October 23, 2017

WFIR Has the Story on Our 80th!

Celebrating 80 Years

Thank you WFIR for telling our story. And thank you to our customers for helping to keep writing it. 

Listen to it here. And come see us today until 8 pm and tomorrow from 9 am to 8 pm.

You Could Win this Gift Basket!

80th Anniversary Gift Basket

Our 80th Anniversary Celebration includes lots of our vendors (wine, beer, food!), and you can take some of them home if you win this gift basket.

Come out and join the fun! 

Here’s what’s going on:

Friday, October 13
10:00 am -2:00 pm: Homestead Creamery
10:00 am -12:00 noon: Red Rooster Coffee
12:00 noon -1:45 pm: Wine tasting by Free Run Wine Merchants
2:00 – 4 pm: Wine tasting by TNT Wines
4:00 – 7:00 pm: Gearhart Chocolates
4:30-7:00 pm: Wine tasting by Solutions

Saturday, October 14
9:30 – 10:30 am: Caramels by Sam
11:00 am -12:45 pm: Wine tasting by International Cellars
12 noon -2:00 pm: Deschutes Brewery will sample Pacific IPA, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Black Butte Porter, seasonal selections
12:00 noon -7:00 pm: Boars Head– meat and cheese tray sampling
1:30 -3:00 pm: Kneadfull Things-cheese wafers and other treats
3:00 -4:00 pm: Dickies Fudge

There also will be cake, fresh-squeezed orange juice and meatballs to sample. A gift basket of Tinnell’s specialty items will be given away.

 

We’re Celebrating 80 Years!

Tinnell's Finer Foods

Tinnell’s Finer Foods

What are you doing this weekend? There’s a lot going on the the Roanoke Valley, but you will want to make time to come by Tinnell’s for our 80th Anniversary Celebration. There will be wine and beer tastings (including Deschutes!), samples from some of our vendors. And a gift basket giveaway! The fun is from 9 am to 8 pm on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14.

Tinnell’s was founded by current owner Rett Ward’s grandfather, Buddy Tinnell, the store opened on Marshall Avenue in 1937. The store moved to South Roanoke in the late 1940s. After his death in 1966, his wife, Kitty, ran it until 2000 when Ward bought it from her.

Since then, Ward has brought automation to the checkout and charge accounts. He also increased the store’s wine grocery stores in Roanoke, Va.and craft beer selections. He also moved the store into selling specialty items, with a focus on local products, such as Gunther’s Gourmet, Homestead Creamery and maple syrup from Highland County. In addition, Tinnell’s is known for its iconic ham biscuits and pimento cheese, hand-cut steaks, fresh ground beef, chicken salad and local produce, as well as other prepared foods.

Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

Friday, October 13
10:00 am -2:00 pm: Homestead Creamery
10:00 am -12:00 noon: Red Rooster Coffee
12:00 noon -1:45 pm: Wine tasting by Free Run Wine Merchants
2:00 – 4 pm: Wine tasting by TNT Wines
4:00 – 7:00 pm: Gearhart Chocolates
4:30-7:00 pm: Wine tasting by Solutions

Saturday, October 14
9:30 – 10:30 am: Caramels by Sam
11:00 am -12:45 pm: Wine tasting by International Cellars
12 noon -2:00 pm: Deschutes Brewery will sample Pacific IPA, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Black Butte Porter, seasonal selections
12:00 noon -7:00 pm: Boars Head– meat and cheese tray sampling
1:30 -3:00 pm: Kneadfull Things-cheese wafers and other treats
3:00 -4:00 pm: Dickies Fudge

There also will be cake, fresh-squeezed orange juice and meatballs to sample. A gift basket of Tinnell’s specialty items will be given away.

October 2017 Wine of the Month Club

We’re featuring a Chardonnay from France and a red blend from Spain.

Gueugnon Remond Macon Charnay
100% Chardonnay. Veronique and Jean-Christophe Remond have at heart to make you discover their wines, reflecting a traditional wine making and representative of the soils of South Mâcon combining respect and typical varietals. Selection of old vines of Chardonnay sixty years on clay and limestone soils, harvested early in the morning “Dawn” on which we make a maceration of several hours: part of the alcoholic fermentation takes plaWOTM1017-1ce in regulated tank. Then the wine is placed in oak for a short period, which completes the breakdown of sugars, followed by malolactic fermentation. After ten months of aging, the wine is bottled. Because of skin maceration and barrel aging this wine has a varied range of flavors, and despite his youth, this round wine with nice tannins well integrated with lots of pleasure.

