"O" is for Opportunity & Exploring Port with C & G Imports Tasting
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"Wine of the Week"

O Wines 2010 Red

Columbia Valley, Washington

$8.99 or $8.09 for Wine Club Members or by the case.

Regular price $17.99

This delightful 2010 red from Washington is a fantastic value and it’s drinking spot on right now. A blend of 59% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah and 3% assorted other varietals. Aromas of black plum, licorice and baking spices gracefully relinquish to a palate of cherry, berry fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. The finish is energetic and satisfying, with mocha and chocolate notes displaying themselves thanks to the wine’s age. The winery and principals involved in “O” Wines made these wines as a charitable endeavor, to help low-income women afford college through a scholarship program. Like many labels, they were a bit overlooked in the marketplace, which is why we can bring you this great value--in its perfect drinking window.

Exploring Port with C & G Imports

Presented by Chad Slansky 

Saturday, January 20th. 2-4 pm.

We have the perfect winter warm up tasting for you.  This tasting is all about the fortified wine, Port.  Many styles, many price points, many zones around the globe that do it well.  We will be tasting the usual categories: Tawnys, Rubys, Colheitas, and LBVs (late bottled vintage).  We welcome Chad Slansky from C & G imports, Seattle to teach the lesson.  Chad will be focusing on the Kopke and Rocha Port Houses.
This tasting will surely stir the embers and take the chill off. 

The Line up

Kopke 10 Year White Port
Kopke 20 Year Tawny Port
Kopke 1987 Colheita Tawny Port
Kopke 2011 Colheita Tawny Port
Rocha 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port

Port 101

Port wines fall into two main categories: Ruby, which matures in the bottle, and Tawny, which matures in wooden barrels. Here's how to make sense of the dizzying array of Port wines in each category.
Ruby Wines
Thanks to low oxidation, Ruby wines retain their fruity aromas (blackberry and plum) and dark ruby color. In ascending order of quality, the types of Ruby Port are: Ruby, Ruby Reserva, Crusted, Late Bottled Vintage, Vintage Single Quinta and Vintage.
Ruby: Ruby is the most produced and cheapest Port wine. It's a blend of different vintages with an average age of three years, and it's meant to be drunk upon purchase.
Ruby Reserva: This is a Ruby Port from a high-quality lot; labels may bear such terms as Vintage Character, Special or Finest. Usually it's more robust and concentrated than Ruby and is the cheapest way to get a sense of how a Vintage Port might taste. This is one of the best quality Ports for price. Drink now.
Crusted: This is a blend of good vintage Ports, usually two or three. These wines need to stay two years in barrel and three years in bottle (the date on the label is the bottling date, not the harvest date). They are considered a good alternative to the expensive Vintage and usually are ready to drink when purchased.
Ruby Ports with vintage year:
Late Bottled Vintage (LBV): As the name indicates, the LBVs are bottled later than the Vintages. After four to six years in wooden vats, they may mature in the bottle, in which case they can be labeled as Bottle Aged or Bottle Matured. Those labeled as Unfiltered were not filtered before bottling. This type of Port is a dense, full-bodied wine.
Vintage Single Quinta: In those years that the wine quality doesn't achieve the Vintage status, the alternatives are the LBV or a Single Quinta declaration. These wines come from a single estate and usually are less concentrated and complex than a Vintage – and also quite a bit cheaper. Some houses market this type as a high-end product, removing the main house name from the label.
Vintage: Vintage is the highest classification declared by the Denomination. It must be bottled between the second and third year after the harvest year and usually requires aging in the bottle (sometimes for dozens of years). When most of the houses declare a Vintage, that year is called Classic (fun fact: there has never been a Classic vintage in a year ending in 9). Usually there are three to four declarations in each decade.
Tawny Wines
Tawny wine is made from the same grapes as Ruby and matures in 600-liter wooden barrels, where the oxidation make these wines lighter in color, with tones of brown and amber (hence their name). Their aroma also becomes more complex, with hints of nuts (walnut and almond) and wood (toast, coffee and chocolate). Tawny wines, in ascending order of quality, are Tawny, Tawny Reserva, Tawny with age indication (10,20,30,40+) and Colheita.
Tawny: Tawny wines are the least interesting of Ports, although their quality is increasing. Typically they age an average of three years in barrels.
Tawny Reserva: Wine in this transitional category between Tawny and 10-year Tawny has spent a minimum of six years in barrel. This style keeps some fruit characteristics and has oxidation notes from the barrel stage. Some houses don't even declare this category.
Tawny 10, 20, 30, 40+: The age declaration of this category doesn't apply to every component of this blended wine. A 20-year Tawny has fewer notes of oxidation than a 30-year, and it may include vintages with ages less and more than 20 years. The blends are executed to try to maintain a house style and because of the great investment, a 40+ year Tawny is usually expensive.
Colheita: This is the only Tawny from a single vintage. If compared with a Vintage, the Colheita will stay in a wooden barrel for at least seven years and it is filtered after bottling, whereas the Vintage stays less than three years and will be bottled unfiltered. It is possible to find in the market 100-year Colheitas.

Time to Reflect and Recharge

As you can imagine the holidays are a very busy time in our shop and it leaves us a little weary.  Come January I had the chance to escape the rainy NW and visit my son Nick in Crested Butte Colorado for blue bird skiing.  Not only did it recharge my batteries, but it gave me a moment to reflect on what's important in my life. We have been privileged to meet many of our customers families over the years.  We love seeing all ages coming into the shop.  It expresses that family time together, very often at meals, means the world.  Wine allows us to sit a little longer, enjoying special meals and family stories.  Slowing down makes us aware of the important things. I surely enjoyed my time with my boy and his girl Margot.  And the skiing, it was perfect.




Upcoming Tastings

New Arrivals Tasting
EVERY Friday

3-6 pm. No fee tasting

Exploring Port with C & G Imports
Saturday, January 20th

Learning about Apéritifs and Digestifs with Vinum Imports
Saturday, January 27th

More info-CLICK


As a Wine Club member, you will receive two bottles of hand picked wines each month.  The wines selected will be discounted by 10% off regular retail.  You choose-red, white or both. We have three clubs for you-  World Tour $29, Northwest Corner $49 and the Grand Cru $99.   There is no fee to join and you may cancel your membership at any time. 

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Ted Seifert (ted@sjwinemerchants.com)

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