Monday, May 18, 2015

Rose Wine Tasting, Saturday May 23!

Finally Rose weather is here. Nothing is more delicious on a hot summer day than a chilled bottle of dry pink wine from Provence, the Loire, Argentina,Spain, Italy or Washington State.  Join us on Saturday, May 23rd for an opportunity to taste them all.  

If you're not a Rose devotee already, you'll be surprised at the incredible variety of this perennial summer quaffer.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Greek Wines

On  Saturday, April 13th we had a wine tasting in North Chatham for the benefit of the North Chatham Public Library, and we featured Greek wines.  They were a big hit and not just the whites.  The Greeks are making wonderful red wines, many quite age worthy, and we sampled some delicious ones.

While formerly Greek wines were known for their refreshing crispness and compatibility with seafood, especially on summer nights, no longer are they relegated to such a narrow sphere.  Younger wine makers have gone abroad and learned new practices in viticulture and viniculture, and they are making wines of distinction that are gaining praise in the press and presence in fine restaurants.

Notable among our offerings at the tasting were the wines being imported by Chatham resident, Vicky Daskaloudi who was born and raised in  Greece.  This is a new business for Vicky  She has paired up with some fabulous women wine makers in the Peloponnese who make hand crafted, organic wines of character. She is hiring local women to work with her here,  and a portion of her proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Team at Sloan Kettering.   We are proud to carry her wines.

Here are some of them from the Brintziki Estate.

Agoustiatis - a dry red produced from the indigenous grape agoustiatis with aromas of blackberry, cherry & vanilla overlaid with  mushrooms.  It is full bodied but with a soft, earthy flavor that lingers on the palate.  $16.99 a bottle.

One - juicy merlot with  gobs of fruit, soft tannins and hint of  pepper and vanilla.  Everyone loves this one.  $19.99 a bottle.

Yparho - a Syrah that strikes you with its amazing freshness and purity of fruit.  The aromas of blackberry and licorice with notes of violets pull you right in to a drinking experience of pure pleasure.  $16.99 a bottle.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another late February day finds us dreaming of spring flowers and counting down the days until we can no longer walk atop our favorite swimming holes.

Before the fast pace and the heat of spring rush in, don't forget to savor the final stretch of the season. Celebrate winter's last call with a few of our affordable, distinctive, and toasty warm French wine offerings.

Bordeaux - Chateau Haut Grande-Champs is of the coveted 2009 vintage. This medium bodied, layered blend of 50% merlot, 35% cabernet, 15% cabernet franc exhibits fragrant aromas of rose, bright fruit flavors, and and smooth tannins.
Priced at 12.99 btl.

Provence - Domaine des Masques (2011) is a full flavored cabernet sauvignon with black fruit flavors and a hint of spice.
Priced at 12.99 btl.

Bordeaux - Le Bordeaux Merlot (2006) is a lighter styled wine with aromas and flavors of red and black fruits.
Priced at 11.99 btl.

South of France - Domaine de Mus (2011) is a full flavored and finely balanced pinot noir with toasted and fruity notes of cherry.
Priced at 10.99 btl.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The weather is finally getting warmer and there's nothing like rose to accompany a warm summer afternoon or evening. The best known are from Provence where they are usually made from the Grenache, Syrah. Mourvedre and Cinsault grapes, but these days they are being made everywhere.  Some are soft and gentle, others are juicy and lip-smacking and others are actually full-bodied and can even go well with grilled meats.  All of them are dry.  We are offering a wide variety this summer.

 An old favorite is Mas de Gourgonnier from Aix-en-Provence.  This superb rosé of organically grown grapes (53% Grenache, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9%Cinsault, 6% Mourvedre) offers aromas of roses, ripe strawberries and orange zest that follow through on the palate.  Ripe, fragrant, sexy and complex -- this is a wine of seduction.  Easy to pair with your favorite warm-weather fare.  $14.99 a bottle.

Bieler Pere et Fils.   This rich, deeply colored rosé from 5 hillside vineyards of Coteaux d'Aix en Provence is Syrah-driven (50%) blended with 30% Grenache and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a great wine to usher in the spring, combining the rich flavors of a red wine with the refreshing qualities of a white. It's a true wine gem! $10.99 a bottle.

Charles & Charles from Washington State. Produced from 100 percent Syrah grapes, it offers a bouquet of delicate strawberry, watermelon and floral notes. On the palate, taste bright red berry fruit, minerality, lively acidity and a crisp finish.  This one goes well with burgers, pizza or fried chicken.

