Only a week left to make your Wine Blitz list! The first of our two Holiday Wine Blitz Sales officially kicks off next Thursday, November 8th, at which point we’ll take 20% off 12 or more bottles of wine mix-and-match with free delivery in San Francisco.
We’re so excited about Blitz season that we’re giving wine away! That’s right, free wine. You loyal newsletter readers have a chance to get in on the Wine Blitz action a little early while snagging a bottle of vino on us.
Here’s how it works: If you come in from Monday, November 5th through Wednesday, November 7th to shop for the Wine Blitz by buying 12 bottles or more and mention the word “Brockway” to anyone on our wine team, we’ll send you home with a free bottle of our 18th Street Zinfandel, crafted for us by Berkeley-based winemaker Chris Brockway. It’s like you’re a secret agent with a secret code for wine!
Wine Blitz Preview Tasting is this Friday, November 2nd from 6PM – 8PM at 18 Reasons. We’ll be pouring some of our favorites, the perfect chance to taste before you shop. In the meantime, here are some Rhone Valley reds that we’re excited to offer at Blitz price:
Eric Texier has quickly become one of the most well regarded producers in the Rhone Valley. Perhaps it’s because he does not come from a long line of winemakers, like so many other well-known producers, yet makes wine like it’s in his blood. Instead, Eric left life as a nuclear engineer to pursue winemaking in a little-known area of the Rhone called Brézème. He’s credited with helping to revamp the reputation of this forgotten corner of the Rhone. He does not own any vineyards, but works exclusively with a small handful of growers in the area farming using only organic and biodynamic practices. This bottling is his ode to Syrah, one of the primary Rhone varietals. It’s made with carbonic maceration, a technique that brings out more bright fruit characters, and is completely unsulfured. Bright blackberry and currant aromas are followed by flavors of tart black fruit, black pepper, and a light smokey minerality. It’s medium bodied with an assertive acidity that’s sure to stand up to a variety of dishes.
Perfect Pairing: Winter squash and chickpea tagine
Unlike Eric Texier, Marine Roussel did grow up in a winemaking family, but chose to pursue an interest in graphics before feeling a pull back to her family’s domaine in 1989. She works her family’s small plot in Lirac, a small appellation in the Southern Rhone neighboring Tavel and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Actually, her terraced vineyards on the right bank of the Rhone directly mirror those of Châteauneuf on the other side. She even has the same galet roulés, or large round rocks that cover clay soils underneath. These are important both in Châteauneuf and for Marine in Lirac, since the rocks help to temper the intense daytime heat while also storing it and keeping the vines warmer during cool nights. Marine’s ‘Le Classique’ bottling is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Carignan that is a stunning comparison to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Dark black cherry and smoky aromas lead to a rich and dense palate of blackberry, cassis, and slate-like minerality. Drinkable now or in a few years!
Perfect Pairing: Duck confit with braised butter beans
2010 Domaine Faury Saint-Joseph – $29.99; Blitz Pricing – $23.99
Philippe Faury and his son Lionel have a small 11 hectare vineyard in Saint-Joseph. They’ve slowly been converting their family’s old peach and cherry orchards over to grape vines since the 1970s. Today, they’re well known for producing remarkable Syrah from this portion of the Northern Rhone. Like many other regions in the Rhone Valley, grape farming is only possible through terracing. The terracing not only makes steep slopes more manageable but it helps with even sun exposure to ensure even ripening of the grapes. The Faurys use many traditional techniques and are meticulous in their respect for the grapes. They use only used oak barrels and often age their wines in larger barriques and demi-muids (600-liters). This bottling has subtle floral and dark fruit aromas with flavors of blackberry, earthy mushrooms, and a long elegant finish.
Perfect Pairing: Grilled hanger steak with grilled wild mushrooms and onions