Feb
23
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Romanelli Grechetto dei Colli Martani DOC 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: GRECHETTO DEI COLLI MARTANI DOC / Varietal(s): GRECHETTO --- Tuscany's next door neighbor, Umbria, finally gets its chance in the spotlight! The two regions share not only a border, but a long history of growing the same grapes. The Romanelli family has produced acclaimed wines and olive oils in the Montefalco DOCG region for generations. The winery prides itself on an eco-friendly approach, using sustainable agricultural practices such as bird boxes to eliminate the need for pesticides, and also avoiding chemical fertilizers. While it is presumed to be of Greek origin, no one knows for sure where grechetto originated. It is now widely planted in Umbria and a key component in the wine of Orvieto. This is a classic example, medium-bodied, with lovely sour melon, orchard fruit, and peach blossom flavors, on a nutty, mineral-driven finish. Fantastic with seafood – try this with baked rainbow trout!

Celler Comunica "Invitado" Marselan Montsant DO 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: MONTSANT DO / Varietal(s): MARSELAN --- This offering is a collaboration between Pep Aguilar and Patri Morillo of Celler Comunica and Bordeaux winemaker Michele d'Aprix (from Château Beauséjour - we've also highlighted her incredibly tasty Maz Caz Rhône Valley wines!) Long overshadowed by Priorat, its close neighbor to the east, Montsant has its own unique character, highlighted by bright red clay, chalk, and granite soils. Invitado ("The Invited") is made of 100% marselan, a grape varietal that is the result of a cross between cabernet sauvignon and grenache, sustainably grown and harvested, and fermented without the influence of oak. Dark and deadly delicious, this boasts deep black fruit, a steely core of acidity, and firm, lingering tannins. Pour a glass with pork ragù over pappardelle.

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Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Rojac Istra Slovenija Malvazija Slovenska Istra 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: SLOVENIA / Region: PRIMORSKA / Appellation: SLOVENSKA ISTRA / Varietal(s): MALVAZIJA ISTRIANA  --- Born to one of the pioneer families (dating back to the 17th century) of traditional winemaking in the coastal region of Slovenska Istra, Uroš Rojac had a reputation as the wild child of Bruno Rojac. The father and son team came to an abrupt end in 2005, however, with the sudden passing of Bruno at the height of his career. Stunned by the tragedy, many thought Uroš would abandon his family’s ancestral winery. Instead, Uroš came back more fiercely dedicated than ever to become one of the most notable young winemakers in the region, remaining true to the principles of his father’s artisanal hand work in the vineyards and cellar. The malvasija varietal is quite low in tannins and is very sensitive to the use of available sulfur. Therefore, it is able to maintain its freshness in the bottle with minimal sulfur needed, resulting in a lush, fruity wine with complexity and balance for easy drinking. Produced from organic grapes, this wine is straw yellow in color with gold overtones. The aroma is of fresh-cut white peaches, green apple, acacia blossom and a touch of almond complemented by nice acidity. On the palate, there are earthy notes of petrol with a distinct sea-side minerality. Try this with baked white fish, potatoes or pasta dishes.

Fattoria San Lorenzo "di Gino" Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: MARCHE / Appellation: VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI DOC / Varietal(s): VERDICCHIO --- Fattoria San Lorenzo is a family operation dedicated to producing organic and biodynamic wines, situated in the Marche region of Italy on the Adriatic coast. Now run by third generation winemaker, Natalino Crognaletti, it's still based at the farm passed down from his father Gino and grandfather Enrico, a master cooper. Gino spent his life selecting old clones of verdicchio from ancient vineyards called alberate. Today, Natalino and his mother Vera Biondini manage the vineyards which are organically and biodynamically farmed and worked by hand. Vigna di Gino is named after Natalino’s father and planted with the carefully selected clones Gino spent his life working with. The most important grape of the "under the radar" region of Le Marche, legend holds that when the troops of the king of the Visigoths marched on Rome, they were provided with barrels of verdicchio to maintain their strength and morale. Fermented in cement with native yeasts, this is a classic, beautifully balanced example of what verdicchio can do. Aged in stainless steel, lively acidity mingles with aromas of wet herbs, pear and green apple notes, delicate minerality, and the nutty finish verdicchio is noted for. Open this with seafood chowder, or with hard nutty cheeses such as pecorino.

Omero Cellars Gamay Noir Willamette Valley 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): GAMAY NOIR --- Tired of being told that Oregon wines were too expensive and that there was no way he could make one under $30 without relying on man-made chemicals or additives, Omero Cellars winemaker Chad Stock decided to prove them wrong. His winemaking philosophy: "Be humble, work with intent, keep it clean, no additives, let the wine speak for itself." Omero Cellars uses all organically farmed, hand-harvested grapes to create moderately priced wines with all the seriousness in style and friendliness in personality one usually finds in Cru Beaujolais. This Willamette Valley gamay (unusual in this region where pinot noir dominates) is fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement tanks, and bottled without filtration or fining. It features vibrant flavors of tangy red cherries, spicy strawberries, and a touch of earthy red apple skin. An elegant, yet easy-going dinner companion, open this with frisée salad with roasted chicken, bacon, goat cheese, and cranberries.

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Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

NATURAL AND BIODYNAMIC SELECTIONS FROM FRANCE AND ITALY!

Les Vins Pirouettes "Le Tutti Frutti de Stéphane" Alsace AOC 2014 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS+GEWÜRZTRAMINER+PINOT AUXERROIS+PINOT BLANC+MUSCAT --- Established in 1770, the Binner estate is among the environmentally conscious producers in Alsace that strive to push the technical limits of winemaking while remaining respectful of the nature that surrounds them. Winemaker Christian Binner vinifies without any added sulfur, even at bottling, and uses native yeast for fermentation. The quality of his wines has cemented a reputation as one of the most renowned natural winemakers in Alsace. Les Vins Pirouettes is a project launched by Christian to bring affordable natural wines to the table, while at the same time helping organic and biodynamic grape growers in Alsace move away from selling their grapes to cooperatives towards making and bottling natural wines. Each cuvée is made at a young grower’s winery, where they supply the grapes and Christian supplies his 20 years of expertise, as well as his marketing savvy, and features the name of the grower on the bottle. This delightful white is a blend of pinot gris, gewürztraminer, auxerrois (an obscure white grape grown only in Alsace, Luxembourg, Germany and the Loire), pinot blanc and muscat. It's certified both organic (ECOCERT) since 2004, and biodynamic (Demeter) since 2012. From 35-40 year old vines grown on limestone silt soils, grapes are hand harvested, destemmed and fermented with native yeast and zero sulfur. The wine then sits on the lees in stainless steel tanks for several months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with zero sulfur added. Cloudy pale straw colored in the glass, its exuberant ripe white orchard fruit and distinctive texture form an elegant combination on the palate. A versatile addition to any table, try this with shrimp tacos.

Fattoria San Lorenzo "di Gino" Rosso Piceno DOC 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: MARCHE / Appellation: ROSSO PICENO DOC / Varietal(s): MONTEPULCIANO+SANGIOVESE --- Rosso Piceno DOC was established in 1968, making it one of the older DOCs in Italy (the oldest being Vernaccia di San Gimignano in 1966). The wine predates even Roman settlement in the area though, dating back to the Piceni tribe which gave their name to the land. So even though this wine may be new to us, Rosso Piceno is a historic and important wine for Le Marche! Fattoria San Lorenzo is a third generation family winery that is completely organic and biodynamic, located in Montecarotto, 30 km from the Adriatic Sea, behind the hills of Poggio San Marcelo. Winemaker Natalino Crognaletti relies heavily on the knowledge he got from his grandfather Enrico and father Gino (who spent his life selecting old clones of verdicchio and for whom this cuvée is named). This entry level Rosso Piceno hits the bullseye of quality and value! Farmed biodynamically, this traditional blend of montepulciano and sangiovese, 10% of the wine sees time in used oak to soften the natural acidity of the grapes. Lovely aromas of red and black cherries, blackberries, and spices yield to a lively palate with more notes of cherry, plums, and currants. Soft tannins, food friendly acidity, and a gently lingering finish make this a great dinner companion, perfect with white bean and sausage stew or pizza with spinach and roasted red peppers.

Franck Balthazar Selections Côtes-du-Rhône AOC 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE AOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH+GRENACHE --- Franck Balthazar possesses two distinct advantages in making outstanding wines: the patient demeanor essential to pursuit of perfection in producing flawless cuvées, and the opportunity to put that to use working a nearly 100 year old parcel formerly owned by Noël Verset, retired Cornas icon. The Balthazar domaine was founded by Franck’s grandfather, Casmir Balthazar, in 1931, and then run by his father, René, until 2002. Keeping to a strictly traditional philosophy in the vineyard and cellar, in homage to the great Cornas producers who preceded him, Franck is a purist and traditionalist: he works his vineyards with draft horses, and hand ferments each parcel separately including a portion of the stems, in order to better express the character of his lands. His wines are proof his approach works: luxurious, graceful, and expressive, with a distinct sense of place. Deep red in color, this elegant Côtes-du-Rhône from a neighbor's parcel delights with a nose of sweet fleshy black fruit, including prune and cassis, and hints of savory leather. Plush, with restrained tannins, it finishes with voluptuous touches of violet and tobacco. Perfect for elegant winter dinners, this pairs beautifully with herb-rubbed leg of lamb, brisket or potatoes au gratin with sage and Manchego.

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Feb
16
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Saint-Rémy Gewürztraminer Alsace AOC Rosenberg 2015 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): GEWÜRZTRAMINER --- The Ehrhart family has been making wine in Alsace since 1725, and the family tradition continues today as it has for centuries. Winemaker Philippe and his wife Corinne joined Philippe's father François in 1988, and remain faithful to the non-interventionist philosophy of his grandfather. For three generations, Domaine Saint-Rémy has embraced old-school viticultural methods, and the estate is Demeter certified in both biodynamic and organic methodologies. Alsace enjoys a sunnier climate than elsewhere in France, thanks to the influence of the Vosges mountains, which block the rains from the west. A region that has changed nationalities repeatedly between Germany and France over the last 500 years, Alsace enjoys the best of both cultures when it comes to winemaking: classic Germanic grape varietals are vinified with French delicacy. The Ehrharts harvest all of their fruit by hand, sorting the clusters in the vineyard rather than in the winery, before gently pressing the grapes. Fermentation is long and utilizes native yeasts. The wines then rest on their lees for 6-8 months, stirred twice a month. The Rosenberg lieu-dit features a warm micro climate which allows the gewürztraminer grape to achieve maximum ripeness while still expressing the region's characteristic minerality. 100% gewürztraminer, this displays lush aromas of tropical fruit, wildflower honey, rose petals and spices. Ripe fleshy stone fruit (peach, yellow plum) on the palate picks up accents of bitter herbs and orange rind, while good acidity keeps the whole thing aloft. A tiny bit of residual sweetness underlines these luscious flavors, making this a great choice with chicken biryani, crab wontons or farro pasta with fonduta.

Lise & Bertrand Jousset "Exilé" Rouge Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil AOP 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN, LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SAINT NICOLAS DE BOURGUEIL AOP / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Lise and Bertrand Jousset have farmed their 11 hectares in Montlouis sur Loire et Touraine since 2003 with the philosophy that wine is meant to be a companion to every occasion. Bertrand got his start in winegrowing by joining a viticulture program in Amboise after spending time in the military. Lise came to wine as a server and sommelier in Paris and the UK, after a childhood growing up on a dairy farm in Nantes. The couple moved to the left bank of the Loire, drawn by the affordability of land in Touraine. Their vineyards are spread across 25 parcels with vines ranging from 30 to 130 years old. The Joussets believe that biological diversity in the vineyards is essential to producing the "living soils" that yield wines of originality and character; a philosophy that led them to exclude herbicides and pesticides, ferment using native yeast, and limit sulfur usage. This delightful natural wine comes from organic cabernet franc grapes grown by Sébastien David in Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil, and harvested, vinified, and bottled by the Joussets. Juicy and delicious, this offers up plenty of aromas of black raspberries, plum, bell pepper and earth. On the palate, it is lush and generous, with ripe black fruit, mouthwatering acidity, and notes of earth and spice on the finish. Serve on the cool side, with mild cheeses, charcuterie, or try it with a turkey club sandwich or BLT.

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Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

AN ESOTERIC SECOND SATURDAY!

