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The James Three Sticks 2012
We would add: "Rich, gutsy and balanced tannins, ripe berry spice and cedar."
The bottle is $23.
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Los Monteros CAVA
Apple and peach aromas are clean at first but struggle to stay vital.
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6 Bottles from around the world "on the taste" and "on the house"
As Featured in Carolina Epicurean
Besides the US, Francois says his biggest markets are UK, Japan and, get this, Russia.
And one more thing. I had Disco cranked up on Spotify. I asked francois if he would prefer different music. "Yes, Country," he says. "I don't get to hear it much in Chablis!"
News Release: May 18th, 2018
Feudo Maccari Grillo IGP: Straw yellow and gold with intense floral aromas with notes of citrus, peach, almonds and sweet grass.
Masi, Rosa dei Masi (Refosco Rosé): Salmon pink with cherry colored reflectios. Intense aromas of just rippened berry fruit on the nose, especially raspberries and wild cherries. Soft and well balanced.
Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo (Super Tuscan): 80% Sangiovese. Intense ruby red in color with a fruity, spicy bouquet and ripe cherries and berries on the palate.
Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo: The wine shows layered aromas and flavors of mint, red fruit and spices. The palate shows silky tannins and bright acidity before a long finish.
|"Are expensive Wines Worth It?"
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|"Love Drunk" by Andre Mack
Rice Salad Approved!
Despite the fact that this is a salad, there are some heavy flavors:
fresh herbs including cilantro, lemon, fennel and fish juice!
That said, you want a Rose that is fairly full bodied, softer with lower acidity.
And that said, you want Love Drunk!
Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry,
|Brilliant medium ruby red with a fresh, fruity nose, reminiscent of red currants
and black cherry; medium-bodied, round with soft tannins and ripe berry flavors
well integrated with the acidity. A stylish and elegant wine.
"Read it With" Requirements: 2 bottles!
Cellaring potential: 2-4 years.
|Lis Neris Sauvignon Blanc, Friuli, just east of Slovenia
This polished, structured white opens with intense aromas of yellow peach,
“Lis Neris has been very well-known in Italy for years, but I rarely, if ever, hear much about the wines in the US, which is a shame. Proprietor Alvaro Pecorari crafts rich, textured wines from his vineyards in the Isonzo district. The top whites are all aged in 500-liter barrels, which gives the wines considerable texture.” Antonio Galloni
|Coudoulet de Beaucastel, 2013
by Famille Perrin
As early as 1687, the property of Pierre de Beaucastel, ennobled by King Louis XVI, has been part of the history of the Rhone Valley. A deep ruby red color in the glass. The nose presents aromas of red fruit, blackberries, black cherries and licorice.
On the palate, you will find hints of wild thyme and a finely structured wine
that shows very good length. Can age in bottle here and Stockholm!
Critical Acclaim: 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast
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The good stuff, the really good stuff "on the house"
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News Release: Friday, May 11th, 2018
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|Stop Merlot Bashing. Get over it!
So says Lettie Teague of Wall Street Journal. And she is so right.
We took a stand in 2014: https://
Isn't it time we let a remark in a movie live at Netflix and not your wine shop?
So, maybe Cabernet is king but Merlot was king first!
Winemaker Steve Matthiasson says:
Lettie recommends Shafer Merlot.
Three affordable bottles of Merlot to get you started.......
|Guy Marden Sauvignon Blanc
Perfect Partner for Esquirrou
Generous, with notes of tart lemon and grapefruit.
A good balance of ripe and fresh flavors with crisp acidity and good minerality.
|There's good news and bad news:
The Big Winner was Zoe, Greece
And I mean BIG!!
A blend of 70% Agiorgitiko and 30% Moscofilero, the wine shows
The bad news is we sold out. The importer is out.
|Gateway Rose Vinho Verde, Portugal
Veeeeeery Popular at Great Rose Tasting Yesterday
A blend of regional varietals; 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Espadeiro
with Winemaker Francois Servin
"On the House"
Great Rose Tasting: May
Event Pricing (10% off any bottle) in RED
1. Le Quattro Terre Rosato 2017 Piedmont, Italy $11.99 ($10.79)
This Barbera Rose is a bright pink in the glass with aromas of strawberry and rose petal leading to a salty, mineral driven finish.
2. Fleur de Prairie 2017, Provence $14.99 ($13.49)
Crafted in the traditional Provencal style, this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault is a pale salmon color with flavors of strawberry, rose petals and herbs. Bright refreshing acidity. Fleur de Prairie translates as "wildflowers" celebrating the beautiful fields of wisteria, lavender, poppy (you might find a wisp on the nose!) and sunflowers.
3. DMZ Rose 2017, Stellenbosch, South Africa $14.99 ($13.49)
A crowd pleasing Cabernet rose with alluring aromas and juicy flavors of strawberry, watermelon and pomegranate highlighted by delicate floral and spice notes.
4. OVR Old Vine Rose Marietta Cellars, California $13.99 ($12.59)
This juicy blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris presents bright red and blue fruits on the nose and palate. Balanced bright fruit and acidity.
5. Zoe, Greece 2017 $12.49 ($11.24)
"Zoe" means life in Greek. This dry rose, a blend of 70% Aghiorghitiko and 30% Moscofilero, is full of life! Ripe cherries, rose petals on the nose and palate.
