Thursday, May 26th, 2022
Let the ceremonious grilling commence!

This week: With the long holiday weekend ahead of us, we have only one thing on our minds — delicious charred foods shared with friends and family. Beer is always a safe option, but this week we explore some of our favorite wines and cocktails to set the party off right!
Garlic Shrimp On The Barbie

We love a texturally weighty rosé option to balance out a bold garlic flavor. Some of our favorites right now include the Pullus Slovenian Rosé ($17.99) and the Tenuta Roveglia Miti Rosato ($22.99). These fruit-forward, yet dry rosés will refresh and delite your palate, guarenteed!
Spicy Tikka Chicken Skewers

When you go wild with your spices, we suggest selecting a wine with a softer acidity as to not exacerbate the effects of chili heat. White wine varietals that are luciously textured and lack of spiky acidity will protect your palate from heat — like a fire-blanket for your taste buds! We love the Janasse Cotes-Du-Rhone Blanc ($26.99) or the Leo Steen Chenin Blanc ($27.99).
Grilled Pork Chops

Successful wine pairings for pork tend to be rich, fleshy, white wines or juicy, less tannic, red wines. Pork by itself is rather neutral. When it's herb-crusted and grilled however, it's deliciously complemented by the freshly red-fruited Venturini Valpolicella ($14.99) or the deliciously honeyed Janvier Sarl Coteaux Du Loire ($24.99). Think of the wine almost as an aditional layer of flavor for your pork chops!
Barbecue Chicken

Sweet, charred, and spiced — a flavor combination that goes down easily with a fruit-forward, warm-climate Chardonnay. We are obsessed with the South African De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay ($24.99). If you're using a spicy bbq sauce, we suggest grabbing an Alsacian Pinot Gris that will add complexity, spice, and a touch of balancing sweetness; try Emile Beyer's Pinot Gris ($31.99).

Juicy burgers call for juicy wines - something light-medium bodied, lower tannin, and fruity will compliment traditional toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion) perfectly. We love these two biodynamic options! Tessier Grenache ($38.99) is a lively red fruited delight, and the Rouge-Bleu Dentelle Rouge ($21.99) is another delicious option with darker black fruit notes and a touch of spice.

If you're bringing red wine for a sausage cook-out, it's advisable to keep it ultra glugable. We love the Chanrion Cote-De-Brouilly ($29.99) for most things grilled, and especially with sausages! Chillable reds, such as Broc Cellars Love Red ($22.99), are a fun 'new world' cool-kid option for easy, light hearted brats or hot dogs.

A wine pairing for steak needs to be big and powerful enough to stand up to the flavorful rich cut of beef. Mouth-watering acidity and plentiful fruit will refresh the palate and prime you for your next decadent bite. La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Rioja Reserva ($28.99) is a a crowd-pleasing classic. Malbec is an ideal option for leaner grass fed steaks, such as the Achaval Ferrer Mendoza Malbec ($27.99). Fat in meat binds to the tannins in red wine, neutralizing them. The fattier the cut of meat, the bigger the red wine it can support!
-Friday Tasting Table-

Join us for a free wine tasting this Friday - led by Tom of New France Wine Company!
Saturday Tasting Table

Beer tastings are back!!!

Come explore the delicious local beers of Falling Knife Brewing Co.
Pinot Noir Club -
An Introduction to Pinot Noir
Wednesday, June 1st, 7-9pm
($75 per ticket)

Join us in our cellar for a delicious evening led by Doug Hultgren of 6oz Pour!
To reserve your seat, click the link below!

-Cocktail Of The Week-
Bimini Special

Introducing our newest obsession — Bimini Coconut Gin! This gin becomes flavored with coconut-goodness from a process called 'fat washing' where coconut oil is infused with the gin, then later strained out — no phony added flavors involved.

2 oz Bimini Coconut Gin
4 oz Coconut Water
0.5 oz Lime Juice
0.5 tsp (to taste) Sugar

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for five seconds. Strain into a Collins or highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Staff Picks: What to Drink This Week
Things our staff thinks you should consider trying!

2020 Emilio Bulfon Sciaglin Venezia Giulia - $21.99
Emilio Bulfon has become a champion in Friuli in the rediscovery and cultivation of ancient Italian varietals, native vines that up to thirty years ago were nearly extinct. Sciaglin (pronounced she-ah-leen) is an authochthonal grape of Friuli-Venezia Giulia known in the hills of Spilimbergo from the 15th century. The origin of the name comes from “schiavolino”, meaning originating from Slavia, land beyond the Julian Alps. According to others it comes from “s'ciale” or “terraces”, that is, the positions at which the grape variety gives the best results. Today this grape is grown only in the area of Pinzano al Tagliamento and Castelnovo del Friuli. White peach and apricot on the nose, some real warmth and spice. Lush apricot, orange skin and melon, delicate salt and thyme, cinnamon and orange oil, grip and vigour. This one demands some food- shellfish or risotto, perhaps!

2021 Tenuta Roveglia "Miti" Garda Classico Chiaretto - $22.99
Chiaretto is a type of Italian rose only produced on the border of Lombardy and Veneto near the shores of Lake Garda. The morainic soils along Lake Garda produce rose with great minerality and depth. This particular rose is made from the grapes Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese, and Barbera. It has aromatics of red cherry and this berry fruit follows through on the palate with bright acid and a long vinous rich finish. Try this rose with garlic and herb chicken thighs on the grill or a classic nicoise salad.

2017 Vaeni Naoussa Xinomavro, Naoussa, Greece - $13.99
In honor of our Grilling Newsletter, I thought I'd shine a spotlight on my favorite 'priced to party burger wine' the cooperative Vaeni Naoussa's Xinomavro. Xinomavro is often described as "the Nebbiolo of the south", but in Greece it's regarded as a sovereign triumph — "king of the Greek varietals." This xinomavro is bricky in color with aromas of sun kissed tomatoes, ripe wildberries, and baking spice. On the palate, this wine is delectably light bodied with fresh acidity and well integrated soft tannins. For just $13.99, this juicy bombshell makes an ideal date for your next cook-out! 

Bell's Oberon 6pk Bottles - $12.99
It was about four years ago that an old coworker first introduced me to his favorite beer, which then quickly became my favorite beer. If you've ever wanted the light smoothness of a wheat beer without that hint of clove, Oberon offers that smoothness with a crisp, slightly hoppy finish. Whether you're watching baseball, fishing, or spending an evening on your porch, there's no summer activity that doesn't pair perfectly with a few Oberons. If there's any sort of downside to this beer, it's that they don't sell it year-round. Do yourself a favor and give it a try.

2018 Mamette Prevostini Botonero Nebbiolo IGT Alpi Retiche - $25.99
This wine from the Northern Italian alpine valley of Vatellina represents stunning value in Nebbiolo (locally Chiavennasco) especially considering the 'heroic viticulture' required to farm in these dangerously steep, terraced vineyards. Prevostini's IGT wine is focused on pure fresh fruit uninterrupted by oak treatment. This wine has great lift in both the bouquet and the palette and will appeal to those who like the variety and intensity of traditionally Nebbiolo wines and those looking for lively refreshing red that won't be out of place at an al fresco barbeque. 
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Cheers everyone!
-The Team at North Loop Wine & Spirits