Dec
15
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

Domaine Patrick Charlin Altesse Roussette du Bugey Montagnieu AOP 2012 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: ROUSSETTE DU BUGEY MONTAGNIEU AOP / Varietal(s): ALTESSE AKA ROUSSETTE --- This delectable white is made from the altesse grape, also known as roussette. Nestled in the Savoie region of eastern France (just a bit southwest of the Swiss border), the appellation of Montagnieu is spread over three communes: the villages of Montagnieu, Briord, and Seillonnaz. For the humidity-loving altesse, the village of Montagnieu, where Patrick Charlin's vineyards are located, is the best of the three terroirs. The soil there is water-retentive deep clay and fossil-rich limestone, and the hillside magnificently steep, facing south and southwest overlooking the Rhône. A winemaker of astounding precision and talent, Patrick's roussettes are of a power and depth not usually found in the region, really coming into their own after a few years in the bottle. We've done that work for you already, and this 2012 is delightful to drink now! And what enjoyment it is: a fragrant bouquet of quince with hints of truffle opens the show, evolving over the course of the evening just to keep things interesting. Opulent at first sip, the palate yields to a silky, densely-mineral texture, with notes of crushed mountain herbs, orchard fruit, and light citrus tones, all lifted by a sunny, energetic acidity that keeps it deftly balanced and refreshing. Powerful from the get-go, these wines finish with Alpine grace, and the more air and time they see, the more captivating they become. Almost Burgundian in style, this is a complex, elegant addition to any dinner: think polenta, tartiflette (a casserole made with sliced potatoes, Reblochon cheese, lardons, onions, and cream), or any of the region's famed cheeses!

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

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

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

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Dec
14
4:00 PM16:00

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CLASSIC ITALIAN WINES FOR THE FEAST OF SEVEN FISHES

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

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

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

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Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

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

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

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

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

Lucien Crochet Sancerre AOC 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2009

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

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Dec
7
4:00 PM16:00

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FRENCH FAVORITES FOR SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cidrerie Manoir du Kinkiz Cornouaille AOP NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

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

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Dec
1
3:00 PM15:00

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Eva Fricke Riesling Trocken Rheingau 2017- ORGANICALLY GROWN

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
30
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Vinaccio Grillo Vino da Tavola Bianco NV

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
24
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Domaine Badoz Trousseau Côtes du Jura AOC Vignoble les Roussots 2015

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

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Nov
23
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

WHAT TO DRINK WITH ALL THOSE LEFTOVERS!

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

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

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

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

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

Meinklang Frizzante Rosé Burgenland 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION

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

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Nov
17
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

IT'S HERE! THE FINAL WEEKEND BEFORE THANKSGIVING!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
16
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

VERMONT CIDER AND WINE PICKS FOR THANKSGIVING

Eden "Juliette" Still Cider

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

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

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

Weingut Heitlinger Pinot Meunier Baden 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

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

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

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

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Nov
10
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

ALL-AMERICAN WINES FOR THE THANKSGIVING TABLE

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

Angry Orchard Cider "Understood in Motion" #03

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

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

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

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

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

Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

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

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Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

"PUT A BIRD ON IT!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

"EARLY BIRD" SELECTIONS FOR THE THANKSGIVING TABLE

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

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

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

Albert Boxler Edelzwicker Réserve Alsace AOC 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

RUSTIC RED WINES FROM VILLAGE WINE IMPORTS

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

Comunica La Comedia Montsant DO 2016

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

Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas "Insurgente" Dão DOC 2015

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

Romanelli Montefalco Rosso DOC 2012 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Couuntry: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: MONTEFALCO ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+SAGRANTINO+MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Tuscany's next door neighbor, Umbria, finally gets its chance in the spotlight! The two regions share not only a border, but a long history of growing the same grapes. The Romanelli family has produced acclaimed wines, including Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG, and olive oils in the Montefalco region for generations. The winery prides itself on an eco-friendly approach, using sustainable agricultural practices such as bird boxes to eliminate the need for pesticides, and also avoiding chemical fertilizers. This delicious cuvée is a blend of 60% sangiovese, 15% sagrantino (an intense, dark-skinned grape native to the region often described as "nebbiolo on steroids"!), and equal remaining parts merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Fuller bodied, but still table-friendly, this delights with aromas and flavors of black cherry, vanilla, licorice, leather, and a touch of incense! A long, structured finish is balanced by bright, food-friendly acidity, making this just scream for roast pork tenderloin with sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto, sage, and cream!

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Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Special Sunday Cider Tasting - Direct from Gijón, Spain!

