Saturday, September 30th tastings
3-7 pm / no reservations needed

Los Angeles natural wine orange wine biodynamic organic Muscadet
Today we’re offering two tastings: one of dry white wines from France’s Pays Nantais, the other or lighter-bodied reds, perfect for a warm, Indian summer afternoon. The Pays Nantais is the territory surrounding the town of Nantes, on the cool, northwest Atlantic coast of France. It’s where the long, meandering Loire river empties out into the ocean, and of the many things to love there, foremost in my mind, are (a) oysters on the half-shell, and (b) the consummate wine with which to enjoy them, Muscadet. Some claim that Chablis is the wine for oysters, but don’t listen to them, as they have no idea what they’re talking about. Now, if you’re fretting that Muscadet is sweet, please know that you’re confusing muscat, a grape, with Muscadet, a wine region in which the wines are always, always dry as a bone. The actual name of the grape used in Muscadet wine is melon de bourgogne, a grape that you might think is grown in Burgundy, but it is not (although it was once grown there, many years ago). We’re pouring Muscadet from two of our favorite growers in the region: Marc Ollivier, and Fred Niger. Mr. Niger, by the way, will be in the shop mid-November for a grand tasting of his wines, replete with oysters, house-baked rye bread (by mine own hands), and demi-sel butter. For our red tasting, three lighter-bodied wines. Have you had a Bosnian wine lately or ever? Well, here’s your chance to taste a very good one, made from the blatina grape. We’re also pouring a rather atypical Ribera del Duero wine, all garnacha, that’s light and juicy because it is whole-cluster fermented.

Red tasting $12

Populis “Wabi-Sabi” California 2016
Brkić Bosnia 2015
Alfredo Maestro “El Rey Del Glam” Ribera del Duero/Spain 2014

Muscadet tasting $12

Domaine de l’Ecu “Classic” 2015 France
La Pépière “La Pépie” 2016 France
Domaine de l’Ecu “Orthogneiss” 2015 France

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