September 20th, 2017 11:12am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
So, I had a great little fall white lined up for you this week and found out we will not be able to get any more for the time being and all my wine of the week dreams were crushed! While racking my brain for something I am in love with in the same vein, I looked up and there it was staring me straight in the face! Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc – Viognier 2016, a gem that delivers vintage in and vintage out with its medley of white berries on the palate and honey and peach notes that keep the glass filling up. This fun little white wine keeps the whole night fresh and 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier is just the right blend for getting a night with friends started or just sitting down to a nice meal of baked cod with lemon zest and white pepper, field rice and asparagus. My mouth has been watering the entire time I’ve been writing this and if you have yet to enjoy a bottle of this wine I highly suggest you come by and grab one! -Cheers!
September 20th, 2017 11:06am - Posted By: Sarah Strasser
Côté Mas –
I’m always on the hunt for good, affordable sparkling wines and I was very impressed with this sparkling rosé. It comes to us from the Languedoc and is made using the same method used to produce Champagne. Winemaker Jean-Claude Mas has winemaking in his blood and his first encounter was when he was just three years old when he was able to sneak away from his mother to visit his grandfather in the cellar during harvest. He pursued other careers initially but always had wine as his main hobby, whether it was starting a wine club or dabbling in wine importing. In the beginning of the 1990s he spent 4 years in Bordeaux making wine and in 1992 he met Giorgio Grai, one of the most famous Italian winemakers. Jean-Claude is fanatical about the Languedoc as a wine producing region and strives to show the terroir of a region that has been producing wine for over 2000 years. His rosé is a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, and 10% Pinot Noir and is a dry, crisp sparkler bursting with notes of grapefruit pith and fresh citrus peels. An underlying slightly herbaceous, savory note dances along the palate teasing you into another sip. Enjoy this as an aperitif or with a meal, but one bottle will definitely not be enough! Cheers!
September 20th, 2017 11:05am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
This beautiful Austrian Pinot Noir from the biodynamic winery Meinklang must be making producers in Burgundy sweat! The whole family is involved in all aspects of the farm from growing organic grain for feeding the cattle that create the fertilizer for the vines, to growing, harvesting and finally vinifying the grapes for their wines. They are committed to this organic and biodynamic lifestyle, and it show in the high quality of their wines. It only took one whiff and a taste and I was sold on this vintage! Beautifully aromatic with juicy black cherries and hints of tarry minerality and herbs. This hand harvested, unfined and unfiltered natural wine is fermented in concrete ‘eggs’ that allow the pure fruit to shine without the oaky overtones. Medium light on the palate with a fresh and vibrant style and an elegant and fine structure. This wine is absolutely gorgeous with a slight chill and will be one of my “go-to’s” this fall!
September 13th, 2017 10:45am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
With the late game last night I was fortunate to sit down to dinner with my family and have a seasoned and smashed burger with all the fixings. Not being begind the wheel I felt it alright to indulge a bit and this Aussie Shiraz was amazing! Fruit forward and jammy with a sophistication that does not normally come with this price tag. A porch pounder for the fall around the fire pit that pairs well with anything from the grill and, yes, try making a smore with a Reeses peanut-butter cup with a D’Arenberg Shiraz tag-a-long! I have had the pleasure of selling this wine on the wholesale side and it is a guilty pleasure that I am able to offer this fabulous wine from our wine department! -Cheers
September 13th, 2017 10:44am - Posted By: Sarah Strasser
Domaine Lafond -
Rhone white wines are some of my favorite things to drink this time of year because they make great cool weather whites. Their rich, decadent texture pairs perfectly with comfort foods but they can still be thirst quenching and refreshing. The Domaine Lafond blanc comes from Lirac in the Southern Rhone and is a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and 20% Viognier. The grapes from this family run estate are all hand picked and destemmed before they macerate for 4 to 12 hours to extract as much flavor as possible. Notes of ripe apricot, orange peel, honeycomb, white flowers, and white peach all make up this decadent wine. Enjoy this beauty on its own or pair it with roasted chicken, mushroom risotto, and root vegetables. Cheers!
September 13th, 2017 10:43am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
Cabernet Franc is one of my favorite grapes as we head towards cooler temperatures. The Jour de Soif (Day of Thirst) from Gauthier is a beautiful, characterful, and food friendly wine that I could swirl and smell for hours. Located in the heart of the Loire Valley in France, Bourgueil is home to reds based on Cabernet Franc, the lighter and more aromatic brother to Cabernet Sauvignon. Compared to its neighbor Chinon, the wines of Bourgueil have a little more tannic structure and more of the pencil shaving, mineral and earthy tones. Gauthier’s Jour de Soif is a gorgeous, certified organic red with mixed berries, smokey mineral, and bell pepper aromas. Medium bodied with soft tannins, this wine is built to drink young while it still shows its youthful fruit and refreshing finish. Cheers!
September 6th, 2017 10:56am - Posted By: Sarah Strasser
Finca La Mata -
Rioja seems to get all of the attention in Spain but wines from the Ribera del Duero are just as equally deserving. The Ribera del Duero is just south of Rioja and the main grape planted is still Tempranillo. If you like full bodied red wines that still maintain freshness and balance then you need to check out these values! Finca la Mata is 100% Tempranillo that comes from vines that are 60 to 80 years old that grow in clay and gravelly soil. The fruit is all hand picked, sorted, and destemmed before being put in the temperature controlled fermentation tanks. Cooler temperatures help maintain fresh, fruity aromas while still achieving deep color and depth. The wine is aged in small oak barrels for 8 months before bottling and after a quick decant or aeration this wine is ready to be enjoyed! Dark cherry, blackberry, mocha, and coconut make up the palate on this decadent wine just begging to be paired with a ribeye. Balanced acidity and integrated tannins make this the perfect substitution for a big Cali Cab at a much lower price! Cheers!
