Thursday, May 19th, 2022
Basement Classes are BACK!

This week: We are happy to announce our collaboration with 6oz Pour and the re-opening of our basement for events and classes. It's been over TWO YEARS since we've been able to invite you to our cellar, and we're overjoyed to finally have you back!
Sooo many LOCAL products on our spirit shelves to try!
Come in to shop the wide variety of Minneapolis / Minnesota libations.

A few of our favorites shown below...
Our 1st class back in the basement:

Introduction to Wine: Vineyards, Varietals, and Vintages

Tuesday, May 24, 7 - 9 pm

Please join us at North Loop Wine & Spirits for the 6oz Pour flagship Introduction to Wine class - Vineyards, Varietals, and Vintages.
This tasting is perfect for novices, yet has enough stuffing to make it fun and engaging for all levels of wine knowledge. We'll focus on classic examples from some of the world’s most celebrated wine regions. By the end of the tasting you’ll have the tools to help describe what’s in your glass, as well as an understanding of what makes many of the world's
most famous wine regions so incredible.

$55 per Ticket
Includes 20% off your purchase of any wine that evening!

We hope to see you here next Tuesday.
Register by clicking the link below.

-Friday Tasting Table-

Join us for a free wine tasting this Friday - led by Shar of Bourget Imports!
A Taste of Sicily: Wines of Gulfi Dinner at Monello
Wednesday, May 25 at 6:00 pm

This 6 course dinner at Monello showcases wines from acclaimed Italian producer Gufi, a Sicilian wine producer focused on maintaining Roman traditions and indigenous Sicilian varieties.

The wines showcased will be available for purchase from North Loop Wine & Spirits and available for pickup following the event.


-Cocktail Of The Week-
Mint Julep

The drink of the South. Also the Kentucky Derby, which I don't really follow, so I think it has already passed. Anyways, the Mint Julep is a great hot weather drink that gives you a fresh mint bouquet, a sweetness and a little kick of bourbon to get you going.

2.5 oz Bourbon
.25 oz Simple Syrup
1 White Sugar Cube
handful of mint
First add 15 mint leaves to the Julep glass. Lightly muddle and rub leaves on the side of the glass, add all other ingredients and lightly break up the sugar cube not bruising the mint. Add 3/4 of the glass full of crushed ice. Then swizzle with your bar spoons to mix ice, mint and everything. Then top with crushed ice, garnish with a couple mint sprigs and enjoy.

Fun New Items This Week!

New Beers/Seltzers!
Alaskan Island Ale ($9.99)
Bad Weather Golden Bramble ($12.49)
Rush River Lemon Honey Shandy ($10.99)
Indeed Aqua Fuzz ($14.99)
Fulton Night Swim ($14.99)

New Spirits!
Tumblin Dice Bourbon ($41.99)
Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Rye ($104.99)
The Senator Barrel Proof 6yr Rye ($84.99)
The Representative Barrel Proof 4yr Bourbon ($54.99)
Cedar Ridge Straight Rye ($42.99)
Cragganmore 12yr Single Malt Scotch ($55.99)
Cedar Ridge Bourbon ($36.99)
New Wines!
2021 Domaine Les Mesclances Charmes Rosé ($21.99)
2021 Chateau Soucherie Rosé de Loire ($28.99)
2021 Peyrassol 'Les Commandeurs' Rosé ($32.99)
2021 La Patience Rosé ($16.99)
2021 Corzano E Faterno Il Corzanello Rosato ($21.99)
2021 Tenuta Roveglia Miti Chiaretto Rosé ($22.99)
2019 Eduardo Torres Acosta 'Versante Nord' Nerello Mascalese ($39.99)
2019 Tascante 'Ghiaia Nera' Etna Rosso ($24.99)
2020 Lena Filliatreau Saumur Blanc ($24.99)
2018 Domaine George Vernay 'Coteau De Vernon' Condrieu ($249.99)
2019 Bouchard Pere & Fils Santenay ($42.99)
2021 Riff Pinot Grigio ($16.99)
2012 Korta Katarina Plavac Mali ($32.99)
2018 Maidenstoen Wirz Vineyard Riesling ($25.99)
2018 Friedrich Becker Pinot Noir ($27.99)
2021 Gulp Hablo Orange Wine ($22.99)
2019 Mesquida Mora Sincronia Bianco ($22.99)
2018 Mesquida Mora Sincronia Tinto ($22.99)
2019 Viticola Sileo Montsant ($25.99)
2018 Akutain Crianza Rioja ($29.99)
Staff Picks: What to Drink This Week
Things our staff thinks you should consider trying!

