In July of 2019, I had the opportunity to visit the biodynamic producer Domaine de la Chevalerie in Bourgueil, Loire Valley, France. It is run by the Caslot family whom has owned the estate since 1640. Today, the vineyards are tended by Emmanuel Caslot and winery operations are executed by his sister, Stefanie.
This month, for Just A Taste’s Dram Club, I am excited to feature Douglas Laing’s Old Particular “Mortlach 11 year.”
As we move into fall, I find myself steering away from highballs or cocktails towards straight drams of spicy, smoky whiskey. Whether it is Scotch, Bourbon, or any other spirit, I enjoy accentuated notes of fire-charred oak. So, when selecting a new pour for the Duke Club, I first thought was to return to straight bourbon.
As we move into the final month of Summer, I gravitate back away from crisp white wines to fresh, lighter reds, and there is one wine which perfectly captures the diversity of this transitional season: Pinot Noir.
July 2019 Jefferson Club Wine:
This month, for Just A Taste’s Jefferson Club, I am excited to feature Chateau Palmer’s “Alter Ego de Palmer” 2015 Bordeaux rouge from Margaux.
July is a month that is decidedly American. Celebration of cookouts, independence, and heat waves remind us of why there is no better place to be than the US of A. However, let us cheer to another thing that America is best in: wine imports. And to celebrate that achievement, this month we are featuring two wines from Italy.
The search for the perfect summer wine is over. Rosé has been sweeping the nation as the best buy by the bottle for anything from lounging by the lake to sunny soirées. It is the red wine for white drinkers, and the red wine for white drinkers: rosé is the champion of wine versatility.
June 2019 Jefferson Club Wine:
This month, for Just A Taste’s Jefferson Club, I am excited to feature two wines from Schloss Gobelsburg. First, the Kamptal Renner 1qwt Gruner Veltliner 2016 will be given to the majority of our club members. Members who prefer red wines will receive their delicious St. Laurent Reserve.
June 2019 Heritage Club Wines:
Nothing says summer to me like crisp rose by the water, and nothing is more refreshing than a slightly fizzy Vinho Verde rosato. And even though I generally prefer whites or rose during warmer months, its nice to crack open a bottle of soft, fruity red like unaged Tempranillo.