Tastings & Events
The Wines of Paul Cluver
Old World Meets New World
Saturday, April 18th, 1 – 4 pm
The world of wine is often divided across a figurative line in the vineyard separating ‘Old World’ and ‘New World’. This separation is traditionally one of geography and time, with Europe and their lengthy winemaking history residing in the ‘Old World’ and the rest of world being defined as ‘New World’. South Africa sparks some debate, for although they have a winemaking history dating back over 350 years with the sixth or seventh generation of a family often tending the same vines their forefathers did, they relatively recently rejoined the modern winemaking world with the end of Apartheid.
The wines of Paul Cluver epitomize this dichotomy. The family has been making wine on the same land for over a century in Elgin off the southwestern cape, yet the region was only recognized as a unique appellation in 2012. This lush, green, picturesque region is completely encircled by mountains on the Western Cape, creating a microclimate a few degrees cooler than their neighbors which helps Paul Cluver and his winemaker Andries Burger create wines of great balance and finesse.
His wines also stylistically toe the line between ‘Old World’ and ‘New’. They boast great purity and focus thanks in large to modern winemaking techniques combined with old vine material and a familiarity with the land that can only come from generations of experience.
We’re thrilled to be amongst the first to get ahold of these brand new releases that flaunt the vibrancy and balance that the wines of Paul Cluver have become known for. Come visit us on Saturday and taste why these wines were the talk of a recent wine trade show, as they stood toe to toe with wines from far more renowned regions around the world at far higher price points.
2014 Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin, South Africa ($15.99)
2014 Paul Cluver Riesling, Elgin, South Africa ($15.99)
2014 Paul Cluver Gewürztraminer, Elgin, South Africa ($15.99)
2012 Paul Cluver Pinot Noir, Elgin, South Africa ($20.99)
Meet the Importer
with Carlo Huber
of Carlo Huber Selections
Join us as we welcome the dynamic Carlo Huber back to the shop. If you stopped by during his visit last year, you know you don’t want to miss him. If you missed your last visit, you won’t forgive yourself if you miss him again.
“As a child growing up in Vienna, Carlo Huber would sometimes accompany his father, Rupert E. Huber, to wine bars and heurigen, informal little buffets where Viennese wine estates sold their own produce. When his father had an especially pleasing glass, Mr. Huber recalled, he would exclaim, “Das ist ein ehrlicher wein!” – That is an honest wine.”- Eric Asimov, The New York Times
Carlo has turned his father’s passion for honest wine into his lifelong adventure. Carlo, through his importing company, is a staunch advocate for the artisan winemakers of Austria. He’s been steadily introducing American wine drinkers to these balanced, naturally made wines.
Carlo’s winemakers, with whom he has developed long-term relationships, demonstrate tremendous commitment to their craft. The wines are imbued not just with the character of their region, but also with the energy, care, and respect that was dedicated to them in the vineyard and in the cellar. That is why a number of them have become staples in the shop.
We’re staying open a bit late this Tuesday so you can sample these wines and taste why chefs around the world have been clamoring for these food friendly wines that are also a great match for the impending heat of summer.