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November 2020 Wine Club Red

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(In October we featured wines from California, this month we feature wines from Oregon. We have decided to focus on our western states to show support after their disastrous summer and fall of heat and fire damage.) Willamette Valley Vineyards was founded in 1983 by vintner Jim Bernau. Jim’s father was an attorney for California winemaker Richard Sommer, and secured the first winery license in Oregon since prohibition for Richard. In return, Jim’s father had access to the excellent wines created by Richard Sommer. He allowed Jim small tastes of the wines at the dinner table and that set Jim on... View Article


November 2020 Wine Club White

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2018 PINOT GRIS In 2018, the growing season was a warmer than average in Oregon, but there were no heat spikes. The days were warm and the nights cool, allowing the vines to develop fruit with great complexity and flavors. The goal of the winemaker was to create a Pinot Gris with richness and a big mouthfeel but with an elegance and an ability to age. To this end the grapes were picked at peak ripeness and whole clusters were lightly pressed. The must (freshly crushed juice) was cold settled and racked into another stainless steel tank. It was then... View Article


October 2020 Wine Club Red

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2017 PEDRONCELLI CABERNET FRANC “BARREL SELECT” In 1927 John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased a vineyard and a small winery in the Dry Creek Valley of California’s Sonoma County. The vineyards and wineries have grown in the past 93 years but the family’s dedication to creating exceptional wines has remained a constant. Today the business is owned by the fourth generation of Pedroncellis, and is under the guidance of head winemaker Montse Reece, only the third head winemaker and the first woman winemaker at Pedroncelli. The 2017 Cabernet Franc is made from estate grapes in a vineyard situated on a bench above... View Article


October 2020 Wine Club White

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2018 DAOU PASO ROBLES SAUVIGNON BLANC Georges and Daniel Daou, the two owners of Daou Vineyards, are brothers and best friends. In the early 1980s they founded a networking technology company, Daou Systems, which they sold successfully in 1998. Daniel had been making wine in his garage in San Diego for several years and reading every book he could find on wine making. He decided that after selling Daou Systems, he could now start his own winery. Daniel and Georges acquired the original Hoffman Mountain Ranch, completely restored the original redwood winery, and began producing award-winning wines. Daniel describes his... View Article


September 2020 Wine Club Rosé

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2018 CHÂTEAU DE TRINQUEVEDEL TAVEL “LES VIGNES D’EUGÈNE” Guillaume Demoulin is the fourth generation of his family to farm the beautiful vineyards of Château de Trinquevedel. His great-grandfather, Eugène, bought the eighteenth-century château in 1936—an opportune decision that coincided with the establishment of Tavel’s A.O.C that same year. However timely, the vineyards were in terrible disrepair, and Eugène had an enormous task ahead. By 1960, the grapes were finally producing wine worthy of the Demoulin’s own bottlings, and the château had at last been restored to its former glory. Tavel is renowned for delicious and memorable rosés, which only stands... View Article


September 2020 Wine Club White

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2019 GÉRARD BERTRAND TERROIR PICPOUL DE PINET LANGUEDOC Picpoul de Pinet is a crisp white wine made from the ancient Picpoul grape in Languedoc-Roussillon in Southwest France. The grape grows near the Étang de Thau, a string of lagoons that stretch from the coast to the Pyrénées. It only became an appellation in 2013. It is currently one of the most popular white wine varietals in Europe. Gérard Bertrand is considered one of the outstanding winemakers in the South of France, where he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon. Named in 2012 as the International Wine... View Article


August 2020 Wine Club Red

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2016 PEÑALOLEN CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAIPO VALLEY Peñalolen winery was founded by vineyard owner Ricardo Peña and his wife Isabel. They are focused on producing unique Chilean wines, full of personality and verve. The wines are made by winemaker Jean-Pascal Lacaze, well respected for his deft hand in producing memorable wines. All grapes are grown and hand harvested with meticulous care to guarantee the integrity of the fruit, and picked early in the morning when the weather is coolest. Peñalolen truly is a family-owned, boutique winery committed to making wines of distinction. This 2016 vintage is a blend of 75% Cabernet... View Article

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August 2020 Wine Club White

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2018 ANIELLO “BLEND DE SUELOS” BLANCO DE PINOT NOIR Bodega Aniello is a small winery looking to explore the value of the ancient winemaking tradition of Patagonia, while being faithful to the Italian roots of its members. The member-owners of the winery were attracted by the quality and personality of the wines in the southernmost wine region of Argentina and decided to buy the first estate, called 006, located in the district of Mainque, Upper Rio Negro Valley. Geographically dynamic, Argentina’s cool-climate Patagonia region is a combination of jagged mountains, plateaus, snow, rivers, plains and sea. The eastern bank of... View Article


