19 Prospect St
"Best Wine Shop"
3 Years in a row
Wine of the Week
Saviah Cellars 2017 The Jack Syrah
Columbia Valley Washington
$14.99, $13.49 for Wine Club Members or by the case
We have here such a great Rhone-style blend at a fantastic price. This wine has appealing aromas of red and black fruit, violets, olives, anise and savory notes. The Jack is a friendly wine offering a mouthful of juicy fruit flavors that are complemented by polished tannins.
Over and again we get customers discussing recent tours of wine country. One Walla Walla producer continually on top is Saviah Cellars (pronounced sa vi ah) in Walla Walla. We can easily understand why. Rich Funk and his crew are the most genuine group of characters we have come across. After many times personally spent working with him, I concur. "Nicest Guy in the Wine Biz" honor! That's why we are so happy to feature one of his wines this week.
The Jack program started out like many before it. What do you do with left over barrels of wine that don't make it into the major bottling? Well, naturally, you come up with a second label that helps customers get to know you at a daily drinking price. As these things go, when quality exceeds price, your little label gets a huge following and now you find yourself searching for fruit to help with the expansion of the little brand. So goes the story of The Jack. It started out as just one wine and now Rich is creating 7 different Jack bottlings. This week we focus on the Syrah.
The vineyard sources for this wine is a who's who line up: Anna Marie, Dugger Creek, Elephant Mountain, Eritage, Lewis, Lonesome Spring, Pepper Bridge, Sugarloaf, Stillwater Creek and Watermill Vineyards.
Bertani Wines, Veneto Italy Tasting
with Alex Morrison US Brand Ambassador
Saturday, July 13th 2-4 pm No fee tasting
The Bertani winery was founded in 1857 by the brothers Giovan Battista and Gaetano Bertani, in Quinto di Valpantena, north of Verona. Gaetano was an expert in the art of winemaking, having learnt new techniques in France from Professor Guyot, still considered a leading expert in viticulture today. The start of Bertani’s activity coincided with the spirit of innovation that drove them to use the latest production techniques, both in the vineyard and in the cellar, and applying them to all the estates in Valpantena and Soave, while respecting the territory and the farming traditions in the area."
Since the early 20th century, Bertani has been known as one of the top producers in Italy, having been awarded the royal warrant in 1923. Though it officially doesn't mean as much now that Italy is a republic, it's still a marker of some high quality of standards.
Alex Morrison, a brand ambassador for the winery, will be presenting these wines in the shop for us.
2017 Pinot Grigio "Valeante" $14.99
2015 Soave $31.99
2018 Rose "BertaRose" $15.99
2018 Valpolicella $14.99
2016 Amarone della Valpolicella $65.99
Produttori del Barbaresco 2014 Riservas
2018 Wine(s) of the Year
Antonio Galloni vinous.com, 2018 Year in Review
"Aldo Vacca and his team turned out a superb set of Riservas in 2014. The wines are rich, deeply expressive and full of character. Moreover, at a time when so many of world’s most pedigreed bottles are out of reach for the average consumer, the Produttori continue to make gorgeous wines that deliver superb quality for the money. The nine vineyard-designate Riservas give the wine lover a terrific opportunity to explore the essence of many of Barbaresco’s most important Crus. Best of all, the Riservas arguably remain the single greatest relative value in fine, cellarworthy wine.
To that, I say: Bravo!"
“Produttori del Barbaresco’s wines always impress with their exceptional value for money. At the risk of sacrificing my own allocation, I am going on the record saying that these wines should be in every savvy collector’s cellar.”
“Every collector needs one”
Michaela Morris, Decanter magazine, Aug 2018
“Barbaresco is lucky enough to have one of the world’s greatest wine cooperatives in the village of the same name, producing a high-quality Barbaresco blend every year and single-vineyard wines in the best years. These wines offer some of the Langhe’s most attractive value, and I unreservedly recommend them”
“The Beauty of Barbaresco”
Andrew Jefford, Decanter magazine, Aug 2017
The Produttori del Barbaresco formed in 1894 with nine families contributing fruit to the local Cantine Sociali. It closed during the wars, but opened again in 1958 with 19 local families providing the Nebbiolo grapes
Today 50 families contribute their Nebbiolo crop, and the incomparable Gianni Testa guides the wine to the bottle. Collectively, they control 16 percent of Barbaresco’s vineyards, 80% of their wine carries the Barbaresco DOCG designation, and they produce nine Cru Riservas when the quality of the vintage allows, as it did in 2014.