 

WOTM1017-2J. Fernando Red Blend
60% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Garnacha, estate produced and bottled. Castilla, Spain. Rich, ripe and deep ruby red with a core of smoky cherry and layers of black raspberry, cassis and chocolate flavors, this wine is modern in style with freshness and balance. 18 months in oak.

Soft Shell Crabs!

Soft shell crabs just arrived! And they won’t last. Come by and get yours.

Soft Shell Crabs

Soft Shell Crabs

December Wine of the Month Tasting Notes

December, 2013
Wine of the Month Club
Selections and tasting notes

HAPPY HOL IDAYS!

Featuring “The Best-of the Best” Wines!

McPherson Cellars
2012 “Les Copains”
Texas 

McPherson Cellars is known for creating old world blends with a modern approach and this wine certainly provides no exception.  Les Copains, French for “the buddies”, is a term that symbolizes this exquisite combination of Rhone-style varietals.  This terrific and “taste friendly” white blend was created by Kim McPherson to showcase Rhone varietals grown on the Texas High Plains.  Soft, rich, and balanced, Les Copains emobodies the award-winning wines that Kim is renowned for producing.  Tough day?  “C’est la vie!”  Enjoy a bottle of this beautiful wine with your best buddies!

Les Copains is a proprietary blend of old world cultivars, comprised of 45% Viognier, 35% Roussanne, 16% Grenache Blanc, and 4% Marsanne.  The wine is lovely and versatile with delectable aromas of green apple, Asian pear, citrus, peach and white flower petals.  The Viognier gives it rich floral notes, the Grenache Blanc gave it green and citrus notes, and the Rousanne balances the two to create a fantastic wine.  It’s dry, crisp and easy drinking, soft and round with a lingering finish.  It provides a great match for Asian dishes, seafood salads, grilled fish and chicken and light cheeses.  Only 616 cases produced.

Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $17.99)

 

Casa Vinicola Reyter
2008 “F” Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina

Alright… let’s start with the bottle.  The thing is impressively massive.  And the wine inside?  Equal to the container!  It pours a rich dark ruby red with a deep cloudy plum core.  The faint cloudiness is due to the lack of filtration (as is the sediment in the bottom of the bottle).  I have to recommend you decant this wine.  It’s not that it is some tremendous monster, it’s just that it needs to breathe in order to show off its lovely nuances.

The nose treats you to tobacco, bright red cherry, chocolate, cranberry sauce (yes, the ribbed kind from a can) and menthol, all backed by a subtle heat from the alcohol.  Occasionally I seemed to detect notes of vanilla as well.  On the palate a deep, dark, dusky fruit is borne on the back of a spicy undertone with notes of graphite and the fruits from the nose.  Overall, the mouthfeel is a bit lighter then you expect from a wine this large… more of a whole milk feel vs. the half & half you might have prepared for.

As a whole, for those accustomed to the big, bold Argentine Malbecs that are typical of the breed, this wine will come as a surprise.  It is much more nuanced.  It is big, don’t get me wrong.  It’s just that it seems to come across more as an amazing example of an old-world wine than as one from the new.

If you have a little patience, I would suggest letting it air out overnight in a decanter before imbibing… what a difference a day makes!  The medium-weight tannins seemed to soften a bit and I noticed a mid-palate sweetness to the fruit that seemed to be absent the night before.  Also, a faint astringency I had noticed had passed.

I can’t recommend this wine enough.  It is absolutely beautiful on its own, but will pair wonderfully with red meats or spicy Asian foods.

Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $17.99)

 

To learn more about our Wine of the Month Club please click on this link:  Tinnell’s Wine of the Month Club

Adam Markham,
Beverage Manager, Tinnell’s Finer Foods
540.345.7334 – work; 540.598.9849 – mobile
adammarkham@live.com

February Wine of the Month Club

Selections and tasting notes
Featuring selections from Sonoma

Balletto Vineyards
2010 Teresa’s Unoaked Chardonnay
Russian River Valley, California

Balletto Unoaked Chardonnay

Balletto Unoaked Chardonnay

It’s not often that tank-fermented Chardonnay delivers the depth and texture of Teresa’s Unoaked Chardonnay.  This rich and diverse wine has bright fruit aromas and a nicely balanced mouth feel.  The complex bouquet includes key lime, lemon peel, peaches and apricots which it certainly delivers upon drinking.  The crisp tartness complements the wine’s natural viscosity and creates balance and elegance.  Lemon-lime flavors then kick in for a long, citrusy finish that lasts several minutes and begs for the next sip.  Taken altogether, the aromas and mouth feel create a distinct style of Chardonnay that is made to highlight the grape itself and not the oak and malolactic aromas found in Chardonnay fermented and aged in oak barrels.

