Refreshing French Rosé ($15) Friday, June 19th, 4 pm – 7:30 pm

I can’t help myself. In my world, if it’s rosé, it’s French. I didn’t set out to pick all French. As a matter of fact I tasted about 35 different ones from everywhere imaginal and picked the best. After I had transfered from the master sheet to the final cut only then did I realize that they were all French. I thought to myself, “of course.” Needless to say I think this is a terrific lineup of six wines that are the definition of rosé.
Sandy

The Lineup

2014 Domaine Vetriccie, Ile De Beauté $11
Corse- Corsica

2014 Domaine De La Fouquette, Cuvee Roseé D’ Aurore $16
Cotes De Provence

2014 Chateau De Trinquevedal, Tavel Rosé $17
Rhone Valley

2014 Rousseau Freres, Noble Joué $18
Loire Valley

2014 Clos Alivu, Patrimonio Rosé $20
Corsica

Premium Pour ($3)
2013 Clos Cibonne, Tibouren “Cuvee Tradition” $27
Provencal Cru Classe

And, don’t forget that next week, Friday June 26th, we’ll be featuring Oregon Pinot Noir & Red Burgundy.

Castell’ In Villa’s Beautiful Tuscan Reds

If You’re a Fan of Brunello Di Montalcino or the Best in Tuscan Reds These Wines are for You!

2010 Chianti Classico
2006 Chianti Classico Riserva
2008 Chianti Classico Riserva
2006 Chianti Classico Riserva/ Magnum

Located in the Castelnuovo Berardenga village in the Chianti Classico Zone, Principessa Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa creates my favorite Tuscan wines. They’re ultra traditional & taste of the soil. This is Italian wine at it’s finest!

It’s hard for me to express just how much I love these wines. I first discovered them when tasting thru Tuscany back in 04. We had the 1977 Riserva at a terrific restaurant in Val d’ Elsa and when we finished the bottle I said, “who are these people?” The next day I made an appt. and it was one of my most treasured experiences. I’ve sent many customers to visit the Principessa and they’ve all come back raving. Everything she does is first class. In their incredible restaurant the furniture is all built out of the olive trees that grow on the property. Every chair and table is different. I could go on and on but let’s discuss what it’s all about…….

THE WINES
When I drink Italian wines I’m looking for that cedary, spicy, earthy thing that is Italy and only Italy. French wines can be earthy but it’s a different smell and taste. The wines of Castell’ In Villa express this to the fullest. These are not fruity cherry and berry. The are savory and the aromas and flavors are of dried fruits & flowers, minerals with a dusty, earthy core. This is Italian wine at its best!

I’ve mentioned before that I plan to offer more European wines. Oregon Pinot is fantastic and worthy of any cellar but creating a wine cellar is all about balance. The Banneret Chateauneuf that we just offered is a perfect start at aquiring a great French wine. Castell’ In Villa’s wines are among the finest Italians that you can lay down. I prefer them to almost any Bunello I’ve had. We plan to continue to offer you the best in local Pinots but we’ll also be searching the world of fine wine to bring you wines that speak of the place they are grown. And these two are a great start!

The Offer

Castell’ In Villa/ Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany

2010 Chianti Classico/ Retail $26
Case $21.25 ($255)
Six Pack $23 ($138)

2006 Chianti Classico Riserva/ Retail $62
Case $52 ($624)
Six Pack $55 ($330)
Magnum $120

2008 Chianti Classico Riserva/ Retail $59
Case $50 ($600)
Six Pack $53 ($318)

Honoring the Vast Diversity of Oregon Winegrowing ($15) Friday May 22nd 2015 4 pm – 7:30 pm

May is Oregon wine month so I decided to honor the amazing strides our great state has taken in a very short time. We often feature Oregon Pinot Noir and I wanted this tasting to be different. Many people think we’re about Pinot and nothing else. No doubt, our Pinots are world famous and that’s whats made our reputation. But if you look at a map of Oregon you’ll notice we’re a state of many different climates and landscapes. The Willamette Valley is the perfect place to grow Pinot because of its cool climate as Pinot doesn’t take to heat. But heat loving grapes like Syrah, Cab and Tempranillo thrive in the warmer areas like Southern Oregon. So we have a tasting of different styles of different grapes from different areas showing the “vast diversity of our great state!” I think this is an ideal flight to honor “Oregon Wine Month.”

