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- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gewürztraminer! If ol' Gewürz isn't the most distinctive grape in the world, it's certainly on the short list. '#Gewürz' means 'spiced' in German, which alludes to its unique heady aroma, the primary signature of the grape. As for '#Traminer', it's a bit more of a controversy. It refers to the family of grapes allegedly originating from the city of Tramin in South Tyrol. However, the Traminer family is genetically indistinguishable from the #Savagnin family, which seems to have the stronger case for an origin on the other side of the Alps from Tramin in Franche-Comté, Jura, Alsace-Lorraine, and the Rhineland. But to confuse things even more, to refer to Traminer or Savagnin as a family may be a misrepresentation unto itself! Though Savagnin Blanc, Savagnin Rose, and Gewürtztraminer itself may present differently to the human eye and palate, at the genetic level they are so similar it may be more accurate to speak of them as clones with a particularly interesting variability. In any case, they certainly make interesting wines -- with some of the highest alcohol percentage found in white varieties, fascinating flavors of lychee, and of course that signature bouquet. As an early-budding, cold-sensitive, heat-sensitive, mold-sensitive, virus-sensitive, oxidation-sensitive, everything imaginable-sensitive varietal, Gewürztraminer is certainly not a grape for greenhorn vintners. But in the hands of a deft veteran, there is no denying it's fascinating, unique qualities. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be "California Whites"! But don't think you'll be showing up to a lineup of Buttery Chards from Napa - we'll be examining quite a range, from the #SauvignonBlanc of the #SierraFoothills to the freewheeling mishmash of #Shebang! #NorthCoast to the beautiful Gewürtztraminer of @gunbunwine, the second oldest winery in California. And, okay, yeah, a couple Chardonnays too -- hold the butter. 🥂
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gew ürztraminer! If ol& #39; Gewürz isn& #39;t the most distinctive grape in the world, it& #39;s certainly on the short list. & #39; #Gewürz& #39; means & #39;spiced & #39; in German, which alludes to its unique heady aroma, the primary signature of the grape. As for & #39; #Traminer& #39; , it& #39;s a bit more of a controversy. It refers to the family of grapes allegedly originating from the city of Tramin in South Tyrol. However, the Traminer family is genetically indistinguishable from the #Savagnin family, which seems to have the stronger case for an origin on the other side of the Alps from Tramin in Franche-Comté, Jura, Alsace-Lorraine, and the Rhineland. But to confuse things even more, to refer to Traminer or Savagnin as a family may be a misrepresentation unto itself! Though Savagnin Blanc, Savagnin Rose, and Gewürtztraminer itself may present differently to the human eye and palate, at the genetic level they are so similar it may be more accurate to speak of them as clones with a particularly interesting variability. In any case, they certainly make interesting wines -- with some of the highest alcohol percentage found in white varieties, fascinating flavors of lychee, and of course that signature bouquet. As an early-budding, cold-sensitive, heat-sensitive, mold-sensitive, virus-sensitive, oxidation-sensitive, everything imaginable-sensitive varietal, Gewürztraminer is certainly not a grape for greenhorn vintners. But in the hands of a deft veteran, there is no denying it& #39;s fascinating, unique qualities. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be "California Whites"! But don& #39;t think you& #39;ll be showing up to a lineup of Buttery Chards from Napa - we& #39;ll be examining quite a range, from the #SauvignonBlanc of the #SierraFoothills to the freewheeling mishmash of #Shebang ! #NorthCoast to the beautiful Gewürtztraminer of @gunbunwine , the second oldest winery in California. And, okay, yeah, a couple Chardonnays too -- hold the butter. 🥂
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gewürztraminer! If ol' Gewürz isn't the most distinctive grape in the world, it's certainly on the short list. '#Gewürz' means 'spiced' in German, which alludes to its unique heady aroma, the primary signature of the grape. As for '#Traminer', it's a bit more of a controversy. It refers to the family of grapes allegedly originating from the city of Tramin in South Tyrol. However, the Traminer family is genetically indistinguishable from the #Savagnin family, which seems to have the stronger case for an origin on the other side of the Alps from Tramin in Franche-Comté, Jura, Alsace-Lorraine, and the Rhineland. But to confuse things even more, to refer to Traminer or Savagnin as a family may be a misrepresentation unto itself! Though Savagnin Blanc, Savagnin Rose, and Gewürtztraminer itself may present differently to the human eye and palate, at the genetic level they are so similar it may be more accurate to speak of them as clones with a particularly interesting variability. In any case, they certainly make interesting wines -- with some of the highest alcohol percentage found in white varieties, fascinating flavors of lychee, and of course that signature bouquet. As an early-budding, cold-sensitive, heat-sensitive, mold-sensitive, virus-sensitive, oxidation-sensitive, everything imaginable-sensitive varietal, Gewürztraminer is certainly not a grape for greenhorn vintners. But in the hands of a deft veteran, there is no denying it's fascinating, unique qualities. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be "California Whites"! But don't think you'll be showing up to a lineup of Buttery Chards from Napa - we'll be examining quite a range, from the #SauvignonBlanc of the #SierraFoothills to the freewheeling mishmash of #Shebang! #NorthCoast to the beautiful Gewürtztraminer of @gunbunwine, the second oldest winery in California. And, okay, yeah, a couple Chardonnays too -- hold the butter. 🥂
