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With Easter and Passover just around the corner, we know we’ve made it fully into the spring season. For this Thursday’s tasting from 5-8pm, we will show some wines that pair nicely with spring dinners, no matter if the weather is warm or still quite cool. These wines also happen to be remarkable values as well, so you can serve a larger party without impacting your budget too much!
2009 Graham Beck Brut Rosé (Western Cape, South Africa)
We’ll come right out and say we are crazy for this sparkling Rosé from skilled winemaker Graham Beck, who trained for years in the Champagne region before returning home to his native South Africa to make wine. Many consider Beck responsible for positioning South African wine firmly among the great winemaking regions in the world. A blend of predominantly Pinot Noir and a touch of Chardonnay, this shows beautiful and aromatic strawberry, fresh-cut melon, dried rose petals, and even a touch of lime zest riding a crisp, creamy frame to a long, gorgeous finish. Amazing! And Rosé, by the way, pairs very well with lamb, grilled vegetables, and the like.
2011 Vina Vilano Verdejo (Rueda, Spain)
This has become the “go-to” white wine in the last few weeks at the shop. We are fans of Verdejo to begin with, but the value on this exceptional white is truly amazing: very full bodied and rich, this has pineapple, fresh fig, mango, and herb notes, finishing with scintillating acidity and bright flavors. It’s a showy wine, unapologetic and very appealing. Stunning with salads, fruit, vegetables, and quite versatile even with a diverse mixed plate of appetizers.
2012 Chateau d’Or et de Gueles Les Cimels Rosé (Costieres de Nimes, Southern Rhone, France)
Form a favorite estate and wine producer Diane de Puymorin, the Les Cimels red and Rosé are excellent year after year. This is the 2012 Rosé, now at a crazy low price, and it is holding beautifully! Light but very expressive flavors of berry, flowers, light citrus and very fresh and clean mineral notes. This is just lovely, and was enthusiastically praised for its ability to pair with lamb kebobs at a recent gathering.
2012 Vignerons de Buxy Pinot Noir-Gamay (Burgundy, France)
Once this came into the shop last week, we sold it all in just a few days. A very inexpensive red showing profound grace and detail, this is a great blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, the two signature red grapes of Burgundy. The opening is classic Burgundy, with light raspberry, herb, and spice notes, leading to a vibrant body of mild cherry pit, mineral, dried flowers, and a refreshing finish. This is great fun to serve slightly chilled on a warm day.
2010 Ch Eugenie Cahors Cuvee Reservee de l’Aieul (Cahors, France)
An awe-striking Malbec from Cahors, which as a wine making region has roots going back to the Roman Empire. This is gallant, robust, and dense, but it is beautifully structured showing all kinds of levels of flavor: a volley of black plum and cherry fold effortlessly together with baking spices, hints of dried herbs and graphite. A second crescendo of cassis emerges on the finish, which is held for a lengthy time with generous acidity and invigorating tannins. This is ever so good. As we often say of wines like this, it isn’t for the faint of heart but like reading a really good book, you won’t be able to get it out of your mind and may see things in life with greater intensity and detail.
We’re here to fire up your spring dinners with family, friends, or just yourself. It’s been great watching the new fresh produce arrive at the farmers markets. Get out there and bring some home, and make something amazing. We’ll help take care of the wine for you. Remember, we love making you look good!