• Saturday Jan 5th – Tasting with Svetlana

    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 – Tasting with Svetlana

     

    Esporao Estate Alandra White 2015, Alentejo, Portugal, $11.99

    Crystal clear color. Floral, fragrant and delicate, with lime and citrus aromas enhancing a fresh, fruity and well balanced palate. Grapes: Vaz, Perrum, and Arinto
    Food Pairings:  Seafood dishes.

     

    Viña Tabalí Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva 2017, Limarí Valley, Chile $17.99 

    Intense, complex and elegant on the nose with citric notes and gentle green pepper aromas. The palate shows great volume with crisp, high acidity giving chalky minerality and a fresh, long, fruity finish.
    Food Pairings: Vegetables, oysters, seafood, fish, appetizers, and grilled chicken.

     

    Don Pascual Viognier Reserve 2013, Uruguay, $17.99 

    Weighty and rich, but the melon core to this Uruguayan Viognier is solid. The palate pumps round apple with walnut shadings, and the finish goes to melon, papaya and banana.
    Food Pairing: grilled shrimp with tropical fruit salsa, Thai dishes with mild curries and coconut milk, pumpkin curry, pizza with fresh mozzarella, lobster and scallops in a pear vinegar cream sauce, and smoked trout.

     

    Cave de Turckheim Tradition Gewurztraminer 2015, Alsace $26.99

    A wine of great finesse, ripeness and rose-petals and grapefruit aromas. Spicy complexity, delicately rich.
    Food Pairings: Ideal with difficult-to-pair foods, including sweet and spicy fare

     

    Undone Pinot Noir 2013, Rheinhessen, Germany $14.99

    A kiss of violet mingles with bright red cherry and strawberry aromas on this elegant yet approachable wine. It’s juicy and concentrated with sunny red-berry flavor, but fresh with acidity and the moderately long finish.
    Food Pairings: salmon or tuna, duck, or pork.  It is also a great choice for moderately flavored cheeses like Gruyere, Gouda, and aged cheddar.

     

    Ninety+Cellars Lot 27 Barbera D’Alba, Piedmont $17.99 

    Rated 92 points by Beverage Tasting Institute: “Best Buy”. A light, fresh red wine that has delightful aromas of raspberries, black cherry, blackberry and clove. It is dry but full of fruit and a perfect every day Italian red.
    Food Pairings: Perfect with all pasta dishes, pizza, chicken, lamb, beef and soft cheeses.

     

    Tutunjian Carmenere Single Vineyard 2015, Chile $19.99

    From start to finish, the touches of tobacco, and red and black cherries intermingle, producing a great potency in the mouth. It possesses a generous body with smooth and friendly tannins. It is a well-rounded wine with a juicy and lingering finish.
    Food Pairings: This Carmenere pairs well with grilled red meats such as a variety of beef steaks and cuts, lamb, and bison.

     

    Cedar & Salmon Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Washington State $27.99 

    Sourced from the hilly terrain of Washington, our Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color and spice driven in aroma with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. A soft entry onto the palate leads to rich black cherry, black currant and dark chocolate flavors.
    Food Pairings:  This rich Cabernet Sauvignon has the backbone to stand up to a well-seasoned beef roast, a hearty lasagna with Bolognese sauce, or lamb burgers with blue cheese crumbles.

     

    Brady Vineyard Petite Syrah 2015, Paso Robles, California $24.99 

    Rich and luxurious, featuring deep crimson color and aromas reminiscent of blackberry, and black pepper with subtle notes of roasted vanilla and spice. On tasting, it shows opulent texture and savory berry and bramble flavors that echo the aromas. The wine is luscious, full-bodied with balancing gentle acidity and just a hint of velvety oak that lengthens the finish.
    Food Pairings:  Enjoy by itself, or with smoked or roasted meats, sharp cheeses and with dishes with rich flavorful sauces.

     

    Burmester White Port, Portugal $23.99 

    Produced exclusively from white grapes, this wine is obtained by blending different harvests. Initially aged in stainless steel vats, it is blended after 3 years. It is a very exotic, fresh and delicate wine. Its aromatic complexity and a Baume of 3º make it an unforgettable experience.
    Food Pairings: Excellent apéritif, to be served chilled. Bleu cheese, sweet desserts.

