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Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles!

The Holidays are upon us and that means Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles! We have all kinds of Champagnes and Sparkling wines for every budget, whether it’s a special bottle for someone or parties and mimosa’s, we have you covered. We also have a great selection of local wines from our Idaho Wineries. Over 25 wineries are represented on our shelves, a great gift option for your out of state relatives.

We have a great selection of gifts and stocking stuffers for your one stop shopping. Wine and beer accessories, glassware, t-shirts from local shops, aerators, wine and beer openers, etc. While you’re stocking up on your wines, you can grab a couple of gifts to check some names off your list.

Speaking of gift ideas, the Uncorked wine club is a great gift for that person that everything. $45 a month, you get a selection of 3 different wines, with tasting notes and a great bag to carry them in.

We just stacked this wine and it is fabulous! 2015 La Cattura Toscana, $20.00. A blend for 2015 was 90% Teroldego & 10% Syrah, refined for 12 months in oak barrels. Medium-bodied, fresh, velvety with well integrated tannins. Here is what Wine Reviewer James Suckling says about it:

"A beautiful wine that shows red fruit such as cherries and red plums as well as stones, cedar and orange skin. So complex. Medium body, firm and rich tannins and an extremely clear and long finish. Drink now or hold. Made from organic grapes." James Suckling, 93 Points

Holiday Season Ports and Sherries

Now that the weather is cooler and all the holiday goodies are available, it’s a good time to open up some Ports and Sherries to pair with them. We have an extensive selection and here are three to start with:

Santiago Cream Sherry Special Edition, $16.99

Chestnut brown in color, this wine has a dense, syrupy appearance. A strong oloroso bouquet in the nose combines with a hint of sweetness reminiscent of roasted nuts, such as in nougat or caramel. Full bodied and velvety in the mouth with a well-balanced sweetness and a seductively elegant, lingering finish. Made to be paired with Desserts, fruits or nuts.

Graham’s Six grapes Reserve Porto, $22.00

Six Grapes has a seductive, rich aroma of ripe plums, cherries and dark chocolate notes. On the palate it's complex, with an excellent structure and a long, lingering finish. Six Grapes pairs particularly well with dark chocolate, but is also fantastic on its own as a luscious dessert in a glass.

Hardy’s Whiskers Blake Classic Tawny, $14.99

Aged, rich, ripe fruit with chocolate, coffee and nutty aromas. Smooth and mellow with classic rancio (nuts, butter) characters, good length and a dry finish. Pair with mature cheeses or dark chocolate.


New Australian Wines

We have 2 new Australian wines that just arrived and you should definitely pick up a bottle or two. Great values for the money.

Wildberry 2013 Two Passions Cabernet $16.99

This restrained, medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is a solid value. On the nose, cedar, vanilla and cassis elements blend together easily, while brown sugar and vanilla flavors are supported by just enough cassis and black cherry fruit.

90 Pts Wine Enthusiast

Nugan 2015 Scruffy’s Shiraz $13.99

Dark purple. Spicy blackcurrant and cherry aromas are complemented by Asian spices and floral oils. Lively and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet, incisive dark fruit flavors and a hint of spice cake. Finishes on a gentle tannic note, with very good clarity and an echo of candied flowers.


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.

La Petite Perriere

Some old favorites just came back in, Guy Saget La Petite Perriere Sauv Blanc, Rosé and Pinot Noir. Great value wines from the Loire region of France, the perfect everyday drinkers.

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La Petite Perriere 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99
On the nose this wine has an elegant and harmonious expression of white flowers, elderflowers and acacia, balanced with a light minerality. After a silky attack, the middle of the palate wakes up in a pleasant freshness, finishing with fruity notes of white peaches and lychees.

La Petite Perriere 2017 Rosé, $12.99
The complex delicate nose is a subtle blend of rose petal, grenadine and berries. The attack on
the palate is supple, light and fresh. The finish has a pleasant softness, enhanced by a slight vivacity, which accompanies fresh aromas of raspberry and grenadine. 
 
La Petite Perriere 2016 Pinot Noir, $12.99
On the nose, aromas of blackberry and blueberry. The palate is fleshy at point of entry then full, ample and generous, flowing into a crisp cherry-driven finish with an ultra-fresh beading sensation. A mouth filling wine offering up the generosity and typicity of a Pinot Noir that has just hit maturity.

Big Ol' Bargain Bottles of Spanish Wine

Who doesn't love a big bottle of wine! Perfect for parties, for family gatherings and they make an impressive gift. We have a great selection of Magnums from around the world in the Wine Shop, but here are three bargains from Spain.

Flores de Cerezo 2013 $40
"Deeply pitched aromas of cherry, cassis and violet, with a touch of cracked pepper building in the glass. Pliant black and blue fruit and dark chocolate flavors show firm spicy bite, with a subtle licorice nuance emerging on the back half. Finishes sweet and gently tannic, leaving smoke and dark berry notes behind." 89 Pts, Vinous

Solar De Randez 2010 Reserva Rioja $40
 "Powerful aromas of ripe cherry and blackberry, with suave floral and mineral notes and a suggestion of vanilla. Full, fleshy dark berry and floral pastille flavors are lifted by a smoky mineral note, gaining energy with air. Finishes lively, focused and persistent, showing a hint of mocha and even tannins."  91 Pts, Vinous

Ceres Ribera Del Duero 2013 Crianza $39
"Fresh dark berries, cherry pit, licorice and a hint of vanilla on the fragrant, incisive nose. Juicy and tightly wound, offering pepper-tinged bitter cherry and cassis flavors that stretch out slowly with aeration. Closes taut, spicy and long, with smooth tannins coming in late and adding shape and grip." 90 Pts, Vinous