AWC Blog

Month: October 2017

Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 10/19, 6-8pm: come taste some spirits with Pam from PM Spirits Friday 10/20, 6-8pm: Heather from Winemonger will pour a rare German white and 90 point Austrian red! Saturday 10/21, 4-6pm: Bradley from Bradley Alan Imports inaugural In Store will pour some Spanish reds and a sensational dessert wine great with chocolate.

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Joe’s Pick: Ioppa Ghemme 2011

Consisting of *80%* Nebbiolo along with some Vespolina, this wine is made from organically grown fruit fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slovenian oak for 24 months before spending another 2 years in the bottle. This extended aging produces complexities and generous red fruit. On the nose, it boasts balsamic, floral and spiced notes.…

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Jen’s Pick: Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco 2014

In the hills of Piedmonte Italy is the region of Barbaresco. It is here that Nebbiolo reigns king. Founded in 1958 by a priest of the village of Barbaresco, the cooperative of Produttori was founded on the basis that by working together small growers could survive and thrive. The first three vintages were made in…

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Regions to Know: Piedmont

Piedmont is the Burgundy of Italy, where Nebbiolo is King. Though Barolo (and Barbaresco) elevated Piedmont on the wine world map, they only account for 3% of the wine made in the region. Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato, Gavi (Cortese), and Arneis are some of the other major, and more widely planted, players. Piedmont enjoys a colder…

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Spotlight: Help in California

  As most of you have heard by now, Northern California is in the middle of a major disaster. So far, only 3 days in, there is almost zero containment, over 115,000 acres have been burned (that's larger than the size of New Orleans), and many of our friends and producers that we love are…

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Spotlight: Chateau Fieuzal 2011

We have all had that 'Oh, man, if only I had bought that bottle back then' moment. The guy who brags that he bought a case of Bordeaux, Barolo, Napa Cab or whatever 10 years ago for practically nothing and now it's drinking like silk and if you wanted to buy it today you'd have…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 10/12, 6-8pm: Join us and Nick from Polaner as he pours some killer CA Chardonnay, a Cabernet, a juicy South American, and value Spanish red. Friday 10/13, 6-8pm: Sal with Vias will be pouring a classic Malbec, Italian Zinfandel, and a mineral driven Italian white.. Saturday 10/14, 4-6pm: Patrick from MS Walker will bid…

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Grapes to Know: Pinot Noir

The benchmark and birthplace of Pinot Noir is Burgundy. Pinots here usually present themselves with paler red fruits, high acid and finesse. In contrast, California, with its warmer and drier growing conditions, gives us riper and fuller bodied wines. Oregon tends to have cooler temperatures than California and therefore their Pinots generally fall somewhere between…

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Amanda’s Pick: Adelshiem Pinot Noir

As fall is upon us and as you retire your rose, you may have a craving for red but not quite ready for the heavy stuff. While top Burgundian pinot noirs can be extremely pricey, you might look towards the New World for your quality light reds. Oregon is an infant wine region by old…

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Seth’s Pick: Banshee Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2015

Banshee was the brainchild of some California winemakers who wanted to offer great Pinot at a fraction of the prices that are out there. Capitalizing on their existing relationships with growers, they cobbled together parcels from all over the region, focusing on Sonoma Coast. Because their grapes come from different vineyards, and their blends change,…

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