Author Archives for SFW&S

We Have an Opening Date: Monday, October 25

October 15, 2021 3:37 pm Published by Comments Off on We Have an Opening Date: Monday, October 25

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

The Final Push

October 15, 2021 3:21 pm Published by Comments Off on The Final Push

We have all our licenses: Liquor license from the State Liquor License from the City Business License from the City So, we’re all authorized and in the final stages of preparing this space for our opening. We’re busy finishing our improvements, ordering product, getting the computers up and running, setting up all the new equipment … the list is endless, but we’re on it!

We Have Moved (all our stuff) In

June 2, 2021 9:41 pm Published by Comments Off on We Have Moved (all our stuff) In

After a busy Memorial Day weekend moving all our stuff from the old place to the new one, the next project is to turn chaos into order, a step that began in earnest on Wednesday, June 2. We’re not going to publish a complete “before” photo, but this photo shows how it looks after a bit of hard work organizing by four of our staff. As we’ve noted, the license move process can take months yet. You might conclude from our last post that our move out was rather hurried and haphazard, because everything from the old store was just... View Article

We Have Moved Out

June 2, 2021 8:48 pm Published by Comments Off on We Have Moved Out

When we were first told by our landlord that our lease, expiring the end of May, wouldn’t be renewable, we planned on taking a weekend or so to move out of the old premises. Little did we realize at the time that the weekend we’d need to be moving was Memorial Day weekend. Oh, well … Making lemonade and all that. Besides reducing inventory for the last couple months to make the move easier, a week before Memorial Day we began in earnest to move items out of the old space. We disconnected and moved some furniture and computers and... View Article

May 2021 Wine Club Red

May 12, 2021 11:51 am Published by Comments Off on May 2021 Wine Club Red

2018 GIULIA NEGRI LANGHE NEBBIOLO PIAN DELLE MOLE A glass of Giulia Negri’s wine offers so much to admire—about its maker and its terroir. Having inherited the incredible Serradenari estate from her family at the age of twenty-four, Giulia revived the property and made the conversion to organic viticulture. Her Langhe Nebbiolo vineyards in the “Pian delle Mole” (named after an ancient grain mill) lie hundreds of meters above sea level, where the soil is rich in marine sediments and surrounded by hazelnut groves and a white truffle forest. Due to her gentle approach in the vineyard and cellar, it’s... View Article

May 2021 Wine Club Other Red

May 12, 2021 11:50 am Published by Comments Off on May 2021 Wine Club Other Red

MOLO 8 LAMBRUSCO Normally, Susan’s Wine Club offers one white and one red wine each month, but this month we’re offering a lighter red variety you might not have tried in many years, that replaces our white selection. The story of Molo 8 began in 1921 with Quitico Decordi Sr. and his family who made their living in a small, family-run eatery that was known for serving the favorite local dishes. In addition to his fabulous food, Quitico began producing his own wine to serve in his restaurant. The local acclaim for the wines was so great that the family... View Article

When Will We Reopen?

May 6, 2021 7:12 pm Published by Comments Off on When Will We Reopen?

The quick answer is that we cannot know, but our last day open for business in our current location is Friday, May 28, then we close to complete the move and wait for our our license to be relocated. As you know, New Mexico has rather specific liquor-license laws. And, while we’ve successfully served the community in our current location, the move to a new location requires a significant application process. We’re told by the New Mexico Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) that the application takes approximately 120 days to process. Plus, of course, we couldn’t submit the application... View Article

No, We Are NOT Downsizing!

May 3, 2021 4:29 pm Published by Comments Off on No, We Are NOT Downsizing!

