September 6, 2019 – Hold onto Summer Friday Tasting!

Tastings and News / Friday, September 6th, 2019

Treat yourself and stop by this Friday, we will be pouring 4 wines,

A white organic from the “Gavi” Appellation in Piedmont, Italy
A rosé from the Loire Valley, France
Two reds, a Valpolicella Classico from Veneto, Italy
And a red blend from Cotes de Gascogne, France!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00
See below full wine information:

Il Poggio di Gavi, Gavi (2018)

Grape: Cortese
Geography: Piedmont, Italy
Appellation: Gavi
Features: Organic
The story of “Il Poggio” is simply the transformation of a grandfather’s relaxing pastime into a young woman’s passion and lifework. The estate was purchased in 1919 as a family hunting reserve and passed to daughter Franca Odone, who at one time worked in Milan in the furniture business. With the help of oenologists, Gaspare Buscemi land was cleared for vines and wine production began in 1976. In 2003 the baton was passed to Franca’s daughter Francesca who, after some time working in real estate caught the family winemaking bug. Poggio extends her business savvy and deep commitment to family tradition to the winery, ensuring the wines remain focused and an homage to the land. In 2013 work was finished on a tiny B&B on the highest point of the property surrounding guests with the serenity of vines and forests. The hills of Rovereto in the heart of the Gavi DOGC are rich with sandy and clay soils that impart remarkable attributes to the ancient Cortese grape. Through the continued vineyard management by Buscemi, the 3 hectares of Guyot trained vines yield small quantities of high-quality wine.
100% Cortese from 20-year-old vines, in clay and marl soils, planted at 330 meters. Hand harvested. Fermentation with natural yeast takes place in stainless steel for normally no longer than 12 days. The wine is filtered once before bottling


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

Grape: Gamay
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

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.


Domaine de Joy, Côtes de Gascogne La Vie en Joy (2017)

Geography: Southwest France, France
Appellation: Côtes de Gascogne
Zhessler family, which owns the Domaine de Joy,lives in the Bas Armagnac (Bas Armagnac) for many years, passing from generation to generation winemaking skills. Thanks to hard work and high results of the family joined the elite of the wine region. Wanting to achieve perfection, the representatives of the current generation Zhessler – Olivier and Roland – have decided to release a collection of Armagnac “Joy”, to use it to show the best of what the earth gives Bas-Armagnac. As followers of the exact formulation and connoisseur of Armagnac, brothers Zhessler guarantee high quality of its collection, named after the family estate. All specimens in the collection are produced in very limited quantities and are intended for true connoisseurs of the drink with the 600-year history. To work on a collection of 2007 was attracted famous designer Paco Rabban. Later the brothers suggest the release of new collections, each of which will be signed by the hand of the famous fashion designer or artist. More:
“La Vie en Joy”is a red dry wine from the appellation Cat de Gascony made from a blend of three grape varieties: Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Cabernet Franc (20%). The received result pleases with juicy, fresh taste and pleasant fruit and berry aroma. This wine really makes life a joy, as its name says. In addition to excellent organoleptic characteristics, wine has a good storage potential – up to 5 years. More:

In the beautiful Cotes de Gascogne region resides the Domaine de Joÿ founded in 1927 by Swiss emigrés Paul and Marguerite Gessler. In these rolling hills, we find perfectly beautiful terroir for wine grapes as well as grapes for wine distilled into Armagnac. Domaine de Joÿ produces both, guided by minimally interventionist philosophies in the vines and cellar. These philosophies are now being handed down to the 4th generation of Gesslers as brothers Roland and Olivier are handing the reins over to Roland’s son Gaël and his two cousins Vanessa and Kevin.

What’s striking when discussing the history of the domain with the Gesslers is how much research and care went into the planting of each specific grape variety, the location dictated in each case by a thorough examination of the soils which are quite diverse and complex, and the aspect of the hillside relative to the sun. For instance, Columbard, Ugni Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc are planted only on the south-facing slopes for best acid retention that will keep these grapes balanced, fresh and lively. Petit and Gros Manseng are at their most expressive planted in sandy clay soils. These five white grapes are most often blended to showcase and enhance the strengths of each. Inspired by the similarity of one vineyard area’s clay/limestone soils to those of the right bank of Bordeaux, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown. However, it would be a simplification to describe the wine produced from this plot as a value ringer for St. Emillion. All of the wines from Domaine de Joÿ have a breezy freshness and a Joie de Vivre about them that make them their own distinct pleasure.

Aromatically fresh with ripe plum and lightly baked raspberry pie fruit, firming with a hint of spice in the finish. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Temp controlled ferment with ambient yeasts, 10 day maceration on skins, 6 months in 2-3 yr old barrels

Azienda Agricola Viviani, Valpolicella Classico (2017)

Grapes: Corvina and Rondinella
Geography: Veneto, Italy
Appellation: Valpolicella

Amarone holds a reputation as the elephant of the Italian wine world, crushing all cuisines under its unctuous power. Claudio Viviani takes a different approach – he is looking for nuance, elegance, balance, and above all the ability of the wines to complement and enhance a meal. Viviani is a man who likes to drink his own wines with dinner and, like all good Italians, he loves food! In truth, these graceful wines express a truer identification of the historical traditions of Amarone. Originally, Amarone came only from the highest hills, where altitude above the valley helped to retain acids. Even as harvest dates in Valpolicella have gotten later and later amongst his peers, Claudio looks to no one but the grapes themselves to tell him when to pick. This unique and confident approach, combined with excellent terroir, results in wines which are bright, lively and refreshingly juicy on the palate, even within the larger impression of dense concentration. At Viviani, the trick is not to breed the fattest elephant, but to teach your fat elephant to dance!

The 10 Ha estate in the hamlet of Mazzano boasts vines at the highest elevation of the historic zone (345-450 meters above sea level). The sea breeze and low humidity creates an ideal environment for the vine cultivation and most importantly the necessary drying for the Amarone. The vines face south, south-east and are farmed with minimal intervention avoiding any synthetic products to maintain a healthy respect for the grapes as well as local tradition.


70% Corvina Veronese, 30 % rondinella. 2 ha of vines between 10-80 years old in limestone soils laced with fossilized pink coral. South, south-east exposure. Hand harvested. Fermented in cement tanks