Jul
20
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Unico Zelo "Jade & Jasper" Fiano Riverland 2018
Country: AUSTRALIA / Region: SOUTH AUSTRALIA / Appellation: RIVERLAND / Varietal(s): FIANO --- Named after two symbols of good luck and prosperity, “Jade & Jasper” was first released in 2014, and its success helped put Unico Zelo on the map. Winemaking couple Brendan and Laura Carter founded Unico Zelo as a new venture in the Adelaide Hills with the mission of producing Australian versions of Italian and Mediterranean varieties in an approachable and delicious fashion. Fiano is an ancient grape varietal grown originally in Campagnia, Italy, but as this new wine proves, it can thrive just as well at the other end of the world! Fruit for this cuvée comes from the ancient, sand limestone soils on the Ricca Terra Farm in the Riverland, a pristine, desert-like environment, among the harshest climates in Australia. At once crisp and elegant, aromatic and textured, this offers up notes of lemon blossom, Granny Smith apple, lemongrass, grapefruit pith, and brushed steel. A beautifully textured palate and crackling acidity make this a refreshing alternative to pinot grigio. Fabulous with all sorts of seafood: think seared scallops or pan fried smelt. Vegan-friendly.

Aaron Burr Cidery "Appinette" 2018
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE - HUDSON VALLEY/CATSKILL REGION / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Aaron Burr Cidery has become the sought-after icon of local, traditional cider making. This small homestead farm dates back to the early 1800s and is located in Wurtsboro, NY, in neighboring Sullivan County. Aaron Burr's name was on the original deed of the home, and a rebellious energy pulses through everything made by Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian. Dedicated to making "true cider", once the most popular drink in America, their main source of apples are those that they forage themselves around the Hudson Valley and Lower Catskills. This Appinette cider is a blend of traminette grapes from the Finger Lakes with apples from Orange County, making this a complex and delicious blend of NY flavors! Cloudy amber in color, sharp and dry, this has creamy carbonation and focused apple character with aromas of grapefruit, litchi, and rose petals and a soft, lightly bitter finish. Grab a charcuterie and cheese plate and put your feet up!

Domaine Ozil "Barry" Vin de France 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+GRENACHE BLANC --- Brothers Jean Daniel & Thomas Ozil are fourth generation winemakers in Ardéche (in the Rhône). They began producing natural wines in 2013. Prior to that, they used to sell their organically farmed grapes to the local coop, but now use all of their grapes to make their own wines. They also grow peaches, vegetables, and lavender, adding to the biodiversity on the estate. Domaine Ozil is certified organic by Bureau Veritas, and the brothers vinify their wines without any added sulfur. ‘Barry’ is comprised of 80% grenache noir, 10% syrah and 10% grenache blanc and is loaded with crunchy, juicy red fruit flavors with a touch of sauvage. Delightfully chuggable with a slight chill! Certified organic, low-intervention, vegan.

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Jul
19
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de la Bastide "Figue" Blanc Côtes du Rhône AOC 2018
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOC / Varietal(s): VIOGNIER+ROUSSANNE+CLAIRETTE+ BOURBOULENC --- Vincent and Stephanie Boyer’s domaine in Visan is surrounded by remnants of winemaking history dating back to feudal times. Vincent's family resides in a fortified farmhouse built by Templar knights in the Middle Ages. An order of Christian crusaders who rose to great prominence and wealth in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Templars established many farms and vineyards. After time as a Benedictine, then Dominican monastery, the Bastide property continues the winegrowing tradition today. Vincent has followed in his father's winemaking footsteps, and together with Stephanie, also a trained enologist, they carry the domaine forward with innovation and focus. Their goal is to make the farm fully organic in the near future. Often playing second fiddle to the region's famed red blends, the white wines from the Rhône are not to be overlooked. As soon as you open the bottle, get ready for aromatics that will send you right to tropical fruit nirvana! This cuvée is refreshing and medium-bodied, with notes of guava, passion fruit, and pineapple. Light citrus notes, touches of honeysuckle, and delicate acidity make this a versatile match with an incredible array of foods.

Château Puech Redon "Apparente Rouge" Vin de France 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN+LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- Eric Texier made the unusual leap from nuclear engineer to winemaker in the early 1990s. Although his passion for wine first stemmed from the wines of Burgundy, he was soon inspired by an older generation of Rhône producers and decided to follow in the footsteps of vignerons like Marius Gentaz and Pouchoulin, becoming among the most respected winemakers in the Northern Rhône. Drawing on their methods of only using natural yeasts and leaving the bunches intact, he developed some of his own techniques as well. “Apparente” is made by Eric to help his friend Cyril Cueche, who owns Château Puech-Redon, a large 200 ha organic grain farm in the Languedoc that also has about 50 ha of vines interspersed throughout. The property had been farmed conventionally under his father for 30 years, but he saw the potential to go organic to prioritize biodiversity of such a large area. 100% cinsault, this is bright and crunchy, with mouthwatering acidity, juicy tart berry flavors, and no sulfur added! Filtered for clarity, natural wine lovers will be thrilled with this bottle, while those looking to dip a toe in the natural wine scene will enjoy it as well. Lightly chill and break out the grill! Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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Jul
13
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - SECOND SATURDAY - Wines Discounted 10%

NEW YORK DOUBLE HEADER: BLOOMER CREEK VINEYARD & GREENHOOK GINSMITHS!
A true trailblazer in natural winemaking in New York State, Bloomer Creek Vineyard proves that producing delectable wines while working organically is not an impossible feat, even in New York's challenging climate. (The first natural winemakers of Burgundy and the Loire Valley in France also heard similar protestations.) Proprietors Kim Engle and Debra Bermingham have been crafting beautiful examples of low-intervention wines for over 20 years and farming organically for over 30 years. Harvest is done by hand and fermentation is done with ambient or wild yeast. The results of all that hard work: absolutely delicious! But don't take our word for it: come taste for yourself! Dig a little deeper and check out Debra's work as renowned fine artist. Her various works have hung on the walls of galleries, museums, and private collections all over the US and overseas. Her current exhibition, "Tales from the Blue Ship Tea Room" is on display at Corners Galley in Ithaca from July 20th - August 31st.

If that wasn't enough tasting excitement, we're also thrilled to welcome special guest Olivia Szwabo from Greenhook Ginsmiths, located just down the river in Brooklyn! She will be here showcasing their American Dry Gin and their new Gin & Tonic cans that are perfect for the cooler!

Featuring Special Guest: Greenhook Ginsmiths!
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- After several years of planning, experimenting and building their distillery in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York, Greenhook Ginsmiths released their flagship offering, American Dry Gin in February 2012 to immediate acclaim. Founded by Steven DeAngelo and his brother Philip, both gin enthusiasts, Greenhook Ginsmiths has quickly emerged as one of the premier American gin makers. Greenhook Ginsmiths distills their gin on a custom-made copper pot still, designed to work in conjunction with a vacuum. This allows them to remove air pressure from the still during distillation, a technique known as vacuum distillation. This has the advantage of allowing the distillation to occur at low temperatures, thus preserving the delicate aromas and volatile oils of the botanicals by preventing them from becoming “cooked” from excessive heat during distillation. This process results in a beautifully fragrant gin with lifted aromas and vibrant flavors.

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Dry Gewürztraminer Finger Lakes 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): GEWÜRZTRAMINER --- The "Tanzen Dame" label (which roughly translates as "Dance, Lady?" in German), was created as an homage to the great wines of Germany, Austria, and Alsace. The dry gewürztraminer is somewhat of a marvel of winemaking, avoiding the normally rich, unctuous texture of the gewürztraminer for a leaner profile with bright acidity that exudes floral and citrus oil aromas.

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Riesling Pétillant Naturel Finger Lakes 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- This pét nat gets us dancing like the tanzen dame on the label. Short for pétillant naturel, this sparkler is bottled before the fermentation is finished. When fermentation occurs underneath the crown cap, the carbon dioxide is trapped, creating a lovely, light mousse. We think this is a perfect aperitif to kick off the evening or great for a mid-day tipple.

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc "Vin d'été" Finger Lakes 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- An "Old World" staple (especially in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux) the cabernet franc grape can take on several different incarnations in the fickle New York climate. In warmer vintages, they make a cabernet franc of a different, heftier style, and in cooler ones they make this ‘Vin d’ete’, a lighter style. Instead of aging it in neutral oak and partially destemming, this one is made using carbonic maceration with a high percentage of whole clusters in the fermentation, and it sees no oak at all. The resulting style is lighter, brambly, and bright, with notes of raspberry and cherry, and should be served with a slight chill. Oh-so-refreshing with everything from a simple ham sandwich to grilled veggie skewers. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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Jul
12
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Weingut Weszeli Grüner Veltliner Langenlois Kamptal 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: KAMPTAL / Appellation: KAMPTAL/ Varietal(s): GRÜNER VELTLINER --- Located around the town of Langenlois in Austria's famed Kamptal, the vineyards of Weingut Weszeli comprise 30 hectares of some of the finest grüner veltliner and riesling the region has to offer. Since 1679, the Summerer family has cultivated grapes and produced wine in the area. Today, Davis Weszeli and Rupert Summerer have taken that family knowledge and tradition and applied it to their own wine philosophy: "Principle Terrafactum", which places the vineyard and its incredible biodiversity at the center of their work. Believing that the true character of the wine is formed in the vineyard, they encourage the interaction of flora and fauna during the grape growing process, and this respect for nature continues through a gentle vinification that leaves intact the purity of grape and terroir. This grüner is a delight for the senses: intense aromatics of green apple, wildflowers, and white pepper lead to a palate of high-toned orchard, melon and stone fruit with racy acidity and undertones of tarragon, green olive, and flint on a textured, lingering finish. A refreshing, elegant pick for hot weather – serve this moderately chilled (too cold will mute the aromatics!) with a salad of arugula, grilled peaches, chicken, and corn, and spicy cashew dressing.

