Oct
14
3:00pm 3:00pm

Free Sake Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

SUPER SAKE TASTING WITH WORLD SAKE IMPORTS!
Today we welcome Wing Yee from World Sake Imports to pour a taste of Japan!

Akitabare Shunsetsu "Spring Snow" Nama Chozo Honjozo

Country:JAPAN / Region: AKITA PREFECTURE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): Gin no Sei --- This bottle comes to us from Japan's northern Akita prefecture. It's pasteurized only once after pressing and before bottling (most sakes are pasteurized a second time after bottling), which imparts another layer of earthy depth. The aromas and textural balance of "Spring Snow" show best when chilled. Pair this clean-style honjozo with roasted root vegetables tossed in rosemary-lemon salt.

Miyasaka Brewing Company Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri "Mirror of Truth" Junmai 

Country: JAPAN / Region: NAGANO PREFECTURE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s):  HITOGOKOCHI+MIYAMANISHIKI --- "Mirror of Truth" is the ideal bottle for sake novices and aficionados alike. The rice's subtle sweetness shines through best when heated up to 120F (or "joukan" in official sake parlance). Heating the sake to this temperature ramps up the inherent grainy aromatic qualities, sweetness, and umami. We're drinking this with fall miso hot pots and stir-fried pork with ginger and scallion.

Kamoizumi Komekome "Happy Bride" 

Country: JAPAN / Region: HIROSHIMA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): HIROSHIMA HATTAN --- Happy Bride by Kamoizumi is a rarity in the sake world -- both low in alcohol and off-dry in style, this sake has stylistic echoes of halbtrocken riesling. Because this sake stakes a great balance between its rounded acidity and just a touch of sweetness, we love it with all kinds of food, from mid-week dumpling night to chicken tagine.

Kamoizumi "Summer Snow" Nigori Ginjo

Country: JAPAN / Region: HIROSHIMA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): HIROSHIMA HATTAN+NAKATE SHINSENNBON--- Nigori is a coarsely filtered style sake which allows unfermented rice particles to remain in the bottle. This technique imparts rich and forward flavors and textures, perfect for hearty fall and winter fare. "Summer Snow" is luxurious in texture with a off-dry, creamy finish.

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Oct
13
4:00pm 4:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Maz Caz Costières de Nîmes AOC Blanc 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE BLANC+ROUSSANNE --- UC Davis graduate Michele d’Aprix is a rapidly rising star in the wine world. After completing her studies in California, she made her way to Bordeaux where she took advantage of the opportunity to be mentored by renowned winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt, before branching out to start her own project in St. Emilion, named Pentimento. Now she has expanded even further, crafting three wines from Costières de Nîmes, the southernmost of the Rhône winegrowing regions. Accorded AOC status in 1986, Costières de Nîmes boasts exceptional gravely soils and a Mediterranean climate that lend the wines juicy ripeness and earthy character, but remains just under the radar enough to yield some great values – like this! "Caz" translates to "crazy in a good way", and her wines are crazy good: honest, juicy, young, and pure. 60% grenache blanc and 40% roussanne, all from hand harvested organically grown grapes, this delicious white is gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tank to preserve its vibrant fruit character. Fresh, juicy peaches and pears meld with touches of honeysuckle and beeswax, with mouthwatering acidity and elegant minerality that make this a versatile partner to all kinds of cuisines! Take the suggestion on the label and pair with oysters, or enjoy with roast chicken or a bucket of drunken mussels in white wine, butter, and garlic.

Mas de Libian "Vin de Pétanque" Vin de France 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE+COUNOISE+VACCARÈSE --- Mas de Libian has been a working farm since 1670, and has remained in the Thibon family since its inception; nowawdays helmed by Hélène Thibon! Farmed biodynamically since the 1960s, this entry level red is a fantastic value in natural wine! This grenache-driven stunner also boasts mourvèdre, syrah, and small amounts of counoise and another southern Rhône native, vaccarèse. "Pétanque" is a popular Provençal game of boules, and this wine is meant to be drunk young with friends in casual settings. Fermented exclusively in concrete tank, it's bottled unfiltered, with the barest smidgen of sulfur added at bottling (it sees no other sulfur.) Gorgeous aromatics of red flowers, orange rind, and grenadine perfume the air, leading to juicy, electrifying flavors of blackberry, spice, and hints of lavender and thyme. Mouthwateringly succulent, crunchy, and fresh, this is fantastic slightly chilled with olive bread, saucisson, hard cheeses, and good friends!

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Oct
7
3:00pm 3:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SUPER TASTING WITH MFW WINE CO.
Today we welcome Annika Adelmann from MFW Wine Co. to pour a selection of new wines and cider to enjoy over the long weekend!

Art + Science "West Valley" Cider 2015
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): BLEND --- Art + Science is an innovative winery/cidery located just south of Portland, Oregon. Kim Hamblin is the artist, Dan Rinke is the winemaker, and together they're making some of the most interesting bottles in the Northwest (both wine and cider)! Based at the Roshambo Art Farm—a rock quarry, music venue, and working farm—their vineyards are planted in nearby Willamina. This beautiful new cider uses fruit foraged from neighbors in the West Valley (including Sheridan, Willamina, Amity, Rickreal, and Perrydale). 99% apples, 1% quince, wild-fermented and bottle-conditioned, with no sulfur or sugar added, the owl and apple on the label symbolizes the clean, crisp, floral elements of the cider within. This is dry and tart, with hints of exotic flowers and herbs, yeasty funkiness, and a touch of sweet citrus. A winner with cider amateurs and acolytes alike, open this with three-squash gratin!

Domaine de Saint Pierre Chardonnay Les Brûlées Arbois AOC 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: ARBOIS AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Fabrice Dodane enjoys decades of experience in winemaking, studying enology in Beaune and working several years at the cooperative in Pupillin, before beginning to work at Domaine de Saint Pierre in 1989 as manager. Fabrice took over the estate entirely in 2011 after the untimely death of the former owner. The domaine is based in the small town of Matheny and covers approximately 6 hectares in the Arbois and Côtes du Jura AOCs with the vines planted in the region's famed limestone and marl soils. Saint Pierre achieved organic certification (Ecocert) in 2012. All wines are fermented with native yeasts either in tank or neutral barrel, with white wines produced in both styles of the region (the traditional sous voile style, under a veil of yeast, or the topped-up or ouillé style, as is the case for this cuvée). Balanced and clean, this displays lovely elements of caramelized pear, lemon curd, and baked apple on a beautiful medium-rich body. An elegant blend of fruit expression and minerality, this drinks almost too easily! Try it with lemon and thyme roasted chicken with caramelized apples and onions.

Roland Pignard Cuvée Tradition Morgon AOP 2014 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: MORGON AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Steeped in winemaking his whole life, Roland Pignard took over the family estate in 1977 and immediately began a shift towards organic practices. In 2004, he and his wife Joëlle sold off most of the estate, retaining only 4.5 hectares to focus on better farming practices, and eventually received organic (Ecocert) and then biodynamic (Demeter) certification. His vineyards are tilled by horse-drawn implements to avoid soil compaction and rely on biodynamic preparations. Harvest is done by hand, and the same crew of 20 returns year after year, a consistency which is very important to Roland. The barest minimum of sulfur is used, preserving the subtle, pure fruit tones of the wine. This Morgon is aged in small, old barriques, and displays luscious crushed cherry, cherry pit, and baking spice aromas and flavors. It's all perfectly accented with bright acidity and an elegant graphite minerality that leads gracefully into earthy tannins on the finish. A brilliant match with steak au poivre.

Antica Casa Scarpa Barbera d'Asti DOCG "Casa Scarpa" 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: BARBERA D'ASTI DOCG / Varietal(s): BARBERA --- One of the great historic producers of Italy, Antica Casa Vinicola Scarpa has been producing traditional, classic wines in the Monferrato hills of southeast Piedmont for over 150 years, with organically farmed vineyards in both the Monferrato and the Langhe. Mario Pesce cemented Scarpa’s reputation in the late 20th century, and today Maria Pier Zola and her family carry on his tradition of aging all the wines for years (sometimes decades) before release. "Traditional" often equates to "rustic" but that's far from the case here; this extra aging lends even their everyday wines a unique elegance! Scarpa specializes in barbera (it accounts for 40% of production), and this everyday "gusta della casa" (house-style) barbera is far from ordinary. The fruit comes from Poderi Bricchi, Scarpa's 50 hectare estate vineyard in Castel Rocchero, in the very heart of the Monferrato, and fermentation and aging both take place in stainless steel tanks. Held at least a year in tank, the wine then spends a minimum additional six months (usually much longer) in bottle before release. Classically styled, it bursts with tangy cranberry and tart red cherry flavors, with sun-bright acidity and well integrated tannins. Refreshing and zingy, this is endlessly versatile at the table, able to pair with everything from antipasti and salumi to vegetable and pasta dishes (with or without tomato sauce).

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Oct
6
4:00pm 4:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

FALL FAVORITES, NEW AND CLASSIC!
 
Domaine Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie 2015

Country: FRANCE / Region: NORMANDY / Appellation: CIDRE BOUCHE DE NORMANDIE / Varietal(s): BLEND --- Domaine Dupont was one of the first cideries we ever visited, and remains among our favorites! Their estate and orchards are beautiful and extensive, and the Dupont family is as endearing as the incredibly extensive line of ciders, Calvados and Pommeau they produce. One of the top producers in the Pays d’Auge, Normandy’s best region for Calvados, the Duponts have even extended their influence to the Hudson Valley, particularly sharing their knowledge with the producer of Hudson Valley Farmhouse ciders. This is their traditional bottling, cidre bouché simply refers to being under cork. All of their ciders are vintage-dated; just like wines, ciders exhibit different characteristics with each harvest. Indigenous yeast-fermented in stainless steel, this cider is a pleasure, fresh and dry, you’ll detect apples in several forms, off the tree, in a pie, simmered with a touch of caramel. Taste one of the classics, alongside cider-braised chicken, cabbage and apples.

Broadside Merlot Paso Robles Margarita Vineyard 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: PASO ROBLES / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- The first solar-powered winery in Paso Robles, Broadside remains committed to sustainability; acquiring fruit from sustainably managed vineyards, recapturing water used in the cellar for irrigation, and utilizing green packaging. Sourced from the renowned Margarita Vineyard in Paso Robles (in California's Central Coast region, where Bordeaux varietals like this merlot thrive in the coastal climate), this wine is harvested early to preserve freshness, and aged in neutral French oak. Red cherry, pomegranate, and plum aromas pick up notes of vanilla, cloves, and leather on the palate, while fine tannins on the finish make this a versatile match for mushroom burgers or black bean empanadas.

