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Loirepalooza with Debra Lewis of Vintage ’59 Imports Wednesday April 23 kicking off at 5:30 pm, featuring wine from five rockstar Loire Valley wine growers paired with tasty small plates from Chef Brian.  All glasses of Loire wines and pairing small plates will be offered at $7 each.

The Loire Valley stretches from France’s west coast all the way to the middle of the country.  Within that expanse some of the most exciting wines in the world are being made, from numerous grapes grown in vineyards of unique climates and terroirs by some of France’s most dedicated winemakers.  Vintage ’59 represents some of the best artisan producers throughout the region.  They like to call them “underdogs”.  We call them “rockstars”.  Vintage ’59 was founded in 1997 by Roy Cloud who has since chronicled his journeys through France to unearth top growers in his excellent book “To Burgundy and Back Again”.  We’re excited to have Debra Lewis on hand for her second Tannin Wine Bar event to guide us through these outstanding wines, where they come from, who grows them and why they’re so delicious with the classic dishes that Chef Brian will serve alongside them.

The wines of the Loire are enjoying a Renaissance of interest and appreciation in the United States right now.  Many of the top sommeliers around the country, such as Pascaline Lepeltier at Rouge Tomate in NYC, have been tireless in touting the greatness and diversity of the region.  Wine writers and journalists such as Alice Feiring and Eric Asimov of The New York Times have adamantly reinforced the appreciations of these wines, which are very expressive of their origins, pure of fruit and very versatile at the table.

Domaine Claude Branger “Le Fils des Gras  Mouton” Muscadet-Sevre-et Maine ’12, paired with a Trio of Oysters.  Claude and his son Sebastian hand farm and hand harvest 26 acres of Melon de Bourgogne grapes for this bottling which is aged in tank on its lees for 6 or 7 months before bottling less than 6,000 cases per year.  This is classic Muscadet, fresh saltwater-mineral, lemony, textural and begging for a plate of oysters.

Domaine Merlin-Cherrier Sancerre ’12, paired with Chevre & Brioche Grilled Cheese. Thierry Merlin works in the village of Bue, home to some of the most classic and recognizable wines in the world, the Sauvignon Blanc of Sancerre.  This is a hilly area with plenty of chalk, stony soil as well as limestone.  These soils, with Thierry’s guidance, produce stony, precise, aromatic Sancerre with enough tangy grapefruit character to be sublime with a fresh Chevre-style goat cheese.

Le Rocher des Violettes “Touche Mitaine” Montlouis-sur-Loire Sec ’12, paired with Pork Rillettes, Cornichon & Dijon.  Xavier Weisskopf is a Rhone native whose love of Chenin Blanc led him to leave his native land for very old Chenin parcels in Montlouis, across the Loire River from Vouvray.  This bottle comes from a single vineyard called “Touch of the Mitten” as it sits at high elevation and is a rather cool microclimate.  Touche Mitaine makes a racy wine with great intensity that is raised in older oak barrels.  It is an ideal compliment to terrines, sausages and hams.

Domaine Henry Natter Sancerre Rouge ’12, paired with Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Port Salut Dipping Sauce.  Henry Natter farms Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the Sancerre village of Montigny which is known for its Kimmeridge soil (a unique limestone soil also found in Chablis) that gives incredible structure to both the white and red wines of the region.  Sancerre was best known for its Pinots until Sauvignon Blanc came to dominate the plantings in the twentieth century.  Today, Natter’s example stands among the few great examples of non-Burgundian French Pinot Noir.

Domaine Richou “Les 4 Chemins” Anjou Rouge ’12, paired with Slow Braised Beef Short Rib with Truffle Risotto.  The Richou brothers, Didier and Damien, produce a tiny amount of this Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon blend grown on schist soils.  The older brother, Didier, trained as an intern at a vineyard in Minnesota of all places so he knows his way around cool climates.  Vintage ’59 calls this “a terrific bistro wine” and we think it is a great drink with any meal.


Our La Paulee Burgundy Tasting, featuring 60+ top wines from France’s Burgundy region, has been postponed to Sunday March 16 from 2:00 – 5:00.  See details in post below and reserve your place by calling 816-842-2660 or email


Thursday March 13, 6:30 reception 7:00 dinner.  $85 per guest.  Reservations 816-842-2660 or email

Rosenthal Dinner Menu

We’re happy to have John Paine of Rosenthal Wine Merchant on hand to share his expertise for our La Paulee Burgundy Week Wine Dinner.  Rosenthal imports some of the top, small, artisan domaines of Burgundy and John has an in depth, first hand knowledge of these wines and the people who make them.  Thanks to the depth of inventory that Rosenthal has shared with us we’re able to pour several wines from the 2007 and 2008 vintages, affording us a rare opportunity to enjoy several top quality, maturing Burgundies from these two distinctive years.


Tannin is proud to join top restaurants in New York City and San Francisco as part of Daniel Johnnes’ La Paulee Burgundy Week from Sunday March 2 through Saturday March 15.  La Paulee is an annual event celebrating the wines and cuisine of Burgundy, France founded by Daniel Johnnes, head sommelier at NYC’s Restaurant Daniel.  It has been one of the most exciting wine events for the last decade and a half.  La Paulee Burgundy week provides top restaurants and wine bars with the opportunity to showcase the great wines and cuisine of Burgundy with our guests.  We’ll be taking full advantage of our relationship with the Paulee, pouring great, rare and unusual Burgundies by the glass, offering Burgundy-inspired tasting menus and hosting two very special events.  We hope you can participate!

Sunday March 2 (2:00 – 5:00) La Paulee Burgundy Week Tasting:  Tour the Terroir! $40 per guest (50% of ticket price will be donated directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Kansas City).  We’ll be opening our doors early on a Sunday for the marquee kick-off event of La Paulee Burgundy Week at Tannin.  It will provide a rare opportunity to sample more than 40 great Burgundy wines from all over the region, poured by numerous partnering importers and distributors, in a casual walk-through environment all while supporting great partnering charities.  As space for this tasting is limited, reservations must be pre-paid by calling 816-842-2660.

Thursday March 13 (6:30 reception, 7:00 dinner) Neal Rosenthal Wine Merchant Burgundy Dinner featuring John Paine. $85 per guest.  On Thursday, March 13th we’ll have the honor of hosting John Paine, fresh back from France, for a wine dinner focusing on the top, artisan Burgundy growers that Rosenthal imports into the United States.  Rosenthal is a leading importer of the best of Burgundy and has been since its founding back in 1977.  As an importer, Rosenthal has been “devoted to the concept of terroir”, such a central concept to the great wines of Burgundy, and it really shows with the depth and overall quality of the small, family domaines that they represent.  There isn’t an importer working today, in Burgundy or elsewhere, that we have more respect for in terms of depth and consistency of the wines represented.  In Burgundy, these producers’ names are legendary and we can’t wait to share many of them with you for this special dinner!  Reservations 816-842-2660 or


We’re pleased to have Jann Forth of Dry Creek Valley’s Forth Vineyards at Tannin on Wednesday January 22nd!  That evening we’ll be offering our Kansas City Restaurant Week Menu (proceed’s benefit Harvesters Community Food Network) paired with Jann’s wines!  Reservations are available at 816-842-2660 or

Restaurant Week Menus can be found by clicking here:

Forth Vineyards Wine Dinner 1.22.14

Restaurant Week 2014 Lunch

Restaurant Week 2014 Dinner