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A Fond Farewell!

“Having not said anything the first time, it was somehow even more difficult to broach the subject the second time around.”
– Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

And with that quote from one of my favorite books of fiction, I must broach the subject.
My 16th anniversary at Marty’s passed on February 1st with my resignation directly following on the 2nd. Following my kidney transplant and subsequent speedy recovery, I realized it was time to take on new career challenges on par with those in my life.

On Monday the 22nd, I will start my new position at an import distributor, bringing to Massachusetts retailers and restaurants such wines from Chateau Petrus, Dominus, Ramey, Plumpjack, Donelan, Roederer Champagne, Delas Rhones, John Duval, d’Arenberg, and many, many more.

I will miss the hundreds of customers with whom I have shared tales, wines, and hours with over the years. Whether it was selecting the perfect wine to pair with a special recipe, picking the bottle for a romantic picnic, or just laughing together over a moment in life, I had a blast in every interaction.

Best wishes and see you out there!
Peter Tryba

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Unbelievable Opportunity for Grower Champagne Lovers!

Our importer went crazy in 2015, buying an overabundance of our favorite Grower Champagnes. So much so that we were able to acquire these are improbably low prices, prices the likes of which we haven’t seen since the first time we saw these wines Stateside.

Below, please find the magazine reviews for my special picks.
Aubry NV 1er Cru Brut
$34 net per 750ml bottle
90 points, The Wine Spectator
91 points, Vinous Media
92 points, The Wine Advocate
“This contains just one-quarter each Chardonnay and Pinot; 45% Meunier; and a mixture of Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau (a.k.a. Pinot Gris). Nearly half of it is reserve wine, and more than half of that from a solera going back to 1998. If that sounds like a recipe for delivering complexity, you’re right and won’t be disappointed! Bittersweet perfume suggestive of gentian and iris mingles with intimations of fresh lime and sea breeze that in turn manifest themselves on a seductively silken palate in both juicy, vivacious exuberance and mouthwatering saliva-inducement. A scallop-like sweetly saline and mineral amalgam takes hold in a vibrant finish that leaves me caught between the urge to linger and the urge to take the next sip. This exceptional value by appellation standards is almost sure to prove worth following for several years, even if, sadly, few wine enthusiasts are likely to put that prediction to the test.”
(suggested price $50)

Aubry NV 1er Cru Brut Rose
$45 net per 750ml bottle
90 points, The Wine Spectator
92 points, Vinous Media
93 points, The Wine Advocate
“rich, expressive and totally delicious. Here it is the radiance of the 2009 vintage that speaks loudest. Layers of perfumed, succulent fruit flow effortlessly to the creamy, layered finish. Aubry’s Rose is 40% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Meunier and 13% still old-vine Meunier. This is another striking wine from Aubry just bursting with class. I loved it. Disgorgement date: June 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.”
(suggested price $70)

H Billiot NV Brut Reserve
$43 net per 750ml bottle
90 points, Vinous Media
93 points, The Wine Spectator
“Richly spiced, with a skein of ground clove, ginger and cardamom winding through flavors of dried apricot and apple, currant candy, passion fruit and lemon zest. Beautiful texture and balance here, followed by a long and mouthwatering, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 300 cases imported.”
(suggested price $67)

H Billiot NV Brut Rose
$48 net per 750ml bottle
91 points, Vinous Media
91 points, The Wine Advocate
92 points, The Wine Spectator
“An undercurrent of minerality supports ripe black cherry and black raspberry flavors, with hints of pastry, cream and candied grapefruit peel. Finely meshed and focused by vibrant acidity. Disgorged March 2011. Drink now through 2016. 391 cases imported.”
(suggested price $70)

Chartogne-Taillet NV Brut Cuvee Ste Anne
$35 net per 750ml bottle
90 points, Vinous Media
91 points, The Wine Spectator
92 points, The Wine Advocate
“pushes the qualitative element even beyond what I recall under this label from two or three years ago, and must be counted (relative to its appellation) as a sensational value. A haunting nose of ocean spray with clam and oyster liquor anticipates the mouthwateringly saline, mysteriously meaty and seaweed-tinged aspects of a polished palate that’s also informed by luscious, pit-tinged white peach, fresh lemon and almond. (And were it not for that last trio, here would surely be one of those wondrous instances where you find yourself asking how a wine’s flavors can possibly come from grapes!) Ultra-juicy and palate- as well as saliva gland-massaging, the finish here left me licking my lips in anticipation of the next sip. What’s more, this cuvee is among the most versatile at table of any in Champagne. Feel free to follow the current disgorgement for 2-3 years. The blend, by the way, is 60-40 Chardonnay-Pinot.”
(suggested price $55)

