We love our events at L’Espalier. For me, it’s an excuse to open new and different wines with guests having gathered, eager to share in the excursion. The sommelier staff here tastes a multitude of wines over the course of a week, and some seem in particular to take a tenacious hold of our minds.
This week, I can’t get enough of the NV Barth, Spätburgunder Rosé Sekt from Germany’s Rheingau region. The German language befuddles me as well, but we can decipher this as a sparkling (sekt) wine of pinot noir (spätburgunder) and wow, is it a gem with summer salads, as well as flying solo as an aperitif.
Made in the traditional method of Champagne, it is fresh and bright – but my absolute favorite quality is that it tastes like pinot noir! Imagine that. Many sparklings (as much as we love them) do not express much varietal character. This one delivers in spades: ripe red berry fruit and a touch of spice.
It’s not even on the list yet, so this week’s attendees of Wine Monday and Cheese Tuesday had a sneak preview. Join us over the weekend to enjoy a bottle yourself!
Our upcoming theme for Wine Monday is Basque Country – one of my favorite areas of the culinary world. Not many wines make it to Boston from this small corner of Basque Spain and France, so come discover this unique line of summer refreshers. It will be a seafood-driven menu to complement the weather and the wines. Myself, I can’t wait, and hope to see you there!
Wine Director – L’Espalier