Saturday's Tasting

If you missed the tasting this past Saturday, then you missed out! Take a look at what we tasted and see if anything peaks your interest.

Cepage Sparkling Rose

Producer: Le Morette

Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara

Geography: Veneto, Italy

Appellation: Bardolino Chiaretto

For three generations, the family has been producing wine in their native land of Veneto at the south end of Lake Garda. Today, their 74 acres of vineyards, now tended by brothers Fabio and Paolo, lie in the heart of the Lugana DOC in the quaint town of Peschiera del Garda. The family places tremendous importance on the harmony of their winery with the territory. To demonstrate this, they chose the name “Le Morette” which refers to the most popular and protected species of mallard birds that nest in the Lugana area.

The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc

Producer: The Crossings

Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc

Geography: Marlborough, New Zealand

Appellation: Awatere Valley

This is one of the best Sauvignon Blancs I have ever had from Marlborough, New Zealand. Grassy, grapefruit and lovely. The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2017 shows lifted notes of gooseberry and nectarine, underpinned with citrus notes. The palate is full with pure fruit flavours, yet balanced with a persistent, crisp mineral finish.

Sauvion Muscadet

Producer: Sauvion

Grapes: Melon de Bourgogne

Geography: Loire Valley, France

Appellation: Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine

Long established in the Loire Valley, Sauvion provides wine drinkers with a pleasurable, handcrafted wine experience. From Vouvray to Sancerre and Muscadet appellations, the wines are elegant yet easy to drink, while providing a touch of sweetness. In other words, pure pleasure!

Indeed,university trained oenologist Pierre-Jean Sauvion, 4th generation of his family to be involved in winegrowing/winemaking, sees himself as a “pleasuremaker”, not a winemaker.

Sauvion is the #1 Muscadet producer in France. The Sauvion home “Château du Cléray” in Muscadet region is Sauvion’s flagship. It has belonged to the family since 1935 and is one of the oldest estates in the Sèvre et Maine.

B-Side Napa Valley Red

Producer: B Side

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc

Geography: California

Appellation: Napa Valley, California

B Side Red Blend is powerful yet approachable with inviting aromas of fresh blueberries, leather, tobacco leaf and a subtle eucalyptus note adding intrigue. The lifted aromas lead to a well-structured palate with smooth tannins and layers of fruit flavors, red currant and clove spice. The wine is giving and additional notes of dried orange peel and tart plum hint at the good acidity found in fruit from the flip side.

Demarie Nebbiolo

Producer: Demarie

Grapes: Nebbiolo

Geography: Piedmont, Italy

Appellation: Langhe

At Vezza d’Alba, in the heart of the Roero region, over three generations of the Demarie Giovanni FAMILY have been running their domain with expertise, hard work and a truly passionate love for wine-growing. The domain covers over 14 hectares of vineyards that are located in the surrounding boroughs of Vezza, Castagnito, Castellinaldo and Guarene. In traditional local culture, the name ‘Arneis’ is given to someone who is an extrovert, a bit of a rebel, original but with a certain charm. We think this wine from the Roero hills displays all of these qualities and more.

Andrew DossThe Loaded Grape