Perman Wine Selections Friday Feature – 5/6/11

Hello and Happy Friday!

Each year I travel abroad to visit wineries, meet with winemakers, taste current vintages and learn more about wine

This Sunday I am headed to Austria and Northeast Italy to visit 18 wineries. I will return to the store on Tuesday, May 24.

Swing by today or Saturday to load up on wine, although the store will have abbreviated hours while I’m gone.

Many of you have met Denise over the last few weeks at the store. She will be dishing out Perman Wine Selections while I’m gone.

The store will be open Wednesday – Friday, 3:30 PM till 7:30 PM and normal hours on Saturday of 11 AM till 7 PM.

While Denise hasn’t tasted every single selection in the store, she will be able to navigate your way around the store with the same level of customer service you are accustomed to.

I will have limited email access while I am gone, but will try and help you in between sips of Riesling and bites of Schnitzel.

Today’s Friday Feature focuses on a winery I visited on my trip to Europe last year – Celler Pardas. The wines of Pardas are some of the most exciting in Spain today, and dot the lists of all the “cool” restaurants and wine bars in Barcelona and beyond.

Since it is feels a lot like Spring today, I thought I would introduce you to this amazing Rosé from Celler Pardas!

Cheers,
Craig

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2010 CELLER PARDAS SUMOLL ROSAT

If you are starting to crave dry Rosé, then today is your lucky day!

Last year when I was traveling in Spain, I visited Celler Pardas, a small production winery located in the Alt Penedès region of Catalunya.

I spent time with owner/winemaker Ramón Parera walking through the biodynamically farmed vineyards that surrounds their old farmhouse, Finca Can Comas. Ramón’s passion and energy, and his meticulous approach to farming and winemaking is clearly evident.

I will offer several wines from Celler Pardas in the coming weeks, but the one that most says Spring, is their beautiful Rosat! In the Catalan language, Rosé is called Rosat, and Ramón feels that this is not just any Rosé, but a “Rosat de Terroir.”

He uses the local, indigenous varietal called Sumoll (pronounced Su-moy) to craft this beautiful Rosat. The varietal grows in the chalky – clay soils of the estate. A cool maceration with the skin followed by alcoholic fermentation in tank yields a wonderfully, aromatic and complex wine. Hints of cherry, and herbs on the nose lead into a palate reminiscent of wild strawberries, more spice and mineral. This is a medium-bodied Rosat with some structure and plenty of refreshing acidity on the palate.

A very versatile wine for the dinner table, it will pair with various cheeses, vegetables, and grilled seafood.

PLEASE NOTE – I am offering this wine in the month of May at a special price of only $14.99. After May, it will return to its normal price of $16.99.

Only 120 bottles of this have come into the United States – they won’t last long!

INTRODUCTORY PRICING – $14.99 BTL. / $89.94 SIX-PACK CASE –
IN JUNE THIS WILL RETURN TO ITS REGULAR PRICE OF $16.99 BTL.

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