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News of the day!
alameda.patch.com The popular shop will soon be known as Craft Beer & Wine.
BIG BIG NEWS!!!
(I am the founder of and have been the owner of "Du Vin Fine Wines" in Alameda, California for the past 12 years, and I'm truly very excited to bring you this exciting news! Cheers, Dan Marshall.
Hello Everyone, I have some really fantastic news to report: after 12 years, Du Vin Fine Wines has become “CRAFT Beer & Wine”! It’s great news because I will be able to expand our wine selection (including Greek Wines) while also devoting more resources to craft beer. As you may know, I started selling craft beer about two years ago and the response has been fantastic.
Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. I will be in the store daily. The new owner Russ, a true beer aficionado, and I will be building an outstanding selection of fine wine and craft beer to appeal to all enthusiasts. I will be the “wine guy” and Russ will be the “beer guy.”
CRAFT is a work in progress. But our wine inventory is fully stocked and we plan to continue to add more wines in December. We will be remodeling the shop in January to add additional wine racks and beer coolers. So you can look forward to an expanding selection of quality craft beers from near and far, and an expanding selection of local and international wines.
I would not be typing this note today without the enormous support from so many great customers over the last 12 years. I look forward to continuing to assist you with all of your beverage selections.
Please stop by to check out our new wines (and introduce yourself to Russ). And please visit our page at https://www.facebook.com/CraftAlameda for continuing updates.
I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my wine glass.
Okay then, let’s get started!
CRAFT BEER: Meet Russ. Russ is a longtime craft beer aficionado with a passion for great beer and the knowledge and travel stories to back it up. Russ recommends the following three beers, take it away Russ!
Thanks Dan. I’m really excited to be working with you. We’re going to do great things together! This is the holiday season, so it’s time to try some seasonal beers:
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale ($9.99 a six-pack)
OK, this beer has been around for a long time. But honestly, one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the thought that this beer will soon be available! Celebration Ale is a marvelous example of an IPA, i.e. India Pale Ale. Generous amounts of malts and hops make it an aggressive, but still balanced, ale. But drink it now! Hoppy beers are best when fresh.
Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux ($11.99 750ml)
This marvelous been has also been produced for many years. The Belgian brewery, Dupont, brews this beer to celebrate the New Year. Avec les Bons Voeux (I’m told it means “With Good Wishes”) is a strong, complex amber beer with fruit notes competing with a nice hop balance. For the past twenty years I have brought a few bottles of this to New Year’s Eve parties and have created many new fans of this beautiful beer.
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock ($6.50 500ml)
Most fans of German beer know about Munich’s Oktoberfest beers released in, um, September. But do they know about the Bockbier season in Bamberg. Aecht Schlenkerla is famous for its smoked Maerzen beer. But this beer, the Urbock, is only available from October to December. Its barley is smoked over beechwood for a smokey-sweet delight. If you haven’t had a smoked beer yet, start with the Maerzen ($5.99). But if you like that, step up a level to the Urbock! You won’t regret it.
Meet Dan, wait, you already know me. Check out these three selections. These are three wines that I came across lately that really excite me. Enjoy!
NV Monthuys, Champagne Brut Resérve, France $29.99
That's right, real Champagne from Champagne France for under thirty dollars! I was surprised to find this wine recently and even more surprised that it actually tastes so great at that price. Monthuys is a small independent grower-producer and have been making Champagne since 1961. The wine has a wonderful touch of creaminess with excellent balance and gorgeous tiny bubbles. A blend of 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir grapes. Highly recommended! It’s only $26.99 by the case. New Year’s Eve?
2012 Gavalas, Santorini White Wine, Santorini, Greece $19.99
I traveled to the beautiful Greek island of Santorini this summer and visited the family-owned Gavalas Winery. The family have been making wines on the island of Santorini since the end of the 19th century and own some of the oldest vineyards in Greece. This delicious dry white wine is made from 90% Assyrtiko and 10% Aidani grapes and has aromas of citrus with delicate flavors of peach. Three centuries of tradition and most certainly a taste of Santorini.
