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

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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NEW DAILY DEALS!

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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Jun
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

NEW ORGANIC VALUES FROM LESSER-KNOWN GRAPES!
 
Vagnoni Molina Marche Passerina IGP 2016 – CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Country: ITALY / Region: MARCHE / Appellation: MARCHE PASSERINA IGP / Varietal(s): PASSERINA --- Passerina is a grape from the Marche area of Italy's eastern coast that has remained relatively obscure – a pity considering how delicious it can be! Here's a perfect example, from a small farm winery near the town of Offida just across the border from Abruzzo. Certified organic and vegan, Vagnoni Molina grows traditional grape varietals of Marche on 29 acres situated on clay soils between the Adriatic Sea and the Appenine Mountains. Vinified in all stainless steel, this refreshing white bursts with aromas of white flowers and spring pea shoots, offering up a textured palate of lemon and minerals with accents of honeyed florals and beeswax. An easy summer sipper, try this with quinoa salad with edamame, shrimp, and avocado in lemon-mint dressing.

Cellar Carlania "El Petit Carlania" Trepat Conca de Barberà DO 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERA DO / Varietal(s): TREPAT --- Trepat is an indigenous grape of the Conca de Barberà region of Catalunya, often used to make rosé Cava. At Carlania, a small family-run winery an hour’s drive from Barcelona, husband-wife winegrowers Jordi Miro and Sonia Goma-Camps focus on putting trepat center stage, allowing it to reflect an unmistakable sense of terroir. Their five plots, scattered in and around the village of Barbera de la Conca at an altitude of about 1,300 feet, are all certified organic. "El Petit Carlania" is a light-bodied, fresh and lively red, with ripe red plum aromas and notes of blue flowers and herbs. It dances across the palate with bright cherry and savory herb flavors, great minerality, lightly chewy tannins, and a touch of earthy funk on the finish. On the label, the words “trepat fosc” mean “dark trepat” in the Catalan language, to indicate that this is indeed a red, not rosé. A delightful new warm-weather arrival, this would be fantastic with warm farro salad with balsamic-glazed shiitake mushrooms, goat cheese, and poached egg, or just about anything off the grill!

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Jun
17
3:00pm 3:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 105

CELEBRATING CIDER WEEK HUDSON VALLEY!

Hudson Valley Cider Week, which goes through Sunday, 6/18, is a local and regional event founded by Glynwood, celebrating the American craft cider renaissance! Come taste some of the gems in our fantastic selection of craft ciders.

Wayside Cider Dry Town Deliciously Still Dry Cider
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Founded in 2014 in Delhi, NY, Wayside Cider is the collaboration of Irene Hussey and Alex Wilson. Contrary to the current cider making trend of looking to Europe for inspiration, Alex and Irene focus on making distinctly American ciders that draw on the history and topography of their home in Delaware County. They pick and graft wild and abandoned apple trees with the aim of preserving the past while embracing modern production methods, handling every stage of the cider making process themselves. Wild apples produce far less juice than their cultivated counterparts, but more than make up for it in uniqueness and complexity of flavor. Made from a wild apple blend that includes some fantastic little crab apples, Dry Town is a non-carbonated, truly dry cider. Honest, aromatic, and earthy, it provides elements of tart apple and wet stone on a rounded body with a deliciously crisp finish. Subtle tannins and a little zing courtesy of the crab apples make this refreshing and quaffable. Great as an aperitif with cheeses, especially oozy, stinky ones!

Aaron Burr Cidery Homestead Cider Terminal Moraines & Outwash Plains - 500ml
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Aaron Burr Cidery has become the sought-after icon of local traditional cider making. This small homestead farm dates back to the early 1800s and is located in Wurtsboro, NY, in neighboring Sullivan County. Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian are dedicated to authentically recreating "true cider", once the most popular drink in America (for their personal, intimate, and unrestrained thoughts on this developing artisanal cider industry, please see thecidery.blogspot.com). Honing in on the idea of terroir, this “locational” cider is made of unsprayed, uncultivated apples and crabapples from Long Island’s North and South Shores. It has a rich, creamy texture, possibly a result of being bottled unfiltered and hence continued contact with the lees (spent yeast cells). With significant depth of flavor and layers of fruit and funk, pair this with Spaghetti alla Carbonara when in Rome, or porcini mushroom risotto if northern Italian cuisine is more your thing.

