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Wine of the Week

Domaine La CabotteeJuly 5, 2016

Domaine La Cabottee Côte Du Rhône Colline Blanc 2015

A delicious blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Viognier, this is the perfect summertime white. The region’s clayey and calcereous sandstone soil provide excellent nutrition for the vines, and contribute a subtle salinty and minerality to the palate. The nose is particularly aromatic with notes of peach and apricot. Pairing with fish and other seafood.

June 14, 2016

Macon-villages Chardonnay

La Cote Blanche Macon-Villages Chardonnay 2014

The Maconnais region of southern Burgundy is famous for its dry white wines. The area’s warm and relatively dry climate allows the Chardonnay grape to ripen successfully. The Cave de Lugny cooperative from which this Chardonnay hails had an especially successful growing season in 2014, which is evident in this vintage. On the nose you’ll be treated to floral apricot and citrus aromas. The palate is fresh with subtle nutty notes that give way to an elegant, fruity finish.

June 7, 2016

Underwood Rose Can

Underwood Rosé

Wine in a can? Crazy!

Crazy convenient that is. The Underwood Rosé from Union Wine Co. in Oregon is a simple, highly drinkable expression of the style. A blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Syrah grapes this wine isn’t overly sweet but will still please fruit-lovers palates with strawberry, watermelon, and peach flavors. This rosé’s light and crisp finish will leave you feeling quenched yet yearning for more. If you need something portable for your weekend beach, Cape, or BBQ needs, the Underwood can is the way to go! Look for it on display at the front of the store or pre-chilled in our Wine Cooler next to the back bar area.

(We also carry 750mL bottles for $12.99)

May 31, 2016

Couly-Dutheil, Chinon

Couly-Dutheil, Chinon

For those seeking some pink with a little more oomph, this medium-bodied rosé fills the nose with ripe strawberry and rose petal. On the palate, its well-balanced red berry flavors lead to a clean, silky finish that lasts long enough to appreciate the wine’s structure without overwhelming the taste buds. Good for all your summer grilling get togethers!

May 24, 2016

Gobelsburg, Cistercien Rosé

Gobelsburg, Cistercien Rosé

The epitome of a dry rosé, this Austrian selection is perfect for the upcoming sweltering summer days. Derived from the Zweigelt grape, this wine has a subtle floral aroma and offers delicate berry and wild cherry flavors that give way to a crisp, slightly tart, and effervescent finish. A favorite among our staff, we recommend a bottle (or two) for all your porch drinking needs!

April 5, 2016

1000 Stories Zinfandel

1000 Stories Zinfandel

A recent edition to our store The 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel from California has quickly become a staff favorite. Aged in French and American bourbon barrels, this Zin has aromas of black cherry, plum, and hints of whiskey. On the palate, 1000 Stories is a well-balanced and medium-bodied wine featuring dark berry and “jammy” flavors with hints of herbs and spice that leave it nicely structured. The barrel-aging results in a throat-warming, yet subtle, smoky sweet finish (think vanilla and caramel) that doesn’t overwhelm but leaves you wanting more!

Thinking of pairing this wine with dinner? 1000 Stories would go well with tomato-based pasta dishes, pizza, and BBQ.

February 23, 2016

Wine of the Week

Saget La Perrire Marie de Beauregard Chinon 2014

The Saget family has been producing wine in France’s Loire Valley since 1790, placing them among a rarefied handful of estates that have enjoyed three successive centuries of recognized excellence. The Cabernet Franc from the Chinon commune is beloved throughout the world for its intense aroma and rustic, earthy palate. This new vintage from Maison Saget is the perfect expression of Chinon’s unique Terroir. Deep garnet in color with a rich nose evocative of a springtime forest. Full bodied and fruity in the mouth highlighted with accents of spice and mineral on the finish.

A perfect alternative for French wine lovers bored with Bordeaux and Burgundy. $17.99

February 2, 2016

Rio Madre – Graciano

From the Rioja region of Spain – typically known for its red blends – this 100% Graciano varietal is a flavorful, medium-bodied wine. It features cherry and blackberry aromas, with hints of vanilla and cocoa that became more pronounced as I let the glass settle. The Rio Madre Graciano has a balance of dark fruit and spice flavors, and medium tannins and smokiness that add structure without overwhelming the palate. Although it drinks perfectly well alone, pairing it with chicken dishes, and red sauces, or any barbeque favorite will bring out the best this varietal has to offer! – Wesley T.

December 7, 2015

Wine of the Week

La Velona Rosso di Montalcio 2011

Rosso di Montalcino is the lively sibling of another famous Tuscan, Brunello di Montalcino. This fresher style needs considerably less aging time (only one year with six months in oak) than its big brother, but still boast a noble pedigree as one of Italy’s most appreciated wines. Rosso is revered for its rich body and complex notes of wild-berry fruit, coffee and vanilla. 2011’s La Velona Rosso di Montalcino is a 92 point Wine Spectator choice and is drinking beautifully right now. Far and away one of the best Italian red wines available under thirty dollars. $24.99

Six Great Thanksgiving Wines Under $20

November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Wines

So, what’s a good wine to go with turkey? As you might expect, we get this question a lot around this time of year. Red or white? Clean and crisp or light and fruity? The truth is, no two thanksgiving tables are the same and the possible pairing options are vast. This is actually a good thing as the wine varietals that will pair well are many, but the options can also be overwhelming. Fear not. We work at the liquor store. We’re here to help. Let’s talk about some great wines, both red and white that will thrill your guests and not bankrupt you in the process.

The Reds:

Giacosa Fratelli Barbera d’Alba 2013

An elegant, medium bodied Italian favorite. Ample up front fruit with a smooth lasting finish. Well rounded with soft tannins. $17.99

Leese-Fitch Pinot Noir 2013

A bright fruity entry leading into strong notes of cherry, plum, clove and vanilla. Toasted oak and a slight back end spiciness capped off by a smooth finish. $13.99

Pascal Pibaleau L’heritage d’Aziaum 2013

Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Gamay in absolute perfect balance. Highlighting pepper, plum and blackberry with an underlying structure of earthiness and vanilla. My personal favorite on the list. $14.99

The Whites:

A to Z Pinot Gris 2014

This wine is all about structure. Perfectly walking the line between upfront fruity notes of melon and pear and crisp back end acidity leading into a long, clean finish highlighting wet stone and jasmine. $16.99

Dr. L Dry Riesling 2014

A beautifully balanced dry Riesling that expresses clean minerality and stone fruit as only the Germans can do. Background notes of peach and honey with a sharp finish of refreshing acidity. $15.99

Poppy Chardonnay 2013

Turkey and California Chardonnay have been almost inseparable for years and for very good reason. The multi barrel fermentation process on display in this Santa Lucia heavy hitter preserves its vibrantly bright fruit notes while maintaining a creamy toasted french oak undertone. An absolute classic. $15.99