Aug 27 2010

Fall Into First Wednesday

Fall is, in many minds, the time when harvest beings and the year’s bounty in crops is collected. It’s essentially the end of the growing season here in the Northern Hemisphere, but when it comes to wine, harvest can technically happen at any time during the year, depending on where the grapes are being grown—the Southern Hemisphere gathers during our spring—and what kind of wine is desired. Icewine grapes, for example, are often picked in January.

We celebrate wine around the calendar here at Just Grapes, but the first Wednesday of every month is when we really raise our glasses and offer our bottled bounty. Join us this Wednesday, September 1, for our fall-themed First Wednesday Tasting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m (click here for tickets) and sample more than two-dozen wines, including:

2008 Seven Hills Pinot Gris, Oregon [$11.99]

Seven Hills Pinot Gris is whole cluster pressed immediately after picking to preserve the delicate flavor of the fruit. The wine is a brilliant lemon-straw color with aromas of citrus, pear and spearmint. The palate echoes the nose showing pear and hazelnut accented with citrus notes. Finished dry, there is an intense fruitiness promoting a harmony with the crisp finish.

2004 Le Miccine Chianti Riserva, Tuscany, Italy [$29.59]
Le Miccine is a small Tuscan wine estate located near the geographic center of Tuscany’s Chianti Classico wine region, half-way between Florence and Siena, near the historic towns of Gaiole-in-Chianti and Radda-in-Chianti. It has been part of the Tuscan landscape since the early 1700s, when it served as a way-station for travelers requiring a change of teams on their journeys through the Tuscan hills. Now, 300 years later, Le Miccine is known for its fine wines and olive oil and its elegant and exclusive Tuscan vacation rental accommodations.

2007 Hendry Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, California [$36.99]

The 2007 Pinot Noir entices with classic aromas of cherry, earth, leather and baking spice. Cocoa, ripe cherries and toast continue to emerge with further exposure to oxygen in the glass. The palate confirms aromatic hunches, along with good body, firm structure and palate-piquing acidity. This wine would lend itself beautifully to richer fish, such as grilled or cedar-planked salmon, herbed squab or quail, or a wild mushroom risotto.

2009 Brodilia Cortese di Gavi, Piemont, Italy [$19.19]

Gavi di Gavi la Meirana is a single vineyard. La Meirana is one of the oldest and most famous vineyards in Piedmont. The document, dated 971 AD, which states the origin of the name “Gavi”, preserved at the Record Office in Genoa, mentions vineyards and chestnut woods on a spot called Meirana. Gavi is made exclusively from Cortese grapes.

2009 Leth Gruner Veltliner, Wagram, Austria [$14.39]

The soil of the Wagram region of Austria is considered to be one of the best types for growing Gruner Veltliner. The Leth Winery is known for producing wines that beautifully express this unique ”terroir.” This is a dry white, with flavors of white pepper and a distinct minerality.

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