Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm

LIOCO IndicaWe’re tasting more Thanksgiving picks this evening.

Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues “Les Grandes Vignes” Cotes du Rhones Blanc, 2014

Chateau d’Epiré Savennieres 2014

Qupé “A Modern Red” 2013

Lioco “Indica” 2013 Mendocino Red

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November, 13th, 2015

Friday Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm

Jenny & François Tasting in the Shop



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Friday, Nov. 6th, 2015

MvR_beard_r3Ok, who’s messing with our favorite season? This balmy November, with birds-a-chirpin’, open-window breezes and confused crocuses is definitely giving an identity crisis to at least a few of us die-hard New Englanders. And it’s putting a cramp in our ‘take shelter and indulge’ slow slide into winter! Not that we’re asking for brutal cold and 6 foot snowbanks, but cool, crisp air, tinged with the scent of woodsmoke, and paired with a peaty scotch or autumnal red? Well, it’s just wired into our DNA in these parts…But we’ll stop complaining and look on the bright side: We’ve got Wine Traditions in the house tonight! Nothing says ‘fall’ like Beaujolais, and we’ll be tasting a lovely Julienas with importer rep Leigh Ranucci. Tonight’s tasting is Thanksgiving focussed and all Wine Tradtions. We’re pouring three other wines in addition to the Julienas, including a Vouvray that will be killer with your turkey – or tofurky, it’s pretty versatile, really. So tonight’s line-up oughtta help take the sting out of our Seasonal Affective Disorder! Tasting notes are below.

From the Wine Traditions website: Wine Traditions, LTD. imports wine from France produced from independent, family owned vineyards located throughout France’s many wine growing regions. We champion appellations that receive too little acclaim and have sought out vignerons and vigneronnes whose deep respect and commitment toward their land result in wines that convey a sense of place. Stylistically, we seek wines that balance intensity with delicacy and are wines of good character rather than caricatures of good wine. We hope these wines will bring you pleasure.

Christophe Thorigny Vouvray Sec 2013Christophe Thorigny is the 4th generation to farm this 10.5 hectare estate in Vouvray. Most of the grapes here are sold off to local negociants, which makes the small amount of estate-bottled wines that much more special. Christophe farms with minimal intervention and keeps yields low with severe pruning throughout the growing season. The vines are planted on chalky and flinty clay covering a think layer of limestone, and those mineral, rocky notes come through in the wine. This is dry, focussed Chenin Blanc, with notes of honeysuckle, oranges and lemons on a long and elegant finish.

Domaine Gautheron Chablis 2014Alain Gautheron is the 5th generation to cultivate vines on this 25 hectare property in the village of Fleys, in vineyards that are chock full of fossilized snails. In fact, the people of Fleys were once called “Gougueys” the local word for snail, because of all the snail fossils here. That’s just a fun fossil fact for you!

Gautheron Chablis is all bang for the buck. It’s stainless steel fermented, then left on its’ lees for 9 months before bottling, which gives it a pleasing texture. It has a crisp and stony character that reflects the chalky soil upon which the grapes are grown. Subtle floral and orchard fruit notes add complexity and depth.

Domaine de Foretal Julienas 2013

Domaine de Foretal is an 8 hectare estate situated in the small village of Vauxrenard, located between Fleurie and Chenas, in the northern Beaujolais. The Perrauds have been growing grapes here for five generations. Since 2000, Jean-Yves Perraud has tended to the property; he’s introduced a number of sustainable farming practices, including cover crops and finding alternatives to chemical herbicides and pesticides.

This Julienas is from 30 year-old vines grown on sandy, granite soil. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermentation is semi-carbonic in stainless steel. The wine is floral and aromatic, with strawberries and light spices, and vibrant, refreshing acidity and minerality.

Chateau Chabiran Rouge 2012 Bordeaux Superieur

This chateau is situated in a high plateau just outside Fronsac, which is said to be one of the best sites in all of Bordeaux Superieur. It benefits from well drained soils of local blue clay and red gravel. The vineyard is planted with 90% merlot & 10% cabernet sauvignon. Harvest is done by hand, as late as possible, to ensure maximum ripeness. It is stainless steel and cement tank fermented, with a long maceration and partial barrel/partial tank aging. Chabiran is a full-bodied wine, with rich lush flavors of plum, cherries, chocolate, and velvety tannins on the finish.


