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5 Delicious Wine & Snack Pairings

Food and wine pairing is all about balance — a principle that applies even when you’re uncorking a bottle between meals. Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together with friends or planning to curl up with a snack and your favorite movie, you’ll always be rewarded if choose your wine purposefully. At the same time, you… [Read More]

A Few of Our Favorite Wine & Cheese Pairings

Pairing wine and cheese creates a remarkable sensory experience — caramel-nut flavors fade into nuanced notes of butter on your tongue, the essence of grass mingles with aromas of fresh citrus from your glass, and bloomy white rinds are opened to reveal the silkiest of cheeses. Sample a different selection and you’ll enjoy something totally… [Read More]

Seafood and Wine Pairing Made Simple

From rich, jewel-toned, sushi to smoky, char-grilled fillets, a well-chosen bottle of wine elevates any meal. With seafood, choosing the right vintage is easy — simply consider the following: Richness of the Fish Generally, the most suitable wine pairing will be dictated by the type of fish you’re serving. Shellfish and white fish tend to… [Read More]

Your Weeknight Go-To Wine

The last email has been sent, the kids have all finished their homework, and dinner is on the table — now, it’s time to open a bottle of wine and enjoy a great meal with your family. Which wine should you choose? Our experts recommend Pinot Noir — unlike other reds, Pinot Noir is easy… [Read More]

Sparkling Summer Sips

Make planning your outdoor bar or beverage station as carefree as choosing your perfect menu — the experts at our wine shop have 3 sparkling cocktails that anyone can mix. Set up a table (or two, depending on how many guests you’re inviting) with everything that is needed to mix the drinks: glasses, ice buckets,… [Read More]

DIY Happy Hour

If a post-workday drink isn’t part of your routine, consider shaking things up! Make your own happy hour and be your own mixologist; we’re confident that you can craft the perfect cocktail at home. Our experts share three of their favorite recipes. Grapefruit Spritz Mix Giffard Crème de Pamplemousse Rose (grapefruit liqueur) with Botanist gin… [Read More]

Our Favorite Local Wines & Spirits

There’s something to be said for true craftsmen, the ones who roll up their sleeves and do things by hand, the old-fashioned way. Using a mix of time-honored traditions and proprietary innovation, these men and women create some truly noteworthy wines & spirits. A number of these fantastic producers are close to home! If you’re… [Read More]

Prinz Salm Two Princes Nahe Riesling 2015

Product Name: Prinz Salm Two Princes Nahe Riesling 2015 Price: $18.99 Product Info: We’ve tasted a lot of excellent rieslings, but this one made is a stand-out. The acidity is pristinely balanced against the wine’s natural sweetness — a remarkable value, for under $20. Tasting Notes: Gentle aromas of white peach and honeysuckle, with a… [Read More]

Saint Jacques Ultreia Mencia 2012

Product Name: Saint Jacques Ultreia Mencia 2012 Price: $31.99 Product Info: Grown in Bierzo, Mencia is one of the lesser-known varietals of Spain. A medium-bodied grape that is both earthy and fruity in expression. This cuvée is fermented partially in barrique, partially in oak vats, and partially in stainless steel, which creates a more layered… [Read More]

Botanica Pinot Noir Western Cape 2014

Product Name: Botanica Pinot Noir Western Cape 2014 Price: $29.99 Product Info: A South African Pinot Noir made by a self-taught, American winemaker, this is a delightfully surprising change to Oregon, Napa, and Burgundy Pinot Noirs. The tart red fruit and surprising earthiness will open your eyes to a new territory. Tasting Notes: Deep and… [Read More]

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