AWC Blog

Month: September 2017

Who Doesn’t Love Bubbles?

Bubbles! Who doesn't love bubbles? I, like, many used to believe that bubbles were a way to either start a meal or just to toast with in celebration. All that changed when I got a chance to Sommelier a Krug dinner with some celebrity chefs and paired each course with a different Krug Champagne. My…

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Seth’s Pick: Benoît Mulin Crémant du Jura

Benoit Mulin used to be in finance. His then girlfriend's (now wife) best friend was engaged to Stéphane Tissot who was on his way to becoming a rock star of the Jura. Both married and the Mulin's moved home to Jura to make some wine with the help of the now super star Stéphane. Together…

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Scott’s Pick: Recaredo Cava Rosat Brut Nature ‘Intens Rosat’

Distinct and delicious are a powerful combination, and that's what you will find in Recaredo's cavas. In terms of quality, every wine from this estate is a far cry from the bulk of 250 million bottles of Spanish sparkling wine produced each year. Vineyards are farmed biodynamically. Grapes are hand harvested. Natural corks--as opposed to…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 9/28, 6-8pm: Christian from Indie will pour one of my favorite Chenins and a super yummy Chianti. Friday 9/29, 6-8pm: Brent from Domaine Select will be pour some surprises that may include Whistle Pig! Saturday 9/30, 4-6pm: Carlos from Wilson Daniels will pour a juicy Beaujolais and an earthy Italian!

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Spotlight: MONDAY 9/25 Rhone Tasting 6PM – 8PM

  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you some wines from the Rhone that we adore! Featuring 3 of our favorite producers from the region, Matthieu Barret, Jean-Michel Stephan, and David Reynaud all being shown by their exporter Chrisophe Mingeaud himself! These 3 all happen to be biodynamic and are doing…

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Seth’s Pick: Chester’a Anvil

Sometimes late night alcohol infused conversations can lead to magic. That's exactly how Chester's Anvil was started by two of Napa Valley's best wine stars, Aaron Pott (winemaker of the year 2012) and Carol Meridith Laigier (2009 Vintners’ Hall of Fame). They wanted to create wines that lived outside of their day to day and came…

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Jen’s Pick: Luca Malbec

Laura Catena is the mastermind behind Luca wines, and she has a dream to produce Argentinian wines which express a distinct sense of place. Laura has a deep connection to Mendoza wine country (her father is Nicolás Catena of the famed Bodega Catena Zapata). The vineyards that this wine comes from are at an elevation…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Special Tasting Tuesday: Kosher Wines Tuesday 9/19, 6-8pm: Gretchen from Touton will be pouring a fantastic Sancerre and Bordeaux from our Kosher section Thursday 9/21, 6-8pm: Coline from Duclot will be pouring a white and a red both from Bordeaux! Friday 9/22, 6-8pm: Meghan from T. Edwards will pour Steve Matthiasson's white blend, a value Merlot, and an…

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Grapes to Know: Malbec

The world of wine is so vast, there is so much to know, so much to taste, and it's really easy to get tripped up or overwhelmed by all the information out there. It is made even more difficult because of the so many falsehoods (some intentional and some accidental) that are passed along to…

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Seth’s Pick: Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha 2014

When Austrailian winemaker Chris Ringland decided to create a Spanish project he found 155 acres of old vine Garnacha (Grenache) in 3 different villages and sought out Jose Ordóñez to form a partnership. Located in Aragon in northern Spain, 2 hour drive due west from Barcelona, the vines range from 30 to over 50 years…

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