Viva la Viña
Thursday, April 10th
This medium-bodied Albariño has fragrant aromas of green apple and white peach, and a subtle touch of oak polishes up its fresh citrus flavors. Albariño grows best in Rias Baixas, a small area in Galicia, the fishing capital of Spain. No wonder this refreshing white pairs so naturally with seafood – especially scallops.
From a vineyard named Finca Resalso, which was planted in 1933, the year of Emilio Moro’s birth. Deep red and black berry flavors mingle with a little leather, earth and spice. This is a well-structured Tempranillo with a long, tasty finish.
2011 Volver Single Vyd Tempranillo – La Mancha, Spain – $18.50
An expressive full-bodied tempranillo (sourced from a single vineyard) with soft, supple tannins, lively acidity, ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit flavor, sweet lingering licorice spice, and floral notes. It’s delish and pairs well with saffron risotto, roasted spiced sweet potatoes, and robust meat dishes.
A muscular, full-bodied, smoky blend of 70% Garnacha, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe, dark berry flavors, black licorice and dark chocolate. Slow roasted leg of lamb and spicy sausage gumbo would be amazing pairings for this well structured, powerhouse of a wine.
Crisp whites and a rosé to welcome the warmth
Friday, April 11th
A bone dry white wine coming from the Languedoc in Southern France. Crisp, clean and medium-bodied with enticing floral aromatics followed by flavors of lemon zest, gun flint and fennel. An unbeatable match for shellfish, marinated anchovies, and even asparagus.
2012 Montinore Pinot Gris- Willamette Valley, Oregon – $15
This brilliant Pinot Gris comes from the cooler north of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Produced biodynamically, the result is a wine that is fuller in flavor and body than it’s Italian counterparts, and brighter and crisper than those from Alsace. Break out the garlic shrimp or some quiche and get to know true bliss.
2012 Montinore Borealis ‘The Northern Whites’ – Willamette Valley, Oregon – $15
A gorgeous, ripe, fruity Alsace-inspired blend of Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. Absolutely delicious on its own but pairs particularly well with spicy Thai and Szechuan!
2013 Castano Monastell Rosado – Yecla, Murcia, Spain – $12.50
We love this easy drinking, medium-bodied rosé from Spain’s high altitude Yecla desert. It’s bursting with raspberry and strawberry fruits with a smooth and round feel on the palate. This rosé has enough body to beautifully compliment anything from summer fruit salads to grilled shrimp and crab cakes.
Chilled wines and G&Ts. Yes please.
Saturday, March 29
2012 Erste & Neue Gewurztraminer – Alto Adige, Italy – $19.50
Floral and exotic, this super sexy Gewurz ain’t your granny’s pot pourri. The aromas harken more toward crushed rose petals and lusty lychee, with a full, rich mouthfeel that gets just the right amount of northern Italian, Alp-influenced balancing acidity. Diced orange-and-ginger spiked sea scallops are killer with this.
2012 Raimbault Sancerre Rose – Loire Valley, France – $18
Maybe one of the best-kept secrets about Sancerre? The Pinot rocks. Delicate, summer-fruit scented, and absolutely gorgeous and that’s exactly what this rose is all about. This is a rose worthy of a dinner party–elegant with pretty wild strawberry notes, and beautifully refresshing yet grounded. Get some herb-pressed goat cheese (bien sur!) or some citrus-spiked salmon to go with.
The glowing ruby red color makes this wine as delightful to look at as to drink! Light bodied and silky textured with the gentlest hint of tannin and slightly brambly berry fruit flavors, this wine is an easy match with all kinds of foods, from cheese and meat plates to winter squash and stews. Try slightly chilled for warmer weather and at room temp during cooler months. Made from 100% Schiava grapes, indigenous to German-speaking Alto Adige.
2011 Chateau de Bonhoste Rouge – Bordeaux, France – $15
A wonderful full-bodied blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. These traditional grapes come together in a harmony of robust red fruit, powerful tannins and a smooth, elegant finish. An ideal match for beef, veal and game meats, but versatile enough to pair with exotic dishes like morrocan lamb and couscous.
From the land of Microbrews and sunshine, comes Roundhouse distilling. This is the first distillery in Boulder county and their gin is a fresh taste of a classic spirit. Juniper berry, coriander, citrus peel, star anise, angelica, and orris root are usual suspects. Roundhouse adds a little sencha green tea, lavender, hibiscus and chamomile blossoms for a charming floral note.