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A Chilean Wine Like No Other Chilean Wines

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You may have noticed that we have a new attractive one-liter bottle on our shelves, in the South American section of the Reds. This is a Chilean wine that’s . . . not very Chilean. There’s a cool story behind it.

Louis-Antoine Luyt hails from France, and at the age of 22 he decided to get outta dodge and learn some Spanish. So, he went to Chile and started working as a dishwasher in a restaurant. Eventually, he took charge of the wine list there, and started getting more and more into wine as he studied more, with the help of the country’s only master sommelier.

Fast forward to the Aughts; Luyt is back in Chile, after working for some of the best natural winemakers in France, and he’s partnered up with a few investors to start a winery. But this won’t be just any winery; having seen that most Chilean wine is made in bulk, from conventional (non-organic) vineyards and with a lot of manipulation in the cellar so the wine tastes boring and homogenous, Luyt’s goal is to make a different kind of Chilean wine. Meaning, organic vineyards, indigenous grapes, no nasty chemicals, and the end result: a fresh, bright, lively wine that reflects terroir.

But 2010 was not a good harvest year for Chile. You may recall that there was a hugely destructive earthquake, in February – right when grape growers are about to pick their crop. Many vineyards were destroyed, including the ones Luyt hoped to source his grapes from. In response, his investors backed out, seeing no way to do what they had planned. But he refused to let go of his dream, and frantically searched until he found some vineyards to work with. That’s when Luyt found the vineyard with vines over 100-years-old that he uses to make the Pipeño; he pulled it together and made the wine, and kept the project alive.

The Pipeño is a whole liter of goodness, made from the red grape País, for just $20. We love it on its own, but it’s a perfect food wine that could be great as you hibernate. Come and get it!

words by Rachel Signer

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Perfect White Wines To Drink In Fall

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by Rachel Signer

 

It’s November, and the prime days of fall are here. Just because you’re getting out your sweaters and boots, doesn’t mean you also have to banish all but red wines from your table.

White wine can be delicious in the chilly afternoons and evenings of autumn, and is a perfect pairing for some of the best seasonal meals, like acorn squash, pumpkin ravioli, or roast chicken.

Here are some of our most exciting, affordable white wines at Henry’s, which are perfect for fall and early winter:

 

Arndorfer, Gruner Veltliner / Riesling $19

We love the bright, fresh, and lively wines of Martin and Anna Arndorfer, a husband-and-wife team in the Kamptal, northern Austria. This one, a blend of 80 percent Gruner Veltliner plus a boost of Riesling is bone-dry, snappy, and full of aromatic stonefruit notes. It will quickly become your Friday night favorite.

Pair With: Goat cheese, mushrooms, acorn squash

 

Ruth Lewandowski, “Chilion,” Cortese $32

Here are a few fun facts about the Lewandowski wines: they are made by Evan Lewandowski, in a winery in Utah, with grapes from California, and the name “Ruth” is inspired by the story of Ruth in the Bible. Ruth was a pagan Moabite who married into the Israeli tribe, and maybe Evan is a bit of an outsider in Utah, being a natural winemaker in a Mormon state. This wine, made from the Italian grape Cortese, sees a few days of skin contact – which is when white grapes are left with their skins on to develop some color and tannin – which makes it slightly more robust than most whites.

Pair With: Roast chicken, salami, pork, Alpine style cheeses

 

Chateau Fontvert, “Les Restanques,” Vermentino / Grenache Blanc $14

This wine is such a good value. Thanks to the combination of hand-harvested Vermentino and Grenache Blanc, from the warm climate of Southern France, it’s aromatic and rich, but also dry. That makes it ideal for just sipping on its own, as your weeknight Netflix wine, but it’s also perfect for just about any kind of light food.

Pair with: Pizza, pasta, Kimmy Schmidt

 

Haut Planty, Mouskadig Breizh $15

An oxidized Muscadet – whaaaa? We think it’s a little weird, too, but weird in a good way. Oxidation happens when air comes into contact with wine. It gives it a savory, unctuous flavor, and a bit of body – which can be quite nice, especially in cooler weather. Muscadet is a region in Western France that makes white wine from a grape called Melon de Bourgogne, which is dry, crisp, and full of fresh fruit notes like pear and peach. And the price is right, for sure.

Pair with: Vegetable lasagna, quinoa, fish, salty cheeses

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We’ve Got Classes Full of Glasses

It’s really easy to love wine. You pour some in your glass, it swishes pleasantly around your mouth and goes down perfectly with your dinner.
The time has come to take the pleasure one step further and give you the opportunity to dive deeper into what makes the world of wine so special.

We will host a first wine class exploring “fall reds” guided by Rachel, who writes for Eater and many others, on Monday October 5th at 7pm at Sunrise/Sunset.

Capacity is limited and attendance is $30 (and worth every drop).

RSVP TO HENRY@HENRYSBK.COM 

Tickets can be purchased here. Can’t commit? Save the date and call the shop the day of to see if we still have space.

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Mezcal Flight Exploration on Friday October 9th @ 7pm

mezcal selectionFor those who like wine, but find greater affinity for spirits, don’t worry, we’ve decided to do a tasting series. The first one is with Mezcal!

Alongside other mezcal aficionados, you will get to learn a few new facts and taste many agave spirits side by side.

Join us Friday October 9th at 7pm for the best start to your weekend. Tickets are $30 and needless to say you will get your spirits worth. 

