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June 2, 2017
This special flight of unique wines from all around Old World Europe (where Terroir is King and the grape its favored consort) will be presented at Friday’s free tasting at Oak and Barrel.

Featuring wines from some of the usual regions, these wines have the distinction of being made in different styles, with unique varietals and/or by innovative wine-makers who value the distinctiveness of their products in a world of wine that can be intimidating even if you don’t stray too far off the beaten path, even more so when you choose to expand beyond the varietals and regions you are used to.

A sparkling rose from Italy, an aromatic white made from a little-known grape from an under-rated and oft (in and of itself) misunderstood region, an Italian and French red who’s names may not roll off the tongue or be at the top of your favorite wine-app’s recommended list, but represent stellar value and quality without breaking the bank. Great for all seasons, these wines work well with or without food, but are always better with friends.

Lamberti Sparkling Rose ($12.99): While it is certainly no Prosecco, it is fabulous, fun, fresh and fruity. Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero and Raboso fruit is sourced from the best hillside vineyards  in the Veneto. Red fruit is vinified with the saigné method. The wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in closed pressure tanks via the Charmat method to obtain a fine mousse. The resultant product is fruity, fresh and refreshing, with fine bubbles and a palate chased with peach, wild berry and citrus notes.

Hugel Gewurztraminer ($24.99): As wines made from this often unheralded grape should be, this is intensely aromatic and perfumed, very floral and vinous, clean and fresh, with notes of fruit and spice, rose, mango, lychee, passion fruit, cardamom, and a hint of saffronDry on the palate, its freshness harmonises well with its generous structure, nicely aromatic and flavorsome on the finish.

Vigneti a Prua Rossese ($23.99): Speaking of unique, this wine made from an indigenous varietal once widely used in Liguria is about as unique as they come. Light medium-bodied, dry. Light in color but with a lot of punch. Roses and earth on the nose, and a funky palate with a fruit profile of strawberry and raspberry. The finish is quite dry and refreshing with a hint of amaro. Drink it slightly chilled with spicy pasta sauce – such as Puttanesca, fried calamari, cured meats, or local favorite coniglio, braised with olives and served with a hunk of crusty bread.Miadou Bergerac Rouge ($15.99): Past the comfortable confines of Bordeaux and a ways further down the Dordogne, you will wind up in a slightly less famous appellation perhaps better known as the home of the Rostand protagonist, Cyrano de Bergerac. This is tried and true wine country though, with wines like this everyday value red comprised of what we traditionally know as “Bordeaux Varietals”, Merlot, Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc. Drinking like its more expensive downriver cousins, this wine offers elegance, value and quality all in one bottle. Great with lighter fare or grilled meats.


June 2, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm