JAMES BARLOW’S ‘THE THIRTEEN’ PICKS OF AUGUST 2017

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have been spoiled rotten lately with the amount of quality wine that has passed through my palate.  This month, the wine selections will be bouncing around with different countries and price points that have really impressed me.  It is a wonderful time to be drinking wine in this crazy hot summer weather.  You won’t want to miss out on this month’s selections.  They truly are spectacular from top to bottom.  Enjoy!

Domaine Bernard Moreau ‘Old Vine’ Pinot Noir 2014

Burgundy, France

Cash Price $44.99

It is impossible to mention the famed region of Chassagne-Montrachet in the Cote de Beaune without speaking of Bernard Moreau.  This small chateau produces organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines with a pure hands off approach to allow the grapes to offer their true expressions of flavor and terroir.  The Pinot Noir they produce is unfined and unfiltered to make sure zero flavor is leached out of the final product.  All that said, this juice is absolutely stunning!  The vines from this vineyard are nearing their 60th year which causes very low yield, high quality fruit.  The wine is fermented with natural yeast and aged in 30% new French oak for 15 months.  Beautifully opulent flavors of bright red raspberry and marmalade sink into medium plus acids and soft, plush tannins.  The mid palate offers hints of cream with wild red berries and violets.  The finish is pure and expressive with tinges of hazelnut, potpourri and just a whiff of vanilla cola.  James Score: 95 Points

Chateau Cantemerle ‘Grand Cru Classe’ Red Blend 2014

Bordeaux, France

Cash Price $35.79

Chateau Cantemerle is an often overlooked 5th Growth from the Haut-Medoc region in Bordeaux.  The 2014 vintage is a great value vintage and becomes a ‘perfect storm’ for bargain hunters when they find/purchase Chateaux like this gem.  One must typical drop a minimum $100 to buy ‘Classified Growth’, so buying at this price is a no brainer.  I wouldn’t have always said that, but Cantermerle ,specifically, has really upped their game in the past several years to produce wines well above the price point.  Flavors of red cherries and currant flow into medium plus tannins and medium acids.  The mid palate is gorgeous with a sensually seamless profile of sweet tobacco, fleshy plums and a creamy core that weaves harmoniously throughout the mouth feel.  The finish offers touches of cedar, cigar box and hints of herbs and vanilla bean.  James Score: 94 Points

Indomita ‘Zardoz’ Ultra Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Maipo Valley, Chile

Cash Price $29.99

I recently held a Chile vs. Argentina tasting for consumers.  The two countries were neck and neck the entire tasting till the final flight where ‘Zardoz’ was premiered.  This wine tipped the scale into an almost unanimous vote for Chile to win the competition.  The wine is named after the wild and untamable spirit that embodied the winery’s famous horse.  Extremely focused flavors blackberry and black cherry sink into rich, concentrated tannins that fill the mouth with hedonistic abandon.  Smidgeons of red fruit flow into the mid palate with a generous dollop of cedar and vanilla.  The finish is chalked full of hazelnuts and almonds with hints of graphite and cocoa dust.   The wine sits on the palate for a gorgeously long time.  James Score: 95 Points

Le Monde Ribolla Gialla 2016

Friuli Venizia Giulia, Italy

Cash Price $17.89

This white has secretly become one of my favorite wines in our entire portfolio.  I would’ve written it up in previous vintages, but we received such a small allocation that I couldn’t justify it.  Fortunately, we now have a larger allocation so I can share this wine with you all!  Ribolla Gialla is a rarely seen grape from Northern Italy (typically in Friuli) that makes Pinot Grigio seems like watered down water.  The winery is located in one of the best places in Italy to produce white wine, Friuli Grave DOC, and follow organic, sustainable and biodynamic practices.  The wine is completely un-oaked and bursting with energy!  Frenetic flavors of orange zest, papaya, and lemon citrus soften the backbone of acidity.  The mid palate offers a sweet tartness that tickles the taste buds with hints of wet rocks and flint.  The finish is delightfully clean with whiffs of wild meadow flowers and candied peaches.  I am truly in love with this wine!  James Score: 93 Points

