- Q & A
May 1978 Selection of California Wine
THE MONTEREY VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 1974
The Monterey Vineyard and winery is located in Monterey County, and in the Salinas Valley which is nestled between the Gabilan heights and the Santa Lucia Mountains. In 1961 this area supported less than a hundred acres of vines, but by 1974 this figure had climbed to nearly 40,000 acres. The Monterey Vineyard was largely responsible for this dramatic increase in premium wine grape plantings.
The Pinot Noir alone is responsible for all the great red Burgundies of France. It also produces over 60% of all French champagne. Transplanted to California, the Pinots preserve in general the distinguishing characteristics of their french forbearers. The vines are shy bearers and seem to do best in the cool Coastal valleys of California.
This Monterey Vineyard Pinot Noir goes a long way toward capturing the character of its french counterparts. It has a fragrant, almost flowery nose, and a beautiful ruby color. It has good fruit, medium body, and a very pleasant lingering finish. Serve this one at room temperature with light meats or game.
May 1978 Selection of Imported Wine
PIESPORTER TREPPCHEN 1976 KABINETT-SPATER
According to Andre Simon, the patriarch of wine writers: "The wines of Piesport are among the very best of the Moselle." We heartily agree. In this strategic North bank location on the Moselle River, the vineyards of this mountain hugging village rise tier upon tier in great curves facing south. Good slate soil, good sun exposure, and time tried vines are the foundation for the delicate, sound, wines of Piesport.
Our Kabinett grade (Quality wine with "Kabinett" designation) comes from the estate of Theo. Spater, and exclusively selected by a San Francisco broker, Wolfgang Morandell, whose palate we respect. The 1976 vin,tage was an outstanding one, and the vineyards of Treppchen produced well.
The wine is made from Johannisberg Riesling 75% and Muller Thurgau 25%. It is straw yellow in color with a traditional greenish hue and very fruity, clean, nose. The taste is delicate, correct acid followed with a hint of sweetness that blends in your mouth to complement the aroma. Serve as an appertif, with light luncheons, or with white meats. We consider this Moselle a find at this price.
Another scoop by Palos Verdes Wines & Spirits--------Korbel, the famous California champagne makers have discontinued making port and sherry. We acquired their closeout of port & sherry at 27.4% savings and are passing it on to you. Both are very good. Nothing happens to port or sherry, they keep for decades, so here is an opportunity to stock up.
We have recently added a few new items to our jug wine section. Just as in our premium wines, we taste before adding a new item or line to our shelves.
New from Foppiano Vineyards is their Chablis, in the 1.5 Liter size. This wine is on the light side, but has good balance for a jug wine. It's fresh and clean, and is perfect for warm weather quaffing. Very attractive. Also from Foppiano is their Burgundy in the 1.5 Liter size. It has good color, medium body and tends to be a little drier than most jug Burgundies. A terrific value.
To round off our selection of new items in this department we have added Setrakian Mountain Chablis. It has a pale color and a light body, with a clean finish. Also a good warm weather wine. Try one of these new items next time you have a jug wine in mind.
● Foppiano Chablis - $2.69/1.5 L
● Foppiano Burgundy - $2.69/1.5 L $14.53/case
● Setrakian Mountain Chablis - $3.39/½ Gal. $18.31/case
KORBEL REG CLOSEOUT
● SHERRY $2.19 $1.59/FIFTH-$19.08/CASE
● PORT $2.19 $1.59/FIFTH-$19.08/CASE
~ We have added a selection of three Zinfandels from Carneros Creek Winery. All three Zinfandels were produced by the same winemaker at the same winery. The grapes came from different regions and have produced markedly different wines. Try all three and compare for yourself.
Carneros Creek California Zin-
fandel '75. $3.25/fifth $35.10/cs
Carneros Creek Amador County Zin- fandel '76. $4.00/fifth $43.20/cs
Carneros Creek Yolo County Zin- fandel '76. $4.75/fifth $51.30/cs
~ Dry Sack sherry available in a new size at a special introductory price.
nDry Sack 37.5 oz. $8.45/fifth $91.26/case
~ Also new from the Dry Sack people is "Cream Sack" sherry. This is a cream sherry and quite a good one at that.
Cream Sack- $6.99/fifth $75.50/cs
~New in the shop from Clos du Bois Winery is their 100% Gewurztraminer from Alexander Valley. Clean, crisp and refreshing.
Alexander Valley Gewurztraminer 1977. $4.75/fifth $51.30/case
CABERNET SAUVIGNON TASTING SEMINAR
The Manhattan Beach Chapter will be holding the 2nd Seminar in the double event on the best of the current Cabernets on May 19, 1978. The wines:
'75 Carneros Creek Amador Co.-Shenandoah)
'75 Stags Leap
'75 Diamond Creek (Red Rock Terrace)
'75 Spring Mountain
'73 Heitz Martha's Vineyard
'73 Beaulieu (Georges de la Tour)
'73 Mondavi (Reserve)
'71 Trentadue (South Bay favorite)
This Seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn, Torrance, at 8:00PM. The price for this event is $11 for members and first guest; $13 for additional quests and prospective members. Advance reservations are required. Cancellation deadline for refund is May 16. If interested, please return the attached form.
Next event: SPARKLING WINES - June 16Please reserve ____ places at the tasting on Friday, 19 May 1978. Name _________________________________ Address ________________________________ ________________________________ Phone: (home)__________ (office) __________ LADV Member # _______ Chapter _________ Enclosed is my check for $ ________________ MAIL TO: Les Amis du Vin c/o R. W. Vander Stucken 5326 Carmelynn Street Torrance, Ca 90503 (213) 370-2823