Happy Thursday everyone! Big things are happening in March… “In like a LION” is right!
Our best girl Meg is in San Francisco this week and, while there, she passed her Certified Sommelier exam on March 3rd administered by The Court of Master Sommeliers!
A BIG CONGRATS TO MEG!
And a well-deserved break for her as she explores the great city of San Francisco, discovering disco churches and lunching with Alice Waters… [the above photo is from a different trip (Palm Springs 2013?) but I thought it was appropriate for this week’s events, including Mardi Gras.]
Speaking of French culture, we will be pouring 3 gorgeous organic reds from France for you this evening. It just so happens that 2 out of 3 of them are “Meg’s Picks” and the 3rd is a brand new Bordeaux that we are excited to share with you… Ariel Prince of Savio Soares Selections will be here tonight from 6-9pm to fill you in on all the juicy details of these beautiful wines. Come out and taste! There will be cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf Bakery.
YVES DUPORT BUGEY TRADITION PINOT NOIR 2011
Organic Pinot Noir from Bugey. Ruby red in color and soft red fruit on the palate. Loads of finesse! Delicate tannins make this wine a great pairing for roast chicken or fresh cheeses. Meg says, “Oh! Hello, gorgeous! I love this pretty Pinot Noir from Bugey, a tiny appellation steeped in history. Clean and mineral rich with a dash of je ne sais quoi.” $19
CHATEAU CAMBON RECOLTE 2012
Organic Gamay from Beaujolais. This is both a staff and customer favorite. What can I say? Each grape is hand-picked in October, resulting in a wine with perfect balance of fruit, earth, and acidity. Meg says, “This totally delightful Gamay is made by Beaujolais royalty. Biodynamic and organic in the vineyard with natural vinification methods. Happy, pretty, gentle, fresh.” $19
CHATEAU DU CHAMP DES TREILLES SAINTE-FOY BORDEAUX 2011
A certified organic unoaked Bordeaux from Sainte-Foy. Sainte-Foy is an appellation on the eastern edge of Bordeaux, just a few miles west of Bergerac. This wine is a blend of 63% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot. A softer side of Bordeaux, this wine is quite versatile and will pair well with many menu items. Brick chicken, spare ribs, steak salad, minestrone… what’s for dinner? I can’t wait to hear what Meg has to say about this wine. $24
Asimov’s #1 pick (3 1/2 stars) for Thanksgiving in the New York Times today is one of our favorite California wines we carry… Steve Edmunds’ 2010 Bone-Jolly Gamay $22
"Earthy, spicy, dry, lip-smacking and delicious."
"… a perennial favorite of mine, the 2010 Bone-Jolly from Edmunds St. John, a rare American gamay, the grape of Beaujolais, from El Dorado County in California gold country. It’s light-bodied but intensely flavored, agile and earthy, with each sip thirst-quenching yet intriguing enough to inspire another. It’s an American take on Beaujolais, not a facsimile, perfect for an American holiday. If it’s unavailable, any number of good Beaujolais will do…" -Eric Asimov, New York Times, November 9, 2012
Yesterday was the first day of FALL—so I had a summer BBQ to celebrate! While I chopped the potatoes and marinated the pork, I sipped on our new Austrian Chardonnay, Werlitsch Morillon 2008. I LOVED it. Tons of bright acidity and mouth-drying minerality but with a long, round finish of stone fruit and citrus. I didn’t want to share any it was so good… but I did, and everyone else loved it too! Why didn’t I bring 2 bottles home??? All you Gruner fans should give this guy a try and see why Chardonnay is one of the noblest grapes of all.
Once dinner was on the table, we cracked another new addition to Dandelion, Bebame Red 2011. A natural wine from California that is made from 93% Cabernet Franc and 7% Gamay. An unusual, but successful blend! A very expressive, pleasantly light red that was easy drinking. Even my Pinot Noir-loving-wine-snob dad loved it! ”Tastes like a great Pinot!”, he said. Yeah, sort of. It’s delicate with very subtle red fruit and earth notes. Delicious. What a great way to say ‘Adios!’ to the summer of 2012.
WERLITSCH MORILLON 2008 VOM OPOK Certified Organic Austria $23
BEBAME RED 2011 Natural Wine from California $21
One of our beloved Beaujolais wines was written up in the Times today! Eric Asimov described the 2009 Domaine de Pavillon de Chavannes Cuvee des Ambassades and it’s “Pleasing floral aromas with juicy fruit and mineral flavors.”
We’ve long been a fan of this beautiful Gamay from the Cote de Brouilly, and are not alone: It’s been served at French Embassies all over the world. At only $21, we can all drink like we have diplomatic immunity.
Fresh new vintages of two old favorites: Lapierre’s almost-too-drinkable Gamay and the liter sized Berger Gruner