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Greetings Everyone!


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!

 

Whites

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 bottles.

 

Lorelle Pinot Grigio 2012 Washington                     11.00

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 too.

 

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 Franc       21.00

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 France              75.00

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.      

 

Reds

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 Oregon                     15.00

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 Oregon              24.00

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 Washington               55.00

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 Well

Cheers!

Bill

11-7 Tues-Fri

11-6pm Saturday

Enoteca Wine Bar

11:30-8:30/9pm Tues-Fri   til 6pm Saturday

253-779-8258


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