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February 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Feb - 01 - 2013

green-grapesDear Enotecans,

This email is about the February 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.

Super Bowl Growler Fills: Come fill up for the big game, greatest variety available in 1/2 gallon growlers, starting at just $9See What’s On Tap here, fill up from 11am-last customer Friday & Saturday.


Upcoming Events:

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

red-wineWine Club Tasting – Free Flight Friday…

Come taste Wine of the Month Club selections 4pm-last customer Friday.  We will have all of the wines below open for tastes, pick 3 to try.  Come up to the bar tender for each of your 3 free tastes and he will pour a sample for you.  We start at 4pm, and go until the bottles are all empty!  We do ask that you tip the bar tender who serves you.

Policy Change: We will get your Bin 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!

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

Budget Wine Club

Budget wine club costs only $20 per month and includes two bottles.  They can be red, white, pink, or any combination.  These are some excellent wines at great prices. Learn more at Budget Wine Club: New Wine Club option

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

I just love the beeswaxy notes to this wine.  It’s fantastic, and dry to off-dry, not a sweet Riesling.  Give it a try we think you’ll like it.

Bright and appealing yellow color with green hues. A Riesling of delicate grace and aromatic intensity. The nose is fresh and crisp, with soft flower aromas like jasmine, which combine with nice citric notes. In mouth citric flavors like grapefruit mingle with mineral hints. This Riesling is fresh and young, with great volume and pleasant acidity.

This delicate and elegant wine is a good partner for equally refined dishes: caviar, foie gras, smoked salmon, almost every single shell-fish species (shrimp, crab and lobster especially) and white meats. Less known is its predilection for vegetarian or oriental dishes, ideally Thai, and sweet or savory recipes that include fruits: prunes wrapped in bacon and apple pie for example.

100% Riesling


Red WineVan Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel
(Lodi, California)

Wow what a deal! This wine is normally $23 from Van Ruiten, but we were able to score some for only $12. There are a couple more cases available in this special deal.

The Zinfandel fruit was hand selected from the first vineyard John Van Ruiten planted over 50 years ago and is among the families most prized grapes. Our 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel is packed full of blackberry, cherry and blueberry jam with barrel flavors contributing aromas of coffee, cedar, and finishing with anise.

100% Zinfandel


Vintage Club

White WineVan Ruiten Lodi Pinot Grigio
(Lodi, California)

Pinot Grigio has been said to possess red wine capabilities on the dinner table. This versatile varietal has also done an excellent job in enticing the ever increasing number of “Anything but Chardonnay” sentiments of wine drinkers. The Pinot Grigio is brilliant in color and accentuated with powerful aromas of peach blossom, pear, apple and subtly enriched notes of apricot and melon. Our Pinot Grigio is packed with tropical fruit and framed with a balanced, elegant mouthfeel that allows the intense fruit flavors to shine.

100% Pinot Grigio


Red WineCryptic 2010

We’re putting this in wine club this month because we wanted to make sure as many people as possible to have a chance to taste this delicious wine before the inaugural 2010 vintage dries up!  Read more about this wine, watch a video tasting on it here.

The three C’s on our encryption wheel each represent one of the three varietal components: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each grape varietal adds a unique characteristic to the blend. The Zinfandel component is brimming with brambly, intense red berry flavors. Inky, intense Petite Sirah provides depth and color and concentration, while elegantly structured, silky Cabernet Sauvignon adds polish and complexity.

Blend Composition: 44% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Other Red Varietals


white-wineReserve Club

White WineNavarro Edelzwicker
(Anderson Valley, California)

We encountered this wine at a fall trade show and just love it.  A traditional European blend being made in California, it’s quite the head turner.

Edelzwicker was born in Alsace, known for the fragrant white wines, the hearty food and the warm Alsatian hospitality. Alsace has scores of picturesque towns and villages along the “Route du Vin”. Located on the French side of the Rhine, it is one of the most productive farm regions in Europe.

