(OK: He plays a mean clarinet, but he's even better at finding great wines in France!)
A bunch of fine wines selected by two of our favorite stellar local importers - BIG TASTING (17 wines or so, but no extra $$ bonus pours)- this friday (see events): "It's an OK Big Little World." Wines imported by this guy below (Owen Kotler) and our friends at Petit Monde Wine Merchant. Owen Kotler Selections Petit Monde Wine Merchant
free today 3/17 from noon - 5
*amalfi - raffaele palma's rare bianco blend: biancolella, ginestra +
*england - dermot sugrue's rare bubbles from south downs
*fleurie - premiere from guillaume chanudet of his rare beaujolais
*spain - dominio aguilia's rare red and white blend: tempanillo, albillo, bobal and garnacha
Have you ever wondered what Walla Walla was like in 1975? Ever been curious about how people decided to plant grapes in this arid, hot environment? Rick Small was there when all of that happened, and we’re so excited to welcome him to the store for an evening of conversation about Walla Walla and his journey working in this brave new wine region. We welcome winemaker Rick Small as the second guest in our new Celebrity Series Tasting Series. Rick’s winery, Woodward Canyon Wine...ry, was the second bonded winery in Walla Walla. Rick made his first vintage of wine for his own consumption in 1979, and went on to make his first commercial vintage in 1981. Woodward Canyon is now one of the most renowned and sought-after producers in Walla Walla, especially famous for their Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon.
We’ll taste a few current releases of Rick’s wines and a few older examples of his wines. Please bring your questions and your curiosity. $25.00, limited seating available/reservation required. Call 503-246-6101 to make reservations.
Owen Kotler Selections and Petit Monde Wine Merchant have partnered with us to import many of our favorite wines from Valtellina to Champagne through our Almost Direct Imports program. Next Friday we've asked them to go deeper into their own portfolios. Think Alsace, Lazio, cool new Languedoc producers. Exciting: brand new Guillaume Chanudet Fleurie will be poured! USA premier.
From Owen Kotler:
Andre Beaufort Champagne
Polisy Brut Reserve NV
Brut Nature Fluence
Guillaume Chanudet Fleurie
Le Piane Mimmo 2015
Alter Alea Aleatico 2016
Lise & Betrand Jousset
Exile Blanc Chenin, Mauzac, Chardonnay 2016
Cote di Franze
Ciro Rose 2016
Ptit Landra 2016
Neromaestri 2015 $12
From Petit Monde
JL Denois, Brut Rose,
Limoux, Languedoc NV
Cremant de Jura, Jura, NV
Cave de la Bouquette,
Leon Boesch, “La Cabane”
Pinot Blanc, Alsace, 2016
Franche Comte 2015
Chateau Saint Anne,
Cotes de Provence Rouge, 2015
Terrases de Larzac,
Boffalara Umo 2016
$15 per taster
Just one of 14 sherries we're pouring tomorrow night at Sherry Wars. Fernando de Castilla is a producer we love and have followed the work of for a long time. We're excited to show the Antique Fino tomorrow night! 5:30-7, $15 to taste almost $1300 worth of the world's most exciting sherries!
"The NV Antique Fino is eight years of average age when bottled; it's fragrant and perfumed, feminine and subtle, with dry flowers and a rare balance between old and young. The palate shows a much more serious wine, pungent, intense, saline, sharp and at the same time delicate, complex and long, most probably because it's fortified to 17% at the time of bottling, something that was common in the past, but that almost nobody does anymore. A most unusual old-style Fino. Bravo! 4,000 bottles produced yearly. Drink 2013-2018." Luis Gutierrez
Dan Petroski’s label Masiccan takes its name from a story about Bacchus mischievously transforming Monte Massico in Campania into the best vineyards in Italy. Dan makes storied, crisp, and deep white wine in California from Friulian varieties like ribolla gialla and tocai friulano. He gives new life to more familiar varieties like chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. He was also named winemaker of the year in 2017 by the SF Chronicle. Dan will be pouring in the shop tomorrow night from 5:30-7:00. In honor of his visit we’ll include some wines from our favorite Friulian producers: I Clivi, Skerk, Raccaro, Meroi, and Niccolini. A total of 12 wines for $15 per taster. Don’t miss this one!
We welcome two of the coolest winegrowers/makers anywhere to our halls, Frank Cornelissen and Sebastian Riffault. Our partners at Walden Selections are bringing these two into the shop as part of their journey to Brumaire. Riffault and Cornelissen bring different perspectives to low-intervention winemaking and both stand out in a good way from other winemakers in their respective regions (Sicily for Frank, Sancerre for Sebastian). Frank works on Mount Etna in Sicily and goes... to zealous lengths to make a wine as free of a human touch as possible: wine, like wine would make itself. Sebastian is in Sancerre, a second-generation winemaker who started his own label in 2002 and whose commitment to biodiversity and biodynamics comes across in his stony, citrusy, and intense wines.
Meet the winemakers, and taste:
Cornelissen Contadino 2016
Cornelissen Munjebel Rosso 2016
Sebastien Riffault Sancerre Blanc Les Quarterons
Sebastien Riffault Sancerre Blanc Sauletas 2013
Sebastien Riffault Sancerre Rouge Raudonas 2014
$15 with $5 back for purchase of anything in the store.
Please RSVP if you are coming!
"Our farming philosophy is based on our acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature’s full complexity and interactions. We therefore choose to concentrate on observing and learning the movements of Mother Earth in her various energetic and cosmic passages and prefer to follow her indications as to what to do, instead of deciding ourselves. Consequently this has taken us to avoiding all possible interventions on the land we cultivate, including any treatments, whether chemical, organic, or biodynamic, as these are all a mere reflection of the inability of man to accept nature as she is and will be."
Do not miss this one - one of pour best Sherry events since Peter Liem was here years ago with his then newly released Sherry Book.
14 Stellar Sherries!
Some of the finest examples...
of Sherry anywhere.
$15 to taste
$5 back with any purchase
Argüeso San León Manzanilla NV $18
Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama NV $12
Valdespino Fino Inocente NV $21
Bodegas Tradicion Fino NV $37
Fernando de Castilla Fino Antique NV $30
Bodegas Tradicion Amontillado VORS NV $98
Valdespino Amontillado Coliseo NV $190
Hidalgo Wellington Palo Cortado VOS NV $49
Valdespino Palo Cortado Anada 2000 $170
Bodegas Tradicion Palo Cortado VORS NV $95
Perez Barquero Solera
1955 Palo Cortado NV $239
Valdespino Oloroso Don Gonzalo VOS $26
Hidalgo Faraon Oloroso 30 Yr $99
Bodegas Tradicion Oloroso VORS NV $99
Please let us know if you plan to join us.