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Sep
23
3:00pm 3:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

TASTE WITH TIM GAGNON FROM SELECTION MASSALE
We're pleased to welcome Tim Gagnon from Selection Massale to pour an array of French, Corsican, and Canadian (yes, Canadian!) wines today!

Clos Marfisi "Grotta di Sole" Patrimonio AOC 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: CORSICA / Appellation: PATRIMONIO AOC / Varietal(s): VERMENTINO --- A breathtaking Mediterranean island (off the west coast of Italy, just north of Sardinia), Corsica has a winemaking tradition that's over 2,500 years old, but only recently gaining popularity here in the US. Patrimonio is the largest appellation of Corsica, covering 400 hectares with half owned by the two largest producers, and the other half split amongst 30 smaller growers. Clos Marfisi is one of those small family estates, now run by brother and sister Mathieu and Julie, the fifth generation of winemakers to do so. Clos Marfisi’s vineyards (which Mathieu and Julie's father Touissant planted about 40-50 years ago) rise from the Mediterranean on steep slopes that shimmer white with large chunks of broken limestone. Additionally, the estate remains planted to local grape varietals and has never been touched by pesticides or herbicides. This impressive commitment to organic viticulture continues today, and the 2018 vintage will be certified Bio. In the cellar native yeasts spark fermentation and sulfur levels are kept to a bare minimum. 100% vermentino, this delectable white is pale straw colored, with enticing aromas of white flowers, citrus, unripe stone fruits, and a touch of honey. Bright, refreshing citrus on the palate mingles with white peach flavors, mouthwatering acidity and minerality that goes on forever. A winner with anything from the sea, try this with grilled branzino or a lobster boil!

Pearl Morissette Niagara Vineyards Riesling "Cuvée Sputnik" 2016
Country: CANADA / Region: ONTARIO / Appellation: NIAGARA PENINSULA VQA / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- World-class wines from Ontario, Canada?! Enter winemaker François Morissette, who's delighting palates and blowing minds with his sophisticated offerings in an uncompromising quest to make wine that speaks strongly of terroir while transcending boundaries. In his words, “I don’t make wine for Ontario, I make wine for the world." Classically-trained, François spent a year in his early 20s working for Domaine Alain Gras in Saint-Romain, learning about the traditional winemaking methods of the region. He returned to Quebec and worked towards becoming a sommelier (while building some of the most ambitious wine lists in Quebec and Ontario), before the lure of the vineyards pulled him back to France to pursue winemaking full time in Burgundy. After 7 years in the Côte d'Or, he decided to make his own wines, not in France, but on the Niagara Peninsula, utilizing hand-harvested grapes with native yeast fermentation and minimal filtration and sulfur usage. Partnering with Mel Pearl, a Toronto developer, Pearl Morissette became a reality and after waiting almost a year to get our hands on the delicious results, we're excited to taste them with you! "Cuvée Sputnik" is 100% riesling, and displays lovely transparency and delicacy. Inviting aromas of tropical flowers, fresh limes, and spice yield to a gently-textured palate that finishes with a lengthy kick of zesty salinity. An energizing aperitif, this also complements seafood such as snapper with tomatillo and lime.

Pearl Morissette Niagara Vineyards Pinot Noir "Jeunes Vignes" 2016
Country: CANADA / Region: ONTARIO / Appellation: CREEK SHORE VQA / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- This "Young Vines" pinot noir brings a rock and roll mentality to the table! Hand-harvested from the Home Farm vineyard, this bursts with classic pinot noir aromas of fresh cherries and cracked pepper. Exuberently juicy with savory, dark spices and suave tannins, this handsome northern stranger is one you'll find hard to put down! Open this with just about anything- from wild Atlantic salmon to ham and butter on baguette!

Maison Blanche "Le Colombier de la Métairie" Montagne St. Emilion AOC 2014 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: MONTAGNE ST EMILION AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC+MERLOT --- Nicolas Despagnes comes from a family of vignerons with winemaking roots that go back three centuries. The estate was planted in 1875, and encompasses 40 hectares in Montagne, Saint-Emilion. Nicolas has been farming organically since 2006, and worked tirelessly to obtain not just organic certification (Agriculture Bio and BioCoherence in 2008 and 2010, respectively) but biodynamic certification by Demeter in 2013. His approach in the cellar is similarly respectful and straightfoward, with native yeast fermentation and very little sulfur added. 60% cabernet franc, 40% merlot, this cuvée rests for 15 months in a combination of cement vats and barrel. Young, fresh, and supple, this is old-school Bordeaux at heart, dark and seductive with black currant, plum, earth, tobacco, and leather nuances. Open now with wild mushroom poutine or age for 3-5 years.

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Sep
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Jelu Estate Torrontés San Juan 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: CUYO / Appellation: SAN JUAN / Varietal(s): TORRONTES+CHENIN BLANC+ VIOGNIER --- The torrontés grape is planted in other parts of the world, namely Spain, however nowhere is it more important than in Argentina. This is the country’s most planted white grape variety. Known for producing aromatic wines, the grape is a perfect match for the arid climate of Argentina. Jelu means "sun" in the native Huarpe language, and this delicious fall arrival comes from organically-tended grapes grown at high altitude in the Zonda Valley. A very fragrant and flavorful white, with delicate aromas of white peach and honeysuckle, and layers of lychee on the palate, this has enough acidity to refresh a stewed chicken, or soy marinated tofu with greens and brown rice.

Weingut Weninger Sopron 2013
Country: HUNGARY / Region: SOPRON / Appellation: SOPRON / Varietal(s): KÉKFRANKOS --- With a 2,000 year-old history of grape-growing, Hungarian wine culture brings together traditions from Central Asia, Roman practices, and methods from Western Europe. Favored by royal courts across Europe by the 16th century, it was not phylloxera (so often the scourge of winemaking in continental Europe), but instead the Communist period following World War II that hurt the quality and reputation of Hungarian wines by collectivizing production. Today, 20 years after the re-establishment of private wineries, Hungary is experiencing a wine renaissance. Sopron, located in the foothills of the Alps just across the border from Austria is a premier region for red wine production. This kekfrankos (or blaufränkisch) is versatile for every occasion; dark and delicate, with a nose of blue and black berries accented by fermented tea, sandalwood and green peppercorn spice. Supple texture with gentle acidity and a saline minerality finish elegantly on fine, persistent tannins and a hint of shishito pepper. A versatile choice, try it with summer goulash with ground chicken and zucchini.

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Sep
16
3:00pm 3:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Sundström Cider "Greater Lake Ontario Lot 15" 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON
VALLEY / Varietal(s): NORTHERN SPY+MANCHURIAN CRAB --- This is the third year Leif Sundström has been making his amazing ciders, and luckily for us, unlike his first year, he actually made enough to sell! Leif produces ciders that are a combination of select wild harvest apples, heirlooms, cider apple varieties and several species of crab apples in an effort to make vinous, age-able ciders that speak of place. This cider is made of 90% Northern Spy (an heirloom apple varietal originally discovered in upstate NY), and 10% Manchurian crabapples from the greater Lake Ontario area, one of New York State's acclaimed apple growing regions (along with our own Hudson Valley). Bright and zesty, this offers clean apple fruit and palate-cleansing acidity on a burst of celebratory bubbles with a savory finish. A winner with cider-braised chicken with a touch of cream and thyme.

Jean Louis Moissenet-Bonnard "Les Chazots" Bourgogne AOC 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BOURGOGNE AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Looking for an affordable introduction to wines of the great Côtes de Beaune village of Pommard? Look no further than this Bourgogne Blanc from Jean-Louis Moissenet-Bonnard! This Burgundy comes from a single plot (Les Chazots), and shows the precision and unity of terroir combined with exacting winemaking. The domaine has been in the family for eight generations, and Jean-Louis took over winemaking in 1988, with the idea of putting into practice the philosophies he learned from his parents, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Now assisted by his daughter Emmanuelle-Sophie, Jean-Louis farms using the ‘lutte raisonnée’ method, avoiding herbicides and pesticides, plowing in order to help the vines dig deep to extract the richness of the soil, and maintaining biodiversity and mycorrhization through grass/groundcover around the rows. Grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and completely destemmed. Fermentation utilizes indigenous yeast, and the wine is then aged over 12 months in older neutral oak barrels to preserve its inherent freshness. A fantastic value, this is a wine of finesse and character, full of red apple, pear, and apricot fruit. Notes of white flowers and white peach are joined by fine acidity and a clean, lingering finish that all comes together in an absolutely elegant package! Jean-Louis bottles his wines unfiltered and they are delicious to drink now but will also age beautifully. Open this with soft cheeses, grilled trout, or risotto.

Maison Jessiaume Bourgogne AOC Rouge 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BOURGOGNE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Built in 1850, Domaine Jessiaume sits invitingly at the entrance to the small spa town of Santenay. It comprises over 37 acres, with large plots in Santenay, important holdings in the Premiers Crus of Auxey Duresses Les Ecusseaux and Volnay Les Brouillards, and a prime section of Beaune Les Cent Vignes vineyard. Domaine Jessiaume seeks to create elegant, subtle wines with well-integrated tannins, using methods that respect the environment. These methods include low yields, as well as harvesting and vinifying in accordance with the phases of the lunar cycle. Light garnet in color, this pinot noir spends 12 months aging in French oak barrels and 3 months in stainless steel prior to bottling. A beautiful bouquet of red cherries and blackcurrants with subtle accents of woody spice yields to morello cherries and raspberries on the palate. Supple in texture, a generous mouthfeel gives this a luxurious air, with refined tannins contributing to an elegant finish. Beautifully crafted, this shines with grilled arctic char, eggplant, zucchini, and peppers. Wonderful to drink now, this also will age gracefully over the next 5 years. A truly affordable classic!

