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Eve's Cidery Beckhorn Hollow Cider 2014
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Eve's Cidery is a family-owned farm and cidery, a collaboration by Autumn Stoscheck, Ezra Sherman and James Cummins. Located in Van Etten, NY, at the intersection of the southern Finger Lakes and the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, Eve's specializes in growing cider-specific apple varieties that yield dry ciders of balance and structure. Beckhorn Hollow (named for the location of the cidery) showcases many russet varieties of apple to produce a crisp, mouthwatering aperitif that vibrates with equal parts acid, tannin and sparkle. A blend of primarily American-discovered or -bred apple varieties, including Northern Spy, Esopus Spitzenburg, Golden Russet, Idared and Wickson (among others), this embodies the potential of American apples to produce masterful, food-friendly cider. Beguiling aromas range from clover flowers to honey to herbs, before unveiling a crisp, mouthwatering palate of tart citrus, kumquat, toasted hazlenuts and chamomile. Bright acidity and earthy tannins combine effortlessly to provide structure throughout, finishing with lingering tones of honey, citrus and a bit of sweet-bitter candied citrus peel. A fabulous start to the evening, this also makes a fantastic match with citrus-accented foods like ceviche, fish tacos or Moroccan tagine.

Fjord Vineyards Albariño Hudson River Region 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION / Varietal(s): ALBARIÑO --- Fjord Vineyards is the creation ofMatthew Spaccarelli, winemaker at Benmarl Winery across the river in Marlboro. The Fjord label wines are crafted by Matthew in the Benmarl cellars, using both estate-grown fruit and grapes sourced from renowned vineyards in the Finger Lakes and the North Fork of Long Island. Freshly victorious at the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, Fjord was named "Winery of the Year", thanks in large part to this albariño, a triple winner declared “Best of Show”, “Best White Wine” and “Best Overall Hudson Valley Wine". Grown primarily in Galicia in northwest Spain andMonção and Melgaço in northwest Portugal, albariño is also cultivated in several places in California, but Fjord's grapes are the only plantings here in New York! From three-year-old vines on a one acre plot in Marlboro, this is the first harvest Fjord has made, and the results are delicious indeed. An elegant, expressive white, this sports enticing soft tropical aromas of banana, pineapple, honeysuckle and Crenshaw melon, all accented with hints of minerals and beeswax. Clean, lovely orchard fruit on the palate is perfectly balanced by crisp acidity and a hint of spiciness, making this a perfect match for calamari, grilled fish or paella.

Gen del Alma "Ji Ji Ji" Tupungato 2015
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: MENDOZA / Appellation: TUPUNGATO / Varietal(s): MALBEC+PINOT NOIR --- Gen del Alma is the family project of winemaker Andrea Mufatto and her husband Gerardo Michelini (of Zorzal winery). This 2015 release follows the 2014 which sold out within a few hours after being awarded 'Outstanding' by Decanter magazine. Co-fermented in concrete "eggs", this amazingly unique un-oaked blend of 60% malbec and 40% pinot noir is quickly bottled to preserve its vibrant freshness and shimmering fruit expression. This is a stunning example of the inventiveness occurring in Argentine winemaking, as well as the versatility of the malbec grape. It is wonderfully fragrant, redolent of blackberry, blueberry, violets and crushed herbs. Juicy and incredibly drinkable at 12% alcohol, this positively explodes with pure red cherry and blackberry fruit, supported by an earthy, savory backbone and hints of mineral. Its balance, energy and tension keep it light on its feet, while managing to be both honest and sophisticated at the same time. An exhilarating representation of modern malbec; malbec, pinot, and even gamay fans will find something to love here. Drink it al fresco, with everything from chili-roasted chicken with cilantro rice to lamb burgers with tzatziki and arugula.

The Fableist Wine Company Merlot "Fable: 395" Paso Robles 2014
Country: USA/ Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: PASO ROBLES / Varietal(s): MERLOT --- The Fableist is a collaboration between two talented Paso Robles winemakers: Andrew Jones of Field Recordings and Curt Schalchlin of Sans Liege. Curt is known for his high-scoring yet affordable wines, while Andrew spends most of his days planting vineyards and walking just about every vineyard in the Central Coast! (We've showcased some of Field Recordings's delicious wines!) This merlot delights with a luxuriously silky texture, and aromas of black tea, ripe cherry, wild blueberries and wet stones. Sweet plum, woodsy cedar and warm spices glide richly over the palate, supported by firm tannins, making this a cozy, elegant companion to smoky braised pork shoulder and Mexican pumpkin.