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Weekend Wine Tastings

Autumnal French and Spanish Wines with Manny Gonzales
Friday, September 13th, 5 to 8pm

Featured Wines

NV Bouvet-Ladubay, Excellence Brut Rosé, Loire, France
Regularly $15.99, Tasting Price $13.59
Since 1851, Bouvet Ladubay, in the Loire Valley, has been one of France’s greatest producers of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine. This Cabernet Franc sparkler carries the nuances of this great red varietal with aromas of currants, dried black fruit leaves and hints of smoke with the elegance of méthode traditionnelle.

2018 Arínzano, Pago de Arínzano Hacienda Blanco, Vinos de Pago, Spain
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
The Señorío de Arínzano estate has been recognized for the excellence of its vineyards since the 11th century, when the noble Sancho Fortuñones de Arínzano first produced wines on the property. This 100% chardonnay spends 1 year in French oak, mostly old, giving it a toasty aroma one might find in Chassagne-Montrachet with a vibrant mouthfeel found in Northern Spain. This estate itself sits with it’s own D.O. called Pagos de Arinzano as a monopole appellation.

2015 Artadi, “Pasos de San Martín” Garnacha, Navarra, Spain
Regularly $24.99, Tasting Price $20.99
Artadi began this project in 1996 in the medieval village of San Martin, Navarra. This is 100% Garnacha (Grenache) aged for 1 year in large French oak barrels giving the Garnacha a round mouthfeel and rich structure of dark fruits, soft acid, firm tannins and an austere power in the finish.

2015 Artadi, “Viñas de Laguardia” Rioja, Spain
Regularly $24.99, Tasting Price $20.99
Founded in 1985 in the village of Laguardia, Rioja the LaCalle and Laorden family’s continue to strive to keep alive the viticulture of tradition and produce what they call the “living wine”. The 100% single village tempranillo rests for 1 year in French oak to develop deep flavors of mulch, dried fruits, smoked meats and leather.

2016 Pierre Amadieu, Gigondas, Rhone, France
Regularly $25.99, Tasting Price $21.99
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, this family run estate is situated in the heart of the Southern Rhone with the galet soils of Gigondas being their primary village of vineyards. Based with Grenache and only 20% Syrah the palate is round but linear with small berry fruits, fresh acidity and ripe tannins. A brief time in large oak vats preserves the fruity structure that finishes with an earthy mouthfeel of mineralty.

 

Cotes du Rhone Seminar with Peter Dorfman
Saturday, September 14th, 4 to 7pm

Featured Wines

2016 Domaine Boisson, Cairanne Blanc, Rhone, France
Regularly $17.99, Tasting Price $15.29
Cairanne Blanc is a fairly rare wine in that it represents less than 5% of the wines of Cairanne.  Always rich and full-bodied, this wine from the south has mineral undertones. Composed from a blend of Clairette, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Bourboulenc this shows notes of white peach and pears with subtle notes of tropical fruits and anise seed.

2017 Vins de Vienne, Cotes du Rhone Blanc “Les Laurelles”, Rhone, France
Regularly $17.99, Tasting Price $15.29
The wines bottled under the Vins de Vienne label are a collaborative passion project from three of the Rhone Valley’s most esteemed and celebrated winemakers – Yves Cuilleron, Francois Villard, and Pierre Gaillard. The cuvee Les Laurelles is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, and Clairette and it shows notes of orchard fruits, white flowers and citrus with a rich palate that offers a pleasing richness and a stony minerality on the finish.

2018 Domaine de Mourchon, Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret “Loubié”, Rhone, France
Regularly $17.99, Tasting Price $15.29
This rosé from Seguret is blend of Grenache and Syrah that utilizes both direct press and saignee for the production. Grown on a mixture of limestone, clay, and grey sandstone, the wine is produced without any oak aging to best preserve its natural bright red fruit tones. Juicy and refreshing with enough structure and body to stand up to a wide variety of dishes like spicy Asian cuisine or barbecue.

2016 Domaine Gramenon, Cotes du Rhone “Poignee de Raisins”, Rhone, France
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
A young(-ish)vine Grenache produced naturally and released early, this atypical Côtes-du-Rhône is designed specifically to quench thirst while showcasing the scrumptious flavor of fermented biodynamic grapes. Hand harvested and fermented spontaneously using only native yeast, the wine is aged approximately one year in neutral barrique. Fresh, exuberant, and expressive, this wine is a gorgeous expression of Grenache from a true natural wine pioneer.

2016 Vins de Vienne, Cotes du Rhone Rouge “Les Cranilles”, Rhone, France
Regularly $17.99, Tasting Price $15.29
The companion red wine to the Les Laurelles, Vins de Vienne’s cuvee Les Cranilles is a standard-bearer for the superb value and quality that can be found in the wines of the Rhone Valley. Composed primarily of Grenache with lesser amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre, this wine is powerful and intense with notes of blackberry, clove, pepper, and a pleasant wild/gamey finish. Despite its intense character, the wine is very smooth on the finish.