March 2012 Wine Club- Spain

Humans have been cultivating wine grapes in this region for 4,000 to 5,000 years, which may help to explain why some of the world’s best values in wine can be found here. Another big part of the puzzle is that Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world (behind Italy and France) with yields greater than the USA and Australia put together. The final piece lies in these yields: Spain has more acreage devoted to vines than any other wine producing country, 15% of world acreage in 2010, but accounted for only 13% of world production (Italy, but way of contrast, has 11% of world acreage, but produced 17% of the world’s wine): lower yields essentially always result in better quality wine.

This month’s wines hail from the Tierra De Castilla y Leon and Manchuela DOs. Tierra de Léon is a Spanish Appellation of Origin (D.O.) for wines located in the south of the province of Leon in Castilla and Leon region, and covers an area of 3,317 km2 at an altitude of approximately 900 m above sea level. The area has a continental climate (long, hot dry summers; cold winters). Temperatures in winter often fall below 0°C and there is frequent frosts and fog. The soils are alluvial with a good drainage. Manchuela is located in south central Spain. The climate is continental (long hot dry summers, cold winters) influenced by the nocturnal moisture bearing winds from the Levant, which help keep the mean annual temperature down to 25°C. Temperatures in winter rarely fall low enough to cause frost. Humidity is very low and virtually no rainfall between the months of May and September. The soil is lime-bearing clay and the vineyards are at an altitude of 600 – 700 m above sea level.

A Very Special Cider Tasting – 11.14.2014

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Foggy Ridge, Serious Cider Foggy Ridge Cider was started by cider maker and apple lover Diane Flynt. The aim was to revive the cidermaking tradition, while improving it with modern cidermaking tools. They harvest ripe cider apples (all chosen for their balance of tannin, acid and complex flavors) from three orchards and craft small batches of carefully selected cider blends. Serious Cider, as the name suggests, is their most austere offering. This one I would describe as a table cider or a European Cider. This one is a blend of European...

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Happy 10th Anniversary – 11.7.2014

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Trouillard Brut Extra Special NV The Trouillard family has been producing Champagne since1896. Now under the guidance of patriarch Bertrand Trouillard, the families estate continues to carry on the family traditions while adding his own stringency and tireless quest for perfection.The soils of on the Trouillard property are heavily chalk laden. This combined with two years of aging on the lees create this wines lighter fruit profile along with crisp, yet creamy texture. Villa Wolf Rosé of Pinot Noir The Villa Wolf property is located in...

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Italy versus California: An Old world/New World tasting 10.31.2014

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  Corte Alla Flora – Giuggiolo Bianco The Cragnotti family purchased this 300 acre vineyard in the 90’s. Situated in the Montepulciano in Southern Tuscany, the family has turned this vineyard into one of the largest producers in the area. The Toscana Bianco is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Incrocio Manzoni. Two things stand out about this wine: freshness and balance. The nose of this wine shows fresh fruit aromas of grapefruit and especially lemon. On the palate this wine is fresh and soft with a great balance...

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From France with Love – Oct. 24, 2014

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Albert-Bichot Mâcon-Villages This wine is produced in the Village of Mâconnais in southern Burgundy. As with all of France the ‘terror’ here is integral to the flavors one finds in the wines. The soils of Mâconnais are predominately clay and sandstone on limestone bedrock, which accounts for the minerality you’ll find in this wine. Fermentation is carried out in stainless steel (to enhance minerality), but a touch of oak is added for depth of flavor. This wine displays a slight honeysuckle aroma on the nose. The palate is...

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October 10, 2014 Wine Tasting Notes

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Oct. 10, 2014 Cornaro Pinot Grigio: Now here’s an inexpensive white to keep in your basement or fridge year around. While the Veneto region is known for it’s red wines the area makes lovely cool climate whites as well. By far the most modern of all the wine regions of Italy Veneto’s adopted the latest technologies to reduce costs, which is easy to see in this wine. A pale greenish wine in the glass, this Pinot Grigio has a rather herbaceous nose with hints of citrus fruit. The mouth is gentle and delicate with green apple...

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Friday 9/26

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Suavia Soave Classico From the Vintner: “This is Soave according to Suavia. It is a wine for flowered terraces and summer nights; a wine for bars with umbrellas and tables on the cobbles of an old illuminated square; it is a wine for Easter Mondays in the hills. It is a profoundly Italian wine. Our idea of Soave: fresh, fruity, easy to drink but with an unmistakable character at the same time. Straw yellow with golden highlights. Fresh notes of apple, Kaiser pear, and hawthorn together with beautiful citrus and mineral notes....

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Special Meet the Vintner Tasting – Saxon Brown

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Owner/winemaker Jeff Gaffner is a 25 year veteran of the wine industry. Jeff’s career as a winemaker was launched in 1981 at Chateau St. Jean under the tutelage of renowned vintner Richard Arrowood. Most notably, Jeff was part of the winemaking team responsible for Chateau St. Jean’s 1996 Cinq Cepages, which was named the 1999 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator Magazine.      In 1997 Saxon Brown was launched, named for the willful heroine in Jack London’s Valley of the Moon. The winery gained instant recognition for...

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March 28th Tasting

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Maipe Rose Made from 100% Malbec. Manually harvested from 35 year old vines. 1 day maceration in temperature controlled steel vats; 10 day fermentation with selected yeasts at 14°-16°C; 30 days of batonage (stirring of the lees) serves to enhance mouthfeel and floral aromas. Intense pink color with violet hints. Fresh red fruit bouquet, strawberry and cherry flavors, balanced acidity, dry and lingering finish. Excellent with tuna or green salad, pasta, spicy Asian dishes. $9.99 Domaine Augustins Vouvray...

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WineTasting 2-4-14

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Chiarle Piemonte Moscato All the flavors you love in Moscato d’Asti at a fraction of the cost. Vibrant floral notes intermingle with aromas of peach, passion fruit, mango and apricot. Natural sweetness is well balanced against refreshing acidity, keeping this wine from seeming cloying and allowing it to pair well with a variety of desserts or spicy seafood dishes as well as being enjoyable on its own. $10.99 *Paired With* Mango Mousse Cake Dedicato Prosecco Extra Dry Sweeter than Brut, but dryer than Dolce, Extra...

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Chateau Fontenille Bordeaux Blanc  Light gold color in color, this white Bordeaux possesses an invitingly pure nose with aromas of citrus fruit and white peaches.  The palate is nicely balanced, full bodied with a bright acidity. The finish is lightly peppery with lingering fruit notes. This wine will perfectly accompany seafood and grilled fish, and is also amazing with goat cheese.  Should be drunk within three years to keep its freshness, but it can also be kept, getting rounder and more balanced in the...

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