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This event is somewhat different from our regular Flight Night in that the wines are not available on the monthly by-the-glass list but will be available for purchase by the bottle at fantastic deeply-discounted bottle and case prices. The Flight is planned for Tuesday, March 15 at 7pm. Our friend Mike Kolker with Freedom Beverage will join us to present five amazing wines from his French portfolio…specifically wines made by Jean-Marc Lafage. So we have titled the event “A SPRING EVENING WITH JEAN-MARC LAFAGE”. Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few kilometers from the Mediterranean, while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This range of sites allows them to make both refreshing whites as well as concentrated reds and, this being the Roussillon, some fortified wines as well. Benefiting from a warm, dry climate, the estate is farmed organically. They grow primarily Grenache (Blanc, Gris & Noir), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay with a significant proportion of the vines well over 50 years old. The soil, as you near the coast is weathered, alluvial gravel while in the higher elevation sites it is predominantly schist. They harvest by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated with stainlesss steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a small amount of French oak demi-muids. For those of you who have been regular customers for a while, you will remember the delicious Miraflors Rose, Cote d’Est, Tesselae, and possibly several other Domaine Lafage wines that we have served in the past. For this flight, Mike and Chris have selected a Chardonnay, a very old vine Grenache Blanc, the popular Miraflors Rose, a Carignan, and a Grenache. The cost of the flight of five wines is only $16.00 (excluding tax and gratuity). We think it is one of the best bargains in town for an evening of wine education and entertainment. It is also a great chance to stock up on wines for the Spring!
Please RSVP by calling 828-254-8188
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Hello My Wine-Loving Friends…
I hope that everyone is enjoying the warmer weather this week. I am still hoping for an early Spring! We have been able to open the patio for a few nice afternoons which is a sure sign that Spring is around the corner!
We have moved our Jazz Tuesday to Jazz Thursday evenings (most weeks) from 6 – 8pm with Michael John entertaining you with live jazz trumpet music in the lounge. Come and join us for Jazz Thursdays! You can have a light snack or dinner with a glass or bottle of your favorite wine while relaxing and enjoying the music.
Our Tuesday night Pop-Up Flight events continue to grow so we will be continuing that event. As a reminder, this event is somewhat different from our regular Flight Night in that the wines will not be available on the monthly by-the-glass list but will be available for purchase by the bottle at great prices. The next Pop-Up Flight is planned for Tuesday, March 15 and will be presented by our friend Mike Kolker with Freedom Beverage. More details about this event will be coming in the next couple of weeks so keep an eye on your email and Facebook!
Remember that we are open for lunch daily so come by and checkout new menu items and bring your friends! We are featuring specials each week so keep an eye on our Facebook page for postings about these specials. If you are a cheesecake fan, be sure to try the new house-made cheesecake with a Mango topping…it is amazing!
Now, on to the March Flight! Our March Flight Night is planned for Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 PM. The cost of the flight is $16.00 (excluding tax and gratuity). We welcome back our friend, Mike Tiano with Haw River Wine Man. We continue to fill Flight Nights and already have reservations booked for a number of folks so I encourage you to get your RSVP in as soon as possible to insure you have a seat. Mike will educate and entertain us as he guides us through the flight. Mike and Chris have selected the theme “NORTHERN SPAIN”. We usually think of Mike and Haw River Wine Man for Italian wine, but they have a great Spanish importer, De Maison Selections. There are some fresh new releases in this mix, perfect for almost spring, and some more serious lingering winter wines, too. Here are the wines:
Ostatu Blanco 2015- Rioja, Spain – Bodegas Ostatu is a family winery located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region in the town of Samaniego. The Saenz de Samaniego family has been in the area for many generations. The winery dates back over two hundred and fifty years. The vineyards, which are protected by the Sierra de Cantabria range, are composed of chalk and clay and the average age of the vines is 50 years. The estate is comprised of over forty hectares of vines located in and around the town of Samaniego. The poor soils and the unique location at the foot of this mountain range together create a special microclimate that is very favorable to the Tempranillo grape. Until recently all the wine was made in the carbonic maceration process and intended for early consumption. This philosophy changed when Hubert de Bouard de Laforest of Chateau Angelus saw the vineyard sites of the family and expressed an interest in collaborating on a special project. He realized that the age of the vines, combined with the unique orientation of the vineyards, could produce drastically different wines that could compete on the world stage. By changing from carbonic maceration to traditional fermentation and by reducing yields in the vineyards, Ostatu became able to produce wines which live up to their full potential. Iñigo Saenz de Samaniego, the youngest of six brothers and sisters, is now at the helm of the winemaking. Building on the innovations of the joint project with the French, Iñigo is continuing to seek elegance through the modernization of the family’s wines. Made from a blend of Viura and Malvasia, the Ostatu Blanco is light and refreshing and sourced from 60 – 70 year old vines. It is fermented in stainless steel and bottled without any further aging. Bright lemon and mineral aromas combine with good lush fruit on the palate. 7 / 26
