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Some end of Summer thoughts....
August 16, 2014

 Maybe not for Labor day...but perhaps.
How about trying something different ?
Lemony risotto and seared scallops sound great to me right now....its not quite as warm as it has been...some light comfort food, served outside in late August when there is just the hint of Fall in the air..and the Browns have Beaten the Steelers in a lopsided victory !

The risotto takes a bit of effort...about 1/2 hour of slow stirring...but, after that second (3rd?) glass of vino time is moving by effortlessly.
The recipe can be found at  
for the recipe......http://www.healthy-delicious.com/2013/05/lemon-risotto-with-seared-scallops-sundaysupper/

for the searing....Alton Brown...http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/seared-scallops-recipe.html

for the wine...shaker wines and spirits !!!  I would suggest a nice crisp fume blanc or Alsatian Riesling.  

Now dessert....???

August Connoisseur Club Selection
August 4, 2014

We are please to offer this month's wine selection from a esteemed vineyard from Italy, The Allegrini Family of wines.

Since the 16th century the Allegrini family has been making wines in the Valpollicella near Verona.
Today they are known for the regional reds, Amarone, La Pojy, La Grola, and Palazzo della Torre.

Recently they have acquired property in Tuscany in the prestigious  Bolgheri region and have started to produce wines made up of Vermentino, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvigon grape varieties.

This month's offerings are Gold: Allegrini Amarone and la Grola, an unusual wine in that it is made up of Corvino 80%, Oseleta 10%, Syrah 10%. Delightful !

At the Silver Level you will receive the Amarone, one of the premier  red wines produced in Italy. Not overly full bodied, this is a great wine with risotto, veal, or a creamy slightly salty cheese like Gorgonzola.

Finally at the Bronze level you will receive a bottle of La Grola and our most popular Italian red..the Palazzo della Torre.  We call this wine our "Baby Amarone" because it has some of the characteristics of the Amarone, so you get an idea of what the big brother might taste like.

August is a great month for grilling out, and, dare I say, the beginning of f**tball.  Sit back and enjoy these lovely reminders of the winemaker's art.

And don't worry...once you have finished them, we have more !!!

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CHATEAUF-DU-PAPE
May 29, 2014

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is firmly entwined with papal history. In 1308, Pope Clement V, former Archbishop of Bordeaux, relocated the papacy to the city of Avignon from Rome under pressure from the French King. Clement V and subsequent "Avignon Popes" were said to be great lovers of wine and did much to promote it during the seventy-year duration of the Avignon Papacy. Clement V was succeeded by John XXII,(Another Frenchman) who regularly drank the wines from the vineyards to the north, as well as Burgundy wine, and did much to improve viticultural practices there. Under John XXII, the wines of this area came to be known as Vin du Pape; this term later became Châteauneuf-du-Pape. John XXII is also responsible for erecting the famous castle that stands as a symbol for the appellation, and the name means "the Pope's new castle".  The Papal Keys embossed on the bottles remind us of this distinction.

As an aside, when the Papal seat moved to Avignon, thousands (and I mean thousands) of educated men, humanists, writers, poets, artists moved to France as well, among them Petrarch and  Boccaccio,  both assisted the Pope’s administration in Avignon. 

It is a misconception, however, that the famous dessert wine, Muscat du Beaume de Venise was brought by Italians from Venice . The grape and the wine was admired by Pliny fifteen hundred years earlier as an indigenous wine of the region. But  I digress.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, from France's Rhône valley, does not  possess  perhaps the elegance and longevity of a great Bordeaux, the mystique and prestige of a wine from the famous vineyards of Burgundy or the perfume or rarity of a top-notch Barolo or Amarone, what it does offer is immediate gratification both intellectual and hedonistic in nature. Its wide array of aromas and flavors are reminiscent of a Provençal marketplace while its texture—rich and round, sumptuous and opulent—is virtually unmatched by most of the wines of the world.

