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Season Change of Winter

As the season changes from fall to winter and the leaves begin to disappear into the neighbor’s lawn we can be thankful for all the wonderful things this world has given us.  Although these times have been difficult we are stronger and we will survive.

Here are couple of facts about the Brooklyn Blue Door and No.14.  They are both Junmai meaning these sakes made with nothing other than rice, water, yeast and koji.  The rice is milled or polished at a minimum of 40% are the preferred service temperature is room temperature or chilled.

Brooklyn Blue Door is bright and fruit forward without being sweet. It’s like jelly beans and wild flowers, honeydew melon and juicy ruby grapefruit.

Brooklyn No.14 is incredibly aromatic, fruit forward and clean Sake with notes of white flowers, ripe apple and tropical fruit. Keep refrigerated and enjoy with all light, fresh foods.

La Colombera Derthona, Timorasso 2018

I cannot believe I am doing this again because it is just that awesome.  It’s back and even better than ever.  Just a refresher course for this varietal. This grape was nearly extinct during the 1970’s but has come back and made a strong resurgence.  Timorasso is the grape variety that best represents the hills around Tortona (Dertona is the old name for city), as this white grape was born here. It can be considered as a noble or ancient variety, which has similar characteristics to a Chenin Blanc or Savennieres and has the tendency to botrytize (noble rot) which can give the wine a slight mandarin note to accompany the full, minerally, fleshy flavors.  This wine is structured and elegant, capable of aging for a surprisingly long time in bottle.

This opens with a fruity peach fragrance, acacia and earthy rose bud blossoms that is accentuated by a scent of honey.  As this wine matures in three or four years the hidden minerality will begin to appear on the nose and palate for wonderfully surprising change.  Hold on to your britches, we have a limited availability (less than 24 bottles) of this wine but if you had the chance of tasting last year this baby is even bigger with just a touch less acid than the 2017.  Therefore, I can hardly wait to lay another two bottles down and drinking them in the coming years.

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Samuel Louis Smith Sandstone Terrace Syrah

Samuel Louis Smith Sandstone Terrace Syrah

This surprising cool-climate Syrah is coming from the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is incredibly reminiscent of Cote Rotie in its wild and savory nature with tart dark fruits and florals of lavender and lilac. Organic and minimal-intervention with only 6 barrels made.

Pair with roasted leg of lamb and root vegetables seasoned with rosemary.

Analemma Mosier Hills Mencia

Analemma Mosier Hills Mencia

The Mencia grape originally hails from Galicia in Spain, but we have stumbled upon this super cool and rare expression from the Columbia Gorge! This bottling is very structured with tight tannins. But is all about purity of fruit with crushed blueberry & marionberry, violets, & cracked black pepper.

Grilled venison tenderloin with blackberry sauce would mirror this Mencia beautifully.

Only 147 cases made.

Walter Scott X Novo Vineyard Chardonnay

Walter Scott X Novo Vineyard Chardonnay
Sourced from a very small vineyard in the cool and windy Eola-Amity Hills, Walter Scott wines prove that Burgundian styles can be gracefully achieved in the Willamette Valley. There is nerve, tension, and balance that will reward those patient enough to age these Chardonnays.
*This particular selection is very limited and only available in our walk-in wine cellar.*
Pair with a cozy oven-roasted chicken with lemon, garlic, & natural jus.

Laherte “Ultradition” Champagne Brut Rose

Laherte “Ultradition” Champagne Brut Rose

We (Ivars & myself)  have a thing for varietal Pinot Meunier at the shop.  So, this is like our liquid candy. This rockstar small producer practices organic and biodynamic viticulture.  The elegance of this Champagne happens to be super approachable for a cornucopia of Autumn fare.

Notes of raspberry lollipop, sweet herbs, & liqueur de rose will sing with a dish like pumpkin ravioli with sage and parmesan.

Pumpkin Beers

Did you find your Gourd!!

With the arrival of fall, the season is here for pumpkin beer.  Pumpkin beers are all too often given a squishy review and that’s because it’s easy to make a glove bomber of beer when all else fails.  The magic comes when there is a development of spices between cinnamon, glove, ginger and notes of vanilla to perfectly extract the pumpkin essence into a flowing and grandeur pour.

For the next two months we will see many examples of pumpkin beers on the shelves.  We’ve done the smashing work to ensure your next six-pack is full of sugar, (pumpkin) spice, and everything nice.  One disclaimer: We didn’t include delicious variants of some of these beers because they’re generally impossible to find — and what the hell’s the fun in that if you can’t drink it?  But if one of the specialties does make to the shelf we will certainly let you know.

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin Beer

Need a little heat with your gourd.  There are habanero peppers and Saigon cinnamon in this brew to accentuate the spicier side of pumpkin spice. At 6% alcohol, it’s a nice beer to end the night if you don’t want something sweet.

Elysian Brewing, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

This is one hell pumpkin stout goes down so easy it’s almost spooky! Night Owl is brewed with both pumpkin puree and pumpkin juice—along with spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. A deep amber color and lots of pumpkin bewitchingly good.

Dogfish Head, Punkin

For the lighter affair of pumpkin this has a nice balance of malt and pumpkin notes on the nose which lead into a hint of brown sugar blend with spices to give a malt sweetness and caramel finish.

Samuel Adams, Pumpkin Batch

Pumpkin Saison is the style of this one using a Belgian yeast character with white pepper blend with mace, nutmeg and cinnamon spices. The flavor is loaded with pumpkin pie spices but no malt character rather woody, earthy hops, and a touch of pumpkin gourd to the finish.

Downeast, Pumpkin Cider

There always needs to be a twisted in a good story.  Correct it is not beer but rather a cider from the east coast made with apples, pumpkin, and chai. It’s sweet but satisfying.

