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Tonight we have a slightly early Thanksgiving and Holiday tasting, but use it as a great opportunity to stock up on a couple of great value wines that may not last for the next month! Join one of the newest Certified Sommeliers around on the Tasting Bar for four perfect wines for the coming autumn weather and holiday menus …
- Bodega de Edgar Albarino: Bodega is the Spaniard term for a winery or cellar. Edgar, the winemaker, choose the name to celebrate his Hispanic heritage and passion for Spanish wines. Starting in 2007 with only 250 cases from Paso Robles, the do about 2,500 cases per year now. They focus on sourcing the highest quality fruit to produce the best wines, while still maintaining an affordable price point. This aromatic white has notes of grapefruit, peach, and citrus flowers. Great acidity makes this perfect for salty tapas or seafood dishes. 100% Albarino
- Margerum 2016 Riviera Rosé: Doug picks Grenache and Syrah specifically for their rosé production. The grapes are crushed and immediately pressed to stainless steel tanks for a long cold fermentation. The wine is blended with various lots of Counoise, Cinsaut, and other Grenache vineyards that were saignéed. Saignée is a winemaking process where we bleed off a portion of slightly pink juice from a red must right after crush. The blend is one of the most complicated around (20% Camp 4 Grenache, 20% Estelle Grenache, 20% Alamo Creek Grenache, 16% Curtis Syrah, 8% McGinley Grenache, 6% Camp 4 Cinsaut, 3% Camp 4 Counoise, 3% Cuatro Vientos Syrah/Grenache co-ferment, 1% Camp 4 Mourvèdre and 3% barrel fermented lots of Grenache and Couniose/Cinsaut co-ferment) and that makes it that much more fun! Light and bright in the glass, it offers yeasty aromas, soft lemon-peel scents and wet slate minerality. The palate’s tingling acidity delivers chalky lime and cotton candy flavors. Chill this and drink rosé all fall!
- Forty Ounce Red: Made with 100% Gamay from Northern France, the Forty Ounce Red is sustainably-grown and produced without any synthetic products or other chemical treatment. Chilled beforehand, it’s an incredibly drinkable and slightly savory sipper, perfect for future Thanksgiving spreads. Since only 4,800 cases were made, grab a bottle now, while its in stock!
- Boxhead Shiraz 2014: This was a challenging vintage for any grower to get a solid handle on. It was equally as trying for a winemaker to determine pick dates. A wet winter really helped to save an unexpected blazing hot and dry spring. This led to a rainy and cool start to the summer, compounded by three weeks of heat. Thankfully this dry heat naturally dried out the grapes and the result is were evenly ripe grapes with little rot and mildew problems. A blast of black and red fruit shows itself immediately followed by a faint touch of mint and cracked black pepper. It is juicy but not gooey. There is a tangy mineral note keeping the palate fresh and bright. It is quite complex for its price and showcases subtle tannins and a long, elegant finish. 100% Shiraz