Pigeon & Friends: New Cellar Sale Bundles, JBF Nomination, and Chef Freddy Tees!
Pigeon & Friends Updates
Cellar Sale Update: Curated 6 packs of wine for your at home wine drinking pleasure
The sale is back on! Our 5th round – really has it been 5 weeks of this, is time moving extra fast or extra slow?……. not sure, but I need a glass of wine – of curated 6 packs is below.
TO ORDER select your wine bundle of choice, follow the steps to securely order your wine. All payments will be processed ahead of time through our website.
Once you order they will be available for pickup at Le Pigeon on Friday and Saturday, May 8th and 9th, from 12-5. You can pick them up from our front door, or we can bring them out to your car. If those times do not work for you, please let us know and we can arrange an alternative. We are all in this together, and when you’re drinking good stuff, well hey, you’re keeping it classy.
Cellar Sale Curated 6 Packs
Bundle #1: Mother’s Little Helper Sipper Pack (42 for sale) $125Ok, we admit it, we just needed a title for this week’s sipper pack. Mother’s Day is coming up and it’s a classic Rolling Stones Song. These 6 wines are a few we are excited about that overdeliver for their price. They are not “mom” wines, whatever that means. These are wines for everyone and anyone (that’s over 21), not just for moms, besides you don’t want Mom to have drink alone on her day.
Crémant de Loire (Chenin Blanc/Chard/Cab Franc), Château de L’Eperonniere, 2016, Loire (FR) 80% Chenin with the Chard and Cab Franc playing support roles. The wine spends 3 years on the lees before disgorgement – to put it simply, they let his wine develop and get intense, not just get bubbly. Golden fruit, nice chalky minerality, dry and long.
Verdicchio di Matelica, Colle Stefano, ‘18, Marche (IT) Verdicchio is one of the most important indigenous white varietals in Italy and is valued for its complexity and age-ability. This wine comes from the region of Le Marche on the Adriatic coast where the ocean air lends some great salinity to the ripe yellow fruit character of this wine.
Xarel-lo, Pur, Celler Pardas, 2016, Penedès (SP) Friends Ramon Parera and Jordi Arnan bought an old estate in the Alt Penendès and quickly got to work revitalizing their vineyards and using a holistic approach to maximize biodiversity. Xarel-lo is a grape most associated with Cava production, but here the old vines give depth and an intense minerality.
Paestum Aglianico, Kleos, Luigi Maffini, 2016, Campania (IT) Aglianico is often described as the “Nebbiolo of the South” referring to its full body and sometimes chewy tannins. Native to Campania, Aglianico thrives in the volcanic soils found around Mount Vesuvius. Done completely in steel, no barrels, it shows fruit and spice, and just a suggestion of smoky earth.
Blaufränkisch, Triebaumer, 2018, Burgenland (AT) Blaufränkisch is somewhat escoteric around here but is a major red grape variety in Austria. Plummy purply fruit with lots of spice and floral notes. This one is aged in older neural barrels and hales from the Eastern edge of Austria.
Vacqueyras (Grenache & Syrah mostly), Domaine D’Ouréa, 2016, S. Rhône, FR The wines from the town of Vacqueras in the Southern Rhone valley have long stood in the shadow of the more famous Châteauneuf du Pape. However, those in the know understand the value that Vacqueras brings to the table. This wine is produced from a traditional Grenache-heavy blend (65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 5% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre) of Southern Rhône varietals and the vines are 70 years old.
Bundle #2: California Like you May Not Know Her (21 for sale) $195
Here in Oregon we drink a lot of local wine, and a lot of European wine, and sometimes California gets overlooked. Crazy because there is so much great stuff there, the tricky part is that there is so much stuff from there. California is so big and has so many different terroirs, and so many people making wine, using so many methods and different philosophies on farming and winemaking. For this 6 pack we wanted to get outside the Cabernet/Chardonnay box that California is the most known for, and we also didn’t want to just pick the zaniest wackiest wines either. These six wines are thoughtfully made elegant beauties highlight different grape varieties and different corners of the state.Rosé (Touriga Nacional/Tinta Cao), Arnot-Roberts Rose, 2019, North Coast Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts are childhood friends who grew up in the Sonoma area. They started their winey in 2001 and began to craft wines inspired by the old world wines they like to drink. They search California to find vineyards that have old vines and cooler temperatures which lends itself to the restrained style of wine they like to make. This rosé is made from the Touriga Nacional is pale in color, medium bodied and bursting with red fruits. It’s also one of the hardest rosés to get your hands, so now is your chance.
Trousseau Gris, Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard, Pax Wines, 2019, Russian River Valley Pax Mahle has garnered a huge following because of his ability to craft aromatic syrah reminiscent of the Northern Rhône but with California fruit. He has begun to experiment with other grapes such as Gamay, Chenin Blanc, and Trousseau gris. Trousseau is a grape from the Jura region of France, but plantings in California are on the rise. Prior to prohibition, it was widely planted throughout the state. This wine ferments in concrete egg for 4 months and sees no sulfur additions. It has a little bit of color but is not as weighty as a rose. Pax says “Pair with sunshine, big laughs, and raw pacific oysters…”
‘Annia’ (Tocai Friulano/Riobolla Gialla/Chard), Massican, 2018, Napa Valley Dan Petroski, of Massican, learned to make wine in Italy, and through his travels fell in love with the white wines of Friuli in the northeastern part of the country. After taking a job as winemaker at the historic Larkmead estate in Napa he was disappointed that there was very little balanced, local white wines to drink during the hot summer. This inspired him to seek out plantings of lesser-known Italian varietals and begin the Massican project. This blend of Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, and Chardonnay has notes of spiced pear, dried herbs, and a bright finish.
Mataro, Spinelli Vineyard, Three Wine Co., 2015, Contra Costa County Three Wine Co. is a family-run winery that specializes in wine from California’s “heritage” vineyards. The Spinelli vineyard in Contra Costa County (formerly agricultural area that is now a Bay area exurb) is over 125-years old and has monstrous, own-rooted vines planted in sandy soil. Mataro is known as Mouvèdre in France and is the primary grape in the Bandol region of Provence. It thrives in sunny warm climates and creates wines of great power and depth, rich in dark fruit and spice.
Carignane, Old Vine, Porter Creek Vineyards, 2017, Mendocino County George Davis founded Porter Creek in the Russian River Valley in 1978 and has since been joined by his son Alex who studied winemaking in Burgundy, including an apprenticeship at Domaine Christophe Roumier. Carignane is a grape used in many southern French blends and was planted by French and Italian immigrants in California during the 1800s. This single varietal example is a unique expression of the grape. It has ripe and stewed red fruits and smells like tobacco and herbs.
Syrah, Sebastiano & Patterson Vineyards, Piedrasassi, 2017, Santa Rita Hills Piedrassasi is probably the only winery/bakery hybrid on the west coast. It is a project honoring the terroirs and bounty of the Central Coast of California. Winemaker Sashi Moorman makes excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon at Evening Land and in California for Sandhi, but Piedrasassi is a project that focuses on Syrah. Sourced from two parcels in the Santa Rita Hills AVA this has all the classic Syrah aromas of smoked meat, violets, and black pepper and could easily be mistaken for a Saint Joseph from the Rhône Valley.
Bundle #3: Northern Italian Road Show (22 for sale) $235
There was a huge response when we offered the all Italian 6 pack a few weeks ago, so we thought we would offer another one. Italy’s wine traditions are very diverse with different grapes, and perhaps sensibilities, employed from one region to the next. Today we are offering 6 wines all from Italy’s northern regions.Soave Classico, Staforte, Prà, 2016, Veneto Prà has become one of the most highly regarded producers of Soave in the appellation. They have helped usher in a new era of quality shunning the trends of the ‘90s in which international varietals like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc were used. The Staforte bottling is produced from the traditional blend of Gargenaga and Trebbiano grown on black volcanic soils. It’s redolent of stone fruit and pears, with an electric minerality. A perfect summer white, but by no means simple.