September 6th, 2017 10:54am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
September 6th, 2017 10:52am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
A painted wolf is an African wild dog that is also known as a painted dog, because of the marking and patterns in their fur that are like fingerprints that distinguish individuals in the pack. The den for these packs of beautiful creatures act like meeting places and social gathering areas for all the members of the pack. This Chenin Blanc is the perfect ice breaker for getting together with friends and family in your own “den.” A well balanced and full bodied white that gushes with tropical fruits and has a zippy acidity that keeps you coming back for more! Great with appetizers and company, this wine is sure to get the party started! The Painted Wolf wines are also “feel good” thirst quenchers that help to preserve what land is left that is home to the wine’s namesake. -Cheers!
August 30th, 2017 10:48am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
Clos la Coutale
I always like a wine that makes me think and this bottle of Malbec really gets those juices flowing. Malbec, in general, is a varietal that is big in forward fruit and long on the palate. Food friendly and hearty, but it wants to be reserved and delicate, a wine that doesn’t just say, “goodbye Argentina,” I screams, “hello Cahors!” Malbec from this region tends to be misunderstood. The earth and leather, gritty backbone and chewy tannin that this wine has is a far cry from the particulars you will generally find in Argentine Malbec. Cahors is the home of Malbec and the wine from this bottle is the embodiment of a bare-knuckled, mustachioed, steward of the cellar and one sip of this red will make you wonder why you haven’t explored wine from Cahors before. Dark and gritty, this Malbec is all you need with hefty meats and cheese. Smoked short ribs and seared vegetables are a perfect pairing for this mouthful of terroir! -Cheers!
August 30th, 2017 10:45am - Posted By: Sarah Strasser
Gérard Bertrand –
August 30th, 2017 10:43am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
Domaine de Fenouillet -
I tasted a delicious old world bargain this past week. Originally, this estate started in Beaumes de Venice in the Southern Rhone, producing award winning Muscat Beaumes de Venice. Over the next couple of generations, the Soard family grew their holdings to the current vineyards in seven different surrounding communes. During the expansion phase, the grapes were sold off to the local cooperative and now great grandsons and current owners Patrick and Vincent are renewing the fame of the estate by making and bottling the estate wines. The Vaucluse Rouge is a fun blend of Marsellan and Merlot, creating a wine with fresh red fruits mixed with underbrush and forest floor in a medium bodied and silky style. This is a great wine for anything off the grill and will also be great to drink as we head towards the fall! -Cheers
August 23rd, 2017 11:06am - Posted By: Adrian Zabolitzki
Sauvignon Blanc is a white varietal that is grown and vinified all over the world. Styles range from very ripe, tropical, and slightly oaked to crisp, citrusy, and mineral. For those of you who like the latter, leaner style and are always on the hunt for an alternative to French Sancerre, here is a great wine for you! Sincerely is actually a play on Sancerre, the delicious and expensive sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley in France. The Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc is made by Neil Ellis in South Africa from fruit sourced from Darling, Stellenbosch, and Paarl. It is fermented at low temperatures to keep the fresh and crisp style and it sees no oak. The final wine is beautifully mineral, with delicate stone fruit and citrus, and herbaceous overtones. This is a great value and you’ll love it on hot sunny days on its own and with light appetizers like spring rolls. Cheers!
August 23rd, 2017 11:03am - Posted By: Matt Modrzejewski
Lagar de Cervera
While the La Rioja Alta S.A. Group, started in the 1890's by five families that loved the art of growing grapes and producing wine, has generations of achievements and world wide recognition. The Lagar de Fornelos name has a short history itself and was changed from the old Bodega Fernandez Cervera Hermanos SL, located in Rias Baixas in the Galicia region of Spain, just north of Portugal. La Rioja Alta abandoned making white win in the early 1980's and went in search of vineyards and tradition that would hold up to all their praise in the realm of Tempranillo. After years of searching all of Spain they were awestruck by what was happening in Galicia and quickly joined forces with the family in 1988 and began producing beautiful Galician whites. Namely, this Lagar de Cervera, which pays homage to the heritage in all aspects. A phenomenally balanced Albarino that is 100% stainless steel which showcases the true complexity of this fruit. The wine sees 10% malolactic fermentation, to help with the characteristics of the vintage, which had to be held back several days for ripening than that of a normal year. An eyebrow-raising bouqet opens to fresh peach, melon and a wealth of acidity and tea leaves that make the glass seem to disappear before your eyes! Great with tapas and lighter fish or grilled veggies with a nice balsamic reduction! -Cheers
August 23rd, 2017 11:01am - Posted By: Sarah Strasser
Anne Amie -
It’s always been interesting to me that red blends are an incredibly hot category while white blends watch from the side lines. White blends, especially like this incredibly aromatic one, have always been a favorite of mine because you can find something so unique and something that will surprise you. Anne Amie is from the Willamette Valley in Oregon where Pinot Noir reigns supreme but they have planted a wide variety of white varietals as well. The winery is LIVE certified and Salmon Safe so they are dedicated to making wine sustainably for the sake of the environment but also to bring a better quality product to us! The name Amrita comes from the Buddhist equivalent of ambrosia, or a wine of the gods. The Cuvée A blend changes every year but the 2015 is 30.6% Riesling, 23.6% Müller Thurgau, 23.4% Pinot Blanc, 16.7% Viognier, 4.6% Gewurztraminer, and 1.1% Chardonnay. The wine is incredibly aromatic with notes of ripe melon, pineapple, golden apple, papaya, kiwi, and white flowers. The tropical fruit notes carry through on the palate and this delicious wine does have a hint of residual sugar. Enjoy this with some spicy foods or just relax with a glass! Cheers!