The Challenge

It happens every year. The holidays come and go and we think about how incredibly fast this past year has gone by. Then resolution talk comes into play and then back out of play, fast forward 10 months and we’re back in the same place. Here’s an idea, a challenge, better yet “The Challenge.”

We are putting you to the ultimate wine test. 28 wines. A blind tasting. Glory and a gift certificate. Now is your chance to develop that palate that you’ve always talked about and stray off your beaten path by trying some new and different wines. Be that wine snob that you despise and have fun while doing it. Now till March 20th, Columbia Wine Co. will lead you through intense, full-bodied reds to delightfully aromatic whites. Stop by for more details and to start 2017 off on the right bottle.

The Challenge Tasting Notes

Alpha Zeta Soave
A pale lemon colored wine, with clean, bright aromas of almond blossom. With fresh acidity, the palate is ripe and concentrated, full of apple and pear flavors. The finish is lively and crisp.

Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw with green highlights in color with an aroma of lemongrass, lime peel and elderflower, with background notes of white currant and red pepper. Medium-bodied with white peach, gooseberry and citrus flavors, and a dry mineral finish.

Black Stallion Winery Chardonnay
A lovely nose of green apple, lemon zest and vanilla is followed by flavors of citrus, brown butter, pear and flint. The Chardonnay is soft and round on the palate with bright fruit and creamy notes that lead into a long, elegant finish.

Bobal En Calma
Bright, cherry red hue with violet tints. Intense aromas of ripe red seasonal fruit (cherries, blackberries, black currants) wrapped in notes of vanilla, against a toasted and spicy backdrop. The wine is deep, fresh and fruity on the palate, with soft and ripe tannin.

Bogle Chardonnay
Chardonnay grapes grown in Clarksburg are known for their characteristic apple and pear aromas and flavors. Bogle winemakers have captured these refreshing and ripe notes while allowing them to develop and intensify through stainless steel fermentation. Additional grapes are vinted using the techniques of barrel fermentation, sur-lies aging and partial malolactic fermentation, which creates an elegant counterpart to the fresh fruit with tones of spicy vanilla and nutmeg. The creamy mouthfeel adds just the final touch on the finish, reminiscent of an apple and pear galette.

Bousquet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
This is an intense reddish purple wine with aromas of blackcurrant, and tobacco. In mouth it presents berries and spices, toasty and mineral notes. The end is long with fine tannins and hints of mocha. This wine has a very elegant style with a good intensity and a nice finish.

Broadside Wild Ferment Chardonnay
The 2015 Wild Ferment Chardonnay highlights a beautiful vintage with generous aromatics of white pineapple, minerals, pear and green plum. The vibrantly flavorful palate hints of the same,
with pineapple, papaya, and stony minerality. Finishes with fresh, mouthwatering acidity.

Cavallotto Barbera
Excellent structure with typical atoms and flavors of Barbera grown in the Barolo zone: red fruits, red flowers, open and intense. excellent aging potential.

Château Thomas Laurent Bordeaux
It certainly elevated quality right across the board. For a relatively ‘humble’ Bordeaux AOC, Château Thomas Laurent has everything – ripe berry flavors, supple tannins and harmonious, liquorice complexity.

CrossBarn Pinot Noir
Pomegranate violet in color with an aroma of wild red raspberries, strawberries and pomegranate, fresh herbs thyme/sage, forest floor and hibiscus tea. Fresh and juicy, red cherries, raspberries, with a coolness of rhubarb, black tea spice.

Divum Pinot Noir
Aromas of violets and lavender are followed by raspberry and plum fruit and complemented with just enough new oak aging to balance fruit and wood. The wine shows varietal cherry and brown spice with a light complexity and the lingering finish that only Pinot Noir provides.

Donnhoff Estate Riesling
A dry Riesling wine, very typical of our wine estate. Wonderfully fresh and well defined, elegant with a tingling minerality. A delicious wine for every day with moderate alcohol and very soothing acidity.

Envyfol Merlot
Ripe nose, strawberry aromas, beautiful roundness and soft tannins in mouth, toasty notes in the finish.

Freemark Abbey Chardonnay
Light greenish straw in color, our Napa Valley Chardonnay expresses fruit aromas of pear, apple, white peach, ripe banana, kiwi and lemon-lime. Oak aging adds to the complexity by adding spice flavors like nutmeg and toasty aromatic cedar. This Napa Valley Chardonnay has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing long finish evocative of angel food cake and marshmallow. Pear, citrus, green apple and peach flavors are lively on the palate.

Hollis Cabernet Sauvignon
Ripe fruit gives way to complex aromas of baked dark berry pie. Hints of vanilla, spice and smoke fill the glass. Cassis, black cherry and tobacco offers mild tannins with notes of chocolate and coconut husk with a very long, lingering finish. A plush, velvety finish support integrated aroma of toasted French oak.

Huarpe Malbec
The 2004 Lancatay is ruby colored with a sweet berry/cherry nose and floral notes. On the palate, it exhibits rich lush mouth-feel, soft tannins and an off-dry finish.

