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This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Wine Cellar Craftsman and Designer Philippe Leiritz

Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and U 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 10:00AM MST.

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This week’s podcast; Philippe Leiritz and Your Custom Cellar http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/08/05/wine-guy-mike-for-august-5/

Recent podcast; What You Need To Know About Wine  http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/07/15/wine-guy-mike-for-july-15/

Last week’s podcast; Perfect Patio Wines http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/07/01/wine-guy-mike-for-july-1/

Recent podcast; (full length conversation) with Maximilian Riedel, CEO Riedel Crystal of America http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/06/24/wine-guy-mike-for-june-24/

Father’s Day podcast, Special Father’s and Special Wines http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/06/17/wine-guy-mike-for-june-17/

Recent Podcast with John Balletto of Balletto Vineyards & Winery http://bit.ly/WineGuyMike2

WineGuyMike with Perfect Patio Wines on KECI NBC Montana Today; http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Mike-Tornatore-8-7-12/-/14594602/15999458/-/67a5ri/-/index.html

NBC Montana Today TV Segment on Easter wines and food pairing; http://www.nbcmontana.com/video/30847522/index.html

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Ciao Mambo, “Eat Like You Mean It”, located in Missoula on The Hip Strip.  Find them online at www.CiaoMambo.com

Sleep City Missoula  www.SleepCity.com

Liquid Planet “Best of Beverage” and a great place to WineGuyMike show wines for the lowest price.  Located in the heart of downtown Missoula.

Georges Distributing in Helena, Montana.

Philippe Leiritz

Philippe Leiritz from YourCustomCellar.com

Philippe Leiritz was this week’s featured guest on the WineGuyMike Radio Show.  Leiritz is a native of Alsace, France and by professional trade worked as a mechanical engineer.  Leiritz and his wife Frederique worked together in Geneva, Switzerland prior to moving to and settling in Michigan.  Leiritz continued working in the engineering field but had no time to spend with his family. Frederique and Philippe made a decision to move to Missoula, Montana in pursuit of their dreams.

Collectively the Leiritz family is owner and proprietor of the Missoula Winery and Event Center.  Frederique who is from Champagne, France grew up and worked in a winery.  She is now the winemaker for her family winery and Philippe designs and builds wine cellars. 

Leiritz truly is a master craftsman with the mechanical engineering background.  A functional combination that comes together in the form of beautiful wine cellars custom built for all types of homes and businesses.

Learning how light, humidity and temperature are crucial for the finest wine storage.  There are four things that affect wines as they are stored; Temperature, Humidity, Light, and bottles need be stored horizontally on their side.

  1. Temperature 55°F – 59°F
  2. Humidity 50-70%
  3. Light – wines that are stored in areas with ample light often time indicates incorrect storage temperature.  Constant direct light is another factor to consider as it will begin breaking down wine.

In today’s world 90% of wines are made to be drunk within one year.  If you are a collector of vintage wines you already know how and where you should be storing your wines.  The bottom line; temperature is far more critical than a dark wine cellar.

  1. Lying the bottle down is critical, especially if you intend to store the wine for any length of time. The purpose of this is to keep the cork moist, if your bottle is setting upright there is no liquid to keep the cork wet and swollen thus sealing the bottle correctly and keeping the oxygen out until you are ready to drink the wine.

With synthetic corks do not need contact with the wine to protect the bottle but then you should still be laying the bottle down.  This is important for unfiltered wines with sediment being spread out evenly through a horizontally stored bottle rather than collecting on the bottom of one that is stored upright.  Remember the wine in the bottle is alive and changing every day and the sediment in the bottle plays its part in this too, but that is another story for another day…

Commercial wine rack at a local tasting room

Commercial wine rack at a local tasting room

Master craftsman Leiritz also points out the choice of wood used in a cellar is critical for your cellar.  Redwood, mahogany, oak and alder are a few of the recommended choices for cellars.  Price, relative humidity, home décor, and personal preference all become a part of making the right choice for your wine cellar, Leiritz’s expertise is crucial when it comes to assisting you in these decisions.  

It is important to note that Leiritz builds cellars for all types of homes from modest to elegant custom homes.  There are even nice small racks that allow for proper wine storage for common guys like me.

This was a fun and informative radio show this week and Philippe Leiritz craftsmanship is extraordinary, having a nice cellar makes collecting and drinking wine just that much more enjoyable.  For more information please visit the website at; http://www.yourcustomcellar.com/home   

Here are two WineGuyMike wines that I recommend for your wine rack, pick them up at Missoula’s finest wine shopping experience, Liquid Planet located in the Heart of Downtown Missoula.

