Apr
21
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

EYE-OPENING NEW YORK WINES!
We've heard it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly – about New York wines. But we've got an incredible selection of wines from talented producers all over the state including: austere, Mosel-style riesling from the Finger Lakes; minerally, elegant Long Island rosé; and a minimalist, low-S02 cabernet sauvignon from deep in the Catskills!

Heart & Hands Riesling Finger Lakes Nutt Road Vineyard 2014 - Sustainably Grown
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- Tom and Susan Higgins are the husband and wife team behind Heart & Hands. The winery is committed to producing cool-climate wines which express the terroir of the Finger Lakes with an exclusive focus on pinot noir and riesling.Only producing around 2,000 cases per year allows for an intense focus on sourcing the best fruit and maintaining a presence in the public tasting room! 2014 was a historically cold winter in the Finger Lakes, which diminished fruitful bud counts throughout the region so production levels were generally down. However, riesling is a very cold-hardy grape and expresses itself with the most finesse under some of the toughest climatic conditions. These sustainably farmed grapes come from Nutt Road Vineyard, located on the west side of Seneca Lake on well-drained Honeoye silt loam soils. The texture of this wine is something to behold: lightning-like acidity is balanced by a touch of richness on the mid-palate. Notes of fresh peach and apricot are brightened by touch of fresh-squeezed lime juice. This bottle will make a great partner to pan-roasted halibut with Thai green curry, baked ham and gruyère crostinis, or grilled chicken salad with ginger-lime dressing.

Wölffer Estate Rosé Long Island 2017
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: LONG ISLAND / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CHARDONNAY+CABERNET FRANC+PINOT NOIR+SAUVIGNON BLANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+RIESLING+GEWÜRZTRAMINER --- Wölffer Estate has helped boost Long Island into the national spotlight for emerging wine regions. Their beloved "Estate Rosé" may be one of the big factors behind this success. Looking towards Provence in the south of France for stylistic and aesthetic inspiration, this rosé is an excellent example of elegance and restraint. Aromas of fresh cut watermelon and just-ripe strawberry give way to lovely texture on the palate -- dry and crisp. Skip the French pink this weekend and grab this local bottle for your grilled pork and warm fennel salad with Bosc pears and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Eminence Road Farm Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Elizabeth's Vineyard Finger Lakes 2015 - Sustainably Grown + Low Intervention
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Eminence Road Farm Winery is was born out of the combined dreams of the husband and wife team Andrew Scott and Jennifer Clark. With a deep love of the Loire Valley and the growers and makers of organic, biodynamic, and minimal-input wines, they set out for life in the sleepy Catskill hamlet of Long Eddy, the perfect setting for a cool-climate winery. Making wine from specially sourced fruit from the Finger Lakes, and in this case, from the sustainably farmed Leidenfrost vineyard on the east side of Seneca Lake. This is one of the few locations in the Finger Lakes particularly well suited for ripening the thick-skinned cabernet sauvignon. The combined influence of powerful afternoon sun on the west-facing slopes with the heat-retaining properties of beautiful shalestone top soil make ripening possible (in addition to the massive, heat-retaining lake right down the slope!). In the winery, the fruit was crushed and destemmed and put into one-ton bins to ferment by ambient yeast. The grapes received once daily punch-downs for 21 days before being pressed. The juice was pumped into old French oak barrels to finish fermentation which continued into June of 2016. After 23 months in barrel, the wine was racked off its lees and gravity bottled by hand without fining or filtration. Black fruit abounds here - juicy blackberry and blackcurrant are structured around a slate-y, mineral backbone. Bright acidity and dusty tannins make this wine feel like steak-frites' best friend!

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Apr
20
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Alary Roussanne "La Grange Daniel" Vin de Pays de Vaucluse IGP 2016 - Organically Grown
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE PAYS DE VAUCLUSE IGP / Varietal(s): ROUSSANNE --- The Alary family's viticultural and wine production history dates back as far as 1692, to the reign of Louis XIV (from an American historical perspective, the Alary family has been making wine since the first year people of Salem, Massachusetts were accused of witchcraft! I digress!). In all, ten generations have successively played their part in building the domaine, guided by a healthy respect for nature and the environment. Proof of their commitment to sustainable environmental stewardship was the decision in 2009 to convert to organic farming. From a minuscule 2 hectares of stony clay soils, the organically farmed roussanne grapes are hand-harvested early in the morning to allow sorting in the vineyard and prevent oxidation. The nose is fresh and shows elegant restraint, asking you to engage in the notes of honeycomb and white flowers. The palate has lovely rounded acidity and a mineral expression backed by notes of honey and acacia. Bright but with some body and texture, a great match for foods you may crave on these cool Spring evenings.

Le Meurger Bourgogne AOC Rouge 2015
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: BOURGOGNE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- The Le Meurger name stems from the word “meurs” (walls), constructed to outline a property, built along the edges of vineyard plots from stones extracted from the fields. More often the word "clos" is used to reference these walls, however, this bottle of red Burgundy is all about breaking down barriers by offering affordable bottles that still convey a sense of place. This private label project by Village Wine Company was a way to introduce wine-drinkers to what can be an intimidating category with intimidating prices to match. In the bottle, we get red cherry and just-ripe raspberry aromas, with a lovely crunchy tart cherry palate with a bright acidity that makes this super thirst-quenching and food-worthy: Spiced-shiitake tacos, cedar-plank salmon, or a late-night sausage, egg and cheese biscuit.

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Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SECOND SATURDAY: CALIFORNIA <3
You think you knew California wine, but you really had no idea... we're here to dispel the myths and pour some stellar bottles from some of our perennial favorite producers.

La Clarine Farm Albariño Sierra Foothills 2016 ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS / Varietal(s): ALBARINO --- Hank and Caroline Beckmeyer are the minimalist winemakers/farmers/proprietors of La Clarine Farm, located at 2600 feet in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills. On their 10 acres, they grow grapes, raise goats and share their space with numerous dogs, cats, bees, chickens, birds, gophers, flowers and herbs. Their winemaking is based on Hank's insistence on questioning status quo of the wine world: "Why does everyone I knew (at the time) add an isolated strain of yeast to their musts?  What would happen if I didn't, and relied solely on the indigenous (or ambient) yeasts?  Why was everyone automatically adding SO2 at the crusher, and then at every racking? Why do you need to add an enzyme to quicken the extraction rate of the must?" His answers to these questions are the wines of La Clarine Farm, which see no added yeasts, no SO2 at the crusher, no destemming, no SO2 addition at any point in the process unless needed, no new oak, and no enzymes to speed up color and flavor extraction. For this singular albariño, the grapes are farmed with minimal inputs by Matthew Rorick's (of Forlorn Hope) crew in Murphys, CA. Green-gold color in the glass, the wine bursts with gooseberry and peach. Medium-bodied with stone fruits, great acidity, and mineral textures on the palate. As Hank says, "They can't quite do this in Spain."

