Greetings, wine friends! Welcome to March! We hope this newsletter finds you all well and healthy, and filled with a bit more hope that things will get more and more back to normal soon. We’re quite excited that March is here, because that means the start of Spring (3/21), some fun tasting events, and the birthday of Riesling (3/13/1435). And hopefully lots of sunshine!
TASTING Saturday, March 6!
We are busy getting tasting packs ready for our Mark Ryan Winery tasting tomorrow – last call if you would like to join us! Click HERE for more information and to sign up!
The Martínez Bujanda family has been making wines in Spain for over 130 years. While in post-graduate overseas studies at the University of Washington, 5th-generation Jesús Martínez Bujanda visited Walla Walla and fell in love with the region, knowing someday he would be back. Indeed, he is back, having created the first non-American winery in Washington State. Please join TWM as we wrap up Washington Wine Month with Jesús Martínez Bujanda while tasting through a selection of his family’s historic wines from both of their Washington State and Spanish estates. Save the date: Sunday, March 28th at 4:30pm!
GLASS POURS will be making a (safe) return!
We are finalizing plans for safely reopening for glass pours, and will be hosting small groups via reservation. This will allow us to share fine wines by the glass or bottle in a safe environment that lets you get out of the house! But, if you aren’t there yet, don’t forget we have a list of premium wines you can purchase by the glass (4oz) TO GO. A great way to preview that special bottle before you completely commit to it!
“BRING BACK OUR BARSTOOLS” SALE!
Our February sale was a hit, and has helped us make room to bring those barstools back. But we aren’t there yet…So we have decided to keep it going! We have downsized the sale table, but we are adding to it daily. Great finds at 15% off retail.
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
Vermentino is a thin-skinned, light-bodied white wine grape that is refreshing in its bright acidity, and aromatics of citrus and white fruit. This beauty from Liguria sits 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean, where the ocean breeze imparts hints of salinity. When the wine is young, use it as you would other Ligurian whites – that is, as an aperitivo and with fish and lighter vegetable dishes, including pesto. As the wine ages, it will stand up to stronger dishes (game birds?) and aged cheeses. Limited.
It’s back! This popular Spanish (D.O. Valdeorras in Galicia) 100% Godello was tough for us to keep in stock last year, and we’re very glad to have it back. Their Godello grapes from Valdeorras make wines that are subtle, mineral and fresh, with the complexity to evolve over time. The after-taste is long and above all, elegant. Pleasant and delicate, with a predominantly fruity and mineral sensation.
Perhaps the most popular white wine of last year, we welcome the new vintage of the Ovum Big Salt! A dizzying blend of 45% Riesling, 35% Gewurztraminer, 11% Pinot Blanc, 9% Early Muscat, and 1% others, the 2020 Big Salt is wildly aromatic, laced with Gewurz and Muscat overtones, but framed by citrusy Riesling. Salty bergamot, lemon, nectarine and white tea– exotic fruits fill out the nose. The palate is filled with the texture of Gewurz, herbal hints from Pinot Blanc, but quickly washed back with classic Riesling acidity. 2020 Big Salt pairs well with fish tacos, pesto chicken pasta, pad thai…or just chilling. On the nose, a different wine than last year, but we’re every bit as mesmerized by it. A terrific value for this complex and enjoyable of a wine.
The Orban family has been growing grapes in Troissy, a village on the left bank of the Marne, since 1770. A clear golden colour, fine, elegant bubbles. The Carte Noire Brut is a blend of 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. It has a delicate nose dominated by citrus fruit, with hints of fudge. Superb length, smooth with brioche aromas and subtle notes of honey, pine nuts and light tobacco.
Without question, one of our most popular rosés last year, and after tasting this recently, we’re convinced it will be again. A blend of 89% Sangiovese, 6% Merlot, 4% Syrah, and 1% Grenache. Strawberries and raspberries combine with delicate peach and cherries flavors on the palate, progressing into apricot and zest. Full taste and crisp acidity provide a winning pairing with a long finish. On sale through March. Join our tasting with the winemaker on March 6th and try it along with four other of their award-winning wines.
Krontiras is a family owned, certified organic and certified biodynamic vineyard and winery deep in the hills of Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. The 2019 miKron Malbec is unoaked, fermented in stainless steel, with native yeasts and without added sulphur. This is about as pure as you can get when it comes to Malbec. Very bright, juicy and appealing, with floral blackberry fruit and crunchy acidity. A natural wine without the slightest hint of funk. Enjoyed with or without a slight chill.
Natalino is an animal lover to say the least… on his farm are hectares of Verdicchio, Sangiovese and Montepulciano, olive groves, vegetable gardens, bee hives, chickens, rabbits, geese, ducks and a pond stocked with fish, finished in storybook fashion with one grand swan who has lived in Natalino’s pond for years. Together with his farm animals, the vineyards are alive with wild boar, deer, hare and mini-hare. Burello is his ode to the mini-hare that live among the vines in this vineyard (named aptly after the animal itself). The Burello is 60% Montepulciano (aged in wood) and 40% Sangiovese (concrete), and is a full-bodied, fruit, earth and leather wine that finishes quite smoothly. Pure Italy. Organic and biodynamic.
This beautiful Cabernet Franc dominant (75%) blend from Anjou in the Loire exhibits a taut backbone of acid, and of firm tannins, assisted by 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. 12 months on fine lees in French oak (five-vintage old casks), aged in ancient troglodyte cellars cut into the limestone hillside on the property, followed by six months in a stainless steel vat. Enticing black fruits persist with some subtle spice. A wine to enjoy now with it’s rich and balanced fruit, but best after 2022, and enjoyable over the next 15 years. Biodynamic. 94 Points Wine Enthusiast.
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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