2015 Château d'Yquem

Friday, January 5, 2018 5:38 PM

2015 Chateau d'Yquem Bottles

The Top Of The Pyramid

Unquestionably, Château d'Yquem is in a league of its own when it comes to quality and notoriety.  Think about it.  If you've tasted any vintage of Château d'Yquem, chances are you remember when, where, and with whom.  If you've had enough Yquem that you've forgotten a few of these occasions, consider yourself lucky!



Here's an opportunity to get in on a legend in the making.  The 2015 vintage in Sauternes was a great one.  The botrytis was profound; the acidity levels healthy.  Here's a short excerpt from what The Wine Advocate's Neal Martin had to say about the 2015 vintage in Sauternes:  "The catalyst was a storm on August 31. The 9 millimeters of rain followed by warm sunny conditions was perfect for botrytis formation, the cool nights locking in the acidity. In some years, harvesters are at the beg and mercy of the capricious weather and hesitant botrytis development; but in 2015, the noble rot was so regular and even, that for once, vineyard managers could almost sashay into the vineyard and pick how they wanted."



Here's Mr. Martin's note from tasting the 2015 Yquem from barrel:

"It has a show-stopping bouquet that is beautifully defined and very complex and exuberant, infused with greater mineralité than recent vintages - intense but not as flamboyant as say the 2009 Yquem at this stage. The palate boasts absolutely stunning balance. This is a Yquem without a hair out of place: fantastically pure, botrytised fruit caressing the mouth. That is as per normal. What distinguishes this Yquem is the sense of electricity that is imbued by that razor-sharp acidity. There is just unbelievably tension here and to be frank, there is little point in me continuing to write this note, because it is simply an astonishing Yquem that will rank alongside the 2001 and 2009." 

2015 Saint-Bris Domaine Verret

Friday, January 5, 2018 5:41 PM

saint-bris-on-patio

If it's Burgundy and it's not Chardonnay, but Sauvignon Blanc - you're drinking Saint-Bris!

What?!! Aligote is not the only "other white grape" of Burgundy? Nope. Saint-Bris is yet another exception to the rule that says white Burgundy must be Chardonnay. Saint-Bris is an appellation in the northwest region of Burgundy, just southwest of Chablis, where the dominant white grape grown is Sauvignon Blanc. This might seem strange at first, but if you look at a map, you'll notice that Saint-Bris is closer to Loire Valley's Sancerre than to Beaune. 



At The Wine House, we've been on the hunt to expand our direct-import Burgundy portfolio, especially from under-represented regions. To this end, we've been scouting out leads, tasting a lot, and in general, doing our homework. Newly arrived Domaine Verret, with the "Imported by: Wine House Limited, San Francisco, CA" sticker (that's us!) on the back label, met our criteria for offering wines of quality, value, and an authentic sense of place. I remember tasting samples of their wines last year and liking the Saint-Bris immediately. I wasn't concerned that this lesser known appellation would be too esoteric for our clientele. I was confident that those who shop with us and enjoy fresh, vivacious Sauvignon Blanc would be drawn to this wine. 



The limestone soils contribute to the zippy minerality, though the texture of the wine is rather round. Super aromatic, on the nose exhibiting more exotic fruits and less cut grass aromas. As you can see from the photo above, I enjoyed a glass of Saint-Bris as an aperitif out on the back deck, enjoying the last of summer's warm rays after work last Saturday. 





A month into the new school year, I've got the carpool arrangements nailed down and the after school activities locked in. Now into Fall, the days are recognizably shorter and the nights significantly cooler. I've been hitting the farmer's market hard, trying to satiate my lust for vine-ripened tomatoes. At home, I've planted my first ever fall/winter vegetable garden. I've already begun harvesting lettuce and kale. Some time soon, I'll be braising greens and serving it with this lovely, evergreen-scented Saint-Bris. It should be a tasty match! -- Anya Balistreri

2015 Château de Raousset Fleurie "Grille-Midi"

Friday, January 5, 2018 5:54 PM

Chateau de Raousset

Best Vintage Since 1947?

Or so says Georges Duboeuf, so we'll take that with a grain of salt.  Though if you search the interwebs for "2015 Beaujolais Vintage," the superlatives are everywhere! 



My favorite wine writer, Andrew Jefford, had this to say about the 2015 vintage in Beaujolais, "The growing season, growers reported, unfolded according to the script they would have written for themselves – except that quantities were smaller than they would have liked.  The main threat to quality came towards the end of July, when the vines were beginning to show signs of drought stress, but cooler nights and showers in August helped enormously, with most beginning harvest towards the end of that month.  Acidities were fresher and balances livelier than in 2009, while the wines avoided some of the hardness of 2005, with a sweeter and more tender style.  Beaujolais vinifications are so various and sometimes risk-taking in style, however, that it’s still important to buy on recommendation."  That last line there is key.



The good news is that our producer, Château de Raousset, took full advantage of the ideal climatic conditions, and produced a line of wines which we highly recommend!  Maybe I'm biased, maybe I'm swayed by its pretty name, but it seems that vintage after vintage, I find their Fleurie "Grille-Midi" to be ideal for my palate.  The 2015 is stunning!  The aromas are all there, bright red cherry fruit, forest floor, again, maybe it's the name, but there's a hint of something floral going on in there too.  On the palate, the wine seems to float gracefully.  The fruit is perfectly ripe and the structure is seamless.  It comes in at 13% alcohol.  One doesn't hear it often, but this Cru Beaujolais can be cellared and should provide plenty of pleasure from now through 2026, if, as Neal Martin says, "you can resist its charms early on."



I don't want to bum anyone out here, but it is fall, and tomorrow is October 1.  An enthusiastic Rosé-loving customer picked up a case of her favorite earlier today and let it be known she wasn't ready for summer to be over, though she was accepting that very fact.  I always think of Cru Beaujolais as a wine which suits autumn perfectly - that forest floor nuance and all.  I also regularly consume, and happily recommend it be served during the fall's biggest holiday, Thanksgiving.  That's right.  Thanksgiving is next month.  That makes socking away a magnum or two a pretty dang good idea.  We do also have Raousset's Chiroubles, with its lighter profile, and also their Morgon "Douby", which is a bit more structured and even more age-worthy.  Though for me, the Fleurie "Grille-Midi" is just right! - Peter Zavialoff



Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments about 2015 Beaujolais, autumn, Thanksgiving wines, or how sweet it is to be rid of the reason I stopped watching my favorite football club for three years:  peter@wineSF.com    
 

The October 2017 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 4:30 PM

The October 2017

Dirty Dozen

It's October -

And that means that all over the northern hemisphere, in wine country, it's harvest time.  The cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours have winemakers at the ready to work their magic as the fruit which will someday become 2017 wine comes in from the vines.  While we wait for that magic, how 'bout a smattering of 12 bottles of harvests past, packed in one box, for one crazy, low price?  Swing on by and get your October Dirty Dozen today!

October Dirty Dozen Chillables Bottles

The Chillables

2016 Blanco, Armas de Guerra $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder                

Vinos Guerra is the oldest winery in Spain’s Bierzo region and owns some of its oldest vines. This citrus-laden white is made from local varietals Doña Blanca and Godello which were planted between 1955 and 2008. This wine is focused, chalky and dry, with plenty of fruit. It’s ideal with seafood, be it raw or cooked. Try with a poke bowl or sushi.



