November is upon us and it is a
time for gatherings, fun, and festivities! November is my favorite newsletter,
Thanksgiving is around the corner, the weather is cooler so red wine is called
for, and the wineries release all sorts of new and exciting wines.
Also, remember as I do every year, I go back to Vermont to
see my dad for Thanksgiving so the shop and wine bar will be closed that
weekend. Thurs-Monday, back on Tuesday after Turkey day. I WILL be open right up until the holiday so
stop by and let me help you pick out the perfect wine for your gathering.
This month is the time for the
annual holiday Champagne tasting. We will be tasting a variety of top end
bubbles, date is Saturday Nov 23rd, time is 6pm, price is 40.00 per
person. Call to reserve you seating, this is a super fun event!
Tacoma Wine Merchants wine club is
a great way to try new wines from new regions. It’s easy to sign up and its a
lot of fun. Each month you get two wines to try. Price is 30.00 or 60.00 (plus
tax/fine print) per month you choose.
Give me a call to sign up and begin your new wine adventure today!
We are coming into the holiday
season, don’t forget Tacoma Wine Merchants is a great place to get almost any
wine for any occasion. If I don’t have your favorite wine, ask, I’ll try and
order it for you. Need holiday party wine, if I don’t have enough in stock,
I’ll order it in the quantity you need and I’ll get the best bang for buck
quality better than anybody around, that’s my job!
I have all kinds of cool wines for
the holiday table this month in all prices. Check these out.
Bubbly-Festive gatherings are a
time for bubbles! Bubbles are just fun and you don’t have to spend a fortune to
get a good bottle.
Aria Brut Pinot Noir Cava Spain 13.00
Regulars of the shop love this
stuff, so much so that it is hard to keep it in stock. This rose’ bubbly has
bright red fruity flavors but remains dry. Goes down oh too easily, the bottle
is gone before you know it. Great for parties.
Cara Pucinella Prosecco Italy 14.00
Prosecco is the national drink in
northeastern Italy. You drink it for breakfast, lunch, before dinner, after
dinner, you get the idea. This is delicious stuff, full of ripe fruit flavors,
dry, crisp, refreshing, exactly what prosecco should be! Its darn good, perfect
for any festive occasion.
Shoenheitz Cremant d’Alsace France 17.00
Shoenheitz if one of my favorite
producers from the Alsace region in France. This small producer makes high
quality wine that is affordable. The Cremant d’Alsace has a nice creamy texture
to it, slight hazlenut note with a hint of spice. This has a lot of complexity
for under 20 bucks!
La Fiera Pinot Grigio 2012 Italy 9.00
Pinot grigio the quintessential
party white. It is versatile, goes down easily and can be inexpensive. The
trick is, not all inexpensive pinot grigios are equal. La Fiera has good fresh
fruit and a crispness on the finish that makes it refreshing and easy to drink.
This will be a party favorite at a price that works when you need a few
Lorelle Pinot Grigio 2012
Another perfect party white, this
has a touch more body which some will prefer. Clean, with a good dose of
minerality, this is a tasty white that has good depth and character. Good price
Cofelle Soave 2011 Italy 15.00
I like Soave, and this is not your grandfather’s
Bolla Soave(nothing against Bolla disclaimer) this is a more complex
interesting Soave. The challenge at the Thanksgiving day table is trying to
match flavors with so many different dishes. Therefore you need wines that are
versatile, some of them will match better than others but you want to keep
things simple. Soave fits that category, it has good depth, good acidity( a
must for the table) hints of grassiness gives the wine character. Finishes lightly and cleanly, it won’t overpower
but won’t underwhelm either.
Gard Freja 2011 Washington 15.00
This is a fun wine that is sure to
be a crowd pleaser during the holidays. Blended with Viognier, Rousanne, and
Pinot Gris, fresh and fruity, full of apricot flavors. Good balance make this
wine quaffable. The fruit shines through, reminds you of summer days gone by.
Will be a favorite at the holiday.
Shoenheitz Riesling Linsenberg 2011
Read above in the bubbly section to
see how I feel about Shoenheitz. The Linsenberg Riesling is a drier style
Rielsing with hints of Hazelnuts, Lychee, and slate. Floral, this stuff is very
compelling. Riesling is often overlooked for Thanksgiving as people think it is
too sweet. Au Contraire Mon Cher, this wine is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.
