About Marshall Davidson

Marshall has been working in the wine and spirits industry since his twenty-first year. He has taught classes and curated tastings during his career and introduced many an adventurous spirit to his favorite libations. In his spare time, Marshall enjoys writing, playing music, and studying languages.

What Are We Drinking Now? Nanbu Bijin “Tokubetsu Junmai” Sake

Marshall loves Sake, pair it with Sushi or Steak, he wrote a Haiku. Nanbu Bijin "Tokubetsu Junmai" Sake Nanbu Bijin, a jewel of a sake. Drink chilled, try with anything. Dry honeydew drifts Across one's eager tongue, may This flavor ne'er fade. Nanbu Bijin "Tokubetsu Junmai" Sake $36.99/bottle ORDER ONLINE ___ (Order online if you’d rather not come into the shop. We’ll have your order ready within an hour, we’ll bring it out to you, and you’ll be on your way.) (You must be 21 to purchase or pick up wine — please have your ID ready.) [...]

By | 2022-07-11T21:09:38+00:00 July 8th, 2022|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Groundwork Picpoul Carbonique Paso Robles

Marshall has a dry, gorgeous, tangerine-y, peachy orange wine for you. Groundwork Picpoul Carbonique Paso Robles - California As summer stretches on and the heat beats down, who doesn't want to reach for a fun, refreshing drink? My go-to for these blistering days is Groundwork's Picpoul Carbonique, a lovely skin-contact wine made from Picpoul, Malvasia, and Malbec. This delicious blend is treated to carbonic maceration, which produces a soft body and makes Groundwork almost too easy to drink. You can expect flavors of tangerine, peach, and jasmine green tea, but make no mistake, this is dry and gorgeous. Try [...]

By | 2022-07-12T19:53:11+00:00 July 8th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Leopold’s Summer Gin & Kiku Masamune Sake

Marshall is constructing a gorgeously refreshing summer cocktail! Leopold's Summer Gin & Kiku Masamune Dry Cup Sake With the days growing warmer and longer — except for this weekend when they'll be colder and snowier — I find myself wanting drinks that are more refreshing. One of my go-to cocktails for this time of year is a light, easy-going sipper I call a Spring Rain. For this recipe, I use Leopold's Summer Gin, Kiku Masamune Dry Cup Sake, Strongwater Lavender Bitters, and club soda. Leopold's Summer Gin is an annual release that beautifully embodies the season. This floral gin [...]

By | 2022-05-25T19:20:00+00:00 May 20th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? The Simple Grape

Marshall has some easy-sippers for relaxing. The Simple Grape Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon Sometimes after a long day all you want to do is get home and have a nice glass of wine — nothing too dense or stuffy, just something easy that tastes good. Whether you want a red or a white, The Simple Grape delivers. Their Cabernet is bold but not aggressive with lots of fruit, while their Chardonnay is lively and well-balanced with restrained tones of butter and oak. These wines also contain zero added sugar, are low-calorie, and are certified sustainable. Life can be complicated, [...]

By | 2022-04-29T21:45:47+00:00 April 22nd, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Gabriele Scaglione Passeggiando in Vigna Langhe Nebbiolo

Marshall has a lush Italian Nebbiolo.Gabriele Scaglione Passeggiando in Vigna Langhe Nebbiolo -  Langhe, ItalyAh, February, a month of beautiful things: snow, groundhogs, and love. At this time of year, one yearns for comfort from the cold, for hearty meals, for wonderful wines. Thus let us speak of a spring-evoking wine as gorgeous as snow-draped aspen trees. Gabriele Scaglione's Passeggiando in Vigna is a lush Nebbiolo from Langhe, Italy. Looking beyond the adorable apple-adorned hedgehog on the label, one will find a wine warm with notes of cherry, rose, and spring rain. Try this with a hearty lasagna or pasta Bolognese. [...]

By | 2022-02-07T23:11:26+00:00 February 5th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Odfjell Armador Carménère

Marshall has a gorgeous, versatile Chilean Carménère that pairs with ALL the foods. Odfjell Armador Carménère - Chile I love Carménère, a little-known varietal found primarily in Chile these days. These wines are not overly heavy and have a characteristic spice that I adore. Odfjell Armador has all this and more. Odfjell is a soft and gentle red with velvety tannins and a nose that's alive with green pepper, some bright fruit tones, and a spice that only blossoms as the wine breathes. Lately, I've been recommending it for hearty dishes; I enjoyed it with a flank steak and [...]

By | 2022-01-16T23:59:50+00:00 January 7th, 2022|

De Vinis Naturalibus: On Natural Wine

De Vinis Naturalibus On Natural Wine By Marshall Davidson   Having worked in wine shops since college, it has been a pleasure to see the popularity of natural wine grow over the years. I remember being at Total Wine when I was twenty-two and asking my manager what it meant when a label proclaimed that a wine was natural. “After all,” I asked, “isn’t all wine natural? It’s just fermented grape juice, right?” My manager thought for a moment, shrugged, and said, “It’s just a marketing gimmick I think.” Oh, how wrong he was. Still, while I’ve learned the term [...]

By | 2022-04-25T02:35:28+00:00 November 30th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? DoReMi Mitsvane & DoReMi Saperavi

Marshall was already in love with Georgian wines before he encountered these. Now he's 100% beguiled. DoReMi Mitsvane & DoReMi Saperavi Since first trying Georgian wine several years ago, I've been in love. I'm not talking about wine from the southern state, but from the eastern European nation that borders the Black Sea and Russia. At the time, I had no idea that Georgia produced wine, let alone that they had been doing it for longer than the pyramids have been standing. All I knew when I picked up that first bottle was that it looked cool and was [...]

By | 2021-11-27T21:05:49+00:00 November 22nd, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Ameztoi Stimatum Red Txakoli

Ever pair a wine with Halloween candy? Marshall has, and this Basque country red also goes with a whole lot more. Ameztoi Stimatum Red Txakoli - Basque Country, Spain Ghastliest of greetings, Ghosts and Ghouls, ‘tis the most spookiest time of the year and my heart is all aflutter. Halloween is a time of joy, a time of celebration, a time of hearty meals and candy. Naturally, one needs a wine to accompany such spentefulous things, and I’ve got just the one: Ameztoi Stimatum is a devilishly delicious red that pairs equally well with your favorite Halloween treat and the [...]

By | 2021-11-02T20:24:23+00:00 October 28th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Ethereo Albariño

Marshall is pairing the final week of September with this gorgeous Spanish Albariño. Ethereo Albariño - Rias Baixas, Spain Autumn is far and away my favorite time of year. I love the way the air feels, the smell of the trees transitioning for winter, the slight chill, the hearty foods making their way to tables. To complement these ethereal sensations, I paired the final week of September with a bottle of Ethereo Albariño. Ethereo is a gorgeous white wine from Rias Baixas, Spain, rich with notes of honey crisp apple, Meyer lemon, and a minerality as crisp as an [...]

By | 2021-09-30T20:42:03+00:00 September 30th, 2021|