What Are We Drinking Now? Château d’Aqueria Tavel Rosé

Barbara has a Rhône rosé for us, but rosé season is over. Or is it? Château d'Aqueria Tavel Rosé - Rhône Valley, France Now, you may ask yourself, why is there a rosé being featured as we move into cooler weather? Because there is such a thing as a fall rosé. This luscious Rhône rosé is dry and super food-friendly: think mushroom risotto, roasted pork, or Marczyk Fine Foods's house-made French sausages. It's weighty and concentrated yet always invigorating, packed with crisp-tart blackberry and black-cherry flavors. At a Friends & Family price of $24.99 for this rosé, you should [...]

By | 2021-10-15T19:37:35+00:00 October 14th, 2021|

Refresh with these Spanish Pét-Nats

Pét-Nats are the way more fun and wilder version of French Champagne. Petulante White Pét-Nat & Petulante Rosé Pét-Nat - Spain Despite its recent surge in popularity, Pét-Nat is actually far from being the new hipster kid on the block. A Pét-Nat (short for the French pétillant naturel, which means "natural sparkling") is a wine made according to the ancestral method. Developed in the 16th century, this is the oldest way of making sparkling wine. But don't let its trendiness scare you away. Pét-Nats come with a much smaller price tag than French Champagne, and they are way more [...]

By | 2021-07-26T23:42:58+00:00 July 22nd, 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? Petulante Pet Nat Rosé

Heidi pairs this bubbler with relaxing on a gorgeous day. Petulante Pet Nat Rosé Ok, so...last week Jericho introduced you to Petulante Bianco. Now it's time to taste their perfectly pink Pet Nat rosé. ("Pet Nat" is short for pétillant naturel, and we also see Pet Nat displayed as Pét-Nat. If you'd like to know what the heck a Pet Nat or a Pét-Nat is, here's a great article in Food & Wine.) Vibrant in the glass, this organic wine sips watermelon, sour cherry, and strawberry. It drinks soft and easy with a slightly salty finish. I paired [...]

By | 2021-06-03T18:07:12+00:00 June 3rd, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Lelièvre Gris de Toul

You may want to drink this one for breakfast. Lelièvre Gris de Toul What's for brunch? This organic French rosé, thanks for asking — a fluorescent ruby gem that is a delicious blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir that drinks dry with notes of limestone and orange zest with a bouquet of candied strawberry and raspberry. This wine knows breakfast. It is from the same region as Quiche Lorraine, so go ahead and pick up both for your weekend. Cheers! Lelièvre Gris de Toul F&F $18.99/btl (reg $22.99) ORDER ONLINE (Order online if you'd rather not come all [...]

By | 2021-05-26T22:39:58+00:00 May 13th, 2021|

What Are Drinking Now? Le Provençal Rosé for Mother’s Day

Our loveliest rosé for Mom. It's delicious — your mom will love it and so will you. Get after it. Le Provençal Rosé $18.99/btl ORDER ONLINE (Order online if you'd rather not come all the way 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 order, and be on your way.) (You must be 21 to order and pick up wine — please have your ID ready.)

By | 2021-05-26T22:40:23+00:00 May 6th, 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 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? 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 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|