Ryme Cellars: Winemaking For a Cause

We’ve brought in two new wines from Ryme Cellars out of California. They created Uphold Wines with the dream of contributing to causes that they valued and wanted to support. In early 2017 the couple made a decision to redouble their commitment to community. Believing that social progress cannot be left to its own devices, they desired to be greater agents of positive change. The winemaking duo decided to use their craft as a means to raise money. The bottlings includes three wines to uphold the protection of the planet, women's rights and people's equality. Every 90 days the winery will donate 100% of the net profits from every bottle of Uphold Wine sold. The funds will go to organizations that are working to defend the foundation within these three categories. So drink up, enjoy these wines and know that every bottle sold is making a difference.

 

2016 Uphold Cabernet, $22.00

For Education is dedicated to supporting education efforts domestically and abroad. Nothing is a better investment in our future than expanding opportunities in education. We believe in emphasizing creatvitiy and innovation in the pursuit of education.

 

2016 Uphold White, $16.99

The 2016 White Wine for the Planet is aromatic crisp and refreshing. This is a perfect summertime white. 100% of the net profits will go towards protecting our planet.

The Secret of Piedmont's Power

Nebbiolo is the grape used to Borolo and Barbaresco, the powerful wines from Piedmont region, high priced and made for aging. But it can also be used to make an entry level, approachable wine that is a bit more affordable and made to be consumed young. A perfect wine for pairing with a variety of foods, such as lamb, mushroom risotto, it has flavors of cherry, coffee, anise, and earth, with grippy tannins. Here are three of our favorites in the wine shop to take home with you the next time you visit the shop.

  • 2017 Produttori  Nebbiolo, $25
    Lively earthy berry fruit floats atop fine tannins and great acidity.

  • 2015 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbaco, $26
    White pepper, cherry, tea, juniper and tobacco flavors dissolve into a swath of tannins that leave a grip on the finish. Though elegant, this feels more like a Barolo in profile and structure.

  • 2017 GD Vajra Nebbiolo, $23
    Generous and vibrant, fresh, with reminiscence of raspberry and a hint of fresh mountain strawberry.

Valentine's Wines

Valentine's Day is approaching and a sparkling wine usually fits the bill for sharing with that special someone. So why not try a sparkling from one of our local producers? Here are a few that we carry in the wine shop:

2017 Snake River Winery Pet-Nat, $15.99

Petillant Naturel or Pet-Nat is a naturally sparkling wine dating back to the 16th century. Dry, refreshing, fruity and fizzy, it’s just plain delicious.

NV Sawtooth Sparkling Brut, $16.99

Wonderful aromas of green apple and citrus mineral notes make for a delightful start to this traditional sparkler. Our Brut NV offers bright, crisp acidity complimented by a touch of yeast on the delightfully long finish. 

NV Ste. Chapelle Open Air Sparkling Wild Huckleberry, $16.99

This wild sparkler boasts vibrant huckleberries married with the crisp sweetness of apricot and nectarine.  Pair with adventure!

2017 Split Rail Daft Pink, $18.99

Daft Pink is a Dry Rosé that we injected with bubbles in the method NON-traditionnelle. With scents of lemon curd and strawberry fields forever, it's destined for life's infinite celebrations and the search for an endless summer. 

2017 Coiled Rizza, $28.00

Made exclusively from the Riesling grape, it has racy acidity and exuberant bubbles that gointo a crisp, but lush balance. 

Slovinian Selections

Every once in a while, someone will come in and ask for wines from Slovenia. Well, we have them, Vina Stekar, organic and delicious wines from the Goriska BRDA region of Slovenia.

2015 Merlot, $23.00

The fresh quality of fruit, with ample acidity, and lovely supple tannins, make for a remarkable Merlot to drink around the dinner table with many different cuisines. Red cherries, plums, and spices come through on the nose and on the palate, bringing an overall balance to this age worthy red that is truly spectacular.

2015 Cabernet Franc, $22.00

This Cabernet Franc is not as typical ‘lean and green’ as some of the French examples, as the fruit and earthiness are a bit rounder and fuller.  However, the character of the grape really shines through with an herbal and savory quality that is laced around dark berried fruit, plum, and soft wood spices, and finishes very long and pleasant.

2016 Sivi Pinot (Pinot Gris), $20.00

Intense on the palate with dried and ripe fruits, spicy tones, and an undertone of fresh minerality, this wine has gorgeous depth, slight grip, and well-rounded acidity. 

