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Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5-8PM

2013 Maseria Li Veli Fiano, Puglia

Fiano Minetulo is indigenous to Puglia, a region in the heel of Italy’s boot. Li Veli is located in the Itria Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site & operated by brothers Edoardo and Alfredo Falvo. They’re dedicated to the ASKOS project, born in 2009, which aims to preserve long-forgotten varietals in their native environments, while utilizing the highest standards of viticulture and winemaking. Since 2005, all Li Veli vineyards are certified organic.

This Fiano is crisp, zesty, and refreshing. Perfect with veggies, mild cheese, savory tarts and quiche.

2013 Statti Lamezia Bianco DOC, Calabria

Statti is a large family-owned estate in Calabria, in the toe of Italy’s boot. The Statti family has been living on the same 500 hectares since the 1700s. Their land is a mixture of olive groves (over 300 hectares), vines (100 hectares), citrus groves and grazing pastures for their 600 head of cows, 250 of which are Bruno-Alpina dairy cattle that produce about 6000 liters of milk per day. The family business is a large and vital part of the local economy; they plan to continue to champion indigenous varietals and sustainable farming and agricultural practices.

The Lamezia Bianco is a 50/50 blend Greco and Malvasia, from vines planted in 1999. It’s fermented and then aged in stainless steel for 2 to 4 months. This wine is fruity and flowery on the nose, followed by bright & clean flavors of melon, honey and orange blossom. Have it with fish, light appetizers, & fresh cheeses. Approximately 3700 cases produced annually.

2013 Statti Lamezia Rosso DOC, Calabria

Same family, same story as above. This red is a blend of 40% Gaglioppo, 40% Greco Nero, 20% Nerello Cappuccio, all grapes that are indigenous to Calabria, and not used much outside of this area.

This wine is also fermented and aged for 2 to 4 months in stainless steel. This wine is spicy and plummy, with notes of cocoa & cherry, supported by nicely structured tannins, lively acidity and a pleasantly spicy finish. Have this wine with pasta and meatballs, roasted lamb, eggplant parmigiano, hard cheeses, sausages & other southern Italian fare.

2011 Terradora di Paolo Aglianico Campania IGT

This winery was established by the Mastroberardino brothers in 1978. In the mid 90s there was a falling out, and one brother retained the winery and the name of the estate, while the other got the vineyards. Today Walter Mastroberardino and his children Paolo and Daniela run this 494 acre estate, one of the largest in southern Italy; Walter still makes the wine. They works solely with (and are responsible for reintroducing to the region) ancient and indigenous varietals. Use of oak is limited as they prefer to let the varietals and terroir take center stage.

This Aglianico is macerated for no more than 7 days in order to control tannins, which can be heavy with this varietal. After fermentation it’s left to age for 6 months in a mixture of stainless steel and small barrels. This wine is full of cherries, blackberries, and spicy, toasty notes.

Friday Wine Tasting in the Shop, 5-8PM

Champagne David Coutelas Brut Cuvée Tradition 

8 hectares/under 5,000 cases annually

The Coutelas family has been growing grapes in the Marne Valley since before the French Revolution, but they didn’t start bottling their own Champagne until 1910. The Cuvée Tradition is from the village of Villers-sous-Chatillon and is 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir & 25% Pinot Meunier, fermented in oak (no malolactic) with 9g of residual sugar. It’s a blend of three vintages; the base vintage is 2008. This is a lively champagne with loads of citrus and lemon zest with a touch of almond and apples on the finish. Refreshing from start to finish, it’s the perfect match for fancy brunches and the festive ringing in of the new year.

Domaine Cheveau Macon Fuisse “Les Grandes Bruyeres” 2012

Domaine Cheveau was established in 1950 by André Cheveau; today his two grandsons run the estate, which is situated on 14 hectares around Solutré-Pouilly, and extends into Davayé in the Maconnais and Saint Amour in the Beaujolais. All harvesting is done by hand and the wines are fermented and vinified parcel by parcel. Total estate production is less than 5,000 cases.

Notes from the importer: Approximately 6000 bottles are produced annually from 40 year-old vines in the village of Fuissé. Planted to limestone-clay soils, these vineyards produce a typically generous, rich wine from this village famed for its ideal setting that yields some of the finest wines of the Maconnais.  In this instance, after fermentation, the wine is raised in stainless steel but left in contact with the fine lees for one year.  Virtually the entire production of this wine is dedicated to the US market.

Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly 2013, Beaujolais

Chateu Thivin, built into the side of an ancient volcano, is the oldest estate on Mont Brouilly, dating back to the 15th century; it has been in the Geoffray family since 1877 and has hosted many famous writers & journalists over time. The writer Richard Olney is responsible for introducing importer Kermit Lynch to the estate, proclaiming it the best producer in all of Beaujolais. Farming here is organic (conversion will be complete by 2020) and the vines are an average of 50 years old, with some over 90.

The Cote de Brouilly comes from 8.5 hectares that sit upon the steep, blue-stone slopes of Mont Brouilly. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth, but can also age for close to a decade. Right now it is fresh and floral, with notes of wild strawberry and black pepper. Have it with terrines & paté, roasted poultry, duck breast and goat cheese.

La Roche Bussiere Flonflons 2012, Cotes du Rhone

Importer notes on the estate: Located northeast of Vaison-La-Romaine in the southern Côtes du Rhone, Antoine and Lawrence Joly work 18 hectare of organic vineyards making some of our favorite wines in the region. They maintain a freshness and lightness in their wines by dedicating themselves to very intense vineyard work that allows them to harvest earlier than several other producers in their area, resulting in less concentrated and lower alcohol wines.

Antoine’s family has run the estate since the early 1970s (his grandfather was a beekeeper in the area and his father Pierre returned to live a more simple life after his involvement in the Parisian student riots of 1968). Pierre was a pioneer of organic viticulture in the Rhone and the vineyards have been certified since the 1980s, although he sold most of the grapes to the local co-op when he started. Antoine and Lawrence took over in 1999 and, since 2003, have vinified 100% of the harvest themselves.

Flonflons is mostly Syrah and Grenache from 2.5 hectares of vines averaging 25 years old. It’s fermented and aged in concrete and bottled unfiltered and unfined with little to no sulfur.

Friday tasting in the Shop, 5-8PM

Domaine Maurice Schoech “Cotes d’Ammerschwihr” 2012, Alsace

The Schoech family has been winegrowers in Ammerschwihr, in Alsace, for several generations, passing on the family practice from father to son. Since 1650 their ancestors have worked as sommeliers, vine nurserymen and wine brokers. The grandfather, Léon Schoech was one of the founding members of the famous Saint-Etienne Brotherhood, which is one of the oldest wine societies in France.

The domaine farms the same way they did 100 years ago, which is sustainably, with little intervention. This wine is mostly Pinot Blanc, with a touch of muscat. It’s light, lively, floral and dry. The producers website recommends pairing it with raclette and anchoïade, a dip made of anchovies, olive oil and vinegar. We’ll have to try this!

I Giusti & Zanzi Nemorino IGT Tuscany White 2012

I Giusti & Zanzi is an organic (some vineyards are biodynamic) 17 hectare estate in Tuscany. Vines are densely planted and range in age from 10 to 40 years. Nemorino is a wine that we’re assuming is named for the lovelorn character in Donizetti’s comic opera “L’Elisir d’Amore”. Here’s Luciano Pavarotti belting it out back in the day. Now that’s a vocal run!

But about the wine: From Trebbiano and Semillon vinified in steel and aged on its lees in french oak for 4 months, and then another 4 months in bottle before being released. It’s honeyed and tropical, with a lush mouthfeel, lively acidity and a pleasant t touch of subtle oak. It’s a great spring and summer wine; not too heavy, not too light, just the right amount of fresh and zesty to cut through fat and salt.

Chateau L’Argentier Rosé d’Aramon 2013

L’Argentier is a 60 acre family-run estate established in 1937. They focus on making terrior driven wines from grapes indigenous to the Languedoc. Aramon was the most planted grape in France from the late 1800s to the early 1960s; it fell out of favor despite the fact that it’s pretty resistant to disease and can produce high yields. It was most likely damaged by frost that hit the region in the 60s and replaced with even heartier and cheaper Carignan.

L’Argentier rosé is from old-vine Aramon that is fermented in concrete vats. It’s a gorgeous salmon color, smells of strawberries and spice, and is intensely mouth-watering. Zingy, dry and spicy sums it up nicely.

