Joan of Arc lived a short, eventful, and ultimately tragic life in the 15th century AD. She was famous for her piety, her seemingly brilliant military strategy, and the witty repartee she exhibited at her heresy trial. She is also famous for her death, which came at the tender age of 19, when she was burned at the stake. She was declared a martyr, beatified, cannonized, and is a patron saint of France. We’ll follow her history as we always do… circuitously, and with wine.
The Grape(s): Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault… There are many grapes in this blend, but what links them? Winemaker Bo Salling specifically wanted to make a Provence-style red, and he sourced grape varietals from Texas’ High Plains that are quite at home in that land between the Rhone Valley and the Mediterranean.
The Wine: Yellow City Cellars Dead Flowers Rosé High Plains AVA Texas is the only wine the producer makes. It is a bold (think Bandol) cherry and strawberry stunner, with great mineral, and tinged with a Texas garrigue of wild herbs.
Fun Fact: Bo Salling worked with winemaker Kim McPherson to make this wine. Kim is the son of pioneering Texas winemaker, Clinton “Doc” McPherson; the latter was among the first to plant grapes around Lubbock in the 1960’s, and opened the Llano Estacado Winery in 1976 (with Bob Reed). There are now over 70 vineyards planted to commercial production in the High Plains.
Pairing: Try it with our truffle tremor cheese, or our smoked salmon BLT.
The grape: Pinot Grigio is a popular, widely-planted grape. It likely originated in France – as a mutant of Pinot Noir. It is generally called Pinot Grigio in Italy and California, Pinot Gris in France and Oregon.
The wine: Scarbolo Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave DOC is made from 100% hand-harvested Pinot Grigio. It is aged on the lees for 6 months, which gives it a creamy texture and added depth. The wine has the crisp minerality and fullness of fruit for which the area is known, along with almonds and fuller, honeyed notes. This delightful wine is from the famed Scarbolo estate, found in Friuli Venezia Giulia, near the border with Slovenia.
Fun fact: Scarbolo is located in the town of Lauzacco, in Pavia di Udine. Lauzacco lies roughly equi-distant from Forum Iulii (Cividale del Friuli) and Aquileia; the two towns succeeded each other as primary Roman centers in the 1st half of the 1st millennium AD. The strategic region has episodically been part of the Roman, Lombard, Byzantine, Venetian, Lombard-Venetian, and Italian Kingdoms, Empires, and Republics.
Pairing: Perfect with the prosciutto bruschetta, or chilled Thai noodle salad!
Join us as we hit the road to visit three wineries in our backyard!
We’ll travel to Chester and Delaware Counties to visit Grace Winery,Stargazers Vineyard, and Galer Estate. Our Wining Archaeologist and Jet’s owner, Jill Weber, will lead us on a journey to great-tasting local wines. Our stop at Grace Winery will include lunch.
The Grape: Pais is a vigorous, red grape that was once Chile’s most commonly-grown varietal. While it was long associated with plonk, it is now being produced into quality wine; like the one found here.
The Wine: Pais Pipeño Cacique Maravilla, Chile is made with 100% organically-grown hand-picked Pais, from vines planted in 1766 – or 10 years before the birth of America! Fermentation is done in open tanks with natural yeasts. The wine is unfiltered. The wine is light-bodied, juicy, tannic, and decidedly rustic. Find all the wild herbs and fruits!
Fun Fact: The history of Pais in Chile is significant, and dates to the Spanish conquistadors and missions of the 15th century. The vines brought to the New World by those colonizers gave rise to North America’s Mission grape, Argentina’s Criolla, and Chile’s Pais.
Pairing: Very food-friendly, try it with gouda, deviled eggs, or our steak salad!
Attila the Hun!
Attila was king of the Huns from 434-453 AD and ruled over a pretty large empire between that of the Romans (to the West) and Byzantium (to the East). He was feared throughout the land, but was he a masterful militarian and astute diplomat? Or just a rapacious brigand?
Let’s find out! We’ll visit his home in the Hungarian Plains (sampling from Somlo) and the start of his Balkan rampage in Moesia (Serbian wine!). We’ll also join his foray into Pannonia (and the Niederösterreich vineyards), past Aquilaeia (to Lombardy!), and towards Aurelianum (with a stop in Reims for some champagne…).
We’ll sample these five wines:
- Champagne Dom Caudron Epicurienne Vielles Vignes Meunier France NV
- Fekete Juhfark Somlo Hungary 2011
- Stift Klosterneuberg St Laurent Austria 2013
- Vino Budimir Triada Serbia 2008
- Martilde Bonarda DOC Lombardy Italy 2013
This tasting will be led by Jill Weber, Jet’s owner and our Wining Archaeologist. Let her guide you through 5 wines, exploring culture and landmarks along the way.
This tasting is part of our Global Vineyard Passport Series. Your $30 ticket entitles you to our 5-wine tasting plus light snacks, as well as 15% off your evening’s bar tab.
*You must be 21 or over to participate
Where? Jet Wine Bar, 1525 South Street, 215.735.1116
When? Tuesday, May 17th
What Time? 6:30pm – 8:30pm
How Much? $30
**We regret that tickets will not be refunded within 48 hours of the event, or if the event has sold out.
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/1Ohdw9g
Upcoming Tasting Events:
Wine and History (aka Global Time-Travel)
Join us every third Tuesday in Jet’s lounge for an evening of wine-narrated history and culture. In each 2-hour class, we taste 5 wines that illustrate the evenings topic, passing historical and mythical landmarks along the way. Classes are fun, informative, interactive, and tasty! All of our “Wine and History” Tastings are led by Jet’s owner and Wining Archaeologist, Jill Weber. Your ticket entitles you to the 5-wine tasting plus light snacks, as well as 15% off that evening’s bar tab.
classes are added regularly, and tickets can be purchased here
December 1st: Wines of South Africa
read recaps of some of our previous tastings:
Our lower-level lounge is available for your networking event, bachelorette or birthday party, anniversary, private wine-tasting, and more.
- private room
- private bar
- space for 20-25 seated
- food packages
- guided tastings
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