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Month: February 2018

Seth’s Pick: Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013

Body: Medium Fruit: dark cherries, blackberries, tobacco, dust Food Pairings: pork, veal, pasta Organic: yes, biodynamic So this is from Montepulciano, the region in Tuscany, and is 100% Sangiovese. This estate dates back to the early 1500's and just recently changed ownership, causing a bit of panic as to how the new owner would carry…

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Amanda’s Pick: Ciavolich Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Divus 2014

Body: medium Fruit: red fruit jam, licorice and black pepper Food Pairings: Beef, veal, venison; pasta Organic: no The Ciavolich family established one of the oldest wine-making facilities in Abruzzo in 1853. Throughout the world wars that followed, the family was forced to take refuge in wine cellars during international invasion. Divus is special for both its history…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 3/1, 6-8pm: a beautifully buttery California chardonnay, an entry level Oregon Pinot Noir that drinks like twice its price, a rustic carmenere from Chile, and a big lush grenache from Spain Friday 3/2, 6-8pm: an amazing Beaujolais with some age, a white Burgundy made by the same producer, and a fantastic red Burgundy that won't break the bank…

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Seth’s Pick: Elena Walch ‘Beyond The Clouds’ 2015

Body: Full but feels lighter on the palette Fruit: exotic fruit like pineapple, flowers, jasmine, and toast Food Pairings: chicken, pasta, cous-cous, hearty soups Organic: sustainable Located in the foothills of the Alto Adige in northern Italy, Elena Walch has been a family force of female led wine making. Her 2 daughters have now joined…

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Joe’s Pick: Emilio Rojo Ribeiro 2014

Body: Full Fruit: stone fruit, apricots, Food Pairings: galdo gallego (hearty Galician soup), pork loin, chicken Organic: practicing Genuinely hand-crafted and limited to a tiny production of 5,000 bottles, Emilio Rojo's Galician white blend is the only wine he makes from his half-hectare holding. Treixadura produces textured, polished wines with honeyed, complex fruit notes and…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 2/22, 6-8pm: a value Nebbiolo from Alto Piemonte, a white Rhone from the renowned winemaker JL Chave, a Merlot from Sassicaia's Patagonian property, and Ramona, an upscale wine cooler in a can! Friday 2/23, 6-8pm: a white Burgundy from Nicolas Potel's newest project, a great Oregon Pinot, and a delicious Cabernet from Chile Saturday 2/24, 4-6pm: round the horn with…

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Seth’s Pick: Jansz Rosé Tasmania NV

Body: medium Fruit: smokey toasty hints of Turkish delight, and pale strawberry and peach Food Pairings: grilled shellfish, lamb/beef carpaccio, Asian food Organic: no (though practicing sustainability) Founded in 1975 in the rough and wild terrain of Northeast Tasmania, these 25,000 acres are unreal to behold, just check out their video. In the mid 80's…

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Amanda’s Pick: Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé NV

Body: full Fruit: rich red fruits and citrus fruit zest, with raspberry in the lead Food Pairings: Almost anything! My pick would be juicy duck or salmon sashimi. Organic: Sustainable with organic practices, but not certified Considered one of the best rosé Champagnes on the market from year to year, this juice consistently lives up…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 2/15, 6-8pm: No Tasting. Friday 2/16, 6-8pm: tour of Italy with some obscure fun reds Saturday 2/17, 4-6pm: No Tasting.

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Spotlight: Wine Spectator Top 100

  Spotlight: Wine Spectator Top 100 At the end of every year, the Wine Spectator compiles a list of their Top 100 Wines of the Year. It's always compelling but by the time it comes out most of the wines on the list are sold out. Luckily, we still have a few in stock. This…

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