Go "Off-the-Grid" tasting in our Wine BarThe wine bar is open seven days a week, 10-7 (Sundays 11-6)
Enjoy a flight of five local wines from wineries without tasting rooms.
Back Room selects from their inventory of hard-to-get local wines for the "Off The Grid" flight. Taste whites and reds, all delicious and unique.
Off the Grid Wines on sale for 10% discount.
$10 tasting fee waived with $50 purchase.
Off The Grid Tasting ~ April 24-25, 2015
B) MISS OLIVIA BRION Chardonnay 2012
A) APRIORI Chardonnay 2013
"Heron Lake Vineyard" Wild Horse Valley $40/bottle, $13/glass Read about it here.
D) GREEN & RED Zinfandel 2012
"Chiles Canyon Vineyards" Napa Valley
E) C & T Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
"Rooftop Red" Napa Valley
$24/bottle, $8/glass Read about it here.
THE BIG ONE!
The Big One is our high-end, super-special wine poured by the taste and by the glass.
Today's Big One is:
NOBLE Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
*credit back with each bottle of "The Big One" purchased.
Full-bottle service is available on every wine in inventory with no fee (pay only the retail price)! Cheese plates and other yummy snacks are also available to enjoy during your visit.
We have more than a dozen great half-bottles available!
Enjoy in the wine bar. Pay retail price. Perfect for two or three. We suggest:
Crisp Loire White
Domaine Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume "Les Cris"2012 $14
"Les Cris" are "The Screams,"as in "this wine SCREAMS of terroir." This is a classic, wonderful expression of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc with its chalky, super-crisp, zippy personality. Not tart though…just full of yellow citrus, green apple and quince flavors. Lemon thyme and tangy applesauce finish.
Opulent Burgundy White
Paul Chapelle Meursault 2011 $22
Barrel fermented, 100% malo-lactic. Focused acidity, abundant minerality with the ever so slight kiss of new oak. Smells of lemongrass and pebbles pulled from a running spring. Taste turns to tropical fruits, pineapple upside-down cake and lemon meringue. A benchmark wine for a bottom-shelf price.
Classic Napa Cab
Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon "One Point Five" Stags Leap District, Napa Valley 2012 $46
Big-time, big-flavor Napa Cab from Shafer’s “Hillside” and “Borderline” vineyards in Stags Leap. 100% new French oak aged. 4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. Parker: “Full-bodied, rich, stunningly proportioned, pure style. Brilliance is written all over it!”
Big Italian Red
Moccagatta Barbaresco "Bric Balin" 375 ML 2010 $37
"Full-throttle Barbaresco. Full servings of black fruit, spice, leather, tar, tobacco and licorice. Oozes darkness and richness, but then surprises you with a playful touch of sweet cherry on the finish. The structure and intensity are so big right now, you really need to give this wine more time. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027." The Wine Advocate, June 2013
Earthy and Hearty Red
Les Cailloux Chateauneuf du Pape 2011 375 ml $32
Andre Brunel’s Estate wine is around 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre (barrel aged) and 10% Syrah. Super satisfying in its aromatics, richness, silky texture & approachability. Smell and taste potpourri, garrigue, lavender, allspice, Luxardo cherries, raspberry jam, wild strawberries, Earl Grey tea. Fans of this wine (which include we merchants) will love this vintage of Les Cailloux.
Elegant Napa Merlot
Shafer Merlot Napa Valley 2012 $30
From Shafer's “Estate” vineyard on Silverado Trail at Oak Knoll Cross. 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec blended in. Smell and taste sweet berries, plums, pomegranate and wild red cherries along with freshly turned earth, bittersweet chocolate and dry aged beef. Smooth tannins, persistent and long finish. Classic.
Domaine Gardies Muscat de Rivesaltes "Flor" 500 ML 2011 $23
Delicious late-harvest, Vin Doux Naturel (fortified) Muscat from the Languedoc-Roussillon. This DESSERT WINE smells and tastes of fresh peach preserves, candied orange peels and caramel-dipped and preserved lemons. It is heady, rich, creamy and vibrant.
...and many more. The selections change often!
MORE BEVERAGES:BOTTLED BEERS (because you can't drink wine ALL the time): AFFLIGEM
Blond Belgian Ale ($3) CARACOLE Belgian Amber Ale
($7) DUCHESSE de BOURGOGNE
Flemish Red Ale
DUCHESSE de BOURGOGNE
Flemish Red Ale ($7/330ml)
Hefe-weizen Wheat Beer ($3)
Don't forget the cheese! Just $3 per serving, and the perfect compliment to a glass or flight of wine.
