What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? CLO Blanc & CLO Rouge de Saumur

Fleur is serving Saumur wine two ways. CLO Blanc de Saumur & CLO Rouge de Saumur - Loire Valley, France At my casa when we celebrate, we celebrate BIG! Our son asked for fancy hamburgers and french fries for his 12th birthday. Without hesitation we belted out "Challenge Accepted!" Of course, the chefs needed a little vino for the festivities, and when one wants red and the other wants white, ya gotta just go for both! CLO Blanc de Saumur: Aromatics of hot kettle corn and spiced apples invoke assumptions of sweetness...yet, this tricky little Chenin is anything but [...]

By | 2021-07-26T23:13:55+00:00 July 16th, 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 Are We Drinking Now? 2001 Salexis Napa Valley Merlot for Father’s Day

Kevin has a vintage Merlot for your classic Dad. 2001 Salexis Napa Valley Merlot Yes, you read that correctly: It DOES say 2001. This beautiful Napa Valley Merlot was made by John Gibson, who earned his stripes working for Chappellet, Stag's Leap, and Vin Cliff before starting this project, Salexis. The wine shows its age in the color (a dark garnet) but all of the aromas of raspberry, blackberry, coffee, and chocolate still remain. A super-big wine at 14%, this should be the anchor to that special Father's Day meal, especially if there's a giant hunk of red meat [...]

By | 2021-06-18T18:51:59+00:00 June 17th, 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 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|

What Are Drinking Now? Martha Stoumen “Post Flirtation”

Fleur has a delightfully surprising red for your Valentine's Day. MARTHA STOUMEN "POST FLIRTATION" 2019 If there's one thing you can count on these days it's that there is no lack of surprises. But sometimes those surprises can turn out to be exactly what our weary hearts need...and that is precisely what this stunning blend of 50% Zinfandel, 50% Carignan delivers. Not the Zin blend you might expect, this gent is light, crushable, and slaps ya right across the face with its bold flavor — in the very best way! Deep velvet magenta in color, with pucker notes of [...]

By | 2021-02-12T21:17:29+00:00 February 11th, 2021|

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 | 2020-12-14T20:49:08+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? 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|