Archive for August 27, 2016

Take A Break

We get a little break in the heat this weekend in Madrona with temperatures in the low 70’s.  You can also take a break and come join us for our weekend wine tastings.  We’ve got a few things lined up to please the palate.

Saturday we are pouring FIVE crisp sparklers.  We have bubbles from Australia, Spain, the Loire, and Limoux, and they are all everyday affordable.  The corks fly at 2pm and we’ll pour them as long as the bottles and bubbles hold out.
De Bortoli, Sparkling Brut 
2012 Jané Ventura, Brut Nature
Moncontour, Cremant de Loire 
J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut
J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé

Sunday we’ll be tasting a pair of French wine that offer great value as well as great taste. 

2014 La Haudinière, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine $10
100% Melon de Bourgogne
A crisp, flavorful, truly dry Muscadet for a great price. The perfect wine for a deconstructed clambake served over a week of vacation.

2013 Domaine Girard,  Malepère $11
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc
An unoaked blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from a rarely seen Languedoc AOC. It is supple, with fine tannins and a smooth mouthfeel, and ripe blue and red fruit flavors that are accented by spicy notes on palate and the finish. Sustainable. Was $15 now $11

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.

Summer Bubbles,

Saturday, August 27th, 2pm

No need to wait ’til New Years, sparkling wines are good year round and especially on a hot afternoon.  This Saturday we’re pouring all bubbles.  They are crisp, refreshing and taste great by themselves or matched up with all kinds of foods.  We’ve been collecting these wines over the summer and want to show them off.  We have bubbles from Australia, Spain, the Loire, and Limoux, and they are all everyday affordable.  The corks fly at 2pm and we’ll pour them as long as the bottles and bubbles hold out.  Come effervesce with us.
 
De Bortoli, Sparkling Brut  $11
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
This Australian sparkler has fresh fruit and citrus notes, creamy bubbles and a clean, crisp finish.  The De Bortoli is a well-made and good value bubbly.
 
2012 Jané Ventura, Brut Nature  $16
Xarel-lo, Maabeu, Parellada
A quality zero dosage Cava with an aromatic herb and floral bouquet and a crisp flinty  palate reminiscent of aromatic herbs like “fennel” and citrus and white flower notes. The wine is very fresh with a toasty end, enhancing the fresh sensation in the mouth.
 
Moncontour, Cremant de Loire  $18
40% Chenin, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Cabernet Franc
This crisp bubbler has complex aromas with accents of brioche and roasted notes and has beautiful subtlety on the palate.
 
J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut – Special Tasting Price $15
60% Chardonnay, 30% Chenin Blanc, 5% Mauzac, 5% Pinot Noir
The Laurens has zingy lemon-lime flavors which evolve into fuller pineapple and citrus, and light, cardamom-like spice.  Its rich yeasty character adds breadth and weight.
 
J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé – Special Tasting Price $15
60% Chardonnay, 25 % Chenin, 15 % Pinot Noir
The Brut rosé has a gentle yeastiness accompanying its effusive effervescence, but the real story is its rich, tangy, full-in-the-mouth, appealing fruit.

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.

10 Wineries You Can Visit

During a Long Layover

Lots of our customers know that one of the owners (Mark) is a travel junkie – now there is a way to combine both passions.

http://thepointsguy.com/2016/08/visit-these-wineries-during-long-layovers/

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.

Chillin’

It’s supposed to be 91 degrees today in Madrona.  That’s kind of toasty for our Northwest sensibilities.  We’ll have the air conditioner running at Madrona Wines and be chillin’ out with some of our favorite wines all weekend.  Come by and keep cool.

Saturday, we’re mixing two wines from Maison Bleue in Walla Walla and three wines collected from across Europe.  It’s an odd blend but it tastes great.
2015 Slavcek, Sivi Pinot Grigio
2012 Maison Bleue – Metis Blanc
2015 Gran Corbiére, Vin Gris Rosé
2013 Azienda Agricola Martilde, Oltrepò Pavese DOC Bonarda
2012 Maison Bleue, Bourgeois Grenache

Sunday the temperature drops a bit and we’re pouring two wines from the Mache region of Italy located on the Adriatic Sea.  Stop to see what makes the region so special.

2014 Fattoria Laila, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi  $12
A dry Italian white from the Marche with delicate aromas of wild flowers a creamy citrus body and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

2012 Sasa, Lacrima di Moro   $12
From the Marche, intense flowery aromas and bright cherry fruit with spice notes and light tannins.  Was $16 now $12

Sunday Art Review  3 to 5 pm
Also on Sunday we’re having a closing review for our current show of painting by D.Lisa West.  Come meet the artist and take a look at the work.  The show comes down at the end of the month.

Keep cool.

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.

Here & There – Near & Far,

Saturday, August 20th, 2pm

Sometimes we have concise themes for our Saturday tastings, and sometimes they are a bit looser.  Every so often we throw away the theme altogether and just pour wines we want to show off.  This Saturday we have a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  We think you’ll find they’re all delicious. 
 
