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Wines of the Week: Vive La France!


Comte de Roche “Noble Tradition”, Coteaux du Languedoc – bold

This fantastic GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blend is bold and rich with a hint of spice and nice acidity that goes equally great with cheese/hors d’oeuvres and with gamey meats. $18.00

Bellene “Cuvee Terrior”, Coteaux Bourguignons – delicate (more…)

Wine of the Week: A Tour of Willamette Valley, Oregon

Friday Night Flight Night2013 King Estate Pinot Gris Situated at the tip of the Willamette Valley just southwest of Eugene, OR, King Estate’s idyllic land is as much part of their story as their wine. With a full acre of lavender, and 30 acres of organic gardens and orchards, they are proudly one of the largest organic vineyards in the world.

2013 A to Z Pinot Noir – A to Z Wineworks was started in 2002 by four friends, Oregon wine industry veterans, Deb Hatcher (Eyrie), Bill Hatcher (Domaine Drouhin Oregon), Sam Tannahill (Archery Summit) and Cheryl Francis (Chehalem). The two couples worked in the Hatcher’s kitchen to build the original blend honored by Food & Wine magazine as the Best American Pinot Noir under $20.

Wine of the Week- Gorgo Winery, Custoza D.O.C., Italy

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 12.19.14 PMThis week we are featuring wines from a great Italian producer, Roberto Bricolo, whose cultivation technique still reflects the traditional methods practiced in the local area like the use of organic fertilizers, young vineyards kept free of weeds by plowing. Harvest, which is almost entirely manual, takes 30-45 days to allow the grapes of special estates to fully ripen. The vinification cellar in particular is personally managed by the owner who relies on the professional expertise of a trustworthy oenologist in order to rediscover the production of wines expressing their own authentic tradition, rather than submitting to the denaturing fashions of modern winemaking.

Gorgo Custoza Perlato Spumante – full and well-rounded, off-dry sparkling
2006 Gorgo Montecroce Veneto Cabernet Merlot – a beautiful Bordeaux-style expression
2010 Gorgo Montecroce Veronese Syrah Cab Merlot – an interesting and powerful experience


Ubriaco del Piave

unnamed (5)This week’s cheese is from Veneto, Italy. Ubriaco del Piave literally translates- the Inebriated Piave. This delicious Piave has been in production in the Dolomites of Italy for hundreds of years as a way to preserve cheese. This special Piave is soaked in a wine must blend of Merlot, Cabernet, and Roboso to form a rough violet rind with remnants of grapes, seeds and leaves. (more…)

Wine of the Week- Primarius Pinot Nior, Oregon

unnamed (8)If I could oversimplify for a minute, there’s two types of Pinot Noir drinkers. First there’s the old world Burgundy lovers who love the smell of barnyard and mushrooms on their faintly colored, seductively subtle yet very complex on the palate Pinot. Secondly there are new world lovers that crave the fruit-forward and flowery nose, richer flavors, especially cherry, followed by a longer hedonistic finish. This Primarius Oregon Pinot is a great example of catering to a new world drinker, while maintaining the integrity of using 100% Pinot grapes and producing a beautiful quality product.