Staff Pick: A Cheerful Chilean

by whitney on November 18, 2014

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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 an added bonus!”

When: “Keep it casual and don’t overthink it. Drink it with tacos.”

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Wine Club: November 2014

by whitney on November 15, 2014

Gastronomist & Naturalist: A Tale of Two Gamays

Beaujolais vs. Napa Gamay just in time for Thanksgiving!

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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 grape  – one serious and one  playful, neither Beaujolais Nouveau. The latter, Valdiguie, was for years thought to be “Napa Gamay” in California. After genetic testing, it turns out it is Valdiguie, a southern French grape. But, its similarity to Gamay is striking. We thought it would be fun to include it in contrast with a cru Beaujolais (Morgon) that showcases Gamay’s darker side.   Both wines defy what you might think of California wine (oaky and jammy) and French Beaujolais (fruity and quaffable) while still resembling one another.

2013 Folk Machine Valdiguie – Another great vintage from this quirky little wine by our boy Kenny Likitprakong. Light and bright, tangy and delicious. Give it a little chill before opening and you will be rewarded.

2013 Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes – A wine from famed Beaujolais producer George Descombes’ son Kevin (yes we are just as puzzled by this very American name as you are).  This is an old vine Morgon with structure and tannin. One to decant.

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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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Wine Club: October 2014

October 15, 2014

The Naturalist & Gastronomist: A Tale of Two Spaniards The wine club is long overdue for some Spanish wine. Time to show the love and share these very unique bottles. Each wing of the club will receive wines from two Spanish winemakers in Jose Pastor’s progressive, yet traditional portfolio. The two growers in the spotlight […]

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Wine Club: September 2014

September 15, 2014

The Naturalist: Roagna The Roagna family has been making wine in Barbaresco since the 19th century.  Thirty-four year old Luca Roagna now runs the show, working very traditionally, but with an eye on the future.  The Roagna wines are special because they are complex without being complicated and always a fantastic value for the quality. […]

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The Rosés You Should Drink & Where to Drink ‘Em

September 2, 2014

Labor Day is now behind us, which means summer is (sadly) coming to a close. But that doesn’t mean that your rosé drinking has to end! We asked our wine friends at some of the top restaurants in town what rosés on their list get them most excited. It’s a varied and delicious bunch, so […]

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