What’s in your Wineglass?

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From the Madison Wine Exchange We once were a country that depended on the small family farm to provide us with food. Today, those are few and far between with the majority of our food supply coming from large corporate farms. This all began after World War 2 when new technologies, mechanization and the increased use of chemicals were implemented to maximize production. These practices changed the face of farming and lead to the decline of the family farm. It also changed our food supply, engineering it and homogenizing it. Today our food comes from farms that utilize a wide range of chemicals and genetically modified organisms to maximize yields and minimize production costs.

Do things like Dimethyl Dicarbonate, Ammonium Salts, Gum Arabic, Mega Purple or Polyvinylpolypyrrolidone sound like something you want in your wine?

This is also a concern for the wine world. In the United States over 50% of all wines are made by three large corporations. In the wine industry there are 76 FDA approved additives that are allowed to be used in production. While it is a romantic notion to think that our wine is a product that comes from treaded grapes naturally fermented in an idyllic vineyard setting, much of the wine consumed domestically comes from the same type of factory farm as does our food.

With all of this happening to our food and wine a new language has evolved to support farms and vineyards that use holistic practices to bring us purer products. Sustainable, Organic, Biodynamic are all terms that are becoming more important to the informed consumer who has concern over what they eat and drink.

Carolyn’s First Tasting of the Year…

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The winter has gone on far too long. The wine reserves are low and my perk is poking. I need to get some fun wine out there. So Rich and I looked through the cellar at some old and new favorites and found SIX that we think you will love…..

 

Old Poodle Dog Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 Red California Wine 750 mL
Old Poodle Dog Cabernet Sauvignon

COHO Wines, one of Napa Valley’s acclaimed red wine producers, announced the launch of its Old Poodle Dog label back in 2012.  The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon still comes from a selection of premier vineyards in the Coombsville, Yountville and Diamond Mountain appellations. Every year has brought more and more accolades to this Winery and this special wine…

“This first release of Old Poodle Dog encompasses everything I love about Napa Valley Cabernet,” said Gary Lipp, owner of COHO Wines. “It’s authentic and delicious. We make it with the same standards, practices and fruit sourcing we use for our COHO wines. The only difference is lot selection. Old Poodle Dog is a blend of the most approachable and imminently drinkable barrels in our cellar. It’s a very affordable Napa Valley Cabernet. So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

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Covenant Red The Tribe Kosher for Passover California Red Wine 750 mL

Covenant Red The Tribe Red Blend

The Tribe is what happens when a few good winemakers decide that it is possible to create a beautiful wine that is also Kosher!  For more information about this Winery and wine, check out our Kosher Tasting Blog post

Wine Spectator 92 points – Jammy and plump, with black raspberry and sassafras aromas and deep blackberry cobbler, pepper and clove flavors. Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases made. -TF.December/2017

Wine Enthusiast 93 points – This lovely blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Grenache is hearty and robust, with lavender, garrigue, black pepper and cinnamon aromas. Its velvety texture gives way to rich blueberry cobbler flavors peppered with firewood smoke notes, recalling a winter’s night..December/2017

The Tribe wines are made with the new flash-detente technique that allows us to flash-heat our grapes straight out of the vineyard. We never heat the wine. Both white and red wines are barrel fermented with native yeast.

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Alain Girard Sancerre Rouge French Red Wine 750 mL

Alain Girard Sancerre Rouge

I thought it would be fun to transition from the whites to the reds with something that sounds like it should be white but is red!  Girard’s Sancerre Blanc is famous.  This beautiful Pinot Noir deserves to be just as famous!
“This domaine, which dates from 1875, was run by Alain Girard until 2007, at which point his two sons, Anthony and Nicolas, took over. The property extends over 31 acres, only five of which are planted to Pinot Noir … This Sancerre Rouge is 100% Pinot Noir; elegant and subtle, it has bright fruit, soft tannins, and crisp yet balanced acidity.” – The Importer
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Damilano Nebbiolo d'Alba Marghe Italian Red Wine 750 mL

Damilano Nebbiolo d’Alba Marghe

Ah! for those of you who, like me, love the Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo, this is a must taste!  Beautiful, less expensive, and the recipient of some great reviews, this might become another “go-to.”

88 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2013 “The 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo Marghe is a terrific wine that shows the bright intensity of the Nebbiolo grape framed by fresh notes of cherry fruit, rosebud, polished stone and licorice. The wine goes down easily and refreshes the palate thanks to its balanced acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.” -Monica Larner

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Ah….Petit Chablis…the sweet light of the hill.  I love this wine for so many reasons.  First of all it is a French Chablis which is under $20.00.  Secondly, it sings on limestone, pear, and all the beauty of a steely Chardonnay.  Finally, it’s bright, soft, vibrant, and light;  all the things I wish for in life(and spring…and summer…).  This is simply wonderful!
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Osprey's Dominion Pinot Gris White Long Island Wine 750 mL

Osprey’s Dominion Pinot Gris

Any list of my favorites is going to contain at least one terrific Long Island Wine.  This Pinot Gris has been poured at the shop before, but I think it is wonderful for this time of year.  It’s light, it’s fruity, but it’s got alot going on….just like the earth in early spring.

