre. Catherine utilizes indigenous yeasts for fermentation, which is long and slow at cool temperatures. The wines are aged in cement tanks and barrels that are not new, for up to two years. No sulphur is used during this process and only at bottling is the smallest amount added. Explosively fragrant, this seduces with aromas of earthy dark cherry, briar, and incense. Vibrant on the palate, ripening fruits of blackberry, plum, and raisin mingle with subtle spices, black pepper, and barnyard funk. A smooth texture gives way to structured tannins on the finish. This wine continues to unfurl new nuances of aroma and flavor throughout drinking, making for an ever-evolving, attention-grabbing experience. A delicious choice with boeuf bourguignon or roast duck.

Wildekrans Cabernet Franc Merlot Bot River WO 2013
Country: SOUTH AFRICA / Region: WESTERN CAPE / Appellation: BOT RIVER WO / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC+MERLOT --- The Wildekrans estate lies on the Bot River near the coastal town of Hermanus, where the rocky surroundings provide an ideal environment for rare birdlife- and for wine grapes! With a focus on low yields and respect for the natural processes and ecology of the area, Wildekrans is able to produce distinctive wines full of the character of the region, as evidenced here in this beguiling blend of cabernet franc and merlot. Aged 15 months in old French oak, an inviting, wild nose of funky green pepper, plum, violet, and black olive precedes a broad, generous palate of plum, dark berries, cassis, and more savory woody herbs and olives. Fresh acidity and integrated tannins lend balance, while a savory finish and a touch of smoke make this a winner that begs to be drunk with food. Dark and dangerous, this is delicious now with sausage and peppers, but can be cellared for 3-4 years as well.

Feb
24
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Weingut Fürst Elbling Trocken Mosel 2015
Country: GERMANY / Region: MOSEL / Appellation: MOSEL / Varietal(s): ELBLING --- Why wait for summer to roll around to try a zesty new white? This sudden winter warm spell is just right to crack open this light, bright, new arrival from Germany! Around 2,000 years ago, the Romans planted elbling in the seashell-strewn floor of an ancient seabed in the upper Mosul. Known then as Vitis Alva, it spread throughout Germany to become one of the most popular white grapes until riesling took over in the 20th century. Today, only a handful of growers continue to create this traditionally bracing, dry wine. Elbling still flourishes in small corners of the upper Mosel and in Luxembourg's Moselle (an extension of the Mosel), and today is beginning to experience a renaissance among growers in other parts of Germany as well. A family-run winery for many generations, Weingut Fürst makes wine from a wide selection of German and French grapes on 31 acres near the small of village of Metzdorf - on the border with Luxembourg and 6 miles west of Trier. The Teutonic response to France's Muscadet, this is light, crisp, and zippy. Drier than many elblings, this offers up lemony acidity, seashell, and limestone flavors. A versatile wine for any occasion, try this with oysters, white fish, or salads. At 10.5% alcohol, it's easy to drink, and in a liter bottle, an easy value too!
 
São Matias Dão Tinto 2013
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: DÃO / Appellation: DÃO DOC / Varietal(s): TOURIGA NACIONAL+TINTO RORIZ+ALFROCHEIRO+JAEN --- Casa de São Matias is helmed by a family that has been inspired by terroir-driven, quintessentially Portuguese wines for over three hundred years. The wines of Casa de São Matias embody the character of the renowned Dão region in north-central Portugal, a region known for producing round, full-bodied wines, with strong aromas and good acidity. Here a luscious blend of four native Portuguese grapes form a winning combination of elegant red and black fruit, floral and herbal notes, and hints of earth and spice. Firm and fresh, with fine tannin, balanced acidity, and a long finish, this makes a great companion to lamb and white bean stew.

