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Moon Bos Red Blend and Merisi Pinot Gris 
May 10, 2017
Hello, Sean here. Many of you know me from visiting the shop over the last two plus years, exchanging emails, or from a wine club selection I've put together for you. I'm excited to lend my experience and wine knowledge to help the Patels continue Dan's legacy of high quality, carefully chosen wines, great tastings, and personal service.
For those who don't know me, I hope to meet you soon! I grew up in Northern California and Southern Oregon, joined the Army, finished college and worked in politics, journalism and national security, among other stops on my path. I've traveled a lot, and I'm a bit of a music geek. 
I've always had a love and passion for wine, so it seemed natural to embark on a career in the most complex, fascinating and delightful beverage on earth. I worked in a wine cellar, a tasting room and a high end importer/retailer before I came to Back Room, but I was also a regular customer of this shop for a few years before I ever worked here. I've always loved this place.

Now for this week's tastings:

Tasting Events
Great Grape Study: NEBBIOLO
This Thursday, May 11, 5 to 8 P.M.
Our Great Grape Study series continues with a tasting of the noblest of Piedmont grapes, Nebbiolo. We'll start with a sparkling rose of Nebbiolo, followed 2 each from Barolo and Barbaresco.  $20/tasting.
More info and the wine line-up HERE.    
Central Coast Tasting   
This Friday, May 12, 5 to 8 P.M. 
The Central Coast is a big, diverse region, so we're narrowing it down a bit: Santa Lucia Highlands vs. Santa Barbara. Taste Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from both regions.
More info and the wine line-up HERE
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For my first pair of newsletter specials, I've chosen tiny production wines I've come to trust as go-to, can't-miss, affordable selections that are easy to love.  We pour these wines often in our Off the Grid tasting, and they always get a great response.  
MOON BOS "Harvest Blend"
California Red

Dave Bos is a farmer first and awinemaker second (maybeeven third or fourth--he's also a high school football coach and his home-cured meats are to die for). He manages vineyards for several clients, employing organic, sustainable and biodynamic practicesto coax the best possible fruit from the vines and improve the overall health of the vineyard. (I wrote about Dave on Back Room Banter last Fall.) 
Dave buys back grapes from his clients to make his "Harvest Red" blend, which serves as an advertisement for the quality of the fruit he grows.

The 2014 Harvest Red, about 2/3 Syrah, 1/3 combined Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Mourvedre, is a wine that we've really enjoyed watching develop since it was released last year. The darker, more savory flavors of soy and dry-aged beef that dominated on its release are now in a support role to brighter, higher tones of fresh plums, dark cherries and black tea.

Day 2 reveals even better integration, and hints at a long life ahead. Not bad for about $25 on the case special. Buy Moon Bos Harvest Red here.  

MERISI Pinot Gris  
Los Carneros, Sonoma 2015 $22/bottle 
For their Pinot Gris, Mandy and Nick Donovan buy fruit from a 4th generation family-owned, sustainably-farmed vineyard in cool climate Carneros. Mandy makes the wine, Nick helps run the business.

Their Pinot Gris is a rich, fleshy wine with plenty of acid to keep it crisp and refreshing. Get green apples, grapefruit, nectarine and summer melons. Quick ageing on the lees lends a savory note and just a hint of "grit."

We've enjoyed pouring this in our Off the Grid tastings, and customers have responded by buying it up. (Typical taster comment: "I don't usually like whites, but this is delicious!) It's a great favlue at under $20 per bottle on the case special. Buy Merisi Pinot Gris here.  

Go To, Can't Miss Mixed Case 
6 bottles of each wine above
$270 (10% discount included) 
Go To, Can't miss Half Case 
3 bottles of each wine above 
$142 (5% discount included) 
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Who's a good Sommelier?     
We know better than most how boring it can be to read most wine reviews. It's hard to get excited about what someone else is tasting, so we think a wine review needs something extra to make it really pop. Shiba Sommelier agrees. Here he is reviewing a bottle of Sancerre:

Admittedly, the "bones" rating system isn't the most reliable or usable, but who cares? It's a dog reviewing wines! We love it!  
All the best.
Drink more Quince Cider. Sean
Sean Nelson, Felicia Patel,
Richard Phoenix, Dan Dawson 

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