Actually, our new space is slightly larger than our current space, and much, much (!) nicer. We’re planning some amazing changes and upgrades in the new space. We’ll provide updates on those as things develop. However, as noted in our post about the timing of our reopening, we expect we’ll be prevented from operating during most of the summer, while the state processes our application to relocate our license. Like most retail businesses, we have a substantial investment in our inventory. Unlike most retail businesses, we’re not allowed to “float” or “floor” that inventory at the distributor’s expense until it... View Article

This Page Title Says It All

May 3, 2021 4:21 pm Published by Comments Off on This Page Title Says It All

Yes, Susan’s is moving. After over 15 years in our current location, our landlord decided he’d be better off with a national tenant and our understanding is that AutoZone will occupy the space we’re currently in. We were notified of this in mid December. At that time our options were to take a smaller space in the same center with a very expensive expansion to follow, find an alternate space, or simply close our doors. Obviously, option #3 wasn’t something we wanted to consider, and we didn’t feel that yet another substantial fiscal investment into the same center was in... View Article

April 2021 Wine Club Red

April 3, 2021 7:04 pm Published by Comments Off on April 2021 Wine Club Red

2018 GUY BRETON “MARYLOU” BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES Guy Breton is known by his friends as Petit Max—though he is anything but petit. He took over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986. Following the example of traditionalist Jules Chauvet, Guy and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, soon hoisted the flag of Chauvet’s back-to-nature movement. Kermit dubbed this clan the Gang of Four, and the name has stuck ever since. The Gang called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification. The end result allows Morgon, one of the ten Beaujolais crus... View Article

April 2021 Wine Club White

April 3, 2021 6:55 pm Published by Comments Off on April 2021 Wine Club White

2018 MEYER-FONNÉ EDELZWICKER Félix Meyer is a rising star in Alsace and has an evident instinct for his craft. He is the third generation in his family to be making wine in the domaine his grandfather founded in the late nineteenth century. Since taking over the family domaine in 1992, Félix has already left his own mark, modernizing equipment in the winery, developing export sales, and now expanding the family’s holdings in many of Alsace’s great vineyard sites, including several grand crus. It’s all about the details at Meyer-Fonné, with an emphasis on tradition and respect for terroir. The winery... View Article

March 2021 Wine Club Red

March 8, 2021 3:42 pm Published by Comments Off on March 2021 Wine Club Red

2018 WENTE SOUTHERN HILLS CABERNET SAUVIGNON Wente Vineyards was founded in 1883 in the Livermore Valley by Carl H. Wente. It is one of the country’s longest operating family-owned winery. In 2010 Wente was certified as a California sustainable vineyard and winery. The estate-grown Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is named for their vineyards located on the southern hills of the Livermore Valley. The 2018 vintage is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petite Sirah, and 3% Petite Verdot. The varietals were fermented separately in stainless steel fermenters before being blended. The wine aged for 16 months in American and... View Article

March 2021 Wine Club White

March 8, 2021 3:39 pm Published by Comments Off on March 2021 Wine Club White

2017 DELILLE CELLARS CHALEUR BLANC COLUMBIA VALLEY DeLille Cellars was founded in Washington in 1992 by Jay Soloff, Chris Upchurch, Charles Lill and Greg Lill. The winery has won several awards from the critics and has been listed among the top 100 wineries by Wine and Spirits Magazine for the past 4 years. It is also the home of Washington’s cult wines, wines for which collectors pay large sums of money. The 2017 Chaleur Blanc is a Bordeaux-style blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. Whole clusters of grapes were pressed and fermented in 90% French oak and 10%... View Article

February 2021 Wine Club Red

February 10, 2021 4:32 pm Published by Comments Off on February 2021 Wine Club Red

2013 MERCER CANYON CABERNET SAUVIGNON HORSE HEAVEN HILLS Since planting the first wine grapes in the Horse Heaven Hills back in 1972, the Mercer family has prided itself on growing a solid base of the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal. Over the years, they learned that their rich soil and desert climate are beautifully suited for producing elegant tannin structures and enticing flavor profiles. The Mercer family has been recognized as champions of Washington wines and were instrumental in getting Horse Heaven Hills certified as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). They have also been recognized for helping other vineyards and wineries get... View Article

February 2021 Wine Club White

February 10, 2021 4:08 pm Published by Comments Off on February 2021 Wine Club White

2015 ARGYLE WILLAMETTE VALLEY BRUT SPARKLING WINE Argyle Winery was founded in 1987 by Rollin Soles with the purpose of making world class Sparkling Wine in the perfectly suited true cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. What began as a conviction to grow grapes for sparkling wine, expanded to an ambition to build a legacy through the long lives of their wines that could challenge the very best sparkling wines, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from across the globe. The 2015 Argyle Brut is composed of 70% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier. The 2015 growing season had... View Article