Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Additions to our Wine List

When it comes to choosing new wines to add to our list, we have always tried to encourage and promote new wines with great value to our area. Over the course of the last several years, we have developed a great relationship with our wine distributor. They seem to know exactly what we are looking for, the smaller, niche, not well known (yet), wineries that really make some amazing wines. Every spring and fall season, we meet and review our list and what holes we need to fill. Although every list needs to have the "traditional" varietals, we do tend to stray and bring in a few that not many people have heard of.

Out of the 18 different wines we sampled this past tasting, we have decided on bringing in at least a dozen of them right away. Although they're mostly reds for the winter season, there are some great whites as well. We encourage you to give them a try and hopefully find a new favorite! With our new "pairing pro" feature we now offer on our digital menus, make your meal complete. Some of our selections may be a nice surprise. Cheers!


Domaine des Corbillieres "Touraine" Sauvignon Blanc - This is a well rounded sauvignon blanc. It is from France and is pronounced "too-rain."

Buitenverwachting "Beyond" Sauvignon Blanc - This is a South African white. Buitenverwachting means "beyond expectations." The wine has a pale lemon yellow color and a bouquet reminiscent of green figs with hints of gooseberries and hints of green peppers. The wine is dry, full bodied and has a long lingering finish. 

Chateau Grand Traverse Pinot Grigio - This is from Traverse City, Michigan. This dry white wine displays bright acidity and beautiful mineral qualities with wonderful floral-citrus fruit flavor. 

Kuentz-Bas Reisling - This if from the Alsace region of France. It is light and acidic with ton of citrus fruit flavors. 


Cristo Di Campobello -This is a red blend from Italy. It is a blend of nero d' avola, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Hand harvested in small grates making way for full, fruity aromas with soft, red fruit notes, it is a well rounded red with soft tannins and hints of balsam.

Ravines Cabernet Franc -This is from the Finger Lakes in New York state. Ravines Wine Cellars sits on a hillside overlooking glacier-carved Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes Wine Region of New York. Their long, cool growing season, steep slopes and moderating effect of the deep lakes create ideal conditions for producing fresh, vibrant wines. They are a small, family owned winery. This cabernet franc is deliciously fruit forward and spicy with perfect balance, soft tannins and a round mouth feel.

Vina Cobos Bramare Malbec -This is from Argentina. One of Vina Cobo's founders is Paul Hobbs. He is one of the most known wine makers around the world. 

Austin Hope Grenache -This is from the Paso Robles wine region of California. Grenache has a gorgeous ruby hue. It displays sweet aromas of dried cranberry, raspberry and plum; traces of allspice, vanilla and cinnamon add complexity in the background. This is one of my new favorites. 

Treana Red Blend - Pronounced "tree-ah-nah," this is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah. It is from the Paso Robles wine region of California. The name Treana symbolizes a trinity of natural elements of the sun, the soil and the ocean. 

La Piuma Chianti Classico - It is an Italian medium to full bodied red with a lot of fruit and higher tannins. Notes of blackberries and strawberry. We now offer a chianti by the glass.

Collazzi I Bastioni Chianti Classico - Another good full bodied chianti for the bottle list from Italy. 

# 639 Domaine de Gournier Merlot - It is from the Bourdeaux region of France. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified in stainless steel tanks in order to focus on the fresh fruit. This Merlot exhibits a saturated purple color and a spicy, blackberry nose and flavors.

# 892 Hullabaloo Zinfandel is from Lodi region of California - Hullabaloo has a few meanings: 1. To cause an uproar or fuss.  First used in popular English literature sometime before 1892. 2. A zinfandel from Lodi made from old vines, some planted before 1892. See also: elegant, juicy, rich, intense, bold and opulent.

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