Everything you ever did. Everything you ever ate, or smelled, or tasted, or wore, or drove – you once did for the first time ever. You didn’t know if you’d like it or not, but you took a chance. Just like the first person who ever thought of opening an oyster and eating whatever was in there, you took a chance. Taking chances is what makes life exciting. Maybe you’re not into risk enough to skydive or swim with sharks; but if you’re totally through trying new things, why get out of the bed every morning? There’s a whole world out there of things you haven’t experienced yet, so why wouldn’t you? You might just learn something about life on earth. Or better yet, about yourself. I know that the familiar can be very comforting. I know that sometimes you’re just in the mood to fall into an easy and thoughtless pattern that gives life some constancy. But if that’s all there is to it, then your days can slip by much faster than you realize. If you want to shake things up a bit when it comes to wine, just ask us. We love Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and even the occasional Pinot Noir at Wine Market. But we would sure hate it if that’s all we were allowed to drink for the rest of our lives. How boring! When there are so many other terrific wines made around the world from other varieties, we wouldn’t want to miss out on all the other great stuff. And when you aren’t buying the same wines that everybody and their uncle are buying, you usually get more for your money. Here are a few ideas for alternatives to some of the same old-same old: If you like Cabernet: Try a Sangiovese from Tuscany, especially Maremma. The wines have a similar ripe black cherry fruit quality. And I know that Merlot is a bit out of fashion, but for that very reason, they outperform Cabernet dollar for dollar on a pretty consistent basis. If you like Chardonnay: Try a Pinot Gris from Oregon. They have a richness of texture like Chardonnay, with a bit more peach and citrus on the nose and front palate. Also, there are amazing Semillon wines from Australia and Washington that are great values with a creamy mouthfeel that Chardonnay-lovers prize. If you like Pinot Noir: Oh man. Please (we beg of you) try a Cru Beaujolais, a Barbera, or a Grenache. All three give beautiful strawberry, raspberry, and plum fruit over light- to medium-bodied wines and tangy acidity, like good Pinot Noir should. But since they aren’t over-hunted, they drink like Pinot Noir at twice their price. Every member of our staff would love to spend some time talking to you about the vast diversity of wines available on our shelves, and help you discover something new and enjoyable. Come see us!
We're often asked the question, "Do you sell anything besides wine?" Well the answer is, yes, we do; we carry a full selection of liquor, as well as many new products like cocktail mixers and garnishes, and wine/bar accessories. But the truth is, our favorite section of liquor in the store by far is Scotch. We feel like of all styles of liquor, Scotch Whisky is the most like wine in that the way you produce it can reap innumerable results. What you put into it and how you make it truly affects the flavor, just like wine. And even though we're getting that little red squiggly line under the word whisky from spell check, we insist on spelling it that way, just as the Scots do. We have compiled some Scotch stories and Scotch picks from the staff, as well as a fun Scotch quiz to test your knowledge and a supremely helpful dramatic reading by actor and friend (we wish) Brian Cox on how to correctly pronounce each Scotch distillery. Cheers! Scott: Deanston Highland Single Malt Virgin Oak - $39.99 Scott is definitely a Scotch man through and through. His drink of choice when it comes to Scotch in the warm Memphis weather is the Deanston Highland whisky. It's soft and mellow enough for the summer months, with a not-too-malty and brewed, heady flavor. Scotch is normally thought of as a winter weather drink, but this one is great year round! Tom: Glenmorangie Nectar D'or Sauternes Cask - $82.99 Tom had been eyeballing this bottle all through the fall, and on Christmas Eve, he decided he had been a good boy and deserved to treat himself to a tasty Holiday treat. He purchased it and immediately offered to let the entire staff taste it, which was an extremely generous offer that is typical of our Tom. We all enjoyed this silky, smooth sip of Scotch as the night fell on Christmas Eve at work. Glenmorangie uses French barrels from the dessert wine Sauternes, made in Bordeaux, to give this whisky a velvety mouthfeel and a silky touch of sweetness and citrus. Delicious - Thanks Tom! John: Glenfiddich 18 Year - $99.99 This bottle has long been John's favorite bottle of Scotch in the store. Glenfiddich controls production on their 18 year by limiting it to only 150 casks and has bright, forward oak notes. Apple and pear overtones with flavors of cream, apple pie, and mesquite - but not too much earthy peat on the finish that it's overpowered. Lindsay: Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky - $31.99 As a newcomer to Scotch, Lindsay was trying to