Stolpman Vineyards "Para Maria de los Tecolotes" Rosé Santa Barbara County 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): SYRAH+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+CABERNET FRANC ---
Maria Solorzano is the unsung hero/forewoman of Stolpman Vineyards. She has spent her career tending to the vines, enacting the viticultural visions of her husband Ruben, who is Stolpman's head vineyard manager. Maria grew up in the small Jaliscan village of Santa Cruz two hours away from Guadalajara and just a few miles from Ruben’s ranchito. Ruben and other locals in the area always referred to party-people from Santa Cruz as Tecolotes, or [night] owls. In honor of Maria, Stolpman Vineyards created a beautifully-crafted woodblock print of an owl’s face and officially named the new wine “Para Maria de los Tecolotes” or "Maria of the Owls". And we can't think of a better way to spend a sunny spring Saturday than with a chilled bottle of Para Maria. Aromas of lush tropical fruit and fresh tart cherries, combined with crisp, cleansing acidity, make this a go-to, light-profile pink.

Stolpman Vineyards Sangiovese "Love You Bunches" Santa Barbara County 2017- SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE --- "Love You Bunches" is a wine with roots in a 2016 wedding attended by vigneron Pete Stolpman, where his Stolpman carbonic sangiovese was served as the party wine. "Carbonic" is short for "carbonic maceration", a winemaking technique which brings forth the bright fruitfulness of red grapes while also softening tannin. Fast forward to 2017 and we have the most recent release of this juice-bomb, renamed "Love You Bunches" (a reference to the use of whole grape bunches during the fermentation). Bursting with vibrant energy, the carbonic sangiovese is a light-hearted wine meant to drink cold. Firm, crunchy cherries, red grapefruit with loads of acid and a popping tannin structure that makes the wine extremely food friendly.
 
Robert Sinskey Vineyards "POV" Los Carneros 2013 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: LOS CARNEROS / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Robert Sinskey is an atypical vintner. He is a native Californian and a wine guy who did not attend wine school. Instead, Rob received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Over the past twenty-five years he has grown his 100% organic and biodynamic certified winegrowing operation to over 200 acres of vineyards in the Carneros and Stags Leap districts of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The "POV" bottling is a classic right-bank Bordeaux-style blend packed with stewed red berry fruit, chocolate-mocha, bramble, and sweet spice. Open and watch how this bottle evolves over the course of an evening, if it lasts that long.

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Apr
13
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

FRENCH FRIDAY

Gérald Damidot "Fontbrune" Rosé Bandol AOC 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: BANDOL AOC / Varietal(s): MOURVEDRE+GRENACHE+CINSAULT --- Focused, red-berry and hibiscus-scented rosé from a Burgundy boy -- this is what Gerald Damidot offers in "Fontbrune". Although he was born and educated in Burgundy where pinot noir and chardonnay reign supreme, Damidot found his way to Provence, where he is making drinkworthy pink. This is classically-styled rosé from Bandol, the winegrowing region just east of Marseille, which is known for its warm maritime climate perfect for ripening the thick-skinned mourvèdre variety. The grapes yield a wine with a deep salmon hue and lovely brightness, acidity and length with fresh raspberry, just-ripe strawberry and purple flowers on the palate. Wash down your crusty baguette sandwich (prosciutto and dill havarti for me) or sip alongside a lovely Saturday night salad Niçoise.

Domaine Ledogar "Maccabeu" Aude IGP 2015 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: AUDE IGP / Varietal(s): MACABEU --- Brothers Xavier and Mathieu Ledogar produce plainly delicious wines. Their arduous work in the vineyards begins and ends with a commitment to biodynamic farming principles. Biodynamics provide a framework for energy balance in the vineyard, where the health of the soils and vines are directly related to both the climate and celestial bodies. Attention to vine and grape health is their number one concern and this shows in the bottle. "Maccabeu" is made from 100% macabeu grapes grown in the esteemed Corbières Boutenac cru, where the warm, dry Mediterranean climate is ideal for organic and biodynamic vineyard management. The brothers practice low-intervention winemaking, so this bottle sees no fining, filtration, and only a discreet dose of S02 before bottling. The macabeu comes from two different plots and is picked early to retain freshness and acidity. Pear-skin, yellow apple and white flower aromatics flow softly out of the glass and a distinct mineral core makes itself present on the palate. Perfect aperitif wine, or beautiful with a roasted eggplant salad with crushed chickpeas and herb yogurt.

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Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

APRIL SHOWERS BRING... FRENCH CLASSICS!

Guillaume & Virginie Philip Rosé Côtes de Provence AOC "MiP" 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: COTES DE PROVENCE AOC / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN+SYRAH+GRENACHE --- No matter how dreary the weather lately, the trees are still budding, the crocuses are up, and the birds are singing, which means spring is around here somewhere and it's officially rosé season! Domaine Sainte Lucie was founded in 1979 by Michel Fabre, and at that time consisted of eight hectares at the foot of Mount Sainte Victoire. The winery has since been expanded and developed to its present 45 hectares, farmed sustainably (the vineyards are leased to a shepherd in the fall whose sheep do their magic in helping revitalize the soil). Now run by Michel's son, Guillaume, and daughter, Virginie, this perennial favorite bears their names on the label. The palate abounds with elements of white flowers, crushed herbs, bright citrus peel, delicate raspberries, and stony minerals... a long-standing favorite which has amassed quite a fan club, this will be one of the rosés you'll turn to again and again this spring for everything from porch parties to elegant dinners!

Raymond Dupont-Fahn "Les Vireux" Auxey-Duresses AOC 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: AUXEY-DURESSES AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- Raymond Dupont-Fahn is a fifth generation winemaker who has worked with his father and grandfather from an early age, absorbing every aspect of the winemaking process and traditions. After earning his degree in oenology at 21, he started managing five hectares of his own vines in 2001. In his brief career he has already produced some wines of stunning quality from the lesser-known appellation Auxey-Duresses (off the beaten path in the Côte d'Or in a small valley just above Meursault). Raymond avoids using pesticides in his vineyards, and usually chooses to harvest on the earlier side to achieve wines with greater acidity and lower alcohol. Pale yellow in hue, with crystalline clarity, this delights the senses with apple, pear, and baking spice aromas. In the mouth, the happy surprises continue, with a luxurious texture revealing juicy fresh pear flavors that generously linger. Accessible, but with elegance to spare, this is a lovely companion to warm shellfish dishes or roasted chicken.
 