Eve’s Cidery “Beckhorn Hollow” Traditional Method Dry Sparking Cider 2014
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Just about 25 miles south of Ithaca is the small town of Van Etten, New York, the home of Eve’s Cidery. James Cummins, a sixth-generation orchardist and Autumn Stoscheck, a farming-enthusiast-turned-cidermaker started Eve’s in 2001 using the apples on James’s u-pick orchard. With the addition of Ezra Sherman, another something-turned-cidermaker, the three focus intensely on cultivation and expression of cider apples. Their “Beckhorn Hollow” is no exception, driven by almost-25 percent native Northern Spy, plus a handful of other varietals like Spitzenburg, Golden Russet, Idared and Wickson. This cider opens with an electric attack of tart citrus juice and zest, leading into floral notes and just a hint of hazelnut. Beautiful integration of tannin and sparkle makes you wish they bottled in a magnum for more endless enjoyment. This is your new summer aperitif, or put this in the taco night rotation.

Treasury Cider Lightly Sparkling Dry 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Josh Morganthau moved back to his family’s one-hundred year old farm in 2006, precisely when it needed an infusion of ideas and energy. He was familiar with cider, producing it every year for family consumption, but has spent the past several years planting heirloom and cider varietals for more refined, precise expressions of Hudson Valley terroir-driven ciders. This “Dry Lightly Sparkling” bottle is cider’s answer to Prosecco – bright fruit, soft bubbles, and a zesty finish. Driven by Jonamac, Golden Delicious, and Empire apples with Goldrush, Liberty and a handful of other varieties playing supporting roles, this bottle delivers crisp green apple skin and honey aromas. If pairing this with mozzarella-stuffed cherry pepper antipasti is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

Metal House Cider Sparkling Cider 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Hailing from the town of Esopus in Ulster County is the cidermaking duo behind Metal House. Matt and Kimberly have a laser-like focus when it comes to completing on their core mission of providing terroir-driven, rich, Champagne-like ciders. They utilize apples coming from chemical-free orchards and produce the cider in a style similar to the sparkling wines of Champagne, with extended lees aging, secondary fermentation in the bottle and then disgorgement before release. These details in the cider-making process make for an elegant, textural sparkler with a deep apple core. Reach for Metal House when you want a refined drinking experience, and pair with seared halibut with cauliflower cream and chive oil.

Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider “The Last Blacksmith” - 500ml
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- This bottle from Elizabeth Ryan at Hudson Valley Farmhouse is an “homage to the stewards of lost arts and forgotten traditions” – a blend of various barrel-aged ciders with bitter and tannic cider apples. Fermented until dry, and then aged in Hillrock Estate Distillery rye and bourbon barrels for up to four months, these ciders take on complex aromas of tobacco and vanilla and subtle whisky characteristics. With just a bit of tannin on the finish, this is a bottle-conditioned cider for both cider and whisky lovers. Pair with pulled pork, barbeque roasted chicken and root vegetables.

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Jun
16
4:00pm 4:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

COOKING OUTDOORS? DRINK THESE.
 
Guigas Vinho Verde DOC Minho 2016

Country: PORTUGAL / Region: MINHO / Appellation: VINHO VERDE DOC / Varietal(s): LOUREIRO+TRAJADURA+ARINTO --- Hailing from the Minho region of northwest Portugal, Vinho Verde is the Portuguese answer to beating the summer heat. Bright, light, and slightly effervescent, this bottle from Guigas makes a perfect wine for your weekend picnic outings. And at only 9.5% alcohol by volume, this is a wine that remains refreshing and drinkable all day long. It’s a great partner to marinated octopus or a tangy citrus salad.

Château Coulonge Malbec “Hommage” Bordeaux Supérieur AOC 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: Bordeaux / Appellation: BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR AOC / Varietal(s): MALBEC --- After a transfer of farmland from a countess to her tenant farmers, Château Coulonge has been run by the same family since 1804. Vigneron Nicolas Roux focuses his attention on viticulture of traditional Bordeaux varieties. In the case of cuvée “Hommage,” Roux reintroduces drinkers to the region’s oft-forgotten native variety – malbec! While it flourishes in the vineyards of Mendoza in Argentina and other regions throughout South America, it is in the Aquitaine region where malbec was born and raised. Basking in the warm summer sun of southwest France, these malbec bunches achieve perfect ripeness, giving us plenty of luscious plum fruit and silky tannins in the glass. We should take a cue from the Argentines and pair this bottle with a grill full of meats, mushrooms, sausages and summer squashes.

