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FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER



RED WINES

 

FRANCE

2015 Les Terres Blanches, Gamay de Bouze, Pot d’Vache, Loire Valley, France (CO) 16.99/183.49

Hot on the tails of our successful offer of the Terres Blanches Anjou Demon bottling, we’re thrilled to offer the domaine’s Gamay de Bouze. Gamay de Bouze is a “teinturier” (red-fleshed) grape, which imparts an especially deeply colored and peppery expression of Gamay. The wine casts a translucent plum ruby color in the glass alongside aromas of blackberries, plum skin, violets, shiitake mushrooms, and black pepper. Rich, smoky, and soil-driven on the palate, the Gamay de Bouze reveals layers of black fruits accented by hints of tobacco, licorice, black tea, and appetizing herbal notes. Finishing spicy and peppery, the Gamay de Bouze reprises chewy licorice notes alongside firm tannins and a compelling suggestion of agave. Terres Blanches’ Gamay de Bouze is delicious and savory today, but has the poise and the balance to reward three to five years’ aging in your cool cellar. Pair this distinctive Loire Valley rouge with charcuterie, mushroom terrines, lamb chops, and aromatic Moroccan cuisine.

2014 Domaine Chofflet Valdenaire, Givry Rouge, Cote Chalonnaise,
Burgundy, France (S) 20.99/226.69

Located in the center of the Cote Chalonnaise, just south of the Cote d’Or, Givry is renowned for its lush, delicious renditions of Pinot Noir. From prime mid-slope vineyards in the village of Russilly, Denis Valdenaire has crafted a Cote Chalonnaise beauty that conveys both Givry’s charm and Burgundian soil in the vibrant, terroir-expressive 2014 vintage. A glorious ruby hue in the bowl leads to deep, soulful aromas of Bing cherries, game, white pepper, and perfumed limestone minerals. Vibrant and energetic on the palate, Chofflet Valdenaire’s Givry balances its sappy core of pie cherry and raspberry fruit with brisk acidity and supple, fine tannins. Long and begging for food, the wine finishes with an impeccable balance of chewy tart cherry fruit, Burgundian gaminess, and framing tannins. Pair this now and over the coming five years with hearty sausages, roast duck, coq au vin, and winter squash risottos.

2015 Domaine de l’Amauve, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, S. Rhone Valley, France (S) 10.99/118.69

With prime holdings in the Cotes du Rhone-Village, Seguret, the Voeux family emphasizes sustainable agriculture and passion for their land to craft an exemplary portfolio of southern Rhone valley gems. The entry point into their domaine is this delicious and unbelievably affordable Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, fashioned from vines on the left bank of the Rhone River near the village of Vaison La Romaine. A blend of Grenache (80%) and Syrah, l’Amauves VdP presents a translucent purple-ruby robe and Gigondas-like aromas of black plums, wild cherries, game, tar, and herbal garrigue. Showing a brilliant tension and freshness, the wine’s saturated black fruit core stains the palate, followed by deft tannins and invigorating acidity. Long, deep, and effortlessly conveying the warmth and charm of the Southern Rhone’s finest wines, l’Amauve’s VdP finishes with echoes of Provençal cherries infused with lavender-scented garrigue. This is a lovely, soulful, and satisfying Southern Rhone rouge to drink now and over the next three years with cured meats, mild sheep’s milk cheeses, braised beef, lamb accented by rosemary and olives, or rich, slow-cooked ratatouille.

2014 Domaine la Roubine, Vacqueyras, Southern Rhone Valley, France (O) 18.99/205.09

Gigondas superstars Eric and Sophie Ughetto, employing sustainable principles in the vineyard and whole-cluster, wild yeast fermentations in the cellar, have issued a splendid, wildly aromatic Vacqueyras from the delicious and precocious 2014 vintage. Casting a translucent plum ruby robe, Roubine’s 2014 Vacqueyras – a classic blend of Grenache (70%) accented by Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault – opens with soaring aromas of herbal garrigue, licorice, cured meats, and boysenberry fruit alongside earthy notes of tar and leather. Youthfully invigorating on the attack, Roubine’s Vacqueyras stains the palate with notes of black plums, black cherries, licorice, sassafras, and a stony soil signature. The wine gracefully leaves the palate with another lashing of stony terroir before finishing long and complex with reprises of herbal garrigue, violets, tar, and black licorice. Buy plenty to keep you fortified through the winter. Pair it now and over the coming five years with roast lamb, baked eggplant, cured meats, braised rabbit, and game. Limited; only twelve cases available.
– Josh Raynolds, Vinous: 89-91 points

