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It’s a tough job, and we’re happy to do it.  We’ve tasted almost every wine in the place so you don’t have to.  Each month we come up with a new half dozen for you to try that help you expand your palette and get a little more bang for your buck. Want to try something new, but don’t know where to start?  Our Staff 6 Pack is your new secret to success.

 

SEPTEMBER Staff Pick 2022


Le Mas de Mon Pere Tu M’Interesses $20
Merlot and Malbec blend. The grapes are hand harvested and separately fermented whole cluster in stainless-steel tanks. Fermentation begins spontaneously, utilizing only the naturally occurring indigenous yeasts. In the mouth this red wine is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

Laberinto Cenizas Mezcla Tinta $24
This hand harvested, single vineyard, is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is full-bodied with black cherries, blackberries, blueberry and cassis fruit that coat the mouth. Hints of eucalyptus and violets lead to a structured yet smooth finish with subtle hints of oak; succulent fruit with good grip.

Clos La Chance Merlot $19
Aged in Premium French Oak the Clos LaChance Estate Merlot is medium bodied with bright fruit notes coupled with earthy undertones. Perfect with pear braised rack of lamb, truffle cheese and chicken parmesan.

Uva Non Grata Gros Manseng  $15
Thick-skinned and wild, Gros Manseng is relatively unknown. Zingy, incense-smoked and glorious, this is loud and proud Gros Manseng. This makes for a mega apéritif, otherwise try with stinky cheeses and aromatic middle eastern and eastern cuisines.

Grechetto Colli Martani$15
The wine features a straw yellow colour, the nose has aromas of chamomile and ripe peach that go hand in hand with a wonderful fresh citrus sensation. The mouth features a fresh and intense attack with a marked savoury finish.

Viña Temprana Rosado $10
Made from 100% Old Vine Garnacha. This wine has aromatic notes of fresh strawberry and cherry with well-balanced acidity and a crisp, delightful finish. Serve chilled with light salads, and seafood.

AUGUST Staff Pick 2022

Summer Water Bubbly Rose $21
This refreshing wine displays aromas and flavors of melon, peach, rose, and citrus. A blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes, the mouthfeel is light and dry. The wine may be enjoyed on its own, but it also pairs well with nearly anything.

Domaine Denis Tastet "Trinquet" $13
The wine has a refreshing aroma woven from notes of citrus and tropical fruits, harmoniously complemented by elegant floral and mineral nuances. It has an exquisite, fresh, mild taste with invigorating acidity and fruity citrus notes that accompany a dry aftertaste. Try it with fish, seafood and soft cheeses.

Bonny Doon Picpoul $17
90% Picpoul 10% Grenache Blanc
"Picpoul" translates literally to "lip stinger". It is a high acid, savory, white, rustic grape variety, especially well-suited for seafood.

Scarpetta Frico Rosso  $13
Frico Rosso is based on a blend of Sangiovese and small amounts of the indigenous grapes Canialolo, Ciliegiolo, and Colorino. This is the perfect balance of crisp tart cherry and the wonderful herb notes found in great Tuscan red wine. This wine pairs well with grilled meats, hard cheeses and salami.

Domaine de L’herbe Sainte Syrah $13
A powerful ruby ​​red color with cherry-colored hues. The nose is fruity with aromas of black currant, violet and cherry, spicy elements of shrub vegetation herbs and black pepper The palate is fresh and soft with hints of violet, blackcurrant, and spicy notes and slight minerality.

Wrongo Dongo Monastrell $11
From the seemingly exotic climate and unique soil of the Jumilla region comes a wine bursting with rich fruit flavors and luscious aromas of sweet and exotic spices. The deep violet color and long, well balanced tannins add to the enjoyment of the wine. Perfect with grilled steaks and earthy cheeses.

July Staff Pick 2022

Ramato Pinot Grigio $23
This Pinot Grigio is  distinctive for its baking spice, dried fruit, tropical fruit and herbal aromas. On the palate, it offers more dried fruit with stone fruit skins and spice. The wines can display good structure and tannin, making tit a match for diverse styles of cuisines and dishes.

Legado Del Moncayo Blanco $16
Juicy and full of fresh fruit, yet not grapey or obvious, it shows delicious notes recalling golden apples, mangoes and pears.  Delicate scents of white blossoms are alluring without being excessively perfumed, and there’s plenty of acidity to freshen the aftertaste.  The finish is admirably persistent for a wine that offers so much pure fun up front.