Domaine des Marrans Morgon AOC Corcelette 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY-BEAUJOLAIS / Appellation: MORGON AOC / Varietal(s): GAMAY --- Domaine des Marrans is based in Fleurie, where most of their 20 hectares of vines are located, but they’ve also got a prime site in Morgon: Corcelette, a high-elevation site to the northwest of the village of Morgon. Corcelette is often compared to Côte du Py (south of the village), as one of Morgon’s greatest single-vineyard sites (the Beaujolais equivalent of Grand Cru, if such terminology were used in the region.) Corcelette is a south-facing site of granite and schist soils, famed for structured, mineral-driven gamay. The Mélinand family has generations of winemaking experience, with Mathieu joining his father, Jean-Jacques, in 2008. Their "vineyard-first" philosophy is reflected in their organic farming practices, as well as the resulting wines that display great purity and minerality. Domaine des Marrans farms 50+-year-old vines on Corcelette, fermenting the grapes with indigenous yeasts and aging the wine for 10 months in large used barrels. Vinification is done in a traditional manner, through "semi-carbonic" maceration (loading whole grape bunches into a sealed container, which sparks fermentation among the crushed grapes at the bottom of the vessel, but traps the resultant carbon dioxide inside the vessel. This triggers an ‘intracellular’ fermentation in the grapes on top, resulting in a brighter, more fruit-forward style of wine.) Sometimes described as the “James Bond of Beaujolais”, Morgon wines are deep, dark, and mysterious, and this handsome wine is a perfect example: full of focus, perfume, and structure. Aromas of black and red raspberry, fresh plum, dewy violets, crushed herbs, and wet stone give an idea of what's to come: deep berry and cherry flavors on a silky medium-bodied frame. A persistent mineral/floral finish wraps it all up elegantly. Perfect served slightly chilled with Middle Eastern lamb skewers.

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Apr
6
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

LIGHT & BRIGHT SPRING SIPS
 
Pigoudet Rosé Coteaux d’Aix en Provence AOC "Première" 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: COTEAUX D’AIX EN PROVENCE AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+CINSAULT+ CABERNET SAUVIGNON+SYRAH --- While all the excitement takes place along the coast of Provence, the more inland areas provide the wines that locals and tourists guzzle throughout the summer. The mountainous areas, where Château Pigoudet is located, produce some of the finer wines. The estate dates back to the 16th century, but was purchased in 1992 by Germans Bernhard and Elke Schmidt. It is still a family-run estate; although Bernhard has since died, two generations do all that is needed to run the estate while a team works the vineyard and winemaking side. This lovely rosé is lithe in color, yet offers an abundance of flavor. Savory, mineral fruit notes mingle with a floral, peachy element. Sip this with friends or with a mélange of grilled vegetables.  

Schmitt Pinot Noir Rheinhessen 2015 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: GERMANY / Region: RHEINHESSEN / Appellation:  RHEINHESSEN / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Rheinhessen is the largest wine growing area in Germany. Long a center of bulk wine production, since the 1980s the focus has shifted to quality over quantity, with the goal of realizing the region's potential for producing world class wine. Flörsheim-Dalsheim, located in the southern part of the Rheinhessen, is an up and coming area thanks to the efforts of some ambitious young vintners, including Daniel and Bianka Schmitt. Now comprising 15 hectares of vines, the Schmitt winery was founded over 235 years ago as part of a farm that also cultivated grain and sugar beets. The winery was certified organic in 2007 and biodynamic (Demeter) in 2012. Daniel and Bianka are committed to producing food-focused wines with as little intervention in the vineyard or cellar as possible. As Daniel says, the philosophy of the winery is “Wine just from grapes!” A light, earthy palate of blackberry, cranberry, and crushed fennel boasts refreshing acidity and an elegant, lingering finish with hints of fresh herbs and cracked black pepper. Great with herb roasted pork tenderloin, baked arctic char with fresh dill, or farro salad with cucumber, mint, and feta.

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Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

CLASSICS FOR SPRING CELEBRATIONS

Domaine Servin Chablis Premier Cru AOC Butteaux 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: BURGUNDY / Appellation: CHABLIS PREMIER CRU AOC / Varietal(s): CHARDONNAY --- In the world of white wine, chardonnay is often considered at the head of the class. One of the reasons is due to the region of Chablis, an area that produces chardonnay that is unlike any other region. The wines of Chablis are imbued with a distinct minerality, a flavor that marks the wines with a stony salinity. The Servin family have been vineyard owners in Chablis since 1654. This estate has holdings in four Grand Cru and five Premier Cru vineyards (one of which we're featuring today). It is now run by François Servin (the first Servin in the family to not be named Marcel in five generations), as obviously tradition is something the family has taken seriously! However, François, along with his Australian brother-in-law Mark Cameron, have been making changes at the estate, particularly in replanting vineyards. About one-third of the estate's holdings are on a stretch of land named Les Pargues, which lies between Montmains and Vosgros. It was devastated by phylloxera and at the time of the Premier Cru designation of 1967, it was still in the process of being replanted. From the left side of the Serein, situated on a steep slope of the hill of Montmains, above and to the west of Les Forêts, lies the 1er cru Butteaux, from whence comes this cuvée. Servin’s tiny parcel of Butteaux adjoins that of Raveneau. Old vines, perfect exposition, and extremely rocky Kimmeridgian limestone soil all combine to make Butteaux a special wine, one that can hold its own even with Grand Cru when it comes to expressiveness of character. From hand harvested fruit, fermentation and aging both take place in stainless steel tank, allowing the pure expression of fruit and soil to shine. A beguiling nose of lime leaf, dewy Granny Smith apple, and seaside pebbles yields to a fresh, well-defined palate of bright apple tones with yellow and green citrus zest. A creamy texture adds to the overall elegance, leading to a lingering finish of saline minerality. Gorgeous with scallops with lemon butter or pilaf studded with herbs.

