February 25, 2012
Quick Weekend Updates!
Leap Year Sale. Stop by the store today for our LEAP YEAR sale. All party shop and home decor items will be 29% off TODAY ONLY.
FREE Tasting. We still have spots for our "Unknown Grapes of Italy" tasting tonight. Come join us after the KU/MU game at 5:30 p.m. at Sunlight Day Spa. See below for more details.
Experience of the Week. There are a few bottles remaining of our weekend wine special. Clos du Bois Marlstone is $20 off! See details below.
Open That Bottle Night. Tonight is "Open That Bottle Night." The purpose is simple: open that bottle of wine that you've been holding on to for too long, rather than waiting for that special moment that will never come. We'd love to hear about what you opened. Please post it on our Facebook page!
“Come si dice?" –
The relatively unknown grapes of Italy
There are more than 2,000 indigenous grape varieties in Italy, compared to France (roughly 70). That means aside from the more "well-known" varietals of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Pinot Grigio, there is a lot of obscurity. Each of these varietals plays a very important role in the wine, food and ultimately culture of each region of Italy. Please join Aaron Meeker for a "get out of your comfort zone" whirlwind trip across Italy. This is sure to be a unique event ... Rossese, Pigato or Rebo anyone?
RSVPs required; tasting begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. at Sunlight Day Spa.
2006 Clos du Bois Marlstone
Alexander Valley, California
$29.99 per bottle (regularly $49.99 — SAVINGS of $20!)
The Wine. The 2006 Marlstone marries suave, concentrated structure with elegant fruit, making it as much a cellar selection as a natural fit for today's table. Inky black and ruby red in color, on the nose it pairs complex aromas of ripe wild blackberry fruit, plum and black licorice with pleasing notes of cigar box and brown spice. On the palate, the wine delivers powerfully rich blackberry and plum flavors and rich, supple tannins followed by a luxurious, lengthy finish, wrapped in velvety notes of mocha. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec.
The Story. After traveling France's wine regions, founder Frank Woods returned home inspired to marry the elegant French style of winemaking with his vibrant California fruit. Decades later, Clos du Bois continues to embrace his artisanal winemaking philosophy, earning a devoted following among those who love refined, approachable wines. Clos du Bois farms almost 800 acres in the vibrantly diverse wine regions of Sonoma County and Coastal California, working closely with trusted local growers to build long-lasting relationships. By sharing decades of boutique winemaking knowledge, technology and resources with each of these growers, Clos du Bois ensures the integrity and effortless sophistication of every wine it creates.
Food Pairing Suggestions. This intensely elegant, full-bodied Bordeaux blend calls for rich meats like steak, lamb and other robust fare.