Thursday, January 31, 2008

S. France tasting.

Great attendance for last Tues. tasting. 60 plus people tried 7 wines from various regions and various grapes. La Vieille Ferme Blanc was a favorite for its easy drinking fruit and a touch of spice. Great summer porch wine that sold well now--the rouge also was a popular wine with its lighter style of fruit and terrior it will be a staple this summer, a bit chilled. The Secret de Campane was the most popular as far as sales went--- medium bodied with a nice dollop of "garrique" or taste of provence. Les Sarments with its predominate Tannat grape was controversial but well received by those who wanted more ooomph and would benefit from a touch of beef stew. Domaine Petit Mas was another favorite with 70% syrah its spicy pepper fruit has nice mouthfeel and a dry earthy finish. Rotier with its strange (for us) grape varieties was a bit more polished and is a good "bistro" style for everyday pleasure. finally the Cote du Rhone, Cuvee Cypress a blend put together for Kermit Lynch-an excellent importer that I have great faith in--who also has a very well written newsletter(Ask if interested)Was, as expected full of tasty dried fruit flavors with spice and a velvety finish.
An incredible showing, thanks all. and for next Tues the 5th, Italian wines. Please note the 12th will Not be a tasting. Back to regular tasting the 19th. Also on every Sunday EXCEPT this one (Super Bowl) I will open 3-4 wines around 3:00 for your pleasure in addition to the 8 we always have. Try to drop by.

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