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Lots to be excited about this weekend!!
Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, AND our big Italian Wine Tasting in the basement (all very good reasons to drink). There are still tickets available for the big tasting. Bonus: all wines from the tasting will be 20% off for everyone attending!!
And remember: Cinco de Mayo isn't all about beer and margaritas. We have some beautiful Mexican wines on the shelf here.

UPCOMING EVENTS
THIS WEEKEND!!!

WHEN : Sunday, May 5th at 1:30pm
If you are reading this, we will open the doors at 1:00 pm.
WHERE: The North Loop Wine and Spirits Cellar Space
WHAT : A Walk-Around Wine Tasting with 40+ Wines with great Italian Producers in person!!


Weekend Festivities: Derby Day and Cinco De Mayo
We've got your drinking needs covered. For Saturday, we've got around 200 American whiskeys to pick from, including 80+ bourbon.
For Sunday's fiestas, there's more than enough Mexican beers here to go around plus some delicious Mexican bubbles and a crisp refreshing white blend, both from Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California.
Margaritas on the menu? We have all you need to make your own: shake 1 1/2oz tequila, 3/4oz lime juice, 3/4oz cointreau (or other orange liqueur), 1/4oz agave syrup, and pour over ice. .. or just pick up a mix, that's easy too.
and we have the usual assortment of Mexican beers!!
THE WEEKEND TASTING LINEUP
We are still finalizing the line up and we PROMISE you that they will be great bottles of wine. Please check our facebook post Friday at Noon.
and Yes, there will be a secret sipper on both days!

Friday's Tasting: 4PM UNTIL 8PM
Saturday's Tasting: 3PM UNTIL 7PM


STAFF PICKS:
Dave's :

Ottella 'Le Creete', Lugana, 2017 $21.99

Spring wine picks phase two: This smile inducing, warm weather white hits hard with a one-two punch of ripe orchard fruits in the mid palate and zesty citrus in the finish. Long thought to be a clone of Trebbiano, the grape here is actually Verdicchio but it's Verdicchio taken to the heights of expressiveness. The 'Le Creete' bottling comes from a small plot of chalky soil. Intensity and precision are achieved through a late, hand harvest and some brief skin contact. I officially declare it pool and patio ready.


Doug's :

Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly, Beaujolais 2017, $33.99

Every month our Beaujolais section seems to grow just a little bit wider and just little bit deeper and since it is one of my favorite regions, I'd like to thank all of you who are buying this juice and making this happen. This Cote de Brouilly is structured with bright acid and sharp minerality while still being highly aromatic, singing with the aromas of violets and cherries. This is an age worthy wine and with a bit of a decant can become very expressive. 

Patrick's :

La Rioja Alta, Vina Alberdi, Reserva 2013, $24.99

This 2013 Rioja opens with clean and bright aromas of wild berries that lead to flavor notes of vanilla, toasted caramel, and ground coffee beans, supported by friendly tannins for a long finish. This is a real bargain for a reserva from the very desirable Rioja Alta. From 3 of their vineyards, the Tempranillo grapes are hand-picked and gently aged for 2 years in American oak.
A very versatile wine for food pairing, I'd match this with BBQ pork ribs grilled lakeside!

Madison's :

Dominio di Bagnoli, Friularo di Bagnoli Classico 2015, $25.99

Usually just a few things come to mind when we think of the Veneto: pinot grigio, Prosecco, Valpolicella, Amarone. One of the wonderful (and headachingly complex) things about Italy is that there are stones to be upturned everywhere. Dominio di Bagnoli is the producer, specializing in the Friularo grape, which is also known as Rabaso Piave. This is obscure and delicious.. red fruit, abundant spice, a trace of salinity from the nearby Adriatic, with finely balanced acid and tannin. 

Quin's :

Jim Barry 'The Cover Drive; Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawara, 2015
$21.99
With a name referencing the historic cricket grounds upon which the vineyards are planted, this classic South Australian Cab is made with simple winemaking methods that let the terroir shine. Aromas of dark fruit and savory herbs are complimented by a palate highlighted by blackberry and tobacco. Medium-full body, lifted acidity, and firm tannins complete the package. Ideal paired with grilling season and nights around a campfire.

NEW ARRIVALS!

2016 Ampelaia 'Kepos di Ampelaia'
2017 Ampelaia 'Bianco di Ampelaia'
2018 Antonelli Montefalco Grechetto
2015 Dominio di Bagnoli Friularo
2017 Gran Sasso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
2017 Domaine Rostaing 'La Bonnette' Condrieu
2016 Domaine de Piaugier Sablet Cotes-du-Rhone Villages
2015 Domaine M. Boutin Rasteau Cotes-du-Rhone Villages
2016 Chateau de Petit Thouars 'Les Georges' Chinon
2017 Zahel 'Orange T' Orangetraube
2018 Huia Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
2018 Field Recordings "Freddo"
2015 Ada Nada 'Valeirano' Barbaresco
Belle Meade Madeira Cask
Flor de Desierto Sotol
...... and 45+ new Italian wines coming in for Sunday's tasting!



Stay safe and make good (drinking) choices this weekend.
Stay tuned as we have additional wine makers visiting us in June!! More to follow next week!