Corkage Policy –

          The East End Wines Corkage Policy is to charge $7 to open a 750ml bottle of wine on the premises. We will charge less for smaller bottles ($3.50 for 375ml, $1.75 for a 187ml split). As this is based on our true retail pricing, we feel this is one of the best deals in town. The corkage goes to cover the consulting, fees, extra insurance, building of the patio, hiring of staff, breakage and “shrink” of glassware, ice buckets, and ice that we provide to people who are using the corkage fee to drink wine on our premises, the entirety of which are covered by our Texas Winery License. This makes it a true On Premise / Off Premise license, so that you are able to legally buy anything in the store and drink it here, and take anything that you do not finish with you. It also precludes the consumption of a few things that are not available to be purchased from East End Wines, as beer and liquor would not be covered by the license that we have, and thus cannot be consumed anywhere on our premises.

          As a quick example, using one of our least expensive bottles of wine, that sees our standard markup – Famega Vinho Verde 2012 – 6.97, +7 for corkage, with 1.15 tax = $15.12 for 4 6 oz. glasses of wine. This is an extreme instance, where the corkage is more than the retail price of the wine. That being said, the glass price comes to $3.78, where the least I would expect to find it elsewhere, by the glass, would be $4.75, and probably not for a 6 oz pour, but a five ounce pour. (Restaurant in Minneapolis – 6 gl, 22 btl, Morrisville, Vermont – 6 gl, 24 btl, San Francisco – 9gl).

          As the retail price of the wine that you pay corkage for goes up, the deal gets better, and we feel that it is very fair at the rate that we have it set currently. Please come and avail yourselves of this great deal and try the wines in the shop, at the shop, with food from Three Little Pigs, on the delightful patio.

Book Signing during the Wine Tasting –

Paul Fontaine“The fabulous Fontaine Sisters, Claudia and Paula, will be hosting a book signing of the art/bio book that they’ve written about their, artist father, Paul Fontaine.
Paul Fontaine was an  American and expatriate abstract expressionist painter 1913-1996. The Fontaine Gallery was founded in 1999 to share with the world the immense richness and depth that Paul Fontaine expressed through his painting that spanned three countries: United States, Germany and Mexico and almost the entire 20th century.
The unique approach to the story is by lessons learned from Father to daughter. Each short chapter is a lesson with lots of humor. It’s a must read, quick and easy.
The subsequent 3 chapters are written by 3 art historians about Mr. Fontaine’s place in history.
The book is beautifully designed, Lewis Carnegie, Austin and the photography by David Weaver, Austin, of the paintings are breathtaking.
We would suggest, without hesitation, that  this work of art be on your coffee table or as a gift to someone special.”    Katie Robinson Edwards,
             Umlauf Gardens

Spanish Wines with New Vintage

Hutch HillFree Tasting Friday – 1-7-14, 4p-8p

Ramon Canals ‘Mont Paral’ Reserva Selecion Brut Cava NV – 13.97 – A Reserva Cava out of the Penedes region of Catalonia, Spain, made from 50% Parellada, 30% Macabeu (Viura), and 20% Xarel-lo. Has some nice preserved fruit, like candied orange peel / balanced with bright acidity, fresh fruit flavors of Granny Smith apple & white grape. Clean & pretty lean and snappy, a nice option. We first started carrying it in June of 2011, and it is very consistent from release to release. Bubbles are good.

Bodegas Francisco Casa “Tochuelo” Tempranillo-Garnacha 2010 – 8.97 – Founded 1942, 4th generation. Fruit forward, with clean, fresh cherry juice character, brighter raspberry notes. Acid from Tempranillo counters the roundness of the Grenache very nicely. From Madrid (Sorry Barcelona fans). Higher elevations, big diurnal temperature shift. Long and complex finish with raspberry, plum, anise / licorice, pepper for the (tiny amount of) money. This is a great party wine. Party.

Terra Alta Cataregia Gran Reserva 2006   – 13.57 – (Tempranillo / 30% Cabernet Sauvignon) (Catalonia, Spain). Made in better vintages, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007. Perfectly crazy to have a Gran Reserva on offer for under $15. Clean & warm nose with black & red cherry, cigar box, spice box, cocoa, scrub, vanilla. Pretty light and bright. Structured. A huge amount of wine for the money. Intense mineral. One of the best values in the shop. Gran Reserva – Exceptional vintages, Two years required in cask, Three years required in bottle. I love this wine. (Sam, lover of Cataregia).

MonteBro Priorat Crianza 2010 – 14.57 (Crianza – 2 years tank / barrel & bottle, most DOs require one of the years to be in oak). Vanilla, cocoa, ripe cherries – balanced & soft, mature oak on the finish. (Grenache / Carignan / Cabernet Sauvignon). Full bodied, nicely balanced, ripe tannins. Great with steak, great with lamb. The staggering price increases as people discovered the interesting non-indigenous blends and geology / micro-climate of Priorat made us very happy to find one we could put on the shelf under $15, especially for a Crianza. Check it out!