Domaine Chaume-Arnaud Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC Blanc "La Cadène" 2014 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: CÔTES DU RHÔNES VILLAGES AOC / Varietal(s): MARSANNE+VIOGNIER --- The village of Vinsobres suffered a severe frost in 1956, killing almost all the olive trees in the region, and triggering a transition to grape growing instead. Situated about 45 km northeast of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vinsobres was part of the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation until 2006, when it was granted appellation status on its own, becoming the northernmost appellation in the southern Côtes du Rhône. Nestled in the foothills of Mount Ventoux, it sits above the valley floor with vineyards as high as 400 meters above sea level. Valerie Chaume‐Arnaud always aspired to become a winegrower, eventually persevering over the objections of her mother, who wanted her daughter to pursue a more "modern" career. After studying oenology and viticulture, she took over the 5 hectares of vines belonging to her parents in 1987. With her husband Philippe, they gradually expanded the vineyards, which today cover 38 hectares. They have been organically farming their vines since 2002 and moved towards a biodynamic approach between 2004 and 2006, becoming certified biodynamic by Demeter in 2009. Inside the winery, all wines are vinified in tanks – nary a wood barrel or vat in sight! The resulting wines are pure, clean expressions of terroir and varietal, as intended. The two top wines of the estate are the “La Cadène” cuvées. The La Cadène blanc is made from 50% marsanne and 50% viognier planted in shallow limestone soils on the plateau. A touch of oxidative nuttiness on the nose yields to a palate of delicate stone fruit (peaches and apricots) that is simultaneously richly textured and clean as a whistle. Hints of citrus pith, white pepper, anise, and mint add an appealing complexity, while a splash of acidity keeps it all aloft. Great with seafood dishes like lobster burgers with brown butter lemon aioli or crawfish étouffée.

Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO DOCG / Varietal(s): PRUGNOLO GENTILE (AKA SANGIOVESE)+CANAIOLO NERO --- When you're planning a feast for family and friends, you need wines of great character. Italian wines always seem to fit the bill and this offering from Tuscany is no exception. The Dei winery was founded in the 1960's and has a long history of producing high quality wine evident through a string of high scoring reviews. This wine is produced mainly from sangiovese, known as prugnolo gentile in the area around Montepulciano, Tuscany. Full of classic sangiovese character, this polished, vibrant red opens with fragrant blue flower, new leather, black plum and baking spice aromas. The juicy, fresh palate offers up flavors of tart cherry, cranberry, clove and thyme, its acidity and fine-grained tannins lending grip to the finish. This is a rich and fuller bodied wine – perfect for a roast of pork, lamb or beef but one that will also work with hearty grain casseroles.

Stolpman Vineyards "Syrah So Hot" Ballard Canyon 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN/LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: BALLARD CANYON / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- Stolpman Vineyards is considered the founding vineyard of the Ballard Canyon AVA (American Viticultural Area, akin to the French AOC system), which was granted official status 4 years ago. Over a dozen wineries have joined the AVA and all have decided to focus on syrah, based on Stolpman's results in varietal experimentation. Rajat Parr, their partner in Combe Wines, first made a whole cluster carbonic syrah without added sulfur from Stolpman Vineyard in 2014. In doing so, he introduced them to the methodologies of French syrah producers such as Thierry Allemand. Seeking to make a softer, more feathery syrah in Ballard Canyon, this is a diversion from Stolpman's signature rich, mouth coating style in favor of something fun and utterly quaffable! Slightly more delicate, "Syrah So Hot" is made via carbonic whole cluster fermentation (grapes are fermented uncrushed in the absence of oxygen), which results in a lighter bodied wine that still has freshness and personality in spades. A nose of dark fruit, cola, licorice, and nutmeg invites you to take the first sip – which is bursting with dark, spicy goodness! Black currant, mulberry, black pepper all make an appearance on a palate that is mouthwateringly fresh and juicy, with moderate grip on the finish. A winner for dinner, whether lamb, ham, or yam!

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Mar
30
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Domaine Julien Meyer Pinot Blanc Alsace AOC "Les Pierres Chaudes" 2014 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC/LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT BLANC ---  The Alsace growing region is quite diverse in terms of terroir. It comprises 119 villages nestled in the hills and plains of the Vosges Mountains, where soil structure varies from schist to limestone, gneiss, and sandstone. Rainfall is the lowest in France and the growing season is extremely long, helping the grapes develop elegant and complex aromas. Most vineyards are between 200 and 300 meters altitude, set on hillsides with good sun exposure. Domaine Julien Meyer is based in the tiny village of Nothalten at the foot of the Vosges Mountains. Patrick Meyer is the current winemaker; having taken over the family domaine several years ago, he became among the first winemakers in Alsace to begin converting his parcels to purely organic treatments. A disciple of biodynamic viticulture, Patrick is known as a mentor in the practice to many young growers. As one would expect from someone with that sort of reputation, Patrick employs no synthetic treatments for his vines and uses only wild, indigenous yeasts to spark fermentation. There is minimal manipulation in the winery and the wines are always bottled unfined. 100% pinot blanc, "Les Pierres Chaudes" is a work of elegance and minerality. Subtle notes of white flowers, orchard and tropical fruits, and crushed minerals dance across a taut highwire of acidity, remaining vivacious and refreshing throughout. That bright acidity and crisp finish make it incredibly food friendly, especially with seafood or mild cheeses. Try it with cod cakes with Dijon tartar sauce.

Troupis Winery Agiorgitiko Peloponnese PGI Fteri 2015
Country: GREECE / Region: PELOPONNESE / Appellation: PELOPONNESE PGI / Varietal(s): AGIORGITIKO --- Troupis Winery is located at 700 meters in elevation in the heart of Mantinia in the Peloponnesian region of Fteri (“fern”). The Troupis family has a long history of agricultural work, beginning back in the 70's when vines, fruit trees, and flowers were grown and sold from the family nursery. Like many traditional Greek families, they made wine for their own table, eventually expanding their efforts into the commercial realm. Today, Tasos Troupis, along with his children, manage the family estate of 16 acres of vines. Agiorgitiko (which translates to "Saint George", and is sometimes labeled as such) is among the most commonly found indigenous red grapes found in Greece, native to the Peloponnese area. A bit like a cabernet franc or spicy merlot, it displays notes of dark fruits such as plums and black currants, along with velvety tannins. This version from Troupis is lightly spicy, with hints of pepper, earth, and bark. Fresh and lively on the palate, a sultry melange of dark red fruits gently lingers on a velvety, persistent finish. Perfect served slightly chilled with a bright tomato sauce, maybe with some herbs and mushrooms thrown in too!

