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,...
Monthly Wine Tastings

Monthly Wine Tastings

Welcome to November!  It is November and Time for some Fun as we move into the Holiday Season! All Wines from Portugal are On Sale throughout November at Taylor’s Wine Shop! 10% OFF 1-5 Bottles and 15% OFF 6 or More Bottles NOVEMBER’S EVENTS: Free Wine Tasting Event November 4th 6:30-8:00pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop We will have owner/winemaker Kenneth Juhasz of Auteur Winery at the shop and tasting some of his amazing wines! FREE WINE TASTING Wines of Portugal with Andoni Uroz Friday, November 20th from 6:30 – 8pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop All wine lovers know Portugal is responsible for one of the world’s classic after-dinner treats, Port, but not nearly as many people realize that Portugal also produced fantastic dry, table wines too. All wines from Portugal are on sale for the month of November, but you can “try before you buy” at our Portuguese Wine Tasting on November 20th with Andoni Uroz. Wines for the Tasting: Passaros Alvarinho/Trajadura – Poucu Comum Alvarinho Dory Red Blend – Quinta do Enconatro – Veedha Red Blend Free Wine Tasting November 24th 6:30pm-8:00pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop Deb Williams from Freedom Beverage will be with us to taste some great Wines to serve with Thanksgiving! October is Packed full of Fun at Taylor’s Wine Shop! North Raleigh, Get Ready for Some FUN!!! (Scroll Down to See Event Schedule) Check out our Oktoberfest Sale:     October’s Event Schedule: Winemakers Dinner with Gallica & Priest Ranch Wines at Fleming’s ~ October 7th, 2015 @6:30pm Taylor’s Fall Charity BBQ Fundraiser for Walk for Hope ~ October 10th, 2015,  11am – 2pm Free Wine Tasting, Small Import/Italian...
12 New Wines for Fall

12 New Wines for Fall

Now that the weather is starting to change and get a little cooler, it is time to start changing what we drink. It is time for bolder reds and whites that go great with fall cuisine, football tailgates and cooler weather. Over the last couple of weeks we have gotten in over a dozen great new wines perfect for this time of year!   Here are 12 Great new wines to try for Fall:   DOMAINE DE GRANGENEUVE 2014 LES DAMES DE BLANCHES DU SUD – $19.99 The name is certainly more than a mouthful and so is the wine. 50% Viognier, 25% Marsanne, 15% White Grenache & 15% Roussanne with lovely color of yellow straw with gold undertones with an intense nose with a dominant aroma of acacia flowers and fresh white fruits, finishing with good minerality. Full and powerful mouth with an intense expression of apricot, white peach and jasmine spice. DOMAINE LES GRANDS BOIS 2014 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE LES TROIS SOEURS – $14.99 Very few wines go better with the root veggies, roasts and stews of fall and winter than the wines of the Rhone Valley. Domaine Les Grands Bois has been one of our favorite producers for years, and the 2014 is another winner. Plum color is accompanied by notes of white chocolate, crushed berry fruit, earth, and licorice. Broad, savory, and silky textured, delicious, and enormously satisfying, especially with roasted pork or chicken. FLOR DE VETUS 2012 VINO DE FINCA TORO – $19.99 From the same group that makes the incredible wines of Vina Izadi and Orben in Rioja and Villacreces in Ribera...

New Wines

JUST ARRIVED at TAYLOR’S WINE SHOP!   Lucia 2013 – Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir – 95 Points, Robert Parker. (Call 919-847-3069 for more info)   Pisoni Estate 2013 Pinot Noir – 96 Points, Robert Parker. (Call (919) 847-3069 for more Information)     Venge Vineyards 2013 Bone Ash Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Very Limited. Call us at 919-847-3069 or stop in to...

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...

Learn Spanish Wines Part 1

Learn Spanish Wines & Regions Part 1- History of the Spanish Wine Industry   Spain & Wine Much like the rest of Europe, the Spanish people consider wine an essential part of life and a nourishing food more so than a simple beverage. Spanish culture revolves around family, food and enjoying all that life has to offer, but at a relaxed pace. At lunch Sangria and lighter wines are served, and in the evenings fuller bodied reds and whites are served in the cafes, restaurants and homes. Ancient Times What we now know as Spain has a long and prestigious wine history. 3,000 years ago the ancient Phoenicians prized the wines of Xera (modern Jerez) and 2,000 years ago the invading Romans used their “modern” winemaking techniques to make highly sought after wines from the native varietals. Vineyards flourished under Moorish rule, but mainly for eating purposes rather than winemaking. In 1492 Spain became a united county and, as prosperity flourished, wine became an increasingly important commodity.   Modern Spain Modern Spanish winemaking really begins with the devastation of the French wine industry during the late 1860’s. Trade with America had introduced a root louse known as phylloxera to French vineyards, and the destruction of the vineyards in much of France was almost complete (especially in Bordeaux). France and the rest of the world needed a new source for their wine and nearby Spain stepped up to fill the void. An influx of capital and winemaking talent revolutionized the industry, but the goal was to make lots of good wine, not necessarily great wine. By the turn of the...