2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Old Coach Road $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder                    

This tropical, guava-tinged Sauvignon Blanc comes from Nelson, a wine region at the north end of New Zealand’s South Island. Here, the Tasman Bay provides a moderate climate. Only about 25 wineries exist in this small area just to the west of better known Marlborough. Two vineyards make up the fruit for this wine. Serve with quiche Lorraine.



2015 Chardonnay, Sharecropper’s  $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder                   

Sharecropper’s is a sensational value from the innovative Washington State winery, Owen Roe. Their 2015 Chardonnay is sourced from the DuBrul and Outlook Vineyards. This is fancy fruit and it tastes it! Not a shy Chardonnay, but one with lots of rich, creamy notes and lush, toasty oak flavors. Perfect for wild-caught salmon or veal Saltimbocca.



2016 Touraine Blanc, Domaine des Corbillières $16.59, $13.27 reorder             

We’ve been carrying the wines from Dominique and Véronique Barbou’s Domaine des Corbillières for two decades!  Well, if the quality’s there and the price is right, then, why not?  This Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc has the perfect balance of lively white fruit, citrus blossoms, and stony mineral.  Try it with a caramelized onion tart with goat cheese and thyme.



2015 Côtes de Gascogne Hors Saison, Domaine La Hitaire $14.49, $11.59 reorder

Down in Gascogne, just south of Bordeaux, comes this blend of Sauvignon Blanc (70%) and Sémillon (30%).  The property is owned by Armin and Rémy Grassa, sons of Domaine de Pouy’s Yves Grassa.  It’s all stainless steel tank fermented, so it’s fresh.  The Sémillon tames the Sauvignon Blanc with a round middle and gives it a waxy note.  Think seafood here.



2016 Bordeaux Clairet, Château Armurey $9.99, $7.99 reorder

Is it a red or a rosé?  We’ll let you decide.  Either way, it is chillable!  This Bordeaux Clairet is a throwback to the style of wine shipped from Bordeaux to England in the Middle Ages.  This easy going, unpretentious juice pairs with just about anything.  So keep your bottle well-chilled and pour it with burgers, mac n cheese, pizza, pasta, or a French Dip sando.

October Dirty Dozen Reds Bottles

The Reds



2015 Malbec-Syrah, Tilia $10.98 net price, $9.88 reorder

Tilia wines are made by Leopoldo Kuschnaroff, winemaker and general manager of Mendoza’s Bodegas Esmeralda. This Argentinian red is a tasty blend of Malbec, which gives off an herbal fruitiness, and Syrah, which adds a dark berry and smoky component. An all-occasion red that can adapt to most cuisines, match it up with stuffed peppers or meatloaf.



2015 Cannonau di Sardegna, Sanguineti $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

This Italian island red hails from Sardinia where the Cannonau grape makes its home. The grape itself is closely related to Grenache and shares a similar taste profile. Antonio Sanguineti, though Tuscan by birth, has a way with Cannonau. Medium-bodied with strawberry fruit and notes of underbrush, this would be delicious with lamb shanks or Osso Bucco.



2013 Merlot, Praxis $13.95 net sale price, $13.25 reorder

Bill Arbios has been making wine in northern California for over four decades. The man knows his stuff! This pretty little Merlot comes from a single vineyard located behind Jimtown Store in the heart of the Alexander Valley. Aged in American oak for two years, it is a balanced, round tannin red and is a solid option for the Thanksgiving table.



2014 Fronton, Château Coutinel $8.99, $7.19 reorder

Just north of the city of Toulouse lies the appellation of Fronton.  The principal grape grown there is Negrette, and all Frontonais wines must consist of at least 50% of it.  It makes for a light-bodied wine, much like Gamay (of which 20% is blended here), so it is a good pairing partner for those dishes that benefit from a light red – like roast chicken!



2013 Côtes-du-Rhône La Boissière, Domaine Boudinaud $13.49, $10.79 reorder

Thierry Boudinaud is one of our favorite Côtes-du-Rhône producers.  He and his wife Véronique have several labels of wines in and around the Rhône, though their La Boissière is one of their best values.  The blend is Grenache (55%), Syrah (30%), Mourvèdre (10%), and Cinsault (5%), and all together, it’s a great all-purpose red.  Try it with Bragioli.



2014 Chiroubles, Château Raousset $17.99, $14.39 reorder

There’s something about Autumn that just beckons the lover of Gamay-based wines.  Maybe it’s that forest floor aroma which reminds the taster of leaves changing colors and falling.  Maybe it’s that core of bright cherry fruit harmonizing with said forest floor.  This Chiroubles is light in body and versatile with food – give it a spin with Veal Milanese.



Juicy Rebound

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 4:41 PM

Juicy Rebound

Douglas Danielak In Vineyard

Cuvée Unique - one white, one red!

Douglas Danielak is a veteran winemaker who has worked primarily for small premium wineries in the Napa Valley. Under the label Juicy Rebound, Douglas makes wines for himself, focusing on Rhône varietals. Towards that end, Douglas makes quintessential California wine through a French lens. Douglas studied winemaking and worked harvest in France before getting his enology degree from UC Davis. In the late 80's, Douglas teamed up with Jim Paras to form Jade Mountain Winery, one of the wineries associated with the Rhone Rangers movement. I still remember (and can almost taste) their Mourvedre and a blend they called La Provençale. Those wines were delicious and affordable - just like Juicy Rebound.





 




The 2016 Juicy Villages Cuvee Unique No. 34 is a blend of Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Much of the fruit for this blend was acquired from a very high profile grower who wishes to remain nameless. This is a gorgeous, sumptuous white that teases out all the exotic goodness of these varietals while still keeping the balance of flavors tightly corralled. Surprisingly, no oak was used. Surprisingly – yes, because there is so much texture to the wine. The finish has terrific freshness. Only 100 cases were produced.

 

The 2014 Juicy Villages Cuvee Unique No. 84 is 65% Syrah and 35% Grenache from grapes grown in the Russian River Valley. Juicy is the key word here, as the fruit is supple, open-armed and berry-driven. There are herb-inflected notes lurking in the background that reveal Douglas’ penchant for French wine. Slightly more of the No. 84 is produced than the No. 34, but it is still very limited.


 




These mild pepperoncini came courtesy of a neighbor who knows I love to pickle veggies. I reused brine I had made from a previous batch: a shortcut that made certain I didn't end up throwing these beauties into the compost. For you see, this week was jam packed. Besides normal work/life schedule, my volunteer hours were to capacity. I participated in a Challenge Day activity for 7th graders at my daughter's middle school. I signed up last week and found the experience so rewarding, I went for a second day. My Church and School District's fundraisers all needed baked goods. I am not a baker, but with my daughter's assistance, I gave it my best shot. Let's just say, the kitchen needs a scrubbing from floor to ceiling. When that finally happens (or before), I am going to need a glass of wine to unwind. I will reward myself with Juicy Rebound. Full of ripe fruit goodness and a balanced finished - both the white and red from Juicy Rebound allow entry to a high echelon of quality without having to pay exorbitant prices for the privilege. These wines are really something! - Anya Balistreri

From the winery:

"Light, pale straw-colored and frosty, we dove into the wine noses first.Nectarine, lychee, fresh citrus blossoms and Asian pear gave the wine an exotic nose balanced with fine minerality. The rich, creamy Viognier was perfectly offset by the aromatic Roussanne with its fresh acidity and complex flavors of chamomile tea, honey and spiced pears."

