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Saturday Tasting!

French Wine Tasting from Cynthia Hurley
with Dan Gazaille
 
Saturday, June 24
2 - 5 pm

complimentary!
(Suggested $5.00 donation to Pathways for Children)
 
 
 
Domaine J. Laurens 
Blanquette de Limoux (the birthplace of sparkling wine)  
$17.99 a bottle
 
This sparkler from Domaine J.Laurens comes from Limoux in the Languedoc, which is close to the medieval city of Carcassonne. Limoux is the original source of sparkling wine in France. While Champagne may have made bubbles famous, Limoux started the trend 150 years earlier in 1531. This Blanquette de Limoux is a blend of 90% Mauzac and 10% Chardonnay. It's made just like Champagne in the traditional method - aged on it's lees for 9 months so it acquires bubbles and toasted notes. This wine remains "Brut" which means dry sparkling wine. It offers aromas of green apples and apricot with a hint of toast. It's got tons of finesse and freshness with an absolutely amazing airy mouse. Perfect with appetizers or main dishes like salmon, or even great by itself.
                                                      
Domaine J. Laurens La Rose No. 7 Crémant de Limoux ($24.99)

This radiant sparkling wine hails from Limoux, where sparkling wine was first invented (not in Champagne) by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey at St. Hilaire.  A lively, and elegant blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Pinot Noir, this lovely rosé boasts cherry-stone and tangy strawberry fruit notes with a classic backbone of citrusy acidity, followed by a softer finish of jasmine flowers and white chocolate.  The mousse is creamy and fine, and the wine shows finely-textured delicate bubbles, like a great Champagne (at half the price)!  Great with broiled lobster, grilled shrimp, or with a brunch of bagels and smoked salmon.  Brillant with all soft and washed-rind cheeses!
 
 Pierre-Henri Gadais, Saint-Fiacre, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
Le Grand Reserve ($14.99)
 
Pierre-Henri is fifth generation Muscadet-ian. He is the grandson of trailblazer Michel Gadais, who cultivated the special place of Saint-Fiacre after WWII. Saint-Fiacre is an "island" of weathered granite and schist-clay soils that sits at the wishbone of the Sèvre and Maine rivers where temperatures are more moderate than the frost-plagued regions down the river. As a result of this cozy terroir, the Gadias family farms enviable old-vines, most dating back to the 1950s, some dating back to the 1920s! If wine is an expression of history and geography, then the Muscadet wines of Gadias are a timeless manual. The warm weather of 2015 has translated into a wine with aromas of crunchy white peach and lemon zest; there is a
refreshing saltiness when you drink the wine, making it easy to drink by itself or with anything that comes from the sea.
 
Domaine le Clos des Lumieres Côtes du Rhône Rosé  ($15.99)
 
We have long appreciated Côtes du Rhône wines for their ability to consistently out-perform their price point. As the French say, grand rapport entre qualité et prix, or, "wonderful rapport between quality and price." This includes the region's Rosés.
 
Domaine le Clos des Lumieres is in the Southern Rhone, near Avignon on the right bank where some of the best values are found. The Serrano's is a familiar story: they used to sell their grapes to the local coop (so they produced as much as possible). Then Adam, the son, decided they should and could do better if they bottled their own wine instead of selling grapes. The family has very good vineyard land, so under Adam's direction they lowered yields, harvested later to get riper fruit flavors, and added very good winemaking.  We love the results.
 
Sure there are lower priced Rosés out there, but the yields are higher, they are often harvested before they are fully ripe, and the grapes aren't destemmed. We care about what goes into our glass and your glasses too and trust us, Domaine le Clos des Lumieres does everything right to deliver a very fine Cotes du Rhone experience.
 
The Rhone is known for it's blend of grapes and this Rosé is true to form - a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre.  With a rose petal hue, it has tons of flavor - cherry and strawberry flavors dominate, with hints of spiciness and the finish is full of flint and pink grapefruit. Complex and delicious as an aperitif or with a meal, the Lumieres Rosé does it all at an unbeatable price.
 
Adam Serrano takes such care in getting good grape quality that he harvests during the night in order to prevent oxidation in the grapes. He also does a total destemming to eliminate harsh tannins and uses a traditional vinification with cold-prefermentation maceration to enhance the fruit aromas. The fermentation takes place in concrete tanks at reduced & controlled temperatures, in this way more aromas can be extracted.
 
Now doesn't that sound good? A quality Côtes du Rhône Rosé for an unbeatable price? Maybe two cases? Cynthia Hurley French Wines
 
Presidial 2015 from Jean-Luc Thunevin ($18.99)
 
It's time to stock up on some brilliantly-priced everyday red Bordeaux. Jean Luc has created his Presidial Bordeaux bottling to be enjoyed young. It is delicious and a wonderful example of how expressive Bordeaux Merlot can be. The blend in this wine is 80% Merlot with the remainder split evenly between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
 
When we tasted the opulent, fruity ripeness and soft tannic structure of the 2015 Presidial, we knew Jean Luc had come through with another winner. Presidial Bordeaux is all concentrated fruit and none of those vegetal, reedy flavors or rough tannins that often mar a lower-priced Bordeaux. With meticulous care the  Presidial 2015 is quite perfect and no surprise considering that Jean-Luc Thunevin is the winemaker.
 
