Savour Schedule of Events

Saturday Tasting!

with Casey of Ideal Wines!
Saturday, May 20
2 - 5 pm

(Suggested $5.00 donation to Pathways for Children)
Monzio Compagnoni Franciacorta Satèn, 2010 ($18.99)

Marcello Monzio Compagnoni of Lombardy likes to introduce himself with 'two wineries, two appellations, and two last names!'. He makes both Franciacorta and Valcalepio with single-minded passion. Franciacorta is justifiably regarded as the greatest Italian sparkling wine.
In Franciacorta, Marcello produces the Franciacorta Spumante DOCG (Metodo Classico) in four varieties: Brut, Extra Brut, Satèn and Rosé. The Extra Brut has twice won the 'Tre Bicchieri', but we have a particular fondness for the Satèn, which is the Franciacorta term for a blanc de blancs crémant or lower pressure sparkling wine made from white grapes.
This exquisite Franciacorta is made for 100% chardonnay grapes from the 2010 vintage.  It is made in the traditional, labor-intensive champagne method, with the secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle.  It is aged 32 months on the lees, with 6 more months ageing in bottle, resulting in a luscious, creamy, delicate champagne-like Franciacorta.  This would be quite an accomplishment if the price were under $30 a bottle - it is a stunning achievement for a wine that sells for just $18.99!  This is both the best and most reasonably priced Franciacorta I have tasted.  Make this your new summer sparkler, while we can still get some in! 

Verget Mâcon-Villages "Grand Elevage, " 2015 ($19.99)

VERGET is the name of the négoce owned and run by Jean-Marie Guffens in the Maconnais.  In 1990, after 5 years as a wine broker, Jean-Marie Guffens founded his own négociant company, Verget. His conviction was and still is that « the best wine is made using the best grapes ». He buys only handpicked grapes. Loaded into 40 kg cases to preserve them from bruising, they are trucked back to Verget, re-sorted if needed and pressed using a pneumatic press. There is total control of the winemaking process. All wines are vinified, 'raised' and bottled at Verget. Focus is on the use of lees, on the gentlest-possible handling of the fruit and the young wine, and on barrel fermentation. The resulting wines display precision, sharpness of fruit and considerable minerality allied to textural richness. 
The Bourgogne Grand Elevage is an amazing blend of Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault Bourgogne along with 'leftovers' including everything from St. Aubin to Corton-Charlemagne.  60% tank fermented and 40% barrique (225 liter oak barrel), with Guffen's trademark silky mouthfeel, this is a big, bold and complex white that has nothing in common with ordinary Bourgogne Blanc. For those who dream of full-flavored Burgundian Chardonnay at a ridiculously reasonable price, look no further. Fresh butter, cream, lemons, minerals, amazing length, richness and precision.  WOW!

Chateau Le Bonnat Graves, 2015 ($16.99)

The Lesgourgues family are among the most dynamic in the French wine world. Perhaps best known for their Armagnac house, Chateau de Laubade, they also own two properties in the Graves, one in Madiran, and lease a fifth in the Cotes de Blaye. Arnaud and Denis make traditional wines that are the opposite of flashy. They aren't made for quick tasting at competitions, but they are always the first bottles emptied at table. 
We're huge fans of wines that speak quietly, but clearly. A classic Graves blend of 66% Semillon and 34% Sauvignon Blanc, Le Bonnat shows all the mineral quality that this limestone terroir is known for.  And it shows exquisite fruit: lovely lime and apricot with subtle hazelnut accents.  

Perticaia Umbria Grechetto, 2014 ($14.99)
Guido Guardigli knows about wine. He is a veteran agronomist, having worked as a consultant for many wineries throughout Italy. In 2000, after his retirement, Guardigli bought an estate of his own. Perticaia is located in Casale, not far from Montefalco. You won't find the word 'perticaia' in any Italian dictionary, because it's a local Umbrian dialect word for a plough ('aratro' in Italian).
Rich in flavor (pear and chamomile, quince and lindenflower) this wine remains wonderfully fresh and mineral on the palate. It's unusual to see unblended Grechetto.
We just hope that the winemakers at Perticaia keep doing it exactly like this.

Chateau d'Agel Les Bonnes Rouge, 2014 ($14.99)
Located just south of the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut Languedoc, this imposing 12th century castle is historically significant as a strategic fortress during the Albigensian Crusade in the 13th century. The Crusade against the Cathars was led by the famous Simon de Montfort and continued mercilessly as Simon attempted to take Minerve in 1210. The château was nearly completely destroyed by fire.  The Treaty of Paris, which annexed Languedoc to France in 1220, put an end to the Crusade. It was Guiraud de Pépieux, having escaped the massacre, who restored the castle for his own descendants. 
For wine enthusiasts, this is a rich land with an abundance of vineyards for visits and dégustations.  Château d'Agel is just about ten kilometers southeast of the town of Minerve, the heart of Minervois wine country, and just north of the Corbières wine region.  Vines were first introduced to the region by the Romans,  and it is said that Romans Cicero and Pliny were lovers of Minervois wines.  Primarily full-bodied red wines are produced here that are elegant when young and become silky after two or three years of aging. Dry white wines and fruity rosés are produced here as well.  Some ten varieties of grapes are used to make the much appreciated wines of the region.
 Les Bonnes is an easy to drink red blend of Syrah, Grenache and old vine Carignan, It is matured for 8 months in large old barrels.  The wine boasts dark garnet, black fruit, cassis, nougat and mocha notes; spicy but soft.

Heumann Lagona Villany, 2013 ($16.99)
Erhard & Evelyne Heumann, a German-Swiss couple, founded the winery in the late 1990s and took the chance to realize their dream - to produce outstanding wines at reasonable prices. Their passion for wine combined with high quality standards and last but not least, the terroir of Villány-Siklós has already born numerous
national and international awards and high scores in tastings.  Villány-Siklós, the main region for the Heumanns, is regarded as Hungary's best red wine area. Climate is continental with Mediterranean influence. Due to terroir, the region is perfectly suited for red varieties. Cabernet Franc, besides the more local Kékfrankos (aka blaufraenkisch), is regarded the flagship grape that has perfectly adapted to the terroir. Both varieties result in outstanding wines. For different international wine experts (e.g. Jancis Robinson, MW; Michael Broadbent) Villány-Siklós produces the best single varietal Cabernet Francs worldwide.
The Lagona is a blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Blaufrankish and is aged in Hungarian oak barriques for 22 months.  It is a full-bodied, deep-violet red, with solid tannins and ample sour cherry fruit, followed by a hint of clove and black pepper - great with burgers and a steak on the grill!

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:

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).
Spring Grand Tasting is Here!
Sunday April 9th
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 
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 


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!
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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