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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Alfredo Maestro burst into the wine world in 1998 with a vision to make wines that adhere to a very specific mantra: “Wine made with only grapes, well-kept vineyards, and healthy land.” His vision was unique and off-center, a complete opposite of the mass-marketed, homogenous wine culture of overripe, overly-oaked wines that dominated the landscape of Spanish wines during most 1990's and early 2000's.

After seeking out abandoned vineyards around Ribera del Duero and nearby Madrid; Alfredo Maestro set out to rehabilitate the vineyards, farm organically and work with specific varietals such Garnacha, Garnacha Tintorera and Albillo. Maestro's mantra is clearly written all over his wines, as he precisely defines his wines as "easy wines with character imprinted with the earth and the vintage, authentic stories transmitted differently each year and not modified by the hand of the man in the cellar."

El Rey Del Glam 2014 is a purely addictive expression of Alfredo's ingenuity and vision; made with 100% Garnacha from 30 year-old vines from Navalcarnero, a site just south of the city of Madrid. This Carbonic macerated Garnacha is a pure joy to drink. Deep hues of violet jump from the glass; a bouquet of sour cherries, kirsch and raspberry is seductively intoxicating. The finish is joyful as a long summer night. I strongly advise you to grab a bottle and take it with you to your next BBQ or Picnic.

Oscar, Spanish wine buyer

Other wines by Alfredo Maestro

Alfredo Maestro Vina Almate 2012

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Vinho Verdes like Quinta do Regueiro are a rare find.  high quality for value; characterful now, but has plenty of potential to age. Great Vinho Verde ages! Unlike most mass-produced Vinho Verdes that are fruity, cheep-and-cheerful and made bubbly with the addition of CO2, Quinta do Regueiro is not sparkling. Regueiro 100% Alvarinho Vinho Verde weaves richness and racy structure, and pronounced aromas of white peach, green apple, with a zesty, lemon- and mineral-driven palate.  creamy finish with plenty of acidity, length, and finesse. The depth of flavor in Regueiro is the legacy of grapevines up to 60 years old. So well woven with richness and lengthy acidity, this wine will develop in the bottle for a minimum of a decade. Great Vinho Verde ages!

Vinho Verdes like Regueiro's are a rare find: high quality for value; characterful now, but has plenty of potential to age. So well woven with richness and lengthy acidity, this wine will develop in the bottle for a minimum of a decade. It comes from the classic, and highest quality, Vinho Verde regions Monção and Melgaço in Northern Portugal. During fermentation this bottling spends 6 hours on its lees with regular batonage. The result is an elegant wine that balances freshness and creaminess. Will pair with any manner of seafood dish, chicken and cream sauces. Regueiro Alvarinho is gaining notoriety at wine competitions in Switzerland, The UK, Portugal and Germany.

Sadie, Portuguese wine buyer

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fizz Fest continues with Austrian sparkling wines. Bart, our Austrian wine buyer has chosen 2 great sparklers from a region that should be known for its excellent and undervalued sparkling wines. Thhe Weingut Langmann Schilcher Sekt and the Meinklang Prosa Frizzante are festive wines that you might not normally try. So they are perfect selections for Fizz Fest's Wednesday tasting (4-7pm on July 8th) where we will pour bubbly from Austria, Germany, and Alsace.

Weingut Langmann Schilcher Sekt 2011

Schilcher Sekt is a dry, crisp, sparkling Rosé produced in the Weststeiermark region of southern Austria. Made exclusively from the Blauer Wildbacher grape, a close relative to Blaufränkisch, it offers effervescent flavors of fresh strawberries and ruby grapefruit with a balancing backbone of acidity. Stefan Langmann specializes in Schilcher Sekt. His 2011 is juicy and refreshing with bright berry fruit and elegant bubbles. It’s the perfect aperitif on a warm summer evening.

Meinklang Prosa Frizzante 2013

Meinklang is a Demeter certified Biodynamic family run estate located in the Burgenland of Austria. Many grape growers throughout the world follow some Biodynamic practices, which is a good thing for both the earth and its inhabitants. Meinklang, however, is fully Biodynamic, complete with animal husbandry and rich biodiversity, coming as close as possible to being a self-contained living farm organism and ecosystem.

The 2013 Meinklang Prosa is a Frizzante Pinot Noir. Frizzante means semi-sparkling and Pinot Noir gives it a charming bouquet of fresh berries. Think of it as a Prosecco with pretty color and alluring flavor. This is a crowd pleasing, off dry, low alcohol, fun to drink cocktail or before dinner wine that is delicious to sip and highly addictive!!