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Sep
15
4:00pm 4:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Le Haut-Planty "Au Gré du Vin" Gwin Evan 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- French organic wine lovers rejoice: "Gwin Evan", which means "I drink wine" in Gaelic, is Muscadet without any added sulfur! In the 1960s, Michel Couillard converted his father's farm into a vineyard, and his sons Alain and Christian spearheaded the conversion to organic viticulture in 2007, becoming certified in 2015. With Alain now at the winemaking helm, the new era of Le Haut-Planty embraces natural winemaking philosophy, while remaining faithful to the traditions of the region. Located in the heart of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, between the temperate Loire river and the fresh influence of the Atlantic ocean, Le Haut-Planty boasts a site on the most coveted hillside of Le Landreau. All this adds up to a delicious new arrival: fresh, crisp, and minerally, with hints of zesty lemon. Give this a try with crab spaghetti with lemon gremolata!

Maz Caz Costières de Nîmes AOC Rouge 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES AOC / Varietal(s):GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE ---  UC Davis graduate Michele d’Aprix is a rapidly rising star in the wine world. After completing her studies in California, she made her way to Bordeaux where she took advantage of the opportunity to be mentored by renowned winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt, before branching out to start her own project in St. Emilion, named Pentimento. Now she has expanded even further, crafting three wines from Costières de Nîmes, the southernmost of the Rhône winegrowing regions. Accorded AOC status in 1986, Costières de Nîmes boasts exceptional gravely soils and a Mediterranean climate that lend the wines juicy ripeness and earthy character, but remains just under the radar enough to yield some great values – like this! "Caz" translates to "crazy in a good way", and these wines are crazy good: honest, juicy, young, and pure. 70% grenache, 15% syrah, 15% mourvèdre, this fresh red is frighteningly easy to drink! Fermented in stainless steel with natural yeast, this sees no oak, and bursts with succulent dark, juicy fruit. Seductive aromas of violets, blackberries, raspberries, currants, and a whiff of smoke yield to a palate that is smooth and silky, with layers upon layers of character and bright, mouthwatering acidity. A serious wine that doesn't take itself too seriously (as the label indicates!), grilled pork chops are an easy match, but this works with just about anything – think lamb sliders, charcuterie, hard cheeses, or burgers!

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Sep
9
3:00pm 3:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

Fishkill Farms "Treasury Cider" Lightly Sparkling 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): BLEND --- Last year marked the first time Fishkill Farms commercially released a series of hard ciders. Using some of their best fruit from their Eco Certified and organically grown apples, they sought a classically produced cider. To this end they enlisted the help of fellow cider makers with the traditional rack and cloth press, fermented at a cool temperature at a slow pace to gently coax the flavors from the fruit. This cider is a blend of Jonamac, Golden Delicious, Idared and Empire apples with a small amount of Goldrush and Liberty. Crisp and dry, the cider has notes of green apple, herbs and delicate floral touches. This is perfect for afternoons snacking on olives, almonds, cheese and perhaps some charcuterie.

Picq Chablis AOC Dessus La Carrière 2015
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: CHABLIS AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- In the world of white wine chardonnay is often considered at the head of the class. One of the reasons is due to the region of Chablis, an area that produces chardonnay that is unlike any other region. The wines of Chablis are imbued with a distinct minerality, a flavor that marks the wines with a stony salinity. For generations the Picq family have been vinifying wine in the small village of Chichée. Today three siblings operate the estate, each taking a role in continuing the family names. While a new generation has taken control the style of wines has remained classic. Much of the work is done in the vineyard, with intense pruning and crop thinning over the course of the growing season. This creates fruit with remarkable character, concentrated and expressive. Additionally, a hands-off approach in the cellar aids in the expression of the fruit: native yeast fermentations and the absence of oak help define these wines. Dessus La Carrière is blend of two lieux-dits, but gives the impression of more expensive 1er Cru bottling. Aromatic of white flowers and hints of lemon zest, this wine offers a concentrated minerality with depth and layers of evolving flavor. This will certainly enjoy a year or two in cellar but is calling for scallops with citrus or pilaf studded with herbs.

Scribe Pinot Noir Rosé Sonoma 2016
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SONOMA / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Scribe Winery in Sonoma was founded in 2007 on a property that had been a pioneer in winemaking since before Prohibition. It is managed by fourth generation California farmers (and brothers), Andrew and Adam Mariani, with the mission of producing vibrant, terroir-driven wines. Adam and Andrew believe that the best wines come from vineyards managed in harmony with the ecosystems they co-exist in, resulting in site-specific wines that reflect a sense of time and place, where neither pesticides nor herbicides are used. Carrying this philosophy over into non-interventionist winemaking methods, the results are wines that distinctly express the vineyards they originate from. 100% pinot noir from the southwest slope of Arrowhead Mountain, this elegant rosé is redolent with ripe watermelon and blood orange fruit. Wonderfully dry and refreshing, this is fabulous with late summer/early fall dishes, such as chicken and grilled corn chowder.
 
Yves Cuilleron Syrah Collines Rhodaniennes IGP 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COLLINES RHODANIENNES IGP / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- The Cuilleron domaine was founded in 1920 and has been home to several generations of winemakers since. Located in the hamlet of Verlieu, part of the town of Chavanay, Yves Cuilleron took over ownership of the domaine in 1987 and has focused on modernization, building a brand new facility and acquiring additional vineyard property, where he practices mostly organic vineyard techniques. Yields are rigorously controlled, and grapes are harvested by hand, as most of the vineyards are heavily terraced, making mechanization impossible. Cuilleron has become one of the stars of the northern Rhône where syrah is king, but viognier is certainly a revered monarch in its own right. Cuilleron gained fame for the latter, but also produces exceptional red wines as well. This pure syrah is simply delicious. Harvested from vineyards just outside the St. Joseph appellation, it is spicy but generously fruitful with soft tannins. A great choice for sausages or roasted eggplant tart.

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Sep
8
4:00pm 4:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Waitsburg Cellars Chenin Blanc Old Vine "The Aromatics: Chevray" 2013
Country: USA / Region: WASHINGTON STATE / Appellation: COLUMBIA VALLEY / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Waitsburg Cellars is the collaborative effort of Seattle Times and Wine Enthusiast wine critic Paul Gregutt and winemakers Jon Zimmerman and Ron Bunnell, and this delicious new white displays their Vouvray-esque take on chenin blanc from Washington. The grapes for this cuvée come from 30-year old Upland Vineyard and Roza Hills in the Yakima Valley, and are fermented in neutral oak for four months. Slightly evocative of a barrel-fermented chardonnay, it bursts with aromas of toast, dusty Golden Delicious apple, and hints of lemongrass and beeswax. A luxurious round palate of white peach, caramelized pineapple, and dried apricot yields to a bone dry finish with touches of warm lime peel and biscuit. A lovely accompaniment to flaky white fish, tofu stir fry, or quiche. [DAILY DEAL]

Château la Grolet Côtes de Bourg AOC 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: CÔTES DE BOURG AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC --- Located in the northern right bank of Bordeaux, in the Côtes du Bourg, winemaker Jean-Luc Hubert and family are committed to making soulful, old-school wines. Just across the Gironde River from Margaux, Hubert's chateau is a certified biodynamic estate, relying on organic and natural methods to work the old vines, and vinifying in accordance with lunar cycles, with no added yeasts or enzymes. The result may be your new fall favorite: quintessential old world style at an amazing value! Subtle use of oak lends this young wine an earthy complexity and depth. Perfumed aromas of violet, coffee, truffle, dark berries, and cedar yield to savory currant, blackberry, and plum flavors that caress the palate with soft acidity and velvety tannins. Lingering notes of smoke, earth, and spicy vanilla make this a versatile and hard-to-put-down choice! Pair with a hearty mushroom stew or just curl up with a cozy sweater and a cheese platter!

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Sep
2
3:00pm 3:00pm

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Tilted Shed Ciderworks "Inclinado" Sidra-Style 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SONOMA COUNTY / Varietal(s): N/A --- This week we're kicking off the tasting with a delicious dry cider from Tilted Shed Ciderworks in Sonoma, CA. Founded in 2011 by husband and wife team Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli, Tilted Shed highlights the Russian River Valley's rich apple heritage (often eclipsed by its famed wines!). "Inclinado" translates to "tilted" in Spanish, and this is an homage to Spanish sidra, complete with light spritz and mouthwatering tang! Produced from 100% Gravenstein apples, Inclinado is a slightly hazy yellow-gold hue. Fermentation takes place using wild yeast, which lends it the characteristic Spanish sidra tang on the palate. More than a tart quaff, however, this delights with lovely high-toned floral notes, hints of crushed herbs, and sweet orange aromas. Velvety tannins in the mouth support acidity that's refreshing but not overwhelming. Complex and interesting, this displays subtle earthy apple flavors and splashes of zesty lemon and lime on the finish. Drink it lightly chilled with pork, charcuterie, salmon, and aged cheeses - or tapas of course!

Regis Bouvier Rosé Marsannay AOC 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: MARSANNAY AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Burgundy’s hallowed Côte de Nuits isn't necessarily the first place you'd think of for rosé, but Régis Bouvier in Marsannay proves himself a master of all three colors of wine – white, red, and rosé, producing perhaps among the finest examples of Burgundian pinot noir rosé we've seen! Lesser-known among Burgundy's appellations, Marsannay has a centuries-old history of winemaking, as far back as the 14th century. Bouvier's vineyards boast prime locations in Marsannay, some of them premier-cru quality. Combined with his talent in the cellar, the results are stunning, and a great value. This rosé elegantly captures the weightless grace of Burgundian pinot, with notes of white citrus, watermelon, dried cranberries, spiced fresh berries, and crushed seashells. Wonderfully dry and refreshing, this is fabulous with end of summer BBQ fare. Try it with grilled shrimp, corn, and avocado salad!

Tavijn Grignolino Ripasso "G Punk" Vino Rosso 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GRIGNOLINO --- Nadia Verrua’s family have been making wines in the hills of Monferrato in the province of Asti for over a century. Still a small family operation, they currently have five hectares of vines planted to local grape varietals, and have always been committed to sustainable growing practices in the vineyards, and natural winemaking techniques in the cellar. Fermentation takes place using wild yeast, and little to no sulfur is added, their philosophy being to let the wines fully express themselves without adding or taking away too much. The resulting wines are crazy, joyful, and delicious! This wildly vibrant grignolino (named Ottavia for Nadia's vigneron father who still works the vines along with her mother) is very gently destemmed and pressed with the berries whole, allowing fermentation to slowly and naturally take place in stainless steel and cement tanks over two months. It is then kept on the lees for a year before being passed over (ripasso) the pressings from the 2016 vintage to restart fermentation, a process that adds depth and body. Pale garnet in color, with beguiling notes of Amarena cherry, this cuvée expertly balances grignolino's characteristic brightness and structure with a saline, oxidative finish. This "punk" is just perfect with lighter fare such as dried sausages and hard cheeses, especially aged asiago!