2012 Chateau Pineraie, Cahors, Southwest France (S) 13.50/145.80

The wines of southwestern France continue to amaze us with their diversity and quality-to-value ratio. Perhaps the pinnacle of the southwestern French red wine hierarchy is the hallowed Cahors appellation, often called the “black wine of France.” Chateau Pineraie’s Cahors is a classic melange of Malbec (85%) and Merlot that casts a brooding, opaque black-plum robe from the glass. Deep aromas of elderberries, black currants, vanilla husk, and baker’s chocolate lead to a tannin-rich, palate-staining kernel of blackberry, blueberry, and cassis fruit complicated by limestone soil, birch bark, and mushroom underbrush. Deep, dark, and uncompromising, this is old-school Cahors with the structure and earthiness that offers few concessions to the modern aesthetic. This is reference-standard, no frills, true-to-the-earth Cahors and a steal for its quality. Enjoy now and over the next decade with roast goose, grilled ribeye steaks, braised short ribs, rich eggplant casseroles, and lamb-focused cassoulets.
– Awarded the prestigious Medaille d’Or at the Concours des Vignerons Independents

ITALY

2000 Scarpa Dolcetto d’Acqui, SelvaRossa, Vendemmia Tardiva, Piedmont, Italy (O) 19.99/215.89

Founded in 1854, the Antica Casa Vinicola Scarpa is one of the grand, aristocratic, but woefully unknown names in fine Piemontese wine. While the house is renowned for its long-aging Barolos and Barbarescos, it also crafts this incredibly delicious and lively sixteen-year-old Dolcetto. A deep and youthful crimson-tinged ruby color, Scarpa’s Dolcetto fills the room with gorgeous secondary aromas of mushrooms, underbrush, licorice, and tar. Vibrant and lively on the palate, the Dolcetto’s mature texture layers the palate with perfectly aged Piemontese suggestions of saddle leather, tobacco, porcini mushrooms, and limestone dust. Full bodied, dry, and stunningly complex, Scarpa’s Dolcetto finishes with chewy tannins framing the inner mouth sweetness and velvety texture that only time and patience can bring. Pair this genre-busting late-harvest Dolcetto now and over the next decade with all things Piemontese: egg-rich tajarin with a butter and sage sauce, risotto con funghi, beef brasato, polenta and salumi. It well also pair well with roast chicken, burgers, and pan-seared pork chops. Limited; only twenty cases available.

2012 Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy 31.99/345.49

One would think that in a fine vintage like 2012, the Produttori would declare and bottle its nine cru vineyards as single-vineyard riservas. For some reason, however, the Produttori decided to blend its finest juice and release it as a “basic” Barbaresco. The Produttori’s loss is the consumer’s gain. The Produttori’s 2012 Barbaresco leaps out of the glass with a classic bouquet of Morello cherries, cinnamon, cloves, licorice, button mushrooms, and chalky minerals. On the palate, the wine is joyfully approachable with a silky core of cherry and red currant fruit. Firm old-school Nebbiolo tannins sneak in mid-palate to remind us that there’s indeed riserva-level juice in this bottle. Refreshing acidity and a bright limestone mineral undercurrent propel the Barbaresco on its long finish, complemented by suggestions of star anise, rose petals, cedary pencil shavings, cola, potpourri, and bittersweet chocolate. While the wine’s firm tannins ensure at least two decades of positive evolution, there’s no crime in broaching a bottle (or two) now. Just be sure to decant it well in advance of service and pair it with hearty Piemontese fare like creamy risottos, egg-rich tajarin topped with shaved truffles or a rich ragù, braised game, rack of lamb and hearty beef stews. Stunning wine!
–Antonio Galloni, Vinous: 92 points

NV Calabretta, Vino Rosso, Cala Cala, Sicily, Italy (O) 17.99/194.29

Etna is Italy’s hippest wine zone right now, and with one sip of this wine you’ll understand why. Cala Cala means “gulp gulp” in Sicilian dialect. It is the perfect moniker for this delicious and eminently gulpable blend of Nerello Mascalese (95%) and Nerello Cappuccio. Grown organically on the slopes of Mount Etna, the Rosso opens with a transparent garnet color and a beautiful, exotic bouquet of wild cherries, garam masala, jasmine and cinnamon. Fresh and lively on the palate, expressions of red currant, licorice, leather, and wintergreen mingle with spicy, pepper, tarry volcanic soil. Savory, soft tannins emerge on the wine’s back-palate and segue it to a long, zippy finish that reprises notes of cherries, currants, cinnamon, tar, and leather. The Cala Cala’s freshness, brightness, and balance make it easy to enjoy by itself or, ideally, as a versatile partner to roast meats, eggplant parmigiana, pastas, pizzas, burgers, pork braises… just about anything but seafood. Enjoy now and over the coming two years.

