Friday Sips


FRIDAY SIPS
Pink Parade Rose Tasting
Today, April 20 from 1:30 - 6:30
Drop this today from 1:30 - 6:30 and prepare to be sunk by four pink torpedoes!! Sancerre, Provence, Languedoc & Lombardy will be represented.
We'll also uncork a red for les nostalgiques who have the notion that something may fall off of them if they drink something pink. :-)


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2017 DOMAINE LA MANARINE
CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE ROSÉ
$15.99 BTL./$191.88 CASE

Just heard that there is a new perfume out there Eau de Stilton. Have we really become that desperate for original scents?!?! They claim that it is earthy and fruity but does not smell like old socks. Moral of this story is, let us look to the English for fish and chips and beer while sticking with the French when it comes to perfume and wine. This time of the year, we are also looking to France for the dry and very delicious rosés that we love so much. Domaine La Manarine is from the Plan de Dieu area in Provence that is the true spiritual home of Côtes-du-Rhône wines. On this plain, it is solely CDR. A young, familial Domaine of 40 acres in a sea of grapes created by Gilles Gasq in 2001, these wines have been quite impressive in their short history.

60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre & 20% Syrah. Not a hint of sweetness in this bone dry offering that is quite Froggy. We say Froggy, not only because it is French, but also because the aromas leap from the glass! Smoke, strawberries and subtle herbs dominate the nose while the palate is lifting, refreshing and full of zest and generosity. It is going to be an issue to score well-made Southern French Rosé in copious amounts for vintage 2017 because of a short but impressive crop. Only three cases are available so come and get it if you want some because it will sell out!



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2017 MOULIN DE GASSAC
PAYS D’HERAULT ROSÉ
$13.99 BTL./$167.88 CASE

So many Rosé that I taste in this price range are boring and insipid and are rejected. A few weeks back when Samuel Guibert was here and I stuck my beak into a glass of this delightful wine from one of Languedoc’s prime influences, I breathed a sigh of relief. Normally we are brutally honest around here when it comes to wine, however, it is one thing to make the "yuck" face in front of some idiot wine marketer, but when it's the family who made the wine, that is not an option (unless you are Paolo Saracco that time he tasted Phelps Chardonnay)!

50% Syrah, 50% Carignan from land near Sete and the Thau lagoon, this directly pressed Languedoc rosé is full of verve. Percolating aromas of cherry pit, melon and sea salt aromas lead into a crisp shimmering texture that provides simple pleasure. Toss back this summer slammer on your porch, at a picnic, at the beach, in the hot tub, to cure a hangover and on and on.



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2017 COMINCIOLI ‘DIAMENTE’
CHIARETTO ROSÉ
$19.99 BTL./$119.94 – SIX PACK

While there are many pink wines produced throughout Italy, the truth is that there are only three TRADITIONAL Rosé-producing areas, Abruzzo, Puglia and the Chiaretto wines from the area around Lake Garda. When it comes to these wines, Comincioli is one of the supreme leaders.

The 2017 is a splashing blend of Groppello, Barbera, Sangiovese and Marzemino, this wine is like standing under a cold, gushing waterfall. Currant, lime, blackberry, wildflowers and smoked herbs are non-stop. Flavorful and impacting with a bracing texture that seemingly is an electrical storm in the mouth; the finish is zesty, engaging and entices you back for about four more glasses and then another bottle. An indelible choice for food pairings, enjoy it with grilled swordfish, barbecued chicken, spicy Thai food or stuffed zucchini. Locals in the area also refer to Chiaretto as Christmas wine and we recommend holding a bottle or two and making it a mighty match with holiday crab.



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2017 NEVEU SANCERRE ROSÉ
'LES GRANDS FRICAMBAULTS'
$23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Artisan winemakers are a lot like fine musicians, no potential virtuoso would ever want to be called a Justin Beiber or Nickelback wannabe. Like this, no brilliant, small wine producer would ever want to be compared to the jagoffs at Gallo. Having been making Sancerre wines for over 40 years, Domaine Neveu doesn't need some PR idiot promoting some conjured up, embellished romantic 'story' about his legendary Sancerre wines. If you want cajolery from top-notch terroir and winemaking craft, just open a bottle of any their wines and the aromas and flavors will do all the articulating for you.

Beguiling Rose from one of the true masters of Sancerre, if you were to put a blindfold on and taste the wine, it wouldn't matter that the wine was pink, you would still believe you were drinking fabulous Sancerre Blanc; it is truly all about terroir, rocks and acid! Neveu's luxurious Sancerre Rosé is treated with the same meticulous care as the estate's white Sancerre wines. Alluring, intense aromas of raspberries and strawberries combine with brilliant gunflint, lemon-lime, herbs and crustaceans that march directly into a lively attack with nice body and nervosity that is akin to sticking one's finger into a socket, all reinforcing the wine's prowess. Owning a scintillating long aftertaste, if you have never experienced Sancerre Rose it is high time that you did. Like great Bandol or Tavel Rosé, Sancerre Rosé wines are extremely high in quality, but are completely different animals all together yet deserve the same attention. Drink it over the next 2-3 years with grilled salmon, Thanksgiving turkey, fresh crab, and much more!






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