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gamay! If there's a grape with a funnier history than Gamay, we sure don't know what it is. First, the essentials: Gamay is an old Burgundian variety most closely associated with #Beaujolais, where its early ripening cycle and ease of care allow for great quantities of wine while maintaining quality. It is often linked to #BeaujolaisNouveau, the famous harvest wine that uses carbonic maceration to race through fermentation and produce wine in a fraction of the time of traditional methods, though Beaujolais does produce a large amount of more typical fare with Gamay that remains underappreciated due to association with the polarizing Nouveau. Okay, now the funny stuff. The first mention of Gamay in the historical record is in a frothing-mad proclamation by Philippe the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, in 1395. Philippe banned "disloyal Gaamez" from the Burgundian lands, in a rambling edict that accused Gamay of being "very harmful to human creatures" and that "said wine from said plant of said nature is full of significant and horrible bitterness." Dang, Philippe, tell us how you really feel. Though the edict called for all Gamay plantings to be ripped up within five months, clearly some vines slipped through the cracks, as 60 years later his grandson Philippe the Good had to reiterate the ban (in a much more articulated fashion), saying "The Dukes of Burgundy are known as the lords of the best wines in Christendom. We will maintain our reputation." Yet still, they could not purge it entirely, and further bans were promulgated in 1567, 1725, and 1731. But to this day, Disloyal Gamay plantings survive even in the Côte d'Or, which surely leaves the Philippes spinning in their graves. You go Gamay! 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will (finally) be "Reds With a Chill"! Whites and rosés aren't the only wines to pull out on a hot day. Many reds are best enjoyed with a bit of cooling, among them some choice Gamays from Beaujolais. We'll be highlighting one of these more elegant Bojo styles, alongside several other nice cold reds, as we get ready to move into real summer. BYOBBQ. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gamay ! If there& #39;s a grape with a funnier history than Gamay, we sure don& #39;t know what it is. First, the essentials: Gamay is an old Burgundian variety most closely associated with #Beaujolais , where its early ripening cycle and ease of care allow for great quantities of wine while maintaining quality. It is often linked to #BeaujolaisNouveau , the famous harvest wine that uses carbonic maceration to race through fermentation and produce wine in a fraction of the time of traditional methods, though Beaujolais does produce a large amount of more typical fare with Gamay that remains underappreciated due to association with the polarizing Nouveau. Okay, now the funny stuff. The first mention of Gamay in the historical record is in a frothing-mad proclamation by Philippe the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, in 1395. Philippe banned "disloyal Gaamez" from the Burgundian lands, in a rambling edict that accused Gamay of being "very harmful to human creatures" and that "said wine from said plant of said nature is full of significant and horrible bitterness." Dang, Philippe, tell us how you really feel. Though the edict called for all Gamay plantings to be ripped up within five months, clearly some vines slipped through the cracks, as 60 years later his grandson Philippe the Good had to reiterate the ban (in a much more articulated fashion), saying "The Dukes of Burgundy are known as the lords of the best wines in Christendom. We will maintain our reputation." Yet still, they could not purge it entirely, and further bans were promulgated in 1567, 1725, and 1731. But to this day, Disloyal Gamay plantings survive even in the Côte d& #39;Or , which surely leaves the Philippes spinning in their graves. You go Gamay! 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will (finally) be "Reds With a Chill"! Whites and rosés aren& #39;t the only wines to pull out on a hot day. Many reds are best enjoyed with a bit of cooling, among them some choice Gamays from Beaujolais. We& #39;ll be highlighting one of these more elegant Bojo styles, alongside several other nice cold reds, as we get ready to move into real summer. BYOBBQ. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gamay! If there's a grape with a funnier history than Gamay, we sure don't know what it is. First, the essentials: Gamay is an old Burgundian variety most closely associated with #Beaujolais, where its early ripening cycle and ease of care allow for great quantities of wine while maintaining quality. It is often linked to #BeaujolaisNouveau, the famous harvest wine that uses carbonic maceration to race through fermentation and produce wine in a fraction of the time of traditional methods, though Beaujolais does produce a large amount of more typical fare with Gamay that remains underappreciated due to association with the polarizing Nouveau. Okay, now the funny stuff. The first mention of Gamay in the historical record is in a frothing-mad proclamation by Philippe the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, in 1395. Philippe banned "disloyal Gaamez" from the Burgundian lands, in a rambling edict that accused Gamay of being "very harmful to human creatures" and that "said wine from said plant of said nature is full of significant and horrible bitterness." Dang, Philippe, tell us how you really feel. Though the edict called for all Gamay plantings to be ripped up within five months, clearly some vines slipped through the cracks, as 60 years later his grandson Philippe the Good had to reiterate the ban (in a much more articulated fashion), saying "The Dukes of Burgundy are known as the lords of the best wines in Christendom. We will maintain our reputation." Yet still, they could not purge it entirely, and further bans were promulgated in 1567, 1725, and 1731. But to this day, Disloyal Gamay plantings survive even in the Côte d'Or, which surely leaves the Philippes spinning in their graves. You go Gamay! 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will (finally) be "Reds With a Chill"! Whites and rosés aren't the only wines to pull out on a hot day. Many reds are best enjoyed with a bit of cooling, among them some choice Gamays from Beaujolais. We'll be highlighting one of these more elegant Bojo styles, alongside several other nice cold reds, as we get ready to move into real summer. BYOBBQ. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Kerner! The offspring of #Riesling and #SchiavaGrossa, Kerner is perhaps the highest in quality of the modern German crosses (Müller-Thurgau being definitelty the highest in quantity). Kerner was created in 1929 by August Herold in Baden-Württemberg. He named the varietal after Justinius Kerner, a poet/physician from Swabia who wrote wine-drinking songs and prescribed hearty glasses of wine to his patients as the best natural medicine. Though lower in acidity and coarser in texture than true Riesling, Kerner is much easier to grow and maintain, leading it to be a popular choice in Germany for table wines. Interestingly enough, the area outside Germany where Kerner has caught on most - by far - is Japan's northernmost island Hokkaido, where the hardy grape is well-suited to ride out the frigid temperatures. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Saturday Free Tasting Series is 'Riesling Without Borders 2017'! This is the second year of @riesling_without_borders, which will have its main event on Wednesday June 14 to benefit @wheelingforward. We're happy to host an in-store tasting of some of our favorite Rieslings to whet your palate for the big party. Because though Kerner may be a lovely and practical offspring of Riesling, there just aren't many grapes that can hold up to Big Papa Ries. 🍷 #wine #germanwine #rieslingwithoutborders
