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  • Champagne Tasting Part II on 11/22 at 4pm

    It's time for part II of our Champagne series.  I've invited back the same importers but one or two had other commitments so I had to roll with a new importer in tow but don't think I haven't stepped up the game a bit more for part II of this series.  

    For part II I've tried to pick out Champagne that will enhance that bird on the table that sometimes can be a bit dry.  Every once in a while you'll head to someones house and the turkey on the table is dryer than saw dust so what can you do to make it a little more juicer...sip on some Champagne and move to the yams and stuffing!  

    As always with my special tastings, if you're in one of our wine clubs...you taste for free and you'll get 15% off all your Champagnes we are tasting that night.  Just our way of saying thank you for putting up with my babble all year long.  Again we will have a plethora of Champagne in the shop!

    Here's what we'll be popping!!!

    Champagne J. Lassalle Brut Brut “Cuvee Preference” 1er

    Champagne J. Lassalle Rose Brut "Cuvee Speciale" 1er 

    Champagne Boizel Brut Reserve 

    Champagne Copinet Brut Blanc de Blancs 

    Champagne Dosnon & Lepage Brut Recolte Rosé 

    Champagne Drappier Rosé Nature Pinot Noir Zero Dosage 

    Champagne Pierre Trichet Premier Cru Brut L'Héritage Blanc de Blancs

    Champagne Pierre Trichet Premier Cru Brut Le Caractère Blanc de Noirs

    Champagne Pierre Trichet Brut Rosé L'Authentique 

    Champagne André Jacquart Blanc de Blancs

  • November 2019 Wine Club Wines

    Champagne Wine Club 
    For the month of November I really wanted to put a rosé on the table.  Many of you will be either stuffing a bird or doing some kind of red meat and although most do not think of Champagne with red meat...I do!  Now if you are doing up prime rib, a nice filet or just a rack of beef ribs...Champagne pairs perfectly and when you toss a rosé into the mix...it gets real.
    Champagne Besserat de Bellefon Cuvee des Moines Brut Rosé $71 
    1930 was a historic turning point for Besserat de Bellefon, which was soon to become legendary. Victor Besserat took up the challenge laid down by the Director of a distinguished Parisian restaurant, the Samaritaine de Luxe, and crafted a delicate and lightly sparkling Champagne as a perfect accompaniment to an entire meal. This marked the birth of a range which is now called the Cuvée des Moines in tribute to the Benedictine monks who first mastered the techniques of fermenting Champagne. This creamy flavored Champagne, specifically designed for fine dining, was complemented by a rosé version in 1972 to the very great pleasure of all those who appreciate variety in food and wine pairing.  
    The color is a soft pink with salmon highlights. The nose is generous, intense, and refined, with very marked notes of wild strawberry. As the wine opens up, there are notes of lime and hawthorn blossom. Initial impact is slightly acid, then red fruits are back to the fore with blackcurrants and redcurrants. The finish is delectable and delicately spiced.
    Red Wine Club $75 per month
     
    I was lucky enough to taste with the owners of Bodegas Calar a few weeks ago so this wine has been stuck in my head.  I bought just enough to have a few in the shop but mostly to cover the wine club members.  The 2015 Abrego de Calar is 100% Tempranillo from gentler slopes, with yields restricted to two kilos per vine. Polished fruit and minerality lead to a plush and gracious yet mouthwatering flavor and finish.  Finca Montanchuelos is a historic estate located at the southern extreme of La Mancha in the volcanic sub region of Calatrava. ($25)
    Most of you have never had a bottle of Gran Selezione from Chianti.  This is they're latest attempt at making the DOCG system more confusing with Selezione at the top of the pyramid.  We are five years into this new classification and I can say I like it although I was kicking and screaming when it came out in 2014.  All the grapes have to be estate grown or...grown for a producer and you have to have a lease with the grower.  This kinda slaps the bulk producers out of the game...in theory.  
    The 2013 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is deep ruby in color with garnet lights that hint at the wine's extended barrel aging, Castello di Bossi Gran Selezione is explosive in its intensity and yet the wine manages an astounding complexity and finesse. Aromas of rich black cherry and plum integrate well with cedar, sweet cooking spices, chocolate and saddle leather. On the palate the wine is fleshy and dense. The finish achieves great balance and very pronounced length. This is a wine that will age with grace for many years. ($50)
    Daily Drinking Red Wine Club $39 per month
    The daily wines are upon us and the wine gods have smiled upon you all.  The 2013 Domaine Giacometti Patrimonio Rouge “Cru des Agriate” is a monster.  I was able to pick up about 10 cases and we went through so I had to get some more.  This is a blend of 97% Niellucciu, 3% Grenache from 10-45 year old vines.  This spicy little beast is right up your alley.  
    The 2013 Clos Chanteduc Cotes du Rhone usually sitting on the shelf for around $20 a bottle but it typical form I decided to buy every bottles they had left...all 108 bottles they had left.  Lots of red berry-fruit with some solid forest floor-action going on.  If you're having game...this wine won't let you down.  If you're having BBQ...get ready to hold on tight and enjoy.  If you're having tofu...I'm sorry.
    I have one more wine to add...
  • Fall Champagne Tasting Part I

    Friday the 18th at 4pm till 7pm
    $25 per person
    Wine Club members taste for free and get 15% off!
    Well people...it's officially Fall in the Seattle area. The leaves are turning, it's getting darker out, pumpkin spice lattes fill the air and here in the wine shop...we've been planning our first Champagne tasting of the season. 5 importers and 10 different producers. Now there will be a $25 per person tasting fee unless you're in one of our wine clubs. Wine club members taste for free and get 15% off the night of the tastings. It pays to be in one of the clubs. Maybe you'll sign up and save some money?

    Here are the Champagnes we'll be tastings...

    Champagne Bernard Gaucher Brut NV
    Champagne Tribaut Brut Origine NV
    Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose
    Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve
    Champagne Laurent Perrier Brut La Cuvée NV
    Champagne Besserat de Bellefon Brut Grande Tradition NV
    Champagne Pierre Paillard Brand Cru Rose
    Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Nature 2009
    Champagne Veuve Fourny Brut Grande Reserve 1er
    Champagne Rolan Champion Special Club Grand Cru 2011

    Okay...9 producers but you get the point. Tasting starts at 4pm and ends at 7pm.

    Do you want to partake? Maybe meet a friend here? Skip traffic? Date night? Maybe you'll want to stock up before the tariffs come into play?

    Cheers
  • October Wine Club Wines 2019

    Red Wine Club $75 per mo
    2014 Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva - Year in year out, this Reserva blend of Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha and 5% Graciano delivers the goods. Youthful, scented and deeply colored, with ageing only in French oak, it has focus and intensity with lots of dark berry fruit and a sheen of vanilla spice. ($30)
    2014 Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial - Cherry red in color, this wine offers aromas of ripe red fruits, spices (pepper), undergrowth, coffee, and caramel. The palate is silky, with tannin present, denoting youth and good aging potential. Elegant and balanced.  Pair with red meats, lamb and grilled rockfish.  Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo, 3% Graciano. ($45)
    Champagne Wine Club $30 - $120 per mo
    2008 Champagne Colin Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru - If you've been looking for a Blanc de Blancs that can hold its own with a wine like Egly-Ouriet's otherworldly Blanc de Noirs (which goes for twice as much money), here it is. It's easy to see why: it comes from 35 year old vines, with 5 years on the lees before disgorgement. This is Grand Cru, from the villages of Oiry and Cramant. Here are our notes, verbatim: "So good. Rocking. Triple cream cheese. Savory. Expressive. Pain au chocolat. Chalk. Bravo!
    Daily Drinking Red Wine Club $39 per mo
    Who's ready for some daily red wine?  We have a stellar lineup of wines for you this month.  

