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Fri, Feb 9th: Old World Wines


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Harrison from Field Blend
Pouring Wines From Portugal, Spain & France 
Mesquida Mora Mallorca Sincronia 2015 

When thinking of Spanish wine culture, white wine is usually left out of the conversation. Yet, just east off Spain's coast lies Mallorca, one of the Balearic islands. Mallorca is known more for being a tourist hub for those seeking sun and sea but this island also represents Spain's new wine frontier. With a focus on bio-dynamic winemaking and indigenous grapes they help stretch consumers palates beyond the traditional Tempranillo and Garnacha. Crafted by brother and sister team Barbara and Jaume Mesquida, this wine is a blend of the indigenous Presmal and Giro, complemented with a bit of Parellada and Chardonnay. On the nose this wine shows aromas  of white and tropical fruit. On the palate expect soft notes of pineapple, lime and pears. This wine has a smooth finish with bright crisp acidity. Pairs wonderfully with fish recipes and creamy cheeses.
Domaine de Servans CDR Rouge 2016 $12.99

Looking for a Grenache based Rhone for a steal? This is it. Domaine de Servans, is located in the tiny village of Tulette. Tulette, in the Southern Rhone valley, is an area known for affordable gems like this delicious red. The grapes for this wine are organically grown in sandy clay soil so expect some lively acidity. At harvest the grapes are hand picked and hand selected so only grapes of the highest quality and maturity are chosen. Although mostly Grenache, Syrah has been added to give this wine more focus and depth. Red fruit and rosemary notes dominate the nose. On the palate flavors of cherry, and blackberry mix with spice. An everyday wine perfect for burgers or even pizza.
Boavista, Dão Terras De Tavares 2006 $27.99

The red wines of Dao are often compared to those from Burgundy in France. Not because of any Pinot Noir similarities, the comparison is one based more on the elegant nature of these Portuguese red wines. The Dao region sits in somewhat of a Goldilocks zone of northern Portugal. Surrounded by mountains, the region is protected from the heavy rains on the Atlantic and the immense heat of the interior. This wine is a blend of 60% Touriga and 40% Jaen, both native grapes of Portugal. As part of it receives a Grande Reserva like treatment, it spends three years in oak and two years in the bottle. It is still very intense, and earthy, just hitting its stride. The nose is a bit floral with black fruit. On the palate there are notes of dark chocolate, spice, and plum. Grill something for this one.

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Reading a Sake label can be confusing, but knowing a few common terms may help decipher its meaning.
 Junmai is pure rice wine with no distilled alcohol added. 
Ginjo and
Daiginjo are terms related to the amount of rice polished away, at least 40% for the former and at least 50% for the latter. What does polishing of rice do, you ask? The most refined and delicate flavors are found in the starchy center, so the more the rice is polished, the more its texture and complexity is revealed. Alcohol is added to these types of sake, unless Junmai appears in the name. For example, 
Junmai-Ginjo and 
Junmai-Daiginjo indicate pure rice wine with no added alcohol. 
Finally there's Nigori, the cloudy, unfiltered Sake. Whether you're a novice or a pro, we strive to bring in a range of Sake to satisfy whatever your style or price range may be.

Shirakabe Gura Tokubetsu Junmai 720ml
This easy drinking Junmai is light and dry with an earthy richness. 

Aoki Shuzo, Yuki Otoko Yeti Junmai $24.99
The Yeti is dry and and clean with light tropical fruit notes. Try pairing this with pork or chicken.

Rihaku Dance of Discovery Junmai Sake 
This Junmai is a bit fuller displaying a light smokey quality, salinity and a soft sweetness. 

Dragon God Ryujin Kakushi Ginjo Sake 
This fruit forward Ginjo sake is full-bodied with orange and pepper notes.

Sakata Shuzo Snow Moon Beauty 300ML 
If you're looking for an introductory sake, the Snow Beauty is an excellent sake and great value.  This flavorful Junmai Gingo is bright and clean, slightly creamy with a dry finish. We recommend this one with raw oysters. 

Katsuyama "Ken" Junmai Ginjo 720 
For those looking for a more serious sake, we offer a couple of excellent options. The "Ken" Junmai Ginjo is milled to 50% and is light, smooth and flavorful with melon notes and mild acidity. Pair this one with seafood. 

Hakkaisan Yukimuro 3 Yr Junmai Ginjo 
This Junmai Gingo sake was matured and chilled by a massive amount of snow stored in the same insulated room. The cold of the snow keeps the temperature stable at 3 degrees Celsius. Three years in aging results in a sake thats round, smooth and complex.  A truly special sake! 

Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo 300 $15.99
Soft, smooth and slightly sweet with flavors of melon and apple.

Dassai 39 Junmai Daiginjo Sake 300ML 
Soft and fruity with creamy peach and elderberry.

Dassai 50 Junmai Diaginjo Sake 750 $27.99
This delicately sweet  sake is smooth with clean finish.

Sho Chiku Bai Creme De Sake Nigori 300ML 
For those looking for a sweeter sake, Nigori is the way to go. This Creme De Sake has more of an off-dry quality.  

Sho Chiku Bai Nigori Sake 375ml $5.99
For those looking for a sweeter Nigori, we recommend this bottle. Try this with  Nigori is the way to go. Nigori Sake's work beautifully with spicy food. Because of the rice content at the bottom, be sure to give them a shake before serving. 

Choya Umeshu Plum 750 
We also offer a couple of Plum Wines, also known as  Umeshu, which is made by soaking unripe plums in sugar and shochu which is a Japanese clear distilled spirit.  The Choya Uneshu, which includes real plums in the bottle, is a sweet, fruity treat.

Nanbu Bijin Umeshu Plum 720 $30.99
Simply put, this one is like drinking a fresh plum. 

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