August 09, 2019 – Good Value Wine Friday Tasting!


Tastings / Friday, August 9th, 2019

Join us this Friday, we have 4 good value wines!
A Picpoul de pinet white grape from France, a Furmint white from Hungary
A rose Txakolina from the Basque country, Spain
And a red Summer tempranillo from Navarra Spain!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00

See below full wine information:

Domitia, Picpoul de Pinet (2018)

Grape: Picpoul
Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Picpoul de Pinet
Features: Organic

One of only two exclusively white wine AOCs in the Côteaux de Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet overlooks the salt water lagoon of the Bassin de Thau, where oysters and mussels are farmed. Affectionately referred to as the “Muscadet” of the south, the name ‘Picpoul’ means ‘lip-stinger’ in Occitan, referring to its naturally high acidity levels. The AOC consists of a triangle bounded by Agde, Pézenas and Sète: a limestone plateau basking in the rising sun covered in highly perfumed garrigue, rows of vines, and scattered pine groves. The wine is somewhat of an anomaly -estate Picpoul – as the lion’s share of the wines from this AOC are produced in the cooperatives. The wine shows surprising complexity with notes of spring flowers and a streak of minerality that provide a beautiful framework. Because the wine finishes with such clean and bracing acidity, the rich mid-palate of melon and stone fruit is a delightful surprise. This charming wine begs for warm & sunny days, shellfish & seafood.

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Evolúció, Furmint (2017)

Grape: Furmint
Geography: North Hungary, Hungary
Appellation: Tokaj
Evolúció comes from the Tokaj region in Hungary. Tokaj is synonym of dessert wines and takes its name from the town of Tokaj-Hegyalja in the northern part of the country. Tokaj is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2002. It also has the world’s oldest classification system which started in 1730, several decades before Port wine and 120 years before Bordeaux. The classification system was completed by national census in 1772. Tokaj Aszú was one of the Sun King Louis XIV’s favorite wines; he famously called it the “King of Wines, and Wine of King’s”.
Tokaji vineyards are located near the border with Slovakia and Ukraine and cover around 5000 ha, most planted against the south facing slopes. The area stretches over 85km long and 4km wide. The Bodrog and Tisza rivers dominate the plain and create the ideal conditions for Furmint and Hárslevelü to ripen and develop noble rot. The climate of Tokaj is continental with relatively high temperature variations.
Wine notes, Dry Furmint,

Wines from Hungary does not need to feel foreign, exotic, or unfamiliar. This Furmint, for example, features fresh pears and quaffable tropical fruits, all under a welcoming floral nose. A lush texture struck with an herbal finish leaves you feeling lip-smacking good. Pair with rich fish, creamy chicken dishes, lightly spiced recipes, and maturing goat cheese. This wine comes from 30-year-old Furmint vines growing on a mix of volcanic soils.

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Camino Roca Altxerri, Getariako Txakolina Rosé (2018)

Grape: Hondarrabi Beltza
Geography: Basque Country, Spain
Appellation: Txakoli de Getaria
Roca Altxerri is named for the Altxerri Cave, located in Basque country, which is home to the oldest stone paintings in Europe, dating back almost 40,000 years. After searchng long and hard, we found Bodegas Zudugarai to partner with. Their two hectares are planted on seaside hills facing the sun to keep the vines dry and are hand harvested.
their land
Located around the small fishing towns of Getaria and Zarautz, on the coast of the Bay of Biscay in Northern Spain, the Getariako Txakolina DO was established in 1990, but the history of vine growing is a long one dating back to the Middle Ages. The pergola trained vines here are quite old (many 80+ years) with the roots reaching 10 meters below the surface. The area was not affected by Phylloxera due to the high rainfall which allowed water accumulation around roots, protecting them from the outbreak.
Roca Altxerri is named for the Altxerri Cave, located in Basque country, which is home to the oldest stone paintings in Europe, dating back almost 40,000 years. After searchng long and hard, we found Bodegas Zudugarai to partner with. Their two hectares are planted on seaside hills facing the sun to keep the vines dry and are hand harvested.
their land
Located around the small fishing towns of Getaria and Zarautz, on the coast of the Bay of Biscay in Northern Spain, the Getariako Txakolina DO was established in 1990, but the history of vine growing is a long one dating back to the Middle Ages. The pergola trained vines here are quite old (many 80+ years) with the roots reaching 10 meters below the surface. The area was not affected by Phylloxera due to the high rainfall which allowed water accumulation around roots, protecting them from the outbreak.
Wine notes

The gentle fizz (as is traditional for Txakoli) is just one of the many charming elements to Roca Altxerri. Bone dry with angular but balanced acidity with a plethora of fruit notes including raspberries and strawberries with an injection of lime zest.

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Azul y Garanza, Navarra Tempranillo (2018)

Grape: Tempranillo
Geography: Navarra, Spain
Appellation: Navarra
Features: Organic
The Azul y Garanza vineyards begin in the lunar landscaped Bardenas Reales Natural Park. Founders Dani Sánchez, María Barrena and Fernando Barrena work with “landscapes” – not merely vineyards – with each of their plots enjoying as much biological diversity as this harsh climate will allow. The surrounding plants, shrubs, trees, and animal/insect life play as much a part to the success of the grapes as the vines themselves. Winemaking is quite natural – the widespread, almost exclusive use of concrete vats, natural yeasts and gentle hands.
From the Murillo and Santa Cara vineyards – certified organic and handpicked grapes that are an average age of 15 years old. The grapes undergo a 10 day, wild yeast fermentation in concrete tanks and 10 day maceration period which is followed by brief aging in concrete tank until bottling and release.
Wine notes
Fresh, dry and delicious, making the case for bigger is better (at least in terms of volume). Bright aromatics of red cherries and raspberries give way to copious amounts of strawberry and hints of cedar on the palate.

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