Oct. 23, 2015

Fausto Cellario with custom-label Barbera Frizzante

Fausto Cellario with custom-label Barbera Frizzante


It’s twice the Cellario this week, as we taste the line-up again tonight!

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Saturday, Oct. 17th, 2015

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Saturday Beer Tasting, Oct. 17th, 2015

We’re tasting a line-up of locals today! Leaning Chimney Smoked Porter from Grey Sail in WesterlyPeanut Butter Raincloud from Foolproof in Pawtucket, and Ginger Libation from Artisan Beverage Cooperative in Greenfield, MA.


Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Tonight in the shop we’re opening up an old and a new favorite: Clos Siguier Cahors 2012 and Chateau Tessendey Fronsac 2012. This weekend’s weather is ideally suited for these reds; make a stew, a cassoulet, a fall veggie casserole, or throw a steak under the broiler–these wines will be the perfect partner at the table. Before you hit the reds though, wet your whistle with a couple of French whites! There’s nothing like a Loire Valley sparkler to get the juices flowing, followed by a more cerebral old-vine Muscadet. In fact, this line-up is pretty much your whole dinner party. You’re welcome!

Don’t forget that Fausto Cellario will be in the shop this Tuesday, Oct. 20th. We love Cellario wines, and we can’t wait to meet the producer himself. We hope you can join us!


Louis de Grenelle “Platine” NV Brut Crémant de Loire

Hand-harveseted and made in the Champagne method, from 85% Chenin Blanc, 10% Chardonnay & 5% Cabernet Franc grown on limestone hillsides outside of Saumur. Platine is fermented in stainless steel, then aged for at least 18 months before being bottled at 7 grams dosage. This is a satisfying bottle of bubbly: stones and hay, lemons and pears, and all around delicious.

Manoir de la Mottrie Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie “Vieilles Vignes” 2009

Located in Nantais since 1986, Alain Gripon produces several bottlings of Muscadet from organically farmed vineyards on soils of mica-schist, granite and iron-rich gabbro. This 2009 is the current release of this old-vine bottling. Don’t let anyone tell you Muscadet is only for early consumption, some of these wines can age elegantly and beautifully. This wine is no exception. It’s graceful, nuanced and focussed, the salty minerality and vibrant acidity tempered and made more delicate by time.

Clos Siguier Cahors 2012

Cahors is south of Bordeaux and is a bit more rural, rugged and rustic than its neighbor to the north. The climate here is also somewhat warmer, so the grapes ripen earlier and the wines don’t take as long to develop as in Bordeaux. In the 13th and 14th century, the Bordelais saw that as a threat, so they enacted laws dictating that the wines of the southwest (including Cahors) could not be sold until the majority of current vintage Bordeaux sold out. It’s good to know corruption is a time honored tradition throughout the world!

Clos Siguier is a 15 hectare property of old-vine Malbec and Tannat, farmed organically by Gilles Bley, whose own roots go back generations in Cahors. Gilles makes wines that are more delicate, accessible and fruity than what is typical of the region, which is known for earthy and rustic wines. This Cahors is full of cherries, red currants, and plums on a backbone of crushed stones and fine tannins.

Château Tessendey, Fronsac 2012

Fronsac is on the Right Bank of Bordeaux and thus the wines are Merlot dominated. From the mid 1700s until the early 1900s, the wines of Fronsac enjoyed more notoriety and fame than those of Pomerol. While the wines typically don’t have the lushness of Pomerol, they do offer a nicely priced alternative to their more famous neighbor.

Château Tessendey is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, grown on soils of clay-limestone, and aged in cement and 20% new oak. This is a small family-owned property of 7 hectares, and only 2,000 bottles of the 2012 vintage were produced. This wine is elegantly-structured, with rich fruit, and tannins that will soften with time or protein.

Friday, Oct. 9th, 2015

Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm

Nerocapitano_ese trcWe’re tasting French and Italian wines.

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Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 2015

New Beer Arrivals and Saturday Tasting in the Shop

beer100115This week we got the latest in Narragansett’s Lovecraft series, the Reanimator Helles Lager, and their newest RI mash-up, the Allies’ Double Chocolate Porter. Ommegang released Rosetta, an ale aged on cherries and brewed by brewery, Brouwerij Liefmans in Belgium. We got a limited amount of Double Dose from Otter Creek – sorry, gone before it hit the shelf!

