Thursday, April 1, 2010 10:37 PM
Here is what we will be tasting, hope to see you there!
Wineglass cellars 2008 Fran's Sangiovese Rosa:
Strawberry, rhubarb and a hint of grapefruit delight the nose and palate. A touch of sweetness brings out the subtle fruit flavors in this Rose?
Sokol Blosser Evolution
White Wine from Willamette Valley, Oregon
We shortened the name to Evolution (we also trademarked it) and had fun with the package. The new label picks up similar elements of the old label with a fresh twist. It reflects how Evolution evolves: the same classic blend of 9 white grapes, each pressed separately, adding its own character.
At the same time, every new bottling has its own subtle and fresh personality; this edition is slightly less sweet than the last. The 9 grapes tie together perfectly, creating a smooth, layered white wine that can hold its own or stand up to just about any food pairing you dare to serve it with. It is extraordinarily food-friendly, from light salads to the hottest fusion-style cuisine.
Regarding the question we're most often asked: "Were you trying to do this or did your leftovers happen to work well together?" We'll let the success of Evolution speak for itself
Bodegas Borsao 2007 Red Wine Spain
Tasting Notes - Refined nose of red fruit with a hint of blueberry. Spicy with vibrant acidity. Has a sense of both elegance and verve. Great food wine.
2007 Domaine Filliatreau Ch?teau Fouquet Saumur
Producer Domaine Filliatreau Ch?teau Fouquet
Variety Cabernet Franc
Region Loire Valley
ABOUT THE LOIRE VALLEY: South-central France has many distinguishing characteristics, but the one that cannot be avoided and ignored, and certainly cannot be underestimated, is the Massif Central. This huge upwelling of ancient granite, and the limestone and sandstone it sloughed aside as it rose, present a formidable obstacle for anyone attempting to drive from, say, Clermont-Ferrand to Nimes. As large mountain ranges have a habit of doing, it also drives many of the weather systems in the area, capturing moisture, and unleashing it in torrents.
Somewhere in a sub-range of the Massif Central called the C?vennes, a trickle begins amidst granite and limestone, that through a great deal of luck, topography, and perhaps force of personality, decides to do what streams of water rarely do, and heads due North. 630 miles later, after passing through a large part of France and making a hard left at Orl?ans, the Loire river heads out to sea on France's western coast at the port of Nantes.
The Loire in addition to being its longest river, is one of France's defining characteristics, and is intertwined in both its history as well as its geography. It often demarcated the boundary between warring factions of one sort or another. In particular it was one of the major fronts of the wars between the Roman empire and the Gauls -- the veritable barbarians at the gate -- as the Romans expanded out of Italy to establish their empire. As the stories go, this particular front existed for so long that the Romans (when they weren't busy catapulting cauldrons of boiling oil on their foes across the river) planted grapes in the river valley, to ensure their ability to provide their soldiers with their daily rations of wine.
No one knows for sure whether these were the first vines planted in the area -- certainly the Loire valley has hosted wine grapes since at least the first century BC, and quite possibly much earlier -- but we do know through their records that the Romans, and their immediate successors, planted Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc on the schist covered hillsides surrounding the river.
Whether through fate, destiny, or pure viticultural genius, this choice has resulted in one of France's finest and largest growing regions for white wine -- and a region which produces some of the best, and least appreciated white wines in the world
2005 Forgeron Cellars Zinfandel
Our 2005 vintage of Zinfandel is a combination of three distinct vineyard sites, each chosen for the unique flavors and aromas they bring to the wine. Alder Ridge Vineyard is in the Horse Heaven Hills along the Columbia River. This wonderful site brings rich cherry jam characteristics to the wine. Clifton Vineyard is on the Wahluke Slope near Mattawa. A warmer site chosen for the white pepper and spice qualities in the fruit. The third vineyard is Les Collines in the Walla Walla Valley which adds bold flavors and perfume to the blend.
One look at the amazing dark plum color in your glass and you will know this is going to be exquisite. The aromas are intense with licorice, blackberries, cloves and white pepper. In the mouth, cherry compote and blueberry notes are followed by a long spicy finish. Our Zinfandel is a huge favorite among those in the know and we always sell out early every year, so don?t wait too long to stock your cellar.
Food is such an important part of enjoying a good glass of wine. Try our 2005 Zinfandel with a pepper crusted pork loin with roasted root vegetables or a hearty pork cassoulet. Be sure to have an extra bottle of this Zinfandel on hand. You wouldn?t want to run out of wine before you run out of food!
Marie-Eve Gilla, Winemaker
There will also be hidden eggs to find with surprises inside. Pam