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June 29th 2018 – Espelt, Empordà Garnacha Coralí Rosé (2017)

Espelt, Empordà Garnacha Coralí Rosé (2017) Grape: Garnacha Geography: Catalonia, Spain Appellation: Empordà Coming from the vineyards surrounding the cellars, Coralí comes from Garnatxa Negra, locally known as Ledoner, grown on sandy, granitic soils. After a short maceration of 5 hours the wine is pressed resulting in a delicate salmon color with aromas and flavors […]

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June 29th 2018 – Espelt, Empordà Garnacha Blanca Old Vines (2017)

Espelt, Empordà Garnacha Blanca Old Vines (2017) Grape: Garnacha Blanca Geography: Catalonia, Spain Appellation: Empordà The Garnacha Blanca from Espelt comes from their highest elevation vineyard, Rabós, tucked in the Albera Nature Reserve Area. These are the oldest vines on the property with centenary Garnacha Negra and Carinyena as well as spritely 50 year-old Garnacha […]

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June 22nd 2018 – Domaine Jacky Marteau, Lulu Touraine Gamay (2016)

Domaine Jacky Marteau, Lulu Touraine Gamay (2016) Grape: Gamay Geography: Loire Valley, France Appellation: Touraine Partially harvested by hand for a fruity, delectable taste. Partially destemmed to add suppleness to the tannins and just the right touch of spice. A bold red colour that is rare to behold. A Gamay, yes, but especially an elegant […]

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June 22nd 2018 – Domaine Jacky Marteau, Touraine Rosé Lulu (2017)

Domaine Jacky Marteau, Touraine Rosé Lulu (2017) Grapes: Pineau d’Aunis and Cabernet Franc Geography: Loire Valley, France Appellation: Touraine The vines are planted on some of the finest wine growing lands in Touraine, on the south bank of the Cher River. Rodolphe’s main focus is getting the best quality of grapes through various techniques such […]

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June 22nd 2018 – Domaine Jacky Marteau, Lulu Touraine Sauvignon Blanc (2017)

Domaine Jacky Marteau, Lulu Touraine Sauvignon Blanc (2017) Grape: Sauvignon Blanc Geography: Loire Valley, France Appellation: Touraine The vines are planted on some of the finest sites in Touraine, on the South bank of the river Cher, on siliceous-argil (clay and flint) soil. (There is not an exact word or translation in English for the […]

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June 15th 2018 – Domaine de Bel Air, Jean Marc Lafont Morgon Côte du Py (2016)

Domaine de Bel Air, Jean Marc Lafont Morgon Côte du Py (2016) Grape: Gamay Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Morgon The adventure began in 1986,when Jean-Marc took over the destiny of Domaine de Bel-Air. His childhood was redolent with scents and flavours as well as the love of a job well done passed on to him […]

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June 15th 2018 – Bonny Doon Vineyard, Central Coast Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé (2017)

Bonny Doon Vineyard, Central Coast Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé (2017) Grapes: Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Carignane, Mourvèdre, and Roussanne Geography: California, United States Appellation: Central Coast Based in Santa Cruz, heartland of New Age thinking, dreaming and deferred transition to “adulthood,” Bonny Doon Vineyard has a not so surprising history of idealism and innovation. Founded […]

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June 15th 2018 – Setzer, Grüner Veltliner (2017)

Setzer, Grüner Veltliner (2017) Grape: Grüner Veltliner Geography: Niederösterreich, Austria Appellation: Weinviertel Our village, Hohenwarth, derives its name from Hohe Warte – high observation point – and refers to our fortified Romanesque church, which was built in the 11th century at 400 metres above sea level. As all of the neighbouring regions like Kamptal and […]

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June 15th 2018 – Ovum, Elkton Big Salt (2017)

Ovum, Elkton Big Salt (2017) Grapes: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat Geography: Oregon, United States Appellation: Elkton Ovum Wines is a quest to discover the terroir of the Pacific Northwest, possibly uncovering an expression of place, using naturally produced white wines as a conduit. Based in Newberg, Oregon, husband and wife team John House […]

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June 8th 2018 – Azienda Vinicola Palladino, Barbera d’Alba Superiore (2014)