I Giusti & Zanzi Nemorino IGT Tuscany Red 2012

This wine is mostly Syrah, with Sangiovese and Merlot, that spent approx 8 months in French oak. It’s dry & floral with notes of cherries, lively acidity, light oak, and medium tannins. It’s another we like for the spring into summer season, when you might throw something on the grill or have spontaneous, casual meals that call for a versatile, crowd pleasing red.

Chocolate & Champagne Tasting at Stock Culinary Goods, Thurs. Feb. 7th

Laurent Vals Chocolates

Join us this Thursday at Stock Culinary Goods as we sample chocolates by Laurent Vals paired with Champagne, sparkling wine, and perhaps a Port or two…Cook & Brown is generously providing savory snacks for the occasion. And to further pique your senses, we’ll have on hand Le Nez du Vin Master Kit with 54 aromas found in wine; see which ones you can identify–or misidentify!

All this decadence and luxury can be yours for just $12.

Email Jan@StockPVD.com to RSVP

Thursday, Feb. 7th
6:30PM-8:30PM

Stock Culinary Goods
756 HOPE STREET
PROVIDENCE, RI 02906
401.521.0101

 

 

Sometimes it Gets Messy

porronLast night kicked off our Thursdays at Stock Culinary Goods, and we had a blast! In fact, it was so much fun we’re already thinking that we’ll do another Porrón demo in the not-so-distant future. Of course, this event would probably only appeal to the most sophisticated citizens of our fair city – fine wine is a lifestyle, you know – and boy are we living the highlife as we don garbage bag smocks and hope for good hand-eye-mouth coordination (for some it’s easier than it looks, for others – not so much). In any event, we’ll be at Stock again this coming Thursday, February 7th with award-winning chocolatier Laurent Vals. We’ll pour sparklers to pair with his amazing and gorgeous chocolates. If you haven’t experienced them, they are truly works of art, modeled after the solar system, and made with ingredients like lavender and basil. In theory, this event shouldn’t require smocks, but who knows, anything could happen…

¡Salud!

Click here to read the entire Feb. 1st, 2013 newsletter. 

It’s Freezing! Have Some Riesling!

Our trip to NYC this past Tuesday was all about Riesling: cold, bracing, acid-driven; rocky, salty, mineral-laden; lemons, peaches, honey and lime; dry, sweet or somewhere in between – we were there for the Riesling. The icy wind that battled us to the doorstep of TriBeCa Grill was the perfect first-course for the vast & complex ‪Smörgåsbord‬ of whites we faced; that first sip was a high-five on the palate–YES!! Our noses and fingertips might have been frozen solid, but our taste-buds were doing the Polka! The frigid temps outside only intensified the texture, aromatics and the laser-beam precision of these wines. They were GOOD. Sure, winter is still the time of big reds and roast beasts and whatnot…But Riesling, that lean, mean, fighting machine, is hanging back on the ropes, bouncing on its toes, focused & driven & patient. This grape is a pugilist and an expert at the old one-two; put up your dukes, people!

We’ll do our part tonight to get your palate in fighting form with a couple of zingy Rieslings on the docket. Then you can show off your chops at our upcoming German wine tasting at Cable Car Cinema – details below. And don’t forget to RSVP for the events at Stock Culinary Goods – we’ll try to squeeze you in!

Prost!

Click here to read the entire Jan. 25th, 2013 newsletter. 

Stuff to Drink, Stuff to Do…and a Pappy Van Winkle We’re Fixing to Unload!

It’s January, and a lot of you are tee-totalling – bad idea, people! Fine, do what you must, but don’t come running back to us when….oh…wait a minute, never mind, scratch that last part. We can’t wait until your juice-fasts and New Years resolutions are nothing but street-lamps fading in your rearview mirror. Until then, we’re using this space to remind everyone of all the cool events we have lined-up. Also, the wines and beers we’re tasting this weekend are included in this email, as well as info on how you might win a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. Read on, and may your cracking resolves crumble gently…

Cheers!

Click here to read the entire Jan. 18th, 2013 newsletter. 

The Man, the Myth, the Legend…Coming to a Cinema Near You!