This wine is extremely versatile with food. It is textured and plush enough to compliment rich seafood like lobster, crab and scallops, but also has a crisp acidity and fruit flavors that can pair nicely with more diverse flavors like grilled pork tenderloin with a fresh apple reduction sauce.

The grapes for this wine were grown at Balletto’s Occidental Road Vineyard next to the winery and tasting room.  Known as Block A10½, the vines are planted with the “Robert Young Clone 17” clone of Chardonnay. Every year, this block produces a tropical juice that becomes Teresa’s Unoaked Chardonnay.

At Balletto Vineyards they farm more than 500 acres of wine grapes in the Russian River Valley and select the best 10 percent of these grapes to ferment and bottle under the Balletto label. It’s one of the many ways they maintain the high quality of their wines.

 Club price: $14.49 (Regular price: $16.49)

Highway 12

Highway 12

Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery
2010 Sonoma Red Blend
Sonoma valley, California

In keeping with Highway 12’s winemaking tradition and notoriety for Red Blends, this 2010 release showcases a marvelous varietal and vineyard composition that delivers once again.  Comprised of 77% Merlot, 12%, Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petite Sirah, the result is a wine that balances power and elegance.  A stunningly vibrant bouquet sets up the entry to a dense and complex wine.  This is where the power takes form showcasing developed tannins and flavors of cherry, chocolate and blackberry.  The ‘jammy-ness’ lingers on the mid-palate for some time leading to a velvety softness on the finish.

Structurally, each varietal component contributes to this wine; Merlot from the Sonoma Valley ‘banana belt’ gives incredible depth and base, while the Cabernet Franc is responsible for the subtle earthy tones and soft mouth feel.  The Cabernet Sauvignon offers the perfect amount of bright acidity which is true to its source in the southern Sonoma Valley.

 Vineyard selection for the Sonoma Red Blend brings together various micro-climates.  This release showcases the mid-Sonoma Valley intensity of Valley’s ‘banana belt’ and the cooler southern reaches.  Each varietal is crushed, fermented and aged separately and blended after 18 months of barrel aging in French oak to achieve the optimal flavor profile.

The winemaking process focuses on minimal intervention of the wine during aging to allow the truest of the varietal characteristics to shine.  This philosophy results in a wine that purely represents the traditional style of the vineyards in Sonoma Wine Country.

Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $16.99)

To learn more about our Wine of the Month Club please click on this link:  Tinnell’s Wine of the Month Club

Adam Markham,
Beverage Manager,
Tinnell’s Finer Foods
adammarkham@live.com
540.345.7334

January Wine of the Month Club Tasting Notes

January, 2013vina-chocalan
Wine of the Month Club
Selections and tasting notes

Viña Chocalán has made a mission out of elevating Chilean wines to a level that will be recognized by the world as the equal of any.  They work toward this goal while maintaining a vision of sustainability and social responsibility.

The vineyard and winery is located in the Maipo Valley of Chile a mere 21 miles from the Pacific ocean.  Vines are planted at between 600 and 1,250 feet in elevation close to the Maipo River.  During the “maturity period” of the grapes daytime highs reach 82ºF and nighttime lows average 53ºF.  Average annual rainfall is only a bit over one foot.

The soils range from almost none over a solid bedrock on the hillsides to a mixture of granite and quartz over a sandy base at the foot of the neighboring mountain.  This infertile soil combined with low rainfall is actually an ideal scenario for grape production.  The stress experiences by the vines results in less fruit but the berries have more flavor and intensity.

Viña Chocalán averages about 75,000 cases annually, of which 80% is red and 20% is white.  From the standpoint of environmental responsibility, they bottle these wines in 70% recycled glass and have also been working for years to reduce the weight of the bottles thereby reducing the winery’s environmental footprint.