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Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SENSATIONAL SEASONAL SIPPERS

Venica & Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio Collio DOC 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: ITALY / Region: FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA / Appellation: COLLIO DOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIGIO --- Venica & Venica is a family-owned estate in the Dolegna district of Collio. Located in the Friuli region of Italy's northeastern corner, the Venica family has owned the estate since 1930, and have a reputation as winemakers nearly as long. Since the 70s, the family has ambitiously upgraded and replanted vineyards, invested in state-of-the-art equipment, and experimented with winemaking techniques. Brothers Gianni (agronomist) and Giorgio (cellarmaster) have been making the Venica wines since 1975, carrying on in the footsteps of their father, and grandfather, the estate's founder. Collio is on the Italian border with Slovenia, and "Jesera" means "little lake" in Slovenian. It refers to the name of the vineyard from which the grapes for this cuvée come. This site is at the bottom of a cool valley, irrigated by the water that flows from the surrounding hills. 100% pinot grigio, this luminous wine displays a subtle copper hue due to skin contact with the grapes during fermentation. A far cry from your "Real Housewives" type of pinot grigio, this is instead rich, complex, and subtle in character. Lush aromas of pear, banana, Acacia flower, and hints of fresh apricot yield to a long, crisp palate of candied pear, quince peel, and minerals. Good acidity keeps things fresh throughout the lengthy, luxurious finish. A wonderful choice for spring celebrations, pair this with asparagus quiche or wild herb risotto.

Partida Creus Vinel-lo Blanco 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GARNACHA BLANCA+MACABEU+VINYATER+MOSCATEL+XAREL-LO+PANSÉ+PARELLADA --- Massimo Marchiori and Antonella Gerona are an Italian couple from Piedmont who founded the Partida Creus label. (The name Partida Creus is a reference to the crosses historically used to separate holdings.) After moving to Barcelona in 2000, they wearied of city life and resettled in the Massís de Bonastre in the Baix (Maritime) Penedès of Catalunya. They began farming all manner of local foods, but had trouble finding wines in the same style, so they began making their own, recovering old vines of local grape varietals, from often-abandoned vineyards. Farmed organically, the vineyards are mostly old, low-yielding, and filled with obsolete grape varietals, some of which have been declassified. Massimo and Antonella now have the reputation as "those crazy Italians" making amazing natural wines with the grapes all the locals had written off in favor of more "international" grape varietals. This unique white is a field blend of seven native grape varietals, foot stomped and co-fermented in stainless steel with native yeast. The wine is bottled unfiltered, unfined and with no additives of any kind. Fresh and vibrant, it's characterized by low alcohol and high acidity, with a grippy, zesty texture on the palate. Slighty cloudy, light on its feet, and easy to drink, it displays notes of baked apple, quince, and earthy Meyer lemon peel. Its bright, briny nature pairs beautifully with shellfish-based dishes!

Tousey Winery Pinot Noir Hudson River 2014
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE/ Appellation: HUDSON RIVER / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Our neighbors up the river in Clermont, NY, this young winery has already begun gathering accolades for their focus on quality and elegance. Tousey Winery is a family-run affair, founded by Ray Tousey, and now run by Ray’s daughter, Kimberly Peacock, and her husband, Ben. This pinot shows what the fuss is all about: light and lovely, with beautiful layers of complexity; refined aromas of red cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and violets evolve into bright, ripe cherry flavors with beguiling accents of dried fruit and spice. Think mushroom burgers with arugula!

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Mar
23
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

NEW SPRING VALUES

Bodegas O'Ventosela "Viña Leiriña" Ribeiro DO 2015
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIBEIRO DO / Varietal(s): MENCÍA+BRANCELLAO+CAIÑO --- The family firm of Bodegas O'Ventosela dates to 1980, when Juan Miguez Montero decided to begin making his own wine. Working from a state-of-the-art gravity-fed winery in the hamlet of Leiro since 2006, Montero harvests traditional northwestern Iberian varieties by hand to maintain the highest fruit quality possible. The majority of the crop is sourced from the estate vineyard of Finca Traveselas, but Montero also purchases fruit from small farmers in the area. The alluvial soils over granite bedrock lend the wines of the region a distinctive minerality and personality. Made predominantly from mencía (with touches of other native varietals brancellao and caiño), this gulpable Galician red showcases the bright, savory character of the region, with fresh blackberry and pomegranate fruit mingling with chewy notes of herbs and spices on the finish. Galician wines remain under-the-radar values, so grab a bottle or two and enjoy with potato tortilla with bacon, shallots, and truffle oil.

Domaine de la Patience Merlot Coteaux du Pont du Gard IGP 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COTEAUX DU PONT DU GARD IGP / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- One of the best kept secrets of the southern Rhône is the town of Nîmes. Just 30 miles from the Mediterranean, the town enjoys the coastal influence in the midst of Roman architecture, including a small coliseum still in use. The estate is located just outside Nîmes on the way to Avignon. Here Christophe Aguilar crafts wines using classic French grapes. The name refers to an aromatic wild herb growing throughout their 60 hectares of organically farmed vines. This pure merlot is soft, the fruit having taken in the warm Mediterranean sun. In French fashion, the wine is dry and fragrant with rocky, garrigue notes. Plush red and black fruits combine, making this an easy sipper or great with pasta with mushrooms and olives.

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Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SANCERRE AND BORDEAUX-INSPIRED AMERICANS

Domaine Serge Laloue Sancerre AOC 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SANCERRE AOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Domaine Serge Laloue was created in the early 1930s by François and Simone Laloue. In 1960, their son Serge took charge of the vines and concentrated on viticulture and winemaking. Today, the domaine is operated by the brother and sister team of Franck and Christine who continue the work of their father, Serge, as they have since 1990.They practice sustainable agriculture with 80% of their vines left to grow grass between the rows. (The benefits of this are many: the vines dig deeper to compete for moisture, and the grass reduces both erosion and the natural vigor of the vines, which in turn reduces yield.) Franck further reduces yields by de-budding in the spring and pruning heavily. The estate comprises 21 hectares of vines, located in Thauvenay, five km from the town of Sancerre. Thauvenay boasts three distinctive terroirs: Caillottes (clay limestone dating back to the Jurassic era), siliceous clay, and iron-rich sandy clay. This Sancerre comes from sauvignon blanc planted on 80% clay and limestone with the remaining 20% on siliceous clay. The wine sees 3-6 months on the lees and in tank, giving it freshness and minerality with a subtle hint of softer acidity. An exciting new arrival, this offers a lot of bang for the buck! Bright and fragrant, it displays light citrus notes and a smoky, mineral-laden nose. Lean and grippy on the palate, the citrus transitions to white peach flavors which dance on a vibrant core of acidity. A polished texture deftly balances and ties it all together with that iconic Sancerre minerality on the finish. An elegant choice to open with chicken stuffed with spinach and goat cheese.

