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A to Z Monthly Wine Club

It’s March and we are officially kicking off our A to Z Monthly Wine Club.  Each month, we will feature two to three wines made from grapes we hope most people have never heard of and starting with the letters A through Z. We do reserve the right to provide an unusual blend for difficult letters.

March begins with “A” and “B”–Albarín Blanco (white) and Braucol (red). Total price for the pair plus descriptions is $32. And, no, that is not a typo on the white…it is Albarín not Albariño.  Call (734.827.9463), Text (734.355-4329), email or just stop in to reserve or pick-up your set for the month of March.

And, although we call it a club, you don’t have to join or give a credit card.  Just simply let us know if you would like to purchase the wines each month.


March 2018 Six Pack Special

Spring is almost here but who is counting after that super mild winter, right? The March Six Pack Special is here to ease you into spring with two whites, our very first 2017 rosé in the store, and three reds.  $78.32 with tax included.


La Capranera Fiano 2016 (Italy, Campania) $15

La Capranera is a relatively new producer in Campania that focuses on producing organic wine from indigenous grape varieties at an accessible price point. Basically, they create great everyday wines.

The vineyards are located in the Capaccio-Paestum area of Campania in the middle of the Cilento National Park. La Capranera, which means “black goat” in Italian, is named for the indigenous breed of goats, Cilentana Nera, that were once on the verge of extinction and now graze in the national park near where the grapes are grown.  

We get tropical fruits on the nose with hints of citrus.  On the palate, the fruit becomes payapa, quince mingling with apple, finishing on citrus peel and chalky minerality.

Food:  fish tacos, fennel and red onions dressed in lemon citronette, tofu and cashew ‘alfredo’ over fresh linguine with charred cherry tomatoes

Domaine Grosbot Barbara Vin d’Alon 2014 (France, Loire Valley-Saint Pourcain) $16

For centuries, the most important local grape was the Tressallier. Historical records suggest that this grape flourished in Saint-Pourçain as it did nowhere else, but it has since been eclipsed by the Chardonnay grape. Denis Barbara has revived Tressallier, and it has become a signature component of his white wines.

With this wine, we get raw honey, lavender, ripe apple, and apricot. But don’t be fooled—this wine is dry. A bracing acidity balances all that lovely fruit, coming through on the palate with a nice stony, chalky minerality.

Food:   Pasta with a cream sauce, roasted squash, almond chicken with concord grape chutney and blue cheese


Lago Cerquiera Vinho Verde Rosé 2017 (Portugal, Vinho Verde) $10

Vinho Verde is the largest DOC in Portugal, located in the cool, rainy, and lush northwest. DOC stands for Denominação de Origem Controlada and means the wine comes from a strictly defined geographical area with recommended and permitted grapes and maximum vine yields. Vinho Verde literally means “green wine,” but translates as “young wine.” While white wines from this DOC are the best known, red and rosé wines are also produced.

The Vinho Verde wines, especially the less expensive whites, are known for their refreshing slight fizz. Originally, this occurred when carbon dioxide, which is a natural byproduct of fermentation, was trapped alongside the freshly fermented wine during bottling. But these days, winemakers add it through a boost of carbon dioxide, because they know that drinkers abroad have come to associate Vinho Verde with light bubbles.

We get citrus and red fruit on the nose. On the palate we get ripe citrus with red fruit, good acidity, and of course, a slight fizz on the tongue.

Food:  strawberry risotto, pan fried cod with pickled onions,



Bertani Valpolicella 2012 (Italy, Veneto) $12

In 1957 the Bertani family bought the Tenuta Novare, a unique place in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica area. The family also has holdings in Valpolicella Valpantena, near the municipality of Grezzana.

This 80% Corvina Veronese and 20% Rondinella is sourced from both vineyard sites. We get dark berries on the nose and palate with good concentration to the fruit, spicy earthy notes, good acidity and light tannins to keep it all in balance.

Food:  pasta bolognese, carrot osobuco, seiten tacos, israeli couscous with cranberries, walnuts and squash, roast chicken over red lentil dal

Marland Red 2016 (Michigan, Lake Michigan Shore) $21

Wyncroft is a family-owned estate winery founded in 1998, located in the glacial moraine hills of southwest Michigan. Their proximity to Lake Michigan provides a unique micro-climate, perfect for growing many of the international noble grape varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

For years, all Wyncroft wines were in the $30 plus range and thus, while we thought they were very good, they didn’t exactly fit our Everyday Wines theme. Several years ago, they begin producing the Marland line of wines. These are a selection of high-quality Michigan wines priced at under $25 to enjoy every day.

We get red and dark berries, dry earth with hints of bell pepper and nice acidity keeping this Michigan gem medium bodied and dry.

Food: Wild mushroom ragout on crispy polenta with Comte cheese, crispy pork belly and arugula pizza, beet burger and chips

Baron de Ley Rioja 2014 (Spain, Rioja) $13

Founded in 1985, Baron de Ley was was constructed alongside a 16th century Benedictine Monastery within the boundaries of the town of Medavia on the left bank of the River Ebro.

This 100% Tempranillo comes from their Carboneras estate, growing 850 metres above sea level, the highest vineyard in the appellation.  It ages 12 months in new american oak casks producing a wine with pretty floral on the nose along with red and dark cherry fruit. More of the same on the palate mingling with earthy spice, a touch of black pepper, good acidity and fairly mild tannins on the finish.

A few swirls in the glass or 15 to 20 minutes of air should do the trick.

Food: Moroccan style braised vegetables, korean short ribs, chorizo and cheese tortilla with mixed green salad