Friday, Oct. 9th, 2015
Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 2015
New Beer Arrivals and Saturday Tasting in the Shop
This 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 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
Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5 – 8PM
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…
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.
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?
Rosé, Beaujolais, Macon & Gewurz; Fall Beer is Here; Save the Date: Makers & Merchants Sidewalk Sale.
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.
Get it while it’s fresh!
Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Saturday Beer Tasting in the Shop, 4-7PM
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.
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!
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…
It’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!
Check out the menu & sake cocktail recipes in the link that appears below.
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!
Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5pm-8pm
July 24, 2015
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.
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.
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!