Loire and More

Free tasting | Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 4-6PM

Our friend Jackson from Mise Wines is pouring a killer line-up of new summer wines from the Loire Valley, Willamette Valley, and Vinho Verde. Taste unique wines from Domaine des Huards in the Cour-Cheverny, a rosé from Massachusetts native Mary Taylor (who teams up with growers in the Loire), a new, all natural Vinho Verde, and an organic Oregon Pinot Noir. When it comes to wine, we know how to summer!

Harvest at Domaine des Huards in the Cour-Cheverny (Loire Valley).

Harvest at Domaine des Huards in the Cour-Cheverny (Loire Valley).


2018 Mary Taylor Saint Pourçain Rosé

Who: Sylvain Miniot 

What: Gamay!

Where: Loire Valley, France

How: 5 Months on the lees in stainless steel

Farming Method: Organic practices

Fun Fact: The Loire Valley is filled with gorgeous architecture. Many of these imposing castles were fortresses during the Medieval Period but then became country homes for the Paris elite and royalty during the Renaissance 

Tasting Notes: This Gamay brims with notes of rose petals and raspberries.


2017 Domaine des Huards Romo

Who: Gendrier Family

What: 100% Romorantin 

Where: Loire Valley, France

How: The grapes were pressed into tank and aged on the lees.

Farming Method: Biodynamic

Fun Fact: Romorantin is a super localized and rare grape. It is only planted in an appellation called Cour-Cheverny in the Loire Valley and as of 2008 there were only 73 hectares planted!

Tasting Notes: Nice acidity with notes of lemon, honeysuckle, and beeswax. A staff favorite!


2016 Domaine des Huards ‘Envol’

Who: Gendrier Family

What: Gamay and Pinot Noir

Where: Loire Valley, France

How: The grapes are fermented and aged for a few months in tank.

Farming Method: Biodynamic

Fun Fact: 4% of the French population lives in the Loire Valley.

What It Tastes Like: Raspberry, strawberry with some earthiness. 


2016 Quinta da Palmirinha Vinho Verde Branco

Who: Fernando Paiva 

What: Loureiro and Azal

Where: Vinho Verde, Portugal

How: The grapes are fermented in whole clusters and are then transferred to stainless steel.

Farming Method: Biodynamic

Fun Fact: Portugal is smaller than Kentucky…but ranks 11th in worldwide wine production as of 2017!

Tasting Notes: This is a great substitution for caffeine if you need a jolt. It has vibrant acidity, lemon-lime notes, and a touch of spritz. 


2017 Les Brebis Pinot Noir

Who: The Shaffer Family

What: Pinot Noir

Where: Oregon, USA (Willamette, Dammit!)

How: Aged in 11 months in French oak barrels

Farming Method: Biodynamic

Fun Fact: ‘Les Brebis’ means ‘the ewes’ in French and the winemakers surname, Shaffer, means ‘shepherd’ in German. This connection is how the Shaffer family thinks of winemaking: their job is to protect and guide the grapes from harm.

What It Tastes Like: Raspberry pie that’s fresh from the oven!