Wine Tasting - New Releases of Minervois Reds|
JULY 13TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Minervois Reds, for inclusion on our list. Languedoc-Roussillon covers the area on the border of the Mediterranean sea between the west of the Rhone and Camargue to the border of Spain and the Pyrenees mountains. The vineyards of this sunny region are one of the largest expanses of vine growing region in the world. The history of Languedoc wines can be traced to the first vineyards planted along the coast near Narbonne by the early Greeks. Along with parts of Provence, these are the oldest planted vineyards in France. Wine has been made in this region for at least 2,600 years, ever since the ancient Greeks founded the city of Marseille in 600 BC. Throughout the region's history, viticulture and winemaking have been influenced by the cultures that have been present in Provence and the Languedoc, which include the Ancient Greeks, Romans, Gauls, Catalans and Savoyards. These diverse groups introduced a large variety of grapes to the region, including grape varieties of Greek and Roman origin as well as Spanish, Italian and traditional French wine grapes. Minervois is an appellation in the western Languedoc known for its distinctive red wines. The appellation takes its name from the village of Minerve, about 25 miles from the Mediterranean coast and surrounded by the southern French foothills. The Minervois appellation controlee was granted in 1985, resulting in significant investments in winery equipment and improved vineyard management. Which has led to increased praise from critics in France and abroad, for the quality of the wines. The predominant grape varieties used in the red wines are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, which must make up at least 60% of the blend, with Carignan, Cinsaut and Bourboulenc allowed for the balance.
The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Clos de Garric 2010
Chateau Maris, "La Touge", La Liviniere 2009
Chateau Sainte Eulalie, "Plaisir d'Eulalie" 2011
Chateau Massiac 2010
Chateau Maris, Grenache, "Nouvelles Fraiches", La Liviniere 2009
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per person.
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