Dry January? No thanks – our resolution is #TRYJANUARY!
Keep the Bubbly Coming
It should come as no surprise that bubbly sales skyrocket during the holidays. What is incredibly sad is how sharply they decline once the calendar year is flipped. Ask anyone on our wine staff what is the most versatile style of wine in the world, and the answer will always be bubbly. If that is the case, then you should be drinking it more than you are! While sparkling wine come from all over the map and at all price points, we put our money on Sekt, the term for Austrian and German sparkling that is made in the same traditional method as Champagne, but with regional grapes like Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.
Selbach-Oster Brut Riesling (14017) $26.99
Brundlmayer Brut Sekt (102538) $39.99
Wines from Where?
Even non-wine drinkers can name the popular regions. And those who are wine drinkers often end up in ruts. This new year, stamp your wine passport with exciting locations like Lebanon, Slovenia, and the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, and discover the wide world of wine is exactly that.
Lebanon: The legendary winery Chateau Musar in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley creates some of the most interesting and age-worthy wines in the world. Certified organic grapes are hand-harvested by local Bedouins. In the winery, fermentation is with ambient yeast, the bare minimum of sulfur is used, and the Chateau Musar Red wines are neither fined nor filtered.
2011 Chateau Musar Rouge (11876) $54.99
2009 Chateau Musar Blanc (113552) $54.99
2014 Hochar Pere et Fils Rouge (11877) $32.49
2015 Musar Jeune Rouge (113551) $23.49
Slovenia: While you may not be familiar with this region that sits just to the northeast of Italy, Slovenian wine has been around for centuries. Their whites are an easy move for fans of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio.
Pullus Halozan White Blend Ltr (112927) $11.99
Pullus Pinot Grigio (112007) $14.99
Pullus Pinot Noir (113527) $14.99
Verus Furmint (110515) $14.99
Evolucio Fermint: (105966) $12.99
Baja California, Mexico: While tequila and beer first come to mind when thinking about Mexican beverages, great wine comes from here, too. While this is a warm climate, surrounding oceanic breezes keep the grapes from becoming overly ripe. L.A. Cetto wines are estate grown, with the Chenin Blanc showing an easy, round style and the Petite Sirah offering black fruit, with subtle spice and a bright finish.
L.A. Cetto Chenin Blanc (113625) $14.99
L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah (113673) $14.99
YOU ARE NOT DRINKING THE MOST CONSUMED SPIRIT IN THE WORLD. AND NO, IT’S NOT VODKA.
Baijiu. Ever heard of it? We didn’t think so. This traditionally made spirit (often made from sorghum mixed with other grains) dominates the Chinese market where it’s from. A full-bodied spirit with a signature aroma, you can use it in place of gin or vodka in cocktails, or enjoy straight.
Ganbei Baijiu is fermented, distilled, and aged in the state of Inner Mongolia, in the north of China. Ganbei is a partnership between a local Minnesota team and a Chinese Master Distiller, who employ a process that is both labor-intensive and time-consuming. This baijiu is fermented for 70 days, traditionally distilled, and then aged for 32 months in clay vases.
Ganbei Baijiu (113631) $39.99