Bristol, Venetucci Farm Pumkin Beer

We mustn’t forget the great local beer that shows up in October.  This baby is made from hand picked pumpkin, roasted and smashed locally which adds just that special touch of wow!!  A wonderful subtle touch of spice, pumpkin flavor and note of malt.

Paldies, Ivars

Summer is Approaching!

Summer is Approaching!!

What comes to mind when you think of the month of May? The Kentucky Derby? Cinco de Mayo? Mother’s Day? Memorial Day? Indy 500? The kids are going crazy because school is almost over? And will there be another snow day in May? All these ideas, hopes and dreams provides balance with the universe and bring us happiness, joy and great times with others. We must remember that we are living together and need to support each other by continuing to make our home a better place.

With that being said, Sovereignty Wines is going to do something special for Mother’s Day weekend. As a token for every lady who comes into the store you will be presented with a Tulip as a thank you, in the spirit of paying it forward we encourage you to also take a Tulip and give to someone else of significance in your life and help us promote happiness.

Let us not forget about the first weekend of May with the Kentucky Derby followed by Cinco de Mayo. Please but forth your party hat’s and get ready for some weekend fun.  It is time to enjoying Woodford Reserve Whiskey gift set for Mint Julep’s at a visionary value of $30.30 and/or pick a bottle of perfectly vision value $20.20 of a Espolon Blanco or Reposado Tequila for the patio margaritas.

Now to the memory, we must not forget the real reason of Memorial Weekend this is a time to remember the men and women who have served this country and lost their lives. We thank them and all who serve and have served. Thank You!!

Last but not least get ready to have some fun picking from the new Rose’s in 2020 with some great mix and match deals for the month of May.

Prieka,

Ivars

It’s a Coin Flip This Year

It’s a Coin Flip this Year
Spring will be arriving soon and the chilly grips of a snowy winter will be gone and forgotten. March is a month that we typically see two sides of weather early cold and late warmth (or we hope that is the case). Time will only tell which happens this year so instead I have chosen to look at both sides of the coin. First I would like to give thanks to all of you who enjoy this column and your patronage to Sovereignty Wines as well as my wonderful staff that are always happy to help with you during your visits to the store.
Coole Swan Irish Cream 
If you haven’t yet tried Coole Swan you are in for a treat. A true Irish Cream made in Dublin this is a success story that begins with dairy farmers. After 231 attempts of the perfect blend of five all natural ingredients; cream, Belgium white chocolate, Madagascar vanilla, cocoa from the Ivory Coast of Africa and of course a single malt Irish whiskey triple distilled and specifically made for Coole Swan by Jamison. Coole Swan’s flavor is both smooth and original. Perhaps the best way to enjoy Coole Swan is simply chilled or over ice. However, if you want to give your cup of coffee or hot chocolate a boost it blends in just like real cream (because it is). See what everyone is talking about and make sure you have a bottle on hand for St. Patrick’s Day. In the spirit of 2020, please when purchasing this cool treat during March 2020 let us know you know that this is on sale during the month for a “Perfect Vision” price of $20.20.
La Colombera Derthona, Timorasso 2017
It’s back and better than ever and you thought 2016 was great. Hold on to your britches, we have a limited availability of this but if you had the chance of tasting this last year then this baby is even bigger with just a touch less acid than the 2016. I can hardly wait to lay down two bottles and to drink them in the coming years.
Here is a grape that was nearly extinct during the 1970’s but has come back and made a strong resurgence. Timorasso is the grape variety that best represents the hills around Tortona, Italy (Dertona is the old name for city), as this white grape was born here. It can be considered as a noble or ancient variety, that has similar characteristics to a Chenin Blanc or Savennieres and has the tendency to botrytize (noble rot) which can give the wine a slight mandarin note to accompany the full, minerally, fleshy flavors. This wine is structured and elegant, capable of aging for a surprisingly long time in bottle. On the nose the young wine shows notes of white peach, honey, acacia, and tea blossom and after a few years or so the wine develops smoky and mineral notes.
Prieka,
Ivars Spons

More Holiday Cheer…

The Holidays Continue!

 

So hear we go…it’s only the second month of the year and we’re going into it with another wave of holidays!

We hope everyone is off to a good start to a new decade! We have so many things to look forward and if you thought the holidays were behind you, think again.

We have Super Bowl Weekend at the doorstep of the month and a great time for margarita’s and cold beers. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cupid shoots a few arrows early in the month for some football weekend madness pricing on beer and tequila. Stop in to see what the pricing madness will be all about!

Speaking of Cupid, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. Ladies and gentlemen this is going to be one to remember. When love is the air and our hearts and thoughts are filled with bubbles of LaLuca Prosecco but if you’re really looking to spice it up a bit then go for that bottle of Dom Perignon. We carry these delicious bubbles (and many more!) all year long so you can enjoy them not only on Valentine’s Day but any day you need a helpful mood setter.

Wow, this month is getting even better!! Presidents’ Day follows Valentine’s Day for an extra-long weekend. How do we get so lucky, man this 2020 vision…I mean year thing is great. Now we can sit back and enjoy a hearty bottle of Mauro Molino Langhe Nebbiolo 2018 that is elegant, velvety showing hints of flowers and fruit with subtle tannins a sensational glass of wine that is perfect to sip on with your partner.

The madness keeps going because with the next big event on Bourbon Street, we have Mardi Gras. We may not be in New Orleans for the occasion but Fat Tuesday is great day to stock up on Bourbon and Whiskey. Who knows we may be waist deep in four feet of snow needing some hot toddy’s to sip on and warmup from the chill of winter air. It seems my vision is getting clear with 2020 and it clearly stays, stop by Sovereignty Wines for all your holiday needs!

 

Paldies – Thank You,

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