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          March 30, 2020

          Virtual Tasting with Rajat Parr

          I asked 3-time James Beard award-winning sommelier / author / winemaker, Raj Parr, if he could spare 30 minutes to catch up and talk wine. Since the shop opened, the wines Raj helps to make at Sandhi, Evening Land, Raj Parr Wines, and Domaine de la Côte have always been represented on our shelves. Check out our 30-minute chat covering a wide-range of topics!
          March 30, 2020

          Monarch Exclusive: 2018 MC Thiriet, Côtes de Nuits Villages ‘Aux Montagnes’

          Imagine your dream is to make world-class wine from the planet's most tradition-bound, insular region, but you're a young couple with no inheritance and no historic bloodline. But that's just what Matt Chittick and Camille Thiriet did. Only in its third vintage! Sourced from a 50-year-old, organically farmed vines. This is Pinot at its purest.
          March 23, 2020

          Sneak Peak: First Days of Rosé

          This week we've put together the perfect rosé starter pack. Fresh, lively and unapologetically fun, these wines are sure to keep your spirits high and your hearts warm. A rosé deal you won't want to miss! Cheers to Spring and brighter times ahead!
          March 12, 2020

          Spain’s Grenache Revolution

          A large part of this revolution is the revival of old-vine Garnacha hailing from Sierra de Gredos, just west of Madrid. A rugged, mountainous region where the soils are rich in granite. Over the past decade, a group of intrepid, young winemakers have dedicated themselves to rediscovering and reinvigorating the old bush-vine Garnacha here.
          March 11, 2020

          Drop-in Tasting with Kellog Selections and deFermo!

          What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than sipping your way through one of Italy's most fascinating (and under-appreciated) regions. Please join us in welcoming Kellogg Selections as Jeff pours a massive selection of wines from Abruzzo's deFermo winery.
          March 5, 2020

          Our Favorite Local BYOB Hot Spots!

          We have decided to highlight a few of Monarch's favorite restaurants in town that allow you to bring your own wine. A boon for wine lovers! These BYO friendly spots give us the opportunity to eat their delicious food and drink exactly what we want along side of it. We've paired a couple of wines we feel compliment each restaurant's cuisine perfectly.
          March 4, 2020

          Monarch Exclusive: 2018 K. Descombes, Morgon ‘Vieilles Vignes’

          A Morgon made by one of Beaujolais' rising stars. I'm thrilled to offer the only case of Kevin Descombes, Morgon 'Vieilles Vignes' 2016 in South Carolina. True old-vine Gamay grown on steep granitic slopes. Classic Beaujolais winemaking and extended aging in used Burgundy barrels. A rare, late release Morgon.
          February 20, 2020

          Producer Spotlight: Benanti

          Few wines so viscerally evoke a sense of terroir like those situated on the steep, seaside slopes of Sicily's famed volcano, Mt. Etna. Today we feature the standard bearer of this fascinating landscape, Giuseppi Benanti. Transparent, precise and crystalline these wines are some of the most beautifully crafted wines coming out of Italy today.
          February 17, 2020

          2013 Castell’in Villa, Chianti Classico Riserva

          Proprietress Principessa Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa and her husband first bought the property in 1968. To this day she crafts some of the most traditional, classic and elegant wines anywhere in the world: soulful, distinctive, long-lived, and delicious. Proof that Sangiovese can rise to greatness when grown in the right place.
          February 14, 2020

          Valentine’s Day Rosé Bubbles

          This week we're highlighting some of our favorite pink bubbles, crafted by a few of our most cherished winemaking lovebirds! From their hearts to yours, this Valentine's Day foursome is PACKED with LOVE.
          February 9, 2020

          Valentine’s Tasting with Bobo Selections

          Join us in welcoming Karen Ulrich, whose company is responsible for importing some of the most exciting natural wines to hit our shores! She'll be pouring, chatting and drinking her way through a line-up of some of her portfolio's stand-outs. Drop-in and hang out anytime between 5:30 - 7p. It's free AND we'll have some discounts and day-of specials too!
          January 30, 2020

          Catalonian Crushes

          With the Mediterranean sea in sight, there are no wines quite like these in the world. Not only are these some of the most unique wines we have ever tasted, they are true RARITIES, sometimes yielding less than 900 bottles in a single vintage! This week, we're highlighting four of these Spanish gems.
          January 29, 2020

          Roches Neuves ‘Franc de Pied’ Saumur-Champigny 2016

          A truly French wine, un-grafted and un-matched! Thierry Germain's total dedication to site specific wines produced from Cabernet Franc (and Chenin Blanc), have produced some of the most exciting wines in the Loire Valley today. This is one of the most profound expressions of Cabernet Franc we've ever had.
          January 23, 2020

          Redefining Chilean Wine

          Chile has a longstanding history of winemaking, dating back to the 16th Century when Spanish missionaries brought over the País grape. Today there is a, small but mighty, new generation bringing centuries-old winemaking practices back to life. These wines are redefining what we've come to know about Chilean wine.
          January 16, 2020

          Value White Burgundies

          Inexpensive Burgundy, two words rarely uttered in the same sentence. As the popularity of these ethereal wines soar, prices have followed suit. And for good reason, as these hallowed vineyards have long been home to the most majestic expressions of Chardonnay. This is a land of winemaking legends making some of the most prestigious and highly sought-after wines on the market.
          January 10, 2020

          Lise & Bertrand Jousset

          Our featured producer this week, the Joussets, are all about connections. Connections with their land, vines and people. Their wines are a conduit between their home and yours. There is no pretension here: the wine is all about the expression of pure pleasure!
          December 22, 2019

          Monarch’s Holiday Countdown! Day 10: Occhipinti ‘Il Frappato’

          Arianna has been a rising star throughout the past decade, crafting wines that reveal the chalky minerality of Vittorian soils, the freshness of the sea sprayed air, and the uniqueness of native Sicilian varietals. This is her flagship and most important wine.
          December 21, 2019

          Monarch’s Holiday Countdown! Day 9: Mont de Marie ‘Salve Ager’

          Mont de Marie is the creation of Thierry Forestier, son of a wine making family in Costières de Nimes. In 2002 he pieced together 7.5 hectares of land around the eastern-most part of the Coteaux du Languedoc. Nearly a third of his vineyards are planted with Aramon, an indigenous grape variety whose vines are at least 100 years old.
          December 20, 2019

          Monarch’s Holiday Countdown! Day 8: Clos du Jaugueyron ‘Nout’ Margaux

          This is old-school Bordeaux, crafted by a young man, Michel Théron. Michel moved to Bordeaux in 1988 from the Languedoc to study winemaking. What I love most about his wines is that while they are no doubt age-worthy, they are simply delicious now. Showing beautiful fruit and balance, and gaining complexity as they open.
          December 19, 2019

          Monarch’s Holiday Countdown! Day 7: Bodega Chacra ‘Sin Azufre’

          Current shop inventory of wines from South America: JUST ONE. This wine is different. One of the most amazing Pinot Noir's I've had in a long time. Piero has created a winery that exists outside of the usual New World vs. Old World debate, actively redefining what is possible from Pinot Noir in the Southern Hemisphere.