Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY - KINDA?

Weingut Holzapfel Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau "Zehenthof" 2014
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: NIEDERÖSTERREICH / Appellation: WACHAU / Varietal(s): GRÜNER VELTLINER --- Weingut Holzapfel is situated in a former farmstead, established 700 years ago by the Canons of St Pölten, which was updated to the baroque style by Jakob Prandtauer, architect of the famous Benedictine abbey, Stift Melk. At that point in history, most of the vineyards in the Wachau belonged to the Catholic Church and its nearby monasteries; the farmstead was the center for the harvest and fermentation of wine grapes and for the administration of local sales. Today, the estate consists of some fourteen hectares of vines, worked with traditional methods. Grapes of first-class quality flourish on these stony and mineral-laden soils, which contain in places significant elements of limestone and mica schist. The climate conditions specific to this particular part of the Wachau produce extreme variations of temperature between daylight and nighttime, which, together with the various elevations of the vineyards, encourage an acidity which imparts freshness and elegance to the wines. This grüner veltliner is packed with an intensely fruitful, citrus nose, and comes alive on the palate with savory herbaceous flavors and delicate acidity. A seriously delicious wine meant for some serious food. This riper Federspiel category (a label specific to wines with higher minimum must weight), is perfect with roasted pork or poultry, savory pâtés, charcuterie, or the now seasonally appropriate asparagus soup. YUM! For those willing to go full Austrian, pair with backhendl (fried chicken)!

Domaine La Bastide Blanche Rosé Bandol AOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE  / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: BANDOL AOC / Varietal(s): MOURVÈDRE+GRENACHE+CINSAULT+CLAIRETTE --- We look forward to drinking rosé each year, but inevitably some of the best come from the Bandol appellation. The wines possess a power and depth of flavor, while holding it all together elegantly. La Bastide Blanche is a great example of the quality found in this region. This wonderful wine is the work of Michel & Louis Bronzo, who purchased this property in the early 1970's. Bandol is unique in France in that it is the only area the mourvèdre grape must be dominant. The region is ideal for this sometimes difficult-to-mature grape. The warm summer days and stony soils are the perfect marriage for the heat-loving grape, allowing it to fully mature before harvest. This cuvée is elegant, yet capable of hanging with almost any summer indulgence. There are lovely strawberry notes entwined with a strong sense of minerals and delicate peppery notes. This is a winner with any and all summer fare - we're thinking grilled whole trout stuffed with citrus and garden herbs.

John Almansa Cinsault "Zou Maï" Vin de France 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): CINSAULT --- A true vin de soif (roughly "thirst quencher") from the Languedoc. This is the epitome of a chillable, light, juicy red, perfect for taking the edge off of that mid-afternoon yard work, or when you just need something deliciously simple to open with pizza, salad, or sausage. John Almansa, a Spaniard who has been in Languedoc making wine at Domaine Pibarot for a few years began renting vines from Pibarot in 2015. This is his second vintage of cuvée "Zou Maï"  (translates to 'come on!' like the Brit punkers say - hence the mohawk'd seahorse label?) and he is making his mark among the many amazing organic, biodynamic and low-intervention producers in the region. Fruit from the 30+ year old cinsault vines is destemmed and macerated for 10 days without punchdowns, giving the wine an energetic and sprightly feel without the weighty over-extraction that can plague some wines from hot southern France. It then ages on the lees for three months in fiberglass tank. Zou Maï – unfined, unfiltered, and bottled without additional sulfites, allowing us pure enjoyment of this pure expression of cinsault.

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

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Jun
15
4:00 PM16:00

Free Cider Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

CIDER WEEK TASTING!
We're always pouring cider for our friends and family, and feel a special attachment to those grown and produced locally. New York has an incredibly rich tradition of apple growing and we want to embrace that! Think globally, act locally and grab a cider this weekend (and the next...and the next...)
 
South Hill Cider "Bluegrass Russet" Finger Lakes NV - ORGANICALLY GROWN 2016
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK-FINGER LAKES / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GOLDEN RUSSET+NORTHERN SPY+BALDWIN+CRAB APPLES ---  From the Cidermaker: "Steve Selin, the cidermaker, apple picker, and community orchardist has been bottling his own cider since 2003. He is a musician grounded firmly in traditional American Old-Time music - a genre that has many parallels to cider: In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries both cider and Old-Time music were staples of American culture, only to be sidelined by more mechanized and industrial rivals." Happily, both the music and cider are now reemerging into American culture in a very real and organic manner. At South Hill Cider, apples come from wild trees, abandoned orchards and orchards of high quality cider apples. They have planted an organically farmed cider orchard on a hilltop south of Ithaca to be part of a harmonious ecosystem that relies on diversity and fertility as its foundation. Bluegrass Russet is a blend of traditional American cider apples (primarily Golden Russet), with some English bittersweets. Hints of lemongrass, melon, and soft floral notes on the nose sashay with lively effervescence, and an herbal, musky & faintly farmy palate. A delightful slightly sweet, crisp finish makes this another stellar apéro-style cider. Keep this in the cookout cooler or for sipping on the patio all summer long! Or take a bottle with you while foraging for berries later this summer or wild apples towards the fall!

Kite & String Cider Single Varietal Northern Spy Finger Lakes 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK-FINGER LAKES / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): NORTHERN SPY --- Kite & String was started by a team of young farmers passionate about organic permaculture and its potential in the Finger Lakes region. Melissa Madden and Garret Miller hold down operations on the farm, which produces a variety of leafy greens, herbs, asparagus, as well as peaches and apples from their young orchard, plowed by their two draft horses, Polly and Leo. Garret's brother Jimmy Miller is the head cidermaker, operating everything from pressing to fermentation to bottling in the cidery right below the tasting room. The team at Kite & String are some of the hardest working people in the cider business because they are farmers first! From the producer: "The apples are fermented in four separate tanks using different yeast strains to maximize expression of varietal character. Sweetened with a cold concentrated ‘sweet reserve’ made from Northern Spy apples." This is a lovely fruit-forward and balanced style, with aromas of fresh and ripe honeydew, mango and papaya. Put down the Prosecco and pick up this bottle instead - perfect before the meal or next to a cheese plate and strawberry salad with poppy seed vinaigrette.

