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Patio Pounders

Tawse Gamay Noir, 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

This little Gamay is straight up tasty juice. Filled with blackberry, licorice, and cooking spices, this goes down. If you are a fan of crushable wines this is one of those wines. $29.95

La Clarine Farm “Jambalaia Rouge”, 2015, Sierra Foothills, California, USA

This ‘Jungle Juice’ of a wine is composed of 59% Mourvedre/21% Marsanne (white grape)/ 15% Grenache/ 5% Syrah  and challenges the concept of California wine. This is low alcohol at 11.7% abv and dry! This kind of low alcohol, dry, and full of flavor never comes from California. Alcohol usually reaches between 13.5%-15.5% and if it doesn’t then it is usually sweet. La Clarine farm is canging the game with it’s farming techniques and hands-off approach. It is cloudy and chill this for 30 minutes and get ready for some geeky juice. $38.95

Kindeli Blanco, 2016, Nelson, New Zealand

Equals parts Sauvignon Blanc/Pinot Gris done in a semi-orange wine style with some time on skins with carbonic maceration and 100% whole bunches. This is a geeky wine that we love to nerd out on. A very unique wine from a cool producer (the labels say it all). $37.95

Milan Nestarec ‘Miky-Mauz’2014, Moravia, Czech Republic

Yup! Czech wine is here! This is a crazy blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris with only 50 cases produced at the winery and less then 10 coming to Alberta. This is delicious orange wine that tastes fresh fresh crushed papaya, apricot, and blood orange zest. Our best seller at our Open House, this is a rare wine that offers such a profound experience. $58,95

Giovanni Menti Riva Arsiglia Gambellara Classico, Garganega, 2013, Veneto, Italy

Menti is a family run winery founded at the end of the XIX century in Gambellara. The family cultivates 7.5 hectares and produces a small amount of each wine they make. This example of Garganega is aromatic and full of life. This is a wine reminiscent of some top Soave (a near-by region using the same grape). Top Soave can run into the same prices at 1er Cru Chablis. This is a wine for insiders who crave Chablis style with all the flavor at an everyday price. $27.95

Domaine de Vaufuget Blanc, 2015, Vouvray, France

100% Chenin Blanc in a fresh medium dry style with beautiful aromas of honey suckle, acacia and apricots. This is a clear definition of patio pounder- it is easy to drink and with the heat we are getting it is incredibly refreshing and begs for a tray of oysters. $27.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case of the Month

Andreas Bender ‘I Love Mosel’, Riesling, 2014, Mosel, Germany

Summer is time for Riesling! Riesling is refreshing with it’s mouth-watering acidity, it is palate cleansing for those nights with wines that ripe your face off. Riesling pretty much can do it all and this expression from a 1er Cru vineyard is just plain tasty. It has zippy, racy acidity and loads of mineral with lemon, lime, and petrol notes. A wine that will disappear!

Giovanni Menti Riva Arsiglia Gambellara Classico, Garganega, 2013, Veneto, Italy

Menti is a family run winery founded at the end of the XIX century in Gambellara. The family cultivates 7.5 hectares and produces a small amount of each wine they make. This example of Garganega is aromatic and full of life. This is a wine reminiscent of some top Soave (a near-by region using the same grape). Top Soave can run into the same prices at 1er Cru Chablis. This is a wine for insiders who crave Chablis style with all the flavor at an everyday price.

Sembro Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 2015, Ribera Del Duero, Spain

This is one of the coolest wines we have encountered. On the nose it has this split-pea like greenish character that works incredibly well with the dark, rich fruit, and cooking spices. Ribera Del Duero is gaining more and more attention from collectors and many of the examples are going after that highly extracted, extended oak aging style that collectors desire. It is nice to see a fresh, balanced example at this level that doesn’t need 10 days to decant and open up. This may become your house favorite.

Domaine De La Conseillere Julienas Rouge, 2011, Beaujolais, France

We absolutely love Cru Beaujolais for it’ is, technically, red Burgundy and expresses the rare terroir of Burgundy without the crazy prices of top Red Burgundy (the most expensive wines are just north of Beaujolais can can demand $20.000 a bottle! This wine was almost dropped by the importer because most Albertans still think Beaujolais is this overly fruity, light wine. This has crazy insane smokey minerality of decomposing granite which is what it is grown on. This wine competes with it’s northern counterparts for a fraction of the price.

Stonecap Syrah, 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA

If there is one thing we love it is top expression of varietals at everyday prices. Washington is doing this and Stonecap Syrah delivers a Crozes-Hermitage style of Syrah with it’s big, concentrated fruit and floral character with the laced volcanic terroir we love from Rhone. This wine packs a punch and begs for a burger.

Marotti Campi ‘Xyris’,La Crima Di Morro, Italy

Technically not classified as a wine in Italy, this fermented grape must is straight up yummy. Chill this sucker and prepare for all the crazy deliciousness of this off-dry, semi-sparkling La Crima. This is a party wine that is so floral and aromatic with lavender, lilacs, blueberries, black berries, and balanced by beautiful acidity.

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