Kabaj Goriska Brda Amfora 2006

We’re thrilled to have 6 bottles of this wine, selected as the top Slovenian wine in the New York Times this week.  Described as “rich, complex and distinctive with a raspy texture and herbal, anise flavors,” this unusual white spends time in clay amphoras before being bottled.

Kabaj Goriska Brda Amfora 2006 ($83), available to be shipped nationwide.  To order, call us at (718) 797-9463 or order online.

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Edmunds St. John El Dorado County Bone Jolly Gamay Noir 2010

“Earthy, spicy, dry, lip-smacking and delicious,” says the NY Times in choosing this as its Best of Tasting among the wines suggested to pair with Thanksgiving dinner.

We’ve got 9 cases in stock now. To serve the Edmunds St. John El Dorado County Bone Jolly Gamay Noir 2010 ($21, $17.85 with 15% case discount) at your holiday table, call us at (718) 797-9463.

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Enrique Mendoza Alicante La Tremenda 2009

We’re thrilled to report that we’ve got 15 cases coming of the ‘Best Value’ and ‘Best of Tasting’ Spanish monastrell from this morning’s New York Times wine column.

The Times described Enrique Mendoza’s Alicante La Tremenda 2009 ($15) as “complex and well structured with long-lasting, savory flavors of dark, plummy fruit and minerals.”

To order, call us at (718) 797-9463.  Orders will be shipped as soon as practicable considering Hurricane Sandy.

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Perrini Salento Rosso I.G.T. 2011 Negroamaro

Best of Value and Best of Tasting in the NY Times, at $16, this southern italian star is a steal.  We recommend laying in a few bottles to enjoy with stews and hearty pasta dishes this fall/winter.

You can order Perrini Salento Rosso I.G.T. 2011 Negroamaro ($16, $13.60 a bottle in a mixed or full case) online  or call us at (718) 797-9463.  We’ve only been allocated 5 cases and when it’s gone, it’s gone.


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Toast To An Old Friend


When was the last time you ran into an old friend you’d not seen for a few years? It can be incredible, like you never missed a day. We’re feeling that way as we re-introduce an old staple in our frozen section – Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream. Some of our long-time customers may recognize the effervescent flavors like White Zinfandel and Raspberry Chardonnay, and anyone looking for a rich mouthful should try the Cherry Merlot and Chocolate Cabernet varieties. Rather than artificial flavors, this ice cream is infused with real wine, thus the resulting pints boast about 5{0886acb4f5be58b49bf4e022446f4168c3918f2aad77c1481cecb92c8f2156f3} alcohol by volume (a nice adults-only late night snack). So the next time you’re entertaining old friends (or new ones for that matter) toast to dessert with this boozy treat!

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Adega Moncao Vinho Verde Muralhas 2011 – El Verde Verdad

The UK is the second-largest importer of Portuguese wine* so a column from the purple priestess of London’s Financial Times, Jancis Robinson, on that topic is of particular note.  This past Sunday, she singled out vinho verde from the Adega de Moncão for particular praise.  A cooperative nestled in the “prized subregion” of Moncão, their wine were favorably familiar to Mike, so we were on the ‘case’ (so to speak).

When we looked which of the coop’s vinho verdes was available in the US, the importer’s online catalogue appeared to only have the 2010 vintage of the Muralhas cuvee in stock. Curious. Vinho Verde is one of those fresh, fizzy wines for which a current vintage is crucial. Mike’s spider sense tingled (and not from the refreshing effervescence of a good vinho verde).  He knew the importer’s reputation for quality was flawless.  It just didn’t add up.  So we made a call. Nope, the home office confirmed, the computer says 2010.  We have 2010.

Something still smelled fishy (unlike the fantastic fresh fish at Provisions that would go great just off the grill with a glass of good vinho verde).  So Mike called his personal contact at the importer.  An hour later, he called back from a sidewalk cafe, having solved the mystery over a delicious, cold glass of the2011 Vinho Verde. Turns out, the importer hadn’t updated his label from the last vintage. The official label from the regional authority certifying quality and vintage correctly states 2011. The truth always comes out!

Adega de Moncão 2011 Vinho Verde Muralhas, $12 a bottle ($10.20 in a mixed or full case). 10 cases in stock.  To order yours, call us at (718) 797-9463.

*The first?  Would you have guessed Angola?  Es la verdad.

