September Tasting Calendar Come join us Friday from 4 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, September 4th: No Tasting on this Holiday Weekend

We’re (me, myself and I…and Kathleen) taking the holiday weekend off. We’ll be back with a fantastic month of tastings next week. Check it out below.

Friday, September 11th: Italian Whites, the Answer to Warm Weather Woes ($15)

When we get into the fall the tasting themes begin to lean more to cool/cold weather reds.We start to wind down on our white tastings so I wanted to close it out with my two favorite whites; Italy and Burgundy. Right now I’m drinking so many amazing Italian whites at home at all prices I could pour 5 flights and still not be done. Make sure you make it to this one!

Friday, September 18th: A Comparative Tasting/ Benchmark Red Burgundy and Oregon Pinot Noir ($18)

This is going to be frighteningly cool! With the Burgundian style vintage of 2013 here at home and the run of open, delicious Red Burgundy vintages (White as well, see below) in the last few years this will be as close to a transparent look into both styles of Pinot Noir from this grape varieties best two terroirs in the world. I think the comparison will be as clear a look as we’ve ever had. You know the story, If you like or love Pinot ……………………….for this tasting!!!!

Friday, September 25th: One More Time, I’m Not Done Yet! White Burgundy ($18)

The two White Burgundy tastings we hosted this past summer were two of the most lauded tastings I can remember. As far as I could tell EVERYONE was blown away and customers that usually don’t spend a lot for wine were, let’s just say, buying way above their comfort level. It’s just that when one tastes wines so amazing at such a young age while still showing the structure to improve for years, it’s rare. Seriously, I’ve been such a Burghead for decades and I can never remember a run of vintages like the last five (2010 thru 2014) where the whites have been so darn tasty right out gate giving up the lime blossom, mineral, lip smacking deliciousness that only White Burgundy can give. Annnnnnd, usually only after a number of years of bottle age. We’re in the golden age for these amazing whites and when a wine lover with a good palate that can appreciate greatness tastes these it’s readily apparent that you’re in the presence of something very special. Saddle up, pony on up and get on down here. I mean it.

Dead Serious White Burgundy ($18) Friday, August 28th, 2015 4 pm – 7:30 pm

I’ve said it before. I simply can’t believe how good the White Burgundies have been since the 2009 vintage. I mean; 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013……………………take your pick. The Domaines that focus on quality all made fantastic wines in each of these vintages. With the exception of 2010 the wines for the most part can be enjoyed upon release yet each vintage has the lemony acidity and mineral strength to age and improve for years to come. 2010 you ask? One of the finest vintages in recent memory. The best are a bit tight and closed in right now but believe me they will be as good as any wine gets in a few years and the best premier and grand crus will improve for decades! Hopefully you listened to me back in 2012 and squirreled some away. The good ones are long gone.

Let’s talk lineup. You have the opportunity to taste some amazing white wines come this Friday. The two Chablis’ are delicious premier crus from the amzing 2013 vintage. Both estates are firing on all cylinders making some of the finest wines in the region. My personal benchmark for White Burgundy is Domaine Leflaive. Pierre Morey (premium Pour) was the winemaker at Domaine Leflaive for 20 years from 1988- 2008. This is one of the most respected positions you can have as a winemaker in the Cote D’Or. Through Anne- Claude Leflaive he learned all about biodynamic winemaking and vine growing as Leflaive was one of the first Domaines in Burgundy to adopt that culture. Over the years he has applied those principles to his own very small domaine. In my opinion, Pierre Morey makes some of the purest, most transparent and mineral driven Chardonnays in the world. His Domaine is minute and finding the wines in America is almost impossible. And you, my lucky oenophile, can taste one here, this Friday!!!


The Lineup

2014 Jean- Paul Brun, Beaujolais Blanc $17
Charnay- Beaujolais

2013 Domaine de la Feuillarde, Saint Veran $24

2013 Domaine Marc Colin, Bourgogne Blanc “Les Combes” $27
St. Aubin

2013 Domaine Pinson ” Mont de Milieu” 1er Cru $37

2013 Domaine Gilbert Picq, Chablis “Vosgros” 1er Cru $45

Premium Pour ($9)
2012 Domaine Pierre Morey, Meursault “Les Terres Blanches” $95

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.

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

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…….

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)