Previous Vintage: 89 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2015 “The 2013 Pinot Gris Reserve is unoaked. This is a very respectable expression of Pinot Gris, solid in the mid-palate, juicy on the finish and showing more than a little tension. It has a dark and burnished feel to it, but it is quickly enlivened by the nice acidity on the finish. For the very reasonable price, it should easily exceed expectations if you prefer your wines on the crisp and steelier side. As it warmed and aired out, it just got better. There were 145 cases produced.” -Mark Squires

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Well, there you have it!  The rundown on our April 7th tasting.  I hope you get a chance to stop by…..

Passover 2018 Special Wine Tasting: International Wines Kosher for Passover (We’re not in Kansas anymore…)

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“Why are there so few kosher wines as good as that?” Leslie asked.  “I grew up in Kansas drinking Manischewitz.”

No.  It’s not a joke.  The Leslie who asked that fateful question is Leslie Rudd of the venerable Rudd Vineyard in California during an invitational tasting.  The question was posed to presenter Jeff Morgan, who had just done 10 years at Wine Spectator.  His first assignment was to write on Kosher wines for Passover.  He found that “Kosher” didn’t have to mean boiling or sweetening.  He proposed that with some great Napa Cabernet Sauvignon grapes the two could turn out the best Kosher wine in, well, forever.  That said, a year later the two were following their dream with the creation of Covenant.  To keep Covenant Kosher, they needed a fully observant cellar.  They approached Herzog Wine Cellars who agreed to help and began making wine.

From the start the wine was well-received on the basis of it’s quality….not it’s quality as a Kosher wine….but it’s pure quality as wine.  You see, Jeff found that the grapes could be flash heated immediately taking away the need to boil the juice.  These wines are barrel fermented with native yeast.  They are serious wines on their own merit!  These wines were so well-received that in 2008,  Jeff, Leslie, and their Winemaker, Jonathan Hajdu, left Herzog and started making wine independently.  In 2014, they built a winery in Berkeley.  Sweetest of all is that in 2013, Leslie, whose spiritual roots had strengthened with his journey decided to make wine in Israel as well as the states.  He joined with Winemaker Ari Erle to begin Convenant Israel.  This makes Covenant the only American winery to be creating in both countries.

We share the story of Convenant, not because it is the most important, but because it shows so clearly a destiny to create.  What they have been a part of appears to be a worldwide effort to pull together grapes, passion, and Spirit to create brilliant wines.  And this is always a beautiful thing!

 

Our Sunday Tasting Wines:

 

Ch Fourcas Dupre Listrac-Medoc  Kosher French Bordeaux Red Wine 750 mLCh Fourcas Dupre Listrac-Medoc Kosher French Bordeaux Red Wine 750 mL

Rated (91-93) Wine Advocate  April 2016

“The 2015 Fourcas-Dupre offers plenty of blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, a touch of brine here, a subtle marine influence that lends it complexity and personality. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy opening, a melange of red and black fruit, taut and quite linear with plenty of freshness and tension on the finish. This is a well-crafted Listrac that punches well above my expectations. Hopefully it can retain this level after its élevage – one to keep an eye on.” -Neal Martin
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Covenant Red The Tribe Kosher for Passover California Red Wine 750 mL

 

The Tribe wines are made with the new flash-detente technique that allows us to flash-heat our grapes straight out of the vineyard. We never heat the wine. Both white and red wines are barrel fermented with native yeast.

92 Points Wine Spectator December 2017

“Jammy and plump, with black raspberry and sassafras aromas and deep blackberry cobbler, pepper and clove flavors. Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases made.” -TF.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast December 2017

“This lovely blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Grenache is hearty and robust, with lavender, garrigue, black pepper and cinnamon aromas. Its velvety texture gives way to rich blueberry cobbler flavors peppered with firewood smoke notes, recalling a winter’s night..”