Chartogne-Taillet NV Brut Rose
$45 net per 750ml bottle
91 points, The Wine Advocate
92 points, Vinous Media
93 points, The Wine Spectator
“A crowd-pleasing rosé, this offers finely tuned, mouthwatering acidity paired with fruit-forward flavors of candied cherry and black currant, macerated plum, pastry dough and spiced nut. Displays lovely texture and a lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. 185 cases imported.”
(suggested price $67)

Gaston Chiquet NV Brut Carte Verte
$38 net per 750ml bottle
91 points, The Burghound
” A restrained nose speaks of brioche, green apple, pear and a hint of lemon rind. In much the same fashion as the Rosé the supporting mousse is relatively soft though quite fine and is in keeping with the understated, cool and pure finish that offers excellent complexity on the agreeably dry but not austere finish where the yeast component is quite pronounced. This is lovely and to my taste is drinking perfectly now.”
(suggested price $60)

Gimonnet NV Cuis 1er Cru Brut
$41 net per 750ml bottle
90 points, The Wine Advocate
91 points, The Wine Spectator
92 points, Vinous Media
“Green-tinged yellow. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of orange zest, pear and white flowers, with an iodiney quality building in the glass. Chewy in texture and nicely concentrated, offering precise citrus and bitter quinine flavors and a strong top note of dusty minerals. Finishes clean, bright and very long, with lingering chalkiness. This would make a superb match with fresh oysters or crab.”
(suggested price $65)

Henri Goutorbe NV Brut Cuvee Prestige
$40 net per 750ml bottle
90 points, The Wine Spectator
“Firm and fresh, exhibiting anise and almond notes that accent flavors of apricot, yellow plum, black raspberry and biscuit flavors, with a zesty finish.”
(suggested price $60)

Henri Goutorbe NV Grand Cru Brut Rose
$46 net per 750ml bottle
93 points, The Wine Advocate
92 points, The Wine Spectator
93 points, Vinous Media
“The NV Brut Rose is a drop-dead gorgeous wine. High class all the way, the wine caresses the palate with silky-textured expression of Pinot fruit. With time in the glass this rose becomes more floral and spiced, while the structural components expand to frame the fruit with extraordinary grace and elegance. Sweet, haunting Pinot notes linger on the long, satisfying finish. This is a wine that desperately needs food. The obvious pairing seems to be a perfectly seared piece of foie gras, which would be a match made in heaven. Simply put, this is sensational juice. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2011.”
(suggested price $70)

Hebrart NV Brut Cuvee de Reserve
$38 net per 750ml bottle
91 points, The Wine Advocate
91 points, The Wine Spectator
91 points, Vinous Media
“(77% Pinot Noir and 23% Chardonnay; 8.2 g/l dosage; disgorged in March, 2014): Bright straw. Lively, mineral-driven aromas of fresh citrus fruits, melon and white flowers. Musky, nicely concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors are given spine by juicy acidity, which adds cut to the back half. The floral quality repeats on the finish, which hangs on with strong stony persistence. Give this youthful Champagne a little air time, or even decant it, like the cool French and French-wannabe sommeliers often do.”
(suggested price $60)

Margaine NV Brut Rose
$43 net per 750ml bottle
91 points, The Wine Spectator
91 points, Vinous Media
“(76% Chardonnay and 24% Pinot Noir; 11 g/l dosage; disgorged in July, 2014): Dark pink. Ripe red berries, cherry pit and tangerine on the deeply scented nose. In a fleshy, weighty style, offering intense raspberry and blood orange flavors that gain sweetness on the back half. Shows very good clarity and power on the supple finish, which leaves a trace of toasty lees behind. Just under half of the pinot here was added in the form of still red wine.”
(suggested price $67)

Pierre Peters NV Brut Reserve
$49 net per 750ml bottle
91 points, The Wine Advocate
91 points, The Wine Spectator
92 points, Vinous Media
“Light gold. Highly perfumed bouquet of yellow apple, pear skin and quinine, with a smoky mineral overtone. Spicy orchard and candied citrus fruit flavors are complemented by notes of sweet butter and anise and gain weight with air. The impressively focused finish shows strong mineral cut and lingering spiciness.”
(suggested price $75)

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Current Staff Picks

Come in and check out our Staff Pick selection for January 2016.

