Thanksgiving Tasting with Andrea from Downey Selections

November 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202

Uncork a great Thanksgiving feast this year with a great bottle of wine! Whether you prefer reds, whites, bubbles, or something else, we have something for you today. By tradition, Thanksgiving is the time when more wines is sold paired to a meal than any other time of the year. In some ways, choosing a single wine for the meal is difficult, given the variety of foods that grace the traditional table. On the other hand, that allows you great freedom in selecting wine(s) that you really love and that will showcase the star of your table.

Come in today from 5-7p for our last tasting before Thanksgiving! We have a great selection of wines, including an extra one(!), on the Tasting Bar with Andrea from Downey Selections guiding us through them.

The Wines:

  • Jean-François Coquard Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV: Jean-François is a 13th generation winemaker and the youngest of six children for whom wine is truly a way of life! He grew up among the family vineyard in Beaujolais, immersed in the rhythms of planting, pruning, weeding, and harvesting. He assisted his father and brother in the cellar, where he developed his palate. He later got his degree in Biology and Masters of Oenology from the University of Dijon in Burgundy, while focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as an intern with the prestigious Hospices de Beaune. For 15 years, he worked in Lombardy, producing award winning wines at Tenuta Mazzalino. In 2017, he launched JFC Vins, his own brand that shows his own style, sensitivities, and curiosity. This Cremant is a 100% Chardonnay “Blanc de Blanc” from vines that have an average age of 30 years. After being hand-harvested, primary fermentation occurs in stainless steel under temperature control and secondary fermentation is in bottle, where it remains on the lees for 12-15 months. It is a low dosage wine (4 g/l RS) with a lovely fresh and clean nose, notes of pear, white flowers, and citrus. The palate is crisp and fresh, quite delicate, with a nice minerality. This is a great sparkler to kick off your Thanksgiving meal or to serve with oysters!
  • Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Sec “Cuvée Silex” 2016: Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau has been a family-run
    estate since 1875. The 33-hectare Domaine consists of classic, regional soils made up of tuffeau, clay, and silex. The latter of these soils bears an abundance of flinty stones on the surface and is most favorable to the cultivation of Chenin Blanc, giving the wine its aromatic diversity of ripe quince, baked apples and acacia honey. The Domaine is certified organic by Ecocert, and the vineyards are in fact tended biodynamically, which involves even stricter standards than organic wine-growing. Although this method involves much more work and considerably lower yields, the benefits to the long term condition of the vineyards, and therefore the quality of the wines, are dramatic. Only mature vines, 30+ years of age, go into still wine making. Slightly off-dry, this is a wonderful food wine, with great notes of apple, pear, and citrus fruit; ample and round on the palate, with refreshing acidity on the finish. 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Di Lenardi Gossip 2016 (Pinot Grigio Ramato): Pinot Grigio is normally called a white grape, but that is incorrect, since it is not white at all. The name itself (grigio means grey) indicates that it is not perfectly white, in fact it is thought to be a mutant clone of Pinot Noir and it normally has grayish-blue fruit. This wine is made to highlight the potential in those little berries! The grapes are closed in a tank for an 18 hour long skin maceration before separation and a temperature controlled fermentation. The wine stays on the lees for all of its life before bottling and kept from oxygen to preserve color and aroma. This 100% Pinot Grigio is a gorgeous light copper color that seems to shine from inside the bottle. It is lush with notes of berries, hay, and dried roses followed by almonds and crisp acidity. Perfect for the Thanksgiving table of those looking for something a little different but that everyone will enjoy!
  • Chateau Blouin Bordeaux 2014: Produced in the Entre-deux-Mers region on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, this is a small family-run chateau that is a great find and tremendous value! This is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc that is vinified in stainless steel and concrete vats. Aged for 12 month before bottling, this light, fresh wine has young tannins and a distinct black currant note. Juicy with plenty of bright red fruits and hints of secondary notes, it has many of the classic Bordeaux traits without breaking the bank. This is one to grab a couple of bottles for your Friends-giving or to satisfy those family members that need something heavier on the Thanksgiving table.
  • Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014: Purchased by Michel Chapoutier in 1999, Bila Haut is located in the Cotes du Roussillon, in the Languedoc. Historically the site was one of the first areas planted for viticulture by the Greek Mariners and has been continuously a wine region since then, known for making top quality wines. Bila-Haut was once a house of refuge for the Knights Templar, which is why their cross is used on the label. This single vineyard bottling is made from the best and oldest vineyard on the estate and is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignane. This wine speaks of the true character of Chapoutier wine and of the terrior of Bila-Haut. It is a blockbuster, full bodied, and loaded with flavor. The decomposed granite and schist soils feed the 40-60 year old vines to yield a truly expressive wine. The spices and herbs of Provence are infused in juicy blackberry and plum fruits with firm tannins. One to drink now or keep for the next 4-5 years, if you can resist! Pair it with any red meat.thanksgiving
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