24 December 2013

24Dec- holiday hours
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so we'll be closed this christmas eve as well as on christmas itself. we will re-open for business on thursday the 26 and on through the weekend, as per usual.
and then, the following week, we'll close on the 31 and on the 1 (you kids be careful out there) and then back to it for some time after that.

every have a safe and satisfying next few days!

27 November 2013

27Nov- Closed Nov28, 29, 30
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we'll be closed this thursday, friday, and saturday for the thanksgiving all the kids are talking about.
our normal business hours will resume on tuesday the 3rd.
and more effort will be placed on keeping up with this blogspot business at that point, as well.

In the meantime, have an enjoyable and safe thanksgiving!

06 September 2013

06sept - obscure white wine friday
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...not that the rest of the days aren't in some way related to obscure white wines.

i'm excited about that peculiar blend in the foreground and the gamay in the background. intrigued by the airen. comforted by the warming deliciousness of that scythe and sickle. but i'm particularly excited about pushing, i mean, offering that altesse from the marestel vineyards in jongieux. not quite white burgundy, not quite white hermitage....just...mm.
gonna have some right now...

02 August 2013

by the bottle list:
current as of 31jan 2014


White
‘11 Adelsheim AUXERROIS Newberg, Willamette Valley, OR (13%alc) …..........pears, steely, lithe, acidic..............$45
‘09 Trimbach  RIESLING Alsace, FR (13%alc)…(dry)…..………..……………..……...................................................$40
‘12 Ravines RIESLING (dry) Finger Lakes, NY (13%alc) ……..…................................................................................$36
’10 Chehalem “reserve" RIESLING (dry)Newberg, Willamette Valley, OR(11.2%alc)...................................……….. $36
'10 Brooks RIESLING (dry) Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, OR(11.5%).……..…………..…..........................…..$45
’11 Abbazia di Novacella “Stiftskellerei Neustift” KERNER Alto-Adige, Italy  (14%alc) floral, peachy, structured ..$55
 ‘11 Adelsheim  PINOT GRIS  Newberg, Willamette Valley, OR (13.2%alc)……….....……………..……...(1/2 bottle).$27
‘12 The Eyrie Vineyards PINOT GRIS  Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, OR (12.5%alc) ……………………………...$40
‘12 Sass PINOT BLANC Rogue Valley, OR(13.6%alc)................................................................................................. $36
‘12 Grochau Cellars PINOT BLANC Willamette Valley, OR (13.5%alc) .lean, citrus, minerally, acidic……………….$40
 ‘12 Pullus SAUVIGNON BLANC Ptuj, Slovenia (13.5%alc) …………………………………………………………….….$40
 ‘11 Terredora Dipaolo "Fiano di Avellino" FIANO Campania, Italy(13.5%alc)…melon, pineapple, light vanilla.….$55
*‘11 Domaine Grosbot-Barbara /CHARDONNAY+sacy/ St Pourçain, FR...…med-body,firm,lemony,dry, clean........ $36
‘10 Eugene Carrel "Marestel" ALTESSE Marestel, Jongieux, FR...…marzipan, pineapple, lemon, fuller-bodied....... $45
 ’11 Chehalem “INOX” CHARDONNAY Newberg, Willamette Valley, OR (13.8%alc).stainless steel, bright, pretty.$40
*’11 Lavantureux “Chablis” CHARDONNAY Burgundy, FR (12.5%alc)..lithe, minerally, Hepburn-cheekbony……..$50
’11 LIOCO /CHARDONNAY/Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA (12.8%alc)…savory, clean, apple, lemon……..…...$65



