GLASSHALFULL WINE CLUB
We are pleased to introduce great wines from around the world to our customers by offering membership in the Glasshalfull Wine Club! We want to eliminate the unnecessarily intimidating aura of wine for fellow wine lovers. Membership includes a monthly package of curated wines and information about each selection.
Each month we will share with you the best bottles we have encountered in our weekly tastings with suppliers. We will select wines that we think are exceptional and represent value. For each selection, we will provide information on the variety, vintage, region, and winemaker and property that produced the wine and make pairing suggestions. We want to enhance your experience with the wines you receive each month by conveying what is special about them instead of dictating what your experience should be, so we will not include the convoluted tasting notes that have become the standard.
The basic six-pack will include 3 whites and 3 reds, but club members may specify all-white or all-red either on an ongoing basis or for a particular month. As we get to know you, we can also create a plan that is customized to your taste. The cost of a standard subscription to the club for a monthly six-pack is approximately $100 before tax. The actual total may vary slightly depending on each month’s selections or special requests. Our price to members reflects a 20% discount off the prices in the wine shop and is the largest discount we offer.
April’s six pack includes the following:
Gilbert Picq Chablis – reg. $28.99 – SIXPACK price $24.64 – CLUB PRICE – $23.19
Appellation: Chablis, Burgundy
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Brothers Pascal and Didier took over their father’s domaine in 1976, and produce wines of elegance, depth, length, and minerality. Didier, a lover of horses, known for riding all over the appellation, takes the lead in the cellar, using only stainless steel for both fermentation and aging, to allow for maximum purity of fruit. Brother Pascal is in charge of the vineyards, aiming for low yields and practicing “lutte raisonee,” or the reasoned struggle to farm organically and sustainably when possible, and apparently he knows tractors like Vince Lombardi knows football! A new sorting table in 2006 allows for maximum control of grape selection, and they’ve since began spontaneous yeast fermentation, which despite a few sleepless nights during the first vintage is now the norm. This wine, from 12 different parcels, shows a flinty seashell essence, making it quintessential Chablis.
Pairings: Pan-roasted flounder fillets with herb-butter; Grilled shrimp with oregano and lemon; Roast chicken with Dijon, shallot, green scallions; Goat cheese and avocado toasts. Sauces – cream, butter, mushroom, light fruit-based/salsa, pan-sauce
Vignerons de Buxy Mercurey “Buissonier” 2015 – reg. $17.99 – SIXPACK price $15.29 – CLUB PRICE $14.59
Appellation: Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
The Cave de Vignerons de Buxy, founded in 1931, represents a collaborative effort between 120 winegrowing families determined to pool their talents in an effort to produce the finest wines possible while delivering them at an incredible value. They share in the tending of the vines, production in the cellar, and marketing of the wines, and have been recognized by Burgundy guru Clive Coates as one of the top producers in the Cote Chalonnaise, a corridor south of the Cote de Beaune with the same weathered limestone soil as its more expensive neighbor to the north. The esteemed Roger Ragot took over the Cave at age 26 in 1968, and remained director until retiring in 2002, and established their reputation as a producer of note. This Mercurey Rouge sees restrained oak elevage, and offers a glimpse of the elegance and savory earthy profile of Red Burgundy that is truly rare at this price.
Pairings: Coq au vin braised chicken with wine and mushrooms; Camembert, Brie, other mild cheeses; Roasted salmon with mustard sauce. Sauces – creamy, béarnaise, puttanesca, mushroom, berry-based, gastriques, brown pan
Domaine La Louvetrie Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie “La Louvetrie” 2015– reg. $17.99 – SIXPACK price $15.29 – CLUB PRICE $14.49
Appellation: Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire Valley
Grapes: 100% Melon de Bourgogne
Vigneron Joseph Landron is famous for the best mustache in the wine business, and dearly beloved for his kindness and generosity, as anyone who has met him on one of his near-annual visits to the Triangle can attest. With 89 acres in the rolling hills of the Pays Nantais near the Atlantic Ocean, Jo has long committed to organic and natural practices, converting to organic in 1999 and taking the leap to biodynamic viticulture in 2008. This “La Louvetrie” comes from 38 year-old vines planted in sandy gravel soil over gneiss and quartz, and after fermentation spends 12 months on the spent yeast cells, or “lees,” a traditional technique adding a textural, fleshy structure overlaying the bright acidity and zesty, saline profile.