Pick up 3 or more and save 15% off the prices listed below!

Verus 2013 Furmint
Slovenia’s answer to the question “what’s new?” Grab a bottle of this crispy, fresh, and fun white from an old Eastern Bloc nation (sandwiched between Italy, Hungary, Austria, and Croatia). While this grape variety is best known in the US for the sweet, decadent Tokay wines of legend, it is also responsible for some really delicious, dry whites. This is the perfect example!
$21.99

La Gerla 2010 Brunello di Montalcino
94 points, James Suckling
94 points, The Wine Spectator
94+ points, The Wine Advocate
95 points, Vinous Media
“is absolutely delicious. Dark red cherries, plums, mint, smoke, tobacco and licorice flesh out in a wine that offers notable depth, structure and power. The 2010 is medium in body and also quite polished, yet there is a level of inner sweetness and perfume that makes the wine incredibly appealing, even today. Ideally, though, readers should give the 2010 at least a few years in the cellar. The precise, delicate finish is a thing of beauty.”
$64.99

Chateau Recougne 2012 Bordeaux
“Spicy, ripe and fruity, this wine has enough structure to give shape to the broad black fruits that are the stars. A smoky element comes from just the right amount of wood aging. Drink from 2017.”
90 Points Wine Enthusiast, Editor’s Choice
Blend: Merlot 77%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Cabernet Sauvignon 9%
Robert Parker at one time called Recougne the finest Bordeaux Superieur. It is an estate that has produced wine for over 400 years, and its name is said to have come from King Henri IV in the early 17th century, in “recognition” of the quality of its wine.
$13.99

Donnhoff 2014 Riesling
“The wine is the absolutely perfect manifest destiny of German Riesling in its everyday form; complex, spicy, delineated and articulate, insanely delicious, and more versatile than its dry sibling, though this is never ever sweet’ – just sublime.” – Terry Theise
$26.99

Chateau La Bourree 2009 Bordeaux
Here’s a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet from the Cordier-Mestrezat negociant house that over delivers for the price. Supple, fresh, and delicious fruit is backed by firm tannins and balancing acidity.
$19.99

Talley 2013 Chardonnay
90 points, The Wine Advocate
91 points, Vinous Media
“Light yellow-gold. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes dried citrus and orchard fruits, graham cracker and honeydew melon, with a subtle mineral note in the background. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, with intense melon and tangerine flavors picking up a stony element with air. This deep yet lively Chardonnay finishes with strong thrust and lingering stoniness.”
$27.99

Sattler 2013 St Laurent
“pure fruit, done entirely in stainless steel. Normally the wine is marrowy and substantive, but this as bottled four days ago and was thus a little sharp. It seemed a bit smoky and cigarish, but impossible to suss until the sweet fruit returns.” – Terry Theise
$21.99

Badenhorst 2012 Secateurs Red
90 points, The Wine Advocate
“The 2012 Secateurs Red Blend has just nudged upward in my estimation since last year. Here, it has a very well-defined, quite sumptuous bouquet with vibrant raspberry, dark cherry and mineral notes that have really opened up in the last 12 months. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins. This is very well-balanced with great delineation on the finish. Drinking beautifully now.”
$15.99

Chateau Plagnac 2009 Medoc
The Wine Spectator:
“Stylish, with an elegant core of plum and violet laced with savory herb. The lingering finish lets a mineral hint chime in.”
$19.99

Nicolas Idiart 2013 Pinot Noir
“Ruby red and lively, with morello cherry, raspberry, and strawberry mixed with delightful tones of licorice and spice. Balanced and harmonious with plump fruitiness and silky texture. Medium-bodied.”
$15.99

Chateau Les Combes 2011 Bordeaux Cuvee St Louis
“a classic blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. All of the fruit comes from 30+ year old vines grown on the family’s estate, just north of famed Saint-Emilion. In the glass, this hugely acclaimed gem displays excellent structure with a generous palate of velvety black fruit and a delicate, well-balanced finish” – winery
$12.99

Mauro Molino 2013 Nebbiolo
“light ruby red colour, with scent of rose and violet. Fresh and fruity palate with smooth and delicate tannins.” – winery
$19.99