2011 Esterlina, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, California $45.00
Wow, Now this is a great bottle of Pinot Noir! Fantastic aromas of cherries and red berries and complex flavors of red fruits and spices in the mouth. What I really love about this wine is that it achieves a level of complexity without being a big powerhouse. This Pinot Noir truly has finesse and would make a great addition the the holiday table. It's worth noting that Esterlina Vineyards owns the only vineyards in the Cole Ranch Appellation, which is America's smallest American viticultural area (AVA).
IT'S HERE!!!! BEER!
"CRAZY DONKEY" INDIA PALE ALE ($19.99)
SANTORINI BREWING COMPANY, SANTORINI, GREECE
HIP HOPPY KICK-ASS ALES, SO THE LABEL SAYS.
Come and get it, now for sale at Du Vin Fine Wines. 1st time ever sold on the West Coast and in California. I tasted this craft beer at the Brewery on Santorini in July, it's super delicious! COME GET YOUR CRAZY DONKEY!!!
Tasting today with Maria Alvear. The Alvear Winery has been in her family since 1729, Spain's second oldest winery. Amazing quality wines from the Andalusian wine region of Montilla-Moriles, Sherry-like in style, but a completely different terroir. Their fantastic Alvear Fino is made from 100% Pedro Ximénez grapes and Maria says it's perfect with her daily lunch. She recommends always having two bottles in the fridge. Let's move to Southern Spain!
I just returned from 10 days of wine tasting in Greece.
Feature: THE WINES OF NORTHERN GREECE......
NY TIMES, Quiz: Do You Have a Mediterranean Diet? Answer their 14 questions. I scored 12 out of 14 points, not bad, I just need to consume more fish. The wine question, well I definitely had that part covered. It's a great article as well.
nytimes.com Take this survey, as designed by the researchers from the University of Barcelona to determine if your current diet is heart healthy.
We will be closed for vacation from January 1st - January 10th. Have a Very happy New Year, Cheers!
A Very Merry Christmas to all! Drink well, eat well, be well. CHEERS!
Let the Christmas shopping begin! Lots of delicious stocking stuffers. Check out the new arrivals in the newsletter.
OPEN EVERY DAY IN DECEMBER!
Lots of gift ideas: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Zinfandels. New craft beer arrivals from Almanac Brewing, Nectar Ales, Cismontane and more. Come on down…………
Thanksgiving Day Selections. Lots of goodies, check it out.
[10/30/12] Lunch with George Skouras today at Kokkari Restaurant in San Francisco.
Du Vin Fine Wines
Alameda Magazine Readers' Choice -Thank You for voting Du Vin Fine Wines as "BEST WINE SHOP" in Alameda, California!. Yahooooo!
California Wine & Beer to celebrate July 4th.
Excellent Greek wine article written by Master of Wine Jean K. Reilly, nice mention for myself and Du Vin Fine Wines, Yahoo! I do love my Greek wines.
beveragemedia.com Serving Industry Professionals for 75 Years
San Francisco Bay, East Bay Wineries shine, check it out!
ediblecommunities.com This vivid publication will explore the farmers, food artisans, and culinary wonders within our communities that make eating local food an everyday pleasure.
It's not even noon and it's 68 degrees. Happy Friday from sunny California, our cold craft beers are waiting for you!
A few goodies have arrived just in time for Easter.
Bubbles, Bubbles and more Bubbles!!! A Very Happy New Year to all!
Check out our Thanksgiving Day selections.
Du Vin Fine Wines received a nice mention on Dr Vino's wine blog today. The blog mentions about 20 wine shops around the country who don't use point scores. No point scores here, just good old fashioned hand selected quality wines. Thank you Dr Vino.
drvino.com A spirited wine blog with independent picks for value vino, wine maps and commentary
[10/09/11] Dinner with Lidia Bastianich last night.
That's right, we now sell craft beer, check it out.
Restaurateurs, take note, you can do it. Now just do it! Very savvy wine selections. Bravo NYC.
nytimes.com The 10 best wine lists in New York if you’re seeking bottles that are $50 and under.
