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Little James! (Basket Press Wine)

Posted in Earthy, food pairing, French, Full Body, Grenache, juliauncorked says (rating) on November 19, 2012 by Julia

The Wine:  Recently, I happened upon a new wine shop and needless to say: there is an inverse relationship between the dolla’s in my bank account and finding new, fun wines to try.  I have several wines to review, but the first one that comes to mind was a delicious 100% Grenache bottle called, “The Little James Press Basket.”  If you don’t think I bought it simply based on its label, you are mistaken.  However, my choice was validated as I was checking out!  The wine seller (puns do not work well in text)– explained that this vintner is trying to increase their appeal to the cheap-wine-buyer market (nope, I was not offended).   He explained that while the 450 year old Chateau de Saint-Cosme Rhone producer offers several $100, high-scoring wines, they are achieving the lower price and improving their overall wine process! (win win)  The secret? The Vintner is mixing his vintages!  In each bottle you get a taste of the last 20-30 years of wine, right in your bottle!  10% of every vintage is barreled and then placed into the wine the next year.

The Place: This is made in the Languedoc region in Southern France, which is easily the largest region in terms of vineyards, and the region in which a majority of France’s cheap bulk wines are being made. A lot of the wine in Languedoc is considered (and labeled) “Vin de Pays d’Oc” (aka: Table Wine). However, because they are not bound to as many rules as the rest of France i.e. Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire–  they can be much more innovative.

The Name: The Little James’ Basket Press is a 100% basket-pressed wine. The basket press was the first type of mechanized wine press to be developed, and its basic design has not changed over the last 1000 years.  Not sure what that is exactly? For your reference– a modern wine barrel press: 

The taste: Delicious! It’s not heavy and yet not jammy or fruit forward either.  Grenache is a sturdy Rhone grape, with a little terroir (ok, dirt) taste through the sip-start to finish.  The whole taste of this one is what I like to say is “purple”– you can taste and smell dark fruit- like blackberry and cherry with a little bit of smoke and dirt.

All in all, it’s an impressive wine that would pair with a variety of foods– from some cheese and baguette to roasted vegetables.  I could probably manage to drink it on its own, too 🙂

JuliaUncorked says: 8/10!  For only $14? Very hard to beat!  I hesitate to write that because I’ve read it’s hard to find :-/

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Posted in food pairing, Full Body, Grenache, juliauncorked says (rating), Red, Syrah, wine on April 19, 2011 by Julia

I was lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful bottle of red the other night with my roommate from college on her birthday! I brought the bottle for HER technically, but you all know better than to think I wouldn’t insist on perhaps trying a little myself… The bottle came from one of my favorite wine shops: Dave’s Fresh Pasta in Davis Square, Somerville. I truly adore this place for many reasons: wine, chocolate, beet salad (best in town), meats, cheeses pretty much anything you could really need in life, they serve. However, I can’t lie, this isn’t the place to go on the cheap. The shop carries the best, unique treats, from sandwiches to homemade pastas, they’ve got the a most UNIQUE selection around, which is quite true of their wine selection as well.  That means… they don’t really sell to the under $12 per bottle crowd. If you’re looking for a birthday present for someone who loves wine though… this is ideal! (HINT HINT, my birthday is coming up….) Haha.

These are the college roommates: I’m so lucky 3/4 of us enjoyed this bottle together because we live THAT close!  #notreadytobeonmyown 🙂 Continue reading