The Red Hook Winery "The Guardian" North Fork of Long Island 2013
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: NORTH FORK OF LONG ISLAND / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+PETIT VERDOT --- Red Hook Winery was founded in 2008 by Mark Snyder, a Brooklyn native who sells high end California wines though his company, Angels' Share Wines. The resulting relationships with world-class winemakers have allowed Snyder to attract some of the hottest talent in Napa to Brooklyn, namely Abe Schoener of Scholium Project, and Robert Foley of Foley Wines. Red Hook produces wine from the best vineyard sites in New York state, including Long Island's North Fork (specifically at the vineyards of Macari, Jamesport, and Ackerly Pond), as well as the Finger Lakes. The salty, sea-breeze-blown North Fork is a unique viticultural area, a skinny peninsula about 30 miles long and only a few miles wide at most. The soils here were deposited by glaciers, and consist of a coarse layer of loam over sand and gravel, which drain incredibly well. Grapes from the North Fork of Long Island have a distinct sea-air quality due to the vineyards’ proximity to the Great Peconic Bay and Peconic Sound. The Guardian is a Robert Foley-made wine, and using exceptional New York fruit, takes aim at the best Bordeaux on the market. A luscious blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and a smidgeon of petit verdot, it all adds up to a supple, dark, dangerously delicious wine. Indulgent notes of stewed blackberry, black currant, and plum pave the way for an additional layer of earth and spice on the finish. A must try for any New York wine fan! Open a bottle with mushroom barbacoa tacos or rosemary-scented pork roulade.

Chappellet Vineyard Mountain Cuvée Napa Valley 2015
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: NAPA VALLEY / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+MALBEC+PETIT VERDOT+CABERNET FRANC --- Founded by Donn and Molly Chappellet in 1967, Chappellet is renowned for producing world-class wine from grapes planted on the steep, rocky slopes of Napa's famed Pritchard Hill. One of the first Napa wineries to pioneer high elevation hillside planting, Chappellet remains one of the great family-owned Napa Valley wineries. The impressive power and complexity of the wines those mountain grapes yield has cemented Chappellet's reputation (especially for cabernet sauvignon) as well as established Pritchard Hill as one of California's most esteemed winegrowing sites. This beguiling blend of Bordeaux varietals puts all that charisma on full display. 37% merlot, 34% cabernet sauvignon, 11% malbec, 11% petit verdot, and 7% cabernet franc, this entices with fragrant notes of spicy black cherry and blackberry with hints of dried herbs and cocoa powder. Full-bodied, a silky, balanced palate brings forth flavors of red currant and cassis underscored by touches of vanilla and smoke. Opulent in texture, the rich plush fruit lingers on a structured finish of integrated firm tannin. An elegant classic, open this an hour before serving, then enjoy with braised beef short ribs or lentil shepherd's pie.

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Mar
16
4:00 PM16:00

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NEW REDS JUST LANDED... HERE.

Strofilia Red Blend Peloponnese IGP 2013
Country: GREECE / Region: PELOPONNESE / Appellation: PELOPONNESE IGP / Varietal(s): AGIORGITIKO+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+SYRAH --- Strofilia was founded by two friends and colleagues, Giannis Maltezos and Achilleas Lampsidis, who planted vines on the Maltezou family estate, located in Tourkochorafo near Anavyssos. They began producing wines in 1981, and today Strofilia has over 60 hectares of vineyards at its disposal; some owned, some rented, and some belonging to associates. With a focus on environmentally responsible winemaking, as well as building long term relationships with local growers, Strofilia highlights both native Greek and traditional European grape varietals. This red blend is a great example; 50% agiorgitiko, 30% cabernet sauvignon, and 20% syrah. Agiorgitiko (which translates to "Saint George", and is sometimes labeled as such) is among the most commonly found indigenous red grapes found in Greece, native to the Peloponnese area. A bit like a cabernet franc or spicy merlot, it displays notes of dark fruits such as plums and black currants, along with velvety tannins. It plays well with other grapes too, such as the cabernet and syrah here. The result is a versatile, medium-bodied wine with deep spicy aromas of charred cedar, ripe blackberries, and plums. Soft and rich on the palate, it offers up more dark fruit, gentle tannins, and a hint of pepper on the lingering finish. Give it a try with baked haddock with bacon, tomatoes, and onions.

Les Têtes "Au Suivant!" Bordeaux Superieur AOC 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: BORDEAUX / Appellation: BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR AOC / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- Founded and run collaboratively by four friends; Nicolas, Philippe, Baptiste, and Vivien, Les Têtes ("The Heads") is about making wine to be drunk with friends, using natural techniques that won't be hard on your head the day after! They are located in the village of Le Pressoir in Touraine Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley. Les Têtes focuses on fresh, drinkable, competitively priced wines that are grown organically and fermented with native yeasts and with minimal sulfur added. For this cuvée, they took advantage of the opportunity to buy a quantity of organic Bordeaux Supérieur grapes, specifically merlot. The wine was made all in concrete tank, with natural yeasts to spark fermentation, and aged for 12 months before release with only a tiny amount of sulfur added at bottling. A fun, delicious arrival to the late winter lineup, Au Suivant is a reference to a classic Jacques Brel song meaning "to the next one,” perhaps meaning glass (or bottle?!). 100% organic merlot, this opens with fabulous aromas of violets, black cherry, and tobacco, evolving into dark, juicy plum, blackcurrant, and cherry flavors on the palate, with elegant firm tannins wrapping it all up beautifully. A serious wine that doesn't take itself too seriously, this is also a serious value, one that would surely shine with poulet rôti (roast chicken with herbs), roast root vegetables, or braised venison with coffee and chocolate.

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Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

WELCOME ANNIKA ADELMANN FROM MFW WINE CO.!
MFW (Michael Foulk and Wheeler) Wine Co. is the partnership of two people with a combined 30+ years experience in the New York and New Jersey wine worlds. Rather than constantly chasing fads, their motto is "two guys who enjoy real wine and want to work with the people and wines we care about." Today we're welcoming Annika Adelmann to pour a selection of MFW Wine Co.'s offerings.

