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So far Barbara Macfarlane has created 10 blog entries.

What Are We Drinking Now? “Warm… Warmer… DISCO!” Disco! Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon – Mrs. Mia Wallace

Whether you're a Daddy-O, Kitty Kat, Pumpkin, or Honey Bunny, this is one Disco that'll have you GETTIN' DOWN! This wine defines cool and crisp, with its brackish tones, subtle lanolin, and finishing spike of yuzu/kumquatiness. Can you dig it? Then check this out, baby: Pair that with garlic-crusted pork tenderloin topped with blueberry-rosemary crema and compote, which is on your plate next to seared shiitakes and red radish micro-greens topped with a creamy Sauv Blanc butter pan sauce, and your dinner service will go "Superfly TNT!" One more thang: Fancy does not equal difficult or expensive. This [...]

By | 2020-08-05T22:54:00+00:00 August 5th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? La Bambina Rosato from Menfi, Sicily

Barbara is loving this rosé from Menfi, Sicily. This is summer wine! Almost an orange tint; subtle strawberry and peaches; a great food wine. Thank you, Marilena! La Bambina, from winemaker Marilena Barbera, is a pleasant expression of the Nero d'Avola grape (ever heard of that one?), which is harvested at night to preserve the freshest aromas and to give birth to a very exciting wine that reflects the personality of Menfi's terroir. How do you gazpacho? I'm gazpachoing with fried Serrano ham, shrimp, avocado, and olive oil. And, of course, a glass or three of La Bambina. [...]

By | 2020-08-03T20:14:14+00:00 July 29th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Domaine Modat Le Petit Modat’Mour Rouge

My favorite burger in town is from Bistro Georgette, and whenever I make them at home I attempt to capture that insanely delicious balance of richness and acidity. For me, what that boils down to is a patty of equal parts ground beef and pork, and a healthy hunk of red onion that is pickled, then grilled. I stole that from them. I'll tweak some of the other toppings, try different sauces maybe, but I need the extra fat and some vinegar-y, pickle-y goodness as a foundation. Fries are nice on the side, but this time of year I [...]

By | 2020-07-06T18:55:03+00:00 July 4th, 2020|

Heidi would like you to know that nothing currently in the shop radiates summer celebration quite like our Fleur Vermentino 2017 from Carneros, California

My personal summer solstice celebration was beautifully punctuated by the ethereal and somewhat whimsical qualities within this bottle — aromatics of lemon balm, queen anne's lace, and muted straw instantly lure you into the glass. Begging for you to give this a big mouth-swish you will find deep notes of plush honeydew (think close to the rind), white peach, and orange azalea flowers. You'll find yourself immediately smiling due to the little zap of pucker that hits the corners of your jaw, reminiscent of a fresh mango lassi. My mini picnic plate featured a lovely little slab of Vermont [...]

By | 2020-08-03T19:58:51+00:00 June 24th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Domaine de la Potardière Gamay Rosé 2019 from the Loire Valley, France

Fleur loves this rosé for the complexity that emerges after those first upfront flavors knock you for a loop. Being all of 5-foot-nothing, I have always had a great affection for the old adage: "Dynamite comes in small packages." This sherbet-colored Gamay rosé from the Loire Valley is the definition of understated beauty. Behind this guy's soft side of powdery chalkiness, bubblegum, and overripe apricot, you'll find even more dynamic layers: golden plum, yellow raspberry, and earthy marigold flowers. Complex and vibrant, the finish lingers and forces you to close your eyes for just a moment to let [...]

By | 2020-07-06T18:55:11+00:00 June 17th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Mythology Botanical Gin from Denver, CO (that’s pretty close by!)

Mythology makes this botanical gin, but the exquisite flavor is anything but mythological. Time to batch out a giant g&t and go look at some plants. For those unaware, our beloved Denver Botanic Gardens is back open, and this timely collaboration with Mythology uses ingredients grown inside the gates. This gin is fresh and zesty, with mild peppercorn and bright citrus. My next move is to see how it stands up in a martini, but i think it's a fair presumption that a beautiful thing awaits. This summer release is available for a limited time, so why are [...]

By | 2020-07-06T18:55:19+00:00 June 11th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Château Carbonneau LuLu Rosé

This wine could be the cornerstone of your questionably nutritious breakfast. Have you ever opened the fridge in the morning and just wanted to drink wine for breakfast? If the answer to that question was "yes," what are you waiting for? LuLu is ready for you. I am a fan of wines that just deliver. This stuff is great. Fresh, fruity, and fun — all that you could ever want from a rosé. The price is right, and this year it's a screw cap! It's even easier to get into the bottle and get the morning (or whenever) [...]

By | 2020-07-06T18:55:26+00:00 May 28th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Fleur’s Amore, La Bambina Rosato Menfi 2018 from Menfi, Sicily

La Bambina comes to us from winemaker Marilena Barbera, who says, "La Bambina is dedicated to strong women, to their power and energy, to their tireless motivation in fighting for their beliefs, to their talent for problem-solving despite difficulties and complications." Now let Fleur tell you about her experience with this wine. Pause...clear your thoughts...allow yourself time. Some people achieve inner peace through transcendental meditation or perhaps the death of the ego. For me? I found true stillness and clarity sitting on my bed, watching cartoons, and drinking some of the most resplendent wine I've ever had. The [...]

By | 2020-07-06T18:55:36+00:00 May 19th, 2020|

Love You Bunches

What do a wine bottle and a Mother's Day card have in common? They can be the same thing. Heidi tells you all about it… 2019 Sangiovese | Stolpman Vineyards | Santa Barbara County, CA Looking for a unique gift bottle for your recent grad or mama? Show them you "love them bunches" with this tart and youthful Sangiovese. (There's even room to leave a love note on the label.) Stolpman Vineyards captures its freshness using carbonic fermentation (think Beaujolais Nouveau). Throw it on ice before pouring — now you are ready to enjoy the prickly layers of sour [...]

By | 2020-07-06T18:56:02+00:00 May 7th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Nobushi Japanese Whiskey

Kevin has been experimenting with Nobushi Japanese Whiskey. We are publishing his discoveries here. Nobushi is a blend of whiskeys from the Miyagi and Nagano prefectures. This stuff is delicious: Lots of floral and citrus notes go extremely well with the hints of caramel and vanilla. I've had this straight, on the rocks, and in a few cocktails — try as a sub for Cognac in traditional cocktails like a Sidecar or Corpse Reviver, or make a badass highball and enjoy your life. You won't regret it. $49.99/bottle

By | 2020-07-06T19:32:31+00:00 May 1st, 2020|