Block 217 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2015

Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Cash Price $19.94

The Block Series has hit another home run with this perfectly priced Cabernet!  Napa Valley fruit is more expensive than its ever been, so producers are slowly but surely wandering up to Washington for quality grapes that don’t break the budget.  Horse Heaven Hills is an up and coming AVA and considered one of the finest in Washington, boasting the states finest vineyard, Champoux.  The 2015 vintage was rock solid and offers stunning wines across the board.  Rich and concentrated flavors of blackberry and black currant sleek silkily through medium plus tannins and medium acids.  Notes of tobacco leaf and cigar box weave through the mid palate with hints of fleshy plum.  The finish is long and integrated with touches of cedar, vanilla and hazelnuts.  Under 3,000 case production.  James Score: 90 Points

Busca Chardonnay 2014

Russian River Valley, California

Cash Price $25.99

Busca is produced by Brack Mountain Wine Company that is family owned and dedicated to finding small, artisan wines that over deliver for the price.  Located in one of the finest places in California to produce Chardonnay, this wine is showing a trend towards a more Burgundian approach to the grape.  Flavors of green apple and pear flow into medium (leaning towards medium plus) acids that are softened by the creamy core that doesn’t slather butter on the palate, but does offer an easy spoonful of it.  The finish offers touches of vanilla and toasted oak with kisses of melon and Meyer lemon.  Only 215 cases produced.  James Score: 90 Points

Faustino V Reserva 2011

Rioja, Spain

Cash Price $18.99

Rioja is considered one of the finest wine regions in Spain with a DOCa status (one of only two).  Faustino produces high quality, classic examples of Tempranillo here.  Reserva wines are aged a minimum three years before release but can age for decades.  This wine was aged in American oak for 18 months and the remaining in bottle.  Faustino has 150 years of pedigree and are considered one of the best producers in Rioja.  This classic wine offers quality from start to finish.  Flavors of vibrant red cherries and red berries flow into medium plus acidity and tannins. The mid palate offers strawberries and hints of licorice that dance around notes of tobacco and tea leaf.  The wine is medium bodied but the mouth feel is surprisingly full.  The finish is sleek with a strong vanilla milk chocolate note with whiffs of toasted oak and sawdust.  James Score: 92 Points

Dr. Konstantin Frank Brut Sparkling 2009

Finger Lakes, New York

Cash Price $19.94

Dr. Konstantin Frank wines are some of the true hidden jewels in the United States.  His sparkling wines are some of the more serious, complex bubbles produced in all of the Americas.  Konstantin Frank was the 1st to make Vinifera vines (all those wonderful grapes you drink as wine come from this vine species) work in New York.  Frank produces Traditional Method (Champagne style) sparkling wines from the same grapes used in the Champagne region of France.  This bubbling beauty has double the price taste, yet is under $20 because it is not readily known on the market.  This Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend offers glittery flavors of apricot, lemon lime zest and candied oranges on the palate with tight bubbles gleaming throughout the mouth feel.  Notes of apple and almond glow graciously on the mid palate.  The wine is aged on its lees for five years which gives the finish an exquisite confection, brioche flavor profile.  James Score: 92 Points

Eberle ‘Full Boar’ Red Blend N/V

Paso Robles, California

Cash Price $19.94

Eberle has been on the forefront of the Paso Robles Revolution that has brought this AVA to fame in the past several years.  He produces dynamic Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah (The 1st in Paso Robles to do so) and Zinfandel as well as a slew of other varieties.  This wine is non-vintage to give the wine consistency every vintage.  It is a mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel based wine that is perfectly matched with Texas BBQ.  Deliciously juicy flavors of bramble and blackberry burst into the palate with medium tannins and acids.  Boysenberry pops into the mid palate with tickles of raspberry and cherry.  The finish has a spicy note of black pepper with hints of vanilla, cinnamon sticks and toasted oak.  This is a brisket lovers perfect pairing.  James Score: 90 Points

