Great Wines for Passover and Easter @ Gnarly Vines

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009

Great wines for Passover and Easter at Gnarly Vines. Stop in and enjoy. Tastings on April 5th from 4-7 (certified Kosher for Passover wines) and April 11th from 4-7 (great for Easter). As always, 10% off all wines poured during tastings. Read below for more details or call Gnarly Vines (350 Myrtle) at 718.797.3183.

Sunday, April 5th from 4-7pm

Israeli Wines by Jonathan Tishbi – Kosher for Passover

and

Saturday, April 11 from 4-7pm
New Wines for Easter

Whites from Piedmont and Reds from the Loire Valley

PASSOVER

All of Jonathan Tishbi's wines are certified Kosher for Passover (and vegan). The holiday begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 8.

In 1882 the Tishbi family was commissioned by Baron Edmond de Rothschild of Bordeaux to plant the first modern wine grape vineyards in Israel. Jonathan Tishbi founded the Tishbi Estate in 1984.

Set near Zichron Yaacov, at the Carmel mountains near the coast, the Tishbi Estate vineyards enjoy the cooling breezes of the Mediterranean Sea. Tishbi also grows grapes at higher elevations to the North, in the cool mountain air and long Mediterranean growing season, and in the Negev Desert to the South, where hot, arid days and cool, windy nights combine with sandy soils to yield superior grapes.

Sunday, April 5, 4-7pm
Tishbi Israeli Wine Tasting
Ditch the Manischewitz, invite Jonathan Tishbi (and Elijah of course) to your seder instead.

2008 Tishbi Chenin Blanc (Mevushal) – Israel – $12.50
Just a bit off-dry, with fresh, ripe melon aromas and flavors, round, soft texture and hints of apricot and peach stones. Very tasty on it's own or with matzoh!

2007 Tishbi Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (Mevushal) – Israel – $12.50
Floral aromas, plenty of crisp acidity, straightforward and simple, light white wine with a touch of nut on the finish.
2007 Tishbi Vineyards Emerald Riesling (Kosher) – Israel – $12.50
Semi-dry Emerald Riesling, a grape that is a cross between fragrant Muscat d'Alexandria and traditional German Riesling. Bright, crisp fruit flavors and an off-dry finish.

2006 Jonathan Tishbi Special Reserve Chardonnay (Kosher) – Jerusalem Hills, Israel – $27
Partially barrel fermented in French oak, creamy vanilla and round, ripe apricot and tropical fruit. Soft texture with crisp acid and a fresh finish.

2007 Tishbi Cabernet Sauvignon-Petite Syrah (Kosher) – Israel – $12.50
Unoaked, light to medium bodied dry red. Fresh fruity flavors with soft tannins and a little pepper on the finish.

2006 Tishbi Estate Pinot Noir (Kosher) – Israel – $27
Soft oak aroma, fresh strawberry fruit with light earthy, dusty tannins and a touch of mineral and pepper.

2005 Tishbi Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Kosher) – Israel – $27
Estate selection Cabernet, aged one year in oak. Ripe, aromatic blackberry and raspberry, balanced with medium dry tannins and toasty vanilla oak flavors.

10% off all Tishbi wines during the tasting

EASTER

Saturday, April 11, 4-7pm
Whites from Piedmont and Reds from the Loire Valley
Enjoy these versatile wines that pair beautifully with springtime, Easter meals –
traditionally-made, hand-harvested from old, gnarly low-yielding vines, fermented with indigenous wild yeasts, minimal sulphur, unfiltered and made by responsible stewards of the earth – a great way to end Lent.

Easter is Sunday, April 12; Orthodox Easter is Sunday, April 19

2007 Cascina degli Ulivi 'Montemarino' Bianco – Piedmont, Italy – $25

Golden straw color, pretty floral aromas, lavender, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Soft and rich, brazil nut flavors, touch briney and complex, floral, fascinating. Old-vine Cortese (some from over 100 year old vines and the rest around 40-50 years old) from a high hill in Gavi, aged 1 year in oak.

2007 Vittoria Bera and Figli 'Arcese' Bianco – Piedmont, Italy – $14

Light and fresh white blend of Arneis, Cortese and Favorita (Vermentino). It's slightly perfumed but subtlely and has a frizzantino style…meaning it has a light amount of spritz.

2007 Domaine de la Pepiere 'Cuvee Granit' Vin de Pays – Loire Valley, France – $15

Loire Valley red table blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cot (Malbec) and Gamay. Delicious earthy flavors with light currant and berry fruit. Soft stony minerality, dusty tannins, fresh and elegant. Winemaker Marc Ollivier is pictured at left – talk about responsible stewards of the earth, this guy just reeks of environmentalism, doesn't he?

2007 Le Clos du Tue-Boeuf 'La Guerrerie' – Touraine, Loire Valley, France – $22.50

Organic and biodynamic blend of 60% Cot (Malbec) and 40% Gamay from winemaker Thierry Puzelat in the village of Touraine. Light, juicy red with very soft tannins and delicate rose and berry flavors. A hint of earth and herbs gives depth.

10% off all wines poured during the tasting

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