Thursday, June 27, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Easy As Pie Pizza Party (with Rosé!)

Our recipe for easy entertaining this summer: invite friends over, grab some super fresh ingredients from the farmers market, and throw an easy-as-pie pizza pie party (say that three times fast). Of course, this shindig wouldn’t be complete without rosé, because summer. We’ll be reaching for a bottle of Montaribaldi Langhe Rosato to go along with a freshly made Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto Pizza, recipe courtesy of Handle the Heat. 

Photo Credit: Handle the Heat

The great thing about the Montaribaldi Rosato is that it’s made from 100% Nebbiolo, so it can stand up to most pizza toppings, goat cheese and prosciutto included. The savory and refreshing notes on this wine beautifully match the earthy notes in the pizza, while the bright acidity in the rosé cuts right through the richness of the cheese and meat.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

#Repost @womenswineguild with @get_repost ・・・ Denver women in wine, TOMORROW Thurs June 27 5p @12atmadison Hope Shiverick of Shiverick Imports will be showcasing the lovely Cannonau di Sardegna (Grenache from the Italian island, Sardinia) from female winemaker Antonella Corda. This is a double whammy women in wine showcase so you best not miss it!! Come support!! • • An agronomist by trade, Antonella founded her own winery in the area of Serdiana in 2010, Her wines are organic, vegan and made by hand...Antonella upholds coexistence with nature in her winemaking 🌱🍷 ☀️ • • #denverwineevent #winetasting #winecrushwednesday #womancrushwednesday #femalewinemaker #womenandwine #femalewinemakerspotlight #womeninwine #sardinianwine #cannonau #thefutureisfemale #girlpower #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #womenswineguild #womenswineguildofcolorado #femaleinspiration #bosslady #whoinspiresus #womenwhopavetheway #strongwomen #femaleempowerment #blog


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#Repost @jackwells_wine with @get_repost ・・・ If you don’t know, now you know. Very limited release for this vintage. Herdade do Rocim from southern Portugal in the region of Alentejano. The owner and winemaker, Catarina Vieira, believes in organic viticulture, low-intervention winemaking, and expressive native varieties like Antão Vaz, which makes-up the bulk of this wine. For this white wine, she uses large Amphora, traditional for Southern Portugal. The inside of the amphora is coated with beeswax to discourage evaporation and control the wines exposure to oxygen. After the wine has fermented, it is “capped” with estate olive oil to reduce oxygen influence throughout its elevage. Not as much was made in 2018 as in previous vintages. Get it while you can! #alentejano #alentejo #portugesewines #naturalwine #nattywine #NattyBaltimore #winesinbaltimore #wineonashelf @herdadedorocim @lanterna_wines @shiverick_wines #womeninwine #winesonthepedestal #blog


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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Wine of the Week - Montaribaldi Rosato 'Siguija'

This week's featured wine, the Montaribaldi Langhe Rosato is made from 100% Nebbiolo, the same Nebbiolo that goes into their elegant and structured Barbaresco, though it's picked a little earlier. This rosato is structued and aromatic, with notes of strawberries and crushed flowers. It's bone dry with great acidity that supports the fuller body on the palate. This isn't your everyday summer sipper - instead this wine wants food, just like any Nebbiolo. A great choice for a more "serious" rosé.


In 1968 Pino Taliano founded Taliano Guiseppe. He acquired vineyards throughout the Piedmont and his desire was to create a diverse array of holdings that could highlight the different soils, climatic conditions and traditional varietals of the Piedmont. In 1994, Pino’s son Luciano took over the reins and changed the name of the family business to Azienda Agricola Montaribaldi. The name Montaribaldi refers to the ancient Roman road that linked the winery to the different vineyards throughout the Piedmont, thus creating a philosophical and geographical umbrella that tie Luciano’s forward-looking Domaine to the rich viticultural history of the region. The vision of the Montaribaldi reflects the mantra of “place over process” and the winemaking is done in such a way as to bring this to fruition.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Summer Solstice Edition

How will you be spending the longest day of the year this year (which happens to be tomorrow)? We have about 1,000 ideas, but one thing’s for sure -- we’ll be drinking good wine and eating good food. We’re thinking an Epic Charcuterie Board from Reluctant Entertainer along with a bottle of Jean-Charles Bourgogne Rouge ‘Les Riaux’ will be a great way to unwind outdoors and enjoy the extended sunshine.

