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- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Viognier! As recently as 50 years ago, Viognier was mind-bogglingly close to going extinct. Like all French grapes, it had been hammered by phylloxera in the late 19th century. Its bounceback was severely curtailed by World War I though, as an extraordinarily low-yielding varietal grown on extraordinarily steep cliffs is not conducive to a nation short on manpower. Its population stayed remarkably low for decades, and as late as the 1960s there were only *14 hectares* left in France. Viognier's time finally arrived in the 1980s, as both interest and clonal quality began to rapidly rise in both France and California, with support from the @rhonerangers. Today, Viognier occupies over 4000 hectares (ha) in France, 3000 ha in California, 1700 ha in Argentina...certainly all a far cry from a mere 14! The interest in Viognier is not hard to understand. Its signature quality is its unmistakeable bouquet, heady and hedonistic, with similar petrol aromas to those admired by Riesling and Muscat lovers. Another hallmark is its very low acidity, presenting instead a luscious full-yet-soft opulence. It often elicits fascinating, unique tasting notes such as gingerbread and rose. Its most prestigious expression remains in its homeland in the #NorthernRh么ne, where the #Condrieu appellation produces magnificent mono varietals. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be #WhiteRh么ne! In addition to gorgeous Condrieu Viognier, we'll be highlighting some of the other underrated white grapes of the region, including #Marsanne, #Roussane, #Clairette, and #GrenacheBlanc. 馃
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Viognier ! As recently as 50 years ago, Viognier was mind-bogglingly close to going extinct. Like all French grapes, it had been hammered by phylloxera in the late 19th century. Its bounceback was severely curtailed by World War I though, as an extraordinarily low-yielding varietal grown on extraordinarily steep cliffs is not conducive to a nation short on manpower. Its population stayed remarkably low for decades, and as late as the 1960s there were only *14 hectares* left in France. Viognier& #39;s time finally arrived in the 1980s, as both interest and clonal quality began to rapidly rise in both France and California, with support from the @rhonerangers. Today, Viognier occupies over 4000 hectares (ha) in France, 3000 ha in California, 1700 ha in Argentina...certainly all a far cry from a mere 14! The interest in Viognier is not hard to understand. Its signature quality is its unmistakeable bouquet, heady and hedonistic, with similar petrol aromas to those admired by Riesling and Muscat lovers. Another hallmark is its very low acidity, presenting instead a luscious full-yet-soft opulence. It often elicits fascinating, unique tasting notes such as gingerbread and rose. Its most prestigious expression remains in its homeland in the #NorthernRh 么ne, where the #Condrieu appellation produces magnificent mono varietals. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be #WhiteRh 么ne! In addition to gorgeous Condrieu Viognier, we& #39;ll be highlighting some of the other underrated white grapes of the region, including #Marsanne , #Roussane , #Clairette , and #GrenacheBlanc . 馃
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Viognier! As recently as 50 years ago, Viognier was mind-bogglingly close to going extinct. Like all French grapes, it had been hammered by phylloxera in the late 19th century. Its bounceback was severely curtailed by World War I though, as an extraordinarily low-yielding varietal grown on extraordinarily steep cliffs is not conducive to a nation short on manpower. Its population stayed remarkably low for decades, and as late as the 1960s there were only *14 hectares* left in France. Viognier's time finally arrived in the 1980s, as both interest and clonal quality began to rapidly rise in both France and California, with support from the @rhonerangers. Today, Viognier occupies over 4000 hectares (ha) in France, 3000 ha in California, 1700 ha in Argentina...certainly all a far cry from a mere 14! The interest in Viognier is not hard to understand. Its signature quality is its unmistakeable bouquet, heady and hedonistic, with similar petrol aromas to those admired by Riesling and Muscat lovers. Another hallmark is its very low acidity, presenting instead a luscious full-yet-soft opulence. It often elicits fascinating, unique tasting notes such as gingerbread and rose. Its most prestigious expression remains in its homeland in the #NorthernRh么ne, where the #Condrieu appellation produces magnificent mono varietals. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be #WhiteRh么ne! In addition to gorgeous Condrieu Viognier, we'll be highlighting some of the other underrated white grapes of the region, including #Marsanne, #Roussane, #Clairette, and #GrenacheBlanc. 馃
- 馃嵎馃崌 Welcome back to our 鈥楪rape of the week鈥 series! Each week we highlight one grape variety, talk about the region it is mainly associated with, and introduce our favourite winemaker. . This week鈥檚 grape variety is Viura, also known as Macabeo. Viura is the main grape in white wines from Rioja, though this Spanish region is much more well-known for its red wines. Viura is easy to grow but on the flipside it can be quite bland if it's over-harvested. . WHY TRY VIURA: Most white wines are consumed within 1-2 years of production. Viura-based Rioja wines can be aged so try storing them for a couple of years to see how the taste changes. . LOOK: The colour is straw yellow . SMELL: Viura is quite an aromatic grape, mainly with fresh floral notes. Can鈥檛 smell flowers? How about apple, banana, lemon, or pineapple? Tell us what you think! . TASTE: There鈥檚 a difference in taste between young and aged Viura wines. In Rioja, the young ones would not usually be required to be aged in oak barrels (ie they are unoaked), having a fresh and minerally taste. The aged wines would spend some time in oak barrels, thus getting a slightly smoky, vanilla scent. #PulpWine #Viura
- 馃嵎馃崌 Welcome back to our 鈥楪rape of the week鈥 series! Each week we highlight one grape variety, talk about the region it is mainly associated with, and introduce our favourite winemaker. . This week鈥檚 grape variety is Viura, also known as Macabeo. Viura is the main grape in white wines from Rioja, though this Spanish region is much more well-known for its red wines. Viura is easy to grow but on the flipside it can be quite bland if it& #39;s over-harvested. . WHY TRY VIURA: Most white wines are consumed within 1-2 years of production. Viura-based Rioja wines can be aged so try storing them for a couple of years to see how the taste changes. . LOOK: The colour is straw yellow . SMELL: Viura is quite an aromatic grape, mainly with fresh floral notes. Can鈥檛 smell flowers? How about apple, banana, lemon, or pineapple? Tell us what you think! . TASTE: There鈥檚 a difference in taste between young and aged Viura wines. In Rioja, the young ones would not usually be required to be aged in oak barrels (ie they are unoaked), having a fresh and minerally taste. The aged wines would spend some time in oak barrels, thus getting a slightly smoky, vanilla scent. #PulpWine #Viura