Bart, our Austrian wine buyer

Special Tasting Event, Wednesday June 8th
4pm to 7pm

Teutonic Sparklers: Austria, Germany & Alsace
At 67 Wine & Spirits, we love bubbles. Sparkling wines make any event special, but the world of sparkling wine far outreaches Champagne. To celebrate these sparkling wines from around the world, we throw a party. Fizz Fest gives us the opportunity to share our favorite bubbly across 4 days. On Wednesday, July 8th, we will pour sparkling wine from Austria, Germany and Alsace. To tempt you, here are two of the wines from Wednesday's tasting, selected by our wine buyer, Rand.

Dr. Lippold Sparkling Riesling

It may be hard for today’s Champagne lovers to imagine, but there was a time when German sparkling wines were all the rage. In the late 1800’s and through the beginning of the 20th Century Sparkling Riesling from the Mosel region, or Sekt as is it know in German, was wildly popular in the United States, and held in greater esteem than French Champagne. During this period Sparkling Mosel Riesling featured prominently on the finest wine lists such as the Waldorf Astoria, Grand Central Oyster Bar, St. Regis, and resorts like Mohonk Mountain and Saratoga Springs.

Today, charismatic veteran winemaker and consultant Dr. Enno Lippold, whom some of our customers recently had the good fortune to meet in our store, carries forward the tradition of great German Sparkling wine with his excellent Dr. Lippold Sparkling Riesling. This dry premium sparkler is made from selected vintage wines from the Mosel and aged 6 months on the lees to create complexity, and a rich, elegant mouthfeel. It boasts focused, bright apple and white berry aromas, and a broad, expansive palate that belies its exceptionally reasonable price.

Domaine Valentin Zusslin Cremant d’Alsace Brut Zero

The vineyards of Domaine Zusslin have been in the same family since 1691, and are run today by the brother and sister team of Marie and Jean Paul Zusslin. The winery is based in the Alsatian town of Orschwihr and the vines are planted on the area’s bucolic hillsides. In some regards the 13th generation of Zusslins aren’t doing things so much differently than the first when it comes to their wines. Since 1997 the domaine has been following Biodynamic practices, ensuring that no synthetic chemicals or treatments are used in the vineyard, and much of the work in the vineyard and cellar is still done by hand. Only indigenous yeasts are used in the fermentation process, and very little if any sulfur is added at bottling to preserve the wines. This hands-off philosophy creates wines full of vitality and the greatest expression of their environment.

Among Zusslin’s wines, in my estimation, the Cremant Brut Zero Sans Soufre is a true standout. As the name implies, this sparkling beauty is bone dry with no sweetener added at bottling, and to the joy of those of you seeking the ever elusive low-sulfite wines, free of any added sulfites. It features both power and elegance with aromas and flavors of quince and citrus, backed by a nervy mineral streak and racy, balanced acidity. This is a great wine to go to if you want to venture outside of the Champagne region for some of France’s best and most elegant bubbly. Just like Champagne, it is made by the traditional method, which requires secondary fermentation in the bottle, and from Chardonnay grapes, but with the regionally unique addition of Pinot Auxerrois and Pinot Gris. The crisp elegance of Zusslin Cremant makes it a great aperitif or the perfect match for sushi, sashimi, oysters, and other seafood.

Rand, our German and Alsace wine buyer

FizzFest 2015
Special Tasting Event, Wednesday June 8th
4pm to 7pm

Teutonic Sparklers: Austria, Germany & Alsace

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Domaine Lafond Tavel Rose
Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine is one Rhone Valley's finest producers making beautiful wine in Lirac, Cotes-du-Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel. The Tavel A.O.C., also referred to as “Le Roi des Rosés,” or “ The King of Rosés,” because it is the only appellation in the region producing only Rosés. Rosés from Tavel are noted for their tremendous value, producing quality roses that rival other regions on price. Tavel Rosés are made from Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Carignan and Syrah, and may vary in color from light salmon pink to deep pink.

Domaine Lafond Vineyard
The scenic area of Tavel itself is nestled in the southern Rhone valley is not only known for it's picturesque countryside and fascinating history but it's stunning value Rosés which are unique and a true expression of terroir. The region of Tavel was settled as far back as the 5th century B.C., and the family run estate in Tavel has been around since the late 18th century. The current vineyards are certified 100% Biodynamic.

Domain Lafond Roc-Epine Tavel Rosé 2014 wine is medium bodied displaying a deep pink hue. An inviting bouquet of complex aromas: rich in flavors of dark red fruits, rhubarb, spice, herb, hint of white peach and a nice lingering finish. It's a Rose that can be enjoyed year round and it's a heartier style making it an ideal accompaniment  for food especially BBQ, grilled meats and pizza. Try this wine at your next afternoon outing. After all 'A Rose by any other name is not the same.'
~Debra, Half Bottle buyer

Looking for a gt Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Tavel Rosé in 375 ml half bottles?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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Paul Dolan Vineyards is perfectly at home in Mendocino County, home to more organic vineyards than the rest of the state of California combined. All of their vineyards are farmed organically, and most Biodynamically. The wines are carefully made in a holistic, natural style that brings out an essence of purity and integrity that captures their sense of terroir, an inward reflection of their intrinsic beauty.