Beemster's Goat Cheese
Select farmers in the Beemster polder have always kept a few goats to satisfy local residents who want fresh goats’ milk. The Beemster goats graze on the same land as our cows, making their milk just as unique. This special milk is also collected and crafted into Beemster Goat cheese. Beemster Goat cheese, aged for 4 months, has a wonderfully clean, sweet taste. Decidedly different from fresh chèvre, this cheese is sure to please even those who are not goat cheese connoisseurs, making it the perfect introductory cheese for consumers new to the goat category.
Mimolette Cow's Milk Cheese
Mimolette is a cheese traditionally produced around the city of Lille, France. Its name comes from the French word molle, meaning "soft". This refers to the softness of the crust when young - with age it becomes harder. It has a grey crust and orangish flesh. The orange colour comes from the natural colorant, annatto. It was originally made by the request of Louis XIV, who was looking for a native French product to replace the then very popular Edam.
Beemster Aged Dutch Gouda
Aged 18 months. Beemster Aged is regarded in the Netherlands as the signature Dutch cheese. Its complex taste is developed through natural aging for over 18 months in historic cheese warehouses. A true tradition in cheese making.
Piave Venetian Cow's Milk Cheese
An Italian cow's milk cheese named after the Piave river in the Dolomites, the northernmost tip of the Veneto region. Piave cheese has a dense texture, without holes, and is straw-yellow in hue. It has a slightly sweet flavor. Once fully aged, it becomes hard enough for grating, and it develops an intense, full-bodied flavor.
Grafton Village 4 year Aged Vermont Cheddar
A deliciously nutty cow's milk cheddar that has been aged for four years. It is dry and slightly crumbly, with an intense classic cheddar finish.
...nibbles that are not cheese, currently on offer:
From the Rioja. It's "Dulce" Chorizo (not spicy, so very nice at the wine bar). This has wonderful flavor and is not so spicy as to overwhelm most wine. This is best, we feel, with Rosé, fruity whites, and medium to full bodied reds.
The following cheeses we've had before, are currently out, and will probably have again...but not certain when:
Comte Centenaire Cow's Milk Cheese
From the village of Jura Massif in Eastern France. Raw cow's milk cheese from the Montbéliarde and French Simmental breeds raised on natural grass. The producers receive milk from dedicated dairy farms situated within an 8 mile radius to guarantee freshness.Once the milk has been skimmed and pressed, it is stored in a maturing cellar for at least 4 to 18 months. Comté is characterised by its aromatic richness. Nutty, creamy, fruity, peppery and toasty are just some of the notes you will come to love.
(Sonoma County, CA) made by Bleating Heart Cheese. A natural rind, raw cow milk’s cheese that is aged from 2-3 months. A variation of Bleating Heart’s “Ewelicious” sheep milk cheese, made in the same process, utilizing the same molds and cheese cultures. However, this cheese differs being made from Raw Jersey Cow.
Redwood Hill Farm Smoked Cheddar
An excellent cheese monger in Petaluma, California. Smoky cheddar made from goats' milk: so tasty by itself, and really good with Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono.
Zamorano Sheep's Milk Cheese
Zamorano is generally nuttier and richer than its Spanish cousin, Manchego. The nomadic shepherding families of Castille-Léon have been hand-crafting Zamorano for centuries. Zamorano has a full, deliciously gamey, sheep milk flavor with a texture that melts in the mouth. We recommend that you try pairing this cheese with lighter crisp white wines and with soft to medium-bodied red wines, as well as with premium coffee.
Uniekaas Reserve Gouda
Cow's Milk. UnieKaas Reserve is an authentic naturally-aged Dutch Gouda. Because it is aged for at least 18 months, under controlled temperature and humidity conditions, UnieKaas Reserve is able to maintain its unique smooth and spicy flavor profile.
Big Rock Blue
Hand crafted artisan cheese made from organic cow milk. Big Rock Blue has an ivory colored paste laced with brilliant teal veining.With a light pressing the cheese maintains a curdy texture reminiscent of fudge, making it ideal for towering on a cheese plate or as a crumbly addition to your favorite salad. The Big Rock Blue is mild and approachable yet brimming with hints of fresh butter and salty bacon.
Central Coast Creamery "SEASCAPE" (Cow/Goat milk blend)
An original hand-crafted artisan cheese made from blended goat and cow milk. Seacape is a semi-soft cheese with a smooth, creamy texture and a complex tanginess that make this cheese a true American Original. This cheese has a natural brushed rind and has been aged to perfection for a minimum of 4 months.Rogue Creamery’s “Oregon Blue"
They made the first blue cheese made on the West Coast, so it's only fitting that it be the first blue ever smoked.
