A couple more newbies for Fall

Pacific Rim White Flowers Sparkling Riesling Brut

Pacific Rim White Flowers Sparkling Riesling Regular $16.95/ Feature $13.56
We are great fans of the Washington State wines coming from the people at Pacific Rim. We love their Chenin Blanc for its unusual flavor profile of “key lime creme brulee,” and their Dry Riesling is a revelation to all who think “Riesling is too sweet.” So we were very interested when offered the opportunity to try this White Flowers Sparkling Riesling Brut. Wow! This is not only dry, it has a hit of tangy citrus that really makes your mouth water. It would be a great wine to start (or end) a party with. And it’s another prime candidate in our growing stable of wines for holiday feasts.
The grapes for this wine were grown in the rich volcanic soil of the Yakima River valley. The wine was tank fermented (charmat method) and aged sur lie to give a little richness and heft to counter the acidity. It’s not toasty or yeasty like Champagne, nor does it have as much exuberant effervescence. But I think these qualities make it a better food wine. And the package is gorgeous! Come in and give it a try while we’ve got it on Feature.
 
Domaine de Vieux Lazaret Côtes du Ventoux 2009 Regular $16.95/ Feature $13.56
Winemaking is a family affair for the Quiot’s of the southern Rhone Valley. The Domaine de Vieux Lazaret (named for an old “hospital” where monks cared for the sick and the aged) was established in the Vaucluse in 1748. The 13th generation of the family currently work the estate. We’ve carried several vintages of their stunning Chateauneuf-du-Pape and early last summer we introduced you to the Domaine Houchart Côtes du Provence Rosé made by Geneviève Quiot, great-grandaughter of the founder of that Domaine and wife of Jérôme Quiot. A marriage, apparently, made in vignerons heaven.
Mont Ventoux is one of the most famous mountains in France (2,000 m, 6300ft) and marks the divide between the Rhône and Provence. The weather in Côtes du Ventoux is very hot in the summer but cold in the winter and windy with the "mistral" blowing almost all the time! Life is tough for grape vines here, but the struggle is often what brings out the best in red wine grapes. The Quiot’s vines average 40 years old...mature survivors that produce great grapes year after year.
I didn’t want to introduce another French red after all the new ones we Featured in September, but after I tried this one I couldn’t resist. It’s a rich blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Carignan, the usual Rhone suspects, co-fermented as is the usual Rhone/Provence way with these blends. It is a deep, mouth-filling wine that will be great with the hearty fare of autumn, as well as for quiet sipping in front of the fireplace. Even at the regular price this “baby Chateaufneuf-du-Pape” is a great deal. At our Feature price...it’s a steal!

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