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

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Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

Treasury Cider "Burr Knot" 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct
26
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Sfuso Pinot Grigio Friuli DOC 2017

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

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

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

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Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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

Field Recordings Fiction Red Paso Robles 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: PASO ROBLES / Varietal(s): ZINFANDEL+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE+GRACIANO+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+TOURIGA NACIONAL+CARIGNAN --- Andrew Jones seems to have a keen eye for finding diamond-in-the-rough parcels with untapped potential in California’s Central Coast. He spends his days as a vine nursery employee planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over the region and, in return, is sometimes gifted small allocations of the finest fruit the vines can offer for his efforts. Given his background, there’s no question as to why he produces such soulful and delicious wines. This red is a quirky blend of grapes. Based mostly in zinfandel, it also incorporates grapes traditional to Iberia and southern France. The wine is a full-bodied, fruit forward expression of the Paso Robles region. The fruit is decidedly black in profile, yet the tannins are a bit softer. This is a great partner to dry-rubbed Memphis style pork or chipotle black bean and sweet potato fajitas with avocado.

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Oct
19
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Valli Unité "Bianchino" Vino Bianco NV - ORGANICALLY GROWN

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

C&D Deneufbourg Syrah Côtes Catalanes IGP 2015

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

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Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

SPOTLIGHT ON SINGLE VARIETAL WINES AND CIDER!

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

Angry Orchard Newtown Pippin Cider 2017

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

Stolpman Vineyards Roussanne Ballard Canyon 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

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

Pax Carignan Mendocino County Testa Vineyard 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

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

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

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

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Oct
12
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

NEW ARRIVALS FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Voix de la Vigne Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2017

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

Floating Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hills 2015

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

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Oct
6
3:00 PM15:00

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

TUTHILLTOWN WHISKEY TASTING PLUS CLASSIC WINES TO WELCOME AUTUMN!

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

Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey

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

Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey

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

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

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

Cantina del Glicine Barbaresco DOCG Vignesparse 2013

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

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Oct
5
4:00 PM16:00

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

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

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

Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: FAUGÈRES AOC / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVÈDRE+CINSAULT --- A deep, dark and beguiling wine from Faugères, in the Languedoc. Located just outside of the village of Lenthéric, the 28-hectare Clos Fantine estate is run by three siblings: Carole, Corinne and Olivier Andrieu. They built their winery in 2000, three years after their father (a winemaker with a talent and passion for natural wines) passed away, and have been making natural wines in his honor ever since. All their wines are made from biodynamically grown grapes without any added SO2 and spend 18-20 months in concrete vat, depending on the vintage. A blend of carignan, grenache and syrah, mourvèdre and cinsault, this is a funky, earthy expression of blackberries and red currants, with touches of crushed herbs, smoke, and minerals. Complex and rustic, this makes a great match with grilled or roasted meats, or those hearty, earthy fall stews.

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Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

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

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

Château Massereau Bordeaux Supérieur AOC "Cuvée K" 2007 - ORGANICALLY GROWN+LOW INTERVENTION Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+PETIT VERDOT --- Château Massereau, situated in Barsac approximately 30km from Bordeaux, was built in the 16th century. The estate was acquired by the Chaigneau family in 2000 and brothers Jean-François and Philippe quickly set to farming organically. They remain fully committed to natural winemaking; ploughing with horses, pressing using an old wooden press, fermenting with native yeast, and limiting SO2 (sometimes to none at all) at bottling. A delicious blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot, this ferments in concrete vats and spends 18 months in neutral barrique before a 10-year elevage in bottle before release. The result is stunning: full of dark, plummy fruit character elegantly accented by wisps of cedar, tobacco, violet, and smoke. Precise and savory on the palate, lovely dark berry and dried green herbs meld beautifully with a hint of blood orange peel. Classically styled and a great value to boot, this is fabulous with steak or mushroom risotto.ORG

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Sep
28
4:00 PM16:00

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Peza do Rei Mencía Ribeira Sacra DO 2015

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

Vigneti Reale Negroamaro Salento IGP "Norie" 2016

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

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Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Kerpen Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2014

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

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

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

Palladino Barbera d'Alba DOC Superiore 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

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

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Sep
21
4:00 PM16:00

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Fiegl Ribolla Gialla Collio DOC 2016 

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

Bodegas Lavia Bullas DO 2012 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC

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

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Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

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FALL FAVORITES

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

Angry Orchard Cider "Understood in Motion" #03

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

Château d'Épiré Savennières AOC 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

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

Mocali Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2015

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

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Sep
14
4:00 PM16:00

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

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

Artuke Rioja DOCa 2017

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

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