Berkshires Best Secret--Free Wine Tastings

Wet Your Whistle

By: - Feb 09, 2015

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Well, with a few feet of snow already on the ground and much more predicted this upcoming week, It was my responsibility to dedicate this past Saturday to sampling wines and educating my palate at the various complimentary wine tastings that take place each week in Berkshire County.

There are three fabulous wine merchants, each with their own strengths, who are happy to educate the wine buying consumers of Berkshire County. There are other wine merchants who follow the same protocol.

The three retailers that stand out of the crowd are Nejaime’s, located in both Lenox and Stockbridge. Dalton’s Kelly’s Package Store and Spirited at the Lenox/Pittsfield line on Route 7.

The wine business in Berkshire County relies on second home owners. Due to their existence, the wine scene in Berkshire County is hopping. Add the wine driven locals to the scenario and the scene is popping.

The coalition of the second home owners and locals equates to better wines available for all consumers. The coalitions influence helps make retailers bring their best wines under $400 a bottle to tastings.

We are the ones that benefit.

One of the main benefits the consumer gets at tastings are ‘Sale Prices’ that are good for the duration of the tasting. Tastings generally run form 12-4pm on Saturdays. To learn more, first-hand, about wine tastings, sign-up online with your favorite wine merchant to receive their weekly wine newsletter, which features weekly sales, tastings, news and wine dinners.

These are the wines, the wine pourers and the prices that were in effect at Saturday’s e-mail special wine tasting at Spirited on Pittsfield, Lenox road.

Jim Nejaime is the proprietor
(Note: regular price is in parenthesis) Sale price applicable only on date of the tasting.

Table 1
Chateau ducasse Bordeaux Blanc 2013 $13.99 ($17)
Chateaux Clos Floridene Graves Blanc 2010 $24.99 ($40)
Chateau Croix du Trale Hunt-Medoc 2010 $14.99 ($18)
Chateau Panigon Cru Medoc 2011 $16.99 ($20)
Chateau Tour Pibran Paullic 2010 $32.99 ($40)
Chateau Saint-Pierre St.julien 2010 $95.00 ($130)

Table 2
Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Blanc 2013 $14.99 ($20)
Chateau Du Bouscat Bordeaux Superieur Caduce 2010 $13.99 ($20)
Chateau Beausejour Pentimento St. Emilion 2010 $23.99 ($30)
Chateau Messile Aubert M-St. Emilion 2009 $29.99 ($40)
Chateau Baret Pessac-Leognan 2009 $29.99 ($40)

Table 3
Chateau Lespault Martillac-Pessac-Leognan 2010 $39.99 ($50)
Chateau Villars Fronsac 2009 $23.99 ($30)
Chateau Les Grand Chenes Medoc 2005 $34.99 ($50)
Chateau Siran Margaux 2009 $45 ($60)
Chateau La Dame de Montrose St. Estephe 2005 $59.99 ($80)

Table 4
Chateau Providence Pomerol 2010 $135 ($175)
Chateau Leoville Las Cases St. Julien 2004 $149 ($200)
Chateau Cos D’Estournel St. Estephe 2005 $249 ($400)
Chateau Chartreuse du Couplet Sauternes 2011 (375ml) $19.99 ($25)
Chateau Suduirant Sauternes 2009 (375ml) $49.99 ($70)
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2005 $59.99 ($80)

As you can see, this free sampling would be a highlight to any palate, sommeliers included. Plus, you have the opportunity to purchase highly rated wines at a true discount.

The ball or should I say, the wine glass, is in your court.

To contact the wine merchants that were highlighted, use the links below:

Philip S. Kampe