THIS SATURDAY, Oct. 22, 2 – 4 pm
FINE WINE TASTING @ SAVOUR WITH CHELSEA FROM VINEYARD ROAD WINES
Vineyard Road is an importer and distributor of fine wines from around the world, based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Since 2000, they have offered high-quality and high-value wines that reflect their soils of origin. Some of their estates have been around for only 5 years. Others have been making wine for more than 500. Vineyard Road specializes in small production and artisanal producers who work in concert with the land.
Domaine Guilberteau Rosé 2021, Saumur, France
Varietal: Cabernet Franc Alc. 12%
This is the first vintage for this rosé from Romain Guiberteau. Guiberteau has become one of the great signatures of the Saumurois. He operates 14.5 hectares of vines grown organically, on clay-limestone soils in the Bizay and Brézé sectors, on deeper soils in the Montreuil-Bellay region. From the estate cuvée to the plot cuvées, the work is meticulous. This rosé has a lovely salmon pink color. The elegant nose has aromas of citrus fruits, fresh grapefruit, and white pepper. In the mouth a beautiful mineral tension gives way to a fleshy, dense juiciness..
Pairs well with niçoise salad, soft cheeses, salmon. $22.99
Elektrisch Riesling 2020, Rheinhessen, Germany
Varietal: Riesling Alc. 10%
The Rheinhessen region has gone from being derided as the land of Liebfraumilch to being the white-hot, super star of Germany. Florian Fauth, the winemaker of Elektrisch, happens to be the brother-in-law of Klaus Peter Keller, one of the pioneers who helped make the Rheinhessen one of the superstar regions of Germany. It is a delicate art to bring out the right amounts of sweetness and acidity in Riesling, and Fauth is able to do it, while crafting wines that are harmonious and vibrant. Mouthwatering acidity, citrusy aromatics, and flavors of granny smith apples will make you appreciate a wine that is sweet in the right way. This is an impressive wine that shows incredible value. This biodynamic, fruit-forward halbtrocken (off-dry) Riesling Kabinett from the Rheinhessen is juicy and thirst-quenching, showing tart citrus and wet stones, marked by lively acidity.
Pairs well with sushi, Asian food, and salty blue cheese, like Stilton. $17.99
Domaine Grégoire Hoppenot Fleurie Indigene 2020, Beaujolais, France
Varietal: Gamay Alc. 13.5%
Named “Discovery of the Year” in 2021’s Revue des Vins de France, Grégoire Hoppenot went to Fleurie following two years as director of the Chapoutier-owned Maison Trénel in Beaujolais. Grégoire has leased nine hectares, along with a small plot in Morgon. He describes his winemaking as “intuitive,” using indigenous yeasts and low sulphur, and practices organic farming in the vineyard. Fleurie Indigene is a blend of young vines from two parcels, Les Roches and Les Garants. It is the first of the Hoppenot wines to be organically certified. Ruby red in colour, Indigène displays elegant notes of raspberry, cherry, and dried rose. It is well-structured on the palate with bright red fruit flavors, lifted acidity, and polished tannins.
Pairs well with paté, brie and camembert, turkey (an excellent Thanksgiving wine). $25.99
Pra Morandina Valpolicella 2020, Veneto, Italy
Varietal: Corvina Alc. 12.5%
Graziano Pra followed his father and grandfather into the wine business, studying oenology, and taking over the family winery in Soave in the early 1980s. After searching for the right site, Graziano began the new millennium by fulfilling his long-held ambition and purchasing a 13-hectare vineyard near Mezzane in eastern Valpolicella. He farms the land organically, using no chemical treatments. During September and October, the grapes are harvested, de-stemmed and pressed, and left to macerate and ferment for 15 days in vertical vats. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in stainless steel followed by 3 to 6 months’ maturation in Allier oak casks. This is a vibrant, fragrant Valpolicella with intensity yet delicacy from the low yields of the Morandina vineyards. Bright red berry aromas with notes of wild thyme lead to a fresh, sappy wine with layers of raspberry leaf, licorice and cherry. It has a juicy, fresh yet silky mouthfeel and a balancing acidity that combine for a long finish.
Pairs well with grilled vegetables, seafood stew, risotto, roasted chicken. $24.99
Trediberri Langhe Nebbiolo 2021, Piedmont, Italy
Varietal: Nebbiolo Alc. 14%
Trediberri prides itself on its upstart status. In 2007, Nicola Oberto, along with his father, Federico (former cellar master for La Morra’s Renato Ratti), and their close friend Vladimiro Rambaldi, acquired 12.5 acres exclusively for the production of Barolo in the Piedmont town of Berri. The Trediberri, or “three of Berri,” was born. Langhe Nebbiolo is not only one of the greatest values in Piedmont, but often serves as a barometer for the seriousness and talents of a producer. Trediberri’s is one of the best available. The wine showcases the Nebbiolo grape with its classic aromas of forest berry, white licorice, and dusty earth. On the palate, there are complex layers of bright rose petals and red cherries. Firm structure and bright acidity make this a very food friendly wine.
Pairs well with charcuterie, a rich ragu, pizza. $22.99
And don’t forget to check out what’s new in our beer case. We have a malty Oktoberfest from the von Trapp brewery and the wonderfully dark but slightly hoppy Robust Porter from Smuttynose.
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 Chelsea 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.
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Thank You! …Kathleen
For Your Mobile Calendar – July
Savour Wine Tastings!
October 23 – Chelsea – Vineyard Road Wines
October 29 – Harry Zarkades – owner Main Street Wines November 5 – Manny Gonzales – Horizon Beverage Company
November 12 and 13 – Grand tasting! We are bringing back the grand tasting. This will be over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 5 pm (bye week for Pats), with 30+ wines each day. We will just have 4 tables each day, so everyone can spread out. Come join us!
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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