Mas de Libian "Vin de Pétanque Vin de France 2018 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+MOURVÈDRE --- Mas de Libian has been a working farm since 1670, and has remained in the Thibon family since its inception; nowawdays helmed by Hélène Thibon! Farmed biodynamically since the 1960s, this entry level red is a fantastic value in natural wine. This grenache-driven stunner also boasts some mourvèdre and syrah. "Pétanque" is a popular Provençal game of boules (akin to bocce), and this wine is meant to be drunk young with friends in casual settings. Fermented exclusively in concrete tank, it's bottled unfiltered, with the barest smidgen of sulfur added at bottling. Gorgeous aromatics of red flowers, orange rind, and grenadine perfume the air, leading to juicy, electrifying flavors of blackberry, spice, and hints of lavender and thyme. Mouthwateringly succulent, crunchy, and fresh, this is fantastic slightly chilled with olive bread, saucisson, hard cheeses, and good friends!

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Jul
6
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

STELLAR ORGANICALLY GROWN ITALIAN WINES!
From a lively liter of liquid refreshment from the Piedmont, to a truly unique skin-fermented Sicilian "orange" wine, to a classic yet versatile barbera: today we're uncorking some delicious summer treats from Italy, all of them organically grown!

Poderi Cellario 'È Bianco' NV 1L - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): ARNEIS+MOSCATO --- Fausto and Cinzia Cellario are 3rd generation winemakers in the village of Carru on the western outskirts of the Langhe. They only work with indigenous Piedmontese grape varietals, and passionately adhere to local winemaking traditions both in the vineyard and cellar. The Cellario vineyards cover approximately 30 hectares between 5 different vineyard sites throughout the southern Langhe. Vineyard work is certified organic and all fermentations take place with native yeasts. Sulfur is only added in very small quantities at bottling if necessary. A blend of the arneis and moscato grapes, this is clean and zesty, bursting at the seams with notes of white flower, light stone and tropical fruit, and touches of savory herb or gooseberry. Versatile and oh-so-refreshing - and all this in a crowd-pleasing LITER bottle? We say bring it on! Pop this open with fried zucchini blossoms. Certified organic, low-intervention, vegan.

COS "Rami" Terre Siciliane IGP 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: TERRE SICILIANE IGP / Varietal(s): INSOLIA+GRECANICO --- In 1980, three friends became the youngest wine producers in Italy, and their last names form the acronym for which COS winery is named (Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti - uncle to Arianna Occhipinti - and Cirino Strano). They received an old family farm from Giambattista’s father, Giuseppe, with nearby vineyard land. The winery follows the principles of biodynamic farming to help the vines express their true character and that of their terroir. They choose to ferment and age their wine in terracotta vases and clay amphorae for the same reason. In 2005, they were the first to produce a DOCG wine in Sicily. They singlehandedly revived the Cerasuolo di Vittoria region and keep it thriving today. "Rami" is equal parts insolia and grecanico fermented on their skins in concrete tanks, yielding a beautiful late afternoon-orange color and aromas of orange blossom, apple cider, and raw almonds. Delicate notes of jasmine and green tea pop up through a chewy texture and cidery tartness, developing fleshy apricot and peach flavors with exposure to air, before hints of honey and chamomile close the show. Enjoy with lamb kebabs with walnut gremolata. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

Poderi Colla Barbera d'Alba DOC Costa Bruna 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: BARBERA D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): BARBERA --- Poderi Colla was founded by Tino Colla and his niece Federica in 1994, and includes property in Barola, Barbaresco, and Alba. Other family members involved include Beppe Colla, Tino’s older brother and Federica’s father, and Tino’s son Pietro who just finished the Scuola Enologica in Alba and Torino, taking on many of the winemaking duties. Winemaking goes back in the Colla family history as far back as 1703, and Beppe (born in 1930) had a legendary career as the definitive authority on the Langhe appellations and on e of the founding fathers of the Alba DOCs in the 1960s. In 1961, he was the first to vinify separately and bottle single-vineyard selections. The Colla wines showcase the Piedmont’s classic red wines, all of them single-varietal and grown without the use of harsh chemicals, aged in traditional Slavonian casks and bottled with no filtration. The barbera grapes for this wine come from a vineyard that is located in Barbaresco, and was planted in 1930, lending to the wines intensity and concentration. It has aromas of red fruit, flowers, and spicy with a medium body and fresh acidity. It is drinking wonderfully now but will develop more complexities and soften over the years. Great with ratatouille or grilled pizza! Sustainably grown, vegan.

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Jul
5
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Anne Pichon Sauvage Rose Gris Montagne Ventoux AOP 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: MONTAGNE VENTOUX AOP / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+ CINSAULT+SYRAH+CARIGNAN --- In 2008, Marc Pichon bought Domaine le Murmurium in the Côte de Ventoux village of Mormoiron. Made up of 13 hectares of old vineyards on prime terroir adjacent to Château Pesquie, Murmurium comes from the Latin phrase "The Buzzing Song of Bees". All the vineyards are cultivated through 100% organic practices without any chemicals or pesticides and by hand tilling the soil. All harvesting is also by hand, and the grapes are completely destemmed. Although tragically no longer with us, Marc Pichon has said that his inspiration behind "Sauvage" is to make a fresh, pure style of wine, and his wife Anne continues that tradition of sustainably producing elegant, accessible cuvées. This delightful rosé is a blend of grenache, cinsault, syrah, and old vine carignan, possessing a sophisticated nose of fresh white flowers and just-ripe cherries. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate, it offers up complex fruit notes of berries, white cherries, and spice, ending with a luxuriously long finish. Available in both 750 ml bottles AND 1.5 L magnums, this is sure to quickly become a favorite for summer gatherings!  


Redentore Chardonnay Delle Venezie IGT Senza Solfiti 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: DELLE VENEZIE IGT / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Redentore is owned by the De Stefani family, who have been producing wine in the Veneto since the late 1800s. They focus on small production natural wines, and the name Redentore is an homage to the culture of Venice. It means redemption, evoking the annual Redentore Festival that celebrates the end of the plague that struck Venice between 1575 and 1577. All of the wines are made using organic grapes and never see the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. They also do not add sulfites or other preservatives at any point during the winemaking process. This 100% chardonnay is fermented in wax-lined concrete tanks and sees no oak during its vinification, retaining incredible freshness and acidity while unfurling lovely layers of ripe fruit. It’s allowed to rest on fine lees, giving it an umami-driven, saline complexity on top of orchard and tropical fruit and flowers. Delicious with lemon-rosemary grilled chicken. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.



Bodega Lanzaga "LZ" Rioja DOCa 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: SPAIN  / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCA / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+GARNACHA+GRACIANO+VIURA
--- Bodega Lanzaga, founded in 1994, is the creation of Telmo Rodriguez (son of Jaime Rodríguez Salís and Amaia Hernandoarena of the famed Remelluri estate) and his partner Pablo Eguzkiza. The village of Lanciego is situated in the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria Mountains, reflecting the contrasting Mediterranean and Atlantic influences. Its 19 hectares of organically farmed vines are where Telmo seeks to recreate the vineyards of 150 years ago, where as many as 50 grape varieties would all be planted together. This is a delightful blend of tempranillo, garnacha, graciano, and viura from a mix of different vineyards in the Alavesa sub-region, co-fermented with wild yeasts. Blackberry and ripe red fruit dance around a silky frame that shows incredible clean freshness and purity with a backbone of sultry dark fruit and minerality. This makes a fantastic partner to split pea "meatballs" with pistachio yogurt.

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Jun
29
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SUNNY SUMMER SIPPERS!

Tibaldi Roero Arneis DOCG 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: ROERO ARNEIS DOCG / Varietal(s): ARNEIS --- Cantina Tibaldi is run by sisters Monica and Daniela Tibaldi, who got their start from their grandfather, Tunin. Winemaking in the TIbaldi family goes back to the days of their great-grandfather Stefano, passed down to their grandfather, Tunin, and then their father, also Stefano. They have learned much from their family, but approach winemaking in a more modern way, aiming for lower yields of organically-farmed grapes to make high quality wines. In the cellar, they adopt a minimalist technique, doing everything painstakingly by hand. This arneis is aged in stainless steel for three months and in bottle for an additional two months before release. It displays a lovely balance of acidity and minerality with notes of apple, lemon, peach, honeysuckle and almond, and a luscious, unctuous finish that coats the palate and lingers for ages. Fantastic with fried smelt or butter curry chicken.

Hervé Villemade "What's Up" Rosé Petillant Naturel Vin de France 2018 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GROLLEAU+PINEAU D'AUNIS+ MENU PINEAU --- 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. And although Hervé might be "old school" in many ways, that doesn't mean his wines are stodgy by any means! This new pet-nat rosé is perfect case-in-point: a head-scratching blend of lesser-known Loire grapes, it's 99% dry and 100% fun! Hervé makes a white pet-nat from the menu pineau grape, but this year decided to mix in some pineau d'aunis and grolleau for a fun rosé twist! "What's Up" on the palate? How about bright red berry fruit, a touch of funk, and some juicy freshly-squeezed grapefruit? Summer fun in a bottle, pop the cork on this with grilled shrimp salad - or anytime you want to get the party started!