 

From the winery:

"65% Syrah and 35% Grenache. Every August we spend our Sundays picking wild blackberries as we prepare for harvest. This Rhone blend captures that experience. Grenache leads the way with cassis and aromatic herbal notes while Syrah adds juicy blueberry, blackberry flavors, a supple texture and a satisfying richness in the finish."

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A Taste Of Burgundy - October 2017

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 4:47 PM

A TASTE OF BURGUNDY

OCTOBER 2017

2014 Beaune 1er Cru Pertuisots

Domaine Pernot-Belicard

The 2014 vintage for white Burgundy was a great one, and depending on who you ask, it borders on legendary status.  August was relatively cool, but it was followed by an exceptional September when the sun 2014 Domaine Pernot Belicard Beaune 1er Cru Pertuisots Bottleshone every day but three.  The perfect conditions at harvest assured that there would be some fine wine produced from the vintage.  Philippe Pernot, grandson of Paul Pernot, one of Puligny-Montrachet’s most famous vignerons, made just two barrels of his Beaune Premier Cru Pertuisots.  That’s just 50 cases for the world, and we got half of them!  The 1er Cru Pertuisots vineyard lies south of the village, very near the highly esteemed Clos des Mouches.  Considering the ideal conditions, it’s not surprising that the 2014 is Philippe’s best vintage to date.  The aromas are fresh and distinct — lime, citrus blossom, snappy green apple, and stony mineral.  The palate is concentrated and that stony mineral holds court with the lively fruit.  The finish is crisp and perfectly balanced.  Enjoy from now-2020.

2015 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières

Domaine Stéphane Magnien

As great as 2014 was for Burgundy’s white wines, the 2015 vintage is equally magnificent for the reds.  Stéphane Magnien represents the fourth generation of winemakers from this branch of the family.  The youthful Magnien has Pinot Noir vines growing in some of the Côtes de Nuits’ most prized vineyards, including about a half a hectare in the Premier Cru Les Faconnières, which is literally a stone’s throw from the famous Grand Cru, Clos de la Roche.  Magnien’s 2015’s are his most fleshy, easy to approach wines since the 2009 vintage, yet they are classically structured, suggesting they will age gracefully.  The bouquet of Stéphane’s 2015 Les Faconnières is wildly expressive with brambly red, blue, and purple berry fruit and spice.  The palate is dense and chewy, yet the tannins are finely integrated, and the finish is harmonious.  If you want to get the most out of this one, we suggest giving it some time in the cellar. Drink from 2020-2035.     

Bedrock Rocks!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 4:56 PM


Bedrock Wine Co.


Congratulations Morgan Twain-Peterson!

Morgan Twain-Peterson, proprietor of Bedrock Wine Co., recently became the first winemaker from California to become a Master of Wine. He is one of only 45 MWs from the United States. That is quite an achievement in and of itself, and yet consider the fact that during the time he was working towards becoming a Master of Wine, he was also building Bedrock Wine Co. - Wow!   I jumped on the Bedrock Wine Co. bandwagon from the start. My admiration was instantaneous and The Wine House has been rewarded for our support of Bedrock wines in the way of allocations. We are proud to carry a wide selection of Bedrock wines,from the vineyard-designated reds to the experimental blends. 



What I recognized early on, was Morgan's devotion to the vineyard. Morgan seeks out to use, but also essentially to preserve, old-vine vineyards. I too have a respect and affinity for the unique character of Zinfandel-based field blends.Without advocates like Morgan, these special, historic vineyards would undoubtedly be lost. I understand that what I am about to write is scientifically unprovable, but in 
Morgan's wines, I can taste that, well, love for the vineyard.

 

 Bedrock Vineyard: photo courtesy of BWC website



Their flagship wine (or at least that's how I see it) at Bedrock is The Bedrock Heritage. The Bedrock Vineyard has a long and storied history that can trace its grape growing roots well over a hundred years. It is a sizeable vineyard that sits in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. There are well over 30 different varieties growing at Bedrock Vineyard. In the 2015 Bedrock Heritage there are 19 different varieties (perhaps even more) that go into the wine, dominated by Zinfandel, Carignane, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet. A true, classic Californian field blend. Morgan writes that "Bedrock Vineyard is always going to have orange-scented perfume and rooted tannins". It's a full-scale red that is tasty in all its exuberant youth, but can also rest in the cellar. It really is a taste of California's wine history.



Words fail me to describe the emotions felt since fires ravaged Northern California. I am certain that we all know at least someone touched by this catastrophe.Living here in Northern California all my life, I am aware of the dangers of wildfire, but this was like nothing imaginable. As I learned about the losses to wineries and vineyards, I reflected on what I value most about being in the wine business. It comes down to the people and the land. It is indeed, people like Morgan who pursue winemaking, not just as commerce, but as a way of honoring the past and preserving our heritage, that inspires me. There are fewer and fewer of these precious old vines in California. I am grateful to those who champion these agricultural treasures.  Check out our full line-up of Bedrock wines to explore and taste these historic sites. - Anya Balistreri

From the Winery:

"The 2015 is a svelte lumberjack but a true lumberjack—not the soft-handed, urbane, hipster type, nor the Monty Python cross-dresser (though if that is what it wants to be when it grows up, that is just fine with me!).  A wine that is well-built, a little gruff at first, but full of nuance, soft eyes, and a well-hewn heart."

 

From the Winery:

"This wine, a field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Negrette, Carignan, Grenache, Trousseau Noir and many more, is dark and lovely stuff.  Definitely give it some time- either in the cellar or the decanter as time and/or air will help it to unfold."

The November 2017 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:00 PM

Feel that chill in the air?



Yep.  There's no denying it; November is here - And seeing that the sky is going dark early these days, it's time for our festivities to move indoors!  No problem here, it's a great time of year for hearty dishes accompanied by sturdy red wines.  If it's white wine that tickles your fancy, it's a good time for those too, as crab season and Thanksgiving are just around the corner.  Either way, we've got you covered - The Dirty Dozen is a great way to get both for a great price.  Pick up your November Dirty Dozen today!
November Dirty Dozen Chillable Wines

The Chillables

NV Giavi Prosessco Superiore DOCG $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorder                

November and December are certainly the months during which we do the most celebrating and entertaining.  So for those occasions which benefit from sparkling wine, we thought to include our award-winning Prosecco to this month’s mix.  The Giavi Prosecco is expressive and alive in the glass with great balance and a dry finish.  Great, all-purpose fizz!



2015 Viognier, Grange des Rouquette $10.99, $8.79 reorder            

A closer look at the back label tells us that this is 85% Viognier and 15% Marsanne.  The Marsanne gives the wine some body and adds aromatic complexity.  All in all, this VDP d’Oc is big on charm and low in price.  It makes for a great aperitif, though should you save it for the Thanksgiving Day table, you will find it very handy for its versatility. 



2016 Les Cimels Rosé, Château d’Or et de Gueules  $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder Speaking of versatility, Rosé wines top the charts when it comes down to the breadth of cuisine which they pair well with!  TWH pal, Diane de Puymorin crafts her Rosé more in the style of Bandol and/or Provençal Rosé, using Cinsault and Mourvèdre as the primary fruit.  It’s clean, crisp, and dry on the palate with hints of fruity aromas.



