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Weekend Virtual Wine Tastings

Over the past 13 years we’ve had weekly wine, beer, spirits and food tastings. It was a very communal activity and hosts would always comment on how it was like one big family here. In this time of social distancing these tastings are not possible but, in trying to create some form of normalcy, we’re having “virtual” wine tastings. There will be wines for Friday and Saturday, available at the tasting 15% discount that come with tasting notes. Here’s this week’s “tasting”.

Friday’s Wines – Wines for Hot Days and Cool Nights

Featured Wines

2019 Terra Santa, Ile de Beaute Blanc, Corsica, France
Regularly $11.99, Virtual Tasting Price $9.99
This blend of 60% Vermentino and 40% Chardonnay comes from vineyards along the east coast of Corsica. “Ile de Beaute”, or “Beauty Island” is the actual wine appellation name this French island paradise, situated 100 miles south of Provence in the Mediterranean sea. This tasty dry white is sea-spray fresh white is bright and cheery, perfect as an aperitif or a summer party wine.

2017 Foxglove, Chardonnay, Central Coast, California
Regularly $17.99, Virtual Tasting Price $15.29
A perennial favorite here in the shop, Foxglove Chardonnay has to be one of the absolute best value wines we carry. At the core of Foxglove are Jim & Bob Varner, also the winemakers at Varner Wines. Beginning with their first vintage in 1991, the Varners source the wine from a variety of places, all of which are in Edna Valley. Soft, supple and absolutely delicious, this unoaked Chardonnay offers light tropical notes, lemon confit, white flowers and bright acids. A spectacular value.

2019 Ca’ Dei Frati, “Rosa Dei Frati”, Lombardy, Italy
Regularly $19.99, Virtual Tasting Price $16.99
A quick perusal through the shop’s rose section and you’ll find that this year we’ve really made a conscious decision to carry a large number of Italian rosati. The Rosa Dei Frati has quickly become one of our favorites due to its complexity, rich fruit, and focused minerality. An interesting blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese, and Barbera, this is a fresh and graceful mélange of wild cherry, tart apple, and almonds. A great sipper for sure, but equally at home with a fine meal.

2019 Day Wines, “Vin de Days” Rouge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Regularly $24.99, Virtual Tasting Price $21.24
Dangerously drinkable is the most appropriate description of this wine. The 2019 Vin de Days Rouge is the product of a classic, cool Willamette vintage. Wonderfully perfumed with a vibrant, bright red fruit profile with high-toned aromas of tart cherry and raspberry that gives way to notes of white pepper and crushed gravel, this is a wine you’re going to want to revisit all summer long. Try with a bit of a chill for a super refreshing summer red.

NV Two Mountain Winery, “Hidden Horse” Red Blend, Yakima Valley, Washington
Regularly $16.99, Virtual Tasting Price $14.44
Bramble fruits, plums, fresh tobacco, with hints of chocolate and white pepper greet you from the open bottle. Silky and smooth on the palate, this Bordeaux-inspired red blend from Washington’s Yakima valley is wonderfully satisfying and opulent with a beautifully balanced mouthfeel.

 

 

Saturday’s Wines – Wines of the Mediterannean

Featured Wines

2018 Reale, “Aliseo” Bianco, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Regularly $24.99, Virtual Tasting Price $21.24
Normally known as a region for taking luxurious vacations, Luigi Reale’s wines from the Amalfi Coast are striking in their complexity and their sense of place. Working with indigenous varietals from vines that date back more than 100 years in some instances, Luigi Reale is The Real Deal. Aliseo is the name of the wind that brings good weather to the Amalfi. This wine has a serious side, with enough acidity that ensures one of aging potential. Fresh flowers and an almost earthy, herbaceous note are present on the nose. The wine is dry with great structure.

2018 Vina Skaramuca, Posip, Dalmatia, Croatia
Regularly $21.99, Virtual Tasting Price $18.69
Ivo Skaramuca was a pioneer of the modern-day wine industry, one of the first to put his name on the label soon after Croatia became independent. Skaramuca’s Posip has a beautiful golden color with aromas of dried apricots and figs. Silky texture and mouth watering minerality linger on the finish. Great wine with any type of seafood, cheeses and Mediterranean food in general.

2019 Troupis, “3 6 17” Rose of Moschofilero, Arcadia, Greece
Regularly $16.99, Virtual Tasting Price $14.44
Positively stunning stuff here! We’ve had a few roses in the shop that come in a liter-sized bottle this year and we’re so thankful that this is one of them. It’s like getting a free glass of wine inside every bottle! This gorgeously floral and refreshing rose from Greece’s Peloponnese shows lovely notes of red apple, bergamot, and jasmine notes. We absolutely love this wine!

2016 Verasol, Tinto, Navarra, Spain
Regularly $12.99, Virtual Tasting Price $10.99
Just to the Northeast of Rioja is the region of Navarra. It is a region that enjoys three distinct climate influences -Atlantic, Continental, and Mediteranean- as well as a myriad of soil types and elevations. This makes Navarra one of the most interesting regions for winegrowing in all of Spain, and one particularly well-suited to the production of Tempranillo and Garnacha. This blend is fresh and aromatic, with notes of red berry fruits and dried herbs. Crisp and dry with no oak to stand in the way of the vibrant fruit profile, this has a wonderfully clean and delicate finish.

2017 Vigneti Tardis, Aglianico, Campania, Italy
Regularly $29.99, Virtual Tasting Price $25.49
This is not what you might expect from an Aglianico. While the wine still shows the power and structure that Aglianico is known for, there is a wonderful approachability to this wine. Vivid and rich on the palate with raspberry and cherry notes, the tension between the acidity and the tannic backbone gives this wine a marvelous texture that just screams out for foods off of the grill. 100% Aglianico, 100% organic, 100% delicious.