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Thursday, February 21, 6:30P.M.

Greeting Wine
NV Coppola Sophia Rosé, Monterey County, California -$19

First Course
2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon (Wine Spectator 90 Points)-$24
Mussels Cioppino, tomato, garlic, thyme, grilled bread

Second Course
2014 Albert Bichot Bourgogne Pinot Noir “Vieilles Vignes” Burgundy, Beaune, France -$18
Gnocchi & Brisket, cipollini onion, oyster mushroom, brown butter

2015 Domaine de Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France (Robert Parker 93 Points)-$50
Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Yukon gold mashed potato, gremolata, Cabernet Sauvignon reduction

2016 Justin Cabernet Paso Robles, California-$27
Chocolate Panna Cotta, Chantilly cream, chocolate short bread crumble

$95 for member and $95 for one guest
$100 per person for additional guests or non-members
Reservations due by Monday, February 18
No refunds given after February 18

                                            Alan Hitchcock, Board Member

For this event our intent was to “build up” the wine selections starting from the lighter going to the heavier. Our featured wine is the highly-acclaimed 2015 Domaine de Janasse from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape Region of France (rated 93 points by Robert Parker).  The wines were selected with the help of Brittany Baxter of Bob’s Wines and Spirits. The menu was prepared by Bistro’s Executive Chef, Danny Wilhoit.                    

The Chateauneuf du Pape Appelation. The first vines in Chateauneuf du Pape were planted by the Romans. Chateauneuf du Pape takes its name from the time when the Pope moved to Avignon in 1309. The move was due to issues between the King of France and the Papacy. Eight different Popes served in Avignon as the Papacy remained in Chateauneuf du Pape until 1378. Many vineyards of the Chateauneuf supplied wine to the Papacy.

The entire area is about 8.5 miles long and 5 miles wide. Its boundaries are set by the city of Orange with its Roman ruins in the north, the town of Sorgues to the south, The Rhone River to the west and the main road, the A7 to the east. The climate is dry and warm.  In an average vintage, 13,750,000 bottles of Chateauneuf du Pape are produced every year with 95% of it, red wine. There are 250 small producing estate wineries in the area.

                                                            THE WINES

Coppola Sophia Rosé, Monterey County, California – This refreshing wine is reminiscent of the popular dry rosés served in seaside café along the French Riviera. It’s crisp, delicate, and elegantly fruity with just a kiss of spice on the finish.

2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon – It is medium bodied, with fresh fruits of bright cherry and marionberry that mingle with notes of warming spices, rose petals, fresh turned earth, cola and tobacco. Pairs well with shellfish, rare roast beef, or roasted chicken.

2014 Albert Bichot Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Beaune, France – A Bourgogne old vine/vieilles vignes Pinot Noir, garnet red with watery rim, giving aromas of dark red fruit and dried herbs. The palate has concentrated tart cherry, earth, tobacco, spice, smoke and oak with mouth-watering acidity and tart fruit finish with hint of mocha. This would be great with roast duck or mild cheeses.

2015 Domaine de Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France – Blended from six different lieux-dits, it's roughly 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. The result features bright raspberry fruit, plenty of weight and richness, a supple, velvety mouthfeel and a touch of chocolate (but notably no heat) on the finish.

2016 Justin Cabernet Paso Robles, California– Dry, moderate plus bodied, with ripe blackcurrant, black cherry and a touch of red fruit brightness on the entry. A versatile go-to red that’s great with variety of pairings from pizza to desserts.

                                NEW WINE SOCIETY VOICEMAIL SYSTEM

To make phone reservations, call the New Wine Society voicemail at 865-896-3753 (old number will be dropped), leave your name, membership number--or say non-member, and the names of your guests.  Then follow the reservation procedures on page three.  You will receive email reservation confirmation.


The Board of Directors needs members to replace some who recently left the Board. Contact Alan Hitchcock, for information.


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