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Wine Down with the Symphony

Friday
Jan 28, 2022

6:00 PM

Livestream from the comfort of your home!

$50 - $125

Wine Down with the Symphony is back by popular demand! Tune in for an evening of wine, tapas, and music. Sommelier Chris Johnson with Rosenthal Wine Merchant of New York City will join Abby Reno, owner of City Vineyard in Billings, for an evening of food and wine pairings. A non-alcoholic package is available with sparkling ciders.

Tickets for this virtual wine tasting experience include a personal wine and charcuterie box. Join from the comfort of your home a live-streamed event where Abby and Chris walk through each wine, interspersed with live music by BSOC players.


$50 per person – Ticket includes four single-serve wines or non-alcoholic sparkling ciders for tasting with a charcuterie box. Live-stream ticket holders pick up beverage and charcuterie boxes in advance, and an exclusive live-stream link will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the event.

{SOLD OUT!} $125 per person – Limited in-person studio audience tickets include an in-person wine or non-alcoholic cider tasting, charcuterie, house-made truffles, BSOC gift, and meet & greet with Sommelier Chris Johnson. Please plan to arrive at the BSOC office no later than 5:45 p.m.

Featured wines!

When purchasing tickets, you can add additional bottles to your cart. After the event, wines will be available for purchase from City Vineyard, 1335 Golden Valley Circle B in Billings.

2019 Domaine Du Bagnol Cassis Blanc

$39.95 per bottle

A blend of mostly Marsanne, followed by Clairette Blanc and Ugni Blanc from the coastal town of Cassis. Small batch and hand-crafted white that has beautiful texture, clarity and bright acidity. Hints of vanilla and almond, followed by cleansing minerals. A wonderful white that’ll pair well with seafood and chicken.

This unique wine comes from a beautiful property situated beneath a massive limestone outcropping called Cap Canaille, and it is just 200 meters from the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyards are cooled by a trio of winds–the Tramontane, Mistral and Gregal–plus sea breezes, and the wine is clearly reflective of all of these contributing factors.

Certified Organic. Practicing biodynamic farming.

2018 Lucien Crochet Sancerre “La Croix du Roy”

$43.95 per bottle

Few white wines are as reliable as Lucien Crochet’s world-renowned Sancerre. This is one of Sancerre’s most historic families and greatest terroir for Sauvignon Blanc on earth. As with all the Crochet family’s vineyards, the vines are meticulously farmed without chemical herbicides or pesticides, harvested by hand, with all clusters rigorously hand-sorted before fermentation. In order to make focused, fresh, and extremely pure wine it is necessary to incorporate some trappings of modernity; so the family runs an impressively clean and technologically advanced cellar. Sourced from several parcels that are planted in rocky, white soils with an east-southeast exposure (including the “Croix du Roy”), this cuvée is the most full-bodied and masculine of the three core Sancerres of the domaine. Vinified in stainless steel with a late racking to insure that the wine captures the essence of the terroir, the wine is bottled in September of the year following harvest.

This wine’s precise minerality, invigorating brightness, and prismatic structure make for a brilliant introduction to your next important meal or gathering with friends. A serious Sancerre with layers of pear, lime, grapefruit and pineapple for a colorful and exhilarating palate. A strong sense of underlying chalkiness shows in the finish w/ refreshing persistence & depth.

2017 Becheras Saint Joseph “le Prieure D’arras”

$36.95 per bottle

This producer actually straddles the two districts, as they have vines in the village of Vion, one of St. Joseph’s original six villages but not one that you hear about much. But most of their vines are just north of there in the village of Arras, so it’s in this section of the list. They have some interesting terroir on steep, rocky terraced sites, some of which bear limestone soils (which are not at all common in St. Joseph). This is a top-quality producer making classical St. Joseph.

What importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant has to say about this wine…

The Crozes-Hermitage Blanc comes from the same location as his Crozes-Hermitage Rouge: a 1.5-hectare parcel in Mercurol. It is a blend of 60% Roussane and 40% Marsanne (like his Saint Joseph Blanc) which is fermented and aged in barrel. Compared to the Saint-Joseph Blanc, the Crozes is a bit more balanced, with a brighter acidity and a slightly bitter tannic finish. Even so, the richness is evident in this wine, with warm baked-apple fruit and an underlying note of honey.

2017 Chateau Haut-Ségottes Saint Emilion Grand Cru

$46.95 per bottle

The Chateau Haut Ségottes is owned and operated by Danielle Meunier. Mme. Meunier, “vigneronne extraordinaire”, is the fourth generation of her family to oversee this nine hectare estate situated in the heart of the Saint Emilion appellation. Mme. Meunier’s great-grandfather purchased the estate around 1860 and had earned gold medals for his wine as early as 1912 at the Concours Agricole in Paris. In 1959, the estate began to bottle its wine in earnest. In 1972 Madame Meunier took the reins of production and we can proudly stake our claim as one of her first and most loyal clients: we have been purchasing her wines since the 1977 vintage. The 9 hectares Chateau Haut Segottes are all planted within the St. Emilion Grand Cru appellation. The vineyards are planted 60% to Merlot, 35% to Cabernet Franc, and 5% to Cabernet Sauvignon. The position of the vineyards within the appellation is outstanding. Parcels are found within the “lieu-dits” of Fortin (across from La Dominique and 300 meters from Cheval Blanc); Chauvin; and the highly regarded “Plateau de Corbin”.

Tradition reigns at Haut-Ségottes. Harvest is manual. Fermentation takes place in cuve. Wines are rotated into barrel for an “elevage” of approximately 18 months. Approximately 20% of the barrels are new. Wines are bottled unfiltered. Although the majority of the vineyards are planted to Merlot (see above), the ultimate cuvée bottled as Chateau Haut Segottes Saint Emilion Grand Cru features a majority of Cabernet Franc. This dominance of Cabernet Franc (frequently on the order of 65%) produces a wine of considerable structure and is exceptionally age-worthy.

2015 Chateau Pradeaux Bandol

$54.95 per bottle

There is simply no other estate like Château Pradeaux, a pillar of the Rosenthal Wine Merchant portfolio for over 35 years now, and the perennial torchbearer for viscerally traditional Bandol. While growers in this seaside appellation have gradually softened their wines over the years, the Portalis family—now run by ninth-generation Etienne—remains uncompromising in their approach, crafting singular wines that reveal themselves over time and possess the stuffing to outlast most of us reading this offering today.

In contrast to the three years preceding it, the 2015 vintage yielded a classic and deeply typical version of Pradeaux Bandol: a wine of grainy, spicy fruit, medium in weight but rippling with underlying power, and with an intoxicating aromatic overlay of violets and smoked meats. The 2015 growing season was quite warm, but ample rain staved off hydric stress and steered the wine’s character away from that of an extreme drought vintage, and harvest took place at a normal time, beginning on October 3rd and wrapping up on the 10th. Perhaps no wine in the RWM portfolio embodies our ethos as perfectly as does Château Pradeaux, and we look forward to sharing this monumental 2015 Bandol with you—and to enjoying it for many years to come.