Wining and Dining

December has arrived, the nights are dark, the days are wet and we all need a bit of socializing and holiday cheer to make it through. The booze and buffet season is here, time for some sipping and supping. It doesn’t matter if it is a couple of friends or a crowded living room, you are going to need some good wine. Stop in at Madrona Wine this weekend as we are tasting good candidates for the month ahead.

Saturday – a crisp sparkler and three robust reds.

Steenberg, Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc $18
Constancia, South Aftrica
Made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, this wine is bursting with citrusy flavors and has a bright and effervescent mouthfeel.
12.5% alcohol by volume
2021 Domaine de Pallus, Messanges Rouge $21
100% Cabernet Franc
Messanges is an old Loire Valley name for Cabernet Franc. It was made to be drunk young. Fruity aromas with nuances of raspberries and cherries and some leather and bay leaf. The balanced taste sets in full, round and smooth and ends with a light and ripe tannin in the aftertaste.
12.5% alcohol by volume
2019 Lorenzo Sassetti, Pertimali Montecucco Rosso $25
100% Sangiovese
This Rosso presents crushed blackberries and wild herbs spiked with a twang of sour citrus. The textures are silky and pliant with masses of ripe fruits and wild berries offset by penetrating minerals and brisk acids. This tapers off long and lightly structured.
2019 Triennes, Saint August $22
Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Tis Provence red blend offers alluring aromas of ripe black cherries, nutmeg and clove. It is full and concentrated and is a wine that can be enjoyed upon release and over the following ten to fifteen years. Organic

Sunday—A winter white

2017 Tenuta Santi Giacomo e Filippo, Bellantonio $22

A unique white from the Marche region. The nose is abundant with fruit and has complex notes of citrus fruit, tomato leaves with a hint of tropical lychee fruit. The palate is fresh and vibrant with a near perfect balance of fruit and acidity. Stunning wine. Organic

Red Friday

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and happily digesting yesterday’s delicious food. Here at Madrona wine we are regrouping and getting ready to pour some great wines this weekend. We will also be pouring something today, but you’ll just have to stop in to see what it is. Enjoy the sunny fall weather.

Saturday — We’ll be tasting these as long as the bottles last.

2021 Domaine de Chevilly, Quincy $22
100% Sauvignon Blanc
One of the neighboring villages to Sancerre, the Quincy is classic Sauvignon Blanc aromas and flavors of grass and citrus, but without going over the top. Filled with citrus and lined with great cut (acidity) leaving the palette ready for more. A crisp, delicious white wine.
2020 Poderi Luigi Einaudi, ‘Dogliani’ Dolcetto $22
A fantastic wine to drink while you wait for Einaudi’s Barolo to age. Ripe and fruity red, featuring black cherry, blackberry, violet and earth notes. Velvety in texture, with terrific harmony and a lingering aftertaste of dark fruit and spice, with a slight almond final note.
2018 Château Moncets, Lalande de Pomerol $21
86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc
One of our best selling Bordeaux.. This wine, hugely rich and packed with tannins, has equally powerful black fruits . . . rich texture and blackberry and licorice flavors.
2021 Syndicat La Figuera, Montsant $24

100% Garnacha

Sindicat La Figuera is a small co-operative in the Montsant Mountains founded in 1932,

La Figuera is highest village of the region, their garnatxa vines –planted in goblet and with ages between 30 and 80 years old -This is a medium-bodied red, with high-toned red and black fruit, bright acidity, fine tannins and chalky minerality.


2018 Casetta, Barbaresco $33
100% Nebbiolo
A fantastic price on a classic Barbaresco with aromatics full with red and black berries with notes of fresh herbs. The palette is full of red fruit, smoke, leather and earthy tannins. Tasting great already, but don’t take our word for it..

An old tradition revived

Saturday tastings are back for the holidays.

Saturdays back before Covid hit us were great tasting days at the shop with 3-4 things open and a little cheese and crackers to clear the palate in between. Since then we have been a bit more restrained, but between now and New Years we are bringing back the Saturday line ups. This Saturday of course are wines to go with Thanksgiving.

This coming week we will be open Tuesday and Wednesday,

Closed on Thanksgiving, and open again on Friday and the weekend.

We’ll have something fun to taste open each of those days so stop on in..



Les Caves du Prieure, Cremant de Bourgogne $22
60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 10% Aligote
Champagne taste on a Bougogne budget. The wine spend 24 months on lees before disgorgement. Bright, lively, and dry, this offers up attractive notes of spiced apple, white peach, mixed citrus, almond, and hazelnut.
2022 Luigi Baudana, Dragon Lagnhe Bianco $20
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Nascetta & Riesling
The Dragon opens to fresh fruit aromas such as kiwi, lime and pear. Hints of minerality like flint and sea stones complete the elegant bouquet. The palate is citrusy whit flavors of orchard fruit, macerated elder flower and candied orange peel that shine through the fresh and vibrant acidity.
2021 Van Duzer, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $30
Aromas of bright cherry, strawberry and rose petal with notes of black tea and licorice. Leading with bright red fruits and vanilla, the flavors are complex with hints of black pepper and barrel driven spices. With soft and supple tannins and brown sugar notes, this wine has a light and lingering finish.
Salmon Safe, Live Certified
2018 Lame Delisle Boucard, Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes $20
Cabernet Franc
Pure Cabernet Franc exclusively from vines over 40 years of age. Invitingly ripe on the nose and tinged with earth, it enters the mouth silkily, revealing its underlying minerality as it moves across the palate, and it closes with a gentle clench of supremely elegant tannins.



2016 Henri Bourgeois, Sancerre Rouge “Les Barrones” $20
100% Pinot Noir
The bouquet is marked by Morello cherry, violet, wood notes and with aging it develops aromas of game, truffle and cherries in brandy. On the palate, it reveals good roundness and a light, pleasant astringency (tannins from the grapes as well as the oak barrels).

