1976-02 February Classic Newsletter
February 1976 Selection of California Wine
BEAULIEU BEAU TOUR 1973
George de Latour traveled through California searching for an ideal location for establishing a vineyard. He found what he sought in the Rutherford area of Napa Valley, and it was here in 1900 that he established the Beaulieu estate.
Beau Tour is a recently released wine from Beaulieu which is a blend of 80% Cabernet and 20% Merlot. The great chateaux of Bordeaux produce Cabernet Sauvignon grapes which are generally high in acid and tannin. To soften the wine, the French commonly blend with Merlot. Here we have a California wine produced in that style.
Beau Tour has a nose reminiscent of many of these French Bordeaux. It is a smooth, soft wine with a pleasant lingering finish. A surprising wine at a reasonable price. Judge it yourself. Give it that "look, sniff, swirl and taste" test. Serve at room temperature with red meats and hearty meals.
$3.50/fifth $37.80/case 12
February 1976 Selection of Imported Wine
PAARL LATE VINTAGE 1972
The Paarl Valley is located in Cape Province and is generally regarded as South Africa's finest viticultural district. An ideal climate, with sparse summer rain, gives the vine almost everything that it needs.
Paarl Late Vintage is produced by the K.W.V.,a sort of national cooperative with five wineries. At Paarl, they have some of the world's largest and most modern wine producing facilities.
This riesling type wine is produced from a local grape variety known as the steen. The steen has proven to be one of South Africa's best white grape varieties. The grapes for this wine were picked late, thus adding fullness to the body and a slight sweetness to the finish. A very delightful wine from a far off corner of the world. Serve chilled with white meat dishes, sweet sauce dishes, or after dinner with apples, pears and cheese.
$2.79/fifth $30.13/case 12
"ONE BOTTLE TO A CUSTOMER" recent arrivals
We were successful in securing very limited quantities of some recent wines that made the news. 142 offer what we have on an allocation, because we only have a case or less of each.
* Ridge Ruby Cabernet 1972 (Overall gold medal
winner at L.A. County Fair) $7.50/fifth
* Spring Mountain Cabernet Franc 1973 $12.00/fifth
* Edelwein (Overall gold medal L.A. County
Fair) 1973 $11.95/fifth
* Cabernet Sauvignon Gecrge LaTour Private
Reserve Beaulieu Vineyard 1971 $8.95/fifth
* George LaTour Private Reserve Cabernet
Sauvignon 1969 $4.99/tenth
* Hanzell Pinot Chardonnay 1973 $10.00/fifth
Come by and see what is left of these fine wines or call and reserve your choices.
A recent column appeared in one of our trade journals entitled "1975 HEUBLIEN WINE AUCTION." A comment and a forecast made, attracted our attention. Thought you would be interested.
Alexander C. McNally, Director of the Heublein Premiere National Auction of Rare Wines. Predicts that California may he on the threshold of a "Golden Age of Wine."
"Traditionally, the 'Golden Age of Wine' is regarded as the two decades from 1858 to 1878 in Europe." noted McNally. "But I believe we're on the threshold of even greater things in California."
McNally contends that the next 25 years in California might well surpass the original "Golden Age" in both quality and availability.
"We may be seeing some of the greatest wines in history." he added.
McNally cited growing recognition of the quality of California wines in both Europe and the United States since 1950, with private collectors beginning to sequester particular vintages of California wines in their cellars. He noted that the great vineyards of California continued to improve their wines in the 1960's and early 1970's and also moved selectively to produce special wines. This, plus continued attention to quality control in the vineyard, fermenting and aging stages, provides the basis for his prediction about the future.
Those of you who enjoy reading our Wine-of-the-Month newsletters may want to gather a complete set going back to the beginning in 1972. It's a great way to learn about the origins and characteristics of the wines we featured, which we consider are excellent wines in their class. Only a limited number of sets are available and they are free while they last.
Les Amis du Vin
Monday February 23rd.1976 is the date for the next Les Amis du Vin wine tasting and seminar of the Palos Verdes Chapter. John Movius, Founder and Regional Director of Southern California chapter of Les Amis du Vin, will be our guest speaker. He is a recognized authority, connoisseur, and highly sought after wine lecturer. Wine Judge at Los Angeles County Fair. Editor of Wine Scene and West Coast Editor of Friends of Wine Magazine.
"Styles of California Cabernet Sauvignon" will be the topic for the day. Included in the wines to be tasted are: Stags Leap '73, Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace and Volcanic Hill '73, Spring Mountain, Pedroncelli '72,Beaulieu George Latour Private Reserve '71,Charles Krug Vintage Selection Signature Bottle '68, Louis Martini '72.
Quite an impressive lineup! We feel fortunate in having John Movius help us review and comment on these wines.
Aperitif will be served at 7:30 pm. Tasting promptly at 8:00 pm. Attendance is restricted to 56 participants. Our new location GIGI Restaurant can only accommodate that many. Reservation forms are available at the shop, stop by or phone for them. (NOTE: In our January newsletter, we had announced that the tasting in February was scheduled for the 9th. This has been changed to the 23rd.If you had calendared it, please make the change)
We have settled to featuring three wine sales a year, in February, June, and October, and only if we can find suitable wines for the types of sale we like to hold. All our sales are based upon our suppliers having available items they have to discontinue or sell off because of losing their franchise, or other economic reasons. We taste every wine, before we consider it for our sale. If it tastes good for the price, it still must meet our criterion of being discounted at least 25E.
Our buying trip for our February 1976 sale produced a discount range of 26% to 57% OFF the original prices.
A separate price list and order form describing all the wines (18 different wines) on our February 1976 sale accompanies this newsletter. Take a second to browse through it. You will be pleasantly surprised with the prices, and your palate will too. Try one of each and stock up on your favorites. Most of them are limited quantity wines.
"Wine of the Month"
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We select one domestic and one imported wine and feature it in our wine shop.
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We send you a newsletter describing the wine and its background.
We restrict our selections to the popular price range, not to exceed $10.00 for the two bottles of wine each month.
If you are new to wines, it is a good way to learn about them. If you are a seasoned connoisseur, we invite you to test our evaluations and make your recommendations for future selections.
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