THIS SATURDAY, Oct. 1, 2 – 4 pm
FINE WINE TASTING @ SAVOUR WITH CASEY G. OF IDEAL WINES
Ideal is an importer and distributor of fine wine and spirits based in Medford, Massachusetts. The company’s roots go back to 1905, when Samuel Bender and two partners founded a retail wine and provisions store in Boston, which evolved in the years after WW II into one of the city’s premiere fine wine shops. It was in the late 1970s that Larry Bender, the third generation of his family in the business, decided to strike out on his own, separating the importing business from his father’s retail operation. His goal was to import small high-quality wineries directly to the Massachusetts market, wines that had previously only come through national importers, if they were imported at all. Most of the wines at that time were French, but the company soon expanded its Italian selections, and has since rounded out the book with some American wineries as well as wines from other countries. Ideal brings us wine with a strong sense of place, made with minimal intervention, at a great price.
Verget Mâcon-Pierreclos Chardonnay 2020, Maconnais, France
Often referred to as “the mad Belgian,” Jean-Marie Guffens is the legendary winemaker from the Mâconnais who receives much critical praise for producing “poor man’s white Burgundy,” worthy of the finest wines of the Côte d´Or.The adventure started in 1976 when Jean-Marie Guffens and his wife, Maine Heynen, arrived in Burgundy. After learning French, Jean-Marie undertook a viticultural course at the local Davayé school. In 1979, Jean-Marie and Maine purchased their first few plots of vines that no one wanted on the steep hills of Pierreclos, a small village west of Mâcon. In 1990 Jean-Marie Guffens started a very progressive micro-négociant business, Maison Verget. Verget buys its grapes from passionate winegrowers, selected for their seriousness and their work that respects the vines and the terroir. They have become, over time, valuable partners and Verget determines with them the management of the vines and their yield.
The wines of Maison Verget have a clear acidity, with a mineral character, coupled with ripe fruit. They unite tension, depth, texture, and amplitude. It is generally acknowledged that Jean-Marie Guffens shapes some of the greatest whites of Burgundy. Mâcon-Pierreclos is produced from young Chavignevines, and is fermented on the lees for six months in small stainless-steel casks, producing a seductive, indulgent wine with a certain richness and a pleasant minerality. The nose is elegant, with white fruit and exotic fruit aromas and slight spicy notes. The palate reveals great minerality, power and richness, with superb length.
Pairs well with duck, shellfish and lobster, mushrooms, and Parmesan, cheddar gruyere. $25.99
Les Equilibristes Hirsute 2020, Bergerac, France
Varietals: 70% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Chenin Blanc Alc. 13.5%
Les Equilibristes is a collective of winegrowers who work together to create new blends of grape, focused on neglected varietals. It is a collaborative process, from choosing the site to final bottling. Their ground rules are to use grapes from great terroir, practice organic methods, with minimal intervention in the cellar, and minimal use of sulfur. Hirsute is organic and biodynamic. It is golden in color and has hints of citrus and herbs on the nose. On the palate notes of orange and melon mingle with a zesty minerality.
Pairs well with risotto, octopus, and other seafood. $18.99
Becker Riesling, Alsace, France
The history of Vins Becker traces back to 1610 when Jean Becker became the owner. Today, Jean-François manages the vineyards while his sister manages the commercial part of the winery. In total, the vineyard covers an area of 32 hectares. They grow Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Gewurztraminer. The team has been using organic farming techniques in the vineyard and the winery since 1999. The soil of Vins Becker vineyards have a unique geology of bedrock with a small amount of limestone. During the winemaking process, only the free run juice is used to produce the wines. They prefer the use of natural yeasts and limit the filtration to the minimum. The wines are crisp and dry, with a nice body and revealing the characteristics of the terroir. Vins Becker’s Riesling has a fresh minerality and aromas of apricot, pineapple, and spices.
Pairs well with fish, shellfish, seafood, white meats, and sauerkraut. $17.99
Domaine Nudant Ladoix Rouge, Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir Alc. 13.5%
The Nudant winery can look back on more than 200 years of history and has been managed by the Nudant family for many generations. Guillaume Nudant is now the fourth generation to follow his family’s tradition of producing award-winning wines in the rolling countryside of Ladoix-Serrigny and Corton. From the beginning, very strict rules were applied in the selection of the grapes. This method is still used today. The winery covers an area of 16 hectares in the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits. It houses 20 appellations. This includes wines such as Village, 1er Cru, and Grand Cru. The approximately 40-year-old Pinot Noir vines for Ladoix Rouge grow at an altitude of 310meters with a southeast orientation. About 10,000 bottles per year are produced from a total of only 2.3 hectares of vineyards on clay limestone soil. In the glass the wine shows a deep red color. The nose shows intense and varied aromas of red fruits and spices. On the palate, there are notes of dark strawberries, cherry compote and pickled morello cherries as well as hints of spices, elderberry, and mocha. Soft tannins are part of a long finish.
Pairs well with mushroom dishes, beef stew, grilled salmon. $37.99
Les Equilibristes Volute 2020, Côte du Forez,
Varietal: Gamay Alc. 13.5%
Les Equilibristes use indigenous grape varieties, organic
winemaking practices, biodynamic farming, indigenous yeasts, and minimal sulfur. With this wine they aim to use gamay to bring out all the complexity of the rare soil of black mica on granite.
Pairs well with charcuterie, roast chicken, mushroom tart, and chilled, it is great with spicy food, i.e., Mexican carne asada or Chinese broccoli and beef. $27.99
Kathleen’s Price-Value Gems:
Unique to SAVOUR our three price-value collections, with
each category ($9.99ers – $14.99ers -$19.99ers) offering hundreds of wines
at one price, personally curated by Kathleen, some have limited availability
9.99ers…the quality is taste delivering above-price enjoyment …Value!
14.99ers…exhibiting qualities of complexity…Elevating the Experience!
19.99ers…value laden wines by innovative vintners…Expect Exceptional!
Adding to this Saturday’s wine tasting with Casey is Savour’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only Digital Wine Machine. Fun to use and enjoy! Taste up to 20 wines with new selections regularly added…& yes, complimentary. Kathleen welcomes your questions for food pairings.
Welcome Your Donation in any amount for Pathways for Children.
Thank You! …Kathleen
For Your Mobile Calendar – July
Savour Wine Tastings!
September 24 – Joe Nardone – M.S. Walker – Biodynamic Wines
October 1 – Casey Gruttadauria – Ideal Wines
October 8 – Joe Nardone – MS Walker
October 15 – Gordon Alexander – owner Terroir Wines
October 23 – Dave Bender – Vineyard Road Wines
October 29 – Harry Zarkades – owner Main Street Wines November 5 – Manny Gonzales – Horizon Beverage Company
November 12 and 13 – Grand tasting! We are bringing back the grand tasting. This will be over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 5 pm (bye week for Pats), with 30+ wines each day. We will just have 4 tables each day, so everyone can spread out. Come join us!
Continuing to offer a case discount 0f 10% on wines and all items purchased with the case to all customers. Wine Club members get 5% off on 6 bottles and all items purchased with the 6 bottles. Thanks again for your support!
We continue using our 5 Molekule high performance air purification units that clear the air of 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and allergens every hour, store wide.
We are pleased to continue curbside pickup service
Savour Wine & Cheese l 76 Prospect St. l Gloucester l 978. 282 .1455