This Week's Magic Monday Deal

Cotes-du-Rhone is made for sharing, whether around a winter fireplace or summer BBQ grill. Something about its gutsy, spicy, meaty richness makes me want to cook something rib-sticking, round up some good friends, and start pouring. Plus, even at full price, CDR's are eminently affordable. At 40% off...well that's just crazy.

Jeantet CDR is primarily Grenache, with a little Syrah and Counoise. Bright cherry-red in color, with aromas and flavors of black cherry, raspberry, plum, tobacco, cinnamon, and peppercorns. Soft, velvety tannins and a warm vanilla-oak finish round out the show.

It is a FANTASTIC value. Go ahead-share!

Sale is online only, through Sunday, January 29, or when product runs out. Pickup is in-store at your convenience. Just click on the Specials tab above to find your savings.

Notes From All Over

Always
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography

Do you have books you have read until they're dog-eared and falling apart? Books you pick off the shelf to re-read a favorite passage which speaks to something going on in your life that day? For me, Kathleen Norris' Dakota: A Spiritual Geography is chief among those favorites. Her loving but entirely unsentimental treatment of my native landscape never fails to thrill; she captures both the pristine beauty of the land and the twin challenges of isolation and economic stagnation with equal aplomb.

And Counting...
Bottles, Bottles, Bottles

Want to incite fear and loathing in a retailer? One word: Inventory. That's right- I spent the last several days bending, stretching, lifting, moving, perched on a step-stool, kneeling on the floor...and counting. Counting every single item in the store. I love talking about our products, tasting them, selling them. Counting, them, not so much. By the time we finished, I was both creaky and cranky, longing for a yoga class followed by a glass of wine.

Solutions

This Friday morning found us in New York for a post-New Year, pre-return to college day trip. First stop: the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side, a re-creation of immigrant life in the city from 1863 til the 1930s. We took the 'Shops' tour, which starts in an 1880's German-style beer saloon. From our modern perspective, it's hard to imagine why whole families would gather in this cramped, dark space. But tour their apartments (much smaller) and consider their circumstances, and you get it: this was their living room, where they relaxed and met friends and family.