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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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June 2020

Virtual Tasting – Brianne Day – Day Wines

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Brianne Day - Day Wines - Oregaon

Brianne Day Day Wines, Applegate Valley and Willamette Valley, Oregon Brianne Day makes Windham Wines' customer-friends favorite domestic rosé, the Babycheeks, a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Tannat from southern Oregon's Applegate Valley. Windham Wines receives the lion's share of the state's allocation (well, almost all of it, but that still amounts to only 4-5 cases) and we run out within weeks. We spoke to Brianne and know that the wine was just bottled two weeks ago. It will…

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July 2020

A Mid-Summer Virtual Tasting

July 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pat Dudley Founder, Bethel Heights Winery Eola-Amity, Willamette Valley Saturday, July 25th 5:00 Bethel Heights is one of the pioneering wineries that placed the Willamette Valley on the map of the world's respected wine regions. In 1977, twin brothers Ted and Terry Casteel, with their wives, Pat Dudley and Marilyn Webb, along with Pat’s sister, Barbara Dudley, bought 75 acres northwest of Salem. 14 acres were newly planted with vines, to which they added 36 more acres. They produced their…

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September 2020

Virtual Tasting – Luca Baccarelli

September 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Luca Baccarelli, Roccafiore, Umbria, organic We love these wines, and now we'll have one of Roccafiore's owners, Luca, who owns and manages Roccafiore with his father, Leonardo, to guide us. We will be tasting what has been my favorite Sangiovese for three years in a row, the Melograno, as well as the Fiordaliso, a beautiful white made from Grechetto di Todi. It's a strong start to a very exciting tasting season.

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October 2020

Virtual Tasting – Geeky Grapes: Piedmont

October 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cameron Abbott, The Piedmont Guy We have some wines we really love but I am sorry to say that unless we speak Italian, we cannot have a meaningful discussion with the owner-winemaker. Enter Cameron Abbott, the national rep for the importer of these wines who will talk with us about the Ezio Poggio, Timorasso, from the Terre di Libarna, a microscopic DOC (15 hectares total) in the mountains separating Piedmont from Liguria, and the Miraja, Ruche, an obscure grape from…

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Virtual Tasting- Federico Russo

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Federico Russo, Crotin, Monferrato, organic Those of you who are wine club participants will recognize Crotin and will be familiar with Freisa, one of the grapes indigenous to and now almost exclusively confined to the Monferrato region of Piedmont. This is our first "only reds" tasting of the new season-- Freisa and Grignolino.

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