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SICK OF LOOKING AT IT SALE


big sale.jpgAnnouncing our latest, greatest sale: the Somthingth Annual Sick of Looking at It Sale. Yes, this is really just the standard early summer shelf cleaning that we should have done over Memorial Day. But what's a sale without a catchy name?

The sale is well worth a browse. Most sale prices reflect at least a 15% discount, many even more, with a handful cut close to cost. And after 7 years, I've gotten over that sentimental-don't-put-that-one-on-sale-softie side, so I'm not holding back on the goods!

To see what's available, go to the WINES page, enter SALE into the search field and search. Quantities are limited - first come, first serve. We'll try to keep your inventory updated, but call if you have any questions.

(NOTE: You don't have to be local to play.... we can ship to many places.)

 
 
 

AN UNLIKLEY VINEYARD: We have the book - and the wines


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One June 30th, we're hoping to be lucky enough to host Deirdre Heekin, author of An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir and grower of otherworldly (OK, that other world = Vermont) wine for another in-shop tasting and book signing. If you missed the first one, celebrating her book launch, you won't want to miss this one, so stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, we have Deirde's lovely wines to sell. Liquid proof that native grapes and New England weather are not incompatible with organic farming and beautiful wines. In stock: Damejeanne 2013, Harlots & Ruffians 2013, and Loups-Garoux 2013. All 750ml bottles. All $37.99. To purchase, go to our WINES page and search on "garagista"

We also have copies of Deirdre's book, noted by the New York Times as one of last year’s top wine books, which spins a wonderfully practical account of realizing her vision of a living farm with a table at its center. Balancing rural romance with the real concerns of sinking hands into dirt, it’s filled with tips and inspiration for the existing gardener. And it will have armchair green thumbs ready to run off and buy a tractor. (Add it to your cart just below!) Price: $35

 
 
 

Your Gateway Drug to the Jura: Rolet Chardonnay


Rolet Chardonnay.JPGDomaine Rolet Arbois Chardonnay 2011 (Jura, France):

Our gateway drug to Jura whites: with the satisfying weight of a white Burgundy, without the buttery note of a Russian River Chardonnay, and with just a touch of hazelnut, in the subtlest of Jura fashion. Rolet works in a topped up (ouillé) style, so while the wines still have that trademark Jura texture, they're not quite as twangy as some. And the price.... R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S. Now you have no real excuse not to give this unique region a try.

Price: $18.99
 
 
 

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THE WELL EDITED WINE CLUB

$45.92 monthly (that’s $50 with sales tax)
Bonus: 10% off any 6 bottles; 15% off 12 bottles

Top 5 Reasons to join:

delivery truck - left.jpg1.) Your book club needs more interesting wine
2.) Discover wines you never knew you needed
3.) You want to learn? You need to drink!
4.) Fermented fruit of the month!
5.) You get thirsty. Your friends get thirsty.

What? You need more reasons? It’s $50 bucks a month, including sales tax, for two to four bottles selected by us.

Good stuff.
Fun stuff.
Stuff we really like… and hope you like too.

Do you really need any more reasons? (If you do, read our extra long explanation here.)

Details, details, details:
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Elsewhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn: $10 a month. Beyond that: $15 a month.
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Subscription members billed monthly.
3 and 6-month pre-paid options also available (and are a great gift idea.)

 
 
 

More Badenhorst Wines... the Fancy Pants Version


Badenhorst Family White Blend 2010:

Badenhorst Family.jpgThis is an classic kitchen sink blend. There’s a fair amout of Chenin in the mix, along with some Roussane, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Verdehlo and a touch of good-old-boring Chardonnay. Fair warning – this is a BIG wine. MASSIVE! But not in a block-buster, beat-me-with-a-butter-stick Cali-Chardonnay sort of way. It's all about texture: big and rich but with a firm streak of acidity to give it structure. I always find it difficult to pull out specific flavors for this one, because they’re so tightly knit into the body of the wine, but there’s a nuttiness, a citrus note, maybe something a touch honied or floral? Regardless of the specifics, this is a great wine for fans of full-bodied whites. Or people who “don’t like whites.” Or for Chardonnay fans looking to move on to something else. It’s worth decanting – or drinking over the course of days. It’s not a picnic wine – this is serious, delicious stuff that goes best with something rich and creamy. And if you’re drinking it in this weather… definitely pair it with some air-conditioning.

Price: $43.99

 
 
 

Dayglo Tinto


vinello.jpgPartida Creus Vinel-lo Tinto 2014 (Penedes, Spain):

Partida Creus was founded by two Piedmontese architects Massimo Marchiori and Antonella Gerona who relocated from Barcelona in search of a slower-paced life. They settled in the Penedes and started farming the fruits and vegetables of the region. Dissatisfied to not find locally-produced wines, they decided to make their own! (Yes, we think this is crazy, too.) Vinel-lo is a field blend of indigenous varietals from a younger vineyard they purchased and revived in the region. To be exact, it is a blend of trepat, sumoll, garrut, queixal de llop, ull de perdiu, garnacha, and samsó. We’re not sure exactly what these grapes are, but we’re sure that the wine is delicious and is the prettiest ruby red shade in the glass. It’s light-bodied, red-fruited and elegant: like a deep rose or a light poulsard. Let it breathe upon opening and the layers of fruit and minerality that unfold will delight you.

Price: $22.99
 
 
 

LAST YEAR'S ROSE


Common logic would state that you shouldn't drink last year's pink stuff. You want fresh! And new! And young! Because rose doesn’t age! At all! Ever! And while it’s true that many rosés don’t really benefit from extra time in the bottle, there are quite a few that do. They’re still charming and delicious and just the thing for a warm spring day, but they develop just a bit of extra complexity, which is a good thing. Even if you’re not paying attention to it, it’s there and will make your pink-drinking even more enjoyable. And the added bonus – the wines are usually excellent deals because our suppliers need to move them along and make room for the incoming YOUNG! FRESH! NEW! vintage to arrive. So better wine… for less money? What’s not to love?

Here are a few of our favorite “old” rosés. Break the rules. (And don't fear their less-than-virginal pink blush.) Grab a few bottles now. Because when they are gone, they’re gone for good. (Consider yourself warned.)

 
 
 

LAST YEAR'S ROSE: PROVENCE


milan bag.jpgHenri Milan Ma Terre Rose 2013
(Provence, France)

We love Henri Milan’s wines. He’s firmly in the camp of no chemicals, no additives, minimal SO2, etc. etc. etc. But most importantly, his wines are delicious and to my mind, taste like a bottled versions of the mythical, mystical south of France I have yet to visit. When we had a chance to grab a bit of last year’s rose this year, we didn’t hesitate. It’s deeply colored (because he’s not stripping away any of the glorious pink to match some pre-conceived pantone number, opulent, with berries and a melon note, but dry on the finish. There’s complexity here if you care, but if you don’t, there also sheer deliciousness.

We suggest you buy a bag full.

Price: $17.99

 
 
 

LAST YEAR'S ROSE: AUSTRALIA


Small Fry Eden Valley Rose 2011
(Barossa, Australia)


small fry2.jpgDepending on your mood (or in my case, where I want to put it on the shelf), this wine is either a very deeply colored rose, or an extremely light red. It’s perhaps the ideal rose for people who "don't like rose." Or for those that do like rose... but are kind of the mood for a red.

Made from grenache from beautiful, biodynamically-farmed old grenache vines, it’s juicy and earthy with more structure and oomph than you would expect from a bottle of rose. The perfect wine for those who can't quite make up their mind.

 Price: $19.99

 
 
 

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