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What Are We Drinking Now? Alta Luna “Phases” Red Blend

Need some help transitioning into fall? Seth has just the wine for you. Alta Luna "Phases" Red Blend - Trentino, Northern Italy Alta Luna is the perfect wine to usher in the transition from summer to fall. It flaunts the warm and comforting baking spices of fall, with a smooth lightness that makes it great for a late-summer evening. It's what you want with a delicious charcuterie board, grilled burgers, pulled pork or jackfruit sandwiches, chili dogs, good conversation, or nothing at all. Also, try popping it in the fridge for half an hour before you crack it open [...]

By | 2021-09-15T18:27:33+00:00 September 8th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Elena Walch Schiava

Marshall will guide you into the new season with this Italian red. Elena Walch Schiava - Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy Friends, as we enter now what Bertolt Brecht referred to as "the blue month of September," we find ourselves at a crossroads of summer warmth and autumn chill. Because of this, I want to introduce you to a wine that meets the needs of both seasons: Elena Walch Schiava. “Now Marshall,” perhaps you might ask me, “what is a schiava?” The term actually refers to a variety of varietals grown in Alto Adige and Trentino, and the wines they produce [...]

By | 2021-09-07T22:17:43+00:00 September 3rd, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Daou Family Estates “Discovery” Chardonnay

Seth keeps going back for sip after sip of this California Chard. He'd like you to do the same. Daou Family Estates "Discovery" Chardonnay - Paso Robles, California The Daou is a really classy Paso Robles Chardonnay. There is some oak, but it is exceptionally well-integrated, adding an extra level of richness to the wine without overdoing it. It has a good amount of citrusy mouth-watering acid that perfectly compliments the tropical fruit and melon flavors. And no, it's not sweet. You can't help but want to go back for sip after sip. I can just imagine how amazing [...]

By | 2021-08-20T21:34:32+00:00 August 20th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? River Sail Sauvignon Blanc

Kevin is concerned that you're not sufficiently refreshed. He has a solution. River Sail Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough, New Zealand We are on the tail end of the dog days of summer and it's still so hot! You deserve refreshment. You deserve relief. You deserve River Sail Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has everything: great acidity, beautiful aromas, and vibrant flavors. Plus, it's sustainably farmed. Literally everyone wins. River Sail Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough, New Zealand $24.99/btl ORDER ONLINE (Order online if you'd rather not come into the shop. We'll have your order ready within an hour, we'll bring [...]

By | 2021-08-10T20:36:41+00:00 August 6th, 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 *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Klet Brda Fritzz Elderflower & Lime

WARNING: You may find this to be extremely refreshing. You have been warned. Klet Brda Fritzz Elderflower & Lime - Slovenia We have found the perfect libation for Jazz in the Park, Botanic Gardens Concerts, and everything else: Klet Brda Fritzz (there are no typos there) has a base of sparkling wine from Slovenia with elderflower and crisp lime zest added. Our recommendation is to pour over ice, add a twist of fresh lime and get after it. Then repeat, because it comes in four packs. Klet Brda Fritzz Elderflower & Lime - Slovenia $2.99/can & $11.99/4-pack ORDER ONLINE [...]

By | 2021-07-26T23:33:09+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? 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 *Else* Are We Drinking? Cappelletti Aperitivo

Seth is making Spritzes. And Negronis. And Paper Planes. Cappelletti Aperitivo We get asked all the time if we carry Aperol or Campari, and no, we don't — we carry one that we love just as much or more: Cappelletti. It has a respectable history, and it may even be "the oldest of its style still in production" (according to their bottle). Straight outta Italy, Cappelletti weighs in at a respectable 17% ALC, giving anything you make with it a nice but not overpowering kick. It is naturally colored using the cochineal beetle, which is just cool, and its [...]

By | 2021-07-26T22:46:35+00:00 July 9th, 2021|