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Kerner ! The offspring of #Riesling and #SchiavaGrossa , Kerner is perhaps the highest in quality of the modern German crosses (Müller-Thurgau being definitelty the highest in quantity). Kerner was created in 1929 by August Herold in Baden-Württemberg. He named the varietal after Justinius Kerner, a poet/physician from Swabia who wrote wine-drinking songs and prescribed hearty glasses of wine to his patients as the best natural medicine. Though lower in acidity and coarser in texture than true Riesling, Kerner is much easier to grow and maintain, leading it to be a popular choice in Germany for table wines. Interestingly enough, the area outside Germany where Kerner has caught on most - by far - is Japan& #39;s northernmost island Hokkaido, where the hardy grape is well-suited to ride out the frigid temperatures. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Saturday Free Tasting Series is & #39;Riesling Without Borders 2017& #39; ! This is the second year of @riesling_without_borders , which will have its main event on Wednesday June 14 to benefit @wheelingforward. We& #39;re happy to host an in-store tasting of some of our favorite Rieslings to whet your palate for the big party. Because though Kerner may be a lovely and practical offspring of Riesling, there just aren& #39;t many grapes that can hold up to Big Papa Ries. 🍷 #wine #germanwine #rieslingwithoutborders
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Kerner! The offspring of #Riesling and #SchiavaGrossa, Kerner is perhaps the highest in quality of the modern German crosses (Müller-Thurgau being definitelty the highest in quantity). Kerner was created in 1929 by August Herold in Baden-Württemberg. He named the varietal after Justinius Kerner, a poet/physician from Swabia who wrote wine-drinking songs and prescribed hearty glasses of wine to his patients as the best natural medicine. Though lower in acidity and coarser in texture than true Riesling, Kerner is much easier to grow and maintain, leading it to be a popular choice in Germany for table wines. Interestingly enough, the area outside Germany where Kerner has caught on most - by far - is Japan's northernmost island Hokkaido, where the hardy grape is well-suited to ride out the frigid temperatures. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Saturday Free Tasting Series is 'Riesling Without Borders 2017'! This is the second year of @riesling_without_borders, which will have its main event on Wednesday June 14 to benefit @wheelingforward. We're happy to host an in-store tasting of some of our favorite Rieslings to whet your palate for the big party. Because though Kerner may be a lovely and practical offspring of Riesling, there just aren't many grapes that can hold up to Big Papa Ries. 🍷 #wine #germanwine #rieslingwithoutborders
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Albariño / #Alvarinho! The most important grape in #Galicia and northern #Portugal, Albariño is famous for its powerful fruity & floral aromas and tastes. In fact, the name derives from Alba-Riño, or "White from the Rhine", leading many to believe it may be closely related to Riesling. Albariño has begun to travel around the world, as well, with notable outcroppings appearing in California's Santa Ynez and Bonny Doon, the Pacific Northwest, and New Zealand. However, an attempt at Australian Albariño led to quite the misadventure. Mislabeled vines on exports from Spain led to all the supposed Albariño in Australia, in fact, being Savagnin Blanc!! Nonetheless, the international reputation of Albariño continues to grow, as it comes into vogue as one of the world's great crisp summer wines. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm at Le Du's, our Saturday Free Tasting Series is 'Spanish Whites'! Though Americans often think of Garnacha and Tempranillo and Mencia first when they consider Spanish wines, the Iberian Peninsula offers magnificent whites to enjoy as well. Albariño will be on the docket of course, but so will Palomino, Verdejo, and more. Come on down and discover your Iberian elixir for those hot summer days! 🥂
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Albari ño / #Alvarinho ! The most important grape in #Galicia and northern #Portugal , Albariño is famous for its powerful fruity & floral aromas and tastes. In fact, the name derives from Alba-Riño, or "White from the Rhine", leading many to believe it may be closely related to Riesling. Albariño has begun to travel around the world, as well, with notable outcroppings appearing in California& #39;s Santa Ynez and Bonny Doon, the Pacific Northwest, and New Zealand. However, an attempt at Australian Albariño led to quite the misadventure. Mislabeled vines on exports from Spain led to all the supposed Albariño in Australia, in fact, being Savagnin Blanc!! Nonetheless, the international reputation of Albariño continues to grow, as it comes into vogue as one of the world& #39;s great crisp summer wines. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm at Le Du& #39;s , our Saturday Free Tasting Series is & #39;Spanish Whites& #39; ! Though Americans often think of Garnacha and Tempranillo and Mencia first when they consider Spanish wines, the Iberian Peninsula offers magnificent whites to enjoy as well. Albariño will be on the docket of course, but so will Palomino, Verdejo, and more. Come on down and discover your Iberian elixir for those hot summer days! 🥂