Save the Date! On Monday, Feb. 11th, Campus Fine Wines and Cable Car Cinema will welcome Terry Theise for a special wine tasting and screening of his new film, Leading Between the Vines.

“From renowned author Terry Theise and the food and wine focused production house of Farm + Cellar, comes a new feature length documentary film that leads us to the heart of the steep sloped German wine regions. Exploring the true meaning of terroir and examining the spirit of wine making itself.”

If you’re interested in food, wine, and film, then you really don’t want to miss this event. Tickets will be on sale soon through Cable Car Cinema at $25* per person and will include film screening, snacks from Chez Pascal, and wine tasting with Terry Theise.

Arrive at 6:45pm for an aperitif; film starts at 7:15 (run-time 55 minutes) with wine tasting and snacks to follow.

*A $1 processing fee will be applied for ticket purchases.

We also have these events lined up with Jan Faust Dane at Stock Culinary Goods on Hope St. We’re working hard to keep you busy and sated this winter! Space is limited so reserve your spot asap.

Thursday, January 31st, 6:30pm: 
Porron Demo and Spanish Wine Tasting.
This event is free/Limited to 12 people.

Thursday, February 7th, 6:30pm: 
Chocolate and Champagne pairings.
$12/Limited to 12 people.

Thursday, February 28th, 6:30pm: 
Oyster and Beer pairings (includes shucking demos and mignonette-making; there’s bound to be Muscadet as well).
$12/Limited to 12 people.

Call or visit Stock to reserve your spot:

Stock Culinary Goods
756 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
401.521.0101

Click here to read the entire Jan. 11th, 2013 newsletter.

This Newsletter is Lean, Just Like our Post-Holiday Diets!

With all the festivities of the past couple of weeks, we sort of forgot it was Friday already! So we’re taking a laissez-faire approach to our tastings today and tomorrow. There will be wine, there will be beer, maybe we’ll revisit some old friends, perhaps we’ll pop open some wacky varietals from far-flung locales….Who knows? We’ll decide on the fly and see what happens. Unfortunately, the Chez Pascal truck won’t be with us on Fridays in January so we’ll just have to imagine hot dogs and sausages…

We have some cool stuff coming up over the next few weeks that you should keep an eye on: Thursday, January 28th, we’ll be doing a porron demonstration at Stock Culinary Goods on Hope St. This will be tons of fun! Bring a bib, even if we’ll try to keep it from going “extreme”. In fact, we’re filling up a few Thursdays at Stock – Feb. 7th we’ll pair chocolates and wine, Feb. 28th will be all about shucking oysters and making mignonettes – paired with wines, of course. If you know Jan Faust Dane, proprietor of Stock, then you know her obsession with oysters is greater than ours. Stay tuned for all the details!

Another couple of shout-outs: we’re proud to sponsor some worthy events and organizations. Tonight is EntrepeNew Years at Betaspring. EntrepreNew Years is brought to you by the Founders League, “Rhode Island’s new platform for making startup dreams come true”. The event may be sold out already, but it’s bound to be a good time.

We’re also happy to sponsor the Providence Children’s Film Festival with events at the Athenaeum and the RISD Museum in January and February. As you can see by all the events going on, this winter is NOT the time to hibernate.

Finally, many people are inquiring about the Vin 22 sale that was historically held at Campus every January and February. While we will not be putting the entire store on sale, we will roll out some specials, so stay engaged – we’ll do our best to keep the selection interesting!

Thanks again and Happy New Year!

Click here to read the entire Jan. 4th, 2013 newsletter.

Here’s to Good Fortune – and Last Call for Farmer-Fizz Fridays!

fortuneIt’s hard to believe it was nearly a year ago that we cracked open a fortune cookie and found this message inside. We were in the very early stages of buying Campus, when every sentence that referenced the store was followed by, “Seriously though, there’s practically zero chance we can pull this off.” But here we are, six months into owning the joint and we’re still praising our good fortune. So we’re ringing in the new year by acknowledging our pretty cool circumstances, thanking everyone who helped us get here, remembering those who are no longer with us, and by continuing our mission to make Campus Fine Wines the most kick-ass wine shop in Rhode Island. We hope you stay on this journey with us, it’s gonna be fun! Thanks for your support & Happy New Year!

Click here to read the entire Dec. 28th, 2012 newsletter.