The last weekend of August just begs us to have a Porch Pounder wine tasting. Quaffable, affordable, unbelievably delicious wines are filling up the shop's wine table this Saturday. Haven't had enough of summer yet? Come party down!
Broc Cellars, Love White (2015) – Madera, California, $21
Fresh and lively Love White from Broc Cellars! A blend of Rhône grape varieties like Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier, grown in California! Broc Cellars uses only sustainably, organically, or biodynamically grown grapes. Broc holds true to their philosophy that vineyards achieve their truest character and complexity when they have to struggle to survive. This Love White struggled hard to get here...come show it some Love!
Pierre Rougon, Tavel Rosé (2016) – Rhône Valley, France, $20
Estate bottled rosé that is the color of watermelon and tastes like it too! Pierre Rougon farms a 52-hectare property in Beaumes de Venise. His vines are planted on steep, tiered terraces, nestled in the mountainous foothills in the southern Rhône. If you’ve never tried a Tavel rosé, think of a Provençal rosé and, in the words of Spinal Tap’s lead guitarist, Nigel Tufnel, turn your rosé dial “up to 11”!!
Matthiasson Tendu Red Wine (2015) – Napa, California $25
This red blend is all-natural splendor. It’s fermented in stainless steel and then aged in neutral barrels, with no sulfites added, and unfiltered and unfined too! This is like Californian Beaujolais, but instead of Gamay, you have indigenous Italian varieties including Aglianico, Montepulciano, and Barbera. If anyone is going to be this baller and make killer Italian Beaujolais in California, it’s going to be Matthiasson.
Viña Maitia, Valle del Maule Aupa Pipeño (2016) – Central Valley, Chile, $14
Jug wine from Chile! Aupa Pipeño from Viña Maitia is an old school blend of 70% País (aka Mission, a sacramental grape that was the first grape planted in the Americas, brought here by the Spanish) and 30% Carignan from a 10-hectare, 120-year-old, dry farmed vineyard in the Maule Valley. The Maule Valley benefits from a Mediterranean-like climate where high temperatures in the summer are cooled by the breeze from the Humboldt Current in the Pacific Ocean. A rustic wine, chuggable, loveable, and fermented with whole clusters and vinified in cement. Can you dig it?
Anne-Sophie Dubois, Les Cocottes (2016) – Beaujolais, France, $24
Anne-Sophie Dubois is part of a young generation of rising star vignerons in Beaujolais. From her 8-hectare estate in the heart of Fleurie, Anne-Sophie develops wines that epitomize the delicacy and finesse of great Gamay. Her grapes are grown using organic methods and instead of using new oak, she prefers cement vats for fermentation and aging, giving her Beaujolais that wet-rock, pavement, stoic minerality that we love so much in light-bodied reds. The Cheese Shop Team porch-pounded this Gamay at our staff BBQ a few weekends ago, and it paired beautifully with Chris’ fresh spring rolls, Peter’s chili-dogs, and even the 70 oysters we shucked. It’s so versatile with food!