New Year’s Menu for our Bar

Happy New Years!      Sample 5 top wines in our Bar after 5pm,    your choice:   Bubbly or Serious Reds, taste’em all for    $45.00 plus tax and gratuity   Antoine Remy Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru, la Champagne  $20 glass 100% Chardonnay from some of the best vineyards in la Champagne.. Bernard Gaucher Brut Prestige, Arconville la Champagne  $16 glass 90% Pinot / 10% Chardonnay, meaty and complex, can handle real food. Leclerc-Briant Cuvée de Réserve Brut, la Champagne  $25...

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What’s pouring at the Bar this Week

Aperitif: Canals Canals Reserva Especial Brut, Barcelona Spain  $8 glass Whites     1) Casual but delicious whites  $12 per flight A) Ikella Torrontes 2010, Mendoza Argentina  $6 glass Light and dry with wonderful aromatics, kills boring Chardonnay on contact! B) Nico Dry Moscato Giallo 2012, Sierra Foothills California  $6 glass Complex with intense citrus aromas and a bone dry finish. Amazing with Thai food. C) Stone Fruit Riesling 2011, Pfalz Germany  $6 glass Fresh, ripe & quaffable fruit with a...

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Our Famous 20/20 Night

20/20 Night: Sample 20 diverse wines, just $20 Per Person! Every Monday and Thursday evening, 5pm to close. Fizz 1) Anna Spinato Prosecco Extra Dry, Veneto Italy  $7 glass 100% Glera, Charmat: Softer on the palate, slightly less pressure, almost too easy to drink. 2) Grandial Brut Blanc de Blancs, France  $7 glass Charmat process, bone dry, refeshing, afforable… 3) Cà dei Mandorli Brut Rosé, Piemonte Italy  $8 glass 100% Brachetto vinified DRY and with slightly less pressure than most sparklers. 4)...

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You love spicy wines, how about SPICED Wine?

You love spicy wines, how about SPICED Wine? There is a long tradition in Italy of adding spices (and a little Grappa!) to wines to produce a soothing sipper that both aids digestion and stimulates the senses. Literally every village has its own version, often created by a local pharmacist or even midwife. Thanks in part to the booming cocktail culture these days, many of them are getting broader distribution. We agree that a little dash of one of these will liven up a nice Manhattan or Rob Roy but you’ve got to...

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Organic Italian Varieties from Pizzulli

Pizzulli Barbera 2010, Santa Barbara County  $29.99  ORGANIC Pizzulli Dolcetto 2010, Santa Barbara County  $29.99  ORGANIC Pizzulli Sangiovese 2010, Santa Barbara County  $29.99  ORGANIC Pizzulli Nebbiolo 2007, Santa Barbara County  $29.99  ORGANIC These are the love children of local architect and long time WINE EXPO-ista Cosimo Pizzulli who makes them right here in the Palisades and have been VERY well received in our Wine...

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Red Rhone Wines

Domaine Allégret Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun 2010 70% Grenache / 30% Syrah with bright aromatics, food friendly textures and a firm dry finish.   Domain du Prince Costières de Nimes 2010 50/50 Syrah / Grenache blend with a bit more heft and gravitas

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Vallée d’Aoste Red Wines

Caves des Onze Communes, Aymavilles Vallée d’Aoste This communal winery was founded in 1990 to vinify the grapes of a central valley in Vallée d’Aosta including the villages of Quart, Saint-Christophe, Aosta, Sarre, Saint-Pierre, Villeneuve, Introd, Aymavilles, Jovençan, Gressan, Charvensod, situated between 550 and 900 meters above sea level not far from Mt. Blanc. The vineyards are owned by 200 small growers dedicated  to the care of their ancient vines in tiny mountainside plots that require intense...

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California Cabernet / Meritage

Carini Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2002, Napa Valley  165 case production, FORTY months in 100% French oak, bottled unfiltered with nothing added and nothing taken away, showing beautifully ten years out from the vintage.   Balance AND Value: Plata Wine Co Our friend Robert Plata swims upstream against the “bigger is better” mentality of most of his fellow vignerons in Paso Robles: he strives for a more elegant style with earthier flavors and lower alcohol levels. He’s succeeding. He’s also a patron...

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California Rhone Style

Crow Canyon California Syrah 2010  Fruit and spice driven Syrah with no oak, perfect for finger foods, pizza & burgers, BBQ, ect at ridiculous value for money. Balance AND Value: Plata Wine Co Our friend Robert Plata swims upstream against the “bigger is better” mentality of most of his fellow vignerons in Paso Robles: he strives for a more elegant style with earthier flavors and lower alcohol levels. He’s succeeding. He’s also a patron of the arts and has featured some of Los Angele’s best Graffiti...

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California Zinfandel

Zinfandel is often called “California’s Grape” as it came to fame here without any real historical legacy from Europe. Turns out that it came from Croatia (where it is known as Crljenak Kaštelanski) via Puglia (where it is a big deal both quality and quantity wise under the name Primitivo). We don’t have any Crljenak Kaštelanski but DO offer quite a few bottlings of Primitivo if you want to do some comparisons.   Spectrum Cellars Zinfandel 2009, California   This juicy, delicious...

