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 Saturday Tasting Wines
 
from Cynthia Hurley
with Krista Morelli
  
complimentary!
($5.00 suggested donation to Pathways for Children)
 
July 21, 2 - 5 p.m.
 
 

  

We are delighted to be pouring a number of wines from Cynthia Hurley this Saturday. Each and every bottle of wine I have tasted from their portfolio is one I would happily share an evening with (and sometimes an afternoon with)...it was the Couly~Dutheil rose that seduced me enough to miss a few hours of an afternoon at the Newport Jazz Fest. Totally worth it!
"For more than twenty-five years we have been importing exceptional wines from nearly every major wine region in France. Our selections represent the efforts of independent growers and producers who use minimal to no intervention to create wines that are terroir driven. We import just those wines we want to put in our own cellar. We believe one of life's greatest pleasures is heading down to your cellar and picking a different bottle each evening." ~ Cynthia Hurley

Hope to see you Saturday!

~ Katrina

Laurens, No 7, Cremant de Limoux ~ $24.99
J.Laurens produce both Mauzac-dominated Blanquette de Limoux and Chardonnay-based Crémant de Limoux from their 30 ha of organically-farmed vineyards slightly south-west of Carcassone. The domaine was established by a champenois in the 80s and is today owned by Jacques Calvel, who surrounded by an expert local team, has built the domaine's current reputation for outstanding sparkling wines.
Limoux is divided into four zones, as there is such a diversity of microclimate and terrain. J. Laurens is in the area called Autan, which is quite cool, but wetter than the Mediterranean area. M. Calvel, true to the champenois founder, makes only sparkling wine, which is quite rare - most people do produce still wine as well, and he produces four different cuvées.  M. Calvel describes the typicity of his wine, and speaks of finesse, elegance, fraicheur. He wants to continue in the style of the former owner and he wants to make wines that are true to themselves and their place, and not complicated by external influences. Upon tasting his wines, I would say that he succeeds. Since 2003 Pinot Noir has been permitted in a Crémant de Limoux blend, leading to J.D. Laurens making their first NV rose in 2007.  'Blanquette' is a local name for the Mauzac grape variety, from which this wine is predominantly made. Green apple aromas and a hint of apricots lead to a complex, refined body that shows a sound backbone of crisp acidity. La Rose No7 is a seriously good sparkling rosé, and drinks like a wine twice its price! Bring on the oysters!

2016 Gaillard, Faugeres, Rhone ~ $17.99
Pierre Gaillard studied Viticulture and Enology in Beaune, and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Winemaking from Montpellier.  He bought his first parcel of land in 1981 which was called Clos de Cuminailles, located in Malleval.  It was there in the upper part of the medieval town of Malleval that Gaillard established his business.  In 2002, he created the estate of Madeloc in Banyuls-sur-Mer, followed by the estate of Cottebrune in Faugères in 2007.  Today, Gaillard manages a total of 77 hectares. The vineyard is located in the northern part of the Rhone Valley, ranging from Cote-Rotie down through to Cornas in the South. Planted on steep slopes, the vines are located on the last foothills of the Massif Central. Gaillard's Les Moulins Blanc, a delicious white wine that comes from a region known mostly for red. Pierre Gaillard has long recognized the unique schist soils of Faugères and his wines from his Domaine Cottebrune are without a doubt top-notch. This is a bright and fresh blend of Roussanne, Vermentino, and Grenache Blanc that comes from a 1-hectare plot. While the young vines lend the wine generous fruit flavors, it's the high altitude and soil that impart this wine's elegant mineral signature.

