Wines for your holiday Weekend

Wines for your holiday Weekend
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Wine of the Week

Whitman Hill Winery 

Yakima Valley, Washington

This story begins with a local couple and their dream of owning a winery.   Chapter one brought us a fine effort, Coach House, the product of a partnership that has since dissolved. This new chapter brought Scott and Denise Whitman into the driver's seat and the opportunity to do their own thing in their own way.

February of 2020 was actually a good time for the Whitmans as they were fortunate to acquire property in Zillah, WA, thus gaining direct impact both in the vineyards and on the wine. Whitman Hill Winery was founded during the pandemic because their passion to create wine would not be deterred. From humble beginnings–developing the first batch of wine in their garage–came the tasting room dubbed with the same moniker, The Garage.  

We love their passion and story. Scott is a successful Bellingham business owner making room in his life for his love of wine and taking on  a major life project with Denise.  You know where this story is going, we've seen it over and over in this industry. Farming grapes and making wine is not an easy life. Once you succeed at those tasks you need a whole new set of skills to sell it. The Whitmands have shown they can handle it. We love the quality to price ratio. It's hard to beat Washington estate grown wines for $15. A worthy effort. Bravo! 

Garage 2018 Toolbox Red

$14.99, $13.49 for Wine Club Members

Black plum and black currant aromas dominate with lovely floral nuances of violets. A pleasing tension between viscosity and acidity plays out on the palate.  Both creamy and soft alongside bright acids framed by persistent silky tannins. Esoteric yet discernible flavors of tollhouse chocolate morsels and candied black cherries prevail. This blend is comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec.

Garage 2020 Tinker Cabernet Franc

$14.99, $13.49 for Wine Club Members

We love Cabernet Franc from Washington State. We love finding one we really enjoy at this price point even more. Did you know Cabernet Franc is the parent of Cabernet Sauvignon (the other is Sauvignon Blanc)? This bottling offers bold aromas of black cherry, chocolate, and green peppercorn. The taste bursts with acidity and juicy berry fruit that is smoothed by baking spice-like flavors from wines with a touch of oak. Higher acidity makes it possible to pair with tomato-based dishes, vinegar-based sauces (smoky BBQ anyone?) or grilled veggies.

 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon "commence"

$24.99, $22.49 for Wine Club Members

If your interested in stepping it up we also have their Cabernet Sauvignon available this week at a solid price. The winery sells this for $27. This is the inaugural bottling of their estate-driven Cabernet Sauvignon. This Cab exhibits an alluring nose of red berries and black fruits.  Aromatics of cedar, cinnamon stick, and black currants greet the senses. The palate is juicy, fresh, and lively upfront. Tannins are slightly grainy which frame the lush backbone of acidity that plays out on the palate.  Flavors of blackberry cobbler, vanilla bean, and spiced oak through the mid-palate.  A satisfying Cabernet that leaves a velvety and lush long finish.



Notes by Hannah Green

The Marigny

Willamette Valley, Oregon

The Marigny is a small winery in the Willamette Valley that’s focused on making low intervention wine. The winery describes their wines as “modern table wines,” meaning they are without pretense, meant to be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. These are well farmed grapes processed gently and thoughtfully, then bottled with just a little SO2 to keep them fresh. It’s a small winery with big energy; the labels practically jump off the bottles, and when the wines are laid side by side they look like bright little jewels in a candy box. These are pretty wines for the table, and lively wines in your glass. 

Pinot Gris Direct press 2021

$23.99, $21.59 for Wine Club Members

This translucent lemonade-colored Pinot Gris is light, crisp, and glossy. Green apple and lemon sorbet glide over flinty notes and a touch of honeycomb. A mild savory note of wet slate can be found underneath creamy lemon curd and lychee. Aged on the lees, this is a light white that still has some body to it. 

Pinot Gris Carbonic Maceration 2021

$23.99, $21.59 for Wine Club Members

The carbonic maceration on these grapes transforms the Pinot Gris into a textural, remarkably aromatic wine. A nose of peach pie, young apricots, and persimmon leads into a palate of savory toasted sesame and bright cherry. Florals play with tart strawberry with a finish of herbal tea. 

Pinot Noir Carbonic Maceration 2021 

$26.99, $24.29 for Wine Club Members

This is a Pinot Noir for the summer. Bright, young raspberries, wild strawberries, and a pleasant tart note of rhubarb open the wine. Under these top notes you’ll find tanned leather, along with a nod to the 25% of the wine aged in foudre. There’s no fining or filtration, which translates into a softly hazy appearance. Think young Beaujolais, fledgling garden fruits, and hikes through the underbrush. 



Notes by Sam Fox

Fess Parker Chardonnay 2021

Santa Barbara, California

$16.99, $15.29 for Wine Club Members

I remember watching episodes of Davy Crockett with my dad when I was growing up. We would go out into the woods and throw hatchets at trees. At the time, I didn’t know it was Fess Parker who was portraying Crockett, and it is a bit of a full circle moment to be here writing about his wines while reflecting on those early childhood memories. Parker ended up walking away from Hollywood to take on a new frontier, and in 1988 he purchased a 714 acre ranch and planted a vineyard. Today, the Fess Parker Winery is well known for its small-lot, hand harvested, vineyard-designated, and clonal selection Rhône and Burgundian varietals. Now three generations in, the Parker Family is proud to carry on Fess’s legacy of wine heritage in Santa Barbara.

The 2021 Chardonnay represents the best of what Santa Barbara County has to offer. It is 100% barrel fermented and aged in French and Hungarian oak, of which 28% is new. If you love the buttery California style Chardonnay, this won’t disappoint. It shows notes of ripe apple, lemon, and melon which are balanced with light, toasty and buttery oak on the palate.

St. Innocent Pinot Blanc 2020

Freedom Hill Vineyard

Willamette Valley, Oregon

$18.99, $17.09 for Wine Club Members

Mark Vlossak, Founder, President, and Winemaker of St. Innocent Winery has always been ahead of his time, especially in regards to the potential to make excellent wine in the Willamette Valley. St. Innocent began as an idea conceived in a moment of passion and inspiration in 1983, after Vlossak had developed a love for Champagne. He quotes Andre Tshelishev, who said, "the greatest sparkling wine in America will be made in Oregon, not California, because it is the right place to grow Pinot noir and Chardonnay, the grapes of Champagne." 

Focusing on single vineyard sites, Vlossak makes wines of depth and elegance. His 2020 Pinot Blanc is no exception. The grape, which is a white mutation of Pinot Noir, is often regarded as Chardonnay's understudy as it has a similar medium to full-bodied style with good acidity, and responds well to oak maturation. 

The Freedom Hill Vineyard was planted in 1993. The juice for the 2020 vintage was fermented in a combination of barrel and stainless steel after which the wine aged for eight months on its lees. Notes of pear, white flowers, apple and ginger aromas are followed by flavors of melon, stone fruit and citrus that are nicely edged with subtle minerality.

Join or gift the S & J Wine Club

As a Wine Club member, you will receive 2 hand-selected bottles each month by Ted and staff accompanied by informative tasting notes for each. 

Membership includes the exclusive 10% discount in the shop and the opportunity to receive Club Member Only special offers.

We have five clubs for you to select from: You choose: red, white, or both. 
Northwest Corner ($49/mo), Natural Wine ($49/mo), Sake-1 bottle ($35/mo), Bubbles ($99/mo) and the Grand Cru ($99/mo).   There is no fee to join and you may cancel your membership at any time. We are currently SOLD OUT of our World Club.



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