Thursday, May 1, 2008

Rosso Tasting!!!!

For all you organic and biodynamic freaks out there... come join us for a tasting at Rosso Wine Shop on Friday from 5 to 8pm. It's just off the 2 fwy. on Verdugo Road. This is your chance to actually drive out to Glendale like I've been telling you to do, stock up on some great affordable wines and meet a winemaker who speaks so little English that he can't be obnoxious. "Perfect!" you say?? Me thinks, yes it is.

P.S. It's only $10!!!! So no excuses.

The Line Up

2006 Domaine Olivier Pithon Cuvee Lais

A unique white wine made from Maccabeu, White and Grey Grenache. Named after his cow, Lais. There is all the freshness and vivacity of the North, married to the richness of the
Mediterranean. The vines are planted on shale hillsides. You can drink this wine in its youth for the vivacity of aromas and taste in the mouth or wait to be surprised by a very mineral evolution.

2005 Domaine Olivier Pithon LA D18
The top white cuvée made from White and Grey Grenache. These premiere grapes come from a selection of the best slopes. Since 2001 these vines have been producing a white with enough intensity to create this top bottling. We try to bring out the density of these beautiful grapes.

2006 Domaine Olivier Pithon La Coulee
The search for fruit could sum up this blend of Black Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. A selection of the youngest vines in the concave areas of the hillside, moderate extraction and short ageing in concrete tanks. This wine gives immediate pleasure, full of fruit and elegance.

2004 Domaine Olivier Pithon Saturne
Saturne was the surname of the Spaniard who settled in Estagel and planted the initial vines which constitute this cuvée. Produced from Black Grenache and Carignan, planted directly on the rock on the side of the shale slopes almost 60 years ago. On its lees for up to four weeks and aged in barrels or large casks for 4 to 18 months according to the vintage. This allows all the richness and the complexity of these concentrated grapes to come out.

Taste all four wines - one night only - for $10.00 per person. Pictured is the winemaker changing my tire. He yelled at me, "Is this what I have to do to sell wine in Los Angeles??" I said, "Yes, Olivier, and a little more too..."

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