Week 4 of Malbec Madness
The weather has gone mad! The madness continues tonight… Join us for our weekly FREE in-store wine tasting tonight from 5-7. J.T., Pettyjohn’s alumni and son of the owners, will join us in a special guest appearance! We will be pouring the fourth set (and last set before the Final Four showdown) of Malbecs in our Malbec Madness competition, pitting two Malbecs against one another to find a clear customer favorite. Just print your brackets or fill them out on Fridays before you taste, choosing the wines that the most people will enjoy. The person who gets the most correct wins an $80 delightful Argentinian Malbec. Let the madness ensue!
P.S. We are closed Easter Sunday, so please come in today and Saturday for your Easter accompaniments. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Jacques Pépin Cookbook Giveaway! The first five people to bring their favorite Easter recipe to tonight’s wine tasting will win a Jacques Pépin cookbook ($30+ value)! Please make copies to share with others. If you’re too late, bring recipes to share anyway!
Fun Facts: Pépin likes hunting for mushrooms in the woods and scooping up “little white fish from the sea,” which he tosses in flour and fries as a snack.
Favorite food from your childhood?
A crunchy baguette and a piece of dark chocolate, and chicken with cream sauce that my mother used to do. Also, her pike dumplings with tomato-olive sauce.
How would you describe working in your kitchen?
I’m a very nice guy. If you drink a little wine, it’s fine (laughs). I’ve been married to my wife, Gloria, for 43 years. In the kitchen at home, when she cooks, if I go in there she says, “Don’t touch!”
Something in your ‘fridge or freezer that would surprise people?
Beer and frozen raspberries.
“Great Value Winery to Look For” -Robert Parker
Displaying deep shades of bright red-purple, the aromas are predominantly of violets and lilacs with a noticeable hint of red fruits. Unctuous, with round and elegant tannins, it wraps the palate with sweetness that is emphasized by touches of red fruits, cherry and ripe plum. Fine integration with the wood awakens flavors of vanilla and chocolate. The finish is long and delicate with mature tannins.
7500 cases x 12 bottle.
Tikal Jubilo- Reg. $35.99 SALE $29.99
Jubilo is Ernesto Catena’s ultimate expression through wine. Jubilo means “rejoice” or joy and this is what Ernesto hopes you get from his 50/50 Cab/Malbec blend. The wine is lush, rich and concentrated with fruit.
Tikal is owned by Ernesto Catena and is named after his son. Ernesto spent his childhood in the vineyards of Mendoza among wine-growers and local pundits. Since then, he has experienced a kaleidoscope of cultures, living in New York, Buenos Aires, Berkeley, Cambridge (MA), Milan and London. But his heart remains in his homeland of Argentina (where he now lives), with its natural beauty of mountains, streams and vineyards, its wines, and its people who hold a special passion for living.
A beautiful reddish purple color. The vibrant nose is of red and black cherries and ripe plums that combine with floral touches of violets and rose petals. It holds a nice tannic structure that is full on the palate. Vanilla, chocolate, and some spice appears to make it more complex. This is a fruit driven, fresh and well-structured wine that pairs great with meats like prosciutto or hard cheeses.Unique recipe ideas include Smoked Chicken and blueberry Salad with Almonds and Drunken Goat Cheese, Roast Pork Tenderloin with Medjool Date, Olive and Walnut Relish, or Slow-Roasted Salmon with Blood Oranges and Fennel.