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Hugel & Fils’ Alsace Man was in Athens this week to dine at The National and and share wine with local wine aficionados, including 5Points Bottle Shop Wine Consultant, Svetlanta Rostova.

Five Points Bottle Shop has long been a fan of Hugel & Fil and we carry both the Gentil and Pinot Gris. According to Svet, they are both beautiful wines. “The Gentil is very easy to drink and refreshing,” she says, “while the Pinot Gris is powerful and good with spicy food.”

From Salon.com explains:

“Pinot Gris (the “Gray” Pinot) is the grape, found most prominently in Alsace, France. A variant of the Pinot Noir grape (as is Pinot Blanc), it’s hard to tell in the vineyard if a grape is Pinot Gris or Pinot Noir until the veraison, the moment when ripening begins and the grapes change into their true color. Although Alsatians think of it as a white grape, most Italians think of Pinot Gris as red, but in the end this may be a difference without a distinction, as the grape is most often treated as a white grape in the winemaking process.”

Frederick Wildman writes about the producer:

The golden rule at Hugel is “The wine is already in the grape”. As soon as they arrive at the Hugel premises in the heart of Riquewihr, the grapes are classified according to precise and strict criteria of quality. The presses are filled by gravity, not by pumping. After slow crushing, only the first part of the juice is conserved to merit the famous yellow label. The individuality of each grape variety and of each level of quality is respected.”

Thanks, Alsace Man for stopping by our store.  It was a real pleasure.

Speakeasy Wine Dinner

Join us on Wednesday July 14th at 7:00pm for 6 wines paired with 6 amazing courses! We can’t stress to you enough what a value this tasting is! The kitchen staff at Speakeasy always goes above and beyond when creating the gourmet tapas to accompany the wine.

Tickets are on $45 per person including gratuity!

Call SPEAKEASY for a reservation 706.546.5556

the wines:
Banfi Principessa Gavi Perlante
Bonny Doon Albarino
Domaine Schlumberger Riesling “Les Princes Abbes”
Banfi L’Ardi Dolcetto d’Aqui
Murphy Goode Merlot
Antano Crianza

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Speakeasy Restaurant, East Broad Street

Spanish Wines and Tapas @ Casa Mia

Wednesday May 19th join us at Casa Mia from 6-8 to taste some delicious Spanish Wines and tapas.

For those of you who didn’t make it out last time, you really missed out! Casa Mia put out some great food and the wine was fabulous! Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a similar experience.

The cost is $20 per person Cal…l Casa Mia to make a reservation 706.227.4444

The Wines:

Gran Gesta Cava

Martin Codax Tempranillo

Merum Monastrell

Lealtanza Capitoso Tempranillo

Zarate Albarino

Las Rocas Garnacha

15 Wines for 15 Dollars

Join us this Thursday from 6-8pm at the Winery to taste 15 wines for only $15!

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the European Deli.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about wine through tasting (the best way)!

Call Five Points West for reservations 706.316.2337

Winery Athens: located at 429 E Broad St
Visit European Deli: located at 3579 Atlanta Hwy