The Holidaze

It happened right before your eyes...the Holidaze is here.

 Before you even finished your last bite of turkey the car was warming up and you were off to seek out those special deals on all the hot items you and your family/friends want for under the tree.

While you were doing that we were preparing the shop for a festive couple of weeks; frankly some of the most enjoyable, exhausting and important few weeks of our year.  We get to see lots of our customer-friends stop by yearning for a nice glass of wine after a long day of deal hunting. We love helping you decompress with the most enjoyable wine you can find.

As we ramp up the 'the final push' of the year we have some more great events coming your way:


This Sunday!  Join us as we welcome back Sir Frank Cornelissen for a special afternoon tasting.  We will debut his excellent 2013 vintage, talk anfora's and likely open wines he doesn't make.  Sunday, Dec. 7th, 4-6pm at the shop, then join the party over at Bergamot from 7-Xpm


Next Wednesday!  Piedmont Abbondanza. Dec. 10th 6-8pm: Our last abbondanza of the year, and it's gonna be a blow out.  From dolcetto to freisa and of course plenty of nebbiolo in between including some back vintages from Scarpa, this is gonna be really great.  Don't miss this one!


Tonight however we have an overflowing glass of C̶h̶r̶i̶s̶t̶m̶a̶s̶    Holiday Cheer for's our annual Buon Natale North End Stroll.  A bunch of us small, locally owned neighborhood shops will be open extra late (11pm) for a festive evening of shopping the Italian way (lots of espresso, mixed with wine, mixed with more espresso). If you haven't taken part it's a special night, our tasting lineup suits the season and is perfect for this brisk winter weather.


The Lineup!

Domaine Labby, Abymes, Savoie, France $16

With the cold weather settling in and the days growing ever darker we always seem to get in the mood for more mountain wines this time of year.  Abymes is a tiny appellation in the central Savoie where high altitude vines and deep granite and marl soils define the region.  We treat this like a crisp winter Muscadet, bright and fresh with a touch of mountain air. 

Muri-Gries, Muller-Thurgau, Alto-Adige, Italy $18

The historical convent of Muri-Gries is high in the northern step of Italy's Dolomite Alps.  Here Germanic culture flows through the Italian way of life and it influences everything from food to language to wine.  Muller-Thurgau is a semi-aromatic variety a bit akin to Gewurztraminer though  a bit more delicate. We've always liked the wines from this old fashion producer and this new vintage is excellent! Perfect for any occasion.

Poderi Cellario, Barbera 'Sabinot', Piedmont, Italy $20

It's no secret that we love great barbera.  We are always on the look out for excellent examples of this workhorse variety and Cellario's Sabinot single vineyard barbera is our latest addiction.  Cascina Sabinot is the family's oldest and most prided vineyard site.  Great exposure, steep cliff-side vineyards and old vines make this a concentrated yet classic barbera.  You may need a case of this one, it's that good.

Collemattoni, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy $35

Ok, fans of Brunello-Land can rejoice, we're pouring a wine for you!  While I hate calling Rosso di Montalcino 'Baby Brunello' this one from traditionalist Collemattoni is far above average.  In fact this wine shows the best possible delineation between the refined depth of Brunello and the potent, punchy simplicity of great Rosso di Montalcino. Sangiovese for everyone! 

Pied a Terre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, California $30

Nope your eyes don't deceive you, we are indeed pouring an American cabernet from of all places Napa.  Why?  Well, it takes a lot for us to get excited about something that can be as mundane as 'Napa Cab' and this one does the trick and then some.  How about honest farming, light handed winemaking and concentrated but not over the top fruit and oak?  Yeah, we love it.  You will too.

Henriques 5 Year Madeira, Portugal $30

When it comes to fortified wines, 'tis the season!  And beyond that Madeira is one of our favorite styles of enriched wine.  The wines from this tiny island off the coast of north Africa have a distinct combination of savory and sweet, something most Port can only dream of achieving.  We recently got two new Madeira's in from this tiny traditional producer, Henriques.  We're excited to debut it and it goes perfectly with your late night snacking or post meal meditations.


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