Romanelli Grechetto dei Colli Martani DOC 2015 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: ITALY / Region: UMBRIA / Appellation: GRECHETTO DEI COLLI MARTANI DOC / Varietal(s): GRECHETTO --- Tuscany's next door neighbor, Umbria, finally gets its chance in the spotlight! The two regions share not only a border, but a long history of growing the same grapes. The Romanelli family has produced acclaimed wines and olive oils in the Montefalco DOCG region for generations. The winery prides itself on an eco-friendly approach, using sustainable agricultural practices such as bird boxes to eliminate the need for pesticides, and also avoiding chemical fertilizers. While it is presumed to be of Greek origin, no one knows for sure where grechetto originated. It is now widely planted in Umbria and a key component in the wine of Orvieto. This is a classic example, medium-bodied, with lovely sour melon, orchard fruit, and peach blossom flavors, on a nutty, mineral-driven finish. Fantastic with seafood – try this with baked rainbow trout!
Celler Comunica "Invitado" Marselan Montsant DO 2014 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: MONTSANT DO / Varietal(s): MARSELAN --- This offering is a collaboration between Pep Aguilar and Patri Morillo of Celler Comunica and Bordeaux winemaker Michele d'Aprix (from Château Beauséjour - we've also highlighted her incredibly tasty Maz Caz Rhône Valley wines!) Long overshadowed by Priorat, its close neighbor to the east, Montsant has its own unique character, highlighted by bright red clay, chalk, and granite soils. Invitado ("The Invited") is made of 100% marselan, a grape varietal that is the result of a cross between cabernet sauvignon and grenache, sustainably grown and harvested, and fermented without the influence of oak. Dark and deadly delicious, this boasts deep black fruit, a steely core of acidity, and firm, lingering tannins. Pour a glass with pork ragù over pappardelle.