The weather is cooling down, but that’s no reason to give up on drinking rosé. More and more, rosés are finding a year round home in the glasses of discriminating wine lovers. Think of them as your fall or winter white. And to encourage your continued support for all things pink, we are putting a couple of different rosés on sale every week—you’ll save 15% off the regular price. For the week of October 14 through October 20, it will be two of our favorites: Trians Vin de Provence (sale price $12.75) and Maris Rose de Nymphe Emue (sale price $14.45). Stock up now, then stay tuned for our next rosé pair.
While traditional crystal stemware may be the norm at the dinner table or in restaurants, sometimes it’s fun to step outside the box. We have a variety of different vessels to help you get your wine groove on.
RSVP Stainless Steel Stemless wine glass, $11.99 each
Great for outdoor use, while it keeps both reds and whites at the right temperature longer than glass or crystal.
Lifefactory Stemless Wine Glasses, $39.99 set of 4
Silicone wrapped wine glasses that protect against that clumsy friend who always breaks one. I'm looking at you, Dave...
Hydroflask Wine Tumblers $29.99 each
The worry-free lip eliminates drips (think adult beverage sippy cup), while TempShield™ insulation keeps wine at the perfect temperature. The durable 18/8 Pro-Grade Stainless Steel construction won't retain or transfer flavors.
But, if you're not a "step-outside-the-box-kind-of person", there's always Spiegelau!
In the end, nothing beats crystal for serving a glass of fine wine. After all, part of the pleasure is in the color and clarity of the wine. We proudly sell Spiegelau stemware, billed as “The Class of the Glass.” Whether it’s red, white, sparkling wine, or spirits, Spiegelau offers high quality crystal, dishwasher safe glass, with a high breakage resistance, in several different styles and sizes.
Sometimes we bring in some great wines that get lost in the shuffle. Here are a few little gems that you might have overlooked:
2013 Silverado Sangiovese, $24
A blend of 90 percent Sangiovese and 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers blackberry aromas layered with white pepper and cherry, backed by perfectly balanced bright fruit flavors.
2016 Refugio Pinot Noir, $22
This Pinot has a beautiful ruby red color and a perfumed nose of cherry, violets and raspberry. On the palate, the pure fruit flavors join a lively mouth feel with well-balanced acidity. Probably the best vintage of this Pinot to date, it is so pretty and delicious that you can even drink it without food if you want. Scored 93 points in the Wine Advocate
2016 Tamber Bey Unoaked Chardonnay, $24
“Offering up pineapple, pink grapefruit and pomelo on the nose with touches of crushed stones, white pepper and yuzu zest. Medium to full-bodied and intense, with some sulfides on the palate and a racy acid line, finishing long and minerally.” 91 points, Wine Advocate
2014 Onward Shay White, was $11.99, now $6.99
We got a great deal on this white wine from 3 Horse Ranch, and we're passing the savings on to our customers. A blend of white Rhône varieties, offering up a perfect complement to any
summertime barbecue, picnic or evening on the deck! Sauvignon Blanc, the perfect white wine to cool down with on hot summer days. Bright, refreshing and ultimately quaffable.
Here are a few of our other favorite everyday drinkers:
2017 Prisma Sauvignon Blanc, $10.99>
This great little wine from Chile has citrus notes of lemon, lime, and grapefruit, combined with a mineral undertone that leads to a crisp, elegant, and well-balanced finish.
<2017 Chateau La Graviere Bordeaux Blanc, $9.99
As is typical in France, the Sauvignon Blanc here is blended with Semillon to provide body and a little honeysuckle character. Aromas of lemon and grass lead through to an almost silky finish.
2017 Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99>
Vibrant and juicy, this Sauvignon Blanc has light, refreshing flavors of honeydew melon, key lime, pink grapefruit and green apple. A great example of the variety from California.
Hey, we just got 3 new wines in and they are delicious!
2017 Lagar Del Rey Verdejo, $8.99
The nose is powerful, dominated by balsamic aromas with herbal notes and background of peach and pineapple. Tasty, balanced and fresh. Persistent long aftertaste of a stream of fruit.