Domaine Pegau ‘Pink Pegau’ Dry Rose 2016

Vin de France

Cash Price $16.99

This Dry Rose is consistently one of my favorite wines for the blazingly hot summers of Houston.  It is an 80% Cinsault blend with bits of Grenache and Carignan sourced from the vineyards of Laurence Feraud in Sorgues (4 miles south of Chateauneuf du Pape).  Pegau doesn’t produce any wines short of spectacular. Period. Always know you have quality when you pop a bottle of Pegau.  Pink Pegau offers wild strawberries and watermelon that linger on medium plus acidity.  The mid palate hits with wild red berries and red cherry with just a hint of white pepper and red roses.  The finish shows tinges of minerality with a whiff of red apples and peach.  James Score: 91 Points

Tohu Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Marlborough, New Zealand

Cash Price $14.99

Tohu (pronounced Tor-who) means signature and is produced by the first Maori owned wine company.  The Maori are the indigenous people of Aoteroa (New Zealand).  They produce expressive wines from a single vineyard in one of the finest regions in Marlborough, called Awatere Valley.  Fresh and zesty acids reach through the tropical flavors of gooseberries and key lime.  The wine is completely un-oaked and offers a mid palate of freshly picked herbs surrounded by a medley of guava and grapefruit.  The finish is pure and intense with a classic New Zealand profile.  James Score: 90 Points

Feudo Principi di Butera Nero d’Avola 2015

Riesi, Sicily

Cash Price $12.99

Butera is an unpretentious wine that is perfectly lovely on a hot summer day with a slight chill (YES it is OK to chill your red wine!).  Nero D’Avola is an indigenous varietal of Sicily that has fleshy fruits and medium body, which makes it perfect for summer.  Ripe flavors of black cherry and blackberry play through sleek medium acids and tannins.  The fruit turns slightly stewed on the mid palate with hints of brown sugar and scorched plum.  The finish shows cinnamon, mocha and tinges of coffee grinds. Butera is a very versatile wine that will pair well with numerous dishes or as a back porch pounder.  James Score: 90 Points

Losen Bockstanz ‘Wittlicher Lay’ Riesling Kabinett 2015

Mosel, Germany

Cash Price $11.99

The 2015 vintage in Germany is turning out to be one of the more remarkable in many years.  The Rieslings coming from this vintage are nothing short of spectacular.  For Me, Riesling is good year round but it is particular good this time of the year because it is low alcohol with touches of sweetness that combine with beautiful acidity to offer a harmoniously refreshing wine that is the perfect thirst quencher.  This single vineyard wine would be great at triple the price.  The wine is bursting with green apples that sink into exotic spice with medium plus acidity that melds beautifully with the licks of sweetness.  On the palate the wine barely shows sweetness and offers notes of pear, white peach and honeycomb.  The finish is clean and pure with touches of beeswax and fresh meadow flowers.  Yum!  James Score: 92 Points

Thank you,

James C. Barlow,CWE,CSS

Spec’s Regional Sales Trainer

 

 

 

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James Barlow’s ‘Steals of the Month’ for July 2017

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are in the middle of the ‘dog days’ of summer.  It is HOT,HOT, HOT!  Here are several deliciously fun wines that are built for easy drinking through the scorching Houston weather.  Enjoy!

Particular ‘Old Vine’ Garnacha 2013

Carinena, Spain

Cash Price $8.99

Garnacha is built for hot weather.  Fleshy and fruity, this wine offers focused blackberry and black raspberry with minimum acids, tannins and maximum fruit. Un-oaked. James Score: 89 Points

Domaine de Pouy White Blend 2015

Cotes de Gascogne, France

Cash Price $9.99

A blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard, this wine is built for the searing heat.  Light, fresh, and un-oaked, the wine offers citrus notes with touches of pear and lemon lime zest.  Low alcohol.  Excellent daily white wine.  James Score: 89 Points

Le Versant Grenache Rose 2016

Vins de Pay’s D’Oc, France

Cash Price $7.99

These wines always over-achieve for the price.  This Grenache based Rose is a STEAL!  Light and fruit forward, the wine offers flavors of strawberry and red cherries with medium acidity.  Clean and to the point, this wine is exactly what is in my glass this time of year.  James Score: 89 Points

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE, CSS

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Free Customer Appreciation Wine Tasting at Spec’s Oak Ridge North Featuring Landmark Wines and Master Sommelier Joe Spellman

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please join us for a wonderful Free wine tasting with one of the more knowledgeable wine professionals in the business.

