Here we are, at the beginning of 2021, hoping you had a joyous holiday season and though there is still a bit of madness going on, hope is in the air. Let’s hope for a swift return to being able to be together and share a glass of wine. I was thinking about hope and wine recently, and I realized the vital importance hope can play in winemaking. Of course, it is a scientific kind of hope; you do all of the things you have some control over (like an experiment), but you still have to have some measure of hope that the weather will be cooperative during the fruit growing season, that there won’t be any spoilage bacteria introduced, that the yeast will complete the fermentation without any off-putting affects, etc. Hope is a great thing…
At some point this year we will be able to resume tastings and events, and we plan on making up for lost time as much as possible! In the meantime, we are in discussions for a couple of upcoming virtual tastings that promise to be very fun and educational. A nine-hour time difference can be somewhat tricky to schedule around! Thank you to all who participated in our previous Zoom tastings. They have been really enjoyable, and it does provide us with some measure of connecting us all through wine, even though we’re not physically together. Yet.
For those of you participating in a dry January, we miss you, and good luck. We hope to see you soon. Of course, you can still come in— it’s a great time to start or add to your wine cellar or collection, and a nice bottle might be the perfect way to celebrate your fortitude and abstinence. But if you find dropping into the shop to be too tempting, then please shop online at www.tacomawinemerchants.com.
We have a lot of goals for 2021, for the shop, our website and online store, tastings, when the bar reopens, wine club, professionally, and more. It’s going to be a great year, and we thank you for your continued support of our small, independent business. Your support means everything.
To celebrate YOU and our new year, each time you spend $100 or more in January at TWM you will be entered into our raffle. A ticket with your name will be placed into the decanter and we will pull the winning ticket at the end of the month. What’s the raffle for you ask? It will be like a blind tasting– it’s to be revealed afterwards. It will be quite fun, however.
Enjoy perusing the wines we are excited about below. And please remember we are still delivering locally, and to many addresses free of charge! As always, THANK YOU ALL for your continued support, we love our patrons and our city!
Rob and Kelly
Intended to be understood, not contemplated, the Nebbiolo from Clerico is a forward facing, fruit driven wine with medium plus body and strong structure. Capisme-e means “understand me” in Piedmontese dialect and was named as such with the idea in mind that Nebbiolo from Barolo should communicate not only the character of the grape but also the terroir. This unoaked wine fully expresses the heart of Monforte d’Alba and Domenico’s love for Nebbiolo. Manually harvested. This is the wine that we sold more than was brought in to the market during our tasting last year with winemaker Oscar Arrivabene. It’s back, but it won’t last long.
The Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon represents a remarkable value in a well-balanced, old-world style red wine, more reminiscent of Bordeaux than California Cab.
Samantha Sheehan started making wine in 2009, when she was 26 years old. At that time, she was working for a larger Cabernet producer in Napa who allowed her to make two barrels of Napa Valley Cabernet in partial trade. Every year since, she grew the Cabernet brand until it reached the 6,500 cases that it is today. The current blend is comprised of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Hills AVA, and 5% Cabernet Franc from Coombsville in Napa Valley. Just recently she added a sparkling rosé to the lineup (listed below…keep reading!). Both wines are made in an artisanal manner, without any additives other than a judicious amount of sulfur.
A blend of 57% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 3% Mourvèdre from Boushey, Alder Ridge, Lawrence, and Stone Tree vineyards, it’s made in small lots, with native fermentations. A pretty, youthful ruby color, the aromas strike both high and low chords with pitchy purple flower, raspberries and citrus peel making way for deeper tones of roasted game, dark plum and licorice twig. The palate is both rich and seamless with a great inner mouth vigor and saline-type minerality driving flavors of smoky black raspberries, pomegranate and grilled herbs. As the name entails, it’s a lovely glass pour red.
A blend of 40% Blaufränkisch, 35% Zweigelt and 25% Pinot Noir from Burgenland in Austria. A touch of smoke precedes notes of ripe, black cherries and baked plums whose fruit becomes even fleshier on the rounded, fruit-forward and rather juicy palate of this blend. Tannins are very soft. Fresh acidity keeps the rounded fruit in check. Very well suited for a variety of dishes, but just perfect with BBQ or steaks, or just to drink on it’s own.
Aligote comprises only 6% of grapes grown in Burgundy. It is a lovely golden-hued white wine with elements of apple, lemon, and floral characteristics. Often overshadowed by the famous Chardonnay from Burgundy, if more Aligoté were made like this it would be much better known! Domaine Georges Lignier owns 1.8 ha of Aligoté all within Morey St. Denis. Made from 5 plots, the most significant part (70%) is from 60 year old vines. Fermentation (with natural yeast) and aging is in stainless steel tanks. Deeply mineral and direct, this is classic Aligoté.
A new skin-contact wine made from Trebbiano and Malvasia. On the skins for 40 days. Hard to find a true orange wine with this much character for the price. It’s lovely and absolutely worth the crazy price if you haven’t been introduced to orange wines yet. Biodynamic/organic property from an esteemed Chianti producer.
We love this Charmat method sparkling wine from Ultraviolet, made from Pinot Noir. Here’s how winemaker Samantha Sheehan describes it: Floral and mineral-driven with small, fine bubbles. Notes of white flowers, rose petals, strawberry, raspberry, grapefruit zest. Really a fun bottle of bubbles that we all could use at this point in time.
Don’t be fooled by the name— it’s a play on the spoof character from John C. Riley— this is seriously fun (NOT SWEET) wine, comprised of 54% Carignan, 28% Zinfandel, 12% Charbono, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Valdiguie Old Vines from Mendocino County. The methods of winemaking that go into this rewarding blend are as myriad as the grapes, but they come together to make a low-intervention, dry, well-balanced, food-friendly but fun fruit-driven wine. Great for BBQ or just as a porch-pounder.
Cheers and we hope to see you soon!🍷
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Tacoma Wine Merchants
We are located in the Stadium district of Tacoma.
23A North Tacoma Avenue Tacoma, WA 98403, MAP
We have reduced our hours due to Covid 19! Hours are subject to change as the situation is fluid.
12pm – 6pm
Sunday and Monday by appointment – call us!
Robert (206) 227-4575
Kelly (206) 406-2678
Bar currently closed due to Covid-19
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