What’s in a Name?

Alain Treille Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2015 Muscadet gets no respect. An undervalued dry white, it’s usually mistaken for the sweet Muscat due to the similarity of the name. It could not be more different. Hailing from the mouth of the Loire River, Muscadet is a...

Smoke on the Water

Barnard Griffin Fumé Blanc 2015 – $12.99 In 1968 Robert Mondavi changed the style of his Sauvignon Blanc from fruity to dry. He called the new wine Fumé Blanc, after the great French region of Pouilly-Fumé, and its signature grape Sauvignon Blanc. Fumé...

You’re Welcome.

Rubus Cabernet Sauvignon California 2015 You may have noticed our fondness for the Rubus brand; not hard considering we stock six different Rubuses (Rubi?). Created by importer Fran Kysela, these wines are remarkable values from across the globe; California,...

#SquadraGoals

Squadra Bianco 2014 Calling themselves “The Squadra,” the owners of Vine Street Imports regularly bike across Italy searching out delicious, authentic wines like this organic beauty. Blended from the two indigenous Sicilian grapes, Catarratto and Grillo, it has...

All That Sparkles Is Not Champagne

Villelongue, Cremant de Limoux Brut NV You may have heard that Dom Perignon invented sparkling wine. Turns out that the good Dom learned the craft in Limoux, then brought it back to Champagne, where they clearly had better publicists. In France, sparkling wines made...

Never Rhone Alone–Wine of the Week

Grand Veneur Cotes-du-Rhone Reserve 2014 Alain (dad) and Christophe (son) Jaume have hit another “Rhône run” with this classic Southern French red. It’s blended from the Rhône’s ususal cr-Rhônies. Majority Grenache gives it pepper-spiced red and black fruits, and...