October 2016 Wine Club Notes



Kanpai to the Chuhai!

Kanpai to the Chuhai! This is one of the cleanest, most refreshing and lightest cocktails I’ve ever come across and it’s super easy to mix up. If you’re unfamiliar with Shochu, start here and you’ll be super pleased:

2oz Mizu Shochu
1oz Fresh lime juice
2oz Pineapple juice
Soda water

Mix all ingredients over ice, top with soda water and enjoy.



Sochu Cocktail

Why Choose Wednesday? July 20th


Wine and Whiskey have hit that critical “You got chocolate in my peanut butter moment”. R Wines’ Southern Belle is a lush yet structured Monastrell/Syrah blend that spends its time aging in Pappy Van Winkle Barrels, which may be as close as some of us get to Pappy. Glen Moray 10 is a splendid little Speyside, rich and fruity with light honey and soft spice that spends its time aging in Chardonnay Casks. #WhyChoose between wine and whiskey when its more fun to have both!

Big Horn Meats Pairing, Friday, July 22nd


We’re really excited about the tasting this week! We will be partnering up with the Big Horn Meats Food Truck, which specializes in local grass fed & finished beef and woodlot pork. Farmer Michael Wright ensures that his livestock get plenty of sunshine, fresh air, and green grass…and the end product is outrageously good! This Friday from 3 to 6pm, come get a plate of hand made Italian meatballs made from pastured beef and woodlot pork over zucchini noodles and basmati rice.
To pair, we will be pouring the 2015 Honoro Vera Rosé the 2105 Château Mourgues du Grés Costières de Nîmes, and the 2014 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese. We will pour on Thursday and Friday, but the main event will most definitely be Friday’s stellar food-wine pairing. See you there!

Honora Vera Rose – Spain – 2015 – $8.99

A beautiful blush color, it has simple yet multi-layered style with acidity to give it energy and lift. Ripe and tropical fruit, melon, and soft berries on the nose and palate. Quita an exceptional dry rose, especially at this value.

Chateau Mourgues du Gres – Costieres de Nimes – 2015 – $11.99

Pale gold in appearance with a youthful expression, a complex wine on the palate with floral notes and notes of citrus fruit as well as some white stone fruits, balanced acidity. Expect a long, mineral-laden finish. Best served chilled as an apertif or with grilled seafood or white meat.

Di Majo Norante – Sagiovese – Italy – 2014 – $13.99

A bright garnet in the glass. On the nose, scents of violets and woodland fruits. Smooth and refreshing on the palate with ripe, red fruits underlined by fresh, elegant tannins. A medium finish with pleasant spicy notes makes this a great wine for pairing with ossobuco, roast beef in a Madeira sauce or a chunk of fresh Taleggio cheese.

The Friday Stir – Great White Negroni

Why does the Negroni deserve its’ own week? Other than being a marvelous and dead simple cocktail on its own, the almost limitless permutations make it damn near indispensable. Sub in some Suze and White Vermouth, throw in a great Gin and…

Great White Negroni
1 oz Russel Henry Hawaiian Ginger Gin
1 oz Contratto White Vermouth
1 oz Suze

In a shaker add all ingredients over ice, stir until chilled and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with lime slice and enjoy. Happy Negroni Week, Drink Up!



Not just “A” Wine Shop…

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In this article for his column “The Pour”, New York Times Wine Critic Eric Asimov asks the question: “How do you know if a wine shop is good?”

At Bag and String we think we know the answer, and you will find it when you walk through our doors.

Our customer-focused, casual atmosphere is intended to give even the most inexperienced wine shopper a pleasant and positive experience. Our hand-labeled bottle tags, smaller, more-focused selections and simple and clean displays are intended to create a comfortable and friendly atmosphere where visitors feel welcome, almost as if we were entertaining them in our own home. Our casual daily tastings and more formal weekly offerings are intended to help educate even the most inexperienced of wine buyers so that they can learn what they like and dislike. We appreciate the fact that buying a good bottle of wine is different for each person, and our goal is to offer just the right choice and value for every taste.

We want to get to know the people that choose to buy their bottles here…learn their names, track their purchases and get to know their tastes. We don’t want to be “A” wine shop, we want to be “YOUR” wine shop.

Everyone here at Bag and String not only loves wine, we love our customers.

We hope it shows.