Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles!

The Holidays are upon us and that means Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles! We have all kinds of Champagnes and Sparkling wines for every budget, whether it’s a special bottle for someone or parties and mimosa’s, we have you covered. We also have a great selection of local wines from our Idaho Wineries. Over 25 wineries are represented on our shelves, a great gift option for your out of state relatives.

We have a great selection of gifts and stocking stuffers for your one stop shopping. Wine and beer accessories, glassware, t-shirts from local shops, aerators, wine and beer openers, etc. While you’re stocking up on your wines, you can grab a couple of gifts to check some names off your list.

Speaking of gift ideas, the Uncorked wine club is a great gift for that person that everything. $45 a month, you get a selection of 3 different wines, with tasting notes and a great bag to carry them in.

We just stacked this wine and it is fabulous! 2015 La Cattura Toscana, $20.00. A blend for 2015 was 90% Teroldego & 10% Syrah, refined for 12 months in oak barrels. Medium-bodied, fresh, velvety with well integrated tannins. Here is what Wine Reviewer James Suckling says about it:

"A beautiful wine that shows red fruit such as cherries and red plums as well as stones, cedar and orange skin. So complex. Medium body, firm and rich tannins and an extremely clear and long finish. Drink now or hold. Made from organic grapes." James Suckling, 93 Points

Holiday Season Ports and Sherries

Now that the weather is cooler and all the holiday goodies are available, it’s a good time to open up some Ports and Sherries to pair with them. We have an extensive selection and here are three to start with:

Santiago Cream Sherry Special Edition, $16.99

Chestnut brown in color, this wine has a dense, syrupy appearance. A strong oloroso bouquet in the nose combines with a hint of sweetness reminiscent of roasted nuts, such as in nougat or caramel. Full bodied and velvety in the mouth with a well-balanced sweetness and a seductively elegant, lingering finish. Made to be paired with Desserts, fruits or nuts.

Graham’s Six grapes Reserve Porto, $22.00

Six Grapes has a seductive, rich aroma of ripe plums, cherries and dark chocolate notes. On the palate it's complex, with an excellent structure and a long, lingering finish. Six Grapes pairs particularly well with dark chocolate, but is also fantastic on its own as a luscious dessert in a glass.

Hardy’s Whiskers Blake Classic Tawny, $14.99

Aged, rich, ripe fruit with chocolate, coffee and nutty aromas. Smooth and mellow with classic rancio (nuts, butter) characters, good length and a dry finish. Pair with mature cheeses or dark chocolate.


New Australian Wines

We have 2 new Australian wines that just arrived and you should definitely pick up a bottle or two. Great values for the money.

Wildberry 2013 Two Passions Cabernet $16.99

This restrained, medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is a solid value. On the nose, cedar, vanilla and cassis elements blend together easily, while brown sugar and vanilla flavors are supported by just enough cassis and black cherry fruit.

90 Pts Wine Enthusiast

Nugan 2015 Scruffy’s Shiraz $13.99

Dark purple. Spicy blackcurrant and cherry aromas are complemented by Asian spices and floral oils. Lively and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet, incisive dark fruit flavors and a hint of spice cake. Finishes on a gentle tannic note, with very good clarity and an echo of candied flowers.


Annual Wine & Cheese Sale • December 2

It's time for our Annual Wine and Cheese Sale! From Asti Spumante to Zinfandel, and Manchego to Mozzarella, we have wines and cheeses to suit everyone's palate. And to celebrate our love for these fine creations, we have an awesome sale and sampling event every year!

Join us Sunday, December 2 from 7am to 10pm. Take 25% off all cheeses* and 15% off all wines*, all day long!

Delicious samples of select wines and cheeses will be available from 11 am to 5 pm (wine sampling starts at 12 pm) in both grocery stores and the Boise Co-op Wine Shop. It's the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

This sale takes place in both grocery stores and the Wine Shop.

*regularly-priced items only; cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

Talkin' Turkey

Turkey Wines

No matter what your color preference, we have red, white, rosé and sparkling wines to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner. If red is your thing, might we suggest Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or the Grenache dominant wines from the southern Rhône. For a white, Gewürtraminer are Riesling are classic choices, and we have a great selection ranging from dry to sweet. Of course sparkling wines are among the most versatile when it comes to food, and of course, no matter what your budget, we’ve got you covered. And although for some, rosé season is winding down, we still have a good variety available. Rosé goes great with turkey, and appeals to a wide range of wine lovers.

For your Holiday gatherings, what better way to start than with a cheese plate? Choose from our amazing selection of cheese from around the world just across the street. Then stop by the Wine Shop. We have some great options for serving your cheese choices:

Fete Slate Cheeseboard

Fete Slate Cheeseboard

The Fete Slate Cheeseboard board puts a modern spin on a classic serving piece. Use it for crackers, Camembert, Roquefort or Cheddar, then whisk it away for easy clean-up. $19.99

 
Viski Cheeseboard

Viski Cheeseboard

The Viski Cheeseboard is solid acacia wood with a lustrous dark finish that integrates two stainless steel side handles, achieving a wholly contemporary look and feel. Ideal for fine aged cheeses, hearty breads, fruit and charcuterie. $29.99

 

Of course you’ll need some tools to serve your cheese. The Country Home Rustic Cheese Knife Set is made with rough hewn acacia wood handles and features stainless steel blades. It includes three cheese tools: chisel, knife and spreader. $14.99


I’m Sorry, but I Think You Have My Glass

Avoid confusion at your holiday parties. We have just what you need to keep your guests wine glasses on a short leash and in the hands of the right owner. The Spot On Glass Markers feature color code puppies, the Paw Off Glass Markers, color coded kitties. Both perch on your glass rim—$9.99 each for a set of six cute creatures. The Social Climbers Glass Markers attach to the stem of you glass. Six different, upwardly mobile sloths will help you quickly locate your drink in the jumbled jungle of any party. $9.99

Halloween Time

Skullduggery

It’s almost Halloween, time for ghosts, goblins and skulls. That’s right—skulls. Crack open your Halloween brew with the Wall Mount Skull Bottle Opener ($9.99), and then pour it into the Kikkerland Skull Stein ($14.99).

Wine more your thing? We’ve got you covered. Serve your favorite bottle from the Foster & Rye Skull Decanter. Holds a full 750 ml. bottle and is too cool for words ($21.99).

Eight Years a Prisoner

In 1998 David Phinney started Orin Swift Cellars when he released his first wine, the Zinfandel based The Prisoner. A cult following ensued, and in 2010, he sold that brand to Huneeus Vinters. He stayed on for a short time, but when they parted ways, while he kept the Orin Swift name, he signed a non-compete that barred him from producing a Zin based wine for eight long years. That has now expired, and Phinney has just released the appropriately named Eight Years in the Desert. Very limited production, but we managed to score a few. Priced at $45 a bottle, it will not last long.


Doubling Down on Rosé Sale

The weather is cooling down, but that’s no reason to give up on drinking rosé. More and more, rosés are finding a year round home in the glasses of discriminating wine lovers. Think of them as your fall or winter white. And to encourage your continued support for all things pink, we are putting a couple of different rosés on sale every week—you’ll save 15% off the regular price. For the week of October 14 through October 20, it will be two of our favorites: Trians Vin de Provence (sale price $12.75) and Maris Rose de Nymphe Emue (sale price $14.45). Stock up now, then stay tuned for our next rosé pair.

Vessels To Help You Get Your Wine Groove On

While traditional crystal stemware may be the norm at the dinner table or in restaurants, sometimes it’s fun to step outside the box. We have a variety of different vessels to help you get your wine groove on.


RSVP

RSVP

 

RSVP Stainless Steel Stemless wine glass, $11.99 each
Great for outdoor use, while it keeps both reds and whites at the right temperature longer than glass or crystal.
 

 
Lifefactory

Lifefactory

 

Lifefactory Stemless Wine Glasses, $39.99 set of 4
Silicone wrapped wine glasses that protect against that clumsy friend who always breaks one. I'm looking at you, Dave...

 
Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask

Hydroflask Wine Tumblers $29.99 each
The worry-free lip eliminates drips (think adult beverage sippy cup), while TempShield™ insulation keeps wine at the perfect temperature. The durable 18/8 Pro-Grade Stainless Steel construction won't retain or transfer flavors.


But, if you're not a "step-outside-the-box-kind-of person", there's always Spiegelau!

Spiegelau

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In the end, nothing beats crystal for serving a glass of fine wine. After all, part of the pleasure is in the color and clarity of the wine. We proudly sell Spiegelau stemware, billed as “The Class of the Glass.” Whether it’s red, white, sparkling wine, or spirits, Spiegelau offers high quality crystal, dishwasher safe glass, with a high breakage resistance, in several different styles and sizes.


Sometimes we bring in some great wines that get lost in the shuffle. Here are a few little gems that you might have overlooked:

2013 Silverado Sangiovese, $24
A blend of 90 percent Sangiovese and 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers blackberry aromas layered with white pepper and cherry, backed by perfectly balanced bright fruit flavors.

2016 Refugio Pinot Noir, $22
This Pinot has a beautiful ruby red color and a perfumed nose of cherry, violets and raspberry. On the palate, the pure fruit flavors join a lively mouth feel with well-balanced acidity. Probably the best vintage of this Pinot to date, it is so pretty and delicious that you can even drink it without food if you want. Scored  93 points in the Wine Advocate

2016 Tamber Bey Unoaked Chardonnay, $24
“Offering up pineapple, pink grapefruit and pomelo on the nose with touches of crushed stones, white pepper and yuzu zest. Medium to full-bodied and intense, with some sulfides on the palate and a racy acid line, finishing long and minerally.” 91 points, Wine Advocate
 

Sweet Summer Deals

2014 Onward Shay White, was $11.99, now $6.99
We got a great deal on this white wine from 3 Horse Ranch, and we're passing the savings on to our customers. A blend of white Rhône varieties, offering up a perfect complement to any
summertime barbecue, picnic or evening on the deck!  Sauvignon Blanc, the perfect white wine to cool down with on hot summer days. Bright, refreshing and ultimately quaffable.

Here are a few of our other favorite everyday drinkers:

Prisma

Prisma

2017 Prisma Sauvignon Blanc, $10.99>
This great little wine from Chile has citrus notes of lemon, lime, and grapefruit, combined with a mineral undertone that leads to a crisp, elegant, and well-balanced finish.

 
 
La Graviere

La Graviere

 
 

<2017 Chateau La Graviere Bordeaux Blanc, $9.99
As is typical in France, the Sauvignon Blanc here is blended with Semillon to provide body and a little honeysuckle character. Aromas of lemon and grass lead through to an almost silky finish.

 
 
 
 
Sean Minor

Sean Minor

2017 Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99>
Vibrant and juicy, this Sauvignon Blanc has light, refreshing flavors of honeydew melon, key lime, pink grapefruit and green apple. A great example of the variety from California.