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Jun
10
3:00pm 3:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

TASTE WITH IMPORTER LUIS MOYA!

Señorío de Sobral Albariño Rias Baixas 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIAS BAIXAS DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Proprietor Alberto Lago’s family has been committed to making wines from the albariño grape for over a century. The winery itself is located in the subzone of Condado do Tea, along the shores of the Miño river, in a 15th century castle which once belonged to the Horsemen of Malta. This area has a unique microclimate with soils of clay and river stones which both help retain moisture and warmth, influencing an expression of albariño that is like summer breeze in a glass. Pleasant citrus and mineral notes give way to smooth, balanced texture and a long finish. Just a slight chill on this wine really complements the delicate aromatics. I’ve never seen an oyster beg to be eaten, but I’m sure it wouldn’t mind being slurped down with this bottle.

Cellar Rendé Masdéu El Follet Syrah Rosé 2016 – ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: PENEDÈS / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERÀ DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- The Rendé family has some serious winemaking credentials with history in southern Penedès traceable to 1604. And it’s still a family affair. Brothers Rendé Masdéu, Josep Maria and Joan decided to modernize the winery in 1991 with major infrastructure improvements and renewed focus on wines of quality. “El Follet,” made of 100% organically grown syrah has an enticing ruby color and is packed with ripe and juicy strawberry and cherry aromas backed with floral and tropical undertones – less “summer breeze” and more “summer lovin’”. This is gulpable on the porch or in the park, and ready for Spanish-style garlic shrimp (gambas al ajillo) and fried potatoes with smoked paprika aioli (patatas bravas). 

Señorío de Villarrica Rioja DOCa Crianza 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCa / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- The mid-1800s marks the genesis of Señorío de Villarrica, when the great-grandfathers of the current proprietors planted their first vines in San Asensio. Maternal grandfather Pablo was one of the first farmers to purchase a tractor in Rioja, while paternal grandfather built a winery and worked to produce the traditional wineskins with bottles. Father Florentino built another winery, expanding production and focusing on quality. It was Florentino who first began bottling wines with “crianza” (two year) and “reserva” (three year) age designations. Presently, brothers Pablo, Rodolfo, Ismael and José Miguel run the winery and vineyards. Villarrica is lucky to have inherited many old vineyards, where all the grapes are handpicked. The grape must destined to become their crianza is first fermented in stainless steel then transferred to mixed French and American oak barrels where it will spend 14 months aging, the wood imparting textual and aromatic nuances. The wine spends at least another six months in bottle and released only when the brothers think it is ready. Once out of the bottle, powerful wild berry aromas flow freely with caramel notes from the oak aging. Silky tannins make this a pleasure to drink now with grilled lamb or barbeque pork buns.

Señorío de Villarrica Rioja DOCa Reserva 2011
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCa / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- Villarrica’s Reserva bottling uses grapes from two vineyards with vines planted in 1970 and 1950. The fruit from these mature vines gets fermented in stainless steel, then transferred to French and American oak barrels where it spends the next 24 months developing complexity and textural maturity. Released after another 12 months in bottle, this Reserva delivers subtle fruit and umami-rich flavors that are ready to be partnered with a plate of awesome mature cheeses: Manchego Curado, Mahón Curado, and smoked Idiazabal to name a few!

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Jun
9
4:00pm 4:00pm

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NEW DAILY DEALS!

Ocone Taburno Falanghina del Sannio DOC "Diana" 2015 – CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: CAMPANIA / Appellation: TABURNO DOC / Varietal(s): FALANGHINA --- The Ocone family has been producing quality wines in the province of Benevento in Campania for over 100 years. As members of the Italian Association for Organic Farming (AIAB), Ocone continuously innovates in the vineyards and cellar and brings us fresh, organically grown expressions of traditional regional grape varieties. This bottling of falanghina borrows the name “Diana” from Roman mythology and would make a great companion for a summer evening of stargazing (Diana was the goddess of the Moon, of course!). This wine has an appealing roundness in the mouth, with aromas of tropical fruits and mineral streak to keep it fresh. If you happen to fire up the grill before breaking out that telescope, you’re in luck! Diana was also the goddess of the hunt, so throw on some rosemary-lemon chicken and branzino, and let the fire and the starry night do the rest.

