Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Thirstmerchants Wine Club

The positive feedback about the wines of the month from our club members has been gratifying. It's been fun for us at Thirst to work together to determine which wines to select, to find a thematic grouping, to put together tasting notes and pairing suggestions.

This month we feature the glory that is Chenin Blanc from the Loire, which the locals refer to as Pineau de la Loire.  I fell hard for Pineau de la Loire when I first discovered the genuine article at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berkeley, and read about his discoveries in  Adventures on the Wine Route. Previously, I had come across only uninspiring California versions of Chenin Blanc that had none of the finesse of their French cousins. The wines we bought at the KLWM store opened my eyes to the difference terroir can make. Each was distinct, each tasted like the particular place from which they'd come. They were, and are, gamechangers.

This month I hope you have the opportunity to experience a tipping point of your own.

If these wines pique your interest, click here to sign up for our club at the $25, $50, or $100 level and we'll get you started.