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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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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Hello Kitty Sparklers

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty…. Our friend, the lovely lovely Patrizia Torti of Tenimenti Castelrotto Torti in the Oltrepò Pavese zona of Lombardia, has just dropped the latest release of her much sought after sparkling HELLO KITTY wines in four versions ranging from a sweet Rosé to the 40th Anniversary Brut in a special bottle, all priced to move!

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“Wow! That’s DRY!!!” (and why “Extra Dry” really means a little sweet…)

“Wow! That’s DRY!!!” (and why “Extra Dry” really means a little sweet…) A lot of casual Champagne and sparkling wine drinkers will tell us they only like REALLY DRY wines (without telling us that their reference point is the Extra Dry Cuvees of the large houses which are actually fairly sweet). This may seem counter-intuitive but it has a fun historical explanation: Most Champagne was originally VERY sweet (that is how the French and especially Tzarist Russian clients liked it). The Brits started...

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Serious Metodo Classico Italian Sparklers

Azienda Agricola Andrea Picchioni, Canneto Pavese, Lombardia The Picchioni winery is a small plot of land, approximately seven hectares, located in the Solinga valley. The vineyards grow on a south-exposed steep sloping hillside, on sandy and pebbled soil. The endless summer days bless the grapes with all the energy they need for a full ripening: the vine struggles in the light and the heat for every single drop of water.  Andrea tells the cantina’s story: “Our adventure began in 1988 with the...

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Fizzy Reds!

Are you MAN enoughto drink a Fizzy Red? Yes Drill Sergeant! Things happen here at your favorite wine emporium that we couldn’t make up if we tried but THIS one really made an impression: Three Sundays ago a cab pulled up and two United States Marines in full desert camo and toting full packs got out. They came in and it turned out that they had JUST gotten off a plane at LAX after a long deployment in Iraq, were on their way home to see their wives and that their wives had mentioned some wine they really liked...

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Fun and Fruity Italian Sparklers

Prosecco Mother Nature’s final retort to wine coolers, lite beer, alco-pop and other fizzy, cold, but ultimately unsatisfying industrial crap, Prosecco just plain rules: It is not about being super dry and toasty and yeasty and all those things we love in great fizz from la Champagne….it chooses to forgo the cerebral path and head straight for the pleasure centers of your brain. It is lighter and zestier and more aromatic but never actually sweet with crisp, refreshing acidity to take on anything from...

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