Saturday, February 20, 2010

In Store Tasting All Day Saturday and Sunday February 20th and 21st

Stop in the shop any time from 10-7 Saturday and 12-5 Sunday to taste some terrific everyday wines. Scroll down for todays tasting menu - to view on the web or to purchase online click here:

Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc Provence
$27.00. SALE $24 on six bottles, $22.50 by the dozen.

This little known wine rarely makes it out of the picturesque region where it is grown in vineyards hugging the breathtakingly beautiful Mediterranean. It is one of my favorite whites (outside of Burgundy!) and we are happy to stock it every year while supplies last. Comprised of 50% Marsanne, 35% Clairette and 15% Ugni Blanc, Domaine du Bagnol has fashioned a wine that is the epitome of fresh white from Provence. The thing that separates this crisp refresher from the pack are the layers of flavors that unfold in the glass, making this a stimulating wine on many levels. Melons, white peach, honeydew with pears making an appearance as the wine resolves in a long finish. Lovely cleansing acidity, a wealthy of juicy fruit and nice texture. Ready to enjoy now so no need to wait.

Region: Cassis (Provence), France
Grapes: 50% Marsanne, 35% Clairette and 15% Ugni Blanc
Drink: Now - 2011
Cuisine: Seafood of all sorts -  seared or sushi style scallops, tuna, swordfish, rouget, fresh sardines, or as an aperitif with anti-pasti, olives, cheeses, saucissons, crusty bread.

Castel del Soave Aremcolo Salento Rosso 2008
Reg. $16.50 SALE $15.00

For over 40 years, the Marra family has farmed their picturesque hillside vineyards located near Brindisi. It is there that they produce this dynamite blend of 80% Negroamaro and 20% Malvasia Nera di Lecce, which actually could be classified as Salice Salentino. But the two Francesco's (Marra, and his friend, Winspeare) choose to not follow the barrel aging laws as they only seek to make the best wine possible from their gorgeous fruit. Juicy and ripe, with clean raspberry fruit, hints of spice and lilac. Versatile wine and great Cellar Defender candidate!

Region: Salento, Italy
Grapes: Negro Amaro 80%, Malvasia Nera di Lecce 20%
Cuisine: Pasta with tomato sauce, pizza, lasagne, grilled meats, chicken

2005 Chateau Les Hauts d'Aglan Cahors
Reg $17.50 - SALE $15.50

This family owned estate controls 12 hectares of pristine vineyards in Cahors. Utilizing organic farming techniques and choosing to vinify the wine completely in stainless steel, they put the emphasis on fruit purity. 100% Cot (Malbec), this wine is really showy with red fruits dominating, hints of black pepper, mixed wild berries and game. Excellent persistence and presence, it is a wine that is relentlessly rooted in its terroir yet delivers joys to those who love juicy, ripe fruit. A beauty to enjoy now through 2013.

Region: Cahors (South-West), France
Grape: 100% Cot (Malbec)
Vinification: Stainless Steel (No Oak)
Cuisine: Hearty dishes, beef, lamb, stews, cassoulet, game
Farming: Organic Practices
Drink: Now - 2013

WillowBrook 2008 Pinot Noir Sonoma County
Reg. $24.00 - SALE $24.00

Ripe, rich and ready to love, this Pinot Noir is another new find that I think you'll find hard to resist. Greg Lafollette of Tandem and Flowers does the consulting for this small outfit which comes from part mountain fruit and part Russian River Valley fruit. Dark cherry tones with good weight and succulent raspberry jam and subtle spice, the 2008 is a gorgeous example of the high quality, balanced juice coming from Sonoma these days. A remarkable, tasty treat that is ready to drink!

Region: Sonoma County, CA
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Drink: Now - 2012
Cuisine: Quail, Poussins, Roasted Chicken light meats like pork, grilled salmon or tuna
ABV: 14.3% 

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