Saturday Beer Tasting, 4PM – 7PM

We’re tasting the two new ‘Gansett beers this, alongside Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale.


Oct. 2, 2015

Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm

A wet and windy weekend needs wine. Lots of wine. We advise at least 4 days worth, just to be on the safe side. Here’s what we’re tasting tonight – we’d love it if you could join us, and we’ll give you 10% off the wines in the line up! 5pm – 8pm, in the shop!

2014 Bisson Glera Frizzante, Treviso, Italy

This is a collaboration between Pierluigi Lugano of Bisson, located in Liguria, and a colleague in the Treviso district of the Veneto. Glera is the grape used to make this lightly sparkling, bone-dry Prosecco. Fresh, invigorating, taste-bud tantalizing and the perfect starter to any meal – or end to any evening!

2014 Mayu Pedro Ximinez, Elqui Valley, Chile

The Elqui Valley is one of Chile’s newest wine regions. Mayu, established in 2005, was the first winery in Elqui Valley, but the vines here are over 70 years old. That’s because this region has long been known as one of the best sources for grapes for Pisco – and the main grape in Pisco is Pedro Ximinez. This is a fruity, floral, versatile and inviting wine.

2010 Ricominciare Malbec-Tannat, Mendoza, Argentina

60% Malbec, 40% Tannat, all estate-grown, hand-harvested and aged in concrete tanks. Fruit driven, supple, full-bodied, and ready for fall and winter.

2012 Chateau Haut-Vigneau Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Chateau Haut-Vigneau is a 20 ha estate located in Graves, the most urban area within Bordeaux, and home to famed producer Chateau Haut Brion. This is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, hand-harvested and barrel aged (20% new oak) for 15-18 months. This is a nicely structured wine with fine tannins, deep notes of blackberries and cassis, and a touch of earth and smoke on the long, dry and minerally finish.

Sept. 25, 2015

 Friday Tasting in the Shop, 5pm – 8pm

We’re continuing the three French and an Italian theme from last week. Here’s the line-up!

Romain Chamiot Apremont 2014, Savoie

Savoie is a region in eastern France on the Swiss border, in the foothills of the Alps. The landscape is alpine, with mountains, lakes, and vines planted mostly in the flatter parts of the region, though some are planted on slopes and hillsides. Much of the soil is dotted with large stones that are the result of years of avalanches.

Chamiot is a multi-generation 7 ha estate, nearly all planted to Jacquere, with vines ranging in age from 40 to 80 years. Most of the vineyards are on slopes, and handpicked. Jacquère is the common white grape of Savoie. Chamiot’s Jacquere is dry, delicate, lightly scented, herbal, pleasantly green and exceedingly pure.

Domaine La Piffaudiere Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Touraine

Olivier Bellanger has apprenticed under some of the Loire’s best vignerons, including Philippe Tessier (for 5 years) and Jean-François Merieau (for one harvest). In 2008 he got the opportunity to purchase his own 6 ha estate, but it didn’t have a cellar or wine making facility, since the previous owner only grew grapes for the local cooperative. He has since converted the domain to organic farming, and works naturally in a nearby cellar, which he purchased in 2012. He uses a friends facility to crush.

This Sauvignon Blanc is grown on sandy, flinty soils. It sits on its lees for 3 months in 500 liter casks (no new oak) and is bottled unfined, lightly filtered, and with very little SO2. It’s bone dry, elegantly textured, and balanced.

Domaine La Piffaudiere Mon Tout Rouge 2013

Mon Tout rouge is a blend of 60% Côt (Malbec) and 40% Gamay, also grown on sandy, flinty soils. After fermentation with indigenous yeast, the Cot stays in 2 year old barrels for 11 months; the Gamay sees no oak at all. This is a light, mineral driven wine with bright red fruit & lively acidity. It’s refreshing from start to finish.