Adelsheim Auxerrois 2011 Oregon 26.00
Pronounced “Oh sure wah” this
unique white is fun and something different. Hints of lemon and wet rock fill
the mouth with a freshness that is hard not to like. The wine is bright and
will go well with a variety of foods. It is a tad tart, but that makes you want
another sip. It is one of my favorite wines of the year, but I like em tart.
Jobard Mersault En La Barre 2010
If you’re looking for that special
bottle, this Mersault is it! 100% Chardonnay from Burgundy, this is a full
white with lemon, nuts and floral notes that make it a joy to sip. It expands
on your palate as it opens up showing wonderful complexity and balance. 2010 is
one of my favorite vintages in Burgundy and this Mersault is one of my favorite
wines to drink. Special indeed.
Al Verde Sangiovese 2011 Italy 9.00
This light little quaffer has good
fruit flavors, soft tannins and a nice finish. Easy drinking little red that
has nice flavor, everybody will say, hey that’s pretty good. Good little party
wine for 9 bucks
J. Albin Lorelle Pinot Noir 2012
Pinot noir is the favored pick for
Thanksgiving day. For good reason, it is a great food wine, is versatile, and
in this area of the world we get access to some of the best Pinot Noir there
is. Lorelle is a simple, tasty pinot. 2012 was a very good year, and the fruit
really shines through in this wine. Soft, full of lush red fruit flavors, good
finish. Tasty and at a price that you can buy a few.
Mannuci Droandi Chianti Classico
2009 Italy 21.00
Pinot Noir is the trendy go to
pick, but my pick everytime is a top notch Chianti. Full of big red cherry
flavors, earthy, supple, with a nice finish, this is the quintessential food
wine. Thanksgiving is the quintessential food holiday. Seem like a match?
Evening Land Pinot Noir WV 2011
Remember what I said earlier about
Pinot Noir and Thanksgiving. This wine will rock the Turkey table. 2011 is not
the best year for Oregon Pinot, however I’ve tasted some pretty darn good wines
from this difficult vintage and this one is one of the best in this price
point. Seems a little nervy and closed at first but then it opens up to a
smooth tasty treat. Full of red berry flavors with a hint of blueberry on the
finish. Good acidity makes the wine pop on the finish. Be patient with it when
you first open it, it will blossom.
Evesham Wood Pinot Noir 2012 Oregon 24.00
This Pinot from 2012 is the exact
opposite of the Evening Land and the 2011 vintage. Sweet soft fruit flavors
fill the mouth immediately. This is pure pleasure up front, easy, soft, plush,
the finish is nice with a hint of vanilla. Not as much acidity, so the the wine
doesn’t pop on the end, but it sure tastes good.
Pomum Shya Red 2008 Washington 30.00
This is a lovely Bordeaux style
blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Malbec, and 3% Petit Verdot.
Floral and fragrant on the nose, the tannins have softened enough to give the
wine a smooth silky texture. Nice dark berry fruit flavors fill the mouth, the
finish is long. Nice bottle, down from 40.00 so save 10 bucks this month.
Gochot Monnot Cotes de Nuits
Villages 2010 France 33.00
The 2010 Burgundies, white and red
just seem to ring my bell. The Gochot Monot is full of strawberry/cranberry
fruit flavors with a hint of what I call iron through the middle of the wine.
It is a classic Burgundy village wine with just a bit more pop(due to the
vintage I suspect). This is the consummate food wine, good tannic structure and
acidity in balance. Drink up, the 2010’s are going away soon.
Quilceda Creek Red Table 2011
I have a very small amount of this
wine available from my allocation this year. This is a Bordeaux style blend made
from predominately Cabernet Sauvignon. Needs a little time to come around but
will get there. Full of ripe fruit, I less of this wine every year than I do of
the big scoring Cabernet. When it’s gone, it’s gone.
Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve
2010 Oregon 70.00
This is a top scoring and shop
favorite Pinot Noir year in and year out. Hard to call it a value at 70 bucks,
but it does drink better than many of its more expensive brethren. Full and
round, loaded with blueberry and red berry fruit, lush, good finish. This is
the special bottle you put on the table for the fantastic meal.
Mix and match any above for 12
bottles and receive 10% case discount. If I don’t have a wine you’re looking
for ask, I’m happy to order anything available in any quantity available. I
work hard to fulfill special orders. If you have a special occasion I can find
the right wines for you to fit your budget too!
With the upcoming holiday season,
if you have large parties or need quantities of wine, with a weeks notice I can
usually fill your orders and get you the best pricing possible. I look forward
to helping you with your wine needs and choices.
To Health, Happiness, and Living
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