     

    Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout, NY Limited Release!  $2.50 

    A Russian Imperial Stout brewed since 1994, our Black Chocolate Stout has itself become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and three distinct mashes. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years. This stout is the toast of the winter season in many countries, and there is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses and roaring fireplaces. Given this beer’s higher ABV and sturdy character, we think it’s a prime candidate for cellaring. Find a cool, dry spot away from light sources, and see how it changes in the years to come. You never quite know what will happen when you age a beer: perhaps the body will smooth out, notes of vanilla, oak, and tannins will come to the front, or hints of leather and soy sauce will make themselves known. ABV 10%
    Food Pairings: Chocolate desserts, passionate love and rage in front of a blazing fireplace, cheesecake, fruit tarts, big ol’ blankets, ice cream, holiday parties, strong cheeses, and mythology.

  • Saturday Dec 29th – Sparkling Wines Tasting

    Saturday, December 29, 2018 – Sparkling Tasting Event

     

    90+ Cellars Lot 50 Prosecco, Veneto, Italy (1.5L) $24.99 

    Aromas of fresh peaches leap from the glass along with hints of ginger and lilac. Once sipped, a shower of foamy bubbles dance soulfully on the tip of your tongue and then burst into a medley of crisp citrus fruit.

    Sun+Moon Cueva D.O., La Mancha, Spain $19.99 

    Made from organic grapes.  Only 6 wineries in the world meet the criteria to make “Cueva” wines

    Lo Sparviere Franciacorta Saten NV, Lombardy, Italy $35.99 

    Floral bouquet and sensory qualities typical of the finest Chardonnays, which combine with Satèn’s classic creamy texture to create a palate that is full-volume and velvet-smooth.

    Champagne Jacquart Blanc de Blancs 2006, France $69.99 

    This cuvee produced from Chardonnay harvested from Premiers Cru vineyards in Champagne region of France.

    Esto di Piona Sparkling Rosé NV, Veneto $22.99 

    Fresh, floral fragrance, round, silky and harmonious wine with a fine mousse.

    Una Bubbly Rose NV, Austria $24.99

    A blend of Pinot Noir and Zweigelt. It has the richness and flavor of freshly baked strawberry shortcake. Svetlana’s favorite new sparkling Rosé

    Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir 2015 Willamette Valley, $35.99

    An incredibly well balanced and lush wine with beautiful structure and acidity. It is medium bodied, with fresh fruits of bright cherry and marionberry that mingle with notes of warming spices, rose petals, fresh turned earth, cola and tobacco.
    Food Pairings: Red meat dishes, various soft and hard matured cheeses.

    Herdade da Pimenta 2013, Alentejo, Portugal $14.99 

    This wine is deep ruby in color, with aromas of wood fruits, white flowers and chocolate. With subtle notes of spice and a nice concentration of smooth tannins, this wine leaves a pleasant and long finish on the palate. Blend: 50% Aragonez, 25% Touriga Franca, 25% Touriga Nacional.
    Food Pairings: Beef, pasta, veal and poultry

    Shannon Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Lake County, CA $27.99 

    This is an intense and full-bodied wine from top vineyard locations. The Red Hills AVA and volcanic soils provide ripe red fruits, bright cherry, anise, dark chocolate and soft tannins to the blend. Aromas of toasted bread, maple syrup and baking spices, then moves to red and black cherry flavors, with a sweet sensation on the palate. The texture is moderately tannic but easy to sip.
    Food Pairings: with a charming accent of oak, would perform beautifully with a juicy bone-in ribeye.

    Gamba Old Vines Zinfandel Family Ranches 2014, Russian River Valley, CA, $35.99 

    Notes of sandalwood and cedar in the nose are woven with aromas of red berry, black tea leaves and ripe tree stone fruit. On the palate, layers of ripe fruits, cherry, berry and nectarine are countered by subtle toasty oak components. The wine is nicely balanced, and complex, framed by an appropriate frame of acidity.
    Food Pairings: Baked ham. Teriyaki roasted ribs, braised lamb shanks in tomatoes, roasted potatoes, squash and carrots.

    Burmester White Port $23.99 

    Produced exclusively from white grapes, this port is crafted by blending different harvests. Initially aged in stainless steel vats, it is a very exotic, fresh and delicate wine. It is blended after three years. Its aromatic complexity and freshness make it an unforgettable experience.
    Food Pairings: Great on its own as an aperitif or with hors d’oeuvres

    Ca’Momi Ca’Secco Sparkling Wine NV, California, $15.99

    Irresistible aromas of apple, melon, and homemade dinner rolls introduce a lightly sparkling mouthful of tiny bubbles, sweet Fuji apples and citrus zest wrapped in a fluffy croissant. On the finish, the aromatics continue to evolve into a mellow apple brandy kissed with ginger.