2017 Couly~Dutheil, 'Les Chanteaux', Chenin Blanc, Loire ~ $27.99
There are others in Chinon who attempt to grow the Chenin Blanc grape on inferior soil, with inferior results. Couly Dutheil's Les Chanteaux is sans doute the best white wine made in Chinon, 
and there's a line of three-star chefs out the door to prove it. To be awarded a Michelin star is every chef's dream and to be awarded three, is exceedingly rare. There are only 26 three-Michelin star restaurants in all of France. You will find Domaine Couly Dutheil's Les Chanteaux on 21 of the 26 three-Michelin star restaurant's wine lists in France. 
Les Chanteaux is a dry, round, vibrant wine with flowery aromas and a little melon, white pear, and pineapple on the palate. This wine is similar to its Loire cousin Vouvray but it has more weight and depth; it is a wonderful and unique expression of pure Chenin Blanc.

2015 Gaillard, Saint~Joseph, Rhone ~ $39.99
Pierre Gaillard is one of the most respected vignerons in the Northern Rhone. He had worked previously for both Vidal-Fleury and Etienne Guigal before starting out on his own and then received great reviews when he first started producing in the mid-eighties, his first vintage being 1987. From the precipitous Medieval village of Malleval, Pierre surveys his fine granitic vineyards of St. Joseph, Condrieu and Cote~Rotie with experienced eyes. He produces around 18,000 bottles of red St. Joseph each year from just under 40 hectares. He is particularly skillful in using oak to coax luxuriant and extremely seductive flavors, but flavors that never lose sight of the individuality of their originating terroirs. His St Joseph Blanc is unusual in that it is entirely made from Roussanne, its more usual partner, Marsanne, eschewed in a successful quest for aromatic harmony. Pierre believes that this brings greater complexity and richness to his wines. With notes of brioche, honeysuckle, white peach, apricot and soft spice, this is a delicious example of wines that come from this appellation. The wines spend six months in 10-20% new oak prior to bottling, adding weight and richness to the final wine. A glorious wine, fit for the king or queen you are!

2013 Domaine des Jougla, 'Initiale', Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre, Languedoc/Roussillon ~ $15.99
The Languedoc Roussillon stretches along the rim of the Mediterranean from Arles westward down to Collioure, which is almost to Spain. Hilltops and scrub and pine trees and deep gorges with turquoise cascading water...and then there's the wine - colors of deep garnet with flavors of mint, leather, raspberries, pepper, blackberries and anise. There are a lot of wine-growing areas (AOCs) like Corbieres, Minervois, Faugères, and Saint Chinian. Between Faugères and Minervois in the Languedoc region of France, this picturesque, mountainous region produces expressive red and rosé blends based on Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. The Jouglas are a long established wine-making family in the village of Prades-sur-Vernazobre since at least 1595, but you sense that the family has moved with the times. They now have an efficient modern cellar on the outskirts of the village. The old foudres are no longer used and instead there are some newer and smaller barriques. They were one of the first in the appellation to invest in a pneumatic press, and their first bottling dates back to 1978, at a time when most people were selling en vrac to the négociants. This blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan is redolent with the herbal influences of provence and licorice. In 2009 the Jougla's began the conversion to organic viticulture. Alain remains very much involved, but it is now his daughter, Laurence who makes the wine from their 30 hectares estate. She has created a gem with this one!
 
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SATURDAY 10 ~ 7
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Our 5-part Wine Course, 
"Become a Wine Expert"
begins
Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 pm
at Savour Wine and Cheese
76 Prospect St., Gloucester
 

 
The class runs for 5 weeks (four Tuesdays in April and 1 in May)

 
$250.00 - or $225.00 if paid in advance when you sign up.  Limited to 12 people - so call 978 282-1455 or email Kathleen, or sign up on line to save your place!

Added bonus - You get 10% off everything at Savour during the 5 weeks you are a "student."
 
Learn How to: 
Make a $10.00 bottle of wine taste like a $40.00 bottle of wine in minutes.  Save as much as 300% on wine in a restaurant.  Choose the best value in a wine store, and save at least 10% on every purchase.  Find a wine that will make both your food and the wine taste better together.
 
"Become a Wine Expert" will show you all of these "tricks of the trade" and more.  The five-part series, taught by Dr. Kathleen Powers Morgan, Ph.D., wine consultant, and author, will lead you step-by-step through the dizzying array of information about wine.
 
