THIS SATURDAY, May 20, 2 – 4 pm
FINE WINE TASTING @ SAVOUR WITH GARY BALLARD OF MS WALKER
Founded in Boston in 1933, M.S. Walker is a 5th-generation, family-owned wine and spirits importer and distributor, a spirit bottler, and a national supplier. They serve restaurants and retail shops throughout the Northeast, with direct operations in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island and brokerage operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Gary Ballard of MS Walker has been with us many times and is always a favorite! He has many years of experience, first in the restaurant business and now in the wine business. He has travelled all over the world with the distribution companies he has represented, so feel free to ask questions! He is very knowledgeable and engaging.
Long Meadow Ranch Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc, Napa California
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Alc. 13%
In the late 1800’s, the Long Meadow Ranch property thrived with vineyards, apple orchards, olive groves, hay, and a goat milk dairy, but farming fell dormant during Prohibition. The property was swallowed by the encroaching forest until the Hall family bought the property in 1989. The family cut back the abandoned olive trees and replanted the vineyards and apple orchards and instituted an organic, sustainable, integrated farming system. They make their own fertilizers on the ranch through an extensive composting operation that relies on organic material from each segment of the ranch and they use solar energy for power. The Rutherford Estate has 74 acres planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The estate is also home to fruits and vegetables, beehives, and growing flock of egg-laying chickens. Long Meadow’s Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc has rich aromas of pink grapefruit, lemon verbena, and lychee on the nose that carry through to lime zest, lemon curd, and guava on the palate. Crisp, clean, elegant, and mouthwatering.
Pairs well with oysters, fresh crab, basil pesto, goat cheese with honey. $27.99
La Spinetta Toscana Vermentino, Tuscany, Italy
Varietals: Vermentino, Alc.13%
La Spinetta was founded in the Piedmont region in the early 1960s by Giuseppe and Lidia Rivetti. After 40 years of working with indigenous grape varieties in Piedmont, making Moscato, Barbera, Barbaresco, Barber d’Alba, and Barolo, the family acquired land in Tuscany. They brought the same respect for indigenous varietals to their Tuscan vineyard, producing Sangiovese, Chianti, and Vermentino. The La Spinetta Vermentino Toscana pours a yellow straw color with green hues.
There are hints of citrus, almond, and wildflowers on the nose.
It is fresh and firm on the palate, with hints of thyme and marjoram. The finish is long and mineral.
Pairs well with appetizers, fish, seafood pasta. $19.99
Averaen 2021 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir AVA, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot Noir, Alc. 13.6%
The seeds of Averaen winery were sown at the International Pinot Noir Celebration in 2013 in the Willamette Valley. The winemakers from Banshee Wines in Sonoma were struck by the similarities between the cold, foggy Sonoma coast and the Willamette Valley, and realized making high-quality Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley would be far less expensive than in Sonoma. The first Averaen Pinot Noir was released in 2015 to high praise, and they have continued to produce fine Pinot Noir ever since. The 2019 Averaen Pinot Noir is juicy, with flavors of dark cherry, cranberry, and blackberry. Black tea, anise, blood orange, and vanilla accents add complexity. The texture is ripe and plush with a line of acid running through.
Pairs well with seared salmon or tuna, mushroom dishes, pulled pork, and barbecue. $22.99
Edmeades 2019 Mendocino County Zinfandel, Varietal: Zinfandel, Alc.15%
In 1963, Dr. Donald Edmeades, a Pasadena cardiologist, planted grapes in the tiny hamlet of Philo, in the Anderson Valley, making him the first modern-day grower to do so in that remote stretch of western Mendocino County. His son, Deron, began Edmeades Winery in 1972. It quickly gained a reputation for lusty, mountain Zinfandels that won gold medals and high scores from critics. In fact, Edmeades helped launch the fame of these intense, hillside Mendocino Zins. The 2019 Mendocino County Zinfandel begins with concentrated aromas of baking spices including cinnamon and cloves, which give way to aromas of blackberries, black currants, and dried sage. The texture is round, and the fruit expression is focused and lush. Subtle and integrated tannins accentuate the richness of the wine, while pleasant acidity keeps it fresh on the finish.
Pairs well with barbecued chicken, eggplant Parmesan, winter stew, char-broiled burgers. $19.99
Van Zellers Vinho Tinto, Douro, Portugal, Varietal: 30 indigenous grape varieties, planted in different field blends in vineyards in several areas of the Cima Corgo, in the Douro region, Alc. 14%
The Van Zeller family has been involved in the Portuguese wine trade since 1780 when they established one of the country’s most successful Port shipping companies. Fruit for this bottling is sourced from selected vineyards in the Douro Valley and the grapes are then trodden by foot in traditional lagares or stone troughs. Following vinification the young wine is then aged in oak casks for 6 months to add complexity and polish. The result is a smooth, rich style of red with ample dark berry, plum and cherry notes along with hints of winter spice, tobacco leaf and licorice from the oak ageing.
Firm tannins and a long finish make this a great match for charcuterie, roasted red meats and tomato-based pasta dishes. $29.99
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And don’t forget to check out what’s new in our beer case, including two juicy NE IPAs and a clean, refreshing rice lager from East Regiment Brewing, a veteran-owned brewery in Salem, and a delicate, refreshing Helles from Rockport Brewing.
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 Gary 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
Savour Wine Tastings!
May 13 – Gordon Alexander, Owner Terroir Wines
May 20 – Gary Ballard of MS Walker
May 27 – Susan Richards and Ann Cortissoz of Savour
June 3 – Chris Hoffman of Oz Wines
June 10 – Wines of Alsace with Beth van der Benz
June 17 -TBA
June 24 – Marc Bergeron of Masciarelli Wines
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
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