In the 1980's a rebellious group French of winemakers decided to make a stand against the use of chemical fertilizers pesticides in Beaujolais. During a time when most producers were focused on the novelty of Beaujolais Nouveau and other mass marketed wines, they 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 or no sulfur, and disdaining chaptalization. They wanted to prove that Beaujolais could be something meaningful and complex. The producers, Marcel Lapierre (now deceased), Jean Foillard, Guy Breton and Jean-Paul Thévenet were dubbed "The Gang of Four" by importer Kermit Lynch and some 38 years later their influence and style are resonating with the modern-day mantra of natural, ecologically friendly, artisanal products.
In our flight this week, David Sobiesk will take us through 4 wines by the Gang of Four (Marcel Lapierre's children have continued his work) to show the quality of wine coming from the region. We are talking serious juice here, with Cru Beaujolais that can hold their own with top Pinot Noir from Burgundy.
If you'd like a little something to snack on with your wine, resident cheesemonger Casey Foote will select and present a regional pairing plate ($10 with flight, $15 without the flight). No standing in line for our Wednesday flights - you sit at a table, we come to you and pour tableside complete with lots of educational info on what you are drinking. The flight of 4 wines is $20 - reservations are highly recommended as we can only seat walk-ins if space allows. All wines are available for purchase to drink at Swirl or you can take them to go.
-As with all of our tastings and classes we ask that you not wear perfume, cologne or any other strong scents that could interfere with the wine's aromas for you and those around you.
-Refunds can be made with a minimum 3 days advance notice. Credit cannot be given towards future classes.