Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Update on our Reopening

Hello and Good Morning

In our last post we mentioned re-opening in June.

The new date is going to be in September.

However, on Saturday, July 15, we will have a pop-up opening where a glass, or a flight, or a bottle can be enjoyed with some interesting things to nibble on.

We hope you can drop in, we'll open that night at 5 pm.

We will confirm this date as well.  Have a Great Summer !


Cheers

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We're on Vacation ! Reopening Soon

Hello Friend and Wine Fan

Fortunately, we are active senior citizens, and that requires us to take a lot of time off.

We are currently closed for regular business, but still available for private events.

Thank you for your enthusiastic support; it is truly appreciated.

Look for us to reopen the wine bar and cheese/charcuterie operation in June 2017!

In the meantime, watch for our special sales.

The last one was April 12, we had the Teorema Garnacha 2012 on sale for $4.99.

This Spanish red wine has a 90 point rating from Stephen Tanzer, a trusted reviewer who many regard as the top in the business.  Ourselves included, yes

Send us an email and we will add you to our list of subscribers.  We won't give your address to anyone else.

Cheers !  Vincent and Maura

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Updated Menu

In case you've just found us, here is our current cheese and charcuterie menu as of December 2016, and after that, a typical tasting sheet, which changes at least weekly.  Cheers!



GROTTO FINE WINE

ARTISAN CHEESES & SALAMES

All plates comes with crackers, olives & Marcona almonds
$5 per item


~~~~~GOAT MILK CHEESES~~~~~

GRUMPY GOAT – bold, creamy, robust, semi-firm
PURPLE HAZE – sprinkled with tender buds of lavender and fennel pollen, soft
TRUFFLE TREMOR - earthy truffles, bloomy rind, soft
CANA DE CABRA –  full-flavored, creamy, hints of citrus & mushrooms, semi-firm


~~~~~SHEEP MILK CHEESES~~~~~

P’TIT BASQUE – French Pyrenees, earthy, nutty flavor, medium-firm
DANTE – creamy, buttery, nutty, with a lemon note finish, firm

~~~~~COW MILK CHEESES~~~~~

BARBER’S 1833 RESERVE CHEDDAR – aged 2 years, complex flavor, firm
COTSWOLD CHEDDAR – chives & onions, buttery, semi-firm
PARMIGIANO- REGGIANO – Italian, sharp, semi-firm2
RED DRAGON – English cheddar with mustard seeds & Welsh ale, semi-firm
ST. STEPHEN’S TRIPLE CRÈME – Brie-style, buttery, piquant, soft
TOMA PIEMONTESE – Italian, full-flavored, sweet, creamy, semi-firm

~~~~~SALAMES~~~~~

CHORIZO – Iberico, Dry-cured, slightly spicy
TOSCANO – Tuscan, fennel
WILD BOAR – smoked over applewood
SAUCISSON SEC – Herbes de Provence
MOLISANA – black peppercorn, garlic, Italian style
PROSCIUTTO- La Quercia Americano





White Wines
2014 Sacred Hill Chardonnay       
A chardonnay from one of New Zealand best properties, this version is light and fruit-driven, with pear, melon, and pineapple, and the finish is lingering.  The wine is simple, easy to drink and seamless.     Glass  $9  RBP $24

2015 Zestos Malvar         
From Spain, Malvar is indigenous to the Iberian peninsula, the wine is full, with stone fruit and peach flavors, with a tiny touch of alluring sweetness, but it is dry.   Glass $7  RBP $13

2016 Indaba Chenin Blanc        
This is a fantastic value wine, it’s crisp and clean, with fresh tropical fruit flavors.  Light, dry, delicious.  Glass $5 RBP $10

2013 Marcus Molitor Riesling   
Mosel wine from Germany, it’s made at the stunning Haus Klosterberg winery.  Floral, with rich fruit flavors, a bit of lemon, with just a touch of sweetness.  Very smooth.                 Glass $8  RBP $16




Red Wines
2013 Lucky Rock Pinot Noir
From Sonoma County, this wine is medium, with abundant aromas of black cherries and earth; it’s a pure expression of this varietal,.  On the palate, it’s rich and deep, and has a long lasting satisfying finish.    Glass $0 RBP $22

2013 G5 Garnacha                  
From the Torres family of Spain, who have been making wine since 1870, this medium red is fruity, with a solid cherry core, balanced acidity and smooth on the finish.  Glass $7  RBP $13

                                                2013 Southern Belle     
From Spain, this is a blended wine that’s big, soft, elegant, and intensely fruity.  It has a rich mouthfeel, and has a long finish that carries on the intense fruit.  Good with all cheeses.        Glass $10 RBP $22           

                                     2011 Brancaia Chianti      
This is a Chianti Classico Riserva. "Beautiful flavors of dried cherry, lemon and dried chili peppers. Full body with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Delicious. Gorgeous Chianti Classico." Wine Spectator, 93 points. Glass $14 RPB $40 




























Thursday, September 29, 2016

Theo's Peanut Butter Cups



Now at our shop, dark or milk chocolate peanut butter cups.  Yum !

Monday, September 19, 2016

Chocolate, Yes, Thank You

Theo Chocolates are now sold at Grotto Fine Wine


We have 10 Different Bars, 8 Darks and 2 Milks.

Trust us, this is THE BEST CHOCOLATE money can buy !!


Theo is the first organic bean-to-bar chocolate company in the USA, located in beautiful Seattle, where you may think it rains a lot, but we spent a nice little spell there and it never did !

$4.50 per bar.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Live Original Music is Back ! SAVE THE DATE - NOVEMBER 1 - TUESDAY EVENING @ 7 PM

Hey everyone -

Most musicians who have performed at the Grotto have remarked how they love our little room.  

It's only 900 square feet, but all that wood and glass just lends itself to great listening.

So Tuesday November 1 @ 7 pm, The Coteries have agreed to do a little "house concert" for us.

Here are some links to their music - have a listen, and you'll see why we're excited about this event ! 

Cheers!

(You probably have to highlight these links before they will take you there)



I'm Travelin' On (original): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNy_M6iy57g



Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wines for the All Red Tasting July 7


Hello

In case you've never made it to a tasting at the Grotto, we put a table packed full of cheeses and charcuterie for you to enjoy with your vino, and we go down the list, pouring the wines, providing some info on the producer, etc.  Takes about an hour and 15 minutes, depending on how many people come, and then you can carry out some, if you'd like.

Sparkling:  Clos du Nouys Vouvray Brut (Loire Valley, France)


Dauvergne Ranvier Luberon Gourmand   (France)    $14

Giovanni Rosso Barbera  (Italy)    $20

Triennes St. Auiguste  (France)   $18

Valenti "Norma" Etna Rosso  (Italy)  $18

Vino Lauria Nero d'Alvola  (Italy)  $16

Salviano Turlo  (Italy)   $16

Le Pigeoulet Vaucluse (France) $16

Cheers !