Since returning from our planned Winter Break, we had a Covid scare here at Coquine. One of our team members received a positive test result after returning to work. Out of concern for the rest of the team, and for our guests, we decided to shut down operations altogether, and to work with the Multnomah County Health Department to ensure the safest recovery and return.
Following MCHD mandates and guidelines, we have all adhered to strict quarantine requirements and received Covid tests following the appropriate waiting period. We’re going to complete the isolation period requirements to the fullest for the safety of our team and our guests, and will return to work next week with confidence. We extend our most sincere gratitude to those of you who have reached out with concern and well wishes.
New Wine Options for January
The New Year calls for a recalibration of our wine wants and needs, and that’s just what we’ve been up to. As per usual, we’ll continue to update our online cider, beer and wine offerings with seasonally appropriate options. In person, we’ll keep “The Cookie and Wine Window” stocked with winter appropriate reds, whites and rosés (as well as all the other color categories too!)
You can expect to see more everyday-wine options stocked for your mid-week enjoyment.
Ksandek will be offering a special Wine-Pop-In Shop on Tuesday, January 19 from 3pm to 6pm, at Coquine.
Please feel welcome to come by and stock up on weeknight sippers, as well as any special bottles you may like for celebrations to come.
Chef’s Glass – January 2021 – “Ksandek’s New Year’s Resolution” 3-pack
$75 / 3-pack
Eat more oysters. Drink more good wine.
I recently listened to a special-interest story on NPR in which the host and his guests had a discussion of will-power and why some people are more likely to succeed in keeping their New Year’s resolutions than others. I found it to be a particularly interesting presentation, and at risk of oversimplifying the conclusion, my self-serving take-away was that the secret to success when it comes to resolutions is to set oneself up for success from the very start.
So here I am, setting myself (and anyone else who cares to come along with me) up for success in 2021. I’ve resolved to eat more oysters (and responsibly harvested shellfish in general). In order to aid in this goal, I’m kicking the year off with a selection of one of the most classic companions for these delicious bivalves; Muscadet! Briny, fresh, mineral, and with an almost miraculous sense of balance. Light and cleansing, without being so nervy as to send shivers up your spine, there’s pleasing leesy-richness here, making these wines an ideal transition away from the decadence of our December tables and into the heart of winter.
Included in this set are three wines that offer some interesting perspective into a historically under-celebrated region.
2018 Jérôme Bretaudeau, “Gaïa,” – From vines planted in the 1960s this wine is made with indigenous yeast fermentation and then aged 18 months in concrete egg-shaped tanks.
2015 Domaine de la Pépière “Gorges” – Aged 42 months on lees this is compelling Cru Muscadet with some age!
2019 Jérémie Huchet “Chemin de la Prière” – Impossibly delicious Muscadet from a single terroir, expressive, proper, and for now, relatively unknown
Includes tasting notes, pairing suggestions, and a recipe to compliment the set
We also have a very limited number of French and Hungarian wine sets remaining