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

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Sep
1
4:00pm 4:00pm

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Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Vinho Regional Beira Atlântico 2015
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: BEIRA / Appellation: VINHO REGIONAL BEIRA ATLANTICO / Varietal(s): BICAL+CERCEAL+SERCIALINHO --- Luis Pato (Portuguese for "duck") is perhaps the best-known producer in Bairrada and Beira. Generally recognized as the modernizer who revitalized a struggling region, he is perhaps better viewed as a neo-traditionalist, as his winemaking style remains rooted in the traditions of the area. He is also a champion of indigenous grape varietals, and three of these relatively obscure grapes make an appearance here in this compelling white. 40% bical, 40% cerceal, and 20% sercialinho, this is a late-summer treat: crisp and refreshing with touches of citrus and stonefruit and just a hint of nuttiness. Throw some swordfish kebabs on the grill and enjoy at your next garden party!
 
La Spinetta "Il Rosé di Casanova" Toscana IGT 2016
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: TOSCANA IGT / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+PRUNELLO GENTILE --- Giorgio Rivetti produces approachable yet age-worthy wines that capture the attention of wine critics and consumers year after year with their elegance, concentration, aromatics and length. This wine comes from his Tuscan estate, Casanova della Spinetta, located in the hills south of Pisa. Pale salmon with a touch of orange, this rosé displays delicious complexity with hints of roses, red berries and wilted wildflowers on the nose offset by aromas of lime and sage. A tasty late summer wine with flavors of tart cherry, pomegranate, and honeysuckle with a mineral and floral finish, its complexity makes it suitable for aging, while being equally delightful to drink right away! Perfect with poultry, fish, or with any type of appetizer, preferably enjoyed outdoors!

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Aug
26
3:00pm 3:00pm

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Leth Roter Veltliner Wagram Terrassen 2016
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: WAGRAM / Appellation: WAGRAM / Varietal(s): ROTER VELTLINER --- While we’re familiar with grüner veltliner (a summer picnic favorite named for its green skin), this wine features the lesser-known, and unrelated roter veltliner (as the name suggests, a red-skinned white wine grape.) Native to the Wagram area of Austria, where it is almost exclusively grown, it produces wines with bright, refreshing character, but with a spicy-fruity element. A unique growing region in the northeast of Austria, the Wagram is distinct in its layered topography - up to 20 meters high - of loam, sand, chalk and loess that Ice Age winds blew over the primary rock base of the Danube. These tiny particles of soil covering bedrock allow the grapevine roots to absorb water and minerals even from great depths, eliminating the need for irrigation and chemical fertilizers. The climate brings major day and night temperature differences, together with cool winds that blow over from the Waldviertel, which lend distinct aromas to the grapes. Clean and crisp, with a touch of lemon zest on the nose, concentrated flavors of apple and orchard fruit and a bit more weight on the palate than grüner make this a great pick for drinking with chickpea stew.

Grosjean Vallée d'Aoste DOC "Torrette" 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VALLÉE D'AOSTE / Appellation: VALLÉE D'AOSTE DOC / Varietal(s): PETIT ROUGE+VIEN DE NUS+DOUCET+FUMIN+MAYOLET --- The small, gorgeous Alpine valley of the Vallée d'Aoste sits at the northernmost part of Italy's Piedmont region, just beneath the Swiss Alps, and near the French border as well. The region is a delightful combination of Swiss-German, French, and Italian influences. This DOC is the smallest of Italy's wine regions, and with a focus on relatively obscure indigenous grape varietals, local consumption was prioritized in winemaking, rather than export. All this adds up to a distinctive, delicious style; subtle, lean, and food-friendly. The Grosjean family has been farming in the Alps since the 1700s, using sustainable and organic methods since 1975 (including the use of native yeast for fermentation). Combining the silkiness of French winemaking, Swiss precision and minerality, and the table-readiness of Italian wines, the Torrette demonstrates remarkable balance and versatility. An indigenous blend of 80% petit rouge together with small amounts of vien de Nus, doucet, fumin and mayolet, it is reminiscent in many ways of a top level Morgon. Mouthwatering tart red fruit (cherries, strawberries, and a touch of blackberry) mingles with bright, lively acidity, while light tannins keep it smooth and easy-going. Hints of earth and smoke on the finish add to the mystique. Perfect for serving with turnip and kale gratin with Fontina (itself a traditional Alpine cheese!)

Ferrer Ribière Carignan "Empreinte du Temps" VdP des Côtes Catalanes 2013 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE PAYS DES CÔTES CATALANES / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN --- In 1993, Denis (an experienced fruit grower) and Bruno (a wine loving civil servant) joined forces to establish Domaine Ferrer Ribière. The son of a vintner, Denis took over his family's vineyards intent on farming them more organically, and now Domaine Ferrer Ribière is one of two wineries in the Roussillon to be certified biodynamic. Although the domaine has existed for seven centuries, it was farmed conventionally until Denis and Bruno, dissatisfied with the quality of the wines, began working organically, eventually transitioning to biodynamic production. Set on 30 hectares west of Perpignan, with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, this domaine is further distinguished by the age of its vines. This carignan comes from 130 year old vines! This cuvée is titled 'Empreinte du Temps', which translated means 'fingerprint of time'. 100% carignan wines in the Roussillon are unusual, making this an even more unique gem! Of intense depth in color, it has an excellent rich nose of dark fruit, herbs and wild berries. Lots of plum, blueberry, and black currants on the palate are lent a rustic edge. Balanced acidity and chalky, not-aggressive tannins keep this wine fresh and incredibly drinkable, just fabulous with rustic fare like roasted or braised meats, charcuterie, or cheeses.

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Aug
19
3:00pm 3:00pm

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Fjord Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc North Fork Long Island 2014
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NORTH FORK LONG ISLAND / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Fjord Vineyards is the creation of Matthew Spaccarelli, winemaker at Benmarl Winery across the river in Marlboro. These wines are crafted by Matt in the Benmarl cellars, using both estate-grown fruit and grapes sourced from renowned vineyards in the Finger Lakes and the North Fork of Long Island. A Double Gold winner at the 2015 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, Fjord sauvignon blanc is made from selected grapes from the North Fork of Long Island, notably from the sustainably grown Palmer Vineyards managed by esteemed North Fork grower Steve Mudd. Classic herbaceousness and citrus peel on the nose give way to a bright, clean palate, with zesty acidity, more grapefuit and citrus flavors, and a touch of green herbs on the finish. Perfect with salads and cheeses, try this with kale salad with breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and lemon vinaigrette.

Idlewild Wines Arneis Fox Hill Vineyard 2016
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MENDOCINO COUNTY / Varietal(s): ARNEIS --- Sam Bilbro comes from a family tradition of winemaking, beginning with his great-grandfather, who made wine in Cloverdale during Prohibition and trucked it up to San Francisco. Sam's father started Marietta Cellars in 1978, where Sam literally grew up among the vines (his brothers Jake and Scot are also in the wine business). After a stint in the restaurant business, he started Idlewild in 2012, with the goal of making wines of energy and precision with the grape varietals of Northern Italy's Piedmont region. A rare find in California, Fox Hill Vineyard is located southeast of Ukiah on the Talmadge Bench in Mendocino, where the arneis grape thrives in gravel and sandstone soils. A beautiful floral and mineral nose displays notes of yellow and white peach, spiced pear, almonds, and a touch of fennel. Clean and lean in the mouth, it bursts with flavors of Rainier cherry, white flowers, and chalky wet stone, with a saline, savory texture. Beautifully balanced, this is unique, refreshing, and totally gulpable! Great with grilled chicken salad with garlic confit.
 
St. Reginald Parish Pinot Noir "The Marigny" Yamhill Carlton 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: YAMHILL CARLTON / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- The son of a New Orleans Baptist preacher, fifth generation Louisianan Andrew Reginald Young has his roots in the city's vibrant music scene, where he started as a drummer before catching the wine bug in 2007, moving to Oregon and establishing St. Reginald Parish winery. He was drawn to the cooler, higher elevation vineyards of the Willamette Valley, and focuses on the lean, earthy style of winemaking the area affords. He sources his fruit from friends with old, established sites, which allows him to work with minimal intervention in the winery, using native yeasts and bottling unfiltered without the addition of sulfur. "The Marigny" is named for the neighborhood in New Orleans' French Quarter famous for its live music scene, and is a tribute to his roots. 100% pinot noir, the grapes for this cuvée were handpicked from the 14-acre Sisu Vineyard, and underwent 14 day whole bunch carbonic fermentation, a technique common to Beaujolais. But this wine is a wild child by comparison – think Beaujolais' hippie cousin! A virtual party in a bottle, this positively explodes with aromas of bright red cherry blossoms and fruit. Fun and funky, all red berries and earth, it's super soft in the mouth; a quaffable light, bright summer red! Serve lightly chilled with a salad of greens topped with proscuitto, blue cheese, and toasted hazelnuts, and enjoy Oregonian "joie de vivre" in a glass!

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Aug
18
4:00pm 4:00pm

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Vignoble Dinocheau Touraine AOC Pineau d'Aunis 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: TOURAINE  AOC / Varietal(s): PINEAU D'AUNIS --- The 13 hectares of small family estate Domaine Dinocheau are planted on tuffeau, a blend of chalk and sand that appears white. Now run by siblings Fabian and Laurence, the family has made a name for themselves by cultivating several abandoned grape varietals, including pineau d'aunis, among the most ancient of grapes in the Loire Valley. Formerly known as chenin noir, it was replaced over time by cabernet franc, and is now quite rare – a pity considering the interesting, elegant wines it makes. A truly unique rosé, this seduces with aromas of peach skin, strawberries, and cantaloupe, with light accents of flowers and pepper. On the palate it is even more surprising, fresh and lively with savory touches of ripe tomato on a cool, stony finish. A refreshing value that works brilliantly as an aperitif or with a California ham sandwich (ham, avocado, grilled onions, and monterey jack cheese with whole grain mustard on sourdough). 

