2019 Nortico, Alvarinho $13
A young, fresh white wine with the characteristic bright acidity and aromas of peach and grapefruit. Nortico is light and delicate, lovely as a “porch-sipping wine” to drink on its own. Also a terrific seafood wine, particularly with salty, fattier dishes like fish tacos or broiled oysters. Was $15 now $13
2014 Señorio de la Eralta, Rioja Reserva $15
Snappy cranberry and tart cherry flavors mingle with leafy and licorice notes in this lively red. Cocoa and toasty accents linger on the finish. It’s bright and fresh. Drink through 2024 if you can wait that long. Was $28 now $15
Mark & I are fully vaccinated (and hope you are too) and are happy that we can now let small groups of people back in the shop to check out our wines.
While the Covid news is positive, our shop is a very small space and we will requiring masks while shopping. We also limiting the capacity to 4 customers at a time until we all adjust to this new reality of personally interacting again.
The shop has become a little ratty since we cooped ourselves up here 14 months ago, but we’ll be working to make it a bit more tidy. Our silk purse is still in its sow’s ear form. But we’re hoping your eyes will wander to the bottles, not the clutter.
For those who still prefer the convenience or separation of the past year, we are still happy to take all orders specific or general and have them ready for pick up. Just Call, Email or Shout Out at the door if you don’t feel like coming in.
In a farewell gesture the Trump Administration has imposed a new 25% Tariff on French and German wines over 14% alcohol This expands the original tariff that was on wines 14% and under. The new tariff went live on January 12th (this includes wine already on the water). While the Biden Administration may reverse these tariffs it probably won’t happen very quickly. This is going to make wine prices very volatile in the near future. At Madrona Wine Merchants, we remain focused on quality and value, but we expect a few bumps in the coming months.
These tariffs have a huge impact on smaller wineries and importers.