White Wine

2013 Sean Minor Four Bears Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc

sean-minor-hdr-webSean and Nicole Minor founded Four Bears Winery, and Sean Minor Wines, in 2005. One of the couple’s primary goals, was making affordable wine without compromising quality. They’ve certainly achieved that goal, and we’re excited to feature two white wines from the Four Bears collection.

2013 Four Bears Chardonnay – Central Coast
Sean Minor takes their winemaking very seriously, and this Chardonnay is no exception. The grapes are put through a slow cool fermentation, some in french oak barrels, and the rest in stainless steel. The wine makers tasting notes for Four Bears Chardonnay includes:

“On the entry, pear and green apple flavors are framed by nice acidity which integrates well with the medium body mouth feel.  The green apple and peach flavors evolve into a hint of minerality that adds complexity to the lengthy finish. “
2013 Four Bears Sauvignon Blanc – California

The Sauvignon Blanc goes through a similar winemaking process, with a few exceptions. Only a small portion is aged in French oak barrels, most in stainless steel. And the wine in the oak barrels is i”sur lie aged”, meaning it is left to sit on the lees after fermentation, the sediment at the bottom, a combination of yeast and grape remains. The wine makers tasting notes for Four Bears Sauvignon Blanc include:

“On the entry, the juicy grapefruit acidity integrates well with a medium body mid palate mouth feel.  The kiwi, green apple and peach flavors evolve into a hint of minerality that adds complexity to the finish.”

Bryn Mawr Vineyards – Rosé of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc

bryn-mwar-webWe have two great summer wines to highlight for July, both from Oregon’s Bryn Mawr Vineyards.

Bryn Mawr Vineyards – Pinot Blanc

While Pinot Blanc, a white variety of Pinot Noir, is not widely grown in Oregon, the folks at Bryn Mawr felt they had the perfect conditions for it when they planted the vines back in 2010. It turns out they were correct, as Bryn Mawr really delivers with a grape typically associated with cooler European climates.

The wine makers tasting notes include “honey, ginger, rose water, pear flowers, and mandarin…”

Bryn Mawr Vineyards – Rosé of Pinot Noir

The winemakers say their rosé is very “intentional”, that many other  rosés are simply leftovers from red wine making. Bryn Wawr pulls their rosé from the early stages of red wine fermentation.

The wine maker’s description includes “rich and creamy notes combine with fresh raspberry, strawberry, mandarin, and orange zest.”



Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2012

Rob Griffin and his wife Deborah Barnard have been making wine in South Central Washington’s wine country, for over 30 years.

Chardonnay has been a focus of Barnard Griffin from the beginning. So its no surprise Barnard Griffin Chardonnay rates so well.

Wine Enthusiast named Barnard Griffin Chadonnay 2012 a “Best Buy”, awarding it 90 pts. Some tasting notes from Wine Enthusiast:

“Opening scents of cracker and Asian pear roll into a concentrated, sophisticated effort that was half barrel fermented. Tart citrus, apple and pear fruit is touched lightly with pretty spice.”

According to the winemaker Barnard Griffin Chardonnay pairs well with a wide variety of foods, and is perfect for entertaining. This is definitely one to consider for your next dinner party.

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!


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.

Punggl Pinot Grigio – Alto Adige/Südtiro

Our featured wine this month comes to us from the north of Italy, the autonomous Alto Adige/Südtiro region. Bordering with Austria and Switzerland, this areas noted for distinct German and Austrian influences on the local wine makers. As a result of its varied history, Alto Adige/Südtiro grow a wide variety of grapes, many unique for Italy.

Nals Margreid’s Punggl Pinot Grigio is a fine example of the regions white wines. The winemaker claims it is the rich soils of Punggl Vienyard in the South Tyrolean village of Magreid, that give it its unique characteristics. The wine is aged half in oak barrels and half in steel tanks.

With a score of 92 points, Wine Enthusiast describes Punggl:

This is delightful, with amazing intensity and unique smoothness. Aromas of honey, peach and cantaloupe linger on the finish, with a fresh note of mountain flower. This is a simple wine, but a perfectly executed one.

Stop by Village Beer and Fine Wine today, and take home the taste of Alto Adige/Südtiro!

Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc

Jack Cakebread founded his first vineyard in 1973, producing 157 cases of Chardonnay. Today Cakebread Cellars owns 982 acres spread over 13 sites throughout the Napa Valley and more recently, a site in Anderson Valley.

Village Beer & Fine Wine is proud to carry Cakebread Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine maker feels that the Napa Valley is “ideal for cultivating Chardonnay.” Cakebread feels the varied terrain of southern Napa allows them to “craft a rich, elegantly structured Chardonnay that drinks beautifully on release, but ages well in bottle.”

The winemaker notes: “Our 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay opens with fresh, creamy aromas of ripe pear, apple and citrus, with light butter, yeast and spicy oak tones adding complexity.  The wine’s rich, focused, green apple, melon and guava flavors are nicely balanced by fresh acidity and a piquant mineral tone.”

Cakebread describes their  2011 Sauvignon Blanc as “wonderfully fresh and aromatic, with bright scents of pink grapefruit, gooseberry, melon and green apple.  On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with rich, vibrant citrus (grapefruit and kiwi), honeydew melon, spice and mineral flavors balanced by excellent acidity and a long, refreshing, mineral/chalky finish reminiscent of a fine White Bordeaux. ”

Cakebread Cellars posts recipes on their You Tube channel regularly that they feel are good pairings for their wines. This month Cakebread features a Pesto Crusted Salmon by Chef Philippe Boulot of the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Cupcake Wines – Central Coast, California

Consider us your Rockville source for Cupcake Wines, we’ve always got them well stocked. The vineyard describes their wines as “fruit-forward, indulgent and eminently approachable.”

Cupcake Vineyards is located in Soledad, on California’s Central Coast. Although, due to his international experience, Cupcake Winemaker Adam Richardson, adds wines to the lineup from various countries, from Australia to Germany.

Wine Enthusiast described Cupcake’s 2008 Pinot Noir as “silky and rich, with raspberry and cherry puree, cola, sweet vanilla and sandalwood flavors, and a long, spicy finish. Set it beside more expensive bottlings and it stands up well.”