Pairings for August 6 at Red Wagon Organic Farm
Funkwerks Galaxy Single Hopped Saison, Fort Collins, CO $11.98
Funkwerks is a local brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado, with a passion for brewing Saison inspired beers. The Saison style originated as a Belgian farmhouse ale brewed for farm workers during the summer months. Usually having a dry profile and complex fruity aromas, Saisons today are brewed year-round and generally have a higher alcohol percentage than their original versions.
Galaxy, the single hop used to brew this beer, is a highly sought after Australian hop variety known for contributing tropical fruit flavors and aromas such as passion fruit, papaya, and mango, as well as light citrus notes. Also contributing to this beer’s delicious complexity, the saison yeast used adds a subtle cinnamon and spice flavor accompanied by a slightly bitter finish. (750 mL)
2012 Saint André de Figuière, Crémant de Provence Rosé Extra Brut, Provence, France $32.98
A highly successful family business, Saint Andre de Figuiere, flourishes under Alain Combard and his children’s watchful eye. Alain Combard began his winemaking career in Chablis collaborating for twenty-two years with Michel Laroche at Domaine Laroche. In 1991, he returned to his native Provence and purchased Saint Andre de Figuiere (then only 18 hectares). A proud and happy parent, Alain is fortunate that three out of his four children have chosen to work alongside him and learn the reins of this successful Domaine.
Situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the hills of the Massif des Maures, between Toulon and Saint Tropez, the domaine covers 64 hectares, 45 hectares under vine with the remaining 20 hectares devoted to pine trees, cork oak, and eucalyptus. In 1979, to preserve this beautiful piece of land, the estate converted to organic production.
The 2012 Cremant de Provence Rose Extra Brut is a blend of Cinsault and Grenache made using the method traditionelle (Champagne method). It is an elegant pale rose with aromas of apricot, citrus, white peach, strawberry and light toasty notes. The palate is dry while still remaining well rounded and delicate.
2014 Bru-Bache, Jurancon Sec, France $23.98
Like many smaller wine regions decimated by phylloxera from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, Jurancon (although one of the first to receive A.O.C. status) has been very slow to recover its production. Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees in southwest France, Jurancon’s vineyards are tucked away in sunny hillsides, where the climate is a combination of oceanic, mountainous, and southern influences.
Traditionally winemakers from this region produce two styles of white wine, Jurancon, a celebrated sweet wine and Jurancon Sec, a dry white. The Bru-Bache-Loustalot family has been making wine in the Pyrenees since the 1960’s, but it was not until 1973 that they first began to bottle under their own label. Claude Loustalot, nephew of the founder Georges Bru-Bache, took over the domaine in 1994 and implemented biodynamic practices receiving certification in 2009. He has created a completely interdependent ecosystem whereby sheep graze between vineyard rows, blending herbal teas as natural remedies for the vines amongst other practices.
Bru-Bache’s Jurancon Sec is made of an indigenous varietal, Gros Manseng, which is genetically linked to the Albarino of Spain. It produces a fragrant, dry, crisp white with high acidity and a note of tannin. Laden with apricot, quince, light citrus, stony minerals, spicy floral undertones and a fresh herbaceous character, this is a perfect wine for fresh summer produce and an evening outside.
2015 Venica & Venica, ‘Ronco del Cero’ Sauvignon, Collio, Italy $38.98
A family owned organically farmed estate with 28 ha of vines in the Dolegna district of Collio (an appellation located in Fruili-Venezia Giulia, very close to Slovenia), Venica & Venica was established in 1929 when Daniele Venica purchased Ronco del Cero, an amazing hill of vineyard land planted mostly to Sauvignon. One of Friuli's most well known and respected estates, Venica is now run by Giampaolo who has taken over the estate from his father Gianni and uncle Giorgio. The winery is known for highly textural and aromatic whites that use little to no wood in the production of their wines.
The ‘Ronco del Cero’ Sauvignon is crafted from seven different vineyards on the original hill purchased in 1929. A multi-layered, un-oaked wine, this Sauvignon exhibits notes of white grapefruit, peach, honeysuckle, jasmine, boxwood, sage and anise. On the palate the wine has a lovely weight and texture with tropical fruits and light herbs finishing with zesty citrus and bright acidity.
2011 Domaine Tissot, ‘Les Graviers’ Chardonnay, Arbois, Jura, France $59.98
Founded in the early 1960’s by Andre and Mireille Tissot, Domaine Tissot is a leading grower and producer in the wine appellation of Arbois, located in the Jura, a region between Burgundy and Switzerland. Now run by Andre and Mireille’s son, Stephane and his wife Benedicte, the estate is farmed 100% biodynamically producing 28 wines. A remote and exotic region for even the most seasoned wine drinker, Arbois and the Jura produce interesting, aromatic and beautifully textured wines crafted from Chardonnay, Savagnin (white), Pinot Noir, Poulsard (red) and Trousseau (red).
