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!

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


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.

Great Summer Wines

Hot weather is finally upon us and it's time to explore new areas in the wine shop that you may have overlooked, like miscellaneous white wines from California and Washington. These often get overlooked and it's a shame because we have some really good ones. Here are a few of our favorites:

Klinker Brick 2017 Albarino, $14.99
Aromas of stone fruit, pear, and honeydew melon lead into full, elegant flavors of green apple and peach, laced with a subtle minerality.

Maryhill 2016 Viognier, $12.99
Aromas of pear, honeysuckle and cantaloupe melon transition into a palate that is juicy and round in the mouth with notes of Meyer lemon, pear and nectarine.

Ca Momi 2016 White Blend, $9.99
Savory, earthy accents complement ripe melon flavors and a generous texture in this pale-colored, medium-bodied wine. It has good heft on the palate, and is rich enough to keep the flavors lingering.

Locus 2016 2016 Modo White, $15.99
This easy-drinking Bordeaux-style white is refreshing any time of year. A Bordeaux style blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, you will find flavors of pineapple, lychee and citrus, with a touch of grass and flint.

The Perfect Summer Red:

2017 Fatalone Primitivo Teres, $18.99
Okay, Primitivo is Zinfandel’s first cousin, so how can it make a light summer red? This Italian entry uses grapes from the vine’s second budding (racemi). The extra stalk that’s typically pruned off, when left, produces a more delicate juice. That, and limited skin contact, result in a light ruby colored wine with enticing strawberry rhubarb aromas. Ripe strawberry and currant flavors are balanced by bright cranberry, with an edgy minerality. Give it a nice chill (about half an hour in the fridge), pour yourself a glass, and pair it with all your red wine favorites fresh off the grill.


Come in and check out our new selection of Corkcicles in bright summery colors. $29.99, best price anywhere!

Happy 4th of July!

Celebrate the 4th with the first of our month-long Rosé Wednesday wine tastings, at the North End Boise Co-op Wine Shop from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. This will be a special one, as it's your chance to get a first look at our soon-to-be-open Uncorked! Wine Bar. The tasting will be hosted there by Samantha (aka Sam) Bauer who will be heading up this new venture. Sam comes to us from Oakland's Bay Grape, one of the most innovative wine shop/wine bars in the Bay area, billing itself as a community gathering place. She brings that experience to Boise, along with her enthusiasm for, and knowledge of all things wine. For her first tasting, it's rosés from around the world. Here's what she'll be pouring:

•    Solar de Randez, Rioja, Spain
•    Domaine du Dragon, Côtes de Provence, France
•    Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Cistercien, Nederosterreich, Austria
•    Domaine Campu Vecchiu, Corsica, France
•    Michel Torino, Calchaqui Valley, Argentina

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Ever been to a BBQ and tried to get food while juggling a wine glass and a plate? Awkward! Here is the perfect solution. The handy Tastebud Wine Glass Lanyard zips to encase any standard wine glass and loops around your neck to hold it while you meet, snack or chat. Made of insulating neoprene to maintain temperature, the lanyard is perfect for wine tastings and parties of all sorts. $5.99



Sharing that special bottle of wine with someone is always an experience to remember, and now you can keep that memory for years to come by saving the label with Memento™ Wine Label Removers. Their clear adhesive plastic lifts labels intact from bottles to display on a wall, fridge or scrapbook page. $7.99

Where There's a Will, There's Rosé

We are just getting to peak rosé weather and our selection is peaking as well, so here are three of our favorite new arrivals:


2017 Ferrandiere Grenache Gris, $9.99 (left)
Situated between the Montagne Noire and the foothills of the Pyrenees, Domaine Ferrandiere sits on an old salt water lagoon, now the perfect place to grow vines. A varietal bottling of Grenache Gris, the pink-skinned cousin of Grenache Blanc, the result is a naturally pale pink wine. The nose if very lively and aromatic with intense raspberry. Pleasant on the palate, this is an easy to drink, fruit forward rosé at a great price.

2017 Stift Goetweig 2017 Rosé, $17.99
Leading with soft notes of strawberry, Meyer lemon, lemongrass, and rose petal, this rosé of Pinot Noir shines with loads of subtle, classic yellow fruits that seem to mark every wine from this part of Austria’s Kremstal region, whether white or rosé. Gentle mineral and spice nuances finely weave together for an ethereal mouthfeel.

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2017 Terra Corsa 2017 Rosé, $14.99 (right)
Want to know what the fusion of French and Italian culture tastes like? Try a Corsican wine. This one is primarily Nielluccio, which is a classic Corsican grape that has a strong genetic link to Sangiovese. Fresh and vibrant, it offers up scents of blood orange and basil. The melon and black pepper flavors give way to fresh cherry with an intriguing touch of river rock.


