This Week's Monday Madness

This week's Monday Madness deal is perfect for pretty much everyone. Unless, of course, you dislike a bargain and/or a great glass of red. In that case, you can stop reading.

Still with me? This is for you. This wine is delicious. And a bottle costs less than 2 Starbucks. That's just crazy.

Adegamae is in the region of Lisboa. Warm sunshine during the day. Cool breezes at night. They blend Castelao, also known as Periquita, with Aragonez, which Spanish drinkers call Tempranillo. Here, the combo yields black cherry, plum, red raspberry and spice, with a touch of violet and a hint of smoke. It's soft and smooth, with silky tannins.

It's also stupidly cheap. And as much as I love coffee, wine is equally necessary. #buythisnow

Online special available for pickup in-store after noon today. Special available until Sunday, March 24, or until we run out of wine. To purchase, just click on the Specials tab, above.

The Almanac

03/31/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
04/06/2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
04/11/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Notes From All Over

Franco-American (aka Winemaker Tasting Tuesday, March 19 6-7:30 PM)
Alexandre Remy

No, not Spaghetti-o's. Although that IS a related story. In 1886, French immigrant Alphonse Biardot founded the Franco-American Food Company, aiming to introduce the foods of his homeland to an American audience in a convenient and cost-effective package: cans. His gambit paid off in a big way. In fact, Franco-American's canned soups and pastas were so successful that food giant Campbell's Foods bought out Biardot in 1915. The soups were soon re-labeled 'Campbell's', but they kept the Franco-American label on the pastas until the 1990's. Who could ever forget 'Uh-oh! Spaghetti-o's'?

Wines to Be Locked Up With

The fortress of Chinon, in France's Loire River valley, is definitely on my bucket list. A beautifully restored medieval castle, Chinon figured heavily in the tales of Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years' War. But my biggest reason for wanting to visit Chinon concerns Eleanor of Aquitaine, the 11th century Queen, first of France and then of England, and mother to not only Richard the Lion Heart, but also the infamously corrupt King John.

Embracing the Chaos
Tre Bicchieri 2019

I spent most of Friday knee-deep in Italian wine geek heaven, at the annual Tre Bicchieri tasting in New York. Tre Bicchieri highlights the best of the best of Italian wines, those very few which have won the coveted Gambero Rosso 'three glass' award. Actually, 'tasting' may not be the best description for this event. Once it gets rolling, Tre Bicchieri strongly resembles a rugby scrum....where everyone just happens to be carrying wine glasses.