After taking the "Become a Wine Expert" course, you will order wine in a restaurant with confidence, enter any wine store and find the right wine at the right price, be able to choose the right wine for any food, and know the best tools for serving and preserving your precious stock.
 
"Become a Wine Expert" shares the insider secrets, gleaned from Dr. Morgan's years of experience with retail shops, four-star restaurants, wine distributors, importers, and wine makers from around the world.
 
This is the best way to learn what you personally like, so you can fully appreciate wine.  It is also perfect for couples and friends who want 
  to enjoy an activity together. Whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned veteran, "Become a Wine Expert" has something for you.
 
 Call Savour at 978 282-1455 to sign up today for only 250.00. ($225.00 if paid in advance). Cost of class includes notebooks and instructional handouts, vintage charts, food, and several high-quality wines, valued at over $700.00, to taste each week.
 
Class series includes: 1) Tasting Wine, proper evaluation of wine using techniques from the Court of Master Sommeliers, 2) White Wine Varietals, 3) Red Wine Varietals, 4) Wine Tips - Storage, Buying, Ordering in a Restaurant, Decanting, Choosing Glassware, Vintages, Proper Serving Temperature, and 5) Wine and Food "taste testing combinations."
 
Instructor - Kathleen P. Erickson, Ph.D.
Certified sommelier and wine educator, wine consultant,
Owner - Savour Wine and Cheese, and
Experienced lecturer on history, culture, and wine.
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Soup's On!
(Bone-broth and soups ready at Savour)!
With the temperatures dipping into the single digits, and the big game ahead, there is no better time for a steaming bowl of soup or nourishing bone broth from Savour's kitchen.  (And, in case you missed it, January was National Soup Month, so if you forgot to observe it, now is your chance)!  Katrina has been busy in the kitchen whipping up some of Savour's classics as well as a few additions.  We just finished a fresh batch of our deliciously warming, slow-cooked, healthy bone broth.  There is nothing better for sipping on a chilly winter day.

 
                           From "Eating Bird Food"

 We also have more of our classic Brunswick Stew (a tomato-based chicken delight) as well as the hearty, rich Tuscan vegetable stew, simmered with the rind of the famous Cravero Parmesan cheese.  And, just because one of our good customers, Lewis, told Katrina he was "craving it," she cooked up a full pot of her Mushroom Barley Flank Steak stew.  Finally, we have a new vegan option with "Three Sisters Black Bean stew."  The "three sisters" of Latin American cooking are corn, beans, and squash (butternut in this case).  All stews are cooled and vacuum-sealed the same day, and frozen in quart-sized mason jars, for absolute freshness.  Find them in our freezer, priced from $14.99 - $18.99.  So - whether you are dining alone, feeding a crowd of Super bowl fans, or taking a night off from cooking dinner for the two of you, these delicious, filling, flavorful soups will satisfy your cravings and warm your soul!


                                                                    From "A Food Centric Life"

We still have some places left for our Mardi Gras dinner this Sunday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.  Chef Matt Beach will be cooking again (Yay!), so we are thrilled to have him running the show in the kitchen.  We also just got an entertainment license, so we have our first musical event (a wonderful jazz trio, Krewe de Roux).  

Please come out and support these incredible local musicians.  In general, all your favorite local retail shops and restaurants absolutely need your support this time of year to survive.  Talking with many other business-owners in our area, this has been the toughest January in many years.  We so appreciate your support and encourage you to frequent other favorite businesses on Cape Ann.  In that spirit, I want to give a shout out to a few great restaurants in our area - Tonno (where we recently had one of the best wine-dinner experiences to be had on Cape Ann (along with C.K. Pearl, where Chef-Owner Patrick Shea continues to outdo himself with innovative, artful fine food) and Cygnet in Beverly Farms, now with new owners, a new executive chef and a great new wine list.  We are so fortunate to have business owners who care to do their best for their customers, so thank you for supporting all of us in the frigid days and nights of New England winter...maybe we should make it WINEter?
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