find a good starter bottle to add to her bar. Monkey Shoulder is the perfect style for you if you're new to Scotch and/or if you love bourbon. It's a blended whisky made with three Speyside single malts that's then aged in old bourbon casks to give it a rich vanilla aroma. It's also not too pricy, which is also nice when you're new to Scotch and don't want to invest too much in something you're not sure you'll like. And about the name - it's named for a condition that malt men get from turning barley manually. After a long day of that, malt men's arms will hang down like a monkey, and that's where it gets its name. Jim: Oban Little Bay - $89.99 Jim is more of a beer and wine guy, but when he and his wife finally nailed down some exciting plans to visit Scotland, and more specifically, Oban Distillery, he knew he had to get something good to celebrate. He brought this one home to enjoy, and later shared it with the rest of the staff by letting us sample it (we have some seriously generous dudes that work here, no?). This bottle doesn't have an age statement, but it sees a good bit of oak. It has a soft mouthfeel but also holds some heat and spice in its flavor profile. This bottle is something to celebrate in itself, and we can't wait to drool over pictures that Jim brings back from his trip to Oban later this summer. Kate: Highland Park 18 Year - $129.99 This Scotch is full of smoke and peat that might knock you over if your name isn't Kate. It inspired her to write her first pick on a product in the store after just a few weeks on the job. Opens with intense smokiness, with a peaty but softly sweet finish. Kate says it tastes like Norwegian black metal...and yes, she has expensive tastes. How Much Do You Actually Know About Scotch Quiz: Copy and paste this link your browser to test your knowledge! http://www.buzzfeed.com/hilarywardle/how-much-do-you-actually-know-about-scotch-whisky#.qu6rYdlZ7 Actor Brian Cox Correctly Pronounces Names of Scotch Distilleries https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4hOxBSG4fW7tYbNuLq-R8kU8Kx9z8Bva
One of the things I’ve always known is that whatever profession I took up in life, I wanted it to involve goods or services that people desire rather than merely need. There are things everybody needs: a roof over our head, our appendix removed, new tires for our mini-van. And there’s something about providing people with something they need that just seems a little bit melancholy. Yes, you can often help somebody out of a jam (a flat tire is no fun) or even save their life (see appendix removal); but it would almost feel to me like cheating or taking advantage of somebody to sell them something that they can’t continue without. I mean, they’ve got no choice, right? Instead, I have always been fascinated with providing people what they could live without, unless I could find a way to make what I provide desirable enough to buy. Interestingly, although I believe wine is plenty desirable without any help from me, it is necessary for someone to provide some experienced guidance to all journeyman wine lovers as they discover more about the endless subject of wine. And helping wine lovers to understand the how and why of this vast world is the way I’ve found to provide my customers with a category of product to desire, to fall in love with, to touch the soul beyond the daily grind of necessity. Let’s face it, Memphis has pretty good tap water and Budweiser is cheap. But people with curious minds and adventurous spirits would usually rather try a new Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, I’ve found. And so I have believed for some time that although what we do at Wine Market doesn’t make peoples’ lives possible, it does make their lives better to some small degree. More pleasurable, more tolerable, more fun. I think that if you ask anyone you know who is a chef, novelist, actor, or artist/artisan of any kind, they would agree. We’re here to help you appreciate your life as much as we can, at least in the narrow sliver of your life that our thing represents, whether it’s wine or food or comedy or abstract expressionism. It’s why we’re here on this Earth, because we’ve chosen to make it our life’s work. We’d love to help you if we can. To that end, I’d like to welcome you to Version 2.0 of www.winemarketmemphis.com. Lindsay Smith, Wine Market Manager and my favorite daughter, has replaced our old rustbucket with a much more complete and modern website that much better represents what Wine Market is today. And we’re going to keep this Blog space current with news of new arrivals, tastings, dinners, recipes and pairings, and an occasional musing about the wine scene in Memphis and the USA. A Votre Sante! --Scott Smith, Owner
A Wine Market Wine Dinner At Sweet Grass
Tuesday, April 21st 6:30 PM With V2 Wine Group
Four courses and six wines, all for just $49.95 per person + tax and tip. Call now for reservations: (901) 761-1662 (Credit card required for reservation.) They're going fast!Join us on Tuesday, April 21st at Sweet Grass for an exciting, delicious wine dinner featuring wines from V2 Wine Group and food from Chef Ryan Trimm!
