Featured Wine

Burgáns Albariño

Our featured wine this month comes to us from the Rías Baixas region of Spain. The region is known for the Albariño grape. In fact, over 90% of grapes grown and wine produced in the region is Albariño.

On our shelves, you will find the Burgáns Albariño from Bodegas Martín Códax. The goal at Martín Códax is to bring authentic Galician wines to the region, and to the world. Burgáns Albariño is named for the slope the winery sits on in the Salnés Valley.

The winemakers tasting notes:

Appearance – “A bright greenish yellow colour with golden highlights.”

Nose – “A uniquely fruity aroma where the variety is clearly appreciated, highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach aromas.”

Palate – “In the mouth, it is rich, mellow and well-balanced. The aftertaste is fully rounded and off dry on the palate with juicy fruit flavours, clean acidity and a long, mineral-dominated finish.”

Whether you’re looking for an authentic Galician wine, or nice summer white, Burgáns Albariño won’t disappoint!


Manager’s Choice: Shoofly Pinot Noir 2013

We are proud to add the 2013 Shoofly Pinot Noir to our shelves. We were so impressed with this new wine, we’ve made it this month’s manager’s Choice. Shoofly comes to us from the Coombe Farm vineyard in Australia’s Yarra Valley. The wine industry in the Yarra Valley is booming, with a moderate climate perfect for  producing chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wines.

Shoofly Pinot Noir is aged for 9 months in seasoned second-use oak. The wine is fermented at a tightly controlled 75 degree temperature to help preserve fruit flavors.

The wine maker describes Shoofly Pinot Pinot Noir:

“The aromas and flavors mirror one another with cloves, light cherry, subtle cola notes and hints of vanilla. The silky texture envelops the palate while the balanced flavors welcomingly linger on the finish.”

The 2012 vintage of Shoofly Pinot Noir was awarded 90 pts by Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar and 93 points from James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion.

Ridge Vineyards 1990 Monte Bello

Our featured wine for March is for our vintage collectors. A 1990 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello.

Ridge Vineyards is a California winemaker with multiple locations in northern California. The Monte Bello vineyard dates back to 1892. After a period of inactivity during prohibition, the vineyard was replanted in 1949. The first Ridge Monte Bello was produced in 1962. This Monte Bello that we are proud to feature this month, is a 1990.

In 1993 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated the the 1990 Monte Bello 93 points, recognizing “considerable promise” that would require “considerable patience.” Nine years later Wine Spectator awarded the vintage 97 points.

“An immense wine of uncommon depth, richness, concentration and complexity. Beautifully structured, tightly focused, with layers of currant, tar, earth, anise, mineral and sage, finishing in long, lingering aftertaste.” -Wine Spectator

But you don’t have to choose a collector vintage to pick up a highly rated bottle of wine. Our shelves are stocked with wines scoring 90 points and above, including: Albe Barolo, Volver Tempranillo, Seghesio Zinfandel, Beronia Rioja, Juan Gil, Ridge Three Valley, Rio Madre Rioja and many more.

Sparkling Wine, from Korbel to Cristal

Let us help you and your significant other celebrate this Valentines Day with the perfect bubbles. We carry a wide variety of sparkling wines from around the world, including some excellent Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco, and American wines, such as Korbel’s organic California Champagne.

If you’re looking for something more decadent, we currently have a 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne. This elegant champagne has received countless high scores, including a 98 point rating from Wine Enthusiast.

 “Roederer’s 2002 Cristal is …a gorgeous, seductive Cristal of the highest level.”
-Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 96 points

“It occupies a comfortable middle ground between the quiet refinement of Dom Perignon and the bold approaches of the top Bollinger and Krug wines.”
-Connoisseurs Guide, 96 points

“A suave customer, with hints of citrus, berry and coffee. Harmonious and refined…”
Wine Spectator, 92 points


Beronia Reserva 2008

The Bodegas Beronia winery takes its name from celtic warriors who inhabited the Rioja region of Spain in the 3rd Century BC. Beronia makes classic wines indigenous to the region, as well as creating modern blends of their own.

We are currently featuring a Reserva from Beronia’s classic line. A traditional blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Manzeulo and 5% Graciano. A Reserva is aged for at least 3 years. This Beronia Reserva was aged for a minimum of 18 months in mixed American and French oak barrels, and then aged another 18 months in the bottle before release.

Highlights from the official Beronia Reserva tasting notes:

“…a seductive and complex nose with mature fruit dominating…with chocolate and cinnamon over a sweet and spicy base. This wine is favourful and smooth….with notes of cocoa and toffee standing out…a modern wine, enveloping and complex…”

Ridge Sonoma County Three Valley

Ridge Sonoma County Three Valleys wine is made from grapes grown in many different Sonoma vineyards. The wine maker considers this blending of vineyards, to be the height of wine making. Three Valleys contains:

  • 65% Zinfandel,
  • 20% Petite Sirah
  • 9% Carignane
  • 3% Mataro
  • 2% Alicante Bouchet
  • 1% Grenache.

Wine Enthusiast gives Three Valleys 91 points, describing it as “dry and lithe in the mouth yet gently tannic, with suggestions of berry jam, bacon, grilled mushrooms and hints of balsamic and soy sauce.” The winemaker’s tasting notes include “raspberry and cherry flavors together with savory oak spice”.


Fabulous White Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner

This Thanksgiving, try a Pinot Gris, a perfect white wine to pair with your turkey and ham dinner. Pinot Gris is a white wine grape from France that grows a grayish-blue fruit. You may be more familiar with its Italian clone, Pinot Grigio. We are proud to feature Paul Blanck Pinot Gris this November. This fabulous white wine hails from Alsace, France, a region known for producing exceptional white wines. Wine Spectator gives the  2011 Paul Blanck Pinot Gris 91 pts., describing it as showing…

 …accents of honeycomb, lemon wax, camomile and almond with flavors of papaya.

2010 Bodegas Atalaya Almansa Laya

Manager’s Top Wine Choice

We were delighted when we first sampled this red wine blend from Spain.  Bodegas Atalaya Almansa Laya consists of Garnacha and Monastrell grapes.

We were impressed with its stunning bouquet, beautiful dark color and medium body. Captivating flavors  of cherry and red berries, and soft tannins will entice you.

90 Points, Wine Enthusiast