Pairings for July 7 at Cure Organic Farm:
Brasserie Dupont Foret Saison $14.98
Brewed by Brasserie Dupont (one of the oldest breweries in Belgium), the Foret Saison was the first 100% certified organic beer to be produced in Belgium. The beer is crafted with organically cultivated hops and barley as well as filtered artisan well water, providing the beer with a distinct and unique mineral quality.
A light bodied, refreshingly smooth beer with a bold malt flavor, Foret Saison has distinct aromas of bread, clove and pepper, finishing with a dry herbal note and complex fresh citrus flavor.
2015 Mas de Libian Bout d’Zan Rose, Rhone Valley France $20.98
At the time of purchase in 1670 of Mas de Libian by the Thibon family, the property served as a gentleman’s hunting lodge and manor house. Upon the sale, the family moved in and began working the land as farmers. In 1970, it was decided that the sole focus at Libian would be wine. Set on a plateau in the rocky terrain of the Ardèche, in the western hills of the southern Rhône, Mas de Libian is an exceptional biodynamical farmed estate, where vineyards are plowed by horse and hoed by hand in the spring.
Hélène Thibon (a member of the 4th generation whose father, Jean Pierre, set in motion the estate’s devotion to making wine) has worked the soil since she was a young girl and has a passion for her vineyards that is admirable and infectious. Her wines are fresh, brightly fruited with a rustic texture clearly reflecting the stony terroir and gnarly old gobelet vines.
The 2015 Bout d’Zan Rose is an equal blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cunoise grown on a mosaic of terroirs: clay-limestone soil, river rocks and sandy soil. The name Bout d'Zan references a traditional style of French licorice (Zan), but it was also the nickname of grower Hélène Thibon's father in his childhood. Airy and light with lots of acidic tension, this beautiful pale pink wine is bursting with aromas and flavors of white peach, pink grapefruit and a hint of orange peel, rose petal and crushed rocks.
2014 Chateau de Montfaucon, Viognier, Lirac, France $24.98
Dating back to the 11th century, Chateau de Montfaucon, was originally one of a line of castles and fortresses along the Rhône River constructed to guard the border between the French Kingdom and the Holy Roman Empire. Extended in the middles ages, at which point it gained its triangular shape, Chateau de Montfaucon stands as the only remaining triangular castle inhabited today.
In 1995, Rudolph de Pins took over the family esate after completing his studies in France and California (UC Davis) and working for the esteemed estates, Henschke in Barossa and Vieux Telegraphe in Châteauneuf du Pape. Today the esate is comprised of 60 hectares of vines producing 9 different cuvees.
The Montfaucon Viognier, is a wine that Rudolph, known as Rudi, affectionately refers to as his “chef’s chicken wine.” Chicken, often considered one of the most boring meats for a chef to prepare, is for some Chef’s considered a challenge. These mavericks embrace the task of how to make chicken unique and show its delicious and interesting potential. Rudi relates to this thought process as he seeks to keep Viognier expressive and representative of its lifted and delicate floral character in lieu of the boozy and heavy Viognier’s that dominate the market.
Hand harvested and carefully picked upon arriving at the perfect phenolic ripeness, 85% of the viogner is then fermented and aged in concrete tanks and the remaining in used barrels. With soft aromas and a gentle palate of meyer lemon, white flowers, tangerine, orange blossom, lime rind, and white pepper, this wine as the perfect balance of acidity and mouthfeel.
2015 Ryme Cellars ‘Hers’ Vermentino, Las Brisas Vineyard, Carneros, California $33.98
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.
Vermentino is a delicious light bodied white wine most commonly produced on the island of Sardinia, northern Italy and areas around the Mediterranean. “Hers” Vermentino is Megan’s interpretation of Vermentino, pressed, settled and bottled early. Ryan likes to pick later, ferment on the skins and age longer. “Hers” is a fresh, zippy wine with aromas and flavors of pear, melon, lime, pink grapefruit, citrus zest, fresh green almond and rocky minerality.
