tasty wines for chilly nights!
come in from the cold for another cozy thursday wine tasting @picnic.
as you know, we often focus on specific importers with whom we identify, rely on, and can't help but want to promote. this week, we have selected a stellar flight of italian and french wines from the mad rose group, lead by neal rosenthal. to keep it interesting for all of us, we always strive to present delicious + compelling wines to you that you aren't likely to see elsewhere in town. this flight is no exception, but quantities are limited.
mad rose, in their own words: "wine is an agricultural product and that in its best and purest form wine must reflect a specific sense of place.we share the goal of communicating this concept to a growing audience by presenting the finest examples of wine made in the classical western European tradition. (amen!) ...there is little mystery to the crafting of fine wine. at the core, one must start with the proper vineyard site and excellent viticultural practices. we had wonderful mentors who taught us early in our career that:
1) 90% of the ultimate wine is created in the vineyard; and,
2) the role of the winemaker is to let the wine make itself (“laissez le vin de se faire”). (love it.)
Thursday 12/5 5-7pm $8 tasting fee
we will taste the following with the awesome brian huse:
Bisson Glera Frizzante 2012
Bisson Bianchetta Genovese 2012
Brovia Barbera d'Alba Sori del Drago 2012
Ch. Peyrassol La Croix Rouge 2011
2010 Maranones Tinto Maronones
2010 Pedralonga Tinto do Umia
2011 Pecina Cosecha Joven
2011 Palacio de Bornos Verdejo
2010 Bengoetxe Txakolina
image courtesy of http://www.josepastorselections.com
if you didn't know this about us by now, here it is: we love corsican wines. the producers we have featured are biodynamic, harvest by hand, and craft wines that are totally unique and unmistakably terroir driven. tonight we present clos venturi, one of the oldest corsican estates with unique soils comprised of sandstone, shale, and shisteux. the wines are tended to organically, fermentations done in stainless, and aged in cement vats. they are complex yet harmonious and will seduce you with their purity, freshness and nuanced fruits. these are wines that could only have been made in corsica, with fruit grown at the foot of a spectacular mountain; mineral-laden, with a distinctive mediterranean opulence, the freshness only found at high altitudes and tonight, only at picnic.
we will taste: blanc, rose, et rougue. see you there. #vivelacorse
tonight, 5/16 from 5:30-7:30pm. $9 tasting fee.
we will not be hosting a wine tasting this Thursday evening because it's time for the *BIG ONE*-the PNA annual art walk, that is.
please join us in welcoming national geographic photographer josh newman. he has curated a stunning collection of his natural history images from across the globe celebrating earth's remaining wilderness. an added bonus: winemaker travis scarborough of Scarborough Winery will be in the house giving you the first taste of his spring releases!
this friday from 6-9 + saturday from 12-5
as you know, we strive to always present delicious and compelling wines to you. in that process, we have consciously and consistently featured organic and bio-dynamic wines from producers who follow sustainable, environmental agriculture techniques. though some of these fantastic producers we've brought to you don't necessarily tout these practices emblazoned on their labels, we wish to highlight this fact this week specifically in honor of mother earth. we've selected a beautiful flight of wine for you to sip on a glorious evening. please join us and come taste our weekly selections. #everydayisearthday
Barberani Orvieto (Organic)
The 2011 Orvieto Classico Superiore Castagnolo Secco shows lovely density of fruit allied to piercing, saline minerality. This is a gorgeous, vibrant Orvieto laced with flowers and white stone fruits. I would prefer to drink it over the next year or two, while the fruit remains vibrant and crispy. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2014. 88 pts WA, Galloni
"Snow Wine Award" Plant protection is copper and sulfur and weed control is mechanical. Yeasts are selected and grapes are ALL estate grown.
Universally regarded as one of a handful of world-class producers in Soave who have revitalised the region, Pra produces 5 wines based on Garganega, covering a wide spectrum of styles and flavors. The 'basic' Soave Classico, described in the 2007 Gambero Rosso guide as 'an absolutely magnificent wine of which every wine enthusiast should have a few bottles tucked away'.
ICardi Cortese - Organic/Biodynmaic
Rich and mouth-filling, with tropical subtle pineapple notes balanced by mineral elements and nice citric acidity. Really, it's got something for everyone and works equally well with food or without. According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Cortese L’Aurora is very beautiful. Ripe, juicy peaches and flowers come together nicely in this round, refreshing white."
IGrecco Rosato - Organic
100% Galliopo Skin contact is kept for two days in cold stainless steel tanks. This cold condition creates a very fresh, tangy quality with hints of crushed strawberries and cherries on the palate. The texture is very round and smooth, a very pleasing style of Rosato.
Braida Moscato d'Asti - Organic
Braida is best known for their high-end Barberas – Bricco dell’Uccellone and Ai Suma in particular – but these entry-level wines deliver tons of pleasure at far more accessible prices.
Moscato d’Asti Vigna Senza Nome possesses gorgeous aromatics and clean, varietal fruit in a vinous style with a finessed mousse and lovely overall balance.
Our hearts are heavy after this past week. We are taking this evening off and will not be hosting a wine tasting tonight. Please do something with your family or with some good friends.
In happier news we have some delicious new wine for you to enjoy. The 2011 Jean Foillard Morgon "Cote du Py" is finally here and we have some. In Burgundy Jean Foillard is a legend and he is one of our very favorite vignerons. Each year we await the arrival of his beautiful wines. Come check out what the Cru Beaujolais fuss is all about. We even have one 3 LITER (double magnum) available should you require one.
Be kind to those around you,
This Thursday, join us to taste delicious Italian Wines from famed imported Louis/Dressner. Held in high regard for the wines they select, Louis/Dressner imports wine made with natural viticultural practices: wild yeasts, hand harvesting and minimal or no filtration. These are wines that showcase their place of origin and varietal characteristics.
Thursday 4/11 from 5:30 to 7:30p $9 tasting fee.
Cascina degli Ulivi VinoBlanco $20
DEI Rosso Montepulciano $20
Montesecondo Chianti Classico $25
Fattorie Etna Rosso Allegracore $26
In their words: "the overblown world of overdone wines is fundamentaly tiresome. We're not looking for tasting specimens but for wines that are great fun and a great pleasure to drink." We say, "Cheers to that!" Hope to see you tomorrow! -a+j
This week we taste Austrian wine. Taste: Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Blaufrankish and Zweigelt
All smaller production houses, Markus Huber, Hugo and Preisinger are the rock stars of the Austrian wine world. By hand harvesting, focusing on the fruit, and employing biodanymic practices the wines return to a more natural...pure state. Think CLEAN, CRISP, REFRESHING. These are the wines for a warm summer's night, a few oysters and some great friends. Our good friend and local wine legend, Jen O'Neil, will be passing on her knowledge and passion for these wines.
Please join us this Thursday, March 28th, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. $9 tasting fee. Case discounts are available.
Markus Huber 2011 Riesling Terrassen
Markus Huber 2011 Gruner Veltliner Terrassen
HUGO 2011 Gruner Veltliner
Preisinger 2010 Blaufrankisch
Preisinger 2011 Basic (Zweigelt:Blaufrankish 50:50)