We at Savour are very excited to introduce you to some incredible wines from Mexico with the owner of the importing and distribution company, Tozi Imports. But first, a great story . . . Tozi was born out of love. First, sommelier Max Murphy fell in love with a woman from Mexico. When he visited Mexico with her, he fell in love with the wine. Max and Kenya married in Mexico, and Max chose Mexican wines to serve at the wedding. When Max’s family and friends clamored to buy the wedding wines back home, the idea for a wine importing business was born. Come meet Max and let him introduce you to some of his favorite wines.
The first three wines come from the state of Querétaro in Central Mexico, 6,500 feet above sea level. This is the southernmost wine region in the Northern Hemisphere. The area is extremely hot, dry, and has a 40-degree diurnal shift. Central Mexican red wines tend to have a lower ABV (alcohol by volume) and higher acid than wines from Baja. This makes them wonderful food wines!
NV Viña Doña Dolores Brut Reserva
Varietals: 50% Macabeu, 50% Xarel-lo
Made using the traditional champagne method, this lively sparkling wine sits for 18 to 24 months on the lees, followed by 1 year in the riddling rack and 1 year of bottle aging. It has strong stone fruit and tropical fruit notes with a crisp, dry finish. $17.99 – great bargain for such a labor-intensive wine!
2019 Vivante Tinto
Fermented in stainless steel and immediately bottled, this wine has notes of bright red cherries, plums, and hibiscus. It is fruit forward and very barbeque friendly. Can be served slightly chilled. $14.99
2018 Viña Doña Dolores Cuatro Regiones Red Blend
Varietals: 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 10% Malbec, 3% Marselan
Aged for 16 months in American and French Oak, this wine is meant to represent all of Central Mexico. The winemakers source grapes from the four wine-producing states (hence Cuatro Regiones) of Querétaro, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, and Zacatecas. This is a medium to full-bodied red blend with complex flavors of dark red and black fruits, leather, and tobacco. $17.99
These next three wines come from the Valle De Guadalupe in Baja. This is Mexico’s version of Napa Valley and is where 80% of all Mexican wine is produced. There are more than 150 wineries, and the valley sits 15 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean with low hills to the west and high hills to the east. It is classified as a Mediterranean climate and sits at a point where two tectonic plates meet — the soil is a mix of sand, clay, and granite.
2017 Vinos Lechuza Chardonnay
Fermented in stainless steel, this wine sits for 9 months on the lees. It also undergoes partial malolactic fermentation, resulting in a pleasant creamy texture, without the use of oak. The lees provide brioche notes along with honeydew melon, pineapple, and green apple. $34.99
2018 EmevéArmonia de Tintos Red Blend
Varietals: 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 25% Shiraz
This wine sees 12 months in new French oak. Full-bodied with notes of blackberries, blueberries, and plums, it also has a pleasing vanilla finish and is very crowd friendly. $29.99
2019 Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged for 12 months in second use (more neutral) French oak barrels, this is a medium to full-bodied Cabernet with notes of plum, cassis, and baking spice with soft, velvety tannins. $29.99
Now, a word about beer . . .
While you’re in the store, take a look at some of the new beers we have for summer: a citrusy saison from Cambridge Brewing Company called Working Class Hero; an NEIPA from Riverwalk Brewing called Hit of Haze, and one of the best Belgian style white beers this side of Belgium, Allagash White — made with coriander and curaçao orange peel, it’s lovely on a hot summer day! Ann Cortissoz, our new beer expert, is now making our selections and can help you find exactly the right choice for the beach, a summer gathering on the deck, or a barbeque in the backyard. What a great way to celebrate this joyful season on glorious Cape Ann!
Kathleen’s Price-Value Gems:
Unique to SAVOUR our three price-value collections, with
each category ($9.99ers – $14.99ers -$19.99ers) offering hundreds of wines
at one price, personally curated by Kathleen, some have limited availability
9.99ers…the quality is taste delivering above-price enjoyment …Value!
14.99ers…exhibiting qualities of complexity…Elevating the Experience!
19.99ers…value laden wines by innovative vintners…Expect Exceptional!
Adding to this Saturday’s wine tasting with Max Murphy is Savour’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only Digital Wine Machine. Fun to use and enjoy! Taste up to 20 wines with new selections regularly added…& yes, complimentary. Kathleen welcomes your questions for food pairings. (We have just changed 15 of the wines on the machine, so come in and try something new)!
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Thank You! …Kathleen
For Your Mobile Calendar – July
Savour Wine Tastings!
July 23 – Max Murphy, Owner Tozi (Fine Mexican Wines)
July 30 – Arik Colbath, Charles River Wines
Continuing to offer a case discount 0f 10% on wines and all items purchased with the case to all customers. Wine Club members get 5% off on 6 bottles and all items purchased with the 6 bottles. Thanks again for your support!
We continue using our 5 Molekule high performance air purification units that clear the air of 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and allergens every hour, store wide.
We are pleased to continue curbside pickup service
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