July 2020 Wine Club Rosé

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After a coronavirus-inspired hiatus, Susan’s is pleased to resume the monthly wine club offerings. 2019 CLOS LA COUTALE MALBEC ROSÉ This 100% Malbec Rosé comes from a wine maker who is nothing if not a perfectionist. Here is what Kermit Lynch says about this wine: “After decades of working with Philippe Bernède of Clos La Coutale in Cahors to import one of our perennial best values, we have finally received a rosé from this Renaissance Man: inventor of corkscrews, flyer of planes, and producer of delicious wine. All these years, he has sent us his inky, spicy, earthy red Cahors—often... View Article


July 2020 Wine Club White

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After a coronavirus-inspired hiatus, Susan’s is pleased to resume the monthly wine club offerings. 2017 KUENTZ-BAS AUXERROIS “TROIS CHÂTEAUX” Maison Kuentz-Bas was first established by the Kuentz family in 1795, and the domaine as we know it today was forged through a marriage that joined the Kuentz and Bas families in 1895. Nestled in the town of Husseren-les-Châteaux, it sits at one of the highest points in Alsace, and the vineyards stretch out from the village over an area of ten hectares. More than 200 years of tradition and vineyard pedigree have made these wines perennial favorites, with the grand... View Article


February 2020 Wine Club Red

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2015 QUITE VERONICA ORTEGA Born and raised in Cadiz, Veronica Ortega came of age surrounded by the pungent aromas of flor, evaporating sherry, and the ocean. She has worked in Priorat, New Zealand, in Burgundy at Comte Armand, and DRC, in the northern Rhone at Domaine Combier—all before finally returning to Spain and working several years alongside Raul Perez in Bierzo. In Bierzo, Veronica found Mencia, a variety that bears many similarities to both Pinot Noir and Syrah—refreshing acidity, bright fruit flavors, and an affinity for expressing terroir. Bierzo is home to an ancient winemaking tradition, a unique climate that... View Article


February 2020 Wine Club White

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2018 HERÈNCIA ALTÉS GARNATXA BLANCA Terra Alta is a Denominación de Origen Protegida (DOP) in Catalonia, Spain. One of the primary grapes planted here is the Garnatxa, (Grenache in France). Herència Altés is a relatively new winery with a stated mission of creating wines that work well for their “amazing garnacha grapes.” The Garnatxa Blanca is a young, fruit-driven, clean and unoaked wine. In making this wine, the winemaker blended fruit from very old vines and younger vines to create a wine with complexity and balance. Grapes are picked before they lose their natural acidity. Whole clusters are sent to... View Article


January 2020 Wine Club Red

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2016 SAINT-ESPRIT CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE DELAS The celebrated Delas Frères wine company was founded in 1835. Since1993 it has been part of the Roederer group. The Côtes-du-Rhône comes from grapes from several vineyards in the Rhône valley. The Mediterranean climate of this region with the prevailing Mistral winds, highly seasonal rainfall, hot temperatures and abundant sunshine result in fruity red wines that are easy to drink. The Delas Saint Esprit Côtes-du-Rhône is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. Fermentation of grapes is at temperatures between 82˚F and 86˚F. The wine then aged for 8 months in vats before being bottled... View Article


January 2020 Wine Club White

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2017 CAMPUGET VIOGNIER 1783 Château de Campuget in Costieres de Nimes is a beautiful wine property dating back to 1640. The soil is typical for the region, with many stones that force roots to find water deep in the lower layers of clay, contributing additional character to the wine. The property is managed by Franck-Lin Dalle, named after one of his dad’s heroes, Benjamin Franklin. The name 1753 refers to the date on a document that was found on the property of Campuget mentioning their vineyards. The 1753 Viognier is 100% Viognier. The grapes are harvested at full maturity and... View Article


December 2019 Wine Club Red

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2017 TENUTA LA PERGOLA MONFERRATO ROSSO During a trek in Piedmont one year, Kermit and Dixon Brooke (who works with Kermit on his Italian imports) enjoyed a pitcher of wine from the region during a stop at a trattoria. This led them to the cellars of Tenuta La Pergola, in the town of Cisterna d’Asti. Alessandra Bodda now runs the estate her great-grandfather founded in 1903, farming 30 hectares of indigenous Piedmontese varieties with the help of her son Emanuele. The sandy and clay soils of the Roero and Monferrato, where their vineyards are situated, give softer wines than the... View Article