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76 Prospect St., Gloucester, MA 01930

978 282-1455

  Come and visit us  at the corner of Pleasant and Prospect St., across from St. Ann's church. 

Parking located behind our store!  

 

 

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Wine Tasting with Gary Ballard
of MS Walker 
 
 Saturday, December 15
2 - 5 p.m.
 
(Complimentary! - $5.00 suggested donation for Pathways for Children)
 
 
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE OUR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED WEEKEND OF HOLIDAY WINE & CHEESE TASTINGS!
 
Please join us 
Saturday, December 15 from 2~5,
when Gary Ballard will be pouring a number of festive Holiday Wines

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Sunday, December 16,
for our Annual Christmas Gift Wine Tasting
(featuring rare and highly-rated finds). This is a perfect opportunity to find something extraordinary for that special person on your Christmas list!
 
Kathleen, Katrina & Laura
 
 
complimentary!
($5.00 suggested donation to Pathways for Children)


2016 Cooper Mountain Vineyards, Pinot Gris, Oregon ~ $17.99
Cooper Mountain Vineyards owner Dr. Robert J. Gross is a psychiatrist, homeopath, and acupuncturist in addition to being a vineyard owner committed to organic and biodynamic farming. The enterprise began in 1978 when Dr. Gross and his wife, Corrine, planted their first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the volcanic soils of Cooper Mountain. Cooper Mountain Vineyards is dedicated to the concept of 100% estate grown and produced wines. The vineyards were planted in 1978 on a south facing slope of Cooper Mountain, an extinct volcano site overlooking the Tualatin Valley and notable for its unique and shallow soils. Certified Biodynamic since 1999. Cooper Mountain's signature Pinot Gris is from the winery's oldest Pinot Gris plantings (from 1978-1982). The wine is rich and balanced, showing mineral notes as well as hints of pear. 100% stainless steel fermentation.

2017 Granbazan, Albarino, Rias Biaxas, Spain ~$22.99
Founded in 1981, Granbazan was the original quality pioneer in the region, the first estate to invest in modern winemaking equipment and trained enologists, the first to use clean, free run juice and cool fermentation and to realize the world class potential of the Albarino grape. Granbazan farms 17 hectares of Albarino vines in Val do Salnes, the sub-region of the Rias Baixas which is centered around the town of Cambados. Val do Salnes is the site of the oldest Albarino plantations. Etiqueta Verde, or 'Green Label,' is the entry-level offering from Granbazán. The grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed before undergoing a cool pre-fermentation maceration which helps to lock in and amplify aromas and structure. Etiqueta Verde is made with a combination of free-run juice and lightly pressed juice. It is aged on the lees for no less than four months before bottling. This is a classic Salnés Valley style albariño. Dry, very floral, with crisp acidity, and elegant salty aftertaste. 
 
2014 Luigi Bosca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina ~ $19.99
 The passion of four generations of the same family, shown in Bodega Luigi Bosca's collection, reflects the result of an ambitious effort started many years ago: the wish to express the quintessence of Argentinian wine. From vines averaging 45 years old, 
it has a very bright red color, with spiced aromas of cassis and blackberries, and floral notes integrated as a result of aging in oak. It is  full-bodied on the palate, with hints of pepper and leather, with ripe and full structured tannins.
2016 Bastide Miraflors, Syrah, Grenache, Rhone, France ~ $17.99
Bastide Miraflors is a cuvée created from Grenache grown on weathered, alluvial clay soils combined with Syrah grown on schist in the village of Maury. In the Côtes Catalanes region, the grapes are harvested by hand; there is a long maceration of six weeks and the wine ages for 12 months in concrete tanks (Grenache) and 600L French oak demi-muids (Syrah). The vibrant purple hue is filled with notes of chocolate and blackberries, with a seamless and silky finish.
"This wine is almost too good to be true...reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile, and not a hard edge to be found. It's a sensational value that needs to be tasted to be believed. " ~ Robert Parker, 94 points

2016 Clos St. Jean, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France ~ $57.99
The prestigious Clos Saint Jean is run by the fourth generation of the Tacussel/Maurel family - Vincent and Pascal Maurel - under the tutelage of renowned oenologist Philippe Cambie. Clos Saint-Jean is considered by critics, sommeliers, and consumers alike to be among the top properties of the Southern Rhone.  Famous for its full-bodied, seductive and spicy reds with flavor and aroma characteristics reminiscent of black cherry, baked raspberry, garrigue, olive tapenade, lavender and baking spice, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the leading sub-appellation of the southern Rhône River Valley. Large pebbles resembling river rocks, called "galets" in French, dominate most of the terrain. The stones hold heat 
and reflect it back up to the low-lying gobelet-trained vines. 
The assemblage for the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is the same as for the "regular" Châteauneuf-du-Pape, at 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest a blend of Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Vaccarèse. The difference is that the Grenache in this wine was planted in 1905. This is dark, plummy and rich but still vibrant 
and fresh. Full-bodied, velvety and intense, it boasts a super finish, again loaded with intriguing notes of licorice and spice.