Bodegas Farina Bianco Di Custoza $16
Fruity and floral, with notes of of plum, hawthorn and pineapple. Delicate, harmonic and vibrant! Ideal as an aperitif and delicious with shellfish dishes. 0% Garganega, 25% Trebbiano, 15% Fernanda, 20% Malvasia, Riesling italico, Chardonnay and Sauvignon

Aupa Pipeno  $17
This wine is a blend of 80% Pais and 20% Carignan from Chile. Light in color with bright notes of crushed raspberry, wild strawberry, and rose petals that lead into underlying hints of dried herbs, mint leaves, fennel and thyme. This fruit driven, easy drinking wine can be enjoyed with a slight chill.

Crucillion Tinto $13
A quaffable Garnacha and Tempranillo blend from Spain. This easy-drinking blend is brimming with dark raspberry and dusty currant aromas leading into notes of raspberry, strawberry, and spice. Bright and balanced, this is the perfect accompaniment to date night!

Alisos Tempranillo Touriga Blend $15
A Brazilian blend of Tempranillo and Touriga grapes bring an explosive nose of wild red plum and hints of cinnamon and tobacco. The palate brings soft persistence and harmony, with freshness and balance. Try with steaks, smoked red meats or hearty stews.

 

June Staff Pick 2022

True Colors Cava $17
Chardonnay, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Perellada. With notes of bright lemon and fresh pastries, this Spanish Cava has a creamy, lingering finish. A sparkly choice for light fare, its fine bubbles and minerality pairs well with lean fish, shellfish and cured meat.

Nortico Alvarinho $15
Creamy citrus oil, lime and yellow apple notes are nicely spiced and detailed with saline mineral and floral underpinnings through the long finish.

Bonny Doon Cigare Orange $16
50% Grenache Gris, 50% Grenache Blanc. Not made from oranges or cigars, this wine obtains its orange color from extended contact with the grape skins. Aromas of fresh apricot, citrus, & bergamot. Bright, fresh palate with peach, apricot, and citrus peel. Textured & vibrant.

Ermengaud Faugeres Rose $18
A beautiful rose petal robe. The nose is elegant and expressive with floral notes first (orange blossom, peaches), then spicy marks (ginger, white pepper). This is an invitation to springtime. On the palate, this rosé wine is delicate.

Domaine L’Herbe Sainte Cabernet Sauvignon $13
A very pleasant, harmonious, and yet characterful wine with the rich variety of aromas of the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. Excellent concentrated and ripe fruit flavors on the nose and palate, with a tasty, lingering finish of cassis, chocolate, and cherries. A wine that is a pleasure to drink and versatile.

Gentle Giant Red Blend $20
5 red varietals that have been meticulously blended and aged to create the 2017 vintage of our mighty Gentle Giant. Black cherry aromas wrapped in warm spices and tobacco leaves feature in our multilayered deep ruby gem. This vintage contains the sophistication of an older wine accompanied by a complex and fine tannin structure which is our "not so secret" secret ingredient to our super age-able wines.

 

May Staff Pick 2022

Avissi Sparkling Rose $15

Produced in small batches using traditional Italian methods. Bright floral notes, sweet red fruit flavors, and refreshing acidity combine to create the perfect sparkling experience.

Sartarelli Classico Verdicchio $17

White peach, spring florals, hints of almond and sea air all can be found, as well as soft textures offset by stimulating minerality and green citrus. It’s an energetic wine that relies more on its savory, salty poise than fruit, and it stays with you for well over a minute.

La Croix Belle Grillons Rosé $16

Grenache Noir, Syrah & Cabernet SauvignonA rosé with great finesse.  Soft floral aromas, with a hint of spice; subtle and elegant on the palate. Bright and easy to drink.  Summer in a bottle!

Patricia Green Dollar Bills Only Pinot Noir $23

Great wine with a great price.  Silky and elegantly layered, with rose petal, raspberry and orange peel accents that build richness on the long, lingering finish

Chapeau Melon Rouge $15

100% Pinot Noir, Loire fruit, labelled as a Vin de France. Ripe black cherry on the nose, with notes of smoke and earth. Palate is structured, with chewy tannins balanced against bright acidity. Classic bistro red wine.

Lecopunk Rioja $16

A young, fresh, and unambiguous red wine made with 100% organic Tempranillo grapes. A lively wine expressing the pure and naked flavors of the Tempranillo variety; licorice, red and blue forest fruit, and wild herbs.