MONTHLY FEATURES

You’ve found it! The inner sanctum. The place where we reveal our current infatuations and abiding passions: the wines we have a crush on, the vineyards we daydream about, the specials we’re offering in our very own store. Check back at your leisure. Updates posted as fancy moves us.

January 2018 Six Pack Special

 

Brrrrrrrrrr.  It’s cold outside. Time to pick up a January six pack special for only $73.82 (tax included) with your Everyday Wines bag. Happy New Year.

WHITES

Sommeracher Katzenkopf Silvaner Kabinett Troken 2015 (Germany, Franken) $14

The first thing you notice is the shape of this bottle. This flattened ellipsoid is called a Bocksbeutel, which was developed centuries ago for practical purposes — to keep the bottles from rolling away (because, really, no one wants to chase their wine). So relax; even if you drop this one, it’s not going anywhere.

Now the grape: Silvaner seems most at home in Franken, where many consider it can produce the region’s finest wine. 

The taste (in our humble opinion): We get earthy spice on the nose with light stone fruit.  On the palate the spice dominates with nice apple and peach fruit to balance, good weight as well with a viscous texture with acidity and minerality lingering on the finish.

Food:  Mild coconut curry halibut, Buddha bowl, pasta with anchovy butter and  broccoli rabe, vegan carrot and potato chowder, pork dumpling soup  

 

Ramon Bilbao Albarino 2016  (Spain, Rias Baixas) $15

The Rias-Baixas region in northwest Spain has moderate temperatures, high rainfall, and fertile, rolling green hills. Great for napping and winemaking (not necessarily in that order). The cool, damp climate ripens the grapes slowly, retaining their natural acidity.

This 100% Albarino is fermented entirely in stainless steel, with notes of citrus zest with melon and pear fruit, nice acidity, and good texture. A great example of the Albarino grape.

Food:  Herb roasted vegetables over polenta, seafood pizza, swedish meatballs (vegan or meat), parchment baked lake trout with saffron rice

 

REDS

Terracos Do Tejo  2013 (Portugal, Tejo) $10

Tejo is a wine region in central Portugal in the Ribatejo area, just inland from the major city of Lisbon. A warm, dry area, it is also Portugal’s only landlocked region – although it is influenced considerably by the Tejo river. Located in the Charneca area of Tejo for more than three generations, Casal da Coelheira has been committed to producing the best and most distinctive wines possible from their 64 hectares of vineyards.

This red blend of Aragonês (AKA Tempranillo), Syrah, and Castelão  presents with red and dark berries and spice on the nose.  On the palate the fruit becomes reminiscent of plum, currents and red and black cherries.  The fruit is kept in check with a good dose of acidity, a bit of pepper and earth, and light to medium tannins on the finish.

Food:  Mexican rice with fried marinated tofu, Old Bay blackened bluefish over red beans and rice, split pea soup

 

Le Giuse Primitivo Del Salento 2015 (Italy, Puglia) $11

Yay, it’s science time! DNA fingerprinting has determined that the Primitivo grape and the Zinfandel grape are both extremely similar descendants of a Croatian grape called Crljenak.

This fruit forward dry red is spicy and packed with dark berries, ripe plums, cocoa and rosemary on the nose. In the mouth, it mirrors the aromas with nice acidity for balance.  

Food:  Almond crusted eggplant with gorgonzola, butternut squash ‘noodle’ white lasagna, BBQ chicken pizza, chorizo and rice stuffed peppers

 

Cardeto Rosso 2015 (Italy, Umbria) $11

This rustic red blend comes from one of the oldest co-operatives in Italy.  Founded in 1949 in Orvieto, Umbria and expanded several times over the years.  

Even though the grapes in this blend (60% Sangiovese and 40% Merlot) are well known, the region of Umbria is a lesser known wine region bordering on Tuscany and just north of Rome.

We get dark berries, earth and a bit of fennel on the nose.  On the palate we get blackberries and more fennel with earthy minerality and acidity that lightens up the palate.  Finishes on a lingering spice note with light tannins.

Food:  Vegan mushroom stroganoff, Lebanese Makhlouta, Torta al testo con i ciccioli (focaccia stuffed with pork), Italian wedding soup

 

The Counselor Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (California, Alexander Valley) $20

Typically $30, we got a fabulous price on this single vineyard (River Pass) Alexander Valley Cabernet. Nick Goldschmidt, who also makes wine under his namesake, has been working this small seven acre site for 15 years. The name, “The Counselor,” comes from Goldschmidt who believes in listening to the land for guidance, interpreting the elements, and sharing the creation. The grapes are all hand harvested and the aging is done in French oak (15% new) for 14 months.

Red and dark berries on the nose and palate with well integrated oak adding weight, structure, medium tannins, and spice on the finish.

We have a limited supply of the 2014 vintage at this price. So, if you want more, don’t wait too long to come in.

Food: Shawarma spice leg of lamb, vegan lentil walnut loaf, lasagna, hearty stew (veggie or meat), steak and potatoes