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Albariño / #Alvarinho! The most important grape in #Galicia and northern #Portugal, Albariño is famous for its powerful fruity & floral aromas and tastes. In fact, the name derives from Alba-Riño, or "White from the Rhine", leading many to believe it may be closely related to Riesling. Albariño has begun to travel around the world, as well, with notable outcroppings appearing in California's Santa Ynez and Bonny Doon, the Pacific Northwest, and New Zealand. However, an attempt at Australian Albariño led to quite the misadventure. Mislabeled vines on exports from Spain led to all the supposed Albariño in Australia, in fact, being Savagnin Blanc!! Nonetheless, the international reputation of Albariño continues to grow, as it comes into vogue as one of the world's great crisp summer wines. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm at Le Du's, our Saturday Free Tasting Series is 'Spanish Whites'! Though Americans often think of Garnacha and Tempranillo and Mencia first when they consider Spanish wines, the Iberian Peninsula offers magnificent whites to enjoy as well. Albariño will be on the docket of course, but so will Palomino, Verdejo, and more. Come on down and discover your Iberian elixir for those hot summer days! 🥂
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Barbera! The #Piemonte region of Italy may call Barolo to mind at first, but it is Barbera that is in fact the most plentiful and most commonly drank by the locals. Incredibly vigorous, hardy, and adaptable, Barbera can thrive at vineyard sites with less ideal sun exposure and soil composition than the temperamental Barolo. When its growth is harnessed, though, Barbera can create beautiful wines of contradiction - at once intense and soft, with natural green astringency but elegant acidity as well. The range of quality is immense, from cheap table wines to finer examples, but the best often age in seared oak barrels to tame and focus the wild elements of the wine into something more streamlined and complex. Its Italian history reaches back to the 1200s, but in the last century it has established a stronghold in California plus ongoing experimentation in Australia and Argentina, as winemakers around the world continue to explore the possibilities of this robust grape. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Reds With a Chill"! We believe summer weather is no reason to stop drinking reds, so we'll be exploring fridgeable reds that would be perfect for your next BBQ - including a beautiful #BarberaDAsti from #MassimilianoVivalda. BYOBBQ. 🍷 #wine #redwine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Barbera ! The #Piemonte region of Italy may call Barolo to mind at first, but it is Barbera that is in fact the most plentiful and most commonly drank by the locals. Incredibly vigorous, hardy, and adaptable, Barbera can thrive at vineyard sites with less ideal sun exposure and soil composition than the temperamental Barolo. When its growth is harnessed, though, Barbera can create beautiful wines of contradiction - at once intense and soft, with natural green astringency but elegant acidity as well. The range of quality is immense, from cheap table wines to finer examples, but the best often age in seared oak barrels to tame and focus the wild elements of the wine into something more streamlined and complex. Its Italian history reaches back to the 1200s, but in the last century it has established a stronghold in California plus ongoing experimentation in Australia and Argentina, as winemakers around the world continue to explore the possibilities of this robust grape. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Reds With a Chill"! We believe summer weather is no reason to stop drinking reds, so we& #39;ll be exploring fridgeable reds that would be perfect for your next BBQ - including a beautiful #BarberaDAsti from #MassimilianoVivalda . BYOBBQ. 🍷 #wine #redwine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Barbera! The #Piemonte region of Italy may call Barolo to mind at first, but it is Barbera that is in fact the most plentiful and most commonly drank by the locals. Incredibly vigorous, hardy, and adaptable, Barbera can thrive at vineyard sites with less ideal sun exposure and soil composition than the temperamental Barolo. When its growth is harnessed, though, Barbera can create beautiful wines of contradiction - at once intense and soft, with natural green astringency but elegant acidity as well. The range of quality is immense, from cheap table wines to finer examples, but the best often age in seared oak barrels to tame and focus the wild elements of the wine into something more streamlined and complex. Its Italian history reaches back to the 1200s, but in the last century it has established a stronghold in California plus ongoing experimentation in Australia and Argentina, as winemakers around the world continue to explore the possibilities of this robust grape. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Reds With a Chill"! We believe summer weather is no reason to stop drinking reds, so we'll be exploring fridgeable reds that would be perfect for your next BBQ - including a beautiful #BarberaDAsti from #MassimilianoVivalda. BYOBBQ. 🍷 #wine #redwine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Chardonnay! Practically synonymous with white wine in the lay realm, Chardonnay is one of the world's most planted varietals and perhaps the noblest of noble grapes. Native to Burgundy, the grape now extends in some quantity to every self-respecting winegrowing region in the world. Strongholds with their own signature style include Australia, Chile, California, Washington, New York State, even Moldova and Japan, but the regal offerings of the Côte d'Or and Chablis remain the most prominent. Chardonnay's most significant feature is doubtless its malleability: as a terroir-sensitive early ripener, under different circumstances Chardonnay may find itself called acidic, buttery, oaky, clean, angular, crisp, oily, nutty, and countless other descriptors. Truly, Chardonnay's place at the center of the white wine universe is well-earned and under constant upkeep. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7, our free tasting series is "The Week of 2014 White Burgundy"! #2014WhiteBurgundy is possibly the greatest recent vintage in possibly the greatest white wine region of the world. The Chardonnays of this vintage are truly special (not to mention perfect for hot summer days), so don't miss out! On our Facebook and YouTube, we'll also be sharing videos daily highlighting excellent producers whose 2014 offerings can be had for under $50, so that everyone can enjoy the incredible bounty that is the 2014 White Burgundy. 