Photo Credit: Reluctant Entertainer

Charcuterie and Bourgogne rouge happen to make an exceptional pair as the dark berry notes in the Pinot Noir highlight the subtle flavors that make smoked meats so enjoyable. In addition, this red Burgundy has enough acid to cut through the fat of an herbaceous fatty pâté and rich cheeses.

Wine of the Week - Jean-Charles Bourgogne Rouge "Les Riaux"

Our featured wine this week is something of a unicorn: an affordable red Burgundy. We've featured the wines of Jean-Charles before and this beauty is one of our favorites in his lineup. Allen Meadows for Burghound agrees, saying of the 2015 vintage:
"A pepper-inflected array of dark raspberry, earth and a hint of humus leads to rich and relatively full-bodied flavors that are at once delicious and generous, all wrapped in a lingering and mildly rustic effort. While this could certainly be enjoyed young, it is sufficiently structured to benefit from 2 to 3 years of cellaring."

The Fagot family has been located in the small village of Corpeau since 1860. Just outside Chassagne-Montrachet, it is located near some of the most prestigious vineyards in the Cote de Beaune, so it would be fair to say that wine is in the family’s blood. Jean-Charles is part of the 5th generation of Fagots in the area and the third generation to own vineyard acreage in Chassagne-Montrachet. On his estate vineyards, Jean-Charles employs lutte raisonée, a method of growing in which chemical intervention is employed only when necessary. The wines are vinified traditionally and naturally, utilizing oak foudres and 12-14 month long aging periods in the Fagot cellars.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Domaine Jean Fournier in Burgundy Report

Domaine Jean Fournier received a full writeup of their 2017 vintage in Burgundy Report. An easier vintage than 2016, these wines are showing well and gained high praise from author Bill Nanson:
"I used to consider Laurent’s wines to be the equal of those from Sylvain Pataille but styled with more emphasis on structure. That’s probably still the case today, but the structure here is less overt than I remember. A super range of 2017s, well-concentrated with a number of star wines that are worth searching for."


Marsannay, the Côte de Nuit’s northernmost winegrowing region, was overlooked when the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO) originally delimited AOCs in the 1930s. The region finally received its appellation in 1987, giving the recognition the growers felt their rocky limestone and marl terroirs deserved. Marsannay is unique in Burgundy for having AOC status for red, white, and rosé wines. Domaine Jean Fournier dates back to the reign of Louis 13th in the early 17th century, making it one of the oldest properties in Marsannay. Today the Domaine’s 16 hectares are helmed by the dynamic young Laurent Fournier, son of Jean, who crafts wines with integrity in a non-interventionist style. He has converted the vineyards to organic agriculture and has been Ecocert certified since 2008.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Recipe Thursday: Farmers Market Picnic and Rosé


The official start of summer is still a week away, but summertime picnic season is already in full swing. Given the abundance of fresh produce available right now, one of the best ways to put together a fabulous picnic spread is to swing by the farmer’s market and load up on your favorite finds – melon, prosciutto and fresh cheese – and throw them all into a giant salad, such as Love & Olive Oil’s Prosciutto and Melon Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Landis / Love & Olive Oil

Now, all you need is some crusty bread and a refreshing bottle of wine that will cool you down in the heat. We love the Font du Vent Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé "Les Promesses" paired with the melon and prosciutto combo. This medium-bodied and versatile style of dry rosé can stand up to rich flavors such as prosciutto and mozzarella, and helps to mellow out the sweet-tart balsamic vinegar drizzled on top of the salad.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Wine of the Week - Font du Vent Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé "Les Promesses"

From our newest Rhône producer, Font du Vent, comes this summer-ready rosé - just in time for hot weather. A fresh blend of Cinsault and Grenache from organically-grown vines, the Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé "Les Promesses" shows bright red fruit and and ripe melon. Rosé is the staple drink in the South of France in summer, so grab a bottle of this fantastic rosé, some tapenade, olives, anchovies, ripe rockmelon and some fresh goat cheese and you could be in the Gonnets' garden in the middle of summer.


