October 26, 2018 – French Wine Tasting – Saturday: Local Rice Whiskey!

Tastings and News / Friday, October 26th, 2018
Join us this weekend for a double tasting function,
 On Friday we will have open 3 French wines, a Picpoul white grape from Languedoc-Roussillon and two reds, Rhône Valley blend + unique blend from Southwest France from Gaillac appellation!
On Saturday:  We will have open the first Rice Whiskey in the country from Bushwick, Brooklyn!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full information:


Château l’Ermitage, Costières de Nîmes Sainte Cecile (2015)

Grapes: Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Grenache
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Costières de Nîmes
In the 12th century, Château l’Ermitage belonged to the Ermites of the ancient Sainte Cécile d’Estagel’s Abbaye, a stop on the Saint Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage. The first cellar was built in 1800 near the old Ermitage. For over thirty years, Michel and Jérôme Castillon have been making wines from the 80 hectare vineyard. The vineyard of Chateau L’Ermitage benefits from the southern exposure of Costières de Nîmes and overlooks the Camargue and the Mediterranean Sea. This location provides excellent ripening conditions due to the sun and the cool wind coming from the sea.

Brightly garnet robe. Full taste with a good fruity and spicy structure. A thirst quenching wine with supple tannins.

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Château Lastours, Tradition (2015)

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Fer Servadou
Geography: Southwest France, France
Appellation: Gaillac
If Gaillac wines had kept the reputation they had in the 15th century, they would be as famous today as Bordeaux. Landlocked between Toulouse and Albi, the region depended upon Bordeaux to export its wines, whose merchants and shippers made sure they never got a fair chance. The De Faramond family benefits from an advantageous hillside plots, overlooking the Tarn River, and from the dual influence from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
Château de Lastours is in the south of France, in the Corbières area, on an old Roman road known as the Via Domitia – which goes from Narbonne to Spain. A castrum was built on the route to accommodate travellers. The Castrum de Turribus later became Château de Lastours, in reference to the watchtowers that overlooked the Via Domitia at this particularly dangerous point.

This wine’s strong colour and powerful nose is the perfect combination of woody notes and Mediterranean fragrances (olives, dark berries, spices). Its fine tannins and full character make it a very racy wine.


Domaine Felines Jourdan, Picpoul de Pinet (2017)

Grape: Picpoul
Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Picpoul de Pinet
Ms. Claude Jourdan tends the vines and makes the wines at her family estate in the Picpoul area near Mèze on the Mediterranean coast, halfway between Marseille and the Spanish frontier.From the winery and vineyards you can see the oyster beds in the shallow Mediterranean a few hundred meters away.This domaine-bottled version is a big step up from the cooperatives in the area, since the Jourdan family takes great care to limit yields and create the best Picpoul you can buy.This wine has won many awards in France and abroad.Bright, citrusy, yet mouthfillingly rich, this wine has a great finish.
Their Picpoul is a blend of 3 “terroirs”, with different soils and climates : Félines, Les Cadastres and La Coulette . 45 ha, spread on the 3 terroirs.
In mouth, the typical acidity of Picpoul de Pinet is present, along with a really beautiful structure, ample, pleasant and harmonious. The final is long and exotic. The first nose is pleasant and explosive, with aromas of fresh fruits,and exotic fruits. Complex, this wine expresses hints of citrus fruit, aniseed, fennel, lime tree, honeysuckle, acacia, and has a light flavour of mineral. Its robe is gold coloured and shinny, with green shades.




Bushwick Rice Whiskey!

Moto Spirits Distillery

They’re a new craft micro distillery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the first rice whiskey distillery in North America.


Small batch, rice-based whiskeys and specialty spirits discovered during motorcycle trips around the world. Handcrafted in america’s first rice whiskey distillery, adventurous spirits inspired by travel and made in brooklyn, new york.



ALCOHOL: 42% abv

Aged for six months in American oak bourbon barrels

Rice, glutinous

Medium amber color

Vibrant, fruity, subtle hints of rice pudding, dried fruit, vanilla

Smooth, flavors of rice, caramel, toasted candied almonds, mild woodspice. Finish is subdued with a hint of burnt sugar and lingering tannic oak.

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