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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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
When I first got into the beer and wine business, back in the late ‘90s, grunge music was being shown the door. Energy drinks had just started popping up. Dot-coms were on the very brink of the bubble bursting. And Rosé wines were trying to get some respect.
I’m not talking about the sweet pink wines – like White Zinfandels – people have long associated with these wines. I’m referring to true dry Rosés, which get their color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify them as red wines. Many claim it is the oldest known type of wine.
While I think White Zinfandel...
For most of the American population living in the northerly reaches of the country, fall is when the grill is put away for its winter hibernation. Only when the rain starts to taper off and flowers start to bloom do we venture out to start grilling again. Well that time has come, so get out there and clean off the grill because there are some great grilling opportunities for you in our markets.
Throughout June our Beer & Wine Shops are featuring wines paired specifically for the smoky, grilled flavors associated with the barbecue. A lot of people’s first inclination is to ju...
The history of cocktails goes back hundreds of years and there are thousands – millions probably – tried-and-true recipes out there. The Moscow Mule is one such cocktail.
The story goes that in 1941, Jack Morgan, owner of Hollywood’s once famous – and now defunct – Cock ’n Bull restaurant and also the president of Cock ’n Bull Products, was trying to get people to try his ginger beer of the same name. Morgan joined forces with John G. Martin and Rudolph Kunett of Heublein Bros. Inc., the venerable American producer and distributor of alcoholic beverages and food throughout t...