Hello and Happy Friday!
Magic and Kareem, Jordan and Pippen, Batman and Robin, Beavis and Butt-Head, Eric B. & Rakim, Simon & Garfunkel, De Niro and Pacino, Bert & Ernie.
These are some of the greatest duos of all-time.
One duo that I personally believe deserves to be on that list, is Craig & Sheb.
Over the past 3 1/2 years, Shebnem has been an integral part of the Perman Wine team. Sadly for all of us, her time at Perman Wine is soon coming to a close. Next Thursday, June 3rd will be Sheb’s last day at the store, making this her last Friday Feature.
It is difficult to explain in words what Sheb has meant to the store and me personally. She invested herself in my business, and as a business owner, that is the best you can hope for. Even more importantly, she took great pleasure in promoting wines that we both shared a passion for. Her dedication and service to you, our fantastic customers, is something that I know she also took great pride in.
I can’t thank Sheb enough for all that she has done!
I know she has plans to stay active in the wine community, consulting and writing about wine. It will be exciting to see what is to come.
As for the store, I’m back to where I started, manning the ship all by myself. I’ve got a lot of exciting plans in the works for the store, so stay tuned!
In other news, please note Perman Wine Selections will be closed this Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.
Have a great holiday weekend,
Craig (and Sheb for the next few days)
6 for $70-Something
2015 Château de la Liquière Faugères Rosé “Les Amandiers”- Languedoc, France
We have re-upped on our yearly allocation from Château de la Liquière, and are excited to feature the 2015 in our sampler this month. This is a beloved producer who work in the village of Faugères, a stony (schist if you will) appellation just northwest of beziers, in the Herald hills. It is part of the overarching Côteaux du Languedoc appellation, but because of these special soils, the wines from this area have the right top bear the name of the village on the label.
Chateau de la Liquiére is a beautiful 60 hectare domaine, the family has been producing estate bottled wine long before many in the region did (viticulture in the Languedoc was often cooperative or negociant driven). The family has a great commitment to the environment and farm organically. The produce rosé, white and red wine.
The Amandiers bottlings are from younger vines on the estate. The rosé is comprised of 50% Cinsault, 35% Mourvèdre and15% Grenache and the wine is result of the direct press method, fresh dry and fruity all at once, the epitome really, of everything you would want in a Southern French rosé.
$14.00/BTL.- $168.00/CASE OF 12
2014 Paolo Scavino Langhe Rosso- Piedmont, Italy
Us wine nerds are really a piece of work.
We find ways to qualify all types of wines, sometimes labelling them with strange terms like “unicorn wine,” “special occasion wine,” “porch pounder,” and more.
Which brings us to this fantastic value from one of the best estates in Barolo, Paolo Scavino.
The 2014 Scavino Langhe Rosso without question falls into the category of a “lunch wine.”
Let’s define. A lunch wine is not fussy. It is a wine that you pair with anything, drink out of any vessel, enjoy amongst laughs with your friends or family, and in the end, finish the bottle in seemingly record time.
This is that. A blend of young vine fruit, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, from the vineyards of Paolo Scavino. It’s not fussy, its just delicious, as one would expect from any wine from the Scavino family!
With our local distributors new direct relationship with the wines of Scavino, the current price makes this one of the best value red wines that we can think of.
$11.00 BTL. / $132.00 CASE OF 12
2014 Quinta de Chocapalha Arinto- Lisboa, Portugal
In almost every part of the world, and almost every culture, when the weather warms up we as human beings flock to water. The beaches, the sea, lakes, are such an important part of our summertime.
This is no different in Portugal. In fact, the Portuguese feel an incredible connection to the sea. They were amongst the first great sailors of the world, and they are blessed to have so much of their country within a quick drive of the coast.
The sea also has a huge connection with wine. Wine growing regions, in close proximity to the sea have unique soils, wind, and other factors that directly influence the flavor of the wine.
Which leads me to our featured Portuguese wine of this months sampler. Quinta de Chocapalha is the first wine estate that Craig ever visited in Portugal. It is located a little over an hours drive north of Lisbon, in the appellation of Lisboa, and more specifically the sub-region of Torres Vedras.
The hills surrounding Alenquer are home to the vineyards of Quinta de Chocapalha, and from them they make a wide range of white and red wines.
