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New Idaho Wines

We love supporting the Idaho Wine Industry and we just picked up some new wines from a winery up north that has been a pioneer in Idaho winemaking.

Clearwater Canyon has just released some new wines and we ordered them in as soon as they were available. We’ve got:

2016 Coco’s Reserve Red Blend: Malbec, Petite Sirah, Carmenere, Cabernet franc, Petite Verdot, and Merlot

Layer upon layer of ripe fruits and warm spices excite your senses. Plum compote, cumin, strawberry jam, and white pepper take turns as the leading role. Dark crimson and round tannins indicate this wine will age well. Dear Carmenère lovers, this is a wine for you!

2016 Mary Bonita Red Blend: Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Cabernet

Mary Bonita is Coco's Grandmother. Rich aromas and flavors of dried raspberries, vanilla bean, and dark-silt-loam soils soothe the soul. Levity is imparted with a blast of the classic mineral, specifically wet stone, characteristic of the Lewis-Clark Valley. Mouthwatering acidity and rounded tannins finish the beautiful experience of a wine worthy of Mary Bonita.

2016 Louis Del Sol Cabernet: Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah

Pecan pie, pomegranate, currants, juniper berries, roasted marshmallows and cobble stones lead you into the glass and seemly soak into your palate. Velvety tannins and intense color make this an age worthy wine that can be enjoyed for its boldness now or can be your muse for years to come.

2016 The Wine Project: Petite Verdot, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Malbec

The inky pigment and full-bodied tannins of this wine are matched with bold flavors of sandalwood, cinnamon, black cherries, and purple violets that lead into a long finish of roasted marshmallows, hazelnuts, and charcoal.


We also picked up some reserve wines from Ste. Chapelle; usually only available at the winery, but we were able to bring some in for the Wine Shop.

2016 Open Air Red Blend: Cabernet, Syrah, Grenache, Malbec, and Tempranillo

Aromas and flavors of dark fruit and cocoa, finishing with vibrant fruit and smooth tannins.

NV Sparkling Wild Huckleberry: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

This wild sparkler boasts vibrant huckleberries married with the crisp sweetness of apricot and nectarine.

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.


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.

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!