    90+ Magic Door Champagne La Cle de la Femme, Champagne, France, $38.99 

    80% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay. Grape bunches are harvested from vines in the Marne Valley facing south and south east, and planted in sedimentary soils comprised of calcium, silica, and limestone. The wine is left on the lees for a minimum of 20 months. It expresses aromas of apple and white pear along with subtler notes of almond, buttered toast, and baking spices.

  • Wednesday Dec 26th – Tasting with Svetlana

    Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – Tasting with Svetlana

     

    Vi￱a Tabal Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva 2017, Limar Valley, Chile $17.99

    Intense, complex and elegant on the nose with citric notes and gentle green pepper aromas. The palate shows great volume with crisp, high acidity giving chalky minerality and a fresh, long, fruity finish.
    Food Pairings: Vegetables, oysters, seafood, fish, appetizers, and grilled chicken.

    Charm Acres Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma Coast, CA $24.99

    The nose shows fresh flavors of lemons and nectarines accented with hints of vanilla, dried herbs, toasty oak and a touch of sea salt. The palate is bright and fresh with generous, juicy acidity supporting flavors of fresh peaches, lemon peel, and bananas that dance on the tongue with vibrant minerality.
    Food Pairings: Simple Seafood, Light Chicken Dishes and Salads

    Cave de Turckheim Tradition Gewurztraminer 2015, Alsace $26.99

    A wine of great finesse, ripeness and rose-petals and grapefruit aromas. Spicy complexity, delicately rich.
    Food Pairings: Ideal with difficult-to-pair foods, including sweet and spicy fare

    Saddlebred Pinot Noir 2016, Sicily, Italy $14.99

    A light but strawberry heavy fruited pinot. Very balanced with some mineralization and oaky flavors. Great for family gatherings! Smooth and delicious.
    Food Pairings: Beef, lamb, pasta, turkey

    Mercer Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Horse Heaven Hills, WA $22.99

    Aromas of ripe black fruit with notes of baked blackberry pie, warm baking spices, and earthy undertones. The voluminous fruit carries through in the mouth. Powdery tannins give structure to the wine while maintaining an elegant, balanced mouth feel, with a soft, velvety lingering finish. This wine shows great expression of the Horse Heaven Hills.
    Food Pairings: Beef, lamb, game, poultry

    Domaine Roger Perrin Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Red 2014, Rhone, France $46.99

    Nose of red and black fruits, Provencal spices (garrigue), peppery, a touch of vanilla with some gamey nuances. Always very complex nose. Very fine tannins. The palate is full and generous with a very long finish. A nice touch of freshness on the finish and a remarkable balance.
    Food Pairings: Lamb, pork, poultry

    Burmester White Port, Portugal $23.99

    Produced exclusively from white grapes, this wine is obtained by blending different harvests. Initially aged in stainless steel vats, it is blended after 3 years. It is a very exotic, fresh and delicate wine. Its aromatic complexity and a Baume of 3 degrees make it an unforgettable experience.
    Food Pairings: Excellent aperitif, to be served chilled. Bleu cheese, sweet desserts.

  • Saturday Dec 22nd – Tasting with Uncorked Wine Company

    Saturday, December 22, 2018 – Tasting with Uncorked Wine Company

     

    Charmigny Vouvray Reserve 2016, Loire Valley, France $22.99

    This Vouvray gives a sweet sensation with a dry finish on the palate. A concentration of rich flavors develops fruity aromas such as fresh grapes and ripe quinces. It also denotes a slight honey taste. Vouvray wines can be kept for many years.
    Food Pairings: This wine pairs well with goat cheese, white fish & soufflé.

    Charm Acres Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma Coast, CA $24.99

    The nose shows fresh flavors of lemons and nectarines accented with hints of vanilla, dried herbs, toasty oak and a touch of sea salt. The palate is bright and fresh with generous, juicy acidity supporting flavors of fresh peaches, lemon peel, and bananas that dance on the tongue with vibrant minerality.
    Food Pairings: Simple Seafood, Light Chicken Dishes and Salads

    Cave de Turckheim Tradition Gewurztraminer 2015, Alsace $26.99

    A wine of great finesse, ripeness and rose-petals and grapefruit aromas. Spicy complexity, delicately rich.
    Food Pairings: Ideal with difficult-to-pair foods, including sweet and spicy fare

    Pali Riviera Pinot Noir 2016, Sonoma, CA $24.99 

    Garnet, medium bodied, classic Sonoma County Pinot Noir with aromatics of fresh light red fruits (cherries and strawberries) leaping out of the glass, backed up with baking spices and hints of fresh-picked mushrooms and black tea. Flavors of sweet raspberries and cherries combine with anise, sweet oak and white pepper.
    Food Pairings: salmon or tuna, duck, quail, or pork.  It is also a great choice for moderately flavored cheeses like Gruyere, Gouda, and aged cheddar.

