Club Wines: May 2016

by jill on May 25, 2016

Gastronomist: Sancerre

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You asked for Sancerre so WE GAVE YOU SANCERRE! Seriously though, Sancerre gets talked about A LOT. Because of their crisp fruitiness, the whites of Sancerre are a common gateway drug for a lot of wine-drinkers. We included both a white and a red example from biodynamic winemaker Vincent Gaudry.

2014 Sancerre Blanc “Tournebride”  Sauvignon Blanc is known for being over-the-top fruity but here it has more of a mineral edge, which makes it easy to pair with a variety of different foods – creamy foods, spicy foods, peppery foods, GO WILD.

2014 Sancerre Rouge “Vincengetroix”  The red wines from the Sancerre region are exclusively made from Pinot Noir grapes. Just like their white wine counterparts, the reds can also be minerally and flinty. Gaudry’s “Vincengetroix” is soft and silky with tea-like tannins.

Naturalist: Jura

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The Jura is a treasure trove for all wine-geeks. This small, isolated region that sits between Burgundy and Switzerland has a very wide range of styles. This month we picked traditional examples from biodynamic winery Domaine de la Pinte.

2012 ‘Fonteneille’ Chardonnay – Chardonnay expresses itself in many different forms. This one is intentionally oxidized and takes on a nutty, sherry-like character.

2012 ‘La Capitaine’ Rouge  This light and ethereal red is a blend of the 3 main grapes of the Jura region – Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir. It’s bright with a fresh acidity, perfect for those hot summer days when you still want to drink something red.

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Club Wines: April 2016

by whitney on April 23, 2016

Gastronomist: Bordeaux vs. Napa Valley

This month we’re featuring reds from two very traditional wine regions – Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Bring out your inner wine geek, open both bottles at once and do a little compare and contrast.

2010 Chateau Moulin Canon Fronsac Rouge– This easy-drinking red is made from grapes sourced from two vineyards in Canon-Fronsac (Bordeaux). Primarily Merlot with a bit of Malbec, this wine has a soft, fruity character that will shine when paired with roasted meats and herbs from the garden.

2013 Ultraviolet Cabernet Sauvignon – This is a sturdy, structured red that resembles what we love most about Bordeaux – that chewy, earthy mouthfeel with a light scent of tobacco. Ultraviolet is a project headed by Napa winemaker Samantha Poe. The wine is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with just a bit of Cabernet Franc.

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Naturalist: Agnes and Rene Mosse

Agnes and Rene Mosse live and work in the Coteaux-du-Layon area of Anjou (Loire Valley, France). They’ve worked organically ever since they started making wines about 15 years ago. Their goal is to make delicious wine with the least manipulation possible.

2014 Anjou Blanc -This wine is made from young Chenin Blanc vines grown in clay, gravel and schist. It’s allowed a slow, spontaneous fermentation and aged in barrel for 12 months. A great wine for the table as it has a bright, refreshing acidity.

2013 Anjou Rouge – This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown in schist, gravel and quartz. You can expect a fruity, spicy character that is so smashable you’ll wonder how it disappeared so quickly.

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Club Wines: March 2016

March 20, 2016

Gastronomist: Burgundy As much fun it is to try all the new winemakers and interesting styles popping up, it’s nice to get back to the classics. No frills – just beautiful, pure expressions of fruit and place and perfect companions to a simple dinner cooked at home. 2013 Domaine Cheveau Saint-Véran ‘Terroir Davayé’– Domaine Cheveau, founded […]

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Staff Pick: A Wine for Tacos and Friends

March 11, 2016

Who: Anthony What: 2014 Mai & Kenji Hodgson Vin Rouge ‘Galarneau’ Why: “Because the wine is surprising. Once the bottle is opened there is a surprisingly and intense funk. Once it airs out for about 5 minutes, it becomes one of the most beautiful expressions of Cabernet Franc at a reasonable price.” When: “With a […]

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Club Wines: February 2016

February 16, 2016

February: California Love It’s a California love fest for this month’s wine club selections with two of our favorite winemakers, Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine Farm and Kenny Likitprikong of Hobo Wine Co. Naturalist: La Clarine Farm 2014 La Clarine Farm Elvis – Hank is always coming up with new cuvées, which always keeps us excited for […]

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Staff Pick: For the Love of Jura

February 13, 2016

Who: Dylan What:  2014 Benedicte & Stephane Tissot ‘DD’ Why: “It’s a red blend from Arbois that’s pure delicious. It’s a wine that’s light and full of energy. Pure juice. No gimmicks. Reaffirms my love for the Jura region.” When: “Valentine’s Day, or any time you want the wine to keep flowing and the night […]

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