The wines reviewed today all receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™

From my table to yours,

"from my table to yours"

This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Simply What You Need To Know About Wine

Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and U 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 10:00AM MST.

Social Media links;

Today’s podcast; What You Need To Know About Wine  http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/07/15/wine-guy-mike-for-july-15/

Last week’s podcast; Perfect Patio Wines http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/07/01/wine-guy-mike-for-july-1/

Recent podcast; (full length conversation) with Maximilian Riedel, CEO Riedel Crystal of America http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/06/24/wine-guy-mike-for-june-24/

Father’s Day podcast, Special Father’s and Special Wines http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/06/17/wine-guy-mike-for-june-17/

Recent Podcast with John Balletto of Balletto Vineyards & Winery http://bit.ly/WineGuyMike2

NBC Montana Today TV Segment on Easter wines and food pairing; http://www.nbcmontana.com/video/30847522/index.html

YouTube; My YouTube channel of course is WineGuyMike™ or the actual URL link: http://www.youtube.com/user/WineGuyMike?feature=mhum

Facebook; WineGuyMike please “like”

Twitter; @WineGuyMike please follow me

Ciao Mambo, “Eat Like You Mean It”, located in Missoula on The Hip Strip.  Find them online at www.CiaoMambo.com

Sleep City Missoula  www.SleepCity.com

Liquid Planet “Best of Beverage” and a great place to WineGuyMike show wines for the lowest price.  Located in the heart of downtown Missoula.

Georges Distributing in Helena, Montana.

What’s Important to Know about Wine

This is WineGuyMike, good Sunday morning and welcome back to this week’s show.  Before I delve into this week’s topic I wanted to let you know that next week my featured guest will be Scott Morrison from the Russian River Valley.  Scott is winemaker the Paul Hobbs label, Crossbarn.  You will not want to miss this interesting show.

This week I’m sharing with you what I believe is really important to know about wine.  I have developed the WineGuyMike Wine Template©, a 10 point simple look that allows you to understand any wine easily.  This is important to know for many reasons, it empowers you if you are shopping for wine, tasting wine, or helping someone else to better understand wine. 

You may have noticed the last few weeks on my blog that I have been displaying the wines I’m sharing with you by utilizing the wine templates.  I feel very strongly that keeping wine as simple as possible is ultimately important.  As you may know we don’t encourage any wine snobbery here on the WineGuyMike show.

The templates generally include ten different points that is necessary for you to understand what a wines personality and a wines physical attributes.  The new templates also help you to better understand your palate and the taste profile of a wine that are appealing to you.

Here is the list and a description of 10 points I cover on each WineGuyMike Wine Template©.

  1. Style – New World or Old World

–         The style of wines can be significant depending on the winemaker’s philosophy and whether they make their wines in an Old World or New World Style.  Remember Old World wines from the Old World are made to complement foods that are grown or raised in that particular area or region.  The Old World wines often are restrained, simple and lower in alcohol content.  Wine from the New World typically has been made to drink; pairing foods with a New World wine is a bit more complicated for the average wine drinker, unlike the Old World you know what to pair the wine with if you understand what the common foods from a particular region are. 

  1. Region or Area – Where is the wine from?

–         In the Old World viticulturists and winemakers have let the land and weather, also known as terroir, dictate what grapes are grown where.  The New World now is also acutely focused on terroir, it is critical to growing grapes that reflect a true expression of the grapes varietal and tha sense of place.  Grapes that are grown in areas that are not best suited for the varietal may produce wines that are not pleasing.

  1. Grapes – What is the grape type?

–         What is your grape style?  Do you like light, medium, or full bodied wines?  Do you like wines that are dry or have a subtle sweetness to them?  Do you like wines that are lush or may have a bit of zing to them?  Knowing the grape varietals and their particular characteristics is vital to your enjoyment of wine.

  1. Designation – Old World Laws vs. New World Regions

–         In the Old World there are wines laws that dictate where a grape is grown, and how much can be produced, how grapes are pruned, harvested, and in some cases how the wines are made.  The New World is now beginning to implement some of these requirements although not nearly to the degree of the Old World.  In France you will notice on a label A.O.C., in Italy you have the D.O.C. or D.O.C.G and Spain you have the D.O.  The New World now typically identifies the origin, AVA or American Viticulture Area, of a wine.  These areas are geographically defined.  American wine law identifies on the label whether a wine is Estate produced and bottled, there are also requirements about how much of a varietal must be in a bottle of wine in order to be identified as such.

