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October  2020
  • Value Reds
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: October 2, 2020 - 9:00 pm
    Location: your house
    Description: Friday, October 2nd
    7:30pm on Zoom
    $60 per package ($50 for club members!)
    Email to sign up!

    The weather is cooling off and it's time to highlight some of our favorite value reds! In this class, we'll sample bang-for-the-buck reds from Italy, Spain, and France! Each package includes a 750ml bottles of each of the wines below, plus a portion of Prairie Breeze Cheddar and Provolone Picante for 2! Tim Jordan will lead the discussion on each region, winemaker, why these are awesome choices for fall reds!

    2018 Badia Di Morrona "Caligiano," Chianti DOCG
    Comprised of 85% Sangiovese and a balance of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this aromatic and lush Chianti offers dark cherry and the classic balsamic and baking spice aromas. The palate is fresh, with easygoing tannins. This is not overly ripe, as tart red fruits offset its readiness to please. A rock solid Chianti that delivers the goods and then some.
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    2018 Bon Mas, Priorat DOCa
    This is a real stunner. Rarely do you see wines from this top Spanish region for such a fair price! Fermented in concrete eggs with indigenous yeast and aged out in French and American barrels. Sexy blue and black fruit fruits and floral notes are complemented by baking spices and a smoky mineral component. This has concentration but remains light on its feet. The black/blue fruit and bitter cherry flavors hit a peak with air. Silky tannin wraps up the long finish.
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    2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Plan de Dieu," Cotes du Rhone Villages AOP
    The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu De Pere en Filles is a full-bodied, open-knit blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah. Hints of alfalfa appear on the nose, while the flavors trend more toward plummy black cherries. Rich and ripe yet easy to drink, it finishes with mouth-watering length.
    90 points, The Wine Advocate
  • Loire Valley
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: October 9, 2020 - 9:00 pm
    Description: <strong>Friday, October 9<br>7:30pm on Zoom<br>$75 per package ($65 for club members!)<br>Email to sign up!</strong><br><br><strong>This Friday, we're exploring the wines of the Loire Valley! This underappreciated region gives us incredibly unique, signature versions of Chenin Blanc (Vouvray), Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre), and Cabernet Franc (Saumur is the ultimate). In this class we'll taste classic, well-made examples of all three and get a really good feel for the region.</strong><br> <br><br><br><strong>2018 Domaine Jean-Paul Balland, Sancerre AOP</strong><br>This ripe and full-bodied 100% Sauvignon Blanc has weight and loads more than just citrus fruits, stunning tropical aromas make for an enticing nose. It is juicy and incredibly fresh, with perfect acidity and great structure. Aging for 12 months in Foudre (large barrels) has given an extra richness as well as broadening the fruitiness. This is the real deal and so sexy!<br>Merch Notes<br><br><strong>2018 Domaine du Clos des Aumones Sec Vouvray AOC, Loire Valley, France</strong><br>This is THE Vouvray for those of you that covet the natural acidity and finesse of low yield & high quality Chenin Blanc.  The racy mineral flavor is laser focused and lifts the chalky flavors of the terroir throughout the entirety of the wine. There are lovely peach and apple blossom floral aromatics and the orchard fruit flavors are well entwined with the persistent limestone terroir. It's a natural pairing for any type of shellfish and especially fresh or aged goat cheese!<br>Merch Notes<br><br><strong>2018 Arnaud Lambert Saumur Brézé "Clos Mazurique"</strong><br>When we talk about Loire and Cabernet Franc, the Hill of Brézé is like the ultimate Grand Cru. It's a south-facing slope with sand and silt top soils over limestone, and this grape is so perfectly tailored to the region. This complex wine has notes of dark berries, cloves, and white pepper.<br>Merch Notes
  • Best of France Class
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: October 16, 2020 - 9:00 pm
    Location: your house
    Description: Friday, October 16th
    7:30pm on Zoom
    $120 per package ($100 for club members)
    Email to sign up!

    This Friday, we're going to explore some of our very favorite regions of France! Starting with a beautifully matured white from the Rhone Valley, we'll then move to an outstanding Beaujolais, and finish up with a 10 year old Bordeaux!

