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Closed For A Bit

Jim and I are healthy but decided we should take a break from the battle for a couple of weeks. We will be open Wednesday, April 1st (no joke) for wine club members to pick up their monthly box. After Wednesday, email info@madronawinemerchants.com and we will try and work something out.

Thanks for your support over these years – we will be back.

Mark and Jim

Taking A Break

Starting Monday, Madrona Wine will be closing for a short period. Mark and Jim are healthy but want to take a break and stay that way.
 
We will be open this weekend:
Saturday 11 to 7
Sunday 11 to 5
 
To keep with social distancing we are allowing only 2 customers in the shop at any given time.
 
If you want us to put together an order for pick up give us a call or send us an email.
206-860-6017
Info@MadronaWineMerchants.com
If you want to pay in advance so we can bring it out to your car, please call us with credit card info.
 
Thank you for all your support and understanding.

Current Operating Hours

While our weekly wine tastings have been put on hold for the foreseeable future, we are maintaining our retail hours. Stay safe, wash your hands, repeat.

Store Hours:

Noon – 7pm, Wednesday – Friday
11 – 7pm, Saturday
11 – 5pm Sunday

Equinox

Spring has arrived here in Madrona, but this year the equinox seems anything but balanced. On the one had we are struggling to adjust to the new routine of cautious contact under Corvid, on the other we have had a week of gorgeous Spring weather with blossoms, and flowers, and the birds hopping around through the trees.  Here at Madrona Wine we have ceased all sampling until conditions change.  We are open our normal hours for you to pick up and take home. Many of the Madrona Restaurants are providing take out.  Stock up, wash your hands, and stay safe.

More Tariffs

For the wine industry the New Year is starting off on a poor note.
 
As you may know if you haven’t been totally overwhelmed by the coverage of the Impeachment hearings, last Fall the government imposed a 25% tariff on wines under 14% abv (alcohol by volume) from France, Spain & Portugal.
 
Now (while our suppliers are still trying to adjust) the Trump administration is threatening to expand the tariff to 100% on all European wines. If enacted this tariff will have devastating effects on the wine industry.
 
Madrona Wine, a small shop in the scheme of things, buys our wine from maybe 20 small importers/distributors, 6 or so mid-sized ones, and 2 of the 3 big ones in Seattle. The tariffs over time will most likely force the small importers out of business, the mid-sized ones will struggle to adjust their business model and the big ones will ride it out, probably benefiting in the long term from the demise and problems of their competitors.
 
So, what does this mean?
First off it is a loss of local jobs. Take 20 small importer/distributors with 6 to 24 employees each just in Seattle, then expand it out to the rest of the country and you get an idea of the immediate impact. These are local domestic jobs.
 
The same will be true for the European wineries effected by this. At Madrona Wine we carry a lot of wines from small family operations that are not wealthy but have managed to make a living between farming, grape growing and winemaking. A number of these wineries will not make it. The mid-sized ones will struggle to adjust, and the large corporate wineries will benefit benefiting in the long term from the demise and problems of their competitors. See a pattern?
 
All of this will result in less choices and higher prices on our shelves. The good value wines that we pride ourselves on finding will disappear. Yes, the $15 Côtes du Rhone or Chianti that you like to have with dinner will cost more like $25 to $30.
 
For those of you who want to act on this, you can:

 
A last note is that none of these tariffs have anything to do with the trade of wine. They are mainly retaliation for subsidies to Airbus on behalf of Boeing and possibly for a threatened software tax on behalf of big tech. Again, small businesses being thrown under the bus for the benefit of large corporations.

Holiday Hours

Just a reminder that we are now open Tuesdays through the end of the year. Until the end of the year, our hours are:

Tuesday to Friday – 12 to 7pm
Saturday – 11-7pm
Sunday – 11-5pm

Additionally, we will be open Monday, December 23rd from 12-7, Tuesday the 24th from 12-7pm, closed Christmas Day. Also, for New Year’s week we will be open Monday, December 30th from 12-7, Tuesday from 12-7pm, closed New Year’s Day.

