Sunday, Oct 16: Our wine education series learns Italian

28 Sep

20161016-piedmont-lo-resDue to popular demand (read: “a whole bunch of people asking why we’ve covered both the Rhône and the Loire Valleys in France but haven’t yet mentioned Italian wine at these seminars”) we’re going to Piedmont for our next educational tasting session at Café Marmotte. We’ll taste some prime examples of the region’s wines, from the everyday Dolcetto and Barbera to the king and queen of Piemontese wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to try some marvelous wines in an informal and informative setting.

Nibbles will be provided by the talented kitchen staff at Café Marmotte, and we encourage everyone to book dinner reservations following the tasting, when you’ll be able to purchase wines featured during the tasting to enjoy with your meal at special one-night-only savings!

Sunday, October 16, 3-5p at Café Marmotte (290 South Downing Street in Denver). $40/person for the tasting seminar.

Attendance is strictly limited to 24 people, so don’t delay!

RSVP: 303.355.8324

Credit card number required for tasting seminar reservations. Normal dinner menu and prices apply. Cancellations fewer than 72 hours in advance will be billed at full price.

Wed, October 26: Nebbiolo dinner at Bistro Barbès

28 Sep

20161026-nebbiolo-at-barbes-lo-resBarolo and Barbaresco are some of the world’s most amazing “food wines,” and when they’re well-aged they’re some of the world’s most amazing wines, full stop. Don’t miss this special dinner featuring some beautiful, expressive Nebbiolo bottlings along with the creative fare of Bistro Barbès.

Menu to come, but here’s the wine list:

2013 Cascina Chicco Langhe Nebbiolo

1999 Pelissero Barbaresco Annata

2003 Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi

1998 Berta 10-year Nebbiolo Grappa TreSoliTre

Case Lot Sale savings through September 30! In-store CLS tastings all month long!

20 Aug

 

Old Vine

72 amazing wines. Save up to 55%.

Check out the wine list! Fall CLS Brochure

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A portion of proceeds from the gala tasting benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

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Don’t miss the chance to revisit your favorite CLS wines at each of our in-store tastings throughout September! Every Friday and Saturday (2-6p) we’ll choose 4 different wines available at Case Lot pricing with no minimum purchase!

Celebration Gamay Noir by Evening Land 2013 Willamette Valley, Oregon

1 Sep

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The latest in a series of amazing deals in celebration of our 45th anniversary!

Celebration Gamay Noir by Evening Land

From one of the original plantings of Gamay in North America, a Willamette Valley vineyard site established in 1983, this bottling from renowned producer Evening Land (makers of Oregon’s first 98-point Pinot Noir) follows the model of Cru Beaujolais. Ripe, vivacious red cherry, strawberry and cranberry with hints of fresh-cracked pepper. Silky and long on the palate, with a supple texture that carries the elegant finish.

reg $30 sale $18/bottle

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Through 9/30/16 or while supplies last. No minimum quantity. Local delivery available: under $100=$10 fee, over $100=free!

Wed, Sept 21: Our second collaboration with Bistro Barbès

20 Aug

20160921 Barbes & VWS FINAL lo resIt goes like this: we choose some amazing wines from our cellar and the team at Bistro Barbès creates a five-course pairing menu around them. Our debut dinner was such a huge success, featuring some truly revelatory pairings, that we decided to make this a regular event! Don’t miss out on the second go-round Wednesday, September 21! RSVP: 720.398.8085

MENU

pear, beet and kale salad│pistachios, fourme d’ambert cheese, beet vinaigrette

Peter Lauer Barrel X Riesling│2015│Mosel, Germany

ricotta gnudi│chanterelle mushrooms, apple-hazelnut velouté

Bouzereau Bourgogne Blanc│2014│Burgundy, France

roast quail│black trumpet duxelles, sultana raisins, sea buckthorn gastrique, brussels sprouts

Brigaldara Il Vegro Ripasso della Valpolicella│2013│Veneto, Italy

beef cheek tagine│roasted vegetables, plum sauce

López de Heredia Viña Cubillo Crianza│2007│Rioja, Spain

and a luscious dessert pairing featuring Ferreira White Port

 

Bonneau Meritage 2012 Sonoma Valley

3 Aug

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The latest in a series of amazing deals in celebration of our 45th anniversary!

Bonneau Meritage 2012

We love this Bordeaux-style red blend from Sonoma, and we couldn’t believe the deal we got on such a stellar vintage! First, a quick lesson in vocabulary and wine law: In order to call your wine a Meritage (rhymes with “heritage”), you must blend two or more of the noble Bordeaux grape varieties (here, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot) and apply for a license to use the word on your label. If your wine doesn’t measure up, you can call it anything you like…just not “Meritage.” Pick up this beauty while it lasts: only 4 cases are available at this price!

reg $42 sale $26/bottle

click here to purchase!

