I have always enjoyed Beaujolais, but it has been in the last few years that it really started to take a bigger hold on the market.  With the combination of weather problems and other markets scooping up Burgundy allocation we have had to look to other regions for our fix.  We have always had the same philosophy when it comes to any region; the wine must taste like where it comes from.  That may seem like a simple thought, but it is something that we really look at when buying all the wines for the store, and Beaujolais is no exception.


Technically this region is in Burgundy, however it lies closer to the Rhône region then Burgundy.  Primarily a red wine growing region with Gamay being the focus, but you can find a bit of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir here as well.  You really have two different styles of Beaujolais that is made; the southern sector which is flatter and has clay based soils, and the northern which is the granite hillsides, which is where the 10 crus sit.  This is truly where the Gamay grape flourishes.  The wines on granite soils are more structured, ageworthy, but are still a great value.

These wines make the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving!

Morgon Daniel Bouland “Delys” (Beaujolais) ’13

Daniel Bouland makes some of the best old school wines coming from the Gamay grape in Beaujolais.  This wine is deep and muscular, with loads of intensity.  This wine comes from 85 year old vines, and is very ageworthy.  Lots of dark berry fruit, floral, and spice.

Cuvée Traditionnelle Pierre-Marie Chermette “D. Vissoux” (Beaujolais) ’14

Le Vissoux is a single vineyard site that stretches southwest, and contrary to most of southern Beaujolais soil which is limestone-clay, the soil of this single vineyard is the superior granite.  This is what gives the wine more structure.  This wine has loads of power and elegance.  It is dark red fruits, with soft textures.  This is one of my go to wines especially for the price.

We will be CLOSED Thanksgiving day, but will re-open for regular business hours on Friday.  Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we don’t want you to be caught without any wine to drink!  The next few weeks we will be focusing on Thanksgiving and holiday wines.  So make sure you make it to our Saturday tastings so that you get what you need.

Grüner Veltliner Hirsch (Heiligenstein) ‘13

I am a huge lover of Austrian wines, and this wine is truly a benchmark.  Johannes Hirsch is considered one of the young leaders in Austrian winemaking.  This wine is his entry level Grüner, but don’t be fooled it is absolutely stunning.  It has loads of minerality, great purity, and exotically floral notes. All of his vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically.  This is a great wine to pair with your lighter Thanksgiving dishes, or just a great way to kick off a party.

Minervois Château Coupe Roses “La Bastide” (Languedoc) ’14

I have really always liked this wine, but didn’t really take it to seriously until this vintage.  This is one of the best vintages of this wine I have ever had.  This wine is made mostly from the Mourvedre, with Carignan and some Syrah in it as well.  The family of this estate has been buying up some really old vineyards and using the juice for this wine, which has really turned out to be a great idea.  This wine is spicy, with some dried fruit, and really truly complex for what it is.  Big fan of this vintage and the direction that this wine is going in.  Would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving dinner.


Saturday Tasting: November 7th

November 6, 2015

The Chianti DOCG is Tuscany’s most famous wine growing region, and one of Europe’s first delimited zones.  It however didn’t get elevated to DOCG status until 1984, the zone was however established in 1932. There has since been eight sub-zones created for the region: Classico, Rùfina, Colli Fiorentini, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane, Colli Aretini, Montalbano, […]

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Saturday Tasting: October 31st

October 30, 2015

Lirac Domaine du Joncier “Le Classique” (Rhône) 2012 Marine Roussel took over her fathers domaine in 1989.  She farms land in Lirac, which is a wine growing region in southern Rhône valley on the right bank of the Rhône river.  Bordering the neighboring cru Tavel and across the river to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Her terraced vineyards are […]

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Saturday Tasting: October 24th

October 23, 2015

The Mâconnais is very much considered Chardonnay country, second in volume only to Chablis.  Chardonnay also happens to be the name of a village about 25 km north of the city of Mâcon, and may have given the grape its name.  In comparison to Chablis Mâcon tends to be fruitier and more open, and lacks […]

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Saturday Tasting: October 17th

October 16, 2015

Mâcon-Villages Henri Perrusset (Burgundy) 2014 The wine is back in stock, and we are very excited about the new vintage.  One of the several reasons why we love this wine so much is the quality to price ratio.  The reason for such high quality comes from the fact that Perrusset has been working his vineyards […]

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Saturday Tasting: Oct. 9

October 9, 2015

Our store is fairly well known for European wines, especially Burgundy. Because of the recent weather conditions, Burgundy production is significantly down and there just isn’t enough wine to please the planet. Over the past three years we have ventured further into the Cru Beaujolais, Loire Valley Cabernet Franc wines, and this year Italy. We […]

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Saturday Tasting: October 3rd

October 2, 2015

Trousseau Arbois Benoît Mulin (Arbois) ’10 To the east of Burgundy lies the Jura mountains which creates a detachment that allows certain traditional wine styles and grapes to grow and be successful here.  At the lower slopes of these mountains the vineyards rest on Jurassic limestone and marl, with a large amount of clay.  Arbois […]

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Saturday Tasting: September 26th

September 25, 2015

The Loire river is the longest in France, and is the last wild river in Europe.  Along the river it has a number of distinct wine regions, and produces more white wine then any other region in France.  Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are the classic white grapes here. Chenin Blanc to […]

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Saturday Tasting: September 19th

September 18, 2015

Sauvignon Blanc Domaine Massiac (Pays d’ OC) ’14 This estate is located in the heart of the Minervois AOC, which is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon.  This domaine lies at the extreme south of the Massif Centrale, which leads to the Mediterranean coast.  The soils are limestone, clay, with silex and marble infused.  The soil has […]

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