8.10 - 8.11 Wine Tasting
Join us this weekend for a complimentary wine tasting, hosted by Juliet & Kelly!
We have a lovely selection this week, including a biodynamic Chablis, a highly-rated pinot noir from the Willamette Valley, and a new Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from a small family-owned vineyard.
Starting at 11:30am on Saturday and Sunday, all wines will also be available for purchase at 10% off retail price.
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Breaux Vineyards ‘Jolie Blond’ Seyval Blanc 2016
Retail: $17.95 | Sale: $16.15
Breaux Vineyards is a 400+ acre estate located in Purcellville, Virginia, with 104 acres under vine of 17 different grape varieties. Seyval Blanc is a French-American hybrid that has been gaining popularity in Virginia over the past few years. This wine has lemon zest, white grapefruit, and mineral undertones that lead to a refreshingly crisp, dry finish. This is a great choice for those who enjoy Sauvignon Blanc. Pair with poultry, light seafood dishes, or herbed cheeses.
Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Sainte Claire 2018
Retail: $26.95 | Sale: $24.25
Named after the church next to the winery, fruit for this wine comes from 30-year old vines with a south facing exposure in the village of Préhy. The soils are chalky, with alternate layers of limestone and marl containing fossilized marine bodies, giving this Chablis its fresh and vibrant minerality. Notes of lemon and green apple welcome you into the glass. On the palate the wine is soft, with ripe fruits cut by citrus, spice, and vanilla. Matured entirely in stainless steel, this is a perfect crisp white for summer.
Chardonnay | 90 Points Wine Spectator | Biodynamic
Umani Ronchi CaSal di Serra Verdicchio 2017
Retail: $22.95 | Sale: $20.65
The Umani Ronchi story is one of ancient vines, land and people. From Serra dei Conti in Marche to Roseto degli Abruzzi, Umani Ronchi has a total surface area under vine of 210 hectares nestled between the hills and the sea along the Adriatic coast. This wine is a beautiful example of an indigenous varietal with personality, without altering its fine balance and special elegance. Enticing aromas of jasmine, Granny Smith apple and white peach float from the glass. The medium-bodied, concentrated palate doles out Bartlett pear, ripe grapefruit, ginger and sage alongside bright acidity and energizing mineral sensations.
Verdicchio | Organic
Argiolas Serra Lori Rosé 2017
Retail: $17.95 | Sale: $16.15
Argiolas is the foremost wine estate on the island of Sardinia producing archetypal wines from native varietals. This rosato is composed of four Sardinian grapes that are ideally suited to rosé styles. Cannonau (Garnacha) and Monica lend strawberry fruitiness, while Carignano and Bovale Sardo bring freshness and aroma. Serra Lori is juicy, vibrant, and full of red-berry flavor, offering refreshment and the perfect accompaniment to the summer table.
50 Cannonau | 25 Monica | 20 Carignano | 5 Bovale
Pike Road Pinot Noir 2016
Retail: $24.95 | Sale $22.45
Outside the town of Yamhill on the western edge of the Willamette Valley, the Campbell Family planted their first 20 acres of vines in 1974. At the time, there were just a handful of winegrowers in Oregon. Today they own over 350 acres of vines in the Northern Willamette Valley. Complex aromas of black cherry, dried herbs, floral and spice create an alluring nose. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and flavors of blackberry and herbs. It is exceptionally balanced with velvety tannins, lively acidity and a lingering finish that pairs beautifully with classic Pinot Noir dishes including Oregon lamb, duck, pork, grilled salmon and aged cheeses.
Ventosa El Castro de Valtuille “Joven Mencía” 2016
Retail: $14.95 | Sale: $13.45
Castro Ventosa was founded by the Perez family in 1752 who now own 75 hectares of Mencía vineyards in Bierzo, making them the biggest owners of this varietal within the Bierzo D.O. This Mencía is medium-bodied with beautiful red fruit notes, minerality, and a black peppery finish. This is a wine that really shines in summer, especially paired alongside smoked meats and grilled vegetables.
La Quercia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2015
Retail: $25.95 | Sale: $23.35
Made by winemaker Antonio Lamona, the result is one of the best quality, most expressive and balanced Montepulcianos around. Full-bodied, smooth, and packed with notes of blackberry, wild cherry, and spice. This is a flavourful and versatile wine that will pair with anything you put on the table. It’s a fun combination of fruit and earthy, meaty rusticity.