We’re 3 months old!

This Saturday we celebrated the 3-month mark! We’re having a blast getting to know you, finding that wine that you just have to have and helping you discover new loves right on our shelves.

We’d appreciate your feedback as we review our first quarter. Would you take a moment and click here to complete a quick, 10-question survey to give us a “sense” of your experience with us? The survey is anonymous, so please be honest!

We’re open to your comments and suggestions, so feel free to drop us a line or give us a shout anytime!

Happy Holidays and thank you for being a part of Sense of Wine.

Champagne or Sparkling Wine

This Saturday we sampled delicious Pommery Champagne and the sparkling wines of Charles LaFitte and Pierre Chainier, but many wondered, what’s the difference?

Champagne is the region in France that made bubbly famous. Only wine made within this region can be called Champagne. All others from around the world are sparkling wine, even those made in different areas of France.

The complexity of making champagne is another feature that makes it stand out from other sparkling wines. It’s a romantic artistry that requires true skill and foresight by the winemaker. A blend of 30 to 60 different still wines, two fermentations and several years are involved in getting Champagne onto store shelves.

For the best sparkling wines, look for those that list “Methode Champenoise” on the bottle. It’s the closest you’ll get to the amazing flavor and effect of Champagne, but often with less expense.

For more information on Champagne, Sparkling and other wines, check out our selection of books in store now!

Shop Small and save!

American Express is supporting small business through their Small Business Saturday event. If you’re an American Express Card holder, you’ll get a $25 statement credit when you spend $25 or more at a participating business, like us!

Happy Shopping!

What’s the buzz about Beaujolias Noveau?

Every year on the third Thursday of November, France releases its famous Beaujolais Nouveau! No one anywhere in the world can sell a bottle of this light bodied, celabratory red before 12:01am that day and it commonly sells out within weeks.

A light, fruit-forward red wine, Beaujolais Nouveau is easy on the palate because of the minimal tannins (the cause of the mouth-drying sensation of red wine), so even if you usually pass on the red, partake in this one!

Beaujolais Nouveau is  food friendly wine that graces Thanksgiving day dinner tables all over the US. Serve it slightly chilled to bring out the best of the wine’s fruit character. Putting it in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes before serving will do the trick!

It’s meant to be consumed young, so buy, pour & party!

Want to try before you buy? Visit us this week for Sampling Saturday, 2 to 5pm and we’ll do the pouring for you!

 Learn more here!

Perfect Pairings this holiday season

Nothing pairs better with wine than good food and friends. This holiday season we’re here to help you with both!

Need to brush up on your food and wine pairing skills? Check out our new Food & Wine Pairing class on Saturday, November 12th! We’re teaming up with local private chef and sommelier, Torrence O’Haire, a.k.a the Starving Artist.

We can also provide you our services with:

Menu Consultations, including wine & food pairings

Private Parties/Events – guided wine classes, beverage service, or hire a private chef to wow your guests, but relieve the stress!

In-Store Classes – We offer wine classes every Saturday, but we’re happy to arrange another date or time for you and your friends.  Wednesdays or Saturdays, or any other with 10-days advance notice.

Let us know how we can be of service!

 

A grand Grand Opening and Sampling Saturdays

We couldn’t be happier! Our Grand Opening Celebration was truly a success and we owe our thanks to you. We appreciate every person who walked through our doors and took time to sample a little wine with us, participate in a class or just stop in to see what we’re all about. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Congratulations to the winner of our Gift Basket Giveaway! The winner has been notified and we’ll announce that person’s name soon.

 Now, down to business! Sampling Saturdays start this weekend. From 2 to 5pm we’ll take you down under where the water drains the wrong way, winter is summer and people drink upside-down. Just kidding about that last part!

When they drink it is divine! Join us for a taste of Leeuwin Estate’s beautiful blend of Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon. Crisp and bright, it’s perfection in a bottle!We’ve been to this gorgeous vineyard in Australia’s Margaret River and can’t wait to taste it again with you.

Our red selection is from South Australia’s Ben Glaetzer. Medium-dry and Full-bodied, this 2008 Heartland Shiraz is sure to whet your appetite!

And our favorite discovery from this vast land: Sparkling Shiraz! Don’t miss the chance to taste something uniquely Australian.

See you Saturday!

The Main Event!

You are cordially invited to our Grand Opening Main Event!

photo by: soft relaunch via Flickr

From 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, October 22nd Fenn Valley and Lawton Ridge, two superb Michigan wineries, will be providing samplings of their excellent wines!

Please join us for that and at the same time sample our new line of specialty nuts, another West Michigan product!

We’re pleased to announce very special guests, State Representative Ken Yonker and his wife, will also be in attendance that afternoon!

We welcome you to share this invitation with your friends and family!