A TASTE OF TUSCANY TASTING

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please join me for A Taste of Tuscany on Tuesday, August 30th.  I still have 10 spots available!  It will be a tasting you won’t want to miss!  RSVP to: jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

What: Tuscany 101 Educational Tasting where I will walk you through the ins and outs of one of the finest wine regions in the world.  We will discuss grapes, vintages, classification and quality tiers while tasting classic examples from the region with light foods from Pallotta’s  paired accordingly.

When: Tuesday, August 30th from 6-8pm

Where: Pallotta’s Italian Grille

Woodridge Shopping Center

27606 I-45 North

Conroe, TX 77385 (right by the New Spec’s Oak Ridge North location)

Price: $60 per person

Wines:

Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2014

San Felice Campogiovanni Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2012

Cavalierino Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2011

Collazzi Super Tuscan Red Blend IGT 2012

RSVP to: jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

 

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Tuscany 101 Educational Tasting and Steals of the Month for August

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please join me for A Taste of Tuscany on Tuesday, August 30th.  Seating is limited.

What: Tuscany 101 Educational Tasting where I will walk you through the ins and outs of one of the finest regions in the world.  We will discuss grapes, vintages, classification and quality tiers while tasting classic examples from the region with light foods from Pallotta’s  paired accordingly.  It will be a tasting you won’t want to miss!

When: Tuesday, August 30th from 6-8pm

Where: Pallotta’s Italian Grille

Woodridge Shopping Center

27606 I-45 North

Conroe, TX 77385 (right by the New Spec’s Oak Ridge North location)

Price: $60 per person

Wines:

Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2014

Collazzi Super Tuscan Red Blend IGT 2012

San Felice Campogiovanni Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2012

Cavalierino Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2011

and possibly 1 more to be determined….

30 seats available

RSVP to: jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

STEALS OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST 2016

Chateau La Tour De Beraud 2011

Costieres de Nimes, France

Cash Price $9.99

This Grenache based Rhone blend is drinking beautifully right now.  Fruits of  wild red berries and red cherries hit into medium tannins and acids with touches of garrigue.  James Score: 89 Points

Conde Pinel Dry Rose 2015

Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain

Cash Price $9.99

Deliciously dry and refreshing, this Spanish Rose offers flavors of wild strawberries and ripe cherries on the palate with medium plus acidity.  Hints of red apples and wild flowers quaff throughout the finish.  James Score: 89 Points

Blume Verdejo 2015

Rueda, Spain

Cash Price $7.99

Blume is 100% Verdejo that is bursting with energy and fruit.  Flavors of ripe peaches and nectarines meet fleshy stone fruits with medium acidity.  The finish is light and tropical with whiffs of mango and papaya.  James Score: 87 Points

Thank You,

James C. Barlow

Certified Wine Educator

Certified Sommelier

 

 

 

 

 

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘THE THIRTEEN’ PICKS OF AUGUST 2016 & THE NEXT 101 CLASS

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

Can you believe that summer is already winding to a close?  I know we are definitely in the dog days of the hottest time of the year, so I have chosen to feature wines accordingly.

The Bordeaux 101 class went exceedingly well! I have decided on the next class.  40 Seats available!

RSVP to: jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

What: Tuscany 101 Educational Tasting where I will walk you through the ins and outs of one of the finest regions in the world.  We will discuss grapes, vintages, classification and quality tiers while tasting classic examples from the region with light foods paired accordingly.  It will be a tasting you won’t want to miss!