Le Raisin et L'Ange "Pause Canon" Vin de France 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC+VIOGNIER --- After attending winemaking school in Mâcon in the late 1970s, Gilles Azzoni settled in Saint-Maurice d'Ibie, Ardèche in 1983. He transitioned to organic farming in 1997, and decided to go even further in his commitment to zero sulfur wines in 2000, now working with his son, Antonin. This is a truly natural wine – nothing is added (no yeast, no sulfur), and nothing is taken away (no filtering or fining.) A blend of 70% sauvignon blanc and 30% viognier, this is dazzlingly refreshing, with sunshine-bright acidity, zesty citrus and floral notes, and a lingering chalky finish! Stuck in the doldrums of summer's dog days? Energize your palate and beat the heat: open this with all sorts of seafood (chargrilled oysters or grilled shrimp and summer squash skewers anybody?).

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Aug
12
3:00pm 3:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

SECOND SATURDAY: FANTASTIC MOSTLY FRENCH FEATURES!

Les Têtes "Tète au Bois Dormant" Pétillant Naturel Vin de France NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC+ CHARDONNAY --- Founded and run collaboratively by four friends, Nicolas, Philippe, Baptiste, and Vivien, Les Têtes ("The Heads") is about making wine to be drunk with friends, using natural techniques that won't be hard on your head the day after! They are located in the village of Le Pressoir in Touraine Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley. Les Tètes focuses on fresh, drinkable, competitively priced wines that are grown organically and fermented with native yeasts and with minimal sulfur added. This natural bubbly is a great summer sipper! Made from organically grown chenin blanc and chardonnay, this has a delightfully chalky minerality and racy acidity on a palate that bursts with juicy peach and apple fruit. Lively bubbles make this under-$25 sparkler a festive and refreshing hot weather quaff that's easy on your head and your wallet! A great way to elevate your next picnic!

Y. Rousseau Colombard Russian River Valley 2016
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY / Varietal(s): COLOMBARD --- Yannick Rousseau was born in the Gascony region of Southwest France (near the border with Spain), home to some of France's best-known wine regions. In 1998, Yannick earned a Master’s degree in Enology and Viticulture from the University of Paul Sabatier in Toulouse and worked for several years in the local wine industry, before heading to the US in 1999 for a short term position in Napa that turned into something much more! Starting at Newton Vineyard, he then spent 6 years on Mt. Veeder with Château Potelle. Upon the sale of Château Potelle, Yannick decided to create his own label and Y. Rousseau Wines was born, which he now runs in partnership with his wife Susan. Gascony is also the home of the colombard grape, and it was serendipitous that Yannick discovered several old plots of colombard in the Russian River Valley – a rare and lucky find! Made in old-school Gascony style, this dry, bright white makes a fabulous alternative to sauvignon blanc. A nose of white and yellow flowers and orchard fruit yields to a tart, refreshing palate of pear, peach, and gooseberry. A zesty, textured lingering finish makes this a great aperitif or partner to grilled or fried fish.

Patrick Piuze Chablis AOC "Terroir de Chablis" 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: CHABLIS AOC / 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. This is perfectly crisp and saline in style. Nuances of delicate apple fruit play with the acidity and mineral notes. This is perfect for a seafood celebration or kicking off an elegant garden party!
 
Anthony Thenevet Morgon AOC Côtes du Py Vieilles Vignes 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: MORGON AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- 29-year-old vigneron Anthony Thevenet enjoys the rare fortune of working with vines in Morgon that are approaching 150 years old. After an apprenticeship with Georges Descombes, he currently works in the cellar of Jean-Marc Foillard, using his spare time to build up production from his family's estate. Raised among his grandfather's vineyards, he inherited 3 hectares of vines upon his grandfather's passing, including a parcel in Côte du Py in 2014. In the vineyard he follows the principles of the natural wine movement, working the soils by hand without herbicides or pesticides. Morgon is one of the most esteemed cru names in Beaujolais, renowned for its sandy and rocky soils, which provide a particular structure and richness unique to the region. In addition, the volcanic soils of the famous hill of Côte du Py produce among the most powerful examples of Beaujolais – the James Bond of wines! With just a touch of funk on the nose, this dark, dangerously delicious gamay expertly walks the tightrope of acid and earthy structure. Silky dark cherry fruit melds elegantly with hints of smoke and savory gaminess. Open this for a fabulous match with lamb burgers with blue cheese, pear, and tomato chutney.

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Aug
11
4:00pm 4:00pm

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ROSÉ IN A CAN (YES!) AND CHILLABLE CHILEAN RED!

Alloy Wine Works Rosé Central Coast 2016 - 500 ml
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CENTRAL COAST / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+ MOURVEDRE+ CHARDONNAY+CHENIN BLANC --- The mastermind behind Field Recordings (we've featured both their red and white "Fiction" cuvées), 35-year-old Andrew Jones, seems to have a keen eye to finding diamond-in-the-rough parcels with untapped potential in California’s Central Coast. He spends his days 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. Alloy Wine Works is the combination of innovation and rustic charm that blend grapes from the most unique and unexpected spots, resulting in a truly Californian wine in a unique package. Don't let the can fool you – what's inside is every bit as well-crafted and tasty as rosé in glass bottles. This is dry and clean, with juicy strawberry, grapefruit, and guava fruit accented with hints of mint and rose petals. Looking for a refreshing, yet sophisticated summer sipper that can accompany you wherever the day leads, whether picnicking, camping, boating, hiking, you name it? Look no further!

Viña Maitia Valle del Maule "Aupa" Pipeño 2016
Country: CHILE / Region: VALLE DEL MAULE / Appellation: VALLE DEL MAULE / Varietal(s): PAIS+CARIGNAN --- One of the friendliest wines from Chile we've tasted, this is sure to become a hot weather favorite. Pipeño wines are honest, small-scale, traditionally made Chilean wines of the most recent harvest. Often drunk by vineyard workers, they are unique to the regions of the Maule, Itata and Bio-Bío Valleys, which are among Chile's most traditional and rural wine areas. Maitía is the project of partners and winemakers David Marcel and Loreto Garau, who specialize in making light, lively, extremely drinkable wines through careful grape selection, and "Aupa" is no exception. A blend of the native país (or mission) grape, and carignan, this is bright and clean with layers of juicy red and black fruit flavors. With a chill, this is ideal for summer sipping with grilled portabello tacos.

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Aug
5
3:00pm 3:00pm

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CALIFORNIA STARS!
Brick & Mortar produces single vineyard pinot noir and chardonnay from high elevation sites in Napa Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Mendocino Ridge AVA, leaning towards an Old World style that results in bright, structured wines with moderate alcohol and strong terroir character. This young winery is owned by Matt, Alexis and Troy Iaconis, and is named for the cobblestone towns of Burgundy that Matt fell in love with in the summer of 2011. Given that Burgundy's iconic pinot noir grape was to be the cornerstone of Brick & Mortar's wines as well, and inspired by the ability of brick and mortar foundations to hold up some of the oldest buildings in the world through difficult times, the name Brick & Mortar seemed to embody both the inspiration and challenges of winemaking. Today we're featuring two unique "sister" wines – one white, one red, both picked the same day from the same two vineyards, and comprised of the exact same blend percentage between pinot noir and chardonnay. Intrigued? So were we!

We're also opening a new rosé from longtime favorite Broc Cellars, this one made from the lagrein grape, perfect for those days when you just can't decide between a rosé or a chillable red!

Brick & Mortar Vin ClairBrick & Mortar "Vin Clair" Napa Valley 2016
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA/ Appellation: NAPA VALLEY / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR+CHARDONNAY---  This crisp white is just perfect for summertime drinking, with generous aromas of floral, citrus, and chamomile. Flavors of Golden Delicious apple, quince, and grapefruit (from the chardonnay) are intertwined with luscious strawberry and Rainier cherries (courtesy of the pinot). A lengthy, bright finish makes this a lovely match with scallops, crab, and fresh cheeses.
 
Broc Cellars Lagrein Rosé Lone Pine Vineyard El Dorado 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: EL DORADO / Varietal(s): LAGREIN --- Founded by Chris Brockway, Broc Cellars is built on a philosophy of sourcing sustainable and organic fruit on the way to creating exceptional wines. Brockway takes a hands-off approach, allowing nature to be in charge. This fantastic new rosé is made from lagrein, and inspired by the wines of the Alto Adige region of Northern Italy, the grape's native home. Lone Pine Vineyard is located at 1700 ft elevation in El Dorado County, just outside of Placerville, and boasts volcanic rock, shale, and fine-grained granite soils. Bridging the gap between rosé and chillable red, this displays a nose of rose petal, red cherry, and crushed wild blackberry stems. On the palate, it is textured and medium-bodied, with flavors of brambly raspberry, cranberry, and Rainier cherry dancing over a core of light tannins and a lingering finish. This wine, like all Broc Cellars wines, is made naturally, meaning only native yeast is used to spark fermentation, and nothing is added except a minimal dose of sulfur prior to bottling. Try this with grilled pizza with proscuitto, arugula, shallot, and ricotta.

Brick & Mortar "Vin Rubis" Napa Valley 2016
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NAPA VALLEY / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR+CHARDONNAY --- Harvested on the same day as "Vin Clair", this light and lively red has a unique personality all its own. The pinot noir and chardonnay were co-fermented, resulting in a vivacious palate perfect for steamy days where white or rosé is just not quite what you had in mind. Here the pinot comes to the fore, providing a vibrant core of juicy raspberry, plum, spice, and delicate dry tannins, while the chardonnay contributes texture and hints of ripe apple and mandarin. Fantastic lightly chilled, uncork this with smoked salmon, charcuterie, or BBQ ribs!

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Aug
4
4:00pm 4:00pm

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COOL NEW ARRIVALS!
 
Château Bas Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence AOP Blanc 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: COTEAUX D'AIX-EN-PROVENCE AOP / Varietal(s): GRENACHE BLANC+MARSANNE+ROUSSANNE+VIOGNIER ---  Located in the heart of the Aix-en-Provence region, Château Bas dates back to Roman times. The château itself was built on the site of a Gallo-Roman city and was restored in the 17th century, while the grounds are rich in woods and small valleys that provide a terroir well-suited to viniculture. This crisp new arrival is a lovely blend of organically grown grenache blanc, marsanne, roussanne, and viognier grapes. The combination provides an inviting bouquet of white flowers, lemon curd, and green apple on a soft-textured palate, with refreshing acidity on the finish. It makes a great aperitif or companion to light summer fare like stir-fried rice noodles with tofu and veggies.

