Wines from Kyle Boatright of The Country Vintner!
We are so excited to have local cocktail master and author of The Imbible, Micah Lemon in the shop to taste vermouths and share some mixology knowledge with us.
We will be tasting a selection of summer time wines!
We are looking forward to this taste of the Loire this Friday night.
We love family wineries in general, and we fell for this Penedès winery in particular about a month ago. Everything they make is of extraordinary quality, and some of their higher-priced wines are the most exciting, rich, and profound Spanish reds we've recently encountered. Fortunately for our Summertime preference for lighter-body wines (and for our wallets!), they also make a line of incredibly good value wines, and those are the ones we will be tasting this evening.
Stop in and taste!
Tasting with owner/producer Vittorio Fracchia from Agricola Sulin in Monferrato, Italy!
In the very heart of the Monferrato region, a land steeped in ancient civilization, history and beauty, where from every hill you can admire enchanting landscapes and unrivalled natural views, the Fracchia Family has been working in the winemaking sector since Adriano Fracchia founded the business in 1919. The farm has now reached the fourth generation, keeping the same basic values and approach to winemaking unaltered. Brothers Mauro and Fabio are in charge, using minimal intervention winemaking to create wines that are both playful and of tremendous value, while maintaining a deep respect for the history of the land and wine culture of the Piedmont.
In the dialect of their region, Sulin means sunny and the vineyards of the Fracchia Family certainly deserve this appellation, thanks to their southward location, on hilltops or along rounded hills, fully exposed to the heat of the sun.
Stop by and taste these wines that are both delicious and GREAT values!
Sulin Monferrato Bianco "Gabiné" 60% Chardonnay, 40% Sauvignon Blanc
Sulin Monferrato Rosso DOC 70% Merlot, 30% Barbera
Sulin Barbera del Monferrato DOC Superiore "Ornella" 100% Barbera
Sulin Casorzo "Voulet" 100% Malvasia Nero Casorzo.
This Friday our friend Kyle Boatright of The Country Vintner will be here to help us share some of our favorite Italian wines.
Azienda Agricola Inama Soave Classico 2016
Regularly $15.99, special tasting price $14.39
Vajra Luigi Baudana Langhe Bianco "Dragon" 2016
Regularly $21.99, special tasting price $19.79
GD Vajra Langhe Rosso 2016
Regularly $16.99, special tasting price $15.29
GD Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2016
Regularly $25.99, special tasting price $23.39
We drink fine wine and may feel pretty.
We drink hard cider on a night in the city.
We drink good sake ’til we feel a little giddy,
Drink too much tequila and you might feel @#$%#.
This week’s beer tasting will get a little witty.
This week … WITBIERS:
Basic City Lieu de Wit
Port City Optimal Wit
Strangeways Albino Monkey Belgian White Ale
Old Bust Head Table Talk
This Friday we will be joined by Robert Crum of Roanoke Valley Wine Company.
Among the line up will be one of our most often recommended wines from California, Land of Saints Syrah + Grenache.
Angela Osborne has been making California’s most sought after single-vineyard Grenache wines since 2007 with her “A Tribute to Grace” winery. New Zealand born, she travelled the world in order to master the many faces of her favorite grape before settling in Santa Barbara. The Tribute to Grace wines are some of the best in the world, but pricey and hard to find. Now, using relationships she has cultivated over the years, she is able to source organically-grown grapes from a number of producers in Santa Barbara County to make an affordable but delicious blend of (of course) Grenache, and now a healthy dose (50%) of Syrah. Perfectly balanced. Silky fruit. Dragon label! Only 300 cases produced.
Normally $26.99 on sale for the tasting at $21.59!!
This Friday we will be joined by Virginia Samsel of Native Selections
If you have been curious about our new focus on "natural wines," you will want to make sure to stop by our tasting this Friday. "Natural wine" is a broad category and many of the importers we work with have wines that would fit under this heading, but! Native Selections based in Richmond have built an entire portfolio on natural wines, and each one is more delicious than the next. So come taste what we are pouring! We will have two Spanish wines from Vegas Altas (organic), a new-to-us Muscadet Sevre et Maine (organic) and one of our favorite new grenaches: the Celler Les Foes "L'Adolescent" (organic, biodynamic). This one's a can't-miss. Free and informal as always.
Starr Hill Tasting (with guest pourer Skip Roberts)
Starr Hill Brewery is Charlottesville's oldest continual brewery. Starting in 1999, it's the actually the second oldest existing brewery in Virginia. As our new shop turns our eyes to new and esoteric options, we're pleased to have Starr Hill as part of our backbone 'cause, you know, they just make good, solid, beer. This week, it's time to remind ourselves why we should remind ourselves about Starr Hill.
Starr Hill The Love
Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale
Starr Hill The Hook
Starr Hill Northern Lights
Starr Hill Double Platinum
We are excited to announce a special tasting with Edacious (Food Talk for Gluttons) podcast and local wine makers! We will be tasting wines selected by our guests and talking about Virginia Terroir. It is a great chance to learn directly from those coaxing beautiful wines from our own little AVA what the land here is teaching them. We will be doing this tasting a bit differently than our weekly tastings. We will be recording this tasting for the podcast and so will begin at 6pm and move through the tasting together. We will also hear from our guests (including Ben Jordan of Early Mt and Lightwell Survey) as we go. More information can be found here.
We love our local breweries. Fortunately for us we have an expansive definition of "local." And why not? That broad outlook gives us more beer to love! Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is close to our hearts if not close to our houses. (Hey! Richmond is only an hour's drive away!) So, you can bet that when we started up the new store we made sure that we had a hearty dose of Hardywood on hand. The beer is here. Now, there's nothing left to do but drink some. This week, beers from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery!
For this week's beer tasting, the hops are back on top! We've curated an interesting collection of IPAs and Double IPAs for the new store. But what's the point of having these beers if we can't taste them? Remember, today's craft IPAs favor taste over bitterness. So get ready for some fun and fiery flavors that won't punish your palate. This week, it's our first IPA tasting!
Clown Shoes Lemon Drop Space Cake
Tröegs Crimson Pistil IPA
Captain Lawrence Tears of Green
South Street Hop Grove
We couldn’t be more thrilled to invite you to our grand opening celebration!
We have been hard at work for the last several weeks giving the cellar at 311 East Market a spring cleaning for the record books! We hope those of you who have been visiting this space for years will see that it has the same heart. We hope those of you who are visiting for the first time will be excited to find a new Charlottesville gem. We look forward to showing you around our freshened up space and our shelves full of treasures.
We will be tasting wines, of course! We have done the sprucing and cleaning. Now all the shop needs is you!