- 馃嵎馃崌 Welcome back to our 鈥楪rape of the week鈥 series! Each week we highlight one grape variety, talk about the region it is mainly associated with, and introduce our favourite winemaker. . This week鈥檚 grape variety is Viura, also known as Macabeo. Viura is the main grape in white wines from Rioja, though this Spanish region is much more well-known for its red wines. Viura is easy to grow but on the flipside it can be quite bland if it's over-harvested. . WHY TRY VIURA: Most white wines are consumed within 1-2 years of production. Viura-based Rioja wines can be aged so try storing them for a couple of years to see how the taste changes. . LOOK: The colour is straw yellow . SMELL: Viura is quite an aromatic grape, mainly with fresh floral notes. Can鈥檛 smell flowers? How about apple, banana, lemon, or pineapple? Tell us what you think! . TASTE: There鈥檚 a difference in taste between young and aged Viura wines. In Rioja, the young ones would not usually be required to be aged in oak barrels (ie they are unoaked), having a fresh and minerally taste. The aged wines would spend some time in oak barrels, thus getting a slightly smoky, vanilla scent. #PulpWine #Viura
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Pinotage! A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, Pinotage is often tabbed as South Africa's signature grape. It was first created at Stellenbosch University to the east of Cape Town, by the school's first viticulture professor Abraham Izak Perold, who planted a few seeds and promptly forgot about them. It wasn't until a few years later that the seedlings were rediscovered and started to garner real interest. The name derives from Pinot (of course) and Hermitage, as Cinsault was erroneously known in South Africa at the time. In fact, the varietal was very nearly named 'Herminoir' instead! While South Africa is still by far the world's leading Pinotage producer, it has started to make inroads in places like New Zealand, California, Israel, and Brazil. It has something of a polarizing reputation right now - promoters highlight the mulberry, blackberry, earthy flavors it has at its highs, while detractors compare some Pinotages to raspberry vinegar or even acetone at its lows. It doesn't seem like these detractors will make many inroads, though, as South Africa and other regions continue to find fresh new things to do with this versatile grape. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be "Summer Sale Selections"! We still have some great wines for these hot summer days on deep discount, including an awesome light Pinotage from Lammershoek in South Africa's #Swartland region. With a little chill, it becomes as great a choice to fend off the heat as any white you can think of! 馃嵎
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Pinotage ! A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, Pinotage is often tabbed as South Africa& #39;s signature grape. It was first created at Stellenbosch University to the east of Cape Town, by the school& #39;s first viticulture professor Abraham Izak Perold, who planted a few seeds and promptly forgot about them. It wasn& #39;t until a few years later that the seedlings were rediscovered and started to garner real interest. The name derives from Pinot (of course) and Hermitage, as Cinsault was erroneously known in South Africa at the time. In fact, the varietal was very nearly named & #39;Herminoir & #39; instead! While South Africa is still by far the world& #39;s leading Pinotage producer, it has started to make inroads in places like New Zealand, California, Israel, and Brazil. It has something of a polarizing reputation right now - promoters highlight the mulberry, blackberry, earthy flavors it has at its highs, while detractors compare some Pinotages to raspberry vinegar or even acetone at its lows. It doesn& #39;t seem like these detractors will make many inroads, though, as South Africa and other regions continue to find fresh new things to do with this versatile grape. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be "Summer Sale Selections"! We still have some great wines for these hot summer days on deep discount, including an awesome light Pinotage from Lammershoek in South Africa& #39;s #Swartland region. With a little chill, it becomes as great a choice to fend off the heat as any white you can think of! 馃嵎
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Pinotage! A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, Pinotage is often tabbed as South Africa's signature grape. It was first created at Stellenbosch University to the east of Cape Town, by the school's first viticulture professor Abraham Izak Perold, who planted a few seeds and promptly forgot about them. It wasn't until a few years later that the seedlings were rediscovered and started to garner real interest. The name derives from Pinot (of course) and Hermitage, as Cinsault was erroneously known in South Africa at the time. In fact, the varietal was very nearly named 'Herminoir' instead! While South Africa is still by far the world's leading Pinotage producer, it has started to make inroads in places like New Zealand, California, Israel, and Brazil. It has something of a polarizing reputation right now - promoters highlight the mulberry, blackberry, earthy flavors it has at its highs, while detractors compare some Pinotages to raspberry vinegar or even acetone at its lows. It doesn't seem like these detractors will make many inroads, though, as South Africa and other regions continue to find fresh new things to do with this versatile grape. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be "Summer Sale Selections"! We still have some great wines for these hot summer days on deep discount, including an awesome light Pinotage from Lammershoek in South Africa's #Swartland region. With a little chill, it becomes as great a choice to fend off the heat as any white you can think of! 馃嵎