  1. Vintage – What year was the wine produced?

–         This is important to know as wines from the same vineyards vary mainly depending on weather.  Each year, just like vegetables crops, the harvest will be different. 

  1. Color – Colors vary and tell part of a wines story

–         In white wines this varies from Pale Yellow Green at one end of the spectrum to Brown. This is due to age, varietal, and influence from oak barrels.  Red wines vary from Purple to Brown, white wines gain color as they age and red wines lose color with age.

  1. Nose – This is what we sense when we put our nose to the glass

–         Aroma; a generally positive term describing the smell of a wine, for example, fruity, earthy, or even spicy.

–         Bouquet; this refers to the scent that a wine develops with age.  This is not to be confused with the wines aroma.

  1. Palate – That’s right what do we taste, what is the flavor?

–         We can sense four different tastes and possible five but that is still debatable, and they are;  sweet, bitter, salty, sour, and perhaps an ability to sense MSG otherwise known as umami

  1. Finish – What’s left behind?

–         The aftertaste of the wine, flavor and sensation.  How long does it last and what are the subtle nuances?

  1.  Vinification– What do you need to know about how the wine was made?

–         There are techniques that are used by winemakers that greatly affect a wines style, this is important to know.

Here are the wines that I’m recommending for you this week, yes in the WineGuyMike Wine Template© format.  Please let me know what you think.  The wines I’m sharing are great inexpensive food friendly wines that are available at Liquid Planet. 

Pair this wine with; Oysters on the half shell, Salmon, Tuna, Tenderloin of Pork.

Sale Price until 7/20/2012  $13.99

Pair this wine with; Barbeque, Pork Chop with herbs, Fowl.

Sale Price until 7/20/2012  $9.99

The wines reviewed today all receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™

The wine selections from today’s show are available today, all especially priced until 7/20, at Liquid Planet, in the heart of Downtown Missoula, Missoula’s ultimate wine shopping experience and the very best of beverage.

From my table to yours,

"from my table to yours"

Fine Artist of Wine Leanne Laine on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show©

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This week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© I would like to introduce you to the wonderful wine artist Leanne Laine.  Leanne is a fine artist that shares her work with you and I from perhaps the most beautiful city in the northern hemisphere Vancouver, BC in Canada, a city where the mountains appear to rise from the ocean.  That in itself would seemingly be an inspiration to paint and that she does, please meet my wine artist friend Leanne Laine.

Leanne Laine Fine Artist of Wine

Leanne Laine Fine Artist of Wine

Leanne and I met by following one another on Twitter.  I make a concerted effort to be personally connected with anyone I follow on Twitter.  When someone is thoughtful enough to consider following @WineGuyMike I take a moment to reach out and discover what that follower is sharing with the world.  That is when I discovered that my guest this week is the artist whose work adorns the walls of all of the Ciao Mambo restaurants.  Ciao Mambo in Missoula where I taste and write about wine happens to sponsor the show I produce each week at the Trail 1033 and Fresh 104.5.

For me wine is an experience because it almost always revolves around a social event whether it is an event or an outing with my wife.  My point is that I always put thought into my wine outing or even shopping for wine, there is a purpose behind it and culminates with the sharing of wine with someone I enjoy and care about or at an event that is striving to do good things for the world.  Sometimes they are business gatherings where I’m meeting interesting people who are making things happen in their particular niche of the world.  You get the point wine is an experience that can be shared and enjoyed with other you value in your life.

Leanne Laine the fine artist of wine is just that person, she paints her passion that helps create the experience and she is that person who is part of that experience.  Ciao Mambo is an Italian restaurant that my wife and I enjoy, the food is great, they have the best Italian wine list you will find in most establishments.  We always have a great experience when we have dinner there, and we love proprietor Bret Evje.  Ciao as we call it in Missoula has great music and great art hanging in the restaurant thanks to my new friend Leanne Laine.

Leanne journey as a fine artist began like this; Leanne started her career working as Human Resources consultant for a large company.  Growing up she loved art and has always been an artist.  For most parents though I think their greatest fear is for their children to want to go to art school, that might translate as oh no my child will be living with me until they are 40 years old.  Leanne’s parents encouraged her to go to school and find a degree that would provide gainful employment when finished and that’s exactly what she did.  That is until Leanne was laid off from her gainful employment.  Leanne is married to husband Stewart and has a 4 year old daughter and a 1 year old son. 

