In case you hadn’t noticed yet, fall is showing itself (if not by our hot days then by our early nights)! Time to break out the decorative gourds and chug pumpkin spice lattes by the gallon! We even had our first hints at San Francisco’s rainy season last week with KarlTheFog being unusually aggressive for October.
The transition to fall also means Rosé City in the wine section has been replaced with Gamay-ville! We’re not at all shy about showing our love for Gamay. We think it makes the perfect fall wine – either as a glass to sip on its own on a crisp fall night or to enjoy with a wide range of autumn food, even pumpkin.
Lastly, fall means Wine Blitz season! Mark your calendars for this year’s two Wine Blitzes, where you save 20% off 12 or more bottles (mix-and-match totally cool) with free delivery in San Francisco:
Wine Blitz #1: Thursday, November 8th – Sunday, November 11th
Wine Blitz #2: Thursday, December 6th – Sunday, December 9th
Domaine Clusel-Roch is located in the tiny AOC of Coteaux du Lyonnais, which as the name suggests, surrounds the town of Lyon just south of Beaujolais. One of France’s newer appellations, it sits above the northern Rhone with soil and climate very similar to the Rhone valley. The primary grape here is of course Gamay. Having more Rhone-like soil and climate qualities, including the schist and black mica that the nearby Côte-Rotie is known for, this wine has flavors somewhere between Gamay and Syrah. Fresh red berry and black currant aromas lead to soft fruit flavors with a hint of peppery and herbal depth and a long medium-bodied finish. It’s fun and serious all at once!
Perfect Pairing: Oven roasted root vegetables with Herbes de Provence
Brothers Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat are icons in the natural wine world, having pioneered many of the natural winemaking practices in the Loire Valley. Their family has been making wine here since the 1960’s using organic practices – they’ve never had to convert to organic since that’s all they’ve ever done! This bottling is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay from their small 5.5 hectare plantings. It has aromas of bright strawberry and cherry with similarly bright and lively fruit qualities on the palate. It’s light in body with a great mineral depth and light herbal quality. They produce very little so grab some while you can!
Perfect Pairing: Red Kuri squash and curry soup
2010 Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorees Brouilly – $22.99; Blitz Pricing – $18.39
Jean-Paul Brun is one of the most well-regarded producers in Beaujolais. He has vines in a variety of the Crus of Beaujolais and all of his wines are known for their great purity and depth. The area of Brouilly is known for its steep slopes on Mont Brouilly covered in blue and green granite, a soil type particularly well-suited for producing Gamay. This bottling comes from 50 year old vines and has incredible complexity for the price. Lively red fruit aromas up front are followed by layers of dark berries, smokey minerals, and bright acidity. One of our favorites every year that is both drinkable now and age worthy!
Perfect Pairing: Seared duck breast with pomegranate reduction
Don’t Miss These Upcoming Tastings at 18 Reasons!
Thursdays, Every week, 6-10PM, Drop-in 18th Hour Cafe
Friday, November 2, 6-8PM, Drop-In Thanksgiving Wine Blitz Preview Tasting
Friday, November 9, 6-8PM, RSVP and Drop-In Rioja Tasting with Bi-Rite and K&L Wine