Did you ever wish that your favorite spot for great beer and burgers also had a thoughtful and tasty wine list? Well if you work or live in the loop, make Stocks and Blondes your next stop.
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This bright, flavorful wine evokes aromas of poached pear, pie spices and warm, crusty bread. On the palate it is well balanced, with medium body and lush fruit complemented by a touch of spicy French oak. A wonderful accompaniment to salmon and snow pea pasta with a creamy tarragon sauce.
Silver Medal Winner – The 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Vineyard Designation: Estate Grown/Organically Farmed
Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/l
The wine maker of Girasole, Charlie Barra discusses water use in California and offers his simple solution to this growing problem.
Terre di Gioia Pinot Grigio
Terre di Gioia Pinot Grigio is from the Grave DOC of Sequals, located in the high country of Friuli, Italy. This Pinot Grigio is crisp aromatic and refreshing; it has hints of melon and pineapples with an almond finish. Perfect as an aperitif or with pasta/fish dishes.
The Armani family’s viticultural origins date back to the 17th century. Terre di Gioia is the family’s newest initiative which sources their grapes from specific vineyards in “Vallagarina”, the area that connects Trentino, the Veneto, and South Tyrol. This line of wines are “vini di tavola”; table wine from agricultral regions, meant to be pleasurable, affordable reflections of the places where the vines sink their roots.
From the winemaker:
Origin: Carnic Alps of upper Grave Friulana.
Soil composition: loose and aerated terrain composed in large part of calcareous stone from the high Grave Friulana.
Grape varieties:100% Pinot Grigio.
Wine making process: cold maceration of the grape and soft pressing with fermentation at a controlled temperature.
Ageing: in stainless steel tanks on its own fine lees until spring when bottled.
Characteristics: golden yellow in colour, soft bouquet of pear and mature apple. It evolves with scents of dry hay and toasted almond. Crisp, aromatic and refreshing; it has hints of melon and pineapples with an almond finish.
Food pairings: excellent as an aperitif. Goes well with delicate appetizers and light first courses, risotti, white meat, eggs, roasted and baked fish.
Girasole Pinot Noir
This organically grown Pinot Noir just keeps on giving. Enticing aromas of strawberries, sandalwood, and fresh raspberries. The juicy red fruit flavors are framed by elegant, toasty oak that evolve into a velvety, silky texture on the palate. The highlight of this wine is the bright red fruit flavors followed by the mouthwatering, seductive finish. An easy to drink, yet exotic gem of a wine.
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Meet Charlie Barra, the man who began farming these vines as Junior in High School in 1944.
Jasci Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Located in Vasto, the south-eastern corner of Abruzzo and the furthest East from Rome one can go, Jasci’s organically farmed vineyards have a view of the Adriatic 500 meters below. Their Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is also fermented in stainless steel and neutral oak maintaining a clean, bright red fruit. When we tasted this wine blind in our evaluation, the nuances behind its upfront pleasures had us thinking it was going to be closer to $30 on the shelf.
It’s full of dark red fruits and is clean from start to finish with gentle tannins.
The Jasci family has been farming organically since 1980 and is a pioneer in the region.
Information and tasting notes from the winemaker:
Production zone: Vasto / Pollutri / Casalbordino (Province of Chieti)
Vine type: Montepulciano
Denomination: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo D.O.C.
Type of vineyard: Spurred cord / canopy
Year planted: 1999 / 1980
Land area: 08.00.00 hectares
Vineyard position: South East exposure
Altitude: 210 metres above sea-level
Density: 3300 vines per hectare (spurred cord) / 1600 vine per hectare (canopy)
Production: 4 kg per vine (spurred cord) / 8 kg per vine (canopy)
Vinification period: from October 5th to 20th
Type of vinification: Maceration with skins at 27°C for at least 6–8 days, followed by aging in cement and stainless steel vats
Chemical characteristics: 13% Alcohol/Vol.
Reaches full expression: 2-3 years
Colour: Ruby red
Nose: Persistent with hints of mature red fruits, jams, and slight notes of cinnamon and vanilla
Palate: Balanced and harmonious with a touch of pleasant tannins
Best with the following Abruzzese cuisine: Potato gnocchi, “sagnette e fagioli” (pasta with beans), lamb, and stuffed rabbit
Ideal serving temperature: 16°-18°C
Nuevo Mundo Sauvignon Blanc
This stainless steel fermented Sauvignon Blanc is crisp, fruity, and light. The grapes were picked at their optimum ripeness for an aromatic, fresh and balanced wine, showing all the potential of this beautiful terroir. Like all the Nuevo Mundo wines, it is produced from organically farmed grapes in Chile’s Isla de Maipo region and is certified carbon neutral.
Rapidly becoming one of our best selling white glass pours due to it’s fabulous versatility with food as well as how easy it is to drink. It seems to draw people in for a second glass more often than not!
From the Importer:
Light straw color. Fragrances of fresh cut grass and herbs. Bright citrus and pineapple with a light, herbal touch. Good acidity, dry and finishes long with a lingering tartness.
International Wine & Spirits Competition, London, November 2005
2009 Chilean Wine Producer of the Year
International Wine & Spirits Competition, London, November 2009