Monsecco Vespolina “Barbatasso”, Colline Novaresi 2012, Piedmont

Monsecco was established in 1872 in the Novara hills of Gattinara, in Piedmont. In the 19th century, there was more Nebbiolo planted here than Langhe, and the wines were more highly prized than either Barolo or Barbaresco. The region experienced a bit of a decline for a while, until 1990, when it was awarded DOCG status. Monsecco itself was purchased by the Zanetta family in 1993. They ended up owning five hectares of vineyards and rent an additional three hectares, where only Nebbiolo, Vespolina, Uva Rara and Croatina are planted.

Recent DNA profiling has shown that Vespolina is an offspring of Nebbiolo. One rarely finds a varietal bottling of it, as it is usually blended with Nebbiolo or Bonarda. The Barbatasso is floral, earthy, peppery & intriguing.

Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails in the Shop, Wednesday 9/23, 5pm-7pm

Little Bitte in shopLittle Bitte Artisanal Cocktails will be here mixing up ‘The Old Man & The Sea’ a drink made with St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur and Thomas Tew Rum. Swing on by for a sip!

Here’s the recipe:
The Old Man and the Sea
2 ounces Aged Rum – Thomas Tew Rum (Newport, RI)
1 ounce St George Spiced Pear Liqueur
1/2 ounce fresh pressed lime juice
lime wheel for garnish

Tasting notes: poached pear, vanilla, clove, citrus & oak.

Combine rum, lime juice and pear liqueur over ice in a bar tin and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lime wheel.


Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop Tonight, 5pm-8pm & German Wine Tasting Tomorrow, 4pm-7pm

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
hex sbWe’ll be tasting wines in the shop tonight, somewhat TBD, except for Merieau “Les Hexagonales” Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and Domaine Vetriccie Blanc AOP Corse 2014. These two are definitely on the roster.
Tomorrow, from 4pm-7pm (immediately following the Wickenden Street Makers and Merchants Sidewalk Sale), we’ll have Nancy Peach from Rudi Wiest Selections in the shop with a sampling of fine German wines. We hope you can swing by!

