Saturday, June 3rd
Orange wines + rustic French red wines
3-7 PM no reservations required

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Vigneron mostly employ cinsault as a blending grape to add acidity to warm climate red wines that might otherwise taste flabby, and it often figures in Provençal rosés where it serves the same function. Although there are good examples of varietally bottled cinsault (I think some of the best come from the 130-year-old vines growing in the Bechthold vineyard in Lodi), as a solo act it remains something of a rarity, and yet cinsault is a grape, like gamay and frappato, capable of making the type of wine that a lot of us want to drink today, especially as the weather warms up: light, fresh, and gluggy. A couple of years ago I discussed the cinsault situation with a grower who makes well regarded Châteauneuf de Pape, and he agreed with my enthusiasm over the grape, although he finds himself hamstrung by appellation regulations that forbid using more than a small portion in the Côte du Rhone wine his family makes. The appellation specifications, he explained, were written many decades ago, long before global warming was understood, though today with temperatures on the rise, he believes that cinsault could play a more prominent role. Today, you’ll have a good opportunity to see what I’m talking about, as we’re tasting a charming cinsault from the warm lands of the Languedoc—a red wine from a hot climate that manages to remain lean and fleet of foot.

Orange wine tasting $12

Meinklang Pinot Gris 2015 Austria
COS “Pithos” Sicilia 2015 / grecanico
Donkey & Goat “Stonecrusher” Roussanne El Dorado 2015

French country wine tasting $12

Domaine des Pothiers Côte Roannaise 2015 / gamay
Mas Conscience “Cieux” 2016  Coteaux du Languedoc / cinsault
Le Clot de l’Origine “Le P’tit Barriot” Côtes du Roussillon 2015 / syrah

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