Château Margillière Bastide Blanc (AOC Coteaux Varois) Made of Rolle majority and Ugni Blanc, this white offers a luminous dress with beautiful golden reflections. A delicate nose goes hand in hand with the balance of its mouth. Roundness, liveliness, aromas of honey and white peach make it ideal for a grilled fish or parmesan aubergines.
Sables d’Azur Cotes de Provence One of our favorites from Provence. Blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. Elegant nose with delicate hints of small red fruits (red currant) and sweet citrus fruits (clementine, sweet grapefruit). Crispy and fresh mouth with a good balance between alcohol and acidity. Côtes de Provence
Cantina del PinoDolcetto d’Alba The Cantina del Pino Dolcetto has splendid perfume with ruby and garnet colors with a finesse and an intense and interesting nose with jammy flavor and a hint of black pepper and soft background of minerality. Bouquet of fresh fruit with good acidity and a full round finish makes this wine perfect for serving with food. Piedmont
Domaine Bousquet Gaia Voluptuous blend of 50% Malbec, 45% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of red and blackberries, showing many layers of silky and round. Silky palate and soft rounded tannins with notes of blackberries, spices, truffles providing aromatic complexity for an Exquisite finish. Argentina
Saturday, August 26, 3-5 pm
Wild Horse Pinot Gris Blend of 83% Pinot Gris, 7% Chardonnay, 6% Malvasia Bianca, 2% Verdelho, 2% Orange Muscat. A delightfully rich, complex wine with aromas and flavors of pineapple, citrus, white peach, and Golden Delicious apples. It's rich and succulent, with bright acidity that leads to a lingering, delicious finish. Central Coast, CA
La Doncella Tempranillo Clean, striking and brilliant. Fruity notes of blackberry and redcurrant predominate, with prominent dairy touches. Its aging in the bottle adds impressions of spice. In the mouth it displays a mature tenacity in balance with the acidity. Likeable, with just the right harmonious vivacity from start to finish. Finally it offers razor-sharp dairy notes and impressions of licorice. Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Balletto Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley There’s something alluring and fascinating in this wine. It’s both delicate and structured, rosily perfumed yet somehow dark and serious. But mostly, it’s beautiful and delicious. It shows focused, bright fruit and potpourri, but it’s complex and blended with equal parts savory earthiness, sauteed mushroom and dark, low-level mocha aromas. They all hit at once. And wow. It’s a knockout. The palate is delicate and graceful with an incredible balance of acid, tannin and structure that hint at how well it will improve with bottle age. Winemaker Notes
"Willamette Valley Vineyards -The Dirt on Oregon” A Seated and Guided Tasting Next Thursday, August 31st, 6:30-8pm, $10* The Willamette Valley was awarded "Wine Growing Region of the Year" last year by Wine Enthusiast, come taste for yourself what all the fuss is about. Please join Ryan to learn about Oregon's unique story, the soil of their region and compare wines from the Willamette Valley sub-appellations. Ryan Clifford: National Brand Ambassador/ Harvest Winemaker Ryan has worked harvest the last three vintages at Willamette Valley Vineyards from vine to bottle. He studied Viticulture and Enology at the Northwest Wine Studies Center in Salem Oregon and is continuing his education at UC Davis. There's no place he'd rather be than in the vineyard dying his hands purple with flawless clusters of Pinot Noir. Guided tasting will include these wines: 2015 Pinot Gris 2016 Whole Cluster Rose 2010 Elton Pinot Noir 2012 Tualatin Estate Pinot Noir 2015 Estate Pinot Noir 2016 Riesling *free for wine club members limited space, rsvp here
Kopke Port Tasting with Harvey Roberts Tuesday, September 12, 6:30-8 pm, $10* "After retirement from retail, I have spent the last 15 years working in the Port industry, mostly in sales. The first years my port education came from reading and working with Portuguese wine makers. I have spent time in both the vineyards as well as the Kopke Port winery itself. In the past ten years I have done hundreds of Port tastings and Port classes. This year I was awarded the title of Cavaleiro (Knight) from the Confraria do Vinho do Porto." Harvey Roberts *free for wine club members limited space, rsvp here
Changing Colors Tasting Event Saturday, September 16, 2017, $20*
It happened. I saw it this morning. What am I talking about? I saw three leaves that were turning color. As the dog and I were doing our thing, we stopped under a tree and as I was looking up I noted them just swaying in the wind. The color reminded me of a lush Viognier, oaky Chard or Marsanne/Roussane. It was right then that I noticed it was much chillier than I would have liked and it was still very wet from the previous days of rain.
Part of the beauty of living in Minnesota is the changing seasons and when this happens then we have to adjust. This means getting into more chewy white wines and chillable reds. We’re talking about our delicious Pinot Noir, underrated Gamay and Cabernet Franc. There are also lovely Sangiovese and Dolcetto. If you prefer a Spanish kick, hit the Tempranillo and Garnacha.
These wines are as versatile as a Swiss army knife. Any way the weather swings, any food that the party has to offer and any mood that you happen to be in, these wines will save the day. Whether you’re chilling on the boat, cracking lobster Thermidor like Lego Batman or just enjoying the sunset these styles of wine will rock your world. You will get bright cherry, red apple and light tannins just enough to tingle your tongue. Pairing with your favorite burger, bbq ANYTHING (chicken, brats, kebobs, whatever) will be easy as pie. Hmm, pie. Pick up any of these wines at Wine Republic in our downtown Excelsior shop or if you just want to hang out in your pajamas, hit us up online and we’ll deliver it to you. Ciao.
Natural Wine with Jill Mott Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-7:30, $30
NATURAL WINE has been all the rage on the coasts for years and it's penetrating the Midwest with force! There's much controversy surrounding what natural wine is exactly and what it is not. That said, both natural and conventional winemakers agree, there's no comparison when it comes to the flavor and complexities natural wine delivers! On Tuesday, September 26th, we'll tackle the myths, talk in-depth about key topics regarding natural wine and most importantly, discover and taste producers that may become new, household favorites! rsvp here