2015 Gruner Veltliner “Q”, Petra Unger $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder                       

Petra Unger took the winery over from her parents in 1999. With vineyards planted on either side of the Danube in the Kremstal region of Austria, Petra makes several cuvees of Gruner Veltliner. The “Q” is her most affordable and is all tank-fermented for optimal freshness. Yellow fruit flavors with aromas of white pepper; pair with crostini or bruschetta.



2015 Chardonnay, Benoit Badoz $17.98 net price, $16.18 reorder            

The Jura is a relatively small wine region sandwiched between Burgundy to the west and Switzerland to the east. Here Benoit Badoz, who is a 10th generation vigneron, makes traditional wines. The Chardonnay is delineated and cut. It goes through malolactic fermentation in tank and sees no time in oak. It’s snappy, so give it a try with oysters and mussels.



2015 Valréas, Clos Bellane  $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder                      

The Rhône Valley’s Clos Bellane is a small domaine situated at a high 1300 ft. elevation. The property is farmed organically and the soil is mostly limestone. This sensational white is predominantly Marsanne with Viognier and Roussanne blended in. A distinctively crisp white Rhône wine, pair it with grain-centric main dish salads.






 

November Dirty Dozen Red Wines

The Reds

2011 Tinto, Terraços do Tejo $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

Portugal offers terrific value for everyday, honest reds. This one is no exception and blends Aragonès (aka Tempranillo), Syrah and Castelão into a spicy, softly fruity wine. The tannins are well integrated, creating a complete taste sensation on the palate. A versatile wine, this can go with hearty fare like beef stew or can satisfy alone while curled up on the sofa.



2016 Rouge, Petit Canet $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Delightfully fruity, this Carignane, Syrah and Grenache blend is the perfect antidote for any lack of sunshine. Bursting with berry fruit, this tank-fermented red is easy to get, easy to enjoy. The fruit comes from certified organic grapes from vines ranging in age from 25-45 years old. Working late; too busy to cook? Order pizza in, pop the cork and call it a night!



2015 Zinfandel, A Campo $17.98 net sale price, $16.18 reorder

Winemaker Jim Moore worked two decades at Mondavi in Napa before going out on his own. With over 40 harvests under his belt, Jim continues to produce bright, well-balanced wines. His old vine Lodi Zinfandel is marvelous! Lots of zesty berry fruit, at once generous and lively. This is a no-brainer, full-bodied red pick for the Thanksgiving table.



2015 Gaillac, Château Langlade $9.49, $7.59 reorder

Just north of the Pyrenees, near the city of Toulouse, lie the villages of Fronton and Gaillac.  While the former may be best known for their indigenous grape, Negrette’s inclusion to the local blends, nearby Gaillac has a couple local grapes as well:  Duras and Braucol.  The two are blended with Syrah here and the result is a lightweight, versatile red.

 

2014 Luberon, Tour de l’Isle $15.59, $12.47 reorder

Taking on the role of the negociant, Tour de l’Isle’s Robert Rocchi works with producers in and around the southern Rhône Valley, advising them on everything from vineyard work to what to include in the final blend.  This Luberon, from Y. Rousset-Rouard, is medium-bodied with fruity aromas.  Treat this like a spaghetti-red and you’ll be in business.



2014 Morgon Tradition, Domaine Pierre Savoye $18.49, $14.79 reorder

And what would a November Dirty Dozen be without a CRU Beaujolais?  The autumnal aromas of cedar, tobacco, and forest floor are in harmony with the season; and it is medium-light in body with fresh acidity, perfect for the array of small dishes one finds on the Turkey Day table.  Please join us in our tradition, by serving Savoye’s Morgon at your table!

40 Novembers

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:11 PM

We Just Turned 40!!!


In November 1977, The Wine House was founded by John Carpenter at 535 Bryant Street in San Francisco.  Two locations and 40 years later, here we are at 829 26th Street in the city's Dogpatch neighborhood.  To say thank you to our customers for your patronage, and to help you celebrate with us, we're slashing prices on much of our inventory!



Deals abound in all corners of the shop!  There are some in-house specials to be found around our store, just look for the gold tags!  Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône, Sauternes, Italy, and more! 
     

To whet your appetite ...

Having been around for an Anniversary Sale or two over the years, experience tells me there is demand for "everyday Burgundy."  What is "everyday Burgundy?"  That is a subjective question to be sure, so I will share what "everyday Burgundy" means to me.



An American friend of mine who once lived in London for a short time returned a changed man.  He regaled me with tales of wine tasting and fraternizing with members of the staff of his local Nicolas wine shop.  One point he was abundantly clear on was the importance of "everday wines."  As in, one doesn't need to splurge on a bottle for their Thursday night dinner.  Again, what is "everyday" to one isn't to another; so let's use the budget of $20 per bottle and under here.  Well, anybody who knows anything about Burgundy knows it isn't cheap.  Red Burgundy wines below the $20 price tag, firstly, are nearly impossible to find.  Secondly, they practically beg for scrutiny.  Right? 

"Hey look!  It's red Burgundy for less than $20!!"

"What's wrong with it?" - would be the usual response.

Some of the nuances which can cause this kind of bias would be that a wine is perceived as being too light, or too rustic, or not having much fruit, or maybe having a nervy acidity level.  If one tastes through a line of sub $20 red Burgundies, it is likely that you will come across all of those descriptors.  But again, "too light?" "too rustic?" - that's all subjective.  To be a good "everyday wine," most importantly, a wine needs to be balanced.  So we'll lead off our 40th Anniversary Sale with an everyday red Burgundy that is elegant, honest, and balanced.  The 2014 Rully La Chaume from Claudie Jobard - regularly $25.79, on sale for $17.95!!



If you've followed us over the past 5 years or so, you've probably heard of 
Claudie Jobard.    Her mother, Laurence was head oenologist at Maison Joseph Drouhin for 30 years.  Apples.  Trees.  Actually, her Mom and her aunt co-own the Pommard domaine, Gabriel Billard.  Guess who they entrust to make the wines there?  If you said Claudie, you'd be correct.  The Billard wines are great in their own right, but today's email is about "everyday Burgundy."  The appellation of Rully lies south of Burgundy's famous Côte d'Or in what is known as Côte Chalonnaise.  There's been a lot of investment over the past decade in this region, as some of Burgundy's famous domaines have been purchasing land there.  This is a good time to be interested in wines from this region as the quality is going up, up, up, yet the price remains in check.   Claudie's 2014 Rully La Chaume has classic, brambly Pinot Noir aromas:  blackberry thicket, a hint of strawberry, herbs, and forest floor.  The palate is bright, elegant, honest, and in harmony.  Just the right amount of fruit, with the right amount of acidity, dancing together with a fresh, elegant finish.  I mentioned above that sub $20 red Burgundy was nearly impossible to find.  I don't think I've ever enjoyed a sub $20 red Burgundy as much as I enjoy this one!  The bottle's been open for 3 hours now, and the wine is singing!  - Peter Zavialoff

       

40th Anniversary Sale!

