This Week's Magic Monday Deal

Once upon a time, I had the vast good fortune to spend several days working with Myron Redford, formerly of Amity Vineyards. The self-proclaimed 'Godfather of Oregon Pinot Blanc' made no bones about it: Pinot Blanc, and particularly Oregon Pinot Blanc, was a wine deserving of our attention and awaiting our drinking pleasure.

Fast-forward a few decades, and Myron is no longer with Amity. Amity was bought out by larger interests, and I haven't seen their Pinot Blanc in years. But the mantle of Oregon Pinot Blanc has been taken up by Willakenzie, which is wholly appropriate. Willakenzie, a certified sustainable estate which is named after a soil type and takes as its slogan, 'Dirt Matters', is the perfect champion for Pinot Blanc.

Willakenzie's Pinot Blanc, 100% estate-grown, is a thing of beauty. Whole cluster-fermented, and aged in large old oak, it retains a fresh, vibrant fruit character along with a creamy, rich weight on the palate. Aromas and flavors of roasted apple, fresh sweet corn, pear, peach, almond blossom, and lime zest. It finishes juicy and rich, but with great acidity and bracing mineral notes.

It is, simply, delicious. You will want more than one bottle, so we're selling it in pairs.

Sale is online only, through Sunday, August 28, or when product runs out. Pickup is in-store at your convenience. Just click on the Specials tab above to find your savings.

The Almanac

09/09/2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Notes From All Over

Smart, not Snooty

Questions are good. ‘What’s the difference between these two bourbons?’ ‘Do you have any organic wines?’ ‘Can you tell me about this producer?’ ‘How does the mix-your-own sixpack work?’ We love those kinds of questions.

Other questions can be harder to answer. ‘I bought a wine here before. I think it was white. Do you have that?’ ‘I like this beer that has a T on the label, and I think it’s from Wisconsin. Or maybe Wyoming?’ A little perplexing, but I like a puzzle as well as the next person. Usually, we can figure it out.

The 'Dog Days' of Summer
Snappy Dogs

"Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs".
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ouch! America may have liked Ike, but Ike wasn't showing a lot of love for American's favorite road food. Why not Champagne and hot dogs...Pinot Noir and hot dogs? At the very least, killer craft brew and hot dogs-especially if the dog in question is a Snappy Dog.

Snappy Dogs!

In the 1974 classic Mame, Lucille Ball and company decide to celebrate Christmas in the middle of the summer, complete with the full-scale song and dance number 'We Need a Little Christmas'. Well.

As stated last week, I need a little more summer. With apologies to Dylan Thomas, I will not go gently into that good autumn. Fie, pumpkin beer! Begone, Oktoberfest! Instead, we're holding the end-all, be-all summer party, Pour Richard's Snappy End of Summer Bash.