Staff Selection Sale

The experts at Surdyk’s have been a trusted source for advice on wine, beer, and spirits since we first opened our doors in 1934. And while our lives all look a little different these days, our staff is still here to help!
To help you shop during this time, we’ve decided to put together a list of some of the things that we’d be pointing out to you if you were shopping in the store. Most of you are familiar with our Staff Selections, so we’ve made some selections and will be bringing you picks and sale prices throughout the month of May.



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Here’s what We’re Loving in the Wine Department:

 

Noelle's Pick • 2018 Von Winning Sauvignon Blanc II (Pfalz, Germany)

Sale: $14.99 /each (Regular: $19.99)
I can almost guarantee the reaction when a customer asks me for a Sauvignon Blanc recommendation and I suggest von Winning Sauvignon Blanc II from Germany. Confusion and sometimes suspicion are written all over their faces. An understandable reaction – as most people associate Germany first with Riesling, and second, with sweet wine. The truth is that not only does Germany produce a large amount of dry wine, it is also home to well over 100 different varietals. While many of these lesser known never make it out the country/continent, we should be extremely lucky that any Sauvignon Blanc comes this far considering not much is planted (Less than 10 acres of the entire von Winning estate is dedicated to this varietal). Many of you are familiar with Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and Loire Valley’s regions of Sancerre & Pouilly-Fume – which are drastically different styles of the grape. The German take on this has aromatics of apricot, lime zest and cream. The flavors are citrus driven lemon and lime (not grapefruit) along with tangy green apple and fresh herbs. Telltale acidity that is completely refreshing kicks in on the finish. Von Winning’s award-winning winery is certified Biodynamic. A perfect match with Pasta and fresh Basil Pesto.
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Andy's Pick • 2017 Erich Sattler St Laurent (Burgenland, Austria)

Sale: $14.79 /each (Regular: $18.49)
St. Laurent has quickly become one of my favorite ‘obscure’ grape varietals. By all accounts (thus far) it seems to have originated in Austria, where it has been grown with considerable success. Without a doubt, Austria is now home to this grape. The wine is dark, and brings the dark flavors of black cherries and blackberries, with some smokiness and brown spice in the background. What makes the wine so compelling is its texture.. so soft and easy to drink, very reminiscent of Pinot Noir, but darker. We love this wine with grilled pork, chicken, brats, or other specialty sausages. It fills the gap where Pinot Noir seems to step aside as the food gets darker and richer. This will age gracefully for several more years if you’d like to, but it’s drinking great right now.
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Bill's Pick • 2018 Rizieri Arneis (Langhe, Italy)

Sale: $13.99 /each (Regular: $17.49)
Northern Piedmont Italian white wines are the best summer drinking with lighter meals or patio sipping sessions during the late sunsets. The Arneis grape has everything you want in a firm, well-structured wine – solid fruit of melon, pear, and apple flavors along with a tell-tale “wet stone” mineral taste and lots of almond skin tannins to balance the fruit and give substance to the wine. This acidic balance to all the fruit and a nice weighty feel in your glass. This is wine for anything from just an aperitif to a full-on evening meal of fresh grilled fish or lemony pasta. Italians know how to make white wine, this is delicious!
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Drew's Pick • 2017 Petit Manou, Medoc (Bordeaux, France)

Sale: $19.99 /each (Regular: $25.99)
Customers often ask me to show them a good value Bordeaux around $20 that gives them a feel for what Bordeaux can deliver. Petit Manou is the perfect wine to accomplish that. It is the second wine of Clos Manou winery, located in the northern Medoc region. The winemaker and one of the owners honed his craft by spending most extra hours of his youth in the cellars of the famed Mouton-Rothschild studying traditional winemaking methods. This level of attention to detail extends to every facet of the winemaking process, from farming, harvesting, fermentation, production, aging, to even creating informative wine labels. The most important result of this training shows in the wine itself, with incredible balance, structure, purity of fruit at a price that is shockingly affordable given those attributes. The nose shows dark cassis fruit with dried herbs and subtle vanilla from the toasted French oak barrels. The nose carries over to the palate with smooth persistent tannins and enough acidity that indicates this wine will develop well over the next few years. It tastes so good right now that I will have difficulty finding the patience to age... so enjoy now with your next grilling adventure. Salut!
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Jim's Pick • 2018 Brundlmayer Riesling ‘Terrassen’ (Kamptal, Austria)

