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          August 30, 2020

          Producer Spotlight: Dard et Ribo 2016

          I am pleased to offer the only case of Dard et Ribo 2016 Saint-Joseph in South Carolina. The wine is exuberant and effusive, delivering all the savory animale and tenacity of Syrah but with a playful and beguiling texture reminiscent of the best Beaujolais.
          August 30, 2020

          Exclusive: Ardoisieres ‘Argile’ Rouge 2016

          Enter Domaine des Ardoisières, a minuscule winery tucked in the shadow of Mt. Blanc. Here, in the far reaches of the French Alps come wines with light, bright and refreshing frames. They posses a purity of fruit coupled with high elevation acidity lending these wines a distinct subtly not dissimilar to the great wines of Burgundy. Cool and refreshing, like a mountain stream.
          August 30, 2020

          Exclusive: Matt Taylor Wines

          Last week we jumped on a Zoom call with Matt. It was our first time 'meeting' him. Like his wines, he is thoughtful, articulate, and subtle. The conversation veered from farming to winemaking to his inspirations. At every turn, Matt was engaging and detailed, quick to turn the discussion away from him and towards his vines.
          August 30, 2020

          Producer Spotlight: Olivier Lemasson

          Long-time Monarch favorite, Olivier Lemasson's 2019s have finally arrived! It was the first sips of his wines, way back in the early aughts, that helped ignite our passion for natural wine. We had never tasted anything like them, they were so bright, so fresh, so tasty, so ALIVE!
          August 30, 2020

          Exclusive: Pelican ‘Berangers’ Trousseau 2018

          I am so proud and excited to share today's offer with you! So many things I love packed into one bottle. A red wine made by legendary Burgundian winemaker, Guillaume d'Angerville, from vines planted by one of the Jura's greatest, Jacques Puffeney - retired since 2014.
          August 30, 2020

          Exclusive: Noella Morantin, Sauvignon ‘Chez Charles’ 2018

          Noëlla has trained with and worked alongside some of the great names of the Loire. A couple of years with Agnès and René Mosse in Anjou led to her becoming the vineyard manager at Les Bois Lucas, then onto renting parcels of the aforementioned Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine. She now makes wine with fruit from a mixture of owned and rented parcels at her beautiful cellar carved out of the hillside.
          August 30, 2020

          Producer Spolight: Fabio Gea

          For me to really fall for a wine it must be true, genuine, authentic, REAL. The wines of Fabio Gea are ALL of these things. Some are traditional, while others novel and fresh. But they are always true to the Piedmont vineyards from which they're grown.
          April 9, 2020

          Producer Spotlight: Colombera & Garella

          On the fast track to stardom are Cristiano Garella & Giacomo Colombera, who have become one of the region's most well-known producers. These wines are so elegant, so beautiful, they evoke a feeling of majesty that will stick with you long after the bottle is gone. They carry the intensity, depth and flavor of world-class Barolo, yet delivered in a delicate, elegant way.
          April 2, 2020

          Monarch Exclusive: 2018 Laura Lorenzo ‘Portelo do Vento’ Rosado

          Laura works about 4.5 hectares organically in the Val do Bibei-Quiroga, a subzone of Ribeira Sacra on the cool Atlantic Coast of Spain. She describes her farming as “agro-ecology with minimal impact.” A light pink color gives way to a delicate floral nose with tart raspberry and blood orange. The palate is vibrant, fresh and distinctly saline. A one-of-a-kind rosé.
          March 31, 2020

          Producer Spotlight: Le Vignoble du Rêveur

          These wines look different, taste different, feel different. To put it simply, the wines of Mathieu Deiss are transcendent. He has made it his mission to redefine the wines of Alsace, France's historic northeastern region, an area with a complicated territorial history.
          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 26, 2020

          Pet-Nat and Oysters with 8ARM!

          Welcome Nhan Le and Joshua Frye from Atlanta's 8ARM! It's the happiest hour (or two!) of the year! Our dear friends Nahn and Joshua will be in-store shucking cold oysters and we'll have a bunch of fresh Pet-Nat on ice to help wash down all the deliciousness! $25/person. Tickets available at the door day-of event.
          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.