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Our Wine Managers
Point to Their Favorites

See what our Wine Managers recommend this month – Alan in Poulsbo goes seasonal with a Northwest rosé; Jon at Shoreline chooses an elegant red by Vietti; Mill Creek’s Spencer is excited about a new Yakima-brewed IPA that’s creating a big buzz; Lauren in Ballard gives a shout out to a South African vintner; and Jeremy on Bainbridge exposes the Rhone Valley’s best-kept secret by Domaine De Durban.

Central Market Poulsbo

Julia’s Dazzle Pinot Grigio Rose, Horse Heaven Hills – $17.99

With the sunshine and warmer weather just around the corner, it might be time to t

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Want Something New?
Try Loire Valley Wines

One of the things most of us in the beverage world like to do is introduce or educate people on new or maybe undiscovered wines.

While it’s good to have a standby to fall back on when you need to make a quick decision, a significant portion of humanity thankfully tends to be curious or adventurous when it comes to beer, wine and spirits. So, for those of you looking for something new, we suggest the wines of the Loire Valley of France. In fact these wines are April’s “Featured Wines” meaning you’ll see them promoted in price and display in our Beer & Wine shops.

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In Praise of Tempranillo,
the Wahluke Slope,
Rioja and Almanac Beer

Each month, our Beer, Wine & Spirits managers eagerly offer their thoughts on what is really great in their department. There are no restrictions – other than answering the question, “So what would you recommend this month?” Here’s what they have to say for March:

Town & Country Market, Bainbridge Island

Juan Carlos Sancha Pena El Gato Rioja 2010 – $34.99

A brand-new discovery for Washington comes from the high-quality boutique importer C&P Wines – Juan Carlos Sancha Pena El Gato Rioja  <

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Our Managers’ Favorite
Beer, Whisky or Wine

Central Market Poulsbo

Bodegas Borsao Garnacha 2012 – $8.99

This wine is a gem that we discovered several years ago and it continues to impress year in and year out.

Bodegas Borsao is located in northern Spain in the region Aragon, near the region’s highest mountain – Moncayo. This wine is supple and spicy, with aromas of black raspberry and white pepper, with an appealingly sweet quality to the dark berry flavors. It finishes with silky tannins that linger persistently. Enjoy this wine on its own or with a broad range of foods such as chicken rioja

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5 Wines, 1 Bourbon:
The Best By Market

The Beer, Wine & Spirits department in each of our stores is unique in order to better serve their communities. Here, each wine manager gives us their recommendation for January. 

Ballard Market

Northwest Wine Academy – 2012 Chardonnay, $12.99

College Cellars – 2011 Scholarship Red, $18.99

Ballard Market is all about the Washington wine industry, and two local producers that we’re especially excited to support throughout this year are the Northwest Wine Academy and College Cellars.

What makes them special? These producers aren’t jus

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Old Meets New
in This Greek White

Now that the holidays are over and some semblance of normalcy is setting in, some of you may be asking: “What will the New Year bring?” Well I can tell you that in the wine world, at least in our stores, we are starting off the New Year with a little adventure and discovery.

While it’s pretty obvious that we are in the heart of winter right now, we can live vicariously somewhere else through our eating and drinking experiences. For the month of January, our wine shops are promoting the wines of the Mediterranean. A little disclaimer – to qualify, all the wines had to come from

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Our Favorite Wines
at Each of Our Markets

One of the things that make our Beer, Wine & Spirits departments unique is that each is set up with their particular customers in mind. In serving the communities in which we operate, we start with the customers, and not with some cookie-cutter manifesto of what each store should carry.

Of course, we carry many products in common – products we confidently believe in. But then each store is encouraged to complete their offerings with those things that fit their communities best.

So here is a store-by-store description of what’s hot, happening and hip – or anything else

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Gundlach Bundschu
is Our Holiday Choice

By now you have shaken off your Thanksgiving food coma, and are ready to face the holiday season’s parties, meals and more food comas.

Not to worry because we’ve done the work of choosing the best wines for the holidays. For the month of December, our wine markets feature red blends that pair perfectly with the richer, more robust foods that will be on the dinner table, especially rib roasts!

Gundlach Bundschu makes one of the wines we’re featuring. Just saying it is a mouthful.

This winery holds a special place in my heart. I’ve been fortunate enough to have visit

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Hard Ciders Enjoying
Return of Popularity

One of the things that I love about this industry is that it’s always changing and offering up some new trends. Some of them fade but some endure – simply because they’re  just downright awesome.

A lot of the things that trend are categories or varieties that have always been around. Take IPAs for example. The style was created hundreds of years ago and it’s been a staple beer style for many breweries. You could easily find dozens or more different example of IPAs on the shelves of most respectable beer stores for the last 20 years. But for the last five years or so, the buzz

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Cool Craft Beers
Chillin’ in their Cans

No, you didn’t read that wrong. Yes, the signs by the road and outside our stores are all about our promotion of canned beer throughout July. Let me explain …

For years, the beer industry has been dominated by Big Beer (Coors, Miller and Budweiser), with their mass-produced, and some would say, flavorless style of beer that is packaged in a can. While the Big Beers still dominate the U.S. market overall, craft beer has made some very deep inroads into customer perception and subsequently market share. In fact, in 2002, Oskar Blues Brewery of Colorado was the first craft brewery to

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