Weekly Newsletter- Week of March 11

13 March, 2013


Who is Orin Swift? It’s a trick question- no one! The name of one of our favorite vineyards is the brain child of the company’s founder & winemaker, David Finney. Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name! We often advertise new Orin Swift arrivals, however, to the average drinker; it’s just a name that doesn’t mean much.  As we have just received their latest release, Fittings, and are waiting on the next “location” wine, we thought this would be a good time to educate you on its greatness!
Orin Swift was founded in 1998, after Finney decided to make his passion for wine work for him, instead of the other way around. Since its humble beginnings with just a few zinfandel grapes, Orin Swift has become an internationally renowned brand, consistently earning outstanding ratings and recognition for its unique labels. Finney’s latest project is “location” wines. He gathers the best grapes from the best locales in a country and makes a blend. He started with E for Espana (Grenache, Tempranillo, Carignan), then went to F for France (Grenache, Syrah, Bordeaux varietals) and we are anxiously awaiting I for Italy!
If you haven’t tried Orin Swift, now is the time! We currently have 6 great reds & location wines on our Orin Swift display rack! If you want details on each, just ask! We will keep you posted on new arrivals and now you’ll know what we’re so excited about!
Calendar of Events
Saturday, March 16- Noon- 10pm- St. Patrick’s Day Celebration- Join us to celebrate all things Irish in the proper manner- with a Reuben and a pint!
Tuesday, March 19- 6-8pm- Italian Wine Tasting- SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 20- 1st Day of Spring- Not only is it the beginning of the season of tulips & bunnies it is also flight night! As if you needed an excuse to enjoy this day more!
Saturday, March 30- Pig Meat Papa will return to the Wine Merchant! Dave will be cooking up lightly smoked kielbasa, Asian noodles and grilled green US Casinos onion kimchi! Come hungry!
Sunday, March 31- Easter- Check next week’s newsletter for Easter dinner wine pairings!
New Wine Roc De Lussac- St. Emilion- Red Blend-(80% Merlot, 20% Cab Franc)- France- 2008- $18.99 Domaine Mireille & Vincent- Cotes du Rhone- France- 2009-$14.99 A Lisa- Malbec- Argentina- 2010- $19.99
New Beer Great Lakes Alchemy Double IPA has finally arrived! Get it before it’s gone! Victory- White Monkey Unity Vibration- Kombucha Beer- Ginger & Raspberry Combo 4 pack- All natural, Gluten Free, Vegan!
Tasting Info If you thought last week’s wine tasting was exceptional, you best come this week! We will be sampling 2 new Spanish whites (including last week’s Feature Item: Xarel-Lo) a brand new Carmenere and Justin Cabernet. Enough said!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we will be sampling the Irish style beers on tap.
As always, for the complete list, please click here.
Feature Item
This week’s feature items are 2 new obscure wines from Axia- Alpha Estate in Greece. The first is a white varietal- Malagousia. It is grown in Western Greece and was nearly extinct before making a comeback in 1985. It is known to be exceptionally aromatic and well layered and boasts aromas of orange blossom, exotic fruits, mint and jasmine. The second wine is a red blend- Syrah and Xinomavro. Xinomavro is from Northern Greece and is often blended to make very fruity wines with high alcohol levels. It is known for having rich tannins and superb aging potential. This wine is described as lush with lots of spice, vanilla, herb and earthy flavors. Both sell for $19.99 a bottle. If you’re looking for something different & delicious- these wines are for you!
Dan’s Pick This week Dan has chosen a wine that originally did a disappearing act. The Magician- Lot 11 is a red blend from Row Eleven vineyards. When it first came to the store, it was priced too high and was sent back, noting when it reached a value price it could grace our racks. Magically, that price was met and here it is! It is a full-bodied red with notes of licorice, leather and dark fruits. Come taste the magic for yourself!
We have a lot going on the rest of the month of March. We look forward to seeing you all! Stay tuned for the arrival of “I” and all the other exciting things spring will bring!

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