2017 Malvazija (Malvasia), $21.00

This wine is intense on the nose, with beautiful fruit tones, robust herbal quality, and even hints of acacia flower.  It is fresh and vibrant while still being very full-bodied, harmonious in alcohol and acidity, and overall very balanced.


Wine All The Time

Don't forget out wine class next Monday, January 28. Bob will be featuring wines that don't break the bank but drink like they are in a much higher price point. You will love trying these hidden gems that Bob has put together!


Every once in a while, someone will come in and ask for wines from Slovenia. Well, we have them, Vina Stekar, organic and delicious wines from the Goriska BRDA region of Slovenia.

2015 Merlot, $23.00

The fresh quality of fruit, with ample acidity, and lovely supple tannins, make for a remarkable Merlot to drink around the dinner table with many different cuisines. Red cherries, plums, and spices come through on the nose and on the palate, bringing an overall balance to this age worthy red that is truly spectacular.

2015 Cabernet Franc, $22.00

This Cabernet Franc is not as typical ‘lean and green’ as some of the French examples, as the fruit and earthiness are a bit rounder and fuller. However, the character of the grape really shines through with an herbal and savory quality that is laced around dark berried fruit, plum, and soft wood spices, and finishes very long and pleasant.

2016 Sivi Pinot (Pinot Gris), $20.00

Intense on the palate with dried and ripe fruits, spicy tones, and an undertone of fresh minerality, this wine has gorgeous depth, slight grip, and well-rounded acidity.

2017 Malvazija (Malvasia), $21.00

This wine is intense on the nose, with beautiful fruit tones, robust herbal quality, and even hints of acacia flower. It is fresh and vibrant while still being very full-bodied, harmonious in alcohol and acidity, and overall very balanced.


Walking the wine shop, we sometimes find great wines that we forgot we had. Here is a sleeper that everyone who loves good Chardonnay should try.

2013 Blue farm Gap’s Crown Chardonnay, $52.00

Very Burgundian in style, this light-bodied wine sings in bright, citrus-laden overtones, with enough length and complexity to intrigue. Rocky minerality overlays lemon pith and a delightful crispness that makes for a food friendly, celebratory selection. 92 Pts Wine Enthusiast


Watch for some special events coming up in Uncorked Wine Bar in February: A special Valentines Pop-Up and drink and appetizer special on Valentines Day!

Rosé All The Way!

We just got in a couple of wines that we’re really excited about. Both 2016, a very good vintage for both regions. Come in and pick up a couple.

 
2016 Clos Du Caillou Cotes Du Rhone, $25.00

 90% Grenache 10% Syrah, Mourvèdre and Counoise, This wine has an attractive red velvet color on ruby reflections. The nose expresses aromas of liqueur of red fruits, strawberry and wild raspberry. The mouth is smooth with notes of strawberry compote dominated by wild black plums and ripe cherry followed by a wonderful mouthfeel.

 

2016 Paul Pernot Bourgogne Blanc, $30.00

If you want that elegance, refinement and purity of Puligny fruit without the village price tag, this is a must. Clean, melon and citrus fruit with snappy young acidity and a touch of softening oak round out this lovely little wine. It’s stylistically very pure and expressive of Puligny fruit.

Exciting Down Under Wines

We brought in some great white wines form Australia and New Zealand, you'll want to stop by and pick up a few:

2016 Sherwood Estate Pinot Gris, New Zealand, $13.99

Medium gold in color, this is a rich, ripe and fleshy version of Pinot Gris. Heady aromas of tropical fruits, bruised apples and pears along with flower blossoms are followed by a creamy, weighty palate that squeaks in just enough acidity to keep things from getting overly heavy.

2015 Wildberry Two Passions Chardonnay, Australia, $16.99

Lively, mineral-accented Meyer lemon, pear and nectarine aromas slowly take on a floral nuance. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering lively citrus and pit fruit flavors that deepen on the back half. In a lively style, finishing with very good energy and mineral cut. 90 Pts, Vinous

2016 Nugan King Valley Chardonnay, Australia, $18.99

Pale straw in appearance, with a youthful green hue. Aromas of peach, nectarine, poached peach and mixed spice overtones. A rich mouth-filling palate of stone fruit, biscuit and yeast notes with a crisp acidity that complements the generously full fruit flavors.