Les Capriades Pet Sec Pét-Nat 2016 - ORGANIC, NO SULFUR
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC+CABERNET FRANC --- Located in the Touraine, Pascal Potaire and Moses Gadouche are among the top producers of pét-nats in the Loire, possibly in all of France. Their setup resembles that of a Champagne house (albeit a very small one!), buying most of their grapes (which they harvest themselves from a small bunch of organic growers near Faverolles) and keeping a laser-like focus on the winemaking. Pét-nats made using the méthode ancestrale are simultaneously incredibly simple and incredibly difficult to do well. Because the wines are made without sulfur, the grapes have to be as perfect as possible to avoid flaws in the wine. The juice begins to ferment in tank, and the wines are bottled mid-fermentation to complete their fermentation under a crown cap, trapping carbonic gas and giving them their soft, frothy bubbles. Everything is disgorged and this bottling is sealed in a slightly bizarre (but resealable!) plastic closure of German invention. Their wines get a longer-than-usual time on their lees, which increases finesse and character. Dry and mineral-driven, "Pet Sec" is made primarily from chenin blanc along with a small percentage of cabernet franc. Crushed seashells and lemon zest on the nose introduce a body sizzling with tart, vibrant acidity. Intense limestone minerality accompanies juicy citrus into a powerful finish with a subtle, elegant sweet note. A seductive choice with oysters!

Forlorn Hope Ribolla Gialla Napa Valley Vare Vineyard "Sihaya" 2014 - SKIN FERMENTED
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NAPA VALLEY / Varietal(s): RIBOLLA GIALLA --- Matthew Rorick is a man of seemingly boundless energy, a supreme experimenter. He worries little about exactly how the wines will turn out, focusing more on the process, and allowing the wines to reveal their individual personalities along the way. He often chooses sites with lesser known varieties, like ribolla gialla, which is grown primarily around the border regions of Italy and Slovenia. Here, Rorick pays tribute to the iconic winemaking style of Friuli-Brda producers by employing a 20 day skin maceration before pressing the wine and aging in old barrels for 20 months before bottling. With notes of ripe orchard fruit, dried lemon peel, fragrant wildflowers, and sweet freshly turned earth, this is an elegant alternative to grippy Georgian wines. Excellent depth and complexity, and a fine balance of lively acidity and gently persistent tannins make this an unexpected choice with moules marinières.

Broc Cellars Old Vine Carignan Alexander Valley 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN, LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: ALEXANDER VALLEY / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+ALICANTE BOUSCHET+ZINFANDEL+PALOMINO --- Chris Brockway makes fantastic natural wines in his Berkeley-based urban winery by utilizing low-intervention winemaking methods and sourcing sustainably and organically farmed fruit from lesser-known vineyards all over California. In the winemaking process, he uses low-tech equipment and very little to no sulfur until bottling. This truly unique cuvée comes from a vineyard of rugged 130+ year old vines, saved from "Cabernetification". An original field-planted block, this is mostly carignan, interspersed with small amounts of palomino (a white variety from Jerez), zinfandel, and alicante (a rare black-fruited varietal that produces some of the darkest juice found anywhere). The decomposed sandy soils make it impossible for the phylloxera pest to survive, leaving these as some of the last remaining self-rooted vines in California. From this remarkable vineyard, whole clusters are put into large concrete tank, with berries remaining intact and protected by a blanket of CO2 until their native yeasts begin to ferment the grape sugars from the inside out (a process known as carbonic maceration). When fermentation is complete, the wine is pressed back into concrete vessels for aging, and bottled after six months. Medium-bodied and intensely aromatic, this is bright and juicy, with energetic notes of blueberries, boysenberries, black currants, violets, lavender, and wild mushrooms. A delicious match for blueberry balsamic glazed pork tenderloin!

Androvic Plavac Mali Pelješac Peninsula 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: CROATIA / Region: SOUTHERN DALMATIA / Appellation: PELJEŠAC PENINSULA / Varietal(s): PLAVAC MALI --- From Dalmatia on the Pelješac Peninsula of southern Croatia comes this unusual bottling, made from the native grape varietal plavac mali, which is a relative of zinfandel. The golden jackal pictured on the label makes reference to the wild "cagalj" dogs which roam the hillside vineyards of the peninsula where this wine is grown. Winemaker Mario Androvic proudly utilizes the traditional winemaking techniques he learned from his father, having taken over both growing and selling the family's grapes at the age of 15, when his father became ill. He uses wild yeasts for fermentation and only uses old barrels, some dating back to the 50s. This was aged in neutral barrel for 12 months, then bottled unfiltered and unfined. Impressively stuctured, boasting outstanding density and length, this is a truly unique arrival. Exotic aromas of dried açai fruit, mulberries, baking spice and incense turn to a robust palate redolent of concentrated dried dark fruit (blackberries, blueberries, black plum and licorice!) and an earthy, chewy, grippy texture. Perfect with Sichuan tea-smoked duck.

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Feb
9
4:00 PM16:00

Free Whiskey Tasting - Friday

WHISKEY TASTING WITH KINGS COUNTY DISTILLERY!
Join us for a special tasting of whiskey, produced by Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn! Sam Kulik will be here answering questions and pouring straight bourbon, peated bourbon, single malt whiskey, and – just in time for Valentine's Day – chocolate whiskey! Chase away the chill with a taste of NY spirits!
 
Kings County Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Kings County Distillery’s Straight Bourbon is made from New York State organic corn and malted barley from the U.K., which is twice distilled in copper pot stills and then aged in new charred oak barrels. Aged for at least two years, this bourbon is surprisingly muscular for its age, with rich aromas of fresh corn, sweet caramelized oak sap (from small barrels), and a strong sweet base that balances flavors of caramel and vanilla with deep molasses notes and touches of cinnamon and baking spices on a smooth finish.
 
Kings County Distillery Peated Bourbon Whiskey
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- As far as we're aware, this is the world's only peated bourbon! A real treat for the adventurous whiskey drinker, this is the love child of American bourbon and single malt Scotch! Technically, this is a bourbon that adheres to the American requirements for bourbon but is also made with malted barley that has been exposed to peat smoke, a practice traditional to Scotch whiskies. (The malt in this whiskey is even grown and kilned in Scotland.) The result of this glorious experiment is a Scotch-like bourbon, flavorful and robust, with the bonus of a light smoky finish that evokes a Single Malt. The rich character of bourbon (and smokiness from new barrels) lends itself to pairing well with peat, resulting in notes of candy corn, BBQ spice, campfire embers, and toasted coconut. Beautifully complex, this is a must try for any bourbon OR Scotch fan!

Kings County Distillery Single Malt Whiskey
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- This Single Malt Whiskey is made almost exactly like a Single Malt Scotch—except that instead of being made in Scotland, it’s made in Brooklyn. It is open-fermented off the grain from malted barley (with a hint of smoky peat) sourced from England and Scotland. The whiskey is twice distilled in traditional Scottish pot stills, then aged for 1.5 to 4 years in barrels previously used to make Kings County bourbon. Slightly higher in proof than Kings County's American-style offerings, this packs a greater wallop than its smooth palate would suggest. Elegant and dry, it displays sophisticated notes of honey, burnt orange peel, peat, and hay. A perfect addition to any Scotch lover's collection.

Kings County Distillery Chocolate Whiskey
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Looking for a Valentine's Day treat that's off the beaten track? How about chocolate whiskey made with moonshine? A word with a romantic history all its own, moonshine can refer to "white whiskey" (whiskey before barrel aging), or more famously, to any illegally made spirit. This (legal) version is a corn whiskey made from 80% New York State organic corn and 20% malted barley, double distilled and reduced to a smooth 80 proof, then infused with ground cacao bean husks from Mast Brothers Chocolate, whose factory is nearby. Pleasantly bitter, this rich whiskey tastes like liquefied dark chocolate (minus the sugar!), and works brilliantly in cocktails or on its own as an after-dinner drink.

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Feb
3
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Thomas Sancerre AOC La Crêle 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SANCERRE AOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Not exactly newcomers to winemaking, the Thomas family has been growing grapes and making wine in Sancerre since 1670! Today ninth- and tenth-generation winegrowers Jean and Ginette Thomas, along with their children, Julien and Christale, farm 19 hectares of sauvignon blanc and pinot noir near the hamlet of Verdigny. Jean and Julien farm their vineyards sustainably and eschew the use of herbicides, instead relying on regular plowing and grassy cover crops to control weeds and add nitrogen. Yields are also strictly controlled, and once harvested, the grapes are sorted, gently pressed and racked into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. There they mature slowly on their lees for six to eight months before fining with egg whites and light filtration before bottling. This fabulous, single-vineyard bottling, "La Crêle", comes from a southeastern-facing parcel on gravelly slopes rich in clay and limestone. One of the three distinct soil types in Sancerre, these gravelly slopes are collectively known as caillottes, and situated on the southern slopes of the appellation. Opulent in texture, "La Crêle" doesn't sacrifice crispness. A layered palate of lush pear, exotic tropical fruit and notes of pithy grapefruit is all supported on a gravelly mineral core. A splash of citrus tang and a dash of celery salt lead to a long, lingering finish. An elegant choice to open with chicken stuffed with spinach and goat cheese.

Antonella Corda Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: SARDINIA / Appellation: CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA DOC / Varietal(s): CANNONAU AKA GRENACHE --- Antonella Corda grew up among the vineyards as part of a winegrowing family that stretches back generations. She credits her mother with giving her a love of the land and her father for instilling a love of winemaking. She graduated as an agronomist in Agricultural Sciences and Technology at the University of Sassari before founding her own winery in 2010. Her goal: to create a boutique winery dedicated to honoring both her family roots and the roots of the region by producing Sardinian wines worthy of representing Sardinia on the world stage. Currently Antonella has 40 hectares on her estate, with 15 hectares devoted to vineyards, 12 to olive trees, and the rest open for crop rotation. She believes sustainable cultivation is the best way for humans to coexist with nature, and puts that into practice through the use of organic fertilizers, integrated pest control, and sustainable irrigation. This cuvée is an elegant representation of the cannonau grape. Cannonau is a native grape from Sardinia, but its impact on winemaking worldwide can’t be underestimated, as it’s grown in France as grenache, and in Spain as garnacha, and therefore a crucial component in renowned wines from all over the globe! This was vinified in stainless steel and neutral oak with indigenous yeast, resulting in a delicate, incredibly drinkable wine. Cherry, raspberry, blackberry, rose petals, and white pepper all mingle harmoniously on a softly textured palate. Fresh acidity and gentle tannins combine to make this lovely served with a BLT and a side of sweet potato fries.

Domaine Philippe Faury Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COLLINES RHODANIENNES IGP / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- The steep, narrow valley of the northern Rhône is a challenging terrain for winemakers, as farming is only feasible through terracing. Domaine Faury remains among the region's most artisanal producers, helmed by Philippe Faury since 1979. At that time, the family was selling wine, peaches and cherries, and the bulk of their sales were local. Over the following years, Philippe expanded both the domaine's land (to over eleven hectares) and its sales, which now include an international reach (happily for us!). He passed the winemaking reins to his son, Lionel, in 2006 and today father and son still work side by side. The terraced granitic slopes provide plenty of southern and southeastern sun exposure, allowing for optimum ripening conditions for the vines. In the winery, partial destemming, gentle crushing and temperature-controlled fermentation all result in a liveliness and freshness not always found in wines of the area. Lionel and Philippe maintain great attention to detail, and avoid the use of new oak to maintain the subtlety of the grapes. Unfined and only lightly filtered before bottling, these wines display a classic character full of rustic elegance. Lively blueberries, mulberries, wild black raspberries and ground black pepper dance across the palate. Fresh acidity and finely grained tannins contribute to an elegant texture, wrapped up with notes of black olive, spice and a subtle savoriness on the finish. A classic pick; open this with braised chicken thighs with onions and black olives, or beef with fermented black bean sauce.

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Feb
2
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Dupraz "Plantée des Comtes" Roussette de Savoie AOP 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: ROUSSETTE DE SAVOIE AOP / Varietal(s): ROUSSETTE AKA ALTESSE --- This white is from the Savoie region of eastern France, nestled in the foothills of the Alps just across the border from Switzerland. Located in Apremont, at the foot of Mont Granier, Domaine Dupraz has roots dating back to 1880. It was founded by the great-grandfather, Louis, and grandfather, Robert, of the current winemaker, Jeremy Dupraz. Jeremy initially pursued a career in computer science and commerce before becoming the 7th generation to take up the family tradition. He renamed the estate Domaine Dupraz in 2011 to express his desire to make wine with more specific terroir traits than his predecessors. The estate is currently converting to organic viticulture, with the poor topsoil at the foot of Mont Granier forcing the vines to dig deep, which results in great mineral expression in the finished wines. This delectable white is made from the altesse grape, also known as roussette. Crisp, with delightful complexity, notes of crushed mountain herbs, flowers and citrus mingle with light stone fruit and the tiniest touch of hazelnut. Balanced by bright acidity and chalky, briny minerals, this makes a beautiful companion to traditional fondue or charcuterie plates.