Our staff loves to travel and learn about new wines to bring to you. Lindsay Smith, Manager at Wine Market, recently attended an interesting wine event called Wine Riot in Chicago! This event is oriented toward a younger audience and is designed to appeal to people who are new to wine and want to learn more. It was a great experience and gave Lindsay some great ideas for future products to bring to the store and for future in-store tastings. The event features a slew of wines to taste from many different regions, "crash courses" on different aspects of wine, "Wine 101" which featured side by side tastings of different styles, a bubbly bar, and much more. Lindsay says: "This event was awesome as a younger person who is really into wine and promoting wine. This event is all about showing people that wine doesn't have to be pretentious or overwhelming. A constant reminder at the event was 'How do you know if a wine is good or bad? If you want to drink more of it, it's good!' which is a great thing to remember. I really enjoyed being able to see wine showcased as a fun experience. I try to promote the idea that although there are tons and tons of wines out there, it doesn't have to be scary picking out wines you will like, and that is exactly why people like our staff at Wine Market are here to help." Here's a few pictures of the event and Lindsay's trip to Chicago!
The weather is gorgeous, and there's no better way to take advantage than a bottle of terrific wine from Wine Market on the patio or porch! Stop by and taste these great selections from our Winekeeper anytime we're open.St. Urbans Hof Riesling, MoselTablas Creek Rose, Paso RoblesPessagno Chardonnay, Santa Lucia HighlandsShannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, Lake CountyVolver Tempranillo, La Mancha, SpainVietti Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, ItalyLa Buvette by Castelmaure, Vin Rouge de FranceAvalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
Here's what's in our Winekeeper to taste as of this minute. The line-up is constantly changing, but these are the selections available to taste right now at Wine Market.Bloom Riesling, Washington State Halter Ranch Rose, Paso Robles Pessagno Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands Hugel Gentil, Alsace Vina Bujanda Rioja Crianza, Spain Yalumba "The Strapper" GSM, Barossa, Australia Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone, France Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
No more Saturday tastings! No more 11-7! No more four wines to taste!Thanks to our trusty new Winekeeper system, which keeps wine fresh with nitrogen and at the perfect temperature, you can taste wine anytime we're open at Wine Market. Always four whites and four reds on a rotating basis. We'll let you know every Friday what's on tap!Right Now:DiPinti Pinot Grigio, Trentino, 2012La Salette Cotes de Gascogne Blanc, 2012Dry Creek Fume Blanc, Sonoma, 2012Silver Ridge Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, California, 2011Ali Sangiovese, Toscana, 2011Chateau Rostaing Bordeaux Rouge, 2011Silver Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2011Punto Final Malbec, Mendoza, 2012Free wine was never so easy! Tell your wine-loving friends and neighbors to sign up at www.winemarketmemphis.com to receive these e-updates on what we're tasting!
It's that time of year again, folks! 2013 Roses have begun to appear on the docks of Wine Market Bay, and if you're like us you can't wait to taste them. Here are four of the first to land. 11am til 7pm this Saturday .Domaine Houchart Cotes de Provence Rose 2013Pedroncelli Zinfandel Rose, Sonoma, 2013Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes Rose 2013A to Z Pinot Noir Rose, Oregon, 2013 (not pictured)
Taste the Real South this Saturday at Wine Market as we take a look at some Australian wines. These are some of the favorites from our wine dinner this past Tuesday night @ Southward. Chef Trimm's food made the wines sing as always. These four will be open from 11am til 7pm.D'Arenberg Dry Dam Riesling, McLaren ValeYalumba Vermentino, South AustraliaD'Arenberg Custodian Grenache, McLaren ValeZonte's Footstep Malbec, Clare Valley