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.
WINE DEAL OF THE WEEK
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.
WINE EVENT OF THE WEEK
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).
WINE OF THE WEEK
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.