Infatuation, or “Toquade” as the French would say it, is how we feel about this 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. Toquade was created to enhance and complement good company, good food and good music. It has its own distinct personality, like a simple melody which can’t be forgotten. Toquade is a labor of love and a hands-on creative endeavor from harvest to table.
Winemaker and owner Christine Barbe chose Toquade for the name of her wine because it perfectly explains her story into winemaking. In 1991 Christine’s winemaking life began in her hometown of Bordeaux. She was a doctoral student at Bordeaux Institute of Enology and was making wine at Chateau Carbonnieux and La Louviere in Pessac Léognan. For the next five years she worked with people in Bordeaux who were passionate about Sauvignon Blanc which is where she learned how to taste the grapes as they ripen to determine when to harvest to maximize the aroma and flavor of the wine.
In 1996 she graduated with a Ph.D in Enology and Viticulture and came to California where she did winemaking and viticulture research at Robert Mondavi, Gallo, and Trinchero wineries. Toquade is the result of what Christine has learned about bringing the flavors inherent in the grape to the wine in the glass during her 15 years of experimentation and winemaking in France and California.
This beautiful 2019 is the 14th vintage from a single-vineyard, organic, dry-farmed plot in Napa’s Yountville. The vineyard is located next to the Napa River where the nutrient rich soil has good water holding capacity, making it excellent terroir for Sauvignon Blanc. After harvest and fermentation the wine was aged on the lees for seven months with weekly batonnage to increase the roundness and texture. This wine has a nice nose of guava and grapefruit. It presents with a crisp mouth feel at first, then develops a rich and flavorful mid-palate with a long finish of tropical fruit notes.
This Halloween season make sure to grab some sour gummi worms or sour patch kids to enjoy with a glass of Toquade. The mouth-puckering taste of a sour candy calls for a juicy, fruit centric wine. The fruit forward flavors of guava and grapefruit will pair nicely with the lemon sour patch kids.
From Inglenook, to Robert Mondavi, to Opus One, to Jessup Cellars, and now to his own private label, J Gregory, Mark Jessup has over 40 years of winemaking experience in Napa Valley.
Thanks to years of relationship building, Mark has access to premier vineyard sites that yield top quality wines. Not many winemakers get to “pick and choose” their grapes the way Mark can.
In 2005 he and his wife Kandice started J Gregory together. The label is the thumbprints of his four sons with special recognition to Jonathan Gregory Jessup, who was diagnosed at birth with a challenging disability.
We have two beautiful Napa Valley wines to choose from: 2016 Cabernet Franc, and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ready for you to take home.
Because of their extended bottle aging, these are drinking at their prime right now. Not to mention they come from Napa’s top two vintages! You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.
Here’s the best part: If you buy 4 bottles (2 of each) you get a whopping $100 off your order! That’s like getting one bottle for free!
Package price of $260, normally $360!
Call us at 415-331-2001 or email email@example.com to order!
Did you know that we offer Private Virtual Tastings? 🍷
Love wine? Miss hanging out with your friends? Need a way to connect to your coworkers?
Try one of our Virtual Wine Tastings! Privately hosted for you and your group.
We help you choose the wines best suited for your group (and budget) and have them shipped directly to each participant’s door. If you want one bottle or 5, it’s totally up to you. No muss, no fuss.
A Zoom meeting will be created for you at a date and time of your choosing, and one of our Sommeliers will guide you through the history and flavor profile of each wine, providing a fun and educational experience for your group.
Whether it’s happy hour with friends or a corporate team building experience, nothing brings people together like wine!
“Hi everyone! I am excited to be working with Bacchus & Venus and supplying you all with some fantastic California wines. I come from an 8 year hospitality career in restaurants and hotels and am looking forward to this next step. Living in Sonoma County is where my passion for wine exploded! I am a Sauvignon Blanc girl through and through but I am excited to continue to learn about and taste other varietals. I look forward to helping you with all of your wine needs.”
We’re super excited to have Jennie on board the Bacchus & Venus team, and she can’t wait to meet all of you!
To help you get to know her, she’d like to share some of her favorite wines with you in the form of this beautiful 6-pack of reds and whites:
Union Sacre “Elsass” Santa Barbara Dry Riesling 2019
T. Berkley Mendocino Chenin Blanc 2018
Stewart Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Ultima Tulie Central Coast Syrah/Petite Sirah 2017
Road 31 Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2018
Cave Dog Napa Valley Red 2016
Normally $249, but now only $225. Think of it as a reverse “welcome aboard” present.😉
Avery Rose Vineyards is now entering its fourth vintage of production, but this is a project that has been years in the making. Winemaker/vintner Scott Beeber’s great-grandfather made “medicinal wine” on New York City’s Lower East Side during prohibition. Growing up, Scott’s family would gather around the bar in the basement of his grandfather’s home retelling stories about how he used to deliver the wine to the Rockettes in Midtown Manhattan. There were always a handful of different spirits on the shelf with different fruits and spices mixed in. “After dinner,” Scott says, “the basement got a little rowdy and fun to watch as a kid.”
With those memories forever etched in his mind, he spent the last 18 years in California working his way through the producers of Napa thinking about how he could renew the family legacy and put his own unique stamp on winemaking. With that, Scott and his wife Jody started Avery Rose. The mission was simple: find the best fruit to produce the best single vineyard wines.
They always knew they wanted to make something small. Something unique and special, so Scott focused on small production single vineyard wines. Always getting by with a little help from his friends, since 2013 Scott has been working with Six Acre Vineyard, managed by the O’Shaughnessy Family, producing some incredible Oakville fruit. In addition, he has had Dave Bryant (John Anthony, Alpha Omega) and Eric Hansen (Cline, Etude) consult to get the most out of the beautiful fruit that is sourced.
Only 75 cases were produced of this quintessential Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. You can expect a rich, round mouthfeel and concentrated red and black fruits, with soft, supple tannins, and a juicy, joyful finish.
This wine is lush and rich, and needs a dish to match. I recommend an herbaceous Rosemary Rubbed Rack of Lamb with Porcini and Chanterelle Risotto. This is a meal meant to be savored.