Special Prices For Special Bottles For Your Upcoming Special Occasions

If you're going to launch a business in November ...

your anniversary is always going to be around Thanksgiving.  A holiday of that magnitude may steal the thunder of any anniversary celebrations, unless of course, you're a wine merchant!  As many of you know, our anniversary celebration comes with a big sale which coincides with the most festive season!  It's our way of saying thank you to our customers for your support throughout the year.

Inspired by a long time customer's request, "for 6 nice bottles from your sale to serve to guests on Thanksgiving," I made some choices.  The parameters were, "something nice, try to keep it under $50 per bottle (on average), and let's do one Champagne, two whites, two reds, and something sweet."  My personal inclination is to question why the sweet wine is relegated to the end, but my personal inclinations are just that.  This customer also shared the fact that they have eschewed the traditional Thanksgiving meal in favor of surf & turf.  Okay, the wheels were turning; being someone's personal wine shopper can be a fun gig; living vicariously and all.   Here's the what and why ... - Peter Zavialoff

NV

Arlaux

Rosé


Reg. $54.98

SALE $39.95



Let's get this party started.  What better way than rosé Champagne? 



Dry and crisp with a kiss of red fruit.  Very nice!










2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru

Les Sentiers

Reg. $91.99

SALE $59.95



Stéphane Magnien has vines in some fantastic vineyards.  The 2012 Chambolle Sentiers will steal the show at this dinner. This is special stuff here!  
2014 Chateau de la Matroye

Chassagne-Montrachet

Reg. $57.99

SALE $39.95



How about following that up with some fine white Burgundy from what critics are calling the best vintage in a long, long, time?  "Lovely stuff and worth a look." - Allen Meadows, Burghound




Chateau les Grandes Murailles

Saint-Emilion


Reg. $49.98

SALE $39.95



This tiny property atop the plateau near the village of St. Emilion is now run by the same team as neighbor Clos Fourtet, whose 2012 is also on sale ... for twice as much.  This is the real deal!
2011 Maison Dampt Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Reg. $74.99

SALE $49.95



Talking about "nice" bottles; here's one from Chablis' most prestigious Grand Cru!  Spicy, crisp, and mineral driven.



 















2007 Chateau Suduiraut

Sauternes


375ml

Reg. $48.98

SALE $39.95



With all the goodness preceding it, the 2007 Suduiraut will certainly be the icing on the cake of this or any dinner.  Don't be afraid to try it as an aperitif either!

40th Anniversary Sale!

Some Super Sale Pricing On Wines To Stock Up On This Holiday Season

Now that it's December ...

things are getting busy.  The calendar's filling up, party and dinner invitations are making the rounds, and this time next month it will be 2018!  If there is any time of year when it just makes sense to have good stocks of wine handy, it's right now.  As our 40th Anniversary Sale continues through the month of December, we've not only slashed prices on some of our finest offerings, we've also lowered the prices of several wines in the "everyday wine" category, giving you all the opportunity to stock up for all of your December entertaining.    



As far as wines to stock up on, here are a few super deals:

2015 Domaine la Hitaire Les Tours





Reg. $10.79

SALE $5.95



Quite a deal on this entry-level white from Gascogne.  Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Gros Manseng are the grapes; a light, dry, crisp easy to like white is the result. 



2014 Domaine Sylvain Langoureau Hauts-Côtes de Beaune Clos Marc



Reg. $21.49

SALE $12.95



Light and rustic, this entry-level red Burgundy is just the type of wine one might expect to be served by the glass in some of France's bucolic locales.
2013 Domaine Fondrèche

Ventoux Rouge



Reg. $16.99

SALE $9.95



This is about as good a deal on red wine as it gets.  Winemaker Sébastien Vincenti now includes grapes which used to go into his premium Nadalcuvée in this Ventoux.



2014 Domaine Pierre Savoye Morgon Tradition



Reg. $18.49

SALE $13.95



Cru Beajolais here; Morgon is well-known for its relatively sturdy profile.  Here we have black cherry, wild cherry, forest floor, and some earthy goodness without any sticky tannins.
2014 Domaine Les Guignottes Montagny Les Guignottes



Reg. $21.59

SALE $12.95



Montagny is in Côte Chalonnaise in southern Burgundy.  This is a great Chardonnay to pop in the fridge and pour with dungeness crab.


2014 Domaine Sainte Barbe Mâcon-Villages Les Tilles





Reg. $19.99

SALE $14.95



The consensus among wine writers is that 2014 was THE best vintage for white Burgundy in quite some time.  This un-oaked beauty is clean and expressive.

Holiday Hours And More From Our Anniversary Sale

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:25 PM

We're hoping you all had a nice Thanksgiving!

We all did, and though we are all still full from all of that food, we're OPEN today, regular hours: 10:00 - 6:00.  We will also be open tomorrow, Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 - 5:00.



And for your calendars, we are usually closed on Sundays, but we will be open the following two Sundays:

Sunday, December 17:  Noon - 4:00PM

Sunday, December 24:  Noon - 4:00PM

They're here!

The Holidays, that is.  With Turkey Day behind us, we now see December coming into view, and all the madness that comes with it!  The timing of our Anniversary and its subsequent sale is perfect for those of us needing wine for all of our December entertaining, as the sale will run through the end of the year!



To give you an idea as to what may be on sale, here are a couple of goodies from our Rhône section:



2013 Ventoux Rouge, Domaine Fondrèche

Winemaker Sébastien Vincenti is no stranger to the Rhône Valley, having spent a few years under the tutelage of the widely respected, André Brunel.  Sébastien has some of the finest terroir in the Ventoux region, east of the river.  In 2013, he discontinued his prestigious "Nadal" label, and combined the fruit which normally went to those bottles with his entry-level "Fayard," to make this Ventoux Rouge.  Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre, think of it as a classier wine than previous incarnations of his entry-level red.  With that sale price, it's a no-brainer!

Reg. $16.99  Sale $9.95

Or ...

if your needs call for something a little more special, there are some fancy northern Rhône wines on sale too, such as:



2011 Côte Rôtie Champon's, Domaine Stéphane Pichat

The wines from Côte Rôtie can be some of the hardest wines to track down.  The vineyards are located on super steep hillsides along the banks of the Rhône River in the north, and let's just say machine harvesting is impossible.  We've been importing Stéphane Pichat's Côte Rôtie wines since the 2010 vintage, and we've been loving them ever since.  We're not alone here, here's what former Wine Advocate Rhône Valley reviewer, Jeb Dunnuck had to say about Pichat's 2011 Champon's:



"Comprised all of Syrah and aged 24 months in 40% new French oak, the 2011 Côte Rôtie Champon’s exhibits a perfumed, complex bouquet of black raspberry, smoke, incense, saddle leather, violets and underbrush. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, supple, elegant and pure 2011 that can be consumed any time over the coming 10-15 years.



Run by the young Stéphane Pichat (who worked for Jean-Michel Gerin and Gilbert Clusel in the Rhone, as well as a stint in Sonoma), Domaine Pichat has produced superb wines in both 2011 and 2012. The vinification here is quite modern, with the grapes mostly destemmed, and then plenty of new oak (and extended duration) used in aging (also called elevage in French). Nevertheless, the wines show beautiful Cote Rotie meatiness and have seamless, polished textures. Moving to the 2011s, this too is a serious, solid lineup that makes the most of the vintage."