Bow & Arrow Melon Willamette Valley Johan Vineyard 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- Do you love Loire Valley wines? So do we! And so do Dana and Scott Frank, makers of Bow & Arrow; that's the inspiration for their wines, using exclusively Loire Valley varietals. Many have noted the similarities in climate and latitude between the Willamette Valley and the Loire Valley (as well as Burgundy). The melon here is better known in France as melon de Bourgogne, the grape responsible for oyster lovers' favorite drinking buddy: Muscadet Sèvre et Maine. A cool, composed nose of crushed stone, dried white flowers, and lemon zest yields to sweet-tart citrus on the palate, with bright dried lemon and lime accents, and stony minerality on the finish. Oregon melon typically has a bigger mouthfeel than its Loire cousins, but still maintains unmistakable varietal character. A match made in oyster-eating heaven, but also delectable with goat cheese and arugula salad.

Guccione "C" Vino Bianco 2014 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC / BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION / SKIN FERMENTED
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): CATARRATTO --- Mt. Etna may be hogging the spotlight when it comes to hip Sicilian wines, but off in the other corner of the island, grower Francesco Guccione has made a name for himself by bringing the potential of this overlooked area back to light with authentic, character-filled wines. Guccione farms six hectares of land that's been in his family for generations. 35 km southwest of the city of Palermo, the region of Cerasa has a deep winemaking tradition (in generations past, buyers from throughout Sicily would select their grapes from Cerasa), with its "terre brune" (brown soil) of chalky, iron-rich clay giving the vineyards a rusty brown color. The climate in this corner of the island is relatively mild, and Francesco has oriented his vines so that they receive maximum light exposure from sunrise to sunset. Rainfall is miniscule, so the vines here dig deep for underground water on the higher part of the hill at 480-500 meters. Working with only native grape varieties, the Guccione vineyards have been certified organic since 1996 and farmed biodynamically since 2005. Francesco adheres to a strict natural regime: massale selection of vines, dry farming, and various cover crops including herbs like chamomile and echinacea. All of the winemaking is equally natural: native yeasts, no fining or filtering, and modest sulfur at bottling. Catarratto is a Sicilian native that is grown all over the island, but Guccione's is unique: a higher quality but harder to grown clone of catarratto called Cataratto Extralucido ("extra shiny"). It's fermented with native yeasts in 3,000-liter acacia wood tini (large, upright wooden casks), and sees 10 days of skin contact. A year of aging in tini before bottling without filtering or clarification results in a wine of savory, complex character. Citrus notes open the show, followed up with a satisfying nuttiness. The skin contact lends it lovely depth and texture without weighing it down at all. This will age beautifully for 5+ years, but why wait? Open now with shrimp and grits!

Bow & Arrow "Rhinestones" Oregon Johan Vineyard 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR+GAMAY --- Another of Bow & Arrow's Loire-inspired offerings, this is a single vineyard expression from Johan Vineyard that blends pinot noir and gamay in the exuberant spirit of wines from Cheverny. Black and red cherry, red plum, raspberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, violets, and rich dark earth all vie for attention on the nose, while juicy raspberry, cherry, and cranberry flavors explode across the palate. A light tannic grip, accompanied by notes of white pepper, spice, and sassafras, make this easy drinking, but far from boring! A seriously versatile choice, this pairs wonderfully with seared albacore, baked Arctic char, or poulet en cocotte (chicken roasted with bacon and potatoes).

Bodegas Gómez Nevado Sierra Morena Pálido en Rama Seco
Country: SPAIN / Region: ANDALUSIA / Appellation: SIERRA MORENA / Varietal(s): ARIS AKA ARIEN+PEDRO XIMENEZ+PALOMINO --- For the Nevado Family, the grape farming in Andalusia dates back to at least 1764, when the family name was mentioned in the "Catastro del Marques de Ensenada" in relation to viticulture. Officially founded in 1870, Bodegas Gómez Nevado is known for production of irresistibly savory, Sherry-like dry white wines. Due to the poor soils and hot, dry climate, Spanish grape varieties aris, palomino, and pedro ximenez are planted in extremely low densities and are made to fight for every sip of water. However, it is precisely these climatic factors that help create incredibly concentrated flavors and high sugar levels in the grapes, yielding a wine full of fine texture and bold aromatics. For the "Pálido" bottling, grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless steel, then racked into stone tanks where they begin the aging process. After being graded by color, aroma, and taste, the wines are transferred to old American oak barrels. Within these barrels a layer of "flor" forms, protecting the wine from contact with oxygen while also imparting pronounced almond and yeast notes. The wine acts like liquid MSG, enhancing the flavors of local tapas -- stuffed red peppers, Manchego, Marcona almonds, gambas al ajillo!

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Mar
9
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Poderi Arcangelo Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
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!

Cantina Colonnella Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG Riserva 2011
Country: ITALY / Region: ABRUZZO / Appellation: COLLINE TERAMANE DOCG / Varietal(s): MONTEPULCIANO --- Cooperatives get a bad reputation because they can often encompass vast, sprawling operations where the scale is too large to ensure consistent quality of the wines. Although Cantina Colonnella is technically a cooperative, it's one of an entirely different nature: established in 1971 by vineyard owners seeking economic stability, it remains small, where 90% of the grapes are hand harvested and every member receives biweekly visits by the vineyard managers. Another important factor is Cantina Colonnella's location: Teramo, a small region that produces a mere 10% of Abruzzo's wine (as opposed to Chieti, which provides 81%!) The Colline Teramane DOCG - the only DOCG in Abruzzo - was designated in 2003, and this designation further sets the pedigree of this wine apart from other wines from the region. A native Italian red grape, montepulciano is documented in historical evidence dating back to Horace and Pliny the Elder, and has been an iconic grape of Abruzzo since at least the 1700s. The Barocca Riserva comes from vines 25 years old or more, and is aged for 12 months in oak casks and another 24 months in bottle. Fresh acidity, integrated tannins, and generous stewed dark fruits meld seamlessly with spicy earth on the finish. A great new addition to pizza night!

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Mar
3
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Cirelli Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC 2016 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: ABRUZZO / Appellation: TREBBIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC/ Varietal(s): TREBBIANO --- 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 the two-hectare vineyard of trebbiano used to produce this wine. It is rare we find a Trebbiano d'Abruzzo that excites us, but this wine did. It's fresh to be sure, but possesses a layer of complexity not typically found in these wines at this price point. Francesco's secret is lower yields for more concentrated fruit, but also lowering the amount of sulfur to avoid masking the terroir. Look for yellow orchard fruit notes along with a nutty finish. Notes of lemon zest, green apple skins, and refreshing acidity makes this a perfect white for linguine and pesto Genovese or a beautifully simple cacio e pepe.