Monteagrelo Bressia 2012 Cabernet Franc
93 points, Tim Atkin MW
“comes solely from Vista Flores and is always a delightful single varietal expression of the grape, showing notes of graphite, green pepper and minerality with soft leafy tannins and a core of acidity.”
$31.99

Ott 2011 Gruner Veltliner Spiegel
Want to drink brilliant, concentrated liquefied fruit that has been filtered through pulverized white stones? Grab a bottle of this amazing Gruner!
$49.99

Mullineux 2012 Syrah
90 points, The Wine Advocate
“The 2012 Mullineux Syrah comes from nine different vineyards that includes a couple of new parcels, 60% whole-bunch fermented, matured in 500-liter barrels of which 15% to 20% is new. It has a well-defined bouquet with dark berry fruit, blackcurrant, white pepper and a touch of cloves. The palate is structured with crisp acidity, vibrant blackberry and mulberry fruit with a stony, quite reserved finish that has a chalky texture. Very fine.”
$41.99

Hiedler 2013 Gruner Veltliner Loess
92 points, The Wine Enthusiast
“Subtle lemon hints and zesty freshness mellow a little on the creamy but nonetheless very slender, graceful palate. Elegance and purity are hallmarks here and it is depth rather than power that convinces. Very clean finish.”
$22.99

Ampeleia 2011 Ampeleia
93 points, Vinous Media
95 points, James Suckling
“Bright cherry and dark cherry medley, citrus flowers and sweet pastry. Juicy texture and light tannins. Medium-bodied, balanced, fun and flirtatious. Phenomenally sexy and gorgeous. Stunner from Elisabetta Foradori.”
$34.99

Greywacke 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
93 points, The Wine Spectator
“Smooth and succulent, with supple melon, peach and lemon meringue flavors that manage to be graceful and seamless while still packing a wallop of intense flavors. Spice, chamomile and lemon verbena details crescendo on the long, lingering finish.”
$24.99

Tortoise Creek 2014 Rose Le Charmel
Sure, why not some Rose in the middle of Winter? We all have heating systems, so crank yours up above 70 and bust out some bottled Summertime fun!
$12.99

Spreitzer 2013 Riesling 101
The Wine Advocate:
“With 18 grams per liter of residual sugar the Rheingau Riesling 101 serves the classic off-dry style of Riesling. Sourced from three different top vineyards (Lenchen, Doosberg, Hendelberg) this bright yellow wine offers a high-toned, precise and piquant bouquet. Light-bodied, fresh and fruity, this is a lovely, quaffable Riesling with the piquancy and finesse of a Mosel Kabinett. Its finish is lovely salty and grippy.”
$19.99

Yangarra 2012 Shiraz
90 points, The Wine Advocate
95 points, James Halliday
“Welcome, we hope you enjoy the show. Twist the cap and it’s as if the words tumble out. Immediately perfumed and expressive but with the grunt of tannin and fruit to give it real substance. Saturated plum, soy, five spice and smoky, musky oak. The very epitome of a modern major general release shiraz.”
$25.99

Chateau Saint-Julien 2011 Bordeaux
“With holdings of 30ha in the Entre-deux-Mers region, Ch. St. Julian’s vines are grown on clay-limestone with an average age of 30 years. The wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 12 months in oak, 30% new.” – Winery
$17.99

Aleria 2013 XX 270 Syrah
93 points, The Wine Advocate
“Made from a block of Syrah vines that are planted on steep, granite soils (which is unique as this region is mostly limestone) facing the Mediterranean Sea, the 2013 Corse XX270 sports an inky purple color to go with incredible granite influence in its liquid rock, blackberry, raspberry, floral and peppery bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, with incredible purity, this is a seriously elegant, classically styled Syrah to drink over the coming decade.”
$22.99

Penley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Phoenix
92 points, The Wine Enthusiast, Editors’ Choice
“Full bodied and richly textured, this is an approachable wine that should nonetheless drink well through at least 2025. Toasted coconut accents cassis and blackberry fruit, folding in hints of vanilla on the long, mouthwatering finish.”
$21.99

Louis Jadot 2013 Burgundy Hills Blanc
One of our oldest and most favorite Burgundy house, Louis Jadot, has created an entirely new line of delicious wines: Burgundy Hills. From the Côteaux Bourguignons, this blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Aligoté is a fresh, delicious white tastes like a classic Jadot in the $20-30 price range, but falls well below that at a mere…
$16.99

Stag’s Leap 2012 Petite Sirah
92 points, The Wine Advocate
“A fabulous wine, the 2012 Petite Sirah was co-fermented with 1% Viognier, and includes 12% Syrah, 8% Grenache and 2% Carignan in the blend. Beautiful aromas of lavender, acacia flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, licorice and graphite emerge from this full-bodied, rich Petite Sirah. While approachable because of the vintage’s sweet tannins, it will age easily for 15-20 years.”
$44.99

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Spain and Portugal ON SALE!

