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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jean-Luis Dutraive is often referred to as the 'heart of Beaujolais.' The wines of Jean-Louis' estate, Domaine de la Grand'Cour, are singular in that each wine comes from a specific vineyard, or 'lieu dit' in Fleurie.
A Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the heart of Chianti Classico was a revelation! The idea of crafting a wine from this grape was not a decision Silvio made based on trends or market demand. These were vines he inherited from his father.
Dominique Belluard farms his vineyards biodynamically in the tiny village of Ayse, at the foot of the French Alps. On exceedingly steep, rocky terrain the Gringet (GRAN-jay) grape variety has been grown since the 14th or 15th century but had nearly gone extinct before Belluard began cultivating it; establishing himself as the only winemaker currently bottling Gringet commercially.
Few winemakers have ascended to stardom more quickly than Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. In the matter of a decade (a split second in Burgundian time), Pierre-Yves' wines have become some of the most sought-after, collectible and allocated in the world. Some call him the 'Magician of White Burgundy.'
A quartet of Spanish friends and schoolmates are making world-changing, earth-shatteringly beautiful wines on the Canary Islands! Formed back in 2005 in college, they set out to make wine with a focus on Coastal Atlantic vineyards. A truly unique and characterful white wine that is deliciously pithy, salty and smoky with refreshing acidity.
Let’s get the party started with what else but CHAMPAGNE! Not your average Champagne, these bubbles are grown way down South, in a region called the Aube. It's in this unique corner of Champange that Bertrand Gautherot crafts some of the most distinct and unique wines we have ever tasted.