Here are a few of the things we’re looking forward to filling our glasses with this month:Chef’s Glass – February 2021 – “Vacation in the Alps” 6-pack
$180 / 6-pack (limited availability)
Things that should come to mind are skiing, outrageously delicious cheese-rich foods , and really good wine! Some other things that might come to mind are multi-tool pen-knives and designer watches, chocolate, glamorous James Bond villain hideaways, and yodeling. This set of wines is by no means a replacement for the real experience of being immersed in the confluence of cultures found where France meets Italy and Switzerland in the Alps, but it sure is a delicious introduction to region. 6 wines, well suited for any-day/everyday, each telling a story about a place that shines brightest in the depth of winter.
Bugey-Cerdon, France – Raphaël Bartucci – A vibrant and irresistible sparkling wine made from Gamay and Poulsard. Like raspberry cotton candy with lots of black pepper on top. Bubbles
Apremont, France – Jean-Masson Vieilles Vignes- An impossibly pretty, light, dry and mineral white wine made from Jacquère. Like dipping into a glacial mountain stream. White
Roussette de Savoie, France – Les Cortis – Made from Altesse, the oldest white grape variety of the Savoie, from a husband and wife team and their tiny, but superb production. White
Valais, Switzerland – Domaine de Beudon – Pinot noir grown on the face of a cliff high above the Valais valley floor (pictured), this is truly a singular producer. Red
Saint-Jean de la Porte, France – Ravier – Mondeuse, a red wine grape variety famously (or not so famously) referred by the Ancient Romans as “the grape variety that ripens amidst the snow”. Red
Valle D’Aoste, Italy – Grosjean “Torrette,” – A delicious blend of Petit Rouge with, Vien de Nus, Doucet, Fumin and Mayolet. Red
Includes tasting notes, pairing suggestions, and a recipe to compliment the set
Saké Adventure! $90 / 3-pack (last call)
Saké is delicious, but when served outside of a Japanese restaurant, saké can seem daunting. Let’s get back to the part about saké being delicious. It’s a food friendly drink that plays well with a surprising variety of dishes and comes in a broad range of styles. Here’s a set of three very different sakés that we enjoy, each distinct, and each delicious
Junmai Gingo Sasa Nigori from Tamanohikari Brewery in Kinki – a dry and well-balanced, unfiltered sake. A serious, but immediately delicious cloudy white saké
Gin No Kurenai Junmai Sake from Amabuki Brewery in Kyushi – A rosé colored saké made from very-rare black-rice. Very pretty, fruity and elegant.
“Drunken Whale,” Tokubetsu Junmai from Suigei in Shikoku – Clean, pure, and pleasing, this is very good sake from a brewery founded in 1872