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Why I Love Saint-Emilion: Or Bordeaux, in a BIG Way

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Date: Wednesday, April 30

Time: 6 pm to 7:30

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $75 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Saint-Emilion is one of the crowning glories of Bordeaux.

Yet it also has an extraordinarily large range of producers – both in terms of fame and quality.  Internal attempts within the region to designate who is heroic and who is just hype have resulted in a field of lawsuits, delays and ultimately, declassifications.  Yet prices (and expectations) remain very high.

So how to make sense of this mess?  A tasting, of course.

Join us as we taste through many of Saint-Emilion’s most prized producers across a series of vintages.  We will, of course, be exploring differing prices but also be looking at wine-making styles, wine blends, and the underlying terroir.  To any fan of Bordeaux’s wines, this is a tasting not to miss.

Like Cotes du Rhone, But Different: Tres Ojos Garnacha

In Grenache on April 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

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Since at least 1492, the makings for heady, delicious wine have been present in Calatayud, right down the river from Ribera del Duero in central Spain.  Think Cotes du Rhone, with a different name. 

 The plantings are Grenache, with a warm continental climate moderated by cool cierzo winds, a limestone-rich soil with a gentle slope down to the Duero River, and most importantly, old vines.  In the case of Tres Ojos, 40-year-old vines. 

 Yet this region is relatively unknown, thereby offering us a sensational value.   

 Tres Ojos opens with the fruit-forward knockout combination of Grenache’s ultra-ripe cherry fruit and lush blackberry character.  On the palate, an oh-so-easy drinking, fruit-forward combination of strawberries, cinnamon spice, and warm, toasty oak notes takes over, giving this wine a lush and round character.  The finish is full-bodied and powerful, with a core of supple, well integrated tannins.

Please contact us regarding pricing and availability:

414-289-9463

sommelier@waterfordwine.com

Barnyard Animals: The Power Packed Wines of Cornas

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Date: Tuesday, April 22

Time: 6 pm to 7:30

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $35 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Cornas: one of France’s tiniest appellations producing some of the country’s most robust wines. Not only are these wines power-packed, they are also extremely long lived. Yet for all their majesty, this region remains relatively unknown.

This tasting aims to change that. Using as many vintages as we can, the tasting explores the producers, terroirs and styles of Cornas.