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? 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? 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? 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|

Back to school special! Parents need school supplies, too.

We here at Marczyk Fine Wines have been committed to finding the best wines you've never heard of for quite a while now. We have done it again with this affordable Spanish red blend. (When you see the price beneath the photo you're going to say, "Must. Have. This. Wine.") Here's what our General Manager has to say about it: "I am a big fan of chilled red wine. It has been the biggest revelation of the summer for me. I have been recommending a slight chill on red wines for years now. I went to do the same thing [...]

By | 2020-09-28T21:03:15+00:00 August 27th, 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|

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|

Margaux

Margaux has the distinction, among the Médoc’s six winemaking communes, of being both the largest in area and diverse in style. It alone sports estates at all five levels of the 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines. Too, the soil is the poorest of the Médoc; the amount of gravel, the highest; the climate, the warmest; and the yield per acre, the lowest. The 4th century Latin poet, Ausonius, while in residence across the Gironde from this area, wrote of the Gallo-Roman thermal baths here, the termes mauojaliques, also known as “Marojallia.” Hence, over time, the name “Margaux.” While unquestionably a [...]

By | 2020-09-28T21:48:51+00:00 May 14th, 2019|

Pinot Noir

La bête noire As a wine grape, Pinot Noir is the bête noire of its family, Les Pinots—Blanc, Meunier, Gris and Noir. Pinot Blanc makes respectable wines from Alsace and Northern Italy; Pinot Gris, from the same places. Pinot Meunier is a mainstay in Champagne. But while Pinot Noir grows more widely, it does so much more unsteadily. In a sense, it is the Mae West of the famille Pinot. When it's good, it's very, very good. But when it's bad, it's as bad as bad gets. Pinot Noir mutates capriciously (over 230 strains exist, some polar opposites). It benefits [...]

By | 2020-09-28T21:48:36+00:00 February 4th, 2019|