At Madrona Wine we tell the weather by watching the chalk on the A-board in front of the shop. Crisp means clear, Streaky means showers and Washed Off means rain. The chalk should be crisp all weekend at Madrona Wine so there is no reason not to walk on up and try some great wines.
Saturday we have a special Spanish lineup of old vine wines.
2016 Huguet de Can Feixes, Blanco Selecció $15
2014 Familia Montaña, Rioja Crianza $12
2014 Huguet de Can Feixes, Negre Selecció $15
2015 Descendientes de Jose Palacios, Pétalos de Bierzos $ 22
2014 Hernando y Sourdais, Antidoto, Ribera del Duero, $25
Sunday we have a pair of wines from Piedmont.
Riva Leone was wine trader who operated in the hills around Alba in the 19th and 20th centuries who was well known in the region as a very extravagant character. Whenever a wine especially pleased him during a tasting, he would shout out “Marca Leone!”, an expression typical for the time meaning “highest or best quality”. Today’s wines are named in his honor.
2015 Riva Leone, Gavi $14
The Leone Gavi displays green apple aroma with vanilla flavors and mineral notes. Crisp and refreshing.
2015 Riva Leone Barbera $11
Fresh, with mature plum scents this easy drinking Barbera is great with dinner or by itself.
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.