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Newsletter Archive

The Unimaginable Deceptive Genus, Mimes vs. Cowboys Rose Tasting, and Pay the Piper



Schonramer Saphir Bock - $4.75/btl

     As we mentioned in the last newsletter, due to a lovely mistake in our favor we are the only retailer in the United States to carry this beer.  Mark Gerlach of Uplifter Spirits brought only 80 cases of this beer into the country destined for beer freaks on the west coast.  Brewmaster Eric Toft has made a pale colored Bock beer from a single strain of Hallertau hops called "Saphir".  

     So, this brewery was founded in 1780 and used to be a resting stop of travellers going between Munich and Salzburg.  After tasting this beer and declaring our enduring love, we decided to look up some info. It's all in German so Google translator to the rescue:


The innocent bright color is deceptive. The intense Sudverfahren results in a very high Alkholgehalt, but this is by unimaginable quantities of the Hallertau aroma hop variety SAPHIR discreetly veiled.Schönramer Sapphire Bock is therefore one of the most unusual and enjoyable member of its genus.


     You took the words right out of my mouth.  Get your nose within half a foot from this glass and the aromatics kick you in the teeth (but in a good way).  Thick malty and honeyish aroma with notes of lemon and boozey goodness. Flavors are all honeysuckle, toffee and malt with a gorgeous finish. 


We grabbed 10 cases and we've got 9 left before it's gone.




Face Paint and Chaps

Ok, we've threatened enough.  It's finally time for our third annual rose tasting --

Cowboys vs. Mimes: A Silent Showdown

Will the cowboy shoot the mime?  Will the mime creep out the cowboy so much he descends into a paranoid schizophrenic delirium?  You decide.


MIMES - $10/flight

Chateau du Campuget Rose 09, Costieres du Nimes

Chateau du Rouet Reserve Rose 09, Provence

St. Andre de Figuiere Cuvee Magali Rose 09, Provence


COWBOYS - $10/flight

Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Rose 09, El Dorado

Ampelos Rose of Syrah 09, Santa Ynez Valley

 Copain "Tous Ensemble" Rose 09, Anderson Valley


And if you're feeling both rugged and creepy, do both.


Cowboys vs. Mimes: A Silent Showdown

Thursday, May 27th

7 - 9pm

$10/flight + artisanal cheeses from Auntie Em's

RSVP to: or (323) 478-1985







Eric Kent Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008 - $38.99/btl

Eric Kent Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2008 - $33.99/btl

Eric Kent Bennett Valley Dry Stack Syrah 2007 - $38.99/btl

Skylark Mendocino County Grenache 2007 - $26.99/btl


Kings Ridge Pinot Noir 2008 - $14.99/btl


Vina Tobia Rioja Blanco 2009 - $9.99/btl

Vina Tobia Rioja Tinto - $10.99/btl

Campos de Luz Old Vine Garnacha 2008 - $8.99/btl


Domaine Jean Masson Apremont Vin de Savoie 2007 - $17.99/btl

Louis Sipp Riesling 2007, Alsace - $18.99/btl

Les Ollieux Capucine Vin de Pays 2008 - $12.99/btl

Domaine Remejeanne Cotes du Rhone Les Chevrefeuilles 2008 - $14.99/btl


Alois Lageder Dolomiti Pinot Grigio 2008 - $14.99/btl

Il Trullo Primitivo Del Salento 2008 - $9.99/btl


Werner Schweicher Annaberg Riesling Kabinett 2007, Mosel - $14.99/btl


Ken Forrester Rose 2008, Stellenbosch - $9.99/btl


Schonramer Saphir Bock, Germany - $4.75/btl

Ozeno Yukidoke I.P.A., Japan - $6.50/btl

The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel, California






Friday Wine Tasting: Pay the Piper

Friday, May 21st

5:30 - 8:30 pm

$15/person for 5 wines + artisanal cheeses from Auntie Em's

Today is the birthday of none other than Irishman Stephen B. Piper who, in 1926, collected a tithe for those wishing to cross the River Liffey in Dublin to get a drink at The Palace (the best damn bar in Dublin).  The nearest bridge was out for a period of 3 months and Piper ferried people across who either didn't want to or physically couldn't (due to slight inebriation) find their way to a safe crossing.  You might think that 'pay the piper' originated with the Pied Piper, but you'd be wrong.  It's all about getting to the bar. 

Happy Birthday, Stephen.


Verde Ca'Ruptae Verdicchio, Marches, Italy

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ

Stefano Farina Nebbiolo D'Alba, Italy

Scott Harvey Barbera, Amador County, CA

Copertino Riserva Negro Amaro, Puglia, Italy




Every Saturday

Wines by the glass from 1 - 11pm




Lazy Sunday Tasting

Sunday, May 23rd

1 - 4 pm

$12/person for 4 wines + artisanal cheeses from Auntie Em's

(call (323) 478-1985 or email for today's selections)




Every Tuesday

Wines by the glass from 4 - 9pm




Wine Cellar Wednesdays

Every Wednesday from 4 - 11pm

$0 corkage fee on every bottle in the store!




Every Thursday

Wines by the glass from 4 - 11pm




The Poll Booth - Sake

Ok, in the beer poll you seem to prefer doing a keg stand for Belgian Ales (39%).  Well done.  Let's move on to sake.  Cold? Hot? Cloudy? In excess? 





See You Soon,

John and Jen




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~ Brendan Behan




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