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July 19, 2012

Thursday Night Tasting: Easy Values from France

We find as the summer goes on, it get’s more difficult to make even the simplest decisions like what to eat for dinner, where to go with friends, and most importantly what to drink! At tonight’s tasting, 6-9 pm, we’re making it simple for everyone, with three easy summer value wines and cheese from ED! Call up your friends and stop by for a drink and a snack!

Domaine Reine Juliette Picpoul de Pinet Languedoc 2011

The word “Picpoul” translates to “lip stinger”, a reference to the high acidity of the unique grapes. This delightful, citrusy wine hails from the Languedoc in the south of France, where the grapes develop their trademark brightness as well as a refreshing minerality. This is an easy, breezy wine that’s brilliant with fish tacos and colorful salads. $12

Domaine Mittnacht-Klack Edelzwicker Alsace N/V

I love the delicate fruit, spice, and floral aromatics typical of many whites hailing from the mountainous Alsace denomination, and this Edelzwicker (ay-dells-vick-er, more or less) is right up my alley. I’m so happy it’s a whole liter! A blend of Riesling, Chasselas, Gewurtztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Auxerrois, and Pinot Blanc (there won’t be a test), this is a great pairing with spicy foods and long balmy days. Or, as the vineyard recommends on the label, “served from a flagon by buxom, rosey cheeked women wearing nothing but their lederhosen.” $15

Devois de Perret Languedoc 2011 

A light but concentrated blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre (GSM! GSM!), Devois de Perret is a no-brainer for die-hard red wine drinkers struggling through this hot summer! Easy drinkin’ but not simplistic- this Languedoc red offers an abundance of summer berry fruit, a touch of black pepper, and more than adequate structure to stand up to anything you throw on the grill. Stick it in the fridge for twenty minutes and take it nice and easy! $12