The Frisky Oyster’s generous corkage policy is bringing in a range of wines for me to taste. This weekend I was able to sample the 2000 Carruades de Lafite, a second label from the Paulliac producer that focuses on merlot. (It was still ruby, young and juicy with that Paulliac austerity.) And some great wines that merit their own post.
Lower-end, drink-now wines are just as welcome, and this weekend I got to try two roses, one from a new customer with an obviously deep cellar and a love for California wines. The other from Virginie from the Cercle Rouge restaurant in New York. Both wines are 2007 and from the Cotes de Provence. Continue reading
This rosé is delicious. It’s bright, clean, fruity and zesty. Visit the producer’s website and you’ll learn that the owners of the estate are Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac, and Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, mucky mucks (as my mother would say) from Burgundy. Believing good wine was possible in Provence, they shopped, bought a vineyard and starting making wine from the local grapes, including cinsault, which dominates in this wine.
The website says two different things about the composition of the wine; either it is 100 percent cinsault or a blend of cinsault, syrah and merlot.
In the philosophy section of the website it says: Continue reading
Lisa Donneson came by the restaurant Wednesday to show off the inaugural release of her wines, the 2007 Bouké white and the 2007 rose.
As the name suggests (bouquet), the aroma of the wine is emphasized and, in the two she’s showing now, is fresh and aromatic.
I bought five cases of the white and will be pouring it by the glass starting this weekend. I wish they had screwcaps.
Lisa earned her Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in 2006. And the achievement has led her to the time-honored tradition of selling wine, which reminds me: One day is class at the International Wine Center the teacher asked what is wine about. A student with some years in the trade said, “It’s something to sell.” Everyone kind of nodded.
But it’s fun buying wine in a wine region. I said I’ll take five cases and she, the owner of the company, got in her car, drove to Cutchogue, picked the wine up at Long Island Wine Transport and 40 minutes later it was in the cooler.