Metal House Cider "Ora d'Oro" Extra Brut Hudson River Valley 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK-HUDSON RIVER VALLEY / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GOLDRUSH+EMPIRE+IDARED --- Kimberly, a painter, and Matt, a builder, began Metal House on a urge to do good by the land, and have worked to restore abandoned ancient orchards in the Hudson Valley to their former fruit-bearing glory days. Employing bio-intensive farming techniques, which focuses on the use of naturally made fertilizers and pest management techniques (akin to biodynamics), they focus their work around the idea of sano, which "means healthy and sound, as in the food we eat, the environment we surround ourselves in, and the ideas we support. Complete. This is the orchard from which we want to harvest apples… An orchard free from unnecessary herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers allows organisms to work with the trees, improving the flavor and characteristics of the fruit. Beneficial flora have the opportunity to thrive." We're pouring "Ora d'Oro" from the 2016 vintage, made of organic Goldrush from Milton, NY and, Empire and Idared from two untreated orchards in Esopus, NY. Made in the Champagne method, the cider spent 12 months on the lees after secondary fermentation, imparting lovely brioche and biscuit aromas to complement the cider's invigorating fruit flavors. The delightfully crisp and dry finish puts this cider on par with the serious sparkling wines of Spain and France.

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Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

Free Cider Tasting - Second Sunday - Discounted

MEET THE CIDERMAKERS, CELEBRATE HUDSON VALLEY CIDER WEEK
ALL CIDERS DISCOUNTED DURING CIDER WEEK JUNE 8-17

Cidermakers Max Pritchard of Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider and Leif Sundström of Sundström Cider are pouring their creations here this Sunday! Taste some truly excellent ciders, pepper our guests with all your cidermaking questions and enjoy some cheese- and-such as we launch our Second Sunday Cider Tastings (watch for more announcements in months to come on this new featured tasting - and join us in bolstering the burgeoning cider culture here in the HV to one day parallel the extraordinarily vivid and robust ones in Spain's Asturias and Basque Country).

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Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Second Saturday - Discounted 10%

MEET WINEMAKER HANK BECKMEYER OF LA CLARINE FARM!
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 the 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.

La Clarine Farm Albariño Sierra Foothills 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS / Varietal(s): ALBARINO ---  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." Fabulous with warm Caesar salad with grilled shrimp.
 
La Clarine Farm Rosé "Alors!" Sierra Foothills 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA  / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS / Varietal(s): SYRAH+MOURVÈDRE+COUNOISE --- This delectable rosé is direct-pressed from syrah, mouvèdre, and counoise, and fermented half in barrel and half in tank. Organically farmed, vegan friendly, unfined and unfiltered, very low added sulfites, no added yeasts, enzymes, or cultures... all the things we know and love about La Clarine Farm! The separate batches were combined and bottled in spring of 2017, then left to settle and develop until release this year. The result is intensely delicious! Sockeye salmon pink in color, it explodes with aromas of watermelon, strawberry, black cherry, and a touch of anise. The palate is juicy and elegant with watermelon, blood orange, and pink grapefruit flavors accented with crushed herbs. A round texture and touch of briny salinity from spontaneous malolactic fermentation is lifted by a core of mouthwatering acidity, making this a versatile choice for a variety of foods! Serve chilled, but not too cold (55-57°F is ideal), with salmon tacos!
 
La Clarine Farm Syrah "El Dorado" NV - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: EL DORADO COUNTY/ Varietal(s): SYRAH --- This wine is an exploration of El Dorado County in a bottle–literally! Over the past couple years, La Clarine has produced an assortment of various syrah from 2015 and 2016. This compilation of those wines and vineyards is meant to give a tasty look into the terroir of El Dorado County. A combination of vintages, this embodies syrah from both main soil types - volcanic and granite. Whole cluster fermented and aged in a variety of vessels, this is bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal added sulfur (as always). Aromas of black cherry, smoke, meat, and vanilla open up into bold savory, smoky fruit in the mouth. Firm tannins meld with notes of black olive and tar in a finish of pleasing acidity and length. Let those flavors and textures wander across your palate for a bit and enjoy a taste of El Dorado mountain-grown syrah! Give it a little time and air before quaffing, then down this with bold summer flavors, like smoky grilled eggplant or bacon-topped bison burgers!

La Clarine Farm Tempranillo Rorick Vineyard Sierra Foothills 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: EL DORADO COUNTY/ Varietal(s): TEMPRANILLO --- The grapes for this deep, dark, delicious wine come from Matthew Rorick's vineyard near Murphys, CA. The La Clarine grapes grow in the lower, slightly "cooler" block, in a unique mix of schist and limestone soils. Once at La Clarine, they were given the standard treatment: no sulfites, foot crushed, and whole cluster fermented with native yeast in open top fermenters, bottled unfined and unfiltered. 100% tempranillo, this shows black cherry, apple skin, crushed thyme, and a pinch of baking cocoa on the nose. In the mouth it is medium bodied with a compelling balance between fruit and savory notes. Lively acidity and structured tannins mingle with dashes of black pepper, tea, and earth. This has the potential to age beautifully for years, but is also great now. Give it some air and enjoy with mushroom risotto!

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Jun
8
4:00 PM16:00

Free Apéritif Tasting - Friday - Discounted 5%

WELCOME JOSH HOLLY FROM HAUS ALPENZ AND GET SUMMER COCKTAIL-READY WITH QUINQUINAS AND AMARO!
Today we're focusing on aromatized wines, which play a starring role in all your classic cocktails! Josh Holly from Haus Alpenz will be pouring a selection of quinquinas and amaro for your summer sipping pleasure.
 
Mattei Cap Corse Quinquina NV Blanc
Country: FRANCE / Region: CORSICA / Appellation: N/A/ Varietal(s): N/A ---  This bittersweet Corsican aperitif begins with a base of mistelle (slightly fermented grape juice fortified with brandy) made from muscat and vermentinu grapes grown on the northern part of the island. Cinchona bark (quinine) is joined by local citron (cédrat) fruit, and other botanicals and spices. Aromas of mixed herbs, quinine, floral elderflower and honeysuckle transition to a bittersweet palate with quinine bitterness nicely offset by zesty lemon and lemongrass flavors.

Mattei Cap Corse Quinquina NV Rouge
Country: FRANCE / Region: CORSICA / Appellation: N/A/ Varietal(s): N/A --- The rouge also starts with a base of mistelle from muscat and vermentinu grapes. Cinchona bark (quinine) mingles with local citron (cédrat) fruit, and other botanicals and spices. Aromas of quinine, citrus, floral elderflower and honeysuckle introduce a bittersweet palate. Robust flavors of grape, caramel, and classic quinine bitterness are balanced by a honeyed sweetness and a finish of complex herbal notes, especially rosemary.

