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Rosé Wine – We’re hard at work!

Jason & Kate at an industry rosé tasting
Jason & Kate at an industry rosé tasting

Jason & Kate at an industry rosé tasting

A ‘Rosé’ among thorns…  We’re working hard these days, shifting through 100’s of wines to bring you the best deals and best tasting Rosé of the year!

Stay tuned for our ’60 Days of Rosé’ feature kicking off about a week – we’ll be posting reviews about our favorite, the most craveable, utterly scrumptious rosés about every other day for 60 days.

Stay tuned and thirsty!

International Woman’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day.

Our independent (and woman owned!) store relies all year on strong, smart, and abundantly talented Vermont women in these wineries and breweries.

The incredible Vermont wine and beer scene would not be as successful or acclaimed as it is now if it wasn’t for women.

Cheers to women for making Vermont (and the world) more delicious!


Tessellae Carignan | Vieilles Vignes | Côtes Catalanes – Back In Stock!

A $16.99 stunner!

We are delighted to announce the return of Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines) to our wonderful French red wine section.

This gorgeous French red wine has a solid following at our store, so much that we have to pre-order it multiple times a year.

Next time you need a great, versatile bottle of red wine for under $20, snag a bottle of Tessellae.

Tessellae Carignan | Vieilles Vignes | Côtes Catalanes | 14.5% ABV | $16.99

Tessallae Carignan Vieilles Vignes –

  • Varital | 100% Carignan
  • Age of Vines | 70  Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines)
  • Location | Roussillon, France
  • Appellation | Côtes Catalanes IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée)
  • Size | 160 hectares
  • Farming | Practicing organic
  • Soil | Schist
  • Altitude | 275 meters
  • Fermentation | Hand harvested, destemmed, cold pre-fermentation maceration, fermented in concrete
  • Aging | 12 months in concrete tanks (80%) and demi-muid (20%)
  • Flavor | Black raspberry and black cherry fruit, licorice and dried spices to go with a super sexy, heady, seamless style on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass.
  • Food Parings | Vermont Creamery Cremont, Fresh Chevre, Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad, Tumeric/Curry Pilaf, Moroccan Couscous, Coconut Pepper Chili Soup, Spicy Shrimp Thai, Balsamic Glazed Chicken.


Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few kilometers from the Mediterranean while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This range of sites allow them to make both refreshing whites as well as concentrated reds and, this being the Roussillon, some fortified wines as well. Benefiting from a warm, dry climate, the estate is farmed organically.

They grow primarily Grenache (Blanc, Gris & Noir), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay with a significant proportion of the vines well over 50 years old. The soil, as you near the coast is weathered, alluvial gravel while in the higher elevation sites it is predominantly schist. They harvest by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated with stainlesss steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a
small amount of French oak demi-muids.

Carignan has had a rather tumultuous history in the south of France. Once seen as a necessary grape to spur the recovery of the region after the plague of phylloxera in the late 19th century, primarily for its ability to produce high yields, it has been largely replaced with “nobler” varieties such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. This is unfortunate, for as challenging as the variety is to love when the vines are young, they are superb with half a century under their belt. Jean-Marc Lafage luckily resisted the call to uproot and replace this variety, and he possesses Carignan vines well over 70 years old on schist with which he makes the Tessellae Carignan.


Fall for Ferrari-Carano Wines

~ Fall for Ferrari-Carano Wines ~

Ferrari-Carano has been delighting wine lovers with their exquisite wines for decades.

From well-structured reds to luscious whites, Ferrari-Carano has something for everyone.

If you are looking to treat yourself or give a stunning gift, dive into the delicious world of Ferrari-Carano!


In Stock:

Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc | Sauvignon Blanc | Sonoma County |2016 | 13.8% ABV | $13.99! (compare at $17.99)

Ferrari-Carano Reserve Chardonnay | Napa Valley – Carneros | 2013 | 14.2% ABV | $39.99

Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay | Sonoma County | 2015 | 14.2% ABV | $19.99! (compare at $29.99)

Ferrari-Carano Tré Terre Chardonnay | Russian River Valley – Sonoma County | 2014 | 14.1% ABV | $19.99

Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon | Alexander Valley – Sonoma County | 2014 | 14.5% ABV | $29.99! (compare at $35.99)


Our Promise – “The bottom line is quality without compromise. This is a commitment we feel is reflected in every bottle of our wine,” Don Carano

Our Vineyards – As Don Carano says, “Great wine begins in the vineyard.” Ferrari-Carano is fortunate to own and cultivate some of the finest vineyard land in all of California.

Vineyard Philosophy – Our vineyard practices are customized to match the particular characteristics of each vineyard, to help the vines produce the best fruit possible, and in turn, the best wine possible

Ferrari-Carano is a Certified California Sustainable Vineyard

Steve and his team have long practiced sustainable farming techniques, such as recycling organic matter for use as mulch in the vineyards, planting cover crops and other plant species to avoid soil erosion and to add desirable nutrients back to the soil as well as attract desirable insects, and integrating animals to naturally enhance biodiversity and nutrient recycling.