2015 Slavcek, Sivi Pinot Grigio $17
Slavcek farms 10 hectares on the outskirts of the Vipava Valley of Slovenia.  The family winery has existed for over two centuries. A brief duration of skin-contact gives this wine a faint and delicate pink hue and also instills the wine with a gorgeous, silky texture. The wine is then aged in neutral acacia and Slovenian oak barrels made from trees just beyond the vineyards. Organic with minimal sulfur added.
 
2012 Maison Bleue – Metis Blanc $20
60% Marsanne, 35% Grenache, 5% Roussanne
Walla Walla winemaker Jon Meure has a touch for Rhône varietals. From Boushey Vineyard, the Metis has potent aromas of grapefruit and flavors of rind and pith. It’s crisply defined, with excellent density and natural acidity.
 
2015 Gran Corbiére, Vin Gris Rose $15
Grenache Gris and Blanc, Syrah
A family-run estate in Corbiére with 28 hectares of organically-farmed vines.  You can taste the sea and sand in this wine, which is exactly the region where it was grown. This lovely, fresh rosé that has a nose of fresh-picked strawberries and cherries with hints of maritime air.
 
2013 Azienda Agricola Martilde, Oltrepò Pavese DOC Bonarda $13
100% Croatina
Croatina is a fruity and mildly tannic grape that is sometimes compared with Dolcetto.  Oddly enough, in Lombardy they call it Bonarda (no relation to its Argentinian counterpart).  The Martilde is a rustic wine with a great body, color and tannins.  Organic.
 
2012 Maison Bleue, Bourgeois Grenache $25
90% Grenache, 10% Syrah
Another delicious wine from one of Washington’s Rhone Rangers, the Bourgeois is a small production wine that hits it on the head. Provençale herbs, smoked meats, red cherry anise and oak on the nose. The palate has black cherry, anise, cassis and nice acid structure.  Now on deal.  Was $40 now $25

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.

Cool Wines

The tomatoes are loving the weather this weekend here in Madrona.  But here at the wine shop we are staying cool as a cucumber because we have some perfect wines to beat the heat.  Swing by and chill out with us.

Saturday, we are pouring some fresh and refreshing French wine to complement the weather.  We’ve got dry bubbles from Alsace, a crisp Picpoul from the Languedoc, an organic Rosé from Gassac, as well as two bold reds to match up with the barbecue.
2013 Domaine Bechtold, Crémant d’Alsace
2015 La Chapelle du Bastion, Picpoul de Pinet
2015 Mas de Daumas Gassac, Guilhem Rosé
2013 Chateau Massiac, Minervois  
2012 Domaine Boisson, Cros de Romet Cairanne

Sunday we’ll have a couple of more excellent BBQ wines that are new to the neighborhood.

2015 Marestangno Ile de Beauté $9
Sciaccarellu
There is a lot going on in this inexpensive Corsican rosé.  The wine is fresh and direct with light orange zest, peach, and white cherry notes framed by a hint of savory. It is well-balanced with good length and a rich finish.

2014 Cesani Chianti Coli Senesi        $14
80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo, Cilegiolo & Malvesia Nera
Aged for 6 months in 2nd-use barrels, the Cesani Coli is an open, red fruit, potpourri, with a juicy, lingering, pleasant finish. 13% alcohol by volume.

Stop on in for a sip — then get those coals glowing!

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.

Summer French

Summer is still with us.  So this Saturday we are pouring some fresh and refreshing French wine to complement the weather.  We’ve got dry bubbles from Alsace, a crisp Picpoul from the Languedoc, an organic Rosé from Gassac, as well as two bold reds to match up with the barbeque.  Swing by the shop and have a taste.
 
2013 Domaine Bechtold, Crémant d’Alsace $20
From organic and biodynamic vineyards, The Bechtold is equal parts Chardonnay and Auxerrois bottled with no dosage, and disgorged in May of 2015. The soul of raciness and finesse, this wine is electric and citrusy, with the earthy depth of the Auxerrois grape coming through on the palate, and a firm limestone minerality on the finish. 
 
2015 La Chapelle du Bastion, Picpoul de Pinet $12
This Picpoul or “lip stinger” grow on the slopes of the Languedoc facing the Mediterranean, and the sunny climate of the region gives the grapes wonderful ripeness.  The wine is dry, clean and fresh with yellow peach and lemony citrus aromas and flavors
 
2015 Mas de Daumas Gassac, Guilhem Rosé $14
50% Syrah, 50% Carignan
This organic rosé comes from 25-50 year old vines grown on limestone slopes along the Gassac River. It boasts a pleasant nose of crushed red flowers, cherry and redcurrant. The light, refreshing palate is cooling, with lovely red apple skin and peach notes. It is fruity but dry, with a crisp, lip-smacking finish.
 
