Notes From All Over

Classics
Classics

Classics

Unless you're one of those people who like to live on the edge, you've probably started planning your Thanksgiving. Where. Who's cooking. What. And what to drink? You're not really matching wine with turkey, but with all those pesky side dishes. And if you're serving a crowd, you'll want the per-bottle costs to be reasonable while keeping the quality high.

Should you Nouveau?
Should you Nouveau?

Should you Nouveau?

What is Beaujolais Nouveau? A must-have for Thanksgiving dinner? A fruity, slightly poppy red wine that smells like banana taffy? A tradition in southern Burgundy, made to celebrate the new harvest? A stroke of pure marketing genius?

The right answer is : all of the above, and then some. Let me explain.....

Roll Out the Barrel
Roll Out the Barrel

Roll Out the Barrel

Farmers' Fizz: What's That?
Farmers' Fizz: What's That?

Farmers' Fizz:
What's That?

Other Fun Stuff: A Category
Other Fun Stuff: A Category

Other Fun Stuff:
A Category
When we were setting up the store, we had to create inventory 'categories': Wine (Red, White, Other), Beer, Spirits, System, Other.....

That 'other' was a little problematic, especially within Wine, because a lot of my favorite stuff is in that category, and I object to it being labelled 'other'. It's all the good stuff: Rose, Bubbly, dessert wines, fortified wines....not as basic as the good old red and white, but very necessary. So-'Other Fun Stuff' was created, to give them an appropriate home.

Hopping Mad: Shutdown Affects Crafts
Hopping Mad:  Shutdown Affects Crafts

Hopping Mad:
Shutdown Affects Crafts

You've probably heard about the shutdown affecting national park visitors, the Smithsonian and other Washington monument sites, a slowdown in service at most government agencies....

But have you thought about how it's affecting craft brewers? The crafts operate differently than the big boys. Miller, Bud, and Coors all have pretty consistent product lines. If they do roll out a new product, it's planned many, many months in advance.

French Vintners: "This? Unhealthy?"
French Vintners: "This? Unhealthy?"

French Vintners:
"This? Unhealthy?"

Quick. If I say 'French wine', what comes to mind? A flute of wonderful bubbly? Crisp, delicious Sancerre, preferably consumed in a little bistro overlooking the Seine? Bold Cotes-du-Rhone? Silky Burgundy? Beaujolais on the Thanksgiving table? All of these?

Craft Brews (Pedalling as Fast as We Can)
Craft Brews (Pedalling as Fast as We Can)

Craft Brews
(Pedalling as Fast as We Can)

Don't Blame the Box
Don't Blame the Box

Don't Blame the Box
So...we are, first-and-foremost-a wine shop. And a snooty wine shop would never carry bag-in-the-box wine, right?
Wrong. First of all, we are NOT snooty. Second, bag-in-the-box is a great packaging breakthrough. The packaging is genius. What they put into it? Not so much. In other words, you can't blame the box for Franzia White Zin-that's all on Franzia, for making wine that's innocuous at best.

Mendocino- How Do We Love Thee?
Mendocino-  How Do We Love Thee?

Mendocino-
How Do We Love Thee?

Mendocino is a great little town in a great little county. Mendocino (the town) grew out of an old artists' colony, and retains a marvelous hippy vibe. You see a lot of hemp clothing and vegan restaurants. They also have a killer coffee shop (very important) and stunning natural beauty, an example of which I've included above.

Mendocino the county? Might be even better. Because Mendocino County, while retaining the same creative, artsy, vaguely hippy vibe, also makes some truly delicious wine.

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