Solindo Tempranillo-Syrah La Mancha DO 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA LA MANCHA / Appellation: LA MANCHA DO / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+SYRAH --- This 50-50 blend of tempranillo and syrah hails from some of the hottest earth in the Iberian Peninsula, all but demanding an early harvest to maintain freshness and avoid an overly alcoholic, flabby wine. Smooth and almost addictively quaffable, this bursts with lush red and purple berries (think strawberries, cherries and black currants), silky tannins and hints of spice. An easy-drinking value that's easy to grab for just about any occasion; try this with pulled pork sandwiches or vegetarian three-bean chili.

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Jan
27
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SPANISH FOOD AND WINE PAIRING WITH IMPORTER LUIS MOYA!

From your taco nights to the multi-course holiday and family gatherings, it's important for us to find wines of balance and character that enhance a range of cuisines of cooking styles. We know that the experience of wine changes with food and vice versa, often in a positive and sometimes mind-blowing way. This Saturday, with the help of wine importer Luis Moya, we're going to bring the Spanish kitchen to Beacon. Come and taste for yourself the flavors of our traditional Tortilla Española with Manchego when paired with selection of wines from around Spain. See you there!

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. This just screams out for oysters or other cool, briny shellfish!

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 lamb burgers or BBQ pulled pork buns.

Celler Rendé Masdéu Conca de Barberà Trepat del Jordiet 2015 – ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: PENEDÈS / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERÀ DO / Varietal(s): TREPAT --- The Rendé family has some serious winemaking credentials with history in southern Penedès traceable to 1604. And it’s still a family affair. Brothers Rendé Masdéu, Josep Maria and Joan decided to modernize the winery in 1991 with major infrastructure improvements and renewed focus on wines of quality. They are also committed to preserving their land through organic farming practices. 100% trepat (a native varietal of the region), from dry farmed estate owned vineyards, this cuvée is wild yeast fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged for 6 months on the lees and amphora (a technique favored by the Romans). The bare minimum of sulfur is added at bottling if necessary. Bright cherry red in color, this offers up subtle notes of red berries and spices on the nose, followed by a fresh, generous palate of currant and pomegranate, wrapped in a layer of bright spiciness. A great match with ham croquetas!

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Jan
26
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de Belle Mare Picpoul de Pinet AOP 2015 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC/ Appellation: PICPOUL DE PINET AOP / Varietal(s): PICPOUL --- The all-female team at Domaine de Belle Mare lets a simple philosophy guide their winemaking: "Live to the rhythm of the vineyard to achieve the best possible yield, in the most natural manner." Situated next to the Thau lagoon, a hub of oyster farming in the region, the domaine produces a elegantly styled picpoul with beautiful salinity and texture to match seafood and other lighter fare. 2015 was a warmer vintage in the region and melon and kiwi notes seem to anchor the aromatics. The balance between the freshness from the wine's saline nerve and its rounded texture – a result of the vintage's warmth as well as two months of lees aging in stainless steel – make this a superb partner with baked trout stuffed with lemon and fines herbs.  
 
Valli Unite "Alessandrino" Vino Rosso NV - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, LOW SULFUR
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): BARBERA --- From Importer Savio Soares's page on Valli Unite: "Nestled high on the hill, Valli Unité has been a communal home of 25 residents for nearly 30 years, since the four families decided to counter the spread of industrialization and unite their properties as a co-op, under natural methods. Everything is handled with the land and nature in mind first. You see no chemicals being used, with hands working the earth and vines, natural processes in the cellar, and honest gratitude for what is provided." This wine is fun and funky, light and tart with bright cherry fruit and streaks of earthy gaminess. Pick up some dried sausages and hard aged cheeses, sit back and relax into an easy evening of board games and conversation.

Salvatore Molettieri Aglianico Irpinia DOC Cinque Querce 2007 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: CAMPAGNIA / Appellation: IRPINIA DOC / Varietal(s): AGLIANICO --- The Southern Italian province of Irpinia is the birthplace of the aglianco grape. It's sometimes referred to as "The Barolo of the South", which is a bit of a misnomer, given that the two have little in common apart from amazing cellar potential. Aglianico is a powerhouse, with intense pigmentation that yields very dark wines, with brawny tannins, even more relentless than nebbiolo. Salvatore Molettieri is among the top aglianico producers of the region, from a family with generations of grape growing experience in the Taurisi hills. Bottling his first wine in 1988 (the family had previously sold their grapes rather than make wine themselves), he now manages his estate with the help of his son, Giovanni, a trained enologist. Their sustainably farmed vineyards extend for 13 hectares in Montemarano, historically recognized as one of the finest crus in the appellation, boasting steep hillside sites packed with clay soils. The resulting wines almost demand aging to be drinkable, but happily for us, this 2007 cuvée is at a perfect age for opening now. Deep and dark, it's dense in texture, full of leathery ripe black fruits, still-powerful tannins balanced by palate cleansing acidity, and a rich, spicy finish. A delicious pick with venison bolognese.

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Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

INTRODUCING LITEN BUFFEL WINERY
The Niagara Escarpment is one of the fastest-growing wine regions in New York State, considered warmer and drier than many of the state's other grape-growing areas. Among the newest arrivals on the Niagara wine scene is Liten Buffel Winery, located in Middleport, in Niagara County. Liten Buffel, which means "little buffalo" in Swedish, is the collaborative effort of Zach Klug and his partner Patrick Vaughn. Klug studied winemaking at Niagara Falls Culinary Institute and worked at Freedom Run Winery before launching Liten Buffel in 2015 with an emphasis on low-intervention (or "natural") winemaking. They refrain from using chemical additives, preservatives,  additional sugar, and commercial yeast and the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. This year marks their first release of that 2015 vintage, and we're thrilled to introduce three of those delicious cuvées!

Liten Buffel Riesling New York State 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NEW YORK STATE / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- In the world of wine Riesling is truly a jack-of-all-trades, from bone dry and austere expressions to the unctuously sweet and sensual. Liten Buffel has produced a heady riesling with tons of beeswax, ginger and curry notes stemming from a portion of botrytis-afflicted (noble rot) fruit. While this  Botrytis is the key to producing some of the world's most sought after dessert wines from the Sauternes appellation in Bordeaux, and when applied to this riesling from New York, it produces incredible depth of fruit. This wine deserves to be paired with hearty winter fare of sausages and sauerkraut or richly spiced chana dal.

Liten Buffel Winediva New York State 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NEW YORK STATE / Varietal(s): GEWÜRZTRAMINER+RIESLING --- For this blend, riesling partially skin fermented and botrytis affected, is blended with clean and bright gewürztraminer. Right out of the bottle, "Wine Diva" bursts with aromas of rose water and lychee, layered on a backdrop of dried tarragon and chervil. With well-balanced, persistent acid through the finish, and just a touch of fermented funk on the palate, this wine is reveals layers of intrigue from one glass to the next. Keep a cheese board handy for maximum enjoyment.
 
Liten Buffel Pinot Noir Niagara Escarpment Quast Vineyard 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NIAGARA ESCARPMENT / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Zach and Patrick are planting vines on their 4.5 acre property, but for this, their first release, they've sourced grapes from some other great sites around the Niagara Escarpment. Part of the former Warm Lake Estate, the Quast vineyard is located in Cambria, NY, and features clay loam soils on slopes facing Lake Ontario. Among Niagara's oldest pinot noir plantings, many believe it has yet to reach its full potential. With a texture evocative of Volnay, this exhibits aromas of blood orange and freshly crushed cherries, along with accents of raw mushrooms, dried flowers, and a touch of cola. In the mouth, it's on the lighter-bodied side, displaying a silky character with outgoing flavors of red cherries, orange peel, cola, and caramel on the finish. A touch of subtle gritty tannin on the finish all adds up to an inviting newcomer from the western part of the state! Try opening this with roasted mushroom and white bean soup.

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Jan
13
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

M&S Ogier d'Ampuis Viognier de Rosine Collines Rhodaniennes IGP 2012
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COLLINES RHODANIENNES IGP / Varietal(s): VIOGNIER --- Over the last ten years, Stéphane Ogier has earned a name for himself as one of the most respected winemakers in the Northern Rhône. His passion for the vineyards and winemaking combined with his youthful energy have resulted in the estate's rise to cult status, with both his syrah and viognier standing among the best offerings of the region. The La Rosine vineyard is situated between Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu. This barrel-fermented viognier is a beautiful, elegantly restrained rendition of this iconic grape variety. High-toned, with delicate floral elements, it boasts wonderful complexity and length on the palate. Dramatic aromas of apricot, citrus, and pineapple are heightened by racy acidity and notes of white peach and honeysuckle on the palate. Opulent in texture, while still being refreshing, it's absurdly delicious, enjoy on its own, or with creamy baked leeks with garlic, thyme and Gruyère.

Domaine Ledogar "Roug'é Clair" Vin de France 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+CARIGNAN+MOURVÈDRE --- Brothers Xavier and Mathieu Ledogar come from a wine growing family, as both their great grandfathers were wine growers to Ferrals Les Corbières. Nature lover Xavier began working the vineyards at 12 years old, and dropped out of agriculture school at 18 to devote himself full time to the domaine. He took over the 22 hectares of the domaine on his own in 1997, building a cellar (previously wine had been sent to the local cooperative), and originally calling the estate Domaine Grand Lauze, before eventually switching to the family name. Brother Mathieu joined him in 2000, and now he and Xavier work together, farming organically (and biodynamically since 2004). Xavier and Mathieu follow moon cycles, use organic fertilizers and plant infusions on the vines. They use a horse to plow the vines and also have some donkeys that assist in weeding. "Roug'é Clair" is now in the third vintage of what started as an experiment during their conversion to organic and biodynamic practices. A mouthwatering blend of grenache, carignan and mourvèdre, the grapes from each different terroir are vinified separately and blended when Xavier thinks they are ready. As bright and lively as its label, it explodes with lovely red cherry and berry fruit, with a decidedly juicy, tangy mouthfeel! Clean and exuberant, it adds intrigue with earthy herbal notes and more generous berries on a lip-smacking finish. Although dangerously quaffable, this is far from simple. Try it with grilled cheese with bacon and tomato... or just about anything!

Clos Fantine Cuvée Tradition Faugères AOC 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: FAUGÈRES AOC / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+GRENACHE+SYRAH --- A deep, dark and beguiling wine from Faugères, in the Languedoc. Located just outside of the village of Lenthéric, the 28-hectare Clos Fantine estate is run by three siblings: Carole, Corinne and Olivier Andrieu. They built their winery in 2000, three years after their father (a winemaker with a talent and passion for natural wines) passed away, and have been making natural wines in his honor ever since. All their wines are made from organically grown grapes without any added SO2 and spend 18-20 months in concrete vat, depending on the vintage. A blend of carignan, grenache and syrah, this is a funky, earthy expression of blackberries and red currants, with touches of crushed herbs, smoke, and minerals. Complex and rustic, this makes a great match with grilled meats, or hearty, earthy stews.

Peppucci Umbria IGT "l'Altro Io" 2009
Country: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: UMBRIA IGT / Varietal(s): SAGRANTINO+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- The Peppucci family happened upon an abandoned Benedictine Monastery in the town of Todi in the early 1980s while looking for a place to settle and raise their children. The vineyards and monastery are on a ridge 400 meters above the town, and the Peppucci family has lovingly restored them over the course of years. The sagrantino grape is a powerhouse – among the most tannic of grape varieties known (picture nebbiolo on steroids!) thanks to its thick skins and low yields. All those tannins make the wine impossibly aggressive and essentially impenetrable without a good bit of age! 85% sagrantino, "Altro Io" is Peppucci's take on a more accessible version, assisted by 15% cabernet sauvignon, as well as extensive aging in wood and in bottle. Nine years old, this still retains serious power, but is inviting to drink now. A dark, brooding wine, this opens with aromas of the deep, dark woods. Black fruits, wood smoke, dried cherries, and a touch of roasted poblano pepper round out the nose before transitioning to a dense, layered palate. Chewy black currant, prune, incense, baking spices and black licorice are deep and lingering in the mouth. Closed out by firm, but no-longer aggressive tannins, and a dose of refreshing acidity, this is a great choice with roast leg of lamb, wild game dishes, or pasta with black truffles. Satisfyingly lush and dense like an old oak tree, if ever there was a wine meant for snowstorms and the dark days of January, this might be it!