2021 De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay - $24.99
The De Wetshof family has been making Chardonnay in the Robertson Region in South Africa since the early 70's. The Limestone Hill Chardonnay gets its name from the limestone rich soils it hails from. For me this Chardonnay is always one of the greatest unoaked Chardonnays available in the market showing great balance and finesse. Chablis lovers take note! The aromas consist of apple and melon. The palate shows refreshing mineral and tropical fruit with an elegant finish. This wine would make a great summertime aperitif or pairing with grilled lemon chicken.

2021 Gavoty La Cigale Rose, Vin du Pays du Var, France - $21.99
 Roselyn Gavoty is the eighth generation of Gavoty to helm her family’s estate since her family acquired it in 1806. Domaine Gavoty encompasses 50 hectares of vines on a Roman-era farm in the commune of Cabasse, in the south of France. Rosé from Provence (and anywhere, really) can fall into two categories; "patio pounders" as we lovingly refer to them in the wine business, and serious rosé. Gavoty’s are first and foremost wines—refreshing, thought provoking, with notably gorgeous textures. In fact, Roselyn considers texture to be the most important element in great Côtes de Provence rosé, and her wines uniformly hit bullseyes in that department. Roughly equal proportions of Grenache and Cinsault, with a small amount of Carignan and a splash of Syrah, “La Cigale” (named for the ubiquitous cicadas that populate the region) is charmingly juicy yet salty and dry, with nice length. This is a thinker and a drinker!

2019 Dandelion Vineyards 'Menagerie of the Barossa' Red Blend - $27.99
This red blend is sustainably farmed in the Barossa region of Australia. Comprised of 70% Grenache, 20% Shiraz and 5% Mataro, the 'Menagerie of the Barossa' is a powerhouse begging for an invitation to your next cook-out. Aged for 14 months in neutral French Oak and left unfined/unfiltered, this wine is smooth yet structured — without being overpowering! On the nose you'll find notes of black cherry and red plums, dipped in dark chocolate, and topped with a sprinkling of fines herbes. Upon tasting, the characteristics of the wine morph into something more savory, with smoked meat and charred rose petal coalescing with notes of ripe bing cherry and tobacco. This wine would be best enjoyed served with pepper-laden barbeque on a hot summer afternoon.

2020 Antonelli 'Baiocco' Sangiovese, Umbria - $17.99
Antonelli San Marco has been in the same family since the 1880s. They employ full organic viniculture and only native grape varietals are grown on their estate vineyard. Their winery is near the Umbrian town of Montefalco and they make some amazing Sagrantinos of Monefalco DOCG that are gigantic beasts and justly famous for it. The Sangrantinos are definitely worth the expense but, ideally, need a lot of air and/or years to properly enjoy. Their Sangiovese 'Baiocco', on the other hand, is much more approachable to drink now and is certainly easier on the pocketbook. We tend to think of Tuscany when it comes to Sangiovese but in the traditionally more rural and agricultural region of Umbria Sangiovese has also always been a staple for the local tables. Umbria was for centuries an integral part of the Papal States and much more conservative than the rarified dazzle of neighboring Tuscany. Antonelli pays homage to this history with the name they give this wine and the central image on the label. 'Baiocco' was an ancient coin of the Papal States. The grapes are hand harvested from their vineyards, rich in clay and limestone soils. They designed an underground gravity flow system in their winery to keep the fruit cool and eliminate the need for any harsh pumping. Fermentation is with native yeasts on the skins. As the wine is then aged for 12 months in stainless steel, seeing no oak, it is all about the fruit and soil of Umbria! Fruity and floral aromas extend to a fresh and lively palate of cherry touched with a dash of earth and spice. It is lifted by a pleasing acidity for a lovely and satisfying finish. This wine will be a good match with thin sliced prosciutto and medium-aged pecorino cheese.

2021 Red Car Rosé of Pinot Noir - $27.99
Red Car as a producer is committed to presenting focused and finely crafted wines that show place and quality in a very direct way. Their rosé of Pinot Noir is a highlight of rosé season and 2021 is now available. This years addition is trending a bit more toward grapefruit, minerality and floral overtones then some of the overt red fruit notes of past years, so far. Generally, this wine tends to unwind and blossom a bit with time but it already shows a gentle complexity and precision with a long satisfying finish.

VERY IMPORTANT: Furry Friends Who Visited This Week
Cheers everyone!
-The Team at North Loop Wine & Spirits