Elvio Tintero Barbera Rosato Frizzante NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): BARBERA+FAVORITA+MOSCATO --- In 1900, a Frenchman named Pierre Tintero set out for Piedmont in search of work, ending up at the small estate of widow Rosina Cortese, where he helped her with odd jobs and soon became an indispensable part of the estate. Eventually, "Pietrin", as he was called by the locals, and Rosina fell in love and were married, continuing to work the vines together, and bottling their first vintage of dolcetto in 1914 just as war broke out. A stash of this first bottling was found years later by their grandson, hidden in the walls of the cellar as a precaution against ransacking troops passing through the area. Pietrin and Rosina’s two sons, Giovanni and Carlo, eventually took over the estate and expanded it by purchasing adjacent vineyard plots. In the 1980s Carlo’s son Elvio began experimenting with the challenging process of frizzante wine production, allowing the family to take advantage of the moscato grape’s special affinity to the local terroir. Elvio has now handed the reins over to the next generation, but he continues to help his son Marco and daughter-in-law Cinzia run the estate. 90% barbera, this rosé gets its fun-loving spritz from a secondary fermentation upon the addition of 5% each of favorita and moscato. Lightly fizzy, this is an irresistible combination of wild strawberry, watermelon, rose petal, and delicate green almond notes. Juicy acidity and a soft, spritzy texture add up to an incredibly refreshing, versatile addition to your summer rosé collection! A winner with fresh shrimp salad or chipotle-lime grilled cauliflower.

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Jul
29
3:00pm 3:00pm

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NEW AND CLASSIC FRENCH FAVORITES!

Clotilde Davenne Saint-Bris Sauvignon 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY/ Appellation: SAINT-BRIS AOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Although situated on the same Kimmeridgian soils as Chablis in Burgundy, the sauvignon blanc-based wines of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux take their stylistic cues from Sancerre, just one and a half hours to the West. Clotilde Davenne planted her first vines in 1989 and has grown her domaine to over 18 hectares of small plots in three different appellations (Chablis, Irancy and Saint-Bris). Her sauvignon blanc is mechanically harvested and fermented in stainless steel, with no malolactic fermentation, which preserves a lovely green apple tartness. The wine is racked and bottled after spending four months on the lees for textural depth.  Her 2015 Saint-Bris showcases the great qualities of this aromatic white grape:  zesty citrus fruit with a mineral-driven, seashell core. A nose filled with lemon curd and tart green apple provides the opening salvo, giving way to a palate full of juicy white fruits, more invigorating citrus, and chiseled minerality with a crisp but significant mouthfeel that still remains bright and lively. Just the thing to refresh your palate through the summer doldrums, this is a gorgeous choice to open with a summer vegetable tart of zucchini, yellow squash, shallot and a lot of goat cheese.

Yves Cuilleron Marsanne Collines Rhodaniennes IGP 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHONE VALLEY / Appellation: COLLINES RHODANIENNES IGP / Varietal(s): MARSANNE --- The Cuilleron domaine was founded in 1920 and has been home to several generations of winemakers since. Located in the hamlet of Verlieu, part of the town of Chavanay, Yves Cuilleron took over ownership of the domaine in 1987 and has focused on modernization, building a brand new facility and acquiring additional vineyard property, where he practices mostly organic vineyard techniques. Yields are rigorously controlled, and grapes are harvested by hand, as most of the vineyards are heavily terraced, making mechanization impossible. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel using native yeasts. The wine is racked after malolactic fermentation is completed, then spends six months in stainless steel and neutral oak barrels before bottling. This 100% marsanne is clean and vibrant, with tantalizing aromas of white flowers and honey. The palate is full-bodied, yet delicate and complex, with white peach, pear, and tropical fruit flavors melding with honey, nuts, and spiced orchard fruit. The finish is flowery and yeasty with a slight thirst-quenching bitterness. Perfect with an assortment of cheese, particularly alpine-style!

Martin Texier "La Boutanche" Cinsault Vin de France 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHONE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- Martin Texier, son of famous Northern Rhône natural winemaker Eric, began his own winemaking ventures in 2014. After studying economics at university, he ventured into music (he is an accomplished DJ) and also spent time in New York City learning about the wine trade before returning to the vineyards to follow in his father's footsteps. He now has five hectares in and around St.-Julien-en-St.-Alban, planted to classic Rhône varieties, both red and white. Martin’s passion is to revive the local traditions of working the natural way, both in the vines and in the cellar (native yeast fermentation, no sulfur). The results he has been getting this early in his career are quickly building a reputation for him as a winemaking prodigy. The La Boutanche line seeks to make natural, drinkable wines accessible and affordable for everyday consumption. For this cinsault, Martin uses a technique he calls "infusion", where he essentially makes a red wine in the manner typically used for whites. It yields a delicately structured red with gorgeous, soaring aromatics, juicy dark fruit of berries, currants, and plum, and fine tannins! Feel free to add a slight chill. A natural wine under $20 (in a liter bottle too!)- what could be finer?

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Jul
28
4:00pm 4:00pm

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COOL NEW VALUES!
 
Domaine du Coing de Saint Fiacre "Cuvée Aurore" Chardonnay Vin du Val de Loire IGP 2015

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DU VAL DE LOIRE IGP / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY ---  Véronique Chéreau-Günther left the Chéreau Carre 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 new chardonnay to check out this summer- 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.

Gateway Douro DOC 2015
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: DOURO / Appellation: DOURO DOC / Varietal(s): TOURIGA FRANCA+TINTA RORIZ+TOURIGA NACIONAL --- Portugal's Douro region (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) may be the birthplace of port, but is also home to some delicious table wines. With Portuguese wines still flying a bit under the radar, these tend to be excellent values as well, and this new arrival is a case in point. A blend of 50% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz, and 20% Touriga Nacional, these native Portuguese grape varietals benefited from a stellar 2015 growing season, resulting in low yields of excellent quality fruit. Ruby in color, this was fermented in stainless steel, allowing flavors of fresh ripe raspberries, currants, and spice to come through on a silky finish. A versatile choice for pairing with anything off the grill (think lamb burgers or spicy sausages), this also works well for pasta night.

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Jul
22
3:00pm 3:00pm

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ORGANIC, NATURAL, AND BIODYNAMIC WINES FROM FRANCE AND SPAIN!

Dominique Lucas "Quintessence" Chasselas Vin de Savoie AOP 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: VIN DE SAVOIE / Varietal(s): CHASSELAS  ---  Dominique Lucas comes from a family of Burgundian winemakers (he is the 5th generation) who own a small estate outside of Pommard. After completing oenology school, he decided not to return to the family estate because he did not want to work within the strict oversight of the AOC, settling instead in the Haut Savoie in 2008. In spite of a family history of Burgundian winemaking traditions, he vinifies his grapes in an array of different amphorae, barrels, and concrete eggs. Fermentations occur naturally and the only addition to the wines is a tiny bit of sulfur at bottling. The results are stunning: pure and character-filled, these wines can hold their own with any of the best of the region. Chasselas is a fairly esoteric grape, grown mostly in eastern France, Switzerland, and Germany, and mostly drunk casually, apres-ski. Here, however, it comes into its own, bright and refreshing! A soft, minerally texture yields to white flowers, ripe apple fruit and lemon zest. Fresh and clean, this is perfect for perking up your palate during summer's doldrums. Open this as a delicious aperitif, or enjoy at your next lobster boil!

Jeremy Quastana Syrah Vin de France 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Jeremy Quastana is a young up-and-coming vigneron who's already turning heads with only four vintages under his belt! He learned the trade working with Olivier Lemasson, and managed to acquire a few hectares of land near Olivier's main plots in the Loir et Cher, close to Cheverny. Prior to his time with Olivier, Jeremy worked at Marcel Lapierre's winery, and also did a six-month internship at Clos Ouvert in Chile. His winemaking has evolved into a clean, drinkable style using very little sulfur. In 2016, Jeremy lost a fair amount of his harvest to hail; to supplement his production, he purchased syrah from Anne Leclerc in the Roussillon. All of the grapes are certified organic and come from sandy soils, resulting in a light-bodied, silky red full of freshness and energy. A slightly funky nose yields to a juicy, brambly palate of sweet red raspberries, with zesty acidity and a touch of smoke on the finish. A perfect addition to your summer red collection, give this a try with lamb sausages with grilled onions and zucchini.

Finca Parera "Fosc"Penedès DO 2015
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: PENEDÈS DO / Varietal(s): SUMOLL/ULL DE LLEBRE AKA TEMPRANILLO/SYRAH --- Located on a compact estate in Catalunya's Upper Penedès, Finca Parera is made up of the father-son winemaking team of Jordi and Ruben Parera. Fourth generation farmers (since 1892), they've worked organically since 1999 and biodynamically since 2013. Some of their vines are over 78 years old, and the location 350 meters from the sea lends a decidedly Mediterranean influence to their wines, which are hand harvested and fermented with native yeast, with minimal intervention in the cellar. Fosc is sourced from old vines of Sumoll and Ull de Llebre (Catalan for tempranillo and syrah) from their Plum Vineyard in Sant Llorenç d'Hortons. Cool sea breezes and a winemaker's light touch imbue this with a delicate fresh red fruit character, supported by fine tannins and a touch of earth on the finish. Delightful with a slight chill, pair this with grilled steak tacos with cilantro chimichurri sauce.

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Jul
21
4:00pm 4:00pm

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BEAT THE HEAT WITH ROSÉ FROM RIOJA AND COOL CINSAULT FROM FRANCE!
 
Bodegas Manzanos Rosado Rioja DOCa "Mas de Victor" 2015

Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCA / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+ GARNACHA --- Founded in 1890 by Don Lorenzo Fernandez de Manzanos, Bodegas Manzanos pride themselves on over 120 years of experience making wines that are a true reflection of the land from which they come. The "Mas de Victor" line is a collaboration between two Masters of Wine, and this rosado is a perfect choice for those scorching days when you can't decide between white and red. Predominantly tempranillo, Rioja's renowned red grape varietal, this gets a lift from a touch of garnacha, resulting in a wine that bursts with succulent red cherry and raspberry fruit, with an elegant hint of spice. Medium-bodied and fresh, it finishes dry and savory, making it a versatile choice for any occasion. Try it with grilled shrimp skewers and a salad of farro, goat cheese and citrus-parsley dressing.

