From the Kitchen - Chef and the Farmer

Saturday Tasting, 4/11/15

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case


2013 Little James’ Basket Press, St. Cosme, Rhone Valley, Viognier
Saturday Only $13.29 (regular $14.99)
“We make this wine on a very simple and classical way. We look for energy, freshness, and aromatic expression. It can be tasted as an apéritif, or be a nice accompaniment to many different dishes such as grilled vegetables, fishes, stilton, blue cheeses, asparagus, chicken with morels, or risotto with truffles…Lemon skin, cooked tangerine, watermelon, peach.”

2014 My Essential Rose, Provence, France, Grenache/Cinsault/Syrah/Carignin/Moourvedre
Saturday Only $16.19 (regular $17.99)

“From the South of France, just over the hill from Aix, a blend of predominantly Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. The idea is rosé, as I love it; dry and refreshing, smell red yet taste like a lip-smackingly delicious white. Importantly, this is not saignée, it’s all straight to press goodness. Pass the chalice and get after it.” –Importer

2012 Zenato Alanera Rosso, Veneto, Italy, Corina/Rondinella
Saturday Only $26.09 (regular $28.99)

Alanera translates as “black wing,” a reference to the raven, “corvino” in Italian, and homage to the Valpolicella region’s treasured indigenous grape, “Corvina”.  50% of all the grapes harvested to produce this wine are partially dried for 45-60 days.  The highly concentrated juice from these partially dried grapes adds an unusually complex spectrum of aromas and flavors to the blend. Brilliant ruby in color, Alanera delights the senses with a variety of aromas and flavors that include fresh and dried cherries and prunes, sweet spice, and hints of coffee and tobacco.  On the palate, Alanera is full-bodied with elegant and velvety tannins.  Vibrant acidity brings balance and freshness, and supports a long and harmonious finish.

 

Saturday Tasting, 4/4/15

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

2012 Monter das Promessas, Bronco, Casa Santos Lima Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal
Saturday Only $13.29 (regular $14.99)
Casa Santos Lima was founded by Joaquim Santos Lima, who, by the turn of 19th century, was among the greatest producers and exporters of Portuguese wines. The vineyards are distributed by several Estates, covering a total area of nearly 290 hector acres. The vineyards in gentle slopes with altitudes between 100 and 220 meters benefit from an excellent sun exposition and a climate slightly tempered by the nearby Atlantic Ocean. A blend of exotic grapes 30%- arinto, 40%- fernão pires, 30%- vital. Very aromatic nose and flavors of stone fruits, lychee and a hint of fruit blossom. Nicely balanced acidity. Great summer sipper!

2010 Bujanda, Crianza, Rioja, Spain, Tempranillo
Saturday Only $21.59 (regular $23.99)

Vina Bujanda Crianza is made from 100% Tempranillo and comes from the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa vineyards. The grapes are harvested in the first week of October and are fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged in French and American oak. Vina Bujanda Crianza, made from 100% Tempranillo has an excellent balance.  It has low to moderate acidity. The palate consists of fresh strawberries and spice that age into flavors of rich cherry and tobacco.

NV Broadbent, Madeira, 5 Year Reserve
Saturday Only $27.99 (regular $30)

Combining different wines together, we try to have a final wine with high quality. Blending helps to balance the wine, to add layers of flavors and better integrate the sugars and acids. Blending allows us to select the best characteristics of different wines and then mix them all together to create a much better flavor profile, maintaining the consistence of quality and, of course, reduce the negative impacts, if any, that some harvest years may present.” Grape varietals include Malvasia (or Malmsey), Bual, Verdelho and Sercial.

 

Saturday Tasting, 3/28/15

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

2013 Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin, Sevre et Maine, Muscadet
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)
Pierre-Marie Luneau heads this 50-hectare estate in Le Landreau, a village in the heart of Muscadet country…Their estate has been in existence since the early 18th century when it was already planted with Melon de Bourgogne, the Muscadet appellation’s single varietal. “Our oceanic climates produce fresh wines bursting with salinity and minerality, and can be drunk young or aged for 10 to 15 years.”

Imported by: www.louisdressner.com

2012 Vignerons de Buxy, Buissonnier, Mercurey, Burgundy
Saturday Only $26.09 (regular $28.99)

This light-colored Pinot Noir has a spicy character that points up the tannins as well as the red berry fruits. It has a light feeling, with refreshing acidity that shows strongly at the end.