Cappelletti Pasubio Vino Amaro
Country: ITALY / Region: PIEDMONT / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Pasubio was one of the first amaro recipes created by Guiseppe Cappelletti in the early 1900s. Built on a base of aged wine, it gets its name from Mount Pasubio in the Dolomites, famous for its road with 52 tunnels, that was originally built by the Italian army as an alternate supply route. This is an example of the older alpine style of digestif, with a nose of tree bark, root beer, and other woody, earthy notes. A rich, mouth-coating palate provides flavors of cola along with blueberries, strawberry preserves, pine sap, and crushed mountain herbs on a lingering finish with hints of mint!

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Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

FRENCH FAVORITES: FROM CLASSIC TO PARTY-IN-A-BOTTLE!

Château d'Épiré Savennières AOC 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SAVENNIÈRES AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC --- Savennières is located just southwest of Angers, on the north bank of the Loire River, where grapes have been cultivated since Roman times. One of the oldest and most iconic estates in Savennières, Château d’Épiré is rich in both winemaking and architectural history (thanks to its rendition of the Petit Trianon of Versailles). The domaine has been continuously owned by the Bizard family since the 17th century, and is currently run by Luc Bizard. They own 11 hectares, 9 of which are devoted to the cultivation of chenin blanc, which they vinify in the domaine's winery, a former Romanesque chapel dating from the 12th century. The Savennières from Épiré is regarded as Grand Cru, due to the rich soils and ideal microclimate. Southern and south-eastern sun exposure brings ripeness to the grapes, while the proximity to the Loire River keeps the temperatures moderate. The subsoils are comprised of sandstone and schist, and the top soil is a lovely blue slate schist that covers the vineyard floors, lending great character to the resulting wines. This wine is a true classic, both in terms of its pedigree, and also (importantly!) its flavor! Beautifully complex, this offers up elements of wild honey, bright orchard fruit, and hazelnuts on the nose, before an elegant transition to a palate of ripe apricot, lemon curd, and crushed stones, all supported on a core of nervy acidity. Gorgeous with Parmesan and polenta-crusted oysters.
 
Coeur Estérelle Rosé Magnum (1.5L) Côtes de Provence AOC 2016
Country: FRANCE  / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: CÔTES DE PROVENCE AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+CINSAULT+TIBOUREN --- A magnum of dry, delicious rosé perfect for any summer sipping situation? Yes, please! This cuvée was produced by Château Rouët from grapes grown on the slopes of the Esterel mountain, not far from Antibes and Cannes, in the heart of Provence (hence the name). A lovely blend of grenache, cinsault, and tibouren, this is as versatile as it gets, with rich aromas of cherries and strawberries on an elegantly dry palate with hints of peach skin, crisp acidity, and dusty minerality. Great with salads, grilled veggies or seafood, cheese platters - you get the idea!  At this price, why not?

Domaine Le Briseau "Patapon" Rouge Vin de France 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN/LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: N/A/ Varietal(s): PINEAU D'AUNIS --- By 2002, Natalie Gaubicher and Christian Chaussard found their way to each other, and then, to the northern reaches of Touraine in the Loire Valley. It was there they founded Domaine Le Briseau, named after the incredibly hard flint subsoil (Le Briseau roughly translates to "the shatterer"). The two converted the old vines of pineau d'aunis to organic farming, then later adopted biodynamic principles in all of their vineyards. "Patapon" itself was another creation of theirs, to serve as the unofficial mascot for the underappreciated pineau d'aunis grape. Christian tragically died in a tractor accident in 2012, but his influence in the natural wine community is not forgotten (he was the president of the "Association des Vins Naturels" for 5 years). Natalie carries on in the vineyard and cellar, making thoughtful, low-intervention wines that speak to their love of the land. "Patapon" rouge, made of 100% pineau d'aunis sourced from multiple vineyard sites is an electric, summery red, reminiscent of sunny afternoons tending a grill packed with fresh vegetables. Tons of fresh red berry fruit is topped with a distinct fresh cracked black pepper. Chill slightly and enjoy all summer... while it lasts!

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Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

NEW VALUES FROM WOMEN WINEMAKERS!
 
Judith Beck "Pink" Rosé Burgenland 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC

Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): ZWEIGELT --- Judith Beck is a family-owned estate in the Burgenland region of Austria, close to the famous Neusiedlersee. This great lake acts to moderate temperatures throughout the seasons, taming the effects of both the hot continental summers and freezing central European winters. This is Austria's warmest wine growing area, known for producing full-bodied red wines. Judith’s parents, Matthias and Christine Beck, founded the family estate in 1976, and Judith made her first vintage in 2001, taking over fully in 2004. The estate is a member of the Pannobile association, as well as of “11 Frauen und ihre Weine” (11 Women and their Wines). Judith and her father Matthias practiced sustainable viticulture from the beginning, and converted to biodynamic practices in 2007. Assisted by a modern winery and aging cellar built in 2005, Judith is able to manipulate her wines as little as possible throughout the winemaking process, allowing the pure, vivid expression of the varietal to really shine through. Only native yeasts are used to spark fermentation, and the finished wines are also vegan. 100% zweigelt, this new arrival to the rosé section is positively electric, popping with tart flavors of bing cherries with a squeeze of fresh lime juice! Summer soirées scream for rosé, and what could be better than this biodynamic sipper? Try it with lemongrass shrimp skewers!

Solar dos Lobos Alentejano IGP 2016 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: PORTUGAL / Region: ALENTEJO / Appellation: ALENTEJANO IGP / Varietal(s): ARAGONEZ AKA TEMPRANILLO+CASTELAO+ TOURIGA NACIONAL+TRINCADEIRA --- Three generations of women in the Silveira family form the winemaking team at Solar dos Lobos. Their vineyards are located both in Redondo (situated near the Serra d’Ossa with a cooler microclimate) and Arraiolos (a warmer zone known for producing full bodied wines), all managed sustainably. Made from a delectable blend of native Portuguese grapes, this great new value is hard to resist! Juicy red cherry and blackberry flavors meld together along with a lively streak of acidity that makes this an easy match for almost any occasion! Picnic, party, or pizza night, this has you covered!