It’s 2016 already?

January is the month in which we celebrate the wines of the Iberian Peninsula. It’s the perfect month to stock up on yours or sample our favorites from Spain and Portugal, plus their attendant territories.

We’re alive, we’re happy, and we’re drinking great wines! So should you!

As always, purchase 6 or more bottles of wine from Spain (including Sherries) and/or Portugal (including Madeira and Port) and save 20% off the white tag, non sale bottles.

Here are a handful of Peter’s Picks:

Lopez de Heredia 2006 Rioja Crianza ‘Cubillo’
This is the ‘introductory’ bottle to the amazing line of Lopez de Heredia’s wines. Although it technically qualifies to be labeled as Gran Reserva, Lopez de Heredia saves that designation for its upper echelon wines from the vineyards of Tondonia and Bosconia. The Cubillo is fresh and juicy while retaining the characteristic edge of oxidation for which Lopez de Heredia is known.
$31.99

Muga 2010 Rioja Especial
93 points, The Wine Advocate
93 points, Vinous Media
94 points, The Wine Enthusiast
96 points, James Suckling
“A round and silky red with deep and rich fruit and floral aromas. Wet earth too. Full-bodied, racy and beautiful. True Rioja. This comes from older vines of tempranillo with an average age of 20 years or more. Maceration is a little longer. Six months in new French oak and then 24 months in old French and American oak barrels. One and a half years in bottle.”
$44.99

Lopez de Haro 2008 Rioja Gran Reserva
This is the big brother to 2015’s secret, in-store Rioja hit! Whenever you can purchase a Gran Reserva Rioja for less than $40, you do it.
Total “Bah-gain” of the month!
$21.99

Ilurce 2012 Rioja Rio Madre Graciano
90 points, Vinous Media
91 points, The Wine Advocate
“It exhibits slightly riper blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, wood smoke, camphor and a vivid floral display. These cuvees are aged in French oak prior to bottling. Both should drink well for 2-5 years.”
$11.99

Volver 2013 Volver Red
89 points, The Wine Advocate
“100% Tempranillo from La Mancha as opposed to Tierra de Castilla, was aged in new French oak for 18 months and bottled unfiltered. This is a serious wine from one of their finest vineyards, Finca los Juncares. This wine shows deep ruby/purple color, notes of licorice, blackcurrant and black cherry, perfect fruit on the attack, medium body, impressive intensity, purity and texture.”
$15.99

Fefinanes 2014 Albarino
Founded in 1904, this winery has produced Spain’s most iconic Albarino since 1928.
Last year’s 91 point review from Steve Tanzer says it all: “Light, bright yellow. Lemon pith, lime and green apple aromas are complemented by chalky mineral and floral accents. Dry but fleshy on the palate, offering zesty citrus fruit and underripe orchard fruit flavors with a strong mineral underpinning. Picks up a note of tarragon with air and finishes with impressive clarity and floral persistence.”
$27.99

Breca 2011 Breca
“fashioned from remarkable yields of .4 tons of fruit per acre, and was aged 21 months in French oak. The long aging regime appears to have resulted in a certain austerity, and the fruit seems slightly faded. Nevertheless, the wine offers enjoyable notes of strawberries, black cherries, dusty, loamy soil and meaty, peppery characteristics. Consume this medium-bodied 2011 over the next several years.”
– Robert Parker
$17.99

El Cortijillo 2014 Blanco
90 points, Beverage Tasting Institute
Golden straw color. Bright, attractive, tropical aromas of creme brulee and fruit tart with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, snappy lime and apple finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A super smooth and pure white sipper.
$6.99

Juan Gil 2013
89 points, Vinous Media
Inky ruby. Spicy dark berry aromas are complicated by cola and candied violet, with a note of cracked pepper gaining strength in the glass. Fleshy black and blue fruit flavors are energized by a zesty mineral quality that adds back-end lift. Finishes with appealing sweetness, a hint of dusty tannins and good length.
$17.99

