About Seth Ball

Howdy! My name is Seth. I was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin down the plain. I've got a passion for wine, beer, and spirits. I find it magical that you can transport yourself to far off places and times with just a sip. Each bottle holds a new adventure and memory.

What Are We Drinking Now? L. Tramier & Fils Juliénas 2020 Beaujolais

Seth has a summer red that goes with all the summer things. L. Tramier & Fils Juliénas 2020 Beaujolais - Gamay This Juliénas (for under $30!) is a perfect summer red. It's light-bodied and slightly tannic with flavors of cherry, red currant, violet, and subtle baking spice notes. It's great with soooo many different dishes: grilled sausages, roasted herbed chicken, pork belly tacos, grilled salmon, rich creamy cheeses and prosciutto...the list goes on and on. L. Tramier & Fils Juliénas 2020 Beaujolais - Gamay $23.99/btl ORDER ONLINE ___ (Order online if you’d rather not come into the [...]

By | 2022-06-17T20:52:03+00:00 June 10th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Bonny Doon Picpoul

Seth has a perfect Seafood wine and it's pronounced peek-pool.Bonny Doon PicpoulYou're definitely missing out if you aren't enjoying this amazing Picpoul. It's a varietal that not too many are familiar with, and what a shame that is — it's savory, tropical, bright, dry, and has a beautiful touch of white flowers and citrus.Grab this wine if you're having oysters, scallops, mussels, swordfish, salmon, grilled chicken, Thai, sushi, crab, or even fried calamari. It's super-tasty and super-versatile.Bonny Doon Picpoul$15.99/btl ORDER ONLINE ___ (Order online if you’d rather not come into the shop. We’ll have your order ready within [...]

By | 2022-05-12T21:37:36+00:00 May 12th, 2022|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Sébastien Besson Juliénas

Seth has a Beaujolais for your Easter table. Sébastien Besson Juliénas This Beaujolais is super-elegant and classy while remaining approachable for everyone (even those who aren't familiar with the Gamay varietal). The grapes are hand-harvested at the perfect ripeness and fermented in both concrete and stainless steel. I tasted hints of raspberry and black cherry, a subtle earthiness, a touch of clove, and a little orange zest. It has a nice viscosity that is complemented by a bright acidity and smooth tannins. Great with Easter dinner and leftovers. Sébastien Besson Juliénas $39.99/btl ORDER ONLINE ___ (Order online [...]

By | 2022-04-20T21:32:23+00:00 April 14th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? The Family Jones Smoked Old Fashioned

Seth has a pre-made Old Fashioned that TASTES freshly made. The Family Jones Smoked Old Fashioned - Denver, CO Not all pre-made cocktails are made the same, and the Smoked Old Fashioned by The Family Jones is one that should not be overlooked on your next trip in. They use bourbon, bitters, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, lavender, Guajillo chili, clove, and a touch of smoke that they get from Lapsang Souchong tea leaves (none of that artificial smoke nonsense). It's truly on par with a cocktail you'd order at your favorite bar or restaurant. Your decision: Do you want to [...]

By | 2022-03-07T23:44:29+00:00 March 4th, 2022|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Domaine de la Combe Muscadet

Seth pairs this one with ALL the Seafoods. Domaine de la Combe Muscadet Absolutely one of the best wines in the shop right now. It has a rich and luscious viscosity that coats your mouth with heavenly goodness. It tastes like a fresh cool rain on hot pavement with notes of apple, citrus peel, and tropical fruits. It is NOT a sweet wine. It has the perfect dryness to pair with mussels, scallops, oysters, shrimp, chicken, vegetables, and cheeses of all kinds. I had the pleasure of trying it with some east coast oysters from Marczyk Fine Foods. Oh. [...]

By | 2022-02-07T23:19:00+00:00 February 5th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Chateau Carbonneau La Verrière

Seth has a wine to build your menu around. (Think burgers and steaks.) Chateau Carbonneau La Verrière - Bordeaux, France This 2018 Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon has delicious dark fruit flavors, with the perfect amount of oak, tobacco leaf, leather, and spice. Its firm tannins and mouth-watering acidity have it screamin' for a hearty beef or lamb stew, an aged cheddar, or a nice fatty steak or burger! It makes the perfect companion to take along for a dinner with family and friends, or it also makes a great gift for that ever-so-hard-to-please wino you know. Chateau Carbonneau La Verrière [...]

By | 2021-11-12T20:32:42+00:00 November 5th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Domaine Barou Avec Le Temps

Seth would like to encourage you not to go all-out red quite yet — this white will warm your bones. Domaine Barou Avec Le Temps - Charnas, Rhône Valley, France This Rhône blend is a mix of Roussanne, Vermentino, and Viognier. It's complex, rich, and classy without being pretentious. There are subtle floral and honey hints that are balanced by a complementary bitter lemon zest and a nice dry finish. A perfect wine for a charcuterie spread, some pâté, a juicy roasted chicken, or even your favorite spicy Thai or Chinese takeout. I know some of you are adamant [...]

By | 2021-10-25T20:27:14+00:00 October 22nd, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Alvi’s Drift

Seth is transitioning into fall with this Shiraz from South Africa. Alvi's Drift Shiraz - Western Cape, South Africa Alvi's Drift, a South African Shiraz, is an amazing fall red. It has nice juicy dark berry flavors and the perfect touch of spice. It is rich, warming, and smooth. My mouth is watering just thinking about it with a hearty lamb stew, or even a nice grilled burger with some crispy salted fries. It's super versatile: Pair it with a nice hard cheese, some salami, and your favorite true crime TV, and you've got yourself the makings of a [...]

By | 2021-10-12T18:58:44+00:00 October 11th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Alta Luna “Phases” Red Blend

Need some help transitioning into fall? Seth has just the wine for you. Alta Luna "Phases" Red Blend - Trentino, Northern Italy Alta Luna is the perfect wine to usher in the transition from summer to fall. It flaunts the warm and comforting baking spices of fall, with a smooth lightness that makes it great for a late-summer evening. It's what you want with a delicious charcuterie board, grilled burgers, pulled pork or jackfruit sandwiches, chili dogs, good conversation, or nothing at all. Also, try popping it in the fridge for half an hour before you crack it open [...]

By | 2021-09-15T18:27:33+00:00 September 8th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Daou Family Estates “Discovery” Chardonnay

Seth keeps going back for sip after sip of this California Chard. He'd like you to do the same. Daou Family Estates "Discovery" Chardonnay - Paso Robles, California The Daou is a really classy Paso Robles Chardonnay. There is some oak, but it is exceptionally well-integrated, adding an extra level of richness to the wine without overdoing it. It has a good amount of citrusy mouth-watering acid that perfectly compliments the tropical fruit and melon flavors. And no, it's not sweet. You can't help but want to go back for sip after sip. I can just imagine how amazing [...]

By | 2021-08-20T21:34:32+00:00 August 20th, 2021|