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Final Grand Tasting of 2016 – Neil Rosenthal Selections

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Another year has gone by, and, even through a rocky economy and an even crazier election year, the many changes made at The Wine Connection back in September 2015 were exactly what the doctor ordered.
Bringing the greatest wine selection I can offer, from selected importers and distributors, tasting relentlessly through myriads of new and old wines, have generated a big surge in local business and rekindled the fire and passion that I have for wine, while connecting again with customers, old and new.
I would like to thank all my loyal customers and friends for their support and encouragement and a successful 2016! Could not have done it without you.

For this final in-store tasting of 2016, it is with the utmost pleasure that I present the wines selected and imported by of one of my very favorite people in the business: Neil Rosenthal. My relationship with Neil goes back now over 25 years, and even with ups downs, the constants, well, have remained constant. Neil’s relationship with his producers goes back decades, and it is one that is rarely dictated by the almighty dollar, but passion, integrity and loyalty.

Neil’s book is filled with some of the greatest names in the wine world, and producers that have remained true to terroir and nature: Jean Marie Fourrier, Hubert Lignier, Harmand Geoffroy, Paolo Bea, Cappellano, Ferrando, Thevenet, Brovia, Chateau Le Puy,Lucien Crochet, and so many others. For as much I have tried, I cannot ever find a dud in Neil’s portfolio, from the most amazing values, to the rarest. There are few “Rockstars” in the wine business, and Neil Rosenthal is certainly in the top three. A legend, for sure.

I invite you to peruse through the Rosenthal’s great website if you want to familiarize yourself with his producers and selection. Neil Rosenthal Selections

On this day, Saturday December 17th, I am welcoming my old friend, Clarke Boehling to present some of the great wines from Neil’s portfolio. Clarke is a former alumni of Skurnik Wines (like so many of the great wine people out there) and now in charge of travels to visit and liaisons with Rosenthal’s great producers. Clarke has, of course, a fantastic palate and knows wine like very few out there. You will learn a lot from him and have a ball!

We will have a great array of gems from Neil’s portfolio, including: Lucien Crochet (Loire), Domaine du Meix Foulot (Burgundy), Bitouzet-Prieure (Burgundy), Pradeaux (Bandol, Provence), Chateau Le Puy (Bordeaux), Domaine du Jaugaret (Bordeaux), F.lli Brovia (Piemonte), Monsecco (Piemonte), Fenouillet (Cotes de Ventoux), Paolo Bea (Umbria), Bois de Boursan (Rhone), Cave Caloz (Switzerland), Montevertine (Tuscany).

The amazing wine selections will of course, as always, complemented by a great array of fine cheeses from our partners in taste, Plum Plums Cheese

DO NOT MISS IT!

Remember to SHOP LOCAL! Support your communities, jobs, merchants!

The First Tasting of 2018 For Riahi Selections

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Welcome back my friend Michael Riahi (of Plum Plums fame), for his first tasting of 2018, showcasing some of his new releases, along with few old favorites.

Check back for details (better yet, join The Wine Connection email list), but as always, these are super-fun and informative tastings, perfectly complemented by the wonderful cheeses from our “Partners in Taste” at Plum Plums Cheese!

Don’t Miss it!

Tasting This Saturday – Skurnik Wines – A Great Lineup of New Arrivals and Surprises!

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Get ready for another fabulous tasting here at The Wine Connection, with Skurnik Wines!

Peter from Skurnik Wines is back, presenting a fantastic array of new arrivals and a couple of blind surprises, for your enjoyment and wine education!

This Saturday, April 28th 2018, from 1:00pm until 5:00pm

Spring is firmly in the air, and it promises to be another glorious weekend!

We will kick off with a superb 2017 Provencal Rosé that will surely light up this season!

From loire master wine-maker Jacky Blot, from Domaine de la Taille aux Loups,you will get a chance to taste the incredible Montlouis Sec “Remus” 2016 (95 points Decanter Magazine).It is almost sold out from the private email offer, so this is your chance! Fabulous white for summer!

Cru Beaujolais Continue to Rock The World!

Don’t be late to this party! The great Crus of Beaujolais continue to be one of the hottest categories on the market, and for very valid reasons: incredible quality, easily comparable to great Burgundy, and unbeatable value. You be the judge here, and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed!