Red
 ‘12 Schreckbichl Colterenzio "Lago di Caldaro Scelto" SCHIAVA /Alto Adige, IT(12.5%alc)..bright dark/red fruit$36
 ‘11 The Eyrie Vineyards PINOT NOIR   Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, OR (13.5%alc) …lean, red fruit, bright..$75
‘11 Melville “Estate – Sta. Rita Hills” PINOT NOIR Lompoc, Santa Barbara,CA  (14.2%alc).energetic, dark fruit..$50 
‘10 Brick House “Boulder Block” PINOT NOIR Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley (13%alc ..elegant, muscular…….$80
'10 Adelsheim "Elizabeth's Reserve" PINOT NOIR Newberg, Willamette Valley, OR (13.4%alc)..red/dark, richer....$75
‘10 Archery Summit  “Premier Cuvée” PINOT NOIR   Willamette Valley, OR (13.5%alc). .dark, rich, fuller body...$80
*12 LIOCO “Indica” CARIGNAN Mendocino County,CA (12%alc) …bright, smooth, dark fruit, kind of juicy ........$45
‘12 Lovingston PINOTAGE Lovingstong, VA (14%alc) …fresh, bright, slightly smoky, …………………………. ........$45
*‘11 Ravines CABERNET FRANC Finger Lakes, NY (12.5%alc)...red fruit, earth, soft tannin, good acid…………....$45
’11 Guy Saget Marie de Beauregard “Chinon” CABERNET FRANC Chinon, Loire Valley, FR (12.5%alc)……........ $40
‘06 Novy NEBBIOLO Santa Ynez Valley, CA (14.1%alc) …dried cherries and rose petal, black tea, …....................$45
 ’09 Pietra Santa SANGIOVESE/ Cienaga Valley, CA (14.5%alc)…..............................................................................$36
’12 Poderi Foglia AGLIANICO Roccamonfina, Campania, Italy (13.5%alc) earthy, red fruit, herby, bright………....$36
*'11 Bodega Gratia MALBEC /Mendoza, Argentina (14.8%alc) ………………………………………………………….....$45
’06 Arcadian “Stolpman Vineyard” SYRAH Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, CA(14.8%alc) pinot noir-like grace $60
*10 Anwilka “Petit Frère” SHIRAZ+cab sauv+petit verdot/ Stellenbosch, South Africa (14.5%alc) …………………..$45
 ‘11 Domaine de la Solitude “Châteauneuf du Pape” GRENACHE+syrah+mourvedre/ Rhone, FR (14.5%alc)...…...$80 ‘09 Comte de Lauze “Châteauneuf du Pape” GRENACHE+syrah+cinsault/ Rhone, FR (14%alc)...………….……….$75
*‘10 Chateau du Gazin MERLOT+CAB+CAB FRANC+MALBEC/ Canon Fronsac, Bordeaux, FR  (14%alc)….......$45

'10 Ridge "Lytton Estate" PETITE SIRAH+syrah+peloursin+zin/Sonoma, CA(14.3%alc)…purple, big, structured. $60
02Aug- weekly line up
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that westbrook gose is some of the most interesting stuff i've tasted in some time. light, refreshing. some sour some saline. really bizarre but really delicious.
unfortunately there's not a lot of this on the market so get while you can, whether here or out there in the world. 

26 July 2013

26july- oh right, we've got a blogspot.
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i can't wait until somebody orders the random rose tonight so that i can open one of these.
literally.
i don't think i'm going to wait.


26 June 2013

26June - holiday closing hours
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we will be closed from tuesday july 2nd, for two whole weeks, and re-opening on tuesday, july the 16th.

in the meantime i recommend you pour yourself a glass of something lovely and watch this:

07 June 2013

07June- not a huge haul...
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...but some interesting stuff here.
i'm most curious about that saint-peray 100% marsanne from the rhone valley.
and that beer is a fun, hard-to-describe almost amalgam of like a wheat style, a blonde, a pale ale, and a saison. peculiar but delicious.
also this week we'll be rolling out a random white wine option.
much like (exactly like, really) the random rose option that we've been doing for a while, this will be an opportunity to try different, interesting, often somewhat obscure grapes and or styles. now, you won't have any input on what you receive so it is a bit of a leap of faith but i'll taste each bottle before serving just to make sure that it's baan-worthy. like the random rose, this will always be a bit of a deal as i'm really sort of using this as an excuse to open something for myself.
also, if someone comes in and doesn't bother to look at the menu but simply says, "i'll take the house white" we'll finally have something to pour without having to explain that we don't have one. admittedly, there's the possibility that it will end up being something of an unappreciated reward for a potentially uninterested audience but if we can raise at least one person's eyebrows at a higher quality selection when they're accustomed to a broad-stroke and mass-appeal wine and this gets them to start investigating higher quality wines then i'll be happy.
but, at the end of the day, it should result in there being at least a glass available of something i really want to drink and that's all right with me.

