|Today, two tastings of French wine, one of white wine, the other of red. These wines express something specific about their regions’ terroir and tradition, and I cannot imagine them originating from anywhere else in the world. Our white tasting starts with a wine from a brilliant new project from Alsace organic winegrower, Christian Binner, in which he’s helping to spread the word of organic farming and natural winemaking by showing young vigneron how to do it. Different vigneron grow the fruit under Christian’s tutelage and then he helps them vinify their wines without chemicals. The wine we’re tasting today is a blend of auxerrois (think of this as a demented chardonnay from Bizarro World) and sylvaner, and it’s dry, aromatic, and surprisingly fresh and lithe for an Alsace blanc. The red tasting includes a zero-sulfite cru Beaujolais and also a wine from France’s southwest that is made from abouriou by perhaps the only vigneron who holds dear the historic, honey badger grape variety of his region, cranky and rustic, as it may be.
French white tasting $15
Binner & Companie “Les Vin Pirouettes” Saveurs de Julien Alsace 2015
French red tasting $15