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Borgoluce Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut NV - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG/ Varietal(s): GLERA --- Farming in the Prosecco zone is often synonymous with farming the glera grape, the most important variety in the region. At Borgoluce though, the farming extends beyond grapes to orchards, pasture-land and a dairy. 53 acres are devoted to grape production with all of that being sustainable at minimum. The property has been family owned for over one thousand years. The vines grow on soils rich in calcium carbonate which provides drainage and deep rootstocks which promotes natural acidity in the fruit, ideal for sparkling wines. The wine is stainless steel fermented but aged for four months on the lees adding another level of complexity. The wine is dry without being austere, making this perfect for celebratory toasts or delicate shellfish dishes.
Bellus Wines Falanghina "Caldera" Beneventano Falanghina IGT 2017 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: CAMPANIA / Appellation: BENEVENTANO FALANGHINA IGT / Varietal(s): FALANGHINA --- Bellus was founded by sommelier Jordan Salcito. The company is not only focused on making outstanding wines, but additionally in doing so with a social and environmental mindset. As you'd expect, the fruit is produced without the addition of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Working closely with winemakers, Salcito set out to create a line of wines that would offer vibrant choices in terms of style and packaging. This pure falanghina offers refreshing acidity with a rich texture and flavors ripe apple and delicate orange blossom. Drink this with savory seafood stews or a hearty cannellini and tomato stew.
Monte Dall'Ora Valpolicella Classico DOC Saseti 2017 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: VENETO / Appellation: VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO DOC / Varietal(s): CORVINA+CORVINONE+RONDINELLA+MOLINARA+OSELETA --- Both growing up in winemaking families, Carlo Venturini and his wife Alessandra Zantedeschi decided to strike out on their own and so purchased a vineyard in 1995. Spending much of the initial efforts in the vineyard, refurbishing the vines and converting to organic farming. In 2006 they converted to biodynamic farming, intensifying their efforts in the vineyard. The fruit is harvested from vines with an average age of 50 years, all on terraced vineyards using the classic "pergola" trellising system which aids in the protection of the grapes from excessive sun. The grapes are hand-harvested into small baskets and then crushed and allowed to begin fermentation in with indigenous yeasts. The wine is a lovely, complex and structured in part due to the two week maceration. Drink this with a winter-y, vegetarian pasta of kale and mushrooms and plenty of heady garlic.