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May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

SPECIAL TASTING WITH DOMINIQUE SIMON OF THE WINE LIST!
Dominique Simon IS his import company, The Wine List; he'll be pouring a French selection today, featuring a white, rosé, and red from Domaine Dyckerhoff in the Loire Valley, as well as a mourvèdre from the Roussillon! Perfect for all your holiday weekend wine needs!

Domaine Dyckerhoff Reuilly AOC Blanc 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: REUILLY AOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Reuilly is located at the eastern end of the Loire, not far from Quincy. Not to be confused with Rully in Burgundy, Reuilly is often overshadowed by the regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé when it comes to recognition for sauvignon blanc production. However, this 370 acre region offers a refreshing alternative to the usual Loire whites, and an excellent value as well! Since 2004, Christian Dyckerhoff and his Alsatian wife, Bénédicte, have been making wine on 12 acres of lieu-dit plots in Les Conges, Les Enaudes and La Raie, where vines range in age from 3-20 years. Picture a cross between a Sancerre and Bordeaux Blanc: opening with herbal, grassy notes, this medium-bodied white focuses on round, ripe fruit flavors of citrus and gooseberry. Bright, zesty acidity and loads of minerals and stone finished off with more touches of grass and gooseberry make this complex, compelling, and hard to put down! All the elegance and terroir you desire, at a delicious price too! Pair this with fish, grilled vegetables with butter and lemon, or goat cheese tarts.

Dyckerhoff "Petit Gris" Rosé Reuilly AOC 2017
Country: FRANCE  / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: REUILLY AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- This beguiling rosé is another delightful offering from Dyckerhoff. The region of Reuilly has the unique distinction of producing rosés from pinot gris, although its reds are from pinot noir. This rosé gets its pale salmon color from extended skin contact, which not only lends it a rosy hue, but also imbues a complex texture reminiscent of a lighter-style red. Perfumed aromatics yield to fresh red currant and citrus zest on the palate, supported by a core of racy acidity and finishing with elegant dusty minerals. Crisp and lip-smacking, this is a perfect choice for elevating an al fresco meal. Try it with fish tacos!

Domaine Dyckerhoff Pinot Noir Reuilly AOC 2016
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: REUILLY AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR  --- A new addition to our lineup from Dyckerhoff, this pinot noir is light and elegant, with delicate flavors of tart cherries, red raspberries, and a sprinkle of freshly-ground pepper. Bright acidity, subtle minerality, and gently lingering tannins meld together making this a versatile addition to any occasion. Great with cedar plank grilled Arctic char or salmon!

Ferrer Ribière Mourvèdre "Empreinte du Temps" Côtes Catalanes IGP 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE PAYS DES CÔTES CATALANES / Varietal(s): MOURVÈDRE --- In 1993, Denis (an experienced fruit grower) and Bruno (a wine loving civil servant) joined forces to establish Domaine Ferrer Ribière. The son of a vintner, Denis took over his family's vineyards intent on farming them more organically, and now Domaine Ferrer Ribière is one of two wineries in the Roussillon to be certified biodynamic. Although the domaine has existed for seven centuries, it was farmed conventionally until Denis and Bruno, dissatisfied with the quality of the wines, began working organically, eventually transitioning to biodynamic production. Set on 30 hectares west of Perpignan, with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, this domaine is further distinguished by the age of its vines. This cuvée is titled 'Empreinte du Temps', which translated means 'fingerprint of time'. 100% mourvèdre, this wine is dark and spicy. Intensely colored, it offers up notes of dark purple and black fruit, baking spice, tobacco, and sandalwood on a firm finish. BBQ, anyone?

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May
25
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

Weingut Umathum Gelber & Roter Traminer 2016 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): GELBER TRAMINER+ROTER TRAMINER ---  Umathum is a family-owned estate in the Burgenland region of Austria, close to the famous Neusiedlersee. This great lake acts to moderate temperatures throughout the seasons, taming the effects of both the hot continental summers and freezing central European winters. Some of the vineyards here date back to the early 13th century, and the Umathum family have been in residence since the mid 1700s. The estate as it is today was founded in 1958, with Josef 'Pepi' Umathum taking over from his parents in 1985. Josef refers to his wines as "liquid folk tales", preferring traditional, local grape varietals, which he farms biodynamically in order to allow the terroir as much expression as possible. He even uses sheep as natural mowers between the vines. Roter traminer, gelber traminer, and gewürztraminer are all part of the same family, one prone to mutation over generations. Roter (red) and gelber (yellow) traminer are differentiated by the color of their berries. This unusual and exotic white combines both varietals, with the roter providing aromas of roses, pear, pineapple, and honey, while the gelber contributes notes of stone fruit, tropical fruit, and spice to a full-bodied palate. Elegant and unique with a long, luxurious finish, this is great with a summer cheese and fruit plate, or with Thai or Indian cuisine.

Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Constantia 2016
Country: SOUTH AFRICA / Region: COASTAL REGION / Appellation: CONSTANTIA / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Among the world’s most beautiful vineyards, Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees and lush greenery on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, with expansive views across the Constantia Valley and False Bay. The 146 hectare estate was originally part of "Constantia", a vast property established in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape. This particular valley was chosen not only for its beauty, but also for the decomposed granite soils on its slopes, gently cooled by ocean breezes, which proved ideal for winemaking. For this delectable sauvignon blanc, each vineyard block is vinified separately then blended together at bottling to allow full expression of the terroir. Batches were hand sorted, tank fermented, and spent 7 months on the lees before blending. The result is elegant and inviting, with a nose of bright citrus, crushed herbs, and flint. A balanced palate displays flavors of gooseberries, citrus, and tropical fruit. Juicy acidity and a richly lingering finish are coolly accented with more gravelly minerality, making this a refreshing choice with a smoked salmon, farro, and goat cheese salad.

Casanova della Spinetta Rosato Toscana IGT 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: TUSCANY / Appellation: TOSCANA IGT / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE+PRUNELLO GENTILE ---  Giorgio Rivetti produces approachable yet age-worthy wines that capture the attention of wine critics and consumers year after year with their elegance, concentration, aromatics and length. This wine comes from his Tuscan estate, Casanova della Spinetta, located in the hills south of Pisa. Pale salmon with a touch of orange, this rosé displays delicious complexity with hints of roses, red berries and wilted wildflowers on the nose offset by aromas of lime and sage. A tasty early summer wine with flavors of tart cherry, pomegranate, and honeysuckle with a mineral and floral finish, its complexity makes it suitable for aging, while being equally delightful to drink right away! Perfect with poultry, fish, or with any type of appetizer, preferably enjoyed outdoors!