Until the middle of the 17th century, Alsatian vineyards were planted with field blends; a mixture of grape varieties tended and harvested at the same time. In 1644, during the Thirty Years’ War, when Alsace was a duchy of France, an order in Riquewihr distinguished the noble (edel) wine grape varieties (Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Riesling) and the lesser ones (Auxerrois, Chasselas, Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner). Only wines made with a blend of exclusively the noble varieties could be designated as Edelwein; the term Edelzwicker then appears later, around 1700. In the 20th century, France annexed Alsace after World War I and the Order of November 2, 1945, after the German occupation, stipulated that blends of Alsatian wines from standard varieties mixed with wines of noble varieties, must be named “Zwicker” (blend), and blends of only noble varieties could be called “Edelzwicker”. The law of January 2, 1970 simplified the rules of AOC Alsace: “Zwicker” was eliminated and the term “Edelzwicker” was allowed, whatever the varieties used for the blend.

Today, Edelzwicker is only a fanciful name without any current AOC status, but Navarro’s 2011 Edelzwicker goes back to the 17th century parameters. It is truly noble, containing 42% Riesling, 33% Gewürztraminer and 25% Pinot Gris. Aromatic, spicy and lip smacking, it would be great with most of the dishes listed in the caption.

42% Riesling, 33% Gewürztraminer, 25% Pinot Gris


steele-outcastRed WineSteele Outcast Red Blend
(Lake County, California)

Four California counties have been legally recognized as the North Coast Grape Growing Region. These four counties, lying to the north of San Francisco are Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. Due to the remoteness and splendid isolation, Lake County has never received the tourist attention of its north coast neighbors. It has 8,500 acres of grapes, but its resident wineries are few. While the quality of its grapes is widely recognized, most all of them are shipped out of county to fuel the wines of its more popular neighbors.

We in Lake County, in this sense, feel ourselves to have become an “Outcast”. The special blend in this bottle clearly demonstrates the excellence of wine from Lake County grapes. In drinking and enjoying this wine, you will be helping us to shed the chains that have for so long bound us in the role of “Outcast”.


Premier Club

White WineVincent Delaporte Sancerre Blanc
(Sancerre, France)

Pale gold with green hints. Very expressive, intense and complex nose with boxwood, rhubarb, blackcurrant, kiwi fragrances and a light vegetal touch (marigold). The entry is soft and round. Bright freshness on the palate, delicate and lively purity. Well balanced and harmonious, it ends with a clean lingering finish.

As a young wine, it is a superb aperitif served at 10°C and a marvelous companion for shellfish.

After a few month of maturation, it becomes excellent with oriental dishes, fish dishes, sushi, grilled or fish with a sauce. Also very good with roasted white meats and poultry.

100% Sauvignon Blanc


Red WineKen Wright Pinot Noir
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)

The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of our traditional vineyards. Though not at the same level of complexity as the vineyard designates, this blend is extremely enjoyable, lush and full of pure, Pinot fruit. It is also a terrific value. The blend consists of fruit from Abbott Claim, Canary Hill, Carter, Freedom Hill, Guadalupe, McCrone, Meredith Mitchell, Nysa and Savoya vineyards.

100% Pinot Noir


Anniversary Club Red

Red WineTerra Valentine Spring Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, California)

According to the Wine Spectator: “Intense, with spicy, loamy earth, mineral and pebble notes mixed with dried currant and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied and tannic, yet the flavors push through on the finish. Drink now through 2016.”

The nose opens with bright fruit, currants, spice, bittersweet chocolate, cedar and lead . Jubilant fruit and bright cola berry follows with notes of caramel, dried fig and sweet cherry tannins. This wine is aged to perfection and is ready to drink.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon



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 BeerAnderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout 6pk 12oz CANS
(Boontville, California)

In honor of the Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel version of this beer going on tap this month, we are sharing a six pack of this delicious beer in eco-friendly cans for beer club. Come down for a pint and compare to the one in the can!

With its deep, dark brown-black color, thick, full-bodied, velvety-smooth mouth feel, mocha character, and, strong yet subtle hop bite, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is one of the thick and rich.

RateBeer: 96, BeerAdvocate: 100

5.7% ABV, 6 pack 12 oz CANS


Fine BeerFish Tale Hodgsons Double IPA 22oz
(Olympia, Washington)

From Jake’s home town.

Pours a clear golden copper color. A bright, citrusy hop aroma with a toasted malt backbone and hints of pine & spiciness. A balanced taste of bitter, citrusy hops and toasted malts with a floral character and a dry, bitter finish.