Feb
18
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC Sur Lie "Les Gras Moutons" 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE AOC / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- Les Gras Moutons, or “the fat sheep”, is not simply a charming name, evocative of pastoral Loire countryside; it is in fact the specific plot of gneiss soils on which these melon de Bourgogne grapes are grown. Domaine de la Pépière’s other Muscadet bottlings come from grapes grown on granite soils, while the gneiss plots of Gras Moutons produce wines with generous floral and stone fruit aromas and great textural balance. Winemaker and Happy of the Seven Dwarfs doppelgänger, Marc Ollivier conducts all farming organically, and through careful handling of the grapes from vineyard to cellar, is able to vinify using yeasts present on the grapes. Aging on the lees (sur lie) gives this wine added richness in texture, and combined with its refreshing acidity, will allow this wine to age well for the next several years. Chill this down and serve with oysters, or use some in, before pairing with, a braise of chicken with cipollini onions and wild mushrooms.

Roagna Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
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!

The Red Hook Winery "Twenty One: Twenty Four" North Fork of Long Island 2012
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NORTH FORK OF LONG ISLAND / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Robert Foley, one of the kings of big California reds, has found himself enjoying the fruits of the East Coast while tackling new challenges. Born out of calamity, “Twenty One: Twenty Four” refers to the military time when Hurricane Sandy surged on Red Hook Winery back in October of 2012. The storm destroyed almost all 100 casks of the 2010 vintage and most of the fermentation tanks holding what would become the 2012 vintage. Out of this hardship was born a 90:10 Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend that showcases the cult Napa-valley style for which Foley is famous. Indulgent notes of stewed black berry, black currant, and plum pave the way for a secondary rush of spice and nuttiness. Superstorm Sandy postponed the bottling of the 2012 vintage, so this wine was able to spend four years aging gracefully in barrel! Although it sounds like Twenty One: Twenty Four has all the makings of a big Napa valley red, it comes in at a sprightly 12.8% abv and is refreshing on the palate (possibly the wine equivalent of “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”?)  Grapes from the North Fork of Long Island have a distinct sea-air quality due to the vineyards’ proximity to the Great Peconic Bay and Peconic Sound. This adds another unique layer of depth to Robert Foley’s wine. A must try for any New York wine fan. Open a bottle with mushroom barbacoa tacos or rosemary-scented pork roulade.

Feb
17
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Celler Masroig "Pinyeres" Montsant DO 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: MONTSANT DO /Varietal(s): GRENACHE BLANC --- When drinking white wine in the winter, we're always looking for a bit more than our summer whites offer. More texture, more fruit, more intensity of flavor, any of these will suffice. Celler el Masroig has been making some very well made wines over the years and Pinyeres is no exception. Pinyeres blanc is a selection from old grenache blanc vines grown in the Montsant area, traditionally fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, then aged for three months on lees. Bright golden in color, with intense aromas of ripe white peaches, it displays hints of yeast and toast in the background. Bursting onto the palate with refreshing acidity, it then becomes creamy and bold with a delectably lingering finish. Drink this with fragrant roast chicken, hearty winter squash salads, pasta with cream and morel mushrooms, or with cheese while catching up on Netflix.

Nexo Garnacha Cariñena DOP 2015
Country: SPAIN / Region: ARAGON / Appellation: CARINENA DOP / Varietal(s): GARNACHA --- Established in 1932, Cariñena is one of the oldest legally delimited growing areas in Europe. Winemaking here dates back to the 3rd century B.C. but has been documented throughout history to be an area of great wine production – 1500s monarch Philip II, King of Spain was a huge fan! Nexo brings us ripe garnacha fermented in stainless steel and aged for four months in large old oak foudres (typical of the Southern Rhône). The 2015 vintage was particularly good in Cariñena as the hot, sun-drenched summer helped this garnacha reach peak form. Drink young to revel in the wine’s jammy red berry and spice aromas. Thyme, paprika and even some cinnamon notes give this bottle added layers of depth while smooth tannins make this an easy drinker with lamb burgers or hearty BBQ pulled pork and brisket.

