On a recent trip traveling with a few Washington DC-based sommeliers, I was asked to name some of the California wineries I was most excited about. I mentioned a few producers including Scott Schultz and the Jolie-Laide wines which they had never heard of. I secretly wanted to downplay my enthusiasm at this point, since I didn’t want to have to fight them for any of the 550 cases of wine produced each year! Join us when we welcome winemaker, Scott Shultz to our wine bar next Wednesday, March 27th, anytime between 4:30-7:30PM, and explore Jolie-Laide's captivating world and mission to make beautiful wines from the many forgotten varietals planted in California’s historic vineyards.
Scott began his transition into the winemaker world after a move to Napa for employment as Wine Director at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in Napa Valley. As he explains, “everyone I met was a winemaker, so on my days off I followed people around to see what they were doing." Before he knew it, he had secured the cellar master job at Realm Winery and then joined Pax Mahle in the same capacity working on the ‘Pax’ and ‘Wind Gap’ labels. Scott’s passion for winemaking grew so significantly that he decided to start his own project in 2010. He named it ‘Jolie-Laide’ which is a French term of endearment that literally translates to ‘Pretty-Ugly’ yet is meant to describe something that is unconventionally beautiful.
Scott’s approach is a natural one, picking his grapes by hand, crushing them by foot treading and aging the finished wines in neutral oak. But his keen eye for finding great fruit from only sustainably and responsibly-farmed sites, coupled with his impressive winemaking talent never compromise the quality of the wines. “The do-nothing approach isn’t new by any means; it’s just funny how far many have gotten away from it.”
****AS A SPECIAL FEATURE, ALL WINES SERVED ON PRODUCER FLIGHT NIGHT WILL BE ON SALE FOR THAT NIGHT ONLY AT A 15% DISCOUNT TO THOSE WHO PURCHASE A FLIGHT!!!
The featured wines will be served as two ounce glasses and will be available for retail sale while supplies last. The cost of the two ounce flight will be $23 (or $19 for wine club members) and will include the following wines:
2017 Jolie-Laide 'Rorick Heritage Vineyard' Pinot Gris, Calaveras, CA
Retail $31.00 – 5 oz glass $13.25
2017 Jolie-Laide 'Fanucchi Wood Road' Trousseau Gris, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA
Retail $32.00 – 5 oz glass $13.75
2016 Jolie-Laide 'Provisor Vineyard' Grenache, Dry Creek Valley, CA
Retail $42.00 – 5 oz glass $16.50
2016 Jolie-Laide Syrah, North Coast, CA
Retail $38.00– 5 oz glass $13.25
2016 Jolie-Laide 'Halcon Vineyard' Syrah, Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County, CA
Retail $46.00 – 5 oz glass $17.50