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Black Sheep Wine Bar Coming to Walker’s Point
A new place takes advantage of the wine-on-tap trend.

The Walker’s Point’s gastronomy scene will get even hotter once August rolls around. Black Sheep (216 S. 2nd St.) will add a fresh appeal to a two-story industrial space while maintaining architectural features like beadboard ceiling, brick walls and wood flooring. While details are still being leaked out, the 2,400-square-foot wine bar/restaurant has vowed to dip into the newest wine trend: 12 wines at any given time tapped from a shiny enomatic, self-serve system. Choose from 2-, 6- and 8-ounce pours of wine, perfect for building a wine flight. All wines are from boutique, small-production wineries. Craft cocktails and bottled beers will also be served, along with small bites of food and salads plus desserts.

Waterford Wine Company wants you to drink a lot of Rosé this summer – starting with a $7.99 bottle on sale right now at the East Side wine shop. A bottle of 2012 Beiler Pere et Fils Provence Rosé is normally $12.99, leaving you room in your wallet to consider a half case. According to Waterford Wine Company, “it’s as tasty as Domaine Tempier,” which is a much more expensive French Rosé.


Bored with Bordeaux, Napa and the Willamette Valley? Then head to Brennan’s Market in Brookfield on Friday, May 17 from 1-6 p.m. for a free tasting of Colorado wines. Parker Carlson, from Carlson Vineyards in Palisade, Colo. (just outside of Grand Junction), is pouring Riesling, Gewurztraminer and a nouveau-to-most wine called Laughing Cat Sweet Baby Red (made of mostly Merlot grapes).


Plenty of people swear by Trader Joe’s if only for its wish stash that slants towards budget-minded prices, and I’m not referring just to “Two-Buck Chuck.” On Monday, while piling produce, cheese and other odds and ends into my cart, I felt compelled to give at least one of the grocery retailer’s exclusive wines a spin. The 2012 Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand, $8) found its way into my cart. Later that night I drank a glass in the backyard soaking up the first warm day of the season and enjoying the wine’s grassiness and gooseberry notes, both classic Marlborough styles. While other Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs – like Cloudy Bay and Kim Crawford – may carry more caché, this wine is an excellent bargain.

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