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What Are We Drinking Now? Château d’Aqueria Tavel Rosé

Barbara has a Rhône rosé for us, but rosé season is over. Or is it? Château d'Aqueria Tavel Rosé - Rhône Valley, France Now, you may ask yourself, why is there a rosé being featured as we move into cooler weather? Because there is such a thing as a fall rosé. This luscious Rhône rosé is dry and super food-friendly: think mushroom risotto, roasted pork, or Marczyk Fine Foods's house-made French sausages. It's weighty and concentrated yet always invigorating, packed with crisp-tart blackberry and black-cherry flavors. At a Friends & Family price of $24.99 for this rosé, you should buy [...]

By | 2021-10-15T19:50:48+00:00 October 14th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Alvi’s Drift

Seth is transitioning into fall with this Shiraz from South Africa. Alvi's Drift Shiraz - Western Cape, South Africa Alvi's Drift, a South African Shiraz, is an amazing fall red. It has nice juicy dark berry flavors and the perfect touch of spice. It is rich, warming, and smooth. My mouth is watering just thinking about it with a hearty lamb stew, or even a nice grilled burger with some crispy salted fries. It's super versatile: Pair it with a nice hard cheese, some salami, and your favorite true crime TV, and you've got yourself the makings of a cozy [...]

By | 2021-10-12T19:36:50+00:00 October 11th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Bear Creek Distillery Silver Rum

Fleur is sharing some of her most beloved flavors with all of us. Bear Creek Distillery Silver Rum - Straight Outta Denver A gorgeous fall has graced us with its brisk air, chilly nights, and sudden rain storms. Such a lovely setting deserves an equally lovely libation. During what is my most-loved of all the seasons, my heart yearns for the familiar flavors of my childhood. This little window into my soul will reveal what are some of my most treasured ingredients: fresh mint and lemon, tamarind, pomegranate molasses, and rose water. All of which will be gently held together [...]

By | 2021-10-12T19:29:12+00:00 October 11th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Ethereo Albariño

Ethereo Albariño - Rias Baixas, Spain Autumn is far and away my favorite time of year. I love the way the air feels, the smell of the trees transitioning for winter, the slight chill, the hearty foods making their way to tables. To complement these ethereal sensations, I paired the final week of September with a bottle of Ethereo Albariño. Ethereo is a gorgeous white wine from Rias Baixas, Spain, rich with notes of honey crisp apple, Meyer lemon, and a minerality as crisp as an autumn breeze. This wine beautifully complements hearty foods like stuffed pumpkin, or lighter fare [...]

By | 2021-09-30T20:57:29+00:00 September 30th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Anselmi “San Vincenzo” Bianco

Barbara is adoring this Garganega, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc blend from Italy. Anselmi “San Vincenzo” Bianco – Veneto, Italy To call this a September Wine of the Month is an understatement! When we took our first sip, as the cool evening air drifted in on the breeze, it was all the things we love about summer — and fall. Rich and delicious, Sauvignon without the bite, Chardonnay without the cloying, and Garganega to round it all out. It’s neither season and both. Anselmi “San Vincenzo” Bianco – Veneto, Italy Friends & Family: $22.99/btl (reg. $29.99) ORDER ONLINE ___ [...]

By | 2021-09-27T20:39:16+00:00 September 24th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Biecher & Fils Pinot Gris

Kerry is finding a sense of place with this classic Alsace Pinot Gris. Biecher & Fils Pinot Gris - Alsace, France Moving to Denver this summer has been exciting, but also somewhat daunting. To cultivate that "feels like home" bond with my new city, I turn to the flavors I grew up with on the Caribbean island of Trinidad ("Trini!"). Cue spicy Indian pav bhaji (mashed vegetable dish) and curry chickpea with a Caribbean flair. Sunny yellow in the glass, our Jean Biecher & Fils Pinot Gris offers the right touch of sweetness and acidity to soothe and revive the [...]

By | 2021-09-20T19:30:43+00:00 September 16th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Alta Luna “Phases” Red Blend

Need some help transitioning into fall? Seth has just the wine for you. Alta Luna "Phases" Red Blend - Trentino, Northern Italy Alta Luna is the perfect wine to usher in the transition from summer to fall. It flaunts the warm and comforting baking spices of fall, with a smooth lightness that makes it great for a late-summer evening. It's what you want with a delicious charcuterie board, grilled burgers, pulled pork or jackfruit sandwiches, chili dogs, good conversation, or nothing at all. Also, try popping it in the fridge for half an hour before you crack it open — [...]

By | 2021-09-15T18:41:51+00:00 September 8th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Elena Walch Schiava

Marshall will guide you into the new season with this Italian red. Elena Walch Schiava – Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy Friends, as we enter now what Bertolt Brecht referred to as “the blue month of September,” we find ourselves at a crossroads of summer warmth and autumn chill. Because of this, I want to introduce you to a wine that meets the needs of both seasons: Elena Walch Schiava. “Now Marshall,” perhaps you might ask me, “what is a schiava?” The term actually refers to a variety of varietals grown in Alto Adige and Trentino, and the wines they produce are [...]

By | 2021-09-07T22:37:21+00:00 September 3rd, 2021|

What Does “Contains Sulfites” Mean?

Answers to frequently asked questions about sulfites in wine. What are sulfites? Sulfite describes forms of sulfur (sulfur dioxide, for example, or sodium sulfite or sulfate) that are present in wine. Sulfur is a nonmetallic element that is very common in nature and is, in fact, essential to life itself. Sulfur has been used since ancient times for many purposes, including the cleaning of wine receptacles by both Egyptians and Romans. Sulfur has been a food additive since the 17th century and approved for such in the United States as long ago as the 1800s. Sulfites are currently used for [...]

By | 2021-05-05T21:59:51+00:00 April 28th, 2021|

Natural Wine

Nature is a thing of beauty, as is wine. When the natural approach to making wine is enlisted, a rather unique and expressive version of fermented grape juice is the result. While it is currently on an upward trend among buyers and consumers alike, this style of wine making is not new, and it can even be traced back to the eighth century BC. Natural wines are, in short, a result of minimal intervention from the winemaker, and they are quite unlike other wines on the market. Moreover, in drinking these wines one may even feel as if the juice [...]

By | 2021-05-02T22:19:50+00:00 April 28th, 2021|