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Wine of the Week
By Darby Winery
2016 Columbia Valley Red
$19.99 or 17.99 for wine club members or by the case.
We have for you another stunning vintage of Purple Haze! This wine is gorgeous, rich and polished, offering a dense, tightly focused core of blackberry, cassis and Mocha-showing terrific length and detail on the finish, which goes on and on.… A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cab Franc and Syrah. Easy to see this is and has been one of our top selling Washington reds under $20. We buy direct from Darby and are currently the only ones in town that do. You won't find this wine anywhere else.
"Winemaker to Watch" Seattle Magazine
“Darby English caught the wine bug in a big way when he moved back to Seattle from Arizona, where he’d been a competitive golfer and wine buyer. He discovered the Woodinville scene, and in 2004 began making wine in his basement there. His first experiment was “a big learning experience,” and in 2005, some Walla Walla fruit he used “opened his eyes” to the value of high-quality grapes in the winemaking process. “I’m a big Rhones fan,” English says, and he seeks out single-vineyard lots of Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne, and ferments each one separately for his La Douce Roussanne, The Dark Side Syrah and other wines. “What we do is labor intensive and takes a long time,” he says. “But it creates a much better, more balanced wine.” English, 37, feels that this arduous process lets him get to know the wines. And so far, all the extra work is paying off.”
Three Tasting Week Starting TODAY
A tour through Italy
with Marc de Grazie Selections
Presented by Amy Coffey-Elliott Bay Distributing
Wednesday, March 21st. 4-6 pm. No fee tasting
Fine Italian wines from small growers were virtually unknown in 1980 when Marc de Grazia first offered a handful of estates from Tuscany and Piedmont. Driven by fascination and passion with a vision of great possibilities, he progressed through the northern regions, then the central zones and finally into Italy’s rich and promising south. Marco is a believer in “education” as in the Latin e-duco, to bring out; thus he works to elicit and finally exhibit the potential qualities of the wines in the Marc de Grazia Selections portfolio.
This tasting will focus on several Italian regions from Piedmont to Sicily. We welcome Amy Coffee in house to pour and educate on these small artisan Italian producers.
Francesco Boschis 2016 Grignolino, Piedmont
Seghesio 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo. Piedmont
Tenuta delle Terre Nere 2016 Etna Rosso, Sicily
Mura 2014 Cannonau di Sardegna, Sardegna
Uccelliera 2014 Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany
Every Friday New Arrivals Tasting
Every week we taste a heck a lot of wines to evaluate for the shelf. We always find something. Many times these wines or wineries have never been offered in town before. You aren't going to see them in every store you walk into, which can make the wine you bring to the table a great point of interest among your favorite band of winos.
You can always count on tasting the Wine of the Week featured in the weekly email.
Friday, March 9th 3-6 pm. No Fee.
Rhone Valley Meets the Middle East Tasting
With Gabriel Lukeris Cavatappi Distribuzione
Saturday, March 24th. 2-4 pm. No fee!
Lebanon is among the oldest sites for wine production in the world yet many people have never had an opportunity to try any. Despite the many conflicts of the region, the country has an annual production of about 600,000 cases of wine. Recently the sector has been witnessing unprecedented growth. The number of wineries went from 5 in 1998 to over 30 today.
We have met Sami Ghosn, part owner and founder of Massaya many times. Every time the wines hit me with a bang. They're showing a Rhone Valley expression, a savory Grenache with a mix of black and red fruits, dried herbs--exciting stuff.
Sami's story is what makes the history of the wines so interesting. He was born in Lebanon then educated abroad, eventually becoming an architect in the U.S.
Lebanon's civil war forced the Ghosn family to flee the Beqaa Valley and now Sami and his brother Ramzi are back. In 1990 Sami had a vision and a determination to reclaim the property where he had grown up. He urgently wanted to reassert his family’s rights and most of all he wanted to transform this ruin into a center for high quality wine and arak production. The brothers realized they needed guidance for such a project. In comes one of the leading families from Chateauneuf du Pape, the Bruniers from Vieux Telegraph. Not only are they investing in the project, they are part owners. As Sami told me he wanted someone who would get their hands dirty.
I found the wines to be truly exciting with a sense of place. Yes, they are very much like the Southern Rhone, but they have another element setting them apart.
These are delicious wines and this is a great chance to experience a taste of Lebanon.
Atención RIOJA Enthusiasts
LAN 2013 Edición Limitada
$41.99 or $37.79 for Wine Club Members or by the case.
For six pack purchases this one comes packed in wood.
Bodegas LAN was founded in 1972 and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja Designation of Origin: Logroño (now La Rioja), Álava and Navarra and is located in the heart of Rioja Alta, which is synonymous with tradition and prestige.
The pinnacle of the range, Edicion Limited, achieving 94/100 Points in Wine Spectator. The wines remain stylistically in the middle between the traditional and modern styles and display great depth, maturity and complexity with well balanced, integrated tannins.
"This inky red is ripe and concentrated, with currant, kirsch and boysenberry flavors, framed by espresso, licorice and black pepper notes. Well-integrated tannins support the fleshy texture, while citrusy acidity keeps this lively. Expressive and balanced, in the modern style. Best from 2018 through 2028."
"94 Points" The Wine Spectator 12/2017 $50.
S & J Wine Club
As a Wine Club member, you will receive 2 bottles each month hand selected by Ted and Diane and accompanied by informative tasting notes for each.
Membership includes the exclusive 10% discount in the shop (excluding Cellar Select wines) and the opportunity to receive Club Member Only special offers.
You choose-red, white or both. We have three clubs for you- World Tour $29, Northwest Corner $49 and the Grand Cru $99. There is no fee to join and you may cancel your membership at any time.
New Arrivals Tasting
3-6 pm. No fee tasting
Marc De Grazie Italian Importer
Wednesday, March 21st.
4-6 pm. No fee.
Massaya-Rhone Valley Meets the Middle East
Saturday, March 24th. 2-4 pm No fee.
The world according to Gamay
Saturday, March 31st. 2-4 pm No fee.
Wines from the island of Crete
Saturday, April 7th. 2-4 pm