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October 12th 2018 – Bodegas y Viñedos Inteus, Rioja Tempranillo Joven (2017)

Bodegas y Viñedos Inteus, Rioja Tempranillo Joven (2017) Grape: Tempranillo Geography: Rioja, Spain Appellation: Rioja Features: Organic Luís Palacio’s father planted the first certified organic vineyard in Rioja in 1980, and quickly converted the rest of his family’s holding when he saw the results. Three decades later, Luís has the most beautiful vineyards in Rioja—pools […]

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October 12th 2018 – Alberici, Lambrusco dell’Emilia La Fogarina

Alberici, Lambrusco dell’Emilia La Fogarina Grape: Lambrusco Geography: Emilia-Romagna, Italy Appellation: Emilia Features: Organic Amilcare Alberici dresses in green coveralls and socks and sandals. He has farmer hands. He smiles often. He speaks Italian sotto voce with short spaces between syllables. Alberici’s daughter Arianna is more direct, emotive, easier to follow. Arianna plays the viola, […]

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October 12th 2018 – Mas Candí, Penedès Tinc Set (2017)

Mas Candí, Penedès Tinc Set (2017) Grapes: Xarel-lo and Parellada Geography: Catalonia, Spain Appellation: Penedès Features: Biodynamic 50% Xarel-lo, 50% Parrellada from Penedes, just west of Barcelona. Biodynamic, native yeast, no added SO2, unfined, unfiltered (hence the cloudy appearance). From estate vineyards of calcareous clay soils. Vines between 10-25 years old. The vineyard is not […]

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October 5th 2018 – Alice Beaufort, Charmoire (2015)

Alice Beaufort, Charmoire (2015) Grape: Pinot Noir Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Vin de France Features: Organic, Vegan Age of Vines: 15 years old Yields: 30 hl/ha Total Production: 5200 bottles Total Surface Area of Parcel: 1.3-hectares Pruning Method: Guyot Soil: Clay and Limestone Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir Domaine Alice Beaufort is a continuation of the […]

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October 5th 2018 – Coujan, Pays d’Hérault Cuvée Terrasses (2017)

Coujan, Pays d’Hérault Cuvée Terrasses (2017) Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, and Pinot Noir Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France Appellation: Pays d’Hérault It was in 1868 that the Guy family settled in the Domaine de Coujan. Since then, she has maintained her love of nature and wine, drawing beautifully from the rare wealth of this Saint Chinian terroir. Today, […]

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October 5th 2018 – Poggiosecco, Malvasia Bianca (2015)

Poggiosecco, Malvasia Bianca (2015) Grape: Malvasia Geography: Tuscany, Italy Appellation: Toscana Features: Organic, Biodynamic Azienda Agricola Poggiosecco is located in the hills of Montalbano, Tuscany between the towns of Cerreto Guidi and Vinci. The winery was established in 1967 and was one of the first members of the Consorzio del Chianti. In 2001 Poggiosecco was […]

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September 28th 2018 – Balnea, Verdejo Rueda (2017)

Balnea, Verdejo Rueda (2017) Grape: Verdejo Geography: Castilla y León, Spain Appellation: Rueda Balnea’s vineyards are located in La Seca, in the south of Valladolid, on a high altitude 2,400 foot plateau, where the soil’s low fertility and scarcity of rain combine to produce low yields but highly concentrated grapes. Winters are harsh, dry, and […]

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September 28th 2018 – Chapillon, Calatayud Cuvée Harmonie (2015)

Chapillon, Calatayud Cuvée Harmonie (2015) Grapes: Petit Verdot and Tannat Geography: Aragón, Spain Appellation: Calatayud Features: Sustainable In 2006, Christophe Chapillon decides to follow the family adventure (his uncle was oenologue in the Loire) of wine making but not in the Loire Valley but in Spain and specifically in Aragon where he lives since 1986 […]

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September 28th 2018 – Lunar Apogé, Vin de Pays d’Oc Syrah (2016)

Lunar Apogé, Vin de Pays d’Oc Syrah (2016) Grape: Syrah Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France Appellation: Pays d’Oc Features: Biodynamic It all happens in Roquemaure, France where the Leperchois family has been producing wines for centuries under the Lunar Apoge brand. In 1977, Christian Leperchois became a pioneer in his region by converting the estate to a […]

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September 21st 2018 – Caparra & Siciliani, Solagi Cirò Classico (2015)

