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Wine Down for the Holidays

12.10.20

6:30 PM

Location: Online

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Wine Down for the Holidays with the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale!

With your ticket, you will receive a basket complete with 3oz tastings of four different wines, provided by City Vineyard, a Northern Hotel charcuterie serving, access to the live zoom tasting, and a Billings Symphony CD. During the live Zoom, you will hear from Abby Reno, Owner of City Vineyard Wine, and Andrew Lynch, owner of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants.

Enhance your experience with a full bottle of wine and homemade caramelized chocolate-covered almonds!

Tickets: $50 per person

Share the Gift of Wine this Holiday Season!
Get a ticket for yourself and a friend!

 

Pickups will be available from 4 to 6 pm on December 10th

Downtown Location New Billings Symphony office | 2820 2nd Ave. North

Heights Location Gainan’s Greenhouse | 810 Bench Blvd

West End Location City Vineyard Wine | 1335 Golden Valley Circle B

Please make your selections on the checkout page in the comments!

Enhance your holiday experience with homemade Caramelized Chocolate Covered Almonds from the Northern Hotel and a full bottle of wine!

2019 Champalou Vouvray | $22.95

Alcohol Content:  12.50%

Catherine and Didier Champalou both came from vigneron families, yet their mutual sense of independence prompted the couple to brave it on their own right after completing viticultural school in Saumur. Since starting the domaine in 1983, they have not only grown their business, but their label is one of the most highly-acclaimed in the appellation.  Vouvray is home to the noble Chenin Blanc, more commonly known as Pineau de la Loire in their part of the world. As widespread as Pineau is, both soil and climate play key roles in the diversity of its incarnations, and a Chenin from California gives one no hint of what the grape is capable of in the right soil.  The Pineau of Vouvray can be pétillant (sparkling), sec (dry and crisp), demi-sec (off-dry) or in a botrytized state called moelleux. Catherine and Didier make all four styles. The Champalou house style produces wines of great elegance and tenderness, highly aromatic with impeccable balance. No one comes close to copying their distinct style.

 

2017 Kuentz Bas Riesling “Tradition” | $18.95

Alcohol Content: 13%

Maison Kuentz-Bas was first established by the Kuentz family in 1795, and the domaine as we know it today was forged through a marriage that joined the Kuentz and Bas families in 1895. Nestled in the town of Husseren-les-Châteaux, it sits at one of the highest points in Alsace, and the vineyards stretch out from the village over an area of ten hectares. when the family sold the property to famed vigneron Jean-Baptiste Adam in 2004, many wondered what direction the new team would take. Eager to restore Kuentz-Bas to its former glory, Adam lowered yields significantly and reverted to natural methods, following organic and biodynamic approaches to vineyard work.  Tradition, a fresher collection focusing on fruit character, is fermented and aged on the lees in oak foudre for 6-8 months.  Alsace’s noble terroir shines through like never before in the domaine’s wines, making these among the greatest white wine values to be found.

 

2019 Lapierre Beaujolais | $20.95

Alcohol Content: 12.50%

Little would we know that when Marcel Lapierre took over the family domaine from his father in 1973, he was on the road to becoming a legend.  Jules Chauvet, upon the advent of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the 1950s, first spoke out for “natural wine,” harkening back to the traditional methods of the Beaujolais. Joined by local vignerons Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, Marcel spearheaded a group that soon took up the torch of this movement. These rebels called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and disdaining chaptalization. The Lapierres age their wines on fine lees for at least nine months in oak foudres and fûts ranging from three to thirteen years old. These wines are the essence of Morgon: bright, fleshy fruit with a palatable joie de vivre that was undoubtedly inherited from their creator. In the words of KLWM salesperson Sam Imel, “They are meant to be devoured.”

 

2011 Chateau de Bellevue Bordeaux | $25.95

Alcohol Content: 13%

The good-natured proprietor of the Château de Bellevue, André Chatenoud, seems more at home in his cellars than anywhere else.  Though he and his family have owned the property since 1971, the history of the château dates back to at least the 18th Century.  The terroir here is characterized by exceptional quality – only surprising because the great, low prices here at Bellevue stand to shift the perceptions of what good Bordeaux should cost.  All twelve hectares of the clay and limestone vineyards are farmed organically and were certified through the French agency, Ecocert in 2002.  All grapes are de-stemmed and only native yeasts are used. Wines are aged in the subterranean cellars for two years before bottling.  Recent tastings of Bellevue’s 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2005 vintages prove that one need not pay a high premium for age-worthy, elegant Bordeaux.  With such lushness and mineral backbone, this small estate’s offerings only stand to impress.