Archive for November 30, 2014

Sunday Apples from Vermont

& Upcoming Bubbles

Today we have open for tasting some exciting artisanal ciders from Eden Cider in Vermont.
We’ll be pouring their
EDEN SPARKLING DRY CIDER  $9 — 375ml
As well as two herbal infused ciders.
ORLEANS HERBAL CIDER INFUSED WITH HERBS  $30
ORLEANS BITTER CIDER WITH RED CURRANT AND BITTERS  $35

And we have the lineup for NEXT Sunday’s (December 7th) Special Champagne Tasting.
We’ll be tasting:
Roland Champion Cuvée d’ Aramis  $40
70% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay
Perseval-Farge Brut Primier Cru “Cuvee des Pinots” $53
55% Pinot Noir, 45% Pinot Meunier
Fleury Brut “Fleur de L’Europe” $65
90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay,
Egly Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru  $88
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
1995 Moutard Brut Millesime  $100
Chardonnay
plus a special Mystery Bubbles

The tasting is at 5pm and costs $25 plus tax.
Space is limited.
Contact us if you want to attend.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Vermont Cider & Vermouths!

Sunday, November 30th, 11-5PM

These elegant artisanal ciders were developed by maitre liquoriste Deirdre Heekin of Eden Ice Cider Company in West Charleston, VT.

Eden Sparkling Dry Cider                                    ($9 for 375ml)
Eden Sparkling Dry Cider is made with locally grown apples, including traditional heirloom and cider varieties. 50% of the blend is Kingston Black, a classic British cider variety.  The cider is fermented and aged in French oak puncheons for a year, then bottled with a secondary fermentation that is created with additional juice rather than sugar. After another 6 months each bottle is hand-disgorged in a careful process that removes the yeast but retains the vibrant natural effervescence of the in-bottle fermentation.  The finished cider has 8.5% alcohol as a result of using true cider variety apples that have higher beginning sugar levels than typical dessert apples. Eden Sparkling Dry is full-flavored, tannic, clean and very dry with a champagne-like mouth feel and bright acidity. It is a wonderful accompaniment to food, including barbecue, cheeses, grilled fish and especially oysters! 


ORLEANS HERBAL                         ($30)
CIDER INFUSED WITH HERBS
100% Vermont grown fruit and herbs.
No added sugar, coloring or flavoring of any kind. Using our Northern winter cold to concentrate fresh-pressed cider from Vermont apples, we fermented the concentrate to make a pure dry wine infused with a special blend of Vermont-grown herbs. A refreshing, aromatic wine, the Orleans Herbal has delicate apple flavor and white floral, honey, and anise notes. Serve over ice with a twist of lime, or use it in cocktails. 15.5% alcohol by volume.

ORLEANS BITTER                        ($35)
CIDER WITH RED CURRANT AND BITTERS
100% Vermont grown apples and herbs.
Traditional and heirloom varieties of apples, infused with red currant and blended with dandelion, gentian and angelica bitters. Using our Northern winter cold to concentrate fresh-pressed cider, we fermented the concentrate to make a pure dry cider, and then infused it with red currant and blended it with dandelion, gentian and angelica bitters from Urban Moonshine in Burlington, Vermont. Orleans Bitter is perfect for making classic cocktails such as Negronis, Manhattans and Americanos. It may also be used as an aperitif over ice by itself or with sparkling water (or wine). 16% alcohol by volume.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Voices of Spain

& the Canary Islands,

Saturday, November 30th, 2pm

This Saturday we’ll be presenting some wines that speak to their origins.  They come to us from importer Eric Solomon who has developed a talent for finding unique and value packed wines. Such local varieties as Bobal,
Mencia and Listan Negro, talk loudly of their place. The wines speak for themselves and we think you’ll leave singing their praises.
 
2013 Conreria d ‘Scala Dei, Black Slate, la Morera Blanc $20
93% Garnatxa Blanca 7% Pedro Ximenes
From the highest altitude, coolest vineyards located in Priorat, the la Morera is left on its leas over winter, a technique that helps to impart a lovely creaminess to the wine.  The black slate has notes of orange blossom, citrus, crushed stone, and honeycomb, and a noteworthy richness on the palate.  
 
