In-Store Tastings Thursday-Saturday!

New values from Moulin de Gassac and two days of Vibrant Rioja!  

Thursday, March 29:

Pays d'Herault Rouge, Moulin de Gassac 2010- $10.99/btl ($8.80 by case or mixed case): The Guilhem family, of the Languedoc region of Pays l'Herault, has frequently been compared to the Rothschilds in Bordeaux. Without their incredible foresight and persistence in establishing the domaine's flagship wine- Mas de Daumas Gassac- as the first great cru of the region, the Languedoc would still be a vinous backwater churning out rivers of plonk more fit for distillation than table wine. A few years ago, as the reputation (and price) of Mas de Daumas Gassac soared, the Guilhems realized they needed to provide great, true-to-the-region, everyday wines at reasonable prices...and so began a string of exceptional and consistent whites, reds and roses under the Moulin de Gassac banner. The 2010 red is classic Languedoc blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignane and Syrah, full of red fruits and garrigue, with a pleasant finish of fine, dusty tannins not normally encountered in a wine that sells south of $9 the bottle in quantity. It's versatile enough to work with backyard BBQ or the main course at a cutting-edge BYOB.

Pays d'Herault Rose, Moulin de Gassac 2011- $10.99/btl ($8.80 by case or mixed case): One of the great pleasures of wine is in following the seasons. And if you follow the seasons with wine, you know that spring is the release time for all kinds of great rose from the previous fall. When we tasted the Guilhems' 2011 rose blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, we knew we had our first bell-ringer for the transition to warmer weather. It's bone-dry, sea-salty and about as fun as serious wine gets. Pair this with anything on which you'd smear a giant dollop of hand-milled, saffrony aioli.

Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31:

Be sure to join us on one (or both!) of these days, as Aaron Gordon, of Vibrant Rioja, the region's US trade organization, will be here to pour a dizzying array of reds, whites, roses and Cava from this spectacular and noble appellation. If you've been to one of our previous events with Aaron, you know that 15 minutes with him will turn you into an instant expert on the subject of Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Viura and the different winegrowing styles and climats of this fascinating place. We at JWS have always felt that no matter what the setting or what's for dinner, there's probably a Rioja that will serve as a tasty, totally-appropriate and crowd-pleasing drink. If there are wines from any other region that are more versatile or food-friendly, we haven't found them! Over the two days of tasting (Friday's event is from 4-9 PM; Saturday is from 2-9 PM), we'll be sampling wines from: Montebuena, Muga, Altino, Lopez de Heredia, CVNE, Pinturas, Obalo, Faustino, Las Cepas, Izadi and Pecina. Best of all, you'll be able to register to win either a case of Rioja wine or a Rioja wine dinner for two in New York!

More Killer Beer!

This week brings us yet another cascade of great, limited-release brews. Of particular note is that Troegs' NJ distributor has given us a very generous second allocation of Nugget Nectar, the sine qua non of American Amber Ales! 

Troegs Nugget Nectar- 6 pk
Abita Strawberry- 6 pk
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog (Old Ale)- 22 oz
Smuttynose Summer Weizen- 6 pk
Port Brewing Shark Attack (Imperial Amber)- 22 oz
Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie (German Smoked Sour Wheat!)- 16.9 oz
Witkap Pater Stimulo (Belgian Single)- 750 ml
Lindeman "Cuvee Renee" Gueuze- 750 ml

Brenna's Wine Queue

There's no rest for the wicked Brenna this week, as we mount a frontal assault on the diminutive barrister's frontal lobe with several ultra-terroiristic new arrivals. If you see her stretched out on a bench sipping Zombie Killers and mumbling to herself at the dog park this week, please tell her to get back to work on these:

Isonzo Chardonnay, Lis Neris 2010- $21.99
Cotes du Forez "Gamay sur Volcan- Memoire de Madone", Bonnefoy 2006- $21.99
Zamorra "Old Vines", Cenit 2005- $47.99
Bourgogne Aligote, Edmond Cornu 2008- $19.99
Toscana Rosso "Poggialupi", Rodano 2010- $12.99
Arbois Poulsard "M", Jacques Puffeney 2009- $24.99
Touraine "Les Silex" (Chenin/Menu Pineau), Domaine des Roy 2010- $16.99