Our man Jackson imports some of the worlds most authentic and honest wines through his little project Mise Wine. He’s like us in that he’s all about wines of typicity, that is, wine that express the grapes and terroir transparently and without manipulation or the flash of modern winemaking techniques. These wines are brilliant and you deserve a glass. A toast to real wine!
The Loire Valley might be France’s most exciting wine region just because you always feel like there’s more to find, more unique pockets of vignerons doing something that you’ve never seen before. This month we take you to Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny in Touraine where Domaine des Huards has been producing the best Remorantin in the world since 1846. This little region, located just south of Orleans and just inland from Sancerre in Centre, produces some seriously elegant wines that show a lot of finesse, balance, and structure. The Gendrier family, proprietors of the domaine, make my favorite wines from the region. For the red’s they focus on Pinot Noir and Gamay, and for the whites they specialize in Remorantin, a relative of Chardonnay with minerality and intensity that reminds many of Chablis. These white and red’s are giving and alive and you’re going to love it. They’ll be on sale all month at 10% off so you can experience great and rare Loire wines at the best price.
The Mucci brothers will be in the shop to show off one of their coolest new finds, Francesco Brigatti from Colline Novaresi. This man’s domaine is situated in the northernmost part of Piedmont nestled up in the mountains. Here they focus of Nebbiolo, Vespolina, and Erbaluce, one of the coolest white in all of Italy. These wines are clean, precise, and represent and incredible band for your buck. We were stunned when we first tried them so we’re excited to now be able to bring them to you.
In 2016 Michael Cruse was named Winemaker of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle for his innovative, novel, and delicious approach to winemaking in Napa and Sonoma. Famous internationally for his cult sparkling wine project Ultramarine, Michael Cruse has positioned himself on the avant garde of American winemaking. His Cruse Wine Co. label focuses on obscure grapes in Napa like Valdiguie and Tannat, grapes not often considered as great Napa wines. In his hands these varietals have found new expression and life. Our man Chas, the exclusive MA importer of Michael’s wines, will be in pouring his Napa Valdiguie, Monkey Jacket Red Blend, Rorick Heritage Vineyard Chardonnay, and his Napa Tannat. These wines will be on sale all month at 10% off so this is your chance to get to know the new Napa at the best price.
Is it any warmer yet? Nah? Whatever, cus we’ve got Andrea coming by to pour some spiritually elevating hot shit. She’ll be here to introduce you to the amazing wines of Quantico on Mt Etna, get you acquainted with Chinato, and show off a brand spanking new Soave. Come say hi and get to know some of Italy’s trailblazing wineries.
Started by Hector and Pablo Durigutti in 2002 and based in Mendoza, the wines of the Durigutti estate mark a serious turning point in terroir expressive wines in Argentina. One of the most compelling projects that the brothers have embarked on is the Proyecto las Compuertas series of wines. In 2007 they purchased land in a specific department of Lujan de Cuyo called Las Compuertas which was filled with old vineyards of unique varietals. Here they source grapes to produce single vineyard wines of Criolla Parral (otherwise known as Mission or Pais), Cordisco (or Montepulciano), and a Malbec from a 100 year old plot. Argentine wine for too long has just been about geographically generic Malbec which is why we’re excited to share this series of wines with you. We'll be pouring these wines in the store from the 4th to the 6th between 5-7 plus these revolutionary wines will be on sale all month at 10% off so this is your chance to get to know the new Mendoza at the best price.
Our bud Casey is not only one of the hippest cats we know he’s also an amazing organ player, a dominos assassin, and a wine geek extraordinaire. He’ll be by to show off his beautiful collection of American wineries that are pushing the envelope and changing people’s perception of what American wine is all about. He’ll be taking us on a cruise through Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, and Long Island, pouring delicious juice along the way. If you’ve got the winter blues, Casey’s got the cure.
There’s a new name in the MA natural wine game and it’s Bon Raisin. Recently established by Christopher Nelmes, based in Paris and owner of Supergrape Wines, and Mark Firth, Chef/Owner of Great Barrington’s gem like restaurant Prairie Whale, they’re bringing some of France’s most innovating young winemakers to MA. All of their wines come from small environmentally conscientious wineries producing ‘vin naturel’, which, as they say, are “for the layman wino, means nothing added, nothing taken away.” This wines are teaming with life and energy and we’ve got the new crop in house. We’re excited to have them here and we’re even more excited to be sharing them with you.
The Holidays are upon us and we’re in need of relief! That’s why we’re bringing in some our favorite people to pour two of our most comforting and XMAS dinner friendly wines. James from Mucci imports will be here pouring the whole line up from Glassier, Alto-Adige’s best and brightest new winemaker and the man that’s changing the winemaking game up there, while our man Vic will be in pushing Davis Family Vineyards, the Russian River Valley’s chillest dude. It will be one for the ages and the people will tell stories of this moment for generations to come!
If you didn’t know, South Africa is experiencing a wine renaissance. Young, fresh faced winemakers are changing what it means for a wine to be South African while making a case to the world that their wines can compete with the best of them. Our dude Pascal is a winemaker and importer of some of South Africa’s best pioneering winemakers and he’s gonna be here to blow your mind with them. As an added bonus to you, and a way for us all to have some much needed self care, we’ll also be pouring Philipponnat, perhaps the greatest Champagne house in all of the land, into your face. This is guaranteed to rule.
We’ve been massive advocates for Andrew’s wines ever since this young winery first shipped its glorious Rose to Massachusetts. So it’s our privilege to have in the man himself to pour his fabulous wines for you. We’ll be pouring some of his newest offerings as well as their acclaimed Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay. These guys are the best in the west so you best come correct.
Giannoni Selections is bringing to MA some of the coolest, under the radar stuff from all over the Italian peninsula which is why we love having these dope women in to show off. Andrea is gonna be pouring esoterica from some of their coolest producers including some Magnums of I Clivi so get ready to get down.
One of our favorite people is going to be here to introduce you to some of the coolest wines you’ve never heard of. Brittany (our bud) and Olmstead (her company) bring in most of the hippest, trendiest, and most exciting wines being made by anyone anywhere and their selection makes us drool. Prepare to have your mind blows and your tastebuds satisfied!
We’re going all out with a massive line-up of premium rarities from France and Italy perfect for your Turkey feasts! Our friends from Ruby and Arborway Imports will be in house putting on the charm offensive and treating you to some of the best we’ve got in the store. Rare Valtellina? We’re pouring it. Chateau le Puy? We’re pouring it. Magnums of Burgundy? You better believe it! We’ll even have open possibly the best Sparkling wine made in Italy so if you’re not into drinking dope wine then you won’t want to come by.
You think you would have had all of the wines in Italy by now, but there's hundreds of thousands of producers out there. Thankfully, we have great distributors like Mucci Imports to help separate the wheat from the chaff, and he'll be in the store to taste us on fine wines from small Italian producers. Join us from 5 - 7 pm.
We're always super thrilled to have Stacey in town to lead us through her boutique portfolio of great grower producer wineries throughout Italy. Join us as we nervously cross the November threshold to taste some great wines from 5 - 7 pm.
Details to be announced as the date draws near
Our dood Vic Zelinsky will be back to introduce a brand new winery to the market, Eden Rift. These wines are made in the Cienega Valley right smack dab on the San Andreas Fault and boy are they ever delicious. You’d be smart to check this one out.
We’ll also have some more sick juice from one of Vic’s old favorites, Davis Family Vineyards so get ready to have your mind blown!
Is there a cooler man in the Boston wine scene then Casey Gruttadauria? We think not! He’ll be rolling by to pour amazing bottles of natural wine for the people. Best part, he’ll be bringing wines from the best producer in Savoie, Domaine des Ardoisieres to make your day and lift your spirit.
Oh, and ask Casey about his Ska band.
The wines of Brendan Tracey have just hit the market for the first time so we’re going to have our wine hipster buddy Christy in to put these wines in your face! New Jersey native turned Francophile ex-pat Brendan Tracey has been making natural wines in the Loire with a punk rock edge after falling in love and running away to France. The dude is the definition of cool and a leading face of the natural winemaking movement in France. We’ll be spinning punk discs and blowing your mind with natty juice from 5-7
Last time Andrea showed up she was pouring a 1997 old vine single vineyard Friulano from the best white wine maker in Italy and you probably missed out. Don’t make that mistake again because this woman is constantly bringing by crazy beautiful wines and she’ll be back on October 5th!
We’ve got our friend Jen in for the first time and we’re super stoked about it! She works for Hogshead, an awesome little distributor in town that happens to have the hippest, coolest, and most radical collection of new world wines. She’ll be pouring bottles from South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand and you’re gonna get your mind blown. Come have your expectations changed and get excited about the promise of the new world!
Join us from 5pm-7pm
We’ve got our favorite person in the wine world on deck to pour some of the coolest little Italian wines you’ve never heard of! Come meet Stacey and get to know the real Italy! She’ll have open bottles from across the Italian Peninsula made by real people that care about real wine. How do you say ‘glou gou’ in Italian….
Join us from 5pm-7pm.
Set your sights on some fine wines when Arik from Charles River Wine Company rolls in to taste us on some of his favorite wines. We'll have the full details as we draw closer to the event, so stay tuned!
Mucci Imports was the brainchild of two local brothers from Massachusetts, and the story could end there, if not for the fact that they're responsible for bringing in some of the finest Italian wines we've seen in Massachusetts. Join James as he leads us through some of his favorites from their portfolio, and revel in the Italian wonder. More details to be revealed as we draw closer to the event!
Frank from Carolina Wine and Spirits will be joining us to taste through some truly spectacular Corsican wines including the Corse Figari Rouge and Corse Figari Blanc from Clos Canarelli, simply one of the best Corsican Producers out there. Join us from 5-7 pm!
