This email is about the July 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin. This edition has many pronunciations included, as many of the words come from French and Spanish sources! Check it out, learn to say some wine (and even a beer) word and be the smartest person on your block.
Patio is open!
New tables and chairs have just arrived, come on down and enjoy some outdoor beverages in Post Falls! The weather has calmed down a bit, it’s perfect now.
Upcoming Event Reminders
- July 5th: Free Flight Friday Wine Club Edition 4-6pm
- July 5th: Beer Sharing Party at 8pm
- July 8th: Member Monday – Buy 1/Get 1 drinks for Members 4pm-close
- New Belgium Beer Passport: Month of Beer Offers – get a free T-shirt and enter to win a Patagonia back pack!
- Growler Fill Special: Stone IPA now on special – growlers only $8.99. Only $8.09 for members.
- Deschutes Pint Night: July 17th – come try Fresh Squeezed, Class of 1988 Smoked Porter, and Deschutes Anniversary Black Butte, tapping both a keg of the 2012 vintage (XIV) and the new 2013 vintage (XXV) side by side.
- New Belgium Tap Takeover: July 30th – fill your passport and enjoy some great beer!
What is Member Monday?
Member Monday is a brand new benefit we are now launching. Every Monday, Members who get wine and/or beer of the month subscription can come to the Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge for Buy 1/Get 1 Free drinks!
Choose from our rotating Wine by the Glass List, if you like beer we feature rotating 11 Tap Handles of Craft Beer, and we also sport quality Scotch and Bourbon, and make excellent historic mixed drinks and original cocktails.
Member Monday is pretty straight forward, but you can read the fine print here.
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!
Wine Club Tasting – Free Flight Friday…
Come taste Wine of the Month Club selections 4-6pm Friday. We will have all of the wines below open for tastes, pick 3 to try. At the end of the bar we have a table set up with the wines and you can come to the server there for each of your 3 free tastes and she will pour a sample for you.
Club Member Valet Bin Service!
We will now be getting stuff from your Bin for you. Simply come to the front counter and let us know your name or Bin number, and we will go get your selections for you. We still have the Sign Out sheet at the counter, so sign out while you’re waiting.
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. Did you know you can add it to your existing Club Membership?
Delicate honeysuckle and citrus notes on the nose, with expansive citrus, ripe pear and golden apple flavors. The wine is fruity on the palate yet finishes crisp. It pairs well with exotically seasoned or spicy dishes such as Thai or Indian curry, chicken Satay, or Cuban pulled pork.
62% Chardonnay, 24% Muscat of Alexandria, 14% Sauvignon Blanc
Ripe blackberry and red currant flavors, with spicy accents; very smooth and velvety on the finish. This wine is versatile and fun to try with a wide range of dishes. How about grilled lamb kabobs or classic American hamburgers with grilled onions and all the trimmings, or for those veggie fans, eggplant parmesan or Paneer Tikka Massala?
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Zinfandel, 6% Syrah, 2% Petite Sirah and 8% Other
Elk Cove Pinot Noir Rosé
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)
Rosé, (say: row-ZAY) is a fantastic summer refreshment. Pink but not sweet, give this a shot, you’ll love Rosé’s in no time. This particular one is a rare beauty, 100% Estate grown, and sold out every summer, including this one.
he 2012 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosé is fragrant with white flowers and showing freshness with aromas of watermelon and sweet, red strawberry fruit! Enjoy this crisp, light, simply refreshing wine all by itself on a bright sunny day or pair it with succulent shellfish or roast chicken. Bon appétit!
100% Pinot Noir
Vega Tolosa 11 Pinos Old Vines Bobal
(Castilla, La Mancha, Spain)
Bobal (say: bo-BALL) is a unique wine grape variety, discover something new and tasty this month!
Partially oak-aged, a concentrated yet elegant and refreshing red of deep color. Varietal notes of wild mountain herbs, red fruit and minerals predominate. The finish is consistent and long, leaving a refreshing acidity in the mouth. Calls for a wide variety of grilled meats and vegetables.
“This dark ruby colored wine is made from Bobal grapes. It opens with a mild oak and boysenberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and easy going. The flavor profile is an oak infused red currant and gentle plum blend with notes of minerality throughout. The finish is dry, chewy, and its very dusty tannins and mild prune flavors linger for quite some time after the wine is gone.”
~Ken Hoggins, Ken’s Wine Guide
A pure expression of the Bobal grape with its wild cherry and wild raspberry notes, along with herbs such as chervil and tarragon, this wine is free of the uber-ripe treatment that Bobal so often receives. The tannins are a bit dusty, but that too is Bobal’s proclivity, and if the wine lacks a bit of acidity, it makes up for it in tannin and spicy currant notes at the finish. Drink soon or in the next few years.
100% Bobal – 80 year old average vines
(Celilo Vineyard, Columbia Gorge, Washington)
Gewürztraminer (say: guh-VOORTS-truh-MEE-nur) is the hardest of all wine grape varietal names to pronounce. Give it about 5 tries with the pronunciation key and you’ll get there.
Brilliant gold colored, this wine emits terrific aromatics of pear, peach, lemon peel, litchee nuts, nutmeg, clove, orange blossoms and acacia flowers. The flavors are well extracted, with notes of spiced pears, dried grapefruit peel and stony Columbia Gorge minerals. The back picks up sensations of Poire William liqueur, grapeskin and recurring litchee nuts, followed by a racy, lingering dried fruit finish. One of the finest Washington Gewurztraminers I’ve run across.