Leanne is a self-taught artist that is now internationally-collected and published for her renowned wine art.  After being displaced from her day job Leanne decided to turn her passion for creating art into a business by selling her paintings and limited edition canvas prints online.  Leanne’s work has caught fire and as a result her husband Stewart left his newly appointed position as head of engineering for a large corporate company to help keep up with the demand of their quickly growing art business.  Not only does her work sell online but many businesses in the restaurant, hospitality and wine industries across North America are picking up on Leanne’s work.   Businesses displaying her works in their establishments are selling them to patrons who want to buy her art right off their walls.  Leanne is a tenacious creative woman who has followed her passion and turned a seemingly difficult situation into an amazing career as a wine artist that she loves, it’s obvious when you listen to her story as she shares it with us.  Leanne loves to do good things in the world too, she gives back by donating her art pieces for silent auction throughout the year, both in the US and Canada to many charitable events, my main focus is children and cancer research.

Her is a little side story from our conversation about how she started painting wine art; Having a glass of wine while painting became a ritual for Leanne as she grew her portfolio… though she had not begin painting wines.  One night sitting in front of her blank canvas she realized she had the dreaded “artists’ block”.  She felt that creative surge but just didn’t know what to paint.  So she poured herself another glass of wine and voila…her fascination with wine as a subject matter was born.  Since then, she began looking at wine differently… by incorporating everything around us into wine… especially women.  Put bluntly, Leanne sees wine as a sexy and sensual subject.  Leanne states “wine can hold its own”.  She sees wine as coming to life in the wine glass, basically putting on a show in the glass once it has been poured: swirling, seducing, and tantalizing the taste buds. To Leanne wine seemed to have similar qualities to that of a woman (hence, her Women in Wine Series).  Sensual, sexy, empowering, and you tend to notice when a beautiful, confident woman enters the room.  People want to be her; people want to be with her….Leanne I couldn’t agree more.  My wife and I love Leanne’s art, it is always a conversation we have while dining at Ciao Mambo enjoying a glass of wine together.  You can’t help becoming lost in her work with contemplative thought; it makes for a terrific conversation when paired with wine which is exactly what I share with you this week.

Leanne was kind enough to select three pieces of her collection with descriptions that I will pair with a bottle of wine that I’m inclined to enjoy as I study her art. 

The Three Art Pieces we will have a little fun with this week:

Temptress Tempranillo http://www.leannelainefineart.com/galleries/product.php?cat=&productid=23579&rowpos=1

Leanne’s signature piece, the TEMPTRESS TEMPRANILLO.  Many women tell her this piece helps them truly appreciate what lies beneath their own skin, leaving them feeling empowered, sexy and powerful, especially while enjoying their favorite glass of wine.  As a woman and wine enthusiast, this is exactly the feeling that she expressed while painting this piece and she loves that other women connect with this as well.

Autumn Blend http://www.leannelainefineart.com/galleries/product.php?cat=&productid=23623&rowpos=1&nextid=2

Her AUTUMN BLEND is a piece where she had incorporated a rich, foliage autumn tree.  Wines come in reds, yellows, whites, ambers, purples… so do Fall leaves.  Living in beautiful BC, there are many places here displaying such a richness of fall colors that in her opinion, it’s practically quenching to the eyes.  They say to stop and smell the roses.  How about stop and watch the colors of our natural surroundings turn.

Smooth & Saxy http://www.leannelainefineart.com/galleries/product.php?cat=&productid=23530&rowpos=4&previd=3&nextid=5

Leanne’s SMOOTH & SAXY piece is an expression for her love and appreciation for all kinds of music.  Besides enjoying a glass of wine, another part of Leanne’s rituals while painting is listening to jazz.  Wine, Art, and Jazz this is one Leanne’s favorites and one of her collector’s favorite pieces from her jazz series of works.

Visit Leanne’s site for a chance to win a free limited edition giclee and to connect with her:

Leanne’s website; http://www.leannelainefineart.com

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YouTube – Watch Leanne Speed Paint for Japan Relief Efforts!

The Three Art Piece and Wine Pairings from WineGuyMike™

Let’s start with Leanne’s signature piece the TEMPTRESS TEMPRANILLO.  Okay it’s Summer time and I’m going to deviate from a Tempranillo and go to a lighter bodied Pinot Noir that I tasted recently on the show and it knocked my socks off; the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from Balletto Vineyards and Winery.  Winemaker Anthony Beckman killed it on this wine; it is a fabulous Pinot Noir that pairs perfectly with the Temptress Tempranillo.