Domaine Rimbert "Cousin Oscar" Vin de France 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- Jean-Marie Rimbert moved to the Languedoc some 25 years ago, working at another estate until he could save enough to purchase his first parcels of land. The choice was not the noble syrah or even the prosperous grenache, but a patch of old-vine carignan. Now with 20 hectares, Rimbert is gaining fans, wine critics not excepted. He has expanded his grape varieties to include syrah and grenache, but also mourvèdre and the cinsault he uses to craft this cuvée. This organic red is made entirely from cinsault and perfect with a chill, keeping it fresh and quaffable, perfect for summer grilling or sipping by the pool. Fragrant with spice and berry fruit, enjoy this with grilled chicken or quinoa salad with mushrooms and kale.

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Jul
15
3:00pm 3:00pm

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Los Bermejos Diego Seco Lanzarote DO 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: SPAIN / Region: CANARY ISLANDS / Appellation: LANZAROTE DO / Varietal(s): DIEGO --- Los Bermejos is owned and run by winemaker Ignacio Valdera, on the island of Lanzarote, the most challenging of the Canary Islands on which to produce wine. A mere 125 km from the African coastline, conditions here are extreme, earning the island the reputation of “vineyard of the impossible.” Wine-making in the Canary Islands began at the end of the 15th century. During the 16th century, amazingly, wine was the most important export. Lanzarote was the last island of the Canaries to enter into wine growing and has the oldest cellar in the islands – El Grifo – which has been continuously producing wine since 1775. The terrain of Lanzarote resembles a lunar landscape more than a traditional vineyard, as little to no vegetation can survive in the porous, black volcanic soil that only receives a few inches of rain per year. Adding to the challenging conditions are the fierce winds from the Atlantic Ocean and Sahara desert, resulting in the innovative wine-growing technique of planting each vine in a small hole, or hoyos, protected from the elements by stone walls. The hoyos also allow the vines to better access the organic matter beneath the top layer of solidified lava. As might be expected, yields are very low and all the vineyard work is done by hand (using pack camels), and organically (the winery is in the process of certification). Ignacio occasionally supplements each crop with purchased fruit from growers who share his vision of sustainable viticulture. Diego, also known locally as vijariego blanco, is a vigorous, high-acid grape grown only in the Canary Islands. 100% diego, this wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and aged three months in tank sur lie. Deceptively clear and light in color, this wine is complex and savory with smoky notes of quince and apricot and a bright, mineral palate. Enjoy this rarity with paella or grilled octopus.

MicroBio Wines "Correcaminos" Castilla y León 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- Winegrower Ismael Gozalo has deep roots in Nieva, a village in the province of Segovia located in the Rueda DO. While this region is now the heart of industrial verdejo production, Gozalo has chosen to go in the opposite direction, making natural, biodynamic wines instead. The predominantly sandy soils of the area make it possible to still find old pre-phylloxera and ungrafted vines, and Gozalo's natural approach makes the most of the intense character of these rare vines and the terroir and climate they thrive in. Fresh and luscious, the Correcaminos ("Road Runner") comes from tempranillo planted on slate soils in 1949, fermented in stainless steel and bottled unfined and unfiltered with no added sulfur. Bright and juicy with flavors of sour cherry and tangy purple plums, crushed blackberries and black currants, oregano, earthy licorice, and a hint of tobacco, this is a winner served slightly chilled with grilled chicken breasts with blackberry-corn salsa.  

Antidoto Cepas Viejas Ribera del Duero DO 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: RIBERA DEL DUERO DO / Varietal(s): TINTO FINO aka TEMPRANILLO --- Over the past quarter century, Ribera del Duero has become arguably the most successful wine region of Spain, yet many of its oldest vines and best terroirs lie in the remote eastern part of the region, the province of Soria, which remains largely unexplored by many winemakers. Soria is sometimes described as the "rooftop of Ribera", with cooler temperatures, and sandy soils that have remained phylloxera free for 150 years. This results in the greatest concentration of old, ungrafted rootstock in Europe. Young French winemaker Bertrand Sourdais brought the potential of Soria to light with his groundbreaking wines at Atauta, a village within Soria. However, when Atauta was sold in 2009 during Spain’s economic downturn, he shifted focus to his family’s Chinon estate in France’s Loire Valley. Returning to Soria, he began again to make wines, particularly from the ancient tinto fino grape (an old form of tempranillo), combining the finesse of Rioja with the power of Ribera. Sourdais sources from the best vineyard sites—many pre-phylloxera—and manages the viticulture himself. Wherever possible, he employs organic and biodynamic methods. Antídoto (Spanish for “antidote”), has a personal meaning for Bertrand in the wake of Atauta’s sale. But the wine also provides an antidote to the many Ribera del Duero wines that substitute heavy-handed winemaking for expression of terroir and varietal (as well as an antidote to high wine prices in the region!) A generous, perfumed nose provides an introduction to a palate full of character and concentrated dark fruit, with wild, herbal influences (raspberry leaf), and a fine balance of freshness and tannins. Touches of savory dried meat and pine needles on a persistent finish make this great for opening with buffalo burgers with smoky red pepper sauce.

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Jul
14
4:00pm 4:00pm

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Kir-Yianni Rosé Amyndeon PDO "Akakies" 2016
Country: GREECE / Region: MACEDONIA / Appellation: AMYNDEON PDO / Varietal(s): XINOMAVRO --- This truly unique rosé hails from the Amyndeon appellation in the northwest of Greece, the only Greek AOC for rosé wines. Amyndeon is the coldest part of Greece, and these vineyards lie at an elevation of 700 meters in poor, sandy soil. The grape behind this refreshing cuvée is xinomavro ("acid and black" in Greek), a rare red grape native to Northwestern Greece. Akakies is the final result of two winemaking techniques combined: 90% of the must comes from skin contact and 10% from the “saignée” of grapes fermenting for red wine. After fermentation, the wine is aged on lees for 3 months to soften the natural acidity a bit. Attractive deep strawberry in color, it has intense aromas of wild strawberries, rose petals and violets with touches of lime peel and black olive. Refreshing medium-high acidity, medium body, and a dry finish make this a perfect aperitif for hot summer weather, or a great companion to lemon za'atar-rubbed grilled chicken and tabbouleh.

Filipa Pato Baga Bairrada DOC 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: BAIRRADA / Appellation: BAIRRADA DOC / Varietal(s): BAGA --- If you aren't thinking about Portuguese wines as a regular part of your routine, you're missing the boat. These wines continue to impress and still represent some of the best values in the wine world. While you may not know the grapes, you'll be rewarded for exploring them with the quality of the wines. Baga is an obscure grape, even by Portugal's standards. It was long abandoned; however, Luis Pato has been making strides with this grape since 1980. Only in the past few years have more of these wines begun to grace our shores. Luis's daughter Filipa is a force to be reckoned with in her own right in the regions of Beira and Barraida. She could have easily taken over her father's winery, but instead chose to blaze her own trail, studying winemaking from France to Australia and developing her own distinctive style. She has a passion for indigenous grape varieties, and is now leading the charge to revive the native baga grape, important in terms of biodiversity and history, but also because it's so darn tasty! Loads of dark cherries, blueberries, and plums dance across a juicy palate with hints of smoky espresso foam on a savory finish. Great with chipotle black bean tostadas with roasted tomato salsa.

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Jul
8
3:00pm 3:00pm

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SECOND SATURDAY: UNIQUE GREEK, AMERICAN, AND FRENCH TREATS!

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

Matthiasson Family Vineyards California Rosé 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE+ SAUVIGNON BLANC+COUNOISE --- Matthiasson Vineyards is the result of two dedicated farmers-turned-winemakers. Steve Matthiasson co-authored the manual on California sustainable agriculture practices in 1999, and worked as a vineyard consultant before focusing his efforts on his own winemaking. Jill Klein Matthiasson studied botany, ancient farming methods, and traditional techniques for soil health, and has pioneered farmer-to-farmer networking for sustainability. Their intense commitment to soil health in their vineyards translates into focused, elegant wines of character and quality. The 2016 rosé is a blend of grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, sauvignon blanc, and counoise from four sustainably farmed vineyards spanning Dunnigan Hills, Napa Valley, and Mendocino. Light orange-pink in color, it has aromas of red berries and blood orange with hints of acacia blossoms, herbs, dried roses, and anise. Red currant, cherry, and peach flavors finish firm and spicy on the palate with a touch of tangerine and lingering, clean minerality. Its depth and clarity make it the perfect complement for the summer influx of fresh veggies (salads, frittatas, peas, green garlic, summer squash). Enjoy this with anything fresh and green, or just kick back with a glass on the porch! Zucchini has met its match!

Xavier Benier Pinot Noir Vin de France 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- The youngest in a small family of growers in the south of Beaujolais (just about Saint-Julien, Rhône), Xavier Bénier is somewhat of a renegade; a fiercely independent winemaker dedicated to producing terroir-driven wines that possess their own individual personalities rather than conforming to any preconceived notions. After studying oenology in Beaune, he began his career as a négoçiant in 1993, buying and selling finished wines, but not really finding any that truly inspired him. In 2001 he was able to take on four hectares of his family's old Beaujolais-Villages vines in Saint-Julien and begin making his own wines. Rural and somewhat isolated, Saint-Julien lies on red sand and clay soils, which lend the wines a savory character, and Xavier tends his vines without chemicals or soil correction. He vinifies even more rigorously than many organic winemakers, and his wines are unfiltered, and in many cases unsulfured during vinification and bottling. Make this the first or second red you open on a long afternoon-into-evening barbecue, with a slight chill to go with lighter nibbles before the rich smoky fare comes off the grill.

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Jul
7
4:00pm 4:00pm

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GREAT PICNIC WINES FROM ITALY AND SPAIN!
 
Cooperativa Valli Unité "Bianchino" NV - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: PIEDMONT / Varietal(s): CORTESE --- This light, dry, 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 is fresh and clean with lots of bright, chalky citrus fruit. Naturally made, it offers up a touch of earthiness lending it a delicate character perfect for summer sipping. Perfect for picnic fare (tuna sandwiches, light salads, cheese plates), or just sipping by itself poolside.