24 May 2013

24may - yet more pink wine
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an apparent never ending supply of the dry, rosy wine that pleases me so.
so far in the last four month i'd say, without exaggeration, maybe 50 or 60 different roses have come through our doors, many of which i'd never seen before and some of which won't be available to me again. truly a glorious time. (i'm not entirely discounting the possibility that i'm actually dreaming and when i awake it'll be the early 2000's again and i'll be struggling again to sell pink wine...)
so it's with great satisfaction that i see an acceptance and an embrace of this style of wine that i honestly believe to be one of the most perfect solo sippers and versatile companions to our cuisine.


also, these beers are fun. especially that organic dunkel (like a crisp, elegant xingu. like if xingu had a smarter, wittier, prettier sister who's visiting from germany and you know you shouldn't be interested but xingu knows you're interested. then xingu and you get into a tiff later on as you're cleaning up after the dinner party and xingu is accusing you of flirting with lammsbrau and you say "xingu, are you crazy? come on, i was being polite. lammsbrau was telling a story; i was listening with interest!" but xingu doesn't believe you. then you happen to  see lammsbrau walk into a bookstore and you race in and pretend to run into lammsbrau accidentally. next thing you know it's raining and you and lammsbrau are frothing. now you've had a taste of lammsbrau and you can't get enough but you don't know what to tell xingu and...
wait a minute... i think i'm just thinking of details from several woody allen movies. you know what? never mind. try the lammsbrau.)


