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  • GB Burlotto Release Tasting on 3/6

    Tasting starts at 4pm
    It's that time of year folks where we have some G.B. Burlotto fun. These wines comes out twice a year. First we'll get out daily drinking wines (not the Barolo). Then later on in the year we'll get our NOT daily drinking wines (Barolo). Don't ask why they do it this way but this is how its done.

    This historic G.B Burlotto estate, located in the commune of Verduno in the Barolo DOCG, was established by Giovan Battista Burlotto, il Commendatore, in the mid-18th century, during whic time it earned the distinguished titles of “Supplier to the Savoy Royal Household” and “The Only Supplier to the Duke of Abruzzi’s Artic Expedition to the North Pole.” Burlotto distinguished himself by introducing the practice of selling bottled wine bearing his estate’s name (in the manner of French châteaux) at a time when it was customary practice to sell wine in cask. It is speculated that the Savoy court’s regard for the wines of Verduno enabled such formidable innovation, though Burlotto’s wines were lauded on the international scene as well.

    The estate is comprised of 30 acres, 24 of which are situated in the commune of Verduno, the site of the famous Monvigliero cru, which is noted for its wholly southfacing position and soil of white marl. Burlotto’s Monvigliero bottling is the estate’s signature wine; in fact, Burlotto sourced his Nebbiolo almost exclusively from this cru. Of the remaining six acres, 3 1⁄2 are located in Barolo’s famed Cannubi Vineyard (with the other 2 1⁄2 belonging to the Roddi commune). The Cannubi Vineyard enjoyed prestige prior to the production of Barolo and its positioning, in the manner of a Burgundy grand cru, has never been diminished. In fact, it is widely regarded as Barolo’s premier vineyard, yielding fruit that realizes outstanding qualitative consistency. Of particular interest is the fact that the Langhe’s oldest bottling is labeled ‘Cannubi 1752.’ The estate’s other Barolos, Annata, Acclivi, and Neirane, represent multisource bottling.

    The estate remains family-owned and is currently under the direction of Burlotto’s great-niece, Mariana Burlotto, and her husband, Giuseppe Alessandria. While their son, Fabio, has introduced modern techniques, they have served to enhance the qualitative achievement of this estate’s traditionally oriented wines. In addition to the aforementioned Barolos, the winery produces Dolcetto, Barbera, and several wines under the Langhe DOC appellation.
    *please note that there are limited number of bottles but far more than last Saturday's tasting.

    Here are the wines we'll be tasting...

    2018 GB Burlotto Barbera d'Alba $20 (only 12 bottles)
    2018 GB Burlotto 'Aves' Barbera d'Alba $24 (only 6 bottles)
    2018 GB Burlotto Nebbiolo $24 (only 9 bottles)
    2018 GB Burlotto Friesa $22 (only 6 bottles)

    As you can see...this will be an amazing tasting for those of you that have the time to come down. I'm sure the rest of you will be buying cases of water and toilet paper. Really....why the hell is everyone buying water and toilet paper? This virus gives you a cold...not the squirts!!
  • Leap Year Tasting featuring Domaine Roulot on Feb 29th

    Tasting starts at 3pm
    $20 per peson
    Wine Club members will receive 10% off wines being tasted
    That's right people...the only tasting that comes around every four years. Hmm...pretty much the same time when the state officials decide that they actually care about us as well. Any who...we are going to leap onto this tasting like a bad political joke...since it seems we are all living those right now. What kinda wines will we be tasting? Well...Leap Year wines!

    Five wines that 99% of you have never tried...and so rare you all will fighting over them. $20 per person. Club members get 10% the purchase of these wines the day of the tasting.

    Here they are...

    2016 Domaine Roulot Meursault
    2009 Marques de Murrieta Castilllo Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva Especial
    2016 Chateau Lalande Borie St. Julien
    2011 Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC
    2014 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reserve
    This kind of tasting only comes around every four years so...gt on the good foot while you can still walk. Please note that we will only be opening one bottle of wine each so if you are buying tickets...get here early.
  • Brand Manager Italian Tasting on 2/21

    Tasting Starts at 4pm


    This tasting was brought to me around the first week in January. Hayle with Leonardo LoCascio Selections asked if I wanted to roll a tasting with the brand manager for a few Italian producers? How could I say no? Here's the list of wines that will be poured...

    2017 Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore
    2017 Monte Carbonare Soave Classico DOC
    2015 Massifitti Bianco Veronese IGT
    2016 Castello di Neive Barbaresco
    2018 Castello di Neive Barbera d'Alba Santo Stefano
    2016 Secondo Marco Valpolicella Classico DOC

    This will be one of those rare chances to ask the importer about the wines and really understand the wines we'll be tasting. Wines from Piedmont, Veneto & Lombardy.

    Hope you're ready to start having your palate pushed to a new limit!

  • Heading to Sicily on 2/22

    Tasting at 3pm
    I've decided its time we head to Sicily since the rains have been upon us for a while now. I think a nice place to stop would be Firriato. We've tasted their wines in the past year and its always been a huge hit not to mention the quality to price ration is unmatched by most of the producer I taste. If you're looking for a daily drinker at a round $15 a bottle, they have you covered. If you need that bottle to impress you boss but don't want to break the bank yet make it look like you did...this is the producer you want to bring to the show!! Get ready to enjoy.

    2017 "Sabbie dell'Etna" Etna Rosso
    2018 "Jasmin" Zibibbo
    2016 "Chiaramonte" Nero d'Avola
    2014 "Santagostino" Baglio Soria Rosso
    2014 "Ribeca" Perricone

    I mighty collection of fun to taste on a gloomy Saturday with the possibility of rain.

  • The Roses are Red Tasting on 2/15

    Being that Valentines Day is on Friday...well that really doesn't mean much to me or anyone else I know. We don't celebrate Hallmark holidays. That being said...Katie and I will be pouring some rosé-action this Saturday. I wanted to bring a little of the holiday out but not the whole...bla bla bla with chocolates and a card crap. We have more important things to do...like taste some wines.

    NV Lucien Albrecht Crémant Brut Rosé
    2018 Bortolomiol Rosé "Filanda"
    2018 Arca Nova Rosé
    2018 Domaine Poli Niellucciu Rosé
    2018 GD Vajra Rosato "Rosabella"

    Grab some meat to tofu-dogs, fire up the grill since we are in Seattle and grilling is done year round here. Pick up a few bottles of wine and tell the one you love with a bottle and a meal made at home...not out on the town.
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