Madison Yoga Teacher Launches Online Wine Store

A few years ago, retreats merging wine, yoga and chocolate popped up around the country, led by yoga guru David Romanelli. Angela Gargano – owner of Bliss Flow Yoga & Wellness Center in Madison – was in on those sweet times too. Now, she’s launched an online wine boutique called Angels + Thieves Wines that focuses on craft wines, many boasting rare grape varietals. Each winery represented has a multi-layered, unique history, produces small quantities and, as Gargano puts it, expresses its terroir quite well. This month the online boutique opens for business. WINE DEAL OF THE WEEK What’s better than lake…

A few years ago, retreats merging wine, yoga and chocolate popped up around the country, led by yoga guru David Romanelli. Angela Gargano – owner of Bliss Flow Yoga & Wellness Center in Madison – was in on those sweet times too. Now, she’s launched an online wine boutique called Angels + Thieves Wines that focuses on craft wines, many boasting rare grape varietals. Each winery represented has a multi-layered, unique history, produces small quantities and, as Gargano puts it, expresses its terroir quite well. This month the online boutique opens for business.

WINE DEAL OF THE WEEK

What’s better than lake views, football and glasses of wine? Bucky’s Lakeside Pub & Grill on Okauchee Lake, just celebrated its one-year anniversary. Whenever there is a Badgers or Packers game airing on its flat-screen televisions, that is when the food and drink deals trickle in. There is also a retail store that, get this, can sell wine, beer and liquor up until midnight. So the next time you need either a spot to watch the game that’s paired with a view and a glass of wine, or have a hankering for late-night wine shopping, this is your place. Because of the perks here, I don’t hesitate to call this a deal.

WINE EVENT OF THE WEEK

It’s a little-known fact that Glorioso’s Italian Market is more than a grocer. The Brady Street staple is also an educator in all things food and wine. On Oct. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is a tasting of 40-some wines and domestic beers. Tickets cost $45. Included in that price are cheese and antipasti samples – plus a $10 rebate on wine purchases that night. Wait, there’s more. You also get a Riedel wine glass to take home. Sign up online.

WINE OF THE WEEK

A friend brought along a bottle of the 2012 Bonterra Organic Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Mendocino County, California, $14) to a recent social gathering. This was actually one of the first wineries that hit my palate years ago when I began studying wine. Overwhelmed by all the labels at my local wine shop, I honed in on this winery because of its eco-friendly bent (the grapes are organically grown, also using biodynamic methods). I was pleased to see the quality hasn’t wavered and this wine still represents a good value: grassy grapefruit and lime notes ease into a crisp finish. (bonterra.com)

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.