Ferrari-Carano’s 2016 Fumé Blanc is a delicious wine with aromas and flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, guava, citrus, lemon grass and a touch of minerality. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from neutral French oak barrels adds body, complexity and depth.



The 2015 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay from Sonoma County has superior lots of wine from our vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Carneros. This full-bodied and refreshing Chardonnay boasts aromas of graham cracker, quince, lemons, orange blossoms, lychee, and white peaches perfectly balanced by flavors of Meyer lemon, pear and butter cream with a toasty vanilla finish.


The grapes for the Reserve Chardonnay come primarily from our vineyard in Napa Valley Carneros. This wine has elegant, upfront aromas and flavors of quince, apple, cinnamon, caramel, citrus, butter, pear, vanilla, graham cracker, peach, crème brûlée and hazelnut complemented by a lingering, toasted oak finish. The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros imparts its unique finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling character.


The 2014 Tré Terre Chardonnay from Russian River Valley is a delicious, full-bodied wine with aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, citrus, pear, green apple, peach, apricot, brown sugar, spice and maple. A wine with bright fruit and nice acidity, this Chardonnay has a long, lingering finish.




Our Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Vibrant aromatics of cassis, mocha, dried cherries, mint, cola and smoky leather awaken the senses, while full-bodied flavors of black cherries and plums generously fill the palate. Supple tannins and lingering notes of toasty caramel round out the finish.




La garagista | Loups~Garoux | Vermont Red Wine by Deirde Heekin | 2016

La garagista | Loups~Garoux | 2016 | 12% alc./vol | $33.99/750ml

We are most delighted to announce the arrival of the 2016 La garagista Loups~Garoux.  A stunning Vermont red wine by our friends Deirde Heekin & crew over in Barnard we again are able to loving share with you.

From the bottle:

La garagista: n. one who makes wine in a garage; one who works in a garage; one who uses all parts of a garage.


Vermont Rouge = Red Wine

Loups~Garoux is the French name for mythical wolf creatures that are not cursed, but blessed.  One is born a Loup-Garou and can turn at will. They are elegant, dark wolves to behold and remind us of other mythical creatures like those in the legends of the Black Wolves of the Chateauguay, the wild alpine terrain that defines our homefarm and vineyard landscapes.  Loups~Garoux speak of the woodland and are mercurial in nature.  Hand-harvested and unfiltered, this red wine hails from our alpine vineyard in Vermont on the edge of a lake, grown among wild purple aster and white fleabane.

– Deirdre Heekin & Caleb Barber

Questo vino e vivo! ~ This wine is alive!



Proud Pour Wine Tasting | FRI 02/02 3:30-6:30


Proud Pour Wine Tasting FRI 02/02 3:30-6:30

For every bottle of Proud Pour wine sold:

  • Sauvignon Blanc restores 100 wild oysters
  • Pinot Noir 90 sq ft of bee habitat planted



Cheers to Change

What if drinking wine made the world a better place?

Proud Pour just gave your Happy Hour a major upgrade.

We pair wines with solutions to local environmental problems. Our Mendocino County Sauvignon Blanc restores 100 wild oysters per bottle, and our Oregon Pinot Noir plants 90 sq ft of bee habitat per bottle. Every time you enjoy Proud Pour wine, you get to sit back, relax, and know you are making a difference.

Pinot Noir

This beautifully balanced 2015 Oregon Pinot Noir is helping our 3,600 native bee species across the U.S. Every bottle replants bee habitat and wildflowers on local farms, which benefits both native bees and honeybees, the local ecosystem, and farmers! Enjoy this sustainably-grown and vegan wine, knowing you’re nourishing these little pollinators, who in turn nourish plants all around us.
Tasting Notes

Proud Pour’s Pinot Noir is a balanced wine with supple tannins, earthy tones, and rich notes of red plum, rhubarb, and vanilla.

This wine is ready to drink now and should drink well through the end of 2019.
Food Pairing

The wine is nicely-balanced and so pairs well with many foods. Try it with a roast chicken or pork chop!

Sauvignon Blanc

Every bottle of our Mendocino County Sauvignon Blanc restores 100 oysters back to the wild! Oyster reefs are a critical ecosystem and also help clean our oceans. A single oyster filters about 30 gallons of water daily. And by the way, eating oysters is good for the planet because you’re almost always eating farmed oysters, which are completely sustainable. Enjoy this sustainably-grown wine’s crisp notes of citrus, well-balanced acidity, and clean finish, knowing you’re making our oceans healthier.
Tasting Notes

Proud Pour’s Sauvignon Blanc is a bright, refreshing wine with a rich bouquet of flavors. Hints of tropical fruit transition onto the palate, followed by layers of citrus and melon. Vibrant acids finish smoothly, accompanied by a pleasant minerality. This wine’s consistent profile and balanced finish are sure to please any oyster-lover.

This wine is ready to drink now and should drink well through the end of 2019.
Food Pairing

Enjoy this wine with your locally-farmed oysters, clams, mussels, sea scallops, or periwinkles! Or simply on its own for a relaxing evening!