 
UPCOMING EVENTS ~ 

Saturday, December 15 ~       
Wine Tasting with Gary Ballard from MSW   2~5 pm
 
Sunday, December 16 ~       
Our Annual Christmas Gift Wine Tasting
(featuring rare and highly~rated finds)  \
   1~4 pm
 
Monday, December 17 ~
                Extra Shopping Day!                   
 open 11~5 pm
 
Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
open 11~4
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY & DECEMBER 26
 
Monday, December 31 (New Year's Eve)
open 11~4
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
 
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Annual Holiday Gift Wine Tasting!
Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 - 4 p.m.
 
(complimentary! - $5.00 suggested donation for Pathways for Children)
 
 
Join us for this incredible tasting of rare, highly-rated boutique wines, chosen especially for the most discerning gift or show-stopping wine to grace your holiday table.  From powerful Brunello to stony Saint-Joseph, many of these wines are single-vineyard, biodynamic, and hand-crafted.  They are extremely limited, so don't miss this great event!  
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December Schedule
(Let us help you make this holiday season the best yet)!
 
Saturday, Dec. 15 - Wine tasting with Gary Ballard
2 - 5 p.m.
 
Sunday, Dec. 16 - Our Annual Christmas Gift Wine Tasting
(featuring rare and highly-rated finds)
1 - 4 p.m.
 
Monday, Dec. 17 - Extra Shopping Day!
Open 11 - 4 p.m.
 
Thursday, Dec. 20 - Men's Night!
Tasting of Ports and Big Reds
5 - 7 p.m.
 
Monday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)
Open 11 - 4 p.m.
 
(Closed Christmas Day and December 26th)
 
Saturday, Dec. 29 - Wine Tasting with Bob McVicker of Madsciarelli Wines
2 - 5 p.m.
 
Monday, Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve)
Open 11 - 5 p.m.
 
Happy Holidays!
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Kathleen and Katrina’s Wine Picks for the Holiday Table
 

 

Varichon & Clerc, NV, Haute~Savoie, France ~ $14.99

Winemaking in Seyssel is recorded for the first time in the 12th Century (1145), where production was further developed under the monks from the Charterhouse in Arvières from the 14th century onward and where Varichon & Clerc was later established. The official proclamation of the small AOC Seyssel in 1973 (only 220 acres under vine) was the first sparkling wine AOC in France after Champagne. This was also a great achievement for Varichon and Clerc, one of the major wine producers. Located in the hilly pre-alps between Lyon and Geneva, Varichon & Clerc have been continually producing classic "Methode Champenoise" wines since 1901! Local grapes, such as Altesse and Molette, are skillfully blended with judicious amounts of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Macabeu to fashion this very elegant wine. This is a smooth and creamy sparkler with flavors of gentle pear, apple, vanilla and toast. A festive aperitif, at a very festive price!

2016 Mt.Beautiful, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand ~ $18.99

As pioneers of the North Canterbury region, Mt. Beautiful's owners David and Leigh were looking to invest in David's homeland in a way that would allow expression of their passion for farm-to-table food and wine, while energizing the community to which they are so genuinely committed. By producing elegant, certified-sustainable, estate-grown wines, David and Leigh have found a way to truly encapsulate in the bottle the climate and the richness of the land by creating Mt. Beautiful Winery. Highlighting floral aromas and tropical flavors such as guava and melon-like fruit, they tone down the grassiness and bring a creamy mid-palate all the way through to a fresh and bright crispness on the finish.

 

2017 Piciarello, Fiano di Avellino, Camapania, Italy ~ $29.99

Campania may well be Italy's oldest wine region, with a history which spans over three thousand years and has endured throughout the rising and falling of empires. From the ancient Greek Fiano varietal planted on volcanic soils, comes this distinctive flinty white with an atypical, yet beautifully blended spice and voluptuous texture reminiscent of white Burgundy. Ciro Picariello and his wife started their winery in 1997, and he has quickly become one of the star producers of Fiano di Avellino. Their 7 hectares of vineyards are located at relatively high elevation in the province of Campania. Fiano is also known as the wine of the bees because its sweet flesh would draw the pollinators from miles around.  With subtle nutty aromas with fresh pear, citrus, honey and spice flavors, this is a perfect wine to pair with ripe cheeses and salumi, while you're watching the parade and waiting for the bird to finish.

