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The Beatrice Prosecco by CA’ Furlan Returns!

The Beatrice Prosecco by CA’ Furlan Returns!

We are proud to announce that beginning this weekend, Alameda Wine Company will feature the Ca’ Furlan Beatrice Prosecco!  Join us for some sparkling, cold bubbly.

 

New Arrivals August September

Rosieland

 

Overheard by one of our customers, it has been the neverending summer, which to my mind has meant the neverending glass of Rosé. If I could rebrand AWC it would be called Rosieland, and not just for the indifferent and unflappable Korean bar mistress, Rosie, of the television show M*A*S*H. I love Rosé, our associates can’t keep their hands off it, and you love it as well, as long as it’s not from California.

I was going to mark the end of our ongoing tribute to the pink this weekend as the close of summer fairly much curbs its desirability, even though I personally would drink it in the dead of winter and with a steak–Bandol please. And yet as fate would have it, we have a couple of new additions coming on board starting today. One of our favorite importers of German and Austrian wines, Bill Mayer, showed us two heavy-weight examples from Austria that will segue nicely to our changing schedules, weather and mood, and be a couple of big brothers to our current offering from importer, Rudi Wiest, the light and carefree Rosé of Pinot Noir from Schloss Schonborn of Rheingau.

Not many German Rosés come across our desk, much less Austrian, and this should reward me with a solid Jeff Berlin star (wine buyer of A Cote restaurant in Oakland, and definitely the man of all things off the radar), and give you our loyal customers a unique taste of the pink from the less usual suspects. St. Laurent, Zweigelt, and Blaufrankisch are the grape stars here, the red mainstays of Austria, turned into deeply colored, richly flavored, fleshy and structural Rosés.  Flight cost $16.25.

And this is as good a time as any to remind everyone of the impeccable, hand-crafted pates and creamy duck mousse from Scott Brennan of The Fifth Quarter Charcuterie which go all so well with Rosé. $5.75 for one, $14.75 for a sampler of all three. The pork and chicken pate with sour cherries and hazelnuts is back in stock today and well worth trying for the lightness the chicken brings to the pork.

Another rebranding name my daydreams considered was Taste of Portugal. As hokey as it may sound the inspiration is right on; Portuguese wines have never been better and the food stuffs coming from the country equally fly under the radar for superb price to quality ratio. Our representative from HGC Imports, Kevin Hogan, informed me of the unusual fact there is not one Portuguese restaurant in San Francisco, much less a wine bar. We will attempt to make a minor dent in changing that here in the East Bay with a pop-up we are planning in the coming weeks featuring libations and comestibles all things Portuguese.

Such a pop-up will heartily feature the super high quality tinned fish of Portugal. Kevin informed me that if you are ever in a Portuguese wine bar, you will see the shelves lined with all manner of canned seafood which the Portuguese proudly down with a wash of Vinho Verde (don’t forget to check out the Aveleda we have on the tasting menu) and Dao and Douro reds. Along with our Portuguese spiced sardines, please try our two new products from Taste of Portugal, tasty morsels of seafood protein, Squid Stew and Octopus, both in a red sauce. $5.50 each.

Next week we will be offering a Justino Madeira flight, featuring a Colheita ’96 and ’98, and a 5 Years Old Reserve.

New Arrivals

Jean-Marc Brocard Saint Bris Sauvignon 2010, $13; This is the only AOC Sauvignon
Blanc in Burgundy, just recently graduating from V.D.Q.P. status. Located near
Chablis in the north, it is very much like a "Chablis" Sauvignon; tight and sleak, limey
and minerally. The fantastic price is due the producer changing distributors, and
I don’t know why, as I think Martine’s Wines, their former distributor, is pretty
fantastic. Some winemakers get a little high in their britches and the rest is our gain.

Also in stock, a small amount of this producer’s Premier Cru Chablis, Vaucoupin
2009, $30. It’s showing its primary very ripe fruit right now as is the vintage, but
will reward cellaring to bring back into focus.

Vina Robles Red, 2009, $13.50; This is the Rhone-based blend that always puts the
Rhone Rangers to shame and just plainly shows how good California red blends
can be while tucking under a modest tab. An uptick in Grenache and Mourvedre
this time around to the basic recipe of Syrah and Petite Sirah, has given the wine
more girth and blue fruit tones, without taking away its power to please through its
pure expression of its all estate grown components, sans oak. Lighter, more "green"
friendly bottle this time around as well and the price hasn’t changed an iota. It is a
Robert Parker 90, "Screaming Value," to boot.

Two great new, inexpensive and delicious reds from Spain have impressed us
this week. From the famous Ribera del Duero region, Avaniel 2009, $13, is a great
discovery, whether you’re a dedicated Tempranillo fan or you just love tasty Spanish
reds. Rich dark fruit notes weave around aromas of tobacco, spice box and pepper
with firm acidity holding everything in place. And if you’ve seen the prices of wines
from this region lately, you know what an exceptional value this is. Perfect to take
home and pair with hearty fall fare, especially lamb shank, cioppino or pork loin.

The second fascinating little gem from Spain is the Viernes 2009, $13, from
northeastern Spain’s (adjacent to the Basque country) Bierzo region. Made from
the Mencia grape (rumored to be the same as Cabernet Franc), this is a flashy yet
substantive wine which aromatically seems rustic, yet delivers a mouthful of bright
fruit and lovely texture. This is one of the more food-friendly and versatile Spanish
reds I’ve tasted in recent months, complementing a wide array of cuisines and
styles. Expansive on the palate yet racy and hedonistic, it’s a lot of vino for a very
little chunk of change!
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