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Fri, Jan 19th: French Friday

They've been making wines for awhile so I suppose we should give them their due despite their admiration of Jerry Lewis.
FYI-
-It's illegal to name a pig Napoleon in France
-French toast was created by Joseph French, an innkeeper from New York
-In France you are allowed to marry a dead person.
-This Friday- were pouring an awsome array of French vino. 

 

 

 

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Friday Theme Nights


Sign up for our weeky email blast here and dont miss our weekly specials, events. and information about our our Friday theme nights. It may be a visiting winemaker, a fun wine tasting (Girl Scout cookie pairing anyone?) or maybe a blind tasting. Whatever the event, there will be wine involved! 



Happy Hour!


Rough day? Boss yell at you? Was the foam on your double macchiato this morning not up to snuff? We've got the antidiote! Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm we do $10 tastings. 



Wine Basics 1: Most Popular American Varietals


Most of the wines in America that we’re familiar with originated in Europe, mainly France. The difference between wines in the United States and France is a question of varietal vs. Terrior. Did I lose you? Let me explain. In the United States we often identify wine by the varietal (type of grape: Chardonnay, Merlot for instance). In Europe, the wine is most often identified by the region it comes from. One reason for this is due to European winemaking having a much longer history than winemaking in the United States, hence they’ve come to understand and value the importance of Terrior (Wikipedia describes Terroir as…the set of special characteristics that the geographygeology and climate of a certain place, interacting with plant genetics, express in agricultural products such as winecoffee ...). Another reason is that most European wines are often blends of several different grapes (Burgundy being a notable exception).

 

Since “serious” winemaking in the U.S is relatively young* and Americans are still learning to make (as well as how to appreciate) wines, we still refer to wines by the name of the grape to simplify matters. I would guess that as the industry evolves and American wine drinkers become more sophisticated, we will refer to wines by region more and varietal less. In a recent trip to Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara’s wine making region) most wineries I visited made it a point to talk about the vineyard(s) their grapes came from and what affect the location had on the wines.

 

Just to confuse matters (or hopefully to simplify things in the long run), in Europe, we often associate certain grapes with certain areas. We use those associations herein the states to give us a frame of reference, and to better understand the wine we're drinking.

 

In Europe, over the millennia winemakers have found out that certain grapes do better in different regions which are best suited to express the character of each particular grape. Here’s a rundown of the popular varietals in the United States, where they originated, and what region(s) in the United States have become known for those varietals. 

 

Varietal                                       

Origin

U.S region known for varietal/

Suggestion from the shelves of Uncorked


Cabernet

Sauvignon

Bordeaux

Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Ynez (Happy Canyon), Paso Robles, Washington state (Walla Walla, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, etc)

William Harrison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Merlot

Bordeaux

Napa Valley, Sonoma, Monterey,

Eastern Washington (Columbia Valley, etc)

Chacewater Lake County Merlot


Chardonnay

Burgundy

Most of California, Oregon, Washington

PIer Avenue Chardonnay


Pinot Noir

Burgundy

California: Napa, Sonoma, Santa Ynez, Monterey, Mendocino, Central Coast, Oregon (Willamette Valley)

Ave Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir


Sauvignon Blanc

Bordeaux

Most of California, Washington State

Pier Avenue Sauvignon Blanc


Syrah

Rhone Valley (France)

Napa, Santa Ynez, Walla Walla (WA)

Tolosa Syrah


Zinfandel

Italy via Croatia

Napa, Sonoma, Amador County, Santa Cruz, Paso Robles, Lodi

Plough Zindandel

 

*For discussion purposes, I’ll use Napa Valley winemaking of the 70’s and the famous “Judgment of Paris” as a signpost of the first real recognition of “serious” winemaking in the United States.




Now Tasting


Wine Tasting List- French Friday

Domaine Le Grangette Picpoul Blanc

2016 Languedoc, France (100% Picpoul)

Surprising nose with grapefruit and lime. Fine mouthfeel with a persistent finish of ripe fruits. This wine is well balanced with a nice concentration. Pairs well with : Apéritif, Oysters, shellfish, Grilled fish with fennel, Paëlla with shellfish. $13.99/btl

 

Capitain Gagnerot Saint-Romain “Au Bas de Poillange”

2014 Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France (100% Chardonnay)

Appearance of a clear gold hue with light green highlights. Expressive bouquet of lemon/lime with a floral bouquet of white orchids.  Racy and opulent, with a mouthful of silky fruit salad of white peach, honey and minerals.  $42.99/btl

 

Frederic Lornet “Cuvee Charles Rouget”

2014 Jura, France (100% Trousseau)

This light/medium bodied red offers vibrant, peppery notes of red berries backed by delicate minerality. Bright fruit, refreshing acidity and supple tannins. This is a very special red! This wine will pair well with red meats, game, Charcuterie, poultry and light cheeses. $22.99/btl

 

Chateau Peyros Madiran

2012 Madiran, France (60% Tannat, 40% Cabernet Franc)

This wine comes from the Madiran vineyard of the Lesgourgues family, who are also producers of Armagnac and Bordeaux. Rich tannins integrate with powerful structure and intense black-plum and currant fruits. The dry edge gives the wine concentration, while the finish brings out black-currant acidity. $17.99/btl

 

Chateau Fourcas Hosten

2012 Listrac-Medoc, Bordeaux, France (53% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc)

Lovely aromas of flowers and blackberry, warm gravel and cedar scents that are nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of supple black fruit on the entry, nicely judged acidity and a pleasing rounded finish with good weight and structure. $44.99/btl 


Premium List

Dragonette Pinot Noir

2014 Santa Rita Hills

Medium garnet color. Aromas of fresh cherry, cranberry, raspberry, and strawberry, along with spices (cardamom, vanilla, nutmeg), floral notes of white flowers and fresh herbs (thyme) and minerals. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied and smoothly textured, with complex red fruits (cherry, raspberry, cranberry, lingonberry) held aloft by notes of rhubarb, orange peel and sea shell. Bright, citrus-driven acidity provides energy and lift, and ripe, pliable tannins provide fine structure, giving a long, satisfying finish. $41.99/btl

 

Santo Stefano Castello Di Neive Barbaresco

2011 Neive, Barbaresco, Piedmonte, Italy (100% Nebbiolo)

From one of the most celebrated vineyards in Barbaresco. Deep garnet in color, this structured wine offers aromas of mature black fruit accented with whiffs of balsamic herbs and new leather. Floral aromas are underscored by notes of cherries, roses, and baking spices.  On the palate, it delivers crushed black cherry and raspberry layered with notes of black pepper, licorice and menthol alongside assertive tannins and a long, spicy finish. It needs time to unfold and develop. This wine manages to be weightless and intoxicating at the same time.    Drink 2016–2026. $44.99/btl

 

Paul Hobbs “Crossbarn” Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Napa Valley, CA (92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot)


The 2014 vintage was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a
warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even
ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and
quality. Dark ruby hue with perfumes of cedar, dark chocolate, fig and tobacco. Juicy flavors of
boysenberry & plums with baking spice cloves and cardamom Long savory notes with a tannin
structure the coats the entire palate. $49.99/btl