This Week's Magic Monday Deal

Just a few steps from the Slovenian border, protected by the Julian Alps to the north and radiating toward the Adriatic to the south, lies the single vineyard Tenuta Sant' Helena.

Here the Fantinel family makes their stunning, fresh, fruit-driven wines.

Like this one: Ribolla Gialla, a specialty of northeastern Italy, is a deep golden-green color. Extravagantly scented, with notes of peach, apple, honeysuckle, and jasmine, it's complex and rich on the palate. More apple, plus pear, lime, and herbal accents, and a long, dry, very polished finish.

Think cheese. Think fish. Think what on earth am I waiting for...

Online special available for pickup in-store after noon today. Special available until Sunday, April 29, or until we run out of wine. To purchase, just click on the Specials tab, above.

The Almanac

04/26/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Notes From All Over

Connection Disconnection

I am both old enough, and (originally) rural enough to dimly remember using a party-line telephone. One elderly lady on our road, lacking other excitement in her life, would pick up her receiver no matter who the call was for, prompting a lot of 'Hang UP, Angeline!' The advent of private lines, a welcome advance for the rest of us, was a bitter disappointment to her. I cannot imagine what she'd make of cell phones.

Got Art?
Wine Art

What IS Art?

Merriam Webster defines it as: the expression or application of human creative skill or imagination. So drawing, painting, sculpting, etc all qualify as art. The performing arts-dance, music, acting-do, too. But what about wine? Are winemakers artists? I'd argue that some of them are.

Winemaking involves using creativity to manipulate a medium (grapes) in much the same way chefs use their creativity to craft food. We speak of the culinary arts, so why not the winemaking arts?

Who's Your Daddy?

Once upon a time, two grapes mingled in a vineyard and produced an offspring so brash and bold it was destined to eclipse them both-and then some. That 'baby grape' was Cabernet Sauvignon, so ubiquitous that some people think it's synonymous with 'red wine'. Actual conversation:

'This is a Grenache'.
'What kind of Cabernet is that?'