May the season be merry for one and all.

All Bubbles, All Weekend!

We’re getting ready for the holidays by popping the corks on a whole lot of Sparklers.  Stop by the shop Saturday and Sunday and effervesce with us.

Saturday, December 14th
2pm

 Vilarnau Brut Reserva Cava  $10
50% Macabeo,  35% Parellada,  15% Xarel·lo
Aged 15 months in bottle, delicious crisp apple and ripe pear flavous amongst an abundance of fine bubbles.  Was $15 now $10

Townshend Brut $14
60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
A finely balanced blend of from the best grapes of Washington State. Crafted in the traditional French Méthode Champenoise style with a minimum of 24 months spent “en Tirage”. Good local fizz.
 
Savian Evento Rosé  $12
100% Merlot
From Veneto, this extra-dry Spumante strikes the eye for its hues of rose petals. Its bouquet is delicate and at the same time complex, with a light hint of walnut husk. Well-balanced in acidity and sugar contents, it reveals a particularly intense, harmonious, markedly lingering flavor.

Prova Cava Brut Méthode Traditionell  $13
40% Macabeo, 30% Xarel-lo, 30% Parellada
The Prova is a translucent pale yellow with foamy head effervescence. Nice composition with a quite dry profile, well-balanced and with a rather long refined taste.
 
Trouillard Champagne Extra Selection Brut  $35
35% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay
Fine bubbles, full-bodied with a full mixture of white fruits. The flavor is dominated by notes of hazelnuts and grilled almonds.  This crisp, delicate, fresh, creamy and elegant champagne, with just a touch of yeastiness, is sure to enhance any special occasion or meal.  A very classic and delicate Brut.

Sunday, December 15th
noon

Rive Della Chiesa Pinot Grigio Frizzante  $10
Light and apple-driven, and clean. The flavors are like lime lollipops and orange juice, which may sound unappealing but that’s not the case.

Peneca Rebula  $13
Ribolla Gialla
This Slovenian sparkling wine is made from 100% Ribolla Gialla in the Charmat method. It has aromas of green apple, brioche, toast and hazelnut. In the mouth, the bubbles are pleasant and prepare your palate for flavors of apple, hazelnut and toasted almond.

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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 from 11-5.

Thanksgiving Day

We’re

OPEN

Thanksgiving Day

11am-3pm


For Those Last-Minute Wine Emergencies
(like Mom got into the Dinner Wine last night)

Holiday Hours

Starting today we’ll be open Tuesdays from Noon until 7pm through New Year’s Eve.

This Thursday, Thanksgiving, we will be open from 11am to 3pm for those last-minute wine panics.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone,

Mark & Jim
Madrona Wine Merchants.

Countdown to T-day

We are counting the days to Thanksgiving here in Madrona this weekend.  Stop on in and get something to go with the holiday meal.  We’ll be tasting some pairing suggestions if you need some inspiration. Starting this Tuesday we will be OPEN on Tuesdays from here through New Year.

Saturday we’ll be tasting:
Son of Man Sagardo Basque style Cider  $15
2018 David Hill Estate Gewurztraminer  $21
2016 Erste + Neue Kaltereresee Leuchternburg  $16
2015 Chateau de Javernand, Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes  $21

2014 Chateau de Caraguilhes Corbiers Rouge $16

Sunday we have two moor wines perfect for Thanksgiving.
2018 Bois d’Arlene La Comtesse  $16
40% Vermentino, 40% Viognier, 20% Piquepoul
This cuvée is lively and very aromatic. Floral and tropical fruit notes can be distinguished on the first nose, then citrus fruit notes appear. We will also find these flavors on the palate. A slight minerality provided by Piquepoul is making this cuvée unique and seductive. 13% alcohol by volume
2107 Pascal Aufranc Chénas  $13
Gamay
Big scoring Gamay for little bucks. “This is so fragrant and has a very fresh array of bright and fruity, wild red fruit that is so full of life on the palate. The strawberries are so pure here. Great depth and energy. Drink or hold.” 94pts James Suckling.

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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