James Barlow’s ‘Steals of the Month’ for June 2017 and a Rose Revolution tasting at Pallotta’s Italian Grill

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

Well, the heat is back!  After a lovely Spring, Summer is upon us with a vengeance.  This time of the year, I generally gravitate towards lighter wines with good acidity to keep my palate refreshed.  Here are some daily slurpers for this smoking hot heat of Houston!

Please join me on Wednesday, July 19th for a Rose Revolution!  Rose is becoming a wine that is a year round treat.  The DRY Rose’s of today are MUCH different than the White Zinfandel’s the Americans cut their teeth on in the 1980’s.  Rose’s of today are serious expressions of variety and terroir that are often meant to be paired with food.  Join me as I walk you through some of my favorite Rose’s and their differences in flavor and methods of production.  Foods, of course, will be put together by the Italian food wizard, Phil Nicosia.  RSVP TO Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com.  *Minimum 17 RSVP’S to hold event*  Cancellations within 24 hours will be charged for the event, unless the seat is filled.


Where: Pallotta’s Italian Grill

27606 IH-45 North, Conroe, TX 77385

When: Wednesday, July 19th from 6-8pm

Cost: $65 per person

Wines to be Poured:

  1. Chateau de Breze Sparkling Cabernet Franc Brut N/V, Loire Valley, France
  2. Domaine Sorin 2016, Cotes de Provence, France
  3. Pins des Dunes 2016, Bordeaux, France
  4. The Ned Rose of Pinot Noir 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand
  5. Domaine des Muretins 2015, Tavel, France
  6. Perelada ‘Pescador’ Sparkling Rose N/V, Emporda, Spain


Pins Des Dunes Rose 2016

Bordeaux, France

Cash Price $9.99

This is a seriously impressive Dry Rose for dirt cheap.  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

Particular Garnacha 2015

Carinena, Spain

Cash Price $6.99

Garnacha is en Fuego!  It’s inexpensive and absolutely delightfully fun on the palate.  Fresh fruits of black cherry and raspberry are played into light notes of cream.  No oak. Very Gulpable wine.  James Score 89 Points

Gryphus Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Maule Valley, Chile

Cash Price $9.99

This is one of my favorite summer whites.  I think the best value Sauvignon Blancs are coming out of Chile.  Zesty acids are whipped into shape with flavors of citrus and grapefruit with kisses of cactus and meadow flowers.  YUM!  James Score: 90 Points

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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