It is another busy week around here with many new arrivals and some significant events. But once again we've run short on time to relay all the details, so here goes our best effort...

Friday's Free Wine Tasting, 4:00-8:00
Broadbent Vinho Verde, Portugal
Salvard "Unique" Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley, France
Le Pive "Gris" Rose, France
By Ott Provence Rose, France
Prisma Pinot Noir, Chile
Crocus Cahors (Malbec), France

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

From Punk Rock to Vino: A Night with Chris Osgood
Tuesday, April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, In Our Cellar, $33.00/person
This event is presented by our good friend Jason Kallsen through Twin Cities Wine Education. 
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While Chris is best known as the lead guitarist for the Suicide Commandos (new album drops on May 5th!), the punk rock power trio of the Twin Cities in the 1970's and 80's, he is also highly regarded as an importer of incredible wines from southwestern France.

In this unique class, we will hear the stories of how Chris entered the wine world and why he focuses on this relatively obscure corner of France. Special emphasis will be put on the Malbec grape and it's spiritual home in the region of Cahors.

We will taste through a wide variety of wines that Chris imports while he fields any questions you might have about punk rock, the music industry, or why Jurancon as a wine region is the best place to visit in all of Europe. Additionally, you'll learn about Chris' property in France ... and details on renting it!

Save The Date - Monday, May 22nd
The Napa Valley Wines of Robert Mondavi
With Vice President and GM of Napa Operations, Glenn Workman
More details to follow in next week's newsletter.

New Arrivals & Deals


Dom Diogo Vinho Verde "Azal" 2015, Portugal, $13.99
"Every year, more and more dandy Portuguese wines flow into Tundraland. One of my favorites on the white side is the Dom Diogo Azal Vinho Verde 2015, possessed of a beguiling floral/fruit nose, intense but refreshing citrus and stone fruit and a clean, lean finish. It's unusual for a wine to be made from 100 percent azal grapes, but it shouldn't be, at least based on how great this wine is. Pairing options: ceviche, spring salads, green veggies, roast chicken." -Bill Ward, Star Tribune

Broadbent Vihno Verde, Portugal, $11.99

Salvard "Unique" Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley, France, $18.99


By Ott 2016, Provence, France, $24.99
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah

Mathilde Chapoutier 2016, Provence, France, $24.99
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle

Tournon Mathilda 2016, Victoria, Australia, $16.99
100% Grenache

IBY Blaufrankish 2016, Austria, $16.99

Boya Pinot Noir 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile, $17.99

Calcada Vinho Verde 2016, Portugal, $11.99

Graham Beck "The Gorgeous" Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2016, South Africa, $15.99

Vina Zorzal Garnacha 2016, $11.99

Pamplemousse Rose with Grapefruit, $10.99
Featured in City Pages this week.

Le Pive "Gris" 2016, France, $16.99
Grenache Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Noir

Ferme du Gicon 2016, Rhone, France, $11.99

Hecht & Bannier 2016, Provence, France, $19.99
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle

Chapoutier "Belleruche" 2016, Rhone, France, $12.99
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah


Prisma Pinot Noir 2015, Casablanca Valley, Chile, $16.99

Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso 2014, Piedmont, Italy, $19.99

Shinas Estate "The Verdict" Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Australia, $27.99

Luigi Einaudi (Dolcetto di) Dogliani 2013, Piedmont, Italy, $26.99
Not yet rated; previous vintage 90pts Vinous.

Trinity Hill Pinot Noir 2015, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, $16.99

Dessert Wines***************************************************

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2012, Douro, Portugal, $119.99
"This is a blend of Touriga Nacional 70%, Touriga Franca 25 % and Tinto Cão 5%, which was aged for 18 months in wood and comes in with just 89 grams per liter of residual sugar. This has become more intense and more impressive, closing down a bit since I first saw it. It may not have quite the underlying concentration and focus of the 2011 (also reviewed), but it is a much fresher and more lifted Port, with fine fruit front-and-center. It simply seems more invigorating, more gloriously alive. I wouldn't be surprised if many like it better right now than the 2011--although that won't likely be the answer 25 years from now. It otherwise retains the style of all of Noval's wines here--elegant in the mid-palate, more focused on aging than lushness and sweetness. It certainly seems quite brilliant for the year. Originally, I was afraid I might have overrated it as it was so exuberant and showed so well nearer to release. Now, I'd be more likely to question whether I'm underrating it." 94pts WA
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