WHAT & WHY: For this moment, the lead up to Christmas and New Years, when entertaining, crafting time-honored foods in your kitchen and catered specialities, occasions that deserve interesting, memorable wine pairings…it’s the precise focus of our tasting this and next Saturday. For the 11th, wines that well serve the moment… ones that are probably new to your palette, spotlighting France and Italy. The perfect occasion to learn, taste and experience exceptional wines with extraordinary complexity from a singular importer representing wines of distinction and authentic character. As always, the tasting is elevated using our imported Riedel stemware.
WHO: Guest Host Dave Bender, Vineyard Road wine merchant / importer and Savour’s Kathleen Morgan have chosen wines primarily from small, independent, innovative vintners
for the special holiday occasions in the weeks ahead.
WHEN: This Saturday, December 11th, from 2p to 4pm at Savour
HOW: Saturday tastings are complimentary, as is parking in our private lot directly behind the store with rear entrance.
Saturday’s December 11th Holiday Pourings include:
Jacques Lassaigne Les Vignes de Montgueux, Blanc de Blancs, Extra Brut, NV, Fr. Alc. 12% Varietal: 100% Chardonnay, Tasting: Light yellow color. Nose exhibits citrus fruits, apple, and mineral accents. On the palette experience creamy texture, burnt toast, touch of chalk, fine bubbles, zesty. Crisp acidity yields freshness, lingering clean finish, a Classic! Pairs well: rich fish (salmon, tuna), shellfish, pork, Savour Cheese: Fromager D’Affinois with herbs… $62.99
PRA Monte Grande, Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy, 2017, Alc. 13.5% Varietal: Garganega (indigenous), Tasting: Fascinating aromas of straw, dried mangoes and pears with hints of cooked apples, following through to a medium body, driven acidity, good freshness, a long finish of sweet almond and vanilla. Truly multidimensional. Pairs well: Perfect with shellfish and fish dishes (red tuna, sea bass), ideal with quiche, seafood risotto, meat roasts, apps and snacks. Savour Cheese: Taleggio, Rating: James Suckling 92 …$ 27.99
Domaine de Villargeau, Les Abeilles, Coteaux du Giennois, Upper Loire, Fr., 2019, Alc.14% Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc, Tasting: From flint soil the wine is crisp, with a notable mineral edge. On the palette lots of citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, lime) ending with a hint of bay leaf, returning to a dose of minerality. Pairs well: lobster to king crabs to prawns, vegetarian, hors d’, fried oysters, Savour Cheese: Istara Ossau-Iraty (sheep), Rating: Wine Enthusiast 90 …$18.99
Domaine de Montille, Bourgogne, Cote de Beaune, Monthelie, Fr. Pinot Noir, 2017 Alc. 13%, Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir. Certified organic and biodynamic, Tasting: A refreshing, layered dry red with perfumed berry and floral aromas. Rounded but firm tannins. Raspberry, baking spice, forest floor – savory/earthy mushroom bits, loganberry. Elegant, medium body with a longish, smooth finish. Pairs well: lamb chops, game (deer, venison), grilled Cornish Game Hen, rib roast, charcuterie. Savour Cheese: Manchego (sheep), Rating:wine.com 91
Saint-Joseph Offenus, Northern Rhone, Fr., J.L. Chave Selection, 2019, Alc. 13.5%, Varietals: Shiraz/Syrah, Tasting: Opaque magenta. Mineral- and spice-accented dark berry and cherry aromas are complemented by a smoky nuance. Drinking concentrated blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and take a sweeter turn on the back half. Finishes emphatically spicy and quite long, supple well-knit tannins with clinging cherry and floral pastille notes. Pairs well: Rib-eye roast, Lamb roast, game (venison, game birds), roast chicken, Savour Cheese: Kaltbach (Swiss), Rating: Vinous 93, Wine Spectator 93, …$36.99
A Quo Toscana, Montepeloso, Toscana, 2019, Italy, Alc. 14.5%, Varietals: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet, Marselan, Montepulciano, Tasting: The 2019 A Quo, Montepeloso red defines price-value. Fresh, floral, offering up a bevy of crushed berry fruit, rose petal and cinnamon, a mid-weight style that emphasizes freshness and energy to balance its natural richness. Medium in body and wonderfully translucent. The tannins are mature with supportive acidity accompanying a bright finish. This 2019 is an absolute beauty. Pairs Well: prime-rib, Lamb chops, veal, Charcuterie, poultry. Savour Cheese: Roomano Pradera, Dutch, Rating:wine.com 92, James Sucking 93, …$24.99
Adding to the Vineyard Road Tasting on Saturday is Savour’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only – Digital Wine Machine.Taste 20 wines, just added 13 new selections, and yes, complimentary.
>Ask Kathleen for food pairing recommendations ….The wine machine is a breeze to use…and fun!
Welcome Your Holiday Donation of any amount (suggest $5) for Pathways for Children. Thank You! …
Please Note: If you are not fully vaccinated FOR COVID19/Variants, request wearing a mask upon entering Savour, and when not tasting wines….All wearing masks are welcome for our mutual health and well-being…Thank you, Kathleen
Savour Wine & Cheese l 76 Prospect St. l Gloucester l 978. 282 .1455
December Savour – Saturdays’ Holiday Wine Tastings’ Guest Hosts: Celebrating The Season In Style!
Dec. 11– Dave Bender, Vineyard Road Wines, 2p to 4p
Dec. 18 – Harry “Z” Zarkades, owner / wine merchant, Main Street Wine Imports, 1p to 3p
Special Holiday Hours:
>Monday December 20th, 11am to 4pm
>Merry Christmas and Happy New Years’ days, joyfully closed.