Cold smoked for 16 hours over hazelnut shells from the Pacific Northwest. The result is a balance of sweet caramel and hazelnut flavors that magically contrast the sharpness of this blue cheese.Melodie by Laura Chenel
An "American Original" ash-rinded, aged cheese, made exclusively in Sonoma with fresh goats milk from local dairies. Its mild and creamy texture and floral flavors pair wonderfully with a nice, un-oaked Chardonnay or a lovely bottle of Champagne to highlight the delicate and subtle flavors that this wonderful cheese has to offer.Piave Italian Cow's Milk Cheese
From the Piave River Valley region of Belluno, Italy. Made from pasteurized cow's milk collected in two milkings, one of them skimmed. It has a concentrated sweet, crystalline paste with a full, tropical fruit flavor and slight almond bitterness. Aged for twelve months, Piave is wonderful as a table cheese, shaved over a salad of bitter greens, or enjoyed with an aperitif. Like Parmigiano, Piave has an affinity for both red and white wine, but is smoother and easier to eat right from the wheel. We also like it paired with an amber ale (perhaps an ANCHOR BREWERY "Steam Beer" , also available at the wine bar? Couldn't hurt!).Vella Cheese Company Asiago Pepato
Traditionally a sheep’s milk cheese the Vella Asiago is made with cow’s milk. Has a nice sweetness to it. The Pepato in it are green peppercorns, adding a little kick. Good wine with stronger whites and medium-bodied reds. Asiago was created and is made in the Veneto, Italy.
Rouge et Noir French Blue
This creamy blue sensation is a wonderful medley of flavors made with local Jersey cows milk. Triple creme brie with mildly piquant blue veins makes this cheese slightly sweet with a mild peppery blue flavor. Delightfully soft and spreadable; the slightly fuller flavor of the blue makes it a perfect paring with your favorite fruit forward Pinot Noir, or a late harvest Gewurztraminer.
Roncal A hard, creamy sheep's milk cheese made in one of seven villages in the Valle de Roncal in Spain A semi-firm cheese with a complex, nutty flavor that has been described as earthy, sweet and robust. Produced in the Basque region of France, it is known for perfectly balancing salty and sweet flavors and was awarded with a Gold Medal during the Paris Concours General Agricole in 2006. Try it with a medium red wine or with your favorite fruit spread for a truly delectable experience.
Vella Dry Jack
Aged for just about a year, coated with their signature cocoa/black pepper coating. Wonderfully crumbly. Nutty and persistently long ending. Addiction is possible. I think this is the best cheese to accompany Zinfandel.
Shaft's Bleu Vein Cheese "Ellie's Vintage 2 Year Reserve"
My first experience with this cheese, and it's really good. Creamy, very bleu, not too aggressive, good with all strong red wines and sweeties. Shaft's is out of Cedar Ridge, California. In Gold Country (Shaft, as in mine shaft).
Cypress Grove "Truffle Tremor"
The classic flavor of truffle meets the velvety perfection of ripened goat milk cheese. Earthy, elegant, and sophisticated, it's sure to make even the most distinguished taste buds shake!
Ossau Iraty-Fermier (Raw Milk)
We're currently serving Fermier Ossau Iraty, meaning it's made in stone huts in the French Pyrenees. Aged at least 9 months to develop its wonderful flavor. Ewes' milk. Buttery, creamy, nutty, velvety. Sinfully delicious. Let it warm and melt in your mouth and deny its immense yumminess! White Bordeaux is a classic match, as is the nearby wines of the Jurancon (dry or sweet). Also, we find fruity, medium bodied red wines are very good with Ossau Iraty as well.
Dutch, 100% Goat milk. Mild and nutty. Consider it a "Goat Cheese Gouda." We find it particularly tasty with stronger white wines like Chardonnay and Rhone Style.
A veritable layer cake of a cheese. Three layers of Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar and two layers of Shaft's Bleu Cheese. Must be served by the slice!
Gruyere de Comte
Made from unpasteurized cow's milk, this hard cheese has a strong and slightly sweet taste, with a pale yellow color and a dusty brown rind.
...and from the past, possibly in the future...
Creminelli Salami “Felino”
This salami has its origins in Felino, Italy in the central Emilia Romagna region. To prepare this salami requires specific cuts of pork, making it possible to produce only a few pounds from each pig. The meat is coarsely ground, salted and spiced with an ancient blend that is one of Italy's oldest salami recipes.The Felino blend used by the Creminelli family is a closely held secret, but we can tell you that pepper and nutmeg play a prominent role in creating this salami's subtle yet dazzling flavor.
Spanish Green Olives stuffed with Anchovies
We have a small, local fan club for these olives. So tasty. Those who squeam over an anchovy will not know it's a fish in the middle if not told. Yummy with crisp and aromatic whites. Have some here and take some home! We find these good chopped up and added to various pasta dishes we make.