2016  Clos Cibonne, Tibouren, Provence, France ~ $28.99

The property of Clos Cibonne dates back to 1797 when the Roux Family purchased it from Jean Baptiste de Cibon, aptain of the royal marines of Louis XVI. In 1930, André Roux modernized the winery in order to pursue his goal of producing top quality wines at the estate. This revival ignited an era of fame for the rosés of Clos Cibonne. A mineral-accented bouquet evokes dried red berries, orange pith, lavender and jasmine, along with a suggestion of peach pit in the background. Silky with great acidity on the midpalate, offering red currant and blood orange flavors and a hint of anise. Shows a suave blend of depth and energy and finishes long and seamless, leaving behind floral, mineral and red berry notes. Pass the cranberry orange compote?

 

2016 Chateau la Nerthe, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, Rhone, France ~ $59.99

Archives affirm Château La Nerthe's existence as early as 1560, while suggesting an even more distant past dating to the dawn of the region's wine culture in the 12th century making it one of Châteauneuf's oldest estates. Located in the heart of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC region of southern France not far from Avignon, the 225 acres of Château La Nerthe vineyards are located in a single block around the Château and have been certified Organic since 1998. All 14 of the permitted primary varietals are planted, with Grenache dominating 62% of vineyards and the vines averaging over 40 years old. This wine has a complex range of citrus, stone fruits and tropical fruits on the nose. The palate delivers a stunning array of mineral-flecked apple, lemon and white peach. A gorgeous gift from those rocky soils!

 

2016 Les Copains D'Abord, Gamay, Beaujolais, France ~ $18.99

The classic red wine pairing for Thanksgiving! This is the sophisticated, yet still with an air of insoucience, cousin to the Beajolais Nouveau of old. This is Gamay that we want to drink.  The bouquet exudes red fruit notes which are enhanced by delicious, fresh flavors, soft tannins, smooth taste of red fruits and a supple, delicate texture in the mouth. Semi-carbonic maceration for about 5 days. This is a traditional technique in the Beaujolais region which consists in vinifying the grapes as whole bunches. Fermentation thus begins inside the grapes themselves in order to capture all the flavor of the fruit, then kept in stainless steel vats until the spring. Waiting patiently until November, when we open it, and give thanks, for so very much.

2015 Owen Roe, Ex Limbris, Syrah, Washington ~ $25.99

Owen Roe O'Neill was a seventeenth century Irish Patriot, who dedicated his life to upholding the highest principles of political equality and freedom. His commitment to great things made him an ideal model for Owen Roe. Made with selected top quality grapes from vineyards in the Willamette, Mid-Columbia, Yakima, and Walla Walla valleys, chosen because they are in areas that ripen fruit fully, with fruit that has excellent acidity and Ph balance. Each vineyard is contracted by the acre, with strict controls on yields and vine development. The same high principles are found in the winery, allowing only minimal handling, racking by gravity, and excellent cooperage. The principle of good earth stewardship is very important to everyone at Owen Roe, so no herbicides or pesticides are used in their vineyards. The nose is filled with dark chocolate, hazelnut and caramel aromas, the palate bursts with robust plum, black cherry, licorice and hints of tobacco. We recommend decanting and enjoying with your hearty Thanksgiving Feast, and holding onto a few bottles to open in a few years! Thanksgiving 2022!

Renardat, Bugey Cerdon, France ~ $24.99

The Bugey, halfway between Lyons and Geneva, is one of the tiniest and most obscure wine areas in France. This wine is a low alcohol pink sparkler made from Gamay and Poulsard grapes using the méthode ancestrale. Unlike the méthode champenoise or carbonation method by which the majority of sparkling wines are made, here the grapes are fermented in chilled vats until the alcohol reaches about 6%. After a light filtration that leaves most of the active yeast in the unfinished wine, it is bottled and continues fermenting, stopping at about 7½-8% alcohol, retaining perceptible sweetness from the grapes.  It is incredibly balanced with an invigorating acidity and lip-smacking red berry fruits with clementine zest and minerals coalescing on the finish.   "Lightly sparkling rosé, modestly sweet, floral, beautifully balanced and refreshing."~Eric Asimov, New York Times

 

2013 Mas Amiel, Grenache Gris, France ~ $27.99

Raymond Amiel won the deeds to this property in 1816 from the Bishop of Perpignan in a game of cards. The estate is now owned and run by Olivier Decelle and has helped to raise the profile of this domaine, now the leading producer of Vins Doux Naturels in the area. The older wines are aged outside in glass demijohns for one year before being moved into large, old oak casks to finish their maturation. Exposure to the sun and deliberate oxidation gives them a wonderful nutty, spicy, "rancio" flavour.   With a bouquet of citrus, grapefruit and summer sun-warmed shale. A refreshing attack that swings between mineral flavors, grapefruit and mandarin.The extremely fresh finish is characteristic of this wine. Served chilled. A lovely match for a fruit pie.

 

 
 
 
Saturday Wine Tastings
2 - 5 pm
 
Complimentary!
($5.00 suggested donation to Pathways for Children)
 

 

 
 
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