RSVP to rsvp_woodlands@specsonline.com or jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

Take a tour of California with Landmark Wines hosted by the Winery’s Master Sommelier, Joe Spellman. Taste some fantastic wine including 3 Single Vineyard Chardonnays, Overlook Chardonnay & Overlook Pinot Noir.  This is a FREE class happening at our Oak Ridge North location (27490 IH-45 N) across from the Woodlands Mall from 6:30 – 8PM

What: Landmark Winery Wine Tasting Featuring Master Sommelier Joe Spellman

When: Thursday, July 27th from 6:30-8:00PM

Where:  Oak Ridge North location (27490 IH-45 N)

See you there!

James C. Barlow, CWE,CSS

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JAMES BARLOW’S ‘THE THIRTEEN’ PICKS OF JULY 2017

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I apologize for the tardiness of this month’s release but I took a vacation, so now I’m a bit behind.  Kids are out of school, vacations are booming, and that usually means that people are lighter in the pocketbooks. This month, I have picked some delicious ‘Value’ reds and whites for this blog, sprinkled with some absolute gems that I have tasted this month.  Enjoy!

Paradise Ridge ‘Elevation’ Cabernet 2013

Rockpile, California

Cash Price $44.99

This Gem Cabernet Sauvignon is often overlooked in our portfolio.  It gets lost among the Caymus, Silver Oak, and Jordan’s of the world, but I would pick this bottle of wine 10 out of 10 times over all the aforementioned wineries.  This stunning Cabernet from the Rockpile vineyard in Sonoma drinks gorgeously  from the first sup.  Ripe flavors of black cherry and currant sink into structured, yet juicy tannins and acids.  Lush notes of chocolate covered raspberries sinew through the mid palate with wisps of vanilla bean and mocha.  The finish is long, lingering and integrated with notes of cinnamon, graham crackers, and cedar.  Only 225 cases produced!  James Score: 95 Points

Chateau du Glana 2011

Bordeaux, France

Cash Price $34.59

The 2011 vintage is one of my favorite because the wines are less expensive, but still hold outstanding quality across the board.  St. Julien is one of those appellations that doesn’t get the exposure of its neighboring villages such as Pauillac and Margaux, but often outshines its neighbors without breaking the bank.  This rocking wine offers elegance and balance of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot.  Ripe flavors of blackberry and black currant flow easily into firm, yet approachable tannins and acids.  The finish is chalked full of tobacco leaf, cedar, and smidgeons of vanilla.  James Score: 91 Points

Holdredge ‘Rolling Thunder’ Pinot Noir 2014

Russian River, France

Cash Price $44.99

Some of the best Pinot Noir’s from the United States come from the Russian River AVA.  I think John Holdredge is producing some of the finest expressions of Pinot Noir in all California.  He produces less than 2000 cases and you can put it in the bank that anytime you  pop a cork of Holdredge Pinot, the quality is there.  Lush flavors of raspberry and strawberry fly off the palate with exhilaration and a richness that is delightfully surprising.  The mid palate shows a creamy core with cola and allspice that is woven into rose petals and jam.  The finish is sleek and refreshing with just a kiss of cinnamon, and vanilla cream.  James Score: 94 Points 

Waterford Chardonnay 2014

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Cash Price $19.94

Waterford winery located in Stellenbosch continues to overachieve for the money.  I am an avid fan of their Cabernet Sauvignon, and now I would say that this Chardonnay is up there on my list of favorites.  The wine is produced in a single vineyard and aged for 8 months on 26% New French oak.  I enjoy this wine because it is not overly oaked, shows restraint, yet also allows for the fruits to shine throughout.  Waterford exudes flavors of peach and papaya that is encompassed by a lemon citrus zest.  The mid palate shows touches of lees aging with hints of nutmeg and hazelnuts.  The finish has a whiff of creamy oak with coconut butter and hints of minerality.  James Score: 91 Points