When: Tuesday, August 30th from 6-8pm

Where: Pallotta’s Italian Grille

Woodridge Shopping Center

27606 I-45 North

Conroe, TX 77385 (right by the New Spec’s Oak Ridge North location)

Price: $60 per person

Wines: To be Determined, most likely 3-4 reds and 1 white

THE THIRTEEN PICKS OF AUGUST

Del Dotto Cave Blend 2013

Napa Valley, California

Cash Price $52.99

Del  Dotto’s reputation as being one of the highest quality wineries in Napa Valley means that their wines sell out every vintage….quickly.  Spec’s is very lucky to have partnered with them to receive a nice allocation of their wines. This family owned winery has spent the last 20 years purchasing some of the best acreage in Napa and Sonoma to plant high quality vines and make exceedingly spectacular wines.  The 2013 vintage is quite hedonistic and jam packed full of deliciously ripe fruits.  The Cave blend is half Merlot with Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc filling in the rest.  The wine is extremely rich on the palate with bursting fruits of black cherry, blackberry and hints of blueberry.  The mid palate offers medium plus tannins and medium acids with touches of heat.  Notes of cracked hazelnuts and blackberry jam being to soften into a creamy yet full mouthful.  The finish is impressively rich with vanilla bean, cedar, and hints of spice.  James Score: 96 Points

Castelnau N/V Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine

Champagne, France

Cash Price $36.99

Castelnau 1998 Vintage Magnums were poured at one of my wine dinners last year and it reminded just how amazing this sparkling wine shows.  I recently re-tasted the n/v and was very happy with the ensuing results. Castelnau offers a higher percentage of Pinot Meunier (42%) than most Champagne producers.  Pinot Meunier adds a youthful exuberance to the wines with lively structure and fruit.  This Cooperative Manipulant exudes flavors of crispy green and red apples fly into medium plus acidity that is wrapped around a core of red cherry and rose petals.  The mid palate is spectacular with notes of brioche, almonds and licks of vanilla cream.  The finish is silky with tinges of toasted cocoa beans, confection and delicious goodness!  James Score: 94 Points

Chateau Laplagnotte-Bellevue Red Blend 2012

St. Emilion Grand Cru, France

Cash Price $24.99

I was in with this property immediately after meeting their family, which had a little bit of Von Trapp family vibes with their properly dressed and amazingly well behaved children.  I will forever have the snapshot of their two boys riding bikes through the vines as we toured the vineyards.  It was quite surreal.  I became entrenched in thought of selling this wine when I later tasted through a vertical with the father/wine maker.  Every Single wine I tried was spectacular….and at this price!?!?!?!  The wine is 70% Merlot/ 30% Cabernet Franc with 30% new French oak aging and an average 30 year old vines.  These wines are all about elegance.   Vibrant flavors of red cherries and framboise sing through medium plus acids and medium tannins.  Soft notes of red currant begins to offers smidgeons of cream and whiffs of cedar.  The finish shows cinnamon and spice with a plush, integrated amount of fruit and texture.  James Score: 94 Points

Expression 38 Chardonnay 2015

Russian River, California

Cash Price $19.94

Russian Camp is the newest addition to the Expression line produced by Bill Hill, who also founded William Hill and Van Duzer wineries.  He is considered one of the best vineyard developers in the United States.  The Russian River produces some of the most iconic Chardonnay in the United States and a darling region to Sommeliers world wide.   The wine is 100% Chardonnay that goes through full malolactic fermentation and aged for twelve months on the lees in all French Oak barrels.   Tropical flavors of pineapple and guava sink through the palate with a rich, creamy core that is encompassed with hazelnuts and brioche.   Notes of freshly picked pear and green apple flow seamlessly throughout.  This Chardonnay is able to keep nice acidity throughout due to the cool fog that flows through the Russian River daily making it perfect for this varietal.  The finish is fresh and lush with hints of toasted oak and butter.  James Score: 90 Points

Domaine du Pre Semele Rose 2015

Sancerre, France

Cash Price $23.99

This third generation family is producing some of the finest wines in all of Sancerre.  I have used their Sauvignon Blanc many days during the sweltering heat of Houston summers.  Now, I can add this lovely Dry Rose to my repertoire to keep from melting in this heat.  The vineyards are located on Terres Blanches (limestone) soils have give the wines from this domain expressive terroir.  They use no insecticides or pesticides in their vineyards!  This Rose of Pinot Noir is truly delightful.  Flavors of red berries and bright red cherries burst on the palate with refreshing medium plus acidity.  Notes of wild flowers and rose petals envelope the mid palate with tinges of lemon lime citrus.  The finish is clean and palate cleansing with hints of candied raspberry.  James Score: 92 Points

