Francophiles Unite

      The French invasion is in full swing, and 2,600 years of knowledge is being dropped right on our palates at this week’s tasting. The Rouge, Blanc, et Rosé are up for your discerning tastes, and I’ve got to be honest, I love them all! Cheers to summer!                     — at Bag & String Wine Merchants.

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Pont Du Rhone Rose, Cotes Du Rhone, 2015 – $8.99

Round and warm with notes of strawberries, blackberries, and spices. Delightfully soft and richly fruited, this rose is fabulous with grilled meats and Mediterranean fare. An amazing value!

La Grande Bruyere Macon-Fuisse, France, 2014, $16.99

The Macon-Cuisse is a home run! The purity of fruits matched with superior winemaking crafts an elegant sipper that pairs perfectly with a variety of foods and numerous events. Toasted nuts and a hint of honeysuckle blossom touch your nose with a superb balance of fruits and structure mid-palate; the wine is a quaffable gem, perfect for any night of the week!

La Romaine Pinot Noir, France, 2014 $12.99

Vibrant and fresh aromas of wild strawberries and raspberries follow through to a hint of oregano and blackberry on the nose. Medium weight with lifted acidity, the palate shows dark fruits woven between notes of mocha and a kiss of oak leading to a smoky, mineral-laced finish.

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Spain Delivers Again!

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The Iberian peninsula has my undivided attention, when I think outrageously good wine and food, Spain and Portugal have got everyone by a mile. If you want to spend a little and get a LOT try this week’s selection of wines, from crisp whites to heady rich reds nobody expects the Spanish Vinquisition.

This week we’re Starting with a 90 Pt white, the Finca OS Cobatos Godello. If you like Sauvignon Blanc or White Burgundies for their ridiculous clean mineral notes, uplifted floral and fruit tones and uncompromisingly clean finish, this wine is totally for you.

Bodegas Castaño’s Monastrell Rosado is an uplifted triumph, the 2015 vintage has been great for rosados and this deep yet elegant Yecla is no different. From one of the regions finest producers, this wine is a strawberry and raspberry bomb, from the nose to the richly lithe palate, one sip of this is enough to turn any non-believer into a true lover.

Bodega El Angosto Tinto is a precious ruby of a Spanish, a blend of Malbec, Garnacha Tintorera, Syrah, Graciano, and Cabernet Francaged in French oak, this wine is quaff-able, approachable, and fully engaging. At under $15 with a 91 Point Rating from Wine Advocate you can’t do better than this beautiful wine.

‘Boxed Wine’ is Not a Dirty Word

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Great wine isn’t just for bottles anymore. In fact if you want great value, Eco friendly, and delicious four corners are better than none. With Memorial Day weekend coming up we’re showing off why its hip to be square, why amazing wines come from a spout and why big values come in big packages.

First up is Shania, a focused and fulsome white that absolutely over delivers for its price, clean, refreshing and yet sumptuous, try this as a white sangria or sip it by the glass and enjoy all summer.

Next Calnaturale Lodi Chardonnay invites with notes of green apple, citrus and blossom while the palate shows richness and depth behind the lively acidity and fresh cut fruit, if this wine came in a bottle I have no doubt it would cost twice as much.

Calnaturale Lodi Cab Sauv is brambly and richly fruited without being heavy, with cedar, cassis, and black cherry leading to a well structured yet soft finish, this is a winner pure and simple.

Spring has Sprung!

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This week’s tasting is a fully bloomed beauty bursting with the flavors and aromas of Spring.

First up is a Rosé de Provence from Petit Coeur, a truly spectacular and budget friendly rosé with a nose of citrus, pear, and apple blossom leading to a palate of refreshing acidity lifting soft strawberry and pomegranate and balanced minerality.

Borell Diehl Muller Thurgau is up next, and if you are unfamiliar with the varietal then this Liter sized masterpiece is a great intro. Refreshing doesn’t even begin to describe it, green and vibrant and vital this wine invites from it’s first sip or sniff, I can’t say enough good things about it, food friendly, porch sipping friendly and all around pleasant, this is a new favorite around the shop.

Finally we have La Tribu, a plush and soft yet fully structured red blend from Spain, at under $10 this 90 point knockout deserves a place at everyone’s table as a ridiculously easy drinking and satisfying wine.

Join us Thursday and Friday from 4 to 7pm to taste these amazing selections!

Cheap & Cheerful!

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This week we’re bringing you three wines that are cost effective, but by no means cheaply crafted.

Get in the swing of summer with Cinquante-Cinq 2014 Viognier, a French stunner that is crisp and clean with hints of citrus oil, white flowers, solid minerality, and that knock-you-out nose that you can only get from Viognier.

Next in line is the fabulous Pont du Rhone 2015 Rose with its round, warm notes of strawberries, blackberries, and mild spices; an incredible value at $8.99 before your Wine Club discount.

Rounding out the group is the Alto Limay 2014 Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina. The bright, round palate you’ll find in this wine is the perfect complement to the warmer days and nights of early summer, with fresh blueberry, chocolate covered cherry, strawberry cream, and hints of espresso.

Give Mom the Gift She Really Wants!

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This just in: Moms do a lot, put up with a lot, and still love us, pretty cool moms, pretty cool. Mother’s Day isn’t the only time we should realize it, but it is a perfect excuse to do something extra nice. This week we’ve got three wines that would go really well with a hug and a card, or a family dinner, or just spending some time with your mom.

First up is Secco Italian Bubbles, from anyone else, this inexpensive Italian Sparkler would be forgettable, but in the hands of Charles Smith even this modestly priced wine astonishes. its all sunshine brightness with refreshing acidity layered with green apple, beeswax, sea spray, and melon.

Next is a truly special wine Domaine Lafonde Roc-Epine Tavel Rose, a Rose from a Rhone valley appellation that only makes Rose. Exquisite Tavel with fresh strawberries and a slight touch of garrigue on the nose, followed by a delicious palate with strawberries, cherries, dried herbs and slight floral touches.

Finally is a new vintage of an old favorite the Joel Gott 815 Cab Sauv. With aromatics of mocha, roasted blue fruits, plums, and cherry spice this wine enters softly on the palate yet well-structured and firm tannins on the mid-palate lead to a satisfying finish.

Cheers to you, Mom!

Essential Wines

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Exciting times here at Bag & String. We have a ton of  fantastic new wines and we get really excited about sharing them with friends. This week’s trio is outstanding, from refreshing Vinho Verde, to joyful French Chardonnay, and opulent Spanish Grenache this is a tasting to check out. And as extra incentive to stop by, All Wines Featured In Our Tasting Will Be 20% Off! See you soon and Cheers!
P.S. Please Join us on May 14th For our 5 Year Anniversary and Grand Opening!