Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Two Tasty Viogniers from Napa

Darioush 2009 Napa Valley Signature Viognier

Bright and alluring fragrances of macadamia nut, guava and honeysuckle introduce the distinctive 2009 Signature Viognier. A notable crisp green apple acidity pleases the palate while delightful flavors of Asian pear, star fruit and white nectarine harmonize with a nuanced finish accented by orange zest, clove and toffee.

Winemaker's Comments
Our estate grown Viognier derives its unique style from a four-acre vineyard site in the Oak Knoll appellation. The cool micro-climate of the vineyard allows this temperamental varietal to slowly develop robust and concentrated floral and fruit characteristics. The fruit, and resulting wine, is minimally handled to express its pure and fragrant nature.

Seps Estate 2008 Napa Valley Viognier,
Organically Grown Grapes


"Lovely aromas of white peaches, Bosc pears and honeysuckle are joined by hints of hardwoods in the rich and pulpy first impression. The wine is full bodied in weight and exceptionally well-balanced in spite of its evident viscosity. Its flavors are long and rich, pulpy and minerally, nicely on-point and promise to get better over time. Despite early charms, this one can be laid away for several years."
Score : 91 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

About the Winery
Seps Estate is a part Storybook Mountain Vineyard. Storybook Mountain's sought-after estate wines are carefully hand-crafted from choice grapes grown in certified organic estate vineyards surrounding the winery. They are aged at least 12 months in the best French, Hungarian and American oak barrels, inside century-old caves dug deep into the mineral-rich volcanic rock underlying the hand-tended vineyard

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Haamoni Shochu

We are offering free ground shipping on
all Haamoni orders. A great way for folks
to save money while trying this tasty summer treat.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Refreshing White Wines that'll Beat The Heat

Time to get out of your Chardonnay rut, open your palate to these alternative whites. Great on their own or pair with light fares such as salads, fish, shellfish and asian dishes. So unbelievably complex these wines are so darn tasty and refreshing you might just forget how hot it is outside.

Filippo Gallino 2008 Roero Arneis, Italy
The Arneis grape can be found in the hills of Roero in the wine region of Piedmont.
Silvery straw color, the nose shows grapefruit and a touch of fresh herbs. Delicate and crisp on the palate with lots of ripe, juicy citrus fruit, nectarines, and fresh tarragon. The wine has good acidity and finishes with a touch of brown spice.

Vina Famatina 2007 Reserve Torrontés, Argentina
Made from 100% Torrontes, the wine is silky gold colored, with an enticing nose composed of flowers, honeysuckle and lychee. Floral, pretty and delicate on the palate, with white fruit set in a flowery meadow. It finishes up with a light touch of white pepper.

Uriondo 2009 Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain
Made from 70% Mune Mahatsa and 30% Txori Mahatsa fermented in stainless steel. Silvery straw color, with citrus fruit and river stone on the nose. A mouthful of minerals, lime zest, tropical fruit, river stone, and sea salt. Amazing complexity, with intriguing flavors.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rosès for Summer Sipping

The other day I saw a bumper sticker that made me laugh, it read "Yes you can be a bad a** and still drink Rosé." I couldn't agree more, rosé wines are perhaps the most versatile, food-friendly and complex wines around. Many consumers mistake Rosé wines to be sweet (we can thank white Zin for this) and in the category of "starter wine." These pink wines fall into the definitively "dry" category, not sugary sweet, and they offer excellent value for the money. Not only are these great summer sippers they can also be enjoyed year round.

Etude 2009 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir Rosé
Flavors of strawberry rhubarb and cherry persist on the palate and combine with a pleasing note of minerality.

Henry Natter 2009 Sancerre Rosé
Crisp and bright this rosé shows lots of melon and yellow cherry fruit. Great acidity with minerals and white pepper round off the finish.

Le Rocher Des Violettes 2009 Rosé de Touraine
Medium bodied in style this unique rosè shows off rose petals, melons, vanilla and has great chewy intensity.

Mas-Des-Dames 2009 Coteaux Du Languedoc Rosé
Lots of citrus Mas-Des-Dames 2009 Coteaux Du Languedoc Roséfruit, grapefruit and lime. A touch of cinnamon and minerals adds to the complexity of this lovely wine.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June's American Whiskey Club

For our June American Whiskey club selection we chose
RoughStock from Montana. Here's our tasting notes:
Distilled on 23 May 2009 and bottled 17 May 2010, this
RoughStock single barrel is 51 weeks old. The nose offers
up vanilla beans, fresh cooked barley sweetness and cinnamon
candy. The palate shows barley, salt water taffy, cinnamon
and pepper. Real spicy and rich. It doesn't show it, but it
is a strong dram at 124 proof. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Champagne Society June 2010

It's official our champagne club members are getting
two bottles this month.The spectacular Laurent Perrier
Cuvee Brut Rose and Eric Rodez Brut Cuvee des Crayeres
all for a paltry sum of $106.99 what a bargain!
The Eric Rodez Brut, Cuvee des Crayère is 50% Chadonnay
and 50% Pinot Noir all Grand Cru grapes.
It is silvery straw in color with peachy fruit on the nose.
The mousse is lovely, with a creamy and juicy mouthfeel,
there is plenty of ripe citrus and notes of vanilla blossom
in the finish. The Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose is orange-rose
in color the nose shows dried cherries with a touch of earth.
Medium bodied with lots of juicy strawberry fruit, toast, smoke
and white pepper on the finish.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Laurent Perrier Champagne is back!

It has been two years since we've carried the full bottles of Laurent Perrier champagne, the reason for this is that their pricing dramatically increased. We believe that the consumer shouldn't have to suffer because of corporate greed so we refused to carry their products. It took some negotiating and now they're finally ready to play ball and have adjusted their pricing. So as of last week we now have these terrific bubblies back on the shelf and at these prices one of these bubblies just might show up on our upcoming Champagne Club. We revisited these bottles recently and they're as fantastic as we remember, the Laurent Perrier Rose is still just as beautiful as the first time we tried it.