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Today we're featuring three wines from the US, all of them produced using sustainable practices. From Lieu Dit Winery in Santa Barbara County, CA comes a mouthwateringly crisp white made from the melon grape, perfect for drinking with shellfish. Then we're opening a new sparkling rosé from our friends at Eminence Road Farm Winery, this one made from cabernet franc in the lightly sparkling pét-nat style that's gaining serious popularity for spring and summer drinking! Finally, Teutonic Wine Company offers a beautiful take on pinot meunier, a red grape that appears in many blends, but gets little attention on its own. Here it shines in a delicate example from dry-farmed grapes on Oregon's Coast Mountain Range.
Lieu Dit Winery Melon Santa Maria Valley 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA MARIA VALLEY /
Varietal(s): MELON --- Lieu Dit is the partnership of longtime friends Eric Railsback and Justin Willett. Drawn together by their common interest in wine, after many trips to France, and many more bottles shared together, they founded Lieu Dit in Santa Barbara County in 2011. They focus exclusively on the grape varietals indigenous to the Loire Valley, as the micro-climates and marine based soils of Santa Barbara County are perfectly suited to these grapes as well. Sustainably farmed from old vines planted in the early 70’s, these grapes grow in the sandy soils in an exceptionally breezy part of Santa Maria Valley out at Bien Nacido vineyard. The fruit is pressed, fermented, and aged all in tank to fully express the minerality, freshness, and intensity of this varietal. 100% melon (it is also the grape of Muscadet in the Loire Valley of France, where it is known as melon de Bourgogne), this wine is fresh, crisp, and concentrated, with loads of citrus and crushed stone, and mouthwatering acidity and tension. As the label indicates, this wine just begs to be paired with raw oysters with fresh lemon, steamed clams, grilled shrimp, or even asparagus risotto.
Eminence Road Farm Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé Cayuga Lake 2013 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: CAYUGA LAKE /
Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- This new rosé from our friends at Eminence Road is a style of wine that's all the rage right now: pétillant naturel, or naturally sparkling, abbreviated to pét-nat. Pét-nat is made by taking unfinished (still-fermenting) wine, bottling and capping it, and allowing it to complete fermentation in the bottle (producing that light bubbly texture). While Champagne-style bubblies start with “finished” wine, to which a precise amount of sugar and yeast is added, pét-nats are quite raw and unpolished, still living and unpredictable, with about half the pressure of Champagne. The refreshing, spontaneous result is the perfect spring sipper! Made from Cayuga Lake cabernet franc, this refreshing rosé possesses the bone-dry, subtly wild/earthy character we expect from Eminence Road's natural winemaking practices. Wild strawberries and brambly raspberry flavors, light green herbal notes, and a touch of minerality on the finish make this perfect for adding a celebratory air to light spring dinners and garden parties.
Teutonic Wine Company Pinot Meunier Borgo Pass Vineyard Willamette Valley 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: OREGON / Appellation: WILLAMETTE VALLEY / Varietal(s): PINOT MEUNIER --- “All cool climate, all the time” is the motto of Teutonic Wine Company founder Barnaby Tuttle. Graduating from washing dishes (at the age of 12) at Papa Haydn Restaurant in Southeast Portland to general manager and wine steward, it was there he developed a passion for wine, becoming obsessed with esoteric cool-climate wines after crossing paths with German wine importer Ewald Moseler. He then worked as assistant winemaker at Laurel Ridge Winery in Carlton, OR, before starting Teutonic Wine Company with his wife Olga. Recognizing parallels between Germany and their native Portland, Barnaby and Olga began producing wines that emulate that style: lean, low alcohol wines with a distinct sense of place and varietal. Using only natural winemaking practices, they access some of Oregon’s most highly regarded vineyards, only working with dry-farmed grapes, where the roots grow deep into the earth absorbing the various mineral components from the terroir. Pinot meunier is often neglected as the "middle child" of grapes, overshadowed by its companions chardonnay and pinot noir in the production of Champagne, but here it gets a turn in the spotlight! The grapes for this wine come from 30-year old vines in the Borgo Pass vineyard, located in the eastern foothills of the Oregon Coast Mountain Range. In the cellar, Teutonic uses only native yeasts cultured from the Borgo Pass for fermentation, and only neutral barrels are used to ensure no oak overpowers the grape's delicate flavors. Bearing some similarities to Oregon pinot noir, with its seductive cherry and smoke flavors, this is lighter and brighter on the palate with notes of juicy cranberry, citrus, and ground pepper. Versatile and elegant, open this with Beluga lentils with morel mushrooms, red wine reduction and butter-crisped brioche croutons.
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