Viña Chocalán is rapidly becoming a player on the world stage of wine and the quality of these two wines reflects their commitment to the high standards they have set forth for themselves.

vina-chocalan-sauvignon-lgViña Chocalán
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Maipo Valley, Chile

 Vinified from 100% Sauvignon Blanc from 18 year-old-vines grown in alluvial soils of sandy clay loam, this delightful wine has an alcohol content of 13.0%, a total acidity of 4.56 g/l and a residual sugar level of 0.83 g/l.

The grapes, which are subject to a morning mist and strong maritime influence due to proximity to the Pacific Ocean and Maipo River, were handpicked during the second week of March, 2011.

This wine is intensely aromatic and is bright yellow with green reflections.  It shows notes of citrus (particularly limes) and white peaches mixing with tropical fruits and followed by a smooth herbal finish.  It is very fresh on the palate, medium-bodied with rich acidity and a long finish.  Serve between 45 and 50ºF with seafood, cheese, oysters or salad.

Club price: $10.99 (Regular price: $12.99)

Viña Chocalánvina-chocalan-carmenere
2010 Carmènere
Maipo Valley, Chile

Composed of 85% Carmènere, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this guy has some oomph!  It is made of grapes from 12-year-old vines that are grown in granitic, clay and loamy soil of medium depth where foggy mornings and a smooth breeze during the afternoon help to refresh the vines.

It has an alcohol content of 14.0%, a total acidity of 3.58 g/l and a residual sugar level of 2.43 g/l.  The grapes were hand-picked during the second week of May, 2010 and the must was initially fermented in stainless steel tanks.  Post-fermentation, 60% was aged for 8 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels while the remainder stayed in stainless.

The wine has a brilliant and deep ruby-red color.  Intense fruit aromas on the nose are confirmed on the palate along with mocha, tobacco, dark chocolate and black pepper.  It is medium-bodied with a pleasingly soft texture.  Serve around 62ºF with spicy stewed red meat, roast beef, grilled lamb or well-seasoned pork chops.

Club price: $10.99 (Regular price: $12.99)

To learn more about our Wine of the Month Club please click on this link:  Tinnell’s Wine of the Month Club

Adam Markham,
Beverage Manager
Tinnell’s Finer Foods
540.345.7334
adammarkham@live.com

December Wine of the Month Tasting Notes

December, 2012
Wine of the Month Club
Selections and tasting notes

HAPPY HOL IDAYS!
Featuring “The Best-of the Best” Wines!

Members,
Whereas my goal in November was to find the best possible Thanksgiving wines for you (within the price limits of the club), my task this month was to find the best wines I could get to our members for $15.00 or less. To give myself a little extra “breathing room” I decided (like last December) to give members $3.00 off per bottle instead of the usual $2.00.
Every month of the year I try and establish a theme of some sort: wines of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo; Southern France; unusual varietals from Argentina. These are a few from this past year. For November and December, however, I let go of those constraints and simply looked for the best wines PERIOD regardless of origin. Consequentially, this month’s offerings are quite different from each other… a Semilllon from Washington State and an Argentine Malbec!
I would estimate that every month I taste over 100 wines. Very few of these are brought into our wine program here at Tinnell’s and even fewer make the cut as a Wine of the Month. When it comes to December I practically drive myself and my wine reps nuts tasting, re-tasting and narrowing down the possibilities. I am quite pleased with this month’s choices and, as usual, I would love to hear what you think. When you are next in the store please hunt me down and give me feedback on this (or any) month’s Club selections. Your input will only help me continue to improve Tinnell’s Wine of the Month Club as we move forward together!
Happy Holidays and Many Thanks,
Adam

L’Ecole No. 41 2010 Semillon
Columbia Valley, Washington

L’Ecole has been making Semillon since 1983 and is recognized in the industry as one of the top producers of this varietal. Few Semillons show their richness and complexity as those produced in Washington State. Cool harvest nights help to ensure crisp natural acidity, making this a wonderful food pairing wine.
Remarkably brilliant with vibrant fruit and balanced acidity, this wine shows fragrant citrus blossom and honey aromas, with pretty layers of lemon bar, apricot and keylime expanding on a balanced finish. Pair with grilled or sautéed seafood, cheeses or a simple French salad.
This wine is a blend of 86% Semillon and 14% Sauvignon Blanc, the two most common grapes use in the production of Bordeaux Blanc. Bottled in June 2011 and released in January of this year, it has an acidity level of 6.4 g/l and an alcohol by volume of 14.5%.

Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $17.99)

Benegas S.A. 2010 Estate Vineyards Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina

This wine is made from grapes grown in the “La Encerrada” Vineyard located at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Uco Valley, Mendoza at an altitude of 4,750 feet. The high altitude, the pure thaw water coming from the Andes for irrigation, the unique soil, and the selection of the best grapes all result in this elegant, immense but balanced Malbec.

Here’s what Mendoza Malbec is all about. From organic vineyards and older vines, this wine opens with a pure perfume of plum and raspberry fruit with floral and spice accents. Round and complexly textured and flavored in the mouth, the fruit stays in the front with accents of stone, coffee, and cocoa. It displays a long and lingering finish over sweet, ripe, tannins. An extraordinary value!

Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $17.99)

For information on the Wine of the Month Club please visit this link: Tinnell’s Wine of the Month Club

 

Adam Markham,
Beverage Manager – Tinnell’s Finer Foods
540.345.7334 – adammarkham@live.com

November Wine of the Month Club Selections Have Arrived at Tinnell’s Finer Foods!

November, 2012 Wine of the Month Club Selections and Tasting notes

Featuring “Happy Thanksgiving” Wines!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

What is the perfect Thanksgiving wine?  Choosing a perfect wine to pair with Thanksgiving meals can seem like a daunting task.  The variety of textures and tastes often leave one wondering what the ideal choice might be.  For me the perfect pairings are a Pinot Noir and a dry to semi-dry Riesling.

Pinot Noir, by its very nature lighter than most reds, features good fruit flavors accompanied by a deep earthiness which lends itself to natural pairing with turkey and ham as well as with most typical holiday side dishes.  In particular, it teams up beautifully with fall vegetables, squashes and cranberries.

Riesling, on the other hand, is typified by a bracing acidity followed up by beautiful fruit and mineral undertones.  This combination (combined with affordability) makes Riesling one of the best food wines on Earth.  Salty appetizers, cheese-based dishes, sweet potatoes, maple glaze on the turkey – Riesling handles them all equally well.

Our goal this year – within the price constraints of the Wine of the Month Club – was to find the best wines possible for the Thanksgiving table.  We are very happy to present these two wines to you and highly recommend that you save them for your family’s Thanksgiving celebration!

Waimea Estates 2009 Takutai Riesling
Nelson, New Zealand

Takutai Riesling

Takutai Riesling

Waimea Estates is one of Nelson’s largest producers with over 140 hectares (345 acres) of their own vineyards.  The cool climate and alluvial soils of Nelson’s Waimea plains combined with the longest sunshine hours in New Zealand allow vibrant, fruit-focused wines to be made.  Waimea’s export varieties are based on highly awarded Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, and Waimea has now gathered 99 Gold Medals and 20 Trophies across seven different wine styles – proving the versatility Waimea and the Nelson region provides.

 For the Takutai (“ta-coo-tie”) Riesling, sweet floral aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle mingle with lime and wild honey above a background of mandarin and candied apple.  A very faint touch of residual sweetness makes this wine quite versatile.  You will find what sweetness there is to be beautifully balanced by a bright acidity followed by a mineral-driven edge and a long finish.  The perfect Riesling for Thanksgiving!

 Club price: $13.99 (Regular price: $15.99)

Kingston Family Vineyards 2008 Tobiano Pinot Noir
Casablanca Valley, Chile

Tobiano Pinot Noir

Tobiano Pinot Noir

This Chilean family winery continually makes some of the best vinos Chilenos (Chilean wines) around.  Tobiano is a blend of different parcels within the greater Kingston vineyard, those which meet their standards but aren’t used for their top bottling, “Alazan.”  According to Courtney Kingston, her wines show a “gout de Casablanca,” a distinctly smoky and mineral tinged quality which she believes mark her red wines.  If you’re looking for a Pinot with a wonderful balance between fruit, mineral and earthy/savory flavors, then look no further.  According to Wine Enthusiast: “Common but clean aromas of tea and black cherry give this fuller-bodied Pinot a good start.  The palate is semi-soft and plump, with ripe, fat, black fruit flavors of plum and black tea.  A meaty, round wine with good acidity and structure.”

 Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $16.99)

For information on the Wine of the Month Club please visit this link: Tinnell’s Wine of the Month Club 

Adam Markham, Beverage Manager,
Tinnell’s Finer Foods – 540.345.7334 – adammarkham@live.com