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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 can claim a history of wine growing back to the 5th century B.C. The family run estate 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

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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

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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 is Greece's finest white wine producer's" - The Wine Advocate

Domaine Sigalas is the pinnacle of quality, reasonably-priced Greek wine. This wine made of 100% Assyrtiko [pronounced A seer' tee ko] grapes is a fresh, unoaked and crisp white wine. The grapes are grown on Santorini, an island off the Greek mainland, centered between the Peloponnese peninsula, Crete and Turkey. Wines from Santorini offer lively acidity and intense minerality due to the sun-battered and arid climate and the unique soil. The porous volcanic soil of Santorini contributes to it's smokiness and forceful acidity. For Sigalas, 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.

Santorini Vineyards
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 root stocks of more resistant vine species. These soil conditions not only add to the vines' freedom from phylloxera, but also to the bright, food-friendly style of Santorini's wines. Enjoy with poultry, white meat dishes and of course seafood.

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. Then in 1998, a new winery was built in a privately owned area of Oia, on the northern part of the island of Santorini. Sigalas has been a pioneer of organic viticulture, and he has practiced organic farming methods since 1994.

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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Friday, May 29, 2015

Charmes du Loire Label

Jean Pierre Robinot is a natural winemaker, but he didn't start there. Prior to making his first vintage in 2002, he was known for being the owner of a trendsetting natural-wine bar L’Ange in Paris. He then co-founded Le Rouge et Le Blanc, an independent quarterly wine magazine.  before whisking of to the Loir Valley. In the Loir, he began buying up small parcels of land and planting Chenin Blanc. He is now known for his culted un-filtered and long-elevated Chenin Blanc, arguably producing some of the most interesting wines of the moment. Robinot also makes wines from Gamay and the rare Pineau d’Aunis, a local red grape variety grown in the Jasnieres and Coteaux du Loir appellations.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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For some reason, summer brings up in me an urge to seek out lamb chops. In the winter, I really love braised lamb shanks, loins, and other cuts that can be dressed up with rich sauces based on plenty of butter, wine, and salt. However, as the weather warms up, a very dressed down chop or rack of lamb sounds perfect. That, a simple salad with vinaigrette, and a bottle of Chardonnay will make a perfect evening of watching the sun go down over the river.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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The Whiskey Sour

The whiskey sour is one of my favorite cocktails to drink all summer long. Here's my take on a classic recipe but with an Italian twist.

2oz of Michter's Unblended American Whiskey
1/4oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 dashes of Dale Degroff's Pimento bitters
Pellegrino Limonatta Sparkling Soda
Curled, long lemon wedge for garnish

Combine whiskey, lemon juice and bitters into a tall high ball glass. Stir all ingredients until well emulsified. Fill the glass to the top with ice cubes then top off the mixture with Pellegrino limonata soda, lightly stir. Garnish and enjoy.

                                                  ~Oscar, Our Spirits Buyer

Monday, May 25, 2015

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Every other Saturday, Del Posto (Batali & Bastianich's most upscale restaurant) hosts what they call their 5 For 5 Tasting. What you get is five wines for $5, with a description of the wines from one or more of their sommeliers. This Saturday, I attended for the first time, although it was the day they were marking their 2nd Anniversary of the event. 
5 for $5

It's a sit-down tasting, with nice stemware and a bottle of water on each table. We started with a bonus Champagne to celebrate the anniversary. It was a J. Lasalle Brut, crisp, dry in a middle of the road style. Slightly fruity, with very soft acidity. This was followed by the first "official" wine of the tasting, the Chartogne Taillet Brut Rosé. 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir; surprisingly leesy on the nose. On the palate red berry, cream, and brioche. Rich and interesting, with a sharper acidity on the finish. Very nice.

The most interesting still wine of the tasting was the Graci Etna Rosato. Made from Nerello Mascalese from the north slope of Mount Etna, this wine was filled with strawberry and citrus. A delicious, refreshing sip.