We got a great deal on a couple of Back Wall Bargains, both at $9.99 so come and get some while they last:

Mondavi 2015 Divining Rod Red, $9.99

The Divine Red -- with its deep, rich, red color -- opens with aromas of blackberry, cedar, and cinnamon. The blackberry and black pepper flavors are complemented by hints of plum and cassis, giving the wine zip and a kick. New French oak adds a pleasant mouthfeel, texture and weight giving the right amount of influence to envelop the wine in a fitting tannic structure and a long finish that preserves the integrity and brightness of the Lodi fruit.

McManis 2016 Petite Verdot, $9.99

Aromatically, the wine is full of blackberry, with some blueberry. Additional notes of mocha and a faint smokiness are contributed from oak aging. The wine is dense and full of dark berry fruit flavors with a creamy, supple mouth feel. Flavors of fresh berries and mocha linger in the finish.

New Idaho Wines

We love supporting the Idaho Wine Industry and we just picked up some new wines from a winery up north that has been a pioneer in Idaho winemaking.

Clearwater Canyon has just released some new wines and we ordered them in as soon as they were available. We’ve got:

2016 Coco’s Reserve Red Blend: Malbec, Petite Sirah, Carmenere, Cabernet franc, Petite Verdot, and Merlot

Layer upon layer of ripe fruits and warm spices excite your senses. Plum compote, cumin, strawberry jam, and white pepper take turns as the leading role. Dark crimson and round tannins indicate this wine will age well. Dear Carmenère lovers, this is a wine for you!

2016 Mary Bonita Red Blend: Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Cabernet

Mary Bonita is Coco's Grandmother. Rich aromas and flavors of dried raspberries, vanilla bean, and dark-silt-loam soils soothe the soul. Levity is imparted with a blast of the classic mineral, specifically wet stone, characteristic of the Lewis-Clark Valley. Mouthwatering acidity and rounded tannins finish the beautiful experience of a wine worthy of Mary Bonita.

2016 Louis Del Sol Cabernet: Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah

Pecan pie, pomegranate, currants, juniper berries, roasted marshmallows and cobble stones lead you into the glass and seemly soak into your palate. Velvety tannins and intense color make this an age worthy wine that can be enjoyed for its boldness now or can be your muse for years to come.

2016 The Wine Project: Petite Verdot, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Malbec

The inky pigment and full-bodied tannins of this wine are matched with bold flavors of sandalwood, cinnamon, black cherries, and purple violets that lead into a long finish of roasted marshmallows, hazelnuts, and charcoal.


We also picked up some reserve wines from Ste. Chapelle; usually only available at the winery, but we were able to bring some in for the Wine Shop.

2016 Open Air Red Blend: Cabernet, Syrah, Grenache, Malbec, and Tempranillo

Aromas and flavors of dark fruit and cocoa, finishing with vibrant fruit and smooth tannins.

NV Sparkling Wild Huckleberry: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

This wild sparkler boasts vibrant huckleberries married with the crisp sweetness of apricot and nectarine.

Great Deals for the Holidays

We have some new wines that we’ve brought in that we’re really excited about. Great prices, so stock up, It’s Wine Season!

2015 Vina Alicia Malbec $16.99

A delicious red with dark berry and chocolate character. Round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Polished and pretty. Serious. 93 Pts, James Suckling

2014 Bleasdale Langhorne Crossing Red Blend $9.99

This is a soft easy-drinking blend of Cabernet, Shiraz, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Cherry, vanilla and hints of mint mingle easily on the nose and palate, which offers a medium body and a slightly creamy texture. 87 Pts Wine Enthusiast

2016 Domaine De Verquiere Rasteau $18.99

The classically proportioned 2016 Rasteau is full-bodied, creamy and rich, packed with red raspberry and black cherry fruit. Subtle spice notes add complexity on the nose and finish, which is long-lasting and silky. 91 Pts Wine Advocate

2017 La Pepie Muscadet $15.99

This wine has good fruit, crisp acidity and creamed-apple flavors. With its light texture and juicy acidity, it’s a great, refreshing Muscadet with vibrant minerality.

Do you like collecting corks? We have the perfect containers made specifically for this.

Bird Cage Cork Holder $29.99

The distressed, painted metal and classic silhouette of our Country Cottage Bird Cage Cork Holder is the perfect way to display your cork collection in antique elegance.

Cork Cage Wreath $25.99

Cork Cage Wreath is the perfect gift to give your cork collecting friends this holiday. Simply drop your cherished corks through the opening found on top of the wreath and voila, corks are safely and attractively stored.

Cork Cage Rooster $28.99

Show off your cork collection in our playful Cork Cage Rooster. Handmade from metal and finished with a soft patina, our Cork Cages feature whimsical multi-colored glass accents and a hinged door to easily add corks.