La Crotta di Vegneron “Chambave” Vallée d’Aoste DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: VALLÉE D’AOSTE / Appellation: VALLÉE D’AOSTE DOC / Varietal(s): PETIT ROUGE+GAMAY+PINOT  NOIR --- The La Crotta di Vegneron Cooperative was established in 1980 and has grown to include 70 partners harvesting ancient varieties indigenous to the Aosta Valley. This semi-autonomous region of Italy sits on the slopes of the Western Alps and is culturally influenced by both France to the west and Switzerland to the north (Italian and French are even the official languages of the region). And the wine-making reflects a commitment to preserving this unique crossroads of culture and the tradition of “campagnards” or the country-side. The “Chambave” bottling is a blend of 70 percent petit rouge and 30 percent gamay, pinot noir and other indigenous varieties. An enchanting red ruby hue, fine tannins, and bursts of violet and blackberry aromas make this bottle an easy choice for your weekday red – delicious with gnocchi in sage brown butter or grab some prosciutto and fontina for an immersive Italian Alps experience.

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Jun
3
3:00pm 3:00pm

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CLASSIC FRENCH SELECTIONS!

Domaine Pascal Bonhomme Viré-Clessé AOP Vieilles Vignes 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: VIRÉ-CLESSÉ AOP / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Situated in the north of the Mâconnais between Tournus and Mâcon, Viré-Clessé is one of Burgundy's newest appellations. The chardonnay of Viré-Clessé is distinctly different from the appellations further to the south such as Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint-Véran, in part due to a greater percentage of limestone in the soil. An old school winemaker in the classic Burgundian style, Pascal Bonhomme has some of the best-situated sites in Viré-Clessé on his 2.5 hectare estate. Entirely hand harvested, 1/5 of the cuvée is vinified in older barrels, adding to the overall effect of complexity and subtlety. The average ages of the vines for this delightful cuvée is 60-65 years. The results are stunning: an aromatic, sophisticated nose of clean apple and spice evolves into luscious baked apple flavors on the palate, offset by subtle touches of oak. A winner with cod poached in coconut milk with leek and fennel.

La Bastide Blanche Bandol AOC Rosé 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE  / Appellation: BANDOL AOC / Varietal(s): MOURVÈDRE+CINSAULT+GRENACHE --- We look forward to drinking rosés each year, but inevitably some of the best come from the Bandol appellation. The wines possess a power and depth of flavor, while holding it all together elegantly. La Bastide Blanche is a great example of the quality found in this region. This wonderful wine is the work of Michel & Louis Bronzo, who purchased this property in the early 1970's. Bandol is unique in France in that it is the only area the mourvèdre grape must be dominant. The region is ideal for this sometimes difficult-to-mature grape. The warm summer days and stony soils are the perfect marriage for the heat-loving grape, allowing it to fully mature before harvest. This cuvée is elegant, yet capable of hanging with almost any summer indulgence. There are lovely strawberry notes entwined with a strong sense of minerals. Peppery notes add complexity, making this juicy wine hard to put down.

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 braised or grilled meats, charcuterie, or cheeses.

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Jun
2
4:00pm 4:00pm

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ELEGANT AUSTRIAN GRÜNER AND REFRESHING ROSÉ FROM THE LANGUEDOC!

Weingut Weszeli Langenlois Grüner Veltliner Kamptal 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: NIEDERÖSTERREICH / Appellation: KAMPTAL / Varietal(s): GRÜNER VELTLINER --- Located around the town of Langenlois in Austria's famed Kamptal, the vineyards of Weingut Weszeli comprise 30 hectares of some of the finest grüner veltliner and riesling the region has to offer. Since 1679, the Summerer family has cultivated grapes and produced wine in the area. Today, Davis Weszeli and Rupert Summerer have taken that family knowledge and tradition and applied it to their own wine philosophy: "Principle Terrafactum", which places the vineyard and its incredible biodiversity at the center of their work. Believing that the true character of the wine is formed in the vineyard, they encourage the interaction of flora and fauna during the grape growing process, and this respect for nature continues through a gentle vinification that leaves intact the purity of grape and terroir. This grüner is a delight for the senses: intense aromatics of green apple, wildflowers, and white pepper lead to a palate of high-toned fruit (green apple, underripe green melon, white/yellow peach), racy acidity, and undertones of tarragon, green olive, and flint on a textured, lingering finish. A refreshing, elegant pick for hot weather – serve this moderately chilled (too cold will mute the aromatics!) with a salad of arugula, grilled peaches, chicken, and corn, and spicy cashew dressing.