17 May 2013

updated 07june

White
’11 Adelsheim AUXERROIS Newberg, Willamette Valley, OR (13%).…..…………..……...........................................$45
*’12 Grochau Cellars MELON DE BOURGOGNE Willamette Valley, OR(13.5%).…..…...........................................$40
'12 Ravines  RIESLING (dry) Finger Lakes, NY (12.5%alc)………..…….…………………….......................................$36
'09 Trimbach  RIESLING (dry)Alsace, FR (13%alc)…………...….……………………..................................................$36
'11 Müller-Grossman "Steiner Point"  RIESLING (dry) Kremstal, Austria(13%alc)……...…..…….…………..............$40
'12 A-Z  RIESLING (sweet)Newberg, OR (12%alc)…………….…………………….....................................................$36
’11 Abbazia di Novacella “Stiftskellerei Neustift” KERNER Alto-Adige, Italy  (14%alc) ….…..........................……$55
‘11 Jean-Maurice Raffault CHENIN BLANC Chinon, Loire, FR (13%alc) .……..……………...…………….................$40
 ‘11 St Innocent “Vitae Springs Vineyard”  PINOT GRIS Salem, Willamette Valley, OR (12.5%alc).…....................$45
’11 Adelsheim PINOT GRIS Newberg, Willamette Valley, OR (13.2%).…..…………..……...................…(1/2 bottle)$27
‘10 The Eyrie Vineyards PINOT GRIS Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, OR (13.5%alc)…....... ...............................$40
‘11 Eidosela/ALBARIÑO/ Rias Baixas, Spain..…  ….…………….………………………………..……….......................$36
‘11 Valdesil “Montenovo” GODELLO Valdeorras, Spain (13%alc).….……………………………………............…... $ 36
‘11 Pascal Bellier "Cheverny" SAUVIGNON BLANC+chardonnay/ Cheverny,Loire Valley, FR (12.5%alc) ............$40
‘12 Sigalas "Santorini" ASSYRTIKO Santorini, Greece(13.7%alc) .............................................................................$55
‘09 Chehalem "INOX" CHARDONNAY Willamette Valley, OR(13.8%alc) (stainless steel)..........……..…...…..…….$40
‘10 Emile Beranger CHARDONNAY Pouilly-Fuissé, Côte d’Or,Burgundy, FR (13%alc) …………..………...….…….$50
‘10 Maison Louis Latour “En Paradis” CHARDONNAY Pouilly-Vinzelles, Côte d’Or,Burgundy, FR (13%alc) .. .....$45
‘11 Domaine les Grands Crays "Le Clos du Chateau" CHARDONNAY Viré-Clessé, Burgundy, FR(13.5%alc).........$55
’11 St Innocent "Freedom Hill Vineyard"CHARDONNAY Salem, Willamette Valley, OR(13%).…..….......................$50
Red
‘11 Brick House “Select” PINOT NOIR   Willamette Valley, OR (13%alc).............................…………..………..…....$75
‘10 The Eyrie Vineyards PINOT NOIR   Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, OR (13.5%alc) ….......……….................$75
‘10 Joseph Mellot “Le Rabault” PINOT NOIR Sancerre, Loire Valley, FR  (12.5%alc)……..……………….………..$50
‘09 R. Stuart & Co. “Big Fire” PINOT NOIR  Willamette Valley, OR (13.4%alc) …..……….……............................$40
‘10 St Innocent “Momtazi Vineyard” PINOT NOIR  McMinnville,Willamette Valley, OR (13%alc).........(1/2 bottle)$45
‘10 Hirsch Vineyards “San Andreas Fault” PINOT NOIR Sonoma Coast CA (13%alc)………......………(1/2 bottle)$55
‘10 Archery Summit  “Premier Cuvée” PINOT NOIR   Willamette Valley, OR (13.5%alc)…...…....……….........…....$80
 ‘11 Lovingston PINOTAGE Lovingston, Virginia  (13.5%alc)….…………………………..……………………..….…....$45
‘10 Morgan “Cotes du Crow’s” SYRAH, Grenache/ Monterey, CA (13.5%alc)  ………………….……...................…..$40
’09 Domaine des Rozets GRENACHE+syrah+cinsault  Coteaux du Tricastin, Rhone Valley, FR(13.5%)……..…....$36
’06 Dehesa La Granja TEMPRANILLO  Castilla y Leon, Spain (15%)……………….….………...........................…....$55
’11 Poderi Foglia AGLIANICO Roccamonfina, Campania, Italy (13.5%alc)………………….…………………………..$36
’08 Pietra Santa SANGIOVESE Cienega Valley, Central Coast, CA(14.5%)…………..................…….….…………....$45
'06 Novy NEBBIOLO Santa Ynez Valley, CA (14.1%alc)…....................................................................................… $45
'10 Andrew Rich "Coup d'Etat" GRENACHE+mourvèdre+syrah/Columbia Valley, WA(14.1%alc)…..................… $55
'10 Domaine du Grangeon CHATUS Ardeche, Rhone, FR (13.5%alc)…..........................…...................................... $55
'09 Carol Shelton "Monga Zin" ZINFANDEL Cucamonga Valley, South Coast, CA(14.9%alc)…..........................… $50
*‘10 Poggio ai Ginepri CABERNET SAUVIGNON+syrah+merlot/ Bolgheri, Tuscany, IT(13.5%alc)..……......….....$45
’10 Tower 15 "The Swell" CAB SAUV+malbec+merlot+petite verdot/Paso Robles, CA(14.8%).…………..…….......$50
'10 Ridge "Lytton Estate" PETITE SIRAH+syrah+peloursin+zin /Sonoma, CA (14.3%alc)..……….....................…..$60
17 May: not the beer i was looking for...
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.
but, after trying it, i'm very glad it was mis-delivered to me.
so bright and floral and champagne-crisp!
and, unlike many beer with this level of character, it's only 4.5% alcohol. so...that's a plus.

19 April 2013

19april- the weekly line up
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that peyrassol is far too tall.
the a-z inspires glee.
that sparkling rosé is on display.
a pink sancerre? well, i declare.
pink cotes du rhone is better known.
that young rully is hardly hooey. 
and those sakes there i'll have to share.

