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New Releases From Pisoni Winery

Last month, I had a chance to meet Gary Pisoni, farmer and Pioneer of Pinot Noir. Not just a clever use of alliteration – Gary is, possibly, the single most important innovator in domestic Piont Noir production. The son of Italian immigrants and lettuce farmers in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Gary was the first to attempt to grow Pinot Noir in the region waaaay back in 1982. At the time – there was no water source on the hillside property his family owned. So enamored of the location was he, Gary resolved to drive a water truck from the valley floor up to his vineyards until a prolific well was dug. This took ten years, but Gary was son passionate about his wines that he continued diving that truck down the hill, filling it with water, and driving it back up again to sustain his grapes.

Lucia Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, 2009

Never available in the St. Louis market, this gem will garner high ratings.

Wait for the scores and you’re likely to miss out.


Lucia Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard,

Santa Lucia Highlands 2009

Handcrafted by the Pisoni family from fruit grown on the Garys’ Vineyard. A collaberation between Gary Francioni & Gary Pisoni, this vineyard contains Pinot Noir and a small plot of Syrah.

It’s a Sad Day at Lukas

Hannah, our full-time wine buyer, is moving on “to greener pastures”.  Her love has always been in the Health Care Industry, she will be beginning a new venture at Children’s Hospital.  Hannah has been with me for almost 2 years.  She has done a great job at Lukas and I will miss her a lot.  Her last day, if you would like to say good-bye, is Saturday, March 5th. 



Three New Apéritifs

Cardamaro Amaro


From Piemonte, producer Giovanni Bosca uses wine from his estate as the base for this amaro. He then infuses the wine with two very curious ingredients — cardoon, which is a relative of the artichoke, and Blessed Thistle. The resulting spirit is less bitter than many amari, with a smooth, nutty, candied winter spice quality to it.


Cocchi Barolo Chinato



A glass of Cocchi’s Barolo chinato is not a vinous experience you’re likely to soon forget! In addition to quinine bark, rhubarb, gentian and a final addition of somewhat secreted spices, including cardamom seed, are added to this pleasantly bitter tipple, which ranks up there with Fernet Branca as the world’s best digestivo.

Bonal Gentiane-Quina


Bonal Gentiane-Quina, once nicknamed “ouvre l’appetit” (the key to the appetite), is a delicious aperitif wine that has been in production since 1865. It is made by infusing gentian root, herbs from the Grande Chartreuse mountains, and cinchona (quinine), in a Mistelle base, producing a wine that is known for its complexity. It is traditionally enjoyed neat, on ice with a twist, or in many classic mixed drinks.

Wine Hits of the Weekend!!! Feb 19th

Thank you to all that came out Saturday, and helped put these products on the Hits of the Weekend List.  This weeks winners are as follows:

1st Place: Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon ($7.99)

2nd Place: Raymond Collection Field Blend ($10.99)

3rd Place: Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc ($8.99)

4th Place:Line 39 Petite Sirah ($8.99)

5th Place: Frank Family Zinfandel ($24.99)

Yummy!!!  We had such a great line up this week we hope you enjoyed it.  Please let us know what you thought and if you have any suggestions.