    Larchago Izarbe Gran Reserva 2005, Rioja, Spain $59.99 

    92 points Wine Enthusiast. Lightly smoked, minerally berry aromas are leathery and ripe, but perfectly healthy. The palate feels entirely in sync, with fine tannins and lasting acidity. Layered, earthy plum and berry flavors are spicy and show notes of vanilla and tobacco prior to a smooth finish. Drink through 2022. 100% Tempranillo.
    Food Pairings: Roasted lamb, venison, smoked meats

    Pilliteri Vidal Blanc Ice Wine $42.99

    A floral perfume combines with notes of smoke, sweet pineapple and candle wax on the nose and palate of this deep gold icewine. Vibrant acidity and a hint of bitter tangerine rind on the long finish add complexity and structure.
    Food Pairings:  superb on its own or with desserts and dark chocolates

    Foley Estate Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2014, Sta. Rita Hills, CA $32.99 

    Heavy sagebrush and chaparral spices meet with cherry fruit and a touch of asphalt on the nose of this bottling. The palate is earthy with loam and juniper flavors, all woven into dark cranberry fruit.
    Food Pairings: Filet mignon, carpaccio

    Château La Rousselière Bordeaux 2012, Saint-Estephe, France $49.99 

    Top-quality barrel ageing gives the wine a refined touch of vanilla, coffee and cigar-box hints. Its dense mild and fine structure shows its perfect adjusted extraction. The finish has all the length and class of the great Saint-Estèphe.
    Food Pairings: Braised lamb with a white bean cassoulet, Filet mignon with a wild mushroom risotto, Stews.

    90+ Cellars Lot 150 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, CA $43.99 

    This collector’s series Lot 150 is from the legendary Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley. It’s a classic Cabernet grown on mountainsides overlooking the sun-drenched valley. The wine sees 22 months of French Oak before being bottled. Full-bodied and dense with rich black currant and dark chocolate aromas mixed with subtler flavors of mint, anise and savory spice.
    Food Pairings: Beef, lamb, veal, poultry.

    Eagle Harbor Raptor 2013, Walla Walla Valley, WA $59.99 

    33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 33% Cab Franc, 1% Petite Verdot.  A Bordeaux style red blend. In the glass you’ll find black raspberry, cassis, dark plum, graphite and a hint of chocolate aromas. On the palate it is a mouthful, yet not heavy, for such a big wine. The black fruits shine through with moderately high tannins, and a surprisingly long finish.
    Food pairings: Beef, pasta, veal, poultry

    Mont Reaga Fata Morgana Late Harvest Merlot, Spain $65.99 

    Dark… mysterious… enchanting… Mont Reaga Fata Morgana Late is an experience unto itself. Intense, sweet and floral nose delivering aromas of quince, dried figs, raisins, blueberries and chocolate. Full-bodied with a rich, lush texture and just the right amount of sweetness. Serve lightly chilled.
    Food Pairings: Hard and soft cheeses, foie gras, chocolate.

  • Wednesday Dec 19th – Tasting with Svetlana

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – Tasting with Svetlana

     

    Thierry Véron Cave de la Bouquette Sancerre, Loire Valley 2016 $27.99

    Soft with a warm, tropical fruit character, full of freshness and vivacity. Perfect to accompany oysters, shellfish, and other seafood. Delicious with foie gras and with goat cheese. 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
    Food Pairings: Meaty fish such as salmon, mackerel, swordfish, monkfish and tuna

    Eira Dos Mouros White, Ribeiro, Spain 2016 $18.99 

    Fresh, vivid, and bright on the palate, with notes of exotic fruits and a beautiful minerality. Lovely purity of fruit; a touch of spiciness in the finish. 100% Treixadura.
    Food Pairing: Shellfish, crab, lobster.

    Larchago Izarbe Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2005 $59.99 

    92 points Wine Enthusiast. Lightly smoked, minerally berry aromas are leathery and ripe, but perfectly healthy. The palate feels entirely in sync, with fine tannins and lasting acidity. Layered, earthy plum and berry flavors are spicy and show notes of vanilla and tobacco prior to a smooth finish. Drink through 2022. 100% Tempranillo.
    Food Pairings: Roasted lamb, venison, smoked meats

    Foley Pinot Noir 2014, Santa Maria Hills, California, $32.99 

    Aromatics of juicy cherry cola, raspberry sorbet, and faint notes of black pepper awaken your senses. The aromas are accented by flavors of red cranberry, soft oak and vanilla bean with angular tannin and a bright acidity. Notes of toasted graham cracker, sweet cigar, and black tea come through on the finish. This 2014 embodies the classic, yet distinctive attributes for which Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is known.
    Food Pairing: Pair this wine with rare fillet steak and carpaccio.

