Did you miss us last week? We were here, but we ran out of hours to put out a newsletter. So we'll try to make up for it here with some really tasty juice and some cool events. Read on for all the details.

Friday's Free Wine Tasting, 4:00-8:00
Domaine du Pouy Gascogne Blanc, France
Catena Tupungato Chardonnay, Argentina
Domaine du Dragon Rose, Provence, France
Altamente Monastrell, Spain
Chanteleuserie Bourgueil, Loire Valley, France
Puech Haut "Prestige", Languedoc, France

Plus, a Secret Sipper:
Please ask discreetly to try the "Secret Sipper" - Zenato "Ripassa" Valpolicella Superiore 2012

Free Wine Tasting 3:00-7:00
We'll post the lineup to our Facebook page early Saturday Afternoon.

Free Tequila Tasting and Bottle Signing - 4:00-6:00 - Mexican Moonshine
Taste the  Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo craft tequilas, as well as mini Mexican Moonshine Margaritas. Proprietor Roger Clyne will be signing bottles from 5:15 to 6:00

Some Slurp-able Vino:


Terre di Marca Prosecco "Bio" Brut, Italy, $16.99
Try it with us Saturday!


Adelsheim Pinot Gris 2015, Willamette Valley, OR, $23.99
New vintage of one of my (DM) favorite whites from Oregon - taste it with us Saturday!

Calera Viognier Central Coast 2013, CA, $21.99
"The nose on Josh Jensen's latest vintage is expertly restrained, suggesting honey- and lemon-laced chamomile tea. The flavors are even and nicely arced, with tart lime moving into pear flesh and finishing with butter-scorched lemon and custard." 91pts WE

Tangent Sauvignon Blanc "Paragon Vineyard" 2014, Edna Valley, CA, $14.99
"Classic and yet distinctive in aromatics, this bottling from the Niven family's cool-climate vineyard shows cut grass, wet cement and a touch of struck match on the narrowly focused nose. The palate intrigues, with fresh-cut thyme and oregano lifted by a white pepper element. Best Buy." 90pts WE

Droin Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru 2015, France, $41.99
"Slightly hazy light yellow. Aromas of lemon, lime and crushed stone. A bit less tight and minerally than the Vaucoupin, offering a more pliant texture to its flavors of lemon peel and white flowers. Boasts plenty of citrus energy and concentration but its fine-grained texture and suggestion of sweetness should make it a suave early drinker." 89-91pts V

Catena Chardonnay Tupungato 2015, Argentina, $26.99
"There is one white in the appellation range, the 2015 Appellation Tupungato Chardonnay, which is subtly balsamic and spicy from limestone-rich soils in Tupungato in the Valle de Uco, from two vineyards, in Villa Bastías and La Esmeralda. There are pungent flavors, very good intensity and balance and the chalky sensation is nicely coated by juicy fruit. One for the table. 15,000 bottles produced. The first vintage was 2012." 92pts WA

Falesco "Tellus" Chardonnay 2015, Umbria, Italy, $12.99
"A fruity white with plenty of cooked-apple and lemon character. Medium body and bright acidity. Solid chardonnay." 90pts James Suckling


Domaine du Dragon Provence 2015, France, Reg. $16.99, Sale $12.99
One of our most popular dry roses is coming to the end of the vintage and there's a great deal to go with these last few cases.


Tintonegro Malbec Uco Valley 2014, Argentina, $16.99
"The 2014 Uco Valley Malbec is sourced mostly from Tunuyán (Los Árboles and Chacayes) in the Uco Valley. The nose is quite fresh, with aromas of cherries and cassis, nicely-integrated spices and a touch of cocoa. The medium-bodied palate reveals very fine tannins and good balance, with good grip." 89pts WA

Bread & Butter Pinot Noir "Mission Ranch" 2013, CA, Reg. $23.99, Sale $14.99

Seghesio Zinfandel "Sonoma" 2015, CA, $29.99
"This is loaded with zesty blackberry and raspberry fruit, offering a vibrant structure and appealing accents of toasted sage, white pepper and licorice. Drink now through 2027." 90pts WS

Seghesio Zinfandel "Old Vine" 2013, Sonoma, CA, $39.99
"Grippy in wound-up black fruit and black pepper, this is a ripe, bright and softly layered wine, completely in keeping with its old-vine status in dusty, complex notes. Spicy cinnamon and leathery pepper combine on the lengthy finish. Drink now through 2021. Cellar Selection" 92pts WE

Simonsig Pinotage 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa, $21.99
Not yet rated. Previous vintage 90pts WA

Yalumba Grenache "Old Bush Vine" 2014, Barossa, Australia, $21.99
"Pale garnet colored with a hint of purple, the 2014 Grenache Old Bush Vine offers enticing red cherry and raspberry preserves notes accented with suggestions of cinnamon stick, orange peel, red roses and white pepper. Medium-bodied and beautifully delicate in the mouth, it sure doesn't scrimp on the flavor, filling the palate with warm red berries and baking spice cushioned with soft tannins and finishing with great length." 90pts WA

Daou Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2015, CA, $35.99
"The straight 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon should be another outstanding vintage of this cuvee and it has full-bodied richness, beautiful concentration and lots of dark chocolate, plum and smoked herb aromas and flavors. It has more obvious structure than the 2014 did at this stage as well." 90-92pts WA, also 91pts V

Ramos Pinto "Duas Quintas" Douro 2014, Portugal, $16.99
"The latest vintage of one of the original wine brands in the Douro, this bold wine offers great tannins and structure along with the ripe black fruits. Balanced and generous, it is developing quickly. Drink from 2019." 90pts WE

Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014, OR, $27.99

Puech Haut "Prestige" 2014, Languedoc, France, $22.99
"A terrific value, the 2014 Languedoc Cuvee Prestige checks in as a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah that's brought up all in tank. It has tons of Mediterranean character in its sweet dark fruits, lavender, damp earth and peppery herb-laced bouquet. This gives way to a full-bodied, sexy, layered 2014 that has plenty of fruit, fine tannin and a hedonistic style that's just hard to resist. It's another outstanding vintage for this cuvee that's well worth a multi-bottle purchase. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years." 91pts WA

Moulin de Duhart Pauillac 2011, Bordeaux, France, $61.99

Zenato "Ripassa" Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2012, Veneto, Italy, $31.99
Not yet rated; previos vintage 90pts WS

Thanks for reading. We hope to see you soon.

Lisa, Darrin, Tony, Patti, Amanda, Doug, Brad, Anna, and Mckinzie 

Key: WA=Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, WS=The Wine Spectator, IWC=Steven Tanzer's Old Publication, WE=Wine Enthusiast, V=Vinous (Galloni & Tanzer), North Loop Staff: LI=Lisa, TD=Tony, DM=Darrin, PG=Patti, DH=Doug

North Loop Wine and Spirits
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401