2014 Barbaresco "Ovello" $65.99
"The 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello is bright and piercing, as it so often is, and yet it also has more than enough fruit to fill out its mid-weight, energetic frame. Pine, mint, crushed rocks and sweet red plum build into the huge, piercing finish. The Ovello is another wine in this range that demands patience. Even in the early going it is super impressive. The 2014 s an unusually dense, packed Ovello. It should be terrific in another few years' time." "95 Points" Antonio Galloni Vinous
2014 Barbaresco "Montestifano" $65.99
"One of the many highlights in this range, the Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is superb. A big enrobing wine, the Montestefano wraps around the palate with stunning depth. Today, the Montestefano is utterly embryonic, and yet it exudes depth, resonance and pure class. The Montestefano is one of the more complete wines in the range because of the way it deftly balances fruit intensity and structure. Readers will have to be patient, though."
"95+ Points" Antonio Galloni Vinous
2014 Barbaresco "Asilli" $65.99
"The 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Asili is somber and dense in this vintage. Silky Asili tannins bring out the wine's voluptuousness and soft contours. Dark red cherry and plum fruit show some of the typical Asili sensuality, but the 2014 is a powerhouse that is going to need time to come around. In 2014, Asili is unusually – almost uncharacteristically – austere."
"95+ Points" Antonio Galloni Vinous
2014 Barbaresco "Rabaja" $65.99
"The 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà is powerful, dense and explosive, with tremendous intensity of fruit and structure. The Rabajà is dark and potent – as all these wines are – but the tannins and acids give the wine considerable tension and energy. The Rabajà is a powerful, towering wine endowed with massive structure and intensity to burn. Like so many of these wines, the Rabajà is somber and brooding in feel." "96 Points" Antonio Galloni Vinous
2015 Babaresco "Torre" $45.99
"The 2015 Barbaresco, bottled in March 2018, is surprisingly potent. Then again, the 2015 is the product of a warm year often characterized by wines with rich fruit and equally big, sometimes coarse, tannins. Succulent red cherry, mint, white pepper and crushed flowers all show the finessed side of Nebbiolo. A hint of new oak needs time to fully integrate, but that should not be an issue in time." "90 Points" Antonio Galloni Vinous
"Best Wine Shop"
Let’s Go For a
Voting season is upon us for Bellingham Alive’s 2019 Best of the Northwest Competition!
We’re very thankful that you all have voted for us as the Best Wine Shop for the last three years, hopefully we’ve held up to your standards for another year!
Voting is open from
July 1st to August 5th
You must vote in at least 10 categories to be counted.
Bellingham Wine Festival
Saturday, August 10th
The 4th annual Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 10th at the Four Points by Sheraton Grand Ballroom. This year's event will feature up to 50 wineries from the Pacific Northwest along with eight restaurants from the Whatcom County area.
Dan Radil, co-founder of the festival and one of this year's judges, started his journey with wine in the 1980s as Northwest wines began to become more popular. Up until 2015, he's written the wine column for the Bellingham Herald, and now writes for various publications in the Northwest. Beyond that, he teaches wine classes in Bellingham and has founded the Whatcom Beer & Wine Foundation.
This year we are proud and excited to be partnering with the festival as a retail outlet for all of the wines presented during the festival tasting. 10% of proceeds of sales will be going towards Make.Shift and Alzheimer's Association.
All tastings have no fees!
New Arrivals Tasting
"Wine of the Week"
Bertani Wines, Veneto Italy
Saturday, July 13th 2-4 pm.
Bellingham Wine Festival Preview with Dan Radil
Friday, July 19th 4-6 pm.
Lawerlin, Columbia Valley
Meet the owner/winemaker
Saturday, July 20th 2-4 pm.
Columbia Valley Washington
Saturday, July 27th 2-4 pm.