AWC Blog

Month: January 2017

American Vines

January 20th has come and passed, folks. It’s time to set aside this nonsense of not drinking in January and commit to four more years of heavy consumption! In honor of our past president, we made sure to bolster our American selection in the last two weeks! Whether your budget is $15 or $100 this…

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Connor’s Pick: Tensley Santa Barbara County Syrah 2015

While I hate to play favorites, particularly in wine, Syrah may be my favorite red grape varietal of the new year. Nebbiolo still has its place in my heart, but it may have been momentarily dethroned, at least until this weather clears. Dark black fruit, earthy tannins and notes of peppercorn dominate the palate and finish on…

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Carlos’ Pick: Analemma Gewürztraminer 2013

Anytime a new Gewurtztraminer comes into the shop I have to bring it home to my wife.  So when the Analemma came in I knew I would score some points. What I didn't realize is how many points I'd score! This wine is amazing! Organically grown in the Columbia Gorge AVA in Oregon from vines that are…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 1/26, 6-8pm: From Bonhomie, Ben will be opening our Horse and Plow Draft Horse red blend from California, a delicious Pinot Noir from Burgundy, a mineral-driven Riesling from German producer Eva Fricke and our customer-favorite $15 liter of Silvaner. Friday 1/27, 6-8pm: Eva from Regal is tasting a budget-friendly Tuscan white, Dunham's Rhone red…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 1/19, 6-8pm: Courtesy of Vinifera, Vince will be pouring an earthy Italian red from Abruzzo producer Contesa, Brigaldara's delicious Valpolicella and two wines from Barberani, one of his and our favorite southern Italian producers: a blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano in addition to a crisp and structured Orvieto. Friday 1/20, 6-8pm: We'll be tasting a…

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Connor’s Pick: High Wire New Southern Revival Sorghum Whiskey

Thanks to cheap January flights, I avoided the snow fall and showers this past weekend down in sunny South Carolina! Since we've carried High Wire Distilling Company for a few months now, I knew I had to try their lineup from the source itself in their warehouse in North Charleston. All of their spirits are great, but…

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Timothy’s Pick: Elijah Craig Small Batch

Sometimes you just need to go Old School. Don't get me wrong: I'll experiment with any new whiskey that shows up on the shelf, but there's something to be said for a classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. With a history going back nearly 200 years and a mashbill of 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12%…

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Connor’s Pick: Ioppa Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2013

Admittedly, I'm always a sucker for Piedmont and, more specifically, for the Nebbiolo grape. Sharp tannins, high acidity, rose petals on the nose and spicy red fruit on the palate are all quintessential to the grape and the region, but thankfully this wine delivers in all respects! The producer's vineyards are slightly higher in elevation than those…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 1/12, 6-8pm: Catherine from APS will pour a light and herbaceous example of Cabernet Franc from Saumur Champigny, a Sauvignon Blanc-dominant blend from Piedmont producer Bovio and a rich red Bordeaux from the Medoc. Friday 1/13, 6-8pm: No tasting, but we'll still be here :) Saturday 1/14, 4-6pm: Courtesy of Communal Brands, Jeff will…

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Caitlyn’s Pick: St. Reginald Parish The Marigny Pinot Noir

I'm unabashedly an old world gal - you won't often find U.S. wines on my table - but every now and then something special comes along. This wine is made by a young musician turned winemaker who grew up in New Orleans (hence the nod to one of the city's hippest neighborhoods). This carbonic macerated…

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