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May – Wines of the Month

2020 Peter Lauer Riesling “Barrel X” Saar-Germany $21.99
This is an energetic and racy Feinherb-style (just a whisper of sweetness) Riesling made by the masterful Florian Lauer reminiscent of white peach, green pineapple, papaya, and rainwater. Farming practices are organic, grapes are hand-harvested, and average vine age is 20 years old. Pairs well with shrimp shumai and Japanese pickled cucumbers (sunomono)
Snag this up before it is gone!
2020 The Hermit Ram Field Blend, North Canterbury, NZ $39.99
Arguably either a light-bodied red or a deep and serious rose, this is a fascinating skin-fermented blend of Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Gewürztraminer from a 45-year old vineyard in North Canterbury briefly aged in Spanish amphora. Bottled unfined/unfiltered this is as natural & raw as wine gets! Huckleberry, peppercorn, & bright pomegranate. Drink it with pepper-crusted pork loin or roasted chicken with cherries & rosemary.
2018 Zuccardi Concreto Malbec Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley, Argentina $33.99
Perfumed with violets, hyacinths, & dried blueberry, this high-elevation whole-cluster powerhouse of a Malbec gets its namesake from aging in concrete to preserve the gorgeous fruit & florals the grape has to offer. This style by Sebastian Zuccardi  is certainly helming a new wave revolution in Argentina focusing on true terroir; the graphite minerality and firm tight tannins reflect the 3,600 ft elevation of Paraje Altamira. Always a treat! Enjoy with choripan, asado, or black bean empanadas with chimichurri.


New Year, New Wine

I want to start off the year by thanking all of you for your continued support and enthusiasm for our business.  You all are in our hearts during these difficult times, thank you.

For all you Bronco and Elway fans this bottle of wine will help you with the winter blues without any playoffs for the Bronco’s.  This wine is made in collaboration with consulting wine maker Rob Mondavi Jr. and John Elway’s 7 Cellar’s.  The 2017 Elway Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry with hints of dark chocolate and sweet oak.  The palate holds bold notes of dark fruits and hints of spiciness, balanced by fresh acidity and lush tannins. This can be enjoyed with a prime rib or filet mignon.

How about something with a bit more class and punch! This is a different type of treat it is a Madeira.  A what?   Here is a quick story.  The island of Madeira has been home to one of the world’s most distinctive and widely drank fortified wines for centuries. Several hundred years ago the island of Madeira was a key port off the coast of Africa and also proved to be a region great for planting vineyards.  So the Portuguese planted grape varietals such as Malvasia and Sercial. These hand-harvest grapes and fortified to an abv of 18-20%.  The fortification was a process to allow the wine differing in styles and bring out different flavors by adding brandy or cognac.

Now specifically the Broadbent Single Cask Sercial Madeira 1997.  This baby gets better with age and the year of 1997 is no lie.  Sercial is smooth with subtle flavors of nuts, especially hazelnuts and almonds, orange peel and exotic spice.  The wine has very gentle overtones of wood and a nice sweetness for a Sercial. Very high acidity while showing a great fruity style. Incredibly long and dry finish.

Thank You,

Ivars Spons




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.

Thank You,

Ivars Spons

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.