I am declaring a sauvignon blanc revolution!!! The world-class grape is consistently overshadowed by that thing we call chardonnay, and I, for one, am not going to stand for it anymore!!! Here in the Loire Valley you can find some of the world’s best sauvignon blancs, from racey, sharp-edged wines to rich and succulent ones. If I was to pick one place (in the wine world, that is... let’s face it, Hawaii is pretty nice), to be surrounded by everything I needed, it would be here. Take, for instance, the region of Quincy, second in France to receive AOC status in 1936, just behind Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Quincy is only allowed to produce white wines. Growing in these soils of clay, sand and chalk come wines that are typically harvested a full week earlier than those in Sancerre, with softer acidity levels and a bit more richness. The 2002 Silice de Quincy, Quincy ($24.99) is a powerful, textured wine coming from 100-year-old vines that are farmed following the biodynamic model. Bright citrus fruits and stone are just the tip of the iceberg of the complexity this wine has. Jim Barr would say it is a must have and give it 27 kitties. You want something a little more quaffable? Then step into the 2004 Adèle Rouzé Quincy ($14.99), a fresh, zippy expression of the sauvignon grape. Filled with gooseberries and a wet mineral edge, this would be great with that fish you just caught (or pointed to and asked you fish monger to wrap up), which you then simply threw on a hot grill, with some of those herbs from the garden, along with early spring vegetables, also grilled, that are placed atop of a goat cheese crostini. Jim Barr would give this, I’m sure, at least 17 wagging dogs. I have to leave you know, I just made myself hungry. BUT, there are more Loire Valley wines out there that need our help. Don’t just stop at Quincy. What about the Menetou? They, too, could be a strong force in our revolution!!! —Eric Story
An evening of fine wines, bubbles and food! More than 50 wineries will pour their latest releases and local chefs will showcase the culinary bounty of the county. K&L is the exclusive retail sponsor for this fantastic event to be held Monday, May 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. at 3rd in San Francisco. Cost is $45 per person. Tickets can be purchased by at www.YBCA.org or by calling 415.978.ARTS (2787).
This area of Champagne is famous for being one of the most extensively harvested for Champagne production. It is also home to some of the best pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes grown in Champagne. For April, I am pleased to present two red grape-based Champagnes. Many of you are familiar with the Philippe Gonet Brut Reserve ($27.99), a masterful blend of 60% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay and 10% pinot meunier. I have a soft spot for this producer because the vintner and his associates are some of the best people in the business. It takes more than an amiable personality to make a good wine, however! All grapes for the Brut Reserve are estate grown, Gonet fruit. The current release is a particular blend from the 2000 (30%) and 2001 vintages (70%). The 2000 stock is from reserve wine. A flavorful, slightly toasty character with a nose of vanilla, fresh-baked bread and citrus fruit. Nectarine fruit in the mouth, with subtle vanilla and a leaner character than the nose suggests. Perfection with lobster soup! Wine number two is somewhat of an oddity. In the case of the Michel Dervin Brut ($24.99), this is not a bad thing! A blend of 60% pinot meunier, 35% pinot noir and 5% chardonnay, this one’s unusual due to the high percentage of meunier used. Those of you who have come to our Champagne tastings know that pinot meunier lends an almost caramel/cognac aspect to Champagne. This results in a nose of brioche, crème caramel and delicate red fruits. In the mouth, there is a distinct toastiness with roasted nuts, dried cherry notes and a hint of lemon curd. An excellent choice for those who like toasty and yeasty Champagnes. The price makes it a MUST have! —Scott Beckerley
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