Tyson’s picks for Summer 2017

Summer is almost officially here!  More importantly, the changing of the season means it’s white wine time again.  One of my favorite areas to enjoy on a warmer day is Montlouis.  Greatly underappreciated, the region sits across the Loire River from its more well-known neighbor, Vouvray.  Like Vouvray, the only white grape grown within Montlouis is Chenin Blanc.  Generally speaking, the wines are more precise, acidic and show more fresh characteristics than Vouvray.

As most of my friends, family and everyone within shouting distance know the two we carry are my go-to bottles for the price.  The sparkling we carry is by one of the most well known and respected producers in the area, Francois Chidaine. The Montlouis Brut Methode Traditionelle displays beautiful fresh notes of white flowers, zesty citrus and a bright mineral characteristic.

If bubbles aren’t your thing, the still Montlouis we have will make you happy.  The wine, Le Rocher Des Violettes Touche Mitaine ( “touch of a mitten” in English) is explosively flavorful.  This straddles the balance of being very round in feel, but it delivers a laser-beam of minerally citrus fruit that will leave your mouth watering for more.

Enjoy these for the everyday price of $19.99 each, and see what the magical world of Chenin is all about!

See Tyson’s previous staff picks here.

Wine Specials 6-4-17

ON SALE:

Pacific Rim Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington) $12.59
High Note Red Blend (Mendoza, Argentina) $10.91
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose (Pfalz, Germany) $9.23

Capital Wine hosts a free wine-tasting every Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm, featuring several wines chosen by our own staff. We offer these wines on sale for 16% off — the same discount as if you were buying a case. And they stay on sale for two weeks after the tasting. Which means that on any given day, 6 to 8 wines are on sale.

 

 


Wine Specials 6-2-17

 

Contour Pinot Noir (California) $11.75

Benton Lane Pinot Noir Rosé (Oregon) $15.11

Villa Sparina Gavi (Piedmont, Italy)1$2.59

Aragosta Vermentino di Sardegna (Sardinia, Italy) $9.25

Capital Wine Albany hosts a free wine-tasting every Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm, featuring several wines chosen by our own staff. We offer these wines on sale for 16% off — the same discount as if you were buying a case. And they stay on sale for two weeks after the tasting. Which means that on any given day, 6 to 8 wines are on sale.


Wine Specials 5-24-17

 

Rainstorm Oregon Pinot Noir was $14.99 now $12.59

Bruni  Poggio d’Elsa Cabernet Sauvignon was $11.99 now $10.07

Gouguenheim Sparkling Rose was $10.99 now $9.23

Capital Wine Albany hosts a free wine-tasting every Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm, featuring several wines chosen by our own staff. We offer these wines on sale for 16% off — the same discount as if you were buying a case. And they stay on sale for two weeks after the tasting. Which means that on any given day, 6 to 8 wines are on sale.

 


Wine Specials 5-9-17

 

Santa Rita Secret Reserve Pinot Noir (California Central Valley) was $10.99 now $9.23
Portillo Palentine Wines Malbec (Mendoza region, Argentina) was$ 8.99 now $7.55
Robert Mondavi Chardonnay (California Central Coast) was $14.99 now $12.59
Kung Fu Girl Riesling (Washington State) was $11.99 now $10.07

Capital Wine Albany hosts a free wine-tasting every Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm, featuring several wines chosen by our own staff. We offer these wines on sale for 16% off — the same discount as if you were buying a case. And they stay on sale for two weeks after the tasting. Which means that on any given day, 6 to 8 wines are on sale.


Wine Specials 5-2-17

 

 

Quinta de Chocapalha
red wine (Portugal) was $15.99 now $13.43
Senorio de Pecina Rosado (Spain) was $15.99 now $13.45
Touraine Les Grenettes Sauvignon Blanc (France) was $13.99 now $11.75

Capital Wine Albany hosts a free wine-tasting every Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm, featuring 3 or 4 wines chosen by our own staff. We offer these wines on sale for 16% off — the same discount as if you were buying a case. And they stay on sale for 2 weeks after the tasting. Which means that on any given day, 6 to 8 wines are on sale.


Wine Specials 4-26-17

 

Barbaresco red wine (Piedmont, Italy) was $31.99 now $26.87

SUHRU (North Fork of Long Island)
Ember was $18.99 now $15.95
Sauvignon Blanc was $17.99 now $15.11

Terre Siciliane IGP Frappato (Sicily, Italy) was $11.99 now $10.07

Capital Wine Albany hosts a free wine-tasting every Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm, featuring 3 or 4 wines chosen by our own staff. We offer these wines on sale for 16% off — the same discount as if you were buying a case. And they stay on sale for 2 weeks after the tasting. Which means that on any given day, 6 to 8 wines are on sale.

 


Wine Specials 4-17-17

Rose de Vallée by La Kiuva ( Valle d’Aoste, Italy) was $14.99 now $12.59
Mati Piemonte ( Piedmont, Italy) was $12.99 now $10.91was $12.99 now $10.91
Frico by Scarpetta Sparkling Italian Wine was $12.99 now $10.91

 

Each week we feature 3 or 4 wines at our Friday night wine tasting. We offer these wines on sale for 16% off — the same discount as if you were buying a case. And they stay on sale for 2 weeks after the tasting. Which means that on any given day, 6 to 8 wines are on sale.


Wine Specials 4-11-17

Henri de Richemer Syrah (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) was $9.99 now $8.39
Ramos Reserva (Alentejo, Portugal) was $10.99 now $9.23
Cederberg Bukettraube  (Citrusdal, South Africa) was $13.99 now $11.75

 

Each week we feature 3 or 4 wines at our Friday night wine tasting. We offer these wines on sale for 16% off — the same discount as if you were buying a case. And they stay on sale for 2 weeks after the tasting. Which means that on any given day, 6 to 8 wines are on sale.

 


Wine Specials 4-03-17

Brotherhood Riesling (New York State) was $15.99 now $13.43

Brotherhood Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne was $9.99 now $8.39

Casa Patronales Cabernet Sauvignon (Maule Valley, Chile) was $8.99 now $7.55

True Companion Hard Apple Cider  (New York State) was $10.99 now $9.23


Each week we feature 3 or 4 wines at our Friday night wine tasting. We offer these wines on sale for 16% off — the same discount as if you were buying a case. And they stay on sale for 2 weeks after the tasting. Which means that on any given day, 6 to 8 wines are on sale.