Indaba Sauvignon Blanc
A crowd pleaser, this easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc displays appealing citrus and tropical fruit aromas that lead to a fresh, invigorating palate of pineapple, lemon-lime, mango and green fig. Backed by a solid acidity, herbal undertones shine through on the mineral-tinged finish.

Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc
The Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of papaya, grapefruit, pineapple and guava with softer notes of lemongrass and citrus. On the palate, the wine opens with bright, tropical flavors, followed by crisp, refreshing acidity and a long, clean, balanced finish.

Joel Gott Zinfandel
The California Zinfandel has aromas of cherry cola and raspberry with hints of white pepper and vanilla oak. On the palate, bright red fruit flavors and acidity are followed by a juicy mid-palate and a soft, round mouth-feel and a long finish.

M. Chapoutier Luberon La Ciboise Blanc
Pale, with green and yellow tints in color with aromas of white blossom, lemons and exotic fruits. Good balance between the freshness and roundness, with a great length.

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier
The newest release of our intriguing blend delights the nose with a charming bouquet of enticing aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, fuzzy peach, ripe honeydew melon and yellow plum, mingled with touches of citrus blossom and white tea. The clean, vibrant palate enters with juicy pomelo, sweet lychee and honeyed tangerine fruits, balanced by vibrant acidity and hints of yellow apple and key lime pie that last through the crisp and refreshing finish.

Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon
Our flavors are dark, rich, and audacious. Dark berries layered with luscious vanilla and mocha to round out the palate. The tannins are soft enough to add balance, while giving structure and depth.

Ravines Dry Riesling
Ravines Dry Riesling is a unique and elegant expression of the brilliant Finger Lakes terroir. The bouquet of the wine is delicate with intricate aromas of white flowers mingled with pear, apple and citrus notes followed by a lingering mineral finish and a vibrant acidity.

Reine Pédauque Bourgogne Chardonnay
The color is bright yellow with a slight silvery sheen. The nose expresses aromas of yellow fruits such as chilled nectarine and pear. It is a wine whose aging was shared between stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels. Sweet woody notes appear when aerating: vanilla and butter, but not too much due to a relatively short aging which preserves the freshness of the Chardonnay. On the palate, the attack is a nice tonic note of acidity accompanied by fruity flavors of peach. The mid-palate is round and delicious. Finally, the finish is tonic and invigorating. You can enjoy tasting this Chardonnay in its youth.

Replica Wine Pinot Noir
While big and brawny in style, this Pinot still maintains good balance. The aromas resemble toasty, spicy oak, with cranberry and dark cherry notes. The flavors echo the nose and are vivid due to lively acidity and a firm layer of tannins.

Sileni Estates Cellar Selection Pinot Gris
Ripe, juicy stone fruit, pear and citrus flavors, with a little spice and beautifully balanced acidity.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Hands Of Time
This Napa Valley red blend offers pleasing aromas of spiced plums and boysenberry with hints of tobacco and black tea. Rich in texture, this wine has flavors of currant and dark chocolate with a touch of sweet oak on the finish.

Valravn Old Vine Zinfandel
Layers of richness and complexity wrap around a core of wild strawberry and raspberry. Intoxicating aromatics with scents of mocha, espresso roast, violets and ripe red berries. Rich on the palate with flavors of raspberry, blackberry compote, and hints of licorice-laced black pepper. Valravn shows the weight of top quality dry-farmed Zinfandel, balanced by a the freshness that is the hallmark of these ancient vines.

Official Rules for “The Challenge”

Participants must pick up “The Challenge” form in store. The purchase of all 28 wines must be completed between the dates of November 20th, 2016 and March 20th, 2017 in order to qualify for the blind tasting. Participants must identify wines of Columbia Wine Co.’s choosing during the blind tasting to receive $100 gift certificate. Participants will have three attempts at the blind tasting.

Thanksgiving Wine, Made Easy

Whatever thoughts or memories you conjure up when thinking about Thanksgiving, one thing goes without saying, we are all thankful for wine. Now deciding what to serve on the big day can lead you in many directions, all of which are perfectly fine. Red, white, sparkling, the great thing about the third Thursday of November is that you really can’t go wrong.

Now before your friends and family are stuffed to capacity, here are some recommendations to bring you from apps to naps. How many you pick up, well my friend, that’s up to you. A bottle a person if you’re ambitious but, that’s a conversation for another day.

Reds

Pinot Noir
While it’s not a very revolutionary idea to pair a turkey focused meal with pinot noir, it’s one that makes sense and who are we to mess with a happy relationship? The elegant flavor profile, the bright acidity, a body that doesn’t overpower. Trust us when we say, your Thanksgiving guests will be quite satisfied with this choice of red.

Columbia Wine Co. Recommendation: CrossBarn Pinot Noir* – Fresh and juicy, red cherries, raspberries, with a coolness of rhubarb, black tea spice. Graceful polished tannins throughout the palate led to a long savory finish.

Beaujolais
A refreshing and fruity choice that’s incredibly versatile and a great go-to for your Thanksgiving festivities. Like the pinot noir, beaujolais are light to medium bodied and easy on the tannins.