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Syrah! There are about fifty different origin stories for Syrah, all of them with high drama. The most oft-repeated is that it was brought to the #Rh么ne Valley in the 12th c. by a crusader, Gaspard de Sterimberg, returning from the Holy Land, where it had migrated from the city of Shiraz in Persia - which was, in the classical world, perhaps the wine capital of the world. Other theories include legions of Roman Emperor Probus bringing the grape from Syracuse (Syrah-cuse), an Ancient Greek origin (the island of Syra), a relation to a Syrian grape described by Pliny the Elder (Syriaca), the cousin of Albanian grapes (Serina and Sheshizi). But we regret very much to rain on ALL these parades - genetic analysis has determined that Syrah is, in fact, a cross of a Rh么ne grape Dureza and Savoyard grape Mondeuse. But that doesn't mean you have to give up all romance - we don't know when this cross may have occurred, so Syrah may still be closely related to the 'extinct' grape Allobrogica, which ruled southeastern Gaul in Pliny the Elder's time, and its name may derive from the Latin 'serus', meaning late-ripening (which it, naturally, is). Whatever its history in millennia past, Syrah has certainly enjoyed a fairly absurd explosion in popularity in the last few decades. In France, the grape grew from 1600 hectares (HA) in 1958 to 68500 HA in 2009. In just 4 years in Spain from 2004 to 2008, it increased from 3000 HA to a jaw-dropping 41000. In California, it went from 162 in 1993 to 6900 in 2003. Oh, and of course, there is a hefty 44000 HA in Australia, representing almost a quarter of the grape crush. So, yeah, you could say that tastes for Syrah have increased! Said tastes are quite distinctive and famous - chocolate, black pepper, leather, meat, even tar or burnt rubber. Yummy! As a grape with tantalizing foggy romantic origins and widespread modern mass appeal, Syrah has truly taken up residence as one of the wine world's superstars. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be "Syrah Near and Far"! We will certainly be paying special attention to the grape's home in the Rh么ne Valley, but also visit some of its new homes. 馃嵎
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Syrah ! There are about fifty different origin stories for Syrah, all of them with high drama. The most oft-repeated is that it was brought to the #Rh 么ne Valley in the 12th c. by a crusader, Gaspard de Sterimberg, returning from the Holy Land, where it had migrated from the city of Shiraz in Persia - which was, in the classical world, perhaps the wine capital of the world. Other theories include legions of Roman Emperor Probus bringing the grape from Syracuse (Syrah-cuse), an Ancient Greek origin (the island of Syra), a relation to a Syrian grape described by Pliny the Elder (Syriaca), the cousin of Albanian grapes (Serina and Sheshizi). But we regret very much to rain on ALL these parades - genetic analysis has determined that Syrah is, in fact, a cross of a Rh么ne grape Dureza and Savoyard grape Mondeuse. But that doesn& #39;t mean you have to give up all romance - we don& #39;t know when this cross may have occurred, so Syrah may still be closely related to the & #39;extinct & #39; grape Allobrogica, which ruled southeastern Gaul in Pliny the Elder& #39;s time, and its name may derive from the Latin & #39;serus & #39; , meaning late-ripening (which it, naturally, is). Whatever its history in millennia past, Syrah has certainly enjoyed a fairly absurd explosion in popularity in the last few decades. In France, the grape grew from 1600 hectares (HA) in 1958 to 68500 HA in 2009. In just 4 years in Spain from 2004 to 2008, it increased from 3000 HA to a jaw-dropping 41000. In California, it went from 162 in 1993 to 6900 in 2003. Oh, and of course, there is a hefty 44000 HA in Australia, representing almost a quarter of the grape crush. So, yeah, you could say that tastes for Syrah have increased! Said tastes are quite distinctive and famous - chocolate, black pepper, leather, meat, even tar or burnt rubber. Yummy! As a grape with tantalizing foggy romantic origins and widespread modern mass appeal, Syrah has truly taken up residence as one of the wine world& #39;s superstars. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be "Syrah Near and Far"! We will certainly be paying special attention to the grape& #39;s home in the Rh么ne Valley, but also visit some of its new homes. 馃嵎
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Syrah! There are about fifty different origin stories for Syrah, all of them with high drama. The most oft-repeated is that it was brought to the #Rh么ne Valley in the 12th c. by a crusader, Gaspard de Sterimberg, returning from the Holy Land, where it had migrated from the city of Shiraz in Persia - which was, in the classical world, perhaps the wine capital of the world. Other theories include legions of Roman Emperor Probus bringing the grape from Syracuse (Syrah-cuse), an Ancient Greek origin (the island of Syra), a relation to a Syrian grape described by Pliny the Elder (Syriaca), the cousin of Albanian grapes (Serina and Sheshizi). But we regret very much to rain on ALL these parades - genetic analysis has determined that Syrah is, in fact, a cross of a Rh么ne grape Dureza and Savoyard grape Mondeuse. But that doesn't mean you have to give up all romance - we don't know when this cross may have occurred, so Syrah may still be closely related to the 'extinct' grape Allobrogica, which ruled southeastern Gaul in Pliny the Elder's time, and its name may derive from the Latin 'serus', meaning late-ripening (which it, naturally, is). Whatever its history in millennia past, Syrah has certainly enjoyed a fairly absurd explosion in popularity in the last few decades. In France, the grape grew from 1600 hectares (HA) in 1958 to 68500 HA in 2009. In just 4 years in Spain from 2004 to 2008, it increased from 3000 HA to a jaw-dropping 41000. In California, it went from 162 in 1993 to 6900 in 2003. Oh, and of course, there is a hefty 44000 HA in Australia, representing almost a quarter of the grape crush. So, yeah, you could say that tastes for Syrah have increased! Said tastes are quite distinctive and famous - chocolate, black pepper, leather, meat, even tar or burnt rubber. Yummy! As a grape with tantalizing foggy romantic origins and widespread modern mass appeal, Syrah has truly taken up residence as one of the wine world's superstars. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will be "Syrah Near and Far"! We will certainly be paying special attention to the grape's home in the Rh么ne Valley, but also visit some of its new homes. 馃嵎
