Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Boulder Wine Merchant

As we expand our retail food products at the store we decided it was time for us to start selling Tender Belly pork products.  We have been supporters of TB since Erik and Shannon started the business 7 years ago.  It just took a while for us to find the right opportunity to sell the products at the store.  We received our new refrigerator and it is loaded up with lots of Tender Belly, so be sure to stop by and grab some bacon, franks, and ham on your next wine or beer visit.  Also, consider the spiral cut hams as the perfect alternative or complement to your holiday meals.

  • Uncured Maple and Habanero Bacon $11.95
  • Franks $7.95
  • Quarter Ham $19.95
  • Whole Spiral Cut Honey Cured Ham $99.95 *Perfect for holiday meals!
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Boulder Wine Merchant

It is always a pleasure to have Steve Lewis and Giuliana Imports host a tasting at the Boulder Wine Merchant.  Steve has a portfolio of outstanding Italian and Spanish wines and has expanded his focus to include specialty olive oils since 2010.  This 2017 Olio Nuovo has just landed and will be a delicious treat to taste.  The oil was bottled on Monday, October 23rd only a few hours after being harvested.  Sourced from San Eraclio Foligno in Umbria, this oil boasts flavors of fresh grass, mint, tomato, and artichoke.  It is intense and bold with a vibrant, freshness on the finish.  Swing by, taste, and stock up.  

To accompany this spectacular oil, we have selected the following four wines from the Giuliana portfolio.  This tasting is sure to be a good way to start the weekend. 

  • Matteo Correggia Roero Arneis, Piedmont 2016
  • Passopisciaro Passorosso, Sicily 2015
  • Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello, Tuscany  2012
  • GD Vajra Barolo Albe, Piedmont 2013

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Boulder Wine Merchant

The landscape for the world of Champagne has changed in the last 20 years to include smaller grower produced wines.  While many of these wines are exciting and offer outstanding quality, it is always a treat to taste the wines from producers like Roederer, Krug, and Philipponnat.  These top quality Champagne houses own some of the best property in the region and make outstanding wine every year.  These styles are timeless and classic.  If you have not yet treated yourself to the lineup of amazing Louis Roederer Champagnes please come join us on the 20th.  We will taste a range of top wines from this producer, including 2009 Cristal!

About Louis Roederer:
From a vineyard area of 240 hectares (590 acres), Louis Roederer produces two thirds of the grapes needed for its production, sourcing the remaining required fruit from established farming contacts.
The vintage cuvées include the Vintage, Rosé Vintage, with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in an approximately 7:3 proportion, and the 100% Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs. The prestige cuvée Cristal, is a blend of around 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot noir. This prestige cuvée is also available as a rosé, which contains around 55% Pinot noir and 45% Chardonnay. Both Rosé Vintage and Cristal Rosé wines are made using the saignée method
The first Cuvée de Prestige (Prestige Cuvée) of Champagne was created in 1876 by Louis Roederer to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II and is called Cristal, referring to the aspect of the bottle.   In 1876, Tsar Alexander II pointed out to his sommelier that the design of a standard champagne bottle made the beautiful colour and effervescence invisible to the eye. He therefore requested of Roederer that his personal cuvée be served in bottles made of transparent crystal glass with a flat bottom (to foil the insertion of explosives in the indentation by would-be assassins), to remedy this defect. Thus was Cristal born, and the first notion of a premium cuvée. For more than a century, the appearance of the patented Cristal bottle has remained unchanged. After the fall of the Russian monarchy in 1917, the House of Louis Roederer decided to continue producing Cristal and to market it internationally. The result was a great success. Today, the limited production of Cristal is far from able to satisfy the increasing worldwide demand.

Cristal is produced uniquely during the best years, when the Chardonnay (40%) and Pinot Noir (60%) grapes have attained perfect maturity. Cristal is aged for 6 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a further 8 months after disgorging.