Those of you who frequent the shop know that for several months we have been displaying compelling watercolors by Meredith Moench and colorful giclés by Brendan Dunn. Since we were gone during April, it was a big relief when Meredith volunteered to be our featured artist for the Studio Tour. She has added a number of new works to her display, continuing her themes of delicate birds and big, bright flowers. She also has cards with many of the same images. Come on by and see her new stuff– you will like it!
The Great Wood-Fired Bread Library Fund Benefit Sale!
On many occasions I have extolled the virtues of the weekly loaves of fresh bread that Janice Holmes brings over shortly after our opening at 4pm on Fridays. The bread is cut into chunks and put out on the bar for all to enjoy with their wine tasting. Every week I think this is the best so far! But then I think the same thing the week after that and the week after that…!
Now, Everyone can enjoy this transcendent experience, because Janice, together with our neighbor Lauren, will be baking and selling fresh, wood-fired bread Saturday morning only from 10-12 (or until the bread is gone…my guess would be before 11am…!)) at 2722 W. Shore Road. Look for the balloons, and park along the driveway; the oven is behind the house– and ALL PROCEEDS GO THE THE LIBRARY FUND!
Last Week’s Tasting
I know, I know, it is true, all of our tastings are great, but every once in a while we hit one where almost everyone really likes all the wines, and that’s how it was last weekend. A couple of weeks ago I went to a tasting of Spanish wines and ordered quite a few of them, two of which we poured last weekend. I think the hit was the Sierra Cantabria Tinto (tinto means ‘red’ in Spanish–and in Rioja, everyone knows that tinto could only mean the grape tempranillo…!) My personal favorite, however, was another Rioja, the Palacios Crianza la Montesa, which was aged for considerably longer in barrel before bottling and release. The extra time in barrel gives these wines a softer, smoother, richer palate that I find deeply alluring. Whichever your preference, we still have a few bottles of both of these wines in stock, and both are highly recommended.
This Week’s Tasting
Mt. Baker Mountain White ’10 Washington $7
A blend of muller thurgau, chassalas, and siegerrebe grown just up the road in Deming, this light, fragrant, slightly off-dry wine goes perfectly with a summer afternoon on the deck.
Chateau Donjon Rosé ‘12 France $12
From one of our favorite producers, a blend of syrah, cinsault, grenache; features crisp acidity behind ripe dark cherry and plum flavors, and a spicy finish with some mineral notes.…”Summer in a glass!”
Ventisquero Carmenere ’10 Chile $10
Glass-staining purple. Smoke-accented aromas of black and blue fruits and violet, with a peppery topnote. Juicy and light on its feet, with a seamless texture and good clarity to the fresh blackberry and blueberry flavors.
Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha ’10 Spain 92pts $15
Deep notes of roasted herbs, sweet black cherries and raspberries, peppers and spice soar from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Full-bodied, rich, ripe, silky textured, pure and long
Mt. Baker Malbec ’08 Washington $19
Fresh, spicy and crisp, with pretty raspberry fruit and sharp acidity. A happy, deep magenta in the glass, with heady aromas of bodacious plum and hay, followed with flavors of plum, bark spices, chalk and purple flowers on a moderate 6-second finish.