Columbia Wine Co. Recommendation: Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Les Vignes De Thulon – This wine is light, fruity and with only a slightly tannic character. Aromatic cherry flavors give freshness and bring out a jammy character.

Barbera
The italian workhorse of a wine that really goes well with everything. Light in body with bright, fruit flavors, the barbera earns it’s reputation as the most food friendly wine.

Columbia Wine Co. Recommendation: E Pira & Figli Barbera D’Alba – In the bouquet it is intense and complete with scents of plum and blueberries. The palate is full with sensations of fleshy, fresh fruit and at the same time lively bright acidity.

Whites

Sauvignon Blanc
The crisp white with citrus-based flavors of a sauvignon blanc are delicious on their own. Bring in some turkey and mashed potatoes and your mouth will thank you.

Columbia Wine Co. Recommendation: Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc – Pink grapefruit mingled with flavors of white nectarine, passionfruit and lime zest.

Riesling
When it comes to dry, sweet whites, rieslings have always been a Thanksgiving favorite. Pairing well with turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing, you can’t go wrong with a few bottles.

Columbia Wine Co. Recommendation: Ravines Dry Riesling* – The bouquet of the wine is delicate with intricate aromas of white flowers mingled with pear, apple and citrus notes followed by a lingering mineral finish and a vibrant acidity.

 

*Wines featured in “The Challenge,” the Columbia Wine Co. wine tasting challenge running from November 20th, 2016 to March 20th, 2017

Candy and Wine Pairings to Halloween Like An Adult

Whether we’re stealing “fun sized” pieces from our kids’ Halloween bags till we’ve gotten to king size status or giving in to the office supply, candy during the month of October is extremely hard to avoid. Suffice to say, these candy and wine pairings are proof that there are better ways to Halloween like an adult.

Nerds – Champagne
These fruit flavored candies may be tiny but the bubbles give a major boost that anyone would toast to

Columbia Wine Co. Suggestion: Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Tawny Port
While peanut butter and chocolate were clearly made for each other, try adding in the caramel tones of a tawny port – you’re welcome

Columbia Wine Co. Suggestion: Royal Oporto Tawny 10 Years

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Skittles – Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting the rainbow has now met it’s match.

Columbia Wine Co. Suggestion: Dombeya Sauvignon Blanc

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Candy Corn – Chardonnay
This Halloween staple brings a sweetness that becomes down right refreshing when paired with a buttery chardonnay. Plus who isn’t a fan of alliterations

Columbia Wine Co. Suggestion: Rusack Chardonnay

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Snickers – Merlot
Hungry? Then pop open something with cherry and spicy notes

Columbia Wine C. Suggestion: Paumanok Merlot

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The Best Small Scale Wine Storage Ideas for the Cellar Minded Wine Lovers

Before the “tiny house” trend invaded with nomads preaching their minimalist ways, there was New York City. Now we can all agree that the pros to living in the greatest city are endless, but then there’s the issue of storage. Shoeaholics have battled the closet situation of tiny apartments, or lack there of for decades and for us cellar minded wine lovers, it is no different. We dream of endless wine racks and the sweet scent of rich mahogany in a temperature controlled setting but, the reality is quite the contrast. While the number of bottles we store may be limited by the meager amount of square footage allotted to us by the New York real estate gods, here are some of the best options for storing wine in our small scale spaces to get us by.

Go Up – Wall Mounted Wine Racks

Is it art? Is it a sign of trust in our level eye and drill work? From the modern stylings of brushed nickel to a rustic refurbished milk crate, we all have some wall space that needs some liquid love.

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Wall Mounted Racks by Bomus and Stact

Go Up (Higher) – Hanging Wine Racks

For many, the ceiling tends to be just that, a ceiling – maybe a horizontal wall, if you will. Light fixtures, sure. The occasional pot rack, why not? But let’s be honest, it goes wine > chandelier > fan.

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Hanging Wine Rack by Wine Enthusiast Companies

Double Up – Dual Purpose Furniture

What’s better than a side table? A side table that doubles as a bar cart without taking up the extra space! DIYer’s can relish in the endless options to reinvent current furniture status quos. Old card catalogue? New wine rack. The Dewey Decimal system would be so proud.

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Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces by HGTV

And for all the stealthy collectors out there, you can always resort to prying open those floor boards and hiding away that bordeaux that will only be opened for special guests like Oprah, Queen Elizabeth or a Robert Parker esque wine aficionado.

What are you drinking this Sunday?

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Whether you are rooting from Carolina or Denver, we can all agree that watching the big game is not the same without good eats and lots of drinks.

According to the New York Times, wine is taking front and center in stadiums and homes across the United States. Wine sales have been steadily increasing faster than beer sales, especially around Super Bowl time, which is a reflection of the changing preferences of younger fans and an increase in women who watch the game.

Whether you are drinking beer, wine, or spirits, we have everything you need for the big day!

We are offering 10% off all bourbon this weekend Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. Just mention this promo at the register!