2014 Domaine Marcel Deiss, Alsace Blanc, Alsace, France $41.98
Domaine Marcel Deiss is located in Bergheim, a small village nestling in the heart of the wine region of Alsace. The current winemaker, Jean-Michel Deiss represents a long line of winegrowers living in Bergheim since 1744. The domaine is comprised of 26 hectares of hillside vineyards spread over an array of diverse and unique soil types, a fact that challenges wine growers to truly understand the balance between grape variety and soil type.
Traditionally the wines of Alsace have consisted of a single grape varietal and the expression of the grape and the specific soil it hails from has become the backbone for great Alsatian wine. However, Jean-Michel is considered a renegade and black sheep amongst many of his peers as he believes that it is the soil that should be praised and not a specific grape variety within it. Considered blasphemy among many Alsatian winemakers, he blends several different grape varieties together to create a wine that is from each individual vineyard, not an individual grape.
The 2014 Domaine Marcel Deiss, Alsace Blanc is a blend of 13 different grape varietals, some of which are Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Blanc. It is a racy and expressive dry white wine with lovely spiced apple, apricot, lime and floral flavors with a touch of honey and zippy mineral freshness.
2013 Selvapiana, Chianti Rufina, Tuscany, Italy $28.98
Selvapiana is a classic Tuscan fattoria located in the Chianti Rufina zone east of Florence, situated on 240 hectares, 45 of which are devoted to vineyards and 31 to olives. It was originally a summer residence for the Florentine bishops and then later belonged to a series of Florentine merchant families. Purchased in 1827 by Michele Giuntini Selvapiana, the estate has been passed down through many generations. With a reputation for producing red wines of considerable longevity and terroir, Selvapiana is an estate whose wines are not to be overlooked.
Chianti Rufina is an appellation with unique soil comprised of clay-limestone and schist located very close to the Apennine Mountains. Both elements contribute to longer ripening fruit with fresh acidity and wines with more finesse.
The 2013 Chianti Rufina is a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo, Colorina, and Malvasia Nera. It is fermented using indigenous yeasts and aged for 10 months in large french oak casks. Bright ruby red in colour, with perfumes of red current, cherry, potpourri and a touch of spice, the wine is elegantly ripe and juicy with a tight structure and lifted, floral finish with refreshing acidity.
2014 Dacapo, Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato ‘Majoli', Piedmont, Italy $38.98
Dacapo was established in 1997, following the restructuring of an old wine estate in Monferrato by two colleagues with a history in the wine trade. Monferrato is located in Piedmont in northern Italy and is the primary location for the production of the rare, intresting grape varietal, Ruche.
Grown on a small plot on the hill of Majoli in Castagnole Monferrato, Ruche produces a spicy aromatic wine with depth and finess. It is bright ruby red in color and displays delicate floral and wild red berry aromas. Medium bodied with hints of dried herbs and white pepper, this wine has soft tannins and pleasant acidity perfect for a delicate, fresh farm to table meal.
Despite the brief details on this wine, Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato is a wine that surprises and delights reminding you that wine is a forever engaging subject with the ability to keep even the most seasoned wine drinker on their toes.
2014 Division Wine Co, Pinot Noir ‘Un’, Willamette Valley, Oregon $49.98
Division Winemaking Company was founded in 2010 by Thomas and Kate Monroe, after a wonderful and educational period living at Kate's family cottage in the Loire Valley, studying winemaking and viticulture. Together Tom and Kate produce small batch wines focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Gamay Noir from sustainably farmed vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. Influenced by the couple’s passion for old world wines and inspired by the wineries of Loire, Beaujolais and Burgundy regions of France, the wines have higher acid structure, less extraction and modest alcohol.
Tom and Kate founded the Southeast Wine Collective in August 2012 in the vibrant Division-Clinton neighborhood of metro Portland - an emerging hub for the area's food and libations culture. They thought it fitting to name their brand after landing on Division Street: "It's the French thing to do - name your business with the piece of land you're from."
The Division Pinot Noir “Un” cuvee, is their only pinot noir featuring multiple sites, giving them an opportunity to make a vintage character wine that is a comprehensive look at all of their very fine Willamette Valley vineyards. It has a vibrant fresh finish and dense fruit core as well as an added savory and earthy complexity.
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.