Thanksgiving Wine Tasting
1. Domaine Marion Pral 2012 Beaujolais Blanc (suggested retail $15.00)
Upon hearing the word Beaujolais, many think of the large celebration
for wine that comes out the 3rd week of November, a release of that year's
vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. But the region of Beaujolais, situated at the
bottom of the Burgundy AOC, is more than just the Nouveau. Some Beaujolais
wines can be kept (gasp!) for up to 10 years! Marion Pral is a
50 acre organic estate farmed for several generations, located in the
heart of the “Pierres Dorees” country, 10 miles from the capital of Beaujolais.
The Domaine Pral vineyard is planted on granite soils with a South East
exposition in the Beaujolais region. Once fully matured the grapes are
hand-picked; selected and sorted with great care. The wines are then stored
with great care. This is a Sustainable Farming Estate, and the winemakers are
Marion and Pascal Chatelus.
Pral 2012 Beaujolais Blanc is a completely un-oaked Chardonnay, put
through 100% malolactic fermentation (which gives it a creamy texture).
Prior to release the Blanc was aged at the winery 6 months.
*Pair the 2012 Beaujolais Blanc beautifully with grilled garlic
salmon burgers, Sunday dinner roast chicken and vegetables,
butternut squash bisque.
2. Domaine de Ballade 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (suggested retail $14.00)
Domaine de Ballade is located in the heart of Gascony, the birthplace
of d’Artagnan, the famed hero of the Three Musketeers. Hidden away in the heart
of the AOC Armagnac, Gascony has been called the “new Tuscany”.
Thanks to the light soils and amicable oceanic climate, the different
grapes can reach their full flavorful potential for pure enjoyment.
Owned by the Morel Family since 1927, the estate stretches over 90
hectares. The Morel family works carefully, everyday to bring you the very best
wines they have to offer. They ensure the quality of their work, by carrying
out the work on vines and the vinification process as a father-and-son team.
This estate practices Sustainable Farming.
2012 Ballade Sauvignon BLanc is a fresh and lively dry white wine with
an incredible balance between minerality and acidity. The nose is fresh with
fragrances of lemon mousse and white flowers, and its flavor profile is
dominated by shimmering creamy citrus notes, crisp acidity and a cleansing
finish. 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Colombard
3. Chateau de la Grave 2012 Cotes du Borg Blanc (suggested retail
Côtes de Bourg is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) for Bordeaux
wine situated around the small town of Bourg-sur-Gironde near Bordeaux, France.
The first vineyards in the area were founded by the Romans. In the Middle Ages,
Bourg was a major port for wine and the vineyards developed at the same tempo
as the estuary traffic. The Côtes de Bourg appellation, in the north of the
patchwork of Bordeaux wines, took its first steps on the east bank of the
Gironde. At the time, the inhabitants of Bourg were fishermen, sailors or
winemakers and the latter benefited from the perfect combination of a commercially
minded town and a soil made for the vine.
Since 1990, Philippe and Valerie BASSEREAU have managed Chateau de la
Grave mixing tradition and modernity. The property is an estate of 50 hectares
with 45 hectares of vines planted all around the chateau built in the XVI
century and renovated in the Louis XIII style. The vineyard of the Chateau de
la Grave is one of the biggest of its appellation (average
size: 16 Ha) and is located on the highest land of the COTES DE BOURG
area. It's soil is made up of limestone which gives the wines a lot of
character, firm acidity, and a nice freshness in the white wine, with
hints of pepper and spice on the nose and the palate.
Chateau de la Grave White is comprised of 70% Semillon and 30%
Harvested from 30 year old vines and then aged in American oak barrels
12 months. Grave White is a well structured and complex white wine with
a pronounced silky texture. A gorgeous pairing with fresh seafood and savory
4. Kiona Vineyards 2011 Cabernet-Merlot Blend (suggested retail $15.00)
The 2011 Kiona Cabernet-Merlot is a smooth drinking, incredibly
balanced blend showcasing Washington State’s penchant for over-delivering on
quality when compared to many wine-producing regions the world over. By using
grapes from several of Washington’s most respected appellations including Red
Mountain and the Columbia Valley, Kiona is able to craft a balanced,
full-bodied red wine that showcases the best of Washington’s unique terroir.