Viña Mein Blanco 2014- Ribeiro, Spain – Far back in Spain’s history, Ribeiro was a prominent wine producing area. Its white wines gained great fame during the sixteenth century, but this fame was not to last. Slowly, the popularity of wines from the area decreased and production slowed until the great wines of Ribeiro were forgotten by the world. The locals never forgot their winemaking heritage, however. In 1988 a group of friends from San Clodio y Gomariz decided that they should revitalize this ancient viticultural area. At the forefront of this group was Viña Mein founder Javier Alén. With a little help from his friends, Javier replanted 16 hectares of vineyards on the hillsides of the Avia River. The focus for these vineyards was to reestablish some of the ancient varietals of Galician white grapes: Treixadura, Godello, Loureiro, Torrontés, Albariño and Albilla. As an experimental side project, they also planted 400 vines of red Galician grapes that include Caíño, Mencía and Ferrón. Today Javier crafts his wine from a blend built around the local favorite varietal of Treixadura. By adding some of his Godello and Loureira (along with small amounts of Albariño, Torrontés, Albilla and Caíño) he creates the aromatic, tasty and deliciously refreshing Viña Mein. The 2014 vintage is 70% Treixadura, 15% Godello, and 15% blend of Loureira, Albariño, Torrontés and Caiño. It is fermented in stainless steel with extended aging on the lees. It has a clear gold color with fresh quince and green apple skin aromas. The palate is bright and tart with a good fleshy palate. 9 / 34
José Antonio Garcia Unculin 2014- Bierzo, Spain – José Antonio was born in Barcelona, but his mother, a native of Valtuille De Abajo and his father, a native of Corullon, are long time vineyard owners in Bierzo. José Antonio spent his formative years in Barcelona working in the restaurant trade before returning several years ago to recuperate his family’s vineyard holdings in Bierzo. Working out of a small winery in Valtuille, José Antonio crafts his wines to reflect the different parcels and terroirs of the region. All work is done with minimal intervention and with the intention of focusing the development of the differentiation of the terroirs in Valtuille. He owns 22 hectares of only old vines between 500 and 600 meters elevation. The different parcels that José Antonio is working are divided into stylistically distinct wines. This wine is a fresh, vin de soif style Bierzo from various parcels around the village of Valtuille de Abajo and is 100% Mencía. It is 70% destemmed and fermentation is with indigenous yeast. It undergoes 4 months aging on fine lees in stainless steel tanks. It is wonderfully fresh and straight-up drinkable. It has lots of minerality and plenty of bright juicy fruit that plays nicely with some more savory, roasted notes. It pairs well with grilled meats (pork sausages, lamb chops), patatas bravas, and young sheep cheeses. 9 / 32
Viña Sastre Roble 2012- Ribera del Duero, Spain – Viña Sastre is a family-run winery located in the heart of the D.O. in the town of La Horra. It boasts some of the oldest vineyards in the Ribera del Duero region. Jesús Sastre is the winemaker and vineyard manager, whose philosophies and winemaking talents have been a driving force of the winery. Committed to organic farming and biodynamic agricultural principles, the level of his expertise is unquestioned. The Sastres inherited from their father and grandfather prime vineyard sites in the Burgos area of Ribera del Duero. Jesús has always respected the site and the history of the vineyards his family has farmed. He is continually reading about new viticultural techniques while at the same time recovering traditional farming methods of the past. All the wines are made in the most natural manner. They are never fined or filtered. The wines are cold stabilized naturally by moving the wine from the barrel room to separate tanks in a part of the winery whose temperature is naturally regulated by the outdoor temperatures. This is all a part of the vision that Jesús and his late brother Pedro shared for making wine in the most natural way possible. The winery has also hired Eugenio Bayon as export manager. Eugenio has been a long-time friend of the Sastre family. A native of the area with over 10 years’ experience at Protos winery, he brings a level of expertise that allows for Jesús to stay focused on his passions: viticulture and winemaking. Made from 100% Tempranillo, the Roble is the workhorse wine of Viña Sastre. It undergoes long maceration and is transferred to 1, 2 and 3-year-old French and American oak barrels for 9 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. There are lots of flowers on the nose, particularly violets and lavender, and also some roasted coffee notes. Smooth with mellow tannins, this wine is savory and lightly smoky. The finish is long and mineral with an iron quality. Pairings include grilled lamb chops, sausages (and offal sausages in particular), and chickpea stew. 10 / 36
Of course, as always on Flight Night, we’ll feature a 5th surprise pour for FREE – your gift for attending. Additionally, we offer a special discount of 40% off the regular price for purchase of any mixed case of wine (Flight wines or anything on our Wall of Wine) to those attending Flight Night. We do need to know you’re coming, so please RSVP by email, phone, or facebook.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Allan & the Gang at Santé
P. S. – We still have our Sunday and Monday Fun Day tastings every Sunday and Monday from 4 – 6:30 where you can sample any 10 wines on our by-the-glass and tap menu for only $10. That is like $5 a glass for the equivalent of 2 glasses of wine. This is the perfect chance to try all of the new March wines at a bargain price and decide which one will be your go-to wine for the month.
P. P. S. – Save the date…our April Flight Night will be Thursday, April 7 at 7pm! Rumor has it that our friend Tom Leiner will be back with a California theme…stay tuned for more!