|Today we’re pouring two tastings. The first is of dry, minerally German rieslings because I advocate drinking riesling with your Easter meal, and in general drinking good riesling when you can. The other is of French red wines that, for various reasons, violate local standards and thus may only be called, simply, French wine, a moniker meant as a punishment yet one that adventurous wine drinkers increasingly ignore. The riesling tasting, all dry, acid-freak, minerally wines, starts with two vintages from Gunderloch (one of which is from a privileged, single vineyard); the third wine is from cult genius Florian Lauer. The red tasting starts with a brutal blend of mourvèdre and old vine carignan from France’s deep southwest, whole cluster fermented for your early drinking pleasure, continues on with a carignan-grenache blend from Roussillon, this one with a few years of bottle age, and then finishes up with a pineau d’aunis, light and spiced with the aromatics of a medieval apothecary in a glass.
Vin de France tasting $15
Ultra-dry & minerally German riesling tasting (no sugar, promise!) $15