Friulano, Brazan, I Clivi, 2015, Graziano, Friuli I Clivi is a small winery specializing in production of the Friulano grape native to the eponymous region in Northern Italy. This bottling is sourced from a parcel of 80-year old vines right next to the Slovenian border. Fermented and aged in stainless steel on fine-lees for 18 months. This wine is oily in texture and has aromas of peach, grapefruit, and white flowers. It is delicious now, and will continue to evolve for decade to come.
Toroldego, Foradori, 2016, Alto Adige Elisabeta Foradori is the Queen of the Toroldego grape. She has worked for decades to resurrect and preserve the biodiversity of the grape varieties indigenous to the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy. The fruit for the flagship wine of the estate is grown using biodynamic methods on limestone soils. Fermented with whole clusters and indigenous yeasts and aged in concrete and large neutral oak. It is suave and silky and smells of black cherries, red plum and cola.
Barbera d’Asti, Vigan del Noce, Ezio T., 2010, Piedmont If you purchased the Italian Stunner six pack a few weeks, you received the 2007 vintage of this wine, hopefully you want to try the 2010. This is as serious as Barbera gets. From vines planted in 1929, aged for 5 years in a mix of barrel and concrete and bottle before release. Plum, balsamic, earth, herbs.
Barolo, Oddero, 2015, Piedmont The Oddero family has been growing and producing Nebbiolo in Pidemont for over a century. They have amassed one of the most impressive collections of “grand cru” vineyards throughout the Barolo area. Their flagship Barolo is an ode to the tradition of the region of blending fruit to produce a more complex wine. This old-school Barolo is aged in large, neutral wood for up to 30 months. 2015 is an excellent vintage with a great core of fruit to stand up to the prominent tannins of the Nebbiolo grape as well as beautiful floral and herbal tones.
Barbaresco, Rizzi, Cantina Rizzi, 2008, Piedmont The village of Treiso where Rizzi is located is the highest elevation production area for Barbaresco and is where Angelo Gaja sources fruit for some of his top cuvees. The Rizzi bottling is fermented in stainless steel and aged large casks oak for about 15 months. Instead of aging for a longer amount of time the family chooses to bottle to retain brightness and freshness of fruit. 2008 was a classic and balanced vintage, it is drinking very well today but will hold for another decade.
Canard a Finalist for 2020 James Beard Award
Outstanding Wine Program!
Thank you to the James Beard Foundation for making Canard a finalist for Outstanding Wine Program. Restaurants are a team sport so thanks to every person that’s received, stocked, opened, tasted and served a bottle of wine over these last two years. Thank you to the kitchen crew for all the delicious food you’ve made to make the wine look good.Of course, thank you to our guests for being receptive to the hospitality and drinks we are there to share.
We look forward to being back at again when we can.
Proud to be on this list with these other great wine spots. On to Chicago in September!
Cookin’ with the Ruckers this Week
Chef Gabriel Rucker is back in the restaurant kitchen creating Bird Boxes, so Cookin’ with the Ruckers is shifting to one cooking demo a week (and Freddy is getting a little tired of making soups). This week’s demo will take place Saturday 5/9 at noon, Gabe will show you how to prepare a beautiful Mother’s Day brunch.
This week’s schedule: Saturday @12pm – Latkes and Homemade Apple Pear Sauce
Demos will continue only once per week, on Mondays at 6 pm.
Get Your Chef Freddy Tee!
Chef Freddy Rucker quickly became a star on his dad’s live streams. From his passion for making soups to his love for adding sprinkles on all things edible, Freddy quickly captured the hearts of viewers. Local artist @DrawnHungry recognized Freddy’s talents and created his very first logo.
You can now pre-order your very own Chef Freddy’s House of Soups & Sprinkles raglan tee thanks to Plates for the People. Proceeds from the shirt will benefit the James Beard Emergency Relief Fund and Portland Alano Club recovery support. Shirts are $25 each and available in both kids and adult sizes.