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Pazo de Monterrey Godello 2010

5 cases of this week’s Best Value from the New York Times are scheduled to arrive in store on Wednesday.  This week’s column, on Spanish white wines from the newly rediscovered Godello grape, “Spain’s emerging hope as an equivalent to the great white Burgundies.”  The Pazo de Monterrey Godello 2010 they praised as “zesty and harmonious with expressive aromas of ginger, minerals and licorice.”  At $15 a bottle, it’s a low-risk proposition to take a chance on this obscure, fun grape!

To reserve your Pazo de Monterrey Godello 2010 ($15 a bottle, $12.75 in mixed or full cases), call us at (719) 797-9463 or order online.

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Rose Parade Tonight!

In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, we’re giving her a bunch of roses tonight from 6-8pm at the wine store.  Join us and sample these five pink wines:

Pannonhalmi Apaptsagi Rose 2011 ($13) – From pinot noir and merlot, this hungarian rose shows notes of tangy strawberry and raspberry.  A great value and a best seller every summer.
Cascina Pace Rosanebbia Rosato 2011 ($15.25) – Nebbiolo, the most prestigious grape of Italy gives this wine medium body and subtle floral notes of ripe red fruits.
Fleur Vin Gris Pinot Noir Rose ($16.50) – California brings a bright, fresh, dry rose with floral and strawberry aromas.  Refreshing and mouthwatering.
Chateau de Roquefort Corail Rose 2011(18.75) – One of our all-time favorite finds, this is classic french rose from Provence.  A bouquet of bright, fresh strawberry and raspberry fruits, refreshing acidity on the palate and a thirst quenching finish.
Schnaitmann Evoe Rose 2011 ($20.75) – Distinct and powerful German rose with ripe red and black berries, spice and hints of fresh herbs, can easily stand up to slightly heavier dishes like roast pork, chicken, or salmon.
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Scrooge McDuck Shares His Gold Cap

Last week’s NYTimes wine column raved about auslese rieslings calling them “an unexplored jewel of a territory.”  Though they showed the category a lot of love, they found the wines they tasted from the oddball 2010 vintage underwhelming.

We know Mike’s a huge riesling fan so we figured he’d have an auslese from a better vintage in stock.  But we were surprised to find a 2006 Heymann-Lowenstein Gold Cap Auslese – a wine that was priced at $88 upon release in 2008 and retails for around $119 today – on hand and priced at $49.  When we called up Mike to tell him it had been mis-priced, he sheepishly admitted it had not. The wine had appeared on a clearance list about a year ago and Mike has been slowly buying up the stock and putting it on the shelf so that he could have it available for his own personal consumption.

We asked if we could offer the Heymann via email for anyone who wants to try a perfect example of an auslese from a cult producer and Mike grumbled something about whether we’d ask Scrooge McDuck to share his gold (the ‘Gold Cap’ designation is the holy grail for riesling fans).  But once we okayed the purchase of the rest of the available bottles from the importer, he agreed to let us dip into his stash.

The Heymann-Lowenstein auslese is exquisite, with notes of citrus marmalade, apricot, honey, cinnamon and spice and should drink well now through 2030. Think ahead for Mother’s Day!  Even if she’s a score keeper, she’ll be pleased – the Heymann gold cap scored better than even our $200 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, a wine regularly served at the White House.

Only 20 bottles in stock, call us at (718) 797-9463 to order Heymann-Lowenstein Winninger Uhlen ‘R’ Roth Lay Riesling Auslese Gold Cap 2006 ($49).  Like most auslese 375 ml half bottles, the Heymann packs a lot of intensity into a small package.

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La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001

Best Value and Best of Tasting in the NY Times, we’ve got 5 cases of the La Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001 coming in on Wednesday.  To reserve yours, call us at (718) 797-9463.  We’re excited to try the wine the Times called “wonderfully complex yet mellow and balanced, with great finesse and flavors that linger.”  One of the benefits of Riojas is that they are released relatively late.  So the winery has done the aging for you under perfectly controlled conditions.  If you’ve ever considered starting a cellar or wondered about the advantages of proper aging conditions, a Rioja is a great wine to splurge on.

Special insider tip:  We’ll taste it on Saturday from 5-7 pm paired with something special from Fort Cheese!

Greene GrapeLa Rioja Alta Rioja Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001
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