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