Talkin' Turkey

Turkey Wines

No matter what your color preference, we have red, white, rosé and sparkling wines to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner. If red is your thing, might we suggest Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or the Grenache dominant wines from the southern Rhône. For a white, Gewürtraminer are Riesling are classic choices, and we have a great selection ranging from dry to sweet. Of course sparkling wines are among the most versatile when it comes to food, and of course, no matter what your budget, we’ve got you covered. And although for some, rosé season is winding down, we still have a good variety available. Rosé goes great with turkey, and appeals to a wide range of wine lovers.

For your Holiday gatherings, what better way to start than with a cheese plate? Choose from our amazing selection of cheese from around the world just across the street. Then stop by the Wine Shop. We have some great options for serving your cheese choices:

  Fete Slate Cheeseboard

Fete Slate Cheeseboard

The Fete Slate Cheeseboard board puts a modern spin on a classic serving piece. Use it for crackers, Camembert, Roquefort or Cheddar, then whisk it away for easy clean-up. $19.99

 
  Viski Cheeseboard

Viski Cheeseboard

The Viski Cheeseboard is solid acacia wood with a lustrous dark finish that integrates two stainless steel side handles, achieving a wholly contemporary look and feel. Ideal for fine aged cheeses, hearty breads, fruit and charcuterie. $29.99

 

Of course you’ll need some tools to serve your cheese. The Country Home Rustic Cheese Knife Set is made with rough hewn acacia wood handles and features stainless steel blades. It includes three cheese tools: chisel, knife and spreader. $14.99


I’m Sorry, but I Think You Have My Glass

Avoid confusion at your holiday parties. We have just what you need to keep your guests wine glasses on a short leash and in the hands of the right owner. The Spot On Glass Markers feature color code puppies, the Paw Off Glass Markers, color coded kitties. Both perch on your glass rim—$9.99 each for a set of six cute creatures. The Social Climbers Glass Markers attach to the stem of you glass. Six different, upwardly mobile sloths will help you quickly locate your drink in the jumbled jungle of any party. $9.99

Halloween Time

Skullduggery

It’s almost Halloween, time for ghosts, goblins and skulls. That’s right—skulls. Crack open your Halloween brew with the Wall Mount Skull Bottle Opener ($9.99), and then pour it into the Kikkerland Skull Stein ($14.99).

Wine more your thing? We’ve got you covered. Serve your favorite bottle from the Foster & Rye Skull Decanter. Holds a full 750 ml. bottle and is too cool for words ($21.99).

Eight Years a Prisoner

In 1998 David Phinney started Orin Swift Cellars when he released his first wine, the Zinfandel based The Prisoner. A cult following ensued, and in 2010, he sold that brand to Huneeus Vinters. He stayed on for a short time, but when they parted ways, while he kept the Orin Swift name, he signed a non-compete that barred him from producing a Zin based wine for eight long years. That has now expired, and Phinney has just released the appropriately named Eight Years in the Desert. Very limited production, but we managed to score a few. Priced at $45 a bottle, it will not last long.


Doubling Down on Rosé Sale

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.

Vessels To Help You Get Your Wine Groove On

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

RSVP

 

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

Lifefactory

 

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...

 
 Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask

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!

Spiegelau

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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
 

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