Tuesday - Saturday
12 PM - 8 PM
are the March, 2009 Featured Wines for the Wines
by Jennifer Wine Club.
Pierre Chainier Vouvray
Pierre Chainier is a family of wine merchants
practicing sustainable farming to produce wines from
vineyards throughout the Loire Valley's Touraine region.
Located in the heart of Touraine,
Vouvray was formally granted A.O.C.
status in 1936, making it one of France's oldest,
the 4th century. Vouvray's single grape variety grown
on her clay and limestone soils is the Chenin Blanc,
known locally as Pineau de la Loire.
is one of the most versatile wine areas in the world,
producing both still and sparkling
wines made in sweetness levels ranging from dry (sec)
to medium-dry (demi-sec) to sweet (moelleux). It
is well-known for its aging potential, and the 2007
Chainier will have no trouble lasting five years, even
stored in proper cellar conditions.
yellow in color, this dry Vouvray shows a nose
characteristic of Chenin Blanc, with ripe
fruit aromas (pear and quince) and a slight mineral
note. Ideal for foie gras, ripe cheeses or desserts,
it is also suitable as an aperitif.
Kenneth Volk Negrette
San Benito County, California
Kenneth Volk has been making Santa Barbara and Central
Coast wines for more than a quarter century. Perhaps
best known as the founder of Wild Horse Winery, Ken
has earned a reputation for crafting world-class
wines, not only from the "noble" grapes such as Pinot
Noir and Chardonnay, but also from lesser known varieties
such as this beautiful 2004 Negrette.
is the principal grape in the Côtes
du Fronton A.O.C. in southwestern France. It has a
very distinct aroma and flavor profile, sharing some
of the same characteristics as Pinot Noir and Syrah.
This wine has aromas of cherry and bramble fruit, with
spicy old-vine gaminess. Deeply pigmented, it shows
relatively low tannin and a silky, smooth texture.
So why does
Ken bother with obscure varieties like the Negrette?
Because he not only believes they can produce delicious
wines with different flavor profiles than the mass-marketed
chocolate, vanilla and strawberry standards, but
also because he fears that continued lack of market
attention could force some of these grapes into extinction.
In that regard, you could almost describe him as
a rare variety advocate, a position we at Wines by
Jennifer consider very admirable.
by Jennifer is also proud to announce our new "Cellar
Club", featuring a new wine each month suitable for
long-term aging. Call the shop and ask for Jennifer for all
the details on this exciting new Club, or visit our Featured
Cellar Club Wine page for details on this month's selection.