Enoteca – Fine Wine & Beer

Connecting Post Falls, Coeur d' Alene, Spokane and surrounding towns with high quality beverages. Wine and Beer of the Month Clubs, wine & beer tasting events, and huge selection

Dear Enotecans,

This email is about the December 2012 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.

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Renwood Wine Tasting Friday 4-7

Come by tonight from 4-7 and try the new line up from Renwood.  Tasting samples are free!  The winery has changed hands, a lot has been invested in improving their already great Red Zinfandel selection.  Jeff Peda from Renwood will be on hand to share a handful of wines, including a delicious port.  See their new packaging, learn more about this winery, and have an opportunity to buy some of what you taste.

Renwood is the official wine sponsor for the Hollywood premiere of – and premier party for – Anna Karenina, the bold new film adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.  That’s pretty cool.


Why Should I Join the Club?

Not in the Wine or Beer of the Month Club yet? You’ve heard about this Wine & Beer Club but aren’t quite sure what it is? Click here to find out what you’re missing! If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, consider signing up your fine wine or craft beer lover for a subscription that will keep on giving.

The wine club is a great way to learn about wine and beer, experience a variety of unique wine & beer, broadening your horizons. Come by this weekend and try a Red Flight and/or White Flight to get an idea what the different levels are about!

Read more about the Club, including the different levels and options…

What’s going on with the Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge?

Post Falls’ exclusive smoke-free fine beverage establishment for grown-ups only, serving high quality beverages of all stripes.  We don’t serve food so you won’t see any kids around, though you can order your own food from any of the 5 restaurants that are a stones throw from here. We feature very good premium wells, as well as excellent higher end options across the board.

Whatever you like, we’re here to serve it, and we have expanded hours to serve you. During the day we can serve pints and fill growlers, and pour wine by the glass. For the full Drinkery & Refuge experience, come in from 4-close Monday-Saturday. That means we will start full service at 4pm and we’ll stay open until Post Falls is done having a good time for the evening. Lately our weekends have been going to 10 or 11pm, so don’t hesitate to stop by!

Since it is Wine Club Weekend, in addition to our regular wine list and Wine Flight, you can order from our Wine Club selections.

See our beverage selections:

Beer: What’s On Tap? and don’t forget to Get a Text when we tap a keg.
Wine: Wine by the Glass or Flight list
Mixed: Any mixed drink is available, but see our specialty cocktails here.

Spotlight on the Libation Specialist…

Meet Jake S., our head bartender.  He has an absolute passion for craft beer, and can walk you through selecting the one you’ll enjoy the most from our extensive 11 tap handle selection, or our 700+ bottled beer selection.  Jake will be leading the Chimay Day tasting event, and has already put together great tastings like Stout Day.

He’s also the brains behind our new infusions, which you can see on our Facebook here, or come on in to see them in progress and ask Jake about them.  His cocktail recipes are getting rave reviews, don’t miss out on the Bloody Mary or Bloody Maria, both are being extremely well received.  I think they’re the best in the area, and I have been trying them everywhere I go.

Jake S. is also a local school teacher, and the best fly fisherman I know.  Come down to meet Jake!

We’ve been posting pictures and descriptions of some of the great drinks they’ve been coming up with on our FaceBook page.

Policy Change: Let us get your Club selections for you!

With all the changes in recent months we need to make a policy change on picking up your Club selections and special orders from your Bin.  Simply come to the front counter and let us know your name or Bin number, and we will go get your selections for you!

The wine and beer for this month’s Club has arrived and will be in your Bin on Friday!

If you’re not a Club Member yet, learn about the Wine & Beer Club? It’s a great way to learn more about wine and craft beer, and have your experience expanded. If you’re a novice to wine, the Wine of the Month Club will expose you to all sorts of tasty bottles and you’ll be an expert in no time! If you’re more of a wine connoisseur, try the higher end club selections to automatically own highly recommended bottles.

Wine Club Tasting…

Come taste Wine of the Month Club selections 4-close Friday, and 4-close Saturday. Taste a flight of 2 oz. each of the 3 Reds for $10 or 2 oz. each of the 3 Whites for $10.  Glass pours will be available for all the wines as well, and the Anniversary Red is only available by the glass.

And without further adieu here’s the lineup for Club and Tasting:

Vintage Club

White WineTreveri Blanc de Blancs Brut
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

Smooth, complex and crisp, Treveri Brut demands indulgence and brings clear perspective to your moment. The fresh and dry finish enhances this bubbly, and brings luxury to any occasion. Sugar content is 14 grams per liter.

100% Chardonnay


Red WineTerra Blanca Arch Terrace Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
(Red Mountain, Washington)

Red Mountain Estate Vineyard A Salmon Safe Certified vineyard Growing Conditions: A typically warm vintage that lead to harvest in mid-September.