🥂 #WhiteBurgundy #Wine #WhiteWine #FrenchWine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Chardonnay ! Practically synonymous with white wine in the lay realm, Chardonnay is one of the world& #39;s most planted varietals and perhaps the noblest of noble grapes. Native to Burgundy, the grape now extends in some quantity to every self-respecting winegrowing region in the world. Strongholds with their own signature style include Australia, Chile, California, Washington, New York State, even Moldova and Japan, but the regal offerings of the Côte d& #39;Or and Chablis remain the most prominent. Chardonnay& #39;s most significant feature is doubtless its malleability: as a terroir-sensitive early ripener, under different circumstances Chardonnay may find itself called acidic, buttery, oaky, clean, angular, crisp, oily, nutty, and countless other descriptors. Truly, Chardonnay& #39;s place at the center of the white wine universe is well-earned and under constant upkeep. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7, our free tasting series is "The Week of 2014 White Burgundy"! #2014WhiteBurgundy is possibly the greatest recent vintage in possibly the greatest white wine region of the world. The Chardonnays of this vintage are truly special (not to mention perfect for hot summer days), so don& #39;t miss out! On our Facebook and YouTube, we& #39;ll also be sharing videos daily highlighting excellent producers whose 2014 offerings can be had for under $50, so that everyone can enjoy the incredible bounty that is the 2014 White Burgundy. 🥂 #WhiteBurgundy #Wine #WhiteWine #FrenchWine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Chardonnay! Practically synonymous with white wine in the lay realm, Chardonnay is one of the world's most planted varietals and perhaps the noblest of noble grapes. Native to Burgundy, the grape now extends in some quantity to every self-respecting winegrowing region in the world. Strongholds with their own signature style include Australia, Chile, California, Washington, New York State, even Moldova and Japan, but the regal offerings of the Côte d'Or and Chablis remain the most prominent. Chardonnay's most significant feature is doubtless its malleability: as a terroir-sensitive early ripener, under different circumstances Chardonnay may find itself called acidic, buttery, oaky, clean, angular, crisp, oily, nutty, and countless other descriptors. Truly, Chardonnay's place at the center of the white wine universe is well-earned and under constant upkeep. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7, our free tasting series is "The Week of 2014 White Burgundy"! #2014WhiteBurgundy is possibly the greatest recent vintage in possibly the greatest white wine region of the world. The Chardonnays of this vintage are truly special (not to mention perfect for hot summer days), so don't miss out! On our Facebook and YouTube, we'll also be sharing videos daily highlighting excellent producers whose 2014 offerings can be had for under $50, so that everyone can enjoy the incredible bounty that is the 2014 White Burgundy. 🥂 #WhiteBurgundy #Wine #WhiteWine #FrenchWine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is #PinotGris / #PinotGrigio! What is the difference, anyway? Well, Gris is French and Grigio is Italian. But they can also imply entirely different styles. Though the Italian Grigio tends to be lighter, lower in acidity (and in extreme cases, almost offensively inoffensive - this is the style so often championed on Real Housewives that exasperates somms across the world) the Pinot Gris of Alsace and the Rheinland can be surprisingly complex and luscious, with tempting hints of spice and smoke. The grape has had various interesting adventures all over the world beyond France and Italy, too. One of the most interesting, perhaps, being in Hungary, where Emperor Charles IV was such a fan that he recruited Cistercian monks to import it from France in 1375 - thus its Hungarian name Szürkebarát, or grey monk. 🍇 Le Du's will not be hosting a free tasting this Saturday, but only because we are excited to be hosting our annual #WomenInWine fundraiser for @unleashednyorg! Among the wines being poured is Elena Walch's incredible Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige, which will convince you that Italians, too, can work complex and delicious wonders with this grape. Check our website for more information, and we'll see you Saturday!!! 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is #PinotGris / #PinotGrigio ! What is the difference, anyway? Well, Gris is French and Grigio is Italian. But they can also imply entirely different styles. Though the Italian Grigio tends to be lighter, lower in acidity (and in extreme cases, almost offensively inoffensive - this is the style so often championed on Real Housewives that exasperates somms across the world) the Pinot Gris of Alsace and the Rheinland can be surprisingly complex and luscious, with tempting hints of spice and smoke. The grape has had various interesting adventures all over the world beyond France and Italy, too. One of the most interesting, perhaps, being in Hungary, where Emperor Charles IV was such a fan that he recruited Cistercian monks to import it from France in 1375 - thus its Hungarian name Szürkebarát, or grey monk. 🍇 Le Du& #39;s will not be hosting a free tasting this Saturday, but only because we are excited to be hosting our annual #WomenInWine fundraiser for @unleashednyorg ! Among the wines being poured is Elena Walch& #39;s incredible Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige, which will convince you that Italians, too, can work complex and delicious wonders with this grape. Check our website for more information, and we& #39;ll see you Saturday!!! 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is #PinotGris / #PinotGrigio! What is the difference, anyway? Well, Gris is French and Grigio is Italian. But they can also imply entirely different styles. Though the Italian Grigio tends to be lighter, lower in acidity (and in extreme cases, almost offensively inoffensive - this is the style so often championed on Real Housewives that exasperates somms across the world) the Pinot Gris of Alsace and the Rheinland can be surprisingly complex and luscious, with tempting hints of spice and smoke. The grape has had various interesting adventures all over the world beyond France and Italy, too. One of the most interesting, perhaps, being in Hungary, where Emperor Charles IV was such a fan that he recruited Cistercian monks to import it from France in 1375 - thus its Hungarian name Szürkebarát, or grey monk. 🍇 Le Du's will not be hosting a free tasting this Saturday, but only because we are excited to be hosting our annual #WomenInWine fundraiser for @unleashednyorg! Among the wines being poured is Elena Walch's incredible Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige, which will convince you that Italians, too, can work complex and delicious wonders with this grape. Check our website for more information, and we'll see you Saturday!!! 