Their 2012 Pinot Noir comes from a single vineyard in the beautiful, bucolic, cool climate Potter Valley of northeastern Mendocino. To me, this is Pinot Noir as it was meant to be. The bouquet is a literal walk in the woods, with layers of damp earth, leather and pine cone, forest berries and autumn leaves. In the mouth, there’s a lovely core of fresh strawberry fruit and red berry flavors that carry through vibrantly into the complexly layered finish. I also find an element beyond flavor, an element of life and energy that weaves beyond the substance and brings forth a sense of vitality and liveliness. Try it tonight, and bring out the lively essence of your evening meal. It’s truly an uplifting experience

~Bart, Pinot Noir wine buyer

Try Paul Dolan Pinot Noir

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Tasting Thursday, June 18th: 4-7pm

I am so pleased to have two wines from Idilico Wines (Washington state) grace our shelves at 67 Wine & Spirits: Albariño and Monastrell. To celebrate the arrival of these two wines, we are happy to welcome Javier Alfonso, the winemaker of Idilico on Thursday, June 18th from 4-7pm. He will be pouring his wines and sharing the story behind them.

Idilico is the only winery in Washington that focuses solely on traditionally Spanish varieties like Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell and Albariño. This distinction might not be so surprising when one learns that Idilico winemaker, Javier Alfonso, is American born but grew up in his Spanish father's home in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. Alfonso's roots were also in the Yakima Valley. Born in Washington, he returned to study Engineering at the University of Washington. During his education he fell in love with the wines of Washington and leapt into winemaking.

Our in-store tasting is a fantastic opportunity to try Idilico's fantastic wines and learn what is the future holds for Washington state.
Daniel, Washington wine buyer 

Monday, June 15, 2015

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This year Father's Day is June 21st. As you all know, dads are impossible to shop for. And while ties and matching pocket squares may be acceptable gifts again, Dad probably wants to pick those out himself. Instead, why don't you try whiskey? Our Whiskey buyer, Oscar Garcia has selected 5 perfect whiskeys/whiskies for Father's Day.

5 Whiskeys for Father's Day

1. I. W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon $45.99
This whiskey is Legend ... wait for it! ... dary. Discontinued in the US in 1990, this label dates back to 1879. The recent return of this Bourbon is very exciting to have back in the States this year. Caramel, vanilla, and freshly milled oak show through with subtle hints of fruit and a little salt. This is a fantastic price for a hidden gem. But if you are looking for something a little nicer, try the I. W. Harper 15 Year.

2. Black Bull 12-Year-Old Scotch Blend $57.99
This bull comes at you from all angles. As a Scotch Whisky, Black Bull 12 is a truly unconventional Scotch. It's 50/50 malt and grain. Part of the blend is from the Highlands; another part comes from Speyside. The whiskey ages in both Sherry butts and American Oak hogsheads. Black Bull Scotch is full octane with flavors of raisin, plum and smoke.

3. Blade & Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon $60.99
"Gold Medal Winner" 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Like the I. W. Harper, Blade & Bow comes from the Stitzel-Weller distillery. The major difference is that Blade and Bow is blended through the Solera method, with older whiskeys mingling with younger ones to have the best of both worlds. There is plenty of fruit on the nose and flavors of apricot and baking spice. Next step up for B & B fans is the Blade & Bow 22-Year-Old.

4. Compass Box "The Lost Blend" $99.99
In 2004, Compass Box ran out of their first single malt blend, Eluthera. Their current "Lost Blend" is inspired by that first whisky to come out of Compass Box's whimsical and forward thinking business. Destined again for excitation, this blend is limited production. Two of three whiskies that go into the blend are from the Highlands sporting jaunting fruit. The third part of the blend is peated Islay single malt. In addition to being a d**n fine whisky, the label is made for treating your quirky father with a miscellany of vintage finery and nick-nacks.

5. Orphan Barrel Forged Oak $99.99
Rescued from nearly forgotten barrels of Kentucky's Stitzel-Weller rickhouses, this Straight Bourbon is the union of exceptional and rare bourbons produced by the same family as the culted Pappy Van Winkle whiskeys. Aged 15 years in American white oak, the Forged Oak boast aromas of cedar, maple and vanilla bean that give way to cocoa and berries only to finish with black pepper. Serious whiskey collectors pursue orphan barrel blends like Forged Oak before they disappear into an inevitable extinction.

