We are thrilled to welcome back the magnificent Hiram Simon for a spectacular tasting of German Wines. Claus Burmeister, proprietor of the Weingut Heitlinger & Burg Ravenburg properties will be here with Hiram to present a line up of delicious wines from the Baden region.
Baden lies in the southern part of Germany, just over the Rhine River from Alsace. It is a warmer area, so the wines tend to be full bodied, dry and not exclusively white. Until very recently, almost all of the wine from this region was made by co-operatives and was consumed almost entirely by the domestic market. Recent press for talented smaller producers like Claus Burmeister are making wine enthusiasts everywhere take notice of these delicious wines.
Stop by any time between 1-4pm on Saturday, May 3rd to taste the wines and some small bites!
We will be tasting the following wines (notes by Hiram):
2009 Heitlinger Sekt “Blanc de Noir” (Pinot Meunier)
Welcome to the original world of Claus Burmeister. I guess he heard that this grape is grown in Champagne, so why not try his hand at it himself? He had a couple of ideas. One was to ferment 30% of the juice in oak. Another was to use the original grape juice for the secondary fermentation in bottle. A third was to add no dosage at the end. The result is a wine with a haunting scent of wild strawberries that evokes champagne without in any way imitating it....a beautiful sparkling Schwarzriesling (as the Germans call this grape).
2012 Heitlinger Auxerrois “Gentle Hills”
A lyrically beautiful wine, with a ravishing orange blossom nose and a tender, dry and long palate. Auxerrois, when well done, seems more relaxed and searching than its cousin Pinot Blanc. Claus calls this his best vintage yet.
2011 Burg Ravensburg Riesling trocken
Although Baden is especially well known for the “burgundy” varieties, Riesling (or Klingelberger as it is often called in these parts) has a knack for butting in and showing everyone who is boss. This is as clear-toned and mouth-filling an example of dry Riesling as you could hope for, with a real sheen of class.
2008 Heitlinger Pinot Gris Spiegelberg
Pinot Gris is the second most widely grown grape in Baden. The wines tend towards power, without spilling over into the modern excesses of neighbouring Alsace. Spiegelberg is another Grand Cru vineyard well suited to this extroverted grape. Given five days of skin contact (hence the marked hue) and aged in small wood, this is a properly large-scaled and spicy wine from an exceptional vintage at a lovely stage of development.
2008 Burg Ravensburg Lemberger “Dicker Franz”
“Fat Franz” was Baron Franz Göler of Ravensburg, a renowned 18th century gourmand. The steep monopole grand cru named after him, however, gives rise to strikingly fine and intense wine, stripped of all needless weight but brimful of power and spice. This is a picture-perfect Baden Blaufränkisch at its apogée. Please don’t miss it.
Reservations are not required. Tickets are $10 per person.
Barolo Tasting w/ Marco Parusso
One of the most unique producers in Piemonte Saturday, May 10th, 2014
In Barolo there is old school (Mascarello, Conterno, and Giacosa), there is new school (Sandrone and Altare), and there is too cool for school...meet Marco Parusso.
The Baroli by Marco Parusso from the Parusso Estate are wildly aromatic, energetic and quite outside the norm (or norms) yet could never be mistaken for anything other than classic Nebbiolo. We are thrilled to announce that Marco Parusso himself will be coming to Soif for a tasting of several Baroli and a few other wines to boot. This is a rare opportunity to taste cru Baroli and feel the tannic grip of the man who makes them. Don't miss this fabulous event!
This event is by reservation only. Tickets are $20 per guest and can be purchased over the phone 831-423-2020 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org