Feb
10
4:00 pm16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Faillenc Sainte Marie Pays d'Oc "Pas des Louvres" 2014
Country: FRANCE/ Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: PAYS D'OC / Varietal(s): ROUSSANNE+MACABEU+ BOURBOULENC+CLAIRETTE --- Founded in its current form during the reign of Louis XIV by an officer returning from service on the Indian subcontinent, the grounds of Domaine Faillenc Sainte Marie also contain ruins of a Roman winery, a testament to its long winemaking history. Faillenc Sainte Marie is a small estate, consisting of 8 hectares of vineyards set amidst rocky limestone terraces in the foothills of Mont Alaric, buffeted by the Tramontane wind. This inhospitable, extremely dry climate contributes to naturally low yields and great character in the resulting wines. Jean-Baptiste Gibert, son of vignerons Dominique and Marie-Therese, has now taken charge of the domaine and embarked on the steps towards organic certification. This delicious mineral-driven white, named “Pas des Louves” (“path of the she-wolves”), is made from a blend of roussanne, macabeu, bourboulenc, and clairette. The four grape varieties are pressed and vinified together; fine lees contact during fermentation gives body and complexity. Dry, this possesses a compelling minerality along with a nutty, herbal character that perfectly complements touches of citrus and ripe tropical fruit on the palate. A versatile sipper, this makes a great choice for Alpine cheese toasts.
 
Château Jouclary Cabardès AOC "Cuvée Tradition" 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: CABARDÈS AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+GRENACHE+SYRAH --- This wine seriously over-delivers for the price! Located on the southern slopes of the Montagne Noir (the southernmost outcropping of the Massif Central, just outside the medieval walled city of Carcassonne), the Cabardès AOC is one of France's newest AOCs, established in 1998. It is unique in that producers are allowed to blend Mediterranean varietals like grenache and syrah with Atlantic grapes like merlot and cabernet franc. The result is "Bordeaux meets Côtes du Rhône" – earthy, spicy, and rustic. The vineyards of Château de Jouclary are planted with three of the sanctioned varieties; syrah, grenache, and merlot. Merlot is the backbone of the wine, while the old vine grenache and syrah from the stony upper hillside contribute ripe fruit flavors, warmth, and spice on the palate. Fermented in lined cement vats, the wine rests in vats for 12 months and receives a number of rackings before it is bottled. This cuvée, the 2014, is 50% merlot, contributing lush plum and cassis flavors, followed up by equal components of herbal, tarry grenache and syrah. A beautiful purple-ruby hue in the glass, this is equally delightful on the palate, with complex flavors of fleshy plum and cherry, accented by undertones of leather, dried herbs, licorice, earth, and mushroom. Satisfyingly green and earthy, this glass of funky French goodness just begs to be drunk with roast beef, leg of lamb, or cassoulet.

Feb
10
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 105

Bisson Bianchetta Genovese Portofino DOC "U Pastine" 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: LIGURIA / Appellation: PORTOFINO DOC / Varietal(s): BIANCHETTA GENOVESE --- Enoteca Bisson began in 1978 when Pierluigi Lugano fell in love with the wines of the Ligurian coastline. He started out as a trader in small lots of bulk wine, and later became a wine merchant and finally a grower in his own right. High above the Mediterranean Sea in Italy's northwest, the steep, stony slopes of Liguria require that all grapes be cultivated by hand, often using traditions passed down through generations since the ancient Greeks first planted vines there. Lugano works closely with several small, local growers, closely monitoring the work done in the field. A fierce advocate of native, increasingly rare grape varietals, this delightful white is a prime example of his tireless work to preserve indigenous grapes. Bianchetta Genovese is a very rare grape grown in the area south of Genoa. Usually found as part of a field blend with other grapes, Bisson was the first to vinify it on its own, and Lugano has saved several parcels from extinction. This cuvée is vinified in stainless steel to preserve the true character of the grape variety and the vineyard site. "U Pastine" in the Ligurian dialect roughly translates as a gift that is crafted for someone in particular as an extra special present. Delicate and lively, this wine offers up flavors of citrus, sea spray, wet stone, and woody coastal herbs. Snappy acidity, a generous mouthfeel, and clean finish all add up to a compelling wine that fans of vermentino, verdicchio, muscadet, or vinho verde will find easy to love! Its vibrant minerality makes it a heavenly match with white fish dishes – you'd be hard-pressed to find a better companion to seafood or salad!

