19 Prospect St
"Best Wine Shop"
Wine of the Week
Bodega Volver Tarima Hill 2014 Monastrell
$15.99 or $14.39 for Wine Club Members or by the case.
"The 2014 Tarima Hill, from Alicante, is also 100% Mourvèdre aged 20 months in French oak and from the oldest vines of the estate, planted 1935-1975. They are also relatively high elevation, at 2,000 to 2,400 feet above sea level. This wine shows wonderful, pure aromatics of blueberry, black raspberries, chalk and spring flowers. The wine has beautiful, full-bodied texture, impressive ripeness and purity and length. The minerality is present, and the wine a heck of a value. Drink over the next 4-5 years."
"This is one of the top value wineries in all of Spain, working from generic appellations such as La Mancha to Jumilla and Alicante. They produce an amazing amount of inexpensive, high-quality wine that sells for a song."
"92 Points" The Wine Advocate Aug. 2016 #226
Bodegas Volver is a young and innovative winery of the Jorge Ordoñez group with a presence in various denominations of origin in Spain. Ever since its foundation, Bodegas Volver has not stopped winning prizes and accolades. Its secret: to offer the consumer authentic wines that are faithful to their land of origin, but that are also rooted in modernity-- high quality wines for anyone's budget.
TWO WINEMAKER TASTING WEEK
William Church Winery with Noah Fox Reed
Thursday, July 20th. 4-6 pm.
After many years in the high-tech industry Rod and Leslie never dreamed they would take their passion for wine to create William Church Winery. But start it they did in 2005 when they decided to take their garage based wine making efforts to a higher level. Seattle natives (and WSU Cougars) they started to look into where to establish a winery and were happy to find a booming wine industry practically in their backyard in Woodinville. One of the original eight “warehouse” wineries, they joined a small group of passionate winemakers and began their journey.
Noah has been involved with making fine wines in Washington for over 10 years. He spent six years at Northstart Winery and worked in a number of other prominent wineries as an intern and assistant. He graduated from the Walla Walla Community College viticulture and oenology program; learning firsthand how to work with Washington grapes. He has traveled extensively among the wine regions of the world including time in Australia.
Kevin White Winery with Kevin White
Saturday, July 22nd. 2-4 pm.
I first met Kevin when he kicked off his second vintage and quickly joined the line of followers for this true definition of a micro producer. Kevin hasn't quit his "real" job writing software for Microsoft but he's proven he still has time for making some pretty fantastic small batches of vino at his winery in Woodinville. He currently offers up two Rhone Valley inspired reds. We've just gotten the new 2015 releases. These wines rock and Kevin is a producer you will all want to be familiar with. Come by and say hello--or you could end up kicking yourself.
2015 "Winemaker to Watch" The Seattle Times
One of the best trends to come out of the past decade of Washington wine is the emergence of Rhône blends (generally bold reds that feature Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre) as an important group of wines for our state. Accessing these wines can be difficult, however, since many of them start at $35 a bottle and go up from there. Woodinville winemaker Kevin White has earned this year’s Winemaker to Watch in no small part because his two core wines—La Fraternité and En Hommage—are Rhône-inspired and priced at $28 each. The winery’s stated goal is “crafting traditional Old World–style wines with complexity and balance that pair extraordinarily well with food.” Much like Chris Peterson of Best Emerging Winery Avennia, White is part of a growing movement that eschews the rich fruit, high alcohol and overt oak that have traditionally characterized many of Washington’s most prestigious wines, instead opting for a food-friendlier, lower-impact style. After volunteer stints at a number of Washington wineries, he began with the 2010 vintage, and each of his releases (typically in May) have sold out before the end of summer. His countercultural wines are remarkable for their purity and freshness, and they’ve quickly found an audience eager for this vibrant style. For now, White is keeping his day job at Microsoft, but this is clearly a winemaker on the ascendancy, and we have to ask ourselves: If the wines are this good as a part-time gig, how high is Kevin White’s ceiling?
It's back, just in the nick of time.
Give me a little Sunshine Wine.
Caves Messias "Santola"
$8.99 or $8.09 for Wine Club Members or by the case.
Produced from Loureiro and Pederña grapes grown in the granitic soils of the Vinho Verde region of the north, the Santola (or as we here are calling it, "the crab wine") is a delicious, spritely and refreshing white. It doesn't get much more traditional, thirst-quenching or seasonally perfect then this wine.
It’s also a great party wine. It’s inexpensive – the New York Times has christened it “cheap-and-cheerful” so you can stock up. It’s low in alcohol – registering a mere 9% ABV, so you can drink up. And it’s adequately complex and balanced so you don’t have to fess up to buying (or bringing) a bottle of wine that cost less than $10.
"Best Wine Shop"
Last year we were voted “Best Wine Shop” by the people.
How cool to get the nod from so many of you!
We are 4 years into this venture. To receive this recognition so early feels quite rewarding. This doesn't mean we have any intensions of resting. The two of us feel very lucky to love our jobs and we greatly look forward to elevating our quality services for all you wine and food lovers out there.
Once again we'd appreciate getting your vote. So if you're the type, please go to the link provided and help us show well. You must vote in at least 10 categories to be eligible.
Voting Live July 1 – Aug 5th
Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival
2nd Annual Public Wine Tasting & Awards
Taste more than 100 wines at Northwest Washington’s only judged wine competition.
Public Tasting Saturday August 5th at Four Points Sheraton Bellingham.
Featuring wineries from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.
On-site festival wine store allows you to purchase your favorites!! Enjoy complimentary food samples from Bellingham Coffee Roasters,
Cosmos Bistro, Lovitt Restaurant, 9 Restaurant, The Vault, B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar, Pierside Kitchen and more...
TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT EVENTBRITE
Net proceeds to benefit Growing Veterans, Lydia Place, Brigadoon Service Dogs, and Our Tree House.