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Ask Me About Brunello

Jayne's Gastropub is proud to welcome Jeremy Parzen, PhD to Jaynes.   Jeremy and Jon have a history of record production together as producer/guitarist and engineer, respectively.  Hits include the CMJ charting Fixation Orale by Les Sans Culottes and Homesick Songs by Golem.   In addition to being a great musician, Jeremy is a world class Italian wine expert who has travelled the world extensively and has written about his many travels in publications such as the New York Times, Gastronomica, Men's Vogue and his very popular wine/food/music blog, Do Bianchi.  He will be pouring wine behind the bar this Thursday evening and on Thursdays to come.  If you speak Italian or would like some practice, Im sure he would be happy to swap tongues and tell you about the ongoing Brunello controversy in a dialetto toscano.

'Avin' a Bevvy? Featured Wines

L to R 2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo, 2005 Fiano Di Avellino Dei Feudi Si San Gregorio, 2005 Eric Morgat L\'Enclos Savennieres, 2007 Robert Sinskey Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, 2005 Owen Roe 'The Kilmore' Pinot Noir

We are featuring some spectacular new wines from Piedmont, Loire Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley.  All elegant, complex and most importantly, honest.   

2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo.   A traditional Nebbiolo from one of Piedmont's all time great producers of Barbaresco.   An ideal food wine and truly old world.

2005 Fiano Di Avellino Dei Feudi Si San Gregorio.   100% Fiano Di Avellino from Campania Italy.   An elegant white wine with notes of peach, stone and honey.  Pairs perfectly with our Roast Chicken and Gambas Al Aljillo. 2005 Eric Morgat L'Enclos Savennieres.  A dry yet rich chenin blanc showing great minerality, fruit and well integrated acids.   There are absolutely wonderful wines being produced in the Loire Valley.  This area is considered the epicenter of Natural Wine.   2007 Robert Sinskey Vin Gris of Pinot Noir.   Robert Sinskey's terroir driven, low technology approach creates some of our favorite California wines.    Easily our favorite Rose.    2005 Owen Roe 'The Kilmore' Pinot Noir    Our favorite Willamette Valley Pinot Noir available in half bottles.       

 

Natural Wine

Jayne's has been exploring the world of Natural wines. The Natural wine movement arose out of France, with its epicenter in the Loire Valley. This movement is dedicated to producing wines in a traditional manner with very little technological and/or chemical intervention. This is not to be confused with organic or biodynamics. The grapes may be organic or biodynamic but the winemaking might involve techniques that mask the essence of the fruit or terroir from whence they came. There are very polarized voices on the subject both in France and here in the states. One particular voice is Alice Feiring that has waged all out war upon commoditized wines and the ubiquitous wine luminary Robert Parker. We are still very much in apprenticeship on the subject but the story is a fascinating one. I came across a compendium of Natural wine ideas by Joe Dressner out of NYC which I thought might people may find interesting. Joe is an importer and distributor so there is a hint of commerce in this list. Nonetheless, it lays out some important tenets of Natural wine and his voice is very powerful in the movement. There will be more on this subject in the near future... Real Wine by Joe Dressner The following techniques and guiding principles are what we believe is winemaking with integrity and respect for the traditions of the native region. This is fine winemaking at its purest, most fundamental level.

Wild Yeasts All wines are made with the natural yeasts on the grapes, in the vineyards and in the cellars. Cultured yeasts to rush fermentation or add "enhancing" aromas and flavors are unacceptable. We look for wines that express their terroir.

Hand Harvesting Growers harvest by hand, not machine. We want the ripest fruit to be brought into the winery- not a mix picked at random by machinery.

Low Yields Our growers must seek low yields for greater concentration. We look for growers with holdings in old vines.

Natural Viticulture We encourage growers to plow their vineyards to keep the soil an active ecosystem, and to use natural methods in tending their vines.

No or Minimal Chaptalization We do not want an artificially high degree of alcohol produced by adding sugar to the must. Non- or very slightly chaptalized wines are more enjoyable and healthier to drink.

Non-Filtration Wines are either not filtered or minimally filtered.

Non-Interventionist Winemaking We prefer a harmony, not an imposed style - wines should showcase their place of origin and varietal character. We are not looking for oak flavor, particular fruits or overly done aromatics. Minimal use of sulfur dioxide is encouraged.

Quality Control We taste at our growers several times before and after bottling before shipping wines. Where possible, we work with the vigneron to make special blends representing the very best wines in their cellar.

The Elusive Billecart

Jaynes's recently acquired a few cases of Billecart-Salmon Reserve Brut.  Jayne and Jon discovered this incredible champagne, by the glass no less, at Danny Meyer's Union Square Cafe in NYC. Billecart Salmon, pronounced 'Bee-A-Card Sa-Mon' is best known for its Rose, but we found their brut to be a great contender at half the price, a soft bodied and savoury treat. We were immediately determined to bring this to Jaynes.

Easier said than done. This champagne is extremely popular in NYC. Being a small house with a small production, the New York demand alone virtually eliminates any other US distribution. Without going into the sordid details, we were able to procure a few cases so that we could bask in the Billecart glory and share it with our friends here at Jaynes. Jayne's brother Paul announced his wedding engagement recently at the restaurant and what did we turn to for the celebration? Billecart!

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