Diane enjoyed a glass of one of this past weekend’s featured wines, the Brovia 2008, a blend of four of their vineyard sites using younger vines, with a few slices of Piave, a delicious semi-firm Italian cheese. It was a fantastic pairing, and brought back memories of her recent trip to the estate. Brovia is a Barolo estate for Burgundy lovers – rather than power, the wines all put elegance and purity of fruit front and center – as you can see from those large casks, these wines are not about oak and flash! The 2008 is perfumed, accessible, sweetly-fruited, and just plain delicious.
Randy enjoyed the Grammys with a celeriac soup, swirled with creme fraiche and topped with a few chiles. With this delicious concoction, he pulled out a bottle of the 2010 Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Forets. Subtle, elegant, with intense minerality, this is a wine that has a long life ahead of it, but is delicious now as well. Stay tuned for news on the 2011 single-vineyard releases from Louis Michel – they are not to be missed! We’ve got the 2011 village Chablis in stock if this has got you itching for a preview.
Last night Doug opened a relatively new wine for us, the Joseph Puig 2011 Montsant, and reports that it was a cheery companion to steak sandwiches with caramelized onions, charred red peppers and swiss cheese. The flavors are juicy and uncomplicated now, but this will be peaking just in time for hamburger grilling season. We can’t wait!
So, what are you drinking?