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Venica & Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio Collio DOC 2016 - CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
Country: ITALY / Region: FRIULI-VENEZIA GIULIA / Appellation: COLLIO DOC / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIGIO --- Venica & Venica is a family-owned estate in the Dolegna district of Collio. Located in the Friuli region of Italy's northeastern corner, the Venica family has owned the estate since 1930, and have a reputation as winemakers nearly as long. Since the 70s, the family has ambitiously upgraded and replanted vineyards, invested in state-of-the-art equipment, and experimented with winemaking techniques. Brothers Gianni (agronomist) and Giorgio (cellarmaster) have been making the Venica wines since 1975, carrying on in the footsteps of their father, and grandfather, the estate's founder. Collio is on the Italian border with Slovenia, and "Jesera" means "little lake" in Slovenian. It refers to the name of the vineyard from which the grapes for this cuvée come. This site is at the bottom of a cool valley, irrigated by the water that flows from the surrounding hills. 100% pinot grigio, this luminous wine displays a subtle copper hue due to skin contact with the grapes during fermentation. A far cry from your "Real Housewives" type of pinot grigio, this is instead rich, complex, and subtle in character. Lush aromas of pear, banana, Acacia flower, and hints of fresh apricot yield to a long, crisp palate of candied pear, quince peel, and minerals. Good acidity keeps things fresh throughout the lengthy, luxurious finish. A wonderful choice for spring celebrations, pair this with asparagus quiche or wild herb risotto.
Partida Creus Vinel-lo Blanco 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN
Country: SPAIN / Region: CATALUNYA / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): GARNACHA BLANCA+MACABEU+VINYATER+MOSCATEL+XAREL-LO+PANSÉ+PARELLADA --- Massimo Marchiori and Antonella Gerona are an Italian couple from Piedmont who founded the Partida Creus label. (The name Partida Creus is a reference to the crosses historically used to separate holdings.) After moving to Barcelona in 2000, they wearied of city life and resettled in the Massís de Bonastre in the Baix (Maritime) Penedès of Catalunya. They began farming all manner of local foods, but had trouble finding wines in the same style, so they began making their own, recovering old vines of local grape varietals, from often-abandoned vineyards. Farmed organically, the vineyards are mostly old, low-yielding, and filled with obsolete grape varietals, some of which have been declassified. Massimo and Antonella now have the reputation as "those crazy Italians" making amazing natural wines with the grapes all the locals had written off in favor of more "international" grape varietals. This unique white is a field blend of seven native grape varietals, foot stomped and co-fermented in stainless steel with native yeast. The wine is bottled unfiltered, unfined and with no additives of any kind. Fresh and vibrant, it's characterized by low alcohol and high acidity, with a grippy, zesty texture on the palate. Slighty cloudy, light on its feet, and easy to drink, it displays notes of baked apple, quince, and earthy Meyer lemon peel. Its bright, briny nature pairs beautifully with shellfish-based dishes!
Tousey Winery Pinot Noir Hudson River 2014
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE/ Appellation: HUDSON RIVER / Varietal(s): PINOT NOIR --- Our neighbors up the river in Clermont, NY, this young winery has already begun gathering accolades for their focus on quality and elegance. Tousey Winery is a family-run affair, founded by Ray Tousey, and now run by Ray’s daughter, Kimberly Peacock, and her husband, Ben. This pinot shows what the fuss is all about: light and lovely, with beautiful layers of complexity; refined aromas of red cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and violets evolve into bright, ripe cherry flavors with beguiling accents of dried fruit and spice. Think mushroom burgers with arugula!