Caymus Conundrum 25th Anniversary Red Blend 2013

California

Cash Price $22.99

The Conundrum project was a bold project started by innovator Chuck and Charlie Wagner when they wanted to produce a daily table wine for their households.  Twenty-five years later, this label has built a reputation for producing some of the best blends on the market.  This Zinfandel blend is tailor made for BBQ in the hot Texas weather.  Flavors of ripe red berries and jammy plums fill the palate quickly with touches of smoked meat and spice.  The mid palate offers medium acidity and tannins with a silky texture that beings to cream with hints of strawberry jam.  The finish is lush with smidgens of dark chocolate and nuts.  James Score: 88 Points

Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Marlborough, New Zealand

Cash Price $24.99

These wines are unique for New Zealand in that they are completely organic and biodynamic.  This wine has a touch of Semillon to soften the often zingy flavor profile of Sauvignon Blanc.  I have shied away from New Zealand in the past several years in lieu of Bordeaux Blanc, but this wine should be highlighted as one of best being produced in all of New Zealand.  Deliciously flavorful, this wine exudes flavors of gooseberry and citrus with medium plus acidity.  The wine was 20% fermented in used French oak which gives the mid palate some weight and complexity as the fruit begin to turn more tropical with notes of mango, papaya and yellow stone fruits.  The finish is clean and lip smacking.  James Score: 91 Points

San Felice Rosso di Montalcino Campogiovanni 2012

Tuscany, Italy

Cash Price $21.84

San Felice is consistently one of my favorite wineries in all of Tuscany.  The quality from top to bottom is astounding.  Most of us are insanely in love with Brunello di Montalcino, but not all of us can splurge for a $50 bottle for every day that begins with ‘Y’.  So, I often turn to the value version of Brunello which is Rosso di Montalcino.  The wines are not aged as long and typically come from younger vines, but I find the $20 price point perfect for these little gems.  Ripe and  youthful flavors of red cherries and currant sink into the palate with medium plus acidity and tannins.  Touches of dusty earth and clay are noted on the outer palate with tinges of herbs throughout the core.  Delightfully elegant and approachable, this wine is user friendly for food or a back yard sipper.  James Score: 90 Points

Ulrich Langguth Piesporter Goldtropfchen Kabinett 2014

Mosel Valley, Germany

Cash Price $17.99

The best off dry Rieslings in the world come from the Mosel Valley in Germany.  Riesling is the PERFECT grape for the extreme August heat in Houston.  I am often confounded that it is not more prevalent at the table in Texas.  The wines are light, bright, and refreshing.  What’s not to love?!?!  This delightful jewel offers flavors of luscious honey, but not sweet honey, with a beautiful citrus backbone and medium plus acidity that off sets the whiffs of sweetness.  The mid palate shows freshly picked granny smith apples and pear with licks of lemon.  The finish is clean and tinged with a slate minerality that lingers deliciously.  Perfectly Balanced!  James Score: 92 Points

Del Fin Del Mundo Pinot Noir Reserva 2014

Patagonia, Argentina

Cash Price $17.99

This time of the year I am always looking for value Pinot Noir, since it is tough for me to drink Cabernet in triple digit heat!  Argentina is a hidden gem, specifically Patagonia, for under $20 Pinot Noir that over deliver.  Ripe, yet elegant flavors of black cherry and red apples sinew deftly into medium plus acidity and medium minus tannins.  The mid palate offers subtle hints of cola and cinnamon with touches of French oak aging.  The finish has some weight to it, yet the youthful exuberance sings though with wild red berries and raspberry.  James Score: 89 Points

