Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wine from my collection: Potel Aviron 2009 Cote de Brouilly

In many states (mine included), it is in fact perfectly legal to take home the remainder of a bottle of wine from a restaurant. (There are rules about how to do it--it has to be corked, sealed inside a bag with the receipt, and I think you have to put it in the trunk--but it's legal.) Lots of people don't know this. I always encourage people to get a bottle if there's more than one person drinking the same wine, because it's more economical, and because you can take the leftovers home.

But every once in a while, you get a person who buys a bottle and then leaves half of it behind.

You know what happens then, right? Your waiter drinks it.

I had a guy buy this bottle, and then leave half of it behind. It was the last table of the night, so I was happy to take that half-bottle with me and give it a good home.

Made from gamay, this Cote de Brouilly is from the Beaujolais section of France. Gamay grapes are a bit lighter and fruitier than pinot noir, but in many ways, this tastes similar to a pinot noir. Strong dried cherry flavors, jammy, with spice notes and a long finish. It will retail for $12-14 a bottle. A great wine with food.

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