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Weekend Wine Tastings

French Wines on a Budget Tasting with Greg Meserole
Friday, September 12th, 5 to 8pm


2012 Chateau La Bastide Tradition Blanc - Corbieres
Regularly $13.99, Tasting Price $11.89
An exciting blend of Roussanne, Vermentino and Bourblenc, this wine has crisp stone fruit flavors of peach and apricot, a broad mouth feel and an acidic mineral finish. The mouth watering flavors of lemon and citrus peel makes this an easy option for roasted fish or poultry.

2013 Paul Buisse “Clos Berger” Vouvray - Loire Valley
Regularly $13.99, Tasting Price $11.89
This wine has a beautiful straw-yellow color backed by a slight tint of silver, with aromas of acacia, lemon and candied fruit. On the palate this wine is a wonderful balance between lemon curd and fresh lemon with luscious yellow apple fruit. This is great wine for appetizer or hors d’ouevres like pates and cheeses.


2010 Maison Trenel Fils St Amour - Beaujolais
Regularly Price 22.99, Tasting Price $19.54
Intense ruby colored wine, this Cru Beaujolais opens up in the glass to reveal pleasing aromas of ripe redcurrant and cherry. The palate is full of flavors of freshly picked red raspberry with a dusty granite mineral component that is unmistakably Beaujolais. I like reds with bright freshness and tangy acidity with duck or game birds.

2012 Vignoble Dampt Bourgogne Rouge “Les Beaumonts” - Epineuil, Chablis
Regularly $24.99, Tasting Price $21.74
From a satellite just south of Chablis, this is the coolest climate in Burgundy for Pinot Noir. This really shows in the wine with beautiful floral aromatics. On the palate there are flavors of tart red cherries and cranberries, with hints of thyme and finishes with racy acidity. Fatty cheeses, roasted chickens and roast beef are all wonderful accompaniments with wines of this type.

2011 Chateau La Bastide Tradition Rouge - Corbieres
Regularly $13.99, Tasting Price $11.89
Dark purple color, with aromas of blue and black fruit, coupled with dried herbs hint at what is to come. Flavors of ripe blueberry, red raspberry and deliciously ripe flavors of blackberry warm the palate while accents of herbs de Provence lead to firm tannins and enough acid to balance. Hearty meats like lamb or braised beef are ideal with this wine.


Pinot Noir Style Comparison with Dave Saul
Saturday, September 13th, 4 to 7pm

Featured Wines

2012 Holloran Stafford Hill - Willamette Valley, Oregon
Regular $23.99, Tasting Price $20.39
A nose full of spice and succulent black cherries leads into a snappy combo of dark currants and cherries that makes for an outstanding example of Willamette Pinot Noir. On the palate this also has the trademark black cherry cola with a fun, fresh tang of ripe fruit on the finish. A great red for warm salads or classics like chicken and salmon.

2011 Lemelson Vineyards Thea’s Selection - Willamette Valley, Oregon
Regular Price $35.99, Tasting Price $30.59
Black raspberry, cherry pit, peppery spices and licorice on the nose and palate.  Silky, broad and open-knit, with hints of candied flowers and smoke emerging with aeration. Finishes supple and gently sweet, leaving notes of allspice and bitter cherry behind.  I find this expressive Pinot very approachable now. This is the kind of red I like with pan roasted filet mignon and a mushroom red wine sauce.

2013 Block Nine - California
Regular Price $13.99, Tasting Price $11.89
This is surprisingly good wine for the money as I am typically suspicious of inexpensive Pinot Noir. Rich, black fruit such as blackberry and mulberry with a juicy, fun and pleasant finish. This is good everyday Pinot Noir that is great burger and pizza wine.

2012 Patz &Hall - Sonoma Coast, California
Regular Price $49.99, Tasting Price $42.49
Expressive aromas of cranberry, plum, brown spices and forest floor, along with a meaty nuance.  Supple and bright, with dark plum and earth flavors lifted by aromatic spices.  A very representative, ripe Sonoma Coast blend with good breadth and immediate appeal. I love to drink great Cali Pinot with coal-grilled flank steak or filet.

2010 Domaine Doudet Naudin Bourgogne Rouge - Burgundy, France
Regular Price $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Rarely will you see good Burgundy that is this nicely priced. This Bourgogne rouge captures much of the feminine beauty and elegant red cherry and raspberry fruit. These are wonderful light reds to experiment with. Try this with chicken in a tarragon cream sauce.

2010 Closerie Des Alisiers Pommard “La Rue au Port” - Burgundy, France
Regular Price $44.99, Tasting Price $38.24
This shows classic Pommard character, with aromas of black cherry, with hint of earth and mushroom. On the palate the black cherry continues with beautiful bing cherry fruit and bitter herb. This wine finishes with dusty fine grained tannins and continues with to a long finishes of cherry. This is the classic soft runny cheese and baguette kind of wine.