Mass Theo

Ever wonder how we select wines for our portfolio? It’s simple, we taste! We are a compact team here at Cafe Europa and no wine makes it into our portfolio until we’ve sat down as a group and tasted it together. Regardless of the style or region, our goal is to find wines that are immediately impressive, showing balance, finesse, and food friendliness. We have always found that wines from sustainable and organic vineyards are more likely to please our palates, but as natural and minimal intervention wines have become a driving force in the market we’ve had a lot of head-scratchers come across our tasting table. Often everything is there on paper, all the romance and mystique that makes natural wine fascinating, but it doesn’t quite translate to the palate. Sometimes that food friendly structure just isn’t there, sometimes the line between funk and flaw is a little too blurry, and sometimes they’re just too expensive! We often say we “kiss a lot of frogs…” Recently, however, that process led us to a couple Grenache based blends from Mas Theó in the Southern Rhone that we’re very excited about! Laurent Theólas’ vineyards are certified biodynamic, and he makes wines that harness the funky and wild terroir of the Rhone in perfect balance with beautifully ripe fruit notes. The P’tit Gaby has a complex and layered nose that leads to a light and lively palate, while the Cuveé TO shows the rugged structure of a more serious old-school style Rhone red.