Sylvain Bock: Playful Complex Wines

Sylvain Bock  Pensive, introspective, yet prone to sudden bursts of enthusiasm, Sylvain Bock the person is much like the wines he makes. His wines project a careful complexity that is belied by their playful labels and Sylvain’s propensity to experiment through...

Franciacorta: The Champagne of Italy

Italy Will Save Us from the Champagne Shortage As we head into the holidays, you’ve probably heard that there is a Champagne shortage this year. I’m not talking about all sparkling wines; I’m talking about true Champagne. You know, the real deal from France. Champagne...

The Wines of Valentina Passalaqua

You only need to spend a few minutes with the innovative winegrower Valentina Passalacqua to be enraptured by her smile and curious nature.  Passalacqua is a visionary vigneron who has overcome many challenges in the patriarchal winegrowing world, especially that of...

Where Did You Go, Trousseau

I love oddball grapes. Grapes that are not on the shelves in your supermarket. Grapes that you may have you wondering how to pronounce. Ones that come from places you don’t expect. These are the ones that still bring excitement to my wine journey. And one of those...

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Australian Wine with Vine Street Imports

Australian Wine with Vine Street Imports

Tuesday December 7th7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Join us for an exploration of Australian wines with Vine Street Imports' own Aaron Meeker. We will have two flights of Australian wine for you to enjoy (a white flight and a red) along with Australian inspired small bites. Learn...

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Where Did You Go, Trousseau

Where Did You Go, Trousseau

I love oddball grapes. Grapes that are not on the shelves in your supermarket. Grapes that you may have you wondering how to pronounce. Ones that come from places you don’t expect. These are the ones that still bring excitement to my wine journey. And one of those...

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Sylvain Bock: Playful Complex Wines

Sylvain Bock: Playful Complex Wines

Sylvain Bock  Pensive, introspective, yet prone to sudden bursts of enthusiasm, Sylvain Bock the person is much like the wines he makes. His wines project a careful complexity that is belied by their playful labels and Sylvain’s propensity to experiment through...

Sylvain Bock: Playful Complex Wines

Sylvain Bock: Playful Complex Wines

Sylvain Bock  Pensive, introspective, yet prone to sudden bursts of enthusiasm, Sylvain Bock the person is much like the wines he makes. His wines project a careful complexity that is belied by their playful labels and Sylvain’s propensity to experiment through...

Australian Wine with Vine Street Imports

Australian Wine with Vine Street Imports

Tuesday December 7th7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Join us for an exploration of Australian wines with Vine Street Imports' own Aaron Meeker. We will have two flights of Australian wine for you to enjoy (a white flight and a red) along with Australian inspired small bites. Learn...

Let’s Sparkle: A Holiday Wine Event

Let’s Sparkle: A Holiday Wine Event

Saturday December 18th • 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Nothing says special occasions like a beautiful bottle of sparkling wine. It sets the tone for the evening, it enhances all your meals, it is the pefect pairing for celebratory toasts and ringing in the New Year. It is also...

Where Did You Go, Trousseau

Where Did You Go, Trousseau

I love oddball grapes. Grapes that are not on the shelves in your supermarket. Grapes that you may have you wondering how to pronounce. Ones that come from places you don’t expect. These are the ones that still bring excitement to my wine journey. And one of those...

Why I Love Chenin Blanc

Why I Love Chenin Blanc

I love chenin blanc. I should get a tattoo that proclaims this. You have your cult wine snobs. People who only drink cabernet sauvignon or malbec. Those that swear by buttery chardonnays or grassy sauvignon blancs. Not me. Give me chenin blanc anytime and I will be a...

Common Wine Faults and Flaws

Common Wine Faults and Flaws

Is a Natural Wine Always a Flawed Wine? I love natural wines. Heck, I sell natural wines! It is my job to promote natural wines. Most customers I sell to are very open to trying something new, whether it is a new grape, region, or wine style for them.  I answer...

BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) Every Thursday!

BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) Every Thursday!

EVERY Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (ish) Let's breakout those record collections! Dust off your old faves and bring them into the shop so we can all enjoy them. If you don't have a record collection of your own choose a record from our collection and we will play...

For the Love of Obscure Grapes

For the Love of Obscure Grapes

Why Drink the Same Ole Same Ole? Why I love obscure grapes I have a hard time having or doing  the same thing over and over. I’m not one for leftovers. When traveling, I like to go somewhere new rather than somewhere I have been. I watch most movies and tv shows just...

What Did I Just Drink?

What Did I Just Drink?

What Happened to Me? A Wine Reaction... Thats what! This week I planned on writing about some often overlooked grape varieties, but something happened to me last night that changed my focus for this week’s post. One night a week I meet with a group of local wine...

Orange Wines: Gimme that Skin Contact!

Orange Wines: Gimme that Skin Contact!

