ALL RED WINE CLUB

SEPTEMBER 2021

THE LONG LOST PIZZAZZ OF PUGLIA 

Stretching the long heel of the Italian peninsula boot, Puglia is surrounded by the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas and their cool breezes. It is ironically among the least mountainous, warmest and driest of regions. Combined with fertile soil, it makes for ideal growing conditions for a whole host of grapes. In fact, the region has been dubiously honored with being the second largest wine-producing region, mostly red, out of the country’s twenty regions. But in the last several decades it has been reinvigorating itself and has shifted its focus towards quality, not quantity, and stellar heritage grapes. While Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are most associated with Puglia, their little-known old friends are no longer the wallflowers.

 

AND…

THE OTHER, OTHER PINOT: PINOT MEUNIER

In the notorious world of Champagne there are the obvious two powerhouses: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. And then there is the backup singer: Pinot Meunier. It does much more of the heavy lifting than it is recognized for, but it is also quite accommodating. Meunier is more easily grown in climates that are too cold for the other two infamous grapes, and actually takes up a whopping 40% of the plantings in the Champagne region. 

 

While it shares similar notes to its Pinot Noir sibling, Meunier has a milder earthiness with a bit higher acidity, and definitely brings the fruit to the party.  The star of its own show, it can certainly dazzle as a single varietal wine. Only in recent years has it become en vogue to drink 100% Meunier Champagne. In this month’s Club we are delighted to enjoy Meunier as a still red wine, and to see just what our warmer Cali climates can do for this now-famous varietal. 

 

– Kevin Wardell, August 2021

 

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MASSERIA FURFANTE

NERO DI TROIA
Andria, Puglia, Italy 2018

LI VELI 'ASKOS'

SUSMANIELLO
Cellino San Marco, Puglia, Italy 2019

J.BRIX ‘PM DAYLIGHT’

PINOT MEUNIER
Riverbench Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley California 2020

KEEP WINES

PINOT MEUNIER
Yount Mill Vineyard, Napa California 2019
WINE SMARTS.

WINE SMARTS.

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