Where There's a Will, There's Rosé

We are just getting to peak rosé weather and our selection is peaking as well, so here are three of our favorite new arrivals:
 

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2017 Ferrandiere Grenache Gris, $9.99 (left)
Situated between the Montagne Noire and the foothills of the Pyrenees, Domaine Ferrandiere sits on an old salt water lagoon, now the perfect place to grow vines. A varietal bottling of Grenache Gris, the pink-skinned cousin of Grenache Blanc, the result is a naturally pale pink wine. The nose if very lively and aromatic with intense raspberry. Pleasant on the palate, this is an easy to drink, fruit forward rosé at a great price.

2017 Stift Goetweig 2017 Rosé, $17.99
Leading with soft notes of strawberry, Meyer lemon, lemongrass, and rose petal, this rosé of Pinot Noir shines with loads of subtle, classic yellow fruits that seem to mark every wine from this part of Austria’s Kremstal region, whether white or rosé. Gentle mineral and spice nuances finely weave together for an ethereal mouthfeel.
 

 
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2017 Terra Corsa 2017 Rosé, $14.99 (right)
Want to know what the fusion of French and Italian culture tastes like? Try a Corsican wine. This one is primarily Nielluccio, which is a classic Corsican grape that has a strong genetic link to Sangiovese. Fresh and vibrant, it offers up scents of blood orange and basil. The melon and black pepper flavors give way to fresh cherry with an intriguing touch of river rock.

 

Rosés are the choice for summer, but sometimes when you have a hunk of beef on the grill, you gotta have red. We just brought in a fantastic Côtes du Rhône, the 2016 Delas Freres priced at $12.99. It’s a blend of 60 percent Syrah and 40 percent Grenache, a combo that lends itself to a more opulent style, with floral berry and plum aromas. A bigger wine with layered fruit, soft tannins and a touch of oak—just the thing for late spring barbecues. One of the most respected wine mags, Decanter, scored it a heady 95 points.

Can You Beer Me Now?

You good folks voted us Best Wine Shop in the Weekly’s Best of Boise for the 10th YEAR IN A ROW! Thanks for that, but even though we are a wine shop first, we have some great accessories for the beer lover in your life. T-shirts, mugs, openers etc. Here are a few of our favorites:

  Banana Ink 208 Beer Glass T-shirt, $23.99  Super soft, light-weight material perfect for summer wear. Strut your 208 while you still can. 

Banana Ink 208 Beer Glass T-shirt, $23.99
Super soft, light-weight material perfect for summer wear. Strut your 208 while you still can. 

  Foster & Rye Bolted Bottle Opener, $9.99  If you collect beer caps, you’ll definitely want one of these. The only device we’ve found that gently opens your beer without creasing the cap.  

Foster & Rye Bolted Bottle Opener, $9.99
If you collect beer caps, you’ll definitely want one of these. The only device we’ve found that gently opens your beer without creasing the cap.
 

  Foster & Rye Bottle Opening Pint Cup Set, $19.99   Always looking for a bottle opener? Check out this revolutionary vessel, with a bottle opener base to pop caps of brews and a 16-ounce cup top to pour them into. Add a solid stainless steel construction and classic enamel finish, and it's pretty much guaranteed to come in handy everywhere from your kitchen to your campsite.  

Foster & Rye Bottle Opening Pint Cup Set, $19.99
Always looking for a bottle opener? Check out this revolutionary vessel, with a bottle opener base to pop caps of brews and a 16-ounce cup top to pour them into. Add a solid stainless steel construction and classic enamel finish, and it's pretty much guaranteed to come in handy everywhere from your kitchen to your campsite.
 

  TWINE Rustic Farmhouse Wall-mounted Bottle Opener, $7.99  Made from wrought iron, this wall-mounted bottle opener is perfect for any home. The distressed finish adds a subtle rustic farmhouse vibe.

