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What New?sletter 7.26.12

Wine Guy James McKelvey

The $20 Sweet Spot in Great Wine

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Another round of Bordeaux from Yvon Mau

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We’ve just received our allotment of this Spring’s pre-order of Bordeaux wines from the negociant Yvon Mau. Because we ordered three months ago, we’ve gotten the best price possible...and we pass that savings on to you.
We start with a couple of wines from Bergerac (bear-jer-rac) AOC, which is actually a little east of Bordeaux in the Dordogne region of Southwest France.
Seigneurs de Bergerac White - $10.95
50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 10% Muscadell

Featured Wines for June 8-9, 2012

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Two new selections this week...and some old favorites.
Double Decker Pinot Grigio (California) Everyday price $10.98

Some Wines from Languedoc, France

A produce shop in Paulhan, France

A few weeks ago we traveled to the small and ancient village of Paulhan in the Languedoc region of southern France to visit Chef Yvonne’s sister and husband. Yvonne’s brother and wife live not far away in the neighboring village of Montady, all of them pensioner refugees from London’s miserable weather. It was to be a long-delayed family visit, as well as a return to the European ways of food and wine we love so much. Knowing that some of the Languedoc wineries that produce some of our favorites are close by to where we were staying, I was hoping to see some of them.

Grapes (Cépages) of Languedoc

Winter vines outside Paulhan, France

As I rode through the rows of late winter pruned grapevines, I tried to envision them in late summer, laden with heavy clusters of fruit. I’d love to go back to Languedoc just before harvest and tour the area with an expert “wine farmer” who could point out which fields hold which varieties of grape. We could stop and taste the different grapes just before they get trucked off to the winery for the magic that turns them into wine. Maybe next time.

New For You Two

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Last week we Featured wines we called "New For You."  This week, we continue the parade...with "New For You Two."
Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko 2011 (Santorini, Greece) Regular Price $28.50/ Feature Price $24.23
This a a new white from our friend Jim Stock of The Haw River Wine Man. He’s not the importer, but he carries it because he has family connections with Greece. Also, the 2010 vintage of this wine got 91 Points from Wine Spectator magazine and was included in last year’s “Top 100.”

2 Grapes - Sauvignon Blanc & Zinfandel

The last time I did a “two grapes” tasting, we did the two most common (and popular) - Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. This week, I want to review some great alternatives to the old standbys - Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel.
Sauvignon Blanc

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