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? Domaine Bardin Pouilly Fumé

Forget New Zealand, Spain, and Cali; Kevin is opting for Loire Valley Sauv Blancs. Domaine Bardin Pouilly Fumé - Loire Valley, France Sauvignon Blanc has become one of the most popular wines out there. Beautiful examples come from all over — New Zealand, Spain, California — but my personal favorites hail from the Loire Valley. You may be familiar with Sancerre, the most famous Sauvignon Blanc from the region. Pouilly Fumé is yet another stunning example of how amazing Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc can be. The Cedrick Bardin Pouilly Fumé is fairly typical, combining ripe fruitiness with crisp freshness. [...]

By | 2021-07-26T23:24:12+00:00 July 21st, 2021|

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? Cedrick Bardin Sancerre

James is stepping up your Sauv Blanc game with this Sancerre. Cedrick Bardin Sancerre - Loire Valley, France The most frequent request at the wine shop of late has been folks looking for a Sancerre. Ask and you shall receive! Fresh and bright, the Cedrick Bardin 2020 is a magnificent example of why Sancerres are so highly sought-after. This elegant, mineral-forward wine has the perfect level of acidity and is an absolute steal at $27.99. Pair with your favorite seafood dish or a roast chicken dinner — you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for that next-level Sauvignon Blanc, [...]

By | 2021-07-26T22:19:06+00:00 July 8th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Kuranui Sauvignon Blanc

Heidi has found a treasure of a New Zealand Sauv Blanc. Kuranui Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough, New Zealand Here is your new park pleasure! Twist the top off of this classic Sauvignon Blanc at your next picnic. It's just what you want from a New Zealand white...grapefruit, lime, and a grass note finish. Double up on this refreshing and quenching great treasure.* *Kuranui is a Maori word for Great Treasure Kuranui Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough, New Zealand $12.99/btl ORDER ONLINE (Order online if you'd rather not come into the shop. We'll have your order ready within an [...]

By | 2021-07-26T22:20:34+00:00 July 1st, 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 *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Brand Weissburgunder Pfalz 2019

Fleur is drinking Weissburgunder two ways. Brand Weissburgunder Pfalz 2019 What does a hot (that's sweaty-hot) girl do with a liter of natural German Weissburgunder? After being reunited with this luscious limestone-driven heartthrob, I was torn... Should I indulge in a decadent Monday night charcuterie dinner? Or would I create a spritely stone fruit Sangria blanca? You know me...Why not both??? Tart plum, white peach, kumquat, and delicate notes of Seville orange are laced together by this wine's tingling acidity and finish of wet stone — piquancy that matches perfectly with Cypress Grove's "Little Giant" bloomy-rind goat cheese, Divina [...]

By | 2021-06-24T20:00:24+00:00 June 24th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Krasno Orange Wine

Marshall is all about this orange wine from Slovenia. You will be, too. Krasno Orange Wine To me, each wine is an adventure. A new bottle can bring me to the hills or shores of new lands as much as a book or painting. I'm always searching for new wines, so when I saw an orange wine from Slovenia, I had to try it. Orange wine gets its name from the hue it takes on either through prolonged skin contact — similar to a rosé — or through aging in clay amphorae; this one gets its color from the [...]

By | 2021-06-09T19:33:40+00:00 June 9th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Valdonica Mersino

Fleur has an Italian Vermentino that will leave you awed. Valdonica Mersino Celebrating the absolute fortune of a rainy spring... when nothing could please me more than a Moroccan braised rabbit, soft cherry chevre almond polenta, matched with the stunning layers of this Tuscan Vermentino. Basking in the resplendent flames of my backyard fire, the aroma of blooming Tiger Lilies mingled perfectly with the luscious mouthfeel of an Indian mango pudding. I was sooo taken aback by this wine's sophisticated finish of raw cumin, kaffir lime, and rhubarb that as I write this I am still swooning! Trust [...]

By | 2021-05-26T22:39:20+00:00 May 20th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now That There’s Sunshine? Biokult Grüner Veltliner

Bob has a wonderful asparagus wine for you. Biokult Grüner Veltliner By "asparagus wine" we don't mean it's made from fermented asparagus; rather, it pairs well with asparagus. Grüner Veltliner — or Groovy, as some of the cool cats have been calling it for a few years — is pretty Groovy to drink. You don't have to have a disco ball, wear bell bottoms, and have the Bee Gees playing in the background to be Groovy here, although that could be a fun night, too. Especially if you have the wine. The great thing about Grüner, other than being [...]

By | 2021-05-26T22:39:42+00:00 May 14th, 2021|