Let's Chat About Orange Wines Our most popular wine category here at Small Wine Shop is orange wine. It is a distinctive style of wine that just screams low-intervention/natural to our customers. Orange wines may seem new to wine drinkers, especially here in the...

Work and Wine Wednesdays at Small Wine Shop

Work and Wine Wednesdays at Small Wine Shop

Every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm Work from Home? Pack up that laptop and join us for Work and Wine Wednesdays!$5 wine by the glass and $2 snacks!Come on by and read that report you've been putting off with a glass of wine in your hand. What better way to get...

What the Heck are Conservas?

What the Heck are Conservas?

I distinctly remember sitting/standing at a tapas bar in Sevilla many years ago. I was chatting with the nice couple next to me about all the shellfish available in the city. The quality and variety of shellfish in Spain blew me away. I had even eaten tiny little...

Dare to Pair

Dare to Pair

Easy Wine Pairing Tips for Everyone! Bianca Sanon, a sommelier and wine expert I respect tremendously, recently published an article that sums up how Tim and I feel about recommending wine. All that matters is what YOU the drinker of said wine like. The idea that we...

Is Vegan Wine A Thing?

Is Vegan Wine A Thing?

Many of the Wines you Know and Love are Made Using Animal Products Yes, I know it is counter intuitive. Wine does not seem like a product that includes animal products. I am sorry to tell you that in fact some techniques used in winemaking include animal products....

Wine Pairings for Any Occaision

Wine Pairings for Any Occaision

There is nothing more special than you... on a Tuesday Night. Ok, I am here to say that while I do believe that a great bottle of wine is the perfect pairing for those special celebratory nights, there are other occasions that pair perfectly with a great bottle of...

Sylvain Bock: Playful Complex Wines

Sylvain Bock: Playful Complex Wines

Sylvain Bock  Pensive, introspective, yet prone to sudden bursts of enthusiasm, Sylvain Bock the person is much like the wines he makes. His wines project a careful complexity that is belied by their playful labels and Sylvain’s propensity to experiment through...

Franciacorta: The Champagne of Italy

Franciacorta: The Champagne of Italy

Italy Will Save Us from the Champagne Shortage As we head into the holidays, you’ve probably heard that there is a Champagne shortage this year. I’m not talking about all sparkling wines; I’m talking about true Champagne. You know, the real deal from France. Champagne...

The Wines of Valentina Passalaqua

The Wines of Valentina Passalaqua

You only need to spend a few minutes with the innovative winegrower Valentina Passalacqua to be enraptured by her smile and curious nature.  Passalacqua is a visionary vigneron who has overcome many challenges in the patriarchal winegrowing world, especially that of...

Tessier Winery

Tessier Winery

What do you want to be when you grow up? I was always perplexed by that question when I was younger. I think I still am to this day. When you are five, you may want to be a fireman, a ballet dancer, or an astronaut. As a teenager, you may wish to be a rockstar or a...

Bodegas y Viñados Pigar

Bodegas y Viñados Pigar

If you are a wine nerd like me, looking for low-intervention natural wines in Spain will take you to many different areas. Catalunya, Andalucia, and Castilla y Leon are a few regions to find such wines. One region that usually does not stand out is Valencia. Valencia...

Maloof Wines: Energetic Wines from the Heart of Oregon

Maloof Wines: Energetic Wines from the Heart of Oregon

From Pinot Noir and Beyond I moved to Portland, Oregon in the early 2000s after a weeklong visit to wineries and exploring the city on a vacation. The region hooked me instantly. After living in Texas most of my life, I welcomed the move to an area with actual seasons...

Flavia Rebellious Wines Straight  from Sicily

Flavia Rebellious Wines Straight from Sicily

In the (almost) year Small Wine Shop has been open, we have tasted many, many wines. Some make our shelf, some make our wine clubs, and a whole bunch fall by the wayside for any number of reasons. A few wines truly as they are embraced not only by us but also our...

Meinklang Farm: In the Garden

Meinklang Farm: In the Garden

In the past year since we moved to Florida, opened Small Wine Shop, and had to deal with the pandemic, there have been a few things Tracy and I truly missed doing. One of those is meeting and talking with winemakers. Because of pandemic fear and travel restrictions,...

Lo-Fi Wines

Lo-Fi Wines

Low Intervention Wines of California Let's talk music In the world of music, lo-fi is a term to describe a musical quality in which elements usually regarded as imperfections of a recording or performance are audible, sometimes as a deliberate aesthetic choice. I dig...

Sébastien Dervieux

Sébastien Dervieux

and the Wines of Les Vignes de Babass Sébastien Dervieux, better known in the vinous circles under his surname Babass, is an icon in the natural wine movement. For over 20 years Babass has produced fresh and wild red and white wines grown from a small organic vineyard...

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