The Moutard family has been making wine since 1642, both in Champagne and Chablis. Their Chablis comes from Chardonnay vines grown in Kimmeridgian soils. The wine has a lovely aroma of white flowers and lime, and a spicy, dry flavor of lemon zest and stone fruits. It is rich enough to stand up to cream sauces, but it works exceptionally well with prawns and lobster.

2016 Domaine Moutard Chablis 25.00 20.75VS

Deal Of The Month

Michelle and Jean-Michel Masson created Domaine Masson-Blondelet in 1975. In 1980, in the heart of the village of Pouilly, they built a three level cellar underneath a house to make wine by gravity-flow only. They own 21 hectares of different soils in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The 2016 Domaine Masson-Blondelet Pouilly-Fumé ‘Villa Paulus’ comes from Sauvignon Blanc grown in Kimmeridgian marl soil. It is zesty and racy, perfect for Northwest finfish and shellfish.

2016 Domaine Masson-Blondelet Pouilly-Fumé ‘Villa Paulus’ 25.00 20.75VS

The Weekly Tasting

KERMIT LYNCH AND LYLE RAILSBACK

Lyle Railsback does National Sales for Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant and is a fun wine educator, and easy-to-chat-with wine guy. He also makes wine with his brother Eric in the Santa Ynez Valley in California. We thought it would be fun to take a look at some less well known Kermit Lynch wine styles, as well as taste his Railsback Frères wines with him on Saturday, April 28th at both shops.

2016 Thivin Beaujolais Blanc ‘Clos de Rochebonne’ 30.00 24.90VS

2016 Manni Nössing Kerner Alto Adige 29.00 24.07VS

2015 Villa de Geggiano Rosso ‘Bandinello’ Toscana 20.00 16.60VS

2014 Domaine Robert Chevillon Passetoutgrains 29.00 24.07VS

2016 Railsback Frères Rosé ‘Les Racasses’ Santa Ynez Valley 25.00 20.75VS

2015 Railsback Frères Rouge Santa Ynez Valley 42.00 34.86VS

New Arrivals

2016 LINGUA FRANCA

The 2016 Lingua Franca wines are stunning! As their website states, “French adventures in Oregon”. Few wines have shown such terroir driven elements from Oregon as these wines possess. Think French, think acidity and vibrancy, think balance and elegance, and think long lingering delicious finishes. These are wines for local foods, cooked with a French cuisine in mind— Coquilles Saint-Jacques, cassoulet, boeuf bourguignon, and pissaladière. Are you hungry yet?

2016 Lingua Franca Chardonnay ‘Avni’ Willamette Valley 37.00 30.71VS

2016 Lingua Franca Chardonnay ‘Bunker Hill Estate’ Willamette Valley 52.00 43.16VS

2016 Lingua Franca Pinot Noir ‘Avni’ Willamette Valley 37.00 30.71VS

2016 Lingua Franca Pinot Noir Estate Eola Amity Hills 52.00 43.16VS

TRANCHE CELLARS - WALLA WALLA

Sporting a completely updated label, the new Tranche wines are beautiful both on the inside and outside! The 2016 Tranche Pinot Gris from Lawrence Vineyard’ (sadly the last vintage of this wine) is near perfection for the variety. The 2015 Tranche Pape Blanc combines six different white grapes to make a Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc-like wine. The 2017 Tranche Rosé is at the top for the state, and the new 2015 Tranche Pape Red is simply superb.

2016 Tranche Pinot Gris ‘Lawrence Vineyard’ 16.00 13.28VS

2015 Tranche Pape Blanc Estate ‘Blue Mountain Vineyard’ 21.00 17.43VS

2017 Tranche Pink Pape Estate Rosé ‘Blackrock Vineyard’ 17.00 14.11VS

2015 Tranche Pape Rouge Estate ‘Blackrock Vineyard’ 29.00 24.07VS

Staff Picks

ALBARINO

The Rías Baixas are a series of four inlets located on the southwestern coast of Galicia, Spain. Rías Baixas is renowned for the Albariño grape, an indigenous variety that produces crisp, citrusy, white wines. Descriptions of white peach, apricot, melon, pineapple, mango, and honeysuckle fill the reviews of these wines, portraying a taste that is more fruity than the wines actually taste. They have a saline quality that allows them to pair with local seafood. Try a lobster, mussel, and rice dish, or Dungeness crab and avocado towers, and you will taste the fresh sea breeze in these wines.

2016 La Caña Albariño Rías Baixas 17.00 14.11VS

2016 Granbazán Albariño ‘Etiqueta Verde’ Rías Baixas 18.00 14.94VS

2016 Naches Heights Vineyards Albariño Rías Baixas 18.00 14.94VS

2016 Paco & Lola Albariño Rías Baixas 18.00 14.94VS

2016 Pazo Señorans Albariño Rías Baixas 20.00 16.60VS

2016 Santiago Ruiz ‘O Rosal’ Rías Baixas 20.00 16.60VS

MORE 2017 ROSES ARRIVE!

The season of rosé comes into full swing in April, with new arrivals and old favorites landing. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so that outdoor sipping may start.

2017 Villa des Anges Rosé Pays d’Oc 12.00 9.96VS

2017 Triennes Rosé Méditerranée 15.00 12.45VS

2017 Commandarie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence 15.00 12.45VS

2017 Château Val-Joanis Rosé Luberon 16.00 13.28VS

2017 Espirit Gassier Rosé Côtes de Provence 19.00 15.77VS

2017 Âme du Vin Rosé Côtes de Provence 21.00 17.43VS

2017 La Spinetta ‘Il Rosé di Casanova’ Toscana 20.00 16.60VS

2017 By.Ott Rosé Côtes de Provence 23.00 19.09VS

2017 Miraval Rosé Côtes de Provence 28.00 23.24VS