    The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 2015 $17.99 

    Aromas of ripe blackberry and blueberry with a touch of vanilla; flavors are loaded with juicy currant, blackberry, and spice wrapped around a velvety texture.
    Food Pairings: Stewed and braised meats, grilled vegetables

    Sans Liege “The Prophetess XIV/XV” Santa Barbara County, CA $49.99 

    The 2014/2015 vintage delivers scents of boysenberry, cobbler, clover oil, smoked meats, and plum preserves. A velvety mouth-feel of anise liquor and elderberries 100% Syrah. 8 barrels produced.
    Food Pairings: Roasted leg of lamb, barbequed spare ribs and chicken, burgers, hard cheeses such as Gouda

    Viera de Sousa 10 Years White Port, Portugal $47.99

    A very elegant White Port wine with a high aromatic complexity elaborated with different lots of old White Port of great quality, aged in casks for more than 10 years.
    Food Pairings: Manchego cheese with dried fruits

  • Saturday Dec 15th – Holiday Grand Tasting

    Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Holiday Grand Tasting

     

    Paraiso Estate Chardonnay 2015, Monterey, California $22.99 

    Aromas of peach, lemon-lime and green apple with flavors of toasted nuts, nectarine and apple. A full rich mouth-feel with a long full-flavored finish.

    Sans Liege Cotes-du-Coast 2017, Santa Maria, CA, $31.99

    Blend: 41% Viognier, 26% Roussanne, 18% Marsanne, 15% Grenache Blanc. Jasmine, honeysuckle, donut peaches & freshly whipped vanilla cream, sweet white corn, buttered and salted sourdough, orange pith.

    Redentore Refosco 2015, Italy $23.99 

    Organic, No Added Sulfates. Hints of blackberry, licorice, melted dark chocolate and sandalwood; it is a dry, warm wine, with soft tannins and a long aftertaste.

    Carol Shelton Monga Zin, Old Vines 2016, Cucamonga Valley, CA, $24.99

    Organic. Grapes harvested from 100 years old and dry-farmed vineyard. Deep black cherry fruit, dried cranberry, orange zest, dusty vanilla-caramel oak, graham crackers, and cocoa.

    Sans Liege The Prophetess Santa Maria, CA, $49.99 

    73% Syrah, 27% Mourvèdre. 12 barrels made. Scents of confectionary blue fruit, cinnamon graham cracker, fennel, smoked meat, dark chocolate and plum hang in the air.

    Viera de Sousa 10 Years White Port, Portugal $47.99 

    A very elegant White Port wine with a high aromatic complexity elaborated with different lots of old White Port of great quality, aged in casks for more than 10 years.

    Eira Dos Mouros White 2016, Ribeiro, Spain 2016, $18.99 

    100% Treixadura. Fresh, vivid, and bright on the palate, with notes of exotic fruits and a beautiful minerality. Lovely purity of fruit; a touch of spiciness in the finish.

    Frick Cotes de Frick Blanc 2016, Dry Creek Valley CA $32.99 

    Organic. Grenache Blanc 66%; Viognier 34%. Fresh floral aromas of honeysuckle and white orchid. Ripe apple, apricot, mango, quince paste.   Chewy dried apricot and pear fruit in the long lingering finish.

    Helen and Joey Shiraz 2017, Yarra Valley, Australia $22.99 

    Lots of fresh blue fruit such as blueberries and elderberries, as well as plenty of fresh herbs and spices. Medium body, fresh acidity and a juicy finish.

    Gamba Zinfandel Starr Road Ranch Old Vines 2013, RRV $51.99

    Organic. Silky, vibrant, fruity full body and a seamless, appealing, medium-long raspberries, honeyed nuts, and chocolate mint finish.

    La Dama Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2013, Veneto $55.99 

    Tiny production from boutique winery. Classic-style Amarone – cherry, dried fig, cinnamon, clove and tobacco with a long, warm and silky finish.

    Punch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Rutherford $83.99 

    Amazing Value for 1.5 L bottle.  Only 3 bottles for sale. Dark blackberry, cassis, black cherry, raspberry; the wine lingers on the palate with a historical hint of Rutherford dust.

    Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino 2016, Toscana IGT, Italy, $19.99

    Fruity aromas with notes of apricot, grapefruit, and spices. Taste: full-bodied, with a lively acidity which gives freshness and persistency on the finish.

    Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 2017, New Zealand $15.99 

    Vibrant aromatics of gooseberry, blackcurrant bush and basil. Flavorful and harmonious palate of ripe citrus and nectarine with refreshing acidity providing great drinkability.

    Cecchi Chianti Classico Riserva 2014, Tuscany $29.99 

    Currant, black cherry, cedar and wild herb aromas and flavors highlight this powerful red. Best from 2018 through 2024

    The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Chile $17.99 

    Aromas of ripe blackberry and blueberry with a touch of vanilla; flavors are loaded with juicy currant, blackberry, and spice wrapped around a velvety texture.

    The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2013, Napa, California, $46.99

    Aromas of savory spice, black cherry, and mocha with cedar and blackberry. Elegant balance with flavors of black plum, hints of grilled rosemary and toasted oak.

    Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa $275.99 

    Double magnum bottle (3L) – Limited!!!  82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah. Aromas of black currant, followed by wet earth, mushroom, and caramelized sugar and dark chocolate.

    Stone Original Ginger Wine, England $16.99 

    Ginger wine is a fortified English wine to which ginger is added. This spicy character follows on the palate where its zest is quite noticeable but moderated by a softening sweetness.

    Croft 430th Anniversary Ruby Port $29.99 

    This wine exclusively created to celebrate The 430th Anniversary of the oldest port company in operation. “Croft is known for its Vintage Ports with opulent fruit aromas and silky tannins.

    Bellefleur Haute-Serre Malbec Brut Rose NV, France $36.99 

    Floral bouquet with hints of red fruit. The bubbles are fine and persistent, and the wine has a great deal of freshness as well as a beautiful long aftertaste

  • Saturday Dec 8th – Tasting with Highland Wine Company

    Saturday, December 8, 2018 (1-5pm) Highland Wine Company

     

    Thierry Véron Cave de la Bouquette Sancerre, Loire Valley $27.99 

    Soft with a warm, tropical fruit character, full of freshness and vivacity. Perfect to accompany oysters, shellfish, and other seafood. Delicious with foie gras and with goat cheese. 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

    Casa Larga Chard-Riesling, New York State $17.99 

    This delicious un-oaked white wine displays the characteristic green apple notes of Riesling accented by tropical fruit notes and the rich, full body of Chardonnay. With just a touch of sweetness, it is an ideal complement to spicy foods, particularly Southeast Asian cuisines.

    Kiona Estate Cuvee Red Blend, Washington State $19.99 

    83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 6% Merlot, 3% Sangiovese. states Cuvée is a blend from all of our estate vineyards. Each site contributes to the wine in a  special way, resulting in an estate-grown wine that is uniquely representative of Washington state. The Columbia Valley components bring acid, fruit, and drinkability, while the Red Mountain additions contribute depth, structure, and color.

    Mont Reaga Tempo Red Crianza, Spain $17.99 

    Dark red with garnet hues. Intense and clean aromas with notes of berries and a touch of earth are followed by rich oak accented red fruit flavors highlighted by a touch of licorice, paprika, and thyme. A wine for every occasion. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Syrah.

    Eagle Harbor Raptor, Columbia Valley, WS $59.99 

    A Bordeaux style red blend containing equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc enhanced by a small amount of Petit Verdot. Black raspberry, cassis, dark plum, graphite aromas with a hint of chocolate. Big, but not heavy with black fruit flavors, moderately high tannins, and a satisfyingly long finish.

    Mont Reaga Fata Morgana Late Harvest Merlot, Spain $65.99 

    Dark… mysterious… enchanting… Mont Reaga Fata Morgana Late is an experience unto itself. Intense, sweet and floral nose delivering aromas of quince, dried figs, raisins, blueberries and chocolate. Full-bodied with a rich, lush texture and just the right amount of sweetness, it is a perfect pairing for foods such as cheese, foie gras, and chocolate. Serve lightly chilled (55ºF).

  • Wednesday Dec 5th – Tasting with Svetlana

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018 (5-8pm) Tasting with Svetlana 

     

    Larchago White Rioja 2016, Rioja, Spain $17.99 

    Aromas of pears, tropical fruits, peaches combined with white flowers. Silky mouth, soft and fresh, very harmonic with long fruity aftertaste.
    Food Pairings: Shelfish, Appetizers and snacks, Lean fish, Cured Meat, Blue cheese and Salads

     

    Paraiso Estate Chardonnay 2015, Monterey, California $22.99

    Aromas of peach, lemon-lime and green apple with flavors of toasted nuts, nectarine and apple. A full rich mouth feel with a long full-flavored finish.
    Food Pairings: Rich dishes like poached salmon in butter sauce, roasted chicken, pasta in a creamy sauce or even cheese-based salads such as Caesar or chicken salad.

