Thursday, May 16, 2013

New Spring Additions to our Wine List

As you may know, each season we are treated to an afternoon of sampling some of our supplier's fresh new wines. It is a tough job tasting sometimes 15-20 different wines, but somebody has to do it, right?

We use these seasonal meetings to review our current list and to bring in new wines that we find are both amazing in taste and a value to our customers. Sometimes we stray from the "traditional" varieties that many are familiar with.  Some of our new selections may be a nice surprise.  With that, we are happy to introduce some different and exciting additions that you'll be seeing on our glass list very soon! 

To start off, we are replacing quite a few white wines. Spring and summer are the perfect time of year for white wine and luckily, this recent tasting allowed us to bring back some of the traditionals.  Some of you may be thinking..."Finally, you have brought a sauvignon blanc or a pinot grigio back."  Yes, we have because the wines we tasted were amazing!

Here is a list of our new wine additions: 

Sea Ridge Chardonnay from California:
This is a full bodied white that was excellent for the price, and we wanted to share it with you. 

Cristom Pinot Gris from Willamette Valley, Oregon: Willamette Valley is very well known for its pinot gris grape. Pinot gris, a grape grown in America, is similar to the pinot grigio grape grown in Italy. Cristom is a very reputable winery in Willamette. There were only about 700 cases of this wine produced . 

Mercer "Gone Fishin'' Reisling from Columbia Valley, Washington:  We felt it was important to keep a reisling on the list, especially for the summer. Gone Fishin is a dry reisling. Its body is not as light as a German reisling, but it's still a great seasonal choice.

Momo Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand: When I think of a good sauvignon blanc, I always look to Marlborough. It is very light, acidic and contains a ton of citrus flavors. This is my favorite out of the new additions, plus it pairs well with our fish tacos!

Jam Jar Moscato: For years, we have had many looking for a moscato by the glass. There are a few different varieties of moscato wines. Please note this is not an asti. When many people think of moscato, they think of the bubbly white wine. Although missing the bubbles, this is a lighter, sweeter white wine great for the summer.

And the reds......

Parcel 41 Merlot from Napa Valley: This red contains a great blend of cinnamon and plum flavors. Great addition to our reds listing.

Bradford Mountain Zinfandel from Sonoma: This red has high notes of bbq, spice and pepper. If you are looking for a full body red, we recommend giving this a try.

We have always tried to encourage and promote new wines with great value to our area. Trust us, sometimes when we put some of these new wines in, we do hear it from our customers. Many wine drinkers have their specific variety and are not too keen on change.  This is where we try to direct them to what would be the closest match from on our list.  (In fact, our list offers a note beneath each wine to help with your decision.  Example: if you like sauvignon blanc or reisling, this is a wine you would enjoy.)

There's no need to be intimidated by our new listing... we always encourage everyone to try a sample. Who knows, you may open your palate and find a new favorite. I know I do every season!

Check with us soon as these wines become available on our glass list.

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