The white grape varietal most associated with this area is Arinto. It is an aromatic grape varietal, that will appeal to those looking for a dry, crisp white wine. Chocapalha, and their winemaker Sandra Tavares, produce a style of Arinto that is both refreshing and complex. In fact this is a white wine that benefits from a year to two years in bottle, as more of the mineral / sea spray components come out after that period of time.
This is a great white wine to simply just sip on, but it also paris well with simply prepared grilled or roasted fish. It is yet another fantastic Portuguese value.
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE OF 12
2014 Fattoria Villa Ligi Bianchello del Metauro “Albaspino”- Marche, Italy
I’m not sure about you, but there are places in the world that I visit that always feel like home, each and every time I’m there.
One such place for me is the region of the Marche in Italy. Our good friend, Alberto Taddei, winemaker of Selvagrossa in Pesaro has been my personal guide to the region. Several years ago, Alberto, my friend Huge and I were having lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in the area, Osteria da Gustin in the village of Bargni. It was that day that I truly fell in love with the area, and in particular the white wines of the tiny appellation of Bianchello del Metauro.
The Biancame grape or Bianchello as its locally called grows in the hills West of the cities of Fano and Senigallia, along the Metauro river. There are only 204 hectares in total in this appellation, so little of the wine makes it out of the region.
To introduce you to the grape, we’ve sourced this tasty example from Fattoria Villa Ligi, a producer located in the village of Pergola. Owned by Franco Tonelli, they focus on the local appellations of Pergola Rosso and Bianchello del Metauro.
“Albaspino” is made entirely of Bianchello, from vines planted in 1980. The grapes are gently pressed and fermentation and aging is done in stainless steel tanks.
The result is a perfect summer white, aromatic with notes of citrus peel and lemon, and vibrant on the palate with lots of bright acidity, more citrus and hints at herbs. Definitely a “porch pounder,” so drink this one by the bucket load!
$13.00 BTL. / $156.00 CASE OF 12
2013 Weintut Köfererhof Kerner- Alto Adige/Valle Isarco, Italy
You might think we have gone a little Köfererhof kookoo, in the last few months, but when the wines were moving from one distributor to another, we were offered very attractive pricing and we simply couldn’t resist. We have always been fans of this high-quality producer in the far northeastern corner of Italy. So this is the third (and last) offering we have from Köfererhof.
We are also kookoo for Kerner, another one of the Riesling hybrids created in the early 1900s. Kerner was named for Dr. Justinius Kerner who practiced medicine in Würtemberg (Swabia!), recommended a glass of wine a day to ward off disease, and was a prolific writer of drinking songs and a celebrated poet. He later went blind but hopefully not because of rabid wine consumption!
Kerner does not have quite the acidic punch of Riesling, and often has a lovely, creamy texture, punctuated by citric fruit and a hint of peach or nectarine. The wine is certainly fruity, but technically dry. It has a great affinity for those difficult to pair pan-asian foods like Indonesian or Thai, and compliments beautiful the salty, sweet and sour flavors one often finds in these types of cuisines. Of course, you can serve more Germanic fair, like bratwurst, other sausages, or potato salad tossed in a bright, mustardy vinaigrette and have no complaints either.
$15.00/BTL.-$180.00/CASE OF 12
2011 Château Nicot Bordeaux Rouge- Bordeaux, France
We know it is easy to think of Bordeaux as a “wintery” kind of wine, in the on-a-bearskin-rug, curled- up-by-the-fire sense of the word, and maybe yes, that would be a great time to pop open an aged Paulliac and some other sort of treasure. But not all Bordeaux are built and structured. The right bank can home to some lighter, fresher red wines, and Bordeaux, with it’s punchy acidity and mineral driven palate, can definitely be a great candidate for the patio and BBQs.
Chateau Nicot is a relatively small affair (in the context of the region anyway) with 85 hectares in Bordeaux and Cadillac. The Rouge is composed of 2/3 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1/3 Merlot, and aging happens in stainless steel as well as used barrique. This is made in a clean, supple style, with bright, plush red fruit and that graphite/cedar quality that is so particular to Bordeaux.
You can put a slight chill on this and it will be a great friend to your grilled steaks.
$12.00/BTL.-$144.00/CASE OF 12