Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why Wine Matters

I do not want to get too philosophical in a blog but the reason wine matters is that is conjures up memories and it connects us with people, stories and events, and that can be very important.

Case in point: Cassic Blanc. This is a relatively obscure white wine from the south of France (next door to Bandol). I am oddly obsessed by it in a small way. There is not much of it imported into the states and almost nobody knows about it but when I worked at a record company in the 90's, one of my regular trips was to the south of France (specifically Cannes, Nice and Marseille). And during those trips I ate and paid attention to the local cuisine. This was a wine that I enjoyed with local dishes and a wine that struck a nerve with me. No real reason. There are plenty of other "superior" wines, for lack of a better word, but this wine stuck with me.

Several years ago I discovered that Neal Rosenthal imported one such Cassis Blanc to the States, and, needless to say I have been carrying this ever since. It holds a special place in my heart. And there might not be a "life-changing" moment behind it but I only have to think of it to bring me back to a moment in time.

And that leads me back to "why wine matters" - it connects us to something... a moment, a feeling, a place, and that gives us pause, and for some of us, that "matters."

The wine we will always carry at Rosso Wine Shop (unless the current vintage has run out):

2008 Domaine Du Bagnol Cassis Blanc

A blend of 50% Marsanne, 35% Clairette and 15% Ugni Blanc. This jewel of an estate, located on the French Riviera, is experiencing a renaissance in quality. This bold white wine from Cassis is quite remarkable. Crisp and bold at the same time. A perfect match with any seafood but particularly great with fish soup (bouillabaisse), the dish that is most famous from this region.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Year Ahead - 2011

I got to thinking about what I should focus on in the new year and here is what I came up with:

1) Continue to seek out good values. There are still plenty of amazing deals out there if one knows where to look and one tastes said deals.

2) We had such a great success with older vintage Bordeaux during the holidays that I will now be on a mission to find any older vintage wines that were impeccably stored and offer a nice value.

3) We will continue to primarily support wines of quality that are made in limited quantity.

4) We will grow our selections to between 500-600 choices now that we have the expanded space to do that.

5) We will continue to keep everyone in the loop if you sign up for our weekly email list here:

All the best in 2011!