Sherry selectionPut our upcoming sherry tastings on your calendar!  Next Saturday, March 18 we’ll be pouring dry sherries aged under flor, and the following Saturday, March 25 we’ll taste rich to sweet sherries aged without flor.  Each tasting runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m., both are on Saturdays, and the price is $5.00 per person for each tasting.  The line-up will include traditional styles along with special bottles from older soleras, to show how beautifully sherry develops with more aging.

Products restocked this week include:
matiz boqueronesMatiz Boquerones
Matiz Paella Rice, 5 kg bags
Brebirousse d’Argental sheep milk cheese
Smoked Sweet Paprika in large tins (750 ml size)
Maille Dijon Mustard
Andouillette Sausage
Iberico Bellota Secreto, uncured, raw, frozen 
– Thaw, then quickly grill this meat and serve it rare or medium rare.  Season with just salt for an incredible taste and texture experience.  It’s now in stock in our new freezer!

Lamiable champagneChampagne Lamiable Antares Brut, 1er Cru NV
($39.00)  A grower-producer, Pierre Lamiable began growing grapes for his Champagne in 1950.  Antares Brut is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay made from certified organic grapes.  The vineyard is located in Tours-Sur-Marne, a Grand Cru village known for its chalky soils. A lively and expressive champagne with enticing toasty aromas, it offers up excellent balance.  Rich nuances of pears and vineyard peaches let the chalky terroir express itself. A fantastic value for Premier Cru Champagne!

L'Alpage blancL’Alpage Chasselas Blanc, 2021 Switzerland ($22.99) Customers have asked for Swiss wines and we’ve now got a fantastic white on the shelf. White orchard fruit aromas from 50 yr old vines are fresh with a pleasing weight on the palate.  With a mineral finish, this is a perfect wine to enjoy with cheese such as aged Gruyere, Beaufort d’Ete, Raclette, or Fondue.   L’Alpage Chasselas is aged 6 months in stainless steel tanks.

Dupasquier PinotDomaine Dupasquier Pinot Noir 2018, Savoie ($31.00) 100% Pinot Noir from high altitude vineyards.  The excellent sun exposure fully ripens the grapes while the cool nights maintain fresh acidity. Offering up dark fruit aromas, this mountain-grown Pinot Noir is appealing and lively.  Broad and generous on the palate, the fruit flavors are well-integrated with hints of spice.  Beautifully balanced and smooth with a lengthy finish.   Fermented with native yeasts and aged in large neutral barrels for 12 months, this is a terrific Pinot Noir at an affordable price compared to red Burgundy.

Gamot CahorsClos de Gamot Cahors 2019 ($24.99)  We spent a week in southwestern France before the pandemic and drank a lot of Bergerac and Cahor red wines to get a feel for the local wines.  Many were quite rustic, although a standout was Clos de Gamot from Cahors and this week we brought in the fantastic 2019 vintage. The wine is made from its superb estate vineyards with clay-limestone, pebbles, and silex soils.  One part of the vineyard was planted in 1885, and the rest of the vineyard is 40 to 70-year-old vines, all very low yielding.  The estate only grows Malbec; the soil is worked by plowing and no weed killer is used.  2019 Clos de Gamot was aged 24 months in neutral foudre and shows a beautiful concentration.  It offers up violet notes, black cherry aromas and elegance.  On the palate, there is a hint of mushroom, with bright red fruits. Beautifully structured, it has grip and the ability to age.  Make a cassoulet or prepare duck confit with lentils and serve Clos de Gamot for a fabulous meal.   We have Tarbais Beans, Duck Confit, Toulouse Sausage, Garlic Sausage, and Lentils in Stock.