The Sipping Point – 1/19: La Tarasque Cotes du Rhone

The Sipping Point – 1/19: La Tarasque Cotes du Rhone


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Sips of the Week

La Tarasque Cotes du Rhone 2010, Rhone Valley, France $21.99

Winemaker’s Notes:

“Strawberries, cherry, red currants, plum, fig, violets, caramel, coffee, tar, cocoa and wet stone in an incredibly vibrant nose. Cherry, wild strawberry, caramel and peach in a bold attack with medium density. Soft and super supple finish with density, stone fruits linger with persistence. This wine is tasting great! It is refreshing, supple and juicy.” —Aaron Pott

Domaine Armand Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2010, Rhone Valley, France $16.99

Importer’s Notes: A blend of Marsanne 50%, Clairette 30% and Grenache Blanc 20% this is a beautiful bright white with with a straw color. The nose is expressive, with apricot and peach aromas mixed with sweet notes of vanilla and toasted bread. The mouth feel is round and remains round and fresh with notes of citrus fruits and white fresh fruits. So smooth! It might become one of your favorite choices when in search of a great match for your meal: whether you go with salad, fish, chicken or soup!

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Featured Guest
La Tarasques winemaker Aaron Pott joined us to talk to us about how he became the first American to run a Grand Cru Chateau in France. We talked about the history behind La Tarasque and why it tastes so darn delicious! At age ten, Aaron Pott made the deliberate decision to become a winemaker. It was on the heels of a trip to Europe with his parents, when a French waiter told him, “Milk is for babies” and offered him a watered down red wine instead. He has since been wine maker for
Newton Vineyards Château Troplong Mondot, Château La Tour Figeac–a Grand Cru Bordeaux, Beringer Wine Estates and Quintessa. Now he consults for many wineries including La Tarasque while making his own label Pott Wine.

Wine Sandwich

Chef Robert Weidmaier of Marcel’s in Washington DC joined us to talk about incorporating a touch of France into every day cooking. All of the Robert Wiedmaier’s six restaurants reflect his European heritage, in particular his links to the Franco-Belgian territory. Born in Germany to a Belgian father and Californian mother, he grew up close to the land. In 1999, Wiedmaier opened Marcel’s, an elegant restaurant that consistently wins top awards and ratings for fine dining in Washington; it is named for his first-born son, and was listed as the top restaurant for food in the prestigious Zagat’s Washington DC/Baltimore Restaurant Survey in both 2011 and 2012.  Now, Wiedmaier currently owns six successful restaurants in three states and the District of Columbia. These include Brasserie Beck, Brabo, Mussel Bar & Grille [Bethesda, MD and in Atlantic City, NJ], Wildwood Kitchen and Marcel’s.

Recipe for Boudin Blanc with Caramelized Onions, Bacon Lardons and Sauce


Upcoming Events
2/16-17: Join Laurie for the Luxury Home Show at Turf Valley, the 2013 Savor Sip Style where she’ll be giving a free wine tasting each day!

2/25 The 4th Annual Capital Wine Festival kicks off with the Grand Reception. Here you’ll be able to taste wines from all ten wineries participating in the festival, along with two local wineries, Tarara and Boxwood. Tickets can be purchased at or by call 202 736-1453.

Next Week

We’ll be back to talk and drink with Ravens Broacaster Gerry Sandusky and give tips on creating an AWESOME Superbowl party!

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