500 Wines Easily – Art of Tasting Part 3 – Taste

To taste 500 wines a year might sound daunting but if you’ve been reading the last couple blogs, you’re familiar with just how easy it is. Every Friday and Saturday, we offer free wine tastings at the shop as well as host two larger events in our basement every year. If you swing by…

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500 Wines Easily – The Art of Tasting – Smell

Continuing with the theme of taking full advantage of all the free wine we pour at the shop, this week we’ll focus on the aromatics of wine. While it’s tempting to approach this post from the grape to the glass and point out how the terroir of particular vineyards expresses…

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500 Wines Easily – The Art of Tasting – Sight

You gotta love tasting notes:    “In the glass, a cuprite-like glow creates the backdrop where a delicate bouquet of young roses and violet spring flowers wrapped in thunderous raspberry sauce inspire a vision of an evening wind in the high Tuscan hills creeping in through a window adjacent to…

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500 Wines Easily

For this week’s post we’re going to do a quick little exercise in arithmetic and see where it lands us.    Let’s say that you swing-by the store for every single one of our Friday and Saturday tastings. If you did this, we can safely assume that you’d be privy…

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Loading up for the Grand Tasting

No blog post this week, we’re busy meeting with reps, going over sell-sheets and curating the line-up of wines for the Grand Tasting that we’ll be holding in our basement on the afternoon of September, 29. It should be a blast. If you make it in, please introduce yourself. Hope…

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Wine Sales Galore!

If you’re reading this newsletter, you’re surely aware that we’re in the middle of our Fall wine sale. 20% off two bottles or more and 25% 12 bottles or more is no joke. Just as there are wine sales for you, there are also wine sales for the retailers. We’re…

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New Pinots, Chardonnays and Customer Requests

We recently brought a slew of new Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays into the shop and the path a few of them took to get here is pretty interesting. I’d like to use this week’s post to introduce them to you and tell you about their journeys to our shelves.     …

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The Dirty Side of Champagne… Champagne Part 3

Each bottle of Champagne is adorned, in small print, with a producer’s number preceded by two letters which classify the producer within the framework of the larger Champagne community. These letters basically identify how the producer sources fruit and how they brand it. The most common initials to find on…

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Let’s continue with that last thought… Bubbles Part Two – 8/23/2018

We had some great feedback at the shop about our last blog post as people sounded their appreciation for a little extra focus on bubbles. In my never-ending quest to find topics to write about, I thought we’d continue with the theme again this week and see where it leads…

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A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships…Good Luck Somms!

A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships…   Popular culture’s interest in wine is hitting a fever pitch. Proof of this will be seen in Wayzata this weekend as dozens (if not hundreds!) of people sit for their Introductory and Certified Sommelier Exams through Court of Master Sommeliers. At these exams,…

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