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New Age

Cost: Average price $9.99

Where buy now: Available readily – $9

Grapes: 90% Torrontes, 10% Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Argentina

Vintage: {tip N/V or Non Vintage Wines are wines that don’t meet the quality standards of the winery. It doesn’t mean that it’s bad wine (usually the worst of it just gets distilled into pure alcohol), just that it doesn’t have the characteristics normally associated with the winery.}N/V{/tip}

New Age

Only good can come from a visit when you ask the store manager, “When does your wine sale end?” and the response is, “Oh, this isn’t our Spring Wine Sale, this is normal”. What?!? Sometimes you forget about the places in your own backyard. Such was the case with Sorella Wines & Spirits http://www.sorellawines.com/Sorella . I stopped in last Friday due to a Tweet that mentioned a good looking line up for tasting and a couple specials. I walked out with four bottles and a little more understanding about the place.

Chris, the general manager, is a swell dude who told me Sorella (Italian for sister) is the name, as his mom and two aunts are the owners. These are the same folks who owned Liquor Depot [RIP], but this place is a bit more diverse than the old keg & case stop before the Twins game.

At any given time, Chris claims they have 400+ bottles on sale. He also cryptically said there is no set date for their Spring Wine Sale (just to keep us on our seats? Well, I guess we’ll have to wait and see). Prior to talking with Chris, I scoped out the prices and their wines were right on. So “right”, that I thought this _was_ the wine sale! If you live or work in or around the downtown Mpls area, this is a great go-to. Right off 35W, there’s free parking behind the store, located underneath yet another mildly successful condo development.

If you’re following me at all on Twitter of Facebook(and if you’re not, you’re sorely missing out on other great wines on special plus you get to know more about me and my drink-capades!), you’d know that I’m all about the Tincho right now, especially since we’ve been catapulted into this warmer than usual weather.


What is a Tincho? http://www.valentinbianchi.com/Valentinbianchi http://www.valentinbianchi.com Warning: when you go to this website, some kind of cross between Latin jazz [Argentinian?] and easy-listening music will play if your sound is on. But I digress.

In the early nineteen hundreds, an Italian man immigrated to Argentina. His name was Valentin Eduardo Bianchi (sounds dreamy already, doesn’t he?), and he created the Bodegas Valentin Bianchi winery. Flash forward decades later: his grandson enters the world, and was nicknamed “Tincho” which means “young Valentin”. Valentin Jr., poured the New Age wine over ice, added a little lime and voila – the drink is now called a “Tincho”. Tincho is hyped as Argentina’s number one drink of choice, and I can definitely see why. It is sparkly, citrusy and thirst-quenchingly delicious, much like a margarita but without all that icky sweetness. New Age has a pale golden-greenish tint to it. It’s lightly acidic, fruity and ever so slightly effervescent.

I tried New Age for the first time when I was out for Sushi. Our waitress forgot to bring ice and lime over and I couldn’t wait to take a sip. Um, yeah, no- not so great on it’s own (I’m not crazy about sweet wines). That said, if you like Vinho Verde or Riesling, you may like this on it’s own. Or, do as I and millions of Argentinans do and pour this baby over ice with lime (extra lime for me, please) and the bubbles, lime and ice are all doing the Tango in your mouth.

What’s great is this wine is only between 9-10% alcohol, much lower than other wines, so you can have one of these little Tinchos any time, throughout the day (shhh, co-workers may actually be reading this). You can find New Age at several stores; I’m highlighting it at Sorella’s because it’s going for about $8.

Stop in, check out their “non-sale, sale” and wait to see what more goodies go on sale during their actual Spring Wine Sale! PS – you won’t find a clusterf*ck of carts in aisles at this store!

Conquista Malbec

Cost: Average price $7

Where buy now: Costco – $5.59, Muni – $5.99

Grapes: Blend – 88% Tempranillo, 6% Bonardo, 3% Shiraz, 3% Merlot

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Vintage: 2010

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Conquista Malbec

What did I do today? I played hooky.  That’s right, a good ol’ fashioned day of cuttin’. A weekend spent at my folks’ house (full of relatives) ignited the desire for some much needed alone time. Oh sweet, sweet nectar of the gods, to what shall I surrender my sobriety this fine day?

I look into my wine fridge to see… two bottles.  Shit! TWO bottles!?! Not just any two bottles- both are from our trip to Sonoma County a couple years back. I’m not breaking into the $28 bottle of Cline’s Mouvedre nor B.R. Cohn’s Cabarnet that I bought for a cool $55! [Don’t ask. Well, if you must know, it was the last winery stop of the day. I was D-runk and D-vorced from all acumen; I thought nothing of it when I slapped down that plastic.] I ain’t drinking these on a Wednesday afternoon.

Alas, it’s off to Costco. We “need” a new microwave and I need a fix. I spent roughly $60 and came home with seven bottles.  Not too shabby.

I cozy up with the dog, a wine glass, a corkscrew and the ever so classic Malbec from Conquista. What’s this? I don’t even need the corkscrew?  Just screw the top off, baby, and watch it gush.  No shame here: screw top wines are perfect for when you’re camping/tailgating/lazy.  Function equates to quick consumption, kiddies!

Mendoza, Argentina is where many bang-for-buck wines are coming out of lately. Malbecs are generally pleasing, and this little number was like easy-listening music. I don’t hate it but I ain’t crankin’ up the radio, either. That said, with a price-point of $4-$6, right now I’m loving this “Air Supply”.

I bought this bottle at Costco for $5.59.  However, I’ve seen it at many other liquor stores for $5.99 (or once in a while a 2/$10 deal can be found). Don’t bring this to a dinner party or as a hostess gift, though.  They’ll probably know it’s inexpensive and you don’t care to spend much on them. DO drink this during the week when you are home, it’s 2:30 in the afternoon and you’re looking for a cohort to play hooky with.