July 19, 2019 – Friday Summer Tasting!

Tastings and News / Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Cool down and refresh your palate with our great Summer wines!
Pick up wines for parties, the beach, or to pair with fresh summer salads.

We will open a sparkling “Pet Nat” style white from Portugal, a fun white from cote de Gascogne, 3L rose box and a sparkling Cabernet Franc from France!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00

See below full wine information:

La Teuf, Côtes de Gascogne Gros Manseng (2018)

Grape: Gros Manseng
Geography: Southwest France, France
Appellation: Côtes de Gascogne


Clay loam deposits on gentle slopes are the source of the true identity of the domaine. From this unique sedimentation are born sweet and fresh soils for an elegant and mineral wine. The sustainably farmed vineyard is located on a very particular soil, rare and local, called “Sables Fauves”, renowned in the Armagnac area for imparting freshness and minerality to the wines. The fruit is destemmed, crushed, and undergoes a short skin maceration. Fermented in stainless steel and aged on the fine lees for three months. Cold stabilized before bottling.


La Teuf, a French slang term for “party” it was formed by pronouncing “fête” backwards. Once we tasted this delicious Gros Manseng, we were so excited to share it, and the idea of the party was born! Our partner for this wine is Domaine de Laballe, a one of a kind estate nestled in the heart of Southwest France’s

Armagnac country. The domaine was first bought by Jean Dominique Laudet in 1820. From there it was passed along generation to generation. Nowadays, the 8th generation of the family is running the estate, in the guise of Cyril Laudet and his wife Julie. Since Laballe is steeped in so much history and pedigree, one

might assume they are stuck up and set in their ways. But, this is anything but the case. Cyril and Julie are an absolutely delightful young couple, who have managed to combine know-how and tradition with dynamism and novelty. The couple has a strong commitment to environmentally friendly farming practices and they recently purchased a 5 hectare vineyard, which will be farmed all biodynamically. Using a strong base of centuries full of knowledge, the two are forging ahead into a bright new future… and we’re happy to be along for the ride!


Jacques Florent, Rosé (2018)

Geography: France
Appellation: Vin de France
Grape Variety : Carignan, Grenache
Vinification : A good farmer, Francois’ practices in the vineyard are sustainable. Intervention in the cellar is
minimal. The Carignan was picked specifically for rosé, allowed a short skin maceration and then
fermented in stainless steel. The addition of the Grenache made in the saignée method adds character
and depth to this wine. After fermentation was completed the wine was finished with bentonite fining
(vegan), filtration and sulfur additions appropriate for ensuring freshness in this format. The goal is to preserve the natural character of the wine, it was then filled under low pressure on a line designed to protect quality.

Casal de Ventozela, Pseudónimo Pet-Nat (NV)

Category: Wine – Sparkling – White
Geography: Portugal
Features: Pétillant naturel

Casal de Ventozela is a family business created in 1983 and dedicated to producing Vinho Verde wine. The 27 hectares of vineyards are situated in the sub-region Vale do Ave, in the heart of the Portuguese Vinho Verde region. They are spread over various estates and land plots, across gentle slopes and granitic soils, with altitudes between 100 and 200 meters. The plots are planted with varieties indigenous to the region: Loureiro, Trajadura, Fernão Pires and Arinto (Pedernã), Padeiro de Basto, Espadeiro and Vinhão (for red wine). The climate is influenced by the sea breeze coming from the Atlantic Ocean and the wines produced are pleasantly light and fresh.

Farming/winemaking practices: No chemicals are used. Mechanical process to cut the grass between the rows. Everything is hand-harvested, by a team of about 30 people, usually starting around September 20th. The wines are vegan, no animal derivatives are ever used. The wines are fined with bentonite.

Vinho verde pet-nat! Summer breakfast wine. Fresh, well-priced, exciting.


Château de Minière, Loire Valley Bulles de Minière Rouge Pétillant (NV)

Category: Wine – Sparkling – Red
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Geography: Loire Valley, France

Dry red « pétillant naturel » (méthode ancestrale), single bottle fermentation without addition of yeast or sugar. Expressive nose and colour of red fruit. Special and festive wine for aperitif and desserts with chocolate and red fruit.

Variety: 100% Cabernet Franc

Colour and type: Sparkling red wine, ancestral method (“pétillant naturel”)

Culture: In conversion to organic farming and winemaking

Tasting notes: Deep red colour, very aromatic nose, of morello cherry, raspberry and cassis. On the palate the wine is both fresh and structured. Long and very aromatic finish with hints of spices and ripe fruit.

Food pairing: Festive and original wine for aperitifs, cocktails and desserts.