September 21st 2018 – Caparra & Siciliani, Solagi Cirò Classico (2015) Grape: Gaglioppo Geography: Calabria, Italy Appellation: Cirò Features: Sustainable Caparra and Siciliani are two families with ancient agrarian traditions. Each one producing wine since the 19th century, they joined forces in 1963 to cultivate and promote the indigenous grapes of Ciro. Here the contrast […]

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September 21st 2018 – Cantine di Terravecchia, Citerna Uva di Troia (2015)

Cantine di Terravecchia, Citerna Uva di Troia (2015) Grape: Uva di Troia Geography: Puglia, Italy Features: Biodynamic The Cantine di Terravecchia estate was born from the 35 hectares of Alberto Longo’s farm, located near the old town of Pietramontecorvino, a small hamlet on the Subappennine Dauno mountains in the north of Puglia. Here, 450 meters […]

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September 21st 2018 – Vicentini, Soave Terrelunghe (2017)

Vicentini, Soave Terrelunghe (2017) Geography: Veneto, Italy Appellation: Soave Features: Biodynamic The pomegranite, ancient symbol of fertility, was chosen as the winery’s symbol to represent vitality and enthusiasm. These qualities were solid characteritics of Francesco Vicentini when he founded the 14 hectare estate near Verona 40 years ago. They have been passed down to his […]

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September 14th 2018 – Michelini Bros., Esperando a Los Bárbaros Malbec (2017)

Michelini Bros., Esperando a Los Bárbaros Malbec (2017) Grape: Malbec Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: Valle de Uco This project began in 2012 as an inspiration to focus on the pure soul and terroir of the Uco Valley, specifically Gualtallary. The Michelini brothers Juan Pablo and Matias, also winemakers at Mendoza’s renowned Zorzal and Passionate wineries, […]

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September 14th 2018 – Domaine de la Graveirette, Ju de Vie (2016)

Domaine de la Graveirette, Ju de Vie (2016) Grapes: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Marselan, and Merlot Geography: France Appellation: Vin de France Features: Biodynamic Julien Mus comes from a family of paysans, based for generations in and around the Provence village of Bédarrides, located between Orange and Avignon in the department of the Vaucluse, with Mont Ventoux […]

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September 14th 2018 – Lagar de Costa, Rías Baixas Albariño (2017)

Lagar de Costa, Rías Baixas Albariño (2017) Grape: Albariño Geography: Galicia, Spain Appellation: Rías Baixas Farming Practices: Organic Lagar de Costa is a family run winery where three generations of winemakers are dedicated to the care of Albariño vines. With 90% of the grapes coming from the Estate’s vineyards, some of the vines here are […]

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September 7th 2018 – Cantine Pepi, Eron Nero d’Avola (2016)

Cantine Pepi, Eron Nero d’Avola (2016) Grape: Nero d’Avola Geography: Sicily, Italy Appellation: Terre Siciliane The Land The soils have a medium texture; the main structure is limestone to which clay and sand are added. Every one of these elements has an important role. The calcareous structure, allows, thanks to its permeability a good air […]

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September 7th 2018 – Domaine du Vistre, Rosé Costieres de Nimes (2017)

Domaine du Vistre, Rosé Costieres de Nimes (2017) Grapes: 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Costières de Nîmes Domaine du Vistre the estate of Remy Dupuy has been making wine for 6 generations in the south of France and the total property is 60 h but not all is for the production […]

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September 7th 2018 – Cantine Pepi, Gamé Cataratto (2016)

Cantine Pepi, Gamé Cataratto (2016) Grape: Catarratto Geography: Sicily, Italy Appellation: Terre Siciliane Cantine Pepi likes to say that ”we are 99% woman enterprise” and “run by women that boldly undertake the profession of the winemaker in Sicily”. The wines of Rosa Pepi and her daughter Erika come to life in Mazzarone, in the area […]

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August 31st 2018 – Domaine Bousquet Winery, Tupungato Reserva Pinot Noir (2016)

Domaine Bousquet Winery, Tupungato Reserva Pinot Noir (2016) Grape: Pinot Noir Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: Tupungato Is made from organic grapes from own Estate vineyards located in Tupungato (Uco Valley), at an altitude of 1200 (4000 feet) above sea level, which is one of the highest points in Mendoza. It is 100% Pinot Noir and […]

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August 31st 2018 – Domaine Bousquet Winery, Rosé Tupungato (2018)

Domaine Bousquet Winery, Rosé Tupungato (2018) Grapes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation: Tupungato Features: Organic The wine is composed of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Tasting Notes It has an elegant salmon color. The nose shows aromas of red fruits, with hints of plums and fresh cherries. In mouth, the Malbec fruit gives it a […]