THE 2015 DOUBLE CANYON HORSE HAVEN HILLS CABERNET SAUVIGNON Established in 2007, Double Canyon’s driving focus is crafting exceptional Washington Cabernet Sauvignon from great vineyard sites, anchored by their namesake Double Canyon Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills. Named for two ravines that run through their estate property, Double Canyon wines reflect unique traits that result from the region’s volcanic activity, ancient glacial deposits, desert soils and the persistent wind that blows off the Columbia River. Located between the Columbia River and the Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills is characterized by a dry, desert landscape where strong winds blow continuously across... View Article
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THE 2017 MALENE ROSÉ The name Malene is inspired by the semi-precious stone Tourmaline, which in California has a watermelon-pink hue. Malene only makes rosé wines. Their flagship is the Malene Rosé, which consistently receives 91 points from the Wine Enthusiast. The 2017 vintage is made from 53% Grenache, 19% Mourvedre, 16% Cinsault, 7% Vermentino and 5% Syrah. The grapes for Malene Rosé are hand-picked and sorted in the cool early morning of harvest. The grapes are 80% whole-cluster pressed while the remaining grapes have 24 hours of skin contact. Using a very gentle press program similar to what is... View Article
Haus Alpenz products are once again available in New Mexico, and we are stocking our shelves with items you have been asking for: Dolin Vermouths de Chambery, Cocchi Vermouths from Italy, Rothman & Winter Austrian Fruit Liqueurs, and more.
THE 2015 ROCCA DELLE MACÌE CHIANTI CLASSICO This wine is made from 95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot grapes that all come from estates located in the heart of the Chianti Classico historical region. The grapes are macerated for 8 to 10 days, with short and frequent “pump overs” to extract flavor and color. Maceration is the process where the tannins and flavors are leached out of the grapes into the wine. After the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation it matures in oak barrels for at least 6 months. The resulting wine is bright ruby red in color, has very intense, mature... View Article
THE 2016 ROCCA DELLE MACÌE VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO This wine is made entirely from carefully selected Vernaccia grapes from the restricted zone of cultivation for Vernaccia vineyards in the San Gimignano area of the province of Sienna. The white-wine grape of Vernaccia di San Gimignano is the most well-known variety of Vernaccia and produces a crisp wine with good acidity and citrus fruit. Fermentation and vinification of the Rocca Delle Macìe Vernaccia takes place at low, controlled temperatures. The wine is micro-filtered before bottling. The resulting wine is pale yellow with gold tints, has a persistent, fruity and rich... View Article
2016 HENRY FESSY GAMAY NOIR Henry Fessy’s roots lie in the late 19th century when the Fessy family moved from the Loire Valley and began growing grapes in Beaujolais. They founded their business in 1888 and over the years developed a successful enterprise as a grower, negociant, and winemaker. In 2008 the Fessy family sold their holdings to the family-owned Burgundian wine producer Maison Louis Latour. With Louis Latour’s support the company has prospered. In 2009 Louis Latour appointed winemaker Laurent Chevalier to lead the business. Beaujolais, located just south of Burgundy, produces fruity, mainly red wines from the Gamay... View Article
2017 11 MINUTES PASQUA ROSÉ TRE VENEZIE In 1925, brothers Natale, Nicola, Riccardo, and Umberto moved from Puglia to Veneto and established their company in Verona. Their philosophy, based on constant attention to quality in all aspects of viticulture and winemaking, carried over to the second generation of brothers, Carlo, Giorgio and Umberto, who, along with their now-grown sons and daughters, continue to run the prosperous wine company. Winemaker Giovanni Nordera and his team created this refreshing rosé with an inviting nose, to accompany spring and summer occasions. It is a blend of 50% Corvina, 25% Trebbiano di Lugana, 15%... View Article
This sultry whiskey comes to you from the Cowboy State. Wyoming Whiskey is an up-and-comer to keep an eye on. They are quickly becoming masters of the distilled gold that we call bourbon. New to the New Mexico market is their small-batch bourbon. Light honey/caramel in color, this bourbon excites the palate. Vanilla and caramel on the nose, when the first drop hits your taste buds, they will pick up hints of baking spices, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of cinnamon. This dry-drinking bourbon finishes with toffee and vanilla spices. Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits is pleased to be one... View Article
Introducing the world’s first mezquila. This brainchild, developed by legendary rocker Sammy Hagar and revolutionary pop idol Adam Levine, Mezquila is a blend of 50% Espadin mezcal and 50% Blue Weber tequila. The nose brings light, earthy, smoke with a hint of fruit. The palate is simply complex with pleasant smokiness on the front and hints of agave fruit, citrus and herbs. Mezquila finishes with gentle smoke and fruit. This new blend is proving to be very popular among tequila lovers and mezcal lovers alike.
We have loads of new beer releases this week. So many great beers, so little time! Sierra Nevada has rebooted two of it’s regulars: gone is the prickly pear Otra Vez Gose, and in its place is agave lime Otra Vez! Sidecar orange pale ale has become reincarnated as an orange IPA. Real orange. Not fake. This year’s KBS from Founders packs a wallop at 12.3% ABV. Drink some now, save some in the cellar. Pairs well with pancakes for breakfast on your day off. Speaking of Michigan-based breweries’ sought after releases, we have Bell’s Oberon as well, available in... View Article
As cold nights linger into April, reach for a fresh Imperial / Double Red. These new offerings are hoppy to be sure, but the malt backbone in these beers is strong to boot, making for a full-bodied balance between bitterness, sweetness, and alcohol content. Odell’s Extra Special Red (ESR?) is a nice addition to their already-robust barrel-aged series, but at a $5 price point that is hard to pass up. Boxing Bear’s Red Glove returns for the season in 22oz bombers. We’ve seen Marble’s Imperial Red before in the 22oz bottle format in years past, but this time, it’s in... View Article
THE 2014 TWO HANDS ANGEL’S SHARE MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ Two Hands was created in 1999 by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz, with the ambitious goal of breaking with what until then was a formulaic style for Australian wines, so they could showcase the wonderful diversity of the Australian Shiraz. Michael has been quoted as saying about Australian wines, “…we used to make wines that yell; now we make wines that charm.” McLaren Vale is located in the western ranges of the Barossa Valley, and has completely different soils and levels of rainfall than center of the Barossa Valley. By allowing... View Article
THE 2015 “MERF” CHARDONNAY COLUMBIA VALLEY David “Merf” Merfeld’s journey from Iowa family farmer to Washington winemaker started in brewing, with some interesting detours along the way. Merf believes in honest, hard work and that’s ingrained in his wines. His wines are something to be discovered, tasted and enjoyed with friends. He describes the 2015 Chardonnay as, “…smooth, rich and balanced, with flavors of fresh tropical fruits, honey, ripe citrus and vanilla. This wine has smooth oak notes with a crisp, complex finish.” The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington State. Warm temperatures... View Article
Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes from the cool, coastal Casablanca Valley of Chile are 100% hand-harvested and produce wines that are vibrant and fresh in their expressions. Cool, misty nights and hot sunny days with the light hand of the winemaker create a “prism” to convert these grapes into complex, beautiful wines. Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – $11.99 Pinot Noir 2016 – $13.99
Zorzal is a young boutique winery created by the Michelini brothers. It’s located outside Tupungato (Mendoza, Argentina) at 4500 feet above sea level—the highest winery in Mendoza—with a unique soil blend that includes limestone. The winery practices organic methods in the vineyard and uses only indigenous yeast. The grapes are picked early to retain freshness and acidity in the wines. EGGO wines are fermented and aged in concrete eggs. Terroir Unico Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 – $12.99 EGGO Blanc de Cal Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – $23.99 EGGO Tinto de Tiza Tinto 2015 – $23.99