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Aligot茅! Aligot茅 is probably most famous for the company it keeps. It is the fourth most grown grape in #Burgundy, and second among white grapes behind Chardonnay - though still at a rate of 8 acres of Chard for every 1 of Aligot茅. It is a plucky little grape to be sure though, very resistant to cold and able to thrive in vineyard sites at the top or bottom of Burgundian hills where Pinot Noir or Chardonnay wither. Its unassuming workman status goes even further - it is combined with Cassis liqueur to create the cocktail #kir, and it is often blended with grapes like Sacy to province some acidity. And acidity it certainly has, as most Aligot茅 tasting notes will emphasize its tart brightness. But Aligot茅's reach doesn't end with its 2000 French hectares. Its popularity in Eastern Europe vaults the grape to the 22nd-most planted in the world, thanks to 1100 hectares in Bulgaria, 7200 in Romania, 9600 in Ukraine, and a staggering 15800 hectares in tiny Moldova. We, for one, are glad that for all the yeoman's work Aligot茅 does in France, it gets its due as a lead dog somewhere. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series will be "Beaujolais By Year"! Though Aligot茅 is the third-most planted variety in Bojo, we will still be breaking it down in a roughly identical ratio as the region grows - which is 98% #Gamay. But we will especially be focusing on comparing and contrasting the year-by-year vintages since 2013, so you'll know what to look for if you do want a Beaujolais Aligot茅! 馃嵎 #Aligote #Beaujolais #Bojo
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Aligot 茅! Aligot茅 is probably most famous for the company it keeps. It is the fourth most grown grape in #Burgundy , and second among white grapes behind Chardonnay - though still at a rate of 8 acres of Chard for every 1 of Aligot茅. It is a plucky little grape to be sure though, very resistant to cold and able to thrive in vineyard sites at the top or bottom of Burgundian hills where Pinot Noir or Chardonnay wither. Its unassuming workman status goes even further - it is combined with Cassis liqueur to create the cocktail #kir , and it is often blended with grapes like Sacy to province some acidity. And acidity it certainly has, as most Aligot茅 tasting notes will emphasize its tart brightness. But Aligot茅& #39;s reach doesn& #39;t end with its 2000 French hectares. Its popularity in Eastern Europe vaults the grape to the 22nd-most planted in the world, thanks to 1100 hectares in Bulgaria, 7200 in Romania, 9600 in Ukraine, and a staggering 15800 hectares in tiny Moldova. We, for one, are glad that for all the yeoman& #39;s work Aligot茅 does in France, it gets its due as a lead dog somewhere. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series will be "Beaujolais By Year"! Though Aligot茅 is the third-most planted variety in Bojo, we will still be breaking it down in a roughly identical ratio as the region grows - which is 98% #Gamay . But we will especially be focusing on comparing and contrasting the year-by-year vintages since 2013, so you& #39;ll know what to look for if you do want a Beaujolais Aligot茅! 馃嵎 #Aligote #Beaujolais #Bojo
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Aligot茅! Aligot茅 is probably most famous for the company it keeps. It is the fourth most grown grape in #Burgundy, and second among white grapes behind Chardonnay - though still at a rate of 8 acres of Chard for every 1 of Aligot茅. It is a plucky little grape to be sure though, very resistant to cold and able to thrive in vineyard sites at the top or bottom of Burgundian hills where Pinot Noir or Chardonnay wither. Its unassuming workman status goes even further - it is combined with Cassis liqueur to create the cocktail #kir, and it is often blended with grapes like Sacy to province some acidity. And acidity it certainly has, as most Aligot茅 tasting notes will emphasize its tart brightness. But Aligot茅's reach doesn't end with its 2000 French hectares. Its popularity in Eastern Europe vaults the grape to the 22nd-most planted in the world, thanks to 1100 hectares in Bulgaria, 7200 in Romania, 9600 in Ukraine, and a staggering 15800 hectares in tiny Moldova. We, for one, are glad that for all the yeoman's work Aligot茅 does in France, it gets its due as a lead dog somewhere. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series will be "Beaujolais By Year"! Though Aligot茅 is the third-most planted variety in Bojo, we will still be breaking it down in a roughly identical ratio as the region grows - which is 98% #Gamay. But we will especially be focusing on comparing and contrasting the year-by-year vintages since 2013, so you'll know what to look for if you do want a Beaujolais Aligot茅! 馃嵎 #Aligote #Beaujolais #Bojo
- 馃嵎馃崌馃嵎Welcome back to our 鈥楪rape of the week鈥 series! Each week we highlight one grape variety, talk about the region it is mainly associated with, and introduce our favourite winemaker. . This week鈥檚 grape variety is Riesling (pronounced 鈥楻eece-ling鈥), which produces a lot of amazing wines, from bone dry to sweet and sparkling. . REMEMBER ME FOR: Dry Rieslings go great with spicy Asian food which is notoriously hard to pair, hence their growing popularity. . LOOK: The colour is straw yellow . SMELL: Riesling is an aromatic grape. This simply means it鈥檚 easily recognisable no matter where it is grown. The most renowned Riesling aroma is petroleum. Sounds strange, right? There is science behind it, we promise! As weird as it might seem, but surprisingly in Rieslings this turns out to be a very interesting smell. Definitely worth trying, even if turns out not to be your taste. . TASTE: Rieslings, especially from Alsace, are known for their freshness (a.k.a. high acidity), but also for their fuller body (ie. high in glycerol 鈥 the stuff in wine that makes up the slow 鈥榯ears鈥 on the sides of the glass). What makes Rieslings unique is their long lasting taste, and that鈥檚 why they鈥檙e go so well with dishes like curry. #PulpWine #Riesling
- 馃嵎馃崌馃嵎Welcome back to our 鈥楪rape of the week鈥 series! Each week we highlight one grape variety, talk about the region it is mainly associated with, and introduce our favourite winemaker. . This week鈥檚 grape variety is Riesling (pronounced 鈥楻eece-ling鈥), which produces a lot of amazing wines, from bone dry to sweet and sparkling. . REMEMBER ME FOR: Dry Rieslings go great with spicy Asian food which is notoriously hard to pair, hence their growing popularity. . LOOK: The colour is straw yellow . SMELL: Riesling is an aromatic grape. This simply means it鈥檚 easily recognisable no matter where it is grown. The most renowned Riesling aroma is petroleum. Sounds strange, right? There is science behind it, we promise! As weird as it might seem, but surprisingly in Rieslings this turns out to be a very interesting smell. Definitely worth trying, even if turns out not to be your taste. . TASTE: Rieslings, especially from Alsace, are known for their freshness (a.k.a. high acidity), but also for their fuller body (ie. high in glycerol 鈥 the stuff in wine that makes up the slow 鈥榯ears鈥 on the sides of the glass). What makes Rieslings unique is their long lasting taste, and that鈥檚 why they鈥檙e go so well with dishes like curry. #PulpWine #Riesling
