If you know someone who would appreciate a special bottle (or two) as a holiday gift, we've got you covered with some rare gems sure to satisfy that person who has everything. We've also thrown in many suggestions for high-quality wines that are super affordable. This will also be another busy weekend of tastings with great values and special goodies alike. Read on for the details.
Tastings & Events

Free Wine Tastings:

Thursday's (Tonight) Free Wine Tasting 4:00-7:00
With guest pourer David of Breakthru Beverage
Gruet Blanc de Blancs, New Mexico
Browne Family Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington
Casillero del Diablo Red, Chile
La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma, California
Dry Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, CA

Friday's Free Wine Tasting 4:00-8:00
With guest pourer Tom from New France Distributing
Tintero Moscato d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Huber Riesling (Dry) Terrassen, Austria
Tikal Patriota, Argentina
Ferraton Crozez Hermitage "Matinerie", Rhone, France
Montoya Zinfandel, California
Vajra "Albe" Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

Saturday's Free Wine Tasting 3:00-7:00
With guest pourer Pat from Grape Beginnings
Zardetto Zeta Prosecco
Rudi West Mosel Riesling
Beauregard Pouilly Fume
Paul Hobbs "Crossbarn" Pinot Noir
Blackbird "Block 9" Napa Red
Mollydooker "The Boxer" Shiraz

Great Wines for Sipping, Sharing or "Gifting"
We wanted to share this list of what we feel are some of the greatest wines and wine values in the store. Many of these items are quite limited and will be sold first come, first served. For those of you seeing this in color, White Wines are in Green and Rose Wines are in Red.

