THIS SATURDAY, August 6, 2 – 4 pm
FINE WINE TASTING @ SAVOUR WITH GARY BALLARD OF MS WALKER
Founded in Boston in 1933, M.S. Walker is a 5th-generation, family-owned wine and spirits importer and distributor, a spirit bottler, and a national supplier. They serve restaurants and retail shops throughout the Northeast, with direct operations in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island and brokerage operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Gary Ballard of MS Walker has been with us many times and is always a favorite! He has many years of experience, first in the restaurant business and now in the wine business. He has travelled all over the world with the distribution companies he has represented, so feel free to ask questions! He is very knowledgeable and engaging.
J. Hofstätter Pino GrigioAlto Adige DOC, Italy
Varietal: Pinot GrigioAlc.13.5%
Alto Adige is one of Italy’s smallest wine growing regions, and the northernmost, bordering on Switzerland and Austria. It has become one of Italy’s top white wine producing areas, and J. Hofstätter is its largest family estate winery. The HofstätterPinot Grigio pours a bright straw yellow and has an attractive aroma of citrus fruits, peach, honeydew melon, and pear; it is medium rich, fruity, well-structured, and direct on the palate with orchard fruit flavors and tangy, fruity acidity on the finish.
Pairs well with pasta and fish dishes. $21.99
Domaine Marcel Deiss2020 Alsace Complantation, France
Varietals: Alsace white AOCAlc.13.5%
Located in Bergheim next to Ribeauvillé, in the heart of the Grand Cru area, the Marcel Deiss estate was founded in 1947. Currently managed by Mathieu Deiss with the help of his father, Jean-Michel, the estate aims for quality based on terroir rather than on cloned grape varieties; the winemakers adhere to biodynamic methods of very low yields and agroforestry. This wine comes exclusively from the vineyards of Domaine Marcel Deiss. It is made with the 13 varieties of grapes that represent the Alsace AOC, including Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, and Muscat.The wine expresses the depth of the Alsatian terroir. Notes of lemon, white flowers, pineapple, and yellow peach mix on the nose. On the palate it is lively and remarkably fruity, full and ripe but still fresh. Pairs well with a wide variety of dishes, including seafood, chicken, and pork. $27.99
The owners of the Hofstätter winery in Italy’s Alto Adige have a passion for Riesling, which is why in 2014 they took the
opportunity to revive the traditional Weingut Dr.
Fischer on the Saar River in Germany.This Riesling is straw yellow in the glass. The wine shows pineapple and citrus aromas on the nose. It is soft and refreshing on the palate, with striking minerality and an elegant body, and finishes off-dry.
Pairs well with fish dishes, salads, and sushi. $17.99
Chateau Puech-Haut Argali Rosé, Languedoc, France
Varietals : 60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault Alc. 13%
Languedoc is one of the most exciting regions in France right now. Château Puech-Haut is a prestigious estate in the eastern Languedoc producing top quality wines for very reasonable prices. The wines from Puech-Haut are rich and lush but also show the earthy and mineral character of the rocky clay-limestone soils of the region. They benefit from both its proximity to the Mediterranean and the rugged, mountainous interior. The Argali Rosé pours a pale pink color and has a complex citrus nose. It offers clean, crisp notes of white peach, strawberries, and hint of flowers on the palate. Lovely as an aperitif. Pairs well with rice dishes, Mediterranean cuisine, salads, and vegetables.$24.99
Averaen 2019 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir AVA, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot Noir Alc.13.6%
The seeds of Averaen winery were sown at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in 2013 in the Willamette Valley. The winemakers from Banshee Wines in Sonoma were struck by the similarities between the cold, foggy Sonoma coast and the Willamette Valley, and realized making high-quality Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley would be far less expensive than in Sonoma. The first Averaen Pinot Noir was released in 2015 to high praise, and they have continued to produce fine Pinot Noir ever since. The 2019 Averaen Pinot Noir is juicy, with flavors of dark cherry, cranberry, and blackberry. Black tea, anise, blood orange, and vanilla accents add complexity. The texture is ripe and plush with a line of acid running through. Pairs well with seared salmon or tuna, mushroom dishes, pulled pork, and barbecue. $22.99
I Greppi Greppicante Bolgheri Rosso 2018,Tuscany, Italy
Varietals: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon Alc. 14%
Bolgheri is a relatively young yet prestigious Italian appellation located in the Maremma on the Tuscan coast and named after a town in the north of the region. It is known mainly for deeply colored, supple yet age-worthy red wines, usually based on the Bordeaux grape varieties. Until the 1970s, the area was regarded elsewhere in Tuscany as a swampy zone producing nondescript white wines and rosés, and better suited to other farming, in contrast to the prime Tuscan vineyards further up in the hills. Then in 1978, in a blind tasting arranged by Decanter magazine, a wine from Bolgheri beat out several Bordeauxs. Ever since, the reputation of the area has grown. The Greppicante Bolgheri Rosso has aromas of currants and blackberries and hints of rosemary and flowers on the nose. On the palate, it is full-bodied, with lush fruit, rich meat, and leather flavors and a long finish.
Pairs well with foods in rich sauces, stews, duck, veal, and mature cheeses.$29.99
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.
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 Gary Ballard 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.
Welcome Your Donation in any amount for Pathways for Children.
Thank You! …Kathleen
For Your Mobile Calendar – July
Savour Wine Tastings!
August 6 – Gary Ballard of M.S. Walker
August 27 – Anthony Sciarappa of Carolina Wines
September 3 – Sommelier Lauren Dadonna of AP Wine Imports
Continuing to offer 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
Savour Wine & Cheese l 76 Prospect St. l Gloucester l 978. 282 .1455