Revealing Rosé

Revealing Rosé

Please join Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton on Tuesday, July 11 at 7pm for Revealing Rosé. We’ll beat the heat as we dig into dry French Rosé (the best kind of Rosé) with a look at fifteen refreshing 2016 vintage Rosé wines from all over France from Bordeaux to the Languedoc to Provence to the Rhone to Sancerre representing the range of styles from “Beach” to “Food Friendly.” We’ll talk about the grapes, the places they’re grown, how they’re made, and the food we eat with them. Bread and a selection of fine cheeses will accompany the tasting.

The List:
Pins des Dunes Rosé, Bordeaux, 2016
Rosé de Chevalier, Bordeaux, 2016
Villa des Anges Old Vine Rosé, 2016
Pierre Rougon Rosé d’Aix en Provence, 2016
Ch du Donjon Rosé Minervois, 2016
Mourgues du Gres Les Galets Rosé, Costieres de Nimes, 2016
Balandran Rosé, Costieres de Nimes, 2016
Ch. de Lancyre Rosé, Pic Saint Loup, 2016
Pierre Rougon Rosé, Cote du Rhone, 2016
Domaine de Cabasse Le Rosé de Marie, Seguret, 2016
Pink Pegau Rosé, France, 2016
Domaine de Mourchon CdRV Loubie Rosé 2016
Montmirail Rossignol Rosé, Gigondas, 2016
Bonnard Rosé, Sancerre, 2016
Domaine du Pre Semele Rosé, Sancerre, 2016

Revealing Rosé will cost $50.00 per person cash ($52.63 regular).
The class will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, July 11th at l’Alliance Française.
To purchase your ticket(s), please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or

L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).

If you buy a ticket and will not be able to attend, please cancel at least 24 hours before the class or you may be charged. Later cancellations will not be charged if we can fill the seat. This is often case as we regularly have waiting lists for these classes.

With almost 40 years experience in the wine business and 30 plus years experience teaching about wine, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton is one of the top wine authorities as well as the most experienced wine educator in Texas.

Wine-Of-the-Week: PRE SEMELE Sancerre 2012

It seems like the wrong time of year to be touting a Sancerre but this is Texas where I have gotten sunburned and a bit over-heated while riding my horse wearing a Hawaiian shirt in January. So consider the weather and remember it for a balmy day.semele-sancerre-chasseignes-lg

DOMAINE DU PRE SEMELE Sancerre Blanc, Loire, 2012
12.5% Alcohol. 100% sustainably grown Sauvignon Blanc (5-40 year-old-vines) from both clay (giving fruit) and limestone (giving mineral and structure) terroirs. After a slow gentle pressing, the juice is settled for 24 hours at cold temperatures before a cool fermentation in temperature contolled stainless steel and enamel tanks for 10-15 days. No malo-lactic fermentation but some lees stirring. Remains in tank for 6 months before a light filtration and bottling.   Straw in color with good legs; dry, medium-light-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and scant phenolics. Clean and crisp and full of mineral with lemony, fresh citrus fruit. Is actually more complex than it sounds but it is still young and a bit tight. Nevertheless, this is fine refreshing Sancerre and the producer has a great track record. BS: 91 (or maybe more as it opens up). Drink it at dinner with fresh oysters or fish. Or on the porch with conversation and chips.

Thinking About Wine:
Wine is sunlight held together by water” – Galileo Galilei

PLEASE check the EVENTS PAGE for my upcoming WINE 101 class beginning January 6th at the Wine School and the annual 2011 CRU CLASSÉ BORDEAUX TASTING on January 21st at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice.