Happy August! We’ve selected twelve bottles to complement hot days, cool nights and backyard barbecues. A mix of imported and local favorites, our Case of the Month is our way to introduce you to new bottles at a great value. Cheers!
Château Brézé Clos de Midi Chenin Blanc $19
Chenin, chenin, chenin. My instagram feed is full of chenin blanc posts by Pascaline Lepeltier, former wine director at Rouge Tomate Chelsea. A lesser known grape, Lepeltier has been advocating wine drinkers to give Vouvray, Savenniéres and Steen a chance. Formerly by the glass at PBS, the new vintage by Château Brézé has shed its winter coat in favor of a lighter, refreshing style perfect for the hot summer months.
Quivira Zinfandel $15
Classic Sonoma County Zinfandel. Juicy raspberry, blackberry are complemented by a peppery finish. Quivira is known for making lower alcohol zinfandels, balancing fruit and acid. This bottle is just begging for ribs on the smoker.
Domaine Fontsainte Gris de Gris Rosé $16
Vin gris translates to grey wine and describes the process of treating red grapes like white grapes to craft a wine more concentrated in flavor, yet light in color. Domaine Fontsainte is a perennial favorite and lovely with fresh picked strawberries.
Timothy Malone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $25.50
Tim cut his teeth at Flowers and Cameron before going out on his own in 2012. We love his Riesling (it’s dry!) The tang of cranberry, plum, black tea coupled with subtle tannins make this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir a staff favorite.
Tyrus Evans Claret $18
A great bargain from a local wine superstar and all around good guy Ken Wright, this Ciel de Cheval Vineyard blend is predominantly Merlot. Here at PBS we like to advocate for our friend, the noble Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon plays a supporting role, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot round out the bunch. Bold yet structured, fruit and acid, this wine has it all.
Valentina Montepulciano D’Abruzzo $15
The ultimate pizza wine, Montepulciano is solid. Flavors of cherry red plum and oregano are plentiful in this Goldilocks style of wine. Not too heavy or tannic, tomato season is here. Montepulciano’s high acid loves a good sauce.
Miali Verdeca $13.50
Verdeca? Verdec-who? Winemakers in Puglia have revitalized an Italian white grape almost lost forever, and we are the better for it in the summertime. On the nose honeysuckle dominates but on first sip acidity and minerality dominate.
Jacky Marteau Sauvignon Blanc $13
The Loire Valley, how I love you, because underneath your topsoil lies two giant limestone deposits, known as the Kimmeridgian and Portlandian. Arguably one of the best soils in the world, rocks and dirt play a vital role in winemaking, lending freshness and mineral character. Ideal for grassy, citrus, mineral driven Sauvignon Blancs that are oh so refreshing in the summer.
Clothilde Davenne Bourgogne Blanc $20
Chardonnay in Chablis means NO OAK yet rich, sumptuous wine with loads of minerals and a crisp finish. Davenne’s declassified Chablis is loads of wine for not a ton of money. Stunning!
Bodegas Pinord +&+ Cava $12
Light, easy festive. A bottle of Spanish cava can transform an ordinary dinner into a celebration.
Ca’Montebello Pinot Nero Bianco $16
Ca’Montebello borrows from neighboring region, Emilia Romagna’s tradition of lambrusco by placing the wine in pressurized vats to undergo a natural, secondary fermentation just before bottling. The result? A lemon-lime, adult Sprite.
Domaine Fenouillet Vin de Pays de Vaucluse $12
Probably the best value in the Rosenthal imports portfolio, known for a killer selection of French and Italian wines. A blend of Marsellan (a hybrid of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache) and Merlot this bistro style has everything you need: fruit, tannin, acid.
Just as the seasons determine the produce we grow and eat locally, the bottle of wine you choose for your meal depends on the weather. During the cold, gray winter we gravitate to a bold, Washington Syrah. On a blazing hot day, Portugal’s effervescent Vinho Verde is the perfect accompaniment to an evening on the porch.
Warm weather doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to red wine completely...some bottles are best served chilled.
- Melaric Tandem ‘15 – A blend of Grolleau and Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley; I confess, I am a bit of a Loire fanatic. The region is home to precise, mineral driven Sauvignon Blancs and Chenin Blancs that range from tart lemon bombs to honey drizzled baked apples. Grolleau derives its name from the French word for crow because the grape skins are super dark and Cabernet Franc brings a bell pepper savory note to the table. On first sip you are greeted with the most delightful raspberry tang, juicy but not sweet. Pepper, spice and a hint of plum carry through the finish. Melanie and Aymeric, a young couple who met at enology school, today rent cellar space in an old castle and craft gorgeous Chenin Blancs, sparkling Cabernet Francs and a spellbinding dessert wine.
- Vigneti Massi ‘Terra Sic Est’ Rosato ‘15 – Okay this wine is not a red wine, it’s a rosé but it looks extremely different than our favorite pinks from Southern France. The reason why this rosé looks more like your favorite glass of Pinot Noir is because the Italian style of rosé is often referred to as overnight wine. French winemakers tend to pick rosé in the cooler evening hours and allow the juice of the grapes and the red grape skins to soak together for only two or three hours. Most Italian winemakers soak overnight, resulting in a mouthwatering blend of strawberries and herbs. Perfection when served with charcuterie!
- Scala Ciró Rosso Classico Superiore ‘13 – Say it with me now: Gah-L’YEE’OHP-oh. Gaglioppo is intimidating in name only, this light and refreshing red from Southern Italy is a crowd pleaser. Grown on the seaside you can almost taste the salt air in the crackling, rolling finish chock full of acid. Not to be outdone, blackberries play a major role in this juicy, juicy red. It’s almost tomato season...pair with tomatoes and a hunk of fresh mozzarella.
