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  • Delicious Wines for Grilling Season

    Delicious Wines for Grilling SeasonI know I am a bit premature to be heralding summer already but doggone it, warm weather here. Summer is grilling season for our household. Grilling is our favorite season because it gives us a chance to enjoy the beautiful sunsets and great views of the Tobacco Roots and Bridgers from the deck while enjoying summer fare and a good glass of wine. One of the benefits of dining al fresco is that everything tastes good.   Read More...

  • Reviews from the 93 Point Tasting

    93 Point Wine TastingApril 15th, 2017Gallatin River Lodge   Another SOLD OUT event! This is an annual tasting event where we let our distributors (7 total) showcase their premium wines that have been reviewed and rated 93+ by accredited wine critics (Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, Vinous, Robert Parker, James Suckling).We had over 55 wines from all over the world showcased - Everything from Nerello Mascalese, Brunello di Montalcino, Tempranillo, and Champagne! There was something for...  Read More...

  • Wines for Easter

    Wines for Easter Easter is Sunday the 15th and many of us will be sitting down at the dinner table with family and friends to celebrate this holiday and the eventual arrival of Spring. Ham has been a traditional entrée for Easter for much of our recorded history. Because ham is dried, smoked and cured, it was meat that could store well over the winter and provide a tasty celebratory meal at the beginning of spring.Because ham has a salty flavor, it is best to choose a wine with littl...  Read More...

  • April Wine Club Wines

    Preview of April Wine Club (Wines Ready Friday)FI am sure many of you are delighted to hear that we have the 2009 “Tosca” Blend for our first red wine in April. Reininger Winery in Walla Walla has bottled this special wine for the Intermountain Opera Bozeman presentation of Puccini’s “Tosca” next month. We are also pleased to have it in the Wine Club as previous bottling's of this blend have sold out to rave reviews. The label was painted by Bozeman artist Laurel Hatch.   Read More...

  • The Unsophisticated Approach to Pairing Wine and Food

    Lowbrow Know-How: The Unsophisticated Approach to Pairing Wine and Food Many of you have met Allyson Yund. Apart from working at the Wine Gallery, she is a full time civil engineering student focusing on bio-resources at MSU. She also likes to write and has submitted the following article on wine and food pairing: "Everyone remembers their first time--that is, the first time they encountered a combination of wine and food that stopped them in their tracks.   Read More...

  • Bozeman has an American Wine Society Chapter

    American Wine SocietyBozeman Chapter I just got some exciting news from Wine Club member, Larry Johnson, on a proposed Bozeman chapter of the American Wine Society (AWS). This group was organized in 1967 as a non-profit, educational, consumer-oriented organization for those interested in learning more about all aspects of wine.  Today, the Society has over 5,000 members in 45 states and 120 chapters across the U.S.   Read More...

  • Roundup in Wine?

    Roundup in Wine? An alert reader from College Park, Georgia forwarded a link to me about a study showing “toxic” levels of the weed killer Roundup appear in California wines. What was alarming according to the authors was Roundup appeared even in wines organically grown. A couple of years ago a group called Moms Across America published a study that alarmed many consumers claiming that the weed killer Roundup (glycophosphate) showed up in California wines. The MAA group has...  Read More...

  • What to Know About Barbera

    What to know about BarberaOne of the wines we featured for the Wine Club this month is the Lavignone Barbera d'Asti from PIedmont region of Northern Italy. Several Wine Club members were not familiar with Barbera (bar-Bear-eh) as a grape or as a wine so I'd like to tell you a bit about it. Barbera is the third most widely planted grape in Italy. It is especially prominent in the Piedmont area around Turn where the Olympics took place about 10 years ago.   Read More...

  • Seafood and Red Wine

    In “From Russia with Love”, James Bond threw a bad guy off a train and dryly remarked that he (007) should have been suspicious because the baddie ordered red wine with fish earlier in the evening. For ages, diners have been told that drinking red wine while eating seafood can produce an unpleasant metallic fishy aftertaste. The rule of thumb has been red wine with meat, white wine with fish.   Read More...

  • 93 Point Tasting

    April 8th will be the date and the Gallatin River Lodge will be the venue for this year’s 93 Point Tasting. Many of you know the story of how this event came about, but I would like to tell the story one more time. About five or six years ago, one of our best customers came up to me after the November Grand Tasting and proposed doing a more upscale tasting.   Read More...

  • Best of Bozeman! Bozeman's Choice!

    We did it again! Two years in a row we are Bozeman's Choice Wine Retailer! Thank you to our loyal customers for your votes! We look forward to another successful year!  Read More...

  • Midsummer's Wine Dinner

    Midsummer Night DinnerCelebrating Summer Solstice! We waited a long time for summer to come and now the beautiful sunsets and warm days are upon us. Chef Wendell at the Food Studio has put together a stunning array of locally sourced and decidedly delicious small plate recipes to stir our souls and provoke a little appreciation for Montana summer's. To complement the beautifully crafted dinner, we came up with appropriate wine pairings for each course.  Read More...

  • Season's are Changing! Who Needs a Palate Refresher?

      Get ready for Spring with White and Rosé Wines Perfect Palate Refreshers!  Spring is a transitional season for wines. Seasonal moods and traditions usually dictate our wardrobe, the foods we eat, and often times, the wines we select. With bright sunny days ahead the weight of the wine, not color, is the key factor in selecting bottles!  Read More...

  • Valentine's Day Dinner

           "Modern Kaiseki" A Traditional Japanese Dinner  February 13, 2016  with the Food Studio                    Read More...

  • Champagne.... Not just for celebration anymore

    Champagne is NOT just for celebration....   For centuries, this amazing bubbly beverage has been used to launch ships, congratulate newlyweds, sign historic documents and business deals.  In fact, ever since the first King of Franks converted to Christianity in 496 in Reims, the wines from the Champagne region (before they were sparkling wines) have been seen as the "Wine of the Kings."  Besides of marking special times, many see Champagne as its own celebration from the popping o...  Read More...

  • SHAFER... Always a FUN Day When New Vintages Arrive!

    The highly anticipated Shafer Hillside Select 2011 & Shafer Relentless 2012 have arrived! It has been an experience, just as Karen explains in the video, to see how these wines are a true demonstration of extraordinary craftsmanship, and how 'place' plays a huge role in producing a consistent knock-out wine. Year after year, despite the hardships from mother nature, Shafer always comes through!  Read More...

  • Winemaker Dinner: Wagner Family of Wine

    Wagner Family of Wine                                    Another amazing dinner at the Food Studio with some of our favorite friends and wines...  We were fortunate to have a representative from the Wagner Family of Wine in town. What better to do than host a wine dinner... a wine dinner that is 10 courses!  Stay up to date with our calendar, newsletters, and FaceBook page on a...  Read More...