Domaine de Blacieux
Saint-Joseph 2010
Rhone Valley, France
was $18

Did someone say The Rhone? Deconstructed?
Let’s break it down about a specific hot spot that we’re highlighting this month; Saint Joseph. The Northern Rhone is synonymous with Syrah, and Saint Joseph is no exception. The Saint Joseph appellation sits on the right bank of the Rhone River upon steep hillsides with ancient terraced vineyards. These vineyards date back to the 17th century (yes that old) when monks from that vineyard gave it its name. Saint Joseph is fortunate to have both continental and Mediterranean influences grace its vineyards. Granite is the main element found in the soil, and the steep inclines are the key factor in the terroir’s drainage and exposure to the sun. As we were saying, Syrah is the star varietal of this sub region with its hearty backbone and spicy profile. It boasts a deep color that is packed full of flavor, grippy tannins and just enough acid to round out it’s robust structure. It’s hard not to like the red and black fruit, succulent floral notes and savory zestiness associated with Syrah. They are currently 160 winemakers in Saint Joseph appellation producing primarily red wines with (you guessed it) Syrah. However, in 1980 the AOC approved adding a small amount of Marsanne and Rousanne to the red wines if the winemaker so desired. With this being said it’s only fair to note that Marsanne and Rousanne are the only white varietals grown in Saint Joseph and make up 10% of the appellations production. That there is some general information for you, but in the grand scheme of things, Saint Joseph wines are quite special with a renowned reputation and very drinkable profiles.   Our suggestion; drink some!





Short Rib Pot Pie
Black Bass with Warm Rosemary-Olive Vinaigrette
Parmesan-Roasted Potatoes 
  Fennel-Crusted Pork Chops with Potatoes and Shallots 
    Mediterranean Bison Sliders
   Parmesan-Roasted Potatoes