2014 Le Piane, Vino Rosso, Maggiorina, Boca, Piedmont, Italy 17.99/194.29

Le Piane’s Maggiorina is fantastic! The estate’s 2014 vino rosso is crafted from a field blend of mostly 40- to 100-year-old Nebbiolo, Croatina, Vespolina and nine other indigenous varieties. A light, transparent ruby color, the wine beguiles the senses with spicy, cinnamon-tinged pie cherry fruit complemented by notes of lavender, rose petals, geranium, and smoky soil. Deft on the palate, the Maggiorina’s Nebbiolo component imbues just the right amount of tannins and grip to frame the wine’s bright cherry-fruited core, while notes of smoky minerals, cherry blossoms, rose petals, and bitter herbs serve to make the wine savory, delicious, and impossible to resist. With its glacial purity, soil transparency, and high-altitude tension, this is an especially food-versatile red that can be enjoyed year ’round. Pair now and over the coming three years with all things Piemontese, especially egg-rich pasta, charcoal grilled steaks, mild soft-rind cheeses, and rich potato recipes.

2013 Martoccia di Brunelli Luca, Poggio Apricale, Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy 13.99/151.09 reg. 14.99

We live for wines like this. Here’s a wine that screams Tuscany the moment it’s poured: a wine that delivers Sangiovese’s authentic dusty tannins, sour cherry fruit, and inimitable notes of leather and dried leaves. And delivers it for a song. Brunelli’s Poggio Apricale – a blend of Sangiovese and Colorino from vineyards in Montalcino and Cinigiano – casts an amber-orange-tinged garnet robe. Fresh and transparent, Brunelli’s Poggio Apricale shows impeccable balance on the palate with a kernel of sour cherry fruit accented by complex notes of tar, rose petals, and violets. Uncomplicated by oak, the wine’s modest tannins, silky texture, and pure Sangiovese goodness shine from start to finish. Luca Brunelli is a Montalcino superstar whose Brunellos regularly earn 90+ points scores. This is Brunelli’s everyday wine and a sensational value for enjoyment now and over the coming two years. Pair with grilled Porterhouse steaks, braised rabbit, salumi, mushroom pasta dishes, and hearty bean stews. Limited; only ten cases available.

2010 Cosimo Taurino, Notarpanaro, Negroamaro, Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy (S) 14.99/161.89

Since the early 1980s, Cosimo Taurino’s Salice Salentino has been one of the world’s greatest wine values – and a perennial staff favorite. Back in our market after a long, much-lamented absence, Taurino’s single-vineyard Negroamaro Notarpanaro firmly reestablishes the Taurino legend. Translucent black ruby, Taurino’s 2010 Notarpanaro blossoms with air to reveal warm, inviting aromas of wild cherries, black plums, tobacco, and sappy herbs. On the palate, Taurino’s 2010 Notarpanaro conveys a kernel of chewy, saturated cherry, and cassis fruit complemented by fine, mounting tannins and complex undertones of leather, tobacco, and limestone minerality. After coating the palate with its dense fruit and tarry, earthy notes, the Notarpanaro counters it with freshening acidity and finishing dashes of black plum, bay leaf, blood orange, and dusty limestone minerals. The wine’s spicy, balanced, soil-infused finish lingers and begs you to take another bite of pizza Margherita; pasta in a sun-dried tomato, pine nut, and olive oil sauce; and grilled sausages. Taurino’s Notarpanaro is back and more serious than ever. And as always, it’s a terrific value.