Roagna Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION

Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: DOLCETTO D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): DOLCETTO --- Luca Roagna is giving a voice to the voiceless, as far as Piedmontese grape varieties are concerned, by producing a natural-style dolcetto d’Alba that has earned its spot next to titanic Barolos and Barbarescos. Luca employs native yeast fermentation to give this dolcetto a gamey wild side that melds seamlessly with the grape’s intrinsic black cherry aroma. This wine sees 100 days of skin-maceration, and is then aged in large-format, old oak barrels for one year. The 2017 is especially gorgeous; fantastically fresh with expressive aromatics and bright red fruit tones. Bottled without filtration, this wine has chewy tannins and a silky, supple texture begging to be paired with braised pork shank or smoky grilled eggplant. Open early and enjoy a classic taste of Piedmont.

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Jun
28
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Črnko Winery Laski Rizling Stajerska 2018 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: SLOVENIA / Region: STAJERSKA / Appellation: STAJERSKA / Varietal(s): LASKI RIZLING AKA WELSHRIESLING+YELLOW MUSCAT --- Črnko Winery is a family-run estate located in the northeast corner of Slovenia, just across the border with Austria. As a nation-state, Slovenia is only 28 years old, but winemaking has existed in the region since before the Romans introduced viticulture to what is now France and Germany. This citrusy and spritzy bottle is made from laski riesling (also known as welshriesling - no relation to the riesling grape), with a tiny percentage of yellow muscat. If there was such a thing as a Balkan Vinho Verde, this would be it! Seriously scrumptious – juicy notes of lime, tangerine zest, and lemon verbena all come together with bright acidity and delicate minerality for a festive quaffer perfect with light fish dishes, salads with salty cheese, baked appetizers, or all on its own.

Nortico Rosé Vinho Regional Minho 2018 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN


Country: PORTUGAL / Region: MINHO / Appellation: VINHO REGIONAL MINHO / Varietal(s): ALVARELHAO+PEDRAL+ VINHAO --- Hailing from the Minho region of northwest Portugal, this Vinho Verde rosé is made with 40% alvarelhao, 40% pedral, and 20% vinhao, all native Portuguese varietals. Grown on the south bank of the Minho River, the soils are comprised of granite and schist and are a little bit warmer than the coastal regions, allowing for perfect maturation and balance in the fruit. It’s fermented in all stainless steel and is extraordinarily fresh and light, with bright red berry fruit and watermelon complemented by a delicate saline minerality and mouthwatering acidity. Great with salads, cheese platters, or pool parties!

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


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

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May
25
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

GERMANY: MORE THAN JUST FANTASTIC RIESLING!
Join Importer Stephen Bitterolf from Vom Boden for some amazing German wines!

Germany has long held a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the world's finest riesling, but you'd be doing your taste buds a great disservice to ignore the other great wines the country has to offer! Today, Stephen Bitterolf from Vom Boden will be pouring a rainbow of tasty German wines, including, yes, a delicious riesling, but also a rosé, a refreshing rot (red) blend, and an elegant pinot noir.

We'll be tasting three extraordinary wines from Weingut Beurer, a family estate that has shot to meteoric acclaim in the natural wine world, thanks to Jochen Beurer, a former BMX-champion, bad-boy-turned-biodynamic-farmer. Jochen crafts wines of almost aggressive purity: laser-focused, crystalline, and stony.

The Beurer family has been farming the sandy soils of Kernen-Stetten (in the Württemberg region just east of Stuttgart) for generations. Jochen's father, Siegfried, was the head of the local cooperative, but in 1997 the family made the decision to quit the coop and form an independent winery. Farming organically since 2003, they became certified biodynamic in 2008. Beginning with just three hectares, they now have 13 ha, from which grapes are crushed by foot and spontaneously fermented with native yeast in stainless steel.

A tasty trio of Beurer's wines are a hard act to follow, but another new arrival is more than up to the task: pinot noir from Enderle and Moll. This estate is basically just two guys, a tiny cellar, a few hectares of old vines and a crazy cult-like following! Sven Enderle and Florian Moll craft complex, amazingly detailed, earthy pinot noirs that will shatter any conceptions you had about German reds. Farming is organic/biodynamic, no additives, no filters, minimal sulfur. This is a "Can't Miss!" tasting event!

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May
24
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

LIGHT, BRIGHT, LOW INTERVENTION WINES FOR GRILLING AND CHILLING!

Poderi Cellario "È Bianco" NV - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): ARNEIS+ MOSCATO --- Fausto and Cinzia Cellario are 3rd generation winemakers in the village of Carru on the western outskirts of the Langhe. They only work with indigenous Piedmontese grape varietals, and passionately adhere to local winemaking traditions both in the vineyard and cellar. The Cellario vineyards cover approximately 30 hectares between 5 different vineyard sites throughout the southern Langhe. Vineyard work is certified organic and all fermentations take place with native yeasts. Sulfur is only added in very small quantities at bottling if necessary. A blend of the arneis and moscato grapes, this is clean and zesty, bursting at the seams with notes of white flower, white peach, pineapple, and touches of gooseberries. Versatile and oh-so-refreshing - and all this in a crowd-pleasing LITER bottle? We say bring it on! Winner, winner with a chicken dinner - or most anything else!

Domaine Ozil "Barry" Vin de France 2018 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+GRENACHE BLANC --- Brothers Jean Daniel & Thomas Ozil are fourth generation winemakers in Ardéche (in the Rhône). They began producing natural wines in 2013. Prior to that, they used to sell their organically farmed grapes to the local coop, but now use all of their grapes to make their own wines. They also grow peaches, vegetables, and lavender, adding to the biodiversity on the estate. Domaine Ozil is certified organic by Bureau Veritas, and the brothers vinify their wines without any added sulfur. ‘Barry’ is comprised of 80% grenache noir, 10% syrah and 10% grenache blanc and is loaded with crunchy, juicy red fruit flavors with a touch of sauvage. Delightfully chuggable with a slight chill - perfect for the kickoff to grilling season!

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Mar
9
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

THIS SECOND SATURDAY, THINK SPRING WITH LIGHT AND LIVELY WHITE, ROSÉ, AND ORANGE WINES!
March has certainly come roaring in like a lion, but we're looking forward to a bit of a thaw this weekend, and taking a break from big, heavy red wines, with some lighter, flavor-packed selections. All organically or biodynamically grown, these are lighter on the earth too, and span the gamut of flavors from light and delicate to wild and funky. There's sure to be something for every taste, so turn your palate loose on Spring Break!

Weingut Beurer Riesling Trocken Württemberg 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: GERMANY / Region: WÜRTTEMBERG / Appellation: WÜRTTEMBERG / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- The Beurer family has been farming the sandy soils of Kernen-Stetten (in the Württemberg region just east of Stuttgart) for generations. Winemaker Jochen Beurer’s father, Siegfried, was the head of the local cooperative, but in 1997 the family made the decision to quit the coop and form an independent winery.  Farming organically since 2003, they became certified biodynamic in 2008. Beginning with just three hectares, they now have 13 ha, from which grapes are crushed by foot and spontaneously fermented with native yeast in stainless steel. This dry, vivacious riesling is made from grapes from two neighboring villages, and displays a delicate nose of stone fruit, raspberries, wildflowers, and white currants. In the mouth it bursts with vibrant acidity and notes of lemon and pineapple, with a lingering, juicy finish. A refreshing, elegant match with sashimi, Thai noodle dishes, or fish ’n chips.

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

Domaine Lafage "Miraflors" Rosé Côtes Catalanes IGP 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES IGP / Varietal(s): MOURVÈDRE+ GRENACHE GRIS --- The Roussillon region is just a stone's throw from Spain. Jean-Marc Lafage, in fact, makes wines in both countries. His French wines seem to evoke the modern, polished flavors of Spain while focusing on the indigenous grapes cultivated throughout history. This lovely rosé is a blend of mainstays mourvèdre and grenache gris. This salmon-hued wine is reminiscent of the nearby ocean, with salty, stony notes and delicate fruit flavors. Enjoy this with all manner of shellfish or couscous tossed with quickly cooked vegetables.

Cradle of Wine "Gogi's Wine" Kakheti 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: GEORGIA / Region: KAKHETI / Appellation: KAKHETI / Varietal(s): RKATSITELI+ MTSVANE+CHINURI --- Looking for something off the beaten path? Try this traditional eastern Georgian amber wine, from grapes grown on a 7.5 hectare plot sloping towards the Alazani River in Kakheti (Georgia’s best-known wine region.) 75% rkatsiteli, 20% mtsvane, and 5% chinuri, these indigenous Georgian varietals are all organically farmed, with the barest minimum of sulfur added if necessary at bottling. The juice was left on the skins and lees for a period of six months while in the traditional qvevri (clay amphorae) vessels, resulting in a deep amber hued wine, due to the extended skin contact. A truly intriguing bouquet of overripe peach, dried apricot, mango, persimmon, chamomile, and diesel smoke introduces an even more unique palate of dried stone fruits, with a grippy, tannic mouthfeel, hints of crushed herbs and turmeric, and a finish that goes on for days, softened by the faintest touch of residual sugar. The exotic notes in this wine pair with equally exotic fare - think apricot pilaf, Peking duck, curried cauliflower, or chicken tagine!