Bodegas Borsao. Strawberry-colored core, with orange suggestions at the edge; hints of orchard fruit on the nose. A burst of wild strawberries on the palate, with cherry essence emerging with time. Vibrant and persistent, this rosé displays a good  length one would  expect from a more expensive red wine. An great bargain.This one falls into the lip-smacking, juicy category.  $7.99 a bottle.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Featuring the Wines of Spain in May

Today Spain makes some of the most exciting wines in the world.  The Spanish wines are known for their rich, full bodied flavors and their incredible value.  Wine is made all over Spain with new wine producing regions continually emerging.  Wine has been made in Spain since before the Roman Empire.
In the last twenty years the Spanish wine industry has undergone a massive revolution. Modern wine-making techniques have been introduced, and they have been employed to reinvent traditional practices.  Winemakers are growing grapes in brand new areas, experimenting with different types of fermentation,  using new and unusual yeasts, and modifying their use and type of oak.  The result is wines that exhibit the typicity of the region and wine making traditions but which manifest finesse, complexity and quality that far surpasses their historical offerings.

Today the winemakers use the word elaborar (to elaborate) rather than fabular (to produce/make) when describing their winemaking philosophy.  That is, the winemaker acts as a nurturer of the grapes and the wine rather than a producer.  To elaborate the process means to help the wine be as good as it can be as the result of good practices in the vineyards, and less manipulation of the wine during  viniculture such as  the grapes gently, avoiding additives, eschewing fining and filtration.  And so there is much to discover in the wine world of Spain. From the nutty, dry and sweet sherries to the locally crafted wines to drink young, to the oaky reds with depth of fruit and spice to the sparking Cava's. There is a panoply of delights for the wine lover. Here are just a few with more to follow.
We also have a great selection of crisp and refreshing Spanish whites to go with the warm weather ahead. Come in and taste them on Saturdays in May.

Join us this Saturday for our wine tasting from 12-5 PM when we will be pouring from the following selections.

Emilio Moro Resalso 2008
100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) from a very old vineyard (1932), Finca Resalso.  The wine has aromas of caramel and leather and red and black fruits.  Flavors of cherries and strawberries.  The tannins are fine, no sharp edges here.  Enjoy with Tapas.
$14.99  On sale for $12.99.

    Borsao Garnacha 2010
    Great up front fruit in a smooth, full bodied, versatile red.
    Have it with burgers, pizza or a casual dinner. It will 
    surely please all. Only $8.99.

Senoria del Aquila Gran Reserva 2001
Another 91 pointer from the Wine Advocate. Made from the Tempranillo grape it offers a beautiful bouquet of spice and black fruits and, since it is eleven years old, it possesses the complexity and character that comes from the transformative process of aging. $17.99 for a wine of beauty and nuance.

      Vina Herminia Rioja Crianza 2007
      A gorgeous perfume of cherries and strawberries greets  
      the nose, and on the palate the fruit is fresh and vibrant.  
      The oak is complementary, making this a beautifully
      balanced, well made wine for a great price of $14.99.

Cesca Vicent Priorat 2009
Alluring aromas of red berries and dried cherries spiked with a little spice greets the nose. There are flavors of red currant and cherries and a mineral core which reflects the slate soils of this region of powerful, concentrated wines. It is 40% Garnacha, the main grape of Priorat, with some Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. This wine delivers power on the palate. Give it some air before you drink - maybe even decant it. Then have it with sausages and roasted vegetables or even a steak. The price tag of $19.99 is a steal for a good Priorat.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

This month we are featuring the wines of Sicily.  The main red grape of Sicily is the nero d'avola, a dark and deep varietal that usually produces full bodied wines that may be either rustic or rendered with more finesse as the wine making techniques of the island have gotten more refined.  In particular, the Colosi Nero d'Avola is a wine I like to recommend for Thanksgiving. The fruit is full and the touch is lighter than many others of this grape, and,  the label, with it's beautiful intertwining leaves, looks like it was designed for the Thanksgiving table.  The wine sells for $13.99 a bottle.

Region of the Month:  Sicily, Italy

89 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): "The 2009 Nero d’Avola emerges from the glass with layers of vibrant, perfumed red fruit. This silky, graceful red offers tons of varietal character and wonderful balance in an up-front, juicy style I find particularly appealing. The Nero d’Avola is aged exclusively in steel, which helps preserve quite a bit of freshness. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2013. (Jun 2010)"

Monday, October 10, 2011