AWC Blog

Month: January 2018

Seth’s Pick: Domaine Gayda ‘Figure Libre’ Cabernet Franc 2015

  Body: Full Fruit: black cherry, cassis, spice Food Pairings: lamb, burgers, steak Organic: yes and biodynamic Domaine Gayda is one of the early wineries that focused on quality over quantity. Adhering to more ancient techniques in the vineyard with hand picking and sorting but their winery is all state-of-the-art new with all the modern techniques…

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Joe’s Pick: Chateau De La Négly, ‘La Falaise,’ La Clape 2014

Body: Medium + Fruit: Mature Damson plums, blueberry Food Pairings: Escudella, a Mediterranean stew consisting of broth, pasta or rice Organic: Practicing Organic Chateau Negly produces uniquely expressive wines in the distinct sub-region of La Clape, a land mass that was once an island. The estate dates back to Roman times, has distinct soils yielding…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 1/25, 6-8pm: White and Red Rioja, and a Langhe nebbiolo Friday 1/26, 6-8pm: some fabulous Austrian wines Saturday 1/27, 4-6pm: a 2011 Barolo and a Valpolicella

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Seth’s Pick: Allram Gruner Veltliner ‘Strass’ Kamptal, Austria 2016

  Body: Light/Medium Fruit:bright clean citrus, soft spicy notes Food Pairings: pork, vegetables, fish Organic: yes (but not certified) This Gruner Veltliner is a selection of different parcels created to be a classic example of Kamptal, Austria one of Europe's longest historical and geological areas with human habitation going back 30,000 years! Austrian wines are…

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Amanda’s Pick: Raptor Ridge Gruner Veltliner Oregon 2016

Body: Medium Fruit: Asian pear, exotic starfruit, melon, and white flowers. Almond and white pepper. Food Pairings: Spicy foods, particularly Thai, and fresh fish. Organic: no, but minimal interference   While Gruner Veltliner is best known in the regions of Austria, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, it has found its American home in the relatively cool…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 1/18, 6-8pm: A delicious Malbec, refreshing Italian white, and a new Gigondas! Friday 1/19, 6-8pm: a stunner from Corsica, and American lean Chardonnay, and some Italian bubbles! Saturday 1/20, 4-6pm: No Tasting.

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Seth’s Pick: Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Reserva ‘Pipparello’ 2010

Body: Full Fruit: Dark red fruit, leather, savory spice, tobacco Food Pairings: big meats, boar, lamb Organic: yes and biodynamic Now this is a natural wine I can fully get behind. Paolo Bea's family dates back to the 1500's farming the same land. His vineyards are interspersed with olive trees, herbs, vegetables, and forests, and…

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Joe’s Pick: Colpetrone Montefalco Sagrantino 2010

  Body: Full Fruit: Red fruit, ie. raisinated cherries Food Pairings: Prosciutto and salumi or shoulder cut pork roasts Organic: no   Colpetrone's Montefalco Sagrantino is a food lover's red in that it's patiently prepared and has complicated depth of flavor. It's produced from a tannic, age-worthy Umbrian variety that is generously dark-fruited on the…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 1/11, 6-8pm: Sancerre and American Pinot Noir! Friday 1/12, 6-8pm: A great Sagrantino, a Gruner, and a Barbera! Saturday 1/13, 4-6pm: A stunning Australian Grenache, a Rhone Gamay, and an American white blend from the 2017 Winemaker of the Year!

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Seth’s Pick: Senorio de P. Pecina Blanco 2010

Body: Medium Fruit: citrus, minerals, flowers, hay Food Pairings: fish (esp. cod or branzini), pastas with butter or garlic, rice and veggies (esp. mushrooms) Organic: yes (but not certified) Founded in 1992 by the former head of farming at La Rioja Alta, this white Rioja (100% Viura) is gently pressed and fermented with wild yeast…

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