2012 True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Saturday Only $26.09 (regular $28.99)

“It has been proven over time that Paso Robles is hands-down a stellar place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. Warm days, cool nights and well-drained soils echo the growing conditions of Bordeaux. True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon shows how beautiful Cabernet from Paso Robles can be; smooth and rich with distinct depth.” – www.truemythwinery.com

 

Saturday Tasting, 3/21/15

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

2012 Nicolini Malvasia Venezia Giulia IGT, Istria, Italy
Saturday Only $54 (regular $59.99)
Giorgio Nicolini and his wife Rossana cultivate indigenous grapes, such as the Malvasia, at their 1 hectare estate. This white shows a unique yeasty palate with pleasant acidity to follow. Imported by: Piedmontwineimports.com


2014 Borgo Moncalvo Dolcetto d’Asti, Loazzolo, Piedmont
Saturday Only $27.89 (regular $30.99)

Andrea & Luca Elegir, with their parents, power this progressive estate with solar panels. “Ruby red color with purple hues, the nose offers fruity notes of cherry and raspberry. In the mouth is dry, with obvious tannin and good structure.” www.borgomoncalvo.com – Imported by: Piedmontwineimports.com


NV Lambrusco Emilio IGT Solve, Cavicchioli since 1928
Saturday Only $18 (regular $19.99)

“This Lambrusco has a brilliant ruby red color, fresh floral perfume and attractively sweet taste. It is best enjoyed chilled, with Italian style cold cuts, light delicate antipasti dishes, also with dessert.” Imported by: Frederickwildman.com

Saturday Tasting, 3/14/15

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

2013 Byron Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, California
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)
Winemaker’s Notes: “You are here. That’s the beautiful thing about wine – it can transport you halfway around the globe. In this case, here is Santa Barbara, a region that Byron helped pioneer decades ago. This Chardonnay is lush with notes of citrus, honey and brown rice.

2011 Byron Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, Califoria
Saturday Only $27.89 (regular $30.99)

“A pure, classy Chardonnay that has plenty of ripe apple, brioche, hazelnut and vanilla cream, the 2011 Chardonnay is medium-bodied, rounded and supple, with juicy acidity balanced by plenty of richness. It’s a delicious, classy Chardonnay that will drink nicely for 2-3 years.” – 89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2013 Byron Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, California
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

Winemaker’s Notes: “The 2013 vintage was an overall dry year with a moderate winter and spring. These conditions led to an abundance of extremely high quality fruit with flavors of dark berry, cherry, hints of floral and mineral. This is an approachable wine that displays the beautiful floral and mineral character typical of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir.”

 

Saturday Tasting, 3/6/15

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case


2014 Paul Cluver Gewurztraminer, Elgin, South Africa
Saturday Only $17.99 (regular $19.99)
Rose petal, lychee, cucumber, summer melon and mango on the nose. It is deliciously fresh on the palate with a lovely lime and lemongrass finish.

2012 Altano, Douro Valley, Portugal
Saturday Only $13.49 (regular $14.99)

Varietals: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinta Barroca.

Deep garnet colour. Fruity, spicy and floral aromas. Medium body, well balanced with sweet tannins. Lingering finish.

2008 Chateau du Levant, Sauternes, Bordeaux
Saturday Only $21.59 (regular $23.99)

Varietals: 85% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle

Shiny gold yellow colour. Open fruity nose (dried apricot) with botrytis notes and honey flavours. Well balanced in mouth, not overwhelmed by richness. Pleasant touches of citrus and ripe apricot. Good fruity and spicy final (vanilla).

 

Saturday Tasting, 2/28/15

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

Castillo Perelada Cava, Spain
Saturday Only $11.69 (regular $12.99)
“Pale yellow color. Good bubble detachment. Thanks to its aging, it has developed a fine aroma with fruit hints. It’s well-balanced structure, elegance, and sensorial richness form an unmistakable personality.”

www.perelada.com

2012 Chardonnay, Medlock Ames, Russian River Valley
Saturday Only $34.19 (regular $37.99)

“Bright floral aromatics and hints of slate and minerality are nicely balanced by subtle richness of French oak and spice. Candied hazelnut on the finish. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.” www.medlockames.com

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Medlock Ames, Alexander Valley
Saturday Only $53.99 (regular $71.99)