Cochon Volant "Prestige" Rosé Corbières AOP 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE/ Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CORBIÈRES AOP / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+MOURVÈDRE --- Etienne Besancenot left Paris to become a vigneron at an early age, finding his calling in Boutenac, in the Corbières region of the Languedoc in the south of France. Now the director of Château Caraguiles (an estate that's been farmed organically for over 40 years). Made predominantly from grenache (90%), with a splash of mourvèdre (10%), "Prestige" is a succulent rosé with the added bonus of being organic! Bright pink with mauve glints at the edges, it offers up a delicate nose of bright red berries and cherries lightly accented with floral tones. Pure, soft, and crisp on the palate, juicy redcurrant and peach flavors are followed by elegant minerality. Fresh and balanced, this makes a perfect picnic companion! Great with grilled shrimp pizza!

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May
27
3:00pm 3:00pm

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ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC WINES FOR THE OFFICIAL START OF SUMMER!

Hatzidakis Winery Santorini Assyrtiko Hatzidakis Winery Assyrtiko Santorini PDO 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: GREECE / Region: CYCLADES ISLANDS / Appellation: SANTORINI PDO / Varietal(s): ASSYRTIKO --- Santorini is famous for its sunsets but it also produces some great wines! The island is only 11 miles long and 7 miles wide, but contains 13 wineries, with the indigenous white grape, assyrtiko, dominating production. Instead of using trellises like many wineries, the grape growers of Santorini place their vines in a kouloura ("circle" or "basket"). This aids in protecting the grapes from the hot sun and strong winds. These baskets must be hand harvested, and many of the vines are over 150 years old on ungrafted rootstock (fortunately phylloxera never came to the island). These factors, combined with Santorini's volcanic, sandy soils, contribute defined acidity and great character to the wines. Thanks in part to the hot, breezy conditions, diseases are easier to manage, allowing producers to farm organically. Hatzidakis Winery has been doing this since 1996, and now produces 11 cuvées, seven of which are assyrtiko. This new white is clean and brisk, with bright acidity, floral and orange aromas and a smooth texture in the mouth. Palate-cleansing acidity, herbal touches, and a long, savory finish make this a winner with anything from the sea.

Broc Cellars "Love Rosé" North Coast 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NORTH COAST / Varietal(s): VALDIGUIÉ+ZINFANDEL+SOUZÃO --- 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. Broc's "Love" red and white have many fans already – now here's the delicious "Love" rosé made from a blend of three grape varietals from California's North Coast vineyards – all grown organically. The color comes from the Portuguese varietal sauzão, while zinfandel contributes spice notes, and valdiguié lends mouthwatering acidity. After destemming, the fruit was pressed into stainless steel, with all three varietals fermenting together. The result is fantastically refreshing – explosive aromatics yield to juicy watermelon, cherry, and berry notes for easy drinking. 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 shrimp with Israeli cous cous and tomato cucumber salad.   

Ronsel do Sil "Vel'uveyra" Mencía Ribeira Sacra DO 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIBEIRA SACRA DO / Varietal(s): MENCÍA --- Nestled in her small, historic winery high above the River Sil in the Ribeira Sacra region of Galicia, winemaker Maria José Yravedra relishes the challenge of discovering the lost vines now growing wild in the surrounding hills. These steeply terraced vineyards were brought lovingly back from years of neglect, with some vines even still planted in old Roman terraces. Maria focuses on local varietals like mencía, merenzao (trousseau), godello, treixadura, and dona branca, while only using organic and biodynamic methods from vineyard to cellar. 100% mencía, this cuvée comes from 10-60 year old vines on granite soils, which are hand harvested, fermented with native yeast, and then aged in concrete vats for 8 months. This medium-bodied red has lovely pure flavors of pomegranate and cherry with rocky mineral accents. A nose of hibiscus tea combines earthiness with candied red cherry, and a precise finish lingers with notes of savory crushed herbs. This makes a fantastic companion to potato tortilla with bacon, shallots, and truffle oil.