- 馃嵎馃崌馃嵎Welcome back to our 鈥楪rape of the week鈥 series! Each week we highlight one grape variety, talk about the region it is mainly associated with, and introduce our favourite winemaker. . This week鈥檚 grape variety is Riesling (pronounced 鈥楻eece-ling鈥), which produces a lot of amazing wines, from bone dry to sweet and sparkling. . REMEMBER ME FOR: Dry Rieslings go great with spicy Asian food which is notoriously hard to pair, hence their growing popularity. . LOOK: The colour is straw yellow . SMELL: Riesling is an aromatic grape. This simply means it鈥檚 easily recognisable no matter where it is grown. The most renowned Riesling aroma is petroleum. Sounds strange, right? There is science behind it, we promise! As weird as it might seem, but surprisingly in Rieslings this turns out to be a very interesting smell. Definitely worth trying, even if turns out not to be your taste. . TASTE: Rieslings, especially from Alsace, are known for their freshness (a.k.a. high acidity), but also for their fuller body (ie. high in glycerol 鈥 the stuff in wine that makes up the slow 鈥榯ears鈥 on the sides of the glass). What makes Rieslings unique is their long lasting taste, and that鈥檚 why they鈥檙e go so well with dishes like curry. #PulpWine #Riesling
- 馃嵎馃馃嵎 鈥淭ocai is dead, long live Friulano!鈥 . We imagine that it is with these words ended the bitter 50-year long legal court battle between Hungarian and Italian wine growers at the European Court of Justice. . You see, before 2007, Friulano - our Grape of the Week - used to be called Tocai (some also called it Tocai Friulano), where it is said that the name comes from the local word for the small juice-style glass used to serve wine in Friulian taverns and restaurants. However, Hungarians wouldn鈥檛 have any of it. Their wines have also been called Tokaji (pronounced the same way as Tocai), and the main complaint from the Hungarians was that there might be confusion between the two wines. However, unlike the dry Friulano (aka Tocai), Tokaji Asz煤 is a dessert wine, made from local Furmint and H谩rslevel眉 grapes. Here, the name comes from the Tokaji region. . The verdict? It was in favour of Hungary, stating that the name Tokaji is a 鈥榩rotected geographical indication denoting a Hungarian regional specialty鈥, whereas the Italian Tocai had no particular attributes of geographic origin. Tocai had become Friulano. . Skip ten years, and the jury is still out whether the decision was right or not. However, some say that it gave Friuli winegrowers an opportunity to rebrand the Tocai wine into something that is associated with the region and can only help to highlight the exclusive connection of the wine to the region of Friuli. #Friulano #Tokaji #PulpWine
- 馃嵎馃馃嵎 鈥淭ocai is dead, long live Friulano!鈥 . We imagine that it is with these words ended the bitter 50-year long legal court battle between Hungarian and Italian wine growers at the European Court of Justice. . You see, before 2007, Friulano - our Grape of the Week - used to be called Tocai (some also called it Tocai Friulano), where it is said that the name comes from the local word for the small juice-style glass used to serve wine in Friulian taverns and restaurants. However, Hungarians wouldn鈥檛 have any of it. Their wines have also been called Tokaji (pronounced the same way as Tocai), and the main complaint from the Hungarians was that there might be confusion between the two wines. However, unlike the dry Friulano (aka Tocai), Tokaji Asz煤 is a dessert wine, made from local Furmint and H谩rslevel眉 grapes. Here, the name comes from the Tokaji region. . The verdict? It was in favour of Hungary, stating that the name Tokaji is a 鈥榩rotected geographical indication denoting a Hungarian regional specialty鈥, whereas the Italian Tocai had no particular attributes of geographic origin. Tocai had become Friulano. . Skip ten years, and the jury is still out whether the decision was right or not. However, some say that it gave Friuli winegrowers an opportunity to rebrand the Tocai wine into something that is associated with the region and can only help to highlight the exclusive connection of the wine to the region of Friuli. #Friulano #Tokaji #PulpWine
- 馃嵎馃馃嵎 鈥淭ocai is dead, long live Friulano!鈥 . We imagine that it is with these words ended the bitter 50-year long legal court battle between Hungarian and Italian wine growers at the European Court of Justice. . You see, before 2007, Friulano - our Grape of the Week - used to be called Tocai (some also called it Tocai Friulano), where it is said that the name comes from the local word for the small juice-style glass used to serve wine in Friulian taverns and restaurants. However, Hungarians wouldn鈥檛 have any of it. Their wines have also been called Tokaji (pronounced the same way as Tocai), and the main complaint from the Hungarians was that there might be confusion between the two wines. However, unlike the dry Friulano (aka Tocai), Tokaji Asz煤 is a dessert wine, made from local Furmint and H谩rslevel眉 grapes. Here, the name comes from the Tokaji region. . The verdict? It was in favour of Hungary, stating that the name Tokaji is a 鈥榩rotected geographical indication denoting a Hungarian regional specialty鈥, whereas the Italian Tocai had no particular attributes of geographic origin. Tocai had become Friulano. . Skip ten years, and the jury is still out whether the decision was right or not. However, some say that it gave Friuli winegrowers an opportunity to rebrand the Tocai wine into something that is associated with the region and can only help to highlight the exclusive connection of the wine to the region of Friuli. #Friulano #Tokaji #PulpWine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Teroldego! Teroldego is an ancient variety that first enters the record in 1480, in a sales record in the city of #Trento in Alpine Italy. There it hid in relative obscurity for about 500 years, rarely venturing beyond its native valley of #CampoRotaliano, just to the south of Alto Adige. While many producers came and went in the valley working with Teroldego, in the 1980s one finally appeared that would change the course of the grape's history. Elisabetta Foradori @eforadori took over her family's estate and embarked on a multi-decade journey harnessing the wild grape, and shocked the world by producing Teroldego that can go toe to toe with any of the world's great wines. As an incredibly vigorous grape that is tricky to ripen evenly and commonly tries to outpace its own water resources, it's hard enough to get the grapes to harvest before one even considers the mammoth acidity that often accompanies. But Foradori unlocked the magic recipe, and even though her place as one of the world's great winemakers is set in stone, she continues to experiment with techniques like #amphora aging to push the limits of Teroldego even further. Her neighbors have followed suit, as well as select producers in California, Australia, and Brazil, as over the past 30 years this awesome little grape has seen a quality revolution practically unrivaled by any other. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our #FreeTasting Series will be "Italia Obscura"! Famous varietals from the boot like Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, and Montepulciano are all lovely, but there are about 375 more native Italian grapes (according to Jancis Robinson's stellar encyclopedia "Wine Grapes"), many of which are lovely themselves! We'll be highlighting #Italianwine from producers that are working with grapes outside the top 10 most grown in the country. And you better believe we're ecstatic to introduce more folks to the Foradori Teroldego!!! 馃嵎 #wine #italianwine #italiangrapes