Reg. $63.99  Sale $45.95

December 2017 Dirty Dozen

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:28 PM

December 2017 Dirty Dozen



Eleven months down,



One to go - Welcome to December!  There's not a whole lot of 2017 left, and now that we're in the middle of the Holidays, there are many reasons to celebrate.  To aid in this year's festivities, we've packed 12 bottles of wine, all different, all chosen for their value and versatility, and put them in a box with this handy write-up for one outrageously low price - pick up your December Dirty Dozen today!

The Chillables

2015 Saint Chinian, Petit Paradis $13.98 net price, $11.68 reorder

Saint Chinian, a sub-region of the Languedoc between Minervois and Faugères, is planted mainly to red varieties. This exception to the rule is a perky, peach scented blend of Marsanne, Vermentino and Grenache Blanc. Terrific freshness with a smooth palate feel, this can work magic with rotisserie chicken, cold noodle salads or soups with winter greens.



2016 Picpoul de Pinet, Le Chevalier de Novato $11.98 net price, $10.78 reorder     

Another alluring white from the Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet is both the name of the variety and the appellation. Grown along the estuaries of the Mediterranean, Picpoul has acidity like that of a Muscadet combined with the roundness of a white Rhône. An elegant start to a celebratory meal when paired with oysters on the half shell or smoked trout rillettes.



2015 Chardonnay, Dreyer Sonoma $12.98 net price, $11.68 reorder        

For over twenty years, Dreyer Sonoma has been making top quality, super-affordable wines. Their Chardonnay comes from Carneros, a region that benefits from San Pablo Bay’s cooling breezes. A Chardonnay far more balanced and nuanced than most comparably priced ones, it’s a crowd-pleasing choice for cocktail parties and other festive gatherings.



2017 Unoaked Chardonnay, Good Hope $14.99, $11.99 reorder                  

Nope, you’re not seeing things; this is a 2017 Chardonnay, harvested this past spring.  The fruit comes from two vineyards, one ocean facing and the other in an inland valley.  The varietals are blended giving us the best of both worlds, zippy acidity and ripe yellow fruit.  Now that it’s crab season, feel free to pop one of these and get crackin’.



2016 Montravel Terrement, Château Puy-Servain $13.49, $10.79 reorder                      

Another wine, fresh off our latest container, is Daniel Hecquet’s Montravel Terrement Blanc.  Daniel pays homage to the Marquis de Ségur using a derivative of the word terroir to spotlight the vineyard the illustrious Marquis once owned.  It’s a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, and a great wine to serve with a vegetable tart with goat cheese.



2016 Touraine Rosé, Domaine des Corbillières  $16.79, $13.43 reorder 

The Domaine des Corbillières Rosé has been among our favorite Rosés for as long as we’ve been selling them.  In 2016, they crushed it!  This fine offering is impeccably balanced with hints of strawberry and melon-like fruit aromas along with stony minerals propped up by fresh, crisp acidity.  This is about as good as Rosé gets.  Try it with seared ahi tuna.

The Reds

2014 Nero di Troia, Cantine Le Grotte $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

Nero di Troia is the third most planted grape in Puglia after Negroamaro and Primitivo. Think of Puglia geographically as the heel up to the mid-calf of Italy’s boot. Nero di Troia is a purple skinned grape that when ripe, expresses rich fruit and mild tannins. Lots of forest berry juiciness here. Match-ups include slow roasted pork, brisket or mushroom lasagna.



2015 Bobal, Aula $15.98 net price, $14.38 reorder

Bobal is the native grape of Spain’s Utiel-Requena region just west of the city of Valencia. The climate here is a cross between Mediterranean and continental. Hot, dry days give way to cool nights, providing ideal conditions for growing wine grapes, especially Bobal. Raspberry, cherry and a hint of balsam notes prevail. Serve with pizza, pilaf or pasta.



2015 Vranec, Jordanov $12.98 net sale price, $11.68 reorder

Jordanov is located just fifty miles south of Skopje, Macedonia’s capital and largest city. In this region, Vranec reigns supreme. A black-skinned grape, Vranec produces a full-bodied red with flavors of sour cherry and cassis. If you tend to enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, you’re in for a treat! This can easily stand up to a rib roast with Yorkshire pudding.



2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Inacayal $9.98 net price, $8.98 reorder

One of Argentina’s best-known enologists, Adriano Senetier founded Inacayal in 1997 in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, identifying the vineyard as mineral-rich alluvial soil.  He sold the winery in 2010, but stayed on as the grower.  The 2015 Cabernet is full in body, with spicy aromas and dark, earthy notes.  Sure to be a hit with a juicy steak!



2015 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Le Farnete $14.59, $11.67 reorder

They’ve been allowed to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in Carmignano since Medici times.  TWH pal Enrico Pierazzuoli blends it (20%) with Sangiovese to make both his Carmignano and Barco Reale.  Think of it as a “baby Super-Tuscan,” with fresh red fruit up front and a medium bodied finish. This works great as a spaghetti red or with a Pizza Margherita.



2016 Château De Cranne, Bordeaux $13.98 net price, $12.58 reorder

Be the first ones on your block to taste a bona fide 2016 red Bordeaux!  The vintage will be a famous one for years to come, and this wine is a terrific sneak-peek as to why.  Elegant, yet ripe fruit intermingles with zippy, fresh acidity, all in balance with no harsh tannins.  It’s not Margaux, but hey, it’s a 2016 that’s ready to drink with those lamburgers. 

The December 2017 Dirty Dozen - $109  

A Taste Of Burgundy - December 2017

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:33 PM

A TASTE OF BURGUNDY

DECEMBER 2017

2015 Chassagne-Montrachet

Château de la Maltroye

 2015 Chateau de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet BottleChâteau de la Maltroye is located smack dab in the middle of the appellation of Chassagne-Montrachet. It’s surrounded by a host of Premier Cru vineyards including the eponymous monopole, Clos du Château de la Maltroye.  Jean-Pierre Cournut has been owner/winemaker since 1993, following his father’s retirement after running the property for some 20 years.  When asked about the 2015 growing season in Burgundy, Jean-Pierre replied, “It was a huge relief relative to the last few vintages.” Regarding the harvest, he later added, “the fruit was so clean, I basically paid people to watch it go by on the sorting table.”  Such was the case with 2015 white Burgundy; the fruit was perfectly ripe. It was apparent, early on, to Cournut that the wines would be very rich, so he did not perform any battonage on his wines. This village Chassagne is rich and concentrated, suggesting it will age well, though there is plenty of opulence showing already. We recommend drinking it from now-2030.

2015 Beaune 1er Cru Teurons

Domaine Albert Morot

2015 Domaine Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru Teurons BottleWe are going to be hearing about 2015 red Burgundy for a long time. It’s a benchmark vintage of the highest quality with better than average yields. Burgundy expert Clive Coates, MW has written that in his opinion, the best Premiers Cru vineyards in the Beaune appellation are Grèves and Teurons, stating that they “produce Beaune at its most elegant: fullish, but properly round, rich and balanced, with plenty of depth.” The Premier Cru Teurons vineyard lies in the middle of the Beaune appellation due west of the village. Geoffroy Choppin de Janvry has been running the show and making the wine at Albert Morot since 2000. He immediately implemented organic techniques and now is officially certified. Regarding the 2015 harvest Geoffroy commented that the fruit was, “ripe and as clean as could be.”  For his 2015 Teurons, he used 20% whole clusters to give the wine freshness, and was light-handed with extraction. This terroir-driven wine is concentrated and complex. Time in the cellar will help; drink from 2021-2035. 

