Greetings, wine lovers and friends! Welcome to June! The weather certainly makes it seem like Summer is just around the corner. It’s been beautiful lately, and hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy the sunshine with some friends and family and your favorite wine.
Cheers to our wine club members who snatched up our Cayuse allocations last week! Thanks for your support, and enjoy those special bottles. They’ll age gracefully for many years, but our hunch is that they’re going to be enjoyed rather soon….One of the many benefits of TWM’s wine club is priority on exculsive wines. Not a member yet? Check out the wine clubs HERE.
Sadly the Chardonnay tasting we had scheduled for June 12th is going to be postponed due to a scheduling conflict, and we will post the new date as soon as possible. It promises to be a very educational and tasty experience! But don’t worry, we still have a great tasting event later this month…
Join TWM and Silvia Vannucci of Piaggia from Carmignano in Tuscany, Italy, on June 26th at 1pm for a live virtual tasting of Piaggia’s outstanding wines. We had lunch with Silvia right as the Covid-19 epidemic blew up in the Spring of 2020, and have been excitedly anticipating an event with her ever since. The wines are fantastic, and so is she. Sign up to follow – SAVE THE DATE!
The wine world, like many other industries, has been significantly impacted by the global shortage of containers for shipping, so some things are taking longer to arrive than normal. So, if your favorite Rosé isn’t in yet, that could be part of the issue; don’t worry, though, there are a lot of Rosés currently in stock, and other delicious European wines set to arrive soon.
Our bar is going to be back open and in full-swing at the end of the month, so let’s hope that the trends continue and that we’re able to resume glass pours at the bar! In the meantime we are still offering private reservations from 6-8 for your small group to enjoy glass pours or bottles. Email us for a reservation.
Update to our mask policy: Per the CDC’s May 13, 2021 announcement, Tacoma Wine Merchants customers who have been fully vaccinated may choose to not wear a mask while in our shop. We request that those who have not been fully vaccinated to continue wearing a mask while in our shop. The TWM staff have all been fully vaccinated and may or may not be wearing masks. If you would like to shop with us and are uncomfortable with this, please let us know and we will be happy to wear masks to accommodate.
Enjoy perusing the wines we are excited about below. THANK YOU ALL for your continued support, we love our patrons and our city!
Rob and Kelly 🥂
What is Franciacorta you ask? Made in the Franciacorta territory, an area just south of Lake Iseo in the Lombardi region of Italy, Franciacorta is
a hand-harvested, bottle-aged sparkling wine with both DOC and DOCG recognition (meaning that wines with the Franciacorta name have to meet a particularly stringent set of regulations and quality standards.) Unlike Prosecco, which is made in the Charmat method, Franciacorta is made in the Method Champenoise or the Traditional Method, receiving its bubbles by allowing a secondary fermentation to occur in the bottle. This beauty has a straw yellow color with greenish highlights and a fine, continuous bead. Ample and enveloping, the aromas range from ripe fruit to fresh flowers, all the way to vanilla and pastry. In the mouth, it is mineral and sensorily complete, fresh and vibrant, and very consistent from an aromatic perspective. Long, harmonious finish. YES.
Viña Aquitania started in 1990 as a venture between three friends: winemakers Bruno Prats and Paul Pontallier from Bordeaux and Felipe de Solminihac from Chile (but French born). A fourth friend, Ghislain de Montgolfier (from Champagne Bollinger), joined the partnership some years later. This Chardonnay is intense on the nose, its aromas recall fruits such as green apples, green melon, some asparagus, olives and toasted hazelnuts, with mineral notes. In the mouth it presents fresh acidity, great volume and concentration. Its persistence at the end of the tasting is fruity and mineral, complemented by the taste of French oak. A beautiful expression of what a Chilean Chardonnay can be.
Enderle & Moll is really just two guys, a tiny cellar, a few hectares of old vines, and a hell of a lot of buzz – even wine reviewer Jancis Robinson has called them “cult”. Sven Enderle and Florian Moll farm a total of 2.1ha on the western fringe of the Black Forest. Most of their Pinot comes from two sites: one with 25-45 year-old vines planted in colored sandstone (Buntsandstein), and one other miniscule plot (0.045ha total) from four tiny terraces, home to 60 year-old vines (the oldest in the region) planted in shell limestone (Muschelkalk). All work in the vineyard is done by hand, yields are low, and vineyard work is organic/biodynamic. This blend of Pinot Bianco and Pinot Gris has a lightly tannic grip from around one week on the skins. There’s a charming bouquet of orange blossoms, apricots and lanolin. The palate is textured with notes of yellow apple peels, dried nectarines, and marzipan.
