What Are We Drinking Now? Elektrisch Riesling Kabinett

Whether you're ready to fall in love or not, Fleur's pretty sure you'll fall for this Riesling. ELEKTRISCH RIESLING KABINETT 2019 Sometimes you stumble upon something so very lovely there really is no choice but to fall head over heels. This truly "electric" Kabinett Riesling will set your heart racing with its sharp floral aromas, buzzing acidity, and resonating flavors of tart green apple, honeysuckle, and rain-soaked rocks. Pair this with roasted wild game and spiced root vegetables or, ya know, just bathe in it. ;) By the way..."Kabinett Riesling" is the lightest style of Riesling, made from grapes that [...]

By | 2020-12-03T22:40:48+00:00 November 13th, 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? “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|

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|

Riesling

Every wine professional, always and everywhere, adores Riesling. (It is possible to make such a claim because it is true.) So why doesn’t everyone else? In fact, so why do so few others? The World’s Greatest White Wine Winemakers, wine writers, cooks high and low, serious amateurs—people in the know about what makes a grape great—cannot slurp enough of Riesling’s purity of delivery, its juicy flavors or super-taut acidity, the latter quality its best feature at table. Dry, sweet, German, Australian, Austrian, it does not matter—many call Riesling the world’s greatest white wine. But certainly not the world’s most popular—that [...]

By | 2020-09-28T21:53:11+00:00 January 27th, 2019|

Chenin Blanc

We’ve all sipped some Chenin Blanc in our day— fine Chenin Blanc such as dry Vouvray, if we were smart, or all that California “chablis” that we may have swilled in the ‘70s and ‘80s, if we weren’t. No other white wine grape exists that, simultaneously grown in separate parts of the world, can make a ravishingly electric wine like the Loire’s Savennières, as well as the blandest, most lifeless South African Steen, in flavor only one wee step beyond water. Because it is a true workaday grape and, with even a modicum of skill in the winery, makes an [...]

By | 2020-09-28T21:57:08+00:00 January 26th, 2019|

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc does one thing overwhelmingly well—it stands out in a crowd. Of all the world’s wines, there’s no mistaking a pure Sauvignon Blanc [SOH-vee-nyawn BLAHNGK] for any other wine (unless, sadly, as some winemakers now make it, in imitation of an oaky Chardonnay). What It’s Like = Where It’s Grown Sauvignon Blanc from a cool climate—its most classic rendition—is possessed of a notably acidic edge and the memorably piercing aroma of one or more of these: gooseberries (admittedly, not something with which most Americans are familiar), grapefruit rind, lime zest, fresh-cut green bell peppers or passion fruit. Riper Sauvignon [...]

By | 2020-09-28T22:02:09+00:00 November 29th, 2018|

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is easily the most ubiquitous fine wine grape grown on the globe. Wherever wine drinkers go, Chardonnay wine was there before them. (Except in Bordeaux, where both the law and local vainglory consign its wine to the shops.) Chardonnay is everywhere for two reasons: it is relatively easy to raise, and, of itself, is fairly neutral—a perfect canvas on which to paint depth and variety of flavor. Terroir Like Pinot Noir, its red counterpart (and father), Chardonnay reflects its terroir. In cooler climates, its wine is lean, crisp and high in acidity. In warmer places, Chardonnay gives up [...]

By | 2020-09-28T22:02:45+00:00 November 29th, 2018|

Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio

This member of the family Pinot (so named because their grape clusters resemble small pine cones) lies – in color, flavor and aroma – between the “white” Pinot (Blanc) and the “black” Pinot (Noir). The name comes literally as a mix of the others’ two colors. Gris means “grey” in French; Grigio, the same in Italian. But the name “Pinot Gris” is merely semantic. In truth, Pinot Blanc’s grapes ripen to a soft yellow-green; Pinot Noir’s, to a deep blue-black; and Pinot Gris’, to a color somewhere in between magenta and (oh, yeah) hot pink. Where it grows Widely [...]

By | 2020-09-28T22:04:30+00:00 June 20th, 2018|