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September 30, 2014

Our new French reds:
Domaine de la Pinte Arbois ‘Pinte Bien’ 2011, 100% Poulsard from Arbois in the Jura, a light, fresh, elegant red. Biodynamic. $24
Wilfrid Rousse Chinon Les Puys 2009, 100% Cabernet Franc, concentrated and structured with 12 months in oak giving softer tannins. Organic. $23
Les Faverelles Bourgogne 2011, 100% Pinot Noir, rustic, soft, light bodied and juicy. Low sulfur and organic. $25
Chateau Jean-Pierre Gaussen Bandol 2009, 95% Mourvedre with a little Grenache from Bandol, this shows blue and black fruit with black pepper, floral, and smoky undertones. No pesticides or fertilizers. $50
Cuvee des Princes D’Orange Cote du Rhone Village 2011, A Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend with perfect balance between blackcurrant fruit and oak with a peppery note. $16
Saint Joseph Rouge ‘Le Prieure D’Arras’ Becheras Cuvee Tradition 2010, Northern Rhone Syrah from the Ardeche from high altitude vineyards, this wine shows purity and concentration with blackberry fruit, violet, cassis and black pepper notes. Aged for 24 months in large oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sustainable. $30

Our new French reds:

Domaine de la Pinte Arbois ‘Pinte Bien’ 2011, 100% Poulsard from Arbois in the Jura, a light, fresh, elegant red. Biodynamic. $24

Wilfrid Rousse Chinon Les Puys 2009, 100% Cabernet Franc, concentrated and structured with 12 months in oak giving softer tannins. Organic. $23

Les Faverelles Bourgogne 2011, 100% Pinot Noir, rustic, soft, light bodied and juicy. Low sulfur and organic. $25

Chateau Jean-Pierre Gaussen Bandol 2009, 95% Mourvedre with a little Grenache from Bandol, this shows blue and black fruit with black pepper, floral, and smoky undertones. No pesticides or fertilizers. $50

Cuvee des Princes D’Orange Cote du Rhone Village 2011, A Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend with perfect balance between blackcurrant fruit and oak with a peppery note. $16

Saint Joseph Rouge ‘Le Prieure D’Arras’ Becheras Cuvee Tradition 2010, Northern Rhone Syrah from the Ardeche from high altitude vineyards, this wine shows purity and concentration with blackberry fruit, violet, cassis and black pepper notes. Aged for 24 months in large oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sustainable. $30

September 30, 2014

Our new Bordeaux:
Jean Marc Barthez Bordeaux Rouge 2011, 50% Merlot, and 25% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine is light and earthy with fresh acidity and no oak making it a delicious, easy-drinking red that is delicious with a slight chill. $13
Domaine des Justices Bordeaux Supérieur 2012, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this shows dark berry fruit and retains an elegance and purity from no oak influence. $15
Croix de Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2007, from the Haut-Medoc, a Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend from hand-harvested vines, are aged for 12 months in up to 40% of new French oak, giving a classic, elegant expression. $65

Our new Bordeaux:

Jean Marc Barthez Bordeaux Rouge 2011, 50% Merlot, and 25% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine is light and earthy with fresh acidity and no oak making it a delicious, easy-drinking red that is delicious with a slight chill. $13

Domaine des Justices Bordeaux Supérieur 2012, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this shows dark berry fruit and retains an elegance and purity from no oak influence. $15

Croix de Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2007, from the Haut-Medoc, a Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend from hand-harvested vines, are aged for 12 months in up to 40% of new French oak, giving a classic, elegant expression. $65

September 30, 2014

Our new French sparklings:
Jean-Pierre Robinot Les Opera des Vins NV, a petillant naturel from the Loire made from Chenin Blanc and Pineau d’Aunis with exciting honey and mushroom notes. Biodynamic. $30
Champ Divin Brut Rose 2012, a classic method sparkling from the Jura that is very dry with bright strawberry and raspberry notes and elegant, fresh minerality. Biodynamic. $30
Domaine Tissot Cremant du Jura NV, an elegant, fresh sparkling of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with white floral and green apple notes. Biodynamic.$35
Henriet-Bazin Blanc de Blancs NV from Villers-Marmery in Montagne de Reims, a premier cru village, this is 100% Chardonnay. Soft, fresh, and creamy with white fruit and citrus notes, pure, chalky minerality, and a subtle salinity. $54
Henriet-Bazin Blanc de Noirs NV from Verzenay and Verzy, grand cru villages, this is 100% Pinot Noir. Smooth, creamy, dense with biscuity and stone fruit notes, good structure, and chalky minerality. $54

Our new French sparklings:

Jean-Pierre Robinot Les Opera des Vins NV, a petillant naturel from the Loire made from Chenin Blanc and Pineau d’Aunis with exciting honey and mushroom notes. Biodynamic. $30

Champ Divin Brut Rose 2012, a classic method sparkling from the Jura that is very dry with bright strawberry and raspberry notes and elegant, fresh minerality. Biodynamic. $30

Domaine Tissot Cremant du Jura NV, an elegant, fresh sparkling of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with white floral and green apple notes. Biodynamic.$35

Henriet-Bazin Blanc de Blancs NV from Villers-Marmery in Montagne de Reims, a premier cru village, this is 100% Chardonnay. Soft, fresh, and creamy with white fruit and citrus notes, pure, chalky minerality, and a subtle salinity. $54

Henriet-Bazin Blanc de Noirs NV from Verzenay and Verzy, grand cru villages, this is 100% Pinot Noir. Smooth, creamy, dense with biscuity and stone fruit notes, good structure, and chalky minerality. $54

May 13, 2014

New Wines from Oregon!

