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

Oct. 20, 2017

Semeli Mantinia Moschofilero 2015

This crisp white comes from the Mantinia region on the Greek Peloponnese Peninsula. It’s 100% Moschofilero grown at relatively high altitudes (650m) with a very floral, citrusy nose. The cool temperatures in these elevated vineyards give the wine a bright acidity that works well with any Mediterranean seafood dish you can chef up.

Gentilini Robola of Cephalonia 2015 

Grown on the island of Cephalonia (or Kefalonia), this white is 100% Robola, a rare, ungrafted, Greek variety. Low yields at high altitudes produce a lively and fresh wine, with orange blossom on the nose balanced by a dry minerality on the finish. Oysters anyone?

Domaine de la Noblaie ‘Les Temps des Cerises’ Chinon 2015

This property is situated at one of the highest points in Chinon, and dates back to the 15th or 16th century. The domaine now houses four generations of the same family; Jérome Billard is the current winemaker. He earned his chops as an intern at Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux, and Dominus in California. He returned to Chinon and the family domaine in 2003 and quickly converted to organic farming.

Noblaie sits upon soils of limestone, clay and chalk. All harvests are carried out by hand, and by the same crew year after year. The wines here are fermented and aged in stainless steel, some in barrel, and some in chalk vats carved out of the earth.

‘Les Temps des Cerises’ is from vines averaging 30 years old, grown on tuffeau. Wild yeast fermentation, 8 months in tank, no sulfur during production, and little to none added at bottling. Pure and fresh, with notes of tobacco, brambly earth, and cherries, of course.

Rojac Istra Refošk Refosco 2014

The Rojac family has been making wine on the Slovenian coast since the 17th century. Uroš Rojac, the King of Refošk, works biodynamically in the vineyard and minimally in the cellar, and champions the native Refošk grape. This is an inky fuller-bodied red with aromas of blackberries and currant, and hints of leather and spice. Roast lamb or beef, pot roast, braised short ribs, you get the idea.

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

July 7, 2017

Schlossgut Diel Riesling Trocken 2015, Nahe, Germany

Caroline is a 6th generation winemaker at her family’s 25 hectare estate in Nahe, Germany. Her father Armin Diel owns the estate, and is well known for his work to promote German wine and food culture. Their steep vineyards sit upon soils of gravel, slate and quartzite, and the wines are known for their precision, clarity, and balance, above all. Viticulture is almost entirely organic, and fermentation is carried out spontaneously in cement. Read more here. 

Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl Spätburgunder Rosé Trocken 2016, Pfalz, Germany

Von Buhl is a 62 hectare organically farmed estate in Pfalz. It was founded in 1849, and was at one point part of the Jordan Estate, a leader in fine German wine production. The Von Buhl estate and its buildings are protected as national monuments. This wine is 100% Pinot Noir. It’s dry (trocken), fresh, flecked with red fruit, and zesty. 

Ampeleia Unlitro 2016, IGT Costa Toscana

Elisabetta Foradori. Elisabetta took over the grape growing and winemaking duties at the family estate in Trentino, Italy, when her father died young in 1985. Since then she has transformed the estate from the ground up, converting to biodynamic viticulture and bringing the region back to valuing quality over quantity. When the website Corkbuzz asked her what her 10-year goals were, this was her answer: “To create an independent agricultural union. To help ease my children into adulthood. To have a garden that can feed all those that come to visit. To be aware and happy every day.” Thumbs up to that. 

Ampeleia is a joint venture from Elisabetta Foradori and a few friends. The Unlitro is, yes, a liter of glou-glou deliciousness. It’s mostly Alicante (Grenache) and some Carignan and Alicante Bouschet from vineyards planted at 200-250 meters above sea level, then fermented and aged for 6 months in cement. Organic, very low SO2. Put a little chill on it, toss it back. 

Brett Brothers Beaujolais-Leynes Glou de Jeff, 2014

Notes from the importer: These young brothers, much praised by the more intelligent press, are incredibly talented. They have the unmistakable, and highly contagious, spark of people who are trying against difficult odds to raise the standards of an appellation. They are neither alone or the first, but they are part of a very small handful of revolutionaries in the Mâconnais. You will find almost no new oak in their cellar; if think you have tasted some, it is just a testimony to the incredible transparency of their style, letting even the taste and aroma of one to three year old barrels through.

This wine is unique for the Bret Brothers as they neither harvested nor vinified it. It was created by Jean-François, “Jeff” Promonet, a winemaker friend just starting his career in Leynes. He was having trouble selling all of his production in 2013, so the Brothers offered to bottle and sell his wine, and continue to do so!

Certified organic, 100% Gamay, 50 year old vines from 400 m altitude, steep, south-facing slopes. Vinification and aging in concrete.

Fümp!Fest at Bucktown! Friday, May 5th!

bucktown fump festRain will force fizzy festivities indoors, but that won’t dampen the fun! Come get fried chicken by the piece or bucket, and fizzy by the glass or bottle!

Wine Wizards and SelectioNaturel will be in attendance, and rumor has it that Fümp t-shirts exist for a lucky few! Show up at Bucktown after 5pm, and pretend you’re on a sunny Italian hillside. Why not?


Thanksgiving Week Hours

Happy Thanksgiving! 

We hope your holiday is filled with fabulous food, fine wine, and your fondest friends and family. Cheers!

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd: 10am to 10pm

Closed Thursday, Nov. 24th: Thanksgiving!

Friday, Nov. 25th: noon – 8pm

A mere sampling of the bounty!

A mere sampling of the bounty!



Schlep of a Salesman

There’s an Arthur Miller quote that goes “Glamour, that trans-human aura or power to attract imitation, is a kind of vessel into which dreams are poured, and some vessels are simply worthier than others.” To the wine and spirits rep, that vessel is often a 750ml bottle; many have been wooed by the idealized history of the liquid within, the romance and allure that is fine wine and craft spirits. Oh, the glamour of it all! So we find ourselves hawking our sexy wares, dreaming of esoteric case-stacks & the day when Merlot is no longer a dirty word – Cheval Blanc IS Merlot, dammit.

And so…

We drive.
We pour.
We schlep.

We dip our toes into the shallow end of high society and slake the indiscriminate thirst of the hapless. When a nation lifts its empty glass to swill, we swirl.

When we emerge from the vapors of dreamy notions, we find that the job is more Willy Loman than Marilyn Monroe – or perhaps some strange mash-up of the two. But we can’t resist the charm of a good story in a bottle, so we end here with another Arthur Miller quote:

“Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.”

It’s the eclectic little no-name wines and spirits that keep a lot of us in this game; if we can make a buck or two at it, fantastic. In the meantime, we’ll keep on swirling.


-Andrea Sloan, 2010