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May
19
3:00 PM15:00

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Fjord Cabernet Franc Rosé Hudson River Region 2017
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Fjord Vineyards is the creation of  Matthew Spaccarelli, winemaker at Benmarl Winery across the river in Marlboro. These wines are crafted by Matthew in the Benmarl cellars, using both estate-grown fruit and grapes sourced from renowned vineyards in the Finger Lakes and the North Fork of Long Island. From a single vineyard site (the award-winning Ridge Road vineyard) in Marlboro comes this exquisite rosé, made from 100% cabernet franc. A beautiful salmon hue, thanks to five hours of skin contact, it's clean and crisp, with notes of red strawberries, and a hint of watermelon on the nose. Fresh, elegant, and perfectly refreshing, why not have an all-local feast, and open this with asparagus and goat cheese quiche made from Hudson Valley eggs, veggies, and cheese? A great way to celebrate the bounty of spring!

Bodega Chacra "Amor Seco" Merlot Río Negro 2015 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: PATAGONIA / Appellation: RÍO NEGRO / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- Argentina is justifiably famous for malbec, but do yourself a favor and don't overlook its merlot! Bodega Chacra is located in the Río Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires, 1,240 miles north of Tierra del Fuego, and roughly equidistant west to east from the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The arid central Argentine desert is tempered by the converging Neuquen and Limay Rivers, both of which flow from the Andes and join up in the Río Negro en route to the Atlantic. The Río Negro Valley itself is a glacial bed 15.5 miles wide stretching 310 miles along the river's banks at an elevation of 750 feet above sea level, and is irrigated by a network of channels excavated in the late 1820s by British colonists who took advantage of the Andean snow melt to make an oasis in the desert. This incredibly dry climate and the natural barrier provided by the desert has resulted in an area free from the scourge of phylloxera and other vine diseases, while the pristine, pollution-free air allows for maximum sunlight. One of the most southerly regions in the world for wine production, Patagonia has seen tremendous vineyard growth since the early 2000s. Its drastic diurnal shifts caused by cold air sinking from the steep slopes of the Andes at night contrast with the hot summer days to produce grapes with ideal ripeness, aromatic intensity, and concentration. In this delicious example, lively flavors of red plum, currant, and cherry tango with earthy elements of tobacco, tar, and dried herbs, wrapping up with a pleasantly savory finish. Medium-bodied, this is a versatile choice for mushroom barbacoa tacos or burgers fresh off the grill!

Domaine Les Poëte "Le Côte Cabernet des Poëte" Touraine AOC 2011 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: TOURAINE AOC / Varietal(s): CÔT AKA MALBEC+CABERNET FRANC  --- Winemaker Guillaume Sorbe is one of the Loire Valley’s hottest rising young stars. In 2007, he began his domaine in the Cher producing white, rosé, and red wines from the Touraine, Quincy, and Reuilly appellations. Ironically, Guillaume comes from a grape growing family (his father had vineyards in Quincy and Reuilly, but after it became apparent that his sons had no interest in continuing the family domaine, he sold the vineyards in 2001.) Guillaume first worked in some of France’s finest restaurants both as a cook and a sommelier, but gradually he said, “The soul of a winemaker awoke in me." He went to Beaune to study viticulture and oenology, and in 2007 after completing his studies he returned to the Loire intent on starting a domaine of his own. He began with a small plot of very old gamay vines on the right bank of the Cher river, and has slowly patched together a tiny domaine today of more than 25 single plots that he farms himself biodynamically. Only 4.5 hectares total are put into production so quantities are extremely small. Freshness and delicacy are his hallmarks, as Guillaume believes that terroir is the most important thing, often citing his motto “moins mais mieux” – “less but better”. Each of his 25 parcels is vinified separately, a method that is very labor intensive but which allows Guillaume greater control over the final blend. 50% côt (malbec), 50% cabernet franc, this wine is dark and deadly-delicious! Explosive aromas of black raspberries, currants, spice, and violets on the nose yield to juicy, fun-and-funky fruit on the palate. Gentle tannins and mouthwatering acidity make this an elegant, easy partner to roast chicken with new potatoes and watercress.

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May
18
4:00 PM16:00

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Francesco Cirelli Vino Bianco NV - CERTIFIED ORGANIC/LOW INTERVENTION
Country: ITALY / Region: ABRUZZO / Appellation: N/A / 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 grapes. In this cuvée, 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.

Mas Théo "P'tit Gaby" Vin de France 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH+CARIGNAN --- It's no easy task to find a value Côtes-du-Rhône that stands out in a crowded field, and even harder to find one that's not only organic but biodynamic. Luckily, Mas Théo comes to the rescue, just in time for grilling season! Located in Saint-Restitut, about 10 miles west of several Côtes-du-Rhône Cru villages, this 80-acre estate was inherited by winemaker Laurent Clapier. Laurent converted to organic in 2004 and then biodynamic in 2011, and vinifies with all wild yeasts. In the cellar, he uses no additives and very minimal sulfur, keeping all the winemaking incredibly low-intervention (with the exception of harvesting by machine rather than hand). A blend of grenache, syrah and carignan, this incredible value bursts with crunchy red berry flavors and lip smacking acidity – perfect for pizza night (or any night!)

C&D Deneufbourg Marselan Côtes Catalanes IGP 2015
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES IGP / Varietal(s): MARSELAN --- Corinne and Damien Deneufbourg produce their elegant, structured wines in the Côtes Catalanes in Roussillon. Hyphenated as Languedoc-Roussillon, Roussillon is in fact a distinct cultural area with a proud Catalan identity, and Côtes Catalanes is located about 20 miles north of the Spanish border in the Pyrénées-Orientales. This is a wine region to watch, producing lots of interesting and delicious bottles! A cross between cabernet sauvignon and grenache, created in 1961 for its resistance to fungal diseases, the marselan grape possesses the best characteristics of both parent grapes. Charming dark fruit flavors (thanks to the cabernet) meld with the easy drinking texture and lighter tannins of grenache. Hints of earth, cocoa, and cedar, along with good acidity and moderately firm tannins make this a great match with lamb chops or pulled pork tacos.