“This wine opens with beautiful and powerful aromatics. Filled with red fruits, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers ripe cherry, strawberry, and a touch of cranberry flavors. A tiny percentage of Malbec and Petit Verdot provide the accent notes, while the Merlot lends additional structure. The subtle oak component reflects the wine’s balance and bold structure with nicely managed tannins.” www.medlockames.com

 

Saturday Tasting, 2/21/15

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

Broadbent Vinho Verde, Portugal
Saturday Only $12.59 (regular $13.99)
Varietals: Loureiro, Trajadura, & Paderna. This white shows floral fruit, lime, and green freshness on the nose and palate. Overall, it’s lightly fizzy and possessed of zippy acidity. -www.Broadbent.com-

Broadbent Bingo Verde Rose
Saturday Only $13.49 (regular $14.99)

Varietals: Borracal, Espadeiro, Amaral, Vinhao. This lightly pressed rose delivers flavors of crisp watermelon, tart strawberry, white pepper, lemon zest, and that classic fun fizz that made Vinho Verde famous. -www.Broadbent.com-

Quinta de La Rosa Ruby, Portugal
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

Traditional Port varietals: Touriga, Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tints Barroca, and Tints Roriz. Showing beautiful deep ruby colour of forward fruit, full bodied with a long dry finish. The slight dry finish is typical of Last Rosa’s house style. -www.quintadelarosa.com-

 

Saturday Tasting, 2/14/15

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

NV Ugni Blanc/Columbard, Jacques Pelvas Brut, Blanc De Blancs, Provence, France
Saturday Only $11.69 (regular $12.99)
Pale yellow color, complex nose with delicious bouquets of citrus fruits (lemon and grapefruit), other fruits (peach) and, small white flowers. Fresh mouth with moderate acid, a very harmonious wine with good persistence.

2012 Grenache Blanc, Groundwork, Paso Robles
Saturday Only $26.09 (regular $28.99)

“Medium yellow straw. Aromas of stone fruit, dried flowers and wild herbs. Unctuous on the palate with minerals and notes of dried mango, honeycomb and earth, finishing long with thick extract.”

-A Sans Liege Winery Project www.sansliege.com

2011 Merlot/Cab Sauv/Sangiovese, Rocca Di Frassinello, Poggio alla Guardia, Toscana, Italy
Saturday Only $31.49 (regular $34.99)

“The entry level wine for the Rocca di Frassinello project, Poggio all a Guardia is a wine with a stung character that is still easy to drink. The native Sangioveto (Sangiovese) and the international varietals Cabernet and Merlot are blended together to realize an ideal Italian-French wine. Nose of red fruits. Fresh and rounded with good persistence.”

-Imported By: Vias Imports www.viaswine.com

 

Saturday Tasting, 2/7/15

Mark your calendar! Every Saturday, from 2 to 5 pm, we host a wine tasting in the Wine Shop @ Chef & the Farmer. Our tasting fee is only $8 and we include several discounts! Preorders and special requests are always welcome. No Reservation Required. See below for information on this week’s featured products and discounts. Cheers!

10% off featured bottles

Spend $40 or more, we waive your tasting fee

5% off a ½ case

10% off a case

2013 Gruner Veltliner, GroBer Satz, Kremstal, Austria
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

Harvest by hand, Fermentation under controlled temperature in a stainless steel tank. Light green-yellow color, fruity, like yellow fruits. Mineral and juicy taste with a lively acidity, fresh and animated.  A versatile food companion for the classic and modern kitchen! Goes well with white meats like chicken or turkey, grilled fish, seafood, light pasta, as well as salads and fresh vegetables.

2013 Cabernet Franc, Les Epinats, Saumur, Lorie Valley, France
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

This Cabernet Franc uses grapes from a single vineyard that is abundant with silex, giving the wine a dense backbone of minerality. A lovely transparent ruby color in the glass, with delicate aromas of violets. Bright and lively on the palate, with a hint of cherries and licorice. Just enough grip and a supremely balanced finish:  this wine really offers bang for your buck.

Clan! Destino, Birra Vivente, Piedmont, Italy
Saturday Only $12.59 (regular $13.99)

Hazy pale golden colour. Inch-thick white fluffy head, good retention, leaves snowflake-shaped lacing. Aroma of straw, yellow apple, citrus, honey, almonds. Medium/light body, average carbonation, refreshing mouthfeel. Somewhat sweet and ’dusty’ taste initially, that turns drier and ends with a solid bitterness, well-balanced overall. Lasting citrus-dry aftertaste.