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New at Jaynes: Arcese, a wonderful and affordable slightly sparkling white from Piedmont, Italy

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One of the wines that emerged as a clear favorite at the San Diego Natural Wine Summit two weeks ago was Bera’s “Arcese.” It’s a slightly sparkling white wine from Piedmont, in Northwestern Italy, from a growing region most famous for the production of Moscato grapes.

Bera focuses on organic growing approaches and is imported by one of our heros, Joe Dressner, a top importer of natural wines, who writes on his site: “All of the estate is cultivated in organic viticulture with an emphasis on creating an active, healthy ecosystem. All grapes are harvested by hand and their juice is fermented without yeast inoculations. All the winemaking is done by Alessandra’s brother, Gianluigi Bera.”

The Arcese is made from Piedmont’s noble white grape, Cortese, together with Favorita (the Piedmontese name for Vermentino grapes), and Arneis. (Check out Eric Asimov’s post yesterday on Vermentino A Touch of Chablis in Italy, btw.) Even though Cortese can be used to produce a superior, fine white wine with structure and longevity, here it is used to give beautiful fruit and floral notes to the wine. The Vermentino gives it great acidity, making it a great food wine. And the Arneis — the rustic, “defiant” white grape of Piedmont, called Arneis or “difficult” because it can be temperamental — gives the wine a gorgeous grassy, aromatic note. We’ve been told that the name Arcese is an acronym of these grape names (although we’re still getting to the bottom of that!).

A lot of people said it was their favorite wine in the natural wine summit tasting and we’re now featuring it on the list at Jaynes. Great with seafood: people don’t normally associate Piedmont with seafood but Canelli where this is grown is only an hour and a half from the Ligurian coast and the region has long produced the noble white grapes (hence the name Cortese or “Courtly”) served in the fine seafood restaurants of the Italian riviera.

You might be surprised at how affordable it is and it’s low alcohol content makes it a perfect summer outdoor wine.

THIS JUST IN: Jaynes will be holding its first official wine dinner with a guided tasting led by guest sommelier Jeremy Parzen PhD on Tuesday, September 29, details to follow. We’re still working on the theme but the event will be a small intimate affair featuring a flight of our favorite wines at Jaynes. Send us an email to reserve a spot in the meantime.

A mother of natural wine lists (SD Natural Wine Summit Aug 9)

You wanted a list? Well, we’re giving you a list and it is one mother f*&%$@# of a list of NATURAL WINE! Feast your eyes on this… Guests will get to taste all of these wines and enjoy a “farm-to-table” menu prepared especially for this unique event!

SAN DIEGO NATURAL WINE SUMMIT

Sunday, August 9, 2009
2 pm – 6 pm Public Tasting $45/person
Noon – 2 pm Media/Trade Preview. RSVP Please
Jaynes Gastropub
4677 30th Street (@ Adams Avenue)
San Diego 92116

To reserve tickets please call 619.563.1011 or email info@jaynesgastropub.com

Space is extremely limited so please reserve now!

Austria

Nikolaihof 2008 Hefeabzug Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)

France

Domaine Stirn 2006 Pinot Gris (Alsace)
Ostertag 2007 Riesling (Alsace)
Guy Breton 2007 Beaujolais Morgon (Beaujolais)
Michel Lafarge 2006 Bourgogne Rouge (Burgundy)
Mikulski 2006 Aligoté (Burgundy)
Roland Thevenin 2005 Monthelie (Burgundy)
Domaine Vrignaud 2006 Chablis Fourchaume (Chablis)
Catherine Breton 2008 Vouvray (Loire)
Clos Roche Blanche 2008 Cabernet Franc (Loire)
Domaine de la Pépière 2007 Muscadet (Loire)
Pinon NV Vouvray Petillant Brut (Loire)
Dupéré Barrera 2006 Nowat (Provence)
Henri Milan 2005 St-Rémy-de-Provence (Provence)
Terrebrune 2008 Bandol Rosé (Provence)
Domaine de Montvac 2005 Vacqueyras (Rhône)
Franck Peillot 2007 Roussette du Bugey Altesse de Montagnieu (Rhône)

Germany

Dirk Würtz 2008 Riesling Bag in a Box (Rheinhessen)

Italy

COS 2006 Cerasuolo di Vittoria (Sicily)
Occhipinti 2008 SP 68 Rosso di Vittoria (Sicily)
Vittorio Bera 2007 Arcese (Piedmont)

Slovenia

Movia 2006 Ribolla
Movia 2000 Puro Rosé
Quattro Mani (Movia) 2007 Toh-Kai
Simcic 2007 Pinot Grigio

Spain

Venus 2005 La Universal Dido (Montstant)
López de Heredia 1999 Gravonia Crianza Blanc (Rioja)
López de Heredia 1998 Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosé (Rioja)
López de Heredia 2001 Bosconia Reserva Red (Rioja)

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To reserve tickets please call 619.563.1011 or email info@jaynesgastropub.com

Space is extremely limited so please reserve now!

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