Gamay is a light red grape that goes quite well with turkey dinner or a summer day. Most Gamay comes from Beaujolais in France, but it is also produced in the Loire, OR, WA, and Canada. Beaujolais can be labeled as Nouveau, Beaujolais, or Cru Beaujolais (the highest quality from specific villages). Note that Cru Beaujolais doesn't have the word Beaujolais on the bottle, just the village name. I list the 10 Cru villages below to help. This grape is known for being simple, but Cru level wines can hit complexity levels of good Burgundy! This is always a fun and informative tasting, hope to see you there!
• What to bring
Any bottle of more than 70% Gamay. Beaujolais, Cru Beaujolais, WA State, OR, Loire are most of what's available. Cru Beaujolais are: Brouilly, Régnié, Chiroubles, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Saint-Amour, Chénas, Juliénas, Morgon, and Moulin-à-Vent.
• Important to know
Bottles must be $15+ suggested retail value, getting it for a lower price if it is on sale is fine, just should normally go for above $15. Cost for the event is $15 if you don't bring a bottle, $5 if you do.
Who doesn't love the Bub? I love Champagnes because they can give the drinker a feeling of enraptured elegance. Champagnes are one of the world's most cherished wine styles.
The purpose of this meetup will be to partake in the pleasures of Champagne.
No Non-Champagne sparklers entered this night. ONLY Champagnes entered at this meetup.
Suggested retail of least $30 on all entered bottles.
RULES : Bring a $30 or above Champagne or throw in $20 to taste thru. Minimum retail on entered bottles $30.
Limit -- 10 bottles entered, first 10 to show up go in the tasting lineup.
$5 if you bring a bottle, $20 to just taste. We will put the fees in a pot and the winner, (whoever brings the best rated bottle will take home the pot (Minus food expense). Blind Tasting.
Since the tasting fee is $20 the winner's pot should be around $200 so it's worth it to bring something great.
***** Important Note***** We will take attendance. We need to do this because there will be a long waitlist on this and about a third of the RSVP's blow off the event, screwing over the people on the waitlist. So if you RSVP make sure you can come. ----------
Meat and exotic cheese plates provided.
This is Portland's Best Value Wine Event. The last 100 times, everyone got to taste at least 8 ($30 & above) wines in the tasting, plus drink from pre-tasting wines and post tasting wines (Some VERY high end), plus enjoy an extensive spread of exotic meat and cheese. Compare that to spending on average, $15 just for a single glass of decent wine in a restaurant. Hands down, this is Portland's Best Value Wine Event.
Once again, whoever brings the best wine (Blind rated), will take home the pot. Pots have been rising, last week the winner took home $325 (Barolo).
We will taste blind.
So, Bring a bottle, throw in $5 to the pot or $20 to just come and taste.
Once again, whoever brings the best wine (Blind rated), will take home the pot. If we get 20 people to show, the after expense pot should be at least $200, Last week the winner(s) took home $370.
Think you know Champagne? Bring a bottle and let's find out. If you bring the best bottle, you will go home with the winnings. The pot "should" be over $200 if you bring best rated bottle.
Starts at 7:30 PM, but feel free to show up early, I always have a bottle or 2 open.
France has 3100 sq miles of vines, yet is #3 is wine production behind Spain and then Italy. This is down from 3500 sq miles in 2001. A lot of time, money and effort has been spent pulling out vines in France in what is called arrachage. Its purpose was to reduce the wine 'glut' and increase quality. Between[masked], Italy and France pulled out more vines than the United States has in total. Still there are wines that you haven't heard of that you will be able to try here.
There will be Roasted Chicken from New Seasons served and a salad. Also the regular snacks and table wines. It is $20/person.
There will be 5 WHITES and 5 REDS. IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHITES, you won't like this tasting.
We will have 10-11 wines from the 'other/autre' France, but all the bottles will be ones that you would find on a wine list in restaurant for $40-$100.
There will be no blind tasting, just pouring, some discussion about each wine and comaraderie. The wines featured are:
Jean-Luc Baldes Triguedina "Clos Triguedina" 2011 (Cahors) Red
Domaine Ilarria 2015 (Irouleguy) Red
Domaine Giacometti Patrimonio "Cru des Agriate" 2016 (Corse) Red
Domaine de la Ramaye Clos Rayssac Gaillac "Tradition Paysan" 2015 (Gaillac) Red
Domaine Labrance Laffont (Christine Dupuy) Vieilles Vignes 2014 (Madiran) Red
Baumard Cremant Brut Turquoise NV (Loire) White
Jean Marc Grussaute 'La Part Davant' Sec 2014 (Jurancon) White
Jean Masson Apremont La Centenaire 2016 (Savoie) White
Yves Cuilleron Les Potiers 2016 (Saint-Peray [N Rhone]) White
Domaine Claude Vosgien Cotes de Toul Vin Gris "Grand Terroir" 2016 (Lorraine) White
Bonus Wine +++
We will limit the meetup to 24 people, each should get about 30ml of every wine.
Cost: Room $50, Snacks/TableWine $50, Wines $250, Roast Chicken+ $60
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This is not our regular sparkling class. This time we’re going deep, exploring the world of Champagne, a sparkling wine from a small, region in the northern French countryside.
What makes Champagne distinct and why is it considered so much better than its peers? How did viticultural backwater end up producing legendary wines fit for kings?
From the wild history to the extravagant method of production to the distinctiveness of taste, we promise you’ll become a die-hard fan (if you aren’t already).
Arrive between 11:30-12 for pre-class bubbles and scones. Class begins at noon.