Event takes place at Sunrise/Sunset 

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San Fereolo Dolcetto Tasting

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A great way to understand wine and winemaking is through the observation of its evolution in time. The way the juice will develop once in the bottle and the year to year environmental challenges the winemaker faces. Sunnier summers and harsher winters are factors that can make it to the glass.
All in all, San Fereolo is a great biodynamic Italian producer led by Nicoletta Bocca.

Alongside Chase Granoff of Indie Wineries, we will taste her 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2012 Dolcetto.

To cover the costs of the bottles, we are charging $20/person. Limited Availability
RSVP: henry@henrysbk.com

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Kent Odessa’s Physical Genius Release Picks

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In honor of the release of his new album, “Physical Genius,” Henry’s Wine & Spirit will be offering a special ‘Kent Odessa Wine-Pack‘ for one month only (from September 16th through October 16th), which includes a collectible 7″ vinyl copy of his two singles (“Physical Genius” and “Slow Love”) as well as three fantastic wines that Mr. Odessa has personally selected himself! All for a discounted price of $50!

Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux— A sparkling blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Pinot Noir, Bruno Collin makes one of the best bubblies around, with the kind of elegance you rarely see outside of Champagne price-points. Pop it during the epic climax of “Physical Genius!”
Alexandre Monmousseau Vouvray Sec–A dry, silky style of Chenin Blanc from France’s Loire Valley that will pair wonderfully will all of the fresh seafood that’s still in season right now (tuna, salmon, oysters), and particularly well with one of Odessa’s favorite dishes: seared diver’s scallops in a tarragon-butter cream sauce.
Luigi Resta Salice Salentino–Rich, robust, with notes of blackberry, plum, and tobacco, and a little bit of funkiness on the nose (almost as funky as Odessa’s killer bass line on “Slow Love”). Made from 100% Negroamaro grapes, Luigi Resta prefers to make old-school wines that truly reflect the soil of Salice. Ideally served with leg of lamb, a hearty linguine bolognese, or richer styles of hard cheeses. “

GET KENT’S PACK NOW AND SELECT PICK UP AT CHECKOUT

YOU CAN ALSO STREAM THE EP HERE OR GET IT ON iTUNES

 

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Our Favorite Boozy Fathers

1. Ernest Hemingway – A notorious drinker, an incredible inspiration for bartenders, and one heck of a writer.

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2. Papa Glucroft – Henry’s Dad has always been a wine drinker, loves a good medoc and nice rums.

3. Roger Sterling & Don Draper – Have you watched Mad Men? Need I say more?

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4. Steve Martin – A father in the movies long before real life.

5. Al Bundy – For the priceless paternal facial expressions

6. Homer Simpson – Definitely puts the “b” in beer and booze.

7. Hank Williams – Legendary drinker, country singer and father to more stardom.

8. The Godfather – We know Marlon could drink and he’s the “God” of all fathers here.

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9. Hank Moody – Who really knows how many people call Hank dad?

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10. Jack Torrance – Not all fathers are friendly….

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The Non-Beer Guide to the World Cup

Get excited about the World Cup watching this Freestyle champ: 

It’s hard to deny that soccer and beer are pretty good buddies. Throw in the summer sun, a once-every-four years type event and it becomes even harder to resist a cold beer (Heineken?)

Anyway, while we can’t see we won’t drink any beer during the World Cup, we will be drinking some of these concoctions and recommend you do the same, when the time is right.

1. Caipirinha – The Brazilian Classic

2. Shot of Mezcal whenever Mexico scores

3. A Classic Spanish Sangria 

4. The Perfect Perroquet for when sweating the French game.

5. American Whiskey (we’ve got plenty!)

6. Fernet Branca & Cola – The Argentine Way

7. Retsina for the Greeks

8. Vinho Verde

9. Sake

10. German Riesling

10% off wines, 5% from countries playing in the world cup on the day of their matches (mention discount at checkout in store)

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Our Top 5 Summer Rosés & Playlist

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It’s always great to know that somewhere on this massive interweb, there are real people reading these words (thank you).

While there are countless rosés out there, we’ve picked a few that we like to drink and are good values.

1. Bobal Rosé 2013 – $12

2. La P’tite Soeur, Corbieres, 2013 – $15

3. Verdad, Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, Grenache, Rosé, 2013 – $20

4. Clendenen, Mondeuse Rosé 2013 – $18

5. Cep D’or Provence Rosé – $14

Now for our summer playlist:

Please let us know what you think of the wines or the tunes in the comments.

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Pascal Pibaleau’s La Perlette

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IT”S HERE! Pet-nat season is upon us! And, although we have a fantastic selection from different producers in the shop, we are very excited to feature Pascal Pibaleau.

Hailing from the Loire Valley of France, Pascal has been maintaining his vines biodynamically without chemicals or pesticides from the get go building upon a tradition of respect for the earth started in 1886.  Once in the winery, he aims to take a similar hands-off approach with natural yeast fermentation and no sulphur dioxide added. In short, this is deliciously pure juice.

La Perlette is made from a grape called Grolleau that only is grown in the Loire Valley. This wine is summer in a bottle! It is a lush, sparkling rose made in the traditional method with fast-moving bubbles and fresh strawberry fruit balanced by floral hibiscus and rose with a racy minerality.

Grab a bottle on the way home to enjoy on the rooftop or bring it to a picnic in the park. Either way you’ll love it and if you don’t know, now you know!

 

Get it while you can and ask about our other awesome Pet-nats as well!