Movie Themed Tasting – Sept 8-10


September 10, 2023

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Thursday, September 7 – Sunday, September 10th

While LA and ‘The Industry” are facing a historic Strike… The Wine Must Flow. (Yes, that’s a Dune reference)
This weekend, we celebrate the Movie Biz with a creative (and somewhat loose) interpretation of a few wines from the shop and four iconic films. We wont give you the titles – but they shouldnt be too hard to guess!

2022 Chateau de la Tour Leveque Petale Rose
   39% Cinsault, 37% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 6.5% Mourvèdre, 5% Rolle, 2.5% Sémillon, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon et 1% Ugni-Blanc. The Cotes de Provence vineyards are worked by hand, using natural animal fertilizers. Where possible, the vineyards are plowed by horses. The grapes were hand-harvested in August and lightly pressed to retain optimum delicacy and fragrance. The wines are fermented in in temperature controlled stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation is allowed to soften the wine.
    On the nose the wine presents floral notes of jasmine and fresh peach with hints of citrus and a creamy, strawberry background. The palate is weighty and smooth with balanced acidity. 
    Pair with tuna marinated with orange, fennel, and Sichuan pepper. 

2019 Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc Bekaa Valley 

  An unoaked blend of Viognier, Vermentino and Chardonnay from vines planted since 2000 at around 1,000m above sea level in the Bekaa Valley. Musar Jeune Blanc is fermented in cement-lined vats and released a year after the harvest.
    Crisp and aromatic, this eclectic blend of French and Italian varieties has its own distinct personality – passionfruit, apples, elderflowers – and a dry, refreshing finish.
    No need to decant; enjoy chilled (12°C) with grilled fish, herb-scented roast chicken, seafood salads and spicy oriental dishes.

2022 Iruai Red Shasta-Cascade 
A red blend from Scott Valley, Trousseau brings the blood orange tang, Monduese adds high toned black fruit and a peppery perfume, and Gamay rounds things out with a bitter kick and savory structure. This wine is a love letter to Iraui’s new home in Scott Valley, a historic gold mining area in northern California in the foothills of the mysterious Mt. Shasta.
    This wine can be paired with grilled duck breast, morels, and creamy polenta.
    There is a Wizard on the label!
    Music pairing is the Shasta Cascade Red playlist on Spotify.
2019 Castello Monterinaldi Chianti Classico 
Chianti Classico is produced from the older historical part of the Chianti region and is one of the most prestigious Italian wines bearing the DOCG denomination. The genuineness of this wine is guaranteed by the Gallo Nero (Black Rooster) seal. 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo and other red Italian varietals.
     The wine has notes of small red fruits, a savory taste, and is harmonious and full-bodied with a long finish. Pair with tasty dishes, red meat, roasts and game, and seasoned cheese. 
     Like any good Italian mobster film, give yourself plenty of time for an epic viewing – this bottle should be opened 1 hour prior to serving and kept at room temperature.
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