Originally founded in 1950, Bertrand and Guillaume Gonnet continue their family’s legacy by producing wine in their style, but are also making their own mark. Their commitment to understanding the terroir in terms of how it affects the ripening process, and introducing improvements to the production process have both enhanced the elegance and style of the wine. An important initiative for the winery was the natural shift to organic agriculture. Font du Vent had been operating organically for years, so it was a logical next step to apply for organic certification. Their vines have been in their family for over four generations, and organic farming signifies their commitment to passing on healthy vineyards to the next generation.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Shiverick Imports Wine Dinner at l'Albatros in Cleveland

We're happy to announce that Hope Shiverick will be leading a sure-to-be-delicious wine dinner at l'Albatros in Cleveland, OH on June 20. In the European Wine Industry, it is quite typical for generations to work alongside each other, eventually handing off the baton. We are incredibly fortunate to share a hometown with one of the few American multi-generational Importers: Shiverick Imports. Hope Shiverick spent many years honing her skills in the industry before joining her father at Shiverick Imports.


6-course Shiverick Imports Wine Dinner
With special guest Hope Shiverick
Thursday, June 20th
beginning at 6:30 pm with a meet and greet
dinner will begin at 7:00 pm
$100 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)
Call for Reservations 216-791-7880
dinner menu will be posted at albatrosbrasserie.com

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Recipe Thursday: How to Drink Full-Bodied Reds in the Summer


We’ll be spending a lot of time over the next few months talking about wine and food pairings that are suited for warmer weather, including copious amounts of rosé and light, fresh bites. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll be storing away our fuller-bodied reds until the cooler seasons arrive. Powerful wines with generous tannins, such as the Herdade do Rocim Tinto “Clay Aged” Alentejo, deserve a special place at the table this summer -- especially when firing up the outdoor grill for meatier favorites, such as Grilled Herb-Marinated Entrecôte of Lamb (Saveur).

Photo Credit: Saveur / Ingalls Photography

The roasted tomato sauce served alongside the succulent lamb entrecôte takes full advantage of summer’s juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes. It’s a glorious pairing with the Rocim “Clay Aged” Tinto, a rich red blend that matches the weight and body of the flavorful lamb, and brings out the umami-rich marinade and zesty sauce.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Wine of the Week - Herdade do Rocim Tinto “Clay Aged” Alentejo

We're always so excited to introduce an innovative method of winemaking to our customers and this week's featured wine is a unique bottling from one of our favorite Portuguese winemakers. the Herdade do Rocim Tinto “Clay Aged” Alentejo is explained beautifully by Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast in his 93-point review for the 2016 vintage:
"Fermented in open stone lagars and then aged in clay pots, the wine has a rich, open character. Its plummy fruits and generous tannins give this limited production wine power, concentration and excellent aging potential. Drink this Catarina Vieira wine from 2021."

Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim. Catarina Vieira has been in charge of the development of the estate and she believes that Alentejo has the unique conditions required to produce world-class wines. Joining her as General Manager of the estate is Pedro Ribiero. He contributes to the winemaking decisions, as well as running the sales and business affairs of the estate. Since purchasing the estate, Caterina and Pedro have invested greatly in the land by completely regenerating the vineyards and building a new state of the art winery. They believe that Rocim has great potential for producing high quality wines with worldwide recognition and have created a project that gives value not only to Alentejo, but to Portugal as a whole.