April 25th, 2018 10:49am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
Longridge “The Emily”
The Longridge Estate has dedicated their rosé to Emily Hobhouse, who fought courageously to expose the inhumanity of concentration camps that were prevalent in the Anglo-Boer War. This wine is truly a tribute to women fighting the good fight all over the world today. When tasting this wine I was completely unaware of the history here and was very taken aback by the wonderful springy feel this wine brought to my palate. I was also pleasantly surprised by how well this Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend peculiarly stood out in a very acceptable way! Easy red fruit and just the faintest bit of butter and round mouthfeel from the Chardonnay. This wine is refreshing and smooth with a bit of backbone that will hold up to medium weight dishes and grilled veggies. A South African delight for sure!! – Cheers!
April 25th, 2018 10:44am - Posted By: Jamie Glawe
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April 18th, 2018 10:50am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
Pierre et Papa -
I hope that you all were able to take advantage of the beautiful weekend and spend time outside doing your favorite Colorado activities. For me, that included grilling chicken and vegetables and drinking a really fun bottle of Pierre et Papa Rosé that just arrived! While the Renard family has been making wines for generations, this wine pays tribute to Papa who, with his son Pierre at his side, has tended to the vines and created great wines from the high quality grapes from vineyard sites across the diverse region of the Languedoc-Roussillon where you can still find wonderful wines at great values. Made from 100% Cinsault, Pierre et Papa Rosé is a delicious, refreshing wine bursting with red berry fruit, apple, and melon. Round and balanced, this wine is just perfect for sitting on the patio with a plate of cheese, a little salad, and some grilled chicken! Cheers!
April 18th, 2018 10:45am - Posted By: Jamie Glawe
Vignato Gamballara Classico
A tribute to his father, Gian, winemaker Davide Vignato uses the utmost care crafting his Gambellara Classico “El Gain”. Utilizing biodynamic practices, vines with an average age of 25 years are hand harvested and vinified in stainless steel. The Gambellara DOC neighbors the better-known region of Soave in the Veneto of northern Italy. Both areas specialize in white wines made from the indigenous Garganega varietal. Those coming out of Gambellara lend themselves to a more crisp and mineral driven style. Made from exclusively Garganega, El Gain exudes apricot, peach, and hints of baked golden apple with a crisp finish. At the end of the day this floral and fruity wine should be at the center of every dining table.
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April 11th, 2018 12:06pm - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
It is feeling more and more like rosé season with each passing seventy degree day we are enjoying this week and I just had to pick up a bottle of this Domaine Lafond Tavel Rosé 2017 this time around. Tavel wines are all rosé and only from this little growing AOC across the Rhone river from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. There is a great roundness to the body of this particular rosé that is bright with strawberry, melon and easy spices. These fruity aromas are mellowed out by great structure and complexity on the palate with a reserved amount of acidity that makes the wine heavy enough for some light BBQ on one of these cooler evenings. Domnaine Lafond is a family owned vineyard that has been passed down from father to son, they are organically certified and absolutely hit the mark with this beautiful rosé! -Cheers
April 11th, 2018 12:04pm - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
La Basia -
Just in time for the near 80 degree days we're going to see this week is this pretty and light bodied red from the western slopes of Lake Garda in Italy! La Basia was founded by Elena Parona, who along with growing grapes also produced olive oil, honey, flour and other artisanal products. Elena's son Giacomo has taken over the family farm and continues the tradition of passion for handcrafted wines made from indigenous local varietals. Groppello makes up the majority of Valtènesi and is blended with Barbera, Marzemino, and Sangiovese. The resulting wine is a refreshing and juicy wine with loads of red cherry and slightly earthy and mushroomy aromas. The lighter body and low tannins make this a perfect wine for weeknight pasta with tomato sauces and lighter vegetable dishes. Cheers!
April 4th, 2018 11:00am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
Yesterday's sunny 70 degrees had me reaching for a delicious and refreshing Oregon white. You'd expect a Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or even a white Pinot Noir, but instead I grabbed the unusual Riesling and rarely seen Huxelrebe blend from Oregon that I've been wanting to re-taste! This little gem is made by Ann Ebenreiter Hubatch, a former Wisconsin resident who studied geology. But when environmental policy didn't agree with her desire for tangible results, her love for the land led her to winemaking. More than a decade ago she made a few vintages of this interesting blend at another winery and finally brought it back after being begged over the years by many fans. This gorgeous aromatic white is a perfect wine to drink on the patio with its balanced, honeyed, racy and off-dry style. You'll taste a mouthful of apple and and honeysuckle with a touch of spice to keep things interesting. Cheers!