Walla Walla Vintners Dolcetto
(Dwelley Vineyard, Walla Walla, Washington)
Our one-hundred percent Dolcetto (say: dohl-CHET-oh) is a “rare bird” for Walla Walla Valley, yet it is a star of the Dwelley Vineyard. This is our second vintage of this lovely, youthful quaffer. It starts with beautiful fruit with notes of strawberry, red raspberry, dried black cherry, hints of lavender, violets and toasted almond. With those balanced fruit notes this wine is ready to drink now. You can also age it for a year or two to enjoy more of its complex, spicy flavors. This is a value wine that will quickly sellout. Get some now.
Evening Land Pouilly-Fuissé Étoile Chardonnay
(Pouilly-Fuissé, Burgundy, France)
Pouilly-Fuissé (say: poo-yay fwee-SAY) is Chardonnay from the communes of Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly, Vergisson and Chaintré in Burgundy, France.
The Evening Land Blue Label “Étoile” Chardonnay is a sublime expression of Burgundy’s Pouilly-Fuisse Appellation from where it comes. Notes of lemon preserve, exotic citrus, hazelnut and spice are layered over intriguing, stony minerality. Rich and vibrant, with crisp acidity, this wine has both satisfying weight and a refreshing finish. An unbelievable value and not widely distributed, this is an excellent wine to stock up on. Makes an ideal pairing for buttered lobster, crab or scallops.
Saviah Walla Walla Valley Petit Verdot
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)
Petit Verdot (say: peh-TEE vehr-DOH) is one of the least well known Bordeaux grape varieties, and Richard Funk from Saviah is doing an excellent job making this 100% Petit Verdot from Walla Walla.
One word…delicious! Beautiful inky purple color in the glass. Intriguing complex aromas exhibiting a floral component along with savory braised meat note with black fruits, leather and mulling spices. The flavors are bright berry and cherry complemented by silky tannins with notes of dark chocolate and spice.
100% Petit Verdot
Anniversary Club Red
Rotie Northern Rhone Syrah
(Walla WallaValley, Washington)
Sourced from Walla Walla Valley, predominately off the Rocks, the Northern Blend expresses the savory and earthy terroir of its sources. It exhibits aromas of violet and bacon fat. On the palate, soft black fruits with velvety tannins and dark chocolate deliver a voluptuous and complex texture. The higher elevation Syrah from Patina and Dwelly vineyards brightens the rocky, earth-driven Syrah of SJR.
95% Syrah, 5% Viognier
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.
New Belgium Tripple Belgian Tripel
(Fort Collins, Colorado)
RateBeer: 95, BeerAdvocate: 92 world class
7.8% ABV, 25 IBUs, 3x 12oz bottle
When you pick up your Beer Club including this tasty New Belgium treat, pick up your very own New Belgium Passport at the retail counter or in the bar. Get it stamped by buying a Pint of New Belgium on tap, or bombers or six packs, or a growler fill. Fill up 8 stamps out of 14 and get a free New Belgium T-Shirt at the New Belgium Tap Takeover night on July 30th, and also be entered to win a Patagonia back pack filled with New Belgium goodies. Read more about it here.
North Coast Class of 1988 Barleywine
(Fort Bragg, California)
Of the 3 Class of 1988 Barleywines released, this one looked the coolest and tasted the best to us, so we included it in Beer Club!
1988 was a pivotal year for the emerging craft brewing industry on the west coast, marking the founding of some of America’s most influential breweries, North Coast Brewing Co. among them. It was also the year Fred Eckhardt published The Essentials of Beer Style—a book that quickly became an indispensable reference for aspiring brewers and critics.
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of this milestone year, North Coast Brewing and two other west coast members of the pioneering “Class of ’88,”—Rogue Ales and Deschutes Brewery—have collaborated on a trio of commemorative beers evolving from Fred’s style guidelines.
Each of the breweries has created its own distinctive interpretation of a barleywine. Brewers traveled to each other’s locations and teamed up to brew all three ales. Their common heritage, joint efforts and inherent camaraderie resulted in a cohesive set that allows beer aficionados to enjoy three examples of the style.
Deschutes Class of 1988 Barleywine also available at Enoteca, and Deschutes Class of 1988 Smoked Porter in bottles, and going on tap for the Deschutes Pint Night on July 17th!
10% ABV, 75 IBUs, 750ml cork caged bottle
Full Sail Brewers Share Chris Summer Delight Berliner Weissbier
(Hood River, Oregon)
Chris’s Summer Delight is an unfiltered, refreshingly tart small batch Berliner Weiss beer, brewed with 50% wheat malt and just a touch of Hersbrucker hops A perfect German style sour brew with a dry finish for a hot summer day.
4% ABV, 9 IBUs, 22oz bottle
Rare Beer Society
Rare Beer Society 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.
The traditional fifth anniversary gift is something made of wood, or “Bois” in French.
In Portugese you would say Boyce, but in French it is pronounced Bwah. This is a one of a kind beer, very very limited in nature, and of course the scores show how incredible it is. See below for RateBeer and BeerAdvocate scores. No more bottles are available, only Rare Beer members get one. Join now to be included on future Rare Beers.
Bois (say: bwAH) is The Bruery’s fifth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. A portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Bois is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.
RateBeer: 100/100, BeerAdvocate: 97 World Class
15% ABV, 750ml cork caged bottle, wax finished