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A Vintage where Everyone Succeeds

I am often fascinated by the frenzy of interest in particular regions post media release of the hyped up vintage.  The #2007 Rhone wines certainly deserve attention, and I was happy to research and source for all our guests.  The #2007 California Cabernets, #2005 Bordeaux (as though there wasn't a 2006 vintage), and even the much more approachable 2008 New York Rieslings could all fire up a great discussion - if not dent the wallet.  In fact last night I spent far too much time speaking to #2008 Oregon wines; not that they deserve less accolades, but seriously, this isn't the first vintage the state has produced. 

And this really rubs my general philosophy on better wines from great vintages: if it is possible to believe the great in the climate/terroir this season, then belive that all who attempt to make wine are in a position to do well.  Perhaps it is in the worst of situations, i.e. Australia of recent, that I would turn to outstanding producers that source well, have a track history, and perhaps some pockets into which they can dip.  Why would I bend over backwards to spend far too much simply to have the Chateauneuf arms on my bottle when any experienced wine master from Gigondas, Rasteau, or similar has an extremely reasonable chance at greatness this vintage?  It is in the depths of despair that we would turn to the standards, not when we have an opportunity to try something new.  Having been on the stump these many years promoting emerging areas as a way to expand our knowledge, save money, and keep a keen interest inflamed - why in these great years shouldn't we aspire to keep these same principles? 

Wine drinks best when it "outdrinks" the price or at minimum, darn well when we feel the satisfaction of the hunt!  Make no mistake: the top wines are just that.  No one is going to topple the kings of their arenas - I just happen to enjoy a few glasses of wines I know I can feel good about - and I'm always going to carry the names people request.  But next time we all join the chorus about a year inwhich all had a chance to excel, I beg we take a moment...and ask if the house next door is drinking as well at half the price.

Those much anticipated California 2007 Cabernets!

It has been an interesting discussion with you all regarding the ballyhoo around the 2007 vintage out of CA - and of course, it is a wonderful pleasure to go on a search for all of the most unique wines.  I'm just about ready to release out the pre sale sheets for this year (at least re cabernet and blends) and expect to do this via our usual email format; first come first serve based on availability.  I'm so happy to include fun items such as Janzen, Marston, Peter Michael, and Erna Schein on to the usual satndards such as Montelena, Spottswoode, and Larkmead, etc.  As always, we will have plenty of wine in the store, yet these items are really on an in/out basis - remember that restuarants aren't picking up as much as they used to to - it's better pickings than before!  Sign up above if you haven't already, this will also keep you in the loop for our invitation only high end tastings of wines like these. Ciao! Matt

CNY Autism Society Spring Spectacular

We are pleased to once again participate in the annual fundraiser for the Autism Society - 7pm 4/10 @Syracuse Renaissance.  Tim will hold two separate blind tasting panels (signup required upon entrance) and wine will flow all evening for your enjoyment!  Please come and support this great cause!

Grenache, great article from San Francisco Chronicle

"Grenache, What Should it Be" - SF Chronicle article.

Check out the article, it talks about Grenache in California, variations across different regions, through a variety of price ranges. Matt in particular loves Grenache, Garnacha, and many of the variations around the world. We have Grenache from many of the regions, at a variety of price points as they discuss in the article. Take a read, and then pop in the store to talk about what you want to try.

Oh, and the Wine of the Day today was Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec for just $8. Did you see it on Twitter or Facebook? Do you wish you had? Check Saturday for our next Wine of the Day.

The Antiquity of #Three Tiered Distribution

I couldn't have phrased this any better, and as deep in the research as done here.  Check out a real time perspective (2010!) on the problem of relating 1930's law to today's society.  Three cheers to #Tom Wark -

http://fermentation.typepad.com/fermentation/2010/03/manifesto-for-change-in-the-wine-industry.html

If only the electorate understood the world we left and perhaps, the world today! Matt

Wine for the Game

So it's a late game for the 'Cuse tonight - and dinner will be well over by then - but I have to entertain!  In the door today is the Tuck #Beckstoffer production of "The Sum", a 90 points Parker 2007 release, blended from Cabernet, Syrah, P. Sirah, and Malbec.  Solid build but with softer integrated tannins, it should work well for hanging around - face it, I'll still be poppin' pretzels and popcorn.  Sweet blue and black fruits, spice box, and acidity to clean off the supple/juicy body - it's a winner!  With a guest list of 10 I expect to go through a few bottles, so a Napa Valley/Beckstoffer wine like this is perfect for only $20!  Pleasant surprise on the wine; com'on Syracuse, don't let me down!

Facebook, Twitter, Wine of the Day Specials!

It's almost time - one hour to go - Wine of the Day will be on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Manlius-NY/The-Wine-House-New-York/271623681603 and Twitter http://twitter.com/thewinehouseny at 9 AM! Don't miss them, today's will be a Cab at the best price we've ever offered! Don't forget you have to be signed in to Facebook to see our Facebook page. Follow us or friend us, and you'll see the Wine of the Day every day for the next month. Tell us in the store that you saw the deal on Facebook or Twitter, we're working on our strategies to grow our business, and bring you more of the best wines in Central New York! Tell a friend, bring a friend! And don't forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter at the top left, we announce our tastings, specials, and new wines about twice a week.

Wine of the Day

Starting tomorrow, 3/18, The Wine House will feature a deal of the day on Facebook and on Twitter! About 9 AM we'll post, and at the close of business that day, that deal is done! Unless we run out sooner than the end of the day, because when it's gone, it might be gone forever. Be sure to stop by the store, or call us, pay for it, and pick it up later that day. We'll feature favorites and new wines you'll love, but you have to check for the Wine of the Day every day! Tomorrow will be a Cab! Don't miss it!

Friday Night Pinot Blanc

Rainshadow Wines Seminar

On March 31st at 6:30pm, we have an opportunity to hear a guest speaker talk the wines produced in the "Rainshadow" of great mountains.  Washington State, Argentina and others will on tap for discussion and drinking.  Remember, climate and terroir are so influencial upon the resultant wine...come listen and ask questions on these specific types of wines!  As always, education and tasting will be free so come early to grab a great seat!

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