I'm awfully tempted to say that Carl is, the "real McCoy" but he's probably heard that phrase more than anyone should, since he's such a professional. He'll be with us on Friday from 5-7pm to taste out some spectacular wines from great small producers out of France. If you like Burgundy, this is the day to taste wine. Join us!
The Featured Wines:
Domaine du Clos des Rocs Pouilly-Loché Les 4 Saisons - $34.99
Two small parcels of 40-year vines, planted on noble clay and situated northwest of the hamlet of Loché, are the source of the grapes for this wine . Elevage is split evenly between steel cuve and neutral oak barrel. Intensely mineral with a bright acidity and fine aromatics, this “Loché” opens up early and is perhaps the most precocious of the various offerings from this appellation.
Domaine du Clos des Rocs Pouilly-Loché Clos des Rocs Monopole - $49.99
The signature wine of the estate, the enclosed 3ha parcel is located adjacent to the winery. The vines are 70 years old with an eastern exposition, and the soil is a mix of iron-rich red clay and limestone pebbles. The resulting wine is beautifully textured, with saline notes, prominent minerality and impeccable balance; the most complete wine of the domaine and an essential reference point for this worthy but relatively unknown appellation.
Jean et Sébastien Dauvissat, Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes - $59.99
This special cuvée is sourced from a parcel of about .70 hectare that is planted to vines of at least fifty years of age (and some in excess of sixty-five years). In our opinion, the quality and expansiveness of this wine frequently elevates it to Grand Cru level; there is remarkable concentration and length and an impeccable expression of the grand terroir of Chablis.
Domaine Thevenet & Fils Bourgogne Rouge Bussieres Les Clos - $24.99
The pinot noir for this wine is found in the village of Bussieres and is sourced from the lieu-dit « Les Clos ». The vines are south-facing at 350 feet above sea level on gently sloping hills that are principally composed of clay. The fruit tends to ripen early due to its excellent exposure. Pigeage and remontage are practiced during fermentation. This wine is marked by notes of black, ripe berries, often a touch “sauvage”.
Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Mes Vieilles Vignes - $59.99
Pillot exploits over a hectare of vineyards planted in 1960 to Pinot Noir at the village level. This is a robust, cherry-flavored wine of strength and vigor. A simple, satisfying red from a village that should be more recognized for the high quality of its red wines, this being a prime example.
L'Amuse Signature Gouda - $29.99/lb
Bobo's Mountain Sugar Maple Syrup - $9.99/each
Peter's Yard Sourdough Crackers - $3.99/each
Rougie Duck & Pork Pate - $9.99/each
Michael from Mise Wines will be in the store to lead our merry band through some fantastic natural selections from Italy, naturally (yes, we already said that).
Stay tuned for more details, and join the fun on Friday from 5-7!
Stellar wines from stellar places. Rob's a star and the wines he brings are always a hit.
We're keeping the summer spirit with some light and easy wines, oh, and Champagne!
Come by to try out some Cava, Champagne Moutard Blanc de Noir, super fresh Grenache Blanc out of Spain, the mineral driven Picpoul (that's lip-stinger for those counting at home and a possible appearance of Spätburgunder from Germany (better known as Pinot Noir in these parts). Some may be from the road less traveled, but just like old Mr. Frost, you'll be glad you tried them. Variety makes all the difference.
Do you hear those bells? The bells of doom? No, it's crushable wine season. Arik will be in the store to feature some tasty fermented beverages that just say summer. More details to be announced
The Vine Details:
It so happens that Friday is National Wine Day, and we couldn't celebrate without feteing one of our favorite American wine producers. Vic "The Legend" Zelinsky will be in to pour us on some of our Davis Family favorites, plus a wine that's new to our shelves and this side of the country. Stay tuned for more details to come!
The Vine Details:
Casey from Ideal Wine & Spirits will be joining us on Friday. Usually when he's on stage you have to pay to see him, but Casey is a class act, and he'll be with us for free. We'll be pouring some of our favorite Frenchies.
While French wine may be considered bougie, Henri Bourgeois takes pride in making accessible and delicious wine in the Loire Valley. We've had their "Les Baronnes" Sancerre Blanc as our standard bearer for the classic French Sauvignon Blanc, and also carried their "Les Baronnes" Sancerre Rosé in years past. This time around, we've got their new kid on the Blanc.
Quincy is a small sub zone of the central Loire Valley, and they're also capable of making a darn good Sauvignon Blanc. Casey will have both of these quintessential French whites open for tasting.
And on the darker shade of pale, Casey's got an Orléans Rouge and a big beautiful Madiran.
The Orléans Rouge comes to us from Clos St. Fiacre, just south of the Loire River, and it's that great fresh summer red blend of Pinot Meunier (80%) and Pinot Noir (20%).
Madiran, however, is a whole different beast. This is your big brawny red meat barbecue wine. This particular bottle is made by Alain Brumont, a winemaker who brought the region of Madiran out of obscurity with Chateau Montus and this house, Chateau Bouscasse. Producing with strict biodynamic principles, this is a inky black and spicy Madiran with a blend of Tannat (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), and Cabernet Franc (10%). Come join the fun with us Friday from 5-7.