• Enoteca de Rhan Tasting w/ our NEW Intern Amy on 9/21

    Friday from 4-7pm
    Oh did I confuse a few of you? You read that correctly. Today I started working with our new Intern Amy and she was in while Owen dropped by with Baroness Barbara de Rhan of Enoteca de Rhan. With over 50 growers and 300 plus wines, EDR is considered to have one of the most diverse and distinctive portfolios in all of Italy. It was a great introduction for Amy to see, taste and talk with the Baroness about the wines she was tasting us on.

    So lets get this party rolling shall we?

    2014 Tenuta Le Velette Orvieto Classico - The dynamic Tenuta le Velette produces one of Orvieto’s most exciting portfolios. Orvieto, one of Umbria’s most renowned white wines, is at its best when made from fruit grown on tufaceous soils and bedrock in the region’s Classico zone. Fashioned from a blend of Trebbiano (30%), Grechetto (30%), Malvasia Bianco (20%), Verdello, and Drupeggio, Le Velette’s Berganorio casts a bright lemon-gold color from the glass, followed by aromas of kiwi, green melon, honeysuckle blossoms, cinnamon, and wet stones. Crisp and brisk on the palate, the Berganorio conveys suggestions of lime zest, green apple, honey, and ground cinnamon. On the finish, the wine is long, dry, and persistent with further suggestions of citrus zest, pinesap, and an appetizing hint of almond skin. Enjoy the Berganorio now and through the coming year served with shellfish, freshwater fish dishes, light poultry preparations, white pasta dishes, sauteed green vegetables, and fresh cheeses.

    2015 Strano Vermentino di Gallura Superiore - Mineral white wine from Sardinia, born from vinification and aging in steel tanks. It expresses fruity and floral notes of sage, white flowers and fruits. The taste is smooth and refreshing, with expressive mineral aromas.

    2009 Voyat Vino Bianco Secco "La Gazella" - From the smallest wine region in Italy on the border of Switzerland and France comes this gorgeous dry moscato wine named for Voyat's daughter who was an Olympic sprinter for Italy. This beautiful, aged Alpine white is still remarkably fresh and lively with aromas of grass and honey and flavors of ripe apples and pears with mouthwatering acidity and an herbaceous backbone. **Amy fell in love with this wine and we all laughed...she is so hooked!

    2015 Cornacchia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - Made with organic grapes, this straightforward wine opens with plum aromas and a whiff of cinnamon. The round easygoing palate doles out black cherry and a hint of cake spice accompanied by mellow tannins.

    2011 Cornacchia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo "Vigne le Coste" - Aromas of sour cherry, raisin, herb and a hint of scorched earth lead the nose. On the straightforward rather lean palate, ground pepper accents dried cranberry and pomegranate alongside lithe tannins.

    Get ready people!!!
  • Francesca w/ GD Vajra at noon on 9/27

    Sept. 27th at 12pm till 2pm
    It's been I think two years since we've had anyone from GD Vajra. We'll be doing an afternoon tasting this time around so Francesca can make it to a dinner later that night. It was either this or not seeing her and you know my feeling about having producers in the shop...I want them.

    This will be a tasting where if you can get here at noon...please do. She is really short on time and wanted to stop by so I 'd rather not make her late for her next appt.

    Here's a list of wine she will be pouring for us.

    2016 GD Vajra Barbera d'Alba
    2016 GD Vajra Nebbiolo Langhe
    2017 GD Vajra Nebbiolo "JC Claré"
    2013 GD Vajra Barolo "Albe"
    2014 GD Vajra Barolo "Ravera"
    2014 GD Vajra Barolo "Bricco delle Viole"

    Plus I'll be opening a bottle of Chinato for shits and giggles.

    Let's let the good times roll!!
  • Bovio in Bothell on 9/15

    Well people, for the first time in Bothell's history we will be tasting a producer that we seem to only get a little amount a time but now Bovio is with a new importer and I was given special access to some great wines at much lower prices than we have ever seen!