TWINE Rustic Farmhouse Wall-mounted Bottle Opener, $7.99
Made from wrought iron, this wall-mounted bottle opener is perfect for any home. The distressed finish adds a subtle rustic farmhouse vibe.

BBQ Season is Here!

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BBQ season has officially started, so we've picked out some wines that will pair with anything you want to put on the grill.
 
2016 Scarpetta Pinot Grigio $13.99
This wine has high acidity and a balanced flavor profile marked by apple and pear notes. It’s the perfect wine for shrimp and seafood.
 
2017 Ryan Patrick Rosé $10.99
On the nose, you get hints of fresh grapefruit, rainier cherry, pomegranate and bright floral notes. That’s followed by bright, lively acidity, a round, fruit driven mid-palate with traces of strawberry that precedes a crisp, clean finish. Pair it with Salmon or grilled chicken.
 
2014 Flegenheimer Paisant Red Blend $17.99
This one is packed with kirsch, raspberry coulis and red currant jelly aromas, plus a pleasant peppery undercurrent. It fills the mouth with peppered red berry preserves and silky tannins with just enough freshness rounding off the long finish giving it a lively lift. Try it with a burger or ribs.
 
2014 Zorzal Malbec $16.99
This Malbec offers super mineral, violet, and chalk aromas. Very complex and fresh, it enters the mouth with great volume and with a very particular texture resulting from the chalky soils. Its tannins are sharp, making it very direct, with nerve and a very long finish. Perfect for a big, juicy steak.


Perfect for Picnics & Potlucks

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Accordian Cooling Carrier in Blue by True, $12.99
The spacious, insulated Accordion™ Cooling Carrier keeps temperatures low to hold plenty of food, a few bottles of wine, or any combination thereof. Accordion-style folding makes this a breeze to store, in your home cupboard or car trunk for on the go use! Fold the tote up for easy carrying on your way to the neighborhood farmers' market or coming home from an afternoon picnic. Great gift idea for the foodies in your life, and you won’t find a better price, not even at that big on-line retailer named for a big South American river. 

Boise Weekly Wine Picks

Did you know that the Boise Weekly Wine Sipper wines are always available at the Wine Shop? A panel of local wine industry folks get together every few weeks and blind taste a different category each time. Their three favorites are featured in the Boise Weekly—dry rosés and unoaked Chardonnay being the most recent. Check out the articles on line, then stop by the wine shop where you’ll find them prominently displayed in the front of the store.

Austrian Wines

We have a good selection of great Austrian wines and they deserve more attention. Great for pairing with food but still good for quaffing on their own, here are a couple of our favorites:

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> Gobelsburger 2016 Riesling, $20.00
Riesling isn't just a sweet wine to buy for your grandmother, savvy wine drinkers know that Austrian Riesling is bone dry with bright fruit flavors that are not to be missed. This outstanding example opens with green apple aromas with ripe citrus flavors. Touches of lemon zest and grapefruit come through on the finish. Just the thing to pair with spicy Asian cuisine. Scored a solid 90 points from the Wine Enthusiast.

Gobelsburger 2017 Rosé, $17.99
Every year, this is one of our best rosés. It is fresh and fruit forward, but with elegance and a nice minerality. Very light in color, with light notes of honey on the nose. The refreshing palate is filled with crisp citrus flavors backed by a touch of red fruit. Finishes lean, long and lively. Let the summer begin!
 

Party Gear

We know that Spring and warmer weather are on the way. In anticipation of that, here are some ideas for your near future, outdoor wine enjoyment:  
 
True Stake-out Freestanding Picnic Table, $39.99
Use our portable, wine-friendly stakeout picnic table to class up backyard barbecues and outdoor outings. Made of stainless steel with a matte black finish, its top mounts sturdily on a balanced stake to hold plates and wine glasses at waist height for spill-free snacking and sipping.
 
> Afterglow Hanging Bottle Tea Lights, $29.99
Add a touch of rustic charm to an outdoor dinner party with these hanging candle holders. Simply add a tea light to create a soft, colorful glow.
 

