5.4 - 5.5 Wine Tasting

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Join us for a complimentary wine tasting this weekend from 11:30 to 5 hosted by LUCINDA SMITH OF BLUE RIDGE LIBATIONS.
thIS WEEK’S TASTING IS IN CELEBRATION OF OUR EXPANDED ON-PREMISE ALCOHOL LICENSE.
WE ARE EXCITED TO OFFER CONSUMPTION OF SMALL FORMAT BEERS, WINE AND CIDER IN OUR STORE OR ON THE PORCH!
sCROLL DOWN TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS WEEKEND’S LINEUP AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU!

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Thibaut-Janisson Brut NV

Origin: Monticello
750mL: $29.95 | Sale: $26.95
375mL: $18.95 | Sale: 17.05

Thibaut Janisson is a joint venture between Champagne's Manuel Janisson and globe-trotting winemaker Claude Thibaut. They have captured the flavors and essence of the Virginia Terroir. This Cuvee, from the Monticello Appellation, has vibrant aromas of pear and ripe apples; the taste is perfectly balanced, crisp and refreshing. Thibaut notes that in America, unlike in other parts of the world, Champagne and sparkling wine is reserved for special occasions. He encourages that it should be enjoyed not just for celebrations and noteworthy events, but also as a highly versatile wine that pairs well with an assortment of foods and can stand on its own as a daily pleasure and petite indulgence.

100% Chardonnay

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Lubanzi Chenin Blanc 2018

Origin: South Africa
750mL: $16.95 | Sale $15.25
350mL Can: $8.95 | Sale: $8.05

Walker Brown and Charles Brain were American exchange students in South Africa in 2014, from University of Richmond and Vanderbilt, respectively. Together, they embarked on a week-long backpacking expedition along South Africa’s “Wild Coast” and were joined by a wandering dog the locals named “Lubanzi.” South Africa is one of the world’s largest wine producers and probably the most underrated wine region of the world in the US market. Walker and Charles offer well-crafted, everyday wine that punches above its weight and makes a difference in the lives of those who grow it. They have partnered with The Pebbles Project, a non-profit that provides health & education resources directly back to the families who live and work on South Africa’s wine farms.
This beautiful Chenin Blanc offers an intriguing array of fruits on the nose- sliced figs, ripe nectarine and freshly peeled tangerines with a hint of herbaceous rosemary. The palate is round and fleshy, pushing forward ripe citrus fruits like orange, nectarine and a fresh core of green melon. The finish is creamy and long. Also available in cans, for on-the-go and easy outdoor enjoyment.

100% Chenin Blanc

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Lost Creek Chardonnay 2017

Origin: Virginia
Retail: $23.95 | Sale: $21.55

This boutique winery, nestled in the rolling hills of Northern Virginia just outside of Leesburg, has been in the works since 1998 on 16 acres of land. Whole-cluster pressed and then barrel-fermented in French Oak followed by 10 months of barrel aging with 20% new oak, this Burgundian-style Chardonnay is made from 100% estate grown grapes and owner/winemaker produced. It’s a wonderfully balanced Chardonnay that walks the line between a fresh-fruited, low-oak style and a creamy, barrel-fermented style. An ideal pairing with salmon, Manchego cheese, or white pizzas.

100% Chardonnay

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Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses Rosé 2018

Origin: France
750mL: $21.95 | Sale: $19.75
375mL: $12.95 | Sale: $11.65

Gerard Bertrand was born and raised in the South of France. Making wine with his father, Georges, since the age of 10, Gérard has acquired a unique expertise in the terroirs of Languedoc-Roussillon. The base of his Côte des Roses Rosé is shaped like a blossoming rose; the top is sealed with a unique glass closure. The nose is fresh and bright with summer fruits combined with aromatic floral notes. The palate is full and balanced with tons of mineral. A wine to be given in the same way you would offer a bunch of roses!

Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah

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Lubanzi Red Blend 2017

Origin: South Africa
750mL: $16.95 | Sale $15.25
350mL Can: $8.95 | Sale: $8.05

Our second offering from District-based Charles Brain and Walker Brown, this Rhone style blend is crafted from vineyards dotted throughout South Africa’s Coastal Region and made with little intervention in the cellar. It’s a playful, easy-drinking blend that is ripe and fruit-forward, offering oodles of black plum, cherry and currant tones that are kept in check by an intriguing savory note throughout the palate. The juicy palate boasts soft tannins and bright acidity, resulting in a clean, mouthwatering finish. This is a well-crafted, responsibly sourced wine that is the perfect table red or for your small every day adventures. Also available in cans!

39% Shiraz | 34% Cinsault | 15% Mourvèdre | 9% Grenache | 3% Carignan

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Xavier Côtes du Rhône 2016

Origin: France
Retail: $16.95 | Sale: $15.25

As the technical director and head enologist at “Laboratoire Avignon Oenologie Conseil,” Xavier Vignon is the consulting winemaker at more than 300 estates, including most of the best-known domaines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Aromas of black currants, licorice root and crushed peonies, along with a cornucopia of herbes de Provence and spices move in and out of the foreground as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate the wine is elegant and refreshing, with juicy black fruit flavors that echo the nose, along with an unmistakable suggestion of kalamata tapenade, and a smoky, mildly peppery finish.

65% Grenache | 20% Mourvèdre | 15% Syrah

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King Family Mountain Plains 2016

Origin: Monticello
Retail: $67.95
| Sale $61.15

King Family Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Crozet, Virginia just fifteen minutes from Charlottesville. The name Mountain Plains was first written in a deed drafted in 1773 by Thomas Jefferson to transfer the ownership of a land grant farm established in 1737. After careful selection of the ripest fruit from their best vineyard blocks, the grapes were hand-sorted and then de-stemmed. After pressing, the wines were aged separately for 22 months in new barrels from the Tronçais oak forest in Central France, specially selected for their tight grained wood to impart fine tannins, and a well-integrated oak profile. Rich, dense layers of complexity and a powerful sense of structure promises a wine that will reward extended cellaring. Enjoy now, through 2025 and beyond.

Bordeaux Blend
2019 Monticello Cup Wine Gold Winner


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Castle Hill Serendipity 2016

Origin: Monticello
500mL: $11.95 | Sale: $10.75

Castle Hill Cider is nestled on 600 beautiful acres in the historic Virginia countryside in Keswick, just outside of Charlottesville. Castle Hill was originally the home of Colonel Thomas Walker, guardian and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. The estate was the first place in Albemarle County to plant Albemarle Pippin apples which became a major export for the region. Serendipity features a blend of Pippin and Gold Rush apples fermented with two yeast strains. It’s a bright, fresh, and fruit-forward cider with citrus and floral notes. Pair with a washed rind cheese or a creamy blue for a delightful treat!

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