Tastings & Events
Values from Southern France
Saturday, October 22nd, 1 – 4pm
This weekend we’re welcoming Neal Thornton as he pours some classic varieties and blends from around the south of France that are all stunning values.
He’ll start his southern French wine tour in the Languedoc with one of the best value Sparkling wines in the shop. Here Michel Delvin, founder of Domaine J. Laurens found that the terroir on his small estate reminded him a lot of his home in Champagne. Despite being deep in Southern France where the weather is much warmer than Champagne, the significant altitude provides protection from the heat of summer, allowing the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes to ripen slowly. The result is a wine made by a Champenois in the traditional style, at Cremant prices.
Next he’ll take you just a bit northeast to just outside Nîmes in the Southern Rhône to Domaine Haut de Mourier where he’ll sample you on their Viognier. Like Pinot Noir, it is one of the most challenging grapes to grow as it is constantly at risk of failure in the vineyard. The difficulty in growing, and producing, quality Viognier makes the value of this wine all the more impressive. Haut de Mourier’s incarnation shows off its natural aromatic qualities, balanced with a refreshing backbone to keep you coming back for another sip. White flowers and honeysuckle burst from the glass with notes of ripe peach and apricot joining the party on the palate.
For the reds, Neal will start in the Southern Rhône Valley. Here Domaine Martin has been crafting regional wines for over 100 years. Today the great grandsons of the domaine’s founder, Julien Martin, have taken the estate to new levels, making delicious, easy drinking wines throughout the region. For the Vaucluse, the wine is all about the fresh red fruit of the Grenache that is accented by a touch of smokiness on the nose. Juicy red raspberry with a bit of peppery spice on the finish from the addition of Syrah, makes this a lighter-bodied Southern Rhône table wine that is versatile and deliciously crowd-pleasing.
Finally Neal will take you up to the Northern Rhône Valley where Syrah is king. Here, in the appellation of Crozes-Hermitage, winemakers Jean-Pierre and Helene Mucyn have made their home in a house that was previously a rest house for ferryman and their horses just a few feet from the Rhône River. Here the family’s horses still roam the land and the old stable has been converted into a winery. Although the wine shows off ripe, dark cherry and spice it is a fresher, lighter and elegant style of Syrah with great minerality that Northern Rhône wines have to offer and serves as a good introduction to the region.
See you Saturday!
2014 J. Laurens, ‘Les Graimenous’ Crémant, Languedoc, France ($16.99)
2015 Domaine Haut de Mourier Viognier, Languedoc, France ($12.99)
2014 Domaine Martin Vaucluse Rouge, Rhône Valley, France ($9.99)
2014 Mucyn ‘Les Entrecoeurs’, Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône, France ($19.99)
All wines tasted are discounted:
10% off by the bottle
15% off 6+ bottles (mix or match)
Parking Lot Pumpkin Party!
Pumpkin Decorating, Wine & Family Fun!
Sunday, October 30th, 1 – 5pm
Get your Halloween celebration kicked off a day early with our pumpkin decorating party in the parking lot!
We’re again partnering with our friends at Revolver Consignment Boutique for this fun family event. Dress up in your Halloween best if you’d like and bring the whole family down to decorate pumpkins while the adults enjoy some wine by the glass and kids enjoy some candy by the piece!
Both shops will be open for any last minute clothes or wine you may need for your Halloween celebration and we’ll be awarding prizes to the best and most creative costumes.
Check out our Facebook event page for more details in the coming week for all the fun that will be had!