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is #MelonDeBourgogne / #Melon! Like #Gamay before it, Melon's history begins in Burgundy before being outlawed and eradicated by a monarch named Philip. Where Gamay's heartland drifted south, though, Melon found its new home in the lower #Loire Valley, where its propensity for the cold, wet shores of the Atlantic made it a natural fit. Melon is so closely linked with the bone-dry #Muscadet #wine of the Pays de la Loire that the grape itself is often referred to as Muscadet. Though misunderstood and driven from its home for centuries, this frost- and fungus-resistant grape has finally found its rightful place at the table - alongside a lovely selection of fresh shellfish, of course. 🐚🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Loire Boat Cruise"! The first of several planned 'boat cruise' tastings at Le Du's, we will start in the rocky highlands of Sancerre before moving down the river through Chinon, Saumur, Vouvray/Montlouis, and finally to the marshy lowlands around Nantes - Melon country! The sheer breadth of the #LoireValley will be on full display as we examine the region's variety from a geographic perspective. Oh, and as a bonus? All five wines we'll have open are certified #biodynamic. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is #MelonDeBourgogne / #Melon ! Like #Gamay before it, Melon& #39;s history begins in Burgundy before being outlawed and eradicated by a monarch named Philip. Where Gamay& #39;s heartland drifted south, though, Melon found its new home in the lower #Loire Valley, where its propensity for the cold, wet shores of the Atlantic made it a natural fit. Melon is so closely linked with the bone-dry #Muscadet #wine of the Pays de la Loire that the grape itself is often referred to as Muscadet. Though misunderstood and driven from its home for centuries, this frost- and fungus-resistant grape has finally found its rightful place at the table - alongside a lovely selection of fresh shellfish, of course. 🐚🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Loire Boat Cruise"! The first of several planned & #39;boat cruise& #39; tastings at Le Du& #39;s , we will start in the rocky highlands of Sancerre before moving down the river through Chinon, Saumur, Vouvray/Montlouis, and finally to the marshy lowlands around Nantes - Melon country! The sheer breadth of the #LoireValley will be on full display as we examine the region& #39;s variety from a geographic perspective. Oh, and as a bonus? All five wines we& #39;ll have open are certified #biodynamic . 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is #MelonDeBourgogne / #Melon! Like #Gamay before it, Melon's history begins in Burgundy before being outlawed and eradicated by a monarch named Philip. Where Gamay's heartland drifted south, though, Melon found its new home in the lower #Loire Valley, where its propensity for the cold, wet shores of the Atlantic made it a natural fit. Melon is so closely linked with the bone-dry #Muscadet #wine of the Pays de la Loire that the grape itself is often referred to as Muscadet. Though misunderstood and driven from its home for centuries, this frost- and fungus-resistant grape has finally found its rightful place at the table - alongside a lovely selection of fresh shellfish, of course. 🐚🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Loire Boat Cruise"! The first of several planned 'boat cruise' tastings at Le Du's, we will start in the rocky highlands of Sancerre before moving down the river through Chinon, Saumur, Vouvray/Montlouis, and finally to the marshy lowlands around Nantes - Melon country! The sheer breadth of the #LoireValley will be on full display as we examine the region's variety from a geographic perspective. Oh, and as a bonus? All five wines we'll have open are certified #biodynamic. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Grenache / #Garnacha! It's Le Du's #WeekOfRose, and Grenache is possibly the grape that makes the world's greatest rosés. Grenache is a loud, proud grape that is not afraid to be itself - late ripening, with high sugar levels leading to wines with some of the highest alcohol contents. Grenache loves the heat of Spain, southern France, and inland California, and its strong wood makes it a great choice for areas with high winds. While its most prestigious expression is probably in the great red wines of #ChateauneufDuPape, it has several qualities that make it the perfect choice for rosé. Though its skin has a deep hue, it is also thin and soft, which allows for more contact in rosé production without darkening or thickening the wine too much. Between its great blending ability, high alcohol content, and popularity for summer wines, one might call Grenache the social butterfly of wine grapes. 🦋🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Rosé Bonanza"! We will have *eight* rosés open for you to consider, from Portugal to the Loire to California to Sicily, and, of course, Provence. Come on down to Le Du's and find your go-to rosé for the oncoming NYC summer! 🍷 #rosé #wine #summerwine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Grenache / #Garnacha ! It& #39;s Le Du& #39;s #WeekOfRose , and Grenache is possibly the grape that makes the world& #39;s greatest rosés. Grenache is a loud, proud grape that is not afraid to be itself - late ripening, with high sugar levels leading to wines with some of the highest alcohol contents. Grenache loves the heat of Spain, southern France, and inland California, and its strong wood makes it a great choice for areas with high winds. While its most prestigious expression is probably in the great red wines of #ChateauneufDuPape , it has several qualities that make it the perfect choice for rosé. Though its skin has a deep hue, it is also thin and soft, which allows for more contact in rosé production without darkening or thickening the wine too much. Between its great blending ability, high alcohol content, and popularity for summer wines, one might call Grenache the social butterfly of wine grapes. 🦋🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Rosé Bonanza"! We will have *eight* rosés open for you to consider, from Portugal to the Loire to California to Sicily, and, of course, Provence. Come on down to Le Du& #39;s and find your go-to rosé for the oncoming NYC summer! 