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  • Writer's pictureJohn Paul Kaminga

News @craftandcru: Bordeaux Tasting + Thanksgiving Hours + Riesling

There's still time to sign up for our virtual Bordeaux tasting this coming Sunday, November 14, at 3pm. Rachel Hubert will join us to present her family's organically grown wines from Bordeaux's Cote de Blaye and Cotes de Bourg. Check out the lineup below.

  • 2019 Peybonhomme-Les Tours Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Blanc - $27

  • 2019 Peybonhomme-Les Tours Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux - $18

  • 2019 La Grolet Bourg Côtes de Bordeaux - $18

  • 2018 Peybonhomme-Les Tours Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 'Energies' - $33

Purchase all four of the wines above we will knock 10% off your order (total:$86.40) or purchase a tasting kit (four 150ml samples) for $27. Either purchase will get you an invitation to the Zoom tasting. Tasting kits will be available for pick up on Sunday. Hope you are able to join us!


We are usually closed on Mondays, but we will be open Monday, November 22, that is the Monday before Thanksgiving, from 10am to 8pm. We will be closed on Thanksgiving.


What's the best wine for Thanksgiving? There are so many answers to that question, and we'll endeavor to present many of them to you over the next couple weeks. Today we provide what might be the best answer: feinherb Riesling.

What's feinherb? This may be a question with no answer. There are no numbers to define it, so the term "feinherb" is not sanctioned by German wine law, but it is an established term that many producers like to use, so it persists. We like it too. When I see the "feinherb", I expect a wine that will be lively, fresh, and delicate, but still a little sweet. Feinherbs are often so close to dry that it is nearly impossible to call them sweet, while others are notably sweet but distinctly elegant. We present two very fein examples below, both up to the challenge of Thanksgiving.

Julian Haart Riesling 1000L 2020 - $25

Airy and fresh on the nose, but there's complexity. Ethereal aromas of green pear, crunchy peach, green melon, pineapple, lime, white flowers, crushed stone, whispers of ginger and minty herbs... light, lively and juicy on the palate, a joy to drink. Pretty much dry. You know there's supportive RS, but it tastes dry. Finishes a little pithy and herbal, with plentiful juicy citrus, as well as fresh tart peach and pineapple.

Loersch Riesling Trittenheimer Apotheke Spatlese Feinherb 'Fels-Terrassen' 2019 - $36

Aromas of honey, citrus blossom, lemon candy, yellow peach, a little citrus pith and cooling minty herbs. Gorgeous silky texture, fresh and tart on the palate, with beautiful herbal and pithy notes to offset its succulent sweet juiciness. This showed much sweeter when it was just opened, while today it certainly has noticeable residual sugar, but it is brighter and more refreshing. Complex finish, with nice pith, herb and citrus flavors resonating long. This will be worth following for a decade or so, maybe much longer. This note is from a bottle that was left open in the fridge for a week. It was delicious the moment the cork was popped, but I didn't take a note until the last glass a week later. Excellent Riesling holds up beautifully with days, sometimes weeks, of air. Just put the cork back in the bottle, throw it in the fridge, and follow its progress.

Riesling is the best grape for so many reasons.

Please email to place orders or ask questions. As always, these wines will mix with others for our quantity discounts: 10% off 6 bottles, or 12% off 12+ bottles.

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