Zekor Garnacha Navarra DO 2015
Country: SPAIN / Region: NAVARRA / Appellation: NAVARRA DO / Varietal(s): GARNACHA --- Zekor is the name for a young bull (pictured on the label) in the Navarra region of Spain. This delicious young garnacha comes from high altitude plantings near Pamplona, site of the famed running of the bulls. Medium-bodied, this has luxurious aromas of red berries and creamy morello cherries, all tied together with sweet spices and delicate hints of vanilla. A touch of smoky blackcurrant leads to a sweet licorice finish. Great with grilled chicken with corn, avocado, and smoked-paprika dressing.

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Jul
1
3:00pm 3:00pm

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ALL-AMERICAN WINES FOR BACKYARD BBQ-ING!

Fjord Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc North Fork Long Island 2014
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NORTH FORK LONG ISLAND / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Fjord Vineyards is the creation of Matthew Spaccarelli, winemaker at Benmarl Winery across the river in Marlboro. These wines are crafted by Matt in the Benmarl cellars, using both estate-grown fruit and grapes sourced from renowned vineyards in the Finger Lakes and the North Fork of Long Island. A Double Gold winner at the 2015 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, Fjord sauvignon blanc is made from selected grapes from the North Fork of Long Island, notably from the sustainably grown Palmer Vineyards managed by esteemed North Fork grower Steve Mudd. Classic herbaceousness and citrus peel on the nose give way to a bright, clean palate, with zesty acidity, more grapefuit and citrus flavors, and a touch of green herbs on the finish. Perfect with salads and cheeses, try this with kale salad with breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and lemon vinaigrette.
 
Sandhi Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Dark, brooding, and gorgeous, this pinot hails from California's Central Coast. Founded in 2010 by Rajat Parr, the wine director for Michael Mina Restaurants, and winemaker Sashi Moorman, Sandhi focuses on small production of wines possessing finesse, acidity, minerality, structure and balance from select vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Every individual vineyard is chosen for its character, personality and balance, with stunning results. Sandhi captures the essence of Santa Barbara County by whole cluster-fermenting their pinot with wild yeast and not filtering, fining nor adding sulfur. This cuvée combines the energy and vibrancy of cool climate pinot with intense fruit concentration and balance. Deeply layered aromas and flavors of black cherries, blackberries, violets, licorice, tar, tobacco and mint make this an opulent choice with chai tea-rubbed grilled chicken or Spanish tortilla with mushrooms and kale.

Peterson Winery "Old School" Zinfandel 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: DRY CREEK VALLEY / Varietal(s): ZINFANDEL --- Fred Peterson is an iconic Sonoma County grower/winemaker; he has been operating his winery for more than twenty-five years, building a reputation for un-manipulated wines with a specialty in zinfandel. Keeping to this low-intervention approach, Peterson has always worked with farmers who are growing sustainably. This zinfandel is made in a classic style, one that existed before obsessive vineyard analysis began to dominate growing decisions. The heart of the wine is harvested from vineyards in the northern Dry Creek Valley. This is made in a clean, less extracted style, featuring loads of brambly black fruit flavors with oaky spice notes. The wine is a perfect cookout companion, so serve this with just a slight chill to elevate burgers and bratwurst to new levels of enjoyment!

The Scholium Project Cinsault Lodi Bechtold Ranch "1 MN" 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: LODI / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- Abe Schoener has been making wine in California since 1999, but in very small quantities. Schoener was not trained as a winemaker, but as a philosopher or at least in philosophy: he was a professor of Ancient Greek philosophy just before beginning his winemaking adventures. Many of his early wines were considered experiments as he didn’t follow winemaking norms. Now however, his “Project” can no longer be viewed as just experimental as the wines have consistently been sought out by top restaurants and some adventurous shops (ours included). This exciting cuvée comes from old cinsault vines of Bechtold Ranch, very slowly fermented in whole clusters. The result is stunning, with aromas of violets and flowering cherries. Medium-bodied in style, this is subtle yet powerful, balancing tannins with a core of acidity that keeps it light on its feet. Take a walk on the deliciously wild side and open this with lamb sausages or pork, potato, and pea samosas.

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Jun
30
4:00pm 4:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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Cantina Muri-Gries Müller-Thurgau Alto Adige DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: ALTO ADIGE / Appellation: ALTO ADIGE DOC / Varietal(s): MÜLLER-THURGAU --- The ancient monastery of Muri-Gries, located just south of the Bremmer Pass in Süd Tyrol, is the source for this beautiful, classic müller-thurgau, a traditional white grape of region. Originally built in the 11th century as a fortress, Muri-Gries became a Benedictine monastery in the 14th century, and remains so today. In 1845, a Benedictine order from neighboring Switzerland took up residence, and applied their winemaking skills to the monastery's wines. Muri-Gries began to produce DOC wines in 1947, and since then has won local fame; a fame that is now growing internationally. Just in time for summer, this is a perfect warm weather white: elegant, brisk, and refreshing. From 30 year old organically grown vines, this sees no oak, remaining pure, bracing, and mineral-driven. Aromas and flavors of lemon peel, grapefruit, green honeydew melon, white flowers, and slate provide a beguiling glimpse into müller-thurgau's sophisticated side. Imagine sitting in the cobblestone courtyard of a tiny cafe in Baden-Baden (as this writer recently did sipping müller-thurgau), people-watching the evening away. Why not save the airfare and enjoy a grilled pizza with shallots, arugula, and goat cheese with a glass of this in your own backyard!
 
Bodegas Valdesil "Montenovo" Godello Valdeorras DO 2015
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: VALDEORRAS DO / Varietal(s): GODELLO --- Located in the mountainous region of Valdeorras, Valdesil is tied to the history of the godello grape in Galicia. Now run by the Prada family, it was their ancestor, Jose Ramon Gayoso, who planted the first small parcels, or "pezas" of his beloved godello in 1885. In 2001, the current generation of the family began a process of buying back the small pezas that were originally planted by Jose and as of today they have regained them all, including the estate of Pedrouzos which contains the oldest godello vineyard in Galicia. The history of wine growing in Valdeorras ("Valley of Gold") dates back to the Roman times, and the region has had DO status since 1945. All of Valdesil's vineyards are worked by hand, and the wines are fermented with wild yeast in stainless steel tanks. Montenovo means "fresh mountain", and this wine is made with godello from black slate soils, bottled young to maintain its vibrance. White acacia flower, white peach, and hints of dried flowers and green olive on the nose yield to a fresh, textured palate bursting with zesty acidity, complex minerality, and godello's signature bittersweet finish. Perfect with a barley salad with grilled chicken, green olives, and lemon-parsley dressing.

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Jun
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

ELEGANT SUMMER SIPPERS FROM ITALY, CALIFORNIA, AND THE CANARY ISLANDS!

Valdinera Roero Arneis DOCG 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: ROERO ARNEIS DOCG / Varietal(s): ARNEIS --- Italy's Piedmont produces some outstanding wines, with reds receiving the most acclaim. This one, however, comes from the native arneis grape, an unusual white that's perfect for warming weather! Valdinera has been in the Careglio family for four generations, and is now run by Guiseppe Careglio, along with his daughter Pamela. The estate's 50 acres of rocky hills in the Roero region (just north of Barolo and Langhe) are all farmed organically. Here we get the true essence of the arneis grape, no oak involved. A nose of crystallized honeycomb leads to peaches and apricots on a textured, medium-bodied palate with a structured, luxuriously lengthy finish. Enjoy with grilled pork chops with arugula, grilled peach, and feta salad.

Los Bermejos Listán Negro Maceración Carbónica Lanzarote DO 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: CANARY ISLANDS / Appellation: LANZAROTE / Varietal(s): LISTAN NEGRO ---  Los Bermejos is owned and run by winemaker Ignacio Valdera, on the island of Lanzarote, the most challenging of the Canary Islands on which to produce wine. A mere 125 km from the African coastline, conditions here are extreme, earning the island the reputation of “vineyard of the impossible”. The terrain of Lanzarote resembles a lunar landscape more than a traditional vineyard, as little to no vegetation can survive in the porous, black volcanic soil that only receives a few inches of rain per year. Adding to the challenging conditions are the fierce winds from the Atlantic Ocean and Sahara desert, resulting in the innovative winegrowing technique of planting each vine in a small hole, or hoyos, protected from the elements by stone walls. The hoyos also allow the vines to better access the organic matter beneath the top layer of solidified lava. As might be expected, yields are very low and all the vineyard work is done by hand (using pack camels), and organically (the winery is in the process of certification). Ignacio occasionally supplements each crop with purchased fruit from growers who share his vision of sustainable viticulture. Listán Negro (also known as Listan Prieto or Palomino Negro), is closely related to pais, or mission grape, grown in parts of South America and California. Listán negro barely remains on the European mainland (it was wiped out by the phylloxera epidemic) but thrives on the Canary Islands, where it covers almost 12,000 acres of land. This lovely new red is produced via carbonic maceration, a process most closely associated with Beaujolais. In this process, grapes are fermented whole-cluster in a carbon dioxide-rich environment, which yields wines that are juicy, fresh, and low in tannin. This is bright and vivacious, with exuberant dark fruit flavors, crushed herbs, green bell pepper, and spicy earthiness – a treat for lovers of cabernet franc! Perfect with a light chill, this will light up any backyard BBQ! Try it with grilled mushroom, pepper, and sirloin tip skewers.

Piedrasassi Syrah Santa Barbara County 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Sashi Moorman (of Stolpman and Sandhi renown) and his wife, Melissa, have been making Northern Rhone-style syrah for a decade, selling it only in California – until now. The vineyard sites for Piedrasassi stretch from Ballard Canyon in the east to the Santa Rita Hills and Arroyo Grande in the west. In addition to focusing on cool climate locations, Piedrasassi also harvests a bit earlier than other area wineries to keep alcohol and acidity balanced. In the winery, Moorman uses some whole cluster inclusion, as well as indigenous yeast fermentation, remaining as natural as possible without compromising the integrity of the wine. A minimal amount of sulfur is added at bottling. In its unique, stocky bottle, this syrah is floral, silky, and lively on the palate. It offers up pure, gorgeous dark fruit; layers of blackberry, crushed herbs, black olive, pepper, and notes of leather on a mid-weight frame. Grippy tannin and juicy acidity make this an elegant arrival that'll have you coming back sip after sip! Enjoy with cedar plank grilled beef brisket with chocolate ancho rub.

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