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Weekly Pairing 2/12/2013

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Rusack
Santa Catalina Island Vineyards
Chardonnay
2010
$75

Rusack
Santa Catalina Island Vineyards
Pinot Noir
2010
$85

Geoff Rusack and his wife Alison Wrigley planted a few acres of vine on their family’s ranch they've owned since 1930. The 2007 plantings were first bottled as a 2009 vintage and we are lucky enough to offer you the second bottling, the 2010 vintage. It is a unique terroir as there are so few islands along the coast that have vineyards planted and are commercially available. In my imagination, I think of trips to Capri and Ischia, recalling how great island wines can be. Their salinity and ability to go with seafood is unmatched, and I hope the same of the wines that the Rusacks are producing.

The 2010s still are showing young but I believe they will become wonderful wines. They are limited and unique. I hope we Angelenos embrace them because they are our local viticulture. Perhaps the next time we're driving up the coast, we may no longer think of Catalina Island as a place of golf carts and rampant boars but look out over the Pacific Ocean and say, "damn that island produces some great wines!"




Fleur d' Maquis
Sheep
Corsica
$40/lb

From one island to another, the island of Corsica has a long history of producing great local wines and cheeses. This sheeps milk cheese is covered in local herbs. While young, the cheese is good with white wine. If itís aged, itís good with reds. Itís sharp and tastes great with a little glass of Pinot Noir.

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  Rusack Santa Catalina Island Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 $75.00

 

  Rusack Santa Catalina Island Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010 $85.00

 

  1 lb Fleur d' Maquis $40.00*

 

  1/2 lb Fleur d' Maquis $20.00*

 

  1/4 lb Fleur d' Maquis $10.00*

 

 

 

 
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