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1974-08 August Classic Newsletter


August 1974 Selection of California Wine

CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 1970 Parducci

This is an encore of our March 1973 selection except that we bring you the 1970 vintage for comparison. Cabernet' s are hard to get, and reasonably priced cabernet' s that have promise are even more rare. We were fortunate to receive an allocation of this wine for our wine of the month members. The wine master at Parducci tells us that his 1970 is even more distinguished than his famous 1969. It was aged first in Redwood and then in oak. One month after bottling it began to develop a startling bouquet. It has a beautiful varietal nose, full bodied and robust, it will bloom in the bottle for many years. Equally enjoy¬able now, or for opening at intervals to follow its promis¬ing career. (P.S. two cases and a few loose bottles remain in our inventory of the 1969 vintage, in case you missed the last year) $4.25/fifth

August 1974 Selection of Imported Wine

CHATEAU THIEULEY - 1973 - ENTRE - deux - MERS

The rivers Garonne and Dordogne converge to form the Girande. The area between the latter comprised one of the major divisions of the Bordeaux wine country. Only the white wines from this area are entitled to this appellation. Until quite recently, Entre-deux-Mers wines were generally somewhat on the sweet side; faced with a declining demand, the growers made a courageous and intelligent decision, and set out to produce dry wines exclusively. Chateau Thieuley 1973 - Sec - won a bronze medal in Paris in 1974 for its class. Good color, fine, full nose, and very dry, acid, bouquet makes this an excellent white wine to accompany shell fish, shrimp and fish. A good example of a white bor¬deaux from this region. Serve chilled $2.49/fifth

● Seventy people attended the kick off event for the Palos Verdes Chapter of Les Amis du Vin. It was a gala affair. Ten California Cabernet Sauvignons were tasted and evaluated. John Movius' narrative was educational. All the wines were good, but the 1966 Charles Krug Vintage Selection and 1935 Simi were the stars. A resume is being prepared. Dr. Brad Winch, Regional Director, announced that there would be a tasting in September and one in November. If you missed this last event, and wish to be notified of the future ones, please leave your name at the shop. Better sti'l, join Les Amis du Vin and you will be on the permanent mailing list.

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Les Amis du Vin Wine of the Month Special Selections are now in stock and displayed. (Not to be conused with our own in house Wine of the Month Program) Difficulties of shipment from sources of origin and importing into Cal¬ifornia of the special wines has caused delays in the avail¬ability of the wines. Here are the recent arrivals:

- Chateau Cissac - 1969 - (Cru Bourgeois)- $6.87/fifth (Harry Waugh Selection)
- Bourgogne Aligote - 1972 - 6.98/Magnum
- Cassis (for making Kir with above) 3.12/tenth
- Cotes du Rhone - 1972 - 6.10/Magnum
- Cotes du Rhone - Nouveau - 1973 - 6.10/Magnum
- Forster Mariengarten - 1972 - 3.99/fifth
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New Wines in stock:

- Cresta Blanca Zinfandel $3.00/fifth
- Cresta Blanca Cabernet Sauvignon 3.55/fifth
- Cresta Blanca Petite Sirah 3.00/fifth
- Cresta Blanca French Colombard 2.30/fifth

In our opinion, these were the best of the Cresta Blanca presentations at their recent trade tasting. We think they are priced right and worth your try.

- Blanc de Blancs - Vin de Lecaillere $1.99/fifth

A regional white, extra dry, ideal for accompanying seafood.

- Poully Fuisse - "Les Crays" Cuvee Reservee $6.89/fifth
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