Tastings & Events
Europe, East to West!
with John Lambrakis of Bordeaux Fine & Rare
Saturday, August 27th, 1 – 4pm
This Saturday, join us as John Lambrakis of Bordeaux Fine & Rare takes us on a European tour, showing off some delicious wines from across the continent. While all of these wines are great for transitioning into Fall, rosé season isn’t over quite yet, and so we’ve got a new special rosé for y’all to try, as well as a chance to taste our special wine of the week from La Comedia.
First, we’ll start in John’s favorite region – Austria. This Grüner Veltliner from Weingut Brandl is pure, focused, and a delicious Grüner that is a true expression of the grape at its best. Gunther Brandl is a soft-spoken 2nd generation winemaker who is producing wine much in the style that his father did – clean and traditional, using a combination of fermenting in stainless steel tanks as well as old oak casks that fit tightly side by side in the original hall of his family’s cellars dug into the hillside at the base of the Heiligenstein vineyard. Bright apple, a touch of classic white pepper, and a medium body makes this wine just as fresh for the Summer as it is weighty enough as we head into the Fall.
Next, we’ll move West to France where we’ve got a fresh rosé that is the perfect wine to close out rosé season. Classic and elegant, the ‘Aix’ from the Aix-en-Provence region for which it’s named, is floral, easy drinking, and bursting with red fruit on the bone dry palate. It is one of those benchmark rosés that will make you fall in love with the Provencal style.
For our two reds, John will take us further West to Spain. He’ll start with the Viña Galana Garnacha Tintorera from the heart of the country, La Mancha. Otherwise known as Alicante Bouchet, this Garnacha Tintorera is fresh, juicy, and a surprisingly lighter style coming from such a hot, dry region. Unlike many of their neighbors who make wine in mass with little regard for quality, they carefully harvest and sort their estate grapes three times to maximize quality. Aged in neutral oak for 10 months, the fruit is allowed to shine on this medium-bodied and versatile wine with dark, black raspberry and a touch of spice.
The last wine we’ll be tasting this weekend is our special wine of the week, the ‘La Comedia’ by Celler Comunica. Located in the eastern Montsant region of Spain, the winemaking team of Patri Morillo and Pep Aguilar have produced a red blend of Garnatxa and Samso – Carignan – that follows their goal of producing clean wines full of terroir that highlight the fruit. Left on the lees in tank for 10 months and unfiltered and unfined, the ‘La Comedia’ has a touch of natural earth on the nose, but is full of dark berry fruit and cocoa spice on the finish. Medium-bodied with a silky palate, it finishes with a good bit of structure to make this wine a delicious sipper on its own this Fall, but also a versatile food pair.
See you Saturday!
2015 Brandl Wienberge Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria ($24.99)
2015 Saint Aix ‘Aix’ Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, France ($19.99)
2012 Viña Galana Garnacha Tintorera, La Mancha, Spain ($12.99)
2012 Celler Comunica ‘La Comedia’ Red, Montsant, Spain ($19.99)
Stay tuned for more details!