Les Tuiles Chardonnay 2015

Macon Villages, France

Cash Price $13.99

I am quite happy that Chardonnay lovers are starting to embrace the un-oaked styles of this versatile varietal.  I enjoy the ripe, deliciously fresh fruit that this wine offers.  Vibrant flavors of fresh yellow apples and meyer lemon citrus zing through clean medium acids.  Fleshy pear and pineapple lead the mid palate with touches of crushed wet rocks.  The finish offers a soft, creamy texture that is a perfect ending for this wine.  James Score: 88 Points

Crios Rose of Malbec 2015

Mendoza, Argentina

Cash Price $12.99

The baby wines of Susana Balbo are consistently great value and the Rose they produce is one of my favorites using Malbec.  The wine is fresh and offers flavors of wild strawberries and raspberry with medium plus acidity.  The mid palate offers touches of citrus and rose petals.  The finish is light an delicious with notes of wild flowers and hints of candied cranberry.  James Score: 89 Points

Michel Cazavieille Red Blend 2014

Saint-Chinian, France

Cash Price $8.59

I visited this winery 5 or 6 years ago when I was harvesting throughout the South of France.  I traveled through the Rhone Valley and the Languedoc-Roussillon.  One of the absolute steals of the entire trip was found in the vineyards of Michel Cazavieille.  He only had 3 people helping him tend his vineyards and offered them at rock bottom prices.  I tasted them and was immediately in love.  The Grenache, Syrah blend is a perfect daily drinker that is sure to impress even the geekier wine drinkers in the room.  Flavors of red berries and plum flow easily into medium plus acidity and medium tannins.  Notes of black pepper and garrigue move softly into a gentle creaminess that encompasses the palate.  The finish is pure and balanced with darker fruits of currant and black cherry.  James Score: 90 Points

 

Thank You,

James C. Barlow

Certified Wine Educator

Certified Sommelier

 

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Steals of the Month and Bordeaux 101 class tonight!

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

LAST CHANCE to sign up for my Bordeaux 101 Class tonight from 6-8pm at Pallotta’s Italian Grille (in the same shopping complex as Spec’s Oak Ridge North location, Woodridge shopping center).

Price: $60 per person

Wines: Chateau Tour Leognan Blanc 2o12, Pessac Leognan

Chateau Le Conseiller Red Blend 2011, Bordeaux Superior

Clos de L’Oratoire Red Blend 2011, St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe

Pavillon Leoville Poyferre Red Blend 2012, St. Julien

RSVP to jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

STEALS OF THE MONTH

Castillo Perelada Pescador Rose N/V

Emporda, Spain

Cash Price $7.99

This Garnacha blend Dry Rose is exceptional for under $10.  A natural spritz gives this wine a refreshing quality with flavors of red cherries and red berries with a crisp, clean finish.  James Score: 89 Points

Domaine de Princemelle 2012

St. Gervais, France

Cash Price $8.99

Princemelle is a stunning daily red.  It is Grenache based and user friendly with flavors of red cherries and strawberry that finishes with touches of spice and garrigue.  James Score: 89 Points

Roblar Sauvignon Blanc 2014

California

Cash Price $9.99

Roblar is perfect for this July heat in Houston.  Flavors of lemon lime citrus and grass touch into hints of guava and white peach.  The medium acidity is thirst quenching!  James Score: 88 Points

Thank You,

James C. Barlow

Certified Wine Educator

Certified Sommelier

 

 

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘THE THIRTEEN’ PICKS OF JULY 2016

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

The July heat is screaming at us, but I can’t help feel okay with it since just a month ago our fine city seemed to be floating away!  Enjoy this spectacular list for July!

I do have 15 or so seats still available for my Bordeaux 101 Class being hosted at Pallotta’s Italian Restaurant in Oak Ridge.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn, drink and eat while I talk about my experiences on my trip to Bordeaux last month while guiding you through the grapes, regions and terroir of one of the finest wine regions on Earth.  I promise it will be an experience you wont forget!  RSVP to jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com.

