Our wines this week will hail from the Cotes du Rhone vineyards in the Rhone valley of France, a region that has been growing wine grapes for more than a few centuries. The second largest wine-making region in France, it’s also one of the oldest in the world, known for its fruity, approachable and easy-to-drink offerings. One of the wines made in this region is Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which roughly translates into “house of the pope,” made with Grenache and Viogner, it was made in celebration of the Pope moving his court to France. The wine can contain up to 13 different grape varietals, which can cause it to have very dramatic swings in taste. On Friday, along with the Domaine Du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape, we will be sampling Domaine de Couron Cotes du Rhone Viognier, Terres d’Avignon Cotes du Rhone Cypress Cuvee, and Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone.
Along with those wines, we will be sampling Consider Bardwell Farm’s Dorset. Spanning the rolling hills of Vermont’s Champlain Valley and easternmost Washington County, New York, 300-acre Consider Bardwell Farm was the first cheese-making co-op in Vermont, founded in 1864 by Consider Stebbins Bardwell himself. All cheeses are made by hand in small batches from whole, fresh milk that is antibiotic and hormone free. Only microbial (non-animal) rennet is used in the cheese making, and all of the cheeses are aged on the farm in an extensive system of caves. Dorset is a washed-rind, raw Jersey cow cheese with a rich, buttery texture and seasonally influenced pungency. Earthy and complex with a beautiful basket weave rind, Dorset is a savory, nutty and earthy delight.
Beer and wine tastings are open to anyone aged 21 and older.