Here are some tasting notes: rich and full, with plenty of fruit. We are seduced by this wine, not just its attractive price. Explosive fruits, raspberry, blackberry, hints of roses, full palate, soft, smooth tannins, with live and fresh finish, little touch of astringency.
 
Now, don't get us wrong. We're not saying Presidial is going to give Chateau Latour a run for its money. But, what we can attest to is this wine tastes way beyond its pedigree.
 
You all know who Jean Luc Thunevin is, don't you? You could say that he started the whole "garage" movement back in 1989. Garage wines are small production wines from tiny parcels of vineyards that are tended to as preciously as orchid gardens.
 
Jean Luc bought a tiny parcel on the "wrong side of the tracks" in St Emilion. From this parcel a few vintages later he proved to the venerable St Emilion establishment that you could make a silk purse from a moose's ear if you did things like de-stemming by hand and severe green harvesting and keeping the yields very, very low.
 
Jean Luc called his wine Valandraud. It led the way in the quality revolution in St Emilion that persists to this day. Now, even the old establishment Left Bank types are copying his every move. He taught Bordeaux, by example. It has always been Jean Luc Thunevin's objective to get the most out of any terroir whether it be a fancy cru or a petite unclassified. He just wants to make great wine.
 
Best of all, we feel no guilt uncorking these bottles because of the price without making any compromise toward quality. Thank you, Jean Luc! - Cynthia Hurley French Wines
 
UPCOMING EVENTS ~ 
Greek Cooking Class ~ Thursday, June 22, 6:30
 
Join me in exploring the cuisine of the Greek isles, where people bask in the sunlight and dance by the sea. We'll taste Greek wine while preparing 6 different dishes, focusing on technique and flavors. Then we'll sit and eat and drink and talk and eat and drink and talk some more! Opa!!! Space limited, reserve soon. $75 all inclusive.
 
Greek Dinner ~ Sunday, June 25, 6:00
 
 
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Kathleen on Northshore Radio's Food Talk

WBOQ - FM, 104.9
 
If you want to hear the interview, which began at 10:37, here is the link:
https://ns1049.podbean.com/e/food-talk-03-26-17/



This Sunday, March 26, from 10 am - noon,
Kathleen Morgan (me) will join host Billy Costa on "Food Talk" to discuss food,
wine and the art of pairing.  So, tune in and tell your friends what a great
food and wine experience
they can have at Savour!  (I think I am on at 10:15).
Thanks!
                                                                                     Kathleen
                                                                                   
 
                                                                                                                   
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Fall Grand Tasting 
Sunday November 12
Over 80 wines to taste and try!
2 - 5 p.m.
 
Discounts - 10% off 6 bottles, 15% off 12 or more
Complimentary with a suggested donation to Pathways for Children 
 
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Cheese Club
$75.00 for 3 months
$140.00 for 6 months

3rd Thursday of each month, pick up after 4 p.m.
3 Cheeses selected each month, prepared on a
hand-carved wooden board with accoutrements

Description of cheeses, wine, beer,
and cider suggestions included

  Pick-up after 4 p.m 

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5- part Wine Series


 

Our next series starts in April 2017!

5-Part Wine Series
"Become a Wine Expert"

with Savour's owner, Kathleen Powers Morgan

$225.00 per person
$195.00 if paid in advance
 
Taste 4 - 8 wines each week, followed by a
food and wine pairing dinner!

 Each class meets Tuesday evening at 7 PM
4 consecutive Tuesday in April, starting April 4 - 
1st Tuesday in May

Call 978 282-1455
or email Kathleen to sign up today!
 
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Class One
"Elements of taste"

Learn the proper terminology for describing wine, so you can always get the exact wine you want.  
 
Class Two
"White Wines of the World"
 
Taste the most important, classic white wines
Learn about their origin, terroir, properties, and food pairings
 
Class Three
"Red Wines of the World"
 
Taste the dominant red wine varietals
Learn about their origin, terroir, properties, food pairings
 
Class Four
"Temperature, Vintage, Stemware, Decanting, 
Quality/Price Ratio"
 
Taste the same wine at different temperatures, in different stemware, decanted vs. not decanted.  See how all of that makes an enormous difference in how your wine tastes.  Learn about vintages and how different one wine can be in two different vintages.  Learn how to get the best quality wine for the price, whether in a retail store or in a restaurant.
 
Class Five
"Food and Wine Pairing Dinner"
 

Sit down for a full dinner with specially selected wines to taste alongside.  Learn the techniques of pairing the right wine to the foods you are serving.  Taste eight different wines with the same foods to determine what you personally enjoy.  

 

 

 

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