This beautiful bottle of White Burgundy is made from the Aligoté grape, a Burgundian varietal grown in Bouzeron (where this grape reaches its highest expression) for hundreds of years. Fresh and dry, with citrus, mineral and apple notes, it is the perfect white wine for grilled fish, oysters, or stronger cheeses. It is also one of the rare wines that won’t overpower salads or vegetable dishes. This is the estate that the winemaker/co-director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti founded with his wife in the south of Burgundy. Limited, as are their Côte Chalonnaise red wines we just received (La Digoine 2018 and Les Clous 2018).
Inspired by Provencal Rosés, the Rivettis decided to produce one Rosé from their porfolio. The fascinating characteristics of Sangiovese and Prugnolo Gentile create a wine that shows great character, an intense aroma, and which is very pleasant to drink. It has a floral and fruity bouquet with hints of citrus and Mediterranean scrub. On the palate, it is wonderfully fresh and delicate with satisfying minerality and an all-embracing acidity. Anything by La Spinetta is always a crowd pleaser.
Years ago Patricia Green Cellars committed to NOT making Rosé, because they liked drinking it too much to get into the business of crafting it. That was largely in part because of their belief that Rosé should be made from red grapes that have more structure than Pinot Noir and being in the Northern Willamette Valley means that access to grapes such as Mourvedre, Grenache, Carignan or Tempranillo was incredibly limited to non-existent. Then they discovered lurking within Freedom Hill Vineyard was a block of Tempranillo that was planted in 2012….With some trepidation they took these grapes and the resulting Rosé is bone-dry with plenty of acidity. A must try from one of our favorite Oregon Pinot Noir producers!
We have adored this Australian winery producing Italian varietal wines, and this wine is no exception. Unico Zelo describes themselves as “die-hard pastafarians” with a love of great Nebbiolo with their noodles. So, they craft this wine in an approachable and jovial style built for the new world, with a nod to old world, old school Nebbiolo – perfect with your next Sugo. Aromatically it’s a twist on the classic “tar and roses” adage; think more violets and pencil shavings with a whiff of cardamom from some silky oak. But this is far more red fruited and juicy than your average Nebbiolo, with ripples of strawberries and crushed black olives over the top of a pitch perfect balance of fresh acidity to fine grain tannins. It’s not a Nebbiolo that’s going to rip your face off, but it certainly doesn’t pull any flavor punches. In short it’s a Unico Zelo take on Nebbiolo – it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Justin Neufeld believes that Washington state has the ability to make some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon. He is excited to be a part of a tradition of great WA Cabernet in the making. Justin, under his JB Neufeld label, is making some wonderful Cabs from Yakima Valley. This little beauty, his first trial at a red table wine, is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. And with a price tag of only $20, anyone who enjoys Washington red blends should get this in their glass.
The Vajra family has farmed Bricco delle Viole, the highest cru in Comune di Barolo, since the 1880s. Aldo Vajra, displaying a vision and commitment belying his young age, took over the estate in 1968, turning a new page. Aldo soon acquired the first organic certification of the region (1971), created private biotype selections (selezioni massali) of Nebbiolo and Dolcetto, pioneered the renaissance of Freisa, a noble yet forgotten local grape (1980) and the cultivation of Rhine Riesling in Piemonte (1985). This Pinot Nero is bright ruby in color with good depth at the core. It is aromatic and delicate, with perfumes of rose petals and ripe strawberries given a touch of spice by the oak aging. On the palate, it is structured and elegant, with a savoury-spiced red fruit character and a long, perfumed finish. Very limited.
The Villa Venti story began in 2002 when Mauro Giardini and Davide Castellucci decided to leave their jobs and devote themselves and their families to a lifestyle closer to nature. This $15 (certified) organic and biodynamic Sangiovese is a must have Italian table wine. This is a ridiculous value- buy it by the case….
Red wine in a can? It seemed like a crazy idea, but Las Jaras loves a challenge, so they set out to make a featherlight red that is refreshing and perfect to drink cold. The 2020 Waves Red Wine has aromas of black plum, earth, dark cherry and violets. The palate has a rich middle full of black plum, cherry, and cocoa powder. There is only the slightest hint of mouth-coating tannin, followed by a long, dry finish. A bit of sparkle makes this wine super lively on the palate, perfect for sipping out of the can or from a glass.
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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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