AWC Blog

Month: March 2018

Spotlight: 2015 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir – Beaux Frères Vineyard

Spotlight: 2015 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Last year, the 2014 Beaux Frères Vineyard from Beaux Frères produced the Wine Spectator's #3 wine of 2016. At 95 Pts, what would they do as an encore? Well, the 2015 was just released and...... they scored another 95!! Impressive. Again, the wine is extremely limited. Beaux Frères 'The…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday, March 29th: A selection of whites and reds from Italy. Friday, March 30th: Two red and a white Bordeaux. Saturday, March 31st: A light-bodied red from France, an small production red from Oregon, prosecco and a Chianti.

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Newsletter #198: March Madness Winner!

March Madness Winner It came down to the wire, but with Tuscany folding in the 2nd half against Piedmont, Burgundy's star shooter missing that second free throw, and the unexpected late snowfall, the unranked newcomer from the North Coast of California did in fact have enough to win it all! Now before you hold that…

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Spotlight: David Ramey

Having helped to make *Chalk Hill* and *Matanzas Creek* household names, David Ramey has been called the Father of Modern California Chardonnay. After graduating from UC Davis, David's first job in the industry was 'cleaning out the barrels' at famed Bordeaux property *Chateau Pétrus* where his friendship with the Moueix Family would lead to becoming…

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Anna’s Pick: Chateau Moulin de Tricot Haut Medoc 2014

Body: Full Fruit: raspberry, roast coffee, cherry, red currant, dried herbs, sweet tobacco Food Pairings: Lamb with garlic and rosemary, roast beef, veal, French Mimolette cheese Organic: No Château Moulin de Tricot follows the classic style of the Haut-Médoc, utilizing Cabernet Sauvignon as the dominant grape variety in this Bordeaux blend. This Haut-Médoc is everything…

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Seth’s Pick: Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Body: Full Fruit: black cherry, spice, oak Food Pairings: nothing and everything Organic: no To find a Californian Cabernet that is this soft, lush, velvety at $100 is pretty easy, but at $17 is almost unheard of. When we tasted this in the store we were stunned and think you will be too. Silver Palm…

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Winemaker Spotlight: Favia

While many high end California wine enthusiasts are relying on old information and reputations still drinking Joseph Phelps, Caymus, etc there's a new breed of California producers who are making the best wine and getting all the accolades. Antonio Galloni says, ​"​Favia and Erickson are among the greatest proponents of Cabernet Franc in Napa Valley,…

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Joe’s Pick: Benoit Ente Bourgogne Rouge ‘Mathilde’ 2015

Body: Medium (-) Fruit: Cherry and cherry pit with subtle clove & cinnamon hints. Food Pairings: Butter and garlic roasted artichokes. Organic: sustainable The fruit for Mathilde comes from Ente's small, sustainably-farmed three-hectare holding whose crop was initially sold to the famed Louis Latour. The grapes are hand-harvested from vines planted in 1975 and 1998,…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Wednesday 3/14, 6-8pm: A special winemaker tasting with Scott from Marietta Cellars pouring the Armé and Old Vine Red. Thursday 3/15, 6-8pm: A white, red and rosé from Austria. Friday 3/16, 6-8pm: An all French tasting featuring a white from Gascogne, a Bandol rosé and a red from the Loire Valley. Saturday 3/17, 4-6pm: A…

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