Oregon Pub Crawl 2016 — photo 67 of 121: A wine-​tasting event at the Cheese Bar, a cheese store and restaurant on the eastern edge of the Belmont Area in the Mount Tabor neighborhood of Southeast Portland, Oregon. Following is the Cheese Bar announcement:
French Wine Tasting, Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Please join us Thursday evening as the charming Joshua Chang of Lemma Wines pours three high quality wines from his French portfolio. Here is what Joshua will be pouring:
2014 Château la Maroutine, Bordeaux Blanc, Bordeaux, France
The plots of the Château La Maroutine are situated on the slopes on the Saint-Germain-de-Grave village on the south part of Cadillac and Premières Côtes de Bordeaux appellations. A family estate since 1789 and bought in 1942 by Jean Darriet, a sixth-​generation winemaker. A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon. Average age of vines are 35 years old. Aged on its lees for 4 months. Intense, zesty nose. Good attack on the palate driven by the dynamic cut of the Sauvignon Blanc. Intense and pure citrus expression of the Sauvignon Blanc on the palate ending with an elegant smooth finish.
 
2015 Château Viranel, Saint-Chinian Tradition Rosé, Languedoc, France
A genuine local rosé, pretty rose-​petal color. An intense nose of summer fruits (blackberry, raspberry, blackcurrant). Fresh and fruity attack! Round mouth, smooth, very elegant. A truly gastronomical rosé.
 
2010 Château Larose Trintaudon, Haut-​Médoc, Bordeaux, France
A real winner from this estate, Larose-​Trintaudon Haut-​Médoc is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Plump, fleshy blackcurrant and black cherry flavors intermixed with some cedar, vanilla, and incense jumps from the glass of this medium-​ to full-​bodied, attractive, somewhat denser than the usual style for Larose Trintaudon. Nevertheless, the tannins are sweet and the acidity low, so drink this sleeper of the vintage over the next decade.
As usual the tasting is complimentary and the wines are discounted tomorrow night only. See you there!
I liked the Bordeaux Blanc blend the best, so I bought a bottle for myself and another for my mom for Christmas. I haven’t opened it yet ... saving it for a special occasion. Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article A North and East Portland Pub Crawl (Of Sorts).
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