From the Kitchen - Chef and the Farmer

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.

 

Saturday Tasting, 1/31/15

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 Pinot Grigio, Poggiobello, Friuli, Italy
Saturday Only $19.79 (regular $21.99)

This Pinot Grigio is yellow in color. There is a variety of elegant fruit and floral notes on the nose. It is well-structured and full-bodied on the palate with a fruity finish. Pairs well with pasta Bolognese, eggplant parmigiana, cold cuts, and Tuscan fennel.

2012 Malbec, Achaval Ferrer, Mendoza, Argentina
Saturday Only $29.69 (regular $32.99)

The 2012 Malbec is a blend of three vineyards from Medrano, one from Lujan, one from Gualtallary (the highest altitude) and one from La Consulta in the Uco Valley. There is a short fermentation (7 days) but it resulted in a very dark-colored, ripe wine with aromas of blackberries, a touch of red fruit, and hints of smoke and spices.

2011 Merlot, Deep Sea, Paso Robles, California
Saturday Only $31.04 (regular $34.49)

2011 Merlot shows classic leather and cedar notes followed by a hint of cherry cola and vanilla. This wine starts off subtle, but is quick to show bold tannins that complement the red fruit flavors.

 

Saturday Tasting, 1/24/15

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 Rieslaner Spatlese, Keller, Rheinhessen, Germany
Saturday Only $42.29 (regular $46.99)

Intense white flowers, citrus, apricots & grapefruit. Also some ripe apples that take away some of the freshness from the impression. Quite a lot of residual sugar on the palate, which is balanced by high acidity that really gets the salivary glands going.

www.vomboden.com

2007 Pinot Noir Trocken, Koehler-Utrecht, Pfalz, Germany
Saturday Only $24.29 (regular $26.99)

Light garner color. Volatile, red cherries with underlying earth/leafy noted. Fairly woody aromas. Moderate plus acidity with moderate tannins, and short finish. Perhaps a little green in the mouth. Wonderful food wine.

www.louisdressner.com

Foggy Ridge Handmade Cider, Virginia
Saturday Only $11.70 (regular $13.00)

“This cider is characterized by apple and tropical fruit aromas. The entry is soft and supple with a full round mouthfeel underpinned by apple, peach and pineapple flavors. The finish is smooth yet crisp.”

www.foggyridgecider.com