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Jan
12
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Daniel Dugois Savagnin Arbois AOC "Auréoline" 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: ARBOIS AOC / Varietal(s): SAVAGNIN --- Daniel Dugois founded this eponymous estate in 1973 in his native village of Les Arsures, beginning with just two hectares of vines. After selling his fruit locally for nine years, in 1982 Daniel produced his first vintage, which proved an instant winner – literally – as his chardonnay won the gold medal at the Jura Wine Contest. In 2003, Daniel's son, Philippe, returned home and joined his parents in the vineyard, producing his first vintage in the same year, and now heads up the winemaking at the family estate. Located in the ‘golden triangle’ of Jura, at the heart of Arbois, Salins-les-Bains and Poligny, the vineyards of Dugois boast soils of clay, gravel and marl. Committed to eco-friendly practices, the family farms by "lutte raisonnée" ("the reasoned struggle") in the vineyards, and has been awarded the HVE “High Environmental Value” certification by the Ministry of Agriculture for their efforts in maintaining biodiversity. All fruit is hand-harvested, and in the cellar, clusters are de-stemmed and lightly crushed before undergoing spontaneous fermentation. This unique white is made from the savagnin grape, a relatively obscure varietal long associated with the Jura, where it is used in the region's famed Vin Jaune. Kind of like chardonnay's wild and woolly cousin (although unrelated), savagnin produces deliciously zesty, thirst-quenching wine that's full of character. A medium-bodied palate of yellow pear, apple, and quince turns savory and a touch nutty on a finish accented by notes of minerals and crushed herbs. Break out the scallops with brown butter and Meyer lemon or a wheatberry and gouda gratin!

Montaribaldi Langhe Rosso DOC "Trestelle" 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: LANGHE ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): NEBBIOLO+DOLCETTO+BARBERA --- In 1968 Pino Taliano founded Taliano Guiseppe, acquiring a diverse collection of vineyards in order to best highlight the different soils and climate conditions of Piedmont. His son, Luciano, took over in 1994, changing the name of the family business to Montaribaldi, which refers to the ancient Roman road that connected the winery to several different vineyards throughout the region. This homage to the rich viticultural history of the area also nods to the forward-looking philosophy of the domaine, which declares "place over process" as its motto. Called "Trestelle" ("three stars") for the three grapes blended into this red, this delicious value is proof of the effectiveness of Montaribaldi's approach. The three "stars" in this cuvée are nebbiolo, dolcetto, and barbera, each lending essential character to the finished wine: dark, rustic aromatics from the dolcetto, bright red cherry fruit from the barbera, and then dominante dusty tannins and food-loving acidity from the nebbiolo. A fantastic value that works with a multitude of  dishes, this would be fabulous with wild mushroom ragù.

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Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

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Dominique Lucas "C de Marin" Vin des Allogroges IGP 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: VIN DES ALLOBROGES IGP/ 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. His vineyards lie just outside the small village of Ballaisons, on slopes overlooking Lake Geneva (known as Lac Léman on the French side of the border). 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, après-ski. Here, however, it comes into its own, bright and refreshing! The chasselas for the "C de Marin" cuvée comes from 40-50 year old vines planted in granitic soils, which lend it a definite mineral core. Loads of granite, citrus, and honeysuckle on the nose yield to a palate of honeyed tropical fruit, lemon zest, and a smooth, stony finish. Try it with fish cakes with a side of slaw with honey-lemon vinaigrette!

Vigneto Saetti Rosso Viola IGP 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: EMILIA-ROMAGNA / Appellation: ROSSO VIOLA IGP / Varietal(s): SALAMINO DI SANTA CROCE --- It's Lambrusco, but fear not! This is a far cry from the dark days of Riunite! Luciano Saetti is one of a newer generation of Lambrusco growers approaching this much-maligned wine in a more modern (actually, old-fashioned!) way. His family planted their vines in 1964, and for years sold their grapes to a local co-op. But Luciano was inspired by the potential of their old vines of salamino (a thick-skinned, tight-bunched, darker, more acidic strain of the lambrusco grape.) He converted to organic (certified) farming and started bottling estate wines. Sulfur has not been used at any point in the process since the 2007 vintage, and grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed in the field in small 100-liter steel containers for maximum freshness. Rare for Lambrusco, the secondary fermentation takes place in bottle, initiated by the addition of fresh grape must in the spring following the vintage, and is fermented to bone-dryness. This defies the sad stereotype of Lambrusco, with a dry, complex, earthy character, flavors of dark fruits, and a floral, savory finish. Add in its characteristic spritziness, and the result is an incredible pizza wine! (It's also great with cold cuts like salami, antipasti, or Parmesan cheese dishes.) Serve lightly chilled.

Puramun Malbec Reserva Valle de Uco 2013
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: MENDOZA / Appellation: VALLE DE UCO / Varietal(s): MALBEC --- Argentina has made its wine-producing name on malbec, offering easy drinking versions at affordable prices. However, the country can also vinify more robust styles as well. Puramun means "harvest" in the indigenous language of the region and it is the first solo project of acclaimed winemaker José “Pepe” Galante. He worked for many years at Catena Zapata establishing malbec but also pushing the heights to which Argentine winemaking could reach. Here he works a small site in the Valle de Uco sub-zone, considered by many as the top spot for growing malbec. Galante cuts no corners here: this is all hand harvested and then hand sorted twice to eliminate anything unwanted in the fermentation tank. The wine is aged in oak, a combination of new and used. The final product is big and robust, ideal for cold evenings, hearty bean stews or a meaty pasta dish.

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Jan
5
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Grignolino d'Asti DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: GRIGNOLINO D'ASTI / Varietal(s): GRIGNOLINO --- Founded in 1870, the estate of Francesco Rinaldi e Figli boasts a long and celebrated history in the Piedmont. Located in the town of Barolo itself, many of the same techniques and traditions are still used 130 years later to produce iconic wines of the region. Today the domaine is helmed by Luciano Rinaldi, now nearly 90 years old, as he has done since 1941. He's now assisted by his nieces, Paola and Piera Rinaldi, and together they continue the family tradition. The estate is most famous for its Barolo bottlings from two of the region's greatest vineyards, Brunate and Cannubi, renowned for their subtlety and longevity. But the commitment to quality and tradition run throughout all their wines, which display startling depth, complexity, and structure. This young, tangy grignolino is sure to wake your taste buds from hibernation! Bright red fruit, rose petals, and a hint of cinnamon candy on the nose transition flawlessly to a delicate, fresh palate of more red berries, clean acidity, and lightly grippy tannins on the finish. A great new go-to for any number of gustatory occasions, try this with spaghetti with tomatoes, herbs, black olives and feta, or shrimp risotto.

Quinta dos Roques Dão DOC 2014
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: DÃO / Appellation: DÃO DOC / Varietal(s): TOURIGA NACIONAL+JAEN+ALFROCHEIRO+TINTO RORIZ --- This balanced Portuguese red is perfect for winter sipping. Quinta dos Roques and its co-owned winery, Quinta das Maias, have been in the vanguard of the revolution that has put the Dão region (and Portuguese wines in general) on the map in terms of quality and value. Located at Abrunhosa do Mato (between Nelas and Mangualade), Quinta dos Roques’s 100 acres of winery and vineyards spread out in 12 plots over the 1400-foot elevation of the granitic hills at this center of the Dão wine region. About 75% of the vineyards are devoted to (mostly native Portuguese) red grape varietals, dominated by touriga nacional (40%), followed by roriz (tempranillo), alfrocheiro, jaen (mencía), tinto cão and tinta pinheira. Winemaker Luis Lourenco gave up his career as a math teacher to devote his life to wine instead, with happy results for us! This sumptuously hearty red is full-flavored and fruitful with generous plummy blackberry and black cherry flavors. Gentle tannins on the finish lend complexity, and food friendly acidity keeps this from being flabby, making it a great match with hearty, earthy winter dishes like stewed black beans.

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Dec
30
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

LAST TASTING OF 2017 - TIME FOR CHAMPAGNE!

José Dhondt Champagne AOC Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
Country: FRANCE / Region: CHAMPAGNE / Appellation: CHAMPAGNE AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- José Dhondt produced his first cuvée in 1974, although he had many years of experience as a grower before that. The Dhondt family’s 6 hectares are split over several parcels, equally divided between the Côte des Blancs and the Sézannes regions. The vines average 25 years of age, and Dhondt avoids chemicals as much as possible, practicing what the French call “culture raisonnée.” He keeps yields low with a severe debudding and sorts grapes mercilessly before they go into the press. Pressing is done in a traditional vertical wood press, and vinification is in small temperature controlled stainless steel vats with individual lots kept separate. Pure chardonnay from the Grand Cru village of Oger, this blanc de blancs perfectly embodies the joys of single estate Champagne! Understated and suave in style, it's delicate and precise, with bright lemon, pear, and white peach aromas buttressed by chalky minerals. Lithe on the palate, grapefruit and white stone fruits mingle with a creamy texture before finishing gracefully. A great choice for toasting, as well as serving with oysters, triple cream cheese, or fried chicken!

Christophe Mignon Brut Nature Champagne AOC NV - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: CHAMPAGNE / Appellation: CHAMPAGNE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT MEUNIER --- Christophe Mignon's specialty is pinot meunier, and this fabulous sparkler may be among the most distinctive wines made in Champagne today. A superb producer in the village of Festigny, Christophe Mignon comes from a long line of farmers in the hamlet of Le-Mesnil-le-Huttier, 13 miles west of Epernay. His 6.3 hectares of vines were planted by his great-grandparents, and the estate is dedicated to biodynamic viticulture, with all fruit harvested by hand, and bottled by lunar cycle. 100% pinot meunier, this blanc de noirs is sourced from parcels planted in 1976. A stunner, it displays expressive aromas of red fruits and delicate flowers. This especially weighty expression of pinot meunier is resonant and rich in the mouth, creamy in texture with balanced acidity and razor-precise minerality. More red fruit, dried pear, smoke, and hazelnut notes unfurl in the glass, adding to the overall mystery and nuance of this delightful wine before its long, impressively complex finish wraps things up with bright acidity and palate-cleansing grip. Delightful with goat cheese and mushroom tart.

Rémi Jeanniard Morey-Saint-Denis AOC Vieilles Vignes 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: MOREY-SAINT-DENIS AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- From the microscopic commune of Morey-Saint-Denis (only 3 square miles and a population of 667), we find Domaine Rémi Jeanniard. In 2003, when his father retired from a career of winemaking, Rémi inherited six hectares of vineyards spread among three different communes in the heart of Burgundy's Côte de Nuits, with Morey-Saint-Denis being the home of the cellars. For Rémi, the winemaking starts in the vineyards, where he employs sustainable farming techniques, hand harvests, and refrains from using chemical fertilizers. After harvest, the grapes get a cold soak to extract color and flavor before beginning indigenous yeast fermentation. After fermentation is complete, the wine spends a year in 20% new oak barrels where it rests for 12 months before being bottled unfiltered. An effusive perfume of wild cherry, ripe strawberry reveals a lovely depth of gamey and earthy tones. Still young and tense with a nervy streak of acid to accent its rounded texture, let this bottle and some hearty stew (we recommend pot-au-feu or cassoulet) help guide you to the light at the end of the winter tunnel.

Rubinelli Vajol Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Classico Superiore 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO DOC / Varietal(s): CORVINA+CORVINONE+RONDINELLA+MOLINARA+OSELETA --- For those looking to venture into new territory for full-bodied reds with robust fruit and spice character, look no further than this Valpolicella Ripasso from Rubinelli Vajol. To achieve those rich, spiced dried fruit notes, the wine goes through a second fermentation while in contact with the pressed grapes and lees from Amarone (a dry red wine made from dried grapes). This process, known as ripasso, imparts a distinct dried fig and raisin qualities, as well as notes of dark chocolate and baking spices, to the wine. While the winemaking process is important to note, Rubinelli Vajol's vineyard holdings also sit in a terroir -- rich in limestone -- ideal for controlling the vigor of the vines. The vineyards are farmed organically, fertilized with green manure and planted with various cover crops to increase biodiversity. The luscious texture and indulgent fruit character of the wine will make great company with roasted lamb, braised beef, or barbecue pork shoulder.

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Dec
29
4:00 PM16:00

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Sommariva Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG Brut NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: PROSECCO DI CONEGLIANO-VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE DOCG / Varietal(s): GLERA AKA PROSECCO --- The Sommariva family has worked the vines on the high plains of the Veneto for several generations, selling off most of their crop as was the practice at the time, until Caterino Sommariva and his wife Urbana began purchasing hillside vineyards in the 1970s, deciding to plant it exclusively to prosecco (now known by its historical name, glera.) Thus they were ideally situated when Prosecco and the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene began to gain recognition in the late ‘80s for the light, clean sparkling wine that's so popular today. Now joined by their daughter, Cinzia, the Sommarivas take their work seriously, producing wines that bely Prosecco's light and easy reputation. They adhere to eco-friendly practices in the vineyards, harvesting by hand, and vinifiying in stainless steel. The result is a beautifully complex Prosecco, bursting with flavors of tart Granny Smith apple, Meyer lemon, and lychee. Rich and dry on the palate, the faintest whiff of toastiness evokes a Champagne-like character. Just fantastic for toasting or pairing with stuffed mushrooms or ricotta, mozzarella, and basil flatbread!
 
Les Capriades "Piège à Filles" Pét-Nat Rosé 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GAMAY+CÔT+CABERNET FRANC+PINEAU D'AUNIS ---  Located in the Touraine, Pascal Potaire and Moses Gadouche are among the top producers of pét-nats in the Loire, possibly in all of France. Their setup resembles that of a Champagne house (albeit a very small one!), buying most of their grapes (which they harvest themselves from a small bunch of organic growers near Faverolles) and keeping a laser-like focus on the winemaking. Pét-nats made using the méthode ancestrale are simultaneously incredibly simple and incredibly difficult to do well. Because the wines are made without sulfur, the grapes have to be as perfect as possible to avoid flaws in the wine. The juice begins to ferment in tank, and the wines are bottled mid-fermentation to complete their fermentation under a crown cap, trapping carbonic gas and giving them their soft, frothy bubbles. Everything is disgorged and this bottling is sealed in a slightly bizarre (but resealable!) plastic closure of German invention. Their wines get a longer-than-usual time on their lees, which increases finesse and character. This rosé pét-nat is mostly gamay, with small amounts of côt, cabernet franc and pineau d'aunis. Incredibly aromatic, it bursts with cherry blossom and fruit character, along with light hints of ripe kiwi. It leans toward the dry side, but still maintains the slightest touch of sweet fruit on a clean finish. A wonderful aperitif, this would also be fantastic with goat cheese toast.

Tuck Beckstoffer Wines The Seventy Five Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon California 2015
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- 1975 was a defining year for many: Bill Gates founded Microsoft, Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, the first episode of Saturday Night Live debuted... Among its many iconic developments, 1975 also marks the year the Beckstoffer family put down roots in Napa, as pioneers of the burgeoning grape growing industry. Tuck Beckstoffer grew up among the vines, and after studying with winemaking legends both at home and abroad, Tuck determined to start making wines of his own, releasing a cabernet sauvignon in 1997 to critical acclaim and demand. The Seventy Five Wine Company was founded to create wines that express the essence of California wine country, without breaking the bank. This cab manages to do all that quite nicely: ruby red in the glass, with seductive aromas of strawberry preserve, and black mission figs overlaid by a touch of thyme. Deep flavors of Bing cherry and black raspberry linger in the mouth for a long, satisfying finish. A perfect winter red, open this with burgers topped with bacon, melty Gouda, arugula, caramelized onions, and a roasted balsamic cherry & poblano chutney.

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Dec
23
3:00 PM15:00

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Ridgeview Bloomsbury Brut 2014
Country: ENGLAND / Region: SUSSEX / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY+PINOT NOIR+PINOT MEUNIER --- Sparkling wine from... England?!?! Founded over 25 years ago, Ridgeview was one of the pioneers of the still emerging English sparkling wine industry. Having realized a consistency in soil composition and climate with that of Champagne, Mike and Chris Roberts planted classic sparkling wine grapes. Over time, the winery has won numerous awards and has even beaten many Champagnes at competitions. This wine's focus is chardonnay, making it lighter and more delicate with citrus zest and apple aromas. Green apple and greengage plum dance across the palate along with white peach, lemon, and white blossom. There is a hint of red fruit from the two pinots in the blend as well. This is a perfect choice to begin a celebration or to have with oysters or other shellfish.

Tyler Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2015
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- .Justin Willett started Tyler in 2005, while he was still assistant winemaker for pinot noir and chardonnay specialist at Arcadian. Tyler is located in Lompoc, California, just west of the Santa Rita Hills, where Justin produces only chardonnay and pinot noir. (Some of you might be familiar with Justin's partnership with sommelier and restauranteur Eric Railsback under the Loire Valley-inspired Lieu Dit label. We've featured their excellent melon and sauvignon blanc!) This Santa Barbara chardonnay sees less than 10% new oak, allowing the precision and elegance of the 2015 vintage to shine through. Gorgeous aromas of lemon curd, green apple, lavender and crushed flint meld into flavors of orchard fruit, savory spices, and a core of vibrant acidity in the mouth. A delicious, stony finish with lingering minerality makes this a great match for silky brandade on buttered toast.

Patrick Corbineau "Touraine Cumelle" Vin de France 2011 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Tucked away in a quarry overlooking the Loire in the village of Candes St. Martin, Patrick Corbineau makes obsessively natural wines meant for his neighbors to enjoy. However, word has gotten out and wine lovers from Paris to New York are seeking out these delicious hidden gems! Patrick's vineyards are scattered amidst the fields of grain that surround the village, and he continues to resist attempts by the grain growers to buy him out. Several years ago he quit his job as a welder on the spot and became a vigneron when his grandfather threatened to rip out the family vineyard if Patrick didn't take it. Now he rarely leaves the six hectares of vineyards he is so attached to (one in Chinon and five in Touraine), working them lovingly with his horse-drawn equipment, and using no herbicides or pesticides. His father initially frowned upon his natural approach and the amount of time he spent in the cellar (thinking that Patrick was drinking!), insisting that the domaine modernize. But Patrick preferred to work like the old timers, and no one now can argue with the wine that results from his meticulous techniques. He destems by hand, with slow maceration, and gentle pressing before the wine is put unfiltered into old black mold-covered casks awaiting just the right moment for bottling. 100% cabernet franc, Cumelles is rustic, spicy, and a tad feral, with rich dark fruit, brambly crushed herbs, and flinty minerality! Great with roasted leg of lamb!

il Colle Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE --- Among the "small jewels in Montalcino's original growing area", Il Colle was once a part of Conti Costanti's Colle al Matrichese, a property that sits at a high altitude of 400-450 meters. The elevation yields delicate wines, and the fruit from these vineyards is blended with grapes from a more southerly vineyard (Castelnuovo dell'Abate at 220 meters), that the family had purchased in 1998. The origins of Il Colle date to 1972, when Alberto Carli planted vines with Giulio Gambelli, a practitioner of traditional winemaking techinques. Employing natural yeasts, no temperature control, long maceration on skins, and no filtering, Alberto aged his Brunellos in Slavonian botti. Alberto and Giulio stayed true to these methods, as did Caterina who took over the rustic estate upon Alberto's death in 2001, and the winery has changed little in the past 40 years. Brunello is the crown jewel of Montalcino wines, and this is an impressive example. 100% sangiovese, this offers up enticing red berry, crushed roses, wild mint, forest floor, and new leather aromas. Effortlessly melding structure and subtlety, the full-bodied palate bursts with layers of morello cherry, succulent raspberry reduction, licorice, and baking spice. A backbone of firm, velvety tannins balance freshness with structure. An elegant texture and lingering finish with hints of savory saline make this an amazing classic to open with osso bucco, rib eye steak with rosemary and garlic, or roast pork loin with creamy polenta and wild mushroom sauce.

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Dec
22
4:00 PM16:00

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Adega de Borba Alentejo DOC Reserva 2015
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: ALENTEJO / Appellation: ALENTEJO DO / Varietal(s): ARINTO+ALVARINHO+VERDELHO --- Located in the Alentejo region of southern Portugal, Adega de Borba is a cooperative winery founded in 1955, a pioneer at the time. The economic incentives in the 50s were stacked against wine and in favor of grain production in this part of Portugal, and it required great perseverance to expand wine production. The co-op now includes 300 members, a commitment to sustainability (even the labels are make of renewable cork!), and state of the art facilities. The sub region of Borba has proven favorable to white grape varietals, producing rich, aromatic wines. A blend of arinto, alvarihno, and verdelho, hand harvested in the morning to preserve freshness, vinified and aged in French and American oak barrels, this new white is intensely perfumed with aromas of tropical fruits and vanilla. Balanced acidity and notes of lemon, honey, and spice on a lengthy finish make this an elegant choice for cold weather seafood dishes. A velvety-textured winter white, serve this with scallops or halibut with fennel cream sauce. 

Folk Tree Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande 2014
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: ARROYO GRANDE / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Inspired by Cru Beaujolais and other village wines, Folk Tree is the creation of importer T. Edwards, seeking to make an American equivalent to the wines Europeans drink with everyday fare. A collaboration with their winemakers and vineyard partners, Folk Tree is meant to be affordable and versatile for sharing with family and friends, whether an impromptu get-together or a special occasion dinner. Produced entirely from hand-harvested grapes in the Arroyo Grande Valley, near San Luis Obispo, this pinot noir was fermented with native yeasts then aged for 7 months in French oak barrels of which 20% are new. The result is a lighter style of California pinot noir, with fresh, bright red cherry and strawberry notes. Although the fruit is bright and the texture delicate, this doesn't lack for depth on the palate, exhibiting plenty of silky sweet cherry flavors, subtle hints of earth, mushrooms, and pepper, and a touch of tannin on the finish. Versatility is the name of the game here, making this perfect to enjoy with chicken mushroom pot pie or smoked salmon, dill and goat cheese quiche.

Jean-Luc Mouillard Trousseau Côtes du Jura AOC 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: CÔTES DU JURA AOC / Varietal(s): TROUSSEAU --- The Jura region has flown under the radar for quite some time, producing a fraction (about 0.2%) of France’s total wine. Best known for vin jaune, golden wine made in an oxidative style (like sherry) under a fine layer of yeast, its other wines are now gaining recognition worldwide. An ancient grape-growing region whose wine was referenced in 80 AD by Pliny the Younger, the Jura is sandwiched between Switzerland and Burgundy, and its vineyard area is the first upland between the Bresse Plain and the Jura Mountains. Winemaker Jean-Luc Mouillard was born in Nevy-sur-Seille at the foot of the Château-Chalon. He grew up on the family's dairy farm, which had a few vineyard parcels on the side from which the family sold fruit to the local co-op. After enology school, he established his own domaine in 1991, renting several parcels and planting others. Today he farms twenty acres of vines, using the sustainable "lutte raisonnée" (literally "reasoned struggle") farming ethic, which avoids the use of chemical intervention unless absolutely necessary. He is assisted by his wife, Annie, and son Mathieu, a recent graduate of studies in enology who now works with his father full time. In 1997, Jean-Luc moved north from Nevy-sur-Seille to the village of Mantry where he bought a sixteenth-century house that originally served as a stage-coach stop, largely for its stone cellar, where he ages wine in barrel. This delicious red comes from the trousseau grape, also known as bastardo in Portugal. Unique and intriguing, trousseau offers the beguiling fluidity of a pinot noir, but with a bucolic nose of cherry, blackberry and pepper, reminiscent of the outdoors. Soft fruit is balanced on the palate by lively freshness and structured tannins on the finish, making this a lovely match for roast chicken with root vegetables.

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Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

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Tunia Sottofondo Tunia Trebbiano Toscana IGT "Sottofondo" Pét-Nat 2016
- NATURAL WINE

Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: TOSCANA IGT / Varietal(s): TREBBIANO --- In 2008, two college friends, Chiara Innocenti and Francesca Di Benedetto, bought 25 hectares of largely abandoned vines with Chiara’s brother, Andrea, and began building Tunia essentially from scratch. These women are unlike many young winegrowers in that they didn't inherit vineyards and have no family experience to draw upon, but instead pooled their resources and took out loans to purchase the parcel once owned by the University of Florence. Their land is located in the Tuscan hills near Arezzo, where the open rolling hills allow for plenty of sunshine and near constant breezes blow through from nearby Lake Trasimeno, creating a healthy climate for organic vines, of which they have 15 hectares. Chiara, originally from Umbria, and Francesa, from Le Marche and Campania, met as students at the University of Pisa. Chiara studied business/economics while Francesca studied biology/oenology. Andrea gave the estate its name: “Tunia” (or “Tinia”) was the name of the most important of the Etruscan gods and also the one related to winemaking. Chaira and Francesca's creative vision and persistence have paid off, resulting in fresh, fascinating wines. This unique bubbly takes two harvests to make: the first is an early harvest of trebbiano to capture the grape's inherent acidity. They ferment spontaneously in stainless steel with no skin contact. The second harvest happens when the grapes are fully mature. Fermentation is the same except with 30 days of skin contact. Months later, in February, the two wines are blended and bottled with the second fermentation happening in the bottle when a small amount of must from pressed dried grapes (“passito” used for Tunia Vin Santo) is added. The spent yeasts remain in the bottle as in the traditional way of making “Prosecco Col Fondo”. No filtration occurs, and no sulfites are added (the spent yeasts act as natural anti-bacterial agents). This bubbly is dry and nutty, with savory white fruit flavors, and a bit of tannic structure thanks to the skin contact. Fabulous with appetizers such as hard cheeses and antipasti, or with simple main courses like pasta and fish dishes.