PORTUGAL

2014 Luis Seabra Vinhos, Xisto Ilimitado, Douro, Portugal (S) 21.99/237.49

After a decade as Niepoort’s winemaker, Luis Seabra followed his own star to craft wines “that really tell you where they come from: wines from specific vineyards with minimal intervention, wines that are true and honest, raw and pure.” A blend of 35- to 55-year-old vine Touriga Franca (30%), Tinta Amarela (20%), Tinta Roriz (20%), Rufete (10%), Tinta Barroca (10%), Malvasia Preta, and Donzelinho Tinto grown on schist up to 2,000ft., Seabra’s Xisto Ilimitado casts a bright ruby in the bowl followed by dusty Anjou rouge-like aromas of bitter cherries, cassis, tar, and smoky schistose minerals. At a lovely 12% alcohol, the wine is light-as-a-feather on the palate, yet packs a mouthful of saturated currant, cherry, and cranberry fruit accented by fine food-friendly tannins and hints of dried herbs, licorice, and Ceylon black tea. Zesty, refreshing, yet well structured and full of flavor, Seabra’s Xisto Ilimitado finishes with a persistent lashing of dusty schistose minerals (hence the name). Enjoy now and over the coming seven years with roast rack of lamb, grilled burgers, braised rabbit, and mushroom and potato tapas.

SPAIN

2011 Bodegas Faustino, Rioja Reserva, Faustino V, Spain (S) 16.99/183.49

Honest, old-school Rioja is one of the wine world’s most unique, satisfying and versatile expressions. From cool, high altitude vineyards in the prestigious Rioja Alavesa zone, Bodegas Faustino’s 2011 Reserva V sports a black cherry color gradating to a beautiful amber rim. Aromatically deep and complex, Faustino’s 2011 Reserva V offers vibrant aromas of Bing cherries, cloves, tamari, pipe tobacco, and dusty earth. The wine’s suave and velvety texture on the palate blossoms with air to reveal suggestions of sour cherry and red currant fruit backed by fine tannins and notes of coconut husk and vanilla bean. Buoyant acidity lifts the wine’s inner core of saturated Tempranillo (92%) and Mazuelo (8%) fruit before segueing the wine to a long, earthy, cedary, tobacco- and leather-tinged finish. Enjoy this Rioja Reserva now and over the coming twelve years with hearty meat dishes, potatoes sauteed in olive oil, hearty bean stews, braised duck, and hard sheep’s milk cheeses.

2015 Bernabeleva, Camino de Navaherreros, San Martin de Valdeiglesia
Vinos de Madrid, Spain (B) 13.99/151.09

This is a terrific, elegant and pure expression of Garnacha. Fashioned primarily from old-vine Garnacha grown at over 2,500 feet above sea level, Bernabeleva’s 2015 Camino de Navaherreros emphasizes cool-climate, biodynamic viticulture, minimal intervention, and fermentation and aging in large, neutral oak barrels. A transparent crimson-ruby hue in the glass, the wine opens with suggestions of pomegranate, red currants, smoke and a hint of menthol. Expressive, pure and vibrant on the palate, the Camino de Navaherreros shows deep pie cherry and raspberry fruit propelled by brisk tannins and notes of cinnamon and dried rose petals. Bright red currant fruit, suggestions of cherry skin, and food-friendly tannins mark the wine’s long, savory finish. Pair over the coming three years with firm ewe’s milk cheeses, spicy tapas, grilled meats, and hearty eggplant preparations.


WHITE WINES


FRANCE

2015 Philippe Ravier, Vin de Savoie, Apremont, Savoie, France (S) 11.50/124.20

Like the Cotes du Rhone-Villages, the Vin de Savoie A.O.P. allows certain outstanding villages to append their esteemed names to lend special emphasis to the region’s wines. Apremont is one such exemplary village in the Savoie. Fashioned exclusively from the indigenous Jacquère grape, this low alcohol refresher brings to mind crisp Alpine breezes and pure, cool mountain spring water. A gleaming lemon-gold in the glass with green reflections, Ravier’s Apremont presents an impressive bouquet of green pineapple, greengage plums, gardenia blossoms, and flinty minerals. On the palate, the wine follows with crisp, crunchy expressions of gooseberries, pippin apples, lemon balm, and chalky minerals. Dry and refreshing, this is simply a glorious white for year ’round enjoyment. An outstanding choice as an aperitif and a natural complement to smoked trout, white-fleshed fish dishes in a buerre blanc sauce, oysters, salads, fondue, and cheese plates featuring tomme de Savoie and other semi-firm cow’s milk cheeses from the Jura, Savoie and Switzerland. Enjoy now and over the coming year.