Maison Jessiaume Bourgogne AOC Rouge 2013
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BOURGOGNE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Built in 1850, Domaine Jessiaume sits invitingly at the entrance to the small spa town of Santenay. It comprises over 37 acres, with large plots in Santenay, important holdings in the Premiers Crus of Auxey Duresses Les Ecusseaux and Volnay Les Brouillards, and a prime section of Beaune les Cent Vignes vineyard. Domaine Jessiaume seeks to create elegant, subtle wines with well-integrated tannins, using methods that respect the environment. These methods include low yields, as well as harvesting and vinifying in accordance with the phases of the lunar cycle. Light garnet in color, this pinot noir spends 12 months aging in French oak barrels and 3 months in stainless steel prior to bottling. A beautiful bouquet of red cherries and blackcurrants with subtle accents of woody spice yields to morello cherries and raspberries on the palate. Supple in texture, a generous mouthfeel gives this a luxurious air, with refined tannins contributing to an elegant finish. Beautifully crafted, this shines with grilled arctic char, eggplant, zucchini, and peppers. Wonderful to drink now, this also will age gracefully over the next 5 years. A truly affordable classic!

Skinner Vineyards "Smithereens" Red Blend El Dorado 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS - EL DORADO / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+ MOURVÈDRE+SYRAH+COUNOISE --- In 1861 Scottish gold miner James Skinner founded J. Skinner Native Wine and Brady in Rescue, California. One of the earliest wineries and distilleries, this pioneering effort in El Dorado county was also one of the most successful in the history of California. Over a century later, in 2006, Mike and Carey Skinner and their three children bought land a mile away from the original Skinner winery and embarked upon their dream of continuing the family tradition of winemaking. They brought in winemaker Chris Pittenger, formerly with Williams Selyem and Marcassin in Sonoma, and began planning the new Skinner Vineyards and Winery, aiming to create world-class wines while honoring their family history. Smithereens Red is a unique Rhône-style blend from the Sierra Foothills. Organically farmed in clay and volcanic soils, this blend of traditional Rhône Valley grapes is aged for 23 months in French oak barrels (86% neutral, 14% new). A rich nose of bright red fruit, touches of vanilla, and spice transforms into soft, deep texture, medium body, and notes of candied cherry and spice on the palate. A tasty companion to spicy braised short ribs.

KAS Krupnikas Spiced Honey Liqueur
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Krupnikas is a sweet honey liqueur that is popular in Lithuania as well as Poland (known there as “Krupnik”). According to legend, Benedictine monks created Krupnikas in the 1500s. Made with sweet honey and warm spices, it became a popular mainstay in the Polish and Lithuanian communities as a way to celebrate holidays, weddings, and for everyday sipping. The Soviets shut down production for many years, but krupnikas has survived through closely guarded family recipes, passed down through generations, which vary from family to family. KAS Krupnikas is a family recipe distilled with local honey and a secret blend of spices, bottled by hand in Mahopac, New York (the only krupnikas producer in New York state). Featuring spices including vanilla, cinnamon, caraway seeds, cloves, and saffron, it makes a delightful dessert liqueur with cookies and crème caramel, or honey semolina olive oil cake.

Feb
4
3:00 pm15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10 %

Domaine Pascal Bonhomme Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: VIRÉ-CLESSÉ AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Situated in the north of the Mâconnais between Tournus and Mâcon, Viré-Clessé is one of Burgundy's newest appellations. The chardonnay of Viré-Clessé is distinctly different from the appellations further to the south such as Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint-Véran, in part due to a greater percentage of limestone in the soil. An old school winemaker in the classic Burgundian style, Pascal Bonhomme has some of the best-situated sites in Viré-Clessé on his 2.5 hectare estate. Entirely hand harvested, 1/5 of the cuvée is vinified in older barrels, adding to the overall effect of complexity and subtlety. The average ages of the vines for this delightful cuvée is 60-65 years. The results are stunning: an aromatic, sophisticated nose of clean apple and spice evolves into luscious baked apple flavors on the palate, offset by subtle touches of oak. A winner with cod poached in coconut milk with leek and fennel.

