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Seattle WA 98117
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End of Summer Rosé Blow-Out Sale!

New reduced INSIDER prices on many of the wines below, and all rosé in the shop is 25% off thru Labor Day! We're making room for a new Bordeaux container coming this fall!  Woot! Woot!

•Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Rosé (FR)
•Paul Blisson Costières de Nîmes Rosé  (FR)
•Chateau Barbanau Provence Rosé (FR)
•Domaine de Frégate Bandol Rosé (FR)
•Domaine La Bessonne Provence Rosé (FR)
•Château Rivière Minervois Rosé (FR)
•Mas de la Source Pay d'Oc Rosé (FR)
•Philippe Deval Crémant de Loire Rosé (FR)
•San Leone Bardolino Chiaretto Rosé (IT)
•La Farra NV Spumante Rosé (IT)

Special Sale: 25% OFF the bottle price!! 
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07.15.2016  Understanding Vintage & Aging

Shuffling through the wine shop- we restock, we straighten, and above all, we check vintages. So- it may seem basic, but here we go: What’s in a vintage?

The vintage on the bottle is the year that the grapes were in the vineyard. That eventual fermented juice could spend a few years in a barrel, but the vintage will not change when it is bottled.  Some regions have aging requirements on the label to inform the consumer how long it was in the barrel (for example Crianza in Spain or Riserva in Tuscany) and some do not. And then, then there is non vintage (NV).  This is when a winemaker decides that blending of two or more years produces the results s/he wants. It is found most often in fortified or sparkling wines such as Champagne and ports.

Most wineries have their style for their wine and do their best to keep that mark.  Why does it matter if one year is different or not and what would make it any different?  Well, crafting wine is not the same as making legos. Winemakers cope with the weather, which (as we know in Seattle) is more variable than one might expect. As much as winemakers desire to hold true to their style, each year has a challenge.  For those of you that enjoy visiting wine country, you have heard the stories- and every year has them!

  • Early frost, or surprise frost for that matter
  • Hail as seen this year in Chablis and few years ago in Piedmont
  • Over the top temperatures (2015 California)
  • And even a simple rainy finish prior to harvest can create watery juice...

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End of Summer Rosé Blow-Out Sale!

New reduced INSIDER prices on many of the wines below, and all rosé in the shop is 25% off thru Labor Day! We're making room for a new Bordeaux container coming this fall!  Woot! Woot!

•Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Rosé (FR)
•Paul Blisson Costières de Nîmes Rosé  (FR)
•Chateau Barbanau Provence Rosé (FR)
•Domaine de Frégate Bandol Rosé (FR)
•Domaine La Bessonne Provence Rosé (FR)
•Château Rivière Minervois Rosé (FR)
•Mas de la Source Pay d'Oc Rosé (FR)
•Philippe Deval Crémant de Loire Rosé (FR)
•San Leone Bardolino Chiaretto Rosé (IT)
•La Farra NV Spumante Rosé (IT)

Special Sale: 25% OFF the bottle price!! 

Santa Lucia Vermentino
(Tuscany, Italy) -- Reg. $17.99 | INSIDER $14.99  | Mixed Case $11.99 -- Grapefruit, lemon- lime citrus, salinity and subtle nut oil. Refreshing with depth!

20% CASE DISCOUNT & 10% HALF CASE
... includes mixed cases!

Franchetto La Capelina Soave (Veneto, Italy) -- Reg. $15.99 | Mixed Case $12.79 -- Citrus blossom and warm apple notes.  Flint, citrus and flower, in particular cedar and lilies, apricot and elder flower. Beautiful.
 
20% CASE DISCOUNT & 10% HALF CASE 
... includes mixed cases!

Palladino Barolo Serralunga d'Alba 2011 (Piedmont, Italy) --Reg. $51.99 | Mixed Case 41.59-- “Aromas of mature dark berry, baking spice, pipe tobacco and a balsamic note lead the nose. The ripe palate doles out juicy wild cherry, black raspberry, licorice grilled herb, clove and tobacco alongside a backbone of fresh acidity and velvety tannins.” 93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast  Ratings Key>

20% CASE DISCOUNT & 10% HALF CASE
... includes mixed cases!


Casto Pequeño Verdejo (Castilly y Leon, Spain) -- Reg. $11.99 | Mixed Case $9.59 -- Honeydew, lemon citrus, minerality and sun rays.

20% CASE DISCOUNT & 10% HALF CASE
... includes mixed cases!



Domaine Moulin d'Eole (Southern Rhône, France) -- Reg $13.99 | Mixed Case 20% off $11.19 -- Tasting notes: Rich summer plum, black cherries, hillside herbs and soft tannins. --Jens  ...Who's Jens?

20% CASE DISCOUNT & 10% HALF CASE
... includes mixed cases!


Scuttlebutt Transistor IPA  (Everett, Washington) --  $2.79 12 fl oz -- Crisp and light with pleasant floral and woody hop flavors.  Support your local public broadcast radio station with this great tasting beer! All net proceeds are donated to KEXP! Gold color with hops of Columbus, Chinook, Glacier, and Nugget.  Read more about Scuttlebutt>>