Tasting notes: New Arrivals, April 28, 2018

Ameztoi Rubentis, Txakolina 2017 Regular Price $22.99 Sale price $17.99 The pink sibling of Ameztoi’s flagship white, this vibrant rosé is made from a mix of red and white indigenous grapes and is bottled with a little residual carbonation to give it a light spritz. Pierre Morin ‘Vieilles Vignes’, Sancerre 2016 Regular Price $29.99 Sale[…]

In Vino Veritas?

Wine is many things to many different people. To some, it’s nothing but a lowly intoxicant; others view it as a symbol of the cultural elite. It can be sour or sweet, cheap or expensive, simple or complex. Its remarkably easy to make and incredibly difficult to master. There exists no verifiable standard of measure[…]

My Favorite wine: April 24, 2018

2016 Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin a Vent Cru Beaujolais ‘Les Trois Roches’ Regular Price $32.99 Sale Price $25.99 Some wines are meant to pondered over. They are complex and coy, revealing aromas and flavors over a period of time, changing in the glass and the bottle as it empties. Other wines are all about instant gratification.[…]

How do you value value?

Wine is one of the most imprecise and amorphic consumer goods ever produced; its flavor, quality, relative body, and best use are all subject to a myriad of opinions, most of which are profoundly speculative, if not downright disingenuous. Alleged experts can’t agree upon, really, anything. So what’s the value conscious consumer to do? First[…]

My Favorite Wine: April 19, 2018

2013 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico DOCG Regular Price $43.99 Sale Price $34.99 Nearly everyone knows Chianti…there’s quite literally an ocean of it bottled annually (about 8 million cases). The term itself refers to a geographic region, in central Tuscany, roughly situated between Florence and Siena. The earliest documentation of a “Chianti wine” dates[…]

The Complexity of Complexity

One of the buzzwords that wine poseurs (critics, radio hosts, newspaper columnists, fake restaurant sommeliers and your brother-in-law) use to confuse the wine public is ‘complexity’. ‘Complexity’ in wine may or may not be a positive attribute (that is entirely dependent upon your personal likes and dislikes) but it’s nowhere nearly as ubiquitous (or necessary)[…]

My Favorite Wine: April 11, 2018

2016 Jean Paul Brun ‘Le Rose d’Folie’ Beaujolais Rose Regular Price $19.99 Sale Price $15.99 Let’s be clear…neither the calendar nor the thermometer is a factor in my selecting this as my favorite wine this week. The is my favorite wine because it’s friggin’ delicious! This wine is 100% Gamay, but unlike the eponymous Beaujolais[…]

Beer Tasting: Wicked Weed, April 7, 2018

Wicked Weed ‘Garcon de Ferme’ Brett Farmhouse Ale with Peaches Regular Price $12.99 Sale price $11.59 Garçon de Ferme is a Foeder-Rested, Brettanomyces farmhouse Ale. After fermentation, this pleasantly tart ale is blended back onto over a pound and a half per gallon of fresh, whole peaches to reflect and echo that the craft of[…]