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Marche Red Wines

Piantate Lunghe Rosso Conero 2008, Marche   Piantate Lunghe Conero DOCG Rossini 2007, Marche In the high elevation, cooler climate of the coast of Marche, Montepulciano yields deeper, meatier, more “serious” renditions that have been making big waves in the Italian wine scene. The Rossini is one of the best bottlings in the zona…   Il Conte Villa Prandone Marche Rosso Zipolo 2004, Marche 60% Montepulciano + 20% Sangiovese + 20% Merlot x nine years in bottle = 115% DELICIOUS… Azienda...

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Argentine Pinot Noir

Saurus Patagonia Select Pinot Noir 2005, Neuquen Argentina This wine comes from the San Patricio del Chañar Valley at the 39th parallel in Patagonia, once a playground for mega-fauna including some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk the earth. In the excavation to build the bodega, bones of Flintstonian proportions dating back 75 million years were unearthed, inspiring the name of this wonderfully balanced and food friendly wine. This is from the more savory, meaty side of the Pinot spectrum and a steal at...

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Lombardia Red wines

Azienda Agricola Fratelli Agnes, Rovescala, Lombardia Like our friends at Fattoria di Faltognano in Toscana, the family operating this winery has been doing so for so many generations (800 years in this case) that making delicious traditional wines with utmost respect for nature is encoded in their very DNA. They make such a small amount of wine and it is so famous in their zona that they really didn’t want to be bothered with all the paperwork involved in exporting any. Well, after three years of courting them...

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Umbria Red Wines

Azienda Agricola Tabarrini Giampaolo, Montefalco, Umbria   Tabarrini Il Padrone delle Vigne Rosso dell’Umbria 2009   As those of you who met him last year know, our friend Giampaolo Tabarrini is a bit of a mad genius / vinous missionary type. This is his “gateway drug” to his more massive and costlier pure Sagrantino bottlings, a tribute to his paternal nonno who passed great wisdom about life, viticulture and wine to him: Mostly Sangiovese with small doses of Sagrantino, Merlot and Cabernet drawn...

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Emilia-Romagna Red Wines

Cantina Sociale di Puianello, Quattro Castella, Emilia-Romagna We met these guys through a friend of a friend (ciao e grazie Arrigo!) and were immediately impressed by their almost surreal professionalism. Their stand at VinItaly was like a Formula One pit stop: Marketing Director Vittorio Maltezze welcomed us in perfect English, we sat and within seconds a crack staff went to work and for nearly an hour glasses appeared and were replaced like magic, top flight Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and cured pork products...

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Abruzzo Red Wines

Got Value? Luca Botter does… After happening on some of his wines in a liquidation few years ago (and you making them into a sensation and demolishing them in weeks), we met Luca Botter later that year in Verona (and then he visited us here at the store a week later). He is young, really excited about wine and seems to like what we are doing so we decided to do it together. His company is a third generation family wine business with vineyards and multiple cantine, not just a big negotiant buy and bottling...

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Campania Red Wines

Aglianico is said to be an Italianization of “Hellenic” meaning “from Greece”. It has been the big bruiser on the block in Campania (think Naples and Vesuvius), Basilicata (just inland from there) and parts of Puglia for almost literally forever. Often called “The Barolo of the South”, it is a very structured wine that can age for decades while continuously developing more complex perfumes as the tannins soften out. We have examples ranging from medium bodied and quaffable Pugliese bottlings to amazing...

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Basilicata Red Wines

Aglianico is said to be an Italianization of “Hellenic” meaning “from Greece”. It has been the big bruiser on the block in Campania (think Naples and Vesuvius), Basilicata (just inland from there) and parts of Puglia for almost literally forever. Often called “The Barolo of the South”, it is a very structured wine that can age for decades while continuously developing more complex perfumes as the tannins soften out. We have examples ranging from medium bodied and quaffable Pugliese bottlings to amazing...

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Molise Red Wines

Cantine Cipressi, San Felice del Molise While describing the remoteness and lack of development of Molise (a small mountainous region sandwiched between Abruzzo and Puglia on the Adriatic coast) in their excellent book Vino Italiano, the Regional Wines of Italy, Lynch and Bastianich lament that “…as of yet we’ve got no Molisano mountain wine to sample in the United States”. Well, it seems they will need to be editing the next edition! With old vines at over 500 meters elevation, Cipressi is the...

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Calabria Red Wines

Gaglioppo has been cultivated in Calabria, the toe of the boot, for literally thousands of years dating back to when this was Magna Graecia (greater Greece, before there WERE any Romans). It is soft and smooth like Burgundy or maybe older Rioja with a very savory character. We proudly present multiple bottlings from the oldest winery in the Cirò Classico zona, Ippolito 1845, ranging from a basic model light enough to serve with fish to a fantastic Riserva looking for a mixed grill plate and all the mushrooms you...

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