Pairings: Steamed mussels with shallots, garlic, and parsely; Raw oysters; Mixed mesclun greens with carrots and orange vinaigrette; Fresh crab salad. Sauces – citrus, butter, pan-sauce, vinaigrette, clam sauce, hollandaise, mignonette
Michele Satta Bolgheri Rosso 2014– reg. $24.99 – SIXPACK price $21.24 – CLUB PRICE $19.99
Appellation: Bolgheri, Tuscany
Grapes: 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 10% Teroldego
Michele Satta started his own winery in 1982, and quickly became one of the most respected winegrowers in the region of Bolgheri. His advice was highly sought-after as a consultant, even working for the famed Ornellaia in the early 1990’s, when he took the lead in planting many of their vineyards. A father of six, including son Giacomo who will one day lead the estate, Michele’s traditional priorities are family and vines, though he holds some non-conformist views as well: he was the first in the region to plant Syrah, and more recently has experimented with the Teroldego grape, native to Trentino in the Italian Alps. In the 2014 vintage, Satta is not producing any of his top bottlings, so the fruit from his best vineyards, normally destined for $50-$80+ wines, goes into this Rosso, and it’s therefore no surprise this wine over-delivers. The wine sees 12 months aging in oak barriques after a natural fermentation, followed by another 6 months in bottle before release, and is already entering its prime drinking window.
Pairings: Grilled lamb chops with rosemary, thyme, and black pepper; Pappardelle pasta with pork ragu and burrata; Marinated and grilled zuccini, squash, and red peppers with balsamic; Salumi. Sauces – red wine reduction, Bolognese, tomato-based, demi-glace, brown sauces
Rogo Godello 2015 – reg. $16.99 – SIXPACK price $14.44 – CLUB PRICE $13.59
Appellation: Valdeorras, Galicia
Grapes: 100% Godello
Valdeorras represents the easternmost outpost of the Atlantic-influened “Green Spain,” before one crosses over the Cantabrian mountains into Old Castile. The single-vineyard “A Reguira” lies perched at 1500 feet above sea level, along the Sil River in the commune of Vilamartin, and only the top 30% selection of grapes from the vineyard make the cut for this Rogo Godello. The Godello varietal is almost wholly unique to this region, and combines zesty acidity and minerality with rich texture and body, with Rogo a prime example, coming from near-30 year-old vines planted in deep slate soil, and made entirely in stainless steel.
Pairings: Baked scallops with paprika and breadcrumbs; Galician vegetable soup (Caldo Gallego); Double- and triple-cream cheeses; Chorizo with turnip greens. Sauces – butter, cream, seafood, veloute, sofrito, aioli
Mas del Perie Cahors “Les Escures” 2015 – reg. $19.99 – SIXPACK price $16.99 – CLUB PRICE $15.99
Appellation: Cahors, Southwest France
Grapes: 100% Malbec
Fourth-generation vigneron Fabian Jouves originally intended to study medicine, but when his parents were about to sell the estate he decided to switch gears, and enrolled at the prestigious wine school in Bordeaux, making the two-and-a-half hour trek each way to help them in the vineyards on the weekends. Upon graduation he took over both in the field and in the winery, moving to organic and biodynamic viticulture (certified by Ecocert and Demeter), and using native yeasts for fermentation, and neither fining nor filtering the finished wines. “Les Escures” comes from a special high-elevation plot with white clay and brilliant Quercy limestone, and aging in only concrete instead of oak preserves a mouth-watering sense of lift and freshness along with classic Cahors body and structure.
Pairings: Grilled pork chops with cumin; Duck confit with corn salad; Roasted cremini mushrooms with rosemary and garlic. Sauces – spice-rubs, brown sauce, cheese, mushroom, bearnaise
In addition to receiving the wine and notes each month, members get these club perks:
- A $10 gift certificate for use in the wine shop or restaurant with every 2 six-packs.
- A $20 gift certificate for use in the wine shop or restaurant with every 10 six-packs.
- A free six-bottle wine tote.
- After receiving 6 six-packs, members will receive a 10% standing discount for any purchase in the wine shop as long as their membership is in effect, and after 18 six-packs, the discount will increase to 15%.
- Members will get advance notice of special events such as wine dinners before they are advertised to the general public. They also will pay $10 less per person for special events and receive a discount on wines sold at events.
Subscriptions to the Glasshalfull Wine Club can be canceled at any time.
If you’d like to join or have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Jim or Rita at Glasshalfull.