Friday, May 26 from 4-7 pm — Get your weekend off to a great start with a free wine tasting starring some sensational Southern French wines. You’ll get to try a crisp and aromatic white, an award winning and highly rated dry rosé, and plush and juicy red from a rising star producer.
I continue to be amazed with the incredible wine values that come out of Southern France. The Rhone Valley, Provence, and the Languedoc-Roussillon typically experience warm and sunny growing seasons, and you can certainly taste those attributes in the wines. Join us as we introduce you to 3 great values perfect for spring and summer. Up first, it’s a fresh and exotic white blend from Isle Saint-Pierre, an island in the middle of the Rhone River. I love sipping on this refreshing little wine while sunbathing by the beach or the pool — you will too. After that, it’s a dramatically delicious dry rosé from Chateau Puech-Haut, arguably the top producer in the region. A blend of Grenache and Cinsault, the new vintage just received 92 points from The Wine Advocate. That’s one of the highest scoring rosés of the vintage! To finish, we’ll pour you one of my personal new favorites, a sumptous red from the Ventoux. A classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, I love this one with burgers, bbq, or lamb. Sound good? All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines. Can’t make it by, but want to place an order? Just email me at email@example.com.
All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.
1. 2016 Isle Saint-Pierre Blanc (Southern Rhone Valley) – Isle Saint-Pierre is a small island in the middle of the Rhône river just 10 miles inland from the Mediterranean. This close proximity to the sea ensures a cooling influence resulting in fresh, easy drinking, “bistro-styled” wines for everyday consumption. The white is made up of 70% Chardonnay, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscat and is fermented entirely in stainless steel. Offering up lovely notes of pear, apple, mixed citrus and honeysuckle, it is a white wine for all palates.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases
2. 2016 Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige Rosé (Languedoc) – I’ve drunk a lot of Puech-Haut wines over the years, and I tend to agree with Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate who called it “easily one of the top estates in the Languedoc.” The new release of their rosé is another winner that I could drink for days. Primarily Grenache with a dollop of Cinsault, all of the grapes come from 30-60 year old, biodynamically farmed vineyards. Quite pale in color but intensely aromatic with notes of white flowers, strawberry and white peach, it’s just straight up gorgeous.
Tasting Price: $19.79/bottle | $18.69 in a mixed six pack | $17.59 in a mixed case
3. 2015 Domaine Terrasses d’Eole Ventoux Rouge (Southern Rhone Valley) – I love happy stories like the one involving this small domaine. For years, the family just grew grapes and sold them off to the local cooperative. In 1998, son Stephane Saurel convinced his parents to start bottling their own wines………..the rest is history as this small, family run domaine is really clicking on all cylinders. The red combines 65% Grenache with 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Fermentation occurs in concrete and the resulting wine is simply delicious with notes of ripe cherry, blueberry, peppery spice and herb.
Tasting Price: $13.49/bottle | $12.74 in a mixed six pack | $11.99 in a mixed case
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