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A Week In Jerez

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It’s 8AM, and I’m sitting in a very plushy chair on a tour bus in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Southwest Spain with a bunch of other winebuyers from the US. We are here by invitation of André Tamers from Demaison Selections, an importer of French and Spanish wines, to tour their artisanal sherry bodegas. André is all charisma. He walks like a tiny matador and has a smile that makes you want to do bad deeds. We are here to learn about sherry. To spend 5 days drinking sherry from noon till dawn, to see the vineyards and the towns, to dine in the...

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Velenosi ‘Querciantica’

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Velenosi ‘Querciantica’

Velenosi ‘Querciantica’ Lacrima di Morro d’Alba A Lacrima di Morro from the Marche region of Italy, this ancient native grape almost became extinct around the mid ’80s. This is a gorgeous wine with distinctive floral aromas, blue and red berries on the palate plus some real tannins. Aside from the flavor profile, the wines are unusual in that they go through a second fermentation with partially dried grapes. A somm favorite and a natural for pairing with a nice charcuterie plate. Hailing from the dynamic Velenosi...

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New Nebbiolo & a Ruché

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New Nebbiolo & a Ruché

Caves Cooperatives de Donnas, Vallée d’Aoste $28 Just northwest of Piemonte, you begin your ascent into the Alpine, bilingual, French-Italian region of Valle d’Aosta. Donnas is the first subregion along the Dora Baltea river and the name of a small, high-quality cooperative made up of 23ha and 20 members. It’s Alpine wine (1300-1700ft) in the largest game of Shoots and Ladders, cum-Vines-and-Trellising, you’ve even seen. The terraced vineyards are hewn from the granite and quartz mountain sides. Nebbiolo here (called...

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Affordable California Chardonnay

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Affordable California Chardonnay

California Chardonnay California wine prices are rising significantly, including the price of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay. With this in mind, we conducted an in-store tasting comparing Chardonnays  at a similar price point. Here’s what we found: A LA CARTE CHARDONNAY $16/ 750ml The hands-down winner. Sourced from excellent vineyards in Solano County & Russian River Valley,  whole cluster fermented with indigenous yeasts, malolactic arrested to preserve acidity, aged 9 months in French oak. A beautiful, pale gold wine that is full of...

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Large Format Bordeaux Pre-sell

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Large Format Bordeaux Pre-sell

Large Format Bordeaux Pre-sell A shipment of large format Bordeaux will be arriving toward the end of the summer. Sizes range from Magnums to Melchiors (18 liters) and are sold on a per bottle basis. If you are interested in any of these, let us know as soon as possible. Bottles are sold on a first come, first served basis and are subject to being unsold already.   WINE VINTAGE PRICE Magnum (1.5 Liters) Chateau de Rayne Vigneau, 1er Grand Cru Classe en 1865 2005 $160 La Dame de Montrose, 2nd wine of Chateau Montrose 2014 $184 Chateau...

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Corzano e Paterno

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Corzano e Paterno

Corzano e Paterno. Two hills a stone’s throw west of Chianti Classico in the Colli Fiorentini, purchased on a whim in 1969 by a retired Swiss architect named Wendel Gelpke. The place was a mess back then. The whole region largely abandoned as people left for the city and the promise of a desk job. Corzano had been a farm with few vines and olive trees, no modern equipment, and no electricity or running water. The farmhouses on the property were leftovers from the mezzadria days when families worked the land and split the profits with the land...

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Russian Bread Wine, et al.

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Russian Bread Wine, et al.

The store has been busy the last couple of weeks with the Spring semester ending. Aside from selling lots of cold beer we’ve been supplying the neighborhood with moving boxes. A couple of new items to blow your mind: Polugar, the father of modern vodka infused with Caraway or Garlic & Pepper. Just ’cause. Boris Rodionov, a renowned academic and vodka historian makes this traditional ancient spirit from an original 18th century recipe. Also note Taconic Distilery Straight Rye Whiskey aged in Madeira casks. On the wine side,...

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Women Winemakers, Pizza

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Women Winemakers, Pizza

4:00pm: Women’s Wine Tasting Group For the inaugural Women’s Wine Tasting Group organized by Cristy Corcoran of Café Europa we celebrated women winemakers. Of course, I had to bring Filipa Pato. I would have done the Post Quercas but didn’t think there would be enough in the 500 ml bottle to go around. I suppose I could have brought 2. But I don’t think anyone was disappointed. A great group of women to be sitting around drinking wine with and sharing stories. In addition to Cristy and myself there was Debrah Hansen of...

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