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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.
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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.

Sunday Sippers

Two From Italy

August 25th, 11-5pm

This Sunday we will be tasting two lovely Italian wines.

2010 Botromagno Gravina    ($11)

60% Grecco, 40% Malvasia
Gravina is one of the oldest viticultural zones in Puglia; that the Botromagno co-op is the only producer in this long-recognized DOC is testament to the quality of their wines. Botromagno Gravina is a dry, delicate white composed of 60% Greco and 40% Malvasia. Abundant aromas of peach, white currant, and fresh wildflowers introduce a similarly generous palate. Enjoy with oysters, shellfish, and a wide array of Asian cuisines.


2011 Erste + Nueu Kaltereresee Leuchternburg    ($13)
Schiava (Vernatch)
A light bodied red with lots of cherry flavors and soft tannins from the german speaking part of the Tyrolian Alps.
This is a single vineyard wine made from Venatsch (Schiava) the smaller berried cousin to the Edelvenatch.


Sunday Sippers

Distinct French Quaffers

August 18th, 11-5pm

This Sunday we will be tasting two lovely French wines.

2010 Routas Wild Boar                        $10
64% Viognier, 36% Chardonnay
Straight from our Coteaux Varois estate vineyards of clay and limestone soils. And named for the wild boars residing in the enormous forests of Aleppo pine and oak that bracket our Routas vineyards. A crisp and fruity, summery white.









2011 Château La Croix du Duc Bordeaux            $10
80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
A nice minerally entry Bordeaux, this is
a fruity, supple and soft wine with nice red fruit aromas intertwined with light toasted notes and soft tannins. Drink with red meats and cheese. 12.5% alcohol per volume.