Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Chenin Blanc

Wines tasted for this Vlog:
1. Dry Creek, Dry Chenin Blanc, Dry Creek California 2006, $11.99
2. Mulderbosch, Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch South Africa 2005, $17.99 on sale $14.97
3. Domaine du Closel, Savennières, Loire Valley, France 2002, $24.99
4. Chateau de la Racauderie, Vouvray Demi-Sec, Loire Valley, France 2004, $12.99

Great Local Wine Event of the Week: Wine Tasting Pre-Sale and Light Appetizers at Toast Wine Bar.

Join us Wednesday, April 25th from 6:30-8:30pm for collaborative tasting between Toast Wine Bar and Sam's Wine Shop. $20/person. (Call 612.333.4305 for reservations.)

Toast will supply the food, Sam's will choose the wines, and of course special pricing will be available for those in attendance to purchase any of the wines showcased.

This event is to showcase the wines from the portfolio of importer Neal Rosenthal.

Rosenthal is a name in the wine business that is synonymous with quality. This great portfolio is filled with the kind of wines that we love to work with. Some of the selections are in limited supply, so they are not frequently tasted out.

For instance we will taste the Jean Pillot, Bourgogne Blanc, an elegant white burgundy just in time for summer fare, and the Brovia, Barolo a wine that is always in season, amongst many more from this wonderful portfolio.

Call today, space is limited. Toast Wine Bar 612.333.4305 (See map below for directions.)

More on Rosenthal and The Mad Wine Group

One of the most splendid things about this portfolio is that it is made up of wines that represent the areas from which they come. In this modern world, so much can be done from a wine-making standpoint to make wines fit a certain flavor profile. Rosenthal selections do not do this. They look for wines that are indicative of their region, in fact exemplary examples of the areas from which they come.

To guide us on this tasting journey we will be joined by Michael Solway of Neal Rosenthal's Mad Wine Group. Michael is a wealth of information, animated, opinionated, and generally a great wine fellow.

Space is limited, so contact Toast right away to reserve a spot. Of course all of the wines tasted will be offered to the participants at special ONE TIME ONLY pricing.
Don't miss this great opportunity to taste some great wines, and stock up you cellar.

Here is some more info on Rosenthal (from their website

"The Mad Rose Group is the corporate umbrella for a close-knit group of people who understand that wine is an agricultural product and that in its best and purest form wine must reflect a specific sense of place. We share the goal of communicating this concept to an ever-increasing public by presenting the finest examples of wine made in this classical tradition. This endeavor started in 1978 as a humble, one-man retail operation very much outside the mainstream of the wine business. Neal Rosenthal, having stepped away from his corporate and international law practice, conceived of this project.

The objective from the outset was to work as directly as possible with growers who were dedicated to producing limited quantities of the finest quality wines and who shared the RWM passion for "terroir", that ephemeral "sense of place". Forays into California in 1979 and then into France and Italy in 1980 were the initial explorations. Since that time the RWM portfolio has grown to include 75 different suppliers. These producers supply wines from almost every viticultural area of France, a broad range of wines from Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria, Liguria and the Oltrepo Pavese in Italy and a handful of elite appellations in California. The wines are selected for concentration, purity of flavors, and clarity of expression. All products brought to the marketplace by RWM are produced in as natural a manner as possible. Our selections have a striking balance between finesse and power which results in exceedingly age worthy wines."

More On Toast Wine Bar

Toast Wine Bar and Cafe
415 N 1st Street
Mpls, Mn 55401

From City Pages
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Toast Wine Bar & Cafe

"Toast is the new wine bar put together by one of the founders of dear, departed Auriga, and if you can find its little half-underground home in the northern reaches of downtown Minneapolis's Warehouse District, you will be amply rewarded with fine, unusual, affordable wines and some of the best antipasti and cheese plates in town. The wine list is particularly strong on unusual offerings from Mallorca, Campania, Sicily, Salento, and other such places where the world-flattening Godzilla of Merlot and Chardonnay hasn't obliterated indigenous grapes. The charcuterie plate is all killer and no filler--it's got some of the best dry salamis and sausages available in the United States; the ever-changing cheese plate is presented with all kinds of fine-dining high-style grace notes, such as a bit of Italian pear preserves infused with spicy mustard. Paper-crusted pizzas are topped with sophisticated combinations, and desserts, such as a panna cotta made with orange flower water, are often quite graceful. Sound like just the thing downtown needed? We'll toast to that. American Casual. $-$$, Desserts, Great Bar, Notable Wine List, Outdoor Seating, Pizza, Romantic, Vegetarian Spoken Here."

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