April, 2015 Volume #1, Edition #4
From the Manager’s Desk
Happy Spring everybody! I hope you’ve had a chance to come into the store and check out the hand-picked selections of wine to accompany your Easter meals! Whether it’s ham or turkey, we have just the right wine to pair with your meal!
The website is always up to date for all bar pour dates and sit-down tastings, so make sure you check it out! There might be a portfolio or a sit-down tasting you may be interested in, and you wouldn’t want to miss out, and we have many fabulous tastings coming up. And with these last few warm days, our snow is melting fast and we look forward to breaking out more pink wine! Cheers!
~Marcia Hamm, Manager
New on the Shelf
. 2012 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon (USA) – rich and balanced, from the Hahn winemakers of the Central Coast –$32.95
. 2014 Whispering Angel (France) – it’s back! This beautiful rosé consisting of Grenache with some Rolle and Cinsault is full of strawberries and cream and should be in everyone’s fridge or cellar this summer, no exceptions. Drinkable is an understatement. – $32.95
. 2013 Brigaldara Valpolicella (Italy)- made with the obligatory regional grapes, along with Sangiovese, it is full of cherries, vanilla and spices – $22.95
. 2012 Schweindhardt Scheurebe Spatlese (Germany)– medium sweet with that fabulous Riesling acidity, this wine is a cheerful accompaniment to any spicy foods meal – $22.95
. 2013 Zagara Moscato D’Asti – Turkish Delight in a glass with frizzante effervescence! – $26.95
. 2009 Anvers “The Warrior” Shiraz – big, bold and full bodied. This is a serious Shiraz well worth the money spent!- $78.95
. 2011 Anvers Chardonnay (Australia)- rich and buttery, this is a fabulous expression of an oaked Chardonnay – $38.95
. 2010 Falernia Syrah (Chile)- 93 points Decanter magazine, this Syrah offers great value! Lovely chocolate notes – $21.95
. 2005 200 Monges Reserva (Spain) – as per Rioja regulations, aged for 18 months in oak and an additional 18 months in bottle. This blend of mostly Tempranillo with some Graciano and Garnacha thrown in is stunning. Well balanced with silky tannins and great acid structure. Well worth the price! – $77.95
Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendars!
April 16, 2015, 7 pm- Winetasting 101 – Understanding French Wines – There has been great response to this tasting and it is SOLD OUT! If there is anyone interested in another tasting, I will happily put your name on a waiting list and we’ll plan for another.
April 30, 2015, 7pm – “A Taste of Italy” – with Hayley McRae of Vendemmia Wines– Vendemmia has a large, comprehensive, Italian portfolio and there is likely a good chance you’ve never tried many of the country’s indegenous grapes! And some of the wine made from said grapes are so tasty, but unknown. Book your spot for this unique tasting and try some fabulous Italian wines! Only 16 spots available for this tasting, so book your spot TODAY!
May 5, 2015, 7 pm – An Evening with Gerard Bertrand – French Winemaker from the Languedoc region (with Pacific Wine and Spirits). Taste 5 exceptional wines from this talented winemaker and hear stories of the land. Only 16 spots available, so call or email to book your spot TODAY!
May 7, 2015, 7 pm – “Think Pink”- An all rosé winetasting. It’s pink season and we love all shades of it here at the store. There are a variety of grapes and methods used to make this delicate wine, and you will want to come and find out what makes them so special. Stacey-Jo Strombecky of Nobilis will give us a comprehensive look at the world of rosé and you will have a chance to try several examples from different countries. Only 16 spots available, so reserve your spot today. Don’t miss out!
Friday Night Bar Pours:
April 3, 10, 17, 24- 3-6 pm
Saturday Night Bar Pours:
April 4, 18, 25 – 2-5 pm
A Word from the Owner:
I am happy to see another spring roll around, yet another year the Oilers are NOT in the playoffs! But with the McDavid/Eichel sweepstakes, things look positive for the future! So, like the Oilers, we will turn our attention to “teeing off” in a couple of weeks and enjoying the wonderful weather. In the meantime, visit the beer cooler for your spring/summer seasonal beers. Don’t forget to come in and pick up your “Value” or “Premium” Case of the Month for April, available April 1.
~Doug Hicks, owner~
For The Collector
2010 Drouhin Vosne-Romanée
Just north of Nuit St. Georges in the Cote de Nuit, comes one of the most celebrated villages in all of Burgundy, producing such wines as Romanée-Conti and Richebourg
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
“Supreme elegance! Beautiful colour, with intense and bright reflections. The diversity of the aromas is striking: wild cherry, nutmeg, camphor wood, fine leather…Later on, the wine takes on a subtle aroma of truffle, producing the most varied palette. With its perfect balance between tannin and acidity, the wine has a fleshy, sturdy body. Powerful and long aftertaste. A wealth of harmonious sensations characterizes this great Burgundy”.
Great for cellaring! You can drink now with decanting or hold for 10-30 years
2013 Droin Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru
This father and son team of Jean-Paul and Benoit Droin are located in Chablis, Burgundy’s north for steely, minerality driven expressions of Chardonnay. With centuries of winemaking behind them, this wine has great finesse, is always developing with hints of vanilla. A stunning wine that is beautiful now, but suggested to hold for 4-5 years before drinking and can cellar for 10 years and beyond.
2010 Staglin Family Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
From the estate vineyards in the Rutherford Bench comes this unfined and unfiltered Chardonnay. Don’t let the cloudiness fool you. This wine is stunning with layers of fruit, minerality and creaminess. 100% barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in 68% new oak, and some malolactic fermentation, there are tropical notes of key lime, banana cream pie and notes of Madagascar vanilla with just a wisp of toasty oak. Absolutely stunning now, but some age will add even more layers of complexity. Drink now to 2020.
(Check out the website for pictures of these wines!)
Have a fabulous month! Cheers!