CounT down to T day Two

It is Thursday with Thanksgiving only a week away. Stop in and Taste an Alsatian Riesling that will cut the gravy.


2019 Domaine Agapé Vin d’Alsace “Expression” $22
100% Riesling
Perfect for a place on the Thanksgiving day table. The nose is “expressive” with floral notes of lily of the valley and honeysuckle, and fruity with aromas of green apple and white peach. On the palate, we find a characteristic freshness supported by a beautiful minerality. This wine awakens the taste buds and envelops the palate well.
13% alcohol by volume

CounT down to T day.

It is Tuesday with 9 more days until Thanksgiving. Why not come and Taste a Sauvignon bland that will fit on the Table.


2022 Reverdy & Fils, ‘Charme de Loire’ Sauvignon Blanc $14
The’Charme de Loireis the entry Sauv Blanc from a solid Sancerre producer. This wine offers a complex and elegant nose of white flowers and boxwood. The attack is fruity, the mouth balanced and fresh. A wine with elegance and personality And it is priced to serve the crowd on Turkey day..
12.5% alcohol by volume

Talking Turkey

Thanksgiving is 12 days out, and between now and then we are going to be pouring some wines (both traditional and unexpected) that are fit for the feast. We are starting this weekend with a few wines from Italy. Stop in and check them out.


2018 Nino Negri Cellars ‘Quadrio’ Valtellina Superiore $20
90% Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo), 10% Merlot
This wine shows distinctive, fine aromas of small fruits, raspberry preserves, roses and violets, with an herbal note. In the mouth, the wine has full, lively tart fruit flavors, elegant tannins and a lingering aftertaste, with traces of prunes and toasty oak.

2021 Casale del Giglio Bellone Bianco $12
Bellone is a grape variety cited by Pliny the Elder and has been present in the Latium region since Roman times. The wine evokes ripe tropical fruit such as mango and papaya. It is rich, ample and lingering on the palate with light floral, spicy notes, a pronounced acidity and zesty tang.

Get Some Sunshine

It is grey and wet outside but you can be warm and sunny inside. Come have a taste this Tuesday.


2020 Fantinel, Sun Goddess $15
Sauvignon Blanc
Produced with love and passion from sun-kissed vineyards owned by Fantinel family in Friuli Venezia Giulia, where the peculiar microclimate and the precious terroir guarantee premium quality wines. aromatic, with tropical and spicy notes of yellow bell pepper, banana, and melon. The palate is: particularly structured with a balance between an intense acidity and a velvety smoothness with a long finish.

Was $20 Now $15

Mark Stephen Souder

Raise a Glass


Mark Stephen Souder passed away this last week after a year and a half struggling with cancer. Mark loved travel, good food, intoxicating beverages and invigorating company. Mark co-founded Madrona Wine Merchants with me 12 years ago and his influence is embedded in every aspect of the shop. It really never would have existed without him.


Mark was a longtime fan of Bonny Doon Winery and was one of the early members of their wine club in the mid 1980’s. This weekend we will be pouring Bonny Doon’s le cigare volant Blanc and Rouge both Saturday and Sunday at the shop. Come have a toast to Mark.



Mark with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon at the shop.

The frost is on the pumpkin

This weekend we’ll be tasting a few things to go with the weekend festivities along with the coming month as well. But your warm sweater on and stop by the shop for a taste.



2020 Firriato La Sabbie Dell’ Etna $20
Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio
From the slopes of Volcanic Mount Etna In Sicily, comes this lovely lighter red with elegant mineral into distinct hints of blackcurrants, prune jam, black cherries, licorice, pepper and wilted violet. Warm and refined, with suave tannins and a rewarding juicy finish.



2018 Chateau La Roque Pic Saint Loup $18
65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
A fancy Languedoc Red from Kermit Lynch drops in price. The wine has an expressive nose with notes of blackcurrant, gingerbread and garrigue. The gourmet mouth reveals notes of blackberry, licorice and sweet spices. Long and persistent finish. Organic
Was $25 Now $18


Tuesday is Halloween!

Madrona Wine, along with all the other neighborhood merchants, will be handing out candy to all the little witches and goblins from 4 to 6pm. We will also have a little treat open for the parents of the ghosties and Ghoulies to keep their spirits up.

Rain, Rain Go Away

Weekend in Italy
It has been a wet week here in Madrona, but the sun is returning for at least a brief appearance this weekend.  To celebrate we are sending our palates to Italy. Come taste along with us.

2018 Sant’Elena Rive Alte Pinot Grigio  $15
Friuli Isonzo
Pinot Grigio isn’t known for long aging, but the good stuff can and here we are. Still amazingly fresh and enticing, despite five years of bottle age. Focused and concentrated, with a nose of candied lemon and almond. Juicy, fresh, and clean on the palate, with a light texture and notes of apple, melon, and herbs, supported by a backbone of chalky minerality and leading to a lightly saline finish.
Was $20, now $15

2018 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre  $20
Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Sangiovese
Allegreni’s Ripasso like blend is a beautiful red with lots of rich, ripe fruit, showing blackberry, walnut, dried,-fruit, fig and black-truffle aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied, layered and chewy but ever so well-crafted and polished.

Sunday—Yes, We are OPEN Sundays Again!!
2015 Poggio Alle Sughere Morellino di Scansano  $14
90% Sangiovesse, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
A Tuscan red from Maremma, aromas of sweet violet, raspberry and pomegranate typical of the Mediterranean scrub.  On the palate it is warm, with mineral earthiness, has good acidity and alcoholic content, lingering with marked and balanced tannins.

Fall Shop Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6PM