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Mar
8
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Château Ferran Saint-Pierre Entre-Deux-Mers AOC 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: ENTRE-DEUX-MERS AOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC+SEMILLON+ SAUVIGNON GRIS+MUSCADELLE --- Château Ferran is located on the Haut Benauge plateau in the Entre Deux Mers and Bordeaux Supérieur appellations. A historic estate dating back to the 12th century, the château was originally known as Tucaou, which refers to the medieval buildings and forests that surround the vineyards. The domaine was purchased by the Ferran family in 1976 and has since become a leader in organic and biodynamic practices throughout the region. The family has been in the wine business for five generations, and owner and winemaker Julien Ferran’s father is one of the most respected and well-known biodynamic winemaking consultants in France. The vineyards lie in a relatively high elevation for the region, gently sloping towards the Saint Pierre de Bat stream that borders the estate and neighboring village. This elevation results in cooler summer temperatures, lending increased acidity and freshness to the wines. 40% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillion, 10% sauvignon gris, 10% muscadelle, this delightful new cuvée is spontaneously fermented in stainless steel with wild yeasts. Fermentation is temperature-controlled, and the wine is then aged on the lees for six months. (Fining is sometimes carried out with clay-based methods although this process is very rare.) Sauvignon gris adds color, aromatics, and a rich and round mouthfeel, resulting in an sophisticated sipper, full of zesty citrus flavors with lightly nutty overtones, and a stony, elegant finish. Fantastic with spinach and goat cheese stuffed roasted chicken breasts.

Domaine du Bel Air Bourgueil AOC 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: BOURGUEIL AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Since 1979, Pierre Gauthier has farmed 18 hectares in the village of Benais—the heart of the Bourgueil AOC. Considered a master of cabernet franc, with the help of his wife, Catherine, and their son, Rodolphe, who joined the domaine in 2005, they do all of the vineyard work by hand and have been certified organic since 2000. As immaculate in their cellar work as they are amidst their 40 year old cabernet franc vines, they hand harvest and de-stem 100% of their grapes and employ native yeasts for long fermentations of up to 3 weeks. A touch lighter in body than some cab francs, the aromas really shine here, as a profusion of ripe raspberry, anise, rosemary, and slate come bursting out of the bouquet. The clay soils of Benais peek through as texture on the palate, while refreshing acidity keeps everything light and lively. A classic bistro-style quaff, this is perfect with steak frites or a mushroom burger.

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Mar
2
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Tucked in the northwestern corner of Italy, Piedmont is surrounded on three sides by the Alps. This dramatic region doesn't lend itself to the tomato-heavy stereotype most often associated with Italian food and drink, but instead is home to beef, garlic, truffles, and of course the biggest, age-worthy red wines - Barolo and Barbaresco. And although those nebbiolo-based wines are justifiably famous, today we're focusing on some lesser-known, but no-less-worthy grapes and wines from the region.

Poderi Cellario "È Bianco" NV - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): ARNEIS+ MOSCATO --- Fausto and Cinzia Cellario are 3rd generation winemakers in the village of Carru on the western outskirts of the Langhe. They only work with indigenous Piedmontese grape varietals, and passionately adhere to local winemaking traditions both in the vineyard and cellar. The Cellario vineyards cover approximately 30 hectares between 5 different vineyard sites throughout the southern Langhe. Vineyard work is certified organic and all fermentations take place with native yeasts. Sulfur is only added in very small quantities at bottling if necessary. A blend of the arneis and moscato grapes, this is clean and zesty, bursting at the seams with notes of white flower, white peach, pineapple, and touches of gooseberries. Versatile and oh-so-refreshing - and all this in a crowd-pleasing LITER bottle? We say bring it on! Winner, winner with a chicken dinner - or most anything else!

Ferraris Agricola Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG 2017
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: RUCHÈ DI CASTAGNOLE MONFERRATO DOCG / Varietal(s): RUCHÈ --- The story of the Luca Ferraris winery is almost literally the stuff of legend: during the 19th century, Luca's great-grandfather, Luigi Ferraris, emigrated to America to seek his fortune during the Gold Rush. Striking gold, he sent the money back to his wife, Luca's great-grandmother, Bruno Teresa, who bought the house in Via al Castello which housed the original winery in 1921. Two years later, Luca’s grandfather Martino purchased “Il Casot”, which at that time was nothing but a simple rural hut in the middle of 40,000 square meters of land. Martino planted vines and bought barrels in order to be able to make wine with his own grapes in his own cellar. In 2009 a new winery was built to modernize production and accommodate increasing demand, particularly for Ferraris' ruchè wines. The ruchè grape is still relatively rare, but possesses the potential for making truly elegant wines. Sourced from a diverse selection of low-yielding vineyards, 'Clasic' represents a traditional Piedmontese style of winemaking, highlighting ruchè's aromatic, complex nature. Fermented in stainless steel, it is then aged 6-9 months in large oak barrels, before being bottled unfiltered. Ruby colored, it unfurls layer upon layer of perfumed rose petals, cherry jam, and spicy pink peppercorn. Vibrant acidity provides lift to the palate, while the gentlest kiss of oak softens the finish. Lovely with medium aged cheeses, roast chicken or pork chops, or truffle mac n cheese.

San Fereolo "Valdiba" Dogliani DOCG 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: DOGLIANI DOCG / Varietal(s): DOLCETTO --- After a career working in fashion and industrial design in Milan, Nicoletta Bocca acquired San Fereolo in 1992, and has since mastered the terroir of her Valdibà subzone while completing the conversion to certified biodynamic winemaking. The Dogliani DOCG is located just south of Barolo in the Langhe, and is home to some of the greatest dolcetto vineyards in Piemonte. The oldest dolcetto vines were planted in 1936, while the youngest date back to 1978. 'Valdibà' is vinified completely in steel tank, following a 10-day maceration. It is bottled after roughly 12 months, then spends several more months in bottle before release. The dolcettos of Dogliani upend the common perception of dolcetto as soft and easy, possessing structure and finesse to spare. Leading off with aromas of violets and blackberries, 'Valdibà' offers up brambly dark berries, black cherry, and licorice and almond notes on the palate, balanced out by integrated, yet firm tannins. Delicious with pot roast, or pasta with porcini mushrooms.

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Mar
1
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

TASTE WITH CHRIS CAMPBELL OF VILLAGE WINE IMPORTS!
Join us today as we welcome Chris Campbell from Village Wine Imports. Chris will be pouring a selection of wines from Spain and Italy, just the thing to perk up your palate in the final weeks of winter (and start the countdown to Spring!).

Bodegas Gorosti "Flysch" Getariako Txakolina DO 2017
Country: SPAIN / Region: BASQUE COUNTRY / Appellation: GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA DO / Varietal(s): HONDARRIBI ZURI --- Wake up your palate from hibernation with Txakolina, the refreshing Basque white poured from a distance to accentuate its lightly fizzy nature. This cuvée gets its name from a geologic term for the unique rock formations of the Basque coast, formed under the sea 60 million years ago. These dramatic layers of rock are now part of the Basque Coast Geopark, which extends 13 km along the coast. Inaugurated in 2010, it's part of a European network of geologically interesting locations. Winemaker Juan Mª Etxabe is a fourth generation Txakolí producer, and planted vines of the native hondarribi zuri grape in the Geopark in 2008, releasing his first vintage in 2011. The winery, named Gorosti, is located on the coastline in Elorriaga, between the small cities Itziar-Deba and Zumaia (or the larger cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian). Bright and briny, the Flysch cuvée displays refreshing lime and citrus flavors, with accents of sea spray on a light, crisp palate. This is the kind of wine you can drink all day and well into the evening. A lovely companion to shellfish, this will also work beautifully with grilled or roasted sole finished with a squeeze of lemon and a few capers.

Collina Serragrilli Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2017
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: DOLCETTO D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): DOLCETTO --- Four generations of the Lequio family have grown and made wine on Collina Serragrilli (Serragrilli Hill), beginning in the late 1800s. The cellar is located right at the top of the hill, surrounded by the estate's vineyards from which all the fruit for the wines comes. 100% dolcetto, this cuvée is fermented in steel for the first 10-12 days, undergoing malolactic fermentation, then awaiting the arrival of warm weather for bottling. Bottle-aged for at least six months, this is fresh and luscious, with intense aromas and flavors of black cherries, red berries, and plum. Delicate spiciness on the palate and a firmly tannic, faintly nutty finish make this a fantastic match with the rich dishes typical of Piedmontese cuisine! Open early and serve with fresh egg pasta in mushroom ragù.

Celler Comunica Montsant DO 2014
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: MONTSANT DO / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+GRENACHE --- Long overshadowed by Priorat, its close neighbor to the east, the region of Montsant has its own unique character, highlighted by bright red clay, chalk, and granite soils. Celler Comunica is a small winery in Montsant started by Patri Morillo and Pep Aguilar in 2010. They first bonded as students on the commuter train between Barcelona and Catalonia, and ended up as roommates. After they finished their studies, Patri and Pep formed their own enology consultancy which evolved into the creation of their own label. Comunica (meaning "the (phone) line is busy") comes from the Fontanals-Baboixos estate vineyards, a showcase of decomposed granitic soils, moderate climate, and old vines. Made from 65% carignan and 35% grenache that range in age from 45-60 years old, the wine spends 22 months in stainless steel on fine lees. Refreshing with bright acidity, this is packed with flavor, with an enticing balance between sweet fruit (think raspberry, blackberry, and cherry), spicy accents of smoke and herbs, and a mineral-laden, saline, savory finish. Fabulous with food, this begs for tangy goat cheeses, spicy romescos, sausages, or flatbread with tomato, olive oil, garlic, and salt.