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5 – 8PM

9 4 15 wine2013 Domaine de San de Guilhem Vin de Pays de Gascogne BlancAlain Lallane may have been the first person to plant Gros Manseng in Bas Armagnac. The 50 hectare domaine, like others in the region, had been primarily an Armagnac producer. But by the 70s, worldwide Armagnac consumption had drastically declined. In 1978, Alain and other growers looked to nearby Jurançon for the Gros Manseng that they would use in the production of white wine, rather than spirits. The Gros Manseng would add acidity and body to the blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard used in Armagnac; with the production of wines, the producers hoped to remain economically viable.This Vin de Pays de Gascogne is mostly Colombard with Gros Manseng and a little Ugni Blanc. On the nose it has delicate flowers and orchard fruit; on the palate there’s a touch of honey, nuts and citrus.2014 Eric Chevalier Domaine de L’Aujardiere – ChardonnayIn 2005, Éric Chevalier returned to his hometown of Saint-Philbert de Grandlieu, just southwest of Nantes, after years of sourcing fruit for a large negociant in Touraine. In 2006 he ended up taking over the family domaine. His father, a talented vigneron who did not bottle much of his own wines, was well-known as a high-quality source of bulk wine. Unfortunately, he had stopped working the vineyards and the vines were either going to have to be pulled up and replanted, or the domaine would have to be sold. Éric took on the task of restoring the vineyards and today he is proud to be the fourth generation to farm the domaine.The 25-hectare property sits upon rocky soils rich in granite, quartz, sand and silt. The fruit for this wine is hand-harvested from 3 hectares of 10-15 year-old vines, then fermented in stainless-steel with native yeasts in underground glass-lined cement tanks. The wine is left on its lees and is never racked or filtered. It is dry and mineral-driven, with flavors of crisp, ripe apples and a long, stony finish.2014 Domaine du Cros Marcillac
100% Fer ServadouThe appellation of Marcillac is in southwestern France, nestled in the mountain range known as the Massif Central. At 22 hectares, Domaine du Cros is the largest independent producer in the appellation; Philippe Teulier and his family have been instrumental in reestablishing the reputation of Marcillac’s wines. Back in the early 80s, the family (then on its 4th generation in Marcillac) only had one hectare of vines. Since then they have added to their hectares through purchasing and renting. Philippe Teulier’s vines lie at elevations as high as 450 meters on a few different hillsides that surround the village of Clairvaux. Much of his vineyard is terraced and the soil is an iron rich clay known locally as “rougier” with outcroppings of limestone. His wines are made from one grape type, the local grape of Marcillac, Fer Servadou.This wine delivers vintage after vintage. “Fer” translates as “iron”, and typically, Dom. du Cros has a fair share of earthy minerality and a brambly, rustic character, punctuated by bright fruit and lively acidity. This wine, a cool night and a fire-pit; that’s all you’ll need…
Friday, August 28, 2015
SSchäfer FröhlichSchäfer Fröhlich Nahe Dry Riesling 2013, GermanyTim Fröhlich is the 9th generation winemaker at Schäfer Fröhlich, but before him, this estate was relatively unknown and had never reached any great heights in quality. Tim took over at the 19 hectare property in 1995, and with no formal training, set on a path of making some of the greatest wines in Nahe. He sustainably farms the vineyards that are on soils of mostly slate and quartzite. He keeps the yields low, the cellars immaculate, and is known as a master of spontaneous wild yeast fermentation. In 2005 Gault Millau named him “Newcomer of the year” and in 2010 Tim and his family were awarded the Eichelman Prize for “Producer of the Year” as well as being named “Producer of the Year” by Gault Millau.This Riesling is mineral driven and elegant, with orchard fruit and citrus notes, a generous texture, and a backbone of slate and lively acidity.Amas de Guerra Rosé 2014, Bierzo, SpainAma de Guerra has been making wine in Bierzo, in northwestern Spain, since 1879. They specialize in the indigenous grapes that grown in the mineral-rich, slate soils of this rural and remote area.Guerra Rosé is 100% Mencia, hand-harvested from 45-55 year old vines that are situated at an altitude of approximately 1700 feet. This is a fun and refreshing rosé that’s spicy, zesty, fruity, and floral.Qupé Sawyer Lindquist Grenache 2011Qupé calls itself a “modern stone age winery”. Started in 1981 by Bob Lindquist, Qupé is so named to honor the Chumash, the indigenous people of the Golden State’s Central Coast and Channel Islands. The word means poppy, a plant traditionally used for food and medicine. Bob and his wife Louisa Sawyer Lindquist are skilled in biodynamics, and their Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard is certified Demeter Biodynamic and Stellar Organic.Winemaker notes: This wine is 87% Grenache and 13% Syrah from grapes grown at the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in the cool Edna Valley. The Grenache portion is 73% Alban clone and 27% Tablas clones. The Syrah portion is from neutral barrels that were selected for our single vineyard Syrah bottling. A little over half of the Grenache was fermented with 33% whole clusters which adds a definite layer of spice and tannin and gives more complexity as the wine ages. All of the Grenache was aged in neutral French oak, on the lees, for 17 months. The Syrah was blended in to the wine just before bottling.
Friday, August 21, 2015


This label has seen better days.

This label has seen better days.

A. Christmann Riesling Trocken, Pfalz, 2013

This is a 7th generation estate, farmed biodynamically by Steffen Christmann, who is also the head of VDP, Germany’s prestigious winemaker association.

There’s all kinds of delicious going on here: slate and flint, tart lemons, flowers, herbs and earth.

Alois Lageder Müller Thurgau, Alto Adige, 2013

Alois Lageder has been in the same family for 5 generations. Their approach to business and winemaking is informed by holistic practices; currently 50 hectares of their vineyards are farmed biodynamically and their winery is fully sustainable.

This Müller Thurgau is from vines that are between 4 & 55 years old, from vineyards that are between 1,650 – 3,020 feet above sea level. Temperatures vary wildly between day and night, contributing to the depth and freshness of the wine. This is an elegant wine with a muscat like quality, though not so flowery. It’s medium bodied, very lively, and is perfect as an aperitif or with all kinds of seafood.

Domaine de l’Elu “Indigéne” Coteaux du Layon, Loire, 2013

Domaine de l’Elu is an old 25 hectare property taken over in 2008 by Thomas Carsin and Gregoire du Bouexic. They grow eight different varieties here: Chenin, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Grolleau. The two farm organically, harvest by hand, don’t filter or fine their wines, and use very little sulfur.