Sandy

The Lineup

2014 Hamacher, Rosé of Pinot Noir $18
Willamette Valley

2013 Brandborg Winery, White Pinot Noir $22
Umpqua Valley- Southern Oregon

2013 Ken Wright Cellars, Pinot Blanc $23
Freedom Hill/ Meredith Mitchell Vineyards

2011 Abacela Vineyards, Tempranillo “Estate” $34
Umpqua Valley- Southern Oregon

2012 Shea Wine Cellars, Pinot Noir “Estate” $40
Yamhill- Carlton

Premium Pour ($5)
2011 Cowhorn Vineyard & Gardens, Syrah 42 “Estate” $45
Applegate Valley- Southern Oregon

And, don’t forget that next week, Friday May 29th, we’ll be featuring the Killer B’s: Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Refreshing, Delicious, Delectable Dry Rosé ($15) Friday, May 15th, 2015 4 pm – 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines

It really pleases me that we, the wine drinkers of America, were able to get over the notion that the benchmark for all rosé was White Zinfandel. It was a battle and I personally fought it long and hard. 19 years ago in our first year I’ll bet we didn’t even carry one dry rosé. Believe it or not we did carry White Zin. I mean, you have to give the customer what they want and back then there were quite a few fans.Slowly rosé came into fashion and I can proudly say we have a boatload of tasty, dry Rosé from all over the world.

I just love this flight we’ve lined up for you this week. My favorite style is the pale, refreshing ones from Provence and we have a couple of unique ones. Clos Cibonne was responsable for saving the Tibouren variety from extinction. It’s made under a veil of flor aged in 500 year old large vats. Palette is the tiniest appellation in Provence and when you can find one you are drinking the definition of Provence Rosé.

The Frizzante (slightly sparkling), thirst quenching Ca’ Montebello is simply a surprising delight! I’d never had the Pique Poul Noir from Foncalieu before yesterday. Let’s just say it knocked out one of my favorites from the lineup. Value? You’ve got it in spades in the Jumilla from Spain. AND, the Canorgue is a top three of mine each and every year. The only problem is trying to get some.

So there you have it. I can’t wait!
Sandy

The Lineup

2014 Castillo De Jumilla, Rosado De Monastrell $10
Jumilla- Spain 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre)

2014 Foncalieu, Pique Poul Rosé $16
Southwest France 100% Pique Poul Noir

2014 Ca” Montebello, Rosato Frizzante $16
Oltrepo Pavese, Italy 100% Pinot Nero

2014 Chateau La Canorgue, Rosé de Luberon $20
Rhone- Luberon, France Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre

2014 Chateau Henri Bonnaud, Palette Rosé $27
Palette- Provence, France Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre

Premium Pour ($3)
2013 Clos Cibonne, Tibouren Rosé “Cuvee Speciale Des Vignettes” Provence- France 100% Tibouren $32

And, don’t forget that next week Friday May 22nd, in honor of Oregon Wine Month, we’ll feauture wines from all over Oregon.

Friday Wine Tastings in May Come join us Friday from 4 pm – 7:30 pm @ Mt Tabor Fine Wines!

Friday, May 1st: Another Trip Down Italy’s Less Traveled Wine Roads ($15)

Always a fun and educational tasting, come learn about Italy’s less known wines like Aglianco from Campania and Lagrien from Alto Adige. It’s not all about Tuscany & the Piemonte, you know.

Friday, May 8th: French Reds. It’s a Tough Job but Somebody’s Got to Do It ($15)

Yep, that’s my job for this one. Scouring the French countryside lookin’ for something tasty. I don’t think that will be very hard. Let’s see; Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Loire Valley, the Jura & Savoie and on and on and on and on. Can’t help but be one great tasting!

Friday, May 15th: Dry Rosé; Bring on Summer! ($15)

Time to check out the new batch of delightful dry rosé. I think French is hard to beat and we’ll take a look at the Loire Valley, Provence and more. Other potentials include Italy, Oregon and you never know what else.

Friday, May 22nd: May is Oregon Wine Month and We’re Joining the Party ($15)

We’ll participate in Oregon Wine Month by pouring wines from all over our great state. Umpqua Valley, Columbia Gorge and, of course, the Willamette Valley will all be featured. Come help us celebrate and enjoy the fine wines we can call our own.

Friday, May 29th: The Return of the Killer B’s; Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera ($15)

We begin the month with the lesser known wines of Italy and end with some of the finest and most famous red wines in the world. The great Baroli and Barbareschi made from the Nebbiolo grape produce some of the longest lived wines. In my opinion, a 20 year old, perfectly stored wine like these makes for some of the most exciting drinking possible.I can’t say it enough, buy some, lay them down in a cool spot in your home or rent space at a wine storage facility and you will have fine wine drinking at its best. Just be patient!