2011 Cuartro Passo Bierzo  $13
Mencía
100% Mencía elaborated from grapes chosen from the over 80-year-old vines from the slated lands located in the high areas of the Bierzo region.  The Cuatro Passo sees two months of oak and possesses many layers of flavor and complexity with notes of black plum and cherry, hints of tobacco, and a touch of bittersweet chocolate.
 
2012 Cherubino Valsangiacomo, Bobal de SanJuan  $12
Utiel Requena is a growing zone located within the province of Valencia where Bobal is the major native grape.  The Cherubino comes from 60 to 80-year-old vines, and is aged four months in concrete, leaving just the fruit to show through.  It shows blueberry and sweet and sour cherry fruit intermixed with notions of chalk and strawberries.
 
2012 Casa Castillo Monastrell  $12
From Jumilla, Casa Castillo’s Monastrell (100% Mourvedre) comes from old vines and ages six months in neutral French oak barrels.  The wine has “complex aromas of red berry liqueur, cherry pit and floral pastilles. Smooth, expansive black raspberry and cherry compote flavors are energized by tangy acidity. The floral note recurs on the finish, which features silky tannins and a late note of cracked pepper.”
 
2012 Suertes del Marques 7 Fuentes   $21
90% Listan Negro, 10% Tintilla (Trousseau)
From the Canary Islands, 7 Fuentes means 7 fountains and is a blend of several plots (Los Geranios, Los Pasitos, and El Montijo) in the Valle de la Orotava.  This is Suertes’ entry level red – they refer to it as their village wine.  The wine has Asian spice-accented red berries and white pepper on the nose.  Its juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are underscored by a zesty mineral quality and subtle tannic grip.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Open & Pouring 11-3

Open and pouring from 11am to 3pm today (Thanksgiving) for those last minute wine emergencies.

Stop on in, say hello and sample the Syrah I have open.

Open And Pouring Today

As is our holiday tradition at Madrona Wine Merchants, the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years we are open SEVEN days a week for your shopping pleasure.

Monday-Wednesday 12-7

Thanksgiving Day 11-3

Friday 12-7

Saturday 11-7

Sunday
11-5

Come check out our ever expanding vermouth collection:

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Sunday Sippers,

Pinots & Port,

November 23rd, 11-5

Sunday we’ll be pouring two Oregon Pinot Noirs from two very small production wineries. We’ll also have a Tawny port to put you in the mood for dessert. Sarah Timbrook Nugent will be here to tell you more about the wines from 3 to 5.

2013 McKinlay Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $20
Matt Kinne’s McKinlay Vineyard Pinot Noirs are known for his Burgundian styling, his wines are juicy and full of rich flavors while typically offering the silky tannins and balanced acidity that allow for considerable aging.

2012 Witness Tree Vineyard Pinot Noir $30
Deep garnet in color, the Witness Tree Estate Pinot Noir is powerful and yet full of grace with aromas of dark, primary fruits with intense perfume and spice driven qualities.  On the palate the wine is round, full and satiny with notes of black cherries, rhubarb, dried herbs and baking spices.  The finish is fresh and clean with well-integrated tannins and acid. Though drinking well in its youth, it will definitely reward the patient cellarer.  Enjoy this wine with traditional beef and lamb dishes as well as smoked salmon, pork, and cheese.

Kopke 10-Year-Old Tawny Port, 375ml $17
A standard favorite for us year round the Kopke 10-Year-Old is actually a 15 year old tawny but there is no category for 15 year tawnies so they stick with 10 for the label. Elegant and complex, with spicy aromas, dried fruits and notes of wood and honey. Excellent finish.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Three Tastings and Holiday Hours

Well, the grey and moisture have returned to remind us that we really do live in Seattle and that it is November. But there is plenty to do that will make you feel sunny.  This weekend we are having THREE tastings (a record I think).

Today we’re pouring a great line up of wine for Thanksgiving starting at 2pm.  Come check them out.  You’ll be thankful you did.

Sunday we’ll be pouring two Oregon Pinot Noirs from two very small production wineries.  We’ll also have a Tawny Port to put you in the mood for dessert.  Sarah Timbrook Nugent will be here to tell you more about the wines from 3 to 5.
2013 McKinlay Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  $20
2012 Omero Cellars Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir  $36
Kopke 10-Year-Old Tawny Port, 375ml  $17

Sunday at 5pm we’ll be having our older, already cellared and ready to drink Barolo tasting.  There are a couple of spots left so contact us if you want to join in.

