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.

ALL the rosé has landed. We repeat: ALL the rosé is here, in the shop, waiting for YOU.

Rotating Weekend Spritzers by the glass now! Each week we’ll embellish one of our favorite spritzy white wines with a seasonal flavor: vermouth, botanical shrub, summer fruit syrup, etc. Come check out our refreshing concoctions by the glass, and brainstorm your own for home!

 

July 2019 Six Pack Special

 

We’re pleased to offer this summery Six Pack Special (for those of you with an Everyday Wines Bag) for only $74.21 (tax included).

Whites

Domaine de la Treille Anjou Blanc 2018 (France, Loire Valley) $11.99

Ok, full disclosure: We love Chenin Blanc. We love it from South Africa, from California, and we love it most from its original stomping grounds, France’s Loire Valley. It’s a versatile grape that can express a wide spectrum of flavors depending on how it’s handled; crisp, bright flavors like quince and ginger, or rounder, riper fruit like pear and apricot. This responsiveness to soil type and cellar choices keeps us on our toes and eager to try the next. Never a dull moment with Chenin Blanc!

Dom. de la Treille is in the southern part of Anjou, a region known for schist soils, which contribute stone fruit and honeycomb to the nose. We also get a lovely spiced pear on the palate, with a gentle acidity to finish. Whites from this part of the Loire are meant to be drunk young, so enjoy with abandon, and then come let us know when you’re ready for a racy Savennieres (yep, you guessed it, also Chenin Blanc).   

Evolucio Frizzante NV (Hungary) $11.99

You’ve probably been seeing this label on our shelves for awhile, as we’re avid fans of their Furmint and Blaufrankisch. And then along comes this slightly effervescent refresher, at just the right time. We recognize characteristic ripe stone fruit from the furmint grapes (60%), balanced by a minerality unique to these volcanic soils. We’re wagering that the distinct botanical notes (think elderflower or chrysanthemum) are the work of the 40% harslevelu grapes. 

The most exciting part though is that this juice has a slight effervescence, so the garden of aromatics, orchard fruit, and minerality is animated by these tidy, clean bubbles. This wine is the absolute perfect thing for a light, refreshing sipper. Enjoy with cheese boards and conservas, all on its own, or after dinner poured over a bit of sorbet!

Rosé

Dom Carrel Eugene et fils 2018 (France, Savoie) $11.99

One of our favorite rosés of the season! The Savoie region, running along the Western foothills of the French Alps, is well known for it’s crisp, clean wines, and this rosé is no exception. Mostly gamay, with a touch of mondeuse, the mouthfeel is really the star of the show here. This little alpine sipper brings zippy bright red-fruited acid out first, and then a lovely silky minerality to finish. 

Enjoy with ALL the chilled summer seafood dishes, like ceviche, sushi, or Monahan’s cajun shrimp. Also wedge salads, corn on the cob, or hotdogs. Getting that picnic picture? 

Red

Centzone Frappato 2016 (Italy, Sicily) $16.99

Frappato is one of those grapes that tastes like it sounds: cheerful, energetic, with fruit that bounces and acidity that pops. Like pogo sticks and early 90s dance moves. It’s native to Sicily, but we’ve only been seeing it out in the world for about the last 20 years, with the majority being enjoyed fresh and close to home. I mean, can you blame them? 

Centonze is a family operation, from out in the certified organic fields, all the way to the shelves of their little wine shop. In the cellar they only macerate the fruit on its skins for a couple days before resting the juice in stainless steel vats for 4 months, intending to protect the bright, fresh aromas and flavors. On the nose we get Rainier cherry, violet, and earth. The palate is reminiscent of agua de jamaica (hibiscus), with zippy minerality and a lifted acidity that make it perfect for enjoying with a slight chill. A great summertime red indeed, but store this one in your memory for holiday meals as it’s also a tasty pair for turkey and pink-fleshed seafood.

Mazzolino Bonarda 2014 (Italy, Piedmont) $11.99

Mazzolino, meaning “meeting point,” perfectly describes everything about this northern Italian winery. Situated on the right bank of the Po river, the vineyard is planted to noble French varietals alongside indigenous ones, like this Bonarda (AKA Croatina). The grapes are farmed and vinified by a family crew of French, Italian, and Turkish heritage, combining decades of experience with (youthful) entrepreneurial enthusiasm. The finished product is a confluence worthy of its name, well-balanced and open-armed.

On the nose we get bright red-fleshed fruit and a touch of warm tobacco. The palate is juicy but electric, with a subtle backdrop of minerality to ground it. This wine could take a slight chill if you’re enjoying it on a hot night, or as it comes, to pair with anything in red sauce. 

Saint Didier Parnac Malbec 2016 (France, Cahors) $13.99

We’re going to say this very slowly, and quietly, so as not to startle anyone: Malbec comes from France, not Argentina. *GASP* We know! It’s tough. Production in France definitely dwindled in the 20th century, following a hard frost that wiped out many plantings while the grape thrived in the Mendoza region of Argentina, and other warm New World wine locales. So much so that Malbec is now more commonly known for its South American characteristics than as the tannic blending tool it once was in Bordeaux.   

So who better to revive an old Malbec vineyard in Cahors (the Southern French region where it still thrives), than a Bordeaux-trained Frenchman who made his reputation as a grower and winemaker in Argentina. Yes indeed, when you peek behind the curtain of this label you’ll find none other than Hervé Fabre of Fabre-Montmayou, in Mendoza. Seriously, it’s like a soap opera. Sit down, pour a glass, it’s all going to be ok. 

You’ll enjoy the same inky, rich fruit we’ve come to know from Mendoza Malbec, arranged with the tension and clean acidity of French oak-sensibilities. Enjoy with seared meats, especially sausages, stewed beans with lemon and herbs, and rustic pates or cheeses.