Wine, Region, Press... Reg.  Sale
Under $30 - Affordable Enough For People You Even Just Sorta Like
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand, 90pt WS
35.99 27.99
Sidebar Sauvignon Blanc 2015, High Valley, CA, 91pts & Top 100 -WS 21.99
J Christopher Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013, 90pts WE 34.99 27.99
Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo 2014, Campania, Italy, 92pts JS 35.99 29.99
Perraud "Clisson" (Muscadet) 2012, Loire, France, Staff Pick! 25.99
Roche de Belline Savigny les Beaune VV 2014, Burgundy, 90pts WS 34.99 29.99
Bourgogne-Devaux Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2015, Burgundy, Staff Pick! 33.99 27.99
Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011, Spain, 92pts JS 24.99 19.99
La Rioja Alta "Vina Alberdi" Reserva 2010, Spain, 95pts JS 23.99
Palacios "Petalos" Bierzo 2014, Spain, 93pts WA 23.99 21.99
Tooth And Nail "The Fiend" 2012, Paso Robles, CA, (Malbec/Syrah) 24.99 19.99
Fog Dog (by Joseph Phelps) Pinot Noir 2012, Sonoma Coast, Staff Pick 29.99 25.99
Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Red Hills, CA, 92pts WA 32.99
Marietta "Arme" Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, North Coast, CA, 92pts V 26.99
Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2014, Italy, Staff Pick! 29.99
Castellare Chianti Classico 2015, Tucany, Italy, 90pts WA & WS 25.99
Masi "Campofiorin" 2013, Verona, Italy, 90pts WA 21.99 16.99
Argiolas Costera Cannonau (Grenache) 2014, Sardegna, Italy, Staff Pick 19.99 17.99
Cusumano Nero d'Avola 2015, Sicily, Italy 15.99 10.99
Lafage Cuvee Nicolas Grenache 2014, Roussillon, France, 92pts WA 15.99
Saint Roch "Kerbuccio" 2014, Maury Sec, France, 90-93pts WA 22.99 19.99
Lafage Cuvee Centenaire Blanc 2015, Roussillon, France, 90-92pts WA 15.99
Lafond Lirac Blanc 2015, Rhone, France, 90pts WA 20.99
La Manarine Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2015, France, Staff Pick! 19.99
Shooting Star Chardonnay 2016, Mendocino, CA, Staff Pick! 14.99
Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccionada 2014, Portugal, 90pts & Top 100 -WS 12.99
Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Chile, 92pts JS 10.99
Barahonda Carro Tinto 2014, Yecla, Spain (Monastrell Blend), 90pts WA 16.99 10.99
$30 - $50 - Wines For People You Enjoy Meeting OUT For Drinks
Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa, CA, 92pts JS 43.99 35.99
Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon "Napa" 2013, CA, 93pts JS 45.99 39.99
Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon "Napa" 2014, 90pts WA 59.99 46.99
Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon "Napa" 2015 38.99
Van Duzer Pinot Noir "Homestead Block" 2013, Willamette, OR 65.99 32.99
Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Reserve 2012, Dundee, OR, 91pts WA 41.99 34.99
Gramercy Syrah 2012, Columbia Valley, WA, 93pts WA 44.99
Marcarini Barolo "Brunate" 2011, Piedmont, Italy, 94pts JS 69.99 36.99
Pallieres Gigondas "Terrasse Diable" 2013, Rhone, France, 90pts WS 53.99 45.99
Acheval Ferrer "Quimera" (Malbec/Cab Franc) 2012, Mendoza, 93pt JS 39.99 32.99
Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Russian River, 90pts WA 42.99
Terlan "Winkl" Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Alto Adige, Italy, Staff Pick! 42.99 35.99
Huet Vouvray "Cotes du Bourg" Sec 2014, Loire, France, 94+pts WA 38.99
Huet Vouvray "Cotes du Bourg" Demi Sec 2015, Loire, France, 95pts WA 55.99 42.99
Keenan Chardonnay Spring Mountain 2014, Napa, 90pts WE 38.99
Vieux Telegraph Chateauneuf du Pape 2012, 375ml, Rhone, 94pts WS 47.99 32.99
Ridge Lytton Springs 2015, Sonoma (Zin, Petite Sirah, Carignane) 94pt V 47.99
Ridge Geyserville 2015, Sonoma, 50th Anniversary, Not yet rated 47.99
Cain Cuvee NV11, Napa, CA, Staff Pick! 32.99
Crossbarn Pinot Noir (by Paul Hobbs) 2014, Sonoma Coast, 92pts WA 31.99
Gilles Troullier "Tandem" Cotes du Roussillon 2014, France, 94pts WA 31.99
$50 - $75 - Wines For Your Favorite Co-Workers
Tempier Bandol Rouge 2014, Provence, France, 93pts WA 52.99
Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012, 93pts WA 52.99
Orin Swift "Papillon" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa, 95pts WA 64.99
Calera Pinot Noir "Ryan" 2012, Mt. Harlan, CA, 94pts WA 59.99
Elk Cove Pinot Noir "Mt. Richmond" 2014, Willamette, OR, 93pts WS 55.99
Carlisle "Mancini Ranch" Zinfandel 2015, Russian River, CA, 90pts WA 57.99
Bila Haut "Occultum Lapidem" 2014, France, 1.5 Liter, 92pts WA 79.99 64.99
Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2012, Tuscany, 96pts JS 59.99 52.99
La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 2010, Tuscany, Italy, 94+pts WA 69.99
Farina Amarone della Valpolicella 2013, Veneto, Italy, Staff Pick! 54.99
Boglietti Barolo "Fossati" 2008, Piedmont, Italy, 92pts Tanzer 89.99 67.99
Yalumba "Signature" Cab/Shiraz 2012, Barossa, Australia, 95pts WA 59.99
Newton Chardonnay Unfiltered 2013, Napa, CA, 94pts WA 59.99
Mount Eden Chardonnay 2011, Santa Cruz Mtn, CA, 95pts WS 69.99
William Fevre Chablis "Fourchaume" 1er Cru, France, 90-92pts WA 59.99
Elena Walch "Beyond The Clouds" (Chardonnay Blend), Italy, 91pt WS 64.99
Domaine Ott "Chateau Romassan" Bandol Rose 2016, France, 93pt WE 59.99
Domaine Ott "Chat de Selle" Provence Rose 2016, France, 92pts WE 59.99
Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir "San Andreas Fault" 2011, 90pts Tanzer 74.99 64.99
Hirsch Vineyard Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013, Staff Pick! 79.99 69.99
$75 - $100 - Wines For People Who Are O.K. To Stop By Unannounced
Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2014, Rhone, France, 94pts WA 104.99 92.99
Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon "GEO" 2013, Coombsville/Napa, 92pts V 86.99
Calera Pinot Noir "Jensen" 2013, Mt. Harlan, CA, 96pts WE 99.99
Domaine Serene Pinot Noir "Evenstad" 2014, Willamette, OR, 95pts JS 79.99
G.D. Vajra Bricco delle Viole 2010, Piedmont, Italy, 93pts WS 94.99
Ferraton Cornas "Les Eygats" 2015, Rhone, France, 95-97pts WA 79.99
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2011, Tuscany, Italy, 95pts WA 94.99 79.99
Isole e Olena "Cepparello" 2013, Tuscany, Italy, 97pts WA 87.99
Paul Hobbs "Edward James Estate" Chardonnay 2014, 97pts JS 84.99
Vega Sicilia "Alion" Ribera del Duero 2009, Spain, 93pts WA 99.99 77.99
Bouchard Meursault "Les Clous" 2015, Burgundy, France, 92pts WS 78.99
Rolet "Etoile" Chardonnay 2001, Jura, France, 1.5 Liter, Staff Pick! 88.99
Jean Bourdy Galant des Abbesses (Dessert White), Jura, Staff Pick! 99.99
Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port 2013, Portugal, 95pts WA 78.99
Leonetti Merlot 2011, Walla Walla, Washington, 93pts WA 99.99
Sea Smoke Chardonnay Estate 2014, Sta. Rita Hills, CA, 93pts WE 99.99
Sea Smoke Pinot Noir "Southing" 2015, Sta. Rita Hills, CA 84.99
Over $100 - Wines For People You'd Happily Pick-Up At The Airport
Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2012, 96+pts WA 169.99
Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, 96pts & #2 in Top 100 -WS 235.99
Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, 100pts WA 234.99
Barnett Cabernet Sauvignon "Rattlesnake" 2012, 96pts WA 199.99
Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon "Reserve" 2013, 95pts WA 169.99
Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Estate 2013, 94pts WS 137.99
Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, 94pts WA 121.99
Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, 93+pts WA 119.99
Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon "Hillside Select" 2012, 100pts WA 249.99
Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, 99pts WA 214.99
Duckhorn Merlot "Three Palms" 2014, Napa, 95pts & #1 of Top 100 -WS 117.99
Bila Haut V.I.T. Roussillon 2011, France, 96pts WA 119.99
Vietti Barolo Brunate 2012, Piedmont, Italy, 95pts WA 199.99
Ornellaia Bolgheri 2011, Tuscany, Italy, 96pts & Top 100 -WS 249.99
Sassicaia Bolgheri 2013, Tuscany, Italy, 98pts JS & WE, 97pts WA 263.99
La Massa Giorgio Primo 2013, Tuscany, Italy, 97pts WA 103.99
Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2011, Tuscany, 96pts WA 159.99
Lopez Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva "Tondonia" 1995, Spain, 97pts WA 133.99
Vega Sicilia Ribera del Duero "Valbuena" 2004, Spain, 94pts WA 224.99 164.99
Georges de Vogue Musigny 2010, Burgundy, France, 96pts WA 999.99
Georges de Vogue Musigny 2011, Burgundy, France, 92pts WA 699.99
Georges de Vogue Bonnes Marres 2009, Burgundy, France, 96pts WA 514.99
Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012, 99 pts WA 1099.99

Thanks for reading. We hope to see you soon.

The North Loop Wine & Spirits Team

Key: WA=Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, WS=The Wine Spectator, V=Vinous, JS=James Suckling, WE=Wine Enthusiast; North Loop Staff: LI=Lisa, TD=Tony, DM=Darrin, PG=Patti, MP=Madison, ER=Emily

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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

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