A Taste of The New California – 5.17.2018

Matthiasson, Broc Cellars, Hirsch, Forlorn Hope   Questioning why we drink what we drink intrigues me. Tasty magical potions don’t just emerge out of the ether as pieces to complete our fickle consumption puzzle.  As our tastes and the products that quench them take form, multiple factors are at play from…

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Aspects to Consider While Buying Chablis – 5.10.18

  There are many aspects to take into account when selecting a bottle of wine. Excuse the pun, but the word “aspect” in winespeak refers to the cardinal direction a vineyard faces; i.e. its north/south orientation. In cooler northern regions where grapes struggle to ripen, south-facing vineyards provide the fruit…

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New Additions – 5.3.18

  Spring is finally here! For the wine industry, Spring brings with it one of our favorite aspects of our jobs, a ton of portfolio tastings. This is the time of year when distributors open their doors, pop corks, and let buyers taste through dozens and dozens of wines as…

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Old Vines – 4.26.2018

    Bedrock Wine Company, Domaine Lafage, Flor de Pingus, Cims de Porrera, Birichino   It doesn’t take much to realize when a vine is old. They resemble large bonsai trees with their gnarled, thick, twisting masses and often quitely plot out small patches of land in remote areas of wine…

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Drink Like It’s Spring – White Blends 4.19.2018

Albert Boxler Edelzwicker Reserve, Forlorn Hope Gemischter Satz, Chateau Musar Blanc, Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc   Believe it or not, a strategy exists behind the prying questions of a wine retailer. When entering a wine shop a customer will likely hear some variation of the following:   What are you…

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Alternative Farming – 4.12.18

Clos Saron, Smockshop Band, Cayuse, Domaine Cauhape, Domaine Huet  Hearing the words “It’s a fruit day” is becoming more and more common around an open bottle of wine. In fact, many of our major local wine distributors actually schedule portfolio tastings on dates to ensure that buyers don’t taste wines…

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If You Don’t Have Great Grapes, You Can’t Make Great Wine. 4.5.18

Greetings from NLWS,   If you don’t have great grapes, you can’t make great wine – this simple statement neatly wraps-up nearly my entire fascination with wine. It speaks to the relationship between the farmer and the winemaker – between viticulture and vinification. More importantly than this relationship however is…

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Darrin’s Send-Off Wine Musings – 3/29/18

I’ll start with the big news: This is my last weekend as a full-time retail wine guy. I am going to attempt to make a living at one of my other passions – woodworking. You’re still likely to run into me around the store sometime as I will be teaching…

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Wine Musings – Week of 3-22-18

If you were among the lucky few who got in early last Saturday and gobbled up a couple bottles of the Moroder “Elleno” Malvasia from the tasting, we’ve got another one you’re going to want to try. The Benvenuti Malvazija 2016 from Istria, Croatia is dry and crisp with considerable…

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Wine Musings, Week of 3/15/18

I promised value this week, so here you go. Let’s start with a couple of can’t-miss whites: The 2016 Pratsch Gruner Veltliner ($15.99 for a Full Liter) is delightful as it is most every vintage, with citrus, pear and apple fruit. The zippy acidity balances nicely with the mild herbaceousness….

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