Bohigas 2014 Xarel-lo
Produced from one of the grapes that makes sparkling Cava famous, this crispy, fresh little white is quite the pleasure-bringing wine! Think Granny Smith apples and Anjou pears for fruit flavors, backed by white chalk minerality.
$11.99

QP 2010 Colheita Seleccionada
Check out this value red from southern Portugal! You get the rusticity one expects from the region, but this wine is also packed with fresh cherry and black raspberry flavors. The blend is comprised of local versions of Touriga Nacional, Aragones, Alicante Bouschet, and Tinta Caiada.
$12.99

Esporao 2011 Touriga Nacional
93 points, The Wine Enthusiast
Made from old plantings of Touriga Nacional in the Alentejo, this is a structured wine. Perfumed and juicy, it’s rich in dark fruits and powerful tannins. Like any great wine from this grape, it’s ready for aging, still densely textured and immense.
$39.99

Nortico 2014 Alvarinho
From the super serious Alvarinho growings regions of Monção and Melgaço, this is a super steal at this price! Vivid, crispy, delicious and a whole bunch of other compelling adjectives should be inserted here, but we can’t fit them all. Trust us, this is great stuff!
$14.99

Ramos-Pinto 20 year Tawny Port Quinta do Bom Retiro
This is a single-vineyard Tawny Port that doesn’t average 20 years of age like most others, it has a minimum age of 20 years! In what should define the type, Ramos-Pinto’s Bom Retiro 20 year is an exercise in awesomeness with incredible complexity and power shaped by polished and supple caramel-infused fruit. Wow!
(also 98 points from Decanter Magazine, so it has that going for it)
$79.99

Graham’s Old Vines Special Edition Six Grapes
As would be expected from a wine made from such low yielding vines the Six Grapes Old Vines Port is deep purple in colour. It has complex floral aromas, redolent with rockrose, menthol and anise. The richness and opulent character of the wine is perfectly balanced by its refreshing acidity. It has great structure and concentration, with mineral notes that express the Douro’s schist soils, black plum and liquorice, all complemented by a lingering velvety smooth finish, the result of the ripe, fine grained tannins from these mature vines.
$44.99

Valdespino NV Manzanilla Deliciosa en Rama
92 points, The Wine Advocate
“a new addition to the range, or at least I had never seen it before. It is nothing other than the unfiltered version of the Manzanilla Deliciosa, and is a great example of how much the filtering takes away from these wines. The volume market around the fairs in Andalucia demand clear, almost transparent, light wines. A wine like this En Rama bottling would be rejected there. It has a nice golden color, with herbaceous notes of green apples, yeast and bakery. The palate is sharp, light, with green almond and olive flavors, and a tasty finish. This is much better than the regular Deliciosa. Sold in half bottles and at a price that is a steal. Superb!”
$13.99 / 375ml

Rare Wine Company NV Madeira Boston Bual
Roy Hersh, Port and Madeira expert
“emulates some of the finest qualities of vintage Madeira . . . exhibiting a light amber-tawny color and a nose of dried figs, walnuts, maple syrup, mahogany and a sense of bouillon cube; the mélange of fragrances is complex and compelling. Medium in weight initially, it develops greater heft after a few days open, with a rich and sumptuous mouthfeel.”
$54.99

Quiles NV Fondillon 1948 Solera
Produced entirely from Monastrell, which is then added to a 60 year old Solera system, this is one of Spain’s most exciting and “out there” wines.
93 points, The Wine Advocate
“The 1948 Fondillon Gran Reserva is drawn from a solera begun in 1948 but the wine is not fortified. Dark amber/brown in color, it has aromas reminiscent of an Amontillado sherry including almonds, ginger, dates, and assorted dried dark fruits. It finishes sherry-like but without the alcohol and the bite. There is nothing else quite like this uniquely styled dry wine.”
$64.99

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I’m back!

With better than expected results during the recovery process, both my donor and I are back to our respective jobs, ready to live our lives to their fullest. During my eight week recovery, I was blessed wtih a bonus gift. In “jammy” pants and in quite a bit of pain, I brought my daughter to her first day of Kindergarten; giving just the right piece of advice at the right moment to send her off with a smile to the latest chapter of her young life. I think my wife shed more tears than the five year old!

