Sweet Summer Deals

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:

 Prisma

Prisma

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.

 
 
 La Graviere

La Graviere

 
 

<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.

 
 
 
 
 Sean Minor

Sean Minor

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.

Delicious New Wines!

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.
 

Great Summer Wines

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.
 


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Come in and check out our new selection of Corkcicles in bright summery colors. $29.99, best price anywhere!

Happy 4th of July!

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

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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
 

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.&nbsp;

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 &amp; 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 &amp; 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.