    2017 Domaine Le Clos des Lumières L’éclat Cotes du Rhone Rouge - 70/30 split of Grenache and Syrah...this medium-bodied Rhone will pair up with pretty much anything you toss at it.  Solid red-fruit notes of cherry and other tree-vine fruit.  A touch of earth on the back part but not enough to make you think of a cheap Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  Finish is as soft as a babies butt yet doesn't smell like a diaper. 

    2017 Chateau Beau-Puits Bordeaux - A traditional Bordeaux blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Beau-Puits flaunts full fruit aromas with flavors of ripe cherries, fresh herbs, and hints of fresh mint accompanied by round tannins. Chateau Beau-Puits is a 35-acre property located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of France and is home to the Tarride Family, the winemaking team behind this traditional Bordeaux. The 35-year-old vines located on the property of this Chateau produce a red wine with a velvety, easy-to-drink quality.

    2015 Chateau Andriet Bordeaux Supérieur - This is an un-oaked Merlot-based beast with some Cabernet on the end.  The wine is so good we sold 6 cases the first weekend I had it in the shop.  Matter fact...the wine was going to be on last months wine club but we sold it all and I needed to grab another wine so here it is now.  Trust me...just taste it!

     

    As always, during the month of October if you want to pick up some more of the wines above you'll get 15% off!  Only for this month though.

  • September 2019 Wine Club Wines

    Red Wine Club $75 per month
    This month I did something I never thought I'd have a chance to do...give you all a bottle of Paolo Scavino Ravera Barolo.  First off this is coming from the 2015 vintage which on its own has reached baller status.  The 2015 vintage is being named one of the best vintages in 20 years.  If you have a chance to grab some '15 Barolo...do it!!  
    Little information about the Ravera vineyard...Our experience in the Ravera vineyard has started in 2015. This hill altitude averages 430 meters above sea level and exposure is east. The freshness in this soil combined with the exposure and the elevation contribute for a long cycle of ripening of the Nebbiolo grapes. We have enjoyed from beginning the distinctive character of the Ravera vineyard where the minerality of the aromatics match with an austere, linear, precise structure lifted by vivid acidity.    Get it while we have it for you!!!  If you buy any more bottles you'll get 15% off.  That's only like $63 and change.
    Champagne Club $35-100 per month
    Champagne Tribaut may not be a grower Champagne but it is a tasty one for sure.  This 100% Chardnnnay and 100% awesome!  Notes of almonds, light citrus and a hint of bread on the end.  At $45 a bottle I'd drink half the bottle one night then drink the rest Sunday morning with breakfast.  Eggs, bacon, toss is some french toast and Champagne...trust me...you'll thank me!
    Daily Drinking Red Wine Club $39 per month
    2016 Colosi Terre Siciliane Rosso - Intense, dark ruby red in color, the wine was aged six months in Slavonian oak and four months in bottle. On the nose, it offers notes of black fruit, blackberry and strawberries, flowers and herbs. The dry and full-bodied wine pairs beautifully with red meats and aged cheeses.
    2017 Fattoria del Cerro Chianti Collo Senesi - 

    Vivid ruby red color, slight purplish hues. The bouquet on the nose is fruity with hints of wild black cherry, cherry and a delicate balsamic and herbal finish. On the palate it is soft and however full bodied with excellent persistence.  Best served with first course dishes, meat and mushroom sauces, veal stews and roast chicken.

    2016 Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Montepulciano - Vivid ruby red color. Intense and fine bouquet on the nose with notes of wild black cherry, violet and a slight vanilla undertone. On the palate it is well-balanced and elegant with a slight initial tannic note.  Ideal with appetizers, first course dishes with meat sauces, stuffed pasta or casserole dishes and grilled red meats.

     

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