What Are We Drinking Now? Gilles Gelin Fleurie

Did you miss Beaujolais Day, too? Don't fret. Heidi has just the thing for you. GILLES GELIN FLEURIE We have plenty of Gamay to take us all through New Year's Day. And this is no basic Beaujolais. Gilles Gelin, fourth generation vintner, grows his grapes organically from the esteemed cru, Fleurie. This region is not only recognized for its delicate floral and mineral features, but also its age-worthy complexity. Dark crimson in the glass, the 2016 vintage has a bouquet of dried cherries and currants, with notes of cedar and clove. Soft and lush to the taste, this red wine [...]

By | 2020-12-03T22:40:33+00:00 December 2nd, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Pali Summit Pinot Noir

Kevin fell victim (in a good way) to the power of Pinot. PALI SUMMIT PINOT NOIR We are firm believers in the power of Pinot Noir. Let us make it easy for you: BUY THIS! This Californian beauty begins fresh and fruity, then delves into flavors of black licorice, pepper, and a faint earthy/mushroomy hint on the end. The herbal notes throughout this food-friendly wine will go with all of your favorite sides, as well as the turkey. Pali Summit Pinot Noir Friends & Family: $27.99/btl (reg. $29.99/btl) ORDER ONLINE (Order online if you'd rather not come all the [...]

By | 2020-12-03T22:40:41+00:00 November 19th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Elektrisch Riesling Kabinett

Whether you're ready to fall in love or not, Fleur's pretty sure you'll fall for this Riesling. ELEKTRISCH RIESLING KABINETT 2019 Sometimes you stumble upon something so very lovely there really is no choice but to fall head over heels. This truly "electric" Kabinett Riesling will set your heart racing with its sharp floral aromas, buzzing acidity, and resonating flavors of tart green apple, honeysuckle, and rain-soaked rocks. Pair this with roasted wild game and spiced root vegetables or, ya know, just bathe in it. ;) By the way..."Kabinett Riesling" is the lightest style of Riesling, made from grapes that [...]

By | 2020-12-03T22:40:48+00:00 November 13th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Quinta Promesa Mencía

Drew is digging this medium-bodied, floral Iberian imbiber. So will you. Mencía, grown in Spain and Portugal, is fairly similar to Garnacha, but this expression shows oaky richness and deep red fruit. Coupled with velvety tannins, it makes a fantastic food wine when paired with peppery meat or earthy mushroom-based dishes. Buy a few and see how it ages. Quinta Promesa Mencía $14.99/btl ORDER ONLINE (Order online if you'd rather not come into the shop. We'll have it ready for you within an hour; just take a couple of steps inside our shop, pick up your Quinta Promesa Mencía [...]

By | 2020-11-17T21:48:15+00:00 November 5th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Boulder Creek Distillery Straight Bourbon

For the good of all of us, Fleur is sharing her Sacred Old Fashioned recipe. I adore Old Fashioneds all year round, but this blustery weather beckons for something a little more soul-warming, something fairly special, something oh-so-pretty to sip while accolading ourselves for getting through one helluva year: My Sacred Old Fashioned featuring Boulder Creek Distillery Straight Bourbon will soothe as well as celebrate. Bold aromas of nutmeg and clove will lure you into the most velvety, radiating, soft heat and lovely rounded oak...truly a beauty to behold. Sacred Old Fashioned . 2oz Bear Creek Distillery Straight Bourbon . [...]

By | 2020-11-17T21:48:09+00:00 October 29th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Leopold Bros Aperitivo

Drew has embraced the complexity of Leopold Bros Aperitivo. The Leopolds’ take on a traditional Italian aperitif is beautiful, bright, and best of all…..BITTER. Grapefruit peel and coriander dominate the mix, but this light liqueur is complex. Backed by botanicals such as artemisia pontica, common to vermouth and absinthe, there is heady, herbaceous nuance in every sip. This stuff CRUSHES CAMPARI! Try it in your next Negroni or Boulevardier, or in a simple spritz with sparkling wine. And, second best of all (first best is the bitterness, if we recall — there will be a test), you can buy it [...]

By | 2020-11-17T21:48:00+00:00 October 21st, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Land of Saints Grenache/Syrah

Try this blend of Grenache & Syrah that is even better than its way-cool label would suggest. This one is so good, I've had two this week. And it's only Wednesday. Seriously, it is that good. Nothing too fancy, just really damn good Grenache/Syrah from one of the best Grenache winemakers in California, Angela Osborne, who also makes A Tribute to Grace wines. Fresh, balanced, clean, and elegant; Pinot Noiresque body and fruit with a little more oomph. It was Meatless Monday at my house, and the Land of Saints Grenache/Syrah went perfectly with roasted delicata squash with flageolet beans, [...]

By | 2020-11-17T22:04:08+00:00 October 7th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? Kellerei Bozen 2018 Kerner

Fleur is accompanying October's arrival with a northern Italian white. I am anticipating the forthcoming harvest with this resplendent bowl of roasted pumpkin Oaxacan spiced bisque (say that real fast one time), which is cradling candied hazelnuts, burrata, and THE most luscious of all the house-made sausages from Marczyk Fine Foods: pork blueberry!!! All of which is perfectly accented by the tart clementine, aromatic sage, subtle nutmeg, and finishing dried apricot pop of Kellerei Bozen's beautifully straw-colored Kerner. Welcome to October, my lovelies. Kellerei Bozen 2018 Kerner $26.99/btl

By | 2020-11-17T21:47:47+00:00 October 5th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? E.F. Crochet & Filles Rosé Champagne.

Heidi would like to ease you into fall with this gorgeous Rosé Champagne. Autumn is here! But first, Champagne. Pop yourself a bottle of this salmon-colored bubbly — a perfect companion to watching the foliage change. Summer will linger with the wine's notes of tart strawberries and raspberries. This Rosé Champagne, owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters, has gentle mousse and soft brioche on the nose. Now what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to more Champagne! You deserve it. E.F. Crochet & Filles Rosé Champagne Friends & Family: $39.99/btl (reg $44.99) [...]

By | 2020-11-17T21:47:39+00:00 September 25th, 2020|

What Are We Drinking Now? A Boutique Tequila: Arette Artesenal “Suave” Blanco

Arette Blanco has been my go-to tequila for years, and this selection from their boutique "Artesenal Suave" line is incredible. The Orendian family has been producing high-quality tequilas in Jalisco since 1900, and master distiller brothers Eduardo Sr and Jaime hand-pick the finest organic agave to be fermented in concrete for their boutique line. The result is a standout blanco — clean and complex with some natural sweetness and fruit tones. HIGHLY recommended if you love the budget-friendly classic blanco in your margaritas — this one is a must-sip! Arette Artesenal "Suave" Blanco $54.99/btl

By | 2020-11-17T21:47:31+00:00 September 2nd, 2020|