05 April 2013

05 April- more and more rosé
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while no written records exist to indicate the purpose of rosé-henge's construction there are scholars who believe it to be a site of hedonistic significance and undoubtedly the site of fluidic rituals.


also. we've got some willamette valley pinot noir. finally, a cheverny! been waiting for more of that.
that murky business in the middle is a sparkling garganega and, most interestingly for me, that fellow on the far left with the fox is a sparkling ploussard-based wine from the jura region. 

15 March 2013

15Mar- We'll be closed on Saturday 16Mar.

because of the 5points st patrick's day festival. if you're going down there please be careful and if you're not going down there, i don't blame you. too much booze and fun and revelry and enthusiastic youthful shenanigans. guh.
meanwhile, i'll be holed up with one to three of these bottles featured below. 



01 March 2013

01mar- getting to the bottom of things.
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That was amy overstreet's wordplay. i wish i could take credit for it.
anyway, i'm in love with that ayinger. it's so bright and crisp and german and drinkable and chuggable and i want to float in my canoe with several of these with some sausage and mustard.

but, for baan sawan, the pheasant sausage and rabbit sausage spicy noodles would be an absolutely awesome pairing. you know, if you like awesome pairings.
and at 5.2% alcohol the 500ml goes by fast, let me tell you.

22 February 2013

22feb- if there's one thing i know...




 ...it's that tonight i'm going to open that rose from vaucluse. if there are two things i know it's that i'm going to drink some of it. 
...that's about as far ahead as i've thought.

and we're starting to audition some larger reds to replace the tempranillo so we're going to look at a couple of aglianico tonight. ahh, the barolo of the south, as it has been said.

and this is just a non-sensical picture. never you mind. 








16 February 2013

16feb. good night, baan.
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good night, baan sawan.
good night, Jennifer's bat signal.
good night, t-rex.
good night, delicious wine.
good night, oven cooling from cooking Alex's amazing wild boar ribs.
good night, missing pen that i like.
good night, bottle of open la chouffe that i'll probably take home.
good night, empty chairs that recently supported happy customers.
good night, tree cow.
good night, cabernet.
good night, satay,
good night, rosé.

15 February 2013

15Feb- finally, a pouilly-fuisse will make us look classy.


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also, regarding yesterday, thanks to everyone who chose (and planned ahead) to share their evening with us last night.
we really appreciate it!
and, as you will have probably guessed, tonight and saturday night will most likely be packed with people cleverly avoiding valentine's day's crowds while simultaneously and ironically causing a bottle-neck similar to the one they sought to avoid. 
how o. henry. 
i mention it merely as a caution. 







09 February 2013

09feb- oh, right. that valentine's day business.
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In order to maximize efficiency, 14 February is the only day of the year we take reservations, and seating will be by reservation only. To ensure an intimate and quiet atmosphere, reservations will be accepted only for parties of four or fewer, and only for guests aged 18 and over. We will NOT be accepting reservations for the weekend.

To avoid the blanket reservations/no-call no-shows that sometimes occur we'll be asking for your credit card number to hold your reservation. If you need to cancel your reservation please call before Thursday. Any reservations cancelled the day of will result in a $25 fee charged to your card. Similarly, should you not arrive at all the same fee will be charged.

Thank you very much, and we look forward to seeing you!

Happy Valentine's Day!
09feb- the important thing for me to remember...
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is that these are supposed to be available to all of you.
i can't just drag them into my tree like a leopard.

also, we're going to run that la chouffe by the 6oz pour, which worked out pretty well last night. that dry lambrusco on the far right is going to be a bit of a challenge but i've been surprised before. it's just that i think it works so well with the food.

11 January 2013

11Jan- i brought enough for the whole class


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that guy on the far left is a carbonic macerated malbec. seems like fun.
and we haven't had a belgian blonde in quite some time so this maredsous is refreshing.




and speaking of refreshing, worldly blondes...

04 January 2013

04jan- looking forward to these
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02 January 2013

02Jan- have i mentioned lately...

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...how much i love eyrie?
this just came in the mail for me.
i love eyrie.