    2017 Bovio Langhe Bianco DOC Alessandro - Straw yellow with greenish tinges. Fresh and fruity on the nose, conjuring up exotic fruit. Enjoys good acidity and freshness on the palate.

    2015 Bovio Barbera d'Alba DOC Il Ciotto - Deep red with purple highlights. Young, fruity and flowery on the nose, with a crisp, fresh palate.

    2016 Bovio Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Dabbene - Intense red, with a fresh young nose showing the fresh fruit notes typical of the varietal. Fresh, young and vinous on the mouth.

    2014 Bovio Barolo DOCG - Ruby red with brick nuances. Fresh nose, showing nuts and leather. Soft on the palate, with traditional, elegant, sweet tannins lingering on the finish. ($35)

    2014 Bovio Barolo Gattera DOCG - Ruby with brick-red nuances. Traditional style nose, showing ripe fruit and chocolate. Full-bodied with great structure on the palate, and lingering, elegant tannins. ($47)
  • Marc de Grazia Selections w/ Katie on 9/14

    Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with Stephanie Mcfee from Marc de Grazia Selections. Katie has set up this tasting even though she wasn't able to be there but as usually...she hit the nail on the head. I loved all the wines and thought...well hell...this would make a great Friday tasting.

    Here's what I picked out for you all...

    2017 Massone Gavi - Straw yellow with light greenish reflections. The nose is delicate, but the persistent aroma of fruit and flowers makes it particularly elegant. Dry with a crisp acidity and a pleasant mineral flavor.

    2017 Massone Barbera - Simply an amazing little Barbara that needs to be on your dinner table.

    2016 Silvio Grasso Barbera D'Alba - A darker, bolder expression of Barbera d’Alba with tons of black cherry fruit, baking spice, and bright, fresh acidity. This is a delicious, versatile wine that will definitely benefit from some air so consider decanting or even some additional time in the bottle. Food Pairing Chicken cacciatore, roast pork shoulder, meat lasagna, pizza.

    2011 Tenute Sella Lessona - Something new to me and you will kill for it.

    2013 Podere Scopetone Brunello di Montalcino - Aromas of sunbaked soil, leather, exotic spice, violet and menthol come together on this. The taut elegant palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, orange zest, chopped mint and star anise while fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity provide balance.
  • Villa da Filicaja in Bothell on 9/7

    Friday at 4pm till 7pm
    This Friday we'll be taking a tripe to Montaione Italy to visit one of my favorite producers in all of Italy. All of their wines are truly amazing. They only make four wines of which we'll be tasting all four wines. Imported via Chloe Wines so you know you're getting some serious stuff.

    In the beautiful setting of the Tuscan countryside, the Filicaja family have been making fine wines since 1452. During the past five hundred years the Filicaja family have added small innovations and improvements developed through experience year after year, century after century and generation after generation.

    2014 Villa da Filicaja Fonte Bianco IGT - A fruity white, with fresh lemon and melon character. Medium-bodied, fresh and forward with a fruity finish. Blend of Chardonnay (50%) Trebbiano (50%).

    2015 Villa da Filicaja Chianti Superiore DOCG - A ripe, savory style, featuring plum, spiced earth and saline notes matched to a rich texture. Show’s some heat in the balance, with a spicy finish. Blend of Sangiovese (90%) Cannoilo (5%) Merlot (5%).

    2013 Villa da Filicaja Chianti Superiore DOCG "Vincenzo da Filicaja" - Beautifully balanced, this opens with alluring scents of wild berry, rose, baking spice and whiffs of chopped herb. Combining finesse, with bright juicy wild cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper and a hint of black tea framed in polished tannins and fresh acidity, finishes with genteel Sangiovese spice..100% Sangiovese.

    2001 Villa da Filicaja Vin Santo - Amber bronze and gold color. Aromas of caramel, honey, white flower, dark corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt.. Flowers, orange rind, lemon, caramel, and walnuts on the palate. Long finish, 40-45 seconds, with notes of walnuts and orange rind. Blend of rebbiano (50%) Malvasia (50%).

    Yes only four wines but mighty wines they are! The Vin Santo is life-changing.
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