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La Raison à Plume d'Est en Ouest Pétillant-Naturel 2015 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE / Varietal(s): MELON DE BOURGOGNE --- Jacques Fevrier is a young, passionate winemaker from the western Loire Valley, in the town of Oudon, close to the Loire river (and not far from the city of Nantes). After much experience as a sommelier in both France and Australia, he turned his energies to winemaking, and now owns 6 hectares of vineyards in the area, with a winemaking style characterized by great minerality, tension, and balance, and a growing reputation as a rising star. Jacques is proving to be exceptionally talented in producing sparkling wines that fall into the pét-nat or méthode ancestrale category. These single-ferment sparkling wines are widespread throughout France, and rapidly gaining popularity worldwide, but their real homeland is in the Loire Valley. The wine is bottled before the fermentation is finished, allowing the bubbles to appear due to the trapped carbon dioxide. This one is made from Melon de Bourgogne grapes (used to produce Muscadet) and is a classic example of the style. Le Raisin à Plume d’Est en Ouest ("The Feathered Grape, From East to West"), displays fine bead, intense flavors of Meyer lemon and quince, and a lovely mineral finish. A touch of sour funk mid-palate will make this a big hit among fans of bottle-conditioned beer, as well as a great match with holiday cheese and charcuterie platters.

Marie et Cécile Albrecht Pinot Gris Reserve Alsace AOC 2014
Country: FRANCE / Region: ALSACE / Appellation: ALSACE AOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- The Albrecht family are early pioneers of Alsatian winemaking, dating back to 1425, when Romanus Albrecht established himself in the southern Alsatian town of Thann. In 1698, Balthazar Albrecht settled in Orschwihr, just south of Colmar, where the family winemaking continues today. Marie and Cécile Albrecht, two sisters, are the 19th generation, continuing to improve the long standing practices that have set their family’s winery apart while remaining committed to tradition. This opulent pinot gris comes from the Pfingstberg hill, one of two hills surrounding the village of Orschwihr. Expressive aromatics of quince, pear, and honeyed wildflowers carry through to a full-bodied, velvety palate, redolent with rich pear and light brioche flavors. Good acidity and a generous, lingering finish make this a wonderful match with roasts, paté, and hard cheeses, as well as a fabulous aperitif.

Lucchetti Lacrima di Morro d'Alba DOC 2015
Country: ITALY / Region: MARCHE / Appellation: LACRIMA DI MORRO D'ALBA DOC / Varietal(s): LACRIMA --- Passionate about restoring focus to native Italian grape varietals, Mario Lucchetti got started in the 1980s with the first acres of Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, a local indigenous grape native to the rural area of Le Marche. Helped by his wife Teresa, his son Paolo, and Paolo's wife Tiziana, Mario has become an iconic producer of Lacrima di Morro d’Alba wines. Potassium-rich, iron-poor clay soils result in wines of great power and warmth that are simultaneously highly aromatic. Winemaking at Lucchetti also benefits from the oversight by one of the Marche’s brightest minds, Alberto Mazzoni, who also serves as consulting winemaker at the standout Sartarelli estate. Lacrima di Morro d’Alba is a dark purple grape that embodies the Marche wine region, and has been harvested in the Morro d'Alba region since medieval times. Deep violet in color, this wine has heady, explosive aromatics of exotic flowers, pomegranate, and wild strawberries. Fruitful yet concentrated, the palate features hints of violets, roses, and geranium, notes of pink peppercorn, fresh berries, and gentle tannins. A truly unique drinking experience, this is lovely paired with salami, cold cuts, roasted meats, and grilled sausages.