Martinelli Pinot Noir 2012

Sonoma Coast, California

Cash Price $39.89

Martinelli has built a reputation for producing extremely high quality Pinot Noir from some of the best soil in all of California.   They use state of the art technology to make beautifully aromatic and complex Pinot Noirs.  Intense, purely focused flavors of black cherry, raspberry and wild red berries envelope the palate with tickles of medium acidity and medium minus tannins.  The mid palate offers wild flowers and red roses encompassed by hints of rhubarb and cola.  The finish offers tinges of cedar, vanilla and whiffs of dusty earth.  This is an amazingly Pleasing Pinot.  James Score: 93 Points

Block 415 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013

Spring Mountain, California

Cash Price $34.99

I think I may have just had the BEST Block Cabernet that this series has produced!  I am an avid fan of the densely thick and voluptuous wines coming from the 2013 vintage.  Spring Mountain is far and away one of my favorite AVA’s in Napa Valley and this wine exudes brilliance from the start.  Dark and dense flavors of black currant and plum flow silkily into velvet tannins and medium plus acids.  The mid palate is plump with notes of tar, leather, and cigar box.  There is an under current of dusty gravel and dark chocolate that gives this wine an essence of terroir.  The New French Oak finish is smooth with notes of cracked hazelnuts, vanilla, and roasted coffee beans that sit on the palate for a deliciously long time.  James Score: 94 Points

Pazzo Red Blend 2013

Napa Valley, California

Cash Price $25.99

Pazzo has consistently been one of the best selling red wine blends for Spec’s the past several years.  It is a Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet blend that is richly textured from the start.  Consulting Wine Maker Kirk Venge is known for producing extracted wines that highlight rich fruit texture.  The crazy one (Pazzo) is jam packed full of sweet red berries and cherries.  The acidity is quite vibrant on the backbone with silky smooth tannins.  The finish is delivers a slew of complex flavors like black pepper, coffee bean, and mocha.  This fruit forward offering is a perfect red that does not need to be paired with food to enjoy.  James Score: 91 Points

Conundrum White Blend 25th Anniversary 2014

California

Cash Price $22.99

The Wagner Family has been producing this classic for 25 years.  This white blend has been making waves in the white wine world for many years.  Conundrum was a daring project started when white blends did not sell.  Now, this is a wine that is sought out for its approachability and delicious flavor profile.  Chuck Wagner oversees this label (Caymus Winery) with Jon Bolta as the wine-maker.  The grapes used are typically Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat Canelli, and Viognier.  Conundrum is a fun yet focused wine that is bursting with energy!  Flavors of white peaches and nectarines explode in the palate with whiffs of oak.  Notes of apricot and lemon meringue pie are plush on the  mid palate with medium acids playing on the backbone.  The finish is quite floral with hints of quince, lilacs and touches of honeysuckle.  This wine is a veritable fruit cocktail.  James Score: 90 Points

Dauvergne Ranvier ‘Muretins’ Rose 2015

Tavel, France

Cash Price $19.94

We are in the heart of Rose season!  Tavel is one of the few regions on Earth that ONLY produce Dry Rose.  Jean-François Ranvier has spent over fifteen years in oenology and wine making both in Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. He has worked in the cellars of over 50 properties in the Rhone Valley consulting on viticulture and wine making.  The grapes used are red & white Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Picpoul.  This is a new release from this producer that has knocked it out of the ball park on this vintage!  Refreshingly crisp flavors of red roses and red cherries zing through the palate with medium plus acidity.  Touches of raspberry and white pepper sink into the mid palate with just a kiss of oak aging.  The finish  is clean and pure with touches of garrigue and red flowers.  James Score: 89 Points