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Domaine Sigalas 100% Assyrtiko

Domaine Sigalas was founded by Paris Sigalas, Christos Markozane and Yiannis Toundas in 1991. In the beginning, Sigalas made his wine at the converted family home, where honed his craft with the comforts of private production. During this time, Paris Sigalas became a pioneer of organic viticulture, and has practiced organic farming methods since 1994. Sigalas’ public debut followed the 1998 vintage when a new winery was built in a privately owned area of Oia on the northern part of Santorini, an island positioned off the Greek mainland, centered between the Peloponnese peninsula, Crete, and Turkey. If the vines must struggle to yeild great wine, one can hardly imagine a more challenging terrain or climate than Santorini.

Santorini Vineyards

Wine Advocate has set Domaine Sigalas on a high pedestal by claiming “Domaine Sigalas is Greece’s finest white wine producer’s,” but I have to agree that Sigalas is the pinnacle of quality, reasonably-priced Greek wine. This white wine made of 100% Assyrtiko [pronounced A seer' tee ko] is a fresh, unoaked and crisp white wine. Those new to Greek wine will discover that white wines from Santorini typically offer lively acidity and intense minerality due to the sun-battered vines that grow in an arid climate and the unique soil of the island. The porous volcanic soil of Sigalas’ Santorini vineyards contributes to the Assyrtiko's smokiness and forceful acidity. The Santorini Assyrtiko shows distinct citrus fruit aromas, salinity and sharpness. 

But what makes this 100% varietal wine truly unique is the concentration and complexity from Domain Sigalas’s 60-year-old vines. In fact, Santorini is one of the rare wine-making regions in the world never affected by the parasitic vine louse, phylloxera, because of the high content of sand found in volcanic soil that tops the island. As a result, the vines retain their original root stocks instead of being grafted onto the stocks of more resistant vine species. These soil conditions not only add to the vines’ freedom from phylloxera, but also lead to the bright, food-friendly style of Santorini’s wines. Enjoy Domain Sigalas 100% Assyrtiko with poultry dishes, and of course seafood.

Debra, Greek Wine Buyer

Monday, June 8, 2015

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Produced by the Jackson siblings Kimberly and Trent, with veteran winemaker Kirk Venge, celebrate their 3 generations of family farming with the Y3 Chardonnay. The modern and sparse Y3 label is inspired by contemporary wine presses used in many wineries. This creative image expresses the wine itself that are designed to be crisp and clean, not overloaded with buttery and oaky notes.

The Y3 Chardonnay is just that: beautiful, lush pear and honeyed fruit with a mouthwatering finish. The 2013 vintage was as close to perfect for Jax Vineyard as farming can ever get. Y3 is made from two vineyard sites: Oak Knoll and Carneros. The Carneros site gets cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay resulting in the acidity that is the backbone of this contemporary California Chardonnay style. The Oak Knoll vineyards bask in full sunlight so that the fruit develops tropical, fruit notes to build on top of the Carneros cool-climate acidity. In both sites, the Chardonnay grapes ripened over a long, warm and dry summer and hit their peak 2 weeks earlier than in recent vintages. This is a recipe for wine growing success. Kirk Venge and the Jacksons ushered the Chardonnay through fermentation and the final result is a fantastic wine.

William, California Chardonnay Buyer

Interested in trying Jax Vineyard's Y3 Chardonnay?

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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Vino Lauria Zio Paolo Nero d’Avola 2012

Zio Paolo (translated your Sicilian Uncle Paul) is a rich and savory Nero d’Avola that comes to us from a certified organic vineyard located in the northwestern Sicilian town of Alcamo (30 miles west of Palermo). Vino Lauria is the rebirth of the Lauria family's vineyard and winery that had closed in 1993 due to financial struggles. Vino Lauria vineyard manager and winemaker Vitto Lauria reopened his family's estate in 2005 while continuing to work for other wineries and vineyards. He is deeply committed to letting the wine develop naturally in the cellar adding no yeast or inorganic compounds.

The Zio Paolo went through fermentation and 6 aging entirely in in concrete vessels, maintaining the true character of the 100% Nero d'Avola fruit. Elegantly layered with spice and earthy complexity, this is not a typical Nero d’Avola fruit bomb. It starts off with a lovely bouquet of earthy red fruits and flower blossoms. In the mouth, the fruit is framed with succulent acidity and supple tannins, giving the wine freshness and elegant liveliness carrying through the finish. This is a wine that will really work with adventurous food combinations, as well as with picnics and outdoor cooking.

Bart, Italian Wine buyer
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