Paxton MV Shiraz McLaren Vale 2014 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: AUSTRALIA / Region: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Appellation: MCLAREN VALE / Varietal(s): SHIRAZ--- Since 1979, Paxton has been a family-owned wine company in Australia's renowned McLaren Vale. With a reputation based on producing wine grapes of extraordinary quality for over 30 years, founder/owner David Paxton has become one of Australia’s most highly regarded viticulturalists. Recognized worldwide as one of Australia’s leading wine regions, McLaren Vale is famous for the production of wines, particularly red wines, of exceptional quality. Minimal intervention in the winery guarantees the true expression of the fruit from vine to bottle. Paxton vineyards are diversely situated across a varying array of sites and soils, and are strictly managed without exception from planting to harvest. Michael Paxton continues the Paxton vineyards' commitment to biodynamic agriculture – a way of farming that avoids using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and focuses instead on creating living, healthy soils by many processes including the use of natural compost. Fresh and dynamic, this full-bodied wine offers lush currant and juicy blackberry flavors front and center with touches of chocolate, licorice, and a whisper of vanillin oak throughout. This is a great companion to open next time you're having mushroom burgers or a big, juicy steak hot off the grill.

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May
26
4:00pm 4:00pm

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HUDSON VALLEY ROSÉ AND NEW SICILIAN WHITE!
 
Whitecliff Vineyards Dry Rosé Hudson River Region 2016

Country: USA/ Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION / Varietal(s): VIDAL+CAYUGA+DECHAUNAC --- Located practically in our own backyard, Whitecliff Vineyard in Gardiner, NY has been producing a highly respected and diverse portfolio of fine wines. Founded in 1979 by husband-and-wife team Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore with the intention to push the envelope for New York State winemaking and grape growing practices, Whitecliff Vineyard continues to experiment with a focus on quality and refinement. Their Awosting white and NYS gamay have been popular staples here for a while. Here is their easy-drinking rosé made from estate-grown fruit, a perfectly refreshing accompaniment to anything you might throw on the grill this summer. Dry and flavorful, with soft, lush fruit greeting you with each sip, why not find a porch or patio somewhere and loll about enjoying a chilled glass?

Monte Bernardi Grillo "Fuori Strada-Off Road" Terre Siciliane IGT 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC - LITER
Country: ITALY/ Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGT / Varietal(s): GRILLO --- Just in time for camping, hiking, and BBQ season, this delicious Sicilian white in a convenient liter box has arrived! The wine is the work of American Michael Schmelzer, who planted vineyards in 2005. From the outset, he worked the vineyards biodynamically, following the principles of Rudolf Steiner. Schmelzer was concerned about building the vineyards “from the ground up”. Strong vines and healthy soil could only produce better quality fruit. The name means “off road” and the grapes for this wine come from small organically farmed vineyards in Sicily. Grillo is a Sicilian grape thought to be used in Julius Caesar's favorite wines. Not quite as well known nowadays, it makes a refreshing choice for summer sipping, with aromas of zesty citrus, cantaloupe, and wildflowers. Crisp and bright on the palate, it offers up delicious notes of citrus, yellow apple, and pear, with an earthy, mineral texture and fresh acidity. An eco-friendly go-to for BBQs, picnics, or even backpacking, enjoy this with pasta with grilled chicken and spring peas.

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May
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

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NEW ARRIVALS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY IN SPAIN!

Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina DO 2016
Country: SPAIN/ Region: BASQUE COUNTRY / Appellation: GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA DO / Varietal(s): HONDARRIBI ZURI+HONDARRIBI BELTZA ---  Bright, hot days are well suited to Txakolina, the refreshing Basque white poured from a distance to accentuate its fizzy nature. Ameztoi Txakolina is one of the highest regarded producers of Getariako Txakolina, owning 20 hectares of vines in prime locations. Ignacio Ameztoi represents the seventh generation to carry on the tradition of making Txakolina in the province of Getaria. The view from the Ameztoi vineyards encompasses the town of St. Sebastian, where the Atlantic Ocean plays a key role in influencing the winemaking of the region. Made from the indigenous grape varieties of Hondarribi Zuri and its red cousin Hondarribi Beltza, this wine is fermented in stainless steel and bottled with residual carbonic acid that lends it its characteristic spritz. Bright and briny, this displays refreshing lime and citrus flavors, with accents of sea spray on a light, crisp palate. This is the kind of wine you can drink all day and well into the evening. A lovely companion to shellfish, this will also work beautifully with grilled or roasted sole finished with a squeeze of lemon and a few capers. If late springtime were able to be bottled, it might taste a bit like this!

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

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

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May
19
4:00pm 4:00pm

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

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

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

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May
13
3:00pm 3:00pm

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SUSTAINABLY/ORGANICALLY GROWN ALL-AMERICAN!

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

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

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

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

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May
12
4:00pm 4:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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May
6
3:00pm 3:00pm

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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May
5
4:00pm 4:00pm

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

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

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