What I'm Drinking: Rose'

Domaine de Fontsainte “Gris de Gris” Rose' been my favorite rose’ for over 10 years.  

Seriously.  

It is the perfect balance of what a rose' should be. The color is close to salmon and holds gobs of strawberry fruit on the palate while being absolutely dry and refreshing!  Made in the saignee’ (in French means bloodletting) method which involves allowing the wine have a short maceration on the skins before bleeding off then going into fermentation.

Serve with light salads or with pretty much anything on the grill.  This wine is meant to be friendly to almost any situation...whether you are eating or not!  

On these extra warm days coming up, remember to serve the rose' cold.  I recommend placing in the fridge an hour before serving or submerge in a bucket of ice water (not just ice) for 20-30 minutes. This is also nice to have when you are sitting outside and want to keep the wine cold!  

2013 Domaine de Fontsainte “Gris de Gris” Rose', Corbieres, France -  50% Grenache Gris, 20% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre.

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Class 4 Review: Islands of Italy

The fourth and final La Tavola class covered the Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily, known for their natural and cultural beauty, mouthwatering food, and legendary old vineyards. Ever evolving, the island region produces exceptional wines ranging everywhere from fresh, crisp whites to earthy, multi-layered reds.

We have thoroughly enjoyed this tour of Italian wines. From high altitudes to southern coasts and everywhere in and around, Italy offers a tour of taste that is uniquely it's own. 

Now, we're off to prep for our next trip. We're conspiring to head off the beaten path with some surprising themes this summer so stay tuned. 

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Class 3 Review: Southern Italy

What a wonderful experience. The wines captured the sunny southern regions of Italy but still brought surprising flavors and twists.

Southern Italy's history as a trading and import crossroads brought an unequaled array of non-native grape varietals to the area, making it one of the most biologically diverse regions. The wines of Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria are generally lesser known than those of the north, but insiders will tell you they represent some of the best values on any list or shelf.

What I'm Drinking: Red

Herve' Souhaut - La Souteronne - 100% Gamay (60-80 yr old vines) Rhone Valley, France. Organic. I admit, gamay is one of my favorite red grape varietals, so I am going to be a little biased when I say that this is one of the most impressive wines I've had in months.  It has the buoyancy of gamay, but the layers and intrigue of an old Northern Rhone wine.  Yet, it is young and it's fabulously young.  Even though it is tasting great right now I am sure with some time it might reveal even more of its beauty as well.  

I need to say that I feel lucky having this available to drink.  I think you will too.   

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What I'm Drinking: White

Fattoria San Lorenzo, Il Casolare Bianco -  80% Verdicchio, 20% Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Marche, Italy.  Biodynamic. Fresh and young wine that is becoming my 'go to' for a house white.  I have put it on by the glass at Epice restaurant here in town, because I think it drinks well with almost any lighter fare dish.  Forget pinot grigio forever when you have this to drink.

Retail $14    

 

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Class 2 Review: Central Italy

Thank you so much to everyone that came out to the second La Tavola. It was great to see some familiar faces, and some new ones as well.

In our second class, Robin presented wines from Central Italy. Some of the best known and most celebrated red wines in history come from Abruzzo, Emila-Romagna, Marche, and Umbria, the regions of Central Italy. From the sunny warmth of Tuscany to the breezes playing along the eastern coastline, the forces of nature that meet in Central Italy add up to fabulous reds in an unrivaled array of colors and textures.

Class 1 Review: Northern Italy

Wine is meant to tell a story.

It can tell you the story of its makers, its land, its past and even its future. If you’re lucky, you’ll come across someone as good at that storytelling as Robin Riddell Jones.

In the first class, Robin presented wines from Northern Italy. The cooler temperatures and rolling hills create unusually diverse soils in its four regions, yielding some of the most prestigious, elegant wines in the world. From Piedmont, Veneto, and Trentino-Alto Adige to Friuli-Venezia Giulia, this class explored each territory and what makes its indigenous grapes and wines so special. Join us for the next class or learn more at raisingtheglass.com