Fermented in open tanks using multiple yeast types. Barrel aged for up to 32 months in French oak.

A Washington favorite, bursting with dark cherries and delicate tannins.

Fragrant red raspberry, red currant with traces of cedar and orange marmalade on the nose lead into a lively, fruit forward Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate bright fruit is supported by a firm structure and great acidity. This Cabernet Sauvignon will match beautifullly with braised short ribs, roast leg of lamb or even a grilled salmon fillet. Aging potential of this wine is easily ten years or more.

96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot


Reserve Club

White WineCono Sur Brut
(Bío-Bío Valley, Chile)

Cono Sur’s sparkling wine is lively and radiant. Its aromas reveal great expression of fresh fruit, mingled in with the complexity and elegance of honey, white flowers, and notes of yeast. It’s juicy, crisp, mineral and refreshing. A fresh palate, balanced, complex and with great acidity, displays an extremely elegant and delicate brut.

An excellent option to accompany toasted almonds, smoked salmon, or fresh tuna tartar. As far as desserts are concerned, this sparkling wine goes great with fruit bavarois, chocolate fondue, or apples cooked in cognac.

93% Chardonnay, 7% Pinot Noir


Red WineCaymus Conundrum Red 2012

NOSE: Almost floral, with tones of lavender, dried berries, baking chocolate, bacon bits. Aromas are rich, velvety and wonderfully appealing.

PALATE: Silky round entry with acid to balance and high fruit concentration. The nose leaves no doubt about the seriousness of this wine. The palate is fruit driven both before and after the high tannin middle core. The finish is long, not drying of tannin, and beckons a second sip.

“Lots of red fruit upfront. Interwoven bright and bold cherries, raspberries, and a little plum toward the back. A hint of sweetness…Smooth, round, and VERY easy drinking.” Jacksonville Wine Guide

“Lots of red fruit up front. Interwoven bright and bold cherries, soft tannins and a tiny hint of sweetness on the back of the palate gives it a long memorable finish of lush velvety black fruit.” The Sun Star

“This new red offering is sure to get you in the holiday spirit…with a flavor quality similar to red velvet cake.” Jacksonville Magazine


Premier Club

White WineNicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut Reserve
(Champagne, France)

92 Points, Wine Spectator

The Nicolas Feuillatte Brut is rich and creamy; dried fruit, nut and spice notes of fruitcake; lemon meringue, quince and honey flavors; clean citrusy acidity; elegant.

Presented in a beautiful gift tin.


Red WineNota Bene Ciel du Cheval Syrah
(Red Mountain, Washington)

This is our first Syrah from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, one of the premier vineyards in Washington State. Located in the AVA of Red Mountain it is blessed with warm days and cool nights that ensure mature ripe flavors will dominate. We topped off the final blend with a splash of Grenache from Stone Tree Vineyard to add a touch of strawberry to the bouquet…and just to keep us guessing.

97% Syrah, 3% Grenache (Stone Tree Vineyard)

Only 50 cases produced. This wine was aged for 21 months in 50% new Saury American oak and 50% once used Alain Fouquet oak.


Anniversary Club Red

Red WineSeps Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(Napa Valley, California)

The same structure, finesse, and purity of fruit that have long characterized Storybook Mountain Zinfandels are evident in Seps Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. These qualities reflect the estate vineyard’s relatively cool climate, its clay-loam soils, and its easterly and northerly exposures. The style of the wines also reflects Jerry Seps’ preference for wines of moderate alcohol, intense, focused fruit and exemplary balance.

“The 2006 Cabernet exhibits blueberry, black currant fruit, a dark ruby/purple color, some loamy, earthy notes, moderate tannin, and a well-built, ageworthy character.”

– Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate



Fine Beer Club

Beer Club selections are not open for the tasting event, but a few bottles are available for purchase.

Each month the Fine Beer Club members receive $20 worth of beer in whatever configuration fits. We may include large format bottles, smaller bottles, six packs, even (gasp!) cans. Some are darker, some are lighter, but all in all it’s a great way to explore beers from international and domestic sources. Fine Beer Club is a variable number of bottles each month, in a huge range of beer styles, but always interesting and unique $20 worth of beer. This club focuses on new releases, specialty beers, and a wide variety of styles. This is for the craft beer explorer.

Want to get a text message when we tap a new beer? Sign up here.

Fine BeerMidnight Sun Co-Ho-Ho Imperial IPA 22oz
(Anchorage, Alaska)

When the loveable “hopheads” at Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse requested a winter version of alehouse favorite Sockeye Red IPA, our brewers instinctively spawned CoHoHo Imperial IPA.