“Indigéne” is 50/50 Gamay and Grolleau, foot-stomped, full carbonic, vinified separately & blended after 6 months in vat. This wine is a little bit funky, a little bit dirty, lots of cherry, blueberry, earth and acidity. Put a chill on it.


Stone Thunderstruck IPA

Stone Thunderstruck IPA

New Arrivals/Beer

This week the onslaught of pumpkin and fall beer continues.  We also got Thunderstruck IPA from Stone, their 19th anniversary release.  We’ve had Berliner Weisse from White Birch brewing when we can get it, but this week we also got a Blueberry Berliner Weisse from them.  Anbai Ale from Hitachino came in, a gose style beer brewed with Japanese plums and sea salt.

Beer Tasting on Saturday, 8/22, 4-7PM

This week we’re tasting pumpkin beer:  Post Road Pumpkin from Brooklyn Brewery, Wolaver’s Pumpkin Ale, and Punk’n from Uinta. Just what you want at the beach, right?


Friday, August 14th, 2015

Rosé, Beaujolais, Macon & Gewurz; Fall Beer is Here; Save the Date: Makers & Merchants Sidewalk Sale.

Domaine de la Patience Rosé

Domaine de la Patience Rosé

Rosé. Many we’ve loved are now gone. New ones come along. Kind of like a Willie Nelson song. Here’s a late bloomer, just arrived today. We’ll taste it tonight.

Domaine de la Patience “Nemausa” Costieres des Nimes Rose, 2014
This estate is named for the wild, aromatic herb that grows throughout the vineyard. It’s been in the same family for over 50 years, the 60 hectares of vines are farmed organically, and minimal sulfur is used in the production of the wines.
This rosé is 80% Grenache (40+ year old vines) and 20% Syrah. It’s floral and fruity, with ripe red berries and lively, citrusy acidity. It will be perfect for the beach and backyard weather coming up in the next week, or until the pink well runs dry – so drink ’em while you got ’em!

Save the Date! Saturday, Sept. 12th, Noon – 4PM

WAMA, otherwise know as Wickenden Area Merchants Association, with support from Fox Point Neighborhood Association, is presenting a one-day sidewalk sale of local artists & makers. If you’re interested in reserving a space to sell your wares, call or stop in at Campus, or NAVA on Wickenden. Should be a good time!
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New Arrivals: Beer
harvestThis week summer is officially over in the beer world. The sunny blue and yellow packaging of the summer beers are giving way to the orangey-browns of the Oktoberfests and pumpkin beers. This week Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, Cisco Pumple Drumkin, UFO Pumpkin, and Long Trail Pumpkin are in, as well as Harpoon, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, Grey Sail, and Peak Organic Oktoberfests. Sierra’s latest Harvest bomber is in, brewed with experimental hop varieties with sci-fi names like HBC472 and SS06300.
Get it while it’s fresh!

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Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Saturday Beer Tasting in the Shop, 4-7PM

Off Color Brewing Apex Predator

Off Color Brewing Apex Predator

We’re tasting Foolproof Augtoberfest from Pawtucket, Apex Predator Farmhouse Ale from Off Color Brewing in Chicago, and from Boston, it’s Harpoon Nordic Saison, the latest from their 100 Barrel series.







Friday, August 7th, 2015

New Dressner; Brooklyn Gin; Jameson Caskmates; Adios Summer–Fall Beers are Here.

Brook St. Tree

Brook St. Tree

This week started out spectacularly, with our OysterFest & Campus Pop Up Broadway Bistro. If you made it to this event, then you know that the Bistro knocked it out of the park! And the Wine Traditions pairings were on another level. We couldn’t have imagined bluefish paté and pickled red onions paired with Mont de Marie Anathéme Blanc, but there it was, in all it’s glory. That was a genius pairing if ever there was one. Thanks again to the entire staff at Broadway Bistro, to Leigh Ranucci of Wine Traditions and toOcean State Oyster Festival for shucking 200 Salt Pond oysters. We must do that again!

