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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.


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

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. 

Meanwhile, at the Boise Co-op Wine Shop...

Thinking (and Drinking) Inside the Box

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We’re not talking about those cheap, nondescript entries that line some grocery store shelves. We’re talking about great buys on box wines with the character and flavor that will keep you coming back for more. Great for when you want just a glass or two. Great for rafting and camping trips, or to take to parties. We’ve got you covered for both red and white, with rosés set to arrive this spring. Prices range from a low $20 ($5 a bottle) for a Spanish Garnacha from Vina Borgia, to $36 ($9 a bottle) for a top drawer French white, Le Petite Frog.



Want to class it up a bit? We have a cool box wine cover crafted from Acacia wood by Twine Living that will look great on your kitchen counter.

Add a Little Sparkle to Your Life

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For celebrations, special occasions, or just to share with a friend, we have over 150 different sparkling wines and Champagnes in all price ranges. Planning a big event? We can order in the quantities you need.

Remember: we offer 10% off on six or more (mix or match), and 15% on full cases of 12.

Drop by the Wine Shop and we’ll fix you up. Or you can call us at 208-472-4519 or drop us an email at [email protected]

Time to Think Pink

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It's not too early to start drinking rosés. We have, and we just tried the new release of the Dry Rosé ($15.99) from Idaho’s Split Rail. Even better than the last vintage, it's sure to be a Wine Shop favorite again this year. Bright and fresh with notes of strawberry and melon, we liked it so much we stacked it.