CoHoHo begins with generous measures of pale two-row and specialty malts along with spirit-boosters like brown sugar and honey. Hefty doses of Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops beautifully balance that outrageous malt bill while juniper berries heighten the festive character of this exuberant beer.

Make Merry all Winter Long…

8.0% ABV, 85 IBUs, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerHopworks HUB Pig War Imperial IPA 22oz
(Ontario, Oregon)

Estate NW Style Ale uses both Willamette and Cascade hops grown exclusively for Hopworks on San Juan Island. These hops impart a fresh, crisp and stunning fruitiness, coupled perfectly with aromatic floral herbaceousness. A rich malt body and warming finish are followed by a subtle, balancing hop bitterness.

8% ABV, 80 IBU, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerMaui and Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano Palenaole
(Enterprise, Oregon)

This red ale, brewed with Liliko’l and Michigan cherries is ruby red in color, tart and refershing in flavor. Working with Ron is something I’ve wanted to do since I had my first Jolly Pumpkin Beer. Years later its a reality. Being involved on this project was an honor and a privilege. Mahalo to my MBC crew and to you, fans of craft beer. Aloha, John Walsh.

Yes, Michigan and Hawai’i are connected. It should be obvious to you know, as you hold this beer, and read this label. John and I designed this beer with two noble fruits from two noble states. Michigan & Hawaii. Cherries & Lilko’i. Starting to see the connection? I feel it. So does John. 4391 miles may separate our breweries, but not our thirst for the exquisite. Hipa! – Ron Jeffries

6% ABV, 12oz CAN


Rare Beer Club

Rare Beer Club is a subscription to special and rare craft beers for a true craft beer lover. Exclusively limited-release beers, can be a variable number of bottles not exceeding a total cost of $35 in one month. This club focuses on beers that have low-availability, special reserve series beers, and hard-to-find exclusives. Included will be vintage beers suitable for aging, perhaps beers that we have cellared to perfection at Enoteca, and beers that appeal primarily to advanced craft beer enthusiasts.

Want to get a text message when we tap a new beer? Sign up here.

Fine BeerFull Sail Wreck the Halls 2009
(Portland, Oregon)

This annual favorite is a sublime hybrid of an American style IPA and a winter warmer. The result is a bold brew that celebrates the holidays with an intriguing blend of Centennial hops providing elegant citrus notes balanced by a backdrop of a rich caramel malt body. Dry hopped to amplify the aromas and flavor.

This particular bottle has been aged for 3 years, let’s see how it has developed!

6.5% ABV, 68 IBUs, 22oz
Fine BeerPort Brewing Santas Little Helper Russian Imperial Stout 2011
(Portland, Oregon)

Made from copious amounts of Roasted and Black Barleys, our stout invites you to share a silky black body with hints of freshly pulled espresso from the coffee house, melding with dark bitter sweet chocolate from a Belgian Chocolateer and the ash of a smoldering fire on a dark winters night.

This is last year’s vintage, aged to perfection.  Pick up a bottle of the 2012 and try them side by side.  Pick up a bottle of the Bourbon Barrel Aged 2012 version too while they are here.

10% ABV, 22oz
Fine BeerAnchorage The Tide and its Takers Belgian Tripel 2011
(Anchorage, Alaska)

From the very first vintage comes this aged Belgian Tripel style.

Brewed with Sorachi Ace and Styrian Golding Hops. Aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels with brettanomyces. Triple Fermented.

This is an unshored ale. Wild and Remote; there’s a beer where the sea used to be. I believe there will be many takers for this tide. It begins with a soft and spicy floral nose. The brett notes are measured and reverberate around the lemon-cream-pie hops like ripples around a buoy in a beam sea. Wood notes drift and float by and bring a bit of vanilla toward the end but mostly the wood does the important work of softening the heat of a multi-phase fermentation that is three fathoms deep. Putting a snifter of this beer up to your lips is like putting a conch shell up to your ear. Living right up against the Atlantic Ocean here in Delaware nothing says welcome home to me so much as the rhythmic crashing of an incoming surf on land and I get that familiar feeling while drinking The Tide and Its Takers. Like a powerful ocean you cannot take this beer for granted. It’s complex, it has a lunar-pull that makes you reflexively go for the next sip, and it puts you in the right mood to appreciate life and nature’s bounty. To paraphrase folk-punk Michelle Shocked, You know you’re in the largest state of mind in the union when you’re anchored down in Anchorage. Cheers!

-Sam Calaglone, President & Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

100 – RateBeer

9% ABV, 30 IBUs, 750ml bottle

Check Out! In order to keep track of your Wine & Beer, we use a “Check Out” procedure. When you come to pick up your Wine & Beer, please momentarily stop by the counter and check out. Club members receive receipts by email.
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