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May
12
3:00 PM15:00

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ITALIAN & CALI BIG-HITTERS THIS SECOND SATURDAY

San Salvatore "Vetere" Rosato Paestum IGP 2017 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: CAMPANIA / Appellation: PAESTUM IGP / Varietal(s): AGLIANICO --- BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN -- Ever wanted to meet the graceful, elegant side of aglianico? The "Vetere" rosato from San Salvatore is this in spades. San Salvatore is located in the midst of the Cilento National Park, near Paestum, in the Campania region of southern Italy. Deeply committed to preserving the delicate balance of the land, San Salvatore takes a special interest in cultivating the vineyards without synthetic products or genetically modified organisms and uses biological processes and biodynamic preparations like horn dung (sourced from water buffaloes that live on the property) that favor the natural fertility of the ground and the production of humus. In fact, all of their fertilizers are created in-house using natural methods. The fruit is harvested, gently pressed, then fermented in stainless steel tanks, yielding a wine with a brilliant pearl-pink color and tart berry and citrus aromas for days. Crisp in the mouth, with bright acidity and a mineral core, this wine is begging for a Caprese salad, or simply a fresh ball of mozzarella drizzled with olive oil with salt and freshly cracked pepper.

Venica & Venica Sauvignon Collio DOC Ronco del Cerò 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: ITALY / Region: FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA / Appellation: COLLIO DOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Venica & Venica has been producing wine in the Collio, tucked in the alpine foothills of Friuli since 1930. Steeped in the vinegrowing and winemaking traditions of their grandfather Daniele, third-generation brother winemakers Gianni and Giorgio Venica are committed to biodiversity and environmental stewardship in everything they do. Vineyard practices are certified biodynamic, so all work is based on balancing of energies of the earth, plants, and the cosmos. Practically speaking, this means applying preparations of various natural teas made from fermented plants, manure, and other earth-friendly matter. The wines speak directly of the Venica family's dedication to the land -- incredible precision, complexity, and length of this sauvignon blanc bottling that will make you reconsider every Sancerre you ever drank. After harvest, the grapes are crushed and left to macerate on the skins for about 20 hours, which provides more aromatic complexity. Once pressed, 10% of the grape must ferments in large oak botti and is aged on the lees for 6 months, while the remaining juice is fermented in stainless steel. The wine is finally bottled corresponding with full moons between the end of March and May. Peppery and peachy, this sauvignon blanc is texturally splendid with rounded, persistent acidity. Absolute winner with a chicken dinner (fried, baked, or Hainanese!), or pair with oven-roasted whole fish (branzino/sea bream/porgy) over a bed of sweet onions, parsley, mint, and tomato.

Stolpman Vineyards "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): SYRAH+PETIT VERDOT  --- 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 3 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. "Para Maria (de Los Tecolotes)" ("For Maria of the Owls") is a 50/50 partnership with Stolpman Vineyards' vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano and his wife Maria, their forewoman. 2016 is the third vintage of Para Maria, and incorporates some fruit from other vineyards that Ruben farms. A blend of 85% syrah and 15% petit verdot, 28% of the blend underwent whole-cluster carbonic fermentation in sealed stainless steel, adding a joyful freshness. The syrah adds depth and darker fruit flavors, while the petit verdot contributes juiciness and rich texture. Dense, voluptuous purple fruit dominates the nose with delicate touches of violet, red plum, and sage a bit further back. Luxuriously textured, this cuvée unveils layer after layer on the palate, finishing with bright red pomegranate flavors. This delicious, dark-fruited, densely colored syrah retains a liveliness that will beautifully accent warm weather fare such as lamb burgers or grilled eggplant.

Clos Saron Carignan "The Pleasant Peasant" California 2014 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN/LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: CALIFORNIA/ Varietal(s): CARIGNAN --- Established in 1999, Clos Saron is owned and farmed by partners Gideon Beinstock and Saron Rice. Gideon cut his chops at Renaissance Vineyard & Winery, known for its pioneering work in biodynamic viticulture in a relatively unknown region in the California wine world (the Sierra Foothills, about 70 miles north of Sacramento). This is not the region for lifestyle vintners, but the radical winemakers who take a low-intervention approach to their craft. The Sierra Foothills, at higher elevation, is known for its cooler micro climate, and this is perfect for Gideon who prefers this cooler side of California where his grapes achieve ripeness at lower sugar levels. This preference guides his sourcing of grapes from other vineyards. The "Pleasant Peasant" is one example of this, coming from 115 year old carignan vines in Lodi. Beautiful character, concentration, and focus come from these old vines, which have thrived for over a century on the decomposed granite soils washed down from the Sierra Foothills. A nose of rich, freshly-turned earth, baking spice, and dark fruit offers a delightful introduction to the flavors that follow. Medium-bodied, brambly black and purple fruit, hints of dill, crushed herbs, and nutmeg all dance around each other on a palate that provides plenty of freshness and a light dusting on earthy tannins on the finish.

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May
11
4:00 PM16:00

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NEW FRENCH FAVORITES
 
Domaine Matignon Saumur AOC Brut NV

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: SAUMUR AOC / Varietal(s): CHENIN BLANC+CHARDONNAY+CABERNET FRANC --- Domaine Matignon, headed by third-generation sibling vignerons Hélene and Yves is located in the town of Martigné-Briand, one of the most important of Anjou in terms of wine business, which has built its reputation thanks to the diversity of its terroirs. Soils of schist, marl, and calcareous clay form the basis of their vineyards -- 38 hectares in total. Their Saumur sparkler, a blend of 70% chenin blanc, 20% chardonnay, and 10% cabernet franc, offers up light aromas of toast followed by a lovely dry palate of green pear, apple, and quince supported by refreshing acidity. The cool climate of the Loire valley lends itself to growing grapes with naturally high acidity, which yields textured minerality and a touch of salinity on the finish. This is a perfect match with oysters, crab cakes, or a cheese and charcuterie platter.