 
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> Govino Jewel 4-pk glasses, $18.99
Just for outdoor enjoyment, Govino plastic wine glasses are perfect. No worrying about breaking them if they happen to fall on the ground, they are sturdy and top-rack dishwasher safe. And, they come in a mixed pack of 4 different colors. Pretty and durable, they'll add a festive note to your next BBQ.

 
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< Social Climbers Sloth Wine Markers, $9.99
Who doesn't love a sloth?! They're cute and now they can mark your glass at a party, so you don't end up drinking from someone else's.
 

Recent Discoveries in Bargain Wines

Hey, we're all looking for that great, bargain wine that's absolutely delicious, but they're not always easy to find. Fortunately, we taste through a lot of wines in order to find those everyday gems, so you don’t have to. Here are a few that we recently discovered:

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Duck Pond 2017 Pinot Gris, $10.99
Pinot Gris can be an easy drinking, sometimes less than exciting wine, but this one has character and is anything but boring. Aromas and flavors of apricot, nectarine, citrus zest and elderflower, we were amazed at how good it was for the price. 

Duck Pond 2016 Pinot Noir, $16.99
It's not easy to find a good Pinot priced under $20, especially from Oregon, but here we have one. But don’t take our word for it. This is from the Wine Enthusiast: “A fine value, this widely available Pinot doesn't shy away from its natural herbaceousness, but compensates with plenty of bright berry-cherry fruit. The compact tannins support a firm blackberry and black cherry core, and flavors persist on through a clean crisp finish. 89 Pts”

Desert Wind 2015 Merlot $13.99
If you think you don't like Merlot, then you haven't tried one from Washington. A little more structure and backbone then their California counterpart, they are truly delicious, and this one is great for the price. Aromas and flavors of fig, plum, blackberry, and chocolate, leading to a tannic, yet round and supple finish. Ripe and rich, while still managing to provide balance and silky tannins.

Non-Traditional Washington Wines

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We love wineries that aren't afraid to step outside the box, so when we find ones bottling non-traditional varieties, ones not the usual suspects for a given region, we want to showcase them. Here are a few of our favorites from Washington:
 
2013 Idilico Graciano Reserva, $27.00
Idilico is the only winery in Washington focusing exclusively on Spanish varieties. The Graciano is a relatively unknown grape from the Rioja wine region of Spain. It is primarily used to enhance the color and acidity of Tempranillo blends. This wine has all the varieties traits when it is bottled on its own: inky color, wild aromatics, huge fruit, zesty acidity and a near infinite finish.
 
2015 Kiona Lemberger, $12.99
Lemberger is a relatively obscure Eastern European grape that is sometimes known as Blaufrankisch. It has become a signature variety for Kiona, and this vintage shows why. It offers aromas of cranberry and cherry that lead to ripe polished dark-fruit flavors. It’s the perfect spring and summer barbecue red and an exceptional value.
 
2013 Helix Sangiovese, $15.99
This Italian variety seems to thrive in the Columbia Valley. Blossoming aromatics and a bouquet of strawberry jam, rainier cherries and pomegranate are backed by wisps of Italian roast coffee. Medium-grained tannins add a light grip on the palate, while the wine’s softer acid ushers in sundried pomegranate and black cherry flavors, with shades of plum and lightly toasted oak.
 
Cotes De Ciel 2012 Nebbiolo $49.00
Nebbiolo does not easily adapt to areas outside its home turf in Italy. Somehow, the obstacles have been transcended here, and the results are—well—transcendent. A riveting wine with depth, tar, tannin and texture, all under powerfully ripe cherry fruit. Despite the high alcohol, it retains the characteristics that allow Nebbiolo to improve with age. A beautiful deep red wine with an intense nose of cherry, tobacco and hints of violet and rose. The rich pallet consists of cherries, blueberries and currants. The high acidity, for which Nebbiolo is known, is present, but the wine has supple and elegant tannins, which make this wine easy to drink. 94 Pts Wine Enthusiast