The best Châteauneuf-du-Papes are among the most natural expressions of grapes, place and vintage. Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards are farmed organically or biodynamically, and the region's abundant sunshine and frequent wind (called le mistral) practically preclude the need for treating the fields with herbicides or pesticides. The wines themselves are equally pure, their flavors rarely masked by aging in new oak.  The next time you visit the vineyards you will be amazed that the grape vines are so low to the ground….a Roman technique which keeps them from blowing away during the MISTRAL.  It apparently works.

Of course, not all Châteauneuf-du-Pape is created equal. Therefore, I've put together a little history and geography lesson and a few relevant facts to help wine lovers better understand the region that famed Rhône vigneron Marcel Guigal once called one of the three greatest appellations (along with Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage, of the Northern Rhône) in southern France.

 

With more than 8,000 acres under vine, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the largest appellation in the Rhône, producing only two wines, a red Châteauneuf-du-Pape (which represents 94 percent of the appellation's production) and a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Of the eight red varietals planted, Grenache is the dominant variety (nearly 80 percent), followed by Syrah, Mourvèdre and tiny quantities of Cinsault, Muscardin, Counoise, Vaccarèse and Terret Noir, while the most important white varietals include Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne (Picpoul and Picardin are also permitted).

Although the French appellation system has its roots in the 1923 system created in Châteauneuf-du-Pape by Baron Le Roy, proprietor of the renowned Château Fortia, Châteauneuf-du-Pape never developed a reputation for quality or achieved the prestige enjoyed by such regions as Burgundy and Bordeaux. Much of the problem was that the bulk of the production was shipped off to cooperatives to be co-mingled in indifferent blends that were either sold in bulk or bottled under various labels.

Even when I visited Châteauneuf-du-Pape for the first time in the early '70s, there were only half a dozen estates making top-quality wines. These included Château de Beaucastel, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Rayas, Mont-Redon, Clos du Mont-Olivet and Clos des Papes. Today, there are 60 to 70 estates producing wines that are as good as, if not better than, the wines made by the aforementioned six properties some 30 years ago. This is thanks not only to improved winemaking techniques but most importantly to increased numbers of young men and women taking over uninspired, moribund estates and exploiting their terroirs to their fullest potential

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August Connoisseur club
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ALLEGRINI  One Family – Five Centuries – Two Estates – A Singular Pursuit of Excellence, For centuries, the Allegrini family has defined winemaking in the Valpolicella area north of Verona, while continually engaging in their tireless pursuit of perfection. Today, they operate one of the most highly acclaimed Italian estate wineries, renowned in particular for their exceptional Amarone production. As one of the first families to develop several cru vineyards, including the famed La Poja dedicated to 100% Corvina, they continue to demonstrate a respect and devotion to Valpolicella wines paired with a modern sensibility. Years of research and experimentation are evident in every aspect of Allegrini’s wines, from the meticulous vineyards and cellars to the innovative grape-drying process; everything is done with the objective of enhancing and perfecting the intrinsic quality of their wines. While demonstrating the same quest for perfection, the winemaking style focuses on emphasizing local grapes and crafting enticing wines that consistently showcase elegance, intensity, concentration and complexity. Based in northeastern Italy, the Allegrini estate is steeped in the culture and heritage of Fumane di Valpolicella, a small village just north of Verona. Since the 16th century, the Allegrini family has handed down grape growing and wine producing traditions from one generation to the next. Records reveal that the family played a prominent role in the local community as one of the most important land-owners, involved in agricultural work and upholding local traditions. In modern times, the well-earned Allegrini reputation is considered to be a direct result of the intelligence and hard work of Giovanni Allegrini, an instinctive man who dedicated his resources to the land and innovative wine-producing techniques. Giovanni was among the first to question local viticultural procedures, and as a result, he revolutionized accepted practices, while combining the science of enology with strict grape selection to create several of Valpolicella’s most famous wines. Today, Giovanni’s children continue his legacy.

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