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Our Summer Favorites
from Montana to France
and from Beer to Malbec

What’s on the minds of our Beer & Wine Managers this month?
A Montana beer is a Ballard favorite; a French Sauvignon Blanc is a bottle of sunshine for T&C on Bainbridge; a Veneto-region Prosecco impresses in Poulsbo; two wines from Pierre Andre get the nod in Shoreline; and a Malbec out of southern France wins hearts in Mill Creek. Read why …  

Ballard Market

Montucky Cold Snacks. $5.99 in August

Meet Ballard’s new favorite beer.  This light, canned, refreshing lager is made from barley, hops, water and yeast – and contains none of that GMO corn found in our previous favorite 6-pack of tall boys.

Created by two dudes from Montana, Montucky Cold Snacks is a dual reference to the state and the act of drinking beer. ‘Montucky’ is a slang term for the state – think backwoods and very rural. ‘Cold Snacks’ is also slang – for beer, as in “Let’s go grab some cold snacks.” Who knew?

The brewers aim to celebrate their state through the packaging and by donating 8 percent of yearly profits to various organizations voted on by the consumers in each market – currently Montana, Oregon and Washington. They’ve already been able to give about $5,000 to  Montana bike park. But it’s a new brewery and they still haven’t made a profit so it hasn’t gotten off the ground in the philanthropy sense yet. Buy a couple of six-packs and help them break into the black.

Drink Montucky Cold Snacks on a boat, in the park, or throw in some grapefruit juice and make a Montucky Shandy, which is the favorite summer drink of Ballard Market’s Wine Wonder Woman, J’Nee.

Manager Lauren Allen

Town & Country Market, Bainbridge Island

Domaine Trotereau Quincy – $19.99

When a mid-range white wine from France consistently and quickly moves off the shelf week to week, you know you have something special.

Maybe it’s the sunshine or temperatures that seem to make us want a relaxing and fresh sipper. Or maybe the wine is just enjoying its moment in the sun because wine drinkers are looking for something a little different.

I suppose it doesn’t really matter because the 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc Domaine Trotereau Quincy is all that and more – a veritable bottle of sunny goodness.  Quincy was the second appellation to be recognized after Chateauneuf du Pape, giving it a famed historic significance beyond that of its more widely recognized neighboring appellations.  The winemaker, Pierre Ragon, is as famed in the Loire Valley as Loire wines are in the world.  Situated right next to Sancerre, Pierre’s estate wines (all produced exclusively from Sauvignon Blanc) are arguably better than his neighbor’s – which are sometimes twice as expensive. ...
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Managers’ Favorites
for Summer Sipping

What’s on the minds of our Wine Managers for July? A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc built for summer; a slightly effervescent Vinho Verde from Portugal; a food-friendly dry Riesling from the Yakima Valley; a limited-release IPA; and an Italian red that’s so good, you wouldn’t mind being stuck on a desert island if you had a cellar full of that!

Town & Country Market, Bainbridge Island

Momo Sauvignon Blanc – 2012 -$13.99

It’s a rare treat when you find a deliciously affordable New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It’s even more of a treasure when you find one that is organic, sustainably farmed and drinks like it should be twice the price.  Enter Momo.

This wine – pale with a light green hue – is produced by Seresin Estates in Marlborough, a picturesque region in the northeast of the South Island. The wine is built for summer, with all of the tropical aromas and elegant mixed citrus flavors we crave for light outdoor summer fare and grilled seafood.  And just like summer, it won’t last long. Come by and grab a bottle … or two … for your next outdoor picnic.  Cheers, from one island to another!

Manager Jeremy Brown

Central Market Poulsbo

Fvine Vinho Verde Non-Vintage – $9.99

Vinho Verde is a Portuguese wine that originated in the Minho region in the far north of the country.  Vinho Verde is not a grape variety.  The name literally means “green wine,” but translates as “young wine.” The Vinho Verdes are light and fresh and, although they do not quite qualify as semi-sparkling, they do have a definite effervescence.  Vinho Verdes are low in alcohol (8.5-11 percent) and high in acidity.  Vinho Verde can be made in red or white, but the white variety is the most common....
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If it’s June, it’s Time
to Get Out the Grill

March and April are “shoulder” months for most of the country – those interim months that precede the heat of the summer. But for us in the Pacific Northwest, June is the shoulder month. We can have some brilliant warm weather or it can be pouring down rain. Either way, most of us are itching to get out and enjoy the outdoors, or at least get out as far as the deck or patio. So we’re featuring wines all this month that go great with food cooked on the grill.

One of the wines we hope you’ll try is Gerard Bertrand Picpoul de Pinet. It’s the only white wine in the promotion.

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Managers’ June Faves
from Beer to Malbec

What’s on the minds of our Wine Managers for June? An Oregon beer, an Italian red, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, an Argentinian Malbec and a Washington-crafted Merlot, that’s what! See what Lauren in Ballard, Jeremy at Town & Country Market on Bainbridge, Alan at Central Market Poulsbo, Jon at Shoreline and Spencer at Mill Creek have to recommend!

Ballard Market

Double Mountain Brewery – Assorted Styles

From the burgeoning beer scene in Hood River, Ore., comes one of our favorite breweries, Double Mountain. Founded in 2007, this 20-barrel brewery was pieced

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Four Favorite Rosés
and a Bordeaux Blend
for Your Spring Joy

What’s on the minds of our Wine Managers for May? Four of their favorite Rosés – and a Bordeaux-style blend thrown in for good measure. See what Jeremy at Town & Country Market on Bainbridge, Alan at Central Market Poulsbo, Jon at Shoreline, Spencer at Mill Creek and Lauren in Ballard have for you this month in our Beer & Wine Shops.

Town & Country Market, Bainbridge Island

Domaine Fontsainte Gris de Gris Rosé 2013 – $14.99

I had the opportunity to meet Kermit Lynch, a legendary importer of limited-production French wines of outstanding quality a couple

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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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