Franck Balthazar Selections Côtes-du-Rhône AOC 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE AOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH+GRENACHE --- Franck Balthazar possesses two distinct advantages in making outstanding wines: the patient demeanor essential to pursuit of perfection in producing flawless cuvées, and the opportunity to put that to use working a nearly 100 year old parcel formerly owned by Noël Verset, retired Cornas icon. The Balthazar domaine was founded by Franck’s grandfather, Casmir Balthazar, in 1931, and then run by his father, René, until 2002. Keeping to a strictly traditional philosophy in the vineyard and cellar, in homage to the great Cornas producers who preceded him, Franck is a purist and traditionalist: he works his vineyards with draft horses, and hand ferments each parcel separately including a portion of the stems, in order to better able express the character of his lands. His wines are proof his approach works: luxurious, graceful, and expressive, with a distinct sense of place. Deep red in color, this elegant Côtes-du-Rhône from a neighbor's parcel delights with a nose of sweet fleshy black fruit, including prune and cassis, and hints of savory leather. Plush, with restrained tannins, it finishes with voluptuous touches of violet and tobacco. Enjoy with French onion soup or cassoulet.

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco DOCG 2013
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: BARBARESCO DOCG / Varietal(s): NEBBIOLO--- Prior to 1894, nebbiolo grapes were sold to make Barolo or just labeled as Nebbiolo di Barbaresco. However, in 1894, Domizio Cavazza, headmaster of the Royal Enological School of Alba and a Barbaresco resident, created the first cooperative, the Cantine Sociali, by gathering together nine Barbaresco vineyard owners to make wine in the local castle that he owned. His purpose was to highlight the differences between wine made from nebbiolo in Barolo and that of Barbaresco (an early nod to the concept we now call "terroir.") Although fascist economic rules closed the Cantine Sociali in the 1930s, in 1958 the village priest of Barbaresco, realizing that the only way small estates could survive was by joining together, gathered 19 small growers and founded the Produttori del Barbaresco. The first three vintages were made in the church basement, then in the winery built across the square where the Produttori is still located. United once again, the small growers continued the work started by Domizio Cavazza, and the results today are delicious! This Barbaresco is a classic: aromas of black cherries, pepper, and violets yield to a powerful, firm, and elegant presence on the palate. Red cherry, pomegranate, and bright acidity meld beautifully with notes of tobacco, licorice, herbs, and leather. Impeccably balanced and subtle, this pairs wonderfully with pastas adorned with braised meat, olives, or mushrooms. This 2013 vintage is accessible to drink now, but also a classic candidate for aging over the next decade and beyond.

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Popolo di Indie Langhe DOC Bianco NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY/ Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: LANGHE DOC / Varietal(s): CORTESE --- Piedmont is home to many important Italian wines using a variety of grapes. Terre di Mate’ is a small winery on the slopes of Gavi region founded in 2013. Stefania Carrea farms her 25 year old vineyards using sustainable practices, focusing on producing stellar wines from the cortese grape. This cuvée is made especially for importer Indie Wines. Cortese is an important grape of Piedmont that doesn't make as wide an appearance in the United States. Fermented in stainless steel, this is round, fresh, and easygoing, with notes of almond, citrus, and fresh cut grass. Pair this with egg pappardelle with butternut and rosemary sauce or sage-rubbed turkey breast cutlets.

Domaine Giuliani "Les Notes de Louis" Côtes du Rhône AOC 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNES AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+ SYRAH --- This crowd-pleasing red is full of soft, generous fruit. The Giuliani vineyards were established in 1930 and since then succeeding generations have labored to produce the best grapes possible for the co-operative in Courthézon. However, in the early 2000s, Bernard Giuliani had grown tired of seeing the carefully grown fruits of his labor blended into mediocrity, and began producing his own wines, beginning with the 2006 vintage. The Giulianis are talented grenache specialists, with choice plots totaling 8.3 hectares in prime locations. They work sustainably to create fruit-forward expressions of the region and its iconic grapes. 95% grenache, 5% syrah, hand harvested and aged in concrete eggs, the result is supple in texture, with enticing dark fruit notes on the nose. Think raspberries, plums, cherries, and spice! Drink this with wild rice pilaf or pan-roasted hanger steak.