Holiday 2022 Newsletter
Holiday 2022 Newsletter
The last three years have been unlike any other, and heading into the holiday season, we are approaching things much like we did last year. Due to COVID, we will unfortunately not be having our annual holiday sale and tasting, but as a loyal email customer of the store, we are offering you a special sale price on all items in the store, via on-line only. Use this discount code HOLIDAY2022 from midnight on Friday, December 2nd through Midnight on Sunday December 4th, for 10% off everything on the website, including spirits (which we usually never put any discount on). Speaking of spirits, we have been stocking up this season with Cognac, Rum, Vodka, Aquavit, Bourbon, Brandy and just about anything else you can think of. Dig through the web page, and as COVID allows, stop by the store to check them out in person. We are open with special, Holiday hours through the end of the year, so make sure you read this all the way through the last page.
We also have a whole array of wine and spirits clubs to give as gifts and have brought in some special gift bottles and packs, glassware, stocking size bottles etc. Whether you are looking for that special bottle to sip by the fire, to send to a loved one or that mixer for Glogg or punch, we pretty much have you covered.
Each year at our annual Holiday open house we normally featured a selection of wineries and importers that bring outstanding wines to share as a way to ring in the holidays. In lieu of charging a tasting fee, we have always asked you to kindly donate money and non-perishable foods for our local food bank. Sadly this year there is no tasting or holiday open house, but the need for donations for local food banks will be greater than ever. Please consider selecting a specific dollar amount item from the web site to add to your shopping cart. We will donate 100% of the money to our local food bank. Your donation will go a long way for those in need in a year unlike any other.
Doug, Will, Laura, Sandy, Allyson, Robert and Theodore
Wines & Spirits
This is not just any Scotch, it is arguably the most sought after Scotch distillery on the planet. When people look at collectable and investment grade Scotch, Macallan is the name at the top of the heap, and the single cask bottlings are by far the most desired. They started distilling in the late 1700’s and became a ‘legal’ distillery in 1824. Working with arguably the most famous of the independent bottlers in Scotland, we were able to secure our second cask of Macallan, which is basically unheard of in this country. ‘Speymalt’ is the name which Gordon & Macphail gives to the single casks of Macallan which they bottle. Typically there is a cask released in the U.K., which usually sells out in days, and a separate few casks released to the U.S. market. Aged for 19 years in a first fill sherry hogshead cask, it is deep mahogany in color, with rich notes of candied oranges, smoked caramel and spice, with the smoke and vanilla of the cask in the finish. This is a monumental bottle of Scotch, incredibly rare and actually a fantastic value. The distillery bottling of Macallan 25 year old, which is a blend of multiple casks, and comprises many thousands of bottles, is roughly 3-4 times the price of this single cask bottling of just over 200 bottles in total. The U.K. bottling of this, from a different cask, is already fetching roughly double this at auction. This is due to the shop any time now, but we are taking confirmed orders starting immediately. Our last cask of Speymalt was basically sold out in a couple weeks.
A real Champagne to kick off the holiday season at under 30 bucks. What more can you want! We have featured Moutard as our Holiday Champagne several times before, but not this cuvee. This one is the driest of the bunch, the Brut Nature. 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, it has classic bone dry crispness, with notes of citrus, lemon curd and mineral driven, lip smacking elegance for a really silly price. We were able to score the same price we ran the regular Brut at before, which is unusual in this day in age, but we will hold this price through December, or until it runs out. This is the best Champagne bang for the buck we have seen in a very long time.
A return to the much loved Southern Rhone style wine in the ded.reckoning program and oh what a wine it is. 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Cinsault, all from the Olson vineyard in Yakima. Morgan Lee made this wine utilizing the traditional, old-world method of wild yeast fermentation, 40% of which was whole cluster, then aged for 18 months in 25% new, French oak puncheons. Another dead ringer for a Chateauneuf du Pape, it has the grilled and smoked meat component of southern France, plus more of that lanolin note seen in fresh wool, combined with the gorgeous raspberry, cherry and cassis notes of Washington, with a dash of cracked black pepper and hints of lavender, dried rose buds and rosemary. Another showstopper from Morgan, and extremely limited, 70 cases produced
Calvet, one of the oldest French wine brands, was founded in 1818 by Jean-Marie Calvet. Eldest son of Dr. Gabriel Calvet and Anne Seriziat. Jean-Marie was born in 1789 in a small village north of Lyon. His mother’s family owned vineyards in Tain-l’Hermitage in the Rhone Valley and Jean-Marie inherited a passion for wine. He founded Calvet in 1818 to commercialize the family’s wines. As Bordeaux was one of their biggest markets, Jean-Marie and his son Octave built warehouses in Bordeaux, opened an office there in 1849, and expanded to Burgundy in 1870, to become the largest wine company in France in the 19th and most of the 20th century.