2015 Domaine de Creyssels, Languedoc-Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 10.50/113.40

Creyssels’ Picpoul de Pinet is the reference standard for the appellation – and, thus, the world – and it reaches new heights of deliciousness and versatility in the sensational 2015 vintage. We adore the “lip-stinger” Picpoul de Pinet and have been lauding it in these pages and in the shop for years. More and more Picpouls join the market each year, but Creyssels’ expression always rises to the top of the pack. A brilliant lemon-gold color in the glass, Creyssel’s 2015 Picpoul casts aromas of freshly shaved fennel, quince, lemon drops, and chalky soil. Brisk and bracing on the attack, Creyssels’ Picpoul fleshes out mid-plate with suggestions of lemon zest, Bartlett pear skin, lemongrass, and flinty minerals. Clean, fresh, and bristling with energy, the wine reprises its anise, pear, citrus, and mineral notes on its refreshing, limestone-driven finish. Reserve your case now to enjoy this over the coming year with the entire shellfish spectrum, but also with green vegetables, white-flesh fish dishes and grilled octopus.

2015 Domaine Laguerre, Eos, Cotes du Roussillon Blanc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (O) 15.99/172.69

Wonderful things are happening on the mountainous terrain of France’s border with Spain. Eric Laguerre assumed the reins of the Domaine Laguerre in 1999. He organically farms high-altitude vines on sandy granite soils in the foothills between the Pyrenees and Corbières. A gleaming lemon-gold in the glass, Laguerre’s Eos – a blend of Grenache Blanc (40%), Maccabeu (30%), and Rolle (Vermentino) – leads with eye-opening aromas of pear skin, anise, linden blossom, and dissolved granite. Fresh and invigorating on the palate, the Eos presents impressions of fleshy Comice pears, bay leaf, and lemon pastille. Stony and teeming with character, the wine finishes with complex suggestions of menthol, Marcona almonds, yellow melon, and smoky minerals. Enjoy this characterful organic white now and over the coming three years with sushi, sashimi, grilled steak fishes, light pork and chicken recipes, lentil and white bean dishes, and goat and ewe’s milk cheeses.

2015 Paul Pernot, Bourgogne Chardonnay, Burgundy, France 26.99/291.49

Pernot’s Bourgogne Chardonnay gives a delicious glimpse into the buzz surrounding the lauded 2015 Burgundy vintage. Based in the hallowed village of Puligny-Montrachet, Paul Pernot and his sons issue some of the appellation’s most sought-after wines. Fashioned from declassified Puligny-Montrachet vines on the Meursault border, Pernot’s blanc opens with limestone-driven, Burgundian impressions of golden plums, white peaches, lime marmalade, toffee, hazelnuts, and meadow flowers. The palate conveys both Meursault’s rich, golden buttery lemon curd nuances and Puligny’s silvery, tensile precision. Long, sappy, and showing extra depth and breadth in the 2015 vintage, the wine finishes rich, elegant, and suave with ineffable echoes of Burgundian limestone minerality. Throughout, the wine gives a sense of purity, richness and soil transparency rare for a Bourgogne blanc at such an affordable tariff. Very limited, so be sure to call early to secure your case of this beauty. Enjoy it now and over the coming seven years with roast pork, veal, poultry, and gratin dauphinois. LImited; only eighteen cases available.

2015 Kuentz-Bas, Alsace Blanc, Alsace, France (S) 12.99/140.29

Known primarily for its single varietal wines, Alsatian producers will often blend the region’s many noble wine grapes to come up with affordable, delicious, everyday compliments to its delicious cuisine. Kuentz-Bas, one of the longtime staples of Kermit Lynch’s exemplary portfolio, consistently delivers terrific wines with tons of Alsace charm at very affordable prices. This is Kuentz-Bas’ everyday white: a floral, beguiling melange of Sylvaner (50%), Muscat (30%), and Auxerrois. From its gorgeous, limpid green-gold robe to its heady, floral aromas of muskmelon, jasmine, gardenia blossoms, freesia, tangerine, and cinnamon, the wine delivers classic Alsatian character and terroir in a very affordable package. The Kuentz-Bas Blanc’s palate is dry and bracing with notes of quince, tilleul honey, dried orange peel, and botanical herbs before yielding to a long, clean, crisp finish. This dry Alsatian cuvee represents a terrific anytime, anyplace sipper, or a lovely complement to salmon, halibut, pork, poultry, grilled squash… just about anything but red meat. Enjoy this delicious value now or over the coming three years.
– A Kermit Lynch selection

ITALY

2015 Tenuta Olim Bauda, Gavi del Comune di Gavi, Piedmont, Italy (O)
15.99/172.69

Based on the Cortese grape, Gavi is the Piedmont’s most celebrated white wine, and one of only a handful of Italian white wines to be honored with full DOCG status. Olim Bauda’s 2015 Gavi – from the wine’s historical and superior subzone immediately around the town of Gavi – opens with a brilliant, green-accented lemon-gold color and captivating floral aromas of jasmine, acacia, and gardenia blossoms. On the palate, the wine opens with juicy white grapefruit and yellow plum notes followed by notes of juniper, chamomile, quinine, and dusty minerals. The wine finishes crisp and lip-smackingly delicious, echoing further hints of juicy citrus, lemon balm, and appetizing suggestions of medicinal herbs. Drink this fantastic, genre-defining Gavi young to capture the wine’s freshness, crispness, and zip. Enjoy with golden trout, snapper, soups, vegetable frittatas, squashes, clams, and halibut.