April 4th, 2018 10:59am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
We brought this brand in for Halloween two years ago with the initial thought that it may be something we could move through a couple cases during the spooky time of year. Well, to our pleasant surprise, this brand is taking off and for no other reason then it is just darn good juice in the glass! A full bodied and spicy Zinfandel that really lends an elegant side as well, with ripe fruit and soft tannin that give the wine a real easy mouthfeel. This Lodi Red Zinfandel is fantastic with anything from the grill and I have a notion that I will be smoking some ribs in my near future and this wine will certainly be my paring. The wine itself comes from a great pedigree being a secondary label to the Hahn Family lineup of wines. There are many great values and awards to go along with the staple wines we have come to know and love and Boneshaker Zinfandel 2015 does not fall short here either, receiving 90 points and a Best Buy from Wine Enthusiast 2017. -Cheers
March 28th, 2018 9:42am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
Zaccagnini - Pinot Grigio 2016
March 28th, 2018 9:39am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
Red Heads Studio – Yard Dog Red 2016
March 14th, 2018 10:40am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
When deciding on my pick for this week I was thinking Italian red and just kept coming back to this Negroamaro from Puglia, Luccarelli. The heel of the boot is the area we are looking at and many say that it is one of Italy’s best kept secrets for value wines from the country. Sunbathed during the hot Italian summers and the earth rich with iron over the top of calcareous rock create a perfect environment for the hearty Negroamaro fruit. Loosely related to Sangiovese and Primitivo (Zinfandel) this wine is rich and mouth filling with dark chocolate notes, fig and pipe tobacco. Heavy looking in the glass but lighter on the palate, making this wine a great sipper or great pairing with a family style pasta dish and some massive meatballs! -Cheers
March 14th, 2018 10:39am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
Spring is arriving very quickly, it seems! Daylight Savings Time has arrived, I just saw 70 degrees in the weather forecast and I just saw some blooming flowers growing in a garden the other day! All of these made my mouth water for some zippy Grüner Veltliner from Austria. The biokult Grüner is made from organically grown grapes, is a Demeter certified biodynamic wine, and is also certified by the Non GMO Project. It's a great choice for sipping in the sun on the patio but also pairs incredibly well with light appetizers, shellfish, asian dishes and soft cheeses like Brie. Look for pear, lemon and lime highlights with a dry and mineral finish. No oak treatment keeps it nice and fresh with a vibrant and pure style that will be great for anyone looking for an alternative to Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc! Cheers!
March 7th, 2018 12:36pm - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
Spain’s backwater regions continue to produce fantastic wine values for you adventurous wine drinkers ready to explore diamonds in the rough so to speak. Utiel Requena and especially the grape Bobal are not normally known for wines of balance and nuance due to southern Spain’s quantity over quality mentality. Vera de Estenas and a handful of other producers are changing the mindset that the high yielding Bobal can only produce simple, acidic bulk wines by using artisanal farming and vinification, and focusing on quality to produce beautiful, characterful wines with nice complexity. Estenas’ high elevation, old Bobal vines produce a nicely balanced, fresh and versatile wine with a mix of red and dark berries, spice and minerality. The medium body and fresh acidity make this a perfect companion for roasted chicken and traditional rice dishes with meat. Cheers!
March 7th, 2018 12:34pm - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
Fosso Corno – Mayro
With the weather we have been having lately I wanted to offer up a wine this week that would fit nicely enjoying under a blanket with a movie or a good sit down with the family at dinner with something nice off the grill. Fosso Corno – Mayro Montepulciano checks all the boxes and at $11.99 doesn’t break the bank. Great fruit on the forward part of your palate with a fantastic nose to match! Dark berries, leather and super smooth tannin make this well balanced wine a delight in the glass. The word Mayro means dark and black, perfectly reflecting the presence in the glass but the feel of the wine is bright and full of life! This wine pairs so well with the medium plus side of red meat and would even go great with some seasoned chicken, asparagus and potatoes! -Cheers
February 28th, 2018 10:24am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
Storm Point –
Storm Point is a delicious new South African blend we brought in last week. It is named for the Cape of Storms, the point of Africa where explorers were typically met by great storms as they rounded Africa. Today winemaker ‘explorers’ come to this area for its old vines and opportunity to make great wines. One of these winemaker explorers is Mick Craven from Australia, who came to the western Cape to find vineyard site that spoke to him. The majority of grapes come from the Swartland area, a warmer climate where Syrah, Cinsault, and Carignan thrive. Mick's idea with this blend was to embody ‘purity, texture, and concentrated elegance’. The aromas include a delicious blend of mixed berries and floral notes that give way to plum and bright berries on the palate. This approachable, medium bodied and round wine has medium tannins that lend just enough structure. Any fan of Rhone wines will love the Storm Point. You can drink it on its own and it is versatile enough to go with a variety of dishes. It's time to check out South Africa! Cheers!