Wine Club Details

6 wines, 4 times a year.
Price will run between $150 and $200 each time.
Variety of color, style and origin.
You get my tasting notes and recipe pairing from New York Times Cooking (requires subscription).
Exchange of some or all wine club wines for others of equal value OK.

Wine Club Perks:

– 10% off all wines in Outer Space and First & Franklin Market.*
– Half price for 2 at Outer Space events.
– Early notice and half price for 2 to Outer Space “Road Trips”

September 2022 6 pack (Price with discount: $155)

MALLEA Rosé of Grenache, Santa Barbara 2021 ($22)Outer Space Wine Club 6 pack for September 2022
Brand new label, just-released. First & Franklin Market was the very first merchant to carry it. As expected from Grenache Rosé, this is stem strawberries, watermelon, peppery spice. Great with most anything, especially grilled or roasted white meats. Food pairing: Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes & Corn.

ORTEGA FAMILY Pinot Blanc
Carneros, Napa Valley 2021 ($25)

Sauvignon Blanc flavor, body of Chardonnay. Taste the pears, lemons, pineapple and grapefruit goodness. Jesus Ortega Jr. honors his father, who came to Napa in 1964 to start a new life and raise his family, with his small family winery. Food pairing: Roasted Fish with Romesco Sauce

Raoul Gautherin Chablis 2019 ($31)
Spot-on style and quality for AC Chablis. I know that is all some need to know and is a totally useless comment to others. But, really, the buyer of this Raoul Chablis AC 2019 will likely be familiar with the region and its wines. Zest of ripe lemons, green apples, chalky edge to it. It sets itself from its peers by showing both happy acidity and a mouth-filling texture (from 10 months on its lees in tank…all tank aged). Food pairing: Fried Oysters with Tartar Sauce

Domaine de Fa Beaujolais “En Besset” 2019 ($24)
In 2011, Maxime Graillot, owner and winemaker for both Domaine des Lises and Alain Graillot, and his brother Antoine, expanded their winemaking horizons to Beaujolais where they purchased 5 ha of declassified parcels on the Côte de Besset in Saint-Amour and 3 ha in Fleurie. From organic, estate vineyards neighboring Cru villages Saint Amour and Fleurie. Wild cherries, red apples, violets, lavender, juicy, tang. If you know Beaujolais & like Beaujolais, you’ll like this a lot. Food pairing: Charcuterie Board

BADIA a COLTIBUONO Chianti Classico “Riserva” 2017 ($39)
Italian for “Abbey of the Good Harvest,” Badia a Coltibuono started in the 11th century (1000 years ago!). Mostly Sangiovese. Fantastic intensity of flavor – wild cherry, blood orange. Peppery spice, cinnamon, tobacco. Firm tannins point to a long life but also delicious now with a big breath of air. Food pairing: Creamy Polenta with Parmesan and Sausage

SAINT COSME Côtes-du-Rhône 2020 ($20)
The outstanding producer Chateau de Saint Cosme has its hands in all part of the Rhone Valley, north & south. For this Côtes-du-Rhône they get Syrah (100% Syrah in this wine) from the northern part of the Southern Rhone (a little cooler “up here” and good for Syrah). You get all that Syrah goodness of black pepper, smoky beef jerky, tobacco and licorice. Then the fruit hits you with dark blueberries and black cherries. It’s a mouthful of wine especially for the money. Food pairing: Smoky White Bean and Beef Sloppy Joes

Previous selections for Outer Space Wine Club:

GANGSTER OF LOVE Red, Sierra Foothills 2018 ($30)  – Summer 2022
Rhone-style blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah from California “Gold Country.” Jasmine/lavender-heavy nose with raspberries and cranberries checking in. Lighter body first-opened that opens up and fleshes up steadily with air, becoming medium bodied and well proportioned with robust flavors all through it’s 20 second finish. Spices, flowers, berries. Just 100 cases made. Food pairing: Big Bowl with Spicy Brown Bean, Squash and Corn Succotash

 

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