This Friday at Vine, we explore the wines of one of our favorite off-the-beaten path regions: Savoie. France's true mountain wine region, it's a magical and mostly unspoilt land that seems to have more dairy cows than people (its only 'city,' Chambéry, has a population of 60,000).
Once upon a time these wines were considered worthy only of après-ski quaffing, and/or washing down a fondue with. Now? Some of the most sought-after wines in France are emerging from this little corner, and it's no wonder why.
The whites taste as alpine as their origins, loaded with minerality and bitter-herb flavors one finds in all the local spirits (think Chartreuse and génépy). And the reds, often made from the grape called Mondeuse, are loaded with an herb-laced combo of mountain red fruits (think tart red plum skin, bitter cherries, and spice notes to boot).
Tomorrow we taste 7 alpine wines (for $7!)... and are led by Berkeley's own master alpenhornist, Tom Switzer!
The Wines of Savoie.
Only at Vine Street.
Friday, 8/9. 5:30-7:30pm
7 wines for $7 .