6. Gateway Vinho Verde, Portugal $9.99 ($8.99)
A blend of regional varietals: 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Espadeiro. Bright pink color. The nose is lively strawberry and red currant complemented with floral notes. Luscious palate presents good acidity with fresh, young fruit, slight fizz and delicate finish.
Derek Rubio of Skyland presented four wines for consideration to The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines on May 2nd. All were well received but, based on sales, this 50-50 blend of Tannat and Merlot was the big winner. A lot of praise for the weight, palate feel and taste. Someone was passionatly screaming "sexy beast." OK, that was me. But a lot of participants agreed. We reckoned that any bottle based on a grape (Tannat) that needs another bold grape (Merlot) to lighten it's load, is a "sexy beast" by definition. Our sommelier Emily says the bottle needs abot two hours of air to hit it's best. $13.99!
News Release: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Septima Cabernet Sauvignon
Spinach Risotto? Oh Yeah!
Suavia Soave Classico is composed of 100% Garganega grapes harvested
Suavia Soave Classico appears bright and lemon-yellow.
Copain Pinot Noir Rose
Banh Mi Bound!
A blend of 86% Pinot Noir and 12% Syrah, this Rose is a bright salmon pink in the glass. You will find aromas including watermelon rind, grapefruit and lemon blossom. On the palate, Copain brings tart cherry, strawberry, Meyer lemon, and Granny Smith apples. Moderate acidity. Nice finish.
News Release: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
100% Grenache, California, Beckstoffer
Hogwash Rosé started when Tuck Beckstoffer was invited to a co-host a charity barbeque. Tuck thought it would be fun to create a wine especially for the event. Tuck had been experimenting with making rosé from a special Grenache vineyard in the Central Coast of California that he thought would be ideal for a rose that paid homage to the rosés from the South of France and yet distinctly California in style.
The reception to the wine at the event was so positive that he started making small quantities of the wine for distribution. Hogwash Rosé is salmon-pink in color with fresh and lively aromas of rose, raspberry and orange zest. Flavors of lemon, mandarin, honey & just ripened peach.
|Poderi Elia 2014 Barbera D'Asti
Poderi Elia has the highest altitude vineyard site in the world famous
Barbaresco Wine Appellation. This affords the grapes maximum temperature variation, promoting longer growing season and more complexity in the wines. Third generation winemaker Federico Stella is a master craftsman who enjoys allowing his old vines to speak telling the story of the land with each sip.
This Barbera d'Asti is fresh and bright, with aromas of ripe pomegranate,
Out of the Box Macaroni and Cheese Pairing
Made exclusively from New York apples, Wolffer Rose Cider brings delicate floral notes with a blend of several apples including Jonagold, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Gold Rush, Idared, and Northern Spy. To further the distinctive offering,
This cider speaks to that perfect color palate, too, glowing with a shiny rose color.
|LOVO 2016, Cabernet Sauvignon from Italy! $13.99
(Macaroni and Cheese Approved)
This Cabernet Sauvignon cuts straight across the grain of the highly concentrated, heavily-oaked versions. Unoaked, it is remarkably
bright and clean, with a zesty-ness perfect for food.
Made in the Veneto by Winemaker Salvatore Lovo, and his daughter Silvia,
the two grow classic varietals of North-Central Italia, but also love to experiment. Vineyards planted in clay and volcanic rock. 13.5 alc.
Masera GAVI 2016, $11.99
(Macaroni and Cheese Approved)
Clean and crisp, this 100% Cortese is from a single vineyard in Gavi. Exceptional value. Winemaker is known for limiting his yields to ensure wine is not overproduced or diluted. These low yields and careful winemaking give this Gavi its intensity.
Made from 100% Cortese grapes, this delicious white is both soft and crisp. With a pleasant stony backbone, this wine features notes of green apple, pear and a lovely, enlivening finish of white flower and white pepper.
Made in Loire from a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Negrette, this is a very delicate and quite dry Loire Rose. Briny and flinty flavors. Lean, refreshing this is a go to for super warm days.
Lagrein is a lighter Northern Italian Varietal
Transition to Spring
The wine is velvety, elegant with a clear fruity character.
Tasca Tenuta Regaleali
At Tenuta Regaleali, in western Sicily, Grillo has been cultivated for years.
Pale straw yellow in color, Tasca Grillo offers a broad range of bright fruit aromas from crisp citrus to white peach, tangy apricots, and exotic tropical fruit like pineapple. An elegant backbone of minerality carries the wine across the palate and leads into a balanced finish.
And it's Bagna Cauda Approved!
DMZ Syrah, Stellenbosch, South Africa
DMZ is DeMorgenzon’s value label, where the objective is to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines which over-deliver in terms of quality for price.
Deep, purple core. Rich, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe, red plum and whiffs of white pepper. Some floral notes in the background, including violets, lavender and spring blossoms. Full in the mouth, with tremendous youthful vigor. Layers of berry fruit with developing spices of pepper, cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Gentle oak integration shows and supports the elegance and roundness of the wine.
Wolffer Hard Cider is summer, party and event perfect.
Taste it on May 5th at the season's opener of The Great Rose Tasting
What Wolffer says: Our elegant premium sparkling dry cider is a reflection of soft summer hues of sunsets across the Hampton beaches. This unique hard cider is sourced from only the best New York State Apples and represents the bohemian spirit that resides in everyone.