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? Full-bodied, soft, & balanced. Not only that, but it has a long, flavorful finish.

Looks fancy, yes? Luccarelli Negroamaro is a well-priced rich and full red from southern Italy. Under $20, it pairs very well with a Marczyk burger with cheese and sautéed red onions. Luccarelli Negroamaro $18.99/btl

By | 2020-10-08T17:57:14+00:00 August 28th, 2020|

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 | 2020-09-28T21:04:05+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 | 2020-09-28T21:08:00+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 | 2020-09-28T21:12:04+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 | 2020-09-28T21:13:45+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 | 2020-09-28T21:15:36+00:00 June 17th, 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 | 2020-09-28T21:18:42+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 | 2020-09-28T21:21:52+00:00 May 7th, 2020|