Inbound's 7th annual Nershfest Music Festival is this Saturday! Its a free event, from 2pm until 10pm in their taproom. Expect a stellar music lineup, food trucks, and lots of great beer (obviously). Nershi Nectar, a small batch hazy-hoppy wheat beer made especially for the fest, will hit our shelves tomorrow - exclusively available right here in our shop!

 The Vikings are in town , playing at 7pm this Sunday. If you've already worn a flannel shirt this month (not judging), you should probably also be among the first to pick up some fall beers and some Downeast Pumpkin Cider. Surly Oktoberfest is in stock, as well as Ayinger, Paulaner, Hofbrau and more.

We were blessed with a special drop of whiskies last week - Willett 4yr Rare Release Rye, Noah's Mill, and Rowan's Creek are all chillin' behind the counter waiting for a lucky few. Willett Potsill Reserve (in 750ml and 1.75L) are both back in stock as well.

Save the Dates!
Grand Tasting Sunday September 29 is the big day for our tasting in the basement - mark your calendars! We will release tickets via Eventbrite next week, so be on the lookout! For those new to the basement tastings: We do this twice a year. Our favorite vendors each get a table to pour and talk about their favorite wines. There are about 6 tables and 45 wines. Its a great chance to sip, learn, and find some new faves.

Wednesday October 16 : Cognac & Blues Class with Matthew Skoller of Family Tradition Cognac, an import company focused on artisanal, family made spirits from the Cognac region in a market dominated by big name, industrially made labels. We'll also feature some other craft spirits and liqueurs represented by this famous Chicago based harmonica player. Tickets available soon.
Friday's Wine Tasting 4-8PM with Peter Fontaine of Rue 38

  • Domaine Paterianakis, Assyrtiko
  • Reva, Langhe Bianco
  • Famiglia Castellani, Pinot Grigio
  • Friends Wine, Kakheti Ahmentis Mtsvane Dry White
  • Domaine Julien Cecillon, Syrah Les Graviers
  • Matsu Rioja Reserva
  • Gianatti Giorgio, Valtellina Superiore

Saturday's Wine Tasting 3-7PM
We are still finalizing the line up for Saturday but we'll have some great wine to taste!
Please check our Facebook posts prior to the tastings. 

As always, all tasting table wines are 10% off!!
Doug's Pick

2016 P. S. Garcia, Bravado - $23.99

In the world of wine, countries often become synonymous with certain wines or styles of wine. Australia went through it with Shiraz, Argentina with Malbec, and Chile with Carmenere but did you know there is something very cool afoot in this sliver of a country on the Eastern edge of Patagonia? The MOVI movement is a group of independent vintners who are making some incredibly stunning wines, from sustainably farmed red blends to 100% old vine Carignans. This wine from P. S. Garcia is a blend of Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Petit Verdot. It's got grip, elegance, a touch of funk and most importantly, an expression of somewhereness. I'd say pair this with something off the grill!
Madison's Pick

2017 Gilbert Picq Chablis - $36.99

Great Chablis from humble vineyards, making a case that it isn't all about the premier and grand crus. This is clean, pure, classic unoaked Chablis from a small family farm. This is their "basic" Chablis - definitely one of the best village level Chablis in this market. Its a great bottle show up to dinner at a friends house with. I'd also recommend just drinking it by yourself and not sharing with anyone. Its pretty delicious.
Patti's Pick

2017 Domaine de Pallus 'Messanges' Chinon - $21.99

Factoid: 'Messanges' is an old Loire Valley name for Cabernet Franc. Messanges Cuvee is a selection from the younger vines planted on the silica-laced soil of Domain de Pallus in Chinon. Energetic and fresh while being true to a classic style, this wine ticks all the boxes. Bright cherry, tobacco, cedar, and dried herbs find harmony on your palate. Bring this home and pair it with a charcuterie board or if you are feeling ambitious maybe a duck dish or a mushroom duxelle tart. Et Voila, parfait!
Patrick's Pick

2018 Kendall-Jackson 'Avant' Unoaked Chardonnay - $17.99

This chardonnay is sourced from cool coastal vineyards in Monterrey, Santa Barbara, and Mendocino Counties. The attributes of all 3 vineyards and cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks allow the chardonnay grape to speak for itself with crisp apple notes, fresh pineapple, and lemony citrus and minerality flowing from a light aromatic nose of wild flowers, pear, and lemon.
This refreshing chardonnay pairs beautifully with grilled chicken pasta in a lemon butter sauce. If you are a bit tired of heavy oak and butter California chardonnay, you will love this change of pace. Enjoy!
David's Pick

2018 Paetra Rose of Pinot Noir - $24.99

If your not familiar with Paetra wines, it is the brain child of Bill Hooper. Bill took an unusual path to winemaking by working in wine retail and wholesale in the Minneapolis market eventually studying winemaking in Germany and then settling in Oregon to make beautiful dry and elegant Rieslings. 

In addition to Riesling he also works with other white varieties and Pinot Noir.
This brings us to his rose of Pinot Noir. This is an intentional made rose. Its full of crisp, clean red fruit and striking minerality. The flavors evolve and change with time and air. It is every bit as refreshing as most rose but also rewards contemplation.

Paetra wines exemplify what can be accomplished with passion and an attention to detail and have a unique local conection we can be proud of.

2018 Lorenza California Rose
2017 Dopf & Irion Alsace Blanc
2017 Bichi 'No Sapiens' Red Blend Mexico
2017 4 Monos Blanco Canary Islands
2017 4 Monos Tinto Canary Islands
2018 Dolores Cabrera Rosado Canary Islands
2016 Dolores Cabrera "La Araucaria" Canary Islands
2016 Adegas Guimaro Blanco Ribeira Sacra
2012 Lagerla Rosso di Montalcino
17-XI Buil & Gine Montsant
2017 Kosta Browne 116 Russian River Chardonnay
2017 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2017 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Doctor Bird Jamaican Rum

...... and more!
We are turning over the Tuesday Tasting Table
to some of our local brewers.

Tuesday August 20th: Staff Selections
Tuesday August 27th: Insight Brewing
Tuesday September 3rd: Staff Selections
Tuesday September 10: Lakes and Legends

Thanks for Voting!
Voting is now closed for the 2019 Twin Cities Wine Awards. Thanks to those who put in their votes. The winners are announced on August 17 at the Black Dog Lowertown at 7pm. Entrance is free (just buy a glass of wine). Come out and cheer on our local wine community!!