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Weekend Wine Tastings

French Wines for the Holidays with Liz Stern of Vineyard Road

Thursday, December 18th, 6 to 8pm

Featured Wines

NV Marie Courtin Resonance Extra Brut
Regularly $54.99, Tasting Price 46.74
This Blanc de Noir comes from grapes grown in a single, organically tended vineyard, which is incredibly rare in Champagne.  Thanks to Kimmeridgian limestone soil, this wine has mineral-accented aromas of lemon and white pepper and zingy minerality on the palate, balanced by deep citrus and pear notes. A true wine drinkers’ Champagne!

2009 Dom. des Cognettes Muscadet du Sevre et Main ‘Clisson’
Regularly 21.99, Tasting Price $18.69
Two brothers craft this exceptional, organic, Muscadet from the Melon du Bourgogne grape. Grown on a tiny patch of granite soil—the ‘Grand Cru’ of the region—the wine is aged for 5 years on the lees, resulting in a much fuller bodied version that many would expect from a region known for light, quaffable and not particularly serious wines. Combining the minerality for which the region is known, with more notes of honey and melon, this is special wine to be savored over shellfish.

2011 J.L. Chave St. Joseph Blanc ‘Celeste’
Regularly $32.99, Tasting Price $28.04
From a renowned winemaking family in the Northern Rhone, this 90% Roussanne, 10% Marsanne stunner comes from granitic slopes in the southern part of St. Joseph. The intense nose of baked pear and spice gives a good hint about the rich and lively body of the wine. The perfect winter white for roasted chicken or turkey and root vegetables.

2011 Bailiwick ‘Borderline’
Regularly $34.99, Tasting Price $29.74
This Pinot Noir sourced from two vineyards in the Marin AVA is de-stemmed before maceration with eight months of aging in 36% new French oak barrels. Both aromas and flavors hint at dark cherries, black tea, herbs and a touch of tarry oak.

2011 J.L. Chave St. Joseph ‘Offerus’
Regularly $32.99, Tasting Note $28.04
100% Syrah from the Southern part of St. Joseph, in the hands of this remarkable winemaker, you get the best expression of this wonderful grape. Dark red fruit and hints of forest floor are tempered by minerality and a bright finish.

Organic Wine Tasting with Jackson Jarmon of Mise
Friday, December 19th, 5 to 8pm

Featured Wines

Domaine de la Bregeonnette 2010 "Clos de la Coudray" Muscadet
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Stephane Orieux is a 3rd generation grower from the village of Vallet in Muscadet, Loire Valley. He farms organically, hand harvests from low yields over 10 hectares. Clos de la Coudray is a special parcel which he only produces when he has an excellent vintage. This 2010 shows an elegance usually not associated with this appelation. It is lively, crisp, with citrus peel and copious amounts of ocean brine, sea salt and steely minerality. It is well rounded by ageing in wooden cask on the lees. Enjoy this with everything from oysters, shrimp cocktail, uni or really just about anything from the sea. 

Pascal Pibaleau 2011 Cremant de Loire Rosé
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Pascal Pibaleau is a 4th generation grower from the village of Azay le Rideau, Touraine, Loire Valley. He farms biodynamically over 14 hectares on clay limestone soil. This Cremant is 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Grolleau, an indigenous grape to Touraine specifically used for Rosés. It is done in the traditional method with 9 months on the lees.  Small and soft bubbles with both strawberry fruit and tart rhubarb balance each other well with wild herbal notes and good length in the finish. Enjoy as an aperitif or goes well with first course appetizers too.

Walnut City Wineworks "OPN" Pinot Noir
Regularly $17.99, Tasting Price $15.29
Walnut City Wineworks, based in McMinnville, Willamette Valley Oregon, was started by two John's, Gilpin and Davidson who had practiced on the vineyard management grower side of the winemaking spectrum. They have built a custom crush facility and now have an excellent winemaker in Michael Lundeen formerly of Belle Pente. The OPN, short for Oregon Pinot Noir is a sneak peak into their current 2013 vintage. The wine is aged for a quick 8 months in neutral oak. The grapes were hand harvested from three of their Northern Willamette Valley vineyard sites. The fruit is 100% destemmed and then placed into small fermenters. The OPN introduces the 2013 vintage with expressive aromatics, strawberry and cherry fruit, light body and smooth finish.

Domaine Jean David 2011 Cotes du Rhones Villages Seguret
Regularly $26.99, Tasting Price $22.94
Jean David organically farms 16 hectares in the village of Seguret. He hand harvests from low yields and chooses to always wild yeast ferment and age in cement concrete tanks with the stems. Made from Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre and Carginan, this CDR is from 50 year old vines and shows both red and black fruits, black tea, generous peppery spice notes and a well rounded textured tannin in the finish. Will pair well with wild mushrooms, earthy flavors, charcuterie, steak, etc.

Bodegas Vinedos La Mejorada 2009 Villalar Oro
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
The monastery of La Mejorada, occupied by the Order of San Geronimo, was founded at the beginning of the 15th century by Don Fernando de Trastámara. Located between Valladolid, Salamanca and Segovia in Castilla y' Leon. The monastery and vines have been restored under the direction of proprietor and well regarded architect Rafael Moneo. 100% Tempranillo organically farmed, fermented in stainless steel and aged for one year in French neutral oak barrels. It is unflitered and very pure. Ruby red to purple fruit through the glass. Has aromatics and flavors of blackberry, tar earth, cedar, cocoa, leather and spice. A layered feel comes with this bottle ageing. A French and old world influence. Have this with wintery slow cooking, stews, braises and roasts.

Cotes du Rhone Seminar with Stephane Dumas
Saturday, December 20th, 4 to 7pm

Featured Wines

2012 Domaine Piaugier Cotes du Rhone Sablet Blanc
Regularly $21.99, Tasting Price $18.69

2011 Domaine de L’Ameillaud Cotes du Rhone
Regularly $13.99, Tasting Price $11.89

2011 Domaine les Bruyeres Crozes Hermitage
Regularly $31.99, Tasting Pric$27.19

2011 Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas
Regularly $39.99, Tasting Price $33.99