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Wine tastings are hosted in the store weekly on Saturdays from 1-5 PM

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March 14th 2020 Wine Tasting

  • 2015 La Valentina Montepulciano D'Abruzzo "Spelt"

    (sale price $21.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - In Stock

    This wine represents a fuller-bodied version of this traditional wine for which this D’Abruzzo is known. It is made with the first selection of Montepulciano grapes from the vineayrds in addition to being aged in wood. The result of all this is a wine that is more robust and complex in style. Made from 100% Montepulciano grapes, this wine shows off a bright ruby color, with clean aromas of red berries and herbs. On the palate, the balsamic/peppery nuances temp the taste buds into wanting more and thus uncovering a hint of flint on the taste as well. All this eases into a finish that is long and pure and makes you realize what a truly lovely wine you are tasting. While very food friendly, you can always serve this wine with dishes traditional to Abruzzo such as Pallotte cacao e uova or Pasta alla pecorara.

March 7th 2020 Wine Tasting

  • 2018 Jean-Paul Brun Côte de Brouilly

    (sale price $22.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - Inactive

    Within the boundaries of France no winemaker is better regarded than Jean-Paul Brun. At his Domaine des Terres Dorées, he produces this top-quality red wine made in a natural fashion. By forgoing the use of machinery and pesticides in the vineyard, and fermenting using only the grape's natural yeast with no added sugar or sulfites, Brun can offer a pure, honest bottling that is delicious and versatile. His Côte de Brouilly is light-bodied, with elegant fruit and an earthy minerality.

February 29th 2020 Wine Tasting

  • 2018 Petalos del Bierzo

    (sale price $19.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - New Stock

    From renowned Spanish producer Alvaro Palacios and he nephew Ricardo Perez comes their Petalos, a red wine from Bierzo, Spain, made with Mencia grape from old hillside and hilltop vines from across Bierzo’s western edge. The cool northwest corner of Spain is particularly attractive to the Mencia grape along with its soil of a rocky mix, volcanic minerals and Atlantic influences. These hard to reach vineyards are worked by hand and the estate employs biodynamic viticulture methods. All this produces a wine that is replete with blackberry and violet aromas and a great herbal freshness. Positively dry on the palate with a touch of spice, this wine enjoys a long and crisp mineral finish which makes it very food-flexible and will pair with many menus.

February 22nd 2020 Wine Tasting

  • 2017 Jordan Chardonnay

    (sale price $31.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - In Stock

    The Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay from Sonoma shows off nuances of stone fruit and a vibrant acidity, this wine is the result of a blend of different vineyard blocks on the east side of the Russian River in Sonoma County. The exposed gravel deposits are what give this wine its elegance, a bright minerality and a lush lingering finish. It is this combination of Russian River Valley grapes, French oak aging and old-world winemaking techniques that helps create a Chardonnay that is harmoniously balanced to pair with a wide range of foods.

  • 2015 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

    (sale price $58.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - In Stock

    That tempting steak that keeps calling your name every time you pass by the butcher shop finally has a wine with which it can pair beautifully: the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s esteemed Alexander Valley. Every vintage of Jordon Cabernet Sauvignon always strives to achieve the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and lingering finish and this vintage is no exception. Intense aromas of cassis, black currants, blackberries and ripe cherries surround the core of this wine while the nose released lovely floral notes. The rich and seductive palace enjoys concentrated flavors interwoven with the fine tannins imparted by the new French oak barrels.

February 15th 2020 Wine Tasting

  • 2018 Garofoli Farnio Rosso Piceno

    (sale price $11.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - Inactive

    Here in the southern-most part of Italy’s Marche region we find the Garofoli Farino Rosso Piceno (sku 17163) ($11.99). This wine is a blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese with an emphasis on Montepulciano is aged in stainless steel tanks producing a bright, lively wine meant to be consumed in its youth. This wine shows a poignant fruit bouquet of good intensity. Notes of ripe plum along with delicate tannins produce a gentle structure in this wine that is remarkably easy to drink. This wine is a perfect pairing for Spaghetti coi Moscioli, a traditional dish from region, or simply enjoy it with any red sauce pasta dish or a delicious Pizza Margarita

  • 2018 Château d'Oupia

    (sale price $11.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - In Stock

    Château d'Oupia, from the Minervois region is another home run from from the Iché family. This red wine is a blend of 50% Carignan, 40% Syrah, 10% Grenache from 50+ year old vines. Chateau d'Oupia offers an earthy bouquet of cedar notes, and an elegantly balanced palate flush with dark fruit that leads to an exceptionally long finish. This is the ideal wine to serve alongside grilled or roast game and red meat dishes.