Glorious Mountain-Top California Cabernet Sauvignon

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:35 PM

Arbios Cellars

Arbios Vineyard View

Glorious Mountain-Top California Cabernet Sauvignon!



Bill Arbios began winemaking over 40 years ago! He has achieved a level of expertise in his field that few ever have the opportunity to reach. After working for several influential wineries in the 70's and 80's, Bill was finally able to fulfill his dream of making wine from his own vineyard. Bill planted a 21-acre hilltop vineyard in Alexander Valley to his specifications using 6 different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon on soil that is essentially rock. The vineyard struggles each year to produce. The stress of the vines limits yields and concentrates flavors.



We’ve carried this outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon for over a decade. It is pretty much a staple here at TWH for several reasons, not the least of which is that in an era of super-pricey California Cabernets (think $200 plus a bottle), this estate-grown, balanced red is a steal at $30. It really is almost unheard of to have this level of quality (small production; sustainably-grown fruit; family-run winery; prime growing region) so fairly priced. The 2013 Arbios Cabernet Sauvignon spent almost three years in French oak barrel of which only a third of it was new. It has rich dark fruit flavors, plum and black currant,  with warm spice notes. The oak stands in the background, giving texture to the tannins. Overall this is a very elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. Truly yummy!
Arbios vineyard worker
So whether you are looking for a giftable red for your long list of clients or want to stock up this winter with a full-bodied Cabernet to go with prime rib roast on Christmas or steaks on New Year's Eve, consider Arbios to fill those needs.



Only a week in to December and I am feeling the pressure. It's as if I'm standing in front of several tennis ball machines swatting at balls coming at me from all directions. The name of the game is survival.  In a span of six days my daughter was in seven musical theater performances; 4 on stage, 3 behind the scenes. There were a lot of high energy moments, so I was not surprised when she called from school, complaining of a headache and promptly fell asleep after coming home early. She needed it. It's all about pacing yourself. So eliminate the stress of finding the right bottle of wine. Come on by or give us a call and we'll help select the right wine for you. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Arbios is certainly one I recommend for the reasons I mentioned above and for one other: Susan and Bill Arbios are some of the kindest people you'll ever meet! Good people; good wine. ~ Anya Balistreri


                                                   

Special Holiday Hours:

We will be open both Sunday, December 17 & December 24

From 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

Our 40th Anniversary Sale continues ...

And, as in years past, our most popular annual sale will be extended through the end of the year.  That means savings on wines from all over the shop for the rest of 2017! 

Now that we're in the middle of the holidays, maybe it's time to leave some of our favorite "weeknight wines" in their respective boxes and pop the cork of something a little more special.  Our sale has that covered.



Do you like Burgundy?  If you're reading this email, that's a rhetorical question.  We've picked out a handful of highlights from our Burgundy wines on sale; both red and white.  These wines were great values BEFORE they went on sale - You've got to love them now!



First, a trio of fancier reds from the outstanding 2012 vintage.  Clive Coates, MW, has written that, "There are some who regard the potential of 2012 reds as superior to anything recent, and that includes 2010, 2009, 2005 and other years."  That motivated me to stock up on 2012's.



For the whites, we have 3 different vintages represented, including the already famous 2014.  If studying vintage charts is your thing, then you probably know that the quality has been great for white Burgundy for quite some time, year after year.  These fancy whites will impress all who sample them. - Peter Zavialoff    



2012

Xavier Monnot Beaune 1er Cru

Les Toussaints




Reg. $55.98

SALE $39.95



"The mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is lush to the point of opulence with good mid-palate density before culminating in a beautifully complex, round and solidly complex finish."

- Allen Meadows,

Burghound 



Sounds like he liked it.






2014 Claudie Jobard

Rully Blanc


Montagne La Folie



Reg. $27.99

SALE $19.95



Claudie Jobard is Laurence Jobard's daughter.  Laurence was head oenologist at Maison Josef Drouhin for 3 decades.  Winemaking is in her blood - and we love her wines.  Don't let the low price put you off - this is special wine!

 


2012

Château de la Matroye

Chassagne-Montrachet

1er Cru Clos St. Jean



Reg. $64.99

SALE $45.95



Made by the meticulous Jean-Pierre Cournut (he's a former aeronautical engineer), the wines from Maltroye are known for their high-toned expression and balance.  The clay soiled vineyard of Clos St. Jean allows the fruit to ripen fully, giving the wines a core of crunchy berry-like fruit.

 

2012 Xavier Monnot

Meursault 1er Cru

Les Charmes




Reg. $106.99

SALE $59.95



White Burgundy lovers know one cannot go wrong with Meursault, though there is something particularly special about the wines from the Charmes vineyard.  This 2012 is ready for action with bright pear and apple fruit, stony mineral, and a crisp finish.  Yum!


2012

Stephane Magnien Grand Cru

Clos-Saint-Denis




Reg. $149.99

SALE $114.95



The youthful Stephane Magnien may only have 4.5 hectares to tend, but in what impressive vineyards do they lie??!!  This Clos-Saint-Denis will be the wine to pour for New Year's 2025, but there may not be any around by then. 

 









2013

Chateau de la Maltroye

Chassagne-Montrachet


1er Cru Le Dent De Chien



Reg. $199.99

SALE $124.95



And in the super-special wine department, there is this Dent de Chien.  Rumor has it that these two plots once belonged to the Grand Cru Le Montrachet vineyard.  This wine certainly gives credence to that claim.

New Champagne Producer - Liébart-Régnier

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:06 PM

Introducing Champagne



Liébart-Régnier
Liebart-Regnier Champagne Bottles

Just in time for the holidays ...

I was first introduced to Liébart-Régnier at a trade show last year. These kinds of shows feature scores of producers that are looking for US importers. They are a worthwhile endeavor, but you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your Prince Charming. These Champagnes, shown to me by the charming Alexandra Liébart, were, for me, the hit of the tasting, and a few months later I was in the village of Baslieux-sous-Chatillon paying them a visit. The estate was formed, as one might surmise, with the marriage of a Liébart to a Régnier, both of whom owned vineyards in the Marne Valley. Alexandra's father, Laurent, runs the estate now, and farms their 10 hectares.  They have been independent winegrowers since 1960, producing their Champagnes from 100% estate grown grapes. Their wines are based on Meunier and Pinot Noir from Baslieux-sous-Chatillon, with Chardonnay, and a parcel of 50 year old Pinor Noir (used for the Rosé), coming from the nearby village of Vauciennes.  They farm some of the ancient Champagne varietals as well, Petit Meslier, Arbanne, and Pinot Gris, and they will release their first cuvée from those varietals in the next year or two.

 

The Liébarts are farmers first and foremost, and are certified "H.V.E.," which is given to producers that show respect for natural habitats, protect biodiversity, and use natural treatments.  Their dedicated farming translates into utterly delicious Champagnes -- generous in fruit, focused and precise, giving boundless pleasure.

