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  • Cristal & Friends Tasting Part III

    Tasting starts at 4pm 
    Cost $25 per person unless you're in the wine club
    This is it people...the final Champagne tasting of the year. This is where we pull out the big guns and show your senses what its all about. Once a year we do a Champagne tasting like this and it just happens to be right before Christmas and New Years. Why? It's celebration time and you deserve something special for dealing with the holidays.

    Here's who's coming to the show...

    Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV
    Louis Roederer Brut Nature 2009
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2008*
    Champagne Lanson Brut Black Label NV
    Champagne Jean Josselin Audace Rosé NV
    Champagne Colin Grand Cru Brut Millésime Blanc de Blancs 2008
    Champagne Copinet Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs (Zero Dosage)
    Champagne Copinet "Cuvée Monsieur Léonard" Blanc de Blancs 2009
    Champagne Veuve Fourny & Fils Vertus Rosé Brut 1er Cru
    Champagne Veuve Fourny & Fils Vertus Brut Nature 1er Cru
    Blanc de Blancs

    I'm waiting to hear back about a few other Champagne to round this tasting out. Thoughts on the list so far?

    There will be a $25 tasting fee for this tasting. Wine club members will get to taste for free. Club members will also get 10% all their purchases the night of the tasting minus Cristal as the price listed will be the cheapest in the entire state of Washington!!!

    Get your tickets soon. I've only made 50 ticket available for this tasting and Part I & II sold out.
  • We Go To 11 Tasting on 12/14

    Tasting starts at 2pm and is Free!
    For the first time in Bothell's history the wine shop is doing something so crazy it should be on the local news It won't be cause we're not new-hungry kinda people but what we are doing is insane. Most wine shops around this year will have a special sale to sale thanks and give you 10% off on certain items in the shop. We're going one better than those so-called shops...we're going to...11% off everything in the store except Cristal. sorry...I don't make 11% on it so...nope.

    Also..I'll be cracking 5 bottles of wine to taste throughout the day. From daily drinkers to a balls-out big boys.

    Here's what I'm thinking about popping. I'm sure there will be others as the day goes a long.

    2018 Unlitro Toscano Rosso
    Malvira Birbet Brachetto NV
    2015 Chateau Andriet Bordeaux Supérieur
    2013 Clos Chanteduc Cotes du Rhone Rouge
    2015 Les Pallieres Terrasse du Diable

    So come all far and wide...and help us take it to...eleven! We'll also be playing Spinal Tap the movie all day long!
  • Valpolicella Time on 12/13

    Starts at 4pm till 7pm

    Free!

     

    As the night get colder I start thinking about wines that will warm me up. Pasta with some meat and red sauce, maybe some heavy cheese-like pasta plus...these wines.

    2017 Tenuta Santa Maria Pragal Rosso Verona
    2016 Tenuta Santa Maria Valpolicella
    2016 Cesari Valpolicella Mara Ripasso
    2016 Tenuta Santa Maria Classico Superiore Valpolicella Ripasso
    2012 Cesari Jema Corvina Veronese

    These are pretty big wines people so if you're not sure you can handle the power of Valpolicella...you should probably stay home and have some white zinfandel instead.

  • Domaine Tempier Release Tasting

    December 7th at 3pm
    Once a year I do this tasting and once a year I get so excited I want to buy all the wines from Domaine Tempier and leave none for anyone else in the area. What I'm trying to say is, Tempier is one of our favorite if not our favorite producer in the shop. The wines can be consumed young but if one has the patience to allow them to sit for a few years, one will be rewarded with a wine that has so much depth and character you'll question your palate.

    Wines made from single vineyards in France's Bandol growing region, these wines are nothing like what most people have ever had. Their rosé has a cult following that will rival any Washington wine and the white wine they make is harvested from a vineyard around 3.5 acres big. Tempier has been making wine since 1834 and is organic (not certified).

    Once the wines are released...they leave the shop faster than most even knew they were in town. Welcome to Domaine Tempier.

    2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc - Rich, viscous, nervy, and wonderfully lemony, Domaine Tempier has created a southern masterpiece. A freshly grilled fish and a hot summer day know no better companion. 60% Clairette, 18% Ugni Blanc, 19% Bourboulenc, 3% Marsanne.

    2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé - Shimmering orange. Fresh pit fruit, red berry and floral qualities on the highly perfumed nose, along with suggestions of dusty minerals and orange zest. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering intense nectarine, red currant, strawberry and candied lavender flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and mineral cut on a very long, sappy finish that strongly echoes the floral and pit fruit notes.

    2017 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge - There is something about the dark, inky Mourvèdre, plus the salty sea air caressing the vines every night, that typifies classic Bandol. This wine is complete, and ready to serve cooled down a touch. 75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignan.

    2017 Domaine Tempier La Tourtine Bandol Rouge - A wonderful synthesis of the terroir’s tremendous complexity,where aromas of squid ink, graphite, and crushed stone are framed by firm tannins. Decant to enjoy now, but it’s marvelous with age.
    Blend: 80% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 10% Cinsault.

    2017 Domaine Tempier La Migoua Bandol Rouge - Its aromas of cassis coo coyly, its voluptuous body enthralls,its explosive notes of crushed limestone dazzle, and its silky tannins leave you reaching for your next pour. 50% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 26% Cinsault, 4% Syrah.

    2017 Domaine Tempier Cabassaou Bandol Rouge - You know why there are no tasting notes for this wine? It's so rare.


    This tasting will be $10 per person unless you are in the wine club. Club member taste for free. Buy 6 bottles or more and get 10% off.
  • Brunello di Montalcino tasting featuring Soldera on 12/6

    December 6th at 4pm
    It's time people...we are saving the best of the best for the last month of the year. While the kid and I were having our morning espresso on the couch, she was watching CNN and I was hooked into another episode of Star Trek, it came to me...we haven't tasted Soldera this year. Then it really hit me...this is the last month of the year...I need to get cracking. I picked up the Brunello phone and Katie answered...."Brunello tasting service, this is Katie" I knew I had dialed the right number.

    For our last Brunello tasting of the year we are digging deep into the ground and pulling up some treasures as well as puling out a bottle of Soldera. Here's the low down on Friday night.

    2014 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino
    2014 Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
    2012 Poggio Landi Brunello di Montalcino
    2011 Podere Scopetone Brunello di Montalcino
    2013 Podere Scopetone Brunello di Montalcino

    and

    2008 Soldera Toscana IGT (tasting fee of $25 per person)
    ***Please note that when you purchase a bottle of Soldera 2008, the first three people will receive Soldera wine glasses that Gianfraco believed his wine tasted the best in. I only have 6 glasses to give away. Plus there will be special pricing on Soldera during the event only!!! Normally this bottle is $623 a bottle, during the tasting it will be only $485 per 75cl.

    Get ready to have your palate blown!
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