Wine Club: December 2014

by whitney on December 13, 2014

The Gastronomist + The Naturalist: Champagne

With the holidays right around the corner and a lot of reasons to pop some bottles, we figured this month should be all about the bubbles. Both club wings will be getting the same thing, a way for us to say thank you for being awesome and you deserve it. Yes, you very well could re-gift this, but we urge you to treat yourself and enjoy this beautiful bottle. What a lovely way to celebrate with family and friends during the holiday season or to ring in the new year.


2011 Marie Courtin Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut ‘Resonance’

This Champagne is single vintage, single varietal and single parcel. And delicious. The Pinot Noir comes from biodynamically farmed massale selection 40 year old vines in Cote des Bar (southernmost part of Champagne region). The clay and limestone soils closely resemble nearby Chablis. This wine, fermented with native yeasts, is ready to enjoy and shows both vibrance and the intensity and depth of Pinot Noir.


Staff Pick: Holiday Wishlists

by whitney on December 13, 2014

If you’re still unsure of what to gift a fellow wine-loving friend or family member, here are some bottles for inspiration. Our staff pick for this month is a wishlist of sorts, what each of us would love to get this time of year as a special treat. We’re sure someone else would be equally as happy to receive them as well.



2011 Padarolo Brut ‘Vej’

Dylan: “I’ve never come across anything like this – bubbly, orange, aromatic and unexpectedly tannic.”

2013 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Anthony: “Because it was one of my first true wine loves.”

2013 Domaine Bobinet Saumur-Champigny ‘Ruben’

Roni: “It kind of smells like shit, but in the best possible way.”

2013 Clos des Vignes du Maynes Cuvee 910 (Magnum)

Whitney: “Go big or go home. This wine is amazing and who wouldn’t want more of it? A crazy person. I would absolutely LOVE to get  this as a gift.”


The Holiday Party 2014

December 10, 2014

Every year Jill treats us shop rascals to a really lovely holiday party and it always involves great food and a lot of wine (duh). We’ve gone to Chi Spacca, enjoyed a Ludo Lefebvre pop-up and even got rowdy at a beer bar. This time Jill enlisted the help of two of our favorite regulars, […]

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Staff Pick: A Cheerful Chilean

November 18, 2014

Who: Dylan What: 2014 Louis-Antoine Luyt Pipeno Santa Juana Why: “This is a bright, cheerful red made from a Chilean grape variety called Pais. I love easy, gulp-able reds with low tannins and it’s nice to find good alternatives to all the Beaujolais and Loire Valley wines that I drink. And the liter-sized bottle is […]

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Wine Club: November 2014

November 15, 2014

Gastronomist & Naturalist: A Tale of Two Gamays Beaujolais vs. Napa Gamay just in time for Thanksgiving! Gamay. What a grape! Certainly one of our favorites around here. It, specifically Beaujolais Nouveau, has practically become synonymous with Thanksgiving at this point. Inspired by the upcoming festivities we decided on two very different expressions of the […]

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Staff Pick: An Ethereal Burgundy

October 21, 2014

 Who: Jill, the boss lady What: 2013 Clos des Vignes du Maynes Cuvée 910 Why: “There are a lot of good wines that meet your expectations when you taste them. They taste like they should, typical for their region, grape variety, etc. And then there are a tiny number of wines that take you by […]

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