Thursday, May 12th, 2022
Spring is here, but it's far from hot outside. This transitional weather calls for wines that meet you in the middle - try a chillable red!

This week: We explore the world of 'Chillable Reds' — a.k.a. red wine that becomes more delicious and refreshing whilst served chilled.
Chillable Reds

(or 'glou glou' as the French say — translation: 'glug glug' or 'patio-pounding wine')

'Chillable Reds' have boomed as a sub-category in recent years, but the phrase is largely subjective. Generally speaking, they're red wines which are fruit forward, acid driven, and light bodied.
Most red wines taste best served closer to cellar temperature (around 55 degrees F) than they do at room temperature. So to be 'glou glou' the wine should shine somewhere between cellar and refrigerator temps. The golden rule is that the wine should be drank at a temperature that YOU find enjoyable!
Carbonic Maceration

It's important to mention this winemaking technique while discussing 'chillable red wine', because it is a fermentation process used on light-medium bodied red wines that increases their fruit characteristics while taming the tannic structure — a 'glou glou' hack!
Carbonic Maceration is a method of fermentation where whole bunches of grapes are thrown into a sealed fermentation vessel with carbon dioxide. In this oxygen-free environment, the fermentation process begins naturally within the berries — intracellular fermentation! Once the alcohol level reaches 2%, the berries burst open and regular yeast fermentation completes the process.
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-Friday Tasting Table-

Join us for a free wine tasting this Friday - led by Eleanor of Rootstock Wine Company!
FEATURING: Droolin Moose
Chocolate Truck!

The delicious chocolate truck will be out back Friday (during our Wine Tasting) from 4-7pm!
-Cocktail Of The Week-
Things are starting to turn green so I am going to make a Strawberry Basil Gimlet. I am using Norseman Strawberry Rhubarb Gin which is made right here in Minneapolis! Norseman uses organic botanicals and is a farm-to-glass distillery. To jazz it up a bit we will be muddling strawberries and basil to make it extra refreshing. 
Strawberry Basil Gimlet
2 oz Norseman Strawberry Rhubarb Gin
.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.75 oz Simple Syrup
2 Strawberries (cut in half and cut off stem)
4 basil leaves (ripped into 1 inch pieces)
1 dash Bittercube Orange Bitters

First put strawberries in a shaker tin and muddle thoroughly, then throw in basil and all other ingredients, add ice, shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. garnish with a basil leaf and 1/2 a strawberry with stem still on.

Fun New Items This Week!

New Spirits!
Empress 1908 Indigo Gin ($36.99)
Port Askaig Islay Single Malt Scotch ($69.99)
David Nicholson 1843 Kentucky Bourbon ($38.99)
Rebel 100 Proof Kentucky Bourbon ($26.99)
Ezra Brooks 99 Proof Kentucky Bourbon ($29.99)
Shibui Grain Select Japanese Whisky ($64.99)
Shibui 8yr Sherry Cask Aged Japanese Whisky ($164.99)
Shibui 10yr Pure Malt Japanese Whisky ($149.99)
New Wines!
2021 Milou Rosé ($15.99)
2021 Bieler Pere & Fils Provence Rosé ($13.99)
2021 Big Salt Orange Rosé ($24.99)
2021 The Seeker French Rosé ($16.99)
2019 Achaval Ferrer Mendoza Malbec ($27.99)
2018 Achaval Ferrer Qimera Red Blend ($36.99)
2019 Pietradolce Etna Rosso ($28.99)

New Beers/Seltzers!
Modist Gifts From Above ($18.99)
Fair State Doin' Howdies ($18.99)
Urban Growler Maibock ($18.99)
Fair State Hefeweizen ($11.99)
Indeed Seltzer 12pk ($19.99)
Gray Duck Seltzer 12pk ($19.99)
Staff Picks: What to Drink This Week
Things our staff thinks you should consider trying!

2021 Pratsch Rose, Niederosterreich, Austria - $17.99
Stefan Pratsch is young, really young, but he's already a winemaking veteran. He took over winemaking at his family's estate when he was just 15.  His parents had already been farming their 50 acres of vines organically for 30 years, long before it was the cool way to do things. The rose is mostly Zweigelt and has just a touch of spritz and on the nose and palate it's all strawberries and rhubarb, in the best kind of way. I seriously can't get enough of this rose! So food friendly but perfect as a cocktail wine.  Quintessential springtime in a glass. 

Delamotte Brut Champagne - $69.99
Heading into Spring holidays and celebration season it's good to have some reliable bubbles nearby. This gem from the Cote de Blanc is readily available and out performs some of it's more heavily marketed neighbors. It has the grace and length you'd expect from wine sourced from grand cru chardonnay vineyards plus a bit of body and fruit from small amounts or Pinot Noir and Meunier. The ample toast is well integrated and the overall experience is exhilarated and satisfying. Find a reason to open this bottle.

2018 Domaine de Durban Gigondas - $30.99
Gigondas is a village in the Southern Rhone Valley known for delicious Grenache based red and rosé wines. The Durban Gigondas is a sultry gem imported by the ever reliable Kermit Lynch, made of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah — the latter imparting a satisfying dose of pepper. This full bodied, brooding red wine has notes of dark fruit (blackberry/black cherry), mulchy earth, and a bloody minerality — powerful, yet elegant, and oh-so distinctly French! This makes a perfect wine for barbeque and grilling season, and is a safe choice for most palates (BIG but balanced).

2016 Roagna Langhe Rosso - $63.99
Luca Roagna is the fifth generation winemaker to continue the tradition of making some of the most sought after Nebbiolo out there. The prized bottling from the Pira Cru in Barolo and the Paja Cru in Barbaresco have incredible structure that is rewarded with some long term cellaring. Luca makes a more approachable Langhe Rosso with the younger vines from these crus that is one of the best values around in high class Nebbiolo. It is made from younger vines that are around 25 years old; which is hardly young by many producers' standards. This Langhe Rosso, from the epic 2016 vintage, shows pretty aromatics of tobacco and cherry. The palate has the signature Roagna structure with red fruit and cedar spice finishing with silken tannin. This vintage is totally approachable in its youth and is fine for short term cellaring. LIke all wines from Roagna this Langhe Rosso is extremely limited. Try this bottle with beef tenderloin or a wild mushroom risotto.

2019 Cantina Marilina 'Sikele' Bianco, Terre Siciliane - $19.99
Angelo Paterno established his winery in Southeastern Sicily practicing traditional organic viniculture from the start. His daughters, Marilina and Federica, are now in charge of the winery. Their Sikele Bianco release is made purely from Grecanico (the Sicilian name for the Garganega grape, which is the primary grape for Soave). At their vineyard near Siracusa the grapes grow in limestone soils and are farmed fully organic in a polyculture of other crops to help nurture the ecosystem. 13 hours of maceration on the skins and spontaneous fermentation in concrete tanks with indigenous yeasts give the wine an "orange wine" categorization but as a lovely and easy approach to the style. Aging is for 6 months in concrete vats with another 3 months in the bottle before it is released. The result is a wine rich in complexities. Aromas of dried fruit and citrus lead to a palate of honeyed peach and apricot balanced, by the skin contact, with savory woodsy notes and hints of saline, ginger, and chestnut. This is a great introduction to organic "orange" wine and will match well with aged salty cheeses.
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-The Team at North Loop Wine & Spirits