Dubost Gamay 2015

Beaujolais Villages, France

Cash Price $14.99

Beaujolais is finally shrugging off the stigmatism that they only produce cheap nouveau wine that you only buy once a year to put on the table for Thanksgiving Day festivities.  This region is producing stunningly elegant and refreshing red wines that are perfect for the dog days of Houston summers.  Vibrant flavors of red cherries and cranberry burst into the palate with tinges of freshly picked strawberry and boysenberry.  The wine offers medium plus acids with medium minus tannins and minimal oak influence. Dubost is all about offering refreshing red fruits with deliciously thirst quenching acidity.  YUM!  James Score: 90 Points

Chateau de Breze Rose N/V

Loire Valley, France

Cash Price $17.99

My continuing affinity for the Loire Valley grows daily when I have the joy of tasting jewels like this wine.  100% Cabernet Franc from Saumur, this summer stunner knocked my socks off for the price.  Breze is considered one of the best organic and biodynamic vineyards in all Saumur and their sparkling Cremants (pronounced Kray-Mawn) are some of the best that they offer.  Flavors of citrus and rose petals zip into the palate with mouth watering intensity.  Hints of wild flowers and raspberry tickle the mid palate with bits of quince.  The finish offers minerality and a touch of salinity with red currant and crisp acidity.  James Score: 90 Points

Gemtree ‘Cinnabar’ Red Blend 2016

McLaren Vale, Australia

Cash Price $16.99

I am pleased to see the Aussies starting to focus on quality over quantity with their wines.  McLaren Vale is considered one of the finest regions in all of Australia and the area is best known for their red blends.  Gemtree garners very high praise from critics on a regular basis.  They have become famous with their organic and biodynamic vineyard practices.  Truthfully, the wines are quite impressive.  This is a blend of 40%Grenache/33% Shiraz/ and 27% Mourvedre.  The wine offers flavors of jammy plums and dark black fruits that offer a thicker viscosity in the mouth feel.  Notes of black pepper and spice are prevalent through the mid palate with medium tannins and acids.  The finish offers hints of tobacco and red licorice that sits easily on the palate.  Good BBQ wine.  James Score: 89 Points

Jean Baptiste Adam Riesling 2015

Alsace, France

Cash Price $16.99

Alsace produces some of the best DRY white wines in the world and this vintage is one of the best I have ever tasted!  I am stoked to be able to offer this winery at such a spectacular price.  This family just celebrated the 400th anniversary of their family being grape growers and winemakers in Alsace.  Riesling is the king of white grapes in Alsace making wines that are deliciously dry and hauntingly hedonistic.  Flavors of zesty citrus and orange blossoms flow into medium plus acidity without any encumbering oak.  Touches of apricot and grapefruit sinew cleanly through hints of wet rocks.  The finish is amazingly complex with apple blossoms, wild white flowers and lychee.  This is a WOW wine.  James Score: 91 Points

12 Gauge Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

California

Cash Price $13.99

Bjorn Larson(Yes, that Bjorn Howell Mountain Cabernet guy) and his compadre were in town recently showing off their delightfully easy drinking Gauge Cabernet.  The theme of this wine is for hunters, but truthfully I see this as a patio wine or daily drinker that never disappoints.  Ripe flavors of black cherry and currant show off this fruity, yet unassuming wine.  Fleshy and fun, Gauge over delivers for the money with accessible tannins and acids that flows into an easy, effortless finish.  James Score: 88 Points