9.9% ABV, 22oz bottle


lugene-bottle-glassFine BeerOdell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout 12oz SINGLE
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

Chocolate Milk? Stout! Milk Stout with Chocolate. Yummm! Odell hits the target with this one, pleasant bakers chocolate, that gets better and better as it warms up.

Here’s what Odell has to say:

If you’ve ever been to our brewery, you’ve likely seen the old, beat-up truck that hauls away our spent grain. That truck belongs to Lugene who’s been feeding his dairy cows the hearty malt for over a decade. Named in his honor, Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is brewed with milk sugar and milk chocolate. The rich and creamy brew reminds us of a cold glass of chocolate milk and our hometown “Aggie” roots.

RateBeer: 97, BeerAdvocate: 90

8.5% ABV, 12oz bottle


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 BeerFantome Hiver Saison
(Soy-Erezée, Belgium)

Fantome’s beers are exceedingly rare, we hardly see any in Idaho. When we were able to score a couple cases of the Hiver winter, it just had to be offered to the RBC members. I’ve opened a handful of Fantome Saisons over the years, and no two bottles, even from the same batch and the same case, are exactly the same. Let this beer speak to you, it has a story to tell.

Fantome’s winter offering, available December through March or so. Brewer Dany Prignon changes his receipes every year, so we can’t so for sure what this year’s beer will be like, but it is sure to please lovers of Dany’s beers.

RateBeer: 98, BeerAdvocate: 90 exceptional

8% ABV, 75 IBUs, 750ml bottle


Fine BeerWells Courage Russian Imperial Stout
(Bedford, England)

Truly the beer by which all Russian Imperial Stouts should be measured. Very hard to get hold of.

As Originally brewed in 1795 for Catherine the Great of Russia. Enjoy now or allow to mature in the cellar. Brewed to perfection only once a year, Courage Imperial Russian Stout enjoys a rich, espresso body with pear overtones and an intriguing fresh smokey, fruity finish.

RateBeer: 99, BeerAdvocate: 99 World Class

10% ABV, 275ml bottle


Fine BeerDogfish Head Saison du BUFF Saison

This beer is collaboration between Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA), and Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA). The idea for this beer germinated way back in 2003 when the three guys (Sam from Dogfish, Greg from Stone and Bill from Victory) formed the BUFF alliance (Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor) – a noble endeavor with the goal to highlight the passion and camaraderie of the American craft brew movement.

So, BUFF didn’t really do anything (beyond talk a lot of talk) until 2010 when the three brewers finally got together to jointly brew at beer at the Stone Brewery. Saison du BUFF was first brewed at Stone and then replicated at each of the other two breweries – same recipe, same ingredients, three different breweries throughout 2010. This is from the recent 2012 batch.

Saison du BUFF is a 6.8% alc/vol Saison brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. The beer is brewed three times, once at each brewery using the same recipe. The expected release dates for each brew are as follows:

RateBeer: 95

6.8% ABV, 12oz


Fine BeerBoulevard Collaboration #3 w/ Pretty Things Stingo
(Kansas City, Missouri)

This is Boulevard’s third collaboration, with Pretty Things, a gypsy brewer with no home. There are only two commercially available Stingo’s, this one which is a one-off, only made one time, and the Samuel Smith’s Stingo, which is made irregularly, and is still very hard to come by. Check out this unique classic style from England in the 1600’s. Aged to perfection and ready to drink.

Collaboration #3 Stingo was brewed using traditional English ingredients. A variety of ale and specialty malts from Yorkshire are at the forefront; their pronounced roasty aroma and flavor contain hints of toffee, cocoa and bread crust. English hop varieties contribute subtle herbal, peppery qualities. The beer was brewed in batches; some was fermented on oak, some was fermented normally, and some was allowed to sour in the mash tun before being transferred to a fermenter. Boulevard’s brewers, along with Dann and Martha Paquette of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, then blended the batches until desired levels of wood and tartness were achieved for the final product. Aroma Roasted and caramelized malts, toffee, wood, cocoa, banana, almond, mocha, brown sugar, bread crust Malt Roast, burnt, toasty, bready, rich, toasted sweet caramel Hops Subtle herbal and peppery Balance Malt Body Medium; malty body offset by acidity

RateBeer: 97

8.5% ABV, 35 IBUs, 750ml cork caged 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.

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 premium Drinkery for 21 and over, serving high quality beverages of all stripes. 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-last customer 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!

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.
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