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Ryan Almeida

Retail Staff

Related to Chardonnay and similar to Pinot Blanc, production of Auxerrois is mainly found in Germany, France (Alsace), and Luxembourg. More often than not, Auxerrois in Alsace is found in wines labeled as “Pinot Blanc” without mention of Auxerrois at all. With that being said, it does play a role in Cremant d’Alsace; a traditional method sparkling wine from the region. Other than that, Auxerrois is quite unusual in the fact that there isn’t much production of the grape in the New World (regions outside of Europe). Despite its unpopularity, this expression from bio-dynamic producer Odinstal proves to be a fantastic take on this interesting varietal. With citrus and tropical fruit aromatics, firm-minerality, and moderate acidity, this wine does exceptional with a variety of seafood dishes and would be great shared among friends in an attempt to discover wines off the beaten path!

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Martha Kelly

Retail Staff

As the signs of spring begin to emerge, I’m stepping away from those bold warming reds and attracted to the light-medium bodied reds.  The Domaine Chignard Julienas “Beauvernay’ 2017, is an absolute stunner in its youth. Intoxicating aroma of bright red fruits, strawberry scones or shortcake with delicate violet on the nose. On the palate, medium bodied, generous acidity and strong minerality add to the intense bright fruit character. Playful and complex, this wine is one to enjoy on the front porch or take on your first outdoor spring adventure. Enjoy with charcuterie, white meat or salmon. If able to resist, try putting in the cellar for up to 3-5yrs, and for those looking to try a natural wine, look no further!

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Lucas Mader

Retail Staff

Not to be confused with Moscato, Muscadet comes from the Melon de Bourgogne grape and is grown in the Loire Valley, drinks dry with lots of citrus, and mineral notes. A food work horse, this will work with all shellfish, white fish, chicken, parsnips, sunchokes, and turnip based foods! Why wouldn’t you want a bottle of Muscadet in the fridge? 

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Jason MacPhee

Wine Category Manager

In 1965, a group of about 30 winemakers from Cervera de la Cañada decided to start up Bodega San Gregorio. Since then Viura is the only white grape that they focus on. Viura is most often associated with the Rioja and under its more common name, Macabeo, it is grown widely throughout Spain, particularly for Cava production. La Muela has aromas or apricot, peach, melon, and a touch of oak. The fruit carries over to a rich palate coating texture and leaves you wanting another glass. Recommended for a spring like Opening Day!!

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Tristan Gray

Retail Staff

This single malt is the recent brainchild of master blender, Billy Walker (previously of Glendronach and BenRiach fame). The GlenAllachie 12 brings all the expected notes of stewed plums, milk chocolate, nougat and cereal grains to the table with a slightly more elegant touch than the more dense Glendronach. Beyond the obvious, there lurks something old school reminiscent of Mortlach with sulfurous beeswax candles, browned butter, and gentle spices that echo on the long silky finish. This is a deft new take on the classic Speyside style that should be staple for any single malt fan.   

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Alanna McIntyre

Product Specialist

I love Chardonnay in all of it’s stylistic incarnations and have been consistently happy with Le Chai Duchet’s Macon-Villages.  It is a classically styled Chardonnay from Southern Burgundy that I can actually afford and that I can drink anytime, no matter what my mood or occasion thanks to its wonderful balance.  The organically grown (though not certified) grapes are fermented in stainless with indigenous yeasts and there is minimal use of SO2 during and after winemaking.  The fruit is ripe, though not tropical, think apple and pear, with just the right amount of fresh yeasty notes on the nose and palate from some lees contact.  This wine captures the effortlessness and subtle elegance of French style in a glass; timeless, elegant and always fashionable! 

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Jason MacLeod

Assistant Retail Manager

Adrien Roustan has been making organic wines under this domaine name since 2010.  This wine spends around 18 months aging in concrete which helps promote freshness in the wine.  Roustan makes this wine in a style that gives immediate pleasure. Expect a fresh berry nose with black cherries and a hint of liquorice and chocolate on the long finish.

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Jenny Gammon

Brand, Communications & Event Manager

It’s official: the days are longer and the sun is starting to melt the snow away. March always has me feeling a little defiant about winter and a well-made Gin + Tonic helps me to believe that warmer weather is just around the corner.
Damrak is one of the oldest known Gin recipes and distilled in the heart of Amsterdam. Fresh and delicious, this Gin has smooth and robust flavour from more than 17 botanicals. I love the citrus and honeysuckle notes, especially when I add splash of Elderflower syrup to the mix. Bring on Spring!

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Kathryn Harding

Sommelier and Retail Manager

Hailed as the best in the Southern part of Burgundy the wines from Robert Denogent are in a class all their own. Using natural fermentation, indigenous yeasts and malolactic fermentation with 15 to 18 months aging in oak, these wines are the perfect combination of weight and finesse.

Every time I find the opportunity to open a bottle I am always in love. The notes of charred pineapple, apple and pear are all combined with the perfect amount of vanilla and butter cream. The wine is voluptuous on the palate and finishes with a more Northern Burgundy style minerality. It may not be an everyday price point but is worth  the splurge every time!

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