August 10, 2016

Thank you to all who came to the Wine Club tasting on Monday. Much to our delight and surprise, the Helmut Dolde Spatburgunder rosè sold out that evening!! It was a hit. As I closed shop, I contacted our lovely wine rep who told me she had two cases of the rosè left, so I snatched them up. 

If you haven't tried it, you must! For those of you who hurriedly purchased a bottle, you have another shot at getting another as long as they last! The cases arrived today along with a mountain of cheese.

So come on down, try some amazing cheeses (there is a truffle cheese up front and center that is to die for) and get yourself a bottle of this delicious German pi...

January 12, 2016

Domestic:

Teutonic Wine Co. 2014 "Goose & Grinder" Field White Blend

 

2014 Goose and Grinder, Teutonic Wine Company.  A blend of riesling, pinot noir and gewurztraminer, this blend is the brainchild of mosel-enthusiast couple, Barnaby + Olga. Vinified from dry-farmed, high-elevation vineyards outside of the Willamette Valley, Barnaby and Olga’s wines are low intervention and generally low alcohol: seeking balance and good acidity for food pairing. Though Goose and Grinder is one of the dyer offerings from Teutonic, it still drinks a little sweet.  It’s balancing acidity however makes it a great choice for Thai Takeout night.  Old world petrol on the nose, white...

August 10, 2015

 

2012 Collestefano Rosato "Rosa di Elena"

ColleStefano is situated in a hilly belt in the hinterland of the Marches, 420 meters above sea-level. This narrow land is watered by the Esino river and bound on the east and west by the mountain range of the Appennini Umbro-Marchigiani. Not affected by the mitigating influence of the Adriatic Sea, the region is characterized by a cool, dry climate with a dramatic day/night temperature range. Fabio Marchionni from Colle Stefano said of his rosé: "A neighbor offered to rent me his vineyard, planted with 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, already being farmed organically. I couldn't refuse, great position, very s...

July 13, 2015

We are particularly excited about tonight's wine club release: we've got some real fun ones for you all. 

 

Internationally we're starting with bubbles from Quintas das Bagueras in Bairrada, Portugal. This sparkling is Brut Nature: meaning it is DRY DRY DRY!  Granny smith apple, a subtle toastiness, good acidity and minerality born of clay soil makes this the perfect wine to pair with some fatty pork (we just happen to have braised pork empandas at the moment, FYI). 

 

Then we're moving on to organically farmed tempranillo from Rioja.  Bodegas Vina Ijalba is the producer, the wine is full of cherry fruit, spice and a hint of mountain herbs. Acidity...

June 8, 2015

June's Wine Club Selections: Brought to you by The Rose

 

DOMESTIC:

 

 

Quivera 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is composed of various pickings from lots located within the 32 square mile Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. The grapes are picked in different stages of ripeness to create a final product which expresses all the nuances of Sauvignon Blanc.  All grapes are organic or biodynamic and are partially sourced from estate fruit. Lightly crushed and fermented with native and commercial yeasts for three to eight weeks, this wine is then aged on the lees in neutral oak and stainless steel. This lovely summer wine carries the characteristic grapefrui...

May 14, 2015

 

 

Today's Drink Local Thursday is designed to get you psyched for our next wine dinner with Emily and Jody Towe of J* Brix wines.  We will be pouring their 2014 Santa Barbara Reisling Pettilant and their 2013 San Diego County Carignan by the glass tonight.  Stop in, ask us questions and then sign yourself up for the dinner!  There's only a few spots left! 

 

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May 4, 2015

May the Fourth be with you friends!  This May, we are hitting the streets and giving you pink. Pink wine, that is.  Both our international and domestic wine clubs feature spritely, dry rosés: you are going to love drinking them under the shade of your patios with your favorite summer album on the stereo. 

 

INTERNATIONAL WINES:

An ode to Cabernet Franc! You violet, spicy vixen, you...

Marc Plouzeau 2013 Les Devants de la Bonnelière (Touraine Rosé)

This rosé is a bio-dynamically farmed beauty from the Touraine Appelation in the Loire. Its aroma is blue flowers and spicy herbs.  It is smooth on the tongue and finishes with the signature herbacious...

April 8, 2015

Hi Friends!

 

We're back with our second edition of The Rose WIne Club.  This time we have exciting selections from Portugal and Slovenia as well two beautiful wines from California. 

 

Leading off the International selection we have the 2012 dry Furmint from Verus Winery in Slovenia. Furmint (Šipon) is a native Hungarian grape and is the primary grape used in Tokaji dessert wines. This version from Verus WInery is vinified dry using organic grape growing techniques. It is apple must, peach and quince on the nose with a smooth mineral mouthfeel balanced by subtle acidity.  Pair with peppery chicken and lemon. 

 

From Portugal, we are featuri...

March 27, 2015

 

Vernatsch! It's a grape not an explative! Vernatsh is called Vernatsch exclusively in the Südtirol/Alto Adige region of Northern Italy: a mountainous, predominately german-speaking region with a long history of being caught in the middle of state on state tug of war. Not until 1972 did the region officially resolve its independence dispute in which it was granted virtual self-governance. To people outside of Südtirol, vernatsch is called Schiava, Schiava Grossa, Bressana (Lombardia) or Trollinger (Germany). Vernatsch from the Südtirol produces light, perfumed and fruity wines with hints of almond and very light tannins. 

 

The Vernatsch...

March 20, 2015

Welcome to Rare Grape Fridays: a weekly post where we discuss lesser known and rare grapes. Each grape we feature here we also serve at The Rose (we're open seven nights a week and now offering lunch and brunch Thursday - Sunday!) so, if any of these grapes pique your interest, you know where to find 'em!

 

To lead us off, we have the Kékfrankos (or Blaufränkisch), a relatively new grape when considered next to the millenia-old tradition of winemaking.  First mention of Kékfrankos appeared in Hungary in 1890 and Blaufränkish made its debut at a grape-variety exhibition in Vienna in 1862. The birthplace of the grape is still unknown...

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