SEPTEMBER WINE CLUB WINES

2008 CASTELLO DEL POGGIO – BARBERA D’ASTI – PIEDMONT, ITALY
The estate lies entirely within the Monferrato area in the Province of Asti, one of Piedmont’s finest wine zones. The winery is located in an area referred to, as the Val del Temp (which means Valley of the Temple) because the Templars had properties there. The winery only grows grapes that are native to the regions, so that they can showcase the true flavors of the region to the world. This wine is made with 100% Barbera and it is a DOCG (controlled designation of origin guaranteed). Barbera is a red Italian wine grape variety that, as of 2000, was the third most-planted red grape variety in Italy (after Sangiovese and Montepulciano). Castello del Poggio brings us this full and intense wine, with scents of cherries and emerging spicy hints, we even thought cooked berries. Fresh and fruity yet full-flavored and appealing, with a persistent finish. A wine that can be consumed throughout the meal, but which goes particularly well with richly flavored dishes, roasts, grilled meats and stuffed pastas like traditional meat stuffed Ravioli. If you are in a casual mood, try this wine with a cheeseburger, its delish! $16.99
2010 ALOIS LAGEDER – MÜLLER THURGAU – ALTO ADIGE, ITALY
The Alois Lageder winery was founded over 150 years ago in Alto Adige, Italy’s most northern wine growing region. Here Alois Lageder grows grapes on steep Dolomite slopes with varied micro-climates that provide distinct vineyard sites—ideal for producing a wide variety of wines. The wines of the Alois Lageder assortment derive from sustainable methods of production. They are made partly from grapes that are grown in their own biodynamically farmed vineyards. This month we bring you an unusual grape: The Müller-Thurgau. This is a variety of white grape which was created by Hermann Müller from the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. It is a crossing of Riesling with Madeleine Royale. It is mainly used to make white wine in Germany, Austria, other parts of the wine-making world, and lately even Japan. Müller-Thurgau is considered the most widely planted of the so-called "new breeds" of grape varieties created since the late19th century. This Italian version was made in steel tanks and matured for three months prior to release. This wine has a brilliant straw yellow color with a green shimmer. It has pronounced peachy and white flower notes with a mineral undertones and a delicate spice (nutmeg) note. Medium bodied, silky texture, elegant, peachy flavor with a crisp, refreshing finish. When properly cellared, this wine may be kept for at least 2 – 3 years. We love this wine as an aperitif, with oysters, make a cilantro pesto to go with this and/or all kinds of seafood will pair nicely.
Red Only wine club members receive the Castello del Poggio – Barbera d’Asti and:
2009 RIGAL – “THE ORIGINAL” MALBEC – VIN DE PAYS DU LOT (CAHORS), FRANCE
Rigal Winery has been in business since 1755 and is located in Cahors, the heart of South West France, where the famous red wine blends (Cahors) come from. This however does not qualify as a Cahor as it is 100% Malbec, not a blend. This grape, although, very popular from Argentina, it is known to have its roots in France. Malbec is called Auxerrois or Côt Noir in Cahors, called Malbec in Bordeaux, and Pressac in other places. The grape was taken to Argentina during the philloxera epidemic and has flourished there. Malbec seems to be able to produce well in a variety of soil types but in the limestone based soils of Cahors it produces its most dark and tannic manifestation and we want to introduce you today to “The Original” French Malbec. This wine brings us generous aromas of black berries and dark red fruit with a touch of vanilla. It is a gorgeous dark crimson shade. On the palate you’ll find good structure and aromas of red fruits and spices. It is a well-balanced and pleasant wine with just a touch of vanilla. This wine would pair nicely with BBQ meats, especially those grilled with a sauce on the sweeter side. Compare this with an Argentinean brand at your next party.
White Only wine club members receive the Alois Lageder – Muller Thurgau and:
2009 FOLIN CELLARS – VIOGNIER – ROGUE VALLEY, OREGON
Folin Cellars is a family owned and operated winery focusing on producing 100% Estate grown warm climate varietals. They are located in the Rogue Valley (Southern Oregon), which has perfect soil and climate for Viognier. Great care is taken in the vineyard to ensure only the highest quality fruit goes into all their wines. This winery produces a total of 500 cases (all varietals included) and only 100 cases of this fabulous Viognier. This Viognier exhibits tremendous mouthfeel and body, characteristic of this lively variety. Aged for 10 months in French Oak, which gives it just the right touch of richness. It is full of bright aromas of pear and honeydew melon, and even gardenia which lead into lush peachy flavors with lovely minerality and a lengthy finish. A fantastic wine to pair with a macadamia encrusted halibut, scallops, crab, and/or shrimp. Also, you will notice as you open this wine, the innovative Vino Seal Closure (glass cork) to ensure all of their wines- as they put it "No Cork, No Worries”

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