Stop by the shop and enjoy a chilled red on our patio, our ice buckets are at the ready!
5pm - 7:30pm.
Pelican Brewing, Tuesday!!
This coming Tuesday we are having Pelican Brewing here tasting all their goodies. Pelican has been my #1 go to IPA in the state. It's just a solid, hoppy beer that is super consistent. Over the past few years, Pelican has really taken it up a couple of notches. They are now producing many more styles along with a bunch of single hop IPA's. All are solid. With all the new names that have popped up in the beer scene, let us not forget one of the classics. Big props, this coming Tuesday, March 21st from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. See you then.
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This Week's Wine Focus:
Paneretta Chianti Classico Reserva
This always seems to be one of my favorite bottles of Chianti. The Reserva from Castello della Paneretta is a rich blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo. It opens with dark cherry notes and hints of cooking spices. That sun baked fruit and spice continue throughout the mid palate to a beautifully balanced finish. The especially long finish has just the right amount of acid to contrast the dark fruit. This is such a great food wine. Rain or shine, this wine is super satisfying.
Natalino del Prete "Torre Nova"
This is a wine nerds dream come true. It is not that easy, open it and fruit just jumps from the glass type of wine. This is a wine that is slowly lured out of the bottle with time and patience. However, in time, it reveals dark, plummy fruit and delicious earthy notes throughout. Bright acidity and a plush finish await those with patience. It just has a taste of Southern Italy. Even though this is not a wine I would haphazardly recommend to everyone, I find this wine enticing and full of mystery. If your looking for something to really open your mind, give this a try. Taste, decant. Taste, swirl. Swirl again. There will be something different around every corner.
Furioso Vineyards Tasting
We've got a lot going on this weekend, starting with a great wine tasting this Friday featuring local Furioso Vineyards. Winemaker Dominique Mahé will be here pouring these exquisite wines made from two vineyard sites in Yamhill and Dundee. Furioso is currently planting and nurturing many vines at both sites as they look to the future. These are wines of finesse that can be enjoyed now or stashed away for many years. Here is your opportunity to taste wines from a wonderful, up and coming producer that is doing some really cool things. Join us Friday from5 - 7:30 pm and meet winemaker Dominique Mahé.
More Live Music, This Saturday
This Saturday night we are super pleased to have The Fogies here from 6 - 8 pm. The Fogies consist of Lindsie Feathers and Mark Shepherd and they are bringing their Americana style grooves to The Bottle Shop for a great evening of music and fun. They have played all over the area and we were lucky enough to book them here. Join us this Saturday from 6 - 8 pm for what is sure to be a night of some good groovin'.
WINES IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK:
Edmunds St. John Heart of Gold
One of the original "Rhone Ranger's" of California, Steve Edmunds has been making some of the best wines coming out of California. For almost 30 years now, he has focused on Old World grape varietals (no Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay here). His "Heart of Gold" is an uncanny blend of Vermentino and Grenache Blanc. As different as that is, it works beautifully. The nose is a combination of stone fruit and wet sidewalk. The minerality continues on the palate with bright fresh acidity throughout. This wine is full of life. The fresh pear and apricot flavors are perfect as we head towards Spring. Enjoy.
I happen to love me some wines from Monstant and this bottle is right up my alley. Composed of Garnacha (80%) and Carignan (20%), this wine is everything that I enjoy from wines produced in the region. Dark, rich fruit, a good earthy mid palate and a long, delicious finish. Quite polished for all the earthy flavors that it contains, making it a great sipper. If you are pairing it with a meal, roast off some pork chops and let it ride. Nice and simple. And because everything this young winemaker produces is organically grown, you can feel even better about supporting him.
Well, you made it. 2017 is here and we are ready to shake things up. In the kitchen, we have been putting out delicious new soups along with some hot sandwiches to help keep you warm during these cold stretches. The meatball sub has been a big hit and we are adding new items each week. Right now we're making a roasted pork loin sandwich topped with grilled onions, peppers and a gremolata mayo. Yum! We are dialing in our fried mozzarella plate, so watch for it coming soon. Visit us for lunch, dinner or an afternoon escape, any day Tuesday-Sunday 11-9 pm.
Travis' Picks, This Friday
Join us this evening, Jan. 6, from 5 - 7:30 pm, as we taste some of my go-to wines. There is a delicious white wine from Western Italy made from Vermentino, a baby Bandol from the famed Chateau Jean-Pierre Gaussen and many more. Besides, this is your opportunity to taste through a bunch of great wines before snowpocalypse 2017! Load up, you may need them on Saturday. Or you can come back to the shop because you know we will be open. See you tonight!
Case of the Month
Wow, what a great deal we've got for you this month! We know last month was stressful, and of course, this month has nothing to be stressed about, right? Well, at least you can get some great wines at a great deal. Come check out our new Wine Case of the Month for only $116! It will help you get through whatever may ail you this month.
Upcoming Wine Tastings
Friday evenings from 5-7:30 pm, $10 per tasting
Jan 6 - Travis' Picks
Jan 13 - Indigenous Italian Varietals
Jan 20 - TBD
Jan 27 - Wines from Brianna Day
Upcoming Beer Tasting
Tuesday, Jan 24th, from 5:30-7:30 pm (Free!) - Occidental Brewing
Tuesday, Feb 21st, from 5:30-7:30 pm (Free!) - Melvin Brewing