2015 Montaribaldi, Roero Arneis, Capural, Piedmont, Italy (S) 11.99/129.49

Fresh, delicious, impressively complex, and a stunning value, this is the Arneis buy of the year! Barbaresco superstars Montaribaldi fashion this superb, aromatic Arneis from vineyards on the sandy soils of Piedmont’s Roero district. A lovely, limpid lemon-gold in the glass, Montaribaldi’s Arneis blossoms with a bouquet of green apples, Comice pears, beeswax, thyme, and freshly cut fennel. Brisk and invigorating on the palate, suggestions of apricot, acacia, tangerine, and sweet almonds are buoyed by citric acidity and savory notes of preserved lemon, white pepper, and dusty minerals. Pair this versatile wine now and over the coming year with delicate white-fleshed fish preparations, light pastas, seasonal squashes, and vegetarian risottos.

2015 Antonelli, Trebbiano Spoletino, Trebium, Spoleto, Umbria, Italy (O)
13.50/145.80

The Antonelli San Marco estate is one of Umbria’s leading lights for championing the region’s distinctive indigenous grapes Sagrantino, Grechetto, and this beauty, Trebbiano Spoletino. Antonelli propagated its Spoletino variation of Trebbiano from the Spoleto zone’s finest ancient massale-selection vines. A brilliant medium gold in the bowl, Antonelli’s Trebium casts warm, inviting aromas of white peaches, pineapple, lime, and hawthorn blossom. Bright and bracing on the fore-palate, the Trebium gains texture and generosity on the palate with rich impressions of papaya, green melon, lime juice, and tarragon. A persistent flinty mineral undercurrent runs through the wine and segues it to a long, juicy finish. Truly delicious and versatile, the Trebium will work fantastically as a starter white or, ideally, as a partner to prosciutto di parma, pork pates and terrines, braised lentils, vegetable-based risottos, and linguine with a white clam sauce. Enjoy now and over the coming two years.

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Feb. 3
Great Reds and Whites from Portugal!

Feb. 17
Superlative Brunellos from Montalcino

March 3
Burgundies from Meursault


SATURDAY TASTINGS:
Weekly; Starts at
12 noon - No fee

Feb. 4
Visit Italy’s Piedmont: Olim Bauda Gavi, Montaribaldi Roero Arneis Capural, Scarpa Dolcetto d’Acqui SelvaRossa, Le Piane Vino Rosso Maggiorina, and Produttori del Barbaresco.

Feb. 11
Fantastic French Wines: Ravier Vin de Savoie Apremont, Dom. de Creyssels Languedoc-Picpoul de Pinet, Dom. Laguerre Eos Cotes du Roussillon Blanc, Les Terres Blanches Gamay de Bouze Pot d’Vache, Dom. de l’Amauve Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, and Ch. Pineraie Cahors.

Feb. 18
Tutti Italia: Antonelli Trebbiano Spoletino Trebium, NV Calabretta Vino Rosso Cala Cala, Martoccia di Brunelli Luca Poggio Apricale, and Taurino Notarpanaro.

Feb 25
From Iberia:
Bodegas Faustino Rioja Reserva Faustino V, and Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros (Spain) and Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado (Portugal). From France: Kuentz-Bas Alsace Blanc, Paul Pernot Chardonnay, Dom. Chofflet Valdenaire Givry Rouge, and Dom. la Roubine Vacqueyras.



Special Event at L&E:

BODEGAS FAUSTINO
GRAN RESERVA RIOJA TASTING


Tuesday, Feb. 21 6:30 p.m
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Please join us for a “Grand” tasting of Riojas from Bodegas Fasutino, featuring the Gran Reservas from this esteemed Rioja estate. In all there will be five decades of wines served, beginning with the legendary 1964 vintage. We hope to see you for what will be a truly historic tasting! Seating is limited and your prepayment will reserve your seats. Fee per person: $75.

 

 


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