THIS SATURDAY, Nov. 19, 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. Casey is one of our favorite wine reps as he is engaging and very educated in these unique, boutique wines. Come out and enjoy them with him as your host!
Domaine François Chidaine Clos Habert, Loire Valley, France
Varietal: Chenin Blanc Alc.13%
After starting out on the family estate as a farm worker, François Chidaine decided in 1989 to settle down with a few hectares of vines in Montlouis-sur-Loire. From the beginning,François was interested in the cultivation of vines in organic farming, then in biodynamics. Domaine François Chidaine now covers 45 hectares.
The vines have been farmed organically since 1992 and biodynamically since 1999. The Clos Habert pours a beautiful pale gold. On the nose, notes of white fruit gradually reveal honeyed aromas. On the palate, there is a nice balance between elegant freshness and fleshy fruitiness.
Pairs well with lobster, creamy chicken dishes, pork, and Thanksgiving dinner! $39.99
Fratelli Alessandria Verduno Pelaverga ”Speziale,” Barolo, Italy
Varietal: Pelaverga Piccolo Alc. 23.99%
The area around Verduno produces red wine. In fact, out of a total of approximately 200 hectares of vineyard, more than 95% are cultivated with red grapes. The predominant grape variety is Nebbiolo, which occupies more than half of the surface area. The other important and widespread varieties are Pelaverga Piccolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto. Located at the northern tip of the Barolo zone, Verduno is at an altitude of 200 to 400 meters above sea level. Fratelli Alessandria is one of the oldest wineries in the area, having already been operational around the middle of the 1800s.This unique wine is produced almost exclusively in the municipality of Verduno, from the rare native grape variety Pelaverga Piccolo. The wines that originate here are characterized by great finesse and elegance, aromas of wild strawberries, raspberries, rosemary, flowers, and white pepper. Elegant and juicy, with light tannins, the wine has a remarkable aromatic complexity with an ever-present vein of spice and velvety tannins.
Can serve as an aperitif. Pairs well with grilled chicken or pork, and salumi. This is also a great lighter red for Thanksgiving. $24.99
Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Côte du Py, Burgundy, France
Varietal: Gamay Alc.13%
Jean-Marc Burgaud founded his domaine in 1989. He has 19 hectares, 13 in Morgon, 5 in Beaujolais Villages, and 1 in Regnie. Jean-Marc has said that this is the maximum for him. While it’s possible to grow bigger, it’s important to stay precise. Using traditional methods of viticulture, eschewing the using of chemical fertilizers or insecticides, respecting the land, plowing the soil, and harvesting by hand, Jean-Marc does not care about being certified organic; he follows what needs to be done to grow the finest grapes. The 2021 Morgon Côte du Py offers up aromas of cherries, plums and berries mingled with notes of peony, burning embers, and sweet spices. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it is succulent with melting tannins, lively acids, and a long, precise finish.
Pairs well with roasted chicken, paté, and mushroom-based dishes. This is also a classic pairing for Thanksgiving if you would like a red wine. $23.99
Domaine de la Rectorie Collioure L’Oriental 2020, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Varietals: 90% Black Grenache, 10% Carignan Alc. 15.5%
An iconic Maison of the Collioure and Banyuls appellations, Domaine de la Rectorie was founded in 1984 by Pedro Soler, Thierry Parcé, Marc Parcé, Jules Campadieu, Jean-François Camou. The founders’ aim was not to put their name on a label but to advance the common work of making wine. Collioure L’Orientalis is a tribute to the varietal, Grenache. Aged for 11 months in barrels, this intense and rich wine develops beautifully complex aromas, ranging from olive and licorice to black fruit and pepper. Deep purple in color, the wine has a complex nose with aromas of black fruits and hints of spices and pepper. It is rich and dense on the palate, with a finish of black olive and licorice.
Pairs well with duck breast with figs, lamb tagine with prunes, and beef stew with black tapenade. $19.99
Weingut Später-Veit, Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett 2020, Mosel, Germany
Varietal: RieslingAlc. 8.5
The grapes for this wine come from a plot that’s on a 100% gradient. That’s less a steep vineyard and more the face of a cliff! It takes hard work and single-minded dedication to work the vines in that terroir. This dedication motivates Heinz Welter of Weingut Später-Veit. Heinz, along with his wife, Silvia, and their sons Niklas and Eric, as they work 9 hectares of some of the finest plots in the vineyard of Goldtröpfchen (Golden Droplets). In 1988 Heinz took over the estate from Silvia’s father Theo Später. The estate takes its name from Silvia’s maiden name and that of her mother (Veit), and the Welters continue to work the vineyards in an old-school fashion. All work is done manually (there’s no way you could use machines on these slopes even if you wanted to), and no chemicals are used to treat the vines. Most notably, the fermentation is carried out with only the natural yeasts from the vineyard. On the nose, aromas of sweet honey and fresh fruit mingle with bitter-nutty pistachios and almonds.On the palate, tangy lime and a hint of local vineyard peaches is balanced by crisp acidity and a long finish. Pairs well with Asian food, Indian dishes, and pork schnitzel. $19.99
Quinta do Infantada Ruby Port, Douro, Portugal
Varietals: Touriga Franca,Tinta Roriz,Touriga Nacional Alc.19.5%
Quinta do Infantado was founded in 1816 in the Cima Corgo sub-region of the Douro–considered its finest zone for both Port and dry wines. The Roseira family has owned it since the end of the 19th century. Today, Infantado is run by the third generation: João Roseira (winemaker and vineyard manager) and other family members, who oversee family holdings of about forty-six hectares of vines. Infantado evolved over the last fifty years into an outlier and innovator in a wine region ruled for centuries by large-scale production and full-blown commerce.
Until the 1970s, like most small growers, Infantado sold their wines off to large shippers. They then made the radical decision to go it alone, becoming the first estate to not sell or buy fruit or wine and to exclusively bottle estate-grown wines. Infantado owns exclusively A-grade sites, which is the Douro equivalent of having nothing but grand cru vineyards. Theirs are mainly the classic steep, terraced, old-vine parcels. The excellence of their material dictated not only their decision to go rogue and bottle estate wines, but also determined their choice of a rare house style: that of medium-dry rather than fully sweet Port. Most Port comes from average fruit of only modest ripeness that is quickly fermented and left with a lot of sugar, with just modest alcohol, never mind complexity, and thus a need for a large dose of brandy for fortification. Infantado harvests well-ripened, more complexly flavored fruit, which is fermented further, to a point of less sugar and more alcohol and a reduced need for fortification—thus their wines contain around thirty percent less brandy than a standard Port. While this is definitely a sweet wine it is not syrupy or jammy. The Ruby Port has lots of plum and berry fruit and is balanced with pleasant, structured acidity and tannins.
Drink after dinner on its own. Pairs well with dark chocolate or aged cheeses, particularly blues. $19.99
And don’t forget to check out what’s new in our beer case. We just got in a new shipment of Maine Beer, with the IPA’s “Lunch” and “Little Whale Boat” leading the charge. We have a rich brown ale called “Brown Dog” and the wonderfully dark but slightly hoppy Robust Porter, both from Smuttynose.
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.
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Tasting of Westport River Wines, grown and estate-bottles in Massachusetts! Susan Richards, a Cape Ann resident and new to our staff – so please some and say hello!
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.
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Savour Wine and Cheese
76 Prospect St.
Gloucester, Ma 01930