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Teroldego ! Teroldego is an ancient variety that first enters the record in 1480, in a sales record in the city of #Trento in Alpine Italy. There it hid in relative obscurity for about 500 years, rarely venturing beyond its native valley of #CampoRotaliano , just to the south of Alto Adige. While many producers came and went in the valley working with Teroldego, in the 1980s one finally appeared that would change the course of the grape& #39;s history. Elisabetta Foradori @eforadori took over her family& #39;s estate and embarked on a multi-decade journey harnessing the wild grape, and shocked the world by producing Teroldego that can go toe to toe with any of the world& #39;s great wines. As an incredibly vigorous grape that is tricky to ripen evenly and commonly tries to outpace its own water resources, it& #39;s hard enough to get the grapes to harvest before one even considers the mammoth acidity that often accompanies. But Foradori unlocked the magic recipe, and even though her place as one of the world& #39;s great winemakers is set in stone, she continues to experiment with techniques like #amphora aging to push the limits of Teroldego even further. Her neighbors have followed suit, as well as select producers in California, Australia, and Brazil, as over the past 30 years this awesome little grape has seen a quality revolution practically unrivaled by any other. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our #FreeTasting Series will be "Italia Obscura"! Famous varietals from the boot like Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, and Montepulciano are all lovely, but there are about 375 more native Italian grapes (according to Jancis Robinson& #39;s stellar encyclopedia "Wine Grapes"), many of which are lovely themselves! We& #39;ll be highlighting #Italianwine from producers that are working with grapes outside the top 10 most grown in the country. And you better believe we& #39;re ecstatic to introduce more folks to the Foradori Teroldego!!! 馃嵎 #wine #italianwine #italiangrapes
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Teroldego! Teroldego is an ancient variety that first enters the record in 1480, in a sales record in the city of #Trento in Alpine Italy. There it hid in relative obscurity for about 500 years, rarely venturing beyond its native valley of #CampoRotaliano, just to the south of Alto Adige. While many producers came and went in the valley working with Teroldego, in the 1980s one finally appeared that would change the course of the grape's history. Elisabetta Foradori @eforadori took over her family's estate and embarked on a multi-decade journey harnessing the wild grape, and shocked the world by producing Teroldego that can go toe to toe with any of the world's great wines. As an incredibly vigorous grape that is tricky to ripen evenly and commonly tries to outpace its own water resources, it's hard enough to get the grapes to harvest before one even considers the mammoth acidity that often accompanies. But Foradori unlocked the magic recipe, and even though her place as one of the world's great winemakers is set in stone, she continues to experiment with techniques like #amphora aging to push the limits of Teroldego even further. Her neighbors have followed suit, as well as select producers in California, Australia, and Brazil, as over the past 30 years this awesome little grape has seen a quality revolution practically unrivaled by any other. 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our #FreeTasting Series will be "Italia Obscura"! Famous varietals from the boot like Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, and Montepulciano are all lovely, but there are about 375 more native Italian grapes (according to Jancis Robinson's stellar encyclopedia "Wine Grapes"), many of which are lovely themselves! We'll be highlighting #Italianwine from producers that are working with grapes outside the top 10 most grown in the country. And you better believe we're ecstatic to introduce more folks to the Foradori Teroldego!!! 馃嵎 #wine #italianwine #italiangrapes
- 馃嵎馃崌馃嵎 Welcome to our 'Grape of the week' series! Each week, we will highlight one grape variety, talk about the region it is mainly associated with, and introduce our favourite winemaker. . This week's grape is Friulano - while not as famous outside of Italy, it is well known there as the Friuli region it comes from is considered the home of Italian white wines. (Not) surprisingly, Friuli also happens to be the home region of our wine lover Paolo so he did pull some favouritism strings here. . ORIGINS: The grape has controversial origins - many believe it originated locally where it has been cultivated since 1600s; others that it is actually Sauvignonasse, a French variety almost altogether extinct in France. In Italy the grape has been historically known as Tocai or Tocai Friulano for centuries. . LOOK: The color is straw yellow or pale golden. . SMELL: The main feature is almond aroma, which is particular to this grape (and tell us what you can smell!). . TASTE: Friulano makes full bodied wines with a savoury taste. A rarity for whites, it has capacity for ageing, while it is also possible to start drinking the wine already during the year following harvest. . FAMOUS REGION: North Eastern region of Friuli (and that's where the name comes from) is the main producer of Friulano. You can also find it in the neighbouring region of Goriska Brda in Slovenia, and Veneto in Italy (where it carries the name Tai). #PulpWine #GrapeOfTheWeek