[08/06/11] Albariño vs. Alvarinho Grapes
Nice article from one of my good customers. Thanks Alice, and many thanks to all the folks who contributed to the Alameda Meals on Wheels Event.
alameda.patch.com A report on the 15th Annual Alameda Meals on Wheels fundraiser
Join Du Vin Fine Wines this Sunday at this fun charity event. We will be pouring 2010 French Rosé, 2010 Spanish Albariño and California Zinfandel & Syrah from Sunset Cellars. Music, food, wines and good times with friends for a great cause. See you there.
Six delicious wines for Springtime.
Bubbles, Bubbles & more Bubbles!!!!!
Hours: Today until 7:00pm, Friday 10:00am - 7:00pm.
We will be closed Jan. 1st - Jan. 6th.
Have a very Happy New Year!
Hello last minute Christmas wine shoppers, check out our newsletter for some delicious stocking stuffers!
2008 FOPPIANO VINEYARDS, PETITE SIRAH, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, CALIFORNIA $18.99
Louis J. Foppiano turns 100 years old on Thanksgiving day, Happy Birthday Mr. Foppiano!!!!! The Foppiano winery was the first winery in Sonoma County to bottle wine, wow! If you want to read an amazing chronology, log onto their website (www.foppiano.com), it's incredible. From heading West in search of gold, to being busted during prohibition, it's a great story. One of original producers of Petite Sirah in California. The wine might be a tad to big and fruity for the turkey, but truly delicious, and what do you think Mr. Foppiano will be drinking? The winery dates back to 1896.
2008 EIGHT ARMS CELLARS, SYRAH, "THE OCTOPOD", ALEXANDER VALLEY, CALIFORNIA $19.99. You might recall that The Tentacles Syrah from Eight Arms sold out in just two weeks, if you were a fan, then you will love the new release. Fat, bold, dry, juicy Syrah. Only 222 cases produced, come and get it!
3 Minute Wine Video - What is Rioja?
Decanter.com has excellent "How To" wine videos. This 5 minute video is a great introduction to wine tasting. Steven Spurrier is one of world's best wine educators.
decanter.com Take a wine tasting tutorial with Decanter's consultant editor Steven Spurrier.
Six new wines, delicious and affordable, have a fantastic long weekend.
WE WILL BE CLOSED ON LABOR DAY.
What a great wine list, one of the best I have seen lately. Outstanding layout and format, really exciting selections. Restaurateurs take note, this list makes it very easy for the patrons to navigate and to make a selection. It has excellent focus and makes a complicated subject easier to decipher. I love this wine list, Bravo Posto!!!!!
postodc.com Ristorante Posto invites diners to enjoy a warm plate, a glass of wine and each other’s company in the Logan Circle, Washington DC neighborhood.
NY TIMES, # 1 selection - 2006 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva. Always a favorite, now in stock and tasting great. I've visited this estate two times in Tuscany and it's by far my favorite Sangiovese producer.
events.nytimes.com The wine panel tasted 20 Chianti Classico riservas, finding them to be dark and overly oaky.
NY Times - 12 obscure grapes to try, check it out.
nytimes.com Never before has such a vast diversity of wines been available to so many people, many made from unfamiliar grapes, grown in little-known places.
WINE TASTING - SUNDAY, JULY 18TH, DETAILS BELOW. Wine, food, jazz, kid friendly. See you there.
[06/18/10] 2009 Rocaberdi, White Wine, Catalunya, Spain $8.99
2010 WORLD CUP SOCCER (FOOTBALL)
CELEBRATE WITH THE SOUTH AFRICAN SPARKLING WINES OF GRAHAM BECK. Open the bubbles, let the Bubuzelas sound (zzzzzz), bring on the 2010 World Cup.May the best team win!!!
Check out our newsletter. Three new wines from François Chidaine, an outstanding producer from the Loire Valley of France. A rosé, a white and a red wine, all $12.99, perfect for the long weekend!
Alameda Wine Company, a winebar and shop in the historic Alameda Theater Complex. Come experience wine that does not have to be expensive to be well-made!!
The Bay Area's Premiere Urban Winery!
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Ohana Wine Club is about enjoying your wine experience in the comfort of your own home, having fun with friends & ohana with wine from around the world.
“It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one's present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.” —Latin Proverb