Your Weekly Round Up
A DELICIOUSLY CAREFREE RED AWAITS
When we discovered today's red wine was produced by Ernst Loosen we just knew it had to be good. "Ernie" Loosen is one of the most widely respected and influential wine producers in all of Germany. While he's far better known for his extraordinary white wines, he has taken great care to produce an outstanding blend of Syrah and Grenache from the Languedoc-Roussillon. Pretty cool stuff.
Sanssouci Le Rouge 2017 (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
The French expression sans-souci means "without a care." It's also the name of Frederick the Great's famous royal palace in Potsdam, Germany, where Ernst Loosen's forebear, Peter Joseph Lenné, had his greatest triumph as a landscape architect. It was great-great-uncle Peter's sense of beauty, elegance and grace that inspired Ernst to cultivate Sanssouci — a selection of deliciously carefree wines from the south of France.
Sanssouci wines are produced by Laurent Delaunay at his Abbotts & Delaunay winery in the Languedoc region, near Carcassone. Ernst Loosen started working with Laurent over a decade ago to produce a ordable, high-quality red wines that he could import to the German market. Centrally located in the Aude valley, between the appellations of Corbières, Minervois, Faugères and Limoux, Laurent has extensive fruit sources throughout the region.
This classic blend of Syrah and Grenache shows lush red fruits and floral character together with brambly blackberry and dark fruits. It's concentrated and plush on the palate with juicy persistence.
We love the fact that this wine over-delivers for its humble price.
Every day price of $14.99/bottle or $143.90/12 pack case (that's just $11.99/bottle).
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NATIONWIDE WINE AND SPIRITS TARIFFS AND WHAT THEY MEAN TO YOU
As many of you already know, on October 18, 2019, the Trump administration imposed a whopping 25% tariff on all non-sparkling wines from France, Germany, Spain and Great Britain which have up to 14% alcohol by volume. These tariffs were introduced in an attempt to recoup losses sustained by American-based plane manufacturer Boeing. Go figure.
Irish whiskey, Scotch, and liqueurs and cordials from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK were also targeted. So, what does this all mean for you?
First of all, drink more bubbles and Italian wine! We have no idea why Italian wines were spared (while its cheese and charcuterie were not). Fortunately, we have a large selection of sparkling wines (including our new pet-nats!) and Italian wines waiting for you and they just so happen to be specialties of ours.
Second, you should prepare for significant price hikes until the tariffs are removed. Importers and wholesalers are scrambling to adjust to the imposition of these new tariffs. Some of them are absorbing the extra costs -- just for now. Others are passing them on right away. Retailers are handling these tariffs in various ways. Some are raising prices across the board on everything to spread the extra 25% expense across all categories. Others are simply raising prices by 25% for all wines from France, Germany, Spain and Great Britain.
We are holding our prices through the end of the year and then re-assessing the situation as new vintages arrive with these new tariffs. Yikes. What a mess.
A LITTLE NOUVEAU POUR VOUS?
Georges DuBuoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 has arrived in the store and is now ready to sell starting today! Will it rock your world? Doubtful. It is a serious Gamay? No chance. However, it IS really fun and quite interesting to see how it varies from one vintage to the next. This year's vintage is less grape-y than it has been in recent years. We think you'll like the 2019 and we could even see it as an opener on the Thanksgiving table. We're pretty sure that phrase hasn't passed our lips before, so why not try a super fresh bottle with friends and family? $13.99/bottle before case discount.
"Undertones of herb and stone mark the bright wild raspberry and dark cherry fruit flavors of this lightly tannic red, with spice and mineral details on the finish. Nice and crisp."
(Wine Spectator) Wine Spectator: 86 points
$13.99/bottle or $134.30/12 pack case ($11.19/bottle).
LAST CALL (FOR RESERVATIONS)
We literally have just a few seats remaining for our wine tasting seminar and lunch with luxury wine importer Wilson Daniels on Saturday, December 7 from Noon-1:30 pm at L'Alouette French Bistro in Harwich Port.
The menu is gorgeous -- five small plates of food -- and the wines are sure to impress (there are 10 of them). It's going to be a great event. If you haven't seen our email invitation let us know and we'll forward it to you. Last call folks!
Have an amazing weekend!!!
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