2013 Château Massiac, Minervois  $18
75% Syrah, 25% Carignan
Massiac organic vineyard lies at the extreme south of the Massif Centrale, in the gently sloping foothills that lead to the Mediterranean coast which is not terribly distant. The Minervios is the flagship wine from the Château, with “enticing notes of juniper, rosemary and thyme as well as the savory flavors of wild berries and a hint of the ‘animal'”.
 
2012 Domaine Boisson, Cros de Romet  $25
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Domaine Boisson (owned by two brothers, Alain & Bruno who are advised in the cellar by the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape oenologist, Philippe Cambie) is one of the finest estates in Cairanne.  The 2012 Cros de Romet offers lots of spice, black raspberry, licorice and cherry blossom-like aromas and flavors, along with the classic melted licorice, roasted herbs and the background meatiness that’s always found in this cuvee.

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.

D.Lisa West Artist Reception

D.Lisa West

Stacked, Oil on Canvas

Artist Reception and Wine Tasting
Sunday, August 21st, 3-5pm

D.Lisa West is a native Seattleite who studied at Gage Academy of Art. She has exhibited throughout the Seattle area and is currently working on a body of work based on childhood photographs. This exhibit features some of her iconic paintings which include real and imagined everyday items.

More info at DLisa.com

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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.

Booming & Zooming

It is Seafair weekend here in Madrona.  While the crowds are clogging all the traffic down by the pits, we’ll be kicking back on the top of the hill drinking some fine wine.

Saturday, we are tasting an interesting collection of South American wines. These immigrants slipped across the border without any green cards.  Come drink them now before Trump gets elected.
Bodegas Cruzat, Reserve Extra Brut Valle de Uco, Mendoz, Argentina
2014 Vina Litoral, Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley, Chile 
2011 Ermisch Cellars, Erendira’s Rise Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 
2013 Elqui, Red Blend, Elqui Valley Chile
2013 Garage Wine Company, Carignan, Maule Valley Chile

Sunday, we’re pouring two newly discounted wines, good for the BBQ or any other occasion.

2014 Coral Wines Rosé $11
85% Mourvèdre, 15% Cinsault
A very dry Washington rosé still going strong with a year of age on it and a few dollars off the price.  Was $18 now $11

2012 Sasa Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo $12
A full, rich, Montepulciano with more going on than most.  Dark fruit, smoke and tar notes.  13% alcohol by volume. Was $16 now $12

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.

South American Specialists,

Saturday August 6th, 2pm

Chile and Argentina produce large volumes of wine, a lot of which is unexceptional, in a lot of ways like California.  But amidst the big producers you can find dedicated wine makers who are crafting distinct wines that reflect their specific vineyards.  This Saturday we’ll be tasting wines from five of these specialists.  Come discover them for yourself. 
 
Bodegas Cruzat, Reserve Extra Brut Valle de Uco, Mendoz, Argentina $20
75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay
Sourced from estate grown vines from 4,600 feet elevation, this rich/leesy extra brut has restrained aromas of strawberry, watermelon and fresh herbs. A faint touch of sweetness (six grams per liter) lifts the wine’s subtle red fruit and saline flavors, with a touch of minerality giving the back end a tactile quality.
 
2014 Vina Litoral, Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley, Chile  $13
Leyda Valley is Chile’s newest and most radical cool climate wine region, strongly influenced by the cooling effects of the Humboldt Current that flows up the country’s west coast from the Antarctic.  Litoral’s 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is an extraordinary example of for the grape and zone. It’s a wine with great marine influence whose verticality is aided by the cooling effect of the granite soils yet juicy and refreshing.
 
2011 Ermisch Cellars, Erendira’s Rise Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley  $35
After running Bodega Calle in Argentina for more than a decade, Kirk Ermisch wanted to try his hand at Pinot Noir, so he headed to Oregon and hooked up with Robert Brittan. The result is lithe and expressive, taut and focused, with cherry, mint and sassafras flavors playing against velvety tannins, finishing long. “
 
2013 Elqui, Red Blend, Elqui Valley Chile $16
52% Syrah, 37% Carmenere, 11% Malbec
A blend of 3 vineyards with alluvial soils rich in minerals deposited by the Elqui River and cooled by ocean breezes, the Elqui Red has a substantial nose offering plenty of dark fruits, some currant and a minty almost hint of menthol. it is juicy and vibrant with loads of suave tannin, earthy elements and elegant minerals, building into a smooth lingering finish.
 
2013 Garage Wine Company, Carignan, Maule Valley Chile$31
94% Carignan, 6% Mataro (Mourvèdre)
Boutique by design, GWCo makes a series of small Lots that are 8-17 barrels each.  The Carignan is a field blend, sourced from a small, dry farmed vineyard with centuries-old rootstock still farmed by hand and horse.  It has a serious nose mixing tree bark aromas, red and black fruit, licorice and subtle spices. The palate is fluid with good acidity and medium body.

The wine makers at Elqui Valley.

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.

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