1978-05 May Classic Newsletter

May 1978 Selection of California Wine


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.

$5.00/fifth $54.00/case

May 1978 Selection of Imported Wine


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.

$4.99/fifth $53.90/case

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 $14.53/case
● Foppiano Burgundy - $2.69/1.5 L $14.53/case
● Setrakian Mountain Chablis - $3.39/½ Gal. $18.31/case


● 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

We select one domestic and one imported wine and feature it in our wine shop. We send you a bottle of each selection monthly. 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. (cut here) Please send me the domestic and imported selection each month. NAME PHONE STREET CITY AND ZIP CODE □ Charge my regular account at your shop. □ Charge my Bank of America card #___________________ Expiration date of card __________________ □ Charge my Master Charge card #_____________________ Expiration date of card __________________ Date_____________Signature_____________________ Mail to: "WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB" CELLARMASTER SELECTIONS Palos Verder Wines & Spirits 77 MALAGA COVE PLAZA PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CALIFORNIA 90274


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 Caymus
'75 Stags Leap
'75 Diamond Creek (Red Rock Terrace)
'75 Spring Mountain
'73 Heitz Martha's Vineyard
'73 Mayacumus
'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 16

Please 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