Mas Théo "Cuvée TO" Grignan-les-Adhémar AOP 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: GRIGNAN-LES-ADHÉMAR AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+SYRAH --- It's no easy task to find a value Côtes-du-Rhône that stands out in a crowded field, and even harder to find one that's not only organic but biodynamic. Luckily, Mas Théo comes to the rescue, just in time for grilling season! Located in Saint-Restitut, about 10 miles west of several Côtes-du-Rhône Cru villages, this 80 acre estate was inherited by winemaker Laurent Clapier. Laurent converted to organic in 2004 and then biodynamic in 2011, and vinifies with all wild yeasts. In the cellar, he uses no additives and very minimal sulfur, keeping all the winemaking incredibly low-intervention (with the exception of harvesting by machine rather than hand). Cuvée TO is half and half grenache and syrah, fermented in neutral tanks and aged 18 months in stainless steel, without any fining or filtration prior to bottling. Luscious and lip-smacking, it displays pretty notes of red and purple fruit on a balanced, medium-bodied frame. Food friendly acidity and dusty tannins sashay around a touch of natural funk, making this an ideal summer vin de soif quaff, especially with anything hot off the grill!

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May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

FAIR- (AND FOUL-) WEATHER FRIENDS

Huia Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: NEW ZEALAND / Region: MARLBOROUGH / Appellation: MARLBOROUGH / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- Named after a legendary (sadly extinct) bird native to New Zealand, this delicious sauvignon blanc is certified organic! Huia feathers were worn by the Maori and said to represent wisdom, elegance, and dignity, the same philosophies that today guide Claire and Mike Allan in their winemaking. Grapes here are sourced from two separate vineyards with contrasting soil types resulting in a greater array of flavors and textures in the finished wine. A small percentage of this sauvignon blanc (10-15%) was native-yeast fermented in a mix of neutral and French oak. Dry, with classic New Zealand herbaceousness and lime-based citrus softened by delicate tropical fruit notes, this is beautifully balanced on the palate, finishing with enticing minerality. A touch more subtle than many New Zealand wines, this makes an elegant match with spring pea ravioli with herbs.

Domaine Les Terres Promises Rosé "L'Apostrophe" Coteaux Varois en Provence AOC 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: PROVENCE / Appellation: COTEAUX VAROIS EN PROVENCE AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+CARIGNAN+CINSAULT --- Fed up after a long career as a political advisor, teacher, and author, Jean-Christophe Comor moved to Coteaux Varois en Provence, near Bandol, in 2003 to start a new life as a vigneron. With help from generous like-minded winemakers like Catherine and Pierre Breton and Marcel Richaud, he learned to farm organically, and doesn't use any chemicals in his vineyards. All harvesting is done by hand, and sorting is done in the vineyard. In the cellar, he uses natural fermentation and sulphur is kept to a minimum. He generally doesn’t fine or filter his wines and uses fiberglass tanks and oak foudres for fermentation. Jean-Christophe’s Domaine Les Terres Promises (The Promised Land) is located in the village of La Roquebrussane, 1,300 feet above sea level. His vineyards are in a microclimate between Aix-en-Provence and Côtes de Provence that has colder winters and hotter summers on eroded hillsides that are composed mostly of limestone with gravel and flint. This striking minerality shines through in "L'Apostrophe", a delightful rosé made from the classic Provençal blend of grenache, carignan, and cinsault. From 25 year old vines, the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts and lightly filtered before bottling. Wonderfully fresh, this bursts with notes of ripe peach, red raspberries, and red currants, while hints of orange blossom, crushed herbs, and spices add intrigue. More than just a simple sipper, its elegant weight and structure make this a fantastic match with grilled vegetables, ratatouille, or salads. A fabulous new addition to your summer BBQ lineup!
 
La Grange aux Belles "53" Anjou AOC Rouge 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN/ LOW INTERVENTION
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: ANJOU AOC / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- La Grange aux Belles is a relative newcomer to the Loire Valley wine scene, founded in 2004 and releasing its first vintage in 2008. It is managed by Marc Houtin, Julien Bresteau, and Gérald Peau in Anjou. Another classic story of searching for a new career, Marc, the founder, used to work for a major oil company before pursuing an enology degree in 2001. He eventually found 9 hectares of vineyards in Anjou after a lengthy search in both the Languedoc and Loire. Unlike many in the region, Marc had no family connections to the world of wine, but he persevered in spite of the steep learning curve, turning the vineyard organic and using biodynamic methods as well (although not seeking organic or biodynamic certification). Along with young winemakers Houtin and Julien Bresteau, this "naturalist" operation grows cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, pineau d'aunis, gamay, grolleau, and chenin blanc, all farmed organically, using herbal infusions against mildew and vinified with minimal sulfur. In contrast to the tannic, high-acid reds common to Anjou, La Grange aux Belles focuses on producing light-bodied aromatic wines, low in tannins and alcohol. Cuvée 53 is especially unique; made from a cabernet franc vineyard planted in 1953, it is vinified in unlined concrete vats without the addition of sulfur. It boasts incredible purity of fruit, a lovely richness of flavor that somehow still remains light and refreshing. Delicate mineral notes and juicy berries dance across each sip, making this an irresistible choice for warm weather dining! Perfect with grilled flatbread with goat cheese and roasted red peppers.

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May
4
4:00 PM16:00

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NEW GRAPES, NEW YOU
 
Abad Dom Bueno Godello Bierzo DO 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN

Country: SPAIN / Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN / Appellation: BIERZO DO / Varietal(s): GODELLO --- There may be no better white wine to transition between the seasons than godello. This obscure grape began its resurgence in northwest Spain in the early 1980s. The wines had fallen from favor as it's not a prolific grape. Some have compared the grape to the great white Burgundies, but these wines may be even more nuanced. Godello does offer wonderful fresh acidity, but the wines offer a richer fruit profile. This wine is a case in point, as nectarine and nutty elements tussle with acidity, each vying for dominance. Bright, clean accents of citrus add a dash of liquid sunshine, while delicate floral hints and notes of aniseed make this a beautiful match with savory risotto with roasted spring veggies!
 
Gere Attila Winery Portugieser Villány 2016
Country: HUNGARY / Region: BARANYA / Appellation: VILLÁNY / Varietal(s): PORTUGIESER --- The southern Hungarian town of Villány boasts a grape growing culture that predates Roman times. After occupation by the Ottomans, German settlers were invited to reinvigorate the dwindling population, bringing with them their own grape growing and winemaking traditions and innovations, along with the local kékoportó (portugieser) grape. The warmth of Villány's southerly slopes is enhanced by the hot air from the Mediterranean, and soils are rich in geothermic heat-sources and water, which provide nourishment to the vines during the hot, dry growing seasons. First introduced to the wines of Villány in 1978 (thanks to his father-in-law's homemade wines!), Attila Gere became enamored of the potential of the region and established his own winery in the early 1990s, with the dissolution of the Communist regime. With a family history of winemaking stretching seven generations, Gere is now one of Hungary's largest producers, but still picks and sorts all fruit by hand and has always used integrated pest control methods and all-natural treatments in the vineyards. Made from the local portugieser grape, this light and lively new red is fermented with wild yeast in stainless steel before spending four months in 5,000-liter barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. Generally, no sulfur is added until after fermentation. The result is an irresistible spring and summer sipper, bursting with fragrant wild raspberries, cherries, and crushed herbs! Light as a feather with barely any tannin to speak of, this begs to be chilled and chugged at warm weather gatherings! Pair with stuffed baby zucchini or peppers.