    2017 Pierre le Grand Crozes-Hermitage Blanc
    This blend of Marsanne and Roussanne has had some time to evolve in the bottle and show its longevity. Notes of bitter apple, tart peach, and lemongrass on the palate lead to a zippy finish with great balance.
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    2018 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon "Grand Cras," Beaujolais AOP
    On Sale $22.99
    Aromas of rose petals, raspberries, cherries and licorice introduce the 2018 Morgon Grands Cras, another superb wine from Burgaud that's medium to full-bodied, layered and enveloping, with a fleshy core, ripe acids and a long finish. If anything, this is even more charming than Les Charmes this year. They make a formidable-and keenly-priced-duo that readers will enjoy comparing.
    93 Points, The Wine Advocate

    2010 Chateau La Serre, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOP
    Rich and spicy note with cranberries, nutmeg and crushed white pepper. Seville orange, chocolate and blackberries coming out after a while. Full and dense on the palate with polished tannins and very long finish with lots of dark fruit. Pretty wine. Drink from 2015.
    93 points, James Suckling
  • Italy: North to South
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: October 23, 2020 - 9:00 pm
    Description: <strong>Friday, October 23<br>7:30pm on Zoom!<br>$100 per package ($90 for club members!)<br>Email below to sign up!</strong><br><br><strong>Explore Italian wine through the eyes of Bric Cenciurio! This producer, with two prized parcels of vineyards in Barolo, is producing a whole line of amazing wines. We're going to sample the fascinating Roero Arneis, a lip-smackingly good Barbera, and a single-vineyard Barolo! Because of the time difference, they won't be joining us directly but they are sending some video footage for us to include in our discussion. There's so much to learn and this is going to be a great class!</strong><br><br><strong>2019 Bric Cenciurio Roero Arneis "Sito dei Fossili, Roero DOC</strong><br>This crisp, dry white is named after a part of the vineyard called the "fossil site," because of all the fossils discovered as the vineyard was planted. The grape yields lean mineral-rich wines with pretty floral aromas and a dry, lemony finish. The version from this winery always impresses. The cold fermentation process brings out subtle flavors and aromas without any unpleasant heaviness.<br>Merch Notes<br><br><strong>2018 Bric Cenciurio Barbera d'Alba </strong><br>This Barbera from old vines is from the vest southern-facing vineyards, with a moderately high altitude. They remove the skins less than a week into fermentation to preserve the bright fruit in this Barbera, which is further accentuated by mostly stainless steel aging. This is a quaffer that is surprisingly easy to pair with food!<br>Merch Notes<br><br><strong>2015 Bric Cenciurio "Pittatore" Barolo</strong><br>Rose, truffle and camphor aromas mingle with a whiff of forest berry. Full bodied and delicious, the chewy palate doles out raspberry compote, ripe black cherry, cinnamon and licorice before a tobacco close. Velvety tannins provide supple support. This is the best wine I've had to date from this estate. Drink 2021–2030. <br><strong>95 points, The Wine Enthusiast</strong><br><br><u><strong>The snack upgrade!</strong></u><br><br>Upgrade your cheese for class and you can get a selection of two cheeses, two meats, crackers, nuts, and dried fruits for $30!
  • West Coast Wines!
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: October 30, 2020 - 9:00 pm
    Description: <strong>Friday, October 30<br>7:30pm on Zoom<br>$110 per package ($100 for club members)<br>Email to sign up!</strong><br><br><strong>This Friday, we're exploring the West Coast of the United States! We'll kick off with a killer Gruner Veltliner from California, then move to a sexy, classic Pinot Noir from Oregon, and wrap up with a dynamite Grenache from K Vintners in Washington.</strong><br><br><strong>2018 Habit Gruner Veltliner, Santa Ynez Valley</strong><br>The 2018 Grüner Veltliner Rancho Arroyo Perdido is one of the most expressive wines in Jeff Fisher's range. Orchard fruit, lime and exotic white flowers offer lovely depth and creaminess that provides a nice foil to the bright, taut style that Fisher favors. Sweet floral notes add perfume and character.<br><strong>92 Points, Vinous</strong><br><br><strong>2017 Drouhin Oregon Roserock Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills AVA</strong><br>This has a very convincing core of stony, minerally elements with bright, yellow citrus fruit that leads to a palate that has a stony, dense and fresh feel. Good weight and texture, wrapping tight and dry. Drink or hold.<br><strong>93 Points, James Suckling</strong><br><br><strong>2017 K Vintners Grenache "The Boy," Walla Walla Valley</strong><br>Made from 100% Powerline Vineyard (since 2015), the 2017 Grenache The Boy Powerline Vineyard sports a lighter ruby hue as well as Rayas-like notes of decayed flowers, kirsch liqueur, licorice, and cured meats. Seamless, medium-bodied, and beautifully polished, with fine tannins, it's a stunning, Burgundian example of this variety to enjoy over the coming 15-20 years. There are a little over 1,000 cases produced.<br><strong>96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck</strong><br><br><u><strong>The snack upgrade!</strong></u><br><br>Upgrade your cheese for class and you can get a selection of two cheeses, two meats, crackers, nuts, and dried fruits for $30!



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