Saturday Tastings Featured in Food & Wine Magazine

Of course, I’m thrilled for the store to be highlighted by Food & Wine Magazine. It’s especially meaningful that we’re recognized for our Saturday tastings because this is when we can focus on the intangible: personal taste and then help find the wines that you’ll enjoy the most.

Our free Saturday Tastings are held weekly from 3-6 P.M. Join us as we build on this tradition. While there’s frequently a surprise offering or so, this Saturday will include these wines. Tasting details are farther down in this note

Sat, Oct. 6 Tasting:

Chateau Aney Haut Medoc 2009

Chante-Perdrix Chateauneuf du Pape 2010

Agostina Pieri Rosso di Montalcino 2010

Bernabeleva Arroyo del Tortolas 2009

In case you missed October’s Food & Wine Issue, here’s what they said.

25 Places to Drink Wine Now

Here, America’s best new wine destinations, from a football stadium in Cleveland to a Burgundy-centric New Orleans shop.







Hopper’s Carte des Vins, New Orleans: While New Orleans is known mostly for its cocktail culture, this Burgundy-focused store is a popular destination on Saturdays, when owner Ric Hopper can often be found pouring tastes from six to eight different bottles, many from his annual buying trips to France. 5601 Magazine St.;

Burgundy Side-Note: I’m pretty fortunate we’re included in this Food & Wine story. When they called to talk about the store, I was on my annual sojourn to Burgundy to assess the condition of the fields and to taste the upcoming releases. Checking email and answering stateside calls are delayed, and then there’s the time zone difference vs. the lure of Burgundy. Communications challenges aside, those conversations with Food & Wine occurred which confirmed our selection. The story is geographically arranged to showcase their picks. Hopper’s Carte des Vin is the only location in Louisiana spotlighted in this article. We were also recognized by Food & Wine Magazine recently as One of the Top Four New Places to Buy French Wines in the Country. We appreciate your support.

Wine Notes – This Week’s Pours

Complimentary Tasting Saturday, October 6, 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Please join us to taste these wines:

Chateau Aney Haut Medoc 2009: Here is another terrific buy from the outstanding 2009 vintage in Bordeaux.  Produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, it displays sweet black currants, lush tannins, and an enticing style. Given the prices in Bordeaux lately, this has to be one of the best red wine values in the store.

Chante-Perdrix Chateauneuf du Pape 2010: The old vines Grenache from this estate always produces a lovely Chateauneuf, while not achieving the fame of Beaucastel, Vieux Telegraphe, they offer a fine wine that is a bargain giving the crazy prices today.  Certainly their 2010 is one of the best in the past 20 years, with soft tannins, lush fruit and pure enjoyment.

Agostina Pieri Rosso di Montalcino 2010: Here is one of the best producers in Montalcino, producing world class Brunello, and a Rosso that is an amazing example which rivals the big sibling.  Here is a review that illustrates the quality and value of this wine…

The 2010 Rosso di Montalcino is striking. Dark red berries, flowers, licorice and mint are some of the many notes that flow from this structured, tightly wound Rosso. I very much like the energy and verticality of the 2010. This is a serious wine that will require some time and patience. Readers who enjoy firm, structured Sangioveses will flip out over the 2010. The 2010 was aged 60% in neutral barriques and 40% in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020, 91 points; The Wine Advocate.

Bernabeleva Arroyo del Tortolas 2009: Here is yet another surprising discovery, this one from Spain. This is a single vineyard, 800+ meters altitude, from 65+ year vines, and only producing 30 h per hectare.  They only produce about 200 cases yearly from Grenacha due to the size of the vineyard and low yields.  This wine always receives 90+ ratings from Tanzer and Parker, and after tasting the 2009, we completely understand why the high praise.

Hope to see you soon,