Sale: $17.49 /each (Regular: $21.99)
To me, bright, crisp, minerally Riesling sings the essence of spring: cool and refreshing but alive with energy. This Riesling is sourced from the Kamptal region, known for its thin topsoil with accessible limestone and loam, which is a premier region to find this expression. In the glass, this Riesling shimmers pale straw with aromas of key lime, wet stone, and honeyed herbs wafting from the glass. Take a sip to reveal that expressive energy lying beneath. A sharp burst of citrus leading to light and nuanced flavors of chalk and tart apple has me imagining that I’ve stepped into the full spring sunshine. A fabulous pairing for fish and poultry, but it really shines with the fresh greens of the spring. Asparagus, sprouts, and leafy greens all find a willing companion that mimics their fresh yet herbal interplay. Also an incredible wine for brunch – perfect for Mother's Day! Any egg dish, especially quiche with ham, cheese, and herbs, would love this alongside. Revel in this bone-dry, stylish Riesling from one of our most trusted, consistent producers and deliver some sunshine to your spring table.
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Roger's Pick • 2018 Chateau de la Roulerie Chenin Blanc (Loire Valley, France)

Sale: $13.99 /each (Regular: $17.49)
If all this wine did was provide a joyful jolt of fruit and quench your thirst, it would be a delight. Add the fact that this is a winning partner for savory salads and a wide variety of grilled meats, it becomes an easy choice. Brought to us by Philippe Germain, with whom we have had a relationship for the past 15 years, this is dry Chenin Blanc is perfect for the deck or patio.
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Drew's Pick • 2018 Hexamer Riesling ‘Quarzit’ (Nahe, Germany)

Sale: $12.49 /each (Regular: $15.99)
Hexamer is a German winery that owns and sustainably farms its vineyards in the Nahe region. The 2018 Hexamer Quarzit Riesling uses fruit from the Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg, a steep southwest facing slope of red sandstone and quartzite deposits. They hand pick the fruit, use native yeasts, and whole cluster ferment in stainless steel at very cold temps to ensure the wine is crisp with bright flavors, crystal clear clarity of color, and displays intense mineral notes. I would describe this wine as the one of the most balanced, off-dry wines we carry. This has been a staff and customer favorite for years, and is a great choice to serve at your next barbeque (great with grilled or roasted pork), and your next party (hopefully SOON!). Prost!
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Noelle's Pick • 2018 Casa da Passarella Branco (Dao, Portugal)

Sale: $12.49 /each (Regular: $15.99)
If you look at this label – the only thing you might be able to detect is that this is from the Dao region in Portugal – as that is the prominent word you will see. Not much information about the wine is here and so often when this happens, a great wine goes overlooked. Our wine staff feels a responsibility to introduce you to these obscurely labeled wines. This white blend made from three varietals (Encruzado, Verdelho, and Malvasia) is the ideal wine for spring and summer. Highly aromatic with a bouquet of white flowers, a palate dominated by layers of lemon, white peach, a unique touch of spice and a texture that feels creamy and luxurious yet, not at all heavy. Maybe the label should have “I’m Delicious!” written in large print instead.
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Bill's Pick • 2017 Trig Point Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Dust Vineyard (Alexander Valley, California)

Sale: $19.99 /each (Regular: $25.99)
Nick Goldschmidt, along with his wife Yolyn, started a family winery in 1998. They make great red wines from single-vineyard grapes. Everything is small production and handcrafted. The resulting wines show class and detail. This Cabernet is one of their best wines – it comes from benchland soil site in Alexander Valley just north of Napa Valley. You’ll find a massive mix of red cherry, blackberry, and plum fruit flavors all nicely layered over secondary notes of roasted coffee, fresh tobacco leaf, and dried field herbs. Classic Cab character! Tannin base is soft, yet the wine has a full-bodied structure. Price here is a real bargain. A natural match for grilled sirloin steak.
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Roger's Pick • Francois Montand Brut (Loire Valley, France)

Sale: $10.99 /each (Regular: $15.99)
As many people know, I view sparkling wine as a necessity for the properly stocked refrigerator. This wine delivers creamy fruit, bright fresh acidity, and silky finish. Affordable and enjoyable, this works brilliantly for me!
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Andy's Pick • 2018 Andriano Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige, Italy)

Sale: $15.99 /each (Regular: $20.99)
So I’m a late adopter to the Pinot Grigio grape. It’s not a stranger to me, I just never craved it; maybe I hadn’t had the right one at the right time, not sure. In any event, I tried (again) this bottle recently, and it was like a revelation. For whatever reason, the light bulb went on, and now I’m hooked. I’m trying lots of other Pinot Grigios with renewed interest, and while I like many of the other bottlings that I’ve been trying, the Andriano is still special. The flavor profile is still classic PG, but with more of an emphasis on the lemon citrus, a touch more acidity, but again, like the St. Laurent in my other recommendation here, the magic shows through on the texture of the wine on my palate: so smooth, creamy, bright, delicious and balanced all the way across the palate, the wine is just striking and beautiful. I just can’t recommend it highly enough.
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