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May 2022 Wine Club Red

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2017 SESTI ROSSO DI MONTALCINO This red wine is imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants. Tom Wolf, marketing manager at Kermit Lynch has this to say about the wine, “…This is the result of Giuseppe and his daughter Elisa’s experience and also their selection of high-quality fruit for all of their bottlings. Their Rosso di Montalcino, for example, consists of Sangiovese that would qualify for their Brunello di Montalcino. Additionally, they’ve farmed it with organic and biodynamic methods and aged it in massive oak botti. In other words, the grapes are treated with the utmost care and respect from vine... View Article

May 2022 Wine Club White

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2020 VINI FANTINI TREBBIANO D’ABRUZZO Abruzzo is a central-Italian region famed for red wines from the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape, and white wines from the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo grape. Vini Fantini is owned by the Farnese group, one of the most successful wine-making operations in Italy. The stated goal of the winery is to produce wines of excellent value and quality for all wine aficionados. This wine is imported by Empson USA, a company founded by Maria and Neil Empson to import Italian wines. They describe themselves as, “…a company of wine lovers who believe wine is not just a part of... View Article

April 2022 Wine Club Red

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2019 DOMAINE FAIVELEY BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Faiveley was founded in 1825 by Pierre Faiveley. Today it is run by the 7th generation of Faiveleys, brother Erwan and sister Eve, who continue the wine-making traditions practiced for centuries but combine them with modern wine-making methods. It is today the largest family-owned domaine in Bourgogne (Burgundy in French). This 100% Pinot Noir wine is sourced from vineyards spread across the terroirs of Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise. It is vinified for 12 to 14 months in the cellars of Domaine Faiveley. Winemaker’s notes describe this wine as, “A... View Article

April 2022 Wine Club White

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2017 SIMONNET-FEBVRE SAINT-BRIS SAUVIGNON BLANC Maison Simonnet-Febvre was established in 1840 and it is a traditional Chablis winery, one of the oldest in Burgundy. Today Simonnet-Febvre produces a wide range of wines to express the different terroirs of their vineyards. The estate was purchased in 2003 by Maison Louis Latour. It is currently led by Paul Espitalié, who runs the estate as a separate enterprise with its own house style. The location of the Saint-Bris vineyards allows the Sauvignon grapes to fully express their range of aromas and the minerality of the soils. They are often planted in colder areas... View Article

March 2022 Wine Club Red

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2016 CASA FERREIRINHA VINHA GRANDE Casa Ferreirinha’s first still wine of excellence was Barca Velha in 1952 and set the standard for still wines from the region. This was followed by Vinha Grande in 1960. The house is heir to over 270 years of history and the name Casa Ferreirinha is inspired by the 19th century figure, Dona Antónia Ferreira — fondly known as “Ferreirinha” — the Portuguese businesswoman known for the cultivation of Port wine and winemaking innovations in Portugal. Casa Ferreirinha wines begin life in the vineyards sculpted against the Douro’s hills and valleys. These vineyards have stony... View Article

March 2022 Wine Club White

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2019 VAL DO AVIA RIBERIRO TREIXADURA Val do Avia is made from 100% Treixadura and produced by the winery of Viña Costeira for the wine producer Majuelos of Iberia. The Viña Costeira winery produces wines from Ribeiro, the oldest Designation of Origin (DO) in Galicia and, probably one of the oldest in Europe. Among the historical riches of Ribeiro wines is the varietal diversity, where the different varieties turn the landscape of the region into an astonishing tapestry, and provide the wine with incredible nuances and aromas. Treixadura, Torrontés, Loureira, Lado, Albariño, and Godello are the main local grape varieties... View Article

February 2022 Wine Club Red

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2018 DRY CREEK VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dry Creek Vineyards. The winery was founded in 1972 by David S. Stare after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about what a great future California had for making world-class wines. The winery and vineyard have been family-owned and sustainably farmed since 1972. Today David’s daughter Kim and her husband Don Wallace are at the helm of the business. Here is how the winery is described, “Today Dry Creek Vineyard is one of the last truly private, familyowned, iconic wineries consistently producing 90+ point wines.... View Article

February 2022 Wine Club White

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2020 BERNARDUS SAUVIGNON BLANC GRIVA VINEYARD Founder Bernardus (Ben) Pon, a Dutchman, could have chosen anywhere in the world to establish his namesake Bernardus Winery, with the intention of cultivating premier class wines. In 1989 he selected Carmel Valley, with its west-facing orientation, hot days and chilly nights, and stunning beauty, confident his vineyards there could produce wines to rival the greatest on the globe. More than a quarter-century later, he accomplished that not only with his estate Bordeaux blend, called Marinus (after his middle name), but with a powerhouse portfolio of single-vineyard-designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. After... View Article