Pierre Frick Gewurztraminer Pierre Frick Gewürztraminer Grand Cru Steinert Alsace AOC 2009 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE GRAND CRU AOC / Varietal(s): GEWÜRZTRAMINER --- "Wine is not about the mind. It's about music. It's art. It's sensory." - Pierre Frick / Once an aspiring ecologist, Pierre Frick instead found his calling in the vineyards, farming organically since 1970, and biodynamically since 1981. Located in Alsace between Colmar and Guebwiller, Frick farms 12ha of vineyards (1/3 of which are rented), and remains passionately committed to improving and maintaining the health of his vines and land. By choosing to hand harvest with local grape pickers, Frick maintains the social and cultural component of the harvest, while allowing the true expression of the grapes and soil to come through in the cellar. He vinifies with natural yeasts only, and hasn't chaptalized (the addition of sugar to grape juice before or during fermentation to increase alcohol levels) since the 80's. From the hillside Grand Cru Steinert vineyard in Pfaffenheim comes this lovely late-harvest gewürztraminer. Beautifully rich, with aromas of jasmine tea, baking spices, dried fruit, and honey, it's luxuriously full on the palate, redolent with spicy citrus, rose, white pepper, brioche, and almond flavors. The finish goes on for ages; long, soft, and mineral. Great with chicken biryani, crab wontons, or farro pasta with fonduta.

Occhipinti SP68 Occhipinti SP68 Terre Siciliane IGT 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGT / Varietal(s): FRAPPATO+NERO D'AVOLA --- Arianna Occhipinti has been a trailblazer in Sicilian natural winemaking. 21 years old when she released her first vintage in 2004, she has since gained a cult following in the biodynamic movement. Arianna started at age 16 in her uncle Giusto Occhipinti's cellar – he being the proprietor of Vittoria's most famous winery, COS – and loved it. After studying oenology in Milan, she returned to Sicily to "unlearn" the technical ways she had been taught to "construct" a wine, instead growing grapes and making wine from the ground up. She tends 25 hectares of vineyards near Vittoria, in southeastern Sicily, and has built her reputation on frappato, an often overlooked grape. Her vineyards are certified organic and practicing biodynamic and feature only native Sicilian varietals. Her SP68 wines are named for the main road nearby, which also happens to be the most ancient wine route in existence. This red is a blend of frappato and Nero d'Avola, fermented using indigenous yeasts, and aged in small concrete tanks with no oak influence. Bright and aromatic, this displays vibrant raspberry tones, with exuberant peppercorn and rose petal notes. Delicious to sip with grilled leg of lamb or roasted eggplant.

Chateau Massereau Graves Château Massereau Graves AOC 2010 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: GRAVES AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON+MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+PETIT VERDOT --- Château Massereau, situated in Barsac approximately 30km from Bordeaux, was built in the 16th century. The estate was acquired by the Chaigneau family in 2000 and brothers Jean-François and Philippe quickly set about to farming organically. They remain fully committed to natural winemaking; ploughing with horses, pressing using an old wooden press, fermenting with native yeast, and limiting SO2 (sometimes to none at all) at bottling. This cuvée, the top wine from Massereau, comes from grapes planted in the alluvial soils of Graves, on the left bank of the Garonne, south of Bordeaux, and a bit east of Pessac-Léognan. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot, it displays a compelling mélange of dark berries and plums with dried green herbs, hints of violet, tobacco and cedar. Elegant in structure, it offers up firm acidity and refined tannins. An old school classic from a family-run estate, this embodies the best of biodynamic Bordeaux. This pairs beautifully with rack of lamb, steak or pork chops.

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Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

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Eloi Lorenzo "Villa Paz" Ribeiro DO 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIBEIRO DO / Varietal(s): TREIXADURA+ALBARIÑO+GODELLO+TORRONTÉS --- Villa Paz was founded in 1976 by Eloi Lorenzo Pereira, a rural doctor who often did his rounds on horseback throughout the mountains of Spain. Today, it's Eloi's great-grandson, Javier Monsalve, who continues to run the family winery, doing everything from farming to winemaking, as he has since 2007. Located in Arnoia within the Ribeiro D.O., Spain’s oldest growing region, Javier farms 5 hectares as organically as possible while following biodynamic principles. He is also committed to reviving local, sometimes forgotten, grape varietals. Most of Javier's vineyards lie on granite soil particularly favorable to the native treixadura grape. Named Villa Paz (House of Peace), for the house at the center of the winery, Javier's wines all express a distinctive minerality and acidity, allowing the nuances of the region's terroir to shine through. Simultaneously refreshing and beautifully textured, this is aromatic and soft, with notes of ripe yellow fruit and briny sea air. A fantastic aperitif to serve up while putting the finishing touches on holiday dinners, this also transitions well into the meal itself, especially with seafood dishes like shrimp cocktail and paella.  

Donkey & Goat "The Gallivanter" Donkey & Goat "The Gallivanter" California 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR+GRENACHE GRIS+SYRAH --- Jared and Tracy Brandt have been crafting some of the finest natural wines in California since 2003, and are now recognized as pioneers in the California natural wine movement. Much of their knowledge and inspiration was gained by spending the year 2002 in France with famed natural winemaker Eric Texier, where they learned everything they could. The husband and wife winemaking team (who own neither donkey nor goat), are based out of Berkeley, where they utilize wild yeast fermentation, bottling their wines without filtering or fining, and keeping sulfur to an absolute minimum. Their goal is to emphasize the distinctive, soulful qualities of the grapes and vineyards they come from, while producing a wine meant for pairing with food and friends. A blend of predominantly pinot noir, with light touches of grenache gris and syrah, The Gallivanter is fresh and delicious, a clean-drinking natural wine, free of the gaminess and funk that many others display, which makes it even more versatile for the table! Juicy red cherries, bright raspberries, cracked black pepper, and a touch of earth make this a fantastic companion to holiday fare such as pomegranate-glazed wild salmon.

Easton Zinfandel Amador CountyEaston Zinfandel Amador County 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: AMADOR COUNTY / Varietal(s): ZINFANDEL --- Easton is located on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada in Amador County, California. Established in 1986 by Bill Easton and Jane O'Riordan, it's also the home of Terre Rouge Wines, with about 30 different wines produced in small lots of 100-400 cases between the two labels. This zinfandel is made from grapes grown on rolling mountain sites that possess the classic, vermilion-colored decomposed granite soil unique to Amador County. The 2013 vintage is full and rustic in style, with luscious notes of ripe blackberry, black cherry, and floral raspberry. Opulent and juicy in the mouth, its bright acidity and balanced, ripe tannins provide a firm, tangy backbone. It all wraps up with a spicy, warming finish, complete with smoky, meaty accents, and hints of white pepper and anise. Perfect for cozy nights around the fire, open this with smoked brisket or chipotle butternut squash chili.

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Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

WINES FOR SPECIAL SEASONAL GATHERINGS

Mullineux Chenin Blanc "Kloof Street" Swartland WO 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SOUTH AFRICA / Region: SWARTLAND / Appellation: SWARTLAND WO / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Mullineux is an intensely focused family winery based near the village of Riebeek Kasteel, in the Swartland region of South Africa.  Established in 2007 by Chris and Andrea Mullineux (alongside business partners Analjit Singh and Peter Dart), within a few short years the winery has established itself as one of South Africa's finest, earning seventeen 5 star ratings from Platter's South African Wine Guide by 2016, as well as Winery of the Year in 2014 and 2016. The Kloof Street line of wines focuses on freshness, balance, and drinkability, making this chenin blanc a great go-to for seasonal dinners! Grapes for the 2015 vintage come from three sustainably farmed vineyard parcels in different parts of Swartland; one parcel of 34 year old vines planted on stony shale and schist soils of Riebeek Kasteel Mountain, and two other plots of 40+ year old dry land, bush vines grown in decomposed granite on Paardeberg Mountain. 85% of fermentation takes place in tanks with 15% taking place in old French oak barrels. Fermentation is done with indigenous yeasts and lasts up to 6 weeks.  The barrels are then racked and blended with the tank fermented portion and then bottled. Pale straw in color, this wine is bright and aromatic, with an alluring nose of sun-ripened pears and wet granite. Lively notes of citrus, apple, and a hint of fresh-cut grass lead on the palate, followed by a vibrant, food friendly acidity. A soft, round texture and mineral finish makes this a versatile choice for the holiday table. Fantastic with pan-seared scallops with asparagus and pancetta.

Arnot-Roberts Gamay Noir El Dorado 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS - EL DORADO / Varietal(s): GAMAY NOIR --- Arnot-Roberts Wines is a collaboration of school friends, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Since founding their winery in 2001, they have gained a reputation as among the most progressive producers on the California scene. The 2016 gamay noir comes from the Witters and Barsotti vineyards above the town of Placerville in the El Dorado Appellation of the Sierra Foothills. Both vineyards lie on granite soils between 2,500 and 3,200 feet in elevation. A truly gorgeous red, this wine unveils layers and layers of delight! A classic bouquet of tart red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, cracked pepper, and stony earth also contains the faintest nuance of campfire smoke. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, with juicy tanginess and fabulous complexity. Fine length and grip on a well-balanced finish displays silky tannins just begging to be paired with dishes like smoked tea shrimp dumplings with sour plum sauce.

Domaine Ratte Pinot Noir Arbois AOP 2015 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: JURA / Appellation: ARBOIS AOP / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Just outside the town of Arbois in eastern France, Michel-Henri and Francoise Ratte have been growing grapes following organic and biodynamic principles since 1989, when they acquired some vines from Francoise's parents. After purchasing other parcels, they now have about 20 acres across seven vineyards. All their wines are made following biodynamic practices and are certified Demeter. Their son, Quentin, has just completed his studies in viticulture, and now assists them full time in producing wines that are hailed as iconic expressions of the Jura. This pinot noir is from vines ranging in age from 20-80 years old, planted on the blue marl characteristic of the area. Entirely hand harvested, it is fermented using indigenous yeasts and enjoys a long maceration of three weeks without the addition of sulfur. Aged in Burgundy barrels and bottled unfiltered, this is simultaneously delicate and powerful, with exquisite aromas and flavors of generous red fruit, blackberry, elderberry, and blackcurrant. Light and lively acidity is supported by assertive tannins that make this a special treat with salmon risotto with bacon and saffron.

Altesino Brunello di Montacino DOCG 2011
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE --- Brunello is famed as one of Italy's top-quality wines, and for good reason! It comes from the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino, located in the Tuscany wine region about 80 km south of Florence. In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation. Altesino made their first Brunello in 1972, and the grapes here come from vineyards planted between 1981 and 1999. Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes hand-harvested from the Altesino, Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Macina, and Pianezzine vineyards, this wine is a delicious example of the classic elegance Montalcino's wines represent. Ruby red with a garnet rim, this offers up seductive aromas of violets, perfumed wild berries, tobacco, vanilla, and chocolate. Opulent and velvety on the palate, it displays sleek ripe black cherry, licorice, clove, and earth flavors, expertly balanced with firm tannins and palate-cleansing acidity. Its elegance and finesse make this a classic to uncork with warming, celebratory dishes like osso bucco, pot roast, and beef stew.

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Dec
8
4:00 PM16:00

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MOUTHWATERING PICKS FOR THE HOLIDAY TABLE
 
Königschaffhauser Grauer Burgunder Baden Hasenburg 2015

Country: GERMANY / Region: BADEN / Appellation: BADEN / Varietal(s): GRAUER BURGUNDER AKA PINOT GRIS --- Hard to pronounce, but easy to drink, Königschaffhauser produces this grauer burgunder (pinot gris), a grape that is one of Germany's best kept secrets. Amazingly well made, this white comes from a co-op of 300+ growers in Baden, which allows it to be an amazing value as well! From grapes grown in the Hasenburg vineyard on the terraces of the famed Kaiserstuhl area, this medium-bodied white is dry with no oak influence. This flinty, mineral-driven offering gives us exotic aromas of jasmine, chamomile, orange zest, and tropical fruit. Rich citrus essence (think orange meets melon... but without a trace of sweetness!) on the palate, hints of yellow plum and pear meld with high-toned acidity, and a finish of surprising power and length. A wonderful winter white, this is good all by itself, but pairs equally well with drink ham and Gruyère on a baguette or braised chicken thighs in wine sauce with crème fraîche.

