YOUR WEEKLY NEWS & UPDATES
Weekend Festivities:
Celebrating 10 Years as North Loop Wine & Spirits!
Wednesday May 14th marks our 10 year anniversary. 10 years of fine wine, spirits, and beer here in the North Loop. Thank you to all of our customers for your business and support, year after year.

THE NORTH LOOP CRAWL - THIS SATURDAY MAY 18TH: The North Loop Crawl is on from 10am to 6pm, celebrating spring and our local businesses. 20+ businesses participating, and we are one of them! We will have special tastings all day, starting at noon, with discounts on tasting bottles. Pick up a passport at your first stop and cruise by for some tasting, shopping, and a stamp. Fully stamped passports are entered into a raffle at the after party. Find more information on the North Loop Spring Crawl here .
SAVE THE DATE: Monday, June 10th: Tasting Event with Giovanni Gaja.
The Gaja Winery was founded in Piedmont in 1859. Now in its 5th generation of family ownership, the Gaja family has holdings in Barolo, Barbaresco, Montalcino, and Bolgheri. Giovanni Gaja will be joining us on the evening of June 10 for a unique education and tasting opportunity. We will have details and tickets by Monday.
BEER, MORE BEER AND SOME CIDER

We are turning over the Tuesday Tasting Table
to some of our local brewers.
Save the dates:
Tuesday, May 14: Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Tuesday, May 21: Utepils Brewing
Tuesday May 28: Pryes Brewing Company
Tuesday June 11: Sociable Ciderworks
Tuesday June 18: Fair State is back for Round 2
Tuesday June 25: Able Seedhouse + Brewery
THE WEEKEND TASTING LINEUP
There's going to be some extra pours with this Saturday for the North Loop Crawl starting with beer at noon!

Friday's Wine Tasting: 4PM UNTIL 8PM
Saturday's Tastings:
Beer from 12pm until 3pm
Wine from 3PM UNTIL 7PM


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 around Noon... and yes, there will be a secret sipper on both days! As always, all tasting table wines are 10% off.
STAFF PICKS FOR THE WEEKEND
Patti's:

Birichino, Besson Vineyard Grenache, 2014 $28.99

The Besson Vineyard is a pre-prohibition grenache vineyard planted in 1910. These are seriously old vines - meaning yields are low and flavor is high. Despite the potential for concentration the winemaker looks for aromatic power vs weight - this is the practiced philosophy and it's realized in this wine. Sap, crystallized ginger, and botanical extracts perfume this delicate but lifted pale red, pinot-like grenache. Although it's lighter in style there is structure and a solid core of fruit. Serve with a slight chill.   
Doug's :

Stolpman Vineyards, La Cuadrilla, 2017 $21.99

This blend of Syrah, Sangiovese and Grenache screams Ballard Canyon. It is powerful, plush and balanced with fantastic acidity. This is a perfect wine for barbequing on these cool Spring evenings. 
Patrick's :

Henri Bourgeois, Sancerre, Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2018 $22.99

From the limestone soils of Sancerre, this Ros é of Pinot Noir has amazing minerality and acidity, for great food pairing, as well as leaving you wanting another glass. But as clean and bright as it is, 3 to 4 months on the lees definitely adds complexity and weight, making this Ros é a wine to be taken very seriously.
Start a great dinner with a charcuterie plate and this wine! You will not be disappointed.
Madison's :

Domaine Labbe, Abymes Vin de Savoie, 2018 $15.99

Savoie is an Alpine region most famous for skiing, cheese, and vermouth and not famous enough for its delicious white wines. Jacquere is the grape, a gently aromatic and refreshing variety indigenous and grown mainly in Savoie. Domaine Labbe farms about 10ha in the commune of Abymes, specializing in this grape. The wines are fresh and pure with a beam of salty minerality and light citrus. Best consumed with cheese fondue, a specialty of the region. 
Quin's :

Willamette Valley Vineyards, Pinot Gris, 2017 $18.99

This fresh, clean Pinot Gris is perfect for late spring and summer sipping. Aromas of citrus and melon lead into a palate driven by apple and pear with even more citrus and bright acidity balancing the experience. The easy drinking nature of this wine makes it a versatile food pairing choice - from salmon or chicken to salads with citrus vinaigrette.
Dave's :

Domaine du Pere Caboche, 'La Petite Caboche' Rosé, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, 2018 $12.99 

Spring wine picks phase three: Now that even the most casual wine drinkers are aware that rose' can be more than a cloying stuck fermentation, we've seen a seasonal rush to get wine on the market earlier and from all corners of the globe. As more and more pink wines come on the market you may ask, "Where are the values?" Well, I'll tell you. This little gem is from an estate owned by the JP Boisson family of Chateauneuf de Pape fame. The nose and body are vibrant with fresh berry flavors and the finish is zippy with just the right amount of Carignan rusticity. Just as Beaujolais was THE expression of the fall harvest in wine for a fading generation of wine drinkers, rose' is THE embodiment of Spring for the current generation and, possibly, generations to come.

NEW ARRIVALS!

Rosé, Rosé, Rosé (we have 100+!)
2018 Bermejos Canary Islands Rosado
2018 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rosé
2018 Pluma Vinho Verde Rosé
2018 La Sangliere Provence Rosé
2018 Flying Solo Languedoc-Roussillon Rosé
2018 Chateau Lamothe 'Miette' Bordeaux Rosé
2018 Marchesini Marcello Chiaretto Classico
2018 Underground Wine Project 'And Why Am I Mr Pink'
2018 Birichino Vin Gris California

Some friends from the Southern Hemisphere..
2016 Catena Zapata 'Whites Stones' Adrianna Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 Bouchon Pais Viejo

A bunch of new goodies from California..
2016 Birichino Saint Georges Zinfandel
2016 Leo Steen Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
2014 Anthill Farms Sonoma Coast Syrah
2017 Big Table Farms Los Carneros Pinot Noir
2018 Gail Wines 'Doris' Sonoma County Red Blend
2017 Stolpman 'La Cuadrilla'

A handful of European favorites...
2016 Cune 'Seleccion des Fincas' Ribera del Duero
2016 Hermann Moser Kremstal Gruner Veltliner
2014 Castello Colle Massari Montecucco Rosso Riserva
2012 Tenuta San Giorgio Ugolforte Brunello di Montalcino

... and one very exciting new amaro addition!
Bigallet China-China
Cheers to another 10 years of serving your wine, beer, and spirit needs! We hope to see everyone out supporting our local businesses for the Spring North Loop Crawl.