January 4, 2019 – First Tasting of the Year

Tastings and News / Friday, January 4th, 2019

First, Happy New Year to everybody!
This Friday we will continue with our traditional wine tasting,

We will have open 3 wines:
A natural red wine from Cote du Rhone, France
A Nebbiolo red grape from Piedmont, Italy
And an elegant Savignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. France

Tasting Time: 6:00 to 9:00

See below full description:


Domaine Rouge-Bleu, Dentelle Rouge (2014)

Grapes: Carignan and Grenache
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Méditerranée
Features: Biodynamic

Domaine Rouge-Bleu is a biodynamic producer, giving the vines their best chance to benefit from the life of the soil. No chemical pesticides or herbicides are used. They believe the more deeply rooted and naturally healthy the vines, the better able to withstand potential problems and maladies. This bio-dynamically farmed 9 hectare estate is near the village of Cairanne in the southern Rhone Valley and produces wines in the traditional manner with care and attention by Caroline Jones and Thomas Bertrand.The farmhouse and buildings were built approximately 400 years ago. The old age of the vines, plus their situation in truly fantastic terroir of this special part of the Southern Rhone give their wines great character.


Colour: Ruby with garnet hues.
Nose: Summer berries, sweet spice, cassis.
Palate: Delicate aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, wild blackberry and nutmeg complimented by gentle tannins.


Nino Costa, Langhe Nebbiolo (2017)

Grape: Nebbiolo
Geography: Piedmont, Italy
Appellation: Langhe

Founded by the Costa family in 1851, this 7-hectare estate lies on a hilltop overlooking the village of Montá, to the west of the Tanaro River. This is the heart of the Roero, characterized by small, interweaving hills, yellow-ochre sandy soils full of marine fossils, and densely wooded areas dotted with vineyards. Winemaker Alessandro Costa cultivates the primary varieties of the Roero and the Langhe: Arneis, Nebbiolo, Favorita and Brachetto; parents Nino and Gemma run the azienda.
All of the vineyards at the Costa estate are located within 1 mile from the newly built facility, an important factor in preserving the health of the grapes during harvest. They have adopted organic methods, using natural fertilizers, and no herbicides.


This Nebbiolo is a gorgeous, light-bodied red from a practicing organic producer. Rose petals and violets on the nose introduce ripe red fruit and gentle spice on the palate. With an elegant, dry finish, this is good on its own but can stand up to food. Try it with mushroom lasagna, rib roast or Julia Child’s Coq au Vin!


Emile Balland, Les Beaux Jours Sauvignon Blanc (2017)

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Vin de France

Emile Balland is a tall man. Perhaps it’s seeing the world from such a physically elevated position that allows him to take the long view when it comes to his vineyards and wine making. Standing at the top of his steep 0.8 hectare vineyard in Sancerre, looking out onto the rest of the appellation, you get a feeling of exhilaration from the beauty of the view. Or maybe it’s just being out of breath. While Emile ran up this slope in steady, long strides, the rest of us trudged up behind him huffing and puffing. Cecille, Emile’s wife, just shook her head and laughed at the good-natured show off she married.

The far-sighted approach that Emile takes in the vines manifests itself in meticulous work, and respect for biodiversity and the organic life of the soil. Only natural treatments are used when necessary as Emile believes that healthy soil is crucial in the transference of terroir to the finished wines.

The estate is comprised of just 9 total hectares; 1 in Sancerre and 8 in the Coteaux du Giennois. Emile’s holdings in the Giennois lie within the villages of Bonny-sur-Loire and Beaulieu-sur-Loire where the vineyards rise gently from the banks of the Loire. From these calcareous soils, with sub-strata of silex and clay, come the wines Emile calls “Les Beaux Jours.” The red is a juicy blend of pinot noir and gamay, and the white is entirely sauvignon. Seasonally, Emile produces rosé from the same blend as the rouge.


Really vibrant gooseberry and grassy aromas. The palate is rich with lime and grapefruit flavours with a mineral edge. Very refreshing.