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This week, don't miss a reading of Julia Child's new memoir, as we taste the wines of France on |
Wednesday, September 20 from 6 to 8 pm.
You asked for in-store classes? They're here! Very limited spaces available for our Explore Wine series, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Coming in October: author Dina Cheney presents her brand new book, The Tasting Club at Bottlerocket's Eclectic Salon on Oct.4.
Latest & Greatest
Domaine La Croix Bell. Le Champs des Lys 2005. France > Languedoc. $11.
Shinn Estate Vineyards. Wild Boar Doe 2004.
After two centuries of ownership by a single family, it's not surprising that this estate makes delicious wines. A blend of Grenache and Viognier, this aromatic white has a wonderful stone fruit punch with a refreshing crispness.
USA > Long Island, NY. $20.
We just bought Wild Boar Doe (a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec) and a lovely Merlot from this wife and husband effort on the North Fork of Long Island. Fanatically committed to sustainable agriculture, Barbara Shinn and David Page are producing some of the most interesting, complex, food friendly wines in the area.
Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir 2003. New Zealand > Central Otago. $35.
Wow. This Gold Medal winner has bright fruit, zinging acidity and a spicy, earthy complexity. A seriously good Pinot Noir.
Kosher wines are in stock for the holidays.
Remember, Bottlerocket delivers. We will send you a carry-box with two of each of the Latest & Greatest wines, for $132 plus tax (6 bottles total).
Wednesday, September 20, 6 to 8 pm, Eclectic Salon: Book-Signing and Tasting
Julia Child's just-published memoir My Life in France. Co-author (Julia's great-nephew) Alex Prud'homme will read excerpts and sign books as we pour the wines that Julia introduced to America, including some from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Provence. Enjoy French bread and cheese, too. Celebrate an icon of American cooking. Free. Reservations not required.
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Explore Wine Classes begin
Wednesday, October 4, Eclectic Salon: Book-Signing and Tasting
Melding the experience of a wine tasting with the casual ambiance of a book club, Dina Cheney presents the next generation in at-home entertaining in her first book, The Tasting Club. Ms. Cheney tells us how to host a tasting party while Bottlerocket offers wines to sample on site. Free. Reservations not required.
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Explore Wine: Four Week Introductory Series -- $160.
A practical, fun, utilitarian workshop to familiarize you with the major types and styles of wine. You will learn how wine is made, how to taste and evaluate wine, and ultimately what you like personally. Our goal is to provide you with the information and experience to make you comfortable, confident consumers.
September 26: Explore the Major Varieties Know the noble and notable wines of the world and a bit of history.
October 3: Explore Old vs. New World Learn how a region, grape grower and wine maker can influence the final product.
October 10: Explore White Dig deeper into the huge variety of white wines.
October 17: Explore Red Taste through the world of red wine and conclude with practical advice on continuing the adventure.
Classes start promptly at 6:30 and end at 7:30pm. Only 20 lucky participants can be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis. Full payment in advance required and no refunds possible. Fun giveaways likely.
Led by Jennifer Spiering. Jennifer's passion for wine started in her parents' backyard picking concord grapes. She comes to us via Pennsylvania where she taught at the Wine School of Philadelphia as well as for numerous private and corporate events.
Explore More: Classes coming soon...
Chocolate, Wine & Spirits
Sparkling: Styles, Stars and Values
Talking Turkey: A Thanksgiving Compendium
Navigating The Restaurant List
Strange Fruit: Exploring the Cool & Obscure