Rosés are the choice for summer, but sometimes when you have a hunk of beef on the grill, you gotta have red. We just brought in a fantastic Côtes du Rhône, the 2016 Delas Freres priced at $12.99. It’s a blend of 60 percent Syrah and 40 percent Grenache, a combo that lends itself to a more opulent style, with floral berry and plum aromas. A bigger wine with layered fruit, soft tannins and a touch of oak—just the thing for late spring barbecues. One of the most respected wine mags, Decanter, scored it a heady 95 points.

Can You Beer Me Now?

You good folks voted us Best Wine Shop in the Weekly’s Best of Boise for the 10th YEAR IN A ROW! Thanks for that, but even though we are a wine shop first, we have some great accessories for the beer lover in your life. T-shirts, mugs, openers etc. Here are a few of our favorites:

Banana Ink 208 Beer Glass T-shirt, $23.99  Super soft, light-weight material perfect for summer wear. Strut your 208 while you still can. 

Banana Ink 208 Beer Glass T-shirt, $23.99
Super soft, light-weight material perfect for summer wear. Strut your 208 while you still can. 

Foster & Rye Bolted Bottle Opener, $9.99  If you collect beer caps, you’ll definitely want one of these. The only device we’ve found that gently opens your beer without creasing the cap.  

Foster & Rye Bolted Bottle Opener, $9.99
If you collect beer caps, you’ll definitely want one of these. The only device we’ve found that gently opens your beer without creasing the cap.

Foster & Rye Bottle Opening Pint Cup Set, $19.99   Always looking for a bottle opener? Check out this revolutionary vessel, with a bottle opener base to pop caps of brews and a 16-ounce cup top to pour them into. Add a solid stainless steel construction and classic enamel finish, and it's pretty much guaranteed to come in handy everywhere from your kitchen to your campsite.  

Foster & Rye Bottle Opening Pint Cup Set, $19.99
Always looking for a bottle opener? Check out this revolutionary vessel, with a bottle opener base to pop caps of brews and a 16-ounce cup top to pour them into. Add a solid stainless steel construction and classic enamel finish, and it's pretty much guaranteed to come in handy everywhere from your kitchen to your campsite.

TWINE Rustic Farmhouse Wall-mounted Bottle Opener, $7.99  Made from wrought iron, this wall-mounted bottle opener is perfect for any home. The distressed finish adds a subtle rustic farmhouse vibe.

TWINE Rustic Farmhouse Wall-mounted Bottle Opener, $7.99
Made from wrought iron, this wall-mounted bottle opener is perfect for any home. The distressed finish adds a subtle rustic farmhouse vibe.

BBQ Season is Here!

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BBQ season has officially started, so we've picked out some wines that will pair with anything you want to put on the grill.
2016 Scarpetta Pinot Grigio $13.99
This wine has high acidity and a balanced flavor profile marked by apple and pear notes. It’s the perfect wine for shrimp and seafood.
2017 Ryan Patrick Rosé $10.99
On the nose, you get hints of fresh grapefruit, rainier cherry, pomegranate and bright floral notes. That’s followed by bright, lively acidity, a round, fruit driven mid-palate with traces of strawberry that precedes a crisp, clean finish. Pair it with Salmon or grilled chicken.
2014 Flegenheimer Paisant Red Blend $17.99
This one is packed with kirsch, raspberry coulis and red currant jelly aromas, plus a pleasant peppery undercurrent. It fills the mouth with peppered red berry preserves and silky tannins with just enough freshness rounding off the long finish giving it a lively lift. Try it with a burger or ribs.
2014 Zorzal Malbec $16.99
This Malbec offers super mineral, violet, and chalk aromas. Very complex and fresh, it enters the mouth with great volume and with a very particular texture resulting from the chalky soils. Its tannins are sharp, making it very direct, with nerve and a very long finish. Perfect for a big, juicy steak.

Perfect for Picnics & Potlucks

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Accordian Cooling Carrier in Blue by True, $12.99
The spacious, insulated Accordion™ Cooling Carrier keeps temperatures low to hold plenty of food, a few bottles of wine, or any combination thereof. Accordion-style folding makes this a breeze to store, in your home cupboard or car trunk for on the go use! Fold the tote up for easy carrying on your way to the neighborhood farmers' market or coming home from an afternoon picnic. Great gift idea for the foodies in your life, and you won’t find a better price, not even at that big on-line retailer named for a big South American river. 

Boise Weekly Wine Picks

Did you know that the Boise Weekly Wine Sipper wines are always available at the Wine Shop? A panel of local wine industry folks get together every few weeks and blind taste a different category each time. Their three favorites are featured in the Boise Weekly—dry rosés and unoaked Chardonnay being the most recent. Check out the articles on line, then stop by the wine shop where you’ll find them prominently displayed in the front of the store.