Friday Sips

Burger Wines!
Today August 16 from 1:30 - 6:30
Summer is concluding, hatch peppers arriving but burgers and wine never go out of fashion...Drop by to taste four favorite red wines that pair well with various sorts of burgers. Bring Your Own Burger if you wish because we aren’t cooking! PS – These wines also pair well with many other things aside from burgers.

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$19.99 BTL./$239.88 CASE

The name Cabasse is from Italian, casa bassa, which means house under the village. Situated just beneath the picturesque, Provençal village of Seguret, Domaine de Cabasse's roots date back to the 14th century. Along with having a fine hotel and restaurant, superb wines also come from this 33-acre estate that owns land in 3 southern Rhone villages, Seguret, Sablet and Gigondas.

Cabasse literally sits at the border of the villages of Sablet and Seguret. Garnacho is 75% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 8% Counoise, 7% Syrah and aged 6-9 months in large barrels. Instant leap from the glass. Strawberry, perfumed violet, abundant licorice. Lots of wild spices throughout. The texture is poised, expansive and very classy indeed. Lots of depth, perisitence and personality. More and more white pepper arrives. This pairs so well with provencal cuisine like lamb as well as tomato-based fare. Also matches up nicely with North African flavors. Very easy to drink now but no problem for this wine from a great vintage to age 7-8 years as well. This is my favorite with a burger with cheese, hatch pepper and BBQ sauce.

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$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

Formerly known as Cuvee Prestige, the single parcel wine ‘Saint-Seurin’ is the Dietrich family’s wondrous luxury wine that not only shows very well early, also ages way too well than any 15-buck red wine ever should. From the estate’s oldest vines, the presence of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 months aging in oak brings about a fine presence of depth, finesse and extensive potential.

Last year we offered this wine and 10 cases sold in about ten days. At this moment, the wine is quite impressive. Commencing with plum and violet, aromatic Moroccan spice, mocha and cassis notes from the Cabernet quickly appear. Classic Bordeaux spirit, nice vinous texture, with almost marine-like aspects around the edges. Extends with a combination of red earth, good fruit and plenty of spice on the very long finish. Very accessible now, especially with something like a rib eye or roasted rack of lamb but will continue to develop for another seven-8 years. A few years back the big discovery was just how good this is with a cheeseburger and even better when served from a proper Bordeaux glass.

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$14.99 BTL./$179.88 CASE

Made by famed high end Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers, Jim & Bob Varner, Foxglove is their creation of California wines that are unoaked and really launch over the bar when it comes to bang for the buck. Over the last few years, many of you became acquainted with Foxglove's delicious value wines especially their Chardonnay.

It's now time for you to try one of their full-on, ravishing reds and their flavorful, generous Zin is the perfect way to get started. A whole lotta Zin, the 2016 explodes with brazen black raspberry, plenty of cracked pepper, cocoa powder and subtle briar and mineral tones follow through to a texture that is inviting, plush, generous and never ponderous. Have it with barbecued ribs or chicken. Go crazy with a jalepeno burger with bacon, onions, pepper jack and avocado with this Zin.

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SPECIAL - $16.99 BTL./$203.88 CASE

Wanting to move to a new vintage, we have a stunning special on this Spanish red. Delicious at 26, it is a four-alarm robbery at 17-bucks!

With 5-hectares of land at 530 meters, rising star Veronica Ortega produces three wines from her vineyards. Made from mostly Mencia (a tiny portion of indigenous varietals are blended in), the 2015 ‘Quite’ Bierzo is very tasty indeed. Teeming with violet, plum, cinnamon, sandalwood and mineral, this wine changes like an obstacle course as it unfolds in the glass. Pure and satisfying with smoothed-over edges, this wine has fine expansion on the palate and follows over to a brisk, lively finish that soars. Do not be fooled; underneath there is ample teeth and structure which will allow it to pair well with pork, sausages and even a burger. Drink over the next 3-5 years. If you need score reassurance, this has 92 points from The Wine Advocate.