Food & Libation

Wine

“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I

may wet my mind and say something clever. “   

~Aristophanes

Quaff

Stones Throw Pimm’s Cup  Housemade Pimm’s & Ginger Beer 9

Champagne Cocktail  Bitters & Bubbles   9

Draft Wines

glass/half bottle/full bottle

Sauvignon Blanc  2016 Martella  Central Coast, CA  9/18/36

Bordeaux Blend Rosé  2018 Blackbird  Napa, CA  13/26/52

Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre  2016 Preston  Dry Creek, CA 9/18/36

Old Vine Zinfandel Blend NV  Marietta  Geyserville, CA  11/22/44

Pinot Noir  2018 Lucky Rock  Northern California  12/24/48

Malbec 2017 Recuerdo  Mendoza, Argentina  12/24/48

Bubbles   

Chardonnay

NV  Val de Mer Brut ‘Non Dosé’  Chablis, France 13/50

We never miss a chance to snag a few cases of this most excellent sparkling wine. Bubbles from Chablis you say? It’s true, though few and far between, this 100% Chardonnay drinks well above it’s downright reasonable price. Enjoy it while you can, this one goes too quick.

Chalky minerals, lemon curd, biscuits.

Lambrusco di Sorbara

2017  Cleto Chiarli ‘Fondatore’  Emilia-Romagna, Italy  13/50

One man’s crusade to bring Lambrusco to its rightful place in everyone’s fridge has only just begun.  Order some salami and a glass of this and let the sparks fly.

Raspberry, peach, dried thyme.

Champagne

NV  Moutard Brut ‘Grande Cuvee’  Côte des Bar, France 36 (375ml)

A great little house nestled in the cool, southern stretches of Champagne, made with 100% Pinot Noir, a rich mouthfilling wine with loads of texture. 

Passion fruit, fresh ginger, red apple.

White

Crisp & Refreshing

Assyrtiko

2017 Santo Winery  Santorini, Greece  15/58

Produced on a small, volcanic Greek Island called Santorini, Assyrtiko is the new shining star of the white wine world. With it’s bracing acidity and tropical fruit flavors, it’s a hard wine not to fall in love with.

Juicy peach, apricot, flint.

Jacquère

2017 Le Cellier du Palais ‘Apremont Vieilles Vignes’ Savoie, France  12/46

We always come back to Jacquere this time of year, when the weather starts to warm a bit and our tastebuds are looking for that quenching feeling. Grown at the base of the French Alps, this is alpine wine at it’s finest.

Stone, pear skin, acid for days.

Aromatic & Lush

Vernaccia

2017 Sono Montenidoli ‘Tradizionale’  San Gimignano, Italy  14/54

  A solid little find that pleases both the geek and dilettante alike. Grown in the predominately red wine region of Tuscany, this “skin contact” white wine has mouth filling body along with a dry, rich finish. The perfect wine for people who normally quaff red.

Beeswax, white pepper, flinty

Riesling

2016  Lothar Kettern ‘Piesporter Goldtröpfchen’ Mosel, Germany  14/54

If you’re lucky enough, one day you’ll have a riesling epiphany moment. There’s very few wines that have the mind-boggling ability to balance the acid and sugar, challenging your senses in the best kind of way. This may just be the one for you.

Slate, juicy fruit, crush.

Chubby & Satisfying

Chardonnay

2015 Domaine Thomas ‘Tradition’  Saint-Véran, France  13/50

Chardonnay from the southern reaches of Burgundy can run the gamut of styles and quality, most being delightful, drinkable, and easy on the wallet. Saint-Véran, neighbor to notable Pouilly-Fuissé, has been producing some exceptional wines of late and is our go-to when we’re not drinking Chablis, of course.

Lemon, apricot, hazelnut.

Red

Bright & Juicy

Cabernet Franc

2017 Domaine du Bel Air ‘les Vingt lieux dits’  Bourgueil, France  13/50

If there ever was a wine to drink year round, this would be the one. Delicious on it’s own and even better with some food, this wine encourages gulping.

Bay leaf, wild berries, mint.

Gamay

2016 Domaine de Colette ‘Régnié’ Beaujolais, France 12/46

Where the rubber hits the road, in Beaujolais speak, is when you start getting into the village-level wines.  That’s where the magic happens, these site specific wines all have unique personalities and are WAY more exciting than what you’ve typically been drinking. Everything else is just grape juice.

Strawberry, raspberry, spice.

Layered & Rich

Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Edge  Alexander Valley, California  16/62

A classic cabernet from one of Sonoma’s best grape growing plots. All the goodness you’d expect from local juice with a superb winemaking family behind the scenes overdelivering on every level. Currant, mocha, brambleberry.

Earthy & Dry

Nebbiolo

2016 Giuseppe Cortese Langhe, Italy 14/54

We’re stuck on Nebbiolo and just can’t shake ferreting out some other gems to pour.  This ‘baby Babaresco’ is all about th aromatics, raspberry, , cherry, rose petals, underbrush, there’s no shortage of olfactor pleasure.  On the palate it’s all soft, tender fruit, with firm tannins and livley acidity that keeps the wine bouyant and fresh.

Red currant, blood orange peel, cedar.

Sangiovese

2015 Lisini ‘San Biagio’  Toscana, Italy

A deliciously pure Sangiovese from Montalcino. You might call this a ‘baby Brunello’ given it’s pedigree and older siblings but whatever it is, there’s no question that you’re drinking the good stuff and your pocketbook will almost certainly allow for another glass.

Blackberry, plum, tobacco.

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