This classic blend showcases rich, refined tannins and a lengthy finish. Supple
dark berry and earth on the palate round out the experience. Selective blending
of complimentary varietals Syrah, Lemberger and Sangiovese along with careful
oak aging yields a balanced, intricate wine. Drinks with Old World elegance!
5. Domaine de Cascavel Le Cascavel Blend (suggested retail $17.00)
Ventoux AOC (formerly Côtes du Ventoux AOC) is a wine-growing AOC in
the southeastern region of the Rhône wine region of France along the lower
slopes of the Ventoux mountain and at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains.
Domaine de Cascavel is a small wine producing estate located in the
Ventoux AOC, operating in a biodynamic manner. The 35 acre vineyard grows on
clay soils which allows for a perfect environment to produce intriguing
regionally characteristic wines. A rising star of the Ventoux, wine maker Raphaël
Trouiller produces limited quantity, small yield, hand-crafted wines. The 2010
Le Cascavel is muscular and ripe, look forward to fresh fruit notes of black
cherry, tinged with hints of licorice, subtle smoke and coffee. Pairs
beautifully with grilled meats.
6. Cuvee Bastien 2011 Cotes-du-Rhone (retail $18.00)
For many generations the vines at Domaine de Chateaumar have been
cultivated by father and son. Today it is Jean-Felix and Frederic Souret who
manage the vineyard, always maintaining the greatest respect for
nature: vineyards run for generations without any herbicide use. Cuvee
Bastien is a custom cuvee for Bourgeois Family Selections made from 100% single
vineyard old vine Grenache, grown on hillside vineyards, south-facing.
Cuvee Bastien is a deep, nearly opaque purple, expressing confident
aromas of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry to the nose, with eucalyptus,
black pepper and floral notes. Touches of cinnamon and spice follow onto the
full-bodied juicy palate. The tannins are firm, ripe, and well integrated. It
all makes for delicious fun! 100% Grenache
7. Victor Hugo 2011 Zinfandel (suggested retail $20.00)
Look forward to intense, explosive aromas of blackberries,with notes of
raspberry and unsweetened chocolate. Elegant tannins with vibrant berry flavors
complimented with warm vanilla oak and a lingering rich finish.
This Zinfandel was carefully cared for from vine to bottle. Hand
harvested, de-stemmed and crushed into a stainless fermentor, then inoculated
24 hours later. The Zinfandel must was pumped over twice daily for 11 days
prior to pressing. After completion of malolactic fermentation, this Zin was
aged in Hungarian & American oak barrels for over 15 months prior to
*Victor Hugo 2011 Zinfandel enhances a variety of meals coated with
rich, red sauce. This Zin is also a wonderful partner with your dessert course.
Pair with flourless chocolate cake, gourmet truffles, or double
chocolate brownies with a drizzle of raspberry puree.
8. Tobin James 2009 "Made in the Shade" Merlot (suggested
Tobin James Cellars, located 8 miles east of downtown Paso Robles on
Highway 46, sits among 71 acres of vineyard's and oak dotted hills. A
magnificent setting for magnificent wines! The 2009 Made in the Shade Merlot is
an excellent entry into the world of Tobin James...this is certainly not your
Mama's Merlot. In the glass; brilliant hues of deep ruby color. On the nose;
incredibly intense baked cherry cobbler, charred campfire wood, maple and
toasty oak. On the palate; a hefty, concentrated Merlot, with rich cherry
notes, pronounced vanilla and smoky blackberry.
Velvety fruit-driven texture carries through the lengthy finish. Not a
Merlot drinker? We'll see...
9. Tobin James 2010 "Notorious" Cabernet Sauvignon (suggested
The Notorious Cab is comprised Cabernet fruit harvested from 15 Paso
Robles vineyards, each distinctly different. Among the prestigious properties
you'll find a steep hillside vineyard with perfect exposure, an 80-year-old dry
farmed vineyard and a limestone-soil vineyard site. Each vineyard produces
distinct grapes that all add to the complexity of the
2010 Notorius Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass the Cab shows
well-focused colors of deep plum and ruby. On the nose the plum continues along
with notes of ripe currant, black cherry, hints of cedar and spice. On the
palate; plush, up-front fruit with hints of tobacco and cedar box. Lengthy
finish loaded with round, ripe tannins. This is a Classic Cabernet and it's
ready to enjoy.