Staff Pick: A Midsummer Night’s Red

by whitney on July 25, 2015

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Who: Whitney

What: 2014 Clos du Tue Beouf Vin Rouge

Why: “100% gamay goodness from Mr. Loire himself, Thierry Puzelat. It’s juicy, fresh, and begging for a little bit of a cool down in the fridge.”

When: “This wine seems like an ideal match for a late summer evening BBQ – anything tangy, smoky, charred and savory – with all of its sides and fixins. I’d also pair it with some good friends. It’s a versatile wine, you see. Happy times are sure to ensue.”


Club Wines: July 2015

by whitney on July 15, 2015

Chillable Reds

It might be getting a wee bit hot outside, but that doesn’t mean we need to neglect our red wine. Rosé is getting all the attention right now, so why don’t we shift the focus on to the reds! Not just any red, but ones best suited for a trip to the fridge or an ice bucket; lighter-bodied, ruby-tinged, bright and delightful.

broc love red

2014 Broc Love Red – Mostly Carignan with a bit of Valdigiue and Syrah, this wine is a staff favorite every year. This is Chris Brockway’s third bottling of the yummy stuff and is as drinkable as ever.  Each version is a slightly different blend, as his Love series (a white, a pink, and a red) changes depending on vineyard sources and the vintage. Whatever he’s loving at the moment gets lovingly thrown into the mix.

2014 Vini Rabasco Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Cancelli’ – A southern Italian red might seem like an unexpected choice in the chillable category. But, this is much more juicy and light than your average earthy, dark, and chewy Montepulciano.  The wines of Rabasco read more like French natty wines by way of Italy. And this Cancelli is, dare we say, crushable.

*The wine club will no longer be split into two categories (Naturalist and Gastronomist). Every member will be getting the same awesome wines that will offer a little bit of what made you love both camps.


Save Alma

July 10, 2015

Downtown LA’s Alma restaurant was founded in 2012. In the past three years, creative director and co-owner Ashleigh Parsons and chef/co-owner Ari Taymor have received an incredible amount of praise (Food & Wine’s Best New Chef and Bon Appetit’s Best Restaurant in America, among others) as well as founding the Alma Community Outreach Program and […]

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Portable Goodness

June 24, 2015

It is officially summer and we are locked and loaded. The rosés are abundant, the fridge is stocked, and we have a few new seasonally appropriate beverages for you. Seasonally appropriate because they are portable, easy to open, and ready for a party and/or al fresco drinking. The Hoxie Spritzers have been a hit since day […]

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Staff Pick: Skin Contact Sauv Blanc

June 16, 2015

Who: Anthony What: 2012 Piedrasassi Ballard Canyon Sauvignon Blanc Why: “This sauvignon blanc is the least sauvignon blanc-y wine I’ve ever had (I’m not the biggest sauvignon blanc fan). The grapes are kept in barrel for a year then pressed…making it an orange wine! It’s a wine that’s fun and something most people probably have […]

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Club Wines: June 2015

June 14, 2015

Gastronomist and Naturalist: Sicilian Reds from I Vignieri Salvo Foti is a man that has practically become synonymous with the wines of Sicily’s Mt Etna. He is a veritable wine whisperer, consulting on a number of the island’s most well-known wines. A native Sicilian, he is an advocate for the land and its indigenous vines. […]

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