First Rosé of 2016!!

by Russ Anderson on February 15, 2017

1cYes, I have had the Beaujolais nouveau rosé for 2016 in the store, but this is the first regular bottling to hit the shelves and a very popular bottling as well.

You all know how much we love rosés in the store, they just suit the North Carolina climate so well. What better to drink on these warm “winter” days right now, and pink is a perfect color for Valentine’s day as well.

Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris
The Fontsainte Gris de Gris is consistent every year and I really like the aromas of white peach, dried flowers, orange blossom notes on the nose. Not to mention the smooth and vibrant on the palate. A blend of Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir and bits of Carignane, Cinsault and Mourvedre. The family has been making wine here since the 17th century.

Wines like this represent the great value the south of France can present the wine consumer with, even the rosé is hand worked in the vineyard, produced through the saignee method and the malolactic conversion blocked to preserve the freshness of the wine. In the range of styles, this bottling has a little more length and persistence than the Houchart. It is drinking elegantly well now but will start to really flesh out by the end of the summer, so Another fantastic value at $16.

Pre Sale – Houchart Rosé

by Russ Anderson on February 11, 2017

Houchart RoseWow, it is February and going to hit 70 degrees today. It certainly feels like Spring is just around the corner, so the timing seems right to present one of the best selling rosés in the store. Additionally, it seems appropriate to offer a “pink” wine before Valentine’s day.

This wine, the Houchart Rosé, is the best selling rosé in the store. There are two reasons for this. First, the price is excellent at $13 a bottle, even better by the case with 10% off. Second, and most important, this wine is flat out delicious, see the tasting notes below. It is expected to start arriving in March and I am taking pre-orders now to try and insure I get as much of it in the cellars of those who want it as possible.

From our in house Rosé Expert, “This rosé has fresh strawberries, bright red fruits, a definite thirst-quencher. It is the quintessential Provencal rose that satisfies all – for the uninitiated, the oenophile, the porch-sitter, the pre-party sipper. Someone’s suspicious of “pink” wine? This will convert them. It is lively, classic, pure, unadulterated, fresh, delightful, and it always disappears in one sitting. There is no question that this rose will be sold-out before summer hits. And it is not unusual to order a case for yourself, and then a case for that annual barbeque party in August. Stow it away in your basement, and pull a bottle out throughout the year without any guilt of guzzling this bottle with your friends because of its incredible price.”

The only “challenge” about this wine is getting enough! It sells out every year, so please please, if you like it, stock up a little. Again, it is $13 a bottle and $11.70 by the case. Just email me back with the quantity you would like and I will email when they start arriving in the store.

Inventory Clean Up Sale

January 9, 2017

Well inventory is done and now the snow is coming… Each year, I have an inventory sale in January. It helps clean up some of the single bottles lingering in the store. These are in no way “bad” wines, they have just been hanging out and overlooked by yours truly. After inventory, it is a […]

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December 13, 2016

Yes, we are now selling beans. These are delicious beans that can help re-frame your understanding and appreciation of how good beans can be. I know you are reading this in wonderment but these are already popular in the store and our second order. We’ve enjoyed them at home and more and more customers are. […]

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Two of the Wine World’s Most Popular Grapes Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc

December 13, 2016

The Salvards family has had a working estate in the Loire Valley since 1898. Today they make two delicious and I think beautifully labeled wines as well. Ever since a movie (Sideways), Pinot Noir has gained in popularity but also price. The estate is in the Cheverny AOC which was just recently created in 1993. […]

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Holiday Treats: Bohigas Cava from Spain

December 13, 2016

Do you enjoy a nice glass of Champagne? Wish you could drink it more frequently than special occasions? Or need a couple of bottles for a holiday toast? This is just the bottle for you!! Champagne is only Champagne when it comes from Champagne. And due to its labor intensive production method and small quantities, […]

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Value Burgundies to Taste

October 29, 2016

Every once in a while, if you taste a lot of wines, you find some value surprises. From Burgundy, this is especially hard to do, but today I have an offer that fits just the bill. In addition, I have some in the store to taste and at least a case of each to sell. […]

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Deliciously Frizzante! A Store Favorite Returns

October 22, 2016

This wine just returned to the distributor and it is already moving quickly! People just love the festive touch bubbles add to any glass of wine. From one of the top organic producers in Austria, this wine was first made for the couples wedding. It was so popular for that single event that they decided […]

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Looking to Fall — BEAUJOLAIS En Primeur (aka Nouveau)

September 28, 2016

Many discovered this wine last year and continued to ask for it well after it was gone. Like several of the wines in the store, this is not the wine many people expect. It is a bottle of fun and enjoyment, not overly serious but seriously tasty, and like so many things in the store, […]

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Dupeuble Blanc​ ​

August 5, 2016

When is white Burgundy less than $25? When it comes from Beaujolais.​ ​This is a true “under the radar” wine and one ​I put in last weeks email. Sampling it in the store this weekend, it was so well received I wanted to make sure to include it again. Many people in the store know […]

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