🍷 #ros é #wine #summerwine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Grenache / #Garnacha! It's Le Du's #WeekOfRose, and Grenache is possibly the grape that makes the world's greatest rosés. Grenache is a loud, proud grape that is not afraid to be itself - late ripening, with high sugar levels leading to wines with some of the highest alcohol contents. Grenache loves the heat of Spain, southern France, and inland California, and its strong wood makes it a great choice for areas with high winds. While its most prestigious expression is probably in the great red wines of #ChateauneufDuPape, it has several qualities that make it the perfect choice for rosé. Though its skin has a deep hue, it is also thin and soft, which allows for more contact in rosé production without darkening or thickening the wine too much. Between its great blending ability, high alcohol content, and popularity for summer wines, one might call Grenache the social butterfly of wine grapes. 🦋🍇 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Rosé Bonanza"! We will have *eight* rosés open for you to consider, from Portugal to the Loire to California to Sicily, and, of course, Provence. Come on down to Le Du's and find your go-to rosé for the oncoming NYC summer! 🍷 #rosé #wine #summerwine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #GrünerVeltliner! Grüner Veltliner is king among white grapes in the lands of the old Habsburg empire. It accounts for almost a third of all vineyard land in Austria itself, while also having major representation in Slovenia, Croatia, Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary. Grüner's parentage is of particular interest - one ancestor is Traminer, but the other is an obscure varietal with a telltale DNA signature called St Georgener. Only one lonely vine of St Georgener is known to survive today, near Eisenstadt, Austria, but it is a protected natural monument and the subject of ongoing propagation efforts. Regardless of this mission's success, St Georgener can look with pride on its offspring Grüner Veltliner's ongoing meteoric rise in popularity and prestige around the world. 🍇 This Saturday, Le Du's will feature TWO Austrian wine events. From 1-2:30, Le Du's is proud to host the opening event for @wheelingforward's @WineOnWheelsnyc Week! Austrian native and @LeBernardinny sommelier @kscharnagl will lead an intimate seminar on the wide world of #Austrianwine with fascinating native insight. Please note that this event is $15 and RSVP only by signing up through wineonwheels@wheelingforward.org. Afterward, from 3-7, Le Du's will feature a tasting from our own shelves. Both events promise a deep study of Grüner Veltliner's possibilities, so come down to learn more about this ascendant grape this weekend! 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gr ünerVeltliner! Grüner Veltliner is king among white grapes in the lands of the old Habsburg empire. It accounts for almost a third of all vineyard land in Austria itself, while also having major representation in Slovenia, Croatia, Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary. Grüner& #39;s parentage is of particular interest - one ancestor is Traminer, but the other is an obscure varietal with a telltale DNA signature called St Georgener. Only one lonely vine of St Georgener is known to survive today, near Eisenstadt, Austria, but it is a protected natural monument and the subject of ongoing propagation efforts. Regardless of this mission& #39;s success, St Georgener can look with pride on its offspring Grüner Veltliner& #39;s ongoing meteoric rise in popularity and prestige around the world. 🍇 This Saturday, Le Du& #39;s will feature TWO Austrian wine events. From 1-2:30, Le Du& #39;s is proud to host the opening event for @wheelingforward & #39;s @WineOnWheelsnyc Week! Austrian native and @LeBernardinny sommelier @kscharnagl will lead an intimate seminar on the wide world of #Austrianwine with fascinating native insight. Please note that this event is $15 and RSVP only by signing up through wineonwheel @wheelingforward.org. Afterward, from 3-7, Le Du& #39;s will feature a tasting from our own shelves. Both events promise a deep study of Grüner Veltliner& #39;s possibilities, so come down to learn more about this ascendant grape this weekend! 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #GrünerVeltliner! Grüner Veltliner is king among white grapes in the lands of the old Habsburg empire. It accounts for almost a third of all vineyard land in Austria itself, while also having major representation in Slovenia, Croatia, Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary. Grüner's parentage is of particular interest - one ancestor is Traminer, but the other is an obscure varietal with a telltale DNA signature called St Georgener. Only one lonely vine of St Georgener is known to survive today, near Eisenstadt, Austria, but it is a protected natural monument and the subject of ongoing propagation efforts. Regardless of this mission's success, St Georgener can look with pride on its offspring Grüner Veltliner's ongoing meteoric rise in popularity and prestige around the world. 🍇 This Saturday, Le Du's will feature TWO Austrian wine events. From 1-2:30, Le Du's is proud to host the opening event for @wheelingforward's @WineOnWheelsnyc Week! Austrian native and @LeBernardinny sommelier @kscharnagl will lead an intimate seminar on the wide world of #Austrianwine with fascinating native insight. Please note that this event is $15 and RSVP only by signing up through wineonwheels@wheelingforward.org. Afterward, from 3-7, Le Du's will feature a tasting from our own shelves. Both events promise a deep study of Grüner Veltliner's possibilities, so come down to learn more about this ascendant grape this weekend! 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Aglianico! Aglianico has a lot of mysteries in its past. The orthodox history says that it arrived in southern Italy from Greece, and that its name is a corruption of "hellenico". It is believed by many to be responsible for the red varietal of the renowned #Falernian Wine of the Roman Empire, which captivated Latins for centuries. However, recent DNA and linguistic analysis - including by the Queen of Grapes herself @jancisrobinson - suggest against a Greek origin for the grape. Meanwhile, other grapes have been floated as the red Falernian, and one theory suggests that ALL true Falernians were white! Here's what we do know: Aglianico produces magnificent dark tannic wines that soar spectacularly when grown in Campania's plentiful volcanic soil. 🍇 This Saturday, our free tasting series will be "The Triumphant Return of Kilolo Strobert". Longtime Le Du's employee @kilolostrobert will be pouring some of her favorite wines from our shelves - including a 2007 #ColleDiSanDomenico #Taurasi #Reserva, an Aglianico grown just a hop skip and a jump from Mt. Vesuvius. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Aglianico ! Aglianico has a lot of mysteries in its past. The orthodox history says that it arrived in southern Italy from Greece, and that its name is a corruption of "hellenico". It is believed by many to be responsible for the red varietal of the renowned #Falernian Wine of the Roman Empire, which captivated Latins for centuries. However, recent DNA and linguistic analysis - including by the Queen of Grapes herself @jancisrobinson - suggest against a Greek origin for the grape. Meanwhile, other grapes have been floated as the red Falernian, and one theory suggests that ALL true Falernians were white! Here& #39;s what we do know: Aglianico produces magnificent dark tannic wines that soar spectacularly when grown in Campania& #39;s plentiful volcanic soil. 🍇 This Saturday, our free tasting series will be "The Triumphant Return of Kilolo Strobert". Longtime Le Du& #39;s employee @kilolostrobert will be pouring some of her favorite wines from our shelves - including a 2007 #ColleDiSanDomenico #Taurasi #Reserva , an Aglianico grown just a hop skip and a jump from Mt. Vesuvius. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Aglianico! Aglianico has a lot of mysteries in its past. The orthodox history says that it arrived in southern Italy from Greece, and that its name is a corruption of "hellenico". It is believed by many to be responsible for the red varietal of the renowned #Falernian Wine of the Roman Empire, which captivated Latins for centuries. However, recent DNA and linguistic analysis - including by the Queen of Grapes herself @jancisrobinson - suggest against a Greek origin for the grape. Meanwhile, other grapes have been floated as the red Falernian, and one theory suggests that ALL true Falernians were white! Here's what we do know: Aglianico produces magnificent dark tannic wines that soar spectacularly when grown in Campania's plentiful volcanic soil. 🍇 This Saturday, our free tasting series will be "The Triumphant Return of Kilolo Strobert". Longtime Le Du's employee @kilolostrobert will be pouring some of her favorite wines from our shelves - including a 2007 #ColleDiSanDomenico #Taurasi #Reserva, an Aglianico grown just a hop skip and a jump from Mt. Vesuvius. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #PinotNoir! Though its heartland is certainly #Burgundy, Pinot Noir boasts strongholds on six continents despite its famously difficult temperament of growth. With low tannins, a silky texture, and an almost unlimited potential for depth and complexity, it would be hard to object to anyone who called Pinot Noir the world's greatest wine grape. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7, our free tasting series will be "Pinot Noir Laterals". We'll start with an archetypal French Pinot before venturing across the globe to discover the expansive range of this grape's expressions. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #PinotNoir ! Though its heartland is certainly #Burgundy , Pinot Noir boasts strongholds on six continents despite its famously difficult temperament of growth. With low tannins, a silky texture, and an almost unlimited potential for depth and complexity, it would be hard to object to anyone who called Pinot Noir the world& #39;s greatest wine grape. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7, our free tasting series will be "Pinot Noir Laterals". We& #39;ll start with an archetypal French Pinot before venturing across the globe to discover the expansive range of this grape& #39;s expressions. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #PinotNoir! Though its heartland is certainly #Burgundy, Pinot Noir boasts strongholds on six continents despite its famously difficult temperament of growth. With low tannins, a silky texture, and an almost unlimited potential for depth and complexity, it would be hard to object to anyone who called Pinot Noir the world's greatest wine grape. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7, our free tasting series will be "Pinot Noir Laterals". We'll start with an archetypal French Pinot before venturing across the globe to discover the expansive range of this grape's expressions. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Riesling! Riesling first appears in the historical record in 1435, in the storage inventory of Count John IV of Katzenelnbogen (German for "cat's elbow") near Rheingau as Rießlingen. Riesling makes for expressive and aromatic wines that reflect well on the terroir they were grown in. Universally considered one of the 'noble grapes', Riesling is noted for the wide variety of its wines that range from dry as a desert to sweet as a dessert. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7, our free tasting series will be "German Riesling: Dry to Sweet". We will be pouring 5 Rieslings that display the incredible range of this wonderful grape, and the fineness of the wines they produce. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Riesling ! Riesling first appears in the historical record in 1435, in the storage inventory of Count John IV of Katzenelnbogen (German for "cat& #39;s elbow") near Rheingau as Rießlingen. Riesling makes for expressive and aromatic wines that reflect well on the terroir they were grown in. Universally considered one of the & #39;noble grapes& #39; , Riesling is noted for the wide variety of its wines that range from dry as a desert to sweet as a dessert. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7, our free tasting series will be "German Riesling: Dry to Sweet". We will be pouring 5 Rieslings that display the incredible range of this wonderful grape, and the fineness of the wines they produce. 🍷
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Riesling! Riesling first appears in the historical record in 1435, in the storage inventory of Count John IV of Katzenelnbogen (German for "cat's elbow") near Rheingau as Rießlingen. Riesling makes for expressive and aromatic wines that reflect well on the terroir they were grown in. Universally considered one of the 'noble grapes', Riesling is noted for the wide variety of its wines that range from dry as a desert to sweet as a dessert. 🍇 This Saturday from 2-7, our free tasting series will be "German Riesling: Dry to Sweet". We will be pouring 5 Rieslings that display the incredible range of this wonderful grape, and the fineness of the wines they produce. 🍷

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