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Didier & Catherine Champalou

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Here is a note I received from Bruce Neyers & Kermit Lynch about one of our favorite wines, which I thought you might find interesting.

Recently, I had a chance to talk to Kermit about Didier and Catherine Champalou. We visited them last month with my traveling group, and as many of you have already heard the 2013 vintage in Vouvray was a disaster. Domaine Champalou lost almost 70% of their 2013 crop to a combination of hail, coulure and rain, and Kermit was interested to hear how they were dealing with this enormous economic setback. They were fine, I told him, and indeed despite an economic disaster that seems almost biblical, they were upbeat, enthusiastic and welcoming. Strong people. Kermit thought about it, and sent me the following note, which he entitled ‘From the Pencil of Kermit Lynch’……..”  Bruce Neyers

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Newly arrived White Wines 01-12-14

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2012 Cambiata Albarino  a240

There has been a 2 to 3 year hiatus of us getting more of this wine.  In reality, the production is just too small, especially in vintages like 2010 & 2011.  Thankfully, we were able to get some 2012.  The grapes come from a wind pounded hillside down in Monterey & we love how winemaker Eric Laumann is able to craft such a pretty, enticing, lush, rounded, wonderfully aromatic, food friendly white wine.  We find these well executed, aromatic, refreshing white wines work their magic with contemporary fusion foods.


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Interesting White Wines

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Another fabulous tasting get together at our VINO restaurant featuring 4 interesting 2012 white wines.

acc22012 Chateau Feuillett Petite Arvine

Petite Arvine is a highly regarded grape variety best showcased from the Valais region of Switzerland.  This 100% rendition hails from a very unique parcel located in Italy’s Valle d’Aosta.

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Assyrtiko from Greece

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Santorini  is an ancient, very picturesque Greek island, with remarkable blue waters & breathtaking, panoramic views.

This is also the home of one of Greece’s finest white wines, which is produced from the indigenous Assyrtiko grape variety.

The vines are planted in volcanic soils, which have very little clay, resulting in wines of a distinct minerality.  Furthermore, these soils, interestingly, are inhospitable to the phylloxera louse, which is why there is still a remarkable amount of VERY old vines scattered throughout the wild countryside. 

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2 Unique, Old World White Wines

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 2009 Radikon Slatnik

 One of the most radical, “on the edge” winemakers in the world is Stanko Radikon.  Based out of Oslavia across the border from Italy’s Friuli region in the northwest, the Radikon wines are as eccenrtic as they get.

Here is what Michael Tulipan of the Organic Wine Journal noted on his blog–

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Last Night at DK Steakhouse, we did yet another winetasting with the staff.  being it is Summer time, we decided to show them some really interesting white wines from around the Mediterranean basin.  Here were some of the standouts.

2011 DOMAINE LA TOUR VIEILLE Collioure Blanc “Les Canadells”  zzzz1111 009

20% Grenache Blanc, 20% Grenache Gris, 20% Macabeo, 30%Vermentino, 10% Roussanne

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A Duo of Italians

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2010 Movia Sauvignon

Movia wines are from Slovenia across the border from Friuli, Italy, & are some of the world’s most idiosyncratic, avant garde wines–extreme & certainly interesting. 

 Movia2The estate dates back to 1700′s, passing into the hands of the Kristančič family with a wedding in 1820. The estate extends over 22 hectares of land, about half of which lie on the Italian side of the Goriška Brda (Collio)”. 

 I have been fortunate to try some of their Ribolla based white wines from 1959 & 1969 (in 2007) & was amazed how they tasted. The latest of their wines we have experienced is this 2010 Sauvignon. It is really different…..and a most interesting drink.

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The highly acclaimed Durell Vineyard was “an old cattle ranch at the base of the southwestern hills of Sonoma Valley, which stretches across 3 appellations–Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Coast & Carneros“.  Ed Durell was the original owner (1979) but sold it to the Price family in 1998.

The vineyard is 30 miles away from the Pacific Ocean (west)…..10 miles from the northern reaches of San Francisco Bay (south)…..& to the north a 2400 mountain.

Geologically, the soils are rocky-clay-loam.  Yes, this vineyard is well renown for its rocks….which many of its winemaking fans say creates a distinct stoniness in the resulting wine.

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Mediterranean-esque White Wines 01-10-13

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Because of our VINO restaurant, we are always searching for tasty, interesting, food friendly Mediterranean white wines which will work with our foods.  Easier said than done.  Here are 4 of our recent “finds”.

2010VINO9 001 Domaine de Gioielli Cap Corse Blanc

This is Vermentino grown in the rugged, unhospitable, remote terrain of Cap Corse on the isle of Corsica.  Cap Corse, a largely isolated and thinly populated peninsula at the top of Corsica, sits like a finger pointing up at Genova, its former colonial ruler. The Genovese landed on the Cap in the 14th century and from there soon conquered the entire island. Little has changed at the domaine since it began, and it is still Michel who works the vines and makes the wines on his own as he has done for nearly six decades.

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Older White Wines

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Yes, we had yet another BYOB dinner, where the participants brought some amazing older wines.  Here are some of the highlights.

1999 Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru “Butteaux”

Without a doubt, Raveneau produces some of the purest, most transparent Chardonnays in the world.  Because the wines see some oak, it really does take a few years of bottle age for the true terroir to once again really express itself, as this 1999 deftly displayed.  Everything is now in totally harmony & I really loved the riveting, breathtakingly ethereal, sea shell-y minerality.  My only other comment is drink it up….why wait. Life is just too short.  

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