Le Maoû "Haut Les Coeurs" Vin de France 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY/ Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE/ Varietal(s): CARIGNAN --- Vincent and Aurelie Garreta started this estate in 2014 with 3.5 hectares. Employed in the environmental field, Vincent's grandmother was a winemaker, and he yearned to get back to his family roots. Now 5.5 hectares, the estate is located in the Luberon region, in the village of Gordes, west of Avignon. It lies on ancient riverbed soil of clay and silt that is favorable to grapes like carignan. 100% carignan, this cuvée comes from 60 year old vines, hand harvested and whole cluster fermented in open top vats, then bottled unfiltered and unfined. "Haut Les Coeurs" (which translates to "take heart" or "lift your spirits") will definitely lift your palate, with a generous nose of dark fruit, herbs and wild berries, and lots of plum, blueberry, and black currant flavors. Balanced acidity and chalky tannins keep this wine fresh and incredibly drinkable, just fabulous with rustic fare like roasted or braised meats, charcuterie, or cheeses.

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Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

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VERSATILE SIPPERS FOR THE SEASON

Thomas Pico Chardonnay Vin de France 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE/ Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Despite the culture that has grown up around it, wine is at its core an agricultural product, subject to the whims of Mother Nature for better or worse. The last few years have been challenging, to say the least, for farmers in many of the world's great winegrowing regions, Chablis among them. The region has always been particularly vulnerable to weather issues due to its northerly location, and 2016 was an extremely difficult vintage, thanks to the triple-whammy of hail, mildew, and drought. Thomas Pico is the owner/winemaker of Chablis house Domaine Pattes Loup, an emerging producer who has spent the last decade developing his family's small estate into one now recognized internationally. Faced with extremely limited yields, Pico sought out fruit elsewhere in France that he could source to make a supplemental wine using chardonnay that still measured up to his stringent organic/biodynamic principles. He found some in the sparkling wine region of Limoux in the Languedoc, from certified organic parcels farmed by friends and acquaintances. Redolent of lemon zest and stone fruits, this cuvée features a bright, shimmering acidity that yields to cool roundness on the palate. The absence of oak allows the vibrant fruit character to really shine here, making this an affordable luxury to pair with roasted chicken with Meyer lemon and shallots.

Thierry Richoux Irancy AOC 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: IRANCY AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Just southwest of Chablis, the Irancy appellation gained separate AOC status in 1999. This tiny region is still somewhat of a sleeper outside of France (where it now has quite a reputation), making it a great value for the rest of us. Thierry Richoux’s father, Jean-Claude, was actually one of the forerunners when Irancy was still considered generic Burgundy and was one of those responsible for the appellation gaining AOC status. Following in his father's footsteps, Thierry has managed to advance the level of quality even further. His vineyards are maintained at extremely low yields, hand harvested, and are in the process of organic conversion. This delicious red is exquisitely perfumed, with aromas of fresh strawberries, red plum, red currant, and exotic spices, accented by wild flowers, moss, black tea, and forest floor. A medium-bodied palate reveals bright acidity on a juicy core of red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, and strawberry. Elegant and mineral-driven, this sings of the terroir it hails from, with limestone notes merging with layers of dried rose petals and crushed leaves. A winner to consume now (decant for 30 minutes) with cassoulet with duck confit, or cellar some for a delicious treat in a couple years – if you can resist opening it all now, that is!

Tim Smith Wines Shiraz Barossa "Bugalugs" 2016
Country: AUSTRALIA / Region: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Appellation: BAROSSA / Varietal(s): SHIRAZ --- Tim Smith is a Barossa Valley-based winemaker, among Australia’s most awarded boutique producers. Inspired by an encounter with an early 1980s Yarra Yering Dry Red #2, he resolved to make his own wines, learning the craft first as cellar hand, then as winemaker at Yalumba. After earning a degree in wine science, he was awarded the Winemaker Exchange Scholarship (part of the Barossa Valley/Rhône Valley Winemaker Exchange Program). He spent some seminal vintages shadowing some of the most influential winemakers of the North and South Rhône Valleys, then returned to Australia and founded Tim Smith Wines, producing his first vintage in 2002. Bugalugs shiraz is made using traditional techniques, and results from a barrel selection of eight parcels originally intended for Tim's two designated Barossa shiraz releases. From vineyards up to 100 years old, this wine is matured in older French oak for 6-12 months prior to bottling, and is unfined and unfiltered. Full of classic shiraz character, it's still inviting and accessible: voluptuous in body, with spicy, plummy fruit, dark cherries, hints of black pepper, licorice, and vanilla, and soft tannins on the finish. Meatloaf has met its match!

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Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

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Pierre Frick Pinot Gris Alsace AOC 2010 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC

Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- "Wine is not about the mind. It's about music. It's art. It's sensory." - Pierre Frick / Once an aspiring ecologist, Pierre Frick instead found his calling in the vineyards, farming organically since 1970, and biodynamically since 1981. Located in Alsace between Colmar and Guebwiller, Frick farms 12ha of vineyards (1/3 of which are rented), and remains passionately committed to improving and maintaining the health of his vines and land. By choosing to hand harvest with local grape pickers, Frick maintains the social and cultural component of the harvest, while allowing the true expression of the grapes and soil to come through in the cellar. He vinifies with natural yeasts only, and hasn't chaptalized (the addition of sugar to grape juice before or during fermentation to increase alcohol levels) since the 80's. Wines remain on fine lees for 5-9 months, in oak casks up to a century old, without any additional stirring. Expressive aromatics of quince, pear, and honeyed wildflowers carry through to a full-bodied, velvety palate, redolent with rich pear and light brioche flavors. Good acidity and a generous, lingering finish make this a wonderful match with roasts, hard cheeses, even chicken curry, as well as a fabulous aperitif.
 
Domaine Lafond Côtes du Rhône AOP "Roc-Epine" 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY/ Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOP/ Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH --- Looking for a hearty red that just so happens to be certified organic? Just in time for the holidays, this offering from Pascal Lafond satisfies on every level – including value! This 65-hectare, family-run estate is named after a famous French race horse of the 1960s, Rocquépine, a favorite of Pascal's father. Located in the rosé-only appellation of Tavel, it is now helmed by Pascal, with his son Jean-Baptiste assisting in the production of what are widely considered among the best wines of the region. Youthful and exuberant, this offers up bright, crunchy red fruits (berries, currants, and a hint of red plum), with touches of dried herbs, and vibrant acidity that makes it a great match for warming holiday fare. Structured, but not overwhelming tannins on the finish provide a wonderful counterpoint to dishes like roast lamb with garlic sauce and rosemary potatoes.

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Nov
25
3:00 PM15:00

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Terre Rouge Roussanne Sierra Foothills Monarch Mine Vineyard 2011
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS/ Varietal(s): ROUSSANNE --- Terre Rouge is located on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada in Amador County, California. Established in 1986 by Bill Easton and Jane O'Riordan, it's also the home of Easton Wines, with about 30 different wines produced in small lots of 100-400 cases between the two labels. Terre Rouge began bottling roussanne annually in 2001. This fantastic winter white comes from the Monarch Mine Vineyard, planted with a clone of the roussanne grape that originates from a Chave family parcel on a hill at Hermitage. A difficult variety to grow, it ripens unevenly, requiring selective harvesting over a prolonged period of time. Its susceptability to powdery mildew also results in reduced yields, with over 80% of the 2011 harvest discarded. The result of all this labor, however, is exquisite, evoking an Hermitage Blanc, for a European-styled California wine that offers beautiful balance and sophistication. Classic roussanne characteristics abound here: straw golden color, with delicate quince, honey-nut, and beeswax aromas. Opulent on the palate, the result of barrel fermentation and lees aging, it lingers luxuriously on the finish, with elegant minerality and a silky mouthfeel. Bottle-aged before release, go for all-out flavor extravagance and open with lobster mac & cheese!

Bichi "La Santa" Rosa del Perú Baja California 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: MEXICO / Region: BAJA CALIFORNIA - TECATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): ROSA DEL PERÚ (AKA MISSION AKA PAÍS) --- Wine from Mexico? Why yes! In Mexico's rugged Baja California Norte mountains, El Equipo Bichi has put together an exciting collaboration, with delicious results! Noel and Jair Téllez, their mother Ana Montaño, and their team of collaborators produce wonderfully expressive natural wines from non-irrigated, organically farmed vineyards. Mexico's winemaking history dates back to the 1500s, when the Spanish conquistadors first planted vines (predating both Chile and Argentina). About 90% of Mexico’s wine is produced in Valle de Guadalupe, with many of the oldest vineyards centered around Tecate, very close to the US border, where the sandy loam and granite soils are ideal for grapes. Some of the vineyards are planted up to 2,500 ft in elevation, and the Pacific Ocean contributes a delicate salinity and character to the wines. The Téllez family moved to Baja from neighboring Sonora in the early 1970s (hence the name Bichi, which means “naked” in the Sonoran dialect, perfect for describing these natural, expressive wines). Bichi bottled their first vintage in 2014, inspired by a meeting that Jair and his brother Noel had with the patriarch of Chilean natural winemaking, Burgundian ex-pat Louis-Antoine Luyt, now renowned for his work with the país or mission grape. Luyt convinced Noel and Jair to seek out heirloom plantings of mission, as he had done in Chile, and produce "vinos sin maquillaje" (wines without makeup) from them. As such, Bichi adheres to traditional methods and minimal intervention, farming 10 hectares of their own Tecate vineyards biodynamically and collaborating with a growing family of organic farmers working vineyard land in Tecate and around Valle de Guadalupe. Fermentations are carried out by wild yeast in locally made concrete amphorae. The wines are raised in a mix of neutral barrels and steel vats, with a minuscule 10 ppm of sulfur added at bottling to preserve the wine for travel, if needed. As you've probably noticed, the labels are distinctive, to say the least, and represent the Téllez family's quirky sense of humor! The wine inside comes from 100 year old, own-rooted (not grafted) Rosa del Perú, grown at 2,400 ft elevation. La Santa is light and lively, almost rosé colored in the glass. Delicately floral, with red and black fruits, and vibrant, transparent acidity. A touch of Pacific salinity and granite minerality make this a lovely light red to serve chilled as an aperitif with charcuterie and cheeses!

Field Recordings Fiction Red Paso Robles 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: PASO ROBLES / Varietal(s): ZINFANDEL+SYRAH+MOURVEDRE+GRACIANO+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+TOURIGA NACIONAL+CARIGNAN --- 34-year-old Andrew Jones seems to have a keen eye for finding diamond-in-the-rough parcels with untapped potential in California’s Central Coast. He spends his days as a vine nursery employee planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over the region and, in return, is sometimes gifted small allocations of the finest fruit the vines can offer for his efforts. Given his background, there’s no question as to why he produces such soulful and delicious wines. This red is a quirky blend of grapes. Based mostly in zinfandel, it also incorporates grapes traditional to Iberia and southern France. The wine is a full-bodied, fruit forward expression of the Paso Robles region. The fruit is decidedly black in profile, yet the tannins are a bit softer. This is a great partner to dry-rubbed Memphis style pork or chipotle black bean and sweet potato fajitas with avocado.

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Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

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Le Meurger Bourgogne AOC Blanc 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BOURGOGNE AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- This classic white Burgundy is produced specifically for the US market. In some cases this can lead to wines that seek to follow a certain style. Le Meurger, however, has happily followed the style of the Burgundy region. Two of the three parcels come from a co-op in Chassagne-Montrachet and are fermented and aged only in stainless steel. A third parcel offers a bit more complexity and is thus aged in oak briefly. The wine offers a whiff of oak with a hint of nuttiness giving it a layered style. Plenty of mineral-y fruit rollercoasters on the palate with a refreshing finish. We are thrilled to have this wine at this price. It's sure to impress wine savvy family and friends and made even better with roast chicken or stewed chickpea with leeks and rosemary.

Tenuta La Pergola Monferrato DOC Rosso  2015
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: MONFERRATO DOC / Varietal(s): BARBERA+CROATINA+FREISA+DOLCETTO+BONARDO --- This fresh and lively red has everything one could want in an autumn sipper. From Italy's Piedmont region, this is a delectable blend of both well-known and fairly obscure grape varietals. Bright red (think juicy cherries) and black fruit dance across the palate before finishing dry with a food-friendly savoriness. An earthy, slightly rustic character makes this the ideal companion to all sorts of hearty casseroles and bean stews – perfect for impromptu cold weather gatherings of family and friends!

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Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

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Tatomer Riesling Vandenberg Santa Barbara County 2015
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY/ Varietal(s): RIESLING --- 39 year-old Graham Tatomer got his start in the wine business at the age of 16, working for Santa Barbara Winery. A paycheck grew into a passion, one particularly influenced by the cooler-climate vineyards of California's Central Coast. After having his mind blown by a glass of Austrian riesling, Graham moved to Austria in 2003 to fully immerse himself in the world of of that iconic grape, working with Weingut Knoll in the celebrated Wachau region. Returning to California, he founded Tatomer in 2008 with two riesling vineyards, with the intent to make California riesling as bone-dry, bracing, and nuanced as those he experienced in Austria. He's been remarkably successful ever since, and this wine is a case in point! A blend of multiple pickings from sites throughout Santa Barbara County, the majority of fruit here comes from "Kick-on Ranch". Kick-on Ranch is located about a mile from the Vandenberg Air Force base, which lends its name to this cuvée. Fresh and lively, this has all the intensity and tension of a plucked string on an electric guitar! A whiff of petrol on the nose yields to a palate of savory stonefruit and white flowers. A textured, honeyed character provides plenty of elegance on the finish. This has great aging potential, but is darn good now with sesame chicken salad with ginger-lime dressing. It's also a great way to get your palate warmed up for a big Thanksgiving feast!

