Events in and around Madison Valley

May 25

Pure French Wine Tasting 2-4PM

This Saturday’s lineup focuses on pure varietals from the French countryside. They range from the familiar (Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir) to the more unusual (Aligoté &Duras). And we are throwing in a Bordeaux Blend just because of its good value. Come taste with us.



2017 Domaine Giraudon, Bourgogne Aligoté $15

Aligoté is the other white grape o Burgundy. Marcel Giraudon has six of his 18.5 hectares planted to the grape. The wine goes through a malo-lactic fermentation which adds a lovely middle palate to its vibrant fruity and mineral qualities. Its crisp, refreshing and offers an off the beaten path alternative as your go-to.



2017 Domaine Girard, Sancerre $23

Sauvignon Blanc

All Sauvignon Blanc from a small 2.5 hectare parcel. No oak at play here as Msr Girard keeps it crispy and fresh allowing the chalky, limestone soils to shine. The wine is full of stony, citrusy white fruits with a touch of floral lift and that super taut minerality that lingers and washes the palate.



2016 Domaine Girard, Sancerre Rouge $22

Pinot Noir

Sancerre is known for its Sauvignon Blanc but it also grows some great Pinot Noir as well. The Girard is more friendly than Burgundy, and more pure pinot character than Oregon.



2017 Domaine Philemon, Croix de la Bouscarié $14

100% Duras

Domaine Philémon has been run by the Vieules family since 1804 in the

Gaillac region of southwest France. Their vineyards are certified organic. This pure Duras is a robust red with a distinct peppery note.



2016 Chateau Platon, Bordeaux $13

Jean-Francois Meynard and Christelle Gauthier farm 10 hectares of vineyards that have been in Christelle’s family since 1907. The vineyards are planted with 65% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. With vines over 40 years old, grapes have excellent richness and flavor intensity of blueberry and cassis with dashes of plum, loamy earth and velvety tannins.



Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

We are conveniently located at 1127 34th Avenue (at Union). For more information:

www.madronawinemerchants.com

info@madronawinemerchants.com


206-860-6017


May 26

Bonpas Wine Tasting -- 11-5pm

This Sunday we are off to France. Since 1318, the fortified stronghold of Bonpas, from the French "Bon Passage", has watched over the safe crossing of the Durance river along the historic route that once linked Rome with Avignon. This gateway to the southern Côtes-du-Rhône allows you to discover the region’s terroirs with their characteristic smooth and round stones. Come sample with us.

2017 Bonpas Légende de Bonpas Blanc $13

50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Bourboulenc, 20% Clairette, 10% Vermentino

Luberon

While the nose is demure, the palate of this medium-bodied white offers loads of fresh white grapefruit, peach and apricot flavors. It's fresh and fruity yet edged by veins of salt and chalk. "Wine Enthusiast"

2017 Bonpas Légend de Bonpas Rouge $15

Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre

Côtes du Rhône

Deep ruby-red. Expressive, with notes of fresh redfruit. Flavors of mild spices, black olives and stone fruits. Ample and supple, with velvety tannins.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.

We are conveniently located at 1127 34th Avenue (at Union). For more information:

www.madronawinemerchants.com

info@madronawinemerchants.com


206-860-6017


Jun 1

The Northwest Boychoir is now scheduling tryouts for boys who love to sing!

Boys who are ages 6-9 years old are invited to audition and no previous music training is needed. Classes for new members begin in September and are located at the University Heights Center in Seattle. Auditions are free of charge.



Audition appointments are scheduled through the Northwest Choirs office by calling 206-524-3234 or at www.nwboychoir.org. Auditions are private and low-key, designed to make the boys feel comfortable and relaxed. They last about 15 minutes, and parents are strongly encouraged to be present.