This Week's Monday Magic

Let's keep this simple. We love Rhone reds. And our customers love Rhone reds. In fact, the special most likely to vaporize, fast? Rhone reds. We saved this one for school vacation week to give everyone who is NOT on vacation a fair shake at picking up some of this delightful juice.

The hills of France's southern Rhone valley are sun-drenched. The traditional blend of Grenache+ friends (Mourvedre, Cinsault, Syrah, etc) gets RIPE. The result is a decadent, voluptuous, spicy red, bursting with blackberry, cherry, cocoa, and spice. Bolder than Pinot Noir, but not as tannic as Cabernet, this might just be the universal donor of red wines, from week night takeout to Saturday steak to apps with the neighbors and back again.

Always a good buy, today's special makes it a killer bargain. You could say it tastes like vacation.

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

The Almanac

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Notes From All Over


I grew up outside of a very small (population ~400) town on the border of North and South Dakota, working both on my family's farm and in the small cafe we operated in town. And though farm animals can be both unpredictable and cantankerous, they had nothing on some of the cafe customers.


February 14th. Do all those hearts and flowers remind you of conscription into the Roman army? Or maybe a violent beating and beheading? Valentine, an early Christian priest, ran afoul of Roman Emperor Claudius II for secretly performing the marriage rite. Claudius had banned weddings, believing that married men did not make willing soldiers. As punishment, Valentine was publicly beaten and beheaded, his head displayed on a pike as warning to others inclined to disobey the emperor.

But for a Label...

As I write this, the federal government is once again fully open for business. For the moment, everyone's back at work, from cleaning up the garbage at national parks, to carrying out USDA food inspections, to researching (well, maybe) climate change, and thousands of other jobs that were given short shrift during the month+ shutdown. For the moment. Because twelve days from now, we face the prospect of another one.