Idlewild Wines Arneis Fox Hill Vineyard 2016
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: MENDOCINO COUNTY / Varietal(s): ARNEIS --- Sam Bilbro comes from a family tradition of winemaking, beginning with his great-grandfather, who made wine in Cloverdale during Prohibition and trucked it up to San Francisco. Sam's father started Marietta Cellars in 1978, where Sam literally grew up among the vines (his brothers Jake and Scot are also in the wine business). After a stint in the restaurant business, he started Idlewild in 2012, with the goal of making wines of energy and precision with the grape varietals of Northern Italy's Piedmont region. A rare find in California, Fox Hill Vineyard is located southeast of Ukiah on the Talmadge Bench in Mendocino, where the arneis grape thrives in gravel and sandstone soils. A beautiful floral and mineral nose displays notes of yellow and white peach, spiced pear, almonds, and a touch of fennel. Clean and lean in the mouth, it bursts with flavors of Rainier cherry, white flowers, and chalky wet stone, with a saline, savory texture. Beautifully balanced, this is unique, refreshing, and totally gulpable! A great start to holiday dinners, this is great with fried oyster cakes, cheeses, and the big bird itself!

Cruse Wine Co. Monkey Jacket Red North Coast 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NORTH COAST / Varietal(s): VALDIGUIÉ+CARIGNAN+TANNAT --- Quaffable, quirky, and uniquely Californian: Michael Cruse's winemaking philosophy in a nutshell. A resident of Petaluma since the age of 10 (his family moved to escape high housing costs), Cruse's blue collar background remains central to the wines he makes, backed up with formidable technical skills. Aspiring to be a scientist, he studied biochem at UC Berkeley, where he got his first taste of wine science at a lecture by Terry Leighton (the microbiologist who owns Kalin Cellars.) He was admitted to the UC Davis master's program in enology and viticulture, but took a job at Sutter Home first, where the physical work of the cellar won out over the academic rat race. He never made it to Davis, instead working as associate winemaker at Starmont, before launching Cruse Wine Co. out of a warehouse across the street from Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma in 2013. In a scene where the focus is often either on high-end cabernet or high-acid European-inspired wines, Cruse's wines remain exuberantly drinkable, accessible, and table-friendly. This is perfectly summed up in his relationship with the valdiguié grape, a cornerstone of Napa's past. Known as "Napa gamay" in the early 20th century, it was the base for less-exacting wines mimicking French Beaujolais. Of the 950 acres in Napa in 1973, only 21 remain, and Cruse's vineyards are among those still standing. Like gamay, valdiguié is generous and fruitful, but fuller-bodied in character. This red blend (named for a short jacket historically worn by sailors) is a glorious dance of that historic valdiguié with touches of tannat and carignan. Energetic aromas of cranberry and violets evolve into a palate of bright citrus and soft tannins. Juicy, fresh, chewy, textured, this wine evokes a truly Californian joie de vivre. A perfect choice for celebrating gatherings of family and friends: generous, sophisticated (but never pretentious) and downright delicious!

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

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Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

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La Clarine Farm Sierra Foothills "Jambalaia Blanc" 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: EL DORADO COUNTY-SIERRA FOOTHILLS / Varietal(s): VIOGNIER+MARSANNE+ALBARIÑO+PETIT MANSENG --- Looking at this wine, you'll notice some sediment, a bit of haziness to it, what is it hiding? You'll have to take a sip to find out. Some of what you'll discover is what has not been done to this wine, which happens to be quite a lot. Here's owners Caroline Hoel and Hank Beckmeyer own partial list: "... no yeast, sulfur dioxide, oak chips, enzymes or concentrates in the cellar, and no chemicals, fertilizers or tillage in our vineyard." They let fermentations occur spontaneously in this blend of southern & southwestern French grapes (viognier, marsanne and petit manseng, along with Spanish native albariño). The resulting wine is one you'll want to spend some time with, exploring its various nuances. The nose hits you with intense perfumed, rich exotic fruit, then the palate turns it all around; you get dry, restrained, delicate, savory notes. A unique, satisfying blend of crisp pineapple, thyme, candied ginger, fresh mint, Meyer lemon zest, and orange honey with racy acidity and a luxurious floral finish make this an unforgettable aperitif or dinnertime companion. Why not get a chunk of aged Gouda made from a small farmer-run dairy and a fresh baguette, and sit back for a leisurely communion with this most wondrous libation?

Hervé Villemade Cheverny AOP 2016 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHEVERNY AOP / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR+GAMAY --- Hervé Villemade is an old-school Loire vigneron, hailing from several generations of vignerons that farmed the vineyards around Cellettes. Domaine du Moulin encompasses 22 hectares of vineyards spread out over the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny appellations, where Hervé took over the family winemaking duties from his father in 1995. Hervé began transitioning away from conventional farming in the late 1990s, feeling that the wines weren't as good as they could be. Inspired by the wines of Marcel Lapierre and Clos du Tue-Boeuf, as well as a severe allergy to sulfur that he developed around the same time, he converted to organic farming in 2000 in order to get the high quality grapes needed for low sulfur and sulfur-free vinification. After a few years of organic farming, he noticed a distinct difference in quality, confirming his belief, and has made natural wines ever since. Fermentation is done with native yeast in large wood or stainless steel, avoiding heavy-handed new oak. This delightful blend of pinot noir and gamay is hard to put down! Juicy and light on its feet, the gamay brings lively freshness and red berry fruit, while the pinot contributes silky texture and the faintest hints of licorice and smoke. The combination is precise, elegant and refreshing – light in body, with shades of herbs, black cherry and plum. Great with seared albacore or poulet en cocotte (chicken roasted with bacon and potatoes).

Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rufina DOCG 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+CANAIOLO+COLORINO+MALVASIA NERA --- Selvapiana is a traditional Tuscan estate situated east of Florence in the Chianti Rufina appellation. Nestled in the beautiful Apennine foothills, it comprises 600 acres of vineyards and olive groves, and boasts 181 years and five generations of experience in producing the classic wines of the region. Now managed by the sister/brother team of Silvia and Federico Giuntini A. Masseti, along with consulting enologist Franco Bernabei (who has been with the estate since 1978), the winery's focus remains on producing wines of longevity and expression. Rufina is notable for its unique clay limestone soil, as well as its proximity to the Apennines, which provides longer ripening fruit with freshness and finesse. This Chianti Rufina is made with 95% sangiovese and a 5% blend of canaiolo, colorina, and malvasia nera. All estate fruit is cultivated with organic methods and vinified separately, and fermentation takes place with only indigenous yeasts. The result yields delicate aromas of subtle herbs and spice, and an elegant palate of red cherries, licorice, and plum. Round smooth tannins and hints of smoke, earth, and minerals add interest on the finish. Bright, mouthwatering acidity makes this a winner for the table – try it with sausage and beans, Pecorino cheese, or roast lamb with rosemary and garlic.

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Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

TIME TO START THINKING TURKEY AND SIDES!

Raymond Dupont-Fahn "Les Vireux" Auxey-Duresses AOC 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: AUXEY-DURESSES AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Raymond Dupont-Fahn is a fifth generation winemaker who has worked with his father and grandfather from an early age, absorbing every aspect of the winemaking process and traditions. After earning his degree in oenology at 21, he started managing five hectares of his own vines in 2001. In his brief career he has already produced some wines of stunning quality from the lesser-known appellation Auxey-Duresses (off the beaten path in the Côte d'Or in a small valley just above Meursault). Raymond avoids using pesticides in his vineyards, and usually chooses to harvest on the earlier side to achieve wines with greater acidity and lower alcohol. Most élévage for the wines is 20% in new oak and all his barrels are under 3 years of age. This is a gorgeous example of the results that approach can yield! Pale yellow in hue, with crystalline clarity, this delights the senses with apple, pear, and baking spice aromas. In the mouth, the happy surprises continue, with a luxurious texture revealing juicy fresh pear flavors that generously linger. Accessible, but with elegance to spare, this is a lovely companion to warm shellfish dishes or roasted chicken (or, ahem, turkey.)

Arnot-Roberts Trousseau North Coast 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NORTH COAST/ Varietal(s): TROUSSEAU --- An iconic grape of the Jura (also grown in Portugal, where it is named bastardo), trousseau is little known elsewhere, but was once a part of California's viticultural traditions. Widely planted in the Sierra Foothills pre-Prohibition, it is now experiencing a delicious renaissance. Arnot-Roberts Wines is a collaboration of school friends, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Since founding their winery in 2001, they have gained a reputation as among the most progressive producers on the California scene. Among the first to experiment with California-grown trousseau, this cuvée is mostly comprised of grapes from the Luchsinger Vineyard (named for Bernie Luchsinger, who first planted it in 2001 with the idea of Port in mind), with additional cool climate Sonoma fruit included. A deceptively pale hue belies the complex aromas and flavors within! Its fluidity and dark perfumed floral aromas are reminiscent of pinot noir, but trousseau has a captivating character all its own of a more bucolic, outdoorsy nature. Bright and savory, and possessed of a lightness that contrasts deliciously with its backbone of firm tannin, this is a delicious match with chai-rubbed turkey breast.

Romanelli Montefalco Rosso DOC 2012 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: MONTEFALCO ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+SAGRANTINO+MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Tuscany's next door neighbor, Umbria, finally gets its chance in the spotlight! The two regions share not only a border, but a long history of growing the same grapes. The Romanelli family has produced acclaimed wines and olive oils in the Montefalco DOCG region for generations. The winery prides itself on an eco-friendly approach, using sustainable agricultural practices such as bird boxes to eliminate the need for pesticides, and also avoiding chemical fertilizers. This new arrival is a blend of 60% sangiovese, 15% sagrantino (an intense, dark-skinned grape native to the region often described as "nebbiolo on steroids"!), and equal remaining parts merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Fuller bodied, but still table-friendly, this delights with aromas and flavors of black cherry, vanilla, licorice, leather, and a touch of incense! A long, structured finish is balanced by bright, food-friendly acidity, making this just scream for roast pork tenderloin with sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto, sage, and cream!

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

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Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Cantina Muri-Gries Müller-Thurgau Alto Adige DOC 2016
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. Perfect for starting any meal, this white is 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 pizza with shallots, arugula, and goat cheese with a glass of this in your own home!

La Grange Tiphaine "Ad Libitum" Vin de France 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CÔT AKA MALBEC+GAMAY+CABERNET FRANC --- Created at the end of the 19th century by Alfonse Delecheneau, La Grange Tiphaine is now in its fourth generation of winemaking, headed by Damien Delecheneau and his wife, Coralie. Their careful attention to the vines in their 11-hectare vineyard results in beautifully balanced, precise, terroir-focused wines. This organically grown red blend combines côt (malbec), gamay, and cabernet franc to create a medium-bodied wine with juicy dark wild berry flavors. With a nose of bright red fruit, pepper, and dried herbs, and the palate-cleansing tang of balanced acidity and tannin on the finish, this is a perfect wine to enjoy with autumn dinners. Drink this with a variety of roasted fall veggies; also great with Mediterranean cuisine.

Monsecco "Pratogrande" Colline Novaresi DOC Nebbiolo 2013 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: COLLINE NOVARESI DOC / Varietal(s): NEBBIOLO --- In the hills near Gattinara and Ghemme in Italy's Northern Piedmont, Monsecco was an old estate that had a reputation for making great wine in the 1960s (its long-lived Gattinaras from the 1950s-1980s are fanatically sought by collectors), but then sadly became defunct. Luckily for us, the Zanetta family has revived the estate and now crafts among the finest wines in the Colline Novaresi and Gattinara DOCs using the same traditional methods. Nebbiolos from other Piemontese appellations tend to be more light and agile than their counterparts from Barolo and Barbaresco, with an elegant drinkability and even more appealing price! 100% nebbiolo, the "Pratogrande" displays classic aromas of pie cherries, white pepper, and earth. On the palate, it unleashes a torrent of bright sour cherry flavors, refined tannins, and a spicy lingering finish that owes its character to the complex mineral composition of the area's soils. A delightful dinner companion, pair this with beef braised in red wine or a cannellini bean stew, rich with tomatoes and fragrant with herbs.

 

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