Azienda Vinicola Palladino, Barbera d’Alba Superiore (2014) Grape: Barbera Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Barbera d’Alba All of the Palladino Barbera vineyards are located in Serralunga d’Alba commune. The wines produced from this sub zone are known for their power and elegance. Tradition makes history alive: a philosophy that has allowed the Azienda Vinicola Palladino to […]

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June 8th 2018 – Casalfarneto, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Fontevecchia (2015)

Casalfarneto, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Fontevecchia (2015) Geography: Marche, Italy Appellation: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 1995: Foundation of Casalfarneto wine estate. Four partners, already experts in the field, decide to restore a small farmhouse, surrounded by farnetto oaks, and to invest in the typical white wine of the area: verdicchio. 2005: Togni group […]

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June 8th 2018 – Casa Wallace, Pink (2016)

Casa Wallace, Pink (2016) Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Monferrato Features: Biodynamic Biodynamic farming is considered one of the most effective methods to achieve biodiversity, to protect the environment and to stop the damage to our health caused by the careless and indiscriminate use of pesticides. The characteristics of their wine are the result of many […]

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June 1st 2018 – Bodegas Castaño, Yecla Monastrell Hécula (2015)

Bodegas Castaño, Yecla Monastrell Hécula (2015) Grape: Monastrell Geography: Murcia, Spain Appellation: Yecla In south-eastern Spain. 80% of these vineyards are planted with the native Monastrell variety. For several generations, Bodegas Castaño has been a pioneer in this region and has come to symbolise the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm […]

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June 1st 2018 – Julien Braud, Forty Ounce Rosé

June 1st 2018 – Julien Braud, Forty Ounce Rosé (2017) Grapes: Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Merlot Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France Appellation: Vin de France Made by winemaker Julien Braud, a top-notch Muscadet producer, this rosé is blend of 53% Gamay, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Pineau d’Aunis. The fun packaging and reasonable price may […]

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June 1st 2018 – Le Paradou, Côtes de Provence Rosé (2017)

Le Paradou, Côtes de Provence Rosé (2017) Grapes: Cinsault, Grenache, and Vermentino Geography: Provence, France Appellation: Côtes de Provence Provence is a rugged landscape of lavender fields, olive groves and wine – most notably its pale, fruity and refreshing rosés. Provence is so synonymous with rosé that it has largely defined the style of Pink […]

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June 1st 2018 – Menade, Rueda Verdejo (2016)

Menade, Rueda Verdejo (2016) Grape: Verdejo Geography: Castilla y León, Spain Appellation: Rueda Features: Organic The Sanz siblings, with five generations of winemakers behind them, have been enjoying their own project, MENADE since 2005. Pioneers in the organic certification of their winery and vineyard in Rueda, the denomination that protects them, their wines have made […]

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May 25th 2018 – Giovanni Rosso, Barbera d’Alba Donna Margherita (2015)

Giovanni Rosso, Barbera d’Alba Donna Margherita (2015) Grape: Barbera Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Barbera d’Alba Features: Organic, Sustainable Giovanni Rosso is a family-owned winery located in the Serralunga d’Alba DOCG of Barolo, Italy. The Rosso family have owned vineyards and/or grown grapes since the 1890s but began producing and bottling wine under the Giovanni Rosso […]

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May 25th 2018 – Parusso, Langhe Parüss Rosato

Parusso, Langhe Parüss Rosato Grape: Nebbiolo Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Langhe “Above all, I am looking for equilibrium and balance,” says Marco Parusso. The driven and passionate Parusso believes that if he achieves good results in the vineyards, his work in the cellar will take care of itself, and he tries to interfere as little […]

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May 25th 2018 – Giordano Lombardo, Vigne di San Martino Gavi di Gavi (2016)

Giordano Lombardo, Vigne di San Martino Gavi di Gavi (2016) Grape: Cortese Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Gavi Features: Organic, Biodynamic Nestled just outside the medieval village of Gavi among verdant woods and picturesque vineyards, the 20 hectares that make up the biodynamic vineyard of Giordano Lombardo straddle the border of the Piedmont and Liguria regions. […]

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May 18th 2018 – Château Haut Blaignan (2016)

Château Haut Blaignan (2016) Grapes: 50% Merlot Noir, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon Geography: Bordeaux, France Appellation: Médoc VINIFICATION: Machine harvesting. Traditional winemaking methods, with a vatting time of 25-30 days. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. TASTING NOTES: Ruby red in hue with purple tints, exuding red fruit, spice and earthy aromas. The palate […]