Shannon Ridge ‘Wrangler Red’ Red Blend 2015

Lake County, California

Cash Price $12.99

Lake County is starting to garner praise for rock solid reds in the region north of Napa Valley.  Shannon Ridge was awarded the ‘Top Winery’ at Houston’s Uncorked Wine Competition in 2015.  This winery is releasing stellar red based on Zinfandel and Rhone Varietals.  Wrangler Red is a silky smooth Zindandel, Syrah blend that screams fruit from the onset.  The wine has been aged in French and American oak for 18 months.  Intense flavors of black cherry and black raspberry seep through the full blackberry with medium tannins and acids.  Notes of graham cracker and cinnamon are prevalent on the mid palate with touches of sweet tobacco and milk chocolate.  The finish is creamy and velvety with smooth lingering tones of rich fruit and spice.  Best Daily drinker that money can buy!  James Score: 89 Points

The Ned Rose of Pinot Noir 2016

Marlborough, New Zealand

Cash Price $11.99

This wine is a 2nd label of Marisco and has quickly become one of my favorite ‘inexpensive’ Roses.  You all know that I love Pinot Noir, so it just makes sense that I would love a Pinot Noir Rose.  New Zealand offers fresh and appealing wines that are very consistent in quality.  Bright flavors of wild red berries and watermelon sink into medium acidity with hints of jammed strawberry and cream.  The finish shows raspberry and red flowers with a gentle cream that lingers on the palate.  James Score: 90 Points

Liberation de Paris Red Blend 2015

Rhone Valley, France

Cash Price $11.99

This wine pays homage to the US soldiers that liberated Jean-Francois Bonnete’s fathers town in WWII.  A portion of the sales of every bottle of wine goes to a Veteran’s Hospital right here in Houston.  The wines are quite tasty as well!  This Grenache based red blend is jam packed full of flavors with red cherry and strawberries leading the march.  Secondary notes of fig, cured meat and black pepper are encompassed by medium tannins and acids.  The finish is easy and fun with touches of smoke and garrigue.  James Score: 88 Points

Ryan Patrick ‘Naked’ Chardonnay 2014

Columbia Valley, Washington

Cash Price $9.99

Ryan Patrick’s Chardonnay is fresh, fruity and completely un-oaked! Washington is producing some amazing value, every day wines that over deliver for the price point.  This Chardonnay offers flavors of citrus and honeydew melon with hints of apricot and pear.  The mid palate shows medium acidity without malolactic fermentation.  Theh finish gives ways to green apples that cleanses the palate and begs for another gulp!  James Score: 88 Points 

Thank you,

James C. Barlow, CWE,CSS

 

 

 

 

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A ROSE REVOLUTION WINE TASTING AND PAIRING NEXT WEEK!

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

*The tasting is next week! There are still spots available.  Don’t miss out on this deliciously refreshing tasting on some of the world’s more versatile wines!*

RSVP to Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

Dry Rose wines are the hottest growing category in the United States with soaring sales over the past several years.

Please join me on Wednesday, July 19th for a Rose Revolution!  Rose is becoming a wine that is a year round treat, especially here in the HOT HOUSTON HEAT! The DRY Rose’s of today are MUCH different than the White Zinfandel’s that 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.  See you there!

RSVP TO Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com. 

What: A ROSE REVOLUTION!

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 Rose N/V, Loire Valley, France
  2. Domaine Sorin Rose 2016, Cotes de Provence, France
  3. Pins des Dunes Rose 2016, Bordeaux, France
  4. The Ned Rose of Pinot Noir 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand
  5. Domaine des Muretins Rose 2015, Tavel, France
  6. Perelada ‘Pescador’ Sparkling Rose N/V, Emporda, Spain
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A ROSE REVOLUTION! WINE TASTING AND PAIRING AT PALLOTTA’S ITALIAN GRILL

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dry Rose wines are the hottest growing category in the United States with soaring sales over the past several years.

Please join me on Wednesday, July 19th for a Rose Revolution!  Rose is becoming a wine that is a year round treat, especially here in the HOT HOUSTON HEAT! The DRY Rose’s of today are MUCH different than the White Zinfandel’s that 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.  See you there!

RSVP TO Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com. 

What: A ROSE REVOLUTION!

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

*Minimum 17 RSVP’S to hold event*  Cancellations within 24 hours will be charged for the event, unless the seat is filled

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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.

What: A ROSE REVOLUTION!

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

STEALS OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE 2017

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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