Today, Calvet is one of the largest producers of sparkling wine (Cremant and Vin Mousseux). Celebration Brut is a sparkling wine from the Charmat method, which is the same method used to make most Prosecco. This is a blend of Colombard and Ugni Blanc. It has a beautiful pale yellow body. It is crisp with slightly yeasty nose and aromas of white lemon and white flowers. It has a round and refreshing body with notes of grapefruit and peach.
I’m sure you remember this gorgeous bottle from last year, which will not only grace any table with flair, they will also make fabulous gifts as well. This was such a huge hit last year that we brought it back for an encore.
Pinot Gris (Grigio) is always popular, but to be honest, it is often boring. However, when it is good, it is often really good, as this one is. Normally, we expect the best versions to be from the cooler spots in Italy, Oregon or Alsace, but we have found that the Southern Hemisphere is producing some fantastic examples as well. In fact, our top selling version is Ned, from New Zealand. Enter this newcomer to us. From organically farmed vineyards in the mountains of Mendoza in Argentina, it has explosive notes of grapefruit, apricots, mango and lime zest, with a zing of acid in the finish. Add in the great price, and you have a new white to stock up on this season.
This a brand new to the market, and we are actually the first to even get it. Classic Argentine Malbec from Mendoza, with layers and layers of chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, espresso, cinnamon and even hits of clove. This one pretty much checks every box for a Malbec costing substantially more that it does. At this price, it is a slam dunk of a value. We have only 56 cases at this price, so if you were thinking of stocking up, now would be the time.
As we head into winter, the nights get a bit cooler, and the allure of snuggling by the fireplace starts to take hold, the need for a tipple or two starts to increase. With that in mind, we are have several spirits clubs, which make perfect gifts. As with all our clubs, there is no fee to join, and your selection will always be discounted well below our normal price. Prepay for a year to save even more.
The Whiskey of the month club
Like Bourbon? How about Irish? Maybe Japanese? This one is for you. Each month, you will get a fantastic bottle from one of the great producers who grace this planet. Maybe a Rye or Corn, maybe a craft Washington producer, maybe India. Again, we like to feature the little, unknown and hard to get bottles. This will average $50-$75 per month, or pre-pay for a year for $800
The Scotch of the month club
Bring on the peat, brine, smoke and kilts. If you are into real Scotch, then this club is for you. We seek out the tiny independent bottlers, the ultra limited single casks, the single malts from the islands, and the producers blending Scotch the old way. Don’t expect the usual suspects here! These will average $100-$150 per month, or prepay for year for $1500
The rare spirits club
If you are into rare and collectable spirits, you are in the right place. The highly allocated Bourbons, Single Cask Malts, Japanese Whiskey, Cognac, rare Mezcal and Tequila will all appear here. Membership is very limited in this club, as we cannot guarantee quantities on these. Priority is given in the order in which folks sign up. Market price per month.
Unlimited spirits club
Not sure yet what you like? Maybe want to try some new gin or Amaro? Like to experiment with real Polish Vodka or Swedish Punsch? Give us some parameters and a budget, and we can do the rest. Some limits do apply (no, you cannot turn this into a ‘Pappy only’ club).
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday the 24th, closed
Christmas Eve, Saturday the 24th, 10:00-3:00
Christmas Day-Sunday the 25th, Monday the 26th, closed
New Year’s Day-Sunday the 1st, Monday the 2nd, and Tuesday the 3rd, closed
If the weather goes really foul, give us a call first as we don’t want to put either employees or customers at risk. All hours subject to change.