It seemed like we were still high-fiving eachother over this dinner when the wind was literally knocked out of our sails! Or sales, as it were. When that crazy storm blew through Tuesday morning, a big tree fell in front of our shop, and took out power to the entire neighborhood. If we had only been dealing with no lights, we would’ve kicked it out old-school, with flashlights and cold, hard cash. But alas, live wires and tree debris aren’t the welcome mat most people expect, so we stayed closed until Wednesday morning. Let’s hope that’s all the adventure we get this week!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

New German Wines; OysterFest & Campus Pop-Up at Broadway Bistro – now with Wine Traditions! Sake Cocktails w/ Little Bitte, and Summer Slip Sliding Away…

Isake cocktailst’s Friday, July 31st: Do you know where your summer is? Is it slipping away faster than a bottle of rosé on a hot & steamy evening? We know the feeling! We’re still dreaming of cool blue horizons and waves dragging the sand from under our feet, but summer in the city is more about flip-flops on hot pavement than beach towels and bikinis. Yes, even in the Ocean State! We’re not complaining, we’re happy to celebrate the spirit of summer – and to keep tossing back those bottles of rosé! Perhaps while lounging in a backyard kiddie pool – it’ll do in a pinch!

Speaking of the spirit of summer, we just had Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails & Ocean State Oyster Festival in the shop on Wednesday, and they brought that breezy, beachy feeling with them! Between refreshing sake cocktails and EIGHT DOZEN Salt Pond oysters, we were utterly transported! Major thanks to them for bringing their sunshine to our shore – it was just what we needed!

And of course, we are never ones to turn down the opportunity to bust open a bivalve, (oh those precious presenters of pearls, those humble provisions for peasants!) so join us Monday at Broadway Bistro as we and Ocean State Oyster Festival celebrate the sea. Wine Traditions has jumped aboard, so it really can’t get any better!

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Wednesday, July 29th, 5-7PM, In the Shop

Join us for a special Wednesday tasting featuring Willa Van Nostrand of Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails and Don Nguyen of Ocean State Oyster Festival. Willa will demonstrate how to make refreshing and oyster friendly Sake cocktails; Don will shuck a bunch of Walrus & Carpenter oysters – sounds like a perfect Wednesday to us. Free and open to the public!

Willa Van Nostrand, Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails

Willa Van Nostrand, Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails. Photography by Dia.

Little Bitte Sake Cocktails

Little Bitte Sake Cocktails

Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm

July 24, 2015

Bonny Doon Gravitas2014 Bonny Doon Gravitas White, California
The companion wine to “A Proper Claret” this is a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Orange Muscat – and a nod to the white wines of Bordeaux. Fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts; full malo and extended lees contact give it a creamy texture and depth.This is all about flowers, peaches, pears, green grass and honey. Have it with seafood and creamy casseroles.

2014 Domaine des Terrisses Rosé, Gaillac, France
We tasted this back in April when it first landed; let’s taste it again!
This 40 hectare estate has been in the Cazottes family since 1750. The vineyard is situated along the “Premiere Cotes” of Gaillac, the hillsides facing south-southwest toward the Tarn river. It’s planted almost entirely with the traditional grape varieties of the region: Mauzac and Len de l’oeil for the whites and Braucol and Duras for the reds.This rosé is 50% Gamay/50% Syrah, and for lack of a better term: it’s super tasty! Deep, spicy, herbal, and with a touch of weight that makes it eminently satisfying.

2013 Domaine Lattard Gamay, Rhone, France

An old favorite is back! This is a zero-sulphur added, certified organic wine from Luc & Denis Lattard, who took over the family chicken and vegetable farm in 1995. They planted Gamay, Syrah, Roussanne & Viognier on the 6.3 hectare estate that sits upon cliffs at 350 meters above sea level, on soils of limestone and clay. These are fresh and light wines, that in Denis’ words aren’t ‘pretentious or serious wines, just tasty wine to be enjoyed everyday’.

The Gamay is from a 1.2 hectare plot of 15 year old vines. 100% carbonic maceration, no fining, no filtration. It’s peppery, juicy, brambly – put a little chill on it, toss it back and forget your worries.

luyt2013 Louis-Antoine Luyt Carignan “Trequilemu”, Maule Valley, Northern Chile

New Vintage! We’re recycling an old note: Louis-Antoine Luyt was a student of Marcel Lapierre, of Morgon fame, and it shows. He’s a Frenchman in Chile, making natural wines that conjure a mix of cru Beaujolais and the Loire. Louis-Antoine had a bit of a rocky start in Chile – literally. The 2009 vintage was almost entirely lost in the earthquake that struck the region. But he’s making small lots of biodynamic wines that are complex, intriguing and evocative of the dirt upon which they’re grown. Luyt picks early to emphasize acidity and to keep the alcohol in check. The 70+ year old vines are dry-farmed and the vineyards are plowed by horses; fermentation is with natural yeast & carbonic maceration is frequently used.

