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Weekend Wine Tastings

European Vacation with Casey
Friday, February 21st, 5 to 8pm

Featured Wines

2018 Pepp, Gruner Veltliner, Niederösterreich, Austria
Regularly $10.99, Tasting Price $9.34
Gruner Veltliner is one of the most versatile white grape varieties, and we love it in the winter time.  Equal parts rich and refreshing, this bottling from Pepp is an outstanding example of Niederosterreich Gruner Veltliner.  The body is lively, and the mouthfeel and flavor are comforting on a cold night.

2018 Les Equilibristes, “Bouillon Aux Dames” Anjou, Loire Valley, France
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Equilibristes has become one of our favorite new producers in the shop.  It’s a project that features a traveling wine maker seeking high quality wines around France with a focus on organic, low-sulphur, highly expressive wines at a great price.  This Chenin Blanc is as rich and exciting as many other Loire Valley Chenin that are much more expensive.  This wine will please any lovers of Vouvray.

2017 Les Équilibristes, “Le Virevoltant” Carignan, Languedoc, France
Regularly $23.99, Tasting Price $20.39
Arguably the best wine from Equilibristes, this Carignan is amazing.  The body of the wine is smooth and seductive, and the mouthfeel is bursting with pure, red fruit flavor.  This wine is amongst the best Carignan we’ve tasted, and has seriously changed our opinion about what quality of wines are possible in the south of France.

2017 Morisfarms, Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy
Regularly $14.99, Tasting Price $12.69
Morellino di Scansano is a specific part of the Maremma, the south-western part of Tuscany.  In Morellino, only a few wineries really matter, and MorisFarms is one of them.  Though they have an English name, the family immigrated from Spain to Morellino in the 1700’s and have been producing wine there ever since.  A little warmer than their neighbors in Chianti, and closer to the ocean, this is one of the more open, fruit-driven, spicy Sangiovese styles.  Extremely pleasing and easy to drink.

2017 Chateau La Grolet, Côtes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
The Hubert family make old school, soulful wines in the northern right bank of Bordeaux.  Long time biodynamic farming, old vines, traditional cellar work (no added yeasts of enzymes), and subtle use of oak gives this young wine an earth complexity and depth that is sadly lacking from today’s cookie-cutter, oaky, over-extracted Bordeaux.  Grown on gravel and silt-based clay terroir, this is totally classic and delicious Bordeaux.

 

New Selections with John
Saturday, February 22nd, 4 to 7pm

Featured Wines

2018 Quinta de Chocapalha, Arinto, Lisboa, Portugal
Regularly $12.99, Tasting Price $10.99
Vinified and aged entirely in stainless steel, this wine is aged on its fine lees for five months before bottling to lend a level of richness and complexity that supplements the crisp citrus character of the wine. Notes of tropical fruits, white flowers and just a suggestion of hazelnut make this a wonderfully tasty wine that should appeal to a broad array of palates.

2018 Domaine de l’Enclos, Chablis, Burgundy, France
Regularly $26.99, Tasting Price $22.94
Brothers Romain and Damien Bouchard grew up making wines with their father and so when the opportunity to take over a property in 2005 and start their own Domaine appeared, they jumped at the chance. The brothers took the additional step of not releasing any wines until the new Domaine was certified organic, so the inaugural offering was the 2016 vintage. This wine boasts bright, lifted citrus fruit on the nose. The flavors on the palate are extremely concentrated, balanced with beautiful acidity.

2016 Domaine de Colette, Moulin-a-Vent, Beaujolais, France
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
If Fleurie’s “feminine” aspect has caused it to be known as the “queen” of the Beaujolais crus, Moulin-à-Vent could be seen as the “king”. Ruby-red, this wine has fascinating aromas of iris and rose, as well as spices and ripe red fruits. The same flavors continue on the palate, supported by a great minerality and silky tannins.

2016 Azienda Agricola Frascole, Chianti Rufina, Tuscany, Italy
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
From the smallest of Chanti’s subzones comes this gem of a wine. Totally organic since 1999, Frascole produces this wine from Sangiovese with just a small amount of Canaiolo and Colorino to round out the blend. Ripe and rich with firm but suave tannins, this is a very generous wine both aromatically as well as on the palate. Dark cherry and berry notes are framed by subtle earthy spice and just a hint of smoke.

2018 Le Bio Balthazar, Minervois, Languedoc-Rousillon, France
Regularly $9.99, Tasting Price $8.49
I love finding these kinds of wines. To find something that’s tasty and satisfying and that drinks like a more serious wine for really wallet-friendly prices is a treat for me. This organic Minervois is totally one of those wines. An 80/20 blend of Syrah and Grenache, this wine is deep garnet-red with purple tints. This offers a complex and rich nose with rosemary, blackcurrant, black cherries and garrigue that continue on the palate. Full and smooth with a long finish.