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Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Free Wine Tasting - Saturday - Discounted 10%

INTRIGUING WINES TO PAIR WITH THE SPRINGING OF SPRING!

Dominique Lucas "C de Marin" Vin des Allobroges IGP 2014 - ORGANICALLY GROWN / LOW INTERVENTION
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!

Troupis Winery "Hoof & Lur" Moschofilero Arcadia IGP 2016 - LOW INTERVENTION / SKIN FERMENTED
Country: GREECE / Region: PELOPONNESE / Appellation: ARCADIA IGP / Varietal(s): MOSCHOFILERO --- Troupis Winery is located at 700 meters in elevation in the heart of Mantinia in the Peloponnesian region of Fteri. The Troupis family has a long history of agricultural work, beginning back in the 1970s 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. Hoof & Lur is Troupis's homage to the old school style of winemaking practiced for generations in the region – the wine of their grandparents and great-grandparents. Made from the native moschofilero grape, this wine undergoes spontaneous fermentation using native yeast, and sees a slight amount of skin contact, which lends texture, weight, and complexity. It sees no oak and is bottled unfiltered with little to no sulfur added. Tangy tangerine pith, wildflower pollen, and honeycomb flavors meld together deliciously on a medium-bodied palate that features lip-smacking acidity and a nutty, saline finish that goes on and on with just a kiss of dusty tannins. Great with falafel and a salad or with spring veggie quiche.
 
Salem Wine Co. Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2015 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: EOLA-AMITY HILLS / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Salem Wine Company is a new project by Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman, who were behind the highly sought Evening Land, Sandhi, and Domaine de la Côte. With those credentials, expectations for this wine were high, and we're pleased to report that it certainly doesn't disappoint. Near Salem, Oregon, about an hour's drive southeast of Portland, lies the seahorse-shaped  Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Contained entirely within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, it was established in 2006. The name Eola comes from Aeolus, the Greek god of winds, and it's those winds that define this AVA's character, as cool sea breezes are funneled over the hills, rapidly cooling the vineyards but also increasing evaporation. Foliage is thinner and vines are challenged to produce their fruit, gaining complexity as they respond to unique climactic changes. Most of the fruit for this cuvée comes from the renowned, biodynamically farmed Seven Springs Vineyard. Aged for 15 months in neutral oak barrels, the purity of fruit really shines though. Delicate and elegant, it opens with a lovely bouquet of red and black cherries, black raspberries, wild mushrooms, and hints of Earl Grey tea. The vibrant palate brings forth more flavors of strawberry, cherry, pomegranate, cola, tobacco leaf and baking spice. A showstopping addition to any meal, fire up the grill for bbq tacos.

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Apr
27
4:00 PM16:00

Free Wine Tasting - Friday - Discounted 10%

BRING THE GRILL OUT OF HIBERNATION!
 
François Chidaine Touraine AOC Blanc 2017 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN

Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: TOURAINE
AOC / Varietal(s): SAUVIGNON BLANC --- The cellar of François Chidaine is in Montlouis-sur-Loire, the center of the Loire Valley region known as the Touraine, named for its proximity to the historic city of Tours, about 150 miles southwest of Paris. Long revered in the Loire for his Montlouis and Vouvray wines, Chidaine began producing sauvignon blanc a few years ago with the same impeccable growing and winemaking techniques. The fruit for this cuvée comes principally from the domaine's vines in Chissay-en-Touraine and Saint-Julien-de-Chédon, less than 10km from Montlouis. Augmented by some fruit sourced from neighboring sites, Chidaine is proud to maintain that even those locations not owned by the domaine are still managed by his team and entirely hand-harvested. Made from biodynamically grown grapes that are whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel, the wine is then fermented with wild yeast and aged on its lees until bottling. Sumptuous aromas of grapefruit, white flowers, and crushed stone give way to an explosion of citrus, including Meyer lemon and grapefruit, as well as green apple, pear and minerals on the palate. Herbaceous but not grassy, the citrus and stone linger seductively in the mouth. The depth of flavor and complexity here are the hallmarks of this highly esteemed grower, and make this an impressive value as well! Enjoy this as a luxurious sipper all on its own, or let it elevate light fish dishes, green vegetables, and goat cheese.
 
D'Angelo Aglianico "Sacravite" Basilicata IGT 2014
Country: ITALY / Region: BASILICATA / Appellation: BASILICATA IGT / Varietal(s): AGLIANICO --- D'Angelo is a family estate in the heart of the Basilicata appellation in southern Italy. They've produced wine on the slopes of Mount Vulture (a dormant volcano) since the 1930s, beginning to bottle their own just after WW II, with a concentration on the aglianico varietal. Introduced to Italy by the ancient Greeks, aglianico's similarities to nebbiolo (structure, acidity, aging potential etc.) have earned it the moniker "Barolo of the South." It produces full-bodied wines with firm tannin structure that display earthy, woodsy, dark berry fruit. D'Angelo owns about 40 hectares of vines, as well as some of the oldest, high elevation vineyards on the mineral-rich volcanic slopes. This high elevation contributes to the complexity and character of the wines, by allowing for large diurnal temperature variations, while maintaining the strong sun exposure typical to southern Italy, thereby concentrating the aromas and intensity. Winemaker Rocco D'Angelo strives to continue his grandfather's legacy of biological agriculture and traditional winemaking, using only native yeasts, large neutral oak barrels and minimum intervention. Layers of dark cherry, dried blackberry, Middle Eastern spices, licorice, and leather are supported by refreshing acidity with a satisfying burst of earthiness and savory spice on the finish. Robust, intense and pleasantly firm, pair aglianico with savory, tangy, and meaty fare. Cheeses like taleggio and pecorino, mushroom risotto, lamb chops with sage, meatballs, BBQ; all are great matches with this bold red! Perfect for bringing the grill out of hibernation!

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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

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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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