 

All these wines are net-priced, but for December only, to encourage you to partake in these fine Champagnes, we are offering a 15% discount on any assortment of 12 bottles of Liébart-Régnier.  You will love having a nice stash around for the coming year! - David Netzer



NV

Liébart-Régnier

Extra Brut


Reg. $36.99

CASE $31.43



50% Pinot Meunier

50% Pinot Noir

 


NV

Chardonnay Brut


Reg. $39.99

CASE $33.98



100% Chardonnay

All from 2013 vintage

 
NV

Liébart-Régnier

Brut


Reg. $34.99

CASE $29.73



70% Pinot Meunier

15% Pinot Noir

15% Chardonnay





NV

Rosé Brut


Reg. $38.99

SALE $33.13



45% Pinot Meunier

35% Pinot Noir

20% Chardonnay

40th Anniversary Sale: Bordeaux!!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:09 PM

BORDEAUX ON SALE
Bordeaux City Riverside Walkway

It only happens once a year ...

that we put wines from Bordeaux on sale, and now's the time!  The wines from Bordeaux are among the most highly sought after wines in the world.  Why is that?  Because they deliver.  Something I often tell customers is that the wines from Bordeaux are the most reliable wines money can buy.  Spend $50 on a bottle of Bordeaux and it will deliver.  I don't mean to disparage any other wine region, but sometimes even the sum of $50 won't guarantee you satisfaction if the wine were to come from elsewhere.  

Shortly after David sent me the list of wines which would be going on sale for this year's anniversary, my personality switched from merchant to consumer, and the first place to check out was Bordeaux.  I quickly identified which wines were the best deals, and put a star next to them.  I've listed 6 of these wines below, 3 below $50 and another 3 below $100.  There are plenty more Bordeaux wines (and wines from all over) on sale, so if you haven't yet had a look at our sale wines, now's the time!   - Peter Zavialoff









2012

Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc


Reg. $38.98

SALE $29.95



For me, this is kind of a no-brainer.  Cru Classé wine for less than $30.  Has some old-school Bordeaux funk, and terrific berry fruit expression.



 









2005 Château

Beau-Séjour Becot


Saint-Émilion

Reg. $94.98

SALE $79.95



Now in bottle for over a decade, this is just beginning to hit its drinking plateau.  Power-packed and sturdy, this wine can be consumed now (with decanting), or it will last another 20 years in your cellar. 

 




2011

Château La Lagune


Haut-Médoc

Reg. $59.98

SALE $39.95



La Lagune has been on my short list of favorite chateaux for quite some time now.  When I first saw that sale list, I identified this to be the best deal of all the Bordeaux on sale.







2012 Chateau

Pontet Canet

Pauillac


Reg. $108.98

SALE $89.95



In the northern part of Pauillac, just a small road separates Pontet Canet from Mouton Rothschild, so their terroirs are similar.  Big, dense, and chewy with hints of iron.  This is a classic Pauillac with a long life ahead of it.

 


2012 Château Nenin

Pomerol


Reg. $59.98

SALE $48.95



This from the Delon family's (Léoville Las-Cases) property right in the heart of Pomerol.  70% Merlot, 30% Cab Franc.  Fresh, harmonious fruit and spice impeccably balanced.















2006 Chateau Troplong Mondot

Saint-Émilion

Reg. $144.98

SALE $99.95



Another in the 10+ years old category, though the 2006 Troplong Mondot is drinking marvelously now.  It's more medium than full-bodied with a healthy level of fruit concentration, tar, black pepper and tobacco.  Delish!

Celebration Preparations - Sparkles And Sweet Decadence

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:15 PM

Tick Tock, Tick Tock ...

We're ten days away from the end of 2017!!  What to do?  Why, celebrate, of course!!  If you're in need of wine to celebrate with, we've got you covered!



As is customary this time of year, sparkling wines are very popular as celebratory wines, and we have good stocks of fizz ranging from sub $20 sparklers to fancy, hard to find Champagnes.  
Click here for a link to our selection of bubbles. 



If you like to celebrate like I do, then maybe a bottle of Sauternes from our anniversary sale is the way to go.  I always like to celebrate with Bordeaux's Gold wines, and a glass of Sauternes on New Year's Day is a must, if one is going to have a sweet year!



Remember, our sale lasts through January 2, 2018, so if you haven't checked it out, time is running short.





 - Peter Zavialoff

NV

Giavi

Conegliano Valdobbiandene

DOGC

Prosecco Superiore


Reg. $14.98





Our ever-popular, dry, pear-scented, Giavi Prosecco is quite an elegant drink for its party-wine price. Careful - the bottle tends to be finished before you know it!







2005 Château

De Malle


Sauternes 375ml

Reg. $27.98

SALE $19.95



From a vintage known for its abundant level of botrytis, the 2005 de Malle is showing rich aromas with citrus fruit and spicy aromas.  The palate is well-balanced and harmonious.  It's in a great spot right now.
d'Orfeuilles Touraine Rose Bottle
NV

Domaine d'Orfeuilles


Brut

Touraine Rosé


Reg. $15.98





Vivacious Champagne-method bubbly produced from organically farmed Côt, Cabernet Franc, and Grolleau grapes, grown on limestone-clay hillside soils. Fresh and crisp, with surprising complexity.



2007 Chateau

Rieussec

Sauternes 375ml


Reg. $44.98

SALE $34.95







"The palate is very pure and balanced with a wonderful seam of acidity that slices through the viscous botrytis fruit, quite spicy on the finish" - Neal Martin
2004

Pascal Doquet

Grand Cru


Le Mesnil Sur Oger

Coeur De Terroir

Reg. $99.98

SALE $74.95



Or one can go the way of true vintage Chamagne with this 2004 Grand Cru from Pascal Doquet.  Expressive, yeasty, and nutty, 2004 was great for Chardonnay-based Champagne.







2005 Chateau De Fargues

Sauternes 375ml

Reg. $59.98

SALE $49.95



Owned by the Lur Saluces family (former owners of Château d'Yquem), the 2005 de Fargues is Sauternes lover's dream.  It's intense, complex, rich, and powerful.  It's a great wine - for now, or for up to 15-20 years.

Open Today: Noon - 4:00PM!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:23 PM

Celebrating The Season
SF City Hall Lit Up With Green And Red

We're open on a Sunday!

It doesn't happen often, as we are usually closed on Sundays, but we are open today, December 24 from Noon - 4:00pm.  If you're looking to get away from the full parking lots, crowded shops, and overall madness of the season, stop on by and say hello!  We will make it worth your while, as David is marking down a bunch of wines to be sold as in-store specials just for today.  



Last minute wine craving, or in need of one more gift?  We'll be here for you.

Back in Stock!



The 2010 Château de Malleret took us all by storm a couple of years ago, as it was a happy discovery while tasting samples in Bordeaux in 2014.  We bought a bunch, drank some, sold some, cellared a few, and eventually they were all gone.  It happens; nothing to get down about, we just go back to the source and try to find something comparable.  Usually, when something this good which sells for such a low price sells out, it's out for good.  Surprisingly, back in June, while looking through a supplier's price list, I saw it.  I proclaimed, "You'll never believe this, but so-and-so are showing the 2010 Malleret back in stock."  Less than 5 minutes later, the email was sent:  "WE'LL TAKE IT ALL."



And now it's back in stock!  It won't be around very long, if history is any example, as so many of you have purchased and enjoyed this lovely Haut-Médoc wine from the legendary 2010 vintage.  Maybe today is a good day to head on over to TWH and pick up a bottle or two?



-Peter Zavialoff
2010 Chateau Malleret Bottle
Buy Now - $19.98

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