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Feb
23
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Kewin Descombes "Cuvée Kéké" Beaujolais AOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: BEAUJOLAIS AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Kewin (French for Kevin) produced his first vintage in 2013, at the age of 21. Astonishing amounts of winemaking talent run in the family; Kewin (whose nickname is Kéké) is the son of acclaimed vigneron Georges Descombes, and stepbrother to Damien Coquelet, another winemaking wunderkind. Kewin currently farms about 15 acres of Morgon, given to him by his father, as well as four acres he rents within the Beaujolais appellation. He has adopted many of his father's ways in both vineyard and cellar: farming is certified organic and only native yeasts and minimal sulfur are used in the winemaking. Fermentation is semi-carbonic and aging takes place in barrel. Cuvée Kéké is his entry-level offering, and a fantastic example of classic Beaujolais. 100% gamay, this is bright and sappy, with juicy red berries, cherries, and cranberry sauce dancing across the palate. Whispers of smoke, earth, and crushed flowers offer a lovely lift, while remaining joyously bright and crunchy at its core. Ripe tannin, energetic acidity and impressive length and grip on the finish make this easy to open - and hard to put down! Fabulous with roasted stuffed acorn squash or a simple herb-rubbed roast chicken.

Moric "Haus Marke" Burgenland 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): ROTBURGER+BLAUFRANKISCH+PINOT NOIR --- Winemaker Roland Velich doesn't mince words regarding his pursuit of singular wines: "I believe the world of wine is so fed up with uniform wines, produced with the goal of achieving a maximum of points in a tasting... [Wine is an] ancient cultural artifact, that under the influence of capitalism with all its facets runs the risk of deteriorating to a mere industrial product. Fast money creates fast wines and there it is the fast wine to go with our fast food." Describing himself as "hardcore", Roland comes from a winemaking family, and spent several years working with his brother at the family winery, absorbing the process intellectually, but still not quite finding the inspiration he sought. That inspiration came in the form of Burgundies and Barolos, iconic terroir-driven wines that Roland tasted and which compelled him to examine the potential of wines closer to home. He set out to make an Austrian red that would be the equal of those Grand Cru Burgundies, Barolos, and Northern Rhône masterpieces, using the blaufränkisch, rotburger (zweigelt), and pinot noir grapes that thrive in the challenging Burgenland region. Old vines, meticulous viticulture (Roland chooses not to seek organic or biodynamic certification), militant sorting, and relatively primitive winemaking techniques that echo those used in Burgundy all add up to a well-deserved reputation. Moric wines are indeed in a league of their own, unlike anything else in Austria. Intended as a table-style wine, the Haus Marke is composed predominantly of rotburger (also known as zweigelt – itself a cross between blaufränkisch and St. Laurent), with blaufränkisch and pinot noir making up the balance. The character of this cuvée, however, is very much blaufränkisch, albeit one with a playful bent. Fresh and lively, this explodes with red berries and cassis, accented with notes of crushed herbs and deep, complex forest floor flavors. An everyday wine that could turn every day into a special occasion! Fantastic with egg noodles with mushrooms and shallots, beef goulash with spaetzle, or cassoulet.

Yannick Pelletier "L'Oiselet" Vin de France 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT+GRENACHE+SYRAH --- Yannick Pelletier farms organically, mostly manually, de-stemming and hand-sorting fruit. A great proponent of natural winemaking, Yannick is a perfectionist in the vineyard. His parcels of 15-70 year old vines are scattered around the village of Saint-Nazaire de Ladarez near Béziers, on a mix of schist, limestone, and pebble soils. After a career in marketing, Yannick was trained in winemaking by local legend Didier Barral, beginning his own winemaking career in 2004. In the cellar, like in the vineyards, his goal is to keep inputs to the bare minimum. He also adopted a gravity-flow approach and light filtration techniques. "L'Oiselet" (baby bird) is a blend of equal parts cinsault, grenache, and carignan. The cinsault is de-stemmed and macerated for 15 days, while the other two varieties macerate from three weeks to a month, before aging for 18 months in cement vats. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts and no sulfur is added whatsoever. This offers up generous flavors of rich dark cherry compôte and warm spices, all on a medium-bodied frame. Elegant, integrated tannins on the finish make this a lovely choice for farro with shallots, mushroom and dark miso-tahini sauce.

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Feb
22
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday -Discounted 10%

Clos Montblanc Conca de Barberà DO "Xipella" Blanc 2015
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERÀ DO / Varietal(s): MACABEU+PARELLADA+SAUVIGNON BLANC --- The Clos Montblanc winery is located in Barberà de la Conca, near two historic Catalonian locations, the fortified town of Montblanc and the Monastery of Poblet. Conca de Barberà is located in the northern part of the province of Tarragona, in the areas surrounding the Francoli and Anguera rivers. While the Conca de Barberà was only granted official DO status in 1985, it is the home of the oldest wine cooperative in Spain, established at the Abbey of Santa Maria de Poblet in the 12th century. It was there that the Cistercian monks worked the fields side by side with the fabled Knights of the Templar; many of the techniques used by the monks and knights are still in use today. Geologically, the soils are varied, mostly gray and limestone-based, but also boasting pockets of black slate and quartz (the famed llicorella of its western neighbor, Priorat). This tasty new white is a blend of macabeu, parellada, and sauvignon blanc; a luminous yellow in color, it offers up succulent aromas of pear and apple, with hints of lime zest. Pleasantly fresh on the palate, it is medium bodied, with a rounded texture that makes it a versatile match with food. Fish and chips anyone?

Clos Montblanc Conca de Barberà DO" Xipella" Tinto 2013
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: CONCA DE BARBERA DO / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+SYRAH --- That lovely black slate and quartz soil (llicorella) really shines through in this new red! A blend of carignan (also known as samso or cariñena) and syrah, it explodes with concentrated fruit aromas. A mouthcoating palate of potent red and dark fruits walks the line between voluptuous and burly. Warm woody notes and streaks of dark minerality hang on a lengthy finish that displays fine, integrated tannins before finally closing out the show. Open this and cozy up with some BBQ or a hearty stew.

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Feb
16
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Vadio Bairrada DOC 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: BEIRAS / Appellation: BAIRRADA DOC / Varietal(s): BAGA --- The village of Poutena in Portugal's Bairrada region is home to the Vadio Project, a small organic winery run by Luis Patrão, his Brazilian girlfriend Eduarda, and his father Dinis. Located 15 km from the Atlantic Ocean and 100 km south of Porto, viticulture has existed in Bairrada since the Moor withdrawal in the 10th century. The region became a critical supplier to Port producers in the 17th century due to British demand, but later dropped off the wine map as Port fell from popularity, and vignerons sold their juice in bulk or just made wine for their own families. The Vadio Project is striving to change the perception of Bairrada by showing that it can produce world-class wines through the resurrection of the region's traditional grape varieties. Viticulture at Vadio is entirely organic and fermentation occurs with native yeast. 100% baga, this new arrival is light on its feet, with bright red cranberry and cherry fruit accented by earthy, spicy, faintly-herbal notes. Subtly evocative of Loire Valley pinot or gamay blends, this is fantastic with roasted goat, pork belly, or cheddar-stuffed black bean burgers. 

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

Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega "Viña Ulises" Alicante VdT 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN  / Region: ALICANTE / Appellation: ALICANTE VDT / Varietal(s): GARNACHA+MONASTRELL --- For nearly four decades, Felipe Gutiérrez de la Vega and his wife Pilar have championed traditional winegrowing in the sun-drenched region of coastal Alicante. In 1982 the couple moved into an old olive mill in the secluded village of Parcent. Currently they farm 10 hectares of vines situated only a few kilometers from the sea, where the Mediterranean brings refreshing breezes and a pleasant humidity to their rugged mountainside. Their daughter, Violeta, is now beginning to take over the reins of the winemaking operation, continuing the family tradition. Inspired by the historical wine styles of their area, Felipe and Pilar produce a diverse range of 14 wines in their 19th century bodega and pay tribute to the novels, writers and composers which inspire their “vinos de autor” cuvées. Viña Ulises is their tribute to James Joyce. A lively red, this blend of 60% garnacha and 40% monastrell comes from 30-50 year old vines grown at 200 meters altitude on iron-rich calcareous soils in the Xaló Valley of the Marina Alta. Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and fermented with native yeasts in steel vats before spending six months on fine lees. The wine is bottled without filtration, and nothing is added in the cellar except for minute amounts of sulfur at bottling when necessary. Lovely fresh red fruit flavors are balanced by sanguine minerality and a backbone of fine-grained tannins. A versatile choice for the table, this works with roast meats and poultry (yep, poultry!), or of course the famous paella dishes of the region!

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Feb
15
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Señorío de Sobral Albariño Rias Baixas 2017
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 help retain both moisture and warmth, influencing an expression of albariño that is like a 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! It might be winter outside, but we can still sip a little summer sunshine!