Chateau Le Conseiller Red Blend 2010

Bordeaux, France

Cash Price $19.94

I recently visited this winery in St. Emilion on my travels through Bordeaux.  I was extremely pleased with the complete portfolio of wines.  This offering from famed Wine maker Jean Philippe Janoueix is brilliant.  Conseiller is one of Bordeaux’s best offerings for the price point and in one of the best vintages in recent history.  The wine is a no brainer for Old World lovers.  Flavors of blackberry and cassis layer into graphite and dense minerality.  The wines has medium plus tannins and acid which make it age worthy, but Janoueix makes his wines quite accessible in their youth.  The mid palate softens into touches of cream and currant with touches of iron.  The finish is complex and well balanced with notes of cedar, leather, and tobacco.  James Score: 91 Points

Jean Baptiste Adam Cremant Rose N/V

Alsace, France

Cash Price $19.94

I am always on the lookout for quality sparkling wines.  I have often found the best value outside of the region of Champagne, yet still in the confines of France.  Methode Champenoise sparkling wines made outside Champagne, France are called ‘Cremant’ (pronounced (Cray-mawn).  The term originally indicated that the sparkling wine was less bubbly, but it is generally used as a catch all for sparkling wine outside of Champagne now.  In 2014, Jean-Baptiste Adam anniversary of their family being grape growers and winemakers in Alsace.  The winery is one the leaders in biodynamic farming.  This 100% Pinot Noir is spectacular!  Vibrant pink hues flow into the glass with a bouquet of rose petals and wild strawberries.  The palate offers red fruits of cherry and currant with touches of fleshy wild berries.  The finish offers hints of raspberry and cream which flows seamlessly into a crisp, yet elegant finish.  Perfect Summer Sparkler!  James Score: 91 Points

Carneros Highway Chardonnay 2014

Carneros, California

Cash Price $15.99

The former owners of Sebastiani are now making these wines of quality throughout the regions of Sonoma.  Flavors of pineapple and ripe pears sing through medium acidity.  Notes of lees aging are prevalent on the mid palate with hazelnuts and candied caramel.  The finish is supple with tinges of oak and cream that soften the entire palate.  James Score: 88 Points

Marchesi Incisa ‘Valmorena’ Barbera d’Asti 2013

Piedmonte, Italy

Cash Price $15.19

I love Barbera.  It is northern Italy’s workhorse grape and is best produced in the hills of Asti. This unabashedly fruit forward wine is completely un-oaked and bursting with excitement.  Flavors of bright maraschino cherries sing into the palate with red flowers and violets weaving throughout the core.  The tannins are minimal, but the acids are pure and refreshing.  Notes of fig and red berries play through the mid palate with tinges of juicy strawberry.  The finish is clean and fine with a plush core of fruits.  This wine is perfect for sitting on the patio with a loved one after a long day of work.  James Score: 90 Points

Momo Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Marlborough, New Zealand

Cash Price $14.99

Momo (meaning ‘offspring’ in Maori) has sprung from the Seresin Estate.  Momo wines are meant to be fun, enjoyable and a party wine.  All of the grapes from these wines are sustainably grown and Vegan friendly.  The wine is completely un oaked and tantalizingly tasty, Momo expresses flavors of lemon citrus and grapefruit that are encompassed by guava and pineapples.  The mid palate offers medium plus acidity with plush passion fruit quaffing throughout.  The finish is clean and thirst quenching with hints of lemon meringue and apricot. This is a perfect scorching hot heat white wine.  James Score: 89 Points

Domaine Cabasse ‘Le Rose de Marie’ Rose 2014

Seguret, France

Cash Price $13.99

Dry Rose is my drink of choice during the sweltering summer months in Texas.  This Rose is outstanding every vintage and a staple in my cellar.  It is a Grenache based wine with loads of character.  Flavors of freshly picked strawberries and raspberries zing into zesty acids with tinges of citrus and white pepper.  The mid palate offers notes of red roses and wild meadow flowers.  The finish is clean and thirst quenching with smidgeons of lychee and wild red berries.  The summer of Rose is in full swing and this wine should be a daily drinker!  James Score: 90 Points