- 馃嵎馃崌馃嵎 Welcome to our & #39;Grape of the week& #39; series! Each week, we will highlight one grape variety, talk about the region it is mainly associated with, and introduce our favourite winemaker. . This week& #39;s grape is Friulano - while not as famous outside of Italy, it is well known there as the Friuli region it comes from is considered the home of Italian white wines. (Not) surprisingly, Friuli also happens to be the home region of our wine lover Paolo so he did pull some favouritism strings here. . ORIGINS: The grape has controversial origins - many believe it originated locally where it has been cultivated since 1600s; others that it is actually Sauvignonasse, a French variety almost altogether extinct in France. In Italy the grape has been historically known as Tocai or Tocai Friulano for centuries. . LOOK: The color is straw yellow or pale golden. . SMELL: The main feature is almond aroma, which is particular to this grape (and tell us what you can smell!). . TASTE: Friulano makes full bodied wines with a savoury taste. A rarity for whites, it has capacity for ageing, while it is also possible to start drinking the wine already during the year following harvest. . FAMOUS REGION: North Eastern region of Friuli (and that& #39;s where the name comes from) is the main producer of Friulano. You can also find it in the neighbouring region of Goriska Brda in Slovenia, and Veneto in Italy (where it carries the name Tai). #PulpWine #GrapeOfTheWeek
- 馃嵎馃崌馃嵎 Welcome to our 'Grape of the week' series! Each week, we will highlight one grape variety, talk about the region it is mainly associated with, and introduce our favourite winemaker. . This week's grape is Friulano - while not as famous outside of Italy, it is well known there as the Friuli region it comes from is considered the home of Italian white wines. (Not) surprisingly, Friuli also happens to be the home region of our wine lover Paolo so he did pull some favouritism strings here. . ORIGINS: The grape has controversial origins - many believe it originated locally where it has been cultivated since 1600s; others that it is actually Sauvignonasse, a French variety almost altogether extinct in France. In Italy the grape has been historically known as Tocai or Tocai Friulano for centuries. . LOOK: The color is straw yellow or pale golden. . SMELL: The main feature is almond aroma, which is particular to this grape (and tell us what you can smell!). . TASTE: Friulano makes full bodied wines with a savoury taste. A rarity for whites, it has capacity for ageing, while it is also possible to start drinking the wine already during the year following harvest. . FAMOUS REGION: North Eastern region of Friuli (and that's where the name comes from) is the main producer of Friulano. You can also find it in the neighbouring region of Goriska Brda in Slovenia, and Veneto in Italy (where it carries the name Tai). #PulpWine #GrapeOfTheWeek
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gew眉rztraminer! If ol' Gew眉rz isn't the most distinctive grape in the world, it's certainly on the short list. '#Gew眉rz' 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-Comt茅, 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 Gew眉rtztraminer 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, Gew眉rztraminer 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. 馃崌 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 Gew眉rtztraminer of @gunbunwine, the second oldest winery in California. And, okay, yeah, a couple Chardonnays too -- hold the butter. 馃
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gew 眉rztraminer! If ol& #39; Gew眉rz isn& #39;t the most distinctive grape in the world, it& #39;s certainly on the short list. & #39; #Gew眉rz& #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-Comt茅, 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 Gew眉rtztraminer 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, Gew眉rztraminer 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. 馃崌 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 Gew眉rtztraminer of @gunbunwine , the second oldest winery in California. And, okay, yeah, a couple Chardonnays too -- hold the butter. 馃
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gew眉rztraminer! If ol' Gew眉rz isn't the most distinctive grape in the world, it's certainly on the short list. '#Gew眉rz' 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-Comt茅, 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 Gew眉rtztraminer 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, Gew眉rztraminer 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. 馃崌 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 Gew眉rtztraminer of @gunbunwine, the second oldest winery in California. And, okay, yeah, a couple Chardonnays too -- hold the butter. 馃
- 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 C么te d'Or, which surely leaves the Philippes spinning in their graves. You go Gamay! 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will (finally) be "Reds With a Chill"! Whites and ros茅s 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. 馃嵎
- 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 C么te d& #39;Or , which surely leaves the Philippes spinning in their graves. You go Gamay! 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will (finally) be "Reds With a Chill"! Whites and ros茅s 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. 馃嵎
- 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 C么te d'Or, which surely leaves the Philippes spinning in their graves. You go Gamay! 馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our Free Tasting Series will (finally) be "Reds With a Chill"! Whites and ros茅s 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. 馃嵎
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Kerner! The offspring of #Riesling and #SchiavaGrossa, Kerner is perhaps the highest in quality of the modern German crosses (M眉ller-Thurgau being definitelty the highest in quantity). Kerner was created in 1929 by August Herold in Baden-W眉rttemberg. 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. 馃崌 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. 馃嵎 #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 (M眉ller-Thurgau being definitelty the highest in quantity). Kerner was created in 1929 by August Herold in Baden-W眉rttemberg. 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. 馃崌 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. 馃嵎 #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 (M眉ller-Thurgau being definitelty the highest in quantity). Kerner was created in 1929 by August Herold in Baden-W眉rttemberg. 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. 馃崌 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. 馃嵎 #wine #germanwine #rieslingwithoutborders