2009 Russian River Pinot Noir

This dark, garnet colored Pinot Noir exhibits floral aromas of rose petals intertwined with spice components of ginger, dusty earth and a hint of vanilla. Fruit aromas of raspberry and cassis form the core of the wine, and in the mouth, create a long, delicious finish that can be tasted for several minutes.

The wine is showy with a seamless viscosity that is balanced with a healthy bit of tartness to keep the wine fresh and lively.  It’s full in the palate with fine, coco-powder like tannins and a nice dose of astringency that lend additional grip and structure to this wine.  Overall, the wine has struck the fine balance between delicate and structured, and will improve with bottle aging during the next five years (or more). 

On to the next beautiful piece from Leanne; AUTUMN BLEND is paired with a simple blend that is perfect for you summer palate.  It is an inexpensive value driven wine that is a must try.

Le Clos

Le Clos seems to be like something out of “The Arabian Nights.”  This wine displays an attractive raspberry red color with hints of garnet.  Its nose is lively and complex, with notes of red and black fruits.  Refined oak fragrance with hints of incense, spices (nutmeg, clove, ginger), anise, autumn woods and tobacco. It is very soft on the palate, with a fresh, tangy acidity.  Le Clos shows a wonderful balance.  It is well-structured yet elegant, with fine tannins.  It will perfectly accompany a duck terrine laced with olives, a roast rack of lamb, barbecued beef or pork chops with fines herbes, as well as pheasant with wild mushrooms or boeuf bourguignon.

Domaine Sainte Eugénie is positioned within the district of Fontfroide, the sweet spot of Corbières, with an 800 year history of viticulture.  The estate is located within the foothills of the Pyrénées along the Mediterranean coast.  Clay and chalk soils dominate here.  The dry weather, sunny and warm climate combine to create an optimal growing environment.  This new wine, just released, is the latest addition to Domaine Sainte Eugénie.  It is unique in that it has a slight, refined oak character, highlighting a sturdy base of red fruit and oriental spices. Bringing into play terroir and savoir-faire, tradition and exotic flair, a blend of  45% Merlot, 20% Carignan, 20% Grenache, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.  This wine hails from Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.  Don’t miss this wine it’s fantastic complement for any summer barbeque.

Now for Leanne’s SMOOTH & SAXY I have selected one of my favorite producers from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, Argyle Winery and their sparkling wine that is readily available.

Argyle 2007 Brut –this gem has a 90 PT. Wine Spectator Rating, 63% Oregon Chardonnay, 37% Oregon Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine Knudsen Vineyards, Lone Star Vineyard Willamette Valley AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon.  Prepare to be fascinated by this alluring sparkling vintage.  The aromas are a weaving together of the best that fine sparkling wines deliver.  Look for vanilla spiced pear fruit with very floral citrus blossom scents.  A lovely yeastiness blends nicely with fresh baguette bouquet.  There’s a hint of Fresca-like citrus in there too.  The palate is Vibrant and chock full of tiny bubbles.  Pear to red apple fruit folds nicely into vanilla spice.  The texture is creamy-plus, providing amazing richness while remaining zippy and citrusy.  The yeast flavor has evolved into filo dough right out of the oven.   A beautiful finish offers flavors that go on and on after the wine is gone.  Don’t miss this one folks.

It was a real pleasure to host Fine Wine Artist Leanne Laine this week, thanks for what you do to enhance wine lovers wine experience.

"from my table to yours"

"from my table to yours"

Jon Troutman from the DailyGrape.com, one of wines game changers with WineGuyMike™

Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and Fresh 104.5.  The live stream feed is online at www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© on both radio stations on Sunday mornings at 10:00AM MST.

Each week WineGuyMike™ will be giving away gift certificates from our sponsors.  If your question is selected as WineGuyMike’s™ topic of discussion you will win one of the $20.00 – $25.00 gift certificates.  Good luck and send your questions to WineGuyMike™ on his Facebook fan page.

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This week as I’m sitting, contemplating, and hopefully writing one reoccurring thought that keeps running through my head is just how much I love my work and what I’m doing.  For that I’m very thankful and grateful but then I had to wonder just why is it that I love doing what I do so much.  Then after much deep thought, and trust me I use the term deep thought loosely as the thought pool is not all that deep, I realized it is the guests that I work and share with weekly.  My guests are game changers, they are men and women that are so dynamic and so creative no matter what niche they work in they are changing the game.  How exciting is it to work with people every week that make a difference and make it happen.  No wonder I have a burning passion for what I do.