The wines of Luyt are full of rustic, earthy, mineral and animal charm. They are always memorable.

Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm

July 17, 2015

Vin de Savoie ‘Abymes’, Roger Labbe 2014

Domaine Labbe was founded in 1975 by two brothers who were subsistence farmers (a little bit of everything: milk, cows, beef, hay, wheat and some table grapes and wine not worth drinking). It is a 10 hectare estate located 15km south of Chambéry, a village famous for its Vermouth and cheese. Two cousins, (their children) Alexandra and Jérome, took over the domain from their fathers in 2004.

Abymes is 100% Jacquère, a varietal that grows especially well in the Savoie region of France. The soil is mostly argilo/calcaire with some 2 inch stones – debris from years of avalanches from the Alps. Fermentation is with indigenous yeasts in non-reactive tanks/foudres.

The wine is dry, pure & zesty, full of delicate fruit, chalky minerality, and food-friendly acidity. Perfect as an aperitif or with shellfish.

Hobo Wine Co. “The Folk Machine” Tocai Friuliano 2014

Kenny Likitprakong started Hobo Wine Company in 2002, at the age of 26. He grew up in Healdsburg, spending much time at Domaine St. George, the winery owned by his great-uncle Supasit Mahaguna. Kenny’s father Somchai was also involved at the winery, having been summoned there by Mahaguna while studying in NY.

Likitprakong sells his wines under three labels: Banyan Wines, Hobo and Folk Machine, all of them under the umbrella of the Hobo Wine Co. He doesn’t own any vines, instead he gets fruit from top sources, although he does farm about an acre of Branham Estate Rockpile Vineyard Zinfandel.

From the start, Likitprakong intended to make lower sugar, lower alcohol, higher acid, more food friendly wiines than what was being produced in California at the time. In 2008, Gary Branham said that Likitprakong was “already doing more avant-garde things than most people do in their whole careers.” He’s still doing it.

Phillipe Tessier Cheverny Rose 2014

Phillipe Tessier took over this domaine in 1981, 20 years after it was founded by his father Roger. The 23 hectare estate is in the heart of Cheverny and Cour Cheverny AOCs. They have been certified organic since 1998.

This rosé is 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Gamay. The grapes are harvested by hand, then fermented with whild yeast and bottled unfiltered and unfined. Wild strawberries, fresh herbs, tangy acidity and a long finish make this a go-to rosé.

Paterna il Rosso 2013

Paterna is a 15 hectare fully functioning farm in the Tuscan hills, established in 1985 by a group of friends looking to get away from the tourist market that Tuscany had become. In addition to grapes (indigenous only), they cultivate local products like cheese, honey, salumi, etc. The farm has been organic since the beginning, but they go beyond that by working naturally in the cellars as well, with only indigenous yeast, and little to no sulfur.

Il Rosso is a blend of 75% Sangiovese and 25% Canaiolo, fermented outdoors in cement tanks, without temperature control. This is a lively wine, with lots of cherry, red fruit, and zesty, food friendly acidity.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

There’s nothing wrong with ties and scratch tickets, but if you want to get Dad something a little out of the ordinary, we’ve got a fine selection for you! We’re also offering 10% off all Single Malts now through Sunday – just say it’s a Father’s Day gift to get the discount!

Clape Cornas, Joly Coulée de Serrant, Raveneau Chablis, Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape, Quintarelli Rossi del Bepi.

Clape Cornas, Joly Coulée de Serrant, Raveneau Chablis, Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape, Quintarelli Rossi del Bepi.


Olivier Cousin Pur Breton, Broc Carignan, Comando G La Bruja de Rozas, Radikon Jakot, Le Boncie 5, Danilo Thomain L'enfer d'Arvier.

Olivier Cousin Pur Breton, Broc Carignan, Comando G La Bruja de Rozas, Radikon Jakot, Le Boncie 5, Danilo Thomain L’enfer d’Arvier.


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