Through 8/31/16 or while supplies last. No minimum quantity. Local delivery available: under $100=$10 fee, over $100=free!

Sun, Aug 14: Our wine education series visits California

20 Jul

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After explorations of France and Spain (and France again), we think it’s time to showcase some domestic wines for August’s tasting seminar…so we’re going to California! We’ll discuss the past, present and future of the Golden State’s wine industry while tasting important bottlings from benchmark producers.

Nibbles will be provided by the talented kitchen staff at Café Marmotte, and we encourage everyone to book dinner reservations following the tasting, when you’ll be able to purchase wines featured during the tasting to enjoy with your meal at special one-night-only savings!

Sunday, August 14, 3-5p at Café Marmotte (290 South Downing Street in Denver). $40/person for the tasting seminar (includes tax and tip).

Attendance is strictly limited to 24 people, so don’t delay!

RSVP: 303.355.8324

Credit card number required for tasting seminar reservations. Normal dinner menu and prices apply. Cancellations fewer than 72 hours in advance will be billed at full price.

Wed, Aug 10: Our first collaborative wine dinner at Bistro Barbès!

20 Jul

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After working with Bistro Barbès for a number of winemaker dinners over the last year, we can confidently state that they’re doing consistently assured, imaginative work designing menus rooted in classic French cuisine around a wide variety of wine styles from around the world.

So when they suggested we partner for a series of collaborative wine dinners featuring their inventive pairings for selections from our carefully curated cellar of unique, limited-production wines, we didn’t hesitate!

Our debut dinner will feature two iconoclastic, versatile white wines from Tuscany and Spain, plus our favorite new SBC Pinot Noir and a library release of Côtes-du-Rhône from Lirac legend Rodolphe de Pins at Château de Montfaucon. And that’s before dessert, paired with wonderful Madeira. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover your new favorite wines–and your new favorite restaurant–at a fabulous dinner showcasing what Bistro Barbès and The Vineyard do best!

MENU

FIRST

smoked oyster · lamb carpaccio

Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale 2014 Tuscany, Italy

SECOND

veal sweetbreads · arugula fettuccine, heirloom tomatoes, corn brodo

Teso Blanco by La Zorra 2014 Salamanca, Spain

THIRD

baby octopus · salted cod and garbanzo succotash

Whitcraft 4 Soils Pinot Noir 2013 Santa Barbara County,  California

FOURTH

trio of duck · duck liver mousse with figs · duck terrine with peach mostardo · duck pastrami with  marcona harissa purée

Château de Montfaucon Baron Louis Côtes-du-Rhône 2007 Rhône Valley, France

…plus a sumptuous dessert paired with Broadbent Madeira

Wednesday, August 10│630p│$75/person

5021 East 28th Avenue

RSVP: 720.398.8085

 

Movia Veliko Bianco 2007 & 2008

4 Jul

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The latest in a series of amazing deals in celebration of our 45th anniversary!

Movia Veliko Bianco 2007 & 2008

Slovenia is home to a cadre of winemakers who march to the beat of their own drummers, and Aleš Kristančič of Movia is a defining member of that vanguard. Veliko Bianco (literally “old white”) is his signature white wine (some might call it “orange wine,” though it pours the color of old gold), a skin-fermented, oxidative blend of local variety Ribolla Gialla, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio aged three years in barrel. The key word with this wine is “layered,” as it begins a complex aromatic journey after you pull the cork–from wildflower honey, to blackcurrant, to orange peel, to caramel and butterscotch. Dry, vibrant and medium-bodied, this is a wonder that must be tasted to be believed…

…and you can try two beautiful vintages (2008 is current, 2007 is a gorgeous back vintage that allows for comparison of the wines’ evolutions) for one terrific price!

reg $42 sale $25/bottle

click here to purchase either vintage…or both!

Through 7/31/16 or while supplies last. No minimum quantity. Local delivery available: under $100=$10 fee, over $100=free!

SUN, JULY 17: Loire Valley guided tasting seminar

23 Jun

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July’s tasting seminar will have us navigating the length of France’s Loire Valley, from its mouth at the Atlantic to the river’s upper reaches near its source in the Côte Roannaise, with stops along the way to taste some terrific wines from Chinon, Vouvray, Savennières, Pouilly-Fumé and more.

Nibbles will be provided by the talented kitchen staff at Café Marmotte, and  we encourage everyone to book dinner reservations following the tasting, when you’ll be able to purchase wines featured in the tasting at special one-night-only savings!

Sunday, July 17, 3-5p at Café Marmotte (290 South Downing Street in Denver). $40/person for the tasting seminar (includes tax and tip).

Sold out! Waitlist available: 303.355.8324

Credit card number required for tasting seminar reservations. Normal dinner menu and prices apply. Cancellations fewer than 72 hours in advance will be billed at full price.