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  • Heading to Sicily on 2/22

    Tasting at 3pm
    I've decided its time we head to Sicily since the rains have been upon us for a while now. I think a nice place to stop would be Firriato. We've tasted their wines in the past year and its always been a huge hit not to mention the quality to price ration is unmatched by most of the producer I taste. If you're looking for a daily drinker at a round $15 a bottle, they have you covered. If you need that bottle to impress you boss but don't want to break the bank yet make it look like you did...this is the producer you want to bring to the show!! Get ready to enjoy.

    2017 "Sabbie dell'Etna" Etna Rosso
    2018 "Jasmin" Zibibbo
    2016 "Chiaramonte" Nero d'Avola
    2014 "Santagostino" Baglio Soria Rosso
    2014 "Ribeca" Perricone

    I mighty collection of fun to taste on a gloomy Saturday with the possibility of rain.

    Cheers
  • The Roses are Red Tasting on 2/15

    Being that Valentines Day is on Friday...well that really doesn't mean much to me or anyone else I know. We don't celebrate Hallmark holidays. That being said...Katie and I will be pouring some rosé-action this Saturday. I wanted to bring a little of the holiday out but not the whole...bla bla bla with chocolates and a card crap. We have more important things to do...like taste some wines.

    NV Lucien Albrecht Crémant Brut Rosé
    2018 Bortolomiol Rosé "Filanda"
    2018 Arca Nova Rosé
    2018 Domaine Poli Niellucciu Rosé
    2018 GD Vajra Rosato "Rosabella"

    Grab some meat to tofu-dogs, fire up the grill since we are in Seattle and grilling is done year round here. Pick up a few bottles of wine and tell the one you love with a bottle and a meal made at home...not out on the town.
  • Kermit Lynch Value Wines w/ Morgan on 2/8 at 3pm

    I've decided that I wanted to focus on some lesser expensive wines this week as some of us will be dropping a few dollar next week on Champagne, flowers and chocolates because of the made up holiday coming up. Also...I like stocking peoples wines cellars with wines so when people come over to your house you can show them all the wines you have and just say...oh pick anything, knowing they're all good wines.

    Morgan and I decided to roll off some of the Kermit Lynch wines that are from his "value" line. Which for me...is more of the daily drinking side of things but also, these wines show massive character and depth for the prices they call. Best thing about these wines is that they are produced from producers out of the KL portfolio.

    2017 Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone Rouge Cuvee Cypress
    2017 Kermit Lynch Domaine Durban Vaucluse Blanc
    2016 Kermit Lynch Domaine Durban Vaucluse Rouge
    2015 Kermit Lynch Languedoc Rouge
    2016 Kermit Lynch Terres d'aviron Cotes du Rhone

    Time to stock up that cellar people.

    Santo
  • Santo's Daily Drinking Picks on 2/7 at 4pm

    This Friday you are in for a treat. I'll be pouring wines that I drink at home when I just want some wine to go with whatever we are making or while watching Start Trek. Yes...I'm a Trekkie! Most days I'm tasting wines for the shop and by the time i get home I'm either tired of tasting or just want something that goes with whatever we are having for dinner. Here are the wines I've been keeping around the house for a few months now.

    2018 Triennes Rosé - Mostly Cinsault with a few other little grapes you might know. Notes of strawberries with a floral hint and a touch of vanilla. I picked up an extra case since it was on sale..oh, I picked up one for the shop as well.

    2017 Colpaola Verdicchio de Matelica - 100% Verdicchio, this medium-bodied wine is pretty powerful on the nose with floral notes. Great for seafood in which the wife loves but I've been using the air fryer for breaded rock fish. So good!!

    2015 Chateau Andriet Bordeaux Supérieur - This merlot-based Bordeaux with a touch of Cab on the end has loads of fruit with a light amount of tannins. Love the fruit so much that the second glass goes down so easy I usually have a third...until I realized my better half has been taken by the Bordeaux as well. I guess it's good.

    2016 Chateau Du Pin - Chateau du Pin is a deeply opaque blackish-red color with a dense core going out into a saturated pinkish-red rim definition with medium-high viscosity. This wine comes out of the glass firing on all cylinders with a plethora of crushed black fruits, attractive notes of black cherries, blueberries, loganberries, minty freshness, oak references, mocha and milk chocolate. The shop has been in business for 10 years now and Du Pin has been on the shelf just as long.

    2017 Ca' Gialla Langhe Nebbiolo - Cherry and licorice balanced by acid and tannin, earthy and dry. Hint of tar. Good to pair with a variety of meals. Something to sip while waiting for your Barolo and Barbaresco to mature. I like to think of this as a baby Barolo for $15! I first discovered this wine mid-2019 but it has moved into my daily drinking wine rotation.

    There they are people. If you've ever wanted to drink like a wine merchant...here they are. I mean minus the drooling and crawling into the bathroom at midnight and sleeping on the floor. All my daily drinkers are $17 or below. Don't let the price fool you...these wines over deliver in ways you cannot believe.
  • Trimbach Tasting without Ann Trimbach on 2/6 at 4pm

    We got word today that Anne will not be able to make it over as she never left France and has the flu. We've all been there and at first I cried while hitting the steering wheel of my classic rover. Once AAA came by and town me homes cause I knocked something lose...I decided...we can still have the tasting, Anne just won't be here. So that's what we'll do. I say...we prank call her at the tasting but that's just me.

    Here's what we'll be pouring Thursday night.

    2018 Trimbach Pinot Blanc
    2017 Trimbach Riesling
    2011 Trimbach Riesling "Cuvée Fréderic Emile"
    2011 Trimbach Gewurztraminer "Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre"
    2016 Trimbach Pinot Noir "Reserve"
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