Montinore Estate Wine Tasting

Rudy Marchesi, a winegrower and owner of Montinore Estate, will be at Astoria Co-op Grocery on Thursday May 14, 2015 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. offering samples of his wine.  This is part of the fun for Co-op Owner Appreciation Week!

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Montinore Estate is a 270 acre certified organic and biodynamic vineyard south of Forest Grove. Biodynamic practices enhance the health and vitality of the farm and subsequently aim to improve quality of the product, making wines more expressive of origin. A pasture, wildflowers, and pond provide habitat for wildlife including beneficial pollinators as well as predatory insects that go after pests.

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Montinore wines come from the seven varieties of grapes grown on the estate. Half the vineyards are pinot noir, in addition to white wines from grapes that grow well in Oregon; Riesling and pinot gris to name a few.

pinot grisMarchesi purchased Montinore in 2005. When he was growing up, he remembers his grandfather making wine at home. Then in graduate school for clinical psychology, living near vineyards in Sonoma County, Marchesi started making wine himself, and never looked back. That was 40 years ago. In the wine business, his psychology background does come into play, handling the people that come with selling wines in 45 states, several countries, plus up to 30 employees depending on the time of year.

“Working with living systems and organisms is a healthy way to spend my time. It provides a lot of insight into the world around me and it’s very creative, especially on the winemaking end. It is a craft that involves a great deal of subtleties; it heightens our senses as winemakers when we work with these subtleties to create an expression of our farm,” Marchesi said.

French & Italian Wine Tasting

You don’t need to travel far to get a taste of Europe. Just come to the Co-op’s wine tasting for our newest French and Italian wines that pair well with some of the fresh seafood we now carry and even barbecue ribs (see notes below).  Lisa Parks from Galaxy Wine Company will be hosting the tasting.  For our 21 and over shoppers, you can sample wine starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday June 19, until about 6 p.m.  Did you know you can save 10% when you buy 6 bottles of wine at the Co-op?

The following are notes Lisa provided for the wines that will be featured at the tasting and which are available at the Co-op:

French Wines

Château Haut Rian, Bordeaux Blanc 2012      

chateau – Delicious and exciting via its unique blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc

–  A complete overachiever delivering notes of citrus, gravel and seashore…not without its racy mineralité

– Established in 1988, the quality and consistency at Haut Rian has soared since the 2001 vintage

– Sourced mainly from the Premier Côtes de Bordeaux with supplements from Entre-Deux-Mers and Cadillac

– Six years spent in Australia haven’t cured owner Michel Dietrich’s shyness…so much for the arrogant frog

–  Derived from three different soils: clay in the Entre-Deux-Mers with gravel and limestone along the Garonne’s river bank

– Sixty year old Semillon vines provide extra texture and dimension, delivering  a wine of uncommon character and value

–  100% stainless steel aging allows the wine to show its naked truth…sometimes a wine’s fruit and terroir are more than enough!!!

–  Located in the town of Rions, the original intention was to name the winery Haut-Rion…but big brother Haut Brion said no

– One of Matt Kramer’s 2005 Wine Spectator selections for My Wines of the Year…”France should clone this guy.”

– “If there’s a better dry white wine for the little money, I haven’t tasted it.  I’ve tasted a good many dry whites at twice this price that weren’t half as good.”  Matt Kramer The Oregonian August 20, 2006

–  En France and needing a Haut Rian fix?  Go to any of the 165 Nicholas stores…they regularly stock the Blanc, Rosé and Rouge

–  Haut Rian will make your frig run better…perfect for do-drop-ins

– Superb wine with shellfish and lighter seafoods such as sole

– Haut Rian is to oysters what milk is to chocolate chip cookies!

Château Haut Rian Bordeaux Rosé 2013

french wine– 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc

– Crisp and zippy Rosé that’s defiantly proud and dry

– 100% direct press with overnight skin contact for 50% of grape musts

– Earlier picking delivers a Rosé of greater delicacy and civilized alcohol levels

– Refreshing and inviting notes of melons, strawberries and star anise

– A very short maceration with the skins provides for a delicate, salmon color

– A rosé picked via rosé intention only, meaning a good two weeks before the ones are picked for the red wine

– Like the estate’s Bordeaux Blanc, stainless steel is the vehicle for fermentation and élevage

– Haut Rian will make your frig run better…perfect for do-drop-ins

– Six years spent in Australia haven’t cured owner Michel Dietrich’s shyness…so much for the arrogant frog

– In France and needing an Haut Rian fix? The Nicolas stores feature the Blanc, Rose and Rouge in all 165 stores!!!

– From S to SE facing vineyards that face the River Garonne…“where the vines can see the water but won’t get their feet wet”

– Sourced mainly from the Premier Côtes de Bordeaux with supplements from Entre-Deux-Mers and Cadillac

– Located in the town of Rions, the original intention was to name the winery Haut-Rion…but big brother Haut Brion said no

–  Outstanding with charcuterie, goat cheese, summer salads or simply as an aperitif…at its best with spicy BBQ ribs!!!

Italian Wines

Antica Osteria Rosso (Garofoli)

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Garofoli, Antica Osteria Rosso Vino da Tavola, Marche, Italy, NV

Montepulciano, Sangiovese

So much spice and boldness for so little, two brothers took over this estate from their father in the 1970s. Today their children are now taking the reigns, making 5 generations of winemakers in this family. This is typical of what we would drink from a carafe when we visit a cantina. There is a delicious saltiness perception about the wine (it’s not actually in the wine) which makes it especially good with grilled meats. It’s a great choice as an everyday red. Try With: Grilled red meat, grilled sausages, and pizza.