Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thursday 7/30 Micro Tasting: Global Rose


The next feature in our series of Thursday Micro Tastings will be Rose wine from around the world. These wines don't usually get much attention, partly because the American palate has been soiled by years of Beringer and Woodbridge White Zins, but mostly because they don't really stick around long enough to get dusty; people drink them.

Rose is wine you drink when you're with people you like, in gorgeous places, all while probably wearing very little clothing. Consequently, it tends to get upstaged. You don't see rose wines being swirled around oversized glasses by portly, spectacled gentlemen droning on about vintages and terroir. Rose gets spilled in your pool. It gets seawater in it when a tan Australian suddenly dives from the side of your sailboat. Rose may not be the most memorable wine, but it is that wine that your memories would be incomplete without.

So here we bring you a sampling from all over the world. Most of the best come from France, so they are well represented, but we're showing a Mulderbosch from South Africa, a Green Point from Australia, and a lovely Malbec Rose from Susana Balbo in Argentina. Look for a lot of distinction from this lot. You can make rose from just about any red grape (the trick is to whisk it off its skins so as to keep the color light) but each will impart their own character to the wine.

We're hoping for a great turnout for this one, as the summer heat starts to kick in. Gentlemen, I urge you to put your macho pretense aside and come enjoy this one. Nothing affirms your masculine confidence like sipping pink wine with a bunch of beautiful ladies.

So just to recap: 8 wines - $8 - 8pm


Monday, July 20, 2009

Thursday 7/23 Micro Tasting: Riviera Whites

This Thursday at 8pm we are starting our new Micro Tastings as part of our summer Blue Plate Special promotion. The Micro Tastings are a great deal. You get a taste (about an ounce and a half) of 8 different wines for the great price of $8. What's more the wines have been specially selected by the Wine Geeks here at Alfa (namely Joe and EB). We have picked some great warm weather themes that should be a perfect end to a hot summer day.

We are starting, this Thursday, with RIVIERA WHITES. Known for it's playboys, supermodels, and pristine coastline, the French Riviera is also buzzing with great wines and winemakers. The whites from the Riviera can be exotic and lush and they can be fresh and crisp, but one thing overall, they are perfect for drinking on the veranda at Monte Carlo.

Here's a list of the wines for this week. They range from steel aged Chardonnay to blends of Viognier and even some Ugni Blanc.

  • Hob Nob, Chardonnay, Languedoc/Rousillon 2006
  • Domaine de Martinolles, Chardonnay, Vin de Pays d’Aude, FR 2006
  • Chateau Routas, Wild Boar White, Provence FR 2007
  • Chateau d’ Aussieres, Blanc, Corbières, 2006
  • Vignobles Boudinaud, Grange des Rouquette, Marsanne/ Viognier, Vin de Pays d’Oc 2006

  • Domaine de Gournier, Viognier, Vin de Pays des Cevennes, 2007
  • Maison Maurel Vedeau, Sauvignon Blanc, Vin de Pays d’Oc 2006
  • Les Eydins, Viognier, Cotes du Luberon, 2004

    So just to recap: 8 wines - $8 - 8pm - THURSDAYS ALL THROUGH THE SUMMER.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Summer Blue Plate Specials

We have some exciting discounts for the Dog Days of Summer '09.  The Late Brunch on Sunday is awesome, and I am definitely excited about the Micro Tastings.  Check out the Blog for weekly updates on the Micro Tasting Wines.
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