Crafted from vines planted as early as the 1950’s, ‘Les Graviers’ Chardonnay is aged 16 months in barriques and 1/3 new oak barrels. It is pure and delicate with an exquisite aroma of quince, ginger, roasted lemon, cloves, limestone and white camellias. On the palate it has weight and substance while remaining fine-boned and elegant. Minerality and a touch of wild honey linger on the finish.
2014 M. Lapierre Raisins Gaulois, Beaujolais, France $28.98
Founded in 1904, M. Lapierre has been handed down from father to son for more than three generations. Located in the heart of Beaujolais and the Morgon Cru, the domaine’s vines have been farmed organically since 1981 and are an average age of 60 years old spread over 13 hectares. Marcel Lapierre who took over from his father in 1973 placed the Domaine on the path that it is today. Marcel spearheaded the natural wine movement in Beaujolais, a cause taken up by other local vignerons, Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thevenet and Jean Foillard. Importer Kermit Lynch nicknamed the clan the Gang of Four and the name has stuck ever since. Known not only for his pioneering role in the natural wine movement, Marcel Lapierre played an integral part in elevating the reputation of Beaujolais wine. 2010 was Marcel’s last vintage as he passed away at the end of harvest that year, but his legacy lives on through his son Mathieu and daughter Camille.
As Kermit Lynch writes, the wines have “bright, fleshy fruit with a palatable joie de vivre (joy of life) undoubtedly inherited from their creator.” Extremely juicy, ‘Raisins Gaulois’ (100% Gamay) although labeled Vin de France is almost all from the cru of Morgan with a little bit of AOC Beaujolais. It is bursting with fruit, full of fresh cherries and raspberries, with just a hint of spice and bitterness on the finish.
2014 Ryme Cellars, Pinot Noir, Las Brisas Vineyard, Carneros, California $44.98
Ryme Cellars is collaboration between husband and wife, Ryan and Megan Glaab. The couple met and fell in love in Australia working as seasonal cellar hands at Torbreck Winery. Between the two, they have worked at wineries such as Pax Wine Cellars, Peay Vineyards, Sin Qua Non, and Marcassin. They started Ryme in 2007 with one ton of Aglianico and have continued to focus mostly on esoteric Italian varietals. The couple strives to make wines of distinctive character, tasting terrific on their own, however, truly shining with full expression when coupled with fresh cuisine. All of the grapes used to make Ryme’s wines come from conscientiously farmed organic and sustainable vineyards. Moreover within the winery itself, they use no cultured yeast, temperature control, or fining or filtering.
Las Brisas Vineyard, owned by the Mahoney family (long time growers in the Napa Valley), is named after the wind that drives the morning fog from the vineyards and ushers in the cool air in the afternoon. It produces a fresh, fruity wine with an herbal tinge and dusty mineral finish. Aroma and palate burst with bright red fruits and the delicate tannin and acidity dance lightly on the finish.
2014 Sucette, Old Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia $80.98
The first release from a new project, An Approach to Relaxation, by local Boulder couple, Carla Rzeszewski and Master Sommelier Richard Betts, Sucette is an Old-Vine, Own-Rooted, Sand-Grown Grenache from a 90 year old vineyard in the Vine Vale in Barossa Valley, Australia.
One of the world’s most widely planted grapes, Grenache is a highly particular grape variety requiring the perfect combination of soil and climate. Carla and Richard believe that the prettiest and best examples of Grenache come from old vines grown in sandy soils. Sand produces wines that are lighter in color with beautiful, floral, high-toned aromatics in essence of warm climate Pinot Noir. For Sucette, Carla and Richard have found an amazing vineyard in the Vine Vale that grows totally unfettered with a single yearly pruning. The wine is fermented in open top fermentation tanks and aged only in used French oak barrels.
An exceptional balance between masculine and feminine, Sucette is a supple, elegant wine with a lovely velvety texture, bright aromas and notes wild berries, pomegranate, pepper, and a hint of savory herbs and meatiness.
Catherine Walker of the Boulder Wine Merchant has chosen wines to accompany our menu. There is more than one wine available for each course to allow you to choose the wine or wines that best suit your taste and budget. These wines are available for purchase from the Boulder Wine Merchant, and will be delivered to you at the table. Wine purchases are limited to one bottle per guest in the party. A small delivery and handling fee has been added to the retail price of the bottle.
For insurance reasons, guests may not bring their own alcoholic beverages to a farm dinner.