On Thursday night, Chateau Coussin hosted a party at Blue Ribbon Izakaya on Orchard Street, where we ate and drank on the balcony awaiting the impending storm. It was a fabulous evening that inspired dancing in the rain, followed by a few hours of karaoke, whose images will remain unshared…
Archive for July, 2012
Aiming to infuse big joy into the last month of summer, we’re shining a light on the best bang for everyone’s buck–Chilean Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca Valley. Located just 30 km from the Pacific Coast, Casablanca Valley is much like Carneros. Planted to wandering bovine herds until the mid-1980′s, Casablanca Valley was put on the viticultural map by Pablo Morande, while Carneros was once home to a multitude of ranches before becoming established, in the mid-80′s, as a wine region. At 33º south of the equator, Casablaca Valley shares three degrees of separation from Carneros, which sits at 36º north. And while both regions sit in such close proximity to the Ocean, Casablanca Valley experiences the benefits of the fog and mist that rolls in off the Pacific, while Carneros receives the same coolants from the San Pablo Bay. Home to winds that keep the vines free from botrytis, both areas yield fresh wines that are crisp with acidity, and perfect for summer imbibing.
Cedric Gravier (right) of Domaine de Suffrene
“I prefer wine with a small flaw,” said Cedric Gravier, the proprietor and winemaker at Domaine de Suffrene in Bandol, “it adds character. If it’s too perfect, it’s boring. I try not to make the same wine each year. Each vintage, each bottle is different.”
Inheriting 43ha of vines from his grandparents in 1996, Cedric was the first of four generations to skip the co-op so that he could bottle his own wines. With the oldest of vines at 80+ years old, he began replanting immediately, so that in the future he wouldn’t have to replant all at once. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cincault, Carignan and Clairette. Employing his grandfather’s experience, Cedric was able to determine where each varietal might work best, and though he still seeks guidance, enough time has passed for him to follow-up on the resulting fruit of his initial efforts.
In honor of the late Giulio Gambelli, who worked first with Alberto Carli at Il Colle, and then with Alberto’s daughter Caterina, we recently received a few bottles of select vintages, all of which were crafted at the hands and palate of Giulio and Alberto. And though the origins of Il Colle date no further than 1972, the true story of its inception remains a bit of a mystery. One version of the origin story states that Alberto had purchased the vineyards with his wife, Ernesta, in 1972, yet it’s also been said that Alberto planted vines with Gambelli in 1972, only to surprise Ernesta as he lay dying with a cellar full of unsold vintages that the two men had made together. And while we might never get to the must of the story at the bottom of the barrel, we do have on hand the most recent vintage of Il Colle Brunello di Montalcino–2005–which happens to be the same year that Il Colle joined us here at T. Edward Wines.
We are psyched to announce our sponsorship of the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge–in conjunction with Blue Ribbon Restaurants and Bike Express–a women’s professional National Race Calendar three-stage race, this coming August 20-22nd. In its second year, BRAC was created as the only professional cycling event for women to be held during the all-male USA Pro-Cycling Challenge. To launch the event, Jessica van Garderen, the race organizer and two-time U.S. elite national road champion, is hosting a celebration of mountain stages in Boulder, CO, on July 12th, for which we are supplying the wines. And because she will be screening that day’s Stage 12 of the Tour de France during the party, we selected three wines to honor a variety of mountain stages as the peloton climbs through the Alps.
Alvaro Espinoza of Antiyal
Jorge Perez, our South American Portfolio Director, recently returned from Chile, where he met with Alvaro Espinoza of Antiyal, a passionate practitioner of organic and biodynamic farming. What follows is an interview with Alvaro, on his practices as a vintner in Maipo Valley.
We are excited by all the talk about Sherry in the air, like yeast in the Bodega, including the #SherryRevolution started on Twitter by André Tamers of De Maison Selections, and Eric Asimov’s most recent publications for the NY Times. To quench the dialogue’s thirst, we hosted a Sherry tasting in Studio TEW last week, during the Spain vs. Portugal game, which was well attended by a number of friends and buyers. And this morning, I followed up with André, who has been importing and representing Sherry for the past eight years, to see what he had to add to the conversation.