Lambert de Seyssel Petit Royal
I used this lovely sparkling wine from the Savoie for my wedding celebration. Lucky for us, there is some amount left. Get it while you can.
Bottle 34. Glass 8.75
We bring Prosecco out for any excuse to celebrate. It’s simpler than Champagne and infinitely better than most sparkling wines costing much more. There is insipid Prosecco and there is beautifully dry and aromatic Prosecco. Try it, you’ll love it
Bottle 29. Glass 7.75
Clos Normand French Brut Hard Cider
There are few beverages more refreshing than dry hard cider. This version from Normandy is both crisp and delicate, with lively dry fruit and a lovely bitter finish. Feeling adventurous? Try a Normand Kir, a lovely drink combining French cider, creme de cassis and a dash of Calvados.
Bottle 18. Glass 6.
Tyler 2015 Chardonnay
Tyler is a new producer for us and aside from their commitment to sustainable and organic vineyard practices, the wine is incredible. A blend of vineyard sites from the Santa Barbara and Santa Rita Hills area, the wine is aged for 10 months in older oak barrels for a very subtle flavor and texture.
Bottle 40. Quartino 14. Glass 9.5
Laroche 2014 Petit Chablis
This beautiful white wine from Burgundy is full of green apple and pear flavors along with the distinctive chalkiness that only comes from Chablis. This wine has savory and mineral laden elements so it's not a quaffer but best with food.
Bottle 32. Quartino 12.5 Glass 8.5
Jubiläumkellerei 2015 Pinot Grigio Alto Adige
I find it hard to hide my distain for generic Pinot Grigio. The insipid, somewhat sweet, thin wine that is served at almost any chain restaurant is often overpriced and underwhelming. Well wine lovers, I have good news for you. There is lovely, wonderfully dry, peach infused Pinot Grigio from the Alto Adige region of Italy. The region is in the Northern part of Italy on the Austrian border and the wine is more analogous to Grüner Veltliner than the Pinot Grigio you are familiar with.
Bottle 28. Quartino 11.5 Glass 7.75
Esprit Gassier 2016 Côtes de Provence Rosé
A typical blend of 35% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 25% Syrah and 10% Rolle (Vermentino) is classic Cotes de Provence Rosé. Always one of my favorite and affordable regions for Rosé, Gassier boasts peach stone fruit elements along with a lively minerality, all of that along with a sassy label silkscreened by a local Provençal artist.
Bottle 28. Quartino 11.75 Glass 7.75
Fourcas Hosten 2010 Listrac-Medoc
I love Bordeaux and I especially love 2005 and 2010 Bordeaux. It is a real treat to have this 56% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc blend still available and while it is tasting so terrific. A lovely black currant and black plum laden wine with smokey aromas and a hint of earthiness in the finish.
Bottle 45. Quartino 16.25 Glass 11.
Sineann 2014 Pinot Noir
We received the new vintage of this wine from our friends at Sineann who private label it for us and wow...what a wine. Perfect with almost any dish, this wine is curated from our good friend Peter Rosback of Sineann. It shows the beauty of a bountiful vintage from key vineyard sites within the Willamette Valley. Beautiful, juicy dark cherry fruit and a long luxurious finish. Think Nicolas Potel as a Portlandia hipster.
Bottle 43. Quartino 14.75 Glass 10.
Selby Winery 2015 Merlot Sonoma County
One of the classiest winemakers around is Susan Selby. Not only does she exude class, her wines are a wonderful balance of fruit, terroir and elegance. After gallons of second rate Merlot, I’ve shied away from the varietal. This full-bodied wine is a beautiful example of what Merlot can really achieve. Opulent cherry and lush black fruit with a delicious baking spice finish make Selby an extraordinary winter wine. It is certainly not your Kroger Merlot.
Bottle 35. Quartino 13.25. Glass 9.
Villadoria Bricco Magno 2013 Nebbiolo Langhe
For me, Nebbiolo is the red wine equivalent of Riesling. It has a sense of place, of terroir. I know people try to grow it other places, but really, it’s not very successful. Nebbiolo belongs in Piedmont. The climate is right, the soil is right and the winemaking tradition is right. This wine is mighty satisfying. Those familiar with the grape varietal, love the tart cherry fruit flavors and the lovely floral aromas.
Bottle 30. Quartino 12.5 Glass 8.25
Casa Santos Lima 2014 Colossal Reserva
Portuguese wines are hot right now and it’s a good time to discover the joys of these wines, especially this everyday quaffer I discovered over the holidays. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet and less traditionally Syrah. Redolent of red fruits with a long, velvety, luxurious finish. If you are looking for an affordable wine to warm your soul during the winter apocalypse, this is your jam.
Bottle 28. Quartino 11.5. Glass 7.75