Hours of Happiness
19 Prospect St
"Best Wine Shop"
4th year in a Row!
Wine of the Week
Tessellae 2017 GSM "Old Vines"
Cotes du Roussillon, France
$16.99, $15.29 for Wine Club Members or by the case.
Yes, you know this label. Lots of people are in constant search for what is "new". To them I say, and I'm not hater of new, returning to a great wine at a great price should never be a crime. We're stepping into our S&J time machine this week to tempt you with a perennial winner-winner from the great husband/wife team of Jean-Marc and Elaine Lafage.
Although only in his thirties, Jean-Marc already has almost 15 years of worldclass winemaking behind him. One of the most sought-after winemakers of Europe at the moment, Jean-Marc lends his expertise with Southern European varietals to several top estates in both France and Spain (he makes Las Rocas Garnacha with Eric Solomon) and also in South America. However, his best work is perhaps at home at his estate in the hills of the Roussillon with his wife, also an accomplished winemaker.
"The GSM of the estate, the 2017 Tessellae Old Vines checks in as 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre brought up mostly in concrete. Blackberries, kirsch, spice, incense, dried flowers, and baking spice notes all flow to a full-bodied, gorgeously texture effort. It's another gem from this team." "92 Points" Jeb Dunnuck
Baja Mexico Tasting
With Patrick Neri of Beso Imports
Saturday, January 25th. 2-4 pm.
Please join us in tasting some fabulous new selections from Baja, Mexico!
The founders of Beso Imports have made it their mission to navigate this complexity with onsite experience grounded in personal direct relationships with winery owners and their vintners. Every wine that makes it into their portfolio does so after having been tasted by them personally during visits to the estates. They take the time to familiarize themselves with the principal members of the wine making team, their wines, as well as the land they cultivate and the philosophy that drives them. They are proud to say that the practices and people behind these wines are just as interesting as the wines themselves - driving their appeal with a quality that is both authentic and just downright delicious.
While relatively new to the US market, many wines Beso is importing have already found homes on the premiere wine lists of the America's most highly regarded restaurants such as The French Laundry. Many more are on the lips of those intrigued by the world of wine. Beso is continually in the process of refining their portfolio to meet the demands of the US market. From modest, fun, fruit-driven wines, to wines of the highest levels of sophistication, Beso has wines for everyone. Better yet, a number of them are unabashedly world class wines that are surprisingly affordable.
Joining us for this tasting is Patrick Neri, owner of Beso Imports, to offer us his knowledge of these Mexican Wines.
Barone Cornacchia 2017 Montepulciano D' Abruzzo
$12.99, $11.69 for Wine Club Members
Big, bold and hardy flavors? Yes, yes, yes!
Azienda Agricola Barone Cornacchia was esablished in 1577. Now organically farmed from stony calcareous soils, this 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo displays a deep ruby color with a perfumed and plummy bouquet. The rounded and intense palate shows persistence and fine tannins, and should pair well with grilled meats, pasta, and hard cheese.
G.D. Vajra 2017 Langhe Rosso
$16.99, $15.29 for Wine Club Members
Look who's back! This new vintage of Langhe Rosso from Vajra captures the beauty of Piedmont in a playful and energetic wine that is both fruity and complex. A field blend of Barbera, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and a handful of other Piedmontese grapes, it sings of fresh cherries, strawberry and raspberry with beautiful red floral tones and an enticing underlying earthiness that presents the wine's "old world" origin. This outstanding light colored red should be enjoyed with pizza, light pasta dishes, hors d'oeuvres or all on its own.
Vietti 2017 Barbera d' Asti "Tre Vigne"
$16.99, $15.29 for Wine Club Members
Luca Currrado is a long time hero of ours from the Piedmont and his extensive knowledge truly shows in this latest release. This bottling gives far more excitement than you pay for. You can expect it to be hanging in the shop for some time to come and can depend on that because we really, really like it.
"Despite the deep concentration and richness of the 2017 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne, the freshness is still there. The three vineyard parcels Vietti farms in Asti go into this wine of impressive depth. Yes, this was one of the hottest vintages in a decade for Barbera d'Asti, but it still shows more acidity than the estate’s Barbera d'Alba. This wine is rustic and raw with plenty of structure. Originally planted in 1932 and 1935, they bought these vineyards in 1995 and replanted many in 1996, with fruit from the old vines going into their special La Crena selection" "90 Points" The Wine Advocate June 2019 #243.
"Trump and Macron agree to trade truce and avoid massive tariffs on French wine -- for now"
It appears we have some fantastic news after reporting last week that the Trump administration was looking at setting up an additional round of tariffs. From all tweets, it looks as though they have been adverted for at least this year. Bravo!
Like most major international developments these days, word first came in a tweet: "Great discussion with @realDonaldTrump on digital tax," wrote French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday. "We will work together on a good agreement to avoid tariff escalation."
U.S. President Donald Trump responded with his own tweet: "Excellent."
The brief exchange could save American wine consumers from paying through the nose for some of their favorite wines. French officials announced that the U.S. government has agreed to hold off on 100 percent tariffs on French luxury goods, including handbags, cheese, Le Creuset cookware and wine as retaliation for France's tax on large global technology firms. These officials say the Trump administration will hold off on the tariff increases while negotiations over the tax continue at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
We appreciate all of the responses to our call for action. Many of you personally voiced your opinion and we thank you for that.
NEW HOURS OF HAPPINESS
We have added another day to our schedule. We are now open on Mondays. We look forward to finding out who you Monday people are.
Monday-Saturday 10-6 pm.
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All tastings have no fees!
New Arrivals Tasting
"Wine of the Week"
Baja, Mexico Wines from Beso Imports
Meet the importer,
Saturday, January 25th
Explaining Aperitif / Aromatized Wines
with Renee Stark, Prime Imports
Saturday, February 1st 2-4 pm.
Forgeron Winery Tasting
Walla Walla Washington
Saturday, February 8th