May 9, 2016


Village Wines is 6 months old!!! I’d like to thank everyone for their continued patronage and their strong support of the store and Piccolo. I’m truly grateful for everyone who walks through our door – and look forward to helping with their wine selections.

We still have some openings in our very special “Palate Mapping Class” on May 10th with Laura Landoll of Grand Cru. The tasting begins at 7:00 pm – and is a bit different from our usual tastings – see the course description below:

“Tasting wine is something that involves all the senses but the one we are going to focus on this evening will be the palate.  We will taste components that simulate tannins, acid, alcohol and sweetness in wine.  Since everyone’s palate is different the palate mapping will let you see how components hit your tongue and if you are more sensitive to one over another.   We will also taste an Old World and New World Chardonnay, as well as an Old World and New World Pinot Noir to help illustrate the palate mapping. “  This should be a fascinating tasting!  Call 771-6611 to reserve your spot!

Friday May 20 is Paella with Hector!  Join us as we feature terrific wines that pair with Paella at our Friday night tasting with Charles Redmond of Wine Trends.  Reservations for paella are required – please call Julia at 771-6612 or email  Chicken, pork and sausage Paella: $10 or traditional seafood paella:$12.

Rachel Wesley of Wilson Daniels joins us on May 24 at 7:00 pm.  She has lots of great wines to choose from – Schramsberg, J. Davies, LaRoche Chablis, Routestock, Domaine Leflaive – just to name a few.   Watch for the email the end of this week.

Interested in trying new wines – but don’t know what to choose?   Love trying out new recipes?  Want to expand your palate??  Join the Crew Club!  We provide tasting notes and recipes that pair with each of the wines.  You choose 2 reds, 2 whites or one of each.  We have two choices – Level I – 2 bottles of wine that total no more than $39.99 (before tax).  Level II  – 1 bottle anywhere from $60 – $100.  We think the selections for May are terrific – so call 771-6611 or email and join today!!

We’re starting a new feature in the Grapevine – staff picks!  Check out these favorites!

Mark’s pick:  Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc:  This is the inaugural release of this wine – and is very limited – and Village Wines is one of the few locations to have it!  Nectarine and stone fruit flavors, rich body with a very pleasing distinctive mouth feel.  $24.99/bottle

Mary Beth’s pick:  Bourgogne Hautes Cotes DeNuits:  A true expression of French Burgundy.  Earthy body with low alcohol.  Perfect paired with meaty fish (salmon or halibut) or roast chicken.  $24.99/bottle

Kate’s pick:  Terredora Dipaola Falanghina:  An ancient grape varietal – found in southern Italy – but some of the best is grown in Campania.  Falanghina is a dry, crisp wine with lovely aromatics.  Pair with a caprese salad, fish or a raw fennel salad.  $14.99/bottle

New at Piccolo!!

Petite Petit is back in stock!   $13.99/bottle

Sun dried tomato Torta will be back in stock on Thursday – call us if you’d like us to put a piece aside for you.

If you’re a Glendale resident – check out our ad in the Glendale Directory.  We’re here to serve you!

Gift certificates are available in any domination.  Just ask Mark, MaryBeth, Julia, Brittany or Kevin.

This week’s ‘Grape of the Week” – Muscadet!    Muscadet is a white French wine. It is made at the western end of the Loire Valley, near the city of Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region neighboring the Brittany Region. More Muscadet is produced than any other Loire wine. It is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, often referred to simply as melon. Muscadet wines are often light bodied and almost always dry with very little, if any residual sugar.   This light bodied wine pairs well with oysters, lobster, shrimp or fish. The moderate alcohol levels of Muscadet (always under 12%) allows them to complement many types of dishes without overwhelming them. The light, crisp acidity can “cut through” (meaning it stands out against) rich, creamy dishes which can be a refreshing change of pace for the palate..  We have a delicious Nicholas Idiart Muscadet  – salty and peachy on the nose – $13.99.

Future Friday Nights:

5/13/16 – Cathy Spatt  with Heidelberg
5/20/16 – Charles Redmond with Wine Trends (Paella Night!!!)
5/27/16 – Staff Tasting
6/3/16 – Tara Grimes with Ohio Valley
6/10/16 – Katie Schoeny of Vanguard

Thanks for your continued support of Village Wines of Glendale!  Like us on Facebook – Village Wines of Glendale and Piccolo Wine Room!  Coming soon to Instagram!!!

Cheers, Kate