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Weekend Virtual Wine Tastings

Over the past 13 years we’ve had weekly wine, beer, spirits and food tastings. It was a very communal activity and hosts would always comment on how it was like one big family here. In this time of social distancing these tastings are not possible but, in trying to create some form of normalcy, we’re having “virtual” wine tastings. There will be wines for Friday and Saturday, available at the tasting 15% discount that come with tasting notes. Here’s this week’s “tasting”.

Friday’s Wines

Featured Wines

2018 Balestri Valda, Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy
Regularly $12.99, Tasting Price $10.99
From vineyards in the original `classico` zone of Soave on calcareous soils, this aromatic white has an abundace of stone fruits and blossom on the nose. The palate has a crisp acidity to balance the ripe peach and mineral character and finishes long and elegant.

2018 Inconnu, “Lalalu” Chardonnay, Contra Costa, California
Regularly $23.99, Tasting Price $20.39
Vines age between 20-30 years, farmed organically, alluvial clay loam soils, dry farmed, native yeast fermented in stainless steel, aged in a combination of stainless steel and a few neutral barrels. This all adds up to a very fresh, open and textured Chardonnay that’s as close to totally natural as you can get. Inconnu is our latest crush and we think you’re gonna like them.

2016 Riccardi Reale, “Collepazzo” Cesanese, Lazio, Italy
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
The “Collepazzo” is a deep and vivid hue of garnet in the glass. Produced sustainably in Italy’s Lazio region from the rarely seen Cesanese grape, this got a lot of positive feedback from our wine club members so we decided to bring it in for the shop. Pronounced notes of mulberry, juniper and roses positively spring from the glass with this wine and those characteristics continue on the palate with a silky, warming finish.

2016 Chateau des Rontets, “Cote de Besset” St. Amour, Beaujolais, France
Regularly $36.99, Tasting Price $31.44
A prime site in this northern most Beaujolais Cru, the Côte de Besset is on a slope of sandy soil and volcanic rock. Deft and etheral with a subtle volcanic influence, this is one of the finest wines from Saint-Amour- perfectly balanced, fruity and elegant.

2017 Vaglio, “Chacra” Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
This is 100% hand harvested Malbec is from a single vineyard in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo. The wine is dark with notes of dark fruits like plum, raisin and blackberry pie. The supple tannins and hint of oak lead to a round, smooth finish wrapped in caramel and walnuts.



Saturday’s Wines

Featured Wines

2018 Ca’ Di Sopra, “Uait” Ravenna Pinot Bianco, Romagna, Italy
Regularly $17.99, Tasting Price $15.29
Delicious and fresh, this is 100% Pinot Bianco from north-facing vineyards in Emilia-Romagna. Produced without any barrel-aging and no malolactic fermentation, this is soft and delicately aromatic with a pronounced minerality on the finish.

2018 Domaine des Huards, “Pure” Cheverny, Loire Valley, France
Regularly $24.99, Tasting Price $21.24
Just what it says, a very pure, precise and classy white wine that ages on its fine lees in tank before bottling early in the new year following harvest (usually February). Partial malolactic gives the wine a subtle softness while still maintaining a fresh profile of citrus and minerality.

2017 Antoine Sunier, Morgon, Beaujolais, France
Regularly $32.99, Tasting Price $27.99
Antoine Sunier’s Morgon is produced from a parcel of sixty year-old vines in the lieu dit of Croix de Chevre. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in old Burgundy casks. This is a beautiful and utterly classic young bottle of Morgon, offering up a deep and pure bouquet of black cherries, granitic soil, woodsmoke, and a touch of citrus zest. On the palate the wine is pure, full and focused, with a lovely core, excellent transparency, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex finish.

2018 Sorelli, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Regularly $9.99, Tasting Price $8.49
This is an elegant, classic expression of Sangiovese. Soft red berry flavors are dominant with a delicate note of rose petals on the nose. Its vibrancy and freshness with bright acidity will perfectly complement tomato based or creamy classic Italian dishes.

2017 Manaresi, Merlot, Colli Bolognesi, Italy
Regularly $22.99, Tasting Price $19.54
Merlot has been planted in Bologna for the last 100 years, if not longer. There are no native red varietals to these hills so this is really the red wine grown throughout the region, together with Cabernet. This is a very expressive version of Merlot that is a testament to the potential of the Colli Bolognesi. Small soft red fruits invest your senses. Vigorous and nimble at the same time, stylish and elegant, it shows strong but sweet tannins, reaching an ideal balance between roundness and freshness.