FromDomaine des Marrans, the stratospherically good Morgon Courcelette 2016,and from legendary Michel Tete (Domaine du Fief), the 2016 Julienas. The 2016 vintage is as good as 2014, with amazing freshness, soil character (terroir) and balance of fruit and acid. Incredible wines!

Serio e Battista Borgogno Barolo Cannubi 2013

The Borgogno family has owned parcels in this venerable vineyards for generations. Very traditional, and from the great 2013 vintage, this is a great Cannubi that is also priced well. It’s a must buy for the cellar!

Antoniolo Gattinara 2010

Gattinara and alto Piemonte in general are seeing a resurgence in quality and popularity. As Barolo gets more expensive, it is an obvious evolution. You will experience what a great Gattinara from a great vintage tastes like, from one of the best producers in the area.

Domaine Arlaud Morey Saint Denis Les Ruchots 2015

Cyprien Arlaud continues its streak with the already legendary 2015 vintage. The Morey Saint Denis Les Ruchots is always one of his very best wines, and very limited. Experience greatness!

Last week’s “Blind Features” were a lot of fun and a great success!

We will continue this week with a couple of great “brown bag” specials!

As always, the tasting is free and open to everyone (over 21 of course), and your support is greatly appreciated.

And remember..shop local and support your local businesses as much as you can.

THE GREAT WINES WILL, AS ALWAYS, BE COMPLEMENTED BY THE FABULOUS CHEESES FROM OUR FRIENDS MICHAEL AND GAYLE ATPLUM PLUMS CHEESE!

“PARTNERS IN TASTE!”

NOW, YOU CAN BRING YOUR WINE CONNECTION RECEIPT TO PLUM PLUMS, ON THE DAY OF THE TASTING, AND RECEIVE A SPECIAL 10% DISCOUNT ON THE FEATURED CHEESES!

The Spring Rosenthal Event! – A Tasting Not To Be Missed!

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We welcome back our friend Clarke Boehling, one of Neal Rosenthal’s trusted wine experts, for another fabulous spring tasting!

Those who are familiar with Neal’s portfolio, know very well that there isn’t a dud in that book. When you see a bottle with a “Rosenthal Selection” label, you can be assured that you are buying a great wine, that has been transported correctly from its destination, to its resting point in New York.

We will make it a ton of fun, as always, and keep it a bit eclectic, with exciting new arrivals and seasonal favorites. Look for more details in our email blast!

The great wines are, as always, complemented by the cheeses from our “Partners in Taste”, Michael and Gayle of Plum Plums Cheese! 

Don’t miss it!

Winemaker Event With a Piemonte Superstar – Vallana!

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Vallana is a true icon in Piemonte (or alto Piemonte, technically) and Nebbiolo lovers are still enjoying their great wines from the ’50s and ’60s. Today, Vallana is seeing a resurgence, as everything Piemonte is once again in the spotlight. The beauty here is that their wines are the most incredible values one could find from that beautiful land. With prices ranging from $18-35, it seems almost criminal when considering their quality and status.

Please join us on this date and meet the next generation of Vallana, carrying the torch: Francis Fogerty Vallana will grace us with his presence and guide through an incredible lineup, spanning many years. This will be a truly special event that you will not want to miss!

As always, our tastings are free, and complemented by the wonderful cheeses from our partners in taste at Plum Plums Cheese! Of course, we invite you to support the cause and allowing us to continue these great events by buying as much as you’d like of the wines you love 🙂

We will feature:

Gattinara 2007

Gattinara 2008

Campi Raudii 2006 – Library Release

Campi Raudii 2007 – Library Release

Boca 2010

Spanna Cuvee Bernardo 2010

Spanna Cuvee Bernardo 2013

Spanna 2010 – Library Release

Barbera 2015

Spanna “Cinque Castelli” 1964

and more…

 

BBB..Burgundy, Bordeaux and Bubbles! – With Whitney Schubert of Polaner Selections!

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Welcome back the amazing Whitney Schubert, French portfolio manager extraordinaire at Polaner Selections, with Chris Gambelli, guiding us through an amazing selection of wines!

We’ll be pouring some quite superb Burgundies, Bordeaux, Champagne, and even a sprinkle of great Cru Beaujolais!

This is our first tasting event of 2019, and we’re kicking the new year in style.

Don’t miss it! Our friends and partners in taste at Plum Plums Cheese are on vacation this month, but we will still have some wonderful cheeses to accompany the amazing wines!

See you this Saturday!

Max