February 8th 2020 Wine Tasting

  • 2018 Sokol Blosser Evolution Pinot Noir

    (sale price $17.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - In Stock

    This fabulous Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley is bright and fruit driven with hints of pomegranate, cherry and cranberry. Well-structured yet light on the palate with a solid fruit core and a silky finish this food friendly wine shows off good tannins and balanced acidity with a hint of toasty oak. Whether you are grilling some salmon with some fresh dill from the garden, searing a pork chop with a side of wild mushroom risotto, or simply looking for a wonderful food/wine experience, you need to look no further.

  • 2018 Drew Mid-Elevation Pinot Noir

    (sale price $29.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - In Stock

    This rather extreme coastal site in Northern California resides just north of the Sonoma Coast border and immediately south west of the Anderson Valley. Grapes grown at this elevation produce low yields and intense concentration that are overall refreshing. Smaller berries and thick skins on the fruit produce flavors with deep tones and mouthwatering aftertastes. This richly colored wine has an intense nose of black cherries, heirloom plum all along a forest floor base. In the mouth the flavors of pomegranate and hint of persimmon are balanced out by a long, mineral finish.

February 1st 2020 Wine Tasting

  • 2016 Cade Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

    (sale price $108.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - Inactive

    The Cade Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is simply a stunning bottle of wine. Poured into the glass, the wine immediately shows off its dark, ruby color. Soon after the aromas of bright red berries fill the nose with softer scents of rose petals, mint and anise. The full- bodied flavors and firm tannins accompany the lush, opulent mouthfeel. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot had done a wonderful job with this effort and this beautiful wine will drink easily over the next 15 years

  • 2016 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    (price $64.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - In Stock

    A classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet, this vintage of Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon does not disappoint. The bouquet first greets you with nuances of blackberry, huckleberry and black currants. On the palate the bright, juicy flavor shows off luxurious cassis and dark berry flavors with notes of fig, cardamom, clove and black pepper. The firm core of this wine is supported by dusty tannins that frame all the flavors contained within this wine and leads you right into a well-structured finish.

  • 2015 Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

    (sale price $149.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - New Stock

    From the moment your pour this vintage of Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet (Rated 95 from Robert Parker) into your glass the black/purple color and dark, brooding bouquet tells you that this effort by the Dunn’s is one produced from relatively low yields. On the palate, the big, fat and juicy mouthfeel overtakes your taste buds. Flavors of crème de cassis, blackberry and licorice are all present in this multilayered wine. While the vineyard is not run by Randy and Lori’s son Mike, you will notice that the wine is slightly riper than how his Dad crafted. This wine, while superb now, will drink well for the next 30 to 40 years. The Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is an extraordinary red wine from California, and a great addition to any cellar.

January 25th 2020 Wine Tasting

  • 2017 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Pinot Noir Sonoma

    (sale price $29.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - In Stock

    The Crossbarn Pinot Noir has a vibrant ruby red color in the glass and on the nose dark cherry and perfumed violet nuances are powerful, yet elegant. This is a balanced and refined red, which has a long and exciting finish. The Crossbarn label is produced by California Winemaking legend, Paul Hobbs. Hobbs grew up on his family's farm, and from a young age learned to distinguish fruits that were grown in different locations and climates as well as the benefits of a very "hands on" approach to growing. All this eventually led to his ability to create the variety of wines he produces today.

January 18th 2020 Wine Tasting

  • 2017 Tascante Ghiaia Nera

    (sale price $19.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - Inactive

    The highest peak in Sicily is Mount Etna, an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily. It is on the northern side of this mountain that we find the vineyards that produce the Tascante Ghiaia Nera. Here the vines of the Nerello Mascalese grape grown in the volcanic soil in the Piano district of Catania. The grapes grown here flourish and ripen in the hot Sicilian summer before being picked in mid to late October. It is these warm days that gives this wines its fresh and ripe flavor and showcases the true personality of this native grape of Sicily. Upon pouring this wine you will first notice its cherry red color in the glass and in the mouth you are treated to a bright, fresh taste and soft tannins. It is the easy drinkability of this wine which makes it fine on its own, but also makes it very food friendly. Our suggestion would be to dig out a traditional Sicilian recipe of Pasta alla Norma, Braciole di Manzo or a basic Ragu and you will instantly transported to Italy's most famous island.

  • 2016 Valérie Forgues Gamay

    (sale price $19.99)

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    750ml - Bottle - New Stock

    Valérie Forgues and her Domaine de la Mechiniere are located in the Loire Valley’s Touraine. The 2016 Valerie Forgues Gamay is made from 100% Gamay and in a natural fashion and is soon to be certified organic. She harvests by hand, uses indigenous yeasts and bottles without fining or filtering.

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