January’s Wine Sale!

January’s Wine Sale!

January is after dinner and aperitif wine month. Fantastic wines to cozy up by the fire with on sale all month long. Take 10% OFF 1-3 Bottles & 15% OFF 4+ Bottles! Sweet wines often get a bad rap from many so called “wine connoisseurs,” but if you’ve been dismissing a whole class of wines because they contain some residual sugar, then you’re missing out on some of the world’s most complex, profound, sought after, sometimes expensive, and delicious wines. So skip the chocolate cake and finish your meal off with an after dinner wine instead. Just a little of these delicious nectars goes a long way (a 2-3oz pour is typical), and with a 2-3 week shelf life (after opening), it’s easy to finish off a bottle of your favorite before it goes bad. We’ve also included aperitif and digestive wines in with this month’s sale of non-table-style wines, which includes sherries, vermouths and dry ports. The dry, briny minerality of many aperitif wines are perfect for getting the salivary glands primed for a good meal and many believe the botanicals used in digestif wines help aid the digestion process. Ports also suffer somewhat of an image problem as many picture stodgy old guys sitting in their clubs with cigars when they think of port, but Port and Port style fortified wines are great with many cheeses, desserts, mixed to create a Port cocktail, or alone at the end of a meal or evening. Port is also a great base for many fantastic sauces. The Most Common Types of Dessert Wines The folks over at one of our...

Riedel Seminar

RIEDEL STEMWARE SEMINAR Tuesday, September 20th, 6:30pm Seating limited to 18 $55 per person (Take Home $60 worth of glassware) BUY TICKETS Ever wonder why some people make such a big deal about their wine glasses? Here’s your chance to see for yourself how big of a difference the wine glass can make in your taste and perception of the wine. Glassware and crystal makers since the mid-1700’s, the Riedel Stemware Company was the first one to demonstrate the size and shape of a wine glass can greatly alter how the wine tastes and is perceived. In the 1950’s Claus Riedel (pronounced like needle but with an “r”) introduced the first wineglasses designed specifically for certain wine varietals. Over the decades since, Riedel has introduced a number of “Varietal Specific” wine glasses and proven to just about everyone that the proper glass can enhance the enjoyment of your wine. We’ll be tasting 5 wines from their proper Riedel glass against the same wine from a non-Riedel “joker” glass and we’ll begin the night with a little sparkling wine. At the end of the night we guarantee that you’ll be amazed how much the glass influences the way your wines tastes AND you’ll get to take your 5 glasses home with you – 1 Sparkling, 1 Chardonnay, 1 Sauvignon Blanc, 1 Cabernet, & 1 Pinot Noir...
French Wine Tasting

French Wine Tasting

BASTILLE DAY FRENCH WINE TASTING Thursday, July 14th, 6:30-8pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop ~ FREE EVENT Most folks consider Italy and France as the cornerstones of the modern wine industry. In honor of France’s “National Day” we’ll be tasting some classic French wines with Kelli Beck of Fine Wine Trading Company. Tasting Lineup: C’Est La Vie Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc $13.99 C’est La Vie Rose of Syrah $13.99 Bichot Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis $25.99 Bichot Savigny les Beaune $25.99 Bichot Fixin Rouge...
Learn Aussie Wines

Learn Aussie Wines

Learn about Aussie Wine Regions – All Aussie Wines are on Sale this Month at Taylor’s! Australian Wine Regions As the map above shows, the bulk of Australia’s wine production is in south eastern Australia, chiefly in the regions of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.  Western Australia’s Margaret River has been producing some of Australia’s best Cabernet and Chardonnay for years and is finally starting to gain the recognition it deserves among wine lovers around the world.   Queensland has a number of great wineries but is a small player and the cool climate Tasmania has begun to impress many with it’s Pinot Noirs in recent years. Australia’s wine growing area are categorized by the GI (Geographical Indication) system, similar to our AVA system which was established in 1994.  The largest or most generic GI is the state (i.e. South Australia) followed by zone (Barossa), region (Barossa Valley, Eden Valley) and sub-region (High Eden).  South Australia’s Barossa Valley is Australia’s most widely recognized region and his home to some of the oldest vines and vineyards.  South Australia is also home to the notable regions of Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Riverland.  Victoria’s most recognizable region is the Yarra Valley and New South Wales boasts the Hunter Valley and Riverina regions.  Margaret River is Western Australia’s most famous GI, but Great Southern and Perth Hills are two up and coming regions to keep an eye out for. Shop Aussie Wine...

Thanksgiving Wines

Thanksgiving Wines Here are some great wines for Thanksgiving to serve, gift or simply relax with.  Hillinger Pinot Noir (Austria) $19.99 – A fantastic Pinot from a somewhat unusual source, Austria’s Burgenland region. If your Thanksgiving will be featuring smoked turkey or ham, this would be our top pick. Dark cherry fruit with notes of cherry cola, velvety portobello mushroom, all-spice and smoky tannins. Marie-Pierre Germain Bourgogne Rouge (Meursault, Burgundy) $23.99 – It’s been a while since we’ve come across a French Pinot Noir this good under $25. Fresh Morello cherry and crushed strawberry bouquet that shows impressive clarity, with a smoky tincture developing with a little air. The palate is nicely balanced with clean, fresh tannins and fine acidity, coming off light and airy with a twist of sour cherry and strawberry pastilles lingering on the finish. Lando 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast, CA) $66.99 – Sam Lando obviously learned a great deal about making world class Pinot Noir during his time at Kosta-Browne. Thankfully pricing wasn’t one of them, since the KB stuff is all now $100+. Deep and piercing black berry fruit on the nose and fresh blueberry notes come through on the palate along with nuances of cocoa, minerality and a silky Shitakii mushroom finish. Domaine Terre Davau (Rhone Valley, France) $11.99 – We were tempted to mark this great Cotes du Rhone at $15 or $16, figuring no one would believe us that we could offer a family owned, organically grown, hand-harvested and absolutely delicious CDR for just $12. But here it is, a blend of 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah, 10% Cinsault. Meaty blackcurrant, red cherry,...

Learn Spanish Wines Part 2

Learn Spanish Wines and Regions Part 2 – Spain’s Top Regions and Their Wines   Rias Baixas Rias Baixas (REE-ez BUY-shez), a small region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain, is responsible for the countries’ most exciting, sought after, and expensive white wines. For centuries, the Spanish palate has preferred their wines well aged in oak barrels, even for white and rosé wines. This practice yielded what many wine consumers considered dried-out, oxidized, earthy, musty and flat wines, unpalatable years ago and utterly unfathomable to modern consumers used light, crisp and fresh fruit flavors. Rias Baixes led the charge in modernizing the white wine industry in Spain with their stainless steel fermented Albarinos. Penedes Catalonia is one of the most dynamic regions in all of Spain, and the same holds true for its wines. Equally praised for reds, whites and SPARKLING wines, everything in the region is dynamic: politics, language, art, food & wine. International varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have their largest foothold here in the Penedes region of Catalonia. The most well known wine to come out of Penedes is by far the sparkling Cava, Spain’s word for sparkling wines made in the traditional champagne method. While Cava can be made in any of 6 different regions spread over a wide area of Spain, Penedes accounts for 95% of Cava production. Rioja It might be a toss-up between Cava and Rioja as to which Spanish wine is more well known the world over, but for red wine drinkers, the answer is clear – Rioja. When phylloxera wiped out the vineyards of...