Shannon Ridge Cabernet 2012

Lake County, California

Cash Price $12.99

This winery recently received the accolade of ‘Best Winery’ at the Houston Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Competition.  They are located in the steep mountain slopes of Lake County and are dedicated to producing high quality, sustainably farmed wines at a great price.  This high elevation Cabernet is dangerously approachable from the first pop of the cork.  Supple flavors of black cherries and dark berries are encompassed by smooth, easy tannins and well balanced acids. The core offers notes of raspberry, plum and tobacco.  The finish is silky with touches of vanilla, all spice and licks of cedar.  Spectacular wine under $15.  James Score: 88 Points

Marques De La Concordia Crianza 2009
Rioja, Spain
Cash Price $10.99
 Concordia is a  ridiculously great quality wine for the price, so I feel compelled to let  you all know about the new vintage that arrived this year.  As most of you know,  I love New World fruit infusion combined with Old World terrior mentality, and  this wine hits the nail on the head.  Marques is 100% Tempranillo and aged in  French and American oak for 18 months.  Flavors of ripe strawberry and red cherries sink into the  palate with easy flavors of rich blackberry and vanilla.  Soft spices zing  throughout the light oak with undertones of dark truffles on the finish.  This wine is made for big hearty meat dishes.  Concordia is tailor made to be a daily pair with most meat dishes.  James Score: 88 Points
Thank You,
James C. Barlow
Certified Wine Educator
Certified Sommelier
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WINE 101 CLASSES NEW SCHEDULE!

Hello Ladies and  Gentlemen,

I am extremely pleased to tell you all that I have found a sight to host the WINE 101 classes that I had previously cancelled.  As you know, I recently traveled to Bordeaux, France so naturally the inaugural class will be about one of the most famous and important wine regions in the entire world.  I will help ‘demystify’ Bordeaux by walking you through the regions, varietals, wine laws, etc… and give you in depth analysis of vintages, current and past, and probably a couple of cool stories I picked up along the way!  We will be serving select appetizers made by Pallotta’s Italian Restaurant!

RSVP TO: jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

40 seats available.

What: Bordeaux 101 Class

When: Tuesday, July 26th from 6-8pm

Where: Pallottas Italian Grill Banquet Room

Woodridge Shopping Center

27606 I-45 North

Conroe, TX 77385 (right by the New Spec’s Oak Ridge North location)

Price: $60 per person

Wines: Chateau Tour Leognan Blanc 2o12, Pessac Leognan

Chateau Le Conseiller Red Blend 2011, Bordeaux Superior

Clos de L’Oratoire Red Blend 2011, St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe

Pavillon Leoville Poyferre Red Blend 2012, St. Julien

*Wines are subject to change, but I promise it will all be great wine!

I look forward to seeing you all there!

I plan for the next class to be Tuscany 101!!!

Thank You,

James C. Barlow

Certified Wine Educator

Certified Sommelier

 

 

 

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘STEALS OF THE MONTH’ FOR JUNE 2016

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

The rains have finally subsided and the heat has kicked in!  These three wines are Summer Stunners for the Texas heat!

Pins des Dunes Rose 2015

Bordeaux, France

Cash Price $9.99

Rose season is in full swing!  Pins offers flavors of bubblegum dust, strawberry, and juicy fruit with medium plus acidity.  The mid palate shows crushed rocks and sweet jam.  The finish is packed full of jolly rancher and watermelon.  James Score: 90 Points

Pierre Archambault Muscadet de Sevre et Maine 2015

Loire Valley, France

Cash Price $8.99

A truly refreshing white with flavors of peaches and pears with touches of nuts.  The wine is light, clean and elegant with medium acidity and plenty of citrus throughout. James Score: 89 Points

Beppe Pinot Noir 2014

Pavia, Italy

Cash Price $9.99

Beppe is deliciously smooth with flavors of freshly picked red cherries and raspberries.  The wine has medium acidity and a juicy fruit finish with touches of spice.  James Score: 88 Points

Thank you,

James C. Barlow

Certified Wine Educator

Certified Sommelier

 

 

 

 

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