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Albari帽o / #Alvarinho! The most important grape in #Galicia and northern #Portugal, Albari帽o is famous for its powerful fruity & floral aromas and tastes. In fact, the name derives from Alba-Ri帽o, or "White from the Rhine", leading many to believe it may be closely related to Riesling. Albari帽o 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 Albari帽o led to quite the misadventure. Mislabeled vines on exports from Spain led to all the supposed Albari帽o in Australia, in fact, being Savagnin Blanc!! Nonetheless, the international reputation of Albari帽o continues to grow, as it comes into vogue as one of the world's great crisp summer wines. 馃崌 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. Albari帽o 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! 馃
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Albari 帽o / #Alvarinho ! The most important grape in #Galicia and northern #Portugal , Albari帽o is famous for its powerful fruity & floral aromas and tastes. In fact, the name derives from Alba-Ri帽o, or "White from the Rhine", leading many to believe it may be closely related to Riesling. Albari帽o 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 Albari帽o led to quite the misadventure. Mislabeled vines on exports from Spain led to all the supposed Albari帽o in Australia, in fact, being Savagnin Blanc!! Nonetheless, the international reputation of Albari帽o continues to grow, as it comes into vogue as one of the world& #39;s great crisp summer wines. 馃崌 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. Albari帽o 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! 馃
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Albari帽o / #Alvarinho! The most important grape in #Galicia and northern #Portugal, Albari帽o is famous for its powerful fruity & floral aromas and tastes. In fact, the name derives from Alba-Ri帽o, or "White from the Rhine", leading many to believe it may be closely related to Riesling. Albari帽o 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 Albari帽o led to quite the misadventure. Mislabeled vines on exports from Spain led to all the supposed Albari帽o in Australia, in fact, being Savagnin Blanc!! Nonetheless, the international reputation of Albari帽o continues to grow, as it comes into vogue as one of the world's great crisp summer wines. 馃崌 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. Albari帽o 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! 馃
- 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. 馃崌 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. 馃嵎 #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. 馃崌 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. 馃嵎 #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. 馃崌 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. 馃嵎 #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 C么te 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. 馃崌 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. 馃 #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 C么te 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. 馃崌 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. 馃 #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 C么te 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. 馃崌 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. 馃 #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 Sz眉rkebar谩t, or grey monk. 馃崌 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!!! 馃嵎
- 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 Sz眉rkebar谩t, or grey monk. 馃崌 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!!! 馃嵎
- 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 Sz眉rkebar谩t, or grey monk. 馃崌 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!!! 馃嵎
- 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. 馃悮馃崌 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. 馃嵎
- 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. 馃悮馃崌 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 . 馃嵎
- 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. 馃悮馃崌 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. 馃嵎
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Grenache / #Garnacha! It's Le Du's #WeekOfRose, and Grenache is possibly the grape that makes the world's greatest ros茅s. 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 ros茅. Though its skin has a deep hue, it is also thin and soft, which allows for more contact in ros茅 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. 馃馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Ros茅 Bonanza"! We will have *eight* ros茅s 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 ros茅 for the oncoming NYC summer! 馃嵎 #ros茅 #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 ros茅s. 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 ros茅. Though its skin has a deep hue, it is also thin and soft, which allows for more contact in ros茅 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. 馃馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Ros茅 Bonanza"! We will have *eight* ros茅s 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 ros茅 for the oncoming NYC summer! 馃嵎 #ros#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 ros茅s. 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 ros茅. Though its skin has a deep hue, it is also thin and soft, which allows for more contact in ros茅 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. 馃馃崌 This Saturday from 2-7pm, our free tasting series is "Ros茅 Bonanza"! We will have *eight* ros茅s 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 ros茅 for the oncoming NYC summer! 馃嵎 #ros茅 #wine #summerwine
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gr眉nerVeltliner! Gr眉ner 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. Gr眉ner'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 Gr眉ner Veltliner's ongoing meteoric rise in popularity and prestige around the world. 馃崌 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 Gr眉ner Veltliner's possibilities, so come down to learn more about this ascendant grape this weekend! 馃嵎
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gr 眉nerVeltliner! Gr眉ner 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. Gr眉ner& #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 Gr眉ner Veltliner& #39;s ongoing meteoric rise in popularity and prestige around the world. 馃崌 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 Gr眉ner Veltliner& #39;s possibilities, so come down to learn more about this ascendant grape this weekend! 馃嵎
- Our #GrapeOfTheWeek is: #Gr眉nerVeltliner! Gr眉ner 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. Gr眉ner'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 Gr眉ner Veltliner's ongoing meteoric rise in popularity and prestige around the world. 馃崌 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 Gr眉ner Veltliner's possibilities, so come down to learn more about this ascendant grape this weekend! 馃嵎

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