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Hermann Moser Grüner Veltliner Karmeliterberg Kremstal 2014
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: KREMSTAL / Appellation: KREMSTAL / Varietal(s): GRUNER VELTLINER --- Hermann Moser’s 300-year-old estate in the Kremstal region of Austria is ubiquitous with high-quality Austrian wines. With 19 hectares of vineyards, mainly planted with white varietals, he crafts wines with personality, true expressions of the land from which they came. This grüner veltliner comes from the Gebling vineyard, on a steep slope located north of Rohrendorf reaching towards Krems. The name 'Gebling' may translate as “yellowish”, in reference to the golden color of the soil. Gebling is known for producing exceptional, spicy grüner veltliners, and Karmeliterberg is a lovely example of a “classic” style. Bright yellow fruit with notes of fresh-cut grass and peppery spice is balanced by mouthwatering acidity and structure. This is a white that can deliciously hold its own with Sunday roasts, asparagus, and Easter ham.

Yves Cuilleron Syrah IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes
"Les Vignes d'à Côté" 2014

Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: IGP DES COLLINES RHODANIENNES / Varietal(s): SYRAH --- The Cuilleron domaine was founded in 1920 and has been home to several generations of winemakers since. Located in the hamlet of Verlieu, part of the town of Chavanay, Yves Cuilleron took over ownership of the domaine in 1987 and has focused on modernization, building a brand new facility and acquiring additional vineyard property, where he practices mostly organic vineyard techniques. Yields are rigorously controlled, and grapes are harvested by hand, as most of the vineyards are heavily terraced, making mechanization impossible. Cuilleron has become one of the stars of the northern Rhône where syrah is king, but viognier is certainly a revered monarch in its own right. Cuilleron gained fame for the latter, but also produces exceptional red wines as well. This pure syrah is simply delicious. Harvested from vineyards just outside the St. Joseph appellation, it is spicy but generously fruitful with soft tannins. A great choice for sausages or roasted eggplant tart.