Rafael Tirado Vistalago Mezcla Tinta Maule Valley DO 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: CHILE / Region: CENTRAL VALLEY / Appellation: MAULE VALLEY DO / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+SYRAH --- Rafael Tirado has long been a pioneer in the Chilean wine scene. Whereas his twin brother, Enrique, has been winemaker since 1993 for Concha y Toro, Chile's largest producer, Rafael chose the road less traveled. He was one of the first to break with tradition 20 years ago, eschewing conventional flatland viticulture in favor of pushing wine to the extreme in terms of terroir and expression. In addition to his personal project, Laberinto (a nod to the labyrinth formation of his plantings in the Maule Valley), he was also a winemaker for many commercial projects and gained a formidable reputation as a consultant. His consulting work and focus on producing high-end, site-specific wines has also inspired a new generation of independent winemakers. Here he's taken the oft-maligned merlot and set it on a comeback course to its former glory. "Vistalago" is a blend of 59% merlot with 36% cabernet franc and 5% syrah. Aromas of plush plum, ripe black berries, and a dash of savory orange peel dance across a luscious velvet-textured palate. Enjoy with mushroom barbacoa tacos!

Bodegas Ochoa Navarra DO Reserva 2010
Country: SPAIN / Region: NAVARRA / Appellation: NAVARRA DO / Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+MERLOT --- Where is Navarra, you say? Well, it helps to remember that its capital is Pamplona, famed for the running of the bulls. At the foothills of the Pyrenees between Rioja and France, Navarra is distinctively Spanish, with a French twist. When phylloxera decimated Bordeaux and other regions, Navarra was one benefactor, as its wines gained demand, and international grapes such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot were planted to take advantage of the interest in these varietals. Ochoa is one of the oldest winemaking families in Navarra, dating back to the 14th century. Their reserva bottling is a blend of Spain (tempranillo) and France (cabernet sauvignon and merlot), but it is firmly on the Spanish terrain. Aged in American oak and French oak for 15 months, this aromatic, full-flavored red is complex and mature, perfect for pairing with roast duck, mushroom risotto or cheeses of medium to heavy intensity.

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Mar
2
4:00 PM16:00

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Benoit Daridan Cheverny AOP 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: CHEVERNY AOP / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC+CHARDONNAY --- Seventh-generation winemaker Benoît Daridan took over his family's vineyard in 2001. The 15-hectare vineyard is located in the heart of the Loire Valley in Cour Cheverny, and boasts two hectares of 50 year old vines. Benoît's wines speak both of his passion for his terroir and his devotion to local tradition. 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% chardonnay, this crisp new arrival displays an expressive nose of white pepper, citrus pith, sugared grapefruit, ripe pineapple, and crushed herbs. A generous palate of yellow fruit (more pineapple, tangelo, Golden Delicious apple, and grapefruit) is balanced by nervy acidity and a cool, stony finish. A versatile choice; try this with spinach and goat cheese-stuffed chicken.

Marchese Adorno "Brugherio" Pinot Nero Oltrepo Pavese DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: LOMBARDY / Appellation: OLTREPO PAVESE DOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NERO AKA PINOT NOIR --- Located in Lombardy, Oltrepo Pavese DOC is arguably the most traditional wine zone in Italy’s northernmost region. Like its neighbor, Piedmont, the area was ruled by the House of Savoy for centuries, and its winemaking heritage can be traced back at least 3,000 years to an imprint of a cluster of grapes found on a sandstone rock. The vineyards sit among the foothills of the Apennines and the river Po, where the vines thrive on well-drained clay soils and a climate moderated by the river's influence. The area is widely considered the pinot noir capital of Italy (where the grape is often referred to by its Italian name, pinot nero.) Medium-bodied with appealing freshness, this cuvée combines delicious elements of crushed herbs and spices, red fruits both light and dark, food-friendly acidity, and dusty, earthy tannins on the finish. An easy, versatile choice for weeknight dinners, consider this for pizza night, or with a cheese and charcuterie platter for casual gatherings.

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Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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Feb
23
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

NATURAL AND BIODYNAMIC SELECTIONS FROM FRANCE AND ITALY!

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

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

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

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Feb
16
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

AN ESOTERIC SECOND SATURDAY!

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

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

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

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

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Feb
9
4:00 PM16:00

Free Whiskey Tasting - Friday

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

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

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

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Feb
3
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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Feb
2
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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Jan
27
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SPANISH FOOD AND WINE PAIRING WITH IMPORTER LUIS MOYA!

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

Señorío de Sobral Albariño Rias Baixas 2016
Country: SPAIN / Region: GALICIA / Appellation: RIAS BAIXAS DO / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Proprietor Alberto Lago’s family has been committed to making wines from the albariño grape for over a century. The winery itself is located in the subzone of Condado do Tea, along the shores of the Miño river, in a 15th century castle which once belonged to the Horsemen of Malta. This area has a unique microclimate with soils of clay and river stones which both help retain moisture and warmth, influencing an expression of albariño that is like summer breeze in a glass. Pleasant citrus and mineral notes give way to smooth, balanced texture and a long finish. Just a slight chill on this wine really complements the delicate aromatics. This just screams out for oysters or other cool, briny shellfish!

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

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

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Jan
26
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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Jan
13
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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

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

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Jan
12
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

Dominique Lucas "C de Marin" Vin des Allogroges IGP 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: SAVOIE / Appellation: VIN DES ALLOBROGES IGP/ Varietal(s): CHASSELAS --- Dominique Lucas comes from a family of Burgundian winemakers (he is the 5th generation) who own a small estate outside of Pommard. After completing oenology school, he decided not to return to the family estate because he did not want to work within the strict oversight of the AOC, settling instead in the Haut Savoie in 2008. His vineyards lie just outside the small village of Ballaisons, on slopes overlooking Lake Geneva (known as Lac Léman on the French side of the border). In spite of a family history of Burgundian winemaking traditions, he vinifies his grapes in an array of different amphorae, barrels and concrete eggs. Fermentations occur naturally and the only addition to the wines is a tiny bit of sulfur at bottling. The results are stunning: pure and character-filled, these wines can hold their own with any of the best of the region. Chasselas is a fairly esoteric grape, grown mostly in eastern France, Switzerland and Germany, and mostly drunk casually, après-ski. Here, however, it comes into its own, bright and refreshing! The chasselas for the "C de Marin" cuvée comes from 40-50 year old vines planted in granitic soils, which lend it a definite mineral core. Loads of granite, citrus, and honeysuckle on the nose yield to a palate of honeyed tropical fruit, lemon zest, and a smooth, stony finish. Try it with fish cakes with a side of slaw with honey-lemon vinaigrette!

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

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

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Jan
5
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

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

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

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