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Wine(s) of the Week- Syrah-Grenache & Pinot Noir

Les Hauts de Janeil Syrah-Grenache 2015

This charming Syrah-Grenache from the Languedoc-Roussilon region of France delivers spicy hints of cinnamon and vanilla along with black cherry. The winemaker, Francois Lorton, represents his family’s fifth generation in winemaking since 1897. The Mas Janeil vineyards comprise 59 acres in Maury in the Roussilon region on the Meriterranean coast. The Rhone red blend offers notes of black fruit and  licorice with strong tannins. It’s 80 percent Syrah and 20 percent Grenache, with 13.5 percent ABV. Spicy, peppery and elegant, it’s imported by Cape Classics.

B – Black Bream Pinot Noir, 2015

B Vintners Black Bream Pinot Noir comes from Walker Bay on South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. The name, bream,  comes from that of the country’s national fish, the galleon, found in inaccessible shallow areas of the coastline.  It’s made by cousins Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer Slabbert and reflects its red and black fruit along with hints, its makers note, of crushed oyster shells which deliver a “distinctive saline character.” The wine celebrates its heritage and terroir – soils rich in limestone – and is aged for 12 to 14 months in old French oak barrels.

Both of these wines offer value to both restaurateurs’ wine lists and diners who select them. We love wine and wine by the glass lists that offer wines that aren’t “the usual suspects”! Exploration makes for an educational and often, delicious outcome.




Wine of the Week – Bonarda, Dell’Oltrepo Pavese, 2014

This wine comes from Lombardia where it is produced in Agienda Agricola Matilde. The grapes are originally from Croatina, a red variety from central northern Italy, which produce an intensely ruby red color. The wine is 10.5 to 11 percent alcohol content with a slightly tannic taste, dry, fresh with notes of berries and sometimes sparkling. The alcohol content ranges from a minimum of 85 percent for Croatina with a maximum of 15 percent Barbera, Uva Rara and/or Vespolina. The Oltrepo Pavese DOC became a separate DOC in 2010. The vineyard area is comprised of 6,662 acres.



Winebow Group expands distribution into RI

RICHMOND, VA – The Winebow Group recently began distribution In Rhode Island, increasing its reach to 21 states across the U.S. The RI business is now overseen by Mary Masters, vice president and general manager of Winebow New England, and Arjun Dewan, executive vice president, Wholesale East.

Victory Brewing redefines lagers

DOWNINGTOWN, PA – Victory Brewing Company recently unveiled Home Grown New American Lager with six varieties of American whole-flower hops and 4.8 percent ABV. The hops – Azacca, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic – pair juicy, resinous aromas with a mix of low-bitterness and citrus flavor plus a touch of malt, the brewer points out. It’s currently available in PA, NJ and DE.

Oxbow Brewing Co. creates a tart saison with hints of lobsters

NEWCASTLE, ME – The brewers at Oxbow Brewing Co. created what they call “a salted funy-tart saison” with lobsters added in to offer what they called “a light-handed” lobster twist to bring “maritime funk into the beer.” They added a dozen lobsters to the boiling kettle of grain, cooking them in the mash for 12 minutes. The beer, Saison Dell’Aragosta, is said to be slightly boozy and refreshing, a rich dark brew.