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Tabor Adama Storm II Kosher for Passover Israeli Red Wine 750 mL
“Tabor winery is situated in the heart of the fertile Galilee. Our vineyards and winery lay in the foothills of Mt. Tabor. This unique location provides an ideal climate for growing grapes, as well as different soil types. These factors, and our highly skilled and dedicated team, help to make tabor wines special; wines that exhibit the natural grape aromas and flavors. A bottle of Tabor will always enhance your gatherings and special moments.
The 2013 Storm – Adama II is an equal blend of Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Elegant and caressing in texture, this doesn’t have quite the personality of the Thunder, also reviewed this issue, but it has layers of complexity, with some dried herbs, gravel and cement. Like its sibling, it has moderate tannins in support of the fruit and a lingering finish. There is also an earthy, somewhat cooler feel to this, largely affecting the Cab, I suspect. It gives this a different feel than many ultraripe Israeli wines. In any event, it is a complete pleasure to encounter just now. It should hold nicely for several years at the least.”–the Winery
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Tabor Adama Sauvignon Blanc Kosher for Passover Israeli White Wine 750 mL
Tabor Adama Sauvignon Blanc Kosher for Passover Israeli White Wine 750 mL

“This Sauvignon Blanc plot is 30 years old and is one of the country’s older vineyard blocks, if not the oldest. This plot receives extra care and attention. The vineyard is planted in rich chalky soil in the Kfar Tabor area and its old, goblet-shaped vines are treated with meticulous care and limited irrigation. These low-yielding vines produce the best Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the country. This warm region is unique to growing Sauvignon Blanc and is the main factor influencing the richness in flavor of this particular wine.”–the Winery

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Bartenura Moscato Provincia di Pavia Kosher for Passover Italian White Wine 750 mL
Bartenura Moscato Provincia di Pavia Kosher for Passover Italian White Wine 750 mL

Kosher for Passover “Crisp and refreshing, semi sweet, with lingering pear, tangerine, nectar and melon flavors on the finish. Perfect with dessert or fresh fruit, or sipping poolside.” -the Importer

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Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Kosher for Passover California White Wine 750 mL

Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Kosher for Passover California White Wine 750 mL

Ripe and fruity Chenin from California. Light body and emminently quaffable.

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We invite you to join us at our Kosher wine tasting at the Shop on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 3-6PM.

 

 

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FLASH TASTING TONIGHT: Get a last minute bottle for your honey

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We hope to add some romance to your Valentine’s day celebration and as many guys don’t even think about what to bring home til they’re on their way home. We have a few options, stop by tonight to try these wines from one of our favorite french importers Bertrand Demontoux.

From 5 to 7 at the shop. Bertrand will be their for part of the event. All the tasting wines are 15% off and we have lots of grab and go Champagne and chocolate gift packages. too

Domaine Dufouleur La Vacherotte Hautes Cotes de Nuits

Domaine Dufouleur La Vacherotte Hautes Cotes de Nuits French Red Burgundy Wine 750mL

Etienne Pochon Crozes-Hermitage

Etienne Pochon Crozes-Hermitage 2013 Red French Rhone Wine 750 mL

Domaine Mandaliere Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux

Domaine Mandaliere Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux French White Burgundy Wine 750 mL

My Favorite Wines

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Bubbles in my glass

and dark chocolate kisses.

lovely loin lamb chops with burgs which are grand crus

Amber Sauternes with  some seared foie that’s gras.best champagnes on sale

these are a few of my favorite things…

 

Cream colored Chardonnay and steamed lobster claws

Wehlener, Graacher and  Grosses Gewächs,DRC Grands Echezeaux for sale

Tardive and Smaragd and honeyed beerenauslese

 

These are a few of my favorite wines…

 

Blockbuster Syrah redolent of bacon

Handmade wines that you know they ain’t fakin’

aged 1st growth Bordeaux on someone else’s tab

these are the wines that are really quite Fab.

johannishof

When the dog bites when the bee stings

when I’m feeling bad

I simply remember my favorite wines and then I don’t

mouton1985

feel so sad.

Wine in the Bleak Dark Winter

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I’ve been sitting here wondering why Wine Shop sales fall off immediately after holidays.  There are obvious reasons, of course, that range from losing those New Year’s Resolution pounds to wanting to tighten the financial belt as much as the physical one.  There’s another, though, that I think is big and THAT is The Bleak, Dark Winter(you just felt a chill, didn’t you?).  There are a few weeks during our year that just aren’t holiday-y.  A few are in August, but who notices then?  The others are these January days–so long–so cold–so dark–so unlike anything fun.

Well, I’ve decided on a solution(or resolution), at least for me.  I’m sharing because it might strike a chord in you and give you a great idea for a resolution that will stick and grow…maybe into a whole new interest.  I’m going to concentrate on studying(and drinking) one varietal of wine for a month.  After January, I’ll move to another varietal, or maybe appellation.  From there, perhaps I’m move to fortified wines. Ok, it might all fall apart by spring, but by then I won’t care!  I’ll have early plantings!  For now, it will give me a reason to try something new and exciting, maybe filled with bubbles or with warmth.  Whatever, it will lend beauty, texture and substance to my days and a shred of determination to my resolutions.

 

Here are some ideas and choices that I’ve seen around Mora’s Fine Wines.

