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Category: Staff Picks

Connor’s Pick: Tensley Santa Barbara County Syrah 2015

While I hate to play favorites, particularly in wine, Syrah may be my favorite red grape varietal of the new year. Nebbiolo still has its place in my heart, but it may have been momentarily dethroned, at least until this weather clears. Dark black fruit, earthy tannins and notes of peppercorn dominate the palate and finish on…

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Carlos’ Pick: Analemma Gewürztraminer 2013

Anytime a new Gewurtztraminer comes into the shop I have to bring it home to my wife.  So when the Analemma came in I knew I would score some points. What I didn't realize is how many points I'd score! This wine is amazing! Organically grown in the Columbia Gorge AVA in Oregon from vines that are…

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Connor’s Pick: High Wire New Southern Revival Sorghum Whiskey

Thanks to cheap January flights, I avoided the snow fall and showers this past weekend down in sunny South Carolina! Since we've carried High Wire Distilling Company for a few months now, I knew I had to try their lineup from the source itself in their warehouse in North Charleston. All of their spirits are great, but…

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Timothy’s Pick: Elijah Craig Small Batch

Sometimes you just need to go Old School. Don't get me wrong: I'll experiment with any new whiskey that shows up on the shelf, but there's something to be said for a classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. With a history going back nearly 200 years and a mashbill of 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12%…

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Connor’s Pick: Ioppa Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2013

Admittedly, I'm always a sucker for Piedmont and, more specifically, for the Nebbiolo grape. Sharp tannins, high acidity, rose petals on the nose and spicy red fruit on the palate are all quintessential to the grape and the region, but thankfully this wine delivers in all respects! The producer's vineyards are slightly higher in elevation than those…

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Caitlyn’s Pick: St. Reginald Parish The Marigny Pinot Noir

I'm unabashedly an old world gal - you won't often find U.S. wines on my table - but every now and then something special comes along. This wine is made by a young musician turned winemaker who grew up in New Orleans (hence the nod to one of the city's hippest neighborhoods). This carbonic macerated…

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Connor’s Pick: Argyle Brut 2012

There a few things in life I would call myself a traditionalist about, but sparkling wine on New Year's Eve remains a necessity for me. However, it doesn't need to be from Champagne mind you! With vineyards located in one of the Willamette's coolest growing regions, Argyle's wines are uniformly structured and energetic. While I'm…

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Scott’s Pick: Aaron Burr New York “Homestead Location Cider: Taconic”

Cider has been a part of our culture since the arrival of Columbus—folklore has it that a beam on the Mayflower was damaged during a storm and was subsequently secured by a screw from a cider press for the remainder of the ship’s voyage to the Americas. According to Aaron Burr Cidery, within each apple’s…

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Connor’s Pick: Manoir du Kinkiz Cornouaille Cider

While I would certainly never go a week without a glass of wine, I can safely say I'm looking for a little break after New Year's Eve, but this past weekend's bubbles have me craving something sparkling. Whenever I find myself growing tired of wine, beer and cider call my name. Located in northwestern France,…

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