Saturday, September 16
3-7 PM no reservations needed

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Today, from 3 to 7 pm (no reservations, just come on in), we’re tasting white wines from Northern Italy, and red wines from France’s Loire Valley. The white tasting includes a new wine from the savior of the fascinating timorasso grape: Walter Massa. Massa understood the potential of this historic but declining grape variety native to southern Piemonte, and he decided to do something about it by making the first modern varietal bottling of timorasso. His friends thought he was nuts, for no one really cared much about the grape, and most of it had been subsumed in white blends. After they tasted the wine he made from it they quickly changed their tune. I had a funny conversation with Walter about timorasso during which I asked him how he knew that timorasso would make a good wine, and he responded, half-seriously, “because I am Massa!” He went on to explain that there are now over twenty producers working with the grape again, and Walter himself is hardly finished with exploring the potential of it. We’re planning a big, all-timorasso tasting next week, but here’s a preview of Walter’s new timorasso project made from young vines. For our red wine tasting, we have four red wines from my viticultural homeland, France’s Loire Valley. If you haven’t yet tasted Château de Minière’s “Bulles” rouge, a dry, lightly fizzy wine made from cab franc, I just don’t know what to say, other than get in here and do so. We’re also tasting old vines grolleau, too, a rather serious red wine made from a grape that categorically makes rather unserious wines.

Northern Italian white tasting ($15)
Massa “Terra” Timorasso Colli Tortonesi/Italy 2015
Isarco Kerner Südtirol/Italy 2016
Ca’Lojera Lugana Superiore Lugana/Italy 2002
Castello di Lispida “Amphora” Veneto/Italy 2014

Loire Valley Red tasting ($15)
Château de Minière “Bulles” Rouge de Minière Vin de France/NV
Du Mortier “La P’Tit Vadrouille” Vin de France/2014
Bruno Brochard “Les Coteau Kante” Grolleau old vines Loire/France 2014
Les Clos Lyzières Saumur Champigny/France 2014

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