Wine

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.

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!

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.

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.


La Petite Perriere

Some old favorites just came back in, Guy Saget La Petite Perriere Sauv Blanc, Rosé and Pinot Noir. Great value wines from the Loire region of France, the perfect everyday drinkers.

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La Petite Perriere 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99
On the nose this wine has an elegant and harmonious expression of white flowers, elderflowers and acacia, balanced with a light minerality. After a silky attack, the middle of the palate wakes up in a pleasant freshness, finishing with fruity notes of white peaches and lychees.

La Petite Perriere 2017 Rosé, $12.99
The complex delicate nose is a subtle blend of rose petal, grenadine and berries. The attack on
the palate is supple, light and fresh. The finish has a pleasant softness, enhanced by a slight vivacity, which accompanies fresh aromas of raspberry and grenadine. 
 
La Petite Perriere 2016 Pinot Noir, $12.99
On the nose, aromas of blackberry and blueberry. The palate is fleshy at point of entry then full, ample and generous, flowing into a crisp cherry-driven finish with an ultra-fresh beading sensation. A mouth filling wine offering up the generosity and typicity of a Pinot Noir that has just hit maturity.

Big Ol' Bargain Bottles of Spanish Wine

Who doesn't love a big bottle of wine! Perfect for parties, for family gatherings and they make an impressive gift. We have a great selection of Magnums from around the world in the Wine Shop, but here are three bargains from Spain.

Flores de Cerezo 2013 $40
"Deeply pitched aromas of cherry, cassis and violet, with a touch of cracked pepper building in the glass. Pliant black and blue fruit and dark chocolate flavors show firm spicy bite, with a subtle licorice nuance emerging on the back half. Finishes sweet and gently tannic, leaving smoke and dark berry notes behind." 89 Pts, Vinous

Solar De Randez 2010 Reserva Rioja $40
 "Powerful aromas of ripe cherry and blackberry, with suave floral and mineral notes and a suggestion of vanilla. Full, fleshy dark berry and floral pastille flavors are lifted by a smoky mineral note, gaining energy with air. Finishes lively, focused and persistent, showing a hint of mocha and even tannins."  91 Pts, Vinous

Ceres Ribera Del Duero 2013 Crianza $39
"Fresh dark berries, cherry pit, licorice and a hint of vanilla on the fragrant, incisive nose. Juicy and tightly wound, offering pepper-tinged bitter cherry and cassis flavors that stretch out slowly with aeration. Closes taut, spicy and long, with smooth tannins coming in late and adding shape and grip." 90 Pts, Vinous
 

Wine Picnic Backpack! $44.99

With warmer weather just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about outdoor excursions. Hiking, river running, picnics or outdoor concerts, no matter which way you roll, we have the perfect item for your fun in the sun: the spacious Wine Picnic Tote Backpack! 

This awesome pack comfortably holds two bottles of wine and comes with service for two, including:  plates, forks, knives, spoons, wine glasses and fabric napkins. But that's not all, it also contains a waiter's corkscrew, cutting board, serrated cheese knife, and even salt and pepper shakers! There is a separate section for meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies or whatever you would like to take along. The insulated compartments keep everything at a consistent temperature, and it's only $44.99. After all, wine makes most every activity a little bit better.