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.

This month’s six pack includes the following:
Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2016 – reg. $15.99 – SIXPACK price $13.59 – CLUB PRICE $12.79
Appellation: Clarksburg, California
Grapes: 100% Chenin Blanc
Inspired by traveling to the wine regions of France’s Loire Valley, David S. Stare founded Dry Creek Vineyards in Sonoma County in 1972. In honor of the Loire, they have produced a Chenin Blanc in every vintage for the past 45 years, and for the last thirty they have sourced their fruit from sandy and clay loam soils in the Clarksburg AVA of the Sacremento Delta. With the second generation in charge, Dry Creek Vineyards remains one of the few iconic California estates of that era that are still family-owned and operated. A cooler-than-average growing season and fermentation in stainless steel help this wine maintain a lovely freshness and mouthwatering acidity.

Pairings: Smoked chicken and green apple sausages; charcuterie and cheese; Chinese-style roast pork tenderloin (with soy, 5-spice, garlic, miso, rice wine, and garlic); jumbo lump crab cakes with spicy remoulade . Sauces – butter, cream, spicy Asian, dried or fresh fruit-based, veloute

Nigl Gruner Veltliner “Freiheit” 2015 – reg. $19.99 – SIXPACK price $16.99 – CLUB PRICE $15.99
Appellation: Kremstal, Austria
Grapes: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Weingut Nigl, tucked deep in the Krems Valley on the edge of the Senftenberg mountain, often evokes feelings that one has travelled back to medieval times; the ruins of the Senftenberg castle, erected in 1197, are perched above the terraced vineyards. Martin Nigl is a first generation winemaker, beginning in 1985 after convincing his family to keep the fruit from their small quantity of vines and bottle it themselves, rather than selling it to the local co-op. The history with grape-growing is not nearly as recent though; the Nigl family has been farming here for over 200 years. Martin practices sustainable farming, never using herbicides or insecticides, plants cover crops of legumes and herbs, and avoids copper, a mainstay in the biodynamic arsenal, but which he considers detrimental to his vines’ vitality and harmful to the soil. The name Freiheit means “freedom” and is believed to be some of the first privately owned vineyard land in the valley not controlled by the Church or a feudal estate.

Pairings: A rare match for steamed artichokes and other “tricky” vegetables: Sushi; Salads with vinaigrettes; Spicy Pad Thai; Pork schnitzel. Sauces – pan sauce, cream, vinegar-based, butter, yogurt-based, lemongrass and ginger, veloute

Michel Vattan Sancerre “Cuvee Calcaire” 2015 – reg. $22.99 – SIXPACK price $19.54 – CLUB PRICE $18.39
Appellation: Sancerre, Loire Valley
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Now in its third generation, the estate began in 1930 with 2 hectares of vines, livestock, and mixed crops in the village of Maimbrey, and today owns slightly over 9 hectares of vineyards, principally in the hillsides surrounding the town. Michel Vattan partnered with longtime winemaker Pascal Joulin in 2002, and since then they have focused on lowering yields to improve quality, and committed to more natural practices such as cover crops between the rows of vines, and avoiding chemical treatments throughout the vineyards. They bottle two Sancerres from distinct soil types, with this one from the famed “caillottes,” a combination of Kimmeridgian chalk/limestone (think Chablis, Champagne, and the White Cliffs of Dover) mixed with little white pebble stones and littered with fossils. Caillottes soil leads to wines with a purity of fruit, aromatic structure, and freshness, and this is a textbook example.

Pairings: Fresh goat cheese; Raw oysters; Smoked salmon with capers and red onion; Pan-fried flounder with lemon; Roasted asparagus with garlic. Sauces – butter, clam sauce, hollandaise, tomato, vinegar-based, yogurt-based

Lemelson Pinot Noir “ Six Vineyards” 2013 – reg. $22.99 – SIXPACK price $19.54 – CLUB PRICE – $18.39
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
An environmental lawyer and climate change activist, as well as a builder of high-performance LEED buildings, Eric Lemelson’s “green” principles are reflected everywhere at the winery, from his commitment to organic farming since inception in 1995, to a solar photovoltaic energy system and gravity flow processing in the cellar. This special bottling is made only in the best vintages, and utilizes fruit from all seven estate vineyards (they’ve acquired one since the first release and never changed the name…) mostly in the Yamhill-Carlton area where they are based, but rounding out the blend with fruit from the red hills of Dundee and the Chehalem Mountains as well. One thing we love about this cuvee is that is sees less oak than Lemelson’s higher-end wines, allowing for a pure expression of Oregon Pinot’s fresh, bright, juicy fruit.
Pairings: Grilled cedar-plank wild Salmon with sweet onion, garlic, and basil; Lemon-pepper roasted pork tenderloin; Wild mushroom polenta with hazelnuts and figs. Sauces – creamy, béarnaise, puttanesca, mushroom, berry-based, gastriques, chutney

Domaine Les Aphillanthes “Rouge Carmin” 2015 – reg. $17.99 – SIXPACK price $15.29 – CLUB PRICE $14.49
Appellation: Cotes du Rhone, Southern Rhone Valley
Grapes: 50% Syrah, 35% Cinsault, 10% Grenache, 5% Carignan
One of our favorite estates in the southern Rhone, the domaine is run today by 4th generation Daniel Boulle, who focuses on small yields of the highest-quality grapes, combined with minimal intervention in the cellar. In fact he considers himself a “viticulturist” rather than “winemaker!” The Rouge Carmin is a unique Cotes du Rhone, with Syrah and other grapes at the forefront rather than Grenache. The 30+ year-old vines are planted among the same “galets roulets” found in Chateauneuf –du-Pape, over limestone rich soil, yielding a wonderful combination of ripe fruit and mineral freshness. Practicing since 2000, the estate is certified Biodynamic and Organic since 2003, a decision Daniel made not because it was in vogue with other winemakers, but rather because he noticed success when treating his son’s eczema using natural products. All fermentation is in concrete, fed by gravity, without filtration, to allow maximum expression of terroir.
Pairings: Roasted root vegetables with rosemary; Beef stew with red wine, carrots, herbs, and orange zest; Moroccan-spiced lamb burgers. Sauces – romesco, braises, hoisin, mushroom, barbeque, tikka masala, Mexican-spice

Kanonkop “Kadette” Cape Blend 2014 – reg. $18.99 – SIXPACK price $16.14 – CLUB PRICE $15.19
Appellation: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Grapes: 44% Pinotage, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc
This fourth generation family estate takes its name from the hillsides (kopje) where cannons fired to announce the arrival of sailing ships back in the 17th Century. Today they boast some of the oldest Pinotage – South Africa’s unique variety – vines in the country, many over 50 years old, grown on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains in Stellenbosch. According to winemaker Abrie Beeslar, all the local farmers used to play pickup rugby together in the 1940’s, and one day they were joined by a researcher from the local wine institute who was raving about the recent Pinotage crossing and their new cuttings, and before long Kanonkop was among the first to have it planted. Beeslar, only the 3rd winemaker in the estate’s 50+ year history, and recently named South African winemaker of the year, credits his skill with working with the variety to his predecessor Beyer Truter, the “godfather” of Pinotage, who today at his restaurant makes Pinotage burgers, Pinotage salami, and even Pinotage frozen yogurt!
Pairings: Barbequed pork ribs with honey and paprika; Thin-crust pizza with spicy sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella; Flatbread with goat cheese, caramelized onions, and shiitake mushrooms. Sauces – barbeque, red wine reduction, Bolognese/meat

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 info@glasshalfull.net or speak to Jim or Michael at Glasshalfull.

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