As a provider of fine wine, craft beer and spirits in downtown Minneapolis, it’s most common for us to see crowds start to roll in at the end of the workday on Friday. (Attracted by our in-store tastings that happen every weekend, no doubt!)
But, truthfully, you can stop in just about any day of the week for great specials. In fact, if you stop in before the weekend rush, we just may have some more time to help you find that perfect selection.
See our list below for some great wine specials this week, both from our shelf and the cellar. Stop in before the weekend and we’ll help you stock up!
Chateau Gassier Esprit Rose 2018
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
This wine is the heart of the production from this estate. The blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Vermentino creates a wonderful freshness, while also showing richness and a touch of spice. It is intensely fruity and ready to drink now.
Gulfi Valcanziria 2018
From a blend of Chardonnay and Carricante. The Chardonnay gives its aromatic richness to the wine and brings roundness and the Carricante brings acidity and complexity. The palate is bright and fresh showing peach and citrus fruits.
Gulfi Rossobleo 2018
Rossojbleo by Gulfi is a fresh, fruity and fragrant Sicilian red wine from Nero d'Avola grapes from Monti Iblei, vinified only in steel tanks. It smells like red fruits, flowers, orange zest and Mediterranean scrub. The flavor is fresh, subtle, fruity, smooth, pleasant and easy drinking.
Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2014
93 Points Wine Advocate
The blend of the 2014 Rioja Reserva is very similar to the 2013, 84% Tempranillo with 9% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo and 2% Garnacha. The nose is subtle and very harmonious, with aromas of red cherries and some aromatic herbs. The palate is soft, it has a velvety texture with polished, round tannins, and there is a subtlety and harmony that is laudable.
Roederer Estate Brut NV
92 Points Wine Spectator
The fruit flavors are apparent, fresh and lively in this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced brut. Light pear and pineapple aromas are followed by richer pear and citrus flavors, and subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch emerge.
Chateau Yvonne 'La Folie' Saumur-Champigny 2017
Loire Valley, France
Biodynamically farmed and certified organic. 100% Cabernet Franc. La Folie comes from plots in the village of Champigny itself with vines ranging from 15-50 years in age. Clay and limestone soils. Hand-harvested. Being richer than "Quatre Sous", but less tannic than the village Saumur-Champigny makes the La Folie the most versatile of Yvonne's reds, and maybe the best bang-for-buck, too.
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
94 Points James Suckling
There’s a plethora of intense fruit here, from dark cherries and brambleberries to lifted orange rind, citrus and so much sage and lavender. Full-bodied and very layered with a wall of structured tannin and a medium-long finish. From organically grown grapes.
Chateau Yvonne Saumur Blanc 2016
Loire Valley, France
No surprises here, the Yvonne Blanc is drop dead gorgeous Chenin. Imagine crispy and crystalized tree fruit infused with flecks of flint, chalk, and Burgundian mineral. At least in its youth, this is a wine that's right there with Foucault renditions of Saumur Blanc. I'm thrilled to tuck away a few bottles myself and watch magic happen. This is a wine that I seriously doubt will even begin to fade in the decade or two. Liquid magic from the hand of Mattieau Valle. Extremely rare and precious.
Groth Cabernet 2013
Napa Valley, California
93 Points James Suckling
Subtle and complex with mint, black currant and licorice aromas. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Clean and refined. A delicious cabernet to drink now or later. Yes.