     

    La Puerta Classico Malbec 2017, Famatina Valley, Argentina $14.99 

    This Valle de la Puerta Clasico Malbec displays a beautiful, saturated red color. The rich bouquet is full of fruit with hints of violets. These notes continue on the palate, where they mingle with flavors of ripened plum, cherries, and this wine’s smooth and sweet tannins. This delightful Malbec is well-balanced across the palate, with a long and persistent finish.
    Food Pairings: Beef and Venison

     

    Brady Vineyard Petite Syrah 2015, Paso Robles, California  $24.99

    Rich and luxurious, featuring deep crimson color and aromas reminiscent of blackberry, and black pepper with subtle notes of roasted vanilla and spice. On tasting, it shows opulent texture and savory berry and bramble flavors that echo the aromas. The wine is luscious, full-bodied with balancing gentle acidity and just a hint of velvety oak that lengthens the finish.
    Food Pairings:  Enjoy by itself, or with smoked or roasted meats, sharp cheeses and with dishes with rich flavorful sauces.

     

    Shafer TD-9 2015 Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California $72.99 

    TD-9 is a proprietary blend that celebrates a bold move. In 1973, in the space of a few months, John Shafer went from riding morning commuter trains in Chicago to teaching himself to drive a TD-9 tractor in our Napa Valley vineyard. He’d never grown grapes or made wine in his life. That spirit of risk-taking and adventure still guides Shafer today and inspired the creation of this new wine. Vibrant, complex aromas of ripe red and black fruit, lavender, and herbs fill the glass followed by pure, energetic flavors of dried cherry, blackberry, strawberry, licorice, and cocoa all pulled together with wet slate minerality, clean acidity, and the ripe, seamless tannins that are the hallmarks of this vintage. 56% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec
    Food Pairings: Rich and hearty dishes like, herb-crusted rack of lamb or beef bourguignon.

     

    Pillitteri Estates Icewine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Canada $49.99

    The nose exhibits nuances of raspberries, cranberry cocktail and lime zest. The high acidity is even evident on the nose making one’s mouth water almost instantly. The palate explodes with flavors of fresh raspberry pie, cherries in syrup, violets and vanilla bean. The mouth-feel is deliciously sweet and intense, but the natural acidity acts as a backbone creating impeccable balance and length on the palate.
    Food Pairings:  superb on its own or with desserts and dark chocolates

  • Wines of the Month December 2018

    Featured Selections for December 2018

     

    Paraiso Estate Chardonnay 2015, Monterey, California

    Regular $22.99
    Aromas of peach, lemon-lime and green apple with flavors of toasted nuts, nectarine and apple. A full rich mouth feel with a long full-flavored finish.

    Food Pairings: Rich dishes like poached salmon in butter sauce, roasted chicken, pasta in a creamy sauce or even cheese-based salads such as Caesar or chicken salad

    Brady Vineyard Petite Syrah 2015, Paso Robles, California

    Regular $24.99
    Rich and luxurious, featuring deep crimson color and aromas reminiscent of blackberry, and black pepper with subtle notes of roasted vanilla and spice. On tasting, it shows opulent texture and savory berry and bramble flavors that echo the aromas. The wine is luscious, full-bodied with balancing gentle acidity and just a hint of velvety oak that lengthens the finish.

    Food Pairings: Enjoy by itself, or with smoked or roasted meats, sharp cheeses and with dishes with rich flavorful sauces.

    Pillitteri Estates Icewine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Canada

    Regular $49.99
    The nose exhibits nuances of raspberries, cranberry cocktail and lime zest. The high acidity is even evident on the nose making one’s mouth water almost instantly. The palate explodes with flavors of fresh raspberry pie, cherries in syrup, violets and vanilla bean. The mouth-feel is deliciously sweet and intense, but the natural acidity acts as a backbone creating impeccable balance and length on the palate.

    Food Pairings: superb on its own or with desserts and dark chocolates

  • Saturday Dec 1st – Tasting with Svetlana

    Saturday Dec 1st (1-5pm) – Tasting with Svetlana

     

    Villa Angarano Bianca Vespaiolo DOC 2016, Braganze, Italy $18.99

    Dry, sharp then a light floral, herbal flavor. Mild acidity. Made from the Vespaiolo grape in Bassano del grappa. Initially shy nose followed by an overwhelming mouth where typical chardonnay hints such as butter vanilla notes dance with crisp freshness, salty notes and a slight fizz. Top drinkability
    Food Pairings: Pasta · Shellfish · Mature and hard cheese · Lean fish ·Cured Meat

    Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Blanc 2015, Willamette Valley, $31.99

    100% Pinot Blanc, barrel fermented, and barrel aged in neutral French oak barrels. Aromatically has bright notes of melon, grapefruit, butterscotch with refreshing acidity. It is very clean and focused on the palate.
    Food Pairings: grilled or fried fish; seafood risotto; poultry; grilled vegetables.

    Viña Tabalí Pinot Noir Reserva Especial 2014, Limarí Valley, Chile $24.99

    The grapes for this wine were sourced from the vineyards located in the coastal area of the Limarí Valley in the north of Chile. The wine was aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels. The nose offers fresh red berry aromas with notes of spice and pleasing wet earthy notes. The varietal fruit is perfectly integrated with the French oak and the palate is bright with a balanced silky mouthfeel.
    Food Pairings: can be enjoyed on its own, or with a wide range of cuisine, particularly salmon, roast lamb, or salads with cheeses and nuts.

    La Puerta Classico Malbec 2017, Famatina Valley, Argentina $14.99

    This Valle de la Puerta Clasico Malbec displays a beautiful, saturated red color. The rich bouquet is full of fruit with hints of violets. These notes continue on the palate, where they mingle with flavors of ripened plum, cherries, and this wine’s smooth and sweet tannins. This delightful Malbec is well-balanced across the palate, with a long and persistent finish.
    Food Pairings: Beef and Venison

    Shannon Ridge Home Ranch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Lake County, CA $27.99

    This is an intense and full-bodied wine from top vineyard locations. The Red Hills AVA and volcanic soils provide ripe red fruits, bright cherry, anise, dark chocolate and soft tannins to the blend. Aromas of toasted bread, maple syrup and baking spices, then moves to red and black cherry flavors, with a sweet sensation on the palate. The texture is moderately tannic but easy to sip.
    Food Pairings: with a charming accent of oak, would perform beautifully with a juicy bone-in ribeye.

    MR Premium Red Ravasqueira 2014, Portugal $70.99

    Grapes: Syrah, Aragonez, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca.
    Release during the most exceptional vintages. Complexity and intensity sum this cellar worthy red wine. Extended ageing in new French oak allow for harmonious wine and wood interaction, developing peat, cedar and chocolate notes, along with black and red fruits with dried figs. Black pepper and herbs with black olives also present on the nose. Balsamic, dark berries and meat on the palette with a strong mineral finish. Cellar and enjoy for decades. -93 Points Wine Enthusiast

    Oak Grove Red Blend 2015, California $12.99

    A blend of Cabernet, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Fruity and lush, this medium-bodied wine has a smooth texture and a generous array of crushed raspberry, strawberry and blackberry flavors.
    Food Pairings: Foods that have a touch of hot spice such as blackened fish or jambalaya. Meatloaf, spaghetti and meatballs, baked pasta dishes. Caramelized roast veggies such as roast squash, red peppers, fried or grilled mushrooms.

    Amapola Creek Cuvee Alis 2013, Sonoma CA $47.99

    The 2013 Cuvée Alis Estate (66% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre and 12% Syrah) is a hefty, high-octane style (15.6% alcohol) with loads of kirsch liqueur, pepper, lavender, earth and underbrush. It is Provençal, deep, full-bodied, and a total lusty treat. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
    Food Pairings: This is a beautiful wine for grilled or braised meat, Osso Bucco, and medium-aged herbed cheeses.

    Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa $63.99

    The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep and powerful from the get go, with beams of supporting tannin and acidity that give the wine its sense of proportion. There is plenty of nuance in the dark fruit, along with terrific aromatic complexity, but today the tannins are imposing, to say the least. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2013 for at least a few years, but even that may not be enough. This is another terrific example of the vintage. Vinous 93 pts
    Food Pairings: Rich and intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular.

    Rozes White Port Reserve NV, Portugal, $22.99

    Because the wine for this port is aged in wood for 8 years, this drinks like a vibrant, youthful, tawny Port. Full of dried apricot and raisin fruit and lightly caramelized walnut and almond flavors, it’s lightly sweet and long on the palate.
    Food Pairings: As an aperitif or for sipping after dinner, the perfect companion is salted almonds — just as roasted walnuts goes with red port; salted almonds bring out the flavor of White Port. For a casual food pairing, try a White Port cooler with fresh popped, buttered and salted popcorn.