And if it has slipped by you, Thanksgiving is Thursday and we will be OPEN ALL WEEK. Besides our usual hours we’re open Monday 12 to 7 and Thursday 11 to 3.

Come join the fun.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

Thanksgiving Wines from here and there,

Saturday, November 22nd – 2pm

This time of year the question arises what to serve with Thanksgiving Dinner.  There is advice in every newspaper and magazine you happen to open.  What goes with such an array of flavors?  Well the truth is that it is more wine than they would have you think.  Sure a few wines might not be the best choices but a vast number of wines fit the bill just fine.  Stop by the shop this Saturday when we’ll be pouring a flight of wines that we think will match your meal to a tee.

Case Bianche Prosecco Superiore DOCG Cognegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry  $16
There is never a wrong time for bubbles and the Case Bianche is a very high quality Prosecco that has all the right letters. DOCG.  It is round and supple with a dry-yet-fruity medium body, tangy green apple and mineral notes.

2013 L’Ecole  Chennin Blanc  $16
From our home boys in Walla Walla, this fresh and vibrant Chenin Blanc shows abundant expressive aromatics of jasmine, passion fruit, and orange blossom with flavors of star fruit and apple on a balanced, crisp mineral finish.  They have produced this old vine, crisp and aromatic Vouvray-style Chenin Blanc since 1987.

2012 Soléna, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Grand Cuvee $24
The Grand Cuvee is a combination of vineyards from though out the Willamette including Domaine Danielle Laurent (Yamhill-Carlton), Grand Cru Estates (Yamhill-Carlton) Hyland (McMinnville), Zena Crown (Eola-Amity Hills), Willakia (Eola-Amity Hills), Bailey (Chahalem) and Monk’s Gate (Yamhill-Carlton). It has a full fruity nose with a hint of violet. The brightness shows up front the vivacity of the fruit with layers of black and red cherry. The structure is round with just enough tannin on a light creamy coffee roast finish.

2011 Giralamo Russo, a Rina Etna Rosso $25
Nerrello Mascalese
Russo’s a Rina is a truly delicious wine grown on the north slopes of Mt Etna.  It has a nose of red fruits, pepper and wild flowers along with flavors of cherry, pomegranate, red current and a smoldering hint of smoke.  One sip and you’re hooked.

2011 Soos Creek Sundance, Columbia Valley Red Wine $20 
38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 13% Cabernet Franc
Sundance Red Wine uses fruit from the Charbonneau and Ciel du Cheval Vineyards.  The wine is medium bodied, with a delicious purity of fruit with cornucopia of flavor nuances — juicy cherry, raspberry, herb, spice box and cedar notes.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

American Express Shop Small Saturday Registration Is Now Open

It’s that time again – the annual American Express Shop Small Saturday.

What’s Shop Small Saturday? Spend $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction at a qualifying small business appearing on the Shop Small Map using your American Express Card. If your transaction qualifies, you will receive a $10 statement credit within 90 days. You can take advantage of this offer up to three times, for a total of up to $30 in statement credits. Online transactions do not qualify.

Register your American Express Card here.

Visit the Shop Small Map to find qualifying small businesses near you.

Barolo & Champagne

We have two upcoming tastings that are way above the ordinary and not to be missed.

We still have a few spots for next Sunday’s (Nov. 23rd) tasting of Barolo from older  & excellent vintages that we manged to track down.
We’re pouring:

2006 Scarzello Barolo $45  (2.5 cases)

2001 Fantino Barolo Dardi  $55  (8 cases)

1997 Borgogno Barolo Classico Riserva  $142  (3 cases)

1995 Bovio Barolo Vigna Gaterra  $90   (13 bottles)

1989 Guasti Barolo  $70  (8 cases)

Want to see how these great wines age?  Now’s your chance.
$30 tax included covers the cost of the wines for this not to be repeated tasting.

And Sunday December 7th we’re having our yearly Champagne Tasting of all Grower, Vintage and Delicious Champagnes.
We’re still working on the line up and cost but the list is already filling up.

Both tastings are at 5pm and have limited attendance.
Contact us if you want to come.

info@madronawinemerchants.com


Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

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