Chatt Wine News Oct 31st

Happy Halloween

Stop by Riverside Wine anytime Friday and Saturday this week and locate one of the severed hands hidden somewhere in the store. If you find one you will have a chance to draw from a Halloween pumpkin for Special discounts!

Riverside also has a new case of wine special featuring autumn wines at a nice discount.  And will be tasting those wines on Sat from 3-5pm.

The Wine Shop is running some specials on Spanish wines this week as well as opening bottles for tasting tonight from 4-8pm.

Great article from St Johns Sommelier Michelle Richards on cult wines.

Trick or Treat…the ultimate guide to pairing Halloween candy and wine.

Do you want to learn more about Champagne? You may want to ask a stripper.

Did anybody know Playboy was reviewing wine? Now you really can say you read it for the articles. 😉 They just reviewed Guy Breton’s Morgon Cru Beaujolais, one of my favorites.

Frederick Corriher Wines is a great importer of French wines…we should see these in Chattanooga soon.  Keep up on there Facebook page.

Chatt Wine keeps a list of all the weekly wine specials around Chattanooga that we know of. Please let us know if we’re missing something. chattwine@gmail.com

A group of young vinters in Burgundy are experimenting with winemaking techniques to produce a new crop of distinctive, and very reasonably priced Chablis.

I  love Cru Beaujolais in the fall and around the holidays…learn more about the wonderful Gamay grape here from VinePair.

Terra Nostra Tapas and Wine bar is hosting two wine tastings on November 6th and 20th.

Back Inn Cafe at the Bluff View art district is hosting a St Suprey wine tasting on November 13th.

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Chatt Wine News Oct 28th

Here is a wine review I did on one of the Black Slate Priorat wines.

The Wine Shop is running some specials on Spanish wines this week.

Tuesday night is half price wine at the Flying Squirrel.

Chatt Wine keeps a list of all the weekly wine specials around Chattanooga that we know of. Please let us know if we’re missing something. chattwine@gmail.com

A group of young vinters in Burgundy are experimenting with winemaking techniques to produce a new crop of distinctive, and very reasonably priced Chablis.

Speaking of the most fabulous wine region in the world.  This video about brings a tear to my eye. 😉

I  love Cru Beaujolais in the fall and around the holidays…learn more about the wonderful Gamay grape here from VinePair.

Pennsylvania plans to dump 2,447 bottles of wine, this seems like some sort of intervention is needed.

Terra Nostra Tapas and Wine bar is hosting two wine tastings on November 6th and 20th.

Back Inn Cafe at the Bluff View art district is hosting a St Suprey wine tasting on November 13th.

If you would like the Chatt Wine News to come to your email, sign up at http://www.chattwine.com

Send me your local wine events or interesting wine news. chattwine@gmail.com

Cheers

Chatt Wine

La Conreria d’Scala Dei Priorat Black Slate Escaladei 2011

The inspiration for the Black Slate Project is a Burgundian concept of village nomenclature, applied to the Priorat. One region, nine historic villages, each with its distinct character but all unmistakably Priorat. Sun scorched vines cling to breathtakingly steep hillsides with their roots deeply plunged in the llicorella soils of this pristine, ancient region.

The village of Escaladei is in the heart of the Priorat and the most prominent of the region.  It is home to some of the most broad and robust wines of the Priorat DOC.

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So I hold Priorat wines to a pretty high standard, they can be really exciting wines with great complexity that tell the story of their stunning environment.  Of all the Priorat wines I have had there always seemed to be a fairly clear standard of you pay for what you get and Priorat wines are not generally cheap. Usually I found the more budget friendly Priorat wines I have tasted over the years left me a bit disappointed and did not hold up to the standard of the region.

So this wine was recommended to us by a wine shop owner who has sold us many other bottles of wines that we had not had before and we were never disappointed.  So when he says give this $25 Priorat a try, it’s a real bargain, you buy a bottle.

In the glass the wine bright translucent ruby, and young appearance as you would expect for 2011. The nose is of dark fruit, dark cherry, spice, tobacco, and some alcohol heat as this wine is 14.5%. The wine tastes of dark cherry, some spice and earth with a heavy weighty mouth feel, med plus tannins and the finish is long and smooth.

Ok so over all this a good wine, but certainly doesnt stand up to higher end Priorat wines, but it costs half to a third of the price. This is probably the best value Priorat I think Ive tasted. So a few thoughts on this one, first it definitely needs to be decanted for an hour at least before drinking. Also this is a 2011 and really way to young to drink anyway for a Priorat, I can see the potential in this wine if it sat another 3-5 years.

Chatt Wine Rating (1-10) – 6

Region – Spain, Catalunya, Priorat

Varietal – 80% Granatcha and 20% Carinena

Vineyard/Producer – Conreria d’Scala Dei

Importer – Eric Solomon Selections, European Cellars

Purchased From – The Artisan wine shop, Black Mtn NC

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