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December 2019

French Wine Tasting

December 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Leigh Ranucci, Wine Traditions French Wines Just in time for the holidays, Leigh Ranucci arrives to guide us through a tasting of French wines from artisanal producers, including a couple of sparklings (one Champagne, one Loire). We'll start in the north (Loire), then head down the Rhone to Saint Joseph, continuing south to the Lanquedoc, then further west to Bordeaux and perhaps Jurançon, before returning north to finish with some Champagne. Wine Traditions has a unique book of small, independent,…

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February 2020

“Half-way through winter – January crossed off” Tasting Celebration

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
New England House, 254 Marlboro Rd
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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Les Fleurs

25 Under $25 Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines in collaboration with Artisanal Cellars and Vermont Wine Merchants and . . .  New England House $36, includes food, wine, tax After we slog through January, we celebrate the half-way mark through winter with a walk-around tasting party at New England House. Kurt Johnson, owner/chef at New England House, will provide lots of delicious snacks as he continues to expand his already impressive culinary range. We promise a fun, healthy, informative and social afternoon…

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South American Wines

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Windham Wines, Putney Road
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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South American Winery

Presented by: Brian Ravisky, owner, Brazos Wines We've not done an Argentinian-South American wines tasting in several years, but now we have an importer pushing the envelop. Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and high-altitude (5000'+) Malbec raised in concrete eggs, . . . there are some young winemakers exploring new wine horizons in South America. It's time to reset our wine expectations for Argentina and Chile. Brian Ravitsy, who along with Jon Chapin, owns Brazos, writes that " we focus on…

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March 2020

Vermont Vermouth

March 6 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Vermont Vermouth with Kobey Shwayder An informal tasting: no charge

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Women Winemakers

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
La Garagista

We couldn't persuade our European women winemaker friends to cross the "pond" amidst this economically uncertain climate, so we brought in the ringer from here, and by "here" we mean not the US (though she is a ringer throughout), but from just north of us in Barnard, Vermont-- Deirdre Heekin, of La Garagista. In early December, NYT wine critic, Eric Asimov, wrote about his best wine experiences for the year. Included among those was his enjoyment of a 2016 La…

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April 2020

Italian Wines

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Italian Wines James Hull, SelectioNaturel The second half of our 2019-2020 tasting season is one hit after another. SelectioNaturel focuses on Italian producers making microscopically-small amounts of wine in some of Italy's hidden wine nooks and crannies. Thirty years ago, we wouldn't see these wines here since the only importers were directed more toward large markets. Now we enjoy wines with a real connection to people and place. Owner Matt Mollo writes that his wines constitute a "deep connection to…

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May 2020

Virtual Tasting – Riccardo Baldi – La Staffa

May 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Riccardo Baldi - La Staffa Marche

Riccardo Baldi, owner-winemaker, La Staffa Marche, Italy Ian d'Agata, author of Native Wine Grapes of Italy, contends that Verdicchio is "arguably Italy's greatest white grape variety" (465). We are fortunate to sample two Verdicchio's from La Staffa, with winemaker Riccardo Baldi, who was awarded the "Best Young Winemaker: Marche," at Vinitaly in 2018. Biodynamically-farmed on limestone-rich rolling hills in the Castelli di Jesi zone, hand-picked, and fermented with indigenous yeasts, we'll taste the young vines classico that is fruit, floral…

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POSTPONED – Spanish Wines – Jose Pastor Selections 

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Spanish Vineyard

Postponed until safer times. Chris Barnes, Jose Pastor Selections  Jose Pastor Selections offers one of the most dynamic portfolios of Spanish wines in the country. They were, for instance, the first to import wines from the Canary Islands, and now are leading the charge to bring in unfortified wines from the Andalucia region. We welcome Chris Barnes, Jose Pastor's general manager and friend of Windham Wines, to lead another tasting with us this spring. We can't wait to discover some new Spanish…

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Virtual Tasting – Annalisa Palluda, Angelo Negro

May 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Annalisa Palluda - Angelo Negro

Annalisa Palluda, Angelo Negro, Roero, Piedmont Just a year ago, Frank and I were visiting this producer in Piedmont, spending a delightful afternoon with Annalisa. We will taste two wines together, the Serra Lupini, Arneis, one of our favorite white wines year round, and the Angelin, Nebbiolo Langhe, definitely our favorite entry-level Nebbiolo. The wines of Angelo Negro are organically-farmed, hand-picked, and fermented by indigenous yeasts. Giovanni Negro, the current patriarch pictured above far left, was one of the principal…

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Virtual Tasting – Faith Armstrong Foster – Onward and Farmstrong

May 30 @ 6:00 pm
Faith Armstrong Foster - Onward and Farmstrong

We finish off our first season of virtual tasting with two west coast women that I had hoped to get for our COVID-postponed women winemakers tasting celebrating Women's History Month in March. As her website notes, "many of the words used to describe Faith Armstrong Foster's wines could be used to describe the winemaker herself. Honest, vibrant, unfiltered, true to her origins, bright, complex." Faith makes low-intervention wines from fruit purchased from single-vineyards that reflect the diversity of grapes in…

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