2016 Gonnet Le Brave Cairanne, $14.99
This unique cuvée leads with a great attack and high-toned aromatics. On the palate, there are powerful garrigue and smoked herb flavors, not to mention ripe briary berries. This refreshing wine shows great concentration and impressive length. The wine is 80% Grenache and 20%
Syrah and vinified in concrete. Stunning Value!
2016 Clos Noly Macon Charnay Chardonnay, $14.99
On the nose, the wine is very straight forward, showing notes of lemon and green apple, but on the palate, the complexity increases. And along with the lemon and green apple, you'll find a baked apple spice and a touch of minerality. The wine has great mouthfeel and texture.
Hot weather is finally upon us and it's time to explore new areas in the wine shop that you may have overlooked, like miscellaneous white wines from California and Washington. These often get overlooked and it's a shame because we have some really good ones. Here are a few of our favorites:
Klinker Brick 2017 Albarino, $14.99
Aromas of stone fruit, pear, and honeydew melon lead into full, elegant flavors of green apple and peach, laced with a subtle minerality.
Maryhill 2016 Viognier, $12.99
Aromas of pear, honeysuckle and cantaloupe melon transition into a palate that is juicy and round in the mouth with notes of Meyer lemon, pear and nectarine.
Ca Momi 2016 White Blend, $9.99
Savory, earthy accents complement ripe melon flavors and a generous texture in this pale-colored, medium-bodied wine. It has good heft on the palate, and is rich enough to keep the flavors lingering.
Locus 2016 2016 Modo White, $15.99
This easy-drinking Bordeaux-style white is refreshing any time of year. A Bordeaux style blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, you will find flavors of pineapple, lychee and citrus, with a touch of grass and flint.
The Perfect Summer Red:
2017 Fatalone Primitivo Teres, $18.99
Okay, Primitivo is Zinfandel’s first cousin, so how can it make a light summer red? This Italian entry uses grapes from the vine’s second budding (racemi). The extra stalk that’s typically pruned off, when left, produces a more delicate juice. That, and limited skin contact, result in a light ruby colored wine with enticing strawberry rhubarb aromas. Ripe strawberry and currant flavors are balanced by bright cranberry, with an edgy minerality. Give it a nice chill (about half an hour in the fridge), pour yourself a glass, and pair it with all your red wine favorites fresh off the grill.
Come in and check out our new selection of Corkcicles in bright summery colors. $29.99, best price anywhere!
Celebrate the 4th with the first of our month-long Rosé Wednesday wine tastings, at the North End Boise Co-op Wine Shop from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. This will be a special one, as it's your chance to get a first look at our soon-to-be-open Uncorked! Wine Bar. The tasting will be hosted there by Samantha (aka Sam) Bauer who will be heading up this new venture. Sam comes to us from Oakland's Bay Grape, one of the most innovative wine shop/wine bars in the Bay area, billing itself as a community gathering place. She brings that experience to Boise, along with her enthusiasm for, and knowledge of all things wine. For her first tasting, it's rosés from around the world. Here's what she'll be pouring:
• Solar de Randez, Rioja, Spain
• Domaine du Dragon, Côtes de Provence, France
• Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Cistercien, Nederosterreich, Austria
• Domaine Campu Vecchiu, Corsica, France
• Michel Torino, Calchaqui Valley, Argentina
Ever been to a BBQ and tried to get food while juggling a wine glass and a plate? Awkward! Here is the perfect solution. The handy Tastebud Wine Glass Lanyard zips to encase any standard wine glass and loops around your neck to hold it while you meet, snack or chat. Made of insulating neoprene to maintain temperature, the lanyard is perfect for wine tastings and parties of all sorts. $5.99
Sharing that special bottle of wine with someone is always an experience to remember, and now you can keep that memory for years to come by saving the label with Memento™ Wine Label Removers. Their clear adhesive plastic lifts labels intact from bottles to display on a wall, fridge or scrapbook page. $7.99
We are just getting to peak rosé weather and our selection is peaking as well, so here are three of our favorite new arrivals:
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.
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.
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: