December 17, 2017

Let’s Talk Turkey

Available at Tinnell’s for your holidays: Heritage Black Turkeys!

It’s a very old breed, probably the first one to be developed from Native American stocks. Some of the first turkeys taken to Europe in the 1500s were Black turkeys where they became very popular, particularly in Spain.  The Heritage Black Turkey produces a very flavorful and tender meat.

Our Heritage Turkeys are produced by Joyce Foods, Inc., a family owned company since 1962 out of Winston-Salem, NC. They are minimally processed with no artificial ingredients and no preservatives.

 

November 2017 Wines of the Month

We’re featuring two French wines in November: Pont De Gassac Blanc and a red, Boutinot Rhône – Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Villages.

About the wines:

Pont De Gassac Blanc

Mas de Daumas Gassac

From the Herault’s most famous Estate Mas de Dumas Gassac is often referred to as ‘the Lafite or First Growth of the Languedoc’. Pont de Gassac Blanc is the Domaine’s reserve wine that comes exclusively from their vineyards high up in the Gassac valley. It is a beautifully fresh and vibrant blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Clairette – a cross between the best of white from the Rhone & Bordeaux. At 1/3 of the price of their first wine, it is a real treat and a bargain at this price.

Tasting notes:
A beautifully full and fresh bouquet of citrus fruit gives way to a richly textured and full bodied wine with great minerality from these vineyards that have never seen chemicals. Very well made and delicious by itself and even better with fish, spices and white meats. The wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Clairette, Sauvignon Blanc from the  Appellation Pays d’Herault. It has an alcohol content of 12.5 percent.
 
The remarkable story of Mas de Daumas Gassac, begins in 1971 when Parisian glove-maker Aimé Guibert bought an isolated farmhouse high up in the valley of a stream called the Gassac..

The Guiberts had no previous knowledge of wine and there were no vines on the Estate. A friend from the University of Bordeaux specializing in vineyard geology realised that Daumas Gassac sat upon the best possible combination of soil for winemaking, with superb drainage and its own unique microclimate. The proximity to the sea keeps the vineyards air-conditioned and the cellars, chilled by the waters of the stream, remain wonderfully cool even in the height of summer.

The Guiberts hired the best wine brains available, including Professor Emile Peynaud – a great oenologist associated with Bordeaux. Peynaud advised them exactly which vines to plant and how. Though cabernet sauvignon was the grape variety planted for the first vintages, the idea was not to mimic Bordeaux, even though one commentator called the 1982 vintage the ‘Lafite of the Languedoc’ which caused initially slow sales to rocket. The wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac have a degree of natural austerity that is more akin to the great wines of Bordeaux or the Loire than the Languedoc.

Boutinot Rhône – Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Villages

Boutinot Rhône – Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Villages

Common practice in the Côtes du Rhône is to bottle the best cuvées as a single named village wine and the rest as basic Rhône Villages. Boutinot’s philosophy, on the other hand, is to start with the intention of making the very best Côtes du Rhône Villages possible by sourcing wine from the vineyards of named villages and enriching them with a small proportion of barrel-aged wine fromSéguret & Cairanne. Boutinot Les Coteaux is therefore a selection of the best from some of the17 named Côtes du Rhône Villages. The 2009 vintage is mostly Grenache Noir with some Syrah. Eric Monnin sources wine from a number of growers with exceptional terroir allowing him the flexibility to select only the very best fruit each vintage and reject parcels which do not meet our high standards. We source Grenache Noir and Syrah grapes from vineyards encompassed within named villages of the southern Rhône valley.

 

Tasting notes
Instantly impressive this wine reveals its class right from the start. An exuberantly fruity nose with high notes of complexity and depth is followed by intense lashings of flavour on the palate. The finish is smooth and satisfying with depth and persistence – simply stunning!Food Recommendations: A delicious accompaniment to grilled meats and heart-warming casseroles.

Wine Tasting October 27

Join us this afternoon at 4:30 for our regular Friday tasting. We’ll be sipping two wines from 90+ Cellars: a Sauvignon Blanc and a Red Blend.

90+ got its start in the spring of 2009. Armed with a copy of the latest Wine Spectator, founder Kevin Mehra set out on a mission to bring higher quality wine to the market for a better price. He started calling wineries with a history of high ratings to ask if they had extra wine for sale. Some told him to get lost, but in the end, he found a handful of wineries that liked his concept. The plan was simple: put their wine in bottle, and sell it for less.

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