Which brings me to this week’s very special guest Jon Troutman, Jon currently is Director of Operations for the DailyGrape.com.  The DailyGrape.com is a new site that has just been launched and spearheaded by Gary Vanerychuk or as he is known in Social Media circles as Gary Vee.  For those of you who may not know Gary Vee he is one of Social Media’s most prolific brand personalities and is in my opinion online, wired in, wired up, social media upped, prominent wine reviewers in today’s “in the moment” world.

Jon runs the operations at the DailyGrape and also serves as Gary’s right hand man.  I want to share Jon’s background with you.  Jon loves all things wine related – discussing, learning, drinking and above all, sharing it.  He was born and raised on Cape Cod, MA and was introduced to food and wine from a very young age while working in his family’s restaurant.  Prior to joining Cork’d, Jon attended the University of Vermont where he received his B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.  After graduating, he returned home to his family’s restaurant, Scargo Café, as the general manager.  In less than a year he took the wine program from a modest 40 bottle selection to a multiple award winning program.  In the summer of 2009 he became certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers.  During this time Jon worked at Cork’d which is a Social Network for wine that was another Gary Vee project where people connect, share, and learn about wine.   At Cork’d Jon oversaw and produced both the written and video content.

In January of 2011, Jon assumed a new role while continuing to work closely with Gary Vaynerchuk, as Director of Operations for the newly launched website and iPhone app, Daily Grape.  

In addition to wine, Jon’s interests include running, skiing, eating out, social media and spending time with friends and family.  Some of his favorite wine regions are Rhone, Champagne and Germany.

The DailyGrape.com is a continuation of Gary’s wildly popular daily wine show, Wine Library TV.  Daily Grape is a useful and educational app, helping you discover, buy and order wine either on-the-go or from the comfort of home.  I find Daily Grape to be an intersection of where the best of Gary’s projects have come together at one site.  I love what Jon and Gary have done with this site because it truly is an interaction of sharing, learning, and convenience. 

I want to thank my friend Jon Troutman for taking the time to be a guest on the WineGuyMike™ radio show this week.  Jon is not only a wine expert, a Director of Operations for the most exciting new social wine website/application, he is just a really great guy.  Thank you Jon and please keep doing all that you do.

I want to recommend to all of you my friends, fans, and followers to subscribe to the Daily Grape at www.dailygrape.com.  You may also subscribe to a very useful newsletter that Jon and Gary share for $3.99 a month.

This week’s WineGuyMike™ wine recommendation:

Le Clos

Le Clos

Le Clos

 

 Domaine Sainte Eugénie is positioned within the district of Fontfroide, the sweet spot of Corbières, with an 800 year history of viticulture.  The estate is located within the foothills of the Pyrénées along the Mediterranean coast.  Clay and chalk soils dominate here.  The dry weather, sunny and warm climate combine to create an optimal growing environment.  This new wine, just released, is the latest addition to Domaine Sainte Eugénie.  It is unique in that it has a slight, refined oak character, highlighting a sturdy base of red fruit and oriental spices. Bringing into play terroir and savoir-faire, tradition and exotic flair, Le Clos seems to be like something out of “The Arabian Nights.”  This wine displays an attractive raspberry red color with hints of garnet.  Its nose is lively and complex, with notes of red and black fruits.  Refined oak fragrance(very subtle) with hints of incense, spices (nutmeg, clove, ginger), anise, autumn woods and tobacco.  Le Clos is very soft on the palate, with a fresh, tangy acidity, and delivers wonderful balance.  It is well-structured yet elegant, with fine tannins.  It will perfectly accompany a duck terrine laced with olives, a roast rack of lamb, barbecued beef or pork chops with fines herbes, as well as pheasant with wild mushrooms or boeuf bourguignon.

 Domaine: Domaine Sainte Eugénie
Vintage: 2008
Producer: Gantier, Ratero and Brignoli
Variety: 45% Merlot, 20% Carignan, 20% Grenache, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon

I highly recommend this wine, it is a must try.  You will love the price of this wine too, it’s under $10.00.  This is such a great wine you can drink it alone or it will accompany food beautifully because of the balance of fruit and acid.  Try it WineGuyMike™ like it!

Le Clos receives the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval, price and big value in this recommendation.

WineGuyMike™ recipe pairing; Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Dijon-Apricot Mop Sauce

Serves 8 – A dry herb rub flavors the pork and makes a nice crust. You may want to stop right there, or you can go one step further and add the tangy mop sauce.

