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Weekly Highlights 6/11



Chardonnay 2015 – Russian River Valley

Tasting Notes-

A seductive style, offering tiers of complex flavors, with a mishmash of green apple, citrus, pear, melon and fig, framed with smoky toasty oak that displays a delicate manner. Drink now through 2022.

Wine Spectator 94pts



Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir 2016

Tasting Notes – 

The color is a deep scarlet-red with lush aromas of blackberry bramble, nutmeg, and a hint of caramel. The wine is fresh and exuberant in the mouth with sumptuous strawberry jam, ripe black cherry, cranberry and warm gingerbread. It is perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, velvety tannins and a hint of toffee carrying through its long finish.

Wine Spectator 90pts





Prima Pils

Brewer’s Notes-

Prima! It’s a German exclamation of joy. It’s a recognition of accomplishment. It’s what escaped from our lips the first time we sampled this mighty pilsner recipe. With heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts, we achieved the bracing herbal bite and smooth malt flavor that we sought.
Prima… an exclamation of Victory! Prost!

4/5 Exceptional – Beer Advocate 

Whiskey On The Rock: Grand Whiskey Tasting

We’re hosting our first ever Grand Whiskey Tasting at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens on Saturday, May 19th. We are projected to have over 20 tables featuring a full range of American, Scotch, and Irish whiskey. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Toni’s of Winnebago. Samples of beer from Spiteful Brewing and wine will be provided as well.

Tickets are $60 per person in which $25 is donated to the Rockford Park District, $25 is applied toward any order you place that night, and $10 toward food. It’s an incredible deal!

Tickets are required for entrance and are available for purchase here at Artale & Co. Attendance is limited and tickets will go fast!

Easter Wines

Easter is just around the corner and you might be wondering, what wine pairs well with the traditional Easter ham. The usual sweet, salty, and rich flavor palate of ham is going to pair nicely with wines that are bit more of the sweeter side, higher acidity, and a strong fruit presence. We took the time to pick out wines we think would be a nice asset to your dinner table without breaking the bank.

2013 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot NoirGoldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2013

A classic cool growing season, 2013 delivered another fantastic vintage for Anderson Valley. This wine explodes on the palate with flavors of bright cherry, blackberry, wildflowers and pomegranate, as well as more savory layers of earth and leather. Silky tannins underscore this wine’s exceptional structure and texture, while leading to a long, lush finish with a touch of redwood that is a hallmark of all of our estate vineyards. 

Elouan Oregon Pinot Noir 2015

This Elouan Pinot Noir is richer and more full bodied than what is typical of Oregon Pinot Noir, which generally is very lean. Bright ruby red in color. Ripe cranberry, sweet cinnamon and fresh cherry create an inviting bouquet, with a subtle earthiness. The palate shows texture and weight with firm acidity that carries the flavor through. The flavor profile shows red plum, bright cherry, minerality, dusty earth, and a hint of sweet tobacco, creating rustic layers of flavor with soft refined tannins.


And if you fancy a fruit-glaze to your ham, we recommend a wine that can hold up to the intense fruit flavor, such as a Zinfandel.

2015 Sonoma Zinfandel


Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015

This wine presents a bold nose that teems with aromas of blueberry, nutmeg and baked strawberry, intertwined with hints of brambly spice and lush black fruit typical of Alexander Valley. The palate leads smoothly with flavors of briery, black cherry, cocoa and coffee, while the finish is balanced and elegantly structured


Coto de Hayas Centenaria Garnacha 2011

This fleshy red delivers a rich core of blackberry and blueberry compote, accented by toasty vanilla, sweet licorice and cinnamon spice. Well-integrated tannins give this backbone. A bold, modern style


If red wine isn’t your style, we selected a couple white wines that have just enough sweetness to compliment the ham without overpowering it.


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Gauthier Santa Lucia Highlands Riesling 2012

This shows a fine winemaking touch with this ethereal Riesling. It has seductive honeysuckle and lemon blossom aromas to lure you into the glass, where delicate green apple, pear and pineapple flavors are vitalized by lively acidity


Dr. Konstantin Frank Finger Lakes Gewurztraminer 2014

A classic gewurztraminer with a fresh, appealing lift and brightness of texture, this leads with scents of crushed rose petals and pineapple. While there’s plenty of ripe apple fruit, the lasting impression is of lanolin and minerals. A phenolic coolness of tone keeps the wine poised and exotic at once

Or perhaps something a bit in the middle is more appealing to you, so we selected two Rosés


Château Gassier Espirit Rosé Côtes de Provence 2016

“Esprit Gassier” is the “Gassier Spirit” that combines the exceptional terroir of the Sainte-Victoire region with Côtes de Provence varietals to produce a wine that expresses the family’s passion, expertise and creativity. A very clear rosé with shades of peach; floral nose with white and yellow fruit notes (peach, apricot, pear); in the mouth, round and delicate with notes of white peach, mandarin and grapefruit

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Regaleali Le Rosé Nerello Mascalese 2016 

Our rosé, made with Nerello Mascalese grapes planted at Regaleali in the Santa Rosa vineyard in 1986, combines the elegance of fruity red wine with the flavor of white wine. Deep salmon-pink in color, Le Rose offers delicate aromas of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and-appropriate to its name-rose petals.  Rich on the palate with refreshing acidity and a long, flavorful finish.