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The Wine Country's September 2018 Newsletter

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September Wine of the Month

2017 Couveys Les Petits Greniers, Vin de Pays d'Oc Malbec, Languedoc, France

We are consistently flummoxed by the remarkably high quality, insanely inexpensive wines we get tasted on from France on a weekly basis.   Hard to wrap your head around wines that taste this generous, that come from way across the ocean, that we can sell for under $15.00 retail... Read More

$11.99 per bottle    $143.88 per case




Off the Beaten Path

by Kevin Lepisto

Last month at one of our Thursday Commuter Tasting events, we chose to do a tasting of staff picks for summer where each buyer chose a wine from their department that they’re enjoying drinking this summer.  I chose to feature a delightfully light Slovenian white blend that we’ve carried in the store for some time that I knew not many people were not aware of.   And why would they know this wine?  It’s tucked away in the back corner of the store...Read More 




My Visit to Santa Ynez Valley

by Chris Costales

Earlier in the year, our store owner Randy was very gracious to send me to Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley for a few days in order to meet a handful of our favorite vintners, some with a long relationship to The Wine Country.  I was very happy to learn more in depth about this region as I had only visited for quick day trips a few times before.  What I found were very hospitable people who were focused on making the best wine they can...Read More




Cabernet Sauvignons of the Southern Hemisphere

by Jessica Martinez

Okay, so hear me out… I want you to enjoy your glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, but I also want you to explore Cabernets from the Southern Hemisphere.  Cabs that are affordable and impressive.  That is one of the amazing things about wines from the Southern Hemisphere; they don’t cost an arm and a leg to get top quality...Read More




Exploring the Wines of Oregon's Beautiful Willamette Valley

by Chris Costales

Come join us for a tasting tour of the Willamette Valley in Oregon on Friday October 12th at 7:30 at The Wine Country!  Although you may immediately think of Pinot Noir as soon as you hear the name Oregon, the region has a variety of grapes planted, with around 72 currently according to the Oregon Wine Board and climbing. At the tasting we will focus on Pinot Noir, but a few Chardonnay wines and a Pinot Gris will be featured to represent the regions diversity...Read More 


No Longer Floppy Slices--The Artisan Cheeses of America

by Samantha Dugan

So, when I say, “American cheese” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you instantly think if those thin floppy slices wrapped in shiny envelopes of plastic, well stop that.  While I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for a grilled cheese, on square white bread only, made from those flavorless sheets of cheese colored waxy meltiness, true American cheese comes from artisanal producers all across the United States...Read More




Sampling IPAs & No Cheating!

by Nick Larson

Bias is one of my least favorite things in the beer world. I’m guilty of this as well, as there are plenty of breweries I either like or dislike and pre-judge their beer before I even try them.  It’s impossible to avoid, but sometimes I think we need a reset...Read More




The World's Greatest Brandies

by Nick Larson

Our next spirits adventure will be visiting the world of Brandy: more specifically Cognac and Armagnac.  Cognac is a variety of brandy named after the town of Cognac, France. It is produced in the surrounding wine-growing region in the departments of Charente and Charente-Maritime...Read More



Patés, Salami, Hams, Spanish Chorizos, Olive Spreads & Lots of Bitchin' Sauce 

by Dale Kemner

There are very few things in life more pleasurable than getting together with friends, sharing some wine and enjoying good food.  For those of us who like to cook, it gives us a chance to shop the farmers' markets, try out new recipes and revive old favorites, and perhaps indulge in appetizers and desserts that liven up the place rather than providing boring (and pretty dismal) bean dip and crinkle chips.  At The Wine Country, we have discovered some wonderful nibbles and nosh that can help add energy to the tables of cooks and non-cooks alike...Read More 



Post Script:  When Friends Can Cook

by Randy Kemner

Over the years, I've said many times that one of the unforeseen benefits of working in a wine store is that we meet so many terrific home chefs.  And why not?  It should be no surprise that the same type of people who don't settle for flavorless fruits and vegetables at the grocery store and populate the city's many farmers' markets, might be more particular about their wine selections than the mass market boredom of a typical grocery store wine shelf...Read More

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