Ingredients:

HERB RUB

1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed

1 tablespoon dried thyme, crumbled

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper

2 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoons celery seeds

2 1-pound pork tenderloins, all visible fat removed

DIJON-APRICOT MOP SAUCE

1 teaspoon acceptable vegetable oil

1 small onion, finely chopped (3/8 cup)

½ cup cider vinegar

¼ cup honey

¼ cup all-fruit apricot preserves

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Vegetable oil spray

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine rub ingredients. Using your hands or a spoon, rub mixture evenly over pork. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 360 degrees F or preheat grill on medium-high.

For mop sauce, heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, swirling to coat. Saute onion for 2 to 3 minutes, or until translucent, stirring occasionally.

Stir in remaining sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (You may wish to reserve ½ cup sauce to use as a dipping sauce for cooked pork.)

Lightly spray a broiling pan and rack with vegetable oil spray. Put tenderloins on a rack in pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Using a pastry brush or basting mop (a small dishwashing mop can be used-new and clean, of course!), baste on all sides. Bake for 10 minutes, then baste again. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until pork is no longer pink in center or registers 165 degrees F on meat thermometer. Or grill tenderloins for 10 minutes per side (40 minutes total), then baste with mop sauce and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until pork is cooked through.

Sauce;

Calories 218

Protein 25 g

Carbohydrates 18 g

Cholesterol 67 mg

Total Fat 5 g

            Saturated 2 g

            Polyunsaturated 1 g

            Monounsaturated 2 g

Fiber 1 g

Sodium 145 mg

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Cotes du Ventoux, “Rhone done Right” with WineGuyMike™, and Domaine De Fondreche

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The Cotes du Ventoux is a great place to take a bicycle ride and a great place to think about the next time you want to venture out and try a wine that is different than what you normally drink. Mont Ventoux is visited annually by a peloton of bike riders in a race known as the Tour de France, a race near and dear to my heart, a race that I can’t wait to watch every year. Yes I am a bike rider and commuter so I find myself jonesin’ for the Tour every year. Let me share a little secret with you, the two wine I’m going to share with you today will have the same effect on you as the Tour de France has on me. These two wines are so good they are just downright wicked. That’s right they are that good and that interesting, so are a couple of people that I going to tell you about as well.

Let’s start by talking about the place, Cotes du Ventoux a region in the Rhone Valley in southeastern France. The Rhone Valley is home to very rocky soils that collect heat from the abundant sunshine that is common in the Rhone. The rocky soils thus stay warm at night, the vines in the southern Rhone love this. The southern Rhone receives 30% more sunshine hours per year than the regions of Bordeaux or Burgundy. The wines of the southern Rhone are vastly different then wine produced in northern Rhone.  The reason for this is the soil, location, and the grapes that are allowed to be used by the AOC, the French governing body that oversees winemaking in France.

The two main red grapes grown in the Rhone are Syrah and Grenache.  Syrah is a grape that is a big powerful full bodied red that is supple, smooth, and rich with well mannered mellow tannins.  Flavor wise a Syrah can be slightly spicy, fruity like black cherries, or some may have a deep nutty flavoring.  Grenache is a grape that is famous for use as a blending grape in both France and Spain. Grenache is also full bodied with berry flavors.  It lends itself well to nice full reds or roses that produce fruity or berry like flavor.  I’m also going to mention Mourvedre which is used in both wines that I’m sharing with you today.  Spain loves this grape and its popularity is on the rise as a varietal produced wine in that country.  Fruity with berry flavor and tannins that are strong give this grape a strong supporting roll with the wines we are talking about today.

Wines from France are numerous and confusing to most and my focus on the WineGuyMike™ radio show and my accompanying blog post each week is to demystify wine.  One piece of information that I always look for on my bottle of French wine is the producer.  Why is this important? In France and in the many regions of France wines are not always estate produced and bottled, many times grapes are purchased by suppliers and exporters and the wine is then made by their respective winemakers under the stringent French winemaking laws.  So the focus is to know the suppliers and exporters as you wouldn’t know the winemaker(s) in many cases.

Robert Kacher Selections

Robert Kacher Selections

Now it’s time to talk about Bobby Kacher.  When you see imported by Robert Kacher Selections I promise you these wines at all price points are going to be very good wines, that is all Bobby deals with.  Bobby has been in this business for decades and has been in it with dogged determination and tenacity, in other words this man has passion for wine.  He bleeds red wine that’s just how committed to you the consumer he is.  He is only a handful of importers to ever receive the prestigious honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole.  Bobby has very personal relationships with every wine producer whose wine he imports.  Not only that he interacts with every aspect of the grape growing all the way through the winemaking process.  This truly speaks to the level of respect he has garnered over decades by winery owners and winemakers of the wines he imports from France, not many people ever get to interact in this way or at this level in the vineyards of France as you can perhaps imagine.