Indret Priorat DOQ La Morera de Montsant 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: PRIORAT DOQ / Varietal(s): GARNACHA+CARINENA+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- This family-owned estate was founded in 1996 by Josep Gomez and his wife Teresa. Located at the highest elevation in Priorat (approximately 900 feet), the dry-farmed grapes here ripen much later than anywhere else, resulting in a mid-October harvest. The entire process is done in sustainable fashion, with organic certification pending. Estate-bottled, from the "Barranc de la Bruixa" vineyard, fermentation takes place in concrete, with 15% of the wine then aged for 5-6 months in oak barrels.This "gentle giant" is a more elegant take on Priorat than many others from the region. Food-friendly, with palate-cleansing freshness, spicy, savory dark fruit, and broad, lingering tannins, this is great with braised rabbit with olives and herbs.

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Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

Truchard Roussanne Carneros Napa Valley California 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CARNEROS - NAPA VALLEY / Varietal(s): ROUSANNE --- The Truchard family has been making with in the U.S. for over a century, starting with Jean Marie Truchard who emigrated from the Lyon area of France with his brother, Father Anthony Marie, a Catholic priest, in 1887. No one knows for sure why they came over, but it is speculated that it could have been due to the phylloxera epidemic that was starting to ravage Europe. They started growing grapes at their barn-winery outside of Houston, Texas, but unfortunately, their project did not survive Prohibition or the Texas heat. The family tradition would later be rekindled by Jean Marie's grandson, Tony. He attended medical school in Texas and then after enrolled as an officer in the army to repay his school. He was supposed to be stationed in South Korea with his family, however, fate would have it that his pregnant wife would slip and break her knee, and instead he was stationed in Herlong, California. He was inspired by the beautiful vineyards in Napa Valley, and would go on to become a pioneer of the soon-to-be Carneros AVA, growing grapes in a region that was deemed "too cold" to produce stunning wines, all while running his own medical private practice in Reno. After selling their grapes to premier wineries for 15 years, the Truchards began producing their own wines in 1989 to great acclaim. This 2017 roussanne is elegantly textured and aromatic, with a rich, almost creamy mouthfeel and concentrated lemon curd and baked yellow apple and slight marzipan flavors. For the California chardonnay lover and someone looking to expand knowledge of Rhône varietals grown in California (since roussanne is originally from the Rhône valley in France). Pair with your garlic-herb butter roasted chicken or pasta carbonara.

Château Ampélia Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux 2014 - GROWN ORGANICALLY
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: CASTILLON-CÔTES DE BORDEAUX / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC --- In 1996, three years before acquiring the lands of Ampélia, François Despagne inherited the Grand Corbin-Despagne estate from his family, making it the seventh generation of his family at the helm of this Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion property. Since he already had a wonderful successful estate, he sought out a challenge: creating fine wines in Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux, the much less-renowned bordering appellation. He found a particular plot of land that he was drawn to that is the highest point in altitude in all of Bordeaux. This, along with the clay-limestone soil, had him convinced that he would be able to produce stunning, terroir-driven wines. They offer freshness and minerality, and are a wonderful alternative for people who wish to drink their wines young rather than wait several years until they reach a peak age (although this can be aged for up to a decade!). Throughout every stage of the growing season, François Despagne demonstrates a deep respect for the terroir and its identity. Constantly attached to his land, he even chose to begin converting his vineyard in 2010 to certified organic status - a choice that reinforced his commitment to quality and high standards of vine growing. Each lot is vinified separately, but blended before aging in the cellar. François visited the shop last month and we were taken with the wines (including his 2008 Saint-Emilion which is on our shelf!), but more so, we were taken by his palpable love for winemaking. The 2014 Ampelia is a blend of 95% merlot with 5% cabernet franc grown in the same 5 hectare vineyard on clay/limestone soils. The wine possesses a real energetic core of balanced acidity and fine tannin with great freshness characteristic of slightly wetter vintages. The impeccable texture is accented flavors of fresh berries and crunchy plum with just the right amount of earthy forest floor notes. Pair with seared duck breast in a port wine reduction sauce for a decadent pairing.

Aaron Burr Cidery Homestead Elderberry Apple Cider 2017
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Aaron Burr Cidery has become the sought-after icon of local, traditional cider making. This small homestead farm dates back to the early 1800s and is located in Wurtsboro, NY, in neighboring Sullivan County. Aaron Burr's name was on the original deed of the home, and a rebellious energy pulses through everything made by Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian. Dedicated to making "true cider", once the most popular drink in America, their main source of apples are those which they forage themselves. around the Hudson Valley and Lower Catskills. The Elderberry Apple is a co-fermented cider combining unsprayed, uncultivated apples foraged throughout the region with co-fermented elderberry foraged from around their homestead farm.

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Feb
8
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Barco del Corneta Verdejo "Cucù" Tierra de Castilla y León 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: TIERRA DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Varietal(s): VERDEJO --- Barco del Corneta is a small vineyard surrounded by lush forest, sitting 2,600 ft. up in the rolling hills of the Rueda region, prized for its beautiful expressions of verdejo. Lively and expressive, verdejo offers up plenty of character and versatility. This sustainably-grown bottle (the frog on the label represents the respect for nature that goes into both the vineyards and cellar) from soils of silica sand and red stone is medium bodied and dry. Young winemaker Beatriz Herranz reconsidered the style of verdejo, finding it too often to be only young and easy drinking wines. She dedicated herself to get the most out of the grapes respecting them in a traditional and sustainable way, allowing it to ferment with only ambient yeasts for more depth. Fresh, juicy citrus and stone fruit flavors with a softer, rounded acidity make this a refreshing value that works for almost any occasion - from impromptu get-togethers with friends to a dinner party aperitif. Vegan-friendly, this is great with punchy, garlic-laced gambas al ajillo.

Bodegas Manzanos Más de Víctor Tempranillo Rioja DOCa 2017
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA DOCA / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- Founded in 1890 by Don Lorenzo Fernández de Manzanos, Bodegas Manzanos pride themselves on over 120 years of experience making wines that are a true reflection of the land from which they come. The "Más de Víctor" line comes from worldwide demand for more wines from Víctor Fernández de Manzanos, hence "More from Victor"! This is a great young, ready-to-drink Rioja, made from 100% tempranillo aged for four months in French and American oak. This bottle offers aromas of dark fruit, licorice, chocolate and spice with a round, juicy palate perfect for the everyday table. Try it with savory black bean chili or chorizo-flecked fried rice.

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Feb
2
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Cirelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo AOC 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: ABRUZZO / Appellation: MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC / Varietal(s): MONTEPULCIANO --- Trained as an economist, Francesco Cirelli left the profession to pursue a career in winemaking. He purchased his land in 2003 and devoted the property to organic farming, growing olives, garlic, spelt, barley, and figs, as well as tiny vineyards of trebbiano and montepulciano. (We've enjoyed several of Francesco's trebbianos.) Francesco's secret is lower yields for more concentrated fruit, but also lowering the amount of sulfur to avoid masking the terroir. This montepulciano is a savory, dark-fruited gem, fermented and aged in stainless steel. With an exuberant nose of black raspberry, plum, pomegranate, black cherry, and wet violets, it is medium-bodied and silky in the mouth. This accessible, ready-to-drink style is even more delicious with a slight chill. Soft tannins and moderate alcohol make it a good partner with spicier dishes, such as the classic Abruzzese pasta, spaghetti alla chitarra ("guitar pasta" - long noodles accompanied by a ragù or spicy red pepper sauce!) A winner with pizza too!

Tuck Beckstoffer Wines The Seventy Five Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon California 2016
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, or cozy up with a classic pot roast or vegetarian shepherd's pie.

Franck Balthazar Selections Côtes-du-Rhône AOC 2017 - 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
1
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Andreas Gsellmann Weissburgunder Burgenland 2015 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): WEISSBURGUNDER AKA PINOT BLANC --- Andreas Gsellmann is a seventh generation winemaker, working biodynamically on his family estate that dates back to the 1800s. The Gsellmann winery is located in the famed wine city of Gols in Austria's Burgenland, on terroir surrounding Lake Neusiedl. 100% weissburgunder (pinot blanc), grapes for this cuvée come from the Goldberg vineyard, which consists of red Danube gravel and sandy, iron-rich loam, located on the Pandorfer plateau near Lake Neusiedl. The lake provides a moderating climate that is especially favorable for pinot blanc. The grapes were foot stomped, and allowed to stay on the skins for two hours before being moved to stainless steel tanks where the wine was fermented spontaneously. After fermentation, the wine spends six months on the fine lees in 500 liter barrels. Vibrant and oh-so-refreshing, this bursts with complex apple, pear, and stonefruit flavors, delicate notes of almond blossom, and precise minerality. A crisp, elegant selection at a price that's hard to beat! Great with fish tacos, shrimp pad Thai, or party-ready snacks like fresh pretzels or nachos.

Domaine de l'Ostal Minervois AOC Estibals 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: MINERVOIS AOC / Varietal(s): SYRAH+CARIGNAN+GRENACHE --- In the foothills of the Montagne Noire, halfway between the medieval town of Carcassonne and the old Roman port in Narbonne, lies Domaine L’Ostal Cazes. It encompasses 150 hectares of land (including 60 ha of vines and 25 ha of olive groves.) Boasting one of the finest terroirs in the Languedoc, L'Ostal takes its name from the term "ostal" meaning both "house" and "family group" in the ancient Occitan language. The domaine was purchased in 2002 by Jean-Michel Cazes, the owner of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac. Cuvée Estibals is named for one of the finer parcels in the domaine and is one of our favorite new wines to hit the shelves! Luxurious layers of fleshy dark fruit - plum, brambly black raspberry, and black currant - are joined by a touch of wild herbs and barnyard earth. Silky in texture, this makes a fantastic match with hearty stews, braised short ribs, chili, or smoked black bean dip. A fantastic cold weather companion!

