AWC Blog

Month: November 2017

Seth’s Pick: Ferdinand Tempranillo, Napa 2014

Ann Kraemer used to bottle her own Tempranillo from her Shake Ridge Vineyard, and it was one of the most exciting "new" California wines I tasted. At some point Ann decided to stop making her own wines and just focus on her amazing vineyard. Some of the people who get their grapes from her? Favia, Keplinger, Dirty and Rowdy, Tribute…

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Joe’s Pick: La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Reserva 2011

Medium-bodied with rich, ripe red fruit Viña Alberdi has pleasantly savory, complicated aging notes typical of Rioja. It really is the ultimate everyday food wine for it's smooth, easy-drinking body with ample acidity for grilled meat or pasta. It's the Taco Tuesday of reds, inexpensive and a casual no brainer of a wine that has plain-old delicious licorice notes and soft tannins. There's no need…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 11/30, 6-8pm: Janine from Martin Scott will have a  special guest John from Classica International pouring a cool Italian. Friday 12/01, 6-8pm: Heather with Winemonger will pour some fun Austrian wines, including the return of store favorite Umathum Rose for winter. Saturday 12/02, 4-6pm: Jonathan with Winebow will pour a cool Tasmanian sparkler, a new Washington Cabernet, and a Chablis.

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Rockstar Winemaker: Helen Keplinger

Winemaker of the Year in 2012 by Food and Wine, multiple Wine Spectator Covers, many awards, articles, and tons of praise, Helen Keplinger is a 'rockstar' winemaker that we think you should know about. She just recently took on head wine making duties for Grace Family; she's made a vintage for Bryant Family, Kenzo Estate,…

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Jen’s Pick: Clos des Fous Cauquenina 2013

  I try to approach wines without expectations, so when you find a wine that completely surprises you it's such a delight. This captivating red blend from what is the oldest vineyard land in Chile, is a real head turner. The winemaking team at Clos des Fous (or four crazy guys) have strayed from what…

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Amanda’s Pick: Domaine Pecheur Poulsard Cotes du Jura 2015

  When I think of Thanksgiving pairings, my thoughts immediately go to Burgundy and Italy; food-friendly wines with grip and substantial acid to provide lift. This year I thought, if I wanted to go outside the turkey box, what wine would I choose? I thought of the poor, forlorn rosé-lovers who are mourning the end…

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Joe’s Pick: Lapalu Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux 2014

Jean-Claude Lapalu is a second generation grower turned winemaker who's mostly self-taught. He farms 30 acres of Gamay organically, partially biodynamically. His Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux comes from a one hectare parcel which is hand harvested, is mostly destemmed and undergoes partial carbonic maceration before being aged in neutral barriques for 10 months. On…

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Wines to Know: Beaujolais

Beaujolais, or "BoJo" (Bo as in Bo Jackson, not *boo*) as the cool kids call it, is located in the Southern part of Burgundy, and is made from the Gamay grape. The region really got mainstream recognition with the advent of Beaujolais Nouveau, a marketing scheme celebrating the first wine of the new harvest which…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 11/16, 6-8pm: John from Coeur Wine Co. will pour prosecco, a Loire white & a domestic Pinot Noir. Friday 11/17, 6-8pm: Jennifer from Jan D'Amore will pour a selection of Italian reds. Saturday 11/18, 4-6pm: Sal with Vias Imports will pour some fan favorites, including the Statti Greco.

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