Sometimes presence is the best of presents.
Well, we made it-it’s finally 2021. Ergo, it’s Resolution Time. But relax: we’re not telling you about workout regimens or plans to finally master the guitar. Our resolutions are of the liquid sort: these are the things you’ll be seeing more of at Pour Richard’s in 2021.
More Bubbly: Sure, this one is perennial, but why not? Bubbly is always welcome, and this year we discovered some great Lambrusco, a delicious sparkling Grillo, and a killer Moldovan Brut that’s a dead ringer for Champagne. Plus-of course-actual Champagne. If Bubbly Tuesday, when we take 15% off anything fizzy-is not already your fave day, maybe it will be in 2021!
More wines from the Languedoc and/or Roussillon. As our favorite Cotes-du-Rhone wines edge up in price, and Chateauneuf -du-Pape as well, we’re loving Collioure, Maury Sec, and the like. If you prefer reds that are warm, generous, and spicy, you will, too.
More Dao reds. We’ve been big cheerleaders for Portuguese wines for years, but Dao has really been knocking it out of the park lately. Made from the same Touriga Nacional that yields blockbusters in the Douro river valley, but Dao’s temperate climate and granite soils produce lithe, graceful reds reminiscent of a great Pinot Noir. And-like most Portuguese wines-they are terrific bargains.
More Italian whites. (There’s more to life than Pinot Grigio) Nascetta, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Grillo, Carricante….Italy has a wealth of fascinating native grapes, and many of them are white. Before you reach for yet another Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio, try one of these. We dare you not to love them.
More domestic wines. I admit it; I am a hugely Euro-centric wine drinker. And I probably always will be. But 2021 is not 1990, and California (Washington, Oregon) has moved beyond the Chardonnay/Cabernet/Pinot Noir model. Expect to meet some New Wave domestic producers this year. Expect to love them.
More organic/sustainable wines. Remember when ‘Organic’ on a wine label was the kiss of death, often deservedly? No more. Many vineyards are now certified organic or sustainable. Many, many more do not use chemicals, but don’t like to (or cannot afford to-it’s an expensive process) certify. Now you can do good things for the planet, ingest less chemicals, and drink delicious wine.
More interesting cocktail ingredients. I think the first cocktail I ever drank was a Sloe Gin Fizz. What can I say? We’ve come a long way, and so have craft cocktails. So whether it’s a cool selection of bitters, new gins, fun Italian Amaros, or something else entirely, we’ll keep trying to surprise and delight.
More ‘Private’ Liquor. The first time I committed to purchasing an entire barrel of spirit, I was incredibly nervous. Would people like it? Would they buy it? Or would I be looking at 100+ bottles of the same thing for months or years? Spoiler alert: people liked it, they bought it, and we repeated the process again and again. Our last barrel-a rich, cask-strength bourbon from Mad River Distillers-sold out in less than a month. We’re expecting another Mad River barrel in <2 weeks and we’ll keep collaborating with our favorite distilleries.
Last but definitely not least: people. Pour Richard’s was envisioned as a community, not just a store. Then 2020 happened, and pffft! to events and gatherings. We MISS you! We miss tastings. We miss fundraisers. We miss introducing our favorite producers to you. We miss turning you on to something new, something different. Something fascinating. Hopefully we can bring all that back at some point in 2021.
Until then, how about some sparkling Grillo?