Wines for Grilling & Picnics

Downtown, Friday, 26 May 5-7:30 pm

Encostas do Lima, Vinho Verde Rose 2015 – $9.99
Tasting price – $8.99
(75% Souzao, 15% Borraçal, 10% Espadeiro; Minho, Portugal)
There’s nothing better than a refreshing Vinho Verde to beat the brutal summer heat. So we offer this fruit-forward charmer at a smashing price. And to double down on your fun, it’s a rosé! It delivers ripe red fruits and spice notes combined with the touch of sweetness and sparkle that makes Vinho Verde so darned popular. 11.5% alc.

DST Chardonnay-Muscadet 2016
Tasting price – $

Boet La Roux, Colombard Old Vine Swartland 2016
Wine-of-the-Week on Sale for $7.96
(100% Colombard; Swartland, South Africa)

If you ever find yourself in the heart of the Swartland, you’re likely to see a familiar face. Boet Le Roux, farmer extraordinaire, a living legend. Tirelessly he battles the fierce South African sun to deliver only the finest the Swartland has to offer. With crisp citrus fruit and a zesty, refreshing finish, Boet Le Roux’s Old Vine Colombard has a lively larger-than-life character that’s refreshingly good company all year round.

Bricco dei Tati, Barbera Piemonte 2014 – $8.99
Wine-of-the-Week on Sale for $6.96
(100% Barbera; Piemonte, Italy)
On my recent trip to the Piemonte (Piedmont) region of Italy, importer Manu Gaiarin drove us around the hillside vineyards. My favorite spot was his vineyard near Treiso, this Bricco dei Tati. On that clear day, we saw Piemonte lie before us like a great bowl all the way to the Alps, arcing almost 180 degrees from the Mediterranean coast to Milan. Breathtaking! A young, fresh, lively “Bar-BEAR-uh” with aromas of black and red cherries. Delightfully approachable, it is smooth, with a touch of tannin, good body, and a hard-to-believe price. Thanks Manu!

Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – $14.99
Tasting price – $13.49
(100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Western Cape, South Africa)
Every once in a while, a wine grabs us at first sip. This is one of those: a smashingly delicious Cabernet with a great name. “Braai” means literally “to grill” in Africaans. But it also means a cookout, a social gathering. The importer sums it up: “A noun, a verb, a way of life.” Our favorite importer of South African wine, Cape Classics, created this smooth and robust red that tastes great with all manner of grilled foods. Blackberry fruits soar from the glass and are echoed in the seamless palate. It will make a perfect cookout guest. Let’s have a Braai!

Bodegas Breca, “Garnacha del Fuego” Old Vines 2015 – $9.99
Tasting price – $8.99
(100% Grenache/Garnacha; Aragon, Spain)
Superstar Spanish wine importer Jorge Ordonez rocked our world several years ago with the sheer deliciousness and remarkably low price of this old vine Spanish Garnacha, qualities that have continued vintage after vintage. Made from thirty to seventy year old vines that yield a mind-bendingly low half a ton to a ton of fruit per acre (numbers usually associated with wines costing $30 and up,) the Garnacha de Fuego is a rich, concentrated wine that pours extremely dark. With saturated black fruits, hints of pepper and spice, and a bit of a grip from the ripe tannins in the finish, this is a do-not-miss wine!

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