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Jan
26
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

VIGNERONS AT THE VANGUARD!
Today we've got all new wines, just in from producers in Austria, Slovenia, and Spain. The thing they all have in common is that they all excel at pushing the boundaries of wine making in their regions - with delicious results for us!

Weingut Werlitsch "Ex Vero Legoth" Styria 2010 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: STYRIA / Appellation: STYRIA / Varietal(s): PINOT BLANC+ WELSCHRIESLING+SAMLING+MUSKATELLER+MÜLLER-THURGAU --- Chablis and Jura lovers, take note! Ewald Tscheppe makes some of the most distinctive and unique white wines in Austria. He took over the family winery in 2005, and biodynamically farms 8 hectares of vines in the southern part of Styria (the southernmost wine region in Austria, bordering Slovenia). Famous for its ‘opok’ (limestone rich clay) soils, the winemaking culture in this mountainous region can be traced all the way back to Roman times, and the area possesses some of the oldest sauvignon blanc plantings outside of France. Ewald's winemaking philosophy is perfectly embodied in his "Ex Vero" series. Meaning "from truth" in Latin, it captures his desire to make honest, authentic wines that speak of the place they are from. "Ex Vero Legoth" is a co-fermented blend of pinot blanc, welschriesling, samling, muskateller, and müller thurgau, fermented with native yeasts and aged in older oak barrels. A combination of that aging in older oak, as well as extended lees contact, and bottle aging lend this a truly unique nutty, saline, mineral-driven texture. Gentle notes of yellow fruit (baked apple, lemon curd) make an appearance but the real focus here is the explosive flavor and amazingly lively palate. Crisp, fresh acidity shimmers throughout, providing a wine that crackles with energy while simultaneously providing depth and intricacy. A compelling new find for fans of complex, aged white Burgundy and Jura whites. "Ex Vero Legoth" comes from a vineyard that Ewald used to rent, but no longer has access to, so this, the 2010 vintage, is the last. Get it while you can!

Vino Zaro Refošk Izola 2016
Country: SLOVENIA / Region: ISTRIAN PENINSULA / Appellation: IZOLA / Varietal(s): REFOŠK --- Matej Zaro hails from the town of Izola (Island) - a tiny, medieval city along the Adriatic coast. This steep, stony area has historically been recognized as a prime region in Slovenia for the native refošk grape. A former professional handball player, Matej took over the family winery and is stepping up his winemaking game with the zeal and perfectionism of a pro athlete. An enthusiastic proponent of Slovenian wines, he's also the founder of the Orange Wine Festival. The Zaro family has lived in Izola since the 14th century and the estate has long been organic. 100% refošk, grapes were hand harvested, destemmed, and fermented spontaneously in stainless steel. Aged for one year, then bottled unfiltered, this is purple in hue and lip-smackingly fresh. Lighter in body than some refošk, it offers up aromas of violets and spices, flavors of brambly berries, and a touch of dried herbs. A tasty match with dishes like fried smelt, vegetable moussaka, or creamy penne with sausage.

Bodega Lanzaga LZ Rioja Tinto 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: SPAIN / Region: RIOJA / Appellation: RIOJA ALAVESA / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+GARNACHA+ GRACIANO+VIURA --- Bodega Lanzaga is the creation of Telmo Rodriguez (son of Jaime Rodríguez Salís and Amaia Hernandoarena of the famed Remelluri estate) and his partner Pablo Eguzkiza. Its 19 hectares of organically farmed vines are where Telmo seeks to recreate the vineyards of 150 years ago, where as many as 50 grape varieties would all be planted together. This is a delightful blend of tempranillo, garnacha, graciano, and viura from a mix of different vineyards in the Alavesa sub-region, co-fermented with wild yeasts. Blackberry and currant fruit dance around a silky frame that shows incredible freshness and purity. Bursting with sassy, sultry dark fruit, this will make a great partner to spice-rubbed leg of lamb or split pea "meatballs" with pistachio yogurt.

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Jan
25
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Montesissa Emilio Syrah "Rio Fratta" Vino Rosso 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: EMILIA-ROMAGNA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): SYRAH ---Montesissa Emilio is located in Case Biasini, in the hills of Val Chero in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. Grapes have been cultivated in the area since the time of the ancient Romans. For three generations, the Montesissa family has made wines by, in their words, “lovingly respecting nature and biological cycles”. The winery covers a surface area of about 10 hectares, three of which are vineyards, organically and biodynamically farmed. The rest is arable land and woods, which enables the crop rotation essential to protect biodiversity. Winemaker Elisabetta Montesissa focuses on producing expressive, unconventional wines full of character. Hand harvested grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts, and bottled unfiltered. This medium-bodied, piquant syrah is fresh and spicy, with savory, peppery aromas and slight rustic tannin on the finish. Pair with sauteed portobello mushrooms finished with a balsamic glaze.

Tenute Novelli Montefalco Rosso DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: MONTEFALCO ROSSO DOC / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+SAGRANTINO+MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Tuscany's next door neighbor, Umbria, finally gets its time in the spotlight! The two regions share not only a border, but a long history of growing the same grapes. Cantina Novelli was founded in 2007 with the goal of melding cutting edge technology with a respect for Umbria’s land and winemaking history to produce wines of distinction that highlight the traditional grape varietals of the region. This new Montefalco Rosso is medium-bodied and ready for just about any dinner occasion. Fragrances of ripe red fruit blend with dark cherries and faint notes of balsam. A smooth, fleshy palate opens up with loads of red berry flavors, all nicely supported by bright acidity, subtly firm tannins, and a lingering, earthy finish. Great with pizza, pasta, or truffle fries!

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Jan
19
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

TAKE A "WINE"-DING TRIP UP THE WEST COAST!
It's a blustery weekend here in New York, so we're heading west for a tasty tour up and down the other coast, via three red wines ('cause we still want to stay nice and cozy!) From a classic Oregon pinot, to Washington State cabernet sauvignon, and finishing with a zinfandel-based blend from Paso Robles, California, this is a great chance to experience the incredible variety of wines the West Coast gives us!

Salem Wine Co. Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2015 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Counntry: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: EOLA-AMITY HILLS / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Salem Wine Company is a project by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman, who were behind the highly sought-after Evening Land, Sandhi, and Domaine de la Côte. With those credentials, expectations for this wine were high, and we're pleased to report that it certainly doesn't disappoint. Near Salem, Oregon, about an hour's drive southeast of Portland, lies the seahorse-shaped  Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Contained entirely within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, it was established in 2006. The name Eola comes from Aeolus, the Greek god of winds, and those winds define this AVA's character, as cool sea breezes are funneled over the hills, rapidly cooling the vineyards but also increasing evaporation. Foliage is thinner and vines are challenged to produce their fruit, gaining complexity as they respond to unique climactic changes. Most of the fruit for this cuvée comes from the renowned, biodynamically farmed Seven Springs Vineyard. Aged for 15 months in neutral oak barrels, the purity of fruit really shines though. Delicate and elegant, it opens with a lovely bouquet of red and black cherries, black raspberries, wild mushrooms, and hints of Earl Grey tea. The vibrant palate brings forth more flavors of strawberry, cherry, pomegranate, cola, tobacco leaf and baking spice. A showstopping addition to any meal, pair with fennel garlic pork roast.

Ross Andrew Winery "The Huntsman" Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2016
Country: USA / Region: WASHINGTON STATE / Appellation: COLUMBIA VALLEY / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- A fairly small winery by volume, Ross Andrew Winery is the project of Alexandra and Ross Andrew Mickel (who cut his winemaking teeth at Betz Family Winery). This cabernet is named "The Huntsman", as Ross loves to hunt, and also because he hunts down Columbia Valley's top vineyards for his grapes. Grapes for this cabernet were sourced from some of eastern Washington’s finest vineyards, including Alder Ridge, Ciel du Cheval, and Klipsun, lending the wine balance, power, and structure. This is a great daily drinker with a classic cabernet profile. Generous aromas of blackberry, cassis, and green herbs evolve into clean, lush black raspberry flavors with notes of vanilla and licorice on the palate. Lively acidity and light grainy tannins all contribute to a wine you'll want to reach for again and again. Try this with mushroom-quinoa burgers with caramelized onions and cheddar.

Field Recordings "Fiction Red" Paso Robles 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: PASO ROBLES / Varietal(s): ZINFANDEL+SYRAH+MOURVÈDRE+GRACIANO+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+TOURIGA NACIONAL+CARIGNAN --- Andrew Jones seems to have a keen eye for finding diamond-in-the-rough parcels with untapped potential in California’s Central Coast. He spends his days as a vine nursery employee planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over the region and, in return, is sometimes gifted small allocations of the finest fruit the vines can offer for his efforts. Given his background, there’s no question as to why he produces such expressive 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 BBQ or chipotle black bean and sweet potato fajitas with avocado.

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Jan
18
4:00 PM16:00

Free Weekly Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine de la Bregeonnette Gros-Plant du Pays Nantais AOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: GROS PLANT DU PAYS NANTAIS AOC / Varietal(s): FOLLE BLANCHE --- Domaine de la Bregeonette was a pioneer of organic agriculture in the Loire Valley, and the wines continue to be defined by clear precision and finesse. We've already enjoyed their delightful Muscadet, and now we've got another winner, this time produced from an obscure grape called folle blanche, sometimes known as gros plant. Folle blanche is a robust, high-acid grape that yields an amazingly refreshing white wine in the Loire: crisp, zesty and so bright you might need to break out the sunglasses! With notes of citrus, lime zest, limestone, white flowers, and a splash of beachy salinity on the finish, this wine is just what you need to banish those winter blues! Fire up some fish tacos and Netflix and prepare to break out of the cold weather doldrums without leaving your living room!

