(Given my work schedule and travel this week, I’m a few days late with this post)

I celebrated the Steelers AFC Championship win over the Ravens at the hotel with a bottle of Le Telquel that I picked up earlier in the day during my visit to Terroir Natural Wine Merchants in San Francisco

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Steelers Fans Celebrating AFC Championship Win!

Le Telquel is made by ultra naturalist (i.e. – minimalist) Theirry Puzelat.  For those (like me) not well versed in the natural wine movement, Theirry Puzelat believes ‘strongly’ in natural viticulture – organically farmed grapes, little if any added sulfites and indigenous yeasts for fermentation.

Telquel means “as it is” in French, and according to Dagan at Terroir, the telquel sounds a lot like the French word teckel – the French word for dachshund, hence the drawing on the label.      

Telquel NV

From the Loire region in France.  $17.50 with a crappy synthetic cork.  12.5% alcohol.  Gamay. A very ‘honest’ taste.  Transparent purple color with aromas of cranberry, sour cherry, baking spice and sour candy.  Subdued tannins with a light mouthfeel and tastes of more sour cherry, earth and slight raspberry.   

This is an excellent, entry-level natural wine – pick it up if you can find it.  Imported by Louis-Dressner. 

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