Now that I’m “back in the saddle” at Marty’s allow me this moment to let all of you know of a few cool things we have planned. On Saturday, November 5th, we’ll host the next incarnation of our Grand Tasting with close to one hundred wines opened from around the world! This event will run from 1pm to 5pm and feature a wide range of wines from Donnhoff, Argyle, Nickel and Nickel, Warre’s, Baumard, Bosquet des Papes, Kumeu River, Champagne Bollinger, Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove, Jadot, Giacosa, Calera, Mendel, Boulay, Vajra, Betz, Juan Gil, Altesino, Muga, L’Aventure, John Duval, Allegrini, Masi, Grgich, Yangarra, and many more!

Of course, we also have a multitude of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday tastings upcoming for all departments. So, please check out the store’s event calendar on our website for more details. You can find it here: Event Calendar

I know it’s a bit late in the month, but please remember that Italian wines are on sale in October. Purchase 6 or more Italian wines and receive a 20% discount on the “regular price” bottles from Italy. November brings our annual USA wine sale, so grab 12 bottles for a 20% discount on the “regular price” bottles from the USA (just in time for Thanksgiving!).

Thanks and hope to see all of you in the store!
Peter

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Wish me luck!

On Tuesday, August 11, 2015 I will be given a second birthday and new lease on life with a very much needed kidney transplant. When Iwas diagnosed with an autoimmune disease way back in 2001, I thought it would be several decades before “the conversation” with my physician and family. Instead, a short thirteen years passed and I was staring total kidney failure directly in the eye.

Over the past year-plus, I have been blessed by incredible support from friends, family, and yes, you, my wine “customers.” I hesitate to use that title since many of you and I have shared anecdotes, family photos, and terrific wines over the years, so much so that I consider many of you to be my friends.

When I began my search for a living donor, I used social media to spread the word and (literally) could not believe the response! Hundreds of emails, phone calls, and text messages poured in from around the world. Unfortunately for many of these altruistic souls, international donation is extremely difficult if not impossible to accomplish in short order. My story was shared over eighty thousand times that week alone through Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus and several dozen local people were chosen for the first round of testing.

After two possible donors failed out of the testing phase (over the course of ten months), my life donor came forward. I joke here, but this person should be pure evil, right? She’s my mother-in-law AND a lawyer! Instead, she’s one of the most generous, caring, loving people I have ever met. On Tuesday, she will voluntarily have one of her kidneys removed to save my life. It’s amazing and inexplicably awesome.

If everything goes exactly to plan, my recovery will be roughly eight weeks with the first one spent in the hospital. My donor should have a recovery period of about a month. Both of us will be unpaid during our recovery, so the fundraiser has been extremely helpful thus far to cover co-pays, medications, and (believe it Bostonians) PARKING FEES! Thank goodness the operation will be entirely covered, as we have already spent thousands on these sundry expenses.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/peter-tryba-kidney-transplant-fund/153949

Thank you again for the spiritual support thus far, friends. I can’t wait to return and share a drink with you!

Best wishes
Peter
P.S. If you are interested in more information on donating your kidney altruistically, please click the links here:
https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/patient-care-services/Departments-and-Services/Transplant-Surgery/Information-for-Kidney-Donors.aspx

http://matchingdonors.com/life/index.cfm

http://www.lkdn.org/

conan fam

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Peter’s July Picks!

Let’s keep this entry short and sweet: Pedro’s picks for July!

Domaine Tempier 2014 Bandol
THE most sought after wine every Summer at Marty’s is here and available for a VERY SHORT TIME!
$49.99

Bonnaud 2014 Palette
One of the rarest sources of Rose, Palette is renowned for its quality and style. Henri Bonnaud’s estate is located nearby the legendary Chateau Simone and rivals those wines at less than half the price!
$29.99

Segries 2014 Tavel
Last year’s summer Staff Fave is back and just as delicious! This has one of the more beautiful colors of the season and tastes just as amazing. This will last more than a couple of years in a cellar, so stock up now for the future!
$22.99

Il Poggione 2014 Brancato Rosato
This 100% Sangiovese wine is made by one of the most famous, high quality producers of Brunello di Montalcino.
$20.99

Sattler 2014 Zweigelt Rose
Wow! This Austrian Rose is packed with raspberry and red cherry fruit flavors and aromas. Slightly-fuller bodied than its counterparts from southern France, this is the perfect “I want red wine, but it’s too darn hot out” Rose wine. Serve chilled and where you would normally serve red; you’ll be thrilled!
$19.99

Don’t forget! You receive a 20% discount on the purchase of six or more bottles of Rose wine!

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