Division Winery, Portland

L’Isle Verte Chenin Blanc 2013

"…A truly balanced and approachable young Chenin Blanc that is still very zippy, but with classic stone fruit and palate richness that Chenin is known for. The secondary components are a combination of mineral, citrus and pineapple that really comes alive after the wine is open for 20 to 30 minutes." $23

WIllamette Valley Gamay Noir 2012

"The aromatics are dominated by classic Gamay juicy strawberry and raspberry with mild pepper, clove and some earthiness that brings distinction to this year’s wine. The palate is bright, red fruit driven with modest tannins. The wine immediately shows off the carbonic profile with underlying caramel tones, winter spices and what we believe to be a hint of calcium minerality leached from the cement vat during fermentation." $33

January 30, 2014

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting with cider guru Anthony from Rowan Imports. Anthony is chock-full of information about these fermented apple libations, which are generally lighter in alcohol than most wines and are a great alternative to beer… we like cider for breakfast, cider while cooking, and cider for SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! We’ll have bottles from across Europe tonight with bread from She Wolf and cheese from ED!

Weidmann & Groh Speierling Halbtroken, Germany 2012

This German “apfelwein” is made from a single varietal of apples, Trierer Weinapfel, known for higher tannins and acidity and lower sugar. Orange marmalade, straw, earth, and a hint of old oak shine in this savory and complex liter bottle. Great with pork, both as a brine and a pairing! $16

Sidra Menendez Val d’Ornon, Asturias 2012

Light, tangy, and dry, Val d’Ornon is made from 22 varietals of apples grown on and around the Menendez estate in the Val d’Ornon Valley in North-West Spain. Traditionally poured from high above the glass in long, thin streams to release the natural effervescence, this funky unfiltered cidre has just 6.5% alcohol, making it one of the most refreshing beverages I can think of. $10

Cidre de Fouesnanz Manoir du Kinkiz, Brittany

Herve Seznec oversees 30 hectares of orchards where he grows 21+ varieties of apples without the use of pesticides or herbicides. The hand-picked apples ferment for 75 days in the bottle, resulting in a semi-dry, tart, and jubilant naturally sparkling cider. This is new to our shelves and we’re so excited to share it! $15

July 27, 2013

STAFF PICKS!  Wine we love.

March 22, 2013

When a dear friend mentioned that he was asked to write an article on the Finger Lakes Wine Region for Wine & Spirits Magazine, I immediately wanted to tag along.  I spent 4+ years living in Ithaca during my college years and I’ve been wanting to return to this breathtaking region for quite some time.  A lot has changed up there in the almost 15 years since I’ve left, a fact that became evident to me last week at a NY Drinks NY tasting at Astor Center.  I was blown away by the quality of the wines from this area, especially the Rieslings and other white varietals.  I’m really excited to meet the growers and winemakers and discover some new places while visiting my old favorites.  Stay tuned for pictures from the road!  XOXOXO Lily

March 19, 2013

This wine is so f’ing good and it’s all sold out!  I’m going to California to get us some…

This wine is so f’ing good and it’s all sold out! I’m going to California to get us some…

February 21, 2013

Thursday Night Tasting

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for another tasting of some of our new favorites from Italy with our friend Ben from Soilair Selections. Our pals at Eastern District will pair the cheeses and a fun time will be had by all.

La Formica Soave 2011

100% Garganega, hailing from a vineyard founded in the 1800’s at the Eastern-most edge of Valpolicella territory. This enchantingly sunny white is a stellar winter refresher with considerable body and and a soft, lengthy finish…and, just like our good friends Nicky and Johnny, totally suave. Plus, I discovered last weekend that this is a weirdly awesome pairing for nachos. $19

Pietranera Rosso di Montalcino 2010

The name “Pietranera” means “black stone”, and it’s derived from the volcanic soil prevalent in the southern part of Montalcino where the family-run estate is located. This Sangiovese benefits greatly from the mineral rich earth in which the grapes are grown. Unbelievably elegant, with lush violet notes, bright, ruby red fruit and incredible structure. And the gorgeous label is printed with real gold. Baller. $25

Ronchi di Cialla Rosso 2009

This multi-generational, family-run estate specializes in grapes indigenous to Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Their Rosso is made from Ribolla Nera, also known as Schioppettino. The grape became nearly extinct in the late 1800s, and has been nursed back to life over the last fifty years by handful of dedicated growers. This exceptional red is like nothing else- dark, plummy, medium bodied, spicy, and de-licious. $27

February 18, 2013

Wine is a necessity of life for me.

President Thomas Jefferson, Oenophile

HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY!