December 17, 2017

November 2017 Wines of the Month

We’re featuring two French wines in November: Pont De Gassac Blanc and a red, Boutinot Rhône – Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Villages.

About the wines:

Pont De Gassac Blanc

Mas de Daumas Gassac

From the Herault’s most famous Estate Mas de Dumas Gassac is often referred to as ‘the Lafite or First Growth of the Languedoc’. Pont de Gassac Blanc is the Domaine’s reserve wine that comes exclusively from their vineyards high up in the Gassac valley. It is a beautifully fresh and vibrant blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Clairette – a cross between the best of white from the Rhone & Bordeaux. At 1/3 of the price of their first wine, it is a real treat and a bargain at this price.

Tasting notes:
A beautifully full and fresh bouquet of citrus fruit gives way to a richly textured and full bodied wine with great minerality from these vineyards that have never seen chemicals. Very well made and delicious by itself and even better with fish, spices and white meats. The wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Clairette, Sauvignon Blanc from the  Appellation Pays d’Herault. It has an alcohol content of 12.5 percent.
 
The remarkable story of Mas de Daumas Gassac, begins in 1971 when Parisian glove-maker Aimé Guibert bought an isolated farmhouse high up in the valley of a stream called the Gassac..

The Guiberts had no previous knowledge of wine and there were no vines on the Estate. A friend from the University of Bordeaux specializing in vineyard geology realised that Daumas Gassac sat upon the best possible combination of soil for winemaking, with superb drainage and its own unique microclimate. The proximity to the sea keeps the vineyards air-conditioned and the cellars, chilled by the waters of the stream, remain wonderfully cool even in the height of summer.

The Guiberts hired the best wine brains available, including Professor Emile Peynaud – a great oenologist associated with Bordeaux. Peynaud advised them exactly which vines to plant and how. Though cabernet sauvignon was the grape variety planted for the first vintages, the idea was not to mimic Bordeaux, even though one commentator called the 1982 vintage the ‘Lafite of the Languedoc’ which caused initially slow sales to rocket. The wines of Mas de Daumas Gassac have a degree of natural austerity that is more akin to the great wines of Bordeaux or the Loire than the Languedoc.

Boutinot Rhône – Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Villages

Boutinot Rhône – Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Villages

Common practice in the Côtes du Rhône is to bottle the best cuvées as a single named village wine and the rest as basic Rhône Villages. Boutinot’s philosophy, on the other hand, is to start with the intention of making the very best Côtes du Rhône Villages possible by sourcing wine from the vineyards of named villages and enriching them with a small proportion of barrel-aged wine fromSéguret & Cairanne. Boutinot Les Coteaux is therefore a selection of the best from some of the17 named Côtes du Rhône Villages. The 2009 vintage is mostly Grenache Noir with some Syrah. Eric Monnin sources wine from a number of growers with exceptional terroir allowing him the flexibility to select only the very best fruit each vintage and reject parcels which do not meet our high standards. We source Grenache Noir and Syrah grapes from vineyards encompassed within named villages of the southern Rhône valley.

 

Tasting notes
Instantly impressive this wine reveals its class right from the start. An exuberantly fruity nose with high notes of complexity and depth is followed by intense lashings of flavour on the palate. The finish is smooth and satisfying with depth and persistence – simply stunning!Food Recommendations: A delicious accompaniment to grilled meats and heart-warming casseroles.

We’re Celebrating 80 Years!

Tinnell's Finer Foods

Tinnell’s Finer Foods

What are you doing this weekend? There’s a lot going on the the Roanoke Valley, but you will want to make time to come by Tinnell’s for our 80th Anniversary Celebration. There will be wine and beer tastings (including Deschutes!), samples from some of our vendors. And a gift basket giveaway! The fun is from 9 am to 8 pm on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14.

Tinnell’s was founded by current owner Rett Ward’s grandfather, Buddy Tinnell, the store opened on Marshall Avenue in 1937. The store moved to South Roanoke in the late 1940s. After his death in 1966, his wife, Kitty, ran it until 2000 when Ward bought it from her.

Since then, Ward has brought automation to the checkout and charge accounts. He also increased the store’s wine grocery stores in Roanoke, Va.and craft beer selections. He also moved the store into selling specialty items, with a focus on local products, such as Gunther’s Gourmet, Homestead Creamery and maple syrup from Highland County. In addition, Tinnell’s is known for its iconic ham biscuits and pimento cheese, hand-cut steaks, fresh ground beef, chicken salad and local produce, as well as other prepared foods.

Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

Friday, October 13
10:00 am -2:00 pm: Homestead Creamery
10:00 am -12:00 noon: Red Rooster Coffee
12:00 noon -1:45 pm: Wine tasting by Free Run Wine Merchants
2:00 – 4 pm: Wine tasting by TNT Wines
4:00 – 7:00 pm: Gearhart Chocolates
4:30-7:00 pm: Wine tasting by Solutions

Saturday, October 14
9:30 – 10:30 am: Caramels by Sam
11:00 am -12:45 pm: Wine tasting by International Cellars
12 noon -2:00 pm: Deschutes Brewery will sample Pacific IPA, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Black Butte Porter, seasonal selections
12:00 noon -7:00 pm: Boars Head– meat and cheese tray sampling
1:30 -3:00 pm: Kneadfull Things-cheese wafers and other treats
3:00 -4:00 pm: Dickies Fudge

There also will be cake, fresh-squeezed orange juice and meatballs to sample. A gift basket of Tinnell’s specialty items will be given away.