A Visit From Van Brunt
Friday, December 16, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Join in the revival of New York spirits! Sourcing local grains and making high-quality liquor is the secret of Brooklyn-based Van Brunt's success. Friday we welcome them for a blood-warming whiskey tasting!
Van Brunt American Whiskey
$40, $38: Made with New York barley, wheat, corn, and rye, this is a light, slightly sweet spirit with caramel, spice, and a delicate smoothness.
Van Brunt Rye Whiskey
$40, $38: Pure, spicy, toasty, inveigling, make-you-whoop-and-holler rye whiskey. Dried apricots, hazelnut, and smoke, to boot.
Van Brunt Single-Malt Whiskey:
$72, 68.40: A bit of Scotland in Red Hook, made with 100% malted barley, and brighter than its Caledonian cousins. Small-barrel aging gives it a dose of toasty wood along with a peaty smokiness.
A 5% discount will be applied during the tasting.
This Week's In-Store Tastings
Thursday, December 15th, 6-8 p.m.
Vincent Pinard "Florés" Sancerre 2014:
Comte Senard "Auguste" Bourgogne Rouge 2014:
Quinto do Mouro Tinto Gold Label 2008:
There are big wines, fruity wines, earthy wines, powerful wines, funky wines, and wines that make you swear, but the wines we taste on Thursday are all exquisite wines. Fine, sculpted, with precision and balance, beautifully proportioned even when14.5% alcohol, they show the grace and elegance fermented grape juice can reach.
Top of Their Game
Saturday, December 17th, 4-6 p.m.
Billaud-Simon Chablis 2014:
Ridge Lytton Springs 2013:
François Baur Crémant d'Alsace NV:
Not that we ever bring you wines that we think are less than stellar, the wine world being large and our shop small, but this Saturday we bring you wines from makers who are operating at the top of their style and place. Wines of place, indeed, and among the best of their place, Alsace to California.A 10% in-store discount will be applied to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.
|Thursday we taste wines as exquisite as a da Vinci. Don't miss them!|
|Vincent Pinard "Florès" Sancerre 2014: |$34, $30.60
Who: Vincent Pinard
What: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Where: Bué, Loire Valley, France, where there's a winery for every ten inhabitants
Why: In Bué, heart of the Sancerre appellation, the Pinards have made wine for twenty generations, so they're pretty good at it. "Florés" is young-vines cuvée farmed organically and aged in stainless steel to preserve the fresh, minerally nature of the wine. Lees aging gives a pleasant texture to this elegant, lime-and-kiwi fruit wine, with notes of jasmine and chalk.
|Comte Senard "Auguste" Bourgogne Rouge 2014: |$29, $26.10
Who: Lorraine, fifth Senard to make wine on the hill of Corton
What: 100% Pinot Noir
Where: Aloxe-Corton, Côte d'Or, Burgundy, France
Why: The entry-level wine of a distinguished domaine, "Auguste" comes from a single vineyard in Chorey-les-Beaune. Cold-soaked for intensity, aged eighteen months in barrel, it emerges as a delicate, rose-petal wine, finely-etched like a miniature. With red cherry, strawberry, and raspberry fruit against brambly tannins, with flourishes of violets and roses, it is fine and complete.
|Quinta do Mouro Tinto Gold Label 200: |$45, $40.50
Who: Miguel António de Orduña Viegas Louro
What: 45% Alicante Bouchet, 30% Aragonez, 15% Touriga Nacional, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Where: Estremoz, Alentejo, Portugal
Why: Big, balanced, fresh, dark, and powerful, Quinta do Mouro shows the potential of dry Portuguese reds. Sprightly at seven years, we expect it to be gorgeous at twenty. With a nose of herbs and iron, it shows very fresh in the mouth. Dark and full, with blackberry, plum, and spice, with apple fruit to lighten it, and savory herbs for your meat dishes. Get one to drink, one to keep.
|Wines from people working at the top of their game.|
Your life will be poorer if you don't try them.
|François Baur Crémant d'Alsace Brut Tradition NV: |$22, $19.80
Who: Pierre and Thomas Baur
What: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay
Where: Turckheim, Alsace, France
Why: Biodynamic grapes, Champagne method, and south-facing slopes in France's driest wine region make for a rich, balanced, delicious sparkler. Eighteen months of lees contact gives a rich texture and granite soils a mineral backbone which carries the dried apple, apricot, pear, and kumquat fruit with ease. Exquisitely balanced by fresh acidity, it's a striking value.
|Billaud-Simon Chablis 2014: |$35, $31.50
Who: Olivier Bailly
What: 100% Chardonnay
Where: Chablis, France
Why: From a top Chablis domaine, this entry-level wine is anything but basic. Chardonnay fruit plays off against the cool climate and fine minerality of Kimmeridgian soil. Rich and textured, with golden apple and pear fruit, banana, peach, and lemon notes, sparkling acidity, and a long, vibrant finish, it's a serious Chardonnay.
|Ridge Lytton Springs 2013: |$47, $42.30
Who: Original California Wine Geek Paul Draper
What: 74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignane, 2% Mataro
Where: Dry Creek Valley, California, USA
Why: Paul Draper was into California terroir before it was cool, making site-specific field blends in the old-school California-Italian way. Lytton Springs, is made from a single vineyard co-planted in the early 1900s, and shows brambly, dusty old-vines fruit with black raspberry, plum, and black currant. Lush and dark, layers of fruit lifted by acidity, it's one of the finest expressions of Zinfandel.made.