WINE CLUB June 2016 Selections

“The first rule of WINE CLUB is… ALWAYS talk about  WINE CLUB!”
The Wine buyers (Andrew and Dale) pick two wines each month for you that we love, one white (or rose, or bubbly) and one red.  The total value of wines will exceed $40 (usually between $45 and $50) and the longer you sign up for, the better the deal! (see the bottom of the page for our pricing structure.)
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Michel Gassier, Noste Pais, Costieres De Nimes, White 2013
60% Grenache, 20% Clairette, 15% Roussanne, 5% Viognier
We bought this for the shop because we really liked it, it had a nice rating, and we figured we hand sell it. Then I took a bottle home and had it with food. It was amazing! We decided immediately to use it for wine club.
Michel Gassier is a prominent winemaker in the south of France. His family has been maikng wine in the region for four generations.
“Michel Gassier’s winemaking style is as non interventionist as possible, resulting in this elegant, pure wine.”
Here’s a blurb I found describing the charictaristics of this wine:
“The pale yellow color tinted in green announces a wine with a great deal of freshness and purity. The complex nose reveals floral and mineral notes with accents of fresh citrus fruits. lively and fresh, the aromas of flowers and white fruits, blends with flint. The soft finish evinces a great deal of minerality.” I can add that it has a full round mouth feel, with a real sense of viscosity, a touch of nuttiness, and lovely aromatics… Yum!
You could serve this with almost anything you’d serve a white wine with, think about dishes from southern France or Northern Italy.
and here’s the review from Robert Parker:
The Wine Advocate – “One of my favorite whites from the region, as well as a year in, year out value, the 2013 Costières de Nîmes Nostre Païs Blanc is 60% Grenache Blanc (always from the same parcel) and the rest Clairette, Roussanne and Viognier. Fermented one-third in barrel and aged eight months on lees, it offers fabulous notes of stone fruits, buttered citrus, white flowers and honeysuckle to go with a medium-bodied, fresh, lively and pure style. While it doesn’t skimp on texture, the focus is more on freshness and purity.”

Seghesio Barbera 2011
This comes from the “Home Ranch” vineyard originally planted by Eduardo Seghesio in 1895. Seghesio is known for great Italian varietals and Zinfandel. After five generations the winery is still family owned and operated. This Barbera is a big bold wine with black cherry flavor, blueberry, dark chocolate the wine has an easy complexity with subtle vanilla and a hint of tobacco around the edges. There’s some nice acidity and silky tannins (softened with a little age) which give it a velvety mouthfeel, an absolute pleasure to drink!
This wine would normally sell for about $37, we got a great price for it as an older vintage. It’s drinking beautifully now, I imagine a few years ago it was a bit prickly!
grilled meats, herb encrusted lamb with mushroom sauce, pizza, or meaty spaghetti!

Here’s the price structure WINE CLUB:
3 months $40/month = $120 and you also receive a FREE Riedel glass
6 months $36/month = $216 and you also receive two FREE Riedel glasses
12 months $32/month = $384 and you also receive four FREE Riedel glasses

Come by the shop to sign up, or give us a call at 803.279.9522