Bobby’s focus on wine is typically estate-grown wines that exude authenticity, earthiness, and suit the individual lifestyles, cuisines and palates of American wine drinkers.  Recently Robert Parker, a well known wine expert named Bobby as “one of the 20 most influential wine personalities of the past 20 years,” and I agree.

Now I would like to introduce you to the wine, the winemaker, and his piece of terrior in the southern Rhone Valley.  This winery the Domaine De Fondreche is located in the Ventoux at the base of Mont Ventoux.  Because of its location the grapes receive a lot of sun and heat and to balance that the vineyards have a constant breeze that allows the grapes not to get scorched by the sun.  The grapes come from two different vineyards, one that is comprised of clay and limestone gravel.  The second vineyard has soils made up of sand and silt which produce wines of finesse, freshness with moderate alcohol levels. The alluvial soil matter from the ancient dice and stony surface-textured, and sandy clay soils that are situated on this plateau where air currents and high temperatures occur allow the grapes from these two vineyards to flourish and produce wines of amazing quality.

Sebastien Vincenti is the winemaker who produced these two incredible wines, Domaine De Fondreche Nadal and Persia.  Sebastien worked for Andre Brunel in the famed Chateauneuf-du-pape region which is where Bobby Kacher discovered him.  Sebastien is a young upstart winemaker that is intensely devoted to land, grape, and winemaking.  This viticulturist and winemaker cares about this process in a way that sets him apart from many that farm and practice the craft of winemaking.  This is his passion and if Bobby Kacher has red wine in his veins, Sebastien bleeds wine and dirt from his.  The grapes that Domaine De Fondreche produces are organically and bio-dynamically grown and produced. These wines are made in a way that you instantly understand that they are not overdone, not underdone, not over manipulated, they actually approach perfection.  Sebastien has let the process take care of itself through employing farming and winemaking techniques that smack of incredible hands off approach.  But boy you understand completely that this is all about love of land and love of his craft.  Sebastien I applaud you in your efforts, these wines are simple, elegant, and adventurous.  Really can it get any better?  Not so much for me, these wines absolutely leave me wanting and needing more.  Thank you Bobby and Sebastien!

On to the wines:

Domaine De Fonreche "Persia"

Domaine De Fonreche "Persia"

“Persia” is a wine made from 30-40 year-old Syrah vines with a splash of Mourvèdre.  The wine is aged completely in barrels, varying from 300 liters to 228 liters.  Persia requires 2-3 years aging from its release and can be kept for more than a decade.  The wine is inky and displays brawny black fruit and earth with tremendous depth, complexity and length.  Only about 800 cases are ever made.  This wine is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, this is an absolutely stunning wine.  The nose of this wine is big and so very interesting, it hits you right up front with smoke, earth, wodd, bacon, and a dry beef jerky.  then this wine transitions to  the palate  and you experience  beautifully defined wine with silky smooth tannins, touches of raspberry, liquorices, blackberry and minerals; the finish is delightful, elegant, and long.  This wine fills the mouth like no other; it will absolutely rock your world.

Domaine De Fondreche "Nadal"

Domaine De Fondreche "Nadal"

The cuvée Nadal is a wine produced from equal parts old vine Syrah and Grenache.  The Syrah finishes alcoholic fermentation and goes through malolactic fermentation in 300 liter casks, while the Grenache is finished in tank.  Nadal requires 1-2 years aging from its release and can be kept for more than a decade.  This wine is inky and displays fresh and juicy red fruits with tremendous depth, complexity and length.

The 2005 was a great vintage from the Rhone and is one of the best I have ever tasted from  Domaine De Fondreche.  The 2005 Nadal is comprised of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre, all from vines that are over 70 years old.  The nose of this wine initially produces an aroma of smoke and dust which is wonderful and then once it immerses on the palate the Nadel exhibits nuances of kirsch, licorice, and black raspberries, and subtly displays an bouguet of early spring floral notes.   The wine is purple in color and appears very dense to the eye.  This wine has been aged in small oak barrels but typical of well made French wine does not taste nor have aromas from the wood, it is its own juice crafted by the amazing Sebastien Vincenti.  The Nadal has a great balance of fruit and acid and will drink well for the next 5 years.

I highly recommend these wines, they are a must try.  Even if these wines fall within a weekend special occasion category price wise you need to taste them.  If it’s not a special occasion it will be once you taste these two gems.

Both of these wines overwhelmingly receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval®

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