Manos Andinas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Cachapoal Valley DO 2015
Country: CHILE / Region: CACHAPOAL VALLEY / Appellation: CACHAPOAL VALLEY DO / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Winemaker Vicente Johnson traveled the length and breadth of Chile in his quest to find growers in his preferred microclimates that would achieve the results he wants on his wines. These small growers were all practicing sustainable viticulture for generations, but were not connected to the international market until Vicente helped them technically and economically to properly vinify their grapes and deliver their product to a wider audience. The small lots produced by each grower are vinified separately to preserve the maximum expression and character. Vicente and his partners are committed to supporting local farmers and their communities, training them and paying fair prices for their grapes. As almost all of their work in the vineyards is done by hand, the name Manos Andinas, or “Hands of the Andes” honors their hard work and commitment. Located just over 50 miles south of Santiago, the Cachapoal Valley is heavily influenced by the Andes Mountains: winter rains combined with warm and dry summers provide ideal conditions for cabernet. 100% cabernet sauvignon, grapes for this cuvée are hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks with gentle pump overs before aging in selected French oak for over 6 months. Medium-bodied, fleshy blackberry and currant flavors are generous without verging on jammy, while green vegetal notes add intrigue and a cool, savory character. A great new addition to your stable of hearty winter values, cab drinkers looking for an everyday sipper will be happy campers here, while merlot lovers will also want to jump on board! Delicious with meatloaf or vegetarian shepherd's pie.

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Jan
12
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

SPECTACULAR SELECTIONS FROM NEW YORK STATE!
We love to taste amazing wines from all over the world, but let's not overlook the outstanding wines right under our noses: the unique, delicious offerings from New York State! From classics bottled by Hudson Valley wine scene pioneers to rare, one-of-a-kind releases you won't find anywhere else, this is a true "taste of New York" not to be missed!

Bloomer Creek Vineyard Gewürztraminer Pétillant Naturel
FInger Lakes 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): GEWURZTRAMINER --- A true trailblazer in natural winemaking in New York State, specifically the Finger Lakes region, Bloomer Creek proves that producing delectable wines while working organically is not an impossible feat, even in New York's challenging climate. (The first natural winemakers of Burgundy and the Loire Valley in France also heard similar protestations.) Kim Engle and Debra Bermingham have been crafting beautiful examples of natural wine without the use of insecticides or herbicides, farming organically for over 30 years. Fungal disease is controlled by the use of sulfur for powdery mildew and copper for downy mildew. Seaweed/fish and compost formulations are sprayed to aid in disease resistance and vine health. Harvest is done by hand and fermentation is done with ambient or wild yeast. The "Tanzen Dame" label (which roughly translates as "Dance, Lady?" in German), was created as an homage to the great wines of Germany, Austria, and Alsace. And this pét nat might just make you want to dance! Short for pétillant naturel, the wine is bottled before the fermentation is finished, allowing the bubbles to appear due to the trapped carbon dioxide. 100% gewürztraminer, this eye catching cloudy orange gem is complex and structured, courtesy of extended skin contact during fermentation. Dry and expressive, its fragrant tangerine and lychee fruit mingle with notes of grapefruit peel, and exotic flowers and spices. Guaranteed to wake your palate up from winter hibernation, try this with lamb tagine with saffron, almonds, and candied orange peel. Also exceptional with a cheese plate - or just by itself for a truly singular wine drinking experience you'll find nowhere else in the world! Released for the first time ever, insanely limited production (around 10 cases total!) make this an opportunity not to be missed!

Eminence Road Farm Winery Pinot Gris Cayuga Lake 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: CAYUGA LAKE / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- Eminence Road Farm Winery was born out of the combined dreams of the husband and wife team Andrew Scott and Jennifer Clark. One of our very favorite New York producers, Eminence Road marches to the beat of its own drummer. Based in a converted cow barn in the mountain valley of Long Eddy, NY, on the western edge of the Catskills (a hundred miles southeast of Ithaca), Eminence Road is still in a way a Finger Lakes winery, as they have been working with the same Finger Lakes grape growers for years, and all of their wines are made from sustainably-managed Finger Lakes vinifera grapes. With a deep love of the Loire Valley and the growers and makers of organic, biodynamic, and minimal-input wines, all Eminence Road wine is produced from single vineyard lots, fermented by naturally occurring yeasts, and bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered with the only addition being a minimal amount of sulfur for stability. This pinot gris is sourced from grapes grown on the west side of Cayuga Lake, where loam over limestone soils pervade. The pink-skinned pinot gris grape gives a rosy-orange color to this wine after the juice macerates on the skins for 3 days in stainless steel vats. A seductive sunset-tinged hue in the glass, this bursts with tropical aromas of papaya, orange zest, and slate, and a richly textured, saline finish. Medium-full in body and slightly tannic, this is an exciting choice for food pairings. Think rosemary quince glazed chicken or black rice salad with roasted butternut squash.

Wild Arc Cabernet Franc Hudson River Region Bruynswick Vineyard 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Todd Cavallo and Crystal Cornish left Brooklyn in the summer of 2016 to try their hand at building sustainable food systems in the Hudson Valley. The couple had limited experience in agriculture, mostly confined to growing tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and hops on city fire escapes, fending off the depredations of spiteful neighborhood squirrels. The fertile Hudson Valley has been a center of New York State's food production for hundreds of years, with a wine making history to match. Having grown up in NYS, Todd and Crystal wanted to show that the granitic soils and Atlantic/Catskills-influenced microclimates of the Hudson Valley can produce world class wines. Beginning with ten acres, this small, biodynamic, permaculture-focused farm is making outstanding wines from locally sourced grapes while waiting for their own vineyards to come of age (likely around 2020.) 100% cabernet franc from Bruynswick Vineyard in Gardiner, NY, a touch of whole cluster fermentation (30%) yields a nice touch of spice to a core of bright black cherry and raspberry fruit, accented with hints of tarragon and dusty granite. A lovely example of New York cab franc, open this with portobella mushroom burgers.

Whitecliff Vineyard Merlot Malbec New York 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NEW YORK STATE / Varietal(s): MERLOT+MALBEC --- Michael and Yancey Migliore have been working in the Hudson Valley for decades, founding Whitecliff Vineyard in 1979. They have experimented with numerous grapes, blends, locations and techniques to craft the best possible wines. Blending merlot and malbec is popular in the Southern Hemisphere (particularly in South America and Australia), and it turns out to be pretty darn delicious in New York too! 60% merlot lends black cherry and berry notes, while the 40% malbec contributes brambly, spicy depth and intrigue. Add to that some gentle oak tones of cedar, baking spice, and chocolate, and the result is clean and bright, while still maintaining complexity and a cozy versatility. A great companion for sesame-dressed roasted vegetables with nutty quinoa or an herb-basted pork loin.

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11
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Poderi Arcangelo Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG / Varietal(s): VERNACCIA --- Vernaccia di San Gimignano received DOC status in 1966, even before that recognition was granted to the "big names" of Barolo, Barbaresco or Brunello. Though the area is small (only about 1,700 acres), the diversity of soil in San Gimignano is great, owing to both volcanic activity and erosion, and imparts a characteristic complexity to the wines produced here. While the town of San Gimignano is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its medieval towers, the vernaccia grape remains relatively obscure. There are many strains of vernaccia grown throughout Italy, but Vernaccia di San Gimignano is distinct among them (the name vernaccia comes from the Latin, vernaculus, meaning local, native, or distinctive.) Poderi Arcangelo was founded by Giuseppe Mora who started producing wine in 1956 in a small vineyard near the "Casa dell'Arcangelo" in the lower part of the property. Giuseppe's son, Bruno, planted their highest quality vineyards between 1995 and 2006, and the estate is now run by Bruno's daughter, Sandra. The winery has been certified organic since 2000, its hilly location 240 meters above sea level helping prevent fungal diseases and mildew. Pale straw in color with greenish highlights, this compelling white displays intense aromas of white stone fruit, white flower, herbs, and minerals. The juicy palate yields flavors of ripe apple, pear, and melon supported by a mineral core and a streak of bright, zesty acidity. A lingering finish of honeyed almond notes (typical of the vernaccia grape) add elegance and complexity. A lovely choice with white clam pizza!

Fattoria San Francesco Cirò Rosso DOC 2013
Country: ITALY / Region: CALABRIA / Appellation: CIRO DOC / Varietal(s): GAGLIOPPO --- In Italy there aren't just a handful of grapes used for the production of wine, but hundreds of grapes. In addition, there are other extinct or yet unapproved grapes numbering in the thousands. As you might imagine, it's easy for a grape to be overlooked and under appreciated, gaglioppo is a good example. A red grape mostly planted in Calabria, it is thought to have Greek origins but that has yet to be proven. The grape makes wines that are rich in fruit with soft tannins and friendly flavors. Generous aromas of cherries and red raspberries yield to blackberry and plum on the palate, with hints of vanilla, orange rind, thyme, and licorice. Medium-high acidity and gentle tannins make this a versatile, food friendly bottle, ideal with pizza or red sauced pasta, but also meatloaf or roast chicken.

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