FINE WINE TASTING @ SAVOUR WITH OWNER, KATHLEEN MORGAN – BIODYNAMIC WINES
Biodynamic vs. Organic
Biodynamic farming was first developed in the 1920s by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian spiritual philosopher. Simply put, biodynamics is organic wine taken a step further. Just as organic farming takes into account the life around it by growing without the use of toxic chemical pesticides or herbicides, biodynamic farming then encourages and cultivates a symbiotic biosphere wherein all species depend on and nurture one another. These species include anything from soil types to other plants insects, animals and native yeasts. They then plant, harvest, and prune based on a precise calendar that takes into account lunar cycles and the position of the sun and planets. In terms of taste, biodynamic wines are very similar to organic wines, as they are produced similarly. However, compared to conventionally produced wine, organically grown wine has been proven to taste much better. This is likely due to the heightened terroir that comes with organically produced wine. Because organic and biodynamic wines are made in harmony with their surroundings, these “natural” flavors flourish in these wines more than they do in conventionally produced wines.
Patrice Colin makes wonderful wine from his family’s well-established domain in one of France’s newest appellations, the Coteaux de Vendômoise. While the appellation is technically new, viticulture here is ancient. Colin farms several old parcels of ancestral varietals, including Pineaud’Aunis, an ancient red grape from which chenin blanc developed. He makes Perles Grises from Pineaud’Aunis using the traditional method champenois, a very labor-intensive process requiring secondary fermentation in the bottle. Inexpensive and refreshing, and a bargain at $18.99, it is a unique sparkling wine. With a bright and fresh concentration of vibrant red fruits and slight pepper on the palate, this is the ideal aperitif wine.
Pairs well with oysters, snacks, like popcorn, and all fried foods. $18.99
Domaine Jean TeillerMenetou-Salon Blanc2018, France
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Alc.13%
Domaine Jean Tellier is a family-owned winery that was founded in the 1950s. The domaine covers an area of 18 hectares and is located on the best slopes of the communes of Menetou-Salon, Parassy, Aubinges, and Vignoux sous les Aix; 11 hectares are planted with Sauvignon Blanc and 7 with Pinot Noir. Teiller has been certified organic since 2017, and has not used any pesticides, chemical fertilizers or weed killers since 2010. All grapes are harvested by hand and then fermented using mostly indigenous yeasts and in mainly stainless steel.This white wine comes from vines grown on shallow clay and limestone soils within the communes of Menetou-Salon, Parassy, and Aubinges. Notes of citrus fruit, along with some peach, flowers, and savory herbs on the nose lead to a good balance on the palate in which the fruit is uplifted by the acidity and a long finish. (This is my favorite Sauvignon Blanc in the store)!
An excellent aperitif. Pairs well with shellfish, fish, chicken, cold salads, or goat cheese. $25.99
Les Equilibristes Hirsute 2020, Bergerac, France
Varietal: 70% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Chenin Blanc Alc.13.5%
Les Equilibristes is a collective of winegrowers who work together to create new blends of grape, focused on neglected varietals. It is a collaborative process, from choosing the site to final bottling. Their ground rules are to use grapes from great terroir, practice organic methods, with minimal intervention in the cellar, and minimal use of sulfur. Hirsute is organic and biodynamic. It is golden in color and has hints of citrus and herbs on the nose. On the palate notes of orange and melon mingle with a zesty minerality.
Pairs well with risotto, octopus, and other seafood. $18.99
Maysara Arsheen Pinot Gris 2019, McMinnville, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot GrisAlc.12%
The owners of the Montazi vineyard and Maysara Winery are committed to capturing the true expression of the land and conveying it through their wine. They practice low-impact, holistic farming methods in their certified biodynamic vineyard and carry this philosophy into the cellar, where their biodynamic winemaking practices produce elegant wines that maintain the harmony between fruit and earth. A tantalizing perfume of lemon meringue, honey dew, and lavender enters the nose before you take the first sip of the Arsheen Pinot Gris. On the palate, flavors of apple, honeysuckle, and a hint of marzipan are followed by a crisp, clean finish.
Pairs well with salads, pasta dishes with fresh herbs, and fish. $22.99
Maysara Jamsheed Pinot Noir 2014, McMinnville, Oregon, Varietal: Pinot Noir Alc.13.5%
The owners of the Montazi vineyard and Maysara wines believe in holding vintages until the wine is fully evolved, rather than releasing chronologically. They believe each vintage is unique and should mature on its own timeline. The 2014 Pinot Noir was fermented with 100 percent native yeast and underwent malolactic fermentation. It was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (10% new, 90% neutral). Violet and cherry aromas on the nose lead to raspberry, blackberry, black tea, and fresh cracked pepper on the palate and lengthy tannins on the finish. Delicious!
Pairs well with dark fowl, grilled meats or salmon, and caramelized vegetables. $34.99
Montepeloso A Quo, 2020, Tuscany, Italy
Varietals: 30% Montepulciano, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 10% Marselan, 14.5% Alicante Bouschet Alc. 12%
The Montepeloso estate is nestled in the hills of Suvereto near Bolgheri above the famed Tua Rita site on the Tuscan Coast – one of the hottest areas in Tuscany. The hot climate often produces over-concentrated wines, presenting a challenge to winemakers. Estate owner and winemaker Swiss-born Fabio Chiarelotto tackled this by overhauling his vineyards in 1997 – retraining, pruning, and regrafting many vines. He now grows all of his grapes biodynamically. Today, Montepeloso has few rivals on the Tuscan coast producing wines of elegance, refinement, and complexity. In the cellar, he does fairly short macerations, employs natural yeasts during fermentation, and never filters his wine. The blend of grapes makes for a complex yet balanced wine. The nose is dominated by dark red fruits and herbal notes, intermixed with spicy aromas and mineral notes. On the palate hints of black fruits and aromatic woods combine with a fine minerality.
Pairs well with paté, grilled beef or pork, or a hearty stew. $24.99
While you’re in the store, take a look at some of the new beers we have: Maine Beer’s flagship IPA, Lunch, another Maine Beer favorite, Peeper, a smooth pale ale with hints of citrus and some malt sweetness; 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.
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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 Kathleen 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 27 – Kathleen Morgan (Biodynamic Wines)
September 3 – Sommelier Lauren Dadonna of AP Wine Imports
September 10 – Chelsea Plumber – Vineyard Road Wines
September 17 – Anthony Sciarappa – Carolina Wines
September 24 – Joe Nardone – M.S. Walker – Biodynamic Wines
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.
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