What Are We Drinking Now? Domaine Bardin Pouilly Fumé

Forget New Zealand, Spain, and Cali; Kevin is opting for Loire Valley Sauv Blancs. Domaine Bardin Pouilly Fumé - Loire Valley, France Sauvignon Blanc has become one of the most popular wines out there. Beautiful examples come from all over — New Zealand, Spain, California — but my personal favorites hail from the Loire Valley. You may be familiar with Sancerre, the most famous Sauvignon Blanc from the region. Pouilly Fumé is yet another stunning example of how amazing Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc can be. The Cedrick Bardin Pouilly Fumé is fairly typical, combining ripe fruitiness with crisp freshness. [...]

By | 2021-07-26T23:24:12+00:00 July 21st, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Les Vignobles Foncalieu

Piquepoul has been one of Marshall's favorite wines, but this Piquepoul is something special. Les Vignobles Foncalieu - Languedoc, France For years Piquepoul has been one of my go-to summer wines, so when I saw Foncalieu's Piquepoul Noir Rosé hit our shelves, I knew I had to try it. Gleefully I took a bottle home and let it chill while I prepped dinner, and opened it when it was about twenty degrees below room temperature. I unscrewed the cap and poured a glass. The results did not remotely disappoint. The wine immediately drew me in with scents of rain [...]

By | 2021-07-26T22:59:31+00:00 July 14th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Cedrick Bardin Sancerre

James is stepping up your Sauv Blanc game with this Sancerre. Cedrick Bardin Sancerre - Loire Valley, France The most frequent request at the wine shop of late has been folks looking for a Sancerre. Ask and you shall receive! Fresh and bright, the Cedrick Bardin 2020 is a magnificent example of why Sancerres are so highly sought-after. This elegant, mineral-forward wine has the perfect level of acidity and is an absolute steal at $27.99. Pair with your favorite seafood dish or a roast chicken dinner — you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for that next-level Sauvignon Blanc, [...]

By | 2021-07-26T22:19:06+00:00 July 8th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Vieira de Plata Albariño & Gómez Cruzado Rioja

Read all about Bob's experiment with pairing wine with cod. Vieira de Plata Albariño & Gómez Cruzado Rioja  Ever try to pair a wine with a meal, and it just doesn't work? I'm usually pretty good at it, even when you stretch the rules, but here I stretched a little too much and did a red with cod and it just didn't work. I thought my smoky Spanish romesco sauce would bridge the gap and make the dish work with my Spanish Rioja. It was obvious that this was a chance I should not have taken. This old-world Tempranillo [...]

By | 2021-06-30T21:13:46+00:00 June 30th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Brand Weissburgunder Pfalz 2019

Fleur is drinking Weissburgunder two ways. Brand Weissburgunder Pfalz 2019 What does a hot (that's sweaty-hot) girl do with a liter of natural German Weissburgunder? After being reunited with this luscious limestone-driven heartthrob, I was torn... Should I indulge in a decadent Monday night charcuterie dinner? Or would I create a spritely stone fruit Sangria blanca? You know me...Why not both??? Tart plum, white peach, kumquat, and delicate notes of Seville orange are laced together by this wine's tingling acidity and finish of wet stone — piquancy that matches perfectly with Cypress Grove's "Little Giant" bloomy-rind goat cheese, Divina [...]

By | 2021-06-24T20:00:24+00:00 June 24th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Belle Pente “Cuvée Classé” Pinot Noir

When you're serving salmon, you'll be wanting this Pinot. 2018 Belle Pente "Cuvée Classé" Pinot Noir Willamette Valley If you have ever come to our shop looking for an Oregon Pinot, chances are we may have pushed a bottle from Belle Pente into your hands. We have loved their products for so long and this new offering is no exception. This is a new product for us, a blend of only 26 extremely high-quality barrels — 2/3 from the Belle Pente Estate of Yamhill-Carlton and 1/3 from Murto Vineyard in Dundee Hills. These barrels are usually reserved for fancy [...]

By | 2021-05-27T22:15:43+00:00 May 27th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Dominio de Punctum Sin Sulfitos Tempranillo

James is pouring sunshine with this Tempranillo. Dominio de Punctum Sin Sulfitos Tempranillo Cloudy, wet weather got you down? Take a trip to sunny La Mancha, Spain (Don Quixote's old stomping grounds), with Dominio de Punctum Sin Sulfitos Barrel-Aged Tempranillo. Organic and biodynamic with no added sulfites, Punctum pours a lovely ruby-red color with a violet hue. Lush flavors of ripe cherries and blackberries, intertwining with hints of vanilla and soft clove, will have you forgetting all about cloudy skies and rain. Dry and medium-bodied with a mild tannic structure, Punctum was a perfect pairing with a dry aged [...]

By | 2021-05-26T22:39:30+00:00 May 19th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now That There’s Sunshine? Biokult Grüner Veltliner

Bob has a wonderful asparagus wine for you. Biokult Grüner Veltliner By "asparagus wine" we don't mean it's made from fermented asparagus; rather, it pairs well with asparagus. Grüner Veltliner — or Groovy, as some of the cool cats have been calling it for a few years — is pretty Groovy to drink. You don't have to have a disco ball, wear bell bottoms, and have the Bee Gees playing in the background to be Groovy here, although that could be a fun night, too. Especially if you have the wine. The great thing about Grüner, other than being [...]

By | 2021-05-26T22:39:42+00:00 May 14th, 2021|

What ELSE are we drinking for Mother’s Day? Crochet & Filles Champagne

Some bubbles for your troubles, Mom. What does this Mother want??? Champagne and black truffles, baby!!! Pairing the classic beauty of our Crochet & Filles Champagne with the next-level intensity of ALL the black truffleness (which as of now is a word) I could fit on one plate is my idea of Mother's Day Nirvana. Pictured: Prepare to salivate ... Torres's Black Truffle Premium Potato Chips; Cypress Grove's Truffle Tremor goat cheese; Melchiorri's Tartifata Black Truffle Sauce; marinated, raw, sashimi-quality ahi tuna; as well as black truffled brown butter-seared, U-10, dry-packed, wild scallops — ALL available just next door [...]

By | 2021-05-26T22:40:11+00:00 May 7th, 2021|

What Are Drinking Now? Hecht & Bannier Rouge Blend

A chicken dish that requires some extra effort deserves a red with extra panache. Hecht & Bannier Rouge Blend from France I cook a lot. At least 4 dinners a week. Plus, I used to be chef/owner of a little restaurant in Denver where we changed the entire menu every month. I once tallied up our entrees over eight years. To simplify: 8 years x 12 months x 5 entrees per month with zero repeated dishes — 480 different entrees. And I cooked at home. And lunch specials every day, too. I truly love to cook something different every [...]

By | 2021-05-26T22:40:32+00:00 April 29th, 2021|