Red clover, Red Clover, why all over?
There's a good reason why: clover is used as part of responsible vineyard management as a cover crop. Cover crops are important for the health of the soil and the vines, and help greatly in reducing runoff. Clover in particular is very beneficial to the soil chemically. This benefit, and its competition with undesirable weeds, greatly reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which is of great importance in a region like Oregon, which is very focused on sustainable agriculture.
Patton Valley Vineyard pinot noir rosé, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011
Pale pink and ever-so-slightly effervescent, with a bright strawberry aroma that jumps out of the glass at you, this rose was one of our favorite discoveries out west. Check out our blog post from our trip about the Willamette Valley. Produced exclusively from fruit grown on the winery's certified sustainable estate vineyard and selected especially for its fruitful and aromatic qualities, the wine makes you think of red berries and citrus and white pepper, and finishes cool, crisp, and dry... and ready for another sip! Sit outside in front of the fan with a cool glass... and a bite of cheese!
Try with Al Tavolo--as local as it gets!
From Arethusa Dairy, in Litchfield County.
Nutty with a mild sharpness. (cow) $8.50 per 1/2 lb.
Château Haut Selve blanc, Graves
Bordeaux, France 2010
Once the largest property in all of Bordeaux, Haut Selve was devastated by the phylloxera epidemic--which ravaged European vineyards, destroying between 60-90% of wine production by the end of the Nineteenth Century--and forced to close its doors. Revived in 1993, the winery has started producing world-class wines from a classic region, now with ultra-modern technology. Not your straight-forward sauvignon blanc, this wine is blended with 40% sémillon and 10% sauvignon gris, which both add significant texture and body, further rounded out by around half a year's aging in oak barrels. Classic Graves minerality is fleshed out with wonderful round fruit and noticeable but light toasty oak vanilla. Great with food but seriously drinkable all by itself on a hot summer day
... and a bite of cheese!
Pairs well with Fleur Verte, from France
Tastes like spring! Wrapped in herbs and peppercorns. (goat) $12.89 per 1/2 lb.
Our cellar room is stocked with wonderful Craft Beers, Reds, Whites, Rose' and don't forget about the bubbly!
Now open Sunday too!
Have a Wonderful Weekend
Monica, Todd and Staff at 109
Hours for the weekend
Sunday 10am - 4pm