Emerging wine regions : “Expanding the boundaries of our palates”
How many of you buy your wine based of where it comes from? Are you the consumer who believes that Chile can do no wrong? Are you steadfast and loyal to Italian wines because of your heritage or a secret affinity for lasagna? How many of you have continued to purchase a winery’s wine because you’ve actually visited the place where the grapes grow? “Place” is a very important part of wine and a comfortable understanding of wine starts with an elementary knowledge of the culture in the place where the wine is coming from. Where do we get the culture? Well, our favorite kind of culture comes in an edible/drinkable form. This week’s wine tasting is like a history lesson, art class, cooking tutorial and “Turkey Day” pep rally all rolled into one. Important winemakers, ancient wine regions, excellent wines built for cuisine and snazzy labels will make this pre-Thanksgiving tasting a memorable one. Habla Espanol? Rueda in North Central Spain is producing one of the most fun whites in the world. Indigenous grapes with highly tropical aromatics bottled playfully for the export market are putting wines from this region right at the top of a bargain hunters shopping list. You guys are gonna love Hermanos Villar “Ipsum”! My mom loves Vouvray, in fact, I’ve never met a woman who didn’t. Lucky for us we managed to find a solitary case of 92 point stuff that blows away anything I’ve previously tasted from this prestigious wine region. Francois Chidaine is the Leonardo DaVinci of Chenin Blanc, “Les Bouchet” is sure to dazzle. Did I mention Vouvray is awesome for T-Day? Beaujolais Nouveau anyone? Not in this lifetime…Ask us, we’ll explain, or you could just take a sip of a real Beaujolais from Jean-Paul Brun. The next wine is what we will be drinking on Thursday and we’re thrilled to get it, considering only 700 cases were produced by one of the world’s greatest winemakers. Jean Louis Chave is a master of Syrah and his Crozes-Hermitage “Silene” is a tour-de-force for you burgeoning wine geeks! But perhaps the most exciting wine of the evening will fittingly be last. How many of you have had a really great Cab from Washington State? After Woodward Canyon, there is no going back. 100% Cab, 100% new oak. Hauntingly rich, if this wine were a villain, it would be the Boogey Man.
HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!
Tuesday November 17th, 2009
No charge for tastings
Villar “Ipsum” Verdejo-Viura 2008 Rueda, Spain
Lime pith, white flowers, herbs and salty minerals on the nose. Notes of sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Medium straw-colored, it delivers aromas of
peach and apricot with a hint of citrus in the background. For the price, this is pretty serious. Steven Tanzer 87 points
BTG $4.50 Retail $10.99
Francois Chidaine “Les Bouchet” Vouvray 2006 Loire Valley, France
Off-dry, with enticing quince, fig and persimmon notes backed by a lush texture and a long, alluring finish that lets ginger cream, toasted brioche and
cardamom notes linger. Very flattering, with fine length and great mouth feel. Wine Spectator 92 points!!!
BTG $9.00 Retail $24.99
Jean-Paul Brun “Terres Dorees” Beaujolais 2008 Burgundy, France
Aromas of high-toned cherry, kirsch distillate and cherry pit lead to a pure, bright, refreshing palate suffused with suggestions of chalk and salt and with its
cyanic bitterness invigoratingly woven into its carpet of bright fruit, this finishes with riveting purity and rapier intensity, if not complexity. Robert Parker 90 points
BTG $5.75 Retail $14.99
Jean Louis Chave “Silene” Crozes-Hermitage 2006 Northern Rhone, France
This is briary in texture, with a mouthwatering minerality stitching the blackberry, currant, tar, loam and iron notes together. The long finish lets hints of grilled
herb peek in, though the muscular, dark fruit remains dominant. Rock solid. Wine Spectator 92 points!!!
BTG $9.00 Retail $24.99
Woodward Canyon “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Columbia Valley, Washington
Earth and tobacco flavors weave through the chunky cherry and black tea character, making this more savory than most. Yet has the structure to age.
Definitely worth cellaring. Wine Spectator 91 points!!!
BTG $14.00 Retail $39.99