THIS SECOND SATURDAY, THINK SPRING WITH LIGHT AND LIVELY WHITE, ROSÉ, AND ORANGE WINES!
March has certainly come roaring in like a lion, but we're looking forward to a bit of a thaw this weekend, and taking a break from big, heavy red wines, with some lighter, flavor-packed selections. All organically or biodynamically grown, these are lighter on the earth too, and span the gamut of flavors from light and delicate to wild and funky. There's sure to be something for every taste, so turn your palate loose on Spring Break!
Weingut Beurer Riesling Trocken Württemberg 2017 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: GERMANY / Region: WÜRTTEMBERG / Appellation: WÜRTTEMBERG / Varietal(s): RIESLING --- The Beurer family has been farming the sandy soils of Kernen-Stetten (in the Württemberg region just east of Stuttgart) for generations. Winemaker Jochen Beurer’s father, Siegfried, was the head of the local cooperative, but in 1997 the family made the decision to quit the coop and form an independent winery. Farming organically since 2003, they became certified biodynamic in 2008. Beginning with just three hectares, they now have 13 ha, from which grapes are crushed by foot and spontaneously fermented with native yeast in stainless steel. This dry, vivacious riesling is made from grapes from two neighboring villages, and displays a delicate nose of stone fruit, raspberries, wildflowers, and white currants. In the mouth it bursts with vibrant acidity and notes of lemon and pineapple, with a lingering, juicy finish. A refreshing, elegant match with sashimi, Thai noodle dishes, or fish ’n chips.
Meinklang Frizzante Rosé Burgenland NV - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- The Michlits Family operates one of the world's largest biodynamic farms in the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park. The Meinklang farm is a wide and varied Demeter-certified agricultural operation cultivating a number of different crops as well as raising 300 Angus cattle. The estate represents what used to be common practice everywhere in the Pannonian countryside: a mixed farming operation, managed by extended family. The wine estate is well integrated into the farm and led by Angela and Werner Michlits. Their rosé sparkler is made of pinot noir and their hands-off winemaking process helps to express the grape's most indulgent fruit flavors. Aromas of red cherry confections, fresh raspberry, pomegranate juice and cranberry propel to the forefront. The finish is clean, dry, with well-balanced acidity that makes this incredibly refreshing yet fruitful.
Domaine Lafage "Miraflors" Rosé Côtes Catalanes IGP 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON / Appellation: CÔTES CATALANES IGP / Varietal(s): MOURVÈDRE+ GRENACHE GRIS --- The Roussillon region is just a stone's throw from Spain. Jean-Marc Lafage, in fact, makes wines in both countries. His French wines seem to evoke the modern, polished flavors of Spain while focusing on the indigenous grapes cultivated throughout history. This lovely rosé is a blend of mainstays mourvèdre and grenache gris. This salmon-hued wine is reminiscent of the nearby ocean, with salty, stony notes and delicate fruit flavors. Enjoy this with all manner of shellfish or couscous tossed with quickly cooked vegetables.
Cradle of Wine "Gogi's Wine" Kakheti 2013 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: GEORGIA / Region: KAKHETI / Appellation: KAKHETI / Varietal(s): RKATSITELI+ MTSVANE+CHINURI --- Looking for something off the beaten path? Try this traditional eastern Georgian amber wine, from grapes grown on a 7.5 hectare plot sloping towards the Alazani River in Kakheti (Georgia’s best-known wine region.) 75% rkatsiteli, 20% mtsvane, and 5% chinuri, these indigenous Georgian varietals are all organically farmed, with the barest minimum of sulfur added if necessary at bottling. The juice was left on the skins and lees for a period of six months while in the traditional qvevri (clay amphorae) vessels, resulting in a deep amber hued wine, due to the extended skin contact. A truly intriguing bouquet of overripe peach, dried apricot, mango, persimmon, chamomile, and diesel smoke introduces an even more unique palate of dried stone fruits, with a grippy, tannic mouthfeel, hints of crushed herbs and turmeric, and a finish that goes on for days, softened by the faintest touch of residual sugar. The exotic notes in this wine pair with equally exotic fare - think apricot pilaf, Peking duck, curried cauliflower, or chicken tagine!