January 2022 Wine Club Red

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2018 MORGAN COTES DU CROW’S With more than thirty-years’ experience, Dan Lee and the Morgan label have become synonymous with artisan, vineyard-centric wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Monterey. Dan Morgan Lee was studying to be a veterinarian at the University of California, Davis, when he discovered that enology satisfied his interest in both science and agriculture. Immediately enrolling in the graduate enology program, Dan completed his studies and was hired as winemaker at Jekel Winery in Monterey County in 1978. After serving his apprenticeship at Jekel, Dan moved up the road to Durney Vineyard where he continued to... View Article

January 2022 Wine Club White

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SCHARFFENBERGER BRUT EXCELLENCE NV Scharffenberger Cellars began in 1981 in the heart of Mendocino’s Anderson Valley. Situated only miles from the coastal influences of the Pacific Ocean, the protected Anderson Valley has deep soils and plenty of sunshine. Originally founded by John Scharffenberger, the winery is a member of the Roederer Collection since 2004. Today, winemaker Jeffrey Jindra continues to craft delicious sparkling wines that showcase the unparalleled uniqueness of Mendocino County terroir. Sustainability has been a guiding principle since the early days of the winery. Today, the entirety of their 120-acre estate is sustainably farmed and Fish Friendly Farming... View Article

December 2021 Wine Club Red

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2012 DOMAINE HAUVETTE LES BAUX DE PROVENCE “CORNALINE” Domaine Hauvette is located close to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a tourist town known for Roman ruins and as the place where Van Gogh painted “The Starry Night.” The vineyards are nestled among the foothills of Les Alpilles, and surrounded by a rocky and wild landscape. The clay and limestone soil retains moisture for the arid summer months, the Mistral blows half the year, and garrigue (the herbaceous, low-lying wild vegetation of the Mediterranean) is seemingly everywhere. In the early 1980s Dominique Hauvette, seeking more sunshine, left her job as a lawyer in the Savoie,... View Article

December 2021 Wine Club Second Red

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2015 FRESCOBALDI TENUTA PERANO CHIANTI CLASSICO The Frescobaldi family has been producing wine in Tuscany for seven hundred years. The family owns several estates in Tuscany. Their commitment to sustainable agriculture was recognized in 2012 when they were awarded the AgriQualita certification. Tenuta Perano is located in the heart of Chianti Classico in Gaiole. The vineyards are located 500 meters above sea level, well above the altitude common for red grape varieties, especially Sangiovese with its late maturation phase. The south, southwestern exposure and the amphitheatre-shaped layout magnifies the exposure to the sun and concentrates the heat from it. The... View Article

November 2021 Wine Club Red

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2016 GÉRARD BERTRAND CORBIÈRES Gérard Bertrand, owner of several notable wine-growing estates in the South of France, is a passionate advocate of the Mediterranean art of living and the uniqueness and high quality of the different terroirs in Languedoc. Named in 2012 as the International Wine Challenge Red Winemaker of the Year and Wine Enthusiast’s European Winery of the Year, he is known locally as the “King” of the Languedoc. Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs. Twenty years of know-how ensures that wines bearing... View Article

November 2021 Wine Club White

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2018 GÉRARD BERTRAND CIGALUS BLANC This classic Rhône white blend is a blend of 80% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard is managed biodynamicaly. Great care is and attention is taken to achieve a healthy harvest with moderate yields. Each grape varietal is harvested when the grapes have reached optimum ripeness. The grapes are pneumatically pressed and 70% of the juice is fermented in new barrels while 30% is fermented in stainless steel. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged for 6 months in new French oak barrels. The result is a brilliant, clear golden yellow wine.... View Article

We Have an Opening Date: Monday, October 25

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It’s been a long time, but a lot has happened. We were able to remain open for business through Friday, May 28. Then, we closed. That Memorial Day weekend, we moved completely out of the location we’d enjoyed for over 15 years as we scrambled to transport everything from that location to our new location at 632 Agua Fria, at the edge of  the Railyard. It was a sad day, full of introspection, but also filled with excitement for what lay ahead. And what lay ahead was a tedious and prolonged licensing process that was finally completed about four weeks... View Article