June 28, 2019 – Summer Tasting!

Tastings and News / Friday, June 28th, 2019

Summer has arrived!
Let’s celebrate on Friday with a French and Spanish Wine Tasting!
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Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00

See below for full information:

Emile Balland, Coteaux du Giennois Les Beaux Jours Blanc (2018)

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Coteaux du Giennois

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.


Fento Wines, Rías Baixas Albariño (2018)

Category: Wine – Still – White
Geography: Galicia, Spain
Appellation: Rías Baixas

Fento Wines are made with organically farmed grapes from micro vineyards spotted throughout the Condado de Tea subzone of Rías Baixas. Prestigious winemaker Eulogio Pomares of Bodegas Zarate and his wife Rebeca Montero were both raised with vineyards for playgrounds and have spent their entire lives immersed in the industry of viticulture and winemaking. Their personal joint venture was created in August of 2012 and is a young, family business that makes wines that reflect the strength of the grapes and their nuances, but comes with a fresh focus and presentation, a personal enterprise that combines natural viticulture with new techniques.

Condado de Tea is named after a tributary ‘Rio Tea’ of Galicia’s most prominent and jaw dropping river, the Miño, which winds throughout the mountainous areas of the southern base of Galicia where the roads meander in and out of Portugal and Spain. Condado de Tea is the second largest sub-zone of Rias Baixas — it is also the furthest away from the coast, the warmest in temperatures (it can reach up to 100 degrees in the depths of summer) and the driest from rainfall. The soils here are rich with varying degrees of mica, granite and slate.

Fento wines relies on the assistance of their friends and family crew of small farmers, something which is vital if you want to achieve rational work that respects the environment. Many vines use spontaneous vegetation coverage to obtain more concentrated grapes, to improve the soil’s structure and avoid erosion. The vines are located in the South of Pontevedra, in the Condado de Tea sub zone. Grapes are planted in the “Xabre” soil, a popular name for weathered sandy granite soils. It uses the pergola vine training system. The white varieties are Albariño, Treixadura, Loureiro, Godello and Torrontés; and the reds represented by Susón, Espadeiro, Mencia, Cano Tinto, Pedral, and Espedeiro.

Wine cellar work does not adhere to set rules, each year depends on the vintage itself. Grape picking is done by hand with the grape selection carried out on the vine. Alcohol fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, and according to the vintage, fermentation takes place and the length of breeding is decided upon.


10-15-year-old Albarino vines planted to southeast facing parcels in the ‘Xabre’ soils of Condado de Tea in the southern end of Rias Baixas. Organically farmed, and the pergola trellising helps in avoiding mildew. Hand harvested, de-stemmed. Natural yeast fermentation in stainless steel after a brief cold soak, followed by 6 months aging in the tank before filtration and bottling.

This beautiful, organically produced Albarino channels the essence of the region it calls home in northwestern Spain. Floral aromas call to mind the green rolling hills of inland Rias Baixas while a salty finish is reminiscent of the rocky coastline in the West. The light body and vibrant acidity make this wine an easy sipper


Emile Balland, Coteaux du Giennois Rosé Les Beaux Jours (2018)

Grape: Gamay
Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Coteaux du Giennois
60% Pinot Noir and 40% Gamay from 50-60 year old vines in clay-limestone soils covered in caillottes. Saignee method with seperate fermentation and blended after malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.

The Coteaux du Giennois rose, Lovely pale pink colour in the glass. Notes of fresh raspberry and strawberry along with some vibrant acidity make for a crisp, refreshing well-balanced rose.


Devois de Perret, Languedoc Rouge (2018)

Grapes: Grenache and Syrah
GeographyL Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Languedoc

Les Vignerons du Pic are a collective of winemakers from the villages of Assas, Baillargues, Claret and Saint-Gély-du Fesc. Sharing a winery in Pic St. Loup, each bottle independently under their own label.

The soils in this area are truly diverse from one parcel to another: hard and soft limestone, dolomite, marl, and limestone boulders are predominant on the Mediterranean and the vineyards enjoy a median altitude of 150 m. To the east is the Rhône, Roussillon to the West and the Mediterranean sea constitutes the southern border. This region is considered the cradle of French viticulture dating back to the Romans who introduced vines between 500-600 years B.C.

Adequate moisture coupled with hot days and cold nights make for ideal ripening conditions for the Syrah grape as well as the dominant red Rhône varietals Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Carignan. The Devois de Perret Coteaux du Languedoc Rouge, made by master oenologist Bruno Dereluzzi, the head winemaker of the facility, is an offering of 100% declassified Pic St. Loup fruit.

80% Syrah and 20% Grenache from an average of 15-year-old aged vines in multiple soil types including limestone, marl, and dolomite all located north of Montpellier throughout Pic St Loup. Hand harvested at night to maintain fresh aromas. Pneumatic press. Traditional method vinification with 20 days of maceration in concrete tanks followed by malolactic. Wine is filtered but not fined. Production is 50 hl/ha.

The wine pours a brilliant dark ruby with aromas of red berry fruits and spice. On the palate, the wine is focused, fresh and juicy with enough weight and body to remind you that you’re in the Languedoc. This wine is perfect to enjoy with hamburgers any way you like them.