Llopart is a pLlopart Leopardi Rose Brut Reserva  2013 Spanish Sparkling Cava Wineersonal favorite of mine.  Cava is basically Spanish Champagne which, not being made in Champagne, cannot carry the name. It is gently pink, not too sweet, goes with anything or nothing at all!  From here you could go through Cavas, or sparkling wine from anywhere but France, or just  progress to Champagne!

 

 

While many people think Rose is just for summer, Rich and I both love Rose and will drink it throughout the year.  With the last few Summers’ LaPorte Sancerre Rose Wine 750mLburst of the Rose market,  many more Roses have come in to our universe.  Laporte has a beautiful deep salmon color and a serious heft of Rose greatness.  It is made of Sancerre.  To my palate it is less sweet, with mid-range body, and beautiful balance.  The area it comes from runs from the white cliffs of Dover(how can you not love that), through Champagne onto Chablis.  It is simply lovely and along with chocolate, entertained me through the last blizzard.

With the wide variety of Roses available, you could easily spend far more than a month exploring.

 

 

 

Ok…. I’m a little heavy on the pinks……Something serious?

 

 

  Are you seeing thIf You See Kay Italian Red Wine 750 mLe word play on this label?…If you see Kay…  However funny the name and label are, the wine is every bit as serious.  This one is big!!!!  It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Primitivo.  If you see Kay is bursting with warm fruit flavor(and alcohol).  Drink this one at home around the fire or movie.  Eat a good dinner.

While this isn’t an expression of a single varietal, it does show what fun serious blends can be.  If you don’t want to limit yourself to  perhaps, Cabernet Sauvignon or the like you can try blends that are comprised primarily of this varietal and study how the expression varies with the choice of companion varietals.  It’s all for fun.

 

 

 

 

And let’s face it…..for fun, there is nothing better than…….

…bubbles!

Taltarni Tache 2011 Australian Rose Sparkling Wine 750mL

I love bubbles and I love Taltarni.  We all know why it can’t be “Champagne,” right?  But do we care?  Nah!  This is beautiful.  It was awarded 90 points by Wine Advocate(if we cared), and won the award for “Australia’s Best Sparkling Rose” in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships(ahhhhhh, the training!).  Yes, it is filled with petal and salmon color.  Yes, it is  made of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.  But what do I like best about this bottle of joy?  Taltarni cleanses the palate as few other sparklers I’ve encountered.  For a winter gathering of two or twenty, this will keep the party going in the gentlest way.

Well, that was fun.   I hope I’ve given you some ideas for a resolution we can all accomplish and a way to outlast these cold dreary days and nights.  Please remember you are always welcome at Mora’s for browsing, tasting, or some great recommendations!

 

 

The hottest ticket in January: Mora’s Annual Single Malt Scotch Dinner 2018

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A glass of spirits in the oak barrel

Why attend our Scotch Dinner?

  • Taste 11 Single malt Scotches including exclusive bottlings only available at this event
  • 5 course menu paired to 7 of these scotches prepared by Chef Eric Lomando
  • Scotch expert Mike Clayton will guide us through the tasting
  • Mike is the boss so he can do what he wants and he’s bringing a bag of swag to giveaway to attendees: free bottles of Deanston and Bunnahabhain 12, golf bags, molds for ice spheres
  • many of the scotches are very limited bottlings: Tobermory 21, Ledaig 18&19, Deanston 18&20,  Bunnhabhain PX cask finish is sold out nationally and only  available to taste and purchase at this event.
  • seating is limited to 75 guests. follow this link for tickets http://www.moraswines.com/shop/Annual-Single-Malt-Scotch-Whisky-Dinner-Orto-Restaurant-Sunday-January-28th-2018.html

Weekly Wine Tasting – Week of August 11

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This week at our FREE weekly
wine sale and tasting, we bet that you
can't pick just one favorite.

Stop by the shop on Saturday from 3-6 to try them out!
From a Spanish stunner to not one, but TWO Italian sparklers, you don’t wanna miss out!If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

 

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Mora’s Grand Tasting – #ThrowbackThursday

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It’s #ThrowbackThursday – you know, when everyone posts photos on social media of themselves when they were younger, thinner, and better looking.(Hey, no judgement, we looked a lot better in the early 90’s, too).

Today we’re throwing back to last October and our first annual Grand Tasting event at Madiran the Wine Bar! It was totally amazing – all of our favorite wine reps, delicious apps, and general merriment.And guess what? Our second one is coming up in October, and tickets are selling like hotcakes! Make sure to get yours now. 

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Weekly Wine Tasting – Week of August 4

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Olá, Amigos! At this week's weekly wine sale
and FREE tasting, we're headed to Portugal!

Stop by the shop on Saturday from 3-6
to try these Portuguese stunners!

This week, we’re featuring some of our Portuguese favorites! Starting at just $10/bottle, you don’t want to miss out. If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

TAKE ME TO PORTUGAL! >>