This week we are offering just one pack. Our most recent feature was our “Wine of the Summer,” but we all need some variety, right? No one is going to drink just one wine all summer!
Last week was a little cloudy and wet (which is probably good for our dry forests) but we’re going to usher in some sunny weather with this sipper pack. The Verdicchio and Malvasia follow in the vein of our last offering – they are white wines that you can get super cold and they will still express great texture and aromatics. Meanwhile the Jacquére and the Rosé are bright and crisp, and just refreshing. The whites and the rosé can be enjoyed with food out of a fancy wine glass or out of a plastic cup while floating down a river. The reds were chosen with the grill in mind but will work great with plenty of other fare.
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Once you order they will be available for pickup Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 pm, beginning on Wednesday the 16th.
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A Series of Wines for the Summer Sipper $125 Per 6 Pack
Last week was a little cloudy and wet (which is probably good for our dry forests) but we’re going to usher in some sunny weather with this sipper pack. Our most recent feature was our “Wine of the Summer,” but we all need some variety, right? The Verdicchio and Malvasia follow in the vein of our last offering – they are white wines that you can get super cold and they will still express great texture and aromatics. Meanwhile the Jacquére and the Rosé are bright and crisp, and just refreshing. The whites and the rosé can be enjoyed with food out of a fancy wine glass or out of a plastic cup while floating down a river. The reds were chosen with the grill in mind but will work great with plenty of other fare.
Savoie-Cruet (Jacquére), Domaine de l’Idylle, 2020, Savoie
Domaine de l’Idylle is a small estate that is run by 3 generations of the Tioller family. It is located in the region of Savoie in eastern France (near the Swiss border). Farming vineyards there is a true labor of love because of the difficulty involved with navigating the mountainous terrain. Jacquére is a local variety that is treasured for its freshness and approachability. This wine is sourced from the commune of Cruet where the domaine is based. The wine undergoes a slow fermentation in stainless steel which helps accentuate its bright fruit notes. This bottle is perfect to for a hot summer day! It smells of ripe pear, lime zest and wet rocks and the finish is crisp and refreshing.
Verdicchio di Matelica, Colle Stefano, 2019, Marche
Verdicchio may be Italy’s most important white variety, and it is likely the most under-appreciated. This may be because a lot of the Verdicchio that made it to the U.S. in the 60s and 70s was over-cropped, and often times oxidized by the time the bottles were opened. That is not the case for the Verdicchios of the 21st century! There is a huge contingent of passionate growers who are crafting age-able and site specific expressions of the variety. The largest production area for the grape in Le Marche is called Castelli di Jesi which is very close to the Adriatic coast. However, there is a lesser known region which sits in the Apennine mountains behind Jesi called Matelica. We feel it is equally, if not more captivating, than its neighbor. The Verdicchios of Matelica benefit from the same ocean inflections as Jesi, but Matelica’s higher elevation allows the grapes to slowly mature without sacrificing acidity. Winemaker Fabio Marchionni produces a mere 4,000 cases of this wine which is organically farmed and fermented in stainless steel. It smells of lemons, yellow apples and almonds and has a strong spine of acidity which makes it great with lots of different foods. Try it with white fish or as an aperitif with charcuterie and olives!
Malvasia Secco, Caravaglio, 2020, Salina
Salina is one of the islands in the Aeolian chain located off the coast of Sicily. It was formed by the hardening of volcanic lava. The Caravaglio family is inextricably linked to the “modern” history the island as they were one of five Spanish families to settle there in the 1500s and begin cultivating crops and vineyards. They have farmed these vineyard sites organically for over 500 years. Malvasia first came to the island through a partnership with Venetian traders and it is grown very close to the sea. You really can taste the influence of the salty Mediterranean breezes in the wine! The grapes are hand harvested from vineyards that stretch over 1,000 feet above the sea then the juice is fermented and aged in stainless steel. The wine smells of tangerines, orange blossoms and sea salt. Try it with oysters or sushi!
Rioja Rosado, Exopto, 2019, Spain
The wines of Exopto do not employ fancy methods or technique, instead they use the tried and true combination or old vines, poor soils, and organic farming. They are located in the Rioja Alta sub region and very high altitudes to that the grapes slowly mature and the wines do not show excess ripeness and alcohol. This rose is a blend of 50% Garnacha and 50% Tempranillo and all the vines are 30-50 years old. This vibrant rose smells of berries and nectarines and the Tempranillo helps add some complex savory notes.
Barbera del Monferrato, Rosso di Pietro, Cantina Valpane, 2017, Piedmont
Monferatto is located in the middle of Piedmont, and is a bit further north than the more famous growing areas of Barolo and Barbaresco. The Barbera grape flourishes in the moderate climate, and the clay and limestone soils of the region. The Valpane Cantina was founded in 1899 and by 1902 Barberas from the estate begun winning awards at competitions in Dijon and Bordeaux. Not much has changed at Valpane over the last century other than the addition of a few stainless steel tanks…and the winery has running water now! The cantina is currently helmed by Pietro, and this wine is playfully named after his red beard. Barbera is a wonderful wine to pair with food because it has great concentration of fruit but with acidity to balance and tannins that are never overpowering. This wine smells of plums, raspberries and dried herbs. We love to pair this with BBQ ribs but it would also work great with burgers or roasted chicken.
St. Laurent, Fischer, 2015, Thermenregion
St. Laurent is a grape that is grown throughout Austria, Germany, and even in parts New Zealand. Its parent varietals are Pinot and Savagnin and the wine has some similarities to Pinot Noir but St. Laurent is generally fuller bodied with more concentrated fruit. This example comes from the Thermenregion (about an hour south of Vienna) where the Fischer estate has been producing wine since 1692. Christian Fischer took the reins of the domaine in 1983 and looked to the famous regions of France for techniques to make quality and age-worthy wines. This bottling is aged in French barrique to soften and refine the texture. Aromas of blackberries, red cherries, spice and wet soil waft from the glass and the palate is filled with perfectly ripe fruit tones that are a great match to grilled steak or mushrooms.