Happy New Year

With Mardi Gras less than a month away, you will definitely need to have some wine on hand for parade parties and house guests.   Here are two wines that are standard in our selection, for both consistent quality and everyday enjoyment.  We will be offering special pricing on both wines thru Mardi Gras.
Please swing by the shop and see us, as you don’t want to miss the deal on these really good wines.

Special prices in effect through February 8th

Happy Mardi Gras.

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Albert Bichot Saint-Véran 2013 : normally $18.00, special price $15.00
Bichot has particularly good sources to produce a better than average white Burgundy for an attractive price.  The wine is fermented and held in stainless steel to preserve the natural acidity and freshness.  This wine is such a great way to kick off the day, it is bright, clean and has loads of tropical and citrus notes.
Guigal Côtes du Rhone 2011 : normally $14.00, special price $12.00 
I think the first vintage I tasted of Guigal’s basic Rhone wine was 1978.  I can remember a friend who actually kept cases for ten plus years, bringing bottles from the cellar and no one could believe that it was from the Côtes du Rhone appellation.  This is annually one of our best selling red wines, and we like the fact that we are still sourcing 2011 which is still fresh, lively and delicious.  We love being able to offer this particularly interesting wine at such a great price.

We love this time of year!  When everyone is celebrating the holidays, and drinking lots of Champagne.  This Saturday we wanted to showcase a few Champagnes from our selection that are under $50.  These wines are great for parties or to assist in your gift giving.

Champagne is a dry, sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of northern France.  The three grape varieties that are allowed in Champagne are: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier.  The process of making Champagne is somewhat of a complicated process involving a secondary fermentation in the bottle.  This process is also used by many sparkling wine producers all over the world, however they are not allowed to call the “sparkling wine” Champagne because Champagne is protected by the EU.

Trouillard “Extra Sélection” Brut  $36

The Trouillard family has been part of the Champagne business in Epernay since the 19th century with Lucien Trouillard, the founder, showing an interest in Champagne at an early age.  He produced his first bottle in 1896.  He passed away in 1966, and his two sons took over the operation, followed by his grandsons.  This wine is selected from 15 different vineyards located in the Marne Valley, Aube, and the small mountain of Reims.  It is made from 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Chardonnay.  This wine is fresh, creamy, with notes of hazelnuts and almonds.

Drappier “Carte d’Or” Brut  $42

Drappier is located in Urville which is where Pinot Noir is king.  This wine is made up of 75%, Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier. The vineyards cover about 100 hectares.  The family has been making wine and purchasing land in the Champagne region since 1808.  They have used their expertise and skills over the years to purchase several parcels of land which are particularly well exposed and extremely rich in limestone.  This wine has aromas of stone fruit, with hints of spice and a very powerful and complex palate.

Gobillard “Tradition” Brut  $36

Gobillard is a family owned and operated house located in the heart of the Champagne region, only about five kilometers from Epernay.  The family prides itself on coming from the terroir and not on glitzy grand marque.  The estate now owns 26 hectares of vines, many of which are premier cru vineyards.  Grapes from another 85 hectares are also vinified, with growers selected for their expertise and quality.  This wine is made up of majority Chardonnay, with about 33% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  The wine has soft acidity and notes of ripe apple.

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Saturday Tasting: December 12th

December 11, 2015

Chinon makes up one of Loire’s best red wine growing region.  It is located on the western end of the Touraine region of Loire, and is known for Cabernet Franc, which is known as Breton here.  The wines are vigorous, savory, raspberry fruitiness, and freshly sharpened pencil.  Chinon makes the silkiest most tender wine of […]

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Saturday Tasting: December 5th

December 3, 2015

Don’t miss this GREAT deal on world class wine, this Saturday!! Domaine Jean Collet et Fils Chablis 2013, $25 - special Saturday tasting price $20 While white Burgundy from the Côte d’Or prices continue to rise, Chablis has remained stable.  Recent warmer vintages has resulted in more consistent quality.  The 2013 vintage is an ideal vintage […]

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Saturday Tasting: November 21st

November 20, 2015

I have always enjoyed Beaujolais, but it has been in the last few years that it really started to take a bigger hold on the market.  With the combination of weather problems and other markets scooping up Burgundy allocation we have had to look to other regions for our fix.  We have always had the […]

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Saturday Tasting: November 14th

November 13, 2015

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we don’t want you to be caught without any wine to drink!  The next few weeks we will be focusing on Thanksgiving and holiday wines.  So make sure you make it to our Saturday tastings so that you get what you need. Grüner Veltliner Hirsch (Heiligenstein) ‘13 I […]

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Saturday Tasting: November 7th

November 6, 2015

The Chianti DOCG is Tuscany’s most famous wine growing region, and one of Europe’s first delimited zones.  It however didn’t get elevated to DOCG status until 1984, the zone was however established in 1932. There has since been eight sub-zones created for the region: Classico, Rùfina, Colli Fiorentini, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane, Colli Aretini, Montalbano, […]

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Saturday Tasting: October 31st

October 30, 2015

Lirac Domaine du Joncier “Le Classique” (Rhône) 2012 Marine Roussel took over her fathers domaine in 1989.  She farms land in Lirac, which is a wine growing region in southern Rhône valley on the right bank of the Rhône river.  Bordering the neighboring cru Tavel and across the river to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Her terraced vineyards are […]

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Saturday Tasting: October 24th

October 23, 2015

The Mâconnais is very much considered Chardonnay country, second in volume only to Chablis.  Chardonnay also happens to be the name of a village about 25 km north of the city of Mâcon, and may have given the grape its name.  In comparison to Chablis Mâcon tends to be fruitier and more open, and lacks […]

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Saturday Tasting: October 17th

October 16, 2015

Mâcon-Villages Henri Perrusset (Burgundy) 2014 The wine is back in stock, and we are very excited about the new vintage.  One of the several reasons why we love this wine so much is the quality to price ratio.  The reason for such high quality comes from the fact that Perrusset has been working his vineyards […]

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