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.”

$40.79
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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
$21.24
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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.

$7.99
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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

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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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!

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Weekly Wine Tasting – July 8

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Throw another shrimp on the ‘barbie! We’re tasting some great Australian wines at our Free Weekly Tasting this weekend! 

Stop by the shop this Saturday to try them out – and as a special on-theme treat, we’ve added the original 1980 video to Men at Work’s “Down Under” at the bottom of this email. *Mora’s can’t be held responsible if this song gets stuck in your head all weekend long. 

This week, we have three awesome Australian offerings, including perennial favorite Taltarni Sparkling Rosé. We threw in a great Austrian white and an excellent Californian red to keep things interesting. 

If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

See our weekly deals – up to 15% off!

Weekly Wine Tasting – Week of June 2

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What do Joan Jett and this week’s wine tasting have in common? CHERRY BOMB! At Mora’s FREE Weekly Wine Tasting, Saturday 5/27 from 3-6 PM, we’re featuring a selection of great summer wines, including a fresh rosé that’s bursting with ripe summer cherry flavors.

This week at our free weekly tasting, we’re featuring an awesome selection of summer wines, most of which are under $20.From that cherry-packed rosé to a bright Chardonnay, to a pure Pinot Noir, you can’t miss out!

If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

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Rojac Istra Refosk

With strong acidity and an elegant finish, this Slovenian wine is a gem that you can’t miss out on. On sale for under $16!

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Indie Rosato Rosé WineThis cherry-packed rosé screams “summer.” With juicy fruit flavors and a crisp, refreshing finish, you’ll want a case to last you through Labor Day. 

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Next up is the Pip Sonoma Coast. This bright and lively white has been described as the “perfect Chardonnay” by reviewers. It’s slightly oaky, with an emphasis on acidity and freshness. On sale for under $16 this week! SHOP NOW >>

Tenuta La Favola FravolatoThis Sicilian wine is exquisitely crafted and perfectly balanced. On sale for $17, it’s a great one to try out!

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Bourgogne Pinot NoirThis delicious and pure Pinot Noir is aged in concrete for 8 months. Its winemaker applies organic and biodynamic wine principles to his wines, making for an eco-friendly offering.

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As an on-theme bonus for this week, enjoy this vintage video of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts playing “Cherry Bomb!” They don’t make ’em like they used to!

Travel to South Africa and Portugal for Less Than Forty Bucks

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This week at our free weekly tasting, you can get a taste or Portugal & South Africa for less than a cab ride to the airport.From a spicy Pinot Noir to a bright white with lychee and guava flavors, you can’t miss these wines!

If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

 

Corgo de Regua Douro Vinho Tinto Portuguese RedWe start with a 90-pointer on sale for under $15! The Douro Vinho Tinto is a perfect addition to weeknight dinners. Featuring some of your favorite Portuguese varietals, it’s best when decanted.

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Yonder Hill South African Sauvignon BlancEasy like Sunday morning, this crisp and delicious Sauvignon Blanc is chock full of unique tropical fruit flavor like lychee and guava. On sale for under $14, you’re gonna wanna sip it from your pool float all summer long.

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Quinta da Murta Bucelas ArintoBright, fresh, and totally lovely, this beauty is on sale for under $13.Perfect with spicy Thai food, fresh fish, and light summer pasta dishes, its zesty citrus aromas lead to a bright flavor and long finish.

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Holden Manz Big G South African RedA perfect wine for celebrations! Big, bold, and deliciously juicy, the “Big G” red from Holden Manz is afantastic wine to stock up on for Memorial Day Weekend

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Howard’s Folly SonhadorRated 88 points and on sale for under $17? You HAVE TO snag a bottle. Velvety in texture and with a deep, juicy flavor, it’s perfect for long, lazy dinners under the stars. Pour another glass as the sun sets over the horizon.

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Lothian Vineyards Pinot NoirHighly rated across the board, you can’t go wrong with this delicious Pinot Noir (on sale for under $22!). It has the requisite juicy berry flavors that are accented by a hint of cinnamon and spice to keep things interesting. 

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A Sojourn to France with our Favorite French Wines

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This week at our free weekly tasting, travel with Mora’s to the bucolic vineyards of the French countryside.

We’re featuring a great selection of fine French wines to get your summer started right. From a deliciously powerful Sancerre to a dense, herbal Margaux, we’ve got all your French favorites covered.

If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

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Chateau Marsac Seguineau Margaux

A fantastic 90-pointer, this deep and sexy wine is sure to make a place on your table. With seductive flavors of cherry and plum deepened by a whiff of tobacco, this is the Catherine Deneuve of wines. Its herbal notes keep it fresh and crisp – a not-too-heavy red perfect for warmer weather!

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E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Rich, bold, and packed with flavor:  we kind of can’t believe that we put this one on sale for only $13.59.
Layers of savory olives, smoky earth, and dark fruit dance across your palate. It’s what you’d sip in a packed dance hall in the heart of the Belle Epoque era, eyeing a beautiful can can dancer from across the din.

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Montagny Premier Cru La Grande Roche

This wine is pure France. Traditionally crafted and fresh – no wine trends or new-fangled production methods here. Just aclassic French white made of the highest-quality grapes.

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La Port Due Caillou Sancerre

Crisp and clean, this elegant Sancerre begins with an aromatic nose. Is that a hint of tropical fruits? Maybe a little tinge of vanilla? The palate is bold enough to stand up to your favorite buttery French cuisine – bring on the escargots! 

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WEEKLY WINE TASTING – APRIL 22

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This week at our FREE weekly wine tasting, we’re featuring four stunners, including *suspenseful, foreboding music* …… THE PRISONER.
It’s less scary than it sounds, we promise.
Keep scrolling to learn more about these beauties, and as always, if you can’t make the tasting in person, you can still snag the deals online!

highly-rated red with spiced mocha aromas and juicy berry flavors!

James Suckling rated this 94 points, and for good reason! Intense, full-bodied, and silkily textured.

THE PRISONER is a top-rated wine out of California. The only thing scary about this wine is how delicious it is! It’s plump and jammy with a fantastic structure. It starts with aromas of spiced mocha, and delves into deep cherry, cinnamon, and black pepper flavors.
Next up, we have the Rose Rock Pinot Noir out of Oregon. Rated 94 points by James Suckling, it’s intense, full-bodied, and silkily textured. Definitely a cellar-worthy choice!
Next up is a well-priced red with the Orin Swift E4 Red Wine. Its aromatic notes hit you with white pepper, tobacco, and black currant. It has a silky texture, round fruit flavors, and a hint of